This Is America #34: UPS Strike, JTTF & Klan – Hand in Hand
Filed under: Featured, Interviews, Radio/Podcast, This is America
Filed under: Featured, Interviews, Radio/Podcast, This is America
Welcome, to This Is America, October 8th, 2018.
In this episode we bring you two interviews, the first, with a rank-n-file worker at UPS, who will discuss the current situation at their workplace which currently is escalating, as workers have voted down a sell-out contract and prepare to strike, while their union has attempted to ratify it.
The fundamental limit of "protest" is that it assumes power is listening; that governance is neutral. But to many, the true nature of the State is becoming clearer. It isn't waiting for us to speak truth to power. We should stop waiting for it to listen. #HoldCourtInTheStreets pic.twitter.com/GH3RXTQm9f
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) October 5, 2018
Next, we talk to someone in North Carolina, about a developing situation, where local police that have built a career off of surveilling anarchists and antifascists have been shown to be the handlers of an informant within one of the largest KKK groups in the South. We discuss the Greensboro Massacre and its historical implications as well as what this news means for the present day.
But first, let’s get to some headlines!
This Saturday, Brett Kavanaugh, the most unpopular Supreme Court nominee in modern history was narrowly (in a vote 50 to 48) sworn into office during a ceremony closed to the press, as protesters rallied on the steps of the US capitol, having pushed passed police barricades, at times disrupting the spectacle. As DC Direct Action News wrote:
[As t]he US Senate voted to confirm [Kavanaugh] by a 50-48 margin, the vote was interrupted by protesters who Vice President Mike Pence himself tried to gavel into silence. Outside, a mass protest occupied the East Steps of the US Capitol. At times the sound of public fury was deafening. The occupation of the Capitol East Steps began with a quick march-in from the East Lawn that got through a failed police attempt to keep them from reaching the steps.
The response from centrist and DNC aligned institutions to Kavanaugh’s appointment, such as outlets like the Washginton Post, has largely been that of rubbing one’s hands together, afraid that the continued chauvinism of elite institutions being exposed as rubber-stamp mills for the rich and powerful will continue to alienate the poor and working class. They are afraid that as more people see how the sausage of capitalist democracy is made, they won’t have the stomach for it anymore. Meanwhile, the Right celebrates that it has again, on levels not seen since 2016, been successful in “triggering the libs,” as anger rises within the largest segment of the population, not represented or spoken for by any political party, against a growing backdrop of economic crisis, festering inequality, ecological collapse, and crippling poverty.
The rich try to lock us into a path that spells profit for them and misery for the rest of us. The world's bureaucrats scramble to adapt a failed civilization to the new climatic regime.
— Inhabit (@inhabitglobal) October 8, 2018
Just in the last month, we’ve seen more and more examples of the “social contract” breaking down. Just this week, it was revealed in a New York Times expose that Donald Trump relied heavily on both multiple gifts of hundreds of millions of dollars to keep the family’s economic empire float. Moreover, through a variety of dirty tricks, the Trump family was able to evade various taxes and fines, as well as get way with doing any sort of jail time that those of a lesser status would have rotted in prison for.
This reality spits in the face of the image of the “poor man’s billionaire” that pulled himself up by his bootstraps with only a “small loan from his father” into a “walking” example of the American dream. Trump is what we’ve always known him to be, a three times over trust fund man-baby racist, who has used his wealth and power and connections to organized crime and politicians to get to where he is now, silencing those he has attacked and raped along the way with threats of violence or simply shutting them up with cash.
Filth like #Kavanagh are this civilization's rule of law. Sovereignty at the whim rapists. Opposite the right, @NancyPelosi and the Dems won't even promise to fight with weak impeachment proceedings. It's pathetic.
They're all bankrupt. The only legitimacy is outside the law.
— Inhabit (@inhabitglobal) October 6, 2018
Then there’s also the fact, made clear in the release of recent documents, that the Trump administration views the problem of global warming as simply unavoidable, so we might as well burn as much fossil fuels as we can – because, fuck it right?
Never before has the fact that the emperor wears no clothes been more clear, and it is because of this reality that each side of the political elites is seemingly shifting more and more to the fringes, with Trump speaking exclusively to his base and calling the Democrats “rioters” and an “out of control” mob, while Obama openly backs DSA candidates and talks positively of former fringe ideas, like Universal Basic Income.
#Kavanaugh teaches us: corruption and moral decay are not at the margins, as the religious conservatives have attempted to argue, but rather at the center of this society–lodged deep in its institutions of law, governance, and economy.
— Inhabit (@inhabitglobal) October 7, 2018
But all of these ploys are simply just attempts at keeping the system intact and solidifying people’s belief in it. The problem for them is, as crisis grows and people’s standard of living decreases in the face of massive inequality, so to does class struggle. Already, we’ve seen more strikes this year than in many years prior, a large scale prison strike, and growing clashes in the streets with the authorities over ICE, police shootings, and open collusion with the far-Right. As more and more people see the power of the regime solidifying in both naked repression and the auxiliary force of the far-Right, while also consolidating our wealth through tax cuts on the wealthy and corporations and continued deregulation, globalization, automation, and financialization – something has got to give.
The question is, as tension mounts – will we organize ourselves to build up our own power and fight back, or will we continue to chase the crumbs thrown to us by the elites, be they either in the hopes that piecemeal reforms will be enough to quell revolt, or ideological ones, which attempt to re-cement our faith in the system.
In that spirit, let’s get to the news.
— overseas cat appreciator (@GilesShurtleff) October 1, 2018
— BLMChicago (@BLMChi) October 5, 2018
Banner drop on Western Ave in Chicago: “All cops are Van Dyke”
What CPD did to #LaquanMcDonald isnt exceptional, it’s horrifically banal: it’s every damn day.
A ‘civilian review board’ will only create civilian police.
We need these killers off our blocks, & out of our lives pic.twitter.com/4Cy6PjfGfZ
— Midwest Unrest (@MW_Unrest) October 5, 2018
— HARM 574 (@574Antifa) October 8, 2018
— John #ProtectMaunaKea (@Johnnthelefty) October 4, 2018
Schoolhouse Squatters are united in our resistance to structural violence of homelessness & every other aspect of capitalism & colonialism pic.twitter.com/FZglpZsIY7
— Against Displacement (@stopdisplacemnt) October 6, 2018
— agitator in chief (@soit_goes) October 5, 2018
— Berkeley Antifa (@berkeleyantifa) October 7, 2018
— Max Anderson (@mandersonfilm) October 6, 2018
Seattle showed up today. We'll be at the Federal courthouse downtown tomorrow at 10:30am. Saturday we'll be at the Museum of Flight in South Seattle to tell Boeing they shouldn't employ violent Proud Boy fascists like Nicholas Boling.#StandUpFightBack pic.twitter.com/nFq6q45oUT
— Jerry Savage (@survey_sample) October 5, 2018
— KATU News (@KATUNews) October 7, 2018
Here's a GIF of him fucking around and finding out. pic.twitter.com/rBKlPOPpCN
— AntiFash Gordon (@AntiFashGordon) October 8, 2018
— WANaziWatch (@WANaziWatch) October 6, 2018
NO NAZIS. EVER.
Yesterday we got to work with Tacoma Against NAZIs again to send a clear message to the fascists working out of Tac Town Tattoo that they aren't welcome in Tacoma or anywhere else in the PNW. pic.twitter.com/hZie4H6Ex2
— Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club (@PugetSoundJBGC) October 7, 2018
Highlights from todays demo against racism in Montreal
No matter who is in government we stand against the systemic barriers in place to divide workers from uniting against our common enemy.
— Josip Broz Fan Account (@yourphoneisacop) October 7, 2018
— RevAbolitionMov (@RevAbolitionist) October 8, 2018
— Workers' Initiative for Liberation & Defense (@WILDFrontRange) October 8, 2018
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