This Is America #4: Portland Pushes Out Gibson, Trade War
Filed under: Featured, Radio/Podcast, This is America
Filed under: Featured, Radio/Podcast, This is America
Welcome to This is America, June 4th, 2018.
A new letter from the Trump administration, published by the New York Times and sent to the Mueller investigation in January argues that Trump has the power to both end the Russia investigation and pardon anyone that could receive charges from it.
Meanwhile, Trump’s trade policies continue to cause a rift within the global ruling class and push for an escalated trade war. In a statement from the G-7, Canadian elites attacked Trump’s push towards trade war with China, and further signaled their desire to break with the US:
Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau said that “unfortunately the actions of the United States … risk undermining the very values that traditionally have bound us together.” He added that the Trump administration’s actions were “destructive to our ability to get things done,” and he asked US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to convey the “regret and disappointment” of the other six nations to President Trump.
The Japanese finance minister also attacked Trump’s calls for tariffs, while the French Finance minister stated that “the European Union was ready to proceed with retaliatory actions and Washington had only a few days to de-escalate the trade conflict.”
Such comments further signify the falling of the United States as a global power, and the rise of new economic relationships between States that could very well exclude the United States. For more information on this subject, check out our conversation with Peter Gelderloos and Scott Campbell on the It’s Going Down podcast.
In California, police were let off the hook for the murder of Mario Woods in 2015. Wood’s killing sparked years of protests and violent clashes with the police.
In Georgia, a police officer has been fired after using his car as a weapon to run over a suspect. According to one report:
After initially trying to block the man, who was identified as Timmy Patmon, Saulters used his car to ram Patmon and send him flying across the hood of his cruiser.
In Florida, a Sheriff deputy has been suspended for 40 hours after racial slurs were caught on video. According to the Atlanta Black Star, Frank Di Orsini will be required to complete “diversity training” after he stated to another officer:
“It smells like f—ing dirty N-word in my f—ing car.”
Also in Florida, a jury awarded the family of a slain main in 2014 at the hands of law enforcement a total of $4. According to one article:
A Florida jury awarded total damages of $4 for the killing of a 30-year-old African-American man in 2014 by two sheriff’s deputies.
Adding insult to injury, the jury ruled that Gregory Hill Jr. was 99 percent responsible for the actions of the two cops who took his life, meaning that only four cents was actually to be paid out: a penny to cover his funeral costs, and a penny to each of his three surviving children, ages 13, 10 and 7.
But the news isn’t all bad. In Lubbock, Texas, youth in the middle of a block party hurdled water balloons and shot squirt guns at police who attempted to stop the fun. One person stated on Twitter:
The Point Everyone Is Missing Is That We Were Having A FRIENDLY Waterballon Fight Not Just 10-20 People Nah This Was 2 Sides Of The City That’s Been Shooting/Killing Eachother For Years And We Finally Get Along And Having Fun would You Rather Us Shoot Water Ballons Or Guns
The Point Everyone Is Missing Is That We Were Having A FRIENDLY Waterballon Fight Not Just 10-20 People Nah This Was 2 Sides Of The City That’s Been Shooting/Killing Eachother For Years And We Finally Get Along And Having Fun would You Rather Us Shoot Water Ballons Or Guns 🤔
— Rell (@Tirrell34) June 3, 2018
On June 3rd in Portland, violent clashes broke out between members of the far-Right umbrella group, ‘Patriot Prayer’ and antifascists. Patriot Prayer is led by Joey Gibson, a self-described “semi-Libertarian” who is currently running as a Republican for Senator. Over the last two years, Gibson’s so-called “Free Speech” rallies have been a recruiting ground for a mix of MAGA diehards, members of the Alt-Right, neo-Nazis, Proud Boys, and militia members.
Proud Boys vastly outnumbered, running from 200 protesters along water front. pic.twitter.com/Wdvo1X8iW5
— Shane Burley (@shane_burley1) June 4, 2018
Clashes began almost right off the bat in Portland, as Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer members, numbering around 50, attempted to attack and pepper spray antifascists who numbered over 150.
Banner about @PortlandPolice Nazi Cop #MarkKruger from the Anti Police Brutality Solidarity Rally Today.https://t.co/q7v6dxPKlF@iamjoeanybody @LRBitisnot @GreshamCopBlock @chris_ponte @ChristopOConnor @KBOO @wweek @portlandmercury @NLG_Portland @PNWFamilyCircle @MungenCakes pic.twitter.com/l1VViSvU6u
— Mult.CountyCopwatch (@MultCo_Copwatch) June 4, 2018
Patriot Prayer then began marching around the city, until they were stopped by police and told that either they could face arrest or end their march. The marching continued however, as a dwindling number of Patriot Prayer members were literally chased out of Portland.
Please Share: @PortlandPolice telling violent alt-right fascists that they have probable cause to arrest them but won't if they go home. Also assures them that people from Antifa have been arrested. Who else do cops give this special treatment other than Nazis? pic.twitter.com/5MgTfJp1rm
— PDX Resistance ✊ (@Pdx_resistance) June 4, 2018
Wanting to know more, we spoke with antifascist author and researcher, Shane Burley about what all went down.
— Conflict Minnesota (@conflictMN) June 3, 2018
— DCMediaGroup (@DCMediaGroup) June 2, 2018
— MACC NYC (@macc_nyc) June 2, 2018
— Ash J (@AshAgony) June 2, 2018
#BREAKING: 3rd #J20 trial group scheduled to begin trial today just had their charges dismissed by the US Attorneys prosecuting the case. Felony charges for this trial had previously been dropped last week & a misdemeanor trial was going to begin this AM.
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) June 4, 2018
— LA ABCF (@la_abcf) June 3, 2018
The bourgeois food court that’s helping corporatize #ProspectPark has domain over our usual spot, so we’re across the street. Keep an eye out for our banner and remember you can support political prisoners from home by donating at https://t.co/NkB03H2bOT pic.twitter.com/GAiZJL6olY
— NYC ABC (@nycabc) June 3, 2018
Inland Empire's Running Down the Walls 2018 was a success! pic.twitter.com/CH66Hbh77m
— RAM – Inland Empire (@RevAbolitionIE) June 3, 2018
Lock down at Mountain Valley Pipeline construction site this morning. Work stopped for 3 hours and counting. Cops threatening violence (pepper spray, tasers). Donate: https://t.co/BeILeCrRnF #noMVP #nopipelines #resist pic.twitter.com/2XMxLErUUh
— Appalachians Against Pipelines (@stopthemvp) June 4, 2018
— HARM 574 (@574Antifa) June 3, 2018
— #TakeEmDownRVA (@TakeEmDownRVA) June 2, 2018
Counter protest jeers at far right "Resist Marxism" rally. Key local participants in local Resist Marxism recently were exposed as espousing fascist ideology in group chats pic.twitter.com/A3XIOQG7Qh
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) June 2, 2018
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