Welcome, to This Is America, January 14th, 2018.
In this episode, we are lucky enough to speak to a variety of people across the country. First up, we talk with a member of the Elm City chapter of the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement (RAM) about their ongoing campaign to bail out two young people who are being targeted by police after witnessing the police killing of their friend.
— RAM – ElmCity (@RevAbolitionEC) January 11, 2019
Next, we talk to someone from F.L.O.W.E.R. United, a broad coalition that is coming together to oppose KKK, neo-Confederate, and neo-Nazi groups who are attempting to hold a rally on February 2nd at Rock Stone Mountain in Georgia.
— F.L.O.W.E.R. (@flowerunited) December 8, 2018
Lastly, we talk with some folks from No More Deaths, a group that for years has worked to provide direct aid to migrants at the border in Arizona. This week, volunteers with No More Deaths will appear in court, as they face charges of providing aid to migrants in the desert. With another trial set later this year against a backdrop of anti-immigrant hysteria, the need to support and show active solidarity with No More Deaths volunteers is more crucial than ever.
This coming Tuesday in Tucson, pack the fucking court! The Cabeza 9 were arrested for trying to leave supplies for people crossing an incredibly stretch of western AZ desert. The state is coming for these folks because they want migrants to die. #nomoredeaths #nomasmuertes pic.twitter.com/hrLmeBvKEJ
— Autonomy Tucson (@autonomytucson) January 11, 2019
All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news!
- Former Proud Boy Jovi Val led a fantastic fail-fest 5 person rally in DC that was confronted by a much larger antifascist and anti-racist counter protest. Sadly, several people were arrested for throwing paint filled balloons. Before the rally, Val recorded a video attacking the Proud Boys, claiming that they had started off as being a voice for “the white man” who was collectively silenced under Obama, but now had become “cucks” by “virtue signaling” with their tokenized members of color. Val, who is not white, argued that white nationalism is the same as Western Chauvinism. His rally on the 6th was also in support of neo-Nazis in the Rise Above Movement, James Alex Fields, and others that had been arrested in Charlottesville.
Neo-Nazi apologist professional Jovi Val falls flat on his ass during a rally in support of neo-Nazis arrested at the 2017 Unite the Right rally. Val was joined by about 5 other supporters, including Gabriel Brown, who also attended the neo-Nazi gathering that ended in the death of Heather Heyer and multiple injuries.
- On the same day, armed neo-Nazi Antonio Foreman attempted to “bust through the door” of a church in Phoenix, Arizona that was offering shelter to asylum seekers, while screaming “America First.” Reporters from the Southern Poverty Law Center on scene documented members of the Patriot Movement AZ alongside Foreman. A solidarity demonstration also took place in support of those inside the church. Police arrived after Foreman’s attempted invasion, but of course made no arrests.
The red-bearded man with a gun on his hip in this video says he "busted right through the door" of a Phoenix church that's sheltering asylum seekers today. You can hear him scream "America first" afterwards. @phoenixpolice showed up quickly but apparently made no arrests. pic.twitter.com/KzzUQAH0XZ
— Nick Martin (@nickmartin) January 6, 2019
- On Saturday in Princeton, New Jersey, a small group of neo-Nazis that publicly stated they would march around town were no shows in the face of hundreds of counter-demonstrators.
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) January 13, 2019
- At the same time in Madison, Wisconsin, hundreds gathered to oppose the Three Percenter militia who only managed to turn out about 20 people.
In the hundreds, people rallied at #Princeton today, standing strong in the face of an Identity Evorpa knock off neo-Nazi group who was too chicken-shit to come to their own rally. Nice to see @DLamontJenkins and @CornelWest up on the stage! #DefendNJ #AllOut pic.twitter.com/LC6A7isPmV
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) January 12, 2019
- Lastly in Windsor, Colorado on Saturday, members of W.I.L.D. joined with community members to protest and oppose a smaller group of far-Right protesters angry that at a local library, drag queens were reading stories to children.
Today we joined community members up in Windsor to oppose hateful adults who were upset about children having books read to them by Drag Queens. Imagine being that pathetic. The great news is our side far outnumbered theirs. Hate has no place in Colorado. pic.twitter.com/XrJFleYSGT
— Worker's Initiative for Liberation & Defense (@WILDFrontRange) January 12, 2019
- The next day in Winston-Salem, people rallied against a Confederate monument, and faced off against a much smaller number of neo-Confederates. Then, on Monday it was announced that in Chapel Hill, the center of the fight over the fate of the “Silent Sam” Confederate state that was toppled last year, UNC Chancellor Carol Folt announced her resignation and also it was revealed that the campus was going to remove the remaining Silent Sam “stump.”
Today, the UNC Chancellor resigned, ordering the removal of the remains of the Confederate monument "Silent Sam" from campus after years of struggle. This shows the power of direct action in struggles driven by anarchist people of color. WE ARE WINNING!https://t.co/s7YYkpDnlR https://t.co/skf6HrXkXW
— CrimethInc. (@crimethinc) January 14, 2019
- In doxxing news, the identity of a Montreal based member of ‘The Base,’ a neo-Nazi paramilitary training camp has been revealed. Also a Patriot Front leader in Massachusetts has been revealed to be Chris Hood. Hood works at Dick’s Sporting Goods at the Square One Mall in Saugus, MA. You can call them at 781-233-0476.
1/ THREAD: Massachusetts Patriot Front leader Chris Hood works at Dick's Sporting Goods (@DICKS) at the Square One Mall in Saugus, MA.
You can call them at 781-233-0476 and say that they're employing a fascist leader.
— AntiFash Gordon (@AntiFashGordon) January 14, 2019
- Finally, giant wheat-pasted banners are going up in Atlanta, Georgia in preparation for the February 2nd mobilization against the KKK and various neo-Nazi groups. Check out our interview with an organizer later in the show.
Giant posters at Atlanta graffiti landmark promote F.L.O.W.E.R. mobilization against KKK/neo nazi rally at Stone Mountain. #AllOut on Feb. 2nd!#noklan https://t.co/RWxGd8xbL2 pic.twitter.com/U33U1JsHsO
— F.L.O.W.E.R. (@flowerunited) January 11, 2019
- Farm workers near Bakersfield, California have now been on strike for 4 straight days, and have already struck down an attempt by the Wonderful Citrus company to impose a pay cut. But workers aren’t done yet, and are still out on strike to win higher wages, paid gas mileage, and also to demand better working conditions.
Breaking: Farm workers just walked out on strike at the @Wonderful Company around Bakersfield CA, after workers say company reduced their pay by cutting the piece rate. #WeFeedYou pic.twitter.com/RixsADDN7S
— United Farm Workers (@UFWupdates) January 12, 2019
- In so-called Oshawa, Canada, auto workers are back to work after launching a sit-down strike against attempts by GM to move their auto-manufacturing plant. It remains to be seen what will happen next.
- Across the US, TSA employees continued a massive sick-out strikes, as lines back up at airports around the country and federal workers stage demonstrations.
- In LA, a massive teacher strike kicked off, involving over 30,000 teachers and staff members. Upwards of 50,000 people hit the streets in solidarity in Los Angeles.
— L.A. TACO 🌴🌮 (@LATACO) January 14, 2019
- In so-called Canada, Parkdale Organize held a home demonstration against a landlord, demanding they drop an attempted eviction of a tenant.
My neighbour, Stanislav, was tricked into signing away his home of 20 years. This weekend, with the help of our community and @ParkdaleOrg, we told the landlord that was unacceptable.#Parkdalehttps://t.co/G4VcQvomgw pic.twitter.com/y6WAupmJrQ
— David (@dsherwoodb) January 14, 2019
Killing the Black Snake
- Actions against Line 3 continue, including a shut down of a Wells Fargo branch as well as a disruption of the Governor’s Inaugural Ball.
- In Houston, actions at a bank took place in solidarity with Water Protects with the Unist’ot’en and the L’eau Est La Vie Camp.
today we disrupted the governors inaugural ball bc the dangers of line 3 are too serious. what did @GovTimWalz & @LtGovFlanagan do? they were cowards and decided not to come out when they were supposed to speak. we will remember this and your constituency will hold u accountable! pic.twitter.com/jtUYGBh598
— isra hirsi (@israhirsi) January 13, 2019
- Meanwhile, across so-called Canada, large scale actions, disruptions, and blockades continue in solidarity with Wetsuwet’en resistance.
- On January 9th in so-called Vancouver, Stop Displacement reports that a large scale march and roving blockade held streets for over 6 hours, while a tent city also went up in solidarity with the Unist’ot’en Camp.
Urban Indigenous-led #Namegans tent city occupy the #yyj court house lawn in solidarity w/ #Unistoten. Court today 4 the crime of being poor & visible after @jjhorgan's gov't & cops forcibly displaced their camp. As @stopdisplacemnt says: The colonial front lines are everywhere! pic.twitter.com/vJh48qejUA
— Ashley Molli (@aimollison) January 9, 2019
- On January 11th in Montreal, a blockade was put up on a major highway in solidarity.
— submedia (@submedia) January 11, 2019
- A large “slow down” blockade took place on the 401 highway.
— submedia (@submedia) January 11, 2019
- Streets were blockaded in Seattle.
— Greater Seattle GDC (@SeattleGDC) January 11, 2019
- And in Brantford, a blockade shut down traffic to several main roads.
- On January 12th, there was a blockade at the Port of Vancouver.
Anti-pipeline protestors currently blocking the Clark entrance to Port of Vancouver pic.twitter.com/Vd50nWpPom
— Liam Seamus (@LiamSeamusVan) January 13, 2019
- Meanwhile in Chicago, a street march also blocked streets.
- Lastly on January 14th, dozens of people breached the TransCanada pumping station in Hamilton in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en peoples and Unistoten and Gidimt’en checkpoints.
BREAKING: Dozens breach TransCanada pumping station in Hamilton in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en peoples and #Unistoten & Gidimt'en checkpoints.
Media release: https://t.co/9DRDKyygqC#wetsuwetenstrong #notrespass #ShutDownCanada #UnistotenCamp @UnistotenCamp @gidimt pic.twitter.com/6lXXGaeS8B
— Rachel Small (@rach_small) January 14, 2019
- Heated protests that ended in police macing Black Lives Matter demonstrators in Patterson, New Jersey erupted this weekend, after a 27 year old man, Jameek Lowery, died in the hospital, three days after he entered a police station asking for help and water. Community members are demanding to know why police didn’t offer better aid to Lowery, and what happened in the time between when he entered the police station and when he died several hours later.
Jameek Lowery's face got broken, and we don't know how. Paterson refuses to provide answers. Spinal meningitis doesn't pummel a man's face. #JusticeForMeek @blm_paterson @zellieimani pic.twitter.com/fNW7ZH1aw6
— radical paper press (@stolenpaper) January 12, 2019
- A street medic in Eugene, Oregon is dead at the hands of the police. Charlie Landeros, age 30, was killed at a local school after an argument. Police claim they pulled a firearm from their vehicle during the argument. The Civil Liberties Defense Center released this statement on the shooting and a protest followed outside the school.
Charlie Landeros, beloved comrade and street medic, was murdered by Eugene police 2 days ago. They were a non-binary activist of color who did amazing work in their community and were gunned down in front of their children’s school. Pls support the @CLDC investigation if you can. https://t.co/6XnjxOldQq
— (Pop)ular (Mob)ilization (@PopMobPDX) January 13, 2019
Fire to the Prisons
- Anarchist prisoner Eric King is getting his communications messed with and is in need of some calls.
- Other up to the minute phone zaps are located here at the IWOC webiste.
- Prisoners in New York affected by the shutdown have launched a hunger strike.
- January 15th: Press conference and rally in support of No More Deaths volunteers facing repression. More info here.
- January 18: Call to pack the court in support of North Carolina activists facing charges for opposing Silent Sam.
Come out THIS FRIDAY to support UNC Silent Sam anti-racist activists facing criminal charges! All of the 20 remaining defendants have court dates on Friday, and three are scheduled to go to trial. Any and all support and solidarity is welcome and needed! 🖤 pic.twitter.com/EWgZtXZ7H2
— Take Action Chapel Hill (@takeactionch) January 14, 2019
- January 19th: Anti-Capitalist Bloc at LA Women’s March. More info here.
- January 20 (& Beyond): Week of Solidarity and Survival on #J20. Info here.
- January 22nd: Stand with Anna Chambers in Court in Brooklyn. More info here.
— MACC NYC (@macc_nyc) January 15, 2019
- January 25th and 26th: Black Flags Over Brooklyn Black Metal Festival. Info here.
- February 1st: Hip-hop benefit for Blueridge Anarchist Black Cross.
Until next time, we will see you soon!