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Posts Tagged ‘Racism’

‘Some old things to live by, some new things to live by…’ – Anti-authoritarian ideas to hold onto in these times of virus and crisis (Au$tralia)

Friday, March 27th, 2020

We’re all living quite a situation here. Before the virus had got near most of us, we were thrown into this necessary mode of life called social-distancing. Our lack of knowledge and the speed it has covered the globe and is transmitting within the locations we live has produced feelings of shock, confusion and fear. While these feelings make sense, we should also recognise and counter the tendency that they produce towards individualism and isolation.

Fear. Individualism. Isolation. Currently the circulation of these sentiments is exponentially bolstering the power of the state. As Crimethinc have said, “social distancing must not mean total isolation. We won’t be safer if our society is reduced to a bunch atomised of individuals”. Such an atomised society is the path to least resistance. Even as the virus spreads we must not become too isolated and disconnected from each other to be able to resist state control and the implementation of measures that fuck most of us over in a desperate attempt to save the economy.

We’ve never organised in a situation like this before. We’ve never organised where the idea that to be responsible to each other requires us to stay away from each other is common sense. And yet, we’re still finding ways to set up networks of mutual aid and support, to get supplies to people who need them. As things progress – as what is a medical- scientific issue expands further and further into the terrain of the social – we’ll find ourselves returning to the things we always knew, that we’d learnt in all our experiences of struggle and resistance.

Consider this a simple reminder of some of those things, to keep them in mind now, before fear and isolation means we’ve ceded too much ground to an increasingly authoritarian state. (more…)

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Corona Virus: An Epidemic of Stupidity & Authoritarianism

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

COVID-19 – known as the coronavirus – emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan. It’s flu-like symptoms enabled the quick spread of the virus within the city. It also allowed the spread of the disease beyond Wuhan despite the attempts of the Chinese government to curb it by resorting to drastic measures of arresting and detaining suspected carriers.

Now it has spread globally. As of March 5th, 2020, 97,893 people have been infected worldwide with 7100 cases being regarded as serious. 3353 people have died of whom approximately 3013 were in China and 340 in other countries. The most serious outbreaks outside China have been in northern Italy, Iran and South Korea. The rates in many countries may be under-reported because of health officials refusing to test people reporting flu symptoms, especially Japan. The virus has impacted an estimated 87 countries and territories. 53,786 people have recovered from the virus. (Statistics from various government health agencies as charted in this webpage) According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), it takes about five days from exposure before people manifest the symptoms of the coronavirus. Not surprisingly the elderly, very young children and those with respiratory problems are most at risk.

What is noteworthy about the coronavirus isn’t the virus itself. It has been the fear, misinformation and over the top reactions including panic buying that has occurred in many countries including here in New Zealand where there have been five confirmed cases of the coronavirus at the time of writing (1 News, 6th March 2020). (more…)

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Letter from anarchist fugitive Abtin Parsa (Greece)

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

We are in a war situation, some of us were killed, some of us are in prisons, some of us were pushed to escape and are being hidden and many of us are under a lot of pressure. We should accept that resistance against state and capitalism is not the easy way of life but we have no choice: either we resist together and survive, or the state and capitalism will kill all of us one by one.

After months being under watch, follow and harassment by anti terrorist unit, on February 13, when the oppression did target me and those who have contact with me more than in the past, I did take a political decision to be hidden. I am not in a safe place and no one is in a safe place because in this neo liberal capitalism system, there is no safe place, so being hidden inside 4 walls does not mean you are safe.

In this period of time, there is a historical and political responsibility for the movement to defend the armed resistance. The goal of state repression is first to pacifize and in the end to destroy any kind of resistance, because the state does not want the oppressed to fight back. The state talks about peace but this peace is nothing but monopolizing the violence in the hand of state. The state is trying to make us unable to return the violence, but the oppressed should defend themselves by any means that they understand; otherwise there is no survival.
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Letter from Xinachtli, imprisoned in the “Guantanamo of Texas” (U$A)

Monday, March 9th, 2020

Here is a report from the Texas political prisoner Xinachtli, discussing his conditions of confinement and asking for people to show solidarity on May Day:

“Love is contraband in Hell, cause love is an acid that eats away bars. But you, me, and tomorrow hold hands and make vows that struggle will multiply.” Comrade Assata Shakur, Black Liberation Army (in exile in Cuba)

In the spirit of revolutionary proletarian internationalism, from within the belly of this racist, fascist, neo-colonial military stockade, also known as the Guantanamo of Texas prisons, from the occupied territories of the U.S. Southwest under siege for over 500 years, I salute you, and thank you and all freedom-loving peoples of the world, who support me, the Texas prisoner freedom struggles, and the global fight against monopoly capitalism and imperialism.

Viva la revolucion obrera! Viva la lucha! Long live the struggle!

Since my return trip from Polunsky in Livingston, TX, from my Hep C medical treatment, I found a “new administration” in ad. seg. (meaning solitary confinement), more repressive than the last one when I left here in July 2019. Since my return on October 18, 2019, I have been repeatedly assigned to a “disciplinary segregation” cellblock, more punitive than the regular ad. seg. cellblock. I mean, the pigs claim it is just a temporary 30-day “assignment”, but they keep repeating me on it, saying it is due to “overcrowding overflow”, but of over 500 ad. seg. prisoners, who they could easily “rotate”, they have singled me out for repeated assignments to this merry-go-round, under false pretexts. (more…)

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Liberate Or Die: A Week of Anti-Speciesist Action and Skill-Share | 20-25 May (Germany)

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

INTERNATIONAL CALL!

JOIN US FOR ANOTHER WEEK OF ANTISPECIESIST ACTION, WORKSHOPS AND SKILLSHARING.

20th – 25th May, Hambacher Forst.

(looking for a different language? check the bottom of this page for BASQUE, CATALAN, DUTCH. FRENCH, ITALIAN, SPANISH, SWEDISH, GERMAN)

The third edition of Liberate or Die: From Cage to Freedom will aim to open a space in which we can come together, share skills, and attack speciesism. As before, the gathering will take place in the Hambacher Forst occupation, a focal point of anti-capitalist and climate justice resistance across Europe.

THIS EVENT IS ACTION-FOCUSED.

Aside from just sharing skills, every day of the gathering will be a day of action in which we can put new knowledge into practice. We want to motivate people to initiate actions autonomously, without seeking permission from mainstream/reformist organisations. There will be a range of possible actions depending on your particular interests and risk levels. Some actions may be suggested, but you are invited to come up with plans for yourselves and act spontaneously.

THIS EVENT IS INTERSECTIONAL.

We want to emphasise the interconnections between antispeciesism and all other struggles against oppression. That means bearing in mind different privileges that we hold and maintaining a space which aims to challenge all hierarchies and further total liberation – something that will also be reflected in the workshops offered. This is not a space for those with racist/sexist/homophobic/etc. views who have infiltrated some animal rights groups over recent years.

THIS EVENT IS FREE.

You don’t have to pay to attend! Even if donations are welcome, we believe people shouldn’t have to pay for anything. This event can be hosted for free because we self-organize – everyone attending is part of the crew, and is encouraged to take part in the maintenance of the gathering. If you see a job it’s yours!

THIS EVENT IS SQUATTED.

The gathering will take place in an autonomous land occupation. That means collectively taking care of the forest ecosystem – keep to the paths, pick up your trash, respect the wild. It also means keeping an eye out for intrusion from the state. Participants should be aware of the likelihood of intervention by cops, whether covertly or in uniform. Information will be shared on arrival on legal rights and how to deal with the filth.

Let us know if you have ideas for workshops or other questions.

More info and list of workshops to follow.

Spread the word and stay wild!!

From Unoffensive Animal.

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Posted in Eco Struggle

Update about the week-long Anti-Prison event in Bure (France)

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

The anti-prison week is in less than a month! It will happen from 2 to 8 March 2020 in the old train station of Luméville, close to Bure, place of a struggle against a project of a center for burying nuclear waste. The idea is to take time to meet, between people and groups from different countries, have formal and informal times of discussions, workshops, movie screenings, readings. You can come to the week with your own proposals, with or without telling us in advance. Zine distros are also very welcome.

We received criticisms regarding the lack of topics related to racism in prison and state racism in the program of the week, considering the key role that racism play in penitentiary systems. We would like to make more space for these topics, so if you think you have something to contribute on these topics, please contact us.

Program

We are currently contacting the groups that will take part in the week to know when each workshop or discussion will happen. This section will be updated regularly between now and the beginning of the week.

Monday

An update on the struggle in Bure, the Cigéo project, the events of the last few years. More info about specific presentations and workshops soon. (more…)

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Vandalism of a Whole Foods Store in anti-Amazon action (USA)

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

Communique 1
Anarchist Insurgency Cell – Informal Anarchist Federation

We spray painted anarchist, anti-police, anti-capitalist, and anti-fascist symbols and slogans on the front of a Whole Foods supermarket. We did this in Los Angeles on February 16, 2020. Whole Foods is owned by Amazon, whose CEO Jeff Bozos is the richest man in the world. We wanted to send a clear message to him and capitalists everywhere.

We disabled the Amazon Locker at the supermarket as an act of economic sabotage against Amazon. We spray painted the screen, keypad, and security camera on the locker. We wrote “Fuck Bezos” on it to make it clear that this is an attack on capital and not the workers.

Amazon has collaborated with La Migra aka I.C.E. by snitching on undocumented workers who have gone on strike. They have supported the surveillance capitalist infrastructure of police state with Amazon Web Services. We wrote “Green Capital” on a wall mounted statue of a tree to make clear our hatred of green-washing. We painted the anti-fascist symbol of the three arrows to make our opposition to fascism known. We wrote 1312 multiple times to demonstrate our hatred of the police. In addition we sprayed mash capital over the front doors. We destroyed advertisements, painted over a vending machine, and painted over a few surveillance cameras.

To take credit for the action, we wrote AIC FAI and FAI next to the anarchy symbol (which we painted all over).

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Athens,Greece: Hands off Exarchia – New Democracy’s War on Anarchists

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

On July 8th, 2019, the New Democracy government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis assumed power in Greece, after campaigning on a promise to ‘clean up’ the central Athens neighbourhood of Exarchia, and ‘take it back’ from the anarchists.

Since then, the Greek state has launched a renewed attack against the anarchist and self-organized migrant movements, targeting squats and promising future raids. Against this threat, Greek anarchists have responded with characteristic resolve and determination.

Featuring interview with Pangiotis Varthalis of the squat Lelas Karagiannis 37

Translated by Boubouras (Act For Freedom Now)

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Athens, Greece: Notara 26 Squat is Attacked by Cops

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

THEY DON’T INTIMIDATE US, THEY INFURIATE US!

Last night at Notara26 Refugee/Migrant Housing squat we were attacked for the third time in the past six months by the state uniformed bullies.

Around 4:30 am – only a few minutes after one more attempt by undercover police to intimidate one of our comrades who was on her way to our squat- a riot squad, totally unprovoked, surrounded our squat twice.
The first time they were flashing their torches and laser pointers into our lobby persistently trying to see our faces and how many we were. They then withdrew for about ten minutes but came back reinforced. Τhis time apart from torches and laser pointers, they tried to force our squat’s door open.

These practices of the uniformed state terrorists DO NOT SCARE US! We are here, we continue our everyday struggle against fascism, racism and repression. We form strong solidarity and comradeship ties.
The only result this kind of bullying can have is to bring us even more together and our ranks closer!!!
There is only one thing to say…

WE SHALL MEET AT THE BARRICADES

Assembly of Notara 26, 10/2/2020

via Enough 14.

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Critical Reflections on Solidarity and Recent Rail Disruptions (Kanada)

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

Anonymous submission to North Shore

Over the past weeks since the call-out for railway disruptions appeared, there have been a half dozen actions targeting train lines in Ontario. These have been diverse, with most involving the use of copper wire to trip the sensor system. One such communique described the added impact of doing multiple, coordinated actions of this kind; another emphasized that this action can safely and easily be done alone; and another reflective one talked through some of the difficulties of preparing and making sure it’s effective, showing the potential for the action to be taken up widely. There was also a surprise demo that blocked the rails, and an incendiary attack on the power supply of a signal station.

These actions have been inspiring and are only a beginning. The raid on Wet’suwet’en territory seems inevitable, and so we would like to echo the calls that have been made to shut down Canada should the RCMP again attack land defenders there. Over the past weeks, anarchists have built up the means to do this by targeting rail lines, so we want to encourage everyone to start scouting and gathering supplies now to be ready to go in the days immediately following a raid. The disruptions that have already happened show that this strategy allows for a diversity of tactics, so there are many ways of answering this call, though the potential small, discrete groups seems particularly promising. (more…)

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Solidarity call with Kevan Thakrar after racist attack in HMP Full Sutton (UK)

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

Prisoner Solidarity Action Alert

This evening prisoner Kevan Thakrar called to inform IWOC that a known racist attempted to take his life this afternoon. Kevin McCarthy stabbed Kevan more than four times while Kevan was at the food servery. He used a wooden shank. Kevan has four puncture wounds on his back and bruises and scratches after also being hit on the head. Kevin walked past two prison officers neither of whom intervened to prevent or stop the attack until Kevan turned round to defend himself. The prison failed to take him to hospital but he was treated by two nurses on the wing.

This is the second attack Kevan has experienced in HMP Full Sutton in recent months. Kevan is shaken and in need of support to demand the prison move him to a safer location and take action to stop further racist attacks on his life. Feel free to use your own words as well as the sample scripts below.

Call script:

Hello, I am calling on behalf of Kevan Thakrar who is currently in the CSC at HMP Full Sutton. Kevan was stabbed four times yesterday by a known racist prisoner. Two prison officers were present and did not act to prevent or stop the attack until Kevan turned around to protect himself. This is the second attack Kevan has experienced in HMP Full Sutton in recent months and yet he is still held in the CSC.

I am really concerned about Kevan’s safety in the CSC and I am calling to demand that he is moved out of the CSC and to a safer location immediately.
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Athens, Greece: Statement by anarchist refugee Abtin Parsa

Sunday, December 1st, 2019

IT/EN

(November 23rd, 2019)

Days after being followed and days after my home in Ano Patissia was being watched by the anti-terrorist unit, I published a political statement that also includes a report about the events on 27/10/2019 [1].

Later, 09/11/2019, the anti-terrorist cops that were near my house started acting differently. At the same time, anti-terrorist unit repression against the movement became more severe, like arresting comrades with the accusation of being involved in the revolutionary organization “Organization of Revolutionary Self-Defense”.

10/11/2019, 22:00 to 22:30, while I was going home, I saw many undercover cops around my home, more than usual in the past few weeks. I decided to not go home and publish immediately the information in Indymedia Athens about this event [2].

11/11/2019, in the evening, while my flatmate and his friend were coming out of the building, 15 to 20 anti-terrorist cops stopped them. First, anti-terrorist cops handcuffed them, put them in the car and probably 30 minutes later the anti-terrorist cops entered my home with the key that they took from my flatmate. Anti-terrorist cops started searching the house. After that, they arrested my flatmate with the accusation of having a military knife that was found in our home. (more…)

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Voices of Notara – Interviews from a squat in Exarchia, Athens (Greece)

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

Voices of Notara. Part 3: “a place of love and revolution”

From Stateless (+ Pics):

This is one in a series of interviews with people involved in the Notara 26 squat in Exarcheia, Athens. The struggle for the free spaces here is made up of people with very different backgrounds, life stories and ideas. We aim to record people’s own words without imposing our views – though of course we can’t escape our own perspectives, or the limits of translation.

3. “Dokhtar-e-Mah” (daughter of the moon)

The idea of Notara came when lots of people were arriving in 2015. Many people were camping in the park in Pedion tou Areos, next to Exarcheia in the centre of Athens, living in tents outside in very bad conditions. We were some people from the movement who went to try and help.

Winter was coming. We held an assembly with comrades, and decided to find a building and occupy it as a squat for refugees. After doing a mapping of the area, we decided on this one, which belongs to the ministry of labour but had been abandoned for more than five years. We said – “what is public, we’ll give to the people.”

We entered the building on 25 September 2015, but we needed at least 15 days to prepare it. We made separations for rooms, showers, common spaces, storage spaces, the kitchen, etc. Social kitchens supported the project and brought in food every day for lunch and dinner, as later they also did for other squats in Exarchia. (more…)

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Letter from John Bowden, long-term radical prisoner (UK)

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

There is a group of prisoners who although imprisoned for non-political offences subsequently become politicised or radicalised whilst in jail, and in both the USA and Britain this is a phenomenon that has become increasingly widespread.

In the USA during the 1960s and 70s the radicalisation of ordinary black prisoners, in particular, was fostered by the centrality of imprisonment in the experience of black activists and revolutionaries like Malcolm X (who described prisons as “universities of revolution”), Eldridge Cleaver, George Jackson, H Rap Brown, Angela Davis and others. George Jackson described his own politicisation succinctly: “I met Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, Engels, and Mao when I entered prison and they redeemed me”.

Thus those whom W.E.B. Dubois described as an “army of the wronged” increasingly defined themselves as political prisoners who were the products of an oppressive political-economic order. This belief underpinned the praxis of radical groups such as the Black Panthers and Symbionese Liberation Army, and prisons were seen as the epicentre of a broader social and political revolution. The call for recognition of radicalised prisoners claim to political status underpinned prisoners’ demands in a series of protests that punctuated the 1970s in U.S. Prisons such as Folsom, Soledad, San Quentin and, later, Attica. (more…)

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Demo in Solidarity with Immigrants and Spaces of Struggle – Athens, Greece

Friday, October 11th, 2019

[November 2] Solidarity Demonstration for immigrants and spaces of struggle // Against the State and Capitalistic Development

On November 2nd, we are calling comrades from Greece and all over the world to show their solidarity, and to unite their voices through calls, demonstrations, and multiform actions.

SOLIDARITY DEMONSTRATION FOR IMMIGRANTS AND SPACES OF STRUGGLE

AGAINST STATE AND CAPITALISTIC DEVELOPMENT

VICTORIA SQUARE / NOVEMBER 2 / 12:00

The immigrant population is being debased and eliminated in all aspects of life. In order to flee war and/or poverty they are walking the paths of refugeeism on sea and land, to the squalid conditions of concentration camps, like Moria, where impoverishment and death are usually the only way forward for them. If they survive, there is a war with the cops in the neighbourhoods they live and work. Murders and beatings at the police departments, identifications and arrests that lead to long-term confinements, disappearances and deportations. At work, they get exploited without any limitation as they are the invisible part of the workforce. Their working undervaluation comes along with a total exclusion from educational, health, and other general infrastructures. (more…)

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