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102 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Fire From Below: Zoe Baker on Lessons from Anarchist History
On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with anarchist historian and YouTuber, Zoe Baker, about lessons from anarchist history, what past struggles can teach us about the social movements of today, just what the hell an ‘anarcho-communist’ is, and how anarchists in the past have dealt with the question of organization, tactics, and strategy. During our discussion, we talk about how anarchism spread throughout the world, how it broke with Marxists and socialists over the question of the State and engaging in electorialism, how historical anarchists have argued for or against informal and formal organization, and also how historical anarchists in the US engaged with the wider population. We end our conversation by discussing why studying anarchist history is important and also map out examples of anarchists organizing through various informal and formal means in order to carry out mass actions that had far reaching impacts. More Info: Zoe Baker on Twitter, on YouTube, on Patreon. Music: Martyr Index “1936”
63 minutes | Jun 19, 2021
How a Far-Right Network With Links to Law Enforcement is Working to Attack Tribal Treaty and Water Rights in Oregon
On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with Chuck Tanner of the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR) about the People’s Rights Network, a collection of far-Right activists led by Ammon Bundy, (who has just announced a run for governor of Idaho) famous for his role in a series of armed standoffs in various states alongside members of far-Right militia groups such as the Oath Keepers and the III%ers. As the IREHR wrote: A conflict is brewing in the Klamath River Basin in southern Oregon. Ammon Bundy, one of the far-right figures involved in the 2016 armed standoff at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge and his group, People’s Rights, have inserted themselves into the dispute over scarce water resources in the region that could lead to more armed conflict. Severe drought has gripped the Klamath River Basin. A recurring problem in the irrigated high desert, the current round of limits on water for the Klamath Irrigation Project came April 14 when the Bureau of Reclamation (BoR) released its Klamath Project 2021 Temporary Operations Plan, announcing it would make an “initial minimum” allocation to the Klamath Irrigation Project of 33,000 acre-feet and provide some $15 million in immediate aid to the Klamath Project and $3 million in technical assistance to tribal ecosystem projects. The allocation is at an historic low. The decision comes as tribes in the Lower Klamath Basin, including the Yurok and Karuk, are facing massive fish die-offs and emergency conditions in their fisheries; and the Klamath Tribes have expressed concern that BoR managed water levels in Klamath Lake be maintained to support its treaty-reserved fisheries. As a result, water for irrigation has been curtailed. Unhappy with that decision, a group of local irrigators, some of who were involved in a similar conflict back in 2001, are trying to reopen the flow of the irrigation canal. They’ve aligned with Bundy’s People’s Rights network, and are now holding organizing meetings on the property next to the headgates to the canal. Grant Knoll, a Klamath Irrigation District board member and one of the irrigators who purchased the property to stage the big tent People’s Rights protests recently declared, “We’re going to turn on the water and have a standoff.” Listen to tonight's People's Rights Oregon Area Six special guest rave about her long-term relationship with the white nationalist and antisemitic publication The Spotlight / American Free Press. https://t.co/wPpsbb4TNb — Devin Burghart (@dburghart) June 17, 2021 Anti-Indigenous opposition from the People’s Rights Network to Native treaty and water rights has grown into a strong ideological component for their brand of far-Right politics. According to IREHR: Bundy completely dismissed [Native] rights, casting them in the conspiratorial terms that dominate his far-right, nationalist, and insurrectionary organization. For Bundy, anti-tribal politics and behavior are nothing new. The disregard for tribal rights endemic to his movement came into relief during the Bundy-led 2016 armed takeover of the Malheur wildlife refuge. The takeover took place in the homelands of the Burns Paiute Tribe, over objections from the tribe. Some of those in Bundy’s group damaged a tribal archaeological site, and two of the paramilitary occupiers were ordered to pay restitution to the tribe. Our latest look at People’s Rights activity in Oregon examines the deeply anti-Indian ideas, goals and alliances associated with Ammon Bundy and company's efforts in the Klamath Basin. https://t.co/CHFXEzOZfQ — IREHR (@IREHR) June 10, 2021 Also in our discussion, we map out the ideological origins of Ammon Bundy and by extension, the People’s Rights Network, which trace their roots back to proto-milita white supremacist groups like the Posse Comitatus. Far from being ‘anti-government,’ along with current organizations like the Oath Keepers, Bundy and his followers embrace the concept of “Constitutional Sheriffs” which argues that the Sheriff should be the highest law in the land, backed up by the army and the local militia (or posse). As Chuck argues, this embrace of far-Right revolutionary violence, a push for a return to an old colonial order, and a fierce opposition to Native sovereignty, “is the stuff of death squads,” and also finds growing support among law enforcement. More Info: Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR) homepage, on Twitter, and collection of articles on the Klamath Basin conflict. photo: Anton Ivanchenko via Unsplash
53 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Inside the Growing On-Campus Abolitionist Movement
On this episode of It’s Going Down, we speak with SA Smythe, who is “a statewide coordinating committee member of the faculty wing of California Cops Off Campus and organizes with students and other comrades in the broader Cops Off Campus Coalition and other abolitionist/anti-carceral groups across Turtle Island and in Europe.” At UCDavis a gang of people rolled up on the Chancellor’s house … and some abolitionist good times ensued pic.twitter.com/C0KDOhqZT2 — Cops Off Campus – #AbolitionMay (@ucftp) May 25, 2021 We discuss the rise of abolitionist organizing on college campuses, the recent “Abolitionist May” month of action, and where the movement is going in the post-George Floyd world. We also talk about the repressive role of campus police against on campus movements and struggles, and in enforcing gentrification and racial apartheid. More Info: SA Smythe on Twitter, homepage, Cop Off California College Campuses, Cops off Campus across Turtle Island/North America, and LinkTree.
88 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
This Is America #141: Mass Action Against Line 3; Sean Swain and June 11th
Welcome to This Is America, June 10th, 2021. On this episode, first we bring you an interview with Lauren Swain, the partner of anarchist prisoner Sean Swain who currently has launched a campaign in order to help them hopefully transition out of prison later this summer. We discuss Swain’s case and his amazing life, his journey to anarchist politics, and the repression he has faced as a politicized prisoner. For ways to support Sean, check out this Instagram account here. Anarchist prisoner Sean Swain is up for parole soon! Take action to help get this comrade free after nearly 30 years locked up. pic.twitter.com/EARqUXSmJF — Fidencio Libre (@FidencioLibre) June 5, 2021 We then switch to our discussion, where we tackle the attempt by the Republicans to solidify their base increasingly within the far-Right and what this means for the wider political terrain. The weather reminded us of something today: HAPPY PRIDE!!!#pride #NoJusticeNoStreets 📷: https://t.co/SYvp6es8SL pic.twitter.com/updieJ8kVv — 38th And Chicago Avenue (@GeorgeFloydSQ) June 10, 2021 All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news! Living and Fighting Line 3 Resistance Shuts Down Construction in Mass Action Hundreds of water protectors from across the U.S. are taking part in a large action to #StopLine3 in Northern MN. The road is blockaded & many are locked down to pipeline construction equipment thruout a large pump station & construction yard. #LIVE https://t.co/bEBc8baCWh — Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) June 7, 2021 This week, thousands of people have responded to a call put out several months ago to converge against Line 3 and blockade the construction site of the pipeline. Police and DHS agents responded with arrests and flying helicopters low to the ground, in an effort to frighten Water Protectors and to stir up dust storms around those locked down to construction equipment. Occupying Enbridge’s attempts to drill under the Mississippi River. #StopLine3 pic.twitter.com/n0qa7hTST5 — Scott Parkin (@sparki1969) June 8, 2021 According to reporters with Unicorn Riot on the ground, some of the lock-downs put in place by Water Protectors have impacted construction significantly and in one case, last for over 30 hours. Be sure to check their extensive coverage of resistance on the ground. DHS/Border Patrol is using helicopter rotor wash to try to clear out activists out from an occupied #Line3 pump station north of Park Rapids. More than 24 activists are locked down to equipment inside. @MPRnews pic.twitter.com/ArTN6FAqwC — Evan Frost (@efrostee) June 7, 2021 According to a press release on the action: In Minnesota’s largest ever anti-pipeline mobilization, water protectors Monday morning halted construction of Enbridge’s Line 3 toxic tar sands pipeline. Over 1,000 people marched with Indigenous leaders to the headwaters of the Mississippi River for a treaty ceremony at the site where the pipeline is proposed to cross. Further south, over 500 Indigenous people [and] allies shut down an active Line 3 pump station in a massive direct action in solidarity with the Giniw Collective, an Indigenous women, two-spirit-led frontline land defense group. These actions are a part of the Treaty People Gathering, a mass mobilization of more than 2,000 people planned by Indigenous-led groups, communities of faith, and climate justice organizations, and the beginning of a summer of resistance. At day break, hundreds of land defenders reached the Two Inlets Line 3 pump station . Some climbed ladders or locked themselves to equipment, while others blockaded the entrance… Donate to the bail fund here. Actions in Solidarity with Palestine Expand Newly formed "Block the Boat" NY-NJ coalition organized a protest against the the Israeli "ZIM Tarragona", which was scheduled to arrive at the port Sunday morning. The activists successfully blocked an Israeli ZIM cargo ship from unloading at the Port of #Oakland on Friday. pic.twitter.com/9Mgdgg8OYO — Quds News Network (@QudsNen) June 7, 2021 Block the Boat actions and mobilizations have taken place at various ports across the US and Canada over the past week. Mass picketing (which have been honored by union port workers of the ILWU who have refused to cross the lines) at the Port of Oakland and in so-called Vancouver has been successful in stopping the unloading of Israeli goods from ZIM ships. Amazing photos from #BlockTheBoat Vancouver where hundreds of community members successfully blocked the port entrance. If you are near Vancouver, sign up for text alerts (833-590-1987) as more ZIM ships are headed your way! #BDS #EndIsraeliApartheid pic.twitter.com/ODKtucaMKf — AROC #BlocktheBoat (@AROCBayArea) June 9, 2021 According to on report: In May, members of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union in Durban, South Africa, responded to a call from the Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions and refused to offload cargo from a ZIM ship. Dockworkers in Livorno, Italy, withheld their service to load a shipment of arms going to Israel. On May 25, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Northern California District Council also expressed its support of the Palestinians in a written statement. A communique posted to Abolition Media Worldwide also took credit for an action in solidarity with Palestine. It read: The brutal bombardment of Gaza, the mass eviction of Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque; these can only described as acts of ethnic cleansing and extermination. Last week, in an act of revolutionary solidarity with autonomous Palestinian resistance, we started a fire at the Pratt & Whitney engine facility in Orange County, CA, completely destroying a fleet van and damaging the exterior of the building. For us, revolutionary solidarity can’t mean mere words or symbolic gestures; it means putting our entire bodies into the struggle and causing material damage to the war machine. Pratt & Whitney is a division of Raytheon Technologies, the fourth largest arms dealer in the world. Pratt & Whitney have deep ties to the Israeli defense industry. In 2015, Pratt & Whitney signed a 15 year contract with the Israeli Ministry of Defense, in support of the Israeli Air Force, designed to provide 100% daily propulsion readiness for the entire Israeli fleet of F-15 and F-16 aircraft. Pratt and Whitney also supplies the engines used in the Israeli Air Forces entire fleet of F-16 fighter jets. These same fighter jets are now being used to rain down all hell on Gaza. As we approach the one year anniversary of the burning of the 3rd Precinct in Minneapolis following the police lynching of George Floyd, we can’t forget the role that arms dealers such as Raytheon play in the militarization of law enforcement. Raytheon supplies police departments across the country with surveillance technology and training software. We know that all liberation is tied together, and that the Israeli settler state is enlivened by the same racism and colonial ambitions that the United States is embodied by. The same multinational corporations arming the IDF to crush Palestinian resistance are also arming law enforcement agencies in the US to brutalize Black and Brown communities. From the alleys of Gaza City, to mountains of Kurdistan, to streets of Minneapolis; solidarity with all who struggle against colonialism and state power -Anarchist Cells of Abolitionist Fire Strikes by Miners and Auto Workers Continue Over 3,000 auto workers at the Volvo New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Virginia are back on the picket lines following their second mass rejection of a sell-out contract, which forced the union to re-authorize the resumption of the strike. This is a separate assault that took place today at #WarriorMet. A #UMWA member trying to join the picket line was intentionally struck by a boss.Please share so people can see first hand exactly why we are on an unfair labor practices strike. #Solidarity #1u pic.twitter.com/O3YbJkIyFo — Haeden Wright (@HaedenWright) June 5, 2021 Meanwhile in Alabama, a strike by over a thousand United Mine Workers fighting against attacks in their pay and benefits by Warrior Met Coal continues to heat up. Last week, video surfaced of a boss hitting a striking miner with their truck. According to one report, the recent attack is only the latest in a string of assaults against strikers, who “have been hit by cars three times in the past three days while on the picket line.” George Floyd Square Faces Down Another Attempted Eviction George Floyd Square pic.twitter.com/3UwM0UC9Sp — Greenganon (@Greenganon) June 9, 2021 On the morning of June 8th, the City of Minneapolis attempted another eviction of George Floyd Square, however community members swiftly put back barricades. According to the Associated Press: City crews returned early Tuesday to a Minneapolis intersection where a memorial to George Floyd was assembled after his death last year and worked to reopen it to traffic by removing…barriers, only to have activists barricade the area again. As soon as workers left the area on Tuesday, activists moved back in, again blocking traffic with parked cars, trash cans, traffic signs and other items in a repeat of last Thursday’s scene. As the Star Tribune noted: Members of the Agape Movement, a community group hired by the city to provide security in lieu of police, and protest organizers argued over the wooden pallets and concrete barricades remaining on the west side of the square…As soon as workers were finished, protesters began parking cars and piling pallets in the streets again. A new zine has also been created, mapping the various non-profits and “community organizations” actively working as a force for counter-insurgency on behalf of the police and city of Minneapolis. View it here. Upcoming Events June 9th: Peninsula Park, 6:30 PM. Presentation on ‘History of Rose City Antifa.’ More info here. June 11th: International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason and Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners Philadelphia, PA: BBQ and movie fundraiser. Detroit, MI: Noise demo. Cincinnati, OH: Film screening and benefit. More info here. Portland, OR: Letter-writing event. SE 17th and Taylor, 6 PM. June 12th: Letter writing and book packaging for prisoners to mark June 11th. Chicago, IL. More info here. June 12 – 13th: Philly Skillshare Convergence featuring workshops, discussions, and tabling. For more information and updates, check here. June 18th: Counter-protest against the Proud Boys in Oregon City, OR. 2pm. June 26th – July 1st: Earth First! Summer Gathering in so-called Minnesota. More info here. August 21st – September 9th: Call for abolitionist actions in support of prisoner struggles. More info here. November 12th – 14th: Protest against white nationalist ‘American Renaissance’ conference in Burns, Tennessee. It’s Going Down If you value IGD as a revolutionary autonomous media resource in times of crisis and have the means, please sign up to support us monthly! Help autonomous revolutionary media grow into 2021! Sign up to become a monthly supporter here! Give us a one time donation here or through Bitcoin. Subscribe to our podcast, either by following our RSS feed or following IGD wherever you get your podcasts! Listen to us on the radio! We’re on Pacifica radio stations on Fridays at 12 PM PST (Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, Fresno, and Santa Cruz). On Saturday, 7pm, at 96.9 in Seattle. If you have a Pacifica station or community radio station in your area, encourage them to stream our show! Follow and share us on Twitter, Instagram, and Mastadon! Tell a friend about IGD and check out more content on the Channel Zero Anarchist Podcast Network!
56 minutes | May 31, 2021
Back to Work?: An Anti-Capitalist Analysis on Why Jobs Are Going Unfilled
On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with Robert Ovetz and Gifford Hartman, two long time anti-capitalist and class struggle researchers, who discuss the pandemic and how it has fundamentally changed the lives of everyday waged workers. Specifically, we tackle the rhetoric surrounding “unfilled jobs,” largely in the service industry, where capitalists are scrambling in some cases to offer workers higher wages, better benefits, and even pay for them to come in and fill out a resume because they are desperate to fill vacant positions, as many States prepare to fully reopen their economies. the workers at this chipotle said no more exploiting us pic.twitter.com/a99FHWc5vq — brands getting owned (@BrandsOwned) May 8, 2021 What is causing these jobs to be unfilled? Have workers simply gone into other sectors of the economy as the pandemic has raged on? Are they “striking with their feet”: refusing to take jobs that put themselves in harm’s way, or are they like the politicians claim, simply “lazy” because of recent stimulus checks and unemployment benefits? guys it’s happening pic.twitter.com/Nf0OWZQXEe — KING LATIFAH (@HaritoMorales) May 8, 2021 We close our discussion by speaking about resistance in the workplace in the age of the pandemic, the rise of wildcat strikes, and also the recent failed attempt by business unions to carry out a union drive at Amazon. If current conditions have shifted things more in workers’ favor, then how can future struggles build upon this? More Info: When Workers Shot Back on the IGD podcast, From Automation to the Gig Economy on the IGD podcast, Payday Report
120 minutes | May 28, 2021
This Is America #140: Kentucky Mobile Home Park Resists Eviction; Looking Forward Post-Rebellion
Welcome, to This Is America, May 28th, 2021. On today’s episode, first we speak with a resident of the North Fork mobile home park in Kentucky, about how residents there have been fighting the mass eviction of a trailer park to make way for a strip mall, a move that will displace dozens of families and individuals and enrich “one of the most successful businessmen in Kentucky,” who will rake in a massive amount of corporate welfare, to complete development of the project. George Floyd's life was stolen from him by police last year. Rest in power. pic.twitter.com/G1cg0ySN5L — DC Youth Liberation Front (@dcylf) May 26, 2021 We then switch to a recording from a recent May Day event, featuring speakers from It’s Going Down, Sima Lee and Klee Benally, who discuss the past year since the start of the George Floyd rebellion and the path ahead in the changing terrain. All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news! Living and Fighting One Year Since the Start of the George Floyd Uprising Marches, rallies, and letter-writing events to prisoners marked one year since the start of the George Floyd uprising in so-called Minneapolis. 300 marched in Downtown Portland, clashing with police and setting off fireworks, while in Minneapolis, a large gathering was held at George Floyd Square. George Floyd Square showing everyone what community looks like. pic.twitter.com/qVkGNvsElu — daviss (@daviss) May 26, 2021 A year after George Floyd's murder by Minneapolis police officers racial justice activists in Portland, Oregon protested outside the Justice Center. After a dumpster was set on fire at the Justice Center riot police responded while firefighters extinguished the flames. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/FQlzYPCbXk — Daniel V. Media (@danielvmedia) May 26, 2021 Fireworks are let off outside the Injustice center in downtown Portland on the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder. There are around 300 people here. #GeorgeFloyd #portlandprotest pic.twitter.com/fCqwmh7jvb — Grace Morgan (@gravemorgan) May 26, 2021 Solidarity with Palestine Over the last several weeks, mass demonstrations have continued in solidarity with Palestinians in the occupied territories, resulting in pressuring Israel to end bombardments which have led to the deaths of over 200 Palestinians in an aggressive campaign of ethnic cleansing. Protests in New York and Montreal have led to clashes with police and pro-Zionists forces in the streets. Also in Chicago, the international headquarters of Boeing was blockade for their role in selling Israel weapons. Rockford stands in Solidarity with Palestine!!! reposted the picture from the Muslim Association of Greater Rockford pic.twitter.com/3uiXYgTkUI — 815 Mutual Aid Network (@mutualaid815) May 22, 2021 HAPPENING NOW: Organizers are blocking the road to the international headquarters of Boeing here in Chicago, demanding to #Blockthebombs after Biden approved a $735 MILLION sale of Boeing weapons to Apartheid Israel #DivestfromBoeing pic.twitter.com/0WvtoHhvzq — Hoda Katebi هدی کاتبی (@hodakatebi) May 27, 2021 Fight for Abolition Under the banner of Abolition May, abolitionist groups across so-called US have been organizing actions and events throughout the month of May to demand police off college campuses. Actions have ranged from from banner drops, marches through campus, teach-ins and educational events, and Coffee Not Cops outreach tables. At UCDavis a gang of people rolled up on the Chancellor’s house … and some abolitionist good times ensued pic.twitter.com/C0KDOhqZT2 — Cops Off Campus – #AbolitionMay (@ucftp) May 25, 2021 How many different ways can we say it @UCLA? #CopsOffCampus #AbolitionNow. And oh yes, FUCK REFORMS. pic.twitter.com/BQid6S46WI — DIVEST/INVEST – #CopsOffCampus (@divestucla) May 21, 2021 Thanks to everyone who showed up to Abolition Square today in-person and online! Looking forward to seeing y'all again soon #CareNotCops pic.twitter.com/BUpDMxUOSN — UCSD Cops Off Campus (@ucsd_ftp) May 20, 2021 There is no good reason for UCPD to exist. Today, students, faculty, staff, community members took over the intersection in front of UCPD @UCLA to state that message. #AbolitionMay #CopsOffCampus pic.twitter.com/zpPy8YGsbN — DIVEST/INVEST – #CopsOffCampus (@divestucla) May 21, 2021 Protests continue in Elizabeth City, North Carolina against the police murder Andrew Brown, Jr. Officials recently ruled that the shooting was “justified,” while Brown’s family and community members contend he was ambushed and riddled with bullets by the police. This week, a white driver was arrested for driving into a crowd of protesters, hitting two African-American women with her car. Protests and marches continue daily. For a more in-depth look at the demonstrations, check out this recent IGD podcast. Car hits #AndrewBrown protester on bike in #ElizabethCity pic.twitter.com/FaCkFyfXZX — 🚩🐶Andrea Of The Anti-Fascist Variety✊🐘🏴 (@PAWGsForBernie) May 24, 2021 In Los Angeles, the LAPD issued a city wide “tactical alert” before opening fire with projectiles on an large outdoor punk show, which led to concert goers throwing rocks, blocking streets, and firing off fireworks. LAPD really showed up to the punk show last night and shot less-lethal rounds directly into the pit pic.twitter.com/xMMu4bgHI7 — New York Year Zero (@newyorkyearzero) May 9, 2021 In Philadelphia, hundreds took the the streets to mark the anniversary of the police bombing of the eco-radical group, MOVE in 1985. From one report: Surviving members of the MOVE family walked with hundreds of supporters through West Philadelphia Thursday night to commemorate the 36th anniversary of the day city leaders dropped explosives on their…compound. The subsequent fire, allowed to burn to the point where it turned more than 60 houses to rubble, killed 11 people, including five children. Just hours before Pam Africa and Mike Africa Jr. began their remembrance of lost comrades by describing the two-day assault, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced the resignation of the city’s top health official for mishandling remains of victims of the bombing. #OnaMove pic.twitter.com/bxpUMH7Es4 — T A H I R (@TheVirtuousLion) May 13, 2021 Indigenous Resistance Over 50 people have been arrested at the Fairy Creek tree-sit blockade in so-called British Columbia since police began enforcing an injunction on the land in an attempt stop resistance to logging of some of the last remaining old-growth forest. Resistance to the Line 3 pipeline continues. For ongoing updates, be sure to check out Rising Tide North America for ongoing updates. Recently, large lock-downs have stalled construction at the site and Water Protectors also organized a demonstration outside the home of a bank executive helping to fund the project. Source: Rising Tide North America A trial has begun for several of the Tiny House Warriors in so-called Canada who are fighting the Trans Mountain Pipeline. Update about #TinyHouseWarriors vs #TransMountain trial starts today May 25-29, 2021 #stoptmx pic.twitter.com/GzjRU1gziR — Kanahus Manuel (@KanahusFreedom) May 25, 2021 The loudest thunder this spring … pic.twitter.com/wYDmLdLfM3 — Kanahus Manuel (@KanahusFreedom) May 27, 2021 The Six Nations land reclamation at 1492 Land Back Lane continues. From a report on social media: Members of the Six Nations of the Grand River have built cabins and other structures on the site…which is right beside the Six Nations territory, and have been living there for the past 10 months. The purpose of the occupation is to halt construction of a housing project by Foxgate Developments. While blockades have come down, people are preparing for “a summer of get-togethers, concerts and lacrosse games” on the land. From Turtle Island to Palestine colonization is a crime! We have raised a banner in the intersection where police shot at our people in October in solidarity with Palestine. We stand united in our shared struggle. pic.twitter.com/ZHmaO4zAyu — #1492LandBackLane (@1492LBL) May 14, 2021 In Mohawk territory in so-called Quebec, in the same area where the Oka crisis in 1990 kicked off in fierce resistance, Native people continue to resist the development of land for the tourism industry. Recently, a car caravan was organized to support ongoing land defense efforts. A few photos from today’s protest at the illegal development site in Kanehsatake pic.twitter.com/vJJAZApw9z — Ellen Gabriel (@EllenGabriel1) May 22, 2021 Class War Workers at Voodoo Doughnut have received our union election date! Workers will be voting this month from May 11th to June 8th. The workers are expecting to win the vote with an overwhelming majority ✊#doughnutworkersunited #dwu #iww #voodoodoughnut #union #unionstrong pic.twitter.com/ZVYBoplTAl — Doughnut Workers United (@DWU_PDX) May 1, 2021 Members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) have been busy, working to unionize Moe’s Books in Berkeley, CA, Charter school workers in Richmond, CA, and also the staff of the Socialist Rifle Association (SRA), the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC), and Voodoo Doughnut workers in Portland, OR. A march to defend historic People’s Park and 1921 Walnut st in Berkeley from developers happening now, on the weekend of People’s Park 52nd anniversary @defendppark pic.twitter.com/3xb50BriKW — 𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐧 (@renepakmorrison) April 24, 2021 Also in Berkeley, marches and protests have been ongoing, fighting back against proposed evictions by UC Berkeley of housing and the autonomous People’s Park. Upcoming Events June 5th: Beaverton City Library, 2pm. Zinefest and Mutual Aid Fair. Beaverton, Oregon. June 5th: Abolition Assembly and BBQ, Richmond, VA. More info here. June 11th: International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason and Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners Philadelphia, PA: BBQ and movie fundraiser. Detroit, MI: Noise demo. June 12 – 13th: Philly Skillshare Convergence featuring workshops, discussions, and tabling. For more information and updates, check here. June 26th – July 1st: Earth First! Summer Gathering in so-called Minnesota. More info here. August 21st – September 9th: Call for abolitionist actions in support of prisoner struggles. More info here. It’s Going Down If you value IGD as a revolutionary autonomous media resource in times of crisis and have the means, please sign up to support us monthly! Help autonomous revolutionary media grow into 2021! Sign up to become a monthly supporter here! Give us a one time donation here or through Bitcoin. Subscribe to our podcast, either by following our RSS feed or following IGD wherever you get your podcasts! Listen to us on the radio! We’re on Pacifica radio stations on Fridays at 12 PM PST (Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, Fresno, and Santa Cruz). On Saturday, 7pm, at 96.9. If you have a Pacifica station or community radio station in your area, encourage them to stream our show! Follow and share us on Twitter, Instagram, and Mastadon! Tell a friend about IGD and check out more content on the Channel Zero Anarchist Podcast Network!
81 minutes | May 14, 2021
Resistance, Fascism & Cracks in Ruling Class Consensus: In Conversation with Shane Burley
On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with journalist and author Shane Burley both about their new book, Why We Fight: Essays on Fascism, Resistance, and Surviving the Apocalypse, as well as on the current crisis playing itself within the Republican party and within ruling class circles in the US in general. During our discussion, we talk about the current struggle for power between neo-con and Trumpian forces within the Republicans and what this means both for the State itself and for other forces both inside and outside of it. We then discuss elements of Burley’s book, including the future of GOP and far-Right crossover, key lessons and take-ways from the rebellion that kicked off last summer, and how autonomous movements can continue to grow in the current terrain. More Info: Why We Fight on AK Press, Shane Burley on Twitter, It’s Going Down podcast 2017, It’s Going Down podcast 2019 photo: Chris Henry via Unsplash music: Inner Terrestrials “White Nightmare”
54 minutes | May 10, 2021
Report from Elizabeth City as the State Clamps Down on Protests for Andrew Brown, Jr
On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we spoke with Andrea about the unfolding demonstrations and protests in Elizabeth City in North Carolina, following the police killing of Andrew Brown, Jr, on April 21st. Day 12 of protests for #AndrewBrown in #ElizabethCity starts at the waterfront pic.twitter.com/qgrhpDvmCW — 🚩🐶Andrea Of The Anti-Fascist Variety✊🐘🏴 (@PAWGsForBernie) May 2, 2021 For the past three weeks, people have continued to take to the streets to call for the release of police tapes of the incident, while family members who have had access to view the tape have stated that it shows Brown’s execution by police and that he had his hands on the steering wheel of his car at the time of this death. Local Democratic leadership as well as conservative judges have both refused to release the tapes and instead have declared a State of Emergency after the killing, in a preemptive move to put down unrest. As we discuss throughout our interview, this move was quickly followed by the imposition of a night-time curfew and another draconian rule that required people to apply for permits with local city leaders in order to legally hold protests. Yet despite this, violent arrests, and threats from Trump supporters – protesters continue to get in the streets: day in and day out. Weather getting interesting #ElizabethCity #AndrewBrown pic.twitter.com/nTPkFkvVnc — 🚩🐶Andrea Of The Anti-Fascist Variety✊🐘🏴 (@PAWGsForBernie) May 4, 2021 Elizabeth City shows what happens with local elites and police try to suppress popular anger and attempt to gain total control over the situation. Those in the streets of North Carolina continue to fight and they deserve our support, as mobilizations continue and grassroots reporters like Andrea continue to issue dispatches from the front lines.
80 minutes | May 7, 2021
This Is America #139: Fight Against Mountain Valley Pipeline Continues; Analysis of Chauvin Trial’s Close
Welcome, to This Is America, May 7th, 2021. On this episode we bring you an interview (recorded about two weeks ago) with two folks involved in the battle to stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). We talk about the recent end the tree-sit at the Hellbender autonomous zone, broad community support for the campaign and also ongoing State repression against those recently arrested during ongoing actions. We then switch to our discussion, where we look at Biden’s first three months in office; specifically his policies, which in many ways are a continuation of Trumpism and how they have played out on the border. When then offer an analysis at the close of the Chauvin trial. All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news. Living and Fighting We're excited to announce that Loren has accepted a favorable, non-cooperating plea deal & has been released. Congrats Loren! And a big thank you to everyone who has supported him over the past year. pic.twitter.com/WlUwuTiw56 — Tucson Anti-Repression Crew (@TucsonARC) May 5, 2021 On today’s episode, we want to highlight a few repression updates. First up, in some good news, Loren Reed from so-called Arizona, has been released and has taken a “good” non-cooperating plea deal. Daniel Baker has been found guilty on both counts. This is a sad and disappointing result in a case that epitomizes the political prosecution of radical Leftists.https://t.co/HdOik5HSKh https://t.co/a3DD3lnibh — Brad Thomson (@BradThomsonNoP) May 6, 2021 And now, in some…not so good news, Daniel Baker, a Florida resident and former YPG volunteer in Rojava, was found guilty in court this week for supposedly making a call to counter a potentially violent pro-Trump rally. And, as we discuss in our interview today, Appalachians Against Pipelines (MVP) is in need of ongoing support, as several Water Protectors continue to face serious charges. From a local article: “Two nonviolent protesters must serve a day in jail for every day they spent in tree stands blocking the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a Montgomery County judge ruled Wednesday.” Donate to their bail-fund here! This comrade is dealing with some serious bullshit in connection with the uprising in portland—they have him in jail with a 2 million dollar bail! https://t.co/hobXuRB5Kk https://t.co/MNttR5Zojp — It's Going Down (@IGD_News) May 7, 2021 Finally in Oregon, people are raising money to bail out Malik, who is currently facing some serious charges stemming from the rebellion. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for future installments of In Contempt and Prison Break for more updates, as well as future podcasts. It’s Going Down If you value IGD as a revolutionary autonomous media resource in times of crisis and have the means, please sign up to support us monthly! Help autonomous revolutionary media grow into 2021! Sign up to become a monthly supporter here! Give us a one time donation here or through Bitcoin. Subscribe to our podcast, either by following our RSS feed or following IGD wherever you get your podcasts! Listen to us on the radio! We’re on Pacifica radio stations on Fridays at 12 PM PST (Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, Fresno, and Santa Cruz). On Saturday, 7pm, at 96.9. If you have a Pacifica station or community radio station in your area, encourage them to stream our show! Follow and share us on Twitter, Instagram, and Mastadon! Tell a friend about IGD and check out more content on the Channel Zero Anarchist Podcast Network!
64 minutes | May 4, 2021
At the End of the World: Afrofuturism, Black Speculative Futures, and Black Transhumanism
On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, IGD contributor Scott Campbell speaks with Clay Colmon, who teaches in the Cultural Studies Department at Claremont Graduate University and is the Associate Director of Instructional Design at UPenn’s School of Arts and Sciences. The two discuss the potential and meaning of change, the growing capaciousness of Afrofuturism, the power of Black speculative futures, the significance of vision and story in social struggle, the construction of the human, the possibilities of Black transhumanism and posthumanism, and the implications of all of the above in the work for liberatory social change. Clay can be found on Twitter at @warmclay. The interlude track is “Soul of the Sea” by Drexciya, accompanied by audio clips of Octavia Butler, N.K. Jemisin, Wanuri Kahiu, Nnedi Okorafor, Octavia Butler, and N.K. Jemisin, respectively. photo: Hamish Dowson via Unsplash
62 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
After the Tear-Gas Clears: A Discussion on the Revolutionary Horizon Post-Rebellion
On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with Shemon and Arturo, two authors who have contributed numerous pieces analyzing the George Floyd rebellion for both It’s Going Down and Ill Will. We look back at the rebellion which began in late May of 2020 after the police killing of George Floyd and discuss what lessons the revolt leaves us with now, especially following the rebellion in Brooklyn Central after the police murder of Daunte Wright. Throughout our discussion, we address the difference in the action taken by the proletariat as a whole and the rhetoric of the managing classes which attempted to drain the revolt of its subversive and revolutionary content, while pushing it back into politics as usual. This took the form of everything from the spreading of conspiracy theories, to downplaying the ability of the proletariat to organize and carry out its own forms of organization and resistance. Also included within our discussion, is dialog around how the pandemic informed the revolt, the role of looting, and the response from the State. We end by asking how can rebels adapt to a changing environment as more people leave the streets and the State clamps down with new repressive laws and National Guard troops. Moreover, what does it mean to “consolidate the gains” made during the revolt while pushing back on the new enclosures and repressive measures of the ruling class? More Info: Ill Will, The Revolutionary Meaning of the George Floyd Uprising, Fragments 215 (IG) photo: Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona via Unsplash
128 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
This Is America #138: Chauvin Trial Ends, Streets Explode
photo: @danielvmedia Welcome, to This Is America, April 22st, 2021. On today’s episode we speak with Kieran, President of CWA Local 7250 and long-time organizer in the Minneapolis area about how rank-n-file union members kicked the National Guard out of a union controlled Labor Center building. We talk about the National Guard on the streets of the city in the thousands, their long history of attacking strikers and putting down rebellions, and much more. We then switch to our discussion, were we discuss and offer analysis on the latest string of mass shootings and the push for gun control by the Biden Administration. All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news! Living and Fighting Struggle Against the Police & National Guard Continues as Derek Chauvin Trial Wraps Up Hundreds of high school students staged a walkout and gathered in downtown Minneapolis to protest the deaths of Daunte Wright and George Floyd and chant “National Guard go home.” At least 600 young people in the the crowd by 2:45. Speakers and participants were 16, 17 years old. pic.twitter.com/E4u2qWnQ7V — Lois Beckett (@loisbeckett) April 19, 2021 At the time of this recording, the Derek Chauvin trial has now ended, with Chauvin being found guilty on all counts. Immediately following the verdict, marches and gatherings took place in Minneapolis, New York, and in other cities. In Minneapolis, the scene was largely celebratory, with people gathering in George Floyd square. Looking back on the past year, we should all remember that it took a mass social eruption to force the State to bring Chauvin to trial, because it knew to not do so would have been even more costly. Already politicians and pundits are attempting to talk about “justice being served,” while the State moves to crush the social forces which made this moment possible in the first place. Don’t let them. 3,000 National Guard troops have flooded into Minneapolis + Brooklyn Center as Operation Safety Net, a counter-insurgency operation, kicks into high gear. Despite violently attacking residents, protesters + journalists, protests only continue to grow. https://t.co/WEimKSizBs — It's Going Down (@IGD_News) April 19, 2021 Although Chauvin has been found guilty, across the US, National Guard troops are still on standby, ready to put down another round of uprisings. In Minnesota, over three thousand National Guard troops have been placed, more than are stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan. This build-up is part of “Operation Safety Net,” a massive counter-insurgency operation that has been launched to put down a potential rebellion in Minneapolis following the verdict. In response, resistance against the guard and the over all repressive build up has been growing. On this episode, we talk with the president of CWA Local 7250 about how union members pushed out the National Guard who were attempting to use their union building as a staging area. Students have also been walking out of their classrooms against the presence of the guard and the police killing of Daunte Write. There have even been reports of people taking shots at the Guard and their vehicles. For more info, see our article here. I don’t think that can of soup is for his family. #CNN #BreakingNews pic.twitter.com/QpTjm2siA7 — SSG JOKER (@therealssgjoker) April 15, 2021 Against the backdrop of the Chauvin trial, thousands over the past week have continued to bravely standup to heavily militarized police and the National Guard in Brooklyn Center following the police killing of Daunte Wright during a traffic stop. The officer who shot Wright, Kim Potter, has sense resigned, was arrested for second degree manslaughter, and now has posted bail. If convicted, Potter faces up to 10 years in prison. To stay up on protest coverage in Brooklyn Center, follow Unicorn Riot who is reporting live from the ground for daily updates. Another night in America where the government armed with tanks, toxic gas, and guns attack it's citzens, armed with water bottles and umbrellas. pic.twitter.com/DqjaNw1YVx — Seattle Protest Network (@SEAProtestNet) April 15, 2021 In Columbus, OH, people rallied outside of the police station before “forc[ing] their way through a set of double doors that had been secured on the interior with handcuffs. An Ohio State University student from northwestern Ohio was arrested for hitting a police sergeant with a wooden club. Sadly, on the same day as the Derek Chauvin trial came to a close, police shot and killed a 15-year old girl also in Columbus, sparking a new round of demonstrations. People demonstrating are now calling for body camera footage to be released. BCI is investigating. pic.twitter.com/9ovWgqxytU — Haley Nelson (@HaleyWSYX6) April 21, 2021 In Portland, Oregon, resistance remains fierce, as hundreds took to the streets over the last several nights in militant standoffs with police. On April 13th, a fire was set to the outside of the Police Association building. According to local news, police arrested one person the next day in connection to the fire, claiming that they were working with an informant within the crowd to identity the suspect. Days later, protests and clashes with the police broke out in the middle of the day, after police shot and killed Roberto Delgoado in a Portland park. Later that night, intense clashes broke out between protesters and the police, ending with a corporate store being set on fire. Last Friday night, after police killed Robert Douglas Delgado during a mental health crisis that same afternoon, anti-police protesters marched through the streets to express their anger at a police force that continues to target and kill marginalized people nationwide. 1/6 pic.twitter.com/8YbmNEOv3M — Daniel V. Media (@danielvmedia) April 18, 2021 Neighborhood in South Carolina Responds to Racist Assault A white army drill sergeant, Sgt. Jonathan Pentland, has been charged with misdemeanor assault following an altercation in which he was video taped harassing and shouting at a young African-American man on a sidewalk within a set of suburban track homes. Pentland was seen telling the man to “walk away” multiple times before pushing him and threatening him with violence. In response, a large crowd gathered outside of Pentland homes and held a rally in which a window and a light fixture were broken. This is right now at the sidewalk outside #JonathanPentland's house where he assaulted a young Black man pic.twitter.com/Z1jeNhfguE — Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) April 14, 2021 Class War HAPPENING NOW: In a historic walk-off, #Teamsters and ILWU Local 63 members just shut down 1 of the 7 major terminals at the Port of Los Angeles in solidarity with striking port truck drivers. Learn more about justice for port drivers: https://t.co/1jM9oxmgeG #portstrike #1u pic.twitter.com/mK7KLA6PeV — Teamsters (@Teamsters) April 14, 2021 “In a historic walk-off, Teamsters and ILWU Local 63 members just shut down 1 of the 7 major terminals at the Port of Los Angeles in solidarity with striking port truck drivers.” Tonight, union members learned that the NG was occupying the St Paul labor hall. Workers from all industries organized and went down to the hall to demand they leave. 2 hrs later the guard was gone. The workers have the power- we always have pic.twitter.com/G5DClryjZA — Twin Cities Solidarity Network (@tc_solnet) April 15, 2021 In St. Paul, workers helped give the boot to the National Guard who were occupying a labor hall during the ongoing Daunte Wright protests. Workers “went to the hall and demanded that they leave.” Stay tuned later in the program for an interview with a union member about this story. On Tuesday night, a bus driver in Brooklyn Center realized he was being called out to transport arrested #JusticeForDaunteWright protestors—and turned the bus right back around, refusing to comply. His union supported him 100%, and affirmed their support for Black Lives Matter: https://t.co/97rRHhZhez — Kim Kelly (@GrimKim) April 15, 2021 A bus driver in Brooklyn Center refused to transport protesters who had been arrested by police and turned the vehicle around rather than be an accessory to repression. Day 49 of the rent strike, still going strong. @HoustonTenants / @VDPtenantsunion told me today that another meeting between tenants and management is this Wed. In the meantime, they’re hanging this banner from a balcony near the complex entrance https://t.co/f1JBgGDuV1 pic.twitter.com/MYt58DZ1W4 — Sam Russek (@samrussek) April 19, 2021 Tenants in Houston, TX that began a rent strike following the ‘deep freeze’ that we covered on a recent podcast are continuing their strike and are now demanding from management better conditions at their complex. Today we marched on Oakland slumlord Marta Depierris with the MDP Tenants Council. Tenants refuse to allow for public walk throughs and endless inspections during a pandemic! pic.twitter.com/foINXVruxZ — Tenant And Neighborhood Councils (@TANCBay) April 18, 2021 In Oakland, CA, Tenants and Neighborhood Councils (TANC) hosted a march “on an Oakland slumlord” who was attempted to evict a renter during the pandemic. Stop the Line 3 Pipeline BREAKING: 11 Water Protectors lock to one another blocking an Enbridge office in Beltrami County, MN. Beltrami is a top-billing law enforcement agencies to the “Public Safety Escrow Trust” paid for by Enbridge. @POTUS @VP: #StopLine3 before more of the sacred is destroyed! pic.twitter.com/28RUScpGSv — giniw collective (@GiniwCollective) April 9, 2021 The struggle against the Line 3 pipeline continues, with ongoing lockdowns, marches, blockades, and protests outside of banks that are involved in funding the project. Abolish ICE Heats Up On Saturday night, on April 10th, 100+ protesters held an anti-ICE protest outside of Portland's ICE headquarters. After several fires were set and windows and doors to the building had their glass shattered protesters dispersed with no arrests made. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/sGxRyMAXLU — Daniel V. Media (@danielvmedia) April 13, 2021 As the Biden administration makes is clear that it is continuing many of Trump’s policies as migrant detention camps grow in size (and new ones are opened) and governments across the Americas beef up border militarization, resistance to ICE on the streets continues. In Portland a rally outside of the downtown ICE building started fires on the outside of the building. In Long Beach, a building which will be used to detain refugee children, was covered in anti-ICE graffiti slogans. Long Beach Convention Center, which will be detaining ~1,000 separated refugee kids this week, was tagged early this morning. Strong messages against ICE, Biden, putting kids in cages, & local LBC officials are visible— all council members who voted for this facility were named. pic.twitter.com/4n79QN9Tgl — Vishal P Singh (@VPS_Reports) April 12, 2021 Anti-Curfew Riots Pop-off in Montreal The children of Montreal have had enough of this stupid curfew #couvrefeu #manifencours #spvm pic.twitter.com/fe4CyLvrfP — Inhabit (@readinhabit) April 12, 2021 In so-called Montreal, riots against curfews imposed in the face of the COVID-19 epidemic popped off. The curfews have been an attempt by the State to put the boot heel to the working-class and poor who already are on the frontlines of the pandemic and having to work through it to survive. Instead of helping people meet their needs directly, it simply criminalizes movement and a person’s day to day activity; a move that will obviously be informed an impacted along lines of race, gender, and class. As Jaggi Singh from No Borders Media reported: The unnecessary curfew was defied again last night, mainly by Montreal youth, in smaller but still meaningful numbers than Sunday night’s large protest/riot in Old Montreal. The people defying the curfew are not mostly (or even a majority) conspiracy theorists or pandemic deniers. Many take the sensible pandemic mitigation measures (like masking and distancing) seriously, like the two youth here on Ste-Catherine Street last night, along with many others. Unlike masking and distancing and other justifiable measures, the curfew is not grounded in facts or science; it’s authoritarian, and the recent move back to an 8pm curfew (from 9:30pm), especially on increasingly longer spring days, is a tipping point, and it’s Montreal youth leading the way with their justifiable anger, mischievousness and defiance. The curfew has been defied since it started, by necessity for some, but also brazenly by others (particularly folks part of the Montreal quasi semi-criminal subculture). Anecdotally, the cops are not out in force at night to enforce the curfew, so people can take their chances, like most poor and working class folks do all the time. Fortunately, curfew defiance is becoming generalized, with youth (mainly racialized youth) at the forefront. Like with anything else, it’s in the streets that the curfew will be defeated. I’m inspired by many of Montreal’s youth who are taking to the streets all over the city and playing cat-and-mouse with the cops (and in some cases, being attacked, arrested, detained and/or ticketed doing so). Forest Defense in so-called British Columbia In so-called British Columbia an active “8 month direct action campaign with active blockades…that started in August, 2020…to prevent road-building into the headwaters of the unlogged Fairy creek watershed” is calling for solidarity actions as front-line defenders face possible mass arrests. So far, blockades have utilized tree-sits, tripods and other obstructions, and masses of people simply occupying the road to keep loggers out. To stay up on the action, go to Fairy Creek Blockade on Instagram. Upcoming Events May 1st: Rockford, IL. 12 – 5 PM, Churchill Park, May Day Gathering. Food, zine tables, local speakers. We are gonna be doing a distro of zines at this event! Please come out! Share and boost! If you’d like to print zines for us or donate radical books to our distro, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org pic.twitter.com/YJLfxmuW2A — 815 Mutual Aid Network (@mutualaid815) April 18, 2021 May 1st: Cleveland, OH, Outdoor Gathering, 2 – 5 PM. Hey #Cleveland, how long has it been since you had a proper May Day event? Don't worry, your pals at the Forest City Anarchists got you covered with TWO days of events, starting April 30th w/an online panel on the future of resistance & ending with a public gathering on May 1st. pic.twitter.com/7wzIVsX6GY — Forest City Anarchists (@FCAnarchists) March 31, 2021 May 1st: Denton, TX, Quakertown Park, 3 – 5 PM, May Day Picnic. Breaking: this is gonna be lit. pic.twitter.com/ZnsxiUwQQd — Elm Fork John Brown Gun Club (@EFJBGC) April 19, 2021 It’s Going Down If you value IGD as a revolutionary autonomous media resource in times of crisis and have the means, please sign up to support us monthly! Help autonomous revolutionary media grow into 2021! Sign up to become a monthly supporter here! Give us a one time donation here or through Bitcoin. Subscribe to our podcast, either by following our RSS feed or following IGD wherever you get your podcasts! Listen to us on the radio! We’re on Pacifica radio stations on Fridays at 12 PM PST (Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, Fresno, and Santa Cruz). On Saturday, 7pm, at 96.9. If you have a Pacifica station or community radio station in your area, encourage them to stream our show! Follow and share us on Twitter, Instagram, and Mastadon! Tell a friend about IGD and check out more content on the Channel Zero Anarchist Podcast Network!
54 minutes | Apr 17, 2021
Between Biden and the Border: An Anarchist Analysis of the First Three Months of the New Administration
On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we discuss the first three months of the Biden administration, looking at three specific topics: Migrant detention camps continue to grow, as the Biden administration continues to push for a “smart” wall and militarization across borders beyond the United States, a process that was started under Trump. In some areas, wall construction under old contracts is even continuing. A new wave of anti-police rebellions has started up again, as high profile police killings have hit the Minneapolis area, Chicago, and beyond. We discuss the impact of this new wave of action, how the Biden administration is responding to the unrest, and what is says about our current situation. We again look at the push by the State is brand “violent extremism” as the main threat of our age and not far-Right fascism. More Info: CrimethInc. article on Daunte Wright
61 minutes | Apr 10, 2021
“Prisons Make us Safer” And Other Myths: Talking Abolition with Victoria Law
Long-time journalist and prison abolitionist author and organizer Victoria Law joins It’s Going Down to discuss their new book, Prisons Make Us Safer: And 20 Other Myths of Mass Incarceration. We discuss the myths used to justify mass incarceration brought up in Law’s new book, prisoner resistance in an age of COVID-19, how the struggles of women and trans prisoners are often overlooked and under-reported, and how the State has adapted and responded to the growing surge of abolitionist sentiment and activity. More Info: Victoria Law homepage, on Twitter, article on Prisons Make Us Safer in Teen Vogue. photo: Tim Hüfner via Unsplash
76 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Saving Ourselves: Mutual Aid & Collective Action Following the Deep Freeze, Pt. #2
In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we continue our discussion with autonomous mutual aid and tenant organizations across Texas about the grassroots response to the “Deep Freeze” which hit Texas and other states in mid-February. The massive storms left several dead and millions without power, heat, and internet. After the storm passed, many homes and apartments were left with broken pipes, the result of dilapidated infrastructure already hit by hurricane Harvey and decades of neoliberalism. "People just woke up, and found themselves in extreme, life threatening danger." We talked to autonomous mutual aid and tenant groups across four different cities in #Texas to find out how they got organized in the face of deadly storms. https://t.co/E0jSKK3dna pic.twitter.com/iC4EVoLrD2 — It's Going Down (@IGD_News) March 12, 2021 During our discussion, we pick up where our last podcast left off, talking about the spotlight which was placed on mutual aid groups as the storm became front page news. We then discuss the scope and scale of these mutual aid projects across Austin, Denton, Houston, and beyond. We then talk about other forms of collective activity and direct action which were organized by various groups, including an autonomous cop-free zone organized by 400 + 1 in Austin, marches and protests against attacks on the houseless by groups like Stop the Sweeps, and rent strikes supported by the Houston Tenants Union. We end by talking about the impact of the crisis and the failure of the State on the general population. Look for 93 at Rosewood for support or to make donations. When you arrive, they’ll get you settled in, connect you to housing 400+1 is offering, offer warm food and beverages, & facilitate healing. #martialtheblock #winterstorm2021 #atx pic.twitter.com/jKHQsIkqRX — 400+1 (prounounced four hundred and one) (@_400and1) February 18, 2021 Folks gathering for a vigil for the unhoused people who lost their lives during the #texasfreeze at the memorial tree for homelessness at Auditorium Shores here in Austin. pic.twitter.com/pugbyDtkJG — Candice Bernd (@CandiceBernd) February 21, 2021 The response by autonomous anti-capitalist groups to the Deep Freeze offers us valuable lessons, as climate change fueled disasters and the breakdown of racialized capitalism and neoliberal infrastructure continues to feed crisis after crisis. We hope that these discussions provide folks with examples of how everyday people in horrific conditions responded not only to help people through hard times, but mobilized to confront the systems which immiserate our lives. No Water, No Rent! Villas del Paseo Tenants On Strike pic.twitter.com/mOuLjS1AyP — Houston Tenants Union (@HoustonTenants) March 2, 2021 More Info: Mutual Aid Houston, Houston Tenants Union, Stop the Sweeps Austin, 400 + 1, Cooperation Denton, and North Texas Rural Resilience
52 minutes | Mar 27, 2021
Madness, Disability, and Abolition: A Conversation
Listen and Download HERE On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with the author of the text, Madness, Disability, and Abolition, a two part series that ran on It’s Going Down which explored the history of the criminalization of madness and mapped out what an abolitionist approach might look like, along with examples of projects already being put into place. Connecting both a history of eugenics, genocide and mass imprisonment of Native people, and the weaponizing of psychiatry against unruly femmes and people of color, we look at how this brings us to the present day, where police are more and more used as a deadly force to “deal” with homelessness, mental illness, and the growing suicide epidemic. Ending on examples of abolitionist and autonomous alternatives, we hope that this discussion continues a broader engagement within our movements about how we deal with these complex issues outside of the State, police, and prisons. More Info: Madness, Disability, and Abolition: A Call for Movement Solidarity, Madness, Disability, and Abolition: Healing in Autonomous Communities photo: Alexandre Debiève via Unsplash
84 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
This Is America #137: Social Struggles Heat Up; Importance of Peer-to-Peer Support
Welcome, to This Is America, March 23th, 2021. On today’s show, we start off with an action roundup, from ongoing resistance to the Line 3 pipeline, continued battles on the streets with the State, to the growing struggle for housing and much more. We then switch to our discussion, were we tackle the need for peer-to-peer support in both our movements and lives. There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get into it! Living and Fighting Situation at Border Worsens The Biden administration is currently expanding the number of camps to hold migrant children and their families. As one report wrote: Biden administration officials confirmed that they are expanding the number of camps to hold the influx of migrants including a convention center in Dallas that will be used to imprison children. Another camp in Midland, Texas, is also being used. The White House is desperate to cover up a swell of migrants coming to the US-Mexico border, the overwhelming majority of whom are escaping extreme violence and poverty in Central America. The worsening conditions in the camps have proven to be a political embarrassment for a government that was voted in on a promise to reverse the anti-immigrant policies enforced by Trump. Over 15,000 migrant children are in U.S. custody. The Biden admin has refused to let news organizations in migrant detention centers. After a trip to one in Texas, @RepCuellar released these photos. “We ought to take care of those kids like they’re our own kids,” he said. pic.twitter.com/BiEL8X6bOK — AJ+ (@ajplus) March 23, 2021 Newly leaked photos show that conditions inside migrant detention facilities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic remain just as bad under Biden as under Trump. According to one report: Although the Biden administration ended one particularly egregious practice, separating parents and children and detaining them in separate facilities, it is keeping families “united” by expelling them back across the border, denying their rights to file asylum claims once they reach US soil. In response to political attacks from Republicans demanding even more cruel treatment of immigrants, Biden sent envoys to Mexico and Guatemala on Monday to ask officials to assist the US in blocking migrants from reaching the border. The Mexican government has already increased its presence of law enforcement at its southern border, under pressure from the Trump Administration. Mexico has been engaged in its own deportations, which it euphemistically calls “assisted returns.” Immigrants in “migration stations” face abhorrent conditions and attacks from police. Biden’s promises of reversing Trump’s asylum policies have proven to be lies, as his administration has continued to arrest, detain, and deport migrants in large numbers. More than 100,000 people were detained by immigration officials in February alone. This includes 9,460 unaccompanied minors, a more than 60 percent increase from January. Rebellion in Haiti People across Haiti’s capitol of Port-au-Prince and beyond continue to riot as a massive uprising sweeps the country in opposition to the US-backed Haitian president, tied to widespread kidnappings, authoritarian violence and massive corruption. VICE reports that in the last two years, at least 180 people have been killed by security forces during demonstrations against the regime. Protests have spread beyond #Haiti's capital growing more frequent in the countryside such as this community action in Commune Bainet du département Sud Est. They are calling for resignation of @moisejovenel & the arrest of #PHTK ruling party mayor. pic.twitter.com/1GXgT2KZGU — HaitiInfoProj (@HaitiInfoProj) March 11, 2021 The Fight Against the Line 3 Pipeline Actions against the Line 3 pipeline continue across the so-called United States as part of a week of action aimed at stopping the construction of the pipeline. If you’re looking for on the ground reports and action updates, Resist Line 3 on Twitter has been doing weekly action roundups that are worth checking out. Here’s some notable actions: On March 18th, there was a blockade of a Line 3 pump station. Lockdowns against machinery also stopped construction. BREAKING: Two water protectors have locked themselves to a machine on a Line 3 worksite in St. Louis County. Support these brave water protectors and the movement to #StopLine3: https://t.co/Q48AZ2iRZ0 pic.twitter.com/OWxcyqBCYu — Resist Line 3 (@ResistLine3) March 18, 2021 BREAKING: Water Protectors Blockade Line 3 Pump Station! (Swatara, MN) Thursday morning, 7 water protectors locked to each other, blocking work on an Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pump station. We fight on ✊🏽❤️🔥 #StopLine3 #FuckTarSands pic.twitter.com/RemDmXD7qL — giniw collective (@GiniwCollective) March 18, 2021 In Portland, there was a militant march on a Chase bank location, one of the banks involved with funding the Line 3 project. Clashes broke out and graffiti slogans were written. Yesterday during a march in solidarity with the Anishinaabe, Portland protestors stopped at a @Chase location and shut it down. Chase Bank has provided over 7.7 billion to the tar sands industry. https://t.co/yTbK7k8Jhl — Resist Line 3 (@ResistLine3) March 12, 2021 Across the US, groups also protested outside of various banks demanding divestment from Line 3. Time to #DefundLine3 with @oil_action @350BAAction @xrsfbay pic.twitter.com/RpkvB1gk5D — Diablo Rising Tide (@RTBayArea) March 19, 2021 We are here at TD Bank in Providence, demanding they divest and #DefundLine3 pic.twitter.com/g7h2HRmBBU — FANG (@FangCollective) March 13, 2021 In so-called Vancouver, people also blocked railroad tracks in solidarity with the struggle against Line 3. Indigenous youth collective @BraidedWarriors have shut down the railway tracks beside Renfrew Skytrain in Vancouver, BC to show solidarity with @GiniwCollective battle against Line 3 pipeline! #StopLine3 #NoConsent #NoPipeline #NoMoreStolenSister pic.twitter.com/xjtIsJCfhD — Siiam Hamilton (@siiamhamilton) March 13, 2021 Antifascist Action In New York, a coalition of antifascist and anarchist groups held an antifascist block party last weekend featuring music, speakers, and presentations on local struggles. Here’s the homie Daryl Lamont Jenkins addressing the crowd: Antifascist researcher/scholar Daryle Jenkins spoke at the antifascist block party in Brooklyn earlier today. (Part 1) pic.twitter.com/8NL9bAMG6f — Ash J (@AshAgony) March 20, 2021 In Sandy, Oregon, the Proud Boys rallied in support of a local church who had called for a “Celebrate the Natural Heterosexual Family” event, while pro-LGBTQ groups and community members held a counter-rally across the street: Where ever people collectively mobilize to better their conditions, the Proud Boys will be there to actively push back against them under the threat of outright violence. https://t.co/OrJ1PjXVlS — It's Going Down (@IGD_News) March 20, 2021 Across North America, thousands rallied against anti-Asian attacks: "Joe Biden isn't coming to save us…." https://t.co/KbKnFw0D10 — It's Going Down (@IGD_News) March 21, 2021 "We want to avoid any interactions with the police today" Activists rally in downtown Atlanta to show solidarity with Asian-Americans in the wake of tragedy. pic.twitter.com/Dsn2VcPeNY — Sean Keenan (@ThatSeanKeenan) March 20, 2021 Photo Essay: Approximately 4000 people (at the high point) protested yesterday in Montreal against anti-Asian racism, in the aftermath of the #AtlantaMassacre of massage parlor workers. #SupportSexWorkers #StopAntiAsianRacism #EndWhiteSupremacy #MakeRacistsAfraidAgain (1/) pic.twitter.com/9qssoUXdyZ — No Borders Media (@NoBordersMedia) March 22, 2021 Mutual Aid in the Face of Water Crisis People across Mississippi and in cities like Jackson, have been without water for over a month following winter storms knocking out failing and dilapidated infrastructure. In response, autonomous anti-capitalist groups like Cooperation Jackson have been involved in mutual aid, water distribution efforts. To find out more and how to support them, go here. More scenes from the Water Relief effort on Friday, March 19th. Solidarity is key to overcoming crisis. #MutualAid #BuildandFight pic.twitter.com/SpVFWPae3f — Cooperation Jackson (@CooperationJXN) March 23, 2021 Abolitionist Struggle Autonomous comrades protested outside of ICE in Adelanto against the continued imprisonment of individuals and families. Today, we've stood outside of the ICE detention center in Adelanto and protested against the continued imprisonment of innocent people and their families. That even a single person remains in detention at these camps is a travesty and one of this country's greatest shames. pic.twitter.com/x2qt0MpG8y — High Desert Mutual Aid (@aid_high) March 14, 2021 In Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, California people threw down in the streets against police on the one year anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s murder, clashing with police and throwing projectiles. OTG at the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse in Portland, OR where a large protest has gathered on the one year anniversary of the killing of Breonna Taylor pic.twitter.com/RxnKe5ZdUe — Mathieu Lewis-Rolland (@MathieuLRolland) March 14, 2021 Justice for Breonna Taylor demonstration. Crowd is getting bigger down at the injustice center as the march from the burnside bridge arrives. The group here is cheering as they approach and we join together pic.twitter.com/W22oZNEHOc — Alissa Azar (@AlissaAzar) March 14, 2021 This video shows the speed the shield wall has to run to stay ahead of a kettle. It’s best not to use side streets, but when you do, you have to move quick to take that far intersection before the police have time to react. Operational initiative favors lightweight shields. pic.twitter.com/2OvtqHXMT7 — Chad Loder (@chadloder) March 16, 2021 all the solidarity to LA comrades https://t.co/AnkzCdy4X3 — 1312press (@1312press) March 14, 2021 Tenant and Housing Struggles A struggle by residents and supporters of the Near North encampment in so-called Minneapolis has been escalating in recent weeks as people have been actively resisting attempts by the police to evict them. Last week, people blocked major intersections in response to a brutal, yet ultimately unsuccessful police attack on the Near North encampment, as authorities attempted to evict residents. Activists shutdown two major intersections yesterday in so called uptown Minneapolis in response to the state sanctioned kidnapping at Near North Thursday. Stand against necropolitics!❤️🔥🖤 “Free All Political Prisoners”“No Evictions On Stolen Land”“Fire Fire GentriFrey!” https://t.co/4njeuiE26I pic.twitter.com/xK5Z9IPRH3 — MNUPRISING (@MnUrising) March 21, 2021 Here is an extended video of this mornings pig riot with sound from the copaganda press conference later. A comrade said “These cops were practically foaming at the mouth they were really on their fascism today. Like they were trying to start a fight.” https://t.co/9SRPJBzhp5 pic.twitter.com/EcIZni7jPk — MNUPRISING (@MnUrising) March 18, 2021 In Berkeley, California, tenants held a rally against attempts by UC Berkeley to evict tenants at 1921 Walnut Street. Resistance to UC Berkeley’s attempts to bulldoze and evict those at People’s Park also continues to be met with resistance, as people continue to occupy the park. According to the Daily Cal: Between the evening of March 4 and the early morning of March 5, there were seven reports of vandalism at the private homes of UC Berkeley employees and officials, which are believed to be connected to the pending development on People’s Park. The alleged vandals slashed tires and broke vehicle windows, threw a brick in the window of a residence and spray painted “highly threatening, hateful” graffiti, according to a statement from campus. For one member of the campus administration, the vandalism stated, “you try it, we riot,” the spokesperson said. They added that some people were called “murderers” and other “disgusting” language was used, much of which they could not relay, leaving those affected “deeply concerned.” A communique posted to Indybay.org read: We want more than to simply end State and Private terror against our houseless friends. Eradicating displacement, gentrication, and those other buzzwords won’t satiate us. The administration at UC Berkeley and the City are prophets of a liberal, high-tech, ruthlessly policed capitalist society that is already killing us and our planet. We want to rip every rose out of the flowerbeds of their planned society and make their and every one of their cronies’ lives and jobs miserable. Our protest yesterday was also a celebration of community and unity! That’s why we held a BBQ + gathering. Proud to be members of @TANCBay thank you Sean for the song! pic.twitter.com/beNtaplfdr — 1921 Walnut St Association (@save1921walnut) March 18, 2021 Solidarity Needed Lauren Reed is in need of donations and letters. More info here. Support Cooperation Jackson and their mutual aid work in response to the recent storms in Mississippi. Upcoming Events Sunday, March 28th: 2pm, Union Square, New York. Rally and Newroz celebration in solidarity with Rojava Revolution. Sunday, March 28th: George Floyd Square, Minneapolis, MN, 1 PM. “How to Fight Repression 101.” Sunday, March 28th: 12pm, Salem Capitol, Oregon. Rally against far-Right. Saturday, April 3rd: 1pm, Auburn, IN, DeKalp County Courthouse. Mobilize against KKK Rally. It’s Going Down If you value IGD as a revolutionary autonomous media resource in times of crisis and have the means, please sign up to support us monthly! Help autonomous revolutionary media grow into 2021! Sign up to become a monthly supporter here! Give us a one time donation here or through Bitcoin. Subscribe to our podcast, either by following our RSS feed or following IGD wherever you get your podcasts! Listen to us on the radio! We’re on Pacifica radio stations on Fridays at 12 PM PST (Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, Fresno, and Santa Cruz). On Saturday, 7pm, at 96.9. If you have a Pacifica station or community radio station in your area, encourage them to stream our show! 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66 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Saving Ourselves: Autonomous Disaster Relief in Texas & the Failure of the State, Pt. #1
On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with participants in autonomous groups across Texas, including Cooperation Denton, Stop the Sweeps in Austin, Mutual Aid Houston, Houston Tenants Union, and North Texas Rural Resilience. late thread, but I wrote a piece last week for @grist on how mutual aid orgs filled the gap left by the state in Texas last week and provided food, water and shelter for their communities. https://t.co/FLd28X1Ure — 🌾🌾alexandria 🌾🌾 (@HerrCaitlin) March 1, 2021 The first in a two part series, this episode discusses the devastating storms which rocked Texas and the Southwest and the context that the “big freeze” happened within: from anti-Black police violence and attacks on the homeless community, to widespread neoliberal policies that left infrastructure and housing stock dilapidated and on the verge of collapse. Hotels are pulling tricks to kick out our homeless neighbors back into the cold or selling rooms out from under people. Call in now to demand NO EVICTIONS FROM HOTELS See post or images below for call in info: https://t.co/mH0mFmE6Dx pic.twitter.com/GJjl4IIkYH — Stop The Sweeps Austin (@StopSweepsATX) February 18, 2021 Our guests describe the tragic and deadly impact of the storms, which already have caused the deaths of at least 80 people, the broad failure of the State to respond, how lines of race and class impacted the outcome of the disaster, and how mutual aid projects and autonomous groups began to find each other and get organized. Fellow Texans. Looking at these pictures, what do you see? The images, these are just people, like you and I and our neighbors and others in our community. They are not politicians, they don't hold some elevated spot, they don't get paid to care. They just do. pic.twitter.com/cq5mGOurNu — Cooperation Denton (@CooperationdTX) February 19, 2021 Part testimonial to the massive catastrophe made possible by both climate change and racialized capitalism and part oral history of autonomous organizing in the face of the storm, we hope that this podcast serves to inspire as well as document. Scenes from today’s #HoustonFreeze supply drop with @mutualaidhou @sayhername_tx. Inspired by so many volunteers and community members coming together to help one another and build power ✊🏾✊🏽✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/XtdsRkukGy — Houston DSA (@HoustonDSA) February 20, 2021 More Info: List of autonomous mutual aid groups to donate to, Stop the Sweeps Austin, Cooperation Denton, Mutual Aid Houston, Houston Tenants Union, and North Texas Rural Resilience.
68 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
Society on Lockdown: How the Greek State is Weaponizing COVID-19 Measures
In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with an anarchist living in the Exarcheia neighborhood of Greece, which has long been a center of autonomous organizing and resistance. For more background on the Greek anarchist movement, the Exarcheia neighborhood, and the coming to power of New Democracy, a right-wing Greek political party, which has vowed to cleanse Exarcheia of anarchists, squatters, and refugees, go here. Greek police terrorize common citizens in #ΝεαΣμυρνη, Athens, an authoritarian practice that was normalized during the coronavirus pandemic. Police brutality in Greece cannot be tolerated anymore… #ποναω pic.twitter.com/YReEvwIy9N — Panos Iordanidis (@PanosIordan) March 8, 2021 During our discussion, we talk about how the new government has implemented a set of lockdown measures in the face of the coronavirus, that requires people to get permission from the police to leave there homes. As in many other countries, this has lead to a build up of police forces, while the medical system is pushed to capacity. A common refrain under lockdown has become: “Police everywhere, ICU’s nowhere.” From a report on CrimethInc.: The lockdowns have also been militarized, especially in the poorer regions to the west of Athens and in the treatment of Roma communities across the country. Soldiers in armored vehicles enforce intensive lockdowns in these regions characterized by poverty, migrant labor, and Roma populations. It is no coincidence that the rebellious neighborhood of Exarchia and Roma communities outside the center of Athens are targeted with especially strict lockdowns, while in wealthy suburbs and neighborhoods like Athens’ Colonaki, groups gather outside coffee shops, people move freely without fear of being detained, and upscale business owners use a loophole intended for essential workers to make papers that permit their friends to hang out with them in bars and restaurants that are open for take away. It is truly dystopian when a boss’s signature is the next best justification for being out after curfew to a dog that needs walking. Police gather in groups without masks; they stop nighttime medical and delivery workers out of sheer boredom, fingering their papers, searching them, spreading the virus in the name of prevention. If this isn’t enough entertainment, they turn to abusing homeless people. Even Politico, a corporate media source, has begun to cover the police abuse and political opportunism New Democracy has introduced during the pandemic. This new reality has been coupled with attempts by the State to clamp down on demonstrations; everything from anarchist days of militant street action to attacks on student demonstrations and the eviction of squats housing refugees. Police brutality in Greece is reaching a whole new level. And they're using pandemic as pretext for abuse. (For the non Greek speakers, just watch the videos) #ποναω #ΝεαΣμυρνηhttps://t.co/0cZBE0bbv7 — Demetrios Ioannou (@ioannou_dim) March 8, 2021 In the weeks after this podcast was completed, the streets of Greece has seen intense clashes explode, both in response to the State’s attempts to push the movement off the streets, and also in solidarity with a hunger-strike by political prisoner Dimitris Koufontinas. #Athens #ΝεαΣμυρνη: Well over 10,000 people turned out for the demo against police violence in the #NeaSmyrni district, some report as many as 20,000. This is how resistance works during the curfew. #antireport video: @human_wannabe_pic.twitter.com/Q1TJFLoxUz — Enough 14 (@enough14) March 9, 2021 We hope that this discussion shines a light on the ways in which the State is using the Coronavirus pandemic as a vehicle to increase repression and engage in counter-insurgency, beyond and outside of the shallow “culture war” we are used to in the US. More Info: IGD interview on Greek anarchist movement here, Lockdown Dispatch on CrimethInc. here, and report on hunger-strike of Dimitris Koufontinas.
60 minutes | Mar 7, 2021
This Is America #136: Struggle Against Line 3 Grows; Rent Strikes Spread; Elites Obsess Over ‘Culture War’
Welcome, to This Is America, February 6th, 2021. On today’s episode, we launch into resistance news, from updates on the fight against the Line 3 pipeline in the midwest, to continuing rent strikes in major cities, and ongoing fierce abolitionist struggle from Portland to New York. We then switch to our discussion, where we offer an analysis of Trumpism and CPAC 2021, along with a critique of the elites existing obsession with the “culture war.” All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news. Living and Fighting Stop Line 3 Resistance to the Line 3 pipeline continues, both in so-called Minnesota and across the US. A week of action is also being planned from March 8th – 15th, check the Giniw collective for more information. Here’s a roundup of some recent actions: In New York City on March 3rd, there was a street blockade in solidarity with the struggle against Line 3. In Grand Rapids, Michigan, people also rallied against the pipeline and to “commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of a massive Enbridge oil spill of 1.7 million gallons.” Thirty years ago today, Enbridge's #Line3 pipeline had the largest inland oil spill in North America–1.7 million gallons of tar sands crude. To commemorate that tragedy, over 75 water protectors rallied earlier today in Grand Rapids, MN. Photo credit: @GiniwCollective pic.twitter.com/DcJlkjwGun — Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) March 4, 2021 Here’s some pics of the finished banner. Protesters dispersed before NYPD could arrive. pic.twitter.com/w4wkI2VjPb — Ash J (@AshAgony) March 3, 2021 On March 1st, protesters at the University of Minnesota rallied outside of a Chase Bank to demand divestment from the Line 3 pipeline project. On February 24th, Unicorn Riot reports that, “Two different blockades [took place] – including people locking themselves inside a flipped-over car” BREAKING: Water Protectors Blockade Over a Dozen Line 3 Worksites! Early this morning in Savanna State Forest, 2 Indigenous Water protectors locked into a blockade while another ascended nearly 40ft in the air in a bi-pod. Our fight for our Mother Earth continues ✊🏽❤️ #StopLine3 pic.twitter.com/rP25exKloB — giniw collective (@GiniwCollective) February 24, 2021 Two different blockades – including people locking themselves inside a flipped-over car – are now blocking an access road to a work site for the #Line3 tar sands oil pipeline in Northern Minnesota. We’re #LIVE: https://t.co/P0TDIn5OaA — Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) February 24, 2021 On February 17th, a banner was dropped in solidarity with Water Protectors fighting Line 3 by the Cascadia Forest Defenders. Today we send our deepest respect and gratitude to the Indigenous water protectors working to #stopline3. Water and forests are not separate – they are part of a single ecosystem, of which we are also a part. The health of forests, water, and humans, all depend on each other. pic.twitter.com/mfAN7xqZy5 — Cascadia Forest Defenders (@CascadiaFD) February 17, 2021 On February 16th, Unicorn Riot reports that “30 water protectors and Line 3 resisters walked onto a work site halting construction of a section of the pipeline in Anishinaabe territory.” This morning at 11 a.m. about 30 water protectors and #Line3 resisters walked onto a work site halting construction of a section of the pipeline in Anishinaabe territory. A few people went inside a section of the pipe and are still inside as of 10 minutes ago. pic.twitter.com/Vvuykmotvc — Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) February 16, 2021 On February 12th, people protested outside of Wells Fargo bank in San Francisco to demand divestment from the Line 3 pipeline. On February 6th, an anonymous communique posted to Puget Sound Anarchists claimed responsibility for busting out windows belonging to banks funding the Line 3 pipeline. It reads: In the early hours of Saturday, February 6th on occupied Chinook land known as “portland,” Chase banks throughout the city were attacked in solidarity with the fight against the Line 3 Pipeline expansion, a project being funded by Chase. Line 3 would further the poisoning of the land, water, and atmosphere and violates the sovereignty of the Anishinaabe people. We say no to genocidal and ecocidal colonial capitalist projects! No Pipelines, No Walls, Land Back, Fuck 12 Solidarity with #StopLine3! We visited the biggest funders of Enbridge’s pipeline in downtown San Francisco. Including the world headquarters of Wells Fargo! #keepitintheground #BuildBackFossilFree #ClimateCrisis #nopipelines pic.twitter.com/Y5xHkqyJhm — Diablo Rising Tide (@RTBayArea) February 12, 2021 On February 5th, water protectors march onto an Enbridge construction site and shut it down. This morning over 20 water protectors walked on to Enbridge’s site and shut down Line 3 construction. Temperatures are below zero, but that can’t stop us from fighting for what’s right. Watch the livestream from @nfld_al3 here: https://t.co/c1vpDkNeaC pic.twitter.com/WbQXqKE0kY — Resist Line 3 (@ResistLine3) February 5, 2021 Unicorn Riot reports that on February 4th, water protectors engaged in a lockdown and blockade that shut down construction at an “Enbridge fueling station and Line 3 pipeline worksite” as supporters rallied. This morning, 8 water protectors locked to one another with barrels of concrete & a piano blockaded an Enbridge fueling station & #Line3 pipeline worksite as dozens more held space. Photos/Words v @GiniwCollective Days ago, appeals court denied lawsuit: https://t.co/y5WGpQsNpB pic.twitter.com/gWHYNRU6ij — Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) February 4, 2021 Housing Resistance This is what community looks, we are getting a whole bunch of supplies & food for the occupy! But we’re going to be out here for a long time so please continue to share the Venmo @/pparkberk! Let’s protect PEOPLES PARK TOGETHER! pic.twitter.com/pcxLRPwnJ3 — black lives still matter ‼️ (@omgshagg) February 10, 2021 People continue to occupy People’s Park in so-called Berkeley, California. People’s Park, located outside of UC Berkeley, was the site of ongoing riots and land occupations from the late 1960s onward. Since it was first occupied, the park has been utilized as a hub for communal life, gardening, free food, and political organizing. In the last few weeks, the university has attempted set up fences and begin construction of housing units, only to have groups of people break the fences apart and remove them from the park. Since then, an occupation of the park has remained ongoing. BREAKING: Tacoma Housing Now Blocks Intersection with Coffins to Protest Shelter Closure 5 People Have Already Died This Winter in Tacoma. Not One More Death! pic.twitter.com/KTWr9qesha — Tacoma Housing Now (@TacHousing) February 25, 2021 Tacoma Housing Now organized a blockade of an intersection in response to five people dying on the streets due to exposure. No Water, No Rent! Villas del Paseo Tenants On Strike pic.twitter.com/mOuLjS1AyP — Houston Tenants Union (@HoustonTenants) March 2, 2021 Tenants in a southwest Houston apartment complex are on rent strike following a wave of storms which have left many without water. Tenants are demanding that their water be turned back on and their pipes be fixed and are refusing to pay rent until they do. Follow the Houston Tenants Union for updates. Today marks the 11th time that rent is due in a deadly pandemic. For so many tenants, it’s the 11th month that they can’t or won’t pay. At our LATU Annual Assembly, our members shared what a year on rent strike has meant. You’re going to want to read this. — LA Tenants Union (@LATenantsUnion) March 1, 2021 Housing is a human right, people shouldn’t have to choose between food and rent in a pandemic, and working class Black people shouldn’t have to deal with inhumane living conditions. Basic shit, but here we are!!!! pic.twitter.com/hIdhGwkAB8 — aparna raj (@largeaparna) February 27, 2021 Rent strikes that kicked off during the pandemic continue full steam ahead in cities like DC and LA. Land Back Lane Struggle The 1492 Land Back Lane reclamation continues, but barricades starting in mid-February on the roads started to come down. See the latest video dispatch from subMedia.Tv and the 1492 Land Back Lane Facebook page for more info. Indigenous Resistance to Pipelines in so-called Vancouver Happening now: anti-pipeline protest still blocking Clark and Hastings, near a truck entry to Port of Vancouver. #bcpoli #vanpoli #cdnpoii pic.twitter.com/kSVxQfp8Ol — theBreaker.news (@theBreakerNews) March 3, 2021 People blockaded the Port of Vancouver for over a day in solidarity with an “Indigenous man, Stacy Gallagher, [who] was sentenced to 90 days in jail [for] protest[ing] at Trans Mountain pipeline sites in Burnaby.” HAPPENING NOW: #Indigenous Youth occupy CHUBB INSURANCE @ 250 Howe Street Vancouver BC with clear loud message to #stopinsuringgenocide for Chubb to stop underwriting #transmountain pipelines #stopTMX pic.twitter.com/NCk3MBrSWO — Kanahus Manuel (@KanahusFreedom) February 18, 2021 Indigenous youth occupied an insurance office to demand divestment from the TransMountain Pipeline. Black Lives Matter, Abolish ICE and Abolitionist Struggle The fight to prosecute and convict Modesto Police Officer, Joseph Lamantia has continued within the community. This weekend, a protest against police brutality took place on the corner of Hatch and Crows Landing in Modesto. The protesters calling fo… https://t.co/71WCJqnuCh — CSUSignal (@CSUSignal) March 4, 2021 In Modesto, California, groups continue to demonstration against recent police murders and acts of police brutality. Last night in Portland 100+ activists held an anti-ICE march through the Pearl District.During the march the US Immigration Services office, several banks, and a security vehicle were tagged. Portland Police moved in once direct action had begun and the crowd quickly dispersed. pic.twitter.com/Jxlm8sYQ6s — Daniel V. Media (@danielvmedia) February 28, 2021 In late February, over 100 people gathered for a militant march and rally against ICE in so-called Portland, Oregon. Daniel V Media reports that anti-ICE graffiti slogans were written across the downtown and on government buildings. #F12 protesters took over the streets of NYC last nite to say “Fuck 12!” to the cops who brutalize Black & Brown folks & protesters. Protesters stopped at NYPD’s Times Square station to burn US & Thin Blue Line/Blue Lives Matter flags. Multiple arrests at the end of the march. pic.twitter.com/iklwP5ieBb — Ash J (@AshAgony) February 13, 2021 On February 12th, people took to the streets of New York against police brutality, burning Blue Lives Matter flags outside of the NYPD’s Times Square station. So they’re just flyering the neighborhood in the neighborhood of this guy the cops murdered. Hour out to @PDX_Care pic.twitter.com/qH7muHmPLc — LEFT COAST RIGHT WATCH (@LCRWnews) February 7, 2021 In Tigard, Oregon, anarchists conducted an outreach campaign; handing out and posting up flyers with mental health resources and alternatives to calling police after law enforcement shot someone having a mental health crisis. Police responded to the outreach campaign by closely following the group. I’m at the Portland ICE facility for a Saturday night protests. Around 100-ish protesters gather, and the American Indigenous Movement kicks things off with a traditional chant. #PortlandProtests pic.twitter.com/8OGQB64L8K — Grace Morgan (@gravemorgan) February 6, 2021 On February 5th, the American Indian Movement (AIM) lead over 100 people for a protest against ICE in Portland. Earlier in Brooklyn, NY an autonomous group of activists & protesters marched from Fort Greene Park to NYPD’s 84th Precinct. The group wants an officer off the force for pulling his service weapon on protestors a few weeks ago. They also marched in solidarity w/ Treyvon Martin. pic.twitter.com/XJo1bw7qcQ — @TheIndypendent (@TheIndypendent) February 6, 2021 Also on February 5th in Brooklyn, people marched against a police officer who pulled his weapon on protesters several weeks ago and in memory of Treyvon Martin. Class War "What the hell are we doing here?" Incredible solidarity letter from mine workers to Inuit hunters and community members blockading the corporation they work for.https://t.co/qjGEriThKr — Kai Nagata 🇨🇦 (@kainagata) February 12, 2021 Mine workers have issued a statement in solidarity with an indigenous blockade of their mining operation: An open letter written by a “sizeable minority” of mine employees currently stranded by [the] protest…says they recognize [the] Inuit as [the] “rightful custodians of the land.” About 700 staff from southern provinces have been stranded at the Nunavut mine site since a group of protesters staged a blockade last week, blocking roads and the airstrip. The protesters object to [a] proposed expansion of the mine and fear the impacts it could have on the water and surrounding areas. [Miners write:] We are writing to express our full support for the efforts, means and goals of your protest. We do not pretend to represent the views of the majority of Baffinland’s workers, but we do represent a sizeable minority. We recognize the Inuit as the rightful custodians of this land, and as the people who should make the decisions about how it is used. Your protest has generated a lot of conversation among the workers here. Many of us are disappointed that our flights to return home were postponed, but some also consider it a small thing compared to the hundreds of years of colonization and cultural erasure that Indigenous people have experienced — and continue to experience — at the hands of the Canadian government and the private sector. Workers at Voodoo Doughnut in downtown Portland are fighting to be recognized as a union under the banner of the IWW. Voodoo Doughnut's union, formed in the early days of the pandemic, will file for an NLRB election this week if the company doesn't voluntarily recognize it https://t.co/5rBjA16BeY — Eater PDX (@eaterpdx) February 24, 2021 Finally in Detroit, an autonomous group of self-organized workers were able to mobilize and distribute thousands of masks to service workers in the Detroit area. Upcoming Events March 8 – 14th: Week of Action against Line 3 Pipeline. Check the Giniw Collective for more info. Saturday, March 20th: 1pm, Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn, NY. Anti-racist, antifascist block party! Sunday, March 28th: 12pm, Salem Capitol, Oregon. Rally against far-Right. August 21st – September 9th: Call for abolitionist actions in support of prisoner struggles. More info here. It’s Going Down If you value IGD as a revolutionary autonomous media resource in times of crisis and have the means, please sign up to support us monthly! Help autonomous revolutionary media grow into 2021! Sign up to become a monthly supporter here! Give us a one time donation here or through Bitcoin. Subscribe to our podcast, either by following our RSS feed or following IGD wherever you get your podcasts! Listen to us on the radio! We’re on Pacifica radio stations on Fridays at 12 PM PST (Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, Fresno, and Santa Cruz). On Saturday, 7pm, at 96.9. If you have a Pacifica station or community radio station in your area, encourage them to stream our show! Follow and share us on Twitter, Instagram, and Mastadon! Tell a friend about IGD and check out more content on the Channel Zero Anarchist Podcast Network! Over 2 dozen youth leaders at UMN demand @Chase stop destroying communities & climate. #DefundLine3 #StopLine3 pic.twitter.com/V4wh1V3gU8 — Resist Line 3 (@ResistLine3) March 1, 2021
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