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!
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