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americanindignants:

FREE CHARLIE!

My good friend Charlie was just sentenced to 20 days on Rikers Island for his role in the Occupy Wall Street action #D17. They charged him with larceny, I will keep the specifics of the case private, but I will let you know that the charges are completely trumped up and without reasonable basis. Click on the photo above to go to the Facebook support page we created for him. 

americanindignants:

FREE CHARLIE!

My good friend Charlie was just sentenced to 20 days on Rikers Island for his role in the Occupy Wall Street action #D17. They charged him with larceny, I will keep the specifics of the case private, but I will let you know that the charges are completely trumped up and without reasonable basis. Click on the photo above to go to the Facebook support page we created for him. 

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NYC students have faced rising student debt for far too long. The strike in Quebec symbolizes a struggle for a system that provides everyone equal opportunity to achieve their full potential. Debt is slavery and education is the liberation that will help us win all our struggles. It is time to bring Quebec’s infinite strike to the United States, starting in NYC. We have created a Facebook page and Twitter to help us organize actions around NYC infinite strike Quebec solidarity marches, please like, follow, and share:Tonight and every night, infinite student strike! Solidarity with students in Quebec and around the world. It is time to end debt. Washington Square Park at 8PM:Facebook: http://on.fb.me/JDGC75Twitter: http://bit.ly/ML0cM7

NYC students have faced rising student debt for far too long. The strike in Quebec symbolizes a struggle for a system that provides everyone equal opportunity to achieve their full potential. Debt is slavery and education is the liberation that will help us win all our struggles. It is time to bring Quebec’s infinite strike to the United States, starting in NYC.

We have created a Facebook page and Twitter to help us organize actions around NYC infinite strike Quebec solidarity marches, please like, follow, and share:

Tonight and every night, infinite student strike! Solidarity with students in Quebec and around the world. It is time to end debt. Washington Square Park at 8PM:

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/JDGC75

Twitter: http://bit.ly/ML0cM7

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Correction: My court date for when I was arrested at the OWS police brutality march on March 25th is scheduled for this Wednesday, May 30th, at 100 Centre Street, New York Criminal Court, Part B. Feel free to come, support and solidarity would be greatly appreciated. Court starts at 9:30 AM.

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americanindignants:

#nycggi

NYC students have faced rising student debt for far too long. The strike in Quebec symbolizes a struggle for a system that provides everyone equal opportunity to achieve their full potential. Debt is slavery and education is the liberation that will help us win all our struggles. It is…

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americanindignants:

Dear Mr. Gibson,

While it is unfortunate that you feel negatively towards those who choose to participate in black bloc, you should probably do a little bit more research before you start writing articles about it. Black bloc is a tactic that is meant to insure anonymity and to symbolize solidarity. Not all anarchists, and not even all people who participate in black bloc are violent, in fact many of them are pacifists. They are attempting to take direct action because that is the only way to catalyze grassroots political change.

I find it strange that you identify with Occupy Wall Street, because the ideology you demonstrated in this article leads me to believe that you are sympathetic to reformism. The term “Occupy Wall Street”, is suggesting that one take a direct action in order to catalyze political change. That is why Occupy Wall Street worked. Occupy Wall Street is not meant to be a campaign for the election of Barack Obama, it is a rejection of all authority and attempt to build communities upon mutual solidarity.

At one point in your article you said this:


“The thing is, Black Bloc tactics actually serve the cause of the 0.1 percent. By making the dominant message about protesters vs. police instead of 99 percent vs. 0.1 percent, your tactics divide public opinion and turn it against the majority of those in the movement who don’t believe in violence of any kind, including property destruction.”


If we are going to start thinking of terms of class (99% versus the 1%) we have to look at the society and capital around us and realize why these structural hierarchies exist. Nope it isn’t because the Democrats need more seats in Congress, instead it stems from the foundation of capitalism: the institution of private property. Private property is unique and relatively new in the history of man because it guarantees property owners the right to access a monopoly on the means of destruction (the use of violence) through state apparatuses (such as the police, prisons, courts, and the military.) Because private property owners can use the state to control the means of destruction, they can also subsequently control the means of production (and thus the flow of labor power.) Capitalism exists because state apparatuses such as the police exist to maintain structural hierarchy. By challenging those monopolies of power, you illegitimate their authority over property, and therefore allow for societal progression.

Occupy Wall Street was revolutionary when they had Zuccotti Park, because that was literally an example of how people can use solidarity to transform private property into collective and individual property. By challenging the state’s monopoly on the means of destruction and the private property owner’s monopoly on the means of production, they created a community based on solidarity. And that is the whole concept behind the ideology of occupying spaces.

Anarchist do not want to “join the movement” because we have been the movement since the very beginning. At the same time we are still autonomous individuals and thus will always challenge reformists to radicalize by agitating. Frederick Douglass once said:


“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

Sincerely,

David Salay

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americanindignants:

It is funny how people living in the United States are across the border from a nation that is in the midst of an atrocious war and across the other border there is a nation that is so swept with uprisings that they are on the verge of martial law, yet the vast majority of the populous here in the…

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americanindignants:

SOLIDARITY WITH QUEBEC STUDENT STRIKE GOES ON


INFINITE SOLIDARITY WITH A CALL FOR INFINITE GENERAL STRIKE

ACTIONS IN NYC ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2012:

6pm: Night School in Solidarity with the Quebec Student Strike

Washington Square Park, Manhattan

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americanindignants:

Solidarity with Striking Students of Québec - New York City

#ows #occupy

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Riot Folk! (Ryan Harvey) - Peace, Justice and Anarchy

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americanindignants:

RICHMOND – On Tuesday May 22 as many as 45 prisoners at Red Onion State Prison, comprising at least 2 segregation pods, will enter the first day of a hunger strike protesting deplorable conditions in the prison and ongoing abuses by prison staff. For the men participating in the strike this is their only recourse to get Red Onion warden Randy Mathena to officially recognize their grievances and make immediate changes to food, sanitation and basic living conditions at the prison.

Supporters from DC and Virginia along with prisoner family members will hold a press conference at 11 AM in front of the VA Department of Corrections, in Richmond at 6900 Atmore Dr., to urge Warden Mathena, the Virginia Department of Corrections under Harold Clarke, Governor Bob McDonell, state Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb and other state and congressional legislators to act on behalf of justice and human rights. ­­

A statement released by one of the hunger strike representatives said, “Regardless of sexual preference, gang affiliation, race and religion, there are only two classes at this prison: the oppressor and the oppressed. We the oppressed are coming together. We’re considered rival gang members, but now we’re coming together as revolutionaries. We’re tired of being treated like animals.”

Some of the prisoner’s demands include the right to have fully cooked meals, the right to clean cells, the right to be notified of the purpose and duration of their detention in segregation, and a call for the end to indefinite segregation. Red Onion has been repeatedly criticized since it opened in 1998. A 1999 Human Rights Watch report on Red Onion concluded that the “Virginia Department of Corrections has failed to embrace basic tenets of sound correctional practice and laws protecting inmates from abusive, degrading or cruel treatment.”

After exhausting legal and administrative channels, prisoners are holding this hunger strike to bring these abusive prison conditions to light. This action comes at a time when many are speaking out against the expanding prison system in the United States in an effort to uphold their human dignity and basic human rights.

Letters signed by residents in Congressional District 9 will be delivered to the Senators office later in the week and concerned citizens from across Virginia and the nation will be pressuring the Virginia DOC to meet the prisoner’s demands.

Press Contacts: Solidarity with Virginia Prison Hunger Strikers
John Tuzcu / 216.533.9925 / vasolidarity@gmail.com
Adwoa Masozi / 973.494.4266 / vasolidarity@gmail.com
Follow updates: virginiaprisonstrike.blogspot.com | twitter: @vasolidarity

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They beat us; we’re just [paying] them back. We just need better treatment and services. We need medical attention. We just want some respect. They call us wetbacks.

-An inmate at the Adams County Correctional Facility.

The prison riot has been going on for close to 8 hours. An inner compound and some outer housing units have been taken over by prisoners. The prison is owned and operated by Corrections Corporations of America (CCA) and houses up to 2,567 adult male criminal immigrants, primarily Hispanic/Latinos.

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i am so sorry