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In Support of the Ferguson Rebellion (Black Rose / Rosa Negra)

'The colonized subject discovers reality and transforms it through his praxis, his deployment of violence and his agenda for liberation' 1

We are writing to express our unconditional support of the Rebellion in Ferguson, MO, a working class city of 67% Black residents and 94% white police force. On Saturday August 8, 2014 Michael ‘Mike Mike’ Brown, an unarmed 18 year old Black teenager, was executed by an unnamed police officer. Following the execution by multiple gunshots, the people of Ferguson— friends, neighbors, and family of Michael Brown— converged to mourn their beloved and express their rage in a uprising that began with powerful, documented analysis and agitation.1

We support the rebellion and uprising of the people of Ferguson, MO because, in the words of DeAndre Smith2, this type of response is “exactly what’s supposed to happen when injustice is happening in your community.”

We want to be perfectly clear that we believe resistance to police is always justified. The police exist to protect and serve whiteness, an ideology of supremacy that needs to be abolished in order to obtain freedom. Ferguson has given us evidence of this straight from the horse’s mouth, as police with riot gear and barking dogs yelled to demonstrators: “All you fucking animals, bring it.”

We reject the notion that the unnamed officer who shot dead Mike Brown was a bad apple, a case to be reviewed. The problem is not of a rogue police officer acting out of line; the problem is the police. The modern police force evolved from slave patrols in the 1700s and continue to systematically control, assault, and murder Black communities. As DeAndre Smith recognized, this is a problem rooted in economics. This country was built by enslaved Blacks on the plantation and made possible by the theft of Indigenous land, and continues to thrive in the neoliberal present day with more Blacks now in prison or confined in ghettos, being killed by police. Indeed, as Frantz Fanon says, ‘the colonist derives his validity, i.e., his wealth, from the colonial system.’

Furthermore, we reject the bourgeois myth of respectability that claims Michael Brown’s life is not worthy of being mourned unless he was in some way ‘innocent’, when our racist society has systematically stripped Black bodies of innocence and marked them as ‘criminal’. We celebrate each existence and mourn the death of every Black life lost. We stand against the ideology of whiteness that allows for the devaluing of Black lives.

The government response in Ferguson has been to create a barbaric, militarized police state working to sustain itself and quell the people. They have been trained by the Israeli Defense Force which maintains an Apartheid state and a genocidal program of forced removal of Palestinians from their historical land.3 Media blackout, rubber bullets and teargas deployed on assemblies of people and directly into residential neighborhoods, warzone gear, ear piercing crowd control tactics, cancelling the first day of school. These responses are the direct responsibility of the police, and we strongly reject media claims that state otherwise. Police declared a no fly zone in Ferguson for the reason of “providing a safe environment for law enforcement activities” —- they have made their interests clear. That is why the people of St. Louis and Ferguson have not backed down. They militantly retain their dignity and continue to fight back with efforts resulting in St. Louis Police having been pulled from the ground in Ferguson.

How many more black lives? — Michael Brown, shot dead by police on 8/8/14; Ezell Ford, shot dead by police 8/11/14; John Crawford, shot dead by police 8/7/14; Eric Garner, killed in a chokehold by police on 7/17/14: lives stolen, Black August.
Renisha McBride, Islan Nettles, Trayvon Martin: killed in the name of white supremacy, misogyny and transphobia. Lives stolen, Black August.*

The lines have been drawn, we refuse to turn down in the face of racist, capitalist violence. The people of St. Louis are standing up, this rebellion is part of an agenda for liberation— and through organizing, rebellions can become revolutions. Communities everywhere are working against violence, criminalization, and displacement of working class people; this is the time to build connections in struggle. Once again we look to DeAndre Smith, “I mean, I don’t think it’s over, honestly. I think they just got a taste of what fighting back means.”

1) Quote from Frantz Fanon’s “Wretched of the Earth”. Photo of Ferguson protestor returning a teargas canister to sender
2) Link to video of pre-riot agitation
3) Link to video of Smith’s analysis & transcription

”I’m DeAndre Smith. And this is exactly what’s supposed to happen when injustice is happening in your community. When you have kids getting killed for nothing, when they’re out here minding their business… you can lock ‘em up, you can teach them, you can mold them, at the same time, you ain’t got to kill them. He ain’t got no gun in his hands. Why you kill him? You said Trayvon had a hoodie on, you didn’t know what was going on with him. He didn’t have no hoodie on. His hands was up when you shot him! So what’s your excuse?”

“I was here, I was out here. That’s all I can say. I was out here with the community. That’s all I can say. I was out here standing side-by-side with the community. I mean, I don’t think it’s over, honestly. I think they just got a taste of what fighting back means. I think they got a taste of… (other voice inaudible) … IN St. Louis. The last state to abolish slavery. And they think they still have power over certain things? I believe so, cuz they doing stuff like this, and getting away with it. People ain’t sayin nothing! They not doing nothing, across the country. They not going for it here! Saint Louis ain’t going for it!

“This is how they eat here. This is how they receive money. Businesses. Taxes. Police stopping people. Giving ‘em tickets, taking ‘em to court, locking ‘em up. That’s how they make money in St. Louis. Right? Traffic…everything is all about money in St. Louis, right? So when you stop their flow of income. When you stop their…their, their, whole everything, their business, what they organized, they have certain things in a certain way. Right, (making quotation marks with fingers) “secret society” type of deal, right? We’re gonna eat and you guys are gonna starve. Gentrification, put you in a certain neighborhood by yourself, and see if you can starve in a proper way. It’s not gonna happen, not in St Louis.”

4) Report on St. Louis Police Department visit to Israel
5) Sentence structure referencing Marilyn Buck’s poem ‘Black August’


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El día 24 de octubre alrededor de mil colonos y vecinos de Santa Cruz Huatulco (integrantes del Comité Ciudadano en Defensa de los Derechos de la agencia municipal de Santa Cruz Huatulco A.C. y del Comité de Defensa de los Derechos Indígenas – CODEDI-) víctimas de un fraude de más de 16 millones de pesos por parte de la empresa de Alfonso Mireles y del presidente municipal del 2005 José Humberto Cruz Ramos, decidieron ocupar un predio de 11 hectáreas para exigir solución inmediata y asignación de lotes de terreno a familias defraudadas por desarrolladores turísticos y Autoridades municipales. [1]

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Turkey: Yesterday & Today
by Gun Zileli & Ilhan Tekin

A brief Political History of Turkey
Second Edition (1994)

Originally published by Karambol Publications (London)


Nationwide Organization of Revolutionary Anarchists in the United States?

Originally posted on the Rochester Red and Black website. Colin is a member of Common Struggle as well as Rochester Red and Black.

By Colin O

Over 150 years of the anarchist theoretical and organizing tradition have passed, yet anarchist influence in the United States is practically non-existent. In some local contexts, we do see occasional anarchist influence, but in a nationwide context anarchists are practically irrelevant.

There has been a conversation brewing for a few years among some anarchists. This conversation has moved forward specifically in a grouping of organizations that have come together in recent years around the Class Struggle Anarchist Conferences. Since the first Class Struggle Anarchist Conference in New York City in 2008, it’s been increasingly clear that these different organizations have a great deal of agreement and could be strengthened by unification into a nationwide anarchist organization.

In anticipation for an upcoming conference of these organizations that intends to found this single, nationwide organization, this article is an effort to bring together the many arguments for why such an organization is desirable. More than that, I hope to show the inspirational possibilities of such an organization in the broader anarchist movement, so that this organization can take off after its founding.

El Día de Fred Hampton

Hoy es el Día de Fred Hampton. Es un día para recordar a un revolucionario y organizador comunitario dinámico. Fue clave en la construcción de un movimiento multirracial de la clase obrera que desafió al sistema de opresión y explotación. Debido a su eficacia, él y Mark Clark fueron asesinados a sangre fría por el Departamento de Policía de Chicago el 4 de diciembre de 1969.

Fred Hampton Day

Today is Fred Hampton Day. A day to remember a dynamic revolutionary and community organizer. He was key in building a multiracial working class movement that challenged the system of oppression and exploitation. Due to his effectiveness, he and Mark Clark murdered in cold blood by the Chicago Police Department on December 4, 1969.

Apoye a lxs detenidxs de Decarcerate PA

Por favor, contribuir al fondo de defensa del movimento "Desencarcelar PA". Siete personas fueron arrestadas el lunes, 19 de noviembre en un acto de desbediencia civil por bloquear la construcción de dos prisiones nuevas en Graterford, PA.

Support needed for Decarcerate PA Arrestees

Please, make a contribution toward the defense of the Decarcerate PA movement. Seven people were arrested on Monday, November 19th for an act of civil disobedience to block the construction of two new prisons in Graterford, PA.

¡Justicia por Johany! Manifestación y Marcha

Viernes, 16 de Noviembre
12:00 PM
Holyoke Center
1350 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
Facebook Event

En marzo y abril, una empleada de Harvard que trabajaba hace mucho tiempo, Johany Pilar informó que era acosada sexualmente en el trabajo. En mayo ella fue amenazada con “grandes, grandes problemas” por un administrador. En septiembre, le dijeron verbalmente y por escrito que la podrían despedir, la primera medida disciplinaria que recibió desde que empezó a trabajar en Harvard en 1998! Luego del piquete de octubre, donde dos compañeros de trabajo de Johany hablaron en su nombre, los tres fueron informados que desde entonces son “personal esencial,” implicando que tienen que trabajar durante las emergencias, como el reciente huracán, cuando casi todos los demás empleados tienen el día libre. Estos trabajadores jamás se consideraban “esenciales” hasta que ayudaron a pasar la voz sobre el tratamiento de Johany. Este es otro ejemplo de las represalias “tal para cual” que ha recurrido la administración desde que Johany empezó a resistir la cultura de violación en el trabajo.

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