Defend the Territory PDF

Originally posted on Warrior Publications:

Tactics and Techniques for Countering Police Assaults on Indigenous Communities

A 24 page, 8×11, PDF document.  Download: Defend the Territory PDF ZineDefend Territory Zine Cover

From the introduction: Communities that are effective in carrying out resistance will inevitably face some form of state repression, most often carried out by police forces. This text is intended as a review of tactics and techniques that have been used in countering police assaults on crowds and communities.

For police, these types of assaults are referred to as “public order” or “crowd control” operations. Communities targeted by such operations may face riot cops as well as armed tactical units, dog teams, armoured vehicles, the use of chemical agents and baton charges.

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Report Back: Who is the Movimento Sem Terra?

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEASANT RESISTANCE – Report Back on “Who Is the Movimento Sem Terra?” & Concert Celebrating 30 Years of the Brazilian Movement of the Landless

Tonight at 7 PM to 10:30 PM

La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley (105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, California 94705)

$10-15 sliding scale: no one turned away for lack of funds

 

MSTReportBackA celebration and inquiry into the international struggle for land, food and our own labor.

In February a delegation of 15 representatives from U.S. social movements traveled to Brazil to attend the National Congress of the Landless Workers Movement (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra, or MST). The Congress was a celebration of the MST’s thirty-years of struggle, and a debate about its future. This event is a report-back to the Bay Area community at large, with insights into the MST’s structure and strategy, and examples of how they’re changing relations to land and labor.

Followed by a concert by local artists:

Cradle Duende, Diana Gameros, The Black Riders Liberation Party!

Report back by Bay Area Delegates:
Effie Rawlings of Occupy the Farm, Shango Abiola of The Black Riders Liberation Party, and Rebecca Tarlau of Friends of the MST

This event is in solidarity with The International Day of Peasant Resistance which commemorates the massacre of 19 MST activists at the hands of state military police on April 17th, 1996.

Tickets are $15-$20, sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds. All proceeds benefit ongoing political organizing between the Bay Area and the MST.

Get updates online at http://tinyurl.com/pj7afjt

Iranian and Afghan asylum seekers in Turkey need support

Originally posted on ulimuc:

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Iranian and Afghan asylum seekers in front of the UNHCR in Ankara

Refugees in Turkey struggle problems such as lack of work permission and insurance, costly life and also long period of the process of their UNHCR cases. But , it seems refugees in Kayseri face more problems.

Kayseri is populated with natives mostly religious Muslims and most of the Iranian refugees there are non-Muslim such as Bahai’s, Christians and also Atheists. This heterogeneous composition, makes problems for refugees.

According to Kaveh Taheri, one of the refugees in Kayseri, since while ago, the clashes with the Iranian people have intensified. In the last clash on 13 April, some Turkish citizens got involved with two Iranian refugees that led to mass conflict and a number of Iranians were injured. Kaveh Taheri says the attackers only asked about their nationality, when they found we are Iranians they began to beat.

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Pack the Courts! Trayvon 2 Hearing Tomorrow (4/16) Jihad of the Black Riders on Thursday (4/17)

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Oakland, California

Come support Hannibal and Tanzeen – the Trayvon 2 – in court TOMORROW (4/16) at 8:30 am in Department 104 of Wiley Manuel Courthouse in Oakland! These two men were targeted and arrested by the notoriously racist and Islamophobic Oakland Police Department during demonstrations following the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

The first defendant is a UC Davis PhD student and father of 3 children. He is facing potential deportation. The second is a longtime Oakland community member fighting stage 2 cancer. Continue reading

[Video] History of Korean Anarchism talk by Joyakgol

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April 11, 2014

Oakland, California

We were so fortunate to have Joyakgol (aka dopehead zo), an activist-musician-writer who has been integrally involved in many struggles in South Korea over the past fifteen years, visiting the Bay Area on March 25th to tell us about the History of Korean Anarchism at Os Qilombo. This video, kindly produced by Lilly O and Stevie Sanchez, records Joyakgol’s introduction to the history and present of anarchism in Korea, and is one of few lectures on this topic available in English. The two-hour talk is just the tip of the iceberg for understanding the rich history of this movement, one of the oldest anarchisms in Asia.

The talk covers the beginnings of anarchism as a movement—as an alternative to both communism and nationalism—on and around the Korean peninsula during the Japanese colonial period in the early 1900s, its near disappearance during the Cold War from the 1950s to the 1990s, and its reemergence in South Korea following the democratization movement and the rise of neoliberalism in the 1990s. As a key participant in the movement since the 1990s, Joyakgol shares some of his own work: anti-urban redevelopment and gentrification squats, peace activism against militarism and military bases, anarcha-feminist projects, radical environmentalisms, and cultural activism to support precarious labor struggles. Continue reading

Malcolm X – Ballot or the Bullet

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Malcolm X – Ballot or the Bullet

[Video of speech at the bottom of the page]

Mr. Moderator, Brother Lomax, brothers and sisters, friends and enemies: I just can’t believe everyone in here is a friend, and I don’t want to leave anybody out. The question tonight, as I understand it, is “The Negro Revolt, and Where Do We Go From Here?” or What Next?” In my little humble way of understanding it, it points toward either the ballot or the bullet.

Before we try and explain what is meant by the ballot or the bullet, I would like to clarify something concerning myself. I’m still a Muslim; my religion is still Islam. That’s my personal belief. Just as Adam Clayton Powell is a Christian minister who heads the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York, but at the same time takes part in the political struggles to try and bring about rights to the black people in this country; and Dr. Martin Luther King is a Christian minister down in Atlanta, Georgia, who heads another organization fighting for the civil rights of black people in this country; and Reverend Galamison, I guess you’ve heard of him, is another Christian minister in New York who has been deeply involved in the school boycotts to eliminate segregated education; well, I myself am a minister, not a Christian minister, but a Muslim minister; and I believe in action on all fronts by whatever means necessary.

Although I’m still a Muslim, I’m not here tonight to discuss my religion. I’m not here to try and change your religion. I’m not here to argue or discuss anything that we differ about, because it’s time for us to submerge our differences and realize that it is best for us to first see that we have the same problem, a common problem, a problem that will make you catch hell whether you’re a Baptist, or a Methodist, or a Muslim, or a nationalist. Whether you’re educated or illiterate, whether you live on the boulevard or in the alley, you’re going to catch hell just like I am. We’re all in the same boat and we all are going to catch the same hell from the same man. He just happens to be a white man. All of us have suffered here, in this country, political oppression at the hands of the white man, economic exploitation at the hands of the white man, and social degradation at the hands of the white man.

Now in speaking like this, it doesn’t mean that we’re anti-white, but it does mean we’re anti-exploitation, we’re anti-degradation, we’re anti-oppression. And if the white man doesn’t want us to be anti-him, let him stop oppressing and exploiting and degrading us. Whether we are Christians or Muslims or nationalists or agnostics or atheists, we must first learn to forget our differences. If we have differences, let us differ in the closet; when we come out in front, let us not have anything to argue about until we get finished arguing with the man. If the late President Kennedy could get together with Khrushchev and exchange some wheat, we certainly have more in common with each other than Kennedy and Khrushchev had with each other. Continue reading

Qilombo Grand Opening

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From Qilombo

In January of 2014, the Holdout temporarily closed its doors to do some serious cleaning. Now that the space has gone through several transitions, it’s time to reopen as a radical social center that supports community in struggle–with new energy and a new name.

From the Kimbundu word kilombo, the original quilombos were maroon societies founded by African people in Brazil and throughout South America between the 16th and 19th centuries. Most inhabitants of the quilombos were Africans escaping the trans-atlantic slave trade, but included indigenous people from local regions and other marginalized people fleeing European colonization. These autonomous zones provided land, shelter, and safety for those fighting to protect themselves from colonial enslavement and genocide. Resistance meant survival.

In this spirit of inter-communal solidarity, we invite you to join us in struggle! The Qilombo community social center is a place of intersection for Anarchists, other revolutionaries for liberation and folks from our neighborhood. Continue reading