July 29, 2014
"When children attend schools that place a greater value on discipline and security than on knowledge and intellectual development, they are attending prep schools for prison."

— Angela Davis (via anarchei)

(Source: thinksquad, via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

July 29, 2014

THIS sums up the impact of this insane Israeli escalation on “both sides of the conflict,” as the zionist media like to say…..

standwithpalestine:

@StandWPalestine@benabyad 

(via anarcho-queer)

July 28, 2014

Oh, you mean “we” didn’t civilize “them?”

blackknightmedia:

Africa - The First Place of Mankind

(Source: distant-relatives-blog, via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

July 27, 2014
"As the world’s largest jailer, the United States, with only 5 percent of the world’s population but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, has increased its incarceration rate of women by 832 percent over three decades. The incarceration rate of black women in the United States has increased by 828 percent over a five year period and black women now constitute one half of the US female prison population. In Western Australia, the number of incarcerated women doubled between 1995 and 2001, with Indigenous women comprising 54 percent of the female prisoner population although constituting only 2 percent of the state’s population. In Canada, the representation of Indigenous women in prisons has increased nearly 90 percent over the past decade and has been declared “nothing short of a crisis”"

— Harsha Walia, Undoing Border Imperialism (via lehaaz)

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

July 23, 2014
good:

"My country is the world, and my religion is to do good." -Thomas Paine

good:

"My country is the world, and my religion is to do good." -Thomas Paine

July 22, 2014
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"In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as ‘right to work.’ It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights… Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone.

Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights. We do not intend to let them do this to us. We demand this fraud be stopped. Our weapon is our vote.”

"

— Martin Luther King

July 20, 2014
anarcho-queer:

thepeoplesrecord:

Squat demolition called off after four nights of rioting in Barcelona May 31, 2014

Barcelona city hall has called off plans to demolish and redevelop a squatted building in one of the city’s poorest districts after four nights of violent protests.


Authorities said on Friday that they would halt demolition plans and attempt to reach a peaceful solution after widespread outrage at the forced eviction of Can Vies, a public building that has been occupied by leftist groups for 17 years.


Confrontations between protesters and police continued on Thursday after crowds gathered to demonstrate in the Sants district for a fourth consecutive night.


Police said they had arrested a total of 59 people in four nights of violent clashes after squatters were evicted and demolition began on the building, which is owned by Barcelona city transport authorities, but has been used as an unofficial civic centre since 1997.


The streets of the working-class district of Barcelona have seen pitched battles between protesters and riot police after thousands gathered to stage night time demonstrations against the closure of Can Vies.
Rioters hurled bottles and stones at police barricades, burnt bins and broke windows during the protests. Banks have also been attacked and the excavator used to demolish the Can Vies building set on fire.
Baton-wielding riot police charged protesters, fired foam bullets across the barricades and attempted to disperse the crowd using a high-pitched horn.
The violent disturbances were blamed on a small group of troublemakers but the protest has won support from across Spain and peaceful demonstrations to show solidarity have been planned in other cities this weekend.
"These protests are not just about the eviction. The eviction was just one more blow after the crisis," a Can Vies representative said.
"The people are fed up of taking blows and in the end they explode."
The abandoned property was occupied in 1997 by left-wing activists who used it to host concerts, training courses and other community activities in the rundown area of the Catalan capital.
But the transport authority which owns the property wants to redevelop the area and turn it into a park.
Police forcibly cleared the house on Monday following a court order issued after negotiations broke down between the city and the squatters.
After an emergency meeting Barcelona city council said it would “attempt new dialogue” with neighbourhood leaders to reach a peaceful accord.
Source
Why can’t this happen here in the US when our community centers are demolished? When our neighborhoods are gentrified? When our tent cities are evacuated? 


^^ Because we’re led to believe that if we cause any property destruction during protests, or if we resist violence with counter-violence, the corporate media will ‎condemn us (as if they don’t already) and we’ll loose support from the public. Pacifists have managed to keep us more docile than the government has.
Once again, Spaniard leftists have shown us how to challenge state repression and subdue government forces.

Fucking yes to the above.  The US left doesn’t challenge the monopoly of force of the Oligarchy, and isn’t willing to take the risks of the successful nonviolent movements of the past

anarcho-queer:

thepeoplesrecord:

Squat demolition called off after four nights of rioting in Barcelona 
May 31, 2014

Barcelona city hall has called off plans to demolish and redevelop a squatted building in one of the city’s poorest districts after four nights of violent protests.

Authorities said on Friday that they would halt demolition plans and attempt to reach a peaceful solution after widespread outrage at the forced eviction of Can Vies, a public building that has been occupied by leftist groups for 17 years.

Confrontations between protesters and police continued on Thursday after crowds gathered to demonstrate in the Sants district for a fourth consecutive night.

Police said they had arrested a total of 59 people in four nights of violent clashes after squatters were evicted and demolition began on the building, which is owned by Barcelona city transport authorities, but has been used as an unofficial civic centre since 1997.

The streets of the working-class district of Barcelona have seen pitched battles between protesters and riot police after thousands gathered to stage night time demonstrations against the closure of Can Vies.

Rioters hurled bottles and stones at police barricades, burnt bins and broke windows during the protests. Banks have also been attacked and the excavator used to demolish the Can Vies building set on fire.

Baton-wielding riot police charged protesters, fired foam bullets across the barricades and attempted to disperse the crowd using a high-pitched horn.

The violent disturbances were blamed on a small group of troublemakers but the protest has won support from across Spain and peaceful demonstrations to show solidarity have been planned in other cities this weekend.

"These protests are not just about the eviction. The eviction was just one more blow after the crisis," a Can Vies representative said.

"The people are fed up of taking blows and in the end they explode."

The abandoned property was occupied in 1997 by left-wing activists who used it to host concerts, training courses and other community activities in the rundown area of the Catalan capital.

But the transport authority which owns the property wants to redevelop the area and turn it into a park.

Police forcibly cleared the house on Monday following a court order issued after negotiations broke down between the city and the squatters.

After an emergency meeting Barcelona city council said it would “attempt new dialogue” with neighbourhood leaders to reach a peaceful accord.

Source

Why can’t this happen here in the US when our community centers are demolished? When our neighborhoods are gentrified? When our tent cities are evacuated? 

^^ Because we’re led to believe that if we cause any property destruction during protests, or if we resist violence with counter-violence, the corporate media will ‎condemn us (as if they don’t already) and we’ll loose support from the public. Pacifists have managed to keep us more docile than the government has.

Once again, Spaniard leftists have shown us how to challenge state repression and subdue government forces.

Fucking yes to the above.  The US left doesn’t challenge the monopoly of force of the Oligarchy, and isn’t willing to take the risks of the successful nonviolent movements of the past

(Source: thepeoplesrecord)

July 19, 2014
"If I see three or four young black men walking down the street, I have to stop them and check their names. I want them to be afraid every time they see the police that they might get arrested."

Chief Russell Mills to the LA Times after shooting and killing black 89-year-old great grandfather Shawn Monroe at a barbecue unprovoked. Today, he walks free with no charges, despite numerous witnesses and his own admission that he enjoys terrorizing black people.

Tell me again why Black people should be okay with police when they have, since the history of our being kidnapped to this fucking country, have not EVER been about protecting us, but about terrorizing us?

Police are NOT for Black people’s safety. They are about torturing us, terrorizing us and killing us. Period. There is no safety with police. There is no peace keeping with police. They have ALWAYS been a terror to the Black community and I am tired of this fact being pushed to the wayside.

(via sourcedumal)

And Ray Kelly, when he was Commissioner in NYC said the same thing.
Arpaio has said the same thing.
This is a ROUTINE assertion that the point of the police is to be an agent of state terror. And that such terror should be all but exclusively focused on Black and Brown bodies.

(via note-a-bear)

(Source: writeswrongs, via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

July 6, 2014

(Source: athe0s, via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

July 4, 2014
truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

Court rules Wal-Mart must compensate workers
~~~
Canada’s Supreme Court ruled Friday that Wal-Mart must compensate former workers at a Quebec store that was closed after they voted to become the first Wal-Mart store in North America to unionize.
The high court ruled in 2009 that Wal-Mart was entitled to close the store in Jonquiere in 2005, seven months after workers voted to unionize. But the workers filed a new case that said Wal-Mart contravened a section of Quebec labor law, which says working conditions must not be altered in any way, shape or form during a unionization process.
The court ruled in a five-to-two decision that the world’s largest retailer modified working conditions for the employees without a valid reason when it shut down. The court ruled an arbiter will determine appropriate reparations, possibly with damages and interest. The store never re-opened. […]
http://news.yahoo.com/court-rules-wal-mart-must-compensate-workers-202258976—finance.html

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

Court rules Wal-Mart must compensate workers

~~~

Canada’s Supreme Court ruled Friday that Wal-Mart must compensate former workers at a Quebec store that was closed after they voted to become the first Wal-Mart store in North America to unionize.

The high court ruled in 2009 that Wal-Mart was entitled to close the store in Jonquiere in 2005, seven months after workers voted to unionize. But the workers filed a new case that said Wal-Mart contravened a section of Quebec labor law, which says working conditions must not be altered in any way, shape or form during a unionization process.

The court ruled in a five-to-two decision that the world’s largest retailer modified working conditions for the employees without a valid reason when it shut down. The court ruled an arbiter will determine appropriate reparations, possibly with damages and interest. The store never re-opened. […]

http://news.yahoo.com/court-rules-wal-mart-must-compensate-workers-202258976—finance.html

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

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