Leaders of Newsom recall effort say they have enough signatures to spark a special election | 07 March 2021 | Leaders of effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said Sunday that they have collected enough signatures to spark a special election this year. At a press conference, organizers announced that the effort has gathered 1.95 million signatures in support of the recall more than a week ahead of the March 17 deadline. The recall movement leaders said they still plan to try to reach 2 million before that date... In early February, the Secretary of State’s Office determined that about 83 percent of the signatures gathered until that point were verified, The Sacramento Bee reported.
Four Months After 2020 Presidential Election in Georgia, No Chain of Custody Documents Produced for 404,000 Absentee Ballots Deposited in Drop Boxes; Fulton County One of 35 Scofflaw Counties
Four Months After 2020 Presidential Election in Georgia, No Chain of Custody Documents Produced for 404,000 Absentee Ballots Deposited in Drop Boxes; Fulton County One of 35 Scofflaw Counties --The 2020 presidential election outcome in Georgia was decided by fewer than 12,000 votes | 04 March 2021 | Four months after the November 3, 2020 presidential election, state and county officials in Georgia have failed to produce chain of custody documents for an estimated 404,691 vote by mail absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes and subsequently delivered to county registrars for counting. As of March 3, only 56 of Georgia's 159 counties have provided ballot transfer form data to The Georgia Star News. The number of absentee by mail ballots delivered to registrars in those 56 counties total only 195,309, or 32.5 percent, of the estimated 600,000 absentee vote by mail ballots deposited in drop boxes and delivered to county registrars and counted in Georgia's 2020 presidential election.
After Finding Shredded Ballots in the Dumpster Earlier Today, a Mysterious Fire Breaks Out at Maricopa County Official's Farm
After Finding Shredded Ballots in the Dumpster Earlier Today, a Mysterious Fire Breaks Out at Maricopa County Official's Farm | 06 March 2021 | The Arizona Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (MCBOS) on Wednesday loaded its 2020 Election ballots on a truck for delivery to the Arizona Senate. After months of attempting to obtain access to the ballots, the Senate won a court case where the judge ordered the ballots to be produced to the Senate. So immediately before being told when and where to deliver the ballots, the MCBOS loaded the ballots onto a truck even though the Senate had not yet asked for the ballots. It is not believed that this move of the ballots was performed under the proper chain of custody... The ballots were then stored in an open warehouse. Individuals in the county found shredded ballots at this location, earlier today. Tonight, two barns on the farm of one of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors caught on fire.
New York state senate majority leader calls on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign | 07 March 2021 | State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins is now calling for the resignation of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo -- a sign of escalating pressure from members of his own party to step aside amid allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct. The Democratic governor said Sunday he has no plans to step down. Stewart-Cousins's decision to join a growing number of state Democratic lawmakers pushing for Cuomo to step down upped the pressure on the three-term governor, who appears to be losing his grip on the state capitol he has ruled for a decade.
3,000 protest vaccines, coronavirus restrictions in Romanian capital --One sign read: 'Say no to forced vaccination' | 07 March 2021 | Thousands of protesters gathered in Romania's capital, Bucharest, on Sunday in protest against COVID-19 restrictions and vaccinations, which they fear will become compulsory. Photos taken by The Associated Press and others on social media showed large crowds carrying signs and other materials with anti-mask and anti-vaccine slogans, including one reading: "Say no to forced vaccination." ...It [the shot] is provided to residents free of charge and residents who have the vaccine are subject to fewer COVID-19 restrictions than others. [That discrimination, globally, nneds to end NOW. After all, it's "my body, my choice."]
Switzerland narrowly votes to ban face covering in public | 07 March 2021 | Swiss voters have approved a ban on full facial coverings including niqab and burqa in nearly all public places in a closely contested referendum on Sunday. The result means facial covering will be banned in all publicly accessible places, including on the streets, in public offices, on public transport, in restaurants, shops and in the countryside. The controversial proposal gained support of 51.21% of voters and the majority of the country's 26 cantons, according to official provisional results published by the federal government.
S Korea, US scale back drills over virus, N Korea diplomacy | 07 March 2021 | The South Korean and U.S. militaries are scaling back their annual exercises this month due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to support diplomacy focusing on North Korea's nuclear program, officials said Sunday. Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the allies decided to start the nine-day drills on Monday after reviewing factors like the status of the pandemic and diplomatic efforts to achieve denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula. It said the drills are defensive in nature and are mostly tabletop exercises and simulations that won't involve field training.
Ballots in Maricopa County Found Shredded and in Dumpster – Days Before Senate Audit to Begin | 06 March 2021 | Piles of shredded ballots were located today in a dumpster in Maricopa County, Arizona. This find occurs only days before the senate's audit of the county's 2020 election results is due to start. For months, the Board of Supervisors in Maricopa County have blocked and delayed any independent audit performed by the Arizona Senate of the County's results in the 2020 presidential election. As we've reported previously, after being subpoenaed by the Arizona Senate and then suing the senate to prevent a senate audit of their 2020 election results, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (MCBOS) agreed to have an audit if they could pick the auditors.
'Medical Racism' Film Exposes Long-Standing Experimentation on Minorities --Medical Racism, premiering March 11, chronicles the medical cartel's history of targeting minorities for unethical experiments, the acquiescence of regulatory agencies and medical ethicists, and the silence of physicians who allow these atrocities to continue today. | 04 March 2021 | Children's Health Defense, in conjunction with Center Productions and the Urban Global Health Alliance, along with co-producers Rev. Tony Muhammad and author-historian Curtis Cost, today released the trailer for their upcoming documentary, "Medical Racism: The New Apartheid." "Medical Racism," which premieres March 11, illuminates the shocking history of government health regulators and private pharmaceutical companies conducting human experiments on Black Americans.
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Biden to Sign Election Executive Order to Increase Voting by Criminals | 07 March 2021 | President Joe Biden will sign an executive order on Sunday altering the way the federal government handles elections, including by increasing voting and voter registration access for criminals in prison and on probation, according to the White House. "The order will direct the Attorney General to establish procedures to provide educational materials related to voter registration and voting, and to the extent practicable, to facilitate voter registration, for all eligible individuals in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons," a fact sheet distributed by the White House states. The order also directs the attorney general to help former prisoners obtain appropriate identification to satisfy state voting requirements.
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Report from Houston Tenants Union about continuation of rent strike in Houston, Texas which began in the wake of devastating storms in February. Since the Tenants at Villas Del Paseo delivered demands to their property management on Saturday, the fight has only deepened and grown. The tenants then spent Sunday afternoon, the last day of... Read Full Article
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Action report from the Barton Prisoner Solidarity Project. Full list of demands below. Re-posted to North Shore Counter-Info. March 6 2020 — As the covid outbreak in the Barton Jail continues to worsen, about forty people gathered outside to show their support to those locked up. There are over 65 confirmed cases at the time... Read Full Article
Two more women accuse Gov. Andrew Cuomo of inappropriate behavior | 06 March 2021 | Two more women came forward Saturday to accuse Gov. Cuomo of sexually harassing behavior, including a former press aide who describes struggling to free herself from his repeated hugs, and a young assistant who now says he left her feeling like "just a skirt." Former press aide Karen Hinton endured a "very long, too long, too tight, too intimate" embrace from Cuomo in a dimly lit Los Angeles hotel room in December 2000, she told the Washington Post... At the time, Cuomo led the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Twitter to Use Strike System to Take Down What They Consider COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation | 03 March 2021 | Twitter announced on Monday it will put warnings on posts that contain what the platform considers to be misleading information about the CCP virus vaccines, as well as put into practice a strike system that would see users who repeatedly break their rules banned. The enforcement would be monitored by humans who define what misinformation is, who are then assisted by computers through machine learning. "Labels will first be applied by our team members when they determine content violates our policy," Twitter said in a statement about the new rules.
Adverse Incident Reports Show 966 Deaths Following Vaccination for COVID-19 | 06 March 2021 | According to adverse incident reports collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 966 individuals have died after having received an mRNA vaccine for COVID-19. Between Dec. 14 and Feb. 19, 19,769 reports were made to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) following immunizations with either the Moderna or Pfizer BioNTech mRNA vaccines (the only two vaccines given during the time period assessed). At this time, VAERS data is not available after Feb. 19. The 966 deaths represent 5 percent of the total number of adverse events reports.
This Is America #136: Struggle Against Line 3 Grows; Rent Strikes Spread; Elites Obsess Over ‘Culture War’
Welcome, to This Is America, February 6th, 2021. On today’s episode, we launch into resistance news, from updates on the fight against the Line 3 pipeline in the midwest, to continuing rent strikes in major cities, and ongoing fierce abolitionist struggle from Portland to New York. We then switch to our discussion, where we offer... Read Full Article
Anarchism, Mutual Aid, and Self-Organization: From the George Floyd Uprising to India’s Farmer Rebellion
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The following essay examines the explosion of mass struggles in India under the far-Right Modi government while comparing them to the George Floyd uprising in the United States, highlighting the role that mutual aid and self-organization played in each. To listen to an interview offering an anarchist and anti-colonial analysis of the situation in India, go here.
by Pranav Jeevan P
India witnessed the rise of two large protest movements in last 2 years which saw millions taking to streets against the oppressive laws passed by the government. These were the Anti-CAA protests against the discriminative Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), and the farmers protests against a series of pro-corporate farm laws. During the Anti-CAA protests, the loudest voices of dissent have been the women; from housewives to grandmothers, lawyers to students, women across India have been at the forefront of this struggle. This female-driven political awakening has been most jubilantly epitomized by the sit-in protest located in Shaheen Bagh a neighborhood in New Delhi, drawing a cross-generational, largely female crowd never seen before seen in India . Then came the farmer protests, where millions of farmers took to streets to fight the anti-farmer legislation that was passed in the Indian parliament and to highlight the issues of agrarian crisis which has been growing in India for the last few decades. In these protests, there is an unprecedented solidarity being displayed in the daily rallies that draw out thousands of people all over Indian cities. There are no visible leaders calling out to people to protest in one mode or another, yet the country has found a way to speak truth to power .
Mass protests, riots, and struggles are breaking out across India in opposition to State repression and a collection of new laws pushed by the nationalist government. Here's why it matters + why rebels across the world must take note + stand in solidarity. https://t.co/UC1EmQdFjK pic.twitter.com/vjwXkpAf5h
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) December 30, 2019
The Shaheen Bagh protests were mostly led by Muslim women, in response to the passage of discriminatory and unconstitutional legislation passed by Parliament of India and the police attack on students at the Jamia Millia Islamia University. Protesters agitated not only against the CAA, National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR), but also against economic crisis, rising inequality, police brutality, unemployment, poverty and against attacks on women. The protesters also supported farmer unions who opposed the government’s anti-labor policies and protested against attacks on academic institutions. The demonstrations started with 10-15 local women, mostly hijab wearing Muslim housewives, but within days drew crowds of up to a hundred thousand, making it one of the longest sit-in protests of this magnitude in modern India. The Shaheen Bagh protests also inspired similar style gatherings across the country, such as those in Gaya, Kolkata, Prayagraj, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru. The protesters at Shaheen Bagh, since 14 December 2019, continued their sit-in protest in New Delhi using non-violent resistance for 101 days until 24 March 2020 when it ended due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.Most of the women who came to Shaheen Bagh protest were first-time protesters, mostly homemakers, who were standing up to the government. This was the first time they came out on a national issue which cut across religious lines.
Most of the women who came to the Shaheen Bagh protest were first-time protesters, mostly homemakers, who were standing up to the government . This was the first time they came out on a national issue which cut across religious lines. Some came with their newborns and children and some were grandparents. The women were center of protests and men supported them from the sidelines. They were creative and strategic. They governed their worlds quietly from the background and knew when a crisis needed them to cross invisible boundaries and step into the foreground. They emerged into the public space to collectively confront a looming crisis . Armed with thick blankets, warm cups of tea and songs of resistance, these women have braved one of the coldest winters Delhi faced in the last 118 years . These women were drivers of this protest, joining in irrespective of caste and religion, taking turns to sit-in at the site. They broke down the historically prevailing gender binary of patriarchy and took control. They also destroyed the popular imagination claiming Muslim women as powerless and lacking agency.
Shaheen Bagh in many ways typifies the protest movement that erupted across India as it was leaderless. No political party or organization could claim to be leading the protest. Instead, it was fueled primarily by these women who were residents of working-class neighborhoods of Shaheen Bagh. Since it was a leaderless protest, it could not be terminated by a few prominent organizers . When they tried to “called off” the protest citing interference of political parties and security threats, the women of Shaheen Bagh rejected it and decided to continue the protests. The movement had no formal organizers and thrived on a roving group of volunteers and the local women’s tenacity alone. The lack of leaders also confused the police who are clueless on whom to approach to make these women vacate the site.
Millions of Indian workers + students have gone on strike + organized months of #CAA_NRC_Protests in the face of rising Hindu nationalism + far-Right violence. We spoke with Sarang Narasimhaiah on our latest podcast to find out more + discuss solidarity. https://t.co/0hkkdsEARd pic.twitter.com/lTQPGQOzz6
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) January 12, 2020
The protesters were supported and coordinated by a diverse group of more than hundred volunteers, including local residents, students and professionals. These volunteers organized themselves around different tasks such as setting up makeshift stages, shelters and bedding; providing food, water, medicine, and access to toilet facilities; installing CCTV cameras, bringing in electric heaters, outside speakers and collecting donations . Donations includes mattresses, an assortment of tables that form the foundation of the stage and endless cups of steaming tea that provide warmth on cold winter days. Local residents formed informal groups which coordinated security, speakers, songs, and cultural programs that happened on these makeshift stages. People distributed tea, snacks, biryani, sweets and other eatables at the protest site. Some donated wood logs to keep the protesters warm. Collection drives for blankets and other essentials were organized through social media. A health camp was also set up beside the camped protesters which provided medicines for them. Doctors and nurses along with medical students from different medical institutes and hospitals voluntarily joined for the purpose . A group of Sikh farmers from Punjab came and set up a langer (free community kitchen) in the area.No political party or organization could claim to be leading the protest. Instead, it was fueled primarily by these women who were residents of working-class neighborhoods of Shaheen Bagh.
The space was decorated with art and installations . Stairways leading to the closed shops in the vicinity of the protest circle were transformed into a public library and art centre by student volunteers from Jamia along with the young children of Shaheen Bagh. Protest art became the voice of resistance and dissent during the event, and the area was covered in murals, graffiti, posters and banners . A reading area called “Read for Revolution” had been set up with hundreds of crowd-sourced books as well as writing materials . A nearby bus stop was converted into the Fatima Sheikh-Savitribai Phule library, which provided material on the country’s constitution, revolution, racism, fascism, oppression and various social issues . Public reading spaces were created for the cause of dissent and to amplify the idea of education amongst the protesters of Shaheen Bagh. Since a majority of women of Shaheen Bagh have stepped out of their homes for the first time, this was an attempt to bring these women closer so that they read and facilitate the social change they exemplify. Besides young children, senior citizens, working people, domestic workers and many from Shaheen Bagh and nearby areas were occupying the area, choosing books or picking up colors and chart paper, while some also come to donate their old books and stationery.लड़ो पढ़ाई करने को, पढ़ो समाज बदलने को (Fight to Read, Read to Change)
The children who were present alongside parents also participated in the protest. Most of these children would visit school in the morning before joining their parents at the protest site, which became an art space for many children . They would express their thoughts and join in the protest through storytelling, poetry, puppetry, singing and painting. Student volunteers engaged the local children in reading, painting and singing, and held informal reading lessons.
Speeches, lectures, rap and shayari poetry readings were held every day . Activists, artists and social workers came and gave talks on various issues faced by Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis, the disabled, LGBTQ people, and all those who are oppressed. The stage is democratic and hosts poets and professors, housewives and elders, civil society groups and civic leaders, actors and celebrities and of course students – from Jamia, JNU to the local government schools. A large number of women participate in open-mics to express their thoughts, many speaking in public for the first time. The protestors read the Preamble of the Constitution which reminds them of their rights of Liberty, Equality and Justice. If the Shaheen Bagh stage had a bias, it is towards women and those, from academia and elsewhere, who can educate them not just on CAA-NRC-NPR, but also the freedom struggle, Ambedkar, Gandhi and the ideas that animate the preamble to the constitution . The chants of “inquilab zindabad (long live the revolution!)”and “save the Constitution” filled the site. At night people would watch films and documentaries which were screened on the site, about refugee crisis, anti-fascist struggles and revolution. Musical and cultural events were also conducted in solidarity with anti-CAA protests. This occupy protest provided an example of how to create a community without government support by voluntary association and mutual aid, make decisions in a democratic way where everyone takes part and decentralize power by having no organizers or leaders who control everything. These elements of anarchist organizing is also visible in the farmers’ protest.This occupy protest provided an example of how to create a community without government support by voluntary association and mutual aid, make decisions in a democratic way where everyone takes part and decentralize power by having no organizers or leaders who control everything. These elements of anarchist organizing is also visible in the farmers’ protest.
Small and marginal farmers with less than two hectares of land account for 86.2% of all farmers in India, but own just 47.3% of the crop area. A total of 2,96,438 farmers have committed suicide in India from 1995-2015 . 28 people dependent on farming die by suicide in India every day . India is already facing a huge agrarian crisis and the 3 new laws have opened up door for corporatization of agriculture by dismantling the Minimum Support Price (MSP) leaving the farmers at the mercy of the big capitalist businesses.
The farmers protest began with farmers unions holding local protests against the farmer bills mostly in Punjab. After two months of protests, farmers from Punjab and Haryana began a movement named Dilli Chalo (Go to Delhi), in which tens of thousands of farmers marched towards the nation’s capital . The Indian government used police to attack the protesters using water cannons, batons, and tear gas to stop them from entering Delhi. On 26 November 2020, the largest general strike in the world with over 250 million people, took place in support of the farmers . A crowd of 200,000 to 300,000 farmers converged at various border points on the way to Delhi. As protest, farmers blocked the highways surrounding Delhi by sitting on the roads . Transport unions representing 14 million truck drivers also came out in support of the farmers. The farmers have told the Supreme court of India that they won’t listen to courts if asked to back off. They organized a tractor rally with over 200,000 tractors on the Republic day and stormed the historic Red Fort . The government barricaded the capital roads with cemented nails and trenches to stop farmers and electricity, Internet, and water supply were cut off from the protest sites.
Scores of langars, i.e. free community kitchens have been set up by farmer’s organizations and NGOs to meet the food needs of the hundreds of thousands of farmers in the farmers-camps that have sprung up on the borders of Delhi . The farmers came fully equipped to prepare mass meals in these community kitchens with supplies coming from their villages daily. Tractors and trucks with sacks of vegetables and flour as well as cans of oil and milk arrive daily from villages and towns where pooling resources for community meals is a way of life. These langars work round the clock and provide free food without distinction of caste, class, or religion. Supporters of the farm protest often bring almonds, apples, sweets, and packaged water. They even supplied a machine that rolls out a thousand “rotis” every hour. Social media is used to collect blankets and other essentials for these protests who are braving the harsh winter. Many protestors camp on the roadside in the cold Delhi winter and spending nights curled up in tractor trailers. Volunteers have set up solar-powered mobile charging points, laundry stalls with washing machines, medical stalls for medicines, arranged doctors and nurses, dental camps and brought foot massage chairs for elderly protesters .
A makeshift school has been set up at the camp, called “Sanjhi Sathh” (a common place) to recreate a village tradition of holding discussions on important issues. Children from underprivileged families who are unable to attend school due to financial issues and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic come to this tent. It has library, which displays biographies of Indian freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, revolutionary Che Guevara, and other books of various genres and newspapers in English, Hindi and Punjabi languages. Dozens of posters with slogans written on them cover every inch of the tarpaulin tents . Farmers also installed CCTV cameras to keep a watch on the protest site and keep a record of what is happening and counter any narrative to discredit their protest. Farmers protest also saw participation of women coming out to protest in large numbers. Women farmers and agricultural workers were riding tractors from their villages and rallying to the protest sites, unfazed by the gruesome winter.
Just like Shaheen Bagh protest, this is a decentralized leaderless protest by hundreds of farmer unions. Even though the negotiations with the government are being attended by representatives of 32 farmer unions, they act as spoke persons who present the collective demand of all farmers. Whenever Government introduces a new proposal, the representatives come back to the unions where they sit together, discuss, debate and decide the future course of action together in a democratic way. Farmers are conducting Kisan Mahapanchayats (public meetings) which are attended by hundreds of thousands of people in villages around Delhi, UP, Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana to discuss strategies and ways to put pressure on the government. It was this decentralization that made the protest robust and overcome the condemnation around violence during Republic day Truck Rally. Even though many farm union leaders called for ending the protest, the farmers remained steadfast in their decision to not go back till the laws were repelled.
The sites of the two protests mentioned above can be compared to the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) that was set up in Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington by Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters during the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd by Police . CHAZ was a nascent commune, built through mutual aid where no police was allowed and almost everything was free.
"Fox News published digitally altered and misleading photos on stories about Seattle’s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) in what photojournalism experts called a clear violation of ethical standards for news organizations." #CHAZ #CHAZSEATTLE https://t.co/GiIQ2sxZWp
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) June 13, 2020
CHAZ, Shaheen Bagh and Farmers’ protests were occupation protests where the protestors set up a community themselves and created an autonomous zone. If one was against racism and police brutality, others were against religious discrimination and agrarian crisis. The protests were mostly self-organized and without an official leadership. The sites were filled with protest art, paintings, film screenings and musical performances . Just like the mutual aid cooperative in CHAZ, free food, water, snacks and other supplies were provided to everyone. Areas were set up for assemblies and to facilitate discourse .
CHAZ was a leaderless zone, where the occupants favored consensus decision-making in the form of a general assembly, with daily meetings and discussion . They slept in tents, cars and surrounding buildings, relying on donations from local store owners and activists. They collected donations for the homeless and created community gardens . Medical stations were established to provide basic health care.We anarchists do not want to emancipate the people; we want the people to emancipate themselves. The only limit to the oppression of government is the power with which the people show themselves capable of opposing it. ― Errico Malatesta
Anarchism tries to create institutions of a new society “within the shell of the old,” to expose, subvert, and undermine structures of domination but always, while doing so, proceeding in a democratic fashion, a manner which itself demonstrates those structures are unnecessary . Anarchists observe what people are already doing in their communities, and then tries to tease out the hidden symbolic, moral, or pragmatic logic that underlie their actions and tries to make sense of it in ways that they are not themselves completely aware of. They look at those who are creating viable alternatives, try to figure out what might be the larger implications of what they are already doing, and then offer those ideas back, not as prescriptions, but as contributions . They understand that people are already forming self-organized communities when the state has failed them and we can learn a lot about direct action and mutual aid from these communities.
Direct democratic decision making, decentralization of power, solidarity, mutual aid and voluntary association are the core principles of anarchist organizing. Anarchists employ direct action, disrupting and protesting against unjust hierarchy, and self-managing their lives through the creation of counter-institutions such as communes and non-hierarchical collectives. Decision-making is handled in an anti-authoritarian way, with everyone having equal say in each decision. They participate in all discussions in order to build a rough consensus among members of the group without the need of a leader or a leading group. Anarchists organize themselves to occupy and reclaim public spaces where art, poetry and music are blended to display the anarchist ideals. Squatting is a way to regain public space from the capitalist market or an authoritarian state and also being an example of direct action. We can find elements of these in all these protests and that is the reason for their robustness and success. It bursts the myth that you need a centralized chain of command with small group of leaders on top who decide the strategies and a very large group of followers who blindly obey those decisions for the sustenance and success of large scale organizing. All these protests were leaderless protests where people themselves decided and came to a consensus on the course of action to be followed in a democratic way. When people decide to take decisions themselves and coordinate with each other in small communities by providing aid to each other, it creates the strongest form of democracy and solidarity.The fact that these protests happened, with so many people collectively organizing and cooperating, for such a long duration, shows us that we can self-organize and create communities without external institutions and it can be civilized and more democratic than the autocratic bureaucracy and authoritarian governments which concentrate all power and oppress people.
The fact that these protests happened, with so many people collectively organizing and cooperating, for such a long duration, shows us that we can self-organize and create communities without external institutions and it can be civilized and more democratic than the autocratic bureaucracy and authoritarian governments which concentrate all power and oppress people. These protests were driven by mostly by uneducated women, poor farmers and people from other marginalized communities, who showed that they can create communities which are more moral and egalitarian, than those that exist in hierarchical societies with the affluent and highly educated. They showed that people who are oppressed and underprivileged can organize themselves into communities of mutual aid and direct democracy which eliminates a need for coercive hierarchical systems of governance which exist only to exploit them.
What these occupy protests show us is that we can form communities and collectively organize various forms of democratic decision making simultaneously providing everyone their basic needs. There protests show us models of community organizing in large scales comprising hundreds of thousands of people. Even though they are not perfect we can learn the ideas these protests emulate – of solidarity, mutual aid, direct democracy, decentralization of power and try to recreate these in our lives and communities.References  H. E. Petersen and S. Azizur Rahman, “‘Modi is afraid’: women take lead in India’s citizenship protests,” The Guardian, 21 January 2020.  N. Badwar, “Speaking truth to power, in Shaheen Bagh and beyond,” Livemint, 17 January 2020.  B. Kuchay, “Shaheen Bagh protesters pledge to fight, seek rollback of CAA law,” Al Jazeera, 15 January 2020.  “Shaheen Bagh: The women occupying Delhi street against citizenship law – ‘I don’t want to die proving I am Indian’,” BBC, 4 January 2020.  K. Sarfaraz, “Shaheen Bagh protest organiser calls it off, can’t get people to vacate,” The Hindustan Times, 2 January 2020.  “The volunteers of Shaheen Bagh,” The Telegraph (Culcutta), 24 December 2019.  “Behind Shaheen Bagh’s Women, An Army of Students, Doctors & Locals,” The Quint, 14 January 2020.  R. Venkataramakrishnan, “The Art of Resistance: Ringing in the new year with CAA protesters at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh,” Scroll.in, 6 January 2020.  A. Bakshi, “Portraits of resilience: the new year in Shaheen Bagh,” 2 January 2020.  J. Thakur, “Shaheen Bagh Kids and Jamia Students Make Space for Art, Reading and Revolution,” The Citizen, 11 January 2020.  F. Ameen, “The Library at Shaheen Bagh,” The Telegraph (Culcutta), 20 January 2020.  A. Purkait, “In Shaheen Bagh, Children Paint Their Protest while Mothers Hold Dharna,” Makers India, 22 January 2020.  S. Chakrabarti, “Shaheen Bagh Heralds a New Year With Songs of Azaadi,” The Wire, 31 December 2019.  P. Sainath, “Maharashtra crosses 60,000 farm suicides,” People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI), 21 July 2014.  R. Sengupta, “Every day, 28 people dependent on farming die by suicide in India,” Down to Earth, 3 September 2020.  “Dilli Chalo | Farmers’ protest enters fifth day,” The Hindu, 30 November 2020.  S. Joy, “At least 25 crore workers participated in general strike; some states saw complete shutdown: Trade unions,” Deccan Herald, 26 November 2020.  “Farmers’ Protest Highlights: Protesting farmers refuse to budge, say ‘demands are non-negotiable,” The Indian Express, 1 December 2020.  G. Bhatia, “Tractors to Delhi,” Reuters, 29 January 2021.  “Langar Tradition Plays Out in Farmers Protest, Students Use Social Media To Organise Essentials,” India Today, 2 December 2020.  J. Sinha, “Protest site draws ‘Sewa’ – medicine stalls, laundry service, temple & library come up,” Indian Express, 11 December 2020.  B. Kuchay, “A school for the underprivileged at Indian farmers’ protest site,” AlJazeera, 24 January 2021.  D. Silva and M. Moschella, “Seattle protesters set up ‘autonomous zone’ after police evacuate precinct,” NBC News, 11 June 2020.  C. Burns, “The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone Renames, Expands, and Adds Film Programming,” The Stranger, 10 June 2020.  H. Allam, “‘Remember Who We’re Fighting For’: The Uneasy Existence Of Seattle’s Protest Camp,” NPR, 18 June 2020.  K. Burns, “Seattle’s newly police-free neighborhood, explained,” Vox, 16 June 2020.  h. Weinberger, “In Seattle’s CHAZ, a community garden takes root | Crosscut,” Crosscut, 15 June 2020.  D. Graeber, Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, 2004. Tags: IndiaFarmerrevolt
Catalonia. On Monday morning cops raided the Nabat squat in Mataró, 30 kilometres (19 miles) north-east of Barcelona. A squat in Canet de Mar was also raided. What follows is a communiqué on 8 arrested anarchist comrades from Nabat (Mataró) and a statement by El Lokal.Barcelona: Communiqué on the 8 arrested anarchist comrades from Nabat (Mataró)
Yesterday night (February 27, 2021, Enough 14), around 09:00 pm, 8 of our comrades were arrested, in Barcelona, after the last police charge against the demonstrations against the imprisonment of Pablo Hasél, the limitation of basic freedoms that we are all suffering, the repression and the deprivation of our human rights.
We are facing a strong authoritarian drift of European governments that are taking the coronavirus as an excuse to repress and open the doors to a possible dictatorship.
The rage, which was contained in this period of strong restrictions explodes in this way with already 12 days of consecutive mobilizations and revolts. These are events that are repeated continuously throughout history, at this very moment revolts are exploding with great force not only in Europe but in all countries of the world from Chile to China.
With this repressive coup you are going to have problems throughout the occupied Maresme!!!
This communiqué is a call for participation, on behalf of the anarchist comrades of Nabat, in solidarity with all of them. We call for tomorrow, Monday March 1st at 12:30 noon, in front of the Commissariat of the Courts in Barcelona.
Stay tuned on social networks and other media in case there is any change of time and place, if comrades are transferred! There will be further calls!!!
After the events that have brought us to this point, we are in solidarity with the children if they are innocent and even more so if they are guilty!
FREEDOM FOR ALL ARRESTED COMRADES DURING THESE DAYS OF REVOLTS!!!
IF THEY TOUCH ONE OF US, THEY TOUCH US ALL!Freedom for the imprisoned anarchists. No more police and media fabrications.
From El Lokal
Today, Wednesday (March 3, 2021, Enough14), Maria would come again to lokal to give us a hand in whatever was needed. For a couple of months she had been doing so, happy and grateful for her part and we were delighted to have one more person who collaborated with us. Today Maria will not be able to come because she was arrested on Saturday at the demonstration and last night, has been imprisoned accused of serious crimes along with eight people, arrested anarchists.
It makes us very angry as the trial is already done, the sentence has already been served. No presumption of innocence, accused of attempted murder, organized criminal group, searches without finding evidence, the police note leaked to all media that repeat it and adopt it as their own, the political and economic class is closed, accusing them of having “the will to kill” and a court that does what was already written, charging them in the most serious way and pre-trial detention without bail.
There is no doubt, they are guilty, they are anarchists, most of them Italians. The usual story that eventually falls apart. It is necessary to teach them a lesson, to make an example, to punish and stop the protests that go beyond the limits of the system.
We will fight to change this system, we will fight in an organized way, in an assembly, without leaders, respecting human life and not the institutions, as anarchists have always done.
El Lokal, March 3, 2021.Tags: barcelonaPablo Haselsquatsquat evictionanarchists in troubletrial