HAPPENING NOW: Black Youth Project is directly confronting an organization that is at the forefront of the criminalization & police killings of Black people in this country: the International Association of Chiefs of Police or IACP. The IACP has a conference today in downtown Chicago & BYP is both shutting down streets around the conference center & some are inside the conference shutting it down. A large amount of arrests have already been made & some protestors are being cut out of their locks. Tune in, spread the word & make sure their work isn’t in vain
In conjunction with the Bay Area’s call for #96Hours of actions to reclaim Martin Luther King, Jr.’s radical legacy, activists shut down traffic on the San Francisco Bay Bridge for nearly an hour. Members of protest groups Black Seed and the Black Queer Liberation Collective took responsibility for the protest in a statement, citing recent police shootings. The action also resulted in several arrests.
2010 - The Red and Black Café, a radical worker-owned collective in Portland, Oregon, kicked out police officer Jim Crooker who was drinking coffee there. The clientele of the café includes locals, homeless people, activists and immigrants. Because of their ‘safer space’ policy, designed to create a safe environment for their customers, the Red and Black Café does not serve police. [video]
( By the way, the Red and Black Café could use your help! Check out their donation page )
“This strike is against the central government, this strike is for the cause of the working people,” Ramen Pandey, president of West Bengal Indian National Trade Union Congress, told Al Jazeera.
“Our strike will be 100 per cent successful … we will prove that this strike is the world’s largest ever.”
The strike was called after union leaders rejected the government’s offer to increase the minimum wage for unskilled workers from 6,396 rupees (£72) a month to 9,100 rupees (£102).
There are also concerns that raising caps on foreign investment could lead to privatisation and eventually to the loss of jobs.
From Al Jazeera (link in the above quote):
Union officials said about 180 million workers, including state bank
employees, school teachers, postal workers, miners and construction
workers, were participating, but the figure could not be independently
The strike was called after talks with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
broke down, with union leaders rejecting his offer to raise the minimum
wage for unskilled workers from 6,396 rupees ($96) a month to 9,100
Workers are demanding the government dump plans to close unproductive
factories, raise foreign investment caps in some industries and sell
off stakes in state-run companies - over fears that creeping
privatisation will jeopardise jobs.
The unions said the government should guarantee both social security
and healthcare for all, and should be hiking the minimum wage to double
what it is offering in order to keep up with inflation.
Assata Shakur once said: if ever there was a decision between armed struggle and social programs (like free grocery programs, free health and education programs, free communal/local crime prevention programs etc), a revolutionary movement should always choose the social program approach.
Social programs represent an experimental view of the world we all strive for whereas an armed insurrection in the immediate present wouldn’t.
This isn’t to say that violence is completely barred – especially in terms of action and self defense against fascists, criminals, injustice, oppression, etc – in the mean time; only that a revolutionary movement shouldn’t put all of its efforts being armed to the teeth, ready to mobilize, and start destroying the state and capitalism at the drop of a hat when they can spend their time investing in social projects for the people’s immediate benefit while spreading ideals, goals, and principles for now and the future.
Armed struggle is an inescapable consequence for any revolutionary movement, however the result would be always be failure if the people don’t know what they’re fighting for and if they solely rely on the well-read militants for deciding what’s right and wrong.
A small movement that can’t defend itself but can understand itself is a seed that can grow; but a movement that can defend itself with no self understanding is a hollow shell.
This week on directaction.info: 12 rabbits bred for meat were rescued from a farm by activists in France. “They received all necessary care and are safe. All equal, all are free,” the activists reported.
This 2 bedroom house built from recycled plastic bottles is bulletproof and fireproof and can withstand earthquakes. Oh, and it also reportedly holds a comfy year-round temperature of 64 degrees F. The bottles were filled with sand and are held together by mud and cement to form a solid wall that supposedly is stronger than cinder clocks.