There was a time when the US invested much more in state disability and mental health services than in policing and prisons, and it was just as racist, violent, miserable, and ultimately deadly. It could happen again. Fuck the police, but also fuck policing.
Defunding the police is great, but if we simply redirect that freed-up money into state psychiatry or disability services, we are participating in a process of trans-incarceration, not de-incarceration. We would be, in other words, transferring state violence to a new (still anti-Black) site.
Imagining new worlds beyond the police cannot mean the return of the asylum or the extension of nursing homes.
you can simultaneously be appreciative for your education and critical of it, just because public education is full of propaganda and higher education is stealing your money doesn’t mean you shouldn’t fully take advantage of it if you can, learn everything possible and use it to Fuck Shit Up
write in textbooks, cause a ruckus, read stories you hate in english class and figure out why you hate them, ace your math test and forget everything you studied, use coloured pens, quiet rebellion is important too
In the European squatter’s movement, some cities have had or continue to have so many squatted social centers and houses that they constitute a shadow society. In Barcelona, for example, as recently as 2008 there were over forty occupied social centers and at least two hundred squatted houses. The collectives of people who inhabit these squats generally use consensus and group assemblies, and most are explicitly anarchist or intentionally anti-authoritarian. To a large extent, work and exchange have been abolished from these people’s lives, whose networks run into the thousands. Many do not have waged jobs, or they work only seasonally or sporadically, as they do not need to pay rent. For example the author of this book, who has lived within this network for two years, has survived for much of that time on less than one euro a day. Moreover, the great amount of activity they carry out within the autonomous movement is completely unwaged. But they do not need wages: they work for themselves. They occupy abandoned buildings left to rot by speculators, as a protest against gentrification and as anti-capitalist direct action to provide themselves with housing. Teaching themselves the skills they need along the way, they fix up their new houses, cleaning, patching roofs, installing windows, toilets, showers, light, kitchens, and anything else they need. They often pirate electricity, water, and internet, and much of their food comes from dumpster-diving, stealing, and squatted gardens.
In the total absence of wages or managers, they carry on a great deal of work, but at their own pace and logic. The logic is one of mutual aid. Besides fixing up their own houses, they also direct their energies towards working for their neighborhoods and enriching their communities. They provide for many of their collective needs besides housing. Some social centers host bicycle repair workshops, enabling people to repair or build their own bicycles, using old parts. Others offer carpentry workshops, self-defense and yoga workshops, natural healing workshops, libraries, gardens, communal meals, art and theater groups, language classes, alternative media and counterinformation, music shows, movies, computer labs where people can use the internet and learn email security or host their own websites, and solidarity events to deal with the inevitable repression. Nearly all of these services are provided absolutely free. There is no exchange — one group organizes to provide a service to everyone, and the entire social network benefits.
With an astounding amount of initiative in such a passive society, squatters regularly get the idea to organize a communal meal or a bicycle repair shop or a weekly movie showing, they talk with friends and friends of friends until they have enough people and resources to make their idea a reality, and then they spread the word or put up posters and hope as many people as possible will come and partake. To a capitalist mentality, they are avidly inviting people to rob them, but the squatters never stop to question activities that don’t put money in their pockets. It is evident that they have created a new form of wealth, and sharing what they make themselves clearly makes them richer.
The surrounding neighborhoods also become richer, as the squatters take the initiative to create projects much quicker than the local government could. In the magazine of a neighborhood association in Barcelona, they praised a local squat for responding to a demand the government had been ignoring for years — building the neighborhood a library. A mainstream news magazine remarked: “the squatters do the work the District forgets about.” In that same neighborhood, the squatters proved to be a powerful ally to a rent-paying neighbor who was being pressured out by the landlord. The squatters worked tirelessly with an association of old folks who were facing similar situations of chicanery and illegal eviction by landlords, and they stopped the eviction of their neighbor.
I tackled the president to the ground and forced him to stop being the president and then I was the president and I announced to everyone, “Bow before the law,” and then I made the entirety of the United States into an anarchy.
Really disappointed in how much anti-vegan propaganda is getting spread through the solarpunk community. A movement full of people who claim to be bent on defeating capitalism and the destruction of our planet has decided to take the side of big corporations that perpetuate habitat destruction, the removal of native people from their homes, and the exploitation of so many agricultural workers.
You can have disagreements with where the “trendy” vegans’ morals lie, but veganism as a movement is not supposed to be about perpetuating colonialism, and anyone who is trying to convince you that is pushing propaganda in favor of the capitalist regime. It is about making it very clear that you refuse to support those industries that are responsible for massive amounts of destruction, pollution, and exploitation.
If you have the choice to not consume animal products, you shouldn’t be eating them. It’s one of the easiest industries to distance yourself from, yet everyone has had so much anti-vegan rhetoric shoved down their throats that they think vegans are the enemy no matter what. If you want to start making a difference in your own habits to reduce your contribution to capitalism and consumerism, start cutting out animal products. That also applies to clothing, furniture, skincare, and many many other things, not just diet. Refusing to support big corporations who want you to shut up, ignore the damage they cause, and just eat your dead animals is a very easy habit to pick up once you accept the fact that by purchasing animal products, you’re contributing to the Destroy The Planet Fund. If climate scientists have been saying for years that we need to drastically reduce our meat consumption, maybe we should listen to them.
And since I KNOW people will say this, because it ALWAYS happens, veganism isn’t about being 100% perfect. If you need medicine that is produced from animals, or you have a restricted diet that requires meat consumption, then that’s understandable. You can still avoid leather clothing and lotion tested on rabbits.
When capitalism dies can we turn these already-failing shopping malls into community homes? The stores are already bigger than a lot of apartments and even some houses. There’s already a communal eating space with the food courts. Some of the stores could be kept as-is as a way to distribute necessary supplies. Lots of flat spaces on roofs and parking garages could be converted into gardens, and the spaces that can’t be used for gardening could be lined with solar panels and/or wind turbines. Most malls also make at least some attempt for accessibility with escalators and elevators. I feel like it would take very little renovation to turn those empty husks of capitalism’s former “glory” into a relatively sustainable community that provides plenty of accessible housing and space for people to live in.
I’m asking the Republican Party to come out from under their desks and make a stand against this Anarchy by the Left. Why on earth do you think we elected you? You cowards have left President Trump to take all the fire.
South Bend Police Department and Code Enforcement were ordered by Mayor James Mueller, Pete Buttigieg’s handpicked successor, to clear a tent city that sprung up on city property after the city closed a homeless shelter.
Attempts were made to bulldoze the camp, but those attempts were delayed by protestors for long enough for activists to negotiate with the city.
The police got the permission from some members of the houseless community to move most of the tents to a nearby church.
There was, however, one houseless person who did not want to move. Him and two protestors were both arrested.
This action from Mueller shows that he will make good on his campaign promise to pretty much just do what Buttigieg did.
The mayor said this in an official statement
“Today’s actions were unfortunate but necessary for the health and safety of our community. The encampment grew rapidly with increased calls for service to SBPD and reports of fights, illegal drug use and other issues.
The City provided more than 72 hours to clear the site ahead of this morning’s deadline, and I’m proud of how our men and women in the Department of Code Enforcement and Police Department took on this very difficult task.
My administration will continue to work on solutions, both short and long term, to alleviate the complex issue of homelessness in South Bend. I am hopeful our well-intentioned advocates work with us on solutions. The City cannot encourage or turn a blind eye toward unmanaged, large encampments because of the compounding health and safety issues they generate.”
Protestors pointed out that Mueller’s orders defied both CDC guidelines and the Fourth Amendment of the United States
📸 (Photography by Cassie Walker-Sleman and Michael Caterina from the South Bend Tribune)
So I can’t speak to what happened the night of June 29th in regards to the shooting. Reporting has been sketchy. However, a local neighborhood reporter has been covering and tweeting about CHAZ for a month. He just happened to be live during the shooting. His Twitter is Omarisal.
From what I gather from him, two(?) vehicles crashed into the barricade and there was an engagement between CHAZ/CHOP security and the shooters. There was drive-by shooting with one reportedly stolen white Jeep Cherokee.
He has a video of the incident from afar. It seemed like an outsider instigated this because there was someone on the mic demanding to know who the shooters were. It is hard to decipher what happened.
But I am guessing. The information about it has been sporadic. The shooter(s) are still at large. So we don’t who it was but given that they shot a black kid and that immediately after the incident, a private citizen tried to remove a barricade the next morning.
Ksharma Stewart, the socialist councilwoman of the area, pointed that violence wasn’t an outcome of CHOP/CHAZ and that violence was endemic to the community prior to the would be autonomous zone. So what I am seeing from media isn’t representing what actually happened. Also the CHOP/CHAZ security responded to the situation faster than the police.
there’s a really interesting set of dynamics happening w police/prison abolition rn where like those ideas ime have been mostly (tho obviously not exclusively) from far left and particularly anarchist positions, a point that is obviously what is being latched onto by conservatives (and the resurgence of ‘antifa’ scaremongering). since many liberals and non-anarchists are rightly supportive of the protests, i feel like its specifically because of the closeness of these ideas to anarchist ideology that requires them to push so hard off of anarchists in order to try to maintain the same political position (that was previously found mostly there) while not being anarchists themselves. Of course, in trying to fit police/prison abolition into their non-anarchist and sometimes not even anticapitalist politics, you get all these mutations of what ‘abolishing’ the police actually means: ranging from the social-workers-with-state-authority model, to even things like “getting rid of police depts and then hiring the ‘good cops’ to a new ‘community patrol’ organization” - its really strange to see it get broadened so wildly by people who probably not a year ago would have argued w you abt how pie in the sky abolishing either of those two structures would be (because serial killers or rapists or reactionaries or whatever)
*Each vote means the same for each person (not this fucked up ‘area per person = certain amount of vote’ shit).
Anyone and everyone who wants to can speak out and give their opinion in a debate. *People then discuss this, or vote.
*Like in Ancient Greek society, anyone can be selected/elected to run something, if others feel that they are up to the task.
Nobody’s opinion is considered more important than someone else’s.
A stateless society (not governed by a state).
Free association (things aren’t privately owned anymore. This could mean that business doesn’t exist anymore; housing is for anyone and everyone; fertile land where food can be grown can be used by anyone; water sources can be accessed by anyone).
Society is based on cooperation, not exploitation (work together to provide for people, instead of using other peoples needs for your own gain).
Anarchy is a theoretical approach to how civilisation could be. It doesn’t mean complete chaos, or that there is no law, but that people are all given the chance to 100% consent to anything that happens to them, and that everyone gets the same treatment, through cooperation, instead of being governed by a few select people.
* = how anarchism could potentially work with a society like our current one.
Anarchists and right-libertarians have nothing in common and I mean nothing. The superficial and meaningless phrase “doesn’t like government” can be applied to both, but as soon as you take the briefest look below that you find two fundamentally incompatible and diametrically opposed ideologies
Unlike anarchists, right-libertarians’ problem with government isn’t that there are people in control of other people. Their problem is that the “wrong” people are in control. They think the state is too democratic, rather than not democratic enough, and that interference by the masses gets in the way of superior Randian supermen indiscriminately imposing their will on everyone else. This belief that some people are inherently superior, at the top of a natural hierarchy that is being disrupted by lesser people, is directly adjacent to fascism and miles away from anarchism - and you can find a lot more right-libertarians working with fash and converting to fascism than going anywhere near real anarchists
Right-libertarianism isn’t about freedom from control, it’s about freedom to control. It’s people who think they could be dictators if only the state wasn’t regulating worker’s rights and collecting taxes to fund social services, if only people didn’t band together and ask for equality. The fact that they compare themselves to us is a mockery, because their beliefs are the opposite of ours
remember kids : society’s perception of anarchists and punks as being violent and terrible people is a lie created and perpetuated by capitalists and fascists as an attempt to remove any movement that opposes them from the public eye. More often than not, anarchist (and in turn, punk) communities will be the nicest and most supportive and welcoming people you will meet. The powerful just dont like when people wont just lay down and get trampled on
But how can something be Counter-culture and violent, if the mainstream culture is violence?
I hope everyone is remembering to take care of themselves in chaotic times like this . Although it is 100% necessary to feel angry, hurt, betrayed, and anxious over the state of this country, it’s so easy to forget about yourself. Remember to have a meal. Remember to sleep. Remember to shower. Remember to brush your teeth. Remember to check your mind. And then get back to fucking shit up. We’re going to riot but we gonna be healthy while doing so .
its called anarcho cryptid and its basically the aesthetics of cottage/corvid/cryptid/g*blin core and vulture culture mixed with the ideals of anarchism to form a take back of nature theme. This prolly exists under some other core name so someone please let me know if it does. Ill post a sort of mood board and maybe bingo of this later so y’all can get a feel of it.