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#Antifa Against Identity EVROPA, Against the Alt Right

This zine was published as part of an effort to directly confront the propaganda efforts undertaken by the fascist group Identity Evropa


The zine provides an introduction to the group by way of reprinting an essay “Big Nazi on Campus” to give a theoretical and historical overview of what the group is trying to do and where it draws its support from. Additionally, it provides background information on many of the key leaders in the group. It’s a good example of the kind of work that is incredibly necessary in the rapidly changing political landscape in the United States.

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#DisruptJ20 #J20 #DC For a Fierce Anti-Capitalist, #Antifa Block At the Inauguration 

BECOMING UNGOVERNABLE

Wear all black | January 20th, 10 AM  | Logan Circle, Washington DC

Originally published by Its Going Down

We are calling for a mobile bloc opposing capitalism and fascism at the inauguration. Meet at Logan Circle at 10 am. Organize with your friends and come prepared to defend each other and everyone else who is standing up to the Trump regime.

This January 20th, thousands of people will mobilize to disrupt Trump’s inauguration, rejecting the tyranny, greed, and bigotry he represents. Many different permitted marches, blockades, and other autonomous direct actions are planned. Those who travel to DC hoping to celebrate Trump’s ascendance to power will find the inaugural ceremonies reduced to a total clusterfuck.

In this context, we call on everyone who opposes fascism and capitalism to join together and demonstrate how to prevent Trump and his cronies from implementing their program. Let’s bring a vision of a better world to Washington, DC.

Trump’s presidency represents the largest expansion of state-sanctioned repression and right-wing violence in a generation. We are already witnessing the emergence of far-right ideologies and authoritarian tendencies, from Richard Spencer’s white supremacy to the “Blue Lives Matter” rationalizations of police violence.

Join us in refusing to normalize Trump’s presidency, smashing his facade of legitimacy. We stand in solidarity with everyone who challenges oppression in all of its forms, everywhere around the world, in favor of dignity, self-determination, and defending our collective well-being.

Towards becoming an ungovernable force this winter.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are merely listing them for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on.

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#Antifa #Italy #Florence – Bomb against neo-fascist bookshop, a bomb disposal cop wounded and anarchist places raided

We learn from the national media of the explosion of a bomb in front of a neo-fascist bookshop in Florence and of an unspecified number of raids in homes and places of anarchist comrades. A police bomb disposal expert was wounded during the operation to defuse the device connected to a timer: the explosion led to injury of a hand and an eye [previously the media reported the amputation of the hand and loss of the eye].

Originally published by Informa-azione, translated by Act For Freedom Now!

In the hours following searches were conducted in the area of anarchist circles in Florence and Tuscany; at the moment there is no more information about the places affected, while reports say they have not found anything. The bomb had been discovered by a patrol of the Digos in the town involved in monitoring the bookshop near to Casapound, identified as a sensitive objective and already attacked in the past. The prosecutor is investigating for attempted murder.

Further updates coming soon.

(via Informa-azione, translated by Act For Freedom Now!)

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#DisruptJ20 Hundreds in #Seattle, #Oakland Kick Off National #Earth2Trump Resistance Roadshow Tour

16-city Tour Opposing Trump Attacks on Environment, Civil Rights Stops Next in Portland, Los Angeles.

Originally published by Center for Biological Diversity 

OAKLAND, Calif., January 3, 2017 — Hundreds of people in Oakland and Seattle on Monday kicked off the cross-country Earth2Trump roadshow, a two-route, 16-stop tour building a network of resistance against President-elect Trump’s attacks on the environment and civil rights. 

The free shows include live music, national and local speakers and a chance for participants to write personalized Earth2Trump messages that will be delivered to Washington, D.C., on inauguration day Jan. 20. The Center for Biological Diversity is organizing the shows in coordination with allied groups around the country. 

“This wave of resistance against Trump is only starting to build. What we saw in Oakland and Seattle will continue to grow bigger and stronger in the coming weeks,” said Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Center. “And after Trump is in office, we’ll be there every day to oppose every policy that hurts wildlife, poisons our air and water, destroys our climate, promotes racism, misogyny or homophobia, or marginalizes entire segments of our society.” 

The shows in Seattle and Oakland included Hawaiian singer Makana, Brazilian funk band Namorados da Lua, and singer/songwriters Dana Lyons and Casey Neill. Attendees also signed a pledge of resistance and added their personal messages into large globes bound for D.C. 

“I’m so inspired by the outpouring of empowerment and resistance we’re already seeing,” said Valerie Love, one of the Earth2Trump organizers who spoke at Oakland’s event. “When we come together and speak with a single voice, we become a force that can stand up and defend our environment, civil rights and democracy.” 

Next stops 

The central tour travels by train and will be at Ecotrust in Portland, Ore. tonight from 7 p.m.-10 p.m., featuring Portland singer Mic Crenshaw and American Indian storyteller Si Matta, who was part of the water-protector occupation at Standing Rock. 

The southern tour that began in Oakland will be in Los Angeles on Thursday from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. at Global Beat Multicultural Center. The show features Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis Rodriguez and musicians Casey Neill and Allyah. 

See a map of the tour and more details at http://www.Earth2Trump.org. Follow the tour on social media with #Earth2Trump and on the Center’s Medium page: https://medium.com/center-for-biological-diversity/tagged/advice

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#BlackBloc War in the Streets: Tactical Lessons from the Global Civil War, Vol. 1

This zine is a collection of essays reflecting on street tactics, specifically those associated with the black bloc. 

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are merely listing them for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on.

The preface gives a good summary:

“The idea for this zine was to collect a series of situated and intelligent reflections on black blocs, street clashes and related tactics of confrontation. Each of the texts collected here tries to spell out in concrete ways what seems like it has worked and what hasn’t, while trying to be clear about how each tactic relates to the larger insurrectional process.”

The essays were published in various sources between the years 2010 and 2016.

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#NoBorders Books against borders

Short review of three books

My three year old and I played trains in the living room today. The radio played in the background, a human interest segment with different people sharing light, festive holiday stories. The station took a break for news, a story about more migrants dying in the Mediterranean. Five thousand this year. My three year old didn’t seem to notice. I turned the radio off. Tonight I went to the Bureau of Labor Statistics web site to look up the latest numbers on fatal workplace accidents. The front of the site had a news story on this, saying that 4,836 people died at work in 2015, the highest total since the 2008 total of 5,214. These numbers lie. First of all, the numbers are too abstract. Forty eight hundred fatalities, no names, no stories, no suffering. Second of all, the numbers are too low. Migrants do a lot of work in the U.S. and many people die trying to cross the U.S. border on a regular basis. That’s not death at work in the sense of being on the clock but it’s death in the shadow of the clock, in the service of work.

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#NoBorders  Interview Reece Jones: “The root cause of border deaths are restrictive migration policies”

Reece Jones is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Hawai‘i and the author of Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to MovePlacing the Border in Everyday Life (edited with Corey Johnson), and Border Walls: Security and the War on Terror in the United States, India, and Israel.

Image: Reece Jones

Originally published by E-International Relations

Where do you see the most exciting research/debates happening in your field?

My two primary fields, political geography and border studies, have both grown substantially in the past twenty years as states and borders have come to be seen as not simply containers for social and political processes but rather constitutive of the practice and performance of sovereignty and power over land, resources, and people. The recent public attention to borders and migration has mirrored the increase in the number of scholars conducting critical research in these fields.

The most exciting development for me is to see a number of scholars moving beyond descriptive studies of how borders work and instead writing about what alternatives there might be to borders and the state. In the past few years several important books have come out that question the legitimacy of borders and look toward a future when the idea that a group of people can restrict the movement of other people begins to look anachronistic.

Some of the key contributions in the open borders and no borders literature are Joseph Carens’ The Ethics of Immigration (2013), Harsha Walia’s Undoing Border Imperialism(2013), Harald Bauder’s Migration, Borders, Freedom (2016), and Natasha King’s No Borders: the Politics of Immigration Control and Resistance (2016).

How has the way you understand the world changed over time, and what (or who) prompted the most significant shifts in your thinking?

My undergraduate degree was in biology so when I began graduate school in geography I knew very little theory about nationalism, states, and power. I could charitably have been called ‘a blank slate’ or, uncharitably, ‘quite naïve.’  Thinking back to those early years of reading, there are two scholars whose work changed the way I thought about the world.

The first is Rogers Brubaker, whose work on social categorization and particularly on nation and ethnicity, helped me to think critically about identity. For Brubaker, these categories are not essential and eternal, but rather ideas that can be conjured into being through group making narratives and practices. His work helped me to see that these categories are real, but only to the extent that people believe that they are. They are not existing ‘groups,’ but perspectives on the world that are marshalled for doing.

The second major influence for me was James C. Scott’s work on the state. All of his books are great, but The Art of Not Being Governed(2009) dismantles the historical narrative that states bring civilization to non-state peoples. The book demonstrates that many people living outside early states had previously lived in the state but fled to live a life without conscription, slavery, taxation, famine, and disease. A number of scholars have quibbled with the specifics of some his case studies, but the overarching revision of the history of the state is crucial.

In your book Violent Borders you argue that borders are inherently violent. Can you explain this and the type of violence that stems from the presence of borders?

The overt violence of border guards and border security infrastructure is only one aspect of the violence borders inflict on people and on the environment. In the book (pp. 9-10) I expand on the other forms of violence found at borders, such as:

  • The use of force or power—threatened or actual—that increases the chances of injury, death, or deprivation. For example, the construction of walls and the deployment of thousands of additional Border Patrol agents at the US-Mexico border has prevented easy crossings in urban areas like El Paso and San Diego and funneled migrants to harsh and dangerous deserts where thousands of people have died.
  • The threat of violence which is necessary to limit access to land or to a resource through an enclosure. For instance, the threat of punishment for trespassing on private land or of arrest for not possessing the proper identity papers.
  • The violence borders do to the economic wellbeing of people around the world. This is a collective, structural violence that deprives the poor from access to wealth and opportunities through the enclosure of resources and the bordering of states.
  • The damage borders do to the environment of the earth. There is direct harm to the landscape through the construction of walls, the deployment of security personnel, and the use of surveillance technologies. Moreover, borders create separate jurisdictions that allow the ideology of resource extraction to become pervasive by preventing uniform environmental regulations. By allowing each country to put the well-being of the people inside its borders before the well-being of the world as a whole, borders fracture the regulation of the environment and prevent meaningful action to combat climate change.

These other forms of violence at borders are not as obvious as migrant deaths, but they are a direct outcome of a political system seeking to control access to resources and limit movement around the world. Taken together, borders should be seen as inherently violent and engendering a systematic violence to people and the environment.

Have borders always been inherently violent?

Yes.

Do you think that the media portrayal of the migration crisis and border issues has been accurate/fair?

The issue of border deaths has been around for over fifteen years so I am pleased to see that it has finally been recognized as a significant story in the media. However, the media coverage is inadequate for several reasons. First, the media emphasizes refugees over other people on the move which delegitimizes movement and creates the false impression that if the war in Syria was ended, the migration crisis would also end. The second problem with the coverage is that it emphasizes the impact on Europe, although less than fifteen percent of refugees globally are in Europe. Instead, countries like Jordan, Lebanon, and Pakistan are hosting the most refugees but are barely mentioned in the coverage. Third, the media consistently places the blame for deaths on smugglers and human traffickers without acknowledging that if states did not have walls and hardened borders, the smugglers would not be necessary. The root cause of border deaths are restrictive migration policies that do not provide a system for safe passage for people on the move.

You consider the European Union to be the world’s deadliest border. Why is this the case?

The borders of the EU are the deadliest in terms of the number of deaths in the last few years, which is due to a combination of EU policy and physical geography. Through December 1, 2016 there had been 6198 reported deaths at borders globally this year (which is already the highest number ever). Over 75% of those deaths, 4699 people, happened at the edges of the EU. The short term policy problem is that even as the number of people displaced by conflict has increased to 65 million people according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the EU has not moved to accept an appropriate number of refugees for resettlement (nor has the US or Japan). The result has been asylum seekers languishing in camps for years or decades waiting for resettlement. To avoid that, many people opted to simply travel directly to Europe and apply for asylum there. As easier routes through the Balkans have been closed down with fences and strict policing, the only option for many people on the move is to travel through Libya to take a boat in the Mediterranean. The sea crossing is perilous, compared to land routes at many other borders, which has resulted in the staggering number of deaths. However, in Violent BordersI argue that we should not get too focused on the short term policy issues around refugees, because it obscures the larger and longer term issue of the role borders play in protecting the privileges of wealthy states by limiting the right to move for the majority of the people in the world.

You call the US-Mexico border a ‘militarised zone.’ How does the management of this border differ from others?

The US-Mexico border is not that different from many other borders, but the militarization of the practice of border policing is particularly visible there. The substantial increases in funding for border security and for security infrastructure demonstrates clearly how the border has become a key sector for the military technology and armaments industry to repurpose their wares for security uses.

Are violent borders generally those of wealthier states?

The problem emerges from the idea that states have the right to limit movement at their borders, which applies to all states equally. The violence of borders is sometimes more evident at the edges of wealthy states because they have the resources to invest in security infrastructure and they are more attuned to protecting privileges by restricting the movement of the poor across their borders. However, one of the most violent borders in the world is the India-Bangladesh border where the Indian Border Security Force has killed over 1000 Bangladeshi citizens in the past fifteen years.

What is the most important advice you could give to young scholars of political geography or international politics?

Pick a topic that is important to you but also has a real impact on other people’s lives. Don’t be afraid to think big, but always include local field research in order to situate your arguments in empirical data. Start publishing now.

This interview was conducted by Jane Kirkpatrick. Jane is an Associate Features Editor at E-IR.

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#Netherlands: #DeVloek Eviction: Verdict Claiming 30.030,35 Euros

On the 21st of December 2016 the court in The Hague sentenced ten people who were arrested during the eviction De Vloek free space to pay 30.030.35 in damages to the city council.

Originally published by: Autonomen Den Haag

De Vloek, after being squatted for 13 years, was evicted on the 9th of September 2015 by an excessive police force, the army, anti terror units, water canons and a sniper. Ten people were arrested en later sentenced for squatting and five of the ten for violence against police officers. Those five also spent two weeks in prison.

Months after the eviction the council issued a demand claiming more than 50,000 euros in so called damage costs. We refused to pay and started a court case that lasted a couple of months. On the 21st of December 2016 the judge sentenced us to pay 30.030,35 euros in damages to the council. The amount is meant to cover the costs of transporting rubble, supposedly used for barricades, from the eviction site and also includes bailiff costs.

Financial Repression
It’s not the first time that a city council has used the method of financial repression. People who resisted the eviction of Ubica in Utrecht were sentenced to pay 37.500 euros. This is one of the many methods the state has at its disposal to quell social struggles and to add an extra punishment on top of the criminal sentence already received. We are being held collectively responsible for the payments to be made. This means everyone is held accountable for the entire sum; everyone of us can be held personally responsible to pay the entire 30.030,35 euros. It is therefor not possible to divide the amount by ten for everybody to pay their share.

Appeal
We have decided to go into appeal. The appeal does not postpone the execution of the verdict. The question is thus if the council will wait for the verdict of the appeal or implement the current verdict.

The Struggle
Lets not forget what the struggle around De Vloek was about. A very active struggle was fought for 18 months. From the squatting of The Pier, the occupation of the city council’s roof and various demo’s and other actions. This struggle did not only focus on the defence of an important social space in the anti-capitalist movement. It was also a struggle against gentrification in Scheveningen. A struggle which not only involved us but a lot of other people in The Hague en elsewhere. A struggle against the repression by capital, developers and the megalomania of local politicians. A struggle which must be continued!

Despite this sentencing and the other repressive measures effecting us in The Hague we are determined to not bow down to this world of exploitation, racism and authority. The fight continues!

More information about repression in The Hague: [The Netherlands] The Area Ban against anarchists in a broader context of repression in The Hague

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#EZLN: Indigenous Conflicts Number 202 in Mexico

Just over 200 indigenous communities in Mexico are victims of aggression of some sort, according to the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) and the National Indigenous Congress (CNI).

Originally published by Mexico News Daily

The two organizations, meeting in Chiapas for the fifth national indigenous congress, issued a map indicating the locations of conflicts affecting Mexico’s indigenous peoples.

The document indicates that 202 indigenous municipalities suffer some kind of aggression, including the dispossession of their land, the effects of mining activities or the presence of organized crime groups.

Among the cases cited:

  • Toxic spills in Veracruz that have devastated water sources and the occupation of lands belonging to the Wixárika people of Jalisco, Nayarit and Durango.
  • Communities in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region of Oaxaca face the dispossession of their land in favor of industry while the creation of natural protected areas has had the same effect on the territory of indigenous peoples elsewhere in the state.
  • A new highway between Toluca and Naucalpan threatens a 23-kilometer stretch of forested area in the State of México and communal indigenous lands in Morelos face a similar threat due to the construction of the Pera-Cuautla highway.
  • The Cerro Grande forests of Colima, the only source of water for the state, are currently under threat by a mining entrepreneur.
  • Organized crime and government are both a threat to Nahua communities in Michoacán.

“In the Nahua communities of Santa María Ostula, Coibe and Pomaro, part of the coastal Aquila municipality of Michoacán, organized crime and the government have killed 34 of their members, including two children, while six more remain disappeared,” said a speaker at the congress, being held in San Cristóbal de las Casas.

To face these attacks, say the EZLN and the CNI, communities have had to develop autonomous forms of government and defense.

Indigenous peoples from across Mexico are participating in the meeting, one of whose outcomes is expected to be the designation of an indigenous woman as an independent candidate for president in the 2018 election.

While the Zapatista movement has stated its support of the candidacy, it has made it clear that the nominee will not be a Zapatista.