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#freethe9blocks #Melbourne: Voices from the Blocks say institutional red tape suffocating community volunteering efforts

Melbourne. Australia. Residents have watched as volunteers have tirelessly worked to navigate departmental and emergency service work. These volunteers include the families of residents locked inside their homes in North Melbourne, Flemington and Kensington.

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#Melbourne: Voices from the Blocks speak out, say detention is putting people’s health at risk

Melbourne. Australia. Statements by RISE and Voices from the block about hard police lockdown.

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#Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group: Justice for #GeorgeFloyd

The United States is aflame with rage over the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on 25 May. A cop who had arrested him over a minor crime knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, killing him. Starting in Minneapolis, demonstrations have spread nationwide, often linking up with local grievances against police violence and racism.

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So-called #Australia: Now is not the time for concessions, it’s the time for utopian thinking

With both major parties jostling to position themselves as the most fiscally responsible, we must wholeheartedly reject the premise of neo-liberal austerity and dream of a new world.

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#Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group: Endless war

The Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group’s annual Anzac Day statement for this year was published on 25 April 2020.

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So-Called #Australia: Poster – Let’s Not Spread the Cop Virus!

On March 31 we re-published an English translation of an anonymous leaflet that was spread on the Spanish territory: Let’s not spread the cop virus – It’s a virus that won’t leave us alone. Now there is also a version from so-called Australia.

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The Plague

The coronavirus pandemic started in a market in Wuhan late last year. It grew into a crisis through bureaucratic suppression of bad news by local “Communist” Party authorities. It has now become a global catastrophe because of haphazard and often complacent reactions by capitalist governments. So far, there is no vaccine to prevent it and no treatment that can cure it. The best that doctors can do is treat the symptoms and hope the body of the patient fights it off.

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#COVID19: Toilet Paper Wars and the Shithouse of Capitalism

The run on toilet paper has brought the failings of capitalism front and center to the bathroom of every house across Australia, a trend that has now spread to other countries. We are witnessing, in real-time and with stunning consequence, the stone-cold fact that markets are an ineffective mediator of resources, prone to the worst vagaries of herd mentality. Perceived impending shortages of toilet paper owing to the spread of COVID-19 set off widespread panic. We might be inclined to laugh at the implausibility of the whole scenario, but whether the situation is real or imagined is beside the point. The truth, which in this case may appear stranger than fiction, is that markets operate in the sweet spot between scarcity and fear.

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Anti-authoritarian ideas to hold onto in these times of #coronavirus and crisis in so-called #Australia

March 27, 2020. We’re all living quite a situation here. Before the virus had got near most of us, we were thrown into this necessary mode of life called social-distancing. Our lack of knowledge and the speed it has covered the globe and is transmitting within the locations we live has produced feelings of shock, confusion and fear. While these feelings make sense, we should also recognise and counter the tendency that they produce towards individualism and isolation.

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