Hamilton. ON. April 7, 2020. For the past two weeks, we have heard from dozens of prisoners locked up behind the walls of the Hamilton-Wentworth detention centre. People are feeling scared about catching the virus, concerned for their families, and angry about the myths that are being reported about the conditions that they’re living in.
Some prisoners, despite fear of reprisals from guards, have decided that it’s worth risking their own safety to get their stories out. As one put it, “this is bigger than me”.
Continue reading Lambs to the Slaughter: An #Ontario prisoner on #COVID-19 behind bars
In Italy’s ‘war on corona’ authoritarianism as well as labor struggles are exploding. The latter brings to the fore the question of what and who is of systemic relevance, and hence “essential” for overcoming the crisis and rebuilding the world afterward. Magdalena Taube and Krystian Woznicki discuss this key issue of the SILENT WORKS project with the scholar-activist Niccolò Cuppini.
Continue reading #Explosion of authoritarianism and labor struggles in #Italy’s ‘war on #Corona’
Been turned around till I’m upside down
Been all at sea until I’ve drowned
And I’ve felt torture, I’ve felt pain
Just like that film with Michael CaineThe Godfathers
The flu is more dangerous, Robert Koch Institute  relativizing danger of coronavirus. (27.01.2020). Nobody plans to impose a curfew, it is fake news, the Federal Ministry of Health (14.03.2020). Germany is not planning to impose a mask compulsory at present, Federal Minister of Health Spahn (31.03.2020).
War is peace! Freedom is slavery! Ignorance is strength!
Continue reading Giorgio Agamben: Social Distancing
An overview of workers strikes in various states in times of the coronavirus. The overview is incomplete, as the wave of strikes is growing and its almost impossible to report about all strikes.
Continue reading Transnational overview: Strikes in times of the #coronavirus
A third letter in ill will’s quarantine series, penned in response to “Interruption suspended.” Responses and other reflections on the present moment can be sent to: email@example.com.
Continue reading #Quarantine Letter #3: In spring, an interruption
To support the unfolding rent strike and eviction defense measures against COVID-19 profiteers, we have designed a poster with artwork from Portland-based anarchist artist N.O. Bonzo to hang in neighborhoods promoting collective resistance. Please print these out and distribute them widely (and safely)! If you no longer have access to printing facilities where you are, you can obtain print copies through the mail from Phoenix Autonomy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Continue reading CrimethInc: We Defend Each Other: No Rent, No Evictions, No Debt – A Poster
A second letter in ill will’s quarantine series, penned in response to “Destitution, interrupted.” Responses and other reflections on the present moment can be sent to: email@example.com.
Continue reading #Quarantine Letter #2: Interruption suspended
France. April 5, 2020. We are witnessing a real explosion in the number of deaths in Seine-Saint-Denis: between March 21 and 27, deaths jumped by +63% compared to the week before. For the first time since the start of the Covid-19 epidemic, the authorities published figures on Friday showing an “exceptional excess of mortality” in Seine-Saint-Denis, the poorest territory in mainland France, where “overwhelmed” undertakers say they “have never seen anything like it”. Why?
Continue reading Virus and social war: Explosion of mortality rates in Seine-Saint-Denis, the poorest department in #France
Setting aside the more technical and delicate issues of agency and intentionality, a virus, like the by now notorious Coronavirus (aka SARS-CoV-2), has a certain mode of being, with its peculiar rhythms and refrains.
Continue reading #Pandemic Dystopias: Biopolitical Emergency and Social Resistance