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Lambs to the Slaughter: An #Ontario prisoner on #COVID-19 behind bars

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”.

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#Explosion of authoritarianism and labor struggles in #Italy’s ‘war on #Corona’

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.

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Giorgio Agamben: Social Distancing

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 Caine

The Godfathers

The flu is more dangerous, Robert Koch Institute [1] 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!

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Transnational overview: Strikes in times of the #coronavirus

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.

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Giorgio Agamben: Reflections on the plague

Sebastian Lotzer

let’s start here. because everything else wouldn’t make sense. let’s talk about here. our powerlessness, our lack of perspective. our hollow words, our empty gestures. let’s talk about the smile that has disappeared from our faces, let’s talk about the gray that has eaten its way deep into our souls. let’s talk about the monotony of our political discussions. let’s talk about the fact that we don’t believe our own promises anymore. let’s talk about the fact that we can only somehow hold on without any prospect of change.

winter is coming – 2018
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#Quarantine Letter #3: In spring, an interruption

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: illwill@riseup.net.

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CrimethInc: We Defend Each Other: No Rent, No Evictions, No Debt – A Poster

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 (phoenixautonomy@protonmail.com).

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#Quarantine Letter #2: Interruption suspended

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: illwill@riseup.net.

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Virus and social war: Explosion of mortality rates in Seine-Saint-Denis, the poorest department in #France

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?

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#Pandemic Dystopias: Biopolitical Emergency and Social Resistance

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.

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