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The Cop-Free Zone – Reflections from Experiments in Autonomy around the US

The cop-free zone is not the particular block or traffic circle or park. It is the shared commitment to defending a space and eliminating the dynamics of policing and white supremacy. In the following collection, we explore some people’s experiences attempting to create police-free autonomous zones in different parts of the United States.

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Police and #COVID19: Two of a Kind – Why One Nurse Risked Her Life to Fight the Virus and the Police

France. We stand in solidarity with Farida C., a 50-year-old nurse at the hospital Paul-Brousse de Villejuif, who contracted COVID-19 in the course of her efforts to treat patients during the pandemic and now faces charges as a consequence of using projectiles to defend demonstrators from police attacks in Paris last week. Both of these activities demonstrate tremendous courage and self-sacrifice. Fighting the COVID-19 virus and fighting police violence are two aspects of the same program.

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Snapshots from the Uprising: Accounts from Three Weeks of Countrywide Revolt

In the following analysis, we review the series of movements that led to the uprising in response to the murder of George Floyd, explore the factors that made the uprising so powerful, discuss the threats facing it, and conclude with a series of accounts from participants in Minneapolis, New York City, Richmond, Grand Rapids, Austin, Seattle, and elsewhere around the country.

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The Siege of the Third Precinct in #Minneapolis – An Account and Analysis

Minneapolis. MN. In this anonymous submission to CrimethInc, participants in the uprising in Minneapolis in response to the murder of George Floyd explore how a combination of different tactics compelled the police to abandon the Third Precinct.

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From #Chile to #Minneapolis: An Open Letter – Global Solidarity with the Rebellion against Police and White Supremacy

Below, we present a letter from anarchist participants in la primera línea, the “first line” of the powerful social movements that broke out in Chile in late 2019. Expressing solidarity with the demonstrators responding to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless other Black people, they relate their experiences in the uprising in Chile and discuss the challenges facing movements for social change today. At the end, they include an English translation of a guide from Chile for dealing with tear gas and other threats during demonstrations.

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#CrimethInc: What Will It Take to Stop the Police from Killing?

We’ve reached a breaking point. The murders of George Floyd—and Breonna TaylorTony McDade, and the other Black people whose lives were ended by police just this month—are only the latest in a centuries-long string of tragedies. But in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the state is openly treating Black communities as a surplus population to be culled by the virus, the arrogance and senselessness of the murder carried out by Officer Derek Chauvin crossed a line. Supported by hundreds of thousands across the US and beyond, the people of Minneapolis have made it clear that this intolerable situation must end, no matter what it takes.

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#Minneapolis: Now This Fight Has Two Sides – What the Riots Mean for the #COVID19 Era

The demonstrations this week in Minneapolis mark a historic watershed in the COVID-19 era. As we argued in March, there are some things that are worth risking death for. Perpetuating capitalism is not one of them. But some of us face threats even more deadly than COVID-19. It is worth risking our lives to fight for a world in which no one will be murdered the way that George Floyd was—and what is happening in Minneapolis shows that people are ready to.

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#CrimethInc: What’s Worth Dying for? – Confronting the Return to Business as Usual

Some things are worth risking death for. Perpetuating capitalism is not one of them. Going back to work—at risk of spreading COVID-19 or dying from it—so that the rich can continue accruing profits is not worth dying for.

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May Day 2020: “We Are the Shutdown”

Since 1886, anarchists, feminists, and other workers and rebels have observed May Day as a celebration of resistance. In 2020, when the continuation of capitalism explicitly threatens death for countless workers and the destruction of the biosphere we all depend on, these traditions are more important than ever. But facing the combined front of the COVID-19 pandemic and intensifying state repression, it is clear that this May Day we must innovate new tactics rather than simply seeking to re-use models from previous years.

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And After the Virus? The Perils Ahead – Resistance in the Year of the Plague

How will our society emerge from the COVID-19 crisis? Does the pandemic show that we need more centralized state power, more surveillance and control? What are the threats ranged against us—and how can we prepare to confront them?

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