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George Floyd Uprising Reader: Insurgency and Beyond

A group of anarchists and autonomists in the Bay Area/occupied Ohlone land have collected these writings animated by the 2020 uprisings which ignited the so-called United States after the police murder of George Floyd. Our intention is that this reader inspires people everywhere to engage in deeper conversations about all aspects of the uprising, including its significance and context to the US Black Liberation struggle. We believe these discussions are vital to shaping ongoing and future struggles, improving tactics, and rendering ineffective the insidious narratives that aim to crush our collective power.

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The Brooklyn Center Riot – An interview

Brooklyn Center. Minnesota. This interview was conducted two months ago, which was already two months after the events this spring in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. The riot in Brooklyn Center took place in the context of the Derek Chauvin trial, almost a year after he murdered George Floyd. This interview was an attempt to reflect on one participant’s experience of the events in Brooklyn Center and consider what they tell us about how things might unfold in the future. For many of us, the George Floyd uprising has weighed heavily on our minds as we try to imagine next steps to take. What became clear to me in this interview was that between the George Floyd uprising and the Brooklyn Center riot — despite the direct influence and geographic proximity — was an expanse.
Although the Brooklyn Center riot was an outgrowth of the George Floyd uprising, it was also a reminder that the previous summer’s events would not be repeated. Now, after a relatively quiet summer, it seems all the more important to be looking toward the future rather than fixating our gaze on last summer’s uprising. In this interview, we explore some of the developments and unique characteristics of uprisings in the aftermath of the George Floyd uprising.

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The Only Way Out Is Always Through The Police: A History Of The Rise And Fall Of The 2020 New York Riots

A deep and critical look at the rise and fall of the George Floyd rebellion on the streets of New York and how it relates, was informed by, and differs from past waves of social struggle and revolt.

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Oscillations: From George Floyd To Daunte Wright

A critical analysis of the mass rebellions that took place following the police murders of George Floyd and Daunte Wright.

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Remarks on the Trial of Derek Chauvin

On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, the jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin returned a verdict finding the defendant guilty on all counts. Former cop Chauvin had been charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter – and now has been convicted on all 3 counts. At least six people were fatally shot by cops across the United States in the 24 hours after jurors reached their verdict against Chauvin on Tuesday. The question is: was Derek Chauvin on trial for murdering George Floyd, or was the police in general on trial to proof the police was innocent? What follows is a piece by Ryan Fatica, which as published on April 15: Remarks on the trial of Derek Chauvin.

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The Murder of Daunte Wright: Co-optation and Revolt – A Year after the George Floyd Uprising, What Has Changed?

On April 11, 2021, a police officer in the Twin Cities suburb Brooklyn Center pulled over Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, allegedly on account of expired tags. Taking place in the midst of the trial of the police officer who murdered George Floyd in Minneapolis last May, this murder shows that the situation for Black people threatened with police violence has hardly changed since May 2020. There are important conclusions to be drawn from this.

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The Revolutionary Meaning of the George Floyd Uprising

Shemon Salam & Arturo Castillon published a new pamphlet on the meaning of the George Floyd Uprising. We added a discussion about their new pamphlet (audio).

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Fire on Main Street: Small Cities in the George Floyd Uprising

Introduction

The small city still does not exist on the map of the left as far as revolutionary struggle is concerned. Instead, the revolutionary left in the United States is mostly focused on big cities, resulting in a kind of parochialism where most revolutionaries live in big cities and are more likely to know comrades in other big cities, even overseas in cities like Berlin, Paris or London, but have no relationships with revolutionaries in the small cities and suburbs a few miles outside their city.

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Behind the Law Enforcement Response to the George Floyd Uprising – Part 1: Munitions Delivery

Minneapolis, MN – Documents obtained by Unicorn Riot shine a light on the law enforcement response to the George Floyd uprising in the Twin Cities. Text messages, emails, photos and other records provide a rare look into the coordination between multiple agencies that took place in the aftermath of Floyd’s killing. Party to these communications were the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Minnesota National Guard, defense contractor Safariland, and other corporations.

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