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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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Imaginary Enemies: Myth and Abolition in the #Minneapolis Rebellion

The following article from a friend in Minneapolis looks at the impact in rebellions of what is known as the “fog of war”, or the strategic problem of “unknowability.” In the case of the George Floyd rebellion, the author argues that this unknowability played out particularly along racial lines. On the one hand, the participation of white antagonists helped the uprising to quickly take on a scale beyond anyone’s comprehension, resulting in a situation that was both ungovernable and unknowable in terms of the makeup of its partisans. At the same time, as counter-insurgent forces fought to restore order, they too seized upon this uncertainty by producing the mythological threat of the white supremacist outside agitator. The unknowable represents a threat to which all future rebellions will have to contend, especially in the U.S. context.

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Life, War, and Politics: After the George Floyd Rebellion

A talk delivered by K.N. and Paul Torino of the Vitalist International on November 14th, 2020, at the “The Undercommons and Destituent Power—Between Pandemic and the Uprising.”

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FBI Raids And Arrests Across #Atlanta – Repressive operations against the #GeorgeFloyd Rebellion

What follows is a report by the Atlanta Anti-Repression Committee. Atlanta area police are coordinating with federal authorities to conduct repressive operations against the George Floyd Rebellion. Last week, several inter-agency operations resulted in four arrests during multiple house raids. In order to situate these arrests within the context of nationwide crackdowns and repression, and to dispel half-truths and misunderstandings, we are observing the situation closely, and will document some of the initial facts below. As the scope and intent of this repression becomes more clear, we will continue to provide updates and analysis. We do not represent the perspectives of those accused, but we are invested in their freedom.

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