Remember how all your punk friends in high school and your early 20's brandished anarchy symbols, and anarchy meant lawlessness, chaos and destruction? I think that is still the most common perception of anarchy in America, and only within the last year or two was I educated on what the true philosophy of anarchism is. It's really the core of democracy. It's a system of self governance where people come together and make decisions about what's best for their community. No one is above anyone else. When you hear about anarchists being involved in these Occupy movements around the world, it's an attempt to make you envision chaotic, destructive people so that you will not feel sympathetic towards the movement.
The reality is that they are involved, and they are not a destructive force. They do "oppose authority" and feel that people should be able to govern themselves. They want to replace the current oppressive forms of hierarchical government with a system where everyone gets an equal say in their democracy. If you know what anarchism really is, then that takes away the power of the ruling class to scare you with the word. It also opens you up to learning a new way of doing things that doesn't rely on elected officials, who will ultimately have power over things that effect you, and puts power back in the peoples' hands.
I think it's important for us to be aware of how our government DOES use propaganda to keep us fearful and misinformed.
November 13, 2011
It’s 11:07 on a Sunday morning, and yet again the 27 Social Centre in Northwest Denver is full of people. Folks are talking to imprisoned comrades on the phone, coordinating with court observers who just left a long bond hearing for 20 arrestees, entering yet more names and case numbers into online databases, and trying to feed each other and take care of our kids.
Police have been rolling by slowly and regularly, in increasing regularity on the streets surrounding our building. We tend to get a lot of roll by cop traffic, but today definitely feels different. They drive really slow, eyeballing everyone and anyone coming or going, and their numbers only seem to be increasing.
Last night, 21 more folks from Occupy Denver were arrested. Crowds were pepper sprayed, shot with pepper balls and rubber “less-lethal” rounds, and beaten with batons and fists. Street medics treated many injuries (yet again) and our legal observers reported many gross attacks on individuals, some not even affiliated with the demonstrations.
To all those across the world currently occupying parks, squares and other spaces, your comrades in Cairo are watching you in solidarity. Having received so much advice from you about transitioning to democracy, we thought it's our turn to pass on some advice.
Indeed, we are now in many ways involved in the same struggle. What most pundits call "the Arab spring" has its roots in the demonstrations, riots, strikes and occupations taking place all around the world, its foundations lie in years-long struggles by people and popular movements. The moment that we find ourselves in is nothing new, as we in Egypt and others have been fighting against systems of repression, disenfranchisement and the unchecked ravages of global capitalism (yes, we said it, capitalism): a system that has made a world that is dangerous and cruel to its inhabitants. As the interests of government increasingly cater to the interests and comforts of private, transnational capital, our cities and homes have become progressively more abstract and violent places, subject to the casual ravages of the next economic development or urban renewal scheme.
An entire generation across the globe has grown up realising, rationally and emotionally, that we have no future in the current order of things. Living under structural adjustment policies and the supposed expertise of international organisations like the World Bank and IMF, we watched as our resources, industries and public services were sold off and dismantled as the "free market" pushed an addiction to foreign goods, to foreign food even.
The line between individual activities and professional connections can be a very fuzzy one. For journalists, it can be an especially tough line to draw. Lisa Simeone, sponsor of NPR affiliate WAMU’s “Soundprint” and “World of Opera” is now dealing with tough questions about her involvement as spokesperson for the Occupy Wall Street activity in Washington D.C.. Resource for this article: NPR host Lisa Simeone facing questions about political activism
A new spokesperson
Recently, it was noticed that radio reporter Lisa Simeone has stepped into a new role. The Occupy D. C. movement associated with Occupy Wall Street has made her a representative. NPR shouldn’t care what she is doing as an activist since she is a freelancer, Simeone explained.
“I’m a freelancer. NPR doesn’t pay me. I’m also not a news reporter. I don’t cover politics. I’ve never brought a whiff of my political activities into the work I’ve done for NPR World of Opera.
A connection to the business
Lisa Simeone is a long-time sponsor and journalist for NPR affiliated radio stations. All around the country, there are affiliates with the Nationwide Public Radio. These affiliate stations air programs from NPR and other affiliate stations also as businesses such as Public Radio International. Lisa Simeone was employed as an independent journalist and sponsor for two shows, "Soundprint" and "World of Opera."
Not connected to show anymore
Lisa Simeone was fired from WDAV, which produced “Soundpoint” to air on WAMU. WAMU has a strict code of ethics. It says that:
October's Ignite! #2 has hit the streets! Featuring reporting on the upcoming O22 demonstrations, legal victories, local news about prison slave labor, nefarious police stings, the Black Mesa indigenous solidarity caravan, #occupydenver and plenty more. We are happy to say that Ignite! #2 is four pages longer than our first issue. All submissions for next months issue should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 28th. Visit our website at ignitedenver.wordpress.com and follow us on twitter @ignite_denver
There is an America that white people
have in their minds from long ago. It's the Garrison Keillor America
on Prairie Home Companion, the one after gothic crime noir, and
before the introduction of neoliberalism in the early Sixties. It's
America where everyone's grandparents went to school on the GI Bill,
an America where everyone looked out for each other. One that exists
in suburbs, where if you work really hard you can make. That America
existed in United States in between 1945-1965.
If you lived in Alabama and were
white, Hank Williams was on the radio and it felt good because one of
your kind was playing music, black music at that, and the Depression
was over, World War 2 was over and while people were a little messed
up by the Korean War, everyone still had hope. This was the case if
you were white.
The U.S. Military's controversial Don't Ask Don't Tell policy basically ended at 12.01 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Gays and lesbians in the U.S. military are now free to serve freely. The Department of Defense made it apparent that it would have no tolerance for anti-gay activity. Nearly 14,000 soldiers were discharged under the 18-year-old policy. The federal government is telling them to reenlist. But GLBT Americans, whether in or out of the program, still have several problems to deal with. Resource for this article: The U.S. military DADT policy is officially Out
From the president
One statement came from the army. All it said was “the law is repealed.”
Obama had more to say than that. He said:
"As of today, our armed forces will no longer lose the extraordinary skills and combat experience of so many gay and lesbian service members. And today, as Commander in Chief, I want those who were discharged under this law to know that your country deeply values your service."
The homosexual rights groups are really excited about the event. It is considered a win. Rea Carey, of the National Homosexual and Lesbian Task Force, said:
“Those who fight for freedom will now themselves be able to live more freely. ... Thousands of exemplary and courageous service members have lost their careers and livelihoods to this unjust policy, once again proving there are very personal and costly consequences of discrimination.”
I realize this is very last minute, but I just discovered the facebook event for Occupy Denver, (AT NOON TOMORROW - SATURDAY - AT THE CAPITOL BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN DENVER) which is modeled after the Occupy Wall Street protests and camp-outs that have been occurring for the past week or so: http://www.facebook.com/event.ph...
The Wall Street protests were modeled after the protests at Tahrir Square in Egypt, and the similar protests in Spain. This is an attempt to decrease the rich/poor gap, end the influence of money in politics, end corporate personhood, fight for economic justice generally, as well as air whatever grievances you may have about the state of the U.S. government or U.S. society, or, for that matter, air your grievances against the whole notion that governments and other hierarchies best serve the people/foster healthy communities and societies. I did not organize this event, so I may not be able to answer questions you may have, but I came upon it via the twitter feed for occupywallstnyc, so I thought I'd pass it along. I realize this is very last minute, but hopefully it will continue beyond tomorrow, and continue to grow rapidly. Do whatever you can to either attend, promote it, or both!
Arizona and Sheriff Arpaio are actively protecting a friend of the Sheriff who has threatened to 'wipe out' a family in AZ and to 'kill' an AZ woman.
The following threats have been sent to me via email from Justin Michael Nelson, a close friend and crony of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, concerning the murder of myself and my wife Dana,
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011 14:00:20 -0700
Subject: Re: 9th Circuit Briefing schedule stayed
And I would never come and kill you Scott.. Maybe Dana while you watch... But not you..
If you ... actually threatened my existence in the least bit, you would be dead already... Understand?
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011 14:14:08 -0700
Subject: Re: 9th Circuit Briefing schedule stayed
At this point, I could send someone over to wipe out you and and your robot wife - and all I would get from the cops is a citizen achievement award. You sure have made good friends with them, haven't you bud... Once again, nobody, and I mean nobody, cares about a single thing you have to say. I've made sure of that.
End of Email Quotes.
Arizona has learned zero from Jared Lee Loughner and the shootings in Tucson, AZ. After AZ State Mental Health officials ordered the involuntary mental evaluation of the Sheriff's crony, Justin Michael Nelson, the City of Surprise, AZ Police Department outright refused to obey the legal police pick up order. This police pick up order was issued after Doctors at Urgent Psychiatric Care of Phoenix, AZ and found Nelson to be a "risk to others" and mentally ill. In AZ such an order can only be issued within 72 hours from the time of the incident. Police per order of the Sheriff chose to refuse their duty and let the order expire.
Now its time to look at the police and prosecutor's involved.
Summary: One of NATO/CIA's methods of preventing the left from legally achieving state power all over Europe is the use of false flag terrorist attacks. Chomksy is known to hand wave away the concept of false flag attacks. While agitkid is grateful for Chomsky's analysis in general, Chomsky is strikingly inconsistent on this subject. It is crucial for the left to understand 911 in this context.
Dr. Anthony J. Hall is professor of globalization studies at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. He is the author of The American Empire and the Fourth World, which introduces the series The Bowl with One Spoon.
Earth into Property: Colonization, Decolonization and Capitalism (http://amzn.to/heV5AZ) is the second volume of the Bowl project, which was published this last fall by McGill-Queen's University Press. Earth into Property explores the relationship between the dispossession of Indigenous peoples and the making of global capitalism.
Credits: Notes: With the dismantling of the formal empires of Europe after the Second World War, the US corporate state moved to fill the vacuum of power. Hall shows that the US government, in seeking to replicate its role in the Cold war by mounting the Global War on Terror, is extending trajectories of conquest that began with invasions of Indian nations to further the expansionary course of American Empire.
His recent article is entitled, Waging The Battle for Reality, A Review Essay on a Propagandist’s Journey in Search of the ‘Conspiracist Underground’ (http://bit.ly/kKpHOU), which discusses what professor Hall calls the "sacred myth of 911" and it's relationship to a McCarthyite type campaign being waged against citizens that reject the officially sanctioned conspiracy theory of 911.
12 noon, Saturday September 17th is the arrival date for thousands of people tired of the corporate stranglehold on economic policies. Wall Street, New York City is the place to show up ready to protest using the "legal encampment" strategy.
According to a federal court ruling in 2000, the use of "public sleeping as a means of symbolic expression" is allowed on public sidewalks in New York City. (METROPOLITAN COUNCIL, INC., Plaintiff, -against- HOWARD SAFIR, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, et al., June 12, 2000 [99 F. Supp. 2d 438; 2000 U.S. Dist.]).
On the 17th of September, we want to see 20,000 people to flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices and we will not leave until that demand has been met.
Like our brothers and sisters in Egypt, Greece, Spain, and Iceland, we plan to use the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic of mass occupation to restore democracy in America. We also encourage the use of nonviolence to achieve our ends and maximize the safety of all participants.
As naïve as it sounds and old fashioned, to this day to a great extent when voting leaders into office we require more than anything else honesty and sincerity from them. We know better than to expect it from them completely. That would be asking far too much. Yet, when they tell us they will do this or that when they get elected we expect them to do at least a good chunk of that. The main talking points anyway. What else are they worth but their promises and their efforts to get them through? It's their currency.
Tom Gomez's article at coloradoindymedia.org stated that it costs the DOC “$30,000 a year for each prisoner it houses…” note: for a family of 6, poverty is determined at $29,530.00 annual household income, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Gomez continues by saying “DOC is not likely to be able to significantly reduce, or even offset, the high cost of incarceration by such methods as raising the cost of phone time or cutting back on food. Instead state university students and their parents will pay the bill, by absorbing another 9% increase in tuition next year…”
We would much rather $30,000.00 of our taxes to offset the cost of an education at any level, instead of increasing the cost of higher education to offset the price of incarceration. Incarceration seems a bit extreme in this case and a waste of taxpayers’ dollars.
Please investigate and determine how Justice can be served in Jefferson Family Courts, for Catherine's children, and others. She is not alone. Many Parents United for Change shared our horrific stories with the SCAO and in front of the Legislature this Spring. Colorado's Family Court system is harming our children.
Dana Hoag, Catherine's husband, and stepfather to her special needs 10 year old son, pleads for help:
"My ideas on this matter are to work hard to get the press to pay attention to one case enough that they see the need for an investigation of the system. The legislature and Governor's offices need to be proactive about this issue and initiate such an investigation. Also, that investigation needs outside evaluation. The problem is that insiders have been making decisions for too long. As a professor, I can tell you the our quality control and integrity are governed by external review. It is necessary.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) released a report calling for debt cancellation for Ebola-impacted countries. The new report, "A Case for External Debt Cancellation for Ebola-Affected Countries," calls on multilateral institutions and governments to cancel Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea's debts. The report argues debt relief would provide necessary "breathing space" to address the region's economic challenges. All three countries are ranked in the bottom 15 in the United Nations' Human Development Index.
"West Africa needs debt relief," said Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the debt relief organization Jubilee USA. "Debt relief will not only fight Ebola, it will also provide a long-term investment in healthcare for the countries."
UNECA first called for debt relief in December. In November, the United States government called for $100 million in debt relief and took its plan to the G20. At the request of the G20, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is currently considering a $300 million financing package that could include debt relief. In January, Guinea President Alpha Conde called for IMF debt relief. Guinea, where the outbreak began, spent more money on debt than on public health in the year before the epidemic began. All three countries have poverty rates above 50%.
"There is growing consensus for action," noted LeCompte, who serves on UN expert groups on debt. "Debt relief can provide additional financing the countries need."
The Syriza party won 149 seats in Greece's Parliament and formed a coalition government with the conservative Independent Greeks who won 13 seats. Syriza campaigned on promises to cease austerity measures and renegotiate some of Greece's debt.
"A third of all Greeks live below the poverty line and this was the reality they brought to the voting booths," said Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious financial reform group, Jubilee USA Network.
Syriza opposes austerity measures that were part of the 2010 $147 billion loan deal during the Greek crisis. Since the deal, unemployment more than doubled and today, youth unemployment is at nearly 50%. The Greek economy contracted for five years in a row and Greece lost 400,000 jobs in 2012. Greece's debt burden is the largest in Europe and trails only Japan among developed nations. Syriza has proposed an international debt conference to renegotiate the length of payment terms and reduce the amount of Greek debt.
"The new Greek government is looking at innovative solutions to deal with debt and austerity policies that trap people in poverty," noted LeCompte who serves on debt expert working groups to the United Nations. "The question at hand is will the International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank and European Union be willing to negotiate."
Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 75 US organizations and 400 faith communities working with 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee's mission is to build an economy that serves, protects and promotes the participation of the most vulnerable. Jubilee USA has won critical global financial reforms and more than $130 billion in debt relief to benefit the world's poorest people. www.jubileeusa.org
The anti-austerity Syriza party leads in polls heading into Greece's national elections Sunday. Syriza says if elected it will renegotiate some of Greece's debt and halt austerity policies. Syriza also calls for a European debt conference similar to the 1953 London Conference that relieved German debt and allowed the country to extend debt payments. The 1953 accord led to such incredible economic growth for post World War II Germany that the period is referred to as the "Wirtschaftswunder" or the "economic miracle."
"It's interesting that Syriza calls for a debt conference," said Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the debt relief organization Jubilee USA. "It certainly worked for Germany in 1953 and can be a model for heavily indebted countries today."
Greece is the third most heavily indebted country in the world and the most heavily indebted country in Europe. It owes more than $360 billion in total debt. Current polls give Syriza a 4 to 6 percentage point lead over current Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' New Democracy Party.
"The Greek election is now a referendum on austerity and debt," noted LeCompte who sits on United Nations debt expert groups.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF), European Union and European Central Bank negotiated a $147 billion Greek bail out plan in 2010. The loan package included a number of austerity measures that sparked protests in Greece. From 2010 to 2015, unemployment rose from 12% to 26%, the economy contracted five years in a row and wages fell. The country's debt burden also grew. A group of economists released an open letter this week calling for the IMF and European Central Bank to cancel Greek debt and asserted that austerity is "crushing economic activity."
An Argentina bond contract clause expires on December 31 raising the possibility that hold-out hedge funds and Argentina could settle a long running debt dispute. After defaulting in 2001, Argentina restructured its debt with 92% of its bondholders and put in place the Rights Upon Future Offers or RUFO clause. The RUFO clause gives restructured bondholders the right to a higher settlement if Argentina settles at a higher level with another Argentine bondholder. When the clause expires midnight on Wednesday, Argentina and hold-out funds could reach a settlement that would not leave Argentina open to RUFO clause litigation.
"However this dispute is resolved, we're still concerned about the global implications of this case," said Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious development group Jubilee USA. In the spring, Jubilee USA filed a US Supreme Court Amicus Brief to inform the high court of the case's impacts on developing economies. "Even if Argentina settles with the hold-outs, this extreme behavior is legitimized."
All Independent Media outlets have been asked to publish the following letter, from Assata Shakur. --editor--
My name is Assata Shakur, and I am a 20th century escaped slave. Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence that dominate the US government’s policy towards people of color. I am an ex-political prisoner, and I have been living in exile in Cuba since 1984.
I have been a political activist most of my life, and although the U.S. government has done everything in its power to criminalize me, I am not a criminal, nor have I ever been one. In the 1960s, I participated in various struggles: the black liberation movement, the student rights movement, and the movement to end the war in Vietnam. I joined the Black Panther Party. By 1969 the Black Panther Party had become the number one organization targeted by the FBI’s COINTELPRO program. Because the Black Panther Party demanded the total liberation of black people, J. Edgar Hoover called it “greatest threat to the internal security of the country” and vowed to destroy it and its leaders and activists.
In 1978, my case was one of many cases bought before the United Nations Organization in a petition filed by the National Conference of Black Lawyers, the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, and the United Church of Christ Commission for Racial Justice, exposing the existence of political prisoners in the United States, their political persecution, and the cruel and inhuman treatment they receive in US prisons. According to the report:
"Debt, corruption and tax evasion are part of why people die in West Africa," stated Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of Jubilee USA, a religious development coalition. "The money was there to contain Ebola and save more people from preventable diseases."
The International Marxist-Humanist Organization (IMHO) Denver Chapter invites you to a lively discussion on Building a Truly Human Society. A link for downloading the reading is below.
Time & Location:
Tuesday, October 28 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Denver Public Library - Warren-Ford Branch
Community Room 2
2825 High Street,
Denver, CO 80205
(The library is an easy walk from the 30th & Downing Light Rail Station: Line D. There are bike racks and ample parking at the library).
6:30 to 6:45 p.m. Introductions and Announcements
6:45 to 7:00 p.m. Chapter Discussion
Discussion/vote on a proposal to start a reading group in January, 2015 on Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism by Peter Hudis.
7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Reading Discussion: Building a Truly Human Society
Reading for discussion: “Private Property and Communism” from Karl Marx’s Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844http://bit.ly/imhoreading1. If you don’t have time to complete the reading, we’ll catch you up :)
Join us afterwards for drinks and more conversation at The Whittier Pub (2000 E. 28th Ave, Denver, CO 80205), one block from the library.
The International Capital Market Association (ICMA), a group of banks and investors, will call Friday for reforms aimed at preventing repeats of the Argentina/NML Capital debt dispute. The ICMA's plan would reduce the ability of hold-out creditors to litigate and undermine debt restructurings, in part by using contract clauses to bind all bond-holders to debt restructurings that 75% of all holders agree on.Additionally, the plan will argue that the "pari passu" or parity clauses in existing bond contracts should always mean that hold-out funds should always receive the same restructured bonds that the majority of investors agree on.
"This is a step in the right direction and we really applaud the US government's leadership on this," noted Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious debt relief organization Jubilee USA. "I am concerned that this won't do enough to prevent litigation against poor countries in the next decade. We still need a statutory approach."
The Argentina/NML case could soon impact other countries facing creditor litigation. Last month, a US judge in New York ordered the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to pay $68 million to two hedge funds that acquired the country's debt on the secondary market and then sued. The award included nearly $50 million in interest on loans dating back to the early 1980's. According to the United Nations, the DRC is the world's second-poorest country. Meanwhile, the Import-Export Bank of Taiwan is suing the Caribbean nation of Grenada, making an identical legal argument to the one used against Argentina. The case is currently on hold as Grenada attempts to resolve its debt situation.
"The Argentina case has a global impact and we need a global solution," said LeCompte. "We need an international bankruptcy process to make default less likely and force hold-outs to sit at the table."
We have just finished writing a zine on living in an activist collective intentional community. It was written as a practical guide with tools and references to assist in achieving a more sustainable approach to strategies and tactics for reaching goals. We approach this work from the experience in our shared collective narrative in an effort to ground much of the theory in our practice. This is written from an understanding of the context of white-supremacist-capitalist-patriarchy.
We've been working on this zine for almost a year now and are in the process of self distribution and thought this material relevant to many on the IMC network. We live in the neighborhood of Grant Hill in the city of San Diego and think this would be an amazing resource for existing and potential housing collectives locally and far beyond.
Please take a look at our link to view the zine! anthillzine.wordpress.com
We would appreciate inclusion in any zine libraries or info-shops as a means to making this information accessible for those looking to engage in similar projects. We are attempting to keep track of any libraries and info-shops that are potential hubs for distribution. Feel free to contact us with any questions about the zine or its distribution going forward.
Thank you for taking the time to check it out.
Love, Peace and Solidarity,
Former Members of the Ant Hill Collective