Thanks to Panagioti over at Earth First! for bringing this to our attention!
Action in protest of clear cutting plans
By Earth First! Journal collective
Mollala, OR—As a culmination of the annual Trans and Women’s ActionCamp (TWAC), activists occupied the regional Oregon Department of Forestry office. Three members of the camp locked themselves together inside the office using modified pipes, refusing to leave until the Oregon Department of Forestry revoke their support for the 2011 Elliott State Forest Management Plan.
The group occupying the office stated that yesterday was the last opportunity for citizens to comment on the plan. Activists involved in the action criticized the plan for opening up areas to logging which were previously off limits. They also criticized the plan for increasing clear cutting to boost local timber jobs while not making any decisive moves to regulate or even monitor the large timber export industry which ships logs and jobs overseas.
The TWAC was formed out of a need to make space for marginalized identities that otherwise may not be represented within the broader push for environmental justice. This action is organized and carried out by women and transgendered people.
July 8th – 8PM
150 Park Row (J to Chambers St, 4,5,6 to City Hall)
On July 1st, prisoners in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay State Prison in California began an indefinite hunger strike in an attempt to change the severe and tortuous conditions they are forced to endure. This hunger strike has been organized by the prisoners
themselves in an inspiring show of unity across attempted divisions manufactured by the prison administration.
To show our solidarity with those currently on hunger strike in Pelican Bay and our friends and family locked up here at home, we are calling for a noise demonstration about outside the MCC on Friday, July 8th at 8PM. Our goal is to help amplify the voices of the hunger strikers and ensure their demands are met, as well as help raise the voice of all prisoners who are fighting and resisting their captors from the inside.
We want to see real solutions for our communities, not the continued warehousing of human beings that has become standard operating procedure in this country. Until every last prison wall is torn down, we will resist!
Bring air horns & bull horns; drums & buckets; instruments & music. We want to ensure that every person in MCC hears our cries of solidarity and knows in no uncertain terms that we stand with them.
Towards the destruction of all prisons!
Solidarity with the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers!
More info here.
SlutWalk is something we’ve been reading and thinking A LOT about lately, so I guess it’s time we asked what y’all think. I just recently found out people are organizing a SlutWalk in Bmore, and I’m not convinced this is a good idea. In fact, Gina and I, who are both self-identified sluts, find the protest problematic.
If you’re unfamiliar with the critiques, I recommend the Racialicious article, but I also think it’s worth reading what some of our friends wrote here, and here.
So please sound off! Have you been to a SlutWalk? What was your experience? What kind of perception of feminism does the protest project? What other responses to victim-blaming can we envision?
Forgive me for all the times I talked shit about computer nerds and hackers, thinking that those sorts of activities have nothing to contribute to the movement. God, was I wrong. They’ve actually conceived of kick-ass and practical ways to further the radical cause.
Last week, LulzSec hacked Arizona Law Enforcement and released names, addresses, and tactics of the border patrol. This week they completed their final action and released government documents on anarchism and domestic terrorism. I am slightly comforted by the release of these documents, given their scope is so small, and homeland security seems largely unconcerned with anarchists.
One portion of a section entitled Domestic Extremeists: Capable of Violence on a Limited Scale reads:
Leftwing extremist activity is more sporadic and less lethal. Only small pockets of leftwing extremists, primarily violent anarchists, espouse the use of violence to advance their anticapitalist, communist, or socialist philosophies. They target government-owned buildings, military recruiting offices, and high-profile business and public events such as political campaigns, conventions, elections, and world trade and economic meetings. Their tactics include property destruction, vandalism, arson and fire bombings, sabotage, and violent protests. In the immediate near-term, their activities likely will remain at current levels through the U.S. Presidential transition period and as the war in Iraq continues, but will probably remain within the scope of local law enforcement.
I was also slightly flattered that they chose to name anarcha-feminism as a primary form of anarchism, but totally confused by the inclusion of a brand of anarchism I’m not totally convinced exists- anarcha-masculinism. If you self identify as one, please let us know! We’d love to hear from anarchists who apparently focus on the “rights and experiences of men”.
You can view some of the documents here, and read LulzSec final press release here.
Everyone's favotite Southern holiday!
I was super pumped to see the Southern Media Makers Caucus on the agenda today at the Allied Media Conference, and a little disappointed in the way it played out.
The facilitator, Jordan Flaherty (of Left Turn fame), feeling an under-representation of Southerners at the conference over the years, wanted to know how we could bring the AMC back to the South and/or how we could bring more of the South to the AMC in future. Does the South need an AMC of its very own?
This is a repost from the Indypendent Reader.
on june 18 a group of radical queers invited themselves to enter the baltimore pride parade. our aim was to bring to light the way in which the lgbt movement has become corporatized by groups who do not actually support much of the community. over the years pride has become a huge party, full of b-list performers and corporate floats sprinkling the parade route. rarely is it acknowledged that what is thought to be the first pride parade came about as the result of the riots at the stonewall inn in new york. the struggles that queers faced at that time were met with resistance to the oppressive nature of the police, government officials, and society at large. that history is slowly being erased, and saturday’s action was hopefully just one of many that will continually remind the queer community in baltimore that for many the struggle is not over, and erasing that part of our community’s history will only set us back even further.
we entered the parade approximately half way through, as close to the constellation energy float as possible. two banners were quickly unfurled as we proceeded up the street. one banner read “stonewall was a riot” and the other read “community not corporations.” we had two people carrying each banner, and others walking along side, handing out information sheets to the crowd. while the banners were important to get the immediate attention of the spectators, it was the handouts that contained the imperative facts. one side had printed on it a brief history of the stonewall riots, and the parade that took place a year later to commemorate the event. the other side provided information about some of the major corporate sponsors of this year’s pride events, including verizon, constellation energy, bank of america and miller lite. so quickly are people to assume that just because a company sponsors an lgbt event they are supportive of the community, but the reality is that often those same companies give equal amounts of money, if not more, to organizations and politicians who are in direct opposition of our community. we sought to bring to light the bad side of these supposed “good” corporations.
it is our hope that our action renewed in the spectators a need to remember, respect and discuss the history of struggles that got part of the community to where it is today. we recognize that this action only focused on one of many issues that our community faces, but it is our plan in the future to plan more actions that will focus on other issues, specifically ones that pertain to youth and transgender/gender non-conforming individuals.
It’s my personal favorite expression of civil unrest! Come make snide comments about my awkward dance moves til I get a few tall boys in me and stop caring what you think anyway! Here’s the route:
Steps off at the Three-Star Barber Shop at Felicity and Clara -Proceeds down Clara to MLK Ave -Left at MLK to Claiborne -Left on Claiborne to Toledano -Left on Toledano to Louisiana -End at Harmony Oaks Community Center
See you there!
Did you know that in Louisiana we don’t have counties, we have parishes and if you get caught sucking dick for money you don’t catch a prostitution charge, it’s considered a crime against nature? How quaint! It’s like you’re back in the Old Country!
Being sentenced under the Crime Against Nature by Solicitation statute means being labeled a sex offender. You’re obligated to inform your employer, landlord, church, neighbors, EVERYONE of your status (via your ID card and postcards–that you PAY FOR–EVERY time you move–$$$), which can be enforced for as long as 15 years, obviously causing you to miss out on housing and employment opportunities, and community and government resources (shelters, etc.). Non-compliance means more money and/or jail time. Poor women of color and LGBTQ folks are over represented amongst those convicted under this arcane and inhumane piece of legislation, which additionally, can be applied at any time between the arrest and conviction at the discretion of the police and prosecution, making it extremely susceptible to corruption, discrimination, and abuse. Continue reading