Welcome, to This Is America, December 18th, 2020.
On today’s episode, we bring you a series of interviews. First, up, we speak with someone at the Red House in North Portland, which recently was at the center of a mass eviction blockade. While the interview took place before the barricades around the house came down, our interview discusses how the blockade can hopefully provide important lessons for future eviction defense campaigns.
We then speak to two participants in the Certain Days collective, which puts together both the Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners yearly calendar as well as IGD’s Prison Break column. We talk about political prisoners, repression in a post-rebellion world, what a print project like Certain Days means in 2021, and much more.
Finally we speak with activist, filmmaker, and journalist Eleanor Goldfield, the host of Act Out on Fress Speech TV. We talk about Goldfield’s career in grassroots journalism as well as their new award-winning documentary film, Hard Road of Hope, which covers the current situation in Appalachia and coal country. During our discussion we talk about Mountain Top Removal, the opioid crisis, Trump, and the importance of the memory of working-class resistance.
All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news!
Living and Fighting
Struggle for Abolition
- On November 29th, beloved anarchist and abolitionist, Karen Smith, a key organizer in solidarity with prisoner struggles in Florida, passed away in a tragic car accident. Karen was a a guest on the It’s Going Down podcast numerous times. In early December, comrades marked her memory with a demonstration and noise demo outside of Florida State Prison.
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- In New Jersey and New York, the fight against ICE has continued. At the Bergen County Jail, ICE detainees have launched a hunger strike and on the streets people have rallied and marched in solidarity, only to be attacked by police.
— NYC Protest Updates 2020 (@protest_nyc) December 12, 2020
- In Chicago, abolitionists placed signs outside of a local jail “for every person trapped inside this COVID hotspot. 8 prisoners have died this year due to the jails willful negligence.”
Today, Chicago abolitionists decorated the boulevard in front of CCJ w/ 5400+ Origami Cranes, one for every person trapped inside this covid hotspot. 8 prisoners have died this year due to the jails’ willful negligence. #freethemall #defundccj https://t.co/ZxC0tIvmjl pic.twitter.com/MHIzM3aiTM
— Jeremy Hammond Support Committee (@FreeJeremyNet) December 7, 2020
- In Vancouver, WA, people continued to take streets for Kevin Peterson, who was recently shot and killed by the police.
FTP, listen to the youth. It’s simple. pic.twitter.com/o6qIVFbvI1
— Alissa Azar (@R3volutionDaddy) December 7, 2020
Week in Remembrance of Michael Reinoehl
- Responding to a call from the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement (RAM) for a week of remembrance with slain Portland area antifascist Michael Reinoehl, people in various cities across the so-called US held vigils, put up posters, and dropped banners.
RAM held a memorial event last night in Brooklyn for the #AvengeMichaelReinoehl call to action. There was a good turnout for the cold, and while it was a solemn event, it was also joyous for comrades to meet in these difficult circumstances. #NotOneStepBack pic.twitter.com/IPRNA7PJCC
— The Base (@TheBaseBK) December 7, 2020
#AvengeMichaelReinoehl week begins. Anarchists in NYC began covering the streets to pay homage to the comrade and to let people know we won’t stay silent against extrajudicial assassination. pic.twitter.com/cZg42xozyV
— The Base (@TheBaseBK) December 3, 2020
— RAM – Southern California (@RevAbolitionIE) December 9, 2020
— A.A.R.F ⍟ Autonomous Anarchist Revolutionary Front (@AARF_LA) December 11, 2020
Much love to comrades at @humboldtgrassr1 and R.E.A.D. for letting people know about #MichaelReinoehl. Together we carry on his memory and fight the state that assassinated him! pic.twitter.com/nJD9sDkn7r
— Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement (@RevAbolition) December 17, 2020
- In Los Angeles, BLM-LA has continued to lead demonstrations attempting to block the appointment of Mayor Garcetti to Joe Biden’s incoming cabinet, which has led to fights with the police in the streets.
LAPD responds to 13th straight day of #blockgarcetti protests outside of mayor’s residence.
Protesters are fighting a Garcetti appointment to a Biden cabinet bc of his handling of issues like homelessness, transportation. pic.twitter.com/mqnoxjLcrM
— Josie Huang (@josie_huang) December 6, 2020
Death to the Black Snake
- Appalachians Against Pipelines reports that despite an injunction, the Yellow Finch tree sit continues full steam ahead, with tree sitters having defended the space for over 835 days and have been fighting the injunction for over a month.
Yellow Finch tree sit has been defending some of the last remaining trees in the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s path for 835 days! Tree sitters have been resisting a court order to leave the blockade for 32 days. @stopthemvp pic.twitter.com/AauXDOOXdB
— It’s Going Down (@IGD_News) December 18, 2020
- In Brooklyn, the Brownsville community continues to fight against the North Brooklyn Pipeline with blockades and protests.
— No North Brooklyn Pipeline (@nonbkpipeline) December 10, 2020
- Actions against Line 3 are heating up. On December 14th, 22 water protectors were arrested blockading construction of the Line 3 drill pad under the Mississippi River while a tree sitter blocked construction for 10 days straight. Various blockades and lock-downs have also taken place against pipeline construction. Meanwhile in Minneapolis, people have protested outside of banks which are financing the project.
17 water protectors arrested in the bitter cold on the proposed drill pad for Line 3 tar sands to bore under the Mississippi River. A 10 day tree sit ended today with police & a crane.
— tara houska ᔖᐳᐌᑴ (@zhaabowekwe) December 15, 2020
— IU on Strike (@IUonStrike) December 12, 2020
- In Bloomington, IN, over 100 people gathered against police harassment and attacks on the poor.
Rally on wheels to cancel rent, ban evictions & decommodify housing visiting properties owned by speculators and corporate landlords where the tenants have organized councils and rent strikes. @TANCBay pic.twitter.com/ykNBMBzVsl
— Sam Lefebvre (@Lefebvre_Sam) December 5, 2020
- Actions by tenants unions took place in DC and Oakland, CA.
- In Brooklyn, New York, a rally demanding the extension of the existing eviction moratorium was attacked by police.
- In Toronto, tenant actions against evictions in the midst of the pandemic have continued non-stop. Tenants have continued to hold demonstrations against evictions at corporate offices and landlords homes.
— Cole Webber (@colefwebber) December 5, 2020
- Anarchist prisoner Eric King’s trial has been pushed back to next spring, so be sure to send him letters.
- Antifascists arrested in Sacramento last weekend need support, donate here.
- The Indigenous Anarchist Federation is selling new patches to support their efforts.
- Woodbine, an autonomous anti-capitalist space in Brooklyn, is working to upgrade to a large venue. Help them here.
- Everett Free Grocery Program is fundraising for the new year, support them here.
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