Welcome, to This Is America, February 6th, 2021.
On today’s episode, we launch into resistance news, from updates on the fight against the Line 3 pipeline in the midwest, to continuing rent strikes in major cities, and ongoing fierce abolitionist struggle from Portland to New York.
We then switch to our discussion, where we offer an analysis of Trumpism and CPAC 2021, along with a critique of the elites existing obsession with the “culture war.”
All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news.
Living and Fighting
Stop Line 3
Resistance to the Line 3 pipeline continues, both in so-called Minnesota and across the US. A week of action is also being planned from March 8th – 15th, check the Giniw collective for more information. Here’s a roundup of some recent actions:
- In New York City on March 3rd, there was a street blockade in solidarity with the struggle against Line 3. In Grand Rapids, Michigan, people also rallied against the pipeline and to “commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of a massive Enbridge oil spill of 1.7 million gallons.”
Thirty years ago today, Enbridge’s #Line3 pipeline had the largest inland oil spill in North America–1.7 million gallons of tar sands crude. To commemorate that tragedy, over 75 water protectors rallied earlier today in Grand Rapids, MN. Photo credit: @GiniwCollective pic.twitter.com/DcJlkjwGun
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) March 4, 2021
Here’s some pics of the finished banner. Protesters dispersed before NYPD could arrive. pic.twitter.com/w4wkI2VjPb
— Ash J (@AshAgony) March 3, 2021
- On March 1st, protesters at the University of Minnesota rallied outside of a Chase Bank to demand divestment from the Line 3 pipeline project.
- On February 24th, Unicorn Riot reports that, “Two different blockades [took place] – including people locking themselves inside a flipped-over car”
BREAKING: Water Protectors Blockade Over a Dozen Line 3 Worksites! Early this morning in Savanna State Forest, 2 Indigenous Water protectors locked into a blockade while another ascended nearly 40ft in the air in a bi-pod. Our fight for our Mother Earth continues ✊🏽❤️ #StopLine3 pic.twitter.com/rP25exKloB
— giniw collective (@GiniwCollective) February 24, 2021
Two different blockades – including people locking themselves inside a flipped-over car – are now blocking an access road to a work site for the #Line3 tar sands oil pipeline in Northern Minnesota. We’re #LIVE: https://t.co/P0TDIn5OaA
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) February 24, 2021
- On February 17th, a banner was dropped in solidarity with Water Protectors fighting Line 3 by the Cascadia Forest Defenders.
Today we send our deepest respect and gratitude to the Indigenous water protectors working to #stopline3. Water and forests are not separate – they are part of a single ecosystem, of which we are also a part. The health of forests, water, and humans, all depend on each other. pic.twitter.com/mfAN7xqZy5
— Cascadia Forest Defenders (@CascadiaFD) February 17, 2021
- On February 16th, Unicorn Riot reports that “30 water protectors and Line 3 resisters walked onto a work site halting construction of a section of the pipeline in Anishinaabe territory.”
This morning at 11 a.m. about 30 water protectors and #Line3 resisters walked onto a work site halting construction of a section of the pipeline in Anishinaabe territory. A few people went inside a section of the pipe and are still inside as of 10 minutes ago. pic.twitter.com/Vvuykmotvc
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) February 16, 2021
- On February 12th, people protested outside of Wells Fargo bank in San Francisco to demand divestment from the Line 3 pipeline.
- On February 6th, an anonymous communique posted to Puget Sound Anarchists claimed responsibility for busting out windows belonging to banks funding the Line 3 pipeline. It reads:
In the early hours of Saturday, February 6th on occupied Chinook land known as “portland,” Chase banks throughout the city were attacked in solidarity with the fight against the Line 3 Pipeline expansion, a project being funded by Chase. Line 3 would further the poisoning of the land, water, and atmosphere and violates the sovereignty of the Anishinaabe people. We say no to genocidal and ecocidal colonial capitalist projects!
No Pipelines, No Walls, Land Back, Fuck 12
Solidarity with #StopLine3! We visited the biggest funders of Enbridge’s pipeline in downtown San Francisco. Including the world headquarters of Wells Fargo! #keepitintheground #BuildBackFossilFree #ClimateCrisis #nopipelines pic.twitter.com/Y5xHkqyJhm
— Diablo Rising Tide (@RTBayArea) February 12, 2021
- On February 5th, water protectors march onto an Enbridge construction site and shut it down.
This morning over 20 water protectors walked on to Enbridge’s site and shut down Line 3 construction. Temperatures are below zero, but that can’t stop us from fighting for what’s right.
— Resist Line 3 (@ResistLine3) February 5, 2021
- Unicorn Riot reports that on February 4th, water protectors engaged in a lockdown and blockade that shut down construction at an “Enbridge fueling station and Line 3 pipeline worksite” as supporters rallied.
This morning, 8 water protectors locked to one another with barrels of concrete & a piano blockaded an Enbridge fueling station & #Line3 pipeline worksite as dozens more held space.
Photos/Words v @GiniwCollective
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) February 4, 2021
This is what community looks, we are getting a whole bunch of supplies & food for the occupy!
But we’re going to be out here for a long time so please continue to share the Venmo @/pparkberk! Let’s protect PEOPLES PARK TOGETHER! pic.twitter.com/pcxLRPwnJ3
— black lives still matter ‼️ (@omgshagg) February 10, 2021
- People continue to occupy People’s Park in so-called Berkeley, California. People’s Park, located outside of UC Berkeley, was the site of ongoing riots and land occupations from the late 1960s onward. Since it was first occupied, the park has been utilized as a hub for communal life, gardening, free food, and political organizing. In the last few weeks, the university has attempted set up fences and begin construction of housing units, only to have groups of people break the fences apart and remove them from the park. Since then, an occupation of the park has remained ongoing.
BREAKING: Tacoma Housing Now Blocks Intersection with Coffins to Protest Shelter Closure
5 People Have Already Died This Winter in Tacoma. Not One More Death! pic.twitter.com/KTWr9qesha
— Tacoma Housing Now (@TacHousing) February 25, 2021
- Tacoma Housing Now organized a blockade of an intersection in response to five people dying on the streets due to exposure.
No Water, No Rent! Villas del Paseo Tenants On Strike pic.twitter.com/mOuLjS1AyP
— Houston Tenants Union (@HoustonTenants) March 2, 2021
- Tenants in a southwest Houston apartment complex are on rent strike following a wave of storms which have left many without water. Tenants are demanding that their water be turned back on and their pipes be fixed and are refusing to pay rent until they do. Follow the Houston Tenants Union for updates.
Today marks the 11th time that rent is due in a deadly pandemic. For so many tenants, it’s the 11th month that they can’t or won’t pay. At our LATU Annual Assembly, our members shared what a year on rent strike has meant. You’re going to want to read this.
— LA Tenants Union (@LATenantsUnion) March 1, 2021
Housing is a human right, people shouldn’t have to choose between food and rent in a pandemic, and working class Black people shouldn’t have to deal with inhumane living conditions. Basic shit, but here we are!!!! pic.twitter.com/hIdhGwkAB8
— aparna raj (@largeaparna) February 27, 2021
- Rent strikes that kicked off during the pandemic continue full steam ahead in cities like DC and LA.
Land Back Lane Struggle
- The 1492 Land Back Lane reclamation continues, but barricades starting in mid-February on the roads started to come down. See the latest video dispatch from subMedia.Tv and the 1492 Land Back Lane Facebook page for more info.
Indigenous Resistance to Pipelines in so-called Vancouver
— theBreaker.news (@theBreakerNews) March 3, 2021
- People blockaded the Port of Vancouver for over a day in solidarity with an “Indigenous man, Stacy Gallagher, [who] was sentenced to 90 days in jail [for] protest[ing] at Trans Mountain pipeline sites in Burnaby.”
HAPPENING NOW: #Indigenous Youth occupy CHUBB INSURANCE @ 250 Howe Street Vancouver BC with clear loud message to #stopinsuringgenocide for Chubb to stop underwriting #transmountain pipelines #stopTMX pic.twitter.com/NCk3MBrSWO
— Kanahus Manuel (@KanahusFreedom) February 18, 2021
- Indigenous youth occupied an insurance office to demand divestment from the TransMountain Pipeline.
Black Lives Matter, Abolish ICE and Abolitionist Struggle
The fight to prosecute and convict Modesto Police Officer, Joseph Lamantia has continued within the community. This weekend, a protest against police brutality took place on the corner of Hatch and Crows Landing in Modesto. The protesters calling fo… https://t.co/71WCJqnuCh
— CSUSignal (@CSUSignal) March 4, 2021
- In Modesto, California, groups continue to demonstration against recent police murders and acts of police brutality.
Last night in Portland 100+ activists held an anti-ICE march through the Pearl District.
During the march the US Immigration Services office, several banks, and a security vehicle were tagged. Portland Police moved in once direct action had begun and the crowd quickly dispersed. pic.twitter.com/Jxlm8sYQ6s
— Daniel V. Media (@danielvmedia) February 28, 2021
- In late February, over 100 people gathered for a militant march and rally against ICE in so-called Portland, Oregon. Daniel V Media reports that anti-ICE graffiti slogans were written across the downtown and on government buildings.
#F12 protesters took over the streets of NYC last nite to say “Fuck 12!” to the cops who brutalize Black & Brown folks & protesters. Protesters stopped at NYPD’s Times Square station to burn US & Thin Blue Line/Blue Lives Matter flags. Multiple arrests at the end of the march. pic.twitter.com/iklwP5ieBb
— Ash J (@AshAgony) February 13, 2021
- On February 12th, people took to the streets of New York against police brutality, burning Blue Lives Matter flags outside of the NYPD’s Times Square station.
— LEFT COAST RIGHT WATCH (@LCRWnews) February 7, 2021
- In Tigard, Oregon, anarchists conducted an outreach campaign; handing out and posting up flyers with mental health resources and alternatives to calling police after law enforcement shot someone having a mental health crisis. Police responded to the outreach campaign by closely following the group.
I’m at the Portland ICE facility for a Saturday night protests. Around 100-ish protesters gather, and the American Indigenous Movement kicks things off with a traditional chant. #PortlandProtests pic.twitter.com/8OGQB64L8K
— Grace Morgan (@gravemorgan) February 6, 2021
- On February 5th, the American Indian Movement (AIM) lead over 100 people for a protest against ICE in Portland.
Earlier in Brooklyn, NY an autonomous group of activists & protesters marched from Fort Greene Park to NYPD’s 84th Precinct.
The group wants an officer off the force for pulling his service weapon on protestors a few weeks ago. They also marched in solidarity w/ Treyvon Martin. pic.twitter.com/XJo1bw7qcQ
— @TheIndypendent (@TheIndypendent) February 6, 2021
- Also on February 5th in Brooklyn, people marched against a police officer who pulled his weapon on protesters several weeks ago and in memory of Treyvon Martin.
“What the hell are we doing here?” Incredible solidarity letter from mine workers to Inuit hunters and community members blockading the corporation they work for.https://t.co/qjGEriThKr
— Kai Nagata 🇨🇦 (@kainagata) February 12, 2021
- Mine workers have issued a statement in solidarity with an indigenous blockade of their mining operation:
An open letter written by a “sizeable minority” of mine employees currently stranded by [the] protest…says they recognize [the] Inuit as [the] “rightful custodians of the land.”
About 700 staff from southern provinces have been stranded at the Nunavut mine site since a group of protesters staged a blockade last week, blocking roads and the airstrip. The protesters object to [a] proposed expansion of the mine and fear the impacts it could have on the water and surrounding areas.
We are writing to express our full support for the efforts, means and goals of your protest. We do not pretend to represent the views of the majority of Baffinland’s workers, but we do represent a sizeable minority.
We recognize the Inuit as the rightful custodians of this land, and as the people who should make the decisions about how it is used.
Your protest has generated a lot of conversation among the workers here. Many of us are disappointed that our flights to return home were postponed, but some also consider it a small thing compared to the hundreds of years of colonization and cultural erasure that Indigenous people have experienced — and continue to experience — at the hands of the Canadian government and the private sector.
- Workers at Voodoo Doughnut in downtown Portland are fighting to be recognized as a union under the banner of the IWW.
Voodoo Doughnut’s union, formed in the early days of the pandemic, will file for an NLRB election this week if the company doesn’t voluntarily recognize it https://t.co/5rBjA16BeY
— Eater PDX (@eaterpdx) February 24, 2021
- Finally in Detroit, an autonomous group of self-organized workers were able to mobilize and distribute thousands of masks to service workers in the Detroit area.
- Saturday, March 6th: Denton, TX, Quakertown Park, 3 – 5pm. Free store.
- March 6th – 7th: Youth Liberation Front groups across the US are calling for various events, from marches to workshops in various cities. Check here for more info.
- March 8 – 14th: Week of Action against Line 3 Pipeline. Check the Giniw Collective for more info.
- Saturday, March 20th: 1pm, Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn, NY. Anti-racist, antifascist block party!
- Sunday, March 28th: 12pm, Salem Capitol, Oregon. Rally against far-Right.
- August 21st – September 9th: Call for abolitionist actions in support of prisoner struggles. More info here.
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