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by Rabbit / Earth First! Newswire
Since April 2012, activists in Germany have occupied the Hambach forest to prevent the expansion of the world’s largest open-cast coal mine. The mine expansion project would mean the clearcutting of the forest and the eviction of thousands of local residents.
On March 27, 2014, the forest occupation was evicted by police. The next day, Sonny, an activist in the…
Ride for Freedom: An anti-deportation internationalist motorcade demonstration in NYC
April 8, 2014
A caravan of NYC activists –in solidarity with immigration resistance– rode in “Ride for Freedom: an Anti-deportation Internationalist motorcade”, to arrive to the Immigration and Costumes Enforcement Detention Facility at 182-22 150Avenue, Queens, NY for a noise demonstration on Sunday.
The demo was a success, there were no arrests and we made our voices heard loud and clear against the cruelty of the prison complex and against the massive deportations taking place recently. The demonstration was also in solidarity with the hunger strikes: “This month alone, 1,000 immigrant detainees in Washington state launched a hunger strike against inhuman conditions and deportation. Demonstrators outside chained themselves together and blocked deportation busses bound for the border.”
We were joined by class traitors such as: the riot police from the prison, the prison guards (who in their confusion and not knowing what to do started filming us, even though we were fully aware there is CCTV everywhere outside the prison in plane sight.) There was also a white van apparently used for prison transport, a few cop cars and a police van to carry arrestees.
“Immigrants across the country are standing up. This month alone, 1,000 immigrant detainees in Washington State launched a hunger strike against inhuman conditions and deportation. Demonstrators outside chained themselves together and blocked deportation busses bound for the border. In San Diego, 150 previously deported Mexican immigrants re-crossed the U.S-Mexico border to rejoin their families in an act of civil disobedience. And in Texas, immigrant detainees have declared a second hunger strike against detention and deportation.
In New York City, the American Dream remains a nightmare. After crossing militarized borders, immigrants arrive to find only brutal exploitation, racist cops, cruel bosses, and dilapidated housing. The state government refuses to provide financial aid for undocumented college students, robbing immigrant youth of a future.
Against these obscenities, the recent wave of immigrant resistance offers hope to everyone who is poor, exploited, policed or incarcerated. Stand with the rebels in Washington, California and Texas! Together we can demolish every jail and every border, and share the wealth and freedom that belongs to us all.”
Really want to write something long about my disappointment and frustrations with white radicals and their fearful/dismissive attitudes towards white supremacists, but I’m too tired
Do you remember this gifset? The white man in these images is Matthew Heimbach, white supremacist. This video comes from a documentary that VICE produced on his widely-discussed “white student union” at Towson University.
This is a picture of Matthew Heimbach marching with the Richmond-based Virginia Flaggers, who continually deny that they are actually a racist organization. Evidently they just welcome neo-Nazis with identical ideals to march with them.
Brooks Simpson, on his blog Crossroads, found two more items of interest: a picture of Virginia Flaggers leader Susan Hathaway marching in another event with Heimbach:
and a photo of Hathaway posing with Heimbach’s compatriot and League of the South member Shane Long (also featured in the VICE documentary from which the above gif was taken).
The Virginia Flaggers are a white supremacist organization. They are not merely “controversial”. Their claims of “protecting Southern heritage” are euphemistic, and reporting them uncritically is not acceptable. If they repudiated racism as much as they claim, they wouldn’t appear publicly with a well-known neo-Nazi.
How is it possible to feel so alone
In a city, full of people
But back home, in the woods
On the water
With no one for miles around
Feeling small and whole