By GARY LEUPP - July 26, 2012
To end the routine abuses of the cops we need conditions that don’t require cops, at least not cops who are outsiders charged with earning their collar by training their guns on youth, occupiers comparable to foreign troops in Afghanistan and Iraq who drop bombs almost as sport. We need conditions that allow for community self-policing based on values of kindness and respect. We need to replace the hurling of water bottles with demands for revolution.
By Media Lens - July 23rd, 2012
When is an act of terrorism not terrorism? When the victims are officially sanctioned state enemies. This was clear from the political and media response to the assassinations of senior ministers of the Syrian ‘regime’...[F]rom a propaganda viewpoint that accords with Western state ideology...[v]iolence perpetrated by enemy actors is “terrorism”; what ‘we’ or ‘our’ allies do is “counter-terrorism” or “peace-keeping”.
By David Brown - WSWS
The city of Anaheim in Southern California was rocked by a spate of police violence on Saturday. After fatally shooting an unarmed man, police used “less-lethal” ammunition — including rubber bullets and a police dog — against residents, including children, who were protesting the killing.
Canadians in Halifax Protest Against Endless Wars as Western Backed Destabilization in Syria Threatens World Peace [Video]
The middle east is heating up. Using Libya as a template, hardcore western destabilization has been slowly simmering Syria for the past 16 months. Demonization and destabilization of Iran has been an ongoing theme for decades.
By Ethan Cox - rabble.ca
Police actions over the weekend crossed a line, an even more significant one than that crossed by the reviled Bill 78. Across Montreal's metro system...where the Formula 1 racetrack is located, police engaged in "preventative arrests"...People were pulled off metros, denied access to a public park, searched, and in many cases arrested. Why? Because they were wearing a political symbol. A red square of solidarity with the student cause.
By Pamela Palmater - rabble.ca
I am writing this blog today because the ignorant, racist comments against Indigenous peoples in Canada seem to be increasing by Harper's Conservative cabinet ministers. Since they are so well informed about our issues, we cannot excuse them based on ignorance -- their words reflect not only their lack of empathy for our peoples, but also their outright disdain for us. I hardly know where to start with this one, but here goes...
By Mónica Novoa - Colorlines
Everyday, organizers and advocates across the United States do vital work to help transform people, communities and society. In the midst of working to achieve these transformations, we face formidable challenges, not least of which is taking care of our own selves and encouraging our peers to do the same, so that we have what it takes for the long haul. Many people and organizations around us are already providing great examples of how to make sure this gets done.
By Candice Bernd - Thursday, May 31, 2012
Trenched up in riot gear and equipped with billy clubs, batons, pepper spray, machine guns, snarling dogs, whirring helicopters, LRAD sound cannons in tow the Chicago Police Department, the Illinois State Police and other government agencies and military forces casted the perfect climate for imminent clashes between themselves and NATO protesters for last week's summits as occupiers and activists descended on the Windy City to voice their discontent for a range of NATO-backed policies.
By Jules Boykoff and Dave Zirin - May 21, 2012
To be in London, two months before the 2012 Summer Olympics, is to feel a bit like a fish in an aquarium, with people constantly poking at the glass. Cameras adorn nearly every street corner and police vehicles are more prevalent than double-decker buses. It’s easy to understand why many are saying enough is enough...On Saturday, July 28, protesters will be gathering in London to just say no to the priorities imposed by these most corporate of Olympic Games, and it’s hardly difficult to understand why.
By Martin Lukacs - Thursday 24 May 2012
In its contempt for students and citizens, the government has riled a population with strong, bitter memories of harsh measures against social unrest – whether the dark days of the iron-fisted Duplessis era, the martial law enforced by the Canadian army in 1970, or years of labour battles marred by the jailing of union leaders. These and other occasions have shown Québécois how the political elite has no qualms about trampling human rights to maintain a grip on power.
By Krystalline Kraus - May 22, 2012
...[T]his report does nothing but in essence defend the state and the police from any wrong doing by not providing any real points of accountability or condemn any police or state tactics..."The OIPRD report is proof that Toronto police will when given the chance systematically do everything they can to hurt, harass and humiliate people..."
By Matt Reichel - AlterNet
...[T]he Chicago Police Department welcomed the predominantly peaceful protesters with flailing batons, dozens of arrests, baseless terrorism charges, and an attempted vehicular manslaughter. Despite this spate of state repression, spirits remained high throughout, with many demonstrators staying out into the wee hours of the night Sunday, in solidarity with arrested comrades.
Anti-NATO Activists Charged With "Providing Material Support for Terrorism" in Apparent Retaliation for Calling Out Police Intimidation
By Lauren Kelley - AlterNet
Some anti-NATO protesters in Chicago have been arrested and charged with “possession of incendiary or explosive device, conspiracy to commit terrorism & providing material support for terrorism," in apparent retaliation for being involved with a recent video that shed light on Chicago police intimidation practices.
By Samantha McGavin - May 9, 2012
Across North America, Mother's Day is widely celebrated. Families pay tribute to women's contributions to the family with a nice meal, flowers, jewelry, clothing, even electronics. The National Retailers' Federation estimates that over $16 billion was spent in the U.S. last year to mark the day...But the day did not begin as a day of consumerism to celebrate mothers' contributions to the home and family; once upon a time it was a day meant to celebrate their contributions to society.
By Stefan Christoff - May 10, 2012
As a collective project, Moments of Excess is a meaningful read for readers in Quebec and across Canada, as students' sustain a collective uprising to fight for accessible education, a movement clearly inspired by anarchist models of horizontal activism deeply explored in the book...Moments of Excess also offers important reflections for participants in the grassroots Occupy movement for economic justice across North America, sparked by Occupy Wall Street this past fall.