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Fire the Cops! A Book Review

Written by Ben Turk, published January 6, 2015, on Toward Freedom

Last month Ferguson burned. Amidst the images of flames, teargas and blockages, there were as many people with cameras and cell phones as signs or molotovs. Everyone seemed to recognize the significance of these events, but there are many competing interpretations. As fighting and protests continue in the street, debates and hand-wringing about race, protest tactics, and the American police state, have exploded on the internet and in the media. At this moment, all these questions are open in more minds than they have been since the late sixties ...........READ MORE

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The Prevention of Our Breathing and Catching Our Second Wind, by Sanyika Shakur

  • We Can’t Breathe without control of our destiny!
  • We Can’t Breathe under neo-colonialism!
  • We Can’t Breathe with capitalism’s hands around our throats!
  • We Can’t Breathe under bourgeois democracy!
  • We Can’t Breathe under genocidal violence!
  • We Can’t Breathe under imperialism!
  • The Can’t Breathe in overcrowded u.s. prisons!
  • We Can’t Breathe under amerikan dyseducation!
  • We Can’t Breathe believing the lies that we are amerikans!
  • We Can’t Breathe as soldiers in your military!
  • We Can’t Breathe under reformist slogans like “No justice No peace!”
  • We Can’t Breathe being mis-led by oppo-same preachers, teachers & presidents!
  • We Can’t Breathe under your pledge of allegience,
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Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee Needs Our Support!

Comrades and Friends,

As of 9am on Saturday, December 20, comrades of the Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee – NYC have surrendered to the custody of the NYPD, for their alleged involvement in an incident on the Brooklyn Bridge on the night of the Millions March.

NYPD Detective William Aubry called the incident, in which one cop received a bloody nose and another a few bumps and bruises, “right up there with being one of the most violent acts that I’ve seen.” Apparently Aubry and the NYPD have forgotten the meaning of the word “violent.” They have not once used the ...........READ MORE

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The “Gag Mumia” Law

On Tuesday, October 21st, Pennsylvania Governor Corbett signed into law the “Revictimization Relief Act”, which will allow prosecutors and victims of a violent crime to sue the offender for “conduct which perpetuates the continuing effect of the crime on the victim.” The law went into effect immediately.

This legal assault in its conception is aimed at one prisoner in particular: Mumia Abu-Jamal. It was drafted as a direct response to lobbying from the Fraternal Order of Police, the cops’ union, which was driven rabid by the recent decision of Goddard College in Vermont to invite Mumia to give this year’s ...........READ MORE

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Goddard Commencement Speech by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Goddard College in Vermont made headlines this year when it invited political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal to deliver its commencement speech for new students, on October 5.

As this invitation, and right-wing anger at Mumia for his audacity in remaining alive and unbowed after decades in prison, occasioned a new piece of repressive legislation in Pennsylvania,  i thought it might be worth sharing with readers of this website.

This transcript is mirrored from Prison Radio; it can also be listened to with a slideshow on vimeo.

Dear Fellow Goddard-ites, Students, Graduates, Parents, Professors:

I thank you for your kind ...........READ MORE

[MIWS] Examining the export of capital and parasitism today

The following was initially posted to the now defunct Maoist Information Web Site in December 2007; it is currently also available as a pdf on the Maoist Rebel News site, and is mirrored as a pdf here

MIWS has begun addressing a question that others in the last couple of decades have addressed implicitly or indirectly: whether unequal exchange and other possible sources of international profit make up a bigger source of super-profit than capital exports. Marxist writer Arghiri Emmanuel in the 1960s and ’70s raised the question while trying to show that international trade was a significant site ...........READ MORE

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Slingshot Organizers 2015!

By far the most popular way for anarchists to stay organized, the Slingshot 2015 organizers are here, complete with mini-calendar, daybook planner, address book section, international radical contact list, and nifty what happened on this day notes scattered throughout. The artwork, as ever, is wonderful in a chaotic punk rock way.

Slingshot is a 176 page planner/agenda with radical dates for every day of the year, space to write your phone numbers, a contact list of radical groups around the globe, menstrual calendar, info on police repression, extra note pages, plus much more. Slingshot has a tough layflat binding and ...........READ MORE

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Secret Fed Unit Tasked with Co-opting Protests Against Copkillings

From the mainstream St Louis Post-Dispatch, this struck me as usefully revealing: 

The Justice Department’s soft side: How one federal agency hopes to change Ferguson

By David Hunn, October 12th, 2014

FERGUSON • The peacemakers arrived on a Sunday. It was a little more than a day after Michael Brown’s shooting.

They introduced themselves to police and city officials that afternoon. They met with Brown’s family late that night, in a Highway Patrol truck down the street from the Canfield Green apartments.

The two, both mediators with a secretive unit of the U.S. Department of Justice called the Community ...........READ MORE

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Fire the Cops! by Kristian Williams

Killer cops and cop-killers, “police as workers” and police as soldiers, copwatching and counterinsurgency operations… these subjects and more are examined in this collection of essays by veteran activist Kristian Williams, released to mark ten years since the first publication of his book Our Enemies in Blue in 2004.

In section one, focusing in on police murders in Portland, Seattle, and Oakland, Fire the Cops! examines the relationship between working-class communities (predominantly Black) and the police, showing how police violence and impunity function to buttress the power of the State, and arguing that the left should recognize the political content ...........READ MORE