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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

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2015 Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar

The Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar comes out every year, containing short texts and beautiful artwork by political prisoners and prisoners of war, and their supporters. The 2015 calendar is now out, and this year Kersplebedeb (via leftwingbooks.net) is handling all orders (of less then 10 calendars – for 10 or more people can contact the calendar collective directly).

Certain Days is a joint fundraising and educational project between outside organizers in Montreal and Toronto and three political prisoners being held in maximum-security prisons in New York State: David Gilbert, Robert Seth Hayes and Herman Bell. ...........READ MORE

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Helmut Pohl and Rolf Clemens Wagner ¡presente!

Over the past seven months, two former members of the Red Army Faction
have died.

To learn more about Rolf Clemens Wagner and Helmut Pohl, and also to read recollections of their comrade and friend Ron Augustin, see the following on the germanguerilla website:

See also this interview, with both Wagner and Pohl, which was published by junge Welt on October 17, 2007, and which has been translated by André Moncourt and J. Smith and uploaded to the germanguerilla site: “We Wanted to Push the Revolutionary Process Forward” junge Welt interview with Helmut ...........READ MORE