Culture of Resistance

halftheskymovement:

Today is World Water Day, and we’d like to salute some of the organizations striving to provide clean water for all, including Water.org, charity: water, and Students Rebuild through its water challenge. 
Pictured here are students at the Kibera School for Girls in Nairobi, Kenya, who have benefited from Shining Hope for Communities’ clean water project, which includes a water tower that provides scarce clean water in a community where there is no running water. 

halftheskymovement:

Today is World Water Day, and we’d like to salute some of the organizations striving to provide clean water for all, including Water.org, charity: water, and Students Rebuild through its water challenge

Pictured here are students at the Kibera School for Girls in Nairobi, Kenya, who have benefited from Shining Hope for Communities’ clean water project, which includes a water tower that provides scarce clean water in a community where there is no running water. 

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It is not our desire to participate in violence, but it is even less our desire to lose.

If we do not resist, actively, when they come to take what we have won back, then we will surely lose. Do not confuse the tactics that we used when we shouted “peaceful” with fetishizing nonviolence; if the state had given up immediately we would have been overjoyed, but as they sought to abuse us, beat us, kill us, we knew that there was no other option than to fight back. Had we laid down and allowed ourselves to be arrested, tortured, and martyred to “make a point”, we would be no less bloodied, beaten and dead. Be prepared to defend these things you have occupied, that you are building, because, after everything else has been taken from us, these reclaimed spaces are so very precious.

Letter from Cairo to Occupy Oakland (2011)
RIP Constantine Kosyakin, Opposition activist of the Left Front.
On August 10 Constantine Kosyakin died in a Moscow hospital after a long illness. In recent years he struggled with cancer. Kosyakin, an opposition activist within the left front since 2009. He was a regular participant and organizer of actions, Strategy 31, on Triumph Square in Moscow and “Days of Wrath” Anti-Government Actions: http://grani-tv.ru/tags/393/entries.html Kosyakin also active in the leadership of the “Moscow City Council.” Constantine Kosyakin was born in 1947. In his youth, he received his degree in mining engineering, he worked as a Company Specialists and Planner and in 1977 went to work in the Department of Coal Ministry, where he served as an engineer, senior specialist and Deputy Director for construction of the coal mining complex in the Zone Region of BAM. In 1999-2004, he was a member of the Moscow City Committee of the Communist Party.Sergei Udaltsov, Political Prisoner -Left Front"Characteristically, before the disease Kosyakin looked much younger than his years. He was a big man, full of energy and enthusiasm. I was very surprised when, soon after we met, he told me that he had retired. I think that he himself until the last days felt like years 18-20, not more. Naturally, that he almost immediately became popular with the young activists of the Left Front. He played with us in football, was a goalkeeper - we called him "our Lev Yashin." In his youth, Kosyakin was obviously nonconformist. I will never forget the time at a festival in our headquarters he lead everyone to dance floor to do the twist to rock ‘n’ roll. The youth were amazed with delight. Dozens of times … the police detained him at the Days of Wrath, on the Triumph Square and on other demonstrations. Many times he had to serve his arrest with 10-15 days in jail. But all of repression did not stop him from the game. Because he was a staunch champion of human rights and freedoms. At the same time upholding the civil rights, Konstantin, was a consistent supporter of a broad opposition coalition, bringing together various political forces. Here’s someone who truly fought "for your freedom and ours", it was Kosyakin.… He never complained, on the contrary, he tried not to talk about his illness. Many of them even had no idea what it cost him of the courage to come to the next meeting or gathering. I was amazed when I learned that, until recently, he hid in the court of his disability, which would have released him from arrest. He did not want to break away from his companions, from the collective, from his comrades.”
‪#‎Russia‬ ‪#‎Moscow‬ Left Front Opposition say goodbye to Constantine Kosyakin - Farewell to Constantine Kosyakin - ♥ Rest In Power ♥Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atv06YtGafQ&feature=youtu.beArticle/Photos/Video Links:http://grani.ru/Politics/Russia/activism/m.217857.html

RIP Constantine Kosyakin, Opposition activist of the Left Front.

On August 10 Constantine Kosyakin died in a Moscow hospital after a long illness. In recent years he struggled with cancer. Kosyakin, an opposition activist within the left front since 2009. He was a regular participant and organizer of actions, Strategy 31, on Triumph Square in Moscow and “Days of Wrath” Anti-Government Actions: http://grani-tv.ru/tags/393/entries.html Kosyakin also active in the leadership of the “Moscow City Council.” Constantine Kosyakin was born in 1947. In his youth, he received his degree in mining engineering, he worked as a Company Specialists and Planner and in 1977 went to work in the Department of Coal Ministry, where he served as an engineer, senior specialist and Deputy Director for construction of the coal mining complex in the Zone Region of BAM. In 1999-2004, he was a member of the Moscow City Committee of the Communist Party.

Sergei Udaltsov, Political Prisoner -Left Front

"Characteristically, before the disease Kosyakin looked much younger than his years. He was a big man, full of energy and enthusiasm. I was very surprised when, soon after we met, he told me that he had retired. I think that he himself until the last days felt like years 18-20, not more. Naturally, that he almost immediately became popular with the young activists of the Left Front. He played with us in football, was a goalkeeper - we called him "our Lev Yashin." In his youth, Kosyakin was obviously nonconformist. I will never forget the time at a festival in our headquarters he lead everyone to dance floor to do the twist to rock ‘n’ roll. The youth were amazed with delight. Dozens of times … the police detained him at the Days of Wrath, on the Triumph Square and on other demonstrations. Many times he had to serve his arrest with 10-15 days in jail. But all of repression did not stop him from the game. Because he was a staunch champion of human rights and freedoms. At the same time upholding the civil rights, Konstantin, was a consistent supporter of a broad opposition coalition, bringing together various political forces. Here’s someone who truly fought "for your freedom and ours", it was Kosyakin.

… He never complained, on the contrary, he tried not to talk about his illness. Many of them even had no idea what it cost him of the courage to come to the next meeting or gathering. I was amazed when I learned that, until recently, he hid in the court of his disability, which would have released him from arrest. He did not want to break away from his companions, from the collective, from his comrades.”

‪#‎Russia‬ ‪#‎Moscow‬ Left Front Opposition say goodbye to Constantine Kosyakin - 
Farewell to Constantine Kosyakin - ♥ Rest In Power ♥

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atv06YtGafQ&feature=youtu.be
Article/Photos/Video Links:http://grani.ru/Politics/Russia/activism/m.217857.html

ALERT for NYC area! Please reblog.

"NEW YORK FRIENDS: If you are visited by the FBI in the next few days/weeks, please know that you DO NOT have to talk to them, you DO NOT have to let them in your house if they do not produce a warrant, and you should LET OTHERS KNOW that you were visited. Even if you are not involved with radical activities it is important to know your rights and to practice good security protocols. As a community we will get through this!"

If you get visited, please call NLG NYC 212-679-6018

http://ccrjustice.org/files/CCR_If_An_Agent_Knocks.pdf

america-wakiewakie:

Two Jackson, Mississippi Couples Denied Marriage Licenses

The waves of change are ever persistent, and even Mississippi, with all its citizens, will accept this simple human right of its and their own accords, or like separate-but-equal be struck down by the brave men and women marching onward into freedom and equality. The choice is simple, will you be on the right side of history and join us in supporting our brothers and sisters in the LGBTQ communities, or will you cling to the bigotries of your past and of your state? And if you need somebody to show you the way because you are afraid, or you are skeptical, let me. My name is Frank Summerlin; I am a Mississippian; and I support the right of all couples to marry, to enjoy the same privileges heterosexuals enjoy in my home state, to love and be loved, to know community in all its facets, and to be a full-fledged member of our society without marginalization, without discrimination, and to know what it means to feel completely unified before the eyes of each other and the law.

michaelcantor:

I had the privilege of designing a poster for Bradleymanning.org, publicizing a demonstration aimed to reduce Bradley Manning’s sentencing. If you are in the DC area at this time, I encourage you to attend. 
https://www.facebook.com/events/479855288757353

“JOIN OUR DAY OF ACCOUNTABILITY - defend whistleblowing and speak truth to power!
After three years of confinement, Army whistleblower and peace prize winner Bradley Manning’s trial is drawing to a close. Join us at the last action of Bradley’s trial on July 26 from 3-5:30pm at Ft. McNair (near the Waterfront metro, Washington DC) outside the office of Major General Jeffrey Buchanan, the Convening Authority overseeing Bradley Manning’s trial.General Buchanan is a powerful figure who can reduce any sentence resulting from a conviction. While he reigns over Bradley’s destiny, we’re calling upon him to do the right thing!The information that Bradley gave the public exposed the unjust detainment of innocent people at Guantanamo Bay, showed us the true human cost of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, helped fuel pro-democratic movements in the Arab world, and changed journalism forever. There is no evidence that anyone was harmed as a result of the leaked information, yet Bradley faces life in prison.This is our opportunity to bring home to Gen. Buchanan the importance of his sentencing decision, not only for fair American justice, but for government accountability, international human rights, and the protection of other whistleblowers, including NSA Edward Snowden. Enough is enough. The public has a right to know. So join us on Friday, July 26th and let the military feel the heat!DC/MD/VA area folks please spread the word by downloading the poster from our website and posting it around your neighborhood or workplace. To volunteer or help with outreach, contact: Carrie 202-714-8530 / carrie@bradleymanning.orgE-mail emma@bradleymanning.org if you’d like to endorse this event.
P.S. We understand that many supporters work 9-5PM so we are asking you to plan on leaving work early so we can have maximum impact on the base.”

michaelcantor:

I had the privilege of designing a poster for Bradleymanning.org, publicizing a demonstration aimed to reduce Bradley Manning’s sentencing. If you are in the DC area at this time, I encourage you to attend. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/479855288757353

JOIN OUR DAY OF ACCOUNTABILITY - defend whistleblowing and speak truth to power!

After three years of confinement, Army whistleblower and peace prize winner Bradley Manning’s trial is drawing to a close. Join us at the last action of Bradley’s trial on July 26 from 3-5:30pm at Ft. McNair (near the Waterfront metro, Washington DC) outside the office of Major General Jeffrey Buchanan, the Convening Authority overseeing Bradley Manning’s trial.General Buchanan is a powerful figure who can reduce any sentence resulting from a conviction. While he reigns over Bradley’s destiny, we’re calling upon him to do the right thing!

The information that Bradley gave the public exposed the unjust detainment of innocent people at Guantanamo Bay, showed us the true human cost of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, helped fuel pro-democratic movements in the Arab world, and changed journalism forever. There is no evidence that anyone was harmed as a result of the leaked information, yet Bradley faces life in prison.

This is our opportunity to bring home to Gen. Buchanan the importance of his sentencing decision, not only for fair American justice, but for government accountability, international human rights, and the protection of other whistleblowers, including NSA Edward Snowden. 

Enough is enough. The public has a right to know. So join us on Friday, July 26th and let the military feel the heat!

DC/MD/VA area folks please spread the word by downloading the poster from our website and posting it around your neighborhood or workplace. To volunteer or help with outreach, contact: Carrie 202-714-8530 / carrie@bradleymanning.org

E-mail emma@bradleymanning.org if you’d like to endorse this event.

P.S. We understand that many supporters work 9-5PM so we are asking you to plan on leaving work early so we can have maximum impact on the base.

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Activists Sue Federal Agency for Illegally Withholding Affordable Housing Funds




A lawsuit alleges that the Federal Housing Finance Agency has withheld $382 million from the National Housing Trust Fund.




By Alyssa Figueroa [2]


Activists Sue Federal Agency for Illegally Withholding Affordable Housing Funds


July 9, 2013  |  
The Right to the City alliance filed an unprecedented lawsuit against the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and its acting director, Ed DeMarco, on Tuesday, for illegally withholding at least $382 million from the National Housing Trust Fund, an affordable housing federal fund established in 2008.
Right to the City is a national alliance of 50 grassroots organizations in 17 cities. Its major campaign, the Homes for All campaign, unites renters, public housing occupants, homeless families and underwater homeowners to fight for affordable housing.
The 2008 Housing and Economic Recovery Act required that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac contribute a portion of their revenue — 0.04 percent of every dollar in new mortgage purchases — to the National Housing Trust Fund. As a result of the 2008 financial crisis, however, the FHFA suspended its contributions. Now, the mortgage finance giants have reported $28 billion in record-setting profits in 2012, but have yet to contribute to the fund.
After two years of pressuring the Obama administration to fund affordable housing, the Right to the City alliance said it could not wait another day. The alliance has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to enforce the FHFA and DeMarco contribute what they owe to the fund. The $382 million would secure the largest new investment to low-income housing in more than 30 years.
Rachel Laforest, executive director of Right to the City, said during a press conference on Tuesday, “Unfortunately, an investment in public housing has not been a trend in this country.”
She said from 1995 to 2008, more than 200,000 units of publicly subsidized housing have been demolished, while hundreds of thousands more units are slated for demolition. Currently, 11 million Americans pay more [3] than 50 percent of their income on housing. Meanwhile, more than 3 million Americans remain homeless, half of whom are children.
Danielle Stelluto is one of those homeless Americans. She is a member of Picture the Homeless, one of Right to the City’s member organizations, and a plaintiff in the lawsuit. Stelluto is a single mother of a 5-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter, all currently living in a shelter in the Bronx, NY. Stelluto said after five months of living in a shelter, she was able to move into a three-bedroom house after receiving a housing voucher. After a year and a half, however, she lost the voucher after Mayor Bloomberg discontinued the program [4]. She has since been living in a shelter, away from family and friends. Because of her long commute to work and her need to obey the shelter’s curfew, she had to leave her job and take a job as a home health aid, where she now makes less than $10,000 a year.
She added that Section 8 in NYC is closed, while the wait list for public housing in the city is 10 years.  
Stelluto said:
I’ve been striving to pick myself up, but it seems almost impossible at times. I’ve never been more stressed out in my life, between my kids’ loss, the loss of the voucher and the loss of a roof over our heads. …I’ve dealt with depression, anxiety and feeling like I’m running on a hamster wheel.
Angela Samuels, another plaintiff in the case, is a member of Miami’s worker center, another Right to the City’s member organizations. Samuels said she grew up in Miami, went to college and became a nurse. However, she lost her job after 26 years, and was evicted from the house where she grew up after 43 years.
She said, “I never considered how hard it could be to find an affordable place to live. I never thought that I would find myself unemployed. Not in this country. Not in this century.”
Samuels is currently living at her sister’s house while she tries to secure steady housing. The waiting list for public housing and section 8 in Miami are closed.
She added, “People going through foreclosure, eviction and all those that can’t afford a place to live.…We are fed up. We’re not taking anymore of this. We need affordable housing.”
Sheila Crowley, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, said that millions of working-class people, seniors and people with disabilities are completely cut out of the housing market.
She said:
The thing that’s important to know today is that all the federally assisted housing, including public housing, including vouchers, including the project-based section 8 stock as well as some of the smaller programs for elderly and disabled people, all of that is under threat because of the severe cuts to the domestic discretionary programs. All of HUD’s programs were subject to sequestration and so we’ve seen across the board cuts in all of those.
Crowley said that she hopes this lawsuit gets the attention of DeMarco, who has the authority to make sure that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac make the necessary contributions to the trust fund so the program can get underway.
But, she adds, this initial source of funding just gets the program started. She said, “It is by no means efficient to address long-standing, and huge unmet needs. … And it is our goal to continue to push through as many different avenues of funding for the trust fund to bring it to scale.”
She said other ways to finance the housing fund include modifying the mortgage interest deduction [5], passing the Commonsense Housing Investment Act of 2013 [6] and instituting the Robin Hood tax [7].
LaForest said it is important to remember that the housing crisis is not over:
On paper it appears that we’re coming out of the housing crisis because many of the Wall Street entities and hedge funds that were responsible for the housing crisis in 2007 and 2008 are going in and buying up huge swathes of foreclosed homes and turning them into rental properties. And these are now rental properties that not only can’t be afforded by the people who previously lived in the homes, but can’t be afforded by much of the surrounding community either. So we are on the precipice of another housing bubble that further exacerbates the situation.











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Activists Sue Federal Agency for Illegally Withholding Affordable Housing Funds

A lawsuit alleges that the Federal Housing Finance Agency has withheld $382 million from the National Housing Trust Fund.

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criminalwisdom:

Guerrilla surveillance camera destruction hits the U.S.

It started in Berlin: Anarchists, donning black bloc attire, hit the streets at night in pairs, small groups or alone to smash and dismantle the CCTV surveillance cameras adorning the city streets.

They posted videos and photos of their exploits online and called the guerrilla project Camover.

(Source: Juhavantzelfde)

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Reblogged from Viral Radio

Ping’an Yueqing

Investigation into the suspicious death of a campaigner who disappeared under the monstrous wheels of a mine truck. Artist and social activist Ai Weiwei put a team on the case and shows a wealth of sensitive material the Chinese government had tried to keep secret.

On 27 December 2010, village chief Qian Yunhui died in a road accident in Yueqing, in Eastern China. He was crushed under the front wheel of an enormous red truck. That, at least, was the version spread by the Chinese authorities and the trucker was soon convicted. But there were also doubts; according to his family and many fellow villagers, he was murdered. Protests soon swelled, especially online, where gruesome photos appeared of his crushed body.

Includes images that may disturb some viewers

An interview with ELF founder, John Hanna: the first person to serve prison time for using direct action to defend Earth against pesticides.

Q:  You've been out of the spotlight for a number of years. Why did you decide to give this interview?

A:  I started hearing about attacks and vandalism claimed by an environmental group called E.L.F. Years ago, I founded the ELF. Of course this is a whole new entity but similar in its purpose. I felt it might be useful to make a statement at this time.

Q:  On November 22, 1977, agents of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms arrested you at your home in Santa Cruz, California. Can you describe the circumstances leading to your arrest?

A:  I was charged with violation of federal statutes. Specifically, I was accused of placing incendiary devices on seven crop dusters at the airport in Salinas, California on May 1, 1977. There were other charges as well relating to my underground activities.

Q:  What prompted you to take that course of action?

A:  At the time, I was frustrated. I chose to go underground and employ guerrilla tactics in defense of the earth. I felt conventional methods of civil disobedience were ineffective. I was upset because pesticide use and cancer rates were increasing in spite of the best efforts of the concerned scientific community to point out the hazards and alternatives to pesticides.

Q:  To whom are you referring?

A:  Two people influenced me: One was Rachel Carson and her book Silent Spring. The other was Robert Van Den Bosch, professor of entomology at U.C. Berkeley. He wrote a book titled The Pesticide Conspiracy. He died shortly after the book was published. I believed that the warning signals were loud and clear but no one seemed to be taking heed. Here were respectable scientists with PhD's. They were working within the system but it seemed to me at the time not to be working. So I decided to take the struggle to the streets - use a bigger stick so to speak.

Q:  And that was 24 years ago. Did your bigger stick work?

A:  No. Our food is still being sprayed. But it seemed the way to go back then. I founded the E.L.F., which was an acronym for Environmental Life Force. With today's incarnation, E.L.F. stands for Earth Liberation Front. I've also heard it called the Environmental Liberation Front. We're comparing apples and oranges here. An ELF is an ELF - the aims and tactics are the same - defense of the earth by means of direct guerrilla action.

Q:  In other words, violence. Isn't that a contradiction when you claim to be an environmentalist?

A:  Yes. In truth it's not possible to where both hats. By definition, an environmentalist cherishes all life - including greedy, thoughtless people. Turns out, I was one of those thoughtless people too.

Q:  Why did you resort to violence?

A:  I justified my behavior by claiming "self defense" In reality, I was a pissed off frustrated sociopath. I see that now. An incident pushed me over the edge of rational behavior. Back then, I lived in an agricultural area. Lots of artichoke and strawberry fields. One day, I was driving into town (Watsonville) and I got sprayed with Parathion. A crop duster zoomed by me from behind. His wingtips were no more than fifteen feet from my car. Before I had time to roll up my windows and close up my vent, I drove into a toxic cloud. I went directly to the agricultural commissioner's office and reported the incident. Nothing ever came of it. For several hours I felt like I was going to jump out of my skin. Parathion is an organophosphate poison that was developed by German scientists in WW II as a nerve gas. After the war, they started using it to kill insect pests. The incident served as a catalyst. The ELF was born.

Q:  But the first ELF action had nothing to do with pesticides or the environment, did it?

A:  In March of '77, ELF claimed responsibility for shooting the windows of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein's vacation home in Watsonville with an air-powered pistol. It was a target of opportunity and no one was home at the time. Ms. Feinstein was then a San Francisco county supervisor. The action was in retaliation for the jail house death of Larry Williams, a young black inmate. He went into diabetic shock and died for lack of an insulin shot. ELF demanded that a medical screening program be initiated for all new prisoners. The rationale: the inmate was one of earth's creatures and he died of neglect.

Q:  I still see this contradiction. On the one hand you feign concern for this unfortunate inmate, yet ELF places homemade napalm bombs on seven crop dusters. Am I missing something here? Couldn't a pilot or a firefighter have been killed?

A:  ELF took extraordinary measures to avoid loss of life or injury. The devices were designed so only the low-yield detonators would fire. The napalm mix had been allowed to solidify so it could not catch fire. The fuses were timed to ignite at 2:00 am. I waited nearby until all the detonators exploded. If someone would have happened by, I was prepared to warn him or her off, even at the risk of capture. Later in the day, a communiqu� was dropped at the local newspaper. ELF listed viable alternatives to the excessive and inappropriate use of pesticides on our food.

Q:  What about the crop dusters?

A:  They suffered some blistered paint. It had rained that night. All the planes were spraying crops just hours after the incident. But it was a successful media event. Guerrilla theater, if you will. The listing of alternatives was important. You rarely hear of bombers and activists offering alternatives to their grievances. Usually, they just rant.

Q:  Were there other issues ELF focused on?

A:  There was an action in Oregon. A pipe bomb was placed at the headquarters of Publishers' Paper Company in Oregon City on August 1st, 1977. (Footnote: The facility operated by Publishers' Paper is now owned by Blue Heron Paper Company). This was another retaliatory action. Fairly serious stuff because it involved the transport of explosives across state lines.

Q:  What were the circumstances?

A:  Publishers' Paper owned land in Rose Lodge, Oregon. They cultivated fast growing trees to provide pulp for their paper mills. They routinely sprayed herbicides to kill off competing plant species. Eventually the chemicals found their way into streams. The spawning habitat for steelhead and salmon were at risk. In protest, some local folks had chained themselves to trees on Publishers' land. They were ordered off the property and when they didn't go, a helicopter sprayed them all with the herbicide Tordon. The pipe bomb was set off at Publishers' corporate offices. ELF demanded that the company provide life-long health care and medical monitoring for the spray victims.

Q:  Did anyone get hurt when the pipe bomb went off?

A:  No. It was designed to be a low-yield device. The lesson learned at the Salinas airport action was: it was not necessary to do any real damage to create a media event. I think a window was blown out. Publishers' never provided the medical care; that would have been an admission of guilt. Interestingly, Publishers' Paper was owned by the Los Angeles Times News Agency. When I went to trial, all charges were dropped that related to the Publishers' action. I think pressure from the L.A. Times may have influenced the decision to drop the charges. Just a guess. I had taken full responsibility for the incident so there was no reason for the federal prosecutor to let me skate on that one. (Footnote: Reportedly, several of the Rose Lodge protestors have experienced health problems which they attribute to being sprayed with the herbicide.) THE LOS ANGELES TIMES NEEDS TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND PROVIDE MEDICAL HELP FOR THESE PEOPLE!!!

Q:  What came after Oregon?

A:  Nothing, really. I got arrested and went to jail.

Q:  How did you get caught?

A:  Good old-fashioned investigative techniques and advanced technology. ELF was issuing a lot of communiques. To avoid getting into a predictable pattern, different copy machines were used each time. We learned at my trial that the ATF had a complete record showing the time and address where every ELF communique had been printed in both California and Oregon. But I made the mistake of using a copier where my girlfriend, Carla Susan Olander worked. The ATF traced the communique to that machine and started asking the management questions: was anyone aware of an employee who had expressed anti-pesticide opinions? They learned that my girlfriend was under a doctor's care and was drawing disability payments due to an exposure to pesticides while working in a cannery. They kept the two of us under surveillance for a couple of months. On November 22, 1977 the ATF and Santa Cruz SWAT came through my front door while I was sleeping. Scared the hell out of me. In the spirit of civil disobedience, I made a full confession and prepared myself for some serious prison time.

Q:  Were there other arrests?

A:  No, my girlfriend Carla was a participant in the ELF's actions. She cooperated with the ATF so she wasn't charged with anything.

Q:  Now that the statute of limitations have expired, can you tell if others were involved with ELF at the time?

A:  I'm not sure there is a statute of limitations for terrorist acts. I told the authorities that I acted alone. They accepted that and I think their investigation bore that out. For the record, I acted alone. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Q:  Thank you, Bart Simpson.

A:  No, it's true. There was no more ELF actions after I was busted.

Q:  Until now.

A:  Right. I have no knowledge of the latest incarnation of ELF. I was alarmed when I heard one of the talking heads on the nightly news mention ELF a few months back. I thought, Oh boy, they'll be charging through my front door again.

Q:  But that hasn't happened, has it?

A:  No. I think they've ruled me out. (Knock on wood). My life is an open book. I have a career that takes up all of my time and I'm constantly traveling. I'm retired from that stuff. I enjoy my freedom too much to revisit that nightmare I went through a quarter of a century ago. My philosophy on militant environmentalism has changed over time. It's counter-productive to the movement. After my stint at Lompoc federal prison, I was released on probation. The judge had given me five years but he later modified the sentence to five years' supervised probation. After I was out, I contacted Richard Armentrout, one of the Rose Lodge spray victims for the first time. He told me that the ELF bombing had embarrassed them and alienated them from their former supporters. Just the simple perception that they may in some way be associated with a terrorist group was all it took to destroy their credibility in their community of peers. That really bothered me. I apologized but it was too late. the harm was done.

Q:  So you no longer advocate militancy?

A:  Not if it manifests itself in violence. Civil disobedience can be militant in practice or perception. But violence is NEVER civil. Thoreau and Gandhi landed in jail but they never could have accomplished their goals had they resorted to violence. They maintained the high moral ground and inspired support. They showed they were better than their adversaries.

Q:  Do you consider your past actions to be a failure?

A:  Yes. Both morally and strategically. After my arrest, I opted for another approach. I founded a not-for-profit organization to assist commercial growers to develop strategies for cutting back on their use of pesticides. This was a program developed, in part, by Dr. Van Den Bosch. I was fortunate to gain his support before he died. The strategy is called Integrated Pest Management or IPM. It was a fairly new concept in the late 70's. It's widely practiced these days.

Q:  Are you still active in the IPM field?

A:  No. I recruited a board of directors with college degrees in entomology and plant pathology. I wrote the initial seed-funding proposal and received a generous grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Then I reluctantly stepped down. The board of directors felt my pending trial could be problematic. And, of course, I had no professional credentials. Basically I was a confessed bomber awaiting trial. Not the greatest public relations asset if you're trying to influence commercial growers. The academicians took over the corporate helm but they failed to secure additional funding and the enterprise faded away. The good news is that similar businesses have flourished. So I'm reassured that my instincts were sound. Perhaps we were ahead of our time. With hindsight, I see that IPM has accomplished more than those seven firebombs ever did.

Q:  What would you like to say to the ELF today?

A:  If I transport myself back to when I was Underground, I don't think I would Have listened to an old fart like me. Most likely a lot of the people who make up today's ELF weren't even born when ELF was founded. So I'm not too optimistic that the current cadre will listen. But here's my request: Stop the violence. It's only a matter of time before someone gets injured or killed. Arson can get out of hand very quickly. Who would want an innocent firefighter to get killed doing his or her job? I'm so thankful no one was hurt during my activities. I couldn't live with myself had that happened.

Q:  What's your opinion of the new ELF?

A:  My opinion doesn't matter. I can certainly empathize with their frustration and their desire to defend the environment. But their means and methods will lead nowhere. Maybe prison. Some of the actions attributed to the ELF are so dumb it boggles the mind. Torching a used car lot or a luxury home? What the hell is that? That's the kind of crap you would expect from somebody trying to run an insurance scam or a provocateur hoping to discredit the movement. On the other hand, you have people like the Rose Lodge protestors or the young woman that lived up in that old-growth tree for months on end. She really accomplished something positive. Even the loggers had to respect her tenacity and courage. Now that's what I'm talking about. That's the true spirit of civil disobedience. The movement needs more people like them. We don't need more unibombers and idiots like my former ELF persona, running around trying to change the world by coercion and intimidation. That just doesn't get things done.

A local judge in upstate New York has signed an order of protection for a US Air Force colonel that could make it a crime, punishable by up to seven years in prison, for anti-drone activists to continue their weekly peace vigil outside or near the gates of the Hancock Air National Guard base there.

Anti-Drone Activists Could Get 7 Years for ‘Irritating’ US Air Force Colonel

The seventeen named in the order were all arrested in October following an attempt to block several entryways onto the base. Though this was just the latest in a series of protests directed at the US drone program which operates out of Hancock, the group interprets the order as an escalation against their efforts and a direct assault on their right to peaceably assemble and voice grievances to their government for acts they deem illegal under domestic and international law.

The seventeen activists are forbidden to do the following:

…assault, stalking, harassment, aggravated harassment, menacing, reckless endangerment, strangulation, criminal obstruction of breathing or circulation, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, sexual abuse, sexual misconduct, forcible touching, intimidation, threats or any criminal offense or interference with the victim or victims of, or designated witnesses to the alleged offense and such members of the family or household of such victim(s) or witness(es) as shall be specifically named Earl A Evans.

This is completely absurd.

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america-wakiewakie:

If you have wondered “What has happened to the Occupy Movement?”

Lee Camp, in his always informative yet entertaining bomb of sarcasm, clues us in with this weeks Moment of Clarity. As a hint, maybe pepper spray and batons at the hands of State thuggery were but a phase, and the future could be a whole lot brighter. 

america-wakiewakie:

mohavemamba:

I really don’t think society is going to change all that much in regards to issues such as… racism, sexism, and/or any discrimination against any oppressed group in society, if all we do is try to make people be more accepting and not try to come down hard on people who continue to perpetuate violence against others for race, sex, sexual orientation - whatever. We have become too relaxed, too loose over people who wouldn’t give one fuck if they trod all over you. We’ve seen it with the countless suicides of people who can no longer handle living in a place that tolerates this behaviour. 

And you can give me all that freedom of speech, free nation crap. I don’t care. Western culture is too easy on these people who continue to violate others.

I just don’t care to tolerate this shit anymore.

A reality tv show, here, was on the other night, Big Brother to be specific (disgusting show) and a man on tv, called this young girl a trashy slut. But that doesn’t matter, right? We let that go because those are only words, but they are words that contribute to a society that gives no shit for those who are feeling the weight of oppression. People throw around racial slurs like they mean nothing. It’s normal, now, to use insults that were used against the oppressed in every day language.

We are normalising violence.

Why are we so easy on people who do this? Why do we let it go?

We have these things like Slutwalks where girls are trying to reclaim the word slut, instead of talking to young boys in schools - men, even, about respecting girls and women.

I don’t get it. We are doing this shit wrong.

Once I asked you, how deep down this rabbit-hole are you willing to go? 

Folks want to say this and that about our fucked up conceptions, our misogyny, our racism, every bigoted facet of our institutionalized fuckery, yet when the outspoken move our dialogue, when we advocate action, to do what is necessary, we are labelled too radical. We are the insane. We are bat-shit-crazy

Yes, you are right, we are normalizing violence, but only the violence which enables perpetuation. Our castrated conceptions of what is ‘acceptable’ enables the abuse. In this world, subconsciously, the dominant view is that violence must always travel downward in our hierarchy. The abused may never send it back up or they are fetishized as political terrorists, eco-terrorists, misandrists, reverse-racists, anti-nationalists, and more ridiculous than all, anti-freedom.

We have Stockholm Syndrome—nationalism, patriotism, imperialism, hierarchy, capitalism, patriarchy, zero-sum politics, you name it—for the creation of our inequalities. 

Lundy Bancrot wrote:

It is also impossible to persuade an abusive man to change by  convincing him he would benefit, because he perceives the benefits of controlling his partner as vastly outweighing the losses. This is part of why so many men initially take steps to change their abusive behavior but then return to their old ways. There is another reason why appealing to his self-interest doesn’t work. The abusive man’s belief that his own needs should come ahead of his partner’s is at the core of the problem. Therefore when anyone, including therapists, tells an abusive man that he should change because that’s what’s best for him, they are inadvertently feeding his selfish focus on himself: You cannot simultaneously contribute to a problem and solve it.

Our refusal to give the purveyors of abuse ‘no choice but to change’ has systemically been ingrained within the blood washing our brains and bodies in filth. We do not challenge it less our methods conform to those dictated and prescribed by the abusive.

Without thought we have all but fully accepted that ‘change’ may be only the change of tweaked illusions. Our strategy of ‘change’ has been predetermined and prepackaged to be ineffective.

Wilhelm Reich framed our problem within a trap:

 “It IS possible to get out of a trap. However, in order to break out of a prison, one first must confess to being in a prison. The trap is man’s emotional structure, his character structure. There is little use in devising systems of thought about the nature of the trap if the only thing to do in order to get out of the trap is to know the trap and find the exit. Everything else is utterly useless: Singing hymns about the suffering in the trap, as the enslaved Negro does; or making poems about the beauty of freedom outside of the trap, dreamed of within the trap; or promising a life outside the trap after death, as Catholicism promises its congregations; or confessing a simper ignorabimus as do the resigned philosophers; or building a philosophic system around the despair of life within the trap, as did Schopenhauer; or dreaming up a superman who would be so much different from the man in the trap, as Nietzsche did, until, trapped in a lunatic asylum, he wrote, finally, the full truth about himself—too late…

The first thing to do is find the exit out of the trap.

The nature of the trap has no interest whatsoever beyond this one crucial point: WHERE IS THE EXIT OUT OF THE TRAP?

One can decorate the trap to make life more comfortable in it. This is done by the Michelangelos and the Shakespeares and the Goethes. One can invent makeshift contraptions to secure longer life in the trap. This is done by the great scientists and physicians, the Meyers and the Pasteurs and the Flemings. One can devise great art in healing broken bones when one falls into the trap.

The crucial point still is, and remains: to find the exit out of the trap. Where is the exit into the endless open space?

The exit remains hidden. It is the greatest riddle of all. The most ridiculous as well as tragic thing is this:

The exit is clearly visible to all trapped in the hole. Yet nobody seems to see it. Everybody knows where the exit is. Yet nobody seems to make a move toward it. More: Whoever moves toward the exit, or whoever points toward it is declared crazy or a criminal or a sinner to burn in hell.

It turns out that the trouble is not with the trap or even with finding the exit. The trouble is within the trapped ones.

All this is, seen from outside the trap, incomprehensible to a simple mind. It is even somehow insane. Why don’t they see and move toward the clearly visible exit? As soon as they get close to the exit they start screaming and run away from it. As soon as anyone among them tries to get out, they kill him. Only a very few slip out of the trap in the dark night when everybody is asleep.”

Again, you are right, we are doing shit wrong; but those wrongs can never be righted within our dogmatically trapped activism.

I ask you all over and over, what is your threshold; when will you fight back?

Each of you must decide for yourselves when your fear can no longer withstand the flood of your courage. Realize we have to do more than we are doing. We must. Let us not wait for the abusers to kill us—the capitalists, the sexists, the apathics, the warmongers, the racists, all the oppressors. So fight, or get ready to die in your silence because it’s the only real choice you will ever have.

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