By Nicky Reid aka Comrade Hermit
Exile in Happy Valley
he MeToo Movement died last month. It bled out slowly as it limped to the barn. It’s hard to say who the triggerman was behind the coup de grace, but it wasn’t Joe Biden. That derelict beast is anything but a feminist and this wound was clearly self-inflicted. My guess is the artery was severed by Nancy Pelosi during a press conference when she uttered the appalling epitaph, “Joe Biden is Joe Biden.”, officially declaring the unspoken hypocrisy that certain rapists are above the law by divine right of political convenience.
Nancy is hardly the reliable feminist herself, but at that moment she appeared to be speaking for a movement that had collectively sacrificed its conscience, in some sick ritual slaughter, to the gods of partisan lesser-evilism. One by one, the majority of this grassroots movement’s leadership capitulated to these gods, responding to the testimony of their fellow survivor, Tara Reade, with a shrug at best and outright character assassination at worst. Rose McGowan seemed to stand alone again in her rage and indignation, this time abandoned by her own sisters. I feel her rage. Though this is hardly the first time the movement was ambushed by white cis-gender liberals and it probably wont be the last, I have never been more ashamed to be a feminist.
By Don Fitz
When Stan Cox was writing his book, The Green New Deal and Beyond: Ending the Climate Emergency While We Still Can, he scripted these prophetic words: “The oft-predicted national decline in use of fossil fuels is nowhere to be seen, and it is unlikely to occur on its own, at least until the next economic meltdown.” He became one of those few people who dare predict the future; but it was unfortunate for humanity that his prediction came true. Between the time that Cox foresaw the conditions under which fossil fuel usage would go down and his book appeared in print, the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe, production crashed in country after country, and CO2 emissions dropped even more than they did during the 2008 financial crisis.
A few years back, when I used to speak to Alt-Right groups, leftist friends would ask me why I was interested in them. I used to always say, “Just think of them as the Communist Party of the Right.” I even presented what was essentially a Maoist interpretation of international relations at one of their conferences. I didn’t realize at the time how right I was.
An emerging crack in the left-coalition? Welcome to America, where everybody hates everyone else.
Funky academic and doctoral student at the University of Georgia Irami Osei-Frimpong explains his perspective on Central Park ‘Karen’ Amy Cooper and white feminism.
Newt, what is happening now is blowback against policies that people like you put in place. Remember the “crime bill” passed when you were Speaker of the House? Remember NAFTA, also passed when you were Speaker? Remember the “war on drugs,” of which you were a major champion? Fuck you.
Wow. Rising actually interviewed Joel Kotkin. I’m impressed.
The usual finger-pointing begins. Antifa, “Boogaloos,” Three Percenters, Proud Boys, and, of course, the Russians.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials are seeking to determine whether extremist groups had infiltrated police brutality protests across the country and deliberately tipped largely peaceful demonstrations toward violence — and if foreign adversaries were behind a burgeoning disinformation campaign on social media.
From what I have seen so far, many of the attacks have been directed at localized municipal police targets but where are the attacks on the federal alphabet soup agencies?
Giving cops “qualified immunity” is like giving physicians exemptions from malpractice lawsuits.
By C.J. Ciaramella
The killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer on Monday has reignited calls for national reforms to policing, including ending qualified immunity, a legal doctrine that civil liberties groups say has become a shield for grotesque police misconduct.
From the owner of an Iranian-American owned restaurant that was vandalized by rioters.
As a small business, we’ve been hit very hard during this pandemic. Last night, we were hit even harder. I came to the U.S over 50 years ago from Iran, a country where there is no freedom of expression. We are proud Americans and call Richmond our home. For 17+ years we’ve opened our doors & our hearts in order to share our cuisine and culture with the community. Opening up our doors today felt different today. We have been told by the news to stay home and stay safe in order to decrease the spread of the virus. Now, we say, please stay safe and please keep our communities safe. Hurting small minorities businesses is not the solution. Thank you to all our neighbors who have reached out to us. We need your thoughts and prayers more than ever.
By Troy Southgate
People have every right to fight back against the corrupt US system and its brutal mercenaries, but let’s not pretend that police violence is reserved for Black people. At the same time, the Right’s predictable response to Black Lives Matter is to claim that most of the people who have been murdered by the police are themselves criminals and that they had it coming. Now, if it was ever officially decreed that instantaneous execution should be the penalty for criminality then millions of people in America, Black or White, would immediately be wiped from the face of the earth. Inevitably, therefore, by reacting to the racially-centred approach of Black Lives Matter in this ridicuous manner those on the Right inevitably justify the brutality of violent police officers and, thus, the institutionalised criminality of those who allow these murderers to patrol the streets in the first place. It is debatable whether all Black lives matter, just as it is debatable whether all White lives matter, but it is a fact that the American state is killing people of all colours and creeds, both at home and abroad, and that the only solution is for people to stop fanning the flames of racial conflict by attacking each another and to unite against the global establishment. That means rejecting the crass victimology of the mainstream Black organisations and the ignorant racists of the reactionary right. Black and White: Unite and Fight!
By Bruce Harin
UPDATED 4 PM with SAG-AFTRA Statement: A reporter for an NBC affiliate station in Louisville, KY was fired upon by police Friday night during a live broadcast covering street protests in that city.
Kaitlin Rust, a journalist at WAVE 3, was live on the air when a man wearing a mask and vest that said “police” began firing at her and a colleague.
The Louisville community was already angered by an earlier police shooting in a drug raid at the home of Breonna Taylor, an innocent victim of a wrong address mixup. The situation was further inflamed this week by the death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who died in police custody in that city.
The reporter’s shooting was posted to Twitter by a viewer and exceeded 1.5 million views within an hour.
There is an 8 pm curfew in my city that virtually no one is paying any attention to. A strip mall a block away got looted and torched two nights ago. There was a shooting three blocks from my residence along with a series of dumpster fires and window-smashing episodes. Last night, masked protesters were running up the street and through the alleyways. People were out drinking beer, riding bicycles, and walking dogs in the midst of it all. And all of this was taking place after curfew.
By Ben Kesslin
Curfews have been instituted around the country on Saturday as mass demonstrations broke out nationwide and cities braced for another night of protests.
Why not? Those places are mostly just colonies of US Empire anyway.
Street protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis went global over the weekend, as demonstrators in London, Berlin and Toronto gathered under banners declaring that Black Lives Matter and called for an end to police brutality in the United States and around the world.
In London, hundreds defied rules against large gatherings Sunday to rally at Trafalgar Square and mass outside the new U.S. Embassy on the south bank of the River Thames, where they chanted “no justice, no peace” in solidarity with the U.S. movement against racial bias in the criminal justice system.
These kinds of things happen during uprisings. Here in Richmond, there was been a predictable wave of vandalism against Confederate monuments. I don’t think these kinds of actions are a good idea. Attacking and destroying the monuments, flags, places of worship or veneration, temples, sacred books and artifacts, etc. of other “tribes” during civil unrest only exacerbates sectarian tribal conflict and distracts from the actual assault on the ruling class’ center of power. During the Spanish Civil War, the anarchists burned churches and shot priests, which had the effect of alienating some of the more traditional peasants from the revolution. Similar things happened during the Makhnovshchyna uprising in Ukraine. Not a good plan from a strategic/tactical perspective.
By Tyler Olson
As protests swept the nation following the death of George Floyd in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department last week, some of the most iconic monuments in Washington, D.C. were vandalized Saturday night.
By Chris Riotta
A Seattle police officer was seen kneeling on the necks of suspected looters amid protests against the death of George Floyd, who died after an officer kneeled on his neck in now-viral footage.
The police department was responding to reports of looting at a T-Mobile on Saturday night when the incident occurred.
Journalist Matt McKnight recorded the confrontation and shared it to Twitter, showing the scene as multiple suspects were arrested outside of the vandalised store.
A man wearing an orange sweatshirt could be seen being tackled to the ground by multiple officers, as one placed their knee of his neck while restraining his arms.
Multiple protestors were heard in the video shouting “get off his neck!” as the man laid on the street, his head pressed into the ground. At one point, a second officer pulls the other officer’s knee from the man’s neck to his back, while continuing to restrain him.
Between the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns, Great Depression Two, the current joke of an election campaign, and now the uprising, is a military dictatorship on the way? It looks like the whole system is failing.
By Alan McLeod
The national security state and the military are joining forces with the police and national guard to counter the nationwide protest movement that has exploded since the police killing of unarmed black man George Floyd on Monday.
In response to the police capitulation in Minneapolis, leaving their precinct to be burned down, Minnesota governor Tim Waltz has called on the National Guard to put down the revolt. Already deployed in multiple states, over 10,000 guardsmen are scheduled to flood Minneapolis streets, representing the first time in its 164-year history that the organization has been fully mobilized. They have been authorized to carry live ammunition. While Waltz’s actions might appear drastic, it appears he is actually a moderating influence, as Washington is pushing him to put active duty military on the streets.
Apparently, some cops are defecting to “the other side.”
CAMDEN COUNTY, N.J. – A very different scene and approach to the protests witnessed in recent days was observed in Camden.
In a show of solidarity with protestors, the Camden County Police Department marched alongside activists seeking justice and change.
In one photo, Chief Joseph Wysocki is captured marching along with residents during Saturday’s protests.
The photo, which was shared on Twitter, was captioned: “Standing together with the residents we serve to remember and honor George Floyd.”
By Austin Williams
FLINT TOWNSHIP, Mich. – As demonstrations condemning the death of George Floyd continue across the U.S., some local officers and deputies are being praised for crossing the lines and participating in the protests.
Marchers in Flint Township, Michigan, arrived at a police station where Genesee County Sheriff Christopher Swanson — responding to chants of “Walk with us! Walk with us!” — said, “Come on!” and joined the protest.
Footage was taken of people stealing cop cars and using them for bumper cars.
Crowds of people in West Philadelphia are vandalizing police vehicles and looting stores as riots continue throughout the city in response to the death of George Floyd.
SKYFOX flew over the scene which showed rioters smashing and setting fire to police cruisers at 52nd and Market Streets.
This is getting to be a full-blown civil war.
At least five officers are dead and six others wounded in Dallas after police were reportedly ambushed by at least two snipers during what began as a peaceful protest of the recent officer-involved shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. At least three suspects are in custody.
When are anarchists going to learn that neoliberals are just as much the enemy as anyone on the Right?
By Michelle Bocanegra
NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday blamed an organized group of anarchists for inciting violence and vandalism amid protests over the killing of George Floyd, but conceded some were from the city and the neighborhoods where demonstrations were happening — a shift from his message Saturday night.
“Some come from outside the city. Some are from inside the city,” he said. “Some are from the neighborhoods where the protests take place, some are not. But what we do know is there is an explicit agenda of violence and it does not conform with the history of this city in which we have always honored non-violent protests.”
Only hours before, on Saturday night, the mayor insisted the threat of violence was coming from “out of town” demonstrators, many of whom are “not from communities of color” and have a “warped ideology” that leads them to “harming working people who are police officers.”
Notice the hammer and sickle. Once again, left-anarchists are getting overrun by Bolshies. When are left-anarchists going to start heeding Bakunin?
By Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and
New York Times
Seeking to assign blame for the protests that have convulsed cities across the country this week, President Trump said on Sunday that the United States would designate antifa, the loosely affiliated group of far-left anti-fascism activists, a terrorist organization.
The president’s critics noted, however, that the United States does not have a domestic terrorism law and that antifa, a contraction of the phrase “anti-fascist,” is not an organization with a leader, a defined structure or membership roles.
Rather, antifa is more of a movement of activists whose followers share a philosophy and tactics. They have made their presence known at protests around the country in recent years, including the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017.