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The Ocean is on Fire

3 May

They put the fucking ocean on fire. “Controlled” burn or not, there is something inherently wrong with burning the ocean. When thats the best solution we have, it seems to me like we are rather fucked.

Since April 20th a BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has been dumping tens of thousands of gallons of oil into the Gulf a day. The efforts to actually deal with this issue in a sensical way seem to be lacking. I think it is fair to say that this is yet another case of the capitalist market leading to deadly results for the rest of us. Just like the explosion in a Massey coal mine that killed 29 workers, this explosion which killed 11 workers could probably have been prevented if the company had worried more about safety and upkeep than profits.

Now the entire Gulf of Mexico, 40% of the nations Wetlands in Louisiana, and the wetlands in Florida are all at risk. There is likely no bouncing back from this sort of pollution. Chances are good that this will be the death knell for the economy in Louisiana- between jarring the fuel industry and the seafood industry, they don’t have much left.

These corporations need to be held accountable, which means more than fines that roll off their backs. They are destroying things that can not be replaced, simply so they can live in bigger fucking houses.

It is time for people to take a stand. You can’t do things that make you burn the fucking ocean. That is not ok. It seems pretty simple that it is not ok.

The oil companies are not ok. The capitalists are not ok. The rich are our enemy.

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May 3rd- Fred Hampton

3 May

Fred Hampton was a Black Panther who was assassinated by the government on December 4th 1969. He was a member of the Illinois branch of the Black Panther Party. He was shot to death while he lay in bed. His murder is one of the more blatant political assassinations in the USA. He was killed by Cook County, Chicago, and FBI officers.

He was targeted because he and the Black Panther Party represented a serious threat to the status quo of capitalist Amerikkka. He was targeted specifically because he was a good organizer and motivator, and thus a very useful member of the BLack Panther Party.

The brutality of the FBI and government is a point to be emphasized in this case. An FBI informant drugged the members of the household at dinner with a barbituate. They were all drugged and asleep when the house was raided. The Panthers did not even have the oppourtunity to react in self defense . And yet, deadly force was still used to murder Hampton. The police statements after the fact characterized the panthers as violent. The police and the government blatantly have lied about the entire situation, which should make it clear to all revolutionaries that they are never to be trusted. They will make up lies to cover their butts after they act outside of the law.

The documentary on this case, called The Murder of Fred Hampton is being screened tonight at 8 at the Wingnut. We will hold future screenings if people are interested in seeing the film.

May 2nd- Beatriz Alberta Carino and Jyri Jaakola

3 May

In Oaxaca, Mexico paramilitary troops in support of the Mexican government, attacked a convoy of 25 people who were transporting food and supplies to the autonomous community of Triqui inidigenous people in San Juan Copala.

Beatriz Alberta Cariño, the director of the local non-governmental Centre for Community Support Working Together (CACTUS) and Jyri Jaakkola, a human rights observer from Finland. Both were shot in the head. Others in the convoy were injured and shot as they tried to escape the attack.

This is yet another example of the Mexican government utilizing paramilitary troops to repress the liberation and autonomy of indigenous people in Mexico. This particular zone has been dealing with government repression since they declared autonomy in 2007.

Indigenous people world wide frequently face violent oppression simply for practicing autonomy. Police and state oppression and brutality are not unique to the USA. The capitalist classes work globally to repress any movement or individual that challenges their dominance. Solidarity with our allies on a global level is necessary to try and combat these injustices.

May 1st- Oscar Grant

3 May

Oscar Grant was shot and killed by BART police in Oakland, California on New Years Day 2009.

Essentially, yet another case of police brutality, racism, violence, oppression, overreaction, lack of training etc. by the police state.

He was already detained and being held by the police when he was shot in the back. He was unarmed. The police were basically freaking out. They were responding to a supposed fight on the train. You have to question what good the police are if when called because of a fight they escalate the situation to the point of murder.

This is the cop that killed him. Johannes Mehserle.

His trial begins June 1, 2010- over a year after he murdered Oscar Grant, when he was less than 22 years old.

Unfortunately, this is just one of many cases of police killing an unarmed person of color. This case has received a lot of attention because the whole instance was caught on film by many people, which has led more folks to a pretty reasonable conclusion that Oscar Grant was murdered.

Technology was used positively in this instance in order to provide evidence as to the brutality of the police. Even though it is too late for Oscar this evidence might help prevent future injustices. Which is a good motivator for folks to carry cameras or video cameras, participate in Copwatch programs, etc. in order to monitor the behavior of police in our communities.