RIDE FOR FREEDOM - October 26, 2013

Yesterday we didn’t march, we rode! We took the streets as a show of defiance against the militarizing forces of gentrification in Echo Park and across LA. We rode against rent increases, the loss of jobs, the influx of wealthy white capitalists, the militarization of the LAPD, and first and foremost: the impending injunction against brown youth. We heard heart-rending stories of police brutality and murder, simply for being brown or black. The police don’t watch out for us, they watch us! And they want us out any way they can, all to increase property value for the New Locals. We stand with Echo Park and every community that puts the FIGHT against the creeping police state, white supremacy, and GENTRIFICATION: the economic glue that binds these fascist forces together.
- KLM <3


Africa’s mineral wealth and abundant natural resources are no secret. What we also know of much of these commodities is that, in many African countries, the profits yielded from the industries established with the purpose of securing the wealth and inheritance of the citizens of these nations, more often than not, end up in the hands of greedy politicians, easily bribed leaders, and in the pockets of the mostly foreign multinational CEOs and the companies they work for.

For decades, this has been the narrative of a dire situation that only seems to be worsening, and having equally devastating effects in both the lives of those who live in these areas, and the environment surrounding them.

Nigerian photographer, George Osodi, who comes from Nigeria’s oil rich southeastern Niger Delta region, has seen firsthand just how disastrous and traumatic the exploitation of these communities and the natural resources in these regions they occupy can be. These images show two specific areas where these distressing conditions have become the norm - in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, and in an illegal gold mine in Ghana.

©George Osodi

September: Highlighting African Photographers

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that means no racist, sexist, queerphobic,
ablist, agist allowed!

that means no racist, sexist, queerphobic,

ablist, agist allowed!


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A handy flowchart to help you decide whether to wear blackface on Halloween
HT: Patrick Jones.

surprise, it really is that simple.



TRIGGER WARNING: Blackface, racism, coonery, anti-blackness

So I scroll down my facebook dash to this shit…

There is no such thing as white face. I hate how stupid people are. Negros too. Ok so wearing blonde hair does what to white people in a degrading way? Whereas black face kills!!

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Occupy LA Anniversary events begin TODAY with a picnic and again on October 1st with a celebration. Please join us as we stand in solidarity at the home of Occupy LA&#8217;s former encampment, Solidarity Park!Picnic event invite:;ref_dashboard_filter=calendarAnniversary event invite:;ref_dashboard_filter=calendar@oe

Occupy LA Anniversary events begin TODAY with a picnic and again on October 1st with a celebration. Please join us as we stand in solidarity at the home of Occupy LA’s former encampment, Solidarity Park!

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#S17 Occupy Wall Street Aniversary

It is now 2 years on since the day when hundreds gathered at Zuccotti Park. Now the issue has grown from income inequality to the police state and a unilateral war that has no backing from Americans.

When we protest against a war, we call for peace. And this blends into our tactics, where we feel we must adhere to a very passive form of protest to get our message heard. “Peaceful tactics for a peaceful solution.” But this commitment to “peace” often becomes a commitment to passivity. An antiwar general strike might begin to look too “violent” as a tactic, especially to the middle class activists who are both antiwar and have a stake in the economic system that pays for it. It becomes impossible to collectively mobilize against war because the direct action involved would be *too* direct.

In the Spanish Civil War you could see German workers’ resistance when bombs would drop on a Spanish town without exploding. Rumors went around of unexploded shells with messages of solidarity written on them in German from the Berlin factory worker who [didn’t] arm it. 

With war production now super concentrated in small areas (like El Segundo or the valley) under supervision of professionals and technicians, that kind of direct action is out of the hands of ordinary workers. So how do we confront the machines of war when we are no longer building them? How does resistance take shape?


One of the most dangerous things about austerity is its direct effect on the livelihoods of civil servants, which cultivates a resentment that is distinctly statist. Police, judges, the state bureaucrats and their private sector codependents (lawyers, contractors, etc) are all weakened or…


One Year After The Anaheim Uprising

When we arrived at Anaheim City Hall we were “greeted” with police in riot gear blocking the entrance to the doors. It’s always interesting to look into the eyes of cops in riot gear, as they are clenching to their batons, waiting to be given the order to attack. At that point they have dehumanized both themselves and the protesters.  After it was clear justice would not be found there we spent the rest of the day taking the streets, avoiding police lines and trying to make it to Disneyland. But we never made it there, and instead returned back to  the intersection right before City Hall only to find more police in riot gear and more people on the streets. The cops and the media filled the middle of the intersection. Protesters on all corners, chanting we want justice, the orders were issued and we had become an “unlawful assembly”, the phrase police always use right before they are going to use brutality to try to end a protest. The first shots of tear gas was used on only one corner of the intersection, people began screaming as cops had their guns pointed on us, and as if the tear gas was a distraction for what they were about to do then came the shooting. BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG. I stood almost frozen for a moment watching the brown youth that I had spent my day with being shot, then trying to dodge bullets myself, i ran. whatever happens after this point, is just a response to the already clear message the city had sent to the community. The clear message that their concerns were not a concern, to them. SHATTER, the sound of the glass of the Starbucks window breaking. People yelling “hands off mom & pop”.  But there were no leaders in this crowd, no “trained organizers” just disenfranchised people of color who had had enough. Lost in the sea of chaos we tried to escape arrest. While trying to walk back to the car, individuals who recognized us from earlier warned us not to go a certain direction because cops were arresting anyone they saw on site. Some people yelled, “hey dont go that way they’re fucking up a Wells Fargo and the pigs are on their way”.  BOOM, “what was that?”  was it more shooting, sound grenades, maybe even live ammo this time? why not? they had shot guns pointed at us earlier in the day. I mean, the whole protest was about how they murdered someone execution style in front of his home right? But It was neither, instead, it was red, white, and blue fireworks, it was the complete ignoring of a community that was wronged. It was fascism dressed up in bright lights and colors. It was Disneyland the place we never made it to, but the place we should have begun our protest at in the first place. Given the fact that corporation runs Anaheim City Council and police unit. The “Happiest place on earth” could care less about Manuel Diaz and his family or the community that are terrorized at their attempt to white wash Anaheim. No care at all, it was just business as usually for Mickey and friends.

It’s been almost one year since the murder of Manuel Diaz, since the uprising that followed that Tuesday, since the Militarization of the police that happened that following Sunday, and the raid on the community that had happen two weeks after that. AnswerLA along with the family members who have lost love ones from police brutality, including Manuel Diaz’s mother are making a call out for a protest this Sunday, July 21, against Police Brutality of both brown and black people.

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California Punishes Hunger Striking Prisoners for Their Activism by Placing Them in “Living Graves” aka “The SHU”


Oakland–At least 14 prisoners being held in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at California’s notorious Pelican Bay State Prison were forcibly removed from their cells and placed in more punitive isolation late last week, according to lawyers who visited their clients on Tuesday.

“They have been singled out for their participation in the ongoing California prisoner hunger strike and targeted because they are outspoken prisoner activists,” according to Kamau Walton of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition. The 14 were placed in Administrative Segregation last Thursday.

Prison officials, also confiscated legal material from the prisoners, including attorney-client protected documents relating to a highly publicized federal class action lawsuit against the state of California. The lawsuit contends solitary confinement is a violation of prisoners’ 8th Amendment rights against cruel and unusual punishment, as well as their rights to due process.

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California prison hunger strike is call for justice
Alleged gang members in the California prison system are forced into ‘living graves’. It’s inhumane and without review…

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