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A wannabe Journalist, average Radical, and a broke Student. If you are looking for semi-average articles made by an aspiring Anthropologist with bad taste in jokes, angsty political ideas, and an obsession with three's I am your guy!

Human Trafficking Gold’s story

As a local to Fort Worth, Human Trafficking seems commonplace; a scar that materializes in almost every corner store, seemingly in every community, and in the hearts and minds of victims families. 300,000 people, 80,000 of them children, have fallen victim to this modern-day form of slavery. For those unaware Texas is the second most egregious in this category, only behind the liberal stronghold of California and barely hovering over the absurd landscape of Florida.  

 

A local Anarchist who will be referred to as Gold, shared their story to us last week. A common yet unique tale that freezes those uninitiated with the cruel realization that has been spun by vile slavers, stunned analysts and heartbroken families. Something a volunteer of this collective experienced fervently when talking to Gold last week.     

 

Gold: It was me, my partner, S, and this girl’s lesbian gf (A). To some degree or another, these girls are all “call girls” with the exception of my partner. We just do the drugs we’re not about the sex work life.

 

Interviewer: Understood.

 

Gold: So anyway one day after getting spun and speedballing for what had to have been weeks, the lesbians got into a peculiar argument and locked me and my gf up on her balcony with no way down for four hours. We come in to see A, practically dying of overdose because she did a shot and we knew something wasn’t right.

 

Interviewer: Holy Crap. What happened then?

 

Gold: So we tried to keep A from overdosing and nursed her back to health and then suddenly all this weird stuff starts happening like the girl whose house it was, B, who just stabbed her last week just invites herself in and starts some shit. we get her out of lesbian girls house we’ll call her S. B is now skulking around the downstairs about to start a conflict. So we hit the road and go buy 20 dollars of tar from conspicuously enough A and B (who I thought were fighting). So A goes back home, B goes back to S’s house.

 

Gold: The drugs are beginning to take hold. My girlfriend and I are roofied.  everything is hazy but I maintain focus. So my girlfriend and S start talking about tonight’s plans and like obviously S is trying to do some calls but she’s being shady.

 

Gold: So anyway we are totally roofied and fading in and out of existence and [than its] kicking [in] and like it’s hard to hold on. S tells us to drive to an area in ft worth. I begin not remembering anything.  Several different groups of people moving in and out of the car, we’re walking down the street in the middle of the ghetto. I notice S puts a volleyball from the road in the trunk while I’m putting my tar in the trunk but it was a distraction.

 

Interviewer: Do you know who drugged you?

Gold: S drugged our drinks while we were locked on the balcony early and we trusted her. Because we’ve known her ten years.

 

Interviewer: Shit

 

Gold: I’m fine no pity for me all my ladies are safe and so am I.

 

Interviewer: That’s great news

 

Gold: We’re being tailed all the way from the ft worth ghetto to vineyard in Mansfield
So my gf and I go back upstairs with S and some random black guy. I go to the trunk of the car to get my tar and at some point 5 sheathed blades have been put into the trunk of our car. The whole time S was saying “let me drive let me drive” because we kept roofied crashing the car but we never let anyone else drive. I realized S never meant for us to make it back to Mansfield, she meant for us to be kidnapped in Fort Worth.

Interviewer: Wow

 

Gold: So I managed to get one knife out of the trunk but it was hard to conceal because I had to save face and roll bowls for a while without anyone noticing I was the one that stole the fifth knife. Turns out the security camera caught four guys lurking outside and breaking into our trunk to get the rest of the knives out. So we dipped just just just in time. And unfortunately, S and B probably got the short end of the stick being two ladies at home with a bunch of human traffickers. S kept calling everyone’s phones demanding they come back but she was demanding they come back so they could turn a forced trick and everyone was really against that.

 

Gold: So like I don’t know where I’m really getting with all of this but there is a specific ring of middle-aged African American men involved in black market human trafficking stuff and like.  If I hadn’t thought fast my girlfriend, I, and A would be in their custody either dead or chained to a bed and it was really upsetting that a childhood friend could get us into that and that it was so close to home.

 

Thankfully Gold and their partner did not fall victim. Currently, the group in question has not been apprehended. Though Gold did give us a few tidbits of information about what they remember after being in a roofied state. For one the lady nicknamed S picked up a volleyball and put it in a trunk. Two the area this happened was around the intersection of East Loop 820 South and East Berry, near Willian Mcdonald Park on the outskirts of Stop Six. They went from the Vineyard, which is an apartment complex near Mansfield Texas towards stop six than back down to the Vineyard.

 

Gold spoke briefly about the current climate of human trafficking:

 

“These days it’s as easy as roofying your best friends and then getting them kidnapped in Fort Worth. I just want a message put out to sex workers that it is seriously not safe even in our own backyards even with childhood friends”.

As Anarchists, we understand that the police will never solve the problem of human trafficking along with other outrageous issues plaguing our society today. This problem, at least in my lifetime, has gotten worse and more organized over the years. Yet Gold and the countless lucky ones who dodged vile fingers of slavers, are just that….lucky. There is no Deus Ex Machina in this story no community infrastructure in place to help deter the inhumane markets of slavery. Only sheer determination, application of advice to avoid harrowing situations, and luck.    

Interviewer: Is there any advice that you would like us to add in the piece?

Gold: Always know where you’re going, who is doing who with what, who is riding in the car, and who is on what drugs.  Look out for strangers. Be aware of when you’ve been drugged. Don’t let other people drive your car. Make sure someone else somewhere else knows where you are and what you’re doing.   Stay vigilant. If you see anyone having a weapon of any sort ever, it’s red alert.

Furthermore, those who yearn for a better tomorrow and the abolition of all forms of slavery. Relying on the authorities is not enough. Just go to any corner store and read cards asking for donations to help look for people lost to the tides of enslavement to see how much the cops are capable of.

Not only do we need community action to watch and to squash any form of kidnapping but people to come out and broadcast their stories; either of a loved one or their own personal experience. If you or anyone you know and love has ever been touched by human trafficking, we here at TRL want to transcribe your story to help bring out the human aspects of human trafficking. Not just lifeless numbers and stats that blare upon the T.V. for none to take note. Please contact us on Messenger on our Facebook page (Link). Also a million thanks to Gold for their story.

 

*Names have obviously been changed for anonymity purposes.*   

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Op-ed about Beto

The idea that all the problems ailing our communities will be resolved through the mass collection of digitize ballots going through winding electrical wires to be delivered as the silver bullet toour political boogeyman is a liberal wet dream.

One new white guy faking Hispanic roots attempting to join the senate replacing the  Zodiac Killer, will not change the fact that the people are still going to be called “illegal”, be thrown into cages justified by judicial reckonings of ethnicity and so called citizenship, and be cast into the lowest caste of America barred elevation by institutionalized racism.

This liberal fable will not stop our obsession with missiles and guns, but in fact supports and nurtures it. This fable will not bring in Socialism of any kind, but the facade of welfare capitalism disguise as “democratic socialism”. This fable will support the genocidal tendencies of an Apartheid government filled with vile hatred, and malcontent against the Palestinian population.

A wave from his left hand will not solve homelessness but abide it to continue and to increase if that means a better profit margin for the fam. A wave from his right does nothing but sedate and hypnotize the Hispanic population, who pray for a better life devoid of racists cops and I.C.E., and young people who want a better life devoid of debt and the putrid stink of decaying late stage capitalism.

The Dallas Observer came out last week to endorse this democratic fable, a yuppy named Beto O’Rouke.  A sell out from El Paso Texas, who made grounds in his community trying to destroy a historic barrio,a ghetto, and replace it with a stadium. The families of the barrio gave him cool nicknames like “lil bitch” and “puto”.

As a guy who is supposed to help fix our Immigration problem, he like most Democrats, only deal with what is visible. Reforming or replacing ICE, easing raids, and solidify the DREAMers act is like cutting the stock of a weed. Never dealing with the vast system of roots under the dirt. Reforming and or replacing ICE will just give power to another organization who will commit the same atrocities, easing raids on the federal level will not stop mass deportation, and solidifying the DREAMers act will not help undocumented who are not dreamers nor will it make the application process to become a dreamer, or a citizen any less harrowing.

One of the many lies Cruz spat from his orifice was that Beto supports open borders. To proliferate the racist undertones of the Republicans immigration policy. Granted I wish this was true. Despite popular opinion opening the borders is not a step back into chaos but a step forward. America had opened borders before and we held up just fine with no negative economic or social impact. We closed the borders due to racist and xenophobic ideas being spread across the country around the 1920’s using immigrants as a scapegoat for many of America’s social and economic problems. More info (here), (here) and (here).

Another more concerning thing Cruz and Beto did under the Obama administration was voted for a little small measure called the TPA. The Trade Promotion Authority gives the current administration the ability to fast track trade deals, without the nuisance of filibustering or the process of bringing at back to the house to make more adjustments to a trade deal. Most Democrats think this is awesome right? Hell, yeah Obama can enact the TPP!

Everyone wins! Except workers and consumers. Which if you think about, it constitutes almost everyone in America. Leaving only the rich, multi-national corporations, Obama, and the Republicans. I would say the Democrats as well, but at least in the house only 28 out 185 voted for this. It makes it even worse when you start to understand how horrid this trade deal was. It was considered NAFTA on crack. Something that even Donald Trump cannot muster up in his devilish pea size brain of his. Only a group of heartless psychopaths from multinational corporations could think up of. Well among those who supported the bill, two was noticeable: one, Tim Kaine that nobody who was Hillary’s running mate and two Beto O’Rouke. If you want more info about the TPP check out these two videos (AJ+) (WikiLeaks).

Still moving on is the Taylor Security act, basic summary 631.5 billion dollars invested into the arms forces on top of the trillions already there. Including 28.5 Billion increase for essential readiness recovery. Plus, the decision to take away more non-existing aid from Palestine. Which to be honest I did not even know they even got pennies from the American government. So here is the drill, I make a damning remark against Beto, give you some sources, and demonstrate how crazy this guy can be at times. Also, just a side note, he also votes for military budget increases regularly.

Why does this matter? What is the point on writing an op ed against Beto? Especially since a lot of people are putting money on him to win? It is a reminder that politicians suck. Even the ones who say that they are soooo punk rock on their professionally made business cards. Handed out by some old white lady with too much time on her hands, but too much apathy to do something important like feeding homeless or spreading an empowering d.i.y. political strategy to kids or instigating a much-needed slam pit at a boring Willie Nelson concert.

Granted the other two options available on the ballot is the Zodiac Killer in the flesh or the Libertarian. The former wants policies to further accelerate our economic demise as a country, accelerate environmental degradation which if I might add will spell the end to 7 BILLION people. While scapegoating undocumented workers as the reason why our economy is going down the drain and denying the substantial evidence for man-made climate change. Noam Chomsky puts it best when he described the Republicans as worse than the Nazi’s.  

In reality change does not come from the top, from the people in charge. It comes from massive upheaval in the streets. Beto is no Martin Luther King. Once he is there the only thing he wants from you is to keep quiet, don’t get angsty, and wait four years to vote for him again. By idolizing a man as your political savior is foolhardy; your real political savior is sitting right next to you on the bus or your co-worker, or that person you once recognized as a person full of potential staring back at you in the mirror before you crush your soul working a 9-5.

Do not expect one man to impeach Trump, or to reverse Republican policies, or to get rid of this caste system, of the: rich aristocracy, poor workers, the undocumented, and prisoners and homeless. The lower in this system you are the less likely your leaders, the ones you voted in, will listen to your concerns. Understanding that even if you are middle class or working class you still have significantly less power to influence a politician. Than you average CEO. 

Don’t only fight in the ring of electoral politics by endorsing candidates you can stomach, without the need of the lesser of two evil bullshit you ingest every time you turn on CNN.  Refuse to vote for politicians who do not make concessions to your ideology. Why should we tailor ourselves for politicians? Why not the other way around?

This can do better than voting in, statistically speaking, another rich white ass, who will only support the things you support only 1/3 of the time. Civil rights were not won by voting for the lesser of two evils. It was an arduous and long process cultivated through dozens of illegal actions. Martin Luther King was no Beto.

Building true grassroots politics requires: time, effort, passion, commitment, and building social bonds with your neighbors and comrades. Not two weeks of phone banking and annoying people to go vote. Only to cry when your candidate doesn’t get elected. Then wait two more years to try to make a difference again, this is foolish.

Fight in streets with civil disobedience, boycott businesses that refuse to serve LGBTQ individuals and make damn sure they will lose money, disrupt all city meetings until they comply with your communities demands, refuse to comply with cops and immigration until they stop being racist sexist dicks.

Strengthen your communities through networks of reciprocity and trust. Become the good neighbor not only to the working-class family but also to the working class undocumented and the working class African American families.

Revamp the underground railroad, conduct mutual aid with the impoverished, build squats for the homeless, provide general funds for the community, share food and other basic necessities. Simple actions like this can help find empowering solutions to systemic problems.

These are the first steps, the corner stone in creating cities that empower its citizen in the political sphere. Where communal politics like that of Rojava can flourish and blossom. More information about Rojavan politics (here). We are currently at a disadvantage. We gave our autonomy to the bureaucrats of representative democracy. Only to have them take our trust, our votes, and our confidence to morph into an aristocratic plutocracy for the rich. Proliferating the system without opting for change on a systemic level will just destroy us further.

11th District Circuit Court rules in Favor in local Food Not Bombs chapter

Earlier this week in the 11th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals, surprising info was given to the City officials of Fort Lauderdale.

But to one of the long-time activists present during this historic court case, the ruling was unsurprising.

After 3 long years the verdict is now out: Sharing food is protected under the First Amendment! At least in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama the three states under the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

But fret not because of this ruling, other Food Not Bombs chapters and any other organizations who gives out food on the street corner could potentially cite this ruling as basis for their right to share food with others.

I had the fortune of interviewing Nathan Patches Pim, a long-time activist in Food Not Bombs and one of the activists presents during the court case. Here is what he had to say about the matter.

Why do you think City officials targeted groups who give out aid to people?

 

“It’s pretty common in FL for cities to go after just services that they think “perpetuate chronic homelessness.” Regulating sharing’s is just one shared delusion that they think will help the situation somehow. In our case…when I first started coming to FNB here it was during a time when the FLPD was really out to get us because of our anarchist politics. So political repression has always been part of their intent with trying to shut us down. When the sharing ban was written, it was made with 2 groups really in mind: ours and love thy neighbor (chef Arnolds group)”.

Chef Arnold was arrested twice in the same week back in 2014 for the crime of feeding homeless people…. Yes, around this country it was illegal to feed those who were hungry.

FNB Judicial Arrested Pic 2

Like Nathan says above it apparently “perpetuate chronic homelessness” meaning that vagabonds and other who lack the necessities should not be given free food or free basic necessities because the city believes it will give those who lack basic necessities a reason not to get a job.

Totally ignoring the systematic problems that not only allow these people to lack basic necessities, but to stack so many trivial things that we take for granted like an Id or a social or even a permanent residency.

Could you briefly describe the process y’all went through, the claim you were bringing to court, and how the hearing went?

 

“We first filed our suit in Jan 2015. We were lucky to know and get represented by some bad-ass civil liberty attorneys. 3 or 4 other state lawsuits by church folk were also filed and we all did mediation with the city. The other cases seemed to get stuck there. As I said last year the judge here gave summary judgment to the city. We appealed and had a hearing almost exactly a year ago where the judges heard oral arguments. The head judge absolutely hated the city’s argument and things looked very good… but we had to wait a year for them to issue a decision”.


Does this ruling apply to the whole country? Or only in your circuit district?

 

“The ruling is in the 11th district which covers FL GA & AL. It doesn’t cover the whole country. It is however an unusually strong ruling that could be cited in arguments elsewhere in the country”.

In Fort Worth the City Council voted 9-0 to start putting more restrictions on panhandlers. While Cary Moon from district 4 decide it was not the greatest idea to include a passage that made giving necessities to panhandler’s illegal by a fine.

At the last moment Cary dropped the proposition in favor on restrictions against the action panhandlers. Asking citizen to instead give to city services so they can regulate who gets what, how much they get, and when they are able to receive aid.

PICKLE RICK!!!!!! FNB

Such attacks on those who lack the basic necessities are appalling and are everywhere, even in our back yard. It up to activists in Fort Worth to start picking up the city’s slack and solve the problem ourselves by adopting tactics from Food Not Bombs and other political NGO’s. Citing the case in Fort Lauderdale if the city starts to push back on us.

Why do you think the District Court changed their decision from the 2015 ruling, once you appealed it? Did y’all change your argument?

 

“The first judge just did not rule on the 1st amendment issue. He sidestepped it and gave summary judgment without a trial. Our appeal was simply saying that that needed to be ruled on and the appeals judges did just that”.


Do you think giving out free food is a form of Speech? How so?

 

Yes, I think the only reason this wasn’t settled long ago is because groups almost always litigate under religious liberty protections. To say nothing of the whole human nature argument the judges wrote in the ruling, millions of people get food from food not bombs around the world and understand its part of a movement to enact change in society. Funnily enough, from the start of the oral arguments for the appeal, the judges were in total agreement with us.

To quote the judge who was speaking on behalf of the court: “Providing food in a visible public space and partaking in meals that are shared with others is an act of political solidarity meant to convey the organization’s message”. (Transcript of the ruling)

 

He explains the practical concept of Food Not Bombs all around the world – Solidarity not Charity.  We are all people who want and need food, let us congregate together and help each other out. Through empowerment of ourselves and each other we can make a positive difference in each other lives.

How does you and the rest of the group feel about this ruling?

 

We are all pretty thrilled. For some of us like myself we’ve been playing a long game waiting for litigation to play out. Many other volunteers weren’t around for the sharing ban and are excited to be a part of the moment too.


What are the future plans for the Food Not Bombs chapter in Fort Lauderdale?

 

“It’s up to the city whether they want to fight us more. A new commission was elected a few months ago that is pretty liberal. They talk often of humanely resolving homeless issues…we’ll see. There’s a big homeless camp here they want to be rid of”. FNB here is also very active in the wider radical community. In the last 2 months our volunteers helped lock down an immigration detention facility and did a march for the anniversary of Charlottesville and last week we organized a noise demo at Broward main jail for the national prison strike. Our chapter and its composition is very dedicated to trans and queer resistance and is a co-founding org with the Black Lives Matter Alliance of Broward. At this point we’ve been teaching every new radical activist that we meet here about consensus, radical intersectionality, mutual aid & direct action for like 10 years now. And things have really grown in the last 5. So, we’re gonna keep doing that”.

 

Even though the city commission on homelessness changed drastically, change has not been implemented. It is still up to groups like Food Not Bombs, Love Thy Neighbor, and other “good neighbors” to help alleviate the burdens of late stage capitalism, by feeding and caring for those that the system leaves behind in the dust while the out of control apparatus zooms towards the inevitable cliff of social systematic failure.

FNB Judicial Conclusion Pic 2

ANTIFA Unmasking Act

ANTIFA is apparently the KKK! A bunch of angry masked Democrats out to hurt those poor poor helpless right-wing nationalists. Who just want to cleanse the world of everyone but white people. Shame on you ANTIFA for punching these dappers and taking away their first amendment rights!

Any sane person reading that would think I have gone totally senile and self-preformed a lobotomy last night. But that first paragraph is probably the line of thinking that Rep. Daniel Donovan Jr. of New York and some of the bills other defenders had. Probably after a few nights of becoming literal Hammer Heads and building a mini wooden mock-up of the Trump wall in their backyard.

But literally this is an actual bill that just got introduced. Coined the “Unmasking ANTIFA act”. Which would “enhance penalties for committing crimes while in disguise. Specifically, wearing a mask while injuring, oppressing, threatening, or intimidating a person who is freely exercising their rights would face fines and up to 15 years imprisonment”. [Link to the Bill]

So practically, in layman terms, if a cop sees you wearing a mask, thinks you are intimidating, oppressing, or threatening he can then go up to you and arrest you. Then take you to jail for 15 years because you thought it would be cool to wear an Anonymous mask and be edgy at a protest for once. This just gives cops another excuse to arrest people, in order to create safe space for shitty people (Alt-right protestors and the likes).

They also would ignore the fact that cops are the literal EMBODIMENT of a person the bill “protects” us from! A person in disguise, wearing a mask acting threatening or intimidating. Who is willing to harm and strip rights away from a person…… Erm maybe a little too vague their Donovan?

ANTIFA Unmasked pic 1.png

But most likely they will also ignore the fact that some Far-Right protestors also wear masks and helmets, which could be in legal terms, a way to disguise themselves. But since they are holding Romanesque shields, or wearing an American flag on their backs, or just having their right arm raised shouting the 14 words of literal feces out of their mouth.

They are deemed non-threatening by the cops and are the ideal American at a protest. I don’t think I need to elaborate on the fact how many times I’ve seen cops pissing on left-wing protestors. But treat the Far-Right protestors with respect, giving them blankets, hot cocoa, and a safe space behind the strong cops (that part might be a little facetious and not base on true fact but I digress).

ANTIFA Unmasked pic 2.png

One needs to remember that white nationalists committed the most extremist killings in 2017, according to NBC news. While the record for murdering people on ANTIFA’s side is still, to my knowledge, a whopping 0.

What society have we become when there are people out there actively wanting to support and give a base to the Far-Right. While others act complacent citing the Bill of Rights as their excuse for their apathy?

A base that was never given to the “Left”, not the democrats the actual “Left”, our freedom of speech was purged a long time ago. In the times of Eugene Debbs, Emma Goldman, and the Hollywood 10. Where was the complaints of the “Right” and the “Moderates” when these people freedom of speech was forcefully taken away from them? Where was the “Right” and the “Moderates” when the Black Panthers were arrested for exercising their 2nd amendment rights? Or when the Supreme court ruled against the 1st amendment when Eugene Debbs was arrested for handing out flyers and being loud? Or when college students were shot dead at Kent State by cops? Or when any black person is injured, oppressed, threatened, or intimidated by cops, or crazy white people?

Now a group of people actively supporting genocide, racism, sexism, and Hitler is entitled to freedom of speech? Let them have a base, and disregard what happened in Europe before WW2? Entitled to be an accepted force in America?

And before someone says, “oh they don’t support genocide”. Well they want an all-white America, how in the hell are they going to fully do that hmmm? These people are dangerous, more dangerous than your typical ANTIFA protester.

If people do not rise up to stop them, who will? Where’s Richard Sphincter after he got cold-cocked? I am all for freedom of speech, but giving a base to these types of people, leads us to normalize their behavior, leading the next generation to believe that this ideology is ok to be around and adopt. Also giving us a Bad Religion single that at first glance shows that Greg might have lost his “keys” to the same couch as Jello Biafra did after the election.

This is not a 1st amendment issue. This is not about if wearing a mask or not should be considered illegal in certain situations. This is about the concern that some people in the national government want to crack-down even more against protesters who don’t really agree with their dreams of a clown pretending to be the American fuhrer. Making left-wing protest even more illegal than it already is. Which is the exact reason why they are forced to mask themselves in the first place. But rest-assured this is not going to pass. Which makes this entire article redundant, but hey. If this actually does pass too many republicans and a few old-timey Democrats are going to be arrested after their Halloween party where they all dress up like “ghosts”.

*Picture credit: Rose City ANTIFA peeps*

ANTIFA Unmasking Act

ANTIFA is apparently the KKK! A bunch of angry masked Democrats out to hurt those poor poor helpless right-wing nationalists. Who just want to cleanse the world of everyone but white people. Shame on you ANTIFA for punching these dappers and taking away their first amendment rights.

Any sane person reading that would think I have gone totally senile and self-preformed a lobotomy last night. But that first paragraph is probably the line of thinking that Rep. Daniel Donovan Jr. of New York and some of the bills other defenders had. Probably after a few nights of becoming literal Hammer Heads and building a mini wooden mock-up of the Trump wall in their backyard.

But literally this is an actual bill that just got introduced. Coined the “Unmasking ANTIFA act”. Which would “enhance penalties for committing crimes while in disguise. Specifically, wearing a mask while injuring, oppressing, threatening, or intimidating a person who is freely exercising their rights would face fines and up to 15 years imprisonment”.            [Link to the Bill]

So practically, in layman terms, if a cop sees you wearing a mask, thinks you are intimidating, oppressing, or threatening he can then go up to you and arrest you. Then take you to jail for 15 years because you thought it would be cool to wear an Anonymous mask and be edgy at a protest for once. This just gives cops another excuse to arrest people, in order to create safe space for shitty people (Alt-Righters and other white nationalists).

They would ignore the fact that cops are the literal EMBODIMENT of a person the bill “protects” us from! A person in disguise, wearing a mask acting threatening or intimidating. Who is willing to harm and strip rights away from a person…… Erm maybe a little too vague their Donovan?

ANTIFA Unmasked pic 1

But they will also ignore the fact that some Far-Right protesters wear masks and helmets, which could be in legal terms, a way to disguise themselves. But since they are holding Romanesque shields, or wearing an American flag on their backs, or just having their right arm raised shouting the 14 words of literal feces out of their mouth. They are deemed non-threatening by the cops and are the ideal American at a protest.

I don’t think I need to elaborate on the fact how many times I’ve, or anyone else, seen cops pissing on left-wing protesters. But treat the Far-Right protesters with respect, giving them blankets, hot cocoa, and a safe space behind the strong cops (that part might be a little facetious).

ANTIFA Unmasked pic 2

One needs to remember that white nationalists committed the most extremist killings in 2017, according to NBC news. While the record for murdering people on ANTIFA’s side is still, to my knowledge, a whopping 0.

What society have we become when there are people out there actively wanting to support and give a base to the Far-Right. While others act complacent citing the Bill of Rights as their excuse for their apathy?

A base that was never given to the “Left”, not the democrats the actual “Left”. Our freedom of speech was purged a long time ago. In the times of Eugene Debbs, Emma Goldman, and the Hollywood 10. Where was the “Right” and the “Moderates” when the “Lefts” freedom of speech was forcefully taken away from them? Where was the “Right” and the “Moderates” when the Black Panthers were arrested for exercising their 2nd amendment rights? Or when the Supreme court ruled against the 1st amendment when Eugene Debbs was arrested for handing out flyers and being loud? Or when college students were shot dead at Kent State by cops? Or when any black person is injured, oppressed, threatened, or intimidated by cops, or crazy white people?

Now a group of people actively supporting genocide, racism, sexism, and Hitler is entitled to freedom of speech? Let them have a base, and disregard what happened in Europe before WW2? Entitled to be an accepted force in America?

And before someone says, “oh they don’t support genocide”. Well they want an all-white America, how in the hell are they going to fully do that hmmm? These people are dangerous, hands down. If it not those who are willing to create that vision by hand, its those who would take the institutional route and create their shit hole of a country from with in the political system.

If people do not rise up to stop them, who will? Where’s Richard Sphincter after he got cold-cocked? I am all for freedom of speech, but giving a base to these types of people, leads us to normalize their behavior, leading the next generation to believe that this ideology is ok to be around and adopt. Also giving us a Bad Religion single that at first glance shows that Greg might have lost his “keys” to the same couch as Jello Biafra did after the election.

This is not a 1st amendment issue. This is not about if wearing a mask or not should be considered illegal in certain situations. This is about the concern that some people in the national government want to crack-down even more against protesters who don’t really agree with their dreams of a clown pretending to be the American fuhrer. Making left-wing protest even more illegal than it already is. Which is the exact reason why they are forced to mask themselves in the first place. But rest-assured this is not going to pass. Which makes this entire article redundant, but hey. If this actually does pass too many republicans and a few old-timey Democrats are going to be arrested after their Halloween party where they all dress up like “ghosts”.

*Photo Credits: Rose City ANTIFA peeps, a photo of a pig, and a photo of four twits*

Cheri Honkala Arrested

 

 

6/11/18

Some might have heard of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign and their perilous march from Philadelphia to D.C., suffering from a few arrests to a protester being taken to the hospital due to existing medical conditions earlier this morning. But one event that happened during the protest/occupation of the Housing and Urban Development building troubled many.

Cheri Honkala, a long-time activist, vice president nominee for Jill Stein in 2012, a single mother, and an all around Badass was arrested after the security of HUD deceived her and other protestors. Around 10:00 am in D.C. multiple activists including homeless and poor people met up at L’enfant, an enormous shopping center right next to the HUD to plan and coordinate the occupation of HUD. Those who went in carried signs under their shirts detesting HUD for their outrageous and appalling legislation that has wormed it way through thanks to Ben Carson.

Once the activists went through the front door, opposition from the security was fast. Cheri and a Californian activist named Tiny went through the security checkpoint and stood there demanding to see a higher up to explain the legislation that the HUD puts forth. The security guards gave them a demand, get half of your group outside the building and a HUD official will talk to Cheri. Half the group left, then the security guards demanded that the press (Journalists and live-streamers) vacate the building, which we were very hesitant to do, but everyone was hesitant of the security.

While most of the activists stayed inside the area between the lobby and outside to prevent being shut out. Homeland security showed up and ordered everyone outside. Once everyone besides a few activists who were allowed inside due to past agreements between the security and the activists, the guards locked the door to the building effectively shutting everyone out. Took them awhile as the security guards apparently did not know how to lock their own building up.

A little while after we saw Cheri walk into a hallway with numerous security personnel. When she walked back into view a few minutes, Cheri realized that they were leading her to a side door to kick her out. She stopped and promptly the DHS stooges arrested her. They forced her into the police cars with activists yelling and trying to question the DHS to figure out where they were taking her. Cheri stated she could not feel her left arm. The activists called up a lawyer and escorted him to the police station where Cheri was being processed.

Video of Cheri being arrested https://youtu.be/bc-5B7OQhQM

 

6/12/18

Cheri Honkala made it out of jail last night. I found out the charges earlier today. The security at HUD and DHS charged the poverty and homeless activist with trespassing on “private property” which was paid by and for the people of this country through taxation. This was a federal building that operates for the American people; but when the impoverished and the homeless demanded a meeting to discuss legislation that threatens their livelihoods and push more souls out of their homes and on the street, HUD officials determined that the best course of action was to push out the activists with false promises and to arrest the organizer.

Thankfully she is out now, while this article dictates news that the activist knew two days ago, but to those who have not kept up with every crumb of information that comes out this might be wonderful news. This arrested did not dissuade nor stopped the powerhouse that is Cheri Honkala. After meeting with her today she was just as heartfelt and dedicated as she was yesterday during HUD.

In fact her and other activists went up to the chamber of commerce with a demand of a meeting. Unfortunately they weren’t allowed into the building and the security forced them off the stairs. No one got arrested. Another tidbit of info that came out yesterday, through conversations I had with the activists was that their encampment was taken down.

Due to the Park rangers and other law enforcement who broke the permit made to legalize the encampment on Dupont Circle. They came in mass lined up in rows, surrounding the Dupont Circle, acting like vultures trying to arrest the homeless who is apart of Cheri’s crusade against poverty and homelessness, thankfully no one got arrested.

During the last day of their occupation of Dupont Circle, a group of people brought food to the homeless, and the group got together to say their goodbyes and to pray. It was an emotional moment for many.

Later that day Cheri went to WPFW 89.3 to co-host the homeless marathon where the homeless around the world told their stories of struggle. They had people from London to D.C. call in. I also had the opportunity to interview Cheri Honkala, more on that later in the month.

Today marked the last day of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther Kings Jr. march up to D.C., made not up of politicians, nor rich entrepreneurs, nor lobbyists, nor corporations nor even the middle class. But by the actual impoverished and the homeless around Philadelphia, California, Florida, and from other places around the United States.

All they wanted was to be heard and the federal departments refused to listen; while the mainstream media ogles on the White House and spy with glee across the sea towards Russia. Oblivious to the struggles of the American people. Those who Washington have deemed as second and third class citizens not as important as the lavished who occupies the high rises in downtown or the corporate elite who help oil the wheels of our water down democracy.