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TX Cancel Bolsonaro Coalition on Sergio Moro

Texas Cancel Bolsonaro is a coalition in contention with the current Far-right government of Brazil. This is a press release from a member of the coalition.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Texas Cancel Bolsonaro Coalition
Strongly Condemns Sergio Moro’s Visit to El Paso Border Facility

Texas, U.S.A. (June 22nd, 2019)

We, the Texas Cancel Bolsonaro Coalition, deeply repudiate Sergio Moro’s decision to travel to the U.S. and the decision of U.S. authorities to continue to collude with him. The U.S. currently faces one of our darkest moments in history due to our nation’s interventionism in Latin America, where we aided in coup after coup, upending any chance our southern neighbors have had at constructing autonomous democratic nations, resulting in the mass migration of those affected by our forced imposition of “market-friendly” rulers with a penchant for human rights violations. Moro plans to visit border patrol and intelligence agencies in El Paso at a time when Trump’s border control measures are causing numerous deaths and unconscionable human rights abuses. We vehemently oppose far-right government officials collaborating to more effectively repress people in their respective countries.

There is no self-respecting American lawyer or judge who would deny that Sergio Moro’s recently leaked messages prove he has gone on a politically motivated hunt to jail political opponents, most notably Lula da Silva, the original frontrunner of the 2018 presidential elections. Moro and the prosecutors he colluded with received many rewards for their destruction of democratic institutions, including a 682 million dollar kickback from the DOJ. Moro was then given an entirely new position as “super justice minister” in Jair Bolsonaro’s proto-fascist government after helping Bolsonaro get elected. His role gives him unprecedented power to surveil and punish those who fall under the regime’s ever broadening category of “enemy of the state”.

Brazil now faces massive instability as Moro aids the Bolsonaro government in putting forth projects that experts say will lead to further death and terror for Brazil’s most marginalized populations. No platform, no resources, no communication, and no support should be given to Sergio Moro by U.S. authorities or the authorities of any other nation. He must renounce his position immediately and be tried for his crimes. Any U.S. official that aims to prop him up after all that has recently been publicly revealed is complicit in further destabilization, death, and destruction in the Americas.

PARA DIVULGACAO IMEDIATA

Texas Cancel Bolsonaro Coalition
Condena veementemente a visita de Sergio Moro à Fronteira de El Paso

Texas, U.S.A. (22 de Junho de 2019)

Nós, a Texas Cancel Bolsonaro Coalition, repudiamos profundamente a decisão de Sergio Moro de viajar para os EUA e a decisão das autoridades dos EUA de continuarem a colaborar com ele. Os EUA enfrentam atualmente um de nossos momentos mais sombrios da história devido ao intervencionismo de nossa nação na América Latina, onde ajudamos golpe após golpe, derrubando qualquer chance que nossos vizinhos do sul tiveram de construir nações democráticas autônomas, resultando na migração em massa dos afetados, pela nossa imposição forçada de governantes “favoráveis ​​ao mercado” com uma queda por violações dos direitos humanos. Moro planeja visitar agências de patrulhamento de fronteira e de inteligência em El Paso, em um momento em que as medidas de controle de fronteira de Trump estão causando inúmeras mortes e abusos de direitos humanos inconcebíveis. Nós nos opomos veementemente a funcionários do governo de extrema direita que colaboram para reprimir mais efetivamente as pessoas em seus respectivos países..

Não há nenhum advogado ou juiz americano respeitável que nega o fato de que as mensagens recentemente vazadas de Sergio Moro provam que ele fez uma busca por motivos políticos para prender opositores políticos, mais notavelmente Lula da Silva, o favorito original das eleições presidenciais de 2018. Moro e os promotores com quem ele conspirou receberam muitas recompensas pela destruição de instituições democráticas, incluindo um bônus de 682 milhões de dólares do DOJ. Moro recebeu então uma posição inteiramente nova como “super ministro da justiça” no governo proto-fascista de Jair Bolsonaro depois de ajudar Bolsonaro a ser eleito. Seu papel lhe dá poder sem precedentes para vigiar e punir aqueles que se enquadram na categoria cada vez mais ampla de “inimigo do Estado”.

O Brasil enfrenta agora uma instabilidade maciça, já que Moro ajuda o governo de Bolsonaro a apresentar projetos que, segundo especialistas, levarão a mais morte e terror para as populações mais marginalizadas do Brasil. Nenhuma plataforma, nenhum recurso, nenhuma comunicação e nenhum suporte deve ser dado a Sergio Moro pelas autoridades dos EUA ou pelas autoridades de qualquer outra nação. Ele deve renunciar imediatamente a sua posição e ser julgado por seus crimes. Qualquer funcionário dos EUA que pretenda apoiá-lo depois de tudo que foi revelado publicamente recentemente é cúmplice de maior desestabilização, morte e destruição nas Américas.

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The New Face of Animal Activism

by Ruby

For nearly 40 years, animal rights activists have held signs outside of businesses, state capitals, and courthouses, in pickets to demand greater respect and rights for individuals of other species, those we commonly refer to as animals. Nevermind that the species, homo sapiens sapiens is an animal species itself, the term “animal” takes on a purely pejorative connotation on the tongues of many humans. Such a view of them has manifested in a history centuries-long, of cruelty, disrespect and unimaginable neglect and abuse. What few laws are passed, in the U.S., are limited in scope, poorly enforced if at all, and tend to come with caveats so large as to make many laws meaningless.

Attempts have been made to address the grievances of other animals, by human proxy, through legislative letters and lobbying, appealing to the courts or local officials, inviting the media to cover issues or events, writing articles in newspapers and magazines, and educational outreach by leafletting and demonstrations. While reforms have slowly been made, they often end up benefitting the abusers more than the animal victims. More Americans today are aware of animal rights as an issue, but the actual progress toward bettering the lives of individual animals as a whole has been little to none in most cases.

One of the changes in the manner of activism seen in the new vanguard of the movement is the greater emphasis on direct action. Certainly, sit-ins, banner drops and ALF (Animal Liberation Front)-style actions are all forms of direct action which took place in the past. Today, though, we see more lock-downs and daylight raids than in the past, and more creative above-ground actions. For instances, the Cube of Truth events organized by Anonymous Voice for the Voiceless consist of activists standing in a square formation, holding laptops on which factory farm footage loops, while wearing Guy Faulks masks (V For Vendetta). Outside the Cube, other activists talk to passers-by about farmed animal abuse and veganism. The Save Movement holds vigils outside of slaughterhouses and films the plight of animals arriving to be murdered for their flesh. DxE (Direct Action Everywhere) addresses various forms of animal abuse, from factory farms to animal laboratories, with direct intervention into the day-to-day operations of such businesses. Many of their actions have been “open rescues,” a tactic first used in Australia, during which farmed animals are rescued during daylight hours by activists without masks.

For instance, video footage was recently released of a group of over 600 DxE activists visiting Reichardt Duck Farm, an industrial duck processing complex which sells duck flesh to Whole Foods among other retailers. On June 3, 2019, the slaughterhouse in Petaluma, California, was entered and, as a group of activists stayed outside to observe and film, another group went into the slaughter area and locked-down* on the stopped conveyor belt by which ducks were hung upside down by their feet to have their throats slit. One of the workers decided to turn the conveyor belt on and dragged Thomas Chiang, an activist locked onto the assembly line by his neck, along the line, nearly killing him. He has since been released from the hospital, but was injured. Some of the ducks were successfully rescued and will never again endure the pain and deprivation normal to being considered a commodity.

Another recent example of the direct approach many animal liberation advocates are adopting took place in January, 2019. Meat The Victims activists from various parts of Texas converged on a broiler chicken farm, to document the abuse inherent in a “cage-free” industrial poultry operation.**

The chickens on this farm were not egg-layers, but baby chickens only a few days old, intended to be fattened for the “broiler” market. Shed after shed after shed each contained hundreds of the baby chicks, packed in with one another in sweltering heat (open furnaces kept the center of the sheds hot). The air they had to breathe was dusty, hot, and full of the stench of ammonia from excrement. Very few of the drip spouts from aging water pipes yielded any moisture at all; dead baby birds lay everywhere. The conditions in which factory-farmed animals live and die are a hell on earth.

One more case of modern animal activism will complete this overview. On June 8, 2019, another convergence of activists from all over Texas arrived in Sulphur Springs, TX for the annual Dairy Festival held there. Sulphur Springs is dairy country; a week-long celebration of all things dairy culminates in a Saturday parade, milking contest, milking demonstrations, and hot air balloons. The activists protested peacefully at three different events, offering free vegan ice cream to passers-by. At one site, a Handmaid’s Tale enactment brought attention to the rape of mother cows.***

Many in the public aren’t aware that for a cow to lactate milk, she must be made pregnant. As soon as her baby is born, the calf is taken away so that none of the milk is “wasted” on feeding the calf, but is instead collected for human use alone. Male calves are slaughtered for veal after brief confinement in a veal crate, while female calves grow up to join the herd or are sold.

One last thing to note here: The goal of achieving rights for other animals has changed over time, along with some of the tactics used to advocate for their freedom from human oppression. The concept of rights is legalistic, born of a sense of what should be in the world, such as, ‘humans have a right to life, liberty,’ etc.. Rights are bestowed by humans, usually to other humans, and made effective by laws. The acknowledgment that other animals deserve the same basic considerations and entitlements that we accord to ourselves cannot reasonably be denied, is grounded in logical argument, and is to be desired (by animal advocates, anyway). But it is not enough. Individuals of other animal species require liberation from human oppression, as autonomous beings, aside from whether or not we wish to grant them a right to be who they are, safe from human meddling. so, while the term “rights” is still widely used, there is growing agreement that the liberation of all individuals from tyranny – for both humans and those who are not – is the goal.

*Locking down is a civil disobedience direct action tactic involving the use of a locking mechanism or chain to secure one’s own body to a tool of destruction or harm for the purpose of stopping the use of that tool or equipment. While a gamble, in most cases, the operator of that equipment will stop short of causing harm or death to another human being.

**After film evidence was released in the 1980’s and ’90’s of the cramped, inhumane caging typical on egg farms, with the cruelty of packed confinement shocking the public, some egg farms have since been advertising their eggs as “cage-free,” to imply that the chickens are free to move around as happy, healthy chickens. In fact, while the cages are gone, the chickens are just as packed onto the floors of chicken sheds, in large concentrated numbers, breathing in dung and dust. While effective as propaganda, the modern chicken shed is no more humane than before.

***Dairy cows are impregnated, using what the industry calls a “rape rack” to insert sperm into the cow with no contact ever with a bull. Cows are impregnated violently and against their will, similar to the “handmaids” in Margaret Atwood’s renowned book.

Silence from Management as Aura Boycott Begins in Earnest

The deadline for Aura Coffee management to meet with the Aura Boycott Committee (ABC) has come and gone, beginning the boycott in earnest June 10. The deadline was extended to management as a courtesy by the committee in order to address the grievances before direct community action was deployed by ABC.auracoffee3

The silence from management, a hallmark since the beginning of the boycott, has forced the hand of the community-run boycott committee. The boycott committee has 3 demands to better the lives of existing Aura employees:

1. A DEMOCRATIC WORKPLACE

All future firings are to be held to a vote within Aura, with all employees given a chance to voice grievances without fear of reprisal.

2. BETTER WAGES

Divide the wages from leaving employees to bring all remaining baristas closer to a living wage.

3. CAUSE FOR TERMINATION

All employees receive a cause for their termination.

 

Chris Dobbs, former Aura employee and member of the Aura Boycott Committee views the silence from management as, “a wish to be done with the entire social ramifications of how the event was handled by the owner, Kim, and the hope that time will just help folx forget it.”

Kell Ruiz, another member of ABC said, “The silence is an incompetent blunder. The purpose of this type of communication is to bring equity towards all parties involved… Simple and mending, by forcing the committee’s hand nothing will come out but more burnt bridges.”

Texas ranks 35th in worker protections, according to Oxfam, a global organization working to end the injustice of poverty. Workers do have access to the “Service Letter” law which means employers are supposed to legally have to give the reason for termination to the person terminated.

Hiding from social ramifications hasn’t worked as much as the community has been hiding from Aura. Some community members equate a drink at Aura as a slap in the face to workers. The lack of customers has shown the strength of just word-of-mouth of the boycott, the effect surely to be intensified since the 10-day deadline has come and gone.auracoffee2

 The firing, which happened the day before Pride Month, has prompted conversations of how LGBTQIA people are exposed by the lack of employment protections in the state. Maggie, who quit in solidarity with Chris weighed in on the intersection of labor and marginalization, “During Pride month we need to bear down on how folx in different marginalized groups can accidentally betray fellow laboring comrades by alliances of convenience with owner/operators who ultimately fall back on their will-to-power. We too quickly forget how queer issues and women’s issues and race issues ARE labor issues.” They concluded, “An unsafe intersection anywhere is unsafe intersections everywhere.”

The treatment which led to the boycott isn’t uncommon for businesses, which is why boycotts, strikes, and other worker solidarity measures are needed to create better working environments, according to Masood Raja, Associate Professor of English at the University of North Texas.

“We all are aware, if we care about it, that the current global economic system relies heavily on worker precarity. So, knowing this, people like us choose to go to places that claim to be progressive and are worker-centered. But when some of these places, that claim to be worker-friendly, use the corporate laws to fire their employees for no cause simply because it is legal to do so, then there is no qualitative difference between them and any other corporate business. That is why it is important for us to stand in solidarity with workers arbitrarily fired by these so-called progressive businesses.”

Raja, a 10-year daily regular at Aura/Big Mike’s, is supporting the community boycott.

Katie Krupala, an ABC member, has been going to Aura since it was Big Mike’s in 2014. Her feelings about the situation are strong despite her history with the shop, “Aura was really cool as a place. It was nice to be able to go somewhere and see friends and familiar faces,” she continued, “but, I won’t go back unless they make major changes and apologize.” She noted that Aura still has a chance to snap back from the boycott, “I would be impressed if Aura transformed into a democratic workplace with a living wage, and I would like to support that kind of thing.”

2020 Presidential Candidate Vermin Supreme, to attend North Texas Anarchist Book Fair

Organizers with the North Texas Anarchist Book Fair are proud to announce that this year’s fair will be joined by 2020 Presidential candidate, Vermin Supreme.

Supreme, who has ran for President since 2008, is considered by some a performance artist and activist. His attendance joins many local and national organizations set to attend this year’s book fair.

A Denton coffee house gets roasted for firing a worker

When Chris Dobbs walked into Aura Coffee Thursday, he didn’t expect to be let go without explanation. When Aura Coffee management woke up Friday, it didn’t expect to face the beginnings of a fierce community boycott.

Dobbs, the longest working employee at Aura Coffee (formerly Big Mike’s), and his partner Maggie are receiving massive amounts of community support, because of the bizarre and inexplicable firing from Aura management.

According to a statement by Chris,

I was let-go without due warning after being added to the summer schedule without any reason for termination honestly given. I have been vocal about my worldviews when it comes to labor, and I’ll stand by them.”

Maggie, quit in solidarity with the bizarre decision by management. A statement on their Facebook reads,

I appreciate everyone’s support on Chris being dismissed and me quitting in solidarity from that coffee shop. Why did I quit? Because it was my husband? No. Because it was my best friend? No. Why did I ask that there be a boycott—for either of those reasons? No.  Rather, I quit in solidarity with him and EVERYONE WORKING THERE. It is a HORRIBLE precedent to set for the owner/manager to walk in and fire someone without a provided cause. Unlike any other employee ever let go from that establishment, he was given no real reason other than “I’m done.”

The silence from management led to speculation by customers and community members as to why an employee who had become an institution at the coffee house had been let go. Due to recent renovations, Aura was described as having a “noxious paint smell,” which led to many customers taking their coffee to-go, or avoiding the store altogether. The employees, which didn’t have that option resorted to breaking health codes by propping open doors to allow fresh air to flow through their workplace.

Others contend that since Dobbs and Maggie are active members of the LGBTQ community and supporters of workers rights that Aura dismissed him based on this.

This speculation has been outright denied by both Chris and Maggie. [editor TRL, change made 2019/6/1 7:45CST]

Some claim that the decision was based as a cost-saving measure. When Aura’s predecessor, Big Mikes, first opened; every person hired there made $10 per hour. Since new management took over, all the new hires make between eight and nine dollars an hour and considerable raises had been virtually eliminated.

The only statement released (which has been deleted) by Aura management has been a post onto the Barista Guild of North Texas facebook page, it reads:

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A member of the group, Adam Mahout, posted in response:

This post seems unethical and unprofessional. Because you have the right to fire employees without due notice does not mean the employee doesn’t have the right to be angry and inform the clientele that he has helped create at the Big Mike’s/Aura location (longer that you’ve owned the location) that he feels wronged, and that this ‘good business decision’ is not an ethical decision or a choice for workers.”

The clear attempts of blacklisting Chris has led many community members to encourage him to seek legal counsel.

The boycott committee has decided to lead by example and centered their 3 demands to better the lives of existing Aura employees:

1. All future firings are to be held to a vote within Aura, with all employees given a chance to voice grievances without fear of reprisal.

2. Dividing among all the remaining baristas the wages saved from firing Dobbs and Maggie quitting to get their colleagues closer to a living minimum wage.

3. That management provide a detailed written statement outlining the supposed cause for termination to be provided to Chris within ten days of receiving this demand.

The silence coming from Aura management hints that they are going for the “If we ignore them they’ll go away” strategy.

GTFO Bolsonaro

In the next few days, Dallas will be welcoming, with open arms, the Brazilian “president” Bolsonaro. A person more akin to the usual far-right psycho’s that only South America can produce. Some of his viler acts, currently is his affixation with commodification of the Amazon rain forest. Even to the point where the noted New York Times claims he “poses the single greatest threat to the fragile equilibrium of the Amazon rain forest”. Among other concerns of major corruption, hatred for the indigenous population, dismal approval ratings, neoliberal policies, and fascistic wet dreams. We can all agree that he isn’t the most ethically ambiguous person.

As he tracks in the dust of Amazonian minerals, scrapping off Indigenous population’s aspirations from his dusty jackboots upon the asphalt of DFW international, he trots on into Dallas, a liar’s smirk on his face. As he waltzes towards the podium of an “un-bias” and “non-partisan” NGO, The World Affairs Councils of America. He will accept some kind of participation trophy, in the hopes he may up his dismal ratings of his own country.

He was spat upon once he tried to accept this same reward up near New York, to no applause. Hell, even the liberal mayor Blasio ridicule his racist and homophobic record within Brazil. Bolsonaro offended by the truth, cancelled the event and decided to bask in the supposed support that Dallas did not give him. He claimed that the mayor of Dallas no less invited him…. Rawlings office denied they ever sent the invitation.

But with Rawlings being the usual spineless coward you find commonplace within Texas cities administrations; he will welcome the president no less.  Other wise this does not and will not stop other more annoyed residents of DFW of going out of their way to show Bolsonaro that he is not welcome nor ever will be welcome anywhere near DFW.

Bolsonaro is a bastard, no offense to bastards, Bolsonaro is an asshole, no offense to any assholes reading this. Here are the estimated times actions are taking place against this fucker. He is arriving at DFW Airport supposedly at 9 in the morning, Wednesday the 15th…. Maybe a little welcoming party? Later that day there will be a solidarity action at 325 N St Paul street, Dallas Texas  starting around 4:30 pm. I will admit writing this the day before, this is not the main attraction. But…….

The next day (Thursday the 16th), the formal protest will be taking place at Old Parkland (3819 Maple Avenue). The protest is set to start at 11 am, he is posed to take the award at Noon. The protest will continue on till 4 pm that day. Please come on out and show some solidarity to the people of Brazil and other activist’s organizations of Dallas.

If you can’t make it out, please use this #TexasCancelBolsonaro to express your heartfelt opinions about this ass-wipe. Also please call or tweet some of these people about Bolsonaro coming to Texas, without no good justification or reason other than New York cat fished his ass.

Mayor Mike Rawlings

(214) 670-3301

@Mike_Rawlings

Rep. Colin Allred

(972) 972-7949

@ColinAllredTX

Eddie Bernice Johnson

(214) 922-8885

@RepEBJ

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.*   

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.

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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.

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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?

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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).

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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*