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Archive for the month “January, 2013”

Internationalist Books & Community Center is proud to participate in UNC’s LGBTQ Center Ally Week

We’re offering a 10% discount to folks wearing Ally buttons from UNC’s LGBTQ Center’s Ally Week from Monday, Jan. 28th – Sunday, Feb. 3rd.

Check out their website for more info about Ally Week and programs on campus: http://lgbtq.unc.edu/

Activist To “Terrorist”- Will Potter and Jake Conroy at UNC January 23rd

Join Internationalist Books and Community Center and other community groups at this awesome event this week at UNC!

From Croatan Earth First!:

The FBI labels animal rights and environmental activists the “number one domestic terrorism threat,” and new laws turn activism into “terrorism” if it hurts corporate profits. Unlike anti-abortion extremists and hate groups, though, these protesters have never harmed a human being.

How did this happen? Why are undercover investigators and those who use non-violent civil disobedience being treated so disproportionately? And what are the real life consequences for the activists who are investigated, and even sent to prison, as domestic terrorists?

Will Potter, an award-winning journalist who, after being told by the FBI he was on a domestic terrorist list, went on to investigate and expose these efforts in his book, Green Is the New Red. He will discuss how corporations manufactured the idea of “eco-terrorism,” and why all social justice activists are at risk. His reporting and commentary have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, and the Vermont Law Review, and he has testified before Congress. Green Is The New Red was awarded a Kirkus Star for “remarkable merit” and named one of the best books of 2011. He blogs at http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/

Jake Conroy is a long-time animal rights activist who was sentenced to 4 years in prison for his involvement in one of the most successful animal rights campaigns in history — Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty. He will discuss being the target of a multi-agency terrorism investigation, learning he was on a high-profile prisoners list, and navigating living a life branded as a terrorist in post-9/11 society.

A video about Jake’s case: http://youtu.be/YQW1rYLmKKU

Brought to you by the National Lawyers Guild and the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund with generous donations from the Graduate and Professional Student Federation, the Student Bar Association, and the Student Activity Fund.

January 26th: Celebrate Marie Mason’s Birthday @ Internationalist Books

mariemasonFrom Croatan Earth First!

January 26th is Marie Mason’s Birthday! Come celebrate this herbal healer, musician, mother, activist and eco-sabatour extrordinaire with us at Internationalist Books on Saturday, January 26th at 7pm. We’ll be writing letters and birthday cards to Marie and other eco-prisoners, eating snacks, socializing and watching a short video about the Earth Liberation Front. Marie Mason is presently serving 22 years in prison for a series of arsons against the timber and biotech industries. After being informed on by her ex-husband she took a non-cooperating plea deal, refusing to inform on any of her codefendents. She has been, and continues to be, a very active member of the Earth First Community. Posters and literature about the Earth Liberation Front and earth liberation prisoners will be available.

Festival of Resistance in DC, January 20

inaugerationFrom Crimethinc.

The last of next week’s Catharsis reunion shows will take place at the conclusion of a full day of performances, discussions and tabling in Washington, DC, the day before the Presidential Inauguration. This festival of resistance will offer a venue in which to envision a world without capitalism or hierarchy and to strategize about how to get there.

Global Crisis & Global Resistance!

A Conference on Organized Resistance to Capitalism and the State on the Eve of the 57th Presidential Inauguration

Sunday – January 20th
12pm-5pm: Global Crisis & Global Resistance! Conference
6pm: Punk Rock Counter-Inaugural Ball

The Warehouse
645 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

See: frontlinesofnowhere.com for updates & more info.

-Free Entry-

12pm-12:30pm: Revolutionary Puppetry Performances by the Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army

Myseterious Rabbit Puppet Army (MRPA) will be performing their newest puppet production, “Donny Quixote!”–a humorous adaptation of the story of Don Quixote, that presents a scathing critique of “green” capitalism and technology. MRPA will present two other fun shows as well. All shows are rated PG. For more information: mrpuppetarmy.wordpress.com

12:30pm-1:30pm: Anarchy and Democracy: What’s the Difference?

A Discussion between Peter Gelderloos and Cindy Milstein

What is the difference between anarchy and democracy? Is “direct democracy” what anarchists want? If we don’t want democracy, what do we want instead? And how should these questions inform how we engage with representative democracy and the political process? In this discussion, well-known authors and organizers Peter Gelderloos and Cindy Milstein will grapple with these questions on the eve of Obama’s second inauguration.

1:30pm-2:30pm: An overview of State Repression of Social Movements in the U.S. and What We Can Do About It

By Will Potter and a member of NYC Anarchist Black Cross

Activists across the country, including Occupy protestors, anarchists, animal rights and environmental activists and others are being increasingly targeted by authorities for political organizing and protest activity. We will discuss current cases, grand juries targeting anarchists in the NW, the status of several political prisoners and other active cases and what activists can do to prevent, resist and organize against state crackdowns on social movements.

Will Potter is an award-winning journalist, author, and public speaker based in Washington, D.C. who has become a leading voice on repression of the animal rights and environmental movements, and civil liberties issues post-9/11.

NYC Anarchist Black Cross is a collective focused on supporting US-held political prisoners and prisoners of war and opposing state repression against revolutionary social justice movements.

2:30pm-4:00pm: Films on Global Uprisings in the Age of Austerity

By Brandon Jourdan and Marianne Maeckelbergh

Video dispatches from the front lines of movements in Spain, Greece, and Portugal

Since the dawn of the most recent crisis of capitalism in 2008, there have been uprisings all over the globe. Around the world, advocates for a different world and different social relations have engaged in strikes, riots, and occupations, while simultaneously creating networks of solidarity and mutual aid.

Filmmaker Brandon Jourdan and researcher Marianne Maeckelbergh have been documenting these revolts as they unfold, reporting from Greece, Spain, Portugal, Egypt, the UK and the US as part of their online film series at http://www.globaluprisings.org.

4pm-5:00pm: From Plaza Occupations to General Strikes: The Barcelona Experience

Spain had the movement of the plaza occupations months before Occupy Wall Street took off, foreshadowing the form of protest that was about to spread around the world. Since then, Spain has seen multiple general strikes and increasingly generalized social revolt. Two comrades from Barcelona, the epicenter of these struggles, describe what people in the U.S. can learn from them.

6pm: Counter-Inaugural Ball

This is a benefit show to raise money to benefit the homecoming fund for political prisoner Daniel McGowan and The Rosenberg Fund for Children. The bands, in reverse order of appearance, are:

Catharsis (final reunion show)
Magrudergrind (ten year anniversary)
Trophy Wife (Philadelphia)
Dead in the Dirt (Atlanta)
Los Gatos Negros (back from the dead!)

Reportback from Durham New Year’s Eve Noise Demo

Joining dozens of similar demonstrations around North America and the world, on New Year’s Eve fifty or so comrades and several family members of inmates met up at 7:30 pm at the jail in downtown Durham to show our rage and hatred for the prison system, and our solidarity with prisoners on the inside. Armed with black flags, pots and pans, a drum corps, and numerous banners (“Against Prisons,” “Solidarity with Prisoners Everywhere,” “Total Liberation from Domination,” “Love for All Prison Rebels,”) we chanted, screamed, and directed a cacophonous melody of anger at the guards changing shifts. It was subtly amplified by the shouts and banging of risoners from the small plexiglass windows of their cells, whose faces were visible as dark silhouettes standing out against the modernist architectural gloom of the building complex.

For many months now, prisoners at this specific jail have been waging a struggle against their conditions on different “Pods” of the facility, starting with two massively supported petition efforts that have been ignored by the Sheriff’s department. A new anti-authoritarian group on the outside, Amplify Voices Inside, has helped these efforts see the light of day with media work and  constant communication.

Another struggle specific to this facility lies in the fight to free Durham native Carlos Riley, Jr., the cousin of known Bay-area activist and MC Boots Riley. Carlos was stopped by a cop one night less than two weeks ago. During the stop, the cop shouted expletives, physically attacked Carlos, verbally threatened to kill him and attempted to draw his weapon to shoot at Carlos Riley. While attempting to draw his weapon, the cop shot himself in the leg. Fearing for his life, Carlos fled the scene in his car. According to the police, at this point he also allegedly took the cop’s weapon and badge away from him.

After a few hours, and after Durham Police savagely tore through 3 neighborhoods looking for him- at one point using grenades, Carlos called police and turned himself in. He is now charged with “assault on a law enforcement officer causing serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon”.

Efforts to free Carlos and get the charges dropped are under way. He was inside the jail during the demo, and family members were present and making noise for him on the outside. People took turns talking loudly into a bullhorn about these different struggles, and against prisons generally, to help make sure those inside could hear.

While the crowd marched around all sides of the jail with visible cells, to help the celebration we also let off “fire kites,” three-foot tall hot air “balloons” that  rise into the air when lit.

We recognize that this demo was a small gesture, but we hope that it helped raise the spirits of those struggling inside the Durham jail, as it helped to increase our own morale and dedicate 2013 to a fierce fight against State and Capital. The jail was left standing, along with the undamaged (but spit-covered) police vehicles parked outside of it; we can only hope this oversight is temporary.

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