SubMedia.tv: A Decade of Subversion

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Tuesday July 2 2013

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In 2003 subMedia.tv produced its first anarchist film “Join the Resistance: Fall in Love!” inspired by the writings of crimethinc. 10 years later and subMedia.tv is still bringing anarchy to the screen with its newest offering Street Politics 101 a video report on the militant battles of the 2012 Quebec student strike.

A Decade of subversion will be a celebration of subMedia.tv’s video sabotage, with picks from the best videos from the over 200 it produced during the past 10 years. The program will include clips from “It’s the end of the world as we know it and i feel fine”, shorts about shoplifting, mash-ups, short docs and Street Politics 101.

Check some videos at:

submedia.tv

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Solidarity To All Imprisoned Comrades

Video

When you can not stand it any more to silently watch the destruction taking place around you, when you make the decision that you will not be a slave of the system but a opponent, when you pass from apathy to attack…
Then the cops, the Judges and the Media will talk of you as an terrorists
Because that’ is how they call the revolutionary in the language of the lackeys
For us they are the terrorists, their institutions, their democracy and their economy.
We Stand beside the imprisoned anarchist militants
Together we fight for a society of freedom and equality and the road to it passes over the debris of every prison.
Srentgh to Kostas Sakkas, who is in hunger strike since 4/6/2013

Bill C-309 Passed: Mask Up Anyway

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From: Vancouver Media Coop By Indyvan

The totalitarian state known as “Canada” passed Bill C-309 implementing a maximum of 10 years for wearing a mask during a riot or an unlawful assembly*. The government hopes to silence all dissent and movements that actually challenge state and capital. The state wants full social control over you. The ability for groups of people to mask up eliminates the state’s control over us and opens up possibilities for a strong social revolt, autonomy and ability to anonymously express ourselves and also open the possibility of direct actions without constant repression and imprisonment from the state.

Excerpt from CBC article

“Richards, MP for Wild Rose, Alta., said the bill is meant to give police an added tool to prevent lawful protests from becoming violent riots, and that it will help police identify people who engage in vandalism or other illegal acts. The bill is something that police, municipal authorities and businesses hit hard by riots in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal….” “We can all rest easier tonight knowing our communities have been made safer with its passage,”

The businesses that sustained most of the damages in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal were banks, chained stores such as London Drugs, Bell, Starbucks, Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank of Canada and the police. This is yet another example of the state showing their true colours by implementing harsh laws and punishments aimed at protecting major corporations and furthering the prison industrial complex. In other words, RBC and other corporations can be part of the largest environmental disasters in the world, the tar sands, and be the reason why the indigenous people can no longer fish and live on their lands, but if someone wears a mask and blocks a doorway or smashes a window of a bank they deserve to be locked in a cage for up to 10 years.
Government and police enjoy protests when the organizers work with them and peacefully walk about the streets and allow the flow of capital to continue and normality to be minimally disrupted. If you have been to a protest, you will see that the police tend to not like it if you stop in major intersection for an extended period of time. An example of this is in Montreal, during the student strike, the government implemented an anti-mask by-law in hopes of stifling the anti-capitalist movement which had developed. So when police and politicians say, “crossing the line” or “illegitimate” protest they mean any protest that causes harm to the capitalist system which can be anything from a crowd not applying for a permit to a newspaper box being thrown into the street and property damage or if the crowd is just too angry.

 

Public reaction online of Bill C-309 bill has been surprising. The top comment on CBC writes, “Does that also cover police who wear masks without ID badges at these same riots?” and “it’s okay for armed security to hide behind shields and helmets with face coverings…. Sounds to me like the elite have given themselves another advantage in their efforts to put down civil disobedience and protest against their totalitarian methods of citizen subjugation.” These commentators have the right idea. The police are above the law and always will be, after all they are just the dogs of the masters.

Everywhere we go our peace is disrupted by industrial expansion, logging, police repression, intimidation and brutality. Our lives are wasted away by working and paying rent and bills. Our health is destroyed by the pollution of the air by refineries and mining. Our water is ruined by fracking and oil spills. The state should get used to the peace being disrupted because the more the state pushes us the harder were going to push back. Wear your mask proudly and you will never walk alone.

Why We Mask?

Anonymously posted online

“We cover our faces and conceal our appearances for the simple reason that we have no need to be identified. In this world where cameras sit on every other street corner, where the police and CSIS use every chance to profile us and to build up files on our activities, where participation in social struggle or public demonstrations can compromise our freedom and ability to act in the future, we see no reason to make their jobs easier for them. Just as we refuse to cooperate with police interrogations and police investigation, we’re also going to make it as hard as we can for the systems of social control to crack down and break us. Developing a practice of (partial) anonymity in situations we choose opens up space for participating in actions for folks who would otherwise be risking too much be it legal status, immigration status, or employment. Not only does it make profiling more difficult, but it also helps to keep people out of police custody. Wearing masks won’t get us home safely all the time, but it does disrupt routine repression and social control.

It is time we break them
Instead of letting them break us!”
*Criminal code definition of Unlawful assembly

63. (1) An unlawful assembly is an assembly of three or more persons who, with intent to carry out any common purpose, assemble in such a manner or so conduct themselves when they are assembled as to cause persons in the neighbourhood of the assembly to fear, on reasonable grounds, that they

(a) will disturb the peace tumultuously; or

(b) will by that assembly needlessly and without reasonable cause provoke other persons to disturb the peace tumultuously.

Lawful assembly becoming unlawful

(2) Persons who are lawfully assembled may become an unlawful assembly if they conduct themselves with a common purpose in a manner that would have made the assembly unlawful if they had assembled in that manner for that purpose.

Exception

  1. Persons are not unlawfully assembled by reason only that they are assembled to protect the dwelling-house of any one of them against persons who are threatening to break and enter it for the purpose of committing an indictable offence therein.
  2.  

64. A riot is an unlawful assembly that has begun to disturb the peace tumultuously.

 

Sources:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/06/19/pol-mask-bill-royal-ass…

http://yourlaws.ca/criminal-code-canada/63-unlawful-assembly

Liberate Space # From The Surveillance State # For Total Freedom J4

From: Anarchist News

 

Liberate Space – July 4th – Cities Everywhere – Be Daring

In a few weeks, on July 4th we call on all individuals to blockade, disrupt and disobey the architecture of repression in their own cities. We act against the surveillance state not because it has overstepped an imaginary line, we rebel against it for the simple fact that it is designed to intimidate, imprison and demoralize us. We act against it because we know that politicians, corporations and the ruling class will never listen or change. We know that it is up to us to be disobedient, that direct action is the only road to freedom.

There is no better time than now to push forth an initiative which calls out the surveillance state for what it is; A web of police, prisons and politicians designed to protect the wealthy. At a time of upheaval and massive repression worldwide we don’t ask for permission, we recognize that those who grant us permission are those that spy on us at the same time. The world we fight for is a world free from politicians, states and security agencies.

On July 4th we call on individuals and groups to gather in the busy thoroughfares, parks and squares in your town. We suggest an overnight occupation designed to call out and confront the means in which surveillance is carried out. This could simply be holding a sign in front of a camera, your tactics are only limited by creativity. It is important to not fall into the marching around in circles trap. We hold our space in a busy area on the 4th because this is where people, commerce and surveillance are.

Liberate Space – July 4th – Cities Everywhere – Be Daring

*Circulate Widely* *Create Your Own Event* *Write A Call To Action*

– Valley Anarchist Circle

INTERNATIONAL CALL-OUT FROM GREECE: The Days of Our Enslavement are Ending!

From Void Network

The mass revolts throughout the world show clearly that human beings begin at last to resist the order of those who command without asking us, the orders of those who think that under their thrones there are willing idiots for serving their interests, loyal subjects who bow their head to the exploitation, the oppression, the inequality and the misery they experience every day.

We are not slaves to any government, to any ruling class, to any international organization. We are not slaves to any system of government or mode of production that turns the rich into very rich and the poor into destitute. We do not consent to the sell-out of our lives and our struggles, but above all, we do not consent to the sell-out of our dignity. Enough with the attack waged against society, enough with the blackmails in work places, enough with the illusion and the fake promises for a supposedly better quality of life, enough with those getting rich on our expense and with our consumerist fake desires.

Global capitalism killed the illusion of Representative Democracy, now its time for us to kill Global Capitalism!

For too long we locked ourselves to our houses doing patiently the same routes every day, forgetting the person next to us, ignoring our neighbor, forgetting that he is like us no matter where he comes from and that only with him we can change this world. Only all of us together we can change the world. Now however we are out of our houses and this took place not only in Greece. From Cairo and Tunis to London, from Istanbul and Ankara to Madrid and Lisbon, Paris and Mexico, from New York and Oakland to Bahrain and Stockholm, from Libya and Indonesia, to Chile and Venezuela, from Japan, Haiti, India and Tibet, New Guinea and Argentina, Russia and South Africa,… everywhere, in all the world, human beings who experience exploitation and oppression get out of their houses and revolt, because they realized that locked inside them there were eventually imprisoned in their small, insignificant, individual prisons. Only that the modern cages, the modern prisons do not have handrails and prison guards, but plasma TV and newscasters that inspect and impose fear and lies, cops and cctvs that inspect your every step. But the society of the oppressed has overcome these modern prison guards.

Let the journalists in Television, in the fancy magazines and in the mainstream newspapers, the puppets of the economic interests of the big businesses of mass-stupidity and all the other Mass Media of Domestication, let all of them know that their days of affluence are slowly coming to an end because their propaganda, their lies and their slander are now obvious to everyone.

As for the politicians, the corrupted servants of the capitalist market, and all the local guards of global economic interests, we have one thing to say to you: You gentlemen you are through, you are disgraced, you are sold-out. You have no effect on us anymore. Maybe you still exist for your bosses, but from what we hear you have not much use for them either.

Now it is OUR time to be!
And we will be not as ‘peaceful, law-abiding and loyal citizens’, not as mesmerized faithful to the commands of Power, not even as ‘citizens’ for, in the usual manner of the oppressors, you misrepresented the term ‘citizen’ and you made it synonymous to apathy, submission, egoism, and individualism.

We only exist as HUMANS, as collective individuals, as members of a society who almost forgot what it means to communicate with each other. We exist as those who want to take life into their own hands and to decide themselves for their fate, away from parties and obsolete ideological organizations, away from nationalisms and fascist fanaticisms, away from every type of dogmatism and tyrannical plans that stink of death. We only exist from now on as REVOLTED people who do not need professional politicians, nor the megalomaniac and greedy businessmen who suck our blood dry in their luxurious houses. We only exist, that is, only as COMMUNITIES of free people, who want to self-governed and to administer our world in common and we know that we can do it based on three basic values:

MUTUAL AID, SELF-ORGANIZATION and ANTI-HIERARCHY

Solidarity for all people in Turkey and everywhere in the world fighting against the New Totalitarianism!

WE ARE EVERYWHERE AND WE COME TO LIBERATE THIS WORLD FROM EVERY INEQUALITY, EVERY EXPLOITATION, EVERY COERCION!

We Won’t Live Like Slaves!
We Will Reclaim our Stolen Space and our Stolen Time.
Participation of all of us into class, political, social, and cultural collectives!
Popular Assemblies into every Neighborhood! GENERAL STRIKE FOR EVER!

FOR THE GLOBAL SOCIAL REVOLUTION!

VOID NETWORK
[Theory, Utopia, Empathy, Ephemeral Arts]
Athens / London / New York / Rio De Janeiro
http://voidnetwork.blogspot.com/

For All We Care

Aside

From Crimethinc

Reconsidering Self-Care

In the 1980s, as she struggled with cancer, Audre Lorde asserted that caring for herself was “an act of political warfare.” Since then, self-care has become a popular buzzword in activist circles. The rhetoric of self-care has moved from specific to universal, from defiant to prescriptive. When we talk about self-care today, are we talking about the same thing Lorde was? It’s time to reexamine this concept.

But what could be wrong with care? And why, of all things, pick on self-care?

For one thing, because it has become a sacred cow. It’s painful to hear people speak sanctimoniously about anything, but especially about the most important things. Pious unanimity implies a dark side: in the shadow of every church, a den of iniquity. It creates an other, drawing a line through as well as between us.

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Political Prisoner Birthday Poster For June 2013

Hello Friends and Comrades,

1) Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for June. As always, please post this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing night of your own.

2) Mutulu Shakur had a stroke at the end of February and is having trouble obtaining the follow-up medical care that he needs. Please call the warden at Victorville and ask that Mutulu receive the medical care that he needs. More info here.

Phone 760-530-5000

Fax 760530-5103

3) Please send Rebecca Rubin a letter or note of encouragement, being transferred can be quite jarring. (Remember not to write to her about her case at all because she is pre-trial.)Rebecca is accused of being a member of the Earth Liberation Front. She is facing charges of arson and conspiracy for actions that occurred between 1996 and 2001.

Her new address is as follows:
Rebecca Rubin #2013001108
Columbia County Jail
901 Port Ave.
St. Helens, OR 97051

4) Anarchist Gerald Koch has been imprisoned for an indefinite amount of time for refusing to testify in front of a grand jury. Please send him a letter or note of support. More info here.

Gerald Koch
68631-054
MDC Brooklyn
PO Box 329002
Brooklyn, NY 11232

5) Jeremy Hammond plead guilty to being involved in the Stratfor Leak. You can read his statement here. Please send him a letter or note of support.

Jeremy Hammond
18729-424 Metropolitan Correctional Center
150 Park Row
New York, New York 10007

6) We just received news from Jorge Cornell that their (J., Peaceful, and Ernesto’s) motion for re-trial was denied by Judge Beaty, who released a twelve page response to the defendants’ request. J. was told by his lawyer that it is entirely possible that the sentencing hearing may not even get scheduled until August. There are more updates on what’s going on with the North Carolina Latin Kings’ RICO trial here.

7) Lastly, here is a link to the latest Political Prisoner/Prisoner Of War every-other week update by the NYC-Anarchist Black Cross. There are lots of good updates on many political prisoners.

Until Every Cage Is Empty,

The Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective