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Cop-Unfriendly City

Outside the Circle

Water, to cops, isn’t life. It’s just another thing to stab, such as when border cops slashed and destroyed bottled water left by No More Deaths/No Más Muertes for those crossing from Mexico into Arizona on foot so as to literally save lives—versus the police’s murderous intent. Last summer, following the murder-by-cop of #GeorgeFloyd, on the third night of a solidarity uprising in Asheville, NC, the local cops decided to slash and destroy bottled water at a medic station—and the photo (repurposed here into a sticker, as spotted in AVL a couple weeks ago during a visit and #FuckThePolice walk) went viral.

But far sweeter than embarrassing the AVLPD, a year later, thanks in large part (one has to assume or at least proudly declare) to the power of last summer’s unusually rowdy resistance in Asheville, and hundreds or thousands of other small, medium, and large cities across Turtle Island…

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Nakba Survivors Speak

JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD?

Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group

George Floyd, the man who was killed by police officers in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020.
Credit: Selfie, no credit

This article first appeared in The Anvil 10 No 2, published on 30 April 2021.

The recent trial and conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd was greeted much more with relief in the United States than with either joy or anger. Only the hardest line racists and supporters of the police were angry about the conviction, while only the most politically naive rejoiced.

Police in the US kill an average of over three people every day. The racism that pervades US policing and which dominates the United States as a whole ensures that killer cops are almost always allowed to walk. The system is biased in their favour at every step. They lie about the circumstances of the death. Superiors suppress evidence from reaching the public…

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Revolutionary Winston Smith Murdered by Federal Task Force in Minneapolis and the Community Responds

Abolition Media Worldwide

Hennepin and Ramsey County Deputies working on the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force murdered Winston Boogie Smith in broad daylight on 6/3/2021 in Minneapolis, MN, only 10 minutes away from where MPD murdered George Floyd.

The murder happened hours after the city attempted to take down George Floyd Square, a memorial site created and maintained by the community.

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force had previously executed activist Michael Reinoehl without warning or trying to arrest him, an execution Trump bragged about.

Before Winston Smith was murdered, he had posted on social media of his whereabouts, and police were staked out at the location as heard on police scanners. After the murder, the media spread lies that Winston was a murder suspect and later retracted it.

Winston Smith was outspoken on the issue of community defense. Winston Smith was 32 years old when he was murdered by Minneapolis police. He was a beloved comedian, musician and a revolutionary. He left behind three young children.

Smith’s family held a vigil on top of the parking ramp Friday evening, laying flowers and candles. Protests began Friday afternoon and continued into the early hours of Saturday morning in Uptown, Minneapolis. During rush hour, protesters blocked Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street. As the evening continued some demonstrators used dumpsters and cars to block off West Lake Street and Girard Avenue South. Numerous fires were lit in the area.

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Surprise picket at United World language school in support of disabled worker.

Industrial Workers of the World Dorset

Mike is a language teacher with 20 years service at United World school of English in Bournemouth. Language schools are notorious for exploitation and poor employment practices, hence the need for a TEFL union within the IWW. Mike is now suing them for constructive dismissal on grounds of disability discrimination under the equalities act 2010.

Thanks to those Fellow Workers who turned out at short notice to support him, it was great fun. Arriving at 9:30 we made a placard on the spot and gave out many leaflets. Reception from the public was entirely positive and it’s good to chat with people about their own work problems.

The bosses’ pathetic blithering fell on deaf ears, had we heard their side? Save it for the tribunal, mush, it’s an adversarial process. You can complain to these types till you’re blue in the face but when you take action they act all…

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Electricians win de-skilling dispute, and a few upcoming events for mid-June

Newsletter from PSC Soton

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Dear PSC Soton Subscriber

I hope you are keeping safe and well. And thank you for your concern over the plight of the Palestinians.

Just a bit about us. Palestine Solidarity Southampton campaigns for Justice for Palestine. We are part of the bigger national Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Everyone of all ethnicities and of all faiths or none is welcome to join us. We are not part of any political party.

As well as raising awareness of the horror of apartheid legislation and ongoing ethnic cleansing that the people of Palestinian are subject to, and have been for over 70 years, we raise funding to campaign against businesses that profit from oppression, against the government who facilitate the sale of arms to Israel, and against institutions like pension funds who invest in companies aiding and abetting Israel’s human rights abuses.

However, the cause of these problems, the illegal occuption of parts of Palestine by Israel, the ongoing enforced ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people from their homes and farms where they and their familes have lived for generations, and the apartheid legislation that denies them equal rights, these injustices all continue.

And so, we still need to support the people of Palestine.

Thank you for your support Andy on behalf of PSC Southampton

PSC SOTON SPONSORED WALK Brockenhurst to Lymington Sunday 20th June 2021 11.00am

If you would like to support Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) and the National and local Palestine Solidarity Compaign, we are organising our annual fundraising sponsored walk on Sunday 20th June. You can join us or just sponsor us, whatever is best for you.

Leaving from Brockenhurst Station (south side) at 11.00am, it goes through the woodland and meadow path and minor roads to Lymington, a route of 5 – 6 miles, taking in the two historic churches of Brockenhurst and Boldre. We will also meet at Southampton train station first as well at 10.15am so if you would like to come you could join us there if you like.

Please bring a packed lunch, drink and sensible footwear for possible mud near Brockenhurst. We walk whatever the weather so rainwear may be appropriate. We carry the flag of Palestine.

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Ballymurphy: State Massacre

Anarchist Communist Group

After fifty years the truth is beginning to emerge about the massacre of eleven people in West Belfast by the Parachute Regiment of the British Army.

A coroner has found that nine of the ten had been shot by them, whilst in the case of the tenth, John McKerr, there was doubt as to who had killed him, it either being a Loyalist paramilitary or more probably a British soldier. The coroner found that there was a distinct lack of evidence volunteered by the authorities as regards his death, hinting at the cover-up that had taken place over a span of fifty years.

The families of those murdered have had to wait a half century for this. John Teggart, the son of one of those murdered, Daniel Teggart, went on record to state, “It has taken us 50 years to get to this point. We are just ordinary families from Ballymurphy but we have held the British government and Ministry of Defence to account. We hope today will give strength to all other families. It can be done, don’t give up, you will succeed. These lies end today. We have corrected history today. The inquest confirmed that the soldiers who came to the area, supposedly to protect us, turned their guns on us.”

The massacre took place on 9th August 1971 when six hundred paratroopers surrounded and entered the Ballymurphy estate, smashing down doors at 5am and dragging people from their beds. This coincided with a Loyalist attack on homes in nearby Springfield Park, causing families to flee into the streets.

The paratroopers shot Joan Connolly repeatedly, totally disfiguring her face. She lay on waste ground for six hours, bleeding to death. Another victim of the paratroopers, Noel Phillips, was wounded and then finished off with a shot behind each ear. A local priest, Father Hugh Mullan, was shot at least twice whilst giving last rites to another dying man. Another, Pat MacCarthy, suffered a mock execution, with an unloaded gun shoved in his mouth and fired, resulting in his death by a heart attack.

The paratrooper commanders tried to cover up the massacre by stating that the IRA were firing on soldiers at the time and that those killed were IRA volunteers, when in fact none of those massacred were paramilitaries.

Over the years, a massive cover-up has obscured details of what happened. The original inquest in 1972 returned open verdicts. As a result of families of those murdered getting together in a campaign, the Attorney General in Northern Ireland okayed a request for a new inquest in 2011. These finally opened in late 2018 and finished this March.

One officer implicated in the massacre is now a retired British Army general, Sir Mike Jackson. Five months after the Ballymurphy massacre he was second in command of the Parachute Regiment when it shot dead fourteen unarmed civilians on Bloody Sunday in Derry. Chief of General Staff of the British Army until his retirement in 2006, Jackson was commander of the British Army that invaded Iraq in 2003. At the inquest he gave a grudging, mealy-mouthed apology: “Let me say to the families who so long ago lost their loved ones: for me it’s a tragedy. It’s a tragedy which is hugely regrettable, but I would also say that anybody who loses their lives as a result of violent conflict is also a tragedy. I too have lost friends, so be it. My sympathies to you and I’m sorry that it is only now after so long that you feel you can come to terms.”

Boris Johnson failed to make an apology in Parliament after the findings of the inquest, leaving it to the Northern Ireland Secretary, Brandon Lewis, to do this. Johnson sent a letter to the bereaved families just a few minutes before the announcement in Parliament. The families described this as unacceptable. One of them, Carmel Quinn, saying that Johnson’s description of the massacre as an “event” was appalling. “It wasn’t an event, it was mass murder of a civilian population.” John Teggart went on to say, “General Mike Jackson is considered a hero in Britain, but he was the one who told you that our loved ones were gunmen and gunwomen. The inquest confirmed that the soldiers who came to the North, supposedly to protect us… turned their guns on us. The British government now wants to deny us the chance for justice by introducing an amnesty for these murders.I want to speak directly to the people of Britain at this moment. Can you imagine what would have happened if soldiers murdered 10 unarmed civilians on the streets of London, Liverpool or Birmingham? What would you expect of an investigation? Would you expect justice? Or would you be happy for them to get an amnesty?”

The apologies made by the present government are particularly nauseating and insulting, as we know they are being made by the same establishment that was responsible for the original acts and the subsequent cover ups. And the same State that would do it all again if they needed to.

The Ballymurphy massacre, which happened over two days, is less well known than Bloody Sunday, not least as there was minimal media attention, yet it set the scene for the continued brutality of the Parachute Regiment. As the truth of the British State’s activity in the Six Counties, its collusion with Loyalist paramilitaries and its willingness to lie and obfuscate, is slowly being admitted to, we see revealed the state dripping head to foot in blood.