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[l] at 8/20/19 12:34pm
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Recently, It’s Going Down was approached about publishing a testimony by a former Child Detention Center staff employee, Ramona Benitez. Their report details what they saw during several years inside one of the facilities operated by a non-profit currently running a child prison in Chicago: the Heartland Alliance. What follows is their story.

What they call “family reunification,” I call prosecution, kidnapping, extortion. In my experience as [a family reunification] specialist, the intervention of state agencies and social service agencies functions as a legalized kidnapping. Ramona Benitez, former family reunification specialist at a Heartland Alliance detention center

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[Category: It's Going Down, military and law enforcement, prisons, Ramona Benitez, security industry, USA, migration, repression]

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[l] at 8/15/19 12:56pm
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An interview from the Earth First! Journal about the ongoing coal blockade in Harlan County, Kentucky.

...we know that we are gonna have to step outside of our comfort zone and build with people who haven’t had access to the same spaces as us, and we are happy to do it. It’s pretty beautiful to see actually... I can’t reiterate enough that people from eastern Kentucky are full of complexities. Lill, a Kentucky anarchist organizer

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[Category: coal, Earth First!, mining, Panagioti Tsolkas, USA, blockades, Kentucky]

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[l] at 8/15/19 2:44am
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The UK government seems hell-bent on crashing out of the European Union without a deal on 31 October. What does this say about the politics of the ruling class?

The roots of this crisis in the Tory party are in the decline of British capital on the international stage, the changing character of the UK’s economy, and, most of all, the need for new methods of social control Gabriel Levy

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[Category: Conservatives, Gabriel Levy, UK, Brexit, capital, UK, working class]

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[l] at 8/15/19 2:00am
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For Which He Is Currently Imprisoned

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[Category: Alexei Polikhovich, CrimethInc., Russia]

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[l] at 8/13/19 12:16pm
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Last week, the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) put out a call to participate in a phone zap campaign in support of a hunger strike to win better conditions at the Scotland Correctional Institution in North Carolina. What follows is a message from one of the hunger strikers thanking people for taking part in the action.

We knew there would be reprisals and I was the victim of them, but I gladly take them with pride knowing that my fellow prisoner can enjoy exercise outside his cell five days a week and be offered a phone call every 90 days. A hunger striker at Scotland CI

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[Category: Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, prisons, USA, hunger strikes, North Carolina]

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[l] at 8/10/19 8:10am
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Members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) organized into the Burgerville Workers Union officially launched a strike today as negotiations with Burgerville corporate broke down, following a year of stalling and refusal on the part of bosses to address worker demands. This report first appeared on It's Going Down.

This morning, workers from across three different Burgervilles walked off the job, because none of us can afford to wait any longer for a raise. If a strike is what it takes to get Burgerville to bargain with us in good faith and bring us a serious proposal on wages... we’re ready. Burgerville Workers Union

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[Category: Burgerville Workers Union, fast food, It's Going Down, IWW, restaurants, retail and food, USA, Oregon, Portland, strikes, unions, workplace activity]

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[l] at 7/31/19 10:33am
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Some of London’s most prominent institutions are bracing themselves for a summer of labour struggle, after the United Voices of the World trade union (UVW) announced that staff in seven different workplaces are set to strike in protest at poverty wages and unfair conditions.

I have worked at the Royal Parks for 24 years, but these poverty wages mean that, like many of my colleagues, I’m living a hand-to-mouth existence. We are denied occupational sick pay... Now we are coming together to change things for ourselves. Genevive Boohene, a striking cleaner

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[l] at 7/22/19 6:10am
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Since the beginning of the civil war in Syria wave after wave of refugees arrived Turkey. Currently there are about 4 million Syrian refugees living in several cities scattered throughout the country. In the last local elections the AKP government lost major cities like Istanbul and Ankara (where hundreds of thousands of immigrants are living in precarious conditions) to the opposition parties, who mostly ran on an anti-Syrian nationalist campaign. Now, the AKP government is trying to win its constituencies back by resorting to mass deportations of immigrants.

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[Category: Syria, Turkey]

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[l] at 7/22/19 5:00am
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Since the beginning of the civil war in Syria wave after wave of refugees arrived Turkey. Currently there are about 4 million Syrian refugees living in several cities scattered throughout the country. In the last local elections the AKP government lost major cities like Istanbul and Ankara (where hundreds of thousands of immigrants are living in precarious conditions) to the opposition parties, who mostly ran on an anti-Syrian nationalist campaign. Now, the AKP government is trying to win its constituencies back by resorting to mass deportations of immigrants.

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[l] at 7/21/19 2:39pm
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Deliveroo riders took action across London, Leeds and Nottingham over the weekend of the 12th-13th July in response to punitive new policies from management that would cut hours for motorbike couriers in London and cyclists elsewhere.

Tonight, with an outpouring of support from their workers, Deliveroo riders stood together to shut down Deliveroo editions kitchen! Scrap vehicle priority, or we’re ready to do it again. Nottingham Riders Network

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[Category: distribution, food service, IWGB, IWW, retail and food, UK, Deliveroo, gig economy, strikes]

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[l] at 7/20/19 2:35pm
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An account of Saturday's demonstrations in Paris

"Where the movement will go I do not know, but running with them, shouting, chanting, and singing, it was impossible not to feel a sense of solidarity and hope. It seemed the easiest and simplest thing to understand was that what was happening was a revolutionary moment."

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[Category: Gilets Jaunes, journalism, France]

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[l] at 7/19/19 5:06pm
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A brief review of the movie Gun City/La Sombra de la ley (2018)

"...we are soon immersed in a messy and gritty world where nobody is quite what they seem and there are multiple layers of duplicity and inter-connection between the characters." LAMA

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[Category: LAMA/AWSM, Spain, Movie review, Spain]

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[l] at 7/14/19 9:13am
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A statement from La Resistencia (formerly NWDC Resistance), a migrant defence organization, on the police killing of a person who was appears to have been trying to sabotage the North West Detention Centre.

But for the City of Tacoma allowing the GEO Group’s facility to be built and expanded in Tacoma, this death, and the death and suffering of those inside the detention center would have been avoided. La Resistencia

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[Category: La Resistencia, police, USA, migration, police violence, repression]

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[l] at 7/14/19 7:29am
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A report from North Shore Counter-Info on the situation in Hamilton, Ontario, where growing numbers of anarchists and queers have been targeted by the stateafter a far-right attack on the local Pride event.

Only days after Pride participants were attacked by hate groups, a member of the police unit specifically responsible for dealing with hate-based activities came to a meeting for the queer community to investigate the queer community.

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[Category: Canada, North Shore Counter-Info, gay pride, Hamilton, LGBTQ, Ontario, repression, sex and sexuality]

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[l] at 7/3/19 12:38pm
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An article from North Shore Counter-Info giving updates on the situation in Hamilton, where queer anarchists have been dealing with police repression after defending a local Pride event from homophobic/far-right attackers.

I don’t want to march with cops, because I’m not part of any community that includes police... When people push back against slumlords and property speculators in this city... who stands up to defend their exploitation, their ability to profit off of our misery? It’s the fucking police again. Cedar Hopperton

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[Category: Canada, North Shore Counter-Info, gay pride, Hamilton, LGBTQ, Ontario, repression, sex and sexuality]

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[l] at 7/1/19 3:03pm
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Imprisoned writer Jason Renard Walker reports on the extreme heat conditions that come with summer in the Texas prison system, and how the administration turns a blind eye.

They do have such a thing as heat restrictions that medical assistance provides... after you pay a co-medical fee of $100... most can't afford to pay the co-medical fee. Because they do not pay us for our labor in Texas state prisons, so inmates are left to deal with the heat on their own. Marcus Parker

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[l] at 7/1/19 8:44am
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Anti-fascists have been using direct action against fascist regimes for decades, and often described as 'terrorists' as a result. Here we celebrate six of the best 'Antifa Terrorists'.

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[Category: libcom.org, Western Europe, Dutch resistance, fascism, Italian resistance, Spanish resistance]

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[l] at 7/1/19 8:44am
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Anti-fascists have been using direct action against fascist regimes for decades, here we celebrate six of the best

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[Category: libcom.org, Western Europe, Dutch resistance, fascism, Italian resistance, Spanish resistance]

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[l] at 6/27/19 2:55pm
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An interview with Hong Kong anarchists involved in the movement against the new Extradition Bill. This interview was first posted by Crimethinc.

What’s interesting in this struggle is that people are really spending a lot of time thinking about what “works,” what requires the least expenditure of effort and achieves the maximum effect in paralyzing parts of the city or interrupting circulation.

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[Category: CrimethInc., China, social movements, Hong Kong]

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[l] at 6/25/19 11:37am
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Inside Shakopee Prison on Saturday 25th June, prisoners wore blue - the only color they can wear without getting in trouble - to protest in favor of changes demanded by LGBTQ prisoners. This story was first published by the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee.

“When I got up for breakfast, my unit all wore blue. I was very happy, very gay...” says Joe Vanderford. A reported 100 prisoners out of the 130 in the Anthony Unit wore blue in support of the demands of LGBTQ prisoners and an end to a reported environment of discrimination and harassment. Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee

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[Category: Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, prisons, Twin Cities IWW, USA, LGBTQ, sex and sexuality, transgender]

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[l] at 6/24/19 12:50pm
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The following statement from the anarchist community center The Tower responds to the recent repression against those targeted by police after clashes erupted between those defending Hamilton Pride and the far-Right.

The most threatening thing to the police are communities that feel empowered to use force to defend themselves because it undermines the thing they hold most dear – their unquestioned authority. The arrests and intimidation being used by them now are punishment for us standing up for ourselves. The Tower

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[Category: Canada, gay pride, Hamilton, LGBTQ, Ontario, repression]

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