I want to apologize for not regularly keeping up with this posting the last few weeks. Given the swelling unrest following the Ferguson verdict and my engagement with it, some smaller projects this one were allowed to fall through the cracks. Here is a compilation of everything that has happened since November 17th; starting next week, this will again become a weekly post.
From the initial revolt in Ferguson last August to the demonstrations in Oakland and Berkeley last week, property destruction has been central to a new wave of struggle against police violence. But what does vandalizing businesses have to do with protesting police brutality? Why break windows?
Rydra & Bellamy terrorize the virtual airwaves with news from the Bay Area's rioting and looting and general displeasure with civilization and they discuss the Hikkikimori phenomena in Japan, the "Rainbow Girls" continuous thefts of high end stores in San Francisco, a cop losing his job in Monterey for not tasing a suicidal man
Bellamy and Rydra examine protest, dare we say "riots", in Oakland in the aftermath of the Darren Wilson verdict - more peace police. Luddites Anonymous: recent robots of various sorts emerge, including a robotic nematode. The Long History of Getting Ploughed: our aeroponic future, research on the cause of celiac. Wingnut Confessional: response to listeners on the reification of nature and on Anarcho-Primitivism's relationship to ableism and genocide.
France, Montpellier: 3rd night of mini-riots round impoverished group of housing estates “Forty to fifty young people, some of whom had their faces covered with hoods and scarves assaulted police and firefighters, with no casualties, on Saturday night 15th to Sunday, November 16th on the tense estate of Petit- Bard..They threw stones at police, traveling first by car and then on foot, while igniting gas cyliniders placed in skips
For me, and I would hope the vast majority of those contributing to and/or using this site, the essential struggle is the struggle against class society and hierarchical relations in general - riots, strikes, occupations, environmental movements, attacks on state institutions, etc. On my "News of Opposition page I update examples of these almost every day, sometimes adding comments.
It was inevitable: After news spread of anti-police riots in the small college town of Keene, New Hampshire, on Oct. 18, people on Twitter started comparing media coverage of the incident with that of the riots in Ferguson, Missouri. However, the difference in coverage between the first weeks of protest in Ferguson and the night of drunken rioting that emerged from the Keene Pumpkin Festival was telling. As white college kids in Keene flipped cars and threw bottles at cops for the fun of it, the media called them rowdy booze-filled revelers and all sorts of other euphemisms.