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From Ferguson to Oakland: 17 Days of Riots and Revolt in the Bay Area

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A wild and growing anti-police revolt is in full swing across the Bay Area. It is a node in the growing national movement sparked by the insurrection in Ferguson following the police execution of Michael Brown, and at the same time it is a continuation of local struggles dating back at least to the 2009 Oscar Grant riots in Oakland. Some of us who have participated in events in the Bay over the past two and half weeks urgently desire to communicate to others around the world about what is unfolding here. Our aim is not to claim bragging rights or to establish Oakland as the riot capital of the United States.

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U.S. Scholars to Obama: "Immediately Suspend All Military & Police Aid to Mexican Authorities"

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We are professors from universities and colleges across the United States who have been closely following the human rights violations occurring in Mexico. On September 26, 2014, students from a teachers college in the rural town of Ayotzinapa were headed to a peaceful protest when they were stopped and attacked by municipal police. These government authorities shot and killed 3 of these students, then forcibly disappeared another 43.

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Mexico: 4 anarchist comrades begin hunger strike

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Driven by a sense of rebellion and a declared rejection and true repudiation of all control mechanisms, including the prison system, we, individual anarchists, in our condition as prisoners abducted by the Mexican government, have decided to exercise one of the few tools of struggle which we can assert from inside prison: the hunger strike. From today, October 1st, a year after the arrests on October 2, 2013, 10 months of the kidnapping of Fernando Barcenas and 9 months after the detention of Amelie, Carlos and Fallon.

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Notes from the US: July

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Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan, on whose imprisonment Freedom has reported recently, was freed from Rikers Island jail in New York City in July. A short time afterwards a report by the ‘New York Times’ exposed the extent of brutal attacks by prison officers there. New York city’s health department carried out a secret study and found that abuse was widespread and routine.

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Marcos is Gone! Between the light and the shadow.

North AmericaCompañera, compañeroa, compañero: Good evening, afternoon, or morning, whichever it may be in your geography, time, and way of being.Good very early morning. I would like to ask the compañeras, compañeros and compañeroas of the Sixth who came from other places, especially the compañeros from the independent media, for your patience, tolerance, and understanding for what I am about to say, because these will be the final words that I speak in public before I cease to exist. I am speaking to you and to those who listen to and look at us through you.
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Mexican Teachers’ Massive Strikes Crescendo to a Showdown

North AmericaMexican teachers from the dissident caucus la CNTE are camped out in Mexico City's main square, demanding repeal of an "education reform" law. Never have teacher protests been so widespread, in at least 12 states. Photo: CNTE Michoacán. Teachers—whose unprecedented strikes and massive, militant protests by the tens of thousands have shaken Mexico over the past week—may be headed for a violent confrontation with the government as they call for a general strike tomorrow.
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The Seeds of Rebellion Are Taking Root, and Protests Against Injustices Are Blooming

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Stephen Shapiro describes Occupy as a “dandelion moment” in which the movement successfully dispersed seeds to float and root, thereby growing into a bigger movement. We would not limit the seeds to the US Occupy, but include the Arab Spring, the Indignados, the current revolts in Brazil and Turkey and the new phase of revolt in Egypt. All of these mass actions spread around the globe like seeds spurring more mass actions. In the US we certainly see ongoing activism around many issues and flowers of resistance growing.

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Inside the Filibuster, an anarchist account of the fight for the right to choose in Texas

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Q. How easy is to get an abortion in Texas?

Depends on what you mean by “easy.” To begin with, there is a very conservative culture that shames and silences women about sex and opts for abstinence-only sex education, which contributes to abortion being inaccessible. Texas is almost ten times the size of Ireland and has the nation’s largest rural population, which is yet another obstacle to access, given the limited options in health care. Additionally, with a price tag of $450 to $3,000 (depending on how advanced the pregnancy is), the cost alone makes access to abortion a huge challenge.

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North Carolina: After Two Months, 'Moral Monday' Protests Swell to Largest Yet

Thousands of people rally outside the North Carolina State Legislative Building on Halifax Mall Monday, June 24, 2013, prior to an act of civil disobedience opposing the Republican legislature's agenda. About 120 activists were arrested.

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Sparrows Don’t Buy Condos

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Quite often, my walk to Astoria Park -- a green urban sanctuary on the banks of the mighty East River (which is not really a river, but a tidal strait that connects Upper New York Bay to the Long Island Sound, but don’t get me started) -- involves me passing gaudy condos called “Pistilli Riverview East” in what used to be the yellowish-tan Eagle Electric plant. Last week, as I strolled past this eyesore, I took notice of several sparrows nesting in the letter of the condo sign (see accompanying photo). This seemingly benign event set me off on fanciful flight of reflection and recollection.

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