“They’ll Never Forget It”: Report from the Battle to Defend the Palestine Solidarity Encampment at UCLA
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2w ago
Photo by Shay Horse On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we are joined with a guest who discusses the mass mobilization to defend the Palestine Solidarity Encampment at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA, which was attacked by far-Right Zionists on April 30th and then by hundreds of riot police on May 1st, who made over 200 violent arrests. During our discussion, our guest breaks down how the UCLA encampment grew in the face on continued harassment and attacks from far-Right pro-Israel counter-protesters. These attacks escalated on April 30th, when a group of Zionists attacked barricades erec ..read more
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“We Are Not Afraid of You”: Voices from Inside the Growing Anti-War Movement Sweeping US Campuses
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by It's Going Down
3w ago
On this special episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with folks across the country that are taking part in the exploding movement of anti-war encampments and occupations sweeping across US campuses in solidarity with Palestine. First, we speak with someone at Columbia University in New York. We discuss how the Right and the campus administration is attempting to attack protesters as ‘anti-Semitic,’ even as anti-Zionist Jewish students are playing a key role in the organizing alongside many other students from a variety of backgrounds. Next, we speak with grassroots journalist Vish ..read more
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This Is America #196: Houston Food not Bombs Fights City Hall, Montreal Autonomous Tenants’ Union, National Guard on New York Subway
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1M ago
Welcome, to This Is America, April 18th, 2024. In this episode, first we present an interview with a member of Houston Food Not Bombs, who speaks about how the group has been pushing back on attempts by the city to shut down their mutual aid program through ongoing ticketing and police harassment. We then turn towards New York City, and discuss how Democrats have greased the wheels through fear campaigns over crime and migrants, to bring in the National Guard onto the city’s subway system. Via @slam.matu We then speak to members of the Montreal Autonomous Tenants’ Union, who discuss their or ..read more
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The IWW, the Red Scare, and Lessons on Resisting Repression Today
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1M ago
On today’s episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we sit down with labor historian Peter Cole, who speaks on how the state in the midst of World War I, used a variety of tactics, which came to be known as the ‘Red Scare,’ to attack and smash the ascendant Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), an anti-capitalist labor union organized around syndicalist lines. Cole maps out the variety of forces which attacked the union, ranging from coordinated government raids on IWW union halls, attacks from far-Right vigilantes in the the Ku-Klux-Klan and the American Legion, and the assassination of organ ..read more
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This Is America #195: Friends of Aaron Bushnell Speak, Deep Dive on Situation in Haiti
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2M ago
Welcome, to This Is America, March 21st, 2024. In this episode, first we speak with several anarchists and mutual aid organizers in so-called San Antonio, Texas about their late friend, Aaron Bushnell. On February 25th of this year, Bushnell, an anarchist originally from the Cape Cod area of Massachusetts. engaged in what he described as an “extreme act of protest,” when he set him self on fire in front of the Israeli embassy in Washington DC, in protest of the US government’s ongoing support of the state of Israel and its campaign of genocide and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians in the oc ..read more
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This Is America #194: Jeremy White on San Diego ‘Antifa’ Case, Smash by Smash West, Franklin Lopez on New Children’s Book
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2M ago
Welcome, to This Is America, March 8th, 2024. On today’s episode, we feature an interview first with Jeremy White, a long-time community organizer in Southern California who is currently facing felony charges stemming from a counter-protest against violent far-Right gangs in San Diego in 2017. We talk about how Jeremy and other activists were selectively targeted by the State and law enforcement, while fascist groups like the Proud Boys and American Guard were allowed to run wild and openly attack members of the public. We then talk to folks in Austin, Texas about the upcoming Smash By Smash ..read more
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How Antifascist Moms Are Pushing Back Against the far-Right and Anti-LGBTQ+ Bigots in SoCal
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3M ago
In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with members of Safe Redlands Schools (SRS), a group of antifascist moms who have come together to push back against far-Right and fascist groups attempting to advance an authoritarian agenda in the Southern California area, specifically in local school districts. During our discussion, we talk about how these groups, which include far-Right street gangs like the Proud Boys, grew out of far-Right conspiracy theories and reaction to COVID-19 lockdowns, pivoting quickly to opposing “Critical Race Theory” and embracing a politics of gender ..read more
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This Is America #193: Report from the Border on Far-Right Convoy and Beyond
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3M ago
Welcome, to This Is America, February 17th, 2024. On this episode, first we speak with independent journalist Alissa Azar about their recent trip to the border, the unfolding crisis between Republican governors and president Biden, the far-Right convoy who came out to support the GOP, and the refugees and asylum seekers caught in the middle. Support Azar on Patreon here. We also speak with an organizer in so-called Tucson, Arizona about an upcoming Stop Cop City convergence later this month and dive into a discussion of the news. Upcoming Events February 23rd – 26th: Nationwide Summit to Sto ..read more
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Building Solidarity with Asylum Seekers in Sacramento
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by It's Going Down
3M ago
On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with someone involved in Nor Cal Resist, a group based out of Sacramento, California organizing around mutual aid, community solidarity, and building movement infrastructure. During our discussion, we talk about how the group has begun to organize and work with asylum seekers, mainly from Venezuela, Afghanistan, and the Ukraine, and the struggles that they have faced along way and the economic and imperial forces which pushed them to carry out such dangerous journeys. We talk about how Republican governors have shipped asylum seekers int ..read more
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Lessons from #DefendJ20 on Building Movement Defense Against Repression
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3M ago
On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we host a discussion on lessons learned from the support campaign to defend J20 defendants, who faced up to 80 years in prison due to conspiracy charges steaming from a march that took place during Trump’s inauguration in 2017. Our guests include one person who was arrested in DC that day and another who was involved in the support campaign to defend the over 200 arrestees. During our discussion, we talk about the case, how the prosecution utilized and weaponized far-Right media, the attempt by the State to demonize anarchism, and the way that pe ..read more
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