More than one hundred urban agriculture and sustainable local food activists returned to the embattled University of California “owned” Gill Tract in Albany, CA on Saturday. Last year, hundreds of activists occupied the space for three weeks before being forcefully evicted by campus and Albany police officers. Armed with direct-action knowledge, vegetation, pitch forks, shovels, goats, chickens and a bunny, the activists marched from the Albany City Hall about a block down San Pablo st
May Day 2013 Wednesday, May 1, 2013 11:30am – 11:00pm Throughout Albany! May 1st is international workers’ day and a network of workers, feminists, students, radicals, labor organizers, queer activists, environmentalists, prison abolitionists and occupiers from across the Capital Region have been busy planning! Our message is clear: our struggles are connected, so too must be our resistance! We recognize that the systems of oppression we face – from capitalism and authoritarianism, to patriarchy and white supremacy – mutually define and reproduce one another. We understand that in order to undo these systems of oppression, we need to build real movements for social liberation able to build, take, redefine, and decentralize power in society. With that in mind, we are promoting a full day of actions, marches, education and revolutionary music that all are welcome to join: – 11:30am to 1pm: New Sanctuary for Immigrants, march & vigil for Immigrants’ Rights from 273 Central Ave.
The final day of the Stop Tar Sands Profiteers Week of Action kicks off with another TD Bank protest in DC and a large TD Bank Day of Action planned in New York City and New Haven, CT. Other events today include a direct action training in San Francisco and a rally at Chevron tar sands refinery … Continue reading »
From Debt-The first Five Thousand Years by David Graeber Throughout its 5000 year history, debt has always involved institutions – whether Mesopotamian sacred kingship, Mosaic jubilees, Sharia or Canon Law – that place controls on debt’s potentially catastrophic social consequences. It is only in the current era, writes anthropologist David Graeber, that we have begun to see the creation of the first effective planetary administrative system largely in order to protect the interests of creditors. War is violence, War was the origin of slavery, War desensitizes the populace (the aggressor and the invaded populace) to a militant policing of every aspect of their lives, to extreme inequality, and to the abrupt deterioration of human rights. War requires debt to be financed and fought. Debt is used by institutions in many violent ways but none more directly violent than war