Saturday, August 03, 2013
Well, for Theoretical Weekends at Scission, I thought we would take a different route, or, more like, a different medium. It's our old friend Antonio Negri, and when you are sitting around twiddling your thumbs, you can lay back and watch this video from Lib.com.
In case you don't actually get the video, here is the link to it
Friday, August 02, 2013
Today is prison friday and the hunger strikes in California continue and many prisoners are now in bad shape and need all the support you can give them.
I, however, am turning to another story involving an immigration detention center in Arizona. These places, these "concentration camps," for lack of a better word are notorious.
Anyway, read the post below and support another hunger strike now in progress.
By the way Dream 9 refers to nine activists, "undocumented" immigrants who have been in the country since they were children and lived here most of their lives. They have been in custody were picked up after crossing the border from Mexico into the US in protest of immigration policy and the detention of hundreds of thousands. .They are now awaiting a decision on whether or not they will be deported or granted asylum.
The LA Times reports:
Margo Cowan, attorney for the nine, said U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials finished interviewing her clients this week and will probably hand down a decision soon on whether the Mexican nationals will be deported to their place of birth or released back to the American communities they’ve lived in most of their lives.
As the nine await a decision, they’ve kept busy organizing within the facility, staging hunger strikes and gathering dozens of names and numbers of other people who are with them in immigration detention. Their case information has been passed to activists on the outside. The hope is to find these detainees some sort of immigration relief and to make their stories public, said Mohammad Abdollahi, organizer with the National Immigrant Youth Alliance.
The Arizona Star adds:
Domenic Powell, a spokesman with the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, said the group is awaiting formal notification on their applications for humanitarian parole but is also seeking asylum based on "credible fear" of persecution should they return to Mexico.
Powell initially said earlier Thursday the parole requests had been denied, but later indicated the group's attorney had not yet received official word from U.S. authorities.
Should asylum be considered, the group may be released into the U.S. temporarily pending hearings before an immigration judge on their ability to remain.
These are some brave folks...
The following is from ColorLines.
‘A Girl Hanged Herself Here’
When the Dream 9 entered the Eloy Detention Center last week in Florence, Arizona, they planned to start organizing. That effort has now grown into a hunger strike protesting the conditions in one of the most notorious immigrant detention centers in the country—and a deportation machine that continues to remove more than 1,000 people per day out of the United States.
Shortly after arriving at Eloy, the Dream 9 say their phone use was unfairly restricted. In protest, they began a hunger strike—but six were placed in solitary confinement for their decision to do so. Most are back in the general population, but two remain. At the time of publication, 24-year-old Lulu Martinez and 22-year-old Maria Peniche have spent 104 out of the last 108 hours in complete isolation. Mohammad Abdollahi works with the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA), which organized the action that resulted in the Dream 9’s detention, and he remains in steady contact with the nine. He says that when Martinez and Peniche are brought out of their individual cells and into the yard once a day, they are shackled and interact only with guards.
But Martinez and Peniche aren’t the only ones facing horrid conditions at Eloy. Thesla Zenaida, who met the Dream 9 at Eloy and is now participating in a hunger strike along with other women detainees, explained in a phone call that a guard’s treatment at the detention facility drove a fellow detainee to suicide.
Look, a girl hanged herself. A girl was hanged here. [After] she was hanged, they didn’t want to take her body down. And for the same reason—because they treat us poorly. A guard treated her poorly, and that guard is still working here. They us like the worst dogs.
There were in fact two apparent suicides at Eloy in as many days in March of this year.
The NIYA’s presence at and near Eloy is also inspiring those on the outside with loved ones in detention as well. Jesus Magaña, 24, says that his sister Alejandra Pablos has been at Eloy for two years. Magaña says the 29-year-old had permanent residency after arriving to the U.S. at the age of two—but was picked up by authorities after two misdemeanor convictions. The vigils outside of Eloy have renewed his hope that his sister might be released. Pablos refuses to allow herself to be deported to Mexico because she has no family there, and is afraid what she’ll face in a country she doesn’t know.
Magaña returned from service in the Air Force one year ago, and recently moved from California to Arizona in order to be closer to his sister, whom he visits every weekend. He says he can’t imagine being separated from his sister, who has always supported him and wrote him for the four years he was on duty. “It’s like we were both deployed—she was in Eloy and I was in Kuwait,” says Magaña. “But they get treated worse here than I was in deployment.”
Magaña says that treatment includes humiliating remarks and the constant threat of solitary confinement. He adds that Pablos explained that she’s been told by guards that 70 women in various pods have joined the hunger strike—but that she was warned that if she did so, she would “face charges.”
The NIYA has started a campaign encouraging supporters to hold a one-day hunger strike in solidarity with the strikers inside Eloy.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
What is wrong with white people anyway? They go about rioting and tearing up their own communities, shooting, raping, tearing up their schools, killing each other and anyone who gets in their way, and just committing all kinds of mayhem on each other...and everyone else. Kids walking around looking like a bunch of schlumps...and the parents, well, they just don't give a damn.
I'm thinking we need some sort of program to teach white how to act in a civilized manner. Or maybe, it is just in their genes and their isn't a damn thing we can do about it.
I'll tell you one thing for sure, we don't need any more of these whites coming into our country from their historical homelands where violence and savagery are legendary. Keep em out I say. We need a wall on our northern border since I have a feeling a lot of white people are slipping in, I mean, states like North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Idaho, are full of whites. Where is our heritage going?
It is all an outrage.
The following is from Gawker.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
So who is Irina Lipskaya? She is a friend and she is a comrade and she is an anti-nazi fighter and she is brave and she is in jail and she has been there for over a year with no trial.
She is in Russia.
Remember Russia. Thank god, they cast off the yoke of "communism" and became free...well, not exactly free, well not really free at all, and it really wasn't communism they cast off, but whatever...Mr. Gorbachev bring down that wall...and all that bully rahahahaha.
Russia is sort of a center of the international not just fascist, but out and out nazi movement. It's odd, since Mr. Putin seems, oh so powerful, and oh so able to get his way, to crack down on whoever he wants, yet these nazis just keep being there.
What's up with that?
Irina was arrested on the 2nd of July 2012. She has been on the inside for a little over a year, awaiting a trial. Her incarceration is prolonged due to dubious claims by her alleged “victims” that they still have not acquainted themselves with the results of the investigation. However, according to sources within Moscow doing support for Irina and other anti-fascist and anarchist allies (Alexy Sutuga, Igor Kharchenko, and others) clear evidence of their guilt still has not been presented.
On July 4th, 2012, the Presnenski district court of Moscow’s judge Dmitry Dolgopolov, fulfilled a police request to imprison two of six anti-fascists who were remanded on the second of July, not far from club “Barrikada” (see story here). 23 year old Irina Lipskaya and 19 year old Andrey Molchanov, were picked up on suspicion of having violated statute of Russian criminal codex 213 part 2 (hooliganism, committed with a group of people).
According to police reports, anarchists and anti-fascists attacked guests of a Nazi concert with rubber bullets and flares.
Irina and Andrey’s story is different. According to them six anti-fascists were traveling by Zvenigorskoye highway in Moscow. They stopped their car near the club to have a smoke. Guests of the fascist concert attacked their car with rubber bullets. Anti-fascists jumped into their car and attempted to drive away, but were arrested after few seconds by SOBR special forces of the police.
They were beaten both during their arrest and inside of the Presnenski district police station. The “victims” that the police took statements from were the same fascist nationalists from the club, who were more than happy to imprison our anarchist allies. It is clear that despite any actual evidence of their involvement, Irina and Andrey are being held because of their anti-fascist beliefs.
It is obvious, that this is a political case against anti-fascists. As SOBR special forces were on the spot, anti-fascists were under police surveillance prior to arrest. This is not the only political case against anti-fascists in Moscow – besides Irina and Andrey, three more anti-fascists are currently detained in Moscow – Alexey Sutuga, Alexey Olesinov and Igor Kharchenko.
She has been charged with three felonies, including “hooliganism, committed by a group and with a preliminary intent” and “involving minors to a felony hate crime”.
Irina was arrested just few days after her graduation from the Journalist Faculty of the Moscow State University. She needs a medical care for her hand, as she was stabbed by Nazis during a fight in 1st of May of 2011, but while in prison she may not receive proper medical care.
During the remand court session of 27th of June, Irina was strong and showed that system is not about to crush her. According to Moscow ABC, she is also not in a need of material support. However, moral support is necessary, a full year of prison is hard for anyone especially because during the investigation she has been betrayed by some of her former comrades.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
The peasantry has always been a perplexing "class" for Marxists. Let's face it, most of us have always considered them somewhat reactionary, hardworking, but most assuredly not part of the working class. There are many reasons for this, none of which I am going to bother getting into now. I will just say that Marx considered the peasantry to be disorganized, dispersed, and incapable of carrying out change. Marx also expected that this class would tend to disappear, with most becoming displaced from the land and joining the proletariat. The more successful might become landowners or capitalist farmers. It has not exactly yet turned out that way, though the peasantry has certainly diminished in size, just take a gander at China. It is also that when Marx wrote of the peasantry he saw them as a feudal remnant that stood in the way of the progressive development of capitalism.
Later communists such as Lenin and Mao took different and often contradictory positions on the role of the peasantry...mostly to suit the needs of how they viewed the revolutionary situation within their respective countries.
The question now is for some is with Empire, with global capital, with social production, where is the peasantry in relations to the working class, and, perhaps, more importantly, in relation to the multitude.
Antonio Negri writes:
I think that after ’68 and with the beginning of the neo-liberal counterrevolution the structure of organising labour and in consequence the organization, the making of class composition has changed profoundly.
The factory stays no longer in the centre of value production. The value is created by putting to work the whole of society. We call multitude all the workers who are put to work inside society to create profit. We consider all the workers in the whole of society to be exploited, men, women, people who work in services, people who work in nursing, people who work in linguistic relations, people who work in the cultural field, in all of the social relations, and in so far as they are exploited we consider them part of the multitude, inasmuch as they are singularities. We see the multitude as a multiplicity of exploited singularities. The singularities are singularities of labour; anyone is working in different ways, and the singularity is the singularity of exploited labour....
When we take for example the peasantry. Peasants have always been considered to be outside the working class, to be something that should become working class. This always has been complete rubbish because the peasants always worked, worked hard, worked on things, worked as singularities. Nowadays we find ourselves facing a peasant class in the countries that are becoming increasingly irrelevant for capitalist development, and inside this peasant class we find on one side to a great extend the organisation of industrial labour, on the other side we find the specificity of peasant labour, which is singular, which means a specific contact with nature, the making of good cheese, of good vine. It means finding this unique quality of labour, finding inside the diversity, inside the difference the common elements, that are, of course, joint elements of exploitation, but on the other side the specificity of the peasant’s capacity to relate oneself to the earth and to transform it, transform it into good cheese and good vine. Only in this way we can think of relations with the industrial working class, and not with workers’ aristocracy, that wouldn’t be mechanical.
In a review of the book Empire by Negri and Hardt, Eric Mason writes:
One problem caused by giving immaterial labor a central role in the project of the multitude is the question of the participation of those who labor on the land and do not trade primarily in immaterial labor-namely, peasants. Hardt and Negri admit as much when they state that the “figure of the peasant may pose the greatest challenge for the project of the multitude.” The disappearance of the peasant from struggles over democracy (like the disappearance of the “figure of the industrial worker, the service industry worker, and all other separate categories”) is welcomed by Hardt and Negri, who see this as part of the “more general trend of the socialization of all figures of labor.” In other words, the multitude depends on the becoming common of multiplicity, while each form of labor is assumed to be able to retain its singularity.
Of course, there are "multitudes" who disagree totally with Negri and Hardt and others who make a mountain out of the multitudes. They say they are totally muddling class and class struggle...and worse.
The truth is I am not getting into that debate here, today.
The post below is simply an example of the fact that not everyone is all that concerned with how anyone defines class or the peasantry. They just are...
The following is from Red Pepper.