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Finland: Repression & resistance in Hanhikivi Cape, Venetsia squat evicted in Helsinki

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On Tuesday September 15 the cops and security guards from local security company Arlia and G4S started to evict the protesters on Fennovoima´s planned nuclear construction site on Hanhikivi Cape in Pyhäjoki. 4 arrests where made but people where released the day after. Updates from a treehouse tell us that by 11 o´clock Wednesday evening the cops have not yet succeeded to empty the area, but the destruction is in progress.

Eviction of Squat Venetsia

On the same day that the eviction in Pyhäjoki started, Squat  Venetsia in Helsinki showed solidarity with the occupation in Pyhäjoki. The day after, on wednesday, Venetsia was evicted.

Squat Venetsia had been planning solidarity events for the Pyhäjoki occupation and was also going to play an important role in housing people during the major strikes, protests and anti-government activities planned in Finland on friday.

The resistance on Hanhikivi Cape, Pyhäjoki

The protest camp, which has been around since April, is now moved to a different location in the remaining forest. The diverse activities that has taken place in Hanhikivi Cape – ranging from blockades, occupied trees and acts of sabotage- have significantly delayed Fennovoima´s plans to start the construction of the nuclear power plant together with energy company Fortum and Rosatom – Russian state owned company that specialises in the manufacturing of nuclear arms. Since the start of the occupation the situation on Hanhikivi cape has become more and more oppressive. A couple of weeks ago guards from the security company Arlia entered the camp in the night, armed with knives. A  person was dragged away by the hair and two occupants were arrested by the police.

Both the camp on Hanhikivi Cape and Squat Venetsia – as part of the finnish squatting scene – have lately played important roles in spreading autonomous culture of active resistance and direct action against state and capital, in Finland. It is no coincidence they have been targeted now, on the verge of the protests taking place on Friday.

[Published by Contra Info on September 17th
More info and images on Takku and Hyökyaalto.]

London: Solidarity banner for raided anarchist space Rumah Api in Malaysia

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A small act of solidarity from London for Rumah Api (KL): Banner drop outside the Malaysian Embassy on the same day as a massive ‘Malaysia Night’ event takes place in nearby Trafalgar Square. Rumah Api is a Kuala Lumpur based anarcho-punk social centre and gig space, and was raided by armed police on August 28th. This resulted in 160 people being arrested.

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Kuala Lumpur: Police raid anarchist space Rumah Api (Malaysia)

On 28th August (Friday), over a dozen police with automatic weapons and K-9 unit attacked Rumah Api (social center/house project in Kuala Lumpur) during a concert on that night. The police raided the house project and raid everybody during the concert and also trashed the living space of people who live there without any warrant or solid reason for the raid.

We all believe the raid were conducted due to the connection of Bersih 4 Rally which happen on the next days (29 and 30th) which is totally insane since the organizer of the concert, participants, and Rumah Api have little interest to join or even support the rally, due to our political stance on the issue of election and voting system.

The state use Rumah Api as the scapegoat of recent event of attack on banks and multinational corporations in KL for the past 2 years. So far, they found nothing to link us with that events. The police seize all the musical equipment at the concert hall, seize 2 computers of people who live there, one smart phone, artwork, and books belonging to people who live there. The police said they search the building for any weapons or explosives that can link us to terrorism.

All 160 people who got arrested were remanded for 3 days. Among the arrestees, there are comrades from United States, Germany, Spain, Phillipines and Indonesia who attended the concert. According to the detainees, during the interrogation, the police ask about their participation with Rumah Api and what knowledge they had about Rumah Api and terrorism. They were given very little food or water and there are issues of mistreating the detainees, especially womyn detainees.

The police released all of the detainees on 31st August except two comrades, one from Manila and one from Bandung. The police mention that they still under detention due to the process of checking their status in Malaysia and because both comrades have records for entering this country without legal permit. [The two comrades have now been released - 3/9/15].

At the moment, they still held the computers and a smartphone until further notice to help their investigation. 2 comrades are now facing court charges of Section 143 of the Penal Code, Section (4)(1)(b) of the Sedition Act and Section 6 of the Selangor Entertainment and Places of Entertainment Enactment and are facing fines and prison sentence of 20 years.

We are asking for solidarity from all over the world to spread the news. This is a brutal tactic used by the state to clamp down on the movement. With current political and economic instability in this country, and also the uprising of the anti-government sentiments, they are trying to put down any action or any lifestyle that doesn’t go along with what they want.

On the Rumah Api side, the gig that night titled is Party Tonight, Revolution Tomorrow is nothing more than just a normal friday night gig with no intention to relate it with Bersih 4 rally. We at Rumah Api are critical with the popular struggle in Malaysia. Bersih 4 which is a demonstration for free and clean election is a so-called first world problem and it has a middle upper class agenda. Bersih 4 is being supported and joined by liberals and Islamists with their partisan politics that we are all against. We focus more on the grassroots level and are more interested to put our energy into strengthening our own and surrounding community. We see, by supporting Bersih 4 and it’s agenda, that we would be on the wrong side of our struggle. In Malaysia, by changing the government, it will not make the problems goes away. Issues of xenophobia, homophobia, racism and religion are still the serious problems the politicians failed to address.

Now, people still gathering outside of Ampang Police Station to pressure them to release two of our comrades.

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Interview with Syrian-American Film Director Elias Matar on the Serbia-Croatian Border

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  Syrian-American film director, Elias Matar, from Los Angeles has traveled to the Serbian-Croatian border to show solidarity with refugees marching from Greece to Germany. In an interview with WienTV he said, “My parents come from Syria and for me to see the Syrians coming this way, it’s really painful for me because they struggled Read More

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Egypt: How One Woman is Helping Refugees Using Social Media

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  The number of refugees seeking asylum in Europe continues to climb. Over 20,000 refugees crossed into Croatia since Hungary closed its border with Serbia on September 17. The statistics are overwhelming. Citizens from around the world are organizing direct assistance to help refugees. People power is providing immediate relief as government bureaucracies trip over Read More

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VIDEO: Citizens Order Officer to “Drop the Gun” He Draws on Unarmed Woman – It Works

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By Johnny Liberty – Free Thought Project Boston, MA — A video uploaded to YouTube Friday shows a Boston police officer attempting to arrest a woman on a city bus in Dudley Square. The woman was allegedly under arrest for a petty theft, according to the video’s description. During the incident, the woman begins to resist Read More

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Why I’m a ‘Makeup Tax’ resister, and you should be too

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by Frida Berrigan

Despite the promise of confidence and a higher-paying job, Frida Berrigan opts to go without makeup.  (WNV / Kate Berrigan)

About ten years ago, a friend and I went to the Clinique counter at Saks Fifth Avenue for makeovers. We thought it would be fun. On the way, I rehearsed my answer to what I imagined would be the makeup artist’s first question: “How do you describe your look?”

“Benign neglect” was going to be my answer. Cute, right? Also, true. I never wear makeup and don’t often put too much time into my appearance. I aspire to effortless elegance and settle for effortless.

The question never came and the whole experience was sort of disappointing. I got covered in goo as he talked about my uneven skin tone and unkempt eyebrows. “Don’t you pluck them?” he asked, incredulous and judgey. I love my naturally shapely eyebrows, but I was too sheepish to stand up for them. “I’m afraid of hurting them, I guess,” I mumbled.

When I looked in the mirror after he was done, I found a brighter and vaguer version of myself. I was still in there somewhere, but my inner self was having a hard time breathing under all that hypoallergenic, dermatologist-approved, never-tested-on-rabbits, very-expensive makeup. I could barely hold on long enough for my friend to take snapshot next to the makeup counter before wiping it all off in relief. I bought a $40 bottle of moisturizer as a consolation to the makeup guy and thanked him profusely as I obliterated all his hard work. My friend hated her new dramatic look, but she had the poise and tact to wait until we were in menswear to start wiping it off.

The ads promise that with a swipe of this and a smear of that, we can be our most beautiful, polished and powerful selves, but that was not my experience. I did not feel more confident. I did not feel more attractive. I did not feel better. I felt painted, unreal, hyper-self-conscious.

That was my big makeup moment. Here are a few others: In college, I wore eyeliner to parties until a friend told me she thought I “didn’t look as smart” when I was wearing it. Living in New York after college, I bought lipstick because I thought I should (I had all this extra money rattling around in my pocket looking for a new home) but I never wore it. After another friend told me that her New Year’s resolution was to wear mascara every day, I decided to do that too — much easier than my usual resolutions of not eating cheese, sending everyone I know birthday cards and being a nicer person. I tried, but just like all other resolutions, I forgot after a week or so.

Yet, I still have the mascara, and put it on every once in a while (even though you’re supposed to throw it out after a year or so). When I do, there is always a fervor in our very crowded bathroom.

“What are you doing?”

“Can I do that, Mama?”

“Why why why why?”

I tell my kids that I am putting on mascara because my eyes feel tired and I am trying to wake them up. That seemed to make sense until Seamus learned how to open it, decided his eyes were tired too and put the brown waterproof goo on his own eyes. He did a pretty good job and he rocked a very mod Russell Brand look for half the day, while I rubbed at his eyes with baby wipes for hours.

Why, indeed.

They call it the “Makeup Tax.” The average woman spends $15,000 over her lifetime on makeup. And then there is the time, about 20 minutes a day — or two weeks each year — spent smoothing and blending and smearing. All this primping and preparing is worth it, we are told. Women who invest time and energy on their appearance reap generous returns in the form of higher paying jobs and more prestigious promotions. They are prettier and people like them more. Made-up waitresses get tipped more. Cheyenne Haslett, an intern for the radio show The Takeaway, and a waitress, experimented by spending an hour and $50 at a beauty salon before heading to her Saturday evening restaurant shift. She made a little more money, felt a lot more self-confident (and self-conscious) and concluded that “Even if I didn’t think I needed it, I had bought confidence. Even if at the end of the night I was thrilled to go home and wipe it off, I would do it all over again.”

As Olga Khazan writes in The Atlantic, “Women invest time and money into doing their makeup because it impacts their relationships and their paychecks. And while both genders tend to buy haircuts, shaving cream, and moisturizer, the price of makeup is something men never have to worry about.” We can see this in the presidential race, where Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders’ appearance are treated so differently. It is okay for him to be rumpled and wooly, but every aspect of Clinton’s appearance is subjected to scrutiny and every time she gets a haircut, the coif gets a full-court press.

I just watched a YouTube video of a woman named Nikkie applying “full on glam” makeup to one side of her face, while her other side remains untouched “just plain me.” Her hand was expert, her use of color bold, her technique (to my untrained eye) flawless. The video is about six minutes long, though I am sure it took her longer. As I watched — in awe and admiration — I kept thinking: Her left side is lovely. All that she covered up and said she didn’t like — her small eyes, full cheeks and pink skin — was what made her unique and human (to me, anyway). At the end, both sides looked incredible, but I could only relate to her left side. Her makeup tutorials get millions of views. But this video — “The Power of Makeup” — has sparked an Internet “protest” on Instagram, where women are making up half their face and leaving the other side untouched. The photos are dramatic and the women definitely project a kick-ass, “don’t-call-me-shallow-for-loving-makeup” kind of empowerment that I admired.

Sonia Singh transforms Bratz dolls from painted ladies to barefaced little girls. (Facebook / Tree Change Dolls)

Still, as the mother of two girls, I was much more moved by a Tasmanian woman’s transformation of Bratz dolls from pint-sized painted ladies to bare-faced little girl dolls. Sonia Singh upcycles the used dolls and sells them on Etsy (she had 12 when she put them online and has been completely inundated with interest). It seems like they are worth the effort and/or expense. In a video about her work, a group of girls play with the dolls, which are dressed in hand-crocheted play outfits and have been given new feet so they can wear tiny sneakers. One girl says, “They are nicer to play with. You can kind of think they’re the same age as you.” Sonia Singh hopes that doll manufacturers pay attention.

Now, as close readers of this column know, I don’t have a job, I don’t suffer from a surfeit of confidence and I have spent most of my life squarely out of the mainstream. But I do like feeling pretty and I am susceptible to the magazine covers, television ads and the pixelated perfection of our consumer-driven society. I do wonder if this or that product is the magic elixir to make me feel (or at least look) like I slept more than four hours last night and was closer to 30 than 40. But, in the end, I choose to spend my allotted beauty regimen time (i.e. the two minutes I have the bathroom to myself in the morning) doing something practical and healthy like flossing my teeth and putting on a moisturizer with sunscreen.

As I do, I remind myself that beauty is like happiness — fleeting and abundant, precious and free, subjective and uncaptured, and best appreciated while focused on something more important. They can’t tax that.

Students in Paraguay Protest for a Quality Education

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Students, public and private schools, universities and teachers showed that the Paraguayans want a better quality education without discrimination. Between 6,000 and 10,000 high school students, supported by their principals, teachers and parents mobilized in the Paraguayan capital of Asuncion. In somewhat smaller amounts demonstrations were reported in dozens of cities and towns under the Read More

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Statement from Student Occupation at Helsinki University

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Finland – People fed up with the constant rundown of education and research have occupied the University of Helsinki, Porthania building today. This politically independent occupation is a message from within the university community against austerity politics. At the same time, it is an entry into a broader front against cuts and a show of Read More

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Workers Strike Against Cuts Brings Finland to a Halt

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Helsinki’s working class turns out in staunch opposition to proposed cuts to workers rights, as 30,000 gathered at the Central Railway Station to demonstrate despite inclement weather. The strike began early on Friday morning and was planned to last one working day. All railroad and bus lines, as well as servicing of aircrafts at the Read More

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NYC activists protest racism, cops and gentrification on Occupy’s 4th anniversary

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by Ashoka Jegroo

Protesters outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on September 17. (WNV/Ashoka Jegroo)

Hundreds of protesters in New York City took to the streets on September 17 in a variety of actions against racism, gentrification and police brutality. The day marked the fourth anniversary of Occupy Wall Street with actions taking place in at least three boroughs.

“We had a day of action that was around racism, police brutality and anti-gentrification specifically because we needed to have a way to be very intersectional about all of what’s happening in our communities,” said Imani Henry, an organizer with Equality For Flatbush. “Gentrification is about landlords, corporations, the de Blasio administration, [Brooklyn Borough President] Eric Adams, and every borough president who is allowing developers into our neighborhood. It’s about community boards, re-zoning issues and struggles that we never ask for. And it’s also about the cops occupying our neighborhoods.”

According to a study by the Community Service Society of New York released in June, rents citywide rose by 32 percent from 2002 to 2014 even after removing the effects of inflation. Many of the biggest increases in rent occurred in communities of color in central Brooklyn and uptown Manhattan. These drastic rent increases, coupled with more aggressive policing, are what often lead to the displacement of poorer communities of color in favor of more affluent, young white residents. The amount of apartments that are affordable to low-income households has also decreased by 44 percent citywide since 2002. These trends have made much of New York City simply unaffordable for poor and working people.

“I organize because I recognize that, as I walk into a neighborhood that I’m actively gentrifying, there are people who have lived there long before I have lived there who have been suffering and struggling in that neighborhood who I need to be actively struggling with and supporting,” said Jose Garcia, an organizer with the Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network. “The way that I support that is by fighting against police brutality, fighting against corporations, and fighting against the New York City developers who are actively involved in pushing and shoving a lot of communities of color out.”

While a small group of former Occupy Wall Street protesters gathered at Zuccotti Park in the afternoon to reminisce, activists with the Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network, a coalition of dozens of grassroots groups, were up early in the morning handing out fliers in Brooklyn for the day’s events. Along with a full day of actions, the group put out a list of 10 demands concerning housing and inequality. At around noon, Families United for Racial and Economic Equality protested in front of the New York City Housing Authority management office at the Farragut Houses.

At 2:30 p.m., the Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network held a press conference at City Hall, where speakers criticized the mayor and other elected officials for their participation in the future gentrification of New York City. The protesters then protested outside the New York City Department of City Planning.

At 5:30 p.m., the protesters began to rally at Canal Street and Bowery near the Manhattan Bridge. The New York City Police Department, particularly its anti-protest Strategic Response Group, was also waiting at that spot in full force and surrounded the protesters on all sides. Meanwhile, in Staten Island, activists protested and chanted “I Can’t Breathe” outside a softball game between Mayor de Blasio’s administration and members of the New York City Council, blocks away from where Eric Garner was killed by police last year.

 

Activists with the Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network march on the pedestrian walkway over the Manhattan bridge. (WNV/Ashoka Jegroo)

Back at the Manhattan Bridge, at around 7 p.m., 100 or so protesters began to march on the pedestrian walkway over the bridge to Brooklyn with NYPD above and behind them. Chants went back and forth from being anti-landlord to anti-rent to anti-police, as the protesters made their way across the bridge and toward the Barclays Center, a sports arena that has become a symbol of Brooklyn’s gentrification. Once they arrived at Barclays, the protesters had a rally and speakout.

“We came to Barclays because I would love to see our community here,” Henry said. “Downtown Brooklyn was a black and brown area. I’ve lived here 20 years, and when I walk, I have to waive at black people like ‘Hi! How are you? I have not seen you in so long!’ in downtown Brooklyn because at this point they’re like ‘Get out!’”

Multiple speakers then addressed the protesters in front of Barclays, as they discussed ways that people, especially gentrifiers themselves, could aid the struggle. Some of the methods people suggested to fight back against gentrification included shopping at local stores and restaurants, interacting more with veterans of the community, and even moving out completely. After some speeches and chants, the protesters held hands in a circle and wrapped up the night with a chant from Assata Shakur. They also began making plans for even better actions in the near-future.

“What’s next is really making sure that whatever action we plan, whatever demonstration we hold, we have more people, more organizations to truly help us uplift the message,” Garcia said. “There’s a lot of talk of white people who are gentrifying Brooklyn, which is really true, but that’s not it. There’s other people, other communities that are also coming in, pushing out more impoverished people of color and so we really need to be held accountable for that. And people need to make sure that, as we live in the system we’re forced to live under, we ask, ‘What are some ways that we can fight it and resist it?”

16-yr-old Beaten by Stockton Police for Jaywalking

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Video emerged Thursday of an officer striking a 16-year-old boy in the face with a baton over the minor offense of walking into the bus lane. Emilio Mayfield was downtown trying to catch a bus to go to School on Tuesday morning when he stepped into the bus lane. The voice of a woman witnessing Read More

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Protesting Students ‘Occupy’ Delhi Art College With Graffiti

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By Dipanita Nath in Indian Express - Threads criss-cross a patch of a wall like a colourful cobweb gone chaotic. Through the artwork, a third-year student of Applied Art, Aditya Verma, is registering his protest against the College of Art, Delhi. “Look at the base of this wall, it is cracked like the system here. The college covers the crack with paint but does not repair it. My threads may be weak and break, but they sure as hell can highlight the problem of the crack,” said the 21-year-old. Students of the college have been on strike since August 31 to demand better infrastructure, equipment, staff and sanitation facilities, among others. Since Tuesday, the 16th day of the protest, the students have been “occupying” the campus the way only artists can — by covering the walls and pathways with graffiti.

Strangeways, here we go again: prison protests in Manchester 25 years on

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In 1990, Strangeways in Manchester saw the biggest prison riots in UK history. When Stuart Horner scaled the same roof alone this week, it was an instant reminder. Eric Allison, who observed the original protests, asks how much has changed

One thing was certain: the majority of the noisy, excited crowd gazing up at the roof had not been born the last time a show of this kind came to Bury New Road. But when the Guardian visited the scene last Tuesday evening, it could have been stepping back in time, to just over 25 years ago.

The thoroughfare, which leads out of Manchester’s city centre, fronts HM Prison Manchester, formerly known as Strangeways. In 1990, this was the scene of the biggest riot this country’s prison system has ever known. On April Fool’s Day that year, hundreds of prisoners took to the jail’s roof and began demolishing the gaunt Victorian edifice, a long stone’s (or slate’s) throw from the city’s cathedral. They were there, their spokesmen and banners proclaimed, because of the primitive, indecent conditions to which they were being subjected.

Related: Remember Strangeways, 1990? The bad old days of inhumane prisons are back | Eric Allison

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To the barricades! Why rhythm is the heartbeat of revolution

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From rousing national anthems to the slogans chanted on marches, there is political power to be gained from good verbal timing – and composer David Owen Norris has captured some of history’s most stirring words in his new choral work Turning Points. He explains its genesis

When Ben Franklin was the American ambassador in Paris, someone asked him how his revolution was getting on at home. “Ça ira,” he replied. “It’ll do.” Once their own revolution arrived, the sans-culottes took this less-than-inspiring answer and turned it into one of the world’s most potent political chants. “Ah! ça ira, ça ira, ça ira,” they bellowed, in the stirring rhythm tum-tutter tum-tutter tum-tutter tah.

I am one of those who have probably passed a longer period of my life engaged in war than most men, and principally in civil war; and I must say this, that if I could avoid, by any sacrifice whatever, even one month of civil war in the country to which I was attached, I would sacrifice my life in order to do it.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us: that government of the people by the people for the people shall not perish from the Earth.

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

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Refugee Tripped by Camerawoman gets Coaching Job in Spain

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The Syrian refugee man who was tripped by a Hungarian camerawoman while holding his son was offered a football coaching position in Spain. As the upsetting video went viral, the story of Osama Abdul Mohsen became known around the world. “I love you, I love Madrid. Thank you for all. This is very, very important Read More

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Croatia Closes Border with Serbia, Slovenia Denied Refugees Entrance

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Croatia has closed border with Serbia due to the large number of refugees that have crossed into that country in the last two days. More than 11.000 refugees came to Croatia, after Hungary sealed of the border with Serbia. Croatian authorities stated that they are not able to handle that many refugees as their estimates Read More

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Celebrating teenage troublemakers

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by Kathryn Seidewitz

In the fall of 2011, I was a high school student in suburban Maryland. In cities up and down the East Coast, protesters flooded their financial districts and set up camp. I cautiously joined them and unwittingly threw myself into an entirely new world. For the first time in my life, I felt like I had power. In the streets of Washington, D.C., shouting, “we are the 99 percent” at the top of my lungs, I felt like the world was mine.

It was a strange sort of reverse Cinderella story. Every Sunday at 10 p.m., which was my curfew, I swiped my metro card and headed back to the suburbs. I traded my plaid shirts and grubby, salvaged meals, for the strict regimens of high school life, complete with uniforms and structured days. It was like I was living two lives — one, the disempowered, boring life of a suburban teenager and the other, the heady, exciting life of an activist on the edge of something new.

It wasn’t until nearly two years later that I realized those two worlds didn’t have to be separate. As I neared the end of my senior year, I began to read and write about stories of high schoolers who fought for their own rights within their schools.

Teenage Rebels: Successful High School Activists from the Little Rock 9 to the Class of Tomorrow” offers up the remedy to my predicament. With dozens of accounts of high schoolers rising up, Dawson Barrett paints a picture of teenagers as passionate people with the power to evoke change. He offers a variety of examples from Sybil Ludington’s ride to warn of the British invasion in 1777, to the sit-in movement of the 1960s to a 2009 protest in Norfolk, Virgina against a curfew at a local mall. About half of the case studies illustrate examples of high school students organizing for student power. The other half give examples of students working in tandem with larger movements or organizing on behalf of ousted or threatened school officials. As Barrett points out in the introduction, the protests he writes about were rarely successful. Indeed, his accounts often end short of a result or follow-up. They are glimpses into a certain time and feeling.

The most exciting stories are those that show the way teenagers have supported larger movements, like the 1960 lunch counter sit-in campaign. These stories provide examples of times when teenagers have been at their most effective, working in tandem with larger, organized movements and have been able to see some sort of result from their attempts at resistance. There are also a handful of protests that were ultimately fruitless — like the 2012 walk-outs at Paul Robeson High School, which did not prevent the school’s closing — but are powerful examples of organizing.

All of these examples partially serve Barrett’s purpose — they are inspiring and awe-inducing. The book is exactly what Barrett says it will be — “a book about young people trying to shape the world they inherit.” But the book, like many of the protests it details, lacks the context and follow-up necessary to make this as useful as it could be to the people he aims to inspire. For instance, an account of a 1924 protest in support of a principal whose contract was not renewed for the following year, gets a mere four sentences. There is no mention of the reason his contract was not renewed or whether it was renewed in response to their protests. Barrett simply states that the students were thanked by the principal and asked to return to class, which they did. The story is not particularly inspiring or clear. While some of Barrett’s entries are rich re-tellings of student protests, many fall frustratingly short. “Teenage Rebels” gives a cursory, tantalizing glance at the power of youth movements, but doesn’t do enough to analyze or put them into the context of larger movements. Barrett often offers little advice or history with which to understand these case studies.

The book is sometimes sloppily edited and poorly researched. His entry on Earth Day is entirely confusing. He recalls in three paragraphs what three different schools in Connecticut did for the first Earth Day, celebrated in 1970. Their actions seem standard — encouraging students to bike to school and recycle. Did students play some sort of larger role in the creation of Earth Day? Did they face resistance to their recycling programs? These are the questions that Barrett leaves unanswered. Some protests are afforded a handful of sentences while others get a full two pages, complete with illustrations — seemingly at random. Many of the cases seem like simply clippings from a newspaper article.

Nevertheless, “Teenage Rebels” does provide an uncompromising, thoughtful look at the power and motivations that move high school students and highlights the ways in which their issues are not often taken seriously. Barrett treats high schoolers feelings and grievances as legitimate and worthy of his time — something that the students in these stories were routinely denied. His book is worth reading for the inspiration it provides. In his conclusion, Barrett flips the script, writing “Now it is your turn, dear readers … fight for the schools you deserve.” Armed with this book as an introduction, any high schooler could begin to imagine a school where they could stand up and fight for themselves.

Why I gave up my copyright: Kirill Medvedev

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The Russian poet has been releasing his work free of ownership since 2004, insisting that publishers can only make editions without contracts and without his consent. He explains how opening his poems up to piracy is both a political protest and a liberating step towards intellectual sovereignty

I gave up copyright in my own work in 2004. I had become increasingly disgusted by the situation in my country. But my interpretation of the problem ran counter to the anti-Soviet, dissident one favoured by most of the Russian intelligentsia. I believed that the problem we were facing wasn’t a return to the Soviet Union, but rather the fact that Russia was once again finding its place in the capitalist world system, adapting, in its semi-peripheral way, the main tendencies of that system. Without reflecting on and criticising these tendencies, it seemed impossible to have a genuine position on Putin’s Russia; it seemed impossible to be a political or civic artist.

The international movements that interested me at that time, with which I felt solidarity – the alterna-globalisation movement and the movement against the invasion of Iraq – were simply nonsense to the liberal intellectual circles to which I belonged. I saw in this our extreme provincialism, one that I wanted to break out of even as I maintained my ties to the Russian revolutionary-democratic and Soviet underground traditions which I felt were my inheritance. Osip Mandelstam once defined acmeism, the poetic movement to which he belonged, as a “yearning for world culture”. I think my rejection of copyright at that moment, my decision to release my work on to the internet without any claim of ownership, was a similar gesture of yearning for the international progressive intellectual, artistic and political movement that seeks a way out of neoliberal capitalism.

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Former Occupy Wall Street protesters rally around Bernie Sanders campaign

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Protesters say movement’s unorthodox style has laid groundwork for Sanders’ success, while its network of activists are proving a major boon to campaign

On 17 September 2011 a group of protesters occupied Wall Street. Their unpolished campaign sought to draw attention to financial inequality. To healthcare issues. And to the problem of student debt.

Related: Occupy Wall Street: four years later

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Students demonstrate support for the plight of refugees

The Guardian | Protest -

From organising collections to campaigning on social media, students are leading the way with their response to the refugee crisis

As millions across Europe put pressure on governments to respond to the current refugee crisis, students around the UK are campaigning on campuses.

From taking collections, to marching through towns and cities, a surge of community activism is putting pressure on politicians, both locally and nationally, to welcome refugees – and it is students leading the charge.

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