Student Tommy DiMassimo, 22, who is charged with disorderly conduct, says he feels obliged to stand up to ‘white supremacists like’ the Republican frontrunner
The man who rushed the stage at a Donald Trump rally in Ohio on Saturday has sought to explain his actions, telling the Guardian: “I have to bully the bully.”Continue reading...
A Donald Trump protester on Saturday jumped a barrier and attempted to rush the candidate on stage at a rally in Dayton, Ohio. The man reached the edge of the stage before being tackled by secret service officers. Trump, who looked flustered, took a moment to regain his composure before thanking the crowd for warning him about the incidentContinue reading...
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Crowds gather in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sunday to protest against the government and demand the removal of president Dilma Rousseff. Chants of “Fora Dilma!” [Dilma Out!] are led by Marcelo Itagiba, the former Rio state security secretary and head of federal police. He is now a congressman in the PSDB party, which is nominally part of the ruling campContinue reading...
Widespread anger is targeted at Dilma Rousseff as the country grapples with recession and a major corruption scandal: ‘She’s a horror’
Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians joined anti-government rallies across the country on Sunday, ramping up the pressure on embattled president Dilma Rousseff.
Already struggling with an impeachment challenge, the worst recession in a century and the biggest corruption scandal in Brazil’s history, the Workers Party leader was given another reason to doubt she will complete her four-year term by the latestsignificant show of public frustration.Continue reading...
Republican frontrunner faces increasingly intense condemnation even from members of his own party, who warn Trump is inciting rallies into violence
Donald Trump has refused to take responsibility for a weekend of violence and chaos on his campaign trail, defying increasingly intense criticism even from Republican candidates who warn that the frontrunner is inciting clashes that will spiral out of control.Continue reading...
Anger over racism and injustice has borne bitter, brilliant fruit in political music from artists such as Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar and D’Angelo. Daphne A Brooks hails a new, vital era of protest song
We are experiencing a new golden age of protest music, that much is sure. You could say its moment emerged near the goalposts of Levi’s Stadium last month, on the mark where Beyoncé, the biggest and longest-reigning megastar musician of her generation, executed an inspired, insurgent assault on the media (or shamelessly vacuous infomercial, depending on who you ask). There, in the Super Bowl interval, with pyrotechnics blazing and her signature all-female drumline flanking her from side to side, Our Lady Bey launched into Formation, swinging a pro-capitalist, black-is-beautiful anthem that rhapsodised about her “Givenchy dress”, southern “hot sauce” and “Jackson Five nostrils” as an affirmation of swaggering black pleasure and joy in the face of black life under duress.
Beyoncé provides us with a global stage on which we can get in formation with her to withstand brutalityContinue reading...
Amid the chaos and the clashes at Trump rallies Friday, a small group of people on opposing sides tried to reason with each other in St Louis – loudly, but civilly
As Trump supporters and protesters clashed outside rallies in Chicago and St Louis Friday, there was screaming, spitting and physical scuffles, and racial slurs were levelled at protesters.
In St Louis, a small group of black protesters and white men in Trump hats tried something different: they had an actual conversation.Continue reading...
Following the murder of Berta Cáceres, campaigners share their stories of environmental activism in Latin America
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Since it’s difficult for some of us to tear our attention away from the Donald Trump drama, we might as well learn what we can from it. I’m finding useful information in it for advancing the living revolution in the United States.
I’ll start with my brother Bob, a white working-class retiree in rural Pennsylvania. He finds only two of the presidential candidates appealing: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. In this view he has a lot of company, judging from journalistic reports from Iowa and elsewhere.
“Each of them,” Bob explains, “is independent of their parties. The Republican leaders don’t control Trump and the Democratic leaders don’t control Sanders. That’s good, because both parties got us into this mess, and there’s no reason to think they will get us out of it. The only president who can act for ordinary Americans would be one who has his own mandate instead of doing what the party leadership says.”
For people like my brother who believe that U.S. politics needs a big shake-up, the recent attacks on Trump by Mitt Romney and John McCain strengthen their belief in Trump’s independence from an oppressive and insecurity-making status quo.
I don’t know anyone on the left who would disagree with Bob about the major parties. Those who remember the Bill Clinton presidential era remember the success the Clintons had in reducing the influence on policy of the working class and pushing the Democratic Party to the right, in tandem with a Republican Party that was itself moving to the right.
Judging from polls, we Americans are not as a people moving rightward; in fact, in some ways we have been moving leftward. One result of these opposing trends has been the decline in legitimacy of the political class itself. Even the parties’ chief influencers took a hit: A 2015 Gallup poll on Americans’ confidence in U.S. institutions put “big business” second to last — above only Congress.
Major party membership followed these trends. Both parties have lost members. More people registered “independent” even though that meant in many states they couldn’t vote in primaries. Even more striking are the increasing numbers who vote with their feet by not bothering to go to the polls on general election day.
Their logic is strong. For 30 years Gallup pollsters have found a steady majority of Americans saying that the government should redistribute wealth by imposing heavy taxes on the rich. Why should that majority — after decades of suffering the decline of jobs, schools, infrastructure and pensions while the rich pay lowered taxes — expect the major parties to reverse course?
Bottom line: It’s too superficial just to shake our heads in embarrassment about the latest Trump one-liner and moan about the “craziness” of American politics. When we look beneath the surface, we see my brother and millions of other people making sane and accurate judgments about a U.S. political system stacked against them.
What’s with the working class?
The mass media sometimes voice a familiar trope among middle-class progressives: “Why do working-class people vote against their own interests?” Sadly, the question itself betrays class bias: In reality, middle-class people vote against their own interests on a regular basis. The educational demographic that was first to see through the scam of the Vietnam war was the group that did not complete high school. This is not unusual. The AFL-CIO was issuing national protests against the Iraq war and the United States’ continued military intervention in Afghanistan, while mass middle-class associations were quiet or still clinging to the empire.
Even as I write this our public schools are bleeding, our tax money subsidizes fossil fuels, we’re falling farther behind on infrastructure, and college debt grows. The politicians who decided the policies that created these results were supported by a majority of the middle class. Why do most middle-class people routinely vote against their own interests?
The misperception about class is understandable. The professionals I know with this bias live in a middle-class bubble, don’t know progressive working-class people or many middle-class conservatives, and imagine the progressives they know represent their whole class.
The good news in the “shake-up” that my brother yearns for would be the opportunity for professionals to break out of their bubbles and find the experience of solidarity.
Putting the fear of Trump in perspective
A year ago my mixed-class and race neighborhood lost its fight to save a neighborhood school from closing. My great grandson was affected. We family members gathered last month in a church basement for a reunion. With food and chatter we remembered the old school and affirmed our youngsters who are adjusting to new schools.
While talking with another grandpa, I brought up the presidential race. “I’m not afraid of Trump,” he said.
“Why not?” I asked.
“He can say whatever craziness he wants to now while he’s running. If he gets into office, he won’t be allowed to do the extreme things. The people who have been in charge all along will still be in charge.”
The grandpa helped me get the point of Trump’s avoidance of policy commitments. In his own campaign book “Crippled America,” Trump explains why he dodges specifics: “…there are a lot of different voices — and interests — that have to be considered when working toward solutions.” He intentionally leaves himself a lot of wiggle room. Making deals is what he does best.
If I were still teaching, I’d want my students to experience our neighborhood school reunion and the working-class black grandpa’s system analysis. With Donald Trump the United States is not considering a headlong fall into dictatorship. The oligarchy is firmly in place, and it’s not going anywhere. The Donald will deal. It’s not that our country is safe from the threat of dictatorship down the road, but for now, we can see who’s in charge. The school grandpa’s perspective grounds us as we consider our own next steps.
What to do with institutional blockage
Over a thousand cases in the Global Nonviolent Action Database show a natural path taken historically when institutional paths to positive change, like elections, are blocked. When people accept that reality, they often apply people power to deal with those who are blocking them. Often, they win, even against actual dictatorships.
I explained in a recent column on the movement supporting Bernie Sanders that there are significant numbers of young adults and working-class people who can find each other as the hegemony of the major parties breaks down. The time is coming in the United States to create a broad movement outside the electoral system, one that channels righteous anger into a positive vision using effective nonviolent direct action.
Already a growing number of people are building toward that day by gaining skills and concrete victories through targeted direct action campaigns. Campaigns, after all, birthed the insurgent labor movement in the 1930s, the civil rights movement in the 1960s, and the LGBTQ movement after that.
Sporadic protest can’t do the job, and little is accomplished in one-off protests at city halls and party conventions. The targeted, goal-achieving direct action campaign — an art form in itself — can be organized nationally, and it can be tried at home. I don’t know of a better way to get practical, accelerate our learning curve, and build the sustainable, powerful movements we need.
In response to a question asked during a press conference in Florida on Friday, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump defends the treatment of protesters at his rallies, saying many of those who have allegedly been attacked were ‘violent people’. Talking about an instance where Trump himself told the gathered audience to hit a man protesting, Trump said the man was ‘swinging’ at others in the crowd and he thought it was ‘very, very appropriate’ that the audience ‘swing back’Continue reading...
Welcome to the OUR HOUSE Pop Up Community Centre!
We have occupied a building in the heart of the most expensive part of London to host a community-led occupation in protest at the Tories Housing Bill, the housing crisis and to highlight the insanity of empty properties when thousands are homeless.
This was a pop-up shop — now it’s a pop-up squat.
* 221 Brompton Road SW3 2EJ * OUR HOUSE *
OUR HOUSE Telephone : 07985669174
Our House is open to all, a family friendly space, * with Wheelchair access and ground floor Toilet! Family friendly space with Activities for kids,collectively hosted, and running for a week in the build up to the march against the Housing Bill on Sunday 13 March. We are publicly taking back empty property and puttinh it to much better use! This space is what WE make it and we need YOU to do that!
****OUR HOUSE WORKSHOP AND ACTION SCHEDULE****
Events are open to everyone! Kids space Available and wheelchair accessible space.
***Sunday 6th March***
14.00 Outreach Day in local area – Join us in speaking to locals
We are Supporting London Youth March Shout for Housing in Brixton 1-3pm https://www.facebook.com/events/1035037933205679/
18.00 General Meeting
19.00 * Kurdish Solidarity Evening Event in support of #BreaktheSilence KURDISH SOLIDARITY DEMO
Discussion and film screening of Kilometre Zero:
**** Monday 7th ****
>13.00-15.30 BANNER MAKING WORKSHOP! Come make banners- all welcome!
>15.00 ACTION! Our House or 15.45 Latimer Road station –
At 4.00pm, Deputy Leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council and Cabinet Member for Housing, Property and REGENERATION, Cllr Rock Feilding Mellen will report back from a recent consultation designed to ignore and sideline the wishes of local residents.
Instead of protecting our homes and residential amenity, Cllr Feilding Mellen will inform the Silchester West community that the RBKC are coming to destroy their homes and wreck their way of life for ever.
We aren’t going to let this moment pass without taking some direct action to show this fascist Council that they can’t behave with impunity in their shameless land grab of North Kensington.
Please gather at Our House at 3.00pm or at Latimer Road tube station at 3.45pm to execute a “mock eviction” outside the property of a despised Tory Councillor who sits at the heart of RBKC’s hateful and evil housing policy.
>18.00 General Meeting
>19.00 RADICAL HOUSING NETWORK MEETING (open to all) http://radicalhousingnetwork.org/
**** Tuesday 8th ****
>12- 17.00pm COOPERATIVE ART WORKSHOP – Making an apple tree mural Art Installation! Could cooperative housing associations be at the heart of successful social housing?
> 16.00 IT’S TIME FOR A #PILLOWFIGHT: Join us to create protest Visuals and Props for #killthebilldemo
>18.00 General Meeting
>19.00 Civil Disobedience discussion for future actions, come join the discussion.
***** Wednesday 9th ****
>13.00 PICKET SOLIDARITY ACTION with Junior Doctors in the area. meet at OUR HOUSE at 12.
> 13.00 – ONGOING! HOUSING AND OTHER STRUGGLES ACROSS LONDON MAP DRAWING :
Come share your experiences from your area, from struggles happening – in a Wall Art Work at Our House! Led by Constantine Gras, https://latymermappingproject.wordpress.com/about/ Bring Literature/ Pictures/ Memories / Ideas and help build a London wide map!
>14.00-15.30 EVICTION RESISTANCE FOR WEST LONDON RESIDENTS : both organsing and practical skills learning
> 16.00-17.30 ‘CRISIS, WHAT CRISIS?’ Paul Watt will discuss what the London housing crisis consists of, who it effects, and how we got into this mess.
>18.00 General Meeting
> 19.00 HOUSING IS A WORKPLACE ISSUE
TRADE UNIONISTS FOR HOUSING (TUFH)
We are lay trade union activists from BECTU, GMB, NUT and Unite,campaigning on housing as a workplace issue. Come and find out what we have been doing over the past year within our unions and the wider trade union movement. discussing linking up with other unions and lay activists, also we have an exciting public event planned for April. There will be copies of the TUFH manifesto and the newly approved BECTU Housing Policy. Meeting is open to all wishing to work with the trade union movement, especially trade union members. facebook.com/TradeUnionistsForHousing
***** Thursday 10th *****
> 14.00-15.30 SISTERS UNCUT WORKSHOP : Members of Sisters Uncut will be leading a discussion on the effect of housing legislation on domestic violence survivors and the need to be inclusive when campaigning around these issues, keeping aware of the specific intersections that impact access to safe housing.
> 16.00-17.30 WEST LONDON DEMOLITION TOUR > Led by local housing campaigners from Grenfall Action Group and Save Earls Court Supporters Club.
Meeting at Our House 3pm or 4pm WEST BROMPTON Overground station.
> 18.00 General Meeting
> 19.00 WEST LONDON ORGANISNG MEETING : For all west london groups and individuals wanting to connect struggles and tackle
> 20.00 WESTWAY 23 MUSIC / OPEN MIC
******* Friday 11th ******
> 11.00-13.00 KIDS KITCHENS : Parents bring toddlers/ children learn how to cook with your child!
> 14.00-15.30POETRY, RAP AND RESTISTANCE (lead by Potent Whisper)
> 16.00-18.30 STANDARD EVENING ACTION! The Standard Evening is back! Join us in handing out 20,000 copies of our spoof free sheet newspaper about the housing crisis and housing bill! Be a Newpaper caller for the evening!
> 19.00 Are Hipsters The Problem? Brick Lane Debates
YARLSWOOD DEMO 1pm https://www.facebook.com/events/1084119398266917/
18.00 General Meeting
> 12pm DEMO AGAINST THE HOUSING BILL!
Facebook event :https://www.facebook.com/events/973999866019425/
Kensington is in a borough of extreme inequality, where the average family home costs £5000 per month, and where the massive Earls Court redevelopment will see not one affordable house built on site. The housing bill threatens to force the council to sell almost 100% of their affordable houses- over 6,500 properties – and so we are creating a rare public space for housing campaigners and the local community to come together.
Radical Housing Network is a network of local housing campaigns fighting for housing justice. http://radicalhousingnetwork.org/
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Thanks and see you soon!
MORE INFO on the action:
While property brokers buy up every square inch of our city, local authorities are forcing poor people to be housed out of London, with over 68,000 people in slum-condition temporary accommodation and millions more on council housing waiting lists. The government’s response is to push through a Housing Bill that marks the biggest attack on social housing provision we’ve ever seen.
To highlight the malicious nature of this Housing Bill on all but the richest, some of us involved in the Radical Housing Network are planning direct action. We plan to set up a social centre in a highly politically significant space. When our community centres, libraries and homes are being taken away, we can reclaim space from the elite. People experiencing and challenging the housing crisis need cultural and creative spaces to share our struggles. And we need space to explore how the right to a secure home intersects with the other things we want, need, and are proud of in our lives – how the crisis affects us all differently, but how we’re all in it together.
Over the last 18 months we have seen a number of successful significant housing occupations, from the Carpenters Estate, to Sweets Way, to the Aylesbury, highlighting the criminality of evicting long term residents to make way for private redevelopments. Now we feel its time to take action within the boulevards and avenues of the rich. We need to mount a significant attack on property profiteers, as well as uniting ourselves and supporting those who’ve not yet taken this form of action to do so.
We are inviting housing groups and everyone else to collaborate in planning and enacting this space, because we are stronger together. We also want to hear from you about ideas on how we can oppose the Housing and Planning Bill, the racist Immigration Bill, the deprivation of NHS workers, and all forms of austerity. We’d love you to join us (or send a representive from your group) in a planning meeting, or let us know how you want to be involved.