Anarchist Solidarity

Anarchist Solidarity

Jock Palfreeman has been in jail in Bulgaria for about 10 years. Inside the prison he set up the Bulgarian Prisoners Association and campaigns for human rights inside the countries harsh prisons. We interview two anarchists who work to support Jock and keep his case in the public eye.

Bad Cop No Donut begins with a funny issue Victorian police are having with their uniforms, and we discuss the on going situation in Australia’s offshore detention centre on PNG’s Manus Island.

And the big announcement that we are now part of the Channel Zero Network of anarchist podcasts.

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Music

Heaven 17 – Fascist Groove Thing info
The Basics – The Lucky Country info
Phil Monsour – Who Killed Reza Berati? info
Chumbawamba – Give the Anarchist a Cigarette info

 

Words

Jock Palfreeman petition (you don’t have to be Australian to sign)

Jock’s latest text.

Bad Cop No Donut

Victorian police officers have called for new pants after reporting their current uniforms are splitting at the crotch when they are trying to arrest people.

Police Association Victoria secretary Wayne Gatt said members had reported poor-quality and ill-fitting pants.

“The material used in manufacturing the pants is particularly unpopular with members, who have advised that the material does not breathe, and that the pants cause excessive sweating particularly in summer,” he said.

Mr Gatt said some officers had complained the excessive sweating had caused them medical problems.

He said the trousers limited police movements when they were trying to make arrests.

“Our members tell us that the cut of the pants limit their movement when they are required to execute some of the defensive techniques they are trained to perform, and are particularly limiting when they are required to complete routine policing tasks, such as jumping fences,” he said.


Western Australian police have released a promotional video made  to publicise its “Goodbye Graffiti” campaign.

The video has gone viral but for all the wrong reasons or maybe that was the plan.

It depicts a young couple walking through the streets of the inner-city Perth suburb of Leederville and buying coffee.

“Thank you so much for today — what’s the special occasion?” the woman asks.

“Remember those guys who were tagging the bus stop?” her companion says, as the video cuts to a scene of youths spray painting a bus shelter as sinister music plays.

“I got sick of them doing it and tagging, so I reported them,” he says. “I didn’t realise it, we got a reward.”

The WA Police campaign offers rewards for those who provide information about people who graffiti, in an attempt to save some of the estimated $25 million graffiti removal costs the State annually.


Victorian police take almost twice as many sick days now than they did 2 years ago.

Breaking down the stigma of mental health problems within the force has been suggested as a cause of this with more police feeling as if they can reach out for help.

The Victorian Police Association also noted the community’s continual mistreatment of law enforcers on the beat.


Refugees

For Manus updates follow Behrouz Boochani on Twitter.

Can’t Stand By

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The Can’t Stand By network exists to make the Australian government’s regime of mandatory detention of refugees so economically, politically and socially expensive that they have no choice but to abandon this policy.
CSB is designed such that it will continue to operate until all offshore detention centres have been closed, the worst of the Australian onshore detention centres have been closed and there is a 30-day limit placed on detention in Australia with periodic judicial review of any detention after that. CSB will continue to apply pressure until these demands are not just an agreement but an operating reality.

 

Always antifascist #161

Always antifascist #161

On this weeks program we tackle racism and the socially inappropriate practice of black-face fancy dress. Also policing and police brutality and fascism.

The major story this week is the closing down of the Manus Island detention center which has left 615 men stranded parched and hungry. They are also fearful of attacks by PNG police, military or hostile locals.

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A NSW police policy the Suspect Target Management Plan (STMP) is causing harm instead of predicting and preventing crime as it is designed to do.

These are the findings of a report by the Youth Justice Coalition.

Police calculate a person’s future risk of offending and put them into a category of extreme, high, medium or low risk. Those on the STMP are singled out for attention, including being repeatedly detained and searched while going about their everyday lives.

People are being stopped and searched several times a week`, and visited at home sometimes late at night for no specific reason.

Dr Vicki Sentas author of the report believes STMP interventions are often based on discriminatory assumptions, raising serious issues around procedural and substantive justice.

She says the policy appears to disproportionately target young Aboriginal people.

The STMP can involve police harassment of those under ten which increases their contact with the criminal justice system while not showing any observable impact on crime.

Evidence that curtailing proactive policing can reduce major crime


The US and United Kingdom are calling on the Kenyan Government to investigate alleged police brutality against National Super Alliance demonstrators and prosecute those found culpable.

Kenyan security agencies are accused of using excessive use of force against protesters, including use of live bullets in Kisumu, Migori and Kibera in Nairobi.

In a statement, the US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec and UK minister for Africa Rory Stewart call for investigations into the allegations of police brutality against demonstrators in the immediate aftermath of the repeat presidential election which was held last week.


Black Lives Matter Founders Meet Indigenous Australians


Black Face.

WORST IGNORANT COMMENT EVER – People also sit on the beach to change their skin colour, but would you call them racist? No. But technically, they are changing their skin colour..

‘Blackface has frequently been used to perpetuate demeaning stereotypes of people of colour and symbolises how people who are not white have been represented as “the other”. It is widely seen as a form racism.

At its heart, “blackface” is about power. Specifically, using one’s power to take something important from someone else and use it for ridicule or entertainment. ‘

Black face stems from when black people were slaves and was designed to laugh at black people because they were considered lesser.


Queen Antyfa’s Report

In a BiZaRR0 interview with news dot com dot au, local comic Shayne Hunter has announced his retirement as CEO of ANTIFA (‘I established a terror movement in Australia, and I quit’, Shayne Hunter, as told to Corrine Barraclough, news.com.a, October 24, 2017: ‘SHAYNE Hunter established the far-left and violent Antifa movement in Australia. After four years the Brisbane man quit. Here’s why.’).

Media watch report

East Coast Australia Anti Fascist Action Groups Statement

news.com.au has recently published an article by right-wing writer Corrine Barraclough, interviewing the self-described founder of the “Antifa” movement in Australia.

It goes without saying that anti-fascist movements have existed in this country for many, many decades previous to this person’s involvement in “far-Left” politics, and that their account of their own participation is delusional.

In reality, after being excluded from numerous leftist spaces in Australia due to his erratic behaviour and a history of sexual assault, we have seen this individual move towards a right-wing politics; one which better suits his hateful narratives about gender-diverse people, people of colour, and women.

Our advice to comrades would be to avoid this individual. Our advice to the media would be to apply even the smallest grain of salt when reporting on fantastical claims. Anybody with a genuine interest in the origins and history of anti-fascism would be advised to consult Mark Bray’s Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook (Melbourne University Press, 2017).

Department of Anarchism

Department of Anarchism

In solidarity with The Juice Media who have been threatened – by the Australia Government  – with legal action over their Honest Government Aderts, we’ve created the Australia Department of Anarchism.

Although this is a fictitious department we could still be jailed for five years if the proposed changes to the Commonwealth Criminal Code are passed.

Have a listen to the show to find out more, plus Franklin Lopez talking about fascism. And Bad Cop No Donut, and the return of Jepanarchy!!!

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Bad Cop No Donut

4ZZZ News – The South Australian Opposition said in August they would install shoot-to-kill powers in the event of a terror threat if they won Government in the March election, however the Police Association says there will be no support of any such laws unless there was full criminal and civil immunity.

The union will meet today for the annual delegate conference, with an expected announcement regarding the shoot to kill laws in the coming weeks.

Complaints made against Corrective Services

The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) made a series of complaints, to the Queensland Corrective Services (QCS), about the behaviour of staff towards Islamic inmates at the Arthur Gorrie correctional centre (AGCC).

The council’s appeal for action was unsuccessful, according to a QCS spokesperson, on the grounds that no further evidence was provided to substantiate the claims.

The GEO Group, who privately owns the AGCC, is aware QCS has received complaints directly from the ICQ which were investigated by QCS.


Footage has emerged from Adelaide of an Aboriginal man being strip searched by police in public.

When the police realised someone was filming the incident they moved into the neighbouring house without consulting the home owners.


Activists blockading a US immigration building in Portland using ‘Sleeping Dragon’ lock-ons, had hoods and ear muffs placed on them.

The police say this was to protect them from power tools used to break apart the Sleeping Dragon.

When presented with the fact there were no power tools, the police still insisted it was for protesters safety.

 

THIS IS NOT FAKE

THIS IS NOT FAKE

This week is a massive show full of anarchist news from around the world. We also play some great songs some new and some classics.

This program is real. We are real, our news, information and discussion is all real. The beats we play are real as well.

(see below for more information about the content of the show)

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Spinifax Gum – Locled Up info
Tu P – Good thing Come info
NWA – Fuck Da Police info
MIA – Borders info
Chumbawamba – Give the Anarchist a Cigerette info

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Franklin Lopez sub.media has gone to Puerto Rico where he is from to help his family and the community clean up after Hurricane Maria

In Puerto Rico, a humanitarian catastrophe continues to unfold 12 days after Hurricane Maria struck the island. Over the weekend, the Pentagon said the percentage of Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million residents without access to clean drinking water rose to 55 percent. Only 5 percent of the island has electricity, while food and fuel remain scarce and about half of the island’s roads are impassable.

DONAL TRUMP: (Puerto Rico) is an island and it is surrounded by water, BIG water, ocean water.

Technically Puerto Rico is not surrounded by ocean water, but is touched by ocean water in the north (the Atlantic) and sea water (the Caribbean) in the south.

Franklin is encouraging people to donate to and assist grassroots humanitarian orgs Taller Salud is one http://www.tallersalud.com and Casa Taller Cangrejera http://agitarte.info/

Bad Cop No Donut

Ten months after a coronial inquiry recommended an end to the practice a woman in Western Australia has been jailed for 14 days in loo of paying $3900 in unpaid fines.

The fines date back to a dispute over an unregistered dog in 2012 and police arrested the woman after being called to the house regarding a domestic violence incident.

Meanwhile her children are being cared for by an aunt in their home where the power has been cut.

The case mirrors the case of Miss Dhu an Aboriginal woman who died after three days in custody. Police had been called to her house because her partner was suspected to be breaching a family violence order.

Instead they did a background check on Miss Dhu and found $3622 in unpaid fines.

In Spain, more than 800 people were injured Sunday after Spanish police stormed polling stations across the country’s Catalonia region and tried to forcibly prevent people from voting in a Catalan independence referendum, firing tear gas and physically attacking prospective voters.

The Spanish government says the referendum is illegal. Ahead of Sunday’s vote, Spanish police seized control of ballots and fliers, raided the Catalan regional government’s offices and even shut down pro-independence websites.

Late on Sunday night, the Catalan regional government said 90 percent of Catalan voters chose independence.

The leader of Catalonia insisted on Monday that Sunday’s independence referendum, though marred by clashes and rejected by the Spanish government, had earned his region the right to a separate state and that he would press ahead to make the vote binding. Spain rejects the referendum. Anarchists have been calling for a general strike.

Trouble 6 – Adapt and Destroy: Counterinsurgency and Social

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Despite the unimaginable capacity for violence and coercion that they wield, states are far more vulnerable than they let on. This is not only true of the so-called “failed states” currently plagued by civil war and internal strife, but also the imperialist centers of global capitalism themselves. Their fatal weakness is built into their design; modern states are incredibly complicated and dynamic political constructions, yet at their core they remain what they have always been – vehicles of social organization aimed at facilitating the exploitation of the many, for the enrichment of the few. Without the active or passive consent of the many, the few are in serious trouble.

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ANARCHY vs DEMOCRACY

ANARCHY vs DEMOCRACY

In this jam packed show we cover police violence, refugee news and we talk about and hear from the guy who head butted Tony Abbott.

The featured audio for this week is a talk by Barbara Hart regarding anarchism and democracy.

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We also announce this big news from Sub.media.

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Laceration Mantra – Victims of Hate info
Corporate Avenger – Christians Murdered Indians info
Lavish – Homosapien info
Impossible Odds feat Georgia Corowa – Everything Odds info
Penny Dreaduls – Straight to the Golden Arches info
Chumbawamba – Give the Anarchist a Cigerette info

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Equal Love 4 All

Equal Love 4 All

There’s a lot of talk about equality lately, in Australia the same sex marriage postal plebiscite vote survey is causing a lot of discussion hate speech and harm to LGBTIQA+ people.

This really is turning into a survey on acceptance not just marriage. And will having same sex marriage mean all LGBTIQA+ people reap the benefit? We speak to Nick a genderqueer activist from occupied Wurundjeri land, so-called Melbourne. (41mins in)

Also Peter K our ephemeral anarchist commentator gives a talk on a number of current issues which involve equality. (5 mins)

And who are Chumbawamba and what are they all about?

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NAURU LEAKS

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I was pretty excited about this show. Having one of the people who leaked the documents that made up the Nauru Files was a fantastic opportunity, but also sure to be emotional and distressing.
The interview with Paul starts about 25 mins in. 

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First up though continuing one from last weeks special (show to be uploaded soon) on the Spanish Revolution is a reading from a text by a member of the Iron Column an anarchist militia active in the civil war. More info here.

The text is ‘A day Mournful and Overcast’. The reading is from Resonance Audio.

The rest of the show is an interview with Paul J Stevenson who leaked 2000 incident reports he gathered while working on Nauru and Manus.

He is a psychologist and traumatologist who worked at both centres for over a year. What he witnessed was so bad he began documenting the horrors unfolding inside Australia’s offshore detention centres.

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Rebel Diaz ft. Dead Prez and Rakaa Irisience – Which Side are you On? info
Stage Bottles – Sometimes anti social always anti fascist info
Across the Border – Alerta Alerta Antifascista info
Tu P ft. Stem Master – Border Force Facts info
Combat Wombat – Asylum info
Chumbawamba – The Day the Nazi Died info