Indigenous resistance in the Americas is not a story that ends centuries ago with the survivors of genocide left in poverty on reservations – it is still being written. The M’ikmaq people of the Elsipogtog First Nation took a stand against corporate resource extraction in 2013 when they spent months sabotaging efforts to start fracking near their land. When they blockaded the Southwestern Energy subsidiary’s exploratory trucks, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police moved in with overwhelming force, pointing snipers at areas with small children and M’ikmaq elders. Someone in the community responded by setting five RCMP vehicles on the scene afire, and other police vehicles were damaged in later clashes. The fracking still hasn’t begun, and at least one Canadian province has since banned fracking, proving that, once again, direct action gets the goods. … [Read more...] about 9 Historical Triumphs to Make You Rethink Property Destruction
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"She started off being scared of people with powers, and almost had a snobbish attitude toward them, and an arrogance of her superiority in terms of intelligence and how maybe people with powers were shortcutting to a solution when she felt she'd earned the right to be able to solve a problem. But she has definitely warmed to the idea. But I do still think she's on the side of Iron Man and relying on scientific qualities, which include documenting, writing everything down, and making sure everything is nice and neat in its little box." Actress Ming-Na Wen reveals that her character, Melinda May, is also torn between both sides, but she wouldn't reveal which side May would ultimately side with. The actress spoke about her history with the Inhumans, and how unstable they are, while she wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Here's what she had to say in her interview with the site. … [Read more...] about How Does Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Tie Into Civil War?
This is the same cycle of violence that we have seen before. The last few days have been full of emotional anguish, triggers, and mobilization efforts. The community is grieving. George Floyd’s family is still mourning. Minneapolis is still mourning. Black youth and other petrified civilians had to watch Floyd in his last moments in real-time. The Minneapolis community had to watch the video circulating on autoplay as the video garnered national attention. This is not the only murder we’ve witnessed circulating of a beloved member from the Twin Cities. Others include Philando Castile and Jamar Clark [whom Minneapolis police shot to death in 2015], just to name two. … [Read more...] about ‘The Community Is Tired. The Community Is Hurt’: Twin Cities Musicians Talk George Floyd Uprising
“The very soul of America is at stake. We must commit as a nation to pursue justice with every ounce of our being. We have to pursue it with real urgency. We’ve got to make real, the promise of America, which we’ve never fully grasped. That all men and women are equal. Not only in creation, but throughout their lives,” Biden said, adding, “Again, to George’s family, thanks for taking the time to talk to me. I promise you, I promise you, we’ll do everything in our power to see to it that justice is had for your brother, your cousin’s case. God love y’all. Folks, we got to stand up. We got to move. We got to change.” … [Read more...] about Biden Calls Out Trump for ‘Encouraging Violence,’ Says Floyd Killing Was an ‘Act of Brutality’
Jonestown itself had become a joycamp in its last year. There was no barbed wire around the perimeter. It wasn’t needed. Escape was a dream. The jungle stretched from horizon to horizon, thick, swampy and deadly. Armed security guards patrolled the few trails, and it was their business to know where an escapee would look for food and water. Rumor had it that captured escapees had had their arms broken. Toward the end, most of them were simply placed in the euphemistically named Extra Care Unit, where they were drugged senseless for a week at a time. Patients emerged from ECU unable to carry on a conversation, and their faces were blank, as if they had been temporarily lobotomized. … [Read more...] about In the Valley of the Shadow of Death: Guyana After the Jonestown Massacre