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Humboldt Grassroots folks have been paying attention to fascists trying to organize in our area. The trolls have come off the internet again, apparently this time manipulating a child as their pawn. Likely by the same group of fascists who, on September 11th 2018, were attempting to recruit at College of the Redwoods, then students and faculty complained and the fascists ran off.

Many are sounding the alarm suspiciously late. This isn’t the first time, nor the only call for fascist violence that has happened locally. Remember when the Eureka Police Department was part of a group where there was public talk from the leadership about a final solution for the homeless and addicted. Luckily, after that did incite violence and its echoes, the group and the EPD distanced themselves from such explicit murderous rhetoric.

Still, police unions nationally supported Trump who openly called for more police brutality and has inspired a fascist movement whose terrorism has hit schools, synagogues, churches and public spaces.

The FBI is also saying it is coming to our communities’ aid. The FBI has been undermining social movements, Anarchists, standing rock, anti-colonial, anti-ICE, animal rights, anti-fascist and ecology movements; while the fascists’ terrorism has continued unabated. The FBI hasn’t done a thing to counter fascism, instead they have helped it.

The Lost Coast Outpost (LOCO) is also rightly joining the chorus of condemnation against fascists trying to recruit kids. We are glad. However, it is well known that LOCO facilitates through their comments section (an editorial choice) a culture of authoritarianism, elitism, and disrespect for human life. They routinely humiliate the oppressed, by posting pictures of people calling them thieves who were never charged nor convicted.

To deal with fascist organizing and the fascist movement in this country and in this community we need to address the authoritarian structures and nature our society. We need a revolution that gives everyone access to the resources and decision making power we all need to thrive.

 

“No government fights fascism to destroy it. When the bourgeoisie sees that power is slipping out of its hands, it brings up fascism to hold onto their privileges.” Buenaventura Durruti

That is what the ecological crisis is for Capitalism, an existential threat. The Scientific consensus is that our current relationship with the planet we live on is unsustainable, and that without an immense restructuring of society, we will see the unraveling and degradation of the ecosystems that sustain our life. The current authoritarian relationships with the planet and each other are hurling us towards crisis. Proponents of racial superiority, either openly or unwittingly, advocate for an authoritarian relationship with the planet and each other. Capitalism and fascism (eco-fascism) is the embodiment of this idea and threatens to destroy our hope for the future.

The initial comment from EPD Chief Steve Watson in response to the white supremacist recruiting posters, “we’re coming for you,” plays right into their hands and only reiterates what the poster already said – that the system hates them. But where they’re wrong is the basis on which the system hates them: it does not concern itself with *whites* but rather with anyone who challenges the system, which is the increasing number of people suffering from an increasing economic inequality. If anything, *whites* are late to challenge this system due to the fact that, as a group, the system has benefited them the longest. But as the number of people holding the vast majority of the world’s depleted resources grows smaller, it has become clear that it is no longer in their interest to support a significant *privileged* population.

Trump’s main purpose has been to pit the general population against one another, across race, gender, and other lines of identity, so that we’ll be busy fighting one another rather than putting up any real resistance to the system that establishes such disparity. The police enforce this through violence every day. Just as the EPD reinforces the white supremacists’ paranoia, the same supremacist recruiters, unwittingly or not, are reinforcing the system that they claim to be victims of by misrepresenting who and what that system is about. It’s about vast wealth gained through exploitation of labor and environmental devastation, and placed into the hands of only a few by means of violent authoritarianism.

Cops working hand-in-hand with schools, initiating “solutions” like an Anti-Gang Task Force, leads to nothing. It will not work as it has not worked for the gangs, because they are not listening to the kids or providing any material solutions. They are instead often treating students with problems like criminals where school is the prison.

Schools should be a place to talk about real life and the challenges kids are facing to help devise solutions.

Schools say they oppose bullies while often modeling authoritarian unjust relationships where authority speaks and students are made to listen, and truth of the life of the student and their ideas are disregarded. Rule is enforced through violence; class and race and gender are talked about as boxes to be checked. 

So to embrace the future we must turn away from competition and towards cooperation, from oppression towards freedom. Fascism is the future refusing to be born. That push is coming from the police, the justice system, those who facilitate authoritarian ideas and the people who don’t stand up to it.

In school, at work, in housing and in how we treat each other. 

 

We appreciate everyone who is righteously outraged and those talking about grabbing arms to fight this menace. We welcome your help and hope to combine our efforts with yours. With your willingness to fight, attack the root of the problem, authoritarian relationships in your life with the boss, with the landlord and your dealings with others. We need to organize cooperatively and respectfully with all our neighbors regardless of identity, to create a future where we all can live.

So for those of you hitting us up wanting to know what can be done, and those talking about arming yourselves and taking action: your presence is needed, not just about this recent spat of fascists attempting to recruit our youth, but we need to think and act long term. Other attempts at growing a fascist street presence and terror cells in our area highlights a growing need to defend ourselves and our communities. Even more so, it highlights the need for increased organization to share information and resources to have a greater ability to fight fascism.

To defeat fascism, we must provide more living examples of a radical alternative for ourselves and for the youth.

That may seem daunting. Society is us, it is what we all do in relation to each other. The experience of solidarity, that recognition of our common humanity, and a direct say in improving our lives and the world, changes everything.

We can come together and do this. Every fight for freedom, justice, ecological harmony, and for a better life, matters. That is how we destroy fascism at the root.

(Collectively written and endorsed by Humboldt Grassroots)

Citations for sources

http://m1aa.org/?p=1603

https://m.northcoastjournal.com/NewsBlog/archives/2019/07/11/epd-identifies-juvenile-responsible-for-hate-group-fliers-says-no-immediate-threat-of-violence?fbclid=IwAR0CjYdz0gtSvVy0a8ahbb15pixGQ2tI16Rt1C6t66lH61jBn5aJchrvtTU

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The lessons offered by the Zapatista movement of Chiapas, Mexico are more pertinent now than ever. As the “pink tide” of left Latin American governments recede and the right resurges throughout the Americas and the world, the Zapatistas offer a different way forward. Instead of seeking state power, they have remained steadfast in their commitment to build an autonomous government system beyond the logic of capital and the nation state, and continuously resist attacks on their communities by all sides of the Mexican political spectrum, including the current “progressive” Lopez Obrador administration. Autonomy Is in Our Hearts gives a detailed account of this autonomous government system based on hundreds of testimonies from within the Zapatista base communities. It is rooted in Dylan’s own experiences of years of Zapatista solidarity work and as a student of Tsotsil, a Mayan language indigenous to the highlands Zapatista communities of Chiapas.
Dylan analyzes the autonomous government system through the conceptual language of Tsotsil imparted to him by his Zapatista teachers. The foundations of autonomous government lie in long traditions of indigenous understandings of labor, spirit, social change, self-defense, capitalism, and the good life. The words “Freedom”, “Justice”, and “Democracy” emblazoned on the Zapatista flag are only rough translations of concepts such as ichbail ta muk’ or “mutual recognition and respect among equal persons or peoples,” a’mtel or “collective work done for the good of a community” and lekil kuxlejal or “the life that is good for everyone.” Autonomy Is in Our Hearts provides a comprehensive analysis of Zapatista autonomous government that unfolds a new political language for understanding their movement. It is one of the first and most in-depth studies of the political categories of Tsotsil and an indispensable guide to the inner workings of Zapatista autonomous government. Both a good introduction to the Zapatistas and a new perspective for those already familiar with their movement, it is important reading for engaged intellectuals, activists, and organizers.
Praise: “This is a refreshing book. Written with the humility of the learner, or the absence of the arrogant knower, the Zapatista dictum to ‘command obeying’ becomes to ‘know learning.’” —Marisol de la Cadena, author of Earth Beings: Ecologies of Practice across Andean Worlds
“Autonomy Is in Our Hearts is perhaps the most important book you can read on the Zapatista movement in Chiapas today. It stands out from the rest of the Anglophone literature in that it demonstrates, with great sensitivity, how a dialectic between traditional culture and institutions and emerging revolutionary and regenerative forces can play a crucial role in liberatory social transformation. It shows us what we can learn from the indigenous people of Chiapas about a politics of community, care, and mutual aid, and—to use a word that they themselves use so much—about a politics of heart. A great strength of the work is that the author is a very good listener. He allows the people of Chiapas to tell their own story largely in their own words, and with their own distinctive voice.” —John P. Clark, from the Foreword
“Autonomy Is in Our Hearts takes us step by step through the first two grades of the Zapatistas’ international primary school in politics called the escuelita, and carefully describes the ongoing revolution of everyday life in the autonomous municipalities of Chiapas. Most importantly, this book studies the Zapatistas in their own language. In the syntax and semantics of precolonial languages are encoded the seeds and harvest of a post-capitalist present and future. If, as the Zapatistas say, ‘the word is our weapon,’ then this book is a glimpse into an armory for decolonization.” —Quincy Saul, coeditor of Maroon the Implacable and member of the East Coast Chiapas Solidarity Committee



Dylan Eldredge Fitzwater has encountered the Zapatistas as a human rights observer, as a participant in several international gatherings, and as a student at the Zapatista language school in Oventik. His most recent permanent residence was Portland, OR where he worked at Burgerville, a regional fast-food chain, and organized for the Burgerville Workers Union, an affiliate of the Industrial Workers of the World. He is currently on the road living out of a van and selling Zapatista coffee through MonkeyBear Coop.

 

 

 

 

Are you a tenant? Do you want to learn how to get your deposit back, deal with habitability issues, or to secure affordable housing? Join Humboldt Grassroots at the Labor Temple on Friday, June 21, from 6 to 9 pm where we’ll have a tenants rights presentation, discussion, and potluck. That’s Friday, June 21st from 6 to 9 pm at the Labor Temple 840 E Street in Eureka for tenants rights.

Learn how to get from begging for your deposit back, decent housing and affordable rent to bargaining.

Join us for May Day, the original Labor Day! May 1st is the Day all over the world that we celebrate our collective struggle for freedom and honor all those who live and die in solidarity for a free and just society. It is even bigger this year! Ten groups are co-organizing, and seven performances confirmed there are more being confirmed, find them here as we update. This year is going to be huge! There is going to be a Rally, March, and Festival starting at noon going till 9 pm. The event will begin with a rally on the steps of the Humboldt County Courthouse at noon. An interpretive march will start at 1:00, where you can learn about historic local struggles. The march will bring us to the Old Town Gazebo in Eureka, where you can enjoy some music, hear from speakers, and visit with tablers who are doing great work for our community. From 2:00 to 4:00, we will hear from speakers on a wide variety of topics covering the history of May Day, local unionizing and labor struggles, economic democracy, racial justice, and immigrant rights, ecological resilience, and anti-colonization/ anti-imperialism. Beginning at 4:00, we’ll celebrate with music and dancing, compliments of Moonsong Band, Irie Rockers, Dead Bird Son, DJ Pressure, Unholy Orifice, Blackplate, and more!
 
The eight Anarchists martyrs persecuted and killed for organizing for the eight hour day and for being anarchists advocating for a free and just society. It was their anarchism was put on trial not any alleged crime on the books advocates for better conditions for working people, the eight hour day and the emancipation of humanity put them in conflict with all tyrants. For that, the court sentenced them to death. We will hear more about that when our local historian gets on his soap-box to tell us about it!

There has only ever been one march for women in Humboldt County and it’s probably not the one you’re thinking of.

 

Eureka Women’s March Protest surrounds truck that attempted to run over protesters as they crossed. EPD and journalists block 101 south.

The first “Women’s March On Eureka” event, held in January of 2017, was rife with oppressive policies that mirror the very system of patriarchy and white supremacy that fittingly places Donald Trump as the figurehead of the whole mess. The event was to not only include the grossly patriarchal and racist institution of the city police, it was to be led by it! And the organizers assigned official “monitors” to mix into the crowd and snitch to the police on any marchers who dared to “step out of line,” a line that was determined for us by the police.

The organizers did not reveal this information to prospective attendees until just two days before the event was supposed to happen. A “march” that was very clearly shaping up to be a parade for the patriarchy, one that was expressly permitted and regulated by the institution that most of us thought we were going out there to protest. The very institution that oppresses women, the group we’re supposed to be “marching” for.

I expressed my alarm at their choices to the organizers via their public event page. In response, they chastised me as “divisive” and quickly moved to silence me by removing my post. But they did not manage to get it down before it was noticed by a handful of folks who were also alarmed to learn of the organizers intentions. Folks who also recognize the systems and institutions that oppress us.

I was contacted by women of color who had been approached by the organizers to speak “for their people,” in an attempt to display racial inclusivity in the most tokenizing of ways. These women were contacted completely at random, based solely on their race, while never having put themselves forward as delegates for the people of their race. Furthermore, they were informed that if they were to speak at this “Women’s March,” they would be disallowed from expressing ideas ‘against’ anything, including Trump. They were told by the organizers to “keep it positive,” in an act of policing not only the messages that were supposed to represent the people of their races but also the emotions of participants. Just a whole lot of policing going on.

I also heard from folks concerned that women were being represented in a narrow way that sought to erase the voices and legitimacy of our trans sisters, which further reflects the system of patriarchy. Another important factor that event organizers had failed to mention was the colonization of the very ground we were to march upon, where indigenous peoples, the Wiyot, had enjoyed a home before white settlers brought their systems of terror and devastation.

With only one day until this charade of a parade was scheduled to take place, a handful of us decided to attempt to organize a protest. We posted a call-out for at least 50 people to commit to publicly protesting the policies of the event organizers and of the institution they were reinforcing, that of the partriarchal, colonial, white supremacist, capitalist, police-state. Within an hour we had our dedicated 50, and then some.

On the day of the event, nearly a hundred protesters gathered together on the waterfront of Eureka, under a banner that denounced the oppressive institutions that ultimately brought thousands out to the streets that day, even if not all in attendance fully understood what brought us there. As the parade passed, we raised our voices, chanting and singing our messages to the mostly silent crowd, which brought many smiles, nods of approval, handshakes, and hugs from them. Some joined our ranks and eventually we began to march, until it was time for the leaders of the parade, the Eureka City Police, to make a U-turn bringing them face-to-face with hundreds of us who let them know in no uncertain terms that we see who they are, we know what horrific systems they enforce, and we do not approve.

At that, we broke from the parade and marched ourselves out into the 101, luring the police away from the platform and pedestal they’d been provided by parade organizers. By my count, there were more than 300 of us chanting, singing, drumming, and dancing in the streets. Do not be fooled by lapdog media accounts that attempted to minimize our gathering by focusing on the few who chose to have themselves arrested that day. We made a large, jubilant, powerful display of resistance. We marched in solidarity with women and all other oppressed people that day. To my knowledge, it is the only women’s march to ever happen in Humboldt County because it was the only march in express resistance of patriarchy. For me, that march brought a lot more than a sense of empowerment and joy. It broadened and strengthened my connection with other solid resisters who I have had the pleasure and honor of organizing with over the past couple of years.

I’m pleased and relieved to see that the parade that deemed itself The Women’s March in Humboldt County finally had organizers with enough understanding of the oppressive systems we find ourselves in that they decided to cancel the event to draw attention to some of its flaws. As for the organizers who’ve decided to continue the tradition of ignorance this year, there will always be those. But it’s my deepest hope that soon enough, more and more people will wake up to the truth about our situation, and the resisters of these oppressive structures we’re all subject to will be enough to overcome those who uphold them. With that goal in mind, we must continue to work and fight our way toward freedom.

I recommend reading and organizing discussions of the following text for a quick study on the roots of patriarchy and how it is tied to all systems of oppression:
http://www.freeocalan.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/liberating-Lifefinal.pdf

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