Trayvon Martin, the dawn of a new age for white supremacy

So, my blog has been stagnant for a while, and the world around us is burning. Thought I’d drop a few lines to keep my blog up to date on the Zimmerman verdict – not guilty.

I first saw these words while spending some time at my mom’s house. Her and I don’t always see eye to eye on politics so we have an agreement not to discuss these things for the sake of our relationship. Yet there I was sitting at the dinner table with my partner next to me when I wanted to break down in tears over this. Having to hold them back I show him the verdict and out heads hang, silence.

This verdict is not just sad because it was so obvious that he was guilty – guilty of murdering a young black man for being black – but because of what it means for our futures. It is not legal to kill black people. Being afraid of someone because they are black is justification for this crime. Racism, white supremacy, not news to anyone. But now the re-legalization of lynching is taking us back 40 plus years. This is a tragedy for black and brown people in this country. Trayvon Martin was one, but it is only the beginning.

And it isn’t like the killing of innocent black youth is a new thing. The pigs have been doing it forever. But now you don’t need to hide behind a badge to murder and get away with it, you can be any cracker off the street with a gun.

The response to the killing and now the verdict has been very important in a lot of cities. In the bay area people threw down with police and shut down a freeway, same in LA, and in Houston we see people sharing in on shutting down freeways, something that is unheard of in Texas. Yet at the same time there are still the non-profits and black nationalists “leaders” who are placing themselves in the front of a lot of this activity and holding it back. I went to a rally called by a non-profit and when young black men and women expressed their frustration with the same old shit “go out and vote” and “get an education” bullshit that they have heard a million times before, these “leaders” told them that this is not a time to be angry but a time for love! What? If we can’t be angry now, when? And if you aren’t angry then you aren’t paying attention. The legal system is not meant for us, it has completely turned it’s back on us. The education system has been failing us for yours. This is your plan for our future? People getting on the mic talking about becoming lawyers, so what, so we can replace the crackers there? How do you think they got there? Not just because they worked hard, but because they play by the rules and they follow the system. The only way anything is going to change is if we unite and fight against it directly, not thought the courts, not through the schools, and sure as hell not by voting.

We need people power, it’s the only way.

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Jerry Resists

From the website Jerry Resists

Who is Jerry?

Jerry Koch 

Gerald “Jerry” Koch, a New York City anarchist and legal activist, has been subpoenaed for the second time to a federal grand jury investigating the same event. He was found in contempt of court on May 21, 2013, and is currently being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, NY.

WRITE TO JERRY

Gerald Koch
# 68631-054
MDC BROOKLYN
METROPOLITAN DETENTION CENTER
P.O. BOX 329002
BROOKLYN, NY 11232

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In 2009, Jerry was subpoenaed for the first time and refused to testify. Today, as in 2009, the grand jury is being used to conduct a witch hunt against anarchists and political radicals. In refusing to testify, Jerry risks being held in contempt of court and faces incarceration in a federal prison for the duration of the grand jury, which could be up to 18 months.

Under the guise of an exploratory legal investigation, the grand jury is a secretive tool of repression that aims to intimidate and punish those who refuse to collaborate with the State. There is a long history of grand juries being used whenever the State focuses on a new “enemy”: they were used in the 1950s during the “Red Scare,” in the 1960s against the Black Panthers, and more recently against environmental and animal rights groups in what became known as the “Green Scare.”

This grand jury, like the ongoing targeting of anarchists in the Pacific Northwest, is part of a new, escalating wave of repression against anarchists nationwide, who are being persecuted specifically for their political beliefs and practices. It is no coincidence that the government would try to silence Jerry, as he has been an effective and tireless legal advocate for anarchists, Occupy Wall Street protesters, and others expressing political dissent. Jerry was the person everyone could count on to be waiting for them outside of jail, to support them in the courtroom, and to help with their legal defense. Although Jerry knew he would be in the crosshairs of the State for providing much needed legal support to hundreds of political activists, no one expected that the state would retaliate with a second subpoena. It is clear that the State’s goal is not just to pressure Jerry into informing on the radical community, but to take away someone who is an integral part of our community–someone who makes us all stronger.

By refusing to collaborate with the grand jury once again, Jerry demonstrates his great personal integrity, commitment, and support for the radical community. It is now our turn to stand by Jerry and show him the support and solidarity he deserves. It is time to send a message that, no matter how many times they come after us, we, like Jerry, will refuse to cooperate and to bargain for our freedom at the expense of our friends’ liberty.

–The Support Jerry Committee