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Red and Black is the New Black and Gold [Jun. 25th, 2009|02:50 pm]

Vegans and Dumpster Divers will be Crushed by the Might of the Yunz Liberation Army!
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(no subject) [May. 27th, 2009|01:53 pm]


** All cash made will go towards helping the AETA4 and AETA2 with legal funds.
To find out more about those being charged under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), check out these links. And if ya don't see any records you want. Please consider sending some donations their way!


Now onto the record sale list...

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Shut Down T. Don Hutto! Urgent Action Needed! [Dec. 28th, 2008|01:31 pm]

[music |Les Savy Fav - Fading Vibes]

This was originally posted as a MySpace bulletin from CrimethInc.; all CrimethInc. writings are subject to an anti-copyright. As in, anybody can post them anywhere for any reason at all. I did not write this.

In May 2006, the Department of Homeland Security opened its first prison for immigrant families 30 miles north of Austin. It is the first family detention center in the country to be based on the penal model, though plans were quickly made to build more.

The T Don Hutto facility holds men, women (some pregnant), children, and infants, none of whom have a criminal past. Administered by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the country's largest for-profit corrections company, Hutto lacks proper licensing and medical facilities, and has been proven to traumatize families.

WCCC Judge Gattis on TD Hutto vote: "Unless something jumps up and bites me, I will vote to renew"

Bite him. Before this Tuesday's vote!

Contact WCCC members and tell them to vote NO Hutto Renewal (See contact info below)

Their offices will be closed by now, but flood their voicemail and email boxes tonight!

Imprisoning people charged with no crime, while they await decision re. applications for citizenship and asylum, is NOT effective immigration policy, does NOT secure our borders, and has NOTHING to do
with patriotism. It is a corrupt means to enrich an already wealthy corporation by exploiting the weakest among us!

As partners in the contract for the most expensive method to effectively assure that non-criminal immigrants appear at their hearings, the Williamson County Commissioners Court (WCCC) exhibits a disregard for fiscal responsibility with taxpayer dollars during a national economic crisis.

This prison is exempt from any governmental regulation and has no government oversight—and a continuing record of abuses. With the lapse of the only outside (court-ordered) oversight of this facility in August of 2009 those risks are greatly elevated in renewal. (Article in March 2008 New Yorker provides a good chronicle)

Partnering with Corrections Corporation of American, with its less-than-admirable record of management, is a bad business practice and exposes Williamson County taxpayers to financial risks from poor management, bad employees, and external lawsuits—all of which are beyond their capacity to control. (See attached "Letter to WCCC re CCA Business Practices.)

Williamson County's reputation has been damaged as a result of a number of specific offenses relating to the operation of the facility, as well as its very existence. Contract renewal would affirm WCCC's approval of the disgraces of T Don Hutto and further damage our image locally, nationally, and internationally.

Evidence presented at the September public forum (which WCCC boycotted) stated that T Don Hutto's operation is probably a deterrent to future, clean, economic development in the area; renewal would send a very bad signal for the future of such growth; it is actually anti-economic development!

This proposal fails the simple "risk vs. benefits" of any business undertaking. The less than $16,000 monthly maximum that Williamson County collects under this contract cannot be reasonably argued to compensate for the negatives that exist.

WCCC has had a very rough record re. contracts to date; re-entering this partnership does nothing to convince citizens that WCCC has been learned anything from those previous costly contract mistakes.

Please Contact :

Judge Dan Gattis: ctyjudge@wilco,org (512) 943-1550

Commissioner Lisa Birkman: lbirkman@wilco.org ( 512) 733-5380

Commissioner Cynthia Long: clong@wilco.org (512) 260-4280)

Commissioner Valerie Covey: vcovey@wilco.org (512) 943-3370

Commissioner Ron Morrison: rmorrison@wilco.org (512) 846-1190

Phone, email, by end of business Monday and tell them NO to Hutto!
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(no subject) [Sep. 4th, 2008|10:04 am]
Just out of curiosity, who read Expect Resistance, and what did you think about it?

I personally loved it. I loved the fact that the story was told by a handful of different narrators, which allowed extra insights and opinions. It was almost like being a part of what they had going. Maybe that's silly. But I notice no one has posted in a while, and there hasn't been much discussion.

I love ordering crimetinc books because when you receive the package everything is so personalized, packed just for you, and it's more about the message than the money, and that's something I can appreciate in an organization.
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(no subject) [Apr. 19th, 2008|01:52 am]

[music |Deep Puddle Dynamics - Rain Men (Controller 7 Remix)]

(cross-posted a few places)

I'm working on an essay that is going to entail far more information than I expected, and definitely more than I have. My grasp on history is slightly better than "average," I suppose, but it's too weak and rather Eurocentric. What reading I have done hasn't been all that informative in the ways that I need, which is where you cats come in.

What I need is both objective and peoples' history regarding advancements in societies, related but not limited to: advancements of the people, advancements / evolution of the ruling class throughout time (from the beginning of state to the last century), revolts in response to oppression, adaptations by the ruling class to revolts, and the like.

The basis of the essay is the general impertinence of past methods of adaptation, politically, philosophically, socially, ethically, etc. to current and future circumstances. As in, Marxism was some pretty amazing shit in the context of the circumstances from which it came, but it's no longer a reasonable answer given the shift of circumstances. A critique on the reliance of past methods and movements, as compared to the development of new methods and movements. Critique of the Utopian anarchist The Revolution™, suggestion that it's an ongoing and likely unending battle that needs to constantly adapt and evolve.

If any of you could link me to some websites of pertinence, and/or books, I would greatly appreciate it.
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Live and Let DIY fest 2008 (1st -3rd February) [Jan. 27th, 2008|04:53 pm]

Next weekend Brisbane hosts the second Live and Let DIY fest. Three days of workshops, films, and bands celebrating DIY culture, community, activism, friends, punk rock, and Summer.

Ahimsa House
26 Horan Street
West End

X-posted around
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Eight Things You Can Do to Get Active [Dec. 30th, 2007|12:09 am]

[mood |sickill]
[music |Tool - Undertow]

1. Pay attention to where and how you spend your money. Is your money going to support companies that don't care about you? Are they destroying the environment, killing animals, treating your friends who work for them like shit? Are they trying as hard as they can to sell you a product that gives you cancer? Are their advertisements designed to manipulate you, to make you feel insecure or make their product seem like more than it really is? You don't need to give those motherfuckers your money! For that matter—do you buy many things that you don't need? Soft drinks and junk food at convenience stores, for example? Do you end up spending a lot of money whenever you want to relax and have a good time? There are a thousand things you and your friends can do that are fun, creative, and don't cost anything (having intense discussions, exploring hidden parts of your town, making music—instead of drinking at bars or going to movies and restaurants) just as there a thousand ways you can eat and live more cheaply (Food Not Bombs, building furniture instead of buying it, living in big houses with a bunch of friends). Once you experiment a bit, you'll probably find that you enjoy life a lot more when you're not always shelling out cash for it.

2. Now that you spend less, you can work less, too! Think about how much more time that gives you to do other things. Not only will it be easier to do things that help you spend less, like volunteering at Food Not Bombs (the less you work, the more time you have to make sure you don't need to), you'll also be able to do all the things you never had time for before: you can travel, exercise, spend more time with your friends and lovers. When it's sunny and beautiful outside, you can go out and enjoy it!

3. And you'll have time to do the other things you need to do to take back control of your life and your world. First, start reading. It doesn't really matter what, so long as it makes you think about things and gives you new ideas of your own. Read novels about human beings struggling against their society, like J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye or George Orwell's 1984 or Joseph Heller's Catch 22; read the beautiful, dreamers' prose of Jeanette Winterson or Henry Miller. Read those who question this culture like Daniel Quinn or Derrick Jensen. Read history: learn about the Spanish revolution in the 1930's, where whole cities were run by the people who lived in them, rather than by governments; learn about the labor union struggle in the USA, or the Free Speech Movement in Berkeley in the 1960's. Read philosophy, read about environmental issues, read vegan cookbooks and underground 'zines and comics and everything you can get your hands on. Here's a hint: if there's a university in your town, you can probably get a membership for about $10 a year—and most libraries include videos, too!

4. Reading isn't the only way you can expand your horizons and clarify your ideas. Talk to people about the things that interest you, arguing when you don't agree, so you'll get to know your own beliefs better. Write to the people who are doing the 'zines you like, discuss and debate things with them, ask them for directions to find out more about your interests. Try writing about your own ideas, and sharing that with people, until you feel confident doing this. Travel to different places, try to learn about other cultures and communities, so you'll have more than one perspective on the world and you can start to imagine what the world is like through other people's eyes.

5. Now you'll know what you want, and you can go about getting it. Seek out other people and groups with similar goals, and figure out how to support them or participate in what they're doing. Maybe you can copy fliers and give them out at shows; maybe you can organize benefit shows for organizations you want to support (women's shelters, radical bookshops, local groups protesting against the execution of Mumia Abu-Jamal or lobbying for protection of the environment). Maybe there are public protests and demonstrations going on that you want to be part of. Try to help find ways to make these more challenging and fun than just a bunch of people holding signs; everyone's so bored with doing that that there must be a more effective and exciting way to go about it.

6. You can start your own projects, as well, you know. If there's no Food Not Bombs in your area, get a group of people together and find some local businesses that will donate their leftover food. If there's something fucked up at your high school or college or workplace, try organizing a walkout to force the "authorities" to do something about it... and to show everyone that those "authorities" only have as much power as we let them have. If the main street of your town lacks life and excitement, try organizing an unexpected festival to take place in the middle of it one weekend. Shake up everyone's lives and expectations, shake them out of their apathy and boredom so they'll start thinking about things. Establish networks with other people who are also interested in having an effect on the world around them, so you can help each other do this.

7. Through all of this, don't stop questioning yourself and your assumptions. Try to see through all the social programming you've received throughout your life: consider how gender roles constrain the way you act, how your own relationships with people reproduce the same hierarchical order that your fighting in mainstream society. We're not going to really change anything unless we can create new ways of living and interacting, new values that show themselves in the way we treat each other. Show your friends how much you care about them. Consider doing things you never thought you should or could do: dancing, singing, admitting things that you've been taught to be ashamed of.

8. Now look to the future. How can you stay involved with these things as you get older? How can you construct your life so you will always be free to do what you want to? Talk to people older than you who haven't given up and gone back to the daily grind of eat-work-sleep-watch TV. With a little input from them and a lot of resolve on your part, you can maintain your activities and your lifestyle as long as you want to. Idealism, adventure, and resistance don't have to be reserved for youth alone. History is filled with men and women who refused to compromise or calm down, who went all out from the cradle to the grave. They are the artists, the leaders, the heroes and heroines even people from the mainstream respect. We can all have lives like theirs, if we're brave and idealistic enough.

If all of us demand control over what we do and what goes on around us, if all of us do what we can to make life exciting and fair for everyone, things are bound to change. A lot of people know that we don't live in the best of all possible worlds, but persuade themselves that it's hopeless to try to improve things because they're afraid to commit themselves, to take any risks. But it's that lack of ambition that is the biggest risk of all—for what if you do nothing, and nothing happens, and we lose our chance to make this world the paradise it should be? Don't be shy or timid—there's nothing more exciting than taking an active role in the world around you, and there's nothing more worthwhile!

This message brought to you by the CrimethInc. Special Forces
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Caucus of the Future [Dec. 20th, 2007|03:07 pm]

We are holding the Caucus of the Future, where we go beyond choosing candidates or representatives. We will teach, share, and create ways to empower ourselves and better our world.

"Caucus of the Future"

please attend
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On the radical support of Ron Paul [Dec. 19th, 2007|02:23 am]

[music |At the Drive-In - Initiation]

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alright. [Oct. 8th, 2007|04:11 pm]

now i know that there are people awake!

i am currently reading:


has anyone read it?

im very much into the idea of "personal revolution." if nothing in the world is concrete and we are all radically different how can we all belong to the same revolution?
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