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and the fact it's kids we find protecting this place of utmost importance. After 3 days were exhausted and could use some backup from those capable of physical resistance. We could also use donations as we are spending quite a bit on the camps needs. (They can put away some weed) cash app $radicalcamping or online at pdxhrc.org/donate. Thanks

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ANY COMRADES I PORTLAND OR. A homeless youth camp has been repeatedly attacked. From slashing tents to beatings to literally running over tents on the sidewalk with people in them. Our collective has been organizing defence for three days not. The runner over got got last night but fled his wrecked car on foot. Chad's have been lighting tents on fire across town. We'd wish they could all be protected but it's not possible. This youth camp has taken more then their share of violence for that

@bugs @staring-into-the-abyss

That's awesome! Wasn't quite sure how the federation worked here.

@_Pelican3301
From people I know that were there (they are from Cairo and now go to school in the US), that is only partly the case. The middle class elements of the uprising were definitely in that sort of mindset, with reformism and political parties very much on their minds. But, the more working class elements of the uprising were far more militant, far less governable, than would be implied in a European style color revolution.

After talking to some people about some of the longer posts, especially this recent reading notes series, it makes sense for me to start writing those posts in blog format, with links posted here.

In the future longer posts will likely end up here:

chi.st/staring-into-the-abyss/

Thanks to @bugs for setting this platform up!

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...Nonviolent ideologues tend to claim militant movements as evidence of their philosophy's power if the movements happen far away- geographically or historically- but they attack any and all militancy that occurs closer to home."

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"The 2011 revolution in Egypt is still sometimes described as a nonviolent victory, despite the vast arson of police and government buildings; massive rioting in Suez, Alexandria and Cairo; widespread looting; and the killing of over a dozen police officers. Meanwhile the Movement for Black Lives, which, despite including looting and arson, has killed no one is roundly condemned as too violent...

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@franklinlopez

Cool! If I end up starting one, I will let you know. As you said, time is definitely at a premium

...The police are helped by people theoretically on our side, who are happy to accuse anyone who acts not-nonviolently of being an agent provocateur and who will even turn people in for not-nonviolent acts, damning them to the terrible violence of the police and prison system in the name of pacifism."

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"Police have learned this technique particularly well. Nonviolence is the essential tool in the protest policing technique of "controlled management" and the tactic of divide and conquer, as they try to "coordinate" protest marches with organization officials and protest marshals and accuse outside agitators, antifa, "white anarchists" or any other preferred boogeyman for the militancy that emerges organically from struggles for freedom...

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@franklinlopez

Been thinking of setting up a chi.ist blog, which directly integrates into any Fediverse application, to start keeping reading notes as I research, and to post longer things. Is that something that would be useful, even if simply to prevent the need for scrollback?

... keeping them from telling the truth of their experience, namely, that guns were keeping them safe, that self-defense worked. As the movement moved forward, and urban riots and rebellions spread, liberals, who had only a few years previously believed that any civil disobedience was too militant and that Black folks were moving too fast, used the principle of nonviolence they now embraced to dismiss and attack the uprisings."

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...This moral division adds a new layer of shame and rejection onto those who take non-nonviolent action to free themselves, which, as we have seen, actually included most of the Southern movement.

The strategic maintenance of the image of nonviolence, pushed by the heads of organizations, the media, liberal politicians, and well-meaning but naive middle-class white allies alike, forced many activists into silence, ...

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"But there is a more fundamental problem with nonviolence: when it is no longer a tactic among many, and is instead pushed as a philosophical, moral or religious principle. As Lance Hill writes: "By giving the luster of religious precept to a pragmatic stratagem to attract white liberals- while accommodating liberal fears of black violence- the national civil rights leadership took the high moral ground and made their critics look like nihilistic advocates for violence"...

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... Akinyele Omowale Umoja argues that Robert F Williams was an exception because he advocated armed tactics publicly, not because he used those tactics- most of the movements and activists in the South had recourse to guns during their struggle."

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...Even the Freedom Riders had been protected, while they stayed with Black supporters overnight, by armed guards.

As many recent historical studies have demonstrated, although the major organizations- SNCC, CORE, NAACP, SCLC- all declared themselves officially nonviolent, guns kept their activists safe in the South while they carried out agitation, organization and movement...

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Moving onto Chapter 7:

"As struggles blossomed all over the South, the philosophy of nonviolence met the reality of Black life under Jim Crow, and the truth of night riders, the KKK and fascist police. Many Black people in the rural South were already armed as a result of subsistence hunting combined with a history of effective Black self-defense and a generalized Southern gun culture: many Northern workers who went south acquired guns as well...

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@clacke @_Pelican3301

Oh yeah, he's been bouncing around organizing circles forever, even took a prominent role in the antiwar movement in the early 2000s.

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