This past April, I was able to catch up with Alec Empire of Atari Teenage Riot (Berlin) before their show in Los Angeles. A lot of you may have heard of Atari Teenage Riot because you have seen a video of them playing in Berlin on May Day in 1999 during a march put on my the Anti-Facsist Action in which a riot ensues. Or you may know of them because one of the sole reasons ATR started their band was to counter the nazi presence in the German punk scene.
They are currently known for for giving a large donation to wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s legal fund, and have shown full support for hacktivist group Anonymous. ATR is the very essence of the punk that I grew up to know, and I am glad to see that 20 years down the line, they are still pushing the envelope and fighting the good fight.
ATR has been one of my favorite bands since I was a kid, so I jumped at the opportunity to be able to pick Alec’s brain. In this video Alec discusses everything from the bands beginnings, occupy wall street, ATR’s involvement with Anti-Facsist Action, confrontations with the music industry and more!
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This past thursday Katherine ‘KteeO’ Olejnik was taken into custody after refusing to cooperate with the Grand Jury in Seattle. KteeO marks the second person to be taken into custody by this Grand Jury. Leah is due back in court October 10th, so be sure to stay updated with Leah and her commitment to resisting the Grand Jury. Click here to read KteeO’s statement. We now have addresses so you can write to both Matt, and KteeO. Make sure to send them both a letter to let them know how much we support them. Remember, they are in there for us, so we need to be out here for them!
Matthew Kyle Duran #42565-086
P.O. Box 13900
Seattle, WA 98198
Send Letters to KteeO at:
Katherine Olejnik #42592-086
P.O. Box 13900
Seattle, WA 98198
“Please write to KteeO!! She is specifically interested in news and information about the Basque region, and reading material related to linguistics and social anthropology.
Make sure that your name and return address, as well as the resister’s full name and inmate number, are included on the envelope and all pages of the letter. There is no limit on how many letters they are allowed to have in their cell at any one time. They are allowed to have up to 20 photographs in their cell at once, so send them pictures too! No Polaroids though. Letters should be written in pen on clean and plain lined paper. Letters have been turned away in the past due to small stains from coffee spills, etc., so make sure the paper is immaculate.
Please don’t write about anything potentially incriminating. For more tips on how to write to a prisoner for the first time, see this article: How to Write Your First Letter to Someone in Prison.
To send books directly to resisters, use the above mailling address. Books cannot be sent from a personal address, they must be sent from a company, such as Amazon, or a bookstore. Books can be new or used.
They are allowed to have up to five books and two magazines in their cell at once, but additional books can go to the prison library, so send away!”
From Earth First!
Friends, comrades, and allies:
In the heartland of Texas, camped in the backwoods among armadillos and water moccasins and deeply rooted small farmers and ranchers, we at Tar Sands Blockade are engaged in what may be the largest direct action battle of our time. We are mobile, skilled and powerful, and though we number in the dozens, the magnitude of what we face demands a call to action.
As many of you know, Tar Sands mining is the most ecologically destructive project on planet Earth, and the Keystone XL pipeline is a major piece of infrastructure that will allow for greater Tar Sands extraction and profit. The pipeline is proposed through over 2100 miles of farmland, forest and prairie in eight states and provinces and likely oil spills from this threaten much of North America’s water table including the massive Ogllala aquifer. For more on the issue visit StopTarSands.org.
TransCanada is a multi-billion dollar multinational corporation with the government on their side. They have a history of leakages from their pipelines. We are aligned against this enemy in an unlikely coalition of allies: local residents fighting eminent-domain land seizures, forest defense veterans, conservatives concerned about corporate/government intrusion on family lands, liberals concerned about climate change, and radical blockaders directly doing battle with the behemoth.
Our adversary is everywhere. They are building this pipeline as we speak, in many different places at once. Clearing crews are mowing down swaths of trees, some over a century old, and tearing up farmland right next to people’s homes and water sources. It’s a massive project but we still anticipate stopping them at some key points that can ideally shut down the entire operation. We can’t fight them everywhere but are trying our damnedest, and need a lot of help.
We are utilizing a true diversity of tactics in this fight, including community cookouts, lockdowns, public rallies, meme warfare, arboreal dwellings, roving bands of mischief-makers, and more.
We need all skill sets, including: videographers and media specialists, medics, chefs, vehicle mechanics, tree-sitters and riggers, lockdowners, forest scouts, community organizers, welders, carpenters, and badasses of all trades.
The most important thing is to come down here and plug in, but other ways to help include publicizing the Tar Sands Blockade on Facebook, Twitter etc., donating and/or raising funds and supplies including climbing gear, holding teach-ins in your bioregion, organizing solidarity actions against TransCanada and their enablers, and just generally spreading the word to help us increase our numbers as quickly as possible.
We are a small crew of Earth First!ers and eco-anarchists engaged in tactical elements of the larger Tar Sands Blockade campaign. We’re requesting help from you, our comrades, to come join us as quickly as possible. If you have questions or want to discuss this at all, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
See y’all in the woods!
Taken from Bay View
by Isaac Ontiveros, Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity
The Short Corridor refers to a section of Pelican Bay Prison’s notorious Security Housing Unit (SHU). Pelican Bay’s SHU was the point of origin for last year’s hunger strikes which rocked California’s prison system, at one point including the participation of nearly 12,000 prisoners in over 11 prisons throughout the state.
The statement calls for the cessation of all hostilities between groups to commence Oct. 10, 2012, in all California prisons and county jails. “This means that from this date on, all racial group hostilities need to be at an end,” the statement says.
It also calls on prisoners throughout the state to set aside their differences and use diplomatic means to settle their disputes. The Short Corridor Collective states, “If personal issues arise between individuals, people need to do all they can to exhaust all diplomatic means to settle such disputes; do not allow personal, individual issues to escalate into racial group issues.”
“The statement calls for the cessation of all hostilities between groups to commence Oct. 10, 2012, in all California prisons and county jails. “This means that from this date on, all racial group hostilities need to be at an end,” the statement says.”
In the past, California prisoners have attempted to collaborate with the Department of Corrections to bring an end to the hostilities, but CDCR has been largely unresponsive to prisoners’ requests. The statement warns prisoners that they expect prison officials to attempt to undermine this agreement.
“My long-time experience in urban peace issues, gang truces, prevention and intervention is that when gang leaders and prisoners take full stock of the violence and how they can contribute to the peace, such peace will be strong, lasting and deep. I honor this effort as expressed in this statement,” says Luis J. Rodriguez, renowned violence intervention worker and award-winning author of “Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.” Read the rest of this entry »
We have just received word that Matthew needs our help to receive vegan food at FDC SeaTac. Matt is not going to eat the provided food, so he needs our help to
make sure he has the right to nutritious vegan meals. Please call and politely ask that Matthew be given food to meet his dietary restrictions. Please keep us updated with prison correspondence at @becausewemust or via email email@example.com. Remember, please be polite. Matt is in there for us, we need to be out here for him! We will not stop calling until Matt lets us know he has gotten vegan food, or if Matt asks for us to call it off.
Matthew Kyle Duran