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August 27, 2020

Five "I"s for a City Beyond Policing: A Message to Defense Groups in Minneapolis

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Reforming and regulating the police is not what we want. We can do much better than prolonging the life of this doomed, repressive institution, but to do better, we need to plan how to do better.

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August 27, 2020

Syria Solidarity

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"The fight against racism is a human and universal cause that affects us all.” These are the words of artist Aziz Asmar, who along with his friend Anas Hamdoun painted a tribute to George Floyd on a destroyed building in Binnish, Syria.

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August 27, 2020

Seward Co-op Workers Walk-Out for Justice

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The horrendous murder of George Floyd - and the powerful Uprising that followed, inspired action from some Twin Cities workers. On June 16th, workers at the Seward Co-op Grocery store on East Franklin Ave staged a brief walk-out in the parking lot to demand Justice for George Floyd and the abolition of the police department.  

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August 27, 2020

Oromo Community Takes the Streets

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Hundreds of members of Minnesota's Oromo community took over I-94 on July 1st, and 1,500 took 35W ten days later, in powerful protests against the assassination of Hachalu Hundessa in Ethiopia. Hundessa was an iconic Oromo musician, activist, and former political prisoner closely associated with the struggle for democracy in Ethiopia and for the rights and freedom of the Oromo people.

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August 27, 2020

Cell Phone Security: Keeping Cops and Fash Out

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You probably have things on your phone you wouldn’t want a fascist or a cop to see: comrades’ contact information, loved ones’ addresses, logged-in social media accounts, and text messages, to name a few. While you can’t make it impossible for them to get into your phone, you can make it a pain. With every security measure you add, you make it more difficult for police/fascists to get your data.

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August 27, 2020

Voices from the Barricades at George Floyd Square

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On Memorial Day weekend, George Floyd, a 46-year old African-American bouncer, unemployed since COVID-19, was detained by Minneapolis Police outside Cup Foods on 38th St & Chicago Ave in south Minneapolis for allegedly passing a counterfeit $20 bill. Mr. Floyd was put down on the street - right where a #5 bus stops - and murdered by a cop pressing his knee into Mr. Floyd's neck while a crowd of onlookers pleaded for the police to stop.

38th & Chicago is an important intersection in south Minneapolis - especially to poor and working-class folks who attend church, update their cell phones, get Chinese, do laundry, or fill up their tanks on that corner. The intersection brings together four neighborhoods:  Bancroft, Bryant, Central, and Powderhorn - and is the heart of the historic and resilient southside Black community.

The lynching of George Floyd tore open the facade covering white-suprenmacist capitalist rule in Minneapolis and neighboriong communities - it brought people out in the streets and at 38th & Chicago - the people hacve stayed. Building barricades, painting murals, memorializing those murdered by police, serving meals, playing music, squashing beefs, booting fascists, and holding ground.

The interviews here are from two people from the Community who have given over big chunks of their life to the struggle to hold and defend George Floyd Square . . . 

August 31, 2020

What counterinsurgency tactics have you noticed from people in power?

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What are some counterinsurgency tactics you've noticed this summer? What things you have seen people—especially people with clear connections to the existing power structure—do that have led to the demobilization, suppression, discrediting, intimidation, or marginalization of the movement for black lives and against police brutality?  Learning and recognizing these tactics is crucial. Here are some that people named in one big thread.

September 1, 2020

Brief examples from Minneapolis' Whittier neighborhood of the upswell of organized people

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Conversations during and after the Uprising led to people forming up a Whittier copwatch. In that copwatch, connections were made which helped workers get in touch with union organizers and tenants to revive tenant organizing committees and more.

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Copwatching
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The Defender: Fall 2020

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‘zine of the Workers Defense Alliance, Twin Cities, Fall 2020.

In this issue: Defend the Uprising! • Voices from the Barricades at George Floyd Square • Abolition and the Movement Against Police Brutality • Bryant Neighborhood Assemblies • Stillwater Restaurant Workers v. White Supremacists • Five “I”s for a City Beyond Policing • Syria Solidarity • Seward Workers Walkout • Cell Phone Security Basics • Oromo Community Takes the Streets • Introduction to the Alliance

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August 26, 2020

Introduction to the Workers Defense Alliance

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The Workers Defense Alliance is a revolutionary network of working class people and autonomous councils. We organize on the job and in the streets to practice militant rank and file labor struggle and community self defense.