Who controls the past,controls the future.We have always been at war.
profrv at nex.net.au
Fri Apr 9 00:16:14 PDT 1999
On this day...1979 -- Native American political prisoner Leonard Peltier
escapes Lompoc federal penitentiary, California.
The first issue of Open Road, a kick-ass, and very well produced, anarchist
news-journal came out of Vancouver in August of 1976, transforming radical
politics in Canada. Many of the articles in that first issue - Leonard
Peltier's impending extradition to the U.S., George Jackson Brigade
actions, an interview with Martin Soastre, a Puerto Rican anarchist and
former POW, coverage of Native and prisoners' struggles - would not look
out of place in the PNS today. Open Road motivated the creation of a more
action-orientated, militant politic in Vancouver such as the Anarchist
Party of Canada (Groucho-Marxist) which carried out a series of "pieings" -
literally throwing a pie in the face of a politician or celebrity, with
Eldridge Cleaver being the most famous "hit" - in order to make a political
point. As simple as this may sound, it brought about political and personal
transformations from planning and carrying out the actions to dealing with
the consequences - confrontations with reactionaries and authorities. The
more serious people in the scene started to do support work for the
prisoners in the old B.C. Pen whose struggles eventually resulted in its
closure. From then on, prisons have been an essential part of the work
taken on by our circles. Out of this came Direct Action, an armed group
which in 1982 blew-up an electrical substation on Vancouver Island ($5
million in damages) and a Litton Industries factory north of Toronto that
built components for the Cruise Missile ($10 million in damages and several
injuries). Some of the same people were also involved in the Wimmin's Fire
Brigade firebombing of three video stories specializing in violent porn.
They were arrested in January, 1983, immediately putting us into doing
support work. In June of 1983 Bulldozer was raided and threatened with a
charge of Seditious Libel (calling for the armed overthrow of the state)
for the distribution of support-leaflets we were putting out. A mid-wife,
living with us at the time, was arrested and charged with "performing an
abortion" in an attempt to get information from her about our links to
Direct Action. After several thousand dollars in legal fees, and a year of
high-stress, all the serious charges were dropped in connection to the
raid. After losing several legal challenges over the legality of evidence,
the Vancouver Five, as they had come to be called, pled guilty to several
charges related to the actions.
"The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our
number one priority and we will not rest until we find him!"
- George W. Bush, September 13, 2001
"I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and I really don't care.
It's not that important. It's not our priority."
- George W. Bush, March 13, 2002
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