So, there’s various things I’ve been meaning to catch up on, but the events in Baltimore have grabbed my attention a fair bit. A quick round-up of sources worth paying attention to:
For those of us too far away to get directly involved, one thing we can usefully do is to donate to this legal/bail fund (if you’re broke now and counting the days till payday, it might be worth saving the link now to revisit at the end of the month).
The best discussion pieces I’ve seen so far have been Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Nonviolence as Compliance, Radical Faggot’s defence of smashing police cars, and this call to disband the police from Salon (this last piece comes via Plan C’s Demanding the Future project – more on that in a bit). UPDATE: Add this statement from Sic and this one from the WSA to that list.
Finally, while it’s a long way from Baltimore, ILWU Local 10’s promise to shutdown the port of Oakland on May Day as a protest against police terror sounds very interesting.
Also over on the West Coast, Black Lives Matter organiser Jasmine Richards was arrested at the end of March, and is currently being held on $90,000 bail on a variety of charges, including “making terrorist threats”. You can donate to her legal defence here.
Outside of the US, there’s also been a fair bit of stuff going on. One more legal fundraiser worth chucking a few quid to if you have anything to spare is this one for Katie Nelson, who’s facing serious charges up in Quebec for her role in the last big revolt up there back in 2012.
Meanwhile, back in Blighty, Bristol ABC have a new zine out featuring writings from Emma Sheppard among others, Brixton kicked off against gentrification at the weekend, and the fascist March for England found that marching through Blackpool isn’t any easier than marching through Brighton, all of which are events which deserve more attention and commentary than I have time for at the moment. And finally, I wrote a little piece on tribunal fees, court charges and legal aid cuts for the Demanding the Future series – if you’d like to submit a demand of your own, information about how you can do so is here.