Frontlines of repression: Brazil, the internet, and mid-2000s environmental action

Ahead of the August 21 prison strike, a few stories of repression you may have missed:

Crimethinc have an indepth analysis of the recent court case that saw 23 people sentenced for “criminal association” for taking part in the protests around the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

They’ve also just posted up a story about Joseph Dibee, handed over to the US government by Cuban authorities after spending 12 years on the run for his alleged participation in the environmental direct action movement of the 1990s/early 2000s. In their words:

“It is no longer realistic to imagine that climate change and ecological chaos can be prevented. But this only makes it more paramount to defend what wildness remains, impose consequences for the most environmentally destructive activity, and defend those who take risks to make the world hospitable for both human and nonhuman life. If we do not want to spend the next century locked in ethno-nationalist, religious, and racial warfare, we have to foster new struggles against climate change and ecological destruction, we have to build mutual aid networks capable of surviving in disaster zones, and we have to resolutely defend everyone who fights for a world without cages. Free Joseph Dibee.

You can send letters of care and encouragement to Joseph. DO NOT write about his case or reference anything illegal. Write him here:

Joseph Dibee #812133
Multnomah County Detention Center
11540 NE Inverness Drive
Portland, Oregon 97220

We don’t forget those who fight.”

In Minneapolis, there’s a statement of solidarity being circulated for Cameron Crowley, accused of being the hacker “Vigilance”. Vigilance hacked Minnesota government websites in response to the police killing of Philando Castile and the decision to acquit the cop who killed him.

As they say:

We, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with Vigilance. As such, we also stand in support of Cameron Crowley who, whether involved or not, is the one facing repercussions for actions taken in the struggle to end police violence. We know that power concedes nothing without a fight. We know that we are fighting one fight with many fronts. We know we are all stronger when we stand together.

(To have your name added to this list please email”

You can also send letters or books to:

Cameron Crowley
855 West 7th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102.

Unlike folks in prison, he can receive packages with used books. He especially likes Sci-Fi and Fantasy.

Finally, as the prison strike gets ready to kick off, inmates at a jail in Nova Scotia, Canada, have got started early, and Florida organizers are asking people to join in with a phone and email zap on the 21st itself.

About nothingiseverlost

"The impulse to fight against work and management is immediately collective. As we fight against the conditions of our own lives, we see that other people are doing the same. To get anywhere we have to fight side by side. We begin to break down the divisions between us and prejudices, hierarchies, and nationalisms begin to be undermined. As we build trust and solidarity, we grow more daring and combative. More becomes possible. We get more organized, more confident, more disruptive and more powerful."
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