Archive | November, 2013

The Promised Land

30 Nov

In the Land Where Cops wear Che Guevara Tshirts that are made by Childrens Hands, and people think a socialist republic is a sweatshop on demand- Ciarian Murphy

Today I woke up with no smokes and alot of anger, several of my ex’s use to comment when i would wake up like this,it would seem i was itching for a fight.
Though I was pissed off, I really wasnt looking for a fight but to get where they sell smokes at this ungodly hour, you have to go through a white power/loyalist neighbourhood, I put on my Celtic Football Club hat, and an Anti Racist Action Hoody (seriously i wasnt looking for a fight those where my only clean clothes and they know who I am anyways) and went to the store. I bought smokes and coffee and sat down and smoked three cigarettes (i didnt smoke all night), walked home lit another and started to think.

Alot of thoughts were going through my head, so i called a friend across the pond about something we were discussing, i didnt want to leave a whole thesis on there answering machine, so i wished them luck, and gave a brief synopsis on what i was thinking, then went on FB to wish someone else luck and went outside to light another smoke.

I remember (vaguely) getting jumped, I had a friend of mine who was staying here who had addiction issues but since his mom was a respected commie from a revolutionary country i promised to help her son. I had money which was not mine on me that was raised for POWS and the speaking tour. Two so called comrades were with me, cause i like to wake people up at night and when the shit went down they ran.I was out of money and in pretty bad shape, and though the people who I raised the money for were understanding I still payed it back out of my own pocket. I remember this incident confirming the truth about class characteristics and a quote from Che Guevara came to mind while I was outside remembering. During the war in the Sierra Maestra he was complaining about the bourgeoise elements sent to him by the Communist party of Cuba whom he said could withstand torture but didnt even know how to fire a machine gun. The cowards that were with me were worst then that because i doubt that they could even take a beating, and taking a puff outside while i was smoking i was laughing to myself about how if this was open warfare any army including those of the imperialists would have these two shot for cowardess.
This line of thinking made me think of the issue of fascism cowardess and those that play at revolution, but have little to no understanding of the on the ground reality that people in working class neighbourhoods face, particularly around the issue of violence. Many people hold the illusion that KKKanada is a nice country and some even call it socialist. To many immigrants it is sold as the promised land, and the reason my parents came here was that they bought into that illusion. I wonder if with hindsight, if they really knew what capitalism was would they have left Romania to come here.

Mark Twain once wrote a book called the gilded age or something along those lines where he talked about how on the surface North America looked nice and cool and all that but scratch the surface and the decadence, rot and sickness is quite obvious. The problem that we face today is that many people who live in comfort dont want to scratch beneath the surface and will do whatever they can to hold these illusions. When confronted with the true reality, esp. if it is fists and doc martin boots, they panic and run.
This is not just because of their environment or class but rather because they either need to hold onto their illusions and to do that they must somehow reconcile what they see with their concept of reality. Usually this is done by either blaming the victim eg. if only they did not provoke the leviathan then you would not experience this phenomena or call the phenomena an anomaly that can be solved by “exposing”this element of corruption and begging the authority’s through petitions etc. to restore things to their natural order, as if the natural order is something good or positive.

The problem with this is that the decay and decadence of the society itself is not questioned. This is not the case with all people, I can think of one comrade who comes from privilege, yet despite this has thrown his lot in with the oppressed, to quote Jose Marti, because of the fact that he has chosen not to close his eyes to this reality, and time and time again has not only chosen to try to understand this reality but like a true dialectician has tried to actively participate and change it. Case in point, when a fascist sliced a friends face and it was pointed out to him, he cared not whether they were EDL, CDL, Stormfront or Blood and honour, but cared about what we could do to stop it.This anaylisis, I have noted has been applied by this individual to many other things that are rotten in this promised land, and for seeing beneath the surface and confronting the rot I applaud him.

The decadence and decay of this society is not just rooted to rogue fascist elements but rather is the substance and essence of this society. Those in the ivory tower may theorise about genocide here and abroad but they do it through an academic lens making the victims into objects, subjects and scientific measurements creating the atmosphere where they can dehumanize them and as such make peace with the status quo. By doing this the foundations and cause of the sickness we call capitalism and colonialism is ignored. Genocide is a thing of the past and indigenous solidarity is begging the government to act humane and sanitize the process by speaking out about flare ups that are cool at the moment and denouncing this or that shooting yet doing nothing about the systemic slow murder through drugs, violence, unemployment, displacement, encroachment etc. Dealing with these on the ground realities is not seen as political and belittled because to acknowledge this is to shake up their world view and question their position in the bigger picture something they are not willing to do.

The true reality is that the foundations of the whole society is based on decay and those who are not willing to accept this and then act are the real cowards because they are too scared to see that there promised land is soaked in blood, and that even the food that they consume is so ripe because it has been fertilized with the blood of those who have died and are dieing to keep their worldview whole. Many times I have tried to explain this outlook to people and many arguments have ensued, not necessarily about my analysis, but carrying it through to its logical conclusions, the sickness has been diagnosed, yet the issues is the cure, and like a sick patient in denial these forces will attempt to mystify the cure through fouclat or other such intellectual somersaults aimed at sowing confusion, because the cure, action after analysis not only destroys their world view but forces them to take responsibility, not through word, but through deed, forcing them to dismantle this so-called promised land.

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Bourgeois Outlook

29 Nov

Peoples reality and understanding of the world around them is directly shaped by there interaction and understanding of there enviroment.
In other words they percieve the world based on what they see and experiance and interperate the based on that. Enviroment and how one analysis ones enviroment, in other words is the basis of their reality.

One of the issues in the movement at this point in time is criticism, attacks and base criminalisation by those whose outlook and understanding is diffrent then those force on the ground dealing with day to shit and crisis.
As was stressed earlier enviroment plays a desisive factor on outlook, to this I would like to stress another point, Enviroment also plays a desisive factor on desire for change eg. if your enviroment is diffrent then those under attack and you are comfortable in your enviroment, then the urgency and necessity is not there as much as for someone who is directly affected. Also given the fact that they are outside looking in these individuals have the luxury not to be confronted with crisis after crisis, but rather to be cold and objective because to them the issue is not one that affects them directly but rather a mental exersise which gives them the ability and luxury to theorise and say how things should be because to them it is an abstract problem.

This issue of overintelectualizing and critism for the sake of critism and all other such non sense can only be solved by having those who critisize to activly engage and change ther enviroment, only then will they understand and be able to give an actual informed opinion and tell others what to do.

Against Colonialism, For Self Determination!!!Free ALL POWS!!!!

25 Nov

43 Queen St. S. Kitchener
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

6:00pm

Speakers Include

32CSM-On the current Occupation of Ireland and the struggle of the Prisoners

The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]
On the current situation of Mapuche Political Prisoners in so-called southern Chile

Dylan Powell-Two Row Times Correspondent on the assault on the MI’KMAQ peoples

Toronto Forum On Cuba-On the Case of the Cuban Five

From Turtle Island to Belfast people have been struggling for their just right to determine there own destiny. In the face of state attacks and repression people have unified and resisted. Come out and here the storys of peoples just struggle to determine there own destiny and what you can do to support.

All Funds will go to Support the Prisoners!!!!

Manchester Martyrs Commemoration 146 years on-Oration 32CSM

24 Nov

from http://www.32csm.net

Manchester Martyrs Oration

‘We gather here today to remember with great pride and to commemorate three brave Fenians, William Allen, Michael Larkin and Michael O’Brien better known as the Manchester Martyrs.

These three were innocent men that were victims of the British state wanting to send a message of deterrence to all those who make a stand against their wrong doings. 146 years ago a prison van was transporting two senior members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, as the prison van progressed up Hyde Road, Belle Vue it was ambushed at the railway bridge by a group of Fenians, a gallant act that allowed the two senior members to escape, never to be recaptured.

after the ambush 29 Irish people were arrested, but only three of all who were arrested were to suffer the full extent of the British Governments evilness, these three men who came to be known as the Manchester martyrs, they were scapegoats, they were used to take the attention away from the major flaws in the British legal system, there was no evidence to support the claims that these three men were the individuals who fired the revolvers, there only crime was being Irish. These three men had their lives so cruelly snatched from them on 23rd November where they were publically hanged from a temporary structure built on the walls of a Salford Goal, the British Government were not content with publicly murdering 3 innocent Irishmen, they went on to burn all the remains that were exhumed from Strangeway’s prison, which rendered repatriation of their bodies, impossible.

For all those who have gathered here today, be proud. You all are evidence Irish Republicanism is stronger than ever before even here in England, and that even 146 years after this major injustice they are still remembered with pride.

The Manchester Martyers then as republicans today seek equality, justice and peace. The ongoing denial of Irish sovereignty by the British government remains the ongoing obstacle to a lasting peace. The Good Friday Agreement had at its core a British Sovereign claim to the six north eastern counties of Ireland. Those who signed this treaty did so with full knowledge of this, but signed personal gain. The demand for British withdrawal of their illegal claim to part of Ireland’s national territory was never on the table or their minds. They are the traitors, and like others before them, they are Irelands shame.

As Prisoners the Manchester Maryters suffered then, republican prisoners suffer today at the hand of those administering British rule in Ireland.

We send revolutionary greetings to the republican prisoners and remember with pride Irelands Patriotic dead.

Onward to the Republic and liberation of the Irish People.

They think that they have pacified Ireland. They think that they have purchased half of us and intimidated the other half. They think that they have foreseen everything, think that they have provided against everything; but the fools, the fools, the fools! – They have left us our Feniandead, and while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace. – Padraig Pearse’

The Cumann also visited a graveside nearby where two former members of Cumann na mBan, sisters Catherine and Ellen Doherty, formerly of Lisacul, County Roscommon, are laid to rest. A wreath of flowers was left at the graveside.

Please write to The Craigavon Two

23 Nov

From The JFTC2 Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/JFTC2

We would ask people to write to Brendan and John Paul this Christmas, a card can help raise their spirits.

Brendan McConvillle /John Paul Wootton
Roe 4
Maghaberry Prison
Old Road
Ballinderry Upper
LISBURN
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Solidarity Rally for Jimmy Velgakis Hunger Strike at WSIB Head Office in Toronto – Nov 26

22 Nov

Join The OFL Solidarity Rally with Jimmy Velgakis on Tuesday, November 26th at 12:30pm at #WSIB office, 200 Front Street, #Toronto

As most of you are already aware, since November 12th,Jimmy Velgakis has been on hunger strike outside the WSIB office at 200 FrontStreet. He’s taking a strong stand demanding justice not only for himself, but for all injured workers, and he’s gotten amazing support from the injured worker community and from his MPP Cheri DiNovo, who has also gone on hunger strike in solidarity with him.

And now in another huge display of solidarity, theOntario Federation of Labour will be holding a rally in solidarity with Jimmy on Tuesday, November 26th at 12:30pm! Trade union activists from all across Ontario will rally together to support Jimmy, and to send a message to the WSIB that no injured worker should ever be forced to resort to a hunger strike.

This is not what our compensation system is supposed to look like. We will continue to push for a just system that honours the original principles upon which it is founded, and that treats injured workers with dignity and respect.

Community Space For All Not Condos For The Rich!!!

21 Nov

Today in response to the social cleansing in the downtown core, and displacement of poor people to make space for yuppies and their condos, we decided that we would hold our free food and politics program in front of the city centre Condo development office/model condo in the downtown core. By doing this we aim to show the people who are attempting to replace us that we are not going away, as well as continue to create space in the community for people to come together discuss the problems that we are facing and come up with solutions. By doing this we are meeting the needs of the people in terms of food etc. as well as resisting by existing. Expect us every week!!!!!!