Radical Leftists Built Their Own Reddit After It Banned Them

From Vice

“I decided to delete my Reddit account and make a site where socialists and anarchists wouldn’t get punished for talking out against fascism.”

Last December, Reddit banned a subforum called r/LeftWithSharpEdge, for “multiple violations of site wide rules.” The relatively small anarchist community—a screenshot from the Internet Archive last year shows that it had less than 400 members—was a satirical reaction to a similarly named forum, r/LeftWithoutEdge. Sharp Edge was more radical, and intended to counter r/LeftWithoutEdge’s “inoffensive, milquetoast brand of socialist,” ziq, one of subreddit’s members, told me in a direct message.

Then it got banned, for what ziq says are unclear reasons. “The Reddit admins refused to explain why they deleted our sub,” they said. What is known is that Sharp Edge was deleted the same day it was featured on r/SubredditOfTheDay, a popular forum that highlights subreddits across the site.

After r/LeftWithSharpEdge was taken down, ziq decided to leave Reddit and create an independent anarchist community free from its rules. Raddle.me, which was originally called Raddit.me, is an “alternative that is focused on community building and openness, and not controlled by a corporation,” ziq told me. The original name was intended to sound similar to Reddit, but was later changed to avoid potential trademark issues.

“The anger from the Reddit left sphere was big enough that I decided to delete my Reddit account and make a site where socialists and anarchists wouldn’t get punished for talking out against fascism, joking about ‘eating the rich’ and sharing ‘subversive’ anti-capitalist memes and literature,” they explained.

Raddle isn’t the first site to emerge out of outrage at Reddit’s policies. When Reddit instituted new harassment rules in 2015, and subsequently banned several hateful communities, Redditors built a new site called Voat. It became a favorite among the alt-right, and promised to never censor its users posts. Far-right online communities often build their own spaces after getting kicked off bigger, mainstream platforms, like 8chan, for whom the forum 4chan was too tame, or Gab, which is intended loosely as an alternative to Twitter.

While Voat’s free-wheeling, hate speech-is-free-speech culture could reasonably be called the opposite of Raddle’s, both sites were created because of perceived censorship by Reddit’s administrators. They’re evidence of how large platforms often struggle to moderate communities whose beliefs are seen as outside the norm.

“We are very clear in our site terms of service that posting content that incites violence or harasses will get users banned from Reddit,” a spokesperson for Reddit said in an email. “We have banned r/leftwithsharpedge due to repeated violations of the terms of our content policy, which we communicated clearly to the moderators.”

Raddle, which has a poison dart frog as its logo, feels like a simpler version of Reddit. It’s fast, relatively easy to navigate, and has familiar Reddit features like upvote and downvote buttons that push posts to the top of the site. There are a number of political subforums, like “EatTheRich,” as well as more typical fare, like “books” or “tech.”

Like r/LeftWithoutEdge, Raddle’s user population appears fairly tiny, but there are no exact numbers. Raddle doesn’t have advertisements or run analytical software, so its size is difficult to calculate—but that’s by design. The site is meant to be an alternative to social networks that profit by monitoring user behavior and serving advertisements.

“We have no ads, no tracking, no user profiling and we don’t collect or share any user data with anyone,” ziq said. The site is community-built and anyone can contribute to the code.

Ziq’s commitment to privacy is an appealing virtue for Raddle’s users. “I’m always very uneasy about the lack of concern for privacy online,” Tequila_Wolf, a user who posts frequently to Raddle, told me in a direct message. “When you have friends on government lists who get harassed at every border because, say, they are members of Anarchists Against The Wall, you know you don’t want to get on that list.”

Ziq originally built Raddle on WordPress, but a skilled developer soon stepped in to create a more sophisticated version of the site with less limitations. “I spent five hours straight putting together new software that could run the site and threw it on GitHub,” Emma, the lead developer, designer, and system administrator behind Raddle told me in an email. “After three months of coding (including one month off due to burnout), we switched to the new software.”

Raddle is moderated differently from other sites—the focus is on completely excluding bigotry. “Socialists of all stripes, social democrats, liberals, conservatives and anyone else who wants to partake in a community where bigotry isn’t tolerated in the name of ‘free speech’ is welcome to join. The one condition is that bigotry stays out of the picture,” Emma explained. “Our belief is that freedom from harm trumps freedom of speech.”

Emma said that whether someone should be banned from Raddle is determined on a case-by-case basis. “We recognize that we aren’t all flawless beings, so an otherwise decent person who slips up and says something that can be construed as bigotry will probably get away with a warning,” she told me. “On the other hand, we won’t tolerate users who post in bad faith and who consistently step over or skirt the line.”

Raddle ultimately came out of more broad problems ziq and Emma saw with Reddit. Ziq complained about how it has increasingly become a recruiting ground for the alt-right, the social network’s overemphasis on America (r/politics, a major subreddit, only discusses US-based politics, for example), and the fact that the site’s code isn’t open source, among other issues. Emma mentioned what she says is a problem with harassment on the site.

“To me, the biggest problem with Reddit is how its administrators ignore the routine harassment and witch-hunts of marginalized people that takes place, with r/The_Donald being the most prominent example,” she said.

r/The_Donald is an enormously popular subreddit that rallies for President Trump and his policies. “I could forgive Reddit if T_D [r/The_Donald] owed its existence to a doctrine of absolute free speech (which I’d still think is misguided), but the reality is that T_D is their big cash cow,” Emma told me.

Raddle is ultimately a place where leftists can be themselves, without constant confrontation from users who arrive from subreddits like r/The_Donald. “Having a space where you don’t have to constantly listen to or defend yourself from fascists is important, and Reddit has shown that it isn’t willing to provide that,” Emma said.

More broadly, Raddle, like every good internet community, provides an escape from the outside world. “I want to contribute to the building of an online community that allows me and others to exist, and allows us to resist the world as it rains down harms upon us,” Tequila_Wolf told me.

Source:  https://raddle.me/

Edited for mb3-org.com

外卖小哥好欺负?全欧洲的送餐员已经联合起来了!

Mass strike of precarious couriers, Milan 2017. Credit: Deliveroo Strike Raiders

外卖骑手的斗争精神在这场横跨欧洲的罢工中被解放出来,本应弱小、无力的工人,如今用激进、直接的行动表达着他们对资本的敌意。

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2016年夏天,伦敦Deliveroo(与下文UberEats、Foodora均为国外线上外卖送餐平台——译者注)工人的罢工首次证明了送餐平台的工人有能力进行大规模的集体行动。罢工从Deliveroo蔓延到了UberEats,然后传遍英国。一年后,这场斗争已经跨越国境。送餐平台的工人们现已在英国、意大利、法国、西班牙和德国等超过十个城市举行了罢工。

虽然他们的斗争喜忧参半,但这场运动却让我们看到,一个跨国的零工运动从看起来最不可能的情形中出现了。本应弱小、无力的工人,如今用激进、直接的行动表达着他们对资本的敌意。这个跨国斗争的蔓延,展现了包括外卖工人的这类“新型工人阶级”带来的斗争力量和新的机遇。

从英国开始

当伦敦的Deliveroo工人被告知,他们的合同将从时薪制(每小时7英镑)外加每单的奖励(1英镑)转成计件制(每送一单3.75英镑)时,罢工运动便开始了。七个不同区域的外卖工人通过非正式联络网迅速被动员起来。数以百计的骑手进行了为期一周的罢工。这次行动迫使公司允许罢工的骑手自由选择报酬方式,并也为以后的争端埋下了伏笔。

在伦敦的首轮行动消停时,两个工会参与到了Deliveroo外卖骑手的组织中。一个于2013年独立出来的小工会,“大不列颠独立工人”(The Independent Workers of Great Britain,IWGB)与在夏季的罢工中心——伦敦卡姆登(Camden)的工人联合起来。同时,“世界产业工人”(The Industrial Workers of the World,IWW)则与全国范围内的,尤其是在布里斯托(Bristol)和利兹(Leeds)的工人组织联系。在政治团体“Plan C”的支持下,一个自组织的Deliveroo工人简报,《Rebel Roo》(意为“反抗Deliveroo”),也开始被制作出来。

伦敦以外的组织和行动每月都在不断地升级着。在布里斯托,Deliveroo负责培训的工人开始了罢工并且取得了胜利。一些工会随即建立起来,在布莱顿(Brighton)也开始了由低工资引起的罢工,在利兹的工人也团结一致组织了起来。到了二月,《Rebel Roo》的发行量涨到了每月1500份(发行量占全国总工人数的10%)。在巴斯、米德尔斯堡、利物浦、朴茨茅斯、曼彻斯特和格拉斯哥这样政治多样化的城市也开始出现了一些组织。去年二月,运动中的关键人物在伦敦的“跨国社会罢工平台”(Transnational Social Strike Platform)的集会上汇集、讨论。运动似乎即将到达高潮。

当利兹的七名工人遇害时,IWW正在热切地推动全国的罢工行动,但是有些人却对这个行动是否会继续扩大持怀疑态度,因为全国罢工的势头有些下落。利兹和布莱顿的斗争虽然获得了显著的胜利,但未能扩展到全国。受害的利兹工人恢复原职,加害他们的经理被解雇,布莱顿的工人保住了工作,但是运动整体却走向了低谷。在布莱顿,骑手们进一步与其他零工组成联盟,进行了一场“零工五·一”(“Precarious Mayday”)示威。虽然有了这些积极的步伐,但是这场运动的大势已去。

为了应对这场罢工,Deliveroo公司在特定地方区域做出了显著的让步,上涨了平均工资,但重要的是,这些让步措施都是通过App的算法来实现,并没有体现在真正的合同上。慢慢地,英国最有组织的区域中的罢工运动逐渐平息。面对着工人的撤退,IWGB工会转而寻求使用法律渠道,来挑战Deliveroo公司规避其对工人的法律义务的行为。这场斗争还在上演,而且已经得到英国工党的左翼领导层支持。

运动的扩散

伦敦罢工之后,组织活动便蔓延开来。突然之间,横跨欧洲的工人开始行动。2016年10月,在意大利图灵(Turin),Foodora公司的骑手进行了第一次动员。当公司试图把他们的时薪制(每小时5.4欧)改为计件工资制(每次2.7欧)时,Foodora里的一百多名工人中有一半进行了罢工。他们与其他社会运动团体组成了一场单车集会,绕城罢工示威。他们运动的诉求集中在单车与数据的成本、与米兰同等的时薪、以及带薪病假和带薪休假等一些雇员的权利。他们也在全国集体劳动合同中说明了包括最低工资标准在内的一些其他的诉求。

骑手与斗志旺盛的工团主义工会Si Cobas组织起来,并且成功在合同中赢得了快递费1.10欧元的增长,使其达到了3.60欧元。然而,在这个显著的胜利之后,15名最主要的组织工人被解除劳动关系,一次大型的公司招聘则又稀释了劳工的组织性。再加上公司为了平息骑手而在送餐App做出的让步,Foodora的反攻成功地阻止了进一步的运动。

相比于英国和意大利,法国的罢工要明显地更加随意一些,骑手的罢工运动没有公开的组织协调,让人猝不及防。这个混乱的情况使得平台管理层感到了恐慌,当马赛(Marseilles)的骑手在一家热门餐馆外罢工抗议时,Deliveroo甚至威胁要叫警察出面来处理。

2017年4月,自由工人工会(Free Workers Union,FAU)在德国柏林将送餐平台工人了组织起来。他们的诉求是:透明的工作时间、足以维生的工时、每单增加1欧元、以及带薪的每周一小时轮班。正是在这里,罢工运动首次将多个送餐平台的工人联合了起来。在5月发生了第一场抗议,80多名Deliveroo和Foodora的工人联合起来举行了示威,要求谈判。六月在Deliveroo和Foodora的总部,差不多同样人数的工人参加了第二场抗议。持续的施压迫使Foodora在柏林同意与FAU工会进行谈判,但Deliveroo仍不妥协。

西班牙则发生了最大规模的罢工。在这里,Deliveroo为了抵抗示威,解雇了13名主要参与运动的工人。然而,斗争仍在继续着,它进一步扩大为7月2日巴塞罗那、瓦伦西亚和马德里的Deliveroo工人晚上8点到11点长达三小时的罢工。工人的参与度很高:在巴塞罗那,230名工人里的150人参与了罢工。他们要求每小时最低两单,每周末保证20小时工时,以及结束公司对加入工会的工人的加害。

在意大利,工人们试图通过法律渠道获得谈判的机会来表达自己的诉求,并且得到了意大利左翼党(Sinistra Italiana)的支持。米兰也发生了动员活动,在7月15日,来自Foodora、Deliveroo和Giovo的工人进行了自行车集会罢工,他们要求带薪病假和意外保险。有证据显示,运动甚至传播到了欧洲其他地方——荷兰、奥地利和希腊等国的工人也加入了德国、意大利和西班牙骑手领导的组织会议。

为黑箱打工

不论欧洲哪里的送餐公司,它们都基于相同的基本商业模式。它们使用一个平台作为食物提供者、送餐工人和顾客的媒介。每一方都使用一个App与另外两方互动,而劳动过程则被“算法”管理控制。这意味着,他们大多数时候收到的都是来自一个自动化的系统产生的消息,这个自动化的系统被劳工学者特雷波·肖尔兹(Trebor Scholz)叫做“黑箱”(“black box”)。平台本身拥有的固定资产很少,它把所有的送餐成本外包给骑手,即骑手需要提供他们自己的单车、数据等等。不论怎么看,这些工人已经拥有了送餐过程所需的所有生产资料——除了重要的协调平台及其它的算法,而这些资料则完全被老板掌握。

这些工人是非正式的雇佣工,虽然不同的国家对非正式工人有着不同的确切定义,然而这些非正式用工普遍都有一个相同点:你是一名工人,但可以付你不到一个工人的工资。这是为了降低劳工成本。同时,非正式用工基本上成功破坏了此前工人运动的和社会民主主义运动的胜利果实。非正式用工是现有资本-国家关系的产物,而这种资本-国家关系也使得劳动力市场结构进一步改革,更加严重地压榨劳工:例如意大利伦齐总理的工作法、英国修改工会法律、英国的学徒身份和福利、法国的劳动法、德国长期地压低工资、西班牙2012年劳动法等等。像优步这样的平台经常使用从风投获得的资金去大力游说,以此改变法律和监管框架,并在这个过程中创造这种商业模式得以繁荣的条件。

这种跨国间劳工组织方式的相似性,使得送餐平台为了追求垄断地位和网络效应而进行的迅速扩张成为可能。但除了使得送餐平台迅速扩张,这种相似的劳工组织方式还使得平台内工人的斗争形式得以快速流通。

隐形的组织

意大利工人主义者Romano Alquati曾指出,没有工人斗争是“自发”的:如果你认为它是,那是你没看见酝酿斗争的隐形组织。

送餐平台的隐形组织的形成似乎有两个源头。第一个是来自劳动过程本身。零工送餐工人通过加密的即时通信App的群组,可以自发组成社区。他们在城市的中心区域或者常见地点的偶尔汇合,可以引起大型会议和集会,而由于缺少现场监督措施,平台无法控制这些集会;第二个源头是人们在2008年危机之后的主观经验。许多组织者和支持者并没有先前的斗争经验,而是在那个运动发生的特定时间,加入到了广场、校园和街道上的队伍中。这两股源头相遇,就会立刻形成民众组织。

这种民众组织使得工人使用非常相近的手段来与平台进行对抗。其中罢工是首要的手段,队伍中还有一些起关键作用的纠察员(flying picket)。他们主要采用两种战术:首先是运动中的移动路障和游行, 他们占领了街道,并且与工人阶级在工作场合之外的地方建立联系。这种动态过程往往能够使骑手倾听到民意,并且让社会运动聚焦于结构性的剥削问题。使用这种战术时,送餐工人的斗争就不可能被当成纯粹的“经济”问题而被搁置到一旁;第二种战术是劳工从工会中撤离。灵活的工人大规模地撤工,并在全市示威纠察,与其他骑手和顾客联系,并把他们吸引到罢工运动中来。各异的、本应无力的工人在街上与其他工人相遇时获得了力量。在这次罢工潮对劳工问题的关注中,都存在着这种动态的过程。

社会运动与劳工运动的组合,在法国反劳动法的激进街头示威中,甚至让送餐工人成为了侦察兵。他们的流动性和对城市的了解,使得他们在战术上智胜警察,以此反抗现存的劳工法律。

这种动态过程的实现,部分归功于工人们可以直接地运用罢工这种武器,而这种情况又是非正式的劳动关系造就的:当雇主免去了工人的法律保护,以便更彻底地剥削他们时,保护雇主免受工人影响的法律也同时消失了。于是,自发的罢工成为了唯一可行的罢工形式。国家对罢工和工人组织的传统镇压,已经不能再束缚劳工的斗争精神了,这导致罢工能够在没有大型工会参与的情况下得以快速发展并传播。

封锁一切!

这场不同寻常的送餐平台的跨国罢工,说明了所谓的“平台资本主义”的发展过程并不是没有冲突的。虽然阶级斗争还没达到可以改变行业发展的地步,但它已经有潜力成为改变行业发展的一个决定性因素。如果罢工潮延续,愈发连通、强大的送餐平台罢工有了增长,那么,被算法管理的非正式平台工人的组织就有希望进一步得到发展。

算法管理与平台资本主义都远不止仅存在于送餐行业中。超市和仓库愈发使用算法来决定劳动过程,而平台工人则涵盖优步出租车司机和亚马逊Mechanical Turk的普通劳工。如果送餐平台工人的斗争精神传播到这两个群体,那么欧洲由剥削引发的冲突将显著升级。目前有些迹象显示这种传播可能已经发生了:组织者已经准备着手在黑色星期五实施对亚马逊物流设施的封锁。这场平台经济内的跨国运动,对于之后对抗资本的跨国运动有很大的借鉴作用。

Source:https://libcom.org/blog/cant-couriers-zh

Edited for mb3-org.com

Trump’s snub of NBA’s Curry, condemnation of NFL protests anger athletes, executives

Donald Trump, Stephen Curry

by Catherine Lucey and Tim Reynolds

President Donald Trump denounced protests by NFL players and rescinded a White House invitation for NBA champion Stephen Curry in a two-day rant that targeted top professional athletes and brought swift condemnation Saturday from league executives and star players alike.

Wading into thorny issues of race and politics, Trump’s comments in a Friday night speech and a series of Saturday tweets drew sharp responses from some of the nation’s top athletes, with LeBron James calling the president a “bum.” Hours later, Major League Baseball saw its first player take a knee during the national anthem.

Trump started by announcing that Curry, the popular two-time MVP for the Golden State Warriors, would not be welcome at the White House for the commemorative visit traditionally made by championship teams: “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”

Later, Trump reiterated what he said at a rally in Alabama the previous night — that NFL players who kneel for the national anthem should be fired, and called on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to tell them to stand. Goodell and several team owners criticized the comments.

The Warriors said it was clear they were not welcome at the White House.

Curry had said he did not want to go anyway, but the Warriors had not made a collective decision before Saturday — and had planned to discuss it in the morning before the president’s tweet, to which coach Steve Kerr said : “Not surprised. He was going to break up with us before we could break up with him.”

Others had far stronger reactions.

“U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going!” James tweeted in a clear message to the president — a post that Twitter officials said was quickly shared many more times than any other he’s sent. “So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”

Curry appreciated James’ strong stance.

“That’s a pretty strong statement,” Curry said. “I think it’s bold, it’s courageous for any guy to speak up, let alone a guy that has as much to lose as LeBron does and other notable figures in the league. We all have to kind of stand as one the best we can.”

Curry added that he doesn’t believe Trump “respects the majority of Americans in this country.”

James also released a video Saturday, saying Trump has tried to divide the country. “He’s now using sports as the platform to try to divide us,” James said. “We all know how much sports brings us together. … It’s not something I can be quiet about.”

Warriors general manager Bob Myers said he was surprised by the invitation being pulled, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he was disappointed that the Warriors won’t be at the White House.

“The White House visit should be something that is celebrated,” Myers said. “So we want to go to Washington, D.C., and do something to commemorate kind of who we are as an organization, what we feel, what we represent and at the same time spend our energy on that. Instead of looking backward, we want to look forward.”

Added Kerr after his team’s first practice of the season, “These are not normal times.”

Bruce Maxwell, an African-American player for the Oakland Athletics, became the first major league baseball player to kneel during the national anthem. Teammate Mark Canha, who is white, put his right hand on one of Maxwell’s shoulders during Saturday night’s anthem. The Athletics released a statement saying they “respect and support all of our players’ constitutional rights and freedom of expression.”

In New York City’s Central Park, musician Stevie Wonder declared, “Tonight, I take a knee for America. Both knees!” as he knelt on stage at the Global Citizen Festival.

As a candidate and as president, Trump’s approach has at times seemed to inflame racial tensions in a deeply divided country while emboldening groups long in the shadows. Little more than a month ago, Trump came under fire for his response to a white supremacists’ protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump also pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County, who had been found guilty of defying a judge’s order to stop racially profiling Latinos.

Trump’s latest entry into the intersection of sports and politics started in Alabama on Friday night, when he said NFL players who refused to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” are exhibiting a “total disrespect of our heritage.”

Several NFL players, starting last season with then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have either knelt, sat or raised fists during the anthem to protest police treatment of blacks and social injustice. Last week at NFL games, four players sat or knelt during the anthem, and two raised fists while others stood by the protesters in support.

“That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,” Trump said, encouraging owners to act. He added, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired.”

On Saturday, Trump echoed his stance.

“If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem,” Trump tweeted. “If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!”

There are 14 NFL games Sunday, including one in London. And how players act during the anthem will certainly be closely watched at each of those games.

“You have a chance to do something really great,” music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs told players in a tweet.

Tampa Bay receiver Desean Jackson, whose team plays at Minnesota, tweeted: “I definitely will be making a statement no disrespect to our military of service But we have to stick together as people !! Unity.”

Trump has enjoyed strong support from NFL owners, with at least seven of them donating $1 million each to Trump’s inaugural committee. They include New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, whom Trump considers a friend.

Goodell strongly backed the players and criticized Trump for “an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL” while several team owners issued similar statements. New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said the comments were inappropriate and offensive. Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who has supported the players who have knelt, said the country “needs unifying leadership right now, not more divisiveness,” and San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York ripped Trump’s comments as “callous.”

Hours after Goodell’s comments, Trump said the commissioner had “put out a statement trying to justify the total disrespect certain players show to our country. Tell them to stand!”

Terry and Kim Pegula, the owners of the Buffalo Bills, said a number of players attended a voluntary meeting with team executives, including general manager Brandon Beane, coach Sean McDermott and members of his staff.

“President Trump’s remarks were divisive and disrespectful to the entire NFL community but we tried to use them as an opportunity to further unify our team and our organization,” the Pegulas said. “Our players have the freedom to express themselves in respectful and thoughtful manner and we all agreed that our sole message is to provide and to promote an environment that is focused on love and equality.”

Plenty of other current and former stars from across sports weighed in Saturday, as did the National Basketball Players Association, which defended its members’ “free speech rights” against those seeking to “stifle” them.

Trump also bemoaned what he called a decline in violence in football, noting that it’s “not the same game” because players are now either penalized or thrown out of games for aggressive tackles.

“No man or woman should ever have to choose a job that forces them to surrender their rights,” said DeMaurice Smith, the NFL Players Association executive director. “No worker nor any athlete, professional or not, should be forced to become less than human when it comes to protecting their basic health and safety.”

Trump has met with some championship teams already in his first year in office.

Clemson visited the White House this year after winning the College Football Playoff, some members of the New England Patriots went after the Super Bowl victory and the Chicago Cubs went to the Oval Office in June to commemorate their World Series title. The Cubs also had the larger and more traditional visit with President Barack Obama in January, four days before the Trump inauguration.

North Carolina, the reigning NCAA men’s basketball champion, said Saturday it will not visit the White House this season. The Tar Heels cited scheduling conflicts.

Warriors forward Draymond Green said the good news was that Golden State won’t have to talk about going to the White House again — unless they win another title during the Trump presidency.

“Michelle Obama said it best,” Green said. “She said it best. They go low. We go high. He beat us to the punch. Happy the game is over.”

Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/ct-trump-steph-curry-white-house-visit-20170923-story.html

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UC-Berkeley says ‘Free Speech Week’ is canceled. Milo Yiannopoulos says he’s coming anyway.

By Susan Svrluga

The student group planning to hold a “Free Speech Week” at the University of California at Berkeley canceled the event Saturday, the day before it was expected to begin.

The plans had been closely watched because a controversial speaker, writer Milo Yiannopoulos, had been shut down by violent protests in February and had vowed to come back. In the months since, the school faced continuing fights over free speech, hate speech, politics and political correctness, and the surrounding community had bloody clashes between extremists on the far left and the far right.

“We will not be deterred,” Yiannopoulos said in a news conference Saturday afternoon. Without the support of the student group, he and the other speakers could not hold an official university event. But they would hold an unofficial one, he said, “come hell or high water.”

He said he and other speakers would be exercising their constitutional right to free expression Sunday at Sproul Plaza on campus, the site of the historic Free Speech Movement protests of the 1960s that made the flagship school a symbol of First Amendment rights. That iconic setting, and the school’s reputation as a politically liberal campus, have made it a magnet for controversial speakers this year.

Yiannopoulos also made his intentions clear on social media.

When Yiannopoulos tried to speak on campus in February, the reaction was intense. About a thousand people protested peacefully outside until 150 or so masked anti-fascist extremists joined the crowd, smashing windows and setting fires. University police shut down the event, leading Yiannopoulos to claim that the campus was continuing to stifle all but left-wing views, and President Trump to suggest that the school did not deserve federal funds.

At attorney for students from Berkeley Patriot, the student group that invited Yiannopoulos, wrote in a letter to campus officials that the students had been “subjected to extraordinary pressure and resistance, if not outright hostility,” from university officials since announcing their intention to host the event.

The group was canceling plans for the events, which had been expected to begin Sunday and end Wednesday, solely because of the actions of the university, Marguerite Melo wrote.

The group filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice this week, claiming that the university had engaged in a pattern of First Amendment violations, including imposing “arbitrary and irrational bureaucratic hurdles on student groups which seek to exercise their First Amendment rights by holding public debates.”

University spokesman Dan Mogulof said, “It is extremely unfortunate that this announcement was made at the last minute, even as the University was in the process of spending significant sums of money and preparing for substantial disruption of campus life to provide the needed security for these events.

“Claims that this is somehow the outcome desired by the campus are without basis in fact. The University was prepared to do whatever was necessary to support the First Amendment rights of the student organization.”

He said that claims that the university had sought to put speakers in harm’s way were unfortunate. “We were in the process of spending what could have amounted to a sum well in excess of one million dollars to make these events safe.”

Yiannopoulos had promised days of speeches about controversial ideas, and speakers who have sparked protests at other campuses. In recent days, problems with securing large indoor venues prompted even greater concerns about safety, as events would be much more difficult for police to control if they had to be held outdoors.

Confusion about speakers — some who were announced said they had never even been invited, and some who had planned to attend changed plans in recent days — added to last-minute uncertainty this week.

This morning, Melo said, she and the students concluded they could not ensure the safety of the remaining speakers. “They made the decision on the side of safety and having their free speech rights stifled,” she said. “We are extremely saddened.” As an alumna, she said, she could not have imagined that administrators would act in such a way.

“It looks like the university had its way, and won, over free speech.”

Mogulof pointed to a successful event this month, when the Berkeley College Republicans hosted conservative writer Ben Shapiro, “and numerous prior events with conservative speakers” as evidence that the university is deeply committed to freedom of speech.

“We want to send the strongest possible message that we will continue to work constructively with campus organizations to host their speakers on our campus.”

Melo said students were concerned that they were being investigated after the university’s chancellor, Carol Christ, sent a message to the campus community condemning some “hateful messaging” that had appeared on campus targeting certain groups, and said university police were investigating whether they were hate crimes. She said her clients in Berkeley Patriot “heard the threat loud and clear.”

In an email, Mogulof said that chalkings were found around campus, as well as posters naming students and faculty and describing them as terrorists. But he said the attorney’s claim was “another in a long line of false statements.” He said the police had not identified any suspects, were not looking at any particular group or individual, and has no reason to suspect anyone from Berkeley Patriot was involved.

The university cannot stop conservatives from speaking on campus, Yiannopoulos said Saturday, no matter what they try. He announced plans for a seven-month college tour, and promised “nice surprises” for people joining him at Berkeley Sunday. 

Mogulof said the events that had been proposed, if not backed by a student group would need to comply with guidelines for outdoor campus events.

Those include a requirement that the events be “academically driven.” Yiannopoulos’s plans, Mogulof said, would not meet that standard.

He is, however, allowed to speak on the public campus as a private citizen.

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DC Juggalo March vs FBI Overshadows Conservative “#MOAR” Gathering

Washington, DC – Unicorn Riot is streaming live on Saturday, Sept. 16th from the National Mall as thousands of fans of the Detroit rap group Insane Clown Posse known as Juggalos gather to send a message to the FBI that they should not be designated as a “hybrid gang.”

The Juggalo crowd near the Lincoln Memorial, with a few thousand participants, vastly outnumbered a a conservative rally billed as the “Mother of All Rallies” (#MOAR) which has around 200-300 participants.

Watch the Livestream from the Juggalo march and concert at Lincoln Memorial here:

https://livestream.com/accounts/12767816/events/7727280/player?width=640&height=360&enableInfoAndActivity=true&defaultDrawer=&autoPlay=false&mute=false

ICP artists Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope addressed the crowd – this clip has their speeches and the march.

Unicorn Riot coverage on Saturday started with the “Mother of All Rallies” which drew around 200-300 attendees. Some “Proud Boys” and repurposed Nazi Germany “Kekistan” flag were spotted among the group.

On the west end of the National Mall, hundreds of Juggalos began to gather for their rally.

Story is developing…

Source:https://www.unicornriot.ninja/2017/dc-juggalo-march-vs-fbi-overshadows-conservative-moar-gathering/

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Don’t Extend Gang Classification, Abolish It

By: @jasonleebyas | Support this author on Patreon

After antifa clashed with right-wing protesters in Berkeley, Mayor Jesse Arreguin argued that California “should classify [Antifa] as a gang.” Later this month, juggalos – fans of the rap group Insane Clown Posse (ICP) – will protest their own federal gang classification in Washington, DC. Gang classification is commonly misunderstood. ICP themselves were originally amused and even emboldened by the FBI’s classification of their fans, since it seemed like a symbolic gesture. Indeed, there is a symbolic element. When people want juggalos, antifa, or any group legally branded as a gang, it’s partly a call for harsh public condemnation.

Like actual branding, though, the mark of gang classification comes with very real physical violence. Once a group is formally classified as a gang, police can extend that status to individuals through questionable evidence. In Arreguin’s state of California, a combination of tenuous factors like social media photos, physical presence in certain neighborhoods, and association with people already designated can be enough.

Consider the effect this would have with ntifa.

People who post antifa symbolism are ultimately making political statements, against white supremacists, the Trump administration, or whoever. Depending on how broadly “antifa symbolism” is construed, this could even extend to more generic anarchist imagery like black flags and Circle-As. Within activist communities, it would be easy to connect dots between any given leftist or anarchist and someone already hit with gang member status. This is especially true considering the diversity of “antifa”-associated activities, which can include non-violent methods like research and ostracism.

In short, classifying antifa as a gang would necessarily involve people getting listed as gang members based on political speech. Public support for antifa’s politics would be treated as affiliation, and that means more police breathing down your neck.

That increase of arbitrary police scrutiny has been a major motivation for juggalo resistance to their own classification. Once the FBI declared them a gang, ICP fans across the country were aggressively profiled for their shirts and bumper stickers.

Not only does gang classification mean more police breathing down your neck, it means more reason for their breath to make your skin crawl. When someone accused of a crime is also marked as a “gang member,” sentence enhancement laws can go into effect, meaning they can do more time for an otherwise identical crime.

All this is especially disturbing in connection to other features of gang classification systems. For instance, only within the past few years has California required parent notification for minors placed on the CalGang database. Adults still have no right to notification. There is also no serious oversight leading to countless inaccuracies in a life-changing database.

Not only would classifying a loose-knit political movement like antifa produce a chilling effect on political speech, it could also be used to legally break up activist communities. We take for granted the legality of activities like walking through a public park or meeting friends for lunch. Those the state brands with gang member status can have those basic rights restricted through gang injunctions. In a case like antifa, this very directly means the state could ban the political assembly of its critics.

Outrage against antifa is typically outrage against the use of expressive violence towards speech and assembly. Antifa’s critics are right to reject that behavior. However, those who call for antifa to be classified as a gang also call for expressive violence towards speech and assembly. Moreover, the violence they demand is worse, because it is systemic, not isolated to particular skirmishes.

The practice of gang classification is already bad enough as it is, adding yet another layer of criminalization to the everyday lives of marginalized people. Consider again the fact that just being in certain neighborhoods can be a factor in identifying gang membership. Implicit biases already lead police to view poor, black, and brown people with increased suspicion, and gang classification formalizes that into explicit law. Combined with sentence enhancement laws, this worsens the race and class impacts of mass incarceration.

Rather than extending the scope of gang classification to disfavored political groups and music fandoms, we should abolish the practice.

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It’s not the KKK in masks and hoods: Fighting hate without violence

September 15, 2017 I’ve been doing this anti-racism work for a long time. Thirty years ago I walked into the middle of a Klan rally in rural Georgia and held up a sign that said, “Racism is ignorance” and was dragged out by a National Guardsman. Racist skinheads set my scooter on fire, left threatening […]

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