International Women’s Day in Brisbane by all reports was an absolute clusterfuck. It is disappointing that so much effort has been put into building up the event, but the organisers chose to ignore the feelings of a section of the community.
Women who do not recognise the existence of transgender women (trans exclusionary radical feminists) were welcomed – and even invited – to the event.
This caused conflict during the event which could have been avoided by ensuring all women were comfortable at the event.
Some chose to protest the event, some chose to try to find a peaceful resolution by mediating between the two groups.
There has been some unfortunate targeting of individuals since the event which I have been thinking about a lot and even since this show show recorded my thoughts have changed a bit.
Now thinking about it I think the clashes here are partly due to a difference in tactics. The main conflict has been between people who don’t want TERFs involved but chose different actions on the day.
Let us turn the 21st century into the era of women’s freedom!
From the mountains of Kurdistan, in the lands where society developed with the leadership of women, we salute you with our great freedom, passion, ambition, and unbreakable struggle. From Rojava’s neighborhoods to South America’s forests, from Europe’s streets to Africa’s plains, from the Middle East’s valleys to North America’s plazas, from Asia’s mountains to Australia’s plateaus; with our love which knows no borders and with our most revolutionary feelings, we embrace all women who intensify the struggle for freedom and equality.
And in Bad Cop No Donut the police have been pretty busy fucking things up this week. And fucking vegetables
TEAM PLASTIQUE …………………. Superstar
GEOFF BERNER …………………….. Daloy Polizei
ROB HUSTLE ………………………….. Good Cop
KAH-LO ………………………….. Fasta
BIG SHAQ ………………………………………… Mans Not Hot
ROB HUSTLE ………………………….. Good Cops
CHUMBAWAMBA …………………. Give the Anarchist a Cigarette
This show really is global. We have contributors and interviewees on most major continents.
This show is an example our global footprint. An Italian Subversion team member connected us with a man who had fought with the People’s Protection Unit (YPG) in Syria. This interview is our main feature this week.
It might come as a surprise but we also have an interview with Donald Trump. We find out his answers to some pressing issues.
And Bad Cop No Donut with some shocking cases of police brutality.
This sedition of Subversion #1312 features an interview with anarchist Jessica Harrison. Jessica lives in Wonthaggi in Victoria. She is active in the Australian Unemployed Workers Union.
The union recent;y had a bit of a win when the government was unable to reach a deal with the Nick Xenophon Team regarding welfare reforms, which would see an expansion of the cashless welfare card.
As the name suggests the AUWU which was founded in 2014 fights for the rights of unemployed workers.
They say it was when the Howard government introduced work for the dole in 1997-98 that a radical change in the attitude towards the unemployed occurred “quote overnight the unemployed began to be treated like criminals’.
We’ve also got Bad Cop No Donut and plenty of new music including a brand new one from Urthboy (clip posted below).
Jock Palfreeman has been in jail in Bulgaria for about 10 years. Inside the prison he set up the Bulgarian Prisoners Association and campaigns for human rights inside the countries harsh prisons. We interview two anarchists who work to support Jock and keep his case in the public eye.
Bad Cop No Donut begins with a funny issue Victorian police are having with their uniforms, and we discuss the on going situation in Australia’s offshore detention centre on PNG’s Manus Island.
Police Association Victoria secretary Wayne Gatt said members had reported poor-quality and ill-fitting pants.
“The material used in manufacturing the pants is particularly unpopular with members, who have advised that the material does not breathe, and that the pants cause excessive sweating particularly in summer,” he said.
Mr Gatt said some officers had complained the excessive sweating had caused them medical problems.
He said the trousers limited police movements when they were trying to make arrests.
“Our members tell us that the cut of the pants limit their movement when they are required to execute some of the defensive techniques they are trained to perform, and are particularly limiting when they are required to complete routine policing tasks, such as jumping fences,” he said.
The Can’t Stand By network exists to make the Australian government’s regime of mandatory detention of refugees so economically, politically and socially expensive that they have no choice but to abandon this policy.
CSB is designed such that it will continue to operate until all offshore detention centres have been closed, the worst of the Australian onshore detention centres have been closed and there is a 30-day limit placed on detention in Australia with periodic judicial review of any detention after that. CSB will continue to apply pressure until these demands are not just an agreement but an operating reality.
On this weeks program we tackle racism and the socially inappropriate practice of black-face fancy dress. Also policing and police brutality and fascism.
The major story this week is the closing down of the Manus Island detention center which has left 615 men stranded parched and hungry. They are also fearful of attacks by PNG police, military or hostile locals.
These are the findings of a report by the Youth Justice Coalition.
Police calculate a person’s future risk of offending and put them into a category of extreme, high, medium or low risk. Those on the STMP are singled out for attention, including being repeatedly detained and searched while going about their everyday lives.
People are being stopped and searched several times a week`, and visited at home sometimes late at night for no specific reason.
Dr Vicki Sentas author of the report believes STMP interventions are often based on discriminatory assumptions, raising serious issues around procedural and substantive justice.
She says the policy appears to disproportionately target young Aboriginal people.
The STMP can involve police harassment of those under ten which increases their contact with the criminal justice system while not showing any observable impact on crime.
Kenyan security agencies are accused of using excessive use of force against protesters, including use of live bullets in Kisumu, Migori and Kibera in Nairobi.
In a statement, the US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec and UK minister for Africa Rory Stewart call for investigations into the allegations of police brutality against demonstrators in the immediate aftermath of the repeat presidential election which was held last week.
WORST IGNORANT COMMENT EVER – People also sit on the beach to change their skin colour, but would you call them racist? No. But technically, they are changing their skin colour..
‘Blackface has frequently been used to perpetuate demeaning stereotypes of people of colour and symbolises how people who are not white have been represented as “the other”. It is widely seen as a form racism.
At its heart, “blackface” is about power. Specifically, using one’s power to take something important from someone else and use it for ridicule or entertainment. ‘
Black face stems from when black people were slaves and was designed to laugh at black people because they were considered lesser.
Queen Antyfa’s Report
In a BiZaRR0 interview with news dot com dot au, local comic Shayne Hunter has announced his retirement as CEO of ANTIFA (‘I established a terror movement in Australia, and I quit’, Shayne Hunter, as told to Corrine Barraclough, news.com.a, October 24, 2017: ‘SHAYNE Hunter established the far-left and violent Antifa movement in Australia. After four years the Brisbane man quit. Here’s why.’).
East Coast Australia Anti Fascist Action Groups Statement
news.com.au has recently published an article by right-wing writer Corrine Barraclough, interviewing the self-described founder of the “Antifa” movement in Australia.
It goes without saying that anti-fascist movements have existed in this country for many, many decades previous to this person’s involvement in “far-Left” politics, and that their account of their own participation is delusional.
In reality, after being excluded from numerous leftist spaces in Australia due to his erratic behaviour and a history of sexual assault, we have seen this individual move towards a right-wing politics; one which better suits his hateful narratives about gender-diverse people, people of colour, and women.
Our advice to comrades would be to avoid this individual. Our advice to the media would be to apply even the smallest grain of salt when reporting on fantastical claims. Anybody with a genuine interest in the origins and history of anti-fascism would be advised to consult Mark Bray’s Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook (Melbourne University Press, 2017).
4ZZZ News – The South Australian Opposition said in August they would install shoot-to-kill powers in the event of a terror threat if they won Government in the March election, however the Police Association says there will be no support of any such laws unless there was full criminal and civil immunity.
The union will meet today for the annual delegate conference, with an expected announcement regarding the shoot to kill laws in the coming weeks.
Complaints made against Corrective Services
The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) made a series of complaints, to the Queensland Corrective Services (QCS), about the behaviour of staff towards Islamic inmates at the Arthur Gorrie correctional centre (AGCC).
The council’s appeal for action was unsuccessful, according to a QCS spokesperson, on the grounds that no further evidence was provided to substantiate the claims.
The GEO Group, who privately owns the AGCC, is aware QCS has received complaints directly from the ICQ which were investigated by QCS.
Franklin Lopez sub.media has gone to Puerto Rico where he is from to help his family and the community clean up after Hurricane Maria
In Puerto Rico, a humanitarian catastrophe continues to unfold 12 days after Hurricane Maria struck the island. Over the weekend, the Pentagon said the percentage of Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million residents without access to clean drinking water rose to 55 percent. Only 5 percent of the island has electricity, while food and fuel remain scarce and about half of the island’s roads are impassable.
DONAL TRUMP: (Puerto Rico) is an island and it is surrounded by water, BIG water, ocean water.
Technically Puerto Rico is not surrounded by ocean water, but is touched by ocean water in the north (the Atlantic) and sea water (the Caribbean) in the south.
The fines date back to a dispute over an unregistered dog in 2012 and police arrested the woman after being called to the house regarding a domestic violence incident.
Meanwhile her children are being cared for by an aunt in their home where the power has been cut.
The case mirrors the case of Miss Dhu an Aboriginal woman who died after three days in custody. Police had been called to her house because her partner was suspected to be breaching a family violence order.
Instead they did a background check on Miss Dhu and found $3622 in unpaid fines.
In Spain, more than 800 people were injured Sunday after Spanish police stormed polling stations across the country’s Catalonia region and tried to forcibly prevent people from voting in a Catalan independence referendum, firing tear gas and physically attacking prospective voters.
The Spanish government says the referendum is illegal. Ahead of Sunday’s vote, Spanish police seized control of ballots and fliers, raided the Catalan regional government’s offices and even shut down pro-independence websites.
Late on Sunday night, the Catalan regional government said 90 percent of Catalan voters chose independence.
The leader of Catalonia insisted on Monday that Sunday’s independence referendum, though marred by clashes and rejected by the Spanish government, had earned his region the right to a separate state and that he would press ahead to make the vote binding. Spain rejects the referendum. Anarchists have been calling for a general strike.
Trouble 6 – Adapt and Destroy: Counterinsurgency and Social
Despite the unimaginable capacity for violence and coercion that they wield, states are far more vulnerable than they let on. This is not only true of the so-called “failed states” currently plagued by civil war and internal strife, but also the imperialist centers of global capitalism themselves. Their fatal weakness is built into their design; modern states are incredibly complicated and dynamic political constructions, yet at their core they remain what they have always been – vehicles of social organization aimed at facilitating the exploitation of the many, for the enrichment of the few. Without the active or passive consent of the many, the few are in serious trouble.