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Bloodless Lies: book review of “This is an uprising.”

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The 1990 Oka Crisis is a good example of a diversity of tactics being used.

This is an Uprising, a widely celebrated new book about how social movements change history, distorts their histories to celebrate non-violence

By Lorenzo Raymond, The New Inquiry, November 2, 2016

THE black revolt of 2014 was a turning point in how Americans discussed the use of force in social movements. In the pages of the Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates acknowledged that “violence works.” Rolling Stone and the Huffington Post echoed much the same sentiment. Laci Green–a YouTube star and one of the “30 most influential people on the Internet,” according to Time–posted a popular video drawing favorable comparisons between the Ferguson riots and the revolution depicted in The Hunger Games. This sea change was led by the movement itself as African American youth in Ferguson rejected Al Sharpton and other older leaders, partly due to disagreement on strict nonviolence.

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Muzzle Blast Round Injures woman at Quebec City anti-austerity protests

Quebec City Police fire what appears to be a Muzzle Blast round into a group of protesters outside the legislative assembly in Quebec City, March 26, 2015.

Quebec City Police fire what appears to be a Muzzle Blast round into a group of protesters outside the legislative assembly in Quebec City, March 26, 2015.

A young woman, Naomi Tremblay-Trudeau, was injured by a tear gas round fired at almost point blank range during anti-austerity protests in Quebec City on March 26, 2015.  Naomi suffered a blunt trauma injury to her lower lip, which caused bruising and swelling.

Many people across the country are outraged that Quebec City riot cops fired the round at such extreme range, with some confusing the type of round fired as being a tear gas canister.  While the headlines of the protester being shot with a tear gas round are technically correct, the round was most likely not an actual canister. Read the rest of this entry

Live Streamers Make Great Informants

Surveillance live streamers 2Earth First! Newswire, Dec 24, 2014

There are many ways to effectively document the movement while protecting the space, its movements and people’s privacy. Live Streaming is generally NOT one of them.

A common issue with Streamers is their display of entitlement, often citing the value of bringing the movement to the people. But Streamers have a hard time admitting that the police find their work more valuable then demonstrators. Read the rest of this entry