BCBlackOut “blacklisted” by Facebook

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blacklist_stampIt has come to our attention that this site — bcblackout.wordpress.com — has been “blacklisted” by Facebook. Numerous people report that they are unable to share links on Facebook to posts originating here, receiving instead a message from Facebook that we have been blacklisted because “others reported content from this site as abusive”.

We can only speculate that posts such as this which were shared over 1,000 times on Facebook in the hours immediately following their publication here, may have upset some who support the RCMP invasion of sovereign Wet’suwet’en territory, causing them to report our defiant content as “abusive”.

sabotageIn any case, corporations like Facebook, Twitter and Google have been known to surveil, suppress and censor subversive activity in any number of ways, some more overt than others. We have always been, and always will be opposed to all methods and systems of social control.

Nevertheless, you can still share our posts on Facebook if you want to… you’ll just have to copy and paste the entire contents of the post yourself… and after you’re done, get off the internet… we’ll see you in the streets!!

BREAKING: Hwy 19 blocked in Courtenay (K’omoks Territory) in Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en

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signal-2020-02-10-041149The following was received anonymously.

Feb. 10, 2020

To whom it may concern:

A group of K’omoks Territories land and water defenders and concerned Comox Valley residents are currently blockading Vancouver Island Inland highway in BC at exit 117, preventing southbound and northbound traffic from passing or entering the highway southbound at this exit and from exiting northbound at this exit.

This action will be taking place indefinitely in support of Wet’suwet’en and the courageous youth at the the Victoria Legislature.

What is happening in Wet’suwet’en is a blatant violation of Wet’suwet’en Hereditary law which, as Wet’suwet’en is unceded territory, is protected under the Canadian Constitution. This means the government of Canada is required to dialogue with and receive consent from the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs prior to any activity on this land.

The disregard of this law is a continuation of the cultural genocide and violent oppression of indigenous peoples that Canada has perpetuated for its entire relationship with First Nations.

The forceful removal of a people from their own land to facilitate the trespassing of a multinational company bent on the destruction of said land, poisoning of their water, and eradication of the natural heritage upon which their culture is based is nothing short of an international crime. It has been condemned as such by the international community and must stop. The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau must enter negotiations with Wet’suwet’en on a nation to nation basis. Premier John Horgan of BC must order the RCMP to stand down immediately and exit Wet’suwet’en territory.

This crime is one in a series that has not only violated first Nations, Métis, and Inuit rights and furthered cultural genocide, but has also irreversibly destroyed the natural world upon which we all depend and is rapidly destabilizing our climate to the point that it will cause the collapse of all human society if not halted immediately.

We are fighting for our culture, rights, and very lives.

We urge you to consider the legacy this destruction is leaving for future generations and indeed the children and youth alive today.

For more information, phone 778-689-1286

#ShutDownCanada

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For more information on the RCMP/Coastal GasLink invasion of Wet’suwet’en Yintah (Territory) visit https://unistoten.camp

Corporate media coverage of this action:

Note that the people who attacked the blockade, and threatened further attacks are believed to be members of or associated with the Soldiers of Odin and the Proud Boys. Both are neo-fascist organizations. The Soldiers of Odin have in the last couple years been opposed in their attempts to attack, harass and intimidate anti-racist marches, anarchist spa­ces, leftist activists and tent cities in Coast Salish Territories. The Proud Boys have been implicated in hate crimes on Turtle Island, and it’s been reported that police forces in the United States have colluded with the Proud Boys against anti-fascists.

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Road to Ruin: Resisting the Gateway Freeway Expansion

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On April 22, 2011 (Mother Earth Day), hundreds of people marched down River Road in North Delta, BC, Canada (unceded Coast Salish Territories) and established the South Fraser Protection Camp — to disrupt a freeway construction site that was destroying the banks of the Fraser River. It was one of the boldest acts of many years of resistance to the Gateway freeway expansion program, and this film is being released now, five years later, to honour all those involved in the struggle.

It’s also being offered as a point of comparison for folks currently engaged in resistance against newer infrastructural atrocities in the area, such as the Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion, the Massey Tunnel megabridge replacement, and Terminal 2 at Deltaport, as well as coal/LNG/jet fuel terminals in the Fraser Delta, etc.

This film is a DIY, anti-profit, anti-capitalist project. If you like it, please support your local grassroots land defender, or be one yourself. We’re no pros but we made an effort to do this compelling tale justice by stitching together everything from news clips to random footage from crappy cameras. We covered a lot of ground but there is much, much more to know if you care to look, or ask. Freedom for the earth, fire for the freeways!

STREAM or DOWNLOAD the video here >> https://archive.org/details/road2ruin

Reconciliation is Dead: A Strategic Proposal

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Unistoten 2020 victoria reconciliation deadby tawinikay (aka Southern Wind Woman)

Reconciliation is dead. It’s been dead for some time.

If only one thing has brought me joy in the last few weeks, it began when the matriarchs at Unist’ot’en burned the Canadian flag and declared reconciliation dead. Like wildfire, it swept through the hearts of youth across the territories. Out of their mouths, with teeth bared, they echoed back: reconciliation is dead! reconciliation is dead! Their eyes are more keen to the truth so many of our older generation have been too timid to name. The Trudeau era of reconciliation has been a farce from the beginning. It has been more for settler Canadians than natives all along.

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The myth of the ‘peaceful’ warrior

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Apache warriors, armed and ready to fight, with Geronimo on right. Apache warriors, armed and ready to fight, with Geronimo on right.

by Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, Dec 13, 2013

A warrior is a person who prepares for and engages in warfare or fighting, not for personal gain but in the interests of his or her community. A warrior defends their people, territory, and way of life. These attributes distinguish a warrior from those who fight for personal motivations, such as money or power. Ideals such as sacrifice, courage, loyalty, and honour are often associated with the warrior.

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Antifa reportback from 14th annual Victoria Anarchist Bookfair & Festival of Anarchy

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vabfThe following was received anonymously.

Located on unceded Lkwungen Territory, the Victoria Anarchist Bookfair opens a space for anarchist literature, art & praxis. This year, some local antifas heard good things about the International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund by word of mouth, and upon further research, were inspired by the Fund’s bold solidarity to have a fundraising table for it at the bookfair.

We scored some sweet swag from their fundrazr page and they included some bonus anti-fascist literature, all of which we offered by donation at our table. We also distributed a brief antifa pamphlet we made with some introductory info and local updates. Our table was very well received, with many people from near and far stopping by to chat and donate to the Defence Fund.

Last year, some trolls in MAGA hats attempted to enter the bookfair and film people without their consent, and the Soldiers of Odin made online threats to the event. Nevertheless, this year’s bookfair was well attended by a lively diversity of people, and there was no visible fascist threat or presence. A highlight of the event was a workshop titled Detoxifying Antifascism, which was introduced with the following text in the bookfair program zine:

As fascism becomes more mainstream, antifascism has been transitioning into a new era which has brought challenges and opportunities to a growing movement. We’ll talk about how we can grow our praxis to reassert a commitment to disrupting white supremacy, patriarchy, and ableism in our spaces, and in what ways incorporating an inclusive, feminist analysis changes the very roots of our approach to stopping fascists and fascism. We’ll discuss how this has been reflected in a changing activism style across the US and the world, as well as ways in moving forward we can create a healthier, more sustainable movement that strengthens our resilience and commitment to each other as well as the cause.

Check out this link for some important recent updates from the International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund!

Finally, a few thoughts on anti-fascism as it relates to extractive industries (adapted from this post):

The Yellow Vests movement originating in France has been appropri­ated by far-right/alt-right/fascist elements in Canada, and has issued death threats against Muslims. Yellow Vests made up the bulk of the ostensibly pro-pipeline “United We Roll” convoy from Alberta to Ottawa in February 2019, where the lead­ers of the Conservative Party of Canada and People’s Party of Canada spoke alongside white nationalist Faith Goldy, and Conservative Senator David Tkachuk called upon the truck drivers to “roll over every liberal left in the country.”

Fascist supporters of the convoy included Christopher Hayes of Soldiers of Odin and Worldwide Coalition Against Islam (WCAI). Dan Dubois, leader of the Canadian Combat Coalition, led the convoy at points along the route. Ontario Premier Doug Ford gave supportive public messages to the Yellow Vest convoy along the way, as did United Conservative Party of Alberta leader (now Alberta Premier) Jason Kenney.

The convoy was confronted and outnumbered by a counter-rally organized by Indigenous Solidarity Ottawa and Ottawa Against Fas­cism. Under the banner Stand Up for Land Defenders, the counter-rally drowned out Yellow Vests speakers with chants of “Nazi Scum off Our Streets!” Predictably, police organized to protect the fascists from the Indigenous and antifa rally.

Indigenous counter-protesters like Wolf Tabobondung of Wasauksing First Nation point out that the extractive projects and pipelines that the Yellow Vests are promoting are being carried out on Indigenous lands and imposed on Indigenous communities. Often these are unceded lands, that the state and corporations have no standing over, and in other cases are happening in violation of treaties. These are significant matters that connect issues of resource extraction, industrial develop­ment, statist “nation building,” and fascist mobilization (including against Indigenous communities).