“We need to think very strategically about how to use social media – always remembering that, despite the egalitarianism claimed for social media by capital’s libidinal engineers, that this is currently an enemy territory, dedicated to the reproduction of capital. But this doesn’t mean that we can’t occupy the terrain and start to use it for the purposes of producing class consciousness.”—Mark Fisher, Exiting the Vampire Castle. The North Star.
I’ll probably be there for about a year while Leyla does field research for her dissertation. I’m going to continue freelancing (for organizations anywhere) but I’m also to excited to explore personal projects researching activist tech in Argentina and pursuing climate solidarity work throughout Latin America.
Climate folks, who should I be talking to regarding climate movements in Latin America?
Tech folks, know anyone in Buenos Aires who I should connect with? Anyone in all of Latin America who’s work I should know about?
Committee to Liberate Reality Plans Mass e-suicide
The Facebook profile for a defunct Seattle Insurrectionist Zine is organizing a mass e-suicide (permanent deletion of their Facebook accounts) for tomorrow. I figured saving this last statement is worth saving for e-perpetuity.
Before we commit e-suicide on the Dia de los Muertos, we would like you to know just how rotten and corrupt you have become (or perhaps always were). Your utopia is built in Chinese factories and South African mines. End of story. None of your idealism redeems itself from the fact that all of you brilliant schemes are built on the backs of slaves. Perhaps you are truly evil people, or perhaps you are naive, but whatever the case, you are dangerous and need to be stopped. The surveillance world you are building with the various nation-states of the planet is a techno-fascist nightmare where an enlightened upper-class, wearing Google Glasses, will reign over the poor slaves, directing their movements, rationalizing their existences for your own benefit, and ultimately chewing up the world like a piece of bubble gum.
By the end of the year, the cracks we have seen open up since the Snowden leaks will become wider and
Great news everyone! After a 6 hour border detention at Miami Airport, two visits from the FBI and at least six flights dealing with lengthy security screenings I am finally off the the airport “Selectee” list. That’s a government watch-list for folks who “need” extra processing to check in for flights and special TSA searches.
On Friday June 28 Rising Tide Seattle activists and friends converged for a Climate Profiteers Bike Tour. About 18 folks, including one puppy and three members of the Salish Sea Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army, rode from City Hall Park south towards the port of Seattle. We took…
That’s me on the far right! Yes to Local Sustainability, No to Global Fossil Fuel Exports!
I’ve been overwhelmingly moved by the support, ideas, advice and conversations I’ve had since coming out about my 6 hour detention and phone confiscation by Miami Customs and Border Protection. What’s been most amazing are the stories of other abuses, many horrible, that people have experienced at the hands of CBP and Homeland Security. This system is impacting and intimidating a wide swath of our movements. I can’t thank you all enough for sharing, for your courage and making it clear we are not alone.
A year ago Glen Greenwald wrote this important article on the scope of border searches and what’s at stake. It revolves around the case of Laura Poitras, who helped break the the unfolding news on NSA online survaillance. Any interested in the success of our movements should read it.
it is outrageous what happened to you!! i've had some run-ins and i know how it feels to second guess your own rights.. such fucking bullshit. so humiliating! you're strong for handling that so calmly..i'll spread your story brother.
Thank you! I was pretty traumatized for a couple of days but had lots of love and support from partner and family. And today its been amazing to see support from folks online.
We have to speak up and fight things like this before they get worse. I really think this kind of criminalization of every day life is really holding movements for change back. That’s why the “No Papers, No Fear” movement for undocumented folks is so amazing, so brave.
Detained, Searched and Interrogated Without Reason
Dear friends and allies,
On Saturday June 1, 2013 I was detained for more than 6 hours at Miami International Airport. I was humiliated, misled, intimidated and used by the system. I was never given a reason.
I realize that many folks, other activists, people of color, non-citizens, people of different sexual orientations and gender expressions face much, much worse at the hands of security agencies. But I feel a deep need to share this experience with my community. Like the sheer scale of NSA surveillance revealed this week, my experience is part of systematic abuse that we all face. Also this is a message of gratitude to all those that mobilized in my support.
…smart cities, in which the word “smart” disguises an oppressive disaster-capitalism. It is smartness imposed from above, created and dropped onto cities from a scorched-space abstracted void. Cities without history, where we don’t live and never will: cities consecrated to the administrative needs of corporate elites.
But another city is possible…
I feel these are prescient words of warning.
Overall, this piece on boingboing has a few great nuggets for me as I reorient my career and place amidst the web.