Don’t Eat the Fucking Turkey

From Jason Hammond Support Network:



After almost 10 months of being locked up at Vandalia “Correctional” Center one gets pretty tired of eating the same damn thing week after week; old canned vegetables, bread baked without yeast, mystery meat mixed with dubious soy, the cheapest food the state can legally get away with feeding us. When commissary comes around once, maybe twice a month, inmates scramble to get to the front of the line, like pigs at the trough but twice a year they treat us to a special holiday dinner, Thankstaking being one of them, but I will tell you one thing — I won’t eat the fucking turkey.

I’m not grateful for the bloody and continuous legacy of colonialism celebrated on columbus day (Indigenous People’s Day), nor do I see patriots day (9/11)  as a day to remember anything but how the government is quick to condemn the actions of their enemies but easily dismiss the atrocities of their own.

I’m not grateful about how they cancelled 4 out of the 8 college/vocational classes here at Vandalia, with rumors that the last ones are next on the chopping block. If they do cancel them that would only leave basic education and the G.E.D. program (just recently reinstated this year), as the few opportunities people have to attain Earned Good Time off their sentences. In and out of prison they set us up to fail. They haven’t cancelled the meat or milk plants though, functions to keep the prison running. Also, the Good Conduct Time, reinstated in 2012, is received by practically no one; I have only seen one person my whole time here get any time off.

All this shows how despite all the hype in the mainstream media and lip service by liberal politicians about prison reform, nothing has changed but the loosening of the chains. Even if the 6000 inmates the Federal Sentencing Commission released from Federal Prison, we’d still have 2.5 million locked up and 7 million on parole or probation at any given moment. Yet this country claims the moral high ground as a beacon of freedom to justify their right to invade and impoverish other countries.

They always say the state is broke, they should just freaking let us go!

If they have enough resources to escalate the conflict in Syria with US special forces on the ground and invest in Arctic drilling to extract fuels and raise global temperatures to apocalyptic levels, they can cut their plans for austerity on the poor and increase social spending in the public sector.

So I will fast on Don’t Eat the Fucking Turkey Thankstaking Day and encourage others to do the same. I know it seems largely symbolic. It never seems like inmates, or even free range inmates (we are all imprisoned under state capitalism) can do much to stop the rich and powerful. Every time there is an international conference of world leaders on climate change, many promises are made, but quickly they all go back on their words and it’s business as usual. The governments future for us is endless was, wage slavery, white supremacy, police violence, cuts on healthcare and education, gentrification, deportation and incarceration. We’ll see the waters rise and the rich in their houses on the hill and the poor with nowhere to go.

We have nowhere to go but to overthrow this cannibalistic culture. If we all stopped working for the state and resisted, we could bring the prison system to its knees. Eating that turkey will be the desertification of the soul. I refuse!

Instead lets tell the stories of anti-colonial resistance that day. Let’s talk about the Seminoles, Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, John Brown, I.W.W., the Black Panthers, the Weather Underground, the Zapatistas, the Rojava Revolution, Assata’s Daughters, Black Lives Matter, Occupy, ELF, ALF, Idle No More, the Arab Spring and the many rebellions past, present and future.

And don’t forget the day after raise hell on #buynothingday #furfreefriday #fuckFBIfriday #blacklivesmatterfriday!

with love and rage,



November 25th: Day of Action to Free Oso Blanco


One small way to stand against the ongoing genocide of indigenous people celebrated in u.s.-occupied Native land on November 26th* is to stand with natives who are held captive by the u.s. without the consent of the sovereign nations to which they belong.

One opportunity is the case of Oso Blanco aka Byron Chubbuck, a Cherokee sovereign citizen of Cherokee, Choctaw, and Celtic ancestry held by the u.s., without Cherokee consent, on charges trumped up by the armed career criminal act (ACCA), a part of which was struck down by the us. supreme court as “unconstitutionally vague.”

Things to Do . .

1) Make a small donation to Mr. Chubbuck’s legal fund at so that he can challenge his draconian and unjust sentence.

2) Organize a small fundraising event soon if you can–even if it is you and two friends!

3) Spread the word about this call and your event on social media hashtag #FreeOsoBlanco!

4) Find other opportunities to support indigenous self determination where you live and elsewhere!

All The News You Didn’t Even Know Was Going Down




Minneapolis now joins the list of US cities such as Oakland, Ferguson, and Baltimore to break out into open revolt in the wake of the horrific police murder of an unarmed African-American man; Jamar Clark.

As the reports that have come into IGD have stated, people out in the streets of Minneapolis over the last several days have launched a struggle that has erupted after police officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze murdered 24 year-old Clark. In a scene reminiscent of the execution of Oscar Grant in Oakland, California, witnesses report that Clark who was unarmed, was handcuffed when police shot him in the back of the head. Autopsy reports seem to corroborate these eye-witness accounts.

As of Sunday, the protests outside the precinct have now lasted a week and other demonstrations have blocked freeways, occupied a small area in the police building, and when evicted, led to small scale rioting outside of the police station that the crowd was surrounding. Despite cries for calm from activist groups and Clark’s family and the launching of a civil-rights investigation into Clark’s murder, unrest still broke out as police fired a variety of “non-lethal” weapons into the crowd. Also, as in Olympia, it appears that white supremacists attempted to break up the protests with threats of violence.

In the wake of the attack, people fought back against police, destroyed their property and cameras, launched projectiles, wrote anti-police graffiti, rammed their cars into the gate, and threw molotov cocktails. After the fierce resistance, police tried to draw the age-old division between “peaceful protesters” and “outside anarchists.” As the author of the piece, They Can’t Shoot Us All discusses, the division between good and bad protesters only benefits those in power, be they activists or the government. The text comes out of the movement and the riots that erupted in Oakland in the wake of the police murder of Oscar Grant:

Demanding justice is not enough. The concept of justice for an individual doesn’t address the need to dismantle the system that murdered him. It doesn’t prevent any of us from being killed by the police. What is important now is not speaking in terms of justice, but attacking and weakening the institution of policing that continues to wage war against us.

The term “outside agitator” was popularized during the civil rights struggles of the 1950s, when southern politicians would blame the growing unrest in exploited black communities on the presence of (often white) radicals from outside of the city. Presently, it is a term used by Oakland politicians (and aspiring politicians) to try and keep the situation under control, to prevent local marginalized people from realizing the power they have. Today, we face enemies that we could have never conceived of before this…Sometimes, it’s the people that pretend to be on your side that are the most dangerous enemies. This micronationalism is an attempt to foster collaboration between disenfranchised people and their exploiters in a unified front against the enigmatic “outsiders.”

Such a script on the side of the police is now standard in many black uprisings that occur in the face of racist police terror. Police try and calm everyone down but more over, split those on the streets between “peaceful protesters” who are legally expressing themselves, and the “anarchists” who are “terrorists” that use “violence.” Such a line of thinking is so obviously an attempt to divide those in the streets against each other, largely along lines of race but as well as tactics, that we can assume that the FBI is helping to mold and shape the media campaign for the police in the wake of Jamar’s horrific and brutal slaying, just as they are for sure helping to surveil and monitor the protests.


An Occupy like encampment has sprung up outside of the police station with people holding ground, starting fires for warmth, and blocking streets in the largely residential neighborhood.

So-called “movement leaders” of Black Lives Matter and the NAACP have attempted to contain and control the situation. It’s also interesting to note that the protests have not stopped in the wake of the feds declaring that they will investigate the murder. However it remains to be seen what will happen if the video is finally released showing Clark’s final moments. Regardless, the occupation of the streets outside of the North Minneapolis precinct is inspiring and heartwarming in a country where police murder on average 3 people per day. Perhaps this tactic of shutting down and gathering outside of stations will spread to other cities, but only time will tell.


Meanwhile, in Oakland, the police killing of Richard Perkins, an African-American and the 5th person to be killed in the Town by police this year at a massive sideshow in East Oakland last weekend led to a high school walkout at Castlemont High and a ‘FTP’ march this past Friday. These actions are a big deal and point to indignation at police terror and white supremacy spreading out to East Oakland, which police have largely sought to contain and keep from exploding.



Actions also continued in earnest in Denver, where marches and demonstrations didn’t let up against the police murder of Paul Castaway, a Native man, and now the in-custody killing of Michael Marshall, an African-American at the local jail. According to Revolution News

The Denver Sheriff Department has murdered again. Michael Marshall passed away as a result of injuries sustained at the hands of Denver sheriff deputies around 6:30pm on November 20, 2015, after over a week on life support. At what point does Denver rise up as we’ve seen Baltimore, Ferguson, and other cities in the face of routine police violence? And who will throw the first brick, stone, or Molotov cocktail?

With all of these cities, Oakland, Minneapolis, Denver, and sadly so many more, many questions are presented to revolutionaries. How do we do deal with slander against those of us that are bringing revolutionary ideas and also militant tactics to the table? How do we counter not only the lies of the police, the FBI, and of the “official” activist organizations? Firstly, we must seek to put out counter-information about what is happening on the ground. This means writing about what is occurring and getting out a counter-analysis to a mass audience, through posters, stickers, zines, blog posts, and graffiti. It also means spreading counter-ideas about what it means to resist. It means challenging concepts of non-violence, it’s role in social change, and also about why people would want to fight the police both physically in a collective or individual manner.


But these things can’t just happen in the context of the internet, on facebook, or just hoping that someone is going to come to your next film showing or talk, it has to happen in the moments where people feel like revolt is possible. It has to happen in the streets, at marches, in meetings, at demonstrations, and at occupations. This is the time when people’s minds are open to taking more militant action and it is also the time in which the “official activists” will attempt to limit the role of people acting on their own accord against the State. We have to be there in these moments, being not only honorable, steadfast, and resolute people, but also those that are comfortable articulating our ideas to others in struggle.


Next, how do we create and keep relationships with people, or at least begin a dialog with others when the intense moments have died down and some feel like they are getting burned out. Throwing block parties, bbqs, festivals, graffiti/art events, concerts, and more outside and in the communities that have been struggling can play an important role in bringing people together by sharing food, making friends, as well as creating a fun and social environment for people to gather. These events are also opportunities to invite a variety of people from different struggles, families, and groups to discuss things that are happening in different neighborhoods, as well as pull people into the organizing.

We also have to get ready for repression. We need to normalize the idea that we will receive potential visits from the FBI. Think about what you will do if they come to your house, your relatives home, or your work. What will you say? Consider getting a lawyer lined up and having a support group in place. We also have to have a network in place that can support those that will be arrested at these militant actions, often young people that have never been arrested at political events before. Looking at the work done by the Anti-Repression Committee that grew out of Occupy Oakland and gained lessons from supporting community members who were arrested during the Oscar Grants riots would be a good place to start. But more over, we have to have money, lawyers, and court support ready when we go into struggle. Repression will happen, so lets get ready for it and not let it catch us off guard.


Lastly, and the most difficult, we have to think about how to take these moments further, to push them to the point of no return. To help them spread out across different workplaces, neighborhoods, towns, and schools. This isn’t easy. This system pits us against each other based on race, class, sexuality, age, work status, and so on. It’s going to take real actual networks of people fighting, struggling, and learning from each other to push through to the next level.

We’re going to leave it at that this week at IGD. We’d like thank everyone that submitted articles to us. We’ve updated the guidelines for posting which you can view here. Next week we’ll be back to our usual roundup, as well as new columns such as Bloc Party and our brand new Trumpism. We’re also very excited about something new that we’re about to drop, so stay tuned right here at IGD.

Rage in the streets of central Athens (Greece)

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November 12th rioting:

Riots broke out in the streets of central Athens on November 12th 2015, day of general strike. Before the morning demonstration, hooded protesters chased a team of uniformed cops who were patrolling on foot near the Archeological Museum, in Patission Street, and beat up at least one of the pigs. Just after Omonoia Square, a Bazaar supermarket chain store, which was open despite the general strike, was trashed until its managers lowered the roller shutters. A little further on, near the Old Parliament building, a minivan belonging to OTE telecommunications company was burned. Rioters smashed street furniture (bus stops, traffic lights, etc.) and spray-painted anarchist slogans on the walls along Stadiou Street. At Syntagma Square, anti-riot squads who were guarding the luxury hotel Grande Bretagne on Vasileos Georgiou Street were attacked with firebombs. At the lower side of Syntagma, the Ministry of Economy was also attacked with Molotov cocktails. At the upper side, in front of the Parliament, a giant Greek flag was removed; the patriots that tried to retrieve it were beaten (several times), and later their shitty rag was burned. A quick Molotov cocktail attack was also carried out against anti-riot squads next to the Monument of the Unknown Soldier. As the demonstration was nearing its end, the Bank of Greece building on Panepistimiou Street was attacked with fire, and clashes with cops took place near the Propylaea. These are only a few moments that we witnessed ourselves, together with other comrades. No arrests or injured protesters were reported.

Among other incendiary slogans, “Organising informally and insurrectionally, Black December in the whole wide Earth” was chanted (which is devoid of rhyme in its English translation, but shows that we are warming up over here).

Some individualities that joined clashes in downtown Athens that day released a text, stating among others: “On November 12th, we also participated in the general strike with the clear objective of clashing; a clash that is not framed in the context of regaining our labour rights, or any sort of humanisation of the system. We clashed with the aim of highlighting the insurrectionary practice, with a view to sharpening and making it long-lasting, in the face of every authoritarian institution or relation. (…) We also call for a Black December, for the coordination and organisation of insurrectionary, polymorphous anarchy. Discourse without praxis is not more orphaned than praxis without discourse. (Signed:) A street group.”

November 17th rioting:

This year’s November 17th marked the 30th anniversary of the murder of 15-year-old Michalis Kaltezas, shot dead by the cop Athanassios Melistas on the sidewalk of Stournari Street. On November 17th 1985, Michalis Kaltezas was killed by a police bullet in the back of his head as he was running towards Exarchia Square along with other anarchists and rioters who had firebombed a police bus of the MAT anti-riot squads.

On November 17th 2015, after the annual commemoration of the 1973 Athens Polytechnic uprising against the regime of the colonels, and once the peaceful demonstration in Athens was finished, several hundred hooded rioters took to the streets of Exarchia and clashed with police forces, from about 8pm until the small hours of November 18th. Rioters used all available materials – stones, sticks, Molotov cocktails, flares, etc. – to attack anti-riot squads and teams of plainclothes cops. Also, a car was set on fire in Stournari Street. That night, amid flaming barricades and clouds of tear gas, rioters stormed a Bazaar supermarket at Soultani Street en masse, completely looting and vandalising the store.

At least six people were arrested downtown, before the commemoration demo and during late-night clashes.

Some of the slogans that were shouted during the street clashes in Exarchia:

“That’s right, that’s right, that’s right, bursts of Kalashnikov to make it stick in your mind”

“One does not kneel before Democracy – Conspiracy of Cells of Fire”

“Scumbags Snitches Journalists”

“Cops Pigs Murderers”

“One – three, Christos Tsoutsouvis” (In memory of acratist urban guerrilla Christos Tsoutsouvis, who executed three cops on May 15th 1985 in Athens, during a shootout in the neighbourhood of Gyzi, before he fell by police bullets.)

footage by “ALFA TV” comrades

via Contra Info

Chiapas, Mexico: Fearless Resistance in Defense of the Earth

From Pozol Colectivo

Translated by Earth First! Journal Newswire:

From the San Sebastián Bachajón region, adhering to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle, Chiapas, Mexico, November 20, 2015.


Comrades of good hearts, honest and combative hearts, let us manifest through this means from the bottom of our hearts our compromise to defend our territory as indigenous people and as a united town, for those people and communities that resist daily the repression of the evil government, their damned war against the people and communities of Mexico and the world that fight for a better world, a world where many worlds fit, free from Mr. Money, free from Mr. Power that destroys all in order to make more money in the name of progress and development, which we Tseltales People of Bachajón call death, destruction, displacement, and discrimination.

Our town is aware of the fight to defend life and dignity of the communities, the towns, Mother Earth, and we wish to do more for all the brothers and sisters that fight but we also find ourselves fighting a battle for the defense of our lands that the evil government wants to take from us via violent and repressive means, lands which out ancestors left us, and that is how we demand freedom for our political prisoners and all prisoners of Mexico and the world who are unfairly incarcerated for the great crime of defending life and Mother Earth. Even though we are not with you, brothers and sisters, our prayers, thoughts, and struggles strive to make an input in the defense of live and human rights that the evil government always wants to exterminate because they do not care about the dignity of people; they only care for money to be more rich and powerful, as if everything were about money, as if it could be taken with one after death. Our mindset differs greatly from that of the evil government and that is why they are so bothered by us because we have this love and respect for Mother Earth and all that she gives us so that we may live.

On this day [November 20] let us remember with dignified rage the fight and the exemplary revolutionary life of General Emiliano Zapata, who gave his life in defense of Mother Earth, and to attain better conditions for the people of Mexico.

We want to tell the evil government that we are not scared of their repression, jail, or death, because Mother Earth is everything for this town, because the land is of who cares for it, not who destroys it, and we are willing to give our lives in order to defend it, no matter what, just as our comrade gave his life, the defender of human rights and former Secretary General of the Sixth Declaration from the Lacandona Jungle, Juan Vázquez Guzmán, murdered on the 24th of April, 2013, and comrade Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano, coordinator of the regional organization, murdered with over 20 gunshot wounds from high-caliper weapons on the 21st of March, 2014, near the community Virgin of Pain (Virgin de Dolores).

We make this call out to our resisting comrades, communities, and towns in order to unite our forces, and incorporate our struggles so that we can work together in order to stop such evil and injustice from the bad governments, from the capitalist governments, and thus build a world where there will be life, peace, and justice. We do not care that we may have differing ideas and thoughts or if the tactics used are different; we respect diversity and consider it necessary for strength in order to build a world in which many worlds fit. We are tired of so much displacement, forced disappearances, murders, arrests, discrimination from bad governments; we raise our voices and our hands demanding freedom to our political prisoners Esteban Gómez Jiménez, jailed in Cintalapa de Figueroa, Chiapas (inmate #14) Santiago Moreno Pérez and Emilio Jiménez Gómez, jailed in the Beaches of Catazaja, Chiapas (cereso [sic] #17) whom were arrested for their compromise to fight and defend Mother Earth, as do other comrades jailed in Mexico and around the world.

From the Northern zone of Chiapas, women and men of San Sebastián Bachajón send combative salutations to everyone, brothers and sisters, communities and towns of Mexico and the world who resist, we salute the dignified struggle of San Francisco Xochicuautla, Coyotepec, Atenco, Tocuila, Acuexcomax, and the neighboring communities in resistance to the State of Mexico; communities of the Tehuantepec Isthmus, Oaxaca against displacement from their lands, and in defense of autonomy such as the towns of Binissa, Ikoots, Chol de Tila, Banavil, the Llanos, Viejo Velasco, Acteal,towns and communities of Dignified Seed, the towns of Guerrero of the Regional Authority Coordinators, their prisoners who are still jailed for defending dignified life; the town of Yaqui and all the comrades who, even if they don’t know what name they are fighting under are resisting and are seeking to improve lives, seeking better conditions of life, justice and peace.

Never again a Mexico without us.
Land and freedom!
Zapata lives!
Until victory, always!
Freedom to political prisoners!
Juan Vázquez Guzmán lives, the struggle of Bachajón continues!
Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano lives, the struggle of Bachajón continues!
No to the displacement of Indigenous lands!
State Police out of our Indigenous lands!
Immediate presence of those disappeared or murdered from Normal Raúl Isidro Burgos of Ayotzinapa!
Long live the dignified fight of our Choles comrades from Tila!
Long live the dignified fight of our comrades from San Francisco Xochicuautla!
Long live the towns that fight for autonomy and freedom!


Take Action: Palestinian poet sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia

From Samidoun:


Ashraf Fayadh, Palestinian refugee poet and artist living in Saudi Arabia, has been sentenced to death by a Saudi court, on charges of apostasy or abandoning his faith in Islam. The charges appear to be based on his poetry and writing, and may also be a form of retaliation for posting an online video showing Saudi religious police lashing a man in public.

Fayadh is a Palestinian refugee who was born in Saudi Arabia and has become a leading member of the young Saudi art scene. He was arrested in January 2014, his identity documents confiscated, and held for a lengthy period without charge. He was then sentenced to four years in prison and 800 lashes; after he appealed, he was retried last month and sentenced to death. He did not have legal representation.

“According to Fayadh’s friends, when the police failed to prove that his poetry was atheist propaganda, they began berating him for smoking and having long hair,” reported the Guardian. Fayadh said his poetry book, Instructions Within, is “just about me being [a] Palestinian refugee … about cultural and philosophical issues. But the religious extremists explained it as destructive ideas against God.”

One hundred Arab intellectuals have called for Fayadh’s release. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network joins the call for the immediate freedom of Ashraf Fayadh. His imprisonment, persecution and death sentence by the Saudi regime reflects the deeply reactionary and far-right role played by the Saudi regime in the region – alongside its close imperial partners in the United States, Canada and Europe – that threatens Palestinian and Arab culture, life, and movements and works to block and suppress any struggle for liberation.

Take Action:

1. Call the Saudi Embassy in your area and demand freedom for Ashraf Fayadh. In the United States, call 202-342-3800. In Canada, call 613-237-4100. Find the embassy in your country here:

2. Protest at the Saudi Embassy in your area for freedom for Ashraf Fayadh. Print signs and materials, and gather outside the Saudi embassy with Palestine rights activists, artists and others to demand his freedom. See the list of Saudi embassies here:

3. Contact your government officials . The Saudi regime is a close partner of the United States, Canadian and various European governments. Demand that your government pressure the Saudi regime to release Fayadh.  In Canada, Call the office of the Foreign Minister, Stéphane Dion, at 613-996-5789 and demand Canada pressure Saudi Arabia to release Fayadh, or email: In the US, call the White House (202-456-1111) and the US State Department (202-647-9572); demand the US pressure Saudi Arabia to release Fayadh. In the EU, contact your MEP – you can find your MEP here.

Rest In Power Michael Marshall – The Latest Victim of Denver Police Violence

From Revolution News:


The Denver Sheriff Department has murdered again. Michael Marshall passed away as a result of injuries sustained at the hands of Denver sheriff deputies around 6:30pm on November 20, 2015, after over a week on life support.

What does a community do in the absence of official channels to seek justice? What does a community do in the face of killers who operate with impunity—backed by the State? Killers who, to add insult to injury, pass on the monetary and emotional costs of their brutality to the very city they brutalize.

This is the challenge facing some communities in Denver, and many communities across the United States. But it’s a challenge they’ve faced before.

In 2010, Denver sheriff deputies pummeled, tasered, and beat Marvin Booker to death in the Denver jail. Why? Booker was a 50-something, Black, slender, unhoused, and beloved street preacher, who dealt with mental health challenges, and he didn’t want to give up his shoes.

Marvin Booker wasn’t a threat. He wasn’t violent. And he didn’t need to be separated from his shoes, which were one of his only possessions.

But in the milieu of discipline and punishment, control of bodies, and the breaking of human spirits, Denver sheriff deputies used such force to separate Booker from his shoes that he subsequently died.

Nobody was reprimanded. Nobody was held to account. If you spend time in Denver’s jail today you may be held under guard by some of the same people who murdered Marvin Booker.

Ultimately, it was Denver taxpayers who forked over some recompense as they had to cover the $6 million payout made to Booker’s family.

So goes the cycle of brutality, impunity, and taxpayer burden. And now it begins anew, with a strikingly similar case of brutality to the one that stole Marvin Booker’s life. Michael Marshall, a 50-year-old, Black, unhoused, slender man, who also described himself as a street preacher and dealt with mental health challenges, lost his life at the hands of Denver sheriff deputies trying to restrain him.

Why they were trying to restrain him isn’t entirely clear, but reporting from the Colorado Independent indicates that video footage shows Marshall posed no physical threat to the officers who killed him.

After over a week on life support following his beating at the hands of three deputies, Marshall passed away.

His killers remain unidentified and will likely receive little more than a paid vacation as a result of their actions. But one thing is for sure—the community of Denver will respond.

Following Booker’s killing hundreds of Denverites took to the streets in multiple protests. Marshall’s killing will likely prompt a similar response.

Indeed, concerned citizens already rallied for a press conference and a chance to mourn with family outside the jail in which Marshall was killed.

My question: Isn’t an even stronger response warranted?

At what point does Denver rise up as we’ve seen Baltimore, Ferguson, and other cities in the face of routine police violence? And who will throw the first brick, stone, or Molotov cocktail?


Because something needs to change.

And in spite of recommendations from independent parties, and a newly appointed sheriff, the jail’s use of force policy remains the same. And now it has again led to the killing of a harmless Black man.

Michael Marshall’s killing happens at the intersections of oppression: Racism, classism, and ableism. A paranoid schizophrenic who may or may not have been able to recognize commands coming from sheriff deputies or police officers, Marshall was held on a bond of only $100 for an alleged minor offense.

If our inJustice System wasn’t racist, classist, and ableist, Michael Marshall would’ve never found himself trapped within the cold concrete halls of the Denver jail where he would be murdered.

If our inJustice System wasn’t structured around the control of bodies, using violence to instill docility, and compelling people to follow rules structured to protect elite interests through arbitrary discipline, Michael Marshall would still be alive.

If our inJustice System truly presumed the innocence of those forced through it, nobody would sit in jail over a $100 bond, and Michael Marshall would still be alive.

If our inJustice System was designed for the people who are most-often forced through it, then it would offer them services to improve their situations, not Tasers and violence, and Michael Marshall would still be alive.

It’s long past time for this to change. What will we do to make sure that happens?

Another world is possible, but it will only come if we fight for it. So, Denver, rise up. Fight for Marvin. Fight for Michael. Fight for all those who came before them, in the hope that fewer will come after.


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