Confronting Expulsion from the City: Organizing in San Francisco

Source: Chris Martin, wikimedia

Source: Chris Martin, wikimedia

(by: Nick García and Daniel Gutiérrez)

Earlier this month, San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority began holding hearings to restrict the use of Google and other companies from using public transit stops for their employee shuttles, and by August will begin charging 1$ per Google bus stop to create revenue for public transportation. This was a result of public outcry and organizing around this symbol of the growing economic inequality and gentrification of San Francisco.

From Smart car tipping to Google bus blocking, San Francisco has become synonymous to gentrification.

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Follow-up on #Ohlauer: Refugess back to the border – Kreuzberg under Law and Order

(By: Roger Buer, text and photos)

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Those who are squatting a school at the Ohlauer Straße in Kreuzberg, Berlin are still willing to stay on the rooftop of the building – and are still prepared to kill themselves in case of a police raid. Continue reading

State Exerts Power Over Refugee Squat

(By: conjuncture magazine; special thanks to neukoellnbild, photographer)

24.06.2014 berlin-kreuzberg: teilräumung der gerhart-hauptmann-schule #28

Tuesday morning the police moved to evict a former school that is being squatted by refugees. The Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule on Ohlauer Straße, in the neighbourhood of Kreuzberg, Berlin, has been squatted for the last year and a half. It became a central spot for the refugee strike, a movement fighting for equal rights for refugees in Europe during the last two years. Continue reading

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly — EU Elections Reveal Growing Polarization in Europe

(By: conjuncture magazine)

In France the radical right-wing party “Front National” (FN) under Marine Le Pen won in the European elections in “la Grande Nation” with a program under the title “French people first” and the demand to reinsert the death penalty. In Germany a new right-wing party “Alternative for Germany” (AfD) was capable of uniting the conservative right upper-middle class with some radical right-wing people who can be described as “Internet trolls”. They made their jump into the European parliament with a mix of demands such as homophobic family-politics, leaving the Euro, and closing the borders for the majority of migrants. In Great Britain the UK Independence Party won the elections with positions against Europa, green energy, migrants, and political correctness. And in Denmark the Danish Peoples Party (Dansk Folkeparti – DF) doubled its seats in the European parliament with demand to close the borders and homophobic positions on family policies. Continue reading

Creating Control: Mexico and the US Move Towards Information Monopolies

(By: Daniel Gutiérrez)

In the past weeks, great strides have been made in both the United States and Mexico towards controlling access to the Internet. The fact that they occur while Trans-Pacific Partnership meetings has stalled shows that international agreements are hardly necessary to enact authoritarian measures. However, a new horizon, particularly those imagined by Internet advocacy groups, may point towards more lasting protections and expansions of human rights. Continue reading

Floods of Cockroaches and Aliens

(By: conjuncture magazine)

I always had this feeling but now there is proof (thank you, mass media) that we are living in dangerous times. Two weeks ago, I wrote about the flood that endangers Fortress Europe but that is only the beginning. Carefully tending my fears and paranoia, I frequently spend my time on conservative news blogs and examine articles that come to my attention due to “creative” warnings.

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Isolation in Fortress Europe

(By: conjuncture magazine)

After reflections on the United States’s border militarization, this article looks at the situation in Europe — a political entity that frequently presents itself as a defender of human rights, as a place were ethical values are leading its politics. Continue reading