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La Última Barricada: : New painting for Oaxaca rebels

14 Jun

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La Última Barricada: Lxs compañerxs en la barricada de Cinco Señores

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Oaxaca Rebellion of June 14, 2006, I’d like to share a new painting, “La Última Barricada: Lxs compañerxs en la barricada de Cinco Señores.” The painting – made with oil and sand on canvas – depicts the opening moments of the November 2, 2006 battle for the Cinco Señores intersection in Oaxaca city. After five months of rebellion, the Federal Preventative Police (PFP) had invaded Oaxaca City to put down the uprising block by block. The morning of November 2nd, the PFP approached the barricade guarding the important rebel-held Radio Universidad. But the defenders at the barricades stood strong, and thousands more came to fight and defeat the police in an hours-long running battle. You can read more about the historic context below, in passages from my book, “Nine Years of Anarchist Agitation: The History of the Boston Anti-Authoritarian Movement and other Essays.”

Today, Oaxaca’s teachers and rebels have risen once more. Teachers launched a major strike again this year in Oaxaca and elsewhere in Mexico. In May, Oaxaca City teachers established an encampment. Reminiscent of 2006, police struck the encampment on June 12, and teachers set up barricades (https://vimeo.com/170358399) in the streets. As I write this, Oaxaca teachers and students are marching with thousands of other compañerxs on a “mega marcha.” More on today’s struggle:

(https://itsgoingdown.org/police-attack-barricades-reappear-oaxaca/)

This painting is dedicated to the fearless and tireless Oaxacan teachers, who have fought for decades for freedom and dignity: for themselves and for all of us. Forward to revolution!

Love and solidarity from Boston, MA.

-Jake Carman    www.JakeCarman.com

Funding by the Freeman Society for the Revolutionary Arts.

 

 

The Oaxaca Rebellion, 2006

By Jake Carman

Oaxaca, a state in Mexico’s south, has a long tradition of resistance going back to the arrival of the Spanish. Strong anti-authoritarian currents exist, and it was Oaxaca that produced the first prominent anarchist protagonist of the 1910 Mexican Revolution, Ricardo Flores Magón. On June 14, 2006, three thousand police attacked the teachers’ yearly strike and encampment in the main city plaza (Zócalo) of Oaxaca City, the state capital. This encampment was different from those of the past twenty five years, because it called for a raise in the minimum wage for everyone in Oaxaca, Mexico’s poorest state. When the police attacked, the people of Oaxaca came to the teachers’ defense. Poor workers and Indigenous people flooded the streets of Oaxaca City, driving the police out and building barricades to keep them out. Then they went further. They ran out the politicians, occupied government buildings, radio and television stations, and created the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO), demanding the ouster of Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz (URO) of the conservative Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

APPO assemblies sprang up all across the state. URO responded by raising paramilitaries from those he could convince to take up arms against the rebellion. Cops, city councilmen, workers, and even judges formed URO’s right-wing paramilitaries and attacked the barricades by night with machine guns from pickup trucks. They sabotaged radio stations and abducted revolutionaries. Yet in the face of this violent repression, the people came out in mega-marches of up to 800,000. When paramilitaries evicted a women’s group from the state television station, people responded that night by taking over every commercial radio station. When vigilantes killed a rebel in an attack on occupied “Radio La Ley,” the people expanded their barricades into the hundreds. They held the city for five months, fending off helicopters with the sun’s glare off of mirrors and fireworks shot from PVC pipes.

For the most part, the confrontational actions of the Oaxacan rank-and-file revolutionaries stood in contrast to the developing central leadership of APPO, which included more than just anarchist and Indigenous Magónista groups. Leftists of all brands, the PRD (the Party of the Democratic Revolution, Mexico’s mainstream liberal party), and even Stalinists used the revolt to push their agendas and to build political careers. APPO leadership insisted on only non-violent resistance and on October 29, two days after paramilitaries killed four Oaxacans and an anarchist journalist from New York, Oaxacans painted their hands white and filled the streets to attempt to peacefully halt the procession of thousands of Federal Preventative Police (PFP). Police carried automatic weapons, wore riot gear, and came with tanks that tore through barricades. By the end of the night, the PFP had dislodged the APPO encampment from the Zócalo. There was little violent resistance, or at least not enough to keep the PFP out of Oaxaca City….

However, there were instances when the people matched the violence of the state, and came away with victories. At one point, rebels popped all four tires and smashed the windows of a bus carrying the PFP, forcing a retreat, but APPO leadership denounced this and other confrontational actions. On November 2, thousands of rebels successfully defended APPO’s main radio station, Radio Universidad. They won an hours-long running battle at the barricades, and again forced the PFP to retreat. But one by one, barricades and radio stations fell….

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Northeast Tour 2015 – Jake and the Infernal Machine

13 Apr

Hey all,

We’re only missing one venue now for tour for the band i play in, Jake and the Infernal Machine, here’s the dates and locations. Hope you can come out and see us!

 

Jake and the Infernal Machine Northeast Tour 2015:

-Wednesday April 22- Worcester MA
8pm at the Firehouse with Evan Greer, Greg McKillop, and Ghost Guest
https://www.facebook.com/JakeandtheInfernalMachine/posts/10100324713393759?ref=notif&notif_t=like

-Thursday April 23 – Boston
with Evan Greer & Friends, Absinthe Rose, Kelly Dogtooth
https://www.facebook.com/events/883779594998435/

-Friday April 24 – Brooklyn, NY
10pm at Pete’s Candy Store – 709 Lorimer St- with Yoni Gordon
https://www.facebook.com/events/424563937715906/

-Saturday April 25 – Philadelphia PA
7pm at Eris Temple Arts – 602 S 52 St – with On the Water and CityScapes
https://www.facebook.com/events/351134291759457/

-Sunday April 26 – Baltimore MD
2640 Space – 2640 St. Paul Street – with Ryan Harvey and Hyster Majesty
https://www.facebook.com/events/848875118560240/

-Monday April 27 – Pittsburgh PA, tbd

-Tuesday April 28 – Buffalo NY
8pm at Grant Street Neighborhood Center – 271 Grant St., with Ismail and Co.
https://www.facebook.com/events/529250517215243/

-Wednesday April 29 – Rochester NY
at Saxby’s Coffee – 1307 Mt. Hope Avenue – with Rattlesnake Lake & the Low Flying Vultures and Harsh Mellows

-Thursday April 30 – Turners Falls MA
at the Brick House – 24 3rd St. – with Loone, Evan Greer, and Matt Feinstein
https://www.facebook.com/events/1594175454154853/

– Fri May 1, 6:30pm – Everett, MA, Rumors Bar and Grill
56 Ferry St, Everett, MA 02149  Food, music, DJs TBA,

 

 

Jake and the Infernal Machine, tomorrow!

4 Jan

Jake and the Infernal Machine will play tomorrow night at 9pm at O’Brien’s Pub, 3 Harvard Ave., Allston, MA, US, with:

The Paisley Fields
http://www.thepaisleyfields.com/

Evan Greer
http://www.evangreer.org/

Price:
$ 7.00

Age Limit:
21+

Only 30 days left to Pre-order new Jake and the Infernal Machine album

1 Apr

Hey friends
    We’re getting really close to releasing a new album. Currently we’re working on final mixes, coming up with an album name and creating album art.

We’d really like to get the recording mastered, which will make it sound waaayyy better, so we’re trying to raise money through Indiegogo to make that happen. We only have 30 days left to raise $925. If you don’t preorder by then, you’ll have to wait until the end of June when the album comes out. Please pitch in by preordering your copy today:

http://igg.me/at/InfernalMachine/x/6646945

We’re really excited about the new recordings, which we’ve been working on since November of 2012. We have songs of all different genres, ranging in topic from the Greek Insurrection to gentrification in Boston, to our love for the Charles River. You can hear some early mixes of these new tracks here:

http://igg.me/at/InfernalMachine/x/6646945

Thanks for the support,
     -Jake

Thank you Pittsburgh

25 Mar

This weekend my family and I were back in Pittsburgh, where we had spent almost a year back in 2011 while my partner went to grad school. I got a chance to speak about my book Nine Years of Anarchist Agitation: The History of the Boston Anti Authoritarian Movement and Other Essays at the Big Idea bookstore. It was wonderful to see so many of my comrades and friends from our time in that city. Folks filled the basement of the bookstore and after I told my story we discussed anarchist organization and participation in social struggles. It was very interesting hearing about locals’ experiences with Occupy Pittsburgh, updates on Pittsburghers for Public Transit, the Shadbush Collective and other anti-fracking struggles, and I got to share news from the Insomnia Cookies campaign waged by our local Boston Industrial Workers of the World, and the formation of the Black Rose Anarchist Federation.

 

We sold out of all of the copies of the book that I’d brought, but I just ordered some more to be sent to the Big Idea. So for the handful of friends who couldn’t make it (or forgot which day it was!) 3 copies of my book will be arriving at the Big Idea around April 7th. You can also order copies online here: https://www.createspace.com/4055947

 

Thanks again to all our Pittsburgh friends and comrades, hope our paths cross again soon

After Protests, Suspended IWW Organizer Reinstated

20 Mar

On Sunday, March 9, just six days after a settlement between Insomnia Cookies and four workers who went on strike last August, the company suspended bicycle delivery “driver” and union organizer Tasia Edmonds. Quick action by the Industrial Workers of the World, which represents Edmonds, the four strikers, and several other area workers, forced the company to reinstate Edmonds. Two dozen IWW members and allies picketed the Boston Insomnia Cookies location, where Edmonds is employed, on Friday, March 14. Organizers planned another rally for Saturday, March 22, after student allies from the abutting Boston University return from Spring Break, but the company capitulated, agreeing on March 20 to bring Edmonds back to work.

Edmonds was disciplined for speaking out against workplace injustices, which the boss called “Insubordination.” According to Edmonds ““I was suspended for my union involvement. I have never been disciplined before. I was not served any paper work detailing why I was suspended. I want to get back to work, and I want back pay for the days I missed.” While Insomnia has reinstated Edmonds, as of press time there is no confirmation that she will receive back pay for time lost during her suspension. The union is prepared to fight to win Edmonds’ lost wages, and to ensure Insomnia Cookies sticks to its promise not to discipline or intimidate workers for union organizing.

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Tasia Edmonds speaks at a picket outside of the Boston University Insomnia Cookies Location. The manager that suspended her and a guard hired from Securitas glower down from the window above. Photo by Fellow Worker D

 

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IWW picket outside of the Boston University Insomnia Cookies location on Friday, March 14. Photo by Fellow Worker D

 

Days After Settlement, Pickets Return to Insomnia Cookies

16 Mar

Days After Settlement, Pickets Return to Insomnia Cookies

by Jake Carman

 

Picket lines have returned to Insomnia Cookies, less than two weeks after the company settled with four workers who struck in August of 2013. On Friday March 14, two dozen union members and supporters rallied in front of the Boston location of Insomnia Cookies, demanding the reinstatement with back pay of union organizer and bicycle delivery “driver,” Tasia Edmonds. On March 9 the company suspended Edmonds without pay for a month, alleging insubordination, while the union maintains she was disciplined for her union-building efforts.

 

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), of which Edmonds is a member, claims the company violated the terms of the recent settlement, in which Insomnia Cookies promised “WE WILL NOT fire you or take any other action against you because you engage in protected activities with your fellow employees that concern your wages, hours and working conditions, including a strike.” The union filed new charges against the company with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Wednesday, March 12, and launched a phone and email blitz of the company.

 

At the March 14 picket, workers and allies held signs, sangs songs, and handed out fliers demanding the company bring back Edmonds, make up for any lost wages, and uphold the promises outlined in the recent settlement. Edmonds addressed the rally, speaking about life working at Insomnia Cookies, while the manager who suspended her and a new security guard subcontracted through Securitas glowered down from the window above. Alberto Giorgio Peniche, from Boston Resist the Raids, also spoke, expressing his solidarity with Insomnia and other fast food workers and drawing the connection with the struggles of undocumented workers.

 

After almost two hours of rallying, the IWW promised to return with double the numbers, unless Edmonds is reinstated. “Are you tired of having us in your face?” they chanted. “Then get some justice in this place!” The union is planning another rally for next week, when student allies at Boston University, which abuts the Commonwealth Avenue Insomnia location, return from spring break.

 

“I believe I was suspended for my union involvement,” says Edmonds, a twenty-two-year-old who has worked for the company four and a half months. “I have never been disciplined before. I was not served any paperwork detailing why I was suspended. A few days after my suspension, the company even called me to ask for my story, as if they were asking me why they suspended me and didn’t even know themselves.” Edmonds went public with her union affiliation on December 7, 2013. In February, according to the union, a new manager began harassing her about her union membership.

Tasia Edmonds speaks at a picket outside of the Boston University Insomnia Cookies Location. The manager that suspended her and a guard hired from Securitas glower down from the window above. Photo by Jake Carman
Tasia Edmonds speaks at a picket outside of the Boston University Insomnia Cookies Location. The manager that suspended her and a guard hired from Securitas glower down from the window above. Photo by Jake Carman
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March 14 Picket at Boston University Insomnia Cookies. Photo by Jake Carman.

 

 

“I believe the disciplinary action they are taking against me is excessive and unfair,” Edmonds says. “I want to get back to work, and I want back pay for the days I missed.”

 

According to the union, “Insomnia Cookies continues to violate the law by intimidating employees with threats and disciplinary actions to discourage union organizing. We call on Insomnia Cookies to uphold the terms of the recent settlement, bring back Tasia and pay her for any wages lost during her suspension, and to allow Insomnia workers to continue their efforts to improve working conditions through legally-protected unionizing efforts.”