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THE PLAGUE OF NATIONALISM

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    This episode of It's the End of the World
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    As We Know it and I Feel Fine,
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    was made possible by contributions
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    from slaves like you.
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    Spank you very much!
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    Gooooooooood morning slaves
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    and welcome to another sedition of
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    It's the End of the World as We Know it
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    and I Feel Fine...
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    the show where schadenfreude
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    is a dish best served cold.
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    As the morning papers
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    blared the news
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    some were stunned.
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    Shit!
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    Shit!
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    Shit!
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    Shit!
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    Scheiße!
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    Merde!
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    I see.
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    I am your host the Stimulator
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    and for the past week or so,
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    one thing's been dominating
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    the headlines
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    Brexit
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    Brexit
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    Brexit
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    Brexit
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    Brexit
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    Brexit
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    Brisket
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    Booyakasha!
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    Yup... on June 23rd peeps in Britain
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    voted in a national referendum
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    to leave the EU
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    We're out!
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    plunging both the UK and Europe
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    into a deep existential crisis.
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    And like... our future's
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    kinda been taken away.
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    And as political commentators,
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    journalists, bloggers
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    and pundits of all stripes
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    endlessly pontificate on the causes
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    and possible consequences
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    of the looming Brexit...
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    the only thing that peeps seem to
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    be able to agree on is that
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    it's a fucking game-changer,
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    and that the future is more uncertain
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    than it has been in a long fucking time.
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    As soon as the first poll results
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    started coming in,
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    the British pound went into
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    mothafuckin' free-fall,
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    dropping to its lowest rate
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    in over thirty fucking years.
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    London’s infamous financial district,
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    the so-called City of London,
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    also took a proper pounding,
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    posting the biggest losses since
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    the 2007-2008 financial crisis.
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    All around the world
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    stock markets are experiencing
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    sporadic aftershocks,
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    as ever-opportunistic investors
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    shift vast sums of money around the world
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    in a ruthless effort
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    to profit off the crisis.
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    Politicians in Scotland
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    and Northern Ireland have already
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    called for their own referendums
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    - raising the spectre of the break-up
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    of the United Kingdom itself.
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    Some people hate the English.
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    I don't... they're just wankers.
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    We on the other hand,
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    are colonized by wankers!
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    The morning after the Brexit vote
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    Britain's posh, pig-fucking PM,
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    David Cameron,
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    who initially proposed the referendum
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    in a Faustian bargain to
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    maintain his position atop the
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    Conservative Party's pecking order,
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    acknowledged in the most eloquent,
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    face-saving way that he could muster,
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    that he had shit the bed
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    and had no intentions of sticking around
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    to watch the help clean it up.
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    I will do everything I can
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    as Prime Minister
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    to steady the ship over the coming
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    weeks and months.
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    But I do not think it would be right
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    for me to try to be the captain
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    that steers our country
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    to its next destination.
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    Just breathe it in.
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    Let's just take this in together,
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    shall we?
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    A political legacy in tatters...
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    ... the Prime Minister who
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    - who took us out of Europe.
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    Bye Bye!
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    Frankly, I don't have anything to hide.
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    Oink oink oink!
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    He was a frat boy
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    - a glorified frat boy.
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    Stuck his penis in the head
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    of a dead pig.
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    David Cameron - pigfucker!
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    Maybe WE should kiss
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    just to break the tension.
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    Buuuuuuuuut while it's a rare treat
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    to watch David Cameron rewarded
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    for his arrogant, tone-deaf hubris
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    with an early fucking retirement,
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    that doesn’t mean that things are
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    necessarily going to be
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    better off once he’s gone.
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    Mixed in with the British voters'
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    righteous anger at
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    the austerity-pushing bankers
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    and faceless technocrats in Brussels,
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    has been a terrifying rise
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    in right-wing nationalism,
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    racism and xenophobia.
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    Despite England’s role
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    as the literal fucking flag-bearer
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    of centuries of colonialism
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    and global imperialist domination,
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    one of the main issues during
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    the referendum campaign
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    was fears over immigration,
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    with the Euro-skeptic party, UKIP,
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    headed by Britain’s creepy racist uncle,
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    Nigel Farage,
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    and former mayor of London
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    and petulant man-child, Boris Johnson,
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    leading the fascistic charge.
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    Since the Brexit vote
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    attacks against Eastern Europeans,
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    ethnic minorities,
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    and people perceived to be Muslims
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    have spiked sharply,
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    with over 90 hate crimes reported
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    over the following three days
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    - ranging from threatening notices
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    and graffiti,
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    to arsons and vicious assaults.
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    While these tensions have been building
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    for some time now,
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    far-right groups are clearly on the march
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    and have only been emboldened
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    by recent events.
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    On June 24th around 2000 people,
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    including a sizeable crew of antifa,
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    took to the streets of London
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    to demonstrate their support for migrants
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    and vent their rage at
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    the right-wing tabloids that have been
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    steadily churning out
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    sensationalist headlines,
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    and whipping up racist,
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    nationalist sentiment
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    for months on end.
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    Despite all the uncertainty currently
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    gripping the UK, one thing is clear.
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    The time has come for
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    bold militant actions
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    and sustained anti-racist,
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    pro-immigrant organizing
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    in working-class neighbourhoods
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    across the UK and beyond.
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    Because make no mistake.
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    While Britain is the first major country
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    to ditch the EU,
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    they almost certainly won't be the last.
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    With far-right politicians in France
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    and the Netherlands already calling
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    for their own national referendums,
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    the disintegration of the European Project
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    may come sooner than people think.
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    If the mothafuckin resistance
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    doesn't rise to this challenge
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    then we are in for some seriously
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    dark fucking times.
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    And finally, in sad fucking news,
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    on June 7th Roger Clement passed away.
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    Roger was an OG from so-called Ottawa,
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    who did three years in the clink
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    for fire-bombing a Royal
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    Bank of Canada branch
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    back in the summer of 2010.
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    During his trial Roger was solid
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    and staunchly principled,
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    pleading guilty in exchange for
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    all charges being dropped
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    against his co-accused.
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    He will be missed.
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    Rest in power, comrade.
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    As Europe finds itself plagued
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    by a resurgence of right-wing nationalism
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    and a corresponding rise in
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    hostile anti-immigrant sentiment,
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    over on this side of the pond,
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    a similar dynamic is playing out
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    in the United Snakes
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    - albeit one with distinctly
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    American characteristics.
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    A group of Texans are pushing for
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    a Texas exit... or Texit.
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    Texit?
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    Texit.
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    Yee-haw!
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    Buuuuuuuuuuut while the odds of a
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    so-called Texit are slim
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    to mothafuckin nil,
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    there's no getting around the fact that
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    the political atmosphere in
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    the United Snakes is toxic as fuck,
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    and shit only seems to be getting worse.
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    Decades of neoliberal capitalist
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    restructuring has produced
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    vast economic deserts
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    in so-called Middle-America,
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    as jobs have been shipped off
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    to hyper-exploited labour markets
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    in the Global South.
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    Public schools have been decimated
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    by years of chronic underfunding, and
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    federal and state prisons are overflowing.
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    Mass shootings have become
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    an almost daily fucking phenomenon
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    and each fresh tragedy is
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    immediately and reflexively seized upon
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    as a chance to blame
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    politically convenient scapegoats.
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    A Muslim scholar says
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    killing homosexuals is the
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    compassionate thing to do.
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    This is part of
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    their religious doctrine....
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    their ideology.
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    Within this bleak fucking context
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    a growing army of pissed off Americans
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    have retreated into fantasies
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    based on heavily romanticized
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    and white-washed images
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    of a fictional past
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    and vast fucking conspiracies
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    promoted by red-faced asshats
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    like Alex Jones.
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    You're declaring war on this country
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    with a bunch of jihadis
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    you brought in!
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    You did it, you son of a bitch!
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    The Trump campaign has been
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    a clarion call for millions of Americans
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    disillusioned by the repeated betrayals
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    of Washington-insiders
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    like Hillary Clinton.
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    When their holdings are invested
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    in the Cayman Islands
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    and her husband is middle-man
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    to some of the world's biggest deals
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    as they feather their nest
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    at the expense of America...
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    it is time to take the country back!
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    And as his fascist calls for border walls
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    and mass deportations of Muslims
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    have sparked militant resistance
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    from peeps in cities across the country,
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    many Trump supporters have
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    announced plans to descend
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    on Cleveland for the RNC on July 18th,
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    in what's expected to be
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    an epic showdown between
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    two bitterly opposed camps.
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    Fittingly, this showdown will be
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    taking place in an open-carry state,
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    in the very city where 12 year old
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    Tamir Rice was gunned down
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    by racist fucking pigs in 2014.
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    And outside the well-managed spectacle
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    of the 2016 electoral farce,
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    neo-nazi and white supremacist groups,
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    like the KKK, have also been
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    taking advantage of
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    the current levels of racist,
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    hyper-nationalist rhetoric
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    thrust into the mainstream
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    by Trump's campaign.
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    In the latest example,
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    on June 26th, members of
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    the Traditionalist Workers Party
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    attempted to hold a rally at
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    the California state legislature,
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    in Sacramento.
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    They were confronted by a group of
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    roughly 400 antifa, who proceeded
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    to shut them the fuck down, and give
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    the nazi scum a serious fucking thrashing.
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    During the resulting scuffle,
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    numerous people were stabbed,
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    including at least 4 anti-fascist comrades
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    - with 3 more comrades hospitalized
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    due to blunt force trauma.
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    That's why we need to take them on
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    directly.
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    Take them on head on.
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    Confront them with as many people
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    as possible - prepared to shut them down.
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    And that is what this demonstration
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    did today.
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    Sacramento was the latest front
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    in an increasingly violent battle between
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    fascist and anti-fascist militants.
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    The way things are headed,
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    it's not going to be the last.
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    So... to learn more about
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    just what the fuck went down,
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    I recently caught up with Brazo,
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    an anti-fascist organizer who was
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    on the ground in Sacramento.
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    Hey Brazo, how the fuck are you?
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    I'm alright.
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    So what exactly went down in Sacramento
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    on June 26th?
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    Well in Sacramento on June 26th,
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    the Traditionalist Workers Party,
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    in conjunction with the Golden State Skins
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    and the Klu Klux Klan,
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    tried to have a permitted demonstration
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    at the west steps, in Sacramento.
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    Now there was about 25 to 30
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    Traditionalist Workers Party people.
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    and the anti-fascist and anti-racist
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    crews were about 400 deep.
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    When we approached,
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    it immediately turned into a brawl.
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    They took knives out.
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    They started stabbing people...
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    people defended themselves.
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    They took a really bad beating.
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    I think that everyone on their side
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    had some blood of their own on them.
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    And we stopped them
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    - we stopped them from having
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    their meeting, but at a huge cost to us.
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    On the anti-racist side there were
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    probably a total of 9 people
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    that were injured, and I think
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    the number was 7 of them
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    hospitalized.
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    We had anticipated that there would be
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    injuries... but really didn't anticipate
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    that it was gonna escalate this quickly
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    and severely for people on our side.
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    But the medical people who were there,
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    y'know, they did their job.
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    They played their role well enough
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    that people who were taken
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    to the hospital didn't die.
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    How was the counter-demonstration
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    organized?
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    We treated June 26th a lot like
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    a major convergence, because
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    that's how the fascists had
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    plugged what was happening.
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    You know, this was gonna be the time
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    that the KKK, the Golden State Skinheads
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    and the Traditionalist Workers Party
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    were gonna show their level
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    of coordination in the street
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    and materialize their politics.
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    And that's why we treated it
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    as such a serious threat,
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    to be able to physically stop them
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    from manifesting that racist,
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    fascist politics in the streets.
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    So there were a lot of trainings
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    that happened before.
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    A lot of infrastructure was put
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    in to get people from the places
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    they were coming from all over
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    the west coast - to be able to
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    go to Sacramento.
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    Medical teams were assembled
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    and medics started gaining supplies.
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    We did a couple of fundraisers to go
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    buy the medical supplies.
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    There were medical trainings
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    that were done.
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    The NLG [National Lawyer's Guild]
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    really stepped in - so a legal hotline
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    was established.
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    There was also an immense amount
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    of help by Indigenous groups
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    in Sacramento that really supported us
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    in many ways that I think are
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    really important, and I hope
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    we continue that relationship.
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    So we really treated it not only
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    as a convergence for anti-fascists
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    and anti-racists on June 26th,
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    but also a way to start to
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    already build these networks.
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    And to build them up strong
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    and to build confidence
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    in those networks.
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    To be able to squash them out
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    wherever they go, before this issue
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    gets more severe.
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    Who the fuck are the Traditionalist
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    Workers Party?
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    And why were they trying to rally?
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    Well the Traditionalist Workers Party
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    is a white supremacist,
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    white nationalist group.
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    They want your classic fascism.
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    They want the consolidation of the economy
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    and the state, under white culture.
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    They're led by a clown named
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    Matthew Heimbach
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    who lives somewhere on the east coast.
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    And what they're basically trying to do
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    is trying to consolidate
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    all of these different white power
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    organizations.
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    And they're basically trying to
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    move their politics from
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    online rhetoric into the material world.
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    Their stance was that if they could
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    converge in liberal California,
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    then they could converge anywhere
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    in the country, materially.
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    Which is why we focused so much
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    energy on stopping the rally
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    from happening altogether.
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    Anti-fascist militants are often
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    denounced by liberals and
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    so-called “progressives” in particular
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    for their use of violent tactics
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    when confronting members of the far right.
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    What do you have to say to
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    those critics who argue for a strategy
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    of nonviolence and deescalation
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    when dealing with these types of groups?
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    It kind of brings to mind,
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    when people start that conversation,
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    is that Howard Zinn quote:
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    "You can't be neutral on a moving train."
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    Our society, and our culture
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    is already moving in this one direction.
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    Hegemony is our society requires violence.
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    Black and brown people,
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    trans people, queer people
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    - our identities are kept in check
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    by violence.
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    Whether it's public executions
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    of black and brown people in the street,
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    mass incarceration, gender policing
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    all of these are ways that are
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    violently keeping us in a subservient
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    position to white supremacy,
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    capitalism, the state and hegemony,
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    basically.
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    So our liberation requires anything
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    in the toolbox,
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    which unfortunately does
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    include violence sometimes.
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    It's not like violence is the objective
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    of these demonstrations.
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    It's a means for liberation.
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    And it's a means for self-defense.
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    Fascism, as a popular social movement,
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    thrives on widespread feelings
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    of victimization, or declining privilege
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    among socially dominant sectors of society
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    such as white, working-class men.
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    Realizing this,
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    do you think that groups like the
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    Traditionalist Workers Party are actively
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    seeking out physical confrontations
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    in order to inflame these feelings
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    of white male victimization
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    and garner more attention?
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    And if so, how should that
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    factor into how anti-fascists,
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    feminists and anti-racists should
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    respond to their attempts to organize?
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    There's no way for us to route around it.
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    Other-ized identities: black, brown,
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    queer, trans, what have you...
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    all these other-ized identities
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    that are not male or white
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    - our liberation and their privilege
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    are contradictory... opposed to
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    one another.
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    They can't exist in the same world.
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    So every time that we're asserting
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    asserting our dignity,
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    it's a slipping of that privilege.
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    So you could say that a lot
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    of these white supremacist groups
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    they're sort of like, budding,
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    it's at the same time that
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    the United States sees its first
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    Black president, and the
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    ascension of the Black Lives Matter
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    movement.
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    Not that the Obama administration
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    is an assertion of that, but,
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    the ascension of the Black Lives Matter
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    movement, and the wide criticism of
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    racist police practices,
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    is a slipping of white privilege
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    - or at least the beginning of
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    the dialogue about what white privilege
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    does to black bodies.
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    So, it's either white people
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    - white working-class people -
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    realize that their disenfranchisement
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    is because of other people
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    - the disenfranchisement is
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    institutionalized... and because of that
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    we're actually on the same side
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    of this struggle, but their privilege
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    blinds them from being able to
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    recognize that.
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    And the crumbs of power
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    that are given to them....
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    they want to maintain.
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    So they're either gonna realize
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    they have that privilege, and join
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    the right side of history....
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    or we're take that privilege.
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    Those are the only two outcomes.
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    Much of the far-right in the US
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    seem to be active supporters
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    of Donald Trump.
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    Why do you think this is?
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    And what implications do you think
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    that this will have in terms of
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    the upcoming RNC in Cleveland
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    and the political climate in the US
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    more generally?
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    Well I've listened to Heimbach's podcast
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    and he sort of views Trump
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    - he says.. if Trump doesn't take his
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    rightful place as President of
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    the United States,
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    then Trump should start his own
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    political party, in which
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    the Traditionalist Workers Party,
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    and all the other white supremacist
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    groups can get behind Trump,
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    and push their agenda.
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    So they see Trump as being sort of like
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    the electoral head of all of these other
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    white supremacist groups.
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    Now, in terms of how it will affect
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    the RNC - it's difficult to say.
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    The people from the Traditionalist
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    Workers Party are saying that
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    they're gonna do "security"
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    for the RNC this year.
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    What happened in Sacramento
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    is going to set a precedent for
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    how those interactions are gonna
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    go down, but it really depends
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    on what the anti-fascist forces
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    look like in Cleveland.
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    We already know what the Traditionalist
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    Workers Party and all these other
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    racist groups - what they're capable of,
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    and what they're gonna do based on
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    what happened in Sacramento.
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    The level of potential violence
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    has escalated.
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    We're beginning to see, like,
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    outright confrontation with weapons
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    - with bladed weapons - the real sort of
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    disregard for people's safety.
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    That's really - it makes the spectrum
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    of what these demonstrations
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    will look like even larger.
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    I've even seen on some of their
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    forums and websites, they're criticizing
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    themselves for just bringing
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    bladed weapons.
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    They're like, "if this confrontation had
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    happened and we had prepared properly,
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    we would have ended this confrontation
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    in a rain of blood."
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    That's what they said.
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    Anything else you wanna add?
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    It's really really important that
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    when people go out and take this amount
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    of risk in the streets, that they feel
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    supported by the people around them
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    - the comrades and their loved ones.
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    Some ways that people can support
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    is to donate to rally.org/june26th.
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    The money will go to cover
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    mostly medical costs and transportation.
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    We had 9 people injured.... 7 of them
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    pretty badly - had to go to the hospital,
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    so the money that you guys donate
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    will go to support them.
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    Thanks Brazo, and that about does it
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    for this sedition of It's the End
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    of the World as We Know it
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    and I Feel Fine.
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    I wanna send a massive shout-out
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    to the peeps who donated cash
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    to help us get through the dog days
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    of summer.
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    So merci beaucoup to:
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    Gavin, Jeremy, Benjamin, Reto,
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    Christopher, Renzo, Sebastian,
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    Mifan, Puget Sound Medic Collective,
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    Alexandre, Medicine Agency, Lars, Ricky
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    Andrew, Mason, Gregory, Nas, Margaret,
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    Megsha, Martin, Derek, Jonathan, Kyle,
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    Shannon, Steven, Dylan, Peter, Matthew,
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    Francois, Jennifer, John, Benjamin,
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    Nicodemis, Cecil, Janya, Danielle,
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    Jacob, Ranko, Samuel, Matthew, Justin,
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    Crystal, Anton, Guillome, Robin,
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    Nathan, Massiage, Hansen and Max.
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    Balchie!
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    I also wanna give a warm welcome to
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    to the newest members of the taconspiracy:
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    Leo and Aradore.
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    Corundas!
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    That's all for now.
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    If you're heading to the RNC
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    or DNC, remember to go with comrades.
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    Find out who the groups are who offer
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    legal support, and don't do any
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    gangsta shit with people you haven't
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    known for years.
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    Stay safe.... but above all
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    give them fucking hell!
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    See you in the streets comrades!
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THE PLAGUE OF NATIONALISM
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