Still Rising #1 & Reportback

Still Rising #1 LISTEN HERE: This playlist, “Still Rising,” is dedicated to Heather Heyer and the other 19 injured in the August 12th car terrorist attack in Charlottesville VA, as well as the tens of thousands around the world who protested in solidarity with Heather. The playlist is also in Solidarity with the Millions For Prisoners March which will be taking place on Saturday August 19th, 2017; Not to mention two other historical events that occurred on August 19th: 1st edition of IWWs little red songbook published 1909, NAACP youth council begins sit-ins to desegregate lunch counters in Oklahoma 1958. Track #12 is an original remix I made. Heather's last facebook post was: “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.” Starting on January 20th 2017, with the inauguration of Donald Trump, I came to experience for the first time as an adult, a republican controlled federal administration. Since that fateful day I have seen the Trump administration launch an unprecedented class war against the world. He has done this by viciously trying to turn protesters into felons, targeting muslim and immigrant communities, denying the existence climate change, defending far-right wing extremism, and by instigating foreign conflicts from afghanistan to north korea. I'll have to quote Chomsky by stating, "Has Any Organization Ever Been So Committed to Destruction of Life on Earth?" as the republican party has been? This being said I recognize the Democratic Party would not have done much better, or any party for that matter. It has become self evident that the only way we are going to be able to organize a better world and future for ourselves is through grassroots, face-to-face, direct democracy, starting at the neighborhood and municipal levels; starting within your social circles and working to expand it within your own local community. The fight for autonomy, self determination, and self defense is one that is deeply tied to solving many of the problems we face in our personal lives and communities. In shock, I witnessed as EMTs performed CPR attempting to resuscitate Heather Heyer as she slowly died on a stretcher being transported towards an ambulance. She had been struck by a white nationalist, James Fields, who drove his dodge challenger at 40MPH into an antifascist march. All this in response to the impending removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. Trump responded at one press conference saying, “George Washington was a slave owner. So will George Washington lose his status? Are we gonna take down statues to George Washington?” And so Trump brings to the forefront of our thought how the historical basis for his privilege was built by african slaves on stolen land. Seeing the Sinjar Women’s Protection Units‎ from Iraq standing in solidarity with Heather Heyer and the fight against fascism reminded me again of the hypocrisy and false base upon which the far-right operates. While counter-protesting the “unite the right” rally in Charlottesville I spotted an armored man wearing a ‘Fuck ISIS’ patch. Despite this patch, it was his side that day which decided to use ISIS style tactics of ramming crowds of protesters or civilians to death with a car, as seen across Europe. In reality, the Alt-Right fights on the same side as the Islamic State. It is the Alt-Right’s nemesis, the anarchists, who have joined the Kurdish people in Syria on the battleground in the fight against ISIS, as recently seen in Raqqa. These events reinforce my presumptions that the right is only interested in crushing vulnerable and minority communities in the united states, such as muslims, to benefit their own self interest, greed, and to satiate their masters. I hope to see you at the Millions For Prisoners Human Rights March in so-called Washington D.C. this Saturday August 19th. Lastly I want to thank George Soros in particular for making protest such a profitable venture for all of us on the left. 1. Low-key - Top 1 Selected 2. Akala - Murder Runs the Globe 3. Nate - One Wish 4. Immortal Technique - The War Vs. Us All ft. Mum Abu Jamal 5. Vinnie Paz - Writings on Disobedience and Democracy 6. Slug (of Atmosphere)_ Not Another Day 7. LOWKEY FT. MAI KHALIL - GHOSTS OF GRENFELL 8. Terrorist (DJ Nabz Remix) feat. Lupe Fiasco & Lowkey 9. Against Me! True Trans Soul Rebel 10. Evan Greer - Punks With Clean Kitchens 11. Jenny Low Blow - Now That's What I Call Kerkhophony V.1 12. Immortal Technique - Refuse Fascism (Anon65 Remix) 13. Still Rising - Lowkey 14. Solidarity Forever 2017

Antifascist counter-protest contingent marching towards Emancipation Park.

Fuck ISIS patch on right side of vest with middle finger.

Face of man wearing fuck ISIS patch.

Sinjar Women’s Protection Units‎ from Iraq standing in solidarity with Heather Heyer and the fight against fascism. Their signs read from left to right "R.I.P. Heather Heyer #charlottesville" and "Unite Against Fascism" As the Kurds have previously said, "Kurdistan will be the grave of fascism."

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