The four people charged with criminal damage for removal of the Colston Statue have their first court hearing on 25th January at Bristol Magistrates Court.
If you are glad that Colston is no longer on a pedestal in Bristol, join the online event to show them your support. There will be a teach in and an 8 minute of silence at 9.45am to remember the 84,500 people whose kidnap and enslavement Colston helped to fund & organise during his time with the Royal Africa Company. As well as taking time to commemorate the enslaved whose many rebellions brought about abolition.
Given the ongoing risks from the new variant of Covid-19, people should not attend protest at the magistrates court in person but to do so virtually instead.
Between 9.30am and 10pm on Monday 25thm campiagners are asking for peopel to show their solidarity via photos and posts on their social media using #GladColstonsGone, saying why you’re glad Colston’s statue is no longer on our streets.facebook event
Sunday 24 January – 14:00pm
This will be a participatory workshop with break out rooms as part of the People Before Profit National Activist Meeting: Fighting for safety, jobs and survival.
– Bell Ribeiro-Addy, Labour MP
– John Puntis, co-chair of Keep Our NHS Public speaking on government’s attempts to blame the public for the crisis
– Rob Punton, Disabled People Against Cuts
– Stand Up to Racism speaker
Fighting for climate jobs
Defending services, fighting austerity and opposing the pay freeze
After the schools revolt: Resistance in schools, colleges and universities
Campaigning for welfare and housing
COVID-19 – the battle for safety at work
This is part of the National Activist Meeting, more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/739262583359797/
This government’s handling of the pandemic has been nothing short of disastrous and the outlook is clearly deteriorating once more. There has been a steadfast refusal to learn from the success of other countries in suppressing the virus.
Instead, we have one of the worst death tolls in the world on a per capita basis. The attempt to ‘put the economy first’ has also been an unmitigated disaster as hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs and international forecasters forecast that we will also have the worst economic slump of any major economy.
There is already a huge toll in terms of lives, livelihoods, living standards and in every aspect of social life. The burden of the pandemic has been borne extremely unevenly, with Black and Asian people, disabled people and the elderly and poorer communities all suffering badly.
The demand from the Zero Covid Coalition is that the government adopt a Zero Covid strategy, learning from the great success it has had in in other countries.
To do this, they are uniting all those who want more effective action from the government.
Join the meeting to hear from a broad range of speakers, from political leaders at local and national level from a range of parties, to trade unions, campaigners, senior medical and scientific professionals and representative bodies.
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Diane Abbott MP
Howard Beckett , Unite the Union
Richard Burgon MP
Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP
Ben Chacko, editor of the Morning Star
Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet.
Jo Grady UCU
Dr Coral Jones – Doctor’s in Unite + Socialist Health Association (London)
Keith Venables Health Campaigns Together
Lawrence Davies – Belly Mujinga Campaign
Sabby Dhalu – Stand up to Racism
Pascale Robinson – We Own It
Zita Holbourne – PCS and BARAC UK
Ramona McCartney – People’s Assembly Against Assembly
Karen Reissmann – People before Profit
Fire Brigade Union
Dr Emma Runswick – Zero Covid
Sian Errington – Arise
Sonali Bhattacharya – Momentum
Larissa Kennedy – National Union of StudentsREGISTER
Platform popular with Trump supporters is back online, but only carries a message from its CEO, using IP address owned by DDOS-Guard. Parler, the social network popular with Donald Trump supporters, has partially returned online with the help of a Russian-owned technology company. The network vanished from the internet after it was dropped by Amazon’s hosting arm and other partners over a lack of moderation after its users called for violence and posted videos glorifying the attack on the US Capitol on 6 January. On Monday, Parler’s website was reachable again, though only with a message from its chief executive, John Matze, saying he was working to restore functionality. The internet protocol (IP) address it used is owned by DDos-Guard, which is controlled by two Russian men and provides services including protection from distributed denial of service attacks, infrastructure expert Ronald Guilmette told Reuters. (…) DDoS-Guard was registered in 2017 under a limited partnership, a financial structure in Scotland that allows nonresidents to create companies with little scrutiny. Aleksei Likhachev and Evgeniy Marchenko, two Russian businessmen who registered it, remain owners of the company. The partnership under which DDoS-Guard is registered is called Cognitive Cloud and is listed at an address in Edinburgh’s Forth Street.
Former Marine accused of assaulting officers during Capitol riot told FBI he ‘got caught up in the moment’
A former US Marine charged with assaulting officers during the Capitol riot told FBI investigators that he got “caught up in the moment.” Barton Shively, of Pennsylvania, who faces multiple charges in federal court in Washington, DC, was arrested Tuesday. The charges against him include aiding and abetting, civil disorder, forcibly assaulting, resisting, opposing, impeding or interfering with any federal officer or employee and violent entry into restricted grounds or any Capitol building, according to a criminal complaint. He has not yet entered a plea. (…) During an interview with the FBI in Pennsyvlvannia, Shively said he “got caught up in the moment,” and grabbed a police officer by the jacket, according to the filing. Prosecutors also shared a screenshot of Shively appearing to shove a Capitol Police officer — and Assistant US Attorney Scott Ford said at a hearing Tuesday that Shively “laid his hands” on officers.January 20, 2021
A former US Marine charged with assaulting officers during the Capitol riot told FBI investigators that he got "caught up in the moment" https://t.co/XPxcexDYk9— CNN (@CNN) January 20, 2021
A former congressman who pocketed millions of dollars in bribes from defense contractors. A Republican fundraiser who paid handsome sums to illicitly lobby a presidential administration. An influential voice in conservative circles accused of duping donors who supported a border wall. Donald Trump’s final batch of more than 140 pardons and sentence commutations, issued in his last hours as president, benefited an ignominious list of defendants whose swindles, frauds and public corruption made them unlikely candidates for executive clemency. The recipients included people who not only abused their own positions of power but who also leveraged well-placed connections to pursue pardons from a president willing to use his authority to bless patrons and friends. (…) And many of the names on Trump’s last list were conventional and non-controversial selections, including relatively anonymous drug offenders seen as having rehabilitated themselves during long stays in prison. Those types of defendants were also pardoned en masse by previous administrations. Even so, “Trump has had a much higher percentage of his pardons be the sort of well-connected, personally connected-to-him kind of folks,” said Michigan State University law professor Brian Kalt, an expert on pardons. (…) For instance, joining Cunningham on the pardon list was Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist. He was pulled from a yacht off the Connecticut coast in August and brought to Manhattan to face charges that he duped thousands of donors who believed their money would be used to fulfill Trump’s chief campaign promise to build a wall along the southern border. Instead, he allegedly diverted over a million dollars, paying a salary to one campaign official and personal expenses for himself. His co-defendants were not pardoned. The pardon was notable not only because Bannon has steadfastly asserted his innocence — the Justice Department pardon process values acceptance of responsibility — but because the criminal prosecution was still in its early stages. The pardon nullified the case while the trial was still months away, eliminating the prospect for any punishment for Bannon. Another recipient was Elliott Broidy, a major Trump fundraiser and former Republican National Committee deputy finance chairman. Prosecutors said Broidy collected millions of dollars in a back-channel but ultimately unsuccessful lobbying scheme aimed at getting the Trump administration to drop an investigation into embezzlement from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund and to extradite a Chinese dissident wanted by the government in Beijing.
Donald Trump’s final batch of more than 140 pardons and sentence commutations was the ultimate confirmation of the president's willingness to bless patrons and friends. https://t.co/zIQ3FtFlHb— The Associated Press (@AP) January 20, 2021
After spending years awaiting “The Storm”—the moment when President Donald Trump would supposedly eliminate the so-called “deep state” and expose an elite child-sex trafficking cabal— adherents of the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory were forced to reckon with the fact that their movement was little more than delusional fantasy. Despite attempts to keep the hope alive, QAnon followers watched in dismay as Trump left Washington, D.C., for Florida Wednesday morning while Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. With no military coup, no dramatic scenes of revolution, and no mass executions or retaliatory violence as prophesized, QAnon adherents began to wonder if they had been deceived. “It’s over. We were played,” one follower said on a QAnon Telegram channel with more than 30,000 subscribers. “I’m going to throw up now.” Some QAnon channels attempted to maintain optimism by theorizing that “Biden will be the one who pulls the trigger” that leads to “The Storm”, that “Biden is Q,” and even that the 17 flags at Trump’s farewell speech—Q is the 17th letter in the alphabet—was a sign to “trust the plan.” Yet while QAnon channels and influencers scrambled to make sense of the collapsing narrative, many followers seemed disillusioned by the latest spin. “[Q] has left me here looking out over the sea watching and waiting,” a QAnon disciple said on Telegram. “No word, no letter, no sign. Nothing tangible on which I can depend. I could wait forever but no true sign.”
QAnon took root on the infamous 4chan discussion board in October 2017, where an anonymous poster claimed to have “Q clearance” granting him access to classified information at the Department of Energy, including nuclear secrets. “Q” quickly amassed a large following through his posts (known as “Q drops”), and the movement grew among right-wing circles. The anonymous prophet fueling the QAnon movement spent years flooding the internet with unfounded conspiracies, proclamations about the so-called deep state’s cabalistic control of the United States, and Trump’s role as the anointed savior fighting off the forces of evil. It is worth noting that Q has not posted online since Dec. 8, when the anonymous figure sent out a YouTube link of a pro-Trump montage set to the Twisted Sister song “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” And while QAnon influencers continued to predict a stunning victory for Trump and the so-called patriot movement by Jan. 20, Biden’s inauguration was a body blow that leveled many of the movement’s followers. “I’m crying and tired of this pain,” said one post on a QAnon channel. “All the evil is being praised right now while we sit and watch. No arrests, no swamp reveal. Nothing.” As reality set in, some key figures within the QAnon community appeared to change their tune. Ron Watkins—the former administrator of the 8kun message board that was home to Q and is also linked to white supremacy, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, various other hate crimes, and multiple mass shootings—called on his followers to respect the incoming administration.
via rightwingwatch: ‘We Were Played’: QAnon’s Inauguration Day Meltdown
With Biden officially inaugurated, QAnon adherents were forced to reckon with their delusional fantasies.
"We were arse f*cked," one cultist said. https://t.co/x05QAjoqVi
On January 20, 1942, 15 high-ranking Nazi Party and German government officials gathered at a villa in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee to discuss and coordinate the implementation of what they called the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question.”
The mass murder of the Jews by Nazi Germany and its collaborators required the coordination and cooperation of governmental agencies throughout Axis-controlled Europe. The Wannsee Conference was a high-level meeting of German officials to discuss and implement the so-called “Final Solution of the Jewish Question” (mass killing). The SS envisioned that some 11 million Jews, some of them not living on German-controlled territory, would be eradicated as part of the Nazi program. (…) The “Final Solution” was the code name for the systematic, deliberate, physical annihilation of the European Jews. At some still undetermined time in 1941, Adolf Hitler authorized this European-wide scheme for mass murder. Heydrich convened the Wannsee Conference “to inform and secure support from government ministries and other interested agencies relevant to the implementation of the “Final Solution” to disclose to the participants that Hitler himself had tasked Heydrich and the RSHA with coordinating the operation”. The men at the table did not deliberate whether such a plan should be undertaken, but instead discussed the implementation of a policy decision that had already been made at the highest level of the Nazi regime.
via ushmm: Wannsee Conference and the “Final Solution”
#OnThatDay 1942, during the conference held in a villa at Am Grossen #Wannsee in Berlin, decisions were made on the organizational details of the ‘Final Solution to the Jewish Question’ – a plan for murdering 11 mil. Jews.
Photo: A. Savin (Wikimedia Commons WikiPhotoSpace) pic.twitter.com/5NSx8C1qzM
#OnThisDay in 1942: The Wannsee Conference: High-level German officials met to determine the Nazi "Final Solution" met – Translated Protocols via @yadvashem https://t.co/MMItpVrifI #Holocaust #FInalSolution #WannseeConference— Washington Views (@WashingtonViews) January 20, 2021
20 January 1942 | A meeting was held in a villa in Berlin-Wannsee to discuss logistics and legal aspects of the operation of the extermination of Jews. This is the first page of the #Wannsee conference protocol. Find documents here: https://t.co/JKzdOT4Ft6 pic.twitter.com/brhDDEgFqT— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) January 20, 2021
Women at the Capitol riot are just the latest reminder of a long history. It’s tempting to think of the storming of the US Capitol on Wednesday as toxic masculinity run amok: a mob of mostly white men, carrying guns and wearing animal skins, trying to overthrow democracy on behalf of a president who once bragged about his ability to grab women “by the pussy.” It’s even more tempting to embrace this narrative when, in a bizarre statement, that president’s campaign press secretary describes him as “the most masculine person, I think, to ever hold the White House.” But focusing too much on masculinity obscures a crucial truth: Many women were either present at the riot or cheering on the insurrectionists from back home. There was Ashli Babbitt, the 35-year-old Air Force veteran and apparent devotee of QAnon ideology who was killed during the riot. There was the woman photographed with “zip-tie guy” Eric Munchel, now believed to be his mother. There was Martha Chansley, the mother of the widely photographed “QAnon shaman” who wore a horned hat and carried a spear to Congress. She wasn’t present at the riot but later defended her son in an interview, calling him “a great patriot, a veteran, a person who loves this country.” And, of course, there were the women lawmakers who boosted conspiracy theories and false claims about the election being stolen, including Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a QAnon adherent who railed against Democrats and Black Lives Matter protesters in a speech on the House floor this week while wearing a mask reading “censored.” Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert, meanwhile, described January 6 as “1776” before the riot began, live-tweeted from the House during the attack (including a mention that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had been removed from the chambers), and this week, refused to allow police to search her bag after it set off metal detectors outside Congress. During her campaign, Boebert promised to bring her gun with her to the House. White women have been part of white supremacy in America since the very beginning, experts point out, dating back to their role in slavery. “They were at the table when the system was designed,” Stephanie Jones-Rogers, a history professor at UC Berkeley and author of the book They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South, told Vox. “They were co-architects of the system.” That remained true after the Civil War, through the birth and evolution of the Ku Klux Klan, and during the civil rights movement when white women were some of the most vocal opponents of school integration. And it remains true today, when women hold a key role in spreading QAnon ideology and sustaining white nationalist groups and movements. “Like other parts of our economy and society, these movements would collapse without their labor,” Seyward Darby, author of Sisters in Hate: American Women on the Front Lines of White Nationalism, told Vox.
Fears emerge about law enforcement complicity and securing Joe Biden’s inauguration. In the aftermath of the violent insurrection against Congress on Jan. 6, many national security experts were stunned by what looked like a catastrophic failure to prepare by law enforcement agencies, foremost the Capitol Police. But the idea that the broad assault came as a surprise defied credulity, and concerns quickly focused on whether the attacks by enraged mobs of pro-Trump rioters were more orchestrated than was generally understood. For several weeks before the siege, the national security community was “swimming in threat intel” about far-right Trump partisans with potentially dangerous plans, a senior US law enforcement official told me. Some of the threats metastasized online. According to a social media analysis cited in the New York Times, the phrase “Storm the Capitol” was mentioned 100,000 times across various platforms in the 30 days preceding the attack. Violent far-right extremist groups exchanged ideas about concealing weapons and using guerilla tactics to target political enemies. On Twitter, President Trump himself spent weeks inciting violence focused specifically on Jan. 6, the day Congress would certify Joe Biden’s election victory. The day prior to the attack, a FBI field office in Virginia issued a stark internal warning about extremist talk of going to “war” in Washington, including individuals sharing a map of the Capitol complex. Further reporting since the insurrection has heightened concerns about the failure of law enforcement leadership, according to interviews with current and former national security officials. Among the mob and those who invaded the Capitol there was widespread use of two-way radio communications, tactical gear, chemical munitions, and what law enforcement officials believe may have been a diversionary planting of pipe bombs. Particularly grim was the participation by some police officers and ex-military personnel in the siege. Did agency leaders installed by Trump or who were sympathetic to his lies about the 2020 election look the other way from looming danger on their radar? (…) But what about sympathies for Trumpism among those with security responsibilities? Last August, former FBI special agent Michael German authored a report for the Brennan Center for Justice focused on the unknown extent but clear existence of extremist views among American law enforcement. “The continued presence of even a small number of far-right militants, white supremacists, and other overt racists in law enforcement has an outsized impact on public safety and on public trust in the criminal justice system and cannot be ignored,” German wrote. There has also been mounting evidence that police officers around the country have been caught up in apocalyptic pro-Trump conspiracy theories stemming from the dangerous QAnon movement, which Trump last fall refused to disavow even after it had been designated by the FBI as a domestic terrorism threat.
via mother jones: Fight Trump Like He’s a Terrorist Leader, National Security Experts Say
Fight Trump like he's a terrorist leader, national security experts say.
“What we have to make sure of is that Donald Trump does not have a second act.” https://t.co/HKXiiYYnbA
In Chats wurde über radikale Pläne von “Hardlinern” beraten. Staatsschützer sehen eine “gefährliche Zeit”, das Innenministerium prüft auch einen Einsatzleiter der Polizei. In internen Nachrichtengruppen der “Querdenker”-Szene wurden vor der Corona-Demo am Samstag in Wien radikale Pläne gewälzt. Das zeigen Sprach- und Chatnachrichten, die vom antifaschistischen Presseservice Wien veröffentlicht wurden. Überlegt wurde, die Demo mehrere Tage lang laufen zu lassen; von Reihen der “Hardliner” sei eine “Übernahme des Parlaments” angedacht worden. (…) Deshalb griff die Szene für die Aktionen vom vergangenen Samstag beim Anmelden der Demos auf bislang unbescholtene Personen zurück. Eine davon zeigte sich danach von den Umsturzplänen und dem Aufmarsch von Neonazis und anderen Rechtsextremen entsetzt. “Das alles auf meinen Namen! Ich hab Kinder!”, beschwerte sie sich in internen Chats. Fotos zeigen, dass am Samstag amtsbekannte, gewaltbereite Hooligans an der Demo teilnahmen. Mitgeführt wurden Messer, Pfefferspray und Handschellen. Einige trugen verstärkte Schlaghandschuhe, Tarnanzüge oder paramilitärische Abzeichen. “Es ist eine “gefährliche Zeit, in der die Lage schnell kippen kann”, warnt man beim Staatsschutz auf Nachfrage des STANDARD. “Fantasien von der Machtübernahme haben extremistische Gruppen immer im Keller geschmiedet. Aber jetzt kann es auch zur Umsetzung kommen.”
The apparent participation of off-duty officers in the rally that morphed into a siege on the U.S. Capitol building Jan. 6 has revived fears about white supremacists within police departments. These concerns are not new. White supremacy, the belief that white people are superior to other races, has long tainted elements within law enforcement. As I testified before Congress just months before this assault, there is a long history of racism in U.S. policing – and this legacy may have contributed to the violence in the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Reports of officers involved in an attack in which the symbols and language of white supremacy were clearly on display are concerning. But so too, I believe, is a policing culture that may have contributed to the downplaying of the risk of attack before it began and the apparent sympathetic response to attackers displayed by some police officers – they too hint at a wider problem. (…) But the percentage of police officers who hold views in support of white identity extremism may be at least as high or higher – white people are overrepresented on police forces cross the country. And surveys have found that police officers – especially white ones – diverge from the wider public on issues of race. A 2017 Pew poll found that 92% of white officers believe that the U.S. had made the reforms necessary for equal rights for Black Americans. This compared with just 29% of Black officers and 48% of the general public, including 57% of white Americans. This leads some to wonder whether police are more sympathetic to the rhetoric of Trump and others.
The FBI is screening approximately 25,000 National Guard service members that are being sent to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration. The National Guard Bureau is taking extra precautions on Inauguration Day. As security is being vetted for the ceremony, two members of the Army National Guard were discovered to have ties with far-right extremist groups. Both members have been removed according to KVUE. The FBI is screening about 25,000 National Guard service members that are being sent to Washington, D.C. for the Inauguration. When The Associated Press asked for further details about the members and the discovery, the National Guard Bureau responded by referring questions to the Secret Service saying, “We do not discuss the process nor the outcome of the vetting process for military members supporting the inauguration.” The Secret Service did not respond on the matter. An Army official confirmed there were no discoveries of a plot against President-elect Joe Biden but did not confirm what fringe group or unit the guards belonged to. Heightened security measures are being taken after pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building on Jan, 6. There have also been reports that police officers and GOP members participated in the deadly riot.
via yahoo: Twelve National Guardsmen removed from inauguration over alt-right ties
Graffiti promoting a white nationalist group was found over the Martin Luther Jr. holiday weekend on a bridge near Frederick Douglas Elementary School in Leesburg. The slogan “Revolution is Tradition” followed by “PatriotFront.US” was painted on a drainage structure the bridge behind Frederick Douglass Elementary School along Sycolin Road, with a clear view of the white supremacist message from the W&OD Trail. The vandalism was spotted on the same weekend that Ku Klux Klan propaganda fliers were distributed in driveways in Leesburg and at homes in other parts of Loudoun County.
Riley June Williams was turned in to the FBI by former “romantic partner,” according to court documents. A Pennsylvania woman accused of being one of the Capitol rioters told a former “romantic partner” she planned to steal a laptop computer from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office and sell it to Russian intelligence, court documents revealed Monday. Riley June Williams was on the run, charged with disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds with the intent to disturb a session of Congress and other charges after her former flame turned her in. “Williams is not in custody,” a federal law enforcement officials told NBC News on Monday afternoon.
William’s ex, who was described in Special Agent Jonathan Lund’s charging document as W 1 (witness one), called the FBI and told them she “intended to send the computer device to a friend in Russia, who then planned to sell the device to SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence service.” (…) Pelosi deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, confirmed in a Tweet that Pelosi’s laptop was stolen from the conference room on Jan. 6 but that it was “only used for presentations.” The FBI said they spoke with Williams’ mother on Saturday and she allegedly said, “she recognized her daughter inside the U.S. Capitol Building and that her daughter had taken a sudden interest in President Trump’s politics and “far-right message boards.”
Alle Wege führen nach … https://t.co/x4Y2tYJAcd— Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt (@schmidtwolf) January 18, 2021