Revolt, of the sort that exceeds the form of permitted street marches and sign-waving rallies, has rarely manifested in Austin’s streets. As such, its occurrences–such as the wave of activity that came with the George Floyd rebellion–deserves attention and uplifting in our historical memory. Four years ago, at the beginning of the Trump’s term, one such revolt manifested in the Rundberg area in North Austin.
An anonymous transmission from a participant in the Rent Strike ATX car demo on May Day
On May 1st, a caravan of around 30 cars proceeded down I-35 as part of a May Day car demonstration hosted by Rent Strike ATX. Some cars bore banners and signs reading “Rent Strike,” and “Justice for Mike Ramos,” while others amplified various parts of the 5 demands which have been popularized nationwide (including free healthcare, freedom for prisoners, no debt, and homes for all).
This communique offers a participant’s perspective on the events of this May Day demonstration—both evaluating its local significance and the contribution it makes to evolving national experimentation with the car demo form. It is a response and extension of the strategic conversation initiated by friends in Atlanta around the car demo form, with analysis that still speaks deeply to a local context. This piece aims to cultivate, deepen, and inspire forms of autonomous action that can strike directly at the settler-colonial economic system which, with each passing day, reveals itself more and more to be a death cult for many of us. May the experience of this demonstration offer strategic clarity to others seeking ways to intervene in our exceptional moment, whether in so-called Austin or anywhere else across this world.
Anonymous submission. On the afternoon of April 25th, a small group of people showed up at the APD headquarters with signs and a megaphone. The protest came in response to APD’s murder of Michael Ramos in Southeast Austin on the evening of April 24th. This brief statement was sent along with the photos.
Witness neighbors of the shooting tell us that Michael Ramos was unarmed, was already totally blocked into the parking lot, so the dirty kkkiller police didn’t need to shoot him.
They could have shot tires without killing him.
Cops looked for a weapon, nothing. For 24 hours they looked.
But hey, chief Manley says the man needed to be shot because they train officers in Austin to kill you if you don’t stand there and let them shoot you with a ball in a shotgun.
Nonlethal failed. Cops kill then lie. This is how Austins genocide escalated during Covid Emergency 2020. Sick
Spray paint in support of a rent strike in Austin. Location unknown. Submitted anonymously to us. The artist sent this statement:
We are at an unprecedented point in our lives. A time where the flaws of the capitalist system and faults of the state are glaringly obvious to even those we would consider to stand in opposition to our political message.
I want to be one of those people that stands up to the plate and helps their friends, family, and entire community in this time of need… For me part of that means showing my support and solidarity with the rent strike. Now is the time to be brave in whatever ways we can be ❤
Yesterday, Rent Strike ATX released a statement calling for a city-wide rent strike and coordination.
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Originally published by Underpaid at UT. Published in support of UC Student Workers UAW 2865 Santa Cruz
Underpaid at UT stands in solidarity with our graduate student colleagues at the University of California–Santa Cruz, who have been withholding grades and labor because UC refuses to pay a living wage. Students across the UC system are on strike, demanding COLAs—Cost of Living Adjustments—to keep up with the skyrocketing rents of California cities. We are appalled that UCSC has fired nearly 100 Teaching Assistants participating in grade and labor strikes. Major universities like UCSC have a responsibility to pay a living wage to the students they accept and recruit. Instead of addressing TAs’ reasonable demands and financial need, UCSC has taken away their only means of financial support. UC President Janet Napolitano is spending millions of dollars to maintain a police presence on campus to suppress the strikers, yet refuses to commit the same resources to supporting TAs.
Graduate student workers at the University of Texas at Austin are no strangers to the financial strain of making ends meet in an increasingly expensive city. We understand exactly why students across the UC system are risking everything to make their lives as graduate students livable. UCSC should be ashamed of its actions towards its graduate student workers and their supporters. Graduate school is already prohibitively expensive for many first-generation students, students from low-income households, and students of color who major universities supposedly devote many resources to recruiting. As long as universities like UCSC and UT Austin deny graduate students enough money to live, they reproduce inequities and exclusion by making themselves accessible only to a majority-white financial elite. The actions of graduate student workers at UCSC are part of a larger and critical battle for the relevance of universities and their ability to serve all students.
Editor’s Note: In recent weeks, focus has been placed on the AT&T Conference Center Hotel near UT for employing a Proud Boy named Dustin Casler. As we have said in a previous article, The Proud Boys are a fascist, “Western chauvanist” group founded by Gavin McInnes. They’ve frequently been found to have connections and overlap with outright Neo-Nazi groups. One of the defining features of the Proud Boys is a thirst for violence, expressed in things like calls to attack immigrants and attacks on anti-fascists, people of color, queer & trans folks, and others in the streets. After this news initially came out, antifascists began flyering and calling in attempting to get Casler fired. This article follows up on recent events surrounding that campaign and includes instructions on how to call in to pressure the Hotel.
Background: On May 1st, Texas State students prepared for a confrontation with members of violent fascist group Texas Nomads, who planned to travel down from Austin and stage a rally in support of “free speech.” Members of Texas Nomads have repeatedly harassed liberal & leftist events in Austin, sometimes stalking people leaving these events. Members have assaulted anti-Trump protestors. Nomads member Christopher Ritchie was at the Charlottesville Nazi rally and has repeatedly gone to Portland to fight alongside Patriot Prayer. Their presence came as a response to a campaign & student government vote to ban Turning Point USA from campus.
Texas State University Police Department Brutally Arrests 4 Students of Color During Peaceful Protest
SAN MARCOS. TX – On Wed. May 1, four students were brutally arrest. by Texas State University Police Department while peacefully protesting threats of organized white supremacist presence on campus. Two of the students arrested are vocal, queer students of color that have been previously targeted by the university administration
On April 8th the Texas State Student Senate convened to vote on legislation calling for the removal and banning of Turning Point USA from campus.
This came about not simply from clashing viewpoints, but due to the chapter’s history in illegally influencing student government elections, wrongly placing TXST professors on their infamous watchlist, procuring the firing of faculty and adjuncts, carrying metal batons on campus to harass and intimidate, propagandizing to students at the quad via billionaire-funded paid tablers, and use of their many connections to squeeze any who challenge them. Continue reading “Texas State vs. Turning Point USA”