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Border controls continue to kill

Some thoughts on the recent tragedy off the coast of Libya and how it ties into political rhetoric on immigration and the received wisdom of border controls as a social necessity.

If you wouldn’t do it to Jews, don’t do it to Muslims - Levi Tazir

Stamford Hill, East London.

Spare a thought for the racists. They’re having a really hard time lately. They keep trying to oppress Muslims in a liberal, rational way but accidentally end up looking like Nazis.

Stop kidding yourself: the police were created to control working class and poor people - Sam Mitrani

Slave patrol badge, 1858.

A short historical account of the US police force explaining their origins in slave patrols in the South and a force to discipline the working class in the North, with the background of a spate of police killings of unarmed black men in 2014.

"The American blindspot": Reconstruction according to Eric Foner and W.E.B. Du Bois - Noel Ignatiev

Noel Ignatiev's review of two books about Reconstruction, which was the period in American history where the victorious Northern federal government attempted to transform the state and society in the South.

Ready, Welling and able: reflections on the events at Welling, 16.10.93 - Colin B West

Police arrest a demonstrator, Welling 1993

An account of, and thoughts on, the demonstration against the far right British National Party headquarters in Welling, London in 1993 by one of its participants, writing under a pseudonym.

No justice no peace: an eyewitness account of the LA riots

Scene from the LA riots

An anonymous eyewitness account of the riots which swept Los Angeles in the wake of the acquittal of the police who murdered Rodney King.

The class struggle in South Africa 1976-80

Soweto schoolkids in the 1976 riots

A pamphlet published by the BM Combustion group, including parts of the texts Reflections on the Black Consciousness Movement and the South African revolution and On the poverty of Berkeley life, by various authors.

Smoke and ash: a Latino writer looks back at the 1992 Los Angeles uprising - Luis J. Rodriguez

An article by Luis J. Rodriguez about Latino participation, and reasons for this, in the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

Trial statement - Kuwasi Balagoon

The trial statement of Black Liberation Army member and later anarchist, Kuwasi Balagoon. Published as "Trial statement of New Afrikan Revolutionary Kuwasi Balagoon at the opening of the Brinks trial" in the 1990s. We do not agree with all of it, like the nationalism, but reproduce it for reference.

Reflections on Jean Seberg and the Black Panther Party - Elaine Brown

Elaine Brown speaks

Fascinating extracts from the memoir of Elaine Brown, the only female leader in the Black Panther Party. Here she recalls Jean Seberg and other celebrities' involvement, the role of COINTELPRO, and the manoeuvrings of Eldridge Cleaver within the party.