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“We are conditioned to accept as a “natural” fact of life the idea that everything can be commodified, including women’s bodies. Today, prostitution, pornography, and the objectification of women in advertising, all form part of the “sex industry”. They want us to believe that everything, including our bodies, can be bought and sold on the market. And furthermore, that by purchasing the commodity, the buyer can do whatever they want to it. The average age of entry into prostitution is 14 years old in Canada; almost 95% of prostituted women want to change their life. Prostitution is not a profession one chooses. Capitalism turns sex, prostitution, pornography, and sex tourism into a profitable industry for a minority.

This is done on the backs of the immense majority of women who are involved in this “industry”, the latter playing a major role in the everyday reproduction of sexist behaviours and violence against women. The “sex industry” not only reproduces the same exploitative labour relations as it does elsewhere in capitalist society, it also reproduces sexism and the objectification of women’s bodies. Prostitution and different forms of sexual exploitation are primarily relations of economic oppression between rich men and poor women.

In fact, prostitution is a specific oppression of women in the lower and most exploited layers of the proletariat: poor and exploited workers, women who are excluded from the mainstream labour market, undocumented women and migrant women (including children), and Indigenous women. The hegemonic force of capitalism seeks to normalise all social behaviours that facilitate the accumulation of capital. This includes the exploitation of one person by another. Today, prostitution and “pimping” are among the worst and most cruel forms of capitalist exploitation that specifically targets proletarian women.

While there is a saying that “prostitution is the oldest profession in the world”, neoliberal ideology increasingly distorts the concept of prostitution and “pimping” into a legitimate commercial activity on par with other businesses. These are slippery semantics that turn prostitutes into “sex workers” and pimps into legitimate actors in the “sex industry”. The proletarian feminist movement opposes all forms of exploitation connected to the sex industry, whether it is prostitution, pornography, sex tourism, or the commercial objectification of women’s bodies. We oppose the capitalist model of society, which maintains and reproduces the commodification and commercialisation of women.”
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Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart)
Jean Michel Basquiat

Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart)


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Ferguson, Missouri Update

Ferguson Round-Up (8/19)

Ferguson Round-Up (8/18)

Ferguson Round-Up (8/15)

Ferguson Round-Up (8/14)

Ferguson Round-Up (8/13)

Ferguson Round-Up (8/12)

Outburst interrupts night of peace in Ferguson (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) 

Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson said 47 people were arrested and three loaded handguns were seized during the protests Tuesday night and early today. In a news conference that began at about 2:15 this morning, Johnson said officers interrupted criminal activities and prevented violence. “Protest crowds were a bit smaller, and they were out earlier,” he said, noting that no Molotov cocktails were thrown or bullets fired by protesters. However, he said some “criminals and agitators” threatened police, threw glass and plastic bottles — some filled with urine — at officers and hid behind members of the media covering the protests.

Shooting Accounts Differ as Holder Schedules Visit to Ferguson (New York Times)

As a county grand jury prepared to hear evidence on Wednesday in the shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer that touched off 10 days of unrest here, witnesses have given investigators sharply conflicting accounts of the killing.

Ferguson Turmoil Continues With Another Shooting, More Arrests (TruthDig)

The face-off between police and protesters in and around Ferguson, Mo., continued Tuesday, with tensions further kindled by reports of another police shooting and by more details about slain teenager Michael Brown. President Obama sounded a note of empathy for “young men of color” who are “left behind and seen only as objects of fear” and called for calm as the National Guard made its presence known on the scene and Attorney General Eric Holder announced his plans to travel there Wednesday.

Nobody Knows How Many Americans The Police Kill Each Year (FiveThirtyEight)

Earlier this month, a police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting and the response have reignited concerns about racial profiling, police brutality and police militarization. The incident has also drawn attention to a remarkable lack of knowledge about a seemingly basic fact: how often people are killed by the police. Some reporting has put forward one of the only figures available: the approximately 400 “justifiable police homicides” each year since 2008, according to the FBI’s annual Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR). That data point has appeared with heavy caveats in a string of media reports, including in USA Today, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Washington Post. The statistic might seem solid at first glance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Bureau of Justice Statistics — independently of the FBI — also estimate the number of police homicides per year at around 400.

Police Misconduct Costs Black People Their Livelihood Even When It Spares Their Lives (Think Progress)

As anger and frustration continue in Ferguson, Missouri over the killing of Michael Brown by a police officer, which appears to be a result of the use of excessive force, attention must also go to the excessive economic coercion used by America’s police. Frivolous traffic stops and coercive threats allow police to extract money from citizens through tickets, fines, and court costs. Economic intimidation via petty stops, searches, and seizures is a national problem that finds particular resonance in minority communities like Ferguson.

Police mistrust still prevalent years later (Associated Press)

rown’s death is the latest illustration of deep divisions between minorities and police that have simmered for generations. Concern about the events playing out in Ferguson has coursed all the way up to the White House. President Barack Obama said Attorney General Eric Holder would go to Missouri this week to check on the independent federal investigation into Brown’s death. “In too many communities around the country, a gulf of mistrust exists between local residents and law enforcement,” the president said.

‘Outside agitators’ worsening unrest in Ferguson, Mo., residents say (Kansas City Star)

“People of Ferguson are getting punished for the actions of outside agitators,” said Kenny Murdock, 47, who hosts a show on a St. Louis radio station. Antonio French, a St. Louis alderman who had been documenting the protests and the security response on social media, pointed via Twitter to a small group of people who “cannot be defined as protesters/demonstrators. They are more like fighters/rebels/insurgents.” The crowds at night are younger and rowdier, said Laparasena Gandy, 25, who protested Monday across from the Ferguson Police Department. 

What was THAT? A guide to the military gear being used against civilians in Ferguson (Vox)

The extremely militaristic police response to the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, which have occurred nightly since a police officer shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown to death on August 9, has shocked many Americans. In its tactics, appearance, and especially equipment, the security operation looks more like it belongs on a battlefield in Iraq or Afghanistan than in the streets of an American suburb. Armored vehicles, tear gas, full combat gear, rifles — what is all that? From LRADs to MRAPs, here’s a brief guide to the equipment being used against civilians in the St. Louis suburb.

This Is The Most Important Reform Ferguson Can Enact To Give Its Black Residents A Voice (ThinkProgress)

If you compared the racial makeup of Ferguson, Missouri’s population as a whole to that of its government, it would be easy to mistake the city for an enclave of Jim Crow. Although nearly 70 percent of Ferguson is black, 50 of its 53 police officers are white. So are five of Ferguson’s six city council members. The mayor, James Knowles, is a white Republican. Ferguson can help ensure that its leaders more closely resemble its population, however. They just need to hold their elections at a time when voters are actually likely to show up.

#FeedFerguson raises $71,000, keeps going (KSDK)

A school teacher from Raleigh has helped raise more than $71,000 in just four short days for the children of Ferguson, according to Julianna Mendelsohn, 33, started a Fundly campaign on August 14 with the aim to raise $80,000 for the St Louis Foodbank. The teacher cited the fact that many children in the U.S. rely on school to get what could be the kids only meal for the day.

View of #Ferguson Thrust Michael Brown Shooting to National Attention (New York Times)

For people in the news business, Twitter was initially viewed as one more way to promote and distribute content. But as the world has become an ever more complicated place — a collision of Ebola, war in Iraq, crisis in Ukraine and more — Twitter has become an early warning service for news organizations, a way to see into stories even when they don’t have significant reporting assets on the ground. And in a situation hostile to traditional reporting, the crowdsourced, phone-enabled network of information that Twitter provides has proved invaluable.

Ferguson Unrest Shows Poverty Growing Fastest in Suburbs (Bloomberg)

Six days of violence and protests in a town outside St. Louis are highlighting how poverty is growing fastest on the outskirts of America’s cities, as suburbs have become home to a majority of the nation’s poor. In Ferguson, Missouri, a community of 21,000 where the poverty rate doubled since 2000, the dynamic has bred animosity over racial segregation and economic inequality. Protests over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager on Aug. 9 have drawn international attention to the St. Louis suburb’s growing underclass.

Ferguson Police Militarization: Cash Flowed To Lawmakers Who Voted To ‘Militarize’ Police (International Business Times)

As local law enforcement has deployed martial tactics against those protesting the police killing of an 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, a debate is suddenly raging over how municipal police forces came to resemble military units. A new report suggests the trend may, in part, have to do with campaign contributions to congressional lawmakers.

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“One group of people is decidedly happy about the militarized response in Ferguson: those who work in the weapons industry. The array of police forces–the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the St. Louis county and city police and local Ferguson officers–that descended on the largely black Missouri city have used the products these corporations are selling in abundance. Tear gas, rubber bullets, smoke bombs, stun grenades, armored personnel carriers, sound cannons and high-caliber rifles have all been deployed to quell the unrest, though they have contributed to anger over police tactics.”Big business is getting rich off Ferguson. (via salon)

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A protester blows marijuana smoke against the face of a police officer during a march to mark the 1968 Tlatelolco plaza massacre in Mexico City


A protester blows marijuana smoke against the face of a police officer during a march to mark the 1968 Tlatelolco plaza massacre in Mexico City

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A day at a peaceful protest in Ferguson, Missouri

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‘Hands Up, Don’t Ship!’ Minneapolis UPS Workers Protest Shipments to Missouri Police

A dozen part-time UPS workers in Minneapolis took protest action on the job August 22, after discovering ties between Missouri law enforcement and a company, Law Enforcement Targets, whose shipments we handle each day.

Some of us removed the company’s packages from trucks that would deliver them to law enforcement. Others, in solidarity, refused to ferry these packages to their intended trailers.

Others posed with a sign reading “#handsupdontship.” The phrase “hands up, don’t shoot” has come to symbolize protest over the police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.

We decided we could not be silent while our work was contributing to the militarized violence that police are directing at Ferguson residents in the aftermath of Brown’s death.

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Episode #1069: Allison and Jamie obliterate this ridiculous New York Times article that alleges Mike Brown was “no angel,” and he —gasp!— drank alcohol, did drugs, and liked rap music, unlike every other teenager in America. Meanwhile, the Times advocates drug decriminalization (for certain people), more shady details about Ferguson’s police emerge, Burger King dodges paying taxes, and hundreds turn out to protest the LAPD following the death of Ezell Ford, who was murdered by police.

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"On White People, Solidarity and (Not) Marching for Mike Brown"

This is an important article. I’ve also been very uncomfortable with other white people chanting “I am Mike Brown” during marches in Ferguson and participating unselfconsciously in #iftheygunnedmedown and #handsup. I have a small cautionary addendum which is that claims of guns, Molotovs, “outside agitators” and “insurgents” are all stories the local police and their allies have given at press conferences the morning after unprovoked violent attacks on the youth of Ferguson. I do not question the account the author gives above of their own experience. But the Guardian piece does not match up with mine, or that of many young organizers and protesters on the ground. I simply ask that people who are not here consider that the police and their collaborators (including older community leaders and clergy, whom I have seen turning kids from their own town over for arrest and informing cops on unannounced marches) often heavily embellish or outright lie in order to justify further state control of black youth. The youth of Ferguson are being crushed tighter and tighter in the grip of the police, while the cops point to a white street medic, call her roll of bandages a Molotov, and say “she made us do it.”

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