advice to the UK from day 10 of the spanish lockdown
Share links to your local mutual aid group as widely as you can. This means writing their contact details in as many surfaces in your area as possible. The more people that know about what's going on, the better.
Treat this lockdown as the formal implementation of fascism in Britain, because that's what it is. You need to begin protecting the most vulnerable in your community - that means the elderly, disabled people, homeless people, precarious workers, immigrants, expats and undocumented citizens.
The government will push through their worst policy now that they have carte-blanche to do so. They have been openly planning the genocide of Irish traveller and Romani peoples, expect them to begin the enforcement of this. Connect with these communities and find out what you can do to help.
The government seems to be running with the "Look what you made me do" line, shifting the blame away from them an onto a "few bad apples", bad individuals that need to be stopped. Every time you justify the lockdown you are acting as a mouthpiece for fascist tory ideology.
The cops are now de-facto Judge and Jury. If they catch you outside, for any reason that they don't like, they will use it to assault and arrest you. This means there will be a huge uptick in racial profiling, doubly so considering the institutional racism of the UK's police force. Join a CopWatch group, find out what you can do to monitor these thugs. Remember, they are above the law, all the laws that you are now forced to follow don't apply to them.
If the cops stop you, they can ask you to identify yourself (Name, Date of Birth, Address) and ask you where you are going and for what purpose. When you leave the house, make sure you have a prepared reason, write yourself a note to show them if necessary.
I shouldn't need to mention that the British state does not have your best interests in mind, but it bares repeating.
But the issue isn't just that "Anglo-Saxon" is currently being used by white supremacists as if by chance. The historians who coined the term, inventing the idea of an "Anglo-Saxon people" that never existed, crafted a white nationalist narrative which was ready-made for use by nazis.
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MLK Day, capitalism, internal colonization
Happy MLK Day. Remember for-profit prison slavery of mostly people of color is still here and being used to make everything from Jeff Bezos' Whole Foods products to Apple phones for 25 cents an hour, throwing kids in prison for the crime of being the wrong color in Baltimore et. al.. The descendants of the slaves who built the wealth of this country for imperial white supremacist settlers are still building it.
Mozilla just laid off 70 fantastic people. If you can help them - open positions, offering helpful conversations and references, anything else - please say so.
Use #MozillaLifeboat as an umbrella tag for easy finding. (It's already flowing on the birdsite.)
If you've been affected, I'm happy to chat directly. Also have some open positions (see rest of this thread). But doesn't have to be today - take time to recover if you can.
Most of all: thank you folks for making the web better.
Capitalism is quietly erasing the idea of private property. All products are effectively becoming rentals, and the companies can revoke your right to use them whenever they feel like it. It's becoming increasingly difficult to actually own anything. Media is streamed, and devices are locked from the users.
It's hilarious how all the things people were afraid of happening under communism are actually happening under capitalism.
No woman in a burqa (or a hijab or a burkini) has ever done me any harm. But I was sacked (without explanation) by a man in a suit. Men in suits missold me pensions and endowments, costing me thousands of pounds. A man in a suit led us on a disastrous and illegal war. Men in suits led the banks and crashed the world economy. Other men in suits then increased the misery to millions through austerity. If we are to start telling people what to wear, maybe we should ban suits.
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