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Studio Visit with Meredith Stern

Just seeds - Wed, 2014-07-23 12:12
On our way up to Cape Cod, Laurel and I stopped in for lunch with Meredith Stern and Peter Glantz. Here's some flicks of Meredith's studio and a print series she's working on.... K C www.justseeds.org
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JBbTC 184: Two from the Philippines

Just seeds - Mon, 2014-07-21 09:03
Over the past year I stumbled upon these two handsome books from the Philippines. Although they were published by different companies almost fifteen years apart, they both share a really strong hand-rendered design. F. Sionil Jose's The God Stealer and... Josh M. www.justseeds.org
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Toronto Anarchist Bookfair

Just seeds - Sat, 2014-07-19 09:43
We will be holding it down this weekend at the Toronto Anarchist Bookfair... jp
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Signal Fire: Lost Marbles

Just seeds - Sat, 2014-07-19 00:14
I just got back from a week in the Marble Mountains wilderness of Northern California with the wildlands education and residency organization Signal Fire. Ten artists and activists, from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, trekked through ancient forests,... Roger Peet
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Making a Celebrate People's History Poster: The Luddites

Just seeds - Fri, 2014-07-18 06:17
Last autumn, I finished up a design for a new poster in the Celebrate People's History series, and it's just now hot off the presses (you can get it here)! The subject of the poster is the Luddites -... Shaun Silfer
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People's Climate March: Downloadable Posters

Just seeds - Wed, 2014-07-16 08:20
Here are all six of the initial set of People's Climate March posters, ready to download all in one place: A high-res 11x17 version of Crystal Clarity's poster: DOWNLOAD FILE A high-res 11x17 version of Nicolas Lampert's poster: DOWNLOAD... Josh M. www.justseeds.org
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People's Climate March, Sept. 2014! (pt3)

Just seeds - Tue, 2014-07-15 08:37
And here's the final poster (in this initial set) designed for the People's Climate March, coming up on September 21st. Above is Chris Stain's design. And here is what he has to say about it: My piece for the... Josh M. www.justseeds.org
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JBbTC 183: The Hobo

Just seeds - Mon, 2014-07-14 08:27
I found this great book on a dollar rack here in New York City. It's a 1961 edition (Phoenix Books, a division of the University of Chicago Press) of a Nels Anderson's sociological study of The Hobo, originally published in... Josh M. www.justseeds.org
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People's Climate March, Sept. 2014! (pt6)

Just seeds - Sat, 2014-07-12 08:50
This week I'm sharing high-res downloadable versions of posters designed for the People's Climate March, coming up on September 21st. Nicolas Lampert's design (original collage by Nicolas, additional design by Josiah Werning) is to the right. And here is... Josh M. www.justseeds.org
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Homeo-Empathy 9th & C author interviewed in MRR

Just seeds - Fri, 2014-07-11 11:25
W.D. Bickerknocker, author of a current zine in the Justseeds Store, was just interviewed in Maximum RocknRoll. Below is the beginning of the interview, click the link at the end for the whole piece. Create to Destroy! NYC’s C-Squat: Homeo-Empathy... K C www.justseeds.org
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People's Climate March, Sept. 2014! (pt5)

Just seeds - Fri, 2014-07-11 09:12
This week I'm sharing high-res downloadable versions of posters designed for the People's Climate March, coming up on September 21st. Colin Matthes's design is to the right. And here is what he has to say about it: A life jacket... Josh M. www.justseeds.org
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Philly BDS offers, “Recycle, Hack, Destroy”- a light video at a dark time

Philadelphia Justice for Palestine - Thu, 2014-07-10 10:08

By Susan Landau

http://youtu.be/JSMfHRtisKk

As yet another horrific Israeli military offensive escalates in Gaza, human rights

activists advocating for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) of Israel stay

the course. It is not only the Israeli airstrikes on Gaza that are killing Palestinians.

Routinely the unjust, indiscriminate, and systemic Israeli policies of military

occupation and apartheid destroy Palestinian lives. The lure of jobs in illegal Israeli

industrial zones, intended to support the economic base of Israeli settlements, is

a case in point. Palestinians provide a captive workforce with few employment

alternatives to the factory jobs such as in the settlement Ma’aleh Adumim where

Sodastream products are made. Low wages and the absence of worker’s rights

eviscerate any possibility for the development of a viable Palestinian economy and a

just peace.

 

Today’s release of “Recycle, Hack, Destroy” by The Philadelphia Coalition for

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (Philly BDS) is part of the planned national week

of actions by “We Divest” and supports the local Philadelphia chapter of Jewish

Voice for Peace (JVP-Philly).

 

In the tradition of Code Pink’s mock weddings and the US Campaign to End the

Occupation’s petitions, demonstrations, and spoof ads, “Recycle, Hack, Destroy”

is the latest in an alternative stream – creative protests staged by BDS activists to

“burst the (Sodastream) bubble.”

 

Black clouds have no silver linings. The Palestinian call in 2005 to the international

community to develop campaigns of boycott, divestment, and sanctions until Israel

complies with international law offers a nonviolent response to egregious Israeli

crimes against humanity. Because the Israeli government provides economic

incentives, including tax deductions, for businesses operating in West Bank

settlements, BDS activists have made Sodastream a target of an international

consumer boycott.

 

Once again Israel claims “All options are on the table,” including the call up of

40,000 reserve troops. Take Sodastream off the table and consider a nonviolent

option, BDS. The BDS movement too is prepared for a “long, continuous, and strong

campaign.”

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People's Climate March, Sept. 2014! (pt4)

Just seeds - Thu, 2014-07-10 08:41
This week I'm sharing high-res downloadable versions of posters designed for the People's Climate March, coming up on September 21st. Crystal Clarity's design is to the right. And here is what she has to say about it: These Illustrations came... Josh M. www.justseeds.org
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World Cup Reportage from Brasil

Just seeds - Tue, 2014-07-08 09:08
Our comrade Andalusia was in Brasil, for many weeks, reporting on the demonstrations around the World Cup. Here are some links to a few videos & radio clips she produced about housing and labor issues related to the World Cup... K C www.justseeds.org
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People's Climate March, Sept. 2014! (pt2)

Just seeds - Tue, 2014-07-08 08:30
Last week I shared a high-res downloadable version of the poster I designed for the People's Climate March, coming up on September 21st, you can see it HERE. This week I'm going to continue to post other artists' designs. First... Josh M. www.justseeds.org
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JBbTC 182: The Conflict Between Capital & Labor

Just seeds - Mon, 2014-07-07 09:00
This week I present you this "Fair, Candid, and Impartial Treatment of the Subject [of the conflict between Capital and Labor] from a Non-partisan and Christian Standpoint"!! E.T. Russell's 1905 The Conflict between Capital and Labor may be kooky, but... Josh M. www.justseeds.org
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A People's Art History of the United States excerpt: SNCC and Mississippi Summer

Just seeds - Sat, 2014-07-05 08:00
SNCC poster, Is He Protecting You?, ca. 1963, Photograph by Danny Lyon (copyright Dany Lyon / Magnum Photos: image from Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives and Radicalism Photograph Collection. Tamiment Library, New York University This year... Nicolas Lampert
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People's Climate March, Sept. 2014!

Just seeds - Thu, 2014-07-03 10:02
I'm excited to have designed a poster for the upcoming People's Climate March and Gathering on September 20/21st this Fall. For the march to be successful, I think we need to reach beyond the people that would already be... Josh M. www.justseeds.org
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Happy Birthday Patrice

Just seeds - Thu, 2014-07-03 01:11
Today would have been Patrice Emery Lumumba's 89th birthday. Lumumba, first prime minister of the Republic of Congo, was an emblem of passionate resistance to Belgian colonial rule, and at the ceremony marking the handover of power he gave... Roger Peet
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Elbit: Exporting Oppression from Palestine to Latin America

el enemigo comun - Wed, 2014-07-02 07:00

Photo: Giles Thomas

By Scott Campbell
June 27, 2014
Upside Down World

Surveillance. It’s in the headlines and on the tips of tongues. As technology offers new possibilities for connection, it also offers new means to keep tabs on people. Surveillance has become seemingly ubiquitous, from the NSA reading emails to drones in the skies. As a nation that has for 66 years been ruling over an indigenous population by force, one of the main countries practicing surveillance is Israel. And it is the Israeli defense industry that has been reaping the profits off of the oppression and surveillance of the Palestinian people.

One of the top occupation profiteers in Israel is the defense firm Elbit Systems. The largest non-governmental defense company in the country, its revenue stood at $2.83 billion in 2010. Using knowledge and expertise gained from assisting in the occupation of Palestine, Elbit has made millions exporting surveillance and defense materiel worldwide – and increasingly so to Latin America. While Israel’s role in arming dictators and oppressive regimes in Latin America during the last century is well known, Elbit is at the forefront of a new wave of Israeli arms industry involvement in countries in the region. Elbit has a presence in at least five Latin American countries, as well as along the US-Mexico border. Far from being benign, the application of its technology should raise concern among those working for human rights in the area.

Elbit in Latin America

In 2008, Mexico acquired two Elbit Hermes 450 drones and one Skylark drone for $25 million. This capability was expanded when in 2012, the government purchased two Hermes 900 drones for $50 million. The Hermes drones can be armed or unarmed and are believed to be in the hands of the Mexican Federal Police. While ostensibly to be used against drug trafficking cartels, since the election of Enrique Peña Nieto, the Mexican state has increased its repression of both social movements and migrants from South and Central America making their way to the US. Using drones to monitor the jungles of Chiapas in a search for Zapatistas or to keep watch over demonstrations in Mexico City does not seem out of the question.

The Colombian Air Force in 2013 acknowledged it was acquiring one Hermes 900 and one Hermes 450. As Colombia’s biggest war is an internal one, surely these will be used in its counterinsurgency efforts against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Army of National Liberation (ELN). Should the peace talks not pan out, the Hermes has multiple payload configurations which may be deployed.

A Hermes 900 drones was bought from Elbit by the Chilean Air Force in 2011. Chile says the use is for “maritime patrol tasks” but acknowledges currently deploying drones on “strategic reconnaissance missions.” Drones in Chile have been used for surveillance of the Mapuche people. And it would be unsurprising were they not to be deployed against the country’s very active student and social movements.

Brazil is likely the largest consumer of Elbit technology in Latin America, where Elbit has its own wholly-owned subsidiary, Aeroelectronica Industria de Componentes Avionicos SA., or AEL. Elbit has contracts to modernize Brazil’s F-5 aircraft, develop its AL-X aircraft, and a $187 million contract to upgrade its AMX fleet. In 2010, Brazil purchased two Hermes 450 drones, as well as a ground station, from AEL. Expanding its air surveillance capabilities ahead of the World Cup, in March 2014, Brazil also purchased Hermes 900 units from Elbit. As demonstrators against the World Cup have seen massive repression, it is likely that these drones played a role in those operations. Finally, Brazil acquired $260 million worth of unmanned turrets from Elbit in 2011. Put to use in Gaza on Israeli Merkava tanks, these turrets “consist of a 30mm automatic cannon, a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, a laser warning system (LWS), commander panoramic sight and smoke grenade launchers…a suitable solution to asymmetric warfare challenges.” Asymmetric warfare such as entering the favelas or putting down anti-World Cup disturbances?

Elbit Building Walls

Along with equipping regimes south of the US, Elbit plays a key role in the infrastructure designed to identify, apprehend or deter a certain class of human along the US-Mexico border. In 2006, the Customs and Border Protection deployed Elbit’s Hermes 450 drones along the border as part of the Arizona Border Control Initiative. Also in 2006, the Department of Homeland Security awarded Kollsman Inc., a US subsidiary of Elbit, part of the $2 billion worth of funding for the Secure Border Initiative. Working with Boeing, Elbit proposed “1,800 towers equipped with cameras and motion detectors stretched across the border.” Finally, earlier this year, Elbit was awarded the first part of a $145 million contract, through its subsidiary EFW, to install “Integrated Fixed Towers” with sensors able to detect “’a single, walking, average-sized adult’ and provide sufficiently high-resolution video of that adult at a range of between 5 and 7.5 miles under conditions of daylight and darkness.”

The technology Elbit is using to profit off of the “Wall of Death” along the US-Mexico border was first deployed in Palestine along Israel’s Apartheid Wall. Stretching more than 700 kilometers when finished, and cutting through Palestinian farms and villages, blocking residents from their family and friends, healthcare, education, land and work, the Apartheid Wall is a key component of Israel’s settler-colonial project in the occupied West Bank. Elbit provides “intrusion detection systems” for the Wall. This involves the use of drones, armed Unmanned Ground Vehicles, and LORROS surveillance cameras. Elbit products are used in the Ariel settlement section as well as around Jerusalem and a-Ram.

In 2004, the International Court of Justice ruled that the Apartheid Wall was illegal, must be torn down, that Israel must pay reparations for the damages caused by its construction, and for the international community to ensure Israel’s compliance. Despite this ruling, Elbit continues to participate in the maintenance of the Wall, thereby being complicit in a grave breach of international law, which is a war crime.

Bust Elbit

July 9 will mark ten years since the ICJ’s ruling, and in response to the international community’s lack of action and the ongoing reign of impunity, Palestinian organizations and coalitions have issued a call to make July the Month Against the Apartheid Wall. The call asks for individuals and organizations around the world to raise awareness about the wall, begin or strengthen boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns against companies involved in the wall, and to pressure governments to uphold their obligations as outlined by the ICJ.

It should come as no surprise that Elbit, as a prime occupation profiteer, is a major focus of this campaign. There have been successful campaigns against Elbit in the past, with activists working to successfully get a variety of funds and businesses to divest from Elbit, such as: the Norwegian State Pension Fund; Kommunal Landspensjonkasse, one of the largest life insurance companies in Norway, Danske Bank; the largest bank in Denmark; PKA Ltd., one of the largest Danish pension funds; and ABP, a public Danish pension fund.

From Chile to the US-Mexico border to Palestine, Elbit Systems is actively complicit with human rights abuses. July’s Month Against the Apartheid Wall marks a perfect opportunity to stand up to Elbit and to oppression worldwide. The Palestinian people have spoken and have recognized that their struggle is bound up with that of others, writing, “Israel has succeeded in illustrating that walls are an acceptable model for governments to exclude, marginalize, dispossess, discriminate and segregate one people from each other.” Please join them and concerned groups around the world to help take a small step to stop impunity.

Scott Campbell is a Palestine and Mexico solidarity activist based in the SF Bay Area. He is a volunteer with the Month Against the Apartheid Wall campaign. For more information on the campaign, see the website: http://icj10.stopthewall.org/

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