Not just websites, applications too. Many things are mote complicated than they have any right to be. Why do I have to use the share function? It integrates well with most other applications I use on a daily basis, but why won't you just let me copy and paste a link?

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Goddamn. It was towed overnight.

The evidence that it was clearly being worked on— lug nuts for the wheel left scattered where it was parked.

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If you're screening your follow requests, it's probably not a good idea to reject or block someone just because their profile picture is empty.

There are many blind people on the Fediverse who don't use profile pictures. For example, the writer Robert Kingett at @blindscribe doesn't use one.

The most reliable way to screen accounts on here is just to read what they have posted, as this better reflects what kind of account they are.

#Fediverse #FollowRequest #FollowRequests

A report on housing reclamation in #Chicago, as rising rents + inflation are pushing more + more out into the streets, while thousands of vacant homes owned by the Chicago Housing Authority lie vacant as over 200K are on the waiting list.

New type of cop has dropped.

OK, y'all probably know, but i myself did not KNOW know until now—

Traffic control officer wrote up a ticket, at 9pm, for a car that's visibly in the process of being repaired.

Parked on the side of the road like other cars that may sit there for months with no hassle from the city.

"It needs at least three tires", traffic control cop said.

The tow truck can come as soon as four hours from the ticket, he said.

Minneapolis will cause so much harm for no benefit.

I wonder at what point Mayor Frey becomes publicly responsible for the police department he's always, in reality, been responsible for. Instead of people at increasingly distant and unrelated levels of government.

fedizine: an anarchist introduction to federated social media is now online thanks to our friends at the F-91W Distro:

It's also available as a PDF for reading:

and PDFs for printing in colour:
or black and white:

:anarchism: :fediverso:

Support phones for @NNmutualaid
camp! (Not reflected in these figures is a recent couple thousand dollars of my own outlay, oop.)

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When MN DOT forced people off a strip of their land at the behest of Wells Fargo, the dept of transportation ombudsman split hairs about whether not allowing people to stay on any land anywhere (under threat of arrest!) is criminalizing homelessness— but indisputably, society criminalizes many people who are experience homelessness, and people who are most at risk of being homeless, in myriad ways.

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On the lawsuit, of course the other thing holding people back is the fact that a quarter of people in the US face and rightly fear entanglement with police, prosecutors, and prison— including 77 million people with criminal records, an estimated 6 million open arrest warrants.

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Phones are also critical for being in contact with a caseworker to get housed, to schedule medical appointments, to be in touch with family— expertise in navigating the bureaucracy for government-supplied phones also helpful, but a smartphone with data plan is often clutch.

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but note that among many barriers to unhoused people participating in lawsuits like this is simply having a phone to connect with legal help. If you want to help get people phones, there's a new effort to expand that beyond @NNmutualaid camp that i am in touch with.

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From Twitter, Nathaniel Guthrie @WoodGuthriempls asked:

When will folks start suing for destruction of property?

Chris Daniel @cjdaniel noted:

It has happened already. Check the ACLU MN chapter’s active lawsuits. There is a class action in progress, specifically concerning an eviction in Powderhorn Park.

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don't remember if we have a "P" word for this to join prisons, prosecutors, and policing, but here's a reminder that judicial surveillance is also carceral and actively works against freedom, true justice, and individual & collective progress, and must also be abolished.

A police officer on the scene said this was a response ordered by the city health department.

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Last Wednesday, a man was murdered in Minneapolis.

On Friday, the city destroyed all the bicycles, mopeds, and other property of his friends and neighbors.

Back to the movement for a habitable planet:

As people get a tax credit for a heat pump or whatever they will see a future that does not fry the planet with fossil fuels as an achievable reality.

That makes it easier for climate activists to build support for destroying any new fossil fuel infrastructure that anyone tries to build.

A surprisingly ideal electoralism / direct action split!

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Instead we need to build a much larger coalition ourselves, that has some path to extracting the resources from city, county, state, and federal governments—and rich institutions and individuals—to house people— or make taking unused land and buildings from these entities popular— at least with strong support, as in "i will serve on a jury and nullify the unjust laws that keep people unhoused", at the ~40% level.

So there is a lot of work to do here, a lot of it can be done remote, contact me!

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For example, if say there were the $10 billion needed to house every unhoused person in the US in the bill (there's not, not directly anyway) here in Minneapolis our encampment defense would have a clearer, more broadly understood mainstream political endgame.

We stop the destruction of encampments; the resources to house people instead of this destruction is already there.

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