I think we on the left could use a lot more friendly, approachable media. While I love me some good aggressive graphic design, right now, I think the right is consistently winning the propaganda game in part because they wrap their ideas with really easy-to-swallow tone and appeals to common sense. We can do that too, in pursuit of a more compassionate, humane, and just world.

So I made a couple images for my local chapter of the IWW that I'm pretty proud of.







I have SVG versions of these if people want to play with them. I'm happy for these to be spread widely; please download them, share them, modify them, whatever. Information wants to be free!

"kids don't go outside anymore" challenge

name 3 things kids can do outside that are free and available to everyone without grownups hassling then or thinking they're doing crimes

Have you read about [[exit to community]]?

blog.archive.org/2021/05/27/di

It is a new model for startup "graduation" that focuses on integration with the community.

capitalism & murder, genocide, rant 

I mean look at the sheer number of people murdered so capitalism can exist, entire peoples and civilizations wiped out because they fought back or were simply incompatible with capitalist order, look at how it's ongoing right the hell now, and TELL me capitalism is natural. TELL me it's non-violent. Go on. I dare you.

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NEW Inkscape Feature!

Straiten lines with a single click, and delete them with a double click. Take a look in this quick feature video:

youtube.com/watch?v=JeQWSuVHFG

Hey Minneapolis the anodyne language in this flyer hides a very real and immediate threat of extreme violence— throwing a community of two dozen people out of the stable home they have built on utterly vacant city-owned land into instability and true homelessness, enforced by the infamous police brutality of the MPD.

Please stand with us against this.

Updates coming soon to solidaritynet.work/nn

Signal Boost: (904) 844 0976

And: nearnorthdefense@protonmail.com

Every story about the #ChauvinTrial today & tmrw should include that the city of Minneapolis is using it as cover to threaten the destruction of the long-term unhoused community in Near North.

Minneapolis elites are united with Chauvin in their desire to exterminate our poor & bipoc neighbors.

"closures". Even the infamous enclosure acts that forced people off their land and into capitalism also had some intention of using the land; this land is not going to be used anytime soon. Instead, this seems to be about desperately forcing anyone who dares survive without eternal supplication to the whims of the rich out of sight if not to actual death in a ditch somewhere, but i'll save philosophizing for after we force the city of Minneapolis to back off again.

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Thursday. This Thursday, that's the date of destruction, put on these flyers without even the pretense of giving a rationalization for such cruelty.

^^ @riotmuffin @unicornriot @lawremipsum @WedgeLIVE @HongPong

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Hey Minneapolis the anodyne language in this flyer hides a very real and immediate threat of extreme violence— throwing a community of two dozen people out of the stable home they have built on utterly vacant city-owned land into instability and true homelessness, enforced by the infamous police brutality of the MPD.

Please stand with us against this.

Updates coming soon to solidaritynet.work/nn

Signal Boost: (904) 844 0976

And: nearnorthdefense@protonmail.com

"Consider this thought experiment: if Portugal has higher levels of human welfare than the United States with $38000 less GDP per capita, then we can conclude that $38000 of America’s per capita income is effectively ‘wasted’. That adds up to $13 trillion per year for the US economy as a whole. That’s $13 trillion worth of extraction and production and consumption each year, and $13 trillion worth of ecological pressure, that adds nothing, in and of itself, to the fundamentals of human welfare."

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one could argue that maybe the company should be arrested for harvesting data on that scale and not securing it at all

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My only solace is that the evil bastards who are fully aware this is happening and yet continue to expand their cancerous industries are human. They have names, addresses, fears, hopes, families, all things we can use to CONVINCE them of the error of their ways. Likewise, global capitalism HAS the resources to address this crisis in the remaining window, it IS still, barely, a matter of poltical will.

We are the last generation that will have this choice.

Ironically, this decentralized web effort uses Meetup dot com. Still of interest i think:

getdweb.net/

Anyone know how to get these other policing numbers?

Another example is the schools, which used to pay the police for "school resource officers"; was that counted? How about the police-like "public safety support specialists" the school board is replacing them with?

And if anyone can dig up the budget numbers, anyone in contact with CostOfPolice.org to try to get the topline cost of police in Minneapolis updated?

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defundpolice.org/ was recently released, and it features costofpolice.org/

It is fairly certain that the budget going to policing in Minneapolis is severely undercounted there.

For a start, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, an independent board which receives a whopping $135M, has it's own police force (that happens to be uniquely awful and abolishable) but even drilling into the source you cannot see its police spending: minneapolismn.opengov.com/tran

This, folks, is the unstoppable power for FOSS: someone's created inkstitch.org/ by building on the superb FOSS app, Inkscape. FOSS lets *you* be the developer. If you want to be. As this person clearly did. And now everyone doing embroidery has a cool new tool to help them.

archive.org/details/frenchsuga

The French Sugar Business in the Eighteenth Century by Robert Louis Stein

Topics
#blackchattelslavery, #france, #frenchcolonialism, #frenchimperialism, #economics, #history, #Caribbean, #sugar, #sugarplantations, #Guadeloupe, #Haiti, #saintdomingue, #Martinique, #Tobago, #SaintLucia, #StLucia, #Guiana, #frenchGuyana, #Guyane, #sugarcane, #Antilles

Plantations in the French Antilles (principally in Haiti) became major sugar producers in the 18th century, and France became a main distributor to other European countries. Stein provides a clear and coherent (if sometimes repetitious) explanation of the three-pronged trade; ships from France carried slaves from Africa to the Antilles, and then returned to Europe with sugar. The slaves, most of whom died of disease and overwork, were victims of the French sugar trade.

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