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Name:David Buccola
Location:Grand Terrace, California, United States

I'm a practicing Buddhist and a proponent of anarcho-syndicalism. I am a proud member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. And I love to read, write, and have fun.

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Welcome Message

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Welcome Message

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Welcome to Anarchist Dharma! The posting shall begin shortly. I hope you enjoy the audio post. Let me know if I sound like a dork! LOL.

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No Reform

Monday, May 01, 2006

No Reform

One of the best things about local demos is getting to network other local activists. Above is the band No Reform, who I had the pleasure of meeting at today's boycott demo in Moreno Valley, California.

No Reform is a local punk band. The name stems from their shared belief that reform will never be more than a bandaid in our society. Real change will only come when we destroy the institutions that perpetuate so much of the injustice in our society.

No Reform is hosting a Vegan Potluck on May 13th at 28715 Mark Rd. in Moreno Valley, California. It will begin at 3:00 pm. It's free! For free you will get a Vegan Potluck, live music, speakers and more.

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Lack of Civil Society

Monday, May 01, 2006

Lack of Civil Society

Every Friday we hold a weekly vigil against the war in Riverside, near where I live. You can visit our website at RAPJA.org. This past Friday I was really struck by what a sad and fragmented society we live in. Millions and millions of people in this country are against this war in Iraq. None of us wants war with Iran. And yet our elected representatives–regardless of party–just ignore us. The media ignores us. We live in an age where freedom of speech is set aside into zones. Citizens protesting our president are kept as far away from him as possible. To prevent mass mobilizations against him at any one place, his itinerary is usually not made public until the last moment. The leaders within the Peace Movement do not appear on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart or any other programs on the mainstream media. We essentially don't exist.

Our public squares have been replaced with privately owned malls and Starbucks where political action can be eliminated, leaving many activists far away from fellow citizens on some public property. Keeping us out of private property town squares like malls has two effects. On the one hand it makes sure that the capitalist system will continue to operate smoothly. We couldn't dare handle a bunch of miscreants telling patrons about the brutal slave labor that is used to produce the products you sell. On the other hand it delegitimizes the peace movement. Successful people and businesses operate within the mall. There must be something wrong with you if they won't even let you in the mall.

So we are kept out on the public sidewalks where we hold signs for the cars that drive by at incredible speeds. If you support the peace movement you honk your horn, throw the peace sign from your car, or yell some positive encouragement from your speeding car. When stopped in front of us at the red light you repeatedly honk your horn to let us know you're with us, even though you're not.

If you're against us, you flip us off. Yell "Bush rules." Or you might even take to throwing something at us as was done tonight. And that's the political discussion we have since we can't discuss these things at work and we can't discuss them in the private institutions we frequent for entertainment and shopping. Honk or give me the finger; I'll muster a similarly imaginative reply. We should solve the problems of peak oil and global terrorism in no time.

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Boycott!

Monday, May 01, 2006

Boycott!

If you're like Neil and feeling a little guilty about not joining the anti-war protests this weekend, there's still time to join in this democratic movement that is going. Today is the day without an immigrant. Join us as we stand in solidarity with the working poor of this country and demand amnesty for the millions of workers here.

If you miss a peace rally this weekend, go to the one next weekend. Don't give up. If we want to affect change in this country we can't wait once a year to demonstrate. We can't just hold demos on Saturdays. Eventually we will need to make sacrifice. We will need to not work for longer periods of time. We will have to stop the system that perpetuates this violence around the world.

Join us tomorrow. Join us next week. Join us in the days to come. Peace is on the march. Human Rights are on the march. Do any of us want to tell our grand kids how we just didn't have the time to join in the march for freedom and human rights? This is history. Be a part of it. Be on the side of peace; live in a world that truly believes in the spirit of human cooperation. Another world is possible, let's make it happen. I don't need to spoon feed you. You've got Google. Find your local peace and justice group. Don't have one? Form one, even if it's just you and some friends meeting to protest the war.

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9/11 & National Geographic

Monday, May 01, 2006

9/11 & National Geographic

Tonight I noticed National Geographic Channel has a propaganda piece on 9/11. I haven't checked out all the stuff on their site just yet, but the show was just complete garbage. I'll share two examples of what I'm talking about. There are numerous other examples if you watch the program.

The first one has to do with Flight 77 which allegedly hit the Pentagon that fateful day. They show the video footage of the explosion that ripped through the Pentagon and claim it is video of the plane. Problem is that there is clearly no plane in the film. So they do what any good propagandist would do: they create a computer rendering of the plane hitting the Pentagon.

Did you catch that? After showing you the video that doesn't show any plane hitting anything, they create a computer rendering of what you should have seen so that you can believe their official story. Interestingly they only show the troubling video footage once. But they show the computer rendering of what they would like you to believe happened a few times.

The second problem in the film deals with Firefighter Chief Palmer. Palmer had reached the "raging infernos" on the 78th floor and had devised a plan to put them out! In his communication he describes:

"two isolated pockets of fire", and requests two lines (hoses) to knock it down.

What's so weird about the NGC piece is they play the audio of Chief Palmer on the 78th floor and yet don't discuss it at all. On the one hand we're supposed to believe that the impact zone was a raging inferno cooking the steel beams at about 2,000 degrees. On the other hand, we had two firefighters up there who saw "isolated pockets" of fire and felt that two lines could knock it down.

I know I said two, but let me include one more morsel of truth. An FBI agent explains to the NGC crew that building collapse was never even thought about. This is something that gets talked about. Nearly 400 firefighters died that day and it wasn't because they were dumb. They knew that steel framed buildings don't collapse due to fire. It had never happened before in history. They felt safe in that building. What they didn't know was that the building had been set with explosives in the weeks prior to the attack to create a professional demolition.

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From The Front Lines

Monday, May 01, 2006

From the Front Lines

I've just returned from the pro-immigration demo in Moreno Valley, California. We had anywhere from 500 to 1,000 people at Moreno Valley Community Park where we heard from a wide range of speakers. Afterwards we took to the streets and marched about a mile down the street to City Hall.
The mood was jubliant and positive.

Other local events were scheduled in Riverside, San Bernardino, and of course, Los Angeles. By all accounts we've had a huge turnout for immigrant rights.

Did you join in a protest in your community? Did you blog about it? Drop me a link and let me know how it went.

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Intimidation

Monday, May 01, 2006

Intimidation

The only media present at the rally in Moreno Valley appeared to be a few reporters from The Press Enterprise, a local paper. You can see one of these reporters in the picture to the left. He's in the center with the pinkish shirt.

I noticed he was standing toward the back of the crowd where he couldn't possibly hear the speakers. I walked up to him and asked him if he was covering the way school officials were trying to intimidate famlies from participating in the events. He said he was but that he was looking for someone to talk to.

I said, 'Well you're in luck. You see that guy in the green shirt? He dealt firsthand with the calls from officials. Why don't you go talk to him?"

Thankfully the reporter walked over to Marquez and questioned him about what was going on.

According to numerous people at the event school officials called parents on Friday warning them that students could be suspended from school and charged a fine if they didn't show up on Monday. To make it worse they were told that by missing the standardized test given today it could hurt their child's GPA.

A similar warning was also given to faculty. Faculty of nearby school boards were forced to sign a contract consenting to the fact that if they didn't show up to work on Monday they would be fired.

This is how officials in this country view democracy. Scare students. Scare workers. Scare parents. Intimidate people so they don't particpate in grassroots movements to better their lives. Thankfully more and more people are saying enough is enough.

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Haymarket: The Struggle Continues

Monday, May 01, 2006

Haymarket: The Struggle Continues

It was 120 years ago that anarchists and labor organizers were joining together to fight for the eight-hour work day. That movement was largely built by immigrants.

On May 1st, 1886, a series of massive strikes were called and hundreds of thousands of workers poured out of the factories demanding shorter working hours.

If we want to learn anything from those who came before us, we'd do well to remember their sacrifice. Workers were locked out of their jobs. Eight anarchists–the Haymarket 8–were sentenced to death largely for things they said, not for what they did. In short it was a violent and dangerous time to stand up to the capitalist system.

On May 4, 1886 a town meeting was called in Chicago's Haymarket Square by anarchists and labor activists. As the peaceful assembly came to a close, 180 police officers stormed the meeting, demanding it disburse. Suddenly an unknown assailant threw a bomb into the crowd killing a police officer and injuring several others. The police responded instantly by shooting and clubbing wildly into the crowd, killing 7 other fellow police officers, injuring 60 more and killing and injuring an unknown number of civillians at the meeting. This event, and the episode that followed in its wake, known as the Haymarket affair, the Haymarket massacre or the Haymarket tragedy, is the single historic event for which Lucy Parsons is best remembered.

While today's boycott is a great step in the right direction, eventually we will have to make sacrifices. We will have to make things uncomfortable for those in power. Thankfully we face far less brutality and oppression than our ancestors did. Si se puede!

 

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Overthrow!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Overthrow!

"The invasion of Iraq in 2003 was not an isolated episode. It was the culmination of a 110-year period during which Americans overthrew fourteen governments that displeased them for various ideological, political, and economic reasons."

So writes author Stephen Kinzer in his new book "Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq."

Stephen Kinzer was Monday's guest on Amy Goodman's Democracy Now. Kinzer begins with the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarch in 1893 and continues right into the present with the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. What would the Middle East look like today had we not brutally crushed Iran's democracy in 1953? Would we even have an immigration problem today if we had not brutally intervened throughout Latin America?

If you want to understand world events you have to understand them within their historical context. Kinzer provides that context in this new book. Go to the Democracy Now website and listen, watch, or read his interview with Amy Goodman.

Also, if you appreciate historical context, don't forget to support Democracy Now with Amy Goodman. Monday's show is a good example of what Amy Goodman does so well. On the one hand we have a guest who is able to put U.S. intervention around the world in a historical context. The problems in Iran become more intelligible. We more clearly see the hand of U.S. intervention and better understand its motives. George Bush isn't an anomaly. He is simply carrying on a long-held tradition of imperialism.
Another of Goodman's guests, a professor from Boston, was able to put today's May 1 Boycott into its proper context, a continuation in many ways of the labor struggles that began in this country 120 years ago, largely through immigrant populations.

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