Ex-Worker #27: Anti-Police Riots in Ferguson


#27: Anti-Police Riots in Ferguson – Since the murder of Mike Brown by police on August 9th, Ferguson, Missouri has been the site of intense riots, looting, and clashes with police. In this episode, we share first-hand accounts from participants and reflections on the rebellion, as well as an analysis which unpacks the designation of “outside agitators.” Two texts discussing other recent anti-police uprisings appear on the Chopping Block: “Unfinished Acts” a discussion of the Oscar Grant riots in Oakland, and “Unforgiving and Inconsolable”, a collection of texts about the response to the death of Chuy Huerta in Durham, North Carolina. Supporters of Luke O’Donovan update us on his trial and how to show solidarity. Clara and Alanis share a slew of listener feedback, exploring the origins of the term feminism, correcting some mistakes about the IWW, and getting into a testy debate over the politics of sports. News, prisoner birthdays, Contradictionary terms, and upcoming events round out another packed episode.

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2 thoughts on “Ex-Worker #27: Anti-Police Riots in Ferguson

  1. Debord on the Watts riots https://pdf.yt/d/IMbdznxQBISGXN-Q

    Sport in Capitalist Society: A Short History https://pdf.yt/d/KUBVEqfInyI-N4Rr

    “The idea that sport has been hijacked by team owners or commodified by corporate interests fails to understand that modern sport is itself a creation of capitalism. There was no prelapsarian era in which football, baseball or any other modern sport was played by people purely for enjoyment. … Sport has never ‘belonged’ to participants or supporters any more than the movie industry belonged to actors or cinema-goers. Indeed, modern recreational, participatory sport is a facsimile of commercial, elite sport, played under the same rules and regulations, many of which have been introduced for profit-driven reasons.”

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