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Welcome to the Ex-Worker: an audio strike against a monotone world! This twice-monthly podcast explores a wide range of anarchist ideas and action. In each episode, we take an in-depth look at a different topic, introducing various manifestations of the struggle for liberation, and round it off with news, reviews, profiles of current anarchist projects, upcoming events, and more. If you're curious about anarchist visions of freedom—or if you dream of a world off the clock—tune in!

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Welcome to the Ex-Worker: an audio strike against a monotone world! This twice-monthly podcast explores a wide range of anarchist ideas and action. In each episode, we take an in-depth look at a different topic, introducing various manifestations of the struggle for liberation, and round it off with news, reviews, profiles of current anarchist projects, upcoming events, and more. If you're curious about anarchist visions of freedom—or if you dream of a world off the clock—tune in!

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The Ex-Worker

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Rank #1: #71: Radio Evasión—Dispatches from Chile Part 2

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Two weeks of revolt in Chile and there are no signs of it slowing down! In this Radio Evasión dispatch, we bring you up to speed on all the developments in the past week: the president’s attempts to quell the protests with reforms, the lifting of Martial Law, and the cancellation of the upcoming APEC trade summit. We have two communiqués translated into English from Chile, and eight interviews! This episode we tried to focus on not just the combative protests at Plaza Italia downtown, but also represent a little bit of how the neighborhoods on the periphery of the city are getting organized with cacerolazos, cultural events, barricades, and people’s assemblies.For feedback, ideas for interview questions, or to contribute material, send us an e-mail at podcast@crimethinc.com.

{November 1st, 2019}

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Nov 01 2019

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Rank #2: #66: Defend Rojava! Part 1, The Turkish Invasion

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An urgent crisis is unfolding in northern Syria, with implications for global geopolitics and revolutionary possibilities for years to come. In response to US troop withdrawal and a green light from President Trump, the Turkish military has invaded Rojava, an autonomous Kurdish region within the borders of Syria, killing hundreds and displacing over 100,000 so far. Activists around the world have condemned the invasion as a boon to ISIS, a prelude to ethnic cleansing of the Kurdish population, and an effort to destroy an important experiment in self-organization by an increasingly fascist regime. The Kurdish-led Syrian Defense Forces have just struck a deal with the regime of Bashar al-Assad to bring Russian-backed Syrian government troops into Rojava in hopes of halting the Turkish advance. The experiments in autonomy and democratic confederalism enacted in the cantons of Rojava have been inspiring to many anarchists; but the combination of the dire threat of annihilation by the Turkish military and the painful compromises necessary for survival have put this radical legacy in question. How did this happen? And what can we do? This is the first episode in a series The Ex-Worker will release this week exploring the current crisis. We bring you up to date on the circumstances surrounding the invasion with first-hand reports, analysis, responses to criticisms of solidarity efforts, and more. We conclude with a call to action and info on how to plug in to the global wave of resistance against the invasion. Stay tuned later this week for more historical background, interviews, and more!

{October 14th, 2019}

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Oct 14 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #3: The Hotwire #28: Anti-government revolt in Nicaragua—more treesits in WV—Bakunin beats Satanism

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This Hotwire we bring you an interview with an anarchist in Managua about the past few weeks of anti-government revolt in Nicaragua. We also report on the arrests of anti-fascists in Georgia, a school bus drivers’ strike also in Georgia, a hunger strike in San Diego’s jails, and community resistance to ICE raids in North Carolina. Next week we’ll bring you our regular episode a day late, but look out for a May Day special we’re releasing to tide you over—and don’t forget to e-mail us your May Day action reports at podcast@crimethinc.com! {April 25, 2018}

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Apr 25 2018

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Rank #4: #47: Introducing the Anarchist Critique of Democracy

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Is Democracy what we’re fighting for, as anarchists? In episode 47 of the Ex-Worker Podcast, a contentious debate between Clara and Alanis on this topic sets the stage for an upcoming, in-depth engagement with the topic of Democracy. In addition, we clean out our backlog of listener feedback, clarifying our trash-talking of both the Bay Area and Adbusters in past episodes, as well as hearing from a listener in Australia about various online resources for finding out what’s happening with anarchist and anti-fascists in the land down under. NYC Anarchist Black Cross provides us with thorough political prisoner updates, and we share a review of the book Huye Hombre Huye, available from Little Black Cart. As always, the episode is bookended with global news updates, plus prisoner birthdays, a whole slew of upcoming anarchist bookfairs and other events and more. {March 16, 2016}

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  • New York Anarchist Black Cross (NYC ABC) is doing a fantastic job of keeping us updated on political prisoners and prisoners of war. If you’re looking for a comprehensive overview of political prisoners in the US, you can check out their new Illustrated Guide to Political Prisoners. It’s got detailed info on all their cases including up to date mailing addresses plus tips on writing to prisoners; it’s a great overview if you want to support radical prisoners but aren’t sure where to start.
  • Dr. Mutulu Shakur, a longtime black liberation prisoner who helped Assata Shakur escape to freedom, was supposed to be released from prison in February… but his release was denied at the last minute. He’ll be facing the parole board later this spring. Here’s a link to a statement he wrote explaining the situation with more info on how to show support. Supporters have also launched a new website at MutuluIsWelcomeHere.com to gather stories describing his the positive impacts he has made and to organize solidarity events leading up to his parole hearing.
  • Former Black Panther Maliki Shakur Latine will also be heading to the parole board in April, and he’s collecting parole letters; check out justiceformaliki.org for details.
  • Supporters of Brandon Baxter (one of the Cleveland Four, anarchists active in the Occupy movement who were entrapped in an FBI plot) are doing a small fundraising campaign right now to help with costs to get him some visitors in his new digs at FCI Terre Haute in Indiana. Brandon hasn’t received any visitors since his sentencing, and he’s never had a in person visit since his arrest. He’s about 11 hours away from his supporters who plan to visit and they need to raise some money for a car rental. They’re only a couple of hundred bucks short, so even if you can throw in a few dollars it’ll make a difference. Any donations not used for this trip will go into the general fund to support the Cleveland Four getting visitors. To learn more about their case, check out cleveland4solidarity.org or listen to Episode 17 on Conspiracy.
  • Eric King, an anarchist from Kansas City accused of an alleged attack on a politician’s office, has accepted a non-cooperating plea deal for a ten year prison sentence; after time served, he’s got eight and a half years left to go. On top of this, the facility where he’s locked up CCA is now on lock-down, and Eric has been put in solitary confinement. Please take a few minutes to send Eric a postcard or letter to remind him that folks are thinking of him. Eric King 27090045 CCA Leavenworth 100 Highway Terrace Leavenworth, KS 66048
  • Former earth liberation prisoner Daniel McGowan will be in court on March 15th in Washington, DC to support the Center for Constitutional Rights’ case against the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ “Communication Management Units.” The CMUs are experimental prison units that impose severe restrictions on prisoners’ communications, both within the prison and with the outside world. If you’re in the DC area and you want to show some solidarity against a particularly vicious form of repression - one that has primarily targeted Muslims and political radicals - you can find the info on our website.
  • On March 23, Tyler Lang has his sentencing hearing for his charges under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act for releasing thousands of animals from a fur farm. If you can be in Chicago, please attend the hearing to show support for Tyler. It is important that on this difficult day for Tyler that he feel surrounded by love and solidarity, and that the judge see that Tyler is part of a community that is there for him. His co-defendant Kevin Olliff was sentenced to three years, which with time serve means he’s only got about three months left to go!
  • J ay Chase of the NATO 3 has one more pretrial hearing in Chicago on March 23rd - actually at the same time as Tyler Lang’s sentencing hearing, though in a different courtroom, before he goes to trial on April 11th. Supporters ask anyone to come out who’s able and to continue sending Jay support through letters or mailing softcover books. Stay posted on updates at freethenato3.wordpress.com.
  • Solecast, the excellent anarchist podcast we mentioned at the end of the listener feedback, can be found on it’s website here and on iTunes. We highly recommend that you check it out!
  • As we mentioned, anarchist in Belgium are facing repression and prison time for alleged property destruction related to a long struggle against the construction of a Maxi-Prison in Haren. A little more information about the struggle and information about how to send money or otherwise show solidarity can be found here.
  • Our listener Cut Snake wrote in response to our request to send us a list of blogs and websites that publish news of interest to anarchists and antifascists from Australia. This should keep us all busy for a while: DISACCORDS ANARCHIST AFFINITY MELBOURNE ANTIFASCISTS REZZA ANTIFA SLACKBASTARD MELBOURNE ANARCHIST CLUB FTP ZINE MELBOURNE ANARCHIST COMMUNIST GROUP BLACK ROSE JURA BOOKS MUTINY ZINE
  • Huye Hombre Huye, the book we reviewed on today’s chopping block, is available from little black cart on their website.
  • The material from our theme segment today was inspired by the new 10-part Crimethinc. Feature critiquing democracy. It’s not posted yet, but when it is it’ll be up at crimethinc.com. And don’t forget to stay tuned to the podcast for our upcoming audio version, plus more information about how to plug into reading groups.
  • The theme segment also mentioned and quoted from another piece called ‘Breaking with Consensus Reality,’ from the zine Terror Incognita, released in the U.S. around the time of the Occupy movement.
  • From March 18th to 20th in Athens, Ohio, Appalachia Resist! will host an action camp in to connect environmental justice and social justice efforts in the Appalachian region. Here’s how they describe themselves: Appalachia Resist! is a small group of rural activists who use direct action as a tactic to resist the fracking industry in our region. We work and live in a rural working class community that is predominant white. We see that struggles for environmental justice and the ongoing fight for racial justice are linked. We want to articulate that link and find concrete ways to work together to push back against a system that brutalizes and sees as disposable the bodies of low income rural people, people of color, gender nonconforming people, women, native, and undocumented people. Mentioning all these people together should not be a way of erasing difference (this is not “all lives matter”) but a way of seeking actual solidarity based on mutual liberation. This is a monumental task, and we are definitely not experts. But we think it’s important and necessary. They’re encouraging regional activists working on racial justice, anti-rape culture, prison solidarity and prison abolition, environmental justice and anti-extraction, and other struggles to take part.
  • In Seoul, South Korea, the Anarchist Film Festival of Hannam-dong will open March 24th through 26th at “Take Out Drawing”, an art space standing in defiance of gentrification in downtown Seoul.
  • On April 23rd at Stone Mountain, outside Atlanta, Georgia, there’s a big white supremacist rally planned, and anti-fascists around the region are gearing up to shut it down. Check out the website alloutatl.com for more info on the mobilization; it articulates some shared principles that address some of the nuances of diverse anti-racist mobilizations in a particularly thoughtful way.
  • The anarchist book fair season kicks off in earnest in April, with book fairs in Zagreb, Croatia on the 8th through 10th; Dublin, Ireland on the 15th and 16th; Sheffield, UK on the 23rd, Oakland, California on the 26th, and Bristol, UK on the 30th, followed by Bern, Switzerland on May 6th and 7th.
  • Prisoner birthdays this Month: Luke O’Donovan #1001372271 Washington State Prison P.O. Box 206 Davisboro, GA 31018 (March 2nd) Reverend Joy Powell #07G0632 Bedford Hills Correctional Facility P.O. Box 1000 Bedford Hills, NY 10507–2499 (March 5) Ruchell Cinque Magee #A92051 Calif. State Prison, D–5 #1, P.O. Box 4670 Los Angeles County, Lancaster, CA 93539 (March 17) Jaan Laaman #10372–016 USP Tucson P.O. Box 24550 Tucson, AZ 85734 (March 21) Kevin Olliff KEVIN JOHNSON 47353–424 MCC Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center 71 West Van Buren Street Chicago, IL 60605 (March 27) Delbert Orr Africa #AM4985 SCI Dallas 1000 Follies Road Dallas, PA 18612 (April 2) Charles Sims Africa #AM4975 SCI Dallas 1000 Follies Rd. Dallas, PA 18612 (April 2)

Mar 16 2016

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Rank #5: #62: Support, Healing, and Redefining Resistance—2017 in Review, Part II

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As we reconnect to plan a new year of resistance this January 20th, what lessons can we take from the inspiring but traumatic year that was 2017? In Episode 61 of the Ex-Worker, we interview three anarchists who reflect on their role on the front lines of struggles against the state and fascism over the past year. Hex, who survived a shooting attack by a fascist at a Seattle anti-fascist demonstration last January 20th, offers perspective on questions of justice, violence, patriarchy, and compassion, the critical importance of healing, and redefining resistance. An anarchist of color from Charlottesville discusses how the events there have impacted anti-fascist resistance and updates us on court cases, grand jury proceedings, and opportunities to show solidarity. And Miel, who was recently acquitted on all charges in the first trial of J20 defendants from the DC counter-inaugural protests, traces the significance of the J20 case, state strategies of repression, and lessons we can take with us as we move forward into a new year of struggle. The episode wraps up with updates from several other anarchist media projects about their plans for the new year, prisoner birthdays, and more. {January 20, 2018}

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Rank #6: The Hotwire #31: Repression in Indonesia—Hamilton rent strike—J20 on May 14—events all summer

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Our last episode of the season! This episode is chocked full of May Day repression updates—from FBI visits in Washington state to the dozens of anarchists rounded up in Indonesia. The New School in New York City is occupied once again, and we have an audio report! The next J20 trial begins in less than a week. Teachers, tenants, and fast food workers are getting organized and striking back against their bosses and landlords. We close the episode with a long list of summertime anarchist fun that you can get into before we’re back in the fall with more Hotwires. Make sure to check out our listeners survey and e-mail it to us! {May 9, 2018}

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:00}
    • Headlines: {1:22}
    • Repression Roundup {15:40}
    • Next Week’s News {24:20}
  • Download 29:30 minutes long version
  • LISTENER SURVEY (please e-mail to podcast@crimethinc.com)
    • 1) How often do you listen to the Hotwire? - More than once a week - Weekly - Once a month - Once a month or more, but I binge multiple episodes at once
  • 2) How often, if ever, do you use… - The shownotes? - The phone numbers for call-in campaigns? - Next Week’s News announcements? - References to past episodes and other podcasts
  • 3) What are the Hotwire’s greatest strengths? Biggest weaknesses?
  • 4) Our shows have progressively increased from 30 minutes to up to 45 minutes. Is keeping the show to strictly 30 minutes important? How long is too long for an episode?
  • 5) What topics are most useful/interesting when we cover them? What kind of coverage is lacking?
  • Dozens of anarchists have been rounded up in Indonesia, and legal defense funds are needed. Go here to find out how to help.
  • J20 support:
    • Countering State Repression With Daniel McGowan Thursday, May 10 at 7 PM St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church 1525 Newton St NW, Washington DC, 20010 Free
    • Rally to Drop J20 with Chelsea Manning and former defendants Friday, May 11 at 12:30 PM Franklin Square, Washington DC
    • Call-in campaign May 10–11. Please be aware that your calls are likely recorded and we do not advise answering any questions about your identity. Please use your best discretion if referencing anything that occured on January 20th so as to not negatively impact the ongoing case.
      • Jennifer Kerkhoff – Lead Prosectuor on the case, Deputy Chief of the Felony Major Crimes Trial Section (202) 252–7380
      • Lisa Greene – The Deputy Chief of the Superior Court Division, Kerkhoff’s direct supervisor (202) 252–7485
      • Richard Tischner – The Chief of the Superior Court Division, Kerkhoff’s direct supervisor (202) 252–7274
      • US Attorney for DC Jessie Liu – The person in charge of the US Attorney’s office, a Trump appointee (202) 252–7566
      • Rizwan Qureshi - Assistant J20 prosecutor (general line - use directory/operator) (202) 252–7679
      • John Gidez – The Chief of the Felony Major Crimes Trial Section, Kerkhoff’s colleague (202) 252–6752
      • John Borchert - Assistant J20 prosecutor (esp. Dreamhost and Facebook warrants) (202) 252–7679
    • Here’s a sample script to get you started! “Hello. My name is ____. (first name is fine) I am calling about the inauguration day protesters still facing trumped up criminal charges. Your office needs to drop these remaining charges. There is no good reason your office should be pursuing these charges when six people have already been found NOT GUILTY on all counts in the first trial. Again, your office should drop the remaining charges. Over the last year these prosecutions have pushed all limits: Intimidation to coerce plea deals by making inflated charges. Shielding law enforcement from public accountability by issuing gag orders. Disrupting people’s lives by making overblown charges and using those to justify intrusive, extensive investigations meant to build those cases. overall strategy to intimidate activists, disrupt social movements and silence dissent by weaponizing the use of trumped up charges is not going unnoticed. Your office has the power to end the repression and intimidation. Drop the charges now.”
  • Sub.Media’s Spring 2018 Media Mash-up Tour:
    • May 11, Portland State University Workshop 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Public screening 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Smith Memorial Union 026 Hosted by Radical Education PSU
    • May 12, The University of Oregon 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Hosted by Radical Organizing and Activism Resource Center & the Civil Liberties Defense Center
    • May 13, Seattle University
    • May 14, Olympia, Washington Chop Chop Video Making workshop Multimedia Lab 1404 in the Library Building Monday, May 14th 2018 * Workshop from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Ten participant limit! Email info@naaame.org. Public Screening at Traditions Fair Trade 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 300 5th Ave SW, Olympia, WA Hosted by The Black Cottonwood Collective
  • Mutual Aid Disaster Relief tour
    • May 11 at 6 PM at Bad River Dept of Social & Family Services 72772 Elm Street, Odanah, WI 54861
    • May 12 at 10 AM at Bad River Dept of Social & Family Services 72772 Elm Street, Odanah, WI 54861
    • May 14 at 4 PM at YWCA Wausau 613 5th St, Wausau, WI 54403
    • May 16 at 7 PM at The Train Station 302 S Story St., Appleton, WI 54914
    • May 17 at 7 PM at The Train Station 302 S Story St., Appleton, WI 54914
    • May 18 at 7 PM at Breakaway Social Center 2424 S. Western Ave (rear) Chicago, IL 60608
    • May 19 at 9 PM at Breakaway Social Center 2424 S. Western Ave (rear) Chicago, IL 60608
    • May 20 at 10 AM at Art In 1444 E. Washington Ave Madison, WI 53703
  • May/June: a month of anarchy in Quebec
  • June 11, the international day of solidarity with long-term anarchist prisoners, is coming up soon. Start planning a letter writing night, a solidarity action, or some other way to let our comrades on the inside know that they are in our hearts and minds.
  • Check out The second annual Institute for Advanced Troublemaking July 21–29 in Worcester, Massachusetts.
  • Use this straightforward guide to writing prisoners from New York City Anarchist Black Cross to write to a birthday letter to Xinachtli, formerly Alvaro Luna Hernandez:

    Xinachtli #255735 James V Allred Unit 2101 FM 369 North Iowa Park, Texas 76367 *Address envelope to Alvaro Luna Hernandez. (Birthday: May 12, 2018)

  • Anarchist prisoner Sean Swain has called for a campaign to get his communication turned back on. Please call:
    • Kevin O’Donnell Stanek, Asst. Chief Counsel to Governor Kasich: (614) 466- 3555;
    • State Representative Doug Green (614) 644–6034;
    • State Representative Hearcel F. Craig (614) 466–8010;
    • State Representative Greta Johnson (614) 466–6037.

    Sample script: “I’m calling to bring to your attention an illegal effort by prison officials to terrorize an Ohio prisoner. The prisoner, Sean Swain, is a model prisoner, a published writer and a radio personality on a globally-syndicated radio show. Because Sean exposed how prison employees who were directed by ODRC Counsel Trevor Clark intercepted and stole Sean’s mail from courts to hide their crimes, prison officials have shut down all of Sean’s communication to the outside world…to his family, his friends, and even to the courts. Prison officials are blocking Sean’s phone, email, and even regular mail. Their goal is not just to silence him, but to cut him off from everyone who loves him and drive him to suicide.

    “I want you to know that I’m signing an online petition that has 50,000 signatures already, demanding that the director of prisons resign, and I’m urging your office to make arrangements to speak with Sean. You can contact him by phone at the prison by calling his Case Manager K. Baessler at: (513) 932–3388, ext. 84405 or ext. 84410. Please know that if anything happens to Sean while he’s being illegally silenced, I know a lot of registered voters, including me, who will hold your office responsible. The eyes of the world are watching.“

CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS:

  • For last Hotwire’s May Day roundup we reported that a Wells Fargo in Seattle had been smashed up and graffitied, but it in fact was in Olympia, Washington. Also, the US Bank that was smashed in Olympia was on May 2, not May 1.

May 09 2018

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Rank #7: No Wall They Can Build, Episode 1: Introduction

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The Ex-Worker Podcast Collective is kicking off the serialized release of our first full audiobook, No Wall They Can Build: A Guide to Borders and Migration Across North America. We’ve divided this riveting first person account of life and death in the borderlands into eleven chapters, and over the next three months, we’ll be releasing them in weekly installments each Wednesday. Today, you’ll hear Episode 1: Introduction, which describes how the book was written by a solidarity worker along the US/Mexico border over years of trials and tribulations, and lays out a basic framework for understanding the global apartheid enforced by the border regime. You’ll hear a heartbreaking story about the brutality of migrant detention, and an inspiring one about surviving the journey north against all odds. This episode sets the stage for the in-depth analysis and longer stories of the chapters to come. {April 3, 2019}

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introducing the Border {0:01}
    • Title and Front Matter {1:18}
    • Dedication {2:02}
    • Preface {2:11}
    • Epigraph, from Mojado by Ricardo Arjona {3:37}
    • Story #1 {4:35}
    • Introduction {11:17}
    • Story #2 {18:43}
    • Epigraph, from Edward Abbey {20:44}
    • Conclusion {21:08}
  • Note: For this audiobook, we will not provide full transcripts of the text of each episode as we do for The Ex-Worker or The Hotwire. If you want to read along, you can find the book in PDF.
  • Also, you can check out our poster diagramming the North American border regime and immigrant solidarity stickers.
  • As we mentioned in our episode announcing the audiobook launch, the claim made in this episode that no volunteer with No More Deaths has ever been convicted of a crime for their humanitarian work in the desert, while true at the time the book was published, is no longer accurate. For the latest updates on the legal charges facing solidarity workers along the border, keep an eye on the No More Deaths legal defense campaign.
  • If you’re feeling inspired to take action, follow the latest from the #BlockTheWall network. You can also check out this interview by the Final Straw with Comunidad Colectiva, a North Carolina-based group doing rapid response anti-ICE organizing.
  • Stay tuned next week for Episode 2: Defining Terms, The Aftermath, and The Travelers.

Apr 03 2019

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Rank #8: The Ex-Worker #59: Surviving a Grand Jury

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In this episode, we share the first-person stories of three comrades on the frontlines of grand jury resistance. As the state escalates repression through a new grand jury investigation in North Carolina against longtime anarchist Katie Yow, this episode offers perspectives from those who have successfully fought a grand jury summons. Tune in to demystify the process of how and why to resist testifying at a grand jury. For more information on her case and to support Katie, check out https://ncresiststhegrandjury.com/ and to learn more about resources available for those resisting and their supporters, check out https://saynothing.noblogs.org/grand-jury-resources/.

For more information on how to stay strong during state repression, see our article How to Survive a Felony Trial.

To hear more about North Carolina Grand Jury Resistance and other cases of ongoing state repression, listen to this episode of The Hotwire. {November 13th, 2017}

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction: Grand Jury Resisters Past and Present {00:00}
    • What is a Grand Jury {01:17}
    • A Knock on the Door {4:51}
    • Breathing Fire {19:35}
    • Facing the State {24:19}
    • Life on the Run {35:11}
    • Trees and Mirrors—Surviving Solitary {38:31}
    • Release {45:53}
    • Back from the Underground {50:47}
    • Conclusion: We Can Survive This {54:45}
    • Support NC Grand Jury Resister Katie Yow {56:16}
    • Statement from Katie Yow {57:17}
  • On November 21, at 8 pm Eastern Time, we will broadcast our third live video presentation, in which an experienced legal support worker will explain what grand juries are, how they work, and how to resist them—then answer any questions you have. View the video here on this page or via facebook.com/CrimethIncDotCom. Tune in to learn about the grand jury process, its legacy of repression, and how you can support resistance to grand juries.
  • List of resources:

Nov 13 2017

59mins

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Rank #9: The Hotwire #6: St. Louis stays rebel, mutual aid relief continues, ‘free speech’ has no meaning

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This week we have a ton of headlines about rebellion and cooperation, resistance and mutual aid, from all over the world. Protests in St. Louis continue into their second week after the not guilty verdict for a white cop who viciously murdered Anthony Lamar Smith, a young black father. We weigh in on the chatter about whether the NFL #TakeAKnee protests are about white supremacy or the first amendment. Meanwhile, the so-called “free speech week” hosted by far-right students in Berkeley has utterly failed. The mutual aid relief efforts we’ve covered in Texas and Florida still need support, as well as in Mexico and Puerto Rico after the earthquakes and hurricanes there. {September 27, 2017}

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:00}
    • Headlines {2:28}
    • Repression Roundup {22:15}
    • Anarchist Podcast Jingles {25:18}
    • Prisoner Birthdays {26:59}
    • Next Week’s News {28:35}
  • Upcoming anarchist book fairs:

  • Grassroots relief efforts:

  • Get your pre-orders in now for the 2018 Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar. This year’s theme is “Awakening Resistance,” and features art and writings by Jesus Barraza, Fight Toxic Prisons, Serena Tang, Andrea Ritchie, Roger Peet, Sophia Dawson, Rasmea Support Committee, EE Vera, Herman Bell, Fernando Marti, Alexandra Valiente, Billie Belo, Arlene Gallone Support Committee, Marius Mason, David Gilbert, UB Topia, April Rosenblum, Design Action Collective, Sundiata Acoli, CrimethInc, Annie Banks, Mutope Duguma, Xinachtli, Zola and more. You can sponsor copies for prisoners for only $8, postage included! Just be sure to specify their full legal name and prisoner number. Single copies of the calendar will be available for purchase in a few weeks. Any questions can be sent to info@certaindays.org.

  • For current information on how to support folks still facing charges from No Dakota Access Pipeline actions at Standing Rock, visit FreshetCollective.org to find out how to help and for their comprehensive update on NoDAPL cases. It’s also worth reading this great piece by Natasha Lennard on the courtroom battles that Water Protectors are now facing.

  • Cop cars on fire in France. Cop cars getting crushed in Illinois.

  • Go here. to donate to the bail and legal fund for those arrested in St. Louis after the no-guilty verdict for killer cop Jason Stockley.

  • For an in-depth anarchist critique of “free speech,” check out the essay This Is Not A Dialogue.

  • The Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement’s call to deface Columbus Day on October 9 has a dope video here.

  • We mention the upcoming new episode of Submedia’s excellent show Trouble. This month’s episode is on counter-insurgency. Submedia does great work, so throw them some taco money while they are fundraising this month. From Submedia:

    “The straw that finally broke the camel’s back was when alt-right shitlords targeted us last month with a mass snitching campaign, and successfully got Paypal to cancel our account – wiping out, in the push of a button, a monthly sustainer base that had taken us ten years to build up. The time has come to #BringBackStim and unleash him full-force on these fucks. We want to give him a new show – a weekly digital pulpit where he can expose and ruthlessly antagonize far-right personalities, while also covering topical news segments from an anarchist lens. But in order to do that, we need to grow our collective so that we can handle the increased workload. And in order to do that, we need your support.”

  • If you’re near Vancouver, BC, there’s a building materials supply drive going on until October to support the Secwepemc people’s tiny homes blockade of the proposed Kinder Morgan TransMountain tar sands pipeline.

  • The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons is going international with a UK roadshow this fall, from September 28 to October 6.

  • There’s a call to disrupt the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Philadelphia from October 21st to the 24th. Read the call to action here..

  • Donate to the Counter Repression Spokes Ride to support the nearly 200 people facing 8 or more felonies each after being mass-arrested at protests of the presidential inauguration. Keep up with the latest at defendj20resistance.org. Consider coming down to DC to pack the courtroom during the first trial at the end of November 2017. You can also find action items at DropJ20.org. And don’t forget to write a letter to political prisoner Dane Powell, the first of the J20 defendants to serve time. He recently wrote a letter to all of us. This video shows Dane’s courage on the streets that day.

    Write Dane a letter: Dane Powell BOP Register number 82015007 Federal Correctional Institution – Low PO Box 1031 Colman, Florida 33521

  • Ex-Worker podcast episodes mentioned in this Hotwire:
    • #37 is all about the Hambacher forest occupation.
    • #41 has an in-depth interview with an anarchist from the anti-Fenix anti-repression crew in the Czech Republic.
    • #17 has an in-depth interview with an anarchist supporter of King J from the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation.
    • Hotwires #3 and #4 have interviews with anarchists doing autonomous relief work in Texas and Florida, respectively.
    • The Final Straw’s interview with Yellow Hammer Alternative, an Alabama-based far-left group doing mutual aid support along the Gulf Coast.
    • The Final Straw’s interview on the Catalonian independence referendum on October 1.
  • For a good introduction to writing prisoners, check out this guide from New York City Anarchist Black Cross.

  • Political prisoner birthdays:

    Brian McCarvill #11037967 Snake River CI 777 Stanton Blvd Ontario, OR 97914–8335 {September 27th}

    Jorge P. Cornell #28152–057 FCI Petersburg Medium P.O. Box 1000 Petersburg, VA 23804 {September 29}

    Joshua Stafford* #57976–060 USP McCreary Post Office Box 3000 Pine Knot, Kentucky 42635 *Please address card/letter to Skelly, envelope to Joshua Stafford {October 3rd}

  • Here is this month’s Political Prisoner Birthday Calendar.

Sep 27 2017

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Rank #10: #60: 2017 in Review, Part I: Anti-Fascism in the Bay Area and Beyond

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In the first of two episodes looking back over 2017, we present an audio version of the recently published CrimethInc. feature “How Anti-Fascists Won the Battles of Berkeley: 2017 in the Bay and Beyond: A Play-by-play Analysis.” The article charts the rise and fall of the alt-right through the lens of the conflicts that erupted in the San Francisco Bay Area, and how anarchists and anti-fascists successfully built coalitions to stop them. We also review the last year’s worth of articles, books, posters, and podcasts from the CrimethInc. Ex-Worker’s Collective. {January 8, 2018}

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Jan 10 2018

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Rank #11: The Hotwire #9: Puerto Rico—breaking with the state, J20 trials approach, ducks of the east

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In this Hotwire we share the anti-fascist call from Florida to oppose Richard Spencer in Gainesville on October 19. We discuss the upcoming J20 trials in which nearly 200 protesters are charged with conspiracy for protesting the inauguration, as well as the outcome of the burning cop car case that just concluded in Paris. Considering the bullshit repression and liberal lawsuits in the wake of #Charlottesville, we make the case about why anti-fascism must mean anti-statism. We also borrow part of a great interview with Puerto Rican anarchist Frank Lopez on mutual relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Stay tuned until the end because we have some important calls to support political prisoners, calls to support forest defenders in Oregon, political prisoner birthdays, announcements for upcoming anarchist book fairs, and the repression roundup. {October 18, 2017}

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Oct 18 2017

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Rank #12: #20: Communism and Socialism, pt.1

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It turns out we have a lot to say about our relationship to communism, so we're breaking this theme segment up into a two-parter.  We'll start off our gargantuan exploration by covering some basic  definitions of communism and socialism, and dive headlong into some heated historical splits between Marx and Bakunin.  We'll hear statements from Jeremy Hammond, Marshall "Eddie" Conway, and anarchists holding it down in Ukraine, as well as an interview with Anarcho-communist Wayne Price. 

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Rank #13: The Hotwire #26: La ZAD resists eviction—direct action against pipelines & police academy—#Douma

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As we go to press, hundreds of squatters and eco-rebels are battling against cops at La ZAD in France. We interview someone there, as well as a participant in The Syrian Revolution about the no-state-solution to the Syrian government’s ongoing attacks on rebel areas. The treesits in West Virginia against the Mountain Valley Pipeline are expanding. Anarchist prisoner Sean Swain needs support. {April 11, 2018}

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Apr 11 2018

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Rank #14: The Hotwire #13: J20 trials begin, worldwide anti-fascism, squatting for the win in Chicago

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Today is the beginning of the J20 inauguration protester trials in DC. There are some important developments in the case, so we interview Sam from DC Legal Posse about what’s going on and how to support the defendants. We also interview a Polish anti-fascist from Warsaw about this weekend’s 60,000 person far-right march that was littered with Nazi slogans. The folks at the IRL squat in Chicago called us to talk about resisting their eviction and squatting as a window to a world outside of capitalism. Stay tuned until the end for exciting calls for upcoming action camps and decentralized days of action. {November 15th, 2017}

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Nov 15 2017

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Rank #15: The Hotwire #11: Fascists fail in Tennessee, Catalan independence interview, No Justice No Pride

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This week we bring you two interviews: one with a southern anarchist who went to Tennessee to oppose the failed “white lives matter” rally on Saturday, and another with an anarchist in Catalonia about developments and reflections on the independence process there. Our headlines and repression roundup take us around the world, from anti-capitalist queer and trans action in DC to general revolt in Haiti to sweeping anti-anarchist repression in Brazil and even back in time to the Russian Revolution! Listen until the end for announcements of upcoming anarchist book fairs and calls to action. {November 1st, 2017}

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Nov 01 2017

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Rank #16: #48: From Democracy to Freedom Audio Zine

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Welcome back to the Ex-worker! We’re eschewing our typical
format once again to bring you our second audio zine, a production
of Crimethinc.’s new text From Democracy to
Freedom
. This release coincides with the announcement of
an online platform for participating in decentralized
reading groups
and online discussions on this text as well as
the others in
the series
exploring questions around democracy, and how we
relate to it as anarchists. {April 26th, 2016}

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Rank #17: #63: Anarchists in the Trump Era, Year One: 2017 in Review, Part III

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In Episode 63 of the Ex-Worker, we conclude our series of reflections on 2017 with an audio version of the recently published essay “Anarchists in the Trump Era: Scorecard, Year One.” It analyzes five key turning points in 2017, assessing how anarchists took part and what lessons we can learn for the battles ahead. While recognizing all we’ve accomplished under incredible stress, it argues for the importance of broadening our efforts to challenge authority and dismantle hierarchy in every area of our lives and our societies in 2018. Afterwards, Clara and Alanis debate themes from the essay and our year in review episodes, around relating to non-anarchists on the left, organizational formats, resiliency and care, and more. {Feb 7, 2017}

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:01}
    • Anarchists in the Trump Era: Scorecard, Year One {2:02}
    • Dawn of a New Apocalypse {3:43}
    • J20: A Call to Revolt {6:20}
    • The Airport Blockades: A Message to the Center {13:02}
    • Shutting Down Milo in Berkeley: A Risky Escalation {16:16}
    • Charlottesville: Moment of Truth {19:58}
    • The First J20 Trial: Pushing Back the Reaction {26:25}
    • What We Lost Along the Way {31:25}
    • The Challenges Ahead {33:22}
    • The Centrists {33:53}
    • The Authoritarian Left {38:52}
    • In Conclusion: Expanding the Anarchist Palette {43:09}
    • Reflections {45:58}
    • Prisoner Birthdays and Conclusion {58:45}
  • This episode is based on the recently published CrimethInc. essay “Anarchists in the Trump Era: Scorecard, Year One.”
  • The analysis we share in this episode is by no means comprehensive; for a detailed timeline of anarchist activity throughout 2017, check out the this report by It’s Going Down.
  • Prisoner birthdays this month:
    • Veronza Bowers, Jr. 35316–136 FMC Butner Post Office Box 1600 Butner, North Carolina 27509 {February 4th}
    • Kamau Sadiki (Freddie Hilton) #0001150688 Augusta State Medical Prison, Building 13A–2 E7 3001 Gordon Highway Grovetown, Georgia 30813 Address envelope to Freddie Hilton, address card to Kamau {February 19th}
    • Oso Blanco (Byron Chubbuck) #07909–051 USP Victorville Post Office Box 3900 Adelanto, California 92301 Address envelope to Byron Chubbuck, address card to Oso Blanco {February 26th}

Feb 07 2018

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Rank #18: The Hotwire #24: Sacramento against killer cops—#DefendAfrin actions—Anti-G7 mobilizing in Quebec

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As we go to press, protests in Sacramento and beyond are ongoing over the police murder of Stephon Clark. We interview an anarchist sex worker about the new FOSTA-SESTA bill and its impact on sex workers’ safety and organizing. We also feature an interview with a comrade from Quebec about the anti-capitalist mobilization against the G7 summit in Quebec in June. Don’t miss our roundup of #DefendAfrin actions that took place on March 24, or our reflections on the political moment we’re in after the March For Our Lives. {March 28, 2018}

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:00}
    • Headlines {1:35}
    • FOSTA-SESTA interview {5:23}
    • Sacramento against killer cops {11:07}
    • March For Our Lives {12:35}
    • #DefendAfrin actions roundup {16:50}
    • Repression Roundup {24:25}
    • Next Week’s News {29:45}  
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  • CrimethInc. texts mentioned in this Hotwire:
  • Other anarchist shows mentioned in this Hotwire:
  • Start gearing up for a summer of anarchy in Quebec!
  • Fundraising:
    • Crimean anarchist political prisoner Evgeny Karakashev is in need of support. You can donate by PayPaling money to abc-msk@riseup.net, and please mention “for Evgeny Karakashev.”
    • In the wake of FOSTA-SESTA, there are groups like Saint James Infirmary, Red Light Legal, and a new group called New Whore-izons which are all focusing in different ways on redistributing both and wealth and resources by sex workers and for sex workers.
    • The Southeast Trans and/or Women Action Camp has had their donation page shut down twice, so if you have some bucks to spare you can donate at PayPal.me/setwac2018.
    • Indigenous water protector Mason Neck is also in need of help. You can donate to his commissary here (TO MASON NECK, HUGHES COUNTY), and you can send him letters and books here: MASON NECK HUGHES COUNTY PRISON 3100 E. HWY 34 PIERRE, SOUTH DAKOTA 57501
  • Author Mark Bray speaking about his book Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook
  • Mutual Aid Disaster Relief tour
    • March 30 @ 6 PM at The Park Church 208 W Gray St Elmira, NY 14901: Protectors v. Profiteers: Communities in Resistance to Disaster Capitalism
    • March 31 @ 10 AM at The Park Church 208 W Gray St Elmira, NY 14901: Giving Our Best, Ready For The Worst: Community Organizing as Disaster Preparedness
    • April 2 @ 6:30 PM at Pittsburgh Public Library, Pittsburgh, PA: Protectors v. Profiteers: Communities in Resistance to Disaster Capitalism
    • April 3 @ 7 PM at Glitter Box Theater 460 Melwood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213: Giving Our Best, Ready For The Worst: Community Organizing as Disaster Preparedness
    • April 4 @ 7 PM at Glitter Box Theater 460 Melwood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213: Giving Our Best, Ready For The Worst: Community Organizing as Disaster Preparedness  
  • Use this straightforward guide to writing prisoners from New York City Anarchist Black Cross to write birthday greetings to political prisoners Chuck Sims Africa and Delbert Africa.
    • Charles Sims Africa #AM–4975  SCI Dallas  1000 Follies Road  Dallas, Pennsylvania 18612 {Birthday: April 2}  
    • Delbert Orr Africa #AM–4985  SCI Dallas  1000 Follies Road  Dallas, Pennsylvania 18612 {Birthday: April 2}
  • J20 support resources:
  • Corrections & Clarifications:  
    • We were just going to press last week when reports about actions for the week of solidarity with Russian anarchist prisoners were coming in. We want to update our list to mention that solidarity rallies and marches were also held in Stockholm; Helsinki; Kharkiv; Prague; Turku, Finland; Brno; Barcelona; Bern; Leipzig; and Canberra, Australia.
    • Last episode we incorrectly reported that Herman Bell was released. Rather, he was granted release on parole after over four decades in prison—hurrah! But now New York City’s mayor, the governor, and the police unions are trying to reverse that decision. Here’s what you can do to support Herman:
      • 1) CALL New York State Governor Cuomo’s Office NOW: 518–474–8390
      • 2) EMAIL New York State Governor Cuomo’s Office      
      • 3) TWEET at Governor Cuomo: use the following sample tweet: “@NYGovCuomo: stand by the Parole Board’s lawful & just decision to release Herman Bell. At 70 years old and after more than 40 years of incarceration, his release is overdue. #BringHermanHome.”
      • Use this script for phone calls and emails:  “Governor Cuomo, my name is ____ and I am a resident of [New York State/other state/other country]. I support the Parole Board’s decision to release Herman Bell and urge you and the Board to stand by the decision. I also support the recent appointment of new Parole Board Commissioners, and the direction of the new parole regulations, which base release decisions more on who a person is today than on the nature of their crime committed years ago. Returning Herman to his friends and family will help heal the many harms caused by crime and decades of incarceration. The Board’s decision was just, merciful and lawful, and it will benefit our communities and New York State as a whole.” 

Mar 28 2018

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Rank #19: #67: Defend Rojava! Part 2, Understanding the Kurdish Resistance

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As the crisis in Rojava deepens and political turmoil spreads across the world, it’s critical for us to understand how we got here. Who exactly are the Kurds, and why have so many thousands of them been willing to risk their lives fighting against ISIS and to defend their autonomy? What can we learn from their struggle? In this episode, we examine the historical background to today’s conflict by looking at the decades of militant Kurdish resistance that led up to the formation of the autonomous cantons of Rojava. You’ll hear an audio version of CrimethInc.’s detailed 2015 essay “Understanding the Kurdish Resistance: A Historical Overview and Eyewitness Report,” which tracks the emergence of the Kurdish Worker’s Party (PKK) and its conflicts with Turkish nationalism, waves of insurgency and repression, the evolution of Kurdish radical thought, the Revolutionary Patriotic Youth Movement, the Gezi Park uprising in Istanbul, the siege of Kobane, and lots more. To bring you up to date on developments since then, we also share an interview with one of the authors of the essay, in which we explore the impact of the failed 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, repression of social movements, Erdoğan’s goals with the invasion, and prospects for resistance and solidarity. Stay tuned later this week for more interviews with people who’ve participated in the social revolution in Rojava.

{October 16th, 2019}

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Rank #20: The Hotwire #17: ZAD interview—anarcho-syndicalism isn’t for losers—anti-pope actions in Chile

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The first episode of our new season! This week we run down the list of antifascist confrontations from San Diego to Olympia, Washington. We also share a call for opposing Richard Spencer in Lansing, Michigan on March 5. Fast food workers in Portland, sex workers in New Orleans, and Uber drivers in Indonesia are all getting organized. Camille, Camille, and Camille from the ZAD explain their complicated victory over the planned airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, and Flint Arthur from Stand With Afrin phones in with an update on the Turkish assault on Rojava. Stay tuned until the Repression Roundup to hear about a new wave of repression against humanitarian aid workers on the US-Mexico border. {February 7, 2018}

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Feb 07 2018

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