I'm definitely glad this guy is walking around again.
Dukes was studying the prison system at the time of the shooting, reading books like Slavery by Another Name and watching the documentary 13th, and he believes in the abolition of prisons.
“She’s going to go into a system that will eat her alive and that’s awful,” he says of Elizabeth Hokoana. “It’s hard to wish that on anyone.”
“Right now, we’re continually escalating violence,” Dukes said of the divide between the right and the left. “Maybe if we can have a larger conversation, maybe we can turn this thing around. We have to start seeing each other as people, and talk about how other people are people.”
“I refuse not to recognize these people as people, because I refuse to be like them.”
Here's an interview with a French fighter with the YPG in Syria. He contradicts himself twice (Amnesty is wrong about villages being razed by YPG... they are only razed for strategic reasons; we don't need imperialist help to defeat IS... NATO air strikes are key to our offensive), but that helps it sound less like a pure propaganda piece.
I've read interviews with a few other fighters, and this guy is definitely the most political (and optimistic). He's fighting in a communist unit, but I wonder how many of the Kurdish fighters overall hold communism to be such an important aspect of the struggle for Rojava.
An interview with Dave Strano on anarchist gun clubs and reaching the American white working class.
"If rednecks turned their guns on politicians and not migrants, if Crips turned their guns on CEOs and not Bloods, if poor folks turned their guns that they currently point at each other against our common class enemy, we may not have to live in a world of capitalist, statist, and racist exploitation and oppression."
From slavery-era and post-Reconstruction miscegenation laws to the religion-fueled popular movements to ban same-sex marriage to the recent Obergefell decision which reflects a successful conservative redirection of the queer liberation movement into simply "marriage equality" and a movement to preserve marriage as a privilege and means to regulate public welfare, the entire pathetic history of marriage in America is one long case study in the failure of democracy.
For anyone interested, I can lend my endorsement to this document as both a decent overview of anarchist perspectives on marriage equality as well as a good list of further resources on the issue.