Statement from Eric Clanton: “Keep Building Long Term Strategies”

  • Posted on: 25 August 2017
  • By: thecollective

from it'sgoingdown.org

My name is Eric. I’m currently facing years of prison time as the result of accusations made in the most shockingly hateful parts of the internet. On April 19th I began being targeted by a dedicated swarm of internet trolls known for spewing racism, xenophobia, and misogyny onto the web. Suddenly a hit piece by Milo Yiannopoulos caused the targeting to go viral. Several old social media photos were posted, online accounts hacked, addresses published, hundred of calls to my employers, and countless threats of physical violence made against me, my coworkers, friends and many others. This harassment campaign is where the accusations against me originated.

Dealing with an unintelligible internet force smearing and threatening me online was not easy, and created stress to say the least, but I had every expectation that very few people would take them seriously, especially considering the character and credibility of their sources. However, five weeks later the Berkeley police smashed into two houses, held guns to peoples’ heads, handcuffed, verbally abused, and stole the belongings of over a dozen people including books and zines.

All of this after my attorney Dan Siegel had reached out to Berkeley police on my behalf, and all on the basis of an ‘investigation’ that largely involved detectives reading far right forum posts and studying unverified youtube videos. When I was interviewed at the police station detective Hong had the nerve to say to me, “the internet did the work for us.” My case threatens to set a new standard in which right wing extremists can select targets for repression and have police enthusiastically and forcefully pursue them.

This is just one example of the police doing everything in their power to facilitate and to legitimize the violence and the rhetoric of the so-called alt-right. They are also criminalizing protesters who stood up to neo-Nazis last summer, hundreds of J20 and standing rock defendants. All of this from a system that has perfected criminalization through centuries of racist policing. All of this moves in a strategy to further chill dissent, and to clamp down on resistance to the dangerous and aggressive growth of the exact kind of white supremacist violence that we saw this last weekend.

RIP Comrade.

Heather Heyer gave her life trying to stop the growth of this hate. She died defending decency, and may she rest peacefully knowing that struggle will continue and multiply. There’s little comfort in words at times like these especially for people directly affected, but love and solidarity to her family and to everyone who is still physically and psychologically recovering from this brutality. We’ve got your back.

To all my supporters:

I want to thank everyone who came to court for me last Thursday or tried to. I know it was much quicker and less climactic than we thought. Supporting me in this bizarre time is not only an act of care, but one of bravery and strength. Seeing that on display makes me feel our collective power. Thank you all for showing up and for all the diverse, creative, and intimate ways that support has materialized outside of court. Thank you especially to the close friends who have cared for me fearlessly and unfailingly.

The fear and anxiety that this creates is by design, and it ripples out by design, BUT we get to decide its effectiveness. Look out for each other, be safe, be careful, and think hard about what all that means in the changing landscape. Keep caring for one another too and don’t be afraid. Keep building unity, creative struggle, and long-term strategies for expanding, and strengthening the communities that we live in and want to defend. We’re stronger than they are! Solidarity always!

Special thanks to the bay area anti repression committee, the labor action committee to free Mumia Abu-Jamal for helping build support, the community readiness corps for helping keep me safe, and the amazing lawyers who have been donating their time to help me fight this!

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Comments

I had been warning on here for years that the real power was business as usual rolling on with the weaponization and monetization of data.

Cheetoh dust is a pantomine distraction.

New policing will go beyond political orientation, and asks for complicit efficiency. Predictable patterns of behavior in a complex world. State infrastructure is breaking down, as more and more power is given to the managerial and logistics skills of international finance. There can be no challenges to a managerial finance system, because it requires high levels of efficiency to be maintained.

You see with all of the emphasis placed on this unreal world that is the internet, even artists are retreating and tucking their art in. One must present a perception of a carefully crafted corporate logo.

The lefti and leftist satirists in the media misunderstood the trump supporter as stupid because of the racism of so many. One could not see ahead of time that the tactics of call-out culture and doxxing made for good smear story copy that could be used against those very same people. Remember, negative clicks are also good sales, and keep the machine going. At this point in time, since the internet of things leaves household items vulnerable to being easily hackable. Socialization on the internet is also a warping, toxic view. How much of that socialization comes from 'persona management software' we don't know. We do know that divide in conquer is a great story to sell to keep business running and plundering.

You've got to realize that to the system of finance the belief is risk management.

What's the more sinister option than fascist groups is that the system of risk management (and threat mitigation) asks only for your complaceny, a complacency that desires normality. No change.

And we've got to work together for that change, and not for a system that changes to stay the same. And i'm sorry marxists but not a world reduced to economic models where yet again one in group is allowed to plunder the earth to the exclusion of all other groups. The economic models are the mess. They don't allow for anything other than a singular view. We need lives worth living now, and that comes from no singular view...but a conversation. Some fucking attempts at understanding instead of a constant stream of fear induced knee jerking tailored by machines (so you sit and do no more than endless react into a machine) would be nice. And i'll live and die trying to find pockets of those relations beyond measure. Long live anarchy. Anarchy endures as an externality to all attempts to control life on this planet.

Pardon. Typed on cracked phone screen, too poor to buy the latest igadget.

Some line about things being vulnerable to hacking.

Probably meant to say that this was the supposed era of transparency. What ended up happening wasn't changed in 2011, but the unleashing of the transparency of vulnerability.

Ransomware takes advantage of personal finance. Trolling takes advantage of conversation. Healthcare takes advantage of coverage. Finance takes advantage of looting us all under the name of quantitative easing. And so on down the line. Opting out, covering asses, appealing to authority. Who's held accountable for destroying lives? Who's held accountable for selling weapons and then creating a narrative where a little propped up dictator is made into the greatest satan ever? Fear is taken advantage of to sell guns, gain clicks, market FOMO. The whole game is so corrupt, and most know it's corrupt while we remain swindled. The swindle is its own virtual reality. Perceived value to invest in and trade and make derrivatives out of such perceptions.

None of this is even slightly intelligible to anyone who doesn't already know all about it. Que pasa?

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