Repression and Resistance: Week in Protest, January 1-7

Photo credit: Portland protest by Fedor Zarkhin

“Repression and Resistance” is a column from Tribune of the People that highlights rebellions and repression happening in protests across the US each week. If you want us to cover a protest happening in your city, please send us a pitch.

National

This week’s headlines were dominated by the riot of Trump’s reactionary loyalists at the US Capitol and in response there were several counter-protests in places like Portland, Detroit, and Houston. Governor Ron DeSantis also took the opportunity to file his long-awaited legislation seeking to increase penalties for riot-related charges, designed to punish those protesting for Black Lives.

Atlanta, GA

Following an uneventful ‘Stop the Steal’ protest in Atlanta carried out in conjunction with the reactionary riot in DC, a progressive crowd assembled to protest the decision by a Kenosha, Wisconsin judge this week to not press charges against officer Rusten Sheskey, who shot Jacob Blake seven times in August last year. After leaving the pro-Trump protest alone, police cracked down on the Kenosha solidarity protest, arresting 23 people.

Omaha, NE

The City of Omaha settled with protesters represented by the ACLU this week, agreeing to drop 25 misdemeanor charges related to the obstruction of a highway during a July 25 protest following the May Uprisings. The victory of the charges being dropped is accompanied by only minor tweaks to policing policy, exposing the limitations of NGO’s like the ACLU, which has also defended the 2017 ‘Unite the Right’ rally organizer Jason Kessler.

Portland, OR

A report has revealed new details about the state’s pursuit of servant of the people and defender of Black lives Michael Forest Reinoehl following the killing of Patriot Prayer member Aaron “Jay” Danielson. It shows to what extent social media was used to identify Reinoehl after the shooting, serving as another reminder of how these online platforms are used by the state for political persecution, or in Reinoehl’s case assassination.

Michael Forest Reinoehl