Newsletter #160: How Protest Gear Information Spreads

Hello Recompilers,

Some of the editors of Recompiler (not me, I’m just a newsletter-writer) have started a blog to track the Portland protests and it’s one of the best resources I’ve seen to keep up with what’s going on, with timelines of each night and a roundup of news.


Bias can’t be written out of algorithms through a simple software update, Janus Rose argues in this article. Even if facial recognition becomes more accurate at recognizing non-white faces, that doesn’t take away the fundamental racism of the larger social system that the AI has been deployed within.

Short explainer slideshows on Instagram have become vital in spreading information about protest safety, such as this 10-slide explainer on helmets put up by Black Powder Press or this guide to respirators and filters by Frontline Medics.

This week we saw wildcat strikes from the WNBA, the NBA, and MLB (women’s basketball, men’s basketball, and men’s baseball respectively, for those who don’t follow sports) in protest of the ongoing murder of Black people at the hands of the police. This might be the most important labor action ever taken by major league sports players in US history, and it’s vital to understanding how all of us, as workers, have the power not only to fight for better conditions for ourselves, but to fight for a better society.


The Final Straw: We Need To Spread This Freely: JN On Hong Kong Under National Security Law
An anarchist activist who works with the anticolonial Leftist Hong Konger platform Lausan talks about the ongoing struggle there.

Talk of the Week:

This talk is part of our “Favorite Talks” YouTube Playlist. Check it out and subscribe! 

Stop the Bleed Tourniquet Training

In light of the current wave of gun violence against protestors, here’s a short video explaining the basics of stopping bleeding, so that you as a bystander can save someone’s life before help arrives.

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This newsletter compiled by Margaret Killjoy (@magpiekilljoy). Margaret is an author, activist, and musician based in Appalachia. Her most recent book series is the Danielle Cain novella series, which starts with The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion.

Image by Oscar Chan (public domain)