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Who's burning Berkeley?


Casey Goonan was awarded a PhD in African American Studies

A self-declared "scholar activist" who campaigned for prison abolition may get firsthand experience with the prison system. Casey Goonan, 34, has been arrested for a series of arsons on the University of California at Berkeley campus, reports the San Francisco Standard.


After earning an ethnic studies degree at UC Riverside, Goonan completed a PhD in African-American Studies at Northwestern two years ago. Apparently, a white man with a doctorate in a "black" field has trouble finding work. He is unemployed and lives with his parents.


Online posts say the fires were set to retaliate against University of California police attacking pro-Palestine encampments at UC Santa Cruz and UCLA, reports the Standard.


On Sunday, an Indybay.org post claimed the pro-Palestine group Marilyn’s Daughters had looted a university supply building of “thousands of dollars,” firebombed a police car, carried out “experimental burning of dry grass hills on the interior of campus,” torched a building on the campus perimeter, and set fire to a construction site.

 

Palestinian Action US took credit for a fire outside Koshland Hall, saying on social media that "UCLA students were attacked last night so we retaliated with a firebomb on UCB campus.” The group threatened the entire university system with “our wrath of revenge” if it did not divest from Israel, closing with "Blessed is the flame." It's not clear if Goonan will be charged for that fire.


A thread of X posts Monday night by the Escalate Network encouraged support for anyone accused of arson, calling the firebombings "bold and heroic actions to save millions of lives” and "selfless and urgent action to stop the war.”


Palestine is not Goonan's only issue. In online articles, Goonan has described the United States as a “god-awful fascist hell hole” where social injustices are “concealed under the blinders of white supremacist American reason.”


He was arrested last year for felony vandalism and injuring two police officers at a protest of a feminist conference accused of rejecting transgender ideology.

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Jim Daniels
Jim Daniels
19 черв.

What a pathetic loser, as are all of these LARPing wannabe radicals.

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charlesheffernan85
3 days ago
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Do you feel the same about Weather Underground's symbolic bombings against the US's genocidal slaughter of Vietnamese folks?


Or do you feel the US's current indirect genocidal slaughter of Palestinians via Likud akin to the US's indirect genocidal slaughter of Vietnamese folks via France does not meet the threshold warranting this kind of direct action?


Let's talk seriously...

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Heresolong
Heresolong
19 черв.

"University of California police attacking pro-Palestine encampments"


I feel like there would be far more dead protestors if the police had actually "attacked"

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PikeBishop65
PikeBishop65
19 черв.

I think this is the guy I read about a week ago. A white scholar, who can't get a job because of his skin color, and the first thing he did was to blame it on "far right attacks on academia" rather than the system he supported his entire life. Pretty hilarious.

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PikeBishop65
PikeBishop65
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Really? Thanks for the correction.

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