Lightrail Station Attacked in Seattle

On Friday July 18th, we attacked the Rainier Beach Station of the Seattle
Link Lightrail, by smashing the screens of the automated ticket machines and
gluing the card slots. The lightrail is one of the newest permutation of the
cities displacement strategies and the site of a recent police killing.

Mobile Slaughter Unit Sabotaged in Castle Rock, WA

Earlier this month, a quart of bleach was poured into the fuel tank of a
mobile slaughter unit operated by Bolar Custom Meat Cutting (381
Delameter Rd, Castle Rock, WA). This was done with the goal of causing
damage to the unit's fuel system and providing temporary respite from
the bloodshed.

Mobile Slaughter Truck Sabotaged in Battle Ground, WA

Last week, a mobile slaughter truck operated by Wards Custom Meat Cutting
(25906 NE 147th Ave, Battle Ground, WA) was sabotaged by having a chemical
abrasive introduced to its fuel system.

There is nothing humane about turning a living-breathing animal into a
lifeless commodity in order to satisfy frivolous human desires. The so called
'humane meat movement' is not about respecting the 'welfare' of non-human
animals, but about masking and normalizing a
culture of violence and exploitation directed towards sentient non-humans.
This is an act of solidarity with the pigs and cows that are slated to be
killed by this company and with all the victims of animal agriculture.

Until the last slaughterhouse truck is idled and the last butchers blade is
snapped. A.L.F. Freedom Summer 2014 has officially commenced.

Smash Pacifism: A Critical Analysis of Gandhi and King

Non-violence as an ideology adopted by social movements is a relatively new phenomenon. While people have used both violent and non-violent methods throughout history in struggles against oppression, depending on circumstances, it was not until the late 19th century that non-violence came to be promoted as a philosophy applicable to political action. By the early 20th century, groups began to emerge claiming nonviolence was the only way to establish a utopian society. Most of these groups and their intellectuals derived their philosophies from organized religions such as Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Within these religions were sects that advocated pacifism as a way of life. Often overlooked in critiques of pacifism, this religious origin is an important factor in understanding pacifism and its methods (i.e., missionary-style organizing, claims of moral superiority, appeals to faith and not reason, etc.).

Ironically, considering that the most demonized group by pacifists today are militant anarchists, the leading proponents of pacifism in the 19th century also proclaimed themselves as anarchists: Henry David Thoreau and Leo Tolstoy (as would Gandhi). In 1849, Thoreau published his book Civil Disobedience, which outlined his anti-government beliefs and non-violent philosophy. This, in turn, influenced Tolstoy, who in 1894 published The Kingdom of God is Within You, a primer on his own Christian pacifist beliefs.

The idea of non-violence did not gain a large following, however, and indeed the 19th and early 20th centuries were ones of widespread violence and social conflict throughout Europe and N. America, as well as in Asia, Africa, and South America. The first significant movement to emerge proclaiming pacifism as the only way was led by Mahatma Gandhi. It is based on this that the entire pacifist mythology of nonviolent struggle is formed, with Gandhi as its figurehead. Yet, Gandhian pacifism would still be seen as a strictly ‘Third World’ peasant phenomenon if it were not for Martin Luther King’s promotion of it during the Black civil rights struggle in the US during the 1950s and ’60s. Today, there are many well intentioned people who think they know the history of Gandhi and King. They assume that nonviolence won the struggle for Indian independence, and that Blacks in the US are equal citizens because of the nonviolent protests of the 1950s.

Reportback: Vigil and Rally at SODO Lightrail Station, in Response to Cop's Murder

On Sunday July 6th, there was a midday rally and vigil that, for the most
part, was stationed at the SODO light rail location where Oscar Perez-Giron's
life was taken that previous Monday (as other previous PSA postings have
reported).

Around 75 people gathered; many family and friends of the slain and otherwise
accused came together, along with other angry and concerned people. Most of
the time was spent sharing with each other sentiments regarding the cops,
with a generalized sense that the police are enemies, especially of poor
people and people of color, as well as stories of the day and of Oscar's life
and character. Additionally throughout the rally, there were flyers wheat
pasted and anti-cop, anti-gentrification slogans tagged on the trains and
station walls.

Seattle, Wa: Banner Drop for Those Killed By Cops

On Monday July 7th, we hung up a banner over the I-90 bridge. We did this
small act of defiance and counter-information to highlight the recent wave of
murders by police in Washington State.

The banner read:

3 Murder-3 Days
FUCK PIGS

This act goes out as a remembrance to those whose lives were taken at the
hands of the police state last week, as well as all those whose lives and
freedom are compromised each day.

May we fight for the living and honor the dead!

RIP Oscar Perez-Giron, and the other fallen last week!

-some anarchists

Oscar Perez-Giron, Rest in Power

On June 30th, 2014, a 23 year old man that had been riding on the Seattle
Light Rail, Oscar Perez-Giron, was fatally shot by a King County Sheriff's
Deputy at the SoDo Station. Authorities stated that he had neglected to pay
the $2.50 fare. According to a Fox 13 source, an eyewitness account states
that at the time of the shooting, the man was pinned by two much larger Sound
Transit Security Guards up against a glass wall. The deputy, the witness
states, reached around one of the guards with his gun drawn and shot the

Reportback: Demo Jumps Lightrail in Response to Police Murder

On the afternoon of Monday, June 30th a man, Oscar Perez-Giron, was fatally
shot by Sound Transit Police at the SODO Link Light Rail station for
allegedly dodging fare and pulling gun. However, the only eye-witness has a
different story which does not include a gun.

Conflict & Self Critique: May Day and Beyond

We would like to take a moment to respond to the article “Seattle May Day
2014: An Anti-Capitalist Tradition”, which appeared in the last issue of
Storming Heaven. We would like to offer this response as an attempt to open
up space for critical dialogue about anarchist activity in Seattle. The
article that appeared in SH describes a collective experience of May Day and
in doing so seems (intentionally or not) to speak for the experiences of the
entire march. In doing so, the article creates the illusion that May Day was

SPU Shooting Fanning the Flame to Disarm More of Us

In light of the recent shooting at Seattle Pacific University, and the
predictable media reporting focused on the shooter’s mental health, as well
as renewed calls for gun control, there is a need for careful analysis of the
discussion. In the extremely liberal state of Washington, the death and
injuries of the SPU victims are already being used in a campaign to further
disarm and monitor the general population. One way this is immediately
occurring is with Initiative 594 and SB-5478.

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