The Olympia Downtown Ambassadors are a group whose stated purpose is to promote a safe and welcoming atmosphere in downtown Olympia for everyone. While on the surface that might sound like a nice mission, if we dig a little deeper we find that the Downtown Ambassadors are fundamentally a class enemy and represent the police, the city, and the Olympia Downtown Association, who would like nothing more than to disappear every poor and houseless person.
What does it mean to be safe and welcoming for everyone? Platitudes about safety and comfort for all hide the reality of a social war, where safety and comfort are only possible for those with power, privilege, and money. On one side of this conflict sit the poor, the houseless, the downtrodden, the disenfranchised, the uncontrollables. On the other side are the boutiques, the co-ops, cafes, police, yuppies, the city, the gentry. These two sides’ interests are fundamentally at odds with each other. Perhaps the individual Ambassadors truly believe they can make downtown safe for yuppies and poor people, business owners and houseless folks, but this is the myth of social peace.
The Downtown Ambassadors exist as specialists in conflict mediation and de-escalation. It is in the interest of capitalism and development to neutralize conflict. It is easier to develop an area if there aren’t angry proles acting their rage on their class enemies, and to put it bluntly, homebums fighting in the street scare away yuppies. To take on a specialized role as conflict mediator, especially on the payroll of the city, is to recreate the role of the police and maintain the myth of social peace. And when the Ambassadors can’t de-escalate a conflict verbally, their job is to call the police.
What the Ambassadors do is known as soft policing. While they don’t carry weapons, they put a friendly face on the city and are able to develop rapport and gather information on those who might otherwise be distrustful of the city and the police. What’s to prevent them from sharing any information they gather about uncontrollables and enemies of capitalism with the city and police? The Ambassadors smooth the way for the police to better infiltrate and disrupt their enemies.
FUCK THE DOWNTOWN AMBASSADORS
LET'S MAKE DOWNTOWN DANGEROUS AND UNFRIENDLY TO YUPPIES, DEVELOPMENT, BUSINESS, AND CAPITALISM
After many a delay, the 4th issue of Storming Heaven has gone to print and can be found at Left Bank Books (92 Pike St.) and the Black Coffee Co-Op (501 E. Pine St.), along with other bookstores and cafes around Seattle and at The Cusp social center in downtown Olympia located between Dumpster Values and Oldschool Pizzeria on Franklin Street. Along with this issue being full of new and original content on developing situations in and around Seattle, the usual list of anti-social behavior and actions from the region can be found along with a short list of known informants and state-collaborators in the Pacific Northwest.
Excerpts from this issue:
from Memory And Solidarity:
"Memory is a weapon. Now, in this sort of contextual aftermath, is the time we specifically do not forget. This is the time to resist the social amnesia that afflicts so many. Remembrance is not passive; it is expressed through activity, be it benefit events, attacks, or any effort by the creative individual to compromise the structural integrity and to atrophy the idea of social control itself. Recognizing a continuity of struggle allows us to contextualize our conditions, act with passionate precision, and care for one another. Taking care of each other while concurrently making it clear that our struggle has not ended is at the heart of the concept of living-and-struggle, a condition that refuses crystallization in either category."
from Jail, Social Prison…Or? A Call For An Anarchist Response to the Construction of the Youth Jail at 12th & Alder:
"While it would be absurd and reactionary to condemn putting less people in prison, we refuse to listen to the deceptive lullaby that is the state’s narrative of ‘progress.’ Let’s respond to the small concessions of the state by spitting in its face, not by asking to suck its toes. The product of a decreased prison population and lower rates of recidivism is not freedom from domination, but rather domination in another form, namely increased surveillance, monitoring, and control for the same people who would have been filling jail cells. Family courts, drug treatment courts, youth-led peer courts, and punitive social services all work to rehabilitate those who can assimilate back into society to be functioning, whitewashed productive subjects. Their stated objective is to ‘increase youth investment’ in the criminal justice system. This system of controlfurther reinforces the division between the ‘criminal’ and the ‘good citizen’ by insisting that the ‘criminal’ can be ‘saved’ and can become a ‘good citizen’. However the mutability of these categories is a farce."
from What Is the Northwest Panopticon?
"The pervasiveness of social networking sites (facebook, twitter, vine for example) and cheap cell phones with gps and cameras, have quickly become the basic means of communicating, or more precisely, “connecting.” Businesses along with new technologies have seduced people into sharing the details of their own lives. They have also capitalized on people’s enjoyment of the vicarious and voyeuristic consumption of other’s profiles, pictures, and interests. This has effectively turned the panopticon on its head, now the watched become the watchers and at the same time enjoy and desire being watched."
from Missed Potential In Nickelsville Eviction?:
"Is the presence of a very real relationship built on directly shared experiences and engaging with aspects of social bodies who are also crushed by the daily weight of this boring existence under capitalism the base of a social insurrectionary project? If a group of anarchists had approached the residents of Nickelsville about militantly resisting their eviction and continuing to occupy the land they were living on without previously knowing any of the residents, could anyone expect the residents to take them seriously? But if we simply lined up to offer a hand to help with moving and feeding people, what would set us part from the non-profits and charity programs who simply exist to grease the gears of capitalism?"
from To Tread Troubled Waters:
"Immigrant communities in South Park fish and crab the Duwamish as a way to maintain some sort of economic autonomy. This creates a feedback loop between government bureaucracy and those it fails to serve because the inherent nature of capitalist infrastructure requires there to be those who are pushed so far to the margins…Understanding the history of the development of the Duwamish can give anarchists in the Pacific Northwest a better understanding of the context in which we exist on these lands, and even better a deeper understanding of our enemies and why."
from Hot-Spot Policing:
"It is easy to lump police and their practices all together. To dehumanize them into the arm of a larger more dangerous beast makes sense, and is in itself a form of strategy. But to not delve more deeply into the minituae of localized initiatives is a disservice to our struggle against them…broadly looking at the ways that their techniques are developed and then shared on a national basis has the possibility of creating a broader critique that may be applied in local strategies."
Text from a flier created about fracking in the Port of Olympia:
Fracking is the process of shooting a toxic cocktail of hundreds of chemicals into the ground to break it up and more easily extract natural gas. Fracking contaminates drinking water, forces people out of their homes, destroys the environment, and is being touted as an environmentally-friendly solution to keep this death machine called civilization alive in the era of peak oil.
Proppants, the solid material added to this chemical soup to keep fracking wells open, are shipped from China to the Port of Olympia, and then sent on trians to gas fields in North Dakota. We sit at a strategic chokepoint - action in Olympia could clog the proverbial arteries of capitalism.
But it’s a lot bigger than fracking. Let’s not delude ourselves - even without fracking shipments, the Port has got to go. Everything that goes through the port is part of a global system that subjugates life itself to profit and domination. The Port of Olympia is a primary organ of industry, and as such is an enemy. Let’s shut it down!
Solidarity. Members of the Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick have been barricading fracking equipment to prevent this same process on their own land. On October 18th, the RCMP arrested over 40 people and shot tear gas and rubber bullets at Mi’kmaq warriors at the blockade. In return, six cop cars were set on fire and a call for solidarity actions was issued.
We recognize our struggle against extraction equipment in the western US in the Mi’kmaq struggle against fracking on their land. We can act in solidarity with the people of Elsipogtog by confronting the very same processes of destruction in our own backyard.
We’ve done this before. In November of 2007, Olympia saw protests against the shipment of military equipment through the Port. At various points, railroad tracks out of the Port were quick-cemented, uncontrollable marches downtown caused significant property damage, and people constructed - and defended - barricades both at the Port and in major intersections in town. The military stopped sending their Strykers through Olympia because it was too difficult. We could do this again.
What would it take to shut down the Port of Olympia?
What would it take for anti-fracking anger to generalize into anti-capitalist revolt?
What would it take to give capitalism a heart attack?
When I signed in to the livestream that was passed around as the place to be for November the fifth, (Guy Fawkes) there were already followers and the event was hours away. Throughout the day there was always at the very least, eight watching. It never fell below eight. I was one of them.
I was waiting.
I can make an assumption about those eight. But, I would rather not. I believe it was the assumptions that plowed yesterday under the dirt. Assumptions about what is happening all around us. Assumptions that we each make everyday and never talk about. It was yesterday’s undoing. It is the nations undoing. We as a people, each in our lives, have moments of opportunity, but in the name of ‘what might happen’ we balk. We balk after making assumptions, thinking something into being without any evidence or first hand knowledge. While there is a necessity for assuming some things in our lives, there is also a necessity for knowing when to gain a confident understanding of someone’s intentions. It’s time to face the fear produced by propaganda and manifest in our assumptions.
After a day long wait for that livestream to kick on, show the watcher how dissent was coming to places all over the nation, indeed, the globe, it was a resounding blow to the heart of this watcher to see how valueless the struggle for justice is to those who made claims they couldn’t even bother to show up for. It did irreparable damage to the hope that is already near gone. The damage to those who are on their last legs before the end result, whatever that might mean to each who struggles, makes life to difficult to fight for. I struggled to keep from blasting these people in ways that divide, and conquer. That is where many may have found themselves. I continue to struggle, and I may fail here in the paragraphs to come.
Who are we talking about anyway? Well, that would be the people working day in and day out for a corporation wealthy beyond imagining who have NO health care plan. People who face the pain of discrimination because they are treated like cattle and then genderized, because they have something some underpaid manager wants to make working in a shit hole seem worthwhile, discriminated against because some co worker believes that white rules and anyone of color isn’t of any value, and others shy away from standing up to them, others who are treated like a disposable worker through the use of Occurrences for … oh, having a baby and wanting to be there, getting sick and not wanting to bring it to work, wanting to go to a funeral of a beloved uncle, cousin, step sister, you name the family member who isn’t considered a family member by some elite prick who just can’t get enough out of another human being fast enough to buy a second mini mansion, or yacht. We’re talking about that person who goes to work and gives year after year and never gets one healthcare benefit, doesn’t take a vacation, and who never gets a promotion, some who don’t get full time hours, or isn’t hired to permanent but is told, yeah, soon, every year for a decade. Those who can’t afford the benefits of their labor cause their labor is provided through a Temp agency. No personhood. Just a disposable worker. We’re talking about the people who are spoken to like their shit. Yelled at like their children. Penalized, fee’ed charged and garnished for shit the company is responsible for, and they say nothing cause you know, these workers can’t afford an attorney, have no union, and face backlash if these greedy elite wanna be’s even smell they might have some self respect bubbling up to the surface. We’ve all seen it. We can talk about the way our most precious resources on both ends are now fodder for corporate greed. Our elders are working right up to the day they die. Check out potter’s field if you think I know not of what I speak. Our babies are being raised by low paid day care givers who can’t do the job of loving them, nurturing them, keeping them safe, feeding them right, protecting them by real background checks, if background checks were even done to begin with. Providers who are desperate themselves and might just take it out on your kid. I know of a nursing home private care facility right now that hires women who are denied that tax form ‘until we know if you are going to work out’. Robbed of that social security pay-in so you don’t end up eating cat food or working for the walton’s till you die. WE all know this. Have I mentioned the way anyone over 40 is treated like a fossil? Our experience is to expensive e for their profit margins, so pay us nothing for all the wealth of our knowledge and experience accumulated over a work history. And the whistleblowers, yeah, that’s what we call people with a righteous knowledge of right and wrong. The people who value anything over the making of that puny buck. Things like the air, our ground water, the safety of others, contamination of anything vital to life, and if one iota of a maybe crosses their owner mind, your gone… and no protection is forthcoming from that government you all smiled and compiled with on nov. the 5th, 2013.
so what is up with the lack of enthusiasm on the day remembered as an example of just how bad it can get, and what one is pushed to when the elite completely rule the denied. What is it? Oh, yeah, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
What life? The one where you have a safe dry clean place to live with resources that you don’t have to filter, purify or grow yourself to be sure you don’t end up with an illness you can’t see a doctor for, that one? Let’s take a look at that liberty.
The liberty to move freely without fear of being accosted because you might be in the wrong place at the wrong time? the liberty that says you can do on the land you pay for what you want, the lease you sign affords you some liberty to live as you will with an eye on respect. Liberty is many things, and we have less and less of it to the point where you can’t even find a place to exercise your liberty when you have no ownership to call your own. Living under a bridge or on the side of a mountain in a tent affords one some autonomy and even that is disappearing. Stopping ones car on the side of a road is near impossible, you have to find a walmart parking lot where you may or may not be left alone to get to the next sunrise. Am I at liberty to believe what I want or is some corporation telling me what I can and can not wear when I am not actually at work! What were you thinking when you popped that phone on and told me you were Late getting to the protest of such magnitude! A protest that had the capacity to prompt a rebellion that someone working themselves to death is watching for?! Who the fuck are you?
Then there is the pursuit of happiness. I scratch for every last ounce of it I can, and there you were minimizing my effort by representing the nature of our suffering through misleading means. This is not something with which you occupy your time when you seem to think there are few who know what it is you are doing?! The fucking nation is standing on my throat and you walked by looking for a group who decided to meet up somewhere other than the place you called the battle ground! What the fuck were you thinking that you could lay your apathy all over the body of anonymous and call it good!
I have not even scratched the surface of all who are hopeless, losing might and will to fight the fight that freedom demands, all who watched to see if the suffering is going to be answered in the same spirit it was answered since small people reached for a freedom, a liberty that affords the pursuit of what they called happiness… we are many now. We have been made small while you were waiting to be late for the day that stands as the gate to willfulness, remember remember the fifth of November, you might as well have hung Guy yourself. You’d stand in the crowd that stood and watched him swing! Would you be wondering what you could have done? Would you be questioning what one person could have done to stop the death of someone who had the balls to identify the intentions of the wealthy and powerful, and then conclude, think i’ll just think about it and let you know. I mean, like, what can one person do. Now you know, one person can end the hope for eight people. Eight people can turn and go to work and know… jesus, this will never end. You exercised your privilege on the backs of a hope dying already.
Empowerment is now in the hands of the wealthy elite profiteers who own your ass. They were watching too. Next time you march out under the name that so many hang their hopes on while mired in survival at the hands law fucking money grabbing owners who are killing people, violating human beings, standing on their freedom, put down the blunt and think of who isn’t there and why. Think about who isn’t there because they are down and what you are doing may be the last moment of fire to warm them long enough to come out, lose the last thing they have, and fight with you, next to you… fall with you.
Or, don’t fucking get in the way by livestreaming you are late…. and have decided to meet up with friends somewhere else. Asswipe.
Last word: If you are going to step out and fight the shit that is right before us in the form of elite protection, the cops are going to fight hard to protect them. The odds are that we will fall. If one falls then one steps in to stand where freedom fought and fell! You didn’t consider the mass number of people who who watched on that day to see if the warriors were ready for battle. You weren’t. But we watch, and we wait, and when we see the fighters who are fighting for their lives, we’ll step up and we’ll put the lives of everyone we love in jeopardy cause we’ll see…. that the rebellion that can save them has begun. We’re watching. That is what fighting for freedom will look like. We’ll see when the real fighters arrive, and the real fight begins.
Get the fuck outta the way and stop killing the hope that sustains us.
"During the early hours of Wednesday, October 2, the Animal Liberation Front raided a mink farm near Lefeuvre and Downes Road in Abbotsford, about an hour from Vancouver. The entire perimeter fence at the back of the farm was cut before over 800 cages were opened to allow the mink a chance to escape to freedom.
The surrounding ecosystem was ideal mink habitat, marshlands and dense forest where the animals made a swift escape.
Contrary to popular belief, the Canadian mink industry is anything but humane. The cages the mink were locked in were full of feces and mostly rusted shut. Mink living in cages together had fought and plenty of the animals were covered in severe wounds. Some cages had dead animals, clearly left for weeks.
A myth put out by the mink industry claims that they cannot survive in the wild, once released but that was proved as just myth when a BC Wildlife Biologist stated that no one could tell him that they would not survive in the wild. This was a direct quote from a Vancouver Sun Article, published just after the release.
We stand in solidarity with the brave few who have taken direct action to free mink across the United States and Canada this year. Let this continue. Pelting season is still weeks away and the time to empty cages is now. The farm house we raided was only 50 feet from the barns. Do not let the closeness of the farm house deter you from liberating animals. They need it now more than ever.
To those who say the animal liberation movement is dead, think again. How can animal liberation be dead if the Animal Liberation Front is forever?
You cannot kill an idea, and we will not be ruled by fear.
Until every cage is empty,
The Animal Liberation Front"
There have been several beatings in downtown Olympia recently. One of which was obviously done by a white supremacist and self-proclaimed Nazi. There have also been several beatings of street kids done by people outside of the houseless community.
The "Nazi" in question is a macho biker and wears a leather vest that bears the phrase "Wild Card" on it(I have no idea if he's in an MC or not) as well as a Nazi SS patch.
This particular fellow should be approached with caution a person tried to talk to this "Nazi" about his racist bullshit the "Nazi" biker assaulted them while shouting racist slurs their face was bruised and bloodied.
This "Nazi" biker attacked a Jewish person in the streets. While racism is not always this cut and dry and is not always draped in SS bolts "leaving the Nazis alone" doesn't ensure anything. Racist movements can still grow if they're ignored and bullies seldom just go away if no one does anything about them.
Anti-fascism shouldn't be just about flag waving or punk shows or patches or internet debates or posturing.
See you in the streets.
The Cusp is a new anarchist social center set to open in November 2013 in downtown Olympia. We aim to support the development of anti-authoritarian critique and practice, generate discussion and social antagonism, and host projects, meetings, and events.
Why a social center? Why now? Anarchists in Olympia and the Pacific Northwest have been battling the heavy hand of state repression for the past year and a half. It hasn't been easy, but we've reached this current lull with stronger relationships, stronger points of affinity, and a stronger desire to act for total freedom now. We are excited about opening a social center so we can meet others who share our desires, and serve as a launch point for projects that further these goals. We're ready to move out of the defensive.
We need your help. To move into our new space, we need to raise another $1000 by October 31st. Our rent is $500 a month, and we would be especially appreciative of recurring monthly donations.
Please visit www.wepay.com/donations/the-cusp-a-south-sound-social-insurgency-center to donate online, or email us for information on how to donate directly into our bank account.
Vahid Brown was or is an FBI instructor at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, who has recently been attempting to integrate himself into radical and activist scenes in Portland. As an instructor for the CTC’s FBI counter-terrorism training program, he designed curricula on Islamist terrorism and taught regular courses both at the FBI Academy and for Joint Terrorism Task Force training events at FBI Field Offices throughout the United States.
According to FOIA records obtained by the ACLU, it is clear that Vahid was training new FBI recruits for the CTC from 2008-2010. His classes included: Origins of Islam, Islam and Militancy, Modern Jihadist Groups, Islamic Terrorism and the Internet, How Terror Networks Use the Internet, and Radicalization.
Vahid Brown attended Reed College in Portland from 2003 – 2006, and recently has been attempting to re-integrate himself into radical and activist scenes in Portland. He portrays himself as “an activist and woodland creature who has been reading poetry at Portland coffeehouses, ballrooms, and basement bars for nearly twenty years.”
Vahid Brown works for the FBI, and as such should be thoroughly unwelcome among anarchists, radicals, and activists. Though his area of expertise is Islamic militancy rather than anarchism, he is still a threat and should not be tolerated, just like any other FBI employee, agent, informant, infiltrator, or cop who attempts to become friendly with radicals.
An agent of the state who has the same subcultural interests as you is still an agent of the state.
An agent of the state who calls himself an activist is still an agent of the state.
An agent of the state who works to destroy the lives of people who aren’t necessarily anarchists is still an agent of the state.
The following is written in hopes to be an introduction to a struggle going on in Seattle. There is a lack of the story leading to this so some context will be missing... Further info will be released soon but this is urgent and we felt it necessary to get this out.
Africatown Innovation Center at Horace Mann-
Currently the Horace Mann building, owned by the Seattle School District, is being occupied and utilized by the Africatown Innovation Center (AIC). They have many autonomous programs, mainly focused on youth, that you can find on their website (http://www.africatownseattle.org/africatown-center/). Recently the Board of the Seattle School District had a meeting where they discussed and “listened” to voices from the community, which led to them voting to displacing the AIC (not without first pointing out that the AIC had neither permission nor paid rent during their occupation).
The members of the AIC community who showed up to voice their views brought your standard reformist framing of arguments, stuff about the Fed investigating the school district for be racist and also quoted a couple bylaws of school district, and even a letter from the NOVA community denouncing the planned actions of school district (NOVA is the program that the school district is using to displace AIC, claiming Horace Mann needs repair before the NOVA program moves back in). During this meeting the school district was criticized for being behind schedule which kinda allowed the space to become occupied in the first place. This is when the school district paraded the developer who told us they would start construction as soon as Oct. 1st
So that's that. The Seattle School District says AIC has to go. AIC seems to be silently saying they are staying.
A little background to this struggle:
The Africatown initiative has a few interesting roots that should be shared.
First off this project is part of the Black story in Seattle that goes back at least to 1890 and their historical constant presence in the CD. Its is also a project towards building autonomy rooted in the historical New Afrikan Struggle.
This brings me to the New African struggle. Some say this struggle started with the first Maroon Colonies in the west, and goes thru the Underground Railroad and the beautiful Harriet Tubman (A Black women so powerful the state wanted her dead and was unable to write her out of HIStory) and some even include that crazy and lovable John Brown. Some even include Lucy Parsons and the Lowery Family. In modern time this struggle had been defined by the BLA and Tupac. The AIC is rooted in this struggle.
The idea of occupying a school is also rooted in these struggles locally. The AIC can seemingly be a reincarnation of the Coleman School Occupation (if you don't know do some research, this occupation is one of the longest occupations in the story of the U$A). These are the roots of this struggle.
The birth of the AIC should also be shared.....
The UPC (a five per-center social center) had been trying to move programs into this building for between 2 and 3 years, while it was sitting empty, but the school district gave sole use to a program that could only entice less then a dozen people, and the building was completely under utilized. And then one summer people started holding Food4Everyone potlucks right outside the building. The school district didn't like having that much attention on the building, they were afraid of being exposed for their backdoor dealings with housing developers on that property.
Food4Everyone didn't survive the winter but the school district was already on the move to cover their asses. When they realized the food program ended they sat back and began to relax and slowed down their plan of action in hopes of continue their backdoor dealing again.
But then the program in Horace Mann realized their failure and in a state of disillusionment that can only be produced by the non-profit industrial complex somehow keys were given over to members of the local community and the community went to work utilizing the space as much as possible.
There is a lot in this story that I have left out of of necessity of time but don’t worry they will be coming soon, and this is also in hopes that you will research for yourself for I am only one perspective, and you will be highly misguided if you act only on what I have told you.
The following are three points in which I feel anarchist can find affinity with this project-
It is a project towards building Autonomy
It is in action anti-State and authentically anti-gentrification
It is a form of antagonistic infrastructure, an Occupation without permission nor rent paying.
As of now I have no recommendations of how to approach this nor do I feel it would be appropriate for me to do that. However, I do encourage keeping an eye on this if not directly getting involved, and below I will list a few of the enemies to this project from my perspective....
Seattle School District
The firm hired to do work on the building (research needed sorry)
The Pigs and the City of Seattle
The assholes behind the New Amsterdam and the Fucks developing 23rd and Union
The surveillance cameras scattered up and down 23rd ave corridor
The CD News website and all those other weird blogs being used as tools of gentrification
So hopefully this was helpful and apologies for the haste in which this was written and the absence of some crucial information, but hopefully I will be able to get you this info soon.
and fuck the state
Also solidarity with the ACAC 19, Wallmapu, Cheran, and Steve our heart is with you!
And as always solidarity with comrades resisting everywhere!!!!!
It saddens us to announce that the grand jury investigation has received a six month extension and will most likely conclude on March 4th, 2014. During the past six months there has been little news as to the current status or extent of the investigation and subsequent repression. The only news has been what has already been stated, the grand jury will continue.
Steve is still struggling against the grand jury. He is adjusting to life in a new city surrounded by good friends who are both inspiring and supportive. However, in the past week, Steve has been experiencing multiple instances of police harassment; harassment to the degree he has not experienced before.
About two weeks ago at one in the morning, while walking to the corner store, Steve was approached by two local police officers who screamed his name and threw him against their car and into the backseat. After several minutes of questions and insults, in which Steve remained silent, the car drove with Steve out of the parking lot. The drive lasted an hour while the two cops continued to insult and harass Steve. The harassment and verbal abuse was both common insults and questions around his forced exile outside of the United States. The cops went as far as to insult him, stating that they would beat him and leave him out where no one could find him. Eventually the police stopped the car in an industrial park on the outskirts of the city. They then removed Steve from the car and stole his cellphone, jacket, shoes, and emptied his wallet of personal items and money. The cops then left him there. Thankfully, Steve was able to contact friends who later came and took him back home.
Unfortunately, only a few days after that incident the cops returned to harass him. Steve was riding his bike home from a friend's house when he realized he was being followed by a cop car. The cops in the car began to shout his name and ask him to "go for another walk". Steve ignored them but the cops continued on his trail. Eventually the cops chose to drive onto the bicycle path and follow behind Steve. At this point Steve was able to cross through another area and escape his harassers. Again, Steve's friends were able to retrieve him and take him safely back home.
Four days later Steve was targeted again. While walking to the store near his house Steve was stopped by two police officers and placed in the back of a patrol car. He was brought to a parking lot a half hour away and was kept in the back of the car for three hours until an unknown man, identifying himself as a detective came into the parking lot and talked to Steve. The man told Steve that though he does have current legal status in the country he is residing in, the FBI is currently working to have that status revoked. The man also told Steve that if he does not return to the United States and testify before the Grand Jury his life will become a living hell, and that the FBI does not deal well when they don’t get what they want. He suggested that Steve make contact with the FBI agents who want to talk to him but said the decision to do that is ultimately up to him. After the
man left, Steve was dropped off in a mall parking lot on the outskirts of the city. He was able to have friends pick him up and take him back home
This recent harassment has led to Steve feeling more concerned about his already precarious situation. Although he does have legal status, he does not feel stable in his situation and is currently seeking counsel from immigration lawyers. At this point he is entirely uncertain of whether or not he will be able to stay in his new city, or whether he once again must leave and travel somewhere new.
Steve has been been very grateful and appreciative of the donations offered thus far and continues to do whatever he can to supplement his income where he currently is. However, with the upcoming potential of legal and or relocation costs, Steve's economic situation has only become more unstable and stressful with this recent wave of intense harassment.
We ask that you donate whatever you can to help Steve. Please support Steve and the rejection of the grand jury investigation against anarchists. Take a moment of your time and resources to show your solidarity with Steve and let him know he is never alone!