This is a work in progress.
If there is anything missing, please comment and recommend events to cite.
August 18th 2007-Seattle
Racist, anti-immigrant groups are confronted in front of the Federal Building as they hold a rally. A group of anarchists throws glitter and water filled balloons at the racists while protecting themselves with shields. When the police attempt to confront them there is a confrontation in which several cops are injured. The group of racists soon cease public demonstrations after this incident.
[but mostly this was because the glitter clashed with the fabulous outfits they were already wearing. No one wants to clash when on the prowl...]
Early November 2007-Olympia
The military attempts to transport a Stryker Brigade from Fort Lewis to the Port of Olympia and then to Iraq during this period of time. Various groups (including many anarchists) all band together to obstruct this movement. People physically block the equipment from being moved for several days and are often met with extreme brutality by the police. The more that the police attack people, the more resistance there is. For two days, nothing moves in and out of the Port of Olympia due to blockades set up on the roads. Eventually, the police clear these barricades with force. Everything culminates on November 13th when hundreds of people block the gates of the port. When the Stryker Brigade attempts to pass through the blockades, people take to the streets and are attacked by the police. In response to this, dozens of people begin to throw rocks at the police. A riot occurs in which the police and the people physically confront each other. A US Bank is attacked, two police cars have their windows smashed out, and one police officer is injured. These events serve to turn Olympia into a hotbed of anarchist activity for the next three years.
November 9th, 2007-Tacoma
A march is planned to take place in Downtown Tacoma on this day against the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center run by GEO Group. Leading up the event, the TPD harass the anarchist organizers, telling their landlord that they are a threat to homeland security and attempting to have them evicted. On the day of the march, dozens of riot police fill the streets and a police helicopter circles Downtown. The marchers hands out pamphlets explaining what the immigration detention center is. After this, the march stands in front of the Wells Fargo tower and people give speeches explaining that Wells Fargo is a investor in GEO Group, the company that runs the detention center. While there, the police arrest one member of the march. The group then moves to an intersection on Commerce Street and shuts it down. Two people are arrested and taken to the Pierce County Jail. The march travels to the County-City Building where more speeches are made to the public. At the end of the march, people disperse. The protest makes headlines and brings attention to an immigration prison that had remained largely unknown.
Decmber 8th, 2007-Vancouver, BC
A Royal Bank of Canada has its windows smashed out. This bank is one of many sponsors of the 2010 Winter Olympics set to take place in Vancouver. The Olympics will bring massive gentrification to the city, displace and criminalize the homeless, and sterilize an otherwise vibrant place. The Olympics are opposed by a wide variety of indigenous, anarchist, and housing rights groups.
January 10th, 2008-Tacoma
A group calling itself Tacoma Anti-Gentrification takes credit for smashing the windows and paint bombing the walls of condos around Tacoma. They also claim credit for disabling the vehicles of condo dwellers.
February 15th, 2008-Tacoma
Several condo sites are paint bombed by a group calling itself the Hilltop Action Committee. In a communique posted on the internet, the group writes that “during the 1980's, the TPD waged a brutal war in the Hilltop district. Many people were assassinated by the police and many households were evicted and destroyed, leaving dozens of vacant lots. Recently, these lots have been filling with condos. The 1980's campaign was the city clearing the way for the 'development' seen today.”
February 21st, 2008-Bremerton
A group calling itself Social Youth Chaos throws bricks through the windows of four banks. Each brick had a note wrapped around it. The notes read: “Here is your brick back, recognize it? You should. It is part of the wall that you, as one of the elite upper class, have helped to build between the minority ruling class and the majority working class throughout history. By flaunting your decadence, you have made yourself a target. Get used to it!”
March 3rd, 2008-Woodinville
Four multi-million dollor “green” mansions are burnt to the ground by the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), an eco-anarchist group active for over a decade. The damage done by this attack amounts to 7 million dollars. A spray painted message on a bed sheet left at the ruins reads “BUILT GREEN? NOPE. BLACK! McMANSIONS IN RURAL CLUSTER DEVELOPMENTS ARE NOT GREEN.”
April 21st, 2008-Tacoma
The Tacoma Municipal Building is paint bombed the day before a City Council meeting will take place. At the meeting, the closure of the MLK homeless shelter is to be discussed.
April, 28th, 2008-Tacoma
A crowd of anarchists holds a rally in People's Park to inform the community about ICE and the Northwest Detention Center. Shortly afterward, people march on the street towards the detention center. On the way there they are confronted by the police and forced onto the sidewalk. When the anarchists reach the 11th street bridge, they find that it has been raised to prevent them from reaching the detention center. The crowd returns to the Hilltop, only to be surrounded and attacked by the police. Two teenagers are arrested.
May 1st, 2008-Olympia
On the anarchist holiday of May Day, a march leaves Sylvester Park for the state capitol. Once there, anarchists write messages all over the walls such as BURN THE CAPITOL. Outside, various anarchists give speeches. While this is happening, the center of government for the Washington State goes on lock-down with employees unable to leave due to the supposed danger. The march then leaves for Downtown. Once there, a US Bank is attacked. When a Bank Of America is attacked, undercover cops at the bank rush out and point their guns at members of the crowd. Several people are arrested, including some known anarchists. The event creates much friction in the largely liberal Olympia community. Despite pressure coming from the City Council, above ground activists refuse to publicly condemn the anarchists. This angers the City Council, who begins to call for heavy punishment for those arrested on May Day.
In response to this, a City Council member has his business attacked later that night. A group calling itself GROUP smashes the windows of the business and writes messages on the walls. In their communique, the group says the action was done in retaliation for the arrests and the hostile proclamations of the City Council members.
May 7th, 2008-Vancouver, BC
A truck belonging to the Peter Kiewitt and Sons company is set on fire. The company helped build a freeway that was opposed by anarchist and indigenous groups.
May 13th, 2008-Vancouver, BC
A Royal Bank of Canada had its windows smashed out for its involvement in the 2010 Winter Olympics set to take place in Vancouver.
June 1st, 2008-Tacoma
Several condos, expensive restaurants, and construction sites were vandalized across Tacoma. Many of these places had messages spray painted on their walls. One condominium was paint bombed on several sides. In a communique posted on the internet, the Tacoma Action Brigade said “while the general population of Tacoma feels the pinch of high gas and food prices, while the homeless population awaits the closure of the lone shelter in Hilltop, the developers continue to build, build, build.”
June 6th, 2008-Portland
A Wells Fargo is vandalized for its involvement with GEO Group.
June 6th, 2008-Olympia
The business owned by a City Council member is paint bombed and has its doors glued shut. The council member is in support of plans to build condos in the Downtown area. In addition to this, an abandoned building that will be torn down to make way for the condos has the phrase YOUR CONDOS ARE NOTHING MORE THAN OUR CANVAS spray painted on its wall. A group calling itself the Nihilist Assault Group claims responsibility on the internet. The attack garners a large amount of media attention, with much of the communique being quoted on news broadcasts.
June 9th, 2008-Olympia
The Nihilist Assault Group paint bombs an abandoned building that would be torn down to make way for a new condo development. In the communique, the group claims to have murdered Santa Claus and his elves. The group also pours paint on a segment of new Downtown sidewalks that the city had recently created.
June 11th, 2008-Tacoma
A Wells Fargo has most of its windows smashed out. The words NO PRISONS are spray painted on the front of the bank. In a communique posted on the internet, Wells Fargo's funding of GEO Group is mentioned as a reason for the attack.
July 10th, 2008-Tacoma
A police surveillance camera is discovered facing the Pitch Pipe Infoshop, an anarchist social center. Pictures of it are posted on the internet, warning people of increased pressure from the police.
July 17th, 2008-Tacoma
Anonymous individuals disable and remove the surveillance camera facing the Pitch Pipe Infoshop. A week later, pictures of the high-powered camera are anonymously posted on the internet.
July 22nd, 2008-Olympia
A Wells Fargo Financial Office is attacked and spray painted. The communique lists GEO Group and the Northwest Detention Center as one of the reasons for targeting the office.
July 22nd, 2008-Vancouver, BC
A truck belonging to the Peter Kiewet and Sons Company is set on fire. This company helped build a highway that was opposed by anarchist and indigenous groups.
July 23, 2008-Vancouver, BC
A Royal Bank Of Canada has its windows smashed. The bank is a major investor in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
August 1st, 2008-Tacoma
The military recruiting center at the Tacoma Mall has its windows smashed out.
August 6th, 2008-Spanway
A military recruiting center has its windows smashed out. The communique states that “military recruitment centers are just one manifestation of the death machine that delivers ceaseless abuse to our communities...Shatter The Spectacle.”
August 6th, 2008-Vancouver, BC
A sheriff’s van and a police cruiser are fire bombed in the middle of the day.
September 28th, 2008-Tacoma
Billboards advertising the Point Ruston condos were defaced with spray paint and paint bombs. Also, an under construction apartment building had its windows busted out. In the communique posted on the internet, the vandals said the action was in response to the gentrification of Tacoma.
October 7th, 2008-Olympia
Four newspaper vans belonging to The Olympian, the local newspaper, have their tires slashed. In a communique posted on the internet, the vandals list their reasons as being because of the paper's support of the Iraq war, their support of condos and the gentrification Downtown, and their persecution of the Nihilist Assault Group, which had stopped operating due to being called terrorists in the paper.
October 22nd, 2008-Olympia
A Democratic Party office has its windows smashed out and its walls spray painted with phrases such as NO MORE RULERS, I WANT FREEDOM. In the communique posted on the internet, a group calling itself H.A.N.D. (Hooligans Attack at Night, Duh!) claimed credit and blasted the Democrats for being identical to the Republicans.
October 26th, 2008-Tacoma
A Wells Fargo Home Mortgage office in the affluent Old Town has its windows smashed out. In a communique posted on the internet, the vandals state that it “was done in solidarity with the 13 people recently detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement in Shelton.”
October 30th, 2008-Lacey
A military recruiting center has its windows smashed out, its walls covered in anarchist graffiti, and a note comparing the recruiters to Nazis left at the front door. This crime would later be attributed to Chuck Munson, a famous anarchist mixed martial arts fighter.
October 31st, 2008-Olympia
A dance party begins at the artesian well in Downtown. As the dancing crowd proceeded down the street, a US Bank had its windows smashed out. Later, the Starbucks where members of the Olympia Police Department hang out was also heavily damaged by the crowd. The same US Bank was attacked one more time before the police began to close in on the crowd. As the crowd ran away, one police officer had a cigarette flicked at their face. There were no arrests.
November 16th, 2008-Olympia
A cell of Bash Back!, a queer anarchist network, attacks a Mormon Church. The locks are glued and various messages are left on the exterior walls.
December 2nd, 2008-Olympia
Anarchist graffiti appears on the columns of the state capitol for the third time. This crime will also later be attributed to Chuck Munson.
December 10th, 2008-Olympia
The headquarters of Triway Enterprises, the developers who want to build condos in Downtown Olympia, is attacked. The phrase DEFEND OLYMPIA is spray painted across the entire front of the building. Multiple windows are smashed out and several paint bombs are thrown at the upper stories. Also targeted that night is the offices of Olympia Master Builders, also involved in the building of condos. In addition to this, the future sight of the new City Hall is spray painted with the phrase GENTRIFICATION IS TERRORISM.
December 11th, 2008-Olympia
A march in solidarity with the Greek Insurrection takes place downtown. At the end of the march, people begin to sprint away from the police who are following them and proceed to trash a Bank Of America.
December 13th, 2008-Vancouver, BC
A Royal Bank Of Canada has its windows smashed out for its involvement in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
December 16th, 2008-Olympia
A Mormon Church is spray painted by anarchists. The walls are covered with the phrases THERE IS NO SIN IN YOUR DESIRE, LOVE WHO YOU WANT TO LOVE, and SEX IS FUN! IT'S NOT SHAMEFUL.
Decmber 20th, 2008-Tacoma
The fuel pumps and consoles of a Shell gas station are destroyed. Also, the phrase WALK TO WORK AND MURDER YOUR BOSS is painted at two additional Shell and Chevron stations. This action is done in solidarity with the Greek Insurrection.
December 21st, 2008-Portland
A march in solidarity with Greek Insurrection takes place. Along the way, people spray paint messages on walls and smash the windows of a Nordstroms.
January 18th, 2009-Olympia
A march starts at a library Downtown and heads towards the police station on the west side of town. The people involved carry torches and road flares. The march is in response to the Olympia Police Department killing a man in front of his girlfriend. When the march reaches the police station, a dumpster is rolled into the road, blocking the pursuing police cruisers. Torches and rocks are thrown at the police station before the crowd disperses. Three people are arrested. Some people are detained with shotguns pointed at their backs.
January 29th, 2009-Olympia
Two police cruisers at the Evergreen State College have their tires slashed and windows busted out.
February 5th, 2009-Olympia
A Catholic Church is has its windows busted out and its walls spray painted with phrases such as NO GODS, NO MASTERS.
Over the entire month, locks are glued and tires are slashed at the Point Ruston condo development construction site, causing a significant amount of delay and damage to the project.
April 27th, 2009-Bellevue
A Bash Back! Cell glues the locks at the Crossroads Bible Church. They also spray paint messages all over the walls. This action was taken in response to the churches homophobic views.
July 10th, 2009-Tacoma
Multiple condos have their windows smashed out during the night. The communique states that “this action was taken in response to the disgusting attempt by the City Of Tacoma to gentrify our neighborhoods and city.”
In another action, anarchists disabled multiple surveillance cameras in North Tacoma. The communique for this action stated that “surveillance cameras only aid in the furtherance of the prison system we live in.”
July 11th, 2009-Seattle
Several corporate billboards are defaced, having their messages changed. For example, a billboard that originally said IT'S NOT JUST COFFEE, IT'S STARBUCKS is altered to say IT'S NOT GOOD COFFEE, IT'S STARBUCKS.
July 17th, 2009-Tacoma
A banner reading DESTROY THE PRISON SYSTEM-DESTROY ICE DETENTION CENTERS-FUCK BORDERS (A) is draped from the upper stories of the now demolished Luzon Building across the street from the Wells Fargo tower.
July 19th, 2009-Olympia
After a dance party is viciously attacked by the police, the west side police substation is hit with 25 paint bombs.
July, 21st, 2009-Olympia
A man known as John Jacobs is revealed to be John Towery, a spy working for the military at Fort Lewis. Since 2007 he had been infiltrating anti-war and anarchist groups, including the collective that ran the Pitch Pipe Infoshop. This revelation embarrasses the military and reveals the larger strategy of repression in the area.
July 22nd, 2009-Olympia
All the toilets of a McDonalds are filled with concrete. In a communique posted on the internet, a group of anarchists cite McDonalds' support of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver as the reason for the action.
September 4th, 2009-Everett
The ELF uses forklifts to tear down two radio towers used by KRKO. Residents in the area were against the construction, citing health concerns. There are no arrests.
January 22nd, 2010-Vancouver, BC
A crowd of 200, many carrying torches, occupy an intersection in opposition to police brutality.
February 12th-13th, 2010-Vancouver, BC
Numerous actions take place against the 2010 Winter Olympics. Stores and cars are smashed, people fight the police, traffic is obstructed, a homeless tent city is set up, and the Olympic Torch relay is delayed. Many of these actions were planned by anarchist and indigenous groups. Most of the actions took place in upscale Dowtown Vancouver, the place that was groomed to be nice and clearn for the out of town visitors in for the Olympics.
March 22nd, 2010-Portland
In response to the police killing another person, anarchists took to the streets, handing out fliers, erecting barricades, spray painting messages on walls, smashing ATMs, vandalizing a Starbucks, and violently confronting the police when they intervened. The march ended at the police station where people expressed their rage, yelling obscenities at the officers protecting the station. The march is a major success and serves to inspire similar actions.
April 8th, 2010-Olympia
A march is organized in Olympia as part of the west coast days of action against the police. Fliers are handed out by the crowd as it marches Downtown behind a banner that reads JAIL THE COPS-BURN THE PRISONS. As the march nears Downtown, a photographer who previously handed his images over to the police is attacked. During the attack, his camera is disabled. When the crowd reaches Downtown, banks are attacked, dumpsters are rolled into the street, and the entrance to the Downtown Police substation is covered in graffiti. Due to poor communication and the inexperience of the crowd, the march is encircled by the police. 29 people are arrested. 2 people serve jail time.
April 9th, 2010-Seattle
A march against the police is organized on Capitol Hill. This action is part of the west coast days of action against the police. Thousands of fliers detailing police violence are handed out to people on the sidewalks during the march. When the march attempts to get on the street they are pushed back by the police who had been following them the whole time. In response to the intimidation of the police, some anarchists push dumpsters against them. The police then attack the march and arrested three people.
April 26th, 2010-Portland
During a march against the police, anarchists trash an Army recruiting center, a Starbucks, a Bank Of America, and a Wells Fargo.
May 1st, 2010-Victoria, BC
A police station has its windows smashed. A nearby police cruiser also has its tires slashed.
May 10th, 2010-Portland
A Starbucks, Key Bank, US Bank, and Balzar Pacific have their locks glued. On the same night, a Wells Fargo is paint bombed and has its ATMs smashed.
May 14th, 2010-Portland
Anarchists smash out all of the windows of a community police station.
June 22nd, 2010-Portland
The Portland Business Alliance office has all of its windows smashed out by anarchists angry at the Alliance's contribution to the gentrification of Portland and their support of a law that prohibits sitting on sidewalks in wealthy areas.
June 24th, 2010-Portland
The Portland Police Union Headquarters has its windows smashed out and some of the computers inside damaged.
June 27th, 2010-Seattle
A dance party takes place during the officially sanctioned Gay Pride events. The dance party takes the streets of Capitol Hill. While people dance, fliers attacking corporate and city sponsored Gay Pride events are thrown into the air and are met with much appreciation. Later, expensive cars have their tires slashed and hood ornaments kicked off. A Bank Of America has its windows smashed out at some point during the dancing. Dancers also pull barricades into the streets. There are no arrests.
June 30th, 2010, Vancouver, BC
A van belonging to the Peter Kiewit and Sons company is set on fire. The company helped build a highway that was opposed by indigenous and anarchist groups.
July 8th, 2010-Tacoma
A Tacoma Police Department cruiser has its windows smashed out, 3 tires slashed, and the words OSCAR GRANT WAS HERE spray painted on it. This action occurs with the car parked outside a police officer's residence in the North End. Earlier that day in Oakland, California, Johannes Mehserle was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for the 2009 murder of Oscar Grant.
July 8th, 2010-Seattle
A march against the police takes place in the Central District in response to the verdict in Oakland. Hundreds of fliers detailing police violence were handed out by the anarchists who marched down the street. When they arrived at a police drop-in station, several people spray painted the building with phrases such as OFF THE PIGS and COPS GET AWAY WITH MURDER.
July 8th, 2010-Olympia
The offices for the Olympia Police Department in the under-construction City Hall are set on fire. The message FUCK PIGS is left spray painted on the wall. The fire causes over 3 million dollars in damage. A homeless man is later imprisoned for the crime.
July 14th, 2010-Seattle
A police drop-in station that was covered in graffiti the previous week has its windows smashed out with sledgehammers. Two people were later captured by the police and charged with malicious mischief. Both plead not guilty.
September 1st, 2010-Tacoma
Anarchists bust out the windows of a Wells Fargo and spray paint NO PRISONS on the wall.
September 6th, 2010-Seattle
A Bank Of America has its ATM card slots glued shut. A condo development is also spray painted with the words NO CONDOS, NO PRISONS. In addition to this, a hose was left on in the condo all night. In the communique posted on the internet, Bank Of America is attacked for its funding of GEO Group.
November 5th, 2010-Victoria, BC
The house of the mayor of Victoria is covered in spray painted messages such as ALL COPS ARE BASTARDS. His windows are also smashed out. In a communique posted on the internet, the anarchists behind the attack cite the violence against the homeless as the reason for the attack.
November 8th, 2010-Portland
All of the vehicles used by probation officers at the Department Of Community Justice have their tires slashed and paint stripper thrown on them. In a communique posted on the internet, the vandals state that they “want the police to know that they are not invincible and that there are people willing to attack all systems of oppression as long as they exist.”
December 6th, 2010-Portland
Anarchists throw a smoke bomb into the Portland Metro Police Club.
December 7th, 2010-Olympia
All of the doors are glued shut at the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency building the day before a protest against a bio-mass incinerator is set to take place. The front door is also smashed in with bricks. The action is met with the approval of the community.
December 14th, 2010-Tacoma
The police substation in Downtown Tacoma has all of its windows smashed out. In a communique posted on the internet, the attackers state that this action was done “for all the people currently locked up in the Pierce County Jail seven blocks up the street.”