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Report back from the recent Oly FTP night march

First off contrary to popular belief it was not all crackers at the Fuck the Police march that happened a little after 11pm on May 21st, 2015.

The march started off slowly as people decided to take the street across from the nearly already cop infested Artesian Well and as soon as people dressed mostly in masks and in black started taking the street a drunken violent white dude who had been spewing incoherent cop apologia all day started yelling at people about this and that and eventually attacked the march. This is where the first known arrest happened. A young fellow with a skateboard for better or worse was trying to basically stop the drunken cop lover from being sent to the hospital and surprise surprise the cops grabbed the young fellow and not the attacker. Eventually the cops grabbed the drunk coplover too, but no one wanted to press charges so the cops let him go later near the march and he stayed out to the fray and muttered dribble about not all cops and revolution for the rest of the march.

The march went on with chants ranging from "No Cops! No KKK! No Racist USA!" to old Black Panther songs to "This won't end until the last cop dies!" Throughout the march people made it clear that they approved of shoplifting from capitalist institutions and were down with those who have decided to return fire against the racist cops.

Some of the few black members of the march successfully made points about directions they thought the march should go in were typically front and center in terms of steering mostly due to their own willingness to do so. The bullhorn was usually passed among them. However, they did not take an authoritarian position. Of course there was probably some racist dynamics playing out as happens in all mostly white spaces.

Another cop-lover and apparent sexist racist flag waving fake-cowboy who had been harassing the previous less confrontational march earlier came out of the Big Whisky and pulled a knife on people. Similar clashes happened throughout the night sometimes the cops were their to make sure the coplovers could heckle and attack the march and get away with it sometimes there were not.

Things picked up in pace when the march returned to the pro-police march in front of the city hall. People confronted the news people and the pro-police crowd began to brawl(one such person was Joe Ty of the band Black Top Demon who is also a rapist and a fan of Nazis apparently) with the marchers. This is where the cops stepped in and shot "bang balls" at the crowd. One bang ball gave the front line of cops a good startle and it was hilarious. At this point people began to disperse and others began to run into alleys some people even threw rocks at the cops and their friends before leaving the immediate area. Some people still bloc'd up ran and managed to elude the cops and a few more incidents happened involving a variety of things and people such as newspaper boxes and racist taxi drivers this time without the police escort.

Oly Oly Oxen Free, some anarchists

Portland Or: Response to Police Shooting in Portland

Michael Harrison, a man in distress using a kitchen knife to wound himself, was shot multiple times by Portland Police officers on Sunday night. It has consistently been the response of the Portland Police Bureau and police worldwide to harass, wound, and murder people experiencing mental health issues. Everywhere we turn cops are killing people of color, the poor, those dealing with mental heath crisis and others marginalized in society. The message is clear that in order to serve the few the many are completely expendable. A group of 15-20 people took to the streets on Monday night after hearing about this most recent police shooting in Portland. The small demonstration took over all lanes of Broadway going westward from 10th. The march began with chants of "cops, pigs, murderers" and "All cops are bastards". It appears that the opportunity was taken to break the windows of a Starbucks and a nearby bank. The group held the street marching for several blocks supported by the honks and raised fists of passersby. Traffic cones and construction equipment were dragged into the street to slow down traffic. Police showed up en masse near Williams avenue, perhaps 8-10 cars in total. Some began taunting the demonstrators, saying "Come get some pretty girl." and "We are going to sweep you up and arrest you all." among other unintelligible drivel. The PPB more commonly keep their distance and remain unengaged with demonstrators after they shoot someone but on this occasion they appeared more as witless bullies. The marched turned back eastward and the group decided to disperse when it felt safe, as cops remained in the area for some time. This was a small gesture for Michael Harrison, Aaron Campbell, James Chasse, Jack Collins and all others shot down by police when what they needed was support during difficult times. For all the individuals whose lives have been taken by police, and for ourselves, we will continue to fight for a world without police.

ACAB

Cautionary Note to May Day Protesters, Rioters, and Combatants: Stay Free

Reposted and taken from: Total Freedom: Seattle Free Press

May Day’s riotous anti-capitalist demonstration was wild and exhilarating. Now let’s review some tips for keeping safe after the fact.

- Do not keep the clothes you wore at the demonstration tonight! Dispose of them securely. The police are already asking for photographs and videos in which people could be identified committing crimes. If you did anything that might have been illegal tonight, or could be mistaken for someone who did, ditch those clothes before they become evidence against you!

- Similarly, do not keep any other instrument you used to commit a crime. For example, there are already photos in the media of people breaking windows with visible, recognizable implements. Ditch those tools before they become evidence against you!

- Do not brag about rioting or other illegal activity, especially not on the internet or in texts!

- The police will be scouring Facebook and other social media looking for such boasts. If they arrest you, they will confiscate your phone and use information they find in text messages (including ones you think are deleted) as evidence against you. Resist the urge to brag to friends about tonight. This is a double-edged sword: the seductive appeal of insurrection should be communicated and spread, but be careful. For example, it may be okay to talk about being at an event or supporting what happened there, but it is a terrible mistake to claim to have thrown a bottle or to know who did.

- The police may also be looking to talk to anyone who was there to identify certain individuals as troublemakers; NEVER PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT OTHER DEMONSTRATORS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT! This is most easily accomplished by not talking to the police at all.

Learn more about security culture:
http://zinelibrary.info/files/zine-what_is_security_culture.pdf

A Report Back from the Seattle Anti-Capitalist May Day March

There are as many perspectives on May Day as there were participants, this is but a small collection of them.

"This is no longer demonstration management, this is a riot." - Chief

It shouldn't be a surprise that this year's May Day Anti-Capitalist march got wild. The media had been in scare tactic over drive and police press conferences urging calm began nearly a week before a single person hit the street. For better or worse, the city has developed traditions around the 1st of May in Seattle. The media creates a climate of fear around posters and runs a constant stream of stock footage in an effort to sensationalize “what might happen?”. The police hold press conferences about their improved methods for both neutralizing the crowds and minimizing property damage, all the while decrying 'a few bad protesters' that might ruin an otherwise peaceful day. While much of the ritual of media sensationalism and police demonstration of force were repeated verbatim from previous years, the crowd this year was unswayed and more confrontational, more angry and more prepared.

As usual, the march began at Seattle Central College, a space often used as the meeting point for antagonistic anarchist marches. It's never clear what draws numbers to an event, but an understanding has been established that if you want to be at the rowdiest shit that day, then Central is the place to be. By 6pm over 150 people were milling about, some in bloc, some not, while supplies were passed between hands and tensions grew.

After some time the march headed north on Broadway, completely flanked by bike cops in riot gear. More pigs waited in marked and unmarked vans throughout the Capitol Hill neighborhood and helicopters circled overhead. The threats of a well outfitted response to past violence made by both mayor Ed Murray and police chief O'Toole were not empty ones. After only a few short blocks the first sound of breaking glass could be heard as the march passed the Bank of America.

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Banner Drop for Daniel Covarrubias, Murdered by Lakewood Police #maydaysea

A banner was dropped over I-5 in Seattle, facing South Lake Union, calling
attention to the murder of native man Daniel Covarrubias by Lakewood police.
He was unarmed but was brutally murdered in what a witness has called a
needless killing.

Portland, OR: Anti-Gentrification Sabotage in Solidarity with Baltimore Rebellion

On Tuesday night survey stakes were pulled up at a proposed townhouse development off N. Williams Ave in North Portland. This is an small act of solidarity with the uprising in Baltimore carried out in an effort to highlight the relationship between gentrification and the perpetuation of white supremacy, police repression, and displacement. The dispossessed of Baltimore are not alone in their desire to strike out against a society that is intolerable.

-some anarchists

Juvie Contractor Truck Burned in Solidarity with Baltimore Rebellion

Early in the morning on April 28th flames engulfed a truck in a construction site across the street from the King County Juvenile Detention Center on 12th Ave. The constuction site is a new development being built by Spectrum Development Solutions, who are responsible for gentrifying 12th avenue and are involved in building the new youth jail. The trucks tire's were slashed, it's fuel lines were cut and then it was completely destroyed by fire. ;)

This was done in solidarity with rebels fighting the police in the streets of Baltimore. In the wake of the rebellion in Ferguson last year, Baltimore has also erupted into riots sparked by yet another brutal police murder. Buildings and cars are smoldering, stores have been looted and the police and media have been attacked repeatedly, often having to run for their own safety. The media backlash of rehearsed condemnation is so obviously a farce to all of those who find inspiration and encouragement in these moments.

Sometimes the rationale of this prison society manifests in the killing of young black men in the street (Freddie Gray, Mike Brown, Eric Garner and so many more), everyday it manifests itself in the mass imprisonment of black and brown people. No matter what, this society thrives on death. Fuck the murderous, racist police, fuck the media and fuck anyone who is helping to build this prison society.

All Out for May Day

MAY 1 2015
6PM
BROADWAY AND PINE
SEATTLE
WEAR BLACK

Join us in the streets this May 1st at 6pm for the annual anti-capitalist
march. With its roots in the labor movement, May Day continues to this day as
a riotous celebration of revolt against bosses, landlords, work, and
property.

On May 4, 1886 in Chicago, someone threw a bomb at the police during a strike
in a fight for an 8-hour work day and in protest of the cops killing several
workers the day before. Seven cops and four humans were killed. Subsequently
eight anarchists were arrested and convicted of conspiracy. Four of the
anarchists were hanged and another committed suicide in prison. This is the
origin of May Day.

More recently in Seattle, hundreds of anarchists and other anti-capitalists
converged on downtown on May Day 2012 and lay wreck to banks, businesses, and
a federal courthouse. The State responded with perhaps the most significant
repression against anarchists in the NW recently and deployed a federal grand
jury to disrupt, misdirect, isolate and neutralize a growing sentiment and
practice of anger and attack against hierarchy and domination. Despite the
efforts of the state, anarchists remained strong and defiant and no one was
ever charged with the crimes being investigated by the grand jury.

Let's continue a lively, joyous tradition of defiance to capitalism, the
state, hierarchy, and domination! May Day is our day!

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