Report Back From the Anti-White Supremacy/Anti-Police Violence Disruption at Lakefair

On July 19th of 2015 a group of about 20 or so folks of varied ethnicity,
gender, and age got together to disrupt Olympia's Lakefair and bring
attention to the violent and rampant institutional and interpersonal force
known as “white supremacy” that hospitalizes, subjugates, and kills
people around the world, in the United States, and in Olympia. One of the
most tangible and brutal manifestations of white supremacy comes in the form
of the police and often out of the barrels of the service weapons and often
into the backs of black folks.

After a band took the stage a group of somewhat inconspicuously and
anonymously dressed people made their way to the stage and took two mics
chanting, “Black lives matter!” over one and giving a short speech about
white supremacy and black power over the other. Some of the audience and
staff did not like this and, although the staff were quickly repelled, a few
white audience members attacked the group who had hijacked the mics. At one
point one of the attackers choked the person shouting, “Black lives
matter!” Eventually most of the attackers were repelled and the group who
had participated in the mic grabbing left Lakefair chanting, “Black lives
matter!” and singing old Black Panther songs. This commotion caused the
band to blatantly state for the record that they were not racist and that
they supported the message of the people who took the mics.

A person who attacked the mic hijackers raised the question, “Why here?”
The answer isn't a simple one, but disrupting Lakefair brought a conversation
about white supremacy and police violence to a place where, though Andre and
Bryson Chaplin were shot a mere two months ago, it would be lacking. In the
heart of Lakefair a group of rebellious comrades derailed the entertainment
and delivered a critique of this white supremacist ruling order. The systems
of control perpetuated by lackeys of domination intentionally alienate and
shelter people and create a sense of a false peace in which white supremacy
and oppression persist. With this disruptive act comrades attempted to
interrupt this facade of social peace and name one of the many adversaries
that make life so terrible for so many people.

Because many of the people who most visibly participated in this action were
not black, some may say it indicates inherent racism on the part of the
participants and organizers. Others would argue -- including black folks
integral to materializing this action -- that it is crucial for those with
the privilege to take action with less inherent risk to use their privilege
to commit treason against the white race.

Down with white supremacy!
Down with the police!
Down with prisons and prison-like society!
Hurrah for rupture!

Post Script:
We are still waiting on more information but there may have been one arrest
related to the action. We will provide more information as it becomes
available.

Confederate Memorial in Capitol Hill Cemetery Targeted

From Capitol Hill Blog

As the Charleston shootings have renewed and strengthened calls to eliminate the Confederate flag as a symbol of government in the southern United States, a Capitol Hill memorial to the soldiers of the Confederacy here in the Pacific Northwest has again been targeted.

Monday morning workers at 15th Ave E’s Lake View Cemetery were painstakingly scrubbing the porous granite of the United Confederate Veterans Memorial to remove a spray painted message against “white supremacy.”

The 89-year-old memorial hewn from a “10-ton” block of “Stone Mountain, Georgia” rock was created by the Seattle chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy reportedly with money raised at “Dixie Day” during the 1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific Expo. Rather than some kind of early 20th Century historical revisionists, the group included the actual daughters and wives of Confederate soldiers living in Seattle.

Intersection of Intensity: Report Back from the Lakewood Demo in Solidarity with Daniel Covarrubias

On Saturday, June 27th, there was a solidarity demo in Lakewood for Daniel Covarrubias, a 27 year old native man who was murdered by the police on April 21st. This is part of a continued campaign of violence and brutality waged by police all over the United Snakes against people of color. Daniel Covarrubias was unarmed at the time of the shooting, no weapon was ever seen or recovered though the police say otherwise to try and justify firing 8 shots at him, 5 hitting and killing him.

The solidarity demo was called by the Tacoma Action Collective, who have been actively organizing around Daniel Covarrubias since he was murdered. Around 50 people showed up for this, many with signs and banners, and the TAC were very well organized, all groups had a role and they had a plan for many situations, for instance, if the police were to show up they said to give them the run around by saying “Let me get someone else” and walking away. It's also worth noting that people who showed up late were pulled to the side by the organizers and had the plan and tactics explained to them instead of just leaving them out to hang.

Thoughts from a Black Anarchist Concerning the Lack of Momentum in Olympia

For one night, one of the most epic nights, in my life for sure and probably in the history of Olympia, a united front was successfully formed where over 200 people came to flood the streets of Oly and run the Nazi scum out. A strong Bloc of 50 or more were ready and it was enchantingly beautiful, I was amazed. I was proud.

I don't know what happened after that night, things just fell apart. People began to bicker among themselves and argue with liberals rather than keep things going. Some of us took the initiative and organized anti-nazi night patrols because, while we knew the bulk of them were gone, they still maintained a presence and some people wanted to do something about it. As a black person, if I was the one who got shot by the police I'd be real disappointed with the reaction of the community here, or rather lack of reaction. The calls and protests for justice slowed to a crawl, when there should have been escalation things died down and BlackLivesMatter seemed to fall to the back of peoples minds.

Submisson call out for new issue of Storming Heaven

Since the first night of Ferguson Solidarity protests in November of last year, Seattle and Olympia have seen an upswing in antagonistic activity. Marches, publications, graffiti, actions and a general sentiment of revolt has grown. The attempt at chronicling this time frame is not to imply an end, but to give context for the future. And to try and capture some of the beauty and horror and everything in between that is the reality of living a life in conflict with the state.

We can pull report backs off the internet and the communiques are already written, but what we are looking for are anonymous personal accounts...what did it feel like? What were the best and worst moments of an event? What were the actions and events that did not hit the news that you think people should know about?

If an account is too incriminating, to the author or others, or does not fall in line with our anarchist/anti-domination ethics we won't include it. If you want to send us sweet pics, please remove the meta data first. The best way to send text is from a riseup.net account in the body of the email and not as an attachment. We can also do pgp if someone prefers that.

Please get all submissions to us by June 21st.

-the storming heaven crew stormingheaven@riseup.net

Some topic suggestions-
MayDay
Anti-Police/White Supremacist actions in Olympia
Ferguson Solidarity nights in November/December

What Happened Here? The Events in Olympia on the Evening of May the 30th

From Oly Documents

On May 21st police officer Ryan Donald shot Bryson Chaplin and Andre Thompson, two young African American men accused of attempting to steal beer from a local supermarket. One of them had apparently menaced him with a skateboard. Ryan shot him. They fled to nearby woods then reemerged and were both shot by the cop. Chaplin ended up in critical condition in the hospital and Thompson in serious condition.

10th Annual Victoria Anarchist Bookfair

We are pleased to announce the tenth annual Victoria Anarchist Bookfair, located on unceded Coast Salish Territory in Victoria, British Columbia. The Bookfair is for anarchists and non-anarchists, with participants from all over North America and beyond. Events include book and information tables, workshops, readings, films, presentations, and much more! Get involved! Please get in touch with proposals for workshops and tables by July 15th, 2015. Late proposals will be considered but may not be included promotional material.

FLOOD THE STREETS, SHUT DOWN OLYMPIA NAZIS

FLOOD THE STREETS.
CHASE THE NAZIS OUT.
DEFEND OLYMPIA!

Neo-Nazis and their friends have been rallying nightly in
defense of OPD and white supremacy. Olympia in the
1990s saw an explosion of white power organizing, and
violent attacks against people of color and queers,
including the murder of Robert Buchanan. We must join
together, in a show of unified force, to rid our town of
these racist-heterosexist swine before it's too late.

Saturday, May 30th, 9pm
Percival Landing
Olympia, WA

Regarding Anti-Police Events in Olympia

Context: This is a response to internet scandal over a demo that was called
for at the home of the Olympia pig who shot Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin
early Thursday morning. Several Olympia activists, professional allies, etc.
got up in arms over the fact that this was not organized by the management of
yesterday's 11 am and 6 pm demos, and that anarchists (who were presumed to
be white, many but not all of whom are) did not seek approval from
self-proclaimed leaders. The piece seeks to dispel common misconceptions and
clarify our positions in this struggle. We welcome further dialogue and
dispute.

Regrettably, this demo is being called off. Please advise people who you know
who may be going.

Those who called for the event have decided that due to the extreme internet
controversy, the risk of a now likely very small number of people going to
this demo is too high, given the large presence of police, media, and
counter-protesting bigots. Additionally, we do not think this is the place
for a public confrontation between factions of people all interested in
stopping police violence.

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

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