After 56 Days, Northwest Detention Center Hunger Strike Concludes

We are posting this statement from Hunger Strikers at the Northwest Detention Center in order to disseminate information about the on-going struggles of those who are held in detention. However, as anarchists we are critical of the language of rights, the american dream and the greatness of this or any state. Despite these political differences anarchists in the northwest and elsewhere have chosen to show solidarity with this struggle and so, we find it to be pertinent to spread news about the end of the strike.

STATEMENT FROM HUNGER STRIKERS:

Assessment of one phase of struggle

Today, May 1st, a 30-day hunger strike came to a conclusion. It had a prelude of 72 hours of fasting begun on March 27th, occurring in a climate of persecution, harassment and application of disciplinary punishments, invented and prefabricated by personnel from GEO (the private company that runs the Northwest Detention Center – Tacoma “NWDC – T”), with the goal of stopping us from adding our voice to the voice of those on the outside clamoring for Not1More, stop deportations, end the destruction of families, deferred action for all, yes to immigration reform; despite suffering through rigged “hearings” under false accusations, with no respect for due process, taking out of context the actions of the “accused,” impeding free exercise of ideas and the exercise of freedom of expression, as well as the right to information. In an atmosphere of voluntary and strictly peaceful action, they unleashed a chain of “disciplinary sanctions,” applying isolation and segregation to the participants who were on rolling fasts and hunger strikes, from March 24 until April 2nd, with an eye towards the great action on April 5th. These resulted in sentences of 2 to 30 days of punishment, with which they attempted and are attempting to discourage our unity in becoming a single voice regardless of whether we are on the inside or on the outside. With certainty we affirm that they did not succeed in containing and silencing the voice of those on the inside, the voice of the detained. They did not succeed in hijacking our emotions or our disposition to struggle despite drastically limiting our rights and falsely accusing us of insurrection. The campaign to marginalize us carried out by a cruel and unscrupulous bureaucracy that represents immoral and indecent interests cannot contain a just struggle that uses peaceful methods to make itself heard.

Condo Excavator Sabotaged

About a little over week ago we snuck into a condo development in Seattle and
poured a gallon of bleach into the gas tank of an excavator. This was a small
but easily reproducible attack against the expansion of gentrification in
Seattle.

- Some Anarchists

Remembering the Everett Massacre

As we move on from May Day, we might strive to spread historical awareness
further, to increase the common knowledge of American history, especially
American anarchist history, which is nearly, if not wholly, excluded from
school curriculum. As read more comprehensively on Wikipedia (Article here,
also see the "External Links" section at the bottom:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everett_massacre), another opportunity beyond
May Day for a more local show of solidarity with the forgotten history of
American anarchist demonstrations and bloodshed is seen right here in
Washington, on the docks of Everett, on a bloody Sunday afternoon.

Responce to Racist Graffiti at SCCC

From Tides of Flame

This picture was taken at midnight the evening of May 1st, 2014 on the windows of the SCCC student activity center. SCCC has a large Asian student body.

This despicable graffiti presents us with an opportunity to explain to everyone that actual anarchists believe in the universal equality of every person on the planet. There are no inferior races and every division based upon ethnicity is false. We fight for the universal liberation of all people from the ruling class of capitalists and the tyranny of wage slavery. Anyone who does not believe these basic truths is certainly not an anarchist.

The FBI, local law enforcement, or other hostile parties could have placed this graffiti in order to demonize the anarchist movement. But it is just as likely that a young white person from suburban King County stupidly equated anarchism with their own racism, bigotry, and intolerance. It is unlikely that we will ever know the truth.

Racial divisions have always been fostered and exacerbated by the ruling class in order to keep the poor and working classes fighting amongst themselves. We will not tolerate any racism, and if actual anarchists had observed the person responsible for this graffiti then a conflict would have surely erupted. We would prefer not to have any conflicts amongst the poor and working classes, but we will stop any racist tendencies that emerge in this capitalist prison.

The Final Straw Radio: Steve Jablonski on exile against the PNW Grand Jury

Streaming at AshevilleFM from 3AM EST on Monday, 05/05/2014 for a week, then
podcasting later at radio4all.net and airing on KOWA-LPFM in Olympia, WA,
KWTF in Bodega Bay, CA, KXCF in Marshall, CA, and WCRS-LP Columbus Community
Radio 98.3 and 102.1

This week's show features a conversation with Steve Jablonski, recently
returned from a period of self-imposed exile in Canada as avoidance of
receiving a Federal Grand Jury subpoena in relation to anti-police organizing
in the pacific northwest and the May Day spree of 2012 in Seattle. Steve
talks about the choice he made, the circumstances that allowed him to return,
the support he received while abroad and his return to the U.S.

Why Riot?

Two years ago in Seattle, on May 1st, 2012, roughly four to five hundred people engaged in the largest riot the city had seen in more than a decade. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of property were destroyed[i], a minor state of emergency was declared, and the next day’s headlines were filled with horror stories of crazy, “out-of-town” anarchists run amok.

This event, occurring on the tail end of the Occupy movement, also quickly became the post-facto excuse for extensive federal, state and municipal investigation, surveillance and ongoing repression of political dissent. Several anarchists in the Pacific Northwest were put in prison without charge in the fall of that year, only to be released months later, still with no charges filed. Houses were raided in search of anarchist literature and black hoodies. Up to a year later, people were still being followed.

I was one of the five people originally charged for crimes on May Day 2012[ii]. I’ve since pled guilty to slightly lesser charges, in order to avoid going to trial on two felonies[iii]. I pled in the fall of 2013 and completed the bulk of the sentence in the winter, spending three months in King County’s Work-Education Release (WER) Unit. Technically an “alternative to confinement,” living in WER effectively means that you are imprisoned at all times that you are not allowed out for work, school or treatment (for mental health or drug offenses).

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Hillsboro, OR: Paint Splattered at Manufacturer of Primate Cages.

On the night of April, 27th, in commemoration of World Week for Animals in
Laboratories, a visit was paid to Carter2 Systems, Inc. (2750 SE 39th Loop,
Hillsboro, OR) a manufacturer and supplier of primate cages to vivisection
laboratories. Red paint was splattered across the glass door and walls of the
companies sales office to symbolize the blood of the millions of nonhuman
animals tortured and killed for research and cosmetic testing every year; an
atrocity in which this company is directly
complicit.

This act was done in solidarity with the Gateway To Hell campaign and with
the 4,800+ nonhuman primates held captive at the Oregon National Primate
Research Center located just down the street from this facility. Their pain
is our own.

Seattle May Day 2014: An Anti-Capitalist Tradition!

For the third year in a row, an explicitly anti-capitalist march was called for in Seattle for May Day. This year, there were two, one beginning on Capitol Hill and the other at the Youth Jail in the Central District. The two both began in the early evening and converged together, weaving from the Hill through Yesler Terrace, a site of ongoing gentrification, on through downtown. The march included hundreds of anti-capitalist demonstrators, some masked up, some carrying anarchist banners, and others chanting or yelling at the police. The overall atmosphere was one of celebration as well as antagonism.

Seattle: Banner, Fliers, & Smoke Bomb Dropped For May Day

This afternoon, on May Day, a banner reading, "Raise the Minimum Rage (A)" was hung at a busy intersection in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Fliers detailing the history and significance of May Day as well as a brief analysis of gentrification were also distributed and thrown. The slogan on the banner is in reference to the debate over the potential raising of the minimum wage in Seattle to a $15/hour minimum. An orange smoke bomb was also tossed into the street. The text from the flier is included below.

Destory Uber: The Strong Are Only Strong Because We Live on Our Knees

On Saturday night, a mob of people ran through the streets of Seattle, chasing down Uber cabs and detaining them amidst traffic. Ten cars were detained and fliers were distributed to the drivers and passengers. Hundreds of people witnessed this act of defiance against one of the most disgusting tech companies in existence. To learn more about our motivations, read below the pictures

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