The Left Needs Solidarity

I'm seeing a lot of opinion pieces in news outlets about how the left should
protest and organize. Most of these articles misunderstand what protest
should be and also seem to come from a place of privilege. Especially when I
see articles that say things like "You want to scare Trump? Be orderly,
polite, and visibly patriotic." Privilege that is obvious when police show
up to Black Lives Matter and labor marches and anti-trump marches in riot
gear with batons and rubber bullets, but show up to the women's march to

Accounts of Police Brutality and Socialist Alternative Co-option at SeaTac #MuslimBan Protest


Collected here are accounts and analysis from people who were on the escalators and faced police violence while occupying SeaTac demanding detainees be released on 1/28/17.

Account 1

“I want to make sure everyone knows that Kshama Sawant [City Council member] put a lot of people in danger last night. We had all marched into the airport and blocked the exits, we were strong in numbers and most of us were fully prepared to stay the night. The organizers went from group to group telling us that the plan was to stay until the people detained were released. Kshama decided that on her own with a few people from SA [Socialist Alternative, a reformist group] she would end the occupation before the prisoners were released. She did not confer with any of the organizers that have far more experience with organizing, protesting and most of all risk analysis. She lead about 2/3rds of the protest out, onto the street and to the light rail leaving the rest of us at MUCH higher risk for attack and arrest.

No DAPL and GJ Resistance Banner Drop Olympia WA

On February 1st, we dropped a banner in Olympia, WA in solidarity with the indigenous struggle against the dakota access pipeline and in solidarity with everyone who is refusing to help the grand jury investigate the water protectors. We were particularly inspired by the strong statement of Steve Martinez. Here in the Pacific Northwest we also faced down a wave of Grand Jury repression not so long ago and though our contexts are different we would like to extend this little token of recognition that our struggles are shared. The resistance against the pipeline, the state, and the colonization of the so called "united states" continues!
From Olympia to Standing Rock, we have your back. Stay strong! Grand Jury Resistance Works!
-some pnw anarchists

A Narrative from the SeaTac Shutdown, J28

You Don’t Get to Protest When It’s Convenient
When my partner and I first got to SeaTac, it took some time to get oriented and figure out what actions were taking place. We eventually found a gate that wasn’t fully shut down yet and moved to help with that. As we arrived at the gate, a very nice looking woman with a stroller showed up, wanting to make a flight. A few people started shouting, “Let her through!” and through she went. I get it, she looked tired, had a child, and was very nice with saying “please” and “thank you.” However, we were there to SHUT IT DOWN, not SHUT IT DOWN OCCASIONALLY.

Vancouver BC Antifa Report Back New Westminster Antifascist Rally

Sunday January 29th 2017, approximately 100-150 people rallied in New Westminster for the Antifascist & Anti-neoNazi demonstration at 1pm.

The crowd included unions and organisations such as the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), the Canada Employment & Immigration Union, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the Coalition Against Bigotry – Pacific, and Vancouver Antifa. Roughly half of the crowd was masked up. CTV News, Global News, and the Georgia Straight were present.

Rising SPRING Convergence, April 22-23, Medicine Creek Treaty Tribe Lands (Olympia, WA)

Announcing the Rising S.P.R.I.N.G (Stopping Pipelines and Resisting Infrastructure on Native Ground) Convergence, the weekend of April 22 and 23 at The Evergreen State College on Medicine Creek Treaty Tribes lands in Olympia, WA. This is an opportunity to listen to and learn from indigenous land and water protectors. The convergence is also a space for those with frontlines experience to share their knowledge and to spread skills and analysis. Focusing on direct action and indigenous sovereignty, the weekend will to equip land and water protectors with the skills to resist extractive industry and infrastructure projects and win.

Report Back from Seattle-Tacoma Airport

Reports said that thirteen people from various countries were detained as they exited planes at Sea-Tac Airport outside of Seattle. Area folks quickly mobilized to occupy the airport. Within hours, local media was estimating the crowd to be around 10,000 people, numbers that had brought operations at the airport to a standstill. A handful of arrests took place in the early hours, and police pepper-sprayed people repeatedly.

Olympia Takes The Streets Against Transphobia

For some reason, Cathy Brennan has been in Olympia for the past few days. She was spotted barhopping downtown two nights ago and harassing a group of trans women and then calling the cops on them. We’ve also received reports that she was 86’d from multiple downtown establishments, which is great. No platform for transphobia, no room for transphobes! Many people found Cathy Brennan’s behavior unacceptable. Last night there was a demonstration against her, in solidarity with trans women and sex workers.

Bathroom Windows Smashed in Olympia, Wa

From Its Going Down
On January 20th in downtown Olympia, Washington, windows of the bathrooms at Heritage Park were smashed out by some locals. These bathrooms are closed every night at sundown, and there are no other public bathrooms in the downtown area. Many houseless folx stay downtown and need access to bathrooms, but the city has refused and even reacted violently when people have tried to occupy the bathrooms to keep them open. The city claims it can’t afford to keep the restrooms at the park open all night.

Antifascist Fliers Put Up In Olympia WA

Feeling inspired after a very well attended talk on anti-fascism in downtown
Olympia, a group of anarchists got together to wheat paste anti-fascist and
anarchist posters around town. We took this small action to spread our
message against fascism, and also to show that we still hold public space
despite intimidation from fascists.