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2014 Seattle Anarchist Book Fair

We are excited to announce that planning for the 2014 Seattle Anarchist
Book Fair is underway. The book fair will be held on the weekend of August
23rd & 24th, and once again will be occurring at the Vera Project. We are
currently accepting requests for table space at the book fair as well as
proposals for workshops and discussions. The deadline for each is July
15th. Tables are $70 for the weekend (or $35 for half a table!), with
proceeds supporting not just the book fair but multiple other projects as

Report Back from June 11th Noise Demo at the Juvie

On Wednesday June 11th the city of Seattle held an open house at The King
County Juvenile Detention Center. This open house occurs annually in order to
provide a space for the state to show that ‘the community’ is involved in
the process of building a new jail. Inside the jail surrounded by free
mini-sandwiches and science fair-style tri-fold boards the usual do-gooders
spoke passionately of the need to develop ever more subtle means of
controlling people and preserving existing structures of domination.

Fire to Fire

From Ultra-com.org

The following is not a report-back on May Day 2014 in Seattle, but rather a brief piece of inquiry and research. It therefore excludes many events from the day in question, though some of this (such as the issues raised by the earlier Immigrant Rights’ march) will be returned to in later articles. Note: Based on discussions with others, a few things have been freshly highlighted, and others that were cut for space have been added back in from earlier drafts to clarify several more controversial points.

The Roving Crowd

We were chasing after disparate pods of people who had come for a march no one could seem to find. It was supposed to have started at the Juvie, but by the time we showed up there were only a handful of folks with a sound-system surrounded by hundreds of armored police. Helicopters swooped low overhead. People crouched down to shield themselves from the sound as they yelled through their phones, trying to figure out where the march had gone.

By the time we caught up with it, the crowd was downtown, following a meandering path with no one in the lead. There were hundreds present, mostly young people who looked like they’d never been in a march before, their eyes shining from the sheer power of it. Everything echoed. The cops kept their distance.

Candidate for Chief of SPD Has Experience Dealing With Eugene Anarchists During Operation Backfire

From KTTH Conservative Talk Radio

Among the four candidates to become Seattle’s next police chief, do any
have the expertise to deal with the community of anarchists here that
terrorize private property each May Day and sometimes on random days?

One candidate does. Robert Lehner was formerly the chief in Eugene, Ore.,
dubbed the “anarchist capital of the world.”

The city in central Western Oregon, home of the University of Oregon,
attracted anarchists and eco-terrorists from all over the nation in the
1990s. The anarchists made their home in the city’s Whiteaker neighborhood,
terrorizing residents by riding around town on bikes, smashing windows,
apparently on a campaign to “reclaim the streets.”

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

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

Counterforce Blocks Microsoft Shuttle in Central District (Seattle)

This morning around 8AM, near the intersection of Madison and 23rd Ave, a small
Counterforce assembled to block another Microsoft shuttle bus in another heavily
gentrified Seattle neighborhood. For roughly 30 minutes, people holding banners
reading "GENTRIFICATION STOPS HERE" blocked the front and back ends of the bus.
Others attempted to distribute flyers to the Microsoft employees boarding the bus,
but they were grumpy and only two took them. During the delay in what is probably a