For one reason or another folks have decided to start this years Seattle May Day Anticapitalist March in Westlake Park. Tactical concerns aside this May Day could make for a pretty wonderful time. The last several May Days have crafted a tradition of “riotous play” that continues to bring lived revolt against capitalism and the state to the streets of Seattle. If your reading this an wondering why capitalism and the state are undesirable suffice to say that all forms or rulership are undesirable. Capitalism is the rule of capital and the state is a entity who rules. Capitalism—along with its predecessors like mercantilism, different organized religions, feudalism, and so on—has worked in tandem with nation-states and empires to create this hellworld we now occupy. Poverty, in its totality, is not an accident. State violence, in its totality, is not an accident. These are the results of the current ruling order whose main pillars are white supremacy, heteronormativity, cisnormativity, capitalism, and statecraft.
The video at the top of all this is a response to the call out for 2016’s Seattle May Day Anticapitalist March. At the end of the video the text reads, “This May Day—whether for communism, the wild, vengeance, or ourselves—let’s take steps to destroying our enemies and actualizing our desires!” This call resounds in me and I hoped to answer it as well as extend it’s reach.
It also lists several resources as follows: Surveillance Self Defense (https://ssd.eff.org/en)
Staying Safe in the Streets (http://www.crimethinc.com/blog/2014/08/14/staying-safe-in-the-streets/)
Fashion Tips for the Brave (http://www.crimethinc.com/blog/2008/10/11/fashion-tips-for-the-brave/)
Blocs, Black or otherwise (http://www.crimethinc.com/texts/pastfeatures/blocs.php)
How Riot Control Works (http://people.howstuffworks.com/riot-control.htm)
I would like to add the following resources too this list in a similar spirit:
This video showing how a swarm of birds out maneuvers a predator (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUpGRQK7o78&nohtml5=False)
This article on situational awareness (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Situation_awareness)
This article on the Observe Orient Decide Act loop (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OODA_loop)
This VICE article—LOL—on crowd control (https://www.vice.com/read/crowd-control-v23n1)
I would also like to add that whether or not you are actually going to break the law often times the state is only looking for actionable information and not accurate intel so doing things like talking about getting a ride to Seattle openly on facebook or over any non-encrypted/non-secure channel whether your intention is to go there and do illegal activity or not may lead to being investigated especially if you’re crossing state lines. I say this not to paralyze you into in action, but to take simple and perfectly legal steps to avoid such hassles.
I would like to remind folks of the tactics SPD uses such as pepper-spray, snatching followed by encirclement, and bicycles as weapons, shields, and mobility devices. I would like to remind people that these tactics although new in many ways are based off of Roman tactics. I would like to remind everyone that the police are hierarchical organization that lack the mobility and reaction time of a network. Since their embarrassment during May Day 2012 when their hierarchy fell a apart and rendered them laughable they have taken steps to better themselves in such regards.
I also think that the best if the enemy does not know your hand as much as possible. Surprise is wonderful and so is the potential of autonomous action.
Before I end this I would like to take this time to remind everyone that these systems are rotten to their core. They have their foundations in slavery and death. To get specific SPD has bashed me and countless others for being queer and their membership are well aware of the actions of their comrades and they still have the nerve to put up “SAFE SPACE” stickers with their logo smeared all over them. This hellworld—this leviathan—is poisoning our environment, exploiting us, wounding us, imprisoning us, and killing us. The reasons for fighting back are evident to the extreme.
Down with the state its trappings!
Down with capitalism and the world that produced it!
Hurrah for May Day!
Hurrah for Anarchy!