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Stand with Maddy Pfeiffer! – A Statement of Solidarity from Students for a Democratic Society

Sat, 11/10/2012 - 02:21
Just a few days ago on October 25th, an Olympia activist named Maddy Pfeiffer received a subpoena to appear before the special federal grand jury impaneled currently in Seattle. Maddy, who goes by they/them pronouns, is an Evergreen student, a brilliant and skilled organizer, and a good friend to many of us. They are also a former coordinator of Students for a Democratic Society here at Evergreen. —- Maddy has been called to appear at the grand jury chamber in Seattle at 9:00am on November 7th–a date that is rapidly approaching. They have bravely declared their absolute refusal to cooperate with the federal grand jury witch hunt against anarchists—even though it is very likely they will be imprisoned after they refuse to testify on November 7th, despite being charged with no crime.

Maddy is not the first in our community to be subpoenaed by this grand jury. If Maddy is imprisoned, they will also not be the first. Two other Olympia activists, Matt Duran and KteeO Olejnik—a former Evergreen student and SDS member—are already sitting in the federal detention center at SeaTac for staying silent. But the FBI’s subpoena of Maddy, a current student and very recent SDS coordinator who is still an important presence in the Evergreen radical community, has struck SDS and the Evergreen campus very close to its heart.

We will follow Maddy’s brave example and stand strong.

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Address Correction For Tim DeChristopher

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 20:10
From Prison Books

Between when we compiled this month's birthday poster and when we released it Tim DeChristopher was moved to a halfway house in Salt Lake City, UT where he will serve out the remainder of his two year sentence. If you already sent a card, please send another one. The BOP will not forward his mail.

We do not have a current address for Tim yet. So, please send birthday cards to his legal defense fund and they can take them over to him.

Tim DeChristopher Legal Defense Fund

c/o Patrick Shea
252 South 1300 E, Suite A
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

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Guelph, Ont. Halloween Eviction Party in the Streets

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:53
"It is not just a condo or a jewelery store displacing us. It is political and money power represented by the City of Guelph and the capitalist class, building the City in their own image"

-Oversized poster left outside the Social Centre.

On Halloween Night, the Square Print Shop & Social Centre had its 'goodbye party', but lets get real, when a Social Centre can't get its lease renewed because the landlords chose to rent it to a jewellery store, it is really an eviction party for capital, therefore, we'll call it an 'eviction party'.

Anyways, the eviction party went well & whateves, babes & costumes, local music, sing-a-longs and the such, and tons of @ superhero's in the crowd. the night went long and the music was hype.

The final track of Test Their Logic led the party out into the downtown square, accompanied by a sound system. As these comrades spit their rhymes about some shit, posters & graffitti went up around the square, on the banks and bus shelters. Some of these posters were hype, critiquing the city budget and it's strategies around development, gentrification & then some other @narchyrhetoric.

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325 #10 – Out now!

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 10:19
From 325

The tenth issue of the infamous and chaotic anarchist-insurrectionary zine is now available from the Anti-Copyright Network.

Download PDF here: 325 #10

Download the A3 cover for printing in high resolution (33MB)325.nostate.net/images/cover-325-10.gif

“With this issue we wanted to explore the topic of the ‘prison-society’ and the logic of information technology which makes it possible. Other articles outside this section in the magazine speak for themselves, such as the article Disreputable Mavericks by Venona Q.; the presentation by Jean Weir (which considers at points the armed group Azione Rivoluzionaria); the interview with 3 eco-anarchists in the UK; the necessary proposal Lone wolves are not alone by the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire / FAI-FRI… and more…”

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Transcript from Maddy’s Grand Jury Appearance

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 01:28
From No Political Repression

Maddy Pfeiffer’s Grand Jury Appearance
11/07/12

Here are the notes from the Grand Jury hearings. Personal information has been redacted including the names of people asked about by the Prosecutor.

Prosecutor Michael Dion: What is your Name?
Maddy: Matthew Pfeiffer

Prosecutor Michael Dion: What is your Birth Date?
Maddy: (gave birth date)

Prosecutor Michael Dion: What do you do for work?
Maddy: I am exercising my state and federal constitutional rights including the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments.

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Wayne Mellinger: Anarchy in the USA

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 01:24
From Nooz Hawk

The only time we hear of anarchists in the popular press is when they have committed acts of violence and destruction. Hence, to many people the word “anarchist” means “bomb-throwing kook” or “terrorist.”

The media present a disparaging stereotype of anarchists as black-clad youth with masks over their unshaven faces, fists raised in the air, typically behaving poorly and probably getting ready to smash some bank’s window. Historical research reveals this cultural representation has roots in the 19th century.

Moreover, anarchy has come to denote the dog-eat-dog chaos that emerges when the State’s forces of social control are absent. “Anarchy” in popular media culture is typically violent street crowds getting away with murder and other forms of destructive lawlessness. So pervasive are these connotations that most would not associate anarchism with any utopian image of a future society that is just, equal and peaceful at all.

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New Zine Available from the NC Piece Corps: The Lowry Wars

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 19:48
From NC Piece Corps

Hey y’all,

Just in time for the 3rd Carrboro Anarchist Bookfair, we’re excited to announce that the NC Piece Corps has published a new zine. The Lowry Wars: attacking North Carolina’s plantation society in the age of Reconstruction surveys the turbulent eight years of struggle against White supremacy and the plantation system in Robeson County, NC after the Civil War. The passive resistance of Black and Lumbee communities of the time gave way to an aggressive campaign of attack against the White establishment of the time, all the while exposing the hypocrisy, limitations, and true function of the Republican Party’s Reconstruction efforts as it abandoned its efforts at racial reconciliation to subdue and repress the popular uprising. From the text:

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Extreme Happiness: Book about Freeganism for $49

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 17:43
JK,

It's free of course silly!

You can now download a scan of Extreme Happiness at http://www.mediafire.com/?1a7j9p5armb2cg2

Or an audio book at http://www.mediafire.com/?z5nhjteeddjd9

And learn why some young folk have opted for the Freegan lifestyle!

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Chicago anarchist sent to boot camp for lie about bomb in Harry Potter book

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 09:36
From Salon - By Natasha Lennard

Ahead of the NATO summit Sebastian Senakiewicz told a drunken lie -- undercover agents were listening

Sebastian Senakiewicz, 24, never made a bomb. He was never found with any explosive-making materials; authorities thoroughly searched his house. The Polish immigrant did, however, tell a boastful lie that has landed him a stint at boot camp.

Just days before the Chicago NATO summit last May, Senakiewicz drunkenly told undercover agents that he had two homemade explosives hidden in his Chicago residence in a hollowed-out Harry Potter book. A search of his home found the bombs to be as fictitious as the boy wizard — there weren’t even any Harry Potter books at the address. But the 24-year-old anarchist, who Tuesday pleaded guilty to one felony count of falsely making a terrorist threat, could face deportation.

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Pissing Blood: Work Sucks

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 05:48
From Recomposition - by Abbey Volcano

This is a story about anger, “non-profits,” and pissing blood. I was in my fifth year working at an independent health food store run by religious fanatics in a suburb outside of the city and I needed more money. I started off part-time at a cultural center, working the events. I would mainly be there at night, during performances and exhibits—taking people’s tickets, helping the artists set up, serving hors d’oeuvres, cleaning the toilets, etc. I was paid $12/hr to do this work and it was the most I had ever made in my life and it was the only job that wasn’t in the service industry, so I was pretty excited. Pretty soon after I started they asked me if I could take over the secretarial position. This was a full-time desk job. I really needed the money, especially because the health food store was closing down since a Whole Foods had moved into town. I took the job since I couldn’t have really done much better as far as pay went.

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Seattle Solidarity Network Video

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 04:51
From Seattle Solidarity

A mutual support network, open to workers both employed and unemployed, active and retired. We use collective direct action to fight employers and landlords who are pocketing our wages, refusing repairs, stealing deposits, or otherwise cheating or abusing one or more of us.

How to get in touch:
www.seasol.net/contact
info@seasol.net
(206) 350 - 8650

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On Two Cheers for Anarchism: Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity, and Meaningful Work and Play

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 04:22
From LA Review of Books - by Malcolm Harris
Anarchish: On James C. Scott’s “Two Cheers for Anarchism”

SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 WAS SUPPOSED TO BE a day of reckoning on the left: best-selling liberal author Chris Hedges would finally be called to account for his opportunistic attack on anarchists within Occupy Wall Street. In a piece posted widely around the progressive internet press, Hedges called Black Bloc protesters — a reference to people associated with small-scale property destruction who show up to marches all in black — "the cancer of the Occupy movement," asserting that the movement would be better off turning window breakers over to the police. After a few aborted attempts, Hedges would sit down to defend himself mano a mano against a bona fide anarchist in front of a large audience at the CUNY Graduate Center. Brian Traven sat on the other side of Hedges: a member of the anti-authoritarian publishing collective CrimethInc., an organization associated more with the image of smashed Seattle Starbucks locations than any of their actual texts.    

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Meet the Real Sons of Anarchy — Greek Anti-Fascist Motorcycle Club Confronts neo-Nazis

Wed, 11/07/2012 - 17:31
From Green is the New Red - by Will Potter

Meet the real Sons of Anarchy. An anti-fascist motorcycle club in Athens, Greece, patrols the community, fighting neo-Nazis who attack immigrants.

From Athens Anarchist Anti-Fascist Motorcycle Club:

As of June 2012 the far right/neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn is officially represented in the Greek Parliament with support from the local media. As we have seen throughout history, in times of “economic” crisis, far-right ideologies tend to increase their influence dramatically.


The number of attacks on immigrants is rising every week, fuelled by the police’s complicitly apathetic stance and refusal to do anything to stop the perpetrators. This has led to a need for anti-racist patrols, as it is the only way of protecting immigrants from racist violence.

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This Has Everything to Do With You (Personal)

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 20:39
JW is the father of my as of yet unborn baby. J and I met in Chicago circa 2011. Early on he identified as a queer, politically driven eccentric. A year into our friendship, we decided to enter into a consensual albeit drunken (at the time) sexscapade. It is at this time that W and I conceived the new love of my life, the forthcoming Sabrina Madeline.

Sabrina Madeline (due early 2013) will likely never have a true, meaningful relationship with her father. From the beginning, I knew I wanted to be a strong, independent, single mother. No Boyfriends! No Bosses! I did however reach out to W in an effort to at first notify him I was pregnant, and also to ask if he would want to be part of the baby’s life. W expressed admiration that I was keeping our baby. He also said he would be part of the baby’s (and inextricably from my) life. This conversation first took place in June of the current year. I really wish for our (me and baby’s) sake he had kept his words of praise and support: “I want to be part of their life.”

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Free Sergey!

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 08:02
Sergey is a friend of ours who was arrested early this morning on suspicion of firebombing a cop car in NE Portland. Their family says Sergey was beat up by the police while in custody and is in the medical unit. They are being held on three felony and three misdemeanor charges, including attempted arson.

Please come to Sergey’s arraignment tomorrow (Tuesday): 2pm in Courtroom 3 of the Justice Center in downtown Portland.

Please donate to Sergey’s legal support fund! This money is going toward their $3000+ bail and to pay for a lawyer. The sooner Sergey’s family can raise bail, the sooner Sergey will be out.

https://www.wepay.com/donations/free-sergey

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Bread and Roses Oakland: Call Out Meeting!

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 21:24
BREAD AND ROSES COLLECTIVE OAKLAND
CALL OUT MEETING
NOVEMBER 17th 2-4PM @ THE HOLDOUT
2313 SAN PABLO, OAKLAND CA

The Bread and Roses Collective is an act of mutual aid.

In light of recent state and police repression, and in solidarity with the long history of anti-racist, anti-capitalist struggle, we seek to create networks of practical support and solidarity.

We reject the sexist notion that caregiving is secondary to any other sort of organizing. Instead, we place this work at the center of building sustainable networks of radical support. We acknowledge the toll that collective and individual trauma has on our lives and we work to create spaces in which we can heal.

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Victoria Law on the struggles of incarcerated women

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 17:19
From The Final Straw

This week's show features a conversation with Victoria Law. From her PM Press Author's page:
"Victoria Law is a writer, photographer, and mother. After a brief stint as a teenage armed robber, she became involved in prisoner support. In 1996, she helped start Books Through Bars-New York City, a group that sends free books to prisoners nationwide. In 2000, she began concentrating on the needs and actions of women in prison, drawing attention to their issues by writing articles and giving public presentations. Since 2002, she has worked with women incarcerated nationwide to produce Tenacious: Art and Writings from Women in Prison and has facilitated having incarcerated women's writings published in larger publications, such as Clamor magazine, the website "Women and Prison: A Site for Resistance" and the upcoming anthology Interrupted Lives."

This week we speak to Vikki about the second edition of her book, "Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women." We discuss the patriarchy, criminalization & invisibility that is faced by those held in women's prisons. We also talk about resistance, organizing, support and engagement of those on the inside and about the work that formerly incarcerated people do to help their comrades still serving time.

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True Facts, Keep it Silent, Never Sweat Or Bend: Notes on Leah Lynn-Plante From a Resister

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 16:22
From Puget Sound Anarchists

Leah broke, to what degree remains uncertain, but we know that she at least cooperated in someway with the grand jury investigation. She broke the wall of silence anarchists in the northwest had tried their best to craft for about four months. Leah broke the silence of refusal, and has still refused to comment on the conditions of her release. She has spoken with the state but has refused to speak to her (former) comrades and supporters.

Let's be realistic here, it has been over two weeks since she has been released and she refuses to release a statement about the conditions of her release. Maybe I was naive, but I really did have faith that those who pledged to keep silent would, and it breaks my heart that this is no longer the case. As said already, we don't know the conditions of Leah's release, we don't know how much was said. But we do know that she isn't saying anything right now. You might be out Leah, but the subpoenas are still coming in. My friends are still in cages, and my life has still been entirely uprooted from pretty much everyone I know. Leah not only broke the silence, she broke the solidarity.

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The Incomprehensible Black Anarchist Position

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 09:47
From Unflinching Antagonisms

Black brothers, Black sisters, i want you to know that i love you and i hope that somewhere in your hearts you have love for me. My name is Assata Shakur (slave name joanne chesimard), and i am a revolutionary. A Black revolutionary. By that i mean that i have declared war on all forces that have raped our women, castrated our men, and kept our babies empty-bellied.  I have declared war on the rich who prosper on our poverty, the politicians who lie to us with smiling faces, and all the mindless, heart-less robots that protect them and their property. –Assata Shakur

I was born into the flames of slave insurrection.  My first recorded ancestor was a runaway slave named Felix.  In between him and me have been several butchered half lives.  My grandfather, the oldest ancestor I’ve had the pleasure and privilege to interact with, was, as a young man, captured and tortured with “electro-shock therapy” for months on end as a consequence of his very material defiance and resistance to this “constitutional violence” that Wilderson describes in “the vengeance of vertigo”. 

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Dear JennVicious: are anarchist lazy?

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 09:33
From Ask Jenn Vicious

Dear JennVicious, are anarchist lazy, or just the ones I know? I know that anarchism has a long history of people doing hella (Emma Goldman, Sasha Berkman, Howard Zinn, and a half dozen others come to mind). If anarchists were not so myopically focused on their fucked up romances, disfunctional co-op houses, shitty jobs, and vegan lifestyles, we'd already be in the midst of the rev. I know capitalism is hard and that the rev begins with our personal relationships, but WTF? -- Still Waiting - Anonymous

Dear Still Waiting,

Sorry it took me so long to respond. I was busy taking care of myself after having some drama where one of my housemates convinced my partner to eat meat behind my back. No, I’m just kidding about that.

Obviously, I don’t think anarchists are actually lazy (being an incredibly busy anarchist myself.) I do, however, think that anarchists are just people, and people have their flaws. And, anarchists in this country are people socialized into a lot of ridiculous expectations and meaningless work-ethics based on monetary rewards and social prestige. Sometimes when you take those things away from someone, there is a period of readjustment, of finding a new reason to be motivated to do things.

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