Friday, May 14, 2010

The Riot or the Attack?

Solidarity and questions for US Anarchists after May Day

AG Schwarz

Since the disruptions in Pittsburgh during the G20, the Portland riots, and the coast to coast May Day smashings of 2010, anarchists in the US have proven they are a force. My beloved Glenn Beck even has to protect his wayward libertarians from us by insisting that we are communists, and that, laugh of laughs, we're working for the trade unions. The rightwing in the United States plays the curious role of recuperating a very popular anti-state sentiment, and as relatively weak as American anarchists are, they are starting to threaten this monopoly. That's the thing about non-vanguardist anarchists: when we speak and act honestly, we tend to have an influence far beyond our numbers.

Because we now have proven to ourselves that we can start shit almost whenever and wherever we want, anarchists in the US no longer need to be so desperate for a riot that they are willing to throw everything away just to get their game on. Less combative anarchists have intuited a weakness in this new direction, a potential for isolation and repression, but unfortunately for everyone they couched it in the tired old terms of a fetishization of violence. Articles like “Are we addicted to rioting” were correct in sensing a danger, but because their authors were not conscious of their own position nor empowered by the confidence that comes with rioting, they sounded the call to retreat.

A much better critique, written after the Strasbourg riots by honest to goodness Black Blockers, is “And After Having Burnt Everything?” The InvCom as well were on to something when they wrote, “the question of pacifism is serious only for those who have the ability to open fire. In this case, pacifism becomes a sign of power, since it's only in an extreme position of strength that we are freed from the need to fire.”
Read the whole article

Friday, May 07, 2010

Escalation and reaction... Mayday 2010

A wild Mayday in 2010 has left many comrades in jail and facing charges, as well as much discussion about tactics and the use of violence.

Here an argument in support of the Mayday riots in Santa Cruz

Here a statement supporting those allegedly involved in the controversial Mayday actions in Asheville NC

And most importantly before we publish our critique of any actions we must work to get our comrades out of jail, and only then do we begin the discussion...

Support the Asheville 11:

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Support Antifa in San Francisco!

On Mayday two Anti-Fascists were arrested in San Francisco, after a confrontation with a group of Nazis after an anti immigration protest.The bourgeoisie media, the police, and the nazis have once again shown they have no problems working together to criminalize those who struggle. At this point, the movement here in the states has been stretched thin due to the bulk of arrests that resulted from an unprecedented and exciting year of May Day actions and thus comrades in the Bay Area need everyone's help to secure the release of the two imprisoned anti-fascists. Immediate solidarity and support is needed and should be demonstrated incessantly because it affirms and expands who we are, what we do, and if we struggle together, what we can become!

No Pasaran!
Our Solidarity is a weapon!

People on the ground in San Francisco are asking anyone that can to please send money so we can bail our comrades out of jail. The best way to send donations is via Paypal to paypal [at] You can also send well-concealed cash or checks or money orders (please leave the "pay to" section blank) to:

Kelsey & Dee Support
3030b 16th street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Freedom for the 5 comrades arrested in Buenos Aires!

(all translations via this is our job)
During the afternoon of Tuesday, April 27, 2010, comrades decided to attack the Greek embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina as a show of solidarity with anarchist comrade Giannis Dimitrakis, who is facing the final appeal of his 35-year prison sentence for a 2006 bank robbery. Read More
The 5 are still in jail facing severe state repression:

-Raids on Houses of Comrades Arrested at Greek Embassy

-Judge refuses to release “Buenos Aires Five” [UPDATE #2]

Información sobre lxs 5 compañerxs detenidxs en Argentina

El martes 27 de abril fueron detenidxs dos compañeras y tres compañeros anarquistas frente a la embajada de Grecia en Buenos Aires, tras realizar una accion en solidaridad con Giannis Dimitrakis (1).

En el transcurso de la acción aparecieron dos policías de civil mostrando sus armas y gritando que iban a disparar, seguido, aparecieron más efctivos de la Policía Federal, produciendose un enfrentamiento con lxs compañerxs. Resultando de esto 5 compañerxs detenidxs, unx de lxs cuales resulto heridx en la cabeza y trasladado al Hospital Fernández donde se le mantuvo toda la noche esposadxo. Por parte de la policía resultaron 3 heridos, uno con traumatismo de craneo, otro con una fractura en el brazo y otro con rotura de ligamento.

Lxs compañerxs fueron llevadxs a la Comisaría n·15 sin que el resto pudiera tener información verídica de si estaba en la 15 o en la 17. Al día siguiente fueron trsladadxs a los Tribunales de Comodoro Py para declarar ante el juez Claudio Bonadío (2) que los acusó de: “daños agravados”, “lesiones”, “resistencia a la autoridad” y también le aplicó el delito de “prepotencia ideológica”, cara oculta de la Ley Antiterrorista.
Lee Todo (por Liberacion Total)

Monday, May 03, 2010

Asheville May Day arrestees need your help!

From Infoshop News
Eleven people were arrested here yesterday evening, including folks from Milwaukee, Carrboro, Raleigh, Asheville, and OKC. Ten people have $10,000 bail and seven counts of misdemeanor damage to personal property, three counts of misdemeanor damage to real property; one person has $11,000 bail and an extra charge. One person has been bailed out by their family so far.
Everyone will be arraigned tomorrow at 8:30am, so we'll know more then. Their charges and bail may change, and we may be able to get folks out then. We haven't heard much from the people inside, so we aren't sure who wants to be bailed out right now. We'll update y'all once we have more information.

As you can probably tell, we could use cash money. We're working on getting a paypal set up, but if you'd like to wire us money or send us checks, email

More news as it comes! Thanks for all of the love and solidarity that's been pouring in already, and good luck to everyone else who got in trouble yesterday.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Mayday 2010!

MAYDAY 2010!

Athens, Greece:

New York:

Around noon, several Banks, ATMs, and American Apparel, and several other corporate storefronts on Broadway were attacked by a breakaway march dozens strong. Police swarmed the rally as it approached Union Square, arresting 5 individuals at random while the rest dispersed safely.
Apparently a few concerened citizens were involved in making citizens arrests including a chubby little american apparel employee seen below and in the video:

Berlin, Germany:

Asheville NC:

Santa Cruz:

-Photos of the aftermath

San Francisco, CA:

Also in San Francisco, a group of fascists with the Bay Area National "Anarchists"(BANA) were beaten as they left an anti immigration march by antifa. Unfortunately 2 people were arrested by gun wielding undercover cops and face enormously high bail ($200,000). Fuck BANA And Fuck Andrew Yeoman, Solidarity with our comrades in SF!

BANA Scum:

Parker Wilson

Andrew Yeoman:
After the beating:

Thursday, April 29, 2010

UPDATE: All Six Disappeared in San Juan Copala Are Confirmed Alive

(from el enemigo comun)
Four of Six Disappeared in San Juan Copala Are Confirmed Alive
UPDATE: All Six Disappeared in San Juan Copala Are Confirmed Alive

by Kristin Bricker

Contralinea reports that David Venegas and Noe Bautista from VOCAL have made it to safety in Juxtlahuaca, Oaxaca. They say they were with missing Contralinea reporters Erika Ramirez and David Cilia.

Venegas and Bautista have a video of Ramirez and Cilia that proves the journalists are alive. Ramirez is unhurt but dehydrated. Cilia has a bullet in his thigh and another bullet grazed his waist, but Venegas and Bautista say that neither are in danger of dying as long as they are rescued soon.

Venegas, Bautista, Ramirez, and Cilia had been missing since the April 27 paramilitary attack on an aid caravan that was headed for the autonomous municipality of San Juan Copala in Oaxaca.

Cilia’s father David is en route to the conflict zone. He has stated that he will search for his missing son, regardless of the risk it entails.

Still missing are two Triqui women from San Juan Copala, whom paramilitaries kidnapped just prior to the attack on the caravan. The UBISORT paramilitaries, whom are allied with the ruling party in Oaxaca, released a third woman who notified the autonomous municipality of the kidnapping. UBISORT is demanding a ransom for the missing women.