The Cascadia Trans and/or Women’s Action Camp is coming!

The Cascadia Trans and/or Women’s Action Camp is coming! To find out how
watch our awkward video!

What is TWAC?
Since 2008, the Trans and/or Women’s Action Camp (TWAC) has been a fierce
action camp for folks who identify as trans women, female, trans men,
two-spirit, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, and gender-variant. TWAC
is an intentional space to learn about social and environmental justice,
share campaign information, and gain direct action skills in a conscientious,
supportive, empowering and encouraging environment for voices often
marginalized. At the end of the camp, we take collective action on issues of
importance. TWAC Cascadia will be in the forest in Washington Sept 1-8th.

Anarchists Sabotage Equipment at a Mcdonalds Construction Site in Portland

Earlier this week, several pieces of heavy equipment, including a dump truck
and water pump, located at the construction site of a Mcdonalds restaurant
off 29th and Powell in S.E. Portland, were sabotaged by having bleached
poured into their fuel tanks.

A Call to Blockade the Zim Chicago

To whom it may concern,
This is a call to action.

The Zim Chicago is a ship largely owned by the Israeli state. This ship will
be docking in the ports of Tacoma and Seattle around August 20th and 22nd
carrying commodities from China. Comrades will be blocking the ship's cargo
from being off loaded at both locations. This is an attempt to break
complicity with the occupation of Palestine, the "prisonification" of Gaza,
and the Israeli state itself. This is also an attempt to become complicit
with the revolt against the Israeli state. It is encouraged for people from
Olympia and other areas closer to Tacoma to go to the Washington United
Terminal at the port and join in the action.

The 6th Annual Seattle Anarchist Book Fair is One Week Away!

One of the most important parts of the Seattle Anarchist Book Fair is creating a forum where newcomers can engage with the beautiful idea, and where more seasoned anarchists can further explore our (anti-)politics, as well as providing a space for sharing information of use to anarchists and friends.

Below is a partial list of the workshops and discussions being offered this year at the Seattle Anarchist Book Fair.

Lightrail Station Attacked in Seattle

On Friday July 18th, we attacked the Rainier Beach Station of the Seattle
Link Lightrail, by smashing the screens of the automated ticket machines and
gluing the card slots. The lightrail is one of the newest permutation of the
cities displacement strategies and the site of a recent police killing.

Mobile Slaughter Unit Sabotaged in Castle Rock, WA

Earlier this month, a quart of bleach was poured into the fuel tank of a
mobile slaughter unit operated by Bolar Custom Meat Cutting (381
Delameter Rd, Castle Rock, WA). This was done with the goal of causing
damage to the unit's fuel system and providing temporary respite from
the bloodshed.

Mobile Slaughter Truck Sabotaged in Battle Ground, WA

Last week, a mobile slaughter truck operated by Wards Custom Meat Cutting
(25906 NE 147th Ave, Battle Ground, WA) was sabotaged by having a chemical
abrasive introduced to its fuel system.

There is nothing humane about turning a living-breathing animal into a
lifeless commodity in order to satisfy frivolous human desires. The so called
'humane meat movement' is not about respecting the 'welfare' of non-human
animals, but about masking and normalizing a
culture of violence and exploitation directed towards sentient non-humans.
This is an act of solidarity with the pigs and cows that are slated to be
killed by this company and with all the victims of animal agriculture.

Until the last slaughterhouse truck is idled and the last butchers blade is
snapped. A.L.F. Freedom Summer 2014 has officially commenced.

Smash Pacifism: A Critical Analysis of Gandhi and King

Non-violence as an ideology adopted by social movements is a relatively new phenomenon. While people have used both violent and non-violent methods throughout history in struggles against oppression, depending on circumstances, it was not until the late 19th century that non-violence came to be promoted as a philosophy applicable to political action. By the early 20th century, groups began to emerge claiming nonviolence was the only way to establish a utopian society. Most of these groups and their intellectuals derived their philosophies from organized religions such as Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Within these religions were sects that advocated pacifism as a way of life. Often overlooked in critiques of pacifism, this religious origin is an important factor in understanding pacifism and its methods (i.e., missionary-style organizing, claims of moral superiority, appeals to faith and not reason, etc.).

Ironically, considering that the most demonized group by pacifists today are militant anarchists, the leading proponents of pacifism in the 19th century also proclaimed themselves as anarchists: Henry David Thoreau and Leo Tolstoy (as would Gandhi). In 1849, Thoreau published his book Civil Disobedience, which outlined his anti-government beliefs and non-violent philosophy. This, in turn, influenced Tolstoy, who in 1894 published The Kingdom of God is Within You, a primer on his own Christian pacifist beliefs.

The idea of non-violence did not gain a large following, however, and indeed the 19th and early 20th centuries were ones of widespread violence and social conflict throughout Europe and N. America, as well as in Asia, Africa, and South America. The first significant movement to emerge proclaiming pacifism as the only way was led by Mahatma Gandhi. It is based on this that the entire pacifist mythology of nonviolent struggle is formed, with Gandhi as its figurehead. Yet, Gandhian pacifism would still be seen as a strictly ‘Third World’ peasant phenomenon if it were not for Martin Luther King’s promotion of it during the Black civil rights struggle in the US during the 1950s and ’60s. Today, there are many well intentioned people who think they know the history of Gandhi and King. They assume that nonviolence won the struggle for Indian independence, and that Blacks in the US are equal citizens because of the nonviolent protests of the 1950s.

Reportback: Vigil and Rally at SODO Lightrail Station, in Response to Cop's Murder

On Sunday July 6th, there was a midday rally and vigil that, for the most
part, was stationed at the SODO light rail location where Oscar Perez-Giron's
life was taken that previous Monday (as other previous PSA postings have
reported).

Around 75 people gathered; many family and friends of the slain and otherwise
accused came together, along with other angry and concerned people. Most of
the time was spent sharing with each other sentiments regarding the cops,
with a generalized sense that the police are enemies, especially of poor
people and people of color, as well as stories of the day and of Oscar's life
and character. Additionally throughout the rally, there were flyers wheat
pasted and anti-cop, anti-gentrification slogans tagged on the trains and
station walls.

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