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May Day 2016 in Seattle Reportback

For the fifth consecutive year in Seattle, May Day was celebrated and fought for by what seemed to be nearly 200 angry people who seemed keen on keeping the streets and denying police orders. At around 5:30pm, a group of about 30 bloc’d up anarchists and sympathizers arrived at Westlake Plaza to join with a small crowd that was already gathering from the day’s earlier permitted festivities of punk bands, Food Not Bombs and literature tables. Banners were unfurled and used to create cover from the growing mass of cameras and journalists so that protesters could share materials such as rocks, masks and flag-bats. One rather large banner that lead the march for the day beautifully read “(A) WHOEVER THEY VOTE FOR WE ARE UNGOVERNABLE (A)” while another black banner simply remained blank.

Why May Day?

The following text was printed on a flyer that was handed out and thrown about at this year's May Day Anti-Capitalist March

The world that we live in is absolutely horrifying. This horror is normalized in many ways and we are supposed to get used to the fact that we should expect the police to murder black people with impunity, that we should expect to be displaced from our homes so that tech workers can live our their fantasies of an emerging urbanism that is built on the forcible removal of poor people and people of color. We are expected to forget that our friends and families are locked in prisons. We are expected to get used to the fact that the instruments of our distraction are built with minerals mined in slave labor conditions.

We are expected to go about our daily lives as if these things don’t exist, to make responsible consumer choices to ease our guilt at our unavoidable complicity in this hellworld. When people become widely aware of the consequences of living in a barely-veiled fascist police state, the available answer is that we should vote to elect a candidate to manage this horror. We are expected to vote for Bernie Sanders because “he’ll change things”; we were also expected to vote for Obama for the same reasons. And yet the drone strikes continue, the prisons are still full, and who can afford rent? We are expected to say, “at least he’s better than Trump.”

Let’s refuse to get used to it.

May Day is an opportunity to express the rage and sorrow that accumulate daily as capitalism wrecks the earth. It is a yearly tradition of attacking those responsible for this daily misery. It is a tradition of attacking the police that protect a world where more black men are in prison than were ever held in slavery. It is a tradition of making sure that those who benefit from exploitation, patriarchy, and white supremacy know there are knives at their backs. This hellworld is a many-headed monster and we cannot hope to kill it—but we can twist our knives at every opportunity.

Each year the media and the police decry the injustice of a few broken windows while ignoring the millions of lives broken by the people who own those windows. The newspapers discuss “random and meaningless” property destruction as if it is unthinkable to want to fight back against destructive institutions. This denial of reality is possible because the daily violence of capitalism is experienced by homeless people, poor people, people of color and people in the global south whose realities are separated by borders, oceans, and the effects of racism, colonialism and globalization. Whether the targets of attack are a new condo block being built after the previous residents were evicted from their homes or a row of high-end, plate-glassed businesses, the message should be clear: capitalism has us in a chokehold and there is no reason to be sorry for fighting back.

Revolt neither starts nor ends on the first of May. There are constant reasons to be in the streets, to attack capitalism, white supremacy and patriarchy. From our personal lived experiences of gentrification, surveillance, and the police to all the ways this particular society uses total exploitation of brown and black people here and in the global south to fuel its tech boom and supply its commodities. From U.S. prisons to mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, from every racist police shooting to the exploited workers building a Trump golf resort in Dubai for $1.50 an hour, let’s remember what violence really is, and why it is important to strike back in any way possible.

Let’s have each other’s backs. Let’s take care of each other so we can fight this horrifying world together.

"Just Want Privacy" My Ass

As far as we can tell, those hateful asshats (“Just Want Privacy”) behind the Washington state anti-trans Initiative No. 1515 have started gathering signatures. While it seems unlikely that they will collect enough to get that steaming pile of shit on the ballot in November, let’s not waste an opportunity to fuck with them.

We are encouraging a state-wide competition – a contest of daring and foot speed. The victor? Whoever “collects” the most initiative pages for the bathroom bill and posts pictures or video online (anonymously, of course, duh) with the hashtags #justwantprivacy, #fuck1515, or whatever other message you have for the world. Bonus points if the initiative sheets are on fire. Or maybe a nice big Cleveland Steamer on top!

It’s pretty simple, really. Just pretend to be registered to vote when approached by a signature gatherer. If they are gathering signatures for Initiative 1515, which “concerns gender-segregated facilities and civil liability,” grab the clipboard and book it!

Act swiftly, commit to your actions, and have an escape plan.


Seattle May Day is Going to be Stellar

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.

All Out on Friday 2/19 to Defend Camp Dearborn!

3 weeks ago, the residents of the Dearborn Nicklesville encampment passed a vote of “no confidence” in Scott Morrow who is a founding board member of both the Low-Income Housing Institute (LIHI) and SHARE which are the two primary non-profits in Seattle “servicing” the houseless. Since the inception of city-sanctioned encampments, Scott has used his connections to essentially act as the primary conduit between the encampments and these organizations and as a result, he is the de facto authoritative figure at each encampment.

A Call Into the Night - Fuck Security Cameras Yo

We fucking hate security cameras, they're ugly as fuck and as beautiful as we all are, we never consented to having constant video taken of us wherever we are. Inspired CAMOVER , we decided to begin mapping out all of the security cameras in Olympia and putting the information out there for brave rebel souls to do with what they will. What started out as a caffeine hyped 6AM round of screaming at security cameras turned into the Olympia Counter-Surveillance Network, an currently WIP interactive map of security cameras in Olympia.

Reflections on the Seattle "Smash The Hammerskins" March of December 6th

We showed up to Cal Anderson Park in Seattle just after the 5pm anti-fascist rally was set to begin. There were already hundreds of comrades gathered in the rainy evening, many in full black bloc and ready to fight. A number of people out that night were recently involved in the battles against Nazis in Olympia and although this experience gives us confidence, it also produces a feeling of dread that we are encountering an increase in fascist organizing.

Call to Action: Smash the Hammerskins in Seattle December 6th #DefendSeattle

From Rose City Antifa

Rose City Antifa and allies are calling for antifascists in the Pacific Northwest to turn out this coming Sunday December 6th to Cal Anderson Park in Seattle, WA to show the Northwestern Hammerskins that we stand united against fascism and racism.

​The Northwestern Hammerskins have threatened to march on Capitol Hill in Seattle, and antifascist must turn out to defend the streets. The fascist march is planned as part of the annual Martyrs Day celebrations that the Northwestern Hammerskins are hosting in remembrance of Robert Jay Mathews of the white supremacist terror cell, the Order, who died during a shootout with law enforcement at Whidbey Island on December 8th 1984. In the past this event has been a smaller affair held on private property. This year the NWHS have boasted a larger planned attendance and have announced a more public appearance, which represents a dangerous escalation of tactics. We must not allow them to be further emboldened. Particularly in light of the recent upswell of fascist violence regionally and across the nation, we must vigorously oppose any effort by fascists to claim space and spread fear.

We will gather in the north end of Cal Anderson Park, Seattle at 5pm on Sunday December 6th. Please bring flags and banners so that it is clear that we are antifascists opposing the neo-Nazis. While covering your face is not mandatory it is a good precaution to take to prevent the police or neo-Nazis from taking your picture.

People are encouraged to use the Twitter hashtag #defendseattle to post updates and make it easier for everyone to keep track of what is happening at and around the rally. Rose City Antifa will be posting updates throughout the weekend of the 5th & 6th on any information related to NWHS Martyrs Day activities.

If your organization would like to sign on to this effort, if you have questions, or if you have information related to white supremacist organizing in our region, please e-mail us at fight_them_back@riseup.net or leave us a voicemail on 971-533-7832.

Organizations that have signed on:

Rose City Antifa
Spokane Anti-Racist Action
Marilyn Buck Abolitionist Collective ​
Seattle Solidarity Network
Oly Antifa ​
Emerald City Antifa

Fascist Alert! Posters Available

A series of posters have been crafted from information that was shared via rosecityantifa.org: the information can be found here and here

The posters (8 in total) can be downloaded as a zipped file here