The Final Straw: ALKQN

<table><tr><td>From <a href="http://www.ashevillefm.org/the-final-straw/10/2012/alkqn-richmond-copwat... Final Straw</a>

This weeks show features 2 interviews. The first is with Savanah, an anarchist working on solidarity with members of the North Carolina tribe of the Almighty Latin Kings & Queens Nation. ALKQN members are facing RICO charges in Federal Court. The trial begins October 22nd, 2012. More info can be found at <a href="http://alkqnsolidarity.com">alkqnsolidarity.com</a>

The second part of the show, we speak with Jeremy, an Anarchist who was invovled in copwatch in the South Barton Heights neighborhood in the north of Richmond, Virginia. Jeremy asserts that he faced increasing harassment and eventually imprisonment for being a vocal and visible proponent of holding cops accountable and spreading the practice of copwatching. For more about Richmond CopWatch, check out <a href="http://wingnutrva.org">wingnutrva.org</a></td><td><img title="society" src="http://anarchistnews.org/files/pictures/2012/scaredbros2.jpg"></td></tr>...

The third part of the conversation will concern efforts by law enforcement at many levels to label political organizers as gang members, including those recently arrested in the San Francisco protest against Christopher Columbus Day, Jeremy and those doing support work with ALKQN.

Streaming thru 10/20/2012 at <a href="http://www.ashevillefm.org/the-final-straw"> Ashevillefm.org </a>.
Available at <a href="http://archive.org/details/AlkqnRichmondCopwatchGang-jacketingOfRadicalD... for streaming or download.

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We love you Jeremy!

ALKQN is a drug dealing/trafficking organization. I don't doubt that some imprisoned members are prison rebels, but I think it is troubling for anarchists to involve themselves with street gangs and other criminal organizations.

The NC ALKQN has been involved in gang truce organizing and anti-police work. Gang truce organizing is in line with our values and makes strategic sense. Also, if you're an anarchist, then in the US government's eyes you are a criminal involved in ,at the very least, a criminal conspiracy if not a criminal organization. So maybe you should watch your use of the state's rhetoric. I'm sure Latin Kings in other areas do whatever fucking things trolls want to throw at them. But we're not talking about any Latin King any where in the world. This is about these men on trial right now. These men that have worked on gang truces and against police and prisons. These men that many of us know personally.

And other members of the gang have used your newsletters to pass drug codes. Your response to me dodged the question of drug trafficking. I say - "They are drug traffickers". You say - "They do gang truce organizing and anti-police work". I never brought up or doubted gang truce organizing or police work.

By "criminal organization" I meant "criminal business organization". The drug economy is not something anarchists ought to be involved in.

I'm not doubting that the guys on trial are prison rebels, but constantly promoting ALKQN is doing something more than supporting these specific guys.

nice young white anarchists from the suburbs shouldn't get mixed up with bad brown drug dealing criminals, it gives me internet anxiety and makes a lot of work for me, what with having to tell other people what they should and should not be doing and all. you just have such a nice future ahead of you as a grad student or internet warrior or whatever i hate to see you throw that away.

while i appreciate the illegalism of the latin kings, gangs fucking suck (for a myriad of reasons). why would you support some authoritarian-ass shit like that? it's weak and counter-revolutionary; may it bite you in the ass, motherfucker.

FUCK GANGS

- not the person you were arguing with above

Hi, the support people don't appreciate the illegalism of this crew. That's fucking stupid. However, thanks for your well wishes. I also really appreciate your nuanced analysis. After working with these men, it's like a breath of fresh air to have somebody really explain what's going on. You're great!

what is wrong with these Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army, Internationalist books, chapel hill books to prisoners, croatan earth first!, derrick jensen/DGR worshipping people ?

Stop confusing anarchism with maoism !

IGTT .5/10

"nice young white anarchists from the suburbs shouldn't get mixed up with bad brown drug dealing criminals, it gives me internet anxiety and makes a lot of work for me, what with having to tell other people what they should and should not be doing and all. you just have such a nice future ahead of you as a grad student or internet warrior or whatever i hate to see you throw that away."

Uh, I don't live in the suburbs. I live in a neighborhood where drug dealing happens out in the open all day long. The drugs industry is fucking awful... from the beginning (cartels or w. coast hippy mafia) to the end (street dealers). Anarchists ought not to entangle themselves in any industry, but the drug industry in particular is a nasty, violent thing that traps people and wears them down.

You are foolish if you think this is a white people vs. brown people thing. Spend some time in neighborhoods controlled or filled with drug dealers, and you'll find that opposition to dealers is not a "white thing".

"And other members of the gang have used your newsletters to pass drug codes."

This sounds like total bullshit. What are you even talking about?

I didn't dodge the question, it's just an irrelevant point. We are making a distinction between NC Latin Kings and others. We're not involved in the drug economy. That much should be obvious if you've been to NC or read any of the things we've been putting out around this case, or all of the fucking SXE zines!

"Firefox can't find the server at www.alkqnsolidarity.com."

It's http://alkqnsupport.com/ . My mistake

pro-police and pro-Christianity

"Recruit churches to work with youth groups, including Love Youth Faith Empowerment (LYFE) and RELAY."

"That the Greensboro Police Department enforce the law equally and without prejudice.

That the Greensboro Police Department work collaboratively with the community in working through the practical implications of the paradigm shift and that training is developed for all GPD officers consistent with the aforementioned approach."

This is text from this alkqnsupport group page.

But hey, they're not white, so it's okay!

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