KoNo Office Gets Windows Smashed

In the early hours of November 27, 2013, "Smash Kono" was spraypainted on the windows of the Kono Office at Telegraph and 27th. The other windows were then smashed with a hammer and the door was broken.

This office bears partial responsibility for the ongoing gentrification of West Oakland along Telegraph Ave. They openly facilitate "development" in a historically working class community, causing the vile symptoms if rent raises, high-rise condos, coffee shops and all the useless yuppies that come with. The Kono office is helping to create a homogeneous shopping environment from Jack London to Emeryville. This effort is dynamic. It is rapidly changing the face of West Oakland.

Despite all this, there has been a sickening lack of violent action against the forces of gentrification. There is hope this action will inspire others to act as well. The targets are obvious and numerous. It takes only a small number of autonomous groups of dedicated people to create a repeating pattern of property destruction and a fear among developers that repair costs will be undesirable to profits. They will leave because the only language they speak is money.

Let the attacks continue until the gentrifiers leave Kono and similar developments behind. Let there be a rapid frequency of sustained attack in the coming weeks. Let the anger flow until our enemies drown in the barrage of destruction. The time is now, and it starts with you.

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All this social peace is sickening... so much that when we attack, we instantly feel much better and more sane!

People not doing a shit about it are complicit of just any fascism you can get.

Kona 2012

Kony. Kony.

Hyperbole fail.

Presumably the authors are actively communicating about this to people in this Oakland neighborhood, and not just seeking subcultural capital among their fellow scenesters...

Shut up. You're an asshole. You've been giving yourself big props for being an anarchist subculture weenie for thirty years without once venturing outside of your comfort zone to assert what you claim to be about among grown-ups in the real world. You've got a hobby of being a jerk to your fellow subculture weenies, and that's all you've got.

KONO's windows get smashed way more often than gets posted about online. also, i hope whoever wrote this notices KONO (and Telegraph Ave as a whole) isn't west Oakland. Not to say that it in any way makes up for the massive gentrification it's spreading, but it's just a minor inaccuracy.

The weenie-in-charge of this site changed the meaning of the post that begins "Shut up..." Simple honestly would mean inserting (...) where he removed a word, but this is beyond his level of functional honesty. Here we can see Joe McCarthy and Stalin United in Struggle at anarchistnews.org!

Weenies!

KK. Real names and pseudonym-busting aren't allowed on the site.

"Let the attacks continue until the gentrifiers leave Kono and similar developments behind."

Ha ha ha ha ha! Good luck. It will take more than a few broken windows to stop gentrification once it has been set in motion. At the very least it takes organized communities. It is hard to see how smashing windows alone does that. Good luck though.

This is a brave action and I'm glad it was taken. That being said, it's not so simple that sustained property damage of this sort will stop development in Oakland. You are right to attack Kono. Do not mistake my critique for something it is not.

City planners and urban developers (who I hope you mean when you talk about "gentrifiers") usually take this type of resistance into account. Certainly these forces know they are investing lots of money into a high crime city with a militant history. That does not mean that resistance is futile. Not at all. And it does mean that property damage must be sustained. I am also not calling for a militant escalation of tactics. But I am going to say what many already know:

Gentrification is an objective process in capitalism. It is not a subjective decision made by consumers in the housing or consumer markets. Simply asking white anarchists to not move to the bay, as some Leninists have, should be abandoned as a strategic conflictual practice against white supremacy. An insurrectional movement that pulls in large numbers of people is necessary. Previous experiments in the Bay provided inspiration and strategic breakthroughs for the entire country. This context cannot be missed. The New York-ification of Oakland is occurring in every city in the U.S., not just the Bay Area.

Keep it up, fighters.
But also: get with the others.

What about Paris-ification on every pathway adjacent to chic fashion stores and cafés? And people with easels and berets painting these scenes, omg uurgh!

Who do you think you are fooling>>>>>>>>?????

This is fake ghetto propaganda and your cause is BULLSHIT!!! You have no history first of all in this community nor in W. Oak. When the real people who have been a part of this community try to do shit that benefits the youth and elders and peeps in this community, you fucking outsiders with your hippy-dippy anarchist bullshit fuck it up. You ain't got no stake, no history. Where were you when folks were feeding the youth and peeps in the 70's? What the fuck do you know.
You make the real folk hate yo'ass and don't want you here. You ain't fooling no one. you are getting paid to fuck up property values for BIG CORPORATE investors so they can buy shit for pennies to a dollar and take over. STUPID ASS FUCKS!
You so-called anarchists fucks are a ploy getting paid by some big investors! Go back to your states and get the hella out of Oakland. DumbFuck.

The vandalism itself will be easily ignored and of no significance unless the people doing it, or applauding it here, use it to get a bigger aggressive message out against gentrification.

Is this happening in North Oakland now?

Hey dumbasses, you do realize that Jerry Brown lives above that place, right?

If true, then PROFIT!

For the record, this IS true. Jerry brown owns a condo above KONO at 27th & Telegraph.

Someone needs a geography lesson. KONO only runs along Telegraph from 31st to 21st streets near downtown Oakland, which is different than West Oakland. Also there are two additional bids between KONO and Jack London. But ok.....

Nice work of insuring the black man and the yellow man won't be allowed to participate and profit in the capitalistic world. Keep them down and hold them down.

Black man and yellow man? I've never seen that, racist douche.

How about this for how it is seen, why don't the sons and daughters of wealthy pink stay in their own neighborhood and stop telling us how we should act as the poor and people of color and the working class. The pink BOYS are the true gentrifers,it their parents who profit off of our pain and then give their spoliled offspring money to speak for us. They move here and steal homes from people in Oakland in the name of some political cause that is simply pinky wanting to do what he wants, when he wants, without anyone calling him on it. It is the pink BOYS who have no identity of their own that steal the black mans culture or the red mans culture or the yellow mans culture, shit they even steal the culture of mics and dagos or anyone else that isn't a wasp/pink BOY. Even the white bikers here respect us more than the pink BOY anarchist. BTW I live right off of Hegenberger around the corner from the labor temple and I used to eat at the Hofbrau when it was still there. So pink BOYS stay away or maybe we will start cutting them dreads off your head.

As a dago I'm excited to have gotten racist-named dropped in this post! Wow I hardly ever see that these days! When do I get to slap a white boy?

yes!

This is one of many statements, ostensibly made by a non-anarchist, that should be revealing for identity politician, anti-oppression, decolonize types.

Although it is obvious to many, it still must be said over and over again that just because you are oppressed does not mean you understand the nature of the forces organizing against you. People make snobby asides all the time that white people/anarchists/activists/whoever don't need to explain to poor people/POC/whoever about police repression/capitalism/gentrification/surveillance etc etc.

This is moronic.

It's true that black people, for instance, suffer from white supremacy and that they have probably (but not necessarily!) noticed that there is some objective blockage in this society holding them back. That does not mean they understand how it works, who is in control of it, how to stop etc. The same goes for workers and poor people and whoever else.

It's called ideology and it's stronger than everyday experience most of the time.
Hence, the need for a rupture with those everyday experience where the forces of order are laid bare, where polarization is necessary, and where partisans can find one another beyond their identities.

They don't represent black or yellow..... that's fo'sure.
If anything, they are fucking it up. That's why I am convinced that these fools are getting paid so that property value drops like it happened in W. Oak, then the big investors come along and buy it cause no one else want's it. IT's a BS game and they are part of it.

I hear you, they would give us the gas and matches to burn our own house down so their parents could profit off our pain.

This is what happens when spoiled "kids" on drugs use parents money to buy hammers.
Idle Minds

Again, to whoever posted this -- are you making any effort to communicate about this to people in this Oakland neighborhood? Or is it like the subculture weenie event at Dolores Park a few years ago, a meaningless effort to keep yourselves entertained and earn points with other Circle-A-scene types?

Prove what I'm assuming here to be wrong -- show some examples.

hey KK, how you doing buddy?

This is bs fake ghetto propaganda. The real folk know that it is the outsides with no history in the community
Trying to f it up do that the property value dtops anc big corporate investment money buys hete for and getting
Paid by big investors.
Apenies.
You so-called anarchists fucks are a ploy looking
Out
big

This is fake ghetto propaganda and your cause is BULLSHIT!!! You have no history first of all in this community nor in W. Oak. When the real people who have been a part of this community try to do shit that benefits the youth and elders and peeps in this community, you fucking outsiders with your hippy-dippy anarchist bullshit fuck it up. You ain't got no stake, no history. Where were you when folks were feeding the youth and peeps in the 70's? What the fuck do you know.
You make the real folk hate yo'ass and don't want you here. You ain't fooling no one. you are getting paid to fuck up property values for BIG CORPORATE investors so they can buy shit for pennies to a dollar and take over. STUPID ASS FUCKS!
You so-called anarchists fucks are a ploy getting paid by some big investors! Go back to your states and get the hella out of Oakland. DumbFuck.

I love you, want to have your two-headed love baby, rilly I do.

http://anarchistnews.org -
Go back to canada or wherever - Fake ASS - getting paid by BIG BUSINESS.
YOU AINT FOOLING NOBODY HERE MUTHA FUCKA!
What tha fuck do you stand for????? (its rhetorical fool).
Stop fucking up in the wrong place. Find yourself a real cause or at least do your fucking homework fake ass mutha fucker. YOU ARE WORKING FOR THA MAN!

Why the fuck would the man care what happens to West Oakland, bro?

KONA ain't from West Oakland either, so why the fuck do you care? Outsiders fighting with outsiders.

fuck you liberal

I fuck liberals, at least they take baths and shave their arm pits. Much better than anarchy crusty girl with a stinky snatch and fleas.

this is correct

Enjoy a good submissive liberal chick, don't you, dickhead? How often do YOU shave your balls and wash them for "your" women, btw, brutus rex?

not to be the one to be called liberal, but won't very few people be attracted to anarchist ideas if our sites have "fuck you liberal" as one of the recent comments? the name anarchist news is the basic thing that people would go on to see an anarchist site, and this is what they see. This is not to say that the liberal is right (because he is not), but instead to point out the disservice we are doing ourselves.

fuck off! anarchy aint no politician shit, where you conceal how you really feel for the sake of making yuppie douchbags swoon.

is that what I fucking said?

Can the persons who originally posted this address their efforts to spread an anti-gentrification message among working people in Oakland?

Working people in Oakland don't need to lectured about gentrification from activists.

Where's the opposition to gentrification in Oakland?

Marin County suburban community where pink Boy lives in his parents basement within a gated community where he tells the brown man how to mow his lawn.

pink Boy strikes again, man, i hate that guy!

Pink boy has a small cock and blames the world.

Anyone remember how the neo anarchist cried when their window got smashed in SC? If the Anarchist community really had guts they would engage in self-immolation. I'm absolutely sure that tactic would be the one that would get them community support.

No, no one remembers that. No one cares about the support of your community. Self immolation is cool though, Crimethinc and IEF and Tides of Flame all said so. Not sure any of them matched their practice to their theory though.

Actually, that's a gross distortion of what any of them said, but wooops I'm arguing with the morons again. Maybe you should match your practice to their theory wiseguy.

"We can never know
what he felt and thought, but some
-
thing powerful pushed him to find
a full can of gasoline, douse himself
with it, and set himself on fire in
front of the local government build
-
ing. When a person chooses to do
this, they are choosing to have no
future, and it is clear that Mohamed
had nothing left to live for in a world
that simply went along with endless
humiliation by the police, by the
capitalist market, and by the govern
-
ment. If the entire population of Tu
-
nisia had not felt a deep connection
with Mohamed Bouazizi’s singular
act, they would not have proceeded
to take to the streets, fight the police,
topple the government, and reclaim
some of their lost dignity."

http://tidesofflame.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/tidesofflame_4.pdf

I suspect "the brown man" here owns rental property in the affected area of Oakland. And he can pull this mau-mau routine because Circle-A-subculture types in the S.F. Bay Area are weak liberals who are eager to be punked in this manner.

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