Reportback from Anti-Police demo in Phoenix, AZ

At around 6 PM, comrades began converging on 3rd street and Van Buren in Downtown phoenix for the International Police Conference that was to be held at the Sheraton Hotel. Across the street, anarchists had unfurled a red and black banner reading “Phoenix, Oakland, Cairo, Greece. The whole world says FUCK THE POLICE” and crossed over. For the first little while, people mingled, yelled at cops, and the typical activities that occur at a rally until the bullhorn arrives. Phoenix Anarchist Black Cross was there to give out their information for potential arrestee’s at the nights event, and for events throughout the week. As the sun began to go down, the group began marching back, and forth around the entrance of the hotel, attempting to find an entrance into the building. We were quickly followed by Phoenix PD “Red Squad” detectives, and pigs on bikes, and hotel security. The pigs had erected barricades earlier in the day and it was obvious we weren’t going to get in, so we continued marching, chanting variations of “Fuck the Police” , and had a short rally in which solidarity with the IRA, Grand Jury Resisters in Seattle, and striking miners in South Africa was declared. This was done because top brass from the Northern Irish police, the South African police, and Seattle police were all in the building. Night fell, and we decided to march into a shopping plaza directly across from the Sheraton, where we caused a ruckus and were a spectacle to onlookers. As soon as we got back to the hotel, we decided to disrupt the dinner of our class enemies by hitting the alarm on the bullhorn, and starting a noise demo for the bourgeois who were having dinner in the fancy restaurant on the first floor. It was successful, as many people inside of the restaurant became uncomfortable, and completely turned their attention to us, rather than their dinners, or whatever shit they came there for. We chanted about class war, and generally heckled police, and patrons alike. We then marched around to the entrance, did the same thing, and then dispersed with a rally in which we expressed solidarity with our captured comrade, Josh Daniels.

Overall, we feel good about the demonstration. It was noisy, and disruptive of at least some of the usual activities of the day, and we are happy to have faced down class enemies, if we didn’t get to see the police chiefs themselves. We were also glad for the opportunity to express international solidarity with comrades all over the globe, in a tangible fashion.

We look forward to seeing more comrades on the street for Mayday at Civic Space Park, and we want to take this time to express solidarity with our comrade, Josh Daniels. When we yell at Phoenix pigs, we yell for you too.

Long Live Anarchy!
Fuck the Police!

- An anarchist in the valley.

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"It was successful, as many people inside of the restaurant became uncomfortable, and completely turned their attention to us, rather than their dinners, or whatever shit they came there for."

omg. You just said you did all this for attention. Like a kid throwing a tantrum at Thanksgiving.

I mean fuck the police for real but if I saved my check for a while to take a cutie out to dinner let us enjoy it. You know?

all I hear is "let us be bourgeois for a minute"
can't complain if you're going out to eat at a fancy-ass restaurant that treats their workers like shit and serves the propertied classes

No. You're wrong. This is what the commenter below is referring to, I think, about false, cultural, ideas of class that lazy anarchists have inherited.

One cannot just "be bourgeois for a minute." Eating at a fancy restaurant that treats their workers like shit does not make you bourgeois. It makes you a consumer. Just like all of the other consumers. Your critique, like much anarchist critique, is a cloaked consumer politics.

The bourgeois own property, like you say. They use that property to exploit the activity of other people, their relationships, they feelings, their styles, their hard work - it depends on the type of capital, of course.

Your understanding of being "bourgeois" is performative. Your analysis leaves all sorts of holes. The bourgeois often dress down, drive humble cars, each at local, cheap, restaurants. They can't just be seen by the way they present themselves.

Aesthetics are incidental, even if they follow general tendencies. Culture is not the terrain of antagonism., it is a product of it. Attacking cultural practices makes for a reformist practice in which commodities are given an urban, multicultural, face instead of a haughty one. Wealth can look any way you want it to.

"it depends on the type of capital, of course. " Could you elaborate?

Well just that factories don't capitalize on relationships like facebook does, that's all I was saying

Who cares? Bottom line -- sticking it to our oppressors is FAR more important than someones ruined fucking dinner date.

Uhm. What if that date would have led to more children who would eventually grow up to work shitty retail jobs and at night yell at people about police while they ate dinner?

Das Capital is boring book and so are your comments about the technicalities of the "being bourgouis for a mintute". Of course, people cant transform their class for an evening but nothing is stopping them from prentending and pretending is in essence being bourgouis for a minute.A proletariat who wants to be bourgouis deserves the same amount of respect as a hallmonitor who wants to be a cop

No. You are a liberal cultural critic, an aesthetician. I hope you fail at re-creating a subcultural counter-aesthetics.

You are mistaking wood for trees.

"A proletariat who wants to be bourgouis deserves the same amount of respect as a hallmonitor who wants to be a cop"
NO MORE WANTING NICE THINGS. DUMPSTERED BAGELS ARE THE ONLY FOOD TO FEED THE REV.

So this is cool. I'm excited this happened. Shit used to be really, really, wild in Phoenix just a few years ago. Keep it up! Develop the courage to be conflictual, develop the knowledge of how to bring this intensity into collective daily life.

Some points on the concept of "class enemies" as expressed in this reportback:

While I do not condemn the heckling of the patrons of the expensive restaurants, anarchists too-often engage in false forms of class struggle, mired by the cultural considerations of a bohemian past. There is no way to know a class enemy by way of cultural signification - style of dress, type of food, race, etc - despite the things we hear from artists, hipsters, punks, and identity politicians. We must remember that our class enemies own capital and they are everywhere. They own the places we work, they own the houses we rent, they are leasing cars to us and so on. While you may be right that some of the people eating at the cafe were bourgeois, they could just as easily be well-paid employees somewhere - the petty-bourgeois.

As for whether or not the petty-bourgeois are a stable class enemy of ours, I'd rather not go in to here, but I'd like to encourage that we reflect on the types of struggle we engage in.

If you want to do class struggle, start with the bourgeois activities of the bourgeoisie: rent strikes, anti-evictions, strikes, occupations, et cetera.

As to whether or not an insurrectional eruption will emerge from this momentum, I am not confident.

Once again, congrats and keep it up!

" petty-bourgeois" how do you define his term?

Well either as small business owners or else as specialized and/or high paid workers (usually salaried). They have some sort of reserves more then likely and may own some property. The phrase "middle class" is sometimes used for this type but since everyone considers themselves middle class, it's not very helpful. The petty-bourgeois typically side with whoever is winning in a revolutionary upheaval.

"really, really wild" = ??

I don't know like running street fighting with nazis and the police a few years ago. Tear gas, bricks, armed protests. That type of "really, really wild" shit.

Goddamn Phenisx is weird. Can someone just shoot a cop like they do in Chilly pleeze?

"The pigs had erected barricades earlier in the day and it was obvious we weren’t going to get in, so we continued marching, chanting variations of “Fuck the Police” , and had a short rally in which solidarity with the IRA, Grand Jury Resisters in Seattle, and striking miners in South Africa was declared."

"Solidarity with the IRA"

What in the sweet love of fuck does anarchist solidarity with the IRA mean? Nothing says "Smash the State, No Gods, No Masters!" quite like some Catholic nationalism. If there were Israeli police present, how about some solidarity with Hamas? Throw in a nice old-fashioned "Ho! Ho! Ho Chi Minh!" while your at it. Anti-imperialism is fucked.

"typical activities that occur at a rally"

The people having the fancy dinner were actually massage therapists at massage envy. They were there for a convention enjoying their one free shitty dinner they get bought by their shitty bosses once a year.

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