The Hotwire #5: September 20, 2017

  • Posted on: 20 September 2017
  • By: thecollective

From CrimethInc.
St. Louis against the cops, Struggalos, & cops kill queer student Scout Schultz

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This week we speak with two folks who’ve been active on the street of St. Louis since white ex-cop Jason Stockley was let off for the murder of black father Anthony Lamar Smith. We also remember Scout Schultz, a 21-year-old queer student organizer killed on Saturday by Georgia Tech police. There’s lots of reports from anti-fascist actions, with a particularly woop-worthy one from the Juggalo March this past weekend in Washington, D.C. At the end we announce some anarchist book fairs and upcoming actions against the alt-right in Berkeley and neo-nazis in Sweden.

Notes and Links

  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:00}
    • Headlines {1:55}
    • Feature: Report from the streets of St. Louis after the Stockley verdict {12:13}
    • Repression Roundup {23:25}
    • Prisoner Birthdays {27:35}
    • Next Week’s News {29:00}
  • Upcoming anarchist bookfairs:

    The Radical Book Fair pavillion at the Baltimore Book Festival September 22–24.

    The Houston Anarchist Book Fair on September 24
    located at MECA, 1900 Kane St., Houston, Texas.

    The fourth annual Radical Book Fair in Gothenburg, Sweden from September 28 to October 1. That same weekend, the neo-nazi Nordic Resistance Movement will try to march through Gothenburg. Read the anti-fascist call to action here.

  • The alt-right’s so-called “free speech” week begins Monday at UC Berkeley. In response, there are actions planned against white supremacy and nationalism.

    Saturday, September 23: March Against White Supremacy


    at 63rd and Adeline in Berkeley

    Monday, September 25: Rally Against White Supremacy


    at Crescent Lawn

  • The FBI has been visiting anarchists and others lately in North Carolina. There’s not better time than the present to brush up on what to do if the FBI approaches you to talk, or even if the police knock on your door. Print out this handy .PDF poster and hang it by your front door so you’ll have an easy reference in the case of an unwanted visitor from the state.

  • Get your pre-orders in now for the 2018 Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar. This year’s theme is “Awakening Resistance,” and features art and writings by Jesus Barraza, Fight Toxic Prisons, Serena Tang, Andrea Ritchie, Roger Peet, Sophia Dawson, Rasmea Support Committee, EE Vera, Herman Bell, Fernando Marti, Alexandra Valiente, Billie Belo, Arlene Gallone Support Committee, Marius Mason, David Gilbert, UB Topia, April Rosenblum, Design Action Collective, Sundiata Acoli, Crimethinc, Annie Banks, Mutope Duguma, Xinachtli, Zola and more.

  • Go here. to donate to the bail and legal fund for those arrested in St. Louis after the no-guilty verdict for killer cop Jason Stockley.

  • Bail funds are also needed for people arrested at a memorial march for Scout Schultz, the 21-year-old queer student organizer killed by Georgia Tech police.

  • We mention Submedia’s excellent show Trouble, which has an upcoming episode this month on counter-insurgency. They do great work, so throw them some taco money while they are fundraising this month. From Submedia:

    “After years of suffering the Stimulator’s taco farts in silence, we’d reached our limits. Plus, we wanted to shift gears and embark on an ambitious new project – a monthly documentary series called Trouble, intended to be screened collectively as a tool to help spark critical conversations around local organizing. So when we pitched the idea to Stim and he refused to go along with this new direction, we decided he had to go. Well… turns out we fucked up. It’s not that we regret launching Trouble, or have any plans to stop making new episodes. Far from it. We’ve received tons of positive feedback on the project, and are stoked to see trouble-makers have started dozens of screening collectives in cities across the world. What we didn’t realize was exactly how much work goes into producing a 30 minute interview-driven documentary every month, and how little time that would leave us for our other projects.

    So, suffice to say… we’ve been reconsidering our decision for some time now. But the straw that finally broke the camel’s back was when alt-right shitlords targeted us last month with a mass snitching campaign, and successfully got Paypal to cancel our account – wiping out, in the push of a button, a monthly sustainer base that had taken us ten years to build up. The time has come to #BringBackStim and unleash him full-force on these fucks. We want to give him a new show – a weekly digital pulpit where he can expose and ruthlessly antagonize far-right personalities, while also covering topical news segments from an anarchist lens. But in order to do that, we need to grow our collective so that we can handle the increased workload. And in order to do that, we need your support.”

  • If you’re near Vancouver, BC, there’s a building materials supply drive going on until October to support the Secwepemc people’s tiny homes blockade of the proposed Kinder Morgan TransMountain tar sands pipeline.

  • Here is a Unicorn Riot livestream of direct action against the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline in Wisconsin, in which someone locked down to a flipped over car to halt construction.

  • The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons is going international with a UK roadshow this fall, from September 28 to October 6.

  • There’s a call to disrupt the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Philadelphia from October 21st to the 24th. Read the call to action here..

  • A bunch of calls to support political prisoners were made last week, but are still needed:

    69 year old Black Panther Party political prisoner Herman Bell was (assaulted by guards]( Please write Herman a get-well card at his new address:

    Herman Bell #79-C–0262

    Five Points Correctional Facility

    P.O. Box 119

    Romulus, N.Y. 14541​

    Anarchist, disabled, latinx prisoner Coyote Acabo is in need of fundraising and letters. Please write him at:

    Coyote Acabo #316348

    YJC Yakima Co. Dept. Corrections

    111 N Front Street

    Yakima WA 98901

    Ramsey Orta is coming up on one year of incarceration after the NYPD retaliated against him for filming Eric Garner’s death in 2014. Please send Ramsey some letters to let him know we have his back. You can use this online form or his inmate address:

    Ramsey Orta, 16A4200 ​

    Franklin Correctional Facility

    P.O. Box 10

    Malone, New York 12953–0010

  • We’re two months out from the first trials in the unprecedented J20 case. There are various ways to support the nearly 200 people facing 8 or more felonies each after being mass-arrested at protests of the presidential inauguration. Keep up with the latest at Consider coming down to DC to pack the courtroom during the first trial at the end of November 2017. You can also find action items at And don’t forget to write a letter to political prisoner Dane Powell, the first of the J20 defendants to serve time. This video shows Dane’s courage on the streets that day.

    Write Dane a letter:

    Dane Powell

    BOP Register number 82015007

    Federal Correctional Institution - Low PO Box 1031

    Colman, Florida 33521

    {September 7}

  • For a good introduction to writing prisoners, check out this guide from New York City Anarchist Black Cross.

  • Political prisoner birthdays:

    Steven Martin #01141003


    2727 Highway K.

    Bonne Terre, MO 63628

    {September 22nd}

    Greg Curry #213–159

    Ohio State Penitentiary

    878 Coitsville-Hubbard Rd

    Youngstown OH 44505–4635

    {September 26th}

  • Here is this month’s Political Prisoner Birthday Calendar.



All protesty-protester stuff-- all of the time!

Plust the Ramsey Kanaan Incorporated S.F. Bay Area Book Fair

i'm laffin

strugglistas gonna struggle, but your shit was more interesting and fun when it was about changing lightbulbs. who would of thought that after a decade or so of moving away from the post-left, 'your politics are boring as fuck,' would kinda, sorta, apply to them?

CrimethInc. is something you write for and replicate yourself too. And the old shit is not gone, maybe just deemphasized by the current crop. "Your Politics are Boring as Fuck" is still prolly something that Crimethincers - such as they are - can still get behind.

Also a boring politics, fwiw, is complaining about other peoples' current projects w/o offering anything better.

Though all I have to do is point to old crimethinc and tell them go from there to an even more post left direction. Early crimethinc essentially was proto postleftanarchism.

I wasn't really complaining to be honest, more just pointing out the obvious/my opinion. I recognize that crimethinc is something you can replicate yourself, I'm just not all that interested in doing so. Sure, the old stuff is still around, I'm a fan of some of it, but the direction they've been moving in (in as much as you can speak about them moving in a unified direction), isn't all that interesting. They're largely indistinguishable from most leftist outfits these days, even if traditional left-anarchists reject/talk shit about them.

Anyways, crimethinc is meh and to be honest I don't really care, there are many more interesting projects out there. I guess when I see their stuff these days, maybe I get a bit nostalgic for the old crimethinc? Who knows. But, just to be clear, I reject the notion that to critique I need to put forth "something better" entirely. A positive program/project isn't a prerequisite for a critique (not that I was really attempting to critique anything here anyways),

But hmm, it's like:

- You're not into it, that's chill. Leaving a comment seemingly designed to, I don't know, make soneone involved feel bad? Not interesting, and kinda shitty if anything.

- If you think ALL THE THINGS about leftism/strugglismo/whatever are bad, in some blunt and point final way, then I guess this point won'r matter to you. But within its genre, CrimethInc. is still very good - in lots of ways, the best on offer. Diversity and, despite that, relatively high quality of writing, investigation of the subject, amd so on.

Anyway, those are MY emotions, since I guess that's what we're sharing, not analysis or constructive criticism, lol.

i mean these suggestions to be taken gently, as a sympathetic hand on the shoulder:

the tone of the host's voice is too much. it sound like the rebel girl is trying way too hard. i am sure that something closer to her normal voice would be much better, much more human and less grating - i am afraid it may be quite offputting, and i do believe i am not alone in this. it sounds as if they are trying to reach some standard set by npr (this is actually how i've felt about the ex-worker) - which i feel turned off by, though i will admit, the banal and pathetic mess that most of npr's programming aside, i do like quiet, soft, composed voices talking at me certain moments of the day (the hotwire is not this, though). or, the tenor makes it sound as if it were geared toward children!

using crude propaganda tools such as referring to rioters, protesters, participants etc (individual human beings) as The People (as is done in the beginning of this episode) is not something anarchists should do, especially seasoned and thoughtful people attempting to do sincere outreach. it's manipulative and fits in nicely the authoritarian continuum. there is no The People and anarchists should not be positing one abstration, one representation of a representationn as their side in a way against other abstractions and representations of etc.

the last sentence should read:

as their side in a war against other abstractions and representations of etc.

i do hope someone involved will read this though i highly doubt it. where else to share serious criticism?

I for one enjoyed listening to it. Beats whatever else I was going to do with my time and has a nice format with updates/short interviews.

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