Modesto, CA: Autonomists and Anarchists Organize Clothes Drive

  • Posted on: 16 November 2017
  • By: thecollective

via It's Going Down

Last weekend, autonomists and anarchists organized a coat and clothes drive in the Downtown Modesto area, with hundreds of free items. The event was the the end result of several days of organizing and collecting donations from the community including warm clothing as well as fresh apples, toothbrushes, and other free dental supplies.

The event itself was attended by over 50 people, and during the event we had numerous positive interactions with individuals who discussed everything from job loss to how to get involved in the future with upcoming events. We also put up a banner that read: “Free Clothes” in Spanish and in English, as well as the slogan, “Community Mutual Aid” with a circle (A). We also flew a red and black flag. We did this to make clear that this event was not simply carried out as an act of charity, but instead to put forward a set of anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian ideas, reclaim public space, have fun, and also meet people in our community. Police drove by, but did not fuck with us.

In the past several years, attempts by the city, police, and developers to remake the Downtown core by driving out poor, homeless, youth, and the working class, have largely backfired. Many businesses have shut down, including the one grocery store in the Downtown area, cutting off access to a main supply of food for many elderly and impoverished people. But, there are signs that the gentrification machine will attempt to continue on the path ahead, especially in the wake of many stores shuttering, with new hip and swanky stores and bars openly in the Downtown. We can only assume that developers are hoping to accommodate displaced people from the bay area, while at the same time displacing us in turn.



Remembering the life of Nick Pimentel, murdered by police in South Modesto

While we enjoy helping provide resources for those without, we also know that class society and the State will not collapse through an accumulation of either negative or ‘positive’ acts – or posts on anarchist websites. Instead, in the coming together and building of actual relationships, we can attempt to create new forms of power for the battles to come. Only several weeks ago, we found ourselves alongside over 100 others, remembering the life and death of Nick Pimentel, who was murdered by local police in South Side Modesto. Also, on the same day as our coat drive, a march was organized to protest attacks on DACA, and down the road from the giveaway, residents have been protesting harmful waste covered up by the city near their homes.

All of these struggles are connected, and across the divisions placed upon by by geography, neighborhood, gender, and race, we hope to build something that can overcome the systems of control and domination, and usher into being an existence worthy of the name ‘humanity.’

-someone who gave away a coat

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Comments

Nice, but, typical of anarchism:

1. In practice, all you come up with is charity, or maybe direct action liberalism, and,

2. Some vague clarion calls for revolt, at some point in the future, divorced from visible credible efforts geared toward this right now.

1. comment(s) typical of anti-anarchist trolls
2. without providing even one minor example of some “visible credible” struggle, you’re just being a dick and you know it. “credible” by whose standards? oh, yours of course!
3. 1 and 2 make you an asshole. QED

1. Response typical of snarky pathetic low lives that want attention, but never do they deserve it.
2. The standards of credibility lay not in the fickle beholder, but rather those invested in defending said credibility.
3. You are a jerk for writing this response.
4. ???
5. Profit!

1- No u.
2- AWESOME poetry, mister! You stilll do readings at cafés in New England liberal towns?
3- Me thinks you might be a little harsh, tho not sure.

"We did this to make clear that this event was not simply carried out as an act of charity, but instead to put forward a set of anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian ideas, reclaim public space, have fun, and also meet people in our community."

This is missionary work, Catholic Worker style. Not my cup of tea, but could be appropriate.

Okay, this is mean, but I'm happy to hear that anarchists (especially of the strip such as IGD that are endorsing the J20 Autonomous thing from that other post) are serving the poor.

I DON'T KNOW, but I read some of that raw-raw-revolution-insurrection work coming from the Red-A crowd and I wonder if they understand who might not survive their wet-dream.

Same with "Acceleration." I'd rather see an Accelerationist die than some random kid in some random city. The logic of mass death to create "the change you want to see in the world."

NOT CONVINCED, ya know?

Are the people who did this clothing distribution effort the Modesto Anarcho 'Crew', or is it others?

why should their actions have to "lead to" anything? are they also only allowed to fuck for making babies?

On behalf of a fellow Central Valley resident, thank you! There are so many people who really need this sort of thing, and I think it's a great seasonal action. It's also puts anarchists in a good light with the general public. This sort of thing makes anarchism more accessible to your average person- giving shit away at an open-air free store with a few folks is much less intimidating than seeking out and visiting your local anarchist bookstore, or distro, or book fair.

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