Anarchy In Portland: Events For January

  • Posted on: 30 December 2016
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)
Portland Anarchy

Portland has seen an explosion of anarchist and anarchist related events as of recent. In a city where the anarchist scene has been fractured and split after a wave of harsh repression almost 5 years ago, a resurgence in the wake of trump's election was unexpected. The media since the "Thursday Riot," as people have called it, has hounded anarchist. Continuing the narrative put into place by local police departments everywhere, anarchist have been branded as mere criminals and fanatics, entrenching themselves within the good and decent peaceful protesters. A narrative we have seen countless times after eruptions of tension have resulted in liberatory street actions. Oddly enough, the opposite effect has happened however. Interest in anarchism in Portland has surged.

1. Portland Anarchist General Assembly

The first event which is taking place on January 14th is the Anarchist General Assembly. A continuence of a tradition long past, the anarchist general assembly aims to bring anarchist in this town back together to meet, talk, and continue ever more waving the black flag with pride. The event has been sponsored as an event "for anarchist, by anarchist." At this first assembly they will be talking about January 20th and what kind of presence anarchist should have, as well as the future of the general assembly and how to proceed. The event advertises that anyone is welcome, but those who preach authoritarian or capitalist ideologies and groups will be asked to leave and are asked to respect the space as an ANARCHIST general assembly.

January 14th

6pm- 9pm

Social Justice Action Center (400 SE 12th Avenue, Portland Oregon, 97214

2. Anarchist Contingent At Rise Up And Resist Fascism Rally And March

A call has been put forward for anarchist to gather and form a contingent/black bloc at the major march taking place on January 20th. The event calls for anarchist all over town to show up and make a presence with flags banners and angry faces.

January 20th, Friday


Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW 6th And yamhill

3. Anarchist Reading Group: Listen, Marxist!

Recently a new reading group has started, in a partnership between Portland Anarchist Black Cross and Anarres Infoshop And Community Center. This is the second event for this reading group, the last one attracted 30-40 people who all discussed the zine Revolutionary Solidarity: A Critical Reader For Accompolices. Discussion went fantastic for a reading group composed of individuals all over the spectrum of the left (and beyond). This second event will be discussing the essay "Listen marxist!" by Murry Bookchin.

January 25th, Wednesday


Anarres Infoshop (7101 N Lombard St. Portland Oregon, 97203

4. Portland Assembly

Lastly for the month we wrap things up with the Portland Assembly. In December, the assembly brought well over 300 people and over 20 different organizations who all participated in "incubation stations" that set the groundwork for community horizontal spokes councils. These ranged from Anti-racism to environmental impact, and every issue inbetween. This specific Portland Assembly meeting aims to bring in even more people and organizations, as well as having the very first spokes council meeting. The Portland assembly aims to bring together everyone resisting the establishment, to work together through the means of Libertarian municipalism. Portland Assembly is taking the political foundations forming within Rojava and attempting to apply them to a much more urban setting. While not explicitly anarchist, it is pretty much an anarchist event as it was a majority anarchist that made such happen. The Anarchist general assembly will also be an official spokes within the council, so they are encouraging all anarchist to come out and be apart of such.

If January is any indication, 2017 might just be the year for anarchy. With such a wide power vacuum open, anarchist must stop anyone from filling it and letting individuals choose their own liberation, and encouraging such. The liberals have failed, the progressives have failed. All that is left to win is either the fascist creep, or the black flag of anarchy. There have been prominent times in america before, so lets not dissapoint those who came before us!

For anarchy!



What time is the event where white people march through the streets with pumpkin spice lattes?

Speaking to your comment, it is funny how domesticated the modern radical anarchist world is right now. I really do identify with some of those edgelorderz even if some of the perennial politics of that ilk stinks. We really need to turn the door on these punks turn pompadours. These are not the people who will usher in the new age of anarchy.

Same time @news commenters comment good content

I would like to dress up in a devil's outfit and impale effigies of Murray Bookchin on a black and red trident fork and why not burn the Rojavan flag also ?!

was this written by the anarchist donald?

i mean, if by winning you mean using bookchinite binary thinking to unquestioningly support media amplifications as literal truths to write a narrative about fascists the same way the dominant narrative drums up 'pests,' 'criminals,' 'diseases,' 'terra-ists' as "Problems to Be Eliminated," then sure you constantly need Others as obstactles to the perfect order for similar boundary maintenance.

how far back does this (mostly male) need go for humans to constantly create/manufacture/imagine an Enemy (while completely ignoring the living space all humans share)? and this need to Win The Problem means no foresight into negative causality aka externalities that will arise as a result.

what else is happening in so-called portland that is not 'sinners in the hands of an angry god' turned leftist 'lumpenproles in the hands of an angry dead marx'? are there any interesting land projects going on? any projects not revolving around conceptualized separations?

remember, even people trained as professional fighters have energy their energy levels come to a crash. there's combat fatigue, the thousand yard stare, ptsd, etc...

this idea to sacrelize fighting/struggle as a whole way of life needs to take notes from mma/ufc, and realize recovery is as important as the fight.

and one's not being the binary unannointed/ignorant masses for pointing that out...

What evidence do you have that it hasn't already occurred to people in portland to do that?

Evidence is for leftists

well, i don't know anyone in portland, hence why i asked those questions?

everyone seems to want to be taken seriously, but without making any attempts to engage on an honest and open level.

Your "open and honest" engagement leaves a bit to be desired. Such a casual dismissal of the threat posed by right-wing extremists, emboldened by the election (among other things) is dangerously naive IMHO, so we're fundamentally opposed on this issue.

You say we're "manufacturing a threat" because of manarchism or something … that's a narrative. There's a ton of evidence to the contrary if you cared enough to look but perhaps you're content to keep asking your loaded, condescending "questions" of people you don't know, about terrain that you're not familiar with?

a kiss, Armeanio Lewis. I want to post your leftist to Jarach avenue, bb

Looks like someone got kicked out of the cool kids club

Your efforts to undermine and ruin peaceful protests just serves to delegitimize the message. You are, in effect, nothing but Trump supporters. You accomplish the exact opposite of whatever it is you seem to want to achieve. Thanks for nothing.

It's like this is your first time making binary suppositions or something.

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