Can't Raid This Rage! 7/13 Solidarity Demo Report-Back (Seattle)

  • Posted on: 15 July 2012
  • By: worker

<table><tr><td>From <a href="">Puget Sound Anarchists</a>

On Friday, July 13, about 120 people came together for the second demonstration in solidarity with Decolonize/Occupy Seattle organizers whose home was raided by police early in the morning of July 10 as part of SPD's May Day investigation and campaign of repression against radical activity in the city.

The demonstration began downtown at Westlake Plaza (site of the first D/OS camp) before traveling up to Capitol Hill to meet a second group at Seattle Central Community College (the second site of the camp). On the way up the hill, the march passed several cops guarding the Nike Town that was spectacularly attacked on May Day.</td><td><img title="kudos for the solid" src=""></td></tr></ta...
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After leaving Capitol Hill, the march then continued on towards the Central District, passing the heavily barricaded East Precinct police station, where a formation of cops in riot gear and on horses stood looking foolishly robotic in the lovely late afternoon sunshine.

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After passing through Capitol Hill, the march headed for the historically black and rapidly gentrifying Central District. There they were met with considerable support from those who are all too familiar with police harassment.

In contrast to other recent marches in Seattle, which seemed to aim mostly for a spectacular effect, this demonstration focused specifically on the dissemination of information about the raid. Demonstrators distributed thousands of copies of at least four different flyers to curious passersby. People left leaflets on cars, gave them to those dining in restaurants, and briefly explained what was happening to people who emerged from their homes along the march route.

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The march also passed by The Wildcat (the anarchist social center) and the corner of 24th and Cherry, the site of the 3-month-old Food For Everyone communal barbeque and food distribution. Anti-police chants carried the day, and the general feeling was one of solidarity against state aggression. Meanwhile, several dozen bike cops trailed the march, along with at least one police van.

As the demo passed Horace Mann school on Cherry between 23rd Ave and MLK, two suspicious characters in black bloc were identified as undercover officers and ousted from the march. They left without much protest after being questioned about their reasons for attending the march. Though there had been a call for a bloc online in the comment section of the Puget Sound Anarchists website, most demonstrators had their faces uncovered. Thus, the two stuck out like sore thumbs, looking like they bought their costumes at Halloween Adventure. They had random splotches of red and pink paint on their clothes and strips of hot pink duct tape to distinguish them from others in the march. (FYI, having these sorts of easily identifiable markers is contrary to the point of dressing in black bloc but would easily distinguish an undercover in the midst of a black bloc.)

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Later, two other suspected undercovers were approached by angry demonstrators. Eventually it was determined that because nothing but chanting and flyering was going on, and there was already a great number of cops tailing the march, it made more sense to ignore the suspected undercovers and continue on. One eventually left and the other (who had been quite angry at being bad-jacketed) stayed until the end.

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<p>The demo ended at the Douglass-Truth Library at Yesler and 23rd with a rally and a few speeches decrying repression and gentrification. [According to the above KIRO TV report, the march continued downtown after this point--this author missed this part of the march if it happened.] The main target of the police raid urged the demonstrators to continue “attacking” the system and identified the Food For Everyone project, the Wildcat anarchist space, and the Everything For Everyone Festival as “attacks.” This is indeed a good time to focus on spreading networks of complicity in the project of revolt so as to avoid becoming isolated and easy targets of repression.</p>

This demonstration was useful in that it effectively spread news of the raid throughout Capitol Hill and the Central District. It also showed that <em>some basic level of solidarity actually exists between a relatively large number of people.</em> This is inspiring and reassuring.

The purpose of repression is to spread fear and distrust while discouraging disobedience to authority. The worst possible thing would be for the rebellious to bow our heads now. The police raid happened because the authorities are terrified of where our efforts could eventually lead: neighborhood autonomy, mutual support, and the total redundancy of all authority. They are not afraid of anarchist bombs and guns so much as they are horrified that thousands may discover what many already have: that they do not need or want capitalism and its courts, judges, jails, and police. This march and the support it received in the neighborhoods is proof that the worst fears of authority are slowly coming true.

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Fuck these weak scared cowardly protestors and Occupiers. Where is all the real anarchists comrades at?! Where are the revolutionaries at? Where are all these people at that are ready to take action and fight back for what they believe in?! Who is ready to take back what it theres instead of being a pushover pussy pansy like these people. Come on and get with the program people, we need to wake up and do something or forever settle with nothing being like this wasteing time asking and begging for what they have taken from us that will never come back unless we take it. Yeah thats what we need to do is just take it, fuck this bull shit going on. Like they say "actions speak much lounder then words".


Right on bro! They should have smashed some windows with their dicks.

ah hahahahahahahahaha!

I just thought of a meme to put into the derogative section,, Trollmockery!

Well I'd say that if you have these concerns then you'd better go throw some trashcans in the street at 2 am like a real anarchist.

which program? black badgers'?


The undercovers aren't getting their bonuses cuz they got punked out like morons so they're coming on here with this weak ass bullshit.

Go get some training in how to even be semi-convincing you dumb pig. What, did you do this off the clock cuz your sour about being a fucking failure?

Get the fuck out of here, the only undercover here is the ones that call someone one...while you are pointing the finger at someome remember there is three pointing back.

i know you are but what am i!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Thanks for the write up but I think you left out some unfortunate details that might be important to anarchists that read your post. Mostly what comes to mind is the analysis behind the raid that a lot of people, including some raidees, were expressing at the march. The analysis although reduced to a simple slogan at times was expressed in the chant, "Innocent people (or activists)" shouldn't get their houses raided in more or less in those words. Also, while handing out fliers many would say a similar line of "Innocent activists house raided by cops...".

The obvious problem with their one-liners is that they are engaging with the logic of the state, the idea of being guilty or innocent, rather than neither. The other problem being that they self-identify as activists creating a specialized role for themselves and separating themselves from other people who may or may not get raided and may or may not be involved in any "political" activity.

All that aside those who used that particular language of the State (innocent vs. guilty) to express their discontent with the raid were either trying to appeal to the media and the neighbors in a manner that masks their true analysis and ideas about the State OR they actually believe in the State's duality of innocent/guilt are attempting to engage with it.

I wanted to have an article about just this point in the next ToF... you wanna write it?

OMG ToF haunts this troll layer?!?!?! I'm such a fan! I can't believe you're here! Gahhhhh!


I assure you that we are above this.

This troll is denigrating the good name of ToF


This is where we get our inspiration and find new writers.

- ToF

>Here, the main target of the police raid urged the demonstrators to continue “attacking” the system
>and identified the Food For Everyone project, the Wildcat anarchist space, and the Everything For Everyone Festival as “attacks.”
>and identified the Food For Everyone project, the Wildcat anarchist space, and the Everything For Everyone Festival as “attacks.”
>and identified the Food For Everyone project, the Wildcat anarchist space, and the Everything For Everyone Festival as “attacks."


Of course, a space which is used by many anarchists as a meeting place and event space couldn't be considered a coherent threat to anything at all. Anything. At all.

What sort of attack do you prefer? Do it.

Now now perhaps I have gotten ahead of meself! I liked the likening of The Wildcat to attack but of course it is not an attack in the usual sense. However, I would argue that it is more dangerous than a broken window. And these sorts of actions are the attacks we have in the US, other than the occasional ineffectual molotov attack or street fight with the cops. So, you know, eh.

Wait, did you predicate 'ineffectual' to street fighting? Yes you are ahead of yourself.

No, I didn't mean it that way dumbo.

How about "ineffectual molotov attack and sweeeeet assssss street fights with the police"

Now that I'm not drunk anymore, I wanna say that The Wildcat is important obviously but so are actual attacks, even if they don't work out quite as planned (like when a molotov doesn't actually do much damage). A message is still sent that some people think banks should be destroyed, and that surely resonates with many people. Plus, the people who do it probably get a nice thrill.

Looking back, I think the dude's focus on non-attacky "attacks" was part of the "innocence" strategy critiqued above. "Look what nice things we do for the community!"

However, I DO think projects like FFE and The Wildcat are attacks against the social fabric of capitalism. Broken windows, creating new spaces where people can meet and share ideas, it's all part of the social war. Infrastructure/space and attack are essential aspects of the same project.

The way to move a social center into more of a conflictual relationship (an "attack") would be to try and create a squatted infoshop/social center.
As for FFE, the way to do it would be to perhaps organize a supermarket raid / looting to get food for it...

Other related ideas include squatting/seizing land to grow food for FFE.
Also maybe organize a book looting at a corporate bookstre for a book giveaway at the infoshop...

A related note: the closer this things happen to each other geographically the better. The closer it becomes to an autonomous zone within which to disappear and organize attacks from (think exarchia, Oaxaca, etc...)

Some folks have been guerrilla gardening on plots around the city but I don't think there is enough output yet to actually share at FFE. Good ideas though, thanks.

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