Notes from Seattle

  • Posted on: 27 April 2012
  • By: worker

<table><tr><td><blockquote>If one thinks only of oneself, it is impossible to believe that one commits any errors and so one gets nowhere. That is why it is necessary to think of the others who will carry on the work. Only in this way does one prevent something being completed.</blockquote>
<strong>-Bertolt Brecht</strong>

Since Occupy Seattle voted to endorse the international call for a General Strike on May 1<sup>st</sup>, the mainstream media has not mentioned it once. That is, until the evening of April 26<sup>th</sup>. It was not until an arsonist attempted to torch of Bank of America that the networks were abuzz with the plans of shutting down capitalism on May 1<sup>st</sup> and the dangers of anarchists. In one particular broadcast made by the Mormon-controlled Kiro 7 News, the reporter made sure to hold a detourned Frosted Flakes poster in front of the camera and point at it, indicating to the public that the posters they have been seeing for two months have something to do with a minor char on the side of a Seattle bank.</td><td><img title="We are not strong because they hate us, only hated" src=""></td></tr>...

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The area around the bank, located in the Columbia City neighborhood, was filled with SPD, ATF, and FBI for hours. The pigs were on the roof making a spectacle, on the street picking up pieces of glass, and investigating what ultimately amounts to a smashed window and a scorch mark.


If I were a reactionary or filled with fear, I would either start rambling on about a police conspiracy or lauding the inherent beauty of such a gesture. In my opinion, this was probably someone who was angry and had never done anything like what they were about to do. But all possible conjectures, even my own, are completely meaningless. The only important thing to focus on is how the authorities, the media, and the capitalists they protect are going to use this manufactured hysteria to their advantage.

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One of the ways they could do this is by promoting a climate of fear and distrust amongst the people who are most likely to come downtown on May 1<sup>st</sup>. Another way they could do this is by building a strong case in the public perception for a very blunt and utilitarian repression against everyone who intends to take the difficult and less traveled road away from the rituals of useless procession.


There are two main groups having events on May 1<sup>st</sup>. One of them is the May 1<sup>st</sup> Coalition, a network that is planning a rally and march in the early evening, well after the city has finished its workday. This network contains many unions that are sympathetic to (if not working for) the current Democratic Party. The other group is Decolonize/Occupy Seattle, composed of a diverse cross section of people and tendencies. Unwilling to let itself be taken under the wing of the Democratic Party and its pro-capitalist agenda, Decolonize/Occupy Seattle refused to let May 1<sup>st</sup> pass in the traditional manner: long marches on the same old routes, long speeches from the same old mouths, long walks back home, back to bed, back to work, again and again.


The SPD and the City clearly have an interest in pitting these groups against each other. There may even be some on the old left who want this to occur. However, it is my hope and assumption in writing this that not everyone involved wants to be tricked by the pigs. Their goal is to crush resistance and they will do so with whatever weapons they have at their disposal, especially the ones we give them.


Let us not forget that Chase bank helped finance the Nazis and made themselves 50 million dollars wealthier. Nor let us forget that Wells Fargo profits off financing companies that maintain prisons and immigrant detention centers across the world. These banks exist because people still willingly give them their money and because people have not yet burned them to the ground. Remember that Bank of America was once the Bank of Italy and that it was the only bank in San Francisco that still could loan money after the great earthquake destroyed the city. Were it not for the desperation of the people wandering the rubble, there may not have been a Bank of America at all.

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During the peak of the Occupy fall, I tried to open an account at a local credit union, something that was being promoted heavily by the left. Once they checked my credit, they denied me. However, were I to have walked three blocks down the street, Bank of America would have opened their arms to me. This is a situation that thousands of other people find themselves in. I can get a one dollar burger at McDonald's and I can quickly set up a Bank of America account. If I choose to do this, I have no one but myself to blame. If I get caught stealing non-polluted meat from the co-op, the employees will get upset and call the police. If I have bad credit, the friendly credit-union will deny me membership. I do not want to have to eat filth every day, nor do I want to have to pay for organic food. I don't want to have a tobacco can filled with money hidden away in the basement, nor do I want to help the economy, either the local one or the global one. I want no economy, no money, no banks, no capitalism.


Marching in circles and listening to speeches will do nothing to help any of us get rid of these things. And so, naturally, when some people try to break the mold and shut down the functioning of metropolitan capital, there are many others who want us crushed. And why would they not? We want to do away with their system of death, the system that keeps them isolated in their cocoons and high on their power, the system that exists only because we allow it to.


These notes are meant to reach the right eyes and ears. Hopefully they get there. Let's all have each others' backs in the coming few days. I think its time to break out of the roles we are expected to play. On May 1<sup>st</sup>, let's create something no one has seen before.


Capitalism is death. Capitalism is dying. Capitalism is boring.

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"I want no economy,no banks, no money, no capitalism." But since you're more of a marxist than a primitivist
and want to keep mass society and its technology, maybe you could tell us how to keep the latter whilst dis-
pensing with economy, banks and money. You must have economy, banks and money - and the state - in
order to have modern, complex, techno-industrial society. A minute's thought reveals this. In sum, in order
to preserve this mass, globalized world one needs - yes, capitalism!
To erase capitalism one has to envisage the end of complex society. Or you can keep dealing in nonsense slogans.

Chill out, Hitler.

Hitler? hahahaha!

Does the Hitler you are thinking of look like this?

Cause yeah, it sounds exactly like that guy.

They are one and the same.


yeah, it sucks they forgot to explain in minute detail their relationship to primitivism while talking about the pending repression in seattle.

like, seriously!


-The syndicalists

The author of this piece is not a primitivist, but is definitely anti-civ. Where in this piece do you read anything that is pro-technology or pro-mass-society?

Where is there anything remotely targeting them?

You know, it also doesn't mention racism, sexism, heteropatriarchy, ecological devastation, etc etc etc.... Wait, maybe that's because its focus is on something else... specifically the fact that the city and the media are attempting to preemptively drum up support for violent repression of anarchists on/after May Day.

Fucking KOMO News in Seattle has put up old broadcasts of the LA Riots in the hopes of scaring people off from participating in May Day. Wake the fuck up and stop your pointless whining. This is serious and if you live in Seattle, it's like lythat YOU AND YOUR COMRADES might face some of the repression that this piece is attempting to counteract.

Instead of meaningfully engaging in solidarity, you're just making assumptions about the ideas this person has, and your assumptions are INCORRECT.

Give me PRIMITIVISM or give me DEATH!

(and FSU this may day)

your assumptions are completely idiotic.

What the actual fuck did I just read? "We can only have tech if we have capital?"... Get the fuck out of this space McDouche.

Apparently illiteracy goes well with stupidity.

You tell me.

maybe you don't want those things, but they exist because they make life a heck of a lot easier. personally, i don't want young, barely educated assholes running around pretending that throwing bricks through windows with their shitty friends makes them some sort of political intellectual. i'm sorry your credit wasn't good enough for becu, but maybe if you pay the debts you owe you will be able to soon. personally, i love my credit union, and i want the option to join a credit union to remain available to me.

Technology will not be as it is today.
You're lack of imagination and creativity will manifest in the deaths of millions of underprivileged people when your dream comes true.

Forward to mayday! Think of how much we all crave for freedom from capitalism! It is dying lets help speed up the process! (A) (E)

The counter-insurgency media blitz continues. From The Stranger:

A statement just released by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn's office says authorities believe May 1 could become a chaotic day in Seattle, based on their interpretation of local graffiti, web sites, and recent incidents:

"On Tuesday, May 1, several organizations will be holding public demonstrations in Seattle. This will include an annual May Day March for Immigrant and Workers Rights from Judkins Park to downtown Seattle, an Occupy Seattle-sponsored General Strike, and rallies scheduled throughout the day at Westlake Park. The Seattle Department of Transportation advises that delays should be expected downtown during the Tuesday afternoon commute.

We also have evidence that other people may be coming to Seattle on Tuesday with the intention of using the public demonstrations as an opportunity to commit violence, damage property and disrupt peaceful free speech activity. There has been a significant increase in graffiti and posters alluding to violence around the May 1 events. Websites have described trainings in how to conceal weapons beneath signs and banners, and how to target police officers on horses. At a protest at the Port of Seattle in December 2011, several people used peaceful demonstrators as a shield to throw projectiles and incendiary devices at police officers.

Early Thursday morning an incendiary device was thrown at a bank in Columbia City. This was similar to an attack on a bank that took place in Portland late Wednesday night.

Seattle Police command staff and Mayor’s Office staff have been working with protest organizers, property owners, and other stakeholders to facilitate peaceful, constitutional demonstrations. Officers will respond appropriately to criminal acts and threats or harm directed against participants, non-participants, and property."

The City of Seattle and their pigs have quickly learned from their mistakes - under quite a bit of duress from the DoJ investigation of the SPD of course - and are showing a remarkable level of co-ordination in attempting to marginalize radicals. Fuckers.

The poster the mayor is talking up:

May 1st 2012 is the new WTO 1999

Sett the bar a little too high methinks.

Yeah, posturing is generally bad if you cant back it up.
but we all hope you do seattle!
also, thats a nice poster

Idk, in 1999 there was plenty of media scare mongering about how @s would be there tearing shit up like they had been on the west coast in the months leading up to the WTO. Having the corporate media shit all over you is never fun, but to @s who think that this kind of media is going to keep people from showing up: I think you may be pleasantly proven wrong.

The people who will stay home for fear of violence are the ones we are better off without in the first place, and the repression is inevitable anyway.

free promo

its not bad when all you got is hype!

I was just having a convo with someone tonight about how the amount of radicals at the oakland general strike dwarfed seattle 10 fold. Just something to think about.

fuck you

hey buddy, fuck you too

i got hella brilliant ideas for you to muse on, i'll just slip in like desert, you know. think about it

in 1919 vs 1946? or when? cause mayday hasn't come yet so your comment makes no sense??? you mean nov 2 vs what in seattle?

This report is significant for everyone that is going to be in the streets on that day, and those who will come after them and continue the struggle.

...But this quotation doesn't make much sense:

"If one thinks only of oneself, it is impossible to believe that one commits any errors and so one gets nowhere. That is why it is necessary to think of the others who will carry on the work. Only in this way does one prevent something being completed."

... What work? Struggle? Is the completion referenced here the completion of...Capitalist domination, or something else?

...And I can't seem to find this quote in its original form. Perhaps that author was formulating some other worldly Brecht. Or maybe he had a hallucination of the poet speaking about Revolutionary duty or the pseudo-Christian need for self sacrifice, because that is how this quotation reads to me.

Where is it that the author suggests we loose by getting nowhere? This quotation suggests some sort of faith in historical progress which is not to say that the goals of abolishing capitalism are not desirable, just that the idea that this will happen in a grand scale is, well, naive.

Persons arrested in acts of civil disobedience on May 1st in Seattle are facing trial on the 27th in superior courthouse in downtown Seattle, 12th floor. The day after the bookfair. Pack the room. Both of the charged face felonies, one faces 1-5 years in prison. He was beaten while in the jail several times, resulting in hospitalization(confirm by multiple sources). The media will be there. Come dressed for a funeral.

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