Seattle: Carnival of Liberation Occupies Autonomia Social Center

  • Posted on: 20 August 2012
  • By: worker

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On August 19<sup>th</sup>, a group of people marched from the northern end of the Central District down 23<sup>rd</sup> Avenue to the old Autonomia social center. The bottom floor of the building has remained unused since the social center was forced to close in the fall of 2011 due to harassment and repression from the gentrifiers, the police, and the city of Seattle.

When the group arrived at the building they found food waiting and the door open. After listening to a short speech people entered the space, ate food, listened to music, hung out on the street corner. The police remained nearby by did not interfere with the festivities. About two hours later, the occupiers of the building chose to leave rather than inevitably get arrested in the days or hours to come (although it is unclear if people did in fact chose to stay the night).</td><td><img title="Smart tactic. The idea of occupy-bombing is a development worth discussion." src=""></td></tr></ta...

The event contributed to the increasing polarization between virulent yuppie-gentrifiers and the rest of the population. For example, a posh bo-bo couple flipped off the occupiers and were met with insults in return while a man who used to come to Autonomia welcomed everyone back to the neighborhood and was met with thanks.


The atmosphere of the event was generally positive and there was no repression to dampen people’s spirits. It is hoped that people will continue occupying buildings, ideally with the intention of holding them.

-A cell of the Invisible Army

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Below is the speech that was given in front of the old Autonomia:


<em>This building here once housed the Autonomia social center, but it was destroyed by the city of Seattle and the gentrifying neighbors who wanted it gone. While it existed, the social center provided free clothes, food, and social events to the neighborhood and the wider area. Now this space is empty and unutilized.</em>

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<em>People often asked what we would do without police, laws, or capitalism. Our answer, very simply, is this. We will take back our lives from those who would take them from us. </em><strong>This is the alternative. </strong><em>What we are doing now is but the smallest glimpse of the world as should exist, a free world without money, without an economy, without capitalism. We do not need the market, the government, the police, or their laws. We are free people, and we will remain so. </em>

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<em>We wish to express solidarity with our comrades in Oakland, Parnell’s Market, the EZLN in Chiapas, Pussy Riot in Russia, and every rebel who fights in the international struggle against the capitalist world system.</em>

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<em>Our bodies are our best weapons, our true weapons. Remember how to use them. Stay, eat, dance, hold the space, call your friends, and remember that we all possess the power to alter the world around us. Never forget that power and hold onto it as long as you can. </em>


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"Occupied," huh?

no, inhabited

Between 1990 and 2004, households earning more than 150 percent of median income ($90,000 in 2005) expanded faster than any other income category and now comprise 250,000 households, one-third of Seattle’s total.

What does it mean for us when a city is almost entirely gentrified? I can barely afford to live here/I don't want to have to make the amount of money necessary to live here.

it means GTFO of our gated community.

Just about the video at the end, and presuming the footage of people actually going into the building was focused on feet rather than faces to avoid identification. It's a bad example of security culture, as earlier footage shows faces and legs/feet, so clothing makes it easy to identify people. This doesn't really offer any protection. Wanted to mention this if it wasn't obvious already to anyone who may in the future produce footage of anything more effective/threatening to the state.

What you say is true. But a horde of pigs was following this thing the whole time, surely taking their own videos, and almost no-one was masked. That's risk-taking.

The pic for this is really, really disturbing. I can feel the self-tanner on my face.

Glad the speaker in the video feels the authority to speak of "how the world should exist."


how dare they have an opinion! how authowitawian!

"We will take back our lives from those who would take them from us. This is the alternative. What we are doing now is but the smallest glimpse of the world as should exist, a free world without money, without an economy, without capitalism. We do not need the market, the government, the police, or their laws. We are free people, and we will remain so."

Yeah, pretty fuqt up and not anarchist.

Cool beans seattle

This video was rad. Good work!

rad, or completely out of touch with reality? you decide!

I'm gonna go with rad.

Imma god with rad = out of touch with reality (and not usually in that good way)

yer commentz outa tuch with r3al1ty

Do you have an actual critique of the action? That would be more interesting.

person who you think you're talking to here... dont worry, your position is airtight. everyhting thing's going to be okay. (pat-pat-pat)

wow. that's creepy.

you seem to be having a small nervous breakdown.

This left the impression that it was a skit from Portlandia or something, but I guess it was real...

white people funny as hell

Summary of days 26 and 27 (Wednesday, July 25 and Thursday, July 26) of 2nd Halandri Case trial

These sessions marked the beginning of the defense attorneys’ remarks.

As one of the attorneys pointed out, the four Fire Cells Conspiracy comrades have distanced their position from the “defensive” remarks of their attorneys, since the comrades don’t recognize the authority of the court and won’t make apologias. The attorney explained that the defense attorneys’ remarks would thus express only their own opinions, and not the anarchist position of the Fire Cells Conspiracy. Naturally, all the attorneys showed respect for the choices and attitudes of the four comrades, even directing the charges back at the court and declaring that “the terrorist is the state.” They also specifically referred to the notion of political responsibility, emphasizing that the act of taking political responsibility is fundamentally different from the act of taking criminal responsibility.

Here we must accent that prior statements made by members of the Fire Cells Conspiracy have made it clear that, to them, taking political responsibility also means actively defending every Fire Cells Conspiracy attack. Beyond that, they consider theory and practice to be inseparable, and they therefore never asserted that they were being “persecuted for their ideas” but rather for their decision to take up arms and attack the structures of power and its society by using all methods: texts, fires, Molotovs, bombs, firearms. That’s the choice they made—to take part in permanent anarchist insurrection. It’s a choice they will keep refusing to apologize for, a choice they even keep alive from inside prison with their texts, their books, their attitude against the prison system, their escape attempt, and their rejection of courtroom apologias.

Additionally, as the Fire Cells Conspiracy comrades have stated:

We are anarchists of praxis. Ideas and theories that don’t dare become practices end up as cowardly chitchat nourished by passive excuses and inhibitions. You aren’t criminally prosecuting us simply for some lovely anarchist theories printed on a piece of paper, but rather for our CHOICE that our ideas also speak through the flame that lights the fuse, the cloth that stoppers the Molotov, the still warm barrel of a gun.

The trial was adjourned to Wednesday, September 5.

Summary of day 25 (Friday, July 20) of 2nd Halandri Case trial

The comrades didn’t appear at this session, which was completely devoted to the prosecutor’s remarks. By not showing up, they thus showed their disdain for the proceedings and for the prosecutor himself.

At the beginning of his dissertation, the prosecutor commented on the absence of the comrades, quipping: “They didn’t honor me with their presence.” He then continued his sermon/delirium in praise of democracy, saying that “all must submit to its laws.” He concluded by requesting that the comrades be found guilty on all charges.

At approximately 04.30 am on Sunday August 12, an unidentified Iraqi male was found stabbed in the streets of Athens (on Anaxagora Street). According to eye-witnesses, the perpetrators of the attack where five males riding four motorbikes who, just earlier on, in the same area, had tried to attack another two migrant males (citizens of Romania and Morocco) and who managed to escape. This is an apparent racist, lethal attack.

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