In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we caught up with one of the people involved in the Occupied Southwest Distro, which is an insurrectionary and anti-colonial anarchist literature distribution project in the so-called Phoenix, Arizona area (Akimel O’odham Territory). While our previous audio report brought us voices of two teachers who were involved in the strikes, this episode discusses the view from the street, and that of radicals on the outside attempting to support it and intervene in small and tangible ways.
Beth Payne laughed out loud at the suggestion that the AR-15s and AK-47s she and other members of the Phoenix John Brown Gun Club were toting a week or so back at the Arizona Capitol were AirSoft replicas of the real thing.
“They do make AirSoft guns that look like real guns,” Payne, 35, said during a recent interview at Phoenix’s Fair Trade Cafe. “But it seems like a stupid way to get shot by a cop, waving a gun that’s a toy.”
From Phoenix New Times
By Stephen Lemons
SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017 AT 7:15 A.M.
Hey, lefties with guns, that's cool.
At least, that was my first impression upon seeing about 40 or so assorted anarchists, Brown Berets, and members of a group calling itself the Phoenix John Brown Gun Club across the street from the state Capitol, openly armed to the proverbial teeth.
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SMASH THE SOUTH MOUNTAIN FREEWAY: THIS MAY DAY STRIKE AGAINST THE GLOBAL WORK MACHINE
This May Day we call for antagonists of the global work machine to gather in Phoenix to march on the headquarters of the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). ADOT is the transportation bureaucracy behind the 30 year push for an extension to the Loop 202, which would destroy the western ridges of South Mountain and extend the south end of the Loop 202 from the I-10.
For Phoenix area anarchists, 2014 has been a year of confrontation with the Phoenix Police Dept and an escalation of their counterinsurgency tactics against demonstrators. In April, anarchists demonstrated at the International Police Conference to draw attention to the 19 people who had already been killed by Phoenix cops in 2014. In response to that action, the police chief, Daniel V.