The Tower

Hamilton: The Tower is Moving! A Statement

  • Posted on: 27 May 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Over the course of the last few months The Tower has faced a fair number of challenges, to say the least! Today however, we are excited to announce that we are moving. We will be moving to a new larger location in order to continue to grow and expand our project of supporting organizing efforts in Hamilton and spreading anarchy.

Why are we leaving the space on Cannon St. that has served us so well? In the wake of a successful and well-attended Hamilton Anarchist Bookfair – that featured a full lineup of workshops, literature, discussion, art, movies, a community dinner, and kid’s activities (many things took place that weekend aside from the so-called Locke St. Riot) – we have had to deal with ongoing targeting by the far right, state repression, community backlash, sensationalist media coverage, and a flood.

Hamilton orders removal of anarchy symbol, calling it 'hate material'

  • Posted on: 16 May 2018
  • By: thecollective

The City of Hamilton has forced a local anarchist group to remove the circle A anarchy symbol from its headquarters, saying it is "hate material" similar to the swastika.

City officials say they're taking direction from Hamilton police on the issue, but police say that's not the case.

Canada, Hamilton Community Defence Fund

  • Posted on: 17 April 2018
  • By: thecollective

Fundraising for legal defence in Hamilton in the wake of conspiracy charges.

To Donate via e-transfer, please contact thetower@riseup.net

In the early morning hours of Friday, April 6th, police raided a home associated with some of those involved with organizing The Hamilton Anarchist Bookfair and The Tower. The door was kicked in, a flash grenade was thrown into the house, and a full SWAT team entered with assault rifles drawn. Three people were detained, and one person was arrested.

First Contact with Cedar

  • Posted on: 15 April 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

We got our first proper visit with Cedar this week! They are doing well considering the circumstances, and asked us to send big love to everyone on the outside, and a huge heap of gratitude to the folks offering support. They explained that the day of the arrest was quite scary and that it was hard to be deprived of any information about what was happening to them or to their friends.

Tower Defence: Holding Space Against the Far-right

  • Posted on: 4 April 2018
  • By: thecollective
On Sunday, March 25th, various far-right groups from South-Western Ontario organized what they called a “Patriot Walk” up Locke St. in Hamilton. This was ostensibly a show of support for small businesses on the street who had their facades shattered during a mini-riot a couple of weeks earlier. The far-right hoped to capitalize on bourgeois outrage in Hamilton to put forward their ultra-nationalist form of anti-leftism, but their internal disfunction and overall shittiness, along with antifascists in the area being on point, led them to failure at every step of the way.

Montreal: From #HoMa to #HamOnt: The secret is to round up your loser friends.

  • Posted on: 19 March 2018
  • By: thecollective

When we heard that the Tower got attacked, we had to show our love. Not only because we love anarchist social centres, but because we also live in a city where (as far as we can tell) small hip business owners exist solely to steal your wages, fondle cops, and sell you overpriced shit sandwiches. Fuck the class traitors, fuck the gentrifiers, fuck the police, but still no fucks at all given to broken windows.

Hamilton ON: The Tower's Statement on Recent Events

  • Posted on: 7 March 2018
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From The Tower, Hamilton's Anarchist Social Centre, after their windows were smashed Sunday night and then their door kicked in Tuesday night

We’ve held off on making any public statements so far because it’s really not our desire to have conversations on the internet, such a toxic and alienating place. But having had our space attacked twice in the last couple of days, we feel like it’s important to share a few reflections and be clear about where we stand.

First, no, the actions on Locke and Aberdeen on Saturday night were not organized by the Tower, but yes, we support what happened and are in solidarity with those who carried them out. Class war is happening every day in this city, with constant attacks on poor and working people. It’s disappointing that so many only care about the occasional moment when a bit of anger flows back the other way. The ongoing effects of gentrification in this city are heartbreaking – waves of displacement, growing violence, and intensifying poverty. You cannot expect for all of this to just be swept under the proverbial rug. We have zero tears to shed for Locke st.