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Last night, we attacked police cars and private security vehicles. Six vehicles at the Deputy Sheriff’s substation had their tires slashed, their exteriors spray painted, and their windows covered in glass etching solution. Three detective vehicles parked at the Bloomington police station and four private security vehicles in a separate lot had their tires slashed.
There is no question: the police are the absolute enemy. Everywhere, their role is to defend this social order based in misery and exploitation. As those exploited, and as those who refuse to accept this misery, we have only one option: to attack the police at all times and in every way possible. It is easy. No great technical skill or complex methods are necessary. One only needs a little courage and a will to live.
As we sit and watch the rebellion in Ferguson, it is easy to become pacified by the media spectacle. Distance - geographical and cultural - can cause us to retreat into tired rituals or inactivity. Last night, we chose to break the social peace, as a gesture of solidarity to the fighters in Ferguson, and as an attempt to reclaim our own lives from the state and its dogs.
Solidarity with the revolt in Ferguson!
Full force against the cops!
The police are caught in a bind and are seeing the limits of using force. If they keep their distance protesters riot, but when they come with force they inspire more people to come into the streets, which lead to more riots. At this point, if they want to crush this thing they have to convict Darren Wilson (the cop who shot Brown) of murder. But the wheels of justice are slow. In the meantime, they’re going to have to work to divide the protesters. In their desperation, all of the time-tested dichotomies are being deployed- protester vs criminal, honest vs opportunist, resident vs outsider. Unfortunately the police have a long list of accomplices willing to do the work for them, most of whom are fully aware of what they’re doing. From the New Black Panther Party to the Nation of Islam. From HOT 104.1 to FOX News. From MORE to OBS. From Jesse Jackson to Al Sharpton. From Nelly to Tef Poe (Po). From current St Louis Mayor Slay to future St Louis Mayor French. And the list goes on.
While they may be succeeding on TV, radio, and social media these loudmouths aren’t having as much success on West Florissant (despite their own reports to the contrary), and that must scare the shit out of them. It’s worth mentioning that social media is where they have had the most success. They’ve become pros at getting twits who will never go down to Ferguson to retweet their fewer than 140 character self-serving reports ad nauseam. In return the twits get to feel as if they’re a part of something. Maybe these rumors, half-truths and lies will prove to be damaging to people, (and that would be terrible) but most of it is transparently conspiracy theory bullshit to anyone with critical thinking skills.
There are still far more black protesters than white on West Florissant, but there seems to be more diversity as the struggle continues. Early on comments directed at white protesters such as “why’re you here” were answered with “man, she/he hates the police too!” Now if the presence of white protesters is even noted it sounds more like “thank you for being here.” A sinister few liberal and leftist groups try to spread absurd stories that small groups of white agitators (or even KKK infiltrators!) are tricking black protesters into going on the attack. The racist underlying assumptions about the exploitable nature of black protesters makes sense when you realize that’s exactly how groups like the Nation of Islam and the New Black Panther Party view them. Back in the real world, white protesters are just now starting to catch up with some of the ferocity of their black comrades, who’re grown enough to make decisions for themselves.
The authorities engaged in some good cop/bad cop by putting Ron Johnson (a black officer who grew up in North County) in command of police operations. During the light of day, he and his officers take off their riot gear and walk alongside protesters. This trick has worked on the self-imposed protest leaders who openly work with Johnson to control the crowds.
There are countless calls from the Nation of Islam, the New Black Panther Party, and their socially conservative ilk for women to go home, for strong black men to step up, and other such patriarchal attempts divide the protesters. The first couple days these calls were met with tremendous resistance from mostly black women. “Fuck you, go back to church”. “I’ve been here from day one”. “It’s our babies who’re dying”. The constant harassment seems to have taken its toll as fewer women are out, especially after dark. But women are still out front taunting the police and rushing into stores to get theirs.
Nearly all who attempt to restrain the actions of the most confrontational and declare themselves leaders of the community are over 40. Aside from physically stopping young people from acting, they try to ostracize them from the protest. These wise elders may walk around with a paternalistic aura of authority, but the youth aren’t fooled: “I can’t listen to these old heads, been sayin’ the same thing for years.” “This peaceful marching ain’t workin’, without the looting nobody would’ve gave a shit about Mike Mike.” Still they continuously call for the boys to grow up and be men and for the young women to go home, because the streets aren’t safe for them.—Ferguson, one week in. antistatestl.noblogs.org
A significant number of protesters are armed. In the first few days, a common tactic was to fire shots in the air to scare the cops off when they got too close. Some openly talk of going to war with the police and don’t hide the fact that they are carrying. The last few days people have begun shooting at the police. Tragically, the only people hit so far have been a handful of protesters- some of them with life-threatening injuries. People are beginning to advocate for more restraint with the gun fire and better aim.
The rebels (and the police) have no experience with such a situation. Revolt like this hasn’t been seen in America since the 70’s. People are learning how to make and utilize Molotov cocktails, barricades, projectiles, and fire, as well as when and where it makes sense to attack. Coordination and communication are difficult outside moments of rioting. Perhaps it’s because there’s no safe and comfortable place to gather and share ideas. The QT could potentially serve this purpose, however just today it has been entirely fenced off. The second night of unrest must have involved some exceptional coordination as crews smashed up stores all over the metro area, filling their cars with all sorts of goodies.—Ferguson, over one week in. antistatestl.noblogs.org
super skeptical of that account of the kid being punched by a “white anarchist” for running away from gunfire. not that I think they’re maliciously lying, but like, how do you know what their politics are? i feel like “anarchist” is becoming “anyone who…
Yeah the account is completely not in line with what Ive heard from any anarchists from there. Some authoritarian shit like hitting someone for running is definitely not what anarchists are up to. Not to mention the person making that claim posted pictures of these ‘anarchists’ and they just look like some white bros. Beyond being misinformation, this shit is really problematic because it pushes the line that all the state/cops/leftists are putting forward about white anarchist agitators. We’ve seen this over and over again in anti police uprising and it is fucking dangerous because it is an attempt to divide people along racial lines, and also completely steals the agency of the hundreds of fighters out there who need no agitation.
some people have weird ideas about the law. like it counts for shit except to be used against resistance. counting on lines they drew in the sand five minutes ago as the measuring stick for allowable state violence is fucking insane especially when the state is treating #Ferguson as a counterinsurgency, as a threat to the racial order, which it is. “omg why are they dispersing ppl when there is no curfew tonite” “omg the media is not showing how these ppl are preventing looting” “omg why are they arresting media and now only this kind of media can stay and this is against a court order” “omg the national guard isn’t stopping the cops but working with them!” i understand there is a political, rhetorical tendency to posit hypocrisy as the greatest sin after “violence” or something, and ppl love to try to de-legitimize the state by pointing at the “contradictions” but this is backwards— the “legitimacy” of the U.S. state is built on white supremacist violence, on imprisonment of black people, on the police *being ever present, ever at the ready, always brutal*
they keep drawing new lines, closing in more and more until some bodies cannot move at all, and then these lines define all of our relations— that is what the law is. fuck the law.—via Oki Sogumi (via grupaok)
In the early hours of August 14th, three police cruisers were smashed out at the Chapel Hill Police Department Headquarters in Chapel Hill, NC. A message was also painted on one of the cars, reading, “For Luke.”
This was done as a small gesture of solidarity with Luke O’Donovan, of Atlanta, GA, who was recently sentenced to two years in prison for defending himself against five homophobic attackers. We hope this brings a smile to his face.
We also carried out this act in solidarity with the rioters and looters of Ferguson, MO, who, in the face of continued brutality by racist police, have inspired the world with their courageous resistance against the forces of state, capital, and white supremacy. May their insurrection spread.
Both as small groups and entire neighborhoods, it is possible to fight back.
- some anarchists