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Call for Black Bloc Militant Action on Mayday!

Attention my fellow Anarchists, anti-capitalists, anti-authoritarians and activists this is a call for a Portland Black Bloc on Mayday at the North Park Blocks. At high noon speakers until 2pm then we take the streets!
The history of Mayday is closely linked with the anarchist movement and the struggles of working people for a better world. Indeed, it originated with the execution of four anarchists in Chicago in 1886 for organizing workers in the fight for the eight-hour day. Thus May Day is a product of "anarchy in action" -- of the struggle of working people using direct action in labor unions to change the world ("Anarchism . . . originated in everyday struggles" -- Kropotkin)

Attention my fellow Anarchists, anti-capitalists, anti-authoritarians and activists this is a call for a Portland Black Bloc on Mayday at the North Park Blocks. At high noon speakers until 2pm then we take the streets!

We only need to look back at previous Mayday actions to know that more militant action is needed. Come with your masks, sticks, flags, shields, slingshots, body armor, rock, paint, and anything else you feel is necessary.

In solidarity
-Widerstand
Support Your Local Black Bloc!

what's that I smell? 20.Apr.2004 12:22

White Lilac

Troll, you are so blatant I can smell your foul breath and reeking carcass. Crawl back into the sewers ... I mean, have another donut and think about how you can be a little more subtle with your provocations.

Understanding Militant Action, and the Use of the IMC Tactic 20.Apr.2004 12:42

you know.

Hi Folks. Okay, I am all for black bloc tactics and think that they can be wonderfully effective when organized and carried out correctly. This is not it. I want to encourage every single person that reads this to pay attention to some of the things that I will say and to show up for the MayDay actions but not for the black bloc.

Okay, black bloc has become synonymous with "fuck shit up". That is a problem. Because that automatically gets a repression level that restricts "fucking shit up." Also, having a public callout for solidarity is like having a public callout for provacateurs. Maybe someone will come fuck something up, and then everyone in black will be arrested for fucking shit up....and the one person that gets off is the provacateur and you dont see that person for awhile.

Even this post is provacative. It is not effective to use the indymedia tactic to organize, especially portland imc, especially radical actions. For one you will not get large numbers. Two you will inevitably get police. Three you will become disenfranchised.

Nothing takes the place of making strong connections and affinity groups in order to "fuck shit up". Nothing takes the place of having a plan of actions instead of just meeting with weapons in a public place. Think about these things people. We will one day have to meet each other and work together face to face, organize ourselves and others that are affected against this system...why not start today?

So, you have fucked up now. Calling for militant action with weapons on a politically charged day, you have written your self a headstone...and affected the rest of the folks that want to go out there and celebrate. Thats okay, remember this and learn from it, there are other more effective ways to fight this beast.

Now, there is a definate need and place for militant actions and there is a growing base of folks willing to work clandestinely and take back our lives. We must organize with people we trust and create relationshiups with others so that we can have trust. WE need to support comrades that are in the beast that have gone done in this fight. WE must stand together and fight or we will all lose.

So where is your heart at, where do you stand, what is your level of involvement. Use this tactic to tell the world about actions after they have happened, show especially the disaffected in the us that resistance is alive and well and when organized the right way they can get away and fuck shit up and work to change the world. Use this website, the entire network as a means to disseminate victories won by the hands of insurgents against the greed of the dominant system.

In response to Black Bloc Action 20.Apr.2004 15:01

Gene Lawhorn Carpenter Local 247

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Gene Lawhorn Carpenter Local 247  unionhammerhead@yahoo.com link


Greetings Fellow Workers,
In response to the call to militant action by Widerstand: First Widerstand needs to brush up on his or her history. May Day originated out of the Carpenters Union back in 1884 when P.J. McGuire had a resolution introduced in the FOTLU convention. That's the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions of Canada and the US, the predecessor of the AFL, American Federation of Labor. The resolution called for a general strike for the eight hour day by all working people to begin on May first of 1886. The Anarchist who like to claim May Day as their holiday were against the eight hour day at first. They felt the eight hour day was too much of a compromise to the capitalist system. Furthermore the Haymarket martyrs were executed in 1887, not 1886.
May Day is NOT about Anarchy! May Day is about struggling for work place, and social justice. May Day is foremost about the struggle for a shorter work day. May Day is about celebrating our past, and reaffirming our committment to the future as empowered working people!
Remember the lesson of May Day, An anarchist threw a bomb into the ranks of police killing seven. The police paniced and opened fire into the crowd killing an unknown amout and wounding over 200 people. WE DO NOT WANT A REPEAT OF THIS KIND OF " ANARCHY IN ACTION"! I know their are historical differences, was it an agent provacator, or an anarchist who threw a bomb? Well folks in the long run of history the outcome made little difference who threw the bomb. The violence worked against us as working people. It set the eight hour struggle back decades, and caused police repression against union activists all over the Nation.
Widerstand calls for you to bring rocks, slingshots, paint, body armor, and ect...Well now talk about agent provacation!!! What kind of person brings a slingshot, or rocks to a gunfight. Remember folks the Portland Police don't play with sticks and slingshots! They got guns! And they aren't afraid to use them!!!
We at the United Brotherhood Of Carpenters have gotten involved with the May Day celebration because we started it. Not the Anarchist! We want all of organized labor, and all workers et al to participate and feel safe.
This militant and violent action called for creates an atmosphere of fear, and hatred. How do you suppose the police will respond in such an atmosphere?
I strongly encourage all who choose to come and participate to recognize
the fact they will be young children, elderly folks, and families present. Any violent action endangers these folks and the majority who want a peacable demonstration.

For the one big Union,
Gene Lawhorn Carpenters Local 247

The Haymarket Bomb-Thrower 20.Apr.2004 15:15

xyzzy

"Remember the lesson of May Day, An anarchist threw a bomb into the ranks of police killing seven."

Actually, to this day NOBODY KNOWS just who threw that bomb or what his or her political beliefs were.

Portland

Mayday remebered 20.Apr.2004 15:18

Dewy Dagrod

This is what it is all about
MAY DAY! MAY DAY! MAY DAY!
Hundreds of thousands of American workers, increasingly determined to resist subjugation to capitalist power, poured into a fledgling labor organization, the Knights of Labor.
Beginning on May 1, 1886, they took to the streets to demand universal adoption of the 8-hour day. Chicago was the center of the movement. Workers there had been agitating for an 8-hour day for months, & on the eve of May 1, 50,000 were already on strike. 30,000 more swelled their ranks the next day, bringing most of Chicago manufacturing to a standstill.

Fears of violent class conflict gripped the city. No violence occurred on May 1 a Saturday or May 2. But on Monday, May 3, a fight involving hundreds broke out at McCormick Reaper between locked-out unionists & non-unionist workers McCormick hired to replace them. The Chicago police, swollen in number & heavily armed, quickly moved in with clubs & guns to restore order. They left four unionists dead &many others wounded.

Angered by the deadly force of the police, a group of anarchists, led by August Spies & Albert Parsons, called on workers to arm themselves & participate in a massive protest demonstration in Haymarket Square on Tuesday evening, May 4. The demonstration appeared to be a complete bust, with only 3,000 assembling. But near the end of the evening, an individual, whose identity is still in dispute (possibly a police agent provocateur), threw a bomb that killed seven police & injured 67 others.

Hysterical city & state government officials rounded up eight anarchists, tried them for murder, & sentenced them to death.

On 11 November 1887, four, including Parsons & Spies, were executed. All of the executed advocated armed struggle & violence as revolutionary methods, but their prosecutors found no evidence that any had actually thrown the Haymarket bomb. They died for their words not their deeds.

250,000 people lined Chicago's street during Parson's funeral procession to express their outrage at this gross miscarriage of justice.

For radicals & trade unionists everywhere, Haymarket became a symbol of the stark inequality & injustice of capitalist society. The May 1886 Chicago events figured prominently in the decision of the founding congress of the Second International (Paris, 1889) to make May 1, 1890 a demonstration of the solidarity & power of the international working class movement. May Day has been a celebration ever since.


 http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/5202/GenStrike.htm
 http://www.accessweb.com/mayday/links.html
 http://www.leftbankbooks.com/~matthew/linkpages/links-mayday.html






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in response to Gene 20.Apr.2004 15:25

anarchist fellow worker

Perhaps you could be a little more complete in your history gene

while the resolution calling for the eight hour day to take affect on May 1st, 1886 was called by the FOTLU (predessor to the AFL which later turned right and abandoned May Day) May Day actually became International Workers Day out of a resolution in the 2nd international i believe the early 1890's. Internation workers day was claimed by workers on their own accord as they continued to celebrate the struggle of 1886 in chicago and the anarchist martyrs who died in the struggle for the eight hour day, as well as workers rights and dignity through revolution. Mayday is about Anarchism its about workers empowering themselves and takening what is thiers and creating a new world...recognizing that it is futile to appeal to bosses politicians and the ruling class for anything this is the spirit of mayday....this is anarchism this is the history of the 8 hour stuggle in chicago. While the anarchist embrace the eight hour call at first they did after further thought. in fact the anarchist IWPA(as well as rank and file workers who defied thier unions liberal beuracracy to struggle for shorter hours) was at the forefront of eight hour organizing.

Liberal unions did not start may day. Mayday is founded of the blood of struggling workers taking their destiny into thier own hands. It cannot be claimed by any organization. Show some solidarity with all workers ,remember all comrades who have died and struggled to create better world especially the chicago 8.

see you on may day.

Ummmmm 20.Apr.2004 15:46

Raven

First of all I would like to say that May Day is as much an anarchist holiday as it is a workers holiday and the two were once synonymous in fact.
Industrial era May Day

Our modern celebration of Mayday as a working class holiday developed from the US workers struggle for the eight hour day in 1886. The working class movement in the USA began campaigning for an eight hour day in the 1860s, following the Civil War. The historic strike of May 1st, 1886 was a culmination of a concerted struggle. Chicago was the major industrial centre of the USA. Police attacked striking workers from the McCormack Harvester Co., killing six.

On May 4th at a demonstration in Haymarket Square to protest the police brutality a bomb exploded in the middle of a crowd of police killing eight of them. The police arrested eight anarchist trade unionists claiming they threw the bombs. To this day the subject is still one of controversy. The question remains whether the bomb was thrown by the workers at the police or whether one of the police's own agent provocateurs dropped it in their haste to retreat from charging workers.

In what was to become one of the most infamous show trials in America in the 19th century, but certainly not to be the last of such trials against radical workers, the State of Illinois tried the anarchist workingmen for fighting for their rights as much as being the actual bomb throwers. Whether the anarchist workers were guilty or innocent was irrelevant. They were agitators, fomenting revolution and stirring up the working class, and they had to be taught a lesson. Albert Parsons, August Spies, George Engle and Adolph Fischer were found guilty and executed by the State of Illinois.

In Paris in 1889 the International Working Men's Association (the First International) declared May 1st an international working class holiday in commemoration of the Haymarket Martyrs. The red flag became the symbol of the blood of working class martyrs in their battle for workers rights.


Now that that is taken care of I would also like to say that while I agree that THIS post is odd in that it has no suggestion for tactics besides just fucking shit up and therefore probably posted by a COP. What I take offence with however is not the fact that cops often use our own means of education against us, but that people that are supposed to be members of the same movement would sink to slinging stupid biased remarks back and forth instead of promoting solidarity DESPITE our differences. I also take offence to anyone who would say that this cannot be both an anarchist holiday and a workers holiday I mean honestly are you going to sit here and argue possession of a holiday when you could be doing something useful. In conclusion I am disappointed in all of the posters to this article so far, not for not knowing history, but for not being able to share something as simple as a holiday I mean COME ON PEOPLE.
With love AND solidarity,
Raven

Germans Aren't all Sunshine und Smiles! 20.Apr.2004 16:04

Varro

Widerstand is German for "Resistance".

I wonder what Portland Police officer has been linked to some of the more unsavory aspects of German history?

Also, when I hear "resistance," I think of the White Aryan Resistance, led by Tom Metzger, who was held liable for the murder of Mulugeta Seraw by three boneheads back in 1988.

This is a troll. But I wonder who is trolling - neo-Nazis, or police officers itching to use violence without the inconvenience of lawsuits?

Blocs unite! One struggle, ONE FIGHT! 20.Apr.2004 16:53

!heckno!

This very day police repression is on the rise. Blac blocers NEED to form affinity groups. At the Day of Bombing we organized a defence bloc, wich did it's damdest to defend ALL protestors from the police- un arrested people and- draged out survivors of police violence. Blocers need to come together in small groups of trusted allies and target politicly strategic sites for attack. May I suggest Recruitment centers? Slave labor pools-like labor ready?- police stations? Ones outside of the rose quarter? This would strategicly remove repressive agents of the state from the arena of the march and allow for greater expression by the radical workers and thier bocs.
BE SAFE! ALWAYS WEAR PPE personal protective equipment- like gloves, shades, normal looking clothes under your hoody so you can change out. Do not work with people that arn't 100 percent down. Pool your tactics COLLECTIVLY, challenge your tactics COLLECTIVLY, develop the result into a STRATEGY! Make sure to define MULTIPLE escape routes. NEVER EVER DEFINE A ESCAPE ROUTE THAT EVEN POSSIBLY INTERSECTS THE PROTEST IF YOUR BLOCS BIGGER THAN 5. If it's bigger than five think about scattering in different directions.

solidarity,
heck

What about the history of May Day in Portland? 20.Apr.2004 16:58

DJ Shadow

I appreciate all of the May Day history that folks have provided. But I am a little disappointed that organizers of this year's May Day seem to be ignoring the more recent history of May Day in Portland. Here is a brief outline:

2000: several hundred people gather for an un-permitted march through Portland's streets. The plan was to highlight struggles around housing with four stops. First stop: City Hall, where the Community Alliance of Tenants did a piece around low-income housing. Second Stop: Senator Gordon Smith's office, where Ramon Ramirez of PCUN denounced the Senator's support for a "Bracero" bill which would have facilitated importing workers into a system of legalized slavery. The last two stops were the Forest Service building, to talk about logging, and Powell's, where workers were fighting for their first contract. Unfortunately, the march was cut short by a violent police assault. People regrouped at Powell's, but the police continued their assault into the night. Activists bravely returned to the streets three days later to symbolically finish the march and denounce the violent assault.

2001: the focus shifts to free speech as organizers fight for the right to march without a permit. An aggresive political and media campaign effectively puts this issue front and center as the local media and police hype the "violence" of 2000 May Day marchers. The work pays off as the city backs down, ends up taking out a permit for the march (even though one was NEVER requested) and later re-writes the rules on permits. The march is attended by several thousand (the biggest May Day march so far, I believe) and goes without a hitch, after organizers convince the authorities to only patrol the march with minimal presence of bike cops. The stops include the Oregonian and Oregon Steel, where workers are engaged in a bitter labor dispute.

2002: again, organizers refuse to ask for a permit, but work to ensure that the march is as safe as possible becuase an effort is made to focus on immigrant rights and include a larger number of people of color. The march is led by immigrant rights groups and heads to the INS, to Taco Bell, and to Fred Meyer, where janitors are fighting for a contract. Again the city backs down, and takes out its own permit. The march is well attended and goes smoothly.

2003: the march is organized out of the Carpenter's Union hall, and a mostly new group of activists take up the work, and the organizers put more effort inito reaching out to union members. Much time is spent debating "themes". Even though the coalition agrees to not seek a permit, someone decides to do it on their own. The now permitted march goes smoothly.

2004: again, organizing is being led by the Carpenters. The big debate seems to be around whether or not to allow politicians (Dennis Kucinich) to speak. A permit has been obtained.

Obviously, my bias is towards the first three May Day marches. These were pretty inclusive, un-permitted, festive, and connected to real struggles. In my opinion, last year's march was smaller and actually had less union participation than in 2002. Like last year, the May Day march this year will be permitted, and mostly rhetorical (meaning not connected to local struggles, even though organizers claim to be wanting to "put the focus back on labor"). This year, participants will get to listen to two hours of speeches before hitting streets blocked off by the police.

I am glad to see the unions taking this on, but I wish they had more respect for Portland's recent history around May Day, in addition to the more ancient history.

who's holiday? 20.Apr.2004 17:09

incoherant

regardless of the history mayday is the day where we can come together as humans and recognize our bond beyond our shared oppresion of the bosses. mayday is the day where we can shout out and take the streets in solidarity with workers internationally, those who have died in the factories and those who will die fighting for workers liberation. in regards to this absurd call out for a black bloc we should know by now that this will create nothing but a field day for the police , tying people up in the system unecessarily as the pigs count thier ransom money we give them for our comorades. if you want to fuck shit up on mayday, take into consideration those around you and it would probably be best to do it in an autonomus cell away from any organized march. duh.

BLACK BLOC GET CLUE 20.Apr.2004 17:29

Jason Sheckler a union carpenter in local 247 aa

look by going to may day with masks and sling shots just to start shit with the pigs isn't going to make your anarchist revolution happen any quicker. in fact its going to turn people off from your message and most likely the working class people at may day who you seek to organize.

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Local issues 20.Apr.2004 17:44

Dewey Dagrod

If healthcare, overtime and the right to organize aren't relevant locally then I guess you are correct that the people involved haven't kept it real. Maybe you should have drug your ass out and helped set a agenda that suits you better but it's a lot easier to just bitch from your computer.

We live in a city and country under attack!!! wages, hours and working conditions is what the labor movement has always been about.

No matter if your in a Union or unrepresented in your work place you are being held down by a Walmart, Labor Ready, Starbuck,Enron lovin Government we have no time to quibble about semantics and whos version of history is right we must band together to send a clear message that we won't take the unemployment/underemployment of America while fat oil companies and international contractors make fortunes off the sacrifices of our friends and children in Iraq.

how many senators sons joined the service to pay for college? how many parents of CEO's are living on $300 a month social security unable to even afford prescriptions to make their lives tolerable?

Put our differences aside turnout with your message on mayday and keep it peaceful to help insure a large turnout!!

If I thought for one second that a violent approach would work I wouldn't hesitate but we don't need anymore martyrs just real leaders who are afraid of the cops or the thugs

You never learn. 20.Apr.2004 21:17

Justice Evans

A call to arms? Thats what it looks like to me. Too bad the number who answer the call will be only enough to have a small riot. Too bad the rest of the nation, while perhaps agreeable someplace in their hearts, are not agreeable in their minds.

When will you understand that this physical, violent type of resistance has lost its place as a mechanism for change in this country? It can't happen with militant action. We will only end up with many young, hurt or dead, confused people who are very angry.

Are you looking for martyrdom? You won't find me holding up your dead body with rage, calling for action. You won't find that guy down at the bar who you sometimes drink with doing it either. Or his wife. Or his brother-in-law. Or his boss at the corner auto-mechanic place. Or the guy raising and lowering the Hawthorne Bridge.

If you want change, you need to make everybody else want it too. Nothing like a punch in the face to make you want to agree with the puncher. Come on.

"Liberal unions did not start may day." 20.Apr.2004 22:03

Dio

"liberal", in the perjorative sense intended, is not an adjective which can be applied to the Carpenters Union, or any union in 1886.

"Actually, to this day NOBODY KNOWS ..." 20.Apr.2004 22:08

Dio

"Actually, to this day NOBODY KNOWS just who threw that bomb or what his or her political beliefs were."

Did you miss this part? : "I know their are historical differences, was it an agent provacator, or an anarchist who threw a bomb? Well folks in the long run of history the outcome made little difference who threw the bomb. The violence worked against us as working people."

Or were you so eager to sow discord that you hoped everybody else would miss it?

"I wish they had more respect ..." 20.Apr.2004 22:13

Dio

"I wish they had more respect for Portland's recent history around May Day ..."

Perhaps they would, if you could share with them the benefit of your wisdom, without disrespecting their "real struggles".

Yeah 20.Apr.2004 23:13

Dio

I have little patience this evening.

Carpenters have a right to remember with pride P.J. McGuire and his work, including his May Day strike resolution. That they should claim total credit is, of course, debatable : May Day, or March Day, even February Day, dependingon distance from the Equator, goes back several millenia.

Brother Lawhorn's bias is obvious and understandable. It is also obvious that his understanding of anarchism, limited and faulty as it is, exceeds most anarchists' understandings of the unionism.

A functioning liberation movement would say, generously, yes, we remember Brother McGuire. Remember those rave-ups when the chimney-sweeps were laid-off to starve for the summer? Was it you guys who brought that resolution to the International in 1889? There are, after all, more than enough blood-soaked memories to go around.

You know... welcome allies in the struggle against the oppressor, instead of slaughtering them on his behalf.


Anyone notice that you can't say "liber--anything" anymore without some authoritarian asshole denouncing you? It is bad enough the owners hate what little freedom we have.

A little more history from Gene 21.Apr.2004 09:08

Gene Lawhorn unionhammerhead@yahoo.com

Greetings Again Fellow Workers,

I am glad my response has generated so much discussion on the subject of May Day. As you know, I and others could go on in volumns about the history of May Day. Another important reason we at the Carpenters got involved with May Day is becasue of it's recent history. I was present at the May Day a few years ago when the cops went crazy. I witnessed many acts of violence directed against participants with out provocation by officers of the law. I also witnessed people dressed in black with mask throwing rocks, and other projectiles at police. We got involved so we could do our part to make May Day safer for participants. May Day and the subject of shorter hours, and work place justice is too important of an issues to be clouded by acts of violence. We had meetings with police and worked out the details for a safe demonstration. We also found common ground with the men and women who serve as police. They face many of the same health care, work place safety, and hours of work issues so many of us do. Common ground is an amazing place to stand! The spirit of coperation was very enlighening for me. Cause I too have had many runs in with the police that have not been so positive. The over all history of poilice and labor union coperation has also never been a real positive experience either. But last year was different. Bear in mind Howard Zinn's wonderful chapter 21 in his " People History of the United States" The chapter is called, " The Coming Revolt of the Guards"

Having said this I'd like to interject a little more history for thought. This comes from Philip Foner's " History of the Labor Movement in the United States" Volumn #2 Page 107. " Three years later, (after Haymarket) in an interview the Chicago Police, Captain Frederick Ebersold admitted that police, led by Captain Michael J. Schaack, delibertly set about organizing anarchist societies and planted bombs, and ammunition at these organizations. Every day the press headlined the raids on these police instigated anarchist socieites and listed the discoveries - ammunition, dynamite, bombs, shell, underground rifle ranges, bayonets, pistols, ect."

I interject this to show that violent actions and even conspiracy of such actions does our working class movement absolutly no good. It works to the benefit of those who oppose our goals. The angry violent language and actions of some anarchist plays right into the hands of the powers who oppose labor and social justice. It becomes real easy to socially justify violence and repression against workers if they can protray us a violent revolutionaries, or better yet label us as terrorist.
I hope to see you all this May Day.
Peace, Solidarity, yours for the OBU,
Gene Lawhorn Carpenters Local 247

A little more history from Gene 21.Apr.2004 09:14

Gene Lawhorn unionhammerhead@yahoo.com

Greetings Again Fellow Workers,

I am glad my response has generated so much discussion on the subject of May Day. As you know, I and others could go on in volumns about the history of May Day. Another important reason we at the Carpenters got involved with May Day is becasue of it's recent history. I was present at the May Day a few years ago when the cops went crazy. I witnessed many acts of violence directed against participants with out provocation by officers of the law. I also witnessed people dressed in black with mask throwing rocks, and other projectiles at police. We got involved so we could do our part to make May Day safer for participants. May Day and the subject of shorter hours, and work place justice is too important of an issues to be clouded by acts of violence. We had meetings with police and worked out the details for a safe demonstration. We also found common ground with the men and women who serve as police. They face many of the same health care, work place safety, and hours of work issues so many of us do. Common ground is an amazing place to stand! The spirit of coperation was very enlighening for me. Cause I too have had many runs in with the police that have not been so positive. The over all history of poilice and labor union coperation has also never been a real positive experience either. But last year was different. Bear in mind Howard Zinn's wonderful chapter 21 in his " People History of the United States" The chapter is called, " The Coming Revolt of the Guards"

Having said this I'd like to interject a little more history for thought. This comes from Philip Foner's " History of the Labor Movement in the United States" Volumn #2 Page 107. " Three years later, (after Haymarket) in an interview the Chicago Police, Captain Frederick Ebersold admitted that police, led by Captain Michael J. Schaack, delibertly set about organizing anarchist societies and planted bombs, and ammunition at these organizations. Every day the press headlined the raids on these police instigated anarchist socieites and listed the discoveries - ammunition, dynamite, bombs, shell, underground rifle ranges, bayonets, pistols, ect."

I interject this to show that violent actions and even conspiracy of such actions does our working class movement absolutly no good. It works to the benefit of those who oppose our goals. The angry violent language and actions of some anarchist plays right into the hands of the powers who oppose labor and social justice. It becomes real easy to socially justify violence and repression against workers if they can protray us a violent revolutionaries, or better yet label us as terrorist.
I hope to see you all this May Day.
Peace, Solidarity, yours for the OBU,
Gene Lawhorn Carpenters Local 247

Black Bloc on Mayday? 21.Apr.2004 11:12

Another person

The purpose of a black bloc, as far as I can tell, is to disrupt the police and their tactics to win a short-term goal. For instance, surrounding a building before a globalization meeting to prevent the delegates from entering would be a short-term thing and thus very appropriate for a black bloc. Also, a day of bombing type action, where we try to shut of roads and bridges, would be a very good place for a black bloc. For marches that don't really need to clash with police, for example most peace marches, or for that matter any rally that has the sole intention of simply walking around, I can't think of how a black bloc would be necessary. That's just my two cents.
PS could you please stop calling everyone who disagrees with you a troll? I have seen so many folks called trolls on this site who are obviously not, it is really quite silly.

Bloc's are ineffective 21.Apr.2004 13:47

Oni

Black Bloc's, like demo's are completely ineffective. Actually, bloc's are less effective, as demo's do on occasion create a good deal of morale and energy for real work. I personally would rather see everyone show up at a parking lot, tear it up and plant a fucking garden than march around downtown. quit wasting your time organizing events that don't accomplish anything and start doing real work.
~Oni

You are right 21.Apr.2004 15:37

(love the tear up a parking lot image btw)

What would be effective right now, that's really the question. Bush is taking some hits, looking like a worse idiot than usual. How can we push it further? I agree with many posters who said that "the guy down the bar from you", etc. won't find sympathy with black bloc stuff.
Yes, it's a great part of blockades, helps to flush out police brutality, and can energize people as part of a larger march.
But, right now- we need to carefully build our numbers. And, I'm sorry- but people who can't even type messages to each other with respect, are not going to be able to talk to the "average Joe" with respect, either.
We should be organizing a mass strike, or working toward a 65,000 member march in Portland, or something (I don't have the answers, just want to ask the right questions) But, that kind of patient work is unglamorous and even boring. More fun to go "fuck shit up" as someone said on here.
Impeach the guy- take him to court, he lied and lied and lied- and he has to pay. We have to raise the stakes.

N. Park Blocks on May Day! 21.Apr.2004 16:40

Only the Brave

Would love to see a sizeable group of protesters there at N. Park Blocks on May Day. And then they take to the streets without a permit! Man, what a sight that would be.

Cops will probably be there in force, but if enough people show and march, they cannot do much. And it will drive them fucking nuts! Just the mere sights and sounds of an unpermitted mob marching straight through downtown will get the Man's attention, big time.

My only fear is not enough people will show. So if ya got any guts, fellow Stumptown workers, join the rabble at the N. Park Blocks on May Day!

It's the only way.

And to hell with anyone who tries to discourage this action. Stay at home, read your tomes, talk amongst yourselves, and do nothing evermore.

Only 22.Apr.2004 00:06

Dio

I doubt that inducing the police to fornicate with seeds, or attracting some Man's attention, is a useful revolutionary activity.

Quip Above is a 22.Apr.2004 08:58

Waste of Space

And I also doubt that you, Dio, are very useful for anything at all.

Are you kidding me??? 22.Apr.2004 15:42

what the ????

I have a great idea lets post our plans for May Day so the Police Pigs know exaclty where to start cracking skulls!!! Idoit, douche bags

In Response To "You are right" 22.Apr.2004 21:29

Dewey Dagrod

I agree a March in the future of 65,000 would be awesome !! but it takes time to build a movement in a TV society.I also think a national strike is long over due maybe healthcare can be a rallying point.

One thing I am sure of is that pointing out each ohters differences will never get us to a point where we can come together in large numbers, if you look at historical gains like civil rights and voting rights you see they were succesful by their large turnouts and their ability to connect with the general population "fucking shit up" will not work.

If only the people "fucking shit up " would have been in Seattle for the WTO rally it wouldn't have been shit!

Let's all turnout on Mayday and let the public know that we need to be able to take our kids to the doctor! We have a right to retire with dignity! We have the right to band together in Unions! We have a right to a safe work place! And most importantly we have a right to Peacefully assemble!!!

heh 23.Apr.2004 10:53

all under one

you people are great for laughs, who the fuck cares whose "holiday" it is. and why is anyone who ever asking for a black bloc a police person, honestly anarchists are scared of their own shadows. it makes me sick to hear anarchists talk about solidarity but it never fails they ALWAYS rat one of their fellows out as someone trying to infiltrate, or instigate. you people suck.

Black n' Blue Bloc! 24.Apr.2004 16:31

Mr. Doubtfire

Does anyone here belive this post is genuine? It's obvious fodder of the worst sort.
Besides, anyone who knows a thing about Black Bloc knows that orange is the new black and true anarchists communicate with smoke signals these days.
GEEZE, DUH!