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Things I liked about the protest.
:: People did an amazing job of spreading the word and showing up on a VERY short notice. We had 70 people in as many minutes. Very impressive.:: Medics, legal support, and copwatch were all mobilized -- also on very short notice.:: People were largely supportive of each others' needs, concerns, and fears.:: The initial gathering was very thoughtful and respectful. The facilitation was great, and people maintained a good balance between respecting the spontaneous process and pointedly voicing their critiques/concerns.
Things I didn't like about the protest.
Well, I only have one major concern: Don't throw peoples' trash cans into the street! It doesn't send any useful message, and (in this case) it served no tactical purpose. All it did was piss people off.
Please smash things. Make total destroy and all that. But think about your targets!
People respect rage. They understand it. They feel it, too. But when you dump their trash can all over the fucking street, you're creating a rift. It's totally fucking useless. Smash something useful! A police car, a bank ATM (yeah!), or a Starbucks window -- not some random person's trash bin.
Aside from that, the only thing I want to say is: next time, how about we scatter as soon as we hear the cop sirens? No point in sticking around for them to show up, right?
All in all, good job yall. Let's ride this momentum. (A) + <3
Ok so the dreamy Crimethincy rhetoric of this article is pretty goofy. But seriously I haven't seen this level of enthusiasm in Portland in 5yrs. It was a nice departure from the usual forced polite response that has caused the pigz to be worse & more blatant every year(this has been going on for decades in Portland). Hopefully it's a sign that Oregon Anarchists will soon be capable of the sort of things that we used to be. We used to bring institutions & corporations to their knees here. It was nice to see some "old soldier" faces out there too. Hopefully we can combine this experience & enthusiasm again. Just perhaps with a little more planning & strategy. The immediacy of this particular event was necessary to circumnavigate the Albina Ministerial Alliance stepping in to quiet & subdue the response as usual. Not knowing the race of the person murdered or the details of the murder was key to this. It was a political risk that the AMA couldn't match us in, being a nonprofit organization. Any people can define the struggle now. The property damage was a risk politically too & some of it was faulty. But so are most tactics. Without experience & analysis of those experiences it's hard to know what will work in any given situation. All the old templates for success are null & void. We evolved to trump their shit & they evolved to trump ours. So how do we gain knowledge & experience in this evolved environment? You get lucky, then you get smart. It's important to keep in mind that just about anything will work if we have the political will of the people. We get that by winning a few rounds & displaying political competence in our strategies. The population will go for whatever fucking works. Keep testing the fence, we'll find a weak spot eventually.
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