In response to the brutal murder of a PDX community member we encourage all people who desire to protect and avenge their communities to form affinity groups.
These affinity groups will act as small autonomous groups taking actions they feel are appropriate.
Affinity groups allow for more efficient communication between folks involved in the attack and defense of themselves, their comrades and all involved with the march or action. Creating spokes councils to coordinate with other affinity groups (who you know and trust) also encourage more successful actions.
Forming affinity groups also encourages the use of a diversity of tactics. Each group can safely and securely decide what are appropriate actions for them to participate in. These groups do not take actions on behalf of anyone but themselves therefore are free to do what they feel is most effective.
In relationship to this encouraging affinity groups and individuals to participate in the Black Bloc is also an incredibly effective tool to unify and create a strong identity during marches or actions.
Contrary to popular belief the black bloc is not a disguise taken on to excuse pointless destruction. The Black Bloc is highly strategic in that it allows for affinity groups and individuals to act autonomously while simultaneously protecting and defending one another and the unblocked participants from the police. "Blocking up" simply put scares the shit out of cops. The more people the more power we hold. This allows for us to clearly articulate what we know is true We are more Powerful then them. While they try to arrest us, we will act collectively to unarrest our comrades, we will create blockades to prevent riot cops from beating us, we will take part in spontaneous occupations or property destruction because they will be too busy watching their own backs. This is the power of the bloc, the ability to exert power over those who aim to kill us and those we love.
There are simple preparations to take to ensure a more successful bloc.
-Know the area well, scout it out before hand with your affinity group for targets and escape routes.
-Don't bloc up before the action, do it upon arrival in a circle of people you trust.
-Have clothes (that are not black) to change into. Have your bloc clothes be easily taken off and thrown away.
-Have a clear understanding of what your affinity group members are comfortable with a.k.a. willing to get arrested for. In case of arrest have each member's emergency information and their desired actions taken post-arrest.
-Always have your affinity group in sight, unless otherwise communicated.
-Stay massed up with the bloc unless participating in an action. Do not allow unblocked folks to come into the bloc. If you become separated locate the black flag, if there isn't one depending on police proximity find a safe place to de-bloc.
-Protect those who are participating in property destruction. Ensure that there are more bloc members near them then cops.
-Do not become provoked by rubber neckers or counter protesters. This is a waste of your energy and allows for a false image of community vs. bloc to be created. They may also be police provocateurs.
-Chant loudly. Make sure to be louder then any liberal or reformist message being said. Your message goes beyond putting band aids on the wounds oppressive systems create. You are working to prevent those wounds from ever being inflicted.
-Bringing banners (good blockades for the bloc), goggles, vinegar soaked bandanas and other defensive and offensive materials is highly encouraged.