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PREPARE FOR MARCH 29th: AFFINITY GROUPS AND THE BLACK BLOC

Wielding affinity groups and the Black Bloc to attack and destroy. (Practical information.)
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.

Just to add to that... Please read books like Black Bloc Papers 24.Mar.2010 15:19

for

historic reference & to have an idea of what to expect, formations, & how to organize within a black bloc or an affinity group. It is organized to LOOK like chaos. If you don't understand that you can wind up confused & disruptive. No affinity group? No decision making power in the bloc. Have roles within your affinity group. Have person who has at least a basic understanding of medic duties & some basic supplies.

The vinegar thing is a myth. A rag buys you a couple seconds to get out of the cloud. A rag can keep the chemical from contacting your skin as long as you take it off & throw it away or seal in a bag for later washing after contamination. A respirator or gas mask is only good if the cartridge is fresh. Chemical filter cartridges are only good for about 10 hrs after their packaging is opened. Make sure you have one that fits your face. Remove all hair/facial hair in areas that need to seal. Test your mask by covering both in hole & out hole then blow. If air escapes check the hair thing or mask size. Goggles need to be impact/shatter resistant. They need to fit right. If there are vent holes, make sure they are on the bottom. Skateboard helmets are a good idea too. Head wounds are dangerous & very bloody(which can heighten your comrades' panic). Medics often cannot carry enough water for everyone's eyes & thirst. So bring your own drinking water and an eyewash bottle. Sanderson Safety Supply in SE industrial has a lot of really cool stuff & I'm pretty sure they're a small, local business. Eat well before arriving. Bring water & snacks to ensure you can make it through an extended event if necessary. Dress appropriately for the weather. Cover tattoos, funky hair colors, etc. Don't wear patches or other identifiable clothing. Anything making you unique to the bloc makes you a target by the cops.

need a different context 26.Mar.2010 12:40

old news

i think black blocs could be effective if they were done at random, not on a set date for a protest when all the cops will be ready, all the 'radical media' folk with their cameras will be filming, etc.
expect lots of black bloc arrests and more pleas for financial help for bail, etc. on the 29th

what is the goal here? 26.Mar.2010 19:15

dex

hate to sound cynical about the black bloc...but what are you trying to accomplish? If you think that "autonomous actions" will somehow lead to radically changing society, you might have to reconsider. But I seriously doubt that a lot of people who participate in these actions live under that delusion.

U.S. Bancorp Tower (Big Pink) Announcement about Black Bloc 29.Mar.2010 14:34

Vasquez

Indy Media reports that activists are planning a Black Bloc (anarchists wearing black clothing and masks) type protestor "police violence" on Monday, March 29, starting at 5pm in the South Park Blocks.

Organizers are encouraging participants to "act as small autonomous groups taking actions they feel are appropriate" and should "feel free to do what they feel is most effective." They are forecasting that there will be property damage and say that if protesters are arrested they will "act collectively to unarrest" them. They are also advising protesters to have clothes to change into and to wear clothing that can be easily taken off and thrown away, and have instructed participants that "property destruction should happen before or after the 5pm march, and NOT during it,".

Here is a link to Indy Media:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2010/03/398027.shtml?discuss

Central Precinct is aware of this activity and has a plan to deal effectively with it, should it occur. Please call 911 if you observe any criminal behavior. Downtown Clean and Safe will be maintaining an "eyes and ears" presence in the Business Improvement District and monitoring this activity as well, and feel free to contact their dispatch at 503-224-7383 if you observe suspicious activity that does not warrant a 911 call.
As a safety precaution, all lobby doors may be locked at 5:00pm for anyone attempting to enter the building. Also, please be advised that traffic could severely be affected throughout the downtown area starting around 4:30pm.

how do I connect if I'm alone? 29.Mar.2010 15:22

JAK

How do we recluse-types hook-up?

how do I connect if I'm alone? 29.Mar.2010 15:23

JAK jak196262@live.com

How do we recluse-types hook-up?

bloc party 29.Mar.2010 16:34

number 1 fan!

does bloc party play at 5 or is there an opener??

I LOVE THAT BAND

BLOC PARTY?!?! 29.Mar.2010 16:34

Captain Stoked

Yeah, I love that Banquet song,
"Turning away from the light
Becoming adult
Turning into myself
I wanted to bite not destroy
To feel her underneath
Turning into the light".

Dude, that song like totally gives me a boner.

Great idea 29.Mar.2010 18:57

Gomer the protester

I have a new idea. If enough of us dive out in front of the buses and light rail, we can screw up traffic and then the rest of us can kill everyone in the area with salad forks. I am going to try and dive out of a high rise and take people out on the street. this is going to be great. I made a new mask out of a diaper so nobody will see who I am. ...what are we pissed off about again?

Great idea 29.Mar.2010 19:28

Gomer the protester

I have a new idea. If enough of us dive out in front of the buses and light rail, we can screw up traffic and then the rest of us can kill everyone in the area with salad forks. I am going to try and dive out of a high rise and take people out on the street. this is going to be great. I made a new mask out of a diaper so nobody will see who I am. ...what are we pissed off about again?

Great idea 29.Mar.2010 19:28

Gomer the protester

I have a new idea. If enough of us dive out in front of the buses and light rail, we can screw up traffic and then the rest of us can kill everyone in the area with salad forks. I am going to try and dive out of a high rise and take people out on the street. this is going to be great. I made a new mask out of a diaper so nobody will see who I am. ...what are we pissed off about again?

More chaos 30.Mar.2010 10:17

Sgt Carter

Here's the thing though, I want all of us to avoid using our diapers because I think it sends the wrong message. The right message is that we are anarchists and we are CHAOS in action. Just picture yourself as a randomly exploding, vibrating, spewing machine of pure sewage and destruction. When you see this comrades action, you will see that no diaper is needed. I have vowed to become a human whirlygig sprinkler. To show our oppressors who do nothing but oppress us will soon see me in the middle of the fortress of oppression known as Nordstrom with my pants down, spewing destruction out of my butt and mouth in a most disturbing and transforming way. I will projectile vomit and diarrhea with high velocity simultaneously with such unexpected consequences and travelling in many unpredictable directions. I will soil my capitalist oppressors as I soil my pants. At this time my comrades will use this highly surprising and destructive action as a distraction while they put on their Che Guevera masks and run accross the street and ram their heads right into the windows of capitalist oppressor Ben Bridge. Society will then become great. Heaven on earth will have arrived once I clean my soiled body.

I love your idea Gomer 30.Mar.2010 10:28

Sgt Carter

Here's the thing though, I want all of us to avoid using our diapers because I think it sends the wrong message. The right message is that we are anarchists and we are CHAOS in action. Just picture yourself as a randomly exploding, vibrating, spewing machine of pure sewage and destruction. When you see this comrades action, you will see that no diaper is needed. I have vowed to become a human whirlygig sprinkler. To show our oppressors who do nothing but oppress us will soon see me in the middle of the fortress of oppression known as Nordstrom with my pants down, spewing destruction out of my butt and mouth in a most disturbing and transforming way. I will projectile vomit and diarrhea with high velocity simultaneously with such unexpected consequences and travelling in many unpredictable directions. I will soil my capitalist oppressors as I soil my pants. At this time my comrades will use this highly surprising and destructive action as a distraction while they put on their Che Guevera masks and run accross the street and ram their heads right into the windows of capitalist oppressor Ben Bridge. Society will then become great. Heaven on earth will have arrived once I clean my soiled body.