RESPONSE TO CORNELIUS MURDER
Last nights March and Rally
Last night, in direct response to yet another murder of a person in crisis, around 30 people gathered for a march and rally in Peninsula Park.
The march and rally quite ease fully claimed the streets (weeks of practice are creating a more cohesive bloc) venturing south down on Albina and turning onto Killingsworth towards MLK. Though the group was fairly small, there seemed to be an air of confidence, confidence in the fact that it was there right to walk the streets with their comrades. When the precinct was reached the police had surrounded the garage with yellow caution tape and were idly waiting around, obviously confused. Folks chanted "What's the solution?! REVOLUTION! What's the direction? INSURRECTION!"
The march then trailed back onto MLK to the other side of the precinct. Many stayed on the sidewalks continuing to chant, folks in bloc held MLK and Emerson .
The march continued down MLK engaging with people on the sidewalks.There was a jovial mood as they marched onto Ainsworth returning to the gazebo at Peninsula Park.
The small police presence was both weird and convenient. At least one cop car was always present after the march started down MLK. There was very little interaction or attempts to stop the march. The only altercation of the night broke out between an aggressive KOIN 6 reporter,camera person and members of the action. A group of folks chatting in the park after the action were aggressively approached by a cameraperson and reporter which incited a heated interchange. The reporter most memorably yelled "You can't pick a fight with my camera man. She's a girl!" A quick witted member of the crew replied with "I'm a girl. Can I fight her?"
After weeks of direct response to police violence anarchists and other radicals alike are fed up with this constant stream of violent attack by the police. Though,it must be clear that anarchists are not solely reacting to these individual murders.Everyday of our lives give reason to riot, to reclaim the streets, to scream and attack the state. Though these direct responses are integral to the increasing resistance movement, it must be remembered that every day within this system is an assault on our freedom. The rage and sadness of another police murder may be the most direct catalyst for us to actively express our desire to destroy the system, but this is not the only time for attack. These occurrences are happening everyday. As anarchists there should be constant forming of infrastructure which works outside of this system, and constant attack to destroy it once and for all.