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A Call to Attack SB1070 and Prisons everywhere, on and beyond May Day 2010

Let us not be melodramatic or ironic, SB1070 is some fascist shit. For years now ICE has been rounding up our fellow workers, stealing them from their families, children, and communities, often regardless of their immigration status. In 2009, 380,000 people were detained in 350 facilities, and the roundups continue. Detainees are held for months, even years, in conditions often worse than prisons built for "citizens" (although many who are "legally" in the US end up there anyway). Along the US-Mexico border, defense contractors have built massive walls at the safest crossing points, forcing migrant workers to make perilous desert crossings. Many will not make it alive.
A Call to Attack SB1070 and Prisons everywhere, on and beyond May Day 2010

By Marek A. Edelman

Let us not be melodramatic or ironic, SB1070 is some fascist shit. For years now ICE has been rounding up our fellow workers, stealing them from their families, children, and communities, often regardless of their immigration status. In 2009, 380,000 people were detained in 350 facilities, and the roundups continue. Detainees are held for months, even years, in conditions often worse than prisons built for "citizens" (although many who are "legally" in the US end up there anyway). Along the US-Mexico border, defense contractors have built massive walls at the safest crossing points, forcing migrant workers to make perilous desert crossings. Many will not make it alive.

This was all true before next week, and now matters are significantly worse. SB1070 will require this Gestapo-like behavior from all law enforcement in Arizona. It gives racist pigs the opportunity to round up whomever they please, for any reason, whenever they want, and turn them over to ICE where they will be, essentially, disappeared.


As anarchists we are aware of the extreme racism that exists in our culture, and that all legislation increases the power of the state, so we are not surprised at the extreme violence and hatred that SB1070 represents, but that does not mean we are not OUTRAGED. More than ever, it is time to attack* ICE, defense contractors, racist organizations who are pushing for this legislation nation-wide, and the politicians who support it all.

This is just the latest step in the expansion of the police state. Let us not forget the Anarchists currently in CMUs alongside unknown hundreds of Arab-Americans locked up without evidence since September 11th.

As one Anarchist News commenter said: "Arizona is now free game for ANY kind of resistance, this 'Germany in '36' shit ain't gonna fly here. And unlike most of the time when 'anarchists attack', I think there'll be more support for us than usual. It. Is. On." But we cannot limit our scope to Arizona. Those who support and profit from SB1070 are everywhere. It is time to research, conspire, and act.

The Importance of May Day
Since May 2006 Hispanic-Americans and their allies have marched by the millions across the country. Their solidarity inspires us, but marching is not enough. Demonstrations are not meant to show the dedicated size of an electorate contingency, but are meant to threaten or actualize physical resistance to capitalism, the state, and the police. Mass-movement organizations will pacify crowds at every turn, attempting to control our anger and suppress direct action. A full scale riot almost broke out at the Arizona Capitol Building after Governor Jan Brewer signed the bill into law, video shows police unable to control the crowd, but the peace police did their job for them.

We must make efforts to end the recuperation of May Day-- an international day of struggle-- by leftist organizations and political parties. Two ideas on how to do this:

1. Show up to your area's main march in black, agitate, and break-off. Head towards a target. There are some listed below.
2. After/before/instead of the march create an affinity group and attack the target on your own.

Start talking to your friends and comrades today. Find a target near you. See you in the streets.

Links to information about ICE, anti-immigration, etc.:
 http://www.thenation.com/doc/20100104/stevens
 link to www.hrw.org
 http://www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/aboutdetention (this site also presents options for mutual aid for detainees)
Money Trail:  http://detentionwatchnetwork.org/node/2393
 http://www.supportdaniel.org/cmu/

Targets include (but not limited to):
Boeing - defense contractor and builder of the border wall.
Find a detention center near you:  http://www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/dwnmap
Arizona owned businesses, including U-Haul, Coldstone Creamery,
List of Arizona Companies:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Arizona_companies
Full list of ICE offices:  http://www.ice.gov/about/dro/contact.htm
Corrections Corporation of America (Leading prison profiteers):  http://www.correctionscorp.com/facilities/
GEO group, an international prisoner-builder:  http://www.thegeogroupinc.com/northamerica.asp?fid=75
Cornell Companies, an ICE contractor:  http://www.cornellcompanies.com/pages/facilities.html
MTC Management and training: major ICE contractor  http://www.mtctrains.com/company/index.php
Anti-immigration groups:  link to www.splcenter.org
City and County Governments
"Over 300 city and county governments across the country have contracts with ICE to set aside bed space for immigrants. Many seek out such contracts with the aim of generating extra revenue, which only furthers the commodification of immigrant detainees. 67% of immigrants in administrative ICE custody are housed in local facilities, often alongside prisoners serving criminal sentences."

(*Note to law enforcement: This call in no way endorses physical violence against any politicians, individuals or property. The term "attack" is used here to mean theoretical attack or points that protesters and concerned citizens can be directed towards to voice their concerns through non-violent civil disobedience.)

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