The uses of black bloc have been increasingly effective at defending ourselves from arrest and potential targeting by police. We can expect the police to be as violent toward this march as they have been at any previous march in portland and as such it is in our interest to come as prepared as possible to defend ourselves and our comrades from attack.
A few suggestions to those intending to participate:
*Come prepared for the police to use pepper spray/tear gas. Consider bringing some or all of the following: goggles, extra bandannas, antacid+water mix, drinking water, etc.
*Bring non-black clothes that are easy to change into.
*Discuss with people you know/people near you in the march potential arrest/unarrest scenarios. If you have reason to fear that you might be targeted be sure that the people near you are willing to unarrest and provide cover for you while you escape.
*Have a good idea of potential targets and escape routes in the areas that you expect to be. If possible scout them before hand and discuss it with other affinity group members.
*Remain with the bloc and try to keep the bloc together at all times. A sparse and incohesive bloc is easily penetrated and arrested.
*Expect people to want to increase the pressure on violent and exploitative institutions and agents thereof, and try to provide both visual and physical protection for those engaging in that form of struggle.
*Bring banners, flags loud chants and other forms of propaganda.
It is important to remember that black bloc is not merely an offensive and defensive tactic, it is a show of solidarity as well. Even if you are not personally prepared to engage in offensive or defensive tactics one of the most important aspects of bloc tactics is that it provides a means of anonymity that those who are engaging in such activities my be able to retreat and disappear within the bloc if they are concerned about targeting or arrest. So no matter what your comfort level, do your best to show up wearing black in solidarity and to help provide a sea of anonymity for those that might be targeted on saturday.
Also remember to have fun and give 'em hell comrades! See you Saturday.