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June 19th Anarchists March against police violence

Recently, the Israeli attacks against the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and the murders of 9 activists, and the ongoing BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf have overshadowed another ongoing crisis right here in liberal Portland: police violence and murders of our citizens, racial profiling and the frequent harassment and targeting of the poor, people of color (especially young black men), and the homeless. Determined to inform the community of this ongoing problem and to demand justice for the recent killings by the cops, the anarchists/Black Bloc took to the streets again in downtown Portland yesterday, June 19th.
Recently, the Israeli attacks against the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and the murders of 9 activists, and the ongoing BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf have overshadowed another ongoing crisis right here in liberal Portland: police violence and murders of our citizens, racial profiling and the frequent harassment and targeting of the poor, people of color (especially young black men), and the homeless. Determined to inform the community of this ongoing problem and to demand justice for the recent killings by the cops, the anarchists/Black Bloc took to the streets again in downtown Portland yesterday, June 19th.

About 75-100 anarchists and supporters marched from the waterfront through downtown Portland. There was a moment of comic relief before the march started when an anarchist noticed a bike cop wearing "evil" socks. The intensity and the pace of the protest were not for those who value politeness and passive resistance over defiance and confrontation. The chanting went on almost non-stop; there were shouts of "Another man deceased, Who's to blame? The police," "No Justice, No Peace, Fuck the Police," "No KKK, No Fascist USA, No cops!" and "Our passion for freedom, Is stronger than your prisons." Many protestors handed out flyers and booklets "Get to know your police officers." Several also talked with curious passers-by about the issues. We marched at a fast clip for over 2 hours, stopping briefly at NW 13th and Everett where James Chasse was killed by the cops. The anarchists attempted to march over the Morrison Bridge, but the cops quickly appeared to set up a blockade. Throughout the march, there were over 100 cops on bikes, horses and cars. It seems 3 people were arrested, for no apparent reason. After the second arrest, the riot police appeared to the jeers of the crowd. Finally, the protestors marched to the Justice Center to show solidarity with their comrades who were arrested. The march ended after 6 PM.

There has been an ongoing debate in the progressive/left communities about the impact of the strategies and actions of the anarchists and Black Bloc, most notably after the smashing of windows at n30 WTO protests. Whatever views other activists hold about the anarchists' tactics, I think they deserve a shout out for their persistence, willingness and determination to inform our communities about police violence and repression, demand justice, and hold the police accountable for their actions and criminal behavior.

Come on now.... 21.Jun.2010 13:20

Gabe

While I think its great that the blackblock is doing what they do, I must say, Lets not make the mistake of saying these are anarchist tactics! Anarchism is wide and diverse. There are many anarchist in this city that dont subsrcibe to the black block. These are comrads and shouldn't have there banner and name simply taken over. I guess its a small point, but in my work expaining anarchism to people I often have to start with "No it doesn't mean smashing windows and no you dont have to wear black".

Oh No 22.Jun.2010 11:08

Not this again

To call something an anarchist tactics or to call a certain action done by anarchists does not mean that those are the only anarchist tactics or the only way to express anarchism. But black bloc and march, breaking windows and direct action, those are still going to be anarchist tactics until they are no longer useful, and probably for a bit longer after that. Just because you embrace the part of anarchism that involves building community or creating solidarity networks doesn't mean you can dismiss the part that goes out in the street and fights with the cops who oppress people every day. They're both equal valid and are also both only small parts of what anarchist do to express there desire for change.

Hypocrisy 23.Jun.2010 23:55

Really?

So, some members of this group of "anarchists" called my friends "FAGS!" and "FAGGOTS"
Seriously? Really?

Your a joke

RE: Hypocrisy 25.Jun.2010 12:28

(A)

A lot of street folks, folks recently out of jail, and other random by-passers who wanted to call the cops on shit joined in. The march certainly wasn't anarchist to the last, but it was organized by anarchists and that people joined in with out a full political analysis shouldn't impugn the march as a whole, rather we should be encouraging those folks to further develop their politics.

if you hide behind a mask, how can we take you seriously? 26.Jun.2010 19:09

justsomedude

Name one person in history who (besides the Lone Ranger, Batman & Robin, etc.) that has made a name or movement based on hiding behind a mask.

If you aren't willing to risk your identity, then why should we listen to coward?

if you hide behind a mask, how can we take you seriously? 26.Jun.2010 19:13

justsomedude

Name one person in history who (besides the Lone Ranger, Batman & Robin, etc.) that has made a name or movement based on hiding behind a mask.

If you aren't willing to risk your identity, then why should we listen to coward?

If you aren't wearing a disguise, you aren't doing anything of note 27.Jun.2010 03:27

(A)

The boston tea party took direct action against a tyrannical capitalist enterprise wearing disguises. Their act was considered a significant event in the lead up to the 1776 revolution of British colonies, which resulted in the eventual succession of the United States of America. Right or wrong this was a significant even in history which turned out in favour of the masked vandals.

If you don't know the historical significance of masks, disguises and direct action then your opinion of what is and isn't cowardly or to be taken serious is irrelevant. Pick up a few books before you start disgorging nonsense.

(A), maybe. 27.Jun.2010 07:51

justsomedude

I forgot The Ku Klux Klan has been quite succesful wearing masks and using Direct Action to move forward their own agenda.

The Boston Tea party wasn't agains a Capitalist enterprise, it was against a government tax system that gave the colonists no choices.

Noone cares about your opinions on history, learn some facts. 27.Jun.2010 13:19

Tr011-Slayer

The boston tea party sacked the ships of the British East India Company which was given favor in the british tea trade by the british monarch. The taxation was inescapable because the company was the largest distributor of tea to the colonies.


Your historical knowledge is worthless, your understanding of the world is impoverished, and your opinion is irrelevant. If you'd like to help improve the world go stuff your head back in that hole and this time don't come up for air.

hah. About as relevant as a BP blow out preventer. 27.Jun.2010 14:30

justsomedude

It wasn't the biggest Tea Import company it was the only Tea Import company by law. Hence the Boston Tea party.

So lets talk about recent history. Ten years ago, your black bloc heroes flipped off a few cops, and busted the windows at a Starbucks.
This weekend in Toronto, the black bloc dressed up in Ninja outfits, flip off some cops, and busted the windows at a Starbucks.
Ten years from now they will be dressed up in Ninja outfits, spray painting police cars, flipping off the cops and busting the windows out at a Startbucks.

And we are suppose to be impressed? Direct Action? Whoo, You guys are some real desperados.. You guys are an embarrassment.

Why don't change you tactics to something that actually works rather than something that just allows you to throw a tantrum at the world?

What works 27.Jun.2010 15:28

Old Blocker

Actually works? Lets see if it weren't for those windows being smashed ten years ago no one would have heard of starbucks being shitty to it's workers, no one would have started boycotting them, no one would have started unionizing them. If it weren't for attacking the WTO ten years ago and shutting it down no one would have heard about how fucked up world trade is. If it weren't for burning cop cars yesterday the G-20 would have gone off like a whisper in the dark, today the whole world understands that there is polarization on the issue of global policy made by the wealthy, and it's costing the cities that host them billions. You want to talk about shit that works, tell me how far has voting got you? How far has marching around in silence gotten you? No fucking where! I know this because I've done it all and seen it fail, but you know what I've seen work every single time? Smashing the shit out of the enemies toys and store fronts.

You are fucking ignorant as shit, both to history and the present day, you don't even realize it but the black bloc is kicking the shit out of your brain right now. If it weren't for them you wouldn't be here demonstrating how much of a failure your half-assed beliefs are. If it weren't for them you'd still be ignorant to the issues, agree with them or not they've changed your world.

Changed the world? Blazing a trail are we? 27.Jun.2010 16:22

justsomedude

One day you will look down and see it's a beaten path. 99.9 of the viewers at home watching this on TV take it for juvenile delinquents and societal misfits mad at the world for leaving them nothing but an empty Styrofoam cup.

Costing the city Billions? No, Costing us Billions. It would seem that if the powers that be really didn't want you attracting attention to them they would hold these meetings in places it would cost you 3 months salary to get to. No, they are holding these meetings in places you have easy access to, so you can bring attention to them, and I'm sure they thank you for it. Politicians love media coverage, and you are giving them exactly what they want without getting any of your own messages out.
Save the whales, no it was indigenous peoples, no that's not it, it was Oil Spill, no It was World Trade, no uh uh.. It was immigration rights, no it was blah blah blah You are free to believe you are making a mark, but the mark you are making has the G-20's name on it. Your legacy is just a bunch broken glass, black bandannas, and some empty tear gas canisters.

Yup 27.Jun.2010 16:45

Old Blocker

Interesting, your suggestion about what they would do if they didn't want attention attracted to them is precicely what the G8 and WTO have been forced to do. Ever wonder why the G8 was in a remote region of canada, while the G20 wasn't? Because in the past the G8 has been attacked consistently while the G20 was over looked, now that the sun is setting on the G8 the G20 will become the next G8. Funny that your suggestions for what would be if there was a measure of success is precisely what has happened. Thanks for the chuckle.

wearing a mask 29.Jun.2010 10:11

Karma Lita seditiousconspirator@yahoo.com

@justsomedude: Ever hear of a place called Chiapas?

This is a response to the comment about the masks. 12.Jul.2010 11:48

Kieran Sage.

Hiding behind the mask is not a cowardly thing to do, though i understand what youre saying. If everyone is dressed in black, with a black bandana over their face, when shit goes down, or someone does something illegal, the pigs wont know who it was. It is self protection, not hiding.