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Asheville’s 2023 New Years Eve Bail Action

It's Going Down - Wed, 02/01/2023 - 18:52

SubMedia reports on the annual New Year’s Eve noise demonstration in Asheville, NC.

We caught up with members of Pansy Collective and the Mountain Area Abortion Doula Collective to give us the rundown on Asheville’s New Year’s Eve noise demonstration and tell us how they’ve been raising money for the AVL Community Bail fund to free people from North Carolina’s deadliest jail.

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In Contempt #25: Texas Hunger Strike Enters Third Week; Repression in Atlanta; Eric King Prepares for Release

It's Going Down - Wed, 02/01/2023 - 17:29

In this column, we present our monthly roundup of political prisoner, prison rebel, and repression news, happenings, announcements, action and analysis. Packed in as always are updates, fundraisers, and birthdays.

There’s a lot happening, so let’s dive right in!

Repression of Forest Defenders in Atlanta

January saw brutal state repression directed against defenders of the Atlanta forest, with the state killing one person and arresting others on terror charges.

At time of writing, there are six people being held in jail after being denied bail. Their support details are:

Christopher Reynolds X2204380
DeKalb County Jail
4415 Memorial Drive
Decatur, GA, 30032
(Pre-metered postcards from USPS only)

Nadja Geier #2300000842, 5F3 Room 207
Atlanta City Detention Center
254 Peachtree Street Southwest
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Emily Murphy #2300000841, 5N3 Room 213
Atlanta City Detention Center
254 Peachtree Street Southwest
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

The other three forest defenders are having their names withheld by request, but you can send support mail to:

Atlanta Books to Prisoners
PO Box 5390
Atlanta, GA 30307

The person killed by police, Manny “Tortuguita” Teran, was a supporter of anarchist political prisoner Dan Baker, and you can read a statement from Dan about the death of his friend here.

For more discussion and information on the subject, you can read an investigative article from Grist about the use of terrorism charges, a statement on the repression from the Atlanta Solidarity Fund, and commentary from Natasha Lennard in the Intercept.

The Final Straw Radio broadcast an interview with a friend of Tortuguita and Dan Baker, and Kite Line Radio interviewed a member of the Atlanta Anti-Repression Committee to analyze the situation.

Political Prisoner News

Antifascist prisoner Alex Stokes has now been moved to a more permanent address, and can receive mail at:

Alexander Contompasis 22B5028
Upstate Correctional Facility
PO Box 2001
Malone, NY, 12953

A fundraiser has now been launched to cover the legal costs for his appeal against his incredibly harsh 20-year sentence. For more info on Alex’s case, you can listen to the recent interview with a supporter that was broadcast on This Is America.

The Anarchist Black Cross Federation have recently released a range of new political prisoner support flyers, and NYC ABC have published an updated version of their political prisoner support guide.

As anarchist political prisoner Eric King approaches the end of his lengthy (and eventful!) sentence, a fundraiser has been set up to provide him with post-release support. His support site is now updated on a regular basis, with recent writings from Eric including “Things I wish I knew 9 years ago,” “Just some sad Xmas poems,” and “White trash anarchist,” as well as an update from his support crew.

From Support Eric King:

Eric is so grateful, overwhelmed and humbled by all of the support that has been coming in. Taylor Swift news. Feedback on his writing. Books, notes, letters. He had tears in his eyes this weekend when he was told about it. Life afterward has been on his mind a lot. Getting out, surviving and raising children. And also wrestling with the inadequate feelings when it comes to job prospects, housing and an incredible foreign world. When he entered prison there was not a ton of people lining up his support him. It took months to get a book purchased from his list. Seeing real tangible support is helping quiet those fears. Thinking about cars, computers and capitalism and how much closer he is to working it all out.

Things have been ok. He has finally has his first phone call with his family since 2018, and first visit since the week after trial. He is a bit overwhelmed by the difference in respect that comes from the guards around him. Well trained guards, because the ADX demands that. Guards that know the law and are asked to follow it. It has definitely caused some reflection and wonder… what would it have been like if he were met with guards like this in Englewood? Florence medium? Leavenworth, USP McCreary? FTC Oklahoma? USP Atlanta? USP Lee?

He is safe and thinking about what it will be like ending this year on his way to freedom <3 We have added some notebooks to his Amazon book list because he needs some paper that is a manageable size. As well as his current obsession and the goal reading every book Colum Mccann has written.

Feb 6th, 2023, will mark the start of Leonard Peltier’s 48th year of imprisonment. Leonard’s Defense Committee are calling for “Rise Up for Peltier” events to mark the date, with events planned for several countries and US locations including Rapid City, SD, Minneapolis, MN, Fargo, ND, Tampa, FL, Santa Fe, NM, Albuquerque, NM, San Francisco, CA, San Jose, CA, Sacramento, CA, Columbia, MO, Tulsa, OK, and Washington DC.

In mid-2022, Ferguson uprising prisoner Josh Williams published an article stating that he was due for release at the start of December. However, at time of writing, the MODOC prisoner locator still shows him as being in custody at Potosi Correctional Center, suggesting that his release may have been prevented. If anyone wants to try and make contact to find out what’s going on, his address is:

Joshua Williams
#1292002
C/O Digital Mail Center-Missouri DOC
PO Box 25678
Tampa, FL 33622-5678
Missouri prisoners can receive electronic messages via Securus Tech.

Ongoing Cases

George Floyd Uprising defendant Urooj Rahman has now begun a 15-month sentence at Philadelphia Federal Detention Center, but is not listed on the BOP’s public list of inmates. There are reports that anyone wanting to contact her must pass a background check. Muslims for Just Futures and Urooj’s solidarity committee have put out an important statement discussing her case and the importance of collectively supporting defendants throughout the legal process. You can sign up to get involved in supporting Urooj here, send financial support through Venmo to @Shagufta-Rahman, and Philly-area abolitionists are encouraged to contact community@muslimsforjustfutures.org.

Two people spray paint a "crisis pregnancy center" and DOJ indicts them with civil rights conspiracy and FACE act violations. A man sets fire to a Planned Parenthood doesn't get FACE act charges. Absolutely ridiculous. What is going on at DOJ?https://t.co/JSp1ofXsZr

— Alejandra Caraballo (@Esqueer_) January 26, 2023

Two defendants have been indicted in Florida on charges related to painting alleged Jane’s Revenge graffiti on anti-abortion centers. As the targets are described as “reproductive health services facilities that provide abortion alternatives,” they’re being prosecuted under the FACE Act, a piece of legislation designed to protect abortion clinics from anti-abortion extremists, in yet another example of how seemingly-progressive legislation will be used by the State to attack liberatory movements.

In Minneapolis, a defendant is facing court over charges stemming from a New Year’s Eve 2020/2021 noise demo. Lauren Regan of the Civil Liberties Defense Center has also written a new guide to how movements can respond to state repression.

Texas Hunger Strike Enters Third Week

At noon — Texas Prisoners enter week 3 of a hunger strike against solitary confinement procedures

How has TDCJ responded to the hunger strike?

Today we speak with Brittany Robertson an independent prison reform advocate, @KerametR, and @mydeitch https://t.co/sd2nP7V96Z

— TPR: The Source (@TPRSource) January 26, 2023

January saw the launch of a co-ordinated hunger strike by a large number of Texas prisoners challenging the prison system’s use of solitary confinement. The strike, which has now entered its third week, has been covered in outlets such as the Texas Tribune, the Guardian, and Texas Public Radio, which also broadcast an interview with an outside supporter of the strike. The End Ad Seg Texas facebook page is a good source of direct updates from the strikers.

Incarcerated organizers within Pennsylvania prisons were also calling for a strike across that prison system in January 2023, but at time of writing it is unclear what the response was, as there have been no confirmed reports of participation.

Hunger Strike Kicks off at NW Detention Center in Tacoma, WA

Abolitionists in Tacoma, Washington report that:

85+ people began a hunger strike today at NWDC. Demands: real food, regular meal times, clean clothes and clean facilities. In retaliation, calls were cut off, pods were locked down and windows were covered. Shortly after that phones were shut off and virtual visits were ended. Then, GEO guards in riot gear stormed the pods with so much pepper spray that the mirrors in the pods turned yellow.

There is currently a call for a phone-zap in support. More info, here.

New Year’s Eve Noise Demos

In keeping with a longstanding tradition, New Year’s Eve was marked by noise demos outside a range of prisons, jails and detention centers. It’s Going Down has a full roundup of actions here.

Abolitionist Media Projects and General Prison News

Incarcerated writer and organizer Jason Renard Walker has been moved to the Wayne Scott Unit, a psychiatric unit in the Texas prison system, after having to fake a suicide attempt in order to escape from an attempt to murder him. Supporters are calling for a phone and email zap to ensure that his next move is to a safer location, and he’s not sent back to the Connally Unit where the original murder plot took place.

Dwayne “BIM” Staats of the Vaughn 17 has released a new book, Rebellious Hearts, giving a first-hand account of the Vaughn rebellion. Anarchist prisoner Sean Swain has started a new youtube channel, Anarcology.

Recent episodes of Kite Line Radio have included a twopart discussion on gender, sexuality and policing, the police killing of Tortuguita at the Atlanta Forest, and a reflection on the police killing of Tyre Nichols along with incarcerated organizer Shaka Shakur speaking on the death of IDOC Watch co-founder Angaza Iman Bahar.

Mongoose Distro continues to publish new prisoner writings regularly, including anarchist prisoner Dan Baker on the killing of Tyre Nichols, a new issue of the Pennsylvania prisoner zine IB64, poetry by Texas prisoner Jesse Mocha Scroggins and reports from David Annarelli in the Virginia prison system.

International

January’s been a busy month in Greece, with 11 Turkish revolutionaries held in Greek prisons having their sentences overturned, while fundraising continues for the four anarchists prosecuted in the “Comrades” case and for someone facing charges for allegedly beating a fascist in 2018. The trial of anarchists Vanggelis Stathopoulos and Dimitris Chatzivasiliadis has ended, with Stathopoulos being given a suspended sentence of 10 months and Chatzivasiliadis sentenced to 14 years.

Italian anarchist prisoner Alfredo Cospito continues his hunger strike, and was just transferred on the 103rd day of his strike. You can read an update on his condition here, and his doctor has now been officially warned by the state not to make any public statements about his health.

UK anarchist prisoner Toby Shone has now been released on parole, and has been transferred to a “Secure Hostel” where he will have to stay under observation for a year.

ABC Belarus have published their monthly report of repression news, and the International Antifascist Defence Fund have been contributing to the legal costs of someone facing charges connected to an alleged attack on a fascist meeting in Ireland.

Uprising Defendants

Everyone should support the defendants facing charges related to their alleged participation in the George Floyd uprising – this list of our imprisoned comrades needs to be getting shorter, not longer. See Uprising Support for more info, and check out the Antirepression PDX site for updates from Portland cases. The status of pre-trial defendants changes frequently, but to the best of our knowledge they currently include:

Tyre Means 49981-086
USP Beaumont
PO BOX 26030
Beaumont, TX 77720

Kelly Jackson 50288-086
FCI Sheridan Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. BOX 5000
Sheridan, OR 97378

Margaret Channon 49955-086
FCI Aliceville
PO Box 4000
Aliceville, AL 35442

Isaiah Willoughby 49960-086
FDC SeaTac
Federal Detention Center
PO Box 13900
Seattle, WA 98198

Malik Muhammad #23935744
Oregon State Penitentiary
2605 State Street
Salem, OR 97310

Jacob Michael Gaines #81973-065
FCI Sheridan
P.O. BOX 5000
Sheridan, OR 97378

Jacob asks that people include an email address associated with their corrlinks account so he can return an email instead of a letter.

Cyan Waters Bass #23905849
Oregon State Correctional Institution
3405 Deer Park Drive SE
Salem, Oregon 97310

Gavaughn Streeter-Hillerich #19203494
Oregon State Penitentiary
2605 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97310

Montez Lee 22429-041
FCI Ray Brook
Federal Correctional Institution
PO Box 900
Ray Brook, NY 12977

Matthew White #21434-041
FCI Terre Haute
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. BOX 33
Terre Haute, IN  47808

Matthew Rupert #55013-424
USP McCreary
P.O. Box 3000
Pine Knot, KY 42635

José Felan #54146-380
FCI Terre Haute
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. BOX 33
Terre Haute, IN  47808

Dylan Robinson 45802-013
USP Leavenworth
P.O. BOX 1000
LEAVENWORTH, KS  66048

David Elmakayes 77782-066
FCI McKean
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 8000
Bradford, PA 16701

Christopher West 04670-509
USP Canaan
U.S. Penitentiary
P.O. Box 300
Waymart, PA 18472

You can also buy fundraiser clothing for Christopher “Brother Hush” West here.

Andrew Augustyniak-Duncan
Smart Communications/PA DOC
Andrew Duncan-Augustyniak / QN9211
SCI Rockview
PO Box 33028
St Petersburg, Florida 33733

Nicholas Lucia 06868-509
FCI Petersburg Low
Federal Correctional Institution
PO Box 1000
Petersburg, VA 23804

Ellie Brett 14822509
FCI Petersburg Medium
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 1000
Petersburg, VA 23804

John Wade 14762509
FCI Beckley
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 350
General & Legal Mail
Beaver, WV 25813

Alvin Joseph 1002016959
Metro Reentry Facility
PO Box 17668
Atlanta, GA 30316

Shamar Betts 22080-043
FCI Hazelton Federal Correction Inst.
P.O. Box 5000
Bruceton Mills, WV 26525

Diego Vargas 55070-424
FCI Allenwood Medium
PO Box 2000
White Deer, PA 17887

Adam Walton 55322-424
FCI Forrest City Medium
PO Box 3000
Forest City, AR 72336

Olivia Marie Hull
Kent County Correctional Facility
703 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Howard Eugene Nall #586907
Newberry Correctional Facility
13747 E. County Road 428
Newberry, MI 49868

T’Andre Buchanan 67637-060

Milan FCI
PO Box 1000
Milan, MI 48160

Upcoming Birthdays

Veronza Bowers

Veronza Bowers Jr. is a former Black Panther Party member framed for the murder of a U.S. Park Ranger. He is being illegally held past his 30 year sentence, making him one of the longest-held political prisoners in U.S. History.

The Federal system uses Corrlinks, a system where a prisoner must send a request to connect to someone on the outside before they can exchange emails, so if you’re not already connected to Veronza then you’re best off just sending him a card or a letter.

Birthday: February 4

Address:

Veronza Bowers, Jr. #35316-136
FMC Butner Medium II
P.O. Box 1600
Butner, NC 27509
United States

Alvin Joseph

Alvin Joseph is a Georgia George Floyd uprising defendant, convicted of attempted arson charges related to police vehicles.

Birthday: February 4

Address:

Alvin Joseph 1002016959
Metro Reentry Facility
PO BOX 17668
Atlanta, GA 30316

Kamau Sadiki (Freddie Hilton)

Kamau Sadiki is a former member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, who was convicted of a 30-year old murder case of a Fulton County Police Officer found shot to death in his car outside a service station. At his trial, the judge ruled that statements by a witness who heard other people discussing their participation in the shooting, and stated that he had nothing to do with it, could not be accepted as evidence. The state recently attempted to amputate his foot despite this not being medically necessary, but were forced to back off by outside solidarity.

Georgia uses Jpay, so you should be able to send him a message by going to jpay.com, clicking “inmate search,” then selecting “State: Georgia, Inmate ID: 0001150688.”

Birthday: February 19

Address:

Freddie Hilton #0001150688 (address card to Kamau, envelope to Freddie)
Augusta State Medical Prison
Bldg 13A-2 E7
3001 Gordon Highway
Grovetown, GA 30813
United States

Luis Sierra (Abdul-Haqq El-Qadeer)

A former Vaughn 17 defendant. While the state has now dropped its attempts to criminalize Luis in relation to the uprising, Vaughn defendants continue to face retaliation. Luis is also a contributor to “Live from the Trenches,” the Vaughn 17 zine.

Delaware appears not to have an inmate email system.

Birthday: February 19

Address:

Luis Sierra #00455723
James T. Vaughn Correctional Center
1181 Paddock Rd
Smyrna, DE 19977

Byron Shane “Oso Blanco” Chubbuck

Also known as “Robin the Hood”, Oso Blanco is serving 80 years for bank robberies to raise funds for the Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas, along with additional charges for escape and resisting the FBI.

The Federal system uses Corrlinks, a system where a prisoner must send a request to connect to someone on the outside before they can exchange emails, so if you’re not already connected to Oso then you’re best off just sending him a card or a letter.

Birthday: February 26

Address:

Oso Blanco (Address envelope to Byron Chubbuck, address card to Oso Blanco)
#07909-051
USP Victorville
Post Office Box 3900
Adelanto, California 92301

Alex Stokes Contompasis

Alex Stokes is an antifascist prisoner sentenced to twenty years for his part in a fight with Proud Boys at the New York state capital on January 6th, 2021.

Birthday: February 26

Address:

Alexander Contompasis 22B5028
Upstate Correctional Facility
PO Box 2001
Malone, NY, 12953

Aleksei Golovko

Aleksei Golovko was detained on 5 March 2021 under a criminal case against the anarchist movement from Brest region. ABC Belarus add “We are unaware of his political views, but since he is detained under the anarchists’ case, we consider it important to support him in every possible way.” On September 6, 2022, Aleksei was sentenced to 12 years in a reinforced regime colony and a fine of about $8,800.

Belarusian prisons will usually only accept letters in Belarusian or Russian, so if you don’t speak one of those languages your best bet is to email your message to belarus_abc(AT)riseup.net or use this online form and they should be able to translate your greetings and pass them on.

Birthday: February 26

Address:

(Belarusian or Russian letters only – use this form for English messages)

SIZO-1, ul. Volodarskogo 2, Minsk, 220030
Aleksei Igorevich Golovko

Ana Belen Montes

Ana Belen Montes was a Pentagon intelligence analyst who, opposed to the plans of aggression against Cuba being developed, felt morally obliged to alert the Cuban government of said plans. Her actions were uncovered and she was accused of high treason, a crime punishable by death. She was forced to negotiate with the prosecution and to plead guilty to espionage on behalf of Cuba. In 2002, she was sentenced to 25 years in prison, a sentence she has been serving under extreme and inhumane isolation. As part of her conditions of severe isolation, she is only allowed to receive letters from 20 specific people, but she can receive books sent directly from bookstores or publishers. She recently beat breast cancer while imprisoned.

Birthday: February 27

Address:

As above, please note that she can’t receive normal mail, just books from publishers or bookstores.

Ana Belen Montes #25037-016
FMC Carswell
P.O. Box 27137
Fort Worth, TX 76127
United States

Phone Zap!

Kanautica is a Black transgender woman and community leader in North Carolina who was incarcerated in a men’s prison for almost two years. Through Kanautica’s leadership and advocacy, as well as community support, she was transferred to a women’s prison in 2019. Kanautica is now eligible for minimum custody which would allow her to serve the rest of her sentence outside of prison. Kanautica’s previous request for minimum custody was denied because of previous infractions on her record. These infractions were all related to the possession of gender affirming clothing.

Kanautica has been accepted by the Center for Community Transitions, which will allow her to serve the rest of her sentence outside of jail, but prison officials decide whether Kanautica can actually go to the center.

At every step of the way, Kanautica has overcome the prison system’s blatant transphobia, and she has requested our support. Please take a moment to call and/or email Miranda Richardson (Warden of Anson Correctional), Alicia Hudges (Classification Coordinator) and Paula King and demand that they approve Kanautica’s minimum custody request and her transfer to the Center for Community Transitions.

The goal is to overwhelm an office with calls and emails, so please share this information widely, and call as many times as you like! Don’t worry if the call goes to voicemail. Fill it up!

Sample Script: I’m calling/emailing to demand the approval of Kanautica Zayre-Brown’s (#0618705) minimum custody request and her transfer to the Center for Community Transitions. The infractions that are blocking her minimum custody request are unjust. Kanautica has the right to gender affirming clothing. Discrimination and these unjust infractions should no longer be held against her. Approve Kanautica’s minimum custody request and allow her transfer to the Center for Community Transitions.

Check out the infographics below for numbers to call and emails to send messages to!

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Report Back from Rally in Solidarity with Tortuguita and Tyre Nichols in So-Called Flagstaff, AZ

It's Going Down - Wed, 02/01/2023 - 03:10

Report back on solidarity rally with Tortuguita and the movement to stop Cop City in so-called Flagstaff, Arizona. Originally posted to Indigenous Action.

Queer Indigenous femmes held down the Bank of America and surrounding downtown area in solidarity with @defendatlantaforest and @stopcopcity to avenge the murder of Tort and Tyre Nichols by the hands of the police.

Cars drove by blasting Fuck tha Police by N.W.A. The two bootlickers demonstrators encountered were quick to be protected by the cops but the pounding of hand drums and song were fiercely used to remind them who’s streets and who’s land they’re on.

Banners and signs spoke to the current issue of the ongoing legacy of Black and Indigenous genocide, “From Kinlani, Weelaunee Forest, to Tennessee, smash to colonial police state! Avenge Tortuguita. Avenge Tyre,” and “Stolen People, Stolen Land. Black and Native Solidarity.”

The ongoing genocide of Indigenous Peoples is evident in Flagstaff as at least one man died (that we know of) from exposure last week. Meanwhile, local police were recently involved in a supposed effort to identify victims of trafficking by coercing the supposed victims into giving them hand jobs…over 10 of them. The Flagstaff police chief told the media that, actually, these police officers were victims! “As soon as I got aroused, that’s when I immediately started asking about the money and how much.” Sure sounds like a victim to us!

“Flagstaff” has a 60% higher rate of police killings than the rest of the country. The presence of police in the town of about 80,000 specifically target Indigenous people and especially unsheltered Indigenous relatives, making it one of the meanest in the country to unsheltered people.

How many more Tyre Nicols or Tortuguitas will we tolerate until we burn their precincts, jails, prisons, and courts to the ground?

No amount of reform or “bad apples being held accountable” will stop police from murdering us in the streets or in the forests.

photos via Indigenous Action

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Report Back from March in Vancouver, BC in Solidarity with Tortuguita and Fight to ‘Stop Cop City’

It's Going Down - Wed, 02/01/2023 - 02:47

Report on march in so-called Vancouver, BC in solidarity with Tortuguita and the movement to stop Cop City. Originally posted to Scenes from the Atlanta Forest.

Solidarity from Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territory (so-called Vancouver, Canada).

On Monday, January 23rd a crowd of masked people coalesced and took over Cambie Street at a major intersection. We walked up the road, singing, chanting, and holding signs to express our support for the Atlanta forest defenders and our rage at another life lost to police violence.

At one point in the walk, an Indigenous man leaned out of his apartment window facing onto the street to drum along with our singing.

After blocking traffic for a 2 kilometers walk we arrived at an island of greenery in the concrete jungle and disappeared among the trees, where we shared words and silence in honour of Tortuguita.

Stay strong, forest defenders!

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Benjamin Case on “Street Rebellion: Beyond Violence and Non-Violence”

It's Going Down - Mon, 01/30/2023 - 16:22

On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with Benjamin Case, organizer and author of the new book, Street Rebellions: Beyond Violence and Non-Violence. During our discussion, Case speaks on conversations with participants from a variety of contemporary movements about how many are leaving behind rigid ideologies such as pacifism, and imagining revolutionary strategies which embrace more nuanced and holistic approaches to building power and deepening social struggles.

With the streets heating up again and those in power trotting out well wore attacks on combative movements, we hope our discussion continues forward our ability to grow and build the capacity for grassroots change in new and dynamic ways.

More Info: Street Rebellion: Beyond Violence and Non-Violence on AK Press

photo: Mike Von via Unsplash

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‘Stop Cop City’ Protesters March on Office of Cushman & Wakefield in Milwaukie, OR

It's Going Down - Sun, 01/29/2023 - 01:11

Report back on recent action in solidarity with Stop Cop City movement in Milwaukie, Oregon.

On Tuesday January 24th, a flock of angry forest creatures descended on the Milwaukie, OR office of Cushman & Wakefield to disrupt the corporate monotony within their lifeless office building. One of Cushman & Wakefield’s executives, John O’Neill III, sits on the board for the Atlanta Police Foundation.

Tuesday afternoon a group of activists marched in memory of Tortuguita, and in solidarity with Atlanta's forest defenders, into the offices of Cushman & Wakefield in Milwaukee, Oregon. Inside the office complex they marched around chanting "Stop Cop City" and distributed flyers. pic.twitter.com/gVqjuF8coX

— Daniel V. Media (@danielvmedia) January 27, 2023

In solidarity with forest defenders in Atlanta, and in remembrance of Tortuguita, we stuffed flyers under doors and threw them in the air like confetti while chanting “Stop Cop City!” Although our action was brief, it succeeded in convincing the businesses in the office building to close for the next day, lock the lobby entrance doors, and consider hiring expensive security guards.

For more info on Cop City, Atlanta's forest defenders, and the fatal police shooting of Tortuguita check out the links below.https://t.co/mmSXPu4sRghttps://t.co/GA3SqugJaE

— Daniel V. Media (@danielvmedia) January 27, 2023

From Portland to Atlanta, we’re all united in the fight to stop Cop City.

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Five Suggestions for When State Repression Comes to Town

It's Going Down - Thu, 01/26/2023 - 00:53

A look at state repression from the Civil Liberation Defense Center (CLDC) and what you can do to stop it.

CLDC has been providing movement aligned legal support to the campaigns and activists in the so called U.S. for over 20 years now.  In that time period, I have personally witnessed numerous waves of state repression targeting the campaigns that were moving the needle on the moral compass—anti-racism, environmental and animal defense, water and food safety, Indigenous sovereignty, LGBTQIA+, and others.  The state, whether government actors or big corporate profiteers, have a limited playbook that they tend to repeat over and over. This is why knowing your movement history is core to building resilience.

History has demonstrated that when state repression comes to town it is often because your campaign is winning or demonstrating strength and the state elects to spend vast resources on derailing your momentum.  In the face of state repression, there are numerous things to keep in mind. While this is not an exhaustive list, here are five suggestions of where to begin:

Take care of your people—body and mind

Being threatened with criminal prosecution, jail, and/or investigation is stressful and impacts people in very different ways.  When the state purposefully uses bond or bail conditions to attempt to isolate targeted individuals (defendants) from their communities, that community must think creatively and carefully about how to provide maximum support with minimal risk of landing someone back in jail.  Remember that the targeted person’s loved ones can also be impacted. Support for parents, children, and significant others is essential.  During the Green Scare the community spent an entire day doing yard work projects at the home of a grand jury resister who was incarcerated.  His wife felt loved and supported which made it easier to deal with the loss and stress of her partner and she continues to be a strong movement supporter to this day.

Remember that politically motivated criminal prosecutions may take a long time to resolve.  Engagement with the carceral legal system is a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourselves and practice radical self-care.

Keep doing the work

State repression is intended to stop the political movement and deter people from joining or supporting the public interest work being done.  The work must continue or else the state sees that its tactics succeeded. When the movement acquiesces to repression,  it serves to embolden the state and its deployment of such tactics now and in the future.  Recognize that state resources are being deployed against you and be mindful of security culture and the harm reduction tools that nimble activists have at their disposal.  Continue to diligently grow your movements’ size and reach. Engage solid communications and outreach strategies to broaden movement support if possible. Ensuring your community is engaged in good security culture practices does provide hardiness.  Committing to lawful digital hygiene is important.  See CLDC’s digital security webinars for more.

A healthy movement has many roles to fill—whether you are a defendant, a parent, or frontline risk taker, there are many ways to strengthen and continue movement work in a consensual way.

Be prepared for the state to double-down on the terrorist rhetoric

Most reasonable folk know that terrorism describes acts like the World Trade Center bombing, the Oklahoma Federal Building bombing, or other intentional acts of mass murder.  When the state attempts to conflate those horrific acts with direct actions such as sitting in a tree or denting a police car, their tenuous hyperbolic rhetoric becomes transparent to all.  Why would they attempt to persuade people that defending the forest is the equivalent of terrorism?  Because they wrongly believe that their stranglehold on mass media will confuse, scare or misinform.  We need to engage the public at large, reminding them that these lies and manipulations couldn’t be farther from the truth, and when the state attempts to brand everyone and everything as terrorists, we are all less safe from actual threats.  Also be prepared for the state one-two punch. The state makes arrests and files charges, and when they see everyone bunched up around those activist-targets looking fatigued and stressed, they go in for the knockout and file even more serious or sinister charges—often against perceived leaders or heroes of the movement or campaign.  Movement appearances matter in the face of state repression because the state is definitely watching closely.

Lawyer up & shut up

Movement lawyers and politically aware lawyers can run interference when the state attempts to intrude in your political work.  When state tactics such as knock and talks occur (when law enforcement shows up at your home, workplace, etc. to ‘talk’ to you as part of an “investigation”), it is important to drag them into the light and expose their playbook.  And equally important is to simply decline their invitation to talk—even if you think what you have to say is harmless.  These tactics are intended to invoke fear and chill the First Amendment rights of association, assembly and free speech.  Simply assert your 5th amendment rights as a unified political front and the state will have a harder time attempting to exploit vulnerable community members. Again, if the state thinks one of its tactics is creating the results they want—fear, division, diminished campaign strength, and of course if they actually obtain intelligence on the movement and it’s participants—you can bet they will be back at it again and again. Establishing a roster of trusted lawyers to provide legal information to you, and to potentially back the state off of you and/or your loved ones, is just one component in building community resilience against repression.  It’s an important one to develop early and often. The CLDC often assists communities in building these legal teams-reach out to us for ideas and support.

Prosecutors as political tools

Prosecutors and law enforcement agents often know what they are doing is wrong while they are doing it, but they are pressured by political hacks that hold power over them.  During the Green Scare, FBI agents hunted animal and environmental activists engaged in economic sabotage and prosecutors sought the terrorism sentencing enhancement in the indictments.  The U.S. Attorney at the time, Alberto Gonzales, held a press conference on the day of their arrests and called them the number one domestic terrorist threat (so much for innocent until proven guilty).  We all knew that in this new post 9/11 world, the state was using these activists to distract the public from the fact that they were unable to find or catch anyone connected to the World Trade Center murders.  Twenty years later, FBI agents admitted that the activist defendants were used as political pawns and did not deserve to be branded as terrorists. At least one agent regretted their complicity in this heinous abuse of power.  Call it out when you see and it leverage it to the benefit of the movement.  Maybe you have comrades well situated to engage the political machinations at their own game?  Also know that your lawyers can fight hard and challenge the constitutionality of political charges like Georgia’s domestic terrorism statute, expose the illegitimacy of repressive prosecutorial misconduct, and make the state spend lots and lots of time and resources in fighting a political case.

Final Thoughts:

Movements are not built or destroyed in court rooms but resistance to these tactics are one of many that must be deployed in the face of state repression.  Solidarity is critically important.  As environmental and social justice activists and supporters, when they come after one of us, they come after all of us.  When repressive tactics result in a decline in organizing and strategic action, or they manage to divide and conquer, the state wins. And rest assured that they will return to those tactics in your community and beyond.

Political movements are targeted by the capitalist state because they know we offer and work toward a hopeful alternative to the suffering and planetary destruction they seek to profit from.  I went to law school in order to fill a niche my movement needed.  Twenty-five years later, I am grateful to stand in solidarity with movements like the Atlanta forest defenders, Water Protectors, pipeline resisters, antifascists, and those fighting for Black lives, among many others.  I am proud to have founded the Civil Liberties Defense Center knowing that we will have your back when state repression comes to town.

In solidarity always,

Lauren Regan

photo: Parker Coffman via Unsplash

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Canadian Tire Fire #52: Far-Right Doxxings and Consequences, New Prisons, and Queer Community Defence

It's Going Down - Wed, 01/25/2023 - 19:43

This week we share updates on two new proposals for prisons in New Brunswick and Quebec. We also have updates from many actions over the past few weeks defending libraries and university campuses alike from reactionary queer and transphobes. Finally, we share news of a recent doxxing of a far-Right recruiter in Ottawa, and updates from the court case of a prominent neo-Nazi.

An action took place in the Terrain Vague in Montreal this week, at the site of the ongoing struggle against the construction of a storage container yard. According to a post on social media, Ray-Mont Logistics had their work day disrupted and participants hoped to communicate that the project is not accepted by the neighborhood.

New Prisons Proposed in Fredericton, Montreal

For the past year, New Brunswick government officials have been promoting the proposed construction of a new jail in Fredericton by arguing that jails in the province are massively overcrowded. However, a CBC investigation has shown that the statistics they are using to make this argument are inaccurate and misleading. NB recently changed the way they count prison capacity, and are now counting people serving time in the community as if they are taking up space in the prisons. These inflated numbers make it seem that jails are much more overcrowded than they are. And while NB jails were over capacity on average by single digits in 2022, in no other year since 2012 have they even been at capacity.

We know that overcrowding is much more easily solved by letting people out than building more jails, but this story shows that this jail should not be built, even by their their own logics.

A plan to build a $400 million women’s prison in Montreal has been announced. Construction will begin this year and if it is built it would be open in 2029. It is slated to have 237 beds. The news releases regarding the plan are already pretending that the project will be beneficial to incarcerated women, and “centre their reality.” No woman, nor anyone else, should be in prison.

Far-Right Doxxings and Consequences

The Canadian Anti-Hate Network recently revealed the identity of a far-Right organizer based in Ottawa, who used the online name “Aquila the Eagle.” Ben Mockler, also known as Ben Burke, is the owner of the Nova Signum gym in Ottawa, and a personal trainer. He is also a recruiter for the Active Club Ottawa, the local branch of a set of white-only workout clubs across North America tied to the Vinland Hammerskins, a white power gang. He is also the administrator of several Telegram channels associated with the Church of Aryanity, a white supremacist organization. Mockler apparently had a falling out with the founder of the ‘church’ over whether members should be banned from having relationships with those who have been vaccinated.

In other news, neo-Nazi writer Gabriel Sohier-Chaput, also known as “Zeiger,” was found guilty of willfully inciting hate against an identifiable group for his statements about Jewish people. Sohier-Chaput was a writer and editor behind the popular neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, and contributor to the internet forum Iron March. An arrest warrant was first issued for Sohier-Chaput in 2018, after his identity was published by the Montreal Gazette based on research conducted by Montreal antifascists. He disappeared for two years, finally reappearing to face the charges in 2020.

In the end, the verdict of his charges hinged on comments made in one Daily Stormer article, which he tried to defend by positioning the writing as satire. No Borders Media, who live-tweeted the court date, rightfully pointed out that the Montreal Police Hate Crimes Unit brought forward an unfortunately weak case against Sohier-Chaput, failing to establish that he was a major contributor to a neo-Nazi website. Furthermore, they highlighted that the major victory in anti-fascist organizing in this case is the original doxxing of Zeiger in 2018, thanks to the dedicated work of anonymous antifascists.

Drag Storytime Community Defense

 

1/ If you were at the Drag Defence event at Coquitlam Library earlier this month, you may have spotted Amy Hamm skulking around with the (vastly) outnumbered group of Free Speech Warriors attempting to shut down a voluntary drag event. A short thread on Amy Hamm & Team Freedumb. pic.twitter.com/SpVFLhN2EB

— Community Over Convoys (@COCVancouver) January 24, 2023

Over the past few weeks, communities across so-called Canada have stepped up to defend Drag Storytime events which have recently come under attack from the far-right. The Canadian Anti-Hate Network recently reported that that events in Coquitlam, Peterborough, Sault Ste. Marie, and Calgary, all witnessed protests and counter-protests, and that in each case those in support of queer-friendly kids events far outnumbered the haters. In Sault Ste Marie, over 100 people showed up to hold space outside a local library. In Coquitlam, supporters managed to surround the library and shield it from transphobic protesters. A party atmosphere and a division of tactics kept everyone safe and in good spirits. In Peterborough, folks came from as far as Ottawa and Toronto to support the event.

Montreal Shuts Down Transphobe

On January 11th, over 100 people showed up to shut down a transphobic talk at McGill University. The talk, titled “The Sex vs. Gender (Identity) Debate In the United Kingdom and the Divorce of LGB from T” was to be given by a member of the UK-based group LGB Alliance, widely known for its anti-trans lobbying. The group has opposed legal protections for trans people from conversion therapy, and has argued for the exclusion of trans people from ‘LGB’ activism.

According to reports, the crowd stormed the conference room where the event was to take place and blocked the doors, mostly preventing attendees from accessing it. Shortly after it began, the talk was called off. Before the speaker left, he had baking flour thrown in his face by protesters.

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Drag Defenders Won 4-0 At Weekend Protests

It's Going Down - Tue, 01/24/2023 - 02:55

Report on community defense of LGBTQ+ events across so-called Canada. Originally posted to Northshore Counter-Info and written by Canadian Anti-Hate Network.

The far-Right movement is coming hard for the 2SLGBTQ+ community right now, fueled by the anti-trans narratives of accounts like Libs of Tiktok and white supremacists like Tucker Carlson. They’re redoing the lavender scare of the 1950s – in which gay men were portrayed as dangerous pedophiles – and saying the same things about trans and 2SLGBTQ+ people today.

As a result of a growing and dangerous anti-trans narrative and movement, both globally and with significant Canadian elements, all-ages drag events are being targeted. Four of them were protested against this weekend alone, but at every one they were vastly outnumbered by the 2SLGBTQ+ community and allies who drowned them out with chants of “our love is louder than your hate!”

The far-Right were outnumbered, outshouted, and out flag-waved in Coquitlam, Peterborough, Sault Ste. Marie, and Calgary. In every case, they were kept away from the event itself. People came from Toronto and as far as Ottawa to join drag defenders in Peterborough.

In Coquitlam, hundreds of gaily dressed drag defenders showed up to protect Conni Smudge’s drag story hour by holding a party between the far-Right bullies and the library. They were faced by a motley crew of bigots and far-Right content creators – maybe 50 in total. One of them brought a large “gays against groomers” sign, an anti-trans hate group banned by Google. All of them were yelling and calling members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community “pedophiles,” but they were barely heard over the pop music and the dance party.

Let’s use Coquitlam as an example, and look at why their drag defence counter-demonstration was such a success:

  1. The far-Right bullies were massively outnumbered. Eventually confined to the corner of one intersection hundreds of feet away from the door, you could barely hear them or see them. Every one of their signs was covered up by multiple people holding pride flags or signs of their own.
  2. When known far-Right instigator Harm Bomm first showed up with a megaphone, which he used throughout to shout “pedophiles” at the crowd, drag defenders in black were quick to get between him and the crowd and move him back. Throughout the event, Bomm and other bullies would try to outflank or push through the counter-demonstrators in black to get to confront people in the crowd. Every time they were pushed, these defenders held the line. This kept the event safe for everyone else.
  3. The drag defenders had a much better time. Not only community defence, it was a party and an expression of solidarity and love. Young families came and people got to know one another. Even more people will probably come out next time.

A big thank you from the Canadian Anti-Hate Network to everybody that showed up at all the events. Our love is louder than their hate!

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Tucson Group Mourns Protester Killed by Police in the Atlanta Forest

It's Going Down - Mon, 01/23/2023 - 15:16

Action report from so-called Tucson, Arizona about banner drop in solidarity with fight against Cop City in Atlanta, GA.

On Saturday, a group of about 20 people gathered at the Bank of America building on East Broadway Boulevard in Tucson to express their grief and rage at the death of Manuel Teran, also known as Tortuguita, in the fight to defend the Atlanta Forest.

“This is the first action of the newly founded Tucson Chapter of the Weelaunee Defense Society,” said Ricky Flowers, a spokesperson for the group. “Across the country, those concerned about climate change, deforestation, and the expansion of police power in our communities are forming chapters of this organization to express their solidarity with the movement in Atlanta and around the world.”

The group convened around mid-day on Saturday at the northwest corner of Reid Park. From there, a short march brought them to the East Broadway Boulevard branch of Bank of America. Amidst chants of “Stop Cop City,” flyers were distributed contextualizing the recent murder of Tortuguita, the movement to defend the Atlanta Forest and its conflictual relationship against the police. Posters memorializing the murdered protester were additionally hung from the windows of the bank.

Meanwhile, a small group of protesters broke from the main group and, following a quick scramble up a ladder onto the branch’s roof, a banner was hung. It read: “B-of-A Funds ATL’s Murderous Cops / Stop Cop City.”

Bank of America is just one out of a number of major national funders donating to the Cop City project.

“Police in Atlanta think that they can stop the movement by charging protesters as domestic terrorists and now executing protesters in the woods,” said Flowers. “We’re here to tell them that the movement is spreading across the country. Wanting to stop the planet from burning is not terrorism.”

The Tucson chapter of the Weelaunee Defense Society expressed their intention to continue with similar actions in the coming weeks. “This is not a local struggle,” Flowers remarked. “If the Cop City project is built, it would be used to train police from across the country, expanding the overall infrastructure of repression nationally. This is a struggle that extends well beyond just one part of Atlanta–it affects us all.”

They noted that although Cop City is tied to a specific Atlanta neighborhood, it is tied to a nationwide infrastructure. “Cop City is everywhere; it can be attacked anywhere.” With this, the group stated that it will grow and expand its pressure campaign against local donors and supporters of Atlanta’s Cop City project. They say that they will keep fighting the project until it is completely stopped — in defense of the forest, in defense of the Earth, and in the memory and honor of Tortuguita.

Manuel “Tortuguita” Teran was born April 23, 1996. On Wednesday, January 18th, 2023, they were killed by police during a raid of the Weelaunee Forest. Those that knew and loved them describe them as a dear friend, a loving partner, and a proud, fierce anarchist. At the time of their death, Tortuguita spent their time between Atlanta and Florida. In the former, they were focused on defending the forest and coordinating mutual aid; in the latter, they focused on building low-income housing in communities hit hardest by the hurricane. In each account of their life, they are described as a kind, passionate, and deeply caring person who will be dearly missed.

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Coordinated Banner Drops Across Portland in Solidarity with Tortuguita

It's Going Down - Mon, 01/23/2023 - 14:26

Report on coordinated banner drops across Portland, OR in solidarity with the struggle to stop ‘Cop City’ in so-called Atlanta, GA.

Last night banners were hung over I-5 in Portland in solidarity with our comrade in Atlanta who was just murdered by the police. Tortuguita was occupying the Weelaunee forest, putting themself at great personal risk to prevent nearly 400 acres of forest from being clear cut and turned into a $90 million police playground.

 

If Cop City is built, it will be used as a way for not only Atlanta police, but police from all over the county to practice urban warfare against anyone who dares to stand up to them. It’s necessary to push back against increasing state violence, against rapid environmental destruction, against this racist capitalist system as a whole, for the future of life on this planet.

Rest in peace to our comrade Tort, your death will not be in vain. This is a call to everybody— the time is now to act, to fight back against this cruel and explorative system. We must take action if we want to ensure a habitable future. Cop City will never be built!

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Actions and Rallies in Solidarity with Fight Against ‘Cop City’ Grows Over Weekend

It's Going Down - Mon, 01/23/2023 - 03:44

photo: Unicorn Riot

Last weekend, across more than 20 cities in the so-called United States, hundreds of people took to the streets, holding vigils, protests, and rallies in solidarity with the ongoing fight against ‘Cop City’ in Atlanta and to remember Manuel Esteban Paez Terán, also known as Tortuguita, a 26 year-old anarchist who was shot and killed by law enforcement during a raid on the Weelaunee forest on August 18th.

APD arrested 6 people at random Saturday night near protests against the murder of Manuel Teran. All are now accused of "domestic terrorism" & other blanket charges. ATL police continue reckless retaliation against #CopCity opponents.

Donate to @AtlSolFund. #JusticeForTort

— Defend the Atlanta Forest (@defendATLforest) January 23, 2023

Sunday marked the fourth straight day of vigils, protests, and rallies in solidarity with the struggle in Atlanta, following the police murder of Tortuguita, with more scheduled throughout the coming week.

The movement to oppose Cop City, a massive corporate backed counter-insurgency police training center, it notable in that it has built a bridge between the George Floyd rebellion of 2020 and the fight against climate change, while organizing itself largely outside of the established Left. The movement has been marked by a wide diversity of tactics; from mutual aid programs, nature walks, and large outdoor concerts – to tree-sits, mass marches, and the sabotaging of machinery.

If I was in Atlanta, I would be there.

— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) January 22, 2023

While attacked by the state’s governor as “criminal” and decried as terrorists by the police, the movement in recent days has gotten support from everything from 350.org to the leadership of the DSA (Democratic Socialist of America). On Twitter, former Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson stated, “If I was in Atlanta, I would be there.” But what’s built this large coalition of support and solidarity has been a grassroots autonomous movement, not the top-down non-profits and political parties which suddenly, are rushing to catch-up.

The struggle against Cop City has also been building against the backdrop of growing anger at the Biden administration’s failure to deliver basic reforms and protect essential rights. In the past two years since Biden has taken office, police killings have increased along with funding for police departments; which has done nothing to impact crime. And while the Democrats have presented themselves as the only alternative to a rising fascist threat from within the Republican party, it has done little to reign in the GOP and curtail fascist sympathies within law enforcement and the security state. This is to say nothing about its handling of the ongoing pandemic, housing crisis, and attacks on reproductive autonomy.

As Hugh Farrell wrote on Ill Will Editions:

We are living through a moment of terrifying social reflux. The minimal state protections put in place at the beginning of COVID have given way to renewed evictions and a broad political consensus in favor of interest rate hikes intended to tame inflation and rebuild market stability. However, since, much of this inflationary instability is driven by new working class purchasing power, this means that renewed market stability is tied inexorably to restoring the precarity of the poor, to reducing their share of consumption and breaking the job-seeking confidence that fed the Great Resignation, itself produced by the exceptionally taut COVID labor market.

Just as the crisis-bred confidence of the poor must be tamed, so the recent memory of vast anti-police struggles led by Black youth must be painted over with delirious panics over Critical Race Theory and Defund the Police, both as phantasmic as a mythical crime wave. Defund the Police, which appeared irrelevantly moderate during the George Floyd Uprising, now appears intolerably extremist thanks to the collusion of 10,000 talking heads who chattered their way through the entirety of 2022, even as US police continued to kill people at an increased rate.1 Since one good panic begets another, these then fed a renewed hysteria about grooming, which offers the barest fig leaf for a renewed exterminationist drive directed against LGBT — especially trans — people. Propelled by figures like Elon Musk (himself working precisely to restore conditions of profitable speculation), this drive has been so shameless that it barely missed a beat when one of its foot soldiers murdered five people in Club Q, a Colorado gay bar.

Amid this period of fear and reflux, the movement to defend the Atlanta forest — alongside recent efforts to defend the village of Lützerath against its destruction by mining giant RWE (from which the accompanying images here are taken) — stand out as bright exceptions. While the ostensible aim of both struggles lies in protecting specific territories, they have also succeeded in challenging the more general terms of our current period of reaction. While my focus here will be on the struggle in Atlanta, the logic of composition outlined below may also help to illuminate other ecologically-minded insurgencies across the globe.

One of the things that has allowed the struggle against Cop City in Atlanta to grow, is that people recognize its importance as a local struggle, aimed at stopping the destruction of the Weelaunee forest, and as a global one, as Cop City pushes to become a one-stop shop for counter-insurgency training across the US and beyond. Atlanta police already train in counter-insurgency techniques alongside Israeli forces, as American police seek to implement strategies used by Israel in repressing the Palestinian population on people here in the US. Building ‘Cop City’ will only further accelerate a counter-insurgency ‘arms race’ within American law enforcement that so far, has received bipartisan support.

As one forest defender stated in a recent documentary:

This strategy [to defend the forest] emerges as a natural phenomenon, just directly from the intransigence and immovability of the electoral system; of the political system.

Either we will be goosestepped into the apocalypse, or we will fight outside of the institutions.

This is not a local struggle. This movement has stakes for the entire county and how it deals with safety. As long as we invest in more police infrastructure, the more violence will be the only tool that society has…They’re going to prop up their dying system…with tear gas.

Below is a roundup of solidarity marches, vigils, and actions that took place this weekend. For a more extensive roundup, see here.

In Portland, OR, anarchists vandalized a UPS store, breaking out windows of the corporate giant over its financial ties to the ‘Cop City’ project. Independent journalist Alissa Azar posted an anonymous communique they received from the action, seen below.

In Oakland, CA, a communique posted to Scenes from the Atlanta Forest wrote:

Bank of America is an enemy of the people and life itself. They currently fund the construction of cop city in Atlanta, the same project that threatens the forest that Tortuguita died defending. They deserve no place in our landscape. We destroyed quickly but tirelessly. Like the peasants in the Jacquerie, the Luddite wreckers, or the Haitian revolutionaries, we seek liberation in the most obvious way: the destruction of what we know is the cause of our suffering. And if we destroy much, it is because we have suffered much. “Vengeance! Vengeance!” is our war-cry.

Bank of America in Oakland was attacked last night.

RIP Tortuguita#StopCopCity pic.twitter.com/mk9A8jexKO

— Berkeley Antifa (@berkeleyantifa) January 21, 2023

In Austin, Texas, over one hundred people come out to a vigil that remembered the life of Tortuiguita and pledged to carry on the fight against Cop City.

Thanks to everyone who came out tonight to celebrate the life of Tortuguita and pledge vengeance to Cop City. pic.twitter.com/H7eNlkA3DH

— Stop The Sweeps ATX (@stop_sweeps_atx) January 22, 2023

In Richmond, VA, over 100 people held a vigil to remember Tortuguita and to denounce the Cop City project.

VIA: @GoadGatsby

In Chicago, IL, a communique posted to Scenes from the Atlanta Forest read:

Friday night, January 20th, Chicago abolitionists in solidarity with the movement to Stop Cop City and Defend the Atlanta Forest glued shut the card reader and keyhole at a Bank of America ATM and “Virtual Banking” facility in Chicago’s affluent Lincoln Park neighborhood (2428 N Lincoln Ave). They also left messages, including STOP COP CITY, DEFEND THE ATLANTA FOREST, and ACAB on the ATM windows and door. The incident was in response to the murder of a forest defender by police in Atlanta on January 18th, 2023.

Bank of America is a top funder of police foundations across the US, in particular the Atlanta Police Foundation, which is funding the destruction of Weelaunee Forest in “Atlanta” to build “Cop City.” The intended facility would be a militarized police training compound, including a mock city for cops to practice urban warfare on Atlanta’s residents, particularly the Black and Brown and poor communities adjacent to the forest. In 2020, BOA gave at least $50,000 to the foundation; tax data from 2021-22 is not yet available.

Bank of America also bankrolls the Chicago Police Foundation, with BoA Senior Vice President Patricia Provenzano sitting on its board.

SOURCE: Scenes from the Atlanta Forest

In Minneapolis, MN, as Unicorn Riot reported:

On Saturday, Jan. 21, a couple hundred community members gathered in Uptown Minneapolis for a protest that started outside the library and ended at Bank of America. The bank was spray painted with messages to stop ‘Cop City’ and about the bank’s funding of the police training facility.

Two of the signs in the protest read, “Our revenge will be a world with no police and no prisons” and “Trees gives us life, police take it.”

Speakers again shared some memories they had of Tort and also made mention that they were seeking bail money for the forest defenders in jail in Atlanta and calling for more people to pick up the mutual aid efforts that Tort devoted their time to.

SOURCE: Unicorn Riot

A large banner led the march that said, “We fight like hell for the dead and living. Stop Cop City.” One of the many chants that rang through the streets was “TC, Memphis, ATL, all you cops can go to hell,” ringing in solidarity from Minneapolis to Memphis, where Tyre Nichols was recently beat to death by police.

The crowd stopped in front of ‘Wince Way’ where Winston Smith was killed to pay respects to him and Deona Marie. Marie was killed by Nicholas David Kraus when he drove his vehicle into her when she was protesting in response to Smith’s killing by police. Kraus was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

In Lansing, MI, a bank of America was vandalized following a vigil in solidarity with the fight against Cop City.

Over 50 people gathered in West Philadelphia to mourn the death of Tortuguita and to later march through the streets. Reports from Philly Anti-Capitalist stated:

…[A]dults and children placed candles and homemade signs by the turtle in Clark Park. People spontaneously made speeches about Tortuguita’s death. The speeches touched on people’s experience of them, grief, martyrdom, and continuing to struggle. People called on each other to target cop city’s sponsors and the contractors responsible for building.

After people had been speaking for a while a small group broke off from the vigil. They took the street with banners. Barricades from a nearby construction site were pulled into the street to block cops and traffic. As the march moved graffiti memorializing Tortuguita and against police was tagged. A realty office had its windows smashed.

The rowdy vigil is the first time things have popped off from Clark Park in a while. A few years ago Cark Park was a regular spot for mid-sized black bloc demos to start from. We think that this is worthwhile to revisit because it’s a traditionally anarchist neighborhood and there are lots of alleys nearby to easily change in. It’s exciting to see this kind of energy re-emerge in Philly.

In Atlanta, GA, around 500 people gathered for a rally, speak-out, and rebellious march, during which, individuals broke out windows of a Wells Fargo, which is directly funding the Cop City project, as well as the Police Association building. Upwards of 10 people were arrested and now face extreme “terrorism charges.” For a full report, see here.

In New York City, a large vigil was organized and an anonymous group claimed credit for busting out the widows to Atlas, one of the subcontractors involved in the Cop City project, according to a communique posted to Scenes from the Atlanta Forest.

SOURCE: Scenes from the Atlanta Forest

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Final Straw: Remembering Tortuguita

It's Going Down - Sun, 01/22/2023 - 22:37

Long-running anarchist podcast and radio show The Final Straw speaks with a friend of Manuel “Tortuguita” Teran.

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This week on The Final Straw, we feature three segments: words from a friend of Manuel “Tortuguita” Teran, the forest defender killed by law enforcement on January 18th outside of Atlanta, Georgia; A-Radio Berlin’s conversation with an activist at Lutzerath encampment in western Germany attempting to block a lignite coal extraction operation by RWE; a discussion of the Tren Maya megaproject by the AMLO administration in Mexico.

Remembering Tortuguita

First up, we caught up with Eric Champaign of Tallahassee, FL, about his friend Manny, aka Tortuguita or little turtle. Manuel Teran was shot and killed by law enforcement during an early morning raid of the forest encampment to defend the Welaunee aka Atlanta Forest and to stop CopCity on Wednesday, January 18th, 2023. Law enforcement claimed in the media that they responded to shots fired and the wounding of an officer by killing the shooter, but at the time of this release the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has not yet produced a weapon or bodycam footage of the clash. [Update, Georgia Bureau of Investigation claims they found Tort’s gun and ballistics match the bullet in the pelvis of the cop] The killing of Tortuguita has sparked outrage, calls for independent investigations, vigils and calls for renewed and dispersed activity. Word is that another 6 people were arrested and charged with domestic terrorism during the raid. Check out our chat with a member of Atlanta Anti-Repression Committee for some context and links to group fighting back in the courts. There’s a fundraiser for Tortuguita’s family at GoFundMe

Eric also speaks about his friend, Dan Baker, who is nearing his release date. You can hear our past chat with Eric about Dan’s case at our website alongside links about the case and how to support him. There’s now a paypal for donations for Dan’s post-release, which can be found at DanielBakerDonations@gmail.com

Then, we feature two segments are selections from the January, 2023 episode of B(A)D News from the A-Radio Network. You can find this ep, #64, alongside many others at A-Radio-Network.Org

Updates from Lützerath

This second segment is a recording by A-Radio Berlin of a conversation with a radio activist from Aalpunk from Lützerath giving some context of the struggle there in the west of Germany. Since this recording, the encampments have been evicted but resistance continues against the ginormous lignite mine that the corporation RWE is attempting to expand there. You can also hear or read our September 25th, 2022 episode for some background. More info at https://luetzerathlebt.info/en

Opposing Project Tren Maya

Finally, we’re sharing a segment by Frequenz-A about Proyecto Tren Maya in the Yucatán peninsula of so-called Mexico. The conversation with a member of Recherche-Ag about a report they published in Solidarity with the Zapatista movement, on the German state and corporate participation in this mega-project and the dangers posed by the Maya Train, which includes huge expansion of electric, travel and other corporate and state infrastructure through sensitive ecosystems and sovereign indigenous lands, being overseen by the Mexican military. You can find this report and more at ya-basta-netz.org.

To hear a past interview of ours talking about Tren Maya & AMLO’s infrastructure projects, you can find our February 2nd, 2020 interview.

Announcements Phone Zap for Jason Renard Walker

Jason Walker, a writer and organizer held in the Texas prison system, is currently being held at a psychiatric unit after having to fake  suicide attempt in order to escape a plot to murder him. He’s asking for urgent support in ensuring that he’s not transferred back to Connally Unit, where the original incident took place, and for his entire classification file to be reviewed to help him get moved to a safer place. You can check our show notes for the relevant contacts and words from Jason and a script to call with at BRABC.BlackBlogs.Org

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Kite Line: A Police Murder in the Atlanta Forest

It's Going Down - Sun, 01/22/2023 - 22:28

Long-running abolitionist radio show and podcast Kite Line covers the ongoing struggle to stop ‘Cop City’ in Atlanta and reports on the recent police murder of Tortuguita. 

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Today, we share the tragic news that police killed Tortuguita, a forest defender in the South River Forest in Atlanta on the morning of Wednesday, January 19th.

We have previously covered the movement to protect the Atlanta forest in light of its history as a plantation and prison farm and the future plans to build a vast police training center.  Our correspondent spoke with Sarah from the Atlanta Anti-Repression Committee, who filled us in on the state of the movement, this week’s violent police raid on the forest camps, Tortuguita’s death, and next steps.

As she says, the movement’s slogan, that “cop city will never be built” seems more true today than ever before, as an outpouring of grief and anger sweeps the country in the wake of this murder.

We also include a roundup of monthly prison disturbances as compiled by Perilous Chronicle.

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Bank Backing ‘Cop City’ Targeted as Hundreds Take to Streets of Atlanta Following Police Killing

It's Going Down - Sun, 01/22/2023 - 02:32

photo: Unicorn Riot

On January 21st, about 400 people gathered in Underground Atlanta, where people shared their love and memories of Manuel Esteban Paez Terán, also known as Tortuguita, and called for justice in the wake of their death at the hands of the police.

Video: On Jan. 21, 100s of protestors gathered in downtown Atlanta to remember Manuel "Tortuguita" Teran, who was killed by police on Jan. 18.

Teran died in a tree-sit to stop 'Cop City', a proposed police training center project slated to demolish Atlanta's largest forest. pic.twitter.com/5gi0vzXE8n

— UNICORN RIOT 🦄 mastodon.social/@UnicornRiot 👈 (@UR_Ninja) January 22, 2023

After 30 minutes, the crowd took off. About 3/4 of the crowd were in black bloc. Activists from the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) attempted to lead the group south, perhaps towards the atate Capitol building or the CNN center, but bloc members turned the crowd around and led them north. The sun was just starting to set as the bloc, about 300 strong, turned north up Peachtree street. The commercial downtown district, gutted out by years of neoliberal policy, is populated almost exclusively by business people, university students, and unhoused people.

The bloc traveled north, as road flares and fireworks marked their progress. Umbrellas blocked local news video cameras as graffiti sprung up on walls, with phrases like “RIP Little Turtle” and “Stop Cop City.” The crowd chanted, “No justice! No Peace!,” and “Be Like Water,” as they moved along at a brisk pace, flanked by reporters. Bank windows were smashed and umbrellas blocked cameras, with a Wells Fargo branch, a funder of Cop City, receiving special attention.

Soon, the raucous crowed arrived at 191 Peachtree Street, the building housing the Atlanta Police Foundation. Rocks flew, smashing into the front of the building, as marchers smashed out even more windows. Fireworks lit the scene up. A cop car left unattended in the area was smashed, while another caught fire.

As the police pulled up, the crowd dispersed. Some individuals were tackled and violently arrested by the police, with Unicorn Riot later reporting that one person may have been run over by a police car. As the crowd dissipated, more police flooded the mile-long stretch of Peachtree Street the group had marched up.

In a later press conference, police, who have been violently attacking Cop City opponents for months in an effort to destroy an entire forest, claimed that property destruction was “terrorism.”

Feels like we're heading to another breaking point. https://t.co/uUJcAecGSz

— Dean (@NoCowardShit) January 22, 2023

Local activists are encouraging people to donate to the Atlanta Solidarity Fund to help support those arrested by law enforcement.

BREAKING: At least 5 protesters arrested, Atlanta cop car set on fire at Cop City protests. Protests occurring after police shot and killed beloved protester Manuel Teran—aka “Tortuguita." Protests have gone on in the woods for over a year against proposed $90 mill police center. pic.twitter.com/8aVsnOG4Az

— Status Coup News (@StatusCoup) January 22, 2023

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Seattle, WA: Mourners Arrested at Vigil for Tort

It's Going Down - Sat, 01/21/2023 - 03:57

Report on Seattle vigil in solidarity with Tortuguita and the struggle against Cop City in Atlanta. 

Around 50 folks showed up for a somber and angry candlelight vigil at Cal Anderson park in so-called Seattle. We gathered to remember Tort, murdered by Atlanta PD for defending the forest against Cop City.

People expressed their rage and sadness over this and countless other police murders. We danced, cried, spoke out and held space together. A flag was burned and some of the park tagged with ACAB messaging. Some folks brought materials to make banners. After the vigil these were dropped around the city.

As things were winding down, some people were spreading art around the park. Around five or six people were still at the vigil site hanging out, packing up, and enjoying ACAB tunes. Suddenly 15-20 cops rushed in and arrested a couple comrades.

The rest of the folks around the park returned to yell at the cops and watch where their friends were taken for jail support, but were unfortunately unable to stop the pigs from kidnapping folks for memorializing pig murders in another city.

All Cops Are Bastards
From SEA to ATL
Stop Cop City

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This Is America #180: An Antifascist Got 20 Years in Prison For Defending Counter-Protesters on J20; Report from Rural PNW

It's Going Down - Sat, 01/21/2023 - 03:02

Welcome, to This Is America, January 20th, 2023.

On today’s episode, first we speak with autonomous organizers in the rural Pacific Northwest town of Aberdeen, WA.

We then talk to a supporter of antifascist political prisoner Alex Stokes, who has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for standing up to protect his friends from a group of violent Proud Boys who were attacking counter-protesters at the state capitol of New York on January 6th, 2021. We speak on how Alex’s politics were put on trial, how the far-Right was treated as victims, and how people can support Alex while on the inside.

We then switch to our discussion, where we look at a recent story about social media companies in the lead up to J6 and what it means now that the GOP has established control over the House of Representatives.

All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news!

Living and Fighting

In Texas, prisoners remain on hunger-strike in protest of solitary confinement. As the Guardian reported:

Scores of Texas prisoners have entered the second week of a hunger strike in protest at being kept indefinitely in solitary confinement, a form of incarceration in the US that human rights groups have denounced as torture.

Inmates across the Texas prison system have been refusing food since 10 January in an organized outcry against being held in isolation in some cases for decades. Estimates of the numbers of prisoners involved differ. The Texas department of criminal justice (TDCJ) puts it at 72, but outside advocates liaising with the strikers say it is at least 138.

Across the US, antifascists continued to rally in defense of LGBTQ+ and drag events, as far-Right rallies have only continued into the new year. In recent weeks, antifascists have held large rallies in Dallas, Texas, Vancouver, British Columbia, Fall River, Massachusetts, and New York City. Check out our roundup of recent actions at This Week In Fascism.

Lastly, across the US and beyond, people are organizing rallies and vigils in solidarity with the ongoing struggle in Atlanta to resist the construction of ‘Cop City,’ which threatens to destroy the Weelaunee forest. On Wednesday, January 18th, police carried out a violent raid on the forest, killing one forest defender, a 26 year old anarchist who went by the name Tortuguita. Currently not much is known about the raid and local activists are demanding an independent investigation into the shooting.

On the ground, people are encourage folks to sign on to a solidarity statement, donate to the local bail-fund as many face trumped up “terrorism” charges, put pressure on companies helping to build cop city, and also organize a solidarity vigil and event.

Upcoming Events
  • January 22nd – 26th: East Coast Book-tour with Shane Burley and Daryle Lamont Jenkins. More info here.
  • January 28th: Solidarity Share Fair: Eugene, OR. More info here.
  • January 28th: Film Showing: “The Wobblies.” Silverdale, WA. Silverdale, Library. More info here.
  • February 12th: Online Discussion. 6:00 PM / EST. “We Go Where They Go: The Story of Anti-Racist Action,” a book discussion hosted by IWW GDC with former ARA members. Use link to register.
  • March 10th – 13th: Weelaunee Food Autonomy Conference. Atlanta, GA. More info here.
  • May 2023: Healthcare Autonomy Conference. Durham, NC. More info here.
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Rallies in Solidarity with Fight to Stop ‘Cop City’ Spread After Police Murder Forest Defender

It's Going Down - Thu, 01/19/2023 - 16:55

Across the US, people held vigils to mourn the police murder of forest defender, Manuel Teran, 26, also known as Tortuguita, on Wednesday, January 18th and to rally in solidarity with the struggle against the destruction of the Weelaunee forest and the construction of the counter-insurgency training facility known as “Cop City.” As Unicorn Riot wrote:

A protester was shot and killed by police Wednesday morning, January 18, in the midst of a multi-jurisdictional raid on the Atlanta Forest, also known as the Weelaunee Forest, in DeKalb County, southeast of Atlanta.

The identity of the protester is currently unknown. A Georgia State Trooper was reportedly also shot during the raid and is currently undergoing surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital, according to police. At least three other protesters were reportedly arrested during the raid and were charged with “aggravated assault on a public safety officer” and “domestic terrorism.”

A forest defender, who was present during the raid and spoke with Unicorn Riot under conditions of anonymity, reported hearing 10-12 gunshots all at once followed by a loud boom.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is leading the investigation into the incident, said that the killing occurred after police were fired on by the protester. Protesters, however, have questioned this narrative, “calling on legal observers and journalists” to launch an independent investigation of the incident.

“Since June 6, 2022, activists and community members fighting to Defend the Atlanta Forest and Stop Cop City have been demanding that officers stop bringing weapons into the forest after APD pointed their weapons at peaceful protestors,” said the Atlanta Community Press Collective in a press release.

Recap of the day: Multi-agency raid of Weelaunee Forest. Police murdered a forest defender, continued raid as though nothing happened. Police story changes throughout the day, contradicts accounts from neighbors of the forest and forest defenders. Huge vigil takes to the streets.

— Atlanta Community Press Collective (@atlanta_press) January 19, 2023

As the New York Times reported:

Activists with the Defend the Atlanta Forest effort have challenged the official account and argued that no activists fired upon officers. The Atlanta Solidarity Fund, an organization providing legal support to activists, said it was planning to pursue “a vigorous legal strategy” to examine the circumstances surrounding the protester’s death. “We are committed to finding out what actually happened,” said Marlon Kautz, an organizer with the Solidarity Fund.

Critics said the [Cop City] project would disturb an expanse of green space and disrupt the community around it. “People don’t want gunfire and bomb detonations to be the soundtrack of their neighborhood,” Bentley Hudgins, a local organizer who lives nearby, said while attending a vigil for the protester on Wednesday.

At the time of this writing, despite predictable claims by law enforcement that they were fired upon and responded in kind out of self-defense, police have yet to produce a handgun or video evidence. As one local news report wrote:

Activists have questioned the police version of events and called for the release of law enforcement body camera footage. However, GBI public affairs director Nelly Miles informed WABE Thursday evening that there is no body camera footage of the incident.

Another report from Rolling Stone stated:

DAF activists were instantly critical of the GBI’s account, claiming there was “reason to believe” the officer was hit by friendly fire, not shot by the protester, pointing to reports by other forest defenders who heard one burst of gunshots not consistent with an exchange of fire. The Atlanta Solidarity Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides arrested activists with bail money, jail support, and access to legal representation, wrote in a statement that it was “preparing a legal team to investigate and pursue a wrongful death suit.”

“Georgia State Police has not released body camera footage or meaningful details, and we are concerned a police cover-up could be underway,” the Atlanta Solidarity Fund wrote.

“We know that Georgia Police regularly and consistently lie about the conditions under which they shoot and kill people, and that the ‘facts’ will frequently change to justify police action, no matter how murderous or egregious,” DAF said in a Twitter DM. “No matter what they do, police will always claim to be the actual victims.”

Since the police murder of Tortuguita, there have been vigils, marches, banner drops and rallies in solidarity, with more events planned over the coming days. Below you will find a roundup of expressions of solidarity with the ongoing struggle in Atlanta and a list of upcoming events. This post will be updated, so check back and email us at info [at] itsgoingdown [dot] org if we missed anything.

Roundup of Solidarity

Olympia, WA:

Los Angeles, CA:

Greetings! An impromptu vigil has been constructed in West LA for a protester who was fatally shot by LEOs.

One “Cop City” protester was fatally shot and a Georgia state trooper was wounded near the site of “Cop City,” a proposed law enforcement training center near Atlanta. pic.twitter.com/o6Tp5PhEsX

— Sean Beckner-Carmitchel (@ACatWithNews) January 19, 2023

Portland, OR:

Minneapolis, MN:

Savannah, GA:

Atlanta, GA:

South Carolina

NYC, NY:

NYC to ATL#StopCopCity #FTP pic.twitter.com/KEkh6K4A1r

— Eric Adams is a Fascist (@peoplesmedianyc) January 19, 2023

Upcoming Events

Friday, January 20th:

Charlotte, NC

Seattle, WA

Chicago, IL

Lincoln, NE

Minneapolis, MN

Pontiac, MI

Providence, RI

Saturday, January 21st:

Atlanta, GA

Bridgeport, CT

Austin, TX

Miami, FL

Minneapolis, MN

Santa Cruz, CA

Madison, WI

Nashville, TN

Richmond, VA

Sunday, January 22nd:

Worcester, MA

Ridgewood, NYC

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Mobilization Against ‘Cop City’ Hits Offices of Atlas Technical Consultants in Minnesota

It's Going Down - Thu, 01/19/2023 - 16:34

Report back on recent mobilization and protest in so-called Minnesota at an office owned by Atlas Technical Consultants, which has been contracted to destroy the Atlanta forest and build Cop City.

Anonymous report back reads:

The forest in Atlanta is under attack.

The Atlanta Police Foundation has contracted Atlas Technical Consultants to destroy a forest in Atlanta in order to build the largest police training facility in the country.

Watch as forest creatures of Minnesota descend on Atlas Technical Consultants office, and demand the company drops the contract with the Atlanta Police Foundation.

This struggle effects everyone, no matter where you live.

Police from all over the country will come and train at this facility.

Stand up with the people of Atlanta.

Companies all over the country are supporting this project.

From Minneapolis to Atlanta, we won’t fall for the copaganda!

Get loud! Organize in your own communities!

Join the social movement. Defend the forest. Stop Cop City.

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Stop Cop City: in Solidarity and Mourning

It's Going Down - Thu, 01/19/2023 - 15:33

Statement from the Black Rose Anarchist Federation on the police murder of a forest defender in so-called Atlanta, Georgia.

On January 18, 2023 a multi-agency task force moved to clear out an ongoing tree-sit protest in Atlanta, Georgia. In the opening minutes of this operation, Georgia State Troopers shot and killed a tree sitter.

The tree sitter, Manuel Paez Teran, also known as Tortuguita or Tort, was a participant in an ongoing occupation of the Atlanta (Weelanuee) Forest. The objective of the forest occupation is to prevent the construction of ‘Cop City’, a state-of-the-art, 381-acre police urban warfare training facility. The as yet unbuilt facility has so far drawn $90 million dollars in funding from a combination of tax dollars and corporate sponsorship.

Since the project was announced, residents of Atlanta have demonstrated and registered their anger over its secretive development, its likely impacts on local wildlands, its misuse of public resources, and the certainty that it will increase the presence of heavily armed police in the area.

Already, a number of tree sitters have been arrested and charged with felony crimes accompanied by domestic terrorism enhancements. This represents a grave escalation in the use of legal force and demonstrates just how far the state is willing to go to criminalize even non-violent dissent.

In the wake of the massive George Floyd Uprising, along with the many anti-police uprisings that preceded it, the state has a determined interest in militarizing its security apparatus. There’s no doubt that increasing the use of militaristic training and equipment will result in intensified violence aimed at everyday people, particularly those who are Black and Brown. And such facilities and new funding will only further strengthen and shield a profession filled with perpetrators of misogynist and white supremacist violence.

Additionally, as we barrel headlong into climate catastrophe, we can not overlook the destruction of nearly 400 acres of forested land belonging to the Muscogee people. This is but one example of the rapacious drive for development that is hastening climate breakdown, rooted in the very foundations of the settler-colonial United States.

As members of Black Rose Anarchist Federation / Federación Anarquista Rosa Negra, our hearts break over the police killing of Tort and the toll that the defense of the forest has so far taken. We extend our solidarity to the Stop Cop City and Defend Atlanta Forest movements. Finally, we wish strength for Tort’s friends and family and a renewed vigor for the broader movement.

An attack on one movement is an attack on all. Time after time, popular resistance has shown the police’s plans can be defeated. We can do it again.

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