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Cops are bad, mmkay?

According to Green is the New Red,

“Three homes were raided in Portland, by approximately 60-80 police including FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force. Individuals at the homes say police used flash grenades during the raid.

Grand jury subpoenas have been served to individuals in all three cities: 2 in Olympia, 1 in Seattle, and 2 in Portland. The grand jury is scheduled to convene on August 2nd at the federal courthouse in Seattle.

No arrests have been made. Electronics were confiscated along with additional personal items.

All legal documents related to the searches and grand jury are sealed, and the FBI will only say it is related to an “ongoing violent crime” investigation. But based on interviews with residents, and what police told them at the scene, this is clearly related to the ongoing demonization of anarchists and the Occupy movement . . .

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“UPDATE: Reports of FBI and police lingering around after the raids, trying to get people to voluntarily talk. Know your rights, never talk to police without an attorney.”

Read more here . . .

FBI agents raid homes in Portland, Oregon. You think all these theatrics were appropriate for a raid on suspected occupy people?

Many other people have said this but the Aurora, Denver, shooting at the “Dark Knight Rises” midnight screening, was truly tragic. I’m at a loss for what else to say about it. Crazy that a woman named Jessica survived a shooting in Toronto, seemingly with a renewed vigor for life, only to be killed in another shooting in Colorado. Sad that several couples were separated by killing. So sad that a mom lost her 6-year-old daughter. My heart is warmed reading about the people who protected others, in some cases giving their lives but it’s sad they had to go in a situation like that.

I hesitated to write about it because I don’t want to see tragedies as opportunities to advance my own political beliefs like so many other people are doing. That said, so many people ARE doing that and from my view, there are a lot of sane voices missing from the conversation. It’s hard to say what social problem is too blame for what happened but I’ll tell you one thing: the solution is not stronger, tighter gun control by the state. I hope we really can stop this insane culture of violence– that’s one of my greatest goals and wishes and should be for everyone who gives a shit about humanity–  but the police have demonstrated that they are ruthless killers and until police forces, military forces, and paramilitary forces disarm, it’s crazy to expect civilians to disarm and exacerbate their disadvantage and vulnerability.

The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement recently reported that 120 Black People Executed without Trial by Police, Security Guards and Self-Appointed Law Enforcers between January 1 – June 30, 2012. 

Police executions of civillians in Anaheim, California rightly sparked a rebellion. 

I respect the fact that Genevieve Huizar, the mother of Manuel Diaz, has her own feelings about how to respond to the loss of her son and wants the violence to end. She is hurting as much as anyone and her voice matters. I also see that her voice is getting more attention than other voices because the police and other powerful interests want the protests to end, or to at least be defanged. I want the violence to end too. But violence will end through resistance and by bringing an end to the coercion, domination, racism, and other oppression that is the basis for so much of the violence that plagues humanity.

My hopes are pinned on resistance, love, solidarity, and  empowerment as key to ending violence. Supporting prisoners and others who suffer for their beliefs, loving and caring about each other, and standing up against oppressive violence is what I believe in. Let’s end the violence for real but let’s not pacify ourselves into accepting violent oppression in the meantime.

So apparently one of the next things that happens in the u.s. after pride is the 4th of july?? No good. Pride and strength in queerness and difference can be beautiful but pride in a nation state, particularly one built on stolen and occupied indigenous land, one that is a current flagship of globalized imperialism? Well, that’s just gross.

And need I mention, it’s too hot for this shit. Honestly. It’s hard to concentrate on anything and there are prisoners to write and things to do and now there is also this 4th of july holiday.

Hello, global warming. Already this heat wave has taken out power in many places and now in new york city, Con Edison didn’t feel like negotiating a union contract with their workers so they locked them out and are letting their managers juggle this giant city’s electric grid while it’s already stretched thin powering millions of air conditioners.

So please, be prepared for black out and other heat related emergencies, drink water, support your fellow workers and your fellow humans and other beings.  By all means, take your day off from work if you have it, celebrate people, community, and benign things like that, but don’t let the fireworks bedazzle you into feeling anything for the stars and stripes or the state they represent.

“In the above advertisement which appeared in the Virginia Gazette in Williamsburg, Virginia on September 14, 1769, Jefferson describes Sandy (a shoemaker and a jockey) as vulgar, insolent, a drunkard, a knave, and a thief (he stole himself and a horse). Those flaws notwithstanding, Jefferson deemed him worth a minimum reward of forty shillings and upwards to ten pounds if captured and returned from outside Virginia. After Jefferson got Sandy back he sold him to Col. Charles Lewis for 100 pounds on January 29, 1773. While it is not clear how long Sandy remained “free,” we can only hope he raised holy hell every moment he managed to be his own man.”

Consider how they must have looked to the Afrikan captives and sweatshop laborers who stitched them,  to the many places occupied by the u.s. military, the many places torn apart by the u.s. military, the many people imprisoned by the u.s. at home and abroad. And how sad it must look to anyone who happens to visit that colonized spot on the earth’s moon, which unfortunately had no ewoks to defend it.

So do humanity a favor and collect any flags in your vicinity, turn them upside-down, and grill ‘em up.

For those of you with an appetite for further reading on resisting imperialism, check out Crimethinc’s Designed to Kill: Border Policy and How to Change it.

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