Early Tuesday morning, the Seattle Police Department raided the home of our friends, community members, and key organizers in Decolonize/Occupy Seattle and the Red Spark Collective. They were faced with assault rifles to their heads, flash bang grenades and an armed SWAT team.
The Seattle Police Department’s (SPD) harassment of our
community has been ongoing. Only two weeks ago during Pride weekend,
they attacked our friends. Before that, they arrested members of
the Decolonize/Occupy community for disrupting the mayor’s bogus meet
and greet, a continual shielding of the SPD’s record of police
brutality. The continual harassment by SPD is not surprising. It is
their modus operandi. Their lousy attempts at renewing their image with
the “SPD 20/20” further disgusts us.
The violent raid against our friends this week, in search of
“anarchist materials” did not happen in a vacuum. These are
times of mass social movements around the world. People are
resisting in Seattle, across this country, and across the world. The
powers that be fear these struggles will spread and they do their best
to intimidate and stifle our dynamism.
Global anti-capitalist forces face constant police terrorism
from the global power elite. They will always find excuses to
delegitimize us and to further prop themselves up as the bearers
of public safety and welfare. Over the last few months, there
have been several shootings in the city, in the Central District, the
North end and South end. The police have used this as an excuse to
militarize the streets. By overcompensating through extreme policing and
tactics in the streets and at our homes, police forces legitimize their
racial profiling and repression of people of color and poor folks.
This is the story you’ll never hear about Seattle’s militarized
racist police force. We remember John T Williams and Oscar Grant and
are in solidarity with anyone who has experienced police and/or
military repression and state violence.
We do not forget for a moment that the trauma and fear our friends
experi-enced this past week takes place often in im/migrant communities
during ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raids. As radicals we
understand the complexities of the legal system in relation to how the
state reacts to resistance.
They scare us, intimidate us, arrest us, and dehumanize us, hoping
that in the process that we, too, take out our anger on one another, so
that our communities break down. We will not fall for that.
It is important for us to understand certain patterns in the police
responses to the national Decolonize/Occupy movement. The police have
justified their use of excessive force against many of us by claiming
that we are all dangerous anarchists. In their book, anyone whose
organizing is threatening to the status quo is depicted as “anarchists,”
“black block,” and dangerous threats to public safety.
They want to divide us into good protesters and bad
protesters. The “good” protesters, in their eyes, do not inherently
create an ideological threat to the exploitative foundations of the
existing system with their organizing. The “bad protesters” however, do
not follow their rules of engagement. We threaten the status quo. It is
in the interest of the state to affirm the “good protesters,” so as to
upkeep a pretense of free speech and democracy. Given that the facade of
democracy is the excuse that the US military uses in its war efforts,
it would be a shame if there was not a pretense at keeping it in the
home country. Failing to understand the ideological reasons why the
state props up “good protesters” over “bad protesters,” through the
tactics of “anarchist baiting,” will cause us to debate endlessly about
which tactic is more effective than others in changing the system. This
not only causes us to attack one another, but is also a distraction.
Being used by the state to delegitimize other political forces is not a
sign of strength. It is a sign of being manipulated. Hopefully, the
broader Decolonize/Occupy Seattle community is smarter than that and
this is not a trap we will fall for.
Even as we may disagree with one another’s politics and tactics, we
will understand that an injury to one is an injury to all. We refuse to
let our differences strengthen the legitimacy of police violence.
Generating fear and paranoia were the goals of the SPD on Tuesday,
when the SWAT team broke the door with guns drawn, threw concussion
grenades, and yanked people, including two female bodied people,
out of their beds without allowing them to clothe themselves. Folks
were held cuffed in a room while the police confiscated clothing
and literature. The unnecessary trauma inflicted on these people
through militarized police terrorism tactics was a result of the SPD’s
goal to prevent further organizing. The organizing in this
house involves building community gardens, holding community potlucks,
organizing to shut down the juvenile prison (through healthy,
supportive, healing alternatives), fighting gentrification, and hosting a
completely free music, arts, and politics festival. The organizers in
the house are resisting through creating and empowering. In opposition,
the police are attempting to destroy through inflicting fear and trauma.
Our community immediately mobilized to support the needs of our
comrades as they dealt with the violence of the increasingly militarized
Seattle Police. Our bonds and communities are only strengthening
through this oppression.
We will continue to combat fear and trauma with love and resistance.
My Blog List
|Supported by the website design company guide .|
- ► 2014 (16)
- ► 2013 (48)
- anti~hierarchical movements reprint
- items to be seized ~ black is the new black~ repri...
- Anaheim solidarity demo
- this is what the enemy looks like !
- we were all Juvies once
- give up Activism reprint
- bike bloc needs you !
- Everything for Everyone festival E4E
- honest jacks automotive
- Solidarity statement from Members of Decolonize / ...
- SPD swat team raids home for new outfit !
- what if we tipped our teachers and closed the bars...
- Friday night solidarity ride with PDX Bike Swarm
- 17 TH & Yesler, seattle WA 98122
- who's streets ? Queer streets !
- ▼ July (15)
- ► 2011 (141)
- ► 2010 (159)
- ► 2009 (172)