Kansas City: Anarchist comrade Eric G. King arrested for alleged incendiary attack on Representative office

From 325 The following is a report from the capitalist media. Comrades are in the process of contacting Eric and setting up support. More information will come as it becomes available. His address at the moment is: Eric King 27090045 CCA Leavenworth 100 Highway Terrace Leavenworth, KS 66048 USA – Charges have been filed in […]

A Timeline of the Ferguson Uprising

A Timeline of the Ferguson Uprising

Saturday 8/9/14 – Michael Brown is shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson. Brown was walking home from a convenience store to his grandma’s house, when the officer stopped him for jaywalking and a scuffle ensued. Witnesses say that the officer shot Brown as he fled with his hands up in surrender. A crowd […]

Accomplices Wanted: A few notes on race, legitimacy, and solidarity with the struggle in Ferguson

Accomplices Wanted: A few notes on race, legitimacy, and solidarity with the struggle in Ferguson

From Prison Books Collective On August 9th, a white police officer murdered an unarmed Black teenager named Michael Brown (“Mike-Mike”) on the streets of Ferguson, MO, a couple miles north of St. Louis. Nothing about this was abnormal or newsworthy in any way; it was simply another reminder of the cheapness of poor Black life […]

Missouri Prison Newsletter #6--Ferguson

Missouri Prison Newsletter #6–Ferguson

Issue #6, September-October 2014–Ferguson The Missouri Prison Newsletter is distributed to (about 150) people in prisons across the U.S., but focusing on those incarcerated in Missouri and Illinois. This issue focuses specifically on the recent uprisings in Ferguson, MO, and contains original personal accounts of the riots, analysis and a timeline of the uprisings as […]

October 2012, Notre dames des Landes, France.

Support from the ZAD in Notre-Dame-Des-Landes to Ferguson

The following is a statement of support from the ZAD (Zone À Défendre, the  zone to be defended) to those fighting back in Ferguson. The ZAD is “an ongoing occupation in countryside close to Nantes in France which according to the decision-makers should make way for an international aiport.”  Texts and annoucements from the ZAD […]

A Zine, Some Posters, and Two Interviews

A Zine, Some Posters, and Two Interviews

New poster to raise money for those arrested in Ferguson. From Corina Dross A new poster, by artist Corina Dross, about the uprisings in Ferguson is being sold to raise money for the bail and legal fund for those arrested. A Zine and Two posters from Ferguson and Further From Ferguson and Further Also, a […]

Ferguson. Over one week in.

Ferguson. Over one week in.

What began as a protest movement after 10 days of sustained defiance, has taken a couple shaky steps towards revolt. The situation here is still fluid and ripe with potential. Locally, people are surprised that similar unrest hasn’t sparked off in other cities. If it were to spread, the scope here would likely widen. It’s […]

Let Us Not Become Police, Let Us Not Become Sheep

Let Us Not Become Police, Let Us Not Become Sheep

1. What happened to Mike Brown is a tragedy that can’t be put into words. A less spoken tragedy is that it’s the day to day reality for so many of us–especially those of us who are young, who are people of color, who don’t fit the cops’ idea of an acceptable, law abiding citizen. […]

New Bail and Legal Fund Established

New Bail and Legal Fund Established

A new bail and legal fund has been established to support the people who have been arrested during the anti-police demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo. The other account had to be closed for tax reasons, but a new account has been quickly set up. Please spread the word widely and help us get some money together […]

An Eye for an Eye Makes Our Masters Blind: One Account of Last Night's Anti-Police Riot

An Eye for an Eye Makes Our Masters Blind: One Account of Last Night’s Anti-Police Riot

“City—fuck ‘em Narcotics—fuck ‘em Feds—fuck ‘em D.A.—fuck ‘em”   On the afternoon of Saturday, August 9th, 2014 an 18 year old, unarmed teenager named Mike “Mike Mike” Brown was murdered by a Ferguson Police Department cop. He was shot in the back and the head, as he knelt on the street with his hands in […]

Bail and Legal Fund for Those Arrested During Ferguson Anti-Police Demonstrations

Bail and Legal Fund for Those Arrested During Ferguson Anti-Police Demonstrations

 A bail and legal fund has been established to support the 43 or so people who have been arrested during the anti-police demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo.  Please spread the word widely and help us get some money together to get these people out.Also, we are looking for information on who was arrested so we can […]

A RUDE INTRODUCTION  TO C0MpUTER SECURITY

A RUDE INTRODUCTION TO C0MpUTER SECURITY

//:2PM///:sATURDAY//:jULY26//:@bLACK.bEAR.bAKERY In this workshop we’ll discuss some concepts and philosophy of security followed by a basic introduction on how use TAILS (moar infos tails.boum.org) This workshop will be geared toward radicals for the purposes of combatting and evading repression. Things to bring: A laptop if you have one and a flash drive if you have […]

A DISGUSTING SIGN MADE BEAUTIFUL: Thoughts on panhandling, homelessness and the city and media's response to recent vandalism.

A DISGUSTING SIGN MADE BEAUTIFUL: Thoughts on panhandling, homelessness and the city and media’s response to recent vandalism.

Over the last week or so, stickers have appeared around town defacing anti-panhandling signs. They’ve brought the issues of panhandling, the city’s treatment of the homeless and vandalism back into people’s mouths. The media, the city and managers of the homeless have responded with predictable outrage and disappointment (hoping others will as well): “How could […]

Missouri Prison Newsletter #5

Missouri Prison Newsletter #5

Issue #5, May-June 2014 The Missouri Prison Newsletter is distributed to (about 150) people in prisons across the U.S., but focusing on those incarcerated in Missouri and Illinois. It contains history of local prison rebellions, poetry, excerpts from zines available through the associated zine distro, and original content directed toward building affinity with those inside, […]

A View of Climate Change and Student Debt from the Sit-in at Washington University

A View of Climate Change and Student Debt from the Sit-in at Washington University

The student sit-in at Washington University challenging Peabody Energy’s presence there is now over after 17 days. In the five-and-a-half years as a chemical engineering graduate student that I spent at that university there is nothing that I can compare the sit-in to. As a continuation of years of ongoing work that preceded it around […]

Despite Retaliation, Menard Inmate Urges Further Solidarity

Despite Retaliation, Menard Inmate Urges Further Solidarity

The following is a letter from one inmate at the High Security Unit (HSU) at Menard Correctional, encouraging continued acts of solidarity despite retaliation. I am sorry to report that the guys here at Menard, HSU have again been subjected to oppressive, retaliatory acts at the hands of these evil, sadistic pigs. On April 12, […]

Call-In Day Monday April 28th In Support of Menard Hunger Strikers

Call-In Day Monday April 28th In Support of Menard Hunger Strikers

On this upcoming Monday, April 28th we are asking and encouraging people to participate in a Call-In Day in support of the prisoners in the High Security Unit at Menard Correctional Center in Illinois who are facing retaliation for engaging in a hunger strike in January. Prisoners there have been beaten by guards and metal […]

Retaliation Against Hunger Strikers at Menard--Windows Blocked, Strikers Beaten

Retaliation Against Hunger Strikers at Menard–Windows Blocked, Strikers Beaten

The following consists of excerpts, lightly edited by Alice Lynd, from letters by eight men in Administrative Detention at the Menard Correctional Center in Illinois, dated April 12-14, 2014. Windows covered On the morning of Saturday, April 12, 2014, maintenance workers drilled big metal boxes on the outside of our windows. We can no longer […]

Missouri Prison Newsletter #4

Missouri Prison Newsletter #4

Issue #4, April-May 2014 The Missouri Prison Newsletter is distributed to (about 120) people in prisons across the U.S., but focusing on those incarcerated in Missouri and Illinois. It contains history of local prison rebellions, poetry, excerpts from zines available through the associated zine distro, and original content directed toward building affinity with those inside, […]

Potosi Prison Guards Known as “The Cowboys” Implicated in Torture Ring

Potosi Prison Guards Known as “The Cowboys” Implicated in Torture Ring

Potosi Correctional Center, which could more accurately be described as the Potosi private torture dungeon, has for the past months or longer been home to a group of rogue prison guards, known as the “cowboys,” who specialize in torture and the denial of medication to inmates. They have intentionally been targeting those involved in the […]

Missouri Prison Newsletter #3

Missouri Prison Newsletter #3

  Issue #3, March-April 2014 The Missouri Prison Newsletter is distributed to (about 100) people in prisons across the U.S., but focusing on those incarcerated in Missouri and Illinois. It contains history of local prison rebellions, poetry, excerpts from zines available through the associated zine distro, and original content directed toward building affinity with those […]

1954 Missouri Prison Riot

Feedback from Menard Hunger Strikers on Noise Demonstration

The following excerpts are from people locked-up at the High Security Isolation Unit at  Menard Correctional Facility in Illinois, responding to a noise demonstration by outside supporters during the hunger strike there last month. To the Drum Beaters, …I have been in Administrative Detention for 15 years without ever being charged. I’ve seen a lot […]

Menard hunger strikers refusing water until face-to-face hearings begin

From: The San Francisco Bay View The Menard hunger strikers have apparently decided to go without liquid as well as food as of February 6th, and their physical condition could deteriorate rapidly. Before the end of January, the Menard hunger strikers presented a proposal to the warden. “Once the informal face-to-face hearings begin, we will […]

Menard Hunger Strikers' Response to Noise Demonstration Outside the Prison

Menard Hunger Strikers’ Response to Noise Demonstration Outside the Prison

From: The Facebook Page of The Uptown People’s Law Center An update from the #Menard Hunger Strike was just released by Alice Lynd, an attorney in Ohio who has been in regular contact with several of the men. The men have won some local support. One of the prisoners wrote: “Yesterday, on Monday Jan. 27, […]

Report back on Solidarity Action with the Menard Correctional Center Hunger Strike

Report back on Solidarity Action with the Menard Correctional Center Hunger Strike

From: Maosoleum Guest post by St. Louis-area collaborator and comrade Ben Lind. Comments and questions are welcome in the comments section or at maosoleumblog@gmail.com.   The Menard Correctional Center was built in 1878 and is the largest maximum security institution in the Illinois state prison system. Menard is grossly overcrowded and the prisoners suffer from all of […]

Westville, Indiana: Update on Hunger Strike

The following update is from a hunger strike that happened at a prison in Indiana just a week before the ongoing hunger strike at Menard Correctional Center in Illinois. From: Rififi Received and transmitted: Saturday January 25 Please man the phones on Monday, January 27,2014. Westville Correctional Facility (SUPER-MAX Prison) is retaliating against the inmates […]

Menard hunger strikers endure beating, threats by nurses but vow, ‘We will not let them break us’

Menard hunger strikers endure beating, threats by nurses but vow, ‘We will not let them break us’

From: The San Francisco Bay View The following information is drawn from letters received from prisoners in Administrative Detention at Menard Correctional Center in Menard, Illinois, and compiled on Jan. 25 by Attorney Alice Lynd. Menard Correctional Center, built in 1878, is the largest maximum security prison in the state of Illinois. A 2011 report […]

Update on Hunger Strike at Menard Correctional in Illinois

Update on Hunger Strike at Menard Correctional in Illinois

From: The San Fransisco Bay View On Jan. 15, 2014, approximately 25 prisoners in Administrative Detention at Menard Correctional Center went on hunger strike. The hunger strikers have been told the prison administration is working on obtaining a preliminary injunction to force feed them. They expect to continue the hunger strike even if they are […]

Menard Correctional Center. Illinois' largest adult male maximum security facility.

Illinois prisoners in Menard High Security Unit plan to begin hunger strike Jan. 15

More information about the hunger strike going on at Menard. From: San Francisco Bay View by Alice and Staughton Lynd The following information is based on numerous letters from prisoners in the High Security Unit at Menard Correctional Center in Illinois written in December 2013. These prisoners expect to go on hunger strike on Jan. […]

St. Louis History: April 4th, 1968 City Jail Riot

St. Louis History: April 4th, 1968 City Jail Riot

  The article below was originally published in the now-defunct St. Louis Globe-Democrat the day after MLK’s murder. The second article is an excerpt from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, containing information about vandalism and arson that took place around the city that night. Both articles use the horrifically outdated term “Negro” to refer to people […]

Potosi Hunger Strike Update

Potosi Hunger Strike Update

From: Kansas City ABC On October 13th 2013, we received word that nine people in Potosi MO Corrections went on hunger strike. The start date is unclear but we now know the hunger strike lasted three weeks, ending on Oct 20th 2013. Below is the transcript of a letter dated Jan 8 2014 from Shyheim […]

Prisoners on Hunger Strike at Potosi Correctional

Prisoners on Hunger Strike at Potosi Correctional

The following is an excerpt from a letter written by Shyheim El-Mumin, a prisoner on hunger strike at Potosi Correctional Center in Potosi, MO. He and at least eight other prisoners began their hunger strike on October 13th. At this point, we are unclear as to whether they are still refusing meals. We will post […]

October 22nd March Against Police Brutality

October 22nd March Against Police Brutality The October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation has been mobilizing every year since 1996 for a National Day of Protest on October 22nd, bringing together those under the gun and those not under the gun as a powerful voice to expose […]

“We need condos babel tall to the sky!”- War on the poor in downtown St. Louis

On Thursday, September 6, in the latest move to displace the homeless, the city of St. Louis closed off the sidewalks of the 1400 block of Locust St. in front of Larry Rice’s New Life Evangelistic Center. The following was first published at CASINO*TOWN*POETS in reaction to the city’s latest move and to the attitudes of […]

An Open Letter to Occupy Regarding the Controversy Over “Demands” and the Movement’s Way Forward

  The following article was written by anarchist political prisoner Sean Swain in response to an article in Rolling Stone “Why Occupy Needs to Start Making Demands.” To write to Sean, see his address below. A recent article in Rolling Stone presented a picture of Occupy divided over the issue of “demands.” According to the […]

Watch Your Back

Watch Your Back

As yet another college semester begins, one less rapist will be returning to St. Louis University – but only for one semester. At a Take Back the Night event on SLU campus this past Spring, 30 or more people marched through  SLU’s campus carrying banners which read “Touch me and I’ll fucking Kill you” and […]

Non-violence Must be Anti-Police

Non-violence Must be Anti-Police

The following is a letter to the editor published in the Summer 2012 edition of The RoundTable, a publication of the St. Louis Catholic Worker Community. Dear Roundtable, I appreciated the latest issue about the occupation movement. It seems to me that the Roundtable offers a practice of concrete analysis of current social movements and […]

Employee unrest brewing at Brentwood Whole Foods; management on high alert

New management practices (the forcing unreasonable codes of conduct to eliminate positions, lower wages, increased surveillance of workers, workload increases, decreasing incentives, and general intimidation and abuse) at the Whole Foods on Brentwood Blvd. have finally pushed workers there to begin to vent openly. Workers have created a blog/forum and began airing their grievances. In response, both local and Midwest regional management have taken up residency in […]

In the Spirit of Stonewall: Reflections on PRIDE and Queer Assimilation

In the Spirit of Stonewall: Reflections on PRIDE and Queer Assimilation

Long gone are the days when our bars were raided by the police on a daily basis, when trannies carried bricks in their purses to swing at the cops, and pumps were both a fashion statement and a weapon. We have lost the sexual liberation we once found at truck stops and bath houses. Gone […]

On "The Icarus Project" - experiences from a St. Louis participant

On “The Icarus Project” – experiences from a St. Louis participant

The following text was published recently in the latest issue (volume 12) of “Soliloquies From Strange Dislocales” – a zine of poetry and prose of mad-pride, surrealist rebellion, and rebellious surrealism. The entire issue can be downloaded here: sols.pdf Here are documents which concerns St. Louis Icarus Project itself and something crafted for a film […]

Local community member visited by FBI

Local community member visited by FBI

This morning 2 agents from the local FBI office visited a member of the St. Louis radical community. They first went to this individuals parents home where they were given this persons home address. The individual was approached at home and taken to the local office and asked a few questions. They were asked ‘if […]

One Year Anniversary of Scott Perry's Murder

One Year Anniversary of Scott Perry’s Murder

SCOTT PERRY, MURDERED BY THE STATE One year ago yesterday, guards at the St. Louis Justice Center held Scott Perry against his will, refused him medical treatment and let him bleed to death. Scott is one of six people known by name to have died in custody in St. Louis in the past few years […]

In Defense of Graffiti and Those Who Write

In Defense of Graffiti and Those Who Write

“The ugliness of buildings excites vandalism” -Raoul Vaneigem “Society gets the kind of vandalism it deserves” -Banksy “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress” -Frederick Douglass (from a wheat-pasted poster in Toronto) Take a walk through the heart of any American city and you will see two things: […]

Chicago Solidarity Demonstration In St. Louis Ends With Arrests After Police Scuffle

Chicago Solidarity Demonstration In St. Louis Ends With Arrests After Police Scuffle

On the evening of May 24th, 30 to 40 people converge to voice their anger against the brutal repression of Anti-NATO protesters by the Chicago Police Department. Protesters from around the world met in Chicago the weekend of May 19, to confront the NATO summit. During this three demonstrators were arrested for an alleged terrorism […]

Between a rock and a hard place, thoughts on Larry Rice's new homeless camp and following eviction.

Between a rock and a hard place, thoughts on Larry Rice’s new homeless camp and following eviction.

Between a rock and a hard place, thoughts on Larry Rice’s new homeless camp and the following eviction. Larry Rice is not your friend. The police are not your friends. The city government is not your friend. The media is not your friend. May 16th, 5:00pm, the City gets word that a group of neighbors […]

An Open Letter to the Occupy Movement--Part 2 by Anarchist Political Prisoner Sean Swain

An Open Letter to the Occupy Movement–Part 2 by Anarchist Political Prisoner Sean Swain

Prisoners are people who occupy prisons and nothing more, arriving here by virtue of a government process. We are constantly indoctrinated to believe that prisoners are people who have committed crimes, who deserve what they get (whatever that is), who are qualitatively different from law-abiding citizens. This is much the same message that the German […]

Welcome to Compton Hill Reservoir Park...

Welcome to Compton Hill Reservoir Park…

This park brochure was distributed during the April 3rd anti-police brutality vigil at Compton Hill Reservoir Park: Full Text: Welcome to Compton Hill  Reservoir Park “The park is gorgeous. The best time to come is shortly after 10 in the evening. The colors are simply spectacular. One night I remember these well-groomed men in a lovely […]

Occupy the Class War - Perspectives from Iowa City on the Rhetoric of Occupy

Occupy the Class War – Perspectives from Iowa City on the Rhetoric of Occupy

Written and published by Smooth Spaces in January of 2012: [A text I wrote to thinking through the rhetoric of Occupy and the effects it has on the class analysis within the movement. Written with help and support from a group I'm involved with, Wild Rose Collective, where the text was originally published.] It would seem […]

SHIT'S NOT CHILL: First Communiqué from Occupied Auditorium, Indiana University

SHIT’S NOT CHILL: First Communiqué from Occupied Auditorium, Indiana University

From Rififi: This evening (Tuesday, April 10th), the Fine Arts Auditorium on Indiana University’s campus was seized by around fifty of us- students, graduates, employees, and others fed up with the implementation of austerity, both here in Bloomington and internationally. We’ve opened the space not only for the purpose of having ground from which to […]

The Noose Is Up! - Reflections on OMW from Farmington, MO

The Noose Is Up! – Reflections on OMW from Farmington, MO

Another account of Occupy the Midwest. This time from Written Word, Spoken Word (written on March 20): The Noose Is Up! “What we call real estate—the solid ground to build a house on—is the broad foundation on which nearly all the guilt of this world rests.” —The House of the Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne By now everyone […]

Site of Police Violence and Home of Mayor's Aide Vandalized

Site of Police Violence and Home of Mayor’s Aide Vandalized

It would appear that in response to Thursday night’s eviction and police violence, Compton Hill Reservoir Park has been covered in graffiti. The home of Eddie Roth, who headed the eviction Thursday night as well as last Fall, was also vandalized with paint. Roth says it is the second time his home has been attacked […]

A personal account of the eviction of Occupy the Midwest

A personal account of the eviction of Occupy the Midwest

“Hey, would you help me unfurl this banner?” So I found myself holding a corner of a massive banner, the size of a billboard that read “Police State.” The moment that my friend asked me this question I knew that the attempt to hold the park had failed. What occurred thirty minutes prior – a […]

Police evict and severely beat protesters occupying Compton Hill Reservoir Park

Police evict and severely beat protesters occupying Compton Hill Reservoir Park

Last night close to 150 people from the occupy movement – ourselves, our friends, and comrades – took over Compton Hill Reservoir Park.  Met with overwhelming police force intent on evicting the camp, protesters marched into the streets.  Where they were met with batons, pepper spray and fists…  at least 15 were arrested and three […]

Autonomy Alliance: An Open Letter To Occupiers Regarding Tactical Diversity & The Police

Autonomy Alliance: An Open Letter To Occupiers Regarding Tactical Diversity & The Police

From the Autonomy Alliance: The members of Autonomy Alliance recommend and applaud diversity in tactics as long as those involved are well informed in their decisions. Though successfully staging actions requires tactical diversity, we recognize that disagreements will inevitably arise among the various groups in our social movements. We affirm and encourage the right to air grievances within these […]

Occupy, Liberate, De-Colonize: An Open Letter to the Occupy Movement from Anarchist Political Prisoner Sean Swain

Occupy, Liberate, De-Colonize: An Open Letter to the Occupy Movement from Anarchist Political Prisoner Sean Swain

In 2007, in a published interview I observed that if Ohio prisoners simply laid on their bunks for 30 days, the system would collapse. I wasn’t talking about just the prison system, but Ohio’s entire economy. I came to that conclusion because I recognized that 50,000 prisoners work for pennies per day making the food, […]

Banner dropped from Old Municipal Court Building

Banner dropped from Old Municipal Court Building

Just as the horizon was turning pink and the city was awakening to the hustle and bustle of capitalism’s business-as-usual, a banner appeared in the most unlikely of places – hanging from the rooftop of the city’s Old Municipal Court Building downtown. The building, which on November 17th hosted an occupation and joyous dance party, […]

Report From South Grand Oakland Solidarity March & Solidarity Actions Around the Country

Report From South Grand Oakland Solidarity March & Solidarity Actions Around the Country

In response to police activity in Oakland on January 28, and a request from the Oakland Commune, people around the country have taken action against the police. A Wells Fargo was attacked in Seattle and another in Santa Barbara, a Landlord’s office in Modesto, the Police Bureau’s office and probation office in Portland were also […]

Reportback from Downtown Oakland Solidarity Demo & Attempted Building Occupation in Minneapolis

Reportback from Downtown Oakland Solidarity Demo & Attempted Building Occupation in Minneapolis

A report from the Oakland solidarity march Sunday night in St. Louis, and another piece about folks in Minneapolis attempting to occupy a building. January 29, 2012 In response to the events in Oakland, 50 or so people with Occupy St Louis and others met at the formerly occupied Keiner plaza for a march. For […]

Reportback From NYE Noise Demo

Reportback From NYE Noise Demo

This New Year’s Eve marked the spreading of solidarity noise demonstrations outside of jails, prisons and other places of confinement. In North America there seems to have been over a dozen cities and even more the world over. Participating cities/countries included, Bloomington (IN), Oklahoma City, Chicago, Minneapolis, Oakland, Baltimore, New York City, Atlanta, Pensacola, Pittsburgh, […]

Undercover Police Discovered Spying on Local Meeting

Undercover Police Discovered Spying on Local Meeting

From You Should Probably Know. “On the night of December 6, while concerned friends and neighbors met to discuss ways to help a local homeownwer save her house, the pictured individuals came to try and stop us. They are two undercover police officers from the St. Louis Police Department. They came half-way through the meeting […]

Proposed Central Principles for Occupy

Proposed Central Principles for Occupy

At the core of the Occupy movement are a handful of deeply radical principles.  These are important factors in understanding why the movement has been both contagious and powerful.  Currently Occupy St. Louis is a bureaucratic nightmare, but in October it was so beautiful.  Engaging these principles is paramount to rediscovering our power, whether that […]

Report from one participant: N17 March Against Austerity - A Joyful and Unruly Crowd Takes a Building

Report from one participant: N17 March Against Austerity – A Joyful and Unruly Crowd Takes a Building

November 17th holds as a special day internationally. It’s not just a day against austerity or just a day organized by the new #occupy movement. November 17th is also the date (in 1973) when the dictatorship in Greece was overthrown. And still in Greece, it’s pretty much a holiday. It remains unclear as to how this day […]