Bullet Points (8/3/18)


Phoenix summer mood

Welcome to Bullet Points, a (hopefully) regular endeavor where you can find news, analysis, action, history, commentary, and non-sequiturs of interest to me and possibly even other people.  The idea is for this to be weekly, otherwise I’ll try to sustain it as long as I’m interested or anyone shows interest in it.

Your town, burn it down

•Police in Maricopa County have fired their weapons in 62 incidents in 2018, and the 31st in which the police killed someone. The most recent person to be killed by police was Skyler Martin, an escaped inmate who had been on the run since February and died in a gun battle with the authorities while trying to escape.

•Mesa Police are back in the news for a whole lot of shit, which is a pretty normal thing this year. Today, the 84 year old grandma who was left with bruises, bleeding, and a black eye from a beating by two officers is suing the City of Mesa and the two cops for “an unspecified amount of punitive and compensatory damages.”  On Tuesday another video was released of an officer attacking an unarmed person on a bus, the attacker was identified as Officer Joseph Demarco, while the person he attacked was charged with aggravated assault after the confrontation, all charges have now been dropped.  A google search of his name reveals that he has shot and killed two people as a Mesa cop; Kayden Clarke, a 24 year old transgender man in 2016 after the officers claimed that Kayden “came at them” with a knife during a mental health check; and in 2006 he and two other officers shot and killed Monty Merkley, 47, after claiming that Merkley came at officers with a gun.

•Apparently neo-nazi loser “Baked Alaska”/Tim “Treadstone”/Anthime “Tim” Gionet  is in Phoenix. “Keep streaming! I need milk!

•Run, kids, run away from the nightmare: Migrant teen runs away from Tucson facility for unaccompanied minors, as two separate arrests were made of workers from the private Southwest Key immigrant youth detention centers for molestation of children, and more incidents have been identified by journalists and researchers.

• Solidarity to Mayra Roque.

Normal? There’s no going back, it never existed.

•Before “rideshares” people were walking, biking, and taking public transportation, so is it any surprise that a new study says services like UberPool are making traffic worse

 “Shared rides add to traffic because most users switch from non-auto modes,” the report says. “In addition, there is added mileage between trips as drivers wait for the next dispatch and then drive to a pickup location. Finally, even in a shared ride, some of the trip involves just one passenger (e.g., between the first and second pickup).”

•Facebook is a hot psy-op pile of shit: We Are Not Bots’: Facebook Censors U.S. Activists After Falsely Claiming They ‘Unwittingly’ Planned Protest

•When housing prices rise twice as fast as incomes (a generous outlook, most people I know are in an even worse situation with their rents): The U.S. Housing Market Looks Headed for Its Worst Slowdown in Years

•Every day capitalist terror: ‘Nobody speaks, because everyone needs the job’: Aldergrove Subway workers’ shocking allegations

Telangana man worships photo of Donald Trump every day

“I only know that he is the most strong and invincible leader in the world. What I liked about him was his bold attitude. Since he took part in World Wrestling Federation (WWF) competitions, he must be very powerful,”

“Nobody took me seriously and some people even called me a mad fellow, wondering how prayers in a remote village would reach Trump. But I have a strong faith in what I am doing,” he said.

•Betsy DeVos’s $40 million yacht set adrift by vandals

Thieves steal dead Swedish asshole’s crown jewels and escape in a speedboat. Best of luck for a clean getaway!

Anarchy things

•Little Black Cart has released A Full and Fighting Heart,  a collection of writing by and about the recently deceased anarchist writer Paul Z. Simons.

•An odd and incomplete writeup on the glory days of militant anarchist  efforts stemming from Eugene, Oregon 20 years ago.

•Greece: Rouvikonas member cleared of incitement charges

Giorgos Kalaitzidis was arrested after he wrote on his Facebook page: “We will burn Skai down. Today, tomorrow, in 10 years – I don’t know. But we will burn it down. And we will dance around the ashes.”

Recommended Reading

Against Fortress Leftism: Free movement over markets is a minimum demand by Joshua Clover

Flagstaff: Support needed for anti-colonial anti-fascist arrestees!

URGENT FUNDS NEEDED IMMEDIATELY!

A police substation was redecorated.
Two comrades were arrested and charged with two counts each of “misdemeanor criminal graffiti” for the alleged improvement.
Please donate to the legal defense fund.
Paypal: taalahooghan@protonmail.com

Paul Z. Simons RIP. 

Paul Z. Simons RIP. #ElErrante

The anarchist journalist and writer Paul Z. Simons (El Errante) passed away over Easter weekend in Paraguay. Paul’s recent travel writings were a consistently entertaining reading of anarchist activities around the globe, recently resulting in his analysis of a “pure black anarchy” driving anarchist action in three continents.

Below are some memorials celebrating the life of Paul Z. Simons from other anarchists who knew him, along with a link to some of his writing.

Paul Z Simons (May 3rd, 1960 – March 30, 2018) (Anarchist News)

Remembering Paul Z. Simons: An Unyielding Anarchist, Author, and Rebel
(Crimethinc)

A selection of his writing is also available at The Anarchist Library

Flagstaff: Anti-Colonial Anti-fascist Community Defense Gathering


Anti-Colonial Anti-fascist Community Defense Gathering
A 3-day gathering to provide anti-fascist & anti-colonial workshops, skill-shares, and discussions to further our communities capacities to fight back against all forms of oppression and for defense of Mother Earth.

Dates: April 6 -8, 2018

Location: Táala Hooghan Infoshop, Kinlani aka Flagstaff, AZ
No drugs, alcohol, or jerks (cops/transphobes/homophobes/white supremacists/misogynists…)

Fee: Sliding scale $10-50, donations accepted.

Food will be provided. Housing upon request.

Accepting proposals for workshops now: taalahooghan@protonmail.com

Registration required: http://www.taalahooghan.org/cdg/

Worshipping Power: Peter Gelderloos speaking in Tempe February 28

Anarchist and author Peter Gelderloos will be speaking on “Worshiping Power: An Anarchist Vision of Early State Formation” on Wednesday February 28 at Boulders on Broadway in Tempe. The event is free and begins at 7 PM.

Worshiping Power: An Anarchist Vision of Early State Formation

Where do states come from, what causes them to arise, and how do they develop? The old dogmas that the State protects and uplifts humanity, or even that it is a necessary evil, have been thoroughly discredited. But many newer theories, that explain state formation within a single optic, or that suggest a single cause, or a linear, progressive evolution, also fall short.

This new book traces multiple pathways of state formation, describing patterns that arise within many different societies with different models of the family, religion, warfare, commerce, and economic production. Rather than being ancient history, state formation is a continuous process, given that perhaps the only feature universal to state formation is the resistance it provokes. As a result, states are continually falling apart, being overthrown, or struggling to maintain their power.

People who fight today against the problems of capitalism, patriarchy, and white supremacy, anyone who seeks to regain control over their lives, becomes wrapped up in this process as they run up against state authority.

Articulating the ongoing history of state formation—from divine states centered around new sites of spiritual production to democratic states arising from corrupted revolutions—allows us to better understand the ways states today attempt to govern, limit, or repress our movements today.

Peter Gelderloos is an anarchist from Virginia who currently lives in Catalunya. He is the author of How Nonviolence Protects the State, Anarchy Works, The Failure of Nonviolence, “An Anarchist Solution to Climate Change,” “A World Without Police,” and other works.

Phoenix: MLK Day Noise demo at Maricopa County Jail Complex

from Antifascist Action Phoenix