Tucson: Antifascists Mobilize Large Numbers Against ‘Resist Marxism’ Rally

from IGD

Report back from anarchists opposing the ‘Resist Marxism’ rally in Tucson, Arizona this past weekend.

On 8/18 an Alt-Lite group by the name of Patriot Movement AZ (PMAZ) held their second rally in Tucson in just two weeks. The first rally on 8/4 largely flew under the radar of anti-racist organizing in Tucson, but a few of us went to scout it and found a surprisingly large crowd of fascists, would-be militia members, Trump worshipers, and Alt-Right trolls who crawled out from their internet havens into the Arizona sun.

While it was alarming to see that they had organized a rally of forty or so people and we had failed to meaningfully mobilize against it, this scouting trip produced photos of their use of the proto-Nazi “Kekistani” flag, which would prove instrumental in our organizing against their rally set for the 18th.

On the morning of the 18th a lot of us were feeling rather nervous, as there had been a litany of threats from PMAZ in the intervening weeks, most of which boiled down to some variation of “if any of you antifa tries to get in the way of my free speech and I’ll shoot you with one of the many guns I’m going to be carrying.”

Thankfully, we quickly built up our confidence as the counter protest’s numbers swelled to maybe two-hundred to two-fifty, easily outnumbering the fascists by at least 4 to 1. A blow-by-blow of everything that happened over the course of the 3 hour event would probably be a bit long, but here are a few key reflections.

As the event got underway, the Tucson Police (TPD) attempted to create a barrier that would separate counter-protesters from the area where the fascists were gathering by about fifty feet away. After the crowd repeatedly went around metal barriers, tore down police tape, and approached the fascists from multiple angles, TPD was forced to tightly encircle the area with metal barriers and line them with cops. Not only did this make the relationship between the police and far-Right organizing clear, it also allowed the crowd to get close enough to disrupt any speeches the fascists tried to make.

It seems like the crowd was able to disobey police orders with ease in part because there were a number of distinct groups that were each able to bring a particular tone to the approach of ignoring police orders—the block bloc, the clown bloc the marching band, and the circus performers. A representative interaction went something like this: the black bloc is staunchly refusing to move as TPD approaches with metal barricades, then, just as some cop is giving a particularly stern order, the clown bloc arrives, tripping over police line they’ve managed to put up and meandering in between the angry police and the black bloc. Meanwhile, the marching band is playing a triumphant tune and walking around the barricades with people following in one direction, and people on stilts are ambling around them in another direction. Disobeying police orders came to be an acceptable approach regardless of the tone of any given participant.

Police were seen as institutional extensions of the white supremacist rhetoric espoused by PMAZ by much of the crowd, and this was made clear in a number of interactions. Throughout the day, many counter-protesters yelled at the police for protecting the fascists, but the exchanges got particularly heated as the police escorted PMAZ members to their cars at the end of the rally. Someone with a megaphone pointed out the way TPD collaborates with Border Patrol as evidence of their investment in the existing racial hierarchy, and the crowd chanted “fuck the police” as the cops held back angry counter-protesters from the last gaggle of fascists hastily packing their cars. After PMAZ left, TPD began debriefing in the area that had been home to the alt-right rally only minutes before. After some vicious mocking, they marched across the park to go debrief somewhere else.

Finally, we are happy to announce that de-arresting became somewhat normalized at the event! (Hooray! Wooo! Huzzah!) As the last fascists were trying to leave in their cars, there was a bit of a scuffle with some folks who had marched into the parking lot to block them. Seems like a PMAZ car bumped a protester and the people inside threw water on him, and the crowd responded by throwing water bottles—one of which might have hit a cop! In the following moments, a cop grabbed the person who got bumped by the car in a choke hold, but folks in bloc pushed the cop off, and masked and unmasked folks alike grabbed him back into the crowd and linked arms to protect him. Throughout the day counter-protesters were pulled back from the police on three separate occasions, each time with the participation of the wider crowd. Let’s keep this up!

One last beautiful moment: as the police were marching across the park to find a new place to debrief, some guy in another ramada a few hundred feet away started blasting NWA’s “Fuck the Police” over a P.A. at them. He had a microphone too, and yelled “what kind of donuts are you gonna eat later?!” Turns out he wasn’t even there for the counter-protest, he just happened to be in the park with a P.A. and when he saw sixty cops walk by that was his first impulse. Wow!

–Tucson Anarchists

Bullet Points (8/17/18)

One of my biggest frustrations is seeing the anti-fascist resistance to white nationalists reduced to antifa as a glorified community defense body, rather than an insurrectionary push against these far right statist ideologues, the cops who protect them, and this entire order they defend.  We’re currently stuck with a model of anti-fascism in which the opposition to the fascist is  the limit of the action (thanks to many anarchists who willfully participate in Leftist “big tent” unity with leftists who have no interest in smashing the state) rather than as a  component of a multifaceted anarchist resistance to democracy, nationalism, statism, and capitalism. It may sound like going back to basics, but as an anarchist, I believe that the anti-statist must always by definition be anti-fascist, despite the protests of the Leftist organizer who demands anti-fascist unity first and above all else. So of course it was interesting to see anti-authoritarians not just mobilize against a far right rally in Berkeley, but to attack state power (as shown in the video embedded above) in addition to a standoff and confrontation with the cops protecting the far right.  Yes, here’s to the defeat of every last socialist, progressive, populist, nationalist, and fascist, and everyone in between looking for their shot at state power, here’s to Anti-Statist Action!

It’s not all Fritos and Polar Pops

•Circle K is a death trap if you work there or shop there, and cops love to shoot people dead and beat them down there. It’s as close to “the commons” or a gathering space as we’ve got in 21st century Arizona, and there’s blood on the floor (and the soda machine).
July 18: Man stabbed at Tucson Circle K
July 19: Man shot, killed at gas station near 35th Avenue and Osborn Road
August 8: 1 man critically injured in shooting at north Phoenix Circle K
August 10: Man shot at Circle K at El Mirage and Lower Buckeye roads in Avondale
August 16: Man shot in alley behind Tucson Circle K on East Speedway and North Sixth Avenue
August 16: Let’s hear it for the guillotine for Circle K, “I not gonna risk my life to get a candy bar and nor should the employees risk their lives for the money and the beer in there as well”
August 17: Phoenix cop shoots man in gun battle outside of Circle K

•So, with all the blood and misery offered up by worker and customer alike, I’m going to posit that robbing the death trap Circle K is ok. Which also means, customer and worker, gtfo the way when you see it happen, your Circle K overlords could give a fuck about you.
July 19: The Olympian of Circle K robberies hit 3 stores for cash, and got away (Update, he robbed 4, but was arrested)
July 24: Man robs Tucson Circle K of cash and cigarettes, escapes
July 30: Cops still looking for hero who robbed Tucson Circle K of cash, booze, and cigarettes
July 30: Yuma Circle K robbed of cash, clean getaway reported
July 31: Customer makes unauthorized withdrawal from Circle K register, cops clueless
August 15: Masked person claims to have grenade, gets handed register cash at Flagstaff Circle K
August 17: Phoenix cop shot at stop in front of Circle k

Cops, Alt-light, and other useless idiots

Glendale cops got it out for Victor Reyes, dude has been sentenced to a year and a half after the cops came to his house to make an arrest for an alleged fight 2 weeks before.  Because the homie Victor wasn’t expecting a bunch of cops to come breaking into his house in the middle of the night, he opened his door and pepper sprayed the 3 cops, natch the cops bring out the SWAT team and arrest him. Because he had previously been combative with cops during a mental health call in 2006, a Superior Court commissioner has sentenced him to a year and a half in prison for this bullshit. None of the cops who arrested him showed up to his trial and the commissioner “noted that if one of the Glendale officers had been present in court, he would have liked to hear an explanation about why they took more than two weeks to apprehend Reyes after the May incident, and did so at roughly 10:40 p.m.” Cops and their bud the commissioner ain’t trying to help Victor out though, it’s not like the commish doesn’t have the authority to drag those cops into court and make them answer for what they did, actually that little speech probably made the commissioner feel like he was one of the good guys that day, “more fair than most” he tells himself.

•The far right, Phoenix oriented freak show AZ Patriot Movement went to Tucson for an event billed as “Refuse Alt Left Fascism”, presumably expecting  “La Raza” and Antifa (“an-tee-fuh”) to show up and impose the dreaded alt left fascism which Tucson is renowned for. Instead, it was really hot, no militants showed up or “alt left fascists”, and some guy got to yell  the national anthem.

•Honestly, this is probably the only decent thing David Garcia had going for him: David Garcia Staffer Resigns Over Old Tweets, Including ‘Fuck You’ to Arizona #acab #ftp #shitholeamerica

•Far right anti-Islam group paid for far right Arizona congressman Paul Gosar to fly to London to speak at a far right rally for jailed far right racist Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon or as he self identifies “Tommy Robinson.”

Ends and endings

•On death row in Nevada: “I don’t even really want to die, but I’d rather die than spend my life in prison.

•MCSO deputy with K-9 provokes, then shoots and kills Youngtown dog 

California had its hottest month on record in July, and Death Valley had world’s hottest month ever. I’m not saying it’s too late to challenge the entirety of the concept of human civilization (but we all know it is), but all the mocking leftists better remember all the shit they talked on anti-civ when they’re drinking toilet bowl water to stay hydrated in 25 years.

•Former Maricopa County Sheriff’s Special Deputy becomes Russian envoy for humanitarian ties to the United States

•The best interview of the week, Vulture interviews Penn Jillette on the illusions of Libertarianism, magic, Sigfried, and working on The Apprentice with Trump.

•Here’s to the weekend (if you get one), I’ll be back with another Bullet Points in a week or so.

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!


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

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.