Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Call for Solidarity from the Student Occupation Movement with the California Valley Miwok Tribe

Thousands of students have taken part in the occupation of their universities and schools – yet many have asked how this movement will grow and expand itself? How will it break out of the schools and institutions of “higher education,” and begin to involve itself in the territory of all social life? Recently, the California Valley Miwok Tribe in Stockton (about 1 hour south of Sacramento and 20 minutes north of Modesto) occupied their tribal office/home and have held it for several months. Barricaded inside their space, the tribe has created an international stir and held their ground behind barricaded walls. On January 15th, the Sheriffs are set to come in and evict the tribe. In response, the tribe is holding two large demonstrations and pickets in Sacramento on the 6th and 7th of January. These pickets will take place at the John Moss Building (Bureau of Indian Affairs Office) 650 Capital Mall, from 10 AM – 1PM each day. People are encouraged to bring signs, banners, and as many people as possible. Stand in solidarity with all people occupying and taking back their lives – from the schools to their foreclosed homes.

If the students who stood against the budget cuts and fee hikes now stand in solidarity with the Miwok people who are resisting eviction by occupying their space, we can expand our movement and make powerful connections. We can generalize our struggle across new terrain and space. We can push for the occupation of all aspects of our lives. We must occupy and escalate!

More information on the pickets: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/12/29/18633785.php
Interview with CVMT in Modesto Anarcho: http://www.anarchistnews.org/?q=node/10371

Anarchist News

Who ever is taking posts from this blog and posting them on anarchistnews.org - please stop. I don't know if you think that the posts are so interesting that you want to share them or what - but you're not doing me any favors.

If I want to write something to put on infoshop or a-news I will. These posts are here are not intended to be anarchist news or other places material. Please stop reposting them other places.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

2009 - Year of the crudo


So about a year ago, during Christmas break - I really like this person, was depressed, sad, hating the holidays, and wanted to finish a zine that I had made the cover for on my ex-girlfriends computer like 6 months before. I didn't know what it was going to be about, but I knew it would be called "Vengeance" and have Tony Montana on the cover. Anyway, I did them shits in about a week and made copies with my friends and started to hand it out. I also put that magazine online and it 'blew up' to the sad degree that only things can in the anarchist scene can. What's ironic about the first issue, I still find funny. It's really just about being left by someone, having your life fall apart, feeling lovelorn over someone else, hating work, not really knowing what you're doing with yourself, and at the same time feeling lost in a 'revolutionary movement' that continues to make you feel alienated. Oh, and my poetry. But, who cares about that! Beyond that, the ideas behind Vengeance I still stand behind.

1.) Anarchism in more and more not a movement made up of subcultures - it has grown to become a subculture into itself. This is problematic because it makes anarchism insular, and keeps its participants locked within a scene - making it harder and harder for those within it to break out and make connections with that people who might share affinity with them.

2.) Anarchists outside of the insurrectionary scene often state that the 'ground work' for revolt must be built through 'concrete projects' which spread anarchist ideas and projects. This often equates to Critical Mass, Food Not Bombs, and Really Really Free Markets. Often, people want to 'bring fire to the savages,' and show people how to be anarchists through projects that amount to charity and activism. These projects often do nothing to materially benefit those who carry out these projects. These are all 'middle class' positions of thought, placing those carrying out the actions in a specialized role apart from those that they seek to organize. They are akin to those middle class reformers of the Progressive movement of the early 1900's in the US, who moved into working class areas to form half-way houses for working class children and push for the creation of parks to give people a place to relax after getting out of work. The push against capital must be insurrectionary - for it is the violent rejection of its power over our lives. Class conflict and social tension is all around us; we need to exploit these tensions into larger ruptures and destroy the left so it cannot recuperate autonomous self-organized class activity.

3.) Anarchists from working class backgrounds are often in much better conditions in making connections with other people who they might engage in projects and action with.

That's basically it. Train hat jokes aside. Some of the ideas got muddled - some of them got twisted into my own personal likes and dislikes and away from this original thesis, but what the fuck. Vengeance #2 and #3 were less well received and created less discussion, which is a shame, because especially for #3, I thought there was a lot more stuff to be discussed.

So, I've gotten to do a lot of cool things this year. I've gotten to speak in a lot of cool places, from the anarchist bookfair in SF, Bound Together Books, Evergreen College, Phoenix, Santa Cruz, and a bunch of other places. I even got paid once. I don't know if any of these talks have been helpful to anyone - I've gotten hardly any feedback from them from people.

The work of Modesto Anarcho Crew I think speaks for itself. We continue to organize ourselves as a material force - and sit around, play video games, and get intoxicated.

Oh, I got arrested for giving a speech. Always interesting. Still got that weapons charge - goody.

Vengeance as a publication is up in the air. I feel that I will put out one more issue - mostly of personal stuff. But after that - crudo must die. The image of 'crudo' is a hindrance to my ideas, and for them to be superseded crudo as an image must be killed and burned. My plans for things after my assassination will hopefully carry out such a project. So hopefully, in the new year, look out for something new from me that won't be under my moniker.

Any idiot can learn to use a burned version of photoshop. Any prole can steal a laptop. Everyone can write out their ideas. Anarchist celebrities are just as suffocating as all celebrities - and should be destroyed. People are put on a pedestal in this movement for becoming images and being well known throughout the scene - which is easy if you're willing to work hard and get your shit out there. While the real motherfuckas rot in jail, face charges, and put in the real work without fanfare. We as a movement continue to mythologize the man speaking in the room while the women cut the vegetables in the back and the go starry eyed over the person who wrote the zine while the person out there doing the shit is forgotten. Where is there to go when you've dethroned the old anarchist bourgeoisie and suddenly become the new ruling class? Walk yourself to the gallows...

This blog will continue. So be sure to keep reading, answer the funny polls, and leave as many snarky and critical comments as possible.

2010. Let's do it. Personally, I'm proud of all the work I accomplished this year. Hopefully the next year will be just as big. Toward class recomposition. Against the hatas. For the triumph of the war-machine.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

leak//leak///leak - from ma 13

Introduction to forth coming Modesto Anarcho #13.

Everywhere. No matter if you are a worker in the fields. A student in the schools. Someone locked up. Facing deportation. A beating for who you choose to love. Forced to sell your time and energy to survive. Pay for a place to stay. Everywhere. We have a mandate for class war. If you want a reason you need only look at the amount of foreclosed homes on your street as the bankers that own them fill their gullets from a troff of bailout cash. Take a short break while picking fruit and vegetables and feel as the pesticides seep into your skin and you are paid slave wages. Watch as your tuition costs jump through the roof as your hand graps the brand new lay off notice from work. Glance up from the want adds as your daughter cries and you remember that your food stamps have again run out. In the background of it all, police sirens - the slamming of the prison doors. As if to say, "We'll always have a place for you here..."


As capitalism's noose tightens around us, we struggle and attempt to gasp for air. We watch out for our friends and co-workers as we steal from work and from stores. We ignore the notices of 'foreclosure' and stay inside our homes for as long as possible - without paying rent. We come out of our cars and houses and into the streets to confront the police when someone is getting harassed and threatened with jail time. As we attempt to breathe; as we fight for more and more room, we also find others like us who are doing the same. Suddenly, the divisions between us based on race, sexuality, geography, and gender - disappear. We come to understand that those faced with a similar set of conditions, shared experiences, and moreover, the same enemies, can come to constitute a body of people with the power to turn this whole thing inside out. The film is called "The Disaster of Our Everyday Lives," and we've been selling popcorn in the lobby of this theater for as long as we can remember. We are glad that you have come outside with us just long enough to share a cigarette and to talk about burning the building to the ground...


But, in the midst of our discussion, we are interrupted by those that declare that we need petitions not graffiti. Politicians to vote for, not riots. Union bosses, not strikes and occupations. They have plans to march on Sacramento, to 'speak truth to power.' How sad. Power already knows the truth; it simply doesn't care. Those that seek to channel our discontent back into politics, the city council, 'the proper channels,' only wish to better manage and organize the world of rich and poor. The point however, has always been to destroy it. We are for insurrection, not activism. We want revolution, not reform. We want power for ourselves, not a seat at the table of our enemies.


"But who is this Modesto Anarcho Crew?," some ask. "Thieves, terrorists, hooligans, and criminals!," others reply. What we are is almost uninteresting. For we are the same as so many of our class. People who work jobs that never pay enough. Those who try and get by, but never quite do, on unemployment and food stamps. People who are 'represented' in unions, yet always have no control or power in their workplace. Those who steal when they are hungry. Those who have gone to jail and hated it. Who despise the police. Who hate la migra. Who crossed out every swastika they saw in the bathroom and rolled their eyes during every meeting at work. We are not interesting. We are average. Ordinary. Everyday. What we do. Oh, what we do. Now that is the stuff that is interesting. This magazine is part of what we do. Our journal we unleash upon the world. For three years we have done this. For three years we have given this out for free and sent thousands of copies into prisons. We get fan mail. We receive threats from the police. We get respect on the street. We gain enemies. Such is life.


People are going on strike. Kids are taking over their schools. Neighborhoods are fighting the police. Our enemies gear up to confront us - and try and calm us down. For three years our project has been to document the struggles of working and poor people in our area. To talk shit on those among us who want peace with our enemies and give props to those who instead offer fire and rage. Three years of this; and we have only just begun. So dry your eyes over the state of the world. Someone has your back, more than you know. Someone else knows what's it like and is ready to get crazy.


"Who are we?" As the song goes: We are your friends. You'll never be alone again.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Back on the West Coast



A week on the east coast with some good comrades. It's always nice to be around people who actually are revolutionaries. Who know that this is not a career and nothing good comes out of involvement in this shit - so you better get good at not getting caught up. A friend I think shook me out of heading into a new identity of that of the 'communist,' and reminded me that I'm more interested in simply people violently rejrecting the conditions that are imposed upon us by class society.

When I asked someone if they went to New School they laughed, scoffed, and became angry. And they say class consciousness is dead. That's not a slight at people who go there, just something I find beautiful.

Also, Dee Allen is free! Along with the other fools.

I realize that this blog has been pretty dead in terms of content, but I'm starting to work on the new Modesto Anarcho, another publication, and starting to piece together the next Vengeance in my head.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Heroes Face Massive Charges For Bringing the Fight to the Rich

Last week, leaving UC Berkeley, a group of about 50-70 people took to the streets and marched on the UC Berkeley President's home; a mansion to say the least. Windows were broken, plants and other property were thrown and broken, and torches that were on hand were thrown at the building. Police arrested people from within the march and are charging them with enough felonies to require an over $100,000 bail.

One of those arrested is our dear and close friend, Dee Allen, who is a long time working class anarchist from the Mission District in SF who deserves full and complete support.

Free Dee Allen!
Free all those arrested at UC Berkeley!
Solidarity with all those who confront our enemies!

More info here.

Report from the march here.

Background video of Dee Allen here
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Support website for Carwil who was also arrested here
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Saturday, December 5, 2009

NEW YAWK

I'm off to New York next week. See you out there?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Revolutionary Support for Lil Wayne Builds (Finally!)


From New Orleans Reclaim the Streets:

This was a lively rolling New Orleans street party highlighting the
imprisonment of hometown hero Lil Wayne and Baton Rouge’s Lil Boosie
as examples of how the police and prison industrial complex do not
work. There are a thousand reasons to love the best rapper alive;
besides inspiring and keeping a much-needed focus on New Orleans, Lil
Wayne (along with Atlanta’s Gorilla Zoe) was also instrumental in
breaking Goblin Awareness into the hip-hop mainstream. He and Boosie
have brought happiness, hope, and strength through music to people
around the world. Think about it: how does putting them in prison make
anyone safer? Furthermore, why is marijuana illegal? Why do we allow
people to tell us what is or isn’t permitted? And Weezie’s arrest was
bullshit… “attempted weapons possession?” What does that even
mean?… Where was the NRA or other mainstream so-called “rights”
groups to stick up for him?

The whole system is broken. The police and courts system is fucked,
not just here in Louisiana, where we have the highest arrest and
incarceration rates AS WELL as the highest crime rates, but
everywhere– this is the same “free” country where Antavio Johnson
went to jail simply for writing a song about his frustration with
police & the courts.


Keep up with the haps here
. Also, babies with tattoos are funny.