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Much of what has been said and written about the police crackdown of Saturday night has been speculation, misinterpretation, patently false, and/or abject lies. For this reason I offer this first hand account of the initial escalation at the park. It should be said that I do not identify as a member of Occupy Denver, nor do I agree with many of its goals, nor its constant self policing and paranoia. I am merely an individual who resides in and loves the city of Denver, a city slipping rapidly into a police state, home of the most brutal police force in the states, who regularly murder and assault members of this community, who are so actively and shamelessly welcomed into Occupy Denver’s “99%”. I do not strictly agree with or adhere to an explicitly nonviolent philosophy, but I am well versed in its principles. To stand by passively and watch one’s friends or community members be brutalized by a pile of state sanctioned maniacs without intervening is not nonviolent. Nor is it violent to attempt to stop such an assault by physically restraining the attacking cop for long enough for the victim to get out of harm’s way. And all over a few tents. You’ve referred to us as violent, as provocateurs, and as agent plants for getting beat up trying to get one another out of the police melee. We’ve been apologized for and called “marginal at best,” simply for dreaming of holding our ground in a public space against a fascist state apparatus. Everyone has their own perspective, their own experience, and their own version of what went down that afternoon; this one is mine. As a witness in the thick of the initial onslaught, what happened was this, this is how things got crazy, and got crazy fast: After an invigorating march through the streets of downtown Denver, during which some took the opportunity to throw a kickass roving dance party, the crowd of over 1000 arrived at the capitol building feeling empowered.
Chemical Weapons for Occupy Denver
There is a lot of bad information circulating around Occupy Denver about chemical weapons and how to treat them. Here are our protocols that we use for Tear Gas and Pepper Spray. Circulate very widely.
Please use this information to prepare yourself and your friends. To run as a Street Medic, please attend a training. You can also attend health and safety classes taught by Street Medics for more in depth education.
***Remember that none of these effects are universal. People respond very differently to chemical weapons***
***ALSO! These weapons are primarily weapons of fear. One of the best things everyone can do is help spread calm to panicking people, walk away from the scene (don't run!) and get people to medics.***
There is a lot of bad information and stupid protocol out there. Be aware when you go online or read things.
- NEVER wear contacts to a demonstration.
- Dress in layers
In 2010 a group of Nazis or Neo-Nazis in the Denver area created the Denver chapter of the National Socialist Movement (NSM), proudly displaying their group on their website, including a contact form for membership requests. The white-supremacist, white-separatist, nationalist, and thoroughly fascist group took pictures of their members, announced events, and even managed to successfully receive an ?adopt a highway? sign from the Colorado Department of Transportation. In response, area anti-fascists removed all of the signs from highway 85, outside of downtown Brighton. They even sent a communique to the media, but the story was not picked up. No other communication of the action was made, on the internet for example, for fear that any site that hosted it would be associated with certain people or groups that might be targets for retaliation. Later, the Department of Transportation replaced the signs. So again anti-fascists took them down again. However, with the launching of rockymountain antifa, we feel that the cat is already out of the bag, and that any retaliation is already risked, so there is no harm in publishing our actions. Since the replacement of the signs by CDT, and their subsequent removal, the CDT has not replaced the signs again, effectively denying the NSM their message of hate.
On August 28th, 2010, a march against police brutality http://westdenvercopwatch.wordpr... took place in Denver. That night, in solidarity with the spirit of the march, and in resistance to police terror, a small group decided to do something concrete. Some police cruisers parked outside of the police-infested and occupied City Park Police annex off of 22nd Ave and Colorado were attacked, their tires slashed. No report was made of it by the participants at the time because the action was considered too small to be news-worthy. However, after similar, small actions such as a police car window smashed http://colorado.indymedia.org/no... and parking meters destroyed, http://colorado.indymedia.org/no... were reported, this action might be worthy of mention.
For more than a month the meme of Occupy Wall Street has captured the political consciousness of America. It has spread to cities across the country, and even across the globe. This movement has a vague criticism of Wall Street and "Banksters," but those are symptoms of the real crisis. Capitalism is the crisis, the disease. Wall Street, banks, and corporations are symptoms of this disease.
In Denver, the occupation has lacked this anti-capitalist analysis. Instead many occupiers have chosen to turn to the rhetoric of the 99%, which is an erasure of systemic oppression and violence and an acceptance of those in the upper-classes that remain complicet in those oppressions. If this movement continues to deny and erase capitalism as the root cause of these economic and social injustices, this movement will die. It is already being cleverly recuperated by those who seek to harness and control the power of the people.
Occupy Fillintheblank is about economic justice, yes. But, it is about the truest form of that. It is inherently anti-capitalist and must embrace itself as such! This movement is about a reclaimation of that which has been stolen from us and resold to us. It is about reimagining the world which we live in and what it might be like to live without alienation, commodifcation, oppression, and violence.
That being said, join other anti-capitalists this Saturday at the Occupy Denver march. Meet at Civic Center Park at 11:45am and look for the signs that aren't about middle class rage, but are instead about equality for all!
OCCUPY DENVER - EVERYTHING FOR EVERYONE. BECOME THE IMAGE OF THE FUTURE.
Last night, under the cover of the season's first snow, a bank and a cop shop (snitch station) were attacked by masked individuals in the Five Points area of Denver. This action was taken in soldiarity with the Oakland Commune and Atlanta under siege, with Denver squatters, and with occupiers everywhere. The banks are an obvious target, as too should be the lapdogs of The Capitalist State, the Police Department. Their days are numbered so long as our resistance intensifies. Revolt, Occupy, Fight Back! Smash all banks and all borders, no love for snitches! With Love, The Terry Merrorista Brigade
The Other Way to “Occupy Denver” As weather gets colder, DPD pushes homeless and occupiers further into a corner. Hancock plans to make sleeping on the sidewalk a crime and talks about ejecting the homeless from the 16th street mall. Meanwhile, as Occupy Denver concedes more and more ground to the authorities every day there are many that are beginning to doubt its effectiveness. The point of Occupy Anywhere should have never been to make a symbolic plea to our leaders to do the right thing, moving them with our dedication and now, as the winter begins and those sleeping outside have no other coverings allowed but tarps, moving them with our suffering.
As wars rage around the world for oil, natural gas and lithium among other things we sit at home wondering why all the lives and money is wasted while the economy forcefully widens the chasm between America's rich and poor. As protests spread from state to state and go global we hear the all too familiar three words from politicians “I get it.” They are among the first signs from certain politicians and their parties proving the exact opposite is true. As jobs become harder to find, politicians launch and extend conflicts meant to enrich wealthy corporations overseas all the while bringing us stagnation and regression back home. Oh that's what they meant by change.
Traditions can be good things giving an anchor in life providing a measure of social and communal stability. They may be occasions for immediate and extended family to come together and bond over history, familial creed and ethos. They can be a time for larger groupings of people, however spread out they may be, to remember what they have in common. They can even inform us a bit as to our place in the world, where we fit in and maybe who we are.
Of course, they aren't always exactly what we need all the time to help us find our way. Traditions can wear themselves out and become counterproductive. At such times things once counted on to be one way can morph before we realize it. As we return to comfortable traditions we may find ourselves confronted with the reality of a situation now useful to forces no longer aligned with our best interests.
UPDATE: DPD Raids Squat, Support Needed
Posted on October 24, 2011 by denverabc
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Sunday afternoon a squat in the Jefferson Park Neighborhood of Northwest Denver was raided by over a dozen officers from District 1 of the Denver Police Department.
Witnesses report that the raid was very violent, with at least 8 officers repeatedly beating one of the arrestees, and eventually using paramedics to sedate them while they laid face down, bleeding, in the street.
Four people were arrested, one being sent to a hospital in an ambulance to receive medical care. As of Sunday night, three of the arrestees are facing 2nd degree Burglary (a class 3 felony) and $10,000 bonds. The fourth arrestee’s charges remain unknown because she is still hospitalized. All four have been active participants of Occupy Denver.
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Frustrated with the way the so called “occupation” is going? Tired of self important politico assholes telling us how we can or can’t resist the tyranny of capitalism? Appalled by the vague and confused list of demands of self appointed leader-activists, who only seem to want to perpetuate the status quo? Sick of the divisive false dichotomy of violence vs. nonviolence? Feel disconnected from a toothless movement so scared of confrontation that they call us agent provocateurs for saying “Fuck The Police!”, and meaning it? Tickled by a movement which calls itself an occupation but refuses to occupy? Well you’re not alone! We are everywhere! All around this (illegitimate) country (and world) right now there are people just like you and me, people who’ve been fighting colonization, repression, and exploitation for some time now, all the while wondering when discontent will manifest on this kind of popular scale. Some of us have recognized these “occupations” like the one in our city as empty rhetoric which serves only to take momentum away from a true resistance effort. In Denver alone we are many, and we have yet to realize and unleash the potential of our empowered discontent. We want nothing to do with talking to the mayor about patching up the economy, and we know with tears in our eyes and fire in our hearts that only those blind to police violence can ever put themselves in the same social category as these pig thugs. And we WILL NOT settle for powerless resistance. Denver can do better! This is a call for a new kind of occupation, not in opposition to the current “occupy wall street” charade, but in spite of it. To be fair, some of these occupations have not fallen in the same bullshit ideological traps as this one.
Thanks to West Denver Copwatch for this video.
Per Denver ABC, there were a total of 50 arrests. 46 individuals have
been arrested, four of them twice. All were charged with misdemeanors--none with felonies.
One person was hospitalized, though several others were injured by pepper spray, pepper balls, and blunt weapons used by police.
It was late afternoon when I learned that the protesters of the Occupy Denver movement would be evicted tonight and so I made my way to Lincoln Park to see what was going to happen. I have covered a lot of demonstrations for COIMC over the years but this was the largest since the DNC three years ago. It also seemed to have good public support with passing cars laying into their horns to show support and people waving to the demonstrators as they passed. It was a good thing to see so many people from all walks of life gather together to let the unhappiness and dissatisfaction with the capitalist greed and the conservative base in American politics that has done so much harm to so many.
The tents and info shop like stands where well organized and clean, contrary to reports in the capitalist press to the contrary. Tents with slogans like 99% written on the side. Signs expressing anti war and anti-imperialism sentiments abounded as did signs questioning the capitalist control of government. There where slogans and art work, pastels in crayon and pencil, on the sidewalks. I should also mention that it was a beautiful night and that the capital itself is beautiful.
#OccupyDurango Friday October 14th & Saturday October 15th,
Fassbinder Park, 17th Street & Main Avenue in Durango, CO
Rally at 4PM Friday October 14th, on the corner of 11th Street & Main Avenue.
March North to Fassbinder Park around 5PM to set up occupation.
Bring tents, sleeping bags, warm clothes, camp chairs, blankets, food, water, musical instruments, other camping supplies, signs, banners, flags, boom boxes, noise makers, your friends, family, and lovers, and your indomitable spirit of resistance!
General Assembly at 4PM on Saturday the 15th
@ #OccupyDurango in Fassbinder Park!
The author, Glenn Spagnuolo, is the cofounder of the Recreate 68 Alliance, a member of the Transform Columbus and All Nations Alliances and a long time social justice activist from Denver, Colorado
“Occupy Together, The Division of a Community”
Writing a critique of the Occupy Together movement has been a difficult task for a radical that continues to work for, and appreciate, a full uprising of the people against an unjust government. Since the beginning, many of us have been watching closely the developments from the “occupation of Wall Street” struggling with our own inner conflict of action or inaction in the face of a movement that is beginning to capture the public’s imagination. I write this from Denver, Colorado with my experience based in the solidarity actions of Occupy Denver in mind and influence of thought.
Dear Governor Deal,
I am writing as the survivor of a murdered family member to ask you to spare the life of Troy Davis. I understand the feelings of people who favor the death penalty, though my religion forbids it, because 29 years ago, my only brother, Paul, was murdered. My entire family narrowly missed my brother's fate. The killers came looking for Paul at my parents' home, while my children were visiting there, just minutes after Paul had left. If Paul's killers had arrived in time to find him, they would have left no witnesses. So I understand the feelings of the McPhail Family, and their friends and supporters. But my loss has taught me something else that is just as important.
Death is the most final thing in this world. Once someone dies, by whatever means, that person is not coming back. Neither Mark McPhail nor my brother will ever be back in our lives or able to continue their own lives. So in taking a human life, we are doing the most serious act anyone can commit. And I use the word "we" for a reason. The execution of any person is the collaborative act of our entire society. It is "we" who kill that person.
It follows that such a radical act, if it is to be done at all, must be done in the complete certainty of the condemned person's guilt. And in the case of Troy Davis, that certainty does not exist.
You are aware of the issues. You know about the witnesses who have retracted their testimony. You know about one of the two witnesses who did not retract--himself a suspect in the murder of Officer McPhail. And you are fully aware that the prosecutor and several of the jurors, who did the best they could at the time of the trial, now say that, in light of all the facts we have today, Mr. Davis should not have been convicted at all.
From the Denver Anarchist Black Cross:
Thursday, September 15 · 1:00pm - 4:00p
Lindsay-Flanigan Courthouse, Room 5G
Colfax and Elati, downtown
Anti-Police Terror arrestee Amelia Nicol will have her discovery hearing
(postponed from August 22nd) on Thursday September 15th at 1:30pm in
courtroom 5G at the Lindsay-Flanigan Courthouse (the new courthouse at
Colfax and Elati, across from the new jail)
This discovery hearing will be an important hearing, where we expect that
all evidence that the prosecution has against Amelia will be presented
(any physical evidence, photos, video, pre-march surveillance, etc..) and
a judge will determine if the evidence is admissible at trial.
This hearing will be a good way to gauge the current case against Amelia.
Although the most serious of her charges were thrown out in June during a
pre-trial hearing, Amelia still faces a felony count of possession of
explosives, and three misdemeanor counts, including assault on a police
officer and resisting arrest.
Amelia faces several years in prison if convicted.
Please show your solidarity and support by attending this hearing if you
can. If you cannot attend, but still stand in solidarity with Amelia and
want to show some support, please mark your calendars and make plans now
to attend her trial, expected to convene October 4th at 8am.
Rocky Mountain Antifa is a crew of dedicated antifascists operating in Colorado. We are dedicated to confronting and fighting fascism, racism, and oppression in the Rocky Mountain region. We have no formal membership or organizational structure, nor any ties with any established networks. We do support the ARA points of unity. Active antifascists in Colorado, provided they follow the points of unity, will be supported and embraced by Rocky Mountain Antifa.
After a confrontation last September (more about that later), we have been keeping tabs on several Nazis, particularly Blood & Honour Colorado members... Oh wait, ex-Blood & Honour Colorado members. We heard the group disbanded months ago, among a slew of other problems, because they just couldn't come to consensus about whether or not women should be allowed to become full-fledged members or remain in "supporter" roles. The evils of patriarchy do some good for once, apparently.
A pair that really grossed us out are Rob and Janette Clement, or as we've fondly nicknamed them "Robnette, the Arvada Neo-Nazi Power Couple." According to some of Rob's posts on Stormfront, a popular web forum for white supremacists and other pieces of shit, the couple have "two beautiful white daughters" and live in Arvada, a suburb outside Denver. Area antifascists report encountering the two at a White Nationalist Coalition recruitment BBQ-turned-antifa-disruption last September at Chatfield Lake, before the official inception of RMAF.
Rest of story, including home addresses of the fascist scum, available here: http://rockymountainantifa.blogs...
So some of us put together an anarchist-minded newspaper for Denver and Colorado. We plan to publish in the first week of every month, and you can find a .PDF of the paper on our website, ignitedenver.wordpress.com or get it in print at the 27 Social Centre. If you'd like to contribute, comment, or whatever email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our first issue has some communiques we found on the web, a piece on Sacco and Vanzetti we stole from the Worker's Solidarity Movement, some reporting from The Red Pill up in Grand Junction, and some other stuff. Check it out here: http://ignitedenver.wordpress.co...
Thanks! Love and Solidarity!
-Ignite! editorial monkey
Amelia Nicol had another court date on the 22nd of August that turned out to be quite non-eventful. Her lawers had failed to file the motions on time, and so had to ask the court for a continuance, which was granted. The lawer representing Amelia has filed a constitutionary motion against the state regarding the statute concearning possession of an expendiary device, which in the Colorado law states that anything from a nuclear weapon to something as small as, say, a firework, are charged under the exact same precedence.
The next court date is set for September 15th at 1:30pm at the Denver court house, which will consist of the discovery hearing, as well as the motions filed hearing. Thank you all for the tremendous support throughout this, and we hope to see you at the next court date.
from the Denver Anarchist Black Cross:
It’s been more than a month since a demonstration commemorating the year anniversary of the murder of homeless street preacher Marvin Booker resulted in the arrest of three protesters. All three have attended court in the last few weeks, bringing about new updates in the context of anti-policing struggles in Denver.
The first person arrested that day turned out to be a minor and was released after a short period of detention. He had no prior criminal record and was given a deferred sentence on the condition that he completes anger management courses. There is an obvious irony in all of this: While a person who is upset about the police’s indiscriminate and brutal violence against people in this city is required to take classes to “manage their emotions,” the cops that murdered Marvin Booker were never required to take anything of the sort. Those who deal out beatings or fly off the handle towards mere traffic violation witnesses throughout Denver never found themselves being patronized by some “sensitivity coordinator.”
The other two arrestees, who were released after eight hours in custody after the Denver Anarchist Black Cross raised more than $700 for bond, have been arraigned on various charges relating to the “illegal posting of bills” and defacement of private and public property. An August 9th hearing went off routinely, with the exception of a constant police escort for the defendants and their supporters.