Reporting Back from the Big Ol’ Elf Revolt
This past Saturday, D17, a gaggle (or herd? maybe a swarm?) of radical elves took to the streets of Denver, united in their desires for liberation from the cruel, exploitative hand of the “free” market. The system of capitalism in which these elves have been laboring has concentrated mass amounts of profit and power (both material and ideological power) into the big fat lap of Santa. Santa, in all of his greed to amass more and more capital, has done so on the back of poor working elves all over the globe, from the North to the South Poles. All elves are targeted and affected in some way by the social and economic system, which mandates their need to sell their labor, while not benefiting elves in any way from the perverse machinations of capitalism. Yet all elves are not targeted or affected in the same way. We must acknowledge the differential impact upon elves of color, indigenous elves, elves in the global South Pole, women elves, trans elves, and queer elves. We elves also know that our reindeer comrades and our homelands (our pristine forests and mountains and rivers) are contaminated, subjugated, and decimated every day by the never-ending hunger of capitalism.
It was a windy but otherwise beautiful day when I arrived at the occupy Denver sight before the march. There where only a few people there when I arrived but despite that tensions where running high as people argued about the chalk gratify that covered the sidewalks. Some of it was indeed offensive and even racist but this was only a small part of the gratify. The argument seemed to revolve around how much should be removed. The person doing the removal, a supposed occupy Denver person, decided that anti-police and pro-Marvin Booker slogans where offensive to and so, after much arguing and debate some of it heated, the erasure of the gratify was abandoned.
The debate seemed to follow the same old lines. One side is anti violence and defines that as no anti police insults, threats or resistance beyond following the systems rules. This side clearly believes in the system and thinks that what is going on can be corrected through the system and within the systems rules. The others side has given up on the system and while they do not want violence they also no longer the system we have today will be responsive. They eel the 1% and the law protect the rich and exploit the poor. They view capitalism as having taken over not just the economy but also the justice system, the education system. They do not believe the 1% will give up anything without a fight.
This later group, feels real pain. Education is out of reach financially as well as health care and they see their families and friend suffer from this as well as a justice system that is like a whore – meaning that if you have money you get off or at least a fair outcome and if you don't it's prison and fines and never having an opportunity to ever “pay your debt” and re-join society.
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.
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.
Fists and hearts burn in the streets as Denver marks the one year anniversary of the murder of Marvin Booker.
Saturday, July 9th marked the year anniversary of the murder of Marvin Booker, a homeless street preacher booked on minor charges and killed by Denver Sheriff’s Deputies for attempting to retrieve his shoes. A fifth round of demonstrations was called for by West Denver CopWatch to mark the anniversary amidst a backdrop of local repression against the burgeoning anti-police movement.
In May, a demonstration ended with the flashing and banging of a firework during the rowdy crowd’s dispersal. Police arrested a twenty year old woman and charged her with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer and a slew of other charges. The Denver Anarchist Black Cross, a revolutionary legal support organization operating in the area for a few years now, mobilized court support and other actions demanding her release without charges. The attempted murder charges and most others were dropped, but she is still fighting felony possession of an explosive and misdemeanor resisting arrest charges.
There was a banner drop on July 9th over a bridge on the highway near 20th Street in Denver --
No More Cops
No More Hate
No More Prisons
Smash the State!
It only stayed up for a short time, but in that short time enough people saw it to make a definite impression.
Solidarity to the comrades arrested in recent anti-police demonstrations!
WHAT: March for Marvin Booker!
WHEN: July 9th 2011 11:30 AM
WHERE: Denver Skate Park – 20th and Little Raven
Please bring extra shoes that you’re willing to lose!
The March will snake through downtown and end at the jail, joining a rally put on by the ACLU.
It’s been 1 year since Marvin Booker was brutally murdered in the Van-Cise Simonet Detention Center. The murderers are still in the oppressive positions they so egregiously abused, still floating on our dime. We demanded the videos and they have been released. We continue to demand the immediate prosecution of the Sheriff’s Deputies. The community continues to demand justice!
In the last year pigs have terrorized, brutalized, and murdered:
And countless other unnamed and unreported victims…
Recently the po-lice have attempted to intimidate and silence the anti-police brutality movement by arresting one of our comrades on ridiculous charges. Now more than ever we need to show that we will not be deterred, that we will stand strong!
Rights are never given; they are always taken and defended viciously. We’ve taken the streets, what comes next is in our hands…
Please bring extra shoes that you’re willing to lose!
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The police are at war with the people. It’s time for the people to be at war with the police.
It has been seven months since the murder of Marvin Booker and there has been a resurgence of a movement to combat police terror. As we ask questions of where this movement can go from here, we must also come to an understanding of what it is we're fighting against.
Join panelists from a variety of movement backgrounds and experiences in a discussion of the role of policing and imprisonment in our society and who these forms of social control benefit and why.
Saturday, February 26th 4PM-6PM
27 Social Centre 2727 W. 27th Ave Unit D (27th and Decatur, 2 blocks east of Federal, alley entrance to building) Denver, CO