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MIND THE GAP, chides Occupy Denver

DENVER- Concert, 1000-strong march, and the customary Broadway sidewalk shenanigans. Here's a paint-tub drummer, PVC didjeridoo and my vote for best sign: MIND THE GAP. Saturday's musical festivities in Civic Center Park meshed well with the annual Zombie Crawl, but the day's highlight came after dark, when Denver's anarchist community held a march against police brutality in memory of DPD victim Marvin Booker. The unpermitted route began at Denver Zoo and defined "Whose streets? OUR STREETS!" as it took 23rd, York, Colfax, Broadway, around OCCUPY DENVER's CC park and into the 16th Street Mall where nocturnal Zombies swelled the ranks and found themselves chanting and carrying the banners STOP POLICE TERRORISM and LAW ENFORCEMENT: END YOUR WAR AGAINST THE PEOPLE.

US considers using 1917 Espionage Act to thwart Julian Assange and Wikileaks

The first targets of the regrettable 1917 Espionage Act were antiwar labor organizers against US WWI conscription. Read the March 1917 cover of the anarchist THE BLAST:   "This man subjected himself to imprisonment and probably to being shot or hanged under the new Espionage Bill   The prisoner used language tending to discourage men from enlisting in the United States Army   It is proven and indeed admitted that among his incendiary statements were---   Thou shalt not kill     and Peace on earth good will to men"

How long before the Extremist Rightwing Conspiracy theory?

Because FOX and their subsidiaries like the "Astroturf" TeaBags, employers of Professional and Amateur Liars on a massive scale, would have somebody within their ranks who would think it a good idea to spring the notion that the recent spate of Oil Well disasters were "rigged" not by the sheer STUPIDITY of the Oil Corporations and their Greedy minions, but are instead a sinister plot by Anarchists and Environmentalists in order to embarrass the Oil Corporations. Of course they wouldn't have proof or even Evidence, because their intended audience is really stupid to begin with. And there would be no way to gain any such evidence other than fabricating it, like they fabricated that "Kenyan birth certificate" a few months ago. Truth would not be on their side so they'll avoid anything resembling Truth. It's their way. It would also run counter to their argument if anybody on their side said this, so I'll say it: Those of us in the Environmentalist Left don't make money from shit like that. The Oil Corporations DO. The Anti-war Left doesn't make huge profits off Non-War, (although every war that ISN'T fought is a HUGE profit for everybody in the world, including us. Trickle Up economics) And the Oil Corporations, on the other make profits that are the worst kind of Obscenity from every war that IS fought. Since every good Conspiracy Theory, especially those that involve actual crimes, involves somebody making a profit.

Animal Liberation Lone Wolf betrayed by ATF informant, literature and tattoo

Pardon the delay, but when an activist is arrested for the literature he's carrying, I've got to find that material. 34-year-old Walter Edmund Bond was arraigned today for setting the Denver Sheepskin Factory fire in May. ATF agents report that in his knapsack was a tract entitled Declaration of War: Killing People to Save the animals and the Environment The ATF alleges his copy was subtitled: Strike a Match, Light a Fuse, We Only Have the Earth to Lose. Bond was arrested after an informant taped him confessing to being the "Lone Wolf" who took credit on an Animal Liberation Front website. In the meantime, media outlets have linked Bond to a 1977 conviction for arson, failing to note he would have served the time as a toddler. (Turns out "1977" was a typo.) This story makes me sad, because as much as direct action now requires a culture of secrecy, and as renegade as "Lone Wolf" may have been, if it was Bond, what happened reminds us that wolves are in fact a social animal like we, and every ideologically driven person needs to seek out like-minded comrades. While it was probably a foregone conclusion that the Sheepskin Factory fire was set to make a statement about animal rights, today's media requires that someone take the credit. Lone Wolf's online post performed that protocol, and that should have been that. Doubtless it's hard to recruit allies for future projects without wanting to claim a resume of past deeds. And what's to stop everyone from pretending to have been there? The certainty with which the ATF ties Walter Bond to the fire is built on his bragging to a friend. His choice of reading material, or tattoos, corroborates the subject of his interest, equally likely what he would brag about, and not his actual culpability. The Smoking Gun has obtained the full affidavit submitted by ATF Special Agents Rennie Mora, which details a call received by fellow agent Christopher Forkner. Someone who hadn't talked to Walter Bond since the suspect was 22, called the ATF to relate a phone call he/she received from Bond in late June. Asked what he'd been up to lately, Bond referred "Informant CI-01" to the website voice of the voiceless and directed her/him to scroll down to the "Denver Sheepskin fire." There "ALF Lone Wolf" had posted an explanation for why he'd targeted the business. Concluded the informant: "that's what he had been up to." The informant then called the authorities, the ATF claims, because of fears firefighters might be endangered by future fires the suspect might light. The affidavit also mentions that the informant passed on photographs of Bond to the ATF. At the direction of the ATF, Informant CI-01 contacted Bond in Utah. Though Bond had called initially from "a phone at a Salt Lake City public library," the affidavit offers no details about how the informant reached Bond. The informant suggested Bond travel to Denver and meet at a Ramada Inn on East Colfax, where their conversation

Hey, Hitler didn’t throw EVERYBODY into the concentration camps… right?

I mean, he only had Anarchists, homosexuals, criminals, members of a certain Middle Eastern religious/ethnic minority, Communists, Union Members, Mormons, Anabaptists (Mennonite, Hutterite, Amish), blacks, Romany ("gypsy") and people drafted from the conquered lands to work in German industry...   So, since the White, Mainstream, willing-to-obey Christian Germans didn't get beaten in the streets by storm troopers... So the people who demonstrated against the Nazi Regime and were arrested or beaten in the streets or killed outright, they were Just Whiners, because SOME of the Pet Proletariat am DeutscheVaterland had a comparatively easy life, weren't thrown into prisons or beaten down, killed or sundry unpleasant nasty occurrences... As long as they never once tried to take off their little doggy collars or break their chains in any way. The others, those bad wicked Whiner "dissidents", they should have Just Left The Country... Love it or Leave it, right, "patriots"?

What was Amtrak Terrorist Ojore Lutalo reading that got him arrested?

Was this among the Anarchist literature which provoked the arrest of Amtrak Terrorist Ojore Lutalo in La Junta last week? Until we get the detailed affidavit, NMT is soliciting input from the exhibitors of the LA Anarchist Book Fair of JAN 24, as to which of their publications Ojore might have picked up that so excited his accusers. Who among them for example, is recruiting terrorists or propagandizing against America? We are inviting every participant of the book fair from which Ojore was returning to submit their best candidate for subversive message for which law officers of Southern Colorado, advised by the local FBI, determined to be propaganda for wrong side of their "War on Terror." Contact us or append your suggestions below. Former BLA POW Lutalo is being charged with endangering his fellow passengers with a cell phone conversation purportedly overheard and interpreted to forewarn of a terrorist act, but once that misunderstanding was cleared, the unarmed prison-rights activist could have been left to go on his way. Instead Ojore was detained because of suspicions aroused by reading material he was carrying. I'm not sure even the bomb-making instructions of the Anarchist Cookbook would be grounds to get anyone arrested. Clearly the subject matter of Ojore's literature will be a critical factor in unmasking the police state which celebrates its service in protecting the American public from terror. By coincidence, I'm familiar with the train station in La Junta, and with that Amtrack stop. Several years back I once intercepted my sister as she crossed the country my rail. It was her birthday and I had the time to walk hastily through more than half of the cars, find where she was sitting, deliver a cake, light some candles, have a conversation, take some pictures, hug at the door, and descend to the platform when the train had to get on its way. I'm not convinced that police officers didn't have enough time to size up the 64-year-old Lutalo, diffused the misunderstanding, and let him go on his way, for being the non-threatening passenger he was, if of course his skin was admittedly darker than made his fellow passengers comfortable. At the MOST, officers could have ridden with him the twenty minutes to the next stop at Lamar, while they sorted things out with whoever was so spooked by what they overheard. That Lutalo was taken from the train and arrested, owes quite a bit to what the police reported to have found on him. Not weapons, nor explosives, but literature. Recruiting material for terrorists, and troubling images of President Obama. If the press won't report what books Ojore was carrying, the better to characterize them as propaganda; attributing them only to "Afrikan Liberation Army" or "New Afrikan Anarchist" neither of which are actual organizations that might profit by receiving national focus, here is YOUR opportunity to receive media scrutiny. Perhaps YOUR literature was what piqued the interest of the police. Perhaps it was a how-to on organic farming that La Junta police knew

Ojore Nuru Lutalo, aka Leroy Bunting arrested with Anarchist literature

Former political prisoner Ojore Nuru Lutalo, ne Leroy Bunting, was pulled off an Amtrak train in La Junta, Colorado, for scaring fellow passengers with his cell phone conversation. The FBI's Colorado Springs Joint Terrorism Task Force was alerted about the 64 year-old armed with anarchist literature from the "Afrikan Liberation Army" (sic) which he had obtained while speaking at the LA Anarchist Book Fair for the Anarchist Black Cross, a prison rights organization. Just yesterday I listened to a local law enforcement type defend the 2nd Amendment, the right to bear arms, by suggesting that if we substituted "books" for guns, no one would think to regulate them. His compatriots seem to have confused the argument by charging the former Black Liberation Army member for "endangering public transportation" with what they called terrorist recruiting propaganda. According to the Pueblo Chieftain, police found "a large amount of propaganda recruiting materials from the Afrikan Liberation Army, including photos of President Barack Obama and other items that raised suspicions." Break the Chains reports that Ojore was released Yesterday, and will return to the Otero District Court for an appearance February 5th, the charge now "Interfering with Public Transportation." How absolutely disingenuous to misquote the source of the so-called Anarchist literature, seeing as reportedly there was so much of it. This is the usual media disinfo to prevent giving the causes visibility. The Pueblo Chieftain has obtained the affidavit of the arrest, which should list the items found on Ojore. Until that's made available, we can search online for what he was likely carrying. Our bet, they don't want to call attention to the New Afrikan Liberation Front (NALF). Here's a list of the exhibitors at the 2nd Anarchist Book Fair: Semiotext(e) www.semiotexte.com Earth First Journal www.earthfirstjournal.org Taala Hooghan: Infoshop & Youth Media Arts Center www.taalahooghan.org Modesto Anarcho www.modestoanarcho.org South Central Farmers www.southcentralfarmers.com Skylight Books www.skylightbooks.com Institute for Anarchist Studies www.anarchist-studies.org Critical Resistance www.criticalresistance.org Las Vegas Alliance of the Libertarian Left sonv.libertarianleft.org Catholic Worker www.lacatholicworker.org Anti-Racist Action/Turning the Tide www.antiracistaction.us Anarchist Black Cross Federation L.A. www.abcf.net/la PM press www.pmpress.org Microcosom Publishing www.microcosmpublishing.com AK press www.akpress.org Little black cart www.littleblackcart.com Make/Shift magazine www.makeshiftmag.com Journal of aesthetics and protest www.journalofaestheticsandprotest.org R.A.C. : Revolutionary Autonomous Communities www.revolutionaryautonomouscommunities.blogspot.com I.W.W www.iww.org Then there is also the Southside ABCF zine collection, the Crossroad Newletter, and the publications of the Spear and Shield. Here's the New Afrikan Declaration of Independence, as printed on Prairie Fire: "New Afrikan Declaration of Independence" WE, New Afrikan People in America, in consequence of arriving at a knowledge of ourselves as a people with dignity, long deprived of that knowledge; as a consequence of revolting with every decimal of our collective and individual beings against the oppression that for three hundred years has destroyed and broken and warped the bodies and minds and spirits of our people in America, in consequence of our raging desire to be free of this oppression, to destroy this oppression wherever it assaults humankind in the world, and in consequence of inextinguishable determination to go a different way, to build a new and better world, do hereby declare ourselves forever free and independent of the jurisdiction of the United State of America and the obligations which that country¹s unilateral decision to make our ancestors and

DC March on the Pentagon was fueled by a promising alternative energy: youth

WASHINGTON DC- Speakers were still entertaining an impatient crowd, and coffin carriers were mobilizing for the March to the Pentagon, when from the west came the Black Bloc. Bicycle cops in royal blue lycra scrambled to shepherd the group's healthy gallop as they appeared from over the hill to kick the parade to a sudden start. They virtually led the parade over the bridge, until organizers prevailed upon the interlopers to allow the veterans groups to resume the lead, as planned. But it would not be the last initiative from the Anarchists. (Click on image for better quality, wider crop) 1. THE MARCH Black Bloc gallops into lead position, abruptly starting parade. International Socialist Organization pass Lincoln Memorial Peace groups from Vermont to Georgia Youth and Student A.N.S.W.E.R. West from the Washington Monument Hezbollah crosses Arlington Memorial Bridge Campus Antiwar Network Across the Potomac To the Pentagon Code Pink paraded the parade To military industrial complex in Crystal City 2. INTERRUPTION At a narrowing of the route at the Boeing building, several students blocked the march with a plastic barrier. Raising questions about the gentrified nature and self-policing demeanor of the event organizers and participants. The Black Bloc honored the picket line, thus the Campus Antiwar Network and following groups were brought to a halt. When the Black Bloc decided to move on to next actions, the march resumed. 2b. INTERRUPTION At the first hint of misbehavior, stocky 40-something "videographers" in undercover protest garb were pointing their cameras into the noses of the black-clad participants. 3. MESSAGE VARIETY Why explain? You won't listen. 4. COUNTER PROTEST On the Pentagon lawn, near signs pointing to the "Pentagon Memorial," white folk waited with the usual anti-antiwar slogans. Megaphone versus megaphone. That simple. 5. CONFRONTATION Police in riot gear await march destination at KBR. 6. COLORADANS FOR PEACE (Still more photos to follow...)

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