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Rainbow Bakery Sabotaged for Feral Pines

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Reposted from It’s Going Down:

Last night we sabotaged the locks of Rainbow Bakery with superglue.

We did this for Feral, an anarchist comrade who died in the Oakland fire.

Before living in Oakland, Feral worked at Rainbow Bakery. While employed there, she suffered daily emotional abuse at the hands of her bosses – Matt Tobey and Lisa Dorazewski – and was paid a shitty training wage for the entire time she worked there. They knew they could get away with this behavior because few other places in town would hire a trans woman. When she had an emotional breakdown (exacerbated by their cruelty towards her) and needed a week off from work, they cut her hours to zero, leaving her with no job and no possibility of receiving unemployment. Lisa and Matt made Feral’s life a living hell when she worked there, and then left her without a job and without money. After Feral died, Rainbow Bakery posted online about how saddened they were to hear of Feral’s death, pointing out that many of the pastries their customers enjoyed were probably made by Feral.

We will not accept this. We have lived for too long in this town keeping our mouths shut as our friends are exploited by punk bosses. We are asked to pretend that a business is “part of the community” if the capitalists who own it put out some shitty, nasally folk punk record back in the day. This stops now.

Rainbow Bakery fucked with the Troll Queen, and now they will pay. This bit of sabotage is only a taste of what is to come for you goofy-ass muppet motherfuckers. We are going to destroy your business. Nothing will fucking stop us.

We send our love to those mourning Feral, wherever you may be.

Forward, forward, forward, oh joyful destroyers.
Beneath the black edge of death we will conquer Life!
Laughing!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
FERAL PINES REVENGE COVEN

(P.S. FREE LIL BUB!)

Reportback for Day of Action for Trans Prisoners

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Received and posted:

On January 22nd, the first Day of Action for Trans Prisoners, we had an informational event in Bloomington, Indiana. Comrades presented information about state repression against trans individuals, trans struggle behind bars, and solidarity with trans prisoners. We had a table full of literature on anti-prison struggle and queer liberation, made dozens of cards for trans prisoners, and raised some funds for imprisoned comrades.

We were heartened by the turn-out. The room was packed full and not just with the usual people who come to events in our small town. We hold hope that this interest in fighting the persecution and imprisonment of trans people can extend to a holistic fight against prison society, white supremacy, capitalism, and the state in its totality. We find strength in the times and spaces in which we can meet, face-to-face, and explore the contours of struggle together.

We send our love and solidarity to our trans comrades behind bars:

Marius Mason, former resident of Bloomington, whose indomitable spirit is always present in our lives, even if he is kept from us by prison walls.

Jennifer Gann, anarchist amazon recently out of a stint in solitary for fighting alongside queens and black prisoners against white supremacist gaybashers.

Niara, who continues to push against the brutality of both the state and transmisogynists with her heart still intact.

For a world without transphobia, prisons, and the state.
For limitless expression of our desires and embodiments.
For total freedom.

January 22: Trans Prisoner Day of Action at Boxcar

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J22 flyer

January 22nd is the Trans Prisoner Day of Action. Join us at 7pm at Boxcar Books for a discussion on the struggles of trans prisoners and the necessity of solidarity with prisoners as a whole.

We will talk about the particular challenges facing trans people in prison, the ways in which white supremacy and gendered oppression overlap with each other and with state repression, and some of the forms solidarity can take.

We will have cards to sign for trans prisoners and a table full of literature on struggles against prison and gendered violence.

More info: http://transprisoners.net

Print and distribute event flyer: J22 flyer.

Fight for Leelah! Fight for Ashley!

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iqps-flyer

 

New flyer and text from Indiana Queer Prisoner Solidarity:

LEELAH ALCORN WAS MURDERED
ASHLEY SHERMAN WAS MURDERED
Leelah did not step into traffic. She was pushed.
By her parents. By Christian conversion therapy. By a sick society that wants to see trans women dead.
This is no surprise to those of us who are already excluded and oppressed by this world. The police, the courts, and prisons do their work imprisoning and murdering trans women of color every day. Priests, homophobes, psychiatrists, politicians, and parents commit daily brutalities against trans women in the form of legislation, religious persecution, pathologization, bashings, and rape.
When we are murdered, there is no end of those who wish to speak for us, to push our anger toward reform, inclusion, and pacifism. For this, we have nothing but contempt.
Christianity cannot be reformed.
The prisons cannot be reformed.
The courts cannot be reformed.
The police cannot be reformed.
They can only be destroyed.
We must ask why there has been no response to the murder of Black trans woman Ashley Sherman in Indianapolis in October 2014. We must ask why there is no uproar over the captivity and enslavement of trans women of color by the prison-industrial complex. We must ask why trans women of color, homeless
trans women, and trans women who attack their oppressors are ignored by the gay establishment.
We will mourn for Leelah, but not passively and not exclusively. Her death is another act of war against trans women: one among many. We will no longer sit idly by while our lives are taken
from us. We will fight by any means necessary to destroy our oppressors and reclaim our lives.
Fight for Leelah! Fight for Ashley!
KNIFE THE QUEERBASHERS!
Death to white supremacy! Death to the state!
FREEDOM NOW!

TRANS LIBERATION

by any means necessary.

-Indiana Queer Prisoner Solidarity

Printable PDF: iqps-flyer

A new midwest (A) Journal: Archipelago Issue 0 Out Now!

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From Anarchist News:

This spring, as recent waves of revolt began their gradual retreat into our memories, a few of us in the Midwest paused to collect our thoughts and reflect on some of the rupturous moments we’ve experienced over the last six months. Archipelago is but one product of these reflections: a fresh project with a familiar premise. The strong connections that exist through this region aren’t new, nor is the idea of pooling thoughts and analysis in a publication, but it has felt pressing, in this particularly ripe moment, to ensure space for these conversations to mingle and stew with one another.

The content of this issue is largely the work of a small group of people in a few cities, however, we’d like to extend an invitation to anyone who is living and struggling here in the nocoast to submit content for future issues. Send us: reportbacks, dialogues, love letters, strategy statements, position papers, communiqués, articles, death threats, hi-res photos, and responses to anything from this issue (because, let’s be real, we KNOW you have feelings about “Don’t Move to the Bay”). What are you doing after May Day or for June 11th,* or whatever?

Issue 0 contains over 80 pages of original editorials, communiqués, analysis and photography, as well as an extensive dossier of actions– entirely printed and perfect-bound by some unruly locals, in a delightful pocket-sized edition. Please get in touch by email if you’d like a copy, and we’ll try to have a more reasonable method of distribution figured out soon: archipelago@riseup.net

An excerpt from the Editorial Notes:

We’re pleased to present the preliminary issue of Archipelago, a journal of Midwest anarchy. We do this, not to affirm some idea of the Midwest as a strictly-bounded geographic area or to affirm ‘the anarchy’ as a static ideology– rather than align ourselves with a political position that bases itself on a program or utopian vision (read: anarchism), we want to engage with and subvert the chaos, the anarchy, that exists around us. Furthermore, we wish to acknowledge what ties us together: our separation from the coasts, our relative isolation from one another, our penchant for troublemaking, and our desire to overthrow everything in this terrible world. And, although we often find ourselves adrift at sea without a navigable course, lines of affinity occasionally appear to us with startling clarity, contributing to a burgeoning collective intensity and helping our islands seem a little less distant from one another.

While this journal will mainly focus on points of conflict that present themselves around us and that we involve ourselves in, we also want to draw lines between our struggles here and those in other places; coast to coast, across borders and oceans. We conjure inspiration and strength from our comrades everywhere, however, we don’t want to place them on a pedestal just because their actions appear more spectacular to us. We’re waging war on the existent here and now; we continue to experiment and process, to understand and convey these things as well as we can. There isn’t one way to overthrow empire or for us to see our cities in flames, but rather a multiplicity of positions and approaches that can bring us closer to the moments of rupture we long for.

[Certain] questions remain dear to us: how, in places where we are few and spread out, can we contribute to ruptures that feel necessary for our survival? How can we share tactics and analysis and compare notes in a manner that doesn’t revolve around cliquish counter-cultural circles and already-present points of contact? How can our struggles not feel so isolated to our individual locales, but relay off of and amplify each other? On this note, this issue-zero focuses primarily on acts and evaluation originating in a few midwestern cities. We hope that this won’t always be the case and, as this publication disseminates, those both known and unknown to us will contribute articles, critiques and conversations.

In putting our thoughts and analysis out into the world on paper, our intentions are multifaceted. The obvious tension between how things appear on the internet and how we engage with them in the world is rife with potential and pitfalls. We can’t begin this project without asserting our commitments to the printed word, but not solely as a reactionary position against the internet. We want a record of our thoughts and movements to exist in various forms, for careful consideration and fond recollection by history, and we want these records to exist on our own terms. We hold nothing but contempt for the media and place no trust in their (lack of) representation of our struggles. Let our direction be clear: we write for those whom we hold in our hearts, and for those who hold us in theirs. For those we have met, and the future comrades we yearn to encounter, and to anyone who is enraged by the tyranny of capitalism.

 

*International Day of Solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid and Longterm Anarchist Prisoners. GO!!! june11.org