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Rainbow Bakery Sabotaged for Feral Pines


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!



Plain Words and Militant Anarchism: A history of the Galleanisti


August 24, 8pm
Boxcar Books
408 E. 6th St
Bloomington, Indiana

With their roots in an uncompromisingly militant strand of anarchism, the Galleanisti participated in strikes, published widely-read periodicals, attempted assassinations, and initiated bombing campaigns against state figures and wealthy capitalists. Amidst all of this, they created a counter-culture that sought to bring their utopian vision to life immediately, organizing alternative schools and anarchist clubs, theatrical performances and subversive networks.

Join us for a presentation on the history of the Galleanisti – from the silk factories of Paterson, New Jersey to the electric chair of
Charlestown State Prison.

The event is part of the International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners, a week of action commemorating the execution of Sacco & Vanzetti, and generating solidarity for our imprisoned comrades behind bars now.  Information on anarchist prisoners and prison struggle will be available.

This is the inaugural event of the Lingg-Balagoon history group, which seeks to spread knowledge of anarchist history in non-academic, self-organized ways through talks, discussions and movie showings.

Two Rebellions in Indiana Jails


From Where the River Frowns:

Inmates in Indiana’s jails have been tearing it up this month, with two rebellions in a week.

The first riot occurred on August 1st in Vanderburgh County Jail in Evansville where, according to the mainstream media, inmates refused to be handcuffed, flooded their jail cell, put soap on the floor to trip the guards when they entered and used bed bunks and mattresses as barricades and shields.

The second occurred in Henry County Jail on August 3rd and 4th where inmates set fire to mattresses and jail uniforms on two subsequent nights. The first fire was set by male inmates and the second, the next night, by female inmates. According to their captors, prisoners were attempting to deactivate the locks on their jail cell.

As usual, the mainstream media made no effort whatsoever to interview the inmates involved in the disturbances or to capture the potential reasons behind their rebellion. For now, we are unfortunately left wondering what may have caused these individuals to choose to fight back against their captors instead of keeping their heads down.

What we do know is that jailers are used to having the monopoly on violence, with at least 815 deaths in jails across the U.S. in the last year. Anyone who has been in jail knows that mistreatment and violence towards inmates is commonplace. For instance, in June of this year, Clinton “Boo” Gilkie was murdered in Monroe County Jail where he’d been held since he was 16 after a failed robbery using a toy gun.

The only thing that stands out in these recent rebellions in Indiana is that people decided to fight back.

Nine prisoners have been charged with various crimes in association with the riot at Vanderburgh County Jail. Please consider taking a moment to drop a line on these folks to show your support. All are still being held at the Vanderburgh County Jail and can be reached by sending a letter or card to: Inmate name and Number, 3500 N. Harlan Ave, Evansville, IN 47711

John Wallace                     3293
Kyndrick Hancock            214025
Kededrique Boyd             250147
Javon Burton                     68659
Brendan Cooper               169196
Robert  Henderson         121129
Stanley Morgan                101653
Cory Pierce                        54101
Seth Wrinkles                   137561

Cop car smashed following police murder in Indy


From the Indy Star:

Some onlookers questioned whether lethal force was necessary and cursed at Indianapolis police officers. One officer’s car window was smashed.

…The fatal shooting [of Christopher Goodlow] caused an angry reaction from people in a crowd gathered at the scene, some of whom cursed at officers and questioned whether gunshots were an appropriate response to the threat of a knife. One of the people who was grieving yelled: “Over a knife? Oh my God.”

Another person shouted: “He had a mental illness” — referring to Goodlow.

The incident occurred as fatal officer-involved shootings have become a national issue, most recently in Chicago with the release of a year-old video that contradicted official police reports of the incident. Indianapolis officials are considering having officers use body cameras, and state lawmakers are discussing legislation to regulate the use and public release of police body cam videos.

More than three hours after the Indianapolis incident, emotions flared up again. A windshield of a police car at the scene was smashed followed by a confrontation with officers.

Riddle said he saw the video of the incident made by a bystander, Steven Chambers, who posted it to his Facebook page. Riddle said the officers acted properly, and that a knife is considered by police to be a deadly weapon.

Riddle said there have been at least 20 officer-involved shootings by Indianapolis police this year, with “nine or 10 of them being fatal.”

Saturday’s shooting occurred before noon at the Autumn Trails apartment complex, located just north of the intersection of Franklin Road and East 38th Street…

Man strikes two officers with vehicle following welfare check


from idsnews.com

August 05, 2013
A welfare check on a 36-year old Bloomington man early Sunday escalated into battery with a deadly weapon against police officers, resulting in the man’s arrest, Bloomington Police Department Sgt. Joe Crider said.

At approximately 3:13 a.m. Sunday, police responded to the 800 block of South Basswood Drive to check on Jason Paul Zimmerly after a call from his mother reporting that Zimmerly could be suicidal.

Police did not find him in the apartment, but found a man sitting in a 1997 black Saab 900. Police shined a flashlight in the vehicle in an effort to identify the man, but in response, the man shifted the vehicle into reverse, nearly hitting two police officers.

The man then placed the car into drive and struck an officer. Shifting to reverse once more, he backed up and struck a second officer before driving away.

At about 3:40 a.m., police located the vehicle, now unoccupied, at the 900 block of South Copper Beach Way. Officers performed surveillance on it until, at 5:20 a.m., a male was seen approaching the vehicle. The male was identified as Zimmerly.

The officer positioned her vehicle to prevent Zimmerly from leaving in the car, then negotiated with him until he turned off the vehicle and agreed to be taken into custody.

Zimmerly denied striking the officers with his car and said he was trying to leave with his vehicle merely because he did not wish to speak to the police.

He was later taken to IU Health. Alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the incident. Doctors cleared Zimmerly, at which point he was taken to jail on two preliminary counts of battery with a deadly weapon, one count of resisting arrest and one of criminal recklessness. All are felonies.

Neither of the officers struck by the car were injured.

– Max McCombs

Demo in Solidarity with those resisting in Turkey


A few weeks back, an assemblage of students, faculty, townies and anarchists took the streets in solidarity with the brand-new uprising in Turkey.  Since then, the resistance has spread to over 60 cities in Turkey, protesters and police have been killed and injured, and the demonstrations show no signs of slowing.

In continuing to express solidarity with those who are fighting in Turkey, there will be a demonstration in Bloomington on Monday June 24th.  Meet in People’s Park at 4:30 pm and we’ll march from there.  Bring Banners, noisemakers, chants and chalk.

Print black and white or color fliers.


Lecture: From Activism to ‘Eco-Terrorism’: What is the moral response to the ecological crisis?


By Will Potter, independent journalist and author of Green is the New Red

When: Thursday, September 13 @ 7:00 pm,
followed immediately by a facilitated public discussion
Where: Fine Arts 015

The animal rights and environmental movements, like every other social movement throughout history, have both legal and illegal elements. There are people who leaflet, write letters, and lobby. There are people who protest and engage in non-violent civil disobedience. And there are people, like some members of the Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front, who go out at night with black masks and break windows, burn SUVs, and release animals from fur farms.

Animal rights and environmental advocates have not flown planes into buildings, taken hostages, or sent Anthrax through the mail. They have never even injured anyone. Yet the FBI ranks these activists as the top domestic terrorism threat and the Department of Homeland Security lists them on its roster of national security threats, while ignoring right-wing extremists who have murdered doctors, and admittedly created weapons of mass destruction.

How did this happen? And what are the real life consequences for the activists who are investigated, and even sent to prison, as domestic terrorists? Why are undercover investigators of environmental abuses and those who use non-violent civil disobedience being treated so disproportionately in the legal system?

Will Potter is an award-winning American independent journalist who has written extensively on how the War on Terror has affected civil liberties. Potter’s recent book Green is the New Red encompasses the striking parallels between the branding of environmental and animal rights activists at “terrorists” and the persecution of leftists during McCarthy’s Red Scare era. He claims that such a branding is being used as a fear tactic to discredit and imprison peaceful activists in defense of corporate profit and the suppression of social activism. He has written extensively about the “Green Scare” in the Chicago Tribune, Vermont Law Review, The Huffington Post, and testified before the US Congress about the issue in 2006.

-From the IU website.

SHIT’S NOT CHILL – First Communiqué from Occupied Auditorium


This evening, the Fine Arts Auditorium on Indiana University’s campus was seized by around fifty of us- students, graduates, employees, and others fed up with the implementation of austerity, both here in Bloomington and internationally. We’ve opened the space not only for the purpose of having ground from which to scheme and plan actions, but also as an immediate making-common of university property and resources, for students and non-students alike.

In our distrust for the media, we’ve begun production of a massive amount of propaganda, staying up all night carefully crafting and printing statements and analyses. Our skepticism of the media is well founded: the Indiana Daily Student has already passively declared the Occupation a non-event, opting to highlight an empty pizza box and a leaky air mattress over more inspiring moments such as the well-attended mass assembly that lead to the occupation, the excited buzz of conversation in the auditorium, the beautiful chalking and banners now covering the building, and the palpable ripeness of the space.

Here is the first communiqué, released this evening around midnight.


…the fine arts auditorium is occupied, and we need you now.

Schools perpetuate the existent order by preparing people to become obedient consumers and workers. They reproduce inequality by excluding those who cannot afford it or who don’t have the correct legal status (undocumented people) and by emphasizing conformity of thought and behavior. We want to create a space for authentic, empowering education, which we believe can only be done by educating each other (that means everyone) rather than relying on experts to convey information to passive learners.

The fact that we are here occupying this space should also disabuse everyone of the illusion that bodies like the student government or trustees represent our interests. These are merely different levels of gatekeepers to the resources that should justly be at our own disposal at all times, and at all times these managers conspire against us. When we take control of the resources in an auditorium or a building, as we are doing now, we assert that we are not children – we see through their empty democratic rhetoric at the same time as taking it far more seriously than they have ever imagined.

This space is yours when you need it, and the space needs for you to claim it. It needs you to make it yours because communized spaces cannot exist without a strong united front against the imminent repression by those who are interested in keeping us powerless. To be explicit, police have come twice to scope us out, and we need as many people to come NOW* to help us defend this.

You are welcome to join us in this space, but please never limit your resistance to what we present to you. Any action you take to exercise your freedom, to claim anything for the good of yourself or your community, to deny any encroachment on your agency, we are in solidarity with you.

We send our love to: the Latino Youth Collective, Dream IU, and those who’ve continued to struggle against borders and the exclusion of immigrant students from IU. Our comrades who were brutally beaten and those who fought back against police violence in St. Louis during March 2012 occupations there, and to everyone murdered by the cops and their allies, Trayvon Martin first of all. The ones who didn’t join us because they’ve defined their own active struggles against austerity. The underpaid staff of this university (custodians, you rule!)

*The auditorium is located in the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, which is the building on your left when you come into the traffic circle at the dead-end of 7th St on campus. The auditorium is the first room on your left when you walk in the front door.

Tweets from IU Student Detained in Egypt


It sucks that these tweets will probably be used against Luke Gates, an IU student studying abroad in Cairo who was recently detained by Egyptian police for allegedly participating in recent riots, but they sure are great.  The detention of these three Americans seems like a weak attempt on the part of the Egyptian military to de-legitimize the protests, or blame the riots on “outside agitators.”  We’d like to subvert their intentions by using this opportunity to draw connections between the struggles in Egypt and our struggles here in Indiana and the U.S. more broadly.  Total solidarity with the accused!

From CBS news:

In his Twitter account, one of the three U.S. students detained by Egyptian military admits throwing rocks during the Tahrir Square protests and complains about his eyes stinging from tear gas, the shock of seeing dead bodies and hurting his knee and arm in a crowd surge.

Luke Gates, 21, an exchange student from Bloomington, Indiana, is one of three U.S. students detained by Egyptian military for allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails during the protests at Egypt’s Tahrir Square. Gates is a junior with a double major in political science and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.

In his tweets, which ended Nov. 21, Gates runs the gamut of youthful anguish – “College is such a joke,” “What are you doing seriously?” and “I just don’t want to feel anymore.”

He also appears to get swept up in the excitement of the protests:

    • Nov. 21: reports of tear gas being fired from AUC campus on Tahrir, university officials have started investigating
    • Nov. 20: back to tahrir tonight, as police set fires to everything, no doubt they will blame it on protesters
    • Nov. 20: earlier tonight rubber bullets a charge and then a retreat, my knee and elbow are f***ed up #toolegit seeing all of this #tahrir
    • Nov. 19: 6 hours at tahrir, enough tear gas for tonight
    • Nov. 19: we were throwing rocks and one guy accidentally threw his phone =(
    • Nov. 19: now class? ugh. my arm is sore and my eyes still burn a little
    • Nov. 19: saw them hanging from the bridge, and you realize death is the only thing thats immortal
    • Nov. 19: its only scary cuz i feel so reckless
    • Nov. 19: yes live bullets we have the shells, i was here!!
    • Nov. 19: wish the protests in new york looked like the ones in tahrir. #pu***es

The three Americans attend the American University in Cairo as exchange students. The school, which sits on Tahrir Square, the central protest site, confirmed the students’ arrest. In addition to Gates, the other two students are Derrik Sweeney, from Georgetown University and Greg Porter from Drexel University.