Philly Machines Malfunction for Dangerous June

from Anarchist News

During the first half of dangerous June some machines decided to experiment with freedom. They expressed their solidarity with J20 arrestees and anarchists facing repression worldwide before taking their own liberating actions:
* Four security cameras flew away from their posts to see the rest of the world.
*A digital advertising billboard by a highway got a makeover.
*Four fare checking machines tried new foods and got constipated.
*A door to a security force’s building chose to sleep in and delay work.

-Mutinous Machines Solidarity Cell – Philadelphia

Frank Rizzo Mural Vandalized Again

From Facebook

Sometime in the morning hours before the 9th ST. Italian festival was to take place, vandals attacked the rizzo wall in South Philadelphia.

The towering wall that faces 9th ST dripped with black paint as people arrived to celebrate their Italian heritage.

Rizzo, Mayor of Philadelphia in 1977 and also police commissioner, was known for terrorizing and brutally attacking members of the black, brown, and queer communities. The monuments and celebrations of this Fascist will not be tolerated.

LONG LIVE THE MOVE 9.
LONG LIVE JOHN AFRICA.
FREE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL


An Anarchist Response to the Anti-Gentrification Attacks in Philly on May Day

from It’s Going Down

What do vandals get out of destroying a neighborhood? Why do people resort to violence to send a message? Are those who allegedly participated in such an action our comrades? Won’t this kind of action alienate people at a time when we finally have the opportunity to build a broad movement against fascism? Since all these questions surfaced in public forums following the May Day demonstration in Philly, in which expensive condos and cars in a gentrifying area of Northern Liberties/Kensington were smashed, maybe the answers are still not so obvious.

The black bloc is not symbolic. Unlike symbolic actions, which intend to convey a message, its reason for being is practical – wearing similar styles of all-black outfits allows people to stay anonymous while taking action. One of the more compelling aspects of anarchist tradition is its belief in direct action – we try not to accept other peoples’ control over our lives, and we don’t expect authorities to act in our best interests, so we try to accomplish what we want ourselves instead of asking permission from politicians or anyone else who seeks to protect the social order. Unfortunately, for many anarchists today, direct action remains more of an abstract belief than a way of life. In Philadelphia, we’re more used to seeing anarchists doing support work or lobbying for reforms than attacking institutions or businesses they believe shouldn’t exist. But some anarchists still respond to the violence of everyday life in the U.S. by directly fighting it.

Though invisible to most people, the U.S. has been waging a war since its inception on indigenous peoples, black folks, the poor, and all the other populations that it’s dispossessed and marginalized. As a settler colonial nation-state, it cannot exist without exploitation, slavery and genocide, and it continues to try to crush and control those populations that it’s oppressed and those who resist, while proceeding with its ongoing project of capitalist and colonial development.

This war between the social order and those it seeks to contain is called the social war, and one of its major fronts in Philly for years now has been gentrification. While the city was originally developed by displacing and devastating Lenape peoples and land and accumulating capital through the slave trade, for the past two decades Philadelphia’s economy has grown through displacing black and brown people and rebuilding their neighborhoods for wealthier people to move into. This process of gentrification, which is happening at the most rapidly accelerating rate in the country, has been so obvious that it’s produced widespread public outcry and relative sympathy for those using “violent” means to attack agents of gentrification. While attending community meetings with developers and politicians has accomplished nothing, and forming nonviolent community organizations against gentrification has done very little to stop it, vandalism has successfully demoralized and deterred development in many areas of the city.

History, and personal experience, have shown that nonviolent social movements and activist campaigns for reform can’t fix or win against a fundamentally violent state – this is why some engage in “violent” tactics that more directly move towards accomplishing their objectives. Concerns within radical circles about how such actions will alienate the public seem unfounded so far, since the mainstream media has been unusually understanding of the May 1st demo. Because the demo exclusively targeted expensive cars and new condo developments, it’s hard to mistake its intentions. Such actions will attract some and alienate others, and this is not a bad thing – it’s good to know what side people are on. Unlike symbolic marches and peaceful protests, actions like the May Day demo offer people the opportunity to deepen their capacity for anti-capitalist, anti-social offensives and open up space for new people to get involved who aren’t interested in more symbolic forms of action.

At a time when global capitalism and the society it’s created are more and more obviously disastrous, it seems important to push these initiatives and build our capacity to fight, rather than watering down our goals.

As to the question of whether those who participated in the May Day demo are our “comrades,” or deserve our support – those are some of the people in Philly going the hardest against the forces of domination and exploitation, and risking state violence and social marginalization in order to do so. Such actions are not above critique, but to condemn them and those involved wholesale in the name of hypothetical concerns about public opinion puts you on the side of defending and replicating a violent social order, rather than amongst those trying to get free from it.

Philly anarchists fuck up gentrification on may day

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Lots of people said they went harder than they ever had, and learned and experimented at this demo. At least four large condos both finished  and unfinished were smashed up so bad that it felt like a competition to get a swing in. People described feeling terrified and thrilled participating. Compared to the J20 march on South St, this demo is an escalation and a step up. The successes of this demo feel like they’re a result of the lessons learned on J20. Shout out to everyone who came prepared, brought things to share, and showed up on time. Cars, condos and cameras were hit with everything: bricks, porcelain, hammers, slingshot marbles, spray paint, and paint bombs!

All the above is a testament to the demo’s ferocity, since the neighborhood was challenging to say the least. There weren’t many little dip spots to duck into, there were many cameras around (fewer now). Neighbors were quick to snitch and formed ad-hoc vigilante groups that pursued participants. At one point someone was tackled by a good citizen; a comrade with a hammer intimidated them, allowing the demo-goer to escape. Let’s remember to look out for each other, even when the cops aren’t around, especially in white, yuppie, or  right-leaning areas.

The meet-up chosen by the organizers felt ideal; it was dark, wooded, and off the street. Organizers regret not having distributed a legal support number that had been set up in advance of the demo. Due to technological and communication failures, as well as unforeseen circumstances, two intended targets were not hit. Towards the end of the route, an unintended split between a smaller group with a banner and a larger group further back took place, causing the march to end early.

It feels like in recent months we’ve all been learning a lot, and it shows — things are happening harder and more often! There are a few things we can do better next time. To lessen confusion and worry, let’s choose crew names that keep us anonymous, let us find each other in hectic situations, and also don’t sound like or rhyme with words for police. Let’s be careful with each other while we get dangerous, let’s throw from the front of crowds, making sure we don’t accidentally splash paint or rain glass on comrades in front of us using hammers.

See you in the streets

<3 bitches with hammers <3

Post-May Day Social Media Round-Up

from Twitter

Philly Jail Support 24th/25th District 3901 Whitaker Ave Shifts are from 3-6pm, 6-9pm, 9-12am.

from Instagram

If you want to help and keep track of last night’s May Day arrestees check out Philly Anti-Repression Fund’s twitter (@phlbailfund) and fundraiser (fnd.us/b1Eata?ref=sh_d6cb9d). Let’s support our comrades facing repression.

from Instagram

Lots of different anarchic feelings this May Day in Philly. Some comrades are still in custody let’s be ready to support them.

from Instagram


$100k in damage estimated, 2 in custody facing charges #mayday2017

Philly Antifa News Roundup

from Philly Antifa

Hey everyone,

Things have been busy.  Our apologies for the irregular updates. Here is a quick roundup of some of what has been going on here in Philly in the past few weeks.


Rumors were confirmed on social media that Cliff Warby, longtime Neo-Nazi and former drummer for Condemned 84 and current drummer of RAC band Para elite, was knocked out and hospitalized by Anti-Fascist punx at the U.K. Subs show at Voltage Lounge on April 7th. Additionally, Warby’s adult Nazi daughter Aryan Warby (yea, really) was also knocked out.

Witnesses do not recall any brass knuckles; just good follow through.
recent pic of Warby. note the totenkompf buckle.
Warby sig-heiling in 1986

Warby was living in the Philly area recently but appears to be living near the Jersey shore.


On Saturday, April 8th, Antifa Philadelphia tabled alongside the Wooden Shoe Books, Bindlestiff Books, and others at a book and bake sale fundraiser for J20 defendants at the ASpace.

Over $700 was raised for J20 defendants from Philly. Thanks to everyone who came out, tabled, donated items to sell, or otherwise contributed!


According to a video posted on Youtube, organizers attempting to bring another “Make America Great Again” march, despite their embarrassing display at the previous one, were attacked after one of them put on a MAGA hat at the handle bar on Frankford Ave.

A few MAGA types also made a short appearance at the Philly Tax march carrying Trump flags on April 15th before being chased to the waiting arms of their police protection and then making their escape. It is unknown if they were the same ones who were attacked or not.

Trumplodytes trolling at the Philly Tax March

Finally, Due to overwhelming response from regular folks donating between 1 and 50 dollars, Antifa Philadelphia has managed to raise over $3500 so far for the Richard Spencer Puncher Fund.

At the time of this writing, there are only 4 few days left before the “bounty” put on the right-wing crowdfunding site Wesearchr expires. So hopefully the Puncher will not need this money, and it will be divided up among J20 defendants and other Anti-Fascist causes.

Consider donating to the fund if you haven’t already.

#DisruptMAGA Outing

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Groups hit up South St and South Philly neighborhoods with #DisruptMAGA fliers, antifascist graffiti, and and antifascist stickers. Real estate developer OCF banners were targeted and taken down as well.




Windows Busted at OCF Construction Site

Submission

Passed this OCF construction site at wharton and 20th with the windows busted


Micetrap Radio Shut Down

from Philly Antifa

“We recently preformed an attack on the ShoutCast hosting service that was providing the 24/7 radio stream on micetraps website.  The stream was constantly playing the record labels racist music.  We contacted shoutcaststreaming.us after we knocked them offline for a long time and told them to remove the micetrap radio from their systems.  As of today the radio station is now offline.

Just wanted to let you know, the fight is on going, and you are not alone in wanting to take micetrap down.

We are anonymous
We are legion
We do not forget
We do not forgive
Expect Us!” [sic]

 

Looks like Micetrap Radio is down, which is run by Steven Wiegand.

 

Philly Police Cars Vandalized At Anti-Trump Philly GOP Retreat Protest

From local media

 

“Protests continued on Thursday night following President Donald Trump’s visit to Philadelphia to address the GOP Retreat.

Although President Trump departed the city hours earlier, protests continued.

By 10:00 p.m., the protests had died down, but a police presence remained in Center City as some protesters still remained.

During the night, the day long demonstrations did take a destructive turn when three police vehicles were vandalized with spray paint while parked on 13th and Arch.

Also, police stood watch in front of the Wawa on Broad and Walnut when they were confronted by a group. A sign appeared to have been thrown and was confiscated. This all occurred following President Trump’s visit to the GOP Retreat taking place at the Loews Hotel.

About 3,000 protesters took to the streets during the day to express opposition to the new administration.”