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Black Bloc vs. Liberal Shlock

Posted in Corporations, Direct Action & Civil Disobedience, Environment, Housing Rights, Immigration & Borders, Indigenous, Police State, Revolution with tags , on March 13, 2010 by Ⓐb Irato

A Critical Review of Denouncements of the Black Bloc at the Heart Attack Demonstration, 2010 Anti-Olympics Convergence in Vancouver

“I have yet to be convinced that these actions got us closer to where we want to be. Anonymous communiqués that build up the romance of arriving, attacking the cops and then taking off are all we have to understand the intent of this group” –David Eby.

The following is a response to ‘Safe Assembly’ where David Eby, head of the BC Civil Liberties Association, Chris Shaw, author of Five Ring Circus, and Derrick O’Keefe, chairman of Stopwar.ca spoke against the use of the Black Bloc at the Heart Attack Demo as part of the No 2010 Olympics Convergence in Vancouver.
Which can be seen here

Counter to Eby, Shaw and O’Keefe’s statements, the Heart Attack Demo, and the Black Bloc Action received enormous support from a much broader range of activist society Vancouver has seen is the past 10 years. This is due, to the monumental efforts of the No 2010 Convergence organizers to create a space and an atmosphere where people who are in support of direct action –whether they engage in it or not- to come together in a more integrated culture of resistance.

This article is based on news reports, personal interviews and observation. My intention with this article is to dispel myths perpetuated during this panel and add to already existing responses without too much overlap. It is also a general response to all denouncers of the Black Bloc and direct action.

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Vancouver: In Defence of the Diversity of Tactics

Posted in Corporations, Direct Action & Civil Disobedience, Environment, Housing Rights, Indigenous, Police State, Revolution with tags , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2010 by Ⓐb Irato

By Alex Hundert, Infoshop News

Judy Rebick, from her office in downtown Toronto, complained that “when a spontaneous anger against the Black Bloc emerged on social media, people berated us for ‘dividing the movement.'” She says that, in fact, “it is the Black Bloc that is dividing the movement.” She is wrong.

I have been involved in a wide array of coalitions on various issues over the past half decade, and never have I witnessed cross-movement solidarity like I have in the anti-Olympics campaign. In southern Ontario, as in Vancouver, radical groups from a variety of locations in the broader movement have come together to start to develop a shared anti-colonial analysis. This solidarity and unity, on the anti-colonial front, is deeper and stronger now than it has been at any point in the last 10 years.

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Native Youth Movement Statement: Natives Celebrate Olympic Failure

Posted in Corporations, Direct Action & Civil Disobedience, Environment, Indigenous, Police State, Prisoner Support, Revolution with tags , on February 27, 2010 by Ⓐb Irato

Native Youth Movement

Statement to the Universe

War for Land and Freedom continues…

Indigenous Peoples are celebrating Worldwide after claiming victory over the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Invaders were warned not to enter our Lands and now they are to blame for the “worst Olympic games ever”. For the first time there is no natural snow in the host Olympic city, which sits on un-surrendered Indigenous Territories. 20,000+ tickets had to be refunded after the cancellation of many events because of no snow. A Georgian lugers’ name now stands alongside Harriet Nahanee and millions of other life forms that were killed for the Olympics. The bad outcome can be seen as a small taste to what awaits any investors, companies or civilian invaders* who enter Indigenous Territories.

Why we must Fight

Indigenous Objectives

We fight for Land and Freedom. The struggle for our Lands and way of life remains the exact same as when Crazy Horse, Geronimo, Tecumseh and Tupac Amaru were alive. The only thing different is the minds, the physical reality is that another group of humans are still imposing their beliefs and will on our Indigenous Peoples and Lands at gunpoint. Our Lands are occupied by invaders, raped for profit, war, entertainment and human comfort. The invaders have not stolen our land, the land is still here, under concrete or not, it remains, and as long as we remain we will fight to expel all invaders who destroy or seek to destroy it.

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Games Over! Resistance Lives!

Posted in Corporations, Direct Action & Civil Disobedience, Environment, Housing Rights, Indigenous, Police State, Prisoner Support, Revolution with tags , , , on February 27, 2010 by Ⓐb Irato

Celebrating Unity & Solidarity

Sunday FEB 28th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Smithe and Cambie

Followed by celebration at 4:30 pm of 2 weeks of dignity, hope and freedom at Olympic Tent Village. [info below on tent village]

Bring the NOISE! Pots, pans, drums and noisemakers welcome! Join us in a noisy public festival to celebrate our communities and our resistance. Just because the IOC says the games are over doesn’t mean it’s over.

Our struggles for justice as indigenous, migrant, poor, working class and queer communities existed before the olympic and paralympic games and will exist after. The games have also provided a spark that we hope will inspire all effected communities to bind together in our coming struggles to attain justice.

These were not the greenest games – they were the corporate greenwash games. They were not the socially responsible games – homelessness tripled as billions were spent on highways and convention centers for the rich. And these games occurred on un-ceded territories where the indigenous communities continue to be on the front lines defending lands from industrial expansion.

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RIOT 2010!

Posted in Corporations, Direct Action & Civil Disobedience, Environment, Housing Rights, Immigration & Borders, Indigenous, Police State, Prisoner Support, Revolution with tags on February 18, 2010 by Ⓐb Irato

Anti-Olympic Riots and Militant Actions Rock Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories

“We love athletics” —anarchist contestants for the 2010 Olympics

A report from our friends at crimethInc.

We’re pleased to bring you breaking news from Vancouver, where united indigenous and anarchist resistance has disrupted the capitalist and nationalist triumphalism at the opening of the Olympic Games.

The following report was collectively produced by several participants in this past weekend’s militant resistance to the 2010 Olympic games. This is not a full analysis of Olympic Resistance but rather an in-depth account of what just went down. For more background on why people are resisting these games, check no2010.com and olympicresistance.net.

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Team Anarchy Wins Three Games Against Team Olympics

Posted in Corporations, Direct Action & Civil Disobedience, Housing Rights, Immigration & Borders, Indigenous, Police State, Prisoner Support, Revolution with tags on February 17, 2010 by Ⓐb Irato

“So we went to a fight the other day and the Olympic games broke out.” – variation of popular Canadian hockey joke

By an independent commentator
Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver, Canada

From February 12th to 13th, 2010, Team Anarchy won three games against Team Olympics during the International Class War Championship Series in Vancouver. Team Indigenous Sovereignty also won three games against Team Olympics. The game times and outcome of the rest of the series are still to be determined but so far the Olympics have yet to win a game.

Team Anarchy started off strong on the 12th by successfully blocking the Olympic torch from coming to Commerical Drive at all. Earlier in the day Team Indigenous Sovereignty had blocked the torch from parts of the Downtown Eastside, Canada’s poorest neighborhood.

That night, another game was held, as thousands marched in protest against the Olympics. Team Indigenous Sovereignty had a strong presence at the front line, while Team Anarchy pushed against and allegedly injured two Team Olympics cops with projectiles.

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In Defense of the Black Bloc: A Communique from Olympic Resisters

Posted in Corporations, Direct Action & Civil Disobedience, Environment, Housing Rights, Immigration & Borders, Indigenous, Police State, Revolution with tags on February 16, 2010 by Ⓐb Irato
February 14th, 2010 – Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories

On February 12th and 13th, 2010, thousands of courageous individuals came together to resist the 2010 Olympic police state and to attack the corporations plundering the land and deepening poverty. We write this communique as participants in and organizers of the black bloc presence at these demonstrations, known as “Take Back Our City” and “2010 Heart Attack.”

On February 12th, the Vancouver Police Department pacified us with a force of mounted police. The next day during 2010 Heart Attack, they deployed riot police armed with M4 carbine assault rifles. They claim this was necessary in order to stop the march from “jeopardizing public safety” – yet the only threats to public safety were in their own hands. Participants in the demonstration only undertook strategic attacks against corporations sponsoring the Olympics and did not harm or attack bystanders.

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