Mending fences (or more accurately, windows) within the community.
Reflections from a few Anarchists and others.
Please help us make amends with small business so we can come together and fight state repression and corporate dominance in our city.
During the Anti-Capitalist demonstration yesterday, May First 2013, there was many shades of grey. Voices of people, smiles and tears, we saw a great number of people expressing the rage. There was one thing that was unified. Our purpose. To march in solidarity against State Repression and Corporate Capital funded ownership of our city, voices and bodies. We are tired of our system that uses people as tools to amass wealth for a privileged few while destroying the earth, as well as the minds, bodies and souls of the working class. These expressions came in many forms including chanting, screaming, signs, banners, physical attacks directed toward the police (frontline of the State, including Mayor McGinn) and, yes, the destruction of property, including windows. While we make no apologies for the actions of our comrades, we are aware of the implications this has on small business. We all a working hard and have to stick together. Mom and Pops Like Sun and Bill’s are part of our family that is already resisting corporate bland takeover and using their creativity to provide a place for comrades, workers and people to enjoy themselves after long hours in the daily grind. We regret that Bill’s Off Broadway and Sun Liquors, both small, local establishments were caught in the chaotic crossfire instead of NikeTown or another Walgreen’s-esque giant.
Our battle is directed, not toward local business, but toward the symbols and harbingers of both government and corporate excess that leave us a culture spiritually devoid. We are homogenized into a matrix conformists. We believe in a diversity of tactics to wake us up and join together our struggle against capitalism and the State. To make meaningful advances we do not shy away from the use of violence but feel that it must be intentional and strategically meaningful.
I may also add, the police started the violence. We used it as an invitation.
The destruction visited upon both Bill’s and Sun Liquors was not, in our view, a meaningful blow to the powers that be but rather an unfortunate piece of collateral damage. As such we wish to help raise funds to help them replace their windows and make necessary repairs. We have been organizing a benefit show that already has the sympathies of four bands. That date and time TBA in the near future. All proceeds will go to support these neighborhood institutions and to emphasize that it is the culture of capitalism and the State which deserve our unapologetic rage and hatred, not our local communities.
If you or your band is interested in playing please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sincerely and unapologetically revolutionarily yours,
Some Anarchists/The Benefit Crew