12.10.2011 § Leave a comment
In response to last week’s killing of Barry Deloatch at the hands of 2 New Brunswick police officers, demonstrators rallied at the site he was shot dead. One of the rally’s organizers and an innocent bystander on her bicycle were arrested by an army of New Brunswick police officers in riot gear… for no good reason.
The investigating authorities still have not said why the officers killed Deloatch shortly after midnight on September 22, nor have they released the officers’ names.
Video shot by Sean Monahan of New Brunswick:
01.10.2011 § Leave a comment
So apparently, after many assaults against women in south park slope, cops have been walking around, “heavily patrolling” meaning, telling women their shorts or skirts are too short and they are asking to be attacked. WTF. We may not be wild for Slutwalk, but this needs a slut walk!! SOUTH SLOPE SLUT STORM.
08.09.2011 § Leave a comment
As killings and brutality around transit in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond continue, and the hacker group ANONYMOUS has been continuously calling anti-bart actions (see below for vids), “No Justice No Bart” has emerged and “Feminists Against Cops” released the statement below at a press conference announcing their next action:
As Feminists against Cops, we want everyone across the bay area to know that women are not safer because of police presence, in BART or elsewhere. Quite the opposite. Many women are in danger because of the police. Every police institution is sexist and violent. The police are more of a threat to women than a protection, and we do not want our public transport system militarized.
Let’s be clear: the police are here to protect the capitalists and the state institutions, not us. The police have been given the authority to determine our freedom of movement, to harass us and enter our homes. The police even have the authority to determine if we live or die.
There are many accounts of police murdering youth of color in the bay area, or of police murdering homeless people, or whomever they see fit. There are as many accounts of police using their power as police and as men to dominate, harass, intimidate, imprison, and rape women. Many police feel that they have a right to women’s bodies, and when they abuse our bodies it is considered “normal” police procedure.
We are not asking for a less brutal police force because we know that brutality is an inevitable product of this policing system. Police only exist in order to brutally repress us. We must free ourselves. We are asking you to join us as we continue to struggle against the police. The quick and inhumane murder of Charles Hill is a warning: if you call the police you are putting people in danger of their lives.
To the media and to the police we say: do not use women’s bodies and the claim that you are protecting our bodies as an excuse for murder. You called Kenneth Harding a pimp to excuse shooting him in the back. But Kenneth Harding was not harming any women when he was murdered-he was evading paying his fare as many of us do. The ridiculous BART fares are a burden for people who struggle for survival. We evade fares because we claim the right to be able to move freely even if we don’t have the money to pay the fares. Since evading fare is part of how we survive and move freely, then this also means that in order to survive and move freely, we must resist police.
Our message to the police is this: we are under no illusion that you make us safer, or that you protect us. We women join these anti-police movements, including the Oscar grant riots and the response to the murders of Charles Hill and Kenneth Harding, because safety to us as women means resisting the police.
–read at press conference on 9/5; more info on Sept. 8 action here
– post originally here
ANONYMOUS, in case yall haven’t blitzed out on them already:
We Are Anonymous
We Are Legion
We Do Not Forgive
We Do Not Forget
And just fyi, Guy Fawkes (what all those masks are): a militant in the late 16th century, a Catholic who planned to assassinate the protestant King James by blowing up Parliament in the “Gunpowder Plot”.
People burn his effigy in celebration of the failure on Nov 5th.
BBC UK: “riot girls ‘brag’ about violence” : “Showing the police and the rich we can do what we want
10.08.2011 § Leave a comment
‘ Two girls who took part in Monday night’s riots in Croydon have boasted that they were showing police and “the rich” that “we can do what we want”.
The pair who were drinking wine looted from a local shop at 09:30 BST on Tuesday morning, spoke to the BBC’s Leana Hosea.”
Quick Nothing Transcript
Everyone was just goin riot like madness
Chucking things, chucking bottles, breaking into stuff…
It was madness!
It was good though, good fun
Of course it is!
So… you’re drinking a bottle of rose wine
at half nine in the mornin!
yea, free alcohol!
And you been drinkin all night?
Is it the government’s fault?
Yea, whatever it is i dunno…
Its not even a riot, its about showing the police we can do what we want,
Yea, its about showing the police we can do what we want, and now we have.
So do you reckon it will go on tonight?
But its like local people, why is it targeting local people? Your own people?
Its the RICH people.
Its the rich people who got businesses, thats why all this is happening, cuz of the rich people, so we’re just showing the rich people that we can do what we want.
28.05.2011 § Leave a comment
“Defense lawyers pointed to surveillance footage of the woman walking on her own as she entered the building in front of the officers as evidence that she was conscious and able to communicate. They also contrasted what the woman told some friends shortly after the alleged rape — that she thought she was raped — with the certainty that she was expressing on the witness stand. Her spotty recollection of that night, the defense said, was enough to raise reasonable doubt over whether she was raped.”– NY times article Here.
Best of: today’s protest against the NYPD rape cops
1) the people who got pissed when the woman in the front thanked the police who were surrounding us in the pen.
2) when the Rude Mechanical Orchestra broke free of the pen and everyone followed them out onto the street.
3) when a random woman gave me a megaphone and said, “Just take it. Say whatever you want. Find me when you’re done with it.”
4) when me and my grrrls took over the chorus of “We Shall Overcome” with “we think cops are scuuuuuum.”
5) when we got mad at the lady with the news camera who kept pushing to interview me shortly after the scum cops song— and I wouldn’t because she seemed to have an agenda and I wasn’t about to represent All Feminists Ever on local/national news. My friend came to my defense and said “We don’t fucking care about the media, go away.” And the camerawoman said, “The media can help your cause, you know.” And we said, “Not your media.” I said, “I have a blog, I’ll just write about this later.”
9) when a disgruntled dude kept yelling “COP-FREE NYC” over the people who were yelling “RAPE-FREE NYC,” and a woman stopped him and said “Listen! This march is against rape!” And he yelled back, “I’m not a girl! Why would I yell that?” And another dude pulled him aside and schooled him.
10) when hundreds of people— all kinds of people— decided that rape was a cause that was important enough to get angry about, beyond the pens and into the streets. And we fucking brought it.