Meanwhile, Democrats and Republicans pushed through another $40 billion in military and financial aid to the Ukrainian war effort, bringing “the total amount allocated to the war to a staggering $53 billion.” This latest package of war funds again shows the priories of the ruling parties, as Republicans also fought to block a much smaller COVID-19 package of $10 billion, supposedly in an effort to block Democrats from lifting Title 42, a racist Trump era policy that bars refugees and migrants from seeking asylum in the US, ironically under the auspices of stopping the spread of COVID-19.
In the midst of increasing migrant deaths and deplorable conditions inside detention facilities – Democrats are pushing to replace Title 42 with increased deportations + militarization – while readying detention space for upwards of 20K children. https://t.co/jHI6kbVXeFpic.twitter.com/LfWmir016G
The Supreme Court police command walked out and just shook thier head. They didn't clear the crowd out at this point but defiantly made a presence more noticeable. This is the states only response is violence. pic.twitter.com/5TUK0Quk3T
Protests kicked off last week almost immediately after the leak from Politico went viral, with protests forming first in DC, where people rallied into the night and confronted anti-abortion protesters outside the US Supreme Court building. Over the next few nights, rowdy demonstrations and clashes broke out with police in Austin, Texas, Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles, California. In Washington DC, Phoenix, Arizona, and Denton, Texas, people also squared off against various far-Right groups who showed up attempting to intimidate pro-choice protesters.
And while thousands have flooded the streets, marched on the homes of the powerful and walked out of schools and workplaces, a wave of autonomous actions have also targeted anti-abortion groups and their offices, often referred to as “crisis pregnancy centers.” As American Progresswrote:
Fake women’s health centers—sometimes referred to as crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs)—are a vital part of the anti-choice movement, supported by major national organizations and anti-choice policymakers alike, while receiving significant taxpayer funding in states across the country. Since [a] Supreme Court [ruling in 2016] restricted the movement’s ability to shut down legitimate women’s health clinics, the movement has attempted to bolster the ability of fake centers to manipulate women and block them from accessing comprehensive care—essentially, to secure the legal right to lie to women and politicize health care.
Fake centers2 are sophisticated organizations designed to dissuade women from seeking comprehensive reproductive health services. The vast majority use misleading tactics—such as advertising that they provide information on abortion care and using names similar to those of comprehensive health clinics3—to hide their anti-choice mission and lure those whom they call “abortion-minded women”4 through their doors in order to manipulate them further. Any “counseling” provided is an attempt to further their political agenda.
An anti-abortion Catholic church…was tagged with circle-As and messages, including “Fuck the Church, Fuck the State” and “Keep Your Religion Off Our Bodies.” A window of the church was also smashed in the action.
The anti-abortion church is well known locally for an annual display featuring thousands of crosses, which say they represent the number of abortions performed each day in the United States.
In Denton, Texas, a pro-life “clinic” was vandalized with graffiti reading “Forced Birth = Murder” and “Not A Clinic.”
Colorado Anarchists visited the St. John XXIII Catholic Church of Fort Collins last night, leaving multiple broken windows and painted messages, in retaliation for its material support of dangerous anti-abortion groups like 40 Days for Life. These groups have terrorized local visitors of Planned Parenthood for years now and must not be tolerated.
BREAKING: Somebody vandalized and allegedly threw Molotov cocktails into Wisconsin Family Action’s — an anti-abortion rights group — Madison office, writing w/ graffiti, “If abortions aren’t safe, then you aren’t either.”
In Madison, Wisconsin, windows were busted out and pro-life graffiti was written over the office of a pro-life organization. A Molotov cocktail was also throw inside one of the office rooms, destroying office equipment. A communique sent to the media read:
This is not a declaration of war. War has been upon us for decades. A war which we did not want, and did not provoke. Too long have we been attacked for asking for basic medical care. Too long have we been shot, bombed, and forced into childbirth without consent.
This was only a warning. We demand the disbanding of all anti-choice establishments, fake clinics, and violent anti-choice groups within the next thirty days. This is not a mere “difference of opinion” as some have framed it. We are literally fighting for our lives. We will not sit still while we are killed and forced into servitude. We have run thin on patience and mercy for those who seek to strip us of what little autonomy we have left. As you continue to bomb clinics and assassinate doctors with impunity, so too shall we adopt increasingly extreme tactics to maintain freedom over our own bodies.
We are forced to adopt the minimum military requirement for a political struggle. Again, this was only a warning. Next time the infrastructure of the enslavers will not survive. Medical imperialism will not face a passive enemy. Wisconsin is the first flashpoint, but we are all over the US, and we will issue no further warnings.
And we will not stop, we will not back down, nor will we hesitate to strike until the inalienable right to manage our own health is returned to us.
We are not one group, but many. We are in your city. We are in every city. Your repression only strengthens our accomplice-ship and resolve.
The response from the Right, which for years has been building coalitions between the GOP and fascist, paramilitary groups while openly calling for violence, murder, and the targeting of entire communities of people, has been predictable: paint “conservatives” as victims of escalating Left violence. Yet many have been quick to point out that for decades the so-called pro-life movement has carried out a bloody campaign of mass murder, violence, and bombings in an effort to terrorize clinics into closing by force and pushing the State to criminalize bodily autonomy.
Neo-Nazis marching against abortion rights in #Chicago should come as a shock to no-one. From the Army of God's deadly attacks at the 1996 Olympics to the modern Alt-Right, white nationalists have a long + deadly history within the so-called pro-life movement. pic.twitter.com/2p7wSr15VC
Members of groups such as the Army of God, such as Eric Rudolf, carried out horrific acts of murder and terror, including the indiscriminate bombing of the 1996 Olympics in the name of attacking “socialism” and “abortion on demand,” which killed 2 and injured over 100. Rudolf would go on to bomb an LGBTQ nightclub and two abortion clinics before being arrested. But Rudolf was only part of a wider, much deadlier movement.
Anti-choice zealots murdered 11 people—including doctors, clinic employees, a clinic escort, a security guard and a police officer—between 1993 and 2016. There were 26 attempted murders in the same period.
[From] 1977 [to 2015] there have been…42 bombings, and 186 arsons targeted at abortion clinics and providers across the United States. In some cases, a small group of clinics have been targeted multiple times.
Since 2015, according to the National Abortion Federation, there has been 8 more arson attacks on abortion clinics, with four happening in 2015 alone.
Outside of the increasingly fascist Right and the neoliberal center that tries to paint all forms of self-organization or direct action as criminal or conspiratorial, response to the various forms of action by many has been positive, with many people realizing the threat posed by increasingly minoritarian rule which seeks to curtail basic freedoms under the threat of State violence and authority, needs to be opposed – and that the Democratic party is not the vehicle to continue that fight forward.
On Wednesday May 4th police…encountered a flaming barricade as soon as they opened the fence. They eventually cleared the barricade and drove into the forest a little ways. Then promptly backed off when met with a barrage of rocks and smoke bombs. It is not clear what the objective of the police was that day, but they definitely did not achieve it. It was also observed that barricades and the Atlanta steamer were restored by the next day. Nature is healing.
UPSIDE DOWN BLACK SEDAN BARRICADES SOUTH POWER LINE CUT PATHWAY TO ATLANTA FOREST "A huge ass bonfire along with a vast array of fireworks & feral friends silhouetted & serenaded the break in the forest"
— Scenes from the Atlanta Forest (@scenesatl) May 9, 2022
Four days later, kicking off a week of action, forest defenders placed a flipped over black car in the middle of a major entrance into the forest, along with a banner reading, “Fuck this World And Its Cops.”
On May 9th, as Unicorn Riot reported: “A group of 30-40 people gathered in front of the home of Shephard Long, principal of Long Engineering, one of the subcontractors hired to build the “Public Safety Training Center,” also known as “Cop City” in the Atlanta Forest.”
The group, who rallied for about 10 minutes, was demanding Long Engineering sever its contract with the project. pic.twitter.com/Djx3It2qjE
On Wednesday, two DeKalb County park police entered the forest to inspect the path created by bulldozers on Monday... As they were exiting, forest defenders ambushed them by throwing rocks and bottles at their cars, smashing windows.
At Noon, a van with “LAW ENFORCEMENT – DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE”…pulled into the parking lot of Intrenchment Creek Park by the gazebo. Around an hour later, the van was attacked suddenly by a barrage of rocks and multiple tires were slashed. The van attempted to escape but was left stranded in the parking lot until DeKalb Police were able to escort it out. Police were nervously walking backwards in order to keep their eyes on the tree line where they knew forest defenders would be watching them…
Multiple police vehicles were damaged. Nobody was detained or arrested. Juvenile justice was served, but probably not in the way they meant. Atlanta will remain a forest.
The same day, on May 11th, over 60 people rallied in front of a downtown Atlanta AT&T office to demand that the telecommunications giant pull out of the “Cop City” project.
BREAKING – ATLANTA, GA: Tonight ~60 people gathered in front of a downtown AT&T corporate office to demand it pull funding from the Atlanta Police Foundation, which is spearheading a training center dubbed "Cop City", as part of an ongoing #StopCopCity pressure campaign pic.twitter.com/BPVzktNh1U
Then on May 13th, the offices of Brassfield and Gorrie, subcontractors involved in the destruction of the Atlanta forest, were covered in paint with graffiti slogans reading: “No forest, no peace,” and “No Cop City.”
We're probably going to hear more about this later, but you know what they say: "Fucking their shit up is worth a thousand words"… or something pic.twitter.com/O84WBhAAQb
In Atlanta, members of the Fang Collective were violently arrested after protesting the shareholder meeting of Invesco, demanding that they divest from the Wyatt Detention Center.
BREAKING. Police in Atlanta just violently arrested four people who were protesting outside of @InvescoUS’s annual shareholder meeting. They were there to demand that Invesco divest from the Wyatt Detention Center. #ShutDownWyattpic.twitter.com/74r6gsFCx8
May 8th – 15: Call for week of action to defend the Atlanta forest. More info here.
May 15th: Stop the Criminalization of Homelessness rally, Boulder, CO. More info here.
May 18th: Cops off Campus hosting mutual aid event at UC Davis. More info here.
May 20th – 22nd: This May 20th-22nd, Woodbine and Symbiosis will host a northeast regional gathering in New York City, to discuss the last two years of our organizing for survival. From our experiences and experiments with mutual aid and disaster relief, what are our present and future needs for coordination and confederation in order to build autonomy and dual power? More info here.
May 21st: March Against Anti-LGBTQ/Anti-Abortion Rally in Boulder, CO. More info here.
May 24th: “Mutual Aid, Mass Politics and the Spirit of May 28th” at the Landing Strip in Minneapolis, MN.
May 26th: Civil Liberties Defense Center ‘Know Your Rights’ training.
May 28th: BBQ Celebration at the Landing Strip in Minneapolis, MN.
June 5th: Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair returns to Oakland, California. 11 AM – 5 PM, 5th and Harrison. More info here.
June 25th – 26th: Autonomous Tenant Union Network 2022 Convention. Los Angeles, CA. More info here.
July 29th – 30th: At Dual Power 2022 we want to foster an atmosphere of generative co-learning and co-creativity. We want to connect people and bring them together around shared work. We want to create a space where ideas are exchanged, stories are told, and futures are imagined, in the context of building and maintaining dual power. More info here.
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