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In Defense of Autonomy: #Seattle’s #CHOP Advanced the Movement for Black Lives

CHOP is dead, long live CHOP! As the police moved to dismantle the Seattle Capitol Hill Organized Protest (formerly “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone”) earlier this morning, this piece by Seattle based historian Micheal Reagan eloquently reflects on the power, significance and important weaknesses inherent in the movement.

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Seattle: We Demand Amnesty For All

Seattle. WA. From surveillance to prosecution and incarceration, the state disproportionately targets BIPOC youth. From racist predictive policing to red-lining and a police department nationally recognized for its excessive use of force, there is a long history of state-sanctioned violence against communities of color by the Seattle police department.

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#Olympia, #WA: Mayor’s house vandalized during rowdy anti-cop march

Olympia. WA. The night of June 12, an assortment of black liberation fighters, anarchists, and fellow travelers held a rowdy march against the police and the white supremacist world they maintain in downtown Olympia. In spite of the heavy militia presence tailing the march (30+ chuds from a new crew calling itself “American Wolf” in fluorescent green “peacekeeper” shirts with paint guns, regular guns, zip tie handcuffs; box trucks, and a limo), the march still managed to vandalize the mayor’s house, torch a US flag, bust up a bank and a Starbucks, and spread pro-black liberation and pro-abolition graffiti from downtown to the South Capitol neighborhood. There were no arrests.

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Interview: “#CHAZ is here to stay until demands are met by the Mayor of #Seattle”

Author: Katarina Pavičić-Ivelja

Throughout the past weeks, in the midst of Black Lives Matter protests, Seattle has seen violent clashes as the police, and the National Guard attacked protesters in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. However, the clashes seem to have inspired self-organization in the area which finally lead to the formation of a police-free, community lead territory known as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. As the protesters constructed barricades around the perimeter of the newly proclaimed autonomous zone and erected signs containing messages such as „You are now entering free Capitol Hill“ (which seems to be visibly inspired by the mural thats stands at the entrance of a self-declared autonomous nationalist area of Derry, Northern Ireland, that existed between 1969 and 1972) , „People’s republic of Capitol Hill“, „No-cop co-op“ and alike, the Zone caught the public eye and caused an avalanche of various responses on social media.

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Class War Daily 10 June 2020: Direct action get the goods! – Destroy 500 years of colonialism! And viva #CHAZ

“A hundred castellanoes are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of
dealers who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten are now in demand.”

Those are the worlds of Columbus wrote in 1500 to Doña Juana de la Torre. To secure his second expedition with the
promises “slaves as many as they shall order to be shipped,”.

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#Seattle: The Birth of the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone

Seattle. WA. Solidarity in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ): Building community power.

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#Seattle, #WA: Notes from a Martyrs’ Vigil on the 2nd Sunday

June 7th, around 8pm, people gather for another consecutive day of rallying around Cal Andersen park in a soft siege of siege of the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct. Umbrellas have moved to the front of the crowd to face the police line. The fence that had been erected by the city has been removed. The police passive aggressively threaten violence every 15 minutes or so. A vigil is being assembled a little ways away from the line of SPD riot cops and Washington National Guard soldiers at 11th and pine.

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#Olympia, #WA: Report back from June 6th action in solidarity with the anti-police uprising

WA. For the last week or so, Olympia has been plagued with various protest leaders appearing out of no where who claim the role of “community leader” despite the fact that no one in the community seems to have met them before.

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Fires Set Outside White House as Uprising Against Racist Police Murders Continues

DC. June 1, 2020. In Washington D.C. on Sunday night, revolutionaries set fires outside the White House, while Trump hid in a bunker. Meanwhile, stores were looted and fires were set throughout Soho in Manhattan, as the uprising against racist police murders continued in cities across the US.

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#Seattle Joins Nationwide Struggle for Black Lives, Two Nights of Riots

Friday and Saturday night (5/29 & 5/30) respectively saw demonstrations throughout Seattle against police terror and to add to the burning fight for Black Lives.

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