Archive | September, 2009

Pittsburgh: Queers trash police station and businesses

26 Sep

More info on Thursday’s queer bloc.

Shortly after 10 p.m., a Bash Back!-themed black bloc a hundred or more strong appeared on Forbes Street between Atwood Street and Oakland Avenue. The march was pushing half a dozen or more dumpsters, which were upended in the intersections while seemingly all the corporate businesses on the block lost their windows. Another dumpster was rolled further down the street and set alight before being upended as the bloc fled north.

We can imagine the atmosphere of the street at that instant: the running figures, the explosions of breaking glass reverberating off the buildings, the dim streetlights on masked faces, the sound of nearby sirens reminding everyone that militarized riot police in full force were on the way from only a couple blocks’ distance.

Pamela’s Diner, Panera Bread, McDonald’s, Bruegger’s Bagels, Subway, Rite Aid, FedEx Kinko’s, American Apparel, the Pitt Shop, and other businesses suffered damage. An H&R Block nearby on Atwood also reported vandalism. The bloc moved north, encountering a police substation on which a particularly bitter revenge was exacted. Police vehicles were already in pursuit and presumably speeding ahead to surround the march; however, the terrain of the college district was too open, and too populated by civilians, for the police to easily entrap their prey. Some participants broke off from the march at this point; others continued together as far as Craig Street, where Quizno’s Subs, PNC Bank, Irish Design Center, BNY Mellon, and Citizens Bank were damaged before the bloc finally dispersed.

from Crimethinc


Pittsburgh: anarchists riot against capitalism

25 Sep

…by the time I went to sleep early the next morning, the list of smashed storefronts was long: McDonalds. PNC Bank. Citizens Bank. Fidelity Bank. Boston Market. Subway. H&R Block. KFC. BMW. And many more…

cop cars got redecorated and rocks were thrown at police.

…Bash Back! contingents and their supporters donned their pink bandanas, glitter and banners and literally hit the town. What I thought was going to be a theatrical march quickly turned into a large band of roaming queers dawned in black. In the back of the march, I began to hear what I originally thought were rubber bullets being shot into the front of the crowd. However, the police had not yet responded to this quickly moving group – the sounds that I had been hearing were actually windows shattering. One after the other – the banks, the corporate chains, the police station, the University of Pittsburgh store were hit by various found objects, U-locks, rocks and wrenches. Bash Back! quickly disbanded – not before setting a dumpster on fire – as the very long line of riot police began to move in on them and the thousands of college kids that were on the Pittsburgh University campus wearing togas, team jerseys and high heels.

texts here and here.

photos here, here, here and here.

videos here.

UPDATES: 193 arrests reported; 23 from the unpermitted march, 40ish from the University Thursday night, about 100 from mass arrest Friday, 1(?) from Bash Back! march; most arrests misdemeanors such as ‘failure to disperse’, 17 people with felony charges. Police counted 19 banks and businesses damaged on Thursday.


“The [People’s Uprising] march has a potential for violence because it is unapproved and the organizers cannot be held responsible for the behavior of the attendees. Our Intel has identified about 400 people who will be attending and an accurate count of all others isn’t feasible. Rest assured that we are well prepared to respond to this march and the possibility of any property damage in the Strip is minimal.

We have amassed the largest grouping of law enforcement officers that this area has ever or will ever see. Take comfort in knowing that we quell any civil disturbance.”

-Message Wednesday from Assistant Deputy Chief Paul Donaldson, who was wrong.

from myriad sources

Prison guard confronted for sexually assaulting teens

23 Sep

A Colorado corrections officer (screw) lured two teenage girls into his apartment, offered them alcohol and then sexually assaulted them on Friday in Loveland.

Their friend, who’s our new favorite hero, was with the girls when the screw lured them all in.  She turned down the alcohol and rescued her two friends from the apartment after he started to molest them.  Then she went back to the apartment to confront him, and he threatened to cut her throat.

He was placed on administrative leave from the prison.  Lucky for him, because if the inmates heard about this he could get his own throat cut.

article from the Denver Post

Pig Cordova ‘not guilty’

23 Sep

Michael Cordova, a Denver cop, was found “not guilty” of use of excessive force in an incident last year when he slammed the head of an already-restrained detainee on the concrete, breaking his teeth.

The entire incident was captured on video.

The jurors must have been watching a different video than the one we saw, in which you can actually hear the sound of the detainee’s teeth breaking.

Because of his badge, Cordova didn’t even face felony assault charges, just a misdemeanor charge that he was acquitted of.

We should expect no justice from the system.

article at the Denver Post

Fuck! No cop layoffs

23 Sep

The City of Denver and the Denver Police Department’s union leadership reached a deal that will delay officer’s pay raises but, if approved by the union, will prevent the 92 layoffs threatened.

The union is expected to approve the contract.

Full story from

Monday: Death Threats

23 Sep

The Politics of Displacement and Community Self-Determination

from AFSC:

Join us Monday, Sept. 28th at 6pm for a multimedia presentation on neoliberalism, militarism and popular resistance in Oaxaca, Mexico and beyond.

Community rights defense organizer Simón Sedillo will be bringing a new multimedia presentation. Through lectures, workshops, and short films from Oaxaca, Mexico Sedillo helps draw real connections between the struggles of indigenous communities, immigrant communities, and communities of color in the US and Mexico.

Date: Monday, September 28th
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Location: AFSC office, 901 W. 14th Ave. rm 7
(Kalamath & 14th; first floor of the Court House Square Apartments)

and Tuesday, Sept 29 6:30pm Humanities 135, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder

more info here and here.

Some more recent prison escapes

23 Sep

Okay, does anybody know a good blog that reports prison escapes? Fire to the Prisons includes these stories in every issue, but they don’t have a blog.

Anyway, we’re on this prison break kick now.  Rather than sticking to local news, here’s a sampling of prison breaks in the US in the past week or so:

  • Louisiana: On Thursday, September 10, an inmate of the Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola) escaped into the woods that surround the prison while out on litter detail. The escapee was caught last Tuesday after a massive manhunt involving hundreds of officers working round-the-clock for 5 days.
  • Alabama: On Sunday, an inmate escaped from the DeKalb County Correction Facility.  The means of escape were not reported except that there was a mistake in the design of the exercise yard. The escapee was caught on Tuesday morning a few miles from the prison when someone called police on a trespassing complaint.
  • Ohio: An inmate briefly escaped from a halfway house in Cincinnati but was caught.
  • Georgia: An inmate escaped from a work crew assigned to clean flood damage in the Atlanta area on Tuesday (today).
  • Southern California: An inmate of the Pilot Rock Conservation Camp, which assigns prisoners to fight wildfires, escaped from the minimum-security camp on Saturday. The inmate was caught.
  • Minnesota: An inmate escaped from a medium security correctional facility in the Twin Cities area on Sunday, setting off a manhunt. He was in the middle of a 56-day sentence, when someone from the outside cut a padlock on a gate, helping him escape from the exercise yard. The suspect vehicle was found by police and the inmate was apprehended.
  • Arkansas: Last Tuesday, an inmate made his way out of a window of a prison transport van.  He apparently leaped headfirst out of the window while the van was making a turn. He was in handcuffs and leg irons. The escapist has twice escaped from a state prison and another two times from county jails. The other inmates in the van refused to cooperate with state police attempting to investigate. He is still on the loose one week later.