Archive | November, 2009

March in memory of Sand Creek Massacre

29 Nov

Antoinette Red Woman walked from 15th Street to the state Capitol on Saturday to remember and honor her fallen ancestors who suffered in Colorado’s Sand Creek Massacre 145 years ago.

One hundred and sixty Cheyenne and Arapahoe tribal members were killed on Nov. 29, 1864, when the 1st Colorado Cavalry and 3rd Colorado Cavalry, under the leadership of Col. John Chivington, opened fire on a peaceful American Indian camp in southeastern Colorado.

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Angry taxi drivers protest sweetheart deal

29 Nov

About 100 horn-honking taxi drivers encircled the Cherry Creek Mall and passed out leaflets today protesting new restrictions that give preferential access to two cab companies.

“Pretty much it was a sea of orange,” said Lisa Bolton, CWA Local 7777 president, referring to the color of one company’s cabs. “It went excellent.”

The Cherry Creek Mall is one of the prime locations in Denver for taxi drivers to find clients and Christmas is the busiest and most profitable time of the year.

But representatives from two taxi companies say the Cherry Creek Mall recently entered an exclusive deal with two competing taxi companies that denies them partial access to the shopping center.

Only Yellow Cab and Metro Taxi will be allowed to wait at taxi stands outside the mall.

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Parker bank robbery

29 Nov

A [person] wearing a blue hoodie sweatshirt pulled out a gun and robbed a Colorado State Bank and Trust in Parker this morning.

The suspect escaped from the bank at 17821 Cottonwood Dr. on foot with an unspecified amount of money, said Sara Walla, Parker police spokeswoman.

from the Denver Post.

Gangs and Insurrection // on the occasion of the mass arrests in Denver

28 Nov

We don’t usually do much commentary, instead letting people’s actions speak for themselves, but there are some news stories that we absolutely cannot let go reported in the way the media would have it. This is one such story.  The following piece is not as complete and thought-out as we want; it’s a piece we’ve worked on for about a week since the news hit the press, but we’d like to work on it more.  Look for a better version in the next issue of ’til it breaks.

Last week the Denver Police Department made a mass arrest of 34 black youth and it seems like nobody has blinked an eye.

The 34 suspects were rounded up because, according to the cops, they are suspects in a series of downtown muggings.

Last we heard, 30 of those individuals have been charged with things like assault and robbery–many of them felony charges.  The police did not make it clear how they identified and rounded up the suspects, but “most of [them] told police they were associated with either the Rollin’ 60s Crips gang or the Black Gangster Disciples gang.”  The police keep dossiers on gang members; apparently they used their lists to round up individuals, throw them in jail, and begin interrogations.

All this ought to raise some kind of resistance from radicals who are also tracked by the police.

Anarchists, especially, should take notice when this shit goes down, cause we’re in gangs ourselves.  It’s true.  All it takes is a crew of folks who have each others’ backs to be a gang.  Our forms of social organization are atypical, and they are our greatest strength.

Even if you don’t think you’re a gangster, the cops already do.  The police in Denver have been using their Gang Units to track anarchists for years.  To them, we’re gangs.

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Governor’s Mansion hit with TP

27 Nov

Colorado’s governor’s mansion has hosted dignitaries like Dwight Eisenhower in its 101-year history, but no one’s sure that what happened to the home of Colorado’s First Family over night has ever happened before.

Gov. Bill Ritter (D-Colorado) and First Lady Jeannie Ritter were awake shortly after dawn this morning looking up at numerous rolls of toilet paper hanging from trees in their yard.

from the Denver Post.

Gunbarrel ATM theft attempted

27 Nov

Customers hoping to use the drive-through ATM at Chase Bank in Gunbarrel will have to go inside or elsewhere to get cash for a while.

The automated teller machine is out of commission after one or several would-be thieves ripped it from its base overnight and dragged it about 20 feet before giving up and leaving the cash machine mangled on the grass, according to Boulder police.

Boulder police responded to an alarm at the bank, 6300 Gunpark Drive, about 2 a.m. Wednesday and found an uprooted ATM on the lawn, police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said.

from the Denver Post.

Boulder frat boys getting smashed a lot

25 Nov

Members of a Boulder fraternity are fed up with vandalism at their University Hill house, and they’re taking steps to fight back.

Matt Ullrich, president of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at 911 17th St., said Tuesday that the organization has been the target of multiple acts of vandalism in recent weeks.

“I’ve been here for three years, and I’ve never seen stuff this bad,” Ullrich said.

Ullrich, 20, said someone, either Friday night or early Saturday morning, used a rock to smash a window on the second floor of the ZBT house. The window backs up to the organization’s parking lot and a park behind University Hill Elementary School.

Boulder police are investigating a similar string of vandalism that was reported on University Hill early Saturday morning, although a police spokeswoman said no one reported the incident at the fraternity and so police are unsure if the events are related.

The weekend incident at the ZBT house is the second time in as many weeks that the fraternity has been targeted, Ullrich said. Last week, two windows at the house were broken, along with a sliding glass door that opens to a bedroom.

Earlier in the semester, the fraternity members found five cars in their private parking lot with broken side mirrors. Two cars had cinder blocks tossed through the windshields.

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