Archive | March, 2011

Call for anti-capitalist contingent at April 4th Denver labor actions

30 Mar

The following is a statement issued by the Denver General Membership Branch of the IWW calling anti-capitalists to converge on the April 4th labor actions in Denver. There will be an anti-capitalist and radical worker’s bloc participating in the march beginning at 11:30am at 17th and California as well as a presence at the later rally and vigil.

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NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO COMPROMISE

SEIZE THE TIME!

The uprisings in Europe, then North Africa and the Mideast, and in the United States are not a coincidence. They are, at least in part, a common rebellion against a common enemy that threatens to make working people pay for its plunder and failures: the neo-liberal policies of unregulated capitalism, croney government, and phoney “banking”. We believe the best of what workers have spoken so far is not reforming a crippled and crippling capitalist system, but for the working class to step in as replacements for bundling bankers and bungling politicians.
WE HAVE A CHOICE TO MAKE: WE CAN LET OUR MOVEMENT BE CHANNELED TO WEAK REFORM AND ELECTORAL MEASURES OR WE CAN PUSH ONWARD NOT JUST FOR WORKERS’ RIGHTS IN THE OLD SYSTEM BUT FOR WORKERS’ POWER to control our own work, our wealth, our well being. Early in the last century the newpaper The Messenger, founded by A. Philip Randolph, called for mass strikes and workers’ control as “the antidote for capitalist poisons”.
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Drive-through bank robbery in Denver

28 Mar

Denver police are looking for a man they said robbed a bank through the drive-through window.

Police responded at 11:34 a.m. Saturday to a US Bank branch at 4930 Colorado Blvd. after a man demanded money through the drive-through window. A representative for the Denver Police Department didn’t know whether the suspect was armed or how he was able to get the money.

Statistics were not immediately available, but police said robberies through drive-through windows are uncommon.

Aurora leaders hold counter-insurgency meeting

23 Mar

Take note of the ongoing operations by which our enemies intend to prevent an uprising in Aurora while the cops murder people left and right. These are the people who work together to keep peace in the streets while class society continues to rule: Cops, religious leaders, activists, volunteer cops called “peacekeepers.”


Below is from the Denver Post, slightly edited to reduce misinformation:

Aurora officials convened a meeting of volunteers, police and the U.S. Department of Justice office that helps prevent racial tensions in the wake of recent shootings in which four people have been killed by police and two others wounded by police bullets.

Barbara Shannon-Banister, chief of the city’s community-relations division, said her office has not heard reports of unrest from the community and that Monday’s meeting was standard procedure after a major incident such as an officer-involved shooting.

Among those in attendance were members of the city’s Key Community Response Team, a group of volunteers who meet regularly and respond in times of civil disorder, as well as the city’s human-relations commission and representatives of the local faith community.

Also participating was a representative of the Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service, which is described on its website as the department’s “peacekeeper” for community conflict and tension arising from differences of race, color and national origin.

Shannon-Banister said the representative is a regular attendee of such meetings and a member of the Key Community Response Team.

Aurora officers have killed four individuals since Feb 10, three of them in the past week. The first two murdered individuals were both Latino. Police and the coroner’s office have not released the identities of the two others killed in the most recent shootings. Continue reading

Aurora sees 4th armed standoff with police in a week

23 Mar

Aurora SWAT officers, snipers, canines and a hostage negotiator staked out an apartment in the 1400 block of Clinton Street in pursuit of a suspected armed fugitive tonight.

After more than two and half hours of negotiations, 22-year-old Grant Bletcher released a hostage unharmed and then surrendered, said Aurora Police Sgt. Cassidee Carlson.

A U.S. Marshals fugitive task force was looking for Bletcher in the area about 6 p.m. When Bletcher saw the marshals near East 14th Avenue and Dallas Street, he took off in a white pickup truck driven by a woman.

Though police didn’t chase them, the truck crashed a short distance away. The woman was taken into custody for questioning, and Bletcher ran into a nearby apartment, taking a woman inside hostage, Carlson said.

Court records show Bletcher was wanted on felony warrants for burglary, menacing and escape.

He has been arrested in the past in Denver, Jefferson and Adams counties on drug, burglary, identity theft and vehicular eluding charges. He was sentenced to six years of community corrections in January for a Thornton burglary, court records show.

Bletcher served nearly a year in jail was sentenced to 10 years community correctons for a 2007 conviction for conspiracy to distribute drugs, records show.

‘Blessings Bandit’ has pulled off five Denver bank robberies

22 Mar

The FBI is looking for the “Blessings Bandit”, who is suspected in five bank robberies in the Denver area, including a Lakewood bank Saturday and a Centennial bank Monday morning.

The TCF Bank branch at 7595 West Colfax Ave. in Lakewood was robbed at about 9 a.m. Saturday, and the Chase Bank branch at 7490 South University Blvd. in Centennial was robbed just before 11 a.m. today.

In each of the robberies, his note demanding cash and threatening violence ended with “God bless,” authorities said.

Third officer-involved shooting this week in Aurora

21 Mar

The Aurora pigs have shot 5 people this week, killing 3 of them. All of the people tried to defend themselves, and some shot back.

Looks like it’s that time and place


Hurry to play, comrade, before the media convinces you that the actions of the police are somehow ‘justified’.

No peace in the streets with police in the streets!

 

AURORA — A man is dead, two others were injured and a police officer also received injuries in a late-night shooting in Aurora.

This marks the third time in the past week that an officer was injured and a suspect killed in an officer-involved shooting in Aurora.

It happened shortly before midnight, in the 400 block of North Laredo Street when Aurora police officers encountered three male suspects in an industrial area, according to a news release from Aurora Police Sgt. Cassidee Carlson.

The shooting happened inside a fenced-in car storage lot behind the Automotive Service Center, a group of three buildings where auto repair and collision businesses — many of which are family-owned — rent space.

Police were responding to a possible car theft in progress when they found the three men in a back lot.

That’s when, Carlson said, the suspects hopped into a truck and tried to drive off.

Carlson said shots were fired.

Two of the three people in the truck were hit by gunfire. One man died at a hospital. A second man who was shot is being treated at a hospital, while the third man is being treated for injuries believed to have been sustained in an ensuing, post-shooting crash.

One officer received an injury to his head and was taken to a local hospital. It was unclear how he was hurt. Police said he is expected to be released this morning.

Carlson said police are investigating whether the driver drove at an officer and hit him with the truck.

The names and conditions of the people involved weren’t released.

Investigators are still determining who shot at whom and a sequence of events.

The officers who fired their weapons have been placed on standard, paid administrative leave pending an internal review of the shooting. Their names were not released.

Off-duty ICE cop stabbed

20 Mar

An off-duty immigration officer was injured in an altercation at a liquor store Saturday night, Denver police said.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer was not seriously hurt.

“The guy pulled out a knife and cut him,” police spokesman Sonny Jackson said.

The incident at 5135 Chambers Rd. was reported at about 8:39 p.m., said police spokeswoman Leslie Branchwise.