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Never is your voice so lovely as when it harmonizes with history

2 Feb

Some words from a friend in the wake of Saturday’s events…

Excellent! What delightful news! Pity that 16th and 17th St are paned in space-glass, or something.

It brings a particular joy to our troubled lives to hear of the constellations of events taking place in the US and across the world. Keep listening comrades, there is a call that is reverberated. The spirits of Marvin Booker, Paul Childs, Frank Lobato, and Ishmael Mena still yearn for redemption. They incarnate all those who will listen to the song of the vanquished. The Queen City has been terrorized by those miserable blue-clad soldiers of fortune for far too long. Let every avenue shake uncontrollably, and expose the enemy to its paradoxical vocation.

Denver is a city with a long history of struggle—a city deeply entrenched in the story which will not come to end until the whole of life is emancipated from Capital and its police. The shame of so many defeats and betrayals haunts that city, filling the streets of Santa Fe, Colfax, and Broadway with sad ghosts. The movements of the oppressed, alienated, and exploited that have been repressed boil beneath that pathetic structure on the corner of 13th St and Cherokee. The labor of the exploited permeates all those disgusting cartographies of neo-ubranism that make Denver such a desert of smiling faces filled with cocaine. We still hold on to the memories that weakened all potency before Obama shook hands with Hickenlooper, and before DPD got up early to beat the crowds.

Remember how they put down striking workers only a few hours south, and transformed the weakest among them over time into allies in their long march of progress. Remember how they reduced the power of brown and black liberation to cowering politicians and NGOs. Remember how they exposed the anarchists of an earlier age to their sad position and neutralized any intensity within their collective form of life. So many defeats, betrayals, frightened passivity yearning—like every city paved in the dead labor and of the past to be avenged—for redemption.

Denver, Queen City of the Plains, your task is not easy, but it’s so lovely, for one who knows intimately what trauma you’ve suffered, to see you fight. Throw off the weight of those scared little puppies, treat the snitches appropriately and refuse to governed by the activist-politicians. Expose the police to their paranoid nightmare, and reduce the facade that covers your beautiful flesh to ashes. Never is your voice so lovely as when it harmonizes with history.

Love and solidarity from the South.



Suspects charged in Fort Collins riot

31 Aug

Seven more people have been cited for their involvement in the Aug. 22 melee in Old Town Fort Collins that caused $12,000 in property damage.  [scroll down for the original story]

The total number of suspects cited is now at fourteen, said Fort Collins police spokeswoman Rita Davis.

[Most of the charges are misdemeanors: participating in a riot, resisting arrest, obstructing police, and disobeying orders under riot conditions.]

Police are working to identify other potential participants in the riot, Davis said.

400 riot in Fort Collins, burning and looting

25 Aug

til it breaks notes:

A longer media story and videos of the riot can be found here.

Apparently rioters were heard to shout “fuck the police” and generally deny the authority of the cops as the riot unfolded, at least until the cops and SWAT team deployed enough tear gas and other weapons to disperse them.

Arrests have been made in the wake of the riot as police reviewed video footage and issued warrants.  No matter how drunk you are during a riot, always remember to always cover your face!

FORT COLLINS — Five people have been cited for disorderly conduct and Fort Collins and Colorado State University police are reviewing videotapes to see whether they can identify others who spurred a riot that rolled through Old Town early Sunday morning.

So far, no students have been linked to the brawl, and officials are insisting that this won’t turn out to be another riot-plagued start to the school year.

Police used tear gas and pepper-spray balls to break up a crowd of 400 people near the intersection of North College and Mountain avenues after the Earth, Wind & Fire concert Saturday night at the annual Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest ended, said police spokeswoman Rita Davis.

It apparently all started after two men were ejected from a downtown bar. Several fights ensued.

Rioters began throwing beer bottles, patio furniture and other objects at police while damaging cars, stealing items from vendor tents and setting trash cans on fire, Davis said.

Some were injured in the fighting, including two men who went through the window of the Santa Fe Craftsman shop at 118 N. College Ave. They were taken to the hospital by ambulance before police could identify them, Davis said.

At least one vendor tent was burned in the rioting.

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Dozens of cops to quell CoSprings bar riot

31 Jul

Video here.

Multiple fights broke out at a Colorado Springs night club early this morning as about 500 people left a rap concert, according to Colorado Springs Police department blotter.

The first officer to arrive called for massive back up – up to 30 patrol cars streamed to the scene – to quell the unruly mass.

The incident unfolded at about 1:58 a.m. at Club Shots, 3958 Academy Blvd., police said.

The rambunctious crowd was hit with pepper spray and one person was Tasered, police said.

Police made multiple arrests including, one for assault on a peace officer, two for obstruction and one for disorderly conduct.

Daniel Sims, 21, was arrested on the assault charge, police said.

There were no major injuries reported, according to the blotter.

Rioting prisoners caused water damage, attempted escape

15 Apr

A disturbance at the privately owned Hudson Correctional Facility 25 miles northeast of Denver International Airport was sparked when cell doors in a unit housing 41 inmates from Alaska inexplicably opened early this morning.

Charles Seigel, spokesman for the Cornell Companies, which operates the prison, said his company is investigating whether the doors opened at about 1:20 a.m. in the prison’s segregation unit because of an electronic malfunction or human error.

When inmates realized the cell doors were open, many left their cells but most returned a short time later. However, as many as a dozen began destroying sprinkler heads and computers. They also tried to break out of the building by breaking windows.

The disturbance caused widespread water damage. The unit was littered with water, paper and smashed computers.

Seigel said that two guards who were in the unit fled to a captain’s office where they locked and barricaded the door.

Seigel said prison officials decided to let things cool down before acting. At 7:30 a.m., the prison sent in its emergency response team. The team used tear gas to subdue the inmates.

No corrections officers were injured. But Seigel said some of the inmates had bruises and abrasions. He said the instigator of the disturbance suffered the worst injury, a cut hand.

Seigel said rioters will be charged under Colorado law.

Seigel said the entire prison, which houses 877 inmates from Alaska, is on lockdown, with all inmates remaining in their cells. He said the lockdown will remain through at least Thursday.

Prisoners Riot at Hudson Correctional Facility

14 Apr

Inmates at a Colorado prison took control of part of the facility following a disturbance overnight, KDVR reported Wednesday.

No guards were taken hostage at the Hudson Correctional Facility in Weld County, northern Colorado, but a portion of the facility remained in the inmates’ control early Wednesday.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, and damage to the prison included smashed sprinklers, KDVR reported.

A riot at the privately owned Hudson Correctional Facility 25 miles northeast of Denver International Airport has been brought under control, prison authorities said this morning.

The prison, which holds approximately 750 inmates from the state of Alaska, is owned by Cornell Companies, Inc.

At approximately 1:30 a.m., 8-to-10 inmates “engaged in a disturbance” which was contained to one housing pod, according to a statement by Cornell.

There were no staff injuries but minor injuries were reported by some inmates.

No hostages were taken and personnel currently have full control of the facility, said Cornell.

Richard Schmitz, spokesman for the Alaska Department of Corrections, said that preliminary information was that the riot was confined to one module of the prison.

“There were no hostages and no escapes,” said Schmitz.

Colorado Department of Corrections spokeswoman Katherine Sanguinetti said that although the prison is privately owned, six inspectors from DOC’s inspector general’s office are headed to the prison.

Weld County Undersheriff Margie Martinez said the Weld County Sheriff’s Department assisted officials at the prison by sending two K9 units to the facility.

Martinez said the K9 units left the prison at 6:30 a.m. today and order had been restored.

The prison holds minimum- to medium- security adult males from Alaska. Schmitz said the Alaska inmates at Hudson generally have more than one year left on their sentences.

Wednesday: Film screening to support Oakland rioters

20 Mar

Wednesday, March 24th

P&L Printing 2298 Clay St, Denver

6:30 PM

Denver Anarchist Black Cross hosts a film night to benefit the over 150 people who were arrested during the rebellions in response to the January 2009 police killing of Oscar Grant III in California.

On the night of January 7th, a protest of the execution became a riot in downtown Oakland as barricades were formed, businesses were vandalized, and luxury cars, police cruisers and city vehicles were smashed and arsoned. Rioting continued on January 14th and 30th.

Over a year later, felony charges remained against two individuals–the charges against JR Valrey were recently dropped; Holly Works’ trial begins in April. Both are facing high legal fees.

Donations will go to help defray the legal fines of the Oakland 100.

A discussion will follow the short film, copies of ‘Unfinished Acts’ (a detailed and illustrated narrative of the Oakland riots) will be available, and refreshments will be provided.

Please come support the Oakland 100 and celebrate rebellions against the police.