Some tips from the EFF (https://ssd.eff.org/en/module/attending-protest).
Before the Protest
- Enable full-disk encryption on your device
- Remove fingerprint unlock and FaceID
- Install Signal
- Back up your data
- Buy a prepaid, disposable phone
- Consider biking or walking to the protest (to avoid Automated License Plate Reader Systems)
During the Protest
- Take photos and videos without unlocking your device
- Enable airplane mode
After the Protest
- Scrub metadata on photos
"I became an Anarchist when I decided to drop the theories and stop seeking power. When I stopped concerning myself with those things I realised that true Anarchy is my nature. It is our nature. It is what we were doing before the theories arrived, it is what we were doing before we were encouraged to be in competition with each other."
- Benjamin Zephaniah, 'Why I Am an Anarchist'
putting a list together of stuff that i should have learned in high school, but if it had been taught, any one of my high school history teachers would have been fired the next day just for teaching it, even if they only used government documents as source material:
-assassination of Fred Hampton
-1921 Tulsa massacre
-FBI letter to MLK telling him to kill himself
How can anyone take Restore Privacy’s advice seriously when they are paid to shill fucking Nord and Express whenever they can?
“...When they put on their badges, police officers cease to be members of the working class. In fact their primary role is to surveil, control, and silence all forms of dissent to support the continuity of a racist, harmful, murderous status quo.”
“Our schools, workplaces, and government offices frequently collaborate with police. The police are an occupying force in Black communities. Their brutality towards Black people is condoned and accepted as business as usual. We urge all local governmental and non-governmental entities to cut ties with the SPD...”
“3- The Seattle City Attorney must not prosecute protesters, including those arrested violating curfew, and those living in encampments. Protesters took to the streets to call for the end of the murders of Black people by police, and SPD unnecessarily escalated tensions and violence.”
“2- Seattle's Mayor and City Council must protect and expand investments to make our communities safe, prioritizing community-led health and safety strategies. Full access to affordable housing, community-based anti-violence programs, trauma services and treatment, universal childcare, and free public transit are just a few of the non-police solutions to social problems.”
Petition supporting the call to defund Seattle PD (read yesterday outside city hall):
“1- Seattle's Mayor and City Council must immediately defund Seattle Police Department (SPD). The city faces a $300 million budget shortfall due to COVID-19. Seattle City Council should propose and vote for a 50% cut from the $363 million already budgeted for SPD.”
cops kneeling: my eyes itch with dryness
kpop fans completely destroying white supremacists on twitter: moved to tears in seconds
Relevant Signal sticker pack for protestors:
Uspol, a bit long
I think I've finally got an idea together as to why "turning in looters" is a disgusting bootlicker idea.
We're in the midst of some the largest anti-police protests since the civil rights insurrections of the 60s.
We've got police planting bricks and committing property damage, themselves, to instigate violence.
The core of these protests is rejection of a system of inequality that pushes PoC lower and lower down the socioeconomic ladder, and keeps them there, and rejection of the police violence that kills and maims and abuses people.
But people are buying into this idea of a "respectable" protest, that a protest is only legitimate as long as it's peaceful.
People want to appeal to the system by turning in "violent rioters." To prove that this movement is legitimate.
In a protest against the legitimacy of the system of policing, a system that injures and maims and abuses people, people are subjecting their fellows in arms to the violence of this system?
The people doing this are either acting in bad faith, or they think that the system they are protesting, the one that killed George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and countless other people, and tried to cover it up, that same system will offer fair justice to someone who stole property?
This sort of behavior is uncritical acceptance of long-reinforced american propaganda. That property is more valuable than human life.
This protest is about rejection of police violence, and about forcing the police to acknowledge the violence they commit that causes great injury to people. Anyone who is a part of this protest who works to try to identify and turn in "looters and rioters" is a hypocrite. They protest the violence the police commit, but only when the police commit violence against people they perceive "Don't deserve it"
No one deserves it.
Don't be a narc.
Don't talk to the cops
Don't help the cops.
It's that fucking simple.
You don’t stick a knife in a man’s back nine inches and then pull it out six inches and say you’re making progress. No matter how much respect, no matter how much recognition, whites show towards me, as far as I am concerned, as long as it is not shown to everyone of our people in this country, it doesn’t exist for me.
* Malcolm X
10 Habits of Someone Who Doesn’t Know They’re Anti-Black by Cicely Blain:
“Hey Liberals, if you have been gassed by police at a protest, you have experienced Law & Order. If you have had gas washed out of your eyes by a street medic, you have experienced Anarchy.”
This game is pretty surreal to play now.
Bitwarden users, new trash can feature: “Deleted items are now placed in a Trash folder for 30 days”
However, we got a fucking ways to go. Outside City Hall, Mayor Durkan came out and didn’t address any of the demands we were saying. Talked about how her *white* ancestors were immigrants, we need affordable health care (wtf?), and how the PD has agreed to not cover their badge numbers. Fucking tone deaf.
We then marched to a park for further protesting after she went back into the building, and noticed cops along the way still had their badge numbers taped over.
Was at the Seattle protest today. It was so awesome seeing mutual aid in action; folx sharing packaged foods, water, granola bars, bottled waters, hand sanitizer, masks, and medical supplies.
And it looks like the nightly curfews have been lifted: “Protesters may continue peaceful demonstrations.”
Personal instance of nitrohorse (nitrohorse.com).