Newz Log from the Pandemic Called PoLice Terror

Tiny - Posted on 31 May 2020

From Organizer Rachel Jacksom (Oakland):
i was there that first night in oakland, and it was profound.
the 99% consciousness shift that was occupy finally found its footing on the streets. 
the feeling in the air was clear & calm. 
and it was mostly quiet, punctuated by fireworks, because we all knew it was a funeral, too.
it was obvious what all that property was about, & none of it accounted for very many jobs.
more importantly,
the trash cans, orange barricades, plywood & plate glass did not cry out in anguish for one another in their final moments.
the banks didn't look across broadway and yearn to take each others' pain away.
the office buildings didn't worry about how they were gonna pay rent or if they'd be living in their cars.
the chain stores didn't send their children or parents desperate texts when it got late.
& none of them had to watch each other die on facebook live.
so if anyone asks what happened in oakland that first night, tell them it was love.
& tell them the lockdown made us free.
From Anonymous:
 Many buildings that are associated with "Capitalism" have been destroyed, merch wrecked.  Much tagging of buildings with FTP, etc.  The Mercedes dealership on 29th and Broadway had all it's windows broken out,  cars vandalized, spray painted.  Hired security there this morning standing in the busted out windows. Calaveras bar had on the window Black owned, I didn't know that, I think that's a lie, but it worked.  Chase Bank, tore up, ATM's tore up, Broadway up and until you get to the Alameda tube is tore up.  I won't opine about how I feel about any of this, that's for later.

From Minneapolis

From a friend who received this description of what is happening on the ground in Minneapolis.

"The out of town insurgents are heavily armed in our neighborhood all day yesterday; people were out on the street helping businesses (EVERY SINGLE BUSINESS IN UPTOWN has boarded up windows and locked down their stores).

The 3rd Precinct burned on Thursday night. Uptown, where we live and the 5th Precinct police station is and all of Lake Street was looted. Friday EVERY BUSINESS on Lake Street and adjoining commercial districts, was boarded up.

Many spray painted murals on the plywood to let folks know they were a local or minority owned business, Essential businesses.

Last night was by far the worst night. Protests during the day were peaceful. There was an 8:00pm curfew, Everything changed when the sun went down.

Roving and highly organized bands of anti-government neo-nazi white men cruising the city, breaking off plywood, looting stores, and then setting them fire to the buildings.

On the Northside, predominately African American, the situation was the same. Local civic groups trying to protect local businesses and homes, but there were many fires.

The violence and destruction is NOT being driven by local people.

The cars on the streets have removed their license plates or have out of state plates.

Here's a post from a neighbor:

"Everybody! We need to get our heads around what’s happening, Mpls and St. Paul are being attacked by fascist “accelerationist” whites trying to divide & destroy us.

(Accelerationism: the idea inspiring white supremacist killers around the world -Vox")

Expect these same types to infiltrate all of the legitimate protests happening in other cities in America.

We are fighting an enemy within. These "accelerationists" burned down the 5th Police Precinct, our post office, every pharmacy. The Wallgreens and CVS within a few blocks of our house are still burning this morning. The grocery stores were all hit. Every bank has been hit. Every liquor store, every gas station. They have guns and accelerants.

When National Guard show up, they disappear into the neighborhoods and have been setting fires. It is a violent game of arsonist whack-a-mole with no fire fighting services, as they're overwhelmed; neighbors are using garden hoses to put out the fires and save homes.

Pictures neighbors are sharing - these are young white men, heavily armed. According to authorities there are over 10,000 of these "accelerationists" in the city.

St. Paul arrested over 50 people last night. ALL OF THEM were from out of state. The authorities are checking phones of the people they have arrested, doing contact tracing of sorts on these people.

These people are connected to right wing militia style groups with a civil/race war fantasy. They are opportunistically using the legitimate, peaceful George Floyd protests as a cover to actualize their neo-nazi fever dream.

Gov. Walz just said, "If you know where these people are sleeping today, let us know and we will execute warrants.

Allie and I were helping the owner of a commercial building up the street when a friend + 2 guys came up to us, wanted to know where the free food was being distributed.

He gave them an address that was three blocks away. Had no idea what we were talking about - not from here.

Allie, the girls and I are fine and safe. Exhausted. Angry. We have not really slept in three days. Everyone in Minneapolis/St. Paul is the same.

So, what to do? Our neighborhood group is meeting at the park this afternoon. I think that they will organize our neighborhood watch to patrol, try to spot fires and get them out ASAP.

Major protests are planned for today. They want the other three police officers involved in George Floyd's murder arrested, they want the MN Attorney General, not the Hennepin County Attorney to manage the case.

They want the MPD disbanded and reformed with many alternative public safety and law enforcement strategies used. But the legitimate protests will end at 8:00 pm.

The Gov. and the mayor are calling in thousands more National Guard Troops.

We already had more National Guard troops in the city than ever before. They are doing a good job but were overwhelmed last night by sheer numbers.

Gov. Walz is the highest ranking soldier to have ever served in Congress and led the National Guard - he clearly sees this for what it is and will fight it.

This is now a military operation by the State of Minnesota against alt-right, white nationalists and anarchists that have come into Minneapolis to use the protests against police brutality as cover for their death fantasy.

They are trying to force authorities to use deadly force and "accelerate" the violence.
It is dark, friends.

The other side - this morning the neighborhood is out in force helping with the clean up, re-securing businesses. Massive food distribution at community centers. People taking in neighbors whose homes were destroyed or whose neighborhood was so impacted that it is no longer habitable."


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