Investigators attempt to match shoes and backpacks to identities when investigating a black bloc. This makes sense considering everything else is hidden.
Learn from the Chilean students and their methods to stay extra safe.
Cover up your shoes by rolling black tube socks over them. When you unbloc just leave the tube socks behind. Help keep yr identity (and footprints) safe and secure.
“We are the 99%, you are the 99%,” the familiar refrain of a lazy class analysis which has proven disastrous. In the Occupy movement, you hear it often. It is normally chanted at bystanders who are merely spectating or cops who it will have no effect on. Little do these naïve occupiers realize that they are not in the same class with the police. This comes out a lot when we have discussions about our relationship to the police and whether or not it is ok to say: “Fuck the police,” and other disparaging things of which I’m sure make it difficult for the pigs to sleep at night. Poor them.
It is often said by these cop-loving, middle-class liberals that one cannot successfully generalize about the police, as each one is an individual and “How dare you because that is like racism!” A silly comparison that can ‘t stand. When one is a racist, there is absolutely no basis for the generalizations they make because: 1) Race is merely a social construct, and 2) There is nothing common amongst the people it attempts to compare. When we look at how one might successfully analyze the cops we do see that there is something that they all have in common. That commonality is the function that they perform.
Often times one will say that they are meant to uphold the law. That is merely propaganda, and a limited understanding of ethics. Firstly, laws are not always just (in fact, they are never just, but that is a different subject for another time). This is something that we have seen to be proven as banksters have swindled us out of homes and plundered the economy all the while amassing more wealth more rapidly than they have in any period previous to now. Meanwhile people are out starving in the streets. Others say that their role is to protect and serve. But it has been clearly demonstrated in the case of that law enforcement has no obligation to protect and serve unless there is a special relationship that can be detected. From this we can divine what this special relationship is from whom they will protect and serve without fail. And that is the institutions of power. The Elite. The Government. Politicians. Corporations. All of the above. Not one of those includes the common person, unless of course you count corporations being people as a form of the common person. A comical notion.
At this point it becomes clear that they are not at all part of the class of the common person, but rather they are the armed thugs of those who have and wish to keep (and expand) their power. The more power and rights that a government has, the less rights the individual will have. They protect capital and the state.
“Well, so what?” a person might say. The point here is that capitalism has allowed this plundering to commence and indeed continue. Capitalism is what has kept the lower classes where they are. The middle class has been largely unaware of the truths surrounding this because their privilege has kept them ignorant. They have been told that people who are unemployed should merely “get a job,” or that the under employed can simply work harder and they shall succeed. This is a fallacy. Capitalism requires unemployment, under-employment and terrible wages to fuel profits. It is a perpetual funneling of the money upwards from those that produce and serve from below. This is wrong. And this is what the cops will protect.
Some say that we owe it to the movement to behave properly and with politeness and treat the cops with respect or else people will not join us. This is political language used to marginalize radicals and it irresponsibly opens them up to danger from the cops as they are pushed to the outskirts and deemed “not one of us.” And it relies on the idea that one can generalize about a movement, while normally in the same breath a person will say it is unfair to generalize about the cops. Besides which, this is another case of playing “Who’s movement?” Is the movement meant to be for middle-class people who have only just begun to feel the pangs of hunger or the bite of cold wind out on the streets? I think not. People who have fought against capitalism for a while started it and it is for those who have been oppressed for far too long. I would venture to say it is not meant to be controlled by the white, middle class (men). They have controlled things for quite a while. And look where that has gotten us. The middle class should not be a priority. They will only want reform. That will not be enough for those who have endured oppression.
So in conclusion, I would like to end this with a popular refrain which I feel has much more to say about where we should be headed as a movement: “Fuck the police!”