Rail Lines in Central Oregon Sabotaged in Solidarity with PNW Anarchists

3 May

What sets Earth First! apart from others in the North American environmental/ecology/anti-extraction movement?  Arguably it is EF!’s public presence and simultaneous idealogical support for clandestine actions.  For more read this article from the 2011 Beltane issue of the Earth First! Jounal.

Cross Posted from anarchistnews.org

Thu, 05/02/2013 – 21:04 — Anonymous (not verified)

Late at night on May Day we sabotaged a rail line in Central Oregon to interrupt the flow of commodities. Capital depends more than ever on the metropolis, the constant flow of commodities, services, capital, information, and any interruption of that flow is a small victory. We took this action in solidarity with all those facing investigation, imprisonment, and repression in the Northwest. As we become more dangerous, the danger to us grows as well, but we will not cower in the face of the face of those who would control us. We took this action knowing full well the extent of political repression in the Pacific Northwest in the present. Not because we want to show our defiance or rage to the state; to them we have nothing to say. We acted because our love for our comrades far outweighs our fear of repression, and because love is an action, not a feeling.

This action was quick and easy. Using copper wire with the ends stripped, we wrapped both ends of wire around the rail and buried the middle section. This sends a false signal that there is a train on the tracks, delaying any other movement until the blockage is cleared.

In solidarity with those resisting the grand jury, those facing investigation, and those who, in the face of the media and massive police preparations, still managed to bring some destruction to the streets of Seattle.

2 Responses to “Rail Lines in Central Oregon Sabotaged in Solidarity with PNW Anarchists”

  1. dada May 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    great article. although, i’m not sure that capital relies increasingly on the metropolis. The cities are emptying out, joblessness is through the roof and underemployment is the norm. If cities are so important, where are the jobs? Why is Detroit shutting down, same with Chicago and Cleveland, etc. Even on the West Coast, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, are all basically designer locales for the bourgeoisie. Important cites of resistance are the rural places that are becoming industrialized and overrun by extractive industries and the exburbs that are becoming the new ghettos full of a new class of banlieusards. We can only say that the metropolis is important if we agree that the metropolis is everywhere and nowhere, it is decentralized and pervasive within empire, and that the most important cite of resistance is likewise everywhere. even our own minds, the no-place of resistance!.

    • EF! J Collective Everglades Office May 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

      Totally agree with the second half of your statement. A city, by definition, is a place where more people live and more resources are consumed than the land base can sustain, so resources are imported. Therefore the industrialization of rural areas will result in their urbanization. Many population “experts” predict that very soon 75% of the world’s population will live in cities.

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