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Hey I just met you, and this is crazy… we’re all locked down, so please don’t taze me*

3 Nov

Reflections from the EF! coal plant blockade during the Tampa RNC 2012

[*TECO blockader-modified version of Carly Rae Jepsen’s radio hit, as quoted in Tampa Bay Times]

by panagioti, Earth First! Newswire

As the orgy of public relations nightmares for current and aspiring politicians comes to a crescendo of cacophony, nauseating and near impossible to escape, I find myself staying sane by reminiscing on my favorite direct action memories which stand as stark contrasts to the farce of electoral politics. Of course there’s the WTO in Seattle, and the forest defense campaigns of the Northwest, World Bank summits in DC, the anti-NAFTA I-69 roadblocks in Indiana, the FTAA in Miami, the initial days of Occupy Wall Street, the general strikes in Athens… And contrary to my initial expectations, I’m going to have to add this Summer’s RNC in Tampa to that list. Many of both the seasoned and newbie protestors who experienced the convention may not share the positive, uplifting experience. But I would guess that’s because they missed out on the Earth First! action at the end of the week. I think it’s a story worth telling. So, here’s my version, hyperlinks ‘n all:

I have to say, I’m glad I heeded Clinton Tyree’s call for Everglades Earth First! to join with the RNC protests in Tampa Bay this Summer. Even if the whole shindig would have gotten cancelled for a hurricane, I’d have had no regrets. I came ready to strap myself alongside Skink (Tyree’s forest name) and face that storm head-on from the peak of the Sunshine Skyway bridge.

But that moment never came. For better or worse, Tampa was not clobbered by Isaac the Avenger. And I was left antsy to strap myself to something… Could a u-lock on a gypsum struck from the local coal plant do?

After four days of practically non-stop marches in Downtown Tampa and St. Pete, the mobilization’s low energy level was waning further still. While enthusiasm was high, our numbers and energy in the streets were low. The redundancy of marching and rallying amidst swarms of police was getting old, stagnant. I know, you’re shocked by this revelation. Things clearly needed to be shaken up a bit. Luckily I was amidst a handful of other Earth First!ers who were sharing the feeling (ok, so maybe the hand wasn’t quite full). We decided to get busy, and make our small numbers count.

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The RNC, Koch Habits, and Uprisings in District 12

28 Aug

Everglades EF! and the EF! Journal take the stage before the March on the RNC to express solidarity with the growing rebellion in District 12 (hell yeah, that’s a Hunger Games reference.)

by Clinton Tyree, reporting live from the streets of Tampa Bay.

So Hurricane Issac didn’t blow the political elite and their flock far into the oil-slicked, algae blooms of Florida’s dismal Gulf Coast, like we had hoped. As it turns out, those of us who showed up in spite of the storm (or enthusiastic to witness its beauty and fury) have have had to do a little hell-raisin’ of our own.

While numbers have been small, the pain in the ass which protests have inflicted thus far has not gone unnoticed. Thanks to the over-reaction of the police state swarming the city, life in the Tampa area has been a glimpse at the true face of industrial-strength democracy.

Despite the rain and cops, rabble-rousing wingnuts of the 99% (yeah that’s us, and y’all) have marched in the militarized streets. And despite the extreme paranoia, folks have consistently breached security to disrupt business-as-usual for politicians that pave the way to growing corporate control over the planet.

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Brandon Darby Claims “Occupy Anarchists” Plan to Take Down Emergency Medical Services at RNC

26 Aug

Earth First! Journal Offering Reward of Lifetime Subscription to Whomever Tars and Feathers Brandon Darby at the 2012 RNC

If you see this man in Tampa make his whereabouts know through the proper channels…

the following story is from Big Government, a right wing Tea Party blog.  Brandon Darby is the self proclaimed former Black Panther who, as an undercover snitch, bullied two youth protesters into felony charges at the 2008 RNC in Minneapolis, landing them in prison for years. Now he is something of puppet spokesperson of the whimpering tea party yuppy hacks.

For more on Darby check out this episode of the radio show This American Life: This American Life: “Turncoat – Act Two. Part Two.”

the following is by John Sexton

Yesterday, I interviewed my co-worker Brandon Darby as he was traveling toward the Republican National Convention in Florida. The interview focused on strategies used by anarchist protesters at the 2008 Republican National Convention and how those strategies will be used once again next week by the Occupy movement.

In addition to trying to shut down bridges to prevent delegates from reaching the convention center next week, Brandon has learned that a subgroup of Occupy is looking to shut down EMS communications throughout the city.

The video that goes along with this interview is one Brandon took at the RNC convention while working undercover for the FBI in 2008. Some of it is a bit jumpy, but you’ll see some of the street blocking tactics as well as several instances of individuals throwing items onto a freeway from an overpass.

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Going ape shit in Tampa

24 Aug

Snapshot of the elusive monkey. Find out more about the  macaque, and see more pics here

 

While the threat of anarchist mayhem at the RNC has people preoccupied just about as much as the hurricane rolling towards Florida’s Gulf Coast, there’s another righteous menace that’s been baffling the authorities of the Tampa Bay area: a feral monkey.

The following are some excerpts from a brilliant and absurd story by Jon Mooallem published last week in the New York Times chronicling the adventures of a lone macaque who’s been evading the law since 2009, living out a wild, rebellious dream that many of us share, not to mention, launching excrement at cops and getting away with it

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Blow, Blow Seminole Wind…

23 Aug

If you thought the anarchists could really piss off the US Empire, check out the Seminole resistance to honky expansionism. The story mentioned above is a bit lopsided in favor of the establishment, but give it a read, you’ll get the idea…

Blow across the home of the bureaucrats, the lobbyists and the cops

by Clinton Tyree

While the Tampa police and several media outlets obsess about whether or not some bricks and pipes on top of a building were intended to be launched at their heads during the RNC next week, the potential for much more substantial projectiles is brewing off the coast.

According to a recent report, Hurricane Isaac Threatens to Swamp Republican Convention, the Mayor says he’s ready to call it all off. So far the storm, already as big as Texas, has succeeded in hitting the empire where it hurts, causing hundreds to evacuate to the US military base in Guantanamo Bay.

This lovely report reminds us, “The last Hurricane to hit Florida, Wilma, was a Catagory 1 but did billions in damage.”

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Earth First! group calls for eco-action during RNC in Tampa

16 Aug

EEF! blockades Loxahatchee FPL plant construction, 2008

by Clinton Tyree

Organizers from Everglades Earth First! (EEF!) invite eco-activists far and wide to join us in bringing our message to the RNC this month.

While we stand in solidarity with those who will be out struggling for social and economic justice, we also feel there is a need to contribute an action-based analysis which views the ecological crisis as a central concern for those of us struggling to change the direction of this society.

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