Submission Deadline for Black Seed #2 Given A Grace Period

The originally intended deadline for submissions for Issue #2 of Black Seed is a couple o f days away, and while we’ve got quite an amount of material to work with, we also know of a handful of potential contributors who’ve yet to get some writing to us.

Next week we’re going to start piecing together artwork and submissions for our second release, but we wanted to give a little bit of a grace period to those who might still be working on their submissions. This summer seemed to have been an incredible incubator for Black Seed. Something indeed has sprung, and with autumn fast-approaching we will see how these things may harden up for the winter.

That being said, the official deadline for submissions has been pushed back to September 15th. The sooner we receive your submission however, the better chance there is that we’ll be able to fit it into this issue.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Black Seed Editors

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Call-Out For Submissions for Issue #2, Fall 2014

Welcome to the world, little one.

The first issue of Black Seed has been finding its way around anarchist circles since its birth this spring. The copies, intentionally passed between hands and not read through screens, has inspired disagreements, praise, scoffs, and most importantly: dialogue.

Our expectations as editors were varied, but the response to our first issue convinced those most skeptical that the anti-civilization conversation is far from over; indeed it’s not even the same conversation that was occurring when Green Anarchy ceased publication in 2009. There is yet so much to be said. We’d love to hear new and different voices from the choir sing. So if something in the last issue stirred you, or even if you were disappointed that nothing did stir you, don’t wait for someone else to write the articles you want to see. Indeed, be the change you wish to see!

One topic that has been sparked with some controversy in Black Seed has been the idea of hope; abandonment or pursuance? As always, we’re not looking for one answer to that question, nor to gather all on the same side, but rather dive into disagreements, conversation, and incitement. May Black Seed be that sea!

The deadline for Issue II submissions is September 1st.

You can email us at:

blackseed (at) anarchyplanet (dot) org

Or send mail to:

Black Seed

PO Box 68271

Grand Rapids, MI 49516

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VICE Interviews John Zerzan


“Whenever I think of [inventor of the computer] Alan Turing I think about the Apple logo,” began John Zerzan. “The logo is an apple with a bite out of it. Of course, Turing supposedly smeared cyanide on an apple and bit into it after being persecuted by the government for being gay. A bite from an apple is also associated with our expulsion from the Garden of Eden. I don’t think that’s quite the message they’re trying to convey, but there it is.”

I had arranged an interview with arguably the world’s most prominent anti-technology philosopher via email. The interview was to be conducted via Skype. At the appointed time, Zerzan’s voice leapt across the continent—from Eugene, Oregon, to New York City in the fraction of a second. He was smiling when his face flashed onto the monitor. I smiled back and looked into his eyes—before catching myself. The irony of Skype, of course, is that in order to actually make eye contact with someone, you have to ignore their eyes and look into the camera instead.

VICE: You advocate for all of civilization to abandon technology and return to a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. How do you feel about the Skype call that we’re having right now?
John Zerzan:
I was on the Art Bell show years ago and he kept saying that to be consistent with my philosophy, I should live in a cave. I said, “Yeah, you’re right, but then this conversation wouldn’t be possible.” You have to try to connect with people. You have to be part of the conversation in society or else you’re not serious.

So, is that the only reason that you don’t go live in the wilderness?
Well, I guess so, although I would have to say that, like most people, I’m pretty damned domesticated. I enjoy when I’m out there, but I’m not as equipped as some people.

Have you had periods where you have lived off the grid?
Not really, though I’ve gone to the mountains for a few days at a time.

And when you went there, did you get a sense of what your life in the city is missing?
Sure, you unplug and connect with nature. It’s one thing to write about it, but you need to be out there in it too. Were not going to have a transition [to a hunter-gatherer existence] until we learn how to do without technology and civilization. There are practical things that need to be tackled.

How do you think you would fare during the transition with your skill set?
You know, I’m 70. I lift weights, but as far as actually having primitive skills I’m pretty deficient. If [civilization] crashed overnight we’d all be in trouble. We’re so dependent on technology for everything—even the simplest things.

Though that dependence and interconnectivity would seem to make a collapse more likely, right? There would be a domino effect.
I think so. They say that if one satellite fails then they’ll all start falling. But, that doesn’t mean that people wouldn’t go ahead and try and put everything right back up again.

How can you convince people to give up technology?
It won’t happen unless people get tired of more and more mediation. If you’re going to be content to be a zombie staring at your little screen, of course nothing will happen. I’m hopeful that people are going to find that pretty dull.

So, when did you have your epiphany about all of this?
I didn’t have one epiphany. I began to see that there is an intentionality to technology. It isn’t just some neutral thing. The Industrial Revolution wasn’t just about economics. As Foucault says, it was more about imposing discipline. It started to dawn on me, maybe technology has always been that way. People are not yet thinking too much about it, but Hollywood is thinking about it. Look at Her. Look at Transcendence. These are amazing movies that just put it right on the table. You want more technology? You want to be absolutely dehumanized and humiliated? This is what it looks like.

Is there any way that technological advancement might turn out OK?
No. I don’t think so. The trans-humanists say that if we just have more technology, we’ll have a quantum leap and everything will be OK. We will solve all the problems. We will live forever. Well how is that working out so far? We’re seeing the collapse of the global environment. We have these mass shootings. “We’re all connected,” they say, but we’ve never been more disconnected from each other in history.

So, you want to be connected and the trans-humanists want to be connected too. Is it possible that you’re both striving for the same idea of utopia?
Maybe, but what these guys are really saying is that the brain is a computer. Well, the brain is not a computer. It’s nothing like a computer. That’s just basically stupid. It’s not a machine. We’re not machines. They have no idea what consciousness is. Nobody does.

I think they make that claim because they see the brain as being an entirely physical entity, just like a computer. Do you believe that there is a non-physical or a spiritual component that’s impossible to replicate?
So far, all they’ve managed to do is make a machine that can beat a human at chess. That’s just faster calculation. How is that intelligence? And, furthermore, how is that consciousness? I remember being in Turkey giving a talk and this young woman said, “You know, I think this green anarchy movement is at base a spiritual movement.” Wow. Maybe we’ve been groping towards that all along.

So, there’s definitely idealization on the part of many trans-humanists, though [Unabomber] Theodore Kaczynski writes in his essay “The Truth About Primitive Life” that there is a lot of idealization of the hunter-gatherer lifestyle too. Do you have a response to that?
Well, one thing Ted got right is that it does no good to create an idealized and romantic version of prehistory. But I’ll tell you one other thing, and it’s the reason why we’re not on terms anymore: He was fiddling with the sources, and that is not forgivable in my opinion. He deliberately took things out of context in a way that is dishonest to put it mildly.

Can you give an example?
He wrote that gays were routinely suppressed by all these different primitive societies. He quoted the source he was using to say that gay sex was forbidden, but if you look at the whole quote, actually all sex was forbidden during a certain ritual that lasted a few days. In other words, that was a lie.

What was his motivation, do you think, for the misrepresentation?
Well he’s got a very narrow focus. If it’s not anti-technology, it’s fucked up. But, I think the question is deeper. It’s about civilization. It’s about domestication. We lived for 2,000,000 years without civilization and people got along very well.

And, according to your essays, you believe that one of the reasons they got along so well is because they didn’t have language, right? Are you advocating an abandonment of language as well?
I have to say this is the most speculative thing that I’ve written about. I’m not abandoning the argument, and I try to make a case for questioning symbolic activity even including language, but it’s much more clear in terms of time, and numbers, and art. What makes it so speculative is that no one knows when speech started. There’s no way to prove it.

You’ve written that language fractures a holistic world into isolated fragments. Do you have a sense for what life without speech would be like?
I think it would be just a more direct form of communication. I found it stunning that Freud, the arch-rationalist, said that he thought that humans were telepathic originally. He didn’t think that was such a marvelous thing. I would say that sounds pretty great. You don’t even have to have symbolic mediation, you can just communicate without symbols.

The idea of universal telepathy almost sounds like the trans-humanist concept of the singularity. Everything would be directly transferred between participants without symbolism.
Yeah, I guess you could call it that – the original singularity.

Do you think we can ever give up speech?
Who knows. So many poets have said that the deepest most intense stuff is never put into words.

You talked about time becoming symbolic. Have you ever experienced time in a non-symbolic way?
In my own life I’ve always had this acute sense of time. I don’t know why. I remember working in the fields picking strawberries as a kid. We would start working at 6 AM and there was a steam whistle that blew at noon. Well, I could always tell within seconds when that whistle was going to blow. It was uncanny and I took great pride in it. Another way to look at it is that I was so colonized by time, so ruled by it. Time has become a material thing. I think you could even say that our sense of time-consciousness is pretty much the best way to measure alienation.

What do you think about the violent anti-technology groups that have arisen to take the place of Ted Kaczynski? There’s the Mexican group Individuals Tending Towards the Savage, for example…
There is another one in Mexico called Obsidian Point. It’s interesting that the obsidian point is sharper than surgical steel. It makes you think about the solutions that people had outside of the technological system.

And ITS?
The ITS group is real slavish to Ted Kaczynski. I think it’s a little unfortunate. They even put out a slur or two on me. Why are they taking a little shot at Zerzan? It’s because I caught Ted cheating and they know that. Violent groups like ITS have already killed two people. So, yeah, they’re for real.

Do you think their methods will prove successful?
I doubt it. One of the things that turns me off a lot is that the ITS group sends bombs just like Ted. When they injured some postal employee, they said, “Oh well, that’s just the way it goes. This is war and there will be casualties—collateral damage.”

How do you feel about anarcho-primitivist groups like ITS using technology to accomplish their aims? It reminds me of that old communist idea—that the state is necessary at first and then it’s supposed to become unnecessary and wither away. Of course, it never does wither away. It only gets stronger.
That’s an interesting way to put it. Well, I just feel like we’re trapped in these contradictions period. If you want to call it hypocrisy, OK. I think about this a lot and I know there are people who feel that I have gone over to the dark side.

So, if civilization does collapse, what do you think the re-wilding process will look like?
That’s the number one question. How are we going to live? Were so de-skilled, how do we re-skill? Even something as far back as making stone tools, knowing what plants are edible. I mean, how anxious will you be to pull down civilization if you don’t know how to live without it? So, we have to start getting those skills.

And, maybe it’s not just learning long-forgotten skills, but also learning to forget. Will we forget what stars are, for example? In the past, people would look up and they wouldn’t know what they were, and it wasn’t so much an absence of knowledge, but a presence of mystery.
Right, why do people need to know those things? What’s the instrumentality? I would contend that it’s not ignorance. It’s actually the opposite of ignorance. The hunter-gatherer people could see a bent blade of grass and tell you eight things about what it meant. Is that not science?

The lack of information also allows the individual to project themselves into that absence. There’s a creativity to giving one’s own personal meaning to things rather than having the meaning imposed from without.
That really hits the nail on the head. Here’s a real quick little story. Some of us were gathering up in Olympia at an anarchist workshop and we overheard these people say, “Man these primitivists are crazier than we thought. One of them was saying that the earth is flat.” What [the primitivist had] really said, was that if you live in band society of 60 people, it doesn’t matter if the earth is round or flat. We look at this marvelous photograph of the earth taken from the moon. Here we are on this fragile little globe, but what did it take to get that picture? What kind of massive industrialization project did it take in order to have that one lovely picture?

The price was just too high?
Right. I have this friend in Detroit who always used to say, “You want to keep all of this nice technology? Great. So, do you want to go down in the mines and get the metal for it? Is there anybody who wants to be in a smelter?” I wouldn’t do it if somebody put a gun to my head. So, who’s going to do it? Are the trans-humanists going to do it? You have this wage slavery of millions of people who are risking their lives to make it possible for them to have their crazy trans-humanist fantasies.

How do you determine what technology is acceptable and what isn’t?
I think one very general way to look at it is division of labor. If you have a tool that anybody can make, that’s great. You’re in contact with it in a very sensual way. But, tools that require a hierarchy of coordination and specialization create a kind of distancing. That’s the kind of technology to avoid.

One thing I wonder about—and Stephen Hawking has brought this up—is that life on Earth will eventually be destroyed by either a meteorite or finally the sun burning out. He has suggested that our only hope of survival is to colonize outer space…
The sun will burn out in billions of years, but I don’t really think about billions of years very much myself. That’s just so infinitely remote. Things are so pressing right now, let’s work on that. Should we just jump on a rocket and leave the world behind as a smoking, toxic ruin? “We destroyed this planet, now on to the next.” What kind of answer is that?

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June 11th Is Less Than 3 Weeks Away!

via anarchistnews

Our vision

In 2010, some people who care about Eric McDavid and M. Mason met up to talk about what we could do to expand our solidarity with the two of them. As we are all long-term anarchists, most of whom have relationships with many prisoners (including non-anarchists), our discussion grew to include the general state of anarchist prisoner solidarity in the United States, and the (lack of) international solidarity shown here. At the time, we sensed a dearth of engagement with prisoner solidarity beyond the immediate: getting people out of jail is something most anarchists have experience with, but how we support prisoners over many years in forms beyond the exchange of letters must improve. We have known many prisoners who desire something more, however hard to define that something more often is. As for international matters, it is a fundamental tenet of anarchism that we do not respect national boundaries or want to feel limited by them. Our histories of colonialism, racism, language and cultural barriers are real, and it is our task to surpass them. The United States is notoriously bad at this, anarchists not less than others; we see showing real international solidarity as one of the most important projects to be taken up. As most long-term anarchist prisoners are in other countries, there can be no separation between anarchist prisoner solidarity and international solidarity.

Many people have put hard work into bettering those projects and relationships; we decided that June 11th would be our own collective try. That date had previously been a day of solidarity with Jeff Luers, a former anarchist eco-prisoner. He agreed that we should renew the tradition, and we set to work.

Strategic decisions and difficulties

We chose to name Eric and M. in specific because of our relationships with them. At a basic level, we wanted to intensively grow their material support, and to make sure their names are not forgotten. Furthermore, we want to help them stay connected to the people and projects they care about, to not allow the State to isolate them more than physically from us. Still, we believe that (with possible exceptions) all long-term anarchist prisoners deserve solidarity, and we began reaching out to other support crews and prisoners. Contra Info and various unaffiliated individuals started translating our materials into many different languages, and we heard many exciting reportbacks of actions and events in other countries, as well as around the US.

The distinction “long-term” is not an arbitrary one. Anarchists tend to be decent at supporting people in jail for short periods of time: best of all for a few days, then less well for a few months, then fairly poorly over the course of several years. By the time we hit the ten year mark, it seems possible for our friends in prison to actually be forgotten about—not by their most immediate loved ones, but by the larger milieu. We will not allow that to ever happen to Eric or M. While they are imprisoned, and afterwards as they adjust to outside life, we intend that they shall have every possible comfort and opportunity for conflict they could wish.

But our dreams are even larger than that: we intend to get them out of prison. Not directly, nothing that unrealistic: but we intend to build such a swell of solidarity and attack and contempt against prison that the State knows it must release them. For this reason of standpoint and for many more—because we know them as anarchists, because we are anarchists, because the vast majority of people showing solidarity to them are anarchists—June 11th is the day of solidarity with long-term anarchist prisoners. This is not meant to exclude; historically anarchists and fighters for the earth and animals are overlapping forces. Some insist on creating a binary between these two currents of struggle, we do not. Certainly M. and Eric are both of those things; so are many (most?) long-term anarchist prisoners; so are most people working on this project. Our antagonism includes but is larger than opposing only the despoilers of the earth: we are against all of society.

Of course, there are practical considerations that make our project difficult. For the most part, organizers of June 11th feel that we should not communicate directly with M. or Eric about the project, although some of us are able to maintain our personal relationships with them. More than anything, we don’t want to endanger them, to make their lives in prison harder or more restrictive than they already are. As much as we often wish for their guidance on the project’s direction, we feel forced to rely on our impressions of them rather than asking for their input. The reasons for this should be obvious. Although June 11th organizers are not responsible for the events and actions that occur on that day—both in a legal sense, and in the sense of the autonomy of action—Eric and M. are even less so. We can only hope that the letters and money they receive on that day, and whatever word of other events that reaches them, are welcome. Otherwise, our common sense guides us as best it can.

These concerns also make a certain level of opacity desirable to us personally. While we regret the lack of intimacy in our communications with some, it is important to remember that we are no one in particular. We hope that, as individuals, we are known to and respected by those we work with regularly—but as a collective, we are not special. We feel responsible for the decisions we make in framing and promoting this day… but we do not desire any of the corresponding power and recognition that often comes from working on a well-known project (nor the conspiracy charges.) It must be enough that we are anarchists, a few among the hundreds who take part in June 11th, and among the thousands who desire the destruction of the existent. We are against the kind of celebrity culture that makes the opinions of a few people more influential than our wider shared experience. (For more of this kind of perspective in a different but relevant context, see:…)

Similarly, we enjoy our working relationships with the support collectives for M. and Eric, as well as with the many non-affiliated individuals who throw down for them. Yet we consider our enterprise separate from theirs: organizing a day that can be freely participated in by all is far different than the constant hard work of making sure that prisoners have their needs met, of organizing benefits and trying every legal strategy that might be helpful. We should all be free to make the tactical decisions that our different strategies require without trying to force ourselves into the same molds. We appreciate how gracious and caring our interactions have been over the past few years, and seek to continue that trajectory.

The future

Our project has succeeded in many ways. Each year, thousands of dollars are raised by June 11th events for M. and Eric, as well as for other prisoners; as far as we know, June 11th is the largest source of material support for Eric and M. Even more importantly, their names remain fresh in the minds of anarchists and fellow travelers, where it might have otherwise been erased by the action of time and our quick-passing generations. We’ve distributed endless amounts of propaganda, gone on a national tour, seen hundreds of events from all over the world, and heard of many brave and effective attacks. The spread of conviction and energy behind prisoner solidarity in our milieu is certainly not due only to us, but we feel proud of the contributions towards it we have been able to make. We are heartened by the international solidarity we’ve received, and excited to reciprocate, to be a part of the real engagement by US anarchists with the worldwide anarchist project.

Still, there’s plenty of room to grow, and many directions to explore. When we first met after June 11th, 2013 to discuss possible directions for the next year, several of us felt interested in reaching out to the eco- and animal-liberation settings that are our own personal backgrounds. Eric, of course, is accused of planning an attack on a dam; M. did many actions against environmental destroyers. Both are committed vegans behind bars, no easy task. Too, these communities in struggle tend to face fierce repression, and to answer it strongly. For all those fighters, and especially the future long-term prisoners among them, we feel solidarity, and a distinct pleasure at the prospect of working together this year. Let it not be for this year alone; let our failures at reaching out to some in the past only encourage us to ever-widen our communication in the future.

June 11th is a long-term project, and there is plenty of time and opportunity for its growth. It is a day that is open to participation by many, each according to their desires and means, their tactical preferences and personal affinities. This year, and for many years to come, we hope you’ll join us in fighting with our loved comrades, and in refusing the kinds of distinctions the State imposes to keep us alone.

No one should be able to walk down any street… without seeing the prisoners’ names written on the walls. And the songs that are sung about them must be heard by all.

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Mexico City: New Charges For Amelie, Fallon & Carlos

via 325.nostate,

On the morning of May 16th, comrades Amélie and Fallon were notified that they would be taken to the Reclusorio Sur (Mexico City’s Southern Penitentiary) to testify on new charges under federal order.

At around 8am, both were transferred to the court, where they met comrade Carlos.

After waiting almost all morning, they were finally informed that an arrest warrant was executed for the offense of damage to others’ property, in the form of “arson in a building with some person inside.” The three comrades did not make a statement, and once the hearing was over, they were brought back to the prisons where they’re being held since February 2014 (Carlos to the Reclusorio Oriente, Amélie and Fallon to Santa Martha), after having spent 40 days in federal custody through the arraignment procedure.

This means that from now on the comrades are facing two criminal proceedings; one under local jurisdiction for the offenses of attacks to public peace and aggravated damages (attack on a Nissan dealership), for which they have no right to bail, and a federal process for the offense of damage to others’ property (attack on the Secretariat of Communications and Transport).

The comrades are well, and were able to mention that they were not beaten during the transfer.

The next hearing of the local proceeding is set for May 19th, while the federal hearing’s date will be determined this coming Sunday (18/5).

Once again we call for solidarity with comrades Amélie, Fallon and Carlos, who are kidnapped by the Mexican State since January 5th (5e).

The State/Capital is the only terrorist!
Neither guilty nor innocent!
Freedom for all!

Anarchist Black Cross of Mexico, May 16th, 2014

You may write to the anarchist prisoners to the following addresses:

Amélie Trudeau / Fallon Rouiller
Centro Femenil de Reinserción Social Santa Martha Acatitla
Calzada Ermita, Iztapalapa No 4037, Colonia Santa Martha Acatitla
Delegación Iztapalapa, C.P. 09560, Ciudad de México, D.F.

Carlos López Marín
Reclusorio Preventivo Oriente
Calle Reforma #50, Col. San Lorenzo Tezonco
Delegación Iztapalapa, C.P. 09800, Ciudad de México, D.F.

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Santiago, Chile: We Are At War! Incendiary Demo In Solidarity With Mapuche Prisoners On Hunger Strike

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Anarchist solidarity with Mapuche hunger strikers and with the prisoners of Permanent Insurrection
 In the afternoon of 9th May we went to Campus Juan Gomez Millas to hold a demo in Av. Grecia. We had tyres and paint and molotov bombs with which we faced clashes of almost an hour with the repressive apparatus of society of control. The main reason of our action was to show solidarity with Mapuche prisoners on hunger strike for 33 days, and with the comrades and insurgents accused of putting fire to a bus in the La Victoria neighbourhood.
 For us it is imperative to keep the tension of revolt and permanent insurrection alive; so we think it is necessary to feed the anarchist fire and demonstrate we are here, while rebellion and love for insubordinate and fighting life continue to exist.
 Moreover we want to highlight how our action at the university doesn’t represent a big damage to the material and ideological structure of the State-Capital; therefore we make a call for the multiplication of the forms of attack and for striking beyond an academic site full of drug addicts and retired militants of the future.
 Let’s expand the many forms of revolt in the streets, let’s use our imagination to subvert and, most importantly, let’s be caution when we act.
 As a criticism we point out that many comrades have been recently captured during actions. This is not a defeat, but if we analyse the events we see how a number of recent arrests could have been avoided with better planning and more responsibility. In any case, we send a warm incendiary hug to those who suffered the blows of the enemy. Let’s become stronger and more secure.
 Finally we want to point out that according to our anarchist and antiauthoritarian position we always have in mind prison as a place that imprisons the free and chaotic flow of life. For this reason, while carrying out our action we shouted the names of Hans Niemeyer, Tamara Sol Vergara, Carlos Gutierrez Quiduleo, Juan Aliste Vega, Marcelo Villaroel, Freddy Fuentevilla, Hermes Gonzales and Alfonso Alvial, Monica Caballero and Francisco Solar, currently imprisoned in the filthy hands of power for dedicating their lives to actions of rebellion and dignity. Our warm salute of solidarity goes to them.
 Let’s increase anarchist actions.
 Strength to all prisoners of Permanent insurrection
 Strength to the Mapuche People and their struggle for autonomous life.
 A hug from the distance to Monica Caballero and Francisco Solar
 Sebastian Oversluij Presente!!

 A vehicle put on fire during the demo on 8th March

As a delinquent march reached Almgagro Park on 8th May and the social-democratic game was being played, clashes started and barricades were erected by hoodies against the forces of order. We had prepared to be part of the rupture of dominant order and normality. We had petrol, and we spotted a car temporarily parked outside the police zone. Along with the people who were targeting the vehicle, we decided to put it to fire and increase chaos against civilization and its transport of modern slaves. As the car was in flames, bastard police went on the attack and momentarily dispersed the hoodies. The cops advanced with truncheons and were opposed by various objects; then we chose the right moment to throw one and then two incendiary bombs at those who defended order, striking a number of servants and causing severe burns to a captain.
No step back against the enemies or what is being imposed; we don’t want to subvert the order but to destroy it and the foundations of civilization. We attack the concept of citizen they tried to stick to us and we don’t want any future within their filthy walls. We declare ourselves enemies of the police, tycoons, submission, cities and any civilized person who supports and/or defends this asphyxiating imposed reality.





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Sydney, Australia: 3 Luxury Cars Torched By FAI/IRF


In the early hours of Sunday, May 18 we went for a walk through the streets of the predominantly rich Sydney neighborhood of Woolahra looking for suitable targets for us to express our rage upon.

It didn’t take long for us to find what we were looking for!

We set fire to 3 luxury cars – a BMW and a Nissan X-Trail on Queen St and a Lexus on Moncur St.

We left the scene quickly as the flames of rebellion lit up the early morning sky.

We dedicate this action to our comrades from the Fire Wolves Cell & also the
Felicity Ann Ryder Cell in Melbourne, to all FAI / IRF fighters everywhere & to all imprisoned anarchist & insurrectionist fighters fighting for dignity behind the walls of injustice everywhere!

For The Total Destruction Of All Existence!

Anarcho Wildlings Cell / Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI) / International Revolutionary Front (IRF)

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Melbourne, Australia: Historic Colonial Buildings Torched


This is to claim responsibility for the complete destruction by fire of three colonial structures at the so-called Royal Botanical Gardens in South Yarra, Melbourne in the small hours of May 16.

We put these filthy monuments of colonial oppression to the torch in the name of indigenous & anti-colonial resistance both here in Australia & in all other parts of the world & to spit in the faces of all those who seek to tame what is wild into sterile botanical prisons.

We also send greetings of fire & smoke to imprisoned resistance fighters everywhere!

Fire Wolves Cell / International Revolutionary Front

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Rebecca Rubin Has Been Transferred


Rebecca Rubin has been transferred again. Please send Rebecca Rubin a letter or note of encouragement, being transferred can be quite jarring and it’s good for her to hear that people are keeping up with her. Rebecca was recently sentenced 5 years for her participation in multiple Earth Liberation Front actions that occurred between 1996 and 2001.

Her new address:

Rebecca Rubin #98290-011
FCI Dublin
5701 8th Street – Camp Parks
Dublin, CA  94568
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Signs Of Life In Australia: A Chronology Of Recent Anarchist & Anti-Colonial Activity Down Under


*Note : this is an edited version of a post that appeared on an Australian underground electronic music blog, we thought it was of interest to the wider anarchist-insurrectionist community worldwide.

Things are heating up in this country with one of the most unpopular governments in Australian history now in charge – although they came to power with a landslide victory so go figure! ‘Austerity’ is the name of the game for Australia’s current batch of ultra-conservative crypto-corporate overlords which means increases in the cost of living & cuts to every social service you can think of along with the customary scapegoating of immigrants, the indigenous & other vulnerable members of society – unless you are rich and connected then you and your hard earned finances are in the firing line, and let’s not forget the absolute rape of Australia’s resources & natural environment that has gone into overdrive since these bastards took power and the arse-kissing of corporate & foreign powers as they continue to loot the continent. Mainstream opposition has been predictably restrained and muted to the point of collaboration – but less predictable has been the incredible upsurge of anger at the current situation that has erupted all across the country but particularly in the east coast states. What is interesting is that now we are beginning to see something that has not been commonplace in Australia before – small and medium scale organized guerilla attacks on government, corporate & police targets. There have even been several actions taken overseas in solidarity with Australian anti-system rebels, these actions have been included in our report too.

This report was compiled via information posted on various mainstream & non-mainstream news websites around the world, source links accompany each action, ENJOY!


Sydney, Jan 26, 2013 : A statue to commemorate the First Fleet in Brighton Le Sands, Botany Bay is paint-bombed. Statue of Captain Cook in Hyde Park also paint-bombed.

Stencils reading ‘FUCK AUSSIE PRIDE’, ‘DESTROY COLONIAL AUSTRALIA’ & ‘PROUDLY UNAUSTRALIAN’ are sprayed all over Redfern, Marickville, Sydenham & at 2 parks where ‘Australia Day’ activities were due to take place. Office of the fascist Australia First Party paint-bombed in Tempe. 9 banners displaying anti-colonial & indigenous solidarity messages dropped from various locations in inner-city Sydney.

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Melbourne, Jan 26, 2013
: Captain Cook’s Cottage paint-bombed in solidarity with indigenous Australians & as a symbolic attack on ‘Australia Day’, a public holiday that commemorates the arrival of British colonizers in Australia.

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Melbourne, Feb 6, 2013 : Anarchists gather outside the Egyptian Consulate in a spontaneous solidarity action for anarchist fighters in Egypt facing persecution for their role in the January uprisings against the government of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Hobart, April 08, 2013
: Police HQ is spray-painted with anti-police slogans in solidarity with Australian anarchist fugitive Felicity Ann Ryder and her fellow combatant Mario Lopez.

Perth, April 22, 2013
: Activists deface huge Liberal Party (main conservative party) election billboard only hours after it was unveiled by Liberal leader Tony Abbott.

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NSW, May 26, 2013
: The massive Fuck The Police zine is released by anarchists in Sydney to counter the propaganda of the NSW police force who were celebrating 150 dubious years of existence. The zine is focused on recent reports of anarchist & anti-authoritarian actions in the state of NSW. The zine is still available in .pdf format here ( & here. (

Denmark, June 12, 2013
: In Copenhagen, Unicorn Strike Brigade spray the Australian embassy with slogans in solidarity with the striking students at Sydney University.

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Melbourne, September 02, 2013
: A group calling itself the Felicity Ann Ryder Cell of the Informal Anarchist Federation / International Revolutionary Front claim responsibility for a spectacular large scale arson of a luxury car show room in central Melbourne.

“The era of useless social anarchism is over, let the fire & smoke usher in the new era of insurgency!”

The claim is posted on several anarchist websites and is picked up quickly by the mainstream media who then go into damage limitation mode refusing to reveal the details of the responsibility claim & the police soon claim that the fire was not deliberately lit but are very vague when pressed for details as to the cause of the blaze. The Felicity Ann Ryder Cell respond with a scathing second communique mocking both the police & the mainstream media & once again claiming responsibility for the attack [but without claiming any further attacks]. [Shortly afterwards, Felicity Ann Ryder Cell received feedback-critique from the Indonesia ICR-FAI/IRF network in part of their open letter of self-analysis. ICR-FAI/IRF wrote that they believed responding to the enemy unnecessary and comprised dialogue and empty words directed at the enemy.]

“Do the cops & the fascist press in this country not understand that we are capable of striking again at any moment or at any time of our choosing?”

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Melbourne, September 04, 2013 : Anarchists trash the offices of Federal politicians Simon Crean, Anna Burke and Andrew Robb for their complicity in the mistreatment & persecution of asylum seekers & in solidarity with rioters in immigration detention centers.

“It doesn’t matter who we are. What matters is that we resist. That we show resistance is possible. It’s the right – the only – way to act in such terrible times. In doing so we hope to inspire others to break the spell of passivity, together we can turn the world upside down.”

Darwin, November 10, 2013
: Anarchists hold a spontaneous anti-election party culminating in a large fire fueled by election propaganda and political party banners. Two banners reading ‘FUCK THE VOTE’ & ‘FREEDOM NOW’ are left hanging nearby to greet the authorities who put out the fire.

“Much respect to all fire starters in Australia, we march forward with much inspiration. To all comrades imprisoned and on the run, eternal solidarity.”


Melbourne, January 24, 2014 : The historic Captain Cook’s cottage (named after the British colonizer who ‘discovered’ Australia) is trashed by unknown activists for the 2nd year in a row with anti-Australia Day / anti-colonialism & indigenous solidarity messages causing much outrage in mainstream media.

Sydney, January 28, 2014 : Unknown anarchists vandalize the Ryde electoral office of minister for Aboriginal Affairs & Citizenship, Victor Dominello…

“We seek to fan the flames of discontent behind the barricades of rebellion; we seek affinity with all who struggle against colonial law & order. Against citizenship & state sovereignty. Neither republic or monarchy. Fuck Australia.”

Sydney, 22nd February, 2014 : Corporate HQ of VINCI & their subsidiary company Advitam attacked in Seven Hills industrial zone, western Sydney. Windows are smashed and slogans painted in solidarity with activists in France fighting against the construction of an airport that VINCI are contracted to build.

“Resistance & Sabotage!”

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Brisbane, February 24, 2014 : 3 molotov cocktails thrown at Logan police HQ following the police tasering of a local indigenous woman who was left blind in one eye. Minor damage caused to police vehicle parked outside.

Melbourne, March 09, 2014 : Corporate HQ of G4S attacked. G4S is the contractor responsible for ‘security’ at the Manus Island immigration detention center where an Iranian asylum seeker had recently been killed by guards during a protest by detainees. Windows are smashed and ‘G4S Murderers’ sprayed on walls.

“We encourage everyone to take action : fight back! riot! destroy!”

Melbourne, March 28, 2014
: Coordinated attacks on corporate HQ of Transfield in Melbourne central & a South Melbourne branch of Toll for their roles in the prison industrial complex & specifically the immigration detention center on Nauru. Windows smashed, slogans painted.

“Solidarity to all people in detention centers & prisons everywhere!”

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Sydney, April 3rd, 2014 : Dozens of ANZ bank billboards & branch facades vandalized & ATMs super-glued shut for ANZ’s role in the coal industry & for it’s cynical corporate sponsorship of Sydney’s Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.

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Melbourne, April 12, 2014 : One police divisional van set on fire & another police vehicle vandalized in the northern suburb of Reservoir. No suspects apprehended.

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*This is by no means a comprehensive account of ALL actions that have taken place around Australia recently, for various reasons (mostly space & time!) there are a few actions that have been left out & of course there are probably other actions that we never heard about or that went unreported in both the mainstream & underground media.


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