TOPIC: Vandalism

Fires Of Revolt

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02.08.16 - The Super Bowl may have come and gone in the Bay Area, but the accompanying extensions of the state security apparatus are here to stay. While many activists are praising Beyonce's dancers for holding a paper sign with the words "Justice for Mario Woods" off stage at the game, it's hard to be excited about such a shallow proclamation of solidarity (only marginally less shallow than Beyonce's new music video which has been a hot topic amongst activists as well). Read…

Condo Attack in San Francisco

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11.12.15 - This is an escalation from a sentiment of resistance to gentrification to a direct attack against it. We join the vandals of fastagent signs, Google Bus blockades, the Midtown Apartments rent strike, and other clandestine offensives with a window smashing attack on condos in the Mission. as we expected, SF's election season was a charade of democracy. It only showed that while the developer/colonizers feast on our City, not even the crumbs could be saved through legal means. We fight because the issue of our homes and survival is not up to a vote by anyone. survival and resistance are only there for the taking. All that is necessary is the will and the act. Read…

Mission Carmel Vandalized Days After Pope Francis Canonizes Junipero Serra

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09.28.15 - Today, as a parish celebration of the sainthood of Junipero Serra was scheduled to take place at the Carmel Mission Basilica, a statue of Serra was toppled over and paint was smeared on two grave sites, as well as on signs with the name of Serra, and on the doors of the mission. One mission artifact was inscribed with the statement, "Saint of Genocide". As founder of the California mission system, Junipero Serra oversaw the enslavement and torture of tens of thousands of Native Americans. Serra symbolize the genocide to many people, and his remains are buried at the Carmel mission. Despite widespread objections, Junipero Serra was canonized on September 23 at the National Shrine in Washington DC by Pope Francis during his US visit. Carmel police have said in the media that no Native American tombstones were vandalized, only the graves of Europeans. Read…

Dante’s Inferno or: The Twisted Saga of Dante Cano vs. Phil Tagami

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04.16.15 - On February 13th, 2015, Dante Cano was arrested in front of the Rotunda Building in Downtown Oakland during a protest against police violence. He was mobbed by several OPD officers, tackled to the ground, and then hauled off to Santa Rita Jail. In a statement posted online while he was in jail, Cano wrote: “I was violently attacked for supposedly breaking a Men’s Warehouse window. I was tackled and beaten by OPD, then put in a van and taken four to five blocks away. I was then asked if a bat and a black bag was mine. I said, “Fuck no.” Police beat me once more in the van and then took me to jail.” Currently, Dante has plead "not guilty" to the charge of felony vandalism and is fighting in court to clear his name. Read…