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Aug 8, 2012 blackgreens commented on Political Convictions?.
One from Rolling Stone "How FBI Entrapment Is Inventing 'Terrorists' - and Letting Bad Guys Off the Hook":…
Aug 8, 2012 blackgreens commented on Political Convictions?.
Interesting article about this same case from local paper Tides of Flame, "Hunting Witches in the Pacific Northwest: On the Grand Jury Targeting Anarchists":
Jul 9, 2012 blackgreens commented on Protesters Are Lying Down in Third Avenue to Oppose New Youth Jail.
I think you missed the part where capitalism creates and requires crime. As for being Part of the Problem, you're just as much a part of the problem as all the other idiots who'd rather laugh and nitpick than actually risk something to significantly alter this seriously fucked up state of affairs.

Jul 9, 2012 blackgreens commented on Protesters Are Lying Down in Third Avenue to Oppose New Youth Jail.
Today, over two-thirds of prisoners in the US are locked up for nonviolent offenses. It is no surprise that the majority of prisoners are poor people and people of color, given the criminalization of drugs and immigration, the disproportionately harsh penalties for the drugs typically used by poor people, and the greater chance people of color have of being convicted or sentenced more harshly for the same crimes. Likewise, the intense presence of militarized police in ghettos and poor neighborhoods is connected to the fact that crime stays high in those neighborhoods while rates of incarceration increase. The police and prisons are systems of control that preserve social inequalities, spread fear and resentment, exclude and alienate whole communities, and exercise extreme violence against the most oppressed sectors of society.

Those who can organize their own lives within their communities are better equipped to protect themselves. Some societies and communities that have won autonomy from the state organize volunteer patrols to help people in need and discourage aggressions. Unlike the police, these groups generally do not have coercive authority or a closed, bureaucratic structure, and are more likely to be made up of volunteers from within the neighborhood. They focus on protecting people rather than property or privilege, and in the absence of a legal code they respond to people’s needs rather than inflexible protocol. Other societies organize against social harm without setting up specific institutions. Instead they utilize diffuse sanctions—responses and attitudes spread throughout the society and propagated in the culture—to promote a safe environment.

Anarchists take an entirely different view of the problems that authoritarian societies place within the framework of crime and punishment. A crime is the violation of a written law, and laws are imposed by elite bodies. In the final instance, the question is not whether someone is hurting others but whether she is disobeying the orders of the elite. As a response to crime, punishment creates hierarchies of morality and power between the criminal and the dispensers of justice. It denies the criminal the resources he may need to reintegrate into the community and to stop hurting others.

In an empowered society, people do not need written laws; they have the power to determine whether someone is preventing them from fulfilling their needs, and can call on their peers for help resolving conflicts. In this view, the problem is not crime, but social harm—actions such as assault and drunk driving that actually hurt other people. This paradigm does away with the category of victimless crime, and reveals the absurdity of protecting the property rights of privileged people over the survival needs of others. The outrages typical of capitalist justice, such as arresting the hungry for stealing from the wealthy, would not be possible in a needs-based paradigm.

Jul 9, 2012 blackgreens commented on Protesters Are Lying Down in Third Avenue to Oppose New Youth Jail.
Most "crimes" are the product of a profoundly unhealthy society which thrives on wealth inequality--put simply, capitalism needs unemployment in order to keep wages low and profits high. This creates a huge group of excluded people, many of whom end up selling drugs, stealing, and generally hustling in order to survive. They end up in jails and prisons.

Incarceration has never and will never stop "crime," including rape and murder. Neither will police.

If you'd rather read and study these things instead of relying on the bullshit you've been taught all your life, consider checking out Christian Parenti's Lockdown America. Or do a google search on "critical resistance" or the "prison industrial complex" or "prisons and capitalism" or something.
Jul 9, 2012 blackgreens commented on Protesters Are Lying Down in Third Avenue to Oppose New Youth Jail.
Read this article:
Coming Soon to the Central District... Kiddie Jail Kondos!

We firmly believe that the well-being of our children and families requires this action.
- King County Superior Court Presiding Judge Richard McDermott

King County representatives have a great new plan to fix the decrepit, foul-smelling Youth Services Center*: bulldoze it, rebuild it with new and improved “urban design,” and add some condos. Problem solved!

To pay for this, County leaders are currently working to get a $200 million property tax levy on the primary August ballot. If it passes, home-owners will be expected to pay 7 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, or about $20 per year for a home assessed at $350,000, for 9 years.

According to The Seattle Times, this is how they intend to spend that heaping pile of cash: “The county would move some buildings back from their current locations near street fronts and concentrate them closer to the center of the campus. County officials would then sell to developers nearly 3 acres at three corners of the property. The idea is that developers would pay about $16 million for the land, which would help to offset construction costs and enliven the area with retail and residential projects.”

The history of development in Seattle shows exactly what “enlivening an area with retail and residential projects” means: condos, cupcakes, and cafes. And more police trolling the streets for petty “quality of life” crimes like graffiti and pissing in alleys. There couldn’t be a more perfect example to show how the justice system, capitalism, racism, and gentrification are interconnected. While kids endlessly cycle in and out of developer-subsidized jail cells, wealthy condo-dwellers will be enjoying the view from their rooftop sun decks.

Proponents are attempting to sell the plan by appealing to voters’ empathy for the poor kids locked up in a such a run-down facility. Cienna Madrid, writing for The Stranger, recently advised voters to “approve the levy—the facilities are about as safe for kids as an electric eel fishery. In some hallways, it perpetually smells as if someone took a shit in their hands and then clapped.” She goes on to quote Judge Helen L. Halpert saying, “It’s filthy, it’s decaying, and it sends an evil message to the primarily poor people who we see: ‘You just don’t matter.’”

According to these fools, imprisoning children under such shitty conditions shows them that society doesn’t really care about them. Well, news flash, “society” doesn’t really care about them. Halpert’s idiotic logic contends that a fancy new facility (no doubt a much more secure, higher capacity facility) with upscale condos and shops next door will somehow change this.

Um, what the fuck?

Obviously it is horrible to imprison children and teens in a rickety old building. But it’s just as disgusting to imprison young people in a new building with an aesthetically pleasing urban design. The problem is incarceration, period. Oh yeah, and rampant racism, a completely fucked economic system, psychotic cops, politicians... One could go on and on.

To anyone who’s been paying attention, it’s no secret that the US criminal justice system is fundamentally racist and operates in accordance with the needs of capitalism. The statistics are easy to find. There are 2.3 million people locked up in cages throughout this country. Judge Halpert admits that most of them are poor. With only 5% of the world’s population, the US boasts a full quarter of the world’s prison population. US prisoners are disproportionately black and Latino, and the prison population has sky-rocketed over the past thirty years largely due to the War on Drugs.

These statistics are alarming, but they seem to suggest that if the excesses of the justice system were scaled back, then the basic functioning of the state’s court and corrections apparatus would still be desirable. This analysis ignores that the primary purpose of laws, courts, and prisons is SOCIAL CONTROL and not the prevention of things like interpersonal violence and drug addiction.

Prison captures surplus populations—the poor and the restless—that might otherwise create real problems for the smooth functioning of capitalism. Meanwhile, the cage extends beyond the razor wire in the form of surveillance, even working its way into our minds as we police ourselves and each other. Above all, prison serves as a looming warning for any who wish to destroy this cold and disturbing reality.

The cops and courts have shown themselves to be perfectly incapable of stemming the tide of so-called crime. This is because it is this sick culture and its laws that create and construct the criminal. On the one hand, pervasive alienation reproduces the abusive sociopathy of capitalism in individuals. Television, pop songs, and our own experiences of being treated as worthless and replaceable teach us to regard each other as objects be be used and thrown away. This results in abusive behavior, in rape, in pointless murder. On the other hand, capitalism creates the economic and social conditions—poverty, necessity, vapid materialism—that fuel theft and the drug market. The state, in turn, criminalizes the things the excluded do to survive.

As long survival is tied to money, as long as there are rich and poor, as long as land is property, there will be criminals. As always, some will choose their targets wisely from the long list of individuals and institutions that profit from our exploitation and the destruction of the natural world. Others will continue to prey on people not so different from themselves. Prison has not and will never change this. The only way to stop broke, broken people from cannibalizing each other is to destroy the system that breaks us and to create new, nourishing worlds. That, not coincidentally, is also illegal.

For all of these reasons, we reject the County’s plans to “fix” the Youth Services Center. The new complex might make liberals sleep a little easier, but it will still function as a node in the network of capitalist domination. That it will be integrated with upscale gentrification only makes it that much more repulsive and offensive to all those who love and struggle for freedom.

The only way to fix the Youth Services Center is to burn it—and every other exploitative institution—to the ground.


*The King County Youth Service Center houses the Juvenile Detention Center, Juvenile Court and Juvenile Court Services. It is located at 1211 East Alder Ave in the Central District.
Jun 26, 2012 blackgreens commented on "Anyone who eats Oreos is now openly a heretic...Eating Oreos is now a Sin".
Oh great, wooowoooo, Nabisco loves gay people. It makes me sad that some people actually feel proud when a corp makes some meaningless gesture like this. It may be evidence of more people in general being less homophobic, but I don't take much comfort from the "support" of the same companies that are fucking up the world. They feed on inequality. Their version of equal rights is when anyone (even a flaming queer) can be an executive, own sweatshops, buy off politicians, etc...
Jun 25, 2012 blackgreens commented on New Records Show Feds Upset with City's Immature Attitude and Impotent Police Reforms.
Not to mention, the entire "justice" system is based on punishment and not rehabilitation or restoration.
Jun 25, 2012 blackgreens commented on New Records Show Feds Upset with City's Immature Attitude and Impotent Police Reforms.
@4 Unfortunately regular (non-excessive-force/by-the-book) policing is also completely fucked as the police are there to enforce a system of laws that are mostly also completely fucked. (You know, that whole "war on drugs" thing to start.) I have no doubt that LA policing continues to be racist and violent and conservative even if the most spectacular instances of cop violence are off your radar.