Announcing the Opening of the Qilombo Community Social Center

In January of 2014, the Holdout temporarily closed its doors to do some serious cleaning. Now that the space has gone through several transitions, it’s time to reopen as a radical social center that supports community in struggle–with new energy and a new name.

From the Kimbundu word kilombo, the original quilombos were maroon societies founded by African people in Brazil and throughout South America between the 16th and 19th centuries. Most inhabitants of the quilombos were Africans escaping the trans-atlantic slave trade, but included indigenous people from local regions and other marginalized people fleeing European colonization. These autonomous zones provided land, shelter, and safety for those fighting to protect themselves from colonial enslavement and genocide. Resistance meant survival.

In this spirit of inter-communal solidarity, we invite you to join us in struggle! The Qilombo community social center is a place of intersection for Anarchists, other revolutionaries for liberation and folks from our neighborhood.

We have meeting and event space, a bookstore, a bike workshop, a free store, a pool table, a printing studio, and free use computers. A mutual-aid food distribution that offers free, nutritious groceries every Sunday. The HEPPAC collective that provides a needle exchange Friday mornings. We also host regularly occurring skillshares in Swahili and Chinese Martial Arts, an Anarchist/Autonomous Person of Color reading group, the Educate to Liberate workshop series, a prisoner letter writing night, and more! We are seeking new volunteers and new proposals for workshops and events, hit us up! These events are open to the public and are free or donation based.

Our bookstore specializes in radical books that are relevant to our communities. We have an excellent selection of books on African liberation, Anarchism, revolutionary movements, critical theory, a choice selection of zines, and some excellent fiction. Come by and read a book, or buy one that you’d like to take home.

We offer instruction on basic bike maintenance and repair. If you need help fixing up your bike or are interested in building one yourself, stop by the bike workshop.

As we begin this new stage of struggle, we are asking for the support of comrades from all over the world by becoming Friends of Qilombo and making a one time or recurring donation.

If you have any questions, would like to be added to our announcement list, or would like to host a class, meeting or an event, please email info@qilombo.org or visit qilombo.org

In Solidarity,
Qilombo

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glad to see things are comming back together over there, some cool stuff happening lately too, thats great.

Is that the middle class blacks that made up the original foundation of the Black Panthers, are really not far off from someone like Ras Trent;) Think of the main character's son in the movie 'The Butler'.

"...the middle class blacks that made up the original foundation of the Black Panthers..." said the person with no actual historical knowledge about the original foundation of the Black Panthers.

Have rich and poor dynamics mixed in, it just so happens that with Marxist-Vanguardist ideologies it tends to stick out more in contradictory ways. The BPs are one of these numerous examples of Vanguard orgs with upper strata members who think they know what is good for the disenfranchised. The likes of Fred Hampton and others such as the movie example I gave were not anomalies.

"Think of the main character's son in the movie 'The Butler'." LOL. Is this movie where you got all of your vast historical knowledge from?

Lol elements are the only homogenous matter around, everything swirls chaotically, and the offspring of enslaved Africans were the 2nd wave; the 1st being colonialist vs indigenous wars. Since the Enlightenment, those Westerners who upheld its ethics created intentionally a demoralization of the autonomous desire innate in every individuals heart! *sigh, grr,,gr,r.*! There has been a broad media global capitalist bent on the masse brainwashing of alienated folk who are taken to the edge of complex servitude by way of the multi-task imperative, namely Facebook, feel guilty if you don't reply within 12hrs to one of your dearest 100 friends! However, as the laws of freedom of speech bullshit rhetoric go, the social networking tool, like any other tool, requires data and an operator!! Bureaucracy and its legislation is the modern control method to invade the individual's autonomous zone.

SNL, COMCAST, NBC UNIVERSAL, GENERAL ELECTRIC CAN EAT MERKEL CUNT HATERS, I HATE THEIR LAME BITING ASS POSERS AND LIBERAL SCUM AT FILTHIEST. BOOOOOOOO BOOOOOOOOO BOOOO HISSSS BOOOOOO

"Anarchist/Autonomous Person of Color reading group"

Supposing a POC like myself wanted to propose a non structural Marxist analysis of human power dynamics that rejected the existence of white supremacy or privilege and have corresponding reading groups to that degree. What if POCs like myself see the Black Panthers as a hindrance to a post Western development, would these suggestions go over with you guys?

I think many people would engage if there was something written.

I would like to read this. Post a link.

In January of 2014, the Holdout temporarily closed its doors to do some serious ethnic cleansing. Now that the space has gone through several ethno-political transitions, it’s time to reopen as a pseudo-radical social center that supports community in struggle–with new energy and a new name.

Even though we lifted the following straight outta the White Supremacist Wikipedia, we are still suffering from enough internalized racism to feel fine about that, especially since we have no real skill at scholarship. Here you go: From the Kimbundu word kilombo, the original quilombos were maroon societies {yeah, we know that it's problematic to impose the name of one kind of cultural phenomenon onto that from another culture, but hey, what's a little cultural colonialism among friends?} founded by African people in Brazil {through some small-scale colonialism by expropriating the lands of the newly powerless indigenous people} and throughout South America between the 16th and 19th centuries. Most inhabitants of the quilombos were Africans escaping the trans-atlantic slave trade, but included indigenous people {newly dispossessed, but still generous enough to teach the African sub-colonists about the local flora and fauna} from local regions and other marginalized people fleeing European colonization. These autonomous zones provided land, shelter, and safety for those fighting to protect themselves from colonial enslavement and genocide. Resistance meant survival.

In this spirit of inter-communal solidarity, we invite you to join us in struggle, but only if you agree with us 100%! The Qilombo community social center is a place of intersection for Anarchists, other revolutionaries for liberation and folks from our neighborhood, like the crack dealers and bicycle thieves.

We have meeting and event space for conducting illicit transactions of all kinds, a bookstore for browsing only - reading is for White Supremacists, a bike workshop to help you dismantle the recently lifted bikes and build new ones with the parts so they can't be identified by their previous White Supremacist owners, a free store, a pool table for small-time hustling, a printing studio that we will never use, and free use computers for arranging the meetings in our underground economy rooms. A mutual-aid food distribution that offers free, nutritious groceries every Sunday from dumpsters the White Supremacists found, but which we forced them to give up. The HEPPAC collective that provides a needle exchange Friday mornings for those of you whose drug tastes are more pedestrian. We also host regularly occurring skillshares in Swahili {imposed as the official language of the colonial administrators of Tanganyika, imposed as the non-native language of thousands of other Africans unlucky enough to live in Kenya, the DRC, and Tanzania} and Chinese Martial Arts {but certainly nothing associated with the historic Quilombos}, an Anarchist/Autonomous Person of Color reading group with no texts by anarchists, the Educate to Liberate workshop series, a prisoner letter writing night, and more! We are seeking new volunteers and new proposals for workshops and events, hit us up! These events are open to the public and are free or donation based.

Our bookstore specializes in radical books that are relevant to our communities. We have an excellent selection of books on African liberation by Marxist-Leninists, Anarchism by non-anarchists, revolutionary movements that are not revolutionary, critical theory that isn't critical, a choice selection of zines by and for the functionally illiterate, and some excellent fiction {all of the above}. Come by and read a book if you can, but don't ask us to help, because we can barely read ourselves, or pretend to buy one that you’d like to take home.

We offer instruction on basic {post-lifting} bike maintenance and repair. If you need help fixing up your bike or are interested in building one yourself to make it unrecognizable to the White Supremacist you took it from, stop by the bike workshop.

As we begin this new stage of struggle, we are asking for the support of comrades from all over the world by becoming Friends of Qilombo and making a one time or recurring donation, because we expelled all the White Supremacists who had the money to pay the Holdout's rent.

If you have any questions, would like to be added to our announcement list, or would like to host a class, meeting or an event, please email info@qilombo.org or visit qilombo.org

Lulz

this is pretty disgusting and racist. people of color can't be anarchist? people of color are just drug dealers and bike thieves?

nothing says white supremacist like the ever-pressing need to tear down anything people of color build up.

As I am. But not when you rely on a Marxist-Leninist-Maoist foundation with uneven anti-colonial theories as posted above and Pan-African wet dreams. The stereotypes are likely ironic, when the other guys however shout out Crakker this and white boy that they are not being so ironic.

I wonder if you have any clue how badly you damaged your cause with that pile of explicit racist tripe. Qilombo folk were losing the last thread. You just singlehandedly shifted this one to their favor.

Fuck off and die.

And no there was no explicit racism in that post, stop abusing the term.

You are blind.

Giving quimby a lifeline was the only way to keep those retards from fully making a laughingstock out of themselves to the point where trolling is no longer fun. And then how would ANews get another 283 comment story???
Ipso fatso you tryina kill r ANews. Wtf up with that broooooo?

You do realize that using the 'r' word as an insult (or at all) is incredibly gross and insensitive toward folks with developmental differences. You have really shallow character. Go fuck off and die now, please.

It's called satire, quit taking yourselves so seriously. The last thread kept telling crackers to go back to Europe and that was kinda funny too. Constantly dropping the r word like a knee jerk reaction is self defeating in that it cheapens the quality of the concept by spreading it too thin. No one is above satire, not even self-righteous identity politicians.

no one above is SATIRE

lol, fuck!

Qulomby sounds like a cool black church thing. Can't wait to J that bitch. Lol

Jing is the new black.

Congrats on the Cindy Milstein endorsement. What's next? Al Sharpton and his fed handlers cutting the ribbon? At least he will be among friends!

the fuck are you talking about, j?

This isn't jarach and now jarach is a verb anyhow. You should consider learning to read even basic text.

Been trying to find where that quote was from for a minute.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=SG-eT4oK9lU

Dude that's what Obama said to the quilted lumbeebees toooooo

Pretty sure I haven't posted anything here, but thanks for asking.

GTFO OF HERE LAWRENCE!
you are hereby banned from thus thread!

Maoist space fronting as anarchists? No thanks.

Maybe it's a space where people can have ideas and discuss ideas and concepts free from your type of political correctness and oppression? Should we all get your permission prior to having political thoughts? Are you now the decider? what can I read and discuss, we obviously need your wisdom or guidance.

Typical white suburban 30 something who is still expecting their parents to support and unconditionally love them, in other words another spoiled suburban dick who never grew up.

^maoist

Seriously? Look, you want a space for a broad based radical big tent whatever-the-fuck, cool , just don't call yourselves anarchists. You guys are using third world marxist iconography in your name for Christ sake. Let's be open and honest about it politics.

But if its afro american maoism posing as anarchism then it will be called such

For all the folks talking a BIG TALK in absolute or even support of Lawrence, a few things:

1. Why are you conflating autonomous actions of individuals who have some form of assumed affiliation with a physical space, with the physical space itself? Is it too difficult to talk about the actions of those individuals without having to assign them to some form of "team" dynamic? Folks speak for themselves and no one else, or at least real autonomous folks do.

2. Why is it assumed folks here that knock Lawrence are part of "Qilombo"? Again with this teaming thing. Ya'll are setting up false competitive shit, which reeks of white male patriarchy. You're a joke.

3. Folks should take a trip to Qilombo and see what's going on there, because all the assumptions being spread around about the space and the people who volunteer and put in work there are pretty funny, given its all shit folks appear to be pulling straight out of their asses. Don't knock something you know nothing about, it just makes you look foolish and childish. But the ignorant lulz have been quite entertaining.

SERIOUSLY, VISIT QILOMBO AND DELIVER THESE CRITIQUES FACE TO FACE. If ya'll aren't down for that, nothing you say here will ever matter to anyone. Ever.

youre mom reeks of white male patriarchy

I see what you are saying, I agree that generalizing attitudes and taking your ball and running home cause a couple people do something stupid is dumb. It's actually a big problem, well this anarchist man is an asshole or well this anarchist woman is acting irrational so (instead of confronting the character) they say fuck anarchy. So yeah, let's all get past that and shit will be A LOT better on all sides.

White male patriarchy competitiveness? I don't understand what exactly you are getting at there.

There's another part to this, multiple people have said in fact this crap is coming from your center. I don't live in Oakland, but even I have heard second hand that "it must have been people from the old Holdout." People on these threads said it was people from there. AND not to mention this wasn't the only thing as I am sure you know that happened that weekend.

So, I wouldn't go as far to say that there is no blame to go around and it is *just* an individual problem. Its good to be honest and I don't see the people coming onto these threads trying to defend what happened as honest at all. They in fact, can't stop lying about the event and keep pushing a blatantly false narrative. Kind of depressing and makes a lot of people straight up not trust anyone associated. For maybe OK reason?

And one last thing on the same note, if people keep trying to straight up lie publicly to damage someones character can you really be that surprised or angry that the responses are straight up assholish?

Why are you assuming all the people here knocking Lawrence are part of Qilombo, says the person from Qilombo. Lol. You folks are so transparently disingenuous. The fact that you've doubled down after the fact and continue to put out patently false distortions about what happened means that you've guaranteed your own irrelevance. Y'all suck and everyone knows it now.

Not "from" Qilombo, simply supporting the space. Is everyone who voices support for the space automatically a part of it? Again, with this teaming thing - what is that?

Well you see there is this little thing called responsibility. Yes folks are not 'guilty' by association (thank you Captain obvious), yet the secretive nature of these kinds of actions damages trust. Yes the team critique is sometimes relevant (again, thank you Captain obvious). But in the absence of any public statements confirming or denying involvement, faulting anarchists for wanting to com together in support of one another when up against certain unknown aspects of this harassment is absurd. You wanna support the space, fine then help bring about public transparency and accountability. Until then people may have a hard time trusting those associated with it.

Wow! Did Qilombo just admit to engineering the plot against Lawrence? Guilty conscience maybe?

You stole someone else's space instead of creating your own. Everyone knows what happened. Don't expect the red carpet to be rolled out for you.

Stole someone else's space? You want to talk about stealing someone else's space, whitey, lets have a conversation about the last 520 years that your people have systematically stolen indigenous space on turtle island. That space you speak of is on Ohlone land, so no one "stole" it from a group of mostly white people. Those white people made the decision to step back from it, after perpetuating colonialist behavior.

You say your people like it's a thing. Fuck you.

So, folks at the Holdout *didn't* go into a neighborhood they had no connection with, *did* connect with all of their neighbors and create a harmonious relationship with them, *didn't* harvest a crop of white supremacist behavior in the space, *didn't* tokenize the few non-white people in the space, *did* offer events and programming that was almost entirely non-exclusive and accessible to not just the "white radical scene", but to the local neighborhood and other non-white radicals as well? And they most certainly *weren't* called out for any of the above incidents/behaviors by a group of non-white folks through a series of excruciating meetings?

Shit. Must have some facts mixed up. Sorries!!

1. Yes we understand that identity politicians consider white people doing things white supremacist behavior no matter what it is.

2. What is the difference between their previous white supremacist behavior and their current white supremacist behavior assuming that all black people are Marxist revolutionaries?

Let me throw this out there being a white dude having grown up in a "community of color." The vast majority of your neighbors would be embarrassed if they heard how you talk about them as some uniform mass ready to rise up on your lead. POC who do this as well as white people who believe it are JUST as bad as each other.

None of the above comment makes any sense.

"current white supremacist behavior"?

"how you talk about them as some uniform mass ready to rise up on your lead"?

Explain these statements please, and their origin.

1) tokenization of POC as revolutionaries.
2) Maoism.

i don't think a group of brown people who probably aren't all Ohlone people stealing a space from whiteys is really any different from whitey stealing land from Ohlone people

lel not all brown and black people are the same

Its actually radically different. And nothing was "stolen" from whitey. Whitey chose to step back, whitey isn't there putting in work.

You mean except for the ones who totally are there but are willing to shut up and put up with the hyperbole?

Seems to me all the people who are there are there because they want to be there, support the new direction and principles of the space, and generally enjoy the company of others who are there.

Otherwise, why are they there?

Sure, and non of them are Maoists either right?. Doesn't matter how many comments are posted anonymously, they still haven't com forth to publicly put to rest any of these suspicions. Until such time they are outed as highly suspect, and never to be trusted.

guilt

*Most* of the white folks stepped back. Nothing was stolen. Those who are around are there out of principle, not a lifestyle.

Well I can't imagine how such nerdy little whitey's could have felt even the slightest bit intimidated by such perfectly sensible rhetoric. I mean surely they are old enough to have been directly responsible for having single-handedly brought about the occupation of Ohlone land. Not only do we have fake racist-anarchist witch-hunts, but also 520 year old vampires! showing back up to places they conquered centuries ago. Good thing y'all exorcised and cleansed the evil anarchist "colonialist" spirits from Qilombo!

"Ya'll are setting up false competitive shit, which reeks of white male patriarchy."

I thought women invented that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z35rdwoIZO4

What "autonomous actions" are you referring to? Who are the individuals that undertook them? Does anyone know who they are, and can they not speak for themselves? Why do they not com forth publicly to account for those actions?

Also you act as if people are claiming to know so much about Qilombo without any public explanation as to why they kicked out the Holdout, er, excuse me, I should say did "some serious cleaning".

It's basically on Qilombo if speculation and educated guesses are all they leave people with on these critical points. Perhaps a little more transparency along these lines would better serve our "community in struggle" (but don't hold your breath). Until then everyone should watch out for anyone associated the place or the "autonomous actions".

No one "kicked out" the Holdout. That group is gone, and left of their own accord, but there are still some good folks from that group who support the space, and there is no bad blood - at least none that has revealed itself. So kindly do your research before spouting off nonsense.

Oh! So now we hear again about hoew there were different "groups". Some left, some remain, wonder what their political or professional affiliations and loyalties are.

"Ya'll are setting up false competitive shit, which reeks of white male patriarchy. You're a joke."

This veers close to racial essentialism, and an identifying of anti-social behaviors or negative qualities as being the provence of one race (and gender) while others are pure and blameless, and only corrupted by the presence of the other.

Setting the gender issue aside, as that really is a different can of worms, chauvinistic and essentialist attitudes like this applied to ethnic and cultural groups (including "races") are often the basis of nationalism, and the type of nationalism that has powered many acts of ethnic cleansing, genocide, war, and other forms of mass murder.

I am not saying the writer is a nationalist or is any more of a potential perpetrator of atrocities as any other human being. I am not saying everything else said by they or others who agree with them has no value due to this statement.

I am staying that the idea that the source of behaviors and ideas you dislike or consider anti-social is in one ethnic group is both objectively wrong, but more importantly INCREDIBLY dangerous -- to yourself and others.

A machete in your logo? That's so 1994...1994 Rwandan genocide that is...

Was here

The "Educate to Liberate" series is run by the Black Riders Liberation Party. I don't know if I should laugh or cry.

NO MORE WATER, THE FIRE NEXT TIME!
By Bob Black

The latest – I dare to hope, the last -- Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair (Marxist-Opportunist) took place on March 22, 2014, in Oakland, at “The Crucible.” This long-running event was previously the San Francisco Anarchist Bookfair, until high rents forced it to relocate to the East Bay. Its ostensible sponsor is the Bound Together, nominally-anarchist bookstore in Haight-Ashbury. Traditionally, Bound Together fronted for AK Press, supposedly a collective, which was founded, funded, and dominated by a foreign businessman named Ramsey Kanaan whose immigration status remains mysterious. When, after a few years, the AK Press collective came to be not in complete agreement with Kanaan about policy, he left and founded, funded, and dominated, PM Press, which, to the outside observer, is, in its publishing decisions, indistinguishable from AK Press. I don’t know which publisher now controls this Bookfair. This is one of many things which the victims of the recent outrage at the Bookfair probably know, but which they do not disclose. But it is unmistakably under the control of anarcho-leftists who are far more leftist than anarchist, and who only grudgingly allow post-left anarchists to table.
Several post-left anarchist projects are active in the East Bay: C.A.L. Press; Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed [AJODA]; and LBC Books/Distribution. They were at the Bookfair. Their publications and distribution have challenged AK Press and PM Press both politically and commercially. The Bookfair management (which does not identify itself) would really rather that these anarchists weren’t there, but, it can’t think of any reason to refuse their being there. It can, however, quietly encourage terrorist actions to get rid of the real anarchists.
At the end of this Bookfair (close to 6:00 PM), a mob of Politically Correct vandals – according to the tablers (John, Lisa and Lawrence), a dozen goons – launched a surprise attack on the table shared by C.A.L. Press and Anarchy Magazine. The thugs, as they screamed threats, poured water all over the table, destroying many books and magazines – including copies of at least one of my books! there will be retaliation for this! And I will send them a bill! The people at the table, surprised and heavily outnumbered, cannot be blamed for not fighting back. But the bystanders can be blamed. But, they can be blamed – as I shall go on to do – for covering up for the thugs, and for not telling what they know about the background to this story, and for not publicly identifying those involved.
I strongly protest the complete cover-up of who did this, and why. Even I, from afar, with scant help from the victims, can relate more about this incident than its victims have made public – and even more than they have privately related. I strongly object to the failure of the victims’ “Open Letter to Bay Area Anarchists” to explain the back story to this attentat. It can’t be justified, but it can be explained.
Once upon a time, in some anarchist context which (once again) I don’t know about, Lawrence Jarach got into an argument with some black anarchist about the Anarchist Persons of Colors’ practice of collaboration with reactionary black churches. He reportedly said something like, “we should burn the black churches, and the white churches too.” I hardly need to say – or do I? – that Christian churches have historically been the allies of the state and the enemies of anarchists. That is why the great classical anarchists, such as Proudhon, Stirner, Bakunin, Kropotkin, Tucker, Malatesta, Goldman, etc. have been, not only anti-clerical, but anti-religious too. That is why, in the early period of the Spanish Revolution, the anarchists burned hundreds of churches, and put the others to better uses. The APOCs’ know nothing of this, as they know nothing about anarchist history, and as they know nothing about anarchism, and as they are not anarchists. A pox on APOCs!
Something else they know nothing about is what they scream about there not being: racial equality. To advocate the burning of all churches, black and white, as Lawrence did, for them means that Lawrence is a “white supremacist.” Racial equality is racist. Only whites can be racist. All you have to do is, if you are white, ride public buses in the lower-income areas of American cities, as I have done thousands of times, to find out otherwise.
But all that the “Open Letter to Bay Area Anarchists” (signed by Lawrence, John [Henri Nolette], and Lisa [L.D. Hobson] – the members of the Anarchy Magazine editorial/production group) says about this is, basically that in ostensibly anarchist “spaces,” such intimidation, bullying, etc., should not be tolerated. Let’s be warm and fuzzy! Let’s be very California! Let’s make nice! But some people are not nice. These thugs are not nice. And, for the record, neither am I. I am very not nice to people who are not nice. And my not-niceness is not limited to verbal unpleasantries. Nor am I forgiving. Water on my books isn’t water under the bridge: not now, not ever. Certain faces will also be watered – with tears.
I’m not saying that – although I’ve sat at that table twice – I would have responded more violently. At my age (63), I probably shouldn’t have. But I think I would have got into it anyway. And if two or three other people had joined me, I’m sure that I would have, and we would have, kicked some ass. All bullies are cowards. If it that got messy, that would probably have been the end of this Bookfair, and that would be a good thing. But I appreciate that the people at the table, outnumbered and caught by surprise, understandably didn’t fight back. But why is the back story a privately circulated secret? Especially since it has been so much gossiped about?
However, the anarcho-racists’ antagonism to Lawrence, even aside from its being irrational and anti-anarchist, does have a back story. The victims have concealed this, except for saying that this was done to them by “people associated with” Qilombo. They do not publicly identify the individuals involved. But privately, one of them has identified, as the ringleader, somebody calling himself “HS.” I am sure that this is not the name under which he collects his welfare checks. However, he was one of the speakers on the anarcho-racist panel at the end of the Bookfair. I had to find this out by Googling. It’s obvious that at the end of the racist panel, H and his entourage just went over and trashed the CAL Press/AJODA table, although, no CAL Press publication, and no issue of AJODA has ever said anything against black racist pseudo-anarchism – an oversight, perhaps. It’s not just a cause for complaint that the thugs “were not asked to leave the bookfair” – they were its invited guests. This was an inside job. Imagine what would have happened to me if I watered the tables of AK Press, PM Press and See Sharp Press!
The “Open Letter to Bay Area Anarchists” should be circulated more widely than to Bay Area anarchists (who are mostly feckless). It should go to every group which tabled at the Bookfair. But it needs revision. The humuliating offer to “mediate,” which was anyway predictably ignored, should be deleted. There should be a call to boycott the Bookfair until it publicly repudiates the “Qilombo” mob (which can’t even spell correctly!), and bans their future presence and participation, and financially compensates CAL Press and AJODA for their losses. Why should they pay? Because they are liable, at least for negligence, more likely for recklessness (consciously ignoring what they should have expected to happen), or even for authorizing the attentat. They are guilty until proven innocent.
In the “Open Letter,” the victims say about the thugs that they are “not actually their enemies.” Why not? You may not be their enemies – although you should be – but they are your enemies. It’s okay to be the enemies of anybody, even Persons of Color, if they are Negro Nazis. And it’s stupid not to be. I am literally, physically nauseated by the way the victims are covering up for their oppressors. I want to know names, and addresses, and phone numbers. I want to know where they work, in the unlikely event that they do, and where they go to school. Their employers (or their professors) should be identified and informed. It might be useful to obtain, and circulate, their criminal records. And I want to know (as I have heard conflicting versions) the race of these racists because they played the race card. Why not send a demand to the “black churches” on whose behalf this all supposedly happened to repudiate the action? If they don’t, they indeed deserve to be burned. You could send the demand to the white churches too. That’s racial equality. Burn, baby, burn!
In the words of that eloquent Negro slave song (alluding to the Flood and to the Last Judgment): “No more water, the fire next time!” First water; then fire.
The back story on Qilombo itself should be told, not just hinted at in private E-mails. This was apparently originally a punk anarchist type infoshop which, once it got going, was taken over by black militants, as recently as January. Its website states: “In January of 2014, the Holdout temporarily closed its doors to do some serious cleaning.” Yes: ethnic cleansing, It is not as if what happened at the Bookfair came out of nowhere. It came out of this vipers’ nest, at 2313 San Pablo Avenue. Who’s the landlord? Are these desirable tenants? It sounds like a soft target, much easier to trash than a table at a bookfair with hundreds of people around, even though those people were sheep. Two or three people with a car could do the trick. The Black Bloc could deal with these black blockheads. Out of town activists could do the job (I can think of some people who might be interested – one guy in particular), to whom blame could be assigned (“outside agitators”). I offer to my Bay Area friends, plausible deniability. And nobody will be extradited for the crime of trashing a Negro anarchist pesthole, although the police will regret the loss of their agent provocateurs. (Isn’t this an obvious possibility?) I wonder if Qilombo is also a weapons arsenal and a crackhouse.
From hints and scraps, I suspect that what happened at the Bookfair goes back to what happened at Occupy Oakland. This was one of the largest, and clearly the most radical of the Occupy actions. I have no doubt that every effort was made to involve all activists and all communities in Oakland. The later interlopers had every opportunity to get in at the beginning and shape the development of the project. But they didn’t. They put in no effort. They took no risks. But when Occupy Oakland got going, and got a lot of publicity, then these lazy POC opportunists butted in with their irrelevant, absurd “Decolonize” demands – as if Occupy was colonizing anything. That takeover attempt failed. But the pattern of parasitism continues. Were the Qilombo louts the Decolonize Occupy louts? I’m going to assume that they were, unless I see evidence to the contrary. Heah come de judge – Judge Dredd!
And what solidarity have Bay Area anarchists provided, since the “Open Letter” was circulated? None, unless the victims are turning this into yet another secret. On Facebook, a prominent East Bay post-left anarchist chieftain has dismissed the outrage as “drama.” Instead of taking action, he plays Kriegspiel. Several years ago, I discussed, with this same notable, my having been run out of the Bay Area in 1985 by leftist thugs. He assured me that such a thing could never happen again (if I returned), because then I had no defenders, but now I had allies to defend my back. Ever since I was driven away, I wanted to return. I liked living there better than anywhere I’ve lived before or since. The first time I visited, publicly, I tabled, at the San Francisco Anarchist Bookfair, with CAL Press/Anarchy Magazine. Because there had been threats, it was made clear to the Bookfair managers that any violence offered to me would have serious consequences. I was even provided with a bodyguard! And so my enemies (white leftists of the Processed World stripe) didn’t attempt anything. They too are, like the Qilombo bullies, like all bullies, cowards.
I no longer want to live in the Bay Area. I was moving toward this decision already, but this Bookfair outrage was decisive. I’ve observed the astounding rise in rents and in the cost of living, which has already forced all of my friends out of San Francisco (where I lived for four years) to the East Bay (where I lived for three years). Now the East Bay is becoming economically impossible, except for those of my friends who are so fortunate as to own houses. I see no way I could live there without sacrificing too much of my small income to housing. I was thinking about doing that anyway. Not now. If I have some friends in the Bay Area, I still have enemies too. The friends are not as reliable as the enemies. If I am assailed, my friends will dismiss my difficulties as “drama.” Since they don’t even defend themselves, or each other, they won’t defend me. And I am less than ever able to defend myself all by myself.
This announcement will delight my enemies, and it will probably also come as a relief to most of my “friends.” I am equally indifferent to both reactions. The enemies, however, might want to consider that, if I’m not local, I can strike at them and they can’t strike back. As for the friends, my respect for them has greatly declined.
I expect that, as a result of circulating this statement as widely as possible, the result will be absolutely nothing.

Bob Black
Abobob51@verizon.net
April 28, 2014

nice to hear from you, bob

Hey Bob, two things:

1) Does this appear as an article anwhere? It seems like it would be more suitable for reading framed as an article than as a really long comment on a comment string from several weeks ago on a website where the comments are notoriously crappy.

2) Why do you repeatedly bring up Ramsey's immigration status? I'm inquiring genuinely. What do anarchists care what someone's immigration status is? I actually think you raise good points in several respects but bringing this up actually undermines your point. Can you explain why you think this is important and relevant to your essay here?

I'm afraid you raise a good point. Only the State cares about someone's immigration status. And so continuing to carp about Ramsey's status threatens to give the game away, i.e., that Bob Black is on our payroll. This is one of the reasons we have used him so sparingly recently. He just doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut.

Also what kind of anarchist uses the term 'negro' to describe black people?

spanish-speaking anarchists?

you saw that black? but, viste a ese negro, kind of like you saw that black dude

per the one drop definition and have no problem with that word.

you dropped one black and inherited his position?

It was my way of saying I'm a mixed POC but could be considered black by the US definition.

A really fucked-up one.

to take out someone you don't like. Perhaps its time you moralists explain how doing this equals an operational support of the state as opposed to a situational use of it which is redundant throughout most of humanity so long as BELIEF in the state prevails.

BB has done his due diligence when it comes to intellectually undermining the state which is all that any anarch can ask for.

Most anti-anarchist comment on an anarchist site.

Again moralist dummy, operational support of the state vs situational use of one of its functions, difference dumbass.

Let all the Hogshire-Bekkenborg get it through their dumbskulls.

I have to agree with you Sir E.

People twist corporations to their own agenda all the time and nothing is said, but when someone twists the government, all of a sudden they are a bunch of fuckers. Also everyone's mom has called the fucking cops on someone. Let's get real.

Sir Einziger knows abour Hoghsire and Bekken, two of the people Mr Cop Lover has tried to ruin, and Sir Einziger sees them behind every hostile remark made against his cop-loving ass, he see them hiding behind every tree -- gosh, you'd think that he and Bob Black were the same person!

Dear Bob Black,

You say, "The enemies, however, might want to consider that, if I’m not local, I can strike at them and they can’t strike back."

Any boast about your invulnerability is a tacit admission that you are on our payroll. Please don't say things like this in public forums, OK?

Kiss, kiss
Sgt. Snitch

Bob--for the love of god, please, call your sponsor. Man.

These cancerous strains of latent 1968 based Marxism are truly preventing anarchism from at least repeaking with its 1886-1911 hights. Why aren't the quildumbos and other colored nationalists treated like the BANAs.

Libertarian logic right now is the dominant current around the post 89 radical world. Let's detox and cleanse the last of the Marxist post-WW2 toxins. Only then will anarchism be fully healthy again.

The defender of Bob 'negro' Black here uses the term colored. Oh man. Just stop already. As someone who appreciates 'The Abolition of Work'' - both of you fools are undermining any merit that the essay had.

It's not like the abolition of work said anything new.

The Situationists said it prettier anyway.

Is not the abolition of work.

As a main post on anarchistnews? I have to say 'as a POC' that this offends me far more then anything Bob Black said in this letter(ie nothing).

I understand indybay, I understand libcom as well as the leftist losers on reddit which includes one of Jarach and company's water pourers, but ANEWS?

AnokChan posted a thread on it. I think worker is basically saying that this letter belongs in the cesspool.

Smack a white boy, The Mac attackers, anything by 'decolonizers' ect, they weren't taken down. Why this letter? It describes a cesspool in the Bay Area certainly, but it brings up important points that need to be discussed.

The disturbing thing is that anews joins the other sites in taking it down and we know why THOSE sites took it down. I thought that anews was formed 10 years ago to NOT be like those other guys. I expect this from someone like Chairman Chuck and other politico correctors, but not this site for all it's issues.

Well, the moderators and administration are allowed to add or remove content based on personal taste. It would only be speculating as to why they removed or didn't add the essay. It might have to do with the left post-left. Those post-leftists that still share culture with the left. Maybe since most "post-leftists" are really just radical *and critical* leftists? It is sad, but fortunately a great deal of new anarchists are coming around that aren't as tied to the left and start out with a strong anti-left stance.

Bob Black ironically who coined the label never got overly stuck to those 1968 mores, but the others do. They don't think twice about terms like racism sexism homophobia and how they are used in the leftist lexicon. It's why comes off as so politically incorrect in this letter and others. For me there was nothing racist about this rant whatsoever. Partly this is due to the fact that I happen to be a 'POC' post-leftist who really wants my fellow colorings to shake out of this Maoist malaise.

I also belong to the Y generation, a number of people in my age group and younger are looking into what the Dark Enlightenment among others are saying. People like Eric Orwoll and others are beginning to signal a shift from the compulsory 1968 based epitaphs.

At this point as my name sake suggests I prefer to use the term Anarch rather then Anarchist to describe myself seeing that Stirner and not the 1861 worker based First International is what an anarchic value set should be oriented around. Stirner, Novatore, Junger(he coined the term Anarch) ect. That is what I am going towards more and more with an aboriginal indigenous touch of course.

The Anarchist represents a position, The Anarch represents an expression. One thinks the mode of production comes before the archetype, the other knows that the archetype generates the mode of production. The man of material on the one hand, the man of spirit on the other. These distinctions need to be made.

http://www.ernst-juenger.org/2007/10/ernst-jngers-anarch-compared-to.html

It's good that you are such an individualist because you will always be alone.

Even made communal and generate spiritual wealth.

Oh yeah, for sure. But not by you, you self-owning beefcake.

Better a self-owning beefcake then a self-effaced strain of mental vegetation like you:)

"The Anarchist represents a position, The Anarch represents an expression"

Sir Einzige, your identity politics are showing, and no amount of ideological hocus-pocus is going to make it disappear. I like some of the stuff you have to say, but sometimes you're an insufferable, sad clown.

How the hell is this identity politics? What I am suggesting represents an exodus from political positioning. I've already gone through my rejection of the prototypical 60s position. How you figure I have identity politics I have know idea.

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leftist losers on reddit huh

Well as you can tell Mindless mind is a bit of a control freak and a perfect example of such a loser. He's banned my posting 3 times now. He also was apparently part of that whole Jarach/Black Church incident.

Anarchists like him are the reason I have dissociated myself from that label.

If only anarchists like him were the reason you stopped posting on a-news. I would fucking high-five him. Please dissociate yourself more.

anews has some people here that I like and I know I'm not the only one thinking these thoughts. This place needs people like myself emile and the likes of eyedea and squee who came before to balance cespool swimmers such as yourself:)

We are all swimming in a cess pool, but the egoist, as he swims in the cess pool, is like "turds have no power over ME! They're spooks!" And his mouth gets all full but it's worth it because what a cool thing to say. So cool he says it over and over again.

"We are all swimming in a cess pool"

Says you and your effilistic mindset.

There he goes again, gargling a mouthful of turds. And you wonder why no one understands you.

Who understands f all

They're descriptive words idiot

I happen to be colored.

why is 'The Abolition of Work' affected by what BB does

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