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Tacoma Anarchist Bookfair Accused Of Being "Homeland Security Threat"

News ArchiveAt 3 PM, on Friday, November 2nd, the landlord of the building which houses the Pitch Pipe Infoshop received a call from a Tacoma PD lieutenant. He told her that the Infoshop and the Anarchist Bookfair which it is holding this Saturday and Sunday is a homeland security threat and will be monitored by police for the entire weekend. The landlord then approached residents of the building and threatened eviction. As of now, no one is threatened with a sudden eviction. Tacoma Anarchist Bookfair Accused Of Being "Homeland Security Threat"

Dear Fellow Human Beings,

At 3 PM, on Friday, November 2nd, the landlord of the building which houses the Pitch Pipe Infoshop received a call from a Tacoma PD lieutenant. He told her that the Infoshop and the Anarchist Bookfair which it is holding this Saturday and Sunday is a homeland security threat and will be monitored by police for the entire weekend. The landlord then approached residents of the building and threatened eviction. As of now, no one is threatened with a sudden eviction.

This is a direct attack on the part of the government against those it disagrees with. The government is attempting to destroy and stop the protests planned for the 9th and 10th of November against the existence of the ICE detention center. It is attempting to shroud the bookfair in a cloud of fear and discourage people from attending. EVERYONE SHOULD STILL ATTEND! We will not allow this attack on our lives from the government.

Tomorrow the Infoshop collective will be keeping a cautious eye out for any infiltrators. There will be a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for infiltrators. In order to better help identify any infiltrators, do not speak about instigations and do not take aggressive actions towards the police. DO NOT DO THESE THINGS NEAR THE HOUSE! We can not have anything happening near the house. Do not venture off somewhere with someone you do not trust. Stay with those you are completely tight with. Any and all infiltrators that are caught will be treated like infiltrators. ALL AFFINITY GROUP MEETINGS ARE CLOSED MEETINGS! PERIOD!

The government just threatened us with the same apparatus that we are fighting against: The Department Of Homeland Security. The same apparatus that is keeping people locked in cages in the Detention Center while we write this. They absolutely can not have protests like the ones planned for the 9th and 10th of November against their fascist infrastructure. Beyond this, the military is bringing a shipment of Strykers back through (supposedly) Olympia on Monday. One thing is clear: they are frightened of us.

The Tacoma PD encouraged the Downtown Merchants Guild to remove all portable items from their storefronts and asked the business owners to be the "eyes and ears" of the police and report any suspicious activity. The police stated that potential actions might be directed at shutting down the Tacoma Link Light Rail or towards destroying property. What reason they have to believe this we do not know but are anxious to find out. As to why they are telling everyone these things the answer is simple: they wish to forcibly stop the protests against ICE by whatever means necessary. Plus, they are terrified of so many anarchists being in the area for the glorious homecoming of their killing machines from overseas.

We can not back down from this. Do not let their petty tactics sway you from coming to the Bookfair or to the protests on the 9th and 10th. This is nothing but them attempting to stifle the energy at our backs. Everyone in the area should come together and not allow another one of these attacks. Because if they feel as if they have succeeded in pushing our efforts back, they will not hesitate to do the same to other groups who push against the grain.

The Pitch Pipe Infoshop Collective
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Tacoma Anarchist Bookfair Accused Of Being "Homeland Security Threat"
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, November 03 2007 @ 06:45 PM CDT
Tacoma Anarchist Bookfair Accused Of Being "Homeland Security Threat"
Authored by: Admin on Sunday, November 04 2007 @ 11:21 PM CST
Thanks for trying to plug this story. It's being featured somewhere, given the number of hits. Digg? This again reinforces my decision not to add "Digg this" buttons to Infoshop News. The link to this story on Digg goes to a website run by conspiracy nutjob Alex Jones. Ugh!

Chuck
Tacoma Anarchist Bookfair Accused Of Being "Homeland Security Threat"
Authored by: Arthur J. Miller on Monday, November 05 2007 @ 04:03 PM CST
Greetings All,

I was at the bookfair for awhile on Saturday, I did a workshop there. They had a good turnout for their first one. I did not see any problems. But the threats from the Tacoma cops should be taken seriously because they have a history of trying to intimidate activists. During the Kasier strike they were able to shutdown a big labor solidarity march by going public saying that anarchists were coming to Tacoma to trash the city. There was a much smaller march of those that did not want to back down to the cops and the cops harassed people coming to the march and at the march the cops outnumber the marchers over two to one. Then there was the Tacoma cops reaction to the Port Protests with illegal arrests and gas. Then there was the Tacoma cops reaction to the Leonard Peltier marches. They had harassed us for years and they kept us from getting a march permit saying we had to pay thousands of dollars to them and have a million dollar insurance bond. We did not have that type of money and we would not pay cops to harass us. So we sued the city and won. Then they showed up at our march with all kinds of cops, many in roit gear and two fully armed SWAT teams. They tried to us racist comments to provoke people, pointed guns at our securty team and other such things. At our last Peltier march they stopped Native families from getting to the rally saying that there were too many people already there. And some of our people they put against the wall with weapons pointed at them. Given the anti-ICE/detention center protests coming up here in Tacoma, the Tacoma cops are acting as they normally do.
Arthur J. Miller
Tacoma Anarchist Bookfair Accused Of Being "Homeland Security Threat"
Authored by: Berkman on Tuesday, November 06 2007 @ 05:32 PM CST

Heh, one of my life goals is to be declared a threat to national security