In the section “Rules of Conduct”, of the Denver Police Crowd Control Manual outlines the role of “Shadow Teams,” groups of undercover and/or plainclothes officers who infiltrate demonstrations to observe participants, gather intelligence, monitor “persons of interest”, and help target specific protesters for arrest.
"Releasing the Denver Police Crowd Control Manual is part of our ongoing investigation into the policing of social movements. Using open records requests and other methods, we are currently compiling reports documenting the Denver Police Department."
"In the spring of 2015 a group of anarchist and prison abolitionists worked together to experiment with a pirate radio station that broadcasted into a prison. The project lasted nine months before it was raided and shut down by a coalition of law enforcement. Transmissions in a Hostile Territory is a reflection on that project, how we did it and what we learned from the following legal case. The intention of the zine is to encourage creative engagement in the anti-prison struggle. Fire to prisons, until every cage is empty!"
"On this episode, Kumars is joined by first-time guest host Deellan Kashani, our resident Kurdish expert who wrote her undergraduate thesis on radical political organization in the Kurdish-controlled autonomous region of Rojava in northern Syria. Our guest is Brace Belden (better known by his former Twitter handle, @PissPigGranddad), a florist who recently returned from fighting with the Kurdish YPG forces to defend Rojava against ISIS."
A NYMag piece on PissPigGranddad's six-month tour of duty with the YPG in Syria. This article includes quite a bit of overlap with the Rolling Stones article I have linked to before, but it's even better.
I'm definitely glad this guy is walking around again.
Dukes was studying the prison system at the time of the shooting, reading books like Slavery by Another Name and watching the documentary 13th, and he believes in the abolition of prisons.
“She’s going to go into a system that will eat her alive and that’s awful,” he says of Elizabeth Hokoana. “It’s hard to wish that on anyone.”
“Right now, we’re continually escalating violence,” Dukes said of the divide between the right and the left. “Maybe if we can have a larger conversation, maybe we can turn this thing around. We have to start seeing each other as people, and talk about how other people are people.”
“I refuse not to recognize these people as people, because I refuse to be like them.”