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VENGEANCE FOR MIRIAM CAREY
Miriam Carey was a black woman who was murdered by police in Washington, DC, on October 3rd.
Perhaps some will call for justice, accountability, or an end to police brutality, but we are fighting for nothing short of the the total destruction of the state, capitalism, and the police. We have seen their justice: perhaps an individual police officer gets a slap on the wrist,
the family of someone murdered by the police gets a small sum of money (as if that could ever make up for the death of a loved one); the police as an institution go on upholding white supremacy and social control. How could the police ever be accountable to all the people
they have harmed when their very existence is an affront to freedom and autonomy? And we find "community policing," diversity trainings, and the like to be just as insidious as the heavy-handed murderer with a badge who shoots first and asks questions later beause
someone challenged his authority. Community policing is perhaps the most apt application of the phrase "putting lipstick on a pig" - it cleans up the police's image while allowing them even greater access to and control of our lives.
We mourn Miriam Carey, and we remember that she is not an anomoly. Our rage also stems from the fates of those closer to home, such as John T. Williams, Kenneth Harding, David Charles Young, King Ramses Hoover, Richard Sims, Adam Colliers, Christopher
Harris, Jack Collins, and James Chasse. Simultaneously, we remember people who fight back: people like Chris Monfort and Maurice Clemmons, who in the fall of 2009 shot and killed police officers in the Puget Sound. We remember the winter of 2011, when our
collective rage against the police and prison society manifested itself in the streets of Seattle.
We want to create a world where cops are not welcome and where individual or systematic assaults on our friends and communities are met with full, sustainable expressions of our rage. We will not calm down as a war is waged against us. We do not seek to make peace
with the police. We bring fuel to the fires.
Vengeance for Miriam Carey! Against every police officer! For nothing short of total freedom!