On February 29 (#F29), a nationwide coordinated effort was launched by the Occupy movement to Shut Down the Corporations, focusing on corporations that are part of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). In Portland, businesses in parts of Portland were damaged the night before, and the vandals explained their actions in emails that were published at the Portland Independent Media Center.
Communique for Night of 2/28author: Some Of Those Responsible
About an hour and a half ago (around ten pm, Tuesday night) a group of anticapitalists rolled up on the US Bank at SE 39th and Main and smashed out its windows and ATMs.
This was done in preparation for February 29th’s Shut Down The Corporations Day. We chose a bank because banks have upheld the sanctity of capitalism, making it possible for a few people to accrue copious amounts of wealth. This was also for the role the banks have played in the current financial crisis and the level of environmental destruction they have supported. These banks are responsible for throwing poor and oppressed people the world over under the bus of extreme poverty and destitution. They did this all to keep the pockets of a few rich CEOs lined with extravagant bonuses, and it’s time we started taking from those pockets.
We also did this to remind #Occupy to keep its horizons open. Rather than resort to the gory analogy about cats, we prefer to say they’re more than one way to shut down a corporation. Parades through the city may be able to accomplish this task on occasion, but at the end of the day there’s really no replacement for a few dozen folks in masks with rocks. We don’t know whether this will be taken as solidarity or antagonism by the core of Occupy, but frankly that isn’t worth dwelling on for us. You said you wanted to help shut down corporations, and we helped to do that in our own way. Take it or leave it, we’re going to keep doing it.
Good night, Occupy, and good luck tomorrow.
The second email: (language warning):
F29 Eve Round Deuxauthor: w-w-w-window breaker
Sounds like our comrades had a joyous little romp around the US bank on 39th. At about 1:30 this morning, inspired by their shenanigans we high-tailed it over to 38th and Broadway where a Key Bank was just sitting there, all windows intact, just waiting to be fucked up. So we destroyed the windows and doors and ATM. Then we had some rocks left over so we fucked up the Starbucks across the street for old times’ sake.
Wherever capital chooses for its bunker, we will be there to attack it in the night.
For freedom, for equality, for anarchy.
According to Police the vandalism occurred at about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, at a U.S. Bank branch near S.E. Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard and S.E. Main Street had windows broken out and the ATM was damaged. Four hours later, the vandals used rocks to smash the windows and damage an ATM at the Key Bank branch located at N.E. 38th and Broadway Street. The Starbucks coffee shop nearby also had windows broken.
Kari Koch with Occupy Portland said protest organizers did not apply for a permit because they do not want the targeted businesses to know they are coming.
Occupy Portland organizers said they intend for their march and rally Wednesday to be peaceful and light-hearted.