This piece discusses trauma, police violence, drug/alcohol use. There are some phrases used in quotes — these weren’t pulled from specific conversations but are simply phrases I’ve heard said verbatim countless times.

The other night, a friend noted that they’ve observed over the past few months that I’ve been going through it. This didn’t come as news to me — I haven’t been shy about sharing my difficulties coping — but rather, I felt my general baseline for how I now operate was understood. It’s vital context in how I process and interact with everything. …

Stonewall started as a riot against the NYPD. Let’s honor that legacy.

Recently, the organizers behind the annual “mainstream” Pride Parade in New York City made the decision to not allow the NYPD to participate in the parade until 2025, at which point the NYPD’s participation “will be reviewed” by a Community Board to determine whether they have the capacity to not “be threatening, and at times dangerous, to those in our community who are most often targeted with excessive force and/or without reason.” …

A detailing of how the Post manufactures anti-protest misinformation and what you can do about it.

NOTE: The term “doxxing” typically entails publishing a person’s private details to public spaces in an effort to facilitate targeted harassment and abuse. The term as used in this piece functions in that broad framework, not as a straightforward address and phone number dump.

September 4th, 2020. Eight people are grabbed by NYPD’s Strategic Response Group (SRG) following a march that resulted in graffiti, smashed windows of national corporations, and a few trash fires. One of the people arrested is released without their mugshot published. …

It’s a long read.

For the past year, I’ve thrown every skill I’ve got into covering the uprising; documenting/embedding/upending fascist organizing; teaching, learning and sharing knowledge.

For the past year, I’ve also been physically, mentally, and emotionally abused. By white supremacists, neo-Nazis, liberals, and a truly staggering number of “comrades.”

For the past seven months, there has been a growing — and now undeniable — divide between movement organizing and “the scene” in activist spaces around the country. This is not unexpected for a movement that burst into the forefront and expanded extremely quickly. It’s also not unexpected for a space to develop where…

This is a rhetorical question, I think.

I recently announced on twitter that I’d be taking a break from on the ground reporting to catch up on writing a slew of analyses I’ve had on the back burner for the past few months. …

An urgent shift away from visible organizers is the only way to avoid scene death.

Autozone logo edited to read “Autonomy” with a subline “Notes from within and without.”

On September 16th, an autonomous action popped up in immediate response to a whistleblower leak that ICE is performing mass hysterectomies at a facility in Georgia. The action was at Foley Square, the heart of NYC’s federal buildings, and no one knows who organized it — but that didn’t stop people from showing up that Wednesday. Or the next day. Or the day after for a clout-chasing press conference organized by a grifter cult (RefuseFascism) that wasn’t even there. …

It was the best of scenes. It was the worst of scenes.

The NYC protest scene is dividing into two factions: One on the surface which features a slew of camera-happy groups and individuals looking to cash in. The other, a burgeoning underground of people sick to death of the scene’s dominant faces.

Before diving into the two factions that have begun formulating, I want first to discuss the perspectives held by people entering the scene.

There are at least three dominant ‘topics’ that draw people into the protest space:
1. Anti-racism
2. Anti-capitalism
3. …

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After feds were deployed to (unsuccessfully) quell the protests in Portland, OR., the NYC protest scene started wondering if the same fate would come here and that rumble of uncertainty continues.

When Trump teased the possibility of sending them here a few weeks ago, Gov. Cuomo and Mayor DeBlasio had their near-ritualistic pissing contest of each scrambling to say “no thank you” more powerfully than the other. Trump threatened to send in the feds again on Monday if the mayor can’t “stop the bloodshed” (???). All told, it seems Trump wants to deploy feds here just for the hell of…

I’ve said it multiple times that my focus reporting on the NYC protest scene isn’t just to take a temperature check and dip out. It’s to track and document how the scene is developing and changing over time, which necessitates being fully immersed in the scene and getting to know the textures of the environment. This often presents itself by buttoning action threads with an overview observation. One recent example:

Yesterday I wrote a general overview of the NYC protest scene as well as a warm-up of what to expect from my coverage. You can read that right here.

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