Parking Meters Disabled for Ian Stark, Jesus Huerta

Over the past week, we glued the coin and card slots of 54 parking meters along Edgewood, Auburn, Jessie Hill, Ponce de Leon, and DeKalb Ave.

Additionally, some 7 meters were partially glued shut. Because of carelessness or mechanicle error, some meters had the coin slots glued shut but the credit-card slots left open, or vice versa. We found if we did not hold the glue in place with a piece of scrap metal, it had the potential of running down the machine before drying.

Lastly, five electronic ParkAtlanta pay-machines were glued shut which, we hoped, would free up parking for 35 additional spaces. We have since found out that customers can pay for any parking spot within an area at any of these machines nearby. Those who endeavor to disable these machines in the future should work with this knowledge: you have to destroy all of the machines on a strip in order for the payment process to be frozen.

We were inspired by the brave fighters in Bloomington, Indiana who have taken militant action in memory of a homeless man, Ian Stark, who froze to death in the town recently. Following his death, roughly 70 people lit torches, passed out fliers, disabled parking meters, slashed tires, and threw paint at banks to destroy the mythic social peace which conceals the painful, and fatal, reality of class society.

We were also moved by the friends and family of Jesus "Chuy" Huerta, a 17-year old who died of a gunshot wound while handcuffed in the backseat of a Durham Police cruiser in Durham, North Carolina. Following his death, in late November, hundreds of friends and residents marched through downtown Durham throwing fireworks and smoke bombs at police, smashing windows at the police station, and breaking a window of a DPD squad car. A month after his death, just a few days ago, hundreds held a vigil for Chuy and were dispersed when riot police shot tear gas into the crowd of friends and family (including very young children.)

This action was for the brave ones who decided to send the tear gas canisters back at the police alongside rocks and bottles.

for the commune

p.s.
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Re: Parking Meters Disabled for Ian Stark, Jesus Huerta

Massive heaps of lulz for 1:44pm.

 

Empty threats toward an anonymous comment?

commenting on indymedia is so oppressive.

Re: Parking Meters Disabled for Ian Stark, Jesus Huerta

11:42 here

to clarify.

When I said that I felt this type of media coverage could be a provocative operation, I did not necessarily mean to imply that a conspiracy may be under way between the press and the police, true as that may be. What I meant to imply is that the capitalist press only publishes what it can recognize. It means only to refract and disperse intensities which are inexplicable and unnamable. By making ourselves legible to the press, we make ourselves somewhat vulnerable to repression/recuperation. We should always remember that our home is in the chaos of the wild hearts, not in the headlines.

Re: Parking Meters Disabled for Ian Stark, Jesus Huerta

East Atlanta Patch published a second article. They report, again, that the vandalism was done by anarchists - although the communique does not make such a thing explicity - and also that an APD investigation has begun to look into the incident.


The investigation is whatever and prob doesn't matter, especially if the vandals were safe which I suspect theywere.


A point I'd like to illustrate, however:

Over the last three years there have been multiple public, collective, demonstrations and actions taken in a more or less conflictual manner. Everything from short marches in the streets with chanting to black blocs smashing squad car windshields to small riots in an apartment complex. Almost none of these things make the news. In very few instances have anti-authoritarian demonstrations or generally wild displays of contempt for power have recieved news coverage while demonstrations organized for more palatable reasons have.


On the other hand, nocturnal actions have been making the news. Actions taken by just a few brave people in the cover of the night recieve relatively in-depth coverage.

Why is this? What is this maneuver?

Well, I believe it is a provocative maneuver. It is an operation that has been performed against insurrectionists and revolutionaries for some time. Os Cangaceiros discuss this problem in their text "A Crime Called Freedom" and it has also been discussed elsewhere. This operation functions by silencing or tremendously misrepresenting social conflict and publicizing isolated attacks as a type of squeeze. The hope, for the State, is that partisans of rebellion will seek to escalate the intensity of their attacks, rather than spreading a revolutionary disposition. This escalation of intensity may create a type of tit-for-tat, private war, between the police and the insurgents. But anarchists must refuse military conflict of this sort with the state. We do not want to be cast as a militant subject. We want to instigate a certain disposition against capitalism and control, for a communist arrangement of life. The private clash, insofar as it is a war between a sect and a state, will always benefit those who seek to crush a decentralized revolt against all power, hence the jihadist provocations in Egypt, Libya, etc.

Stay strong and fast and never back down. Let's keep it smart. Let's refuse military conflict with the state.

 

Re: Parking Meters Disabled for Ian Stark, Jesus Huerta

and that is why you will NEVER get anything accomplished. You demonize everyone who doesn't sign on to your ideology. 

Fuck off fascist. Not everyone thinks like you. Just because I don't fit into your mold doesn't make me an enemy. 

The fact that I recognize that you're a brainless moron cult fuck does tho. 

I plan on exposing you to all your other little friends that you keep in your little bubble of ignorance. 

The best part is that you don't realize how ineffectual and oppressive you actually are. 

Re: Parking Meters Disabled for Ian Stark, Jesus Huerta

1. Liberals are not comrades.  They are enemies.

 

2. No one should play these bullshit PC language games.  The politicians want people to rephrase sentences and say things only in very particular ways so as not to offend anyone or misrepresent them.  Fuck them.  

 

3. No one advocates bricks through windows as revolyrionary strategy because no one does.  That's a petty strawman used to dismiss and demonize the type of people who do these sorts of things.  If anyone does advocate this, let them.  They should be laughed at and made fun of.  Dont  get your hopes up though because as of yet, no one that I know of has. Now, again, motherfucker, since you like to run your mouth...  I don't believe your petty dismissal for a second that whoever did this action thinks bricks through windows is "teh revolution"

 

They might, sure, but you should still fuck off and die.

Re: Parking Meters Disabled for Ian Stark, Jesus Huerta

BTW- it was a clever piece of psychological blame shifting you just pulled, accusing me of "treating comrades with bad faith" when it was you who just a few comments earlier you were calling people who were applauding this action 'scummy liberals' who only supported this because we don't have to pay for parking for our 'fancy cars' so we can get to our fancy "collage" and fancy "jobs" and calling us 'bourgeois.'

I don't think you even know what the fuck you're talking about 1/2 the time, but Goebbles would be proud of you.

Re: Parking Meters Disabled for Ian Stark, Jesus Huerta

Your exact words:

"Believe it or not, NO ONE advocates tossing bricks through windows as a revolutionary strategy."

I am sorry for assuming that when you used the phrase NO ONE you were implying that there was not a single person in Atlanta who believes that way (since that's what you said.)

btw- I'm totally a cop.

Re: Parking Meters Disabled for Ian Stark, Jesus Huerta

Wasn't speaking for anyone.  It's called common sense.  Or maybe I just know better than to treat comrades with such bad faith as to suggest that their idea of struggle reduces down to bricks through windows.  

That's a bullshit charecature no matter how badly you want to believe it.

Fuck off cop.

Re: Parking Meters Disabled for Ian Stark, Jesus Huerta

Believe it or not, you do not speak for everyone. 

Nor SHOULD you.

Re: Parking Meters Disabled for Ian Stark, Jesus Huerta

Believe it or not, no one advocates tossing bricks through windows as revolutionary strategy.  

 

 

Sometimes its just fun.  

 

Sorry for the butthurt.   Thanks for the lolz.

Re: Parking Meters Disabled for Ian Stark, Jesus Huerta

"Kid" is not an insult you petulant little prick.

"Anarchists" are touchly little creatures. Always looking to start a fight even with people who agree with you...

Despite your constant attempts to attack your supporters, most 'liberals' support this action for the same reason they supported locking the banks doors shut or the call to close out people's accounts.

Because profit loss is the ONLY way to fight against capitalism.
Tossing a brick through a window does NOTHING. Those companies are insured and the people they hire to fix the windows probably have loans with the banks anyway, so in the end they probably make a profit off of your 'direct action' (that would more accurately be termed a hissy fit.)

I swear if you dipshits would focus more of your energy on fighting the system instead of your supporters you'd probably get more accomplished.

Re: Parking Meters Disabled for Ian Stark, Jesus Huerta

Goddamn, anarchists are touchy little bunch aren't you?

"Kids" is not an insult you pestulant little fuck. (although that statement definitely is.)

Stop trying to pick fights with everyone you dipshit. Get over yourself.

Re: Parking Meters Disabled for Ian Stark, Jesus Huerta

10:27 am...  You think maybe your criticism might get a little more welcome if you refrained from calling people who probably aren't children "kids"?  Unless you're trying to shit on them?  Or maybe underhandedly snitch by attaching some identifying characteristics to the people you think did this?

Either way, this is clearly both.  Property destruction and profit damage.

 

Lets be real though.  That has absolutely nothing to do with why scummy liberals applaud this action.  They have a selfish interest in this.  That's not to say the actors dont also have a self interest in doing what they did but  the liberals see this as simply not have to pay to park their fancy cars down Edgewood anymore so they can go to their fancy collage or shit sucking jobs.  in short, their liking this action is purely bourgeois even if it contradicts their liberal ideology.

Re: Parking Meters Disabled for Ian Stark, Jesus Huerta

Re: 11:27

This is property damage. It is literally vandalism. If you like it, that's really good. It's also really good to consider how vandalism can be done to maximize losses. The most important thing isn't to "cut into profits", however. The most important thing is to send the signal up to the rest of society that there is no social peace. that some people are disturbed by the present arrangement and that they are organizing to fight against it.

Re: Parking Meters Disabled for Ian Stark, Jesus Huerta

Profit damage > property damage

This direct action has been applauded by radicals and liberals alike, both times.

Good job kids. Be careful out there.

East Atlanta Patch

http://eastatlanta.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/anonymous-group-cl...

Here is the report from the East Atlanta Patch:

 

 Péralte Paul
This meter on Decatur Street near the Pencil Factory Lofts is one of several across the city that have been tampered with and rendered inoperable. PHOTO CREDIT: Péralte Paul

SWEET AUBURN DISTRICT — An anarchist group is claiming to have vandalized scores of parking meters across the city, including several on Decatur Street/DeKalb Avenue and Edgewood and Auburn avenues.

The group, which sent an e-mail to East Atlanta Patch early Sunday morning, did not identify itself, but said it glued or tampered with some 54 meters in the city, including some on Ponce de Leon Avenue and Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE.

In the e-mail, the group it took the measure in response to the Dec. 9 death of Ian Tyler Stark in Bloomington, Ind. and the Nov. 19 shooting death of Jesús "Chuy" Huerta, in Durham, N.C.

Stark, a 24, year-old homeless man, was found dead in the stairwell of an apartment building.

Huerta, who was arrested on a trespassing charge and in a police cruiser, had a gunshot wound to the head. Police say the shooting was self-inflicted but the the 17-year-old high school student's family question that and charge that police haven't released enough information.

Here is the e-mail the group sent to Patch:

"Over the past week, we glued the coin and card slots of 54 parking meters along Edgewood, Auburn, Jessie Hill, Ponce de Leon, and DeKalb Ave.

Additionally, some 7 meters were partially glued shut. Because of carelessness or mechanicle [sic] error, some meters had the coin slots glued shut but the credit-card slots left open, or vice versa. We found if we did not hold the glue in place with a piece of scrap metal, it had the potential of running down the machine before drying.

Lastly, five electronic ParkAtlanta pay-machines were glued shut which, we hoped, would free up parking for 35 additional spaces. We have since found out that customers can pay for any parking spot within an area at any of these machines nearby. Those who endeavor to disable these machines in the future should work with this knowledge: you have to destroy all of the machines on a strip in order for the payment process to be frozen.

We were inspired by the brave fighters in Bloomington, Indiana who have taken militant action in memory of a homeless man, Ian Stark, who froze to death in the town recently. Following his death, roughly 70 people lit torches, passed out fliers, disabled parking meters, slashed tires, and threw paint at banks to destroy the mythic social peace which conceals the painful, and fatal, reality of class society.

We were also moved by the friends and family of Jesus "Chuy" Huerta, a 17-year old who died of a gunshot wound while handcuffed in the backseat of a Durham Police cruiser in Durham, North Carolina. Following his death, in late November, hundreds of friends and residents marched through downtown Durham throwing fireworks and smoke bombs at police, smashing windows at the police station, and breaking a window of a DPD squad car. A month after his death, just a few days ago, hundreds held a vigil for Chuy and were dispersed when riot police shot tear gas into the crowd of friends and family (including very young children.)

This action was for the brave ones who decided to send the tear gas canisters back at the police alongside rocks and bottles.

for the commune"

Vandalism of meters is a crime in Atlanta.

It's not clear if this group is the same one behind the August 2012 tampering of parking meters in the city, including scores along Edgewood Avenue.

While the city gets revenue from the parking meters, the boxes are owned by PARKatlanta, a unit of Duncan Solutions, an Australian company that provides parking enforcement services to municipalities and other entities worldwide.

Its U.S. headquarters are in Milwaukee.