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
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