Two reportbacks from “Fuck the 4th” march

Two reportbacks from “Fuck the 4th” march

From Puget Sound Anarchists, OLYMPIA

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The two following reportbacks were submitted anonymously –


Reportback from Impromptu Fuck the 4th March

What started as a day of chill BLM marches and fuck the 4th dance parties gave way to one of the most intensely destructive nights I think I’ve ever seen in Oly. Around 10:30ish a crowd of around 40 in all black assembled at a fountain at one end of town. I wasn’t really sure what the vibe was gonna be for the night, for Olympia a 40 deep black bloc (or march in general) is pretty big but it never feels big enough, so I was anxious. I looked up at the full moon illuminating our gathering and found some strength and comfort in that. After a few minutes of milling about some people began to chant “NO COPS, NO PRISONS, TOTAL ABOLITION” and the march took off.

Immediately when we got to the first building on 4th graffiti began to go up, windows were getting smashed, and fireworks were getting set off non stop. The energy was joyous and fierce in a way I rarely experience here. Parking meters were getting sabotaged, tags of “ACAB” “Black lives matter” “Abolish OPD” “Death to America” “RIP George Floyd” were going up everywhere.

Gentrifying condo on 4th Ave

As we approached the City Hall and Police Station people began a spirited chant of “Death to America!”. Fires were getting started. When someone was starting one, someone in the crowd yelled “Repeat after me! I didn’t see shit!” To which the crowd responded, “I DIDN’T SEE SHIT”.

When we got to the city hall and police station, the reinforced glass was greeted with a barrage of stones and chunks of concert that smashed holes through it. A hole was smashed in the door of the police station which someone used to reach in and open the door to let people tag. It was absolutely beautiful.

At this point two pig cruisers rushed towards the crowd and we retreated down a side street throwing things at the cops as we went. At this point parts of the crowd split off, but a sizable chunk kept going back down 4th and up capitol, continuing to smash and tag as they went. This crew made its way all the way to the city jail – the so called “justice” center – on Plum and smashed some of the city vehicles they keep parked outside before making a clean get away.

At the point of writing this, no arrests have been made <3




Fuck the 4th: RIP USA LOL

The genocidal project of colonization known as the “United States of America” is in its death throes. Antagonists in Olympia celebrated and attempted to hasten its demise last night (during what was hopefully the last “4th of July” ever) with several different events throughout the evening and into the night.

The evening started with an extremely chill and fun “Fuck the 4th” generator dance party in a park downtown with live DJ’s, fresh tamales, and good vibes. We enjoyed the pleasant early July weather as we chatted, danced, admired each other’s party outfits, and ate and drank with old and new friends.

Next up was an extremely rowdy march through downtown – possibly the most destructive we’ve seen here in the last decade. As soon as we hit the streets people started throwing up graffiti and smashing out windows. Memories of years of fighting with peace police and liberals in Olympia faded as it became apparent that everyone was down as fuck and extremely ready. Expensive businesses, banks, that one Starbucks that keeps getting got, that condo building that marked a turning point in Olympia’s gentrification, some fucking olive oil and vinegar boutique – all were gleefully attacked. The holes in the windows at Starbucks were big enough that the cops sent officers out to guard the building from getting looted. Multiple massive windows were broken at Olympia Coffee Roasters – the site of peak PNW liberal curated-for-instagram-aesthetic capitalist bullshit – while “GENTRIFICATION = DEATH” was painted on the front of the building. Across the street, others got to work on city hall and the cop shop while a dumpster fire burned in the background. As of mid-day today the city hadn’t even begun boarding up the innumerable shattered windows at city hall, although the “Fuck the mayor” tag was buffed. We love to see massive holes in the cop shop door in the middle of the day!! Apparently at least some of the march eventually made it to the city jail on Plum Street where more shit was fucked up. A cop was heard on the scanner saying they were having a panic attack and needed a break. There were no arrests.

A couple suggestions for future conflictual marches: fireworks, flares, and smoke bombs can create a visual barrier between a march and the cops or other enemies, plus they’re fun and pretty. However, fireworks should be deployed at the rear of the march with care that they don’t hit other marchers. Friendly fire is a bummer.

Rocks are in short supply in downtown Olympia. It sucks to get caught unprepared with no projectiles if an opportunity presents itself! Consider loading up your pockets ahead of time with rocks from elsewhere or finding other materials to bring that can accomplish the same task.

The final event of the night was a victorious bonfire away from downtown until the sun started coming up again. Close to 100 US flags were set ablaze. With every flag added to the fire, we shared the name of a martyr or survivor in the centuries-long war against white supremacy and colonization. The bonfire was a beautiful mix of raucous joy and somber contemplation.

During the current uprising against white supremacy, we’ve found a few things to be particularly inspiring here in Olympia: beautiful new relationships forged in struggle, the disposal of the peace police, and the simultaneous joy and rage and care and friendship that we are showing for each other.

Fuck the police forever and ever and ever, death to the USA.
-some anarchists

There are 11 Comments

Excellent choice of targets. But while I am second to none in wishing to see the United States of America go bye-bye, I am sadly disappointed that this can't be accomplished with a few short lived episodes of profoundly enjoyable righteous window bustin.' That's totally harsh on my vibe -- for real! -- I have the same attenuated attention span as every other product of consumer society in the You-Ess-Aye and can't interrupt my busy schedule of doing nothing with my life to "get stuck in" with more persevering forms of action and engagement. Also, when it comes to looting, I'd past on the Evil Empire of Starbucks, since I can't stand their beans -- not good for my Alfredo-Bonnano-style stove top Mocha pot from the Carrefour near Diagonal in Barca. Peets French Roast Deep Roast is the one I'd prefer to target -- the buzz I get off it makes me way-hella-insurrectionary!

Also, mad props for borrowing your conceptual framework from Stalinism, my fellow spiky enemies of all authority! The focus on "White Supremacy" and "Colonialism" dovetails nicely with the glorious General Secretary's thesis in the 1930's that black people in the United States are an oppressed nation of a new type. Race before class! And a salute for not saying anything that might resonate with people outside of your social set as well. It ought to win you a lifetime of invitations to all future Its Going Down 40 ouncer parties.

great to see the return of newspaper boxes in the streets - forward to victory comrades!

Looks like this one was even extremely short lived in the comments section.

Just when I thought Olympia insurrectos couldn’t get any more delusional. Y’all see those six attack helicopters just fly over downtown? Can ya hit their windows?

lol remember when we were "breaking the spell" and not trying to wake up from the nightmare but can't because its reeeaaal? member? I member.

The force of insurrection is social, not military.

You stupid little pro-state troll.

And socially IAs are a fringe of a fringe group with virtually zero support, so either way you lose. Cute one-loner though.

Fuck the worthless trash humans who criticize efforts like this from the safety of the comments section. Y'all are fucking pathetic. I think smashing the teeth of trolls who oppose doing things should be an anarchist sport alongside smashing windows. I don't give a fuck about your stupid nihilist crybaby bullshit theory, it's not a fucking analysis, it's just Nietzschean ressentiment expressed as a perpetual whiny complaint and it has zero intellectual value. In practice, what you do is identical to what liberals and Trump voters do. Identical.

Cheers to people in Olympia. And moderators, if you delete this but leave the other comments, it shows your intellectual cowardice. There is at least as much intellectual content to this comment as there is to several of the comments above.

So much for a measured discussion of how effective, ineffective or a little of both stuff like this is in catalyzing ongoing widespread opposition to capitalist social relations -- wage labor, market exchange, the bourgeois state -- in a fast declining and ever-more vulnerable United States.

Nihilists! One more step if you wish to become revolutionaries!

Done trying to change the subject away from racism yet, you scared old white man, you?

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