Yesterday, April 13th, cops raided an anarchist collective space in Brooklyn without a warrant and have detained two folks. It’s hard to tell right now, but it seems to be related to the upcoming Anarchist Film Festival, which is held in honor of Brad Will, who was murdered by the government of Mexico during the Oaxaca teacher’s rebellion in 2006. Fuck, has it already been almost four years? I remember where I was when I found out he’d been killed. He was an almost painfully earnest fellow, one of those activists who I ran across everywhere.
The press release, from infoshop:
From the anarchist 1am collective
Today in Brooklyn NY, the NYPD entered without a warrant 13 Thames Art Space, a Bushwick based art and performance space where members of the Independent Anarchist Media (I AM) Collective have been organizing the Fourth Annual NYC Anarchist Film Festival in honor of Brad Will.
Two plainclothes detectives entered first, followed quickly by a Lieutenant and vans full of blue shirt officers. After corralling everyone present in the back room, they searched the space and detained two members of the collective.
The I AM collective was preparing for the NYC Anarchist Film Festival, a showcase of resistance movements and insurrectionary events from around the world presented from an anarchist and anti-authoritarian perspective.
Our response to the raid: regardless of these attacks, the film festival will happen as planned on Friday April 16, 2010 at Judson Memorial Church. The voice of decentralized creative communities will not be silenced by police repression. They cannot raid us, because we are everywhere.
and a one-minute video of the event: