The Hotwire #39: October 4, 2018


Brett Kavanaugh—Killer cops in PDX—words from arrested Hambach forest defenders

Listen to the Episode — 43 min


Alanis is back! And she reads our feature this episode, an audio version of the recent CrimethInc. text Kavanaugh Shouldn’t Be on the Supreme Court. Neither Should Anyone Else. We also interview an anarchist in Portland, Oregon about the #PatrickKimmons actions at the intersection where police killed him. Winter, one of the anarchists in jail defending Germany’s Hambach Forest in the last couple of weeks, is refusing to surrender their legal identity to the government. However, they did submit a beautiful letter to Rhineland Anarchist Black Cross, which we also read in this episode. Send us news, events, or ideas on how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at

Notes and Links

  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:00}
    • Headlines {2:40}
    • Interview about #PatrickKimmons actions and memorials in Portland, OR {4:20}
    • Kavanaugh Shouldn’t Be on the Supreme Court. Neither Should Anyone Else {8:45}
    • Repression Roundup {21:40}
    • Next Week’s News {30:55}
  • Download 29:30 minutes long version.

  • Upcoming anti-fascist action:
    • October 6 at the Rhode Island State House in Providence at 10 AM to oppose a “Resist Marxism” rally.
    • October 7, Montreal, Quebec: Mass anti-racist demonstration at 3 PM in Berri Square.
    • October 13 in London, England: Unity Demonstration against a far-right football hooligan event.
  • Other CrimethInc. output we cited in this episode:
  • We love this letter from Winter, one of the anonymous anarchists arrested while defending the Hambach Forest, who is refusing to surrender their identity over to the police.

  • A fundraiser for legal costs for Marco, a Food Not Bombs activist in the Phillipines arrested on trumped-up drug charges. Almost there!

  • Contact for information on court support for the Vaughn 17, and/or attend the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement’s orientation to supporting the 17 trial in Brooklyn on Saturday, October 6th.

  • You can check out David Gilbert’s book Love and Struggle here.

  • If you’re in Europe, go to the demo at Buir Train Station in Germany’s Rhineland on October 6 at 12:00 noon to protest the eviction of Hambach forest defenders.

  • A new poster for Greg Curry. You can also write him at this address:

    Greg Curry #213–159
    878 Coitsville-Hubbard Road
    Youngstown, OH 44505

  • Upcoming anarchist book fairs and gatherings:
  • Autonomous Mutual Aid in the wake of Hurricane Florence
  • Sales are now OPEN for the 2019 Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar! The theme of next year’s calendar is Health/Care, and it features art and writing from current and former political prisoners like David Gilbert, Mike and Chuck Africa, and Laura Whitehorn. If you buy 10 or more, be sure to use the discount code “BULK” to get 10 or more calendars for $10 each—you can then sell the calendars to fundraise for your own organizing. Orders start shipping September 10!

  • Use this straightforward guide to writing prisoners from New York City Anarchist Black Cross to write birthday greetings to Jamil Al-Amin, David Gilbert, Michael Davis Africa, and Malik Smith:

    Jamil Al-Amin
    USP Tuscon
    Post Office Box 24550
    Tuscon, Arizona 85734
    (Birthday: October 4)

    David Gilbert
    Wende Correctional Facility
    3040 Wende Road
    Alden, New York 14004–1187
    (Birthday: October 6)

    Michael Davis Africa
    SCI Phoenix
    Post Office Box 244
    Graterford, Pennsylvania 19426–0244
    (Birthday: October 6)

    Malik Bey (But address envelope to…)
    Meral Smith
    Tallahatchie Correctional Facility​
    415 US Highway 49N
    Tutwiler, Mississippi 38963
    (Birthday: October 8)

  • Support alleged prison strike organizers by calling the director of North Carolina’s Department of Public Safety and telling him to move the prisoners out of segregation and remove the infraction charges against them.

    Call: 919–733–2126

    A sample script:

    “Hi, my name is ( ), I would like to speak to Kennith Lassiter. I’m calling in regards to four prisoners in the North Carolina DPS system. (If they don’t connect you to Lassiter) I would like to leave a message for the director. I have become aware that DPS is punitively holding four prisoners in segregation and charging them with false charges of rioting. Not only have you chosen to disregard the demands of the protesting prisoners but now you continue to infringe on their basic rights to protest. I am demanding that you drop the infraction charges against Jace Buras, Todd Martin, and Randy Watterson and move all of them out of isolation. I will be following up with each of these men’s case.”

  • Express solidarity with houseless people in Olympia by calling Cooper Realty/Orca Construction and demand that they cancel their contract with Pacific Coast Security.

    Call Cooper Realty/Orca Construction: (360) 491–4580

    A sample phone call has been provided by Olympia Solidarity Network:

    “Hello Cooper Realty and Orca Construction. It has come to my attention and the attention of hundreds of concerned community members that you hire Pacific Coast Security to do daily patrols downtown and sweep houseless people from alcoves and alleyways from 8 PM to 12 AM. We believe these practices are discriminatory, unethical, and exacerbate the crisis of houselessness in our community and abroad. It appears that Cooper Realty and Orca Construction care more about maximizing profit and property values than the lives of people in living in poverty. We demand that you cancel your contract with Pacific Coast Security.”

  • For general information on supporting anarchist prisoner Casey Brezik, pop over to To help with writing parole board letters for Casey, here’s a sample letter:

    Missouri Board of Probation and Parole
    1511 Christy Drive
    Jefferson City, MO 65101

    Regarding: Parole Board Hearing for Casey Brezik #1154765

    Dear Honorable Members of the Parole Board,

    As a concerned citizen who is interested in helping Casey successfully transition into life outside of prison, I am writing to request that you please grant Casey’s parole.

    Casey has been working hard during his incarceration to address his problems with addiction and mental illness and I believe that he has made substantial progress in these efforts. Despite the mistakes he has made, I believe Casey is ready to meet the challenges of daily life and would be a positive contribution to any community.

    Casey’s efforts toward meeting educational and personal goals during his incarceration have been inspiring. Casey is passionate about learning and with the help of his support network he has been studying math and science related topics in preparation for pursuing a college degree upon his release while working to support himself and his wife in the meantime.

    Casey is well supported by a network of people across the country as well as by his family. I am willing to provide financial, emotional and spiritual support to Casey during his transition back to life outside of prison.

    Thank you for your consideration in this matter.


    [Your Name]

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