The Hotwire #41: October 17, 2018


Proud Boys assaults—Hurricane Michael autonomous relief—squats and rent strikes

Listen to the Episode — 44 min


Our features for this Hotwire are interviews about the Proud Boys attacks in New York City and Portland, Oregon, and we have an interview about autonomous relief after Hurricane Michael, which is also seeing organizing from neo-confederate fascists. We have a whirlwind of headlines from around the world, with breast-baring feminists burning barricades in Argentina, squatters from Ireland to Germany, and indigenous resistance in Canada. Connor Stevens of the Cleveland 4 is getting out soon, Jalil Muntaqim could use letters of support for his parole hearing, and we have calls to action from the L’eau Est La Vie anti-pipeline camp, plus much more! 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 {0:38}
    • Hurricane Michael autonomous relief {6:10}
    • Proud Boys attacks in New York City and Portland, Oregon {16:50}
    • Repression Roundup {33:40}
    • Next Week’s News {39:00}
  • Download 29:30 minutes long version.

  • Upcoming events/demos/etc:
    • October 19: Benefit punk show for recently released political prisoners in Brooklyn, New York at 8:30 pm in Pine Box Rock Shop
    • October 20–21: The [Knoxville Abortion Doula Collective](( is offering a workshop on Autonomous Pelvic Care in Roanoke, VA
    • October 21: An anti-prison rally at 3 pm, outside the ICPA Conference at the Montréal Marriott Chateau Champlain, near metro Bonaventure
    • October 27: A pro-choice counter demo and march in Munich, Germany. Meet at 1pm at Max-Joseph-Platz in Munich.
    • November 6: an anti-ICE march in Portland, Oregon at 6pm. Meet at City Hall and check out @OccupyICEPDX on twitter for more information.
  • Upcoming anarchist book fairs and gatherings:
  • Autonomous Mutual Aid in the wake of Hurricanes Florence and Michael:
  • You can support the East Hamilton rent strike by calling the building’s administrative office at 289–426–3001 and telling them to stop repressing tenant organizing. Alternatively, consider contributing to their GoFundMe to help pay for the filing fees ($190 per tenant) required in Ontario of the strikers when they are issued eviction notices, a common retaliation to rent strikes.

    If you prefer to donate by cheque, please send it to the following address:
    The Hamilton Tenants Solidarity Network
    c/o Hamilton Community Legal Clinic
    Suite #203, 100 Main St. E, Hamilton, Ontario
    L8N 3W4

  • You can support the Seattle GDC’s campaign to get Proud Boy Nicholas Boling fired by calling Boeing’s commercial airplanes division at 206–655–1131 or the plant in Auburn where he works as a fabricator at (253) 931–2121.

    Sample script: “I am calling about Boeing employing Nick Boling, who is a member of the violent hate group the Proud Boys, and has misrepresented himself as being a Boeing test pilot when he assaulted a bartender in Bellingham Washington. Boeing should do the right thing and hold him accountable for his reprehensible behavior.”

  • Abraham Hernandez, a Black Mesa supporter, was arrested in Utah and is currently being held captive at an immigration detention center. Here’s a link to a fundraiser to guarantee Abraham’s safety and intentional protection, to contribute to and/or share!

  • Visit for ways to support the eight antifascists currently being held captive and tortured by the Russian state. Ways to support them include: sharing on social media, online and physical letter writing, and monetary donations (including several cryptocurrencies).

  • Connor Stevens, one of the Cleveland 4, is being released as soon as November, and there’s a fundraiser to help get him basic necessities when he is released! Here’s also a Paypal to support the rest of the Cleveland 4.

  • Atlanta Antifascists have announced a new campaign against local white nationalist organizer Casey Jordan Cooper. Casey is attending John Marshall Law School and they’re asking people to call the law school at (678) 916–2600 and express your concern about the white power leader attending their school. Here is a sample script provided in an earlier call to action:

    SHORT SCRIPT: “Why aren’t you doing anything about Casey Cooper’s white supremacist organizing at your school?”

    LONGER SCRIPT: “Hello, I am contacting you about second-year student Casey Jordan Cooper. AJMLS has known for almost a year that Cooper is responsible for making racist death threats. All the evidence is at You are also aware that Cooper coordinated white power propaganda campaigns on Metro Atlanta campuses. I am deeply concerned by your school’s inaction. Why does AJMLS still view Cooper as fit to study and practice law?

    “I am reminding you that the issue is not just Cooper’s bigoted speech, but Cooper clearly threatening to lynch somebody. Doesn’t helping Cooper on his way to a become a lawyer — where he will have greatly increased power over people’s lives — make further harm likely? How is AJMLS working to repair the damage it has already done, to the broader community and to its own student body? The time has come for AJMLS to do better. Thanks for listening today.”


    We also invite you to contact the Office of Bar Admissions for Georgia, supplying them with information on Casey Jordan Cooper’s conduct. Explain that Cooper is currently in law school but that his white power harassment and death threats reveal that he cannot be trustworthy and reliable as lawyer in the future. This information should be kept on file and Cooper should be denied admission to the bar.

    Office of Bar Admissions
    244 Washington Street, SW
    Suite 440
    Atlanta, GA 30334

  • Anarchist prisoner Eric King, who is in lock-up at Leavenworth Federal Prison, was recently thrown into the SHU. It is unclear how long he will be there and could really use some extra support! He has new mail restrictions-all paper has to plain white or lined notebook paper, envelopes have to be straight white or manila, and he is unable to receive cards. To find out more visit

  • Jalil Muntaquim needs letters of support to get home on parole. Address letters to:

    Senior Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator
    Sullivan Correctional Facility
    325 Riverside Drive
    Fallsburg, New York 12733

    Nora Carroll
    The Parole Preparation Project
    168 Canal Street, 6th Floor
    New York, NY 10013
    The subject line should be “Anthony Bottom 77-A–4283”

    For more instructions, go here.

  •, one of our favorite online sources for anarchist and resistance news, is launching a fundraising campaign to ensure they can keep funding all their bad ass (and important!) revolutionary projects, visit to donate or find out other ways you can support their very important work.

  • Court support will be needed in the coming months for the Vaughn 17. Two of the rebels are defending themselves pro se and they could use all the support they can get! Email to plug in.

  • There is a call out from L’eau Est La Vie camp to protest banks who are invested in the Bayou Bridge pipeline. The project is funded by a whole slew of banks that are holding employment recruitment events at colleges across the country this fall. L’eau Est La Vie is calling for people to gather their affinity groups and disrupt these recruitment events! Visit or read the full call on

  • 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 Jalil Muntaqim:

    Jalil Muntaqim (Anthony Jalil Bottom)
    Sullivan Correctional Facility
    Post Office Box 116
    Fallsburg, New York 12733–0116
    Address envelope to Anthony Bottom, address card to Jalil
    {Birthday: October 18}

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    • In Hotwire #40 Riot Dogg said that Laquan was murdered in 2015. He was shot on October 20, 2014. Also, a second degree murder charge in Illinois carries 4 to 20 years, with no mandatory time served. Each account of aggravated assault with a firearm carries a minimum of 6 years, with a max of 30. 85% of time must be served in the state of Illinois. That means if Officer Van Dyke gets the minimum 6 years for all 16 counts it’s a total of 96 years. 85 percent of that is 81.6 so that should be the minimum.