Freedom Friday the 13th

written by comrades
June 11th Solidarity Noise Demo Reportback from Durham, NC
On Friday 13th, June 2014, around 8:00PM, an angry crowd of about sixty people converged on the Durham County Detention Center in downtown Durham for the June 11th international day of solidarity with long term anarchist eco-prisoners Marie Mason, Eric McDavid, and all others whom the state has imprisoned. The crowd brought banners bearing messages of solidarity with those inside, one even saying “We Are the Bad Luck” with a provocative image of a cop being kicked, drums, a variety of noisemakers, and a giant crow puppet which waved around visible to inmates, until it eventually blended in with the night sky, creating a witchy silhouette. Bandanas were brought along with “How to Do It” posters, which provided info about how to mask and bloc up properly in order to conceal one’s identity from police or random do-gooders who might be filming. Almost immediately, a pig tried to talk to us, but his unwelcomed chit-chat was stopped ultimately when people gathered around him and drove him away with loud, disruptive drumming.

We stayed on the left side of the jail for about forty minutes until we began marching toward the front. DPAC (Durham Performing Arts Center) was hosting an event that evening for the Israeli dance company, Vertigo, which was also a target of protest by some, and presumably to keep us from interrupting it, twenty or more bike pigs were stationed outside. We stayed across the road from them on the jail side banging loudly on drums, waving and screaming to prisoners, and holding banners up for them to see. Continue reading