Battle of Algiers: White vigilantees and the police in the Katrina aftermath

Common GroundDABC Note: This article has to do with anarchists participating in the armed defense of a neighborhood in New Orleans after Katrina devastated the city. This story has rarely been told, and has not had that much exposure, even within our movement(s). This is a concrete example of armed solidarity, one that shows that it can be important for anarchists and other committed revolutionaries to be knowledgeable of firearms and their use.

Scott’s Note: On the fifth anniversary of Katrina I want to share this narrative, an excerpt of stories about anarchist organizing in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. This excerpted piece is made of stories about the early violence we came across in dealing with the white vigilantes and police in Algiers. It takes place upon my return to the area after a failed mission to find my friend Robert King of the Angola 3 (see ‘It takes a spark’ from INFOSHOP archives) right after the levees failed. It also contains characters who had done something good only to reveal themselves as less than honorable, and somewhat harmful later. These stories take place just prior to organizing the Common Ground Collective. This is a rough draft excerpt from my forthcoming book: “Black Flags and Windmills: Hope, Anarchy and the Common Ground Collective”

Five years later we have only scratched the surface of the atrocities of the vigilantes and the police. Many of us are still healing from those encounters. This story is just one of them

“…within the war we are all waging with the forces of death, subtle and otherwise, conscious or not – I am not only a casualty, I am also a warrior.” –Audre Lorde
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