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(en) US, Modesto: Year in Review, and the End of the Line for D.A.A.A.

Date Fri, 15 Dec 2006 08:56:13 +0200

Since the summer of 2003, the Direct Action Anti-Authoritarians (DAAA) Collective, has been a bastallion of anarchist activity in Modesto CA, and the greater Stanislaus area. We were the first group to really organize anarchist projects such as Food Not Bombs, Critical Mass, Anarchist Cafe, Really Really Free Markets, and more, in town, as well as engage in community organizing projects, strike support, prisoner support, (as anarchists), and much more. We hoped to create autonomous space through our actions, whether it was through our projects, through occupation, or through just simple discussion. We also tried to be a hub for non-secretarian anti-authoritarian thought, and disseminate our ideas not only to the general public in our area, but to those in the community who were in struggle, and self-organizing.
The end of the collective was brought about for various reasons, and we feel that the time has come to end the project. However,??Modesto Anarcho??, a journal that was started by the collective, will continue,??under new
self-management. We wish to thank everyone, all the collectives, the
people, family, friends, comrades, organizations, and individuals, that
have helped us in our journey, which is far from over. We would also
like to state that if you link to us on a website, please remove us now,
because our website will from now on be inactive. Perhaps in the future
we will discuss why the project is ending, and ways that we now wish to
proceed in struggle, but for now we implore you to look at our body of
work for what it was, critique it, and be sure to look out for the next
issue of Modesto Anarcho, coming in the new year! After 3½ years of
work, many of us have a wide variety of thoughts about what we have,
and/or haven??t accomplished, but to be sure, our little group in this
po-dunk town managed to survive longer than even some??revolutionary
federations??, so that has to say something. Bellow is a short write up
on the last year of our activities, as well as an incomplete thank you
list to those that deserve thanks.

Winter?? Spring 2006:

At the start of the year, the collective participates in Copwatching in
the El Campo neighborhood of Ceres, (which was discussed in Modesto
Anarcho #1, available online). We protested against the construction of
a box store Wal-Mart in Ripon, along with community members, (we did not
organize the event), and got front page press, (Wal-Mart announced later
that they were moving the store out of the direct area). Later in the
spring, we organized an anti-Nazi/Fascist rally/march, as well to bring
attention to the racist legislation of HR 4437. In March, we helped
protest the Covanta plant in Paterson, with community members on Caser
Chavez day. The event ended with close to 50 people blocking the
entrance to the plant, which spews dioxin, (a cancer causing agent),
into the air. In April, one of us spoke on the??Journey for Justice??
tour in Stanislaus County, and also tabled and showed films. On May
Day, we marched and participated in the 10,000 strong march in Modesto,
which held the streets for hours, (see also the article in Modesto
Anarcho #1). In the later part of May, we organized a Modesto Copwatch
fundraiser at AK Press, debuting the new film,??Our Oil and Other
Tales??, a critical look at the Chavez regime in Venezuela.

Summer 2006:

In the summer, we helped organize a protest to shut down a Save Our
State protest, (Modesto Anarcho #1). A DVD was made by Aztlan Rising,
(a group that we worked with), and included interviews with a collective
organizer, as well as our pictures. Throughout the summer we also
participated in smaller events and actions, ranging from labor issues,
immigration, and animal liberation.

Fall?? Winter 2006:

In the winter, we launched Modesto Anarcho, (check it out for free at:
http://daaa.proboards59.com/index.cgi?board=journal), which detailed
things happening in our area. We also organized and participated in
projects and actions, relating from police brutality, homeless issues,
to global warming.

For a more detailed look at what the collective did in our 3½ year run,
please go to: http://www.geocities.com/modanarcho/history.html

We would now like to give massive shout outs to all those that threw
down, and helped us out over the years, and this year especially:

Aztlan Rising, CAFÃ? Collective (Fresno), Black Power Press (Sacto),
Quiver Distro (Santa Cruz), Davis Anti-Authoritarians (DAA), Green
Anarchy (Eugene), Slingshot (Berkeley), AK Press (Oakland), IWW Bay Area
Branch/Industrial Worker, (the mighty!) Not My Government distro, Free
Mind Media Center (Santa Rosa), Berkeley Copwatch, Grayson Neighborhood
Council, East Bay Animal Advocates (Berkeley), traveling comrades who
passed through town, and the many more individuals, and projects who
helped us this year!
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