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Policing in the United States has been rooted in slavery, brutality, and injustice since its origin in slave patrols. In the layered systems of oppression that we live under (colonization, white supremacy, patriarchy, and other class oppressions), the police are tasked with enforcing illegitimate hierarchies and unjust laws on behalf of the ruling class. For as long as there have been police, there has also been organized struggle and resistance against them. The abolitionist movement, also finding its origin in early U.S. slavery, has been an ongoing movement against the system of policing, especially strong and active during the Civil Rights Era of the 1960s, and experiencing a significant revival  since the 2020 uprising in response to the murder of George Floyd.

Policing behind the Redwood Curtain has never been an exception to the nationwide system of policing, enforcing the same oppressive hierarchies with the same level of brutality, and enjoying the same lack of consequences for their extra-judicial beatings and slayings of our community members. While many local people who do not belong to vulnerable communities have been blind to the reality of the police terror that exists here, it has become impossible to deny in recent weeks with the exposure of the racist, misogynistic, anti-homeless, downright frightening text messages sent between officers of the Eureka Police Department. While the content of the messages were disturbing and disgusting enough to prompt calls for the firing of the officers involved, they are thoroughly unsurprising to those who belong to populations that experience routine harassment from the police. For those who have been experiencing, or paying attention, to the routine abuse doled out by police, there is a measure of frustration at seeing the shocked reactions to these text messages from the broader population, while so many abusive actions taken by our local police seem to be met with apathy, if they are noticed at all. We suspect that this may be due, at least in part, to the sparse reporting done by local news media when it comes to police abuses, while the same media outlets heavily report and sensationalize illegal activity, along with any little good deed that law enforcement manages. It is almost as if much of the local news media acts as law enforcement’s PR department, which is perhaps the reason that the text messages were initially shared with a media outlet from out of the area.

Redwood Curtain Copwatch, beginning in approximately 2005, kept a record of individuals who were murdered by law enforcement behind the Redwood Curtain. The following is a (perhaps incomplete) list of those lives lost to local police violence that we have compiled to the best of our ability, with the help of the Redwood Curtain Copwatch website (active from approximately 2005 to 2019) and what we could find from other local media outlets since 2019:

John Sieger 
Angel Farias Hernandez   Daniel Sylvester  
David Sequioa   Eloy Infante-Toscano
Gabriel Muldenado
David Cleveland James “Hans” Peters    Jonni Honda  Mariano Lopez Fernandez
Robert Garth
Martin Cotton
Peter Stewart
Zachary Cooke
Christopher Burgess
Tommy McClain
Cheri Lynn Moore
Richard Frederick Estrada
Tina Reed 
John Lewis
David Fulton
John Lewis
James Randall
Dwight Hostler
Raymond Eacret
Mark Nelson
Jacob Newmaker
And through gross neglect, David Josiah Lawson.

Again, this list only includes those lives lost since approximately 2005. Since Redwood Curtain Copwatch disbanded, Humboldt Grassroots has attempted to fulfill the task of record keeping when it comes to those lost to police violence, though it is impossible to say how many have been killed by police more passively, like the houseless who die of exposure after having their survival gear confiscated by police, which is an occurrence you can hear about any day of the week from folks living outdoors. We have been organizing  in resistance to the police since 2007, alongside others, and we are grateful to see more groups come together to take on this important work locally within the past year, like READ (Radical Education and Abolition Development), Humboldt Defund, and Abolish Humboldt, along with a heartening number of unaffiliated individuals.

The problems with policing run deep and there are no simple solutions. We know that the system of policing is not broken; it is functioning in precisely the way it was intended to from the beginning, and no amount of reform will fix a system that is rotten to its core. As the unjust nature of policing has revealed itself again and again, it is clearly time for us all to get to work in finding better ways of dealing with our societal ills, to achieve real justice.

For more on resistance and justice work being done locally, stay tuned for an upcoming expanded article and updates here. If you have anything you would like to share with us about local law enforcement, local resistance, or if you would like to learn more about our work in the community, you can message us on the Humboldt Grassroots Facebook or Instagram, or email us at humboldtgrassroots at riseup dot net or at humboldtgrassroots at gmail.

This film presents themes of the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement , from the civil rights voices of the 60s to the current international uprising in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.

February 22nd from 12pm to 6pm in room #2 at the labor temple 840 E street in Eureka

An interactive exploration of freedom. Join in on a discussion about the concept of freedom and the conditions necessary to achieve it, explored from material, philosophical, psychological, and spiritual perspectives. There will be opportunities for self-reflection and journaling, one-on-one and small group conversation, and whole group sharing.

The hope is that this exercise will help stoke the flame of longing for freedom and motivate the pursuit of it.

We introduced this workshop at the 10th Humboldt Anarchist Book Fair and found that an hour was barely enough time to get started. So we decided to make a day of it! This technically the 3rd workshop in the series but you definitely don’t have to have been at the previous ones to participate in this one.

The last couple have been chock full of philosophy. This time we hope to get more into economic and political systems and how they relate to freedom.

We suggest you bring snacks and a drinking container. We could even make it a potluck if y’all post what you’re bringing in the comments. A notebook and writing implement are also a good idea.

Join in on a discussion about the concept of freedom and the conditions necessary to achieve it, explored from material, philosophical, psychological, and spiritual perspectives. There will be opportunities for self-reflection and journaling, one-on-one and small group conversation, and whole group sharing.

The hope is that this exercise will help stoke the flame of longing for freedom and motivate the pursuit of it.

We suggest you bring snacks and a drinking container. We could even make it a potluck if y’all post what you’re bringing in the comments. A notebook and writing implement are also a good idea.

The machinations of the military-industrial complex and ruling classes are at it once more.

The egregious assassination of Iranian Qassem Soleimani does nothing to guarantee the security or liberty of people abroad or here in the United States. Unless we react and take action, working class people will bear the cost of these atrocious acts as Trump furthers the economic and political machinations of the military-industrial complex and authoritarian ruling classes.

This unconscionable act of aggression is no different than the war waged on the working class. Since September 2001 we spent well over $1 trillion on the perpetual “War On Terror;” in effect bombing the shit out of brown people overseas for purposes of racism, profit, and distraction. The only ones to benefit from these wars are those who create/furnish weapons and war materials, and the authoritarian classes who further conglomerate their power.

For us, the working class, it is a distraction from the gross re-appropriation of our resources. The squandered resources on these wars have done nothing to secure our safety locally as basic needs continue to go unmet: undrinkable water in Flint, Michigan or various California Central Valley communities; urban and rural food deserts; or mental/health care inaccessibility.

It is our responsibility to seize the resources necessary to correct and improve our domestic deficiencies. It is our duty to seize and control the resources necessary to discontinue and end these intolerable acts of military aggression.

Any war in which we are the aggressor is unjust; and, any working class person ought to be against such actions.

We stand against the war with Iran and the War on Terror.



Anti-Authoritarianism and Resisting Illegitimate Authority:

Dr. Bruce E Levine

Dr. Levine will define authoritarianism and anti-authoritarianism, and he will discuss definition controversies. Next, he will discuss his path to writing Resisting Illegitimate Authority, including how he became an activist in the mental health treatment reform movement and began focusing on authoritarianism and anti-authoritarianism in the larger society. Dr. Levine will then discuss Resisting Illegitimate Authority, which is a book about anti-authoritarians and also for them. Much of the book is devoted to profiling a diverse group of U.S. anti-authoritarians, all of whom having something to teach about anti-authoritarian triumph and tragedy, and Dr. Levine will discuss some of these profiles and offer ideas for anti-authoritarians struggling to survive and have a good life. Following the talk, Dr. Levine will take questions and comments.

Bio: Bruce E. Levine, a practicing clinical psychologist, writes and speaks widely on how society, culture, politics and psychology intersect. His latest book is Resisting Illegitimate Authority: A Thinking Person’s Guide to Being an Anti-Authoritarian―Strategies, Tools, and Models (2018). His earlier books include: Get Up, Stand Up (2011); Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic (2007); and Commonsense Rebellion (2003).
He is a regular contributor to CounterPunch, Truthout, Salon, AlterNet, Z Magazine, and the Huffington Post. His articles and interviews have been published in the New York Times, Skeptic, Adbusters, The Ecologist, High Times, and numerous other magazines. He has also contributed chapters to the books: The Military Industrial Complex at 50 (2011); Writing Without Formula (2009); Perspectives on Diseases and Disorders: Depression (2009); and Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry (2007).
Dr. Levine is on the editorial advisory board of the journal Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, and he is on the scientific advisory board of the National Center for Youth Law. A longtime activist in the mental health treatment reform movement, he is a member of the International Society for Ethical Psychology & Psychiatry. He was born in 1956, grew up in Rockaway in New York City, graduated from Queens College of the City University of New York, and received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Cincinnati. He currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio


Life, Death, Intimacy, and Memory:  Friendship. and integrity as Core Motivator of Political Struggle

– Vito

Why do we engage in political struggle, if not to better our own lives and those we care deeply for?The purpose of this talk is twofold:  The first is to remember those close to us that have fallen in the struggle. This not to say only those who were involved in political action, as all life lived under Capitalism is struggle and is political, with or without intent. Nor is it to pay lip service to those distant relationship we may feel solidarity with (i.e. Heather Heyer, Willem Van Spronsen), but those who we knew personally and intimately, and to remember them not just as political actors but as people who were worth struggling  for and alongside of, and to not let their memory fade in this day and age of short term memory and information overload. 

The second is to identify the ways in which we felt intimacy with those we’ve lost and how those intimacies motivated us to engage in political action, not just for a faceless idea of the oppressed masses,but for ourselves and those we care about who are subject to points of oppression shared with those masses.  Furthermore, to find ways to better treat and deepen our bonds with those still alive and to use our shortcomings, real or perceived, with those we’ve lost as a reference point, with specific focus on the ways that our milieu has failed in that regard.  How can we create friendships that are true and intimate and based off material relationships and mutual respect, rather than on Machiavellian networking, or purely symbolic relationships like Comradery or Solidarity?

  Bio: My name is Vito.  I’m from the central valley and I do tattoos and art stuff to feed myself.  I was involved with the production of the journal Modesto Anarcho and the organizing surrounding it for several years before it was discontinued.  My talk was motivated by the untimely death of my close friend Rachel Montoya and the book I’m writing/compiling to help preserve her memory. The topic of the talk has been broadened from its original idea, as inspired by conversations I’ve had with friends about intimacy and memory and the shortcomings I and others see within our milieu.  The goal of the talk is not only to create a temporary space to share the memories of those close to us in order to give those memories some durability, but to find ways that we might draw our still living friends in closer and deepen our bonds, and to use those bonds as the core animating force in our political struggles




On Everyday Resistance
Kevin Van Meter

Description: Behind the smiling faces of cashiers, wait staff, and workers of all sorts, a war is going on, usually without the knowledge of official political and labor organizations. Kevin Van Meter, author of Guerrillas of Desire, will map these undercurrents, describing the history of everyday resistance under slavery, in peasant life, and throughout modern capitalism, while showing that it remains an important factor in revolution and something radicals of all stripes must understand. Join the Kevin for a reading and discussion.

bio: Kevin Van Meter is an organizer and independent-scholar based in the Pacific Northwest and author of Guerrillas of Desire: Notes on Everyday Resistance and Organizing to Make a Revolution Possible published by AK Press, amongst other works.  Van Meter can be reached via his website at

Free your mind: Workshop on critical thinking and imagining what freedom would mean for you?

This presentations and discussion will help you think critically and imagine what freedom means, what it would mean for you. There will be some presentation and facilitated discussion as participants explore the meaning of freedom.

Re-Reading Orwell, Re-Thinking Anarchism
Kristian Williams

Can anarchists learn from the left’s failings, or are we destined to repeat them?  Kristian Williams will revisit Orwell’s trenchant critique of the orthodoxies and culture of the left, applying his complaints to the contemporary anarchist movement and advocating a thorough reassessment of anarchism as it presently exists.  

Bio : Williams has been active in the anarchist movement for more than twenty-five years, and is the author of Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America, Between the Bullet and the Lie: Essays on Orwell, Whither Anarchism?, and the forthcoming Resist Everything Except Temptation: The Anarchist Philosophy of Oscar Wilde.


Prospects for a Green Syndicalism (Green unionism)

Steve Ongerth of the Environmental Unionism Cacus of the IWW, local union organize Mario Fernadez and environmental activists and forest defenders  who are active in struggles in our bio-region discuss the environmental struggles we face and discuss the history and prospects for expanding them to into a class wide struggle.

Green Syndicalism what it is and what it looks like in practice ? ( )This presentation and discussion  will explore Green Syndicalist ideas, strategies and tactics. How the labor movement and indigenous, environmental, climate justice movements are coming together around common struggles.


Defending Rojava – Andrej Grubačić

Andrej Grubačić, recently returned from the autonomous Kurdish-led region known as Rojava, will talk about the history of Rojava, and discuss why it is critical to defend this feminist, ecological, democratic project from the ongoing onslaught by Turkey and its jihadi allies as well as the Syrian regime. She will also discuss how ideas of social ecology have influenced the Kurdish freedom movement and why the Rojava project is relevant for anyone wants to make positive change in the U.S. today. 

Bio :
Andrej Grubačić, is Professor and Chair of Anthropology and Social Change, CIIS -San Francisco, and Visiting Professor at the University of Rojava in Qamislo. Author of Living at the Edges of Capitalism : Adventures in Exile and Mutual Aid (Berkeley : UC Press).
Andrej Grubačić has written on cooperation and mutual aid in world history, world systems theory, labor history, he is an advocate of an anarchist approach to world-systems theory, Grubačić is one of the protagonists of “new anarchism“,


The Revolution Starts with Justice!

– Humboldt grassroots

Presentation based on a couple year long research on Revolutionary Justice. Briefly surveys the topic: What revolutionary Justice means and why it is essential part of any serious revolutionary movement. Covering illustrative examples from the past and present and showing where some efforts fall short.

Capitalism is built on legal codes made over time primarily in law offices and court rooms, the legal apparatus of state administers the hierarchies in social relations in a similar way, where the house always wins. State justice is another arena of conflict between the oppressed and oppressor, between the rights of the individual and society. Where most often regardless of the evidence the stronger, richer party wins.
We need Autonomous justice processes and institutions that do better; that are able to competently and justly resolve conflicts while growing the strength of revolutionary movement to right wrongs in the world.The revolution that we need to create to get free and attempt to create a just balance between one another and our ecology requires organizational and philosophical practices that are up to the task. We need revolutionary justice, a partisan practice that embodies our revolutionary anti-authoritarian ideals.

Learning from what’s working (has worked) and investigating what hasn’t and why is essential, to find the best answers, the best practices from which to start to build working revolutionary justice models here and now.


Replacing Them: How we go forward in 2020.

-Dayrle Lamount Jenkins

After the past three years of a political climate in turmoil, next year we hope to correct the course. While there are many suggestions as to what that course is, the consensus always excludes what to do about the far right that dominates today’s climate. How do we change that, how have we fought them in the past and how do we fight them in the future and most importantly, who are we fighting? This will be a discussion about what we have seen and what to expect as we go forward.

Daryle Lamont Jenkins is the founder and Executive Director of One People’s Project (OPP), a Philadelphia-based anti-hate organization that researches, monitors and reports on right wing groups and individuals that seek to polarize communities. Founded in 2000 and working under the motto “Hate has consequences”, OPP has become a go-to resource on such matters, and has been instrumental in the fight against hate. Jenkins has appeared on A Current Affair, the Montel Williams Show, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show and AM Joy with Joy Reid, ABC’s 20/20 and in countless newspaper and magazine articles as well as documentaries focusing on antifa’s fight against the so-called “alt-right”. He is featured in the documentary Alt Right: Age of Rage, which will be in theaters on Aug. 17 and Mike Colter (Luke Cage) plays him in the motion picture Skin, which also stars Jamie Bell, Danielle MacDonald, and Vera Farmiga.

Horns of the Trilemma

Strategizing for an Era of Nonbinary Conflict

-the Crimethinc ex-workers collective

Once upon a time, anarchists saw ourselves as engaged in a two-sided struggle between the common people and the institutions of power. Today, as the future of neoliberalism becomes uncertain, we are increasingly finding ourselves in three-way fights that pit us against both the reigning authorities and far-right nationalists driven by their own vision of civil war.

How do we strategize for conflicts that involve three or more sides, so that one adversary does not benefit from our victories against another side? This has been a problem for anarchists at least since the Russian Revolution.

In this presentation, we will introduce the concept of non-binary conflict, consider case studies of contemporary three-sided conflicts around the world, and discuss how this can inform our struggles against fascists, the Trump administration, and the centrists of the Democratic Party.

 Teaching Resistance: Radicals, Revolutionaries, and Cultural Subversives in the Classroom


Teaching Resistance is a collection of the voices of activist educators from around the world who engage inside and outside the classroom from pre-kindergarten to university and emphasize teaching radical practice from the field. Written in accessible language, this book is for anyone who wants to explore new ways to subvert educational systems and institutions, collectively transform educational spaces, and empower students and other teachers to fight for genuine change. Topics include community self-defense, Black Lives Matter and critical race theory, intersections between punk/DIY subculture and teaching, ESL, anarchist education, Palestinian resistance, trauma, working-class education, prison teaching, the resurgence of (and resistance to) the Far Right, special education, antifascist pedagogies, and more.

Talk and reading by Greg Bee author of Goodbye to Toxic Boys. Goodbye Toxic boys is a codependent love story, which isn’t necessarily an anarchist book, but I am an anarchist, and my ideals are in it. The themes of my book are love and people helping each other. As well as healing from toxic relationships and overcoming toxic masculinity.

 Kids Corner

We will have activities for all ages in this space so while some activities are for bigger kids there will be toys, books and art stuff plenty of other fun stuff to do.

Local Children’s author reading: 

Description and bio to come

Growing up Dancing dancing demonstration and presentation

 Description and bio to come

Children’s boxing demonstration Alpha fitness-  get moving, safe fun hitting a bag

 Description and bio to come

Sister’s  of perpetual indulgence reading children’s books

The Knee High Puppet Company  2:30 pm show

The Knee High Puppet Company delivers an abdominal workout with every show. Featuring the many characters of Isaac Bluefoot, Knee High entertainment engages the imagination like a two year old to bubbles. We provide puppet shows for parties, events and even custom puppet videos via the internet. We preform kids shows, adult shows and that subtle blend of the two. All ages of entertainment under one puppet roof.


Omen quest

Learn to do Card or Tablet Weaving:














Card-weaving is one of the oldest and most versatile textile techniques. Its history can be traced back 6000 years to ancient Egypt. Traces have also been found throughout Europe, India, and the Middle East. This presentation is most suitable for older kids about 10 and up. However it should be fun to see no matter your age Here is more info on card weaving provided by the presenter: , ,


If you are interested in tabling or sharing something or just helping out there is still time! Consider printing out the book fair poster and putting some up to help spread the word.   (print a copy of the poster)



Meeting room

10am Say Goodbye to Toxic

11am Teaching resistance (video presentation)

12pm Life death intimacy and memory

1pm Freedom

2pm Revolutionary Justice

3pm on everyday resistance

4:30 Defending Rojava (Video presentation)

Main hall

11am Re-Reading Orwell, Re-Thinking Anarchism

12:30 Green unionism

1:30pm Horns of the Trilemma Strategizing for an Era of Nonbinary Conflict

3pm Replacing Them: How we go forward in 2020. Daryle Lamont Jenkins

4:30 Anti-Authoritarianism and Resisting Illegitimate Authority by Dr. Bruce E Levine

Kids Corner

Card table weaving
Boxing Demo

Knee high puppet company 2:30

Sisters of perpetual indulgence story time and

Times are based on participation unless otherwise specified