Solidarity With Queer and Trans Anarchists in Hamilton, Ontario in Canada
June 28, 2019by actforfreedom
A statement in solidarity with those facing repression in so-called Ontario and beyond for the crime of defending themselves against far-Right attacks.
A friend put it best when they said that Hamilton cops “kicked a hornet’s nest” in their recent arrest of our beloved Cedar and continued targeting of queer and trans anarchists in so-called Hamilton, Ontario. Indeed, we are an outraged bunch of queer and trans anarchists living in the so-called United States who see much of our own identities and struggles reflected in the ongoing situation in Hamilton, and seek to express our ongoing support and solidarity with Cedar and their comrades in this challenging time.
We reject the myth perpetuated by the Hamilton police, provincial government, and local media that queer and trans anarchists are to blame for the white supremacist attack on queer and trans people. It is imperative that anarchists in the so-called United States understand this incident of state repression in Hamilton as part of a long and multifaceted queer and trans anarchist struggle that transcends borders, and in which we all have a stake. For decades alongside our comrades in so-called Canada, many of us have seen our queerness, our transness as inseparable from our anarchism, and have often brought the two together in a multitude of queer and trans anarchist tendencies, groups, and projects, all the while lending solidarity across borders. We know that any sort of liberatory society has to involve both personal and political transformation as we struggle to dismantle the institutions of domination.