The Tacoma Anarchist Network’s latest publication, Anarchy on the Hill, is now available at different spots around Hilltop. We found our copy in a newspaper rack at Speed-E-Mart, located at 1101 S. 19th Street.
Anarchy on the Hill begins by giving an introduction that includes the purpose of the publication. It also contains chapters on the roots of anarchy, a brief history of Hilltop, and a study in gentrification. Midway through the publication is a chapter about advertising, propaganda, and the Spectacle. There are also chapters containing commentary on politics in Tacoma, various insurrections around the world, and finally, a chronology of anarchist rebellions in the Northwest from 2007 through 2010.
Anarchy on the Hill provides much information about Hilltop and Tacoma, but fails to cite its sources, leading us to question the credibility of its remarks. For example, the publication asserts that “[Mark Lindquist] chooses the direction his underling prosecutors will go in pursuing charges against specific people. For example, after the killing of four cops by Maurice Clemmons in 2009, the prosecutors office chose to retaliate against people who were the same race as Clemmons. In 2010, it brought conspiracy charges against 36 alleged members of the Hilltop Crips. . . ” Without any citations or evidence to support this claim by the Tacoma Anarchist Network, Anarchy on the Hill gives a sense of twisted logic.
Despite its shortcomings, Anarchy on the Hill is worth taking a look at. It gives an other-than-mainstream view of life is on Tacoma’s Hilltop. It also attempts to explain how we arrived at the community we live in today. Hilltop has seen much change over the years and there isn’t much left that paints a picture of the past besides some old buildings and trees, visual reminders of the way it once was.
We were very honored to find one of our blog’s photos of S. 12th Street, “Fall Sunset,” in Anarchy on the Hill. It shows progression for us here at hilltoptacoma.com. It tells us that people are finding our blog and photos when they search for information about Hilltop. We would have appreciated a photo credit, but you know how it goes with anarchists–they don’t believe in following all the rules.
You can find more information about the Tacoma Anarchist Network on their website. Many of their events at the M11 Social Space, located at 1212 S. 11th Street, are advertised and open to the public.