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đź“ŚUpcoming Reading: On the Poverty of Student Life

By UPitt Anarchy, 3/22/2023

Reading & discussion group every Thursday at the Big Idea Bookstore. Our next meeting will be 8pm, Thursday, March 30th. Our reading is On the Poverty of Student Life. All readings are optional. This event welcomes both students and non-students.

P.S. - Bring ideas for the next reading.


Communique from the Keebler Elf Liberation Front, recieved 3/23/2023

At solar noon on the spring equinox, four psychic insurgents of the Keebler Elf Liberation Front conducted a public ritual as a spectacle to prove to the masses of the earth that chaos magic works. By calling upon the forces of too many deities to list, use of powerful sigils, and publically sacrificing an effigy of University of Pittsburgh Chief of Police James K. Loftus in the form of a meat-filled baby doll, the insurgents successfully levitated the Cathedral of Learning fifty feet in the air. In that very moment, the University (and its medical center) ended their strangehold on Oakland, and the neighborhood was liberated.


First of all, we would like to thank Eris Discordia for making this possible. As semi-dedicated agents of the POEE, it really would not have been possible without Goddess. She encouraged us every step of the way. We would also like to thank James Loftus, who our deep obsession for has fueled our struggle well, and continues to fuel our struggle through our collective aspiration to fight him in the astral plane, a journey which we prepare for with an intense regiment of astral weightlifting and kickboxing training. Last but certainly not least, we would like to thank the University of Pittsburgh's chapter of the Illuminati for their financial contributions to our struggle in undisclosable ammounts.

The leviation itself was really quite the show. The insurgents, wearing robes, at first numbering four but quickly inspiring masses of students to run to their dorms and join hands with them in robes and cloaks of their own, surrounded the cathedral, holding hands, singing various hymns, and chanting mantras. An insurgent, facing the Cathedral, sat on their knees and retrieved from their cloak a dagger and a baby doll, and shouted up at the imposing Tower:

"Hail Eris, goddess of chaos and discord!
We, psychic insurgents of the Keebler Elf Liberation Front, call upon your divine power to aid us in our sacred mission!
We gather today to liberate the Cathedral of Learning from the shackles of the status quo and elevate it to new heights, both literally and figuratively.
We offer to you this ritual sacrifice of the infant James Loftus!
Grant us the strength and courage to carry out this act of resistance and rebellion, and to inspire others to join us in the fight for the liberation of ourselves and of the Keebler Elves kept in bondage by the American imperialists, who toil endlessly away in the cookie mines.
May our actions sow the seeds of change and pave the way for a new era of freedom and creativity."

They proceeded to disembowel the doll, revealing it to be filled with meat and entrails. They repeated their prayer again, this time with bloody hands full of intestines and chicken hearts pointed towards the heavens.

Of course, the authorities were quick to respond, sending in their riot police and helicopters to put an end to our festivities. But we were prepared for them, and were able to slip away into the day, leaving them scratching their heads and wondering what had just happened. We led the crowd on a merry frollick through Schenley Park, where our festivities continued in a party in which suburban Philladelphian frat bros learned how to truly live in commune with nature, and in which the police that followed us into the woods layed down their shields, renounced their oppressive ways, and joined in. Fueled by an abundance of wine and psychedelics, the party devolved into a massive orgy at sundown that lasted until the wee hours of the morning.

This was more than just a simple prank or act of rebellion. It was a symbolic act of resistance against the dominant culture and the structures of power that oppress us all. It absolutely could not have gone better. By taking control of the very architecture of the city, we challenged the authority of those who seek to control us and imposed our own vision of a world free from constraints. We hope to inpire others to take similar action of their own, and to devote themselves to Goddess as we ourselves have.

There are no rules. Everything is permissible.
We are governed by no laws; not by those that govern society nor those that govern reality.
Hail Eris Discordia!


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Why We Topple Scooters

Anonymous submission, recieved 3/12/2023

There are months during which on every street corner along Liberty Avenue lie dozens of Spin Scooters, toppled over with their QR codes covered by ink, waiting to be cleaned. The heads of scooters peek out of dumpsters, and their beautifully mangled corpses dot the bottoms of high drops. Videos of scooters being destroyed and vandalized made the rounds on anarchist Twitter in the winter of 2022. Why though?


When Pittsburghers were campaigning for an improvement in the effectiveness and accessibility of the city's public transit system during the pandemic, the city responded by raising bus and light rail fares, cutting funding for public transit and partnering with Spin, a San Francisco tech startup, to flood our streets with scooters, citing "accessibility" and "affordability." An electric scooter costs a dollar to rent and almost forty cents a minute to ride, making the supposed affordability benefit compared to buses a lie if the rider intends to spend more than five minutes on a scooter that travels at fifteen miles per hour. The payment process requires one to scan a QR code with their phone. Unlike busses and trolleycars, there isn't a way to pay in cash. While this may be "accessible to people without cars", it is not accessible to people without cell phones.

Naturally, the monster of surveillance capitalism has roots deeply planted in this enterprise. The application collects real time location data as a necessary part of facilitating the rental and use of these scooters. This data- which includes your real-time location, places you spend lots of time, places you depart from, places you arrive to, your public transit ridership habits, the locations you set for home or work or school or recreation, how you prefer to use public transit- is aggregated and analyzed by both Spin and the local public transit authority to predict the behavior of public transit users and produce predictable behavior. This kind of tech surveillance already exists for drivers and bicyclists in the form of mainstream navigation apps. The venture of the Spin scooter serves to make this data-collecting surveillance hell machine accessible not only to those who rely on Google for driving or cycling directions, but also to those who rely on public transit.

Further reading
Call for the Creative Destruction of Rental Scooters
They Can't Stop Us; Why Break Windows

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Collision Anarchy Night: Punk & Anarchy

By UPitt Anarchy, 3/14/2023

If A Tree Falls: Screening & Q&A With Daniel McGowan

By UPitt Anarchy, 2/23/2023

FNB General Meeting + Sewing & Mending Demo

By Food Not Bombs, 2/23/2023

No Evil Eye: Cameras and Student Life

Anonymous submission, received 2/20/2023

Some of the most radicalizing realizations are ones in which freedoms we have taken for granted are taken from us. Over the course of the semester, the University of Pittsburgh has followed the trend of the industrial world in drastically expanding its surveillance through placement of security cameras on street corners throughout campus and in several University buildings.


On the 6th of October, a student was sexually assaulted in a stairwell in the Cathedral of Learning, and whoever did it was never identified. The next day, over a hundred students demonstrated in the Cathedral, and a now-deleted petition gained over 6,000 signatures demanding, among other things, "security" measures such as cameras in the Cathedral and the closure of all University buildings to non-students and faculty, with a system similar to the one in place during the pandemic, in which entrances are watched by guards and everyone must scan their ID to enter.

In response, the Univerity's police department announced that it would increase the police presence in the Cathedral and install more security cameras. Markers indicating where some of these cameras would go started showing up in the fall, and within the last month, there were cameras installed in the stairwells of the Cathedral of Learning.

It is no surprise to us that to a primarily liberal suburban student body raised in the post-9/11 era of engineered consent to be surveilled in the name of safety at every level of society, the security camera and the police officer are the first things that come to mind when they feel that their personal safety is threatened. To them, the only way to ensure safety is to introduce and expand the watchful eye of the law and keep undesirables- in this case, the city's poor and those visiting the University- out of public areas. Never mind the fact that the Cathedral is already full of cameras, full of security guards, and both filled and surrounded by convenient boxes dedicated to letting students summon the police at a moment's notice. Never mind the fact that there is a system of monitoring students already in place by means of tightly controlling student movement in and out of their dorms, and of assigning minders to covertly surveil students of interest to the University police, as was done to students allegedly connected to the Pittsburgh Autonomous Student Network several years ago.

Needless to say, these new cameras keep students safe as much as the thousand or so cameras that blanketed campus before the assault happened: they don't. Instead, they put more eyes on people going about their days, and decrease the amount of space there is on campus in which we are not being constantly watched. Zero sexual assaults, almost all of which take place in dorms or at parties rather than at random in academic buildings, will be prevented by the presence of cameras in the stairwells. No amount of surveillance, police, or cameras will ever make incidents of violence not happen. It's horrific that someone was sexually assaulted in such a public place, but the solution does not and will never lie in granting more power to the police. They already have undue amounts of power over our lives and how we realize our desires, and they will take every opportunity to make this control as total and inescapable as they can. Do not help them. They are not your friends.

To call for a total end to sexual assault would be mere performance, but we will not refrain from demanding and fighting for utopia at all costs. The safest communities are communities that keep themselves safe without relying on law, on police, or on carceral and punitive systems. The closest thing we can have to an end to rape is the destruction of the systems of domination that allow rapists to have and abuse power over their victims.

Fuck the new cameras in the Cathedral.
Fuck the new cameras on the street corners.
Fuck the cameras that were already there.
Fuck the police who put them there.
Fuck the police who will continue to put up more.
Towards a campus where HAIL TO PITT means FUCK THE POLICE.

Further reading:
Life Without Law
Learning Good Consent
Blinding the Cyclops
For A University Against Itself

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Zine drops, new section

By UPitt Anarchy, 2/19/2023

Over the past couple of weeks, more zines have trickled into our zine section. Sparked by multiple collective members' desire for more zines about chaos magic, we have scanned and put together some zines to add to our library. We now have a small section on magic and occultism, which can be accessed here.

New zines include:
Our Hearts Still Beating by Anonymous
A description of rituals undertaken by activists before and during the Seattle May Day protests.

Liber Nihil by Enemy Combatant Publications
An essay on a nihilist and anarchist approach to chaos magic.

Liber MMM by Peter Carroll
A primer on the most essential basics of practicing chaos magic.

Fire To The Prisons! - Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night (Next One: 3/15)

By UPitt Anarchy, 1/4/2023

Fuck A Police State Bloc Reportback

Anonymous Submission, Received 2/6/2023 Picture courtesy of @pittsburghgraffiti

At midnight, Sunday January 29th, a few friends and I met in a black bloc at Friendship Park. We met to honor the lives of Tyre Nichols and Tortuguita and to express our rage at the police state that kills and controls us. Read more...

Because of our small size, we walked down an alley and took off layers to appear in a "gray bloc" so as to be less suspicous looking. Our bloc roved down the streets and the alleyways of Bloomfield, leaving a trail of anti-police, anti-gentrification, and personal tags. Some of our tags included, "REVENGE FOR TORT/TYRE", "#STOP COP CITY", and "KILLER COPS MAKE COP KILLERS" among others. We used common code-words to alert eachother of passing cars and pedestrians. The use of these code-words loosened as the night went on, leaving us to get caught by a squad car. After a short chase, all of the participants in the bloc dispersed, free from police custody.

In hindsight, the choice of Friendship Park as a starting point was misinformed. The lights in Friendship Park stayed on at midnight, leaving us visible in our ninja attire to passing cars and security/police at the West Penn Hospital. A darker and less-central park or corner would've been a better choice. Also, the call to action for the bloc went out only about 7 hours beforehand. If more time was given, more people likely would've participated and would've had more time to prepare. This action also made me realize that our crew would benefit from making stronger connections with other crews so that actions like these could be organized more collaboratively in a "cluster".

I would also like to thank those who provided us with feedback and jail support. Actions like these wouldn't be possible without your help.

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Fuck The Police

By UPitt Anarchy, 1/31/2023

Breaking The Spell Film Screening

By UPitt Anarchy, 1/4/2023

Street Politics 101 Film Screening

By UPitt Anarchy, 11/18/2022

Food Not Bombs Community Dinner

By UPitt Anarchy, 12/5/2022

TheAnarchistLibrary.org Backup

By UPitt Anarchy, 10/18/2022

I was looking for a full backup of theanarchistlibrary.org the other day but couldn't find one. So, using a simple script, I've generated a full (text-only) backup of the anarchist library. The backup is 593mb uncompressed, and 224mb compressed. It can be accessed here, or on our zines page.

Hail To Pitt Means Fuck The Police

By UPitt Anarchy, 10/18/2022

Posters spotted in Oakland.

"Hail To Pitt" is an expression of love and pride for our university community. But how can we have pride when students are continously fucked-over by Pitt administration, police, banks, transphobes, rapists, etc.? To combat these oppresive instititions, we must develop a culture of resistance. A culture where students and faculty can stand together against oppression without fearing repression. The Pitt, CMU, Oakland, and UPMC police, among others are major sources of this repression. So, as students engaged in social struggle, let's unite to say: "Hail to Pitt means fuck the police!"

3 Pittsburgh police cars destroyed by fire outside North Side training academy

By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Retrieved 9/29/2022

Note from UPitt Anarchy: Every cop car burned is a blow against the police state. We hope that this attack sparks a million other cop car fires.

Three Pittsburgh police cars were destroyed by fire outside the department’s North Side training academy early Wednesday, officials said. Read more...

Police said they consider the fire “suspicious.”

Pittsburgh Public Safety said police and fire crews responded to the fire in the academy’s parking lot at about 2:30 a.m. and put out the vehicle fires. No one was injured, police said, and the academy building wasn’t damaged.

"Those vehicles were fully engulfed in flames, and it's pretty safe to say that those are going to be a total loss," police spokesperson Amanda Mueller told Post-Gazette news partner KDKA-TV.

Police said city arson investigators and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating.
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War on the Existent!

By UPitt Anarchy, 9/27/2022

Graffiti spotted in Oakland. Relevant to our last discussion on At Daggers Drawn with the Existent, its Defenders and its False Critics.

How to Make a Graffiti Mop

By MoosGraffiti, retreived 9/16/2022

Heres a good video on how to make a graffiti mop, which is just like a massive marker.

Some Anarchist Graffiti Spotted around Pittsburgh

By UPitt Anarchy, 9/15/2022

Graffiti is a literal assertion of the value of free expression over property.

By engaging in graffiti, we cast off notions of the sanctity of property and communicate to ourselves and others about our true desires.

This practice emboldens us to take more daring acts against the current social order and acts as a signal to prospective comrades, "YOU ARE NOT ALONE!"

So, what are you waiting for? Act for free and TAG SOME SHIT!

Note: Send in some pgh anti-authoritarian graffiti and we'll feature it. Really.

Pgh Fash Watch: No Space for Hate Reportback

Retreived from Filler Distro, 9/14/2022

The counterprotest yesterday [September 9th] (which was awesome) was a great example of why we can’t rely on the government to protect trans people. Gainey can make whatever declarations he wants but the City’s actions are louder than its words.

TL;DR – Despite claiming to support trans people, Ed Gainey and members of his administration took concrete action that protected TERFs and endangered counterprotesters. Read more...

From the time things got started to when the police (ayy fuck the pigs) told us that 30 minutes was a “reasonable amount of time to exercise your first amendment rights” and sent in the riot line, the TERFs were unable to broadcast IRL or online.

In an attempt to avoid sending in the cops (bad optics), the city attempted to get the protest to cede its position voluntarily. @/TheMariaMontano, press secretary for Gainey, entered the crowd and asked to speak to a leader. This action is unacceptably dangerous.

Asking to speak to a leader removes the autonomy of everyone else present! And also conveniently may identify a person for police to target. Whatever Maria’s intention, that is cop shit and we condemn in the strongest possible terms. Dangerous af, do not engage with that.

When told that the demonstration was autonomous (no leaders, lfg), Maria requested that the crowd move back because she wanted to “keep you safe from the police”. Let’s be clear. There is no safe distance from the police.

The City’s actions of sending in a declared ally of the cause of the counterprotest to defang its potency was entirely cynical. There was no real interest in preventing police harm, just a desire to avoid using the cops against a cause the City claims to support.

Then, because we didn’t move, Ed Gainey’s police department shoved the crowd across the portico. The TERFs were pretty happy about it and able to livestream better. There is no doubt that if the cops hadn’t done that, the event would have ended even earlier.

So, Ed Gainey can write a statement to the City Paper about how much his administration loves trans people. But in the streets, he’ll gladly use the police in a way that protects TERFs and puts trans counterprotesters and their allies in danger.

Pittsburgh turned the fuck out and shut down the TERFs. Ed Gainey and his administration worked to prevent us from doing so. You’ve got some nice words there Ed, but your actions speak much louder. Fuck the state, they won’t protect us. We will.

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No Space for Hate Reportback

Anonymous Submission, Received 9/13/2022

The TERFS tried to have some speeches in front of the City-County building. People showed up, many masked, and made it impossible for them to spread their transphobic message. Pots, pans, drums, a trumpet, blow horns, and claps completely drowned out their mic. People danced and shouted. It felt good to fuck up their shit, small victories empower us to continue in our action.

But it felt like an incomplete victory. The TERFs got their speeches decently disrupted, but they remained outside of the City-County building, protected by the police. It was an overt display of the state’s enforcement of patriarchy and transphobia. The TERFs got to feel both empowered by the state’s protection, and persecuted by the disrupters (who far outnumbered them). Read more...

As individuals in the fight for trans lives, we must respond to this display with unbridled hostility. If the goal is to disrupt them, let’s force the transphobes to leave while few police are at the scene. We outnumbered them while they were setting up, when there was only one cop lingering about. That’s a ripe opportunity to fuck up or steal their signs, amps, mics, or anything else. Grab some friends, grab their shit, and get the fuck out.

We should also understand that not every individual has the same risk tolerance when it comes to confronting hate. Diversity of tactics is something all disruptions, marches, blocs, etc. should emphasize. However, each individual can still mask up, wear anonymous clothing, and stay tight with the group. These simple steps are indispensable for the proliferation of confrontation.

While there is greater risk with heightened confrontation, there is also greater reward. If transphobes and other hate-mongers know they will face physical repercussions when organizing on the streets, they will stay online, loose much of their hold over prospective followers, and fail to intimidate and harass trans people in our physical surroundings.

Aside from the results more confrontational tactics might reap, they are simply more of an appropriate response to hate. Spreading hateful rhetoric has very real consequences. People kill themselves and kill others because of the rhetoric people like TERFs spread. Let’s treat this like the fight it is. We’re well past civil discourse. Let’s take the next step. Civil disobedience? Nah. Fuck the civil, let’s get disobedient. Read less