Rest In Power Willem: Resistance Against the US Concentration Camps

Published July 14, 2019

Rest In Power Willem: Resistance Against the US Concentration Camps

On July 13th, anarchist fighter Willem Van Spronsen, valiantly decided to take action against the Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) raids and concentration camp network established around the country.

The president of the United States had articulated a plan to begin raids against migrants around the country and his gestapo in the form of ICE and border patrol rushed at the opportunity to round up people up.

His comrades at Puget Sound Anarchists released a statement, part of which reads,

“Early this morning around 4am our friend and comrade Will Van Spronsen was shot and killed by the Tacoma police. All we know about what lead up to this comes from the cops, who are notoriously corrupt and unreliable sources for such a narrative. The story that we do have is that Will attempted to set fire to several vehicles, outbuildings and a propane tank outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma which houses hundreds of immigrants awaiting hearings or deportations. He successfully set one vehicle on fire and then exchanged gunfire with Tacoma police officers who fatally shot him. He was pronounced dead on the scene.”


Will’s combat operation was the most explicit sign of resistance to the barbaric, and ever growing carceral nightmare that is the United States.

There is a clear disconnect in the US, as people realize that the country is now explicitly ethnically cleansing vast amounts of people, detaining others in what are clearly concentration camps, and forcing large swathes of people into legalized slavery through the prison industrial complex.

In light of this reality, much of the resistance had not risen to the moment until Willem Van Spronsen decided to take action. While the death of any anarchist comrade is a moment to reflect, to mourn, to cry, it is also a moment of pride.

This is a political situation that cannot remain. The state, in collusion with their fascist foot soldiers, are going door to door, terrorizing families, throwing people in camps and enslaving others. Every bit of resistance commensurate with the reality of this situation must be applauded.

Our fallen fighters are engraved in the history of rebellion. Willem will be remembered with Lorenzo Orsetti and Şevger Ara Makhno; with Kuwasi Balagoon and Korryn Gaines.

Below are his final words:

there’s wrong and there’s right. it’s time to take action against the forces of evil. evil says on life is worth less than another. evil says the flow of commerce is our purpose here. evil says concentration camps for folks deemed lesser are necessary. the handmaid of evil says the concentration camps should be more humane. beware the centrist.

i have a father’s broken heart i have a broken down body and i have an unshakeable abhorrence of injustice that is what brings me here.

this is my clear opportunity to try to make a difference, i’d be an ingrate to be waiting for a more obvious invitation.

i follow three teachers: don pritts, my spiritual guide, “love without action is just a word.” john brown, my moral guide, “what is needed is action!” emma goldman, my political guide, “if i can’t dance, i don’t want to be in your revolution”

i’m a head in the clouds dreamer, i believe in love and redemption. i believe we’re going to win.

i’m joyfully revolutionary. (we all should have been reading emma goldman in school instead of the jingoistic drivel we were fed. but i digress.) (we should all be looking at the photos of the YPJ heroes should we falter and think our dreams are impossible, but i double digress. fight me.) in these days of fascist hooligans preying on vulnerable people on our streets, in the name of the state or supported and defended by the state,

in these days of highly profitable detention/ concentration camps and a battle over the semantics, in these days of hopelessness, empty pursuit and endless yearning,

we are living in visible fascism ascendant. (i say visible, because those paying attention watched it survive and thrive under the protection of the state for decades. (see howard zinn, “a people’s history of the united states.”) now it unabashedly follows its agenda with open and full cooperation from the government. from governments around the world.

fascism serves the needs of the state serves the needs of business and at your expense. who benefits? jeff bezos, warren buffett, elon musk, tim cook, bill gates, betsy de vos, george soros, donald trump, and need i go on? let me say it again: rich guys, (who think you’re not really all that good.) really dig government, (every government everywhere, including “communist” governments.) because they make the rules that make rich guys richer. simple.

don’t overthink it. (are you patriots in the back paying attention?)

i’m a man who loves you all and this spinning ball so much that i’m going to fulfill my childhood promise to myself to be noble.

here it is, in these corporate for profit concentration camps. here it is, in brown and non conforming folks afraid to show their faces for fear of the police/ migra/ proud boys/ beckies…

here it is, a planet almost used up by the market’s greed. i’m a black and white thinker. detention camps are an abomination. i’m not standing by.

i really shouldn’t have to say any more than this. i set aside my broken heart and i heal the only way i know how- by being useful. i efficiently compartmentalize my pain… and i joyfully go about this work. (to those burdened with the wreckage from my actions, i hope that you will make the best use of that burden.)

to my comrades: i regret that i will miss the rest of the revolution. thank you for the honor of having been in your midst.

giving me space to be useful, to feel that i was fulfilling my ideals, has been the spiritual pinnacle of my life.

doing what i can to help defend my precious and wondrous people is an experience too rich to describe.

my trans comrades have transformed me, solidifying my conviction that we will be guided to a dreamed of future by those most marginalized among us today. i have dreamed it so clearly that i have no regret for not seeing how it turns out. thank you for bringing me so far along. i am antifa, i stand with comrades around the world who act from the love of life in every permutation. comrades who understand that freedom means real freedom for all and a life worth living.

keep the faith! all power to the people! bella ciao audio manifesto:

don’t let your silly government agencies waste money “investigating” this one. i was radicalized in civics class at 13 when we were taught about the electoral college. it was at that point that i decided that the status quo might be a house of cards. further reading confirmed in the positive. i highly recommend reading! i am not affiliated with any organization, i have disafilliated from any organization who disagree with my choice of tactics.

the semi automatic weapon i used was a cheap, home built unregistered “ghost” ar15, it had six magazines. i strongly encourage comrades and incoming comrades to arm themselves. we are now responsible for defending people from the predatory state: ignore the law in army yourself if you have the luxury, i did.