CHAZ/CHOP is a Successful Failure

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CHAZ/CHOP before and after | Credit: Joseph Suttner

Why CHAZ/CHOP is a Successful Failure

Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) is formerly known as Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ). It started with a complete take over of six blocks and a park on 8th June 2020. This is the story of why CHAZ/CHOP is a successful failure.

The Seattle Police Department decided to abandon ship. They did not hold their ground. The territory belonged to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) horde. The stage was set for a ‘social experiment,’ free from government intervention and police interaction. The take over was swift. Within days, the horde set up camp, black gardens and venues to distribute free food and drinks. They would create border checkpoints, security and ‘arm’ members with weapons in the coming days.​ Two days after the take over on 10th June 2020, the members of Free Capitol Hill issued the ‘demands’ to the world in a blog post on the Medium platform.


The ‘members’ had a list of 19 “Justice System” demands. The top highlighted demand #7 stated, “We demand a retrial of all People in Color currently serving a prison sentence for violent crime, by a jury of their peers in their community.” Their top #1 demand was no surprise, it stated “The Seattle Police Department and attached court system are beyond reform. We do not request reform, we demand abolition.” 

It continues with “We demand that the Seattle Council and the Mayor defund and abolish the Seattle Police Department and the attached Criminal Justice Apparatus. This means 100% of funding, including existing pensions for Seattle Police. At an equal level of priority we also demand that the city disallow the operations of ICE in the city of Seattle.” In addition to their “Justice System” demands, the members had five “Economic” demands, three “Economic” related demands, ‘formerly’ known as “Health and Human Services” and three “Education” demands in the city of Seattle and state of Washington. 

“Black Power Movement” revealed

In a nutshell, CHAZ/CHOP demands included the de-gentrification of Seattle and rent stabilisation, hiring more blacks, especially in health care, supporting black businesses, abolishing the police (#1 demand), free college for all, decentralisation of the election system, elevating the prominence of black and Native American history in schools and get rid of all slavery monuments.

Their horde fractions already defaced Lincoln and toppled the statue of Ulysses S Grant. The United States could have been known as “Dixie” if not for President Abraham Lincoln and General Ulysses S Grant. One of CHAZ/CHOPS finest militants, Jaiden Grayson stated in an Ami Horowitz documentary, ‘We won’t leave until our demands are met.’ However on 1st July 2020, CHOP/CHAZ members were forced out by the Seattle Police Department. Much to the relief of residents and local business owners. They subsequently launched a class action lawsuit against the City of Seattle. CHAZ/CHOP was a successful failure.

Key Reasons CHOP/CHAZ is a Successful Failure

CHAZ/CHOP failed because its members were not builders. They were “occupiers”. They never transitioned from their ‘former’ selves into a unified force. Neither did they understand the basic principles of structure or strategy. They were a Horde. The ‘members’ were not a cohesive unit with agreed upon best practices for all.

The failure of their ‘demands’ should be obvious. They did not encourage collective cooperation. They silenced other voices and even ejected members who did not fall in line. Ironically, they were fighting for racial equality, yet created segregation within their own community, with ‘Black ONLY’ sections. Black ‘privilege’ ruled while the whites were subjugated to ‘indentured servitude.’ Reparations were demanded upon the ‘white’ members in the way of $10 payments to every member of colour in the community.

The leaders did not know how to channel their energies for the greater good. Instead, they became destructive. Infighting caused a name change. Weapons were handed out to people who didn’t know how to use them. They advocated the rest of society to remove borders and barriers yet, they built their own border security to keep the ‘undesirables’ out. They became the very thing they protested against.

Abolishing the Police makes no one safe

CHAZ/CHOP was a successful failure because ‘abolishing’ the police department for three (3) weeks kept no one safe or secure. The businesses were boarded up, one business owner, in particular, stated she locked her door after each customer entered. There were also rumours of extortion money for ‘protection’ for business owners. None of the ‘occupied’ residents thought this was a good idea. They did not feel safe. Instead, there was an exodus out of Capitol Hill. This decision to leave was temporary whilst the section was occupied.

Lawlessness led to murder. Horace Lorenzo Anderson Jr, 19 died on the streets of CHAZ/CHOP on 20th June 2020 No one from Black Lives Matter, the ‘organisation’ said his name, because his black life didn’t matter to them. CHAZ/CHOP crime rate was the highest in the country, per capita.


~ Peace-Of-Mind 14-June-2020

Seattle’s so-called Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) has begun reparations, as white members of the fledgling sovereignty were asked on Friday night to give at least one black person $10 before leaving the area.

“I want you to find, by the time you leave this autonomous zone, I want you to give ten dollars to one African American person from this autonomous zone.

And if you find that’s difficult – if you find it’s hard for you to give ten dollars to people of color, to black people especially [sic], you have to think really critically about – in the future, are you going to actually give up power and land and capital when you have it? If you have a hard time giving up ten dollars, you have to think about: are you really down with this struggle? Are you really down with the movement? Because if that is a challenge for you, I’m not sure if you’re in the right place. So find an African American person. White people, I see you. I see every one of you, and I remember your faces. You find that African American person and you give them ten dollars. Cash up, Venmo, ten dollars in your pocket. That’s my challenge to you. Do it.”

Illegal firearms?

~ Vigilance Media 16-June-2020

This footage shows Raz Simone, the unofficial ‘warlord’ of CHAZ/CHOP. He’s handing out ‘illegal’ firearms to his crew. But obviously he did not get the required ‘background’ checks. Raz Simone claims he is handing out firearms for people to use in self-defence. But is handing out firearms in the street in line with Washington law? Is giving your firearms to someone else to use even legal?