We spent a great deal of time in Liberty Sq. (Zuccotti Park) distributing free anarchist zines during the Occupy Wall Street encampment. Many of those zines were folded, stapled, and given out by our friend Class War Camp member Brendan Mannion. Word has just reached us that Brendan recently passed away. We unaware of the cause or circumstances surrounding his death. His family has announced a memorial in their hometown of St. Petersburg on March 22nd, and are offering housing for those who come from out of town.
For those who can attend, Brendan’s memorial service will be Friday, March 22 at 6pm at The Venture Compound in St. Petersburg. All are welcome to join us in celebrating his life. The family will provide refreshments and there will be a potluck meal. The family will be making a donation in Brendan’s name to The Venture Compound Artist’s Fund and Walden School. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to The Venture Compound at 2621 Fairfield Ave St. Petersburg, FL 33712. For friends coming in from out of town, if you are struggling with somewhere to stay, please send me a message. We will try to find extra beds with friends of Brendan’s to accommodate those that need it.
While unfortunately Brendan left us here in NYC shortly after the encampment was dispersed he continued fighting and took some of our zines around the country with him. As recently as February he was tabling free zines and spreading anarchy with his band Old Fashioned Medicine.
Like not too many others in Zuccotti Park Brendan knew from day one the true nature of the system and was not a reformist. He told a photographer: “people are waking up to the fact that the system isn’t broken, its rotten to the core.”
We will miss Brendan with all of our hearts. We will keep loving and fighting for a new world in his memory. We want to remind everyone that we need to support each other especially at difficult times like these.