Filed under: Announcement, Anti-fascist, Anti-Patriarchy, Community Organizing, Northwest
On June 9th the Pacific Northwest’s most infamous fascist collaborator will be making his third trip to the Puget Sound in just over a month. Joey Gibson and his shrinking crew will attempt to hold a rally and march at the Planned Parenthood in Kent where they will show off one of their core qualities: a penchant for violent misogyny. The Greater Seattle IWW General Defense Committee calls on our friends, allies, and all concerned community members to gather there at 11am to send them packing.
Joey’s last few appearances in the Seattle-area demonstrate that he and his friends have not lost any of their flair for fashy chest-thumping despite his half-hearted senate campaign. Only a week ago he and 40-odd supporters held an open-carry rally and march through Downtown Seattle, and the next day a core group of half a dozen attempted the same on the University of Washington campus. Meanwhile, we only have to go back to January to find some of the worst excesses of Joey and crew’s extreme patriarchal tendencies. It was then that he waded through the Seattle Womxn’s March with brawling street preachers who yelled things like “some women deserve to be raped” while Joey himself railed against reproductive rights.
Despite their increasing boldness, Joey’s circle of friends continues to tighten. At this point he appears to have shed the vast majority of his casual supporters, leaving him with an extreme, committed core. The vast majority of them, including some of his longest accomplices like the soon-to-be-departing Tiny Toese, appear to be Proud Boys. One has to wonder if Joey isn’t at this point essentially running a front group for this collection of self-described “Western Chauvinists” given his pledging of loyalty to them on May 20. This being the case, it is all the more important that we counter them in spaces like Planned Parenthood.
Joey, Proud Boys, and all their more overtly fascist friends must be sent a message that they aren’t welcome in our town. Join us Saturday June 9 at 11am at the Kent Planned Parenthood, 10056 S 240th Street, Kent, WA.
Community Defense through Community Action!
All involved are asked to adhere to:
St. Paul Principles
1. Our solidarity will be based on respect for a diversity of tactics and the plans of other groups.
2. The actions and tactics used will be organized to maintain a separation of time or space.
3. any debates or criticisms will stay internal to the movement, avoiding any public or media denunciations of fellow activists and events.
4. we oppose any state repression of dissent, including surveillance,
infiltration, disruption and violence. we agree not to assist law enforcement actions against activists and others.