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Welcome fellow antifascists!
It’s been a bad couple of weeks for Patriot Front. First, journalists at Unicorn Riot leaked mass amounts of photos, video, and chat messages they hoped no one would ever see, then antifascists showed how they ruined their photo-op in DC late last year, and now, members of the group are being doxxed, fired, and exposed left and right.
Last month, the world laughed as Patriot Front neo-Nazis were stranded in DC. While many blamed disorganization or being lost – a new anonymous antifascist report – corroborated by PFs own leaked footage, shows the real reason: mass antifascist sabotage. https://t.co/Pzek3yLhps
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) January 22, 2022
But this is only one of the stories we’re bringing you in this installment of This Week in Fascism – and with so much action, news, doxxes and updates to throw at you – let’s dive right in!
Fantastic flyering campaign targeting the new Patriot Front headquarters that Thomas Rousseau thought he could move into under the radar. https://t.co/RyxzcB1p4b
— Colorado Springs Anti-Fascists (@COSAntiFascists) January 23, 2022
While antifascists were busy combing through the recent Patriot Front leaks from Unicorn Riot, others were busy pulling down Patriot Front banners and flyering the neighborhood of PF leader, Thomas Rousseau.
Sent to us anonymously:
Patriot Front taking so many L’s pic.twitter.com/oITWjtgthA
— PISSBLOC (@pissbloc) January 23, 2022
In Harvest, Alabama, antifascists also flyered the neighborhood of Patriot Front member, Ian Elliot, alerting the community to the presence of an active neo-Nazi.
This morning, anti-racists paid a visit to neo-Nazi and Patriot Front member Ian Elliott's neighborhood in Harvest, Alabama and by his workplace at the Wall Triana Hwy @Publix in Madison, AL.
They left flyers to warn Elliott's neighbors and coworkers of the Nazi in their midst. https://t.co/QRCypCpb5j pic.twitter.com/cp3Muhe6Ai
— Atlanta Antifascists (@afainatl) January 22, 2022
Several antifascists held a humorous protest, complete with show tunes and a giant milkshake sign, outside of a talk at Dartmouth university by far-Right grifters Andy Ngo and Gabriel Nadales, both known to work closely with (or for) GOP aligned foundations, funded by corporate and billionaire donors. Since 2014, Nadales has worked for Turning Point USA, the Campus Reform publication which targets university professors for harassment, and the aligned Leadership Institute.
Fox News parading around Gabriel Nadales as an "ex-antifa." His past interviews show an impressive resume of going to protests against "corporations" and "banks" from part of 2009 to 2010. After which he became a conservative following reading a high school economics text book. pic.twitter.com/xoV1azyVLB
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) July 3, 2019
Starting in 2019, Nadales branded himself as an “ex-Antifa” activist, using his position at the Leadership Institute to gain access to speaking events and outlets like Fox News, claiming that in high school he was a left-wing activist for several months before becoming a conservative towards his graduation. During this time, Nadales claims he went to a small protest against a neo-Nazi group and also protested “outside the home of a CEO.” In an interview in 2016, he stated that he used to be a “progressive Leftist activist” – seems his story is always changing depending on whatever grift his handlers have in mind for him at the time.
Andy Ngo claims “Dartmouth College administrators canceled an on-campus appearance… after a deluge of online threats from #Antifa members.”
Andy: Is this this ‘dangerous Antifa’ theater group you are afraid of?
(With @LoveNeverH8 & @BobbiKillaBee) https://t.co/VZr0QCy8cu pic.twitter.com/kuRsGSUjUX
— Rod Webber (@RodWebber) January 21, 2022
Both far-Right trolls would later claim that the Dartmouth event was shut down due to “threats” from antifascists, however local college newspaper The Dartmouth reported that the campus moved the event to an online forum due to poor planning by the local sponsoring group of college Republicans. A tweet from Ngo about “bomb sniffing dogs,” allowed other far-Right trolls to push the lie that “bomb threats” forced the event to shut down. Ngo doubled down on this lie in the New York Post, writing:
To be sure, the threats against myself, Nadales and prospective attendees were concerning. Local law enforcement had to clear Moore Hall with a bomb squad and dogs before I arrived.
However, according to Dartmouth college spokesperson Diana Lawrence in The Dartmouth:
According to a tweet after the event from Ngo, there were “bomb-sniffing dogs brought in.” Lawrence wrote in her statement there were “no bomb threats,” but that the Hanover and state police conducted a routine sweep of the venue prior to the speakers’ arrival. She did not clarify the presence of “dogs” at the event. “This is standard procedure and is not initiated because of specific information,” she wrote.
This is only the latest attempt by Andy Ngo to paint himself as a victim in an attempt to push disinformation and lies within the wider right-wing media echo-chamber. Ironically, according to The Dartmouth, at its peak, Ngo’s online event only got 94 viewers – many of whom were antifascists, who asked Ngo to comment on his far-Right associations, which he refused.
Far-Right troll Andy Ngo's bullshit claims online + in the NY Post that his event was shut down due to "bomb threats," has been debunked by Dartmouth's own spokesperson who states there were “no bomb threats" + sniffing dogs were "standard procedure." https://t.co/v9MvWbw7hL
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) January 30, 2022
In Boise, Idaho, responding to threats from far-Right groups, a large crowd mobilized in defense of an ongoing tent-city protest at the state capitol, which is protesting for more low-income housing and an end to police harassment of the local houseless community. Since the tent-city popped up, members of the Idaho Liberty Dogs, a militia like group with ties to Bundy’s People’s Rights, the local GOP, and groups like the Proud Boys, have been threatening the encampment. Several days ago, those threats escalated, with the group calling for an armed anti-houseless demonstration. Online, supporters of the group made reference to violence and bringing out high powered assault weapons, in an effort to drive out protesters.
Today in #Boise, supporters of the far-Right group, the Idaho Liberty Dogs, who have a history of violence + work with the Proud Boys, are calling for their followers to bring weapons + harass a houseless tent protest demanding housing + an end to police harassment. Thread. pic.twitter.com/cWhGNvXgwI
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) January 29, 2022
The night before the protest, It’s Going Down documented that stink bombs were thrown into the tent city, however the next day, the far-Right crowd was vastly out-numbered and eventually left in defeat, while the larger community in support of their houseless neighbors stood strong.
The Boise Tent Protest community remains undefeated. 😤🖤 https://t.co/lFKULTTOwm pic.twitter.com/XEdDAWlDo3
— Redoubt Antifascists (@RedoubtAFA) January 29, 2022
Finally in Orlando, Florida, supporters of the neo-Nazi group the National Socialist Movement (NSM) attacked members of the public at a busy intersection during yet another “White Lives Matter” demonstration which in the past has attracted various far-Right and white supremacist groups such as the Proud Boys.
Neo-Nazis from the National Socialist Movement (NSM), seen here wearing swastika arm bands, attack community members in #Orlando. Along with other white supremacists, the NSM has been holding "White Lives Matter" rallies in #Florida. This is what happens when the go unopposed. https://t.co/jv2yCmlJck
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) January 29, 2022
While They Marched in DC, 400 GB of Patriot Front Chats Get Leaked to Unicorn Riot and DDoSecrets
Journalists at Unicorn Riot have released a massive data leak of over 400 GBs of Patriot Front chats. The leak includes messages, video and photos of PF activity, plans for actions, PF membership documents, financial information, identities of members, and all the racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny and hate that we have come to expect from this neo-Nazi group.
Some big takeaways from the latest #PatriotFront leaks from @UR_Ninja:
-Lots of crossover with the Proud Boys
-Direct coordination of hate crimes + targeted racist vandalism between members + leadership
-Many were scared that being exposed by antifascists would lead to charges https://t.co/OWQT05j90F
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) January 21, 2022
Some of the highlights include member crossover and collaboration with other fascist formations like the Proud Boys, the extent to which antifascists have disrupted PF’s organizing, the tactics used by PF leader, Thomas Rousseau, to ensure physical protection from law enforcement as they march in formation in various cities across the country, and direct coordination of hate crimes and targeted racist, anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ vandalism between members and leadership. Also evident is the fear of being doxxed and the consequences of being outed as a member of a neo-Nazi group.
In conjunction with @UR_Ninja, #DDoSecrets is releasing nearly 500 gigabytes of leaked records from Patriot Front, a U.S.-based neo-Nazi organization with chapters around the country.
This leak includes videos, photos, documents, and chat messages.
More: https://t.co/1ouH89mFHp pic.twitter.com/DEiBgbL8FK
— Emma Best 🏳️🌈🏴 (@NatSecGeek) January 21, 2022
Since the release of the data, many, many, many members have been identified by antifascist crews across the country. Several of these doxxes are highlighted below in our ‘Doxxes’ section so check that out! For your own research, the data can be accessed on Unicorn Riot’s site, you can get it via DDoSecrets substack, or you can check out the Patriot Front Gallery put together in a major collaboration from antifascist crews from around the country including Utah, Washington, Atlanta, NYC, Ashville, Seven Hills, Colorado, Corvallis, Bay Area, Portland and Chicago.
Happy hunting. 😉
Alex Jones Store Made $165 Million in Three Years
Despite Alex Jones' pleas for money, Infowars’ store ― where he sells an amalgamation of dietary supplements and survival gear ― made $165 million in sales. https://t.co/RPjH0X9C8p pic.twitter.com/FXSOUsbuhA
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) January 7, 2022
Reactionary, anti-vax/anti-mask agenda-pushing, far-Right conspiracy theorist, propagandist and media personality Alex Jones makes a regular plea to his viewers for financial support. Using language that indicates he and his platform are on the brink of financial collapse, Jones appeals to his viewers and followers to continue supporting him by shopping his products in his Infowars online store. Financial records obtained by the Huffington Post that were originally submitted as discovery in a case against Jones by the parents of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting (a case that Jones lost) indicate that from 2015 – 2018, Infowars online store raked in around $165 million. Peddling conspiracy theories and pro-MAGA propaganda has been extremely lucrative for Jones.
The gamble of backing Trump appeared to pay off. Of the more than three years of data reviewed by HuffPost, Infowars’ most profitable days happened around the 2016 presidential election. The day of the election, Nov. 8, the Infowars store more than doubled its sales from the previous day, making a total of over $660,000. The next day, after Trump won, more than 8,700 orders were placed on the Infowars website totaling nearly $850,000 in sales.
Check out the full story for more details, including financial documents.
Justice Department Rolls Out New Taskforce to Combat Domestic Terrorism
The newest example of “state-sponsored repression” comes to us in the form of a brand new Anti-Terrorism taskforce designed to combat domestic terrorism. The New York Times reports:
The move is in keeping with Attorney General Merrick B. Garland’s vow to prioritize combating domestic extremism. It comes as the Justice Department investigates the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, an assault that underscores the resurgence of domestic extremism driven in part by the baseless perception that the 2020 election was marred by election fraud.
Last year, the Biden administration unveiled a national strategy to tackle domestic extremism, which called for preventing recruitment by extremist groups and bolstering information sharing across law enforcement.
In its budget proposal this spring, the Justice Department requested an additional $101 million to address domestic terrorism, including $45 million for the F.B.I. and $40 million that federal prosecutors can use to manage their increasing domestic terrorism caseloads. But Congress has not yet passed its annual appropriations bill, so no agency funding requests have been granted.
Though the data shows that far-Right violence is on the rise in the so-called United States, there are serious concerns that this anti-terrorism unit will inevitably be used against Native, Black liberation, anti-racist and anarchist activists under the umbrella of “anti-government extremism.”
Atomwaffen Leader Sentenced for Plot Targeting Journalists
Former leader of neo-Nazi terrorist group Atomwaffen Division, Kaleb Cole, was sentenced to 84 months in prison on January 11th for his involvement in threats to journalists and activists. The Department of Justice’ Office of Public Affairs said in a press release:
Kaleb Cole, 25, a leader of the Neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division, was convicted by a federal jury in the Western District of Washington of one count of interfering with a federally protected activity because of religion, three counts of mailing threatening communications, and one count of conspiring with other Atomwaffen members to commit three offenses against the United States – interference with federally-protected activities because of religion, mailing threatening communications, and cyberstalking…
At trial, the victims described how receiving the posters impacted them. Some moved from their homes for a time or installed security systems. One purchased a firearm and took a firearms safety class. Another started opening her mailbox with a stick due to fear of what might be inside. One left her job as a journalist.
Cole, along with three others (Cameron Shea, Johnny Roman Garza, and Taylor Ashley Parker-Dipeppe) led an inter-state plot of intimidation with a targeted focus of Jewish people and people of color. Atomwaffen Division was a stochastic terrorist organization that formed out of Iron March. Their main influences are William Pierce who wrote The Turner Diaries and neo-Nazi James Mason who authored the collection of newsletters known as Siege, and who was directly involved in AWD organizing for a time. A handful of AWD members have since rebranded as neo-Nazi accelerationist group, the National Socialist Order.
Texas GOP Candidate Won’t Fire White Nationalist Staffer
On Friday, @BenLorber8 at @PRAEyesRight published a damning report documenting Jake Lloyd Colglazier's extensive ties to white nationalism. The former InfoWars host is a prominent member of the America First/groyper movement, founded by Nick Fuentes https://t.co/wDhIcjKKyD
— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) January 19, 2022
The Huffington Post reports that Don Huffines, Republican candidate for governor, says that he will not be participating in “cancel culture” by removing a staffer with deep ties to anti-Semitic and white nationalist organizing. According to the Huffington Post, Jake Lloyd Colglazier has a documented history of being a leading voice in the groyper movement, having once declared that the white “race is dying.”
From the article:
On Friday, the social justice think tank Political Research Associates published a report detailing how Colglazier became a leading voice in the white nationalist America First, or “groyper,” movement. Prior to that, he was a host at the far-right conspiracist website InfoWars.
Colglazier, 24, was listed as “deputy communications director” for Huffines on the website of the True Texas Project, a right-wing activist group closely aligned with Huffines’ campaign, last week. (That description has since been removed.) Colglazier’s Twitter bio includes a link to Huffines’ campaign website. And on Friday, Ben Lorber, a research analyst at PRA, says a Huffines staffer confirmed over the phone that Colglazier was deputy communications director for the campaign.
Apparently Huffines tried to trivialize Colglazier’s involvement in far-Right spaces, but this would be a wild mischaracterization, as Colglazier served as a prominent voice on massive white nationalist platforms. The fight against the mainstreaming of white nationalism continues. Check out the article for the full story.
House Committee Investigating J6 Subpoenas White Nationalist Figures
Recent "Groyper Leadership Summit" brought together white nationalist Nick Fuentes, InfoWars' Jake Lloyd, and leader of white nationalist group Identity Evropa/American Identity Movement, Patrick Casey. All three attended the Unite the Right neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville. pic.twitter.com/oP4craFJWr
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) December 28, 2019
The House Committee tasked with investigating the January 6th storming of the capitol have issued subpoenas for white nationalists Patrick Casey and Nick Fuentes, leading members of the so-called “groyper” movement. Growing out of the Alt-Right, the groypers have embraced a form of entryism into the Republican party in an effort to push the GOP into embracing explicit white nationalism. Fuentes has used his platform to promote lies about the election being rigged, COVID-19 conspiracy theories, praised fascist leaders like Mussolini, defended Holocaust denial, and encouraged his supporters to take part in “Stop the Steal” events across the US and in DC on January 6th.
I have a new piece at @truthout about Patrick Casey and Nick Fuentes, both subpoenaed last week by the 1/6 House committee. Talks about who they are, their importance to Alt Right strategies today, and why their actions are special vs the others. https://t.co/fTQ6AfoCoJ
— spencer sunshine (@transform6789) January 24, 2022
Patrick Casey is the former leader of the now inoperative neo-Nazi group Identity Evropa which played a key role in organizing the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA in 2017 that resulted in the murder of anti-racist activist Heather Heyer. Following Unite the Right, IE then rebranded into American Identity Movement (AmIM) and began to heavily align with Nick Fuentes and his own formation, American First, before then dissolving into the larger groyper current.
The New York Times reports:
The subpoenas demonstrated the committee’s intensifying focus on the rallies that led up to the mob violence and how those with extremist views were drawn to former President Donald J. Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud.
The panel instructed the men to turn over documents related to their activities and submit to interviews in February.
“The Select Committee is seeking facts about the planning, coordination, and funding of events that preceded the violent attack on our democracy,” said Representative Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi and chairman of the committee. “We believe the individuals we have subpoenaed today have information relevant to those questions, and we expect them to cooperate with the committee.”
The committee said the two men had participated in a series of events leading up to last Jan. 6, in which they promoted false claims about the election, including in Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia, and at two rallies in Washington where they called for the destruction of the Republican Party for failing to overturn the election.
Uber-grifters + MAGA social media hustlers are teaming up with neo-Nazi rally goers + anti-Semites like Baked Alaska + Nick Fuentes for an event in #Miami today. As much as they claim they are seperate, the Alt-Lite + Alt-Right continue to organize together as resources dwindle. pic.twitter.com/oWZUE5d4gP
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) September 28, 2019
SPLC recently released a report detailing how Fuentes uses crypto currency to accept donations to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars. His notoriety as a virulent neo-Nazi has gotten him booted from platform after platform and in April 2021, the federal government seized the assets in one of his bank accounts. Hatewatch explains:
Fuentes has persisted in making public appearances following Jan. 6, but his rhetoric and style have taken on a more paranoid, religious air in recent months. Hatewatch attended a Fuentes-led event outside Staten Island University Hospital in New York on Nov. 10 and found the white nationalist speaking out against COVID-19 vaccine mandates to a crowd of around fifty fans, while wearing a bulletproof vest and pointing to a large crucifix in the crowd.
“That man on that cross,” Fuentes said, his voice rising to a shout. “That is more real than your job! That is more real than your friends!”
He has also become more explicit in expressing solidarity with white supremacists. In his livestream responding to the Jan. 6 subpoena on Wednesday night, he repeatedly compared himself to Andrew Anglin, editor of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer.
“I’m trying to get out a very important message about white genocide and the destruction of our people,” he explained about his own activism.
Fuentes has also sharpened his tone when speaking about law enforcement and the federal government in the year that followed Jan. 6. He has formed a habit of warning his fans against speaking to federal law enforcement under any circumstance. The committee’s press release claims that the FBI has scrutinized Fuentes’ funds.
Given the fact that Fuentes and white nationalism in general has planted it’s feet firmly within the GOP, it will be interesting to see how this shakes out, what impact it will have on far-Right organizing, specifically in the groyper/America First current, and what it means for allies inside the GOP like Representative Paul Gosar who spoke at Fuentes’ AFPAC conference last year.
Baked Alaska Gets 30 Days in Jail for Assaulting Bar Employee
InfoWar's Owen Shroyer stands alongside neo-Nazi Baked Alaska as pro-Trump crowd burns a #BlackLivesMatter flag. Alt-Right commentators on the feed respond by posting racial slurs and "SIEG HEIL!" #DCRally #DCProtests #JAN6 pic.twitter.com/lnGZD1IgG4
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) January 6, 2021
Neo-Nazi troll “Baked Alaska” aka Tim Gionet, has secured himself 30 days in jail for pepper-spraying a bar employee in Arizona in December 2020. According to the Anchorage Daily News:
Gionet, who also faces unrelated charges over his presence in the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot, was previously convicted of assault, disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing in the December 2020 incident in Scottsdale.
Police say Gionet made customers uncomfortable when he and friends were inside the bar livestreaming video, refused to leave when asked to do so and got into an argument with an employee who pushed him out of the door, leading Gionet to shoot pepper spray twice.
Gionet faces a handful of other charges, including several that stem from the January 6 White Riot in DC and separate charges for vandalizing a Hanukkah display in December 2020.
A notorious U.S. Capitol riot suspect and white supremacist livestreamer who goes by the alias “Baked Alaska” faces new charges in Arizona after allegedly defacing a Hanukkah display at the state capitol https://t.co/jEX7HGEIha
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) November 19, 2021
Proud Boy Tusitala “Tiny” Toese Jailed For 8/22 Attack
“Diverse group” “patriotic-themed” “summer of love”@MrAndyNgo wants you to think these are loving, innocent patriots. He won’t tell you that the man on stage, Tiny Toese, once called for a 2nd Holocaust & for Jewish people to be rounded up. Nazi grifting is a pathetic grind. https://t.co/H1Dp1tRkYG pic.twitter.com/IoI9byD0Zq
— Vishal P. Singh (they/he) (@VPS_Reports) August 24, 2021
According to the Portland Mercury, Proud Boy Tusitala “Tiny” Toese has been arrested for charges stemming from an August 22nd, 2021 protest in Portland. He’s facing a total of eleven criminal charges. From the article:
Toese was one of many members of the Proud Boys and other far-right organizations who showed up in Northeast Portland on Sunday, August 22 with paintball guns and bear mace, looking for a confrontation with antifascist Portlanders. The so-called “Summer of Love” rally marked the one-year anniversary of a similar right-wing demonstration in downtown Portland, which was defined by its lack of police response. The 2021 event, held in an abandoned Kmart parking lot in the Parkrose neighborhood, was no different. Right-wing activists violently clashed with antifascists that afternoon in a haze of smoke bombs and white paint with no police intervention. Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell said that officers were monitoring the situation from afar and would make arrests at a later date…
Toese has been charged with three counts of assault in the second degree, two counts of assault in the third degree, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of riot, and two counts of criminal mischief.
Toese has a documented history of violence in addition to his continued membership of the fascist street gang, the Proud Boys. His first hearing hasn’t been scheduled. Check the article for more details.
Kyle Chapman Gets Arrested in Boise for “Battery” Against a Worker at Trauma Center
This article was just our tweets. It looks like it's being fleshed out, and that's good, but there was no conversation at the initial run that was entirely lifted from our research.https://t.co/76MNtRUdaD
— Redoubt Antifascists (@RedoubtAFA) January 13, 2022
White nationalist and Proud Boy leader Kyle Chapman, best known as “Based Stickman,” who once led the “military wing” of the Proud Boys, the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights, has once again been arrested in yet another violent assault.
According to the Idaho Statesman:
Chapman, 46, was arrested Tuesday by the U.S. Marshall’s Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force without incident for battery against health care workers, a felony, Boise Police spokesperson Haley Williams said. He was being held Wednesday on a $100,000 bail at the Ada County Jail. In addition, Ada County Judge Joanne Kibodeaux signed a no-contact order, at the request of the prosecutor, restricting Chapman from coming within 500 feet of the alleged victim or Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.
Oath Keepers Charged with “Seditious Conspiracy”
Conspiracy peddler and Oath Keepers leader Steward Rhodes, along with another ten members of his group, have now been hit with “seditious conspiracy” charges in relation to the attempted storming of the DC capitol on January 6th.
As the Associated Press wrote:
Stewart Rhodes, the founder and leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group, and 10 other members or associates have been charged with seditious conspiracy in the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol, authorities said Thursday.
Despite hundreds of charges already brought in the year since pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol in an effort to stop the certification of President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory, these were the first seditious conspiracy charges levied in connection with the attack on Jan. 6, 2021.
It marked a serious escalation in the largest investigation in the Justice Department’s history – more than 700 people have been arrested and charged with federal crimes – and highlighted the work that has gone into piecing together the most complicated cases. The charges rebut, in part, the growing chorus of Republican lawmakers who have publicly challenged the seriousness of the insurrection, arguing that since no one had been charged yet with sedition or treason, it could not have been so violent.
Portland Police Manual Used Proud Boy Meme Promoting Violence Against Left-Wing Protesters
This this image has been called the "Prayer of the Alt-Knight" and is attributed to a far-right activist who founded a group called the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights, described as the “tactical defense arm” of the Proud Boys. https://t.co/c1C5nh4pma
— Alex Zielinski (@alex_zee) January 14, 2022
Portland police and officials are once again in hot water after it was made public that police covered up their use a far-Right meme associated with the fascist group the Proud Boys that advocated violence against left-wing demonstrators in a training manual. This speaks volumes not only to the continued crossover of the far-Right into law enforcement, but also the degree in which want to hide these associations.
As Rolling Stone wrote about the incident:
[T]he feds formally rebuked the Portland Police Bureau for covering up its use of a Proud Boys meme in training materials. A slide from a crowd-control PowerPoint developed for Portland police featured the “Prayer of the Alt Knight” — a meme showing a riot cop bashing a long-haired citizen, with an overlay of text that reads, in part: “Woe be unto you, dirty hippy… I shall send among you, My humble servants with hat, and with bat; That they may christen your heads with hickory, And anoint your faces with pepper spray.”
“Alt-Knights” refers to the military wing of the Proud Boys led by white nationalist, Kyle “Based Stickman” Chapman. Members of group marched in Charlottesville and disbanded following the murder of Heather Heyer and subsequent legal fallout.
Was Chicago Cop with Tied to Proud Boys Fired?
#ProudBoys #chicago police officer Robert Bakker, of Jefferson Park, has been the subject of four internal investigations that were all opened last year, including one for sexual assault, per today's CST: https://t.co/SS5IDnz05Y
— 🪦Panic! in the Discord research collective, rip🪦 (@discord__panic) June 10, 2021
Two years after a police officer was outed for having connections to white nationalism and the Proud Boys, the city of Chicago still won’t say if they are still on the force. According to Block Club Chicago:
A group of civil rights attorneys are demanding answers from the city as to what, if any, discipline a Chicago cop has faced since his ties to the Proud Boys were discovered nearly two years ago and police launched investigations into separate sexual abuse claims.
The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights sent a letter Tuesday to Mayor Lori Lightfoot, alderpeople and Supt. David Brown, asking for updates on Officer Robert Bakker. Bakker was identified as an officer who was active on a Proud Boys group chat on Telegram in a story published by Vice in May 2020.
Bakker helped organize Proud Boys meetups in Lincoln Square and Andersonville and bragged about his access to “high police” in screen captures of the chats made public by Chicago Antifascist Action.
The police opened four internal investigations into Bakker in 2020, including one focused on accusations of sex abuse, the Sun-Times reported last year. The department handed Bakker a five-day suspension — which was then deferred due to an Office of the Inspector General investigation, according to the Sun-Times.
It is unclear if Bakker served the suspension or what resulted from the sexual abuse allegations, which date back to before he joined the department.
Spokespeople from the Civilian Office of Police Accountability and Office of the Inspector General told Block Club investigations into Bakker were referred to the police department’s Bureau of Internal Affairs.
The Police Department did not respond to questions about its investigation into Bakker or his suspension. City records show Bakker is still employed full time as a police officer with an annual salary of $80,016.
Seattle Police Office Involved in Proud Boys Hoax Has been Rehired
Seattle police faked radio chatter about Proud Boys during 2020 racial justice protests – watchdog https://t.co/QpJ98PoJW8
— The Guardian (@guardian) January 6, 2022
The police officer behind spreading targeted disinformation about threats from the Proud Boys against protesters in Seattle has been rehired. According to the Seattle Times:
One of the Seattle Police Department officers involved in coordinating lying during a crucial moment amid 2020’s racial justice protests subsequently left the department but was rehired last month, the department disclosed Wednesday.
The rehired officer took a prominent role on June 8, 2020, in transmitting fake radio chatter about a group of menacing right-wing extremists heading to confront protesters on Capitol Hill, according to an Office of Police Accountability investigation report released last week.
Meanwhile, an email has surfaced from earlier the same day that references a warning to non-police employees at the city about possible Proud Boys activity.
First reported by Omari Salisbury of Converge Media and by the South Seattle Emerald, the email between Seattle Public Utilities employees on June 8, 2020, mentions “intelligence” about Proud Boys. Some activists have described the radio chatter as part of a wider effort at the time by the Police Department to spread false information and undermine the protests. Officials Wednesday neither confirmed nor refuted a link between the email and the radio hoax.
Kevin M. McNamara, Proud American Patriots Network (PAPN) of Allentown, Pennsylvania
CROH would like to introduce you to Kevin M. McNamara (52) of Allentown. McNamara is an IT contractor working for @LVHN and webmaster for various domains associated with the Proud American Patriots Network (PAPN), a far right militia connected to the Three Percenters. pic.twitter.com/9FwTwHGwxo
— CROH Lehigh Valley (@crohlv) January 18, 2022
CROH Lehigh Valley comrades have identified Kevin McNamara, a member of the Proud American Patriots Network militia. The PAPN militia are closely affiliated with the Three Percent militia. McNamara lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania and was identified because his name was in the Epik leaks dataset, which led antifascist researchers to connect him with TJ & Brittany Kosin, founders PAPN. His social media is full of photos of McNamara posing with confederate flags and skull masks, a popular part of the uniform of neo-Nazis. Check the thread for more details.
Justin Laks, Neo-Nazi Jiu-Jitsu Instructor of Vancouver, Washington
A White Nationalist MURDERER is teaching your kids!!!
Justin Laks is a convicted first degree murderer who openly associates with violent neo-Nazi organizations. He runs JT's Jiu Jitsu which trains children and teens.https://t.co/kym1gpvxLt pic.twitter.com/PAN5bn5GRO
— Corvallis Against Fascism (@CVAgainstFash) January 19, 2022
Corvallis Antifa have unmasked neo-Nazi Jiu-Jitsu instructor Justin Laks of Vancouver, Washington. Laks’ runs JT’s Jiu-Jitsu, a martial arts training company where he trains children and teens. He’s been running this mobile martial arts company since he was released from prison. In 1996, Laks pled guilty to brutally murdering an unarmed security guard. The logo for his company includes a sonnenrad, or Black sun, used exclusively by neo-Nazis as a symbol of hate and a dogwhistle. Through martial arts, Laks associates with members of the Asatru Folk Assembly, “a White Nationalist pagan religious group with deep ties to Nazi skinheads.” He also has connections with members of another hate group, the PNW Wolfpack with ties to neo-Nazi skinhead prison gangs.
PNW! Violent convicted murderer and Nazi teaching Jiu-Jitsu to children and gang members in Vancouver, Washington! Click the link below to learn more and take action.https://t.co/MCj5yR5ooq
— Sweet Science, Savage Art (@SweetSciSavArt) January 19, 2022
Corvallis Antifa reports:
In addition to his Jiu Jitsu business, Justin is the current president of the Clark College re-entry club, a club that helps former prison inmates enter society. The neo-Nazi groups Justin is connected to work closely with prison gangs, and often provide members support when they leave jail. We think it is highly probably Justin is using this club as a means to get former prison Nazis jobs. While we do believe that nobody should be in prison, and that re-entry club is a positive thing, we are concerned that Justin will use his position to bring more people into White Supremacist spaces, and get more of them jobs in our communities.
Check the blog for calls to action.
Paul Michael Gancarz, Patriot Front Network Director from Virginia Beach, Virginia
PAUL GANCARZ IS NETWORK DIRECTOR SAMUEL VIRGINIAhttps://t.co/9TxUf37bKB
— AntifaSevenHills 🏴 (@ash_antifa) January 20, 2022
Antifa Seven Hills in collaboration with NYC Antifa bring us the identity of Patriot Front Network Director Paul Michael Gancarz of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Gancarz, who goes by “DeltaGanz” has a decorated history of working with white nationalist and neo-Nazi organzing. In 2017, he attended the deadly Unite the Right rally as a uniform-wearing member of the Proud Boys. He has also helped distribute propaganda for neo-Nazi Robert Rundo’s group “Rise Above Movement (RAM)” and “Will2Rise.”
The blog states:
Paul Michael Gancarz is a fascist and Patriot Front’s Network Director for the region covering Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, and Delaware. He currently lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia, but is originally from New York City where he has strong ties to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and Forest Hills, Queens. As a member of Patriot Front, Gancarz is very active in the group’s propaganda campaigns in both New York and Virginia where he is responsible for much of the Patriot Front stickers, posters, and stencils reported in these areas. In his role as a Patriot Front Network Director, Paul would have been directly involved or consulted on high-profile vandalism in his network, such as the defacement of the Arthur Ashe mural in Richmond, Virginia. As the host for Patriot Front marches in Washington DC on January 29th, 2021 and more recently on December 4th, 2021, he would have had a large role in the organizing and staging of these fascist spectacles (and any U-haul mishaps that may have occurred).
Head to Torch Antifa’s blog for calls to action.
Pastor Blake Louis Kilbourne, Neo-Nazi from Dickinson, North Dakota
Our friends over at Anonymous Comrades Collective have brought to us the identity of neo-Nazi podcaster and Lutheran Pastor Blake Louis Kilbourne of Dickinson, North Dakota. Kilbourne, under the alias “SuperLutheran” is a regular fixture of the far-right media collective “The Right Stuff” run by Mike “Enoch” Peinovich, and his podcast “The Godcast” has produced 191 episodes full of racism, anti-Semitism, and queerphobia.
Dickinson ND coverage of the church pastor Blake Louis Kilbourne outed as a prominent white nationalist and antisemitic podcaster SuperLutheran on the TRS network. https://t.co/99VBO4ILLX
— nebraska antifascists (@antifa_ne) January 26, 2022
Outside of his podcaster role, Kilbourne previously served as Pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Bremerton, Washington but currenly serves as Pastor of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Dickinson, North Dakota.
Check the blog for all the details including calls to action. It should also be noted, that after being exposed by antifascists, Killbourne has been placed on administrative leave while the church conducts an investigation.
Logan Plank, Patriot Front Neo-Nazi of Wood River, Illinois
ChicagoAFA has identified Logan Plank of Wood River IL #STL area as Patriot Front member Clarke IL https://t.co/Wlol3qltM7
In private messages to the white nationalist leadership while seeking their approval, Logan shared some incredibly damning info: his resume pic.twitter.com/XxTI8W1Dpc
— WANaziWatch (@WANaziWatch) January 22, 2022
Chicago AFA have identified Patriot Front member “Clark IL” as Logan Plank of Wood River, Illinois. Plank is the son of Bathalto teacher Tiffany Plank and Wood River town councilmember Jeremy Plank. Plank was identified after he dropped his resume into the PF chat while communicating with his PF Network Director, Carter MO. Carter MO counseled Plank on how to navigate and hide his white supremacist beliefs from his family, particularly his father. His social media accounts indicate his journey through the Donald Trump to neo-Nazi pipeline, which makes sense given his mother’s pro-Trump, disinformation believer Tiffany Perry. CAFA reports:
All of these adults in Logan’s life looked away from or even possibly tacitly encouraged Logan’s hatred of non-whites as well as his desire to build a whites-only ethnostate. In addition to Logan, these enablers should also face social consequences for their ignorance or potential encouragement of white nationalism.
Check the blog for details and calls to action.
Patriot Front Members Karter Brown of Marietta, Georgia and Christian Foshee of Milledgeville, Georgia
NEW ARTICLE: "Meet Georgia 'Patriot Front' White Supremacists: Karter Brown of Marietta and Christian Foshee of Milledgeville"https://t.co/pD1qI2Rimi
Karter Brown (L) is PF member "Jackson GA".
Christian Foshee (R) is "Jesse GA".
Both attended Patriot Front's 12/4/21 DC rally. pic.twitter.com/YtBTm1fHwN
— Atlanta Antifascists (@afainatl) January 23, 2022
Atlanta Antifa bring us not one but two banger Patriot Front doxxes. Following the giant leak of Patriot Front chats presented to us by Unicorn Riot, our Georgia comrades have identified Karter Brown of Marietta, GA and Christian Foshee of Milledgeville, GA. Both men attended the December 4th, 2021 DC rally that ended in utter disaster.
According to the chats, Foshee organized PF training before the December 4th DC rally. He also uses social media, primarily a handful of Telegram channels he’s a part of, to post white power and antisemitic propaganda. Brown shows up in training footage from Tallahassee and rented a van for the December 4th trip for the group.
Dustin Sargent, Patriot Front Neo-Nazi of Kunkletown, Pennsylvania
Neo-Nazi Patriot Front loser Dustin Sargent identified as "Alan-PA", owner of Sargent and Sons masonry, in Kunkletown PA.https://t.co/5DpMmkOfYW pic.twitter.com/WoPwNjyyGh
— ANTIFA Philadelphia (@PhillyANTIFA) January 24, 2022
Our comrades from Philly Antifa have identified Dustin Sargent of Kunkletown, PA. Sargent is a member of Patriot Front, goes by the alias “Alan PA,” and owns Sargent and Sons Masonry. Sargent drove to DC to attend the December 4th rally. According to Philly Antifa researchers:
His Facebook has videos of British Union of Fascists leader Oswald Mosley (a favorite among Patriot Front members) as well as an anti-Semitic video pushing the conspiracy theory of a Jewish cabal trying to destroy western civilization.
It appears Sargent also trained with the group in early October. Check the blog for the full dox.
Colton Michael Brown, Patriot Front Network Director of Ravensdale, Washington
NEW! Patriot Front’s Network Director for the PNW (NW8) is Ravensdale, WA resident Colton Michael Brown (John WA). https://t.co/NLofHGZbkk pic.twitter.com/psJfoEI634
— WANaziWatch (@WANaziWatch) January 24, 2022
Washington Nazi Watch comrades have unmasked Patriot Front Network Director Colton Michael Brown of Ravensdale, Washinton. Operating under the alias “John WA,” Brown holds a leadership role, helping to recruit and organize for Patriot Front. WA Nazi Watch reports:
As a Network Director, the highest leadership role you can obtain under national leader Thomas Rousseau, Brown enforces and contributes to Patriot Front’s white supremacist culture and hatred. Brown’s area of responsibility includes the officially-designated “Network 8” (often stylized “NW8” or “Network VIII”) in western Washington state, plus the less-developed “clusters” in Oregon and Eastern Washington/Idaho.
Brown has organized several hate crimes in the Pacific Northwest, with the approval and frequent supervision of Rousseau. Brown targeted a mural of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in Portland in July 2021, and participated in the vandalism of the “Respect and Love Olympia” mural in October 2021, among others.
The report is full of important details and calls to action so check it out.
Drop the Charges Against Antifascists in San Diego!
We demand that all charges against local activists from San Diego and Los Angeles defending our community from violent far-right extremists be dropped! Free the J9 Antifascists! Our demand letter: https://t.co/7XzQ3jbNQl pic.twitter.com/NrfJmvwiCO
— DSA San Diego 🌴☀️ (@DSA_SanDiego) January 28, 2022
A petition to drop trumped up charges against antifascists in San Diego has been launched.
From the page:
We demand that all charges against local activists from San Diego and Los Angeles defending our community from violent far-right extremists be dropped! We denounce the unprecedented conspiracy charges and the unreasonably high bail against transgender activists.
On January 9, 2021, violent far-right extremists went to Pacific Beach to disrupt and terrorize the local community – but local activists counter-demonstrated to show that hate is not welcome in our communities. In response, not only did SDPD use force solely against the counter-demonstrators, but now almost a year later is going after local activists alleging criminal conspiracy based largely on allegations of wearing black and liking social media posts. This is obscene and tyrannical overreach, and if it succeeds, it will set a deadly precedent for people opposing hate all across the country!
Local San Diego and Los Angeles community organizations say NO to these charges, and NO to the repression of local activists. We demand the charges be dropped!
We encourage community members to support the defendants in the coming months, prioritizing their leadership in this struggle, donating to their support funds, and speaking out against the repression of local activists for defending our communities!
Sign here and find ways to donate.
Support Our Prisoners
- Support those arrested during the ongoing rebellion! Check the In Contempt column on It’s Going Down for a list of prisoners.
- Support Gage Halupowski! Currently serving a six year sentence. More info here.
- Support Dan Baker! Currently facing federal charges for posts online in response to armed far-Right rally at the capitol building in Florida. More info here.
- Support Eric King! Anarchist and antifascist prisoner who has been targeted by the State and neo-Nazi inmates. More info here. Donate here.
- Support San Diego antifascists facing heavy charges! Go here to sign petition and donate.