This Week in Fascism #19: Proud of Your Probation Boys

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Welcome, fellow antifascists! This week, we’ve got Ted Cruz proposing a nonbinding resolution to declare “Antifa” to be “domestic terrorists,” Proud Boys and RAM getting sentenced, and another member of the American Identity Movement getting doxxed.

Plus, how you can help deplatform the American Identity Movement. Without further ado, let’s begin!

News

Ted Cruz Calls Antifascists “Domestic Terrorists”

This week, Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) sponsored a resolution “calling for the designation of Antifa as a domestic terrorist organization.”

The resolution is nonbinding and would not change current law or policy. Nonbinding resolutions are typically used to express the mood of the legislative body regarding issues on which they cannot directly legislate.

The text of the bill appears confused about what “Antifa” is, first “calling for the designation of Antifa as a domestic terrorist organization” and later, “calls for the groups and organizations across the country who act under the banner of Antifa to be designated as domestic terrorist organizations.”

“Antifa” is not a single organization, but rather, any group that opposes fascism according to a common set of tactics and ethics.

People and groups need to strongly denounce this move, for it represents and attempt to criminalize everyone who protests and speaks out against the status-quo and white supremacy under Trump.

Proud Boy Takes Plea

Proud Boy Donovon Flippo accepted a plea deal for a March 2018 assault committed with Tusitala “Tiny” Toese, a Proud Boy and former associate of Patriot Prayer.

Flippo will perform 40 hours of community service and undergo two years of probation. Additionally, during his probation, he has been banned from attending any mass political event with more than 50 participants.

RAM Members Sentenced

Members of the Rise Above Movement who attended the 2017 Unite the Right rally were sentenced this week after attacking counter-protesters at the event. The Rise Above Movement is a west coast white supremacist organization with a history of violent assaults.

Benjamin Daley received 37 months, Tom Gillen received 33 months, and Michael Miselis received 27 months.

The men are expected to appeal their sentence, as last month, a federal judge dropped charges of against four other members of the group, saying that the anti-riot law under which they’d been charged “criminalizes free speech.”

Trump’s Fascist Rally in North Carolina

Huffington Post reporter Christopher Mathias proclaimed that President Donald Trump’s July 18 rally in Greenville, North Carolina, to be a “fascist rally.”

He cited the crowd’s “Send her back!” chant – which is, as Mathias wrote, “encouraging a receptive president to illegally deport one of his political opponents, who is a black, Muslim American woman.”

Additionally, while Mathias was conducting interviews, a police officer threatened to remove him from the event, claiming that there had been reports that he was “threatening and harassing attendees.” Talk about fake news!

Italian Nazis Busted With Guns, Missiles

Police on Monday raided ultra-nationalist militias in northern Italy after investigating an attempt to sell a French air-to-air missile, and found a huge number of weapons including automatic rifles, pistols, knives, and rockets including the aforementioned missile, in addition to a large haul of Nazi memorabilia.  Three men were arrested.

Doxxes

Man Who Threatened BLM Protesters and Attacked Antifascist Identified, Has Ties to Straight Pride Parade

19-year-old Arlington, Massachusetts resident Brandon Sullivan was identified as the man who threatened a group of Black Lives Matters protesters and punched an antifascist who positioned himself between Sullivan and the protesters at the July 6 Rally for Free Speech.

Sullivan attended the rally with Straight Pride Parade organizer Samson Racioppi, a longtime associate of Boston’s Resist Marxism, and Danny Gilbertson, a member of the Patriot Saints, a violent anti-immigrant splinter cell of hate group the Soldiers of Odin USA.

Days later, the Bay State Red Sentinels dropped fliers featuring Sullivan’s name, photo, and a short description of his actions throughout his community in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Identity Evropa Member Doxxed

Eugene Antifa identified “Gimlet,” the Chief Technology Officer of the American identity Movement, a white nationalist organization formerly known as Identity Evropa, as Dustin Phipps, a web developer in Lehi, Utah.

Prior to joining AmIM, Phipps served as a lead organizer of Occupy Houston in 2011-12.

Actions

Never Again Action and Movimiento Cosecha shut down ICE in DC

Congratulations to Never Again Action and Movimiento Cosecha, who were able to completely shut down ICE headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.  Activists blockaded all entrances with their bodies, and were able to keep the facility closed for over five hours.

German Identitarians Humiliated at Their Own Block Party

A white nationalist block party in Halle, Germany, was disrupted on Saturday, when 2000 antifascist protesters swarmed the house where the event was held, effectively trapping the Identitarians inside.

Outside, antifascists created street art of Pac Man eating the symbol of the Identitarian movement, a yellow circle with a black lambda across it, and hung banners reading “Nazis murder, the state deports. They’re both the same racism crap!”

Seattle Comrades Drive Fash Out of Capitol Hill

Antifascists in Seattle used eggs, ice water, and milkshakes to embarrass and drive local Proud Boy-adjacent shitheads Operation Cold Front out of Capital Hill and away from the Capital Hill Block Party on Saturday.  One brave comrade even pelted them with slices of bread.  Kropotkin would be proud.

Call to Action

Get the American Identity Movement Kicked Off Gumroad

Earlier this week, the American Identity Movement tweeted that they now have an online store on Gumroad, an e-commerce site.

Their online store sells hoodies and mugs emblazoned with the white nationalist group’s logo, as well as literature, and offers a $10/month “Patriot Program” subscription, which appears to be a membership in the group.

Tweet to @Gumroad and Gumroad founder Sahil Lavingia, @shl, to tell them that a white nationalist group like the American Identity Movement should not be using their service to fund their activities.

Sample tweet:

Hey @shl and @gumroad– why are you letting a white nationalist group like the American Identity Movement use your service to fund their racist activities?

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This Week in Fascism
A weekly roundup of the latest and greatest happenings in the anti-fascist world. Each column will feature an “Explainer,” delineating some new fascist trend, a roundup of the doxxes and the deplatformings, and feature the calls to action, ways that you can help your local anti-fascist crews beat back the rising tide of fascism worldwide.