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November 4

This Week in Fascism #34: Let Them Fight

Welcome, fellow antifascists! This week, we’ve got a Unite the Right 2 organizer in federal custody; the Chairman of the Proud Boys running for Congress, making doxxing Proud Boys easier than ever; plus a Proud Boy cop exposed by antifascists, Greg Johnson getting deported from Norway; an inter-Alt-Right civil war brewing, and antifascists outnumbering neo-Confederates 5:1 in Pittsboro, North Carolina.

Without further ado, let’s begin!

News

Proud Boys Team Up with Neo-Confederate Hiwaymen and Neo-Nazi League of the South

“I may not agree with the [neo-Nazi League of the South] ideology, but it’s no different than when antifa stands with Black Lives Matter, or stands with the feminist movement. Their ideologies may be different, but they set that aside for the greater good,” pronounced Proud Boy Jay Thaxton.

He was discussing the ongoing protests in Pittsboro, North Carolina, which have been attracting neo-Confederate groups like ACTBAC and the Hiwaymen, but also alt-right groups that traditionally distance themselves from other hate groups, such as the Proud Boys.

No Bail for Unite the Right 2 Organizer Fred Arena

Fred C. Arena, of Salem, New Jersey, was charged last week with falsifying a security clearance application in January 2019.

Arena is a member of Vanguard America, the neo-Nazi organization that James Fields marched with in August 2017, shortly before he drove a car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters, murdering Heather Heyer at the Unite the Right rally.

Nonetheless, Arena helped plan the Unite the Right 2 in 2018, under the pseudonym “McCormick Foley.” He was exposed in June 2018 by Unicorn Riot, after antifascists infiltrated the planning group and leaked the chat logs.

In August 2018, Arena was questioned by the FBI about his involvement in Vanguard America, which he denied during the interview. In January 2019, he applied for a security clearance to work at a Navy yard not named in court documents, and again failed to mention his ties to the neo-Nazi group.

If convicted, Arena faces up to 25 years in prison. He is currently being held at the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Proud Boys Chairman Enrique Tarrio Runs for Congress; Doxxing Proud Boys Just Got Easier

Proud Boys Chairman Enrique Tarrio has announced that he’s running for Congress in Florida’s 27th Congressional District.

Tarrio currently serves as Chairman of the Proud Boys, designated as a hate group in early 2018 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Florida State Director of Latinos for Trump. In 2017, Tarrio attended the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, wearing a patch identifying him as a member of the now-defunct Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights, which then featured Holocaust denier Augustus Invictus as their Second-in-Command.

The Proud Boys have recently seen a string of members arrested or convicted for violent acts. In early October, Tusitala “Tiny” Toese was arrested for a 2018 assault upon his return to Portland. And in late October, Maxwell Hare and John Kinsman were sentenced to four years for their role in the October 2018 beating of three protesters outside the Metropolitan GOP Club in Manhattan following a speech by Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes.

Finally, the good news– doxxing Proud Boys has never been easier.

Federal election record keeping laws demand that each donor of contributions over $50 be identified by name and address, and all donors contributing over $200 in total be identified by name, address, occupation, and employer. This information is then provided in quarterly reports to the FEC, which makes it available on their website.

Donald Trump Retweets Proud Boys Associate Tara LaRosa

Donald Trump retweeted Proud Boys associate Tara LaRosa this week.

LaRosa is a moderator for the Proud Boys main Telegram group, Right Wing Chat Squad, a play on the far-Right meme “Right Wing Death Squad.”

LaRosa is also a regular attendee at violent Portland rallies alongside members of Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys. In November 2018, she was a featured speaker at a rape-apologist #HimToo rally, organized by Haley Adams.

Alt-Right Civil War Erupts

Lines continue to be drawn in the Alt-Right, as the American Identity Movement has been the subject of several exposes centering around a former high ranking leader who claimed that members of the organization threatened to murder and rape her if she left. People like Richard Spencer have continuously attacked AmIM for being “optics cucks” and promoting a version of American Nationalism.

Meanwhile, AmIM leader Patrick Casey continues to get closer with Nick Fuentes, as a line between Spencer and Nick Fuentes grows, with Fuentes leading his “groypers” along a “American First,” pro-MAGA, and pro-Christianity path, and Spencer attacking Fuentes and Casey on podcasts. On Sunday, Milo Yiannopoulos fired back, with a post on the Alt-Lite site FreeSpeech.TV, arguing in defense of Fuentes, who has led his followers to troll various Turing Point USA events. In the article, Milo included leaked audio of Richard Spencer screaming racial slurs about how his ancestors had “enslaved” people. The audio appears to have been recorded directly following the events at Unite the Right in 2017, as Spencer vowed to keep returning to the town.

It remains to be seen where this factionalism will lead, however, more splits and attacks between key players can be expected to play out. Spencer has argued that the Trump campaign is looking to harness what is left of the Alt-Right for the 2020 campaign and Fuentes could easily be the leader to push that agenda. For more background information on Fuentes, go here.

Doxxes

Wesley Rush Fitzwater, of Winnsboro, Louisiana, Identity Dixie Recruit

Wesley Rush Fitzwater, of Winnsboro, Louisiana, was exposed as a recruit of Identity Dixie, a neo-Confederate hate group this week. His Facebook friends list, archived in August 2017, reads like a Who’s Who of the far-right– “Crying Nazi” Chris Cantwell, The Daily Shoah co-host Alex McNabb, as well as various members of both Identity Dixie and fellow neo-Confederate organization the League of the South.

John Charles Stortstrom, Bel Air, Maryland, Member of the American Identity Movement

Panic! in the Discord exposed John Charles Stortstrom, of Bel Air, Maryland, as a member of the white nationalist American Identity Movement.

In leaked chats, Stortstrom uses the pseudonym Juan Carlos and attened several range days, promoting firearm ownership in the white nationalist organization.

Stortstrom was previously profiled in 2018 by the One People’s Project, as a member of the “white student unions” that served as a precursor to the neo-Nazi Traditionalist Workers Party.

Peyton Turner, Dallas, Texas, Member of the American Identity Movement

Peyton Turner, a member of the American Identity Movement, was revealed to work at Home Depot by Antifa Dallas this week.

Turner was previously doxxed as a member of the white nationalist group in April 2019.

Antifa Dallas has provided a sample letter to send to Home Depot’s Human Resources department at this link.

Sean McGovern, New Jersey, Member of the American Identity Movement

Sean McGovern, of New Jersey, was exposed as a member of the American Identity Group this week.

McGovern went by Ekdromoi in the leaked chats, and was active in the “Fitness” server of the white nationalist group.

He is currently employed as an analyst at McAlinden Research Partners in Manhattan.

If you would like to inform his employer about their employee’s racist and antisemitic views, you can tweet to them @MRPthemes.

Deplatforms

Dick Masterson Loses Chase Merchant Account

Alt-right comedian Dick Masterson was lost his Patreon this week after criticizing a teenage survivor of sexual assault, shortly followed by Chase and Bank of America.

Proud Boy Cop Kevin Wilcox, Easthampton, Connecticut, Forced to Retire

Officer Kevin Wilcox of the Easthampton, Connecticut Police Department unexpectedly retired after being exposed as a member of the Proud Boys, a far-right hate group, by antifascist researchers.

Wilcox was outed as a member of the Proud Boys after antifascists scraped the Venmo accounts of a Proud Boy members, revealing that Wilcox had regularly made payments marked as “Dues” to Patrick William Roberts, a Proud Boys Elder.

Wilcox claims that he left the Proud Boys in February 2019, staying with the group even after members assaulted protesters at a Resist Marxism rally in Providence, Rhode Island, on October 6, 2018, and outside the Metropolitan GOP Club following a speech by founder Gavin McInnes on October 12, 2018. Additionally, Wilcox made an October 23, 2018 payment to Roberts marked “For veterans.”

Greg Johnson, Elitist White Nationalist Intellectual, Deported from Norway

Antisemite and white nationalist Greg Johnson was deported from Norway this week before he could participate in the Scandza Forum, an international gathering of the far-right.

Johnson is the Editor-in-Chief of Counter Currents Publishing, a white nationalist imprint.

Unfortunately for the notoriously camera-shy Johnson, the entire incident was caught on camera.

Actions

Antifascists Outnumber Chuds 5-to-1 in Pittsboro, North Carolina

At now-weekly standoffs in Pittsboro, North Carolina, the far-Right failed to turn out their members. Last week’s defense of Confederate monuments featured neo-Confederate hate groups like the Hiwaymen, ACTBAC, and the League of the South.

However, following the week’s stand-down order from the United Daughters of the Confederacy, only eight far-right protesters turned up.

They were opposed by 40 antifascists, including ten children, who held signs that spelled out “Racism Sucks.”

Neo-Nazis in Denver Spreading Anti-Semitic Flyers Have Vehicles Sabotaged

Members of the Goyim Defense League, a collection of trolls in the Denver, Colorado area, were outed by Colorado Spring Antifa for a anti-Semitic flyering campaign. According to reports on social media, the group’s rented vehicles were vandalized and sabotaged.

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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.

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