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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!
Proud Boys Team Up with Neo-Confederate Hiwaymen and Neo-Nazi League of the South
Hiwaymen member Scott Harrison (left) and Proud Boy Jay Thaxton (right) had a live stream that included a discussion on teaming up with white nationalist organization the League of South pic.twitter.com/0ocixUAp4T
— Goad Gatsby (@GoadGatsby) October 29, 2019
“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
Last week, the feds arrested Fred Arena, a member of the neo-Nazi group Vanguard America, for allegedly lying about his ties to the organization.
On Wednesday, prosecutors argued for him to be held behind bars and unveiled some exhibits in the case. (1/x) https://t.co/CSmGpExv58
— Nick Martin (@nickmartin) October 31, 2019
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
Big chance we know who’s ready to print up all the trashy fash campaign shirts.
(see attached thread). https://t.co/1LxgeVPOk8
— Sirtou (@sirtou2) November 1, 2019
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
Trump retweeted Patriot Prayer ally and speaker at their rape apolgizist rally, Tara LaRosa because that's the new normal now pic.twitter.com/S8UJGvyrIo
— Goad Gatsby (@GoadGatsby) November 3, 2019
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.
In an attempt to push back on attacks on followers of white nationalist Nick Fuentes, who represent a pro-Trump wing of the Alt-Right, Milo Yiannopoulos has published a damning audio clip of Richard Spencer following Unite the Right. Don't lose site of the big picture, a thread. pic.twitter.com/j1zqstvPst
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) November 4, 2019
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.
Wesley Rush Fitzwater, of Winnsboro, Louisiana, Identity Dixie Recruit
1) Meet Wesley Rush Fitzwater of Winnsboro, LA. Rush has FB friends with the likes of Mike Enoch, Alex McNabb, Sven Sontag, League of the South members, and Identity Dixie members. pic.twitter.com/HwrMlf03hT
— Making Pals Online (@MakePalsOnline) October 28, 2019
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 (@discord__panic) October 28, 2019
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
Meet Peyton Turner, Southern Methodist University student and member of American fascist group the American Identity Movement. He works at @HomeDepot https://t.co/1BcMK4Zk71#IdentifyEvropa pic.twitter.com/V4YxtUKTIt
— Panic! in the Discord (@discord__panic) October 30, 2019
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
Say hello to Identity Evropa fascist and research analyst at @MRPthemes Sean McGovern aka "Ekdromoi" from Identity Evropa's discord servers! #IdentifyEvropa https://t.co/LnMi3FAwzK pic.twitter.com/PeaIVRoTZ2
— Panic! in the Discord (@discord__panic) November 1, 2019
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.
Dick Masterson Loses Chase Merchant Account
You love to see it… Mike Cernovich’s number 1 suck ass / MRA alt right grifter dipshit Dax Herrera aka Dick Masterson aka LABasedComedian getting deplatformed and his banks cancelled is just *chefs kiss* lmao
— ??#StartARiot2020 ??? (@mikegamms) November 1, 2019
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
Let's remember that it was antifascist research that forced this Proud Boy cop to retire.
Who protects us?
We protect us.
— AntiFash Gordon (@AntiFashGordon) November 2, 2019
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
Extreme-right Greg Johnson from USA arrested for deportation ahead of participation in international fascist conference "Scandza Forum" in Oslo today.
Has e.g. published support for views of Nazi terrorist Breivik after mass-murder at Utøya.
Locals protest the conference.
— b9AcE ? ? (@b9AcE) November 2, 2019
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.
Antifascists Outnumber Chuds 5-to-1 in Pittsboro, North Carolina
8 racists showed up today vs. 40 anti-racists. United Daughters of the Confederacy had issued a stand-down order, & violently racist groups like League of the South and Hiwaymen listened. Don't under-estimated the extent to which the UDC is integrated into the alt-right. pic.twitter.com/VkOhk3NGeA
— Lindsay Ayling (@AylingLindsay) November 2, 2019
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.
hahahaha the Goyim Defense League nazis who have been posting up holocaust denial flyers on businesses in denver with hitler quotes on them got their vehicles fucked up
we absolutely condemn the tampering or destruction of nazi property 🙂
You hate to see it folks pic.twitter.com/ZOSqjh96CG
— Colorado Springs Anti-Fascists (@COSAntiFascists) November 2, 2019
Shout out to the Boulder comrades for scaring the GDL nazis off their streets and taking down all their flyers within minutes of them going up. pic.twitter.com/HBWCkBbiOi
— Colorado Springs Anti-Fascists (@COSAntiFascists) November 3, 2019
The fascists placing these flyers around Boulder and Denver were:
Jon Minadeo (Handsome Truth)
They are all staying in Boulder by the way, be vigilant for them tomorrow.
— Colorado Springs Anti-Fascists (@COSAntiFascists) November 3, 2019
The Goyim Defense League nazis were in Longmont outside of Oscar Blues 40 minutes ago covering their @Enterprise rental van in hate speech as they noticed someone keyed "Nazi" into the hood. pic.twitter.com/BHwqHWBsDj
— Colorado Springs Anti-Fascists (@COSAntiFascists) November 3, 2019