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Welcome, fellow antifascists! This week, we’ve got reports of multiple Atomwaffen members arrested, more Iron March doxxes, a Proud Boys rally in NYC getting shut down by 300 antifascists, and how you can help anti-racists attacked by white supremacists and facing police repression in Pittsboro, North Carolina.
Without further ado, let’s begin!
More Atomwaffen Division Arrests on Weapons Charges
BREAKING: Atomwaffen Division member Andrew Jon Thomasberg has pleaded guilty to two weapons charges in federal court in Virginia. Each carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. pic.twitter.com/I6NoVji0L7
— Nick Martin (@nickmartin) November 12, 2019
Atomwaffen Division member Andrew Jon Thomasberg plead guilty to two weapons charges this week in Virginia.
Thomasberg was charged lying on his firearm application, and also with possession of a firearm by a controlled substance abuser. He faces up to ten years on each count.
A copy of the plea agreement may be found here.
The case is similar to that of fellow Atomwaffen member Aiden Bruce-Umbaugh, arrested in Texas this week for possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance.
Air Force White Nationalist Demoted One Rank, May Be Allowed to Continue Service
Colorado chapter leader of neo-Nazi Identity Evropa/AmIM, “patron” who donated to IE, flyered the state, and travelled around the country to Nazi rallies while serving, has been demoted one rank but might be allowed to stay in the Air Force. https://t.co/lGHxMR3r5m
— Ed Beck (@DEdwardBeck) November 13, 2019
Cory Allen Reeves, an Air Force Master Sergeant exposed as a member of the white nationalist Identity Evropa by Colorado Springs Anti-Fascists and Eugene Antifa, was demoted this week, but may be allowed to continue service, the Air Force Times reported.
Richard Tobin, Teenage Member of The Base, Busted for Ordering Vandalism at Synagogues
NEW: article from me on the apparent Base bust in New Jersey https://t.co/QbQ5j8MiCe
— Jason Wilson (@jason_a_w) November 16, 2019
Richard Tobin, an 18-year-old member of The Base, was arrested this week for ordering the vandalism of two synagogues in the midwest, one in Hancock, Michigan, and the other in Racine, Wisconsin.
The Base is a neo-Nazi group focused on providing tactical training to white supremacists. In 2018, they were infiltrated by antifascists, who doxxed many of their members on social media, using the hashtag #DeBasedDoxx.
Matthew Guse, Lackawanna College Student in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Exposed as White Nationalist
— Panic! in the Discord (@discord__panic) November 11, 2019
Panic! in the Discord exposed Lackawanna College student Matthew Guse as a member of white nationalist group Identity Evropa, recently renamed the American Identity Movement.
In the leaked Discord chats, Guse used the handle fgtveassassin, where he posted over 2500 messages discussing his activism, including leaving white nationalist recruiting materials at the Albright Memorial Library in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Emma Morgen Stocker, Seattle Area, Member of Neo-Nazi Iron March Forum
— WANaziWatch (@WANaziWatch) November 13, 2019
Emma Morgen Stocker, a resident of the Greater Seattle-area, was exposed as a member of the Iron March forum this week.
Stocker was associated with Brandon Russell, the founder of Atomwaffen, prior to his 2017 arrest for possession of explosives, and noted that “he literally sounds like spongebob.”
Stocker is believed to be working in childcare, north of Seattle.
Lauren Paul, Zanesville, Ohio, Identified as Chief Atomwaffen Propagandist
Meet Lauren Paul, MIT alumni, Zanesville, Ohio resident, and Atomwaffen Division member and chief propagandist for the organization. She was one of the two responsible for the stickers put up at Boston University @BU_Tweets in 2016.#IronMarchhttps://t.co/VRnbavSxG0 pic.twitter.com/MpdAdqzTg3
— Panic! in the Discord (@discord__panic) November 15, 2019
Lauren Paul, Zanesville, Ohio, was identified as the lead propagandist of the Atomwaffen Division this week.
Paul is a 2018 alumnus of MIT, where she frequently posted on Iron March, and flyered Boston University’s campus with handbills reading “Black Lives Don’t Matter” and recruiting for the Atomwaffen Division. The identity of the leafleter had been unknown.
Tyler Ray Glasscock, Wichita Falls, Texas, aka “PetroFash” on Iron March Forums
— Make The GOP Fear God Again (@TheDoorOKC) November 16, 2019
Glasscock attempted to join the Atomwaffen Division, a neo-Nazi terrorist group linked to eight murders, via the forums.
As per his LinkedIn, Glasscock is currently employed as a Geoscience Technician at Gunn Oil Company, in Wichita Falls, Texas.
If you would like to inform his employers about this neo-Nazi leanings, you can reach the Gunn Oil Company at (940) 723-5585. (Please use *67 to hide your number before calling, in case they are sympathetic to his far-right positions.) Email here.
White Nationalist Josh Neil Dietz Gets Neighborhood Flyered
— ALERTA!!!NYC (@ALERTA_NYC) November 12, 2019
White nationalist Josh Neil Dietz had his neighborhood flyered this week, after being doxxed last week and exposed as Richard Spencer’s podcast co-host.
After being doxxed, Dietz was subsequently disowned by the progressive musical act in which he played guitar, Jimmy and the Band.
Dallas Straight Pride Parade Attracts Two Attendees, Both from New England
— Kit O'Connell (@KitOConnell) November 16, 2019
The Dallas Straight Pride Parade this week attracted just two attendees– Mark Sahady and Brandon Navom, both far-Right organizers from New England.
Sahady was the lead organizer of Resist Marxism, founded by Kyle “Based Stickman” Chapman, which recently rebranded as Super Happy Fun America after being exposed as a far-Right front and connected to a planned act of mass violence from the Proud Boys. Navom was an organizer for the 2017 Boston Free Speech Rally, which attracted approximately 50 participants and 40,000 counter-protesters.
Proud Boys Outnumbered 10:1 in Manhattan
NYC Antifa would like to thank all of the everyday antifascists who came out today and raised the alarm against the Proud Boys.
Together, *we* keep our communities and city safe. https://t.co/vkr0yTxUPI
— New York City Antifa (@NYCAntifa) November 17, 2019
Latinos for Trump sponsored a #FreeTheBoys rally on Saturday, in support of Proud Boys Maxwell Hare and John Kinsman, recently convicted of attacking antifascists protesters alongside a group of other Proud Boys following an October 2018 Gavin McInnes speech at the Metropolitan GOP Club in Manhattan. In response, over 300 #EverydayAntifascists strong came out against the Proud Boys’ measly 30 attendees.
As journalist Ash J remarked on Twitter, while the antifascist side was heavily policed, the far-Right side was more or less left alone. The attendees supporting Hare and Kinsman include neo-Nazi Jovi Val and Gabriel Brown, a 211 Bootboys associate who attended the 2017 Unite the Right rally and recently joined the American Guard.
In the lead-up to the rally, antifascists released a list of the names, Facebook URLs, and general locations of over 1,400 people who had been members of the Proud Boys’ Facebook vetting groups in July 2018, shortly before the groups were banned.
Call to Action
Support Pittsboro Activists Attacked by White Supremacists
Roided out racist Allen Hall crossed the street and punched an anti-racist and tried to choke him to death. They've both been arrested. Please donate to @takeactionch if you want to help with anti-racist bail.
— Lindsay Ayling (@AylingLindsay) November 16, 2019
On Saturday, at the now weekly confrontation with white supremacists over Confederate monuments in Pittsboro, North Carolina, white supremacists crossed the street to attack antifascist protesters. The police arrested both the white supremacists and the protesters.
The protesters have been charged with simple assault, simple affray, and in one case, inciting a riot and felony malicious conduct by a prisoner.
If you can, please donate to their legal defense fund. The protests at Pittsboro have been ongoing for months, and pro-bono attorneys are in increasingly short supply. Take Action Chapel Hill is collecting donations here.
If you can’t afford to donate, please consider sharing their fundraiser on your social media of choice.