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Welcome, fellow antifascists! This week we have a lot to cover and catch up on!
Today we hit on why we need to drive the Alt-Right out of the anti-war movement, so much news – it’ll make ya head spin!, new doxxes, actions, and how you can help shut down an upcoming neo-Confederate conference.
There’s no time to waste, let’s dive in!
Explainer: Why We Can’t Let the Alt-Right Co-Opt the Anti-War Movement
Only a few days into January and Joy Behar on the hugely popular The View announced some “good news” regarding the white nationalist leader Richard Spencer, who only a few months before generated headlines after a leaked recording of a racist and anti-Semitic temper tantrum went viral. Behar argued that Spencer’s tweets “apologizing” for voting for Trump and stating his “opposition” to a potential war with Iran was, a positive thing.
“Syria Girl,” a pro-Assad troll who frequents white nationalist podcasts, shares a link to a neo-Nazi website run by Erik Striker of the Daily Stormer.
As if on cue, almost over night, a large section of the Alt-Right has gone into shifting much of their propaganda against the possibility of a war with Iran, while Nick Fuentes, leader of the Groypers, seems to be pursuing a much more pro-war, neo-con stance. Orange man good!
It is important to remember that as fascists and white nationalists, the Alt-Right does not fundamentally oppose war. Fascism at its core in fact has always celebrated war; Mussolini for instance built a coalition around nationalist World War I veterans, pro-war syndicalists, and violence obsessed Futurists. Central to the platform of the Nazi Party was the idea of gaining control of “living space,” or using the German military to engage in the colonization of new territory for the “mother land.” American white supremacy and settler-colonialism likewise, have also been shaped by the idea of “manifesto destiny,” which has been coupled with a State sanctioned policy of genocide against Native peoples. In short, war, conquest, and violence, have always been central to both the core of fascism and white supremacy.
The current US white nationalist movement is also obsessed with the idea of war. The Turner Diaries ends with a new, white nationalist government waging a nuclear holocaust against non-whites of the world. White nationalists through the ages have also fantasized about launching armed uprisings against their enemies, preparing for an all out race war, and that acts such as the Oklahoma City bombing could be used to kick off such a violence conflict.
White nationalist and Alt-Right leader Augustus Invictus regularly promotes the idea of war and conquering.
As anti-Semites, the Alt-Right opposes the US conflict with Iran because they see the US empire’s strategy in the Middle East as being directly tied to the state of Israel due to conspiracy of “Jewish domination” – not geopolitics. As opposed to neo-consversative and neo-liberal imperial ambitions, they counter pose that instead, the US should adopt a fascist foreign policy based on expansion of territory which would benefit “the nation,” while militarizing borders against non-white immigration.
As Richard Spencer and Augustus Invictus discussed in a now deleted conversation on Invictus’ YouTube show Guerrilla Radio, ultimately the goal of a white nationalist and fascist society would be the creation of a world order that would be based around the ideals and desires of a white ruling class. That instead of a neo-liberal order, there would be a ethno-nationalist order, with ruling class whites obviously on the top. Such a society would only be possible of course through massive amounts of war, genocide, and violence.
Richard Spencer's new YouTube show features [at]Partisangirl aka "Syrian Girl," who quite a few of our mutuals follow and has over 100K followers on Twitter. You can't advocate apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and fascism and be "anti-war." pic.twitter.com/v1A2FEeSuP
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) January 8, 2020
But with thousands taking to the streets, in a rush to cash in on potential new recruits, most white nationalist groups have begun sticker and flyering campaigns against a possible war in Iran. In several cities, they have also attempted to show up to demonstrations, only to largely be shown the door. Just like online spaces, the Alt-Right and white nationalists seek to colonize whatever space they are in. The more that people allow them into the “anti-war movement,” go on their podcasts, and share their articles – the more normalized these ideas will become – which is their goal to begin with.
Great roundup of how those on the far-Right and Alt-Right are attempting to co-opt anti-war sentiment for their own fascist, racist, and anti-Semitic ideas. Also how antifascists are pushing back – and kicking the neo-Nazis out of anti-war marches and protests. https://t.co/IL9vmlNILq
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) January 9, 2020
People everywhere much drive a hardline against fascist entryism into the anti-war movement. Both online and at demonstrations. Towards this end, our friends in Atlanta have created an awesome flyer you can hand out. Be sure to stay on the look out for seemingly innocuous flyers and stickers against the war as well as questionable people at demonstrations. If they had their way, they’d be waging a whole different type of conflict – one in which most of us wouldn’t survive.
We made a "What to do you if Nazis show up at your anti-war demonstration" informational flyer.
We use the (fascist) Patriot Front flyers at the anti-war demo in Little Five Points on Sat. as a starting point, but much of the advice could be applied elsewhere.#NoNazis #gapol pic.twitter.com/2WLo8BOOOX
— Atlanta Antifascists (@afainatl) January 9, 2020
Andy Ngo Doxxes Teenager and Teams Up with Jesse Morton of ‘Light Upon Light’ to Doxx Family
1) Portland, OR, has a problem with hate crimes in its greater metropolitan area. But to hear the New York Post’s @MrAndyNgo tell it, their real problem is people faking hate crimes. Thread follows.https://t.co/jZ1CqjHcse
— David Neiwert (@DavidNeiwert) March 31, 2019
Far-Right grifter Andy Ngo doxxed a 17-year-old through Instagram after they texted him a photo of him being milkshaked. According to the Daily Dot:
The teen, along with friends, found Ngo’s phone number and texted Ngo a photo of him getting “milkshaked,” a form of antifascist activism where protesters will either hurl a milkshake at or pour one on right-wing figureheads.
In screenshotted messages posted to Twitter by a user who knows the teen, the teen claimed Ngo “reverse number searched us.”
The 17-year-old further claimed they were the only one with a Twitter account, which is why Ngo specifically targeted them.
Ngo included the handles to both the teen’s main Twitter account, which uses their real name, and a secondary account of theirs.
The user who posted the screenshots also tweeted that the teen “had to deactivate for his own safety because Andy Ngo has doxxed him on his Instagram. And yes [redacted] is a minor.”
TFW you went to Columbia University and are serious about combating extremism. pic.twitter.com/1FBS7iNLaT
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) January 14, 2020
Moreover, Ngo, along with the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer author Erik Striker, and Jesse Morton from the “extremist” watchdog group Light Upon Light, which we covered in the last column, have also been setting their sights in their own respective capacities recently against antifascist researcher, Antifash Gordon. This move comes after Gordon, along with many others, pushed for Ngo to be removed from Patreon and also helped expose Light Upon Light for working closely with anti-Muslim organizations and former National Socialist Movement leader turned “anti-extremism” grifter, Jeff Scheop.
It should come as no surprise at this point that Light Upon Light founder Jesse Morton is uncritically retweeting fascist propaganda. pic.twitter.com/gyJOESqXyO
— Light Upon Light Upon Light (@lightuponlul) January 14, 2020
In response, Striker, Morton, and Ngo have responded by digging up a year old blog post that has already been addressed many times over and using it as a way to disparage Antifash Gordon. In doing so, Ngo has even gone so far as to doxx Gordon and his family, while Morton, the CEO of a non-profit and a former student at the prestigious Columbia University, has attempted to paint Gordon as bourgeois for working in a…library.
For more information on this lengthy trail of bullshit, we suggest you read this statement from Light Upon Light Upon Light.
Nevada ICE Captain who Posted on Neo-Nazi Website Placed on Administrative Leave
After being outed as a poster on the now defunct neo-Nazi forum Iron March, which is famous for spawning the paramilitary group Atomwaffen, Travis Frey, a ICE captain in Nevada has been placed on administrative leave. According to posts, Frey expressed interest in mobilizing neo-Nazis in the area and starting a chapter of the Traditionalist Worker Party (TWP). As Talking Points Memo reported:
Travis Frey, a captain at an ICE detention center who was once active on a neo-Nazi message board, has been placed on administrative leave, according to the jail’s owner.
Vice News revealed Monday that Frey had an account on Iron March, a now-defunct neo-Nazi message board whose users’ personal information was leaked online late last year.
“The employee in question has been placed on administrative leave while we review the information that has come to light,” Amanda Gilchrist, director of public affairs for the private prison operator CoreCivic, wrote to TPM in an email Tuesday.
CoreCivic owns Nevada Southern Detention Center, where Frey works as a captain. The jail contracts with ICE and the U.S. Marshals.
Frey joined Iron March in 2013 and posted on the site as he worked as head of security at another CoreCivic detention center in Indianapolis, Vice News reported. Frey self-identified as a “fascist” on the site, according to Vice News, and in November 2016 said “deep down no one really gives a shit about racism.”
“I am interested in helping build the Indiana TWP,” Frey wrote on the site in June 2017, according to Vice News. “Let me know what is needed.”
TWP is a reference to the Traditionalist Workers Party, a white nationalist organization run at the time by Matthew Heimbach.
When someone on the message board responded to Frey’s post asking for more details, he wrote back “I’m trying to find all the NS [National Socialist] guys in Indiana to get together for a meet and greet,” according to Vice News.
First Patriot Prayer Associate Pleas Guilty to Rioting Charges for May Day Attack on Portland Bar
The first of several far-Right street brawlers plead guilty to charges of rioting on May Day 2019, when white nationalists, Proud Boys, and Patriot Prayer associates attacked patrons outside of the Cider Riot bar. According to Oregon Live:
The first of six men accused of inciting a riot between right-wing Patriot Prayer and left-leaning antifa outside a Northeast Portland pub in May pleaded guilty Monday and a second defendant is scheduled to enter a plea later in the day.
Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson isn’t among those who have reached deals with prosecutors.
Matthew Demetrius Cooper, 24, pleaded guilty to a single charge of riot outside the now-shuttered Cider Riot pub during the May Day clash.
Christopher Ponte, 38, also is scheduled later Monday to change his plea. Ponte was indicted on charges of riot and recklessly endangering another person. Check back on OregonLive.com for details about Ponte’s plea hearing.
It’s unclear if any of the other four defendants, including Gibson, are currently negotiating plea deals with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. DA spokesman Brent Weisberg declined comment, and all four defendants are still scheduled in the court’s electronic filing system to go to trial in early March.
According to court records, Cooper was arrested in Portland sent back to Virginia, where he was charged with “forcible sodomy on a child under 13.”
White Nationalists Applaud Anti-Semitic Attacks in New York; Attempt to Exploit Tensions
Predictably, neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and those within the Alt-Right sub-culture praised the anti-Semitic attacks in New York that took place at the end of the year in 2019. On online forums like 4chan, those on the far-Right also mobilized to spread a variety of memes through fake accounts aimed at widening tensions between Jews and African-Americans.
As CNN wrote:
Trolls on the online forum 4chan celebrated on New Year’s Day as a fake Twitter ( ) account seeking to stoke tensions between Jewish and black Americans amid a string of anti-Semitic attacks in New York provoked outrage.
“As a fellow Jew who was frightened by the string of anti-Semitic attacks, I am frightened,” the fake account, which used the name “Elaine Goldschmidt,” tweeted Wednesday. Using the n-word to describe black Americans, “Goldschmidt” added they “were supposed to be on our side. Now, we have lost control of them.”
All the while, trolls on 4chan, which is known as a hotbed of online hate and is often used to coordinate the spread of hate online, celebrated Twitter’s inaction and expressed admiration for the person who set up the account.
According to NBC New York:
It wasn’t difficult to decipher the troll accounts were imposters. The profile picture for David Rothstein was actually a photo of Rabbi David Lau, one of Israel’s chief rabbis. A link under the profile picture of Rabbi Hezekiah takes readers to the homepage of Congregation Beth Shalom, a suburban Atlanta temple whose real leader is Rabbi Mark Zimmerman, a man who preaches tolerance.
Teenage Groyper Tries to Burn Down a Planned Parenthood in Dover, Delaware
18-year-old Samuel Gulick was arrested on January 3rd, after attempting to light a Planned Parenthood on fire with a Molotov cocktail in Delaware. Gulick also wrote “Deus Vult” graffiti on the building, a slogan associated with pro-Trump and far-Right circles, along with various symbols associated with the Groyper movement, which is led by white nationalists such as Nick Fuentes and Patrick Casey of the American Identity Movement. According to reports in the Washington Post and Buzzfeed, Gulick’s social media accounts were filled with white nationalist and Groyper memes. A spokesperson from Planned Parenthood stated that had the building gone up in flames, the residential units surrounding it may have well burned down as well.
Teenager involved in Nick Fuentes' "American First" Groyper movement tried to burn down Planned Parenthood in #Newark. Office is surrounded by apartments + could have led loss of life. Sure you won't hear either Andy Ngo or even TP-USA say shit about this. https://t.co/ZFlf2lkjyI
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) January 10, 2020
From Buzzfeed News:
Federal authorities have charged an 18-year-old man connected to a young white nationalist movement of lighting an incendiary device and throwing it at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Delaware.
Investigators found Gulick because he used his father’s car to flee the scene, the complaint states. However, they also identified him through his Instagram profile, which was filled with far-right rhetoric and memes that reflect beliefs and attitudes in line with an evolving young white nationalist space, sometimes referred to as the America First movement, “groypers,” or the “groyper army,” so named for a distorted picture of an overweight version of Pepe the frog named Groyper.
Employees at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Delaware see this as a larger trend:
About two weeks ago, for example, employees at the Planned Parenthood clinic…watched stunned as protesters who usually gather outside the clinic performed the Nazi salute as patients were going in.
“We have never seen that before,” she said. “We do see some alt-right, Hitler stuff on Facebook too, and that’s happening across the country. The hate-filled rhetoric is stronger and we are seeing a lot more about eugenics.”
Former Proud Boy Leader Augustus Invictus Arrested for Kidnapping Wife
Austin Gillespie, also known by his even dumber name, Augustus Invictus, the former leader of the Proud Boy’s military wing, the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights (FOAK) and speaker at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, was recently arrested and accused of kidnapping his wife at gunpoint in front of their children and forcing her to travel across state lines to Florida. According to one journalist on Twitter: “Police said the victim, his wife, told them she was “100 percent sure he would kill her. It was only a matter of when.”‘
Bond denied for Augustus Invictus in Rock Hill on domestic violence and kidnapping charges. Police said the victim, his wife, told them she was "100 percent sure he would kill her. It was only a matter of when." pic.twitter.com/WircfODZtK
— Greg Suskin (@GSuskinWSOC9) January 9, 2020
Since being arrested Augustus has appeared in front of a judge who has denied him bond and has now been picked up by authorities in South Carolina.
According to the Daily Beast:
Austin Gillespie, was arrested Monday in Florida on counts of kidnapping, aggravated domestic violence, and possession of a firearm during a crime. The incident began in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on Dec. 12, when he allegedly put a gun to his wife’s head and forced her to travel to Florida with him. She was later able to escape back to South Carolina, where she spoke with police.
Gillespie has a long history of being accused of brutal assault, which is prevalent among the leadership of white nationalism as evidenced by high profile cases involving Matthew Heimbach and Richard Spencer.
Currently Gillespie is pushing another pathetic electoral campaign and recently published an interview with James Mason, the author of SIEGE, which inspired the paramilitary neo-Nazi organization, Atomwaffen. Over the years, Gillespie has also worked closely with Richard Spencer to pen a variety of Alt-Right and white nationalist texts.
Neo-Nazi Swatting Group Contains Member Linked to Attomwaffen
A man linked to the neo-Nazi paramiliary group Atomwaffen has been charged for his involvement in an online group that carried multiple act of “swating,” or the malicious practice of calling in a police SWAT team on someone. Over the years the group has targeted journalists and a Facebook executive.
NEW: The sheriff's office in Alexandria, Virginia, just released the mugshot for John William Kirby Kelley, the man with alleged ties to Atomwaffen Division who was arrested Friday in connection to a neo-Nazi "swatting" ring. pic.twitter.com/e6mx2MjTog
— Nick Martin (@nickmartin) January 13, 2020
According to The Verge:
A man loosely linked to violent neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen has been charged with participating in a swatting ring that hit hundreds of targets, potentially including journalists and a Facebook executive. John William Kirby Kelley supposedly picked targets for swatting calls in an IRC channel, then helped record the hoax calls for an audience of white supremacists. He was allegedly caught after making a bomb threat to get out of classes.
As Krebs previously reported, the group behind Doxbin and Deadnet IRC have claimed responsibility for swatting a Facebook executive last year. Krebs, who has been swatted multiple times, says he was targeted after appearing on Doxbin, as was Pulitzer-winning columnist Leonard G. Pitts Jr., who was labeled on Doxbin as “anti-white race.”
Krebs apparently also reviewed some Deadnet logs, revealing other details not directly connected with Kelley’s case. He writes that one member admitted to making a bomb threat around a university speech by former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, hoping to “frame feminists at the school for acts of terrorism.” Another member supposedly maintains a site for followers of the neo-Nazi James Mason who has advised Atomwaffen and posed with members of the group. Three Atomwaffen members are currently on trial for five murders.
Swatting hoaxes — where a perpetrator makes a fake threat to draw an extreme police response — can be highly difficult to trace. It’s easy to make anonymous phone calls online, and the results of a SWAT raid can be deadly; police have repeatedly killed innocent residents during them, including one swatting victim. Many swatters are never found, although the serial offender behind that death was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Weird Emails Going Around in the Pacific Northwest
According to various antifascist accounts online and The Stranger, someone in the Pacific Northwest is impersonating a journalist in an effort to get information about antifascists.
As The Stranger reported:
For the last two weeks someone pretending to be Stranger reporter Lester Black has been calling local activists and Democratic party operatives. The person identifies himself as “Lester Black, a reporter for the Stranger,” claims to be working on a convoluted story about antifascists, and then tries to obtain personal information from the subjects, according to people who have been contacted.
The activist who received these messages provided the phone number these texts came from. The imposter did not respond to multiple calls from me, and the voicemail associated with this number isn’t set up. I assume this guy is using a burner or some kind of internet number to make his calls.
Another person this Lester imposter has contacted, David Fleetwood, the first vice chair for the King County Democrats, says the Lester imposter called him twice: once about a week-and-a-half ago, and once last Monday. All told, the two spoke for a total of two hours.
On the first call, Fleetwood said, the fake reporter asked him if there were any connections between antifascist organizers and the Democratic party. He also seemed to be “obsessed” with Rep. Matt Shea, the Spokane Valley Republican who was booted from his party and his committee assignments after a recent investigation revealed him to be a domestic terrorist.
“He kept trying to imply that maybe things had gone overboard [with Shea],” Fleetwood said, “and he was attempting to make it a both-sides thing, saying both [antifascists and fascists] are just as radical, both are just as dangerous.”
In an attempt to rebuff the caller’s equivocation, Fleetwood brought up the Ballard Nazi as an example of Nazi-aligned fascists operating in the region. In response, the imposter asked if he thought Nazis getting doxxed, evicted, and fired from jobs was fair. Fleetwood said that “there are consequences for behaving in ways that are antisocial.
On the second call, Fleetwood said the Lester imposter spoke mostly about the history of antifascism and fascism, and insinuated that antifascists created fascism. On this call he also sought information about activists Alycia Ramirez and Matthew “Spek” Watson, and wondered why many activists don’t like Stranger writer Katie Herzog.”
Proud Boys Hangout in Philadelphia Vandalized, Again
Millcreek Tavern was vandalized with “FCK PISS BOYS ACAB” in yellow spray paint.
On November 15, the West Philly bar hosted the Philly Proud Boys but the owner refused to denounce hosting the group, despite a boycott that followed.https://t.co/IAlCR6KfOZ pic.twitter.com/LgWOIrE9Os
— Adryan Corcione (they/them) (@mxthemme) January 1, 2020
A bar in West Philadelphia that hosted the Proud Boys and was vandalized back in November, was once again vandalized on New Year’s Eve. Graffiti left on the building read: “FCK PISS BOYS.” Many windows were also broken out.
Murfreesboro Antifascist Action Exposes Neo-Confederates
Antifascists in Murfreesboro, Tennessee have exposed at length members of the Murfreesboro Son’s of Confederate. More info here.
white supremacist bigots who strive to maintain these symbols of African-American slavery and oppression with our sixth expose' "A Local Spotlight on The Murfreesboro Son's of Confederate Veterans Camp#33"https://t.co/loNH8udfl3
— Vancouver Antifascists (@VanAntifa) January 1, 2020
Organizer of Boston Straight Pride Parade Exposed
1/ This is John Hugo, former GOP Congressional candidate and organizer of the Boston Straight Pride Parade, an event with hate group ties.
He works as a dispatcher for Green Cab and Yellow Cab of Somerville, MA.
— AntiFash Gordon (@AntiFashGordon) January 2, 2020
Neo-Nazi Skinhead and Member of the Hammerskins Exposed in Northern California
Antifa Sacramento exposed Joshua Wallace, a member of the Western Hammerskins, a notoriously violent group of neo-Nazi skinheads operating across the US. Wallace is also connected to the Golden State Skinheads, the neo-Nazi group which carried out a mass stabbing in Sacramento in June of 2016 against antifascists.
Antifa Sacramento is encourage people to call Wallace’s work:
Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) is a large company based out of Redding, CA with many locations, and the Sonora location is only one of them. If you feel so inclined to get in touch with SPI to let them know they should not be employing a neo-Nazi there are other options and ways to get creative outside of contacting the Sonora site. Here is the company’s website, and here is the link to where you can review specifically the Sonora location on Indeed, and also at Yellow Pages.
SPI is located at 14980 Camage Ave, Sonora, California, 95370. Their business hours are Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, and their phone number is *67 (209) 532-7141. (Use *67 to keep your phone number private!)
New on our site! Attention Sonora and the surrounding area!
In the article on Joshua Wallace, a member of the Western Hammerskins: his additional affiliations, where he works , where he lives, some actionable items & why it matters to Sacramento as well.https://t.co/6URgW9G7YS pic.twitter.com/WDtF0vIBDO
— Antifa Sacramento (@AntifaSac_) January 2, 2020
Florida Proud Boy James Paulk Exposed
Online antifascists exposed James Paulik of Holiday, Florida. Contact his work here.
Philly Neo-Nazi Member of New Jersey European Heritage Association (NJEHA) Exposed
Antifascists exposed the deeply racist and Philadelphia neo-Nazi, Jackson B. Bradley, as part of the New Jersey European Heritage Association. The group is known for a series of small, pathetic stunts around the Northeastern area. More info here.
Calls to Action
Phone Zap Against Neo-Confederate Gathering
Smash Racism Raleigh is calling on supporters to help them oppose an upcoming neo-Confederate event. They write:
The Sons of Confederate Veterans, the white supremacist group UNC decided to pay over 2.5 million dollars, is having a gathering to spew their hatred in Raleigh. Tomorrow we’ll be calling in to demand the hotel cancel their event. Here’s a thread compiling information on it.
Check the info below for more info and how you can participate in the phone zap!
Today! Call in to demand that Winwood Hospitality and the two hotels they own- Briar Creek Embassy Suites & Hampton Inn & Suites- disallow the SCV's white supremacist gathering. They are hosting the attendees, the conference, & offering discounted rates.https://t.co/uLcC25zQiY pic.twitter.com/6t5cqVGxpX
— Smash Racism Raleigh (@SmashRacism919) January 13, 2020