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Welcome, fellow antifascists! This week, we’ve got Austrian fascists getting shut down in Vienna, neo-Confederates getting shut down by a North Carolina bake sale, a teenage duo in Arizona nabbing a Swastika flag from a neo-Nazi at a Bernie Sanders rally, and all this week’s doxxes!
Without further ado, let’s begin!
White Supremacists Threaten Denver Journalist
This is what happens to journalists when they shine a bright light on those who want to lurk in the shadows. @jeremyjojola won't stop this meaningful reporting. And he shouldn't. Hate won't win.https://t.co/SJlOtzAaGP pic.twitter.com/gXCUZtKTM3
— Brian Maass (@Briancbs4) March 3, 2020
9News broadcaster Jeremy Jojola filed restraining orders against three white supremacists after they showed up at his house while his wife and daughter were home alone as retaliation for Jojola’s reporting on hate groups in Colorado.
Samuel Cordova, Russell Frankland, and Josh Yeakel posted a selfie they took outside Jojola’s home to the Defend Denver Facebook page. All three are longtime white supremacist activists.
neo-Nazis Joshua Yeakel, Russell Frankland, and Samuel Cordova went to News 9 reporter @jeremyjojola's house today as revenge for Jojola reporting on Cordova's guilty plea yesterday to the bias motivated crime he committed against a drag queen story hour over the summer. pic.twitter.com/6fnGpBS12Q
— Colorado Springs Anti-Fascists (@COSAntiFascists) February 27, 2020
Cordova is a member of the neo-Nazi Patriot Front, and recently pled guilty to a hate crime after vandalizing a local business hosting a Drag Queen Story Hour. Frankland is a former member of the Traditionalist Worker Party who attended a Turning Point USA event at Colorado State University in 2018, where they attempted to attack protesters. Yeakel is a member of the Daily Stormer forums and a former TWP member who attended an anti-Muslim ACT for America event in 2017.
This isn’t the first brush Jojola’s had with members of the far-Right. In December, after the the reporter aired a series on hate groups in Denver, he received threats from Proud Boy Joshua Michael.
Anti-choice, neo-Fascist groups in Mexico Attempt to Disrupt Women’s March
At the #8M march in Mexico City, anti-choice groups throw up fascist salutes, hurl slurs at marchers and pray in front of Metropolitan Cathedral (which itself was of course built on top of the main Mexica temple in Tenochtitlán).
Fascists held signs that read that abortion was the “biggest” femicide, in an attempt to downplay the growing explosion of women being killed everyday across Mexico.
Grupos 'pro-vida' hicieron saludos fascistas y gritaron "déjense venir, perras", a las integrantes de la marcha del #8M; rezan en la puerta de Catedral Metropolitana y tienen mantas que dicen que el aborto es el mayor feminicidio en el mundo.
— Animal Político (@Pajaropolitico) March 8, 2020
Neo-Nazi Flies Swastika Flag at Bernie Rally, Gets It Snatched, Gets Doxxed, Loses YouTube Channel
A teenager and his young friend from college ripped down the Nazi flag at the Bernie Sander's rally and treaded on it.
The kids are definitely alright.https://t.co/NjuaqXYXtc
— New York City Antifa (@NYCAntifa) March 7, 2020
A neo-Nazi who unfurled a swastika flag at a Bernie Sanders rally had his flag snatched, and was identified by activists, who subsequently launched a successful pressure campaign to deplatform him from YouTube.
Robert Sterkeson interrupted the March 5th rally in Phoenix, Arizona, by flying a Nazi flag and shouting antisemitic slurs. The flag was quickly snatched by a Jewish teenager and his college-age Persian friend. After video of the incident appeared online, Sterkeson was initially cautiously identified by CAIR Arizona Executive Director Imraan Siddiqi, and that identification was confirmed by antifascist collective Panic! in the Discord.
Van Ramsey Laws-Spencer, Iron March Member and Active Duty Marine, Camp Pendleton, CA
We'd like to introduce you to #IronMarch user "Ozymandias" and "Turok" – Van Ramsey/Van Laws/Van Laws-Spencer) who is an active duty Marine currently stationed in Camp Pendleton, CA. pic.twitter.com/dchNsZQYu1
— Panic! in the Discord (@discord__panic) March 2, 2020
If you would like to contact Camp Pendleton, the Marine Corps base at which Laws-Spencer is currently serving, you may call (760) 725-4111 or send a message to their Facebook page.
Roger Hoekstra, Proud Boy in Carrier Mills, Illinois
Roger Hoekstra was exposed a member of the hate group the Proud Boys this week.
Hoekstra uses his Facebook page to spread anti-Black and anti-Muslim propaganda. He shared a link to the video of the Christchurch shooting, where 51 Muslims were murdered and another 49 wounded, on a Facebook page that he operates.
His LinkedIn profile lists him as an employee of Stratmar, a marketing services company with an office in Chicago.
You can contact Stratmar to tell them that their employee, Roger Hoekstra, is a member of a violent hate group via their online contact page.
Josh Williams, Groyper and Neo-Nazi in Chickasha, Oklahoma
In celebration of neo-Nazi Robert Sterkeson getting deplatformed and having his Nazi flag jacked, I’d like to introduce you to another neo-Nazi who sells stickers and patches on @Facebook and @redbubble :-). Say hello to Josh Williams everyone!!
— Garfield but Anti-Fascist (@AntifaGarfield) March 7, 2020
Josh Williams, a neo-Nazi and fan of Nick Fuentes’ white nationalist Groyper movement, was exposed by Antifa Garfield this week.
He derives his income from his RedBubble shop, FashLordSupreme, which activists quickly deplatformed.
White Nationalist Tom Kawczynski Booted from Podcast Service
White nationalist Tom Kawczynski had his coronavirus podcast removed from premium podcast provider Luminary this week, after journalist Hilary Sargent alerted the service to the far-Right activist’s presence.
As documented by Sargent via a careful examination of Kawczynski’s Telegram posts, the white nationalist planned to use fears about the coronavirus to build support for a white ethnostate.
Journalist Crash Barry released a clip of Kawczynski admitting that he had maxed out his credit cards stockpiling food to prepare for the virus.
Brittany Pettibone Deplatformed from… Greece
Brittany Pettibone, who is from the US and decided to live in Europe, her fascist husband, Martin Sellner, & his fascist group, “Generation Identity” have been expelled by Greek authorities after their stunt at the Greek/Turkish border.
— New York City Antifa (@NYCAntifa) March 6, 2020
Brittany Pettibone, along with husband Martin Sellner and eight other members of Generation Identity, were deplatformed from the entire country of Greece this week.
After Turkey announced that it would no longer stop Syrian refugees from crossing the Greek border, far-Right vigilantes have flocked to Greece to exploit the fears of migrants and build support for ultranationalist movements, often with violent results.
The members of Generation Identity were told by to leave the country by Greek security services.
Carbs Against Confederates! South Fails to Rise Again in the Face of Militant Bake Sale
TOMORROW, Sat 3/7, 10:30AM, Peace & Justice Plaza. The Neo-Confederates who desecrated a memorial to enslaved people & free Black workers plan to rally in Chapel Hill.
Let's join together to tell them that all hate is driven out by real strength and community pic.twitter.com/ZODulIPSNY
— Black Congress (@_blackcongress) March 6, 2020
The UNC Black Congress countered a neo-Confederate rally this week with an anti-racist demonstration and bake sale in Chapel Hill.
As a result of the anti-racist protesters presence, the neo-Confederates were unable to hold their rally.
Antifascists Show Up Early, Fascists Can’t Hold Rally in Vienna
A tactic a lot of antifascists use is occupying a space that fascists want to go to ahead of time cuz fash are inflexible chuds who *need* to rally by the statue. Today in Vienna, the fash (including Martin Sellner) have been prevented this way. https://t.co/7v3aGs8cKN
— New York City Antifa (@NYCAntifa) March 7, 2020
Martin Sellner and his Generation Identity goons attempted to rally in Lueger Plaza, around a statue of far-Right Austrian politician Karl Lueger, an antisemite who served as Mayor of Vienna in the late 19th and early 20th century.
However, antifascist protesters arrived early and surrounded the statue, leaving Sellner and his crew of haircuts standing on the sidelines, unable to hold their rally.
Call to Action
IMPORTANT: Support & Share this fundraiser to cover the cost of legal fees for anti-fascists who are facing state repression for confronting neo-Nazis in Denver who were passing out holocaust denial flyershttps://t.co/7H3g7ek3Ks
— Colorado Springs Anti-Fascists (@COSAntiFascists) March 8, 2020
Antifascists in the Denver area are in need of support for standing up to neo-Nazis:
As you may or may not remember, on Halloween weekend 2019, members of the Goyim Defense League (GDL) launched a widespread attack on the Denver/Boulder area. This group of especially cowardly fascists dropped an anti-Semitic banner over a major area highway, harrassed Jewish owned bussinesses, residents of predominantly Jewish neighborhoods, and people minding their own business at Denver and Boulder tourist attractions. In one instance, their arrogance and need for attention resulted in a confrontation with community defenders that resulted in several arrests and charges against the group of defenders. Some of those defenders have made the brave and difficult decision to not accept extremely attractive plea deals from a state with a weak position and take their cases to trial. They desperately need funding for this fight.
Decent people everywhere will continue to fight fascism when it rears it’s dispicable, cruel, violent and ugly face. That means that the State will continue to repress those heroic individuals and groups and therefore, these cases will continue to occur. We are asking that you pledge any amount you can and more than that, PLEASE BOOST THIS SIGNAL! This is a second fundraiser for this defense and though the first was quite successful, it wasn’t nearly enough to pay for several trials that we now know we’re going to be facing down. As with the earlier fundraiser, any funds remaining after legal defense for this action is covered will be refunded upon request and otherwise donated to a legal defense seed fund for those who resist fascist oppression and are inevitably met with state repression as a reward for their bravery. Having this type of funding on hand is a vital part of fully functioning anti-fascist communities of any size or form. Mutual aid is action after all!
Support Our Prisoners
- Support Gage Halupowski! Currently serving a six year sentence. More info here.
- Support David Campbell! Currently serving a year. More info here.
- Support Eric King! Anarchist and antifascist prisoner who has been targeted by the State and neo-Nazi inmates for being ‘ANTIFA.’ More info here. Donate here.