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Welcome, fellow antifascists!
This week, we’ve got info on Trump’s push for a crackdown which has already led to several deaths and massive amounts of violence, antifascists keeping the far-Right out of anti-police protests, Trump yet again threatening to declare “ANTIFA” a domestic terrorist group, and doxxes of League of the South, neo-Nazi ReOpen protesters, and the “Ramble Racist” herself, Amy Cooper.
Without further ado, let’s begin!
Protesters Shot Dead by Vigilantes, Police and Military As Trump Threatens to Invoke the Insurrection Act
With rising rebellion in the streets, Donald Trump is threatening to flood US cities with military troops by invoking the “Insurrection Act” of 1807, a rule which essentially “federalizes” the National Guard and allows the use of military personnel, theoretically at the request of state governors. The act has been invoked in few instances, most recently at the request of then California Governor Pete Wilson to quell the LA Rebellion in 1992.
On Monday, in a speech that attacked “thugs,” “anarchists,” and “antifa,” Trump called on US state governors to “dominate” their populations by enforcing curfews through use of the national guard. If they refused to do so, he stated he would use the Insurrection Act to deploy the military. So far this call has largely been rejected by Democratic Governors and top Republicans, as well as some at the Pentagon, who have expressed reservations at Trump’s provocative strategy.
As Trump has predictably made the situation even more violent by giving a green light to police, military, and vigilante violence, several people have been killed during the revolt. The first was one young person who was shot and killed at the start of the rebellion by the owner of a pawn shop in Minneapolis with another dying in Detroit after being shot by someone from a truck.
According to NPR:
One person was killed in Detroit as hundreds of people gathered in the city’s downtown area as part of the nationwide protests. As WXYZ TV, an ABC News affiliate, reported, a Detroit Police Department spokesperson said, “A grey Dodge Durango pulled up and fired into the crowd, striking a 19-year-old man.” The shooting did not involve police.
"James Scurlock, a 22-year-old black man, was shot + killed by a white local bar owner in Omaha while protesting for #GeorgeFloyd and #BreonnaTaylor. Man was brought in for questioning then released – not charged." https://t.co/8bNZ2sB8EH
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) June 2, 2020
In Omaha, Nebraska:
James Scurlock, a 22-year-old black man, was shot and killed outside a bar in Omaha, Nebraska, on Saturday night, while participating in a protest against police brutality sparked by the recent police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. According to local news outlets, the man who shot him, a white local bar owner named Jake Gardner, was brought in for questioning then released. On Monday, law enforcement announced that Gardner would not be charged in the killing.
BuzzFeed News reports that, according to local news outlets, Scurlock allegedly broke a bar window during the protest on Saturday — though many on social media dispute this — and that Gardner used racial slurs before firing. Scurlock was transported to the Nebraska Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
In Austin, Texas:
Austin police critically injured a 20-year-old black protester Sunday when an officer shot him with “less-lethal” ammunition during a weekend filled with Texas demonstrations and violence, according to police Chief Brian Manley. Video also shows officers shooting at the people trying to get medical attention for the protester, whose name was not released.
#BREAKING: Last night, David "Yaya" McAtee, the owner of a local BBQ stand, was killed in #Lousiville #Kentucky as police officers and the national guard opened fire on a crowd just after midnight. #GeorgeFloyd https://t.co/b9Vnv0nAN0 pic.twitter.com/rAYYLTjAks
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) June 1, 2020
Finally in Louisville, Kentucky:
David McAtee, who turned his talent for food into a popular West End eatery, was shot and killed by law enforcement officers early Monday morning, an incident that’s now under state, local and federal investigation.
McAtee, the owner of YaYa’s BBQ in western Louisville, was known as a “community pillar,” said his mother, Odessa Riley.
“He left a great legend behind. He was a good person. Everybody around him would say that,” she said. “My son didn’t hurt nobody. He didn’t do nothing to nobody.”
Riley was among the hundreds who had swarmed the corner of 26th and Broadway Monday where Louisville police and National Guard personnel were breaking up a “large crowd” that had gathered in the parking lot outside a Dino’s Food Mart, according to law enforcement officials.
LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said in a statement that someone shot at police and officers and soldiers “returned fire,” killing McAtee.
This is to say nothing of the slew of attempted vehicular murders that have taken place at many of the demonstrations, growing amount of white vigilante gangs, and the numerous bloody attacks that demonstrators have faced at the hands of the police.
huge congregation of agitated white people with bats, golf clubs and billy clubs. n-words flying. overheard: “I’m ready to fuck shit up. you know ive been looking for a fight for the past 6 months.” pic.twitter.com/UHOTWMSWDT
— Jon Ehrens (@jwehrens) June 1, 2020
Far-Right Attempts to Join Anti-Police Protests Across the Country, Leading to Disinformation From Both Liberals and Conservatives
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) May 27, 2020
Anti-police protests broke out in Minneapolis – and across the US – this week, after Officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black resident of Minnesota, by kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes, despite the fact that he was already in handcuffs and laying on his stomach. “Please, I can’t breathe,” Floyd was filmed telling the four officers present, moments before his death.
On Tuesday night, protesters gathered in front of police headquarters, where they were met with tear gas. Independent media outlet Unicorn Riot livestreamed the protest. The protest kicked off a wave of anti-police protests across the country. And the Booglaloo boys, a group of loosely affiliated preppers, militias, and white nationalists – hoping for a civil war with the US government, immediately attempted to insert themselves into the protests – albeit in very small numbers.
Boogaloo Boys Cory Rushlo and Michael Solomon are entryists into the MN protests and should not be trusted. Cory and Michael are both in various far-right groups on Facebook and MeWe and are looking to use the protest to further their agenda. https://t.co/RP3WTuAox4 pic.twitter.com/EK9SUqPIlr
— Berkeley Collective Safety (@safetyberkeley) May 28, 2020
Two men who referred to themselves as “armed rednecks” were warmly profiled by Newsweek, calling them “Minnesota citizens equipped with guns.” Those men were revealed by Berkeley Collective Safety as being Cory Rushlo and Michael Solomon, adherents of the rising Boogaloo movement. On his Facebook page, Solomon uses a fashwave “We are Duncan Lemp” graphic as his header image, referring to the Three Percenter militia member killed by police during a weapons seizure in March.
Eugene Antifa revealed another Boogaloo adherent, Tyler Olson, of Coon Rapids, Michigan, attended the Minneapolis protest carrying a flag featuring an igloo and palm tree, popular symbols of the Boogaloo movement. (After social media companies started cracking down on the word “boogaloo,” adherents found near homonyms for the word, including “big igloo” and “big luau,” which added igloos, Hawaiian shirts, and to a lesser degree, palm trees as symbols for the movement.)
Fashy III%s at longfellow cubs pic.twitter.com/TO1tZik4Fa
— MN United Against Fascism🏴 (@MNUnitedAF) May 29, 2020
On Wednesday night, the North Carolina-based “Blue Igloo” group showed up in Minneapolis, as well. Antifascists documented their presence on Twitter to warn the community. The Blue Igloo group was last seen at a ReOpen rally in Raleigh in early May, where Perry T. Whitlock carried a three-foot pipe wrench, making Sieg Heil gestures and threatening a Black couple walking their infant child, saying, “I can get you from here.”
As documented by Robert Evans and Jason Wilson for Bellingcat, Boogaloo Facebook group admins have been telling their followers to attend the protests and attempt to make common cause with the protesters.
We are now confronting white supremacists, members of organized crime, out of state instigators, and possibly even foreign actors to destroy and destabilize our city and our region.
— Mayor Jacob Frey (@MayorFrey) May 30, 2020
However, this entryism from the far-Right has been manipulated by establishment politicians, both liberal and conservative, blaming property damage and looting on anything (including white nationalists) other than anger about police violence. Threats from the far-Right are also being used to scare people off the streets.
Lancaster officials on Monday morning urged local residents to temporarily stay home rather than protest, saying armed outsiders incited weekend clashes with police and may plan further harm.
“I am very concerned … Please, please, please do not bring your children downtown,” Mayor Danene Sorace said. “We have seen with our own eyes the agitators that were in the crowd.”
Police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser said police have “definite evidence” that white nationalist groups were among the crowds of people who demonstrated over the weekend in response to the death of George Floyd during an arrest in Minneapolis. He said some were wearing body armor and carrying handguns.
These narratives have bled into supposed threats of “outside agitators.” In St. Paul, Mayor Melvin Carter told a press conference that, “Every single person we arrested last night, I’m told, was from out of state,” in an obvious lie.
President Donald Trump echoed this false claim on Twitter. “80% of the RIOTERS in Minneapolis last night were from OUT OF STATE. They are harming businesses (especially African American small businesses), homes, and the community of good, hardworking Minneapolis residents who want peace, equality, and to provide for their families,” he wrote.
This disinfo was then amplified when the Minnesota Governor Tim Walz stated, “I think our best estimate of what we heard are about 20 percent are Minnesotans, and 80 percent are outside,” during a Saturday press conference. Walz would go on to claim that “outside protesters, white supremacists and drug cartels were part of the protest groups in Minneapolis.”
CNN reporting that despite false claims by officials, the vast majority of the arrestees in #Minneapolis are of course from Minnesota. Both Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and local news outlets have reported opposite, as have various officials. Those in power are trying to divide. pic.twitter.com/iY13cj4pRT
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) May 31, 2020
However, an investigation from local news outlet KARE 11 found that out of 36 arrests for “rioting, unlawful assembly and burglary-related crimes” for a 24-hour period on Friday and Saturday night, 86% were in-state residents. Despite this, the Boston Mayor Marty Walsh repeated the conspiracy theory on Twitter regarding protests in his own city. “I am angered, however, by the people who came into our city and chose to engage in acts of destruction and violence, undermining their message,” Walsh tweeted on Sunday night.
Inversely, the idea that BIPOC folks are "tricked" into revolting by "outside agitators" – today "ANTIFA," yesterday "Communists" – and would be "peaceful" if left alone is the same white supremacist narrative police + KKK used against Freedom Riders during Civil Rights movement. https://t.co/dYLNYv6LoN
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) May 31, 2020
Spreading this sort of propaganda about “outside agitators” dates back to the Civil Rights Movement, when supporters of segregation claimed that Black activists were actually being controlled by northern white liberals. Such propaganda not only attempts to sow racial division within a multi-racial group of protesters, but denies the agency of radical organizers of color.
Many protest participants who spoke to It’s Going Down were adamant that while the threat of far-Right violence was very real and militia members and Proud Boys have been seen at various demonstrations, these individuals seem very isolated and disorganized; however there have been some exceptions, such as a mobilization of armed Proud Boys who faced off with Black Lives Matter demonstrators in Salem.
— Brian Hayes (@_Brian_ICT) May 31, 2020
Unite the Right Organizers Hit with Fines for Not Producing Evidence
#BREAKING in our Charlottesville case:
Court orders neo-Nazi defendants Matthew Heimbach, Elliott Kline, & Vanguard America to pay $41,300 — part of plaintiffs’ efforts to hold them accountable to discovery obligations. Follows the court granting plaintiffs’ sanctions motion. pic.twitter.com/ik2ASi3LHJ
— Integrity First for America (@IntegrityforUSA) May 26, 2020
Matthew Heimbach, Elliott Kline, and Vanguard America were hit with fines this week, as a result of repeated noncompliance with producing evidence demanded in Sines v. Kessler, a lawsuit seeking to hold the organizers of Unite the Right accountable for the violent rally.
The organizers were ordered to pay a total of $41,300 in costs after repeated refusing to produce evidence demanded by the court.
Heimbach claims to have renounced his Nazi past, but is currently working with Light Upon Light, an organization that claims to be anti-hate, but frequently collaborates with The Clarion Project, an organization designate as an anti-Muslim hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Clarion Project was cited as an inspiration by Norweigan mass shooter Anders Breivik, shortly before he murdered 77 people in 2011.
Trump Seeks to Declare “ANTIFA” a Domestic Terrorist Group
The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020
“The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization,” President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday.
Attorney General William Barr issued a press release blaming the current anti-police protests on “Antifa and other similar groups.”
Many commentators quickly pointed out that there is no one such group as “ANTIFA,” and that antifascist groups are locally and collectively organized.
However, that vague description, coupled with Barr’s “and other similar groups” qualifier, means that the government could use this new directive to declare anyone opposed to fascism to be “ANTIFA” and begin an investigation.
Reporters Kelly Weill and Spencer Ackerman covered the implications of the proposed designation for The Daily Beast.
“[Former FBI Agent Mike] German said he expected high-level pressure on the FBI and JTTFs to result in ‘aggressive investigation and selective prosecution against people the FBI labels with this umbrella term’ of anti-fascist—resources he expected would flow out of investigations of violent white supremacist or militia groups. The DHS did not immediately return a request for comment,” they wrote.
Organizers looking for a guide to digital security can consult the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s “Keeping Each Other Safe When Virtually Organizing Mutual Aid.”
Michael Jones aka Severian Gwylell aka Michael Bones aka Graf Vorlock of Sioux City, IA
We'd like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Michael Jones, the owner of Saturnine Ritual Productions, a NSBM record label with ties to Atomwaffen Division and Tempel ov Blood.https://t.co/dt3iMO5RCm pic.twitter.com/1cu1PdB0l2
— CVAntifa (@CvAntifa) May 24, 2020
Antifascist researchers CV Antifa uncovered the identity of neo-Nazi and the owner of Saturnine Ritual Productions. Saturnine Ritual Productions is a National Socialist (Nazi) Black Metal (NSBM) record label with ties to Atomwaffen Division and Tempel ov Blood. The label puts out music and merch for NSBM musical projects as well as promotes accelerationist ideology.
Tempel ov Blood is the American version of the Order of 9 Angles (O9A/ONA), a neo-Nazi satanist cult sect of the Attomaffen Division. Attomwaffen is a known neo-Nazi terrorist organization who’s members have been part of major arrests while planning large-scale terror attacks across the country. Leaders of ToB have been identified as leaders within Atomwaffen Division.
Jones’ record label Saturnine Ritual Productions recently released a tape through Tempel ov Blood’s publishing arm “Martinet Press” titled “White Night Suicide Choir” which featured samples from the Jonestown Massacre.
Mike frequently posts photos of himself with Martinet books and symbols and wears the “Order of 9 Angles” symbol around his neck. As is the case with many Atomwaffen affiliates, Jones is a fan of James Mason’s collection of newsletters, Siege.
Jones has a handful music projects of his own including: Death Wound, Rusalka, Cadaver Sanguine, Vhlk’h Dlaka, Anophthalmia, Funeral Song, vaerminum, and Nightstalker. Many of these projects are currently platformed on Bandcamp and CV Antifa is urging people to contact them to let them know they are platforming Nazi music. Bandcamp requires you to go to each individual band’s page and click the report link located on the lower right side.
CV Antifa are asking folks to report both Jones and his labels accounts. Follow this link to more information.
Gregory Flowers, Southern Nationalist in Clarksdale, Mississippi
1) Today I am happy to introduce everyone to racist southern nationalist, groyper, and scion of cotton plantation money Gregory Flowers.
You may have seen him as @/Gregorio_Based, shitposting away on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/KSIjtZEBu9
— Identify Dixie (@IdentifyDixie) May 24, 2020
Identify Dixie, southern antifascist researchers have identified groyper, Southern National and heir to the Flowers Plantation, Gregory Flowers of Clarksdale, Mississippi. Gregory has run a handful of social media accounts including: @/Gregorio_Based, but he also has @/dmgfjr22 (previously @/dmgfjr81).
Flowers’ posts are typically neo-Nazi dogwhistles like “HH” (or Heil Hitler), and even a blatent celebration of Hitler himself. He’s not shy about his antisemitism and hatred of Jewish people. Another popular antisemitic meme includes a reference of “6 gorillian” which is a joke in racist circles, and a belief that the number of Jewish people who died in the Holocaust, roughly 6 million, was inflated.
His bigotry goes beyond antisemitism. He also hates queer people, jokes about shooting and lynching them, and believes immigrants are non-people. He openly drives his opinion that he doesn’t want to “muddy the population” and is a proponent of violence as a solution which is unsurprising given the fact that he wants “Boogaloo”, or race war.
Many of Flowers immediate family members are on twitter in case folks want to reach out.
Joshua Knarr, Right Wing Death Squad Member in Norristown PA
— We Will Be Ruthless (@RuthlessWe) May 27, 2020
Antifascist researcher We Will Be Ruthless have identified Norristown, Pennsylvania resident and Right Wing Death Squad member Joshua Knarr. RWDS became a far-right meme in 2018, and in response to the popularity of the meme, a Facebook group was created. According to the dox, Knarr has been involved with the RWDS Facebook group since January 2020 and posts frequently.
In his posts, Knarr refers to Black people as “farm equipment”, makes jokes about Jewish people and the Holocaust, reminisces about fascism and supports “rapewaffen”, a neo-Nazi accelerationist tactic that has been promoted by neo-Nazi groups like Atomwaffen as a way to send (accelerate, if you will) civilization into a race war.
His posts also include anti-Asian sentiment, Nazi nostalgia, and general racism and even mocks the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, who died at the hands of three white men. Knarr also participates in discussion around the indoctrination or “red-pilling” of younger people through Minecraft servers. He also occasionally posts memes that originate in eco-fascist and accelerationist terrorist circles.
Joshua Knarr is currently employed at Envestnet, a wealth management firm. You are encouraged to contact them via their twitter account, as well as reaching out to Envestnet CEO Bill Crager and President Stuart DePina. You can also reach out via email to the media relations team: [email protected].
Teagan Marrie LaPage, Neo-Nazi in New Hampshire
Meet Teagan Marrie LaPage: New Hampshire TikTok Star and Neo-Nazi. YLF zoomers found her tiktok page, where she posts videos of herself featuring her Swastika tattoos. She also has frequently expressed hateful and reactionary views on her social media, and duets other Nazis. pic.twitter.com/ptEYXs5tlw
— PNW Youth Liberation Front (@PNWYLF) May 27, 2020
Antifascist researchers the Pacific NorthWest Youth Liberation Front discovered the identity of TikTok neo-Nazi Teagan Teagan Marrie LaPage of New Hampshire. It’s nearly impossible to watch her videos and miss her collarbone swastika tattoo. She frequently conveys hateful and reactionary views on her social media, and includes other neo-Nazis.
Teagan works at Riverglen House Assisted Living Facility in Littleton, NH. You can contact them at [email protected] or by calling (603) 444-8880 and let them know that nazis have no business serving vulnerable people.
Jason Hunter, League of the South in Jacksonville, Florida
— Antifascist Action 🏴🏴 #ACAB (@F12_Antifascist) May 30, 2020
Antifascist researchers behind the twitter handle @F12_Molotov2020, with support from Identify Dixie identified Jacksonville, Florida resident and League of the South chapter member Jason Hunter. League of the South (LoS) is an SPLC-designated hate group that hates the federal government weaponizes Christianity to push an antisemitic and racist agenda.
In the video shown here, Jason is seen callously pepper-spraying a female protester in the face after she was punched repeatedly in the face and thrown to the ground by other LoS members at the 2017 Unite the Right rally which resulted in the murder of leftist activist Heather Hayer. Three days later another image circulated of Jason at that same event.
In the weeks that followed, Jason posted several photos of the event on his social media pages, glorifying the violence that took place. Jason has also commented on Tampa Bay’s League of the South Chairman, Andrew Tracey photos. Among the handful of commenters are other known white supremacists like Clinton McCook, Brandon Richie, and Andrew Tracey.
Months later, in October of 2017, Jason traveled out of state to attend another white-supremacist rally indicating that he’s willing to spend time to make sure he is able to physically and financially support their bigoted agenda.
Jacksonville, FL residents should be on the lookout for Jason Hunter. If seen, please reach out to @F12_Molotov2020 on twitter.
Dalton Dixon aka “WarHippie” of McKinney, Texas
— Sunny South Dallas AFA (@PegasusAFA) May 30, 2020
Sunny South Dallas antifascist researchers confronted Boogaloo Boy Dalton Dixon of McKinney, Texas at a Dallas protest in response to the murder of George Floyd. Dixon, who goes by “WarHippie” on telegram, posted a video of himself and another person to Dallas to attend the protest. In their reposting of the video, antifascist organizers Left Coast Right Watch describes Dixon as, “a committed nazi accelerationist with a gunsmithing degree.”
Minutes before the video was uploaded, Dixon also posted photos of his riot kit that included an AR-15, fatigues, plate carrier and helmet among other things. Another image indicates Dixon’s excitement for the riots. Dixon also posted the text “WHEN THE LOOTING STARTS THE SHOOTING STARTS” over and over again in telegram channel, referencing both President Donald Trump’s now hidden tweet from early Friday morning.
A story in 4 pictures pic.twitter.com/oRi9wuBlsB
— Sunny South Dallas AFA (@PegasusAFA) May 30, 2020
Sunny South Dallas were able to track down and confront Dixon about who he is and what his motives for being there were. Dixon admitted to being “WarHippie” and after being followed for a bit, got back into his Mini Cooper and left. After being confronted and doxxed, Dixon took to telegram to announce that he’s swearing off calls for violent action.
Boogaloo Bois are typical and vulnerable targets for what is known as “Stochastic Terrorism.” When a neo-Nazi like Dixon is doxxed and deplatformed, the messages and calls to violence are drastically reduced in terms of their audience. For more information on “Stochastic Terrorism,” follow this thread.
Robert Jones, Northern Guard in Canada
"A Case Study in Radicalization: Robert Jones" 1/ pic.twitter.com/NzlmaO9XIn
— Kurt Phillips🧛♂️ (@ARCCollective) May 30, 2020
Active Board Member and Canadian Anti-Hate Network Founder Kurt Phillips recently identified former Virginia, and current Canadian resident Robert Jones. Jones has a history with a handful of white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups. He was first a member of the Soldiers of Odin (who are known for their anti-Muslim views) then the Proud Boys, and most recently, the Northern Guard, although Phillips speculates that Jones has since left them as well.
It’s indicated that during his time with the Northern Guard, he began to openly and overtly support fascism as indicated through screenshots of his social media posts. In his investigation of Jones, Phillips also discovered that Jones has made a sharp turn into the dangerous nihilism and accelerationism, typically associated with violent terrorist groups like Atomwaffen Division.
For perspective on just how radicalized Jones has become, here are two images. The first is an image of him standing next to Meir Weinstein in support the Jewish Defense League, and the other, a recent post where he references ZoG, or Zionist Occupied Government, a neo-Nazi dogwhistle. In an unsurprising move, Jones has voiced support for former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who is responsible for the murder of George Floyd. It’s worth noting that though we typically think of young white men as the targets of radicalization, in Jones’ case, radicalization can happen at any age if the conditions are right.
Chicago Police Officer Rob Bakker Exposed as Proud Boy
ICYMI ChicagoAFA dropped a new dossier over the long weekend and it is 🌶️spicy🌶️
— Panic! in the Discord (@discord__panic) May 27, 2020
Chicago AFA doxxed Officer Rob Bakker, a member of the Proud Boys, a police officer with the Chicago Police Department in Chicago, Illinois. Antifascists researchers infiltrated the Proud Boy telegram channel “Fuck Antifa” and uncovered Bakker has been in regular contact with “Trigger” Tom Christiansen, a former Proud Boys chapter leader who is currently serving a prison sentence for stabbing someone at a Dropkick Murphey’s show in Northerly Island.
As indicated by Panic at the Discord, Trigger Tom was one of the main organizers of the anti-Kim Foxx Courthouse rally, which stands out as an event that united multiple far-Right groups, including Proud Boys and American Guard. It was rumored that they had worked with the Chicago Police Department in their organizing. This theory becomes much more practical given that Bakker, a Chicago Police Officer, was an active member in their chats.
Trigger Tom and Bakker weren’t just chat-mates though. As indicated here, Tom invited Officer Bakker to a barbeque at his home. In addition to his friendly ties with violent white-nationalist organizers, Bakker admits in the chat that he uses Chicago Police Departments resources and databases to investigate antifascist researchers and label them as terrorists.
Tess Owens from Vice News reported:
“While Chicago Police Department members have a constitutional right to express their views under the First Amendment, they may be subject to discipline for violating the provisions of the Department’s social media policy,” he said.
The policy prohibits Chicago police department employees for posting content that’s disparaging to a person or group based on race, color, sex, gender identity, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected class.
Under Chicago Police Department’s Rules of Conduct, police employees are prohibited from engaging in any action which “impedes the Department’s efforts to achieve its policy and goals or brings discredit upon the Department.”
Bakker is currently being investigated by the Chicago Police Department.
Scott Butler, elder at the Covenant of Grace Bible Church in Edgewood, NM
Last night in ABQ, a guy tried to drive his truck into protesters.
That man is Scott Butler, elder at the Covenant of Grace Bible Church in Edgewood, NM.
— abq161 (@abq161) May 29, 2020
On Thursday evening, as people gathered in Albuquerque, New Mexico to protest the murder of George Floyd, a man in a white truck, now identified as Scott Butler, plowed through a group of protesters.
For the archive of his dox, please visit Albuquerque & New Mexico AFA’s blog.
Justin Cardoso, ReOpen Protester and Red Devils Member, Massachusetts
1/ REOPEN MA is holding another rally on 5/30.
Meet Justin Cardoso, one of the neo-Nazis attendees, who wore a Nazi Reichsadler pin to a recent event.
He's a Red Devil, a 1% motorcycle gang, and a member of the IUEO Local 4.
— AntiFash Gordon (@AntiFashGordon) May 26, 2020
Antifascist researcher Antifash Gordon identified another REOPEN MA plague rally supporter and member of the Red Devil’s motorcycle gang as Justin Cardoso. The Red Devil’s are a 1% feeder club for the Hell’s Angels. The 1% designation comes from a quote that states that 99% of motorcyclists are law abiding citizens. Motorcycle gangs and clubs use the 1% designation to indicate that they are willing participants in criminal activities.
For context the Reopen protests in Massachusetts are jointly organized by the REOPEN MA Facebook page and Super Happy Fun America, sponsors of the August 2019 Straight Pride Parade. The REOPEN MA page is being run by David Morrissey, a neo-Nazi biker.
Cardosa was seen at a recent event wearing a Nazi Reichsadler pin. Cardoso is known to proudly wear Nazi gear. On his Facebook page, Cardoso also sports a “Support Your Local Whiteboy” t-shirt. For background on the use of “Support Your Local Whiteboy”, you can read this. On his Facebook page, Cardoso shows off a t-shirt with the words “White Bikes Matter,” stylized with a Nazi SS lightning bolt.
The Hoodwoods online store where that t-shirt was purchased also sells a variety of neo-Nazi merchandise featuring the SS lightning bolts. The bolts are a common symbol among white-nationalist and neo-Nazi communities.
The Reopen MA protests are being co-organized by Super Happy Fun America, the same anti-gay far-right group that organized the Straight Pride Parade in August 2019. And Super Happy Fun America has always welcomed Nazis into their ranks.
So how can we fight back? Tell the employers of the organizers and supporters that we don’t tolerate hate. Tell the IUOE Local 4 about Justin Cardoso’s neo-Nazi ties. Nazis have no place in unions. Contact them here: https://iuoelocal4.org/contact-us/
Jordan Hourani, Super Happy Fun America, of Marlborough, MA
1/ Let's continue meeting the people behind the REOPEN MA protests, and examine their ties to the far-right.
This is Jordan Hourani of Marlborough, MA.
He works as a consultant at @CABEMTech.
— AntiFash Gordon (@AntiFashGordon) May 27, 2020
Another REOPEN MA protester has also been exposed as Jordan Hourani of Marlborough, MA. Super Happy Fun America are longtime far-right organizers in New England. Last year, as “Resist Marxism,” they planned a violent attack on leftist protesters in Providence. After the chats were leaked, the press was so bad that they rebranded. For more on the rebranding of Resist Marxism into Super Happy Fun America, see this @DavidNeiwert piece from last year.
Hourani’s involvement with Super Happy Fun America dates back to the Straight Pride Parade in August 2019, where he dressed as a dinosaur to march with the group. Hourani also posed for a selfie with Straight Pride Grand Marshall Milo Yiannopoulos. Yiannopoulos recently issued an “‘America First’ Reading List.” The list includes Revolt Against the Modern World, by self-described “super fascist” Julius Evola. Yiannopoulos’ reading list also included antisemitic forgery “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” long used to justify antisemitic violence.
On Twitter, Hourani follows far-right figures like Stefan Molyneux, banned from PayPal last year for promoting antisemitism, and Brittany Pettibone. Pettibone is engaged to far-right leader Martin Sellner, a far-right leader who corresponded with the Christchurch shooter.
Hourani’s recently been involved with staging the Reopen MA protests. In this photo from the 5/4 Reopen protest, he’s seen with Reopen organizer Brandon Navom, carrying equipment to set up the event. Here’s Hourani meeting with other 5/4 Reopen organizers prior to the start of the event. The man in the black hat is Brandon Sullivan, who threatened Black Lives Matter protesters in DC last year.
So what can you do to fight fascism today? Contact @CABEMTech (twitter linked here) and ask if they support their employee, Jordan Hourani, organizing the Reopen protests alongside neo-Nazis and anti-LGBTQ bigots. Their online contact form is here.
Jennifer Watson, Owner of JP Watson Interiors, Hits Protester With Car in Denver, Colorado
The white woman who ran over protesters demonstrating against the lynching of George Floyd yesterday in Denver has been identified as Jennifer Watson, Owner of JP Watson Interiors.
— Colorado Springs Anti-Fascists (@COSAntiFascists) May 29, 2020
A woman drove a car through an anti-police protest in Denver, Colorado, this week, screaming and using middle finger gestures at the protesters, causing one man to have to jump onto to the hood of her car to avoid being struck. The incident was caught on video
After the man jumped off the hood of her car, the woman swerved right to hit him.
She was quickly identified by Colorado Springs Anti-Fascists as Jennifer Watson, owner of JP Watson Interiors, in Denver, Colorado. Watson has yet to be charged in connection with the incident.
Amy Cooper, the former VP of Investment Solutions at Franklin Templeton
Threatening a Black man by saying you'll lie to the police and tell them he was threatening you is threatening his life.
Her name is Amy Cooper, and she's the VP of Investment Solutions at Franklin Templeton.
— AntiFash Gordon (@AntiFashGordon) May 25, 2020
As Christian Cooper, avid birder and New York City resident, was walking about in the Ramble (a special spot in Central Park known for the birds), he was met with a disruption of a dog off leash. New York City has a leash law requiring all dog owners to keep their pets leashed at all times.
Christian approached the dog’s owner, a woman we now know as Amy Cooper, and asked her politely to leash her dog, as the animal was destroying the vegetation and scaring the birds. In what we now know is absolutely typical for a white woman being confronted in any capacity by a Black person, she responded with vitriol by not only refusing to leash her dog, but by threatening to call the police and falsely report that she was “being threatened by a Black man in Central Park!”
Christian continued to engage calmly and politely while recording the interaction on his cell phone. Once posted, the video went instantly viral. Community members and antifascist researchers were swift to identify her and calls to action went out. In less than 24 hours, concerned citizens shut down Amy’s former employers website, Franklin Templeton, and she was put on leave and then fired. Without the incredible work of the community, it’s quite likely she would have faced zero consequences at all.
Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately. We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton.
— Franklin Templeton (@FTI_US) May 26, 2020
Threatening a Black man by saying you’ll lie to the police and tell them he was threatening you is threatening his life. Threatening to call the cops on Black people is just threatening to have them murdered. You’re just outsourcing your violence to the state and you’re just as bad as the heavily armed Nazi groups we hunt every day.
Seriously, just don’t call the cops on Black people.
Your call to action is to do a little dance and be reminded that we have collective power. Now more than ever.
Who protects us?
We protect us.
Be well, comrades.
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