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Berkeley Gets Trolled By The Alt-Right — Again – Huffington Post

Whats happening to Berkeley? Are you safe?, our friends ask. National headlines scream: Riots in Berkeley! The Death of Free Speech!Yes, something is happening in Berkeley. Weve been trolled by the hard right. And our leaders havent responded effectively. Now its time for the true defenders of free speech to step forward.

The so-called riot unfolded in three acts.

ACT ONE: Berkeley Young Republicans invited Breitbart bigot Milo Yiannopoulous to speak on campus. On February 1st, a crowd formed before the speech (estimated size of 1,000). Suddenly it was invaded by the East Bay anarchists, who call themselves AntiFa. They threw cherry bombs, started fights, and generally riled things up. Campus police canceled the speech.

Milos speech and subsequent (canceled) speeches by David Horowitz and Ann Coulter were funded by the Young Americas Foundation, one of whose donors is the notorious Rebekah Mercer daughter of Oligarch (and Trump supporter) Robert Mercer. [Young Americas Foundation has sued the University of California over the cancellation of the Coulter speech.]

ACT TWO: Subsequent to the cancellation of Milos speech, a pro-Trump group scheduled a protest in a downtown Berkeley park; part of the nation March 4 Trump demonstrations which drew a laughable 160 to the National Mall. A few Trump supporters showed up in Berkeley and were met by many more anarchists, resulting in fistfights and 10 arrests.

On April 15th, there were national tax day marches. Once again, in the same downtown Berkeley park, the pro-Trump forces staged a rally. Predictably they were met by the anarchists, resulting in several hours of sporadic fistfights and 23 arrests. And national news headlines: Riots in Berkeley!

Its informative to consider who was at the April 15th rally. Prominent was Identity Evropa,a White Nationalist group founded by Nathan Damigo. Their office is in Oakdale, California, the central valley. The source of their funding is unclear, but Damigo is affiliated with Richard Spencer, of the National Policy Institute. The National Policy Institute was founded by far-right donor William Regnery; some of its board members are connected to Rebekah Mercer.

Another group at the rally was the Oath Keepers. Formed in 2009, this is among the largest U.S. extremist groups claiming 30,000 members, many of whom are former members of the military or law enforcement. Its founder, L. Stewart Rhodes, was present on April 15. Again their funding is unclear. Rhodes lives in Montana.

Also present were The Proud Boys,who called for the April 15 Alt-right rally. They were represented by Rich Black. Once again, its not clear how they raise funds. (Although Black has solicited donations for his organization, Liberty Revival Alliance on the notorious Alt-right site Wesearchr.) The Proud Boys offices are in New York City.

What these three Alt-right groups have in common is their mysterious funding and that they are headquartered outside the Bay Area.

On the other hand, the Antifagroup is local. Antifa, short for anti-fascism, is a collection of anarchists, including the Berkeley chapter of By Any Means Necessary. Its most prominent member is Yvette Felarca.

On April 27th, the hard right staged another Berkeley protest because of the cancellation of Ann Coulters speech. At the downtown Berkeley segment, there were a couple of dozen identified Alt-right individuals. Oathkeeper L. Stewart Rhodes said he was there to defend free speech. (Antifa didnt show; Yvette Felarca reportedly boasted, We dont need to come to the park. We won. We caused the cancellation of Coulters speech.)

ACT THREE:In hindsight, the Milo Yiannopoulous event was mishandled by the UC authorities. The hard right has seized upon this as an excuse to troll Berkeley; theyre likely to keep doing this until Berkeley citizens take charge.

Milo Yiannopoulous should have been allowed to speak, as should other conservatives no matter how inflammatory their views. Antifa is wrong to block the exercise of free speech. Berkeley must remain the home of free speech.

History indicates that if there is a massive outpouring of nonviolent-free-speech support this will check the violence from the Alt-right and from Antifa. Therefore, the Berkeley nonviolent community has to mount a concerted effort to mobilize several thousand free-speech advocates to show up whenever there is a far-right speech or the Alt-right schedules a rally.

This is our challenge, Berkeley. We must defend free speech by standing up to political violence.

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‘Alt-Right’ Gang Vows To Protect Free Speech – Forward

Kyle Chapman is organizing a fraternal order, he says, to protect free speech for the alt-right.

Members of the alt-right claim to be forming a forming a fraternal gang in order to better defend their free-speech rights with violence if necessary when police fail to do so.

Our emphasis will be on street activism, preparation, defense and confrontation, Kyle Chapman, a California activist known online as Based Stickman, wrote on Facebook on April 21. We will protect and defend our right wing brethren when the police and government fail to do so.

This organization is for those that possess the Warrior Spirit, Chapman wrote, dubbing his new group the Fraternal Order of Alt Knights.

Chapman was arrested earlier this month in a clash in Berkeley, Calif. between anti-fascist protesters and pro-Trump demonstrators. He named his new group the tactical defensive arm of the Proud Boys, another group that shows up at pro-Trump rallies and has clashed with counter-protesters, according to a Southern Poverty Law Center report.

Proud Boys organizer Gavin McInnes a co-founder of the website and magazine Vice who now moves in alt-right circles called his group a pro-Western fraternal organization for men who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world.

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Alt-right, socialist groups to rally after cancellation of Coulter talk – Lakenewsonline.com

Police and university officials said they were bracing for possible trouble whether Coulter comes to campus or not, citing intelligence and online chatter by groups threatening to instigate violence.

UPDATE: 12:45 p.m. Eastern

BERKELEY, Calif. The International Socialist Organization says it will hold an “Alt Right Delete” rally in downtown Berkeley to show support for free speech and to condemn the views of conservative commentator Ann Coulter and her supporters.

Thursday’s rally at noon comes as Gavin McInnes, founder of the pro-Trump “Proud Boys” has said he will speak in the afternoon at Berkeley’s Civic Center Park.

He is encouraging similar groups to show up for gathering.

Another group called the Orange County Alt Right Group is planning a morning rally in the same place.

Coulter’s planned speech at University of California, Berkeley, was canceled and police are preparing for possible violence by the groups with opposing political views.

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BERKELEY, Calif. Ann Coulter said Wednesday that she was forced to cancel her speaking event Thursday at the University of California, Berkeley amid concerns of violence but might still “swing by to say hello” to all her supporters.

Police and university officials said they were bracing for possible trouble whether Coulter comes to campus or not, citing intelligence and online chatter by groups threatening to instigate violence.

A group of far-right supporters plans to hold a rally Thursday at a Berkeley park to denounce what they claim is an attempt to silence their conservative views.

KCBS reports that Gavin McInnes, founder of the pro-Trump “Proud Boys,” says he will speak at 2 p.m. at Civic Center Park and is encouraging other alt-right groups to make a large showing at the gathering.

In emails to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Coulter confirmed that her planned speech on illegal immigration, followed by a question-answer session, was canceled. But she remained coy about what she might do instead.

“I’m not speaking. But I’m going to be near there, so I might swing by to say hello to my supporters who have flown in from all around the country,” Coulter said in an email. “I thought I might stroll around the graveyard of the First Amendment.”

Officials at UC Berkeley said last week they feared renewed violence on campus if Coulter followed through with plans to speak. They cited “very specific intelligence” of threats that could endanger Coulter and students, as Berkeley becomes a platform for extremist protesters on both sides of the political spectrum.

Efforts by the university to cancel or delay the Coulter event dealt a blow to Berkeley’s image as a bastion of tolerance and free speech.

Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks sent a letter to the campus Wednesday saying the university is committed to defending free speech but also to protecting its students.

“This is a university, not a battlefield,” Dirks said in the letter. “The university has two non-negotiable commitments, one to Free Speech the other to the safety of our campus community.”

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France’s Alt-Right Party is Still Filled With Racists and Holocaust Deniers – The Daily Banter


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Alt-Right Gays to Log Cabin Republicans: You’re No Conservatives – Daily Beast

Being gay and conservative used to be an idiosyncratic curiosity, like being gay with a bad haircutnow, its a way to get favs and followers.

When the Metropolitan Republican Club unveiled an upcoming panel discussion on The Gay Right: LGBT Conservatives, Libertarians and Beyond!, the first thing many critics noted was the lack of L, B, or T representation in the makeup of its panel on LGBT conservatism.

At the century-old organizations Upper East Side clubhouse on Thursday night, the panels moderator attempted to preemptively neutralize that criticism of the panels four white guys with a soupon of trans-bashing.

Listen, I’m not gonna assume any of their genders, first of all, said Jeff Goolsby, a real estate agent who moonlights as the Metropolitan Republican Clubs secretary. Goolsby said that he had reached out to trans reality star Caitlyn Jenner, but she cant do it until after the operation.

The apparent jokewhich, to the audiences credit, was met mostly with pursed lipswas the first of many instances of casual sneering at trans identity on Thursday, an unusual feature at an LGBT event marketed as a discussion on why the Right, with its emphasis on Individual Liberty, is their natural Home in the Trump Era and Beyond!

But more conspicuous than the tone-deaf jokes about gender or the predictable invocation of Ronald Reagan as a closet supporter of gay rights was the chasmic divide between the gay Republican old guard and the social media-driven stars of the queer right wing.

Being gay and conservative used to be an idiosyncratic curiosity, like being gay with a bad haircutnow, when accompanied by campy vulgarity and aint-I-a-stinker insouciance, its a way to get favs and followers. The question of whether the fervency of the rights new blood members is worth the headaches caused by their antics, however, remained unanswered at the panels conclusion.

Goolsbys introduction of the panel discussionwhich also featured jokes about Lena Dunhambeing naked and Suze Ormanaddressed the (pink) elephant in the room. If you’re gay and youre a Republican, the first thing people might ask you is: what the hell is wrong with you? This is insanewhat are you thinking?

On the (literal, not figurative) left side of the panelists table sat Fred Karger and Gregory T. Angelo, both members of the professional Republican political class with combined decades of experiences in Republican politics. On the right (literally and, depending on your views of the alt-right, figuratively) sat Chadwick Moore and Lucian Wintrich, both ostensible journalists with Slytherin names who have discovered newfound fame as ideologues and shitstirrers.

Members of the Metropolitan Republican Club told The Daily Beast that the audience skewed younger than the average attendees of the clubs speaker series, and more numerous. It was mostly an after-work crowd, clad in jackets and slacks, largely (but not entirely) white and largely (but not entirely) male. There were two MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN hats in sightone worn by Goolsbyas well as two people with visible arm-sleeve tattoos.

If the more stereotypical attendees of the discussionUpper East Siders in bobs and Burberrywere put off by the injection of youthful vitality to the organizations ballroom, they didnt show it.

Millennials arent so much into labels, William Rutledge, a thirtysomething architect attending a Metropolitan Republican Club event for the first time, told The Daily Beast. Theyre more European.

Republicans might not agree with everything, but we have spirited discussions on these issues, Angelo said, of the schisms between the party mainstream and its LGBT membersand between its LGBT members themselves. Its a movement that values plurality of thought, that values people of different opinions, that values people of all sexual orientations and different gender identities.

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By the end of the event, however, members of the Metropolitan Republican Club might have left with the impression that a big tent approach to conservatism just enabled the clowns to take over the circus.

Generational differences of opinion would become the predominant theme of the night. After a heated discussion on the assimilationist aspects of same-sex marriage, one panelist compared the organization of the speakers table to a poorly planned dinner-party seating chart.

Karger, a former shaving-cream commercial actor turned political consultant who mounted a Quixotic quest for the 2012 Republican nomination as an anti-Romney candidate, introduced himself as the first openly gay candidate to ever run for president from a major political party. (James Buchanan, mercifully, doesnt count.) A cheery documentary about his run, entitled Fred, featured a scene where Karger trollishly mugged for a photo with noted scatological neologism and occasional presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

Angelo is the president of the Log Cabin Republicans, the oldest national conservative organization for gays. The group was founded in opposition to the 1978 Briggs Initiative, which aimed to ban gay men and women from teaching in California public schools.

Historically, Log Cabin has been the red-headed stepchild of red politicsBob Dole returned a donation check made to his campaign by the group in 1996, but still earned their endorsement, as did every Republican nominee for president until Donald Trump, a decision that Angelo explained was made on very narrow grounds that Trump had never served in government before.

(Although the Log Cabin Republicans endorsed George W. Bush in 2000, the group withheld its endorsement in 2004 when he advocated for a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.)

Despite Angelos remarks that he has been very pleased with the Trump administrations treatment of LGBT issues so far, the groups relationship with the president has been fractious. On the same day that Angelo remarked that preservation of LGBT rights and support for the LGBT community were a hallmark of Trumps campaign, the Trump administration rescinded an Obama-era guidance on transgender students rights.

Moorea Hillary Clinton voter who turned conservative after the internet was mean to him about a fawning OUT Magazine profile of internet troll-slash-pedophilia apologist Milo Yiannopoulossparked the first intra-panel conflict of the evening by casually declaring I dont care about gay marriage, I never really have.

After Karger and Angelo, who had been working in favor of marriage equality since Moore was in short pants, pushed back on the idea that assimilation into the typical nuclear-family paradigm was bad for gays, Wintrich dismissed their concerns as anti-liberty.

Straight couples, growing up, I personally, as a faggot, find them relatively boring, said Wintrich, to a few barked laughs and a few more raised eyebrows, which was clearly his objective. Just be them when I grew up? The cute, bouncy couple that move to Fox Chapel?… You go to Panera Bread once a day? That’s not what I’m gonna do.

I hate that system, Wintrich continued. I think it’s very anti-liberty, its very anti-culture.

Wintrichwho has no professional training or experience in journalism but did launch a gallery show featuring photographs of lithe twentysomethings wearing Make America Great Again hats called Twinks 4 Trumpis a White House correspondent for Gateway Pundit, a hard-right blog that peddles in conspiracism which he described as the largest political website based out of the Midwest.

Part of a new cohort of day-pass-carrying trolls placed in the White House briefing room to antagonize members of the legitimate press, Wintrich has called himself the youngest, gayest correspondent in the White House in history! (This is one of the many instances where Wintrich appeared either unaware that he was mistaken or didnt care that he was lyingChris Johnson, the White House correspondent for the gay Washington Blade, has been covering the White House since he was 25.)

The kind of kid whose media profiles always begin depicting him chainsmoking cigarettes and nursing either white wine or a hangover, Wintrich is perhaps known best for meaningless Twitter flamewars and harassing Malia Obama at a SoHo nightclub. The latest in a long line of young conservative personalities who have risen to prominence by pissing on Ann Coulters fire hydrant, Wintrichs biggest contributions to Thursday nights panel were weirdly specific lies and saying fuck you! to an audience member with a question.

Both Karger and Angelo grew increasingly uncomfortable during Wintrichs rants, with Angelos knuckles visibly whitening when Wintrich accused President Barack Obama of hiring the most unattractive tranny to serve as LGBT liaison only months before the end of his second term.

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, whom Wintrich said he would begrudgingly call she, was the first openly transgender person to serve in the White House.

(Despite Wintrich dismissing the position as having been created only four or five months before Obama left office, the position of White House LGBT liaison has existed since the Clinton administration, and Obama maintained an LGBT liaison in the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs for the entirety of his time in office.)

Angelo, who had opened his remarks by lauding the conservative movement as one that values people of all sexual orientations and different gender identities, remained silent. Karger, too, held his tongue behind a rigor mortis smile. When an audience member asked how Wintrich, as an ostensible member of the press, could be taken seriously when he used the words unattractive tranny to describe a White House official, he dismissed the question as having too many parts to merit an answer.

Wintrich and Moores shtick eventually wore thin with many audience membersabout a third of whom eventually migrated to the bar in search of a stiff drink while the panel was still ongoingbut for the most vocal element of the crowd, it was the reason they attended in the first place.

Fuck yeah! muttered one gentleman in a patchy beard and blue blazer when Wintrich called Democrats the party of fascism.

Its hard to lump 45 million Republicans together, said Karger, wearily. “We are as diverse as the country, and the Democrats the same.

If the panel was any indication, its hard to lump even four Republicans togetherno matter what their orientation.

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Is the OK sign becoming an alt-right symbol? – AOL

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Ahead of the 2016 presidential election, the Pepe the Frog meme became co-opted as a symbol of the alt-right. The Anti-Defamation League declared it a hate symbol.

Now, another symbol with neutral origins may be going down the same route: the “okay” hand symbol.

The Outline put together a report of evidence that the sign is quickly becoming co-opted by white nationalists as Pepe was.

Prominent members of the alt-right movement have been seen making the gesture, such as Milo Yiannopoulos:

Richard Spencer shared a photo of him making the gesture the night of the election:

According to Forbes, “the air pinch with thumb and forefinger” also happens to be President Trump’s most recognized gesture.

Ryan Lenz, a senior investigative reporter at the Southern Poverty Law Center, told The Outline that the meaning behind the symbol depends on the context. He said, “I don’t think anybody’s going to accuse any user of Facebook for posting a picture of their wife or husband after giving birth to a child and giving the OK symbol as propagating racist messaging.”

This can change, however. If an overtly racist politician starts using the symbol, and it becomes a “rallying cry” for supporters, Lenz told The Outline, “then I think the symbol is lost.”

“Okay” received national prominence during the 1840 presidential election. “O.K.” stood for “Old Kinderhook,” a nickname for candidate Martin Van Buren, who was from Kinderhook, New York.

Like Pepe the Frog — and the swastika before it — the symbol may be appropriated to be hateful despite different origins.

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White nationalist leader Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute speaks on campus at an event not sanctioned by the school, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, U.S. December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Spencer Selvidge

Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute arrives on campus to speak at an event not sanctioned by the school, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, U.S. December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Spencer Selvidge

Undocumented Texas A&M students and their supporters protest silently as white nationalist leader Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute speaks on campus at an event not sanctioned by the school, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, U.S. December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Spencer Selvidge

Organizer Preston Wigginton shakes hands with white nationalist leader Richard Spencer after introducing him at an event on campus not sanctioned by the school, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, U.S. December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Spencer Selvidge

Jacob Jackson, a freshman international studies major, listens after asking a question to white nationalist leader Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute at an event not sanctioned by the school, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, U.S. December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Spencer Selvidge

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WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 19: Richard Spencer is in town for the largest white nationalist and Alt Right conference of the year in Washington, DC on November 18, 2016. Spencer, a 38-year-old Dallas native and graduate of St. Mark’s School of Texas prep school, is a key intellectual leader of the alternative right, a label he coined in 2008 to describe the radical conservative movement defined by white nationalism and a fervent resistance to multiculturalism and globalism. Spencer currently resides in the resort town of Whitefish, Montana, in what was described as a ‘Bavarian-style mansion’ in a profile in Mother Jones. He was born in Massachusetts but moved to the Preston Hollow neighborhood of Dallas when he was about 2 years old. ‘It was a fairly idyllic, suburban childhood,’ Spencer said with a laugh. ‘I remember riding bikes around the neighborhood, and so on. I guess you could say I lived in a bubble to a certain extent, like a lot of the kids in that area. But it was very nice.’ (Photo by Linda Davidson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 19: Richard Spencer is in town for the largest white nationalist and Alt Right conference of the year in Washington, DC on November 18, 2016. Spencer, a 38-year-old Dallas native and graduate of St. Mark’s School of Texas prep school, is a key intellectual leader of the alternative right, a label he coined in 2008 to describe the radical conservative movement defined by white nationalism and a fervent resistance to multiculturalism and globalism. Spencer currently resides in the resort town of Whitefish, Montana, in what was described as a ‘Bavarian-style mansion’ in a profile in Mother Jones. He was born in Massachusetts but moved to the Preston Hollow neighborhood of Dallas when he was about 2 years old. ‘It was a fairly idyllic, suburban childhood,’ Spencer said with a laugh. ‘I remember riding bikes around the neighborhood, and so on. I guess you could say I lived in a bubble to a certain extent, like a lot of the kids in that area. But it was very nice.’ (Photo by Linda Davidson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 20: (L-R) Discussion panelists Peter Brimelow, Jared Taylor, Kevin MacDonald, ‘Millenial Woes’ (thats the name he goes by) and Richard Spencer field questions at an Alt Right ( alternative right) conference hosted by the National Policy Institute in Washington, DC on November 18, 2016. The think tank promotes white nationalism and critics accuse them of being racist and anti-semitic. The chairman of the National Policy Institute, Richard Spencer, has been permanently banned from entering the UK, and was deemed a ‘national security threat’ after his arrest in Hungary in 2014. He was recently banned from Twitter in a prominent purge by the company this week. (Photo by Linda Davidson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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Alt-right, socialist groups to rally after cancellation of Coulter talk – Ashland Daily Tidings

Police and university officials said they were bracing for possible trouble whether Coulter comes to campus or not, citing intelligence and online chatter by groups threatening to instigate violence.

UPDATE: 12:45 p.m. Eastern

BERKELEY, Calif. The International Socialist Organization says it will hold an “Alt Right Delete” rally in downtown Berkeley to show support for free speech and to condemn the views of conservative commentator Ann Coulter and her supporters.

Thursday’s rally at noon comes as Gavin McInnes, founder of the pro-Trump “Proud Boys” has said he will speak in the afternoon at Berkeley’s Civic Center Park.

He is encouraging similar groups to show up for gathering.

Another group called the Orange County Alt Right Group is planning a morning rally in the same place.

Coulter’s planned speech at University of California, Berkeley, was canceled and police are preparing for possible violence by the groups with opposing political views.

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BERKELEY, Calif. Ann Coulter said Wednesday that she was forced to cancel her speaking event Thursday at the University of California, Berkeley amid concerns of violence but might still “swing by to say hello” to all her supporters.

Police and university officials said they were bracing for possible trouble whether Coulter comes to campus or not, citing intelligence and online chatter by groups threatening to instigate violence.

A group of far-right supporters plans to hold a rally Thursday at a Berkeley park to denounce what they claim is an attempt to silence their conservative views.

KCBS reports that Gavin McInnes, founder of the pro-Trump “Proud Boys,” says he will speak at 2 p.m. at Civic Center Park and is encouraging other alt-right groups to make a large showing at the gathering.

In emails to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Coulter confirmed that her planned speech on illegal immigration, followed by a question-answer session, was canceled. But she remained coy about what she might do instead.

“I’m not speaking. But I’m going to be near there, so I might swing by to say hello to my supporters who have flown in from all around the country,” Coulter said in an email. “I thought I might stroll around the graveyard of the First Amendment.”

Officials at UC Berkeley said last week they feared renewed violence on campus if Coulter followed through with plans to speak. They cited “very specific intelligence” of threats that could endanger Coulter and students, as Berkeley becomes a platform for extremist protesters on both sides of the political spectrum.

Efforts by the university to cancel or delay the Coulter event dealt a blow to Berkeley’s image as a bastion of tolerance and free speech.

Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks sent a letter to the campus Wednesday saying the university is committed to defending free speech but also to protecting its students.

“This is a university, not a battlefield,” Dirks said in the letter. “The university has two non-negotiable commitments, one to Free Speech the other to the safety of our campus community.”

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A Punch in the Face Was Just the Start of the Alt-Right’s Attack on a Berkeley Protester – Mother Jones

A video of Nathan Damigo (top) and Emily Rose Marshall (below) during the street fighting in Berkeley on April 15 went viral. Stephen Lam/Reuters via ZUMA Press)

On Saturday, April 15, Emily Rose Marshall drove up to Berkeley, California, from Los Angeles with a group of friends who were part of the anarchist Oak Roots Collective. They had heard about the “free speech” rally being held in Berkeley by an array of Donald Trump supporters, militiamen, and white supremacists. “We saw this was a rally meant to uplift neo-Nazis and the alt-right,” Marshall says. “We wanted to be bodies yelling and screaming in the street, adding to the number of people letting neo-Nazis know they couldn’t just show up for racism.”

By the time Marshall and her friends arrived in downtown Berkeley, the scene had devolved into street skirmishes between the right-wing side and “antifascist” counterprotesters. She and her friends were dressed in black like their “antifa” comrades, masking their faces to protect their identities. They went near the front line where people were facing off. An antifa activist lobbed a tear gas canister, but the wind blew the cloud back and right wingers rushed the antifa side, swinging.

When the short melee was over, Marshall wasn’t entirely sure what had just happened. Marshall, a 95-pound, 20-year-old white woman with dreadlocks who also goes by the alias Louise Rosealma, had been punched at least twice. The crew of right wingers who Marshall, her boyfriend, and others had tussled with for a minute ran up the street in pursuit of other antifa. She didn’t know it yet, but the man who had hit her was Nathan Damigo, a 30-year-old ex-Marine and head of the white nationalist group Identity Evropa. Within minutes, a video of her getting punched was on its way to going viral.

Blood was streaming from Marshall’s boyfriend’s nose, which looked like it might be broken. They left the rally and went to a hospital. After she got in the car, she checked her phone. Hate emails started streaming in. “Would you be interested in doing a role play photoshoot,” read one she later forwarded to me, “where you are being beaten and raped (simulated), by a group of white nationalists?” “I absolutely love watching you get punched in your ugly ass face on YouTube. I can watch it over and over,” another read. “Might I suggest leaping your ugly, hairy ass from a tall building? Or, perhaps, swallow a bottle of sleeping pills? How’s it feel to finally be treated like a man? Haha.” Since then, she says she’s received more than 1,500 harassing or threatening messages via email, Facebook, and Instagram.

How did they know who Marshall was, and so quickly? One emailer signed off, “Praise Kek and Hail Victory,” hinting at the source of the storm. “Kek” is the god of a satirical religion that originated in the meme-driven world of 4chan, the online message board popular among the so-called alt-right.

Archived 4chan threads provide a glimpse into workings of the alt-right hive mind on the day of the Berkeley showdown. “Looks like a rat faced kike,” one commenter wrote shortly after the punching video was posted. Threads discussing the video became interspersed with memes of cartoon Jews with oversized noses. “That Jew whore thought she was the Jew bear,” one poster wrote. (Marshall is not Jewish.) Within hours of her getting punched, people on 4chan and other message boards publicized Marshall’s home address and contact information for her parents, grandmother, and 15-year-old brother. They discovered that she’d appeared in pornography. They turned explicit images of her into memes and posted links to her sex videos on her grandmother’s Facebook page. Before Marshall got back to Los Angeles that Saturday night, her mom had received so many calls that she’d unplugged the phone.

Some on 4chan went to work building a case justifying Damigo’s decision to punch Marshall. Before arriving at the rally, she’d posted on Facebook that she was “determined to bring back 100 nazi [sic] scalps,” a reference to the Quentin Tarantino movie Inglourious Basterds. This was presented as evidence that she’d come to fight and was therefore a fair target. Posters also found a Reuters photo and a video showing Marshall holding a glass bottle as Damigo rushed toward her. Some online posters claimed she had been throwing bottles at them. A military gear site called Tactical Shit claimed Marshall was putting powerful M80 firecrackers inside bottles and throwing them at rally attendees: “She was literally making IEDs. This makes her no better than the Boston Marathon bomber.” Damigo, the site claimed, was eliminating a bomb threat.

Marshall insists none of this is true. She says she picked the bottle off the ground to stave off attackers when the fight began. There is no evidence to corroborate her account or the alt-right’s. All that is clear based on video of the incident is that Marshall was holding a bottle as Damigo rushed in and hit her. She fell to the ground, dropped the bottle, got up, and stumbled away. A moment later, Damigo found her again and punched her in the face. (Asked for a comment from Damigo, Identity Evropa responded, “The video footage and photographs of the event as well as Miss Rosealma’s social media speak for themselves. Other than that we have no further comment.”)

The alt-right is aware that the new fight with its anti-fascist opponents is as much a clash of brawn on the streets as a culture war online. During the lead up to the April 15 rally, one 4chan commenter described it as “a battle on the front lines and the lefties help us make fun memes for the ages.” At the rally, some right-wing attendees carried signs referencing obscure 4chan memes. Even as people were fighting in the streets, the 4chan meme factory was already churning out content.

Meme warfare is uniquely suited to the far right. Unlike the antifa’s culture of anonymity, the far-right rallies around visible strongmen. Outlandish costumes like Spartan helmets and outrageous acts like Damigo’s “Falcon Punch” create excellent hero memes, which galvanize supporters and refute critics. Where a man punching a woman in the face would have previously been seen as an act of cowardice, it is now quickly recast as an act of heroism against terrorism, of moralism over hedonism, or of the master race against Jewish globalists.

The alt-right tried to identify others at the Berkeley rally as well. Message boards posted pictures and purported names of various antifa activists who’d shown up in Berkeley. One antifa man who hit someone in the head with a bike lock was allegedly identified through a meticulous effort of combing through images of the rally and matching the sunglasses and facial hair of an unmasked man with the masked bike lock wielder’s.

Berkeley Police Department spokesperson Sergeant Andrew Frankel says the BPD is aware of the video, but he declined to state whether it is pursuing charges against Damigo. Marshall says she has avoided pressing assault charges against Damigo because she is afraid that if “they take action against him, I’ll have actual Nazis at my door instead of the trolls.”

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Berkeley Gets Trolled By The Alt-Right — Again – Huffington Post

Whats happening to Berkeley? Are you safe?, our friends ask. National headlines scream: Riots in Berkeley! The Death of Free Speech!Yes, something is happening in Berkeley. Weve been trolled by the hard right. And our leaders havent responded effectively. Now its time for the true defenders of free speech to step forward. The so-called riot unfolded in three acts. ACT ONE: Berkeley Young Republicans invited Breitbart bigot Milo Yiannopoulous to speak on campus. On February 1st, a crowd formed before the speech (estimated size of 1,000). Suddenly it was invaded by the East Bay anarchists, who call themselves AntiFa. They threw cherry bombs, started fights, and generally riled things up. Campus police canceled the speech. Milos speech and subsequent (canceled) speeches by David Horowitz and Ann Coulter were funded by the Young Americas Foundation, one of whose donors is the notorious Rebekah Mercer daughter of Oligarch (and Trump supporter) Robert Mercer. [Young Americas Foundation has sued the University of California over the cancellation of the Coulter speech.] ACT TWO: Subsequent to the cancellation of Milos speech, a pro-Trump group scheduled a protest in a downtown Berkeley park; part of the nation March 4 Trump demonstrations which drew a laughable 160 to the National Mall. A few Trump supporters showed up in Berkeley and were met by many more anarchists, resulting in fistfights and 10 arrests. On April 15th, there were national tax day marches. Once again, in the same downtown Berkeley park, the pro-Trump forces staged a rally. Predictably they were met by the anarchists, resulting in several hours of sporadic fistfights and 23 arrests. And national news headlines: Riots in Berkeley! Its informative to consider who was at the April 15th rally. Prominent was Identity Evropa,a White Nationalist group founded by Nathan Damigo. Their office is in Oakdale, California, the central valley. The source of their funding is unclear, but Damigo is affiliated with Richard Spencer, of the National Policy Institute. The National Policy Institute was founded by far-right donor William Regnery; some of its board members are connected to Rebekah Mercer. Another group at the rally was the Oath Keepers. Formed in 2009, this is among the largest U.S. extremist groups claiming 30,000 members, many of whom are former members of the military or law enforcement. Its founder, L. Stewart Rhodes, was present on April 15. Again their funding is unclear. Rhodes lives in Montana. Also present were The Proud Boys,who called for the April 15 Alt-right rally. They were represented by Rich Black. Once again, its not clear how they raise funds. (Although Black has solicited donations for his organization, Liberty Revival Alliance on the notorious Alt-right site Wesearchr.) The Proud Boys offices are in New York City. What these three Alt-right groups have in common is their mysterious funding and that they are headquartered outside the Bay Area. On the other hand, the Antifagroup is local. Antifa, short for anti-fascism, is a collection of anarchists, including the Berkeley chapter of By Any Means Necessary. Its most prominent member is Yvette Felarca. On April 27th, the hard right staged another Berkeley protest because of the cancellation of Ann Coulters speech. At the downtown Berkeley segment, there were a couple of dozen identified Alt-right individuals. Oathkeeper L. Stewart Rhodes said he was there to defend free speech. (Antifa didnt show; Yvette Felarca reportedly boasted, We dont need to come to the park. We won. We caused the cancellation of Coulters speech.) ACT THREE:In hindsight, the Milo Yiannopoulous event was mishandled by the UC authorities. The hard right has seized upon this as an excuse to troll Berkeley; theyre likely to keep doing this until Berkeley citizens take charge. Milo Yiannopoulous should have been allowed to speak, as should other conservatives no matter how inflammatory their views. Antifa is wrong to block the exercise of free speech. Berkeley must remain the home of free speech. History indicates that if there is a massive outpouring of nonviolent-free-speech support this will check the violence from the Alt-right and from Antifa. Therefore, the Berkeley nonviolent community has to mount a concerted effort to mobilize several thousand free-speech advocates to show up whenever there is a far-right speech or the Alt-right schedules a rally. This is our challenge, Berkeley. We must defend free speech by standing up to political violence.

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‘Alt-Right’ Gang Vows To Protect Free Speech – Forward

Kyle Chapman is organizing a fraternal order, he says, to protect free speech for the alt-right. Members of the alt-right claim to be forming a forming a fraternal gang in order to better defend their free-speech rights with violence if necessary when police fail to do so. Our emphasis will be on street activism, preparation, defense and confrontation, Kyle Chapman, a California activist known online as Based Stickman, wrote on Facebook on April 21. We will protect and defend our right wing brethren when the police and government fail to do so. This organization is for those that possess the Warrior Spirit, Chapman wrote, dubbing his new group the Fraternal Order of Alt Knights. Chapman was arrested earlier this month in a clash in Berkeley, Calif. between anti-fascist protesters and pro-Trump demonstrators. He named his new group the tactical defensive arm of the Proud Boys, another group that shows up at pro-Trump rallies and has clashed with counter-protesters, according to a Southern Poverty Law Center report. Proud Boys organizer Gavin McInnes a co-founder of the website and magazine Vice who now moves in alt-right circles called his group a pro-Western fraternal organization for men who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world. Email Sam Kestenbaum at kestenbaum@forward.com and follow him on Twitter @skestenbaum

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Alt-right, socialist groups to rally after cancellation of Coulter talk – Lakenewsonline.com

Police and university officials said they were bracing for possible trouble whether Coulter comes to campus or not, citing intelligence and online chatter by groups threatening to instigate violence. UPDATE: 12:45 p.m. Eastern BERKELEY, Calif. The International Socialist Organization says it will hold an “Alt Right Delete” rally in downtown Berkeley to show support for free speech and to condemn the views of conservative commentator Ann Coulter and her supporters. Thursday’s rally at noon comes as Gavin McInnes, founder of the pro-Trump “Proud Boys” has said he will speak in the afternoon at Berkeley’s Civic Center Park. He is encouraging similar groups to show up for gathering. Another group called the Orange County Alt Right Group is planning a morning rally in the same place. Coulter’s planned speech at University of California, Berkeley, was canceled and police are preparing for possible violence by the groups with opposing political views. ORIGINAL STORY: BERKELEY, Calif. Ann Coulter said Wednesday that she was forced to cancel her speaking event Thursday at the University of California, Berkeley amid concerns of violence but might still “swing by to say hello” to all her supporters. Police and university officials said they were bracing for possible trouble whether Coulter comes to campus or not, citing intelligence and online chatter by groups threatening to instigate violence. A group of far-right supporters plans to hold a rally Thursday at a Berkeley park to denounce what they claim is an attempt to silence their conservative views. KCBS reports that Gavin McInnes, founder of the pro-Trump “Proud Boys,” says he will speak at 2 p.m. at Civic Center Park and is encouraging other alt-right groups to make a large showing at the gathering. In emails to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Coulter confirmed that her planned speech on illegal immigration, followed by a question-answer session, was canceled. But she remained coy about what she might do instead. “I’m not speaking. But I’m going to be near there, so I might swing by to say hello to my supporters who have flown in from all around the country,” Coulter said in an email. “I thought I might stroll around the graveyard of the First Amendment.” Officials at UC Berkeley said last week they feared renewed violence on campus if Coulter followed through with plans to speak. They cited “very specific intelligence” of threats that could endanger Coulter and students, as Berkeley becomes a platform for extremist protesters on both sides of the political spectrum. Efforts by the university to cancel or delay the Coulter event dealt a blow to Berkeley’s image as a bastion of tolerance and free speech. Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks sent a letter to the campus Wednesday saying the university is committed to defending free speech but also to protecting its students. “This is a university, not a battlefield,” Dirks said in the letter. “The university has two non-negotiable commitments, one to Free Speech the other to the safety of our campus community.”

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France’s Alt-Right Party is Still Filled With Racists and Holocaust Deniers – The Daily Banter

The Daily Banter France's Alt-Right Party is Still Filled With Racists and Holocaust Deniers The Daily Banter France's Alt-Right Party is Still Filled With Racists and Holocaust Deniers. Things are not looking good for Marine Le Pen's party in France after her replacement was found out to be a Holocaust denier. Avatar: Ben Cohen; Author: Ben Cohen; Publish … and more »

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Alt-Right Gays to Log Cabin Republicans: You’re No Conservatives – Daily Beast

Being gay and conservative used to be an idiosyncratic curiosity, like being gay with a bad haircutnow, its a way to get favs and followers. When the Metropolitan Republican Club unveiled an upcoming panel discussion on The Gay Right: LGBT Conservatives, Libertarians and Beyond!, the first thing many critics noted was the lack of L, B, or T representation in the makeup of its panel on LGBT conservatism. At the century-old organizations Upper East Side clubhouse on Thursday night, the panels moderator attempted to preemptively neutralize that criticism of the panels four white guys with a soupon of trans-bashing. Listen, I’m not gonna assume any of their genders, first of all, said Jeff Goolsby, a real estate agent who moonlights as the Metropolitan Republican Clubs secretary. Goolsby said that he had reached out to trans reality star Caitlyn Jenner, but she cant do it until after the operation. The apparent jokewhich, to the audiences credit, was met mostly with pursed lipswas the first of many instances of casual sneering at trans identity on Thursday, an unusual feature at an LGBT event marketed as a discussion on why the Right, with its emphasis on Individual Liberty, is their natural Home in the Trump Era and Beyond! But more conspicuous than the tone-deaf jokes about gender or the predictable invocation of Ronald Reagan as a closet supporter of gay rights was the chasmic divide between the gay Republican old guard and the social media-driven stars of the queer right wing. Being gay and conservative used to be an idiosyncratic curiosity, like being gay with a bad haircutnow, when accompanied by campy vulgarity and aint-I-a-stinker insouciance, its a way to get favs and followers. The question of whether the fervency of the rights new blood members is worth the headaches caused by their antics, however, remained unanswered at the panels conclusion. Goolsbys introduction of the panel discussionwhich also featured jokes about Lena Dunhambeing naked and Suze Ormanaddressed the (pink) elephant in the room. If you’re gay and youre a Republican, the first thing people might ask you is: what the hell is wrong with you? This is insanewhat are you thinking? On the (literal, not figurative) left side of the panelists table sat Fred Karger and Gregory T. Angelo, both members of the professional Republican political class with combined decades of experiences in Republican politics. On the right (literally and, depending on your views of the alt-right, figuratively) sat Chadwick Moore and Lucian Wintrich, both ostensible journalists with Slytherin names who have discovered newfound fame as ideologues and shitstirrers. Members of the Metropolitan Republican Club told The Daily Beast that the audience skewed younger than the average attendees of the clubs speaker series, and more numerous. It was mostly an after-work crowd, clad in jackets and slacks, largely (but not entirely) white and largely (but not entirely) male. There were two MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN hats in sightone worn by Goolsbyas well as two people with visible arm-sleeve tattoos. If the more stereotypical attendees of the discussionUpper East Siders in bobs and Burberrywere put off by the injection of youthful vitality to the organizations ballroom, they didnt show it. Millennials arent so much into labels, William Rutledge, a thirtysomething architect attending a Metropolitan Republican Club event for the first time, told The Daily Beast. Theyre more European. Republicans might not agree with everything, but we have spirited discussions on these issues, Angelo said, of the schisms between the party mainstream and its LGBT membersand between its LGBT members themselves. Its a movement that values plurality of thought, that values people of different opinions, that values people of all sexual orientations and different gender identities. Thank You! You are now subscribed to the Daily Digest and Cheat Sheet. We will not share your email with anyone for any reason By the end of the event, however, members of the Metropolitan Republican Club might have left with the impression that a big tent approach to conservatism just enabled the clowns to take over the circus. Generational differences of opinion would become the predominant theme of the night. After a heated discussion on the assimilationist aspects of same-sex marriage, one panelist compared the organization of the speakers table to a poorly planned dinner-party seating chart. Karger, a former shaving-cream commercial actor turned political consultant who mounted a Quixotic quest for the 2012 Republican nomination as an anti-Romney candidate, introduced himself as the first openly gay candidate to ever run for president from a major political party. (James Buchanan, mercifully, doesnt count.) A cheery documentary about his run, entitled Fred, featured a scene where Karger trollishly mugged for a photo with noted scatological neologism and occasional presidential candidate Rick Santorum. Angelo is the president of the Log Cabin Republicans, the oldest national conservative organization for gays. The group was founded in opposition to the 1978 Briggs Initiative, which aimed to ban gay men and women from teaching in California public schools. Historically, Log Cabin has been the red-headed stepchild of red politicsBob Dole returned a donation check made to his campaign by the group in 1996, but still earned their endorsement, as did every Republican nominee for president until Donald Trump, a decision that Angelo explained was made on very narrow grounds that Trump had never served in government before. (Although the Log Cabin Republicans endorsed George W. Bush in 2000, the group withheld its endorsement in 2004 when he advocated for a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.) Despite Angelos remarks that he has been very pleased with the Trump administrations treatment of LGBT issues so far, the groups relationship with the president has been fractious. On the same day that Angelo remarked that preservation of LGBT rights and support for the LGBT community were a hallmark of Trumps campaign, the Trump administration rescinded an Obama-era guidance on transgender students rights. Moorea Hillary Clinton voter who turned conservative after the internet was mean to him about a fawning OUT Magazine profile of internet troll-slash-pedophilia apologist Milo Yiannopoulossparked the first intra-panel conflict of the evening by casually declaring I dont care about gay marriage, I never really have. After Karger and Angelo, who had been working in favor of marriage equality since Moore was in short pants, pushed back on the idea that assimilation into the typical nuclear-family paradigm was bad for gays, Wintrich dismissed their concerns as anti-liberty. Straight couples, growing up, I personally, as a faggot, find them relatively boring, said Wintrich, to a few barked laughs and a few more raised eyebrows, which was clearly his objective. Just be them when I grew up? The cute, bouncy couple that move to Fox Chapel?… You go to Panera Bread once a day? That’s not what I’m gonna do. I hate that system, Wintrich continued. I think it’s very anti-liberty, its very anti-culture. Wintrichwho has no professional training or experience in journalism but did launch a gallery show featuring photographs of lithe twentysomethings wearing Make America Great Again hats called Twinks 4 Trumpis a White House correspondent for Gateway Pundit, a hard-right blog that peddles in conspiracism which he described as the largest political website based out of the Midwest. Part of a new cohort of day-pass-carrying trolls placed in the White House briefing room to antagonize members of the legitimate press, Wintrich has called himself the youngest, gayest correspondent in the White House in history! (This is one of the many instances where Wintrich appeared either unaware that he was mistaken or didnt care that he was lyingChris Johnson, the White House correspondent for the gay Washington Blade, has been covering the White House since he was 25.) The kind of kid whose media profiles always begin depicting him chainsmoking cigarettes and nursing either white wine or a hangover, Wintrich is perhaps known best for meaningless Twitter flamewars and harassing Malia Obama at a SoHo nightclub. The latest in a long line of young conservative personalities who have risen to prominence by pissing on Ann Coulters fire hydrant, Wintrichs biggest contributions to Thursday nights panel were weirdly specific lies and saying fuck you! to an audience member with a question. Both Karger and Angelo grew increasingly uncomfortable during Wintrichs rants, with Angelos knuckles visibly whitening when Wintrich accused President Barack Obama of hiring the most unattractive tranny to serve as LGBT liaison only months before the end of his second term. Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, whom Wintrich said he would begrudgingly call she, was the first openly transgender person to serve in the White House. (Despite Wintrich dismissing the position as having been created only four or five months before Obama left office, the position of White House LGBT liaison has existed since the Clinton administration, and Obama maintained an LGBT liaison in the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs for the entirety of his time in office.) Angelo, who had opened his remarks by lauding the conservative movement as one that values people of all sexual orientations and different gender identities, remained silent. Karger, too, held his tongue behind a rigor mortis smile. When an audience member asked how Wintrich, as an ostensible member of the press, could be taken seriously when he used the words unattractive tranny to describe a White House official, he dismissed the question as having too many parts to merit an answer. Wintrich and Moores shtick eventually wore thin with many audience membersabout a third of whom eventually migrated to the bar in search of a stiff drink while the panel was still ongoingbut for the most vocal element of the crowd, it was the reason they attended in the first place. Fuck yeah! muttered one gentleman in a patchy beard and blue blazer when Wintrich called Democrats the party of fascism. Its hard to lump 45 million Republicans together, said Karger, wearily. “We are as diverse as the country, and the Democrats the same. If the panel was any indication, its hard to lump even four Republicans togetherno matter what their orientation.

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Is the OK sign becoming an alt-right symbol? – AOL

Anna Iovine, AOL.com Apr 27th 2017 9:16AM Ahead of the 2016 presidential election, the Pepe the Frog meme became co-opted as a symbol of the alt-right. The Anti-Defamation League declared it a hate symbol. Now, another symbol with neutral origins may be going down the same route: the “okay” hand symbol. The Outline put together a report of evidence that the sign is quickly becoming co-opted by white nationalists as Pepe was. Prominent members of the alt-right movement have been seen making the gesture, such as Milo Yiannopoulos: Richard Spencer shared a photo of him making the gesture the night of the election: According to Forbes, “the air pinch with thumb and forefinger” also happens to be President Trump’s most recognized gesture. Ryan Lenz, a senior investigative reporter at the Southern Poverty Law Center, told The Outline that the meaning behind the symbol depends on the context. He said, “I don’t think anybody’s going to accuse any user of Facebook for posting a picture of their wife or husband after giving birth to a child and giving the OK symbol as propagating racist messaging.” This can change, however. If an overtly racist politician starts using the symbol, and it becomes a “rallying cry” for supporters, Lenz told The Outline, “then I think the symbol is lost.” “Okay” received national prominence during the 1840 presidential election. “O.K.” stood for “Old Kinderhook,” a nickname for candidate Martin Van Buren, who was from Kinderhook, New York. Like Pepe the Frog — and the swastika before it — the symbol may be appropriated to be hateful despite different origins. See Richard Spencer through the years 12 PHOTOS Alt-Right leader Richard Spencer through the years See Gallery White nationalist leader Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute speaks on campus at an event not sanctioned by the school, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, U.S. December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Spencer Selvidge Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute arrives on campus to speak at an event not sanctioned by the school, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, U.S. December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Spencer Selvidge Undocumented Texas A&M students and their supporters protest silently as white nationalist leader Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute speaks on campus at an event not sanctioned by the school, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, U.S. December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Spencer Selvidge Organizer Preston Wigginton shakes hands with white nationalist leader Richard Spencer after introducing him at an event on campus not sanctioned by the school, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, U.S. December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Spencer Selvidge Jacob Jackson, a freshman international studies major, listens after asking a question to white nationalist leader Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute at an event not sanctioned by the school, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, U.S. December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Spencer Selvidge White nationalist leader Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute speaks on campus as a silent protester holds a placard at an event not sanctioned by the school, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, U.S. December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Spencer Selvidge TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY White nationalist leader Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute speaks on campus during an event not sanctioned by the school, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, U.S. December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Spencer Selvidge White nationalist leader Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute waves goodbye after his speech during an event not sanctioned by the school, on campus at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, U.S. December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Spencer Selvidge WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 19: Richard Spencer is in town for the largest white nationalist and Alt Right conference of the year in Washington, DC on November 18, 2016. Spencer, a 38-year-old Dallas native and graduate of St. Mark’s School of Texas prep school, is a key intellectual leader of the alternative right, a label he coined in 2008 to describe the radical conservative movement defined by white nationalism and a fervent resistance to multiculturalism and globalism. Spencer currently resides in the resort town of Whitefish, Montana, in what was described as a ‘Bavarian-style mansion’ in a profile in Mother Jones. He was born in Massachusetts but moved to the Preston Hollow neighborhood of Dallas when he was about 2 years old. ‘It was a fairly idyllic, suburban childhood,’ Spencer said with a laugh. ‘I remember riding bikes around the neighborhood, and so on. I guess you could say I lived in a bubble to a certain extent, like a lot of the kids in that area. But it was very nice.’ (Photo by Linda Davidson/The Washington Post via Getty Images) WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 19: Richard Spencer is in town for the largest white nationalist and Alt Right conference of the year in Washington, DC on November 18, 2016. Spencer, a 38-year-old Dallas native and graduate of St. Mark’s School of Texas prep school, is a key intellectual leader of the alternative right, a label he coined in 2008 to describe the radical conservative movement defined by white nationalism and a fervent resistance to multiculturalism and globalism. Spencer currently resides in the resort town of Whitefish, Montana, in what was described as a ‘Bavarian-style mansion’ in a profile in Mother Jones. He was born in Massachusetts but moved to the Preston Hollow neighborhood of Dallas when he was about 2 years old. ‘It was a fairly idyllic, suburban childhood,’ Spencer said with a laugh. ‘I remember riding bikes around the neighborhood, and so on. I guess you could say I lived in a bubble to a certain extent, like a lot of the kids in that area. But it was very nice.’ (Photo by Linda Davidson/The Washington Post via Getty Images) WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 20: (L-R) Discussion panelists Peter Brimelow, Jared Taylor, Kevin MacDonald, ‘Millenial Woes’ (thats the name he goes by) and Richard Spencer field questions at an Alt Right ( alternative right) conference hosted by the National Policy Institute in Washington, DC on November 18, 2016. The think tank promotes white nationalism and critics accuse them of being racist and anti-semitic. The chairman of the National Policy Institute, Richard Spencer, has been permanently banned from entering the UK, and was deemed a ‘national security threat’ after his arrest in Hungary in 2014. He was recently banned from Twitter in a prominent purge by the company this week. (Photo by Linda Davidson/The Washington Post via Getty Images) HIDE CAPTION SHOW CAPTION

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Alt-right, socialist groups to rally after cancellation of Coulter talk – Ashland Daily Tidings

Police and university officials said they were bracing for possible trouble whether Coulter comes to campus or not, citing intelligence and online chatter by groups threatening to instigate violence. UPDATE: 12:45 p.m. Eastern BERKELEY, Calif. The International Socialist Organization says it will hold an “Alt Right Delete” rally in downtown Berkeley to show support for free speech and to condemn the views of conservative commentator Ann Coulter and her supporters. Thursday’s rally at noon comes as Gavin McInnes, founder of the pro-Trump “Proud Boys” has said he will speak in the afternoon at Berkeley’s Civic Center Park. He is encouraging similar groups to show up for gathering. Another group called the Orange County Alt Right Group is planning a morning rally in the same place. Coulter’s planned speech at University of California, Berkeley, was canceled and police are preparing for possible violence by the groups with opposing political views. ORIGINAL STORY: BERKELEY, Calif. Ann Coulter said Wednesday that she was forced to cancel her speaking event Thursday at the University of California, Berkeley amid concerns of violence but might still “swing by to say hello” to all her supporters. Police and university officials said they were bracing for possible trouble whether Coulter comes to campus or not, citing intelligence and online chatter by groups threatening to instigate violence. A group of far-right supporters plans to hold a rally Thursday at a Berkeley park to denounce what they claim is an attempt to silence their conservative views. KCBS reports that Gavin McInnes, founder of the pro-Trump “Proud Boys,” says he will speak at 2 p.m. at Civic Center Park and is encouraging other alt-right groups to make a large showing at the gathering. In emails to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Coulter confirmed that her planned speech on illegal immigration, followed by a question-answer session, was canceled. But she remained coy about what she might do instead. “I’m not speaking. But I’m going to be near there, so I might swing by to say hello to my supporters who have flown in from all around the country,” Coulter said in an email. “I thought I might stroll around the graveyard of the First Amendment.” Officials at UC Berkeley said last week they feared renewed violence on campus if Coulter followed through with plans to speak. They cited “very specific intelligence” of threats that could endanger Coulter and students, as Berkeley becomes a platform for extremist protesters on both sides of the political spectrum. Efforts by the university to cancel or delay the Coulter event dealt a blow to Berkeley’s image as a bastion of tolerance and free speech. Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks sent a letter to the campus Wednesday saying the university is committed to defending free speech but also to protecting its students. “This is a university, not a battlefield,” Dirks said in the letter. “The university has two non-negotiable commitments, one to Free Speech the other to the safety of our campus community.”

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A Punch in the Face Was Just the Start of the Alt-Right’s Attack on a Berkeley Protester – Mother Jones

A video of Nathan Damigo (top) and Emily Rose Marshall (below) during the street fighting in Berkeley on April 15 went viral. Stephen Lam/Reuters via ZUMA Press) On Saturday, April 15, Emily Rose Marshall drove up to Berkeley, California, from Los Angeles with a group of friends who were part of the anarchist Oak Roots Collective. They had heard about the “free speech” rally being held in Berkeley by an array of Donald Trump supporters, militiamen, and white supremacists. “We saw this was a rally meant to uplift neo-Nazis and the alt-right,” Marshall says. “We wanted to be bodies yelling and screaming in the street, adding to the number of people letting neo-Nazis know they couldn’t just show up for racism.” By the time Marshall and her friends arrived in downtown Berkeley, the scene had devolved into street skirmishes between the right-wing side and “antifascist” counterprotesters. She and her friends were dressed in black like their “antifa” comrades, masking their faces to protect their identities. They went near the front line where people were facing off. An antifa activist lobbed a tear gas canister, but the wind blew the cloud back and right wingers rushed the antifa side, swinging. When the short melee was over, Marshall wasn’t entirely sure what had just happened. Marshall, a 95-pound, 20-year-old white woman with dreadlocks who also goes by the alias Louise Rosealma, had been punched at least twice. The crew of right wingers who Marshall, her boyfriend, and others had tussled with for a minute ran up the street in pursuit of other antifa. She didn’t know it yet, but the man who had hit her was Nathan Damigo, a 30-year-old ex-Marine and head of the white nationalist group Identity Evropa. Within minutes, a video of her getting punched was on its way to going viral. Blood was streaming from Marshall’s boyfriend’s nose, which looked like it might be broken. They left the rally and went to a hospital. After she got in the car, she checked her phone. Hate emails started streaming in. “Would you be interested in doing a role play photoshoot,” read one she later forwarded to me, “where you are being beaten and raped (simulated), by a group of white nationalists?” “I absolutely love watching you get punched in your ugly ass face on YouTube. I can watch it over and over,” another read. “Might I suggest leaping your ugly, hairy ass from a tall building? Or, perhaps, swallow a bottle of sleeping pills? How’s it feel to finally be treated like a man? Haha.” Since then, she says she’s received more than 1,500 harassing or threatening messages via email, Facebook, and Instagram. How did they know who Marshall was, and so quickly? One emailer signed off, “Praise Kek and Hail Victory,” hinting at the source of the storm. “Kek” is the god of a satirical religion that originated in the meme-driven world of 4chan, the online message board popular among the so-called alt-right. Archived 4chan threads provide a glimpse into workings of the alt-right hive mind on the day of the Berkeley showdown. “Looks like a rat faced kike,” one commenter wrote shortly after the punching video was posted. Threads discussing the video became interspersed with memes of cartoon Jews with oversized noses. “That Jew whore thought she was the Jew bear,” one poster wrote. (Marshall is not Jewish.) Within hours of her getting punched, people on 4chan and other message boards publicized Marshall’s home address and contact information for her parents, grandmother, and 15-year-old brother. They discovered that she’d appeared in pornography. They turned explicit images of her into memes and posted links to her sex videos on her grandmother’s Facebook page. Before Marshall got back to Los Angeles that Saturday night, her mom had received so many calls that she’d unplugged the phone. Some on 4chan went to work building a case justifying Damigo’s decision to punch Marshall. Before arriving at the rally, she’d posted on Facebook that she was “determined to bring back 100 nazi [sic] scalps,” a reference to the Quentin Tarantino movie Inglourious Basterds. This was presented as evidence that she’d come to fight and was therefore a fair target. Posters also found a Reuters photo and a video showing Marshall holding a glass bottle as Damigo rushed toward her. Some online posters claimed she had been throwing bottles at them. A military gear site called Tactical Shit claimed Marshall was putting powerful M80 firecrackers inside bottles and throwing them at rally attendees: “She was literally making IEDs. This makes her no better than the Boston Marathon bomber.” Damigo, the site claimed, was eliminating a bomb threat. Marshall insists none of this is true. She says she picked the bottle off the ground to stave off attackers when the fight began. There is no evidence to corroborate her account or the alt-right’s. All that is clear based on video of the incident is that Marshall was holding a bottle as Damigo rushed in and hit her. She fell to the ground, dropped the bottle, got up, and stumbled away. A moment later, Damigo found her again and punched her in the face. (Asked for a comment from Damigo, Identity Evropa responded, “The video footage and photographs of the event as well as Miss Rosealma’s social media speak for themselves. Other than that we have no further comment.”) The alt-right is aware that the new fight with its anti-fascist opponents is as much a clash of brawn on the streets as a culture war online. During the lead up to the April 15 rally, one 4chan commenter described it as “a battle on the front lines and the lefties help us make fun memes for the ages.” At the rally, some right-wing attendees carried signs referencing obscure 4chan memes. Even as people were fighting in the streets, the 4chan meme factory was already churning out content. Meme warfare is uniquely suited to the far right. Unlike the antifa’s culture of anonymity, the far-right rallies around visible strongmen. Outlandish costumes like Spartan helmets and outrageous acts like Damigo’s “Falcon Punch” create excellent hero memes, which galvanize supporters and refute critics. Where a man punching a woman in the face would have previously been seen as an act of cowardice, it is now quickly recast as an act of heroism against terrorism, of moralism over hedonism, or of the master race against Jewish globalists. The alt-right tried to identify others at the Berkeley rally as well. Message boards posted pictures and purported names of various antifa activists who’d shown up in Berkeley. One antifa man who hit someone in the head with a bike lock was allegedly identified through a meticulous effort of combing through images of the rally and matching the sunglasses and facial hair of an unmasked man with the masked bike lock wielder’s. Berkeley Police Department spokesperson Sergeant Andrew Frankel says the BPD is aware of the video, but he declined to state whether it is pursuing charges against Damigo. Marshall says she has avoided pressing assault charges against Damigo because she is afraid that if “they take action against him, I’ll have actual Nazis at my door instead of the trolls.”

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