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Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison is drawing criticism for calling attention to a book that critics say condones a left-leaning group using violence in clashes with white supremacists.

Ellison, the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, posted a photo on Twitter Wednesday of himself posing with the book “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.” The book calls violence during counter-protests “a small though vital sliver of anti-fascist activity.”

Ellison’s post said the book should “strike fear into the heart” of President Donald Trump. The tweet, which drew more than 8,000 comments and more than 2,500 retweets, drew pushback from Republicans, who have criticized the movement’s at-times violent disruptions of speaking engagements and white supremacist rallies.

Minnesota GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan said Ellison’s post amounted to complicity in a movement “that continues to threaten the well-being of Republicans in Minnesota and around the country.”

Spokesman Karthik Ganapathy says Ellison has not read the book but has espoused nonviolence throughout his career.

The antifa, or anti-fascists movement, is a term to describe far-left-leaning militant groups that resist neo-Nazis and white supremacists. It drew more attention in 2017 after clashes at a white supremacists rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August.

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One of the leading figures in the Democratic Party is taking heat on social media for proudly touting the violent far-left group Antifa.

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who serves as DNC deputy chair, tweeted a picture to promote a book called”Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.”

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The sentiment is not shared by other Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, whocondemned violent elements within Antifa, saying violent protesters should be arrested.

“Youre not talking about the far left of the Democratic Party theyre not even Democrats,” Pelosi told the Denver Post editorial board. “A lot of them are socialists or anarchists or whatever.”

Ellison, who lost a close race last year to Tom Perez for leadership of the DNC, was skewered on Twitter for posting the photo.

On Fox Business Network, Democrat and author Doug Schoen said he wishes Ellison would “go away,” but fears Ellison will do the opposite and run for Al Franken’s Senate seat in Minnesota.

“He stands for everything I do not believe and I think is wrong about the Democratic Party,” said Schoen.

He also noted the anti-Israel views espoused by Ellison, who in 2007 became the first Muslim-American to be elected to Congress.

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Rep. Keith Ellison, the deputy chair of the DNC posed with a pro-Antifa book on Twitter Wednesday, saying the book would strike fear in the heart of the president.

I dont know if Rep. Ellison meant to endorse the book or if this was just his way of calling the president a fascist. Either way, this is a pretty extreme comment. Fox News points out that even Nancy Pelosi has made efforts to distance the party from Antifa:

In August, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., condemned what she called the violent actions of people calling themselves Antifa and distanced them from the Democratic Party.

Youre not talking about the far left of the Democratic Party theyre not even Democrats, Pelosi told the Denver Post editorial board. A lot of them are socialists or anarchists or whatever.

Pelosi is partly right. Antifa members arent all Democrats, most of them are fringe anti-capitalists. But saying theyre not the far left of Pelosis party is a pipe dream. If nothing else, the fact that Ellison is embracing this book shows the far left is a lot closer at hand than she believes.

As youve certainly heard by now, the willingness to embrace violence to achieve political ends is Antifas distinctive feature. Thats something theyve demonstrated numerous times in 2017. The Antifa handbook isnt just a descriptive text, its also an endorsement of the groups tactics by author Mark Bray who previously worked as the PR person for Occupy Wall Street. Bray believes the liberal position on freedom of speech is a mistake and instead supports violent confrontation.

Needless to say, if any elected official on the right had taken a selfie with a book promoting political violence, that person would be asked a lot of questions by the media about their commitment to the American system of government. Does Ellison think people should embrace violence? Does he support freedom of speech? Will anyone even ask him?

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What is ‘Antifa’? And why is the media so reluctant to expose it?

Are all Trump supporters violent white supremacists? Clearly not. But you might not know that based on some of the reporting flying around this week.

The mainstream media are oversimplifying what happened this past weekend when riots broke out in Berkeley, California, during a rally for free speech put on by Trump backers. In doing so, the reporting implies that those supporting the president were prepared for violence while those in opposition are simply opposing fascism.

Twenty-one people were arrested Sunday after fistfights broke out near Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park, where a rally for free speech put on by a pro-Trump group Liberty Revival Alliance was scheduled. Rocks were thrown, and sticks and skateboards were used to beat people. Of course, the MSM reporting is slanted.

The Los Angeles Times report on the fighting, for example, takes pains to show how a member of a citizen militia group originating from Montana who came to the rally to protect Trump supporters mightve been looking for a fight. I dont mind hitting the counter-demonstrators, one man tells the Times. In fact, I would kind of enjoy it.

The paper also interviewed a woman on the Left fed up with the violence, a vendor selling organic produce, and a guy handing out empathy kisses. The message, clearly, is that those on the Right were looking for trouble and those on the Left responded.

What the Times and other outlets dont tell you is this was not simply a clash of Trump supporters and counter-protesters.

Just who are the groups involved?

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As some in the mainstream media tell it, on the one hand you have racist white nationalists in support of Trump. This is true. Alt-Right activists such as Nathan Damigo who founded the white supremacist organization Identity Europa can be seen delivering a vicious right-hook to a woman (who, in turn, was assaulting him). But by no means was every Trump backer at this rally for free speech a violent neo-Nazi.

On the other hand, as SFGate reported, several liberal groups were there to counter protest in opposition to Trump. But these were not just milquetoast liberals there to oppose a president they dont like. Specifically, as the Los Angeles Times notes in a different piece, officials raised concerns about the militant black bloc of anti-fascist (Antifa for short) rioters. But dont take the term anti-fascist on its face, as the mainstream media is wont to do. Understand who these people actually are.

Antifa is made up of self-described anarchists radical left-wing thugs who employ violence and intimidation to advance their beliefs.

Theyve shown up previously at Berkeley to shut down a free speech event hosted by provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, leaving damaged property, fires, and assault victims in their wake. They also violently disrupted a March 4 Trump event in March. But you arent hearing as much about Antifa violence as you are about the Alt-Right.

In fact, some outlets are offering outright praise for Antifa.

Ask Esquire magazine and Antifa rioters are noble, anti-racist counter demonstrators a sort of Justice League vigilante group dedicated to shutting down fascist protests.

But this is a radical movement that traces its roots back to World War II, as Mother Jones recounts in The long history of Nazi punching. They employ so-called righteous violence against what they consider to be the forces of fascism. What fascism is nowadays seems to be a subjective definition belonging to whichever particular Antifa thugs show up en force.

One might say Antifas violent tactics, employed around the world, are fascist.

Here in the contemporary U.S., waves of Antifa-driven riots are on the rise in in an effort to silence President Trump and his supporters by any means necessary. Antifa thugs show up at left-wing demonstrations to breed chaos, destruction, and bloodshed. They blend in with and are sometimes aided by the crowd, as National Reviews David French explained in the aftermath of Yiannopoulos Berkeley event in February:

What youll notice (and what youll experience, if you ever find yourself in the middle of violent left-wing protest) is that the rioters and the peaceful protesters have a symbiotic relationship. The rioters break people and destroy things, then melt back into a crowd that often quickly and purposefully closes behind them. Theyre typically cheered wildly (to be sure, some yell at them to stop) and often treated as heroes by the rest of the mob almost like theyre the SEAL Team Six of left-wing protest.

The Battle of Berkeley, as some are calling it, was a dangerous, violent, bloody mess. Instigators, Antifa and Alt-Right, should be roundly condemned.

But at the moment, the American people are only getting one side of the story from the mainstream media. The majority of the MSMs intense focus is applied to white nationalist groups, while Antifa is being cast in a heroic role opposed to the Alt-Rights violence.

The mainstream media wax poetic on the dangers of the nationalist populist Alt-Right. They ought to be wary of normalizing Antifas brand of radical Alt-Left violence.

Editors note: The title to this piece has been updated to correct a grammatical error.

Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in Politics and Economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are Conservative Political Philosophy, the American Founding, and Progressive Rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations@ChrisCPandolfo.

Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.

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This article is about the U.S. political movement. For other groups with similar names in other languages, see Antifa.

The Antifa (English: or )[1] movement is a conglomeration of autonomous, self-styled anti-fascist groups in the United States.[2][3][4] The principal feature of antifa groups is their opposition to fascism through the use of direct action.[5] They engage in militant protest tactics, which has included property damage and physical violence.[2][6][7][8] They tend to be anti-government and anti-capitalist[9] and they are predominantly far-left and militant left,[10][5] which includes anarchists, communists and socialists.[11][12][13][14] Their stated focus is on fighting far-right and white supremacist ideologies directly, rather than on encouraging pro-left policy.[5]

The antifa movement is a new force in American politics since the election of Donald Trump. It draws in part from a tradition of anti-fascism in the United States which stretches back a century, tracing its roots to the 1920s and 1930s, when militant leftists were involved in battles against American pro-Nazi organizations such as theFriends of New Germany.[15] Although there is no organizational connection, the lineage of antifa in America can be traced to Weimar Germany,[16] where the first group described as “antifa” was Antifaschistische Aktion, formed in 1932 with the involvement of the Communist Party of Germany.[17]

After World War II, but prior to the development of the modern antifa movement, violent confrontations with Fascist elements continued sporadically. In 1958 over 500 Lumbee men armed with rocks, sticks and firearms attacked and disrupted a Ku Klux Klan rally, wounding several Klansmen in an event known as the Battle of Hayes Pond. In 1979 the Communist Workers’ Party confronted a local Ku Klux Klan chapter, first by disrupting a screening of The Birth of a Nation in China Grove, North Carolina and later organizing a rally and a march against the Klan on November 3 called the “Death to the Klan March” by the CWP.[18] The Maoists distributed flyers that “called for radical, even violent opposition to the Klan”[19], suggesting the Klan should be physically beaten and chased out of town.”[20] In response, as the marchers collected, a caravan of ten cars (and a van) filled with an estimated 40 KKK and American Nazi Party members confronted the protesters, culminating in a shootout known as the Greensboro Massacre.

Modern antifa politics can be traced to resistance to waves of xenophobia, the emergence of white power culture and the infiltration of neo-Nazi skinheads in Britain’s punk scene in the 1970s and 1980s.In response to neo-Nazism gaining prominence in Germany, after the fall of the Berlin Wall unleashed a violent backlash, a cadre of young leftists, including many anarchists, punk fans, revolutionaries and migrants, organized self-defence groups and revived the tradition of street-level anti-fascist demonstration.[10] Liberal columnist Peter Beinart writes that “in the late ’80s, left-wing punk fans in the United States began following suit, though they initially called their groups Anti-Racist Action, on the theory that Americans would be more familiar with fighting racism than they would be with fighting fascism. According to Mark Bray, the author of the forthcoming Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, these activists toured with popular alternative bands in the ’90s, trying to ensure that neo-Nazis did not recruit their fans. In 2002, they disrupted a speech by the head of the World Church of the Creator, a white-supremacist group in Pennsylvania; 25 people were arrested in the resulting brawl”.[10]

In the United States and Canada, activists ofAnti-Racist Action Network (ARA) the direct precursor of many contemporary US antifa groups whose growth was spurred by the punk rock[21] and skinhead scene of the late 1980s,[10][22] doggedly pursued Klansmen, neo-Nazis and other assorted white supremacists into the 2000s. Their motto was simple but bold: “We go where they go”. If Nazi skinheads handed out leaflets at a punk show in Indiana about how “Hitler was right”, ARA was there to show them the door. If fascists plastered downtown Alberta’s Edmonton with racist posters, ARA tore them down and replaced them with anti-racist slogans.[23] Other antifa groups in the U.S. have other genealogies, see for example in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where a group called the Baldies formed in 1987 with the intent to fight neo-Nazi groups directly.[9]

The antifa movement is composed of autonomous groups and thus has no formal organization.[10][24] Antifa groups either form loose support networks, such as NYC Antifa, or operate independently.[25] Activists typically organize protests via social media and through websites and email lists.[10][24] Some activists have built peer-to-peer networks, or use encrypted-texting services like Signal.[26] According to Salon, it is an organizing strategy, not a group of people.[27] While its numbers cannot be estimated accurately, the movement has grown since the 2016 presidential election and approximately 200 groups currently exist in the US, of varying sizes and levels of engagement.[16] The activists involved subscribe to a range of ideologies, typically on the left and they include anarchists, socialists and communists along with some liberals and social democrats.[28][29][30]

According to Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at the California State University, San Bernardino, Antifa activists participate in violent actions because “they believe that elites are controlling the government and the media. So they need to make a statement head-on against the people who they regard as racist”.[2] According to Mark Bray, a historian at Dartmouth College sympathetic to the antifa movement’s goals, the adherents “reject turning to the police or the state to halt the advance of white supremacy. Instead they advocate popular opposition to fascism as we witnessed in Charlottesville”.[29]

The idea of direct action is central to the antifa movement. Antifa organizer Scott Crow told an interviewer: “The idea in Antifa is that we go where they [right-wingers] go. That hate speech is not free speech. That if you are endangering people with what you say and the actions that are behind them, then you do not have the right to do that. And so we go to cause conflict, to shut them down where they are, because we don’t believe that Nazis or fascists of any stripe should have a mouthpiece”.[2] A manual posted on It’s Going Down, an anarchist website, warns against accepting “people who just want to fight”. It furthermore notes that “physically confronting and defending against fascists is a necessary part of anti-fascist work, but is not the only or even necessarily the most important part”.

According to Beinart, antifa activists “try to publicly identify white supremacists and get them fired from their jobs and evicted from their apartments”, in addition to “disrupt(ing) [sic] white-supremacist rallies, including by force”.[32] According to a Washington Post book review, antifa tactics include “no platforming”, i.e. denying their targets platforms from which to speak; obstructing their events and defacing their propaganda; and when antifa activists deem it necessary, deploying violence to deter them.[30] According to National Public Radio, “people who speak for the Antifa movement acknowledge they sometimes carry clubs and sticks” and their “approach is confrontational”.[33]CNN describes antifa as “known for causing damage to property during protests”.[2] Scott Crow, described by CNN as “a longtime Antifa organizer”, argues that destroying property is not a form of violence.[2] The groups have been associated with physical violence in public against police[34] and against people whose political views its activists deem repugnant.[35] Antifa activists used clubs and dyed liquids against the white supremacists in Charlottesville[36] and caused property damage.[2] In one incident, an apparent antifa supporter punched white supremacist Richard Spencer in the face as he was giving an impromptu street interview[37][38] and on another occasion, in Berkeley, it was reported that some threw Molotov cocktails.[2]

Apart from the other activities, antifa activists engage in mutual aid, such as disaster response in the case of Hurricane Harvey.[39][40] According to Natasha Lennard in The Nation, antifa “collectives are working with interfaith groups and churches in cities around the country to create a New Sanctuary Movement, continuing and expanding a 40-year-old practice of providing spaces for refugees and immigrants, which entails outright refusal to cooperate with ICE”.[41]

In June 2017, the antifa movement was linked to “anarchist extremism” by the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.[42] In September 2017, an article in Politico stated that the website had obtained confidential documents and interviews indicating that in April 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation believed that “anarchist extremists” were the primary instigators of violence at public rallies against a range of targets. The Department of Homeland Security was said to have classified their activities as domestic terrorism. Politico interviewed law enforcement officials who noted a rise in activity since the beginning of the Trump administration, particularly a rise in recruitment (and on the part of the far right as well) since the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally. Politico stated that one internal assessment acknowledged an inability to penetrate the groups’ “diffuse and decentralized organizational structure”. Politico also reported that the agencies were (as of April 2016) monitoring “conduct deemed potentially suspicious and indicative of terrorist activity”.[43]

Antifa groups, along with black bloc activists, were among those who protested the 2016 election of Donald Trump.[10][41] They also participated in the February 2017 Berkeley protests against alt-right[44][45][46][47] speaker Milo Yiannopoulos, where they gained mainstream attention,[24] with media reporting them “throwing Molotov cocktails and smashing windows”[2] and causing $100,000 worth of damage.[48] Before the talk, there were rumors that he planned to out undocumented students in his speech. Yiannopoulos denied the rumors, saying that he was not planning to target individual students, rather he planned to campaign against “sanctuary campuses”.[49][50][26]

In April 2017, two groups described as “anti-fascist/anarchist”, including the socialist/environmentalist Direct Action Alliance, threatened to disrupt the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade after hearing the Multnomah County Republican Party would participate. The parade organizers also received an anonymous email, saying: “You have seen how much power we have downtown and that the police cannot stop us from shutting down roads so please consider your decision wisely”. The two groups denied having anything to do with the email. The parade was ultimately canceled by the organizers due to safety concerns.[51][52]

On June 15, 2017, some antifa groups joined protestors at Evergreen State College to oppose Patriot Prayer’s event. Patriot Prayer was supporting biology professor Bret Weinstein who became the central figure in a controversy after he criticized changes to one of the college’s events. In addition to the peaceful antifa activists who held up a “community love” sign, USA Today reported that one slashed the tires of right-wing activist Joey Gibson and another was wrestled to the ground by Patriot Prayer activists after being seen with a knife.[53]

Antifa counter-protesters at the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017 “certainly used clubs and dyed liquids against the white supremacists”.[36] Journalist Adele Stan interviewed an antifa protester at the rally who said that the sticks carried by the protesters are a justifiable countermeasure to the fact that “the right has a goon squad”.[54] Some antifa participants at the Charlottesville rally chanted that counter-protesters should “punch a Nazi in the mouth”.[33] Antifa participants also protected Cornel West and various clergy from attack by white supremacists, with West stating he felt that antifa had “saved his life”.[55][56] Another religious leader stated that antifa activists defended the First United Methodist Church, where the Charlottesville Clergy Collective provided refreshments, music and training to the counter-protesters and “chased [the white supremacists] off with sticks”.[55][57]

Groups that had been preparing to protest the Boston Free Speech Rally saw their plans become viral following the violence in Charlottesville. The event drew a largely peaceful crowd of 40,000 counter-protestors. In The Atlantic, McKay Coppins stated that the 33 people arrested for violent incidents were “mostly egged on by the minority of ‘Antifa’ agitators in the crowd”.[58] President Trump described the protestors outside his August 2017 rally in Phoenix, Arizona as “Antifa”.[59]

During a Berkeley protest on August 27, 2017, an estimated one hundred antifa protesters joined a crowd of 2,0004,000 counter-protesters to attack a reported “handful” of alt-right demonstrators and Trump supporters who showed up for a “Say No to Marxism” rally that had been cancelled by organizers due to security concerns. Some antifa activists beat and kicked unarmed demonstrators[48][60] and threatened to smash the cameras of anyone who filmed them.[61]Jesse Arreguin, the mayor of Berkeley, suggested classifying the city’s antifa as a gang.[62] The group Patriot Prayer cancelled an event in San Francisco the same day following counter protests. Joey Gibson, the founder of Patriot Prayer, blamed antifa, along with By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), for breaking up the event.[63]

Antifa actions have been subject to criticism from Republicans, Democrats and political commentators in the U.S. media.[64][65][66]House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi condemned the violence of “Antifa” activists in Berkeley on August 29, 2017.[67] Conservative talk show host and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham suggested labeling antifa as a terrorist organization.[68]Trevor Noah, host of the popular late-night television program The Daily Show jokingly referred to antifa as “Vegan ISIS”.[69] Several antifa protesters have been arrested for property damage, assault with a deadly weapon as well as for other charges.[70][71]

In August 2017, a petition requesting that “AntiFa” be classified by the Pentagon as a terrorist organization was launched on the White House petitioning system We the People. It gathered more than 100,000 signatures in three days and therefore under policy set by the Obama administration would have received an official review and response from the White House (at over 300,000 signatures, by late August it was the third most-signed submission posted).[72] However, the precedent set by the Obama administration of issuing formal responses to petitions which exceed the 100,000 signature threshold has not been continued by the Trump administration, which has not responded to any petitions on the site.[73] The originator of the “AntiFa” petition, who goes by the pseudonym “Microchip”, remarked to Politico that getting conservatives to share and discuss the petition was the entire point, rather than prompting any concrete action by the government. As of October 2017, the petition has over 350,000 signatures.[74]

In August 2017, a #PunchWhiteWomen photo hoax campaign was started by members of the alt-right in an attempt to discredit the antifa movement.[75] In August 2017, the image of British actress Anna Friel portraying a battered woman in a 2007 Women’s Aid anti-domestic violence campaign was re-purposed using fake antifa Twitter accounts organized by way of 4chan, which was discovered after an investigation by Bellingcat researcher Eliot Higgins. The image is captioned “53% of white women voted for Trump, 53% of white women should look like this” and includes an antifa flag. Another image featuring an injured woman is captioned “She chose to be a Nazi. Choices have consequences” and includes the hashtag #PunchANazi. Eliot Higgins remarked to the BBC that “[t]his was a transparent and quite pathetic attempt, but I wouldn’t be surprised if white nationalist groups try to mount more sophisticated attacks in the future”.[76]

A report by ProPublica said that both overtly and covertly pro-Russian social media accounts were found using the hashtag #Antifa in reference to the events and aftermath of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.[77] Nafeesa Syeed of Bloomberg reported that “[t]he most-tweeted link in the Russian-linked network followed by the researchers was a petition to declare Antifa a terrorist group”.[78]

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The anti-fascism movement, “antifa,”which is more of a protesting tactic than a formal group, has been the subject of blamein a growing number of bizarreandfalseconspiracy theories floated by right-wing pundits in recent months.

Take the mass shooting in Las Vegas that claimed scores of lives:Antifa was not involved, despite a theory otherwise. Then, antifawas blamed for a fake civil warplot. It never happenedbecause such a thing was never planned. Antifawas also blamed for a mass shooting in a Texas church. Again, the shooting had nothing to do with anti-fascism, or with left-wing protesters in general.

On Monday, some of the usual conspiracy theory suspectsconservative media personality Mike Cernovich, President Donald Trump mega-fan Jack Posobiec, the far-right website Gateway Punditand Alex Joness InfoWarsall brought up antifain the context ofa fatal train derailment in Washington state, and they did so before investigators had even announced any formalexplanation for the crash.

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What we know about the derailment is that more than a dozencars ofan Amtrak train jumped the tracks, injuring scores of peopleand killing an unknown number of others near Dupont, an area south of Tacoma, Washington. What we dont know is what caused the accident,though right-wing pundits were pushingout insinuations before a death toll couldbe established.

Cernovich, who has pushed several other conspiracies tied to antifa,observed to his fans that ANTIFA has a long and verifiable track record of obstructing train tracks, committing violence. His friend Posobiec, who on Twitter doxed one of the women who accused Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct this November, leaking her work address and a recent photo to his followers, used the forum to tie antifato the deadly derailment. Antifa has targeted trains for weeks very near where the Amtrak derailment tragedy took place today, Posobiec mused. Gateway Pundit pushed the theory as well, falsely accusingIts Going Down, a well-trafficked antifascist website, of covering up its associations with the derailment.PJ Media, another right-wing site, picked up on the conspiracy, as did Jones.

The scene of a portion of the Interstate 5 highway after an Amtrak high-speed train derailed from an overpass early on December 18, near the city of Tacoma, Washington. KATHRYN ELSESSER/AFP/Getty Images

FLASHBACK: ANTIFA ADMITS TRAIN TRACK SABOTAGE NEAR TACOMA TO STOP FRACKING, a headline on InfoWars read. Antifa behind Tacoma train wreck?

The basis of the conspiracy appears to be a post published on a website called Puget Sound Anarchists that was rerunon a number of left-leaning sites and activist blogs earlier this year.

Early in the morning of April 20th we poured concrete on the train tracks that lead out of the Port of Olympia to block any trains from using the tracks, the April 21post read, adding that the groupnotified the train company of its actions. We did this not to avoid damaging a train, nothing would bring bigger grins to our faces, but to avoid the risk of injuring railway workers.

Blocking trains that carry fracking equipmentand other materials related to the production of fossil fuelshas long been a tactic of environmental protesters. In May 2016, for example, 52 activists were cited for trespassing in Washington State after blocking a train that was headed to two refineries. That protest was part of the so-called Break Freeprotests, urging people to disengage with fossil fuels due to issues related to man-made climate change.

People on the right became familiar with the April post onPuget Sound Anarchists because it ran concurrently on the website It’s Going Down, which has gained a widereach by reporting on alleged fascism and left-wing activism from an anti-fascist perspective following Trump’s election. After right-wing provocateurs seized on the post as something meant to incite violence (the post goes out of its way to discourage violence), It’s Going Down denounced the accusations to Newsweek and said it removed the post from its websitemonths before Monday’s train derailment.

Newsweek asked Cernovich why he felt it was important to talk about antifa in the context of this train incident. He wrote in response that ANTIFA groups shouldnt pour concrete on train tracks; however there is no proof they did.He said that the derailment could be an accident, poor infrastructure, antifa or ISIS. (The Islamic State militant grouphas also been blamed for the accident on the imageboard site 8chan, and other sites that traffic in conspiracy theories.) Trump himself cited poor infrastructure as a national issue in the aftermath of the derailment, and declined to name any other potential causes.

Anti-fascist activists have expressed frustration to Newsweek over having to repeatedly push back against a wave of what they call baseless conspiracy theories attached to their protests this year. They argue that the conspiracies are being spun deliberately and in bad faith. One comparedthe trend to the demonization of environmentalists and Black Lives Matter activists.

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An injured Trump supporter holds a sign during a free speech rally at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Berkeley, California, United States of America on April 15, 2017. Emily Molli | NurPhoto

Are all Trump supporters violent white supremacists? Clearly not. But you might not know that based on some of the reporting flying around this week.

The mainstream media are oversimplifying what happened this past weekend when riots broke out in Berkeley, California, during a rally for free speech put on by Trump backers. In doing so, the reporting implies that those supporting the president were prepared for violence while those in opposition are simply opposing fascism.

Twenty-one people were arrested Sunday after fistfights broke out near Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park, where a rally for free speech put on by a pro-Trump group Liberty Revival Alliance was scheduled. Rocks were thrown, and sticks and skateboards were used to beat people. Of course, the MSM reporting is slanted.

The Los Angeles Times report on the fighting, for example, takes pains to show how a member of a citizen militia group originating from Montana who came to the rally to protect Trump supporters mightve been looking for a fight. I dont mind hitting the counter-demonstrators, one man tells the Times. In fact, I would kind of enjoy it.

The paper also interviewed a woman on the Left fed up with the violence, a vendor selling organic produce, and a guy handing out empathy kisses. The message, clearly, is that those on the Right were looking for trouble and those on the Left responded.

What the Times and other outlets dont tell you is this was not simply a clash of Trump supporters and counter-protesters.

Just who are the groups involved?

How do we stop the mainstream media from warping the national narrative? We push back together. With the truth. Be the first to receive CRTVs free weapon against the worst the media has to offer. Introducing WTF MSM!?

As some in the mainstream media tell it, on the one hand you have racist white nationalists in support of Trump. This is true. Alt-Right activists such as Nathan Damigo who founded the white supremacist organization Identity Europa can be seen delivering a vicious right-hook to a woman (who, in turn, was assaulting him). But by no means was every Trump backer at this rally for free speech a violent neo-Nazi.

On the other hand, as SFGate reported, several liberal groups were there to counter protest in opposition to Trump. But these were not just milquetoast liberals there to oppose a president they dont like. Specifically, as the Los Angeles Times notes in a different piece, officials raised concerns about the militant black bloc of anti-fascist (Antifa for short) rioters. But dont take the term anti-fascist on its face, as the mainstream media is wont to do. Understand who these people actually are.

Antifa is made up of self-described anarchists radical left-wing thugs who employ violence and intimidation to advance their beliefs.

Theyve shown up previously at Berkeley to shut down a free speech event hosted by provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, leaving damaged property, fires, and assault victims in their wake. They also violently disrupted a March 4 Trump event in March. But you arent hearing as much about Antifa violence as you are about the Alt-Right.

In fact, some outlets are offering outright praise for Antifa.

Ask Esquire magazine and Antifa rioters are noble, anti-racist counter demonstrators a sort of Justice League vigilante group dedicated to shutting down fascist protests.

But this is a radical movement that traces its roots back to World War II, as Mother Jones recounts in The long history of Nazi punching. They employ so-called righteous violence against what they consider to be the forces of fascism. What fascism is nowadays seems to be a subjective definition belonging to whichever particular Antifa thugs show up en force.

One might say Antifas violent tactics, employed around the world, are fascist.

Here in the contemporary U.S., waves of Antifa-driven riots are on the rise in in an effort to silence President Trump and his supporters by any means necessary. Antifa thugs show up at left-wing demonstrations to breed chaos, destruction, and bloodshed. They blend in with and are sometimes aided by the crowd, as National Reviews David French explained in the aftermath of Yiannopoulos Berkeley event in February:

What youll notice (and what youll experience, if you ever find yourself in the middle of violent left-wing protest) is that the rioters and the peaceful protesters have a symbiotic relationship. The rioters break people and destroy things, then melt back into a crowd that often quickly and purposefully closes behind them. Theyre typically cheered wildly (to be sure, some yell at them to stop) and often treated as heroes by the rest of the mob almost like theyre the SEAL Team Six of left-wing protest.

The Battle of Berkeley, as some are calling it, was a dangerous, violent, bloody mess. Instigators, Antifa and Alt-Right, should be roundly condemned.

But at the moment, the American people are only getting one side of the story from the mainstream media. The majority of the MSMs intense focus is applied to white nationalist groups, while Antifa is being cast in a heroic role opposed to the Alt-Rights violence.

The mainstream media wax poetic on the dangers of the nationalist populist Alt-Right. They ought to be wary of normalizing Antifas brand of radical Alt-Left violence.

Editor’s note: The title to this piece has been updated to correct a grammatical error.

Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in Politics and Economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are Conservative Political Philosophy, the American Founding, and Progressive Rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations@ChrisCPandolfo.

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Antifa – Wiktionary

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Antifa

anti-fascist movement

Short for Anti-Fascistische Actie.

Antifaf

Short for Antifaschismus and/or Antifaschistische Aktion.

Antifaf (genitive Antifa, plural Antifas)

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Did an Antifascist Group Put Up Anti-White Posters in Seattle?

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On 5 December 2016, a photographpurportedly showing a poster warning against the propagation of whites was published to the web site Imgur. A few days later, University of Washingtonscollege newspaperreported that a similar poster had been taped to a pole near the campus bookstore:

This past Monday, Dec. 5, a friend of mine noticed and took a picture of this poster taped up near the UW Book Store. Addressed to those who choose to date white people, it warns that propagation of whites will not be tolerated, and that those who choose to date white people have been warned.

This is a crystal-clear threat against people of color in the Seattle community. I would argue that, implicitly, it is especially a threat against women of color. I know such women who felt shocked and afraid for their safety after seeing its toxic message, a message that is unequivocally a racist and violent threat.

On 6 December 2016, Emerald City Antifa postedto Facebook a message saying that they had nothing to do with either the creation or the distribution of the poster. It also responded to several comments explaining that the message expressed on the poster was not in line with their views:

Another heads up we did not create or distribute this one either. This is not our message. This come across like what white supremacists tell each other about anti-fascists. Not very clever! Still, annoying.

Again, we did not post this sign. This isnt even a thinly disguised political agenda by far right trolls the language could be used as a recruiting technique to convince people that white people are under attack as a group, vs white supremacy is under attack as a systemic oppression.

Because so many people have been asking us again, heres our response to these posters:

We did not make them. We did not put them up. This is not what we believe. The only people aware of what Antifa does and still thinks were anti-white are racists. Period.

We are much more ideologically sound and arty than that KKKrap. Promise.

Read the words of it. Its exactly like their fantasy/nightmare of white genocide and anti-whiteness that the think anyone who hates racism believes in. We dont have any actual evidence they did this, but this is the type of shit they do.

Date whoever you like.

It is unclear who was responsible for creating this poster, but it may have been an attempt to smear this particular group or divert attention from the people who actually put up the posters. Shortly after the image was posted, several messages encouraging people to spread a similar poster were posted to the web site 4chan:

You guys should spread these posters instead of the alt-right and white identity stuff. Go overboard with irony like Yuri described.

Tbf, this is the right way to redpill the population. Theyre too dumb and sheepled to wake up when shown facts, so you have to go so far into fiction that they cant suspend their belief any more. What will save the white race is not a new wave of brownshirts purifying ideology, it is an explosion of Antifa that then eats itself.

I wonder if I can get a printer to print these

I honestly cant tell if this is actually an ANTIFA poster, or an alt-righter who posted this to stop racemixing.

Someone should start a low key effort to spread propaganda to make antifa look even dumber

The domainEmeraldCityAntifa.com does not belong to the anti-fascist group, but instead the is being used to promote a book byMilo Yiannopoulos, Breitbartsformer senior editor, who shared the imageto his Facebook page on 28 March 2017. The Global Antifa page claimed that Yiannopoulos was using fake racist flyers to create buzz for his book:

Milo Yiannopoulos is at it again! This time, he is using fake racist flyers to make Emerald City Antifa in Seattle look like bigots! If you see these flyers in Seattle, rip them down! ECA would never post garbage like this!

He has even created a fake ECA website that links people to his own websites and Breitbart articles. Youre all getting trolled by Milo:

It is unclear if Yiannopoulos created the poster or if he was simply capitalizing on the controversy. According to Who.is, the web site was not created until February 2017, more than two months after the poster started to circulate.

We have reached out to the group for more information.

Got a tip or a rumor? Contact us here.

Bruell, Alex. Ridiculous Anti-White Politics Are Threatening People of Color in Seattle. The Daily. 9 December 2016.

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Rep. Keith Ellison draws fire for tweet about Antifa handbook …

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison is drawing criticism for calling attention to a book that critics say condones a left-leaning group using violence in clashes with white supremacists. Ellison, the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, posted a photo on Twitter Wednesday of himself posing with the book “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.” The book calls violence during counter-protests “a small though vital sliver of anti-fascist activity.” Ellison’s post said the book should “strike fear into the heart” of President Donald Trump. The tweet, which drew more than 8,000 comments and more than 2,500 retweets, drew pushback from Republicans, who have criticized the movement’s at-times violent disruptions of speaking engagements and white supremacist rallies. Minnesota GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan said Ellison’s post amounted to complicity in a movement “that continues to threaten the well-being of Republicans in Minnesota and around the country.” Spokesman Karthik Ganapathy says Ellison has not read the book but has espoused nonviolence throughout his career. The antifa, or anti-fascists movement, is a term to describe far-left-leaning militant groups that resist neo-Nazis and white supremacists. It drew more attention in 2017 after clashes at a white supremacists rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August. RELATED: What is Antifa? Virginia clashes bring attention to anti-fascist movement

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DNC Deputy Keith Ellison Blasted for Tweet Touting Antifa …

DNC Vice Chair Keith Ellison Compares Dreamers to Jews in Nazi Germany Dershowitz on DNC Vote: Ellison’s Defeat Is Win in ‘War Against Bigotry’ One of the leading figures in the Democratic Party is taking heat on social media for proudly touting the violent far-left group Antifa. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who serves as DNC deputy chair, tweeted a picture to promote a book called”Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.” Antifa Website Calls for Violence Against Trump Supporters The sentiment is not shared by other Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, whocondemned violent elements within Antifa, saying violent protesters should be arrested. “Youre not talking about the far left of the Democratic Party theyre not even Democrats,” Pelosi told the Denver Post editorial board. “A lot of them are socialists or anarchists or whatever.” Ellison, who lost a close race last year to Tom Perez for leadership of the DNC, was skewered on Twitter for posting the photo. On Fox Business Network, Democrat and author Doug Schoen said he wishes Ellison would “go away,” but fears Ellison will do the opposite and run for Al Franken’s Senate seat in Minnesota. “He stands for everything I do not believe and I think is wrong about the Democratic Party,” said Schoen. He also noted the anti-Israel views espoused by Ellison, who in 2007 became the first Muslim-American to be elected to Congress. Watch the discussion above. NFL’s TV Ratings Dropped 10 Percent This Season Amid Lower Attendance Scaramucci: Author’s Claim That Trump Didn’t Want to Win Election Is ‘Nonsense’

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Rep. Keith Ellison, the deputy chair of the DNC posed with a pro-Antifa book on Twitter Wednesday, saying the book would strike fear in the heart of the president. I dont know if Rep. Ellison meant to endorse the book or if this was just his way of calling the president a fascist. Either way, this is a pretty extreme comment. Fox News points out that even Nancy Pelosi has made efforts to distance the party from Antifa: In August, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., condemned what she called the violent actions of people calling themselves Antifa and distanced them from the Democratic Party. Youre not talking about the far left of the Democratic Party theyre not even Democrats, Pelosi told the Denver Post editorial board. A lot of them are socialists or anarchists or whatever. Pelosi is partly right. Antifa members arent all Democrats, most of them are fringe anti-capitalists. But saying theyre not the far left of Pelosis party is a pipe dream. If nothing else, the fact that Ellison is embracing this book shows the far left is a lot closer at hand than she believes. As youve certainly heard by now, the willingness to embrace violence to achieve political ends is Antifas distinctive feature. Thats something theyve demonstrated numerous times in 2017. The Antifa handbook isnt just a descriptive text, its also an endorsement of the groups tactics by author Mark Bray who previously worked as the PR person for Occupy Wall Street. Bray believes the liberal position on freedom of speech is a mistake and instead supports violent confrontation. Needless to say, if any elected official on the right had taken a selfie with a book promoting political violence, that person would be asked a lot of questions by the media about their commitment to the American system of government. Does Ellison think people should embrace violence? Does he support freedom of speech? Will anyone even ask him?

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What is ‘Antifa’? And why is the media so reluctant to expose it?

Are all Trump supporters violent white supremacists? Clearly not. But you might not know that based on some of the reporting flying around this week. The mainstream media are oversimplifying what happened this past weekend when riots broke out in Berkeley, California, during a rally for free speech put on by Trump backers. In doing so, the reporting implies that those supporting the president were prepared for violence while those in opposition are simply opposing fascism. Twenty-one people were arrested Sunday after fistfights broke out near Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park, where a rally for free speech put on by a pro-Trump group Liberty Revival Alliance was scheduled. Rocks were thrown, and sticks and skateboards were used to beat people. Of course, the MSM reporting is slanted. The Los Angeles Times report on the fighting, for example, takes pains to show how a member of a citizen militia group originating from Montana who came to the rally to protect Trump supporters mightve been looking for a fight. I dont mind hitting the counter-demonstrators, one man tells the Times. In fact, I would kind of enjoy it. The paper also interviewed a woman on the Left fed up with the violence, a vendor selling organic produce, and a guy handing out empathy kisses. The message, clearly, is that those on the Right were looking for trouble and those on the Left responded. What the Times and other outlets dont tell you is this was not simply a clash of Trump supporters and counter-protesters. Just who are the groups involved? How do we stop the mainstream media from warping the national narrative? We push back together. With the truth. Be the first to receive CRTVs free weapon against the worst the media has to offer. Introducing WTF MSM!? As some in the mainstream media tell it, on the one hand you have racist white nationalists in support of Trump. This is true. Alt-Right activists such as Nathan Damigo who founded the white supremacist organization Identity Europa can be seen delivering a vicious right-hook to a woman (who, in turn, was assaulting him). But by no means was every Trump backer at this rally for free speech a violent neo-Nazi. On the other hand, as SFGate reported, several liberal groups were there to counter protest in opposition to Trump. But these were not just milquetoast liberals there to oppose a president they dont like. Specifically, as the Los Angeles Times notes in a different piece, officials raised concerns about the militant black bloc of anti-fascist (Antifa for short) rioters. But dont take the term anti-fascist on its face, as the mainstream media is wont to do. Understand who these people actually are. Antifa is made up of self-described anarchists radical left-wing thugs who employ violence and intimidation to advance their beliefs. Theyve shown up previously at Berkeley to shut down a free speech event hosted by provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, leaving damaged property, fires, and assault victims in their wake. They also violently disrupted a March 4 Trump event in March. But you arent hearing as much about Antifa violence as you are about the Alt-Right. In fact, some outlets are offering outright praise for Antifa. Ask Esquire magazine and Antifa rioters are noble, anti-racist counter demonstrators a sort of Justice League vigilante group dedicated to shutting down fascist protests. But this is a radical movement that traces its roots back to World War II, as Mother Jones recounts in The long history of Nazi punching. They employ so-called righteous violence against what they consider to be the forces of fascism. What fascism is nowadays seems to be a subjective definition belonging to whichever particular Antifa thugs show up en force. One might say Antifas violent tactics, employed around the world, are fascist. Here in the contemporary U.S., waves of Antifa-driven riots are on the rise in in an effort to silence President Trump and his supporters by any means necessary. Antifa thugs show up at left-wing demonstrations to breed chaos, destruction, and bloodshed. They blend in with and are sometimes aided by the crowd, as National Reviews David French explained in the aftermath of Yiannopoulos Berkeley event in February: What youll notice (and what youll experience, if you ever find yourself in the middle of violent left-wing protest) is that the rioters and the peaceful protesters have a symbiotic relationship. The rioters break people and destroy things, then melt back into a crowd that often quickly and purposefully closes behind them. Theyre typically cheered wildly (to be sure, some yell at them to stop) and often treated as heroes by the rest of the mob almost like theyre the SEAL Team Six of left-wing protest. The Battle of Berkeley, as some are calling it, was a dangerous, violent, bloody mess. Instigators, Antifa and Alt-Right, should be roundly condemned. But at the moment, the American people are only getting one side of the story from the mainstream media. The majority of the MSMs intense focus is applied to white nationalist groups, while Antifa is being cast in a heroic role opposed to the Alt-Rights violence. The mainstream media wax poetic on the dangers of the nationalist populist Alt-Right. They ought to be wary of normalizing Antifas brand of radical Alt-Left violence. Editors note: The title to this piece has been updated to correct a grammatical error. Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in Politics and Economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are Conservative Political Philosophy, the American Founding, and Progressive Rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations@ChrisCPandolfo. Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.

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Antifa (United States) – Wikipedia

This article is about the U.S. political movement. For other groups with similar names in other languages, see Antifa. The Antifa (English: or )[1] movement is a conglomeration of autonomous, self-styled anti-fascist groups in the United States.[2][3][4] The principal feature of antifa groups is their opposition to fascism through the use of direct action.[5] They engage in militant protest tactics, which has included property damage and physical violence.[2][6][7][8] They tend to be anti-government and anti-capitalist[9] and they are predominantly far-left and militant left,[10][5] which includes anarchists, communists and socialists.[11][12][13][14] Their stated focus is on fighting far-right and white supremacist ideologies directly, rather than on encouraging pro-left policy.[5] The antifa movement is a new force in American politics since the election of Donald Trump. It draws in part from a tradition of anti-fascism in the United States which stretches back a century, tracing its roots to the 1920s and 1930s, when militant leftists were involved in battles against American pro-Nazi organizations such as theFriends of New Germany.[15] Although there is no organizational connection, the lineage of antifa in America can be traced to Weimar Germany,[16] where the first group described as “antifa” was Antifaschistische Aktion, formed in 1932 with the involvement of the Communist Party of Germany.[17] After World War II, but prior to the development of the modern antifa movement, violent confrontations with Fascist elements continued sporadically. In 1958 over 500 Lumbee men armed with rocks, sticks and firearms attacked and disrupted a Ku Klux Klan rally, wounding several Klansmen in an event known as the Battle of Hayes Pond. In 1979 the Communist Workers’ Party confronted a local Ku Klux Klan chapter, first by disrupting a screening of The Birth of a Nation in China Grove, North Carolina and later organizing a rally and a march against the Klan on November 3 called the “Death to the Klan March” by the CWP.[18] The Maoists distributed flyers that “called for radical, even violent opposition to the Klan”[19], suggesting the Klan should be physically beaten and chased out of town.”[20] In response, as the marchers collected, a caravan of ten cars (and a van) filled with an estimated 40 KKK and American Nazi Party members confronted the protesters, culminating in a shootout known as the Greensboro Massacre. Modern antifa politics can be traced to resistance to waves of xenophobia, the emergence of white power culture and the infiltration of neo-Nazi skinheads in Britain’s punk scene in the 1970s and 1980s.In response to neo-Nazism gaining prominence in Germany, after the fall of the Berlin Wall unleashed a violent backlash, a cadre of young leftists, including many anarchists, punk fans, revolutionaries and migrants, organized self-defence groups and revived the tradition of street-level anti-fascist demonstration.[10] Liberal columnist Peter Beinart writes that “in the late ’80s, left-wing punk fans in the United States began following suit, though they initially called their groups Anti-Racist Action, on the theory that Americans would be more familiar with fighting racism than they would be with fighting fascism. According to Mark Bray, the author of the forthcoming Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, these activists toured with popular alternative bands in the ’90s, trying to ensure that neo-Nazis did not recruit their fans. In 2002, they disrupted a speech by the head of the World Church of the Creator, a white-supremacist group in Pennsylvania; 25 people were arrested in the resulting brawl”.[10] In the United States and Canada, activists ofAnti-Racist Action Network (ARA) the direct precursor of many contemporary US antifa groups whose growth was spurred by the punk rock[21] and skinhead scene of the late 1980s,[10][22] doggedly pursued Klansmen, neo-Nazis and other assorted white supremacists into the 2000s. Their motto was simple but bold: “We go where they go”. If Nazi skinheads handed out leaflets at a punk show in Indiana about how “Hitler was right”, ARA was there to show them the door. If fascists plastered downtown Alberta’s Edmonton with racist posters, ARA tore them down and replaced them with anti-racist slogans.[23] Other antifa groups in the U.S. have other genealogies, see for example in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where a group called the Baldies formed in 1987 with the intent to fight neo-Nazi groups directly.[9] The antifa movement is composed of autonomous groups and thus has no formal organization.[10][24] Antifa groups either form loose support networks, such as NYC Antifa, or operate independently.[25] Activists typically organize protests via social media and through websites and email lists.[10][24] Some activists have built peer-to-peer networks, or use encrypted-texting services like Signal.[26] According to Salon, it is an organizing strategy, not a group of people.[27] While its numbers cannot be estimated accurately, the movement has grown since the 2016 presidential election and approximately 200 groups currently exist in the US, of varying sizes and levels of engagement.[16] The activists involved subscribe to a range of ideologies, typically on the left and they include anarchists, socialists and communists along with some liberals and social democrats.[28][29][30] According to Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at the California State University, San Bernardino, Antifa activists participate in violent actions because “they believe that elites are controlling the government and the media. So they need to make a statement head-on against the people who they regard as racist”.[2] According to Mark Bray, a historian at Dartmouth College sympathetic to the antifa movement’s goals, the adherents “reject turning to the police or the state to halt the advance of white supremacy. Instead they advocate popular opposition to fascism as we witnessed in Charlottesville”.[29] The idea of direct action is central to the antifa movement. Antifa organizer Scott Crow told an interviewer: “The idea in Antifa is that we go where they [right-wingers] go. That hate speech is not free speech. That if you are endangering people with what you say and the actions that are behind them, then you do not have the right to do that. And so we go to cause conflict, to shut them down where they are, because we don’t believe that Nazis or fascists of any stripe should have a mouthpiece”.[2] A manual posted on It’s Going Down, an anarchist website, warns against accepting “people who just want to fight”. It furthermore notes that “physically confronting and defending against fascists is a necessary part of anti-fascist work, but is not the only or even necessarily the most important part”. According to Beinart, antifa activists “try to publicly identify white supremacists and get them fired from their jobs and evicted from their apartments”, in addition to “disrupt(ing) [sic] white-supremacist rallies, including by force”.[32] According to a Washington Post book review, antifa tactics include “no platforming”, i.e. denying their targets platforms from which to speak; obstructing their events and defacing their propaganda; and when antifa activists deem it necessary, deploying violence to deter them.[30] According to National Public Radio, “people who speak for the Antifa movement acknowledge they sometimes carry clubs and sticks” and their “approach is confrontational”.[33]CNN describes antifa as “known for causing damage to property during protests”.[2] Scott Crow, described by CNN as “a longtime Antifa organizer”, argues that destroying property is not a form of violence.[2] The groups have been associated with physical violence in public against police[34] and against people whose political views its activists deem repugnant.[35] Antifa activists used clubs and dyed liquids against the white supremacists in Charlottesville[36] and caused property damage.[2] In one incident, an apparent antifa supporter punched white supremacist Richard Spencer in the face as he was giving an impromptu street interview[37][38] and on another occasion, in Berkeley, it was reported that some threw Molotov cocktails.[2] Apart from the other activities, antifa activists engage in mutual aid, such as disaster response in the case of Hurricane Harvey.[39][40] According to Natasha Lennard in The Nation, antifa “collectives are working with interfaith groups and churches in cities around the country to create a New Sanctuary Movement, continuing and expanding a 40-year-old practice of providing spaces for refugees and immigrants, which entails outright refusal to cooperate with ICE”.[41] In June 2017, the antifa movement was linked to “anarchist extremism” by the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.[42] In September 2017, an article in Politico stated that the website had obtained confidential documents and interviews indicating that in April 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation believed that “anarchist extremists” were the primary instigators of violence at public rallies against a range of targets. The Department of Homeland Security was said to have classified their activities as domestic terrorism. Politico interviewed law enforcement officials who noted a rise in activity since the beginning of the Trump administration, particularly a rise in recruitment (and on the part of the far right as well) since the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally. Politico stated that one internal assessment acknowledged an inability to penetrate the groups’ “diffuse and decentralized organizational structure”. Politico also reported that the agencies were (as of April 2016) monitoring “conduct deemed potentially suspicious and indicative of terrorist activity”.[43] Antifa groups, along with black bloc activists, were among those who protested the 2016 election of Donald Trump.[10][41] They also participated in the February 2017 Berkeley protests against alt-right[44][45][46][47] speaker Milo Yiannopoulos, where they gained mainstream attention,[24] with media reporting them “throwing Molotov cocktails and smashing windows”[2] and causing $100,000 worth of damage.[48] Before the talk, there were rumors that he planned to out undocumented students in his speech. Yiannopoulos denied the rumors, saying that he was not planning to target individual students, rather he planned to campaign against “sanctuary campuses”.[49][50][26] In April 2017, two groups described as “anti-fascist/anarchist”, including the socialist/environmentalist Direct Action Alliance, threatened to disrupt the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade after hearing the Multnomah County Republican Party would participate. The parade organizers also received an anonymous email, saying: “You have seen how much power we have downtown and that the police cannot stop us from shutting down roads so please consider your decision wisely”. The two groups denied having anything to do with the email. The parade was ultimately canceled by the organizers due to safety concerns.[51][52] On June 15, 2017, some antifa groups joined protestors at Evergreen State College to oppose Patriot Prayer’s event. Patriot Prayer was supporting biology professor Bret Weinstein who became the central figure in a controversy after he criticized changes to one of the college’s events. In addition to the peaceful antifa activists who held up a “community love” sign, USA Today reported that one slashed the tires of right-wing activist Joey Gibson and another was wrestled to the ground by Patriot Prayer activists after being seen with a knife.[53] Antifa counter-protesters at the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017 “certainly used clubs and dyed liquids against the white supremacists”.[36] Journalist Adele Stan interviewed an antifa protester at the rally who said that the sticks carried by the protesters are a justifiable countermeasure to the fact that “the right has a goon squad”.[54] Some antifa participants at the Charlottesville rally chanted that counter-protesters should “punch a Nazi in the mouth”.[33] Antifa participants also protected Cornel West and various clergy from attack by white supremacists, with West stating he felt that antifa had “saved his life”.[55][56] Another religious leader stated that antifa activists defended the First United Methodist Church, where the Charlottesville Clergy Collective provided refreshments, music and training to the counter-protesters and “chased [the white supremacists] off with sticks”.[55][57] Groups that had been preparing to protest the Boston Free Speech Rally saw their plans become viral following the violence in Charlottesville. The event drew a largely peaceful crowd of 40,000 counter-protestors. In The Atlantic, McKay Coppins stated that the 33 people arrested for violent incidents were “mostly egged on by the minority of ‘Antifa’ agitators in the crowd”.[58] President Trump described the protestors outside his August 2017 rally in Phoenix, Arizona as “Antifa”.[59] During a Berkeley protest on August 27, 2017, an estimated one hundred antifa protesters joined a crowd of 2,0004,000 counter-protesters to attack a reported “handful” of alt-right demonstrators and Trump supporters who showed up for a “Say No to Marxism” rally that had been cancelled by organizers due to security concerns. Some antifa activists beat and kicked unarmed demonstrators[48][60] and threatened to smash the cameras of anyone who filmed them.[61]Jesse Arreguin, the mayor of Berkeley, suggested classifying the city’s antifa as a gang.[62] The group Patriot Prayer cancelled an event in San Francisco the same day following counter protests. Joey Gibson, the founder of Patriot Prayer, blamed antifa, along with By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), for breaking up the event.[63] Antifa actions have been subject to criticism from Republicans, Democrats and political commentators in the U.S. media.[64][65][66]House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi condemned the violence of “Antifa” activists in Berkeley on August 29, 2017.[67] Conservative talk show host and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham suggested labeling antifa as a terrorist organization.[68]Trevor Noah, host of the popular late-night television program The Daily Show jokingly referred to antifa as “Vegan ISIS”.[69] Several antifa protesters have been arrested for property damage, assault with a deadly weapon as well as for other charges.[70][71] In August 2017, a petition requesting that “AntiFa” be classified by the Pentagon as a terrorist organization was launched on the White House petitioning system We the People. It gathered more than 100,000 signatures in three days and therefore under policy set by the Obama administration would have received an official review and response from the White House (at over 300,000 signatures, by late August it was the third most-signed submission posted).[72] However, the precedent set by the Obama administration of issuing formal responses to petitions which exceed the 100,000 signature threshold has not been continued by the Trump administration, which has not responded to any petitions on the site.[73] The originator of the “AntiFa” petition, who goes by the pseudonym “Microchip”, remarked to Politico that getting conservatives to share and discuss the petition was the entire point, rather than prompting any concrete action by the government. As of October 2017, the petition has over 350,000 signatures.[74] In August 2017, a #PunchWhiteWomen photo hoax campaign was started by members of the alt-right in an attempt to discredit the antifa movement.[75] In August 2017, the image of British actress Anna Friel portraying a battered woman in a 2007 Women’s Aid anti-domestic violence campaign was re-purposed using fake antifa Twitter accounts organized by way of 4chan, which was discovered after an investigation by Bellingcat researcher Eliot Higgins. The image is captioned “53% of white women voted for Trump, 53% of white women should look like this” and includes an antifa flag. Another image featuring an injured woman is captioned “She chose to be a Nazi. Choices have consequences” and includes the hashtag #PunchANazi. Eliot Higgins remarked to the BBC that “[t]his was a transparent and quite pathetic attempt, but I wouldn’t be surprised if white nationalist groups try to mount more sophisticated attacks in the future”.[76] A report by ProPublica said that both overtly and covertly pro-Russian social media accounts were found using the hashtag #Antifa in reference to the events and aftermath of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.[77] Nafeesa Syeed of Bloomberg reported that “[t]he most-tweeted link in the Russian-linked network followed by the researchers was a petition to declare Antifa a terrorist group”.[78]

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‘Antifa’ Falsely Linked to Amtrak Train Derailment by Right …

The anti-fascism movement, “antifa,”which is more of a protesting tactic than a formal group, has been the subject of blamein a growing number of bizarreandfalseconspiracy theories floated by right-wing pundits in recent months. Take the mass shooting in Las Vegas that claimed scores of lives:Antifa was not involved, despite a theory otherwise. Then, antifawas blamed for a fake civil warplot. It never happenedbecause such a thing was never planned. Antifawas also blamed for a mass shooting in a Texas church. Again, the shooting had nothing to do with anti-fascism, or with left-wing protesters in general. On Monday, some of the usual conspiracy theory suspectsconservative media personality Mike Cernovich, President Donald Trump mega-fan Jack Posobiec, the far-right website Gateway Punditand Alex Joness InfoWarsall brought up antifain the context ofa fatal train derailment in Washington state, and they did so before investigators had even announced any formalexplanation for the crash. Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now What we know about the derailment is that more than a dozencars ofan Amtrak train jumped the tracks, injuring scores of peopleand killing an unknown number of others near Dupont, an area south of Tacoma, Washington. What we dont know is what caused the accident,though right-wing pundits were pushingout insinuations before a death toll couldbe established. Cernovich, who has pushed several other conspiracies tied to antifa,observed to his fans that ANTIFA has a long and verifiable track record of obstructing train tracks, committing violence. His friend Posobiec, who on Twitter doxed one of the women who accused Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct this November, leaking her work address and a recent photo to his followers, used the forum to tie antifato the deadly derailment. Antifa has targeted trains for weeks very near where the Amtrak derailment tragedy took place today, Posobiec mused. Gateway Pundit pushed the theory as well, falsely accusingIts Going Down, a well-trafficked antifascist website, of covering up its associations with the derailment.PJ Media, another right-wing site, picked up on the conspiracy, as did Jones. The scene of a portion of the Interstate 5 highway after an Amtrak high-speed train derailed from an overpass early on December 18, near the city of Tacoma, Washington. KATHRYN ELSESSER/AFP/Getty Images FLASHBACK: ANTIFA ADMITS TRAIN TRACK SABOTAGE NEAR TACOMA TO STOP FRACKING, a headline on InfoWars read. Antifa behind Tacoma train wreck? The basis of the conspiracy appears to be a post published on a website called Puget Sound Anarchists that was rerunon a number of left-leaning sites and activist blogs earlier this year. Early in the morning of April 20th we poured concrete on the train tracks that lead out of the Port of Olympia to block any trains from using the tracks, the April 21post read, adding that the groupnotified the train company of its actions. We did this not to avoid damaging a train, nothing would bring bigger grins to our faces, but to avoid the risk of injuring railway workers. Blocking trains that carry fracking equipmentand other materials related to the production of fossil fuelshas long been a tactic of environmental protesters. In May 2016, for example, 52 activists were cited for trespassing in Washington State after blocking a train that was headed to two refineries. That protest was part of the so-called Break Freeprotests, urging people to disengage with fossil fuels due to issues related to man-made climate change. People on the right became familiar with the April post onPuget Sound Anarchists because it ran concurrently on the website It’s Going Down, which has gained a widereach by reporting on alleged fascism and left-wing activism from an anti-fascist perspective following Trump’s election. After right-wing provocateurs seized on the post as something meant to incite violence (the post goes out of its way to discourage violence), It’s Going Down denounced the accusations to Newsweek and said it removed the post from its websitemonths before Monday’s train derailment. Newsweek asked Cernovich why he felt it was important to talk about antifa in the context of this train incident. He wrote in response that ANTIFA groups shouldnt pour concrete on train tracks; however there is no proof they did.He said that the derailment could be an accident, poor infrastructure, antifa or ISIS. (The Islamic State militant grouphas also been blamed for the accident on the imageboard site 8chan, and other sites that traffic in conspiracy theories.) Trump himself cited poor infrastructure as a national issue in the aftermath of the derailment, and declined to name any other potential causes. Anti-fascist activists have expressed frustration to Newsweek over having to repeatedly push back against a wave of what they call baseless conspiracy theories attached to their protests this year. They argue that the conspiracies are being spun deliberately and in bad faith. One comparedthe trend to the demonization of environmentalists and Black Lives Matter activists.

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What is ‘Antifa’? And why is the media so reluctant to …

Posted April 18, 2017 10:00 PM by Chris Pandolfo An injured Trump supporter holds a sign during a free speech rally at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Berkeley, California, United States of America on April 15, 2017. Emily Molli | NurPhoto Are all Trump supporters violent white supremacists? Clearly not. But you might not know that based on some of the reporting flying around this week. The mainstream media are oversimplifying what happened this past weekend when riots broke out in Berkeley, California, during a rally for free speech put on by Trump backers. In doing so, the reporting implies that those supporting the president were prepared for violence while those in opposition are simply opposing fascism. Twenty-one people were arrested Sunday after fistfights broke out near Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park, where a rally for free speech put on by a pro-Trump group Liberty Revival Alliance was scheduled. Rocks were thrown, and sticks and skateboards were used to beat people. Of course, the MSM reporting is slanted. The Los Angeles Times report on the fighting, for example, takes pains to show how a member of a citizen militia group originating from Montana who came to the rally to protect Trump supporters mightve been looking for a fight. I dont mind hitting the counter-demonstrators, one man tells the Times. In fact, I would kind of enjoy it. The paper also interviewed a woman on the Left fed up with the violence, a vendor selling organic produce, and a guy handing out empathy kisses. The message, clearly, is that those on the Right were looking for trouble and those on the Left responded. What the Times and other outlets dont tell you is this was not simply a clash of Trump supporters and counter-protesters. Just who are the groups involved? How do we stop the mainstream media from warping the national narrative? We push back together. With the truth. Be the first to receive CRTVs free weapon against the worst the media has to offer. Introducing WTF MSM!? As some in the mainstream media tell it, on the one hand you have racist white nationalists in support of Trump. This is true. Alt-Right activists such as Nathan Damigo who founded the white supremacist organization Identity Europa can be seen delivering a vicious right-hook to a woman (who, in turn, was assaulting him). But by no means was every Trump backer at this rally for free speech a violent neo-Nazi. On the other hand, as SFGate reported, several liberal groups were there to counter protest in opposition to Trump. But these were not just milquetoast liberals there to oppose a president they dont like. Specifically, as the Los Angeles Times notes in a different piece, officials raised concerns about the militant black bloc of anti-fascist (Antifa for short) rioters. But dont take the term anti-fascist on its face, as the mainstream media is wont to do. Understand who these people actually are. Antifa is made up of self-described anarchists radical left-wing thugs who employ violence and intimidation to advance their beliefs. Theyve shown up previously at Berkeley to shut down a free speech event hosted by provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, leaving damaged property, fires, and assault victims in their wake. They also violently disrupted a March 4 Trump event in March. But you arent hearing as much about Antifa violence as you are about the Alt-Right. In fact, some outlets are offering outright praise for Antifa. Ask Esquire magazine and Antifa rioters are noble, anti-racist counter demonstrators a sort of Justice League vigilante group dedicated to shutting down fascist protests. But this is a radical movement that traces its roots back to World War II, as Mother Jones recounts in The long history of Nazi punching. They employ so-called righteous violence against what they consider to be the forces of fascism. What fascism is nowadays seems to be a subjective definition belonging to whichever particular Antifa thugs show up en force. One might say Antifas violent tactics, employed around the world, are fascist. Here in the contemporary U.S., waves of Antifa-driven riots are on the rise in in an effort to silence President Trump and his supporters by any means necessary. Antifa thugs show up at left-wing demonstrations to breed chaos, destruction, and bloodshed. They blend in with and are sometimes aided by the crowd, as National Reviews David French explained in the aftermath of Yiannopoulos Berkeley event in February: What youll notice (and what youll experience, if you ever find yourself in the middle of violent left-wing protest) is that the rioters and the peaceful protesters have a symbiotic relationship. The rioters break people and destroy things, then melt back into a crowd that often quickly and purposefully closes behind them. Theyre typically cheered wildly (to be sure, some yell at them to stop) and often treated as heroes by the rest of the mob almost like theyre the SEAL Team Six of left-wing protest. The Battle of Berkeley, as some are calling it, was a dangerous, violent, bloody mess. Instigators, Antifa and Alt-Right, should be roundly condemned. But at the moment, the American people are only getting one side of the story from the mainstream media. The majority of the MSMs intense focus is applied to white nationalist groups, while Antifa is being cast in a heroic role opposed to the Alt-Rights violence. The mainstream media wax poetic on the dangers of the nationalist populist Alt-Right. They ought to be wary of normalizing Antifas brand of radical Alt-Left violence. Editor’s note: The title to this piece has been updated to correct a grammatical error. Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in Politics and Economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are Conservative Political Philosophy, the American Founding, and Progressive Rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations@ChrisCPandolfo.

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Antifa – Wiktionary

See also: antifa and antif Contents Antifa anti-fascist movement Short for Anti-Fascistische Actie. Antifaf Short for Antifaschismus and/or Antifaschistische Aktion. Antifaf (genitive Antifa, plural Antifas)

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Did an Antifascist Group Put Up Anti-White Posters in Seattle?

‘;if (currentUrl.indexOf(‘.asp’) > -1) { jQuery(‘#image-error’).html(errorMarkup);} On 5 December 2016, a photographpurportedly showing a poster warning against the propagation of whites was published to the web site Imgur. A few days later, University of Washingtonscollege newspaperreported that a similar poster had been taped to a pole near the campus bookstore: This past Monday, Dec. 5, a friend of mine noticed and took a picture of this poster taped up near the UW Book Store. Addressed to those who choose to date white people, it warns that propagation of whites will not be tolerated, and that those who choose to date white people have been warned. This is a crystal-clear threat against people of color in the Seattle community. I would argue that, implicitly, it is especially a threat against women of color. I know such women who felt shocked and afraid for their safety after seeing its toxic message, a message that is unequivocally a racist and violent threat. On 6 December 2016, Emerald City Antifa postedto Facebook a message saying that they had nothing to do with either the creation or the distribution of the poster. It also responded to several comments explaining that the message expressed on the poster was not in line with their views: Another heads up we did not create or distribute this one either. This is not our message. This come across like what white supremacists tell each other about anti-fascists. Not very clever! Still, annoying. Again, we did not post this sign. This isnt even a thinly disguised political agenda by far right trolls the language could be used as a recruiting technique to convince people that white people are under attack as a group, vs white supremacy is under attack as a systemic oppression. Because so many people have been asking us again, heres our response to these posters: We did not make them. We did not put them up. This is not what we believe. The only people aware of what Antifa does and still thinks were anti-white are racists. Period. We are much more ideologically sound and arty than that KKKrap. Promise. Read the words of it. Its exactly like their fantasy/nightmare of white genocide and anti-whiteness that the think anyone who hates racism believes in. We dont have any actual evidence they did this, but this is the type of shit they do. Date whoever you like. It is unclear who was responsible for creating this poster, but it may have been an attempt to smear this particular group or divert attention from the people who actually put up the posters. Shortly after the image was posted, several messages encouraging people to spread a similar poster were posted to the web site 4chan: You guys should spread these posters instead of the alt-right and white identity stuff. Go overboard with irony like Yuri described. Tbf, this is the right way to redpill the population. Theyre too dumb and sheepled to wake up when shown facts, so you have to go so far into fiction that they cant suspend their belief any more. What will save the white race is not a new wave of brownshirts purifying ideology, it is an explosion of Antifa that then eats itself. I wonder if I can get a printer to print these I honestly cant tell if this is actually an ANTIFA poster, or an alt-righter who posted this to stop racemixing. Someone should start a low key effort to spread propaganda to make antifa look even dumber The domainEmeraldCityAntifa.com does not belong to the anti-fascist group, but instead the is being used to promote a book byMilo Yiannopoulos, Breitbartsformer senior editor, who shared the imageto his Facebook page on 28 March 2017. The Global Antifa page claimed that Yiannopoulos was using fake racist flyers to create buzz for his book: Milo Yiannopoulos is at it again! This time, he is using fake racist flyers to make Emerald City Antifa in Seattle look like bigots! If you see these flyers in Seattle, rip them down! ECA would never post garbage like this! He has even created a fake ECA website that links people to his own websites and Breitbart articles. Youre all getting trolled by Milo: It is unclear if Yiannopoulos created the poster or if he was simply capitalizing on the controversy. According to Who.is, the web site was not created until February 2017, more than two months after the poster started to circulate. We have reached out to the group for more information. Got a tip or a rumor? Contact us here. Bruell, Alex. Ridiculous Anti-White Politics Are Threatening People of Color in Seattle. The Daily. 9 December 2016.

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