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Antifa Website Promotes ‘All Manner of Physical Violence’ Against Trump Supporters and Capitalists – Heat Street

The Antifa website Its Going Down has become the de facto resource for anarchists and anti-fascist activists currently engaging in sporadic street battles across the United States against Trump supporters and the government. The site calls for violence against capitalists and anyone it labels a fascist.

It features posters for self-identified anarchists that call for Trump supporters to be stabbed. A poster published in April shows the silhouette of a man with a Make America Great Again hat and a Pepe the Frog lapel pin being cornered by a bayonet. Behind him is the transparent silhouette of a Nazi.

Other publications include burning the Canadian flag ahead of the countrys 150th anniversary, and an introduction to anarchism that perfectly describes the victim complex most of the leftist ideologys followers live with.

Much like the posters urging violence againstTrumps supporters, Its Going Down justifies violent actions in many of its publications as not only good but necessary to the survival of minorities and the disenfranchised.

A library of downloadable publications on the website offers long-form articles that call for insurrectionary mass resistance and refusal and asks moderate liberals to join arms with the far left. One describes liberal allies as accomplices to capitalists. A piece titled Work, Community, Politics, War suggests that anarchists are imposing our needs on society without debate and urge militant tactics against employers and law enforcement.

As with any group of social justice warriors, the Antifa website also offers a variety of publications on gender and patriarchy, including one called Toward the Queerest Insurrection, which describes being queer as the cohesion of everything in conflict with the heterosexual capitalist world. Another, titledDangerous Spaces,offers fictional revenge stories against homophobes and rapists. It is a violence that liberates. It opens with a note: Much of the content in this zine may be triggering.

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Ian Miles Cheong is a journalist and outspoken media critic. You can reach him through social media at@stillgray on Twitterand onFacebook.

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Now Magazine portrays Antifa thugs as victims of assault – The Rebel

Torontos bible for social justice warriors, Now Magazine, is at it again, this time in an article which depicts thuggish members of the Left as victims of so-called far-right extremism.

I chuckled at the unintentional humour found in a story entitled, Toronto police conduct questioned after they try to pull the plug on rally against Islamophobia.

Among other things, they reference a June 3rd rally at Torontos City Hall involving about 100 people who were targeting anti-Muslim activities carried out by far-right activists in Toronto and elsewhere in Canada.

Yes, anti-Muslim activities is how they describe those Canadians that are against the odious anti-freedom of speech motion known as M-103, a group which includes Muslims.

But things get really goofy when Sarah Ali who is with the Organizing Committee Against Islamophobia, said:

[Police] have been performing an escorting role for these [far-right] groups, often refusing to arrest people who commit assaults.

She must be delusional because the people committing assaults at Toronto City Hall are actually on the left, not the right.

Watch as I share some of the abuse we at The Rebel have encountered when trying to cover these events.

Without a police presence, Antifa wouldve undoubtedly ramped up their violence.

The bottom line is the loony leftists Now Magazine is portraying as the victims of assault, are actually the hooligans that are carrying out those assaults.

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Protesters and Antifa clash at Evergreen College, one arrest …

There was a protest rally at Evergreen College yesterday by a group calling itself Patriot Prayer. The groups plan to visit the campus also inspired a counter-protest by an antifagroup. Though there was lots of shouting, air horns, and silly string, only one person was arrested. From KIRO 7 news:

A conservative, pro-Trump group protested at The Evergreen State College because they believe that political correctness and hatred has taken over the campus.

KIRO 7 cameras captured several Patriot Prayer protesters taking down a man for having a knife.

Tusitala Tiny Toese was among those who jumped into action: He had his knife open, and he was pointing it at one of our guys, so we put him down and took him to the cops.

The campus had been closed in advance of the protest. A KING5 reporter broke down the number of protesters/antifamembers he saw:

The 60 WSP are Washington State Police who were on hand to keep the two groups apart as much as possible.

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This clip appears to have been shot by the Patriot Prayer group themselves and offers their perspective on what happened:

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Antifa Slashes Tires, Bloodies Free Speech Rally Organizer at Evergreen State College – Heat Street

An organizer of a free-speech rally against radical social justice activism at Evergreen State College this week was pepper-sprayed and left bloodied by Antifa activists. After the event, attendees of the free-speech march found several of their cars vandalized.

Joey Gibson, founder of the Vancouver, Washington-based Patriot Prayer group, organized the event in protest of the colleges treatment of biology professor Bret Weinstein. Last month, Weinstein launched the small liberal arts college into the national spotlight after it emerged that he was berated, threatened and driven off campus by students and faculty because he took issue with an event that asked white people to stay off campus for a day.

Gibsons free speech-themed, pro-Donald Trump rallies in the Pacific Northwest have attracted significant controversy. In May, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler asked the federal government to revoke the permit for Gibsons rally on June 4 after a fatal knife attack in Portland left two men dead. The request was denied and Wheelers request was denounced by the ACLU of Oregon.

In the week before Gibsons planned Evergreen State protest, local self-identified anti-fascist groups mobilized over social media, accusing Patriot Prayer of supporting white supremacy and fascism.

Gibson dismissed the accusations and called them baseless. We have several people of color, including myself, he said. Antifa is just a bunch of white people.

Gibson and around 50 othersmostly conservatives and libertarians from the Washington and Oregon areacongregated at a small plaza near the Evergreen State campus in Olympia, Washington. After a few short speeches, the group walked to the center of campus, where they were promptly confronted by at least a hundred masked protesters dressed in black. The Antifa black bloc, as they are commonly known, hurled projectiles at Gibsons group and sprayed them with silly string.

Dozens of heavily armored police officers moved in to keep the two groups separated, but Gibson was later hit in the face with a spray candrawing blood. He was also pepper sprayed when he attempted to speak to some of the protesters.

Separately, a group of men quickly tackled a masked protester, accusing him of brandishing a knife. After restraining him, he was turned over to police officers.

Coltan Campion, who traveled from Seattle to protest Evergreen State, called the black bloc activists dangerous ideologues and racists.

Social justice is racist, he said. Racism is when you believe that people of different ethnicities are inherently different from one another and therefore should be treated differently.

The heavy police presence prevented further serious altercations although there was one arrest. At one point, some Antifa protesters used whatever they could gather as projectiles. A small group picked pine cones and twigs off a tree and hurled them at a black man standing on the Patriot Prayer side. Earlier in the protest, I was hit by a banana.

Although most attendees at the event were politically polarized, a dozen people observed from the sideline.

Alex Pearson, at junior at Evergreen State, said he supports racial justice but doesnt agree with all of the tactics coming from the far-left. If youre not to the level of where they are, you have the risk of being put with the complete opposite people, he said.

On the colleges planned Day of Absence, where white people were asked to leave the campus for a day,Pearson, who is white, said he accidentally attended class. I was not aware that I wasnt supposed to be on campus, he said. There was an aura of you werent supposed to be here. He added that outside of a few odd looks, he was not harassed or accosted, however.

I attempted to interview Antifa protesters, but most declined to speak. One masked female, who declined to give her name, explained the groups skepticism towards media. People frame Antifa very poorly and call them terrorists, she said. Theoretically, I havent heard of Antifa beating up any minorities ever.

After the rally, Gibson and his group discovered that several of their cars tires had been slashed once they returned to the parking lot. Thats all they got in their lives, Gibson said. Just running around and slashing tires like little children. Someday theyll grow up and learn how to have a conversation.

Before the rally began, I witnessed a small group of masked people standing at a distance and monitoring Gibsons group as they arrived. They declined to comment beyond stating that they were there to document the event.

A young male dressed in black was later seen taking photographs of license plates belonging to the cars of people with Gibsons group as they were driving away.

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FACT CHECK: Is Left-Wing Violence Rising? – NPR

Right-wing protesters were met by a large number of masked, black-clad counterprotesters at The Evergreen State College Thursday night. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

Right-wing protesters were met by a large number of masked, black-clad counterprotesters at The Evergreen State College Thursday night.

Some conservatives have seized on Wednesday’s shooting of Republican Rep. Steve Scalise and three others as the latest example of what they see as rising political violence from the left. Fox News’ Sean Hannity accused Democrats of “dehumanizing” Republicans, and the right-leaning Washington Times ran an editorial by a Tea Party activist that called leftist protests “the first skirmishes of the second American civil war.”

But those who track extremism say that while there are a few far-left groups that raise red flags, their numbers remain small.

Much of the conservatives’ anger has been aimed at “Antifa” short for “anti-fascists.” Antifa are loosely affiliated groups of mostly young people, mainly on the West Coast but spreading around the country.

They dress in black and wear masks when they confront right-wing groups; in the past few months there have been clashes or confrontations in Berkeley, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; and, just this week, on the campus of Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Wash.

Portland police officers show a steel crowbar and pipes weapons they seized from the Antifa-controlled zone during counterprotests in Portland, Ore., earlier this month. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

“The moment we got here, they started throwing rocks,” says Joe Allen, one of the right-wing protesters who descended on the college Thursday to challenge what they see as its leftist ideology. They were met by a large number of the masked, black-clad counterprotesters. Allen says the Antifa have been harassing Trump supporters since Election Day.

“That night we went to downtown Portland to see what everything was like, and we got stuck on the bridge because [the Antifa were] stopping all traffic, hitting cars, jumping on cars, asking people, ‘Who did you vote for?’ ”

A heavy presence of police in riot gear kept the confrontation at Evergreen State from escalating. The leader of the conservative protesters and the “Patriot Prayer” movement, Joey Gibson, was slightly injured he said someone threw a can at his head. He later found his tires slashed. Witnesses say masked counterprotesters did it.

Antifa rarely talk to reporters and rarely give their names, at least not while wearing masks. But in online discussions they say the far-right activists are being disingenuous. They point to what they regard as the racism and white supremacist ideology of the other side. They say groups such as Gibson’s only pretend to be interested in peaceful political protest and would attack minorities or leftists, given the chance.

“People are desperate,” says one masked counterprotester, a student at Evergreen State who gave his name as Felix. “They see the government turning back to regressive Reaganomics and racist undertones and rhetoric, so once they start kicking 25 million people off health care, then you’re going to start seeing riots.”

The idea that some on the far left are openly condoning violence is a red flag for extremist group monitors.

“This is a dangerous game; people are going to die. No one’s died yet, but it’s just a matter of time,” says J.J. McNabb, an expert on political extremism at George Washington University.

McNabb says white supremacists and neo-Nazis are widely condemned and deservedly for their violent tendencies. But she says the Antifa shouldn’t get a pass on their violence just because they oppose white supremacists.

“These guys are odious, [but] attack them with words. Don’t come in with sticks and nails in them,” she says.

Antifa are not new. They’re a latter-day version of the anarchists and “black bloc” groups who, over the years, have often challenged police and broken windows during May Day protests in Seattle and Portland. Their membership is hard to track, but it appears to be expanding beyond the West Coast. They are also embracing other leftist causes beyond just fighting white supremacists.

Still, their numbers are tiny in relation to the mainstream political left. And, say experts, it’s misleading for right-wing groups to suggest that the Antifa are more violent than right-wing extremists.

“The far left is very active in the United States, but it hasn’t been particularly violent for some time,” says Mark Pitcavage, a senior research fellow at the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism.

He says the numbers between the groups don’t compare.

“In the past 10 years when you look at murders committed by domestic extremists in the United States of all types, right-wing extremists are responsible for about 74 percent of those murders,” Pitcavage says.

You have to go back to the 1970s to find the last big cycle of far-left extremism in the U.S. Both Pitcavage and McNabb say we have been in a predominantly far-right extremist cycle since the 1990s the abortion clinic bombings and Oklahoma City, for example. And, more recently, racially motivated attacks such as the one at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, the mass shooting at a black church in Charleston, S.C., and last month’s stabbings on a commuter train in Portland.

Still, Pitcavage says Wednesday’s shooting attack on Republican members of Congress is a warning sign. He is especially concerned because the shooter apparently was not particularly extreme in his political ideas; his views were seemingly in the mainstream left.

“One act does not a trend make,” Pitcavage wrote after the shooting attack. “But I am concerned that, in this highly polarized and divided society, more people who have stances that fall within the mainstream, on the left and right alike, may consider political violence an attractive option.”

Domestic terrorism experts say that concern is only heightened by the fact that the line between what’s considered mainstream and what’s considered fringe is becoming increasingly blurred.

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Conservatives, ‘Antifa’ Clash at Evergreen State College – Mediaite

Conservative activists clashed with far-left antifa counter-protesters on Thursday at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, as the former held a free speech rally that spotlighted the ongoing race-based controversy on the liberal campus.

CBSs local affiliate in Seattle, KIRO-TV, covered the dueling protests in a Thursday write-up. The report first noted that a conservative, pro-Trump group protested at The Evergreen State College because they believe that political correctness and hatred has taken over the campus.’

The organization, Patriot Prayer, is active in the Pacific Northwest. On their Facebook page, they disclose that they us[e] the power of love and prayer to fight the corruption both in the government and citizen levels that seek to gain power through division and deception.

KIROs article pointed out how the news outlet captured several Patriot Prayer protesters taking down a man for having a knife. There was one arrest during the evening demonstrations.

Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson underlined that contrary to claims from left-wing activist, his group wasnt white supremacist.

I love all people, because theyre human. It doesnt matter what the color of their skin is. Ok? And Im sick of hearing about that, Gibson said. If were white supremacists, why do we have more people of color rolling with us than they do? Thats what I want to understand. All those people dressed in all black, theyre the most whitest (sic) people Ive ever met in my life.

Campus Reform also zeroed in on the face-off at the Washington State campus in a Friday report. The conservative website posted video footage taken that shows the scuffles between the black-clad antifa demonstrators and the American-flag waving conservatives (see video above).

Riot police had to intervene to separate the two sides. Campus Reform outlined that the violence ensuedwhen a member of the Patriot Prayer chapter was attacked by one of the antifa protesters. The attacker was removed by police, but this failed to dissuade another antifa member from assaulting the leader of Patriot Prayer, Joey Gibson, by macing him in the face.

Gibson also revealed to the conservative website that he supports proposals by Washington State legislators that would end public funding of Evergreen State College.

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‘Boomer antifa’: White supremacists rip into paramilitary Oath … – Washington Post

On the surface, the white supremacists of the burgeoning alt-right movement seem to have a lot in common with the Oath Keepers, the anti-government militia group made up of former military and law enforcement people from around the country.

They share a deep contempt for the federal government. They loathe political correctness in all its forms. They relish a good fight with left-wing activists. And, generally speaking, they support President Trump.

But a confrontation at a recent rally in Houstonexposed some crucial differences between the alt-rights standard-bearers and the older, somewhat less radical Oath Keepers, and the fallout showed just how far they have drifted from one another.

Last Saturday, hundreds of protesters supporting the group This Is Texas, reportedly an Oath Keepers affiliate, gathered at a park in Houston after reports circulated that a statue of slaveholder and former Texas governor Sam Houston was going to be removed. The reports turned out to be fabrications, as the Houston Chronicle reported, but a large crowd of demonstrators turned out, many of them wearing camouflage and carrying guns.

A smaller contingent of white supremacists also attended, among them followers of the popular neo-Nazi hate site the Daily Stormer and the National Vanguard, a neo-Nazi splinter organization dedicated to racial cleansing.

At some point, the two sides started arguing, with attendees from This Is Texas denouncing the white supremacists message. The tension erupted when a when young white supremacist the Daily Stormer called him one of ours was briefly put in a chokehold by an armed protester, then forced away from the demonstration by one of the organizers, David Amad, and a throng of others.Someone filmed the incident and postedthe footage to YouTube, and the confrontation was highlighted by theSouthern Poverty Law Center.

Racists are not welcome amongst us, because racism is just plain stupid, Amad said in the video. And if you dont like that, I dont give a damn.

The scuffle drew a flurry of attacks this week from the Daily Stormer and the white nationalist Altright.com, which blamed Oath Keepers for the incident and chided the militia group for not being as racist or radical as theywould prefer.

Vicious, Freedom-Hating, Anti-Constitution Oath Keepers Might as Well be the Feds, read one headline. Oathkeepers turn against the alt-right, read another. The sites ridiculed the militia group as geriatrics, normies and cucks, using an insult popular on the alt-right for conservatives who arent right-wing enough.

The Daily Stormer referred to the group as Boomer Antifa, a riff on the Oath Keepers perceived age range and the black clad anti-fascist protesters that have clashed with conservative activists at numerous political rallies this year. (As antifa refers to an anti-fascist movement on the extreme left, hurling this term at an ultraconservative is designed to be the ultimate insult.)

They are obsessed with not being perceived as racists, due to their boomer brain programming, which leads them to believe that a racist is the most evil of all things, wrote Daily Stormer founder and editor Andrew Anglin. In fact, Im not even sure what their goal is exactly.

In Facebook posts this week, the Oath Keepers denied that the armed demonstratorwho roughhoused the white supremacist was one of its own. The group said it couldnt confirm whether members of its Texas chapter had participated in the rally.

Clearly some in the white nationalist movement will do anything they can to attribute every such incident to us, whether we were involved or not, because we are civic nationalist rather than white nationalists, wrote Oath Keepers president Stewart Rhodes.

Oath Keepers was founded by Rhodes, an Army veteran, in 2009 and claims to have some 35,000 members nationwide. Its stated goal is to defend the Constitution at all costs.

The groups members have become fixtures at political rallies and protests, where they show up wearing military gear and carrying assault weapons, for the self-proclaimed purpose of protecting controversial speakers and demonstrators from counterprotesters.

They drew criticism for patrolling the streets of Ferguson, Mo., with semiautomatic rifles during the 2014 protests and riots over the police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. A handful of Oath Keepers were present during the armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge in January 2016, and the groups leaders urged members to patrol polling places on Election Day in 2016.

More recently, members have appeared as self-appointed security at conservative-led demonstrations in Oregon, California and elsewhere, ostensibly to defend attendees against antifa activists who turned out in opposition.

Advocacy groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League have dubbed the Oath Keepers and extremist patriot group, saying they have shown violent, racist and conspiratorial tendencies. The same organizations have dubbed Daily Stormer a dangerous hate site and a malignant presence.

The Daily Stormers gripes over the incident in Houston gave way tofull-throated invectives against Oath Keepers this week. Put simply, the group isnt extreme enough for them.

An anti-government militia that the ADL and SPLC say are planning to overthrow the government sounds pretty cool huh? Well, thats sadly not what they actually are, wrote Anglin, the editor.

It seems theyre not keeping an oath to the Constitution, but rather an oath to John Lennons Imagine,’ he added. But as long as theyre out there, be weary. With what happened in Houston, theyve made it clear that they are hostile and violent toward us, meaning they are our enemies.

A Daily Stormer author who attended the Houston demonstration wrote Tuesday: We have a worldview. These people have stale, meaningless talking points and vague principles that they dont even live up to if someone crosses a line they dont agree with.

The Oath Keepers have been accused of racism and bigotry fortheir useof Confederate imagery at rallies and their defense of anti-Muslim activists, among other issues.

Rhodes, the founder and president, seems concerned about being associated with white supremacist movements, and he has spoken out against racism as the alt-right has gained traction in recent months.

Frankly, I dislike the neo-Nazis more than Anti-fa, since they try to worm their way in and by doing so, they harm the cause of liberty far more than the radical leftists could ever do, he wrote in April following a protest in Berkeley that was attended by Oath Keepers. I made it very clear that this is about CIVIC nationalism, and not white nationalism, and the white nationalists want to destroy all my family fought to preserve, and are as deadly to this Republic as any communist.

Were not white nationalists. Were not racists of any kind, he told SPLC recently. And if they show up, I am going to personally, physically remove them. Because they are trying to co-opt what were trying to do.

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Inside the Underground Anti-Racist Movement That Brings the …

At lunchtime on May 19, 2012, 18 masked men and women shouldered through the front door of the Ashford House restaurant in Tinley Park, Illinois, a working-class suburb of Chicago. Some diners mistook the mob for armed robbers. Others thought they might be playing a practical joke. But Steven Speers, a stalactite-bearded 33-year-old who had just sat down for appetizers at a white nationalist meet and greet, had a hunch who they were. The gang filing in with baseball bats, police batons, hammers, and nunchucks were members of Anti-Racist Action (ARA) and the Hoosier Anti-Racist Movement (HARM), two groups dedicated to violently confronting white supremacists.

Hey, bitches! one of the anti-racists shouted before charging Speers table. ARA is going to fuck this place up!

Speers stood up and warned his seven companions to prepare to fight. His girlfriend, Beckie Williams, who had organized the lunchtime gathering on the white supremacist website Stormfront, grabbed a butter knife. Francis Gilroy, a homeless man who had driven up from Florida to find work for whites, as an online ad for the meeting promised, tried to pull the attackers off his companions. Williams was clubbed on the arm. Speers was hit on the head so hard he vomited.

An 80-year-old woman celebrating her granddaughters high school graduation at a nearby table was also pushed to the floor. A retired cop who believed he was witnessing a terrorist attack used a chair to knock out one of the masked intruders. Thats when they ran off, dragging their dazed companion.

In less than two minutes, the anti-racists had unleashed a flurry of destruction. A mosaic of smashed glass covered the floor. Blood polka-dotted the ceiling. Three people required medical care.

One group of attackers raced away in a cherry red Dodge Neon. Jason Sutherlin, a 33-year-old with the words TIME BOMB tattooed across his knuckles, rode shotgun. His half-brother Dylan drove, and his half-brother Cody, along with their cousin John Tucker, squeezed into the backseat with 22-year-old Alex Stuck, whod been decked in the restaurant. They sped toward Interstate 80, which would take them home to central Indiana.

An off-duty police sergeant whod heard a radio call about the attack spotted the Neon and turned on her siren. When she looked inside the parked car, amid the sweaty men she saw a baton, a baseball cap that said Anti-Racist, and a black and red scarf spelling out HARM. The men were arrested and charged with felony mob action and aggravated battery, which together carried up to seven years behind bars. (Speers and Gilroy were also arrestedSpeers for a charge of possessing child pornography.)

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Sutherlin and his four compatriots would soon come to be known as the Tinley Park Five. Though they had launched the Hoosier Anti-Racist Movement just six months earlier, the attack would make them the public faces of a small yet militant movement that had been waging war on right-wing extremists for decades. HARM was part of Anti-Racist Action, a national group that had spent more than 20 years trying to expose and combat radical right-wing activity with tactics that ranged from counseling kids in neo-Nazi gangs to harassment and physical violence. Most of their actions received little attention, though they occasionally made headlines, like after the 2002 Battle of York, where ARA members attacked a white supremacist march in a Pennsylvania town, or the time in 2009 when pepper-spray-wielding ARA members broke up a New York City speech by the British Holocaust denier David Irving. But mostly, this war was invisible beyond the predominantly white working-class youths caught up in it.

As the election of Donald Trump has ushered white supremacists and their ideas from the fringes to the mainstream, their most militant foes have also come out of the shadows. On Inauguration Day, Richard Spencer, the white nationalist who coined the term alt-right, was punched in the face on a Washington, DC, street corner. The blow was caught on video, spawning countless remixes and a debate over the ethics and efficacy of Nazi punching. That same night, a Trump supporter shot and wounded an anti-fascist, or antifa, who was protesting a speech by Breitbart provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos at the University of Washington in Seattle. Less than two weeks later, black bloc protesters in Berkeley, California, helped force the cancellation of another Yiannopoulos speech, setting fires, smashing windows, and punching a Milo fan. Nationwide, new militant groups like Redneck Revolt are recruiting the next generation of activists who believe that white liberals are not up to the challenge of beating back right-wing extremists. The story of HARMs rise and fall is a prequel to this moment, and a revealing tale about an underground war thats been simmering for years and may now be poised to explode.

The seed for HARM was planted in Peoples Park, a tangle of trees and footpaths in downtown Bloomington, Indiana, where in 1968 an African American graduate student named Clarence Turner opened a small store called the Black Market. In a state with a long history of white supremacism (in 1925, nearly one-third of all adult white males there belonged to the Ku Klux Klan, and the governor was a sympathizer), the shop celebrated African and African American culture by selling dashikis and Malcolm X speeches. A few months after it opened, two Klan members firebombed it on Christmas. This will not be an open season on niggers, Turner shouted during a rally in front of the ashen skeleton of his shop.

By the 1990s, Peoples Park had become a hangout spot for punks, ravers, hippies, petty drug dealers, and college kids looking to score. It was there around 1996 that Jason Sutherlin met Telly, another teen from a nearby town. Telly introduced Sutherlin to Nomad, a hulking, half-Puerto Rican tattoo artist. (These names are aliases that they asked me to use to avoid being targeted by white supremacists; the investigation into the Tinley Park assaults is ongoing.) Long before they would become leaders of the local anti-racist movement, the three teens chased the same cute punk girls, Sutherlin recalls. At first, they were my competition, but then we became pals.

The trio shared a love of hip-hop and punk and a hatred for bullies. It was at house parties and concerts that they got their first introduction to Indianas numerous white supremacist gangsspecifically, the Hammerskins and the Vinlanders Social Club. Sutherlin recalls attending a show where a Hammerskin stabbed a Latino kid. At another show, concertgoers tried to kick out a group of neo-Nazis, one of whom fired a gun into the air. (More recently, three Vinlanders nearly beat a homeless black man to death in Indianapolis in 2007.) Sutherlin was shocked by the neo-Nazis boldness, but he was just as impressed by how the older punks stood up to them. That culture of not taking any shit seeped into my consciousness.

A rampaging neo-Nazi shot Won Joon Yoon outside the Korean United Methodist Church in Bloomington, Indiana, in 1999. Andrew Spear

Sutherlin had grown up in a diverse, working-class family that moved frequently between Indiana, Texas, and Florida. We were crazy white trash, but my mom ran a very multicultural household, he said. He had a gay Latino babysitter and his younger sisters dad is black. Sutherlin recalled walking down the street with her near their home outside Bloomington when she was four. Look, a man shouted from the window of his pickup. Hes got his own little nigger! When the 14-year-old Sutherlin launched a bottle of Snapple at the truck, the man jumped out and beat him up. In that moment, I realized that if theres anything in life worth throwing down over, he said, that was it.

In July 1999, a 21-year-old Indiana University student who had fallen under the sway of a neo-Nazi cult called the World Church of the Creator went on a two-state, three-day shooting spree, wounding nine people and killing two, including a Korean graduate student in Bloomington. Still, Sutherlin and his friends werent overtly interested in politics yetthey just liked hanging out in the park, going to shows, drinking, and getting into fights. Sutherlin describes himself during his teens and early 20s as a hoodrat. One night in 1999, after hed dropped out of school, he burglarized a house, stealing several computers to get money to buy cocaine. He was sentenced to two years. An acquaintance who was also an inmate at the same facility later joined the prison branch of the Vinlanders Social Club. He wasnt even racist, Sutherlin said, but I think the power of the group appealed to him. If youre a disaffected young man, any strong masculine identity will hold sway over you.

Sutherlin became active in politics after getting out of prison and having a child. Bringing a son into this world made me feel like I had to make things better for him, he said. Punk, rap lyrics, and his familys diversity had fostered his interest in left-wing ideas, but now he read voraciously about slavery, capitalism, and sexism. Michelle Alexanders book The New Jim Crow, which documents the link between race and mass incarceration, blew my mind. He became fascinated by the militant 19th-century abolitionist John Brown. He went on a diet and lost nearly 150 pounds.

When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, Sutherlin took it as a sign that America might finally be reckoning with its racist past. He was the first president I ever believed in, he says. Like, I was telling my family to vote for him. But after Obamas election, the political climate seemed to sour and the racial progress Sutherlin had hoped for never materialized. America just would not accept a black man as its leader. It enraged me to fully realize that.

Fanning the flames of Sutherlins anger was the emergence of the tea party and birtherism, and the failure of mainstream Democratic or Republican politicians to aggressively challenge these movements racist and nativist messages. This frustration led him to Peoples Park, where a small crowd gathered at the former site of the Black Market one night in October 2011. Just three weeks after Occupy Wall Street took over New Yorks Zuccotti Park, Occupy Bloomington was born. Sutherlin helped build a kitchen and cook communal meals, and he didnt sleep for two days. He was thrilled to be involved in activism of some kind, even if it wasnt directly addressing racism.

Toward the end of the year, Thomas Buhls, a former Marine and organizer for the Knights, the public wing of the Ku Klux Klan, showed up around Peoples Park handing out recruitment pamphlets and talking about white genocide. Buhls was part of a new wave of young white supremacists who pioneered the recruitment approach since adopted by the so-called alt-right: rebranding white nationalism not as a philosophy of racial superiority, but as a common-sense extension of identity politics in which the white working class is portrayed as victims of immigration, affirmative action, and multiculturalism. In this world-view, white anti-racists were an especially loathsome threat to racial solidarity. If I tell the obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews, wrote Robert Whitaker, a former Reagan administration aide, in his Mantra, a mini-manifesto that appeared online in 2006 and has served as a touchstone for white nationalists. They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white. Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

Buhls was telling people the recession happened because of the Jew bankers, because the Latinos were stealing jobs, Sutherlin remembers. He and Telly would confront Buhls when they got the chance, and Sutherlin told him not to bother people in the park. His audacity, man, of showing up at the spot where the Black Market had been firebombed.

I wasnt sure if I was racist or anti-racist, recalls Alex Stuck. I just knew I was pissed off. A high school dropout from Terre Haute, Indiana, who also participated in Occupy Bloomington, Stuck worked at a pizza shop beneath the pub where Sutherlin was a bartender and bouncer. Stuck had a cockatiel Mohawk, a teardrop inked beneath his right eye, and an underbite reminiscent of a French bulldog. I was your average dumb kid, he says. Id tell a racist joke or use a racist slur. But Sutherlin began to school him about white privilege, sexism, and structural racism. Before that, I was a muggle, Stuck says, referring to the term for Harry Potter characters without magical powers.

The magic Sutherlin introduced him to was the history of the secret war between anti-racists and white supremacists. Like most wars, this one had its own martyrs and heroes. There was the tragedy of Greensboro, North Carolina, where in 1979 Klansmen and neo-Nazis opened fire on a Death to the Klan rally, killing five participants. There were the Baldies, a 1980s Minneapolis street crew, whose shaved heads, bomber jackets, boots, and braces mirrored the attire of the racist skinheads they booted out of town. And then there was Anti-Racist Action, which merged the moralism of Americas abolitionist tradition with the nihilism of punk rock and viewed the culture war as a literal war on racists, sexists, and homophobes, whom they denounced as fascists. Racism is an idea, an anonymous ARA member said in the 2000 documentary Invisible Revolution, but fascism is an idea mixed with action. It took fascism to establish Jim Crow and before that, slaveryAnti-Semitism has been around a long time, but it took fascism to [make] the HolocaustWhen you cross that threshold, you negate your rights to a calm, collective conversation.

If ARA was the brawn of the anti-racist movement, its most prominent brain was Noel Ignatiev, a Marxist, an ex-steelworker, and a former lecturer for Harvard Universitys African American studies department. He founded a journal, Race Traitor, as a vehicle for his theories about how to attack and erode white privilege. Anti-racist whites must commit treason to whiteness by rejecting the benefits skin color confers upon them, Ignatiev argued. Be reverse Oreos, he told the New York Times in 1997. Defy the rules of whitenessflagrantly, publicly. When someone makes a racial slur in your presence, say, You probably think Im white because I look white.’ He added that challenging people on their whiteness can lead to harsh confrontations, even blows. Breitbart described him as the Harvard professor [who] calls for the destruction of the white race.’

Sutherlin, Telly, and Nomad cited this legacy as inspiration for the group they formed in the winter of 2011, just before Occupy Bloomington was evicted from Peoples Park. The feeling was that Occupy had been too moderate and unfocused, says Sutherlins cousin John Tucker, who worked with Sutherlin as a bouncer. He credits his interest in HARM to teenage run-ins with neo-Nazis and to the times he heard his mother, who has a dark complexion, being called wetback and squaw by strangers in Bloomington. This was going to be something more effective, Tucker said. Protesting and camping is nice, but this was going to have results.

At HARMs first official meeting, a few dozen people showed up at Sutherlins apartment with potluck dishes and beer. Telly stood before the crowd and announced the new groups name and mission. Adopting Anti-Racist Actions four-point platform, HARM promised to fight racists with direct action, eschewing protests or legislative efforts in favor of, say, hacking neo-Nazis email accounts, providing security at gay pride parades, and exposing the shady pasts of bigoted candidates. This is a war, Telly said, and we intend to win.

Thats when all but about 10 people left. Some of them were hipster liberals, said Stuck. Once it came down to the nitty-gritty and we started discussing tactics, they were like, We dont wanna be a part of this.’

Those who stayed included Tucker, whod never been involved in politics before, and Sutherlins affable 23-year-old half-brother, Cody. Nomad arrived later that night. Stuck recalls seeing himmuscular as a middleweight, his head Bic-razored, his throat adorned with a tattoo of a switchbladeand thinking, Thats who I want to be. I was a disenfranchised white youth, Stuck says, and thank God that [HARM] got to me first. I could have easily went the opposite direction.

Nomad had that exact fear about his 14-year-old son, who had recently come home with a neo-Nazi recruitment flyer. White supremacists had even shown up at the tattoo parlor where Nomad worked and tried to recruit him, not realizing he was a militant anti-racistand half Puerto Rican. They are poisoning these kids, Nomad said.

Telly was particularly alarmed by the growing acceptance of extreme right-wing ideas and figures. It was terrifying, he said. The birther movement and Arizonas 2010 anti-immigrant law were barely veiled racist sentiments that sounded like stuff white supremacists would advocate, not what members of the Republican Party would typically find acceptable. Telly recalled J.T. Ready, an Arizona Republican committeeman and a former member of the National Socialist Movement who killed his family and himself after the FBI began investigating his border militia group for the murder of undocumented immigrants. There was also Jack Hunter, who had worked as an aide to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) until it came out that hed made pro-Confederate statements and written that John Wilkes Booths heart was in the right place. These people didnt have much influence, Telly acknowledged, but it was fucking insane that they had any influence whatsoever. Things had gone so far to the right, and we wanted to pull them back to the left.

With its core members assembled, HARM planned an action: It would confront Buhls, who was holding a European Heritage rally in downtown Bloomington. In preparation, the activists lifted weights in Sutherlins garage to beef up so we could break bones better, says Stuck, half-seriously. On the day of the rally, in April 2012, more than 100 people came out to protest Buhls, who showed up with just one friend. The HARM members didnt have a concrete plan to challenge Buhls, and before they could do anything two protesters ran up and punched him. His Celebrate White Heritage sign capsized into a sea of counterprotesters. Police whisked him away in a patrol car for his own safety.

A few weeks later, HARM stormed the restaurant in Illinois. While Sutherlin and the rest of the Tinley Park Five sat in jail, their comrades found their next target: the newly formed White Student Union at Indiana University. Matthew Heimbach, a white nationalist leader from Maryland, had pioneered the first White Student Union at Towson University outside Baltimore before helping spread the concept to other schools. Bloomingtons White Student Union announced its presence on campus by planning an American White History Month.

But less than a week after the White Student Union made its debut, a disturbing notice was posted on the groups Facebook page by its founder, an IU undergrad:

I just spent all night in the hospital.

While walking down 10tha blue van pulled up and four figures poured out of the vehicleAll of them wore all black clothing and had either ski masks or bandanas covering their faces

Whats up? Thats the only thing they said. I got hit in the head with something from behind. I fell down and told them that was enough. At this point allof them proceeded to kick me for what felt like hours. At some point I passed out. I didnt think I would ever wake up again.

None of it was trueit was an elaborate psyops scheme. HARM had plastered flyers all over Bloomington denouncing the White Student Unions founder as a racist and then promised to stop only if he handed over access to the groups Facebook page. Amazingly, he did. Then HARM invented the story of the beating to elicit notes of sympathy from other white supremacists. Once the post was up, they doxed those who replied, posting their real names and email addresses online.

Though we support direct action against white supremacy, an anonymous HARM member gloated on the groups website after revealing the hoax, we also believe in proportional responses and it is our belief that this fictitious action would have been overkill. In other words, actually beating up the college kid who started the White Student Union would have been a step too far, but harassing him and outing his sympathizers was not. Heimbach found a young naive conservative kid and turned him into the next battle in the war against racial supremacy, the HARM member wrote, adding that the student had agreed to disband the White Student Union as a result of the hacking. White supremacists are like rabid dogsJust like rabid dogs, putting them down is always the most humane approach.

I met Telly and Nomad in Columbus, Ohio, several months after the Tinley Park attack. Sutherlin and his brothers, his cousin, and Stuck were in Chicago awaiting trial, and Telly and Nomad were participating in a fundraiser to pay bail. They led me to a carriage house behind a big-ass, beautiful mansion, as Nomad described it, where a crowd of about 50 people greeted us. Many were HARM and ARA members, and I wondered if any of the remaining 13 fugitives were among them. (I never found out.) They were dressed in Mad Max-style punk garbblack jeans, black hoodies, bomber jackets, and combat boots, with neck and face tattoos, septum piercings, and rainbow-colored bandannas. They included a few African Americans and a dozen women. As Bob Fitrakis, a political-science professor and voting rights activist who hosted the event, wrote, they exuded an aura that made the Weathermen look like the Brady Bunch.

Fitrakis, a paunchy man with a ducktail mullet, was running for Congress as the candidate of the Green Party, which had co-sponsored the evening with ARA. His supporters, who had paid $25 to attend, mingled awkwardly with the radicals. Circulating among them was the Green Partys then-vice presidential candidate, an anti-poverty activist named Cheri Honkala. Dude, Nomad said to me after a woman wearing a pearl brooch offered him a glass of zinfandel on a silver tray. The switchblade tattooed across his throat wiggled as he spoke. This is a little out of my league.

These kids are the future, said a sweaty, elderly man who asked that I not use his name because he was a prominent professor. He wore a black blazer over a T-shirt with a peace sign. This is what the left needsworking-class, radical youth who arent afraid to get their hands dirty and scare the bejesus out of the teabaggers!

I guess theres a time and a place for everything, even electoral politics, Nomad said as he handed me a PBR, glaring at the clean-cut and middle-aged partygoers around us. He took a swig from a bottle of Southern Comfort hed stashed in his back pocket. Butand I hate to use gendered language like thisliberals are fucking pussies, man. Sometimes youve got to put on the big-boy boots and stomp through some mud.

After Honkala made a speech about her work as a housing activist in Philadelphia, Telly and two other ARA members sat at the front of the room and described what had happened at the Ashford House. Nomad, standing beside me, snorted tearfully into a red handkerchief when Telly read a letter Jason Sutherlin had sent from jail. People might think our actions are extreme, Telly told the crowd, but these guysneo-Nazisare often so far beyond the law that they dont respond to legal appeals. They dont care if hate crime legislation is enacted; it makes no difference to them. The situation in America has reached a critical tipping point, and we need to fight back with whatever tactics are effective at sending these guys back into the caves they crawled out of.

Right on, brother, a snowy-haired man said.

Other Green Party members golf-clapped. The professor in the black blazer raised his champagne glass.

A hand suddenly shot up in the crowd. Am I hearing you right? asked an elegant African American woman with a bundle of silver-streaked hair and a No War in Iraq button on her straw purse. You guys advocate violence? Shed never heard of HARM or ARA and had been attracted by their names, she explained, but werent they just as bad as the people they were fighting? Doesnt your approach make you just like the Nazis?

Bullshit, an ARA activist fake-sneezed, flashing a shit-eating smile. The questioner stormed out of the room. Telly ran a hand over his shaved head and sighed. Were not remotely the same, he told the remaining crowd. We support a diversity of tactics. He reminded listeners that most of ARAs actions were nonviolentremoving swastika tattoos from ex-convicts, counseling juvenile offenders, providing security at protests. Violence is never our default response, and its a tiny fraction of what we do, he said. But it is one weapon in our tool kit. Were not afraid to acknowledge when nonviolence is obviously not working. What youre doing, what the liberal left is doing, frankly isnt working.

Five months later, I met Jason Sutherlin at East Moline Correctional Center, a turreted fortress circled by razor wire rising out of the cornfields of western Illinois, where hed been sentenced to six years following a plea deal. His brothers, his cousin, and Stuck were sent elsewhere in the state to serve terms ranging from three and a half to six years. (A sixth Ashford House attacker, 28-year-old Jason Hammond, was later arrested and sentenced to three and a half years. His twin brother, Jeremy, is serving a 10-year sentence for hacking the security company Stratfor.) The rest of the Tinley Park attackers remain at large and are unknown.

Sutherlin shook my hand, the T-I-M-E on his knuckles interlacing through mine, as he sheepishly slipped the B-O-M-B hand into the pocket of his prison denims. That guy acts tougher than he is, he said, nodding toward a beefy prisoner sitting near us in the visitation room, bouncing his son on a leg adorned with a large swastika tattoo. Sutherlins eyes are cottonseed blue and heavily lidded, and his slightly upturned nose gives him a wary, porcine appearance. On his bicep is a tattoo that says Fools Rush In, and he has the physique of a dead lifter, a huge torso held up by a pair of tiny sawhorse legs. My best friend in here is a queer black dude, he told me, grinning. But the Nazis dont mess with us.

White supremacist gangs have an active presence in some Illinois prisons, and Sutherlin told me a story about a white guard who had approached him one day and said, menacingly, I know why youre in here. Later, Sutherlin found himself alone with the same guard. The guard walked up to Sutherlin and flashed a photo of his wife, who is African American. I think youll be all right in this prison, the guard said. I totally misread the dude, Sutherlin told me. He was congratulating me.

Why risk so much to fight racism? I asked. Is this even his fight?

My sister is black, he said, and that gave me a different experience of growing up in Indiana. Today, racism has reached a whole other level. It literally makes me sick to my stomach.

But why is violence necessary? I pressed him. You seem awfully preoccupied with moralityisnt violence wrong?

Part of me feels bad for the whole attack, he said. Some central part of me thinks that all violence is oppression, and its never, ever right to oppress another person for their beliefs, identity, sexuality, or any other reason, no matter how heinous. But another part of me thinks that these guys arent worth that considerationtheyre such scumbags. All you can do is stop them from influencing others at this point.

Is it a danger to dehumanize them?

Yeah, man, it is. I think about that every day. I dont want to dehumanize anybody.

I later spoke with Brandon Spiller, whom Sutherlin had hit in the head with a steel baton at Tinley Park. He told me that being attacked had strengthened his conviction that whites are under siege in America. In the months after the assault, he said hed received dozens of threatening phone calls from ARA members at his home in Wisconsin. Its definitely made me more likely to use my gun next time, he said.

This is one of the paradoxes of militant anti-racist tactics: Attempting to stop hate crimes by policing thought crimes may reinforce the narrative of victimization that radicalizes some extremists in the first place. Research also suggests that violent protest may drive would-be allies toward more reactionary positions. Even Ignatiev, the anti-racist intellectual, doubts the efficacy of attacks like the one at the Ashford House. Activists should focus on dismantling the institutions and social structure that perpetuate racism, he has written. Race is not the work of racists.

Heimbach, now the head of the white nationalist Traditionalist Worker Party, told me that groups like ARA help his cause. (Heimbach was filmed shoving a protester at a Trump campaign rally in Louisville, Kentucky, in April 2016.) They help reinforce our narrative of white victimization and make recruitment easier.

Beckie Williams, however, wrote two weeks after the attack that the incident had caused her to abandon the white power movement. Because of the relentless harassment by the ARA TERRORISTS, she posted on Stormfront, my already tenuous health is being impacted in a extremely severe way. My only recourse is to step away from activism for the sake of my continued survival. (The other targets of the Tinley Park attack could not be reached for comment.)

After buying Sutherlin another microwave cheeseburger, I suggested that, while his actions might be appropriate in a society like Nazi Germany, in a democracy like ours, maybe theyre not. But he didnt buy that; he believes its the responsibility of groups like HARM to police the boundary between democracy and fascism, keeping right-wing extremists in check, disorganized and unable to spread their ideas in public or harass people. Were not living in a fascist society, Sutherlin said. I know that. But its happening all around us, in fits and starts.

As Sutherlin scarfed down a third vending-machine cheeseburger, I asked him about Tony Horwitzs book Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War, which Id mailed him. I feel like that book found me at just the right moment, he said, a bead of grease dribbling down his chin. Wed been discussing the lesser-known details of Browns life, like his murder of slavery advocates at Pottawatomie Creek in Kansas in 1856, and the fact that his raid on Harpers Ferry was widely denounced as fanatical violence, even by President Abraham Lincoln. I dont know if were headed for a similar moment in American politics, Sutherlin continued. But if we are, I want to be someone who did something to stop it, not someone who played it safe and stood by.

Ten feet away, the guy with the swastika tattoo kissed his son goodbye, and a guard led him away. The brawny, bearded Nazi could have been mistaken for one of Sutherlins brothers, the resemblance was so strong.

In January, just before Trumps inauguration, I spoke with Sutherlin and Telly. All six of the Tinley Park attackers had been released from prison and HARM had gone dormant. Telly lives on the East Coast and has helped create a new group, the Torch Network, which combines several of the most radical ARA chapters, including those in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Central Texas. It promises to be just as militant as ARA, if not more. New groups call me up and ask for advice, Telly said. He cited the emergence of anti-fascist groups like the John Brown Militia, Redneck Revolt, and the Bastards Motorcycle Club as reasons to be optimistic, but otherwise he was gloomy. I dont know what to tell them, he said. We lost. Someone like Trump is what we were trying to prevent from happening.

I thought we were being alarmist, Sutherlin said with a chuckle when I called him at his home outside Bloomington, but it turns out things were way worse than even we imagined. Hes no longer on parole and has been lying low, taking care of his six-year-old son and going to anti-Trump rallies but avoiding more militant activism. Since the election, he said, hed also heard from people who were inspired by his example and seeking his advice. One was a childhood friend, a gun-loving backwoods survivalist who had never been political until Trump was elected but recently bought more weapons and talked about defending himself against the radical right wing. I think a lot of people are now realizing that you cant be neutral, Sutherlin said. A lot of people are suddenly realizing you have to pick a side and go to war.

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Antifa member uses flagpole with nail to attack police horse: Cops. You’ll love the group’s reply. – TheBlaze.com

Police in Pennsylvanias state capital said a member of the leftist antifa group known for assaulting supporters of Republican President Donald Trump at rallies across the country was arrested after using a flagpole with a silver nail at the top to hit a state troopers horse in the neck at a demonstration Saturday.

AuthoritieschargedLisa Joy Simon, 23, with aggravated assault to police, taunting a police animal, prohibited offensive weapons, obstruction to law enforcement function, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. She was arraigned and taken to Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail, WPMT-TV reported.

Harrisburg police said Simon was among antifa members protesting those marching against Islamic Shariah Law an event that took place in more than20 U.S. cities Saturday and drew similar counter-protests.

Shortly after 11:30 a.m. EDT, multiple mounted Pennsylvania State Police Troopers and Harrisburg police were attempting to control the crowd when police said Simon attacked a troopers horse named Sampson with the flag pole.

State police told PennLive other protesters were seen carrying weapons such as sharpened bamboo poles and baseball bats.

Police said the horse was able to continue working with minimal injury. Pennsylvania State Police on Wednesday told TheBlaze the alleged attack was a swipe against the horse and that the animals skin was not broken.

Heres what the South Jersey ANTIFA Facebook page had to say about the incident, according to WPMT:

A comrade was arrested while trying to demonstrate against an anti-Muslim rally in Harrisburg, PA. The charges are entirely fabricated and do not reflect what actually happened during the incident. The bail is set at an extraordinary $100,000. It is clear that this person is being held as a political prisoner, and we must make it known that we will not be intimidated by a militarized police, that we will remain resolute in standing by the values of our movement, and that we will continue to combat fascism wherever it attempts to spread.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 6, the station said.

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Antifa Website Promotes ‘All Manner of Physical Violence’ Against Trump Supporters and Capitalists – Heat Street

The Antifa website Its Going Down has become the de facto resource for anarchists and anti-fascist activists currently engaging in sporadic street battles across the United States against Trump supporters and the government. The site calls for violence against capitalists and anyone it labels a fascist. It features posters for self-identified anarchists that call for Trump supporters to be stabbed. A poster published in April shows the silhouette of a man with a Make America Great Again hat and a Pepe the Frog lapel pin being cornered by a bayonet. Behind him is the transparent silhouette of a Nazi. Other publications include burning the Canadian flag ahead of the countrys 150th anniversary, and an introduction to anarchism that perfectly describes the victim complex most of the leftist ideologys followers live with. Much like the posters urging violence againstTrumps supporters, Its Going Down justifies violent actions in many of its publications as not only good but necessary to the survival of minorities and the disenfranchised. A library of downloadable publications on the website offers long-form articles that call for insurrectionary mass resistance and refusal and asks moderate liberals to join arms with the far left. One describes liberal allies as accomplices to capitalists. A piece titled Work, Community, Politics, War suggests that anarchists are imposing our needs on society without debate and urge militant tactics against employers and law enforcement. As with any group of social justice warriors, the Antifa website also offers a variety of publications on gender and patriarchy, including one called Toward the Queerest Insurrection, which describes being queer as the cohesion of everything in conflict with the heterosexual capitalist world. Another, titledDangerous Spaces,offers fictional revenge stories against homophobes and rapists. It is a violence that liberates. It opens with a note: Much of the content in this zine may be triggering. You cant make this up. Ian Miles Cheong is a journalist and outspoken media critic. You can reach him through social media at@stillgray on Twitterand onFacebook.

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Now Magazine portrays Antifa thugs as victims of assault – The Rebel

Torontos bible for social justice warriors, Now Magazine, is at it again, this time in an article which depicts thuggish members of the Left as victims of so-called far-right extremism. I chuckled at the unintentional humour found in a story entitled, Toronto police conduct questioned after they try to pull the plug on rally against Islamophobia. Among other things, they reference a June 3rd rally at Torontos City Hall involving about 100 people who were targeting anti-Muslim activities carried out by far-right activists in Toronto and elsewhere in Canada. Yes, anti-Muslim activities is how they describe those Canadians that are against the odious anti-freedom of speech motion known as M-103, a group which includes Muslims. But things get really goofy when Sarah Ali who is with the Organizing Committee Against Islamophobia, said: [Police] have been performing an escorting role for these [far-right] groups, often refusing to arrest people who commit assaults. She must be delusional because the people committing assaults at Toronto City Hall are actually on the left, not the right. Watch as I share some of the abuse we at The Rebel have encountered when trying to cover these events. Without a police presence, Antifa wouldve undoubtedly ramped up their violence. The bottom line is the loony leftists Now Magazine is portraying as the victims of assault, are actually the hooligans that are carrying out those assaults.

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Protesters and Antifa clash at Evergreen College, one arrest …

There was a protest rally at Evergreen College yesterday by a group calling itself Patriot Prayer. The groups plan to visit the campus also inspired a counter-protest by an antifagroup. Though there was lots of shouting, air horns, and silly string, only one person was arrested. From KIRO 7 news: A conservative, pro-Trump group protested at The Evergreen State College because they believe that political correctness and hatred has taken over the campus. KIRO 7 cameras captured several Patriot Prayer protesters taking down a man for having a knife. Tusitala Tiny Toese was among those who jumped into action: He had his knife open, and he was pointing it at one of our guys, so we put him down and took him to the cops. The campus had been closed in advance of the protest. A KING5 reporter broke down the number of protesters/antifamembers he saw: The 60 WSP are Washington State Police who were on hand to keep the two groups apart as much as possible. Heres a video which shows the encounter between the two groups: This clip appears to have been shot by the Patriot Prayer group themselves and offers their perspective on what happened:

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Antifa Slashes Tires, Bloodies Free Speech Rally Organizer at Evergreen State College – Heat Street

An organizer of a free-speech rally against radical social justice activism at Evergreen State College this week was pepper-sprayed and left bloodied by Antifa activists. After the event, attendees of the free-speech march found several of their cars vandalized. Joey Gibson, founder of the Vancouver, Washington-based Patriot Prayer group, organized the event in protest of the colleges treatment of biology professor Bret Weinstein. Last month, Weinstein launched the small liberal arts college into the national spotlight after it emerged that he was berated, threatened and driven off campus by students and faculty because he took issue with an event that asked white people to stay off campus for a day. Gibsons free speech-themed, pro-Donald Trump rallies in the Pacific Northwest have attracted significant controversy. In May, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler asked the federal government to revoke the permit for Gibsons rally on June 4 after a fatal knife attack in Portland left two men dead. The request was denied and Wheelers request was denounced by the ACLU of Oregon. In the week before Gibsons planned Evergreen State protest, local self-identified anti-fascist groups mobilized over social media, accusing Patriot Prayer of supporting white supremacy and fascism. Gibson dismissed the accusations and called them baseless. We have several people of color, including myself, he said. Antifa is just a bunch of white people. Gibson and around 50 othersmostly conservatives and libertarians from the Washington and Oregon areacongregated at a small plaza near the Evergreen State campus in Olympia, Washington. After a few short speeches, the group walked to the center of campus, where they were promptly confronted by at least a hundred masked protesters dressed in black. The Antifa black bloc, as they are commonly known, hurled projectiles at Gibsons group and sprayed them with silly string. Dozens of heavily armored police officers moved in to keep the two groups separated, but Gibson was later hit in the face with a spray candrawing blood. He was also pepper sprayed when he attempted to speak to some of the protesters. Separately, a group of men quickly tackled a masked protester, accusing him of brandishing a knife. After restraining him, he was turned over to police officers. Coltan Campion, who traveled from Seattle to protest Evergreen State, called the black bloc activists dangerous ideologues and racists. Social justice is racist, he said. Racism is when you believe that people of different ethnicities are inherently different from one another and therefore should be treated differently. The heavy police presence prevented further serious altercations although there was one arrest. At one point, some Antifa protesters used whatever they could gather as projectiles. A small group picked pine cones and twigs off a tree and hurled them at a black man standing on the Patriot Prayer side. Earlier in the protest, I was hit by a banana. Although most attendees at the event were politically polarized, a dozen people observed from the sideline. Alex Pearson, at junior at Evergreen State, said he supports racial justice but doesnt agree with all of the tactics coming from the far-left. If youre not to the level of where they are, you have the risk of being put with the complete opposite people, he said. On the colleges planned Day of Absence, where white people were asked to leave the campus for a day,Pearson, who is white, said he accidentally attended class. I was not aware that I wasnt supposed to be on campus, he said. There was an aura of you werent supposed to be here. He added that outside of a few odd looks, he was not harassed or accosted, however. I attempted to interview Antifa protesters, but most declined to speak. One masked female, who declined to give her name, explained the groups skepticism towards media. People frame Antifa very poorly and call them terrorists, she said. Theoretically, I havent heard of Antifa beating up any minorities ever. After the rally, Gibson and his group discovered that several of their cars tires had been slashed once they returned to the parking lot. Thats all they got in their lives, Gibson said. Just running around and slashing tires like little children. Someday theyll grow up and learn how to have a conversation. Before the rally began, I witnessed a small group of masked people standing at a distance and monitoring Gibsons group as they arrived. They declined to comment beyond stating that they were there to document the event. A young male dressed in black was later seen taking photographs of license plates belonging to the cars of people with Gibsons group as they were driving away. Follow Andy on Twitter @MrAndyNgo.

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FACT CHECK: Is Left-Wing Violence Rising? – NPR

Right-wing protesters were met by a large number of masked, black-clad counterprotesters at The Evergreen State College Thursday night. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption Right-wing protesters were met by a large number of masked, black-clad counterprotesters at The Evergreen State College Thursday night. Some conservatives have seized on Wednesday’s shooting of Republican Rep. Steve Scalise and three others as the latest example of what they see as rising political violence from the left. Fox News’ Sean Hannity accused Democrats of “dehumanizing” Republicans, and the right-leaning Washington Times ran an editorial by a Tea Party activist that called leftist protests “the first skirmishes of the second American civil war.” But those who track extremism say that while there are a few far-left groups that raise red flags, their numbers remain small. Much of the conservatives’ anger has been aimed at “Antifa” short for “anti-fascists.” Antifa are loosely affiliated groups of mostly young people, mainly on the West Coast but spreading around the country. They dress in black and wear masks when they confront right-wing groups; in the past few months there have been clashes or confrontations in Berkeley, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; and, just this week, on the campus of Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Wash. Portland police officers show a steel crowbar and pipes weapons they seized from the Antifa-controlled zone during counterprotests in Portland, Ore., earlier this month. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption “The moment we got here, they started throwing rocks,” says Joe Allen, one of the right-wing protesters who descended on the college Thursday to challenge what they see as its leftist ideology. They were met by a large number of the masked, black-clad counterprotesters. Allen says the Antifa have been harassing Trump supporters since Election Day. “That night we went to downtown Portland to see what everything was like, and we got stuck on the bridge because [the Antifa were] stopping all traffic, hitting cars, jumping on cars, asking people, ‘Who did you vote for?’ ” A heavy presence of police in riot gear kept the confrontation at Evergreen State from escalating. The leader of the conservative protesters and the “Patriot Prayer” movement, Joey Gibson, was slightly injured he said someone threw a can at his head. He later found his tires slashed. Witnesses say masked counterprotesters did it. Antifa rarely talk to reporters and rarely give their names, at least not while wearing masks. But in online discussions they say the far-right activists are being disingenuous. They point to what they regard as the racism and white supremacist ideology of the other side. They say groups such as Gibson’s only pretend to be interested in peaceful political protest and would attack minorities or leftists, given the chance. “People are desperate,” says one masked counterprotester, a student at Evergreen State who gave his name as Felix. “They see the government turning back to regressive Reaganomics and racist undertones and rhetoric, so once they start kicking 25 million people off health care, then you’re going to start seeing riots.” The idea that some on the far left are openly condoning violence is a red flag for extremist group monitors. “This is a dangerous game; people are going to die. No one’s died yet, but it’s just a matter of time,” says J.J. McNabb, an expert on political extremism at George Washington University. McNabb says white supremacists and neo-Nazis are widely condemned and deservedly for their violent tendencies. But she says the Antifa shouldn’t get a pass on their violence just because they oppose white supremacists. “These guys are odious, [but] attack them with words. Don’t come in with sticks and nails in them,” she says. Antifa are not new. They’re a latter-day version of the anarchists and “black bloc” groups who, over the years, have often challenged police and broken windows during May Day protests in Seattle and Portland. Their membership is hard to track, but it appears to be expanding beyond the West Coast. They are also embracing other leftist causes beyond just fighting white supremacists. Still, their numbers are tiny in relation to the mainstream political left. And, say experts, it’s misleading for right-wing groups to suggest that the Antifa are more violent than right-wing extremists. “The far left is very active in the United States, but it hasn’t been particularly violent for some time,” says Mark Pitcavage, a senior research fellow at the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism. He says the numbers between the groups don’t compare. “In the past 10 years when you look at murders committed by domestic extremists in the United States of all types, right-wing extremists are responsible for about 74 percent of those murders,” Pitcavage says. You have to go back to the 1970s to find the last big cycle of far-left extremism in the U.S. Both Pitcavage and McNabb say we have been in a predominantly far-right extremist cycle since the 1990s the abortion clinic bombings and Oklahoma City, for example. And, more recently, racially motivated attacks such as the one at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, the mass shooting at a black church in Charleston, S.C., and last month’s stabbings on a commuter train in Portland. Still, Pitcavage says Wednesday’s shooting attack on Republican members of Congress is a warning sign. He is especially concerned because the shooter apparently was not particularly extreme in his political ideas; his views were seemingly in the mainstream left. “One act does not a trend make,” Pitcavage wrote after the shooting attack. “But I am concerned that, in this highly polarized and divided society, more people who have stances that fall within the mainstream, on the left and right alike, may consider political violence an attractive option.” Domestic terrorism experts say that concern is only heightened by the fact that the line between what’s considered mainstream and what’s considered fringe is becoming increasingly blurred.

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Conservatives, ‘Antifa’ Clash at Evergreen State College – Mediaite

Conservative activists clashed with far-left antifa counter-protesters on Thursday at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, as the former held a free speech rally that spotlighted the ongoing race-based controversy on the liberal campus. CBSs local affiliate in Seattle, KIRO-TV, covered the dueling protests in a Thursday write-up. The report first noted that a conservative, pro-Trump group protested at The Evergreen State College because they believe that political correctness and hatred has taken over the campus.’ The organization, Patriot Prayer, is active in the Pacific Northwest. On their Facebook page, they disclose that they us[e] the power of love and prayer to fight the corruption both in the government and citizen levels that seek to gain power through division and deception. KIROs article pointed out how the news outlet captured several Patriot Prayer protesters taking down a man for having a knife. There was one arrest during the evening demonstrations. Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson underlined that contrary to claims from left-wing activist, his group wasnt white supremacist. I love all people, because theyre human. It doesnt matter what the color of their skin is. Ok? And Im sick of hearing about that, Gibson said. If were white supremacists, why do we have more people of color rolling with us than they do? Thats what I want to understand. All those people dressed in all black, theyre the most whitest (sic) people Ive ever met in my life. Campus Reform also zeroed in on the face-off at the Washington State campus in a Friday report. The conservative website posted video footage taken that shows the scuffles between the black-clad antifa demonstrators and the American-flag waving conservatives (see video above). Riot police had to intervene to separate the two sides. Campus Reform outlined that the violence ensuedwhen a member of the Patriot Prayer chapter was attacked by one of the antifa protesters. The attacker was removed by police, but this failed to dissuade another antifa member from assaulting the leader of Patriot Prayer, Joey Gibson, by macing him in the face. Gibson also revealed to the conservative website that he supports proposals by Washington State legislators that would end public funding of Evergreen State College. [image via screengrab] Have a tip we should know? tips@mediaite.com

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‘Boomer antifa’: White supremacists rip into paramilitary Oath … – Washington Post

On the surface, the white supremacists of the burgeoning alt-right movement seem to have a lot in common with the Oath Keepers, the anti-government militia group made up of former military and law enforcement people from around the country. They share a deep contempt for the federal government. They loathe political correctness in all its forms. They relish a good fight with left-wing activists. And, generally speaking, they support President Trump. But a confrontation at a recent rally in Houstonexposed some crucial differences between the alt-rights standard-bearers and the older, somewhat less radical Oath Keepers, and the fallout showed just how far they have drifted from one another. Last Saturday, hundreds of protesters supporting the group This Is Texas, reportedly an Oath Keepers affiliate, gathered at a park in Houston after reports circulated that a statue of slaveholder and former Texas governor Sam Houston was going to be removed. The reports turned out to be fabrications, as the Houston Chronicle reported, but a large crowd of demonstrators turned out, many of them wearing camouflage and carrying guns. A smaller contingent of white supremacists also attended, among them followers of the popular neo-Nazi hate site the Daily Stormer and the National Vanguard, a neo-Nazi splinter organization dedicated to racial cleansing. At some point, the two sides started arguing, with attendees from This Is Texas denouncing the white supremacists message. The tension erupted when a when young white supremacist the Daily Stormer called him one of ours was briefly put in a chokehold by an armed protester, then forced away from the demonstration by one of the organizers, David Amad, and a throng of others.Someone filmed the incident and postedthe footage to YouTube, and the confrontation was highlighted by theSouthern Poverty Law Center. Racists are not welcome amongst us, because racism is just plain stupid, Amad said in the video. And if you dont like that, I dont give a damn. The scuffle drew a flurry of attacks this week from the Daily Stormer and the white nationalist Altright.com, which blamed Oath Keepers for the incident and chided the militia group for not being as racist or radical as theywould prefer. Vicious, Freedom-Hating, Anti-Constitution Oath Keepers Might as Well be the Feds, read one headline. Oathkeepers turn against the alt-right, read another. The sites ridiculed the militia group as geriatrics, normies and cucks, using an insult popular on the alt-right for conservatives who arent right-wing enough. The Daily Stormer referred to the group as Boomer Antifa, a riff on the Oath Keepers perceived age range and the black clad anti-fascist protesters that have clashed with conservative activists at numerous political rallies this year. (As antifa refers to an anti-fascist movement on the extreme left, hurling this term at an ultraconservative is designed to be the ultimate insult.) They are obsessed with not being perceived as racists, due to their boomer brain programming, which leads them to believe that a racist is the most evil of all things, wrote Daily Stormer founder and editor Andrew Anglin. In fact, Im not even sure what their goal is exactly. In Facebook posts this week, the Oath Keepers denied that the armed demonstratorwho roughhoused the white supremacist was one of its own. The group said it couldnt confirm whether members of its Texas chapter had participated in the rally. Clearly some in the white nationalist movement will do anything they can to attribute every such incident to us, whether we were involved or not, because we are civic nationalist rather than white nationalists, wrote Oath Keepers president Stewart Rhodes. Oath Keepers was founded by Rhodes, an Army veteran, in 2009 and claims to have some 35,000 members nationwide. Its stated goal is to defend the Constitution at all costs. The groups members have become fixtures at political rallies and protests, where they show up wearing military gear and carrying assault weapons, for the self-proclaimed purpose of protecting controversial speakers and demonstrators from counterprotesters. They drew criticism for patrolling the streets of Ferguson, Mo., with semiautomatic rifles during the 2014 protests and riots over the police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. A handful of Oath Keepers were present during the armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge in January 2016, and the groups leaders urged members to patrol polling places on Election Day in 2016. More recently, members have appeared as self-appointed security at conservative-led demonstrations in Oregon, California and elsewhere, ostensibly to defend attendees against antifa activists who turned out in opposition. Advocacy groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League have dubbed the Oath Keepers and extremist patriot group, saying they have shown violent, racist and conspiratorial tendencies. The same organizations have dubbed Daily Stormer a dangerous hate site and a malignant presence. The Daily Stormers gripes over the incident in Houston gave way tofull-throated invectives against Oath Keepers this week. Put simply, the group isnt extreme enough for them. An anti-government militia that the ADL and SPLC say are planning to overthrow the government sounds pretty cool huh? Well, thats sadly not what they actually are, wrote Anglin, the editor. It seems theyre not keeping an oath to the Constitution, but rather an oath to John Lennons Imagine,’ he added. But as long as theyre out there, be weary. With what happened in Houston, theyve made it clear that they are hostile and violent toward us, meaning they are our enemies. A Daily Stormer author who attended the Houston demonstration wrote Tuesday: We have a worldview. These people have stale, meaningless talking points and vague principles that they dont even live up to if someone crosses a line they dont agree with. The Oath Keepers have been accused of racism and bigotry fortheir useof Confederate imagery at rallies and their defense of anti-Muslim activists, among other issues. Rhodes, the founder and president, seems concerned about being associated with white supremacist movements, and he has spoken out against racism as the alt-right has gained traction in recent months. Frankly, I dislike the neo-Nazis more than Anti-fa, since they try to worm their way in and by doing so, they harm the cause of liberty far more than the radical leftists could ever do, he wrote in April following a protest in Berkeley that was attended by Oath Keepers. I made it very clear that this is about CIVIC nationalism, and not white nationalism, and the white nationalists want to destroy all my family fought to preserve, and are as deadly to this Republic as any communist. Were not white nationalists. Were not racists of any kind, he told SPLC recently. And if they show up, I am going to personally, physically remove them. Because they are trying to co-opt what were trying to do. More from Morning Mix Rod Rosenstein issues cryptic warning about truth of stories attributed to anonymous officials Christopher Ruddy, the Trump whisperer: Im honest with him Trump calls mayor of shrinking Chesapeake island and tells him not to worry about it

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Inside the Underground Anti-Racist Movement That Brings the …

At lunchtime on May 19, 2012, 18 masked men and women shouldered through the front door of the Ashford House restaurant in Tinley Park, Illinois, a working-class suburb of Chicago. Some diners mistook the mob for armed robbers. Others thought they might be playing a practical joke. But Steven Speers, a stalactite-bearded 33-year-old who had just sat down for appetizers at a white nationalist meet and greet, had a hunch who they were. The gang filing in with baseball bats, police batons, hammers, and nunchucks were members of Anti-Racist Action (ARA) and the Hoosier Anti-Racist Movement (HARM), two groups dedicated to violently confronting white supremacists. Hey, bitches! one of the anti-racists shouted before charging Speers table. ARA is going to fuck this place up! Speers stood up and warned his seven companions to prepare to fight. His girlfriend, Beckie Williams, who had organized the lunchtime gathering on the white supremacist website Stormfront, grabbed a butter knife. Francis Gilroy, a homeless man who had driven up from Florida to find work for whites, as an online ad for the meeting promised, tried to pull the attackers off his companions. Williams was clubbed on the arm. Speers was hit on the head so hard he vomited. An 80-year-old woman celebrating her granddaughters high school graduation at a nearby table was also pushed to the floor. A retired cop who believed he was witnessing a terrorist attack used a chair to knock out one of the masked intruders. Thats when they ran off, dragging their dazed companion. In less than two minutes, the anti-racists had unleashed a flurry of destruction. A mosaic of smashed glass covered the floor. Blood polka-dotted the ceiling. Three people required medical care. One group of attackers raced away in a cherry red Dodge Neon. Jason Sutherlin, a 33-year-old with the words TIME BOMB tattooed across his knuckles, rode shotgun. His half-brother Dylan drove, and his half-brother Cody, along with their cousin John Tucker, squeezed into the backseat with 22-year-old Alex Stuck, whod been decked in the restaurant. They sped toward Interstate 80, which would take them home to central Indiana. An off-duty police sergeant whod heard a radio call about the attack spotted the Neon and turned on her siren. When she looked inside the parked car, amid the sweaty men she saw a baton, a baseball cap that said Anti-Racist, and a black and red scarf spelling out HARM. The men were arrested and charged with felony mob action and aggravated battery, which together carried up to seven years behind bars. (Speers and Gilroy were also arrestedSpeers for a charge of possessing child pornography.) Jason Sutherlin Andrew Spear Sutherlin and his four compatriots would soon come to be known as the Tinley Park Five. Though they had launched the Hoosier Anti-Racist Movement just six months earlier, the attack would make them the public faces of a small yet militant movement that had been waging war on right-wing extremists for decades. HARM was part of Anti-Racist Action, a national group that had spent more than 20 years trying to expose and combat radical right-wing activity with tactics that ranged from counseling kids in neo-Nazi gangs to harassment and physical violence. Most of their actions received little attention, though they occasionally made headlines, like after the 2002 Battle of York, where ARA members attacked a white supremacist march in a Pennsylvania town, or the time in 2009 when pepper-spray-wielding ARA members broke up a New York City speech by the British Holocaust denier David Irving. But mostly, this war was invisible beyond the predominantly white working-class youths caught up in it. As the election of Donald Trump has ushered white supremacists and their ideas from the fringes to the mainstream, their most militant foes have also come out of the shadows. On Inauguration Day, Richard Spencer, the white nationalist who coined the term alt-right, was punched in the face on a Washington, DC, street corner. The blow was caught on video, spawning countless remixes and a debate over the ethics and efficacy of Nazi punching. That same night, a Trump supporter shot and wounded an anti-fascist, or antifa, who was protesting a speech by Breitbart provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos at the University of Washington in Seattle. Less than two weeks later, black bloc protesters in Berkeley, California, helped force the cancellation of another Yiannopoulos speech, setting fires, smashing windows, and punching a Milo fan. Nationwide, new militant groups like Redneck Revolt are recruiting the next generation of activists who believe that white liberals are not up to the challenge of beating back right-wing extremists. The story of HARMs rise and fall is a prequel to this moment, and a revealing tale about an underground war thats been simmering for years and may now be poised to explode. The seed for HARM was planted in Peoples Park, a tangle of trees and footpaths in downtown Bloomington, Indiana, where in 1968 an African American graduate student named Clarence Turner opened a small store called the Black Market. In a state with a long history of white supremacism (in 1925, nearly one-third of all adult white males there belonged to the Ku Klux Klan, and the governor was a sympathizer), the shop celebrated African and African American culture by selling dashikis and Malcolm X speeches. A few months after it opened, two Klan members firebombed it on Christmas. This will not be an open season on niggers, Turner shouted during a rally in front of the ashen skeleton of his shop. By the 1990s, Peoples Park had become a hangout spot for punks, ravers, hippies, petty drug dealers, and college kids looking to score. It was there around 1996 that Jason Sutherlin met Telly, another teen from a nearby town. Telly introduced Sutherlin to Nomad, a hulking, half-Puerto Rican tattoo artist. (These names are aliases that they asked me to use to avoid being targeted by white supremacists; the investigation into the Tinley Park assaults is ongoing.) Long before they would become leaders of the local anti-racist movement, the three teens chased the same cute punk girls, Sutherlin recalls. At first, they were my competition, but then we became pals. The trio shared a love of hip-hop and punk and a hatred for bullies. It was at house parties and concerts that they got their first introduction to Indianas numerous white supremacist gangsspecifically, the Hammerskins and the Vinlanders Social Club. Sutherlin recalls attending a show where a Hammerskin stabbed a Latino kid. At another show, concertgoers tried to kick out a group of neo-Nazis, one of whom fired a gun into the air. (More recently, three Vinlanders nearly beat a homeless black man to death in Indianapolis in 2007.) Sutherlin was shocked by the neo-Nazis boldness, but he was just as impressed by how the older punks stood up to them. That culture of not taking any shit seeped into my consciousness. A rampaging neo-Nazi shot Won Joon Yoon outside the Korean United Methodist Church in Bloomington, Indiana, in 1999. Andrew Spear Sutherlin had grown up in a diverse, working-class family that moved frequently between Indiana, Texas, and Florida. We were crazy white trash, but my mom ran a very multicultural household, he said. He had a gay Latino babysitter and his younger sisters dad is black. Sutherlin recalled walking down the street with her near their home outside Bloomington when she was four. Look, a man shouted from the window of his pickup. Hes got his own little nigger! When the 14-year-old Sutherlin launched a bottle of Snapple at the truck, the man jumped out and beat him up. In that moment, I realized that if theres anything in life worth throwing down over, he said, that was it. In July 1999, a 21-year-old Indiana University student who had fallen under the sway of a neo-Nazi cult called the World Church of the Creator went on a two-state, three-day shooting spree, wounding nine people and killing two, including a Korean graduate student in Bloomington. Still, Sutherlin and his friends werent overtly interested in politics yetthey just liked hanging out in the park, going to shows, drinking, and getting into fights. Sutherlin describes himself during his teens and early 20s as a hoodrat. One night in 1999, after hed dropped out of school, he burglarized a house, stealing several computers to get money to buy cocaine. He was sentenced to two years. An acquaintance who was also an inmate at the same facility later joined the prison branch of the Vinlanders Social Club. He wasnt even racist, Sutherlin said, but I think the power of the group appealed to him. If youre a disaffected young man, any strong masculine identity will hold sway over you. Sutherlin became active in politics after getting out of prison and having a child. Bringing a son into this world made me feel like I had to make things better for him, he said. Punk, rap lyrics, and his familys diversity had fostered his interest in left-wing ideas, but now he read voraciously about slavery, capitalism, and sexism. Michelle Alexanders book The New Jim Crow, which documents the link between race and mass incarceration, blew my mind. He became fascinated by the militant 19th-century abolitionist John Brown. He went on a diet and lost nearly 150 pounds. When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, Sutherlin took it as a sign that America might finally be reckoning with its racist past. He was the first president I ever believed in, he says. Like, I was telling my family to vote for him. But after Obamas election, the political climate seemed to sour and the racial progress Sutherlin had hoped for never materialized. America just would not accept a black man as its leader. It enraged me to fully realize that. Fanning the flames of Sutherlins anger was the emergence of the tea party and birtherism, and the failure of mainstream Democratic or Republican politicians to aggressively challenge these movements racist and nativist messages. This frustration led him to Peoples Park, where a small crowd gathered at the former site of the Black Market one night in October 2011. Just three weeks after Occupy Wall Street took over New Yorks Zuccotti Park, Occupy Bloomington was born. Sutherlin helped build a kitchen and cook communal meals, and he didnt sleep for two days. He was thrilled to be involved in activism of some kind, even if it wasnt directly addressing racism. Toward the end of the year, Thomas Buhls, a former Marine and organizer for the Knights, the public wing of the Ku Klux Klan, showed up around Peoples Park handing out recruitment pamphlets and talking about white genocide. Buhls was part of a new wave of young white supremacists who pioneered the recruitment approach since adopted by the so-called alt-right: rebranding white nationalism not as a philosophy of racial superiority, but as a common-sense extension of identity politics in which the white working class is portrayed as victims of immigration, affirmative action, and multiculturalism. In this world-view, white anti-racists were an especially loathsome threat to racial solidarity. If I tell the obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews, wrote Robert Whitaker, a former Reagan administration aide, in his Mantra, a mini-manifesto that appeared online in 2006 and has served as a touchstone for white nationalists. They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white. Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white. Buhls was telling people the recession happened because of the Jew bankers, because the Latinos were stealing jobs, Sutherlin remembers. He and Telly would confront Buhls when they got the chance, and Sutherlin told him not to bother people in the park. His audacity, man, of showing up at the spot where the Black Market had been firebombed. I wasnt sure if I was racist or anti-racist, recalls Alex Stuck. I just knew I was pissed off. A high school dropout from Terre Haute, Indiana, who also participated in Occupy Bloomington, Stuck worked at a pizza shop beneath the pub where Sutherlin was a bartender and bouncer. Stuck had a cockatiel Mohawk, a teardrop inked beneath his right eye, and an underbite reminiscent of a French bulldog. I was your average dumb kid, he says. Id tell a racist joke or use a racist slur. But Sutherlin began to school him about white privilege, sexism, and structural racism. Before that, I was a muggle, Stuck says, referring to the term for Harry Potter characters without magical powers. The magic Sutherlin introduced him to was the history of the secret war between anti-racists and white supremacists. Like most wars, this one had its own martyrs and heroes. There was the tragedy of Greensboro, North Carolina, where in 1979 Klansmen and neo-Nazis opened fire on a Death to the Klan rally, killing five participants. There were the Baldies, a 1980s Minneapolis street crew, whose shaved heads, bomber jackets, boots, and braces mirrored the attire of the racist skinheads they booted out of town. And then there was Anti-Racist Action, which merged the moralism of Americas abolitionist tradition with the nihilism of punk rock and viewed the culture war as a literal war on racists, sexists, and homophobes, whom they denounced as fascists. Racism is an idea, an anonymous ARA member said in the 2000 documentary Invisible Revolution, but fascism is an idea mixed with action. It took fascism to establish Jim Crow and before that, slaveryAnti-Semitism has been around a long time, but it took fascism to [make] the HolocaustWhen you cross that threshold, you negate your rights to a calm, collective conversation. If ARA was the brawn of the anti-racist movement, its most prominent brain was Noel Ignatiev, a Marxist, an ex-steelworker, and a former lecturer for Harvard Universitys African American studies department. He founded a journal, Race Traitor, as a vehicle for his theories about how to attack and erode white privilege. Anti-racist whites must commit treason to whiteness by rejecting the benefits skin color confers upon them, Ignatiev argued. Be reverse Oreos, he told the New York Times in 1997. Defy the rules of whitenessflagrantly, publicly. When someone makes a racial slur in your presence, say, You probably think Im white because I look white.’ He added that challenging people on their whiteness can lead to harsh confrontations, even blows. Breitbart described him as the Harvard professor [who] calls for the destruction of the white race.’ Sutherlin, Telly, and Nomad cited this legacy as inspiration for the group they formed in the winter of 2011, just before Occupy Bloomington was evicted from Peoples Park. The feeling was that Occupy had been too moderate and unfocused, says Sutherlins cousin John Tucker, who worked with Sutherlin as a bouncer. He credits his interest in HARM to teenage run-ins with neo-Nazis and to the times he heard his mother, who has a dark complexion, being called wetback and squaw by strangers in Bloomington. This was going to be something more effective, Tucker said. Protesting and camping is nice, but this was going to have results. At HARMs first official meeting, a few dozen people showed up at Sutherlins apartment with potluck dishes and beer. Telly stood before the crowd and announced the new groups name and mission. Adopting Anti-Racist Actions four-point platform, HARM promised to fight racists with direct action, eschewing protests or legislative efforts in favor of, say, hacking neo-Nazis email accounts, providing security at gay pride parades, and exposing the shady pasts of bigoted candidates. This is a war, Telly said, and we intend to win. Thats when all but about 10 people left. Some of them were hipster liberals, said Stuck. Once it came down to the nitty-gritty and we started discussing tactics, they were like, We dont wanna be a part of this.’ Those who stayed included Tucker, whod never been involved in politics before, and Sutherlins affable 23-year-old half-brother, Cody. Nomad arrived later that night. Stuck recalls seeing himmuscular as a middleweight, his head Bic-razored, his throat adorned with a tattoo of a switchbladeand thinking, Thats who I want to be. I was a disenfranchised white youth, Stuck says, and thank God that [HARM] got to me first. I could have easily went the opposite direction. Nomad had that exact fear about his 14-year-old son, who had recently come home with a neo-Nazi recruitment flyer. White supremacists had even shown up at the tattoo parlor where Nomad worked and tried to recruit him, not realizing he was a militant anti-racistand half Puerto Rican. They are poisoning these kids, Nomad said. Telly was particularly alarmed by the growing acceptance of extreme right-wing ideas and figures. It was terrifying, he said. The birther movement and Arizonas 2010 anti-immigrant law were barely veiled racist sentiments that sounded like stuff white supremacists would advocate, not what members of the Republican Party would typically find acceptable. Telly recalled J.T. Ready, an Arizona Republican committeeman and a former member of the National Socialist Movement who killed his family and himself after the FBI began investigating his border militia group for the murder of undocumented immigrants. There was also Jack Hunter, who had worked as an aide to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) until it came out that hed made pro-Confederate statements and written that John Wilkes Booths heart was in the right place. These people didnt have much influence, Telly acknowledged, but it was fucking insane that they had any influence whatsoever. Things had gone so far to the right, and we wanted to pull them back to the left. With its core members assembled, HARM planned an action: It would confront Buhls, who was holding a European Heritage rally in downtown Bloomington. In preparation, the activists lifted weights in Sutherlins garage to beef up so we could break bones better, says Stuck, half-seriously. On the day of the rally, in April 2012, more than 100 people came out to protest Buhls, who showed up with just one friend. The HARM members didnt have a concrete plan to challenge Buhls, and before they could do anything two protesters ran up and punched him. His Celebrate White Heritage sign capsized into a sea of counterprotesters. Police whisked him away in a patrol car for his own safety. A few weeks later, HARM stormed the restaurant in Illinois. While Sutherlin and the rest of the Tinley Park Five sat in jail, their comrades found their next target: the newly formed White Student Union at Indiana University. Matthew Heimbach, a white nationalist leader from Maryland, had pioneered the first White Student Union at Towson University outside Baltimore before helping spread the concept to other schools. Bloomingtons White Student Union announced its presence on campus by planning an American White History Month. But less than a week after the White Student Union made its debut, a disturbing notice was posted on the groups Facebook page by its founder, an IU undergrad: I just spent all night in the hospital. While walking down 10tha blue van pulled up and four figures poured out of the vehicleAll of them wore all black clothing and had either ski masks or bandanas covering their faces Whats up? Thats the only thing they said. I got hit in the head with something from behind. I fell down and told them that was enough. At this point allof them proceeded to kick me for what felt like hours. At some point I passed out. I didnt think I would ever wake up again. None of it was trueit was an elaborate psyops scheme. HARM had plastered flyers all over Bloomington denouncing the White Student Unions founder as a racist and then promised to stop only if he handed over access to the groups Facebook page. Amazingly, he did. Then HARM invented the story of the beating to elicit notes of sympathy from other white supremacists. Once the post was up, they doxed those who replied, posting their real names and email addresses online. Though we support direct action against white supremacy, an anonymous HARM member gloated on the groups website after revealing the hoax, we also believe in proportional responses and it is our belief that this fictitious action would have been overkill. In other words, actually beating up the college kid who started the White Student Union would have been a step too far, but harassing him and outing his sympathizers was not. Heimbach found a young naive conservative kid and turned him into the next battle in the war against racial supremacy, the HARM member wrote, adding that the student had agreed to disband the White Student Union as a result of the hacking. White supremacists are like rabid dogsJust like rabid dogs, putting them down is always the most humane approach. I met Telly and Nomad in Columbus, Ohio, several months after the Tinley Park attack. Sutherlin and his brothers, his cousin, and Stuck were in Chicago awaiting trial, and Telly and Nomad were participating in a fundraiser to pay bail. They led me to a carriage house behind a big-ass, beautiful mansion, as Nomad described it, where a crowd of about 50 people greeted us. Many were HARM and ARA members, and I wondered if any of the remaining 13 fugitives were among them. (I never found out.) They were dressed in Mad Max-style punk garbblack jeans, black hoodies, bomber jackets, and combat boots, with neck and face tattoos, septum piercings, and rainbow-colored bandannas. They included a few African Americans and a dozen women. As Bob Fitrakis, a political-science professor and voting rights activist who hosted the event, wrote, they exuded an aura that made the Weathermen look like the Brady Bunch. Fitrakis, a paunchy man with a ducktail mullet, was running for Congress as the candidate of the Green Party, which had co-sponsored the evening with ARA. His supporters, who had paid $25 to attend, mingled awkwardly with the radicals. Circulating among them was the Green Partys then-vice presidential candidate, an anti-poverty activist named Cheri Honkala. Dude, Nomad said to me after a woman wearing a pearl brooch offered him a glass of zinfandel on a silver tray. The switchblade tattooed across his throat wiggled as he spoke. This is a little out of my league. These kids are the future, said a sweaty, elderly man who asked that I not use his name because he was a prominent professor. He wore a black blazer over a T-shirt with a peace sign. This is what the left needsworking-class, radical youth who arent afraid to get their hands dirty and scare the bejesus out of the teabaggers! I guess theres a time and a place for everything, even electoral politics, Nomad said as he handed me a PBR, glaring at the clean-cut and middle-aged partygoers around us. He took a swig from a bottle of Southern Comfort hed stashed in his back pocket. Butand I hate to use gendered language like thisliberals are fucking pussies, man. Sometimes youve got to put on the big-boy boots and stomp through some mud. After Honkala made a speech about her work as a housing activist in Philadelphia, Telly and two other ARA members sat at the front of the room and described what had happened at the Ashford House. Nomad, standing beside me, snorted tearfully into a red handkerchief when Telly read a letter Jason Sutherlin had sent from jail. People might think our actions are extreme, Telly told the crowd, but these guysneo-Nazisare often so far beyond the law that they dont respond to legal appeals. They dont care if hate crime legislation is enacted; it makes no difference to them. The situation in America has reached a critical tipping point, and we need to fight back with whatever tactics are effective at sending these guys back into the caves they crawled out of. Right on, brother, a snowy-haired man said. Other Green Party members golf-clapped. The professor in the black blazer raised his champagne glass. A hand suddenly shot up in the crowd. Am I hearing you right? asked an elegant African American woman with a bundle of silver-streaked hair and a No War in Iraq button on her straw purse. You guys advocate violence? Shed never heard of HARM or ARA and had been attracted by their names, she explained, but werent they just as bad as the people they were fighting? Doesnt your approach make you just like the Nazis? Bullshit, an ARA activist fake-sneezed, flashing a shit-eating smile. The questioner stormed out of the room. Telly ran a hand over his shaved head and sighed. Were not remotely the same, he told the remaining crowd. We support a diversity of tactics. He reminded listeners that most of ARAs actions were nonviolentremoving swastika tattoos from ex-convicts, counseling juvenile offenders, providing security at protests. Violence is never our default response, and its a tiny fraction of what we do, he said. But it is one weapon in our tool kit. Were not afraid to acknowledge when nonviolence is obviously not working. What youre doing, what the liberal left is doing, frankly isnt working. Five months later, I met Jason Sutherlin at East Moline Correctional Center, a turreted fortress circled by razor wire rising out of the cornfields of western Illinois, where hed been sentenced to six years following a plea deal. His brothers, his cousin, and Stuck were sent elsewhere in the state to serve terms ranging from three and a half to six years. (A sixth Ashford House attacker, 28-year-old Jason Hammond, was later arrested and sentenced to three and a half years. His twin brother, Jeremy, is serving a 10-year sentence for hacking the security company Stratfor.) The rest of the Tinley Park attackers remain at large and are unknown. Sutherlin shook my hand, the T-I-M-E on his knuckles interlacing through mine, as he sheepishly slipped the B-O-M-B hand into the pocket of his prison denims. That guy acts tougher than he is, he said, nodding toward a beefy prisoner sitting near us in the visitation room, bouncing his son on a leg adorned with a large swastika tattoo. Sutherlins eyes are cottonseed blue and heavily lidded, and his slightly upturned nose gives him a wary, porcine appearance. On his bicep is a tattoo that says Fools Rush In, and he has the physique of a dead lifter, a huge torso held up by a pair of tiny sawhorse legs. My best friend in here is a queer black dude, he told me, grinning. But the Nazis dont mess with us. White supremacist gangs have an active presence in some Illinois prisons, and Sutherlin told me a story about a white guard who had approached him one day and said, menacingly, I know why youre in here. Later, Sutherlin found himself alone with the same guard. The guard walked up to Sutherlin and flashed a photo of his wife, who is African American. I think youll be all right in this prison, the guard said. I totally misread the dude, Sutherlin told me. He was congratulating me. Why risk so much to fight racism? I asked. Is this even his fight? My sister is black, he said, and that gave me a different experience of growing up in Indiana. Today, racism has reached a whole other level. It literally makes me sick to my stomach. But why is violence necessary? I pressed him. You seem awfully preoccupied with moralityisnt violence wrong? Part of me feels bad for the whole attack, he said. Some central part of me thinks that all violence is oppression, and its never, ever right to oppress another person for their beliefs, identity, sexuality, or any other reason, no matter how heinous. But another part of me thinks that these guys arent worth that considerationtheyre such scumbags. All you can do is stop them from influencing others at this point. Is it a danger to dehumanize them? Yeah, man, it is. I think about that every day. I dont want to dehumanize anybody. I later spoke with Brandon Spiller, whom Sutherlin had hit in the head with a steel baton at Tinley Park. He told me that being attacked had strengthened his conviction that whites are under siege in America. In the months after the assault, he said hed received dozens of threatening phone calls from ARA members at his home in Wisconsin. Its definitely made me more likely to use my gun next time, he said. This is one of the paradoxes of militant anti-racist tactics: Attempting to stop hate crimes by policing thought crimes may reinforce the narrative of victimization that radicalizes some extremists in the first place. Research also suggests that violent protest may drive would-be allies toward more reactionary positions. Even Ignatiev, the anti-racist intellectual, doubts the efficacy of attacks like the one at the Ashford House. Activists should focus on dismantling the institutions and social structure that perpetuate racism, he has written. Race is not the work of racists. Heimbach, now the head of the white nationalist Traditionalist Worker Party, told me that groups like ARA help his cause. (Heimbach was filmed shoving a protester at a Trump campaign rally in Louisville, Kentucky, in April 2016.) They help reinforce our narrative of white victimization and make recruitment easier. Beckie Williams, however, wrote two weeks after the attack that the incident had caused her to abandon the white power movement. Because of the relentless harassment by the ARA TERRORISTS, she posted on Stormfront, my already tenuous health is being impacted in a extremely severe way. My only recourse is to step away from activism for the sake of my continued survival. (The other targets of the Tinley Park attack could not be reached for comment.) After buying Sutherlin another microwave cheeseburger, I suggested that, while his actions might be appropriate in a society like Nazi Germany, in a democracy like ours, maybe theyre not. But he didnt buy that; he believes its the responsibility of groups like HARM to police the boundary between democracy and fascism, keeping right-wing extremists in check, disorganized and unable to spread their ideas in public or harass people. Were not living in a fascist society, Sutherlin said. I know that. But its happening all around us, in fits and starts. As Sutherlin scarfed down a third vending-machine cheeseburger, I asked him about Tony Horwitzs book Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War, which Id mailed him. I feel like that book found me at just the right moment, he said, a bead of grease dribbling down his chin. Wed been discussing the lesser-known details of Browns life, like his murder of slavery advocates at Pottawatomie Creek in Kansas in 1856, and the fact that his raid on Harpers Ferry was widely denounced as fanatical violence, even by President Abraham Lincoln. I dont know if were headed for a similar moment in American politics, Sutherlin continued. But if we are, I want to be someone who did something to stop it, not someone who played it safe and stood by. Ten feet away, the guy with the swastika tattoo kissed his son goodbye, and a guard led him away. The brawny, bearded Nazi could have been mistaken for one of Sutherlins brothers, the resemblance was so strong. In January, just before Trumps inauguration, I spoke with Sutherlin and Telly. All six of the Tinley Park attackers had been released from prison and HARM had gone dormant. Telly lives on the East Coast and has helped create a new group, the Torch Network, which combines several of the most radical ARA chapters, including those in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Central Texas. It promises to be just as militant as ARA, if not more. New groups call me up and ask for advice, Telly said. He cited the emergence of anti-fascist groups like the John Brown Militia, Redneck Revolt, and the Bastards Motorcycle Club as reasons to be optimistic, but otherwise he was gloomy. I dont know what to tell them, he said. We lost. Someone like Trump is what we were trying to prevent from happening. I thought we were being alarmist, Sutherlin said with a chuckle when I called him at his home outside Bloomington, but it turns out things were way worse than even we imagined. Hes no longer on parole and has been lying low, taking care of his six-year-old son and going to anti-Trump rallies but avoiding more militant activism. Since the election, he said, hed also heard from people who were inspired by his example and seeking his advice. One was a childhood friend, a gun-loving backwoods survivalist who had never been political until Trump was elected but recently bought more weapons and talked about defending himself against the radical right wing. I think a lot of people are now realizing that you cant be neutral, Sutherlin said. A lot of people are suddenly realizing you have to pick a side and go to war.

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Antifa member uses flagpole with nail to attack police horse: Cops. You’ll love the group’s reply. – TheBlaze.com

Police in Pennsylvanias state capital said a member of the leftist antifa group known for assaulting supporters of Republican President Donald Trump at rallies across the country was arrested after using a flagpole with a silver nail at the top to hit a state troopers horse in the neck at a demonstration Saturday. AuthoritieschargedLisa Joy Simon, 23, with aggravated assault to police, taunting a police animal, prohibited offensive weapons, obstruction to law enforcement function, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. She was arraigned and taken to Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail, WPMT-TV reported. Harrisburg police said Simon was among antifa members protesting those marching against Islamic Shariah Law an event that took place in more than20 U.S. cities Saturday and drew similar counter-protests. Shortly after 11:30 a.m. EDT, multiple mounted Pennsylvania State Police Troopers and Harrisburg police were attempting to control the crowd when police said Simon attacked a troopers horse named Sampson with the flag pole. State police told PennLive other protesters were seen carrying weapons such as sharpened bamboo poles and baseball bats. Police said the horse was able to continue working with minimal injury. Pennsylvania State Police on Wednesday told TheBlaze the alleged attack was a swipe against the horse and that the animals skin was not broken. Heres what the South Jersey ANTIFA Facebook page had to say about the incident, according to WPMT: A comrade was arrested while trying to demonstrate against an anti-Muslim rally in Harrisburg, PA. The charges are entirely fabricated and do not reflect what actually happened during the incident. The bail is set at an extraordinary $100,000. It is clear that this person is being held as a political prisoner, and we must make it known that we will not be intimidated by a militarized police, that we will remain resolute in standing by the values of our movement, and that we will continue to combat fascism wherever it attempts to spread. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 6, the station said. (H/T: Heat Street)

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