Yesterday The Guardian reported that evidence has surfaced of police collusion and cooperation with white supremacists in California. On June 26, 2016, neo-nazis armed with knives (and, in one case, a semi-automatic pistol) were confronted by unarmed anti-fascists. While the good guys were successful in shutting down the boneheads’ planned hate rally, it came at a heavy cost, with several antifa hospitalized with stab wounds as police stood aside and let the racist terrorists try to murder them. The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund sent some cash to help out with medical bills at that time.
Then the witch hunt began. CHP cops began charging anti-fascists exclusively after the fact and they didn’t stop there. Helping to conceal fascists’ identities, refusing to lay charges against the knife-wielding neo-nazis that stabbed multiple people that day, asking for fascists to help ID anti-fascists so the police can lay charges, including charging people while they were in the hospital recovering from stab wounds, using anti-fascists’ political views to justify criminal charges – in the immortal words of Bunk Moreland, “there’s some shameful shit going on.” As one investigating officer said to neo-nazi Derrick Punneo during a prison interview (Punneo was doing time for domestic assault), “we’re pretty much going after them,” and “we’re looking at you as a victim.”
We know this all of this thanks to Yvette Felarca. When Yvette became one of the anti-fascists charged by the cops, she came to us to request help paying for her legal defence and of course we obliged. As a result, Felarca’s lawyers have mounted a fierce defence which included obtaining & revealing the documents detailing the extent of police involvement with the fascist terrorists in their attempt to hammer the anti-fascists as described above.
Isn’t that good enough reason to make a contribution to the Defence Fund today?