Stop us when this starts sounding like a script for a Cheech & Chong reboot: using server logs from the Discord chat app they came across, antifascists were able to confirm the identities of several Pacific North West neo-nazis, including one Bethany Sherman. When they made this information public, Ms. Sherman initially claimed she was being attacked for “having white pride,” but didn’t deny anything.
Then it also came out that Sherman was the owner of OG Analytical – a Eugene, Oregon firm devoted to testing the potency of cannabis. Apparently, pot users do not like nazis very much and these revelations may have impacted on OG Analytical’s business.
In retaliation, Sherman hired noted white supremacist lawyer William Daniel Johnson to file a civil defamation suit against the former ISP for Eugene Antifa in an attempt to force them to identify members of that particular antifascist crew.
The suit is still before the court, but according to this account of the first day of the hearing, things are not going well for Sherman. It’s never a good sign when your lawyer won’t appear in court with you and sends another (lawyer?) to represent you over the phone! Worse still for Sherman is the fact that the good guys have retained competent legal counsel in the form of lawyers from The Civil Liberties Defense Center and The First Amendment Project , who swiftly invoked the defendants’ First Amendment rights and pointed out conflicting statements made by Sherman to the court.
While this is all good, the fact remains that the legal counsel retained by our side needs to have its bills paid, so after receiving their request, The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund made a large-ish contribution to the CLDC, earmarking it to pay for the Eugene antifascists’ legal bills.
If you’d like to help make sure Eugene Antifa isn’t out-of-pocket because they had to defend themselves against a vexatious and frivolous lawsuit conjured up by the Weed Nazi, you can donate to their crowdfunder here. If you’d like to make sure that the Defence Fund is in a position to help shut down future frivolous and vexatious civil actions against antifascists, you can make a donation right here.