How was your summer? Here’s what we got up to:
In other news, the Defence Fund really hit the big time when nazi online toilet paper roll Breitbart singled us out as a target for their followers to attack. We’re happy to report that the coverage resulted in an immediate bump in donations – enough to make withstanding the resulting litany of anon abuse, doxx attempts, and death threats that worth it. We were actually happy with the Breitbart thing – it shows that even the neo-nazis recognize the value of what we’re doing if they’re so intent to try to stop us. We’re much happier with them spending their time & effort to come after us than, say, plotting to murder journalists or beating people to death or stabbing women at a reproductive rights demonstration or stabbing refugee children or bombing a safe house for transgender people or murdering a 13-year-old girl – all of which also happened over the summer.
If what we did over the summer and what we do year-round is something that you would be proud to support, then support us! Today is the day to do that.
Remember a week ago when the Defence Fund sent some $ to a server in Louisville that lost her job after refusing to snitch on the antifa that handled some Proud Boys dickbags that showed up to her work to disrupt a DSA Louisville meeting and wound up sexually and racially harassing her all night? Well she sent us a lovely thank you note! It reads:
THANK YOU SO MUCH. I haven’t been able to find a job as of yet because I had to go out-of-state due to a family medical emergency, which sucks, so I really, REALLY appreciate this so much. I love y’all. Solidarity.
If you’ve donated to the Defence Fund, part of what you gave went to her, so this thanks is for you!
If you haven’t donated to the Defence Fund, don’t you think it’s time you did?
If you’re a member of DSA Louisville: last week we challenged to match our donation.
DSA Louisville wrote back to say that they’re working on it. But so far from what we can tell, not a dime from the democratic socialists that held an event without adequate security that resulted in a woman losing her job. It reminds us of a certain time when the DSA collected $200,000 for Charlottesville victims and then never gave anyone any of the money and couldn’t publicly account for what happened to the money, either (but did offer a bullshit apology almost a year later).
Louisville democratic socialists – talk is cheap, this woman needs help, your event ultimately resulted in her losing her job, and your organization already has an appalling track record of fucking over anti-fascists. Come on now.
A Portland Police Department flash bang grenade embedded in the back of a helmet warn by an antifascist protestor on August 4th. He nearly died.
If you’ve been following us for the last little while, you may have noticed a disturbing pattern of the police playing an increasingly-active role in trying to do harm to anti-fascists. Some highlights from the past two years:
Which brings us to the events in Portland of August 4th. Not to be confused with events there the month prior, where the police formed a line to protect alt-right bigots from anti-fascist counter-protestors but then fired flash bang grenades & pepper spray at the counter-protests to soften them up prior to letting waves of white supremacist goons run through their lines to attack counter-protestors , then run back to enjoy full police protection.
This time, the police were the instigators of violence, commencing with a volley of flash bangs and tear gas launched without reason or provocation. In that first volley was a flash bang grenade fired directly at the back of an anti-fascist’s head from close range. The grenade penetrated the antifa’s helmet and caused a serious head injury. Had he not been wearing a helmet, he would have been killed instantly. In the end, the police arrested four anti-fascists and injured at least that many. Rose City Antifa have established a crowdfunder to help victims of the police violence on August 4th and we were happy to be able to contribute to it. We would encourage you to do the same, and to also make a donation to the Defence Fund so we can continue to support people willing to risk death at the hands of fascist goons and their police collaborators.
Being a server is tough work. How tough? Scientists are calling it the most stressful job in the world! So for M., it must have been welcome news that the Louisville DSA chapter had booked a meeting at the bar she worked, since one would imagine democratic socialists would at least tip well.
What no one expected was for a pack of white supremacist Proud Boy asshats to also show up to disrupt the meeting and harass poor M. all night. When they finally left, some Louisville antifascists engaged in a frank and honest discussion with them in the parking lot – a discussion which concluded with some Proud Boys going home in an ambulance. Cops were called. Cops asked M. to ID the people that came to deal with the problem. M. is not a snitch and did not snitch.
Her reward for putting up with racist and sexist harassment all night and then getting pressured by the po-po? Fired. The bar canned her. Now she’s looking for a new gig and has asked for help paying the bills while she’s looking. The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund was there to stand up for M. just as she stood up for the people that showed up to stand up against entitled, racist Proud Boy douchebags.
AND NOW WE’RE CHALLENGING LOUISVILLE DSA TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND MATCH OUR DONATION!!! Hey there @dsa_louisville – this worker was fired because of what happened at your event. How about passing the hat at your next meeting and matching what we put in, shall we? That would do a lot to improve relations with antifa after your national organization raised $200,000 in donations for the victims of the Charlottesville terrorist attack last year and then refused to release any of the money or account for what happened to it. Just sayin’.
Seven BerKKKeley’s “finest” surround a solitary, unarmed antifascist. Your tax dollars at work.
It’s becoming ever-more apparent that the police are serving as the lethally-armed wing of racist extremists in their efforts to arrest, injure, or get anti-fascists killed. That might sound like hyperbole if you haven’t been paying attention. From Sacramento to Seattle; from Hannover to NYC; from Newnan to Toronto; from Portland to Berkeley (to name some recent examples), the po-po can’t wait to help white supremacists to frame, assault, injure, and try to murder anti-fascists.
Then there was Berkeley earlier this month. Police there decided the best thing to do when white supremacists march in the streets was to attack, assault, and arrest as many of the 1000+ antifascists there to counter the march as possible. And immediately release photos and full names of the antifascists arrested on social media.
It’s not hypothetical to say that releasing the identities of antifascists endangers them. Just ask people who knew Dan Shersty and Lin “Spit” Newborn, two Las Vegas antifascists that were identified by a local neo-nazi gang that then stalked and murdered them. This goes beyond making antifascists appear guilty without a trial (as the Guardian notes, much of the fabricated charges police lay against antifa disappear soon after). This is providing the people responsible for the majority of terrorist attacks with a hit list. And it’s not just Berkeley cops doing it: the month before, Toronto police arrested five anti-fascists on completely fabricated charges during a counter-protest of yet another Islamophobia rally, with one arresting cop publicly providing the full names of all five arrestees to the Islamophobes, who promptly attempt to dox all five.
The Berkeley police received a ton of criticism for endangering the lives of the people they (falsely) arrested. But criticism doesn’t get the charges dropped or pay for your legal defence. It doesn’t help you find a safe place to live after neo-nazis have used your name to track down your address. And it doesn’t help you pay the bills when you can’t work because the kkkops broke your clavicle arresting you.
That was the situation D. found himself in after the events in Berkeley. He reached out to us for some help paying his bills while he’s off work with his cop-sustained injury. We were happy to help him out directly and would recommend that anyone reading this follow suit by kicking in to his crowdfunder.
Until some of the tax money spent on kkkops enabling them to arrest, assault, and endanger anti-fascists starts getting diverted to support anti-fascism (hey, we can dream!), The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund is going to need your support to help take care of the people putting themselves in harm’s way to thwart fascism. Here’s what you can do.
Police in Newnan, Georgia respond to the dangerous threat of non-violent, unarmed people wearing masks by pointing assault rifles at them, April 21, 2018
“No Good Deed Goes Unpunished” should replace “To Serve And Protect” on cop cars in Newnan, Georgia. This was certainly the lesson imparted on K, one of dozens of anti-fascists that arrived in that town on April 21st to counter a march of less than three dozen full-on neo-nazis. Also in town to ensure that literal nazis were able to march unimpeded through American streets were at least 400 heavily-armed cops (that’s right, about 10 cops for every single nazi shitbag in attendance; other estimates putting cop numbers that day at 700-800). The actions of the cops that day were characterized by one journalist on the scene as “the most over-aggressive policing I’ve ever seen.”
When the cops encountered antifa wearing masks, their response was to point assault rifles at them. That was the point that K decided the cops were getting out of hand, took off her mask, and tried to speak directly with the cops in an attempt to de-escalate a potentially lethal situation. Her reward? Being slammed to the ground and tackled by cops and hauled away under arrest, held in jail for 30 hours, and being fined.
As a result of trying to stop a police riot from claiming the lives of her friends and neighbours, K. has been left with a fairly hefty lawyer’s bill and a small-ish court fine. She reached out to the Defence Fund for some help with this costs and we’re happy to say that we were able to help her with about 40% of her costs. If we had enough money, we would have gladly paid the full tab.
Help us makes sure we can pay the full tab for the next K. that comes to us after being harmed for trying to stop their friends and allies from being murdered by the cops or for standing up to nazis literally marching in the streets – make a donation to the Defence Fund today!
We should probably be flattered that Breitbart would call out The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund in an article they published. Yesterday, the “platform for the alt-right” published a whiny, crybaby piece about how unfair it was for Patreon to refuse to support racist extremists while allowing us to raise money to support anti-fascists (don’t worry- clicking the link above for the article in question won’t increase Breitbart’s hit count!).
The article repeats a popular falsehood that the U.S. Deparment of Homeland Security has classified antifa as a “domestic terror organization.” There were a lot of hysterical claims about this in several mainstream and (ordinarily) credible media sources last year, but all of them were based on a single article posted by the Politico website. That story, written by Josh Meyer, based this assertion on an anonymous DHS contact and “confidential law enforcement documents” that he claims to have seen. But no one else has been able to independently verify Meyer’s claims.
Here’s what you can verify for yourself: no law enforcement agency anywhere has declared “antifa” to be a terrorist organization. Check the DHS website or the FBI website or any other government source – nowhere is antifa listed as a terrorist organization.
We published a long piece completely discrediting Meyer’s “journalism” a few months ago. It’s Going Down published their own analysis of the piece as well. It’s a shame Breitbart’s writers didn’t bother to read either before writing their bullshittery.
While we’ve written to Patreon directly to give them a heads-up about all of this, we’re not sure what, if anything, will come of it. We wanted to make sure that all of our Patrons were aware that Breitbart and their white supremacist followers are directly targeting us and trying to shut us down. We will do everything we can to make sure that doesn’t happen. In the meantime, we will continue to support and defend anti-fascists, anti-racists and anyone that steps up to stand against bigotry, no matter where they are! If you’d like to help us and wouldn’t mind making a monthly contribution to the Defence Fund, here’s where you can do just that!
Portland has seen more than its share of extreme right violence over the last year or two. With two people stabbed to death by an alt right “free speech warrior” just last year + the seemingly never-ending Islamophobic/anti-refugee/”alt-right” rallies happening there ever since, it’s clearly a hotspot for both extreme right activity and also antifa opposition.
After local fascist organizer Joey “Patriot Prayer” Gibson & company got their asses handed to them last month, one would hope they got the message. No such luck. Instead, they doubled-down and flew in Proud Boys and other neo-nazi goons from all over the country for their June 30th event. With full cooperation & support of the Portland police deparment, who provided an armed escort, then attacked antifa counter-protesters with pepper spray and rubber bullets before letting dozens of armed fascists charge through the police lines @ antifa.
But anti-fascists in Portland, even faced with attacks from the cops and non-state fascists, stood their ground, held it down, and stopped the fash from marching. After a couple of intense police-faciliated street battles that left several injured on both sides and several antifa arrested by the po-po, the fash ran back to their bus and ran away once again. Instead of smashing Portland antifa, fascist violence was shut down on the streets and local media ran numerous stories highlighting the violence of the fash groups, the connections between groups like Gibson’s Patriot Prayer and outright neo-nazis, and how much the police had helped the fash.
But we still have to deal with the aftermath. Several antifa were injured and/or arrested and we don’t want them to face the consequences of that alone. Two vouched crowdfunders have been set up here and here so it wasn’t a tough decision for the Defence Fund to contribute. If you think it’s important to back up the people who face down armed fascist thugs & their police collaborators on the streets, you’ll want to contribute, too.
The mural of former Philadelphia police chief/notorious bigot Frank Rizzo, post-improvements.
We don’t know who exactly took it upon themselves to improve upon the mural of Frank Rizzo, the famously racist and homophobic former police chief and mayor of Philadelphia, but if we did we’d certainly thank them for their community service and buy them a drink. Rizzo’s notoriety as police chief was earned by doing things like calling for The Black Panthers to be lynched, framing civil rights groups, and ordering cops to specifically attack black protestors. In his last bid for mayor, Rizzo publicly called on constituents to “vote white” and re-elect him.
You can’t walk a block in Philly without running into someone that remembers and loathes Rizzo. So why the hell anyone would erect a mural & statue in honor of this racist, homophobic, and utterly corrupt cop and politician in that town is anybody’s guess. There is a standing call for the mural to be removed but some of us apparently prefer a more direct approach and “fixed” it themselves.
In any event, the po-po did arrest and charge someone with the mural improvement and said person took a plea deal with included fifty hours of community service (from which we hope they deduct the time taken to perform the community service of improving the Rizzo mural!) + a $2000 fine. The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund was happy to kick in a significant chunk of that fine to help pay it off. If you’d like to pitch in as well, there is a crowdfunder set up to pay off the fine. If you’d like to enable us to take care of fines for future mural modifiers, donate to the Defence Fund today!
At least not in New York, anyway. Antifascists were in attendance at a candlelight vigil on June 24th to peacefully protest the kidnapping of migrant children by ICE, just in case there was trouble. Of course there was trouble, in the form of two belligerent bigots that shoved their way through the crowd and attempted to assault a black man that was speaking to those gathered. When they swung on a person that tried to de-escalate things, antifa intervened and quickly walked the racists away from the crowd.
Some liberal woman there decided that that was not appropriate action to take and that it was her job to call the police in, which of course she did. The cop she waved over threatened one of the antifa and then 90 seconds later assaulted them, then arrested them on jacked-up, purely fictitious charges.
Now, because one of our antifa friends took steps to remove a violent racist from a peaceful protest, they face jail time and are compelled to mount a legal defence. We all know that that costs money to do, so when they asked us to come up with half of a lawyer’s retainer, that’s what we did. Now our friend at least has a competent lawyer to defend them as they go through a bullshit legal process, which they’re dealing with entirely because of the liberal busybody that decided she should bring the police in to punish people for protecting protestors against violent racist thugs.