On September 2nd in Eugene, Oregon, a group of White Nationalists associated with the American Freedom Party, formerly American Third Position, dropped a banner on an I-5 pedestrian overpass just before Exit 195 reading: “Anti-Racist Is A Code Word For Anti White!” The banner also featured a Celtic cross, a symbol frequently employed by White Supremacists.
Should read: Anti-Racist Is A Code Word For Anti-White Supremacy!
Just two weeks prior to this incident, on August 17th Oregon AFP members held a rally on the Center St. Bridge in Salem, Oregon which is also set above I-5. The rally was part of a broader project called “Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment” and coordinated through Facebook and the overpasses.org website. The goal of these party members is to add their support to what they are calling the “Patriot Wave,” which are weekly (and in some cases, they claim, daily) demonstrations which start on the East Coast in the morning and spring up across the country moving westward as the day goes on. While this rally was relatively small, the Overpasses campaign has existed for several months now and has gained the support of “thousands of people” according to claims on the AFP website.
It appears AFP is aiming to benefit off of Obama’s recent and largely unpopular decision to seek a military strike against Syria, using this to push its political agenda of Third Positionism. White Nationalists broadly have used Obama’s election as a means to bolster their numbers in recent years. American Freedom Party in particular has stepped up their political activities in Oregon as well as across the country. The far Right has been effectively leveraging the fear and anger of Middle and Working Class Whites to organize around issues such as widespread economic insecurity, environmental collapse, war in the Middle East, immigration, and lack of health care. Organizations such as the American Freedom Party provide appealing and simple answers to these complex, huge, and terrifying problems. The ideology behind American Freedom Party, Third Positionism, is a modern form of Fascism which combines the language and forms of the current liberal and radical Left with the ideology of the far Right. This ability to confound commonly held ideas of what the Right and Left look and sound like, and the pretense of being reasonable, pragmatic, or even-handed by seemingly borrowing from both, make it a particularly dangerous and effective form of Fascist organizing.
It’s been a long wait but the Anti-Racist Action (ARA) compilation CD’s have finally arrived and are ready to be sold. The funds from this CD go to the ARA warchest. Fifteen percent of the warchest goes directly to our long term prisoners such as the Tinley Park 5, and the rest is put aside to support antifascists who may be victims of state harassment in the future. The compilation CD features Wretched of the Earth, Konstrukt, Adelitas, Appalachian Terror unit, Divergent, Oi Polloi, Welkin Dusk, the Last Chance Boys, Brillen Baggage, We must Dismantle All This, A- Truth, DSI, Let the World Die, Macula, and Tom Morello.
Rose City Antifa will be carrying this CD in our distro so you can pick it up at any event we table. To order this CD by mail, send $13 in the form of a check, money order, or well concealed cash to Anti-Racist Action PO Box 1055, Culver City, CA 90232. For bulk pricing information contact email@example.com.
On the evening of Wednesday, June 5, Clément Méric, a young antifascist activist from Brest, France, was attacked by a group of extreme-Right militants near the St. Lazare train station in Paris. Méric and three other friends were in the shopping district for a clothing sale when they encountered a group of boneheads (fascist “skinheads”). Eyewitness accounts claim that Méric was punched to the head by one of the boneheads--who was allegedly holding a knuckleduster--and then fell to the ground. Unconscious and bleeding, Méric was transported to hospital, where he later died.
Clément Méric was a member of the militant antifascist group Action Antifasciste Paris-Banlieue
, a participant in the Solidaires Etudiant-e-s
union, a queer activist, and a student at Sciences Po in Paris. His death occurs in the context of increased far-Right organizing in France, including a wave of militant homophobic organizing in response to the legalization of gay marriage.
Several arrests have subsequently been made in relation to Méric’s beating death, with five people currently facing charges. At the time of writing, the French state is not charging Esteban Morillo--the primary assailant--with murder, but only with the charge of “deadly blows.”
The fascist attackers are within the political orbit of the Jeunesses Nationalistes Révolutionnaires (JNR) group, which is comprised primarily of bonehads. Morillo’s girlfriend Katia Veloso has admitted membership in the fascist Troisième Voie (“Third Way”) organization to which the JNR is affiliated. The French government now appears to be taking steps to dissolve the JNR
Autonomous antifascists understand the need for a strong grassroots response to fascist violence, not merely waiting for the state to take action. A huge solidarity demonstration in Paris on Saturday in response to Méric’s attracted several thousand participants.
Our thoughts are with Méric’s family and friends right now. In his memory, and that of the many others who have been murdered by the extreme-Right, we will strengthen our international solidarity as we continue our struggle and fight the fascist Right.
Always in our hearts! Never forgotten!
What are we going to do with all these stickers?
After nearly four years of argument and controversy, Tim Calvert is no longer employed by the Citybikes Workers Cooperative. Calvert--a former leftist, conspiracy theorist and hardcore antisemitic activist who promotes and hosts figures from the extreme-Right--had previously served as the President and a public representative for Citybikes, a Portland business that also attempted to maintain a “progressive” image contrary to Calvert’s actual political work.
In a telephone call made June 4, a representative of Rose City Antifascists was able to confirm Calvert’s departure from Citybikes, something which had previously been rumored. Rose City Antifascists are pleased with this news, which will allow both the Citybikes business and our organization to move on, and which we hope will be a positive development for both. The formal boycott of Citybikes
which our organization launched in September of last year--in response to Calvert’s escalated organizing with extreme-Right militants, ideological racists and Holocaust-deniers--is now at an end. (For a chronology of Calvert’s organizing and that of the Portland 9/11 Truth Alliance with which he worked, see here
The McMinnville-based organization Oregonians for Immigration Reform (OFIR) will be hosting Mark Krikorian of the Washington DC think-tank the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) on December 8, 2012. Rose City Antifascists, the Portland chapter of the North American Anti-Racist Action Network, calls for antiracists to oppose this event.
OFIR is Oregon’s most well-known expression of “nativist” politics. While antiracists distinguish between nativism and more blatantly repulsive racist ideologies such as National Socialism (“Nazism”), white supremacy and white separatism, we believe that nativist politics often express a similarly racist core but with a more populist or media-friendly presentation. Nativist politics have a long history in the United States. Briefly, nativism stresses the supposed interests of allegedly “native” citizens--those groups whose ancestors migrated to the US before the present point in time--and considers other populations as threatening to the status of the allegedly “native” group.1 Nativist organizations will often not stress the white ethnicity of their preferred populations--preferring to leave this unstated--but still will deploy barely-coded racism to agitate against immigrant populations of color. The Center for Immigration Studies, whose Executive Director OFIR is hosting, attempts to use neutral- and rational-sounding language to promote exclusion and division, but CIS was originally established
as a project of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), an organization that is frequently criticized
for having leadership, financial and political ties to explicit racists, and for itself putting forward a bigoted political message.
In the case of OFIR, the organization presents itself as merely “Advocating for an environmentally sustainable level of immigration” (as the organization’s motto goes) but in OFIR’s early days its website was hosted
by the white supremacist New Nation News site. The organization is also historically linked to FAIR and the broader “FAIR network”. This year, OFIR’s current president Cynthia Kendoll attended a “border school” hosted by FAIR alongside Morrow County Sheriff Kenneth Matlack and Multnomah County Undersheriff Tim Moore
. As far as OFIR’s “environmentally sustainable” credentials go, we find it laughable that the existing status quo in the United States has a particularly great track record as a steward of the natural environment--“environmental” rhetoric is a mere smokescreen for OFIR’s fundamentally racist politics.
The CIS speaker that OFIR are hosting is Mark Krikorian. Krikorian is one of the leaders of the Nativist movement in the US, testifying before congress and appearing in numerous media outlets. As a leading ideologue of the nativist movement nationally, Krikorian provides the ideological ammunition for other anti-immigrant activists, spouting lines such as “My guess is Haiti is so screwed up because it wasn’t colonized long enough”2 and calling Haiti’s culture “malformed, (and) ‘progress-resistant’” later in the same article. A larger collection of Krikorian and CIS staff quotes can be accessed at the Center for New Community’s website
The organized nativist politics of OFIR, FAIR and CIS are not only racist, but they are otherwise dishonest. Such politics fail to put forward the true motivations for migration--the fact that people do not leave their countries of origin at a whim to cash in on alleged benefits from unsuspecting taxpayers3--but more realistically, that many are driven to this decision by war, natural disasters, and chronic poverty, conditions that no human should have to endure. Immigrants also end up in the United States for other complex reasons, such as family separation (sometimes generations long) or even falling in love. The racist politics of nativist groups such as OFIR and FAIR contribute nothing to any realistic discussion of immigration. Rose City Antifascists ultimately support strengthened freedom of movement versus the arbitrary borders of nation-states, on the basis of solidarity and common human dignity.
Gatherings of nativist activists, like any other gathering on the far-Right, serve to strengthen the movement and its participants. Let’s not allow OFIR to host Mark Krikorian on December 8, 2012. The event is scheduled to take place at 2:00 PM at:
Best Western Mill Creek Inn
3125 Ryan Drive Southeast
Salem, OR 97301.
The venue’s phone number is (503) 585-3332. Let them know how you feel about them hosting a racist gathering.1
“Nativism” is the common term for the form of anti-immigrant politics we seek to describe and criticize. However, we hope that it is clear that by deploying the term Rose City Antifascists do not mean to suggest that white people are actually “native” to the continent. Rather, we oppose attempts to naturalize or make invisible the actual history of colonialism, and we stand in solidarity with indigenous and First Nations movements. 2
http://www. nationalreview. com/corner/193111/what-do-about-haiti/mark-krikorian (No direct hyperlink--remove spaces in URL to access artic3
Numerous studies have emphasized the economic contributions made by undocumented immigrant populations. Space does not permit any discussion here of the various methodologies that may be used to calculate the total economic contributions versus burdens of undocumented immigrant populations to the US national economy, but the overall economic burden--if any--is dramatically exaggerated in partisan nativist studies such as those of the CIS.
Antifascist presence at La Quinta Inn on NW Yeon st. in Portland, OR prevented David Irving's talk on "Hitler and I" from moving forward as planned.
On Saturday, November 3rd, around thirty antifascists and allies confronted the notorious Holocaust-denier, David Irving, and his white supremacist fans as they gathered for an event in Portland, Oregon as part of Irving’s latest US speaking tour
. The venue for Irving’s presentation on the topic of “Hitler & I” was supposed to have been a closely-guarded secret, but antifascists located the event at the La Quinta Inn on NW Yeon Ave, where Irving was seen unloading stacks of books from his minivan around 2PM.
With a prompt anti-racist response, Irving’s pro-Hitler event was successfully shut down
at the La Quinta, where antifascists blocked the doors with banners and signs. Many potential attendees simply drove off without even getting out of their cars upon entering the car-park and noticing the antifascist presence. Continual phone calls to the venue--whose location and phone number was released online
as soon as confirmed--placed additional pressure on the venue to kick Irving out. Rose City Antifascists would like to thank La Quinta for doing the right thing and showing the fascists the door, and we want to especially thank all our allies that made this small but significant victory possible.
David Irving, staying true to form as a liar about history, later wrote on his blog that antifascists had gone to the wrong location, and not shut down anything. The antifascists, according to Irving, simply went to a decoy venue designed to throw anti-racist opposition off the trail, whereas the event actually went forward at “the Embassy Suites hotel, where the masked Leftist crusaders failed even to find the meeting room.” This is deceitful not only because Irving himself was spotted at La Quinta and the fascist attendees showed up at La Quinta, but also because Irving himself emailed those he suspected of being infiltrators prior to the event, stating that Embassy Suites was the venue. Rose City Antifa had in fact scouted both locations.
Another account of the day, written on the white supremacist Stormfront.org website by a user named “Tribalthinking” gives a different account than Irving’s about what happened next:
There were a ton of masked commies gathered around the entrance to the hotel where the meeting was taking place. The hotel caved to their pressure […] We were still able to hear Irving speak, however. A local attendee allowed us to use his house to continue the meeting.
Anti-fascists, in other words, made it impossible for Irving to give his presentation at a venue accessible to the public. Reduced numbers of fascists retreated to a private home in order to hear Irving. The shut-down of Irving’s major event was a victory for the antifascists, but Irving, in order to save face, is forced to spin lies about how his tour is going. A Few of the November 3rd “Hitler & I” Attendees
Rose City Antifascists have noted in the past that Irving’s events provide an opportunity for fascists, white supremacists and antisemites to network with each other and organize. Irving’s events may also have an energizing effect
on such forces. With this in mind, we would like to note a few of the individuals who gathered to see Irving, and the forces they represent.
The Stormfront member “Tribalthinking” who posted the comment quoted above is better known as Tyler Cole
. Tyler and his wife Laura Cole (née Bailey) moved to Portland in late June of this year from Southern California. Tyler Cole was active in Southern California as a member of the white supremacist “Freedom 14” group, and also Golden State Party, a short-lived attempt at white nationalist electoral politics. The Golden State Party dissolved soon after a newspaper story disclosed
that Cole, then its chairman, had felony convictions for assault as well as possession of an illegal machete. From the ashes of the Golden State Party, white nationalists went on to build the national American Third Position party. Tyler Cole is now attempting to build this white power political party in the Pacific Northwest, and hopes to get A3P registered as a political party in Oregon. On October 1, Cole and other racist associates publicly distributed A3P propaganda in downtown Longview, Washington. Cole’s young racist associates also tagged along to the Irving event with him. Scott Rautmann
, who attended David Irving’s 2009 event in Portland as well, was seen leaving the La Quinta venue dejectedly this time around. Rautmann, a carpenter and construction worker based in Northeast Portland, attended Irving’s 2009 talk with his then-wife Amie Beckwith
, but the couple have since divorced. Scott Rautmann moves in racist circles that often portray themselves as simply “heathen”, but upon closer examination show themselves as straightforwardly bigoted and fascist. Rautmann, for example, uses a picture of Romanian fascist leader Corneliu Codreanu to represent himself on one online forum, and also keeps in contact with the leaders of the racist European Americans United organization as well as antisemitic propagandist
(and A3P leader) Kevin MacDonald via Facebook. Rautmann has previously been active in post-industrial music scenes in Portland, predictably collaborating with the creepy circles on the periphery of Markus Wolff’s Waldteufel project.
Event attendees Scott Rautmann (L, dressed in black) and American Third Position contingent featuring Tyler Cole (R, in front of vehicle.)
Another of David Irving’s attendees this year was Dave Westerlund
of Longview, Washington. Westerlund also attended the 2009 David Irving event
at the Embassy Suites - Airport hotel in Portland. Portland residents may also know Westerlund as a regular participant at the Portland Peaceful Response Coalition’s (PPRC) anti-war protest at Pioneer Courthouse Square each Friday, where Westerlund often displays his antisemitic sign
alleging Israeli control of the US government. Westerlund also distributes leaflets from the Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust at these PPRC events. Similarly to segments of the Portland “progressive” community continuing to support dedicated antisemitic activist Tim Calvert
, it appears as though the PPRC welcomes or at least is comfortable with Westerlund’s continued anti-Jewish agitation at their events and within their ranks.
Finally, antifascists spotted one neo-Nazi scurrying away from the Irving event sporting a Hammerskin Nation
patch. The neo-Nazi Hammerskin grouping may be increasingly confident in setting foot in Portland following the dismantling of Volksfront International
as an aboveground organization earlier this year. Rose City Antifascists wish to monitor this situation, and urge anyone with information on local Hammerskin activity to contact us
.Eugene--Portland--Seattle--Minneapolis: Antifascists on the Offensive
Even though David Irving’s speaking events provide an opportunity for fascists, militant antisemites and white supremacists to network amongst each other and get organized, the tour also allows militant antifascists to build links with each other and go on the offensive against fascist and white power organizing. We are heartened not only by the dedication of the Portland anti-racist community that pulled together to oppose Irving, but also by the mobilizations in other cities against Irving’s events. In Eugene, Oregon
, antifascists were unable to intercept the Irving gathering but maintained an antifascist visual presence with banners. In Seattle
, the day after Irving’s Portland stop, Irving’s event was located and disrupted. While writing this summary of Irving’s event in Portland, word has also just arrived of a massive disruption of Irving’s event in Minneapolis, MN on November 16. We see such active resistance to Irving’s events as signs of a growing, militant antifascist movement, and will do our part to help this movement along.
Photos of the anti-racist "Tinley Park Five," courtesy of the Chicago Tribune, May 12, 2012.
On Saturday, May 19, 2012 eighteen antifascists broke up a meeting of the Illinois European Heritage Association, a group of racists that includes Ku Klux Klan and National Socialist Movement members, as well as other white supremacists. Five Hoosier Anti Racist Movement (HARM) members were later arrested for their alleged participation in this action. They have been dubbed the Tinley Park Five after the Chicago suburb where this confrontation occurred. They are (from left to right) Alex Stuck, 22; Cody Sutherlin, 23; Dylan Sutherlin, 20; Jason Sutherlin, 33; and John Tucker, 26.
A number of white supremacists were harmed during the action, including a child pornographer. The confrontation sent shock waves through racist circles and caused a few long-time white supremacist organizers to retire. It successfully seeded mistrust and broke up allegiances between various factions of the white nationalist community. Since the arrests, however, the families of the Tinley Park Five have come under attack as their personal information and home addresses were posted on white supremacist message boards. Families had to be relocated. Racists made death threats and even killed a family dog. We must continue to show these families that they do not stand alone. They need real solidarity in this difficult time. Not only have they had their sons, brothers, fathers, and partners ripped from them by the state, but they are being attacked by grassroots fascists.
The fight of the Tinley Park Five is our fight, and imprisoned antifascists need our help. They are facing over 30 felonies each (three for every beaten Nazi in the case). Most recently they were offered a plea deal of seven years in federal prison, which they rejected. Bond has been set at nearly $1 million dollars. With our help we can alleviate some of the burden on the families and immediate support groups of the TP5 and get them the things they need: food, supplies from commissary, and legal representation. The thing they need above all else is solidarity.
. Free the Tinley Park Five!
Thanks to all who showed up and opposed David Irving. As of 4:52pm we have confirmed that the David Irving speaking event was cancelled and the event attendees were sent away from the La Quinta Inn. We applaud the owner and staff of the Yeon La Quinta Inn in NW Portland for disallowing the event and standing up to racism!
Rose City Antifascists have uncovered the location of Holocaust-denier and neo-fascist David Irving's speaking event today in Portland, Oregon. Irving is speaking at La Quinta Inn, Portland NW located at 4319 NW Yeon. The phone number of this venue is 503-497-9044. Irving's personal cellphone number is 305-923-6779. Irving is slated to begin his Portland lecture on the topic of “Hitler & I” today, Saturday, November 3, at 3PM.
We encourage anti-racists to call the venue immediately to express their disgust that this establishment is providing a venue for a notorious antisemite, fascist and fraudulent historian. It may be wise to take appropriate security precautions when calling, such as blocking your phone number (*67).
Rose City Antifascists and allies are currently on the ground opposing this gathering of white supremacists and antisemites. We strongly welcome additional community support, and urge any available anti-racists to hurry to the venue to join with this opposition.
For more information on David Irving and why he should be opposed, see Rose City Antifa’s earlier call to confront the event: http://rosecityantifa.org/1/post/2012/10/october-15th-2012.html
Also note that this article provides dates for the remaining dates of Irving’s speaking tour.
If you have any information on white supremacist activity--related to the Irving event or otherwise--please contact Rose City Antifascists at fight_them_back [at] riseup [dot] net or 971-533-7832 (voicemail).
SHUT DOWN THE NAZIS!