The neo-Nazis that we reported on yesterday for having attended the recent anti-Fast Track rally downtown were confronted today by antifa at a neo-Nazi “Meet and Greet” event they scheduled. Stacy Hoffman and Austin Livingston were the only two National Socialist Movement members that showed up at the meeting at Billy Bob’s in Gresham. Antifascists confronted them as they left the establishment. Stacy Hoffman immediately began screaming in terror and cowered in fear. Austin Livingston fled the scene, leaving Hoffman behind, while shrieking for help. So much for these brave Aryan warriors. We at Rose City Antifa think they learned an important lesson today about the consequences for organizing fascist activity in Portland.
National Socialist Movement (NSM) organizers were spotted at an anti-Fast Track rally in Portland on May 7th 2015. Stacy Hoffman, Austin Livingston, and another two NSM representatives joined the protest downtown. President Obama was in town for a fundraiser and speaking engagement to promote the Fast Tracking of legislation regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal. Due to Obama being in Portland there was a very heavy police presence downtown which the NSM used to their advantage in order to make a public appearance.
Although the four neo-Nazis were not physically assaulted due to the large, state-sponsored security detail, people did verbally accost them. One of the boneheads immediately fled when confronted. Hoffman, Livingston and another remained briefly to try and plead their case under police protection. None of the NSM crew returned the next day for Friday’s rally.
The election of President Obama was a galvanizing force for the extreme right. White supremacists have tapped into anti-Black racism and anti-government sentiment for recruitment both on traditional right-wing topics as well as those typically viewed as leftists’ domain such as environmentalism, globalization, labor and trade. Movements that are vaguely populist with poorly defined internal politics around anti-oppression issues are particularly vulnerable to being co-opted by the far right. This phenomenon was witnessed in the anti-globalization movement and more recently in Occupy. The NSM is now clumsily trying its hand at that here in Portland much as American Freedom Party did before them.
On the night of January 16th, 2015 Rose City Antifascists and their allies met for a solidarity march in response to a call for an international day of action to support the 11 imprisoned anarchists (7 still currently in custody) entrapped by the Spanish state's violent execution of “Operation Pandora,” the recent imprisonment of Basque political activists and their lawyers, and also the increased harassment of activists here in the United States, specifically in the Pacific Northwest. That night we joined in the actions which were kicked off all over the world, including in Dublin, Bristol, Belgrade, Stockholm and elsewhere.
After assembling and striking road flares, the march of about 15 people set out marching against Friday night traffic with a large banner, flares, and a sound system while passing out informational fliers about our imprisoned Spanish anarchist comrades and state repression of anarchist political activity. We were met with warm greetings, sympathetic car horns, and raised fists from many working class people downtown. Our route took us through “Portland's living room”, Pioneer Courthouse Square (where we photobombed tourists and passed out flyers), past the Justice Center, and through streets crowded with Friday night bar goers. We even stood chanting in front of Portland tourist landmark, Voodoo Doughnut, much to the dismay of local police who kept a distance, blindsided by our sudden presence and quick street maneuvers. We would like to thank our members, allies, and those supporters who spontaneously joined our demonstration during the march for their continued international solidarity with all imprisoned comrades.
Reposted below are the addresses we passed out to those who were interested in writing letters to the Spanish anarchists currently locked up for simply using encrypted email and owning the wrong books:
Beatriz Isabel Velazquez Dávila
C. P. Madrid VII – Estremera
Lisa Sandra Dorfer
C. P. Madrid VII – Estremera
Alba Gracia Martínez
C. P. Madrid V – Soto del Real
Carretera M-609, Km 3,5
28791 Soto del Real
Noemí Cuadrado Carvajal
C. P. Madrid V – Soto del Real
Carretera M-609, Km 3,5
28791 Soto del Real
Anna Hernandez del Blanco
C. P. Madrid V – Soto del Real
Carretera M-609, Km 3,5
28791 Soto del Real
Enrique Balaguer Pérez
C. P. Madrid VI – Aranjuez
Ctra. Nacional 400, Km. 28
David Juan Fernández
C. P. Madrid III – Valdemoro
Ctra. Pinto-San Martín de la Vega, km. 4,5
International Solidarity from Rose City Antifa (///)
Upcoming Action Friday January 16th: International Day of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners in Spain
In mid-December 11 anarchists in Barcelona were arrested in what the Spanish state called “Operation Pandora”. Several private homes, squats, and social centers were raided including the 25 year old Kasa de la Muntanya. While the charges have yet to be made public, authorities have claimed the accused were “organized” anarchists using encrypted email services from Riseup.net, and all owned copies of a book (soon to be translated into English) called Against Democracy. Apparently using an email address from a particular service and owning the wrong books can land you in jail in Spain now. These arrests come after a series of bold new authoritarian laws put into place, such as the Citizen Safety Law or ‘Gag Law’, which has recently been used to suppress the actions and speech of activists, revolutionaries, and even lawyers in Spain. Spanish police arrested at least 16 lawyers of Basque political prisoners. Three were arrested on their way to the Spanish Special Court for the first day of a mass trial against 35 pro-independence activists. This is only two days after a 80,000 person protest for the rights of Basque political prisoners. Spanish anarchists have made a call out for a day of international action for Friday January 16th to show solidarity with the 7 comrades who are still imprisoned.
In recent years the US has seen a large increase in state suppression of social movements, from the entrapment of Occupy anarchists and activists, to the imprisonment of Comrade Jeremy Hammond for his hacking of the Stratfor security files, to the harassment of eco-resistance Rising Tide organizers in the Pacific Northwest and organizers against police brutality in the wake of Michael Brown and Eric Garner’s tragic murders by the pigs in Ferguson and New York, dissidents and anarchists are under attack by state and capitalist powers from Spain to the Americas and elsewhere.
The struggle is international in scope and to give our solidarity and mutual aid is but a small token of support to those facing more immediate danger. It will surely lift the spirits of our comrades in this difficult time to see that people around the world stand in solidarity with them. The imprisonment of Spanish anarchists abroad begs our attention to look at our own movements and actions at home. These brave comrades who are facing down the power of the Spanish state remind us of those, both recent and in the past, who have been targeted for their political activities here. As the police become more militarized the stakes are raised. Those who have stood up to the forces of white supremacy have become targets for our speech by simply saying “Hands up don’t shoot!” We have become targets for our opinions and thoughts just as our comrades in Spain have. Their struggle against the state and capital is our struggle. We are targeted because we are dangerous to the oppressive systems that grind profit out of human suffering. It matters not to the police if our actions are against the new Jim Crow, private capital, the security state, fascist organizations who organize unchecked, or the false political parties who seek to represent us: we are all targets.
Stand in solidarity with all the prisoners by joining us as we march and rally in support of our comrades in Spain and at home this coming Friday January 16th. Solidarity is our strength and our most powerful weapon.
No Nations (///) No Borders (///) ¡No Pasarán!
Long Live (A)narchy!
Death in June Plans Return to Portland's Alhambra Theatre: Canary in Coal Mine for Hipster Racism and Gentrification
Death in June, a band that according to the show's promoter, Chase Varga, is not welcome at any other venue in the state of Oregon due to their use of Nazi imagery and themes in their music, is returning to Portland for the second time in one year. This represents a dangerous precedent in a city that has a long history of racist violence. The return of Death in June (Di6) is due to a number of factors including the gentrification of Portland with its attendant race and class dynamics. Just as working-class neighborhoods are eradicated to make way for condos and cookie-cutter boutiques, the memory of Portland’s racist past and the grassroots resistance that was necessary to fight it, is being buried under the gleaming illusion of a progressive white playland. People lack the political will to fight subcultural fascist influences like Di6 because the dominant demographic here is not threatened by white supremacy and would rather not look at it. On a basic level, they do not care if Nazis get recruits because they are not afraid of being beat up by them. Nazi symbolism holds no painful charge for them. Thanks to white privilege, they do not have to consider the impact such things have on nonwhites. It is crucial that working class anti-fascists and anti-racist people in Portland make this issue a priority and stand up to fight Death in June and for the character of our city.
We have already written about Death in June in two separate Calls to Action. Additionally there have been a number of excellent articles written about them by others outlining in detail why they are problematic. This libcom article, as well as this piece by NYC Antifa are particularly good. This is an article written by a former fan of Death and June who changed their mind after attending a show. There are many more articles out there. In an effort to save time by not rehashing every single point, we will briefly give an overview here, then move on to the common arguments defending Di6, and why we think it is very important that Portlanders take time out of their lives to actually show up for this.
*Reposted from the NYC Antifa blog
It’s been an open secret for months that Nathan Block (better known as “Exile”), a former Green Scare prisoner who served a number of years in prison for several Earth Liberation Front actions, has become a fascist. This has been known not just through numerous personal accounts from Olympia, but from copious postings on his tumblr blog Loyalty Is Mightier Than Fire (Exile has confirmed to local anti-fascists that the blog is his).
At 9:30 am on July 7th, members of the American Freedom Party staged an anti-Immigration protest outside of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) offices on NE 103rd and Glisan in Portland. In retaliation for this action, Rose City Antifa is releasing the workplace information of a member of the American Freedom Party:
Rebecca Hughes works at the Regal Fox Tower
846 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Rebecca (Barrett) Hughes, whom we originally wrote about here, has been an active member of the local chapter of the American Freedom Party as well as a member of a Mississippi-based Christian Identity group called the Nationalist Movement, which advocates against race mixing and homosexuality. We believe “Barrett” to be a pseudonym and that her real last name is Hughes.
Getting racists fired from their jobs is an effective way of disrupting their organizing. Last time we outed an AFP member at her workplace, we succeeded in getting her fired. You can see her hilarious reaction in this video where she posted about it on YouTube.
**Reposted from the YouCaring.com fundraiser site for Dylan Sutherlin's prison release support!!!**
In May 2012 five antifascists were arrested and, in early 2013, took non-cooperating plea deals for 3 felonies each for taking part in emphatically stopping a meeting of white supremecisits organizing under the guise of the Illinois European Heritage Association at a restuarant in Tinley Park, IL. For more information, see tinleyparkfive.wordpress.com.
Dylan Sutherlin is the fourth of the five to be released, rejoining us in July . Bloomington ABC , NYC ABC , and Sacramento Prisoner Support have launched a campaign to start a release fund for Dylan. By the time Dylan is released he'll have been locked up for just over two years, will have a felony record, and certain things just won't be the same. Lets help him make a smooth transition! Lets raise some money and secure a release fund that will welcome him upon his release.
If you'd like to write to Dylan to let him know you're thinking of him and that you're glad he's getting out soon, I'm sure he'd love to hear from you. His current address is as follows:
Dylan Sutherlin M34022
P.O. Box 7711
Centralia, IL 62801
Bloomington ABC, NYC ABC, Sacramento Prisoner Support
You can visit the fundraiser site and make a donation here: http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/prison-release-fund-for-dylan-sutherlin/184298#sthash.XEQgtIMc.dpuf
Republished from the Anti-Racist Action website:
Hack pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to murder, and her agreement outlines the following details:
Melissa Hack, along with her brother, Ross Hack, John “Polar Bear” Butler, Leland Jones, Daniel Hartung and Mandie Abels were members of various skinhead groups.
Hartung’s name surfaced during the state case — with Butler’s defense attorneys trying to pin the murders on him and Ross Hack — but he has never been charged, according to court records. Abels secretly pleaded guilty in federal court in 2012 to one count of conspiracy to murder, according to a later unsealed plea agreement.
Melissa Hack said her brother Ross told her and Abels to meet Newborn at the Las Vegas body piercing shop where he worked, and invite him on a date in the desert. Newborn was targeted because he was a member of an anti-racist group and because he was thought to be sleeping with Hartung’s girlfriend.
Shersty was with Newborn when the women went to make the date. Ross Hack told his sister if Shersty came along on, he would “have to get dealt with.”
The women met the men back at the piercing shop, and Melissa Hack paged Butler a pre-arranged code to give them a heads-up.
Ross Hack, Butler, Jones and Hartung were waiting for them when they arrived.
The women introduced Newborn and Shersty to Ross Hack and Jones. Melissa then went to get a beer and saw Jones and her brother shoot Shersty. Newborn sprinted into the desert — Butler was on his heels, shotgun in hand.
“We just shot the guy, let’s go,” Butler said to his girlfriend when he returned.
The next morning Ross Hack told his sister she needed to go back and pick up bullet casings. Melissa Hack went with Butler and one of his friends, but they were spotted by people riding all-terrain vehicles.
The prosecution and defense recommend Melissa Hack spend 20 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. She could serve less time if her cooperation proves helpful.
Melissa Hack is set to be sentenced on Sept. 8. Her brother and Jones are scheduled to go to trial on Aug. 12. Butler’s whereabouts in the prison system are a mystery, suggesting that he might also be brokering a deal with federal prosecutors.
Death in June is once again on tour and this time they plan on making their way to our neck of the woods. Death In June is the neofolk project of Douglas Pearce that is infamous for its promotion of patriarchal and National Socialist ideas and use of fascist imagery and references to Nazi mysticism to spread fascist agit-prop. Last fall Rose City Antifa and allies released a call to action to oppose their tour and DiJ was met with resistance at many venues and had shows shut down. Unbelievably they are now planning on coming to Portland! The last time Pearce tried to play Portland, it did not go well for him. Let’s have a repeat performance and shut down this fascist act!
Death in June plans on following that up the next night with a show in Seattle. Let’s show DiJ that they are not welcome n the Pacific Northwest!
Join us in throwing full opposition into each stop on this tour. Even if you do not live in a city where DiJ is slated to play, you can still assist in efforts to stop this fascist act from having a platform. Show solidarity with antifa comrades on the ground!
PLEASE CONTACT THESE VENUES TO EXPRESS YOUR OUTRAGE THAT THEY ARE HOSTING THIS PRO-FASCIST ACT:
May 19th Portland, OR
Alhambra Theatre (formerly Mt. Tabor Theater)
4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR, US 97214
May 20th Seattle, WA
110 S. Horton St.
Seattle WA 98134
May 21st Glendale, CA
806 E. Colorado St Glendale, CA 91205
May 24th Chicago, IL
Reggie's Rock Club
2109 South State St Chicago, IL 60616
May 29th Pittsburgh, PA
1602 E Carson St Pittsburgh, PA 15203
May 31st New York, NY
125 E. 11th St New York, NY 10003
Webster Hall Office hours are 10am - 6pm