Identity Evropa Tries To Make Waves With ‘No Sanction’, Bellyflops Instead

Screen Shot 2016-10-20 at 5.51.04 PMThis Saturday, notorious fascist news outlet Red Ice Radio announced that Identity Evropa (IE), a white-supremacist propaganda group, had planned an anti-immigrant demonstration in San Francisco for the following Monday. IE would be protesting San Francisco’s status as a ‘sanctuary city’ with Red Ice live streaming the event, further solidifying the known ties between the two organizations. Word quickly spread, and on Sunday Rad-Left news source Its Going Down dropped an article detailing the event, its organizers, and their distasteful history. Other sources picked up the story, which blew up overnight and was shared online hundreds of times. Antifascists and enraged SF residents alike answered the call, despite the rally only being publicized two days in advance, and despite the yet-to-be-announced location. By the time Monday rolled around, a good many were ready to take to the streets and challenge the group outright- something Identity Evropa apparently wanted to avoid at all costs. In a last-ditch attempt to avoid angry locals, Red Ice Radio tweeted out around noon that the 3 pm Demo would be held at SF State University, when it was in fact to be held half an hour away at the Embarcadero near Pier 14. The pier was chosen symbolically after a ricocheted bullet shot by an undocumented man killed 32-year old Kate Steinle last July. Despite overall data trends that show otherwise, IE and the right wing in general continues to fear-monger over this isolated case and point to it as proof that immigration brings increased crime rates. It doesn’t- Rising crime in San Francisco? Look to factors like economic disparity and rising population and density. Increases in crime due to a wide range of social, economic, and political factors have historically been blamed on black and brown folks and used to scapegoat and criminalize them. We can do better than this tired narrative. We must do better.

In any case, this classic bait-and-switch bought Identity Evropa a few precious moments of uninterrupted rallying. What they hadn’t accounted for was the fact that no one walking by had any interest in listening to what they had to say in the first place. After several minutes of outlining his half-baked ideas and pacing back and forth, Identity Evropa founder Nathan Damigo became visibly upset at the public’s disinterest. “I can see that a lot of you here today just don’t give a shit” Damigo sneered at the passing crowd through his megaphone. “You just want to live your lives, be left alone.” This is quite possibly the only accurate statement Damigo made throughout his entire tirade, which consisted mostly of anti-immigrant sentiment and support for racial segregation. In fact, the entirety of the rally was little more than Damigo front and center waxing faux-intellectual on the megaphone, obviously enjoying an opportunity to hear himself talk. Behind him stood a sparse group of IE members, not even breaking an even dozen- a far cry from the growing base Damigo often brags about on twitter. Several gripped a vinyl banner reading “No Sanction – Make San Francisco Safe Again”, a slogan mired in prejudice toward immigrants and downright ignorance. (Immigrants, both documented and undocumented, are actually less likely to commit violent crimes than US Citizens.) Then, just as soon as it had started, the demo was over. Scarcely 20 minutes had passed before Damigo finished his final ramblings and mustered one last chant from his followers. Hecklers were already starting to line up on the sidelines, and could be heard over the megaphone on the live stream. IE and Red Ice knew it was only a matter of time before even more opposers began to show up from the SF State mix-up to shut them down, so they packed up and high tailed it out of there before even reaching the half-hour mark. “This is going to be the first of many. We aren’t going away, we aren’t going anywhere!” Damigo declared as he and his followers retreated, pausing to trade insults with the gathering opposition. “You can see the love we’re getting here, but we aren’t going anywhere!” Damigo and the rest of IE then proceeded to go away. Sources report that they were spotted downtown and at the SF State campus later that evening flyering, but that they dispersed at the first sign of opposition. Identity Evropa flyers were allegedly found in trash cans on the campus.

Over all, we can safely say that “No Sanction” was a flop. The only true value those sad, sad 21 minutes held is the amusement that they collectively brought us. Well, that and all the hi-res shots we now have of IE member’s faces. Oops. The lack of advertisement beforehand, the small numbers, the fear of confrontation, and the laughable time-frame of IE’s rally (can 8 guys holding a banner even really be called that?) all point to bad organizing compounded by effective pressure from outside opposition. Good job, team! However, the fact remains that Damigo’s talking points are arguments we hear far too often, from far too many people. Damigo and Identity Evropa are not the first to regurgitate these falsehoods, and it pains us to say that they will surely not be the last. Like many on the right, IE only brings up the ‘sanctuary city’ issue as it relates to crime, pointing to city legislation that prohibits local law enforcement and other municipal employees from inquiring about immigration status or making arrests based on said status. IE, along with democrats and republicans, continue to further marginalize immigrants by falsely equating one’s immigration status with criminality as we touched on earlier. This doesn’t even begin to address the myth of a sanctuary city altogether. Local law enforcement working alongside Immigration Control Enforcement (ICE) under the Obama Administration’s “secure communities” policy has arrested and deported a record-breaking 2.5 million people since 2009. Border policy is one of the many factors that ensure white supremacy’s rule of terror in every aspect of social, cultural, and political life. Border policy specifically does this by criminalizing, scrutinizing, and exploiting immigrants, who are often people of color, in order to maintain meaningless national boundaries. This relationship of domination of people of color by those of European descent dates back to the colonial era and continues into the present. The post-colonial subject seeks sanctuary from the everyday ravages of capitalism, and the naked brutality of the state. This state of crisis is the norm in a world ruled by brute force, money, and racial inequality. The rise of civil war and extreme instability in Syria and the following refugee crisis has the international community requesting more sanctuary cities than has ever previously been documented. We look to those in the midst of this crisis fighting against oppressive powers, such as the YPG and YPJ in Rojava, but we must also look to ourselves and fight against anti-immigrant policies and attitudes in our local area. In this era, we can clearly see that the crumbling old world order, divided hierarchically by the fictitious notions of race, class, and national boundaries, is neither sufficient nor excusable. We can no longer afford to entertain these destructive worldviews that eat human lives and livelihoods and separate us rather than uniting us. For the good of all, because we recognize that no one is free until everyone is free, we have no choice but to strive to dismantle the social burdens that are the state, its borders, and the free market capitalism it enforces. For a freer world, without borders. No human being is illegal.

Nathan Damigo Exposed: Identity Evropa Leader Operating Out Of CSU Stanislaus

unfashedRecently, the president of CSU Sacramento called up the president of CSU Stanislaus, a campus located in the Central Valley town of Turlock, CA. The CSU Sacramento president, Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, was concerned and angry after discovering that a white supremacist group, Identity Evropa (IE), had pasted up a series of posters promoting themselves around the campus. Wanting to know more, Nelsen did a quick search and found that its creator was Nathan Benjamin Damigo, a man who had done 5 years in prison after carrying out a violent hate crime against a working-class Muslim cab driver. Nelsen did a database search thinking that perhaps Damigo was a local student, only to find that he was a senior not at CSU Sacramento, but at CSU Stanislaus. As it turned out, faculty at CSU Stanislaus were aware of Damigo and Identity Evropa’s presence in Turlock long before that phone call was made. When members of NoCARA spoke with faculty members while canvassing, they learned that the campus staff are well aware of the situation and know that it is Damigo putting up stickers and posters around the campus.

While Damigo has been majoring in Social Studies at CSU Stanislaus, he’s also been busy building up one of the fastest growing white supremacist groups in the US. About a week ago, Identity Evropa (IE) launched their latest campaign, “Project Siege,” which focuses on recruitment and plastering college campuses with propaganda. The imagery on Identity Evropa’s official propaganda is left intentionally obscure (closeups of greek statues, short, open-ended taglines, and the green, three-sided prism logo are some of their chosen staples), reading more as ‘generic skateboard company’ or ‘bad vaporwave band’ than ‘extremist hate group’. However, their disarming appearance does not change the fact that they are promoting and actively campaigning for the creation of an all-white, fascist, authoritarian political power.

Indeed, Damigo is interested in building a fascist movement, not just in popularizing images for online consumption through twitter. For instance, earlier this year Damigo and his circle of Neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and Trump supporters held a rally at UC Berkeley that was live-streamed by Red Ice Radio, an extremist, anti-Semitic media outlet. Damigo has worked on and off with Red Ice Radio in recent months. He reported for them at the RNC with fellow white supremacist Richard Spencer, and spoke with them at the American Renaissance conference, a gathering that presents fascist and racist ideas as ‘scientific’ and ‘biological’. All of this signals the beginnings of a new fascist movement- one that incorporates many different groups, seeks to ride the coattails of the Trump campaign, and has the potential to build something much more lasting and destructive.

Towards this end, Damigo has put a lot of work in building up Identity Evropa through putting up posters and stickers, most recently through his promotion of “Project Siege”, IE’s latest campaign. In a video published on September 27th, Damigo encouraged viewers to put up their own flyers and posters around college campuses as part of the project. “For those of you guys who want to take part, you don’t necessarily have to be a member of our organization,” Nathan urged. “We would actually invite everyone to do this; to get out to these students just what they’re not being told.”

Since the beginning, Identity Evropa has put out an excessive amount of information on social media advertising their postering exploits in various cities, which has resulted in most propaganda being quickly torn down by the public and by anti-fascists who monitor IE’s social media accounts. CSU Stanislaus, however, has only ever been mentioned by Damigo in his personal bios and in passing on a podcast with Red Ice Radio. Identity Evropa stickers and posters were found throughout the campus, but were never mentioned in the official Twitter or Facebook. The question then becomes, why has Damigo been so uncharacteristically quite about his activity on the campus?

There are several factors: First, we believe that in addition to attending CSU Stanislaus, Nathan Damigo lives in the nearby town of Oakdale, about 40 minutes north-east of Turlock. Identity Evropa’s P.O. Box is listed as being located at the Oakdale Post Office. Secondly, CSU Stanislaus is a notably diverse campus – only 26% of the student body is white. Damigo isn’t just hiding in plain site around individuals who are willing to look the other way, he is purposely avoiding drawing attention to himself in his local area because he knows it would be risky. When it comes down to it, Damigo has not publicized the Identity Evropa posters and stickers that he put up around CSU Stanislaus for one simple reason. He doesn’t want to shit where he eats.

This Tuesday, the sewage backed up right into Damigo’s toilet, and the shit got everywhere. Anti-fascists answered the call for #ProjectSiege in the form of 300 posters that went up at CSU Stanislaus. The posters detailed Damigo’s hidden past as a convicted felon in a violent hate crime, as well as his involvement in a string of hate groups before attempting to rebrand himself with Identity Evropa. After all, the students have a right to know what they’re not being told, and true to the tradition of suit-and-tie campus fascists, Damigo has an ugly side that he isn’t advertising for the world to see.

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The posters littered the campus, covering community cork-boards and the shredded remains of Identity Evropa propaganda. They also appeared outside of the post office that houses IE’s P.O. box. One thing is clear: “Project Siege” is in full swing, and it isn’t the Alt Right who’s doing the sieging!

Take Action against Identity Evropa and #ProjectSiege

We call on all Anti-Fascists to join us in the fight against Nathan Damigo and Identity Evropa’s #ProjectSiege. Here’s a list of things that you can do to take action:

Call CSU Stanislaus

Contact CSU Stanislaus and voice your displeasure with Damigo and the Identity Evropa scandal. Flood the Social Studies Department with calls and emails- you can organize a call-in night with friends, take 5 minutes by yourself on your lunch break, and get the word out to others about calling in. Putting pressure on the university is one of the many valuable tools in our toolbox, and one of the easiest to do from just about anywhere. Demand answers about the school’s allowance of white supremacist propaganda and their lack of intervention despite knowing the culprit’s identity. Stress that students have a right to know that a Neo-Nazi with a violent history is attending classes on the campus, and that Identity Evropa is openly organizing for a fascist and authoritarian white supremacist movement. If you live in an area where Identity Evropa has put up posters and stickers, explain how angry you are and tell them that this has to stop!

Call the Social Studies Department Directly at: (209) 667-3037

Call Department Chair Dr. Kevin Jasek-Rysdahl: 209-667-3182
Email: Kjasekrysdahl@csustan.edu

Call Coordinator Dr. Chau-Pu Chiang: 209 667-3037
Email: cchiang@csustan.edu

Call Administrative Support Coordinator Susan Jordan: 209-667-3342
Email: Sjordan5@csustan.edu

Take Down IE Propaganda in Your Area

Monitor the Identity Evropa Twitter account here and the Facebook here. IE loves advertising exactly what they’re up to, so finding out if they’ve postered near you shouldn’t be a challenge. They target high-density areas and college campuses in particular- if you see any Identity Evropa propaganda, tear it down and replace it with Anti-Fascist stickers and posters. You can post action pictures to sites like itsgoingdown.org.

Print Out Informational Flyers

Print out this informational flyer about Nathan Damigo of Identity Evropa and educate yourself and the community. Put them up around town and give them to friends. You can view the flyer for printing here.

Come to the Campus and Patrol

CSU Stanislaus is located in Turlock, CA on Monte Vista Ave (right off Highway 99 on the same exit) and University. Come out to the lovely campus and patrol! Look for Identity Evropa stickers and posters, soak up the free wifi, and enjoy a pizza slice in the cafeteria.

Nathan Damigo likes to park near Crowell Blvd and Ansel Adams Blvd. (free parking) and walk into the campus to the Social Studies Building where his classes take place. This is where the majority of IE posters and stickers were found and a good place to keep on eye on.

Remember: we aren’t here to demand censorship, nor do we rely on the power of the state to stop fascism. We know that the oppressive power structures we live under aren’t on our side, and we know that our own, liberation-minded movements frighten them just as much as any fascist movement that seeks to uphold the foundations of patriarchy, colonialism and white supremacy this system is built upon. In the case of CSU Stanislaus, campus police have long worked in tandem with the administration to keep tabs on student organizers who have taken action over the years against rising fees and tuition. We don’t count on them, we look towards each other.

This is why we are interested in building our capacities for self-defense. This means coming together as people in our communities to fight back against white supremacist and Neo-Nazi organizing. It means building up organizations that can counter, with action and ideas, these movements based around repression and reaction.

Smash Fascism and White Supremacy!
Northern California Anti-Racist Action (NoCARA)