Community Self-Defense Mobilizes to Defend Hasta Muerte

“We’re parked down there. Can you drop us off, possibly? I’m terrified.” – Troy Worden

Hasta Muerte

On February 16th, “a sergeant and president of the Latino Police Officers Association of Alameda County,” and a member of the Oakland Police Department, walked into the newly opened Hasta Muerte Coffee shop, a cooperative run by workers of color, and located in the working-class and predominantly Latin@ neighborhood of Fruitvale, which is rapidly undergoing gentrification. Instead of a hot cup of coffee and a handshake however, the sergeant was promptly refused service and told that the store had a policy of not serving law enforcement. Very quickly, news of the interaction spread and in response, Hasta Muerte issued a statement on their Instagram page about a week later

OPDs recent attempts to enlist officers of color and its short term touting of fewer officer involved shootings does not reverse or mend its history of corruption, mismanagement, and scandal, nor a legacy of blatant repression.

The facts are that poc, women, and queer police are complicit in upholding the same law and order that routinely criminalizes and terrorizes black and brown and poor folks, especially youth, trans, and houseless folks.

For these reasons and so many more, we need the support of the actual community to keep this place safe, not police.  

In return, the Oakland Police Association wrote a letter to the space asking to further discuss the matter, and by the 8th of March, the story had blown up in the local news, before spreading into the mainstream and then being picked up in the far-Right press by outlets like Breitbart, Fox NewsThe Daily Caller, and InfoWarsAs could be expected following such reporting, the store was hit by a wave of death threats, online harassment, and negative and untruthful reviews on Yelp. 

But while the simple assertion of autonomy in the face of a police department known over the decades for racism, corruption, murder, brutality, and human trafficking was causing a stir in the media, in the streets, many Oakland residents flocked to support the space. Soon, #HastaMuerteCoffee became a popular hashtag, as people took selfies in front of the store, and lines soon formed outside the door as people rallied to show support. While the police, media, and the far-Right attempted to shame the space, instead they helped mobilize the surrounding community who was empowered by Hasta Muerte taking a brave and firm stance against white supremacy and police brutality. 

But while the situation in the Fruitvale was brewing, on March 3rd, fascists harassed and threatened a leftist bookstore in Berkeley, CA. The right wing group consisted of members of the Proud Boys and a number of local allies in the alt-lite, a far-right constellation that shares many beliefs with the alt-right but stops short of calling for an explicitly white supremacist ethnostate. Participants included Rob Cantrall, Lauren White aka Lauren Order, and Jacob Ku. Soon after Jourdin Davis and Alexandria Davis joined them. Rob Cantrall, wearing his yellow and black Proud Boys shirt, shouted at the volunteers of the bookstore and told them that he would burn the store down. This was captured on video and reported on by local media. Only a day later, a left-wing bookstore in San Diego on a local campus which had been the site of months of alt-right activity, was set on fire in an arson attack

Then, a little over a week later, focus on the part of the far-Right turned towards Hasta Muerte, as OPD was successful in putting a target on the shop’s back. Soon, posts were placed on Facebook from prominent far-Right activists calling for a protest, and plans were made for the fascists to return to the East Bay. 

Then, starting around 10 AM, a small group assembled outside Hasta Muerte on March 18th to support OPD, including Jacob Ku from the March 3rd attack on the Berkeley bookstore. For the second time in as many weeks, members of the Proud Boys and their allies harassed and threatened East Bay communities. This marks the first time the far-right has abandoned the usual Berkeley locations and shifted their activity to Oakland, specifically in the working-class and largely Latin@ Fruitvale neighborhood. This group of trolls arrived waving symbols of nationalism and support for the police and border patrol, and included several familiar faces, such as Troy Worden, Ashton Whitty, Lindsay Grathwohl, Will Johnson, and Jeanne Solnordal. They were backed up by Jeffrey Perrine, Russ Wilcox, and more. Ironically once again, the police came to the defense of the small right wing group, who had mobilized to attack those who refused the authority of the police. 

Since the failed Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA in August 2017, the far-right has found it increasingly harder to organize in public. In Northern California, we saw an end to the fascist so-called “free speech rallies” that had been the primary organizing form for the right. In order to hold on to their movement’s dwindling momentum, the local broader Right has switched gears and chosen to refocus their attention on immigration and sanctuary cities. The alt-right, which hadn’t attended events in Northern California in months, decided entryism was again worth a try at a Kate Steinle vigil and anti-sanctuary city protest in San Francisco in December 2017, organized by Lindsay Grathwohl. It seemed possible that an agenda centered on immigration could hold the big tent together just a little longer.

This was reflected again on March 18 outside Hasta Muerte, as the diverse far-right participants brought US flags, apparel that said “ICE,” and shouted into their megaphones that they want ICE to come and deport people. According to an East Bay Express reporter Darwin BondGraham that was on the scene, one person screamed, “If Trump isn’t your president, you’re probably an illegal.” An odd thing to say in a country where literally the vast majority of the population hates the President.

The response from the community was swift, and the Right was quickly outnumbered, embarrassed, and frightened. In defense of Hasta Muerte, a large crowd gathered and stood between the right wing agitators and the coffee shop. Jacob Ku pepper sprayed at least one anti-racist activist and used a stun gun during the incident. At this point, the police moved in and separated both sides, with the bootlickers then moving across the street.

In attendance at the right wing demonstration outside Hasta Muerte was:

Troy Worden and Ashton Whitty

Troy Worden (Pittsburg, CA) & Ashton Whitty (Martinez, CA)

Troy Worden and Ashton Whitty are associated with the Berkeley College Republicans (BCR) at UC Berkeley. Worden is a current member and former president of the club, and Whitty (a Diablo Valley College student) briefly joined BCR while attending classes at the UC during the spring 2017 semester. Worden and Whitty, as well as their BCR cohorts, are closely affiliated with various individuals and groups in the alt-lite and the alt-right.

Even before he was ousted from his position of BCR president due to having national socialist (nazi) followers and being too extreme, Worden networked and organized with Kyle Chapman and the Proud Boys, Martin Sellner of Generation Identity, and Nathan Damigo of Identity Evropa.

Worden’s presence in spaces has led directly to violence against leftist organizers in the past. After Worden crashed an anti-Milo Yiannopoulos meeting at UC Berkeley, fascists arrived and threw a leftist organizer to the ground. NoCARA has previously shared information on BCR and their violent alt-right connections, most notably here and here.

Ashton Whitty has also gone on in recent months to make a name for herself as a YouTube personality, appearing on podcasts with neo-Nazi and Alt-Right organizers such as James Allsup who attended Unite the Right in Charlottesville, and also appearing on InfoWars, where she recently was seen holding a flyer of the neo-Nazi group Patriot Front in Austin, Texas. On St. Patrick’s day, Whitty posted a photo of herself holding a sign reading, “It’s Okay to Be Irish,” a reference to the meme, “It’s Okay to Be White,” which originated from the neo-Nazi message board, /pol/ on 4chan.

Jacob Ku

Jacob Ku

Jacob Ku has been attending far-Right rallies and events in Northern California since 2017. Over time, it has appeared that Ku has become increasingly willing to engage in violence. Jacob Ku arrived with Rob Cantrall and Lauren White on March 3 when Cantrall told volunteers at the bookstore that they were going to burn the store down. Ku obviously came prepared for violence at Hasta Muerte. He wore a helmet and was armed with both pepper spray and a stun gun, both of which he used on patrons of the coffee shop.

Lindsay Grathwohl

Lindsay Grathwohl (San Lorenzo, CA)

Lindsay Grathwohl is the daughter of Larry Grathwohl, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Weather Underground. Lindsay Grathwohl has been heavily involved among local MAGA organizers. She maintains close associations with Joey Gibson of Patriot Prayer, Kyle “Based Stick Man” Chapman, and Will Johnson. In December 2017, Grathwohl organized a Kate Steinle vigil event in San Francisco. This rally temporarily reunited alt-right white supremacists with those in the alt-lite after their difficult splits following the events in Charlottesville in August 2017.

Will Johnson

Will Johnson

Will Johnson (Tracy, CA)

Will Johnson is a far-right livestreamer, organizer, and internet personality. His livestream news show, Unite America First, is based out of Tracy, CA. Johnson is a mainstay at far-Right and pro-Trump rallies, and often travels to events in Sacramento, the Bay Area, and even out of state. Johnson is African-American and is often pointed to by rally organizers as evidence of the far-Right demonstrators ‘not being racist.’ Despite this, Johnson has long been involved in demonstrations that have offered a platform to racist speakers that think he is subhuman and should be sent ‘back to Africa;’ such as neo-Nazi social media star Baked Alaska. Johnson has also actively organized and shared space with other prominent members of the Alt-Right, and even with known white supremacists. Johnson has organized events with Proud Boys, and past attendees of his events include White nationalists like Nathan Damigo of Identity Evropa and lone wolf neo-Nazi Chris Locke. On March 25th in Sacramento, Johnson videotaped himself fist bumping a member of the Golden State Skinheads during a pro-Trump rally.

Johnson was also present at the ‘Mother of All Rallies’ or MOAR event in Washington DC last year, and after members of a local chapter of Black Lives Matter were invited to come on the stage in a gesture of free speech, Johnson interrupted them to chant, “USA! USA!,” when the impromptu talk by the BLM group began to anger the MAGA crowd. In response, Jack Posobiec claimed that “Black Lives Matter,” not Johnson, was leading the crowd in a chant of “USA,” and proceeded to claim it was a great moment of unity. This exemplifies Johnson’s usefulness to the wider far-Right, which at times includes open fascists and neo-Nazis: a useful black token that helps them avoid charges of racism, while also advancing their actual racist politics under the cloak of “America First!”

Jeanne Solnordal

Jeanne and Borgar Solnordal

Jeanne Solnordal (Piedmont, CA)

Jeanne Solnordal is a lawyer, and along with her husband Borgar Solnordal is a real estate investor, owning several properties in Oakland and the surrounding Bay Area. Both of the Solnordals are owners of Marsol Management Group. In January 2018, Jeanne Solnordal uploaded a video to YouTube in which she urges homeless people in an Oakland encampment to vote Republican in the 2018 midterm election while also repeating racist nationalist talking points about immigration. Solnordal has been attending right wing events in Northern California since late 2017 and at times has traveled throughout California and other states for political activity. She also has a history of showing up to leftist events to disrupt and harass. The day before Solnordal showed up at Hasta Muerte, she took the time to go on Facebook and share a conspiracy theory originating from the neo-Nazi forum /pol/ on 4chan. Solnordal also wore an ICE hat outside Hasta Muerte and advocated for immigration officials and the police to come into the neighborhood.

Russ Wilcox

Russ Wilcox (far right) with militia members at April 15 rally in Berkeley

Russ Wilcox (Modesto, CA)

Russ Wilcox is a member of the far-Right III% militia and an associate of the California Valley Patriots. Wilcox was pictured with other militia members at the April 15, 2017 rally in Berkeley that several white supremacists attended hoping to engage in violence and against locals. Militia members worked directly with the Berkeley police and rally organizers to help facilitate what ended up being a white power recruitment rally in downtown Berkeley.

Jeffrey Perrine

Jeffrey Perrine

Jeffrey Perrine (Citrus Heights, CA)

Jeffrey Perrine is a far-right/alt-lite rally goer and livestreamer from Citrus Heights. He is connected to Patriot Prayer, the Proud Boys, and various far right live streamers and news outlets. He is also friends with known neo-Nazi Chris Locke. Perrine has frequently attended pro-Trump and far right rallies over the past year, but more recently he has begun to show up to leftist and even liberal events to livestream, harass, and disrupt. Jeffrey has been observed yelling in the faces of high schoolers and harassing protesters at the Sacramento Women’s March. He also showed up to a protest against Jeff Sessions with several patriots and Proud Boys, where the group followed demonstrators while shouting anti-immigrant slogans, at one point directing a racial slur at a black protester.

Sacramento Proud Boy and livestreamer Marcos Santos

Sacramento Proud Boy and livestreamer Marcos Santos

Right wing agitator

Right wing agitator

The demonstration by the right was short-lived, and soon they regrouped and headed to the Temescal farmers market with intentions of confronting Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf regarding her recent warning about ICE raids. The second location saw a larger group, with the original bunch from Hasta Muerte being joined by a few Proud Boys as well as Jourdin Davis, Guy Decker, and others in the alt-lite. Like their time at Hasta Muerte, this second action by the right was also a flop. Most of them never got close to Schaaf and they were again confronted and driven out of the space by the local community.

Joined Hasta Muerte group at Temescal farmers market:

Jourdin Davis

Jourdin Davis (Berkeley, CA)

Jourdin Davis is a far-right organizer from California currently living in Berkeley. He has attended events in the area since the March 4, 2017 rally in Berkeley. In December 2017, Davis organized a rally against sanctuary cities, to which he welcomed white supremacist Chris Locke after Chris stated that he would come armed. Davis was also present with Jacob Ku and others when the Berkeley bookstore was threatened. In the past, Davis has admitted to trying to infiltrate local antifa groups and has even lied to his allies that he used to be a “member of antifa.” NoCARA has previously written about Davis here.

Guy Decker

Guy Decker

Guy Decker is a usual attendee at right wing events in Northern California and has even traveled as far as San Diego to take part in far-Right demonstrations. Decker has been known to stalk leftists and film radical events, antagonizing and harassing many along the way. Decker has a long history of violence and has also been arrested for making terrorist threats in the Bay Area while under the influence of methamphetamine. NoCARA previously wrote about Decker here. Recently, Decker has been covering events and news for Ben Bergquam’s Frontline America.

Proud Boy Chad Lanyon

Proud Boy Jonathan Bialog

Patrick James Porcuna

This group of right wing trolls left Oakland terrified. They were clearly unprepared for the community’s fast and strong response to their flash demonstration. This incident provided one example of what autonomous community defense can look like, as well as showing the need to further develop networks ready to respond quickly to fascist and racist provocations in our neighborhoods.

Looking Back: Anti-Fascism in Northern California 2016-2017

Anti-fascist mobilization against fascist convergence in Berkeley on August 27, 2017. Banner reads, “Avenge Charlottesville. Defend your communities.”

As mainstream media coverage of the anti-fascist struggle has skyrocketed over the last year, we’ve noticed that questions surrounding it have largely been confined to concern over a narrowly defined free speech. This has been accompanied by numerous, sometimes deliberate, misrepresentations. While narratives of violence have tended to be over-represented in accounts of anti-fascist and anti-racist organizing, reporting on the alt-right has been the opposite, downplaying the violence inherent to the recently re-energized white nationalist movement. Because clashes in Northern California between anti-fascists and white supremacists have captured so much media attention over the last year, we feel it necessary to place these incidents within their proper context.

Despite the fact that California is widely seen as a bastion of liberalism and tolerance, the state is in fact home to more active hate groups than any other in the country. FBI numbers indicate that reported hate crimes in California increased 11.2% from 2015 to 2016. The East Bay Express noted that Northern California cities consistently rank high on the FBI’s list, with San Leandro and Berkeley seeing a particularly notable spike during 2016. This has prompted UC Berkeley’s student paper, the Daily Californian, to join ProPublica’s Documenting Hate project in recording local incidents in Berkeley. Acts of racist vandalism were reported in the East Bay throughout 2017, and acts of anti-Semitism occurred in Alameda and public schools throughout the greater Bay Area. Similar evidence of growing far-right hatred and violence has been observed throughout the Central Valley. This mirrors patterns observed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which recorded a surge of hate crimes across the United States following the election of Donald Trump in November 2016. According to the SPLC, alt-right killings began in California and 2017 has been the deadliest year yet for far-right violence. One violent neo-Nazi organization, the Atomwaffen Division, has been connected to several murders over the last year, including in California. This group has been shown to have a presence in Northern California specifically. Atomwaffen Division is inspired by James Mason’s book “Siege,” which is distributed by Counter-Currents, a white nationalist publisher based in San Francisco.

Below is a partial account of far-right and white supremacist activity that occurred throughout Northern California from 2016 to 2017. The mainstream media has tended to focus their reporting on more “spectacular” occurrences like clashes at rallies and university speaking events, but as we can see from the list below, the breadth of far-right action is much wider, ranging from flyering and recruitment campaigns to attacks and even brutal murder. When reflecting on these incidents, though this list is by no means complete, it becomes clear that university speaking tours and “free speech” rallies are only the tip of the iceberg. They exist within the larger context of a growing white supremacist movement, and are but a few of the many tactics that these groups employ. Researcher Spencer Sunshine similarly analyzed the far-right mobilization throughout the country in 2017 at Political Research Associates.

Fascist wearing a Trump “Make America Great Again” hat while doing a Nazi salute in Berkeley on April 15, 2017.

2016

February

April

May

  • 3rd: Flyers promoting racial genocide are posted throughout Sacramento’s midtown district. The flyers advocate for the extermination, kidnapping, and torture of Muslim and Mexican residents, and for fellow white supremacists to secure “body dump-sites”. Greg Withrow, a neo-Nazi and KKK member widely credited with founding the white power skinhead movement in the late 70s, is found responsible.
  • 6th: Richard Spencer accompanies Nathan Damigo and a handful of members from his new organization Identity Evropa to UC Berkeley for a “safe space to talk about race.” Afterwards, IE flyers and stickers litter the campus and surrounding downtown Berkeley area.

June

  • 12th: A Sacramento area pastor praises the Pulse nightclub shooting, saying that “the tragedy is that more of them didn’t die.”
  • 26th: Matthew Heimbach’s neo-Nazi group the Traditionalist Worker Party organizes an anti-antifa rally with the Golden Stake Skins at the State Capitol Building in Sacramento, which is met by hundreds of anti-racists and anti-fascists. The rally is shut down, and clashes against neo-Nazis end with 6 anti-racists stabbed and 9 hospitalized.
  • 28th: A neo-Nazi threatens to kill children at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkeley.

July

  • 12th: KKK flyers are distributed throughout the Haight district in San Francisco. 

August

October

  • 17th: Identity Evropa holds a rally at Pier 14 in San Francisco against immigration and sanctuary cities. The rally is cut short when anti-fascists begin to arrive at the scene.
  • 25th: Racist graffiti is found in bathrooms at California High School in San Ramon.

November

2017

January

February

  • 1st: The Berkeley College Republicans invite Milo Yiannopoulos to speak on campus. Anti-fascists mobilize a shutdown, and the event is cancelled.
  • 17th: Swastikas and “Joe Mangele” are spray-painted on a garage door in San Francisco.

March

April

May

June

July

  • 8th: Zionists block the entrance of Reem’s California Bakery in Oakland, part of a broader campaign against the bakery.
  • 8th: Armed members of The Red Elephants along with a group of supporters march through Berkeley with Trump flags to antagonize the community.

August

September

October

November

December:

Despite the growing threat of white supremacy and fascism, anti-racists and anti-fascists have kept up the fight and countered with organizing of their own. Groups patrolled their neighborhoods and campuses to remove hateful stickers, posters, and banner drops, replacing them with anti-fascist messages. Book fairs, community forums, and conferences like ROAR facilitated anti-fascist organizing and brought people together to share research, strategies, and history. Fundraising and benefit events strengthened solidarity and provided material support. Self-defense and bystander intervention trainings coupled with rapid response workshops enabled mass community defense against violent attacks. Research was done on local far-right groups and organizers, as well as those who enable them to recruit and push their politics into the mainstream. Call-in campaigns and boycotts targeted workplaces, bars and venues that supported fascists and their organizing efforts. Exposés on active alt-right organizers and aggressors were published, disrupting their activity and aiding local communities with knowledge of threats in their areas. John Ramondetta, Daniel Quillinan, and Cole White were all exposed to Berkeley residents as white supremacists, leading to Ramondetta moving out of his house and having trouble at work, while White lost his job entirely. Far-right street presence was also persistently confronted. Multitudes of people throughout Northern California showed up to counter rallies, marches, and speeches again and again. Many stepped up to do critical support work, providing dedicated hospital support, street medic care, court support and anti-repression work for those who faced charges or were wounded in the fight against fascism.

None of this activity relied on state sanction or protection. Instead, the most effective community self-defense came in the form of autonomous organizing across tendencies with a respect for differing strategies and tactics. Indeed, the state sees this kind of anti-fascist organizing as even more threatening than that of white supremacists. MuckRock analyzed reports showing that Homeland Security in Northern California has been more concerned with surveilling anti-fascists than neo-Nazis. Moreover, their intelligence takes for granted photoshopped alt-right propaganda and conspiracy theories as fact. Police in both Sacramento and Berkeley have actively aided far-right aggression against local communities. More often than not, the state’s strategy has been to protect white supremacists and increase repression against anti-fascists. Berkeley PD has been given more authority and weapons to contain protests, and Berkeley mayor Jesse Arreguin expressed that he thinks antifa should be classified as a gang. In Sacramento, police recommended hundreds of charges for anti-fascists after neo-Nazis stabbed protesters at their 2016 rally.

Police equipped with riot gear and body cameras during the June 26th neo-Nazi rally in Sacramento. Officers stood back during the brawl and later attempted to block street medics from treating stabbing victims. Tear gas and tasers were deployed against anti-fascists, while neo-Nazis were provided protection and police escorts. 

This points to the contradiction between how fascist aggressions are handled by the state compared with the anti-fascist response to these aggressions. On one hand, far-right attacks are reported to police, whose statistics and data are referenced in reports of increased trends of white supremacist violence. On the other hand, it is clear that police are more interested in targeting and surveilling anti-fascists, all while they themselves continue to murder hundreds of people in the United States every year while bringing yet more into the ever-increasing racist mass incarceration system. The state’s response to anti-fascist organizing is just one more way in which it upholds white supremacy. If we are to organize against the threat of the alt-right effectively, it will be in spite of state interference, not because of it. This further establishes the need for autonomous community defense and response.

Looking back on the wave of white supremacist terror and violence that characterized 2016 and 2017, it is clear that we as anti-racists and anti-fascists must enter 2018 fighting harder than ever. Fascism may be on the rise, but so are we. The state cannot and will not protect us from this growing white supremacist threat, but if there’s one thing we’ve learned in the past two years, it’s that we have the tools we need to continue combating fascism and keep building the support networks necessary to keep each other safe. In the months and years to come, we will turn to each other and face the future with resolve to keep organizing, growing, and disrupting fascism wherever it arises.

Anti-fascist demonstrators at the August 27th mobilization in Berkeley.

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San Francisco: Trump Supporters reunite with the Alt-Right against Sanctuary Cities

Flyer up in San Francisco on December 16

On Saturday December 16, right wing activists organized two separate but coinciding events after Jose Inez Garcia Zarate was acquitted for the accidental death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco in 2015. Though Garcia Zarate was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, a jury found him not guilty of murder, involuntary manslaughter, and assault with a deadly weapon. In response, various factions on the right gathered in San Francisco to protest sanctuary city policies and to hold a vigil for Kate Steinle, disregarding the Steinle family’s wishes for Kate’s death and the verdict to not be further politicized.

Jourdin Davis event page

Trump referenced Kate Steinle’s death during his campaign and the issue was revisited with the conclusion of Garcia Zarate’s trial. Following the verdict, Jourdin Davis called for a rally against sanctuary cities in San Francisco’s Union Square. The rally was to end with a vigil for Steinle at Pier 14, organized by Lindsay Grathwohl. These events saw a revival of sorts of the broader coalition between mainstream Trump supporters and more far right, white nationalist groups, though it was clear the overall turnout and energy was deflated in comparison to events earlier in the year such as Berkeley on April 15. Counter protests organized by the Left brought together anti-racists, immigration activists, and anti-fascists and ended up outnumbering those on the right despite being organized in a relatively short amount of time.

Organizer Jourdin Davis of Berkeley writes a post on Facebook stating his position against diversity

Jourdin Davis’s pro-border wall, anti-sanctuary event got off to a rocky start. After creating a Facebook event to organize, Davis faced an overwhelming amount of pressure online and he cancelled the rally soon after. However, this first Facebook event page showed the potential for the return of the big tent-style organizing that occurred on the right for their “free speech” rallies. Known local white supremacists and fascists announced their intention to attend. In particular, Christopher Locke of Sacramento, who has a history of violence, indicated he would arrive to the rally armed. This was welcomed by Jourdin Davis.

Christopher Locke’s Facebook page

Jourdin Davis and his partner Alexandria welcome Christopher Locke’s attendance

Lindsay Grathwohl decided to host a vigil for Kate Steinle after Davis cancelled his event. Eventually, Davis made a second event page on Facebook announcing that his rally was back on and would happen in tandem with Grathwohl’s vigil. Right wing activists gathered in Union Square before marching to Pier 14 where Steinle was accidentally shot. The politics being expressed were dominated by both implicit and explicit racist anti-immigrant sentiments. They were confronted by a larger rally of Leftists, which followed and heckled the racists, making it known they weren’t welcome in the Bay Area.

Just like most other right wing events in the Bay Area throughout 2017, December 16th showed that Trump supporters don’t care who they organize with- even if they are white supremacists and Neo-Nazis. This reveals a degree of desperation on the part of Trump supporters who repeatedly cheer on a president that has stabbed his base in the back and continues to lose what little support he once had. Among the far-right groups in attendance at the rally against sanctuary cities were the Proud Boys and Identity Evropa, including individuals who had previously brought violence to cities such as Berkeley and Charlottesville.

Proud Boys at Pier 14

It’s ironic that Trump supporters claiming to honor Kate Steinle would be comfortable with the presence of the Neo-Nazis in Identity Evropa. Kate Steinle’s family asked the city of San Francisco to remove the memorial that Identity Evropa set up for her on the night of Garcia Zarate’s acquittal because they were uncomfortable with receiving support from white supremacists. This is not the first time Identity Evropa has acted in response to Steinle’s death. In October 2016, the group held a dismal 20 minute rally at Pier 14 before getting scared of anti-fascist mobilization and running away. The rally on December 16 shows how Trump supporters help to give cover to fascists and facilitate their organizing by creating events and providing the far-right with space to recruit and spread their own talking points.

Patrick Little accompanied Identity Evropa members at this rally. Dressed in a suit and carrying a US flag, Little was observed by local reporters shouting and giving an anti-Semitic rant. Little is an ex-marine running for Senate in 2018 and has been banned from Twitter due to his anti-Semitic tweets. One Identity Evropa member who attended previous rallies in the Bay Area as well as Unite the Right in Charlottesville was also at this event, marching alongside the organizer Will Johnson and speaking with Ashton Whitty, former member of the Berkeley College Republicans.

Identity Evropa member that attended SF event on 12/16/17 attended previous rallies; top: UC Berkeley 5/6/16 and San Francisco 10/17/16, middle: UC Davis 1/13/17 and Berkeley 3/4/17, bottom: Berkeley 4/15/17 and Charlottesville 8/12/17

Identity Evropa member in SF march and talking to Ashton Whitty

Ultimately, December 16 appears to be an attempt to use the acquittal of Garcia Zarate as one last gasp for breath for a movement that has had trouble maintaining a presence in the streets, especially after Charlottesville. While it did draw together a broader coalition than the past few efforts on the Right, the energy and number of attendees was low. Moreover, it doesn’t appear that this cause has the potential to inspire sustained activity, and the Right has mostly moved on from this issue. Going forward, anti-fascists should continue to be aware of the ways that elements of the alt-right insert themselves into more mainstream conservative spaces, and find strategies and tactics that break those links in order to prevent the further mainstreaming of fascist politics and organizing.

If you have any information regarding the white supremacists discussed above or any other white nationalist groups in Northern California, please get in touch with us at nocara@riseup.net

DIY Division: The Violent neo-Nazi Group Central to the California Alt-Right and Alt-Light Protest Movements

Everyday brings us another story of growing far-Right insurgency and violence in defense of the crumbling illegitimacy of the Trump administration and the systems of patriarchy and white supremacy. Ongoing acts of arson and vandalism against mosques, Jewish cemeteries and places of worship, threats of violence and attempts at intimidation against journalists, and even out right murder are now all commonplace.

In the face of this reality, Alt-Right trolls and ‘journalists,’ their friends at mainstream outlets like Fox, and the Trump administration itself, have all been quick to jump on anything that reeks of “left-wing” violence as a means of distracting and mobilizing their base. From Kyle Chapman trying to connect James Hodgkinson to the antifascist movement, to the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security labeling antifa a “terrorist threat to the wider public,” both the State and the Right are attempting to overshadow their own growing violence by playing up fears of resistance from below. 

A key component in building this fear has been the case of Eric Clanton. Clanton was arrested in the Bay Area of California after neo-Nazi trolls on 4chan started an online campaign to dox, harass, and get him arrested, claiming that Clanton attended and participated in clashes against an Alt-Right rally in Berkeley on April 15th. After receiving the information from Alt-Right trolls, the Berkeley police then conducted a raid of Eric’s house and he now faces felony charges. Currently, Eric is the only person to face charges stemming from the violent clashes that broke on between members of the Alt-Right and antifascists. 

For the far-Right, Clanton represents a “bike lock” wielding maniac who, without provocation or remorse, attacked random and innocent ‘average’ Trump supporters attempting to exercise their freedom of speech. Thus, to the media and the outside world, the far-Right portrays themselves as hapless victims; defenders of liberal values like “free speech” and the right to protest. To themselves and their supporters however, the far-Right brags about “sacking” Berkeley; about beating up and attacking the weak “cocksuckers” and “neo-Marxists” who live there. This duality is important for their own image; both as soldiers fighting to defend Trump and “Western Civilization,” and also as helpless victims against internal enemies of the American empire.  

However as we will show, some of the very people that Eric is accused of being involved in an altercation with are part of a well organized and extremely violent neo-Nazi organization that has broad connections with groups ranging from the Proud Boys, which is led by Kyle Chapman and Gavin McInnes, to the Hammerskin Nation, the notorious murderous neo-Nazi skinhead gang. These people were anything but ‘average’ Trump supporters, and instead represent a well organized and connected violent organization which even the Oath Keepers have pointed out, are using Trump and “Free Speech” rallies to recruit, organize, and engage in violence. 

Furthermore, we will show that people involved in this group have a long history of being arrested for these violent acts, but like Kyle Chapman or Nathan Damigo, still have yet to see their charges stick. In short, it appears that there are two sets of laws, one for antifascists, and the other for neo-Nazis and the far-Right. 

Because of this, Eric Clanton was targeted because he was an antifascist, as police worked directly with neo-Nazis on 4chan to do so. All the while, they gave a free pass to violent and known neo-Nazis and white supremacists, as well as openly working and meeting with members of militia and Alt-Right groups who helped coordinate the event on April 15th. In other words, at each and every step, the police worked hand in hand with some of the most violent and extreme elements of the far-Right. 

This reality is both frightening and alarming. In one of the most progressive cities in the United States, police are openly working with far-Right groups in order to not only repress and attack anarchists and antifascists, but also single them out for arrest and felony charges. 

But in order to understand the danger we face, we must first begin to understand the players involved. 

DIY Division: A Neo-Nazi Fighting Force

DIY Division, or more recently, the Rise Above Movement, is a loose collective of violent neo-Nazis and fascists from Southern California that’s organized and trains primarily to engage in fighting and violence at political rallies. They have been a central participant in the recent wave of far-Right protest movements in California during the first half of 2017 which have attempted to mobilize a broad range of right-wing constituents under the banners of protecting so-called “free speech,” unyielding support for Trump, and antipathy towards Muslims, immigrants, and other oppressed groups.

DIY Division aka Rise Above Movement
Front row: Benjamin Daley (left), Robert Rundo (center), and Spencer Currie (right)

The group’s members are directly affiliated with or are themselves members of many factions in the neo-Nazi, racist skinhead, Alt-Right, and Alt-Light movements which include groups such Identity Evropa, Proud Boys, Kyle “Based Stickman” Chapman and his ‘Alt-knight’ and ‘helmet-head’ cult following, the Red Elephants media outlet, as well the largest national network of neo-Nazi skinheads in the US known as the Hammerskin Nation.

DIY Division in Berkeley on 4/15 with Robert Boman holding an anti-Semitic sign

DIY Division’s approach is a combination of the same meme heavy social media presence, fashy haircuts, and identitarianism that is characteristic of the Alt-Right along with the more traditional street fighting and physical fitness emphasis of neo-Nazi skinheads. While a number of members who are also part of the Hammerskin Nation fit the image of the stereotypical neo-Nazi skinhead with bomber jackets, boots, and shaved heads, most members, which tend to be in their early to late 20s, adhere to more of a ‘Richard Spencer in activewear’ kind of look.

“Fash pride worldwide” a play on Stromfront’s “White pride worldwide” slogan posted by Robert Boman. ‘Fash’ is short for fascist. 

Thus far, members of DIY Division have engaged in acts of violence with uninterrupted impunity at political rallies which include demonstrations in Huntington Beach (3/25), Berkeley (4/15), and San Bernardino (6/10). In doing so, they have directly cultivated and developed ties with many of the noted figures and factions in this movement. Most of these factions such as the Proud Boys continually deny their apparent racist and white nationalist politics by hiding behind nationalistic, American chauvinist, and pro-Trump rhetoric and deploying worn out manipulations around “free speech” and token people of color which sadly, still remain highly potent and paralysis-inducing to most liberals.

Robert Rundo (left) and Hunter Benya in Berkeley on April 15th. 

What’s significant about DIY Division is that they are an openly neo-Nazi group unlike most of the Alt-Right/Lite which attempts to obfuscate and mystify their true political ambitions in order to deflect being correctly labeled as white nationalists and fascists. This creates a compromising situation for these groups as they continually try to both reject claims of not being racist while directly working, collaborating, and organizing with unabashed neo-Nazis.

Robert Boman shares coverage of their violence by neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer.

As we continue, we will explore the various connections existing between DIY Division and the greater far-Right and white nationalist groups currently active on the ground on the West Coast. We will look into how they have acted as the muscle for these groups, and how they concurrently rely on an entryist strategy of creeping into more mainstream right-wing and pro-Trump segments to further normalize and entrench racist violence and fascism in the US. 

DIY Division in San Bernardino (6/10). Juan “Benitez” Cadavid from the Proud Boys in middle with arm raised. 

Courage, Identity, Tyler Durden

The group’s ideology appears to be a mishmash of mostly equal parts Identity Evropa’s flaccid identitarian discourse (itself inspired by fascist organizations like Generation Identity from France) and the fetishization of masculinity, physical fitness, and violence mixed with the shallow anti-corporate and anti-consumerist themes of the film Fight Club. Propaganda by the group overwhelmingly contains the usual fascistic themes of emasculated young white men needing to reclaim their identities through learning to fight and engaging in purifying violence.

To this end, the group regularly meets in public parks or the homes of members to train in boxing and other fighting techniques. Images of this training are used for recruitment on their social media, and juxtaposed with quotes from fascist figures such as Julius Evola. The group seems to be particularly fond of posting shirtless photos of masked up members doing pull ups which are overlaid with the group’s name.

DIY Division members training in a park.

DIY Division also espouses a vague and pop culture influenced anti-consumerism message similar to Fight Club, a film where the white male protagonist attempts to find meaning in his emasculated yuppie life through starting an underground fighting club which eventually leads to the formation of a proto-fascist cult lead by the protagonist himself. The group’s propaganda makes plenty of references to these types of themes, and decries the perceived weakness that modern society breads in men. The overwhelming message is that a return to a vague and undefined form of traditionalism (another common neo-Nazi theme) and anti-modernity are direly needed for white men, all while simultaneously placing a central importance on social media, memes, and other contemporary technologies to further their message.

Robert Rundo (left) and Robert Boman.

The group’s propaganda also emphasizes an anti-drug or straight edge message which again, is a common theme among certain segments of neo-Nazis who often view substances (excluding alcohol apparently) as part of a global Jewish conspiracy to weaken the white race. Despite this, many members use a wide range of substances, and have histories of being arrested for drunken fighting and possession in the past. One member, Tyler Laube (21) of Redondo Beach has a long history of arrests for DUI, drunken fighting, carrying a switchblade, and robbery – he even managed to get himself shot in 2014 during a drunken fight.

DIY Member Tyler Laube with a gun shot wound

Little Men with Fashy Haircuts

DIY Division first came to the attention of Bay Area antifascist researchers when they attended the 4/15 rally in Berkeley with Nathan Damigo. Damigo is the founder and leader of the neo-Nazi group Identity Evropa and a felon convicted of a racist armed robbery against a middle eastern cab driver. Damigo gained national attention when footage of him cowardly sucker punching a woman antifascist protester and quickly running away went viral, and was met with a strong backlash from the internet and media. As of this writing no charges have been filed against Damigo for the assault, and he has gone on to brag and joke about the assault in subsequent public appearances. Damigo and DIY Division traveled to and from Berkeley together, while the latter acted as protection for the pint-sized fascist leader as they collectively carried out many violent assaults against protesters and journalists. 

Nathan Damigo assaulting an antifascist protester while backed up by Robert Boman of DIY Division. 

The group arrived early in the morning to Berkeley with a massive banner reading “Defend America” along with signs bearing anti-Semitic messages such as “Da Goyim Know,” a common racist meme among the Alt-Right. They were generally dressed in grey activewear with skull lower face masks, protective goggles, and taped up knuckles, ready to fight. Clearly, DIY Division had the explicit intention of not only fighting, but also hurting and injuring antifascists. After all, this is what they had trained to do. 

DIY Division with Nathan Damigo walking along the streets of Berkeley. 

Earlier in the day, Robert Rundo (27) of San Clemente was arrested and charged with battery and obstruction of a police officer. Rundo stands out as one of the leaders of the crew both for his aggressive actions when the group attends rallies, and for acting as the group’s primary fighting coach. Soon after a contingent of black bloc antifascists ignored the parameter setup by Berkeley police and marched into the park, Rundo and others began verbally engaging with antifa. Insults were exchanged and Rundo was triggered by jokes about him skipping leg days at the gym and the tiny Hammer of Thor pendant he was wearing correlating to the size of his penis. This caused Rundo to violently lash out and attempt to attack antifa by crossing the barriers set up by police with other members. He was arrested shortly after attacking people on the antifa side. Rundo’s name along with many others arrested on the 15th were published by Berkeley PD and circulated by local media.

Rundo’s actions clearly shows a desire to not only escalate the situation to violence, but also a desire to physically provoke and attack antifascists at all costs. Moreover, despite his arrest, he like Chapman and Damigo, have yet to see any consequences develop for their violent activities. As we will show, this is a pattern that has repeated over, and over again.   

Robert Rundo was arrested by Berkeley PD and released without charges. 

After Rundo’s arrest, other DIY Division members went on to carry out more assaults including attacks on members of By Any Means Necessary or BAMN (not affiliated with NoCARA) and the theft of their banner with the help of Damigo. They would go on to pose for photographs with the trophy BAMN banner, and brag about the assaults committed against BAMN members on their social media accounts. This shows that unlike anarchists and antifascists who are heavily surveilled, for neo-Nazis and those on the far-Right, their admission of violent acts on social media goes without any form of consequence from the State. 

In the photograph below, we can see DIY Division members such as Spencer Currie (24), Robert Boman (24), Benjamin Daley (24), and Nathan Damigo and his unidentified companion all grabbing the BAMN banner and committing assaults, including pulling people into their crowd and stomping them as a group.

DIY Division and Identity Evropa attacks BAMN members and other counter-protesters. 

Later on, Robert Boman who was actively attacking people got a face full of pepper spray. He was quickly ushered off to safety by Joey Gibson aka the leader of Patriot Prayer based out of Washington. Gibson is a prominent organizer of so-called “free speech” rallies who gained national attention after a neo-Nazi who attended one of his protests while giving fascist salutes (soon after was seen shaking hands with an Identity Evropa organizer) murdered two people on a Portland train and attempted to kill another. At his first court appearance he declared, “Death to antifa!”

Joey Gibson aka ‘Patriot Prayer’ ushering neo-Nazi Robert Boman off to safety. 

During these actions and the subsequent fights that broke out on the edges of MLK park, DIY Division members and other combative fascists were seen closely flanked by Sean Stiles, later to be known as “Sriracha Man” due to his shirt, a man that was later hit in the head with a bike lock. Stiles fraternized, engaged in fighting, and posed for photos with DIY members as they assaulted anyone perceived as ‘antifa’ or even non-Right journalists. Videos and photos make it clear that Stiles was very much in the fray, and enthusiastically supported the actions taken by the neo-Nazi of DIY Divison. 

Weeks after the Berkeley rally, East Bay antifascist Eric Clanton was arrested as a suspect for the bike lock attack against Stiles and another individual, and was charged with multiple felonies with the police relying solely on photoshopped images created by 4chan users and circulated on social media as evidence.

Sean Stiles (red t-shirt) participates in attacking anti-fascists using a dumpster as battering ram and is seen throughout the day with DIY Division members. His shirt has a sticker which reads, “FEMINIST TEARS.” 

Despite a consistent history of the Alameda County District Attorney pursuing aggressive charges against arrested anarchists, anti-fascists, and other left-wing protesters, the DA has chosen not to pursue charges against Rundo, Damigo, or any of the other fascists that were arrested or documented attacking people that day. Rundo has a prior class C felony conviction in New York for gang assault in 2010 and has served a one year sentence for this conviction. There is ample evidence showing easily identifiable DIY members and other fascists engaging in violence, yet they were allowed by the police to carry out their attacks without suffering any consequences. This lies in contrast to the charges leveled against Eric Clanton without any substantive evidence and strictly on the basis of the work of anonymous 4chan neo-Nazi trolls.

Left: Sean Stiles enjoys posing for photos with DIY Division, who give the Alt-Right “OK” hand signal.
Right: Nathan Damigo and DIY Division show off a trophy from their violent rampage.

The systemic white supremacy and coddling of fascists by the Alameda County DA and the US legal system more generally should be plainly apparent to all. We as anarchists and anti-fascists reject the legitimacy and “justice” of the State and its legal institutions, and do not rely on the system for bringing fascists like Rundo to account. We stand with all those facing charges, incarceration, and post-release supervision by the State for resisting and surviving under this putrid patriarchal white supremacist capitalist social order.

Proud of Your Goys

Before their violent attacks in Berkeley, DIY Division members garnered media attention for other acts of violence at a pro-Trump rally in Huntington Beach on March 25th. The group was seen with the same large “Defend America” banner they had in Berkeley, and were the initiators of the fights that broke out with antifascists.

DIY Division in Huntington Beach where violent attacks on counter-protesters broke out. Later, this same banner would be seen in Berkeley on April 15th. 

Footage and images from the rally that show Rundo beating and elbowing a downed black-clad anti-fascist were widely circulated in reports. Despite Rundo’s thoroughly documented assault, the police were quick instead to arrest antifa protesters and charge them for offenses including the use of pepper spray. These charges were later dropped by the local DA

Robert Rundo assaulting an anti-fascist protester during a pro-Trump rally. Neo-Nazis in attendance reportedly chanted, “Pinochet,” during the attack, in reference to the fascist dictator. 

Also present at the rally, was a key southern California fascist and later Proud Boy chapter leader of Kyle “Based Stickman” Chapman’s Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights (FOAK), Juan Cadavid (29) of Santa Ana. Cadavid who has gone by a number of different aliases, and has gone by “Johnny Benitez” since early April, has positioned himself as one of the region’s more prominent fascist leaders after gaining attention for assaulting people in Berkeley on April 15th. Cadavid has coordinated racist anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim events as well as other Proud Boy and FOAK gatherings with the direct involvement and participation of the DIY Division neo-Nazis such as Benjamin Daley.

Juan Cadavid aka Johnny Benitez posing with DIY Division. 

While steadfastly denying his clear racism and fascist politics, Cadavid is quite fond of pointing out how similarly he looks to the neo-Nazi skinhead character Derek Vinyard of the film American History X. He’s even gone so far as to reenact the brutal “curb stomping” scene from the film. Cadavid is frequently seen posing for photos with the group which includes a number of group photos that DIY Division shared on their own Instagram account.

Cadavid directly tags Benjamin Daley in his posts, and works with him to organize events. On the right, he plays out the ‘curb stomping’ scene in ‘American History X.’ 

What’s significant is that the Proud Boys and its founder Gavin McInnes go to great pains to constantly claim that their organization is not racist or fascist and that it’s merely a ‘Western Chauvinist’ club for men of any race. While the idea of western chauvinism is itself a more palpable and less offensive to the mainstream than upfront white supremacy, the clear pattern of racist, misogynist, and violent actions by Cadavid and the Proud Boys is undeniable. Moreover, McInnes has claimed that neo-Nazis “don’t exist anymore.” Not only is this assertion outlandish and undeniably false, but this and other reports have shown clearly the close relationships that exist between McInnes’ Proud Boys and the more outright neo-Nazi types such as DIY Division. What is clear instead, is that both groups need each other. The Proud Boys need the numbers and the muscle of the neo-Nazis, while the neo-Nazis need the cover of pro-Trump groups. 

Recently, members of both the Proud Boys and DIY Division have begun to organize monthly get togethers in Laguna Beach, and are seen in the photo above holding banners that bear the symbol of ‘Identity Generation,’ a white nationalist group in Europe, alongside Trump and American flags. 

The Red Sycophants

Another southern California group that supports and celebrates the actions of DIY Division are the Red Elephants. The Red Elephants are right-wing media group that specializes in publishing the usual endless array of conspiracy theories and pro-Trump bullshit as well as livestreaming right-wing protests and constantly asking for donations.

Vincent James with DIY member Robert Boman. 

The group’s primary streamer, Vincent James is personally familiar with members of DIY Division, and has enthusiastically covered and promoted their acts of violence at protests which has included attacks on journalists and photographers. Vincent dubbed Rundo “Based Elbow Man” for his assault on an anti-fascist protester in Huntington Beach. Later in the stream, Vincent is seen posing with with DIY members, praising their actions, and using an image of the assault as a thumbnail for his video titled “ANTIFA ROCKED by Trump Supporters.”

Vincent James shakes hands with Robert Rundo of DIY Divison. 

Vincent would later meet up and with Rundo in Berkeley, shake his hand, and proceed to cover his attacks. As members of DIY attacked people, Vincent can be heard on the livestream yelling things like, “Get that fucking cuck!,” as DIY members and other fascists piled on and beat up a black-clad protester. The message from Red Elephants is clear: neo-Nazi violence is to be valorized, meme’d, and promoted.

The Red Elephants Coverage of DIY Division

Crossover Membership with the Hammerskin Nation

The presence of the Hammerskin Nation neo-Nazi organization is clearly apparent in the membership of DIY Division. Members such as Skyler Segeberg (24), Matt Branstetter (25), Spencer Currie (24), and Benjamin Daley (24) are noted for their affiliations with or being patched in members of the organization. The Hammerskin Nation has a long history of white supremacist violence and murder including the massacre of 6 people in a Wisconsin Sikh temple by Wade Michael Page in 2012. 

Skyler Segeberg and Spencer Currie, DIY Division and Hammerskin Nation members.  

During DIY Division’s rampage in Berkeley, members such as Daley were frequently seen making the Hammerskin salute which starts out as a closed fist Roman (Nazi) salute and transitions into a gesture of crossed arms with clenched fists in reference to the Hammerskin logo. Additionally, Segeberg and Currie are part of a Hammerskin band named Hate Your Neighbors, and have performed at their gatherings in the past.

Benjamin Daley making the neo-Nazi Hammerskin salute in Berkeley on April 15th. 

Many of these individuals such as Segeberg are also connected with other California and beyond neo-Nazis such as members of the Golden State Skinheads (GSS), whom stabbed 6 anti-fascist and anti-racist protesters in Sacramento on June 26th last year under the banner of the Traditionalist Worker Party (TWP). It’s clear that DIY Division as a political collective is working hard to bridge the gap between the more internet-based Alt-Right brand of white nationalism which is targeted to appeal to younger, generally more educated and upper-class white men and the more traditional boots on the ground and street violence which has characterized neo-Nazi skinhead politics.

The Fraternal Order of Scotchgard

Since his meteoric ascension to warrior god status among the nerd Nazis and LARP enthusiasts of the Alt-Right/Lite, Kyle “Based Stickman” Chapman has made a lucrative career out of helping his devoted fanbase part with their money through selling merchandise and begging for donations. Soon after his arrest in Berkeley on March 4th and being venerated as a meme, a constant stream of embarrassing and damning revelations were made about him and his life by antifascist researchers and the media alike. Highlights include multiple felony convictions for crimes including robbery, grand theft, and the illegal possession and attempted sale of a shotgun and SKS military caliber rifle as a felon, and perhaps most embarrassing the revelation that his drug of choice is the aerosol fabric protectant Scotchgard.

Kyle Chapman’s ever expanding line of merchandise, don’t forget the Scotchgard.

DIY members were quick to tap into the upsurge of right-wing interest and fandom for Chapman as a result of the Stickman meme, and quickly connected with him and many of the his associates after April 15th. DIY members were added to private Facebook organizing groups created by Chapman and associates such as “Warrior heroes of Berkeley 2.0,” and lavished with huge amounts of praise and shares for their violent actions in Berkeley.

Despite mountains of evidence to the contrary, Chapman remains steadfast in his denial that he is a white supremacist, while reality paints a much different picture. Starting with his Facebook page, Chapman likes and follows a variety of Alt-Right, neo-Nazi, and far-Right social media accounts and is constantly dog whistling (more like using a bullhorn) and pandering to his white nationalist fanbase by invoking neo-Nazi tropes such as white genocide and sharing photos of bacon grease coated bullets to kill Muslims. He openly works alongside fascists such as August Invictus and white nationalist personalities like Brittany Pettibone, Baked Alaska, and Lauren Southern, and even has plans to attend a neo-Nazi rally on August 12th in Virginia to provide “security.” Like the Proud Boys, Chapman is a useful tool for neo-Nazis to mainstream and popularize their movement, while they in turn provide numbers and muscle for the ‘Alt-Knights.” 

Neo-Nazi poses with DIY Division for photos.

In the wake of April 15th, images surfaced from the front lines of the Berkeley rally of various individuals making Roman salutes and wearing and displaying neo-Nazi and fascist paraphernalia. While many were horrified, Chapman was quick to pull the “fake news” card and took to social media to claim that these individuals were false flag neo-Nazis that were in reality ‘undercover antifa.’ Especially of concern was an image shot by the reporter Shane Bauer of Mother Jones that shows two individuals making Roman salutes with one of them holding a shield made of skateboard decks and painted with the Black Sun symbol that’s widely used by neo-Nazis.

Robert Boman shares Kyle Chapman’s conspiracy theory about false flag neo-Nazis who are really ‘undercover antifa.’ 

Chapman’s claims were widely shared by his fanbase, ironically, including by Robert Boman and other DIY members. This was a flagrant attempt at deception on the part of Chapman and in fact, DIY members and Nathan Damigo posed for multiple photos with the two neo-Nazis in question after the Berkeley rally. Considering that Boman and other members continually post neo-nazi material to their social media and openly identify themselves and their collective as fascist, the fact that even they are parroting the denials and conspiracy theories of fascists like Chapman is indicative of just how central their strategy of manipulation and obfuscation is to their politics and methodology for bringing their ideas into the mainstream.

Neo-nazis that were captured in widely circulated images making Roman salutes later pose for photos with DIY Division and Nathan Damigo. 

Based Skywalker

Another close Chapman confidant is Luke “Based Skywalker” Dennis (36) of Huntington Beach who is also a Proud Boy and FOAK member. Dennis was arrested along with Chapman on April 15th, and has since remained a key ally of Chapman in southern California. Dennis livestreams under LastRevolutionMedia, and is connected with members of DIY Division such as Benjamin Daley as well as other Proud Boys like Juan Cadavid.

More recently, Dennis, along with other streamers like Vincent James and Tim Pool covered the anti-Muslim protests in San Bernardino organized by ACT for America on June 10th. Taking part in the San Bernardino protest was none other than DIY Division. Footage shot by Dennis and others shows the events of the day where the group attacks a number of counter protesters leaving the rally by running across the street which resulted in a chaotic police chase with DIY members running in every direction. Dennis can be heard on his stream shouting, “Fuck yeah! Get some!,” as a mob led by DIY members chases and assaults counter-protesters for no apparent reason other than they’d caught their attention as the group left the area.

The masked individual in the image from the DIY Division Instagram was arrested and released without charges.

Soon after, the group was met with a half-hearted attempt by the police to halt their attacks. Eventually, at least one of them was detained but later released, unsurprisingly, without charges. Later, once everyone dispersed during attacks had rallied back at the gas station where the rally was originally being held, Rundo and other DIY members are seen again. He turns to Vincent James’ livestream with a big smile and says, “See that? Another victory!”

Post Berkeley

After the Berkeley clashes, it should also be noted that both Lauren Southern, Kyle Chapman, and Baked Alaska all moved closer and closer towards the Alt-Right, white nationalism, and all out neo-Nazism. On June 25th, Baked Alaska, gave a speech along side Nathan Damigo and Richard Spencer at a rally in Washington DC. Alongside Alaska was August Invictus, a fascist organizer in white power circles who also is an organizer with the Proud Boys and the Alt-Knights. Alaska will also appear at a rally with other neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, VA on August 12th. Alaska has continued to share and popularize white nationalist and neo-Nazi talking points, while also decrying anyone that calls him such as “fake news.” Kyle Chapman is also reported to be planning on attending the August 12th rally, doing defense against antifa. Lauren Southern has also moved to work heavily with Generation Identity, a French white nationalist group that along with Southern blocked a boat of refugees from coming onto French soil as part of a publicity stunt. 

Members of DIY Division outside Lauren Southern’s talk at Cal Poly SLO

Proud Boy chapters have also moved closer and closer to neo-Nazi circles. It has been documented that Proud Boy leader Gavin McInnes speaks regularly with Mike Peinovich of The Right Stuff (TRS) podcast network. McInnes has stated that many Proud Boy chapters are planning on attending the neo-Nazi rally on August 12th, while Mike Peinovich boasts that many Proud Boys are open to white nationalism. 

After Berkeley, members of DIY Division showed up to May Day actions in Los Angeles as well as Lauren Southern’s talk at Cal Poly SLO on May 25th, hoping to provoke more activists on the Left into fighting. Ben Daley of DIY Division who runs a tree removal business based out of Manhattan Beach where he has also employed other members of the group.

Surf Nazis Gotta Go

On a warm and sunny day in late May, DIY members gathered around a public beach fire pit they’d already decorated with the full range of Nazi and white nationalist symbols for a good old fashioned book burning.

They flew the flags of the white nationalist cross, Confederacy, and Black Sun as they tossed into the fire titles like Anne Frank’s diary, a novelization of the film Schindler’s List, and the 9/11 Commission Report along with any other books they deemed “Cultural Marxist” or they associated with Jews that they could get their hands on.

The oppressed defenders of free speech carry out a book burning, (Tim Gillen, left, Benjamin Daley, right).

The intentional spectacle of a book burning by the same people promoting their own political violence under the banner of “free speech” and the defensive violence of anti-fascists and anti-racists as oppression – is very telling. It’s highly indicative of the level of commitment that people in this movement actually have to the liberal concepts of free speech and expression. These are the same people attacking peaceful counter-protesters in San Bernardino for “holding different views than them,” a phrase often incessantly repeated by the same people when directly confronted over their practiced violence and white supremacist aggression by antifascists.

It’s clear that with each protest and consequence-free rampage the group carries out, they are emboldened to further up the ante on their aggression and violence. When they first began attacking black-clad antifascists and anarchists or even reporters, they had the overwhelming support of the mainstream of Trump supporters at these events as well as support from white nationalists and fascists on the fringes of the far-Right. Now, as we have seen members of the far-Right mobilizing to attack even liberal ‘impeachment’ permitted rallies, we expect with this new found confidence their targets for violence will increase in scale and scope.

And it is this violence which has also been met with a kind of tacit approval by many liberals who view militant confrontations against the ever growing threat of grassroots fascism as horrific as the actions of the fascists themselves. Meanwhile, in the face of a growing anarchist movement, much of the media has parroted the idea that ‘both extremes’ are equally as bad; while one side fights against dictatorship and genocide, and the other promotes them.

That is to say, in the minds of some liberals, the antifascists brought it upon themselves by engaging in militant and direct action-based tactics when standing up to fascists rolling into their city from all over the country. These ideas serve liberals quite well as they are absolutely not interested in engaging with any real world struggles against the dominant power structures of society, and now find themselves in the crosshairs of a growing fascist movement

Image from the DIY Division Instagram. Physical removal is a common meme in fascist circles referring to the extermination of people that are ideologically incompatible with fascism such as anarchists and communists.

In their latest actions, DIY Division has graduated to directly attacking groups of people for simply being associated with a counter-protest against Islamophobia and bigotry. This hasn’t changed the level of enthusiastic support and promotion from the mainstream of Trump supporters and the factions of the right-wing protest movement on the west coast. Thus, despite the constantly parroted excuse that their violence is defensive, is evaporating with their recent attacks and acts of aggression. This signifies a broadening of the range of targets for the group’s violence.

Being a liberal fence sitter and passively holding a sign with an anti-hate message aren’t going to protect you from the violence of neo-Nazis like DIY Division should they be successful in further growing and expanding their movement. They don’t care about your free speech, your moral high ground, or your peaceful protest. They will beat your ass.

What are you going to do when the people that aspire to annihilate you for simply existing as a liberal or leftist, a person of color, a woman refusing to conform to traditional gender roles, a queer, trans or non-gender conforming person, or someone with disabilities are treated with a catch and release policy by the police and State you’ve placed the entirety of your trust in?

Deluded liberal hands out cards inviting people to an “empathy tent” while DIY members get ready for battle behind him.

There is no confronting the growing threat of grass roots fascism and white nationalism in the US without addressing the root of this problem: the very fabric and foundations of this society. White supremacist violence, be it in the form of neo-Nazis attacking political rallies and people on the street, or the State and capitalism systematically murdering and incarcerating millions of black, brown, indigenous people are both the daily reality of how this system functions. This is why our antifascist politics must not only set out to confront the growing problem of grassroots white nationalism in a direct and practical way, but we must always maintain and pursue a greater revolutionary movement and strategy to transform this society and cut out the very cancerous tumor that secretes infectious discharges like DIY Division.

We stand with all those fighting back against fascism and white supremacy in all it’s societal permutations. Solidarity is the only effective weapon when faced with State repression, and support for our comrades and political prisoners is an inseparable aspect of that solidarity. We encourage all to take up the important task of developing their capacity for self-defense and getting organized towards building the kinds of strong communities that can send violent scum like DIY Division packing.

If you have information about DIY Division and their associates that you’d like to share with us, please contact: diy.division [at] protonmail [dot] com

June 26th: Resisting State Repression

A police line on June 26th.

In early March, the California Highway Patrol completed its investigation of the anti-Nazi shutdown that happened in Sacramento last June, forwarding a 2,000-page report to the District Attorney’s Office. Law enforcement is urging the DA to charge 106 individuals with 514 misdemeanors and 68 felonies over the stoppage of the white nationalist rally that happened nearly a year ago at the State Capitol. While the intent here is no doubt to scare people, there is still a legitimate threat directed at our community. With this in mind, we would like to humbly offer these suggestions to prepare for the repression that the state has in store. This statement is intended for any anti-racist and anti-fascist protesters who attended the anti-Nazi demo on June 26, 2016, but it is also relevant to anyone in the same communities as those who attended.

If you were present at the counter-demonstration on June 26th or you’re connecting to people who are, here are some steps you can take right now to prepare for potential repression:

First off, DO NOT speculate (especially online) about whether you or anyone else will be among those who are charged! Law enforcement often publicize concerning information (like they did when they turned their recommendations to press charges into a media spectacle) to stir things up in hopes of causing panic. The authorities very well may have no idea if you were involved, so don’t give them any additional information! Don’t announce to the world that you were there, and don’t talk about anything you witnessed or participated in.

Clean up your internet presence. Any of us involved in anti-fascist organizing or socially connected to anti-fascist activists should do this, regardless of your involvement in the demo on June 26th. Anyone who gets targeted, arrested or otherwise outed by the media as an anti-fascist protester will be heavily doxxed by the alt-right and like-minded groups. This means that any information that can be gathered on you will be publicized and used against you- often with the intent of stalking, physical or psychological harm, or aiding law enforcement in prosecution. Malicious parties will often harass family members, affiliations, and work places of those they are looking to target. Taking preventative measures is the best way to protect yourself from these kinds of attacks. For this reason, we recommend you -at the very least- take the time to scrub any mention of your address, phone number and place of employment from the internet. Often, this information is stored in online address books and lookup sites without your consent, and can be easily accessed by anyone who knows where to look. You should also lock down all of your social media accounts (ideally removing yourself from social media altogether) and remove any pictures of yourself that can be accessed publicly. Limit the amount of information you post, and take time to make private or delete all online accounts you use or have used. This includes but is not limited to facebook, twitter, instagram, youtube, and yes, even that dating profile you made five years ago and totally forgot about. It’s also a good idea to alert your family and close affiliates to do the same. Here’s an article on IGD that explains how to go about doing all this.

If you do get charged with a felony, authorities may come to your home
or work place to arrest you. Memorize the Sacramento National Lawyers Guild phone number (916) 500-4NLG(654). In the event that you or someone you know is arrested on charges stemming from the June 26th rally, please call this number. The only way legal support and support from the wider movement can be mobilized for you is if we know you’re in custody!

Get your personal affairs in order. The NLG has offered their limited capacity to help with legal issues, but it’s up to you to prepare the rest of your life in the event that you abruptly find yourself in jail. Some things to consider include:

  • Memorize the number of a friend or family member who can serve as your emergency contact
  • Have a plan for who will take care of your children or pets
  • Have a plan for someone to call your job/school/etc. and what they will tell your boss/teacher etc
  • Have spare keys available to your support contact, especially to a car that might need to be moved.

Pay attention to your mailbox for court summons. If you are charged with a misdemeanor you will likely be informed of your court date by mail. Look out for this mail at any address you might have associated with you. Get in touch with the NLG if you receive a court summons. Do not personally call the district attorney to inquire about potential charges.

At no point should you talk to the police! Take some time to learn about
the tricks and intimidation tactics police and other law enforcement use
to get you to talk. We recommend practicing what you will say when in a police encounter, be it on the street, at your front door, while being
interrogated in jail, or anywhere: “I have nothing to say to you.” Do
not say “I don’t know” or be tempted to say things you think are
harmless. Anything you say can be used against you or others.
Please take some time to read this zine for helpful insights on police
encounters.

Whether or not you attended the anti-fascist rally in Sacramento on June 26th, and whether or not you end up facing charges,we must all make the commitment to have each others’ backs! In the likely event that prosecution is pursued, the accused will need a lot of support. Bail money, transportation to court appearances, court support, jail visits, ongoing pet/childcare, the list goes on. It is essential that we all take a stance of total refusal in cooperating with the state’s investigations and targeting of people in our movements and communities. This includes refusing any questioning from police, taking care to not post incriminating information online, and making the commitment to resist grand juries by refusing to testify. By taking up a collective stance of noncooperation, we weaken the state’s power against us and avoid preventable harm and repression from befalling ourselves and our comrades.

Please spread this post far and wide! Share it with your friends, organizations, housemates, and family. Have conversations about how you can prepare, support one another, and keep each other safe. By educating ourselves and being there for each other, we can strengthen our community’s defense against state repression and the far right.

Meet the Bay Area’s 4chan Kangaroo Court

Cops and chan, hand in hand

On May 24, the Berkeley Police Department arrested Eric Clanton in Oakland regarding alleged assaults that occurred during an April 15 confrontation in Berkeley between antifascists and a coalition of far-right groups that included the 3 Percenter and Oath Keeper militias, Identity Evropa, Kyle “Based Stick Man” Chapman, and more. In weeks preceding Clanton’s arrest, members of 4chan’s politics forum called /pol/, the alt-right and all around disgusting and hate-filled internet message board, had been collecting what they considered to be evidence in the case. Threads about Eric Clanton’s alleged behavior could be seen wedged between other discussions such as anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Jewish world domination and the biological inferiority of people of color.

Group photo including Guy Decker, Marco Gutierrez, Colin Duke, Karissa Healy, Stephanie Oliver, others.

By all accounts, Clanton’s arrest was in fact triggered by the so-called “research” done by this online convergence of white supremacist trolls. At the same time, 4chan justifies and celebrates it’s own flavor of violence. Well-known fascist leader Nathan Damigo, who already has a history of carrying out racially motivated violence and who announced beforehand that he would be at the Berkeley event, was seen all over the news assaulting Emily Rose Marshall on two separate occasions. For this, Damigo’s documented assaults were turned into heroic memes by the same internet neo-nazis now operating as an auxiliary detective force for the Berkeley Police Department. Nathan Damigo later went on to organize a white power gathering in Charlottesville, VA that looked just like a KKK rally–torches and all–where participants wore khakis instead of white hoods and robes.

The story is similar with Kyle Chapman, another local white supremacist, who has been arrested in Berkeley three times since March 4, including on suspicion of committing felonies which could possibly end up being a third strike for him. Following his actions, for which he was dubbed “Based Stick Man” by his online alt-right followers, Chapman continues to travel around the country to speak at other far-right “free speech” rallies where he pushes the wholly imagined and nonexistent conspiracy theory of a genocide against white people brought on by multiculturalism and diversity. We can see a breakdown of the distinction between the state and websites like 4chan, as the state continues to protect violent fascists against community self-defense and take it’s cues from internet neo-nazis.

Kyle Chapman tells his followers to smash antifa on sight

The rhetoric that Chapman and others repeat at these so-called “free speech” rallies has deadly consequences. On the same day that Eric Clanton’s arraignment was scheduled, Portland white supremacist Jeremy Christian murdered two people and critically wounded a third after they intervened in Christain’s harassment of women on a train that he believed to be Muslim. Just a month earlier, Christian attended a “free speech” rally not unlike those that have been organized in Berkeley. The organizer of the Portland rally attended by Jeremy Christian on April 29 is Joey Gibson, who has invited Kyle Chapman to be a featured guest at his next event in Portland on June 4.

Kyle Chapman to speak in Portland June 4

Far-right groups have been obsessed with Eric Clanton’s arrest. The May 26 arraignment was attended by a loose team looking to document the proceedings and take their internet trolling to the real life courtroom. Without much coordination beforehand, the alt-right was still able to find each other and gather on the street outside before making their way into the building as a group. This was possible due to the presence of a prominent alt-right symbol displayed on the street: the 4chan Kek flag, representing the very same message board that the Berkeley PD seems to have mined for what they have been led to believe is evidence against Eric Clanton.

4chan’s politics forum, /pol/

The 4chan/Kek flag is an alt-right makeover of the Nazi Third Reich flag

Kevin Yee

Kevin Yee with 4chan flag

In Kevin’s own words, “You have to show a flag to show where you stand.” Kevin Yee was the racist seen waving the alt-right flag on the streets of Oakland. A graduate of James Logan High School from Union City, CA, Kevin documented the events outside the court room for the YouTube channel Very Fake News. On social media, Kevin follows Milo Yiannopoulos and Lauren Southern, who was recently arrested with neo-nazi activists for trying to stop a refugee boat in Europe by shooting flares at it. The flag Kevin brought along is one deliberately inspired by a Nazi Germany design, remade with the alt-right aesthetic of white supremacist Richard Spencer, who likes to do nazi things with his friends while simultaneously distancing himself from the nazi label. Kevin can be heard on video saying he would have worn his MAGA hat were it not stolen on April 15 and he wasn’t too afraid to get a replacement. When Kevin got back to his car, he found his tires had been slashed. If you expect a safe space for neo-nazism, Kevin, you’re going to have to stay on 4chan!

Kevin Yee tweets his support for 4chan’s neo-nazi aspirations

Kevin Yee’s Twitter account

Guy Decker

Guy Decker at court

Guy Decker has consistently shown up to events in and around Berkeley starting with the March 4 Trump rally organized by Rich Black. Guy’s current claim to fame in the movement is his “bologna campaign” in which he places less-than-impressive and easily removable bologna stickers on leftist posters up around Berkeley. Most of the these stickers fall off on their own and have never really amounted to much but a waste of Guy’s time. Guy was at both the March 4 and April 15 clashes in Berkeley as well as Refuse Fascism’s discussion at UC Berkeley on May 4. At all of these events, Guy’s go-to tactic is to shout people down with incoherent rambles. A line he often likes to repeat is that antifascists are acting as domestic terrorists.

Guy Decker at May 4 event, UC Berkeley

On July 3, 2013, Guy was arrested in Vallejo, CA for making terrorist threats as well as for an outstanding warrant in Alameda County for possession of methamphetamines. Guy was swinging around a hammer and wooden board, threatening to kill others that were staying at the same hotel that he was. He continued and threatened to kill the cops when they showed up looking for him. Guy told the police he was armed with a gun, and after negotiations failed he was driven out of his room with tear gas and arrested. He was also arrested in Texas in 2012 for trespassing.

Guy Decker, Denton County, Texas

Guy Decker, Vallejo

Guy’s online writings match his real life speech. For an example, see this page where Guy paid for legal advice online and yet was refused help because those providing the service couldn’t make sense of a single one of his posts. Guy was on the UC Berkeley campus ahead of the April 15 “free speech rally” with Karissa Healy, Rob Stites, and Jessica Stites posting flyers advertising the event.

Jessica Stites, Karissa Healy, and Guy Decker posting flyers for the April 15 Berkeley event

Karissa Healy, Rob Stites, and Guy Decker posting flyers for the April 15 Berkeley event

Karissa Healy

Colin Duke and Karissa Healy before the arraignment. Karissa’s shirt reads “/pol/ is always watching.”

Karissa Healy says she is a massage therapist in Berkeley and wanted to get involved after seeing Milo get shut down on February 1. Karissa, like her friend Guy Decker, has been attending these events since March 4. On May Day (May 1), Karissa traveled to Los Angeles with a group she met from the Berkeley rallies to confront protestors there as well. A fact particularly relevant to this situation is that Karissa herself was incorrectly identified and turned into a meme by the same 4chan trolls she now champions. In the aftermath of the March 4 Trump rally in Berkeley that broke out in fights, Karissa was accused by 4chan to have hurt some of the Trump supporters that ended up with injuries. To be clear, Karissa did in fact attack people, but they weren’t Trump supporters; Karissa came to attack anti-racists.

Karissa Healy was incorrectly identified by 4chan as a protestor that attacked Trump supporters on March 4 in Berkeley

When asked for her Twitter handle by one of the livestreamers on the street, Karissa declined to say it on the stream, preferring privacy.  Her twitter account can be found here: https://twitter.com/WakeupNeo1

Karissa Healy’s Twitter account

Colin Duke

Colin Duke joins the 4chan crowd outside

Colin Duke of Alameda walked up to Kevin Yee and others and immediately signaled to his new friends that he’s on their side by exclaiming “Praise Kek” before flashing a hand gesture that has increasingly been used as a safer substitute for the old nazi salute, consistent with the revamped Third Reich flag that Kevin was displaying. When discussing the hand gesture, Colin tells the others that “if it’s good enough for Cernovich, it’s good enough for me.” Colin is referring to Mike Cernovich, the far-right Trump supporter known for pushing fake news and conspiracy theories such as “Pizza Gate” on social media, of which Colin appears to be a fan and true believer. The shirt Colin was wearing said “smash passivism, ignite activism.” Colin’s own experience with smashing came on February 1 when he left the cancelled Milo event at UC Berkeley with a bleeding face. Colin tweeted pictures to Brittany Pettibone of Gilroy, alt-right personality and contributing writer for Richard Spencer’s website, and who was also a featured speaker at the April 15 rally in Berkeley.

Colin’s face after it had a productive debate with the Mario Savio steps on Sproul Plaza

Colin Duke tweets at Brittany Pettibone on February 1 after the Milo event was cancelled

Colin Duke at May 4 event, UC Berkeley

Colin, as documented in some of the videos from that day, discusses at length the various regulations and restrictions on weapons that exist in California and specifically Bay Area counties. When Colin gets to the topic of Bay Area gun regulation, he suggests that he might have a direct connection to the Alameda County Sheriff.

Cole White aka “Based Rick Flair Guy”

Cole White at court

Cole White took Bart to go to the arraignment. He was seen in Berkeley on April 15 getting into fights. Some of this can be seen in this famous video of nazi Nathan Damigo sucker punching an antifascist protester. Cole can be seen in the background wearing a purple sweater and black pants punching and kicking people that are on the ground. This is confirmed in the fascists’ videos from the arraignment, where the rest of the group congratulates Cole for his actions.

Cole White (left) in purple sweater and black pants fighting in Berkeley on April 15. Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQGho_N0uBs

K.C. aka KPikklefield

KPikklefield is the Twitter handle of this member of the Oath Keepers who lives in El Cerrito. During a discussion with the others about local teacher and activist Yvette Felarca on his own live video from the street in Oakland, he tells them that, “I have her home address and stuff. I’m going to go and provoke her and see if I can get her to do something crazy.”

KC in Oath Keepers hat outside court

Daryl Tempesta

This dork drove all the way to Oakland from Santa Cruz so that he could tell people there that they weren’t welcome. Apparently, Daryl Tempesta thinks Oakland belongs to him just because he’s a veteran and “defended” it. As Daryl explains in this interview with local radio in Santa Cruz, once he finished basic training, Daryl went straight on to his permanent position of being an artist for the Air Force. When Eric Clanton’s attorney Dan Siegel agreed to do an interview for local news, Daryl and crew surrounded Siegel, with Daryl interrupting and heckling him just 20 seconds into the interview.

Daryl Tempesta at court

Daryl Tempesta (right) in group photo with Kyle Chapman and Brittany Pettibone

Rick Write

Rick Write is the ex-Marine who livestreamed at the arraignment for the channel Red Elephants. In videos, Rick appears to be wearing a press pass. Rick has also shown up to other Berkeley events and has been seen wearing clothing that include militia insignias. Rick is seen on video being repeatedly told by a cop that the judge would not allow recording during the proceeding. However, he decided to livestream from inside the courtroom anyway, hiding his phone inside his pocket and streaming audio to the Red Elephants Facebook page. After about 15 minutes, he was kicked out of the room.

Rick Write at court

Rick Write (right) in III% militia shirt

Susan Walsh

Susan Walsh claims to be an ex-Democrat and was inside the MLK Student Union building at UC Berkeley when thousands of people came together to shut down the Berkeley College Republican’s Milo event. She has expressed that she thinks Black Lives Matter is a terrorist movement because of “what they believe in.” Susan has been active working to network all of the different local groups and people that are showing up to these public events. She was scheduled to be a speaker at the “Summer of Conservatism” event in Santa Ana, CA in July along with Kyle Chapman and the president of the Berkeley College Republicans, Troy Worden. The event has since been cancelled after the local community found out about it.

Susan Walsh at court

Susan Walsh (left) with David Nunes

Marco Gutierrez

Marco Gutierrez, from Discovery Bay, CA, is the founder of Latinos for Trump. You may already know of him as the person who threatened that there would be taco trucks on every corner in America if Trump wasn’t elected.

Marco Gutierrez at court

Marco Gutierrez proud of his injuries

Alana Mirabella

Alana Mirabella came from Lafayette with her mother-in-law to go to the arraignment. There, she immediately met up with the 4chan Kek crowd. Ten months ago, she signed this online petition asking Twitter to end their ban on Milo Yiannopoulos.

Alana Mirabella with her mother-in-law

Alana Mirabella getting friendly with the Berkeley Police Department

Stephanie Oliver

Stephanie Oliver is from San Rafael, where she teaches zumba.

Stephanie Oliver at court

Stephanie Oliver with Kyle Chapman

Conclusion

Daryl Tempesta, Brittany Pettibone, Karissa Healy, Kyle Chapman, Susan Walsh, and others pose for group photo

What we have here is not some hodge podge collection of random, mainstream conservative victims. Instead, these are people that have been asking for this fight, and are using the narrative of victimhood to shield themselves from consequences. Moreover, the state has accepted this activity and worked with them to arrest alleged antifascists. This 4chan kangaroo court represents the coagulation of local fascist scum into a force that wishes to brutally assault and lock up political opposition that has refused to normalize the presidency of Donald Trump and the wave of white supremacist fervor that has washed him all the way up to the steps of the White House. Most of these people (if not all of them) have been trying again and again to take their fascist agenda to the streets of the Bay Area.

Just as the confrontations in the streets of Berkeley with the far-right have been a sort of warning about increased political violence in the future and the desire for fascists to force themselves on the rest of us using the rhetoric of “free speech,” so too should this coming together of the police, the courts, and the fascist street movement. Eric Clanton has been arrested using “evidence” from a neo-nazi message board while violent fascist provocateurs, themselves involved in the same violence, have been allowed by the system to sit as an audience and make a spectacle of the court proceedings while broadcasting the events to the rest of the world on the internet.

Will the media, especially those that aired interviews with some of these people on local news, discuss what is in this article as much as they have provided a platform to the 4chan neo-nazis and their “evidence” against Eric Clanton?

How the Biggest Racist Alt-Right Rally of 2017 is Happening…in Berkeley

Visual ‘Who’s Who Guide’ Of the Racist Right Coming to Berkeley Here

White nationalists, far-Right militias, pro-Trump bikers, members of the Alt-Right, and neo-Nazis are not only coming to the Berkeley Trump rally on Saturday, April 15th – they are speaking and organizing it. As we will show, full blown white nationalists connected to Richard Spencer and other leading neo-Nazis will address Trump supporters on Saturday, despite the claims of rally organizers that they have no connection to white supremacists or the Alt-Right. 

As we will show over and over again, this is a complete and total lie. Even the organizers themselves are connected to the Alt-Right and hold extreme racist and fascist views. 

Despite the evidence, many Trump supporters refuse to acknowledge this reality, and on the Left, many people refuse to understand the fascist threat growing outside of their door. It’s up to those of us who see the extreme danger in rising far-Right violence to take note and take action. 

Once More Into the Berk My Friends

Here we go… again. After Milo Yiannopoulos and the Berkeley College Republicans were shut down at UC Berkeley on February 1st, local and regional members of the Alt-Right got together and decided to try again on March 4th to hold a public presence. This constellation of “deplorable” Trump supporters and Alt-Right assholes received an aggressive welcome from Bay Area anti-racists and anti-fascists and ended with the right’s lead organizer Rich Black, literally running away in fear and asking his followers to do the same.

Shortly after, Rich Black and his newly-formed group the Liberty Revival Alliance, announced they would come back to Berkeley for a “Patriots Day” rally on April 15th. Black, along with Kyle Chapman, aka ‘Based Stickman,’ hit the far-Right podcast and youtube circut, doing shows with Alt-Right guru, Gavin McInnes. For the rally on Saturday, they have secured a variety of speakers including Lauren Southern, Baked Alaska, and Brittany Pettibone – all firmly located within the Alt-Right. In addition, this far-right alliance is partnering with other groups such as the Oath Keepers militia and 2 Million Bikers to join their event and provide “security.”

The so-called Liberty Revival Alliance thinks that if they can get away with bringing their fascist and racist political agenda to Berkeley, they can take it anywhere. The group is also using a frequent tactic of the Right to superficially deny their hateful politics by rejecting unsavory labels, or alternatively, hide from the consequences of open fascism by waving the banner of free speech. But we see through this smokescreen, and urge all in Northern California and beyond to converge in Berkeley on Saturday April 15th and deny the far-Right an opportunity to grow and expand their movement that is killing, burning, and bombing it’s way across the US. 

LRA’s flyer promoting their rally on the internet, designed to make you roll your eyes and laugh.

Brittany Pettibone

Brittany Pettibone from Gilroy, CA is a white nationalist blogger and podcaster that is growing in popularity on the Alt-Right. She is associated with the infamous neo-Nazi punching bag Richard Spencer and is also a contributor to the white nationalist website that he founded and operates, AltRight.com. Pettibone has been a big supporter of Donald Trump and pushes ridiculous conspiracy theories including “Pizzagate” and “white genocide,” which claims that Jews are driving immigration and are orchestrating the forced extinction of the white race. 

Brittany Pettibone, a writer for AltRight.com, Richard Spencer’s website. 

Pettibone is a frequent podcaster and author within the neo-Nazi Alt-Right.

Baked Alaska

Baked Alaska, real non-idiot name is Tim Treadstone. Treadstone moved from the far-Right into full blown neo-Nazism – to the point of being attacked by even other people on the Right, including talking heads like Mike Cernovich. When a twitter war broke out between the two, Baked Alaska attacked Cernovich and launched a barrage of anti-Semitic memes and comments to the point that Cernovich kicked Alaska out of the ‘Deploraball’ Trump celebration in Washington DC, replacing him with Milo (which shows where how low Alaska had to go)!

According to Business Insider

Tim Treadstone, an unabashedly alt-right social media personality better known as “Baked Alaska,” was disinvited from the “Deploraball” after publishing the tweets about Jewish people.

 

After being cut from the event, which initially featured him as a top guest, he lashed out on Twitter at fellow alt-right leaders, a sign of divide in the white nationalist, neo-Nazi, populist movement that backed President-elect Donald Trump.

 

Treadstone zeroed in on Mike Cernovich, a similarly prominent alt-right figure known for such remarks as “date rape does not exist,” who was responsible for nixing him from the event.

 

Treadstone has a history of anti-Semitic tweets. Other alt-right figures, like leading neo-Nazi Richard Spencer, were previously booted from the upcoming party.

 

“Baked Alaska is not a member of the Deploraball committee and will not be attending the event,” Cernovich tweeted. “We wish him well.”

Soon after the announcement, Cernovich confirmed that Milo Yiannopoulos, a Breitbart tech editor and conservative provocateur, would attend the event instead.

 

The moves prompted Treadstone to go on a lengthy Twitter rant against Cernovich and Yiannopoulos, capping off with a roughly 45-minute scorched-earth Periscope video in which he called the former “a huge cuck” and “a massive cuck” for side-stepping “the Zionist question.”

The kind of neo-Nazi and Alt-Right garbage that the ‘Liberty Alliance’ is bringing to Berkeley.

Lauren Southern

Lauren Southern in many ways is the Canadian version of Milo Yiannopoulos, and much like Milo, has made a career off of mainstreaming the Alt-Right’s major talking points against “cultural marxism” and “globalism.” Like Milo, Southern attacks the Left, immigrants, Black Lives Matter, refugees, rape victims, feminists, and Muslims. 

According to Media Matters

Southern downplayed the prevalence of rape during a Slut Walk protest by holding a sign that read “There is no rape culture in the west.” She went on to comment, “Rapes do happen, but the … vast minority  of men and women are rapists.” In response to her incendiary remarks and antagonistic tactics, Southern was suspended from being a candidate for the Canadian Libertarian Party.

Moshe Daniel Quillinan

Quillian calls on Libertarians and Neo-Nazis to unite – against anti-racism.

Daniel Quillian isn’t speaking at the April 15th rally, however he is in the inner leadership circle of the event along with Richard Black and Kyle Chapman. 

Quillian arguing for fascism and for white men that own property to run society.

Daniel Quillinan is based in Berkeley, and used to own a business with his brother. For the past few months, we have observed an escalation in Quillinan’s aggression at the same time that his politics slide ever closer to the extreme Right, as he has come to embrace open fascism. His Facebook posts often include desires to hurt and kill others, especially political opponents that stand in the way of his utopian vision of a society that works first and foremost in the interest of white male property owners.

Quillinan also uses social media to discuss various weapons that he either already owns or wants to. On February 1st, Quillinan harassed demonstrators and even attempted to pull someone’s mask off. On March 4th, he showed up with armor and weapons looking to fight. He got one, and it ended with him in the hospital getting staples in his head. It’s clear that the March 4th event was a point around which Quillinan connected with organizer Rich Black and Kyle Chapman, who he has continued working with. Quillinan also has associations with the Berkeley College Republicans, and is expected to be at the “patriots” rally on April 15th.

Quillinan wearing a shirt glorifying Augusto Pinochet, a Chilean fascist dictator known for throwing political dissents from helicopters. Pinochet has become a favored icon on the Alt-Right.

Kyle Chapman aka ‘Based Stickman’

Kyle Chapman lives in Daly City and has been making various trips across the bay into Berkeley since March 4th. At Rich Black’s first Berkeley rally, Chapman showed up with weapons including a dagger, folding knife, long stick, spiked ring, shield, and pepper spray. He was arrested and initially charged with up to 6 felonies, including assault with a deadly weapon, however Chapman has yet to be charged. According to Chapman, Berkeley police also commended his actions while he was in custody. 

On April 10th, Chapman was in Berkeley wearing his ridiculous costume and eventually got arrested again for assault after he instigated a fight with local youth. Chapman also calls Berkeley residents various names throughout the video, calling them “cowards” and “cocksuckers.” He goes on to argue that April 15th will be a win for “Western men.”

The Alt-Right internet movement has turned Chapman into an overrated meme (Based Stickman) after a short video of him assaulting someone on March 4th went viral. Chapman often encourages his supporters and followers to show up to rallies to fight like he does, and to not be afraid of jail time or injury. The April 15th “Patriots Day” rally will feature Chapman as a speaker.

Chapman’s facebook also shows that he follows, likes, and supports numerous Alt-Right, far-Right, and neo-Nazis groups and pages. The Alt-Right website WeSearcher, connected to Richard Spencer as well, also raised money for Chapman. 

Kyle Chapman being arrested on March 4th. On April 10th, Chapman was arrested in almost the exact same spot, after picking a fight with young skateboarders. 

Richard Black

Rich Black of Southern California has been the lead organizer for both the March 4th and April 15th rallies in Berkeley. Black’s Twitter picture shows him making the hand sign (which in many ways has replaced the Nazi salute) that has come to be associated with the Alt-Right, and frequently used by Richard Spencer and others in the white nationalist movement. Black has described his own politics as libertarian, a movement that for some time has become increasingly mixed up with extreme far-Right fascists such as Augustus Sol Invictus and the patriot and militia movements.

Some time before the March 4th event that Black organized, he tried to join the local Proud Boys (an Alt-Right group run by Gavin McInnes) and failed. The Proud Boys disavowed Black and his organizing until Kyle Chapman’s internet fame changed their minds. Since then, the Proud Boys have stated that they are planning on being in Berkeley on April 15th in support of Chapman and Black.

Rich Black’s Twitter profile picture

Richard Spencer

Oathkeepers, ‘2 Million Bikers,’ Identity Evropa and Beyond

The far-Right militia the Oath Keepers have stated that they will do security at the event. In their statement they write

Calling on all Oath Keepers (and all three percenters, military veterans, patriot police officers, bikers, and all other brave American patriots):

 

Seeking capable volunteers for an overt Oath Keepers security detail to protect people during the “Patriots Day Free Speech Rally” to be held on April 15, 2017, at 12PM PDT, in the Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 2151 M.L.K. Jr Way, Berkeley, CA 94704.  

 

Team Leader for the Oath Keepers on the ground April 15 will be John Karriman (Missouri police academy defensive tactics instructor and team leader on both of our Ferguson operations in 2014-2015).

The Facebook page for ‘2 Million Bikers’ currently has over 50 going, and the group plans to ride from Sacramento to Berkeley

Identity Evropa, a neo-Nazi organization has stated that their leader, Nathan Damigo will be in attendance. He wrote about the event on AltRight.com, the same website that Pettibone writes for and is run by Richard Spencer. Damigo rarely rolls alone, and we expect him to bring around 10 or more members of IE with him, along with a collection of Alt-Right trolls. 

The leader of the Asatru Folk Assembly, a white nationalist pagan group in Northern California has also endorsed the action and is attending, as are members of the Soldiers of Odin and potentially members of the Golden State Skinheads (GSS). One member, Jason Kale Cas, is on the “going” list of the Facebook event, along with other neo-Nazi skinheads. 

Jason Kale Cas, a neo-Nazi and member of the Golden State Skinheads that says he’s attending the April 15th event. 

Conclusions

Different sections of the Alt-Right, the militia movement, Trump supporting ‘Deploraballs,’ and neo-Nazis are all coming together in Berkeley on the 15th. This is happening to a degree which hasn’t been seen anywhere else in the country on this large a scale. Regardless of whatever the organizers like Chapman, Black, and Quillian, (whose own politics are racist, Alt-Right, and fascist themselves) say – the Alt-Right and neo-Nazis are coming. 

Don’t let them pull the wool over your eyes. This is as racist a rally as the KKK, despite a few people of color taking part in live streaming, and even taking part in speaking for groups like ‘Latinos for Trump.’ This “diversity” is a smokescreen.

Will Berkeley be a crucible for a new fascist movement – or will we draw a line in the sand and say, not here, not anywhere. 

Piss, Kilts, and Sticks: How Violent Trump Supporters Are Merging with the Alt-Right

Approximately 75 people showed up to the ‘March on Berkeley,’ on March 4th, 2017, an event organized by Richard Black of Southern California, to support the Presidency of Donald Trump. The march was to coincide with a national day of action planned in support of Trump, who faces a crisis of legitimacy and drastically dropping support in polls. In Berkeley however, the Right originally intended for this event to be a kind of follow up or revenge for what happened at UC Berkeley on February 1st, 2017, when the community shut down Milo Yiannopoulos from giving a speech, (the event was also organized by the Berkeley College Republicans who have ties to neo-Nazis), before it even began. However as we got closer to March 4th, and as Milo’s career tanked in the wake of anti-consent and pro-pedophilia comments, plans changed and the theme of the event shifted from “free speech” to supporting Donald Trump.

signal-2017-02-11-210641This development can be seen in tweets by organizer Richard Black, and is most clear in the changes made to the social media flyer that organizers produced for the event. The original flyer, which appeared shortly after the events of February 1st, depicted an event supporting ‘free speech’ and featured groups like the Proud Boys, a group of ‘Alt-Lite‘ Trump supporters and ‘Western Chauvinists’ led by Gavin McInnes. Richard Black hinted that Milo Yiannopoulos, Mike Cernovich, and Gavin McInnes would all be special guests, but this was not to be.

17017145_1384081628331554_2321354162501274945_oRichard Black was unsuccessful in joining a local Proud Boys chapter and Yiannopoulos, Cernovich, and McInnes all declined involvement and disassociated themselves from the event on twitter. After this, Black reframed the event as simply a pro-Donald Trump rally. To make matters more confusing, Richard Black himself identifies (or at least did) as an “anarcho”-capitalist, (to be clear, we do not consider ‘anarcho’-capitalism a part of, or form of anarchism) and his twitter banner used to feature a yellow and black image. Black even went so far as to bring a yellow and black flag with him to the rally. Despite Black’s love of markets totally free of the State, he somehow also strangely supports Trump, or at least is comfortable using Trump as a way to organize other sections of the Right, including sections of the far-Right and Alt-Right. Since March 4th, Black has changed his twitter banner to a picture of an old world statue, commonplace among the Alt-Right, probably signalling his turn toward it.

intro_flagThe second flyer Black published in the lead up to March 4th reflects this theme change, dropping any language about free speech or special guests and instead aligning with the national Trump rallies happening on the same day. Still, many on the Right were looking for revenge for February 1st and they were determined to show up to no matter what the event was, as long as it was aligned with the Right and against anarchists, antifascists, and the Left.

march_4_trumpDuring the buildup to the March on Berkeley event, Richard Black also attempted to distance his event from the Alt-Right, neo-Nazis, and anything connected to white nationalism. He also cleaned out his own twitter account, unfollowing ‘Baked Alaska,’ the neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic twitter personality that gained 15 minutes of internet fame after getting into a pissing contest with Mike Cernovich over the Alt-Lite Deploraball event held in Washington DC. Interestingly enough, the Berkeley College Republicans, themselves part of the Alt-Right and connected to neo-Nazi groups like Identity Evropa, distanced themselves from the ‘March on Berkeley’ event itself, even going so far as to state on camera that they weren’t attending. Despite this distancing, that relationship may now have changed. Richard Black is currently running a Facebook far-Right organizing page entitled, “Berkeley Heroes,” which includes Jack Palkovic, a member of the Alt-Right and the Berkeley College Republicans. Only several weeks ago, Jack was seen hugging Nathan Damigo, the head neo-Nazi organizer of Identity Evropa, goodbye on a subway platform.

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Richard Black also made several statements on the event page about how the Alt-Right and neo-Nazis were not welcome at the event, even threatening their removal should they show up. As we will see, Richard Black failed on all counts to do anything close to this. Not only did the Alt-Right and far-Right mobilize for the March on Berkeley, they made up the core vanguard that both organized for and fought during the event.

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Alt-Right Ancaps

What makes this group that we will present below different than other sections of the Alt-Right is that they clearly represent a different section of the movement than we are used to hearing about. In short, they do not come out of classical white nationalism that veers towards third positionism and national socialism. Instead, they are part of the Alt-Right that derives from libertarianism and “anarcho”-capitalism; although still aligning themselves with much of the Alt-Right’s pro-West, pro-patriarchy, and racial politics.

In fact, these Alt-Right ancaps believe that their vision of a society ruled by market forces and property rights best protects white, male, and Western interests, and moreover that fascism represents a useful and necessary stepping stone to achieving such a society. So if you’re scratching your head and wondering how someone that calls for a society without the State can support Trump or fascism remember: they need to take us out first. 

March 4th

On the day of March 4th, the March for Trump event in Berkeley was met by around 200-250 counter-demonstrators. Many people showed up because they were anticipating that the fascist movement that sought to provoke those of us in Berkeley and the Bay Area on February 1st would be back to try again. As the our research indicates, these concerns were valid and correct. To meet this challenge, anarchists, antifascists, and the Left came out in bigger numbers and collectively had a lot more experience in these situations than their opponents.

The Trump supporters were composed overwhelmingly of white people, though there was a small number of people of color that joined, many identifying as libertarians or “anarcho”-capitalists. The Trump crowd broke out into chants a handful of times, but could only come up with two different offerings. The first was “USA! USA!”, a typical banal chant from the Right. Their other chant was shouting “fascists!” at the counter-demonstrators. This latter chant was particularly humorous as it was the crowd of Trump supporters that consisted of actual fascists (again, documented in the research below). The counter-demonstrators were a much more diverse group. Anarchists, communists, socialists, and liberals all came together in opposition. White folks stood in solidarity with people of color. Those with documentation came to support the undocumented. All united against the threat of fascism.

C6I50KcVMAAucmNThe confrontation lasted for hours. The March for Trump plan was to meet at Martin Luther King Jr Civic Center Park in Berkeley at 2pm, whereas counter-demonstrators arrived as early as 12pm to disrupt the event. Trump supporters were timid and cautious to enter the park when they saw the opposition already gathering, preferring to stay on the sidelines and observe. It took a few of their “bravest” to make the first steps into the middle of the park before the others fell in line.

This is something that all should remember. By showing up and taking space, we created an unwelcoming environment for the enemy. But by allowing our enemies to enter into that space, the door is opened up for confrontation and putting ourselves at risk.

The March for Trump was outnumbered all day, and tensions rose as both sides continued rallying. As far as we could tell, the first physical confrontation of the day came when an older white woman from the Trump crowd walked over to counter-demonstrators raising and swinging her cane around as if to threaten them. She was insisting the counter-demonstrators were violent, completely missing the irony that she was the first to aggressively confront the other side. The primary target of her rage seemed to be an anti-Trump protester yelling out repeatedly that Trump was “a pig.”

into_knifeThis would not be the last confrontation of the day. As media documentation and firsthand reports show, multiple fights broke out in and around the park on March 4, leading to arrests and injuries on both sides. While organizer Richard Black insisted before the event that he would personally eject fascist and Neo-Nazi types in attendance, it’s become clear since March 4th that the most aggressive on the pro-Trump side were in fact local fascists, and Richard Black was aware of their plans to attend beforehand as he has been Facebook friends with Daniel Quillinan (see below) since at least February 2017. Furthermore, Quillinan and Kyle Chapman both used identical homemade shields.

Police surrounded the park all day and were organized into teams designated by colored tape on their uniforms. They were mostly hands off, until they felt a need to intervene. Many cops were out that day, some not even in uniform, filming and trying to record faces. Be safe and smart, and bring a mask! The police and the fascists both want to identify people, especially in the wake of the Milo shutdown.

The March 4 Trump lost in Berkeley. They came to cause trouble and provoke the Berkeley community hoping the police would act as a buffer for the consequences of their actions. What they found was that they didn’t understand how police act in these kinds of situations, and once organizers like Richard Black realized they were on their own, they left and pleaded with others to do the same, claiming it was no longer safe and that the police had betrayed them. After a handful of false starts, Trump supporters at one point attempted to march in the street. This didn’t last long, and the only effect it had was leaving them open and vulnerable to attacks from the community.

Like February 1st, the Alt-Trump Berkeley March 4th counter-demonstration was another victory against the growing far-Right. However, the resistance on March 4 did not benefit from the same level of organization that we saw against Milo and the Berkeley College Republicans. Many crews came out to meet the March for Trump, but coordination among them appeared minimal. In the future, more discussions and planning between groups ahead of time will prepare anarchists and those on the Left to meet the far-Right’s challenge. It’s simply not enough to call for a counter-demonstration hoping big numbers will lead to an inevitable win. We expect provocations from the Right like this to continue, and would urge those on the Left to take them seriously while staying safe and being strategic in their planning.

A Note About the Police

There were moments when some counter-demonstrators cheered the police on March 4th, if and when they decided to take action against the Right. While we understand where this sentiment comes from, we would like to point out and remind readers that this is the same police force that beat, shot, and gassed us in 2014 for hitting the streets of Berkeley for black lives. These are the same police that killed Kayla Moore in her home in 2013. The state that we cheer on if they arrest a fascist is the same state that will come down on us for defending ourselves. The movement will be better off if we see the police not as our heroes but instead for what they really are: enforcers and agents of white supremacy, and therefore, enemies. Indeed, Kyle Chapman was arrested as counter-demonstrators cheered on police, but he has since been released with no charges.

Kyle Sean Chapman aka “Based Stick Man”

Twitter: https://twitter.com/helpkylechapman

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kyle.chapman.543792

“This whole experience is a little overwhelming. The out pouring of support has nearly brought me to tears. I do not consider myself a hero. I’m a patriot that loves freedom and my fellow countrymen. I have long embraced my inner warrior as many of the warrior patriots that fought along side me. I could not of done it without them. The decadence of the west has made us soft. we must reverse this if our Republic is to survive. Let 3.4.17 be the beginning of a new revolution.”

 

-Kyle Chapman, March 7th on Facebook

Chapman attacking protesters with pepper spray.

Chapman attacking protesters with pepper spray.

Kyle Sean Chapman (11/12/1975), also known as the “Alt-Knight” or “Based Stick Man” by his fans, is the far-Right Trump supporter that has been celebrated by Alt-Right Nazis and Trump supporters alike for violently attacking anti-fascist protesters at the March 4 Trump rally in Berkeley.

A photo album from Chapman's profile showing bullets being dipped in bacon oil to kill Muslims.

A photo album from Chapman’s Facebook profile depicting bullets being dipped in bacon oil to kill Muslims.

Chapman attended the rally ready and looking for a fight based on the weapons and protective gear he carried, including a dagger, folding knife, long stick, spiked ring, shield, and pepper spray. He can be seen in various videos instigating violence against anti-fascist protesters. This included an assault captured in a widely circulated video showing Chapman hitting a protester in the head with such force that it broke off part of his stick. He also supplied weapons to other fascist protesters including pepper spray which was also used against protesters and is believed to have caused the friendly fire amongst pro-Trump protesters- including the old man in the widely circulated image suffering from pepper spray.

Chapman with a spiked ring and pepper spray standing next to Quillinan

Chapman with a spiked ring and pepper spray standing next to Quillinan

Soon after Chapman’s arrest, anti-fascist researchers uncovered a wealth of information on him. This includes his extensive criminal history which features convictions for felonies in Texas and California for charges including robbery, grand theft, and the purchase and possession of a shotgun and SKS military caliber rifle from an illegal arms dealer. Despite the Right championing so-called law and order and espousing tough-on-crime rhetoric, support for Chapman has been almost universal amongst pro-Trump and fascists activists alike.

Chapman seen armed with a dagger and folding knife

Chapman seen armed with a dagger and folding knife

Chapman would have been cast as a “thug” and career criminal had he been an anti-fascist protester, but all that is ignored in favor of the manipulative patriot narrative currently being put forward by those camps. It’s important to understand that the relationship of fascists and the right-wing to the rule law is highly utilitarian and superficial, and one that can and will be ignored to create the spectacles of violence and the authority needed for furthering their revolutionary fascist politics.

Champman with his partner Hang "Haley" Ly, and their son.

Champman with his partner Hang “Haley” Ly, and their son.

Chapman is strongly supported by his partner and the mother of his child Hang “Haley” Ly (38) who works as a senior paralegal for Uber in San Francisco. He, Ly, and their son live in a single family house in Daly City, south of San Francisco. Interestingly, screenshots showing Chapman’s activity on Tinder have also surfaced, and reveal that Chapman has been trying to meet and date women on Tinder as recently as late February. This is very revealing of his character if he is indeed in a monogamous relationship with his partner.

Chapman trying to connect with people on Tinder as recently as February 2017

Chapman lying about his age and trying to connect with people on Tinder as recently as February 2017

Chapman’s social media is also rife with support for white supremacist and right-wing pages and causes. This runs the range from many pages associated with the Alt-Right, to Ron Paul and libertarian pages, to more traditional neo-Nazis groups like the Soldiers of Odin. Chapman’s favorite books, as listed on Facebook, are: “March of the Titans: A History of the White Race,” which prominently features Hitler and the Third Reich. His interest in movies also includes conspiracy theory films about 9/11 and climate change.

Chapman’s Facebook profile even has a gallery of images showing rifle and revolver caliber cartridges being dipped in bacon fat for the purpose of shooting Muslims. This common racist practice is supposed to prevent Muslims from entering heaven if killed with the pork tainted bullets, and betrays a complete lack of understanding about Islam. This gallery, which was uploaded 8 months ago according to the Facebook time stamp, includes Chapman as a member. These posts were made at a time when Chapman was still under court supervision for his illegal weapons convictions, and according to US code 18 § 922(g) & (n) would have received a 15 year mandatory minimum sentence if Chapman had been apprehended for possessing ammunition as someone with at least 3 prior felony convictions.

Court documents showing Chapman's conviction on weapons charges

Court documents showing Chapman’s conviction on weapons charges

Chapman’s political views, which like many of the other far-Right Trump supporters that organized and came out to the March 4th rally, seems to be an active mix of far-Right Libertarianism, Alt-Right Pepe memes, and hardcore fascist Neo-Nazism. Since these realities have come to light, those on the Right have pushed back to say that Chapman’s relationship with an Asian woman means that he “can’t be a white supremacist.” Many white men within the white nationalist movement have had or currently do have relationships with non-White women, so this reality is nothing new.

What is clear is that Chapman is a member of the far-Right and is open to neo-Nazi and white nationalist ideas, is willing to violently act upon them, and sees these groups as potential comrades in a struggle against social movements, communities of color struggling for liberation, the working-class actively organizing against capital, and anarchists and antifascists pushing back against the far-Right.

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Chapman’s favorite book, “March of the Titans: A History of the White Race,” features Adolf Hitler.

A sampling of Chapman's Facebook likes which includes violent neo-Nazi street gang Soldiers of Odin

A sampling of Chapman’s Facebook likes which includes violent neo-Nazi street gang Soldiers of Odin

Chapman’s views also totally contradict comments made by Richard Black, the key organizer for March 4th, who stated that members of the Alt-Right or open white nationalists and neo-Nazis were not welcome at the Berkeley rally.

Also, while Chapman was initially charged with up to 6 felonies, including assault with a deadly weapon, he was bailed out with the help of the crowdfunding efforts of Alt-Right (most notably WeSearcher, an Alt-Right platform run by Chuck C. Johnson), pro-Trump internet activists, and those involved in calling the rally like Rich Black. As of this writing, it appears that charges have not been filed against him, but the situation remains under investigation by Berkeley PD. We have also heard that Trump supporters are actively working with the police to ID antifascists.

chapman_arrestedThose resisting fascism cannot rely on the State and police to hold violent fascists like Chapman accountable. Right-wing violence is not seen as threat by the establishment because it strengthens the currently existing relationships of power and domination that the police and State are tasked with violently protecting. Anti-fascists must act from the position that regards violent fascists like Chapman as part of auxiliary and vigilante forces tasked with deepening and expanding the domination of white supremacy and other existing systems of oppression.

Furthermore, it should be noted that the popularity of the #basedstickman meme shows the desire by many on the fringe of the Alt-Right, notably in the ‘Deplorable’ subculture of Trump supporters, to actively fight and attack Left and antifascist protesters and do so in concert with open white nationalists and the Alt-Right.

Moshe Daniel Quillinan aka “Kilt Man”

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/moses.nowoprucki

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008140724858

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Danarchy88

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLU4BZ_toFT3hHd459IviCQ

15039683_1154239637990566_7216220623380936868_o Image posted to Facebook November 9, 2016 near Delray Beach, FL. Quillinan’s shirt features a picture of fascist Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, dropping dissidents to their deaths from a helicopter. The same meme is popular among the Alt-Right.

6From Daniel’s Facebook, reads: “He’s alive and well, folks. Hail Kyle Chapman, the #BasedStickMan!”

Moshe Daniel Quillinan, usually preferring to go by just “Daniel,” grew up in the East Bay where his parents sold art and furniture. Daniel and his brother John opened Q & Q Estate Jewelry together in 2012, located at 1751 Solano Avenue in Berkeley, with Daniel focusing on fine silver. This location has since closed, but some of their business pages are still available online. In 2016, Daniel’s brother John, along with his wife Caroline, opened a new store location in Texas, now just called “Quillinan.”

Q&QEstateQ & Q Estate Jewelry in Berkeley

Daniel makes his political viewpoints well-known on all of his social media accounts. His YouTube subscriptions include Richard Spencer and company’s new Alt-Right project, Milo Yiannopoulos, and a bunch of libertarian channels. On Twitter, Daniel’s activity is limited mostly to retweets. He follows Alex Jones, Marine Le Pen, Gavin McInnes, and The Proud Boys along with several Alt-Right personalities and Pepe meme pages. Like Richard Black and Kyle Chapman, he seems to believe in a strange mix of Libertarian, white nationalist and fascist ideas, and aligns with the Alt-Right. Below is a sample of Daniel’s Twitter posts.

hepamrenpgDaniel tweets about Alt-Right conspiracy theory “pizza gate” and retweets white nationalist accounts and content

Daniel is much more active on Facebook. He often posts photos while he is out and about in Berkeley, sharing evidence that he is tearing down flyers that express Left politics, and providing pseudo-intellectual commentary on the state of the city. On Facebook, Daniel is a member of Berkeley College Republicans and several libertarian and Alt-Right group pages. He also follows a number of Libertarian and Islamophobic Facebook pages.

groupslikes1likes2likes3Several posts on Daniel’s Facebook pages make references to owning or wanting to own various weapons, from knives to guns. He recorded live video and posted to social media during the successful demonstration that shut down Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley on February 1, 2017, which Daniel brought weapons to. Facebook videos include Daniel revealing that he attempted to physically engage protesters until he got scared and had to “run for his life” that night. A number of Facebook posts by Daniel repeatedly call for violence on “Leftists.” Below is a sample of Daniel’s Facebook posts. Note: these are only some of Daniel’s more recent posts. He spends a lot of time on Facebook, and therefore there is a lot of activity to go through.

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Daniel makes it clear that he thinks that a fascist government will have to be put into place first as a way of defeating the Left and defending white supremacy.

A week before Daniel was sent home with staples in his head on March 4, he was spotted walking a dog somewhere on Addison St between San Pablo Ave and Fourth St in Berkeley. His posts on Facebook confirm this and indicate that he may be in the Fourth St area regularly, perhaps to walk his dog. He is also a frequent attendee at Berkeley College Republicans meetings on the UC campus.

addisonDaniel thinks this mural is Bolshevik propaganda, but he wouldn’t know good art if it kicked him in the head. Mural is found on a Mexican marketplace near University and San Pablo in Berkeley.

antitrump2antitrumpA Daily Cal reporter documents an anti-Trump protest on the UC Berkeley campus 2/17/17, with Daniel in opposition (in kilt with walking stick) accompanied by two members of the Berkeley College Republicans.

copbcrDaniel outside of a Berkeley College Republicans meeting. BCR has well documented links to Neo-Nazi groups like Identity Evropa.

Daniel showed up to the park on March 4th with a red motorcycle helmet, a shield, and various other objects that he undoubtedly intended to hurt people with. Facebook comments imply Daniel was networking with Richard Black, the organizer of the Berkeley Trump rally, in the weeks leading up to the event. Additionally, the shield Daniel was using had the same design as Chapman’s, further suggesting some degree of coordination between Quillinan, Black, and Chapman. Video evidence documents Daniel assaulting people on March 4th, his aggression making him stick out very clearly in the crowd. By the end of the day, he had to make a trip to the hospital for a number of injuries that he suffered. His brother John (going by “Jack” on Facebook), with whom Daniel used to run a business in Berkeley, has been thoroughly unimpressed with Daniel’s actions, referring to him as an idiot.

dqm4dqheaddqeaf3f2 f1Caution: Daniel Quillinan appears to be a rather unstable and dangerous person. His social media profiles show his extreme far-Right politics coupled with desires to hurt or kill others (especially political opponents). He definitely owns knives and may have other weapons. We have seen Daniel at least twice now at political events with weapons looking for a fight.

Lastly, like many others that came out to the March 4 Trump event, Quillinan’s ideas are a weird meld of extreme libertarianism and “anarcho”-capitalism, along with everything from Men’s Rights Activism and Red Pill NeoReaction to straight up white supremacist ideas. The below meme spells out this merger between fascist and nationalist uber-capitalist ideology and white supremacist thought, as Quillinan shows his belief that it is superior to that of traditional fascist neo-Nazis. While a lot of this may boil down to mere semantics to many, the point is that Quillinan is politically committed to defending white supremacy, racism, nationalism, and patriarchy, although with the window dressings of anti-Statism and freedom.

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Meme shared by Quillinan

Richard Black aka “The Leader”

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/boldandproper/

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100015275764915

Twitter: https://twitter.com/boldandproper

Email: xrichblack@icloud.com

Richard Black, who lives in southern California, is the organizer of the March 4th event in Berkeley. While Richard was organizing for March 4th, antifascists observed that he had deleted Anthime Gionet, aka Baked Alaska, from his follows on Twitter. This appears to be relevant to Richard’s attempt to confirm Mike Cernovich as a speaker on March 4th. Cernovich banned Gionet from his 2017 inauguration party in Washington DC, which he called the “Deplora-ball,” due to Gionet’s anti-Semitic tweets. Ever since the nazi salutes seen at the National Policy Institute conference in November 2016, Cernovich has attempted to distance himself from what he sees as some of the more extreme elements of the Alt-Right. Presumably, Richard Black wasn’t going to get Cernovich to attend if he maintained a public association with Baked Alaska. In the end, Cernovich, along with Black’s other invite Milo Yiannopoulos, wanted nothing to do with him or Berkeley.

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Things went similarly between Richard Black and Gavin McInnes, who started the self-described “western chauvinists” group the Proud Boys. Richard had invited Gavin McInnes to speak at the event, and had even listed the Proud Boys as featured guests on the original March 4th flyer. After Richard was supposedly denied membership into the Bay Area chapter, Gavin McInnes tweeted to Richard Black accusing that he had “put the cart before the horse,” and informing him that McInnes and the Proud Boys would not attend. These divisions have lasted on beyond March 4th, as seen in some public social media interactions between Richard and various other individuals. For example:

rbpbTweets addressed to Richard Black from a member of Proud Boys.

Richard’s March 4th event ended up with no speakers other than himself. And, despite his public distancing from the Alt-Right, he is currently using the Alt-right website Wesearchr to fundraise for future organizing efforts in the hopes that he can quit his job and become a full-time political organizer. Ironic, given the unfounded right-wing conspiracy that the Left is full of professional paid protesters and the fact that Black is an “anarcho”-capitalist but is hoping that mutual aid from fascists will allow him to stop being a wage slave. This has led some in his own political networks to question his integrity and motives for organizing these rallies.

Richard Black’s goals and priorities couldn’t be any more clear. He seems to be motivated by a desire for fame and attention, and cares very little for the people he is calling on to help him get it. Richard abandoned his friends and headed right back to southern California once he realized he was in over his head. Back at home, Richard fielded interviews and collected donations, none of which were shared with any of the arrested or injured on his side, and there were many. Everyone else was left on their own, except for Kyle Chapman, whose donation pages Richard shared in hopes of bailing Chapman out of jail as soon as possible. It’s not surprising that Richard would put the effort into fundraising for Chapman and maintaining a link to him, as “Based Stick Man” has received for more fame and attention in a matter of days than Black has been able to garner in months.

C6Il6FZU4AETn--Richard Black with Eddy Brock on March 4, 2017

Eric Zarahn aka “Maced Piss Man”

Eric David Zarahn (47) is the tall Trump supporter seen in the widely circulated and thoroughly meme’d images with a bloody face and urine soaked pants. Despite the media casting Zarahn as a victim of BPD “standing down,” video and images from March 4th and earlier events from around the Bay Area reveal him to be a violent racist seeking confrontations and initiating fights.

zarahn_pissOn March 4th, Zarahn was seen aggressively interacting with anti-fascist protesters early on, to the point he began shoving people. This is when he was initially pepper sprayed, and had to be treated by fellow right-wing protesters. Not content with that alone, Zarahn decided to get back into the fray, this time with his face masked up with a white t-shirt.

Zarahn masked up with a t-shirt

Zarahn masked up with a t-shirt

As tensions continued to mount and further clashes broke out, Zarahn was seen violently attacking anti-fascist protesters, and at one point, even placing one in a headlock and attempting to choke them. This was met with a swift response from anti-fascists who freed the individual, and in the process, left him with a bloody face and urine running down the front of his pants. Zarahn was later seen indignantly crying to the media and police, and bemoaning his fraudulent victimhood which the media has been all too eager to uncritically repeat at face value.

zarahn_crying_to_copThis isn’t the first time Zarahn has been spotted engaging in violent behavior and seeking out a fight. On June 2nd, 2016, at the ill fated Trump campaign rally in San Jose which saw anti-racist protesters violently clashing with Trump supporters, Zarahn was seen in running around in a fighting stance and trying to attack groups of youth of color. In 2014, he participated a racist rally meant to intimidate and bully Mexican youth at a Morgan Hill high school into not celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

Another fight that Zarahn lost. (San Jose, 6/2/2016)

Another fight that Zarahn lost. (San Jose, 6/2/2016)

A look into Zarahn’s social media and internet presence paints a picture of someone ideologically transitioning from more conventional patriotic and pro-America forms of thinly veiled and socially acceptable racism to a more overt conspiracy-oriented and Alt-Right white nationalist worldview. Zarahn’s Youtube account subscriptions include Red Ice TV, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Stefan Molyneux. He also started a petition that called for the death penalty for anyone engaged in “jihad,” and has many Amazon reviews on Islamophobic and other conspiracy material on Islam.

Zarahn's Youtube account subcriptions

Zarahn’s Youtube account subscriptions. Includes a variety of Alt-Right and far-Right staples like Alex Jones and Stefan Molyneux, along with neo-Nazi fare such as Millennial Woes and Red Ice TV.

Despite Zarahn’s inclination towards conspiracies, he holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from University of Pennsylvania, and at one time taught at Colombia University. He also engaged in pro-Israel and Islamophobic activism using his position at the university. Zarah has also worked for tech companies such as Microsoft, and currently lives in west San Jose.

Zarahn at the ant-Cinco de Mayo rally bullying Mexican high school students in 2014

Zarahn at the ant-Cinco de Mayo rally bullying Mexican high school students in 2014

It’s worth noting the fact that like Zarahn, a large number of fascist and white supremacist activists in the contemporary moment are from educated and affluent middle class and professional backgrounds in “STEM” and other highly paid fields. Counter to the continually perpetuated images of the uneducated working-class neo-Nazi skinhead or robed KKK member as the typical present day racists, some of the most fervent and vocal racists of today are software developers and engineers in technology fields which are continually celebrated as ushering in a more progressive, egalitarian, and interconnected world through tech. A standout example of this was when Mike Enoch of The Right Stuff network of white supremacist podcasts was exposed as Mike Peinovich, a software developer. While a deeper analysis is beyond the scope of this piece, beneath the seemingly crisp, transparent, and immaculately designed user interfaces of Silicon Valley’s “disruptive” tech innovations lie the coercive and surveilling systems of profit extraction conceived, developed and tested by the likes of Eric Zarahn.

Travis Kenney and Mikey Kingshill

Travis Kenney and Mikey Kingshill are two members of the Oakland band Hammerlock. They were present together at the rally, and were seen aggressively engaging anti-fascist protesters. Shortly after Rich Black and others directed the pro-Trump crowd to march, Kenney is seen in livestream footage sucker punching an anti-fascist protester and repeatedly punching them in the head.

Travis Kenney sucker punching a protester

Travis Kenney sucker punching a protester

While this was happening, Kingshill also tried to assault the person being attacked by Kenney, and was pepper sprayed and knocked to ground multiple times by others in the crowd. After a protracted fight, Kenney, Kinghills, and Kingshill’s wife were sent packing from the rally. Kenney is current being sought by Berkeley Police for possible charges stemming from the rally.

Kenney (left) and Kingshill before shortly before sucker punching the protester

Kenney (left) and Kingshill before shortly before sucker punching the protester

Hammerlock as a band has been around since the mid-nineties, and their sound has been described as “fusing alternative metal, Southern rock, and punk” by people attempting to sell their records. The band’s image is strongly fused with confederate symbolism and other overt Nazi symbols such as the Iron Cross, which is seen both on their official materials and worn by Elizabeth Kenney, the other member of the band. Kenney and his wife live in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland.

Official Hammerlock logo featuring Nazi Iron Crosses

Official Hammerlock logo featuring Nazi Iron Crosses

Libertarians Starting to Organize, Making Inroads Into the Alt-Right

White nationalist and Alt-Right groups such as Identity Evropa seem to lack the capacity to step up as leaders in this current round of clashes, and it appears that various libertarian and “anarcho”-capitalist groups are trying to move in and fill the void. On March 14th, Cal Libertarians and Students for Liberty hosted an event at UC Berkeley that they called “Milo, Trump, & the Assault on Free Speech” featuring Tom Palmer of Atlas Network. View the video here. Most students didn’t even know these groups existed locally before this event. Organizers paid to have the Facebook event as a sponsored ad in an attempt to reach a wide audience. Despite this, the number of attendees on the Facebook event that committed to go were dismal, peaking at 56, which included Kyle Chapman and Daniel Qullinan.

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A image from “Shawn,” who attended the event. Shows both the popularity of “Based Stick Man” among Alt-Right libertarians as well as their participation in the recent Berkeley event.

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Neo-fascist and former Libertarian Party candidate Augustus Invictus was invited to the Berkeley event. Augustus has a long history of working with and affiliating with neo-Nazi and white nationalist groups.

Because these politics have been dominant in the recent confrontations between the far-right and the left in Berkeley, these groups and individuals should be monitored by antifascists going forward, as they might be positioning themselves as the vanguard of this local alt-right movement.mtfs17352305_394791447547427_7494144908445015067_n 17309547_394791440880761_4402824212025933354_nThe Alt-Right Returns to Berkeley, April 15th

On Saturday, April 15th, the Alt-Right under the leadership of Richard Black is coming back to Berkeley. The location of the rally is not being openly discussed, however it seems that the group will return to the same park, right next to the police station. It also appears that Richard Black will attempt to secure a permit (aka police protection) for the day in the park, and is attempting to fundraise up to $10,000 for the rally.

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Ryan Barker, a young neo-Nazi skinhead that’s excited to attend Richard Black’s next rally on April 15th in Berkeley and has RSVPed on Facebook.

What is clear is that a wide variety of Trump supporters, ancaps, 3%er militia members, and Neo-Nazis are all coming out to the rally on April 15th. Just looking through the guest list, we found Neo-Nazi skinheads in southern and northern California, people connected to the Alt-Right neo-Nazi group Identity Evropa, as well as ancap provocateurs such as Eddy Brock, who attempted to start fights on February 1st. This is just a small smattering of the people and groups that are coming out of the woodwork and who will be attending the April 15th action.

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Aaron Eason, a fan of the neo-Nazi group Identity Evropa and various Alt-Right organizations. Another individual interested in attending Richard Black’s April 25th rally.

It is clear is that the events in Berkeley really have little to do with free speech and probably even less to do with Trump. While Trump may present the potential for unity in the extreme Right, the real goal of those coming out to these demonstrations is to attack the Left, anarchists, and antifascists. In allowing them to rally and organize, we only give them more confidence and allow more chances for them to hurt, injure, or potentially kill us.

It’s time to sweep the scum off the streets. Kilts, sticks, and piss.

Support Our Comrades

Support Berkeley Anti-Racists

Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism Conference 3/11 & 12th in Bay Area!

Northern California Anti Racist Action (NoCARA) is pleased to announce and invite revolutionaries far and wide to attend and participate in the upcoming ROAR (Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism) CONFERENCE 2017!
MARCH 11th (OAK) + 12th (SF) 2017
website: roarconference.net
contact: nocara@riseup.netsignal-2017-01-10-114307

ROAR is a two day conference organized by NoCARA, focused on revolutionary anti-racism, solidarity, and strategy, rooted in the legacy of anti-colonial, anti-fascist, anti-imperialist, feminist, and queer movements and fighters who have come before us. ROAR will be a space to gather, build, and learn from each other’s struggles and continue to build an anti-racist front in the Bay Area and beyond.

The event will be held on both side sides of the Bay Area. Day one will be at the Omni Commons in Oakland. Day two will be held in San Francisco at the California Institute for Integral Studies.

We are accepting proposals from speakers, panelists, lecturers that can cover the following themes and topics at ROAR conference:

​Black Liberation/Black Power
Indigenous Struggles
Police Brutality
Community self-defense
Political Prisoners ​
Undocumented + Immigrant struggles
Muslim struggles
Black + Brown unity
Anti-Patriarchy, Transphobia + Homophobia
​​Anti-Racism for White people
​History Lessons from Movements past

***Presenters of color and gender non-conforming folks are encouraged to apply and will be prioritized***

How to Submit
Answer ALL the questions below and send them to nocara@riseup.net by FEB. 6th, 2017 midnight. Subject of email should read: ROAR Proposal, YOUR NAME, YOUR TOPIC.

1. Contact Person Name
2. Email
3. Website
4. Phone Number
5. Session Name
6. Session Format (panel, workshop,film, etc.)
7. Session Presenters
8. Technical Needs
9. Session Description
10. What are the goals of your session, and how does it fit into the conference?
11. Additional Info.
12. How did you hear about this conference?

The deadline for submissions is February 6, 2017!

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The Kids are Alt-Right: The UC Berkeley College Republicans

The Berkeley College Republicans (BCR) have invited Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at UC Berkeley [1] as a stop on his so-called “Dangerous Faggot Tour” on February 1st, 2017. Milo has gained a fair amount of infamy in recent years, currently has a lucrative book deal, and writes for the far-Right online publication Breitbart, whose former editor, Steve Bannon, is now currently Trump’s top advisor. Bannon has said that Breitbart is a “platform for the Alt-Right,” which is a collection of far-Right, white nationalist, Men’s Rights Activists, anti-immigration and anti-Muslim activists, and Neo-Nazis. While Bannon distances himself from some of the Alt-Right, his appointment has still been celebrated by fascists all over the US.

As for Milo, no other person has been more credited for mainstreaming the Alt-Right as himself. Milo first rose to prominence during ‘Gamergate,’ where women in the video game industry were harassed for speaking out about their second class status in the industry, which included threats of rape and sexual assault. Milo’s positive coverage of Gamergate (which won him the eye of the Alt-Right) and his attacks on feminism propelled him into his position at Breitbart, where he would go on to pen a positive expose on the Alt-Right, regarded as one of the major crossover points for the movement.

Milo’s connections to the Alt-Right continued. During the RNC convention in 2016, at Milo’s ‘Gays for Trump‘ event, along with hosting anti-Muslim speakers such as Pamela Geller, who called for banning the Quran and Muslims from “jihad countries,” was also well known Men’s Rights Activists and white nationalists. This included Roosh V, (also a speaker at white nationalist conferences), who called for the legalization of rape on private property, as well as Richard Spencer, the white supremacist who organized a recent DC conference that ended in Nazi salutes of “Hail Trump!”

While Milo rejects the full on Neo-Nazism of some of the Alt-Right, he still is partial to the politics which seek to re-affirm white supremacy and patriarchy and is opposed to what he see as the encroaching nature of ‘political correctness’ in the media and wider culture. Moreover, Milo is also useful to the far-Right because as an openly gay man and a hip dresser, he is seen as someone who can make reactionary and racist ideas more palatable to young people.

But just as Milo is helping to mainstream the Alt-Right in the media and the wider culture, so are groups like BCR in the field of political activism. In the current Trump climate, they are also helping to bridge the gap between white nationalists in the Alt-Right and more mainstream Trump supporters. This is a reality that has been building for months and is growing across the country, as it was just released that in Seattle, the leader of the college Republicans at UW has connections to white nationalists. Going back to May of 2016, when Identity Evropa along with Richard Spencer came to UC Berkeley to hold an event, the leader of BCR, at the time, was in attendance, talking with IE and NPI members. This crossover link between Trump supporters on campus and white supremacists groups like IE has only grown since, with the leader of IE, Nathan Damigo, stating that they are working more closely with college Republican groups in an attempt to grow their base of support. [2]

Taking on the Trump regime, the white nationalist groups which are acting as an auxiliary force to support it, and media figureheads like Milo who are attempting to popularize these positions among young people, now also means taking on the more ‘mainstream’ political organizations which are becoming more tied together with the fringe. In some cases, the are all bleeding together to the point of being the same entity.

In that spirit, this article is aimed at informing the university and greater Berkeley and Bay Area community about the white supremacist and fascist students using the guise of “free speech” to encourage hate and violence against those already marginalized and oppressed. As we will show, the line between white nationalists and run of the mill Republican student activists in Berkeley is blurring, and it is up to those opposed to white supremacy and patriarchy to take note, and to take action.

Berkeley College Republicans and the Alt-Right

In December, a call-in campaign was started urging anti-fascists and allies to contact the university and demand that the administration not open their doors to Yiannopoulos. Since then, we’ve learned that BCR will have to put up $10,000 to fund the security that the school deems necessary for such an event to continue as planned. At this point, it’s unclear whether the club will be able to find the money or not. This also isn’t the first time a university has asked for an extra security fee from students inviting Milo to their schools, and while some clubs haven’t been able to pay and thus had to cancel the talk, others have succeeded. In fact, we know of at least one instance at DePaul University where Breitbart paid the cost themselves in order to have Yiannopoulos speak.

Will the Berkeley College Republicans be able to find the money to continue their event? How will they raise $10,000, and from who? And exactly who are these students that have invited Yiannopoulos to Berkeley to speak in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union building, which houses the Pauley Ballroom?

Let’s find out.

Nick Winterer

Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/enndubyu

We first became aware of Nick when he made Facebook comments in fall 2016 that included veiled threats of violence against people concerned about homophobic messages appearing on and around the UC Berkeley campus. Unfortunately, we were unable to get screenshots of Nick’s comments at the time, and a moderator of the Facebook group it was posted to has since deleted the thread. On the other hand, we were able to get this photo that Nick uploaded to his Facebook profile, which he has also deleted or made private by now, perhaps realizing that making your ID a public photo on social media is not a good idea.

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Nick showed up to Sproul Plaza on May 6, 2016 for Identity Evropa’s coming out rally at UC Berkeley featuring well-known fascists Nathan Damigo (who runs IE) and Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute. The rally saw a handful of other Identity Evropa members and neo-nazi supporters show up as well.

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Some people pictured at the “rally” did in fact have nothing to do with it. Some were simply curious about what was going on as they were walking through the plaza. However, if you were there, it was clear who was on the Alt-Right team. In the above photo, you can see Nick standing behind Nathan Damigo of IE and next to John Hess, a neo-nazi who came all the way to UC Berkeley from Arizona for this event. Nick’s congregating with white supremacist leaders and “activists” at their rally coupled with his threats of violence supporting homophobic messages around campus leaves us feeling certain he didn’t show up to that rally on accident.

Richard Spencer advertised the event online only 48 hours in advance because the fascists feared that giving too much notice to antifa would ruin their fun. Spencer would later become well-known to many more people after the Atlantic leaked a video from NPI’s post-election conference featuring supporters giving the nazi salute at the end of Spencer’s closing speech.

According to Nick’s Facebook profile, he appears to have graduated from the university in 2016 but still lives in Berkeley. Nick’s profile also indicates he is friends with members of BCR, including Alexandra Tran, a member of another group, Cal Libertarians who is one of the people “hosting” Milo event page on Facebook along with BCR club president Jose Diaz. The homophobic messages seen around Berkeley written in chalk [3], and now sometimes spraypaint as of January 2017, that Nick defended with threats of violence are an example of how messages and ideas like this aren’t just words.

Matt Ronnau

Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/matt.ronnau

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mr_breitbartMatt, another UC Berkeley student and member of BCR, can be seen in a video featured in this Breitbart News article published in October 2016. Together, the video and article try to reframe the narrative of a day of protest on campus in attempt to confirm and validate the false assertion of white victimhood widespread in Alt-Right circles, which is then used to justify the violent white supremacist and fascist backlash they wish to unleash. Following the publication of the Breitbart piece and a wave of white anger directed at the school, a UC Berkeley student wrote this article debunking the white victim narrative that was being spread by the far right.

Jack Palkovic

Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/jack.palkovic

Email: jackpalkovic@berkeley.edu

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Jack is a member of BCR and studies European History at UC Berkeley. A quick look at his social media provides a clear indication of his far-right politics. Jack gained some notoriety when Breitbart published an article that featured a video he filmed while arguing with anti-Trump students on campus. Viewers can hear Jack whining in the video about his politics not being tolerated. BCR’s cardboard cutout of Trump was destroyed, and Jack allegedly got punched in the face following that incident. Reportedly, his phone was also snatched and he snitched to the police, later making the following statement to the media: “This is the result of the total hegemonic control by the Left and their visceral hatred and disdain for the traditional American nation-state and self righteous disgust that anyone would dissent from this or hold to an opinion that is contrary to theirs.”

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At one point, his Facebook intro read “‘Racist’ is an anti-white racial slur. Men and women are different. People are not equal. #Trump2016.” He follows Alt-Right podcasts such as Right On Radio and The Weekly Narrative.

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Jack, along with other members of BCR such as Angelo Valle, showed up to an anti-Trump demonstration in Berkeley following the election in November with hopes of documenting and harassing demonstrators. They failed.

Angelo Valle

Social media: https://www.facebook.com/angelo.valle.96

https://www.facebook.com/anarchocapitalist.pepe

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Angelo changed the Facebook URL of his “anonymous” pepe account above while we were researching for this article. The original URL contained his real name, making it obvious it was him. We actually found the pepe account first and then were able to find his personal account through his poor choice of shortcut URL.

Unlike the other members of BCR, Angelo is a student at Berkeley City College, a community college located a very short walk away from the UC Berkeley campus. Again, looking at his social media shows you the kind of world Angelo wishes to live in. He likes and shares memes from pages such as Fash the Nation, The Daily Stormer, Europe Rising, and so on. Angelo has expressed interest in ethno-nationalism and has been considering applying to join Identity Evropa.

This is where Angelo works:
Mom Chairs and Table Rental
2390 Mission St Ste 106
San Francisco, California
(415) 756-3971
www.momchairs.com/

Claire Ciara

Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/clairechiara

https://www.facebook.com/chiaraforassembly/

https://twitter.com/claireachiara

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Claire is Executive Vice President of BCR studying Political Science and Economics at Cal. You may already know of her as the youngest delegate at the GOP’s 2016 convention where she supported Trump or from her failed run for California State Assembly in the 2016 elections. Going forward, we’ll all know her as Vice President of a college Republican club incubating a growing fascist movement under the Trump regime.

UC Berkeley’s Response

The university, through spokesman Dan Mogulof, has tried to stay out of this issue as much as it possibly can. While citing an obligation to uphold free speech and ensuring that the administration can’t and won’t withdraw the invitation to Yiannopoulos, Mogulof has also repeatedly claimed that the views we all anticipate to be expressed on February 1st won’t reflect the views of the university. Many have already pointed out Mogulof’s hypocrisy and inconsistency when it comes to free speech. Just last semester at UC Berkeley, a student-led course about Palestine was cancelled by the administration explicitly because of course content. Not once did Dan Mogulof tirelessly defend the free speech of these students as he is now for BCR and Milo Yiannopoulos. Also curious is the fact that Mogulof, the university, and those funding UC Berkeley would be concerned about this class on Palestine due to how the state of Israel may be depicted, and yet they are silent about the Neo-Nazis organizing and spreading white supremacist propaganda all over the campus and the city of Berkeley. To see a map of places where Identity Evropa material has appeared, go here.

To also boil down the issue to one of “free speech,” as if every group, organization, person, and idea has equal access at UC Berkeley is to believe that UC Berkeley is a neutral organization – which it is of course not. Since its creation, UC Berkeley has been a training ground for the technocrats of the future, helping to design weapons and train hedge fund managers. It has used its police to crush everything from anti-Apartheid demonstrators to those that sought to defend People’s Park. It is one of the biggest vehicles of displacement, development, and gentrification in Berkeley, and moreover exists by exploiting a vast pool of low-paid service workers (largely of color) and generates massive amounts of revenue through high tuition and student fees. If anything, Milo fits in perfectly with UC Berkeley, as they are both well dressed, highly connected, and well educated entities which serve the interests of elites.

While not every member of BCR seems to be directly connected with Alt-Right politics, at the same time, they are still involved in promoting a political party that holds the most reactionary, racist, and ecocidal platform in history. While the institutional Left of Berkeley and the wider bay area, which has a stranglehold on the region, deserves no free pass, nor do the Republicans, as one of the two managers of the plantation that is America. The white nationalists at its edges of this system are just the crystallization of the larger politics that has been mainstreamed under Trump; that white supremacy needs to be strengthened in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and other popular struggles from below.

BCR and similar college groups around the country help create ripe conditions for far-right politics to emerge and grow, and it is through groups like BCR that the Alt-Right and fascist groups plan to mainstream themselves. While some leaders in the Alt-Right scene such as Matthew Heimbach have started white student unions to organize white supremacist college students, these groups haven’t really been able to materialize. On the other hand, Nathan Damigo and other wannabe fascist dictators have advocated for an infiltration of college republican groups, waiting until they have a critical mass to come out as full-blown Neo-Nazis. This will start to get easier for them as the GOP is being transformed into the party of Trump. Milo’s planned visit on February 1st is just another opportunity for organizing and spreading these violent and oppressive politics. We should not allow the red hats of today to become a modern version of the brown shirts. Universities and college campuses should be seen as critical sites of contention between anti-racists/anti-fascists and the growing Alt-Right, and they must be defended as anti-fascist zones.

It’s up to all of us to realize that both the auxiliary force to the State of the white nationalist Alt-Right, it’s ‘hipster’ reactionary talking heads like Milo, and the ‘respectable’ Republican party they seek to influence and defend, are all our enemies. Let’s start treating them as such and organize accordingly.

Contact BCR Here! No Alt-Right Fascists on Campus!
http://www.berkeleycollegerepublicans.com
BerkeleyCRs@icloud.com
https://www.facebook.com/berkeleycollegerepublicans/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/BerkeleyGOP/
https://twitter.com/berkeleycrs
https://www.instagram.com/berkeleycollegerepublicans/

Notes:

[1] Show up to shut down BCR’s Milo event on February 1 here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1788928531432955/

[2] The person behind the “Straight Liberation Movement” in Berkeley is Nicholas Frabasilio, who assaulted an 11-year old boy in 2013.

[3] For more information on Nathan Damigo and his fascist group Identity Evropa, which recruits students at UC Berkeley and other colleges across the country, see previous posts at Northern California Anti-Racist Action (NoCARA).