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

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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).

Meet the Damigos: All American White Supremacy

damigo_flagNathan Damigo’s seemingly meteoric rise to media prominence with his white supremacist activism under the banner of Identity Evropa would not be possible without the emotional and material support of his family before and after his release from prison in 2014. Nathan currently lives with his family on a 5 acre compound in Oakdale, located in Stanislaus county, California. Residents include Nathan’s parents, Mike and Charilyn, as well as his grandparents Benjamin and Charlotte Haley. Nathan has lived at this compound since his release and during the entirety of his involvement in white supremacist activism. He leads the organization primarily out of the compound, and has registered the business entity of Identity Europa, Inc. at this address.

Yellow ribbons welcoming Nathan home after his release

Yellow ribbons welcoming Nathan to the Oakdale compound after his release

The Damigo family embodies the core values of the idyllic white American family: They are devout protestant Christians and many have proudly served in the military and law enforcement. While Nathan Damigo’s white supremacist activism is seen by many as the emergence of a new and aberrant phenomenon, Damigo’s ideology is very much within a continuation and evolution of his and his family’s relationship to the structural white supremacy that underpins every facet of American society. This relationship is one of at least several generations of his family earning a living in law enforcement and the military on the frontlines of dispensing the daily violence and murder necessary for maintaining and expanding the white supremacist capitalist system in the US and its global dominance.

Nathan in his USMC uniform

Nathan in his USMC uniform

While the Damigo family, especially his father, held high hopes for Nathan’s military career in the Marine Corps, his 2010 conviction and prison sentence for armed robbery shattered those dreams. Nathan served approximately a combined 5 years behind bars for armed robbery committed in 2007 against Changiz Ezzatyar, a taxi driver in the San Diego area. Nathan targeted him because he thought he “looked Iraqi” and placed a loaded pistol to his head.

During Nathan’s arrest, legal proceedings, and subsequent incarceration, his family, especially his mother Charilyn, devoted themselves to supporting and advocating for him. They began a very vocal and persistent campaign to excuse Nathan’s actions as the result of post-traumatic stress from combat in Iraq and to erase the victim of Nathan’s racist robbery and the harm inflicted against him. The recurring theme in all the family’s efforts is a sense of frustration at the denied entitlement to special treatment for Nathan and the idea that he should not have suffered the consequences for his action because of his service in the military. The family was able to attract the attention of many media outlets and sympathetic military and civilian officials, including the producers of the HBO film Wartorn. Nathan’s story was sympathetically featured in this film, and the Damigos were even invited to attend a screening of the film at the Pentagon.

Mike, Charilyn, and Josh Damigo attending a screening of Wartorn at the Pentagon

Mike, Charilyn, and Josh Damigo attending a screening of Wartorn at the Pentagon

Most of Nathan’s term was served in an Oklahoma prison where he was moved to due to overpopulation in the California prison system. There, he joined white supremacist prison gangs, and began reading authors like David Duke (a Neo-Nazi, anti-Semite, and former Grand Dragon within the KKK) whom he credits with this racial awakening. Now, prospective Identity Evropa members are encouraged to read the same books by Duke that Damigo did in prison, in the hopes that they too undergo a similar racist conversion. Despite joining up with white power prison groups, it appears that his sentence was mostly uneventful. He was even able to obtain an associate degree with the persistent support and interventions of his mother. Once released on parole, Nathan moved into the Oakdale compound.

Nathan being visited by the family

Nathan being visited by the family

Damigo’s father, Michael “Mike” Christopher Damigo (57) is a retired Santa Clara county sheriff’s deputy, former sergeant in the US Marine Corps, and graduate of the conservative Christian Bob Jones University. Mike is not Nathan’s biological father, and adopted him and his older brother, Joshua, when he married their mother and changed their last names from Lodge to Damigo. Nathan has four siblings: His older brother Josh, step-sisters Tiffany and Natalie, and younger brother Tice. The family mostly lived in San Jose, before moving to Oakdale.

Mike and Charilyn's wedding

Mike and Charilyn’s wedding

Based on his online writings, Mike took a lot of pride in Nathan’s enlistment and service in the Marines. He had been a prolific contributor to the newsletter of “Sgt. Grit,” a retailer of USMC branded merchandise where his writings mostly concerned Nathan and his deployment in Iraq. These writings which are full of nationalist, militaristic, and religious sentiments, and are very telling of his authoritarian and American exceptionalist mindset. In one of these dispatches, he advises those deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan to “do what you gotta do to come back home” and to “watch out for cameras and lawyers and GET SOME!” Mike’s writings noticeably ceased after the date of Nathan arrest, and the contrast makes his sense of disappointment in Nathan palpable.

An example of Mike's writing on the Sgt. Grit newsletter

An example of Mike’s writing in the Sgt. Grit newsletter

Mike also has over two decades of history with law enforcement and remains on the Santa Clara county payroll according to Transparent California, where prior to his retirement, his total pay and benefits regularly exceeded $150k annually. In 2010, he shot and killed an undocumented Mexican cannabis farmer in the eastern hills of Santa Clara county. Despite the farmer only being in possession of a pellet gun, the county district attorney cleared him and other officers involved of any wrongdoing. Mike retired in 2015 and receives a pension from the state.

Mike Damigo

Mike Damigo

Charilyn Damigo (53), Nathan’s mother, can be described as a helicopter parent with her very persistent and involved approach to supporting Nathan during and after his prison sentence. Chief among these efforts was maintaining a now deleted blog about Nathan’s time in prison where she solicited donations and other support. She directly helped Nathan with his course work (including the transcription of his homework over the phone and sending him an Xbox 360 video game console for watching course DVDs), and even helped him pick classes and determine prerequisites once he began enrolling at CSU Stanislaus. She also continued her advocacy for Nathan and was even able to get the dishonorable discharge status reversed for Nathan, so he could be eligible for VA benefits. She was also able to get the San Jose city hall to sponsor a screening of Wartorn with the then mayor Chuck Reed in attendance.

Charilyn and former San Jose mayor Chuck Reed

Charilyn and former San Jose mayor Chuck Reed

Earlier in Nathan’s life, he was enrolled in the private Liberty Baptist High School in San Jose. Charilyn worked there as a teacher and principal for a number of years. She has a long history of involvement with veterans support organizations. She is the Vice Chairman [sic] of FAVA: Family Alliance for Veterans of America and is the chapter President for Mid-Cal Blue Star Moms.

Nathan’s grandparents, Benjamin (78) and Charlotte Haley (76) are the owners of the compound the family lives on. Benjamin is also a former police sergeant who retired in 1993 and receives a pension of approximately $70k from the state. His son and Nathan’s uncle, Jerel Haley is the chief of police in Atascadero, CA (next to the affluent down to San Luis Obispo) whose total annual pay and benefits regularly exceed $200k. Benjamin has a limited liability corporation named Charben, registered to his address.

Ultimately, it’s clear that Nathan Damigo, as a felon would not be able to lead his organization were it not for the emotional and financial support provided by his family. While the media continues its seemingly compulsive need to give Nathan a platform and to create hype around his activism as something novel, as this writing has detailed, his white supremacist ideology is directly informed by that of his family, protestant religious values, social environment, and institutions he’s been involved with such as the military and law enforcement.

In a time of increasing emboldened activity from the grassroots white supremacist movement and its subset in the Alt-Right of which Nathan belongs, it’s important to broaden our understanding of white supremacy as a systemic and structural feature of the American political system that’s been inseparable from it since its inception. White supremacy is not just the vulgar and explicit calls for radical and genocidal racial stratification that the Alt-Right loosely advocates for, but a power and resource imbalance between those accepted into whiteness and those excluded from it that’s directly woven into the very fabric of how America functions.

The police and military are central to the preservation of white supremacy as they are tasked with violently imposing and protecting this social relationship. From its most significant origins as the the runaway slave patrols, the police has always primarily functioned to defend the property and interests of the wealthy and powerful through the application of violence, and this continues to be the central function of the institution to this day.

It is also ironic that much of Damigo’s life has been so severely impacted by institutions such as law enforcement, the prison industrial complex, and the military, that have also so deeply impacted communities of color. According to Damigo’s worldview now, non-whites genetically are inferior, are more prone to crime, are less intelligent, and Jews also conspire to destroy the “white race.” We wonder if Damigo felt this way about his fellow soldiers that were non-white, many whom joined up because unlike Damigo, they were not from upper-middle class families, but wanted money for college or to support their children. These people fought alongside him in Iraq and some surely died, as did the literally hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians which were killed as the war dragged on from it’s start in 2003, to say nothing of the literally millions that have died due to US sanctions and under Saddam while he was a US ally. What of the millions of people that were part of the massive and growing prison system that Nathan was a part of for several years? Was Nathan not supposed to be there, but they were? It’s clear that from viewing the support received by Nathan’s family, they would probably agree. Nathan was a “good” boy from a well off family that was negatively impacted by a war most now don’t support, and in turn, was arrested for a crime that Nathan now says African-Americans and others are genetically pre-determined to carry out.

Furthermore, the growing militant resistance to police violence, incarceration, and murder against black, brown, Native, other people of color, the poor, and mentally disabled, through movements such as Black Lives Matter and other struggles against forms of oppression such as capitalism, patriarchy, imperialism, environmental destruction, and the State have brought alarm to those like Nathan Damigo and his family. They view the privileges and special treatment once afforded to them as a benefit of their social position of whiteness and serving as its diligent armed protectors as eroding and under attack by this emerging militancy and the autonomous movements of oppressed people. In resisting white supremacy, we must go beyond just shutting down the Nathan Damigos of the world, but we must also confront the systemic and structural aspects of this social relationship in all facets of our lives.

Michigan Identity Evropa: Fraternity of Fascists

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Andrew Ferguson and Kilian Glish, 1st and 3rd from left. Two members of the fascist and white supremacist group, Identity Evropa, and former members of the DKE frat in Michigan. Shawn Mccaffrey is pictured 2nd from the front right, and is another Michigan resident.

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A building for DKE in Michigan. The fraternity included members who are part of Identity Evropa, some even serving in leadership positions.

This report focuses on Identity Evropa members and their alt-right network in Michigan, some of which are former members of the DKE fraternity. Delta Kappa Epsilon for centuries has been a prestigious frat for wealthy, bougie, and well connected spoiled brats, and boasts a total of 5 former members who have gone on to become POUS. For more information on Identity Evropa in general and their membership outside of Michigan, see our last report, Identity Evropa: Mapping the Alt-Right Cadre.

Andrew Ferguson (Royal Oak, Michigan)

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrew.ferguson.3939
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FergusonAndrew7
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-ferguson-b28b369b

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Andrew Ferguson is an IE member based out of Michigan. Ferguson is a MSU grad and was Vice President of the DKE frat (Delta Kappa Epsilon), which Kilian Glish (another IE member, see below) was also a member of, and served as Treasurer. Ferguson and Glish attended NPI’s November 2016 conference together.  Both are featured in the IE group photo from the conference with Ferguson on the far left and Glish standing next to him (with beard).

Ferguson might live at 2226 Baxter Ave Royal Oak, MI 48067

fergusonglishAndrew and Kilian showing a lot of concern for the working class white people that are fetching their drinks

fergusonglishfratAndrew Ferguson (left) and Kilian Glish (right) at a DKE gathering. Can you smell the bourgie?

Kilian Glish (Troy, Michigan)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kilian.glish
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KilianGlish
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kilianglish

Kilian Glish graduated from Michigan State University in 2014. During Glish’s time at the university he majored in economics, played on the rugby team, and even became the treasurer of Delta Kappa Epsilon. During his final summer ahead of his senior year, Glish studied abroad in Germany where he got to practice his German and immerse himself in the culture. Looks like he was about 70 years too late.

Surprisingly, Glish has a profile posted at The Professional Diversity Network, a network aimed at “Connecting Diverse Professionals to Employers That Value Diversity.” 

According to Glish’s Linkedin profile, he currently works for Collaborative Advantage Marketing located at 2021 Hazel St Birmingham, MI 48009.  The phone number is (248) 723-0793 and you can find their website here: http://www.camtrade.com.  More information on CAM can be found here: https://www.linkedin.com/company/3073495. If Collaborative Advantage Marketing is one of those employers that values diversity, they might like to know that a white supremacist is working for them.

Glish might live at 183 Hampshire Dr Troy, MI 48085

dkemsuDelta Kappa Epsilon MSU photo with a familiar symbol; the same logo as Identity Evropa. Appears to be some sort of pen.

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The official Identity Evropa symbol.

DKE frat that Ferguson and Glish were in:
https://www.facebook.com/DKEMSU/
https://twitter.com/dekes_msu
http://www.dke.org

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Ferguson and Glish with “Lion’s Cup” from DKE facebook page, 2012.

Shawn Mccaffrey aka Shawn Michael (Commerce Township, Michigan)

https://www.facebook.com/shawn.mccaffrey2
https://www.facebook.com/shawn.mccaffrey.12 (older FB account)
https://twitter.com/ShawnMichaelR
https://twitter.com/___shawny 
(set to private)

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Do you think Shawn realizes how dumb he actually looks in this picture, or it’s just all of us? 

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 Shawn just remembered that even if this whole Nazi thing doesn’t pan out, he’s still going to be a white rich kid with a lot of opportunities.

Shawn, 24, seems to be in the inner circle of the inner circle within Identity Evropa, and he has appeared at both the recent NPI Conference, the IE rally in San Francisco, and was seen in photos with William Clark, Damigo, and Chad Turner in joking discussing ‘retaking Constantinople.’

Voter records place someone with his name at: 8361 Dickert St Commerce Township, MI.

mccaffreyrockPhoto posted by Mccaffrey on Twitter following Trump’s election win in Georgia. Alt-Righters hit Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, and Kennesaw State University, where the rock was painted. Participants also put up posters promoting TRS (The Right Stuff), a white nationalist, and Neo-Nazi podcast network. Unclear as to if Shawn was there, but again, shows connections with broader white nationalist, Neo-Nazi, and Alt-Right network.

Evan Thomas (Royal Oak, Michigan)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/evan.thomas.7583
Twitter: https://twitter.com/evanthomas1985

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Nathan Damigo and Evan Thomas at Red Fox English Pub in Royal Oak, Michigan
July 22, 2016

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Evan Thomas centered his activity around organizing state-wide conferences from about 2006-2009, inviting speakers such as Jared Taylor to his events. His experience must have come in handy, as Nathan Damigo captioned the above photo of him and Thomas at the last NPI conference in November 2016 with “Identity Evropa volunteers coordinating the conference.” Thomas is active in the so-called identitarian movement and has done reporting on these movements in Europe.

Kyle Bristow (Commerce Township, Michigan)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KJBristow
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KyleBristow
Email: BristowLaw@gmail.com
Website: www.KyleBristow.com

Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas
http://www.freedomfront.org
P.O. Box 381164
Clinton Township, Michigan
(248) 838-9934

spencerandbristowRichard Spencer and Kyle Bristow

Also a graduate of MSU where he studied international relations, Kyle Bristow is now an attorney in Michigan and Ohio where he runs the Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas. Under the Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas, Bristow organizes alt-right conferences, defends alt-right activists, and seeks to reverse civil rights gains by revisiting Supreme Court judgements. Bristow defended Matthew Heimbach after he assaulted a black woman at a Trump rally in early 2016. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center:

“[R]epresenting Heimbach will be Kyle Bristow, a soft-spoken but viciously opinionated racist activist, a recently minted lawyer who entered the movement while an undergraduate at Michigan State University. Like Heimbach, Bristow in the last couple of years has become one of the white supremacist movement’s most visible young activists — and he is doing his best to become even more so.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center has a detailed report on Bristow here: https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2016/10/05/law-and-disorder-movement-lawyer-kyle-bristow-takes-larger-role

Robert Frederick Besch (Dearborn, Michigan)

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Mask features ‘black sun’ logo, often used by white supremacists.
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Robert Frederick Besch is a neo-nazi living in Dearborn, Michigan. He attends the University of Michigan-Dearborn and studies biological sciences. Though Besch now regularly shares nazi images and praises Hitler on his various social media, his older Twitter account followed accounts like Barack Obama, Stephen Colbert, and Nick Cannon.  

He may live at 1805 N Highland St Dearborn, MI 48128
Beach’s email address is rbesch@umich.edu

Besch’s various social media accounts:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emil.henry.566
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100013571612927
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100013044074458
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100014281356091
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nuskyndrummer
VK: https://vk.com/robertbesch

Iron Mitten – The Michigan ‘The Right Stuff’ (TRS) Crew

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Iron_Mitten

Iron Mitten is the name of a group that some of these alt-right fascists are participating in to spread their message on local university campuses.

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Michigan appears to be a major site of activity for Identity Evropa and the greater alt-right, with propaganda appearing around both the Michigan State University and the University of Michigan campuses. They appear to be well networked into institutions that only the wealthy and powerful have access to, however these are organizations who’s image can be shattered with this information.

Flyers such as this one can be distributed at places like MSU and UM to spread the word about Identity Evropa and what they’re about.

Identity Evropa: Mapping the Alt-Right Cadre

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The combined money from all IE members trust funds could bail out half of students with loan debt. Identity Evropa (IE) members at the National Policy Institute gathering in Washington DC.

Several weeks ago, the National Policy Institute (NPI) held its annual conference in Washington DC, which ended with NPI head Richard Spencer declaring, “Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail Victory!” as people in the audience threw up their arms in fascist salutes. While images of white supremacists Sieg-Heiling went viral online, it did nothing to stem the tide of media spotlight that the mainstream bestowed upon Spencer. After the conference, white supremacists on the podcast, “Intersectional Alt-Right” with Andrew Anglin (of The Daily Stormer) and Jazzhands McFeels discussed the event and talked about how a gap was widening between the “older vanguard” (like Jared Taylor of American Renaissance and Peter Brimelow of V-DARE) and the “new generation,” (headed by Richard Spencer and many others who grew out of the Alt-Right subculture of Neo-Nazi podcasts and memes). But another key player was emerging: Identity Evropa.

This is a group that stands poised to take the biggest advantage of the growing Alt-Right subculture and ‘buzz,’ and is currently headed by CSU Stanislaus student and Oakdale, CA, resident, Nathan Damigo. Identity Evropa presents itself through social media as a large organization with an established network on campuses across the US. At this point, we think it’s important to take the potential size of IE as reality and organize accordingly, however we find that a select tight cadre seems to be doing much of ‘the work.’

The organization itself is the result of a rebranding of The National Youth Front, also headed by Nathan Damigo. The National Youth Front served as the youth wing of the Neo-Nazi American Freedom Party, which is headed by long-time white supremacist William Johnson, wealthy corporate lawyer. This previous and more open Neo-Nazi formation has benefited IE; For example, IE’s Facebook page is simply the old account for The National Youth Front with a new name. Much of IE’s recent efforts have gone into massive road trips, in which cadre members have traveled around their respective regions putting up posters and stickers, and in some cases attempting to engage with students. By and large these efforts have been thwarted; from their failed attempt at holding a rally in SF to hundreds of posters and stickers being destroyed. IE also spends a lot of energy on inreach into campus groups such as the college Republican clubs and other white nationalist organizations, using Trump’s campaign as a foot in the door much like ‘Alt-Lite’ speakers such as Milo Yiannopoulos have done. We expect that this cross pollination will continue into 2017; especially as the Alt-Right continues to fracture and splinter over part of the movement’s open embrace of Nazism.

According to an interview with Nathan Damigo on Counter-Currents, there also appear to be some IE members who are involved but wish to stay off the radar about their activity, as evidenced by the amount of anonymous Alt-Right twitter and facebook accounts; distinguishable only through their variations of the “Pepe the Frog” meme. According to Damigo, IE does have a wide network of IE members across various campuses in the US and it is growing, especially as IE makes more inroads into College Republican clubs. We think anti-fascists should take Damigo at his word and act accordingly, while also focusing directly on the leadership cadre of IE and exposing their Alt-Right base of support when able.

It must also be noted that Identity Evropa caters towards a very middle-class, (as in Abercrombie store manager, not truck driver) if not upper middle-class audience. The group has strict membership rules, such as no visible hand and neck tattoos. This is important because the ‘niche market’ they are attempting to reach is exclusively young, “professional” men of college age (and who are enrolled in higher education) that are unhappy with 8 years of Obama and excited about the Trump campaign.

Identity Evropa is also one of the only Alt-Right groups to attempt to hit the streets and create an actual organization that recruits members and builds a base of support. These tactics are more commonly seen in traditional Neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups such as Matthew Heimbach’s Traditionalist Workers Party and the like. By contrast, groups with Alt-Right branding tend to organize online. Like Heimbach, Damigo claims that these organizations are growing in numbers (which we don’t doubt). At the same time, they haven’t yet been able to muster much of a force on the streets, although this is the direction they know that they are headed in, along with influencing the Trump administration.

As our report will show, their leadership cadre is small and also very exposed, although we hope that this report will help us gather even more information on others within leadership – full names, schools, jobs, etc. In sharing this information, we hope that the wider anarchist and anti-fascist networks we are part of can begin organizing resistance to this new breed of fascist that comes in khaki and polo.

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Nathan Damigo drove about 8 hours to drawn on a chalkboard on a San Diego campus with two other IE members. Also, someone really has horrible hand writing with that yellow.

Identity Evropa social media accounts to monitor:
https://www.facebook.com/Identity-Evropa-768888626526663
https://twitter.com/IdentityEvropa
https://twitter.com/OhioIE
https://twitter.com/IENewYork

IEcadreIdentity Evropa held a rally for 15 minutes before running to their cars while white pedicab drivers flipped them off. From left to right: Unknown, Shawn MichaelMark BidwellReinhard WolffTeam Stihl, Unknown, William ClarkChad Turner, Johnny Ramondetta/Monoxide, Nathan Damigo. Damigo later claimed four of the people pictured here were from “the area” while the rest were from out of town. He also stated that several IE members were off to the side talking with people walking by. 

Nathan Damigo Oakdale, CA

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Make Nazis Short Again! And careful with that tattoo Damigo, you’re about to violate your own dumb ass rules bruh breh. PS – 2007 in affluent neighborhoods called, it wants it’s Hollister back.

Much has already been written about Nathan Damigo, and we have a lot more to say about him in the coming weeks. As for now, check out more about the leader of Identity Evropa here: Nathan Damigo Exposed: Identity Evropa Leader Operating Out Of CSU Stanislaus and here.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/identityevropa
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nathan.damigo
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NathanDamigo

John Ramondetta/Johnny Monoxide Berkeley, CA

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Johnny Ramondetta of Berkeley. Hates people of color, loves their art. WE CAN’T MAKE THIS SHIT UP FOLKS.

John Ramondetta, aka Johnny Monoxide, 44, lives in Berkeley, CA and has live-streamed both of IE’s get togethers in the Bay Area for Red Ice. Fun facts: In 2013, Ramondetta got his second DUI arrest after driving drunk in Sebastopol. He currently works in IBEW Local 6 in San Francisco, and at the time of this writing we know that much, if not all of the people that Ramondetta works with are very well aware of his political views and are not impressed or pleased with them in the slightest. He has also complained about his fellow supremacists making fun of his name and not taking him seriously. We suspect that Ramondetta will continue to be the chosen livestreamer for all Alt-Right events in Northern California and will most likely only deepen his relationship with Red Ice, IE, and other such groups.

Facebook: https://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100011260771354
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/john.manachside.9
Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnnymonoxide

Shawn Michael/Shawn Mccaffrey Commerce Township, Michigan

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Do you think Shawn realizes how dumb he actually looks in this picture, or it’s just all of us? 

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 Shawn just remembered that even if this whole Nazi thing doesn’t pan out, he’s still going to be a white rich kid with a lot of opportunities.

https://www.facebook.com/shawn.mccaffrey2
https://www.facebook.com/shawn.mccaffrey.12 (older FB account)
https://twitter.com/ShawnMichaelR
https://twitter.com/___shawny 
(set to private)

Shawn, 24, seems to be in the inner circle of the inner circle within Identity Evropa, and he has appeared at both the recent NPI Conference, the IE rally in San Francisco, and was seen in photos with William Clark, Damigo, and Chad Turner in joking discussing ‘retaking Constantinople.’

We suspect Shawn may be the one putting up IE posters at University of Michigan and voter records place someone with his name at: 8361 Dickert St Commerce Township, MI.

Mark Bidwell San Francisco Bay Area

The “big brother” on the IE block, Mark Bidwell seems to be connected to wider Alt-Right circles, and we believe that he is involved in writing for the Radix Journal (which he was linking from his twitter account) as well as working potentially with Counter-Currents Books (which has a PO Box in San Francisco). Bidwell also attended a Trump rally along with Nathan Damigo and participated in putting up Identity Evropa posters around the downtown. According to his twitter account he is married with children, is a teacher, and is currently moving. We suspect that Mark is also putting up (or helping to put up) IE posters in San Francisco, which have popped up in several different neighborhoods. His twitter handle may refer to the Sunset neighborhood in SF.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SunsetKing90

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“Every rose has a Evropa!….Just like every Aryan, sings a sad, sad song…”

William Clark Philadelphia, PA

William Clark appears to be another key component in Identity Evropa, as he often appears in pictures with Nathan Damigo and other cadre. He was at the San Francisco rally and came all the way from Philadelphia. He has been very out in the open about his involvement in Identity Evropa and also was in attendance at the National Policy Institute (NPI) Conference. His twitter account, sigruna14, has multiple references to Nazi and white supremacist ideology. The sig rune is the lightning bolt “S” symbol used in Nazi symbols such as the “SS” logo. There is also a reference to the “14 words,” a mantra created by white supremacist terrorist David Lane of the Order. Despite Damigo’s best efforts to hide and deny IE’s Neo-Nazi roots, these references as well as the appearance of IE’s leadership at an NPI conference that ended with nazi salutes, tells a different story.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010959641225
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sigruna14

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“The power of Hitler compels you!”

Chad Turner Southern California

Turner has been involved in IE from the start and hardly ever leaves Nathan Damigo’s side when the two of them are in public, acting as a bodyguard for his much smaller leader. He was at the Berkeley rally in May of 2016, wearing a white Trump hat and arrived with Spencer, Damigo, and John Hess on the campus before it began. Turner can be seen in this video putting up IE posters in Downtown Berkeley with John Hess of Phoenix, AZ. Turner was also at the rally in San Francisco, along with the NPI Conference in Washington DC. Turner and Reinhard Wolff have made several appearances at SDSU attempting to recruit more support. We suspect that Turner along with Wolff are residents in the Southern California area and either attend, or live close to SDSU, as several times now they have canvassed and talked with students there on the campus. 

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Turner on the SDSU campus talking with students. 

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Welp, there goes 40 bux. Turner putting up posters in Downtown Berkeley with John Hess which were quickly destroyed.

Reinhard Wolff San Diego/El Cajon Area

30708288760_010dcfa9db_zWolff at San Diego State University. It’s dark. Turner is nowhere to be seen. No parents. Wolff so scared.

wolffalabamaWolff and another member (identity not known) looking for a spot to place IE posters at the University of Alabama, Birmingham

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Reinhard grimmises to do any work without the support of his maid. “Must…use…Aryan…strength…to…push…through…this…thumbtack!”

Reinhard Wolff says he started thinking about race in 7th grade when he moved from all-white private schooling to a public school (oh the horror) where he experienced a shock as he started having to go to school with black students and kids that didn’t grow up with a silver spoon in their mouth. At 18-19, he developed an interest in conspiracy theories, and after moving through an “Alex Jones phase,” is now making videos about conspiracies for Red Ice, which itself moved from using videos and podcasts to talk about conspiracies to full on Neo-Nazism.

Wolff credits former KKK and Neo-Nazi leader David Duke and Wolff’s 4chan activity during George Zimmerman’s trial for killing Trayvon Martin as additional influences on his political views. Wolff is deeply connected to the white nationalist and Alt-Right scene, and during the last NPI Conference he not only repped Identity Evropa but also livestreamed for Red Ice Radio. According to the Daily Aztec: 

Reinhard Wolff is a member of Identity Evropa and an SDSU alum. Given the controversial nature of his work with the organization, he confirmed “Reinhard Wolff” is a pseudonym, but he was able to provide verification of his previous enrollment at SDSU. He graduated in May 2016 with a degree in social sciences. He has been placing posters on SDSU’s campus and engaging with students. Specifically, he’s been engaging with white men.

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Wolff, still terrified of students at public schools attempts to bargain for his life before this lowly toiler steals his wallet at SDSU.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reinhard.wolff.52
Twitter: https://twitter.com/whitewolfgeist (account suspended)
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Europa1492 (new account)

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Wolffe on left, Turner on Right on a San Diego, CA campus during “Project Siege.”

Who We’re Still Looking For:

These are members of Identity Evropa we are still looking to find more information on. If you can help us or know who these people are, please get in touch!

“Team Stihl” Unknown

uid2-3 copy ud2The man wearing the “Team Stihl” hat was at both the UC Berkeley rally in May of 2016 and the SF rally in late 2016. At both times, he was seen wearing a hat for Stihl, a corporation that sells items such as chain saws and can be found in home improvement stores.

We suspect that this may be his Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008667577043

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“Polo Shirts Uber Alles” Unknown

This person was later photographed leaving a bar, Broken Record, with Nathan Damigo and a few other individuals. Identity Evropa stickers were found in the area at the same time, and numerous posters have popped up in the same general area. We suspect that he is a San Francisco resident and possibly involved in Counter-Currents publishing. We also guess that he is continuing to put up posters in the San Francisco area and lives there.

We suspect this might be his twitter account:

https://twitter.com/americanman148

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Too bad there’s not a gym to fix your face!

Other IE Members:

Federico Andres Dotti Irvine, CA

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Tfw your mom cuts your allowance.

Federico Andres Dotti is a senior at the University of California Irvine majoring in math. He joined Identity Evropa some time in late June, expressing an interest in spreading IE’s propaganda in his local area. Though Dotti has chosen not to make public appearances as a member of Identity Evropa at any IE events or conferences associated with the alt-right, several of his social media accounts reveal that he has been networking and building a rapport with fellow fascists both inside and outside of IE. Dotti grew up in Argentina where he has spent most of his life, but takes pride in his Italian/European heritage, which he considers a more definitive characteristic of his identity. Dotti is most likely responsible for the Identity Evropa posters that have been appearing at UC Irvine.

According to his LinkedIn profile, he works for Riot Games and currently attends UC Irvine School of Business.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fede.dotti
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/frederic.andre.7583992
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/federico-dotti-54a037125
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSxkOUk8W3cUuZWgqR3FFWw

Gabriel and Katy Kansas

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Gabriel Wilson was the first IE member to seriously embarrass the organization on a wide scale.

Gabriel Wilson and his girlfriend Katy Galloway (perhaps the only woman to ever be allowed near Identity Evropa) made a name for themselves as they drove around the Mid-West, putting up Identity Evropa posters and stickers. Soon after, Wilson busied himself with leaving racist chalk messages outside of a local university, which he admitted to doing like a total dumbass to a reporter. Then soon after that, racist and threatening phone calls were made to the Dean of the same school, who has African-American children. Wilson is strongly suspected to have made the calls, although refused to answer questions when asked by news reporters. Wilson was also disowned by the local Libertarian Party, after he attempted to get involved in building up their local chapter and they found out he’s a total Nazi. At the time of this writing, it is unknown if Gabriel and Katy are still involved in Identity Evropa, or if Damigo is holding them at a long leash for making the group look like a bunch of drunken KKK members. Currently, it seems their social media accounts have been turned off.

Katy’s Email: kgal1323@gmail.com

More info at:
https://itsgoingdown.org/alert-kansas-city-identity-evropa-fascists-identified/
http://kcur.org/post/young-white-nationalist-seeks-foothold-kansas-politics#stream/0

Nor Cal IE Member:

IE member in Santa Cruz/Northern California (possibly putting up IE stuff in San Jose/SJSU and UC Santa Cruz).

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bayareashitlord
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheRobertSheen

Evan Thomas Royal Oak, Michigan

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Nathan Damigo and Evan Thomas at Red Fox English Pub in Royal Oak, Michigan
July 22, 2016

la-lmascaro-1479594799-snap-photoThomas and Damigo at the National Policy Institute conference November 19, 2016

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/evan.thomas.7583
Twitter: https://twitter.com/evanthomas1985

Evan Thomas centered his activity around organizing state-wide conferences from about 2006-2009, inviting speakers such as Jared Taylor to his events. His experience must have come in handy, as Nathan Damigo captioned the above photo of him and Thomas at the last NPI conference in November 2016 with “Identity Evropa volunteers coordinating the conference.” Thomas is active in the so-called identitarian movement and has done reporting on these movements in Europe.

Collin Wright Denton, Texas

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/collin.wright.10
Twitter: https://twitter.com/_collinwright_

Collin Wright is one of the younger members of Identity Evropa. He attended John H. Guyer High School in Denton, Texas and graduated in 2014. Wright attended the last NPI conference and can be seen in the IE group photo on the right.

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Jared Huggins Atlanta

Jared is a member of IE who attended the NPI conference. He is friends with Patrick Sharp (unclear if that is Sharp in below picture) who has also been involved in a variety of white supremacist groups including white student unions and the Traditionalist Youth Network.

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That face you make when your mom lets you outside to be really quietly racist while surrounded by black people.

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Rashy haircut.

John Hess Arizona

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“Nathan, you don’t write, you don’t call…*sob*.”

“John Hess” is the dumb-ass name of a Phoenix, Arizona based man who made the jump from the National Youth Network to Identity Evropa with Nathan Damigo. Hess was one of the few, the chosen, that came with Damigo to UC Berkeley for a rally in May of 2016. More info on Hess here and here. Hess is also an out and out Neo-Nazi, known to post pictures of Hitler on his facebook and work with other Nazi groups such as the National Socialist Movement who are also active in Arizona. We haven’t seen Hess pop up in a while outside of Phoenix, so maybe he’s out of favor with the leadership of IE.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005107096834

Identity Evropa Ohio

IE Ohio Twitter: https://twitter.com/OhioIE

Leader IE Ohio Organizer: https://www.facebook.com/James1Martin4
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheStoicMale/status/795804252635545600

This profile has many IE friends, likely is in IE:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010820561907

Others/Supporters:

Jake Cox: Big on IE: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1710458731

Nathan Damigo has mentioned networking with others in the movement through The Hestia Society, which has chapters in San Francisco, New York, and Vancouver.  This is their website: http://hestiasociety.org. American Vanguard, which was also at NPI, has a very similar style and presentation as IE and the groups regularly meet. Other groups and projects close to IE include Counter-Currents Publishing and of course, Richard Spencer at the National Policy Institute.

Identity Evropa wrote on their recent trip to the NPI Conference, which included they said, 26 members:

[That] we are the intellectual vanguard of the American right cannot be doubted. Now is the time to press harder than we have before to make ourselves and our ideas more prominent on the national stage. Our movement is no longer a head without a body. We have the momentum to propel ourselves into the future, and Identity Evropa will be on the front lines of this fight helping to lead our people to a better and brighter future. 

Let’s be sure to sweep IE and their shitty ass posters and stickers off the street, and build up our own movement in its place.

To share your information about Identity Evropa, contact us here: nocara [at] riseup [dot] net

No Fascists on Campus: Shut Down Milo at UC Berkeley

The Berkeley College Republicans have invited far-right agitator Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at UC Berkeley on February 1st.

Given the recent increase in fascist activity both on and around the UC Berkeley campus, we feel that the university’s willingness to provide a platform to Milo Yiannopoulos and his views is unacceptable, and we intend to shut this event down. We are inviting all allies and the Berkeley community to join us in making UC Berkeley a fascist-free zone.

Yiannopoulos is one of the many online trolls who successfully capitalized on the Trump campaign to bring fascist and racist ideas into the mainstream. While his presence on the web can be traced back to the GamerGate controversy, Yiannopoulos rose to cult fame through his work at Breitbart News Network, where he used his identity as a gay man to express overtly islamophobic views under the facade of queer interests. Similar to Trump, the core of Yiannopoulos’ support has come from places like 4Chan, Reddit, and other online bastions of the “Alt-Right”. However, since being banned from Twitter for his anti-black harassment of actor Leslie Jones, Milo has been searching for a new platform off the web for his hateful ideology. In fact, on his current book tour Yiannopoulos has used the frame of “anti-political correctness” to push dangerous narratives about a wide array of marginalized groups. Some examples of his hatred on tour so far includes such spectacles as dressing in drag to mock a sexual assault survivor; calling to keep trans folks out of the LGBT movement and encouraging their harassment; and calling BlackLivesMatter a terrorist group. Additionally, Yiannopoulos is connected to Roosh V, a well-known “men’s rights activist” that has advocated for legalizing rape, and Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute (NPI), intellectual head of the “Alt-Right” that seeks to make America an exclusively white ethno-state, who came to the UC Berkeley campus in May 2016 with UCPD protection to recruit Berkeley students to his white supremacist cause.

In this context, Yiannopoulos’s college speaking tour should be recognized as an effort to embolden “Alt-Right” internet trolls into real world political organizing on college campuses. In light of the success of the Trump campaign, the “Alt-Right” is looking for opportunities to turn their momentum into an organized political front. This event is particularly important as an opportunity for Yiannopoulos to connect with a large audience, and for a large number of far right supporters to connect with him and others at the event. This is an opportunity that we cannot give them.

As the last year has demonstrated, this kind of free speech and discussion has meant near impunity for racists and sexists to target marginalized students on campus with little recourse for those who are harassed. We believe that an educational community should not accommodate fascist ideologies. We believe it is the responsibility of communities both on and off campus to shut down this kind of organizing in order to ensure that there is no platform for fascists in Berkeley!

This is a call to action to stand against fascism and the militarization of campuses. This is a call to stand in solidarity with those communities who are most at risk from this kind of neo-fascist “free speech,” especially in the wake of Trump’s election win. We encourage those interested in taking a stand now to use the letter template below to demand that UC Berkeley not host Yiannopoulos.

Feel free to draft your own message or use the letter script provided below however you choose to contact the University. For those interested in delivering their message over the phone or via mail we have provided that info below:

I am writing to express my anger and frustration at UC Berkeley’s decision to host notorious racist, sexist, and transphobic speaker Milo Yiannopoulos on February 1, 2017. I am also notifying you of a growing inter-community coalition to keep Milo off campus and of my support for them. In light of the increasing hostility towards marginalized groups on campus, including the hate crime committed on campus on election night and the increasing racist harassment around campus that has followed, it is disgraceful that UC Berkeley would welcome Mr. Yiannopoulos and his hateful, bigoted rhetoric on campus. Mr. Yiannopoulos was slated to speak at Portland State University and NYU, however both campuses cancelled the events stating that his viewpoints compromised student safety. He has also been permanently banned from DePaul University as the school claimed he created a “hostile environment.” 

The permission of this speaking event is yet another example of the continued inaction by the university to protect the interests of many of its students. At this point it is well within the university’s ability to stop this event from happening. I urge the university to issue an apology to the community at large for permitting such a dangerous figure to come to campus and threaten the safety of its students. If the university chooses not to take action, students and community members will take the initiative to keep their campus safe.

Contacts:

UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks’ office

Phone: 510-642-7464
Email: chancellor@berkeley.edu

Dan Mogulof, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Public Affairs

Phone: 510-642-3715
Mobile: 510-919-6954
Email: dmogulof@berkeley.edu

Michael Emerson Dirda, Communications Manager, Public Affairs

Email: mdirda@berkeley.edu

Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1788928531432955

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take Action against Identity Evropa and #ProjectSiege

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

Call CSU Stanislaus

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

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

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

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

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

Take Down IE Propaganda in Your Area

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

Print Out Informational Flyers

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

Come to the Campus and Patrol

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

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

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

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

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

SUPPORTING EACH OTHER AND RESISTING STATE REPRESSION

PictureIt has now been three months since the events that unfolded on June 26th. Given the gravity of the situation, we must assume that the investigation is fully underway and prepare for repression accordingly. It is abundantly clear that during this aftermath period, we can expect to see law enforcement take its usual route of targeting and isolating individuals in an attempt to gain information to be used both to prosecute and for ongoing surveillance purposes

CAIR’s notorious anti-FBI poster. We love it.

Keep yourself and your friends safe – don’t talk!

California Highway Patrol (CHP) has jurisdiction over capitol grounds, so by extension they are heading the investigation of the events that occurred on June 26th. It was CHP detectives who pursued each and every patient at the hospital who was attacked by Neo-Nazis, trying to squeeze out any information they could from incapacitated and often drugged victims. Now, it will be the CHP that approaches local activists in their homes, at work, through the phone, or on the street in an effort to find leads and instill fear and distrust.  Luckily, the injured had great hospital support that counseled them on the importance of silence and equipped them with the contact information of several trusted attorneys. We want to take this opportunity to provide the same level of support to everyone else in the community who may be unsure about how to best handle a police encounter. Now that the next phase of information gathering is clearly underway, spreading this information around is all the more crucial.

If approached by the police, the CHP, or the FBI, ignoring their questions, firmly directing them to your attorney, and ending the encounter as quickly as possible is the best and safest way to proceed. All you really need to say in this situation is “I have nothing to say to you, and any questions you have can be directed to my lawyer”. Give them the name and number of a trusted lawyer, and end the encounter. Anything else you say can (and will!) be used against you and others. Answering even seemingly harmless questions can give officials enough information to prosecute or hold you or others. It is legal for them to lie to you, but illegal for you to lie to them. They will use this to their full advantage- enforcers of the law can and will lie to you as a tactic to instill fear and distrust, and will conversely try to catch you in a lie so that they can detain you for further questioning. They may promise you that your situation will be easier if you cooperate and tell them what they want to know, but they are in no way obligated to follow through on those promises. We are of the opinion that anyone who the CHP may think was involved in the 26th (regardless of if they actually were or not) is fair game to be contacted by them. Rest assured that should this happen to you, you are not alone and there is legal support waiting for you if you do end up facing state repression of any kind.

If it gets to the point that you are a suspect and a search warrant has been issued for your car and/or residence, you have the right to inspect the search warrant. Look for and make note of the date, time, location and a list of allowable things to seize. If you ever see that they are taking anything that does not appear on that list, it is actually best to let them take it because it will be thrown out as evidence later on. If you do bring to their attention that what they are taking is not on the list, they can call it in and get it approved, allowing them to keep the evidence. Finally, if you end up being detained or arrested, that’s your opportunity to again firmly say out loud that you will not answer any of their questions, and that all of their questions can be directed to your appointed legal representative. We would also like to remind everyone that, during an open investigation, pictures and videos are invaluable to law enforcement in their quest to prosecute. Do not share any videos or photos from the June 26th Anti-Nazi Demo that include individuals faces in them- to do so is to endanger the individuals and quite possibly yourself. In this specific circumstance, sharing identifying pictures and videos poses a double threat. Exposed individuals may experience surveillance, intimidation, and violence by Neo-Nazis in addition to state repression.

This is a great time to educate ourselves (or re-familiarize ourselves!) with all the above information, as well as to do some outside research to better prepare ourselves for a possible encounter with law enforcement. As a part of a radical community, it is important to share this type of information widely so as many individuals as possible have access to it. State repression can be handled much more easily and result in fewer repercussions if we educate ourselves and support one another when faced with it.

The Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC) has been a vital resource for radicals here in the US for ten years now. They provide great legal support and educational tools for dealing with repression by both local law enforcement and federal agents. On their site you can find plenty of useful videos and flyers (such as this Know Your Rights slideshow and the printable flyer below) regarding your rights as an activist and so much more.


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An informative printable from the CLDC.

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Another great printable resource, this time from Crimethinc.

Getting Involved in the Fight Against Racism and Fascism

Print off these (8.5×11 & 11×15) posters and post them up wherever you see white nationalists encroaching. Put them up anywhere else you see fit to demonstrate that there is a growing movement opposing the fascist threat. While we think it is crucial for you to take part and please distribute these posters with us, we also encourage you to take precaution, go postering with a buddy, and look out for one another. Making a plan and committing to safe practices are important while we move forward and work to end fascism.

Staying safe goes beyond what you do when you’re outside. We cannot stress enough the importance of online security. Treat the internet as if it were a security camera live-streaming to the feds. Do not take any incriminating photos of yourself or anyone else nor share them on social media. Do not ever publish any kind of incriminating information, including writing about illegal actions you may have done, plan to do, saw anyone else do, or heard someone else might do. Do not share sensitive information, via internet or otherwise, with anyone who does not need to know. By involving extra people, you are creating risks for yourself, your crew, and those you are implicating. As you probably already know, the internet is not a private sphere — do your best to conceal your identity.

For a list of software resources to help you counteract online surveillance visit: https://prism-break.org/en/

For more information on security culture: http://www.crimethinc.com/texts/atoz/security.php

There are far too many antifascist prisoners around the world. And it’s important we show solidarity to everyone fighting against fascism, which looks like extending our full support to those facing repression. This can mean writing a letter or donating to a bail or commissary fund. As we all know, this is a global struggle so it’s important to express international solidarity and not only send a letter to an antifa prisoner in North America, but also to antifa prisoners around the world. Thanks to NYC Antifa we have a comprehensive global antifa prisoner list to offer. You can read through and decide who you might like to write to and who’s story you might like to share to spread the word about their situation.

Here it is: https://nycantifa.wordpress.com/global-antifa-prisoner-list/ 

Some things to keep in mind when writing to a prisoner: https://sacprisonersupport.wordpress.com/write-a-letter/

There is a variety of roles people play in the struggle against fascism. As white supremacist violence is continuously perpetuated by the state with its prisons and endless police murders as well as by fascist far-right and alt-right groups, we must emphasize the need for community self-defense. This takes place on many different platforms, including legal and medical. We must learn to protect one another from potential threats and what to do when harm is dealt. Street medics have saved many lives at anti-fascist/anti-racist demos and counter-protests — they are the first to respond and they will have your back in ways EMS often will not. If you are interested in learning first aid, look into a medic-training. If you already have experience, organize a medic-training in your town and share your skills to help keep your community safe.

Another way to plug in: if you ever see an Identity Evropa poster up in your town, please do not hesitate to take it down. Their fascist propaganda will not have the effect that IE wants it to have if there is enough of us taking them down just as fast as they get put up. Here is what one looks like: https://twitter.com/IdentityEvropa

It’s important to learn about the fascist groups that we oppose so we can better understand them and figure out the best ways to stop them. It’s also important to learn about tactics and strategies of other antifascist groups around North America and all around the world. It is crucial to also learn about antifascist movements throughout history so that now, as we move forward, we can utilize what has worked in the past.

Here are links to a book and two different articles, all of which are great reading material to begin with:
akpress.org/militant-anti-fascism.html                                                itsgoingdown.org/blood-in-the-valley-nazis-sacramento-shut-down-june-26th/  itsgoingdown.org/death-klan-armed-antifascist-community-defense-us/