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Iowa man accused of throwing tomatoes at Trump fined $65

Iowa man accused of throwing tomatoes at Trump fined $65 | 28 March 2017 | A man accused of throwing tomatoes at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has pleaded guilty and will pay a $65 fine. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports 28-year-old Andrew Alemao pleaded guilty Monday to disorderly conduct in a plea agreement with prosecutors. University of Iowa police and U.S.

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Anarchy Radio 03-28-2017

Anarchist News - 3 hours 27 min ago

LISTEN HERE: http://archive.org/details/AnarchyRadio03282017

Orange County Anarchist Book Fair says, "Abandon divisions" - anarchist
trend back to leftism? Springtime rise in shootings, polar ice at record lows.
US white adult death rate up sharply. Climate change worsens massive China
smog, Seattle pumping millions of gallons of raw sewage into Puget Sound.
My ITS death threat, theme parks going virtual. "What would your 'model'
society look like?" Action news, 3 calls (2 on-air).

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Portland, OR: Workers Hold Picket and Community Carnival

It's Goin Down - 3 hours 42 min ago

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Over fifty people came out on March 26th for our picket carnival for worker justice! Thanks to everyone who made it despite all the rain and bad weather!!!! Especially the juggler, the face painter, Father Joe, the IWW and the other unions who came out in support!

No thanks however will be given to the cops who serve and protect businesses and not people. And no thanks to Burgerville who spent thousands of dollars on private security guards today instead of using that money to go toward workers demands of childcare, bus passes, tip jars, and a living wage.

We picket because we know we deserve better. We picket because we are tired of the bullshit we put up with at work everyday. We picket because we know it doesn’t have to be this way.

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Yes, the neo-Fash attended the Philly MAGA March

It's Goin Down - 4 hours 1 min ago

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Organizers of Saturday’s Pro-Trump Rally in front of Independence Hall originally planned to be out for five hours with almost 500 people who would march from the Hall to the Rocky Statue at the Philadelphia Art Museum, a roughly three mile walk.

Instead, only 70 persons showed up to show their support for Donald Trump, they cut the rally down to three hours, and they only managed to march five blocks because antifascist protesters that included not only the Black Bloc but hundreds of teens on bicycles had overtaken their planned routes. In the end, the Trump supporters were left complaining online about how their event was successfully disrupted.

The faceoff between antifa and Trump supporters is a scenario that played itself out all over the country last weekend as several pro-Trump rallies were held in various cities on both coast. Many, such as Philadelphia’s rally, remained peaceful, but others, most notably the rally in Huntingdon Beach, CA erupted into violent clashes. Seaside Heights, NJ also had a brief flareup but was otherwise calm.

And among the crowd of those self-styled “patriots” that said they were standing up for their President, there was that ever-present group of neo-Fascists that have been a part of Trump’s ascension from the very beginning. Often called the “alt-right”, they even led the Philadelphia march and one even took to their Facebook event page to berate the organizers. “Your cancellation of the march was an embarrassment,” Penn State grad student Daniel Marulanda wrote. “(G)ood thing there was enough militant right-wing youth to reorganize it on the fly.”

Daniel Marulanda

Marulanda, who according to his Linked In page is an Army veteran who once interned at the United Nations, was there with the neo-Fascists, sporting a black hoodie with the words “Anti-Antifa” on it and occasionally a bandanna to prevent being identified. Other associates of his wore matching bandannas with a skull motif emblazoned on them. There was some information that they could have been a part of a neo-Fascist group called American Vanguard, but when asked they denied it, with one even saying that the group hardly existed anymore.

Many of the neo-Fascists that attended were young, mostly of college age. However, Dave Reilly, a radio personality at WHLM, a small radio station from Bloomsburg, PA, covered the pro-Trump march and in particular the neo-Fascists via video, and White Nationalist Jeff McGeary of Newtown, PA was also in attendance.

No other pro-Trump marches have been announced for the near future in Philadelphia, but many who attended this weekend’s outing felt defeated and want to schedule another one soon, many expressing if for no other reason to show up antifa who embarrassed them by shutting down their march. “(Next) time we won’t be so nice. Best believe that,” Louis Jordan posted on the MAGA March Facebook event page.

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Is political correctness harming the nation?

Citizens for Legitimate Government - 4 hours 18 min ago

Is political correctness harming the nation? | 28 March 2017 | 'The O'Reilly Factor' assesses the impact of culture wars. Michael Rectenwald, CLG Chair, Guest.

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How Many More Murderers Will We Let the Alt-Right Create?

It's Goin Down - 5 hours 9 min ago

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The Daily Stormer, one of the largest Alt-Right websites currently on the internet and run by Andrew Anglin, most known for his harassment of the people of Whitefish, Montana in support of neo-Nazi icon Richard Spencer and the site’s blatant use of racial slurs and imagery, is currently really concerned about its image

The reason for this concern is simple: another one of its fans has carried out a brutal murder. Several weeks ago, James Harris Jackson, a 28-year old Army veteran and a member of the Alt-Right, traveled from Baltimore to New York for the purpose of killing African-Americans, and horrifically murdered 66 year old Timothy Caughman with a sword. Jackson like many within the Alt-Right, was drawn into the white supremacist online world (through websites like The Daily Stormer) after feeling rejected from the real one; his neighbors described him as “anti-social,” and “Misfit would be the word. Shaking hands with him, he was a dead fish.”

As Alternet wrote:

On what appears to be Jackson’s personal YouTube account, he subscribed to a variety of fascist YouTube channels, many of which support President Donald Trump and other far-right leaders and circulate anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. His subscription list is a who’s who of alt-right figures, including Alex Jones, Stefan Molyneux, Paul Ray Ramsey and many more. Jackson subscribed to the channel for the National Policy Institute and Radix [Journal]. The former is the white supremacist organization founded by neo-Nazi Richard Spencer (who led a “Hail Trump” chant at a white supremacist conference last year), and the latter is the fascist journal Spencer publishes. Openly neo-Nazi channels Jackson subscribed to include Cybernazi, Politically Incorrect and Esoteric Truths. He also frequented many racist, anti-Semitic, white nationalist and anti-feminist channels.

Jackson wanted to graphically slaughter young and successful black men and hoped to kill especially those that had relationships with white women, as a means of scaring both women and black men from engaging in inter-racial relationships. As Time wrote:

In the interview, Jackson said in retrospect, he would rather have killed “a young thug” or “a successful older black man with blondes … people you see in Midtown. These younger guys that put white girls on the wrong path.”

Sickeningly, it is this desire to attack and kill black people in order to “protect white women” that was the inspiration for another fan of The Daily Stormer: Dylann Roof.

RIP, Timothy Caughman

In the summer of 2015, Roof, a white nationalist and a fan of The Daily Stormer, walked into an African-American church in South Carolina, opened fire and killed 9 people:

“I have to do it,” he reportedly said as he reloaded his gun five different times. “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country and you have to go.”

But Jackson and Roof are just the tip of the iceberg. According to one report:

In the span of 15 years, anti-government radicals and white supremacists have reportedly killed 48 Americans, according to a count by New America. The number by far exceeded the 26 deaths caused by Muslim radicals in the same period.

In the last several months, several white supremacists have attempted to carry out similar killing sprees. In February, the FBI arrested one man that was planning a killing spree in a synagogue and wanted to end his grizzly act with writing, “In the Spirit of Dylann Roof,” on the temple walls. In Seattle in late January, an Alt-Right Trump supporter shot an anti-fascist at a Milo Yiannopoulos event and in Quebec, Alexandre Bissonnette, a Trump supporter and white nationalist opened fired inside a mosque, killing 6 people. At the same time, in the last several months, hardly a week has gone by without a mosque, black church, synagogue, or LGBTQI center being attacked, as various other racist, homophobic, and sexist acts have skyrocketed.

But while websites like The Daily Stormer half heartedly attempt to distance themselves from the actions of their fans, these murderous acts are simply the conclusion that many are reaching after consuming Alt-Right and white nationalist ideas for years. One need only look at the kinds of things being discussed within the Alt-Right to see how those that are living and breathing this movement are coming to their own murderous conclusions. On Richard Spencer’s website, Alternative Right, one essayist wrote about the merits of black genocide:

Instead of asking how we can make reparations for slavery, colonialism, and Apartheid or how we can equalize academic scores and incomes, we should instead be asking questions like, “Does human civilization actually need the Black race?” “Is Black genocide right?” and, if it is, “What would be the best and easiest way to dispose of them?” With starting points like this, wisdom is sure to flourish, enlightenment to dawn…With Europeans and some Asians having much less children, most of the population growth leading to this future crisis is projected to come from Africans. This is the race that history and the present example of South Africa proves is least able to take care of itself; a race that has contributed almost nothing to the pool of civilization and which even shows little inclination to stay within the bounds of that civilization; a race that also seems to harbor a potent inferiority complex and savage hatred towards the creators of that civilization…

Matthew Heimbach of the Traditionalist Worker Party wrote:

AMERICANS ARE FAR TOO SQUEAMISH TO ADMIT THAT SOMETIMES THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT JUST NEED A GOOD OL’ FASHIONED GOVERNMENT BOOT HEEL TO STOMP OUT. WHILE WE TOLERATE HOMESCHOOLERS AND ORGANIC FARMERS BEING ARRESTED AND HARASSED BY THE FEDERAL AUTHORITIES, PEOPLE RUN IN FEAR AT THE IDEA OF BREAKING UP A HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE CEREMONY, TORCHING AN ABORTION CLINIC, OR DOING ANY ACTION THAT BENEFITS THE OVERALL HEALTH AND CULTURE OF THEIR PEOPLE. RABID DOGS ARE PUT DOWN, NOT ALLOWED AROUND THE FAMILY KIDS. OUR ENEMIES ARE SICK ANIMALS AND WE NEED TO TREAT THEM AS SUCH.

Comments made by Alt-Right thinker and author Matt Forney at a recent white nationalist conference in Sweden echo many of the sentiments made by Roof and Jackson:

I don’t think I need to remind anyone that the election of President Donald Trump was a turning point in American and European history. For our entire lives our overlords in the government and media have told us that we were on the losing side of history.That we were destined to fail. That the future of our civilization was rainbows, unicorns, and chocolate chip cookies; fruits Frenching their boyfriends in front of empty churches; neon-lit mosques eclipsing the cities our forefathers labored to build; and finally, being finessed out of our neighborhoods by swarthy foreigners who stare at our sisters, wives, and girlfriends the way lions stare at gazelles.

Ironically, while disgusting Alt-Right trolls like Matt Forney talk about “our women,” Forney himself comes out of so-called Men’s Rights Activism that openly supports rape. Forney in particular came into white nationalism through his friend Roosh V, himself not white, but who has spoken at various Alt-Right and white nationalist events. Roosh has pushed to attack feminism while popularizing being a ‘pick up artist,’ and has written about sexually assaulting and raping women. Roosh even went as far as to say that rape should be made legal on the property of men as a mean of demoting the social status of women.

Here is where we see the Alt-Right’s drive to “protect our women” really has nothing to do with stopping harm from coming to them, but everything to do with making white women (and all women) again the property of powerful white men.

This sentiment is found throughout much of the Alt-Right, both here in the US, and across the world. It is also this same logic that is found in the manufactured lies about Syrian refugees raping women in Europe that has been popularized by the Alt-Right, mainstreamed by Breitbartand then championed by Donald Trump. Despite these stories being debunked as false and the work of open white supremacists, they are still held up as the gospel by much of the Right.

For the rest of us, the question remains: how much longer will we allow the Alt-Right to produce serial killers and murderers? While the Right whines about Soros, snowflakes, and safe space, they meanwhile are stacking up corpses, burning down buildings, and brutally killing people as Trump looks the other way.

How much longer will we allow these people to exist in our communities without taking action? How much longer will we wait for them to kill more of us? How much longer will we sit by before coming together as a community?

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The Transmetropolitan Review #6

It's Goin Down - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 23:57

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Now that physical copies of the paper have been distributed between Olympia, Seattle, and Mount Vernon, we are releasing the digital PDF for printing. At a local printer, one issue costs around three dollars to print in color and about half that much for black and white. If you know a good place to distribute this paper in your city, town, or region, please feel free to do so if you have extra resources and time. Now more than ever, we need as many anarchist voices as possible to counter bourgeois liberal vagaries and ultra-right propaganda.

TM #6TM #6

Be relentless in the coming days and make sure a counter-narrative is introduced that reveals the contradictions of this swiftly collapsing empire. Challenge every enemy who reveals themselves and hammer at whichever cracks begin to appear in the walls built to contain us. Find four friends and develop a militant praxis with them. Engage at whatever level you are able. Good luck. See you soon.

This issue includes:

The Soviet of Washington: Updates from the Salish Sea

The New Battle Lines of Seattle

The Poster Wars: Fighting Fascism on Street Level

and much more!

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Trump calls for investigation of the Clintons' Russian ties

Citizens for Legitimate Government - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 22:08

Trump calls for investigation of the Clintons' Russian ties | 28 March 2017 | President Trump said late Monday that the House Intelligence Committee is looking into the wrong 2016 presidential candidate's Russia connections.

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Trump team wants more NAFTA access for U.S. goods, services - lawmakers

Citizens for Legitimate Government - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 21:49

Trump team wants more NAFTA access for U.S. goods, services - lawmakers | 28 March 2017 | Trump administration trade officials want a revamped North American Free Trade [sic] Agreement to improve access for U.S. farm products, manufactured goods and services in Canada and Mexico, said lawmakers who met with them on Tuesday. Members of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee met with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and acting U.S.

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Donald Trump Jeopardizes America’s Global Position By Reversing US Climate Policy

deSmog - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 21:02
Donald Trump pointing at a rally

During the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, a common theme among the candidates was that the U.S. needed to scale back efforts to combat climate change because one country can’t go it alone. The candidates’ thoughts were that other countries were still polluting, so why should the U.S. “destroy our economy” to address climate change?

The only problem with this talking point is that it simply isn’t true. In fact, thanks to President Donald Trump’s decision to scale back some of the most aggressive climate protections enacted by former President Obama, the U.S. is now the country appearing to take a lackadaisical approach toward climate change.

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Trump signs order sweeping away Obama-era climate policies

Citizens for Legitimate Government - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 20:43

Trump signs order sweeping away Obama-era climate policies | 28 March 2017 | President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an order to undo Obama-era regulations to [allegedly] curb climate change, keeping a campaign promise to support the coal industry while calling into question U.S. support for an international deal to fight global warming [while Obama gave 80 billion in corporate welfare to the nuclear industry].

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Trump Signs Executive Order Obliterating Regulations on Carbon Emissions and Pollution

Truth Out - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 20:26

Today President Donald Trump signed an executive order rolling back scores of Obama-era regulations aimed at mitigating anthropogenic climate disruption. The executive order constitutes an assault on the environment that will annihilate Obama's environment record and completely redraw key rules that were set in place to curb US carbon emissions.

 Stephen Crowley / The New York Times) President Trump, flanked by coal miners, signs an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to start the process of rewriting the Clean Power Plan, during a ceremony at the agency's headquarters in Washington, March 28, 2017. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is at left. The executive order was intended to roll back most of President Obama's climate-change legacy. (Photo: Stephen Crowley / The New York Times)

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Today President Trump signed an executive order rolling back scores of Obama-era regulations aimed at mitigating anthropogenic climate disruption. The executive order constitutes an assault on the environment that will annihilate Obama's environmental record and completely redraw key rules that were set in place to curb US carbon emissions.

Speaking on a stage at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters, surrounded by coal miners at the signing of the order, Trump said, "I am taking historic steps to lift restrictions on American energy, to reverse government intrusion and to cancel job-killing regulations."

Trump has misleadingly described the document as an "energy independence" order, despite the fact that it was crafted directly on behalf of the oil, gas and coal industries and does little, if anything, to make the United States less dependent on fuel imports.

Energy economists have already said that Trump's order falls far short of a goal of total energy independence, partly because the country already relies heavily on domestic sources for coal and natural gas, which are already being used to run the vast majority of the country's power plants.

"We don't import coal," Robert N. Stavins, an energy economist at Harvard University told the New York Times. "So in terms of the Clean Power Plan, this has nothing to do with so-called energy independence whatsoever."

The new executive order comes as we watch what may very well be the death throes of the Great Barrier Reef, the single largest coral ecosystem on Earth, which is undergoing another major coral bleaching event, following a bleaching incident last year that killed 22 percent of the reef.

Meanwhile, Artic sea ice has set a record low peak for the third year in a row, extreme weather events have continued to escalate and a recent report from the World Meteorological Organization has announced that the planet has now entered "truly uncharted territory."

Trump's move will only hasten the destabilization of what is left of a planet already deep in the throes of abrupt climate disruption.

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Trump's order, which coincides with other "environmental" directives, seeks to dismantle Obama-era policies from within the EPA, the Department of Interior and even the Department of Defense.

The Clean Power Plan, which is aimed at limiting carbon pollution from power plants and was the centerpiece of Obama's climate plan, is to be rewritten. Trump is even asking the Justice Department to stop defending the Clean Power Plan in court.

Coal leasing on public lands, which is currently under a moratorium, will now be allowed, and the executive order also allows for the rewriting of methane emission limits placed on the oil and gas industry. The order also instructs the EPA to ignore its own current calculation on the costs of carbon pollution, while reversing the requirement for federal departments to work on climate mitigation strategies and the assessment of national security risks of anthropogenic climate disruption.

This is all despite the fact that Trump is essentially offering up coal leases that nobody will likely want, given the massive downturn that industry is currently experiencing.

Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) even called Trump's actions "a declaration of war on American leadership on climate change and our clean energy future."

Burning Up the Country, and the Planet

In addition to the aforementioned, Trump's order immediately eliminates half a dozen of Obama's smaller executive orders and memorandums related to combating climate disruption.

The order also makes clear that there is no way the US intends to meet the already skimpy pledges that it made at the Paris climate accords, where it promised to cut its 2005 carbon emissions levels by 26 percent by 2025. It also sends an immediate signal to other countries that they might not need to adhere to their climate disruption mitigation pledges either.

This of course means the planet, which is already well along the road of runaway abrupt climate disruption, has little chance of achieving anything like the serious mitigation steps needed to lessen the impacts, which are already inevitable.

The director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's climate and clean air program, David Doniger, told The Washington Post that unwinding the Clean Power Plan will not happen quickly, however, no matter what Trump wants. "Tearing the rules down require going through the same process it took to build them up," he said. "We will make them face the music at every step."

Onslaught Leads to Immediate Pushback

Several major environmental groups are already poised to push back against Trump's anti-environment agenda.

Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen, speaking of the Trump move, said, "Champagne corks are popping in the board rooms of big corporate polluters as they celebrate this ill-disguised fossil fuel industry wish-list."

In a statement on the Earthjustice website, Van Noppen added, "This order ignores the law and scientific reality. Dirty coal power is never coming back because it can't compete with clean energy, and denial won't make climate change go away. Earthjustice will continue to defend clean air and progress on climate in court and out, and we will never back down from protecting our public lands."

Many other environmental groups will be filing suit against the move, alongside the two largest, Earthjustice and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

While much of Trump's order goes into effect immediately, other parts of it will take more time, such as hiring coal workers for an industry that is currently in free fall. This would take a large economic upturn in coal prices during a time when much of the rest of the world is weaning itself off the fuel, meaning it could be years (if ever) before those jobs are created and an ensuing escalation of coal production in the US occurs.

That said, rapid deregulation of the oil and gas industries will go into effect immediately, allowing energy companies to spew pollution into the atmosphere unchecked.

Meanwhile, the planet burns.

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'Religious left' emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era

Citizens for Legitimate Government - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 20:04

'Religious left' emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era | 27 March 2017 | Since President Donald Trump's election, monthly lectures on social justice at the 600-seat Gothic chapel of New York's Union Theological Seminary have been filled to capacity with crowds three times what they usually draw. In January, the 181-year-old Upper Manhattan graduate school, whose architecture evokes London's Westminster Abbey, turned away about 1,000 people from a lecture on mass incarceration. In the nine years that Reverend Serene Jones has served as its president, she has never seen such crowds.

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'Religious left' emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era

Citizens for Legitimate Government - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 20:03

'Religious left' emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era | 27 March 2017 | Since President Donald Trump's election, monthly lectures on social justice at the 600-seat Gothic chapel of New York's Union Theological Seminary have been filled to capacity with crowds three times what they usually draw.

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Phoenix, AZ: MAGA March Report Back

It's Goin Down - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 19:51

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On March 25th, Phoenix John Brown Gun Club sent an open carry community defense contingent to the Make America Great Again rally at the Arizona State Capitol. We carried in formation with an armed contingent of the Arizona Brown Berets, and in solidarity with Anti-Fascist Action Phoenix.

The Phoenix John Brown Gun Club is a branch of the national Redneck Revolt network. As a gun club, we train together for community defense, and offer firearms and safety education locally. Our membership consists of folks of various identities, from different cultural and political backgrounds, but we work together under common goals of resisting white supremacist recruitment within our communities, building working class unity, and building community defense networks.

On the morning of the MAGA rally, we arrived outside the capitol about 30 minutes early, forming up across the street from the anticipated rally location. We formed an open ranks formation with the Brown Berets and our branch members, while members of Phoenix AFA held ground on our left flank. We were in position before the MAGA march reached the Capitol, and as the 60-70 marchers approached the Capitol lawn, many of them attempted to engage us by yelling from across the street. We held this position for over two hours without incident, respectfully but minimally engaging with people who approached our formation, primarily through our assigned community liaison. Throughout the event we held up a large, visible banner that clearly proclaimed our message: Liberty for ALL working people.

The MAGA event had fewer than expected participants, and most started to vacate the Capitol by 1:30pm, earlier than they had advertised. Several media members and journalists arrived after the rally ended, shocked that they had missed the entire event. Consistent with our media procedures throughout the day, our press liaison handed them our statement and encouraged them to email us for direct quotes about the action. Our coalition had decided ahead of time to leave promptly at 2pm. We formed up and left the park in a column formation, taking the sidewalk back to our parking area. This was not intended to be a march or a protest, but an organized extraction of our participants.

At some point, a man started to follow and film us on his phone. Not knowing this person’s intentions, our press liaison offered him a flyer with our statement and contact information, and offered to answer questions via email. The man seemed friendly at first, but continued to follow us. At this point, we were more than a block away from where the rally had been, and his intentions were becoming more unclear. The MAGA march and rally had been over for more than 30 minutes at that point and we, like everyone else, were leaving. Our press liaison asked respectfully that he not follow us to our cars and he started to get aggressive. The man stated that he was a journalist, but would not give his name or show a press pass to back up that statement. His demeanor and antagonistic tone were comparable to some of the protesters we had encountered earlier in the day. He moved very close to our members while we were walking, and at one point pushed into the group and stepped on a member’s leg. He repeatedly asserted his right to film us on public property, which we do not dispute. We expect documentation of our actions, but we do not interpret strange people following us as friendly, nor do we downplay the seriousness of any stranger pushing into us while we are open carrying.

At this point, we needed to create an extraction plan to ensure the safety of our members and those in coalition with us. We moved some members to the front of the line to intentionally distract the man while everyone else left, because he refused to identify himself or stop following us to our cars. We find it profoundly unprofessional for any journalist to engage in the manner that he did, including refusing to provide his name or press credentials. We had valid concerns for our own safety given the political climate we are in, and the level of risk that comes with our work. We do not escalate force without exhausting all other options, so we chose to distract the aggressive person and extract our members safely, which was done without any further incident.

In the days since the MAGA action, we have seen a host of reactions from people across the world, and from across the political spectrum. Some militia members have reached out looking to open dialogue with us about politics and what we stand for, while others have attacked and threatened us on social media and websites. It is obvious that the right is feeling the reality of not being the only armed contingents in the streets. We have received hundreds of personal attacks, ranging from accusations that we threatened children by being heavily armed, to assertions that we were armed with nothing more than airsoft guns.

Overall, we see the action as extremely successful. We spent weeks training for this open carry operation, our first in formation, and we are proud of our members’ conduct and restraint throughout the action. While we had participated in open carry protests before, they were nowhere near the scale and intensity that this action was. We are also proud to have stood alongside the Brown Berets, and we have nothing but respect and admiration for their discipline. As Phoenix John Brown Gun Club, we have much more work to do, training to put in, and equipment and arms to gather, but we will continue our main work of building community mobilIzation to defend those under attack by the Trump regime, and the reactionary elements who support their policies.

Our statement of our intent, which we handed on flyers to anyone who had questions, read as follows:

WE STAND FOR THE LIBERTY OF ALL PEOPLE. We are working class and poor people. We are not here today as your enemies. But Jews, Muslims, migrants, refugees, folks of color, native people, queer and trans folks, the elderly, or others who are now being targeted by the Trump administration are also not your enemies. We have been fooled and duped for long enough by politicians on all sides. We keep on following the same politicians as they break promise after promise and sell out hard working and struggling folks. Whether Democrat or Republican, they’re always the same: rich politicians who only look out for themselves at the expense of all the rest of us. No matter what lies they tell us about being champions for the “everyday citizen” or “little guy”, they all end up behaving the same. We are now watching as preparations are made to slash the budget for meals on wheels, denying tens of thousands of senior citizens the nourishment they need to survive. We look on as the new administration targets and attacks people merely for the religion they practice. We cringe in horror as the swamp is not drained, but padded by even more corrupt Wall Street swindlers. We stand in shock as the Federal government seizes land from small farmers and home owners to build a massive border wall. Every day another executive order is signed and our “little guy” president rules with the stroke of a pen, mocking whatever we thought our democratic processes stood for. Meanwhile, we are so busy attacking each other that we don’t even have the ability to resist the folks actually calling the shots. We who have been attacking the Mexican day laborer rather than the rich CEO. We who have rallied against the construction of new Mosques instead of ensuring all our city’s children have clean drinking water. We who have made public calls to attack and arrest Black Lives Matter activists rather than to investigate and punish billionaires who gut our pensions and health insurance. Striking out at folks who we have much more in common with, folks who should be our natural allies, instead of at those who rig this entire system and profit from our misery. The only people who gain from this are the politicians and the economic elite they protect. While we’re busy fighting black folks, migrants, queer folks, and Muslims, our communities crumble. While we work ourselves into a frenzy about Syrian war orphans potentially moving into our cities, our own children struggle to eat. While we attack other marginalized and exploited people, the rich and politicians watch on and laugh at us. All people who want real liberty and a better future face a choice. We can choose to continue to attack folks merely because they have a different skin color or religion or sexual preference or gender identity or country of birth than we do. Or we can choose to fight for liberty for all people. We must choose a side, and we must do it now. We must defend these targeted communities at all costs. We will not merely watch as our co-workers, neighbors, friends, and families are stolen from us, murdered, deported, arrested without cause, disappeared, and brutalized. We have far more in common with a migrant or refugee or black co-worker than we ever will with a billionaire politician, and we will fight like hell to protect them. Today we do not stand here as your enemies. We stand here to show you that there are other options. We stand here to show you that folks won’t quietly watch their communities be destroyed. We stand here with hope for a better future, one that we must all work together to defend and protect.
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A New World in Our Hearts: J20 NOLA Poster Benefit

It's Goin Down - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 19:27

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Poster benefit for those arrested during j20 action in New Orleans. All proceeds go directly to the arrestees legal support fund. Contact us if you are interested in the whole portfolio!

All artwork is original, Posters are lovingly screen printed on 11×17 stock.

Purchase here.

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Video Interview with Hex, IWW/GDC member and UW-Seattle Shooting Survivor

It's Goin Down - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 19:22

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Talking Stick TV, has released a video version of a previously-shared interview with Hex, who was shot in an act of political violence on the University of Washington, Seattle campus, on January 20.

The General Defense Committee (GDC) of the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) has been attempting to support this Fellow Worker and Defender (see also this fundraiser), and the Seattle GMB (General Membership Branch) and GDC of the IWW are organizing a large antifascist rally for this Friday, March 31st.

Strongly recommended.

In this interview, Hex discusses why he went to the protest where he was shot by an Alt-Right supporter, what went through his mind after his was shot, how his experience relates to the experiences of others, and especially restorative justice. Hex continues to want to engage his shooter(s) in a restorative justice process, and offers serious and impassioned reasons for wanting to avoid reinforcing the prison system.

If you are in Seattle, Kansas City, the Twin Cities, Madison, or Atlanta, please consider finding, attending, and supporting the March 31st Antifascist Rallies that we are holding in solidarity with Hex, and antifascists around the globe.

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Lansing, MI: Antifascists Disrupt Trump Rally

It's Goin Down - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 19:18

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On March 25th some fascists, neo-Nazis, alt-righters, and their friends (“Trump supporters”) decided to hold a “Make America Great Again” march in Lansing, MI. We decided to show up and make their stay as uncomfortable as possible. We took advantage of the fact that while amplified noisemakers are not allowed (without a permit), as long as it’s not amplified it’s totally legal. Therefore: enter the Lansing Antifa Drum Line.

Antifa drum line.

We rolled in with a huge banner (“Defend Lansing from White Supremacy, Fuck Cops, Fuck ICE, Fuck Trump”) and another (“Immigrant Solidarity- Chinga La Migra”) as well as basically a shit ton of drums. And earplugs. Some of us wore masks, some of us didn’t, whatever. We tussled with the Trump troupe over control of the city steps. They kept threatening to kick the shit out of us…. But we had more people than them. They had to call in their armed militia friends to protect their little rally. Hilariously one of these right-wing gun nuts showed up with a crossbow. Zero tactical advantage.

The longer we hung out and drowned out their sound system with our drums we began to notice…. Hey, these aren’t just normal Trump assholes…. Some of these are Nazi Trump assholes. Some dude with a “White Lives Matter” shirt showed up from the Traditionalist Workers Party. When he saw that we outnumbered them he bashfully hid his “White Pride World Wide” flag. Later on some Alt-Right dudes showed up sporting their unmistakable fashy haircuts.

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Fascist from the Traditionalist Worker Party

As the Trump people left the steps they had to walk through a sea of black balloons, black flags, and… glitter!!! Because we are both fierce and fabulous. We also made a couple hundred flyers to hand out to supporters who showed up. It was a pretty solid counter-demo and it involved some commie groups, the statewide network “Solidarity and Defense”, Lansing Antifascists, some Women’s March supporters, and even more.

If they try to come back again we will also be back, instruments and all. We were able to drown out their rhetoric without obviously breaking the law, which worked well with the numbers we had, and meant that nobody got popped!. Next time we will have not just drums and tambourines, but also trumpets, trombones, and tubas. We have to even out our antifa orchestras with more high-pitched instruments. Their hate speech was literally impossible to hear because of how well our music and chants worked. The Trumpers tried hard to keep a serious vibe, and our use of dancing, music and glitter seemed to upset and unnerve them more than simple chants and shouting. Next time we plan to come back bigger and better. We will meet them at every junction and make them think twice about showing their faces in Lansing again.

We’re gonna keep bringin the heat, check out our website: http://lansingantifa.weebly.com/

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Trumped Up But Not Beaten Down: Support the Week of Solidarity Against Repression April 1-7

It's Goin Down - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 19:12

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As Trump was sworn in as president of the United States, tens of thousands of people poured into the streets of DC to successfully disrupt his inauguration and show the world that we reject his racist and hateful agenda. Despite a massive police presence and threats of right wing violence, protestors successfully prevented thousands of Trump supporters from getting into the inauguration and crippled parts of downtown DC. The protests were instrumental in showing that there would be no smooth transition for this Earth hating, white nationalist president.

But the resistance came at a heavy cost. Over 200 protesters were rounded up, kettled for several hours, and arbitrarily charged with serious felonies that could land each one of them in jail for 10 years. With this act, the state is trying to send a chilling message to our growing resistance; if you step out of line, you will feel the pain.

The same goes for Standing Rock. In addition to the dog attacks, pepper spray, rubber bullets, maimings, water cannons and beatings, hundreds of water protectors have been charged with felonies for simple acts of civil disobedience that would normally result in basic misdemeanor charges. Our resistance at Standing Rock was so effective, the only way the state could ensure the completion of the pipeline was by mobilizing one of the largest long-term police operations in US history; forcing North Dakota to borrow millions of dollars, call in the National Guard, and import additional police from several other states, while crippling protests with excessive charges and fines.

The equation is simple, in the face of massive resistance, the state has no choice but to  resort to repression and extreme violence in order to maintain the status quo. As Panagioti Tsolksas stated in his recent article, it takes a police state to build an energy empire.

This lesson is played out wherever we are effective. In Sacramento the California Highway Patrol is recommending charges against over 100 people for successfully shutting down a violent neo-nazi rally at the State Capitol at which several anti-fascists were stabbed. In Florida over a dozen activists are facing felonies, including the ridiculous “burglary” of a pipeline, for repeatedly shutting down construction of the Sabal Trail Pipeline. Meanwhile rightwingers who shoot and stab protesters continue to inflict violence with impunity, as seen in Seattle and Anaheim.

But the state hasn’t stopped there. Recognizing that many of these frivolous felony charges ultimately won’t stick, many state governments are attempting to ram through a wave of laws that will further criminalize dissent.

We have a choice. We can let the those in power crush our movement by locking us up and scaring us into inaction and despair, or we can use this as an opportunity to unite our movements, strengthen our networks, and further illustrate the illegitimacy of a government that will go to such great lengths to poison our water, steal people’s land, and protect white supremacy and the wealthy elite.

Fortunately there are many who are choosing the latter. A coalition of groups have called for a Week of Solidarity Against Repression April 1st-7th. The only way we will survive this government crackdown is to meet their repression with resistance, solidarity, and mutual aid. No matter what piece of the empire you or your group is chipping away at, we need to unite and take action to beat back this wave of repression. The call to action has an excellent list of suggested activities if you are wondering how you can help:

  • Make sure that everyone who has been arrested has all the resources they need to see them through the court process so they can get back out on the street and active again. Below, you can find a list of fundraisers to support arrestees. Donate right now while you’re thinking about it! What do you want people to do when you are facing charges?
  • Set up benefit events to raise funds for the defendants. You could set up a show, a dance party, a cake auction, or a bake sale; you could do the rounds with a donation jar at a bookstore or farmer’s market.
  • Organize an event for the upcoming grand jury resistance tour that the Water Protector Anti-Repression Crew from Standing Rock is setting up.
  • Help people understand Trump’s disinformation campaign as propaganda intended to set the stage for a totalitarian crackdown. This isn’t an issue for protesters alone—everyone’s freedom is at stake here. Any precedents that are set in repression against protesters will be used against everyone else.
  • Identify key figures responsible for this wave of repression and put direct pressure on them, connecting them with the crackdown on freedom. .
  • Drop banners, post fliers, set up educational events, and distribute information about the charges and how to support arrestees. Make sure the subject is on everyone’s minds at all times.
  • Refuse to cooperate with state investigations and grand juries. Teach people to know their rights, to remain silent when police and federal agents interrogate and threaten them, to support grand jury resisters.
  • Organize workshops on Security Culture, Know Your Rights, Resisting Grand Juries, and other counter-repression skills.

And most importantly keep fighting. The best defense is a good offense! If there is a powerful movement against Trump and the forces he represents, defendants from the previous clashes will be more likely to receive the support they deserve. Keep organizing new efforts against Trump, police, nationalists, and the pipelines and profiteering from which they draw their power.

Donate to Support J20 Arrestees in DC! Donate to Support J20 Arrestees Elsewhere around the US! Donate to Support Standing Rock Arrestees!

 

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Man in custody after bringing suspicious package near White House

Citizens for Legitimate Government - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:54

Man in custody after bringing suspicious package near White House | 28 March 2017 | Tours were suspended at the White House on Tuesday and the Secret Service established a "security perimeter" after a man with a suspicious package approached a Secret Service officer near the presidential mansion, a spokeswoman said.

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