Antifascists Arrested Protesting Neo-Nazis at San Francisco May Day Celebration

6 05 2010

Support Antifascists Arrested Protesting Neo-Nazis at San Francisco May Day Celebration

At San Francisco’s May Day celebration this past Saturday, assorted right-wing and neo-Nazi counter-demonstrators – including members of the Bay Area National “Anarchists” – a white supremacist group who have attempted to hijack leftist and anarchist aesthetics and rhetoric to push their tribalist, racialist and anti-Semitic agenda – were present on the sidewalk in front of City Hall when the pro-immigration march arrived at Civic Center Plaza.

Demonstrators tried to minimize the Bay Area National Anarchist’s (BANA) neo-Nazi present, trying to both shout them down and block their signs so their hateful rhetoric would neither be seen or heard.

In the end, two antifascist activists were arrested after members of BANA pulled weapons on the antifa and attempted to assault them. Showing their true colors, police rushed in to defend the neo-Nazis and arrest the antifascists.

Initially, bail was set at an unreasonably insane amount of $210,000. Today (May 5th), both people were finally arraigned, and bail was reduced. Unfortunately, each person is still facing 5 felony charges – 4 counts of assault and 1 count of robbery – and bail, while reduced, is still very high – $75,000 each.

People on the ground in San Francisco are asking anyone that can to please send money so we can bail our comrades out of jail. The best way to send donations is via Paypal to paypal@freemfone.org. You can also send well-concealed cash or checks or money orders (please leave the “pay to” section blank) to:

Kelsey & Dee Support
3030b 16th street
San Francisco, California 94103

Please feel free to send letters of support to this address as well – we’re sure Kelsey and Dee woud love to hear from you!

For more info on opposing BANA, visit indybay.org





Anti-Racist Shot in Downtown Portland

2 04 2010

Shortly after midnight on Saturday, March 27, a man was brutally attacked in the heart of downtown Portland. His attacker shot him and left him lying in the street. He is currently in the Intensive Care Unit in an area hospital, fighting to overcome extensive injuries.

It is no secret that this man, Luke Querner, is a long-time anti-fascist activist. He has devoted over a decade of his life to opposing the most vicious elements of our city’s white supremacist movement. Rose City Antifascists, the Portland chapter of the Anti-Racist Action Network, believe that the local neo-Nazis whom Luke has opposed for years attempted to murder him on Saturday morning.

Luke is proud to be an anti-racist skinhead. The true skinhead movement has always been anti-racist, tracing its origins to the cultural intersection of Jamaican immigrants and working class whites in England during the 1960s. After racists and the far-Right attempted to hijack the skinhead movement in the late 1970s and ‘80s, a movement known as SkinHeads Against Racial Prejudice (SHARP) emerged in 1987 to reaffirm the anti-racist roots of the subculture. As with many other anti-racist skins, Luke is deeply committed to racial equality and social justice. This commitment has caused Luke to be targeted in the past.

Rose City Antifa believes that the most recent attack was planned and committed by an element within Portland’s neo-Nazi underground. This is the most logical explanation for such a vicious act, for several reasons:

1. Local neo-Nazi organizations and cliques have the capability to carry out such an act. Several organizations, including the Portland-centered Volksfront International, are tightly-organized, disciplined, and command significant loyalty from adherents and sympathizers. Their members have experience committing violent acts, including murder.

2. Luke was a prime enemy of organized racists. Luke and his community have been violently targeted by Volksfront in the past. The recent shooting echoes the sentiments expressed in the song “SHARP Shooter” by the old Volksfront-affiliated rock band, Jew Slaughter.

3. Local fascist groups have spent recent months uniting despite organizational differences. Volksfront as well as National Socialist Movement affiliates hosted a series of social events that have likely emboldened individual fascists. One recent point of unity between local neo-Nazi cliques and groups—whether they be Volksfront, the Northwest Front, the National Socialist Movement or Hammerskins—has been common targeting of anti-racists and the Left.

4. Given the overall resurgence of the radical Right in recent years, neo-Nazis have expressed more urgency in their propaganda, expecting a race war in the near future.

Luke is an entrenched and beloved figure in the anti-racist community and well known by local fascists. Saturday’s shooting was an intentional message that those standing up for equality are in mortal danger.

Portland has a long, violent history of racist organizing that continues to this day. In the late 1980s, Portland became notorious as a hotbed of white supremacist activity. Many organizations, such as the Aryan Nations, declared the Pacific Northwest to be a future white homeland. The groups that would go on to comprise Volksfront and other formations, swelled in numbers. The 1988 murder of Ethiopian student Mulugeta Seraw and trial of the three neo-Nazi culprits represented the high water mark of Nazi terror at that point. Concerted community efforts, as well as a high-profile civil suit, drove many local neo-Nazis underground. Unfortunately some of these white supremacists are still here, always struggling to re-emerge.

The attempted killing also reminds us of the 1998 executions of Lin “Spit” Newborn and Dan Shersty–who were also anti-racist skinheads–by neo-Nazis in the desert outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Rose City Antifa believes that this shooting is of particular significance, representing a neo-Nazi attempt to reclaim the streets and apply their white supremacist agenda through force and terror. This seems to be tied to the larger context of a nationwide mobilization of the radical Right.

We criticize the Portland Police response to this tragic attack, which appears to be further victimizing the survivor and his community. This police approach reflects the Department’s institutional biases regarding race and racial hate, apparent in the recent police bean-bag shotgun assault on a 12-year-old African American girl, and their killing of an unarmed African American man two months ago. Despite the fact that Luke’s shooting was an unprovoked attack with a fairly obvious motive, the police appear to be treating the victim as the problem. The police released Luke’s name to the media on the Sunday after the shooting, in total disregard for his safety and security.

We feel it is extremely important to clarify the nature of this situation, given that the information released so far has generally situated this event in the same category as an unrelated shooting about 50 minutes earlier in Portland, reportedly related to violence between rival gangs. Treating Luke’s shooting as a gang related event obscures the political implications of the attack, and utterly misses the point. The racist overtones of much of the online commentary on the coverage is particularly appalling given that Luke was someone that spent his entire adult life fighting white supremacy. Portland Anti-Racist Action vigorously challenges any assumptions that the ambush was performed by people of color, which may have been suggested by prior media coverage. This was not a fight that got out of hand. There was no fight. It was an assassination attempt.

Luke is currently looking at a mountain of medical bills. The Anti-Racist Action Network is currently hosting benefits from coast to coast to raise funds. In addition, the ARA network has set up a PayPal account to send Luke donations.

As always, Rose City Antifa is looking for any and all information related to fascist organizing in our town. Contact us at fight_them_back@riseup.net or leave a voice mail message at 971.533.7832. We will not rest until we see some measure of justice for Luke.





It Begins.

11 04 2009

Cupcakes Against Fascism

The Morristown 3 were arrested on July 28th, 2007, at a counter-protest of a racist anti-immigrant rally called by none other than Morristown’s mayor, Donald Cresitello. Cresitello wants to allow Morristown police officers to check into the immigration status of anyone pulled over for a traffic infraction or minor crime. While the mayor enjoyed the support of racists and white supremacists like the international “Stormfront” network, anti-racists and other allies showed up in support of those targeted by the mayor and his white power friends.

Cupcakes Against Fascism was organized to not only defray the legal costs for the Morristown 3, but to build a warchest for U.S. Antifa facing repression by the state.

Our tools:
Whatever we find in the street, on our belt, or in our pocket
Hand mixers
Silk screens

Our tactics:
Street fighting
Sweet-tooth exploitation
Material support

Our goal:
Continued growth of U.S.-based Antifa movements
The end of the state, capital, and all its oppressive forms








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