Friday, December 8, 2017

Report Back - Denver March Against White Supremacy 12/4/2017

On December 4, 2017, Denver activist group Resist 5280 held a March Against White Supremacy. 2017 has been a banner year for hate crimes, which isn't surprising given the current political environment. One would think a march against white supremacy wouldn't be that controversial of an event. One would be wrong.
The Denver event brought out a contingent of counter protesters. In the same way that being "anti-anti-fascist" just makes someone pro-fascist, protesting a march against white supremacy just makes them pro-white supremacy. Which isn't surprising given the counter-protesters.
[caption id="attachment_1809" align="alignnone" width="409"]IMG_7978 Photo expropriated from Denver Westword[/caption]
Shane Reeves, pictured here condescendingly arguing with an activist, showed up with a doozy of a sign that we'll do our best to unpack for everyone. The top text, "Globalism is Injustice" is the kind of slogan you would expect from someone who stopped intellectually developing in 3rd grade and has spent the last 5 years binge-watching Alex Jones clips. The concern from reactionaries about "globalism" is rooted in a variety of white supremacist conspiracy theories, but the gist is that the secret cabal of evil Jews who run everything are pushing multiculturalism and globalism in an effort to flood white, Western nations with masses of inferior "others" in order to destabilize those nations and essentially destroy Western Civilization (even though Friedman economics are doing a good enough job of that on their own).
Underneath that is a picture of Kate Steinle, whose accidental death has been politicized by Nazis like Richard Spencer.
Underneath Steinle's photo is the caption "It's Okay to be White," which in addition to being an entirely uncontested statement by anyone, ever, is also part of a national white supremacist campaign which seeks to somehow prove that white people are the real victims. This campaign has been endorsed by Nazis like Andrew Anglin and the deranged, white genocide-believing convicted felon Kyle "Based Stickman" Chapman.
Earlier this summer Reeves went to Charlottesville, where in addition to being complicit in the murder of Heather Heyer he hung out with a founding member of American Vanguard or Vanguard America or Patriot Front (or whatever new name they've come up with in a sad attempt to distance themselves from the pedophiles in their organization), Augustus Invictus.
[caption id="attachment_1678" align="alignnone" width="515"]img_6397-1 Reeves in the goofy helmet and plate carrier, which as a former generator mechanic he totally needed during risky repair missions on the FOB, "protecting" Invictus in the blue shirt and tie at Charlottesville in August.[/caption]
August Invictus is exactly the kind of human garbage (he is a goat-murdering rapist) you would expect someone like Reeves to hang around.
Joining Reeves in counter-protesting an event opposed to white supremacy is our favorite Keystone Cops, the Colorado Springs Proud Boys. The Springs chapter of the Proud Boys have a lengthy history of making asses of themselves and of attempting to disrupt events held by people of color.
John Sexton, who at about 5'3" is a sterling example of the master race, is a big fan of white supremacist movements.
[caption id="attachment_1811" align="alignnone" width="342"]IMG_7975 While it's okay to be white, it's not okay to be a racist douche-nozzle.[/caption]
The Blaster to Sexton's Master, the walking pile of congealed mayonnaise that is Martin Moyles, was also in attendance.
We also saw Luke Purswell, who is best known for posing with the totally-not-ridiculous shields he made during their abortive attempt at a free speech rally last summer. Purswell seems to be hanging out with the College Republicans of UCCS, a Turning Point USA puppet organization responsible for bringing virulently anti-LGBTQ speakers like Milo Yiannopoulos and Paul Cameron to Colorado Springs.

[caption id="attachment_1812" align="alignnone" width="551"]Purswell Purswell, center, with the UCCS College Republicans[/caption]
Also in attendance and apparently oblivious to the barely-concealed dog whistles was James Miller.
We're not sure what more needs to be said about the Colorado Springs Proud Boys, who are pretty clearly racist pieces of shit. They're litigious racist pieces of shit, too, whose lawyer (who is also a racist piece of shit) will probably send us another "cease and desist" email, since he can't make threats against us on Twitter.
Since the March Against White Supremacy, organizer Tay Anderson, who also spoke out against Denver's Ink! Coffee, has received death threats.
The Proud Boys are a garbage organization of garbage human beings who associate with known racists and fascists. Fuck those cowards.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Report Back - Co Springs Justice 4 Jesse Rally

The Colorado Springs Proud Boys have been laying low since their embarrassing attempt at holding a rally in Boulder back in June. They've been hassling the Socialists, at a brewery because of course, but not much more than that.
IMG_5364 The Chalkboard at the Smiling Toad.IMG_5363 Martin Moyles (L) and John Sexton (R)
Just some dudes, grabbing beers and photographing members of a political party. If their Facebook conversations are any indication, they were probably discussing some real cool stuff.
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IMG_5360 Luke PurswellIMG_5361 Brian Lamb, who appears to be the leader of the Springs chapter.

We feel kind of bad, because the Colorado Springs Socialists seem to be getting all this attention because of the stuff we've been getting up to. Sorry comrades! Unfortunately, the Proud Boys didn't limit their harassment campaign to local political parties. They pulled out all the stops and decided to show up at the July 16th Black Lives Matter rally for Jesse Garcia, who was murdered a year ago by a racist asshole named Jack Rogers. No charges were ever filed, and event organizers have been circulating a petition to have Colorado Springs District Attorney, Dan May take action. He won't, because he is a bougie piece of shit, but we can pretend we live in an actual democracy.
As Anti-Fascists we stand in solidarity with groups like Black Lives Matter, who advocate, very simply, for white people to stop killing black people. It's not some kind of unreasonable request. We shared their event on social media and encouraged folks to attend. Some of us showed up in solidarity, but it wasn't an anti-fascist event. It was an event by and for the black community of Colorado Springs, to mourn a senseless death and call for justice. It was a somber day of remembrance. We didn't show up in black bloc, we weren't there to agitate or cause problems, we were there to support our community.
So of course this was an appropriate time for the Proud Boys, and Martin "I-am-literal-shit" Meyers to show up in American flag capes and baseball helmets, with support from the fucking III%ers of course, in an attempt to intimidate the Colorado Springs Anti-Fascists and NAACP members and their supporters. They decided not to come across the street and disrupt the actual rally at City Hall, but community members, rightfully outraged at their lack of tact and basic human decency, followed them to Acacia park and confronted them.
IMG_5475 Martin Meyers (L, large stupid beard) and John Sexton (R, small stupid beard)IMG_5476 Brian LambIMG_5480
New addition James Miller
IMG_5474 A few of these toolbars wore helmets. What exactly were they expecting? Why do they show up to things prepared for violence?

As soon as they were actually confronted by people who were, rightfully, upset with their bullshit they called the cops, and CSPD escorted these brave patriots from the park.
When he isn't having racist FB chats with fellow Proud Boys or harassing political parties and Black Lives Matter rallies, John Sexton works for Paradigm Labor Services (A proud Western chauvinist who landscapes civilization).
We think Martin Meyers may have just moved down to the Springs. Let us know if you see him around.
Fuck these guys.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Jeepers Threepers

The militia movement in the United States made headlines this week when Oregon Republicans approved a measure authorizing militia groups like the Three Percenters and Oath Keepers to run security for them. The Multnomah County Republicans now have what is essentially a private army at their disposal. This should be troubling for most people. We all tolerate (with varying levels of coercion) U.S. Military and local Law Enforcement because they ostensibly have some kind of civilian oversight. There are Mayors and City Councils and the Secretary of the Army and shit to make sure their respective institutions, whose whole purpose is to do violence on behalf of the state, are governed and administered in an acceptable way. Obviously, the levels of police brutality, the murders of people of color, and the wildly unconstitutional use of drones and military interventions across the world show how weak that oversight is, but at least it's something.

Militias have no such oversight, and are overtly partisan. The Oathkeepers and Three Percenters started during the Obama administration, when white dudes were worried about Obama coming for their guns and toothbrushes, and like every extremist group, has grown in visibility and numbers since Trump took office. We've run into Three Percenters (also called threepers, or 3UP) at the March Against Sharia, and a number of their members were involved in the ridiculous, Ancap-run "Colorado Against Antifa" group. These patriot groups were created to ostensibly uphold the constitution and protect individual liberty, but time and again are seen collaborating with law enforcement, protecting white supremacists, and adhering to a reactionary, right-wing political view. While you can be reasonably certain that law enforcement won't target or attack you just for holding leftist political views, no such claims can be made about these militia groups.

Here in Colorado, the Three Percenters are holding their annual National FTX(Field Training Exercise) at the end of July. The National FTX will bring Three Percenters from across the country to a small property just east of Fountain Colorado (10750 South Squirrel Creek Rd, Colorado Springs, Co 80928). The Three Percenters have set up a helpful Facebook group for coordinating logistics, and at last count 255 brave patriots will be in attendance (including children, wtf?). Here are some of the Colorado residents who be in Fountain July 28th, 29th, and 30th.

Mike Morris (weird coincidence!) is the leader/founder of the Colorado Three Percenters.MikeMorris2 MikeMorris
Brent Tyron
Mike Tedesco
Donald Davis
Scott Tipton
Jenny Elston
Shane Luckey (Shane was also a part of the Colorado Proud Boys FB Group)
Aaron Luallen
John Simmons
Ray Boggs
James Morrissette
Donald Teboe
Caleb Haberkorn

Philip Tyson
Mike Tripplett
…and his Dad, James Tripplett
Gary Lattea
Derrick Evans
Jeremy Palmer
Jeff Tucker
Thomas Pascale
James Oldham
Jeff Green
Steven Dejong
Taylor Ellis
Tim Butcher
Mel Edington
Dan McVey
Darrin Strickland
Michael Plasencia
Evan Marchese
Jerry Freeman
Pete Blair
John Creighton
John Haynes
Sean Croke
These folks are all associated with the Colorado Three Percenters, and they all RSVPed for the National FTX. If you see them in the Springs or Fountain, be sure to say hi. If you see them propping up fascist regimes and perpetuating state violence in the name of 'Merica, be sure to tell them to fuck off.

Report Back - Denver March Against White Supremacy 12/4/2017

On December 4, 2017, Denver activist group Resist 5280  held a March Against White Supremacy. 2017 has been a banner year for hate crimes ...