Olympia, WA: Evergreen Gives a Warm Welcome to Patriot Prayer

On Thursday, June 15th, Patriot Prayer came to evergreen to hold a “free speech” rally in response to protests against white supremacy on campus. For more background information on the situation at Evergreen, go here.

A Few Words About Patriot Prayer

Patriot Prayer is a violent, ultra-nationalist, fanatical protestant group that while not explicitly fascist or white supremacist themselves, have no problem sharing space and a platform with out and out neo-Nazis, alt-righters, and various stripes of white nationalists. Of course, barring all of that, we think just on the basis of their active hostility and calling for violence against anyone perceived as left as well as their ultra-nationalism is enough to warrant a militant anti-fascist response. Nationalism is the natural breeding ground for fascism and white supremacy.

One interesting thing about Patriot Prayer is that many of their members are people of color, and they try to capitalize off this to deflect accusations of racism and supporting white supremacy. We think it’s absolutely crucial to remind people that people of color absolutely can and will internalize and side with white supremacy. From the black neo-nazi cab driver who tried to infiltrate Philly Antifa to fascists like Sheriff David Clarke (and every black cop). This is a phenomenon that exists in all oppressed and colonized peoples and can be seen as far back as slavery with the house saves that sided with their masters and sold out those struggling for freedom.

The Action

Patriot Prayer was expected to be at red square at 5:30 PM, most people started gathering at 4 PM. The contingent of students and faculty of Evergreen held space in the covered area in front of the libraries with signs saying ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘Community Love’ which was a slogan of the student protests. The militant anti-fascist bloc mingled in the same area, there was a re-enforced banner that read ‘America Was Never Great’ and another banner which read ‘No Platform for Fascists.’ People were handing out noise makers and snacks as we waited for Patriot Prayer to arrive.

 

Across the way the police were getting in formation. There was around 50 Washington State Patrol officers in full riot gear in between 2 lines of metal barriers. There were at least 20 other fully geared up WSP hanging around the back of the Police Services building, and around 20 Thurston County Sheriffs. A small group of alt-right kids stood off to the side filming the crowd and they were confronted by a small crowd. They were mocked (one of them had a really stupid haircut that was greasy as fuck), silly stringed, and peopled used the re-enforced banners to push them away. The police didn’t seem to care.

It wasn’t till 6:30ish that patriot prayer and their fashy fans arrived waving the usual arrangement of american flags, don’t tread on me flags, and a pepe flag. A confrontation pretty immediately ensued between the two groups. Patriot Prayer and the fash got plenty of silly string and air horns blown in their ears, Joey Gibson got glittered pretty bad, having something thrown at him slicing open his face, and allegedly getting pepper sprayed. Talk shit, get hit, Jojo.

One of their particularly violent members, Tiny, who likes to rant online about how much he wants and loves to attack people, took down a comrade for allegedly brandishing a knife. There is video of the whole take down but no knife to be seen, not that we care if someone had a knife or not. After taking this person down they delivered them to the police to be the only arrestee of the day. Far-right collusion with the state, who’da thunk?

After all the commotion the police separated the two groups and the rest of the day was just a shouting match, though we had a loud ass sound system on our side which drowned them out. We spent the rest of the time mocking them, one person in particular was singled out, a biker who some of us knew from a previous action in Vancouver, Washington who cried like a baby when someone touched his bike. We told him about how we were gonna put our grubby hands all over his bike and he looked a little upset. Boo hoo.

After their rally ended with a whimper we later learned that some comrades had snuck off and slashed some of their tires. Much love to the Autonomous Cell of Vehicular Disrepair!

Cops, Pigs, Murderers!

One thing that we think is absolutely crucial to bring up, and this applies to many recent anti-fascist actions all over, is the ignoring of the police in favor of the out and out fascists and white nationalists. There’s something to be said for choosing our battles wisely, no doubt, but we must never lose sight of our bigger goals, or bigger enemies. The truth of the matter is that every confrontation with fascists is also a confrontation with the police, they will protect them every time and we need to prepare accordingly.

More than that, however, is that the police are the pillars of white supremacy. The insurgent far-right could only in it’s wildest dreams exert the same levels of white supremacist violence on us that the police exert every day. To fight fascism, to fight white supremacy, we must fight the police. There is no way around it, only through it. We’d like to bring back the words from the reflections on the Smash the Hammerskins action in Seattle from back in 2015, as we feel the analysis holds up:

Hostility toward the police took a backseat to the Nazi threat. There was a bottle or insult thrown here and there but largely the crowd would not confront them. This was a dilemma. We had assembled this huge force of potentially liberatory violence and yet these enemies were hardly threatened at all. Was this restraint necessary?

Having attention detracted from attacking our enemies at hand, seems like a way that the far-right (sanctioned or not) acts in the interest of reinforcing the status-quo. They redirect revolutionary momentum into defensive activities. By representing the worst possible outcome of what a destabilization of the present order could result in (fascism), they terrify potential insurgents into resigned acceptance of the comparative security of the democratic state.

We should aim to be militantly anti-fascist while not allowing that to imply that we are pro-democracy. Anti-fascism is the lowest common denominator that brought us together that night but we should work to show that the racist authoritarianism Nazis represent is not only a fascist phenomenon but also a pillar of our capitalist democracy.

Final Thoughts

We think going the route of mockery was a good call for this action, many of us were skeptical at first but it was fun as fuck and they definitely didn’t enjoy it. As it turned out, this was also a lot of people’s first action like this, there were a lot of beautiful, new faces (that we couldn’t see because they were masked up) and we think that is fantastic! We welcome you all with open arms and hope to see you in the streets again!

There were many times we noticed area where the police thinned out and our crowed could have easily broken their line. When we approached people with this idea many were hesitant and it didn’t end up happening. That’s understandable, but if we are going to fight the fascists, we must also fight the police. Especially now when the insurgent far-Right is making such a strong push for the west coast and we are frankly behind. Just in Olympia the far-Right has been able to hold space in ways they weren’t able to before. It’s time we get our game face on and prepare for the coming battles.

And remember, anti-fascism is useless when not approached as part of a greater revolutionary project.

LONG LIVE ANARCHY

DEATH TO THE FASCIST INSECT

-Black Autonomy Action Faction (///)

Community defence against the EDL – All out! London, Sat 24th June

Facebook event Everything is up in the air. The government is in chaos, risking peace in Ireland by making a pact with hard-line Ulster loyalists. There have been a number of terrorist attacks in quick succession. No one knows where Brexit negotiations will take us. The horror of Grenfell tower has created huge public anger […]

via Community defence against the EDL – All out! London, Sat 24th June — Anti-Fascist Network

Report Back – Denver March Against Sharia 6/10/17

Denver’s “March Against Sharia” was hot as fuck. Next time we’re going with mesh bloc. The protest itself was about what we’ve come to expect from these freedom loving, small government-advocating, tough guy types: they spend about an hour shouting at leftists behind multiple lines of law enforcement, get bored, and then end their rally […]

via Report Back – Denver March Against Sharia 6/10/17 — Colorado Springs Anti-Fascists

Do You Know This Nazi?

So the folks at the Daily Stormer like to get together and do Nazi shit fairly regularly. They like to hang out and take photos of themselves giving the Nazi salute, like this one: These in-person meet ups augment their delightful online banter. We’re big fans of Aureliuss, who offers some insightful commentary [CW: Racial […]

via Do You Know This Nazi? — Colorado Springs Anti-Fascists

Photos: ‘Anti-Sharia Law’ Rally Outnumbered By Counter-Demonstrators

BY JAKE OFFENHARTZ

Around one hundred anti-Islam activists gathered for a “March Against Sharia Law” Saturday in Foley Square, where they were met by several larger counter-demonstrations led by the Council of American Islamic Relations, the Muslim-Jewish Anti-Fascist Front, and a host of other progressive organizations. A heavy police presence kept the two factions separate for most of the day, though a few small fights did break out in the margins of the park. Four arrests were made during the rally, all of them on the pro-Muslim side, and Oath Keeper Frank Morganthaler was removed in an ambulance after going into cardiac arrest. His condition is not yet known.

The rally, part of a nationwide “March Against Sharia” that took place in more than 20 cities Saturday, was organized by ACT for America, a Trump-aligned lobbyist organization and the largest anti-Muslim hate group in the country, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. In recent weeks, the planned events have become flashpoints for free speech debates—most notably in Portland, Oregon where the mayor called on federal authorities to cancel the city’s rally in the wake of two fatal stabbings carried out by a man yelling anti-Muslim slurs. ACT was also forced to release a statement disavowing the Arkansas march after it came to light that the event’s lead organizer is an avowed white supremacist who’d previously advocated for the extermination of Muslims.

Likewise, New York’s anti-Sharia demonstration featured a mix of self-identified human rights defenders and outright white nationalists (“If you’re not a white Christian, don’t talk to me,” one woman, who declined to offer a name, told me). About a dozen walkie-talkie wearing Oath Keepers provided security for the attendees, who carried signs reading “Sharia is hate” and “No more Muslims.” The group also included such alt-right luminaries as Gavin McInnes, the leader of the Proud Boys, and Lauren Southern, a Canadian media personality who recently attempted to block a boat of refugees from entering Italy. At one point, a counter-demonstrator sprayed Southern with an unidentified liquid, allegedly urine. He was later arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a noxious matter, according to an NYPD spokesperson.

Such confrontations were the exception during the heavily barricaded event, with most of the hostility confined to taunting and chanting exchanged from opposite sides of Centre Street. “We will not yield to the Marxist left,” said Pax Hart, who helped organize the rally, over a cacophony of cowbells and air horns intended to drown out the speeches. “We don’t have to apologize for standing up to the Islamofascist movement.”

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“This is the internet in real life, everyone giving you a thumbs up or thumbs down, but now we get to look you in the face, and all you know how to do is make f*cking noise,” shouted Paul Bazile, a production designer for Proud Boys magazine, in the direction of the counter-protesters. He noted that some would-be supporters had expressed fear of a terrorist attack on the site, but added, “I’m standing here with Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, Red Elephants, and the NYPD. I’ve never felt safer in my life.”

On the pro-Muslim side of the street, many of those in attendance were jubilant over their relative crowd size. “It’s incredible, suddenly we have Jews, Muslims, LGBTQ, Asians, women, brown people, black people who all kind of feel targeted, so we said let’s go out and confront intolerance with creative courage,” Vishavjit Singh, otherwise known as Sikh Captain America, told Gothamist. “I’ve lived stereotypes as a turban and beard person all my life, but I use that as inspiration to build bridges.”

Just after 2 p.m., only a handful of anti-Sharia ralliers remained, as the counter-protesters, still at least one hundred strong, began marching south. At City Hall Park, some activists paid tribute to those who’d been killed in Portland, while others formed a circle to discuss future actions.

“It was really great to see multiple left groups come together and share the space to unify around this message,” said Eman Abdelhadi, the cofounder of the Muslim Jewish Anti-Fascist Front. “The free speech argument is a strawman when you’re inciting violence, and we have just as much of a right to show up and tell them that they’re wrong.”

Edited For mb3-org.com

 

Portland mayor asks federal government to revoke permit for ‘alt-right’ rally / By JULIA JACOBO — Indiĝenaj Inteligenteco

The city has not issued any permits for either of the two events, which are planned for the Terry Shrunk Plaza, Wheeler said. The federal government controls permitting for the venue and has issued a permit for the June 4 demonstration, called the Trump Free Speech Rally, he said. “I am calling on the federal […]

via Portland mayor asks federal government to revoke permit for ‘alt-right’ rally / By JULIA JACOBO — Indiĝenaj Inteligenteco