A Statement from Haitian Prisoners Supporting Operation PUSH


Fight Toxic Prisons


The following is a statement is from a group of Haitian prisoners in the FL DOC system who are supporting the prisoner strike slated to begin on Jan 15.

The timing of this statement is particularly relevant, given the anniversary of the largest and most successful slave revolts in history, also known as Haitian Independence Day. On January first, 214 years ago, rebel slaves in the Caribbean inspired slaves worldwide and shook the foundation of the global economy. They set the stage for slave revolts that would sweep the planet, crippling colonialism and toppling empires.

It also comes on the heals of President Trump insulting Haitians by stating they “all have AIDS,” as his administration opted to end the Temporary Protective Status (TPS) which was enacted after an earthquake in 2010 killed 300,000 on the island.

Today, despite all its talk of freedom, the U.S. is home to the largest literal slave population in the world, thanks to mass incarceration policies coupled with the slave clause of the U.S. Constitution’s 13th Amendment. And some of those slaves are preparing for the next uprising.

This statement below was received following publication of the Operation PUSH call to action:


It’s high time to expose the rulers, law makers, and law enforcers in Florida and in this country at large. Therefore we are calling on the people of this state to help put a stop to all the injustice, lies, and deceit once and for all, especially those of us, whom through trickery, have been victimized and as a result are entangled in the web of lies and deceit.

Throughout the presidential campaign, Donald Trump, now this nations president, was adamant about deporting illegal and criminal immigrants. He was met with a hard fight with the governors of the states (especially the Democratic Party). Why? Because immigrants are their bread and butter.

The American people are always been led to believe that their leaders wisely put tax payers dollars to good use to keep the street of this country safe by keeping criminals and the corrections system and off the streets. The truth is tax dollars do not fund prisons, prisoners do. How? Free labor force!!!

Prisons in America are nothing but a different form of slavery plantations and the citizens of the country are walking zombie banks. There are so many Haitians, Jamaican, and Latinos in the FDOC serving sentences that exceeds life expectancy and or life sentences who are not being deported. They use all immigrants, for free Labor and then deport them.

Why flood the system with immigrants waiting to be deported after serving their entire sentence? Because of the benefit. The undeniable truth is Florida prisoners are slaves who work and do not get paid. New age slaves within the prisons system!!!

For more on Operation PUSH, check out this interview with one of the strike organizers

Interested in planning a solidarity demo on NYE or Jan 15? Take your pick of DOC facilities littering the state.
Via: itsgoingdown.org
Edited for mb3-org.com

Iran: Bread. Jobs. Freedom.

Protest in Zanjan, December 30 2017

Posted By

Mike Harman

We are publishing this dispatch direct from an activist in Iran, trying to make some sense of the current wave of protests. The situation is moving so quickly, and the protests sufficiently diffuse, that anyone claiming to know what will happen can be disregarded. The contribution we can make is to ask questions, to look at what has happened, is happening; and only from that speculate about what might happen in the future. We hope that more will contribute to this effort in the coming days and weeks.

We have lightly edited this piece for translation issues and to add footnotes.

From Armin Sadeghi, January 4th 2018.

Are we waging a revolution in Iran? Perhaps not. But if we perceive the essence of a revolution as “the abolition of fear”, then everyone has heard (and seen) the Iranian people shouting with no fear that “the emperor has no clothes”.

It is hard to anticipate beyond this, since the conflicting social forces have not yet fully unfolded; and it is almost impossible to grasp a revolution as it’s being made. But, we can speculate on the situation, just as Marx wrote to Ruge1: “The internal difficulties seem to be almost greater than the external obstacles. For although no doubt exists on the question of ‘Whence,’ all the greater confusion prevails on the question of ‘Whither.'” Here we restrict ourselves to the question of ‘whence’, where the current wave of protests have come from, since there is certainly doubt on this outside Iran.

The course of events has been accelerating faster in Iran (as it has been in many other regions), and it has almost reached the point where no one can generate an cohesive narrative. Still, the political establishment was successful with yet another façade of an election – the same old trick of a false choice between bad and worse, while both parties serve the same class interests 2.

At the same time, Iran has the most workplace accidents and fatalities in the world. Just before the election more than forty miners were killed 3, and the the president was booed while he was trying to maintain a popular image by visiting the site. A few months back, the collapse of a commercial building in the center of Tehran (Plasco Building) demonstrated that sentiment is growing among people, and there is a general distrust with the political apparatus as a whole.

After Rouhani’s reelection, the situation got more twisted. Rouhani’s administration – the same people who had advocated the neoliberal project for decades – became too self-confident and waged an all-round war against the working class, precarious and contingent workers. Public healthcare is diminished to almost nothing, the same goes for job security and workplace security. The neoliberal project has been going on for more than 26 years. There was another revolt about two decades ago and it was brutally suppressed by the same people who hold the reformist front today4.

Since then, despite the apparent political conflicts between sequential administrations, economic programs have been written by the same hand: pseudo-privatization, accumulation by dispossession, destroying all independent workers’ syndicates and councils 5, precarization of labor and so on. Over the last decade we have witnessed a free fall of the middle class into lower sectors of our society. The doctrine of a metropolitan country has left all the smaller cities and ethnic groups to struggle for survival, while the capital seemed to grow. The rest of the story is too familiar to get into the details; you just have to take a look at the per-capita consumption of fundamental commodities such as milk and dairies (which has fallen to less than a half), red meat which has fallen by more than 70% and many others.

So the background is clear: proletarianization has been going on for nearly three decades, there are no worker’s unions left that could pursue their class interests, there is a dramatic increase in unemployment due to financialization of capital.

The baby boom generation of the eighties cannot fit to any socially accepted paradigm; after graduation (and a considerable part of this generation has gone to college and university), there are no jobs that could fit their skills, and the jobs they could hold onto won’t support any sort of decent life. Due to this the current generation can’t maintain a nuclear family (which is so crucial to the ideological and economic structure of the political regime in Iran, note that all the official economic data is published per family not per person).

This has resulted in a year of diffuse but contiguous rallies, demonstrations, and sit-ins: The students opposing the privatization and commodification of education; the retired opposing the bankrupt retirement accounts; Teachers and nurses protesting against inhuman living conditions, the bus drivers supporting their syndicate members; and innumerable strikes in various sectors, from miners to sugarcane workers.

Within this context, Rouhani’s administration sought to push his war against the working class one step further after his re-election. He started a new project for unpaid internships which was strongly opposed by a student campaign against all kinds of unpaid or underpaid work. Reza Shahabi, the head of the bus drivers syndicate6 was unlawfully imprisoned, and after more than two months of hunger strike, when he had two brain strokes, the authorities refused to send him to a hospital. These acts were strongly opposed by union activists from various sectors. then along came the catastrophic earthquake.

The catastrophe of the earthquake was not just a natural phenomenon, but it pulled down the curtain hiding the poverty of the western region of the country. The officials couldn’t care less for the people in need of immediate help. They even treated them with a certain degree of contempt. And the people’s circles were created to help our fellow-human beings. This event disillusioned a major part of our society about who is going to stay on their side, and who is only thinking of how to take advantage of every situation. The earthquakes went on, and for months it was happening (with smaller degrees of course) in all parts of the country. Tehran was consumed by restlessness, since it has been anticipating a strong earthquake for decades.

The people were healing from the trauma, when the economic earthquake came: the annual budget engineered by Rouhani’s administration was an insult to everyone. All the damage done by the earthquake was six hundred million dollars, and the government found it impossible to provide a reconstruction budget, leaving it to donations from individuals. While, on the other hand, the budget of certain propaganda institutions was more than 15 billion dollars and it was fully paid for the current year. The price of fuel was to increase by more than 50 percent. There was no budget left for state construction programs. News and infographics were being forwarded between people, and the dissatisfaction went beyond the government’s anticipation.

How did it start? Who is on the streets? What do they want? And where to go next?

The Rouhani’s administration accused his so-called rival in the last election of igniting the revolt. But it can’t be ignored that the previous bread revolt (twenty-five years ago) started in the same region. Moreover, Mashhad has been a tax paradise for part of the regime’s economic elite for decades and it has one of the highest rates of growth of slums in the country. All the same, it is of no significance for us to check the conspiracy theories about the beginning of the revolt. The issue here, is its sudden outburst all around the country. Cities were joining the protest that middle class Tehraners hadn’t even heard of before. The body of protesters was mainly the disillusioned youth of 15 to 30 – the No-Future generation of Iran if you like to use familiar terms.

The first demonstrations started with a rage against economic conditions, and the government’s budget for the next year. But it took less than two days for the protest to aim the political apparatus as a whole. Slogans such as “down with high prices” was soon replaced with “down with the dictator”. Slogans against the supreme leader and the regime were cried out loud in the face of repressive forces for the first time.

Still it was clear that the horizontal movement couldn’t easily translate its rage into specific positive demands. Even the slogans against the whole regime had no idea of any alternative. The economic dissatisfaction couldn’t be translated into concrete measures. The reactionary forces within and outside the establishment (mainly including the son of the previous Shah of Iran and his supporters of monarchy! And the Mujahedin-e-Khalgh which is another religious reactionary armed organization) sought to take advantage of the situation. In some parts they tried to invest in the nostalgia of a good dictator who was Reza-Shah, the grandfather of the opposition leader today, in other parts they strived for the support of Trump administration. All this happened because of the systematic suppression of the left since the revolution of 1979. In fact, some argue that the cornerstone of this regime is founded on the suppression of the left and women.

The bright spot among all the confusion were the students. On the third day, they really shifted the paradigm of the revolt, mostly in Tehran, and it spread in many other parts of the country. They opposed the reactionary slogans with “even women has joined us, but you lazy men are just standing by”, they changed the pro-nationalist slogan of “neither Gaza, nor Lebanon, I will die only for Iran” with a much deeper slogan of “From Gaza to Iran, down with the exploiters”. They also added some class-conscious slogans promoting councils, or encouraging people to move beyond the fake dualism of reformists and fundamentalists. This was immediately recognized by authorities as a fracture point. Since then they have been arresting all the students and corresponding activists. The intelligence services saw this situation as the perfect opportunity to suppress the left for yet another decade.

This project is still going on, and all the left can hope for at the moment is to survive this situation and launch a counter attack in due time.

– Armin Sadeghi

Via: libcom.org

Edited for mb3-org.com

Philadelphia, PA: Report on New Year’s Noise Demo


On the eve of 2018 anarchists and anti-prison rebels gathered to make noise, show solidarity with prisoners, and express our disgust with prisons. While gathered in a park people shared drums and stickers before parading to the Federal Detention Center at 7th St and Arch St.

The cold quiet streets filled with the reverberation of drums and the clanging of pots and pans, and the walls were decorated with posters, stickers, and tags against imprisonment. Once at the detention center the noise only got louder, growing frantic each time a prisoner flashed their cell lights, waved to us, or shone a flashlight out the tall thin windows.

Fireworks lit up the facade of the gloomy building. After a while the cops showed up and not long after we marched away, insulting the police and shouting slogans, and dispersed safely. It felt great to be so loud and to see those locked inside enjoying and responding to us being there.

For a Black December, for a year full of revolt and defiance 😉
Strength to everyone fighting repression ❤ ❤
Freedom for all prisoners

Via: anarchistnews.org

Edited for mb3-org.com

Iran deploys Revolutionary Guards to quell ‘sedition’ in protest hotbeds

By: Bozorgmehr Sharafedin

The protests, which began last week over economic hardships suffered by the young and working class, have evolved into a rising against the powers and privileges of a remote elite, especially supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The unrest continued to draw sharply varied responses internationally, with Europeans expressing unease at the delighted reaction by U.S. and Israeli leaders to the display of opposition to Iran’s clerical establishment.

Defying threats from the judiciary of execution if convicted of rioting, protests resumed after nightfall with hundreds hitting the streets of Malayer in Hamadan province chanting: “People are begging, the supreme leader is acting like God!”

Videos carried by social media showed protesters in the northern town of Nowshahr shouting “death to the dictator”.

In a sign of official concern about the resilience of the protests, the Revolutionary Guards commander, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said he had dispatched forces to Hamadan, Isfahan and Lorestan provinces to tackle “the new sedition”.

Most of the casualties among protesters have occurred in those regions of the sprawling Islamic Republic.

The Revolutionary Guards, the sword and shield of Iran’s Shi‘ite theocracy, were instrumental in suppressing an uprising over alleged election fraud in 2009 in which dozens of mainly middle-class protesters were killed. Khamenei condemned that unrest as “sedition”.

In Washington, a senior Trump administration official said the United States aimed to collect “actionable information” that could allow it to pursue sanctions against Iranian individuals and organisations involved in the crackdown.

But in Paris, President Emmanuel Macron said the tone of comments from the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia was “almost one that would lead us to war … a deliberate strategy for some,” and stressed the importance of keeping a dialogue with Tehran.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel expressed concern about the situation escalating.

“What we urgently advise against is the attempt to abuse this internal Iranian conflict … internationally. That is not going to ease the situation any way,” he said.

In a state-sponsored show of force aimed at countering the outpouring of dissent, thousands of Iranians took part in pro-government rallies in several cities on Wednesday morning.

State television broadcast live footage of rallies where marchers waved Iranian flags and portraits of Khamenei, Iran’s paramount leader since 1989.

Pro-government marchers chanted: “The blood in our veins is a gift to our leader (Khamenei),” and: “We will not leave our leader alone.” They accused the United States, Israel and Britain of inciting protests, shouting, “The seditionist rioters should be executed!”

In the Shi‘ite holy city of Qom, pro-government demonstrators chanted “death to American mercenaries”.

On Tuesday, the 78-year-old Khamenei had accused Iran’s adversaries of fomenting the protests.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who has sought to isolate the Tehran leadership, reversing the conciliatory approach of predecessor Barack Obama, said Washington would throw its support behind the protesters at a suitable time.

“Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government. You will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time!” Trump wrote in the latest of a series of tweets on Iran’s turmoil.

In contrast, the leader of Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah group, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, played down the protests as economic discontent, saying they were not rooted in the political issues which spurred huge numbers to demonstrate in 2009 and would end soon.

He described them as “nothing to worry about”.

The protests seem to be spontaneous, without a clear leader, cropping up in working-class neighbourhoods and smaller cities, but the movement seems to be gaining traction among the educated middle class and activists who took part in the 2009 protests.

More than 100 Iranian woman activists voiced support for a new uprising in a statement on Wednesday. Several prominent Iranian lawyers, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, urged Tehran to respect people’s right to freedom of assembly and expression, guaranteed under the constitution.

Some labour unions as well as minority Kurdish opposition groups have also thrown their weight behind the protests.

In Geneva, the U.N. human rights chief urged Iran to rein in security forces to avoid further violence and respect the right to peaceful assembly.

Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, called for “thorough, independent and impartial investigations of all acts of violence”.

Hamidreza Abolhassani, a regional judicial official, said a European citizen had been arrested for leading rioters in the Borujerd area of western Iran and was suspected of having been “trained by European intelligence services”. The detainee’s nationality was not given.


The protests have heaped pressure on President Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate who championed a deal struck with world powers in 2015 to curb Iran’s disputed nuclear programme in return for the lifting of most international sanctions.

Via: uk.reuters.com

Edited for mb3-org.com

What we know about the ‘free speech’ rally planned this weekend on Boston Common

The organizers of a so-called “free speech” rally scheduled to take place on the Boston Common Saturday say the controversial event will go on despite criticism from public officials and reports that several speakers have dropped out.

On Wednesday, organizers received a permit from Boston’s parks department to hold the rally. The permit allows the group space, staging, and amplified sound.

John Medlar, who says he is an organizer for Boston Free Speech, the group behind the rally, told Boston.com Tuesday that his group is not associated with the white supremacists who marched with tiki torches in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend. But the group has admitted in comments on a Facebook post that there would be some “overlap” in attendance between the two rallies.

While Medlar defined Boston Free Speech as “intentionally neutral libertarians,” the Anti-Defamation League said in a blog post Monday the rally “has been organized under the auspices of the alt lite,” also known as the New Right, a “loosely-connected movement whose adherents generally shun white supremacist thinking, but who are in step with the alt right in their hatred of feminists and immigrants, among others.”

In an email late Tuesday, Medlar said he disagreed with this characterization of the rally’s organizers and said he wished the league had reached out to his group directly instead of rushing to judgment.

“We are a grassroots coalition of local progressives, libertarians, and conservatives,” he wrote. ” … The topic of our event is free speech itself, and issues related to free speech. [Every] speaker at this event was invited to speak about issues related to free speech, not their other personal politics.”

Plans for the Boston event emerged on social media after violence erupted at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, which left one person dead after a car rammed into a group of counter-protesters. Two Virginia State Troopers assigned to monitor the demonstrations were also killed when their helicopter crashed. The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.

During a press conference Monday, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said “hate groups” are not welcome in Boston.

“We are a city that believes in free speech, but we will not tolerate incitements to violence,” he said.

“While we maintain that every individual is entitled to their freedom of speech and defend that basic human right, we will not be offering our platform to racism or bigotry,” Boston Free Speech said in a post on its Facebook page.

Here’s what we know so far about the event.

Who is behind the rally?

The rally is being organized by a group called Boston Free Speech, which Medlar said is largely comprised of students in their mid-teens to mid-20s who live in the Greater Boston area.

The 23-year-old Newton native said that, as of Tuesday, the confirmed speakers for the event include Joe Biggs, who worked until recently for Infowars, the website founded by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, and who reportedly promoted the Pizzagate conspiracy theory.

On Wednesday morning, a spokesman for U.S. Senate candidate Shiva Ayyadurai confirmed earlier reports that the Cambridge Republican intends to speak at the rally.

“As a person of color, Shiva feels that speaking at this event will have a great deal of impact and will afford [him] the opportunity to educate the masses about what actually drives the behavior that we saw in [Charlottesville] this past weekend,” Ronald Megna said in an email.

Other speakers previously billed for the rally had included Gavin McInnes, a former Vice Media co-founder and founder of the Proud Boys, a far-right group. After Monday’s press conference by Boston officials, McInnes said on Twitter he would not be attending the event.

McInnes elaborated on his tweet in an interview on Herald Radio.

Medlar said Tuesday that Boston Free Speech is not associated with any of the groups from the Charlottesville rally, doubling-down on a statement put out by the group Saturday and one from June 17.

In its blog post, the Anti-Defamation League said there are “significant differences between what happened in Charlottesville and what’s scheduled for Boston.”

“Unlike Charlottesville, the Boston event, as currently planned, is not a white supremacist gathering,” the post said. “It has been organized under the auspices of the alt lite, which embraces civic nationalism, rather than the alt right, which advocates white nationalism.”

However, the organization later added, “There are a number of people and groups who walk the line between alt right and alt lite, to the extent that it’s not always easy — or even possible — to tell which side they’re on.”

Medlar said the whole point of his group is to “celebrate and promote” the First Amendment.

“We are primarily free speech absolutists,” he said. “We believe that as long as it’s just words that are being exchanged, no matter how much you might hate the words, the best response to speech is with other speech. Not with fists.”

In addition to promoting a May “free speech” rally on the Common, Boston Free Speech has used its Facebook page to encourage people to attend an “anti-Sharia” march and to float the idea of a march against Boston’s sanctuary-city status.

Medlar acknowledged Tuesday that most of the groups that have reached out to be involved with his organization have been “right-wing.”

“They at the moment seem to be the ones that feel their free speech is mostly under threat,” he said. “But we want to have more involvement from liberals and progressives who share our commitment to free speech.”

Medlar said his group is asking anyone attending Saturday’s rally to abide by state law and not bring any weapons, but is also cautioning people to be prepared to protect themselves.

“We are advising people to keep handy some protective gear, such as a helmet or safety goggles in case things get out of hand,” he said. “We want to do everything possible to keep that from happening, but we want to keep people from getting hurt.”

Why are people linking the group to Charlottesville?

The affiliation appears revolve around the Proud Boys’ links to Charlottesville. Jason Kessler, an organizer of the Charlottesville rally who is described as a white nationalist blogger by the Southern Poverty Law Center, reportedly was a member of the Proud Boys and rallied with the group as recently as June.

However, McInnes describes Kessler’s involvement with the group as limited.

“He came to a few meetings and said he wasn’t alt-right. When they saw he was, they booted him,” McInnes tweeted Monday.

In June, the Proud Boys said members of the group should attend the Charlottesville rally if they wanted.

“If a chapter or an individual Proud Boy feels compelled to go, we encourage him to do so,” the group said in a statement. “Chapter autonomy is a big part of the group as well as personal liberty.”

Medlar said Boston Free Speech was originally partnering with the Proud Boys, which has since disassociated itself from the Boston rally. He said the invitations to all of the speakers went out months before the events in Charlottesville.

However, Kessler and the Proud Boys aren’t the only connection between the two rallies.

Augustus Invictus — who headlined the Charlottesville rally and is credited for writing an early draft of a white nationalist manifesto recently published by white supremacist Richard Spencer — had been scheduled to speak at the Boston rally. But Louis, another organizer of the Boston rally, who would only give his first name, told Boston.com that he had since been uninvited.

“We actually have told Augustus not to come in light of Charlottesville,” he said in a Facebook message Monday.

Boston Free Speech was also involved in a rally on the Common in May. As Esquirereported at the time, many of the demonstrators expressed similar far-right or white nationalist sentiment as seen in Charlottesville. Two people — one demonstrator and one counter-protester — were arrested during the May rally after they got into a physical confrontation, according to The Boston Globe.

What are local officials doing?

Walsh and other local officials said the sentiment expressed in Charlottesville will not be tolerated in Boston and had suggested Monday they’d work to prevent the scheduled rally from occurring.

“Boston does not welcome you here,” Walsh said. “Boston does not want you here. Boston rejects your message.”

Medlar said Tuesday his group believed “the mayor has been very much misinformed about what we stand for and our intentions.”

At the press conference Monday, officials also said they were hoping to gain organizers’ cooperation in the run-up to the event. Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said organizers had not yet filed for a permit, but that they were hoping to reach out to work with the group to set parameters for the rally, such as route and stage restrictions. The group then filed for a permit Tuesday afternoon and it was granted Wednesday.

“We have made it clear that we will not tolerate incitements to violence or any threatening behavior,” Walsh said in a statement late Wednesday afternoon. “I ask that everyone join me in making Boston a more inclusive, welcoming, love-filled city for all.”

According to the Globe, the permit limits the rally from noon to 2 p.m. and stipulates that it must be peaceful. Certain items, such as bats and sticks, will be banned, and police have asked people not to bring backpacks.

“We’re often, as police officers, thrust in the middle of protecting groups we don’t necessarily agree with and I think that may be the case on Saturday,” Evans said Monday.

Evans said that he expects counter-protesters to vastly outnumber those participating in the “free speech” rally and that police are planning to use barriers to keep the groups separated. On Wednesday, he said police met with organizers from the rally and a “solidarity” march and they were very cooperative, the Globereported.

Gov. Charlie Baker said during the press conference Monday that those who engage in violence “of any kind” will be held responsible. According to Baker, both state and local police will be working with community organizers to monitor the rallies Saturday and “make sure everyone plays by the rules.”

Will there be a counter-protest?

At least two separate counter-protests have already garnered significant interest.

Several thousand people have indicated on Facebook that they plan to attend a “Fight Supremacy” counter-protest and march that will stretch nearly two miles, from Roxbury to the Common.

“Counter-protests send a message to white supremacists that their hateful rhetoric, physical violence, and fear mongering will not go uncontested,” organizers wrote on Facebook.

In a statement to Boston.com, Monica Cannon, one of the organizers of the counter-protest, said the group does not condone violence — “especially violence perpetrated and supported by the State and white supremacy.”

“We also promote non-violent protests and local organizers are asking people to come out to be non-violent,” Cannon said. “Community safety is a priority of the Movement for Black Lives and we are committed to helping to create a world in which life, particularly black life, is protected.”

Another counter-protest, “Stand for Solidarity,” is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at the State House, across the street from the “free speech” rally. The protest is being organized by the Coalition to Organize and Mobilize Boston Against Trump and Answer Coalition Boston, an anti-racism group.

“We must remain united in struggle and bring the left together to fight against hate and the rise of white nationalism,” organizers wrote. As of Tuesday afternoon, the event had 2,200 expected attendees.

Edited for mb3-org.com


What You Need to Know About the Nazi Rally in Charlottesville, VA


It’s Going Down

On August 12th in Charlottesville, VA, hundreds of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, Alt-Right trolls, and KKK members will reconverge at Emancipation Park in order to hold a protest to “Unite the Right” and in support of a statue of Confederate general, Robert E Lee, which is slated to be removed. While the protest is advertised as a broad mobilization across the right-wing and advertised as a “free speech” rally, the only groups organizing for the event and the only people speaking at it are all connected to the racist Alt-Right and various neo-Nazi and neo-Confederate groups.

Jeff Schoep of the National Socialist Movement (NSM), one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the US promotes the Unite the Right protest. “88” in the website URL stands for the 8th letter in the alphabet, and short for “Heil Hitler.”

These groups do not hide their politics, but they do cloak it in irony and memes while openly using racial slursclaiming that Jews control the worldcalling for genocide and ethnic cleansing, and promoting and endorsing violence. The rally will mark the third white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville in the past four months; as Richard Spencer led a series of rallies in May and the Ku-Klux-Klan gathered in July, all around the same statue.

As the Unite the Right protest draws closer, Alt-Right trolls and neo-Nazis have increased their calls from the safe space of the internet, for violence and openly are talking about bringing weapons and concealed firearms. Moreover, on various Alt-Right and neo-Nazi websites which are promoting Unite the Right, attendees have even made a “hit list” of local political leaders and police, referring to them as “n*ggers” and “Jews,” while in the media the Alt-Right has worked hard to portray itselves as nonviolent and ‘not racist.’ Nothing could be further from the truth. 

Neo-Nazi podcast with Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler describes counter-demonstration as a “chimp out,” a racist reference to black people.

Despite their giddy excitement about using violence, the Unite the Right protest is being promoted from a place of victimization. Regardless of the fact that members of the Alt-Right have carried out numerous murders, arson attacks, and racist acts of intimidation – they claim that they are the real victims. 

Their Facebook event page even hilariously reads:

[T]he City of Charlottesville and roving mobs of Antifa have cracked down on the First Amendment rights of conservatives and right wing activists…This is an event which seeks to unify the right-wing against a totalitarian Communist crackdown, to speak out against displacement level immigration policies in the United States and Europe.

If anyone has their head so far up Alex Jones’ ass that they need a reality check, the truth is that the State has not cracked down on conservatives or the Right. In Charlottesville, despite massive outcry from the local population, the City Council and police have kept the permit for the neo-Nazi rally in place, bowing to pressure from Alt-Right lawyers. While the Alt-Right might like to think there is a “totalitarian Communist crackdown,” in reality the State has targeted poor communities of color, immigrants, refugees, and protesters while giving the far-Right free reign.

Even several of the leaders who are speaking at Unite the Right will attest to this reality. In a recent podcast on Fash the Nation, Richard Spencer and Mike Peinovich, two prominent neo-Nazi organizers who are speaking at the protest, discussed how both the Trump administration and Steve Bannon in particular are holding back both police and the FBI from harassing them, giving them the “space to destroy.”

From Salon.com:

“He’s going to give us space to operate, and frankly, it is space to destroy,” Peinovich continued.

“Now is the time that we have to make hay while the sun shines . . . while these investigations of ‘domestic terrorist groups’ are not being funded by the government, they’re not being pushed by the Department of Homeland Security” argued one of the co-hosts of the program, an anonymous former Republican political staffer who calls himself Jazzhands McFeels.

“We’d probably be facing fucking [racketeering] charges or some shit like that,” Peinovich said, discussing what he believed might have happened if Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 presidential election.

“We have to use these four years to grow into something that can’t be defeated by that kind of thing,” Peinovich said, referring to possible future investigations of neo-fascist groups.

“They kind of expect us to be doing this. I’m not saying he’s our guy, but they want — at least Bannon, I would think — wants us to be able to operate in that space. So we should and we are,” [Jazzhands] said.

Alt-Right and neo-Nazi groups feel emboldened, empowered, and protected by police and the Trump administration – not attacked by it. With this in mind, they are attempting to play on fears of ‘antifa’ and Black Lives Matter promoted by Trump aligned media outlets like Breitbart and Fox News, in order to turn out rank and file people on the Right.

There’s just one problem: the Alt-Right has been picking fights and laughing at militia members and groups like the Oath Keepers over “muh freeze peach” and fighting with the various Alt-Lite organizations and leaders for months. Because of this, it seems many of them won’t be showing up for Unite the Right, and instead are leaving the door open for the most hardcore neo-Nazi elements of the Alt-Right to come in and fly their colors.

KKK member and III%er arguing about Unite the Right, while KKK member attacks militia member’s mixed racial child. So much for uniting the Right!

At a time when openly racist and fascist groups feel the most emboldened and protected by the government, the President, and the police – it’s important that we as everyday working and poor people arm ourselves with knowledge of what is really going on, so we can better organize ourselves and our communities in defense against these groups who are bent on using violence and intimidation to further their politics, either from behind a keyboard or carrying an assault rifle.

At the end of the day, what the Alt-Right wants most of all is to unite the various white supremacist and Neo-Nazi factions together, under a strong leadership. They are also hoping to bring in and indoctrinate a variety of Alt-Lite individuals and groups, such as the Proud Boys and people like Kyle “Based Stickman” Chapman, and ultimately make them move from “civic nationalism” to “white nationalism.”

Lastly, the Alt-Right hopes to distance itself from its image of being a ‘rent a troll’ army that helped get Trump elected and lined the pockets of hucksters from Milo Yiannopoulos to Steve Bannon. But moreover, as stated in online forms and in social media, the Alt-Right hopes to “demoralize” community members who come out to demonstrate against them by crushing anyone that stands in their way.

But despite everything that the police, local city government, and the white supremacists would throw at us, thousands of people are coming to Charlottesville and will mobilize and converge to defend their city and region against the growing neo-Nazi threat of the Alt-Right. Across a broad range of organizations, movements, lines of race and gender, beliefs of faith, and communities, people are holding meetings, teach-ins, and talking with their neighbors about the need to drive out the white supremacists.

Here’s what you need to know. 

The Protest is Being Spearheaded by Jason Kessler, Who was Fired from Tucker Carlson’s The Daily Caller for Being a White Supremacist

Jason Kessler is the principal organizer of the Unite the Right protest, and is a long time organizer in Charlottesville around Alt-Right and white supremacist causes. Throughout his career, Kessler has campaigned long and hard to keep the Charlottesville statue of Robert E. Lee from being taken down and done everything to further his cause from petition drives, rallies, getting arrested for fighting, and now: working with neo-Nazis.

Over the past few months, Kessler’s descent into full blown neo-Nazism and white supremacist politics has only intensified, leading some of his former associates to distance themselves from Kessler, claiming that they want nothing to do with him or the Unite the Right protest.

Kessler speaks to media at a press conference with protection from the 1% biker gang ‘The Warlocks’ behind him for intimidation. The Warlocks have a long and violent history of crime, but they’re some of the only allies that Kessler can buy.

Moreover, locally Kessler has attempted to align himself with a violent biker gang for protection. At a recent press conference about the Unite the Right rally, Kessler was flanked by the outlaw 1% biker club the Warlocks for protection. A quick look at the history of the Warlocksreveals a group connected to violent crime, carrying out many of the same acts that Kessler states people of color are genetically predestined to commit:

In 1991, 12 members of the Warlocks MC — including former national president John “Spike” Ingrao — were indicted by a federal grand jury in Orlando, FL on drug, explosives, and weapons violations. That November Ingrao was sentenced to 9 years in federal prison for attempting to sell 525 lbs of marijuana, transferring 21 machine guns, and selling 84 homemade bombs to undercover ATF agents.

Ingrao had also told ATF agents about the Warlocks MC “wrecking crew,”an elite group of members whose job was, as he put it, “taking care of business.” In the words of one federal agent, this meant killing rival gang members by “using explosives and also using Colombian hit men.”

In 2011 Warlocks member James Madison Bedsole was sentenced to life in prison for the 2009 murder of a man who accidentally knocked over a motorcycle outside of a central Florida bar. And in 2014, a Warlock named Victor Amaro was found guilty on two counts of second degree murder in connection with a deadly shootout at a Winter Springs VFW.

Kessler’s links with the Alt-Right and neo-Nazis have also caused him to be fired from his position at the The Daily Caller (run by none other than Tucker Carlson), after he wrote an article about a white nationalist rally headed by Richard Spencer which he attended and spoke atearlier this summer.

Kessler has also been a regular contributor to a wide variety of white supremacist websites, shares a wide variety of neo-Nazi articles and memes, appears on various white supremacist podcasts, and has also been a regular poster on online forums favorited by the Alt-Right.

But while Kessler may be the public face of Unite the Right, those that he is bringing to town are much, much more frightening.

Despite Claiming to Bring Together Different Sections of the Right, Most of the Groups Organizing the Protest Are Part of White Supremacist and Neo-Nazi Groups

The original idea behind the Unite the Right protest was that it would bridge the gap between Trump supporters, ‘Alt-Lite’ groups such as the Proud Boys, and the hardcore white supremacists and neo-Nazis in the Alt-Right. This would essentially take the hodge podge of people who have been attending the various “Free Speech” and pro-Trump rallies across the US since March, and bring them out to a demonstration under Alt-Right leadership. By and large this effort has been a total failure, and instead the protest has sought to draw more and more from outright neo-Nazi elements with long and violent histories in order to bring in more shock troops.

Here’s a look at some of the groups attending:

Identity Evropa: Formed by ex-Marine Nathan Damigo who after attacking a cab driver, became ‘racialized’ in prison from reading the works of KKK leader David Duke. Once out, Damigo transitioned the neo-Nazi group the Nationalist Youth Front (NYF) into Identity Evropa in order to appeal to a more upper-middle class and college educated demographic, largely borrowing from ‘white identity’ groups in Europe that took the language of identity politics and used it as a way to obscure neo-Nazi ideology.

Identity Evropa member giving Nazi salute at protest in Minneapolis, 2016.

Since Identity Evropa began in 2016, the group has been linked to racist harassment and threats of violence against a college dean with biracial children, numerous violent clashes at protests, and white supremacist vandalism across the US.

In May of 2017, a neo-Nazi associated with Identity Evropa was outed as a known pedophile. IE members have also been documented giving Nazi salutes at demonstrations and using white supremacist symbols. Damigo has referred to IE as the “SS” of the Alt-Right and claims that they have 450 members operating across the US, primarily based out of colleges. IE’s goal is to transition their members into leaders in positions of authority in order to further their white supremacist goals.

From the Facebook page of the band, Negro Terror

In recent months in Florida, Identity Evropa members have disrupted several liberal events and racial justice trainings, and according to the African-American punk band, Negro Terror, in late July IE leader Nathan Damigo threatened to violently turn one of their shows into a “boot party.”

Vanguard America: After accusations of snitching and pedophila destroyed the group American Vanguard, which itself was a split from the “IronMarch” neo-Nazi web forum, Vanguard America (VA) was born. VA is much like Identity Evropa in that it tailors to a younger and internet based Alt-Right audience and spends much of it’s time putting up posters and stickers. However unlike IE, much of VA’s aesthetics borrow more from classical neo-Nazism and make more open reference to it. For instance, it’s website “Blood and Soil” is borrowed from the slogan of the Nazi Party, and their logo shows an eagle carrying the fasces, a weapon most associated with fascism.