Report Back-Houston Anarchist Book Fair 9/24/17

Today in Houston, local anarchists and other leftist groups came together to host a book fair featuring workshops, speakers, and free literature. For a city that has lost so much over the past month, one would think that such a wholesome fucking event would be free of Nazi attempts at intimidation. Unfortunately, that is not the world we live in.

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Between 20-30 members of the white supremacist group, Vanguard America gathered outside the book fair.  Remember them? Vanguard America made headlines in August when one of their members James Alex Fields, drove his car into a group of anti-fascists, killing Heather Heyer and injuring several others. Their members like to dress up in khakis and white polo shirts (mayo, anyone?), chant “Blood and Soil”, and look like the Nazis they are….btw, nice mask.

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From a comrade:

“So, today I went to the Anarchist Book Fair in Houston. It started off on time and was going smoothly until the folks volunteering to run security had all their walkie talkies blow up with chatter. Seconds later they asked for more people to help hold the doors and Nazis were here.  At 11:30 around 20-30 white nationalists in polo shirts and white and black masks and a banner with the slogan “Blood and Soil” on it rushed towards the door. I’m uncertain if they tried to cross the door or not. By the time i got to the door, a handful were at the top of the steps shouting “Come Punch a Nazi”.

By this time, most people had masked up and the Nazis had popped white and black smoke flair’s. We made preparations to barricade the doors and people had gone to the supply closet and broke mops and brooms and passed around the Handel’s in case we needed to use them.

By this time they had gathered at the bottom of the stairs and began to chant “anti white” a few times till it petered out and they began chanting “Blood and Soil”. After 15 minutes they had left and we went out to escort people in who were attempting to attend the book fair. We saw one cop car sitting on the corner, who did not make an attempt to step in. Nobody was hurt and we went back to our fair and our scheduled workshops.”

It should also be mentioned that this comrade is currently engaging in mutal aid with Houston grassroots group. Groups such as BASH are working tirelessly to provide basic medical care and necccessities to oppressed Houston communities in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

In Solidarity.

 

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Justina Thatcher

In the aftermath of the horrific events at Charlottesville, many news outlets were quick to point out the role women have played in the white supremacist movement, and how the surge of white nationalism being experienced today is not strictly a male phenomenon. One of the women actively supporting white nationalism in Colorado Springs is Justina Thatcher.

Planer and Thatcher. Note Planer’s “love your folk” shirt with circular rune used by groups like American Vanguard.

Thatcher is the girlfriend/romantic interest of William Scott Planer, who was arrested in July for his role in vandalizing a Jewish Community Center. Planer had also served as the lead organizer in Colorado for Matthew Heimbach’s Traditionalist Worker Party (TWP) here in Colorado. The TWP supports the creation of white ethno-states and believes LGBTQ+ people and interracial couples should be sent to “reeducation camps.” Before coming to Colorado Planer had a long affiliation with the Hanmerskins and the Golden State Skinheads, participating in a violent rally in Sacramento in 2016.


Throughout Planer’s career as a white nationalist activist and organizer, Thatcher has stood by him. Even after his hate-crime arrest for vandalism, Thatcher continues to support him. She was recently seen at Planer’s extradition hearing at the El Paso County Courthouse in Colorado Springs.

Thatcher with Nazi Elliot Smith, Josh Yeakel

While there, Thatcher also met with the current TWP lead organizer, Joshua Yeakel. Like Planer and Yeakel, Thatcher is a white supremacist and a Nazi. Since Planer’s arrest another synagogue was vandalized and an entire neighborhood was defaced with racist graffiti. We’re not big gamblers here, but we bet Thatcher knows the folks responsible. We’d also bet she knows the identity of the other person who was recorded committing vandalism as well.


This week flyers for the TWP appeared near East High School in Denver. Flyers bearing the “white genocide” dog whistle, “You Will Not Replace Us,” appeared in downtown Colorado Springs. Despite what can only be described as routs in Charlottesville, Boston, and Berkeley in the last month, the Nazis in Colorado and across the nation continue their attempts to recruit and organize. Their support networks, which largely consist of “tradlife” women devoted to the cause, must be shut down. A Nazi is a Nazi, regardless of gender.

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SkrewdriverandWhite Girl Bleed A Lot are both totally normal things for people to be into.

Charlottesville Participant: Shane Reeves

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Shane Reeves is a resident of Boulder, Colorado who took part in the Charlottesville rally last Saturday which resulted in the death of Heather Heyer. Shane is affiliated with the Colorado III%ers, and was at the June 10th March Against Sharia in Denver.

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Shane in the sunglasses next to redneck Oderus Urungus
Fun fact: Shane was actually a generator mechanic in the Army. He didn’t have the guts to choose a combat arms MOS where people could actually shoot at him, so now he tries to act hard by playing dress up at political rallies with the other LARPers and mouth-breathing Ancaps. You know, when he isn’t attending explicitly racist political rallies across the country. It boggles our mind that Colorado Nazis would fly all the way to Virginia to get their asses kicked when they could do that here for free.

 

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He also brags about being a member of other violent, racist organizations:

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If his work is sketchy about his connection to the Alt-Knights I wonder how they would feel about the fact that he went to Charlottesville? Any movers in Boulder know Shane? If so please tell him Denver Nazi Josh Yeakel said he’s a cuck.

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Reeves in Charlottesville guarding goat-murderer and rapist Augustus Invictus, center in blue shirt and tie.

Statement Re: John Venezia Park

It’s come to our attention that a bunch of blatantly leftist graffiti has shown up in John Venezia Park in Briargate, featuring Hammer and Sickle iconography, the Anarchist circle A, and slogans like “Left Solida” and “Antifa.” As far as we have been able to determine, no one affiliated with our group was responsible for it.

While graffiti and acts of vandalism are a tried and true part of the radical leftist handbook, as a rule we actually try to avoid community centers and parks, which are actually designed for people, and focus on the state apparatus and edifices of capitalism. If we wanted to vandalize Briargate there are much more meaningful targets than a public park.

Facebook and Twitter are full of fake antifa pages with hyperbolic, ironic SJW language designed to undermine Anti-fascist movements and turn the public [even more] against us. People will believe what they want to believe, but the actions at John Venezia Park aren’t our doing. If we had to guess it’s probably members of the Daily Stormer crew who call themselves the “Springsreich,” who, after being doxxed by us (Hey Aureliuss!), confronted and expelled whenever they have the nerve to show their faces (Joshua Flight), and even arrested for their anti-semitic vandalism (William Scott Planer), have adopted the totally beta 4chan tactic of false flag actions. The master race strikes again!

We can’t say for certain, all we know is it wasn’t us. In the future, if you want to commit false flag actions to tie to “Antifa” tag a Starbucks or a McDonalds, slash the tires on a cop car, smash a Wells Fargo ATM, or shoplift a bunch of food from Wal-Mart and give it to a homeless shelter. We’ll totally take the credit for that.

Actions speak louder than words and fake graffiti. As always, we’ll see you on the streets.

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Report Back – Co Springs Trans Rights Rally

We had been wondering what the local Nazi’s had been up to ever since their main man William Planer had been arrested on violent felony charges a couple weeks ago. As it turns out, they’ve been up to their same old shit.

For two groups that claim no affiliation with each other, The Proud Boys and the Neo-Nazis of Colorado Springs to like to employ the same lame-ass tactics as each other, namely, showing up to events hosted by peaceful liberals with the intention of supporting our marginalized communities, trying to cause a shit storm. Classy, we know.

And in the latest installment of this weak, seemingly useless tactic, we had a local neo-nazi show up to a rally at City Hall. This was a rally showing support and solidarity to our awesome trans community. You would think that they would learn their lesson and stop showing up, because they’ve had their asses kicked every time.  But I mean hey, we already knew that Nazis weren’t smart.

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Sure enough, we spotted this guy, who we believe to be a Joshua E Flight, standing in the crowd, wearing a green hat with a Reichsadler pin on it. He was taking notes on the speakers, most of whom were trans, and attempting to take photo’s of anyone he thought might be a ‘threat’ to his white-ethno state ideals. Little did he know, the whole fucking community is a threat to him and his fascist ideals. If anyone know’s anything more about Joshua, please let us know. We’d love to have a conversation with him and hash this out.

As soon as Joshua was outed as a Nazi, the whole rally turned on him. He was pushed down the city hall steps and cornered. His notebook was promptly seized, and he was kept cornered until the cops showed up. As always, the cops took the side of the far right, and safely brought the nazi over to them for a nice little conversation.

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“oh! cool hat”

“Thanks officer, i got it on eBay, i can tell you the seller if you’d like”

“Aw, no, that’s ok. I’ve already got a bunch at home!”

In the cop’s attempt to ‘de-escalate’ the situation (keep their Nazi comrade safe) they told Joshua to leave the area. As he left, several antifascist activists followed him around the block, eventually catching up to him a few blocks from city hall. Here, he was cornered again, and it was made VERY clear to him that he shall not be coming back to one of these events.

Shortly after, dozens of community members that had been attending the rally rushed over to the antifascists side. In a beautiful display of solidarity, about 50 members of our community made it clear to this Nazi fuck that we are stronger that his hate. Clearly flustered, he jumped into his Jeep and drove away.

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Safe to say, I don’t think he’ll be back. And if he does come back, we will be ready for him.

#DefendJ20 – Colorado Springs

July 20-27th is the International Week of Solidarity with the J20 defendants. On Inauguration Day, anti-Trump protesters were kettled and mass-arrested in Washington D.C. Many of those mass arrestees are facing multiple felony charges and up to 75 years in prison simply for showing up to a protest and being in the vicinity of a black bloc. These mass arrests and heavy sentences are a show of force by the state, with the intent of chilling political protest.

July 25th is also the International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist prisoners. We stand in solidarity with and commend the actions of people like Dane Powell, a J20 protester who plead guilty and took a plea deal when faced with what is functionally a life sentence for protesting.

These examples of state-overreach and excessive policing are not limited to Inauguration Day protests. We in Colorado Springs have also experienced harassment by Law Enforcement due to our political activism. We’ve reported on the infiltrators “Mark Jackson” and “Aimee Walter,” but recent information released as part of an ongoing legal battle between the Colorado Springs Socialists and the City of Colorado Springs reveals that Mark Jackson and Aimee Walter were in fact paid law enforcement officers. We assumed they were militia jerk-offs due to the fact that their roles as infiltrators were discovered rather early, and by the socialists. All shit-talking aside, while we appreciate their efforts to end capitalism the Colorado Springs Socialists are not exactly counter-intelligence experts. If the Socialists could figure out that those folks were under cover officers they might want to consider another line of work. To that end, here are some pictures of “Mark Jackson” during his staged arrest:
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While it’s not surprising that law enforcement would target a leftist political group, it is surprising they chose to target one in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We’re not Washington D.C. or New York. The bulk of our activities have been relatively benign. As much as it pains us to admit it, we haven’t smashed any windows or set any trash cans on fire.

So why are law enforcement agencies expending time and tax payer money to infiltrate political groups? During Jackson’s arrest the officer on the body cam admits that Jackson is not a local CSPD officer, but could be from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. The same Sherrif’s Office that has had quite a few legal issues recently. How much effort is being put forth by local law enforcement to infiltrate the right-wing extremist groups we’ve mentioned on this page? How can they afford to plant at least two undercover officers in what is essentially a Marxist student reading group? What did the state of Colorado possibly gain from that short-lived venture? Why did law enforcement spend so much effort going after commies and antifa, but it took them over a month to act on information about white supremacist William Scott Planer (our post ran June 17th, 2017, Planer was arrested just last week)? What efforts are being made to infiltrate the armed and explicitly anti-government groups like the III%ers?

None, obviously. But they’re spending tax dollars on salary and overtime for under cover officers to track down socialists and anti-fascists. On a national level they’re protecting white supremacists at rallies and events. They’re murdering people of color, and getting away with it. All this while the government spends ridiculous sums of money on terrible foreign policy, barely functional airplanes, and attempts at repealing and replacing the sad, shitty excuse for healthcare we were barely able to wring from the hands of the last liberal president. All this while oil companies violate treaties with indigenous people, ignore the will of local residents, and even kill citizens. All this while Flint, Michigan STILL doesn’t have clean drinking water. For that matter, neither does Fountain or Security just south of Colorado Springs.

Fuck the state and those who support it. We stand in Solidarity not only with the J20 defendants, but with antifascist prisoners everywhere.

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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.

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The Chalkboard at the Smiling Toad.
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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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Luke Purswell
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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.

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Martin Meyers (L, large stupid beard) and John Sexton (R, small stupid beard)
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Brian Lamb
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New addition James Miller
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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.