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The head of one of the nation’s longest-running neo-Nazi groups recently turned control of the organization over to an African-American ordained minister who wants to dismantle the group from the inside.
But the story gets much weirder than that.
Each side is now accusing the other of fraud, with the former leadership of the National Socialist Movement (NSM) and California activist James Hart Stern each threatening legal action over control of the organization.
In a Wednesday interview with TPM, recently retired NSM “commander” Jeff Schoep said that he was persuaded under false pretenses to formally turn the reins over to Stern. Schoep also released a statement saying Stern has “no legal control or legal standing with” the NSM.
Stern told TPM he simply outsmarted the NSM, and that he’s filing a restraining order to halt Schoep from trying to interfere with a group he no longer controls.
The fight brewing over the last week escalated on Wednesday, when the NSM submitted a new incorporation filing to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs replacing Stern with NSM member Acacia Dietz as the registered agent for the group. Schoep told TPM that Stern’s leadership was based solely on these documents, and that they’ve now “been fixed.”
A spokesman for the department confirmed to TPM that “anyone” can file these documents, and that the state has no process for confirming that changes in corporate leadership are legitimate.
But Stern told TPM that he has other proof that Schoep legally authorized him to assume control of the NSM, including recordings of phone conversations and a notarized affidavit.
Stern provided TPM with a copy of the affidavit allegedly signed by Schoep on Feb. 27, which reads, “I am assuring everyone that this is not an un-sincere move to inactivate this group. James Hart Stern has assured me he will not carry on the organization as it was do [sic] to his polar opposite views.”
“This was not just a stunt,” it continues.
The document (pictured below) contains multiple grammatical errors, additional words, and repeated misspellings of Schoep’s name.
Stern said he plans to file a restraining order against Schoep for violating that agreement in Riverside County, California, where Stern lives, on Wednesday.
This bizarre situation further complicates the legal battle that was already embroiling the NSM and led to Stern being named president of the group in the first place.
The NSM and Schoep are among the many defendants named in a federal lawsuit brought on behalf of 11 Virginia residents injured during the violent white supremacist rally that erupted in Charlottesville in the summer of 2017.
Stern managed to convince Schoep that having him assume control of the NSM would relieve the group of legal liability in that suit, both men agree.
But exactly why and how this happened depends on who you ask. Stern and Schoep have almost opposite accounts of how this came to pass, as the men first told the Washington Post, though they agree they were acquaintances who were in regular contact over the past several years.
That contact was rooted in Stern’s unlikely friendship with former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard Edgar Ray Killen. The pair were cellmates in a Mississippi prison while Stern was serving time for defrauding the Magnolia State’s licensed cosmetologists and Killen was serving a 60-year sentence for his role in orchestrating the infamous 1964 murders of three young civil rights workers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner.
Killen ended up signing over power of attorney to Stern, and Stern used that authority in 2016 to dissolve the KKK chapter that Killen once ran.
Stern and Schoep each allege that the other made first contact around 2014 to discuss the unusual relationship that Stern had with Killen, and remained in touch in the following years. They even held a “race relations summit” in California attended by members of the NSM and black activists.
Both men say that they would exchange semi-regular phone calls, in which Schoep divulged to Stern that he felt ready to move on from the neo-Nazi organization he’d run since 1994.
In Stern’s telling, Schoep was exhausted by the Charlottesville suit and eager for the opportunity to leave the movement’s legal entanglements and interpersonal beefs behind. Stern said he offered to assume control of the NSM so that Schoep could do so.
According to Schoep, Stern assured him that the plaintiffs had promised to “dismiss myself and the NSM off the case” if he agreed to the leadership change and obtained proof that “it was a sincere thing.”
So he did. As the Southern Poverty Law Center first reported on Feb. 15, Schoep signed papers with the Michigan Department of Licensing naming Stern the leader of the organization. Schoep also fired the white nationalist-affiliated attorney, Jim Kolenich, who was representing himself and the NSM in that case.
But he didn’t anticipate what happened next. Stern promptly filed a motion asking the judge in the Charlottesville case to find the NSM culpable of conspiring to commit violence at the “Unite the Right” rally.
Judge Joel Hoppe said he could not take up the motion, noting that Stern was not an attorney and could not therefore claim to represent the NSM.
Per a transcript of a March 1 telephone hearing provided to TPM, the judge ordered Stern to obtain representation for the group and Schoep to obtain representation for himself. He also indicated that he had no interest in allowing the NSM leadership struggle to delay the case, which is slated to go to trial in late 2019 or early 2020.
As part of pre-trial discovery in the case, the judge ordered all the defendants to turn over their electronic devices and social media accounts for forensic imaging by Friday, March 8.
In the meantime, Schoep and Stern have been bashing each other in the press, with Stern claiming he “outwitted” the ex-NSM leader and Schoep insisting he’d been hoodwinked.
The lifelong neo-Nazi told TPM that Stern was “pure evil” for misleading him about his intentions for the case and the future of the group.
“He knew that I was stepping away from the movement,” Schoep said of his “retirement.” “Instead of facilitating or trying to help with that, he manipulated and deceived me, like he said. And then tried to manipulate a court case in order to destroy an organization that I was in the process of leaving behind.”
Schoep said he planned to surface details of Stern’s eccentric background, which includes a history of filing seemingly frivolous lawsuits and at least one other prison stint. As the Jackson Free Press once reported, Stern, who also goes by the name Akeem Reinsfield, once filed a $61 million lawsuit against Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton for criticizing the movie “Barbershop”; sued the California Department of Corrections for failing to use sterilized hair-cutting instruments; and sued a Mississippi county clerk for allegedly committing perjury in his criminal case.
Stern said Schoep was just “upset” that he’d singlehandedly destroyed the organization that he’d led for decades.
“It’s my job to dismantle this group,” Stern said of the NSM.
“It’s like lightning strikes again,” Stern added, nodding at his relationship with the former KKK grand wizard. “It’s happened to me before.”
Without notifying his followers or even his inner circle, the longtime president of a legacy neo-Nazi group has signed over its control to a black civil rights activist from California.
James Hart Stern is the new leader of the National Socialist Movement, and his first move as president was to ask a Virginia judge to find the group guilty of conspiring to commit violence at the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, allegations made in a lawsuit filed that year by a counterprotester against NSM and other white-nationalist groups.
Stern’s control over the neo-Nazi group and his swift actions to self-incriminate it have confounded the NSM’s members and perplexed those who study hate groups, largely because he and the group’s former president, Jeff Schoep, have not spoken publicly since the formal paperwork was filed in mid-February.
Stern, who spoke with The Washington Post on Friday, said he had been waiting for a court hearing on the lawsuit scheduled for that morning before sharing the full story – one that he said includes infiltration, persuasion and a hint of manipulation.
For five years, the two men had fostered a strange kind of relationship, Stern said. And when Schoep came to Stern for legal advice over the lawsuit in January, the California activist said he “saw a crack in the armor” and pounced. Schoep wanted a way out of NSM, Stern said, because he felt underappreciated by his followers and left out of the mainstream white-nationalist movement that had swept the country in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.
Schoep was concerned about the repercussions of the Charlottesville lawsuit and the legal bills he was shouldering, Stern said, and he confided in the California activist as he sought solutions. So Stern, seeing an opportunity, said he encouraged Schoep to get a fresh start – by handing over control of the Detroit-based organization and website to Stern.
And Schoep said yes.
In mid-January, Schoep filed incorporation paperwork with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to formally transfer the National Socialist Movement to Stern, according to documents filed with the state. By Feb. 15, Stern was listed in court documents for the lawsuit as NSM’s representative. Stern is not listed as an individual defendant in the suit.
“I did the hard and dangerous part,” Stern said. “As a black man, I took over a neo-Nazi group and outsmarted them.”
Now, he’s preparing for what comes next – and seeking guidance from Jewish leaders. Stern said he does not plan to dissolve the corporation because he doesn’t want Schoep’s followers, or others in the white-nationalist movement, to reincorporate it. His plans for the website are still evolving, but his primary goal is to offer it as a reclaimed space to Jewish organizations that could help him educate NSM’s followers on the history of the Holocaust.
“Everything is out in the open,” Stern said. “My plans and intentions are not to let this group prosper. It’s my goal to set some hard records right.”
This isn’t the first time Stern has befriended a white supremacist so he could infiltrate a hate group. While serving prison time in Mississippi for mail fraud, Stern was cellmates with onetime Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen, who was convicted in the “Mississippi Burning” killings of three civil rights workers. Stern said Killen regularly called him a racial slur in the year and a half they shared a jail cell, but the two nevertheless formed a relationship.
In 2012, after Stern was out of prison, Killen granted him power of attorney and ownership of 40 acres of land, Stern said. In 2016, Stern used his legal discretion to dissolve the Klan organization Killen once led and garnered media attention. Two years later, Killen died at age 92.
It was that case that piqued Schoep’s interest in Stern, according to the activist. Stern said that in 2014 Schoep called him without notice and asked several questions about his relationship with Killen. The two later met in Beverly Hills for a small race summit and have maintained phone contact ever since.
They talked about the facts of the Holocaust, the ugliness of the Nazi swastika and the fallibility of Schoep’s white-nationalist ideals, Stern said. “From day one, I always told him: ‘I don’t agree with you; I don’t like you,’ ” Stern said. “I talked to him because I wanted to hope to change him.”
Stern said he was “blunt” with Schoep but that the man still “confided” in him about personal and professional strife.
“He knew that he had the most vulnerable, the most loose-cannon members that they had even had in the organization,” Stern said. “He realized somebody was going to commit a crime, and he was going to be held responsible for it.”
Schoep took control of NSM in 1994 and was responsible for growing its membership and brand as an organization of Holocaust deniers and Adolf Hitler acolytes. The group maintains a website that draws in millions of visitors from around the world, Stern said, and has organized public rallies where violence has broken out.
The group, whose members wear SS-like uniforms that mirror those worn in Nazi Germany, was founded under a different name in 1974 by two former officials of the American Nazi Party, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. “Signing over leadership of an organization this old is the equivalent of a death sentence in the white-nationalist movement,” said Keegan Hankes, an SPLC research analyst. “It’s one of the strangest things I’ve seen since I started tracking these things five years ago.”
Schoep did not respond to a request for comment from The Post on Friday, nor did several of the people listed on the NSM website as leaders within the organization. One man who identifies himself as SS Capt. Harry Hughes III and is listed as the public relations director for NSM, said in an email that he is “not involved in the NSM’s legal affairs and am not at liberty to discuss anything, until Commander Schoep personally makes a statement.”
“Just like you and the rest of the media, I’m waiting in suspense, too,” Hughes added.
Matthew Heimbach, a leading white-nationalist figure who briefly served as community outreach director of the organization last year, told the Associated Press that there has been conflict between NSM’s leaders, including Schoep, and its membership. Heimbach estimated the group had 40 dues-paying members last year.
The biggest challenge the group has faced, the SPLC’s Hankes said, was being outshone by the more refined efforts of new alt-right leaders such as Richard Spencer. There was tension within the organization about the need for a shift to a less violent, less explicit brand of neo-Nazism, he said.
“A lot of these groups see [NSM] as extremely detrimental to anything regarding identity politics,” Hankes said.
Stern told The Post that he and Schoep discussed this infighting and that Schoep expressed a desire to leave NSM behind and start a new organization with less baggage. Though Schoep is not longer legally affiliated with NSM, he still faces the lawsuit because he is listed as a defendant in an individual capacity.
“It’s definitely not good for him, and it shouldn’t be good for him,” Stern said. “You spend 25 years terrorizing people, you can’t rebrand overnight. It doesn’t work like that.”
James Stern of Jackson, Miss., at a news conference in Jackson, Miss. on June 14, 2012. One of the largest and oldest neo-Nazi groups in the U.S. appears to have an unlikely new leader: Stern, a black activist who has vowed to dismantle it.Rogelio V. Solis / AP file
One of the nation’s largest neo-Nazi groups appears to have an unlikely new leader: a black activist who has vowed to dismantle it.
Court documents filed Thursday suggest James Hart Stern wants to use his new position as director and president of the National Socialist Movement to undermine the Detroit-based group’s defense against a lawsuit.
The NSM is one of several extremist groups sued over bloodshed at a 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Stern’s filing asks a federal court in Virginia to issue a judgment against the group before one of the lawsuits goes to trial.
Stern replaced Jeff Schoep as the group’s leader in January, according to Michigan corporate records. But those records and court documents say nothing about how or why Stern got the position. His feat invited comparisons to the recent Spike Lee movie “BlacKkKlansman” in which a black police officer infiltrates a branch of the Ku Klux Klan.
Neither Stern, who lives in Moreno Valley, California, nor Schoep responded Thursday to emails and calls seeking comment.
Matthew Heimbach, a leading white nationalist figure who briefly served as the NSM’s community outreach director last year, said Schoep and other group leaders have been at odds with rank-and-file members over its direction. Heimbach said some members “essentially want it to remain a politically impotent white supremacist gang” and resisted ideological changes advocated by Schoep.
Heimbach said Schoep’s apparent departure and Stern’s installation as its leader probably spell the end of the group in its current form. Schoep was 21 when he took control of the group in 1994 and renamed it the National Socialist Movement, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“I think it’s kind of a sad obit for one of the longest-running white nationalist organizations,” said Heimbach, who estimates it had about 40 active, dues-paying members last year.
The group has drawn much larger crowds at rallies.
NSM members used to attend rallies and protests in full Nazi uniforms, including at a march in Toledo, Ohio, that sparked a riot in 2005. More recently, Schoep tried to rebrand the group and appeal to a new generation of racists and anti-Semites by getting rid of such overt displays of Nazi symbols.
It appeared that Stern had been trying for at least two years to disrupt the group. A message posted on his website said he would be meeting with Schoep in February 2017 “to sign a proclamation acknowledging the NSM denouncing being a white supremacist group.”
“I have personally targeted eradicating the (Ku Klux Klan) and the National Socialist Movement, which are two organizations here in this country which have all too long been given privileges they don’t deserve,” Stern said in a video posted on his site.
On Wednesday, lawyers for the plaintiffs suing white supremacist groups and movement leaders over the Charlottesville violence asked the court to sanction Schoep. They say he has ignored his obligations to turn over documents and give them access to his electronic devices and social media accounts. They also claim Schoep recently fired his attorney as a stalling tactic.
A federal magistrate judge in Charlottesville ruled last Friday that Stern cannot represent the NSM in the case because he does not appear to be a licensed attorney. That did not deter Stern from filing Thursday’s request for summary judgment against his own group.
“It is the decision of the National Socialist Movement to plead liable to all causes of actions listed in the complaint against it,” he wrote.
Stern served a prison sentence for mail fraud at the same facility as onetime Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen, who was convicted in the “Mississippi Burning” killings of three civil rights workers. Killen died in January 2018.
In 2012, Stern claimed Killen signed over to him power of attorney and ownership of 40 acres of land while they were serving prison terms together. A lawyer for Killen asked a judge to throw out the land transfer and certify that Killen and his family owned the property.
This is an older article about Bart Alsbrook, someone who has owned “pro-White companies” for many years and who continues selling (mostly bootlegs) from his websites (such as isdrecords.com and ns88.com) even after being outed as law enforcement.
Achille police chief Christopher Watson says he knew about Bart Alsbrook’s connections to white supremacist groups, but still hired him to be a reserve officer in the police department.
“In the two years that I have known him, he has done nothing but contribute,” said Watson.
Last August Alsbrook was named interim Police Chief in Colbert. He resigned a week later, after eventually admitting his past ties to neo Nazi organizations.
We reported last year Alsbrook was the Texas coordinator of a Skinhead group called Blood & Honor, a group the Southern Poverty Law Center calls an international coalition of racist skinhead gangs..
When we found Bart Alsbrook’s name linked to ISD Records and NS-88 videos — two websites that sell media and memorabilia aimed at skinheads – he claimed identity theft after skinheads stole his wallet at a concert in the 1990s.
Watson says Alsbrook wanted to leave the Skinhead groups he admitted he belonged to.
“He was involved in some kind of group then, and wanted out and the only way he figured he could get out would be to move far away,” said Watson.
Alsbrook says he’s declined repeated requests for an on camera interview, because
“I do not want my name associated with any hate ideology end quote.” He told us via email.
Watson says Alsbrook has talked to him about trying to amend his checkered past.
“Everyone has a past, some of which they may not be proud of, of which he is not. He wishes he never had those connections,” said Watson.
Watson says the Achille police department has zero tolerance for racism.
“None. None, because that is an ignorant way of thinking. So there would be no tolerance of that.”
Newsrooms were on fire this week with terrible news: The number of hate groups in the United States has soared to record highs under President Trump.
There are most certainly hate groups in the U.S., and even one is one too many, but I’d encourage everyone to approach the numbers reported this week with calm and caution. There’s nothing partisan operatives would love more than for you to panic and to believe them when they suggest that the problem can be solved by expelling “the other team” from power. That the figures cited by newsrooms come via the decidedly unreliable and hyper-partisan Southern Poverty Law Center also doesn’t help anything.
The New York Times reported, “Over 1,000 Hate Groups Are Now Active in United States, Civil Rights Group Says.”
“Hate groups ‘surge’ across the country since Charlottesville riot, report says,” reads the headline from the Miami Herald.
“Trump ‘Fear-Mongering’ Fuels Rise of U.S. Hate Groups to Record: Watchdog,” U.S. News and World Report said in a headline that sort of gives the game away.
First, let’s keep things in perspective. Remember, for example, that the rise in the number of hate crimes is attributable in some way to the fact that there are more reporting agencies ( hundreds, in fact!) than ever before. It’s easy to say, “Oh, it’s all because of President Trump,” pointing to incidents like his disastrous Charlottesville statement. But the problem of bigotry is far older and deeper than the current administration. That the Trump White House isn’t helping anything is one complaint, but don’t fall for the suggestion that it’s the main driver.
Second, while we’re on the topic of taking things seriously, it’s important to remember that the SPLC is not an organization whose declarations should be taken seriously or treated as fact. As I’ve written before, much of its “hate group” reporting is trash.
In 2015, for example, the group put Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on its “extremist watch list,” citing the one-time presidential candidate’s “anti-LGBT views.” Later, in 2016, the SPLC labeled women’s rights activist, female genital mutilation victim, atheist, and ex-Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali an “anti-Muslim extremist” because she opposes Islamic extremism. The British activist and extremist-turned-counterextremist Maajid Nawaz was placed in the same category. The SPLC lumps pro-family and pro-Israel organizations in with actual neo-Nazis.
The SPLC is not in the business of exploring and addressing racial and ethnic bigotry. It’s in the business of crushing anything to the right of the Democratic Party.
As for the report the SPLC just released this week, it concedes there is an uptick in the number of black nationalist groups since 2017, but it downplays this fact by claiming those groups “have little or no impact on mainstream politics and no defenders in high office.” I must’ve just imagined noted-anti-Semite and frequent Democratic guest Louis Farrakhan. Amazingly enough, the report also claims the White House “has energized” black nationalist groups, suggesting there’s a direct correlation between their increased ranks and Trump’s rise to power, which is quite a thing to allege considering black nationalist groups have been on the rise since 2000.
The report also has a section titled, “HATE GOES TO WASHINGTON: Meet the Members of Congress Who Traffic in Hate and Extremism.” It includes Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Mark Harris, R-N.C., for supporting the traditional definition of marriage that Barack Obama supported until a few years ago. In fact, the section on members of Congress includes only Republicans, which is interesting considering that Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., an actual out-and-proud anti-Semite, also went to Washington this year.
The report takes aim at Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and U.S. national security adviser John Bolton. The SPLC report lists the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Family Research Council, and the Family Research Institute as anti-gay “hate groups.” No report that lumps these groups in the same category as the Westboro Baptist Church should ever be relied on by journalists.
Hate groups are real. Hate crimes are serious. The SPLC is not. It exploits hate groups to raise money and further political interests unrelated to the problem of hate.
Don’t fall for the SPLC’s lies.
The CEO of PayPal has revealed the multi-billion dollar service partners with the leftist organization Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to decide who should be blacklisted from their company. Using “company corporate values” as their defense, PayPal has taken intentional steps to deny access to conservatives.
It’s all a big cause for concern for Christians because the SPLC has taken an anti-Christian slant in recent years, targeting mainstream groups just because they hold biblical views about sexuality and life. CBN News has reported extensively on the SPLC’s radical agenda to silence conservative Christian groups like D. James Kennedy Ministries and the Family Research Council.
“There are those both on the right and left that help us. Southern Poverty Law Center has brought things,” PayPal’s Dan Schulman said in a Wall Street Journal interview. “We don’t always agree. We have our debates with them. We are very respectful with everyone coming in. We will do the examination carefully. We’ll talk when we don’t agree with a finding: We understand why you think that way, but it still goes into the realm of free speech for us.”
Schulman stated that the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville in 2017 was a “defining moment” for the decision. That moment caused them to expand their brand-reputation group to serve as a monitor of their customers in an effort to silence hate speech.
“Because the line between free speech and hate, nobody teaches it to you in college. Nobody’s defined it in the law,” stated Schulman. “The reason we had to expand the group is because websites may say something, but the links they have can link to hateful material and videos. You can’t look at a headline and make a determination. You have to spend time to really think about it.”
But PayPal actually became very public in its opposition to conservative values before 2017. For example, in 2016 PayPal announced it was boycotting Charlotte, NC after the city bucked the transgender trend by limiting the use of bathrooms, locker rooms and showers to persons of the same biological sex. PayPal canceled plans to bring more than 400 jobs and a $3.6 million investment into Charlotte.
And though Schulman stated that PayPal utilizes help from the right, the findings of those blacklisted highlight the majority of “offenders” are conservatives. Breitbart reports WikiLeaks, Infowars, political activist Tommy Robinson, and investigative journalist Laura Loomer are among those blocked by PayPal.
Schulman revealed that the majority of the accounts blacklisted are suggestions by outside organizations. Hence, organizations such as SPLC have been successful in their efforts to silence certain voices.
The SPLC had to pay $3.375 million in a settlement last year for their efforts to condemn conservatives. The organization was faulted for including former Islamic radical turned conservative Maajiid Nawaz in its “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists.”
Family Research Council Executive Vice President General Jerry Boykin once denounced the SPLC as “probably one of the most evil groups in America. They’ve become a money-making machine and they’ve become an absolute Marxist, anarchist organization.”
Meanwhile, PayPal’s Schulman said his philosophy is this: “Businesses need to be a force for good in those values and issues that they believe in.”
But the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a liberal nonprofit for the defense of free expression and privacy online, has continually expressed concern about major companies such as PayPal using their power to become “de facto internet censors.”
“We need to be asking ourselves: who should be deciding what kind of speech should be allowed to thrive online? Should it be Internet users, elected officials, or the courts? Or should it be financial intermediaries, like Visa and Mastercard?” stated an EFF spokesperson. “In my opinion, financial institutions don’t have the expertise to judge whether speech has societal value or violates the First Amendment. They shouldn’t be making those decisions at all.”
An activist now charged with assaulting two U.S. Marines as part of an Antifa mob has ties to Heather Booth, a senior Democrat and chief DNC trainer who founded a training academy devoted to the teachings of the late pro-violence community organizing guru Saul Alinsky.
This is yet more proof that Antifa, the anti-fascist coalition that uses heavy-handed fascist tactics, is becoming closely integrated with the Democratic Party, many of whose activists support its goal of overthrowing the government of the United States by force. (I executive-produced a three-part documentary series, America Under Siege, about Antifa and other political actors.)
Joseph Alcoff, 37, is facing charges in Philadelphia including aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation for allegedly attacking two Marines of Latino ancestry, Alejandro Godinez and Luis Torres, Fred Lucas reports at Fox News. Alcoff and two others charged in the melee have entered not guilty pleas. The beatings took place during a Proud Boys rally that was protested by Antifa. The victims, who say the perpetrators screamed racial slurs during the attack, say they were not aware of the rally.
It has been reported that Alcoff worked as the anti-payday lending campaign manager for the labor-backed leftist coalition group, Americans for Financial Reform, even while he participated in violent Antifa actions. Americans for Financial Reform, by the way, advocates an economy-crushing “financial speculation tax” on all Wall Street trading activity involving financial instruments such as stocks, bonds, derivatives, futures, options, and credit default swaps.
Fox reports: “Alcoff participated in congressional Democratic press conferences, was a guest on a House Democratic podcast and met with senior officials at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from 2016 through 2018.”
House and Senate Democrats co-sponsoring the proposed Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act, sent out press releases in February 2018 which included a quotation from Alcoff.
Chicago-based Midwest Academy, a training institute for community organizers
“The Consumer Bureau and Congress have in the past understood the way that payday lenders structure loans to catch Americans in a cycle of debt with exorbitant interest rates,” Alcoff said in the statements. “It is unfortunate that some in Washington would rather open the loan shark gates than continue to think about sensible borrower protections. The SAFE Lending Act would put Washington back on track to stop the debt trap.”
Alcoff also posed for photos with now-House Financial Services Committee Chairman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and ranking member on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). The Washington Free Beacon previously reported that Alcoff met with then-Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray and senior CFPB officials three times in 2016 and 2017, while he was reportedly an Antifa leader in the nation’s capital.
But what has not been reported is that Americans for Financial Reform was founded by Heather Booth, a longtime socialist-feminist agitator and contemporary of Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn whose involvement in radical, anti-American causes stretches back to Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in the 1960s. She later went on to become training director for the DNC.
In 1973 Booth co-founded the Chicago-based Midwest Academy, a training institute for community organizers. “Alinsky is to community organizing as Freud is to psychoanalysis,” she has said.
The Midwest Academy describes itself as “a national training institute committed to advancing the struggle for social, economic, and racial justice. From local neighborhood groups to statewide and national organizations, Midwest Academy has trained over twenty-five thousand grassroots activists from hundreds of organizations and coalitions.”
“Truly reaching socialism or feminism will likely take a revolution that is in fact violent, a rupture with the old ways in which the current ruling class and elites are wiped out,” she said in the 1970s.
Booth’s inspiration, Alinsky, also had warm feelings about political violence.
Alinsky’s writing bursts with violent imagery.
In his 1946 book, Reveille for Radicals, he wrote that the radical “hits, he hurts, he is dangerous.” Radicals, he proclaimed, “are most adept at breaking the necks of conservatives.” Alinsky acknowledges that violence is inevitable in the revolutionary struggle. “The radical may resort to the sword but when he does he is not filled with hatred against those individuals whom he attacks,” he wrote. “He hates these individuals not as persons but as symbols representing ideas or interests which he believes to be inimical to the welfare of the people.”
Alinsky, who learned at the feet of Al Capone gang heavy Frank Nitti
Alinsky, who learned at the feet of Al Capone gang heavy Frank Nitti, didn’t reject violence –far from it— he simply believed it wasn’t always the best course of action. The nonviolent civil disobedience practiced by the civil rights movement is one means to an end, but it’s not always the best means, Alinsky wrote. “The future does not argue for making a special religion of nonviolence,” he writes. “It will be remembered for what it was, the best tactic for its time and place.”
Alinsky protégé Nicholas von Hoffman didn’t even try to hide his former boss’s enthusiasm for violence. In a memoir he wrote that in public Alinsky shied away from praising violence but in private “he would say that violence has its uses.” The community organizing guru approved of, for example, “conking” picket line crossers on the head, von Hoffman admitted.
Given the violent inclinations of its founder, Heather Booth, it’s not all that surprising that Joseph Alcoff, found his way to employment at Booth’s group.
A spokesman for Americans for Financial Reform told Fox that “as of December,” Alcoff no longer worked at the group.
Fox also reports that:
Democrats are running away from Alcoff
Alcoff was reportedly also an organizer for Smash Racism DC, the group responsible for gathering and shouting threats outside the home of Fox News host Tucker Carlson in November and for heckling Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his wife Heidi at a Washington restaurant in September. Reports have not said Alcoff was directly involved in either incident; only that he was associated with the group.
According to the media outlet, Democrats are running away from Alcoff:
Democrats are hardly eager to be associated with Alcoff now. Most spokespersons for Democratic members of Congress did not respond to inquiries from Fox News, or distanced themselves from Alcoff.
In one appearance, Alcoff dressed up as “Lenny the Loan Shark” at an event last March held outside the CFPB headquarters, which featured Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va.
“The congressman has never interacted with him nor has he taken any financial policy advice from him. Their names have appeared on the same piece of paper,” Beyer spokesman Aaron Fritschner told Fox News.
Anybody who follows the Left knows that these people are only running away from Alcoff because he got caught.
A cop at the center of Portland’s left-right clashes is accused of cozying up with the right. Leftist activists say it’s part of a larger problem.
A Portland police lieutenant gave the leader of a far-right streetfighting group tips about leftist demonstrators’ movements, newly released text messages and emails reveal.
The messages, first reported by Willamette Week, show police Lt. Jeff Niiya keeping in regular contact with Joey Gibson, leader of the violent far-right group Patriot Prayer. Police sometimes communicate with groups like Patriot Prayer that host regular demonstrations, but Niiya’s messages with Gibson suggest a friendly relationship. The lieutenant is seen passing Gibson information about leftist protests, and counseling Gibson on how to prevent one notoriously violent fighter’s arrest.
Olivia Smith, co-chair of Portland’s Democratic Socialists of America, called the messages “evidence” of a relationship leftists have long suspected between the Portland Police Bureau and Patriot Prayer.
“American police forces were founded to protect white supremacy and the ruling class that enforces it,” Smith told The Daily Beast. “This was sort of a given for us, but now we have actual concrete evidence supporting what we already know.”
Niiya appears to be a police liaison with Patriot Prayer, helping law enforcement monitor the group. Niiya also appeared to do favors for the far-right leader, who travels from Vancouver, Washington to host frequent rallies in Portland.
“BTW, make sure Tiny has his court stuff taken care of,” Niiya texted Gibson in December 2017, according to messages released by Portland police. “I was told on the radio at the Jamison Sq event he had a warrant. I told them we would not be arresting Tiny right now. So please be sure he’s good to go before coming down.”
Tusitala “Tiny” Toese is a Patriot Prayer associate, with ties to the Proud Boys, a similar far-right group that glorifies violence. Although both groups officially claim no ties to white supremacy, their events have become mingling grounds for neo-fascists who rail against immigrants, LGBT people, and the left. One former Patriot Prayer attendee went on to fatally stab two people in a racist 2017 attack in a Portland train. Toese has been arrested multiple times for disorderly conduct and harassment, and is accused of assaulting multiple, including a black teenager who shouted at Toese after he drove through Vancouver, Washington with a Confederate flag.
In other messages, Niiya told gave Gibson a warning that anti-fascists were moving his way during a rally. “Heads up just told 4-5 black Bloch [anti-fascists] heading your way,” Niiya texted in January 2018. “One carrying a flag. We will have officers nearby but you may want to think about moving soon if more come.”
And in another message, Niiya told Gibson that a rally by the leftist Queer Liberation Front “is small and we aren’t paying any attention to it. If you and the others go down there it will cause us to be around. I’d rather not and let everyone do their thing today.”
But Portland’s leftist activists say the messages are just confirmation of a friendly relationship they already suspected. Rose City Antifa and Portland’s DSA told The Daily Beast they keep their distance from law enforcement, in part because they suspected a relationship between police and Patriot Prayer. Both groups have attended counter-protests against Patriot Prayer.
“It would be putting ourselves in danger by communicating with them and giving them a heads-up on what we’re going to do, because you saw those texts,” Smith, the Portland DSA co-chair said. “They were like ‘antifa’s coming this way.’”
Portland’s left has accused police of targeting them during rallies. At an August 4 rally in Portland, police stood between a right-wing coalition and left-wing counter-protesters, ostensibly to keep the two sides separated. But police stood with their backs to Patriot Prayer, and their weapons facing the counter-protesters, ultimately showering the latter group with stun grenades, rubber bullets, and pepper spray. Multiple counter-protesters were badly injured, with one narrowly escaping death when a stun grenade punctured his bicycle helmet. In the ensuing confusion, Patriot Prayer and other right-wingers patrolled the streets, attacking opponents.
“We’ve witnessed the PPB’s collaboration with Patriot Prayer and other far-right groups over the last couple years,” a Rose City Antifa spokesperson told The Daily Beast, “starting with the PPB providing free transportation at the tax-payers expense on April 29, 2017, and continuing through the police attack on activists that occurred on August 4, 2018, which then allowed Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys the opportunity to hunt and attack activists throughout downtown.”
Charles Landeros, 30, was fatally shot in the head by officer Steve Timm at the middle school of his daughter. At the time of the shooting, the leader of the Antifa militant group “Red Arm” and founder of “Community Armed Self-Defense” was at the middle school resisting arrest. Landeros at the time was involved in a custody dispute with his former wife. He was wearing a “smash the patriarchy” shirt at the time of the shooting.
Landeros was not only a leader in the Far-left militant group out of Eugene, Oregon, but he also was the chief firearms instructor for the organizations. The stated mission of the group is to, “defend the oppressed.” Landeros, who identified by non-gender specific pronouns, had a goal to teach and form an armed group to protect members of the LGBTQ+ communities, as well as communities of various cultural backgrounds considered “oppressed”.
The secondary goal of his “Red Army” group was the overthrow of what it sees as a fascist government and the installation of a far-left communist regime in the United States. Landeros has been involved in several violent protests around Oregon protesting things such as perceived police brutality against people of color and people who identify as LGBTQ+.
Landeros recently switched his daughter’s middle school. When Landeros’s ex-wife found out about the transfer she brought custody paperwork to the school showing she had sole control over their daughter’s schooling. When a school official notified Landeros, he was enraged and headed to the school. It is unclear why he changed his daughter’s school.
School officials asked Landeros to leave the property when he refused to leave the grounds the school staff called a resource officer. Officer Steve Timm responded to the call and once again requested Landeros to leave immediately or face arrest for trespassing and disorderly conduct. He still refused to leave, so Officer Timm called Officer Aaron Johns for back up. The two officers tried to get Landeros out of the school, but Landeros became combative.
It was at this point where the officers informed the member of Antifa that he was under arrest. Landeros pulled out a 9mm handgun and fired two shots at the officers. Officer Johns tried to wrestle the gun away from Landeros. When the two hit the floor struggling for the firearm Officer Timm fired the fatal shot to the head of Landeros killing him instantly.
Police released the body cam footage to calm unrest in the Antifa community. The footage seems to show that Officer Timm was left with no choice other than shoot Landeros to protect the other officer. It doesn’t give a clear reason why Landeros would pull his gun and provides evidence that the officers were not overly physical with an individual trespassing on school grounds.
Lane County District Attorney, Patty Perlow, said that the officers acted correctly and that the use of force was justified.
“There was no clearer circumstance that the use of deadly force is justified than this,” Perlow said.
In an unfortunate circumstance, Landeros daughter was in the hallway when Officer Timm was forced to shoot her father. The timing of his daughter walking down the hall appears to be just a coincidence. There would have been no way of Landeros knowing his daughter would be in the hallway, but he did see his daughter before shooting at officers, a fact not lost on the DA.
“It is unknown why Charles Landeros chose to use deadly force in this circumstance, but he clearly had no regard for the lives of the police officers or the students or staff present, including his child,” said Perlow. “Officer Timm saved the life of Officer Johns, himself and perhaps many others given the number of rounds Charles Landeros had loaded in his weapon.”
Landeros also had a backpack full of ammunition of different calibers.
All of which were banned on school property because it was a gun free zone. Landeros must have willfully ignored the gun-free zone or was not aware that the school banned guns.
The FBI also investigated the shooting of Landeros and found that the officers didn’t commit any crime and were justified. Landeros was known to the FBI because of anti-government threats posted to the social media. Just days before the shooting he made a post calling for the killing of police officers.
Supporters of Landeros do not believe the shooting was justified. Lauren Regan of the far-left Civil Liberties Defense Center said that their organization would hire outside experts to review the shooting footage. Landeros was of Mexican and Filipino descent. She believes his ethnicity played a role in police deciding to use deadly force.
Based in Eugene, Oregon the Civil Liberties Defense Center is a non-profit law firm. The group has ties to Antifa groups throughout the region. Their mission is ‘to protect the rights of activists and marginalized communities.’
Landeros was an Army vet who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to friends.
Johns has served as an officer since 2001 and Timm has been a member of the department since 2004.
Members of the far-left extremist Antifa movement have been accused of a brutal attack on affiliates of the youth wing of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) including attacking a Jewish member.
The four members of the AfD’s youth organisation Junge Alternative (JA) were initially invited to see a screening of a film about the Warsaw Ghetto during the Second World War by the director of the Berlinale film festival Dieter Kosslick at 10:30pm on Sunday night.
An AfD spokesman sent a statement on the incident to Breitbart London which included eye witness accounts from the youth group members who were attacked.
According to JA Berlin member Vadim Derksen, around “half a dozen” masked extremists attacked them only 50 yards from the theatre showing the film.
“They used improvised weapons they can’t be arrested for, but which can do serious damage. They held batteries in their fists to strike with, and one of them had a wine glass which he smashed, and used the broken stem to stab at us like a knife. I was cut in the upper arm and didn’t even notice it till I got home,” Derksen said.
Derksen also noted that none of the group was wearing any sort of clothing or symbols that would give them away as AfD members, questioning how the attackers knew who they were and where they would be that evening.
AfD MP Petr Bystron arrived at the theatre shortly after the attack and lay the blame at the feet of Kosslick saying, “Mr Kosslick was just trying to defame the AfD and fan the flames of hatred by portraying us as somehow anti-Semitic, even though the AfD defends our Jewish citizens more than anyone. Mr Kosslick is directly to blame for this attack.”
The attack comes only a month after AfD Bremen chairman Frank Magnitz was brutally attacked on the streets of Bremen by a trio of masked men who severely injured his head in what was described at the time as an assassination attempt.
Shortly after the attack, Antifa extremists allegedly took credit for the incident on the far-left web platform Indymedia. Weeks later another post was made to Indymedia calling for the assassination of leading AfD MPs, giving detailed plans on how to accomplish successful political killings.
On Monday, the 37-year-old has a court date in connection with charges he’s facing in Philadelphia that include aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation for allegedly being part of an Antifa mob in November that attacked two Marines, Alejandro Godinez and Luis Torres, both Hispanic. Alcoff and two others charged in the attack have pleaded not guilty.
But while Democratic officials are distancing themselves from Alcoff now, until recently he was a well-connected, aspiring political player in Washington who may have even had a hand in key policy proposals.
His endorsement apparently mattered when several congressional Democrats in February 2018 issued press releases with his quote backing their bill on regulating payday lenders.
As the payday campaign manager for the liberal group Americans for Financial Reform, Alcoff participated in congressional Democratic press conferences, was a guest on a House Democratic podcast and met with senior officials at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from 2016 through 2018.
He was also pictured with now-House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and ranking Democrat on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio. Both committees oversee financial regulatory policies Alcoff was advocating.
Alcoff met with then CFPB Director Richard Cordray and other senior CFPB officials on April 2016, again in March 2017 and a third time in May 2017, as first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.
During this time, he reportedly was an Antifa leader in Washington.
Alcoff’s former employer had little to say about the matter.
“As of December, Mr. Alcoff no longer works for AFR,” Carter Dougherty, spokesman for Americans for Financial Reform, told Fox News in an email.
Dougherty didn’t answer whether Alcoff had been fired or resigned. He also didn’t answer whether the organization was aware of Alcoff’s associations during his employment.
Alcoff was reportedly also an organizer for Smash Racism DC, the group responsible for gathering and shouting threats outside the home of Fox News host Tucker Carlson in November and for heckling Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his wife Heidi at a Washington restaurant in September. Reports have not said Alcoff was directly involved in either incident; only that he was associated with the group.
Democrats are hardly eager to be associated with Alcoff now. Most spokespersons for Democratic members of Congress did not respond to inquiries from Fox News, or distanced themselves from Alcoff.
In one appearance, Alcoff dressed up as “Lenny the Loan Shark” at an event last March held outside the CFPB headquarters, which featured Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va.
“The congressman has never interacted with him nor has he taken any financial policy advice from him. Their names have appeared on the same piece of paper,” Beyer spokesman Aaron Fritschner told Fox News. “He appeared at the same press conference, but they didn’t speak to each other. This person was literally wearing a shark outfit.”
In the February 2018 press statement, House and Senate Democrats co-sponsoring the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act, which boosted regulation on payday lenders, issued versions of a press release, most including the Alcoff quote.
“The Consumer Bureau and Congress have in the past understood the way that payday lenders structure loans to catch Americans in a cycle of debt with exorbitant interest rates,” Alcoff said in the press releases. “It is unfortunate that some in Washington would rather open the loan shark gates than continue to think about sensible borrower protections. The SAFE Lending Act would put Washington back on track to stop the debt trap.”
In August, Alcoff was a guest on the House Democrats’ Joint Economic Committee podcast, criticizing the decline of the CFPB under the Trump administration.
“It’s been an incredible kind of erosion [Trump administration actions] recently, but these are really, really important basic functions [CFPB’s mission] that people across the country should be able to look to Washington and expect,” Alcoff said on the podcast.
In connection with the subsequent attack in Philadelphia, the two Hispanic Marines said the Antifa mob of about 10 or 12 attackers shouted racial slurs during the beating. Only three from the mob were identified and arrested. The attack happened at the same time as a right-wing rally in Philadelphia, which Antifa showed up to protest. The Marines who were assaulted said they were not even aware of the rally.
“On one side, you have the Proud Boys, a racist group of Nazi thugs. On the other side, you have anti-racist activists,” Alcoff’s lawyer Michael Coard told Philadelphia Magazine. “Unfortunately, in the mix
The Center for Immigration Studies has accused the SPLC of running a criminal organization in order to illegally silence political opponents under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. CIS executive director Mark Krikorian has asked a judge to order the SPLC to cease labeling his organization, which advocates for stricter immigration policy, as a “hate group.”
According to the CIS’ complaint, the SPLC knows it does not meet their own definition of a hate group but refuses to remove it from their blacklist – a deliberate and malicious act that has cost the Center tens of thousands of dollars by scaring away potential donors and even preventing its content from appearing on social media platforms. Because it fraudulently uses the “hate group” label online, CIS says, the SPLC’s actions constitute wire fraud – a RICO violation. SPLC President Richard Cohen and SPLC “Hatewatch” blogger Heidi Beirich are specifically named in the complaint.
The Alabama-based SPLC defines a hate group as an organization whose activities or statements “attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.” Krikorian insists his group, whose motto is “pro immigrant, low immigration,” seeks to improve the quality of life for immigrants by reducing the volume of people admitted – and that even if their rhetoric could somehow be construed as hate, “immigrant” is not an “immutable characteristic,” as per a Supreme Court decision.
“SPLC and its leaders have every right to oppose our work on immigration, but they do not have the right to label us a hate group and suggest we are racists,” Krikorian said.
Cohen told the Washington Times he looks forward to “battling” the CIS in court, adding that it “richly deserves the hate group label.”
The SPLC works closely with Facebook, Google, and Twitter to police “hate speech” and even set policy. Amazon actually removes organizations on the SPLC’s blacklist from its Smile charitable program, according to the Daily Caller, which reported that many Christian groups have been erroneously banned from the program that allows customers to designate an organization to receive a small percentage of the profits from their purchase. When GuideStar, a site which rates nonprofit groups, also attempted to adopt the SPLC blacklist, attaching the “hate group” label to 46 groups in its database, at least one group fought back with a defamation lawsuit and GuideStar removed the labels.
Also on rt.com Alex Jones heckles CEO of ‘evil’ Google in Senate halls on way to hearing A “hate” label from the SPLC can be more than just a reputational hazard. In 2012, an armed gunman entered the Family Research Council and threatened to kill everyone in the building, later admitting to the FBI that he had chosen the organization due to its inclusion on the SPLC’s “hate map.”
The Center for Immigration Studies is far from alone in suing the SPLC, though they’re the first to institute RICO proceedings against the group. Over 60 organizations have gone to court or are planning to do so, emboldened by the victory of Maajid Nawaz, who won a $3.375 million settlement from the group over its inclusion of the Muslim activist on its “list of anti-Muslim extremists.”
Alabama –-(Ammoland.com)-The founder of the Proud Boys, Gavin McInnes is suing the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for defamation and other tortious acts resulting in reputational and economic damages.
The media widely credits McInnes with starting the hipster movement. He co-founded Vice Media with Shane Smith. He is known as the “godfather” of hipsterdom.
McInnes’s former organization, the Proud Boys, is considered a hate group by the SPLC. McInnes started the Proud Boys as a joke, but the Western chauvinist group has morphed into a nationwide fraternal organization known for their rabid support of Trump.
The Proud Boys have been in some high-profile skirmishes with Antifa. The most high-profile conflict took place in New York City after a speech by McInnes at the Republican Club.
In the incident, a group of about a dozen Proud Boys was leaving the speech when a group of Antifa members approached the group and confronted them by running up and trying to steal their “MAGA” hats. A fight broke out leaving the Antifa members bloody and battered.
The police that arrived on the scene arrested the Antifa members because they were the aggressors and the Proud Boys were defending themselves. All the Proud Boys were let go without charges until the SPLC and other left-wing groups pushed for police to file charges against the right-wing group. The police went back and filed rioting charges against nine members of the Proud Boys.
The SPLC wrote an article accusing the group of being neo-fascist. They claimed that McInnes was advocating for violence. The SPLC also accused him of “hate speech”, a charge the McInnes vehemently denies.
Groups like the SPLC have also successfully lobbied social media giants such as Twitter and YouTube into banning McInnes. These moves seriously hampered McInnes’s ability to make money. In an ironic twist in an article written last October, the SPLC accused McInnes and the Proud Boys of trying to silence their opposition.
McInnes also states that because of the SPLC’s false claims that the left has targeted him. He thinks that the SPLC is trying to destroy his and other’s lives.
“My family has been attacked, and so have my friends,” McInnes stated “The pro-Trump men’s club I started, the Proud Boys, have been rounded up and arrested facing serious felonies for daring to defend themselves against the radical left. It’s not just my circle of conservative Christians. Seemingly countless business and careers have been ‘destroyed’ (yes ‘destroyed’ – their word) by this group,”
This suit isn’t the first time that a group has sued the SPLC for making false claims. The SPLC was forced to settle out of court with the Quilliam Foundation. They had to issue an apology for falsely labeling the group as anti-Muslim extremist. They also had to pay the Quilliam Foundation $3.375 million.
Maajid Nawaz started the Quilliam Foundation. Nawaz is a former Muslim extremist who now helps educates governments around the world about Islamic extremism. Nawaz has been an advisor about extremism to people such as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The SPLC falsely claimed that the Quilliam Foundation’s mission to combat Islamic-extremism was Islamophobic even though Muslims run the foundation. The left-wing group also contended that the Quilliam Foundation was promoting the idea that every Muslim was a potential terrorist and wanted Muslims watched.
In the apology, the SPLC claimed it didn’t have a full understanding of the Quilliam Foundation. They stated that they should have never included Nawaz’s group in the groups listing of extremist organizations.
McInnes filed his lawsuit in the Alabama Middle District Court. The SPLC did not immediately return AmmoLand’s request for comment on the suit.
Members of a Jewish antifa group defaced a plaque on Monday in New York honoring a French leader who collaborated with the Nazis during World War II.
The plaque in the Canyon of Heroes in Lower Manhattan honored Philippe Petain, a French general in World War I who later led the Vichy regime, which oversaw the deportation of more than 75,000 Jews to concentration camps, the vast majority of whom were killed.
The plaque commemorating Petain’s 1931 parade in the “Canyon of Heroes” was splattered with red paint on Monday, the day after International Holocaust Remembrance Day, by the group Jewish Antifascist Action. They also covered the surrounding area with other antifa-related graffiti.
“With Monday’s actions, Jewish antifascists and allied forces have served notice that fascist apologism will not be tolerated in our city in 2019; that anti-Semitic ideology and violence will be confronted with Jewish solidarity and strength; and that the Holocaust will be remembered not only with sadness and grief but also with righteous anger and action: ‘We will never forget. We will never forgive,’” the group said in a statement.
The group added that its action was done in solidarity with the Outlive Them Network, an international antifascist group that has called for global actions over the next few months. The network previously inspired actions in 18 across seven countries last November on the anniversary of Kristallnacht.
Former New York state assemblyman Dov Hikind pushed for the plaque honoring Petain to be removed in 2017. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced later that year that the plaque would be removed, but the removal has not yet occurred.
The leader of the Washington chapter of the violent pro-communist group Antifa has been arrested on 17 charges stemming from an attack on two Marines.
Joseph “Jose” Alcoff faces charges that include aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation, conspiracy, making terroristic threats, and robbery while inflicting serious bodily injury, The Daily Caller reported, based on an affidavit filed in the case.
Alcoff, also known as “Chepe,” was part of a group of 10 to 12 Antifa members who attacked Marines Alejandro Godinez and Luis Torres on Nov. 17. while the two were sightseeing in Philadelphia. Antifa member Tom Keenan approached the two and asked whether they belonged to a nearby protest of the right-wing fraternal group Proud Boys, Godinez and Torres testified in December.
“Are you proud?” Keenan asked Godinez, to which the Marine replied, “We are Marines.” Keenan then asked them, “Are you Proud Boys?” upon which the mob surrounded them and started to beat them.
The Marines recalled being called “Nazis” and “white supremacists.” Godinez tried to counter, shouting “I’m Mexican,” to which the attackers responded by calling him a “spic” and a “wetback.”
Torres was able to get pictures of the attackers and gave them to police. Investigators said in the affidavit they “strongly agree” Alcoff was in the photos.
Antifa is a pro-communist group that openly advocates violence and has led assaults on conservatives, reporters, and law enforcement, among others. Members typically attend left-leaning protests dressed in black while obscuring their faces with masks. According to documents obtained by Politico, Homeland Security officials deem Antifa activities “domestic terrorist violence.”
The Daily Caller ran an expose on Alcoff in December, revealing his multiple personas. Under his real name, as well as pseudonym Jose Martin, he has played the role of an activist quoted in a 2018 press release by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and has been featured in legacy media such as Rolling Stone, BBC radio, and MSNBC. But under the pseudonym “Chepe” and his Twitter handle @sabokitty, he has openly identified as a communist and advocated killing rich people and police, overthrowing capitalism, and expressed a desire to “destroy the United States from within.”
The report identified Alcoff as an organizer of Smash Racism DC, the Antifa group that organized the harassment of the family of Fox News host Tucker Carlson in November.
A third man has been charged after two U.S. Marine Corps reservists were assaulted by an Antifa mob just blocks away from a “We the People” rally in Philadelphia more than two months ago.
Joseph Alcoff, a 37-year-old who is believed to be the Antifa leader in Washington, D.C., was charged earlier this month with aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation and conspiracy – all felonies – and other charges for his involvement in the November 2018 attack, Philly Mag reported.
He joins codefendants Thomas Massey and Tom Keenan, who were allegedly all part of a large group of left-wing Antifa activists who began beating Alejandro Godinez and Luis Torres after mistaking him them for participants in the “We the People” rally in Old City.
Alcoff had pleaded not guilty and is currently out on bail, the magazine reported.
Last month, Godinez and Torres testified in court that they were in Philadelphia to attend a Marine event at a local hotel and were touring the city’s historic attractions when they were approached by Keenan.
The two men, who were not wearing their uniforms the day of the attack, said they were asked if they were “Proud Boys” – an allusion to one of the right-wing groups behind the Nov. 17 rally.
After that interaction, they were approached by approximately 10 other people – men and women, some masked and some unmasked – who began attacking the Marines: punching and kicking them, using mace and hurling slurs and other insults such as calling them “Nazis” and “white supremacists.”
Torres told Fox News in December that it was an “extreme irony” that he and Godinez were called “white supremacists” as they are both of Hispanic descent.
“We found it very ironic and confusing as well. I don’t know who would look at us and suppose white supremacist, neo-Nazi or anything like that,” he said.
Keenan and Massey were identified from a video from a counter-protest at the “We the People” rally.
Court documents said Torres identified Alcoff while reading online articles about the attacks on the Daily Caller and came across a story that identified Alcoff as “D.C.’s radical Antifa leader … who’s advocated for violence and for the overthrow of the government.”
Torres contacted detectives in Philadelphia, claiming he recognized Alcoff as another member of the group that attacked him, Philly Mag reported, citing the court documents.
Investigators said Torres had photos he took from the suspects at the day of the attack and that police “strongly agree” that Alcoff was the person in his photos.
It’s October 2021. America is in a state of turmoil – so much so that the ongoing felony trial of disgraced former president Donald Trump seems only a footnote. The chaos of the 2020 election has meant no honeymoon for Beto O’Rourke, the 47th president, whose narrow win over the GOP’s Nikki Haley (the Republican convention in Charlotte having rejected President Pence) had only enraged both the right and an increasingly angry left, which was still insisting that Democrats had cheated Bernie Sanders out of the nomination at their divided, brokered convention.
Still, President O’Rourke had small Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, and – after a summer of record heat waves had left more than 250 dead in the Los Angeles wildfires and seen Hurricane Gigi swamp many of the same New Orleans neighborhoods that had been inundated by Katrina – the charismatic, Kennedyesque chief executive had convinced Congress to pass, by exactly one vote in each chamber, a 40-cent-a-gallon gas tax to promote solar and wind power and subsidize electric cars.
Within hours, angry truckers had parked their rigs across the entrance to every tunnel on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. In small towns across America, protesters – encouraged by Sean Hannity on Fox News and by fake stories on Facebook that the O’Rourke administration planned to reopen Trump’s Texas detention camps for immigrants and use them to imprison tax resisters – gathered at gas stations. Many of their rallies were infiltrated by the political fringes – neo-Nazis of the right and Black Bloc anarchists of the left – and there were scattered reports of violence. In Charleston, S.C., a CNN reporter was reporting from a full-blown riot when gunfire was heard in the distance, just a cannonball shot away from historic Fort Sumter.
You’d think the rapid decline of Western civilization would get more news coverage in America – normally, flaming barricades in the shadow of the iconic Arc de Triomphe and hundreds fleeing tear gas in the heart of the French capital might be considered must-see TV, especially when the other option is a panel of aging Watergate prosecutors – but the latest chess moves in the Trump-Russia scandal and the embattled White House continue to trump most other headlines.
Still, Saturday’s news out of the City of Light, now illuminated by the glow of flaming cars, was both shocking and yet somewhat familiar, as the protests engulfing France raged into a fourth weekend with no immediate end in sight. This go-round, a massive police presence – an army, really – of some 89,000 officers turned Paris into a police state, with most tourist attractions and high-end stores boarded shut at the height of the holiday season. The law officers sought to put a lid on the so-called “Yellow Vests,” or gilets jaunes, before things got out of hand. Tear gas and water cannons were deployed early and often and 1,400 were arrested in an effort to limit damage from the casseurs – young (mostly) men out for violence.
The protests continued even though French president Emmanuel Macron has promised to roll back the fuel tax – part of the government’s response to climate change – with plans to address the nation on Monday in a televised plea to end the unrest. I imagine one reason the mayhem in Paris hasn’t been viewed with much alarm here in the United States is the notion of French Exceptionalism, that those crazy Gauls have always gone off the deep end with their protests – remember 1789? – and this is just one more.
Perhaps. But everything I’ve seen so far out of France is singing loudly that, yes, it’s a small world, after all – and that what’s happening on the barricades is both a reflection of what’s going on in much of the developed world and a screaming alarm for what could come next. You don’t need Google Translate to see the casseurs as their versions of our own torch-bearing white supremacists or black-scarfed antifa, while the gilets jaunes – heavily male and middle-aged, from the “forgotten towns” far from chic Paris, dependent on their cars and affordable gas for jobs that allow them to barely scrape by – sound very much like America’s Fox News demographic, finally rousted from their couches and out into the street.
“We don’t agree with the current system anymore; it doesn’t represent us,” an electrician named Julien Lezer who drove all night from his town near the Mediterranean to protest in Paris told the New York Times. “It’s not in the regions that things change. It’s in Paris. It’s when the people from the regions go to Paris that the politicians listen.”
It doesn’t take much imagination to see the connection between Lezer and other “Yellow Vests” I’ve seen quoted and the American Tea Party movement of 2009 or the kind of protests that likely would have been stirred up by Fox News or talk radio if Hillary Clinton had been elected on Nov. 8, 2016, instead of Donald Trump. Indeed, Trump’s so vain, he actually thinks the riots are about him (although it should be noted that the protests had nothing to do with the Paris climate accord and not one soul chanted “We want Trump!”).
That said…yes, it can happen here. Here’s three key reason why we should be paying closer attention to France, even with the American presidency imploding.
– Economic inequality and rural resentment. Western elites breathed a sigh of relief last year when French voters rejected the candidates of the far-right and the far-left to hand their presidency to the young, charismatic, centrist – and grossly inexperienced – Macron and his just-invented political party of like-minded neophytes. But any era of good feeling was almost guaranteed to be short-lived.
Macron’s policies – tough on middle-class workers while rolling back France’s historically high taxes on the wealthy – have caused his presidency to post approval ratings that make Donald Trump’s numbers look Lincolnesque. The gasoline tax caused those tensions to boil over because, according to the French rank-and-file, pampered Paris elites don’t understand how rural workers must drive long distances just to eek out a living wage.
That’s hardly a uniquely French complaint. Similar tensions between cosmopolitan, urban elites and the “forgotten people” in the countryside have led far-right, anti-immigrant parties in Germany (never a good thing) to gain strength as the Angela Merkel era winds down and to England’s rolling turmoil over Brexit.
Here in the United States, that same conflict didn’t only give us Trump but underlies antidemocratic moves in states like Wisconsin (where a top GOP lawmaker suggests that votes from urban Milwaukee and Madison shouldn’t count). And moves like Amazon bringing even more six-figure jobs to New York and D.C are exacerbating these cross-currents. Paris is a guide to how things could go south.
– “Fake news” on social media is getting worse. Although most media coverage has focused on the gas tax, there’s been some mystery about where the completely leaderless “Yellow Vest” movement came from and how it grew so quickly. The answer, as a BuzzFeed News report revealed, traces back to social media – mainly Facebook – and a disturbing web of conspiracy theories rooted in outright fictions and backed by various forms of prejudice or ignorance.
“The Yellow Jackets communicate almost entirely on small, decentralized Facebook pages,” reported BuzzFeed’s Ryan Broderick. “They coordinate via memes and viral videos. Whatever gets shared the most becomes part of their platform.” But many of France’s so-called “Anger Groups” on Facebook are highly conspiratorial – stating that France’s problems are caused by a Masonic cabal of “global bankers” – and linked closely to other out-there beliefs like chemtrails or anti-vaxxers.
It all sounds remarkably similar to the QAnon wackiness that has flourished in Donald Trump’s America — with the only difference that right now the “Q”-believers are more motivated to attend Trump rallies than to protest in the streets …for now.
– Climate change is hard and going to get harder. The raft of new scientific evidence — including the latest report from our own federal government — and yet another long, hot summer in 2018 of deadly wildfires and 1,000-year floods have made it clear that immediate and more drastic action is needed to combat climate change, to stop a global catastrophe as we get deeper into the 21st century.
The middle-class isn’t on board with this – not in America, where consumer demand for less-fuel-efficient SUVs and small trucks is a key factor behind the General Motors layoffs at its smaller-car factories, and clearly not in France. And we know now that the federal government will do nothing of substance on climate change during the next two years, with Republicans controlling the White House and the Senate.
What that means is that, even if Democrats who’ve pledged to address climate change do regain control in 2021, their proposed remedies will need to be even more dramatic to have an impact. The route initially taken by Macron – placing the burden on the working class and not the rich – seems a nonstarter. But what, at this point, could reconcile younger, more progressive Americans who demand a Green New Deal with older conservatives still convinced by Fox News or on Facebook that the whole thing is a hoax?
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Hundreds turned out in Old City to protest a rally organized by the Proud Boys, but innocent bystanders and a cop were attacked instead.
Philly protesters showed up in force to oppose what was touted on social media as an alleged white-nationalist rally in Philadelphia purportedly organized by the “Proud Boys.” Now, some of them are fundraising to support a Jewish man who was misidentified as a “Nazi” and beaten up during the event, at which only two so-called Proud Boys were spotted.
The “We the People” rally in Old City on Nov. 17 only had two dozen actual participants, but hundreds of protesters were also at Independence Mall – separated from the rally by Philly police – denouncing the rally-goers as “Proud Boys” and Nazis.
The protesters included a cross-section of politically involved Philadelphians, ranging Philly Socialists, Antifa, the IRA, and a socialist, Antifa-leaning group calling themselves the “Fellow Worker Gritty Coalition,” in honor of viral Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty.
According to Philadelphia police, four of the protesters were detained during the protest and counter-protest, which netted national headlines. All four got “code violation notices” (CVNs), aka court summonses, and none were formally charged by local authorities. But one of the four, Brian Glantz, 23, was arrested for assault on a police captain and now faces federal charges.
The captain was transported to Hahnemann Hospital, but did not require medical attention. Glantz, of Glenside, Pa., was detained by U.S. Park Rangers on Saturday, and on Monday, after a Magistrate Court hearing, was released on bond pending charges of assault and aggravated assault on an officer in the performance of duties.
“Assaulting a law enforcement agent – whether a federal, state, or local officer – is a crime that I take very seriously,” U.S. Attorney William McSwain said in a statement. “There is no excuse for it. No matter who you are, if you assault an officer and there is federal jurisdiction, I will bring the full weight of my office down upon you.”
According to a press release from McSwain’s office, as the “We the People” group “waved flags and made speeches, approximately 500 protesters gathered, “yelling obscenities at both the permitted group and at state, local, and federal law enforcement officers. As officers kept the two groups separate, Glantz allegedly “pushed back at the officers and, while on Park property, punched a Philadelphia Police Department officer in the side of his face as he was in the performance of his duties; the defendant continued to resist the officers’ efforts to arrest him, kicking his legs and wrestling with the officers and park rangers.” Glantz or his attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment.
Additionally, a 31-year-old Asian female was detained for disorderly conduct by U.S. Park Rangers; and a 35-year-old and 26-year-old white male were both detained for failure to disperse at 5th and Market streets. The 26-year-old got a second citation for marijuana found in his possession.
The rally was hyped up on social media as an event organized by the “Proud Boys,” a semi-militant far-right organization which has been described as white nationalist/supremacist by their opponents and calls themselves “Western chauvinists.” Several of their members were arrested in October in New York City after a violent clash with left-wing protesters outside the Metropolitan Republican Club in Manhattan after their founder Gavin McInnes had given a speech. Documents from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in Vancouver, Washington posted online on Nov. 19 state that the FBI has categorized the Proud Boys as an “extremist group with ties to white nationalism,'” a designation the FBI has not officially confirmed or commented on publicly.
While two of the Proud Boys from New York were reportedly spotted at the Philadelphia event, the actual permit for the event was obtained at Independence Mall by the “Sports, Politics and Beer II” Facebook group. The organizers posted live-streaming videos from the rally corralled off in the middle of Indepence Mall, at which speakers denounced fascism, racism and the media, and discussed the U.S. Constitution, their support for President Trump, and debated Libertarianism versus the Republican party.
Meanwhile, outside the rally, things got violent when a 34-year-old Jewish man from Philadelphia was mis-identified as a “Nazi” and “Proud Boy.”
The victim was attacked, hid his face under his jacket as he tried to escape, then got head-butted by one of the protesters.
According to BillyPenn.com, who interviewed the victim, he said he had spoken to people near the “We the People” rally, then noticed he was being filmed by a protester, and things quickly escalated, with protesters allegedly yelling, “This guy’s a Nazi! This guy’s a Proud Boy!” and attacking him before he was head-butted. He made it into a cab and fled, and did not require medical attention.
The Fellow Worker Gritty Coalition (FWGC) has since started a GoFundMe for the victim, who they call “an unaffiliated protester [who] was misidentified as a Proud Boy.”
“Leftist orgs in Philly are working towards an accountability process between the unidentified instigators with antifa flags and the person who was assaulted during the We The People rally,” FWGC said. “We understand there will be questions about ‘antifa attacking a Jewish man.’ Our official statement is we do not know who the instigators are because of the numerous amount of out of towners participating in the rallies. We are working to identify them within our organizations, and we would like to express our condolences to the person who was attacked. As a community of anti-fascists, we work to collaborate against far-right organizations and to uplift our comrades, especially in instances of strife.”
“I could have died that day,” one of the marines told the court on Thursday morning.
Nearly one month after we told you that two U.S. Marines Corps reservists said they were attacked in Old City on November 17th near the controversial “We the People” rally, the two suspects and their accusers appeared in a Philadelphia courtroom on Thursday morning.
The marines, Alejandro Godinez and Luis Torres, both testified in uniform about the incident, while three marine officers, including their commanding officer, stood in the gallery. The suspects, Thomas Massey and Tom Keenan, who have been linked to antifa on websites and social media, sat together with their individual lawyers and did not speak.
The marines, who are not from the Philadelphia area, said that they had traveled to the city with other members of their helicopter unit, headquartered at Fort Dix, to attend a Marine event that night at a local hotel ballroom. They said that they had no knowledge of the nearby rally, which drew members of the alt-right as well as a large number of counter-protestors, Keenan and Massey reportedly among them.
According to the marines’ testimony, they were touring historical landmarks near Front and Chestnut streets when suspect Thomas Keenan approached them. Godinez testified that Keenan asked them “Are you proud?,” to which Godinez remembers responding “We are Marines.” Torres said that he remembers Keenan asking “Are you Proud Boys?,” an allusion to one of the alt-right groups behind the rally, and one that Torres said he didn’t understand. “I didn’t know what Proud Boys meant,” he said.
Whatever Keenan said, both marines testified that Keenan, Massey, and approximately ten other people — men and women, some masked and some unmasked — then began attacking them with mace, punches, and kicks, and calling them “nazis” and “white supremacists.”
On the stand, Godinez said that he was “bewildered” by being called a white supremacist and immediately cried out, “I’m Mexican!” After that, as the attack continued, both men said that members of the group, including Keenan, repeatedly used ethnic slurs, including “spic” and “wetback,” against the marines. (There was no testimony that Massey used any such language).
Godinez testified that he was maced at least six times, hit in the head, and kicked in the ribs, and he said that while he was being “stomped,” members of the group, which the judge and the district attorney’s office have both referred to as a “mob,” chanted “fuck him up” over and over again.
“The best way I can describe it is the sound of people chanting in a soccer stadium,” Godinez told the court, also adding that Keenan was “laughing, smiling, and having a good time, while I could have died that day.”
Torres testified that Massey punched him “full force” repeatedly while he held his hands up above his face to protect himself, and the prosecutor used the opportunity to make it clear that while both Torres and Godinez are marines, the suspects are significantly larger in both height and weight than the two of them.
In a statement previously released to Philly Mag, Godinez identified the group as an “antifa mob” and said “we were outnumbered … there were two Marines against 10 to 12 assailants.”
On the stand, Godinez explained that he tried to call 911 once the group had fled but that he couldn’t operate his phone because of the mace. Torres called 911, and an ambulance transported both men to Jefferson Hospital, where Godinez was treated. He said that his sight is still affected by what happened that day — he was noticeably blinking throughout the court proceeding — and that he continues to have discomfort from some of his other injuries. He testified that he might require surgery. Torres did not seek medical treatment.
At one point in the hearing, Keenan’s attorney referred to the incident as a “tussle.” Shortly thereafter, the judge told the lawyer, “This isn’t like kids at a playground.”
After Godinez and Torres testified and the defense lawyers made brief arguments, the judge ruled that both men would be held for trial on aggravated assault and conspiracy charges — both felonies — as well as several misdemeanors. The judge also added a felony charge of ethnic intimidation against Keenan. Their next court date is December 27th.
The lawyers for the suspects declined to comment for this story.