ANTIFA THUG WORKED FOR CHIEF DNC TRAINER

ANTIFA THUG WORKED FOR CHIEF DNC TRAINER, Joseph AlcoffAn 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.

Antifa: Portland Police ‘Protect White Supremacy’ by Passing Intel to Patriot Prayer

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.”

Antifa Member Killed By Police After Opening Fire On Officers

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.

Charles Landeros, 30, a member of Antifa, was fatally shot after drawing on police officers arresting him for trespassing on school grounds.
Charles Landeros, 30, a member of Antifa, was fatally shot after drawing on police officers arresting him for trespassing on school grounds.

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.

 

Berlin Antifa Assault Populist Jewish Youth at Holocaust Film Screening

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.

Antifa activist facing assault charges was tied to Democratic policymakers

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Joseph Alcoff on the right with Maxine Waters on the left.

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.

Marines recount harrowing Antifa attack as post-Christmas trial looms

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

Southern Poverty Law Center hit with lawsuit for tagging immigration watchdog as hate group

Southern Poverty Law Center hit with lawsuit for tagging immigration watchdog as hate group

 

An immigration policy group is hitting back at the Southern Poverty Law Center with a RICO lawsuit – used to prosecute criminal organizations – after the social-justice advocate included it on its list of “hate groups.”

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.”

Gavin McInnes Sues the SPLC for Defamation

Gavin McGinnis: Co-Founder Vice And Founder Of The Proud Boys
Gavin McGinnis: Co-Founder Vice And Founder Of The Proud Boys

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.

Jewish Antifa Group Vandalizes Nazi Collaborator Plaque

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.

DC Antifa Leader Faces 17 Charges, Including Assault, Terroristic Threats

By Petr Svab

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.

DC ‘antifa leader’ is third charged in Marine attack in Philadelphia

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.

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 for the Nov. 17 attack of two U.S. Marine Corps reservists.

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 for the Nov. 17 attack of two U.S. Marine Corps reservists. (Philadelphia Police Department)

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.

Is France showing us what America’s next civil war will look like?

Is France showing us what America’s next civil war will look like? | Will Bunch

 

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.

Demonstrators gather around a burning barricade during clashes with riot police in Paris on Saturday.
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Demonstrators gather around a burning barricade during clashes with riot police in Paris on Saturday.

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.

Demonstrators stand behind a burning barricade during clashes Saturday in Marseille, southern France. The rumble of armored police trucks and the hiss of tear gas filled central Paris on Saturday, as French riot police fought to contain thousands of yellow-vested protesters venting their anger against the government in a movement that has grown more violent by the week.
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Demonstrators stand behind a burning barricade during clashes Saturday in Marseille, southern France. The rumble of armored police trucks and the hiss of tear gas filled central Paris on Saturday, as French riot police fought to contain thousands of yellow-vested protesters venting their anger against the government in a movement that has grown more violent by the week.

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?

The black smoke rising from the streets of Paris can be seen as a warning cry, but also as a guide for what not to do going forward. The tragedy of the Trump presidency isn’t just a criminal wack-a-do occupying the Oval Office but that the current crisis is preventing America from doing the things it needs to be doing. That means policies to address income inequality – universal health care, forgiving college debt and a meaningful minimum wage – as well as climate change, and rebuilding journalism and the information infrastructure to blunt the impact of fake news. The best way to stop another civil war tomorrow is to start making sense today.

Glenside man charged for assaulting Philly cop at ‘We the People’ rally

Brian Glantz
504 Lindley Road
Glenside PA 19038-2802

Male, Age 23

Relatives: Robert Glantz • Debra Glantz

Locations: Glenside, PA

 

Hundreds turned out in Old City to protest a rally organized by the Proud Boys, but innocent bystanders and a cop were attacked instead.

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Police and hundreds of protesters squared off Nov. 17 at Independence Mall, where the protesters were opposing a tiny conservative rally called ‘We the People.’ One protester faces federal charges of assault for punching a Philly cop. (Getty Images)

 

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.”

Marines Testify About the “Antifa Mob” They Say Attacked Them in Philly

“I could have died that day,” one of the marines told the court on Thursday morning.

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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.

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“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.

Jury recommends over 400 years’ prison time for ‘Unite the Right’ killer

As expected, the so-called Judicial System has failed and James Alex Fields Jr.’s life was thrown away. This young man was sentenced to over 419 years in prison, but could also face the death penalty if they pursue the federal charges. If you have watched the news and witnessed the lunatics on the left riot, attack people and damage vehicles and property, you know how easily it would be to panic if you were the driver of a car that was being attacked by them. What was his other choice? To sit inside the car as it’s being hit with weapons and eventually be beaten or killed? Alex Fields Jr has also been treated for bipolar and schizoid personality disorder since childhood, yet he was still sacrificed to make a point. I do not believe Heather Heyer was killed by James Fields Jr, she was morbidly obese and I believe the real source of any incident were the leftist terrorists attacking vehicles, without that occurring, she may very well still be alive.

img_2633-1.jpgThis is a picture of Heather Heyer that the fake news will not show, clearly pointing out exactly how obese she was when she suffered her fatal heart attack.

The government, Republicans and Democrats, have successfully removed the 1st amendment and there is no longer freedom of speech. Alex Fields Jr’s life has thrown away to make an example of what will happen when any White person dares question their power.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE — James Alex Fields Jr. was diagnosed as having bipolar disorder at 6 and had been admitted to a psychiatric hospital twice by the time he was 10, according to a forensic psychology expert.

Fields on Friday was found guilty of first-degree murder, eight wounding charges and one count of hit and run in the Aug. 12, 2017, car attack that killed Heather Heyer and injured 35 others. He faces the possibility of multiple life sentences.

After nearly two hours of deliberations, jurors asked to end for the day around 5 p.m. They will resume at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The jury will recommend a sentence this week, and a judge will formally sentence Fields in the coming months.

In addition to first-degree murder, which carries a sentencing guideline of 20 years to life in prison, Fields faces 20 years to life for each of the five aggravated malicious wounding convictions, five to 20 years for each of the three malicious wounding convictions and zero to 10 years for the hit and run conviction.

Despite his early diagnosis and a history of angry and violent outbursts, said psychologist Daniel Murrie of the University of Virginia, Fields did not meet the legal standard to be declared insane at the time he rammed his car into a group of anti-racist protesters after the Unite the Right rally had been declared an unlawful assembly.

“In order to meet the legal definition of insanity, the individual has to not understand the nature of what they’re doing,” Murrie said in Charlottesville Circuit Court. “Though it’s ultimately a legal question, I do not think Mr. Fields meets the requirements.”

Murrie testified Monday afternoon just before the jury retired to deliberate on a sentencing recommendation.

Wearing one of two sweaters he has alternated between during the course of the trial and with a new haircut resembling the one popularized by white supremacist Richard Spencer, Fields watched the testimony with a flat expression.

According to Murrie, Fields has shown non-typical behaviors his whole life and was medicated shortly after he was first diagnosed as bipolar.

The disparity between the “explosive” angry outbursts of Fields’ childhood and his “flat,” emotionless demeanor led several mental health experts to diagnose him as having bipolar disorder, Murrie said.

Fields had few friends, and most of his social interactions were with his mother, which led to him being diagnosed as having schizoid personality disorder, according to testimony. The disorder is characterized by isolation and limited social interactions.

Fields quit taking his medications against his doctors’ advice when he learned that the drugs would prevent him from joining the military. Ultimately, physical limitations and disillusionment with the armed forces kept him out of the military.

By Aug. 12, 2017, Fields had been off his medication for two years, Murrie said.

In court earlier Monday, Susan Bro, Heyer’s mother, read a victim impact statement to the jury.

Fighting back tears, she said her daughter’s death had been “like an explosion” in her family. Since Heyer’s death, Bro said she has taken up her daughter’s cause.

“Heather was full of love, justice and fairness. Mr. Fields tried to silence her,” she said. “I refuse to allow that.”

Bro’s testimony was joined by that of three survivors of the attack, including Star Peterson, who suffered extensive leg injuries.

Peterson said she has been unable to work since the car attack and has had five surgeries to deal with infections caused by the metal plates in her legs. She will have a sixth surgery in the spring.

Not only has she been left physically battered and traumatized by the event, Peterson said, but her young child also has suffered emotional trauma.

“A 7-year-old shouldn’t have to understand that there is so much evil in the world that someone would intentionally drive into us with a car,” she said, holding back tears.

Wednesday Bowie, who was hit by Fields’ vehicle as he backed up after ramming the crowd, said despite Fields’ best efforts to kill the counter-protesters, he’d made the community stronger.

“Mr. Fields wanted to destroy us that day,” Bowie said. “We are, in his words, the enemy, just for standing up against racism that day.”

Following the testimony, the attorneys were given one last opportunity to speak to the jury.

Denise Lunsford, one of Fields’ attorneys, asked jurors to consider his mental illness as they decide on a sentence recommendation. Fields’ illness does not excuse his actions, Lunsford said, but sheds light on his frame of mind.

“Does it excuse what happened? Absolutely not,” she said. “But on Aug. 12 he was a compromised individual.”

Joe Platania, Charlottesville commonwealth’s attorney, urged the jury to look at the impact on the victims and the physical and emotional scars the attack inflicted.

“So much of today has focused on Mr. Fields,” Platania said. “Now is the point in the process when you get to go back and talk to the victims.”

Platania pointed to a phone call Fields made to his mother from prison in which he said Heyer’s death didn’t “f—ing matter.”

“Despite what Mr. Fields may think, her death did matter,” Platania said.

 

ADL Opposes Security Grants for Synagogues

The ADL has become another parasitic lefty organization exploiting a Jewish brand.

Earlier this year, the House successfully passed the Securing American Non-Profit Organizations Against Terrorism Act, which for the first time legalizes federal grants for the target hardening of religious spaces. That bill advanced in light of a slew of high-profile bomb threats against Jewish centers, and before the massacre at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue.

The ADL is none too happy with the idea of securing synagogues with grant money instead of shoveling the grant money into the maw of its political allies to “track” hate groups.

On the other hand, the Anti-Defamation League is cautioning Congress to focus instead on federal tracking of extremist threats – especially those arising from a growing movement of white supremacism nationwide.

ADL supports passage of the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, a bill authored by Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, which would require federal law enforcement agencies to regularly assess the threat and train state and local police to spot potential cells. But it does not support directing taxpayer dollars in the form of government grants to religious institutions for any purpose, including for security purposes, said one official with the organization.

That official expressed “constitutional and policy concerns” about the implications of such grants, and said that ADL would continue to oppose direct grants to religious institutions “without necessary constitutional and antidiscrimination safeguards.”

Another reminder that the ADL is not there for the Jewish community. It’s there for its own agenda.

About Daniel Greenfield

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.

ADL invites police forces to train in Israel, and Northampton says, No thanks

Fake “civil rights” groups such as the Anti-Defamation League (they make those pathetic NO PLACE FOR HATE yard signs) and the Southern Poverty Law Center have infiltrated the local city governments and police stations around the country and it is great to see a few resisting their false agenda and lies!

This past week something unprecedented occurred in two locations in the Northeast.  Both the Vermont State police and the Northampton, MA police department pulled out of an Anti-Defamation League-sponsored “counter-terrorism seminar” to be held in Israel from December 2 through December 12.  After initially agreeing to participate, both police departments were lobbied by local social justice activists, with the Western Massachusetts chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace taking the lead in Northampton, and in response decided to withdraw from the 15-member New England delegation.  This is the first case of withdrawal from the program in its 20-year history.

(For more on what happened see Ha’aretz, the JVP blog, and the first 22 minutes of this radio show, a talk show in Northampton.  The latter features the lead JVP local organizer on this, Rachel Weber, and also the renowned scholar and activist Vijay Prashad.)

For the last couple of years, Jewish Voice for Peace has been running a national campaign they call “End the Deadly Exchange”.  For the past 20 years or so, law enforcement agencies from the US – municipal and state police forces, as well as federal law enforcement agencies, including ICE – have been traveling to Israel to learn from Israeli security agencies how they deal with the threat of terrorism.  Of course since so much of what Israel considers “counter-terrorism” consists of the mechanics of oppression and repression – tactics also employed in our inner cities by local police departments – no good can come of such “exchanges”.

What is especially insidious about this partnership between Israeli security agencies and American law enforcement agencies is that much of it is financed by private mainstream Jewish organizations that take lobbying on behalf of Israel as essential to their mission.  In particular, this New England junket has been organized by the ADL and they are paying all the officers’ expenses.  This is quite an inducement for cash-strapped municipalities – free training.

It’s interesting to see how this political moment unfolded.  I know more about what happened in Northampton than Vermont as I am a member of JVP Western Mass (though I personally had little to do with the organizing on this).  We had been talking in our meetings for some time about how we might be involved in the Deadly Exchange program and decided we needed to find out whether or not there was local involvement.  Blessed with two attorneys in the group, we filed public records requests with some 25 or 30 agencies.  You see, most of these trips are kept secret, and you have to dig to find out about them.

Early on in our endeavor we discovered that the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department (the county Springfield, MA is in) was invited by the ADL to join an upcoming trip in December and had declined.  This was the first news that the national JVP had that there even was a New England-centered trip being planned.  Even the University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Department was invited (I am a faculty member there), but they declined.  The only local agency we discovered that agreed to go was the Northampton Police Department. Their chief, Jody Kasper, was given leave by the mayor, David Narkewicz, to go.

As soon as this was discovered, an action plan was formulated, contacts were made with other social justice groups in the area and with sympathetic city councilors, and a meeting with the mayor and police chief was quickly arranged.  After the initial meeting with the mayor and police chief, which went quite well, thirty or so individuals from the area, many quite prominent, wrote personal emails to the mayor urging him to withdraw.

The plan was to follow up with public pressure if they didn’t agree to withdraw, putting an ad in the local paper and organizing a large protest outside their offices.  However,in response to this well-orchestrated community outcry against the trip the mayor and police chief quite graciously agreed not to go.  This was democratic (with a small “d”, for sure) politics working exactly as it should.  Note that the ADL worked hard behind the scenes to undermine us, and continues to misrepresent the purpose of the trip and to demonize those of us who insist on democratic control over our policing agencies.  Our victory represents another chink in “the Lobby’s” armor.

Of course if I weren’t a pro-Palestinian activist, relations between US agencies and Israel wouldn’t be that salient to me and I might not be so outraged by the program.  Knowing as I do that racial profiling, suppression of dissent, and abuses such as torture, collective punishment, and unlimited administrative detention are standard tools of the Israeli occupation, it is especially appalling to think of our own police forces – which already have too much of a repressive character in many places – learning from such trainers.

Furthermore, while the ostensible target of this training for US police forces are so-called “lone wolf” terrorists, which are almost all connected to white supremacist groups, it’s especially ironic that they should be receiving training from Israel, which by and large can only see threats from the left, especially if they support Palestinians in any way.  Notice that when Trump went to Pittsburgh after the Tree of Life massacre, the only official to meet him was the Israeli ambassador.

Israeli government spokespeople went to great lengths to exonerate Trump from any responsibility for the rise in anti-Semitic incidents, including the horrific shooting in Pittsburgh, and just blamed pro-Palestinian activists.  (Of course British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was maligned again.  Neo-Nazis shoot Jews and so who else to blame but left-wing social justice activists?). Are these the people that should be training our police forces in how to respond to domestic white supremacist violence?

But even if one abstracts from the concern about Israeli practices of repression, I find it odd, to say the least, that more people aren’t concerned just about the idea that private, well-funded interest groups in the US should have any role in training public law enforcement agencies.  Of course part of what made this seem so benign to many was the involvement of the ADL, since it is an organization set up to promote human rights and fight bigotry of all kinds, but especially anti-Semitism.  So why not have a human rights organization provide training to our police – isn’t this what we want more of?

But the ADL isn’t Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch.  While they do still speak out against and fight genuine hate and bigotry, a good part of their mission is to promote the interests of Israel and fight organizations that are critical of Israeli policy.  For instance, they prominently highlight their fight against BDS (the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign) on their web page.  BDS advocates target the State of Israel, not Jews, and so to treat BDS advocates as just another hate group is a deeply political act (not to mention completely unfounded and disgusting). How can one allow one side of a political debate, one that demonizes the other side, to then influence law enforcement agencies that could very well be called upon to back up this demonization with force?

No private organization with a political mission should be allowed to play a role in training those agencies that are authorized to use force to enforce the law.  As has been understood since the dawn of modern political theory, the power of the state, which consists in its maintaining a monopoly on force, though necessary to ensure domestic tranquility (of course anarchists disagree), must be tightly constrained by democratic control.  Allowing police forces to go off and train at the expense of a private organization that acts outside democratic control is antithetical to that idea and a very dangerous precedent.

Tim Cook’s message to hatemongers: ‘You have no place on our platforms’

Remember when the United States had a constitution and something called FREEDOM OF SPEECH? Those days are long over. Just remember, no matter what your beliefs are, if ONE person does not have freedom of speech, no one does. And for those that think it’s ok for “some folks not to have the 1st Amendment” the left will eventually get to removing YOUR speech as well, they will never stop.

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during the 2018 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) at the San Jose Convention Center on June 4, 2018 in San Jose, California.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during the 2018 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) at the San Jose Convention Center on June 4, 2018 in San Jose, California.

Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered a message to white supremacists in a speech in front of the Anti-Defamation League: “You have no place on our platforms.”

Cook delivered the speech while accepting the Courage Against Hate award Monday. As Apple CEO, Cook has taken action to combat hate speech on the company’s platforms. The company was the first of a wave of tech companies to remove content by Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who has spewed inaccurate theories such as that the Sandy Hook school shooting massacre was a hoax.

“At Apple, we believe that technology needs to have a clear point of view on this challenge,” Cook said, referring to how to handle the influx of hate on tech platforms. “There is no time to get tied up in knots. That’s why we only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division and violence: You have no place on our platforms.”

Since the early days of iTunes, Cook said, Apple has banned music that promotes messages of white supremacy. and the company is still willing to prohibit conspiracy theorists. In the past, Cook has been a vocal critic of tech peers like Facebook, which has been criticized for being slow to remove misinformation on its platform. When asked in an interview about how he would deal with Facebook’s data privacy issues if he were in CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s shoes, Cook infamously said, “I wouldn’t be in this situation.”

“If we can’t be clear on moral questions like these, then we’ve got big problems,” Cook said in his ADL speech. “At Apple, we are not afraid to say that our values drive our curation decisions. And why should we be? Doing what’s right, creating experiences free from violence and hate, experiences that value creativity and new ideas is what our customers want us to do.”

 

College student faces hate crime charges for racist graffiti

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – A black student blamed his “bottled up anger” for racist, threatening graffiti he admitted to scrawling in a bathroom on a Maryland college campus, according to a police report.

Baltimore County police on Monday filed hate crime charges against 21-year-old Fynn Arthur, a Brunswick, Maine, resident who was enrolled as a student at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.

Police arrested Arthur last Thursday on misdemeanor charges of malicious destruction of property. He was released from custody after a court hearing last Friday. State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger said his office subsequently recommended the additional charges, which also are misdemeanors.

“We felt that with the message that was involved, there was sufficient evidence that the motive behind the message was race-related,” he told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Arthur told investigators he was responsible for the bathroom graffiti of a backward swastika and a death threat that included a racial slur against blacks and the numbers of dorm rooms belonging to black students, including himself, the police report says.

“When asked why he would do something like that, he replied that he has a lot of built up anger with no way to vent it on campus,” the report says.

Arthur, who was a member of the Goucher College men’s lacrosse team, has been banned from campus pending disciplinary proceedings, college officials said in a statement. The officials said they were “shocked and saddened that these acts were committed by a member of our own College community.”

“These acts of hate have consumed our community, and we feel strongly that the suspect should receive the strongest charges, which reflect the seriousness of these crimes,” said their statement, dated last Friday.

Shellenberger said he doesn’t know if Arthur has an attorney. Efforts to reach Arthur weren’t immediately successful Tuesday.

The new charges that Arthur faces make it a crime to damage property because of a person or group’s race, religious, sexual orientation or national origin.

Police began investigating after a student found the threatening graffiti written in black marker in a bathroom stall and on a bathroom wall on Nov. 14. Police interviewed Arthur that day since his room number had been in the message. He said he was “shocked that someone would target him in that manner because of his race,” the report says.

More racist graffiti, including the initials “KKK,” was found last Thursday in a different bathroom on another floor in the same building. Investigators provided questionnaires to students named in the graffiti incident, and Arthur’s handwriting was “consistent” with the writing in both bathrooms, police said.

Arthur had scanned his ID to enter the building shortly before the graffiti was discovered last Thursday, according to the report. He also had scanned his ID at several residential buildings just before similar “bias-related graffiti” was discovered there in March 2017, the report says.

Arthur “blamed his bottled up anger for the first incident on (Nov. 14),” the report says. “When asked what caused him to commit the second graffiti incident, he replied he had been drinking and ‘just did something dumb.’”

Rand Paul under fire for blocking Israel bills

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In various statements to the press, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has said he supports Israel but that in the long run the country should become self-sufficient. | John Shinkle/POLITICO

Rand Paul under fire for blocking Israel bills

Sen. Rand Paul is infuriating Republicans and Democrats alike by blocking a pair of Israel-related bills, including one authorizing tens of billions of dollars in military aid for the country.

Some advocacy groups are so mad at Paul they’re running ads against the Kentucky Republican, who insists that his long-term goal is actually to help Israel.

The dust-up is the latest example of how Paul is willing to throw a wrench into routine legislation to uphold his libertarian instincts, which make him skeptical of foreign aid. It also could hurt his already-testy ties to President Donald Trump, who sees the U.S.-Israel relationship as near-sacrosanct.

The main bill Paul is blocking puts into law an agreement reached under former President Barack Obama that gives Israel $38 billion in military assistance over 10 years. The measure has broad bipartisan support in Congress. Various versions of the bill have easily passed the Senate and the House in recent months, but the Senate still needs to pass a final version.

Using his Senate privileges, Paul placed a hold on the bill on Oct. 11, surprising other lawmakers, according to Hill staffers.

Rubio’s office repeatedly reached out to Paul’s office over the next several weeks, asking for an explanation of Paul’s objections in hopes of finding a resolution, according to people familiar with the negotiations. Paul’s office offered little by way of answers, they said. (A Paul spokesman denied that, saying “our office has always been responsive.”)

On Monday, Paul’s office told Rubio’s office that Paul would lift the hold if lawmakers could find ways to offset at least $3 billion in the funding, including by possibly rescinding some money for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Paul’s critics say his request is confounding because the bill in question merely authorizes spending. It doesn’t technically appropriate funds.

In various statements to the press, Paul has said he supports Israel, but that in the long run the country should become self-sufficient. He adds that he’d prefer to fund Israel by cutting assistance to less-deserving countries and entities, such as the Palestinian Authority and Pakistan.

The senator plans to introduce a measure next week that adjusts foreign aid funding to his preference.

“If we are going to send aid to Israel it should be limited in time and scope so we aren’t doing it forever, and it should be paid for by cutting the aid to people who hate Israel and America,” Paul said in a statement to POLITICO.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment. Pro-Israel advocates, meanwhile, are not sold on Paul’s argument.

Some worry that completely defunding the Palestinian Authority — including its security services — could further de-stabilize an already tense situation on the ground. There’s also a fear that if the U.S. cuts funds to other countries, that could breed more international resentment against Israel.

The Trump administration already has taken separate moves to halt significant amounts of financial aid to Pakistan and the Palestinians, but Paul appears to want the aid stoppage to be formally put into law.

Just this week, Paul placed a hold on a bill that is designed to counter the “boycott, divestment and sanctions” movement, congressional staffers confirmed. That movement urges companies and countries to penalize Israel through boycotts and other means over its treatment of the Palestinians. Rubio is also a lead sponsor of that legislation, which has plenty of bipartisan backing.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed an executive order in mid-November that bars state agencies from contracting with companies that boycott Israel.

The federal bill has a number of elements, including essentially condoning state and local government laws that penalize people and companies who back isolating Israel over the Palestinian issue.

Paul’s office said he has concerns that the anti-“boycott” bill could infringe on Americans’ First Amendment rights — a concern other opponents of such measures share. In any case, his hold has further upset pro-Israel groups already steamed about his efforts to stop the aid package.

One such organization, Christians United for Israel, has spent $100,000 on a digital and cable news ad buy across Kentucky to pressure Paul to allow the military aid bill’s passage. That’s on top of its purchase of print advertisements in major Kentucky newspapers.

“As rockets rain down on our ally Israel, will Rand Paul stand with Israel, or will he stand in the way?” one version of the digital ad asks.

CUFI Action Fund Chairwoman Sandra Parker said her organization was “deeply troubled” by Paul’s actions on both Israel bills.

“Sen. Paul’s actions are contrary to the values of the voters he is supposed to be representing in Washington,” Parker said in a statement.

Reports that Paul was trying to block the anti-“boycott” legislation even drew chiding from Mark Kirk, the former Republican senator from Illinois who was the original author of the measure.

“I encourage the senator to speak with Governor Bevin and Kentucky voters if he doesn’t understand the anti-Semitism behind the BDS movement,” Kirk said in a statement.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee also has taken out digital ads and is urging its supporters to contact Paul’s office to demand he lift his hold on the military aid bill.

“Given the growing threats to Israel’s security from Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas, it is absolutely critical that Congress complete bipartisan legislation that will provide essential security assistance to America’s closest ally in the region,” AIPAC spokesman Marshall Wittmann said in a statement.

PayPal Cuts Off Proud Boys, Gavin McInnes, Antifa Groups

Paypal, Ebay, Google, Youtube, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook and the rest of the social media and tech giants continue their one-sided attack on Whites, while protecting and continuing to provide services for violent terrorist organizations such as Antifa. The Southern Povery Law Center, a corrupt fake “civil rights” group, which amounts to nothing more than a cash grabbing machine, has weaseled their way into to these companies offering “advice and terms of service adjustments for terminations,” in other words continuing their attacks into anything that is not lefist dogma. The Department Of Justice and DHS should investigate Morris Dees and the rest of the SPLC crooks.

At this time, anyone involved with pro-American groups such as the “Proud Boys” are finding their social media and payment processing accounts terminated, while militant bed-wetters that live in their parents’ basements (Antifa) continue to use their pages to “doxx” mostly innocent people with their lies and attacks rarely have anything done to their highly illegal and libelous accounts.

The payment company cited hate and violence by both sides, leading one anti-fascist organization to call the move ‘ridiculous false equivalence.’

PayPal has cancelled two accounts associated with a right-wing hate group, and three associated with anti-fascist groups.

On Friday, the digital payment company cut ties with the violent ultranationalist group the Proud Boys, and their founder Gavin McInnes. PayPal also cancelled accounts belonging to three anti-fascist organizations: Atlanta Antifa, Antifa Sacramento, and the Anti-Fascist Network. The cancellations, first reported by BuzzFeed’s Blake Montgomery, are the latest casualties in a campaign by far-left and far-right groups to deplatform their opponents.

Proud Boys and anti-fascists often clash with each other online, and in the streets, most recently leading to arrest warrants for nine Proud Boys and three anti-fascists in New York City. But a statement by PayPal described both groups in the same terms.

“Striking the necessary balance between upholding free expression and open dialogue and protecting principles of tolerance, diversity and respect for all people is a challenge that many companies are grappling with today,” the company told The Daily Beast. “We work hard to achieve the right balance and to ensure that our decisions are values-driven and not political. We carefully review accounts and take action as appropriate. We do not allow PayPal services to be used to promote hate, violence, or other forms of intolerance that is discriminatory.”

PayPal added that it has previously cancelled accounts for Antifa Philadelphia, Antifa Arkansas, Belfast Antifa, and Rose City Antifa.

A spokesperson could not comment on how the groups had violated the terms. One group banned Friday, Atlanta Antifa, disputed the bans as “ridiculous false equivalence. This is where liberal ‘both sides’ discourse leads.”

“Our track record has been one of monitoring & protesting the far-Right. Proud Boys engage in indiscriminate beat-downs against anyone who they perceive as leftist or enemy of some other sort,” Atlanta Antifa told The Daily Beast via Twitter direct message.

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