Philly ANTIFA member Lisa Joy Simon

Lisa Simon, 23, is charged with aggravated assault, illegally taunting a police animal, prohibited offensive weapons, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstruction administrative law.

 

Last Known Home Address:
909 S 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
United States
Gender: Female
Race: White
Height: 64in
Weight: 120lbs
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Bald

On 6/10/17 1132 hours, Harrisburg Police were assisting with the Act For America Rally on the Capital steps of N 3rd & State Streets.  During this Rally part of the protestors moved from the capital steps north bound on N 3rd Street throughout the midtown area.  Multiple mounted PSP Troopers and Harrisburg Police were assisting with moving a large crowd from blocking the 1200 BLK of N 6th Street towards the sidewalk.

A PSP Corporal and his partner, horse Sampson, were attempting to move the crowd when the defendant, Lisa Simon , used a flag pole with a silver nail at the top of the pole to strike horse Sampson in the side of the neck.  Simon did this while obstructing the troopers from performing their duties to move the crowd onto the sidewalk.

Simon resisted Harrisburg Police officers from effecting a lawful arrest.  Both the PSP Corporal and horse Sampson were able to continue working with minimal injury.

A warrant is being requested for the following charges:  Aggravated Assault to Police, Taunting Police Animals, Prohibited Offensive Weapons, Obstruction to Law Enforcement Function, Resisting Arrest, and Disorderly Conduct

Case Number:

17-0610-033-001

Arrest Date:

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Lisa Joy Simon being arrested

Terrorist groups including ANTIFA prepare to “disrupt” police event

I’m not sure when the law enforcement agencies will stop following their puppet masters’ orders and put an end to the chaos and violence Communist groups like Antifa are premeditating, but I do know that as long as the media is silent and the cowards are allowed to wear masks and damage property and attack innocent people, eventually a much stronger force from the right will show up to one of their events and put an end to them once and for all. Veteran groups, active military, current and former law enforcement or even biker groups need to make a stand. Enough is enough!

https://noiacp.blackblogs.org/

Numerous ANTIFA and other terrorists are currently planning to “disrupt” the International Association of Chiefs of Police which will be taking place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from October 21 – 24, 2017. This is ironic as the media and law enforcement have protected them for many years and without police protection, they’d have never been able to leave their keyboards:

Confront the IACP in Philadelphia this October

This October, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) will hold their annual conference in Philadelphia. This is a call for an ambitious mobilization to directly disrupt the conference, to publicly spread an explicitly anti-police position, and to attempt to open up space that is hostile to state control. We hope to do so using both coordinated and decentralized, autonomous actions in the area immediately surrounding the conference in Center City and throughout Philly.

The IACP brings together law enforcement agencies from throughout the world to “advance the science and art of police services” through international coordination, training, and policy work. Their 2017 conference will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, with four days of workshops, an exhibition hall with corporate vendors, and a number of secondary events at other locations. Also, a “general assembly.”

This call for opposition comes from the perspective that policing is inherently a colonial, white supremacist project. From their inception, the police have had as their primary function the maintenance of a social order based on violent domination along lines of race, gender, class & ability; from slave patrols to strike-breakers and from vice squads to gang units. Opposition to the IACP presents a unique opportunity to advance a position that is absolutely against all policing, as a large part of the organization’s agenda mirrors that of those who would reform the institution. Body cameras, diversity in hiring, “trust and accountability,” and above all, “community policing” are all central themes of the conference and to recommendations for “21st Century Policing.”

As the Trump administration (universally endorsed by law enforcement unions during the election) bombastically seeks to reinvigorate the militarization of police, it is a crucial time to aggressively put forward an analysis that recognizes militarization and community policing not as divergent, but as complementary parts of a coherent strategy of domination.

Meanwhile, the hundreds of participating agencies and workshops starkly demonstrate the severe intersectionality of the violence the police have always carried out. Interlocking movements for black liberation, indigenous struggle against colonization, sex workers’ self-determination, resistance to ableist police violence, radical political movements resisting repression, queer rebellion, global anti-imperialism, migrant and refugee justice and no borders movements, housing justice, environmental struggles, and more, all have a stake in opposing the strategies and tactics that will be promoted at this conference.

The IACP conference puts on display what we know from our daily participation in diverse forms of resistance: that every struggle is a struggle against the police.

While all the departments involved have histories of (and foundations in) violence, many have also seen fierce resistance to that violence in the recent past. Participating departments from Albuquerque, Chicago, Milwaukee, Seattle, the Bay Area, and more have seen rebellions against them in the last several years. We hope to use this opportunity to build connections with those who carry these memories of antagonism towards the police and contribute to lived experiences of uncontrollable revolt.

A complete list of presenters, vendors, and workshops is available on the conference website, http://www.theiacpconference.org, but here is a small sampling of some notable participants:

• Peter Newsham, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (who gave orders to kettle protestors on J20)

• Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office (speaking on their experience sending officers to repress resistance at Standing Rock)

• Robert Metzger, Chief of Pasco (WA) Police Dept. (presenting “Public Trust After a Police Use of Deadly Force Incident,” based on lessons on maintaining stability after the police murder of Antonio Zambrano-Montes)

• Local departments from Philadelphia, New York, Albuquerque, Seattle, New Orleans, Edmonton, Chicago, Las Vegas, El Salvador, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Tempe, AZ, Tucson, AZ, Dubai, Portland, OR, San Diego, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Vancouver, Australia, Raleigh, NC, Dallas, and many more.

• Federal agencies, including FBI, Border Patrol, ATF and USCIS.

Expect more information and specific calls soon. In the meantime, save the date, make plans, study some maps, learn the terrain and spread the word throughout the region and beyond. Here are some more detailed resources to get started:

Outreach Zine for Reading // Outreach Zine for Printing

Workshop Descriptions and Schedule // Conference Hotel Map // Special Event Schedule

Against White Supremacy // Against the Police

For a world without cops, prisons, or borders.

Netanyahu’s son posts classic anti-Semitic meme, drawing praise from neo-Nazis

JERUSALEM — Israeli leaders and political commentators reacted with anger and bewilderment Sunday after Yair Netanyahu, son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, posted a classic anti-Semitic meme on his Facebook page.

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Neo-Nazi groups in the United States and Holocaust denier David Duke, a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, liked the post, however.

“Yair Netanyahu is a total bro,” wrote Andrew Anglin in the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer. “Next he’s going to call for gassings.”

Duke tweeted about it: “Welcome to the club, Yair — absolutely amazing, wow, just wow.” — David Duke

The image posted over the weekend by the younger Netanyahu, who goes by the name “Yair Hun” on Facebook, appears to be a local take on a classic anti-Semitic meme suggesting that Jews control the United States. It has appeared widely on extreme alt-right websites.

In this instance, it depicts his father’s perceived foes: American Jewish billionaire philanthropist and investor George Soros, outspoken former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak, activist Eldad Yaniv, and Meni Naftali, a former housekeeper for the Netanyahus who successfully sued them for mistreatment.

Netanyahu captioned the meme “the food chain.”

It is not clear who created the caricature, but many in Israel condemned it and expressed shock that the prime minister’s son would share such an image.

Barak suggested he should see a psychiatrist.

“Is this what the kid hears at home?” he wrote on Twitter. “Is it genetics, or a spontaneous mental illness? It doesn’t matter. In any case, we should fund his psychiatrist instead of security guards and a driver.”

Netanyahu responded to Barak by telling him to get a geriatric nurse: “I hope Ehud Barach [a play on words meaning ‘Ehud ran away’] didn’t tweet about me from his seat in Boston (between one shady deal or another) while drunk on whiskey (as I well recall). Time to get a geriatric nurse, Ehud.”

He also responded to an article about his post in the left-leaning newspaper Haaretz, calling the publication anti-Semitic.

“It’s a particularly sad day for Israel when a caricature endorsed by the head of the KKK emerges from the home of the prime minister of the Jewish state,” wrote recently elected Labor leader Avi Gabbay on Twitter.

“Every Jew should feel a sense of shame that a Der Stürmer-style cartoon has come out of the Israeli Prime Minister’s residence and was embraced by one of the great anti-Semites. Erase, apologize and condemn!” wrote Opposition Chairman Isaac Herzog on Twitter.

“This post was not put up by mistake, this is in keeping with the views of his father,” activist Eldad Yaniv told The Washington Post. “He wants to set Israeli society on fire, pitching people against each other, so he can hide the suspicions that are against him.”

On Twitter, Yaniv shared the image posted by Yair Netanyahu together with the original, which he called the inspiration behind a post from “the son of the prime minister of the Jewish people.”

Yaniv, together with former housekeeper Naftali, have been leading weekly protests against the prime minister and the attorney general over what they see as a failure to issue indictments against Netanyahu in at least two cases of alleged corruption.

Three weeks ago, the two men were violently arrested and held overnight by police for Facebook posts calling on the public to join them. Last week, in a speech to his supporters, Netanyahu publically attacked the two men, calling them anarchists and criminals.

On Friday, Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, was informed by the attorney general that she will likely face charges for excessive spending, ordering — against protocol — ready-made food and hiring private chefs to the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem.

Writing in the daily Yediot Aharonot, commentator Ben Dror Yemini said this post indicated the prime minister and his family were panicking.

“If that wasn’t clear then along came this cartoon to demonstrate that something bad, very bad, is happening in the [prime minister’s] residence on Balfour Street. When an anti-Semitic cartoon gets posted there, that is no longer just the problem of the people who reside in the residence. It is the State of Israel’s problem,” he wrote.

Last month, at the time of the neo Nazi march in Charlottesville, Yair Netanyahu also caused controversy by equating neo-Nazis with activists from far-left anti-fascist groups known as “antifa.”

“I’m a Jew, I’m an Israeli, the neo nazi scums in Virginia hate me and my country. But they belong to the past. Their breed is dying out,” the 26-year-old wrote on Facebook. “However the thugs of Antifa and BLM who hate my country (and America too in my view) just as much are getting stronger and stronger and becoming super dominant in American universities and public life.”

‘Peace Through Violence’: How Antifa Works to Wreck America

The black-clad members of Antifa were treated as heroes for facing off against neo-Nazi’s and the Ku Klux Klan in Charlottesville.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo even compared Antifa to the soldiers fighting Hitler.

And CNN actually described Antifa as seeking ‘peace through violence’

But what happened next, in Berkeley, when Antifa beat up peaceful demonstrators, has forced more and more leaders on the Left and Right to condemn the movement.

Freedom Fighters or Thugs?

America is learning what Europeans already know – that Antifa, which claims to fight racism and fascism, is not what it seems.

Antifa has been marching and destroying things in Europe for decades.

What Americans call “An-TEE-fuh”  is, in Europe, An-tee-FAH, a shortened version of the German ‘anti-fascistische aktion’.

It’s not a single organization but a movement, also known as the black bloc. It’s comprised of anarchists and Marxist revolutionaries who seek the overthrow of capitalist systems.

You Were Warned

In 2014, CBN News warned of the rise of Antifa in Europe, reporting:

If you want a glimpse into how bad it could become to America in the future, look to Europe.  Take American conservative values of God, country and traditional family to Western Europe and you would be  branded extreme right, anti-woman, homophobic and even Nazi. And should you be brave enough to actually demonstrate publicly for a conservative cause, you could be physically attacked. Or in Sweden your home might be wrecked. 

Author and Journalist Lars Hedegaard told us, ” You could get beaten up. We see that in Sweden by the way. You have these so-called anti-fascists coming to known right wingers homes and wrecking their apartments; destroy the furniture, tear up the books and then they make a video of it and put it out on the web [to say] ‘See what we did to this guy.’

The ‘Anti-fascists’ Are the Fascists

Under the banner of ‘fighting racism,’ Left-wing radicals terrorize those who dare to speak out against mutli-culturalism. 

Kim Møller is considered the leading expert on the extreme violent Left groups in Denmark. He told us, “Today they call them anti-racists or they fight for a better environment or a more humane society but their goal is to smash democracy as we know it.”

Dale Hurd: “It looks like they are against fascism but they’re really against parliamentary democracy?” 

Kim Møller said “Yeah. They’re revolutionary communists.” 

“If you say you want revolution, people say you’re crazy, but if you say you want to ‘fight racism,’ then suddenly everyone is against racism,” Møller said.

Antifa’s approach can be summed up in their slogans. They say they are resisting “hate and racism.” That sounds good, but they also include “patriarchy,”  which is Leftist code for Judeo-Christian values, and “Corporate rule,” which is pure Marxist theory.

Antifa’s Alliance with Radical Islam

Antifa can also be defined – not only by who it opposes – but by who it almost never opposes – radical Islam.

But why? Radical Islam treats women as property and calls for death for adulterers and homosexuals. This should be repugnant to Leftist radicals.

But Antifa is more likely to march against so-called Islamophobia than against Islam. Islam expert Robert Spencer has had first-hand experience with Antifa violence in Europe, he’s dodged eggs and excrement thrown by Antifa demonstrators, and leftists tried to poison him in Iceland.

He explains the connection: “The Left and the Jihadis both hate America. They are both internationalists. They both have contempt for borders; for nation states. And they hate the United States as being the foremost obstacle to their vision for the world.”

The Left’s ‘Muscle’ on American Streets

The Left-dominated European media tends to give Antifa a pass, treating them more like rowdy teenagers. Some say Antifa has become the Left’s muscle in Europe; driving conservatives out of the mainstream and underground.

This is the same Antifa that has come to America. They’re attracting large numbers of so-called progressives frustrated with President Trump and the Democratic leadership. It’s even attracting school teachers.

Antifa offers frustrated liberals a radical solution, and its goal, according to one leader, is to “make America ungovernable.”

Who is Behind the Rise of “Antifa”?

Antifa are anarchists whose goal it is to bring this nation to its knees; weaken it to the point of being non-governable and then they assume some sort of people-power will bring it to the level of utopianism. Sounds like the Bolshevik revolution that resulted in Stalinism and over 70 million deaths.

Just what is the Antifa movement? Who are these people, who funds them and what are their goals? The name is short for Antifascist. In other words, those young, white and black kids marching in hordes with masks covering their faces, wearing black uniforms, carrying baseball bats, knives, chains and home-made flame throwers claim they are against fascism. They insist they are on the scene to combat the hate emanating from President Trump, white nationalists, neo Nazis and anyone else for whom they have contempt. Any idea, philosophy or data that conflicts with their world view is heresy.  Throw the concept of “Israel as Occupier”  into this Dumpster of ideology. Their simplistic beliefs center on the perspective that all people, no matter their race, gender and religion are the same. And they consider every foreign culture as inherently nobler than the one they grew up in.  So the 20 year old white kid from the Upper East Side, driving his Dad’s BMW, who went to Horace Mann and Yale, desires to live in a thatched cottage somewhere in Africa drawing water from a well. With no credit card and cell phone!

In short, they are anarchists whose goal is to bring this nation to its knees, weaken it to the point of being non-governable and then they assume some sort of people-power will bring it to the level of utopianism. Sounds like the Bolshevik revolution that resulted in Stalinism and over 70 million deaths. All of course as a means to liberate the common man. Recent riots in Berkeley and D.C. were initiated by Antifa. They have beaten Trump supporters, set cars afire, utilized pepper spray and hair spray canister flame throwers, smashed store windows, robbed ATM’s and prevented speakers at colleges whom they deem to be Fascists from addressing student groups. Are these signs of anti-fascism?

Although appearing ragtag they are well organized and their members seem to assemble at a moment’s notice So, who has organized and financed them? Let’s focus in on former President Obama and his puppet master George Soros as possible villains. Virtually unknown to the public Obama formed the group, Organizing for Action (OFA) in 2013 in preparation for him leaving office. This gang has trained more than 10,000 Leftist organizers, who in turn, are training more than 2 million youths in Saul Alinsky tactics. In 2014 they raised over 40 million dollars which will be used, according to  Michelle Obama,  to “change our country and to bridge the divide between the world as it is and the world as it should be.” Sounds like revolutionary talk to us.

The only way to counteract this anarchist movement controlled obviously from the confines of the Obama war room mansion just a few blocks from the White House is to understand that the Antifa Movement is an amalgam of  gangs such as, Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street, ANSWER, Communist Party USA and CAIR. Go back in history to the war between Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany. Which country would have been labeled the Antifa nation then?

ARRESTED: Philadelphia School Teacher Arrested Over Terroristic Threats

Public Records Search results from blockshopper.com:

John E. Sheerin
6212 Hasbrook Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

Neighborhood:Lawncrest

 

John Sheerin (Facebook)

John Sheerin (Facebook)

The summer protest season appears to be ending with drama

John E. Sheerin, age 63, is probably one of the weirder far-left extremist protestors in Philly.   He’s been appearing in comments sections on just about any drama that occurs in the city, and he’s out on the streets with Asa Khalif at his protest events.

Here’s a post where he was badgering Daphne Jenkins, a Philadelphia GOP ward leader, for electing to appear on CNN after Donald Trump’s rally in Phoenix, AZ to give her views on what she thought of the President’s remarks:

Sheerin said just about everything except calling Jenkins a ‘house n***er.’

Angered, Jenkins replied that CNN approached her to appear on camera independently and not any member of the Philadelphia GOP sending her to the show [does the Phila GOP run the CNN newsroom?]  No one at the GOP City Committee had any clue that Jenkins was going to appear on live television.   It was the simple sight of a black Trump supporter; the mere idea that there are black people who support the President–in Philly!–set Sheerin off in tirades.

The last thing that would convince Jenkins to quit being a Republican would be an angry old white man ordering her what to think.  Sheerin later climbed down from his rant.

Here’s Sheerin apologizing on behalf of the white race because neighbors in Bustleton were pissed off at a protest on their street focused on their neighbor, PPD Officer Ryan Pownhall. which Mayor Jim Kenney condemned:

A few nuts in the city liken Sheerin to John Brown

Philadelphia Police arrested Sheerin for terroristic threats which were made August 16th “Philly is Charlottesville” rally, the one where Councilwoman Helen Gym proposed getting rid of the Rizzo statue.

Pro-police supporters have been filing complaint forms to the School District of Philadelphia, where Sheerin works as a teacher.

Like Father, Like Son

Chris Sheerin (Facebook)

Chris Sheerin (Facebook)

Not to be outdone, Sheerin’s son Chris Sheerin is also facing simple assault charges related to violence at a Trump rally in the city on July 4.

Philly teacher charged in altercation with police at Rizzo statue protest

August 26, 2017

A Philadelphia public school teacher has been charged in connection with an altercation with police during a protest near the statue of Frank Rizzo, the city’s former mayor and police commissioner, outside the Municipal Services Building earlier this month, authorities said Saturday.

John Edward Sheerin, 63, of the 6200 block of Hasbrook Avenue in the city’s Crescentville section, was arrested without incident Friday night and charged with terroristic threats and harassment for allegedly making verbal threats of violence to a Philadelphia police officer, police said.

The alleged incident occurred Aug. 16 at the 10-foot bronze statue at 15th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, across from City Hall. Thousands of demonstrators who had participated in a “Philly Is Charlottesville” march had surrounded the statue and called for its removal.

Sheerin is a teacher at the Julia de Burgos School in North Philadelphia, according to School District payroll records.

The district was aware of the alleged incident, was investigating Sheerin prior to his arrest, and had removed him from the school pending outcome of the probe, said spokesman Kevin Geary. He declined to elaborate, citing personnel matters.

“The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority,” Geary said in a statement. “This is a matter which we take very seriously.”

On his Facebook page, Sheerin thanked supporters who camped out in front of the 19th Police District station while he was being held there.

“I really can’t believe you guys stayed out there all night. It must have been so uncomfortable. But I learned something about discomfort from my first night in a cell. There’s nothing SOFT in a cell!” Sheerin wrote.

He did not respond to several requests for comment via phone, email, text, and a visit by a reporter to his home Saturday night.

Late Saturday morning, Asa Khalif, a leader of Black Lives Matter Pennsylvania, posted on Facebook: “Our comrade is home safe and sound. This man is a true soldier in the fight for justice. Proud to have him as a friend and ally. Thanks John Sheerin. #Salute”

The hulking Rizzo statue has been the target of protests and renewed calls for its removal that heated up after deadly violence erupted in Charlottesville, Va., in mid-August after a clash between white nationalists and counterprotesters over the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The Rizzo statue was defaced Aug. 17 with the message “Black Power” spray-painted in white. City workers power-washed the message from the statue, which has been egged in recent weeks. A mural of Rizzo in South Philadelphia was defaced with spray paint last weekend.

Councilwoman Helen Gym has said that the statue should go, and Mayor Kenney, a fellow Democrat, has said it is time to discuss its future, though he has not taken a public position on removal. Kenney said the city Art Commission would decide the fate of the statue after conducting a hearing.

Activists who want the 2,000-pound statue removed say Rizzo oppressed black citizens as police commissioner in the 1960s and became mayor in part by appealing to the racial fears of white Philadelphians. Others say Rizzo championed the little guy and the statue should remain.

Rizzo was elected in 1971, then a Democrat, and served two terms. He died in July 1991 during a comeback campaign for mayor, running as a Republican against Ed Rendell, the Democratic nominee.

Staff writers Mark Fazlollah and Kristen Graham contributed to this article.

EXPOSED: Philadelphia School Principal Outed as Antifa, Calls Trump Supporters “White Trash P*ssies”

July 3, 2017:

Following his son’s arrest yesterday amid Antifa assaults on Trump supporters, John Sheerin took to Facebook to voice his disdain for them, and support for Antifa. The NJ Department of Homeland Security recently designated Antifa a Domestic Terrorist organization.

John Sheerin identifies himself in the posts as a Principal with the Philadelphia School District. His Facebook identifies him as Teacher, School District of Philadelphia.

According to his Facebook page, Principal Sheerin has attended many Antifa events in Philadelphia in the past and may be a very active member of the group.

Mum’s the word on antifa

By MARC A. THIESSEN The Washington Post

 

Last weekend in Berkeley, Calif., a group of neo-communist antifa–anti-fascist–thugs attacked peaceful protesters at a No to Marxism in America rally, wielding sticks and pepper spray and beating people with homemade shields that read (I kid you not) No Hate.

The Washington Post reports how one peaceful protester “was attacked by five black-clad antifa members, each windmilling kicks and punches into a man desperately trying to protect himself.” Members of the Berkeley College Republicans were then stalked by antifa goons who followed them to a gas station and demanded they “get the [expletive] out” of their car, warning, “We are real hungry for supremacists and there is more of us.”

The organizer of the anti-Marxism protest is not a white supremacist. Amber Cummings is a self-described “transsexual female who embraces diversity” and had announced on Facebook that “any racist groups like the KKK [and] neo-Nazis . . . are not welcome.” The protest was needed, Cummings said, because “Berkeley is a ground zero for the Marxist Movement.”

As if to prove Cummings’ point, the antifa movement responded with jackboots and clubs–because their definition of “fascist” includes not just neo-Nazis but also anyone who opposes their totalitarian worldview.

And let’s be clear: Totalitarian is precisely what they are. Mark Bray, a Dartmouth lecturer who has defended antifa’s violent tactics, recently explained, “Its adherents are predominantly communists, socialists and anarchists” who believe that physical violence “is both ethically justifiable and strategically effective.” In other words, they are no different from neo-Nazis.

Neo-Nazis are the violent advocates of a murderous ideology that killed 25 million people last century. Antifa members are the violent advocates of a murderous ideology that, according to The Black Book of Communism, killed between 85 million and 100 million people last century. Both practice violence and preach hate. They are morally indistinguishable. There is no difference between those who beat innocent people in the name of the ideology that gave us Hitler and Himmler and those who beat innocent people in the name of the ideology that gave us Stalin and Dzerzhinsky.

The United States defeated two murderous ideologies in the 20th century. So we should all be repulsed by the sight of our fellow Americans carrying the banners of either movement, whether they are waving the red flags of communism or black flags of Nazism. Yet we are not.

As Alex Griswold recently pointed out, the New York Times has published no fewer than six opinion pieces this year defending communism, including essays praising Lenin as a conservationist, explaining why Stalinism inspired Americans, and arguing that the Bolsheviks were romantics at heart and that women had better sex under communism. Can one imagine the Times running similar pieces about the Nazis?

My mother and grandfather fought the Nazis in Poland during World War II, and her family then endured the Stalinist terror that followed, when Nazi occupation was replaced by Soviet domination. So forgive me if I see little moral distinction between the swastika and the hammer and sickle. Both are evil, and their modern adherents need to be condemned, especially when they dare to commit acts of violence in our midst to advance their hateful visions.

Both the left and the right have a responsibility to police their own movements. In the 1960s, William F. Buckley excommunicated the anti-Semitic John Birch Society from the respectable right, and today conservatives have a responsibility to do the same with the white nationalists of the alt-right.

Those on the left have responsibilities as well–responsibilities few are meeting. This week I asked the office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for her statement of condemnation. To her credit, Pelosi issued a strong statement Tuesday, declaring, “The violent actions of people calling themselves antifa in Berkeley this weekend deserve unequivocal condemnation, and the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted. In California, as across all of our great nation, we have deep reverence for the Constitutional right to peaceful dissent and free speech. Non-violence is fundamental to that right.”

Good for her. So why haven’t more leading Democrats done the same? After Charlottesville, the media rightly demanded that President Donald Trump and all Republicans condemn the neo-Nazis and the KKK. So where are the calls for Democrats to condemn antifa and the brutal public condemnation for those who fail to do so? If black-clad neo-Nazis had attacked peaceful protesters at a No to Racism in America march in Berkeley, politicians in Washington would be falling over themselves to express their disgust–and any who failed to do so would be vilified. But when neo-communists commit this kind of violence, they get a pass from the left.

That cannot be allowed to stand.

Antifa Classified as Domestic Terrorists by DHS

Image: Antifa Classified as Domestic Terrorists by DHS
A demonstrator is seen holding a sign at a rally held in solidarity with anti-fascist demonstrators in Berkley, California. (Albin Lohr-Jones/AP)

 

By Mark Swanson   |   Friday, 01 Sep 2017 08:42 AM

 

The Department of Homeland Security in 2016 formally classified the actions of the anarchist group Antifa as “domestic terrorist violence.”

Federal authorities have been warning state and local officials of Antifa’s increasingly dangerous tactics — including attacks on the police — since early 2016 but were widely ignored long before Charlottesville and while Barack Obama was still president, Politico reported.

Further, DHS and the FBI were worried that Antifa might resort to terrorist bombings at one or both of the political conventions last summer, Politico reported.

Though it reportedly exists without a leader or official chain of command, Antifa members are connected and operate much like terrorist cells do, and in April of 2016, a joint report by the FBI and DHS members spend weeks planning for violence at selected events, Politico reported.

And the escalation had been on the feds’ radar long before the rest of the country — including the media — caught up.

“Both the racists and a segment of violent Antifa counter-protestors are amped for battle in an escalating arms race, where police departments are outmaneuvered, resulting in increasingly violent dangerous confrontations,” former New York City police officer Brian Levin, who has been monitoring domestic militants for 31 years, told Politico. “It’s an orchestrated dance. The rallies spill over into social media and then even more people show up at the next rally primed for violent confrontation.”

Also in that April 2016 report, the FBI and DHS warned that Antifa would get more violent if “fascist, nationalist, racist or anti-immigrant parties obtain greater prominence or local political power in the United States, leading to anti-racist violent backlash from anarchist extremists,” Politico reported.

Further, Politico reports that some of the Antifa terrorists traveled to Turkey to train with kindred organizations, including two fighting against ISIS.

N. Philly resident: We helped cops nab 2 after dozens of Antifa anarchists hit area

Geoffrey Suchocki, 45, (left) and Patricia Monahan, 28, (right) were among a group of alleged anarchists who damaged at least $100,000 in property in North Philadelphia Monday night, police said.

After dozens of anarchists allegedly caused more than $100,000 in damage to new buildings and high-end cars Monday night in North Philadelphia, two of them apparently became trapped between groups of residents on either end of the short 1500 block of North Palethorp Street.

“Everyone is coming out, and they are surrounding these peopleand there’s the two of them completely alone. … Immediately they started changing clothes, sat on a stoop, and said they were waiting for a friend,” said Amberlynn Kabana, a neighborhood resident and real estate agent. “We held them until police arrived. … They picked the wrong spot to come in and terrorize people.”

Police said one of the pair – Geoffrey Suchocki, 45, of Doylestown – had a mask, a scarf, a device used for shattering windows, and a “mission statement on how to disrupt capitalism” when he was searched.

Kabana said the 40 to 50 vandals – who smashed property, spray-painted “Leave” on several buildings, and carried a banner that read “Gentrification is death and revolt is life” – had a mission.

“It’s very clear what they were doing, in my opinion,” she said. “It’s all aimed at gentrification and new construction.”

But the protesters misjudged the residents who came out in droves to film the vandals’ misdeeds, confront their criminal activity, and support their neighbors, Kabana said.

“The whole community got together and everyone was helping at 1 in the morning, whether it was boarding up windows, power washing damage, getting rid of glass, or rehousing people,” Kabana said. “We were all checking on each other and making sure we were OK.”

Police said the vandals, believed to have been associated with an anarchist protest group called Summer of Rage, did their damage within a three-block radius of the 1500 block of North Second Street around 9:15 p.m. Monday.

Kabana said members of the group – many of whom wore dark clothing and had their faces covered – tried to open residents’ first-floor windows, including her own. They also smashed glass, spray-painted messages on buildings, and threw Christmas ornaments filled with paint, she said.

Vandalism and Gentrification in North Philadelphia

The area of North Philadelphia vandalized Monday to protest gentrification has become more affluent and better educated, and has a higher proportion of white residents, than in 2000.

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“There were lots of hammers, metal objects, and paint,” Kabana said. “They were being very violent.”

As a real estate agent for Berkshire Hathaway and the property manager for nearly 270 tenants in a two-block radius in the center of the vandalism, Kabana’s phone began ringing off the hook. Her first concern was her tenants, and one in particular, she said.

“There is a tenant on the first floor who is a single mom and nurse and an amazing human being,” Kabana said. “Seeing how scared she was [was hard] … because so many of her windows are on the street level, it was very easy for them to attack that area.”

Once Kabana checked on that resident, she and a group that grew to about 60 began filming the vandals and shining their phone lights on them.

“It was like we turned the lights on and the cockroaches ran in all directions,” she said. “We basically created this big wall. We decided to come out and be just present.”

That’s when the residents were able to corner the two alleged protesters, Suchocki and Patricia Monahan, 28, of the 1700 block of Lansing Street in Rhawnhurst. Police charged both with causing and risking a catastrophe, criminal mischief, and related offenses. They were arraigned late Tuesday night to be released on $5,000 unsecured bail each, according to court records.

At Suchocki’s Doylestown residence, which is owned by his mother, a woman who answered the door Tuesday said she did not want to comment. One neighbor in the cul-de-sac of large duplexes said Suchocki was known as a bright artist who did oil paintings and sometimes walked dogs in the neighborhood.

Nobody answered the door at Monahan’s Rhawnhurst home Tuesday. A man who answered a phone number associated with Monahan hung up when a reporter asked him for comment.

Kabana said she hopes that more of the alleged vandals will be caught. Although several people ripped out surveillance cameras in the area, the cameras have a hard-wire back-up and retained the recordings, she said.

“I have surveillance cameras everywhere,” Kabana said. “The 26th District was given all that camera footage, so we definitely have a few faces there.”

Mayor Kenney, asked about the vandalism at an unrelated news conference Tuesday, called it “just atrocious.”

“There’s never a rationale for that kind of activity. There are ways in which you can address these issues of gentrification,” he said. “There are ways in which you can address issues of injustice or unfairness, but it’s not by violence.”

Alex Ciesielski of the 1500 block of Palethorp Street said one of the vandals apparently shot a high-velocity marble through his house window.

“It looks like a bullet hole,” he said.

Ciesielski said windows of a Mercedes-Benz and a BMW were smashed.

“Only the nice cars,” he said.

Older homes and cars appear to have been spared. Jill Long, a bartender who lives on Palethorp, was among those whose property was not hit.

“I have a [lousy] car and I’m in the rear unit, so I’m good,” she said.

Long said she gets irritated by gentrification and the disruption caused by loud construction, but she said the vandals’ priorities were misplaced.

“I like my older houses, too,” she said. “But there are so many other things to be mad about.”

Philadelphia police said Tuesday it was unclear whether the vandalism was connected to anarchists who protested Monday in Center City as part of May Day demonstrations. May 1 is traditionally a rallying day for anti-capitalist and anarchist groups, dating to the 19th century.

The North Philadelphia vandalism happened hours after an arson fire broke out at a township construction project in Point Breeze, another section of the city often described as gentrifying. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has offered a $10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of suspects in that case.

City and police officials said Tuesday they knew of no connection between the fire and the vandalism, but that investigations into both were ongoing. Spokeswomen with the ATF and FBI said those federal agencies are not involved in the North Philadelphia vandalism investigation but are ready to assist if needed.

As for Kabana, she wondered what the vandals got out of targeting her neighborhood.

“You’re attacking the wrong type of people to send your message to,” she said. “We have such a mixed neighborhood of people and there are no barriers for us.”

Kabana said just as the vandalism strengthened her community’s resolve, it strengthened her own resolve as well.

“We’re not offended and we have no shame in what we’re doing,” she said. “And we’re not going to stop doing it.”

Someone defaced the Frank Rizzo mural in the Italian Market. Again.

The controversial former mayor and police commissioner is the most-vandalized mural in Philadelphia.

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Update: This latest Rizzo vandalism very well could have been politically motivated. On Saturday, just a few hours after the blemishes were discovered, Philly Antifa group Militants Against Fascist Amerika posted two photos of the defacement, along with a statement followed by the slogans “LONG LIVE THE MOVE 9. LONG LIVE JOHN AFRICA. FREE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL.”

Over the weekend, the Frank Rizzo mural in the Italian Market was defaced. Again.

The three-story high depiction of the former Philadelphia mayor and police commissioner — a controversial figure whose policies many viewed as racist or fascist — is the most commonly vandalized of all Philadelphia murals, according to Mural Arts director Jane Golden, who called the frequency of graffiti there “an aberration.”

“I used to say it was defaced at least once a year,” Golden told Billy Penn. “Maybe now I’ll have to bump that up to twice a year.”

It was Saturday morning, right at the start of the annual two day Italian Market Festival, when shop owners and neighborhood residents first noticed the latest instance, per Alex Newman, a web designer who lives across the street. Four large splatters of black paint currently mar the image, splattered randomly as if tossed in a balloon or shot from a paintball gun. One landed on Rizzo’s left cheek, another sits on his upper lip, and two are on his left jacket lapel.

The splotches are particularly troublesome because of how high up they are located and because of the fine spray surrounding each mark. Golden estimated it would take Mural Arts at least two days to retouch the image, at a not insignificant cost. Crews will start work as soon as the rain clears up, potentially as soon as Tuesday of this week.

“If I thought I was going to have a good weekend, that went out the window” after hearing about the incident, she said. “It gave me total agita.”

In July 2016, right before the Democratic National Convention arrived, the Rizzo mural was defaced with the words “Fuck Racist Pigs / End Cops 4eva” scrawled across the bottom. In that case, the motives of the taggers were relatively clear. But in cases like this, where they almost resemble gunshots, “it’s hard to know whether it’s political commentary or just vandalism, someone who thinks it’s funny,” Golden said.

Mural Arts has filed a police report, but there’s not much the cops can do unless there’s an eye witness, she noted. Asked if perhaps installing a security camera would be an effective deterrent, she agreed that it potentially could be worthwhile.

“It’s very frustrating, and not funny. Please, whoever you are, stop doing this!” Golden pleaded. “We’re just nice people trying to save the world through art.”

Antifa Has A New Cell In Philly, And They’re Calling For Property Seizures, Violence On Police, And All-Out Revolution

Ian Miles Cheong
Contributor

An armed Antifa group is launching a new cell in Philadelphia, with support from the “alt-left” alternative media.

The group currently hosts anti-police workshops called “Our Enemies in Blue.” The group draws inspiration from convicted murderers and calls for violence against the police, theft of goods, and armed insurrection.

Antifa websites like It’s Going Down, Sub.Media and Insurrection News have been promoting the group, which calls itself the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement, calling on their readers to donate to a Fundrazr account for the creation of the new cell.

The press release the group published in far-left media is filled with hyperbolic claims about how “mosques are being ruthlessly bombed” and how “LGBTQ are being battered.”

“The destruction of black life continues unabated as millions languish in the plantations of the modern day slave system,” the group states.

It also cites Russell Shoats, who shot a police officer in the back five times in 1970. Similar to Antifa, the actions of the Black Panthers have been described as having a “very undefined purpose of assaulting police officers.”

Like other Antifa groups, RAM claims to oppose the usual -isms and white supremacy, but a quick look at the organization’s “Political Foundation” page, as highlighted by Far Left Watch, notes the inclusion of several alarming points, including the “Abolition of Gender,” and the “Expropriation and the Cooperative Economy.”

The latter calls on members to “expropriate” or “take away” goods, lands, and tools to “begin the revolutionary process.” Expropriation is another way of saying “seize” or “steal.”

The organization models itself after the so-called Rojava Revolution, a leftist guerilla movement currently active in northern Syria. RAM states that the communists offer a “foundation in communal and council based political organization and militant defense.”

The organizations within the Rojava Revolution are currently involved in combat against ISIS.

Far Left Watch notes that RAM has been hosting a variety of anti-police workshops including a “Legal Training” workshop, a class on the “Introduction to Anarchism,” and one called “Our Enemies in Blue,” which deals with anti-police action–or how to handle police officers during violent clashes.

Despite active calls for violence against law enforcement and revolution against the government, the liberal media has been surprisingly lenient in its coverage of Antifa, depicting them as righteous crusaders against the rise of white supremacy.

Ian Miles Cheong is a journalist and outspoken media critic. You can reach him through social media at @stillgray on Twitter and on Facebook.