March 25, 2017, Independence Hall, Philadelphia (5th and Market)
On March 25th, a group of Trump-worshiping right-wing scum will be in Philadelphia to hold a “Make America Great” rally and march near independence hall. The rally will be to show support for Donald Trump and his racist, sexist and transphobic policies. They will cheer for the loss of life-saving medical coverage for so many who need it. They will celebrate the continuation and acceleration of policies of mass incarceration, unrestricted police murder/brutality/harassment, and deportations. They will cheer as trans women are murdered almost daily and then have the gall to turn around and claim those women are predators to be kept from children. They will then attempt to march through the streets of Philly, a city that overwhelmingly does not support Trump, as a show of strength.
We say fuck that.
Let’s show them that Philly knows the truth. That America was founded on Colonialism, Genocide, Slavery and Sexism. Those traditions continue today, though sometimes in varied forms. America was never great. But Philly can be great on March 25th. Let our rage send a message to all those who think the election of Trump means that we will lie down and die, and all those unsure how to best stand against Trump and his minions.
#DisruptMAGA welcomes and encourages a diversity of tactics. However, “peace police,” people who collaborate with law enforcement, and people who seek to restrict the actions of other demonstrators are not welcome. Be smart; this is not a civil disobedience where everyone tries to get arrested or injured. Come with a buddy, protect your identity and watch your back.
So let’s make a little noise for ourselves and everyone else who had to suffer to “Make America Great.”
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“We recently preformed an attack on the ShoutCast hosting service that was providing the 24/7 radio stream on micetraps website. The stream was constantly playing the record labels racist music. We contacted shoutcaststreaming.us after we knocked them offline for a long time and told them to remove the micetrap radio from their systems. As of today the radio station is now offline.
Just wanted to let you know, the fight is on going, and you are not alone in wanting to take micetrap down.
We are anonymous
We are legion
We do not forget
We do not forgive
Expect Us!” [sic]
Something was not quite right Saturday afternoon when Philly Antifa arrived at local anarchist bookstore, The Wooden Shoe, to set up for a free community event. Cops had been waiting outside the store as early as 9:00 a.m. But later on, it looked like they were everywhere; blocks deep in either direction, out in large numbers, standing on corners, hanging around in all shapes and sizes of police vehicles, walking up and down the block, circling in packs of bicycle units. Counter terrorism trucks were parked at 7th and Bainbridge and were positioned with more police cars on the same corner.
An attendee left the bookstore and was followed by two police officers into a coffee shop, who monitored their activity and tailed them for blocks. More and more cops showed up, lining the street while filming and photographing everyone who entered or left the shop.
Concerned at the large and hostile police presence, some people who wished to come to the talk, thought it better to leave. The police seemed to be about to do something. In fact, they already had. The day before, two police officers entered the Shoe and asked that they cancel the event. The police made nonsense claims that they feared the presence of antifascists would result in street conflict, and made accusations about Antifa’s involvement with recent protest actions.
We want to reiterate: Philadelphia Police tried to stop this event.
They were trying to shut down a free, open-to-the-public speaking engagement about antifascism with author and political scholar Matthew Lyons. Lyons went on anyway and spoke to a standing room only crowd regarding his most recent work, “Ctrl-Alt-Delete: Antifascist Report on the Alternative Right.” So many people turned up for the talk we ran out of room, and those who could fit inside got to learn about the rising tide of alt-right ideology and fascist activity. We hope that the cops watching and filming us through the windows enjoyed the talk as well; they obviously have an intense interest in fascism.
This behavior should sound the alarm. The state is poised to crack down on communities simply based on political ideology. Radical spaces, groups and associations are being targeted. Philly Antifa and antifascists everywhere are being threatened. We will not accept a world in which it is possible to silence a public talk at a bookstore. We must work together now to resist this blatant repression.
We are hosting a fundraiser this coming Saturday at LAVA to support the PHL Autonomous Anti-Repression Fund. This Fund and show are the exact things we need to bring us together and sustain our spirits and resistance. Coming out to shows and fundraisers is not only really fun, but essential if you value radical spaces and groups fighting on the frontlines. We hope to see old friends and make new ones on Saturday.
As Philly Antifa, we exist to combat fascism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and all forms of oppression. We must reject the repression and intimidation tactics the police are trying to impose on us. We will not stop fighting, we will not be subdued and we will not be silenced.
As almost all of you are no-doubt aware, The GOP congressional delegation is holding their annual retreat here in Philly and Donald Trump will be in attendance tomorrow.
There are several protests planned throughout the day. We would like to encourage our supporters and other Antifascists in the area to join us in participating in these protests as an explicitly Anti-Fascist contingent and show that Philadelphia is an Anti-Racist, Anti-Facist city that intends to disrupt and oppose the Trump regime at every opportunity.
On J20, around 50 of us masked up and took off down South St. We wanted to set a tone of resistance against the Trump regime and the ruling class for the years to come. There were chants of “good night alt right” and antifascist flags and banners. The OCF Coffee house was smashed while people spray painted windows along the street. Bank of America took a paint bomb. As we moved along more windows were tagged and shattered. There was a brief discussion before we turned off South St and started dragging baricades into the road, knowing the cops had to be close by, being earily absent so far. When they did show, the obstacles slowed them down enough for everyone to get away.
This shit is officially still possible in Philly, affinity groups can come together in direct, violent, contempt against the business of gentrification, the moneyed masters funding attacks on indigenous peoples, and white nationalism. For all those arrested on J20 and all those still fighting the Black Snake.
Our regular readers are probably well aware of Steven Wiegand and his company Micetrap Distributions. However, many people living in Wiegand’s town of Cherry Hill are still totally unaware that he has been peddling Neo-Nazi merchandise there for over 20 years.
So it is our intention to change that and create an awareness in Cherry Hill, Philly, and the surrounding areas so Micetrap and Mr. Wiegand will no longer be able to spread their Racist, Sexist, Homophobic propaganda unopposed.
“On 11-25-16 the Steelton Police conducted a traffic stop in the 200 block of South 3rd Street. The driver identified as Timothy Wylie was arrested on outstanding warrants and was found in possession of a semi automatic handgun with the serial number removed. (emphasis added) He was arrested and transported to the Dauphin County Judicial Center for processing and arraignment.”
Wylie is a proud KU/KSS member who was spotted at their Yule Party this year, hanging around the fringes of the Antifa demo in Harrisburg to counter the NSM last month, and a KU anti-refugee rally at the state capitol last year.
Despite KU/KSS claims that their organization has “gone through some changes” and to be concentrating on creating “a more productive outlet for skinheads and white youth alike” (from their “about me” section of their blog) they continue to attract and “patch in” the same scumbags they did back 10+ years ago.
KSS Co-Founder and Harrisburg chapter leader Bob Gausstarted a Fundrazr to try and bail Wylie out for the holidays but fell short. Almost all the donors listed are known KSS members and supporters including Philly members AJ Olsen and Joey Phy as well as Phy’s partner Stacey Sautner and former Philly KSS members Bryan and Patricia Vanagaitis, who moved out of town.
We will continue to monitor the case and expose KU/KSS members.
It has come to Philly Antifa’s attention that a well known alt-right troll has set up a fake facebook page for family and friends of the Ghostship fire victims. Jonny Riches is best known for constantly making frivolous lawsuits against celebrities, attending famous legal trials, and crashing left-wing demonstrations. He is known to doxx anyone who calls out his frauds online and gives out their information to his nazi friends, who relentlessly harass and threaten them; specifically, marginalized people – women, queer folk, and poc. People have been soliciting donations on the page as well, no doubt taking funds away from Ghostship victims.
His wife, Naomi Riches, is no better. She joins him in his attempts to out and harm people. They share a fascination with murderers and celebrate people like James Holms, the Colorado theater shooter.
This is him at a recent Anti-Trump rally in Philadelphia, wearing a Guy Fawkes mask and green wig. He likes to attend demonstrations for the explicit reason of identifying, mocking, or delegitimizing movements. He also attends pro-cop rallies unmasked.
In all reality, this guy has been flying under our radar for too long and using that to exact racist, sexist, oppressive cruelty. This is a group he’s been using to phish people. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1237753412951890/
He lives at
1306 Ashbridge Drive
West Chester, PA
Owned by his parents, but he has claimed residence there. He has made claims he’s going to be moving to Florida in a year.
Last known number
610 696 3492
Jonny Riches has found an 8 year-old article from an anti-antifa site and has been using that to identify supposed leaders of Philly Antifa. Philly Antifa is an anti-authoritarian organization. There are no leaders, and his intel is far off the mark. Ol’ Jonny-boy has not gotten to anyone in Philly Antifa.
On learning of recent racist activity around the city, Philadelphia Antifa decided it was about time to make some visits.
Keystone United (aka KSS/Keystone State Skinheads/complete fucking garbage) are a pack of backwards racist boneheads that have not just a bullshit nonsense ‘ideology’, but also a string of misery wherever they go. Murderers, rapists, abusers, that’s who Keystone United is. They want new blood, and they’ve been out on Philly’s streets, advertising.
Crews of Philly Antifa responded in kind. We thought we should hit up Joey Phy’s (of 4383 Salmon St.) hood to let his neighbors know they have a Nazi in their midst. Not only should people know when they live next to a toxic dump of a ‘person’, we also want them to know that we are there, and are watching out for them. Joey Phy should not be comfortable spreading his propaganda, or walking the fucking street for that matter.
We also went back up to the northeast, where lots of KSS stickers were removed and destroyed recently. We blanketed that area too, covering up nazi symbols and messages with our own. Our friends at La horde (http://lahorde.samizdat.net/) will be happy to see their anti-fascist imagery put to use in silencing Keystone. Greedy gentrifier advertising was also disposed of; their community shattering tactics and property grabs dismantle deep and powerful neighborhood bonds that are the lifeblood of this city. Where they tried to take space for their messages, we took space back and stomped out their words.
When the Nazis try to crawl out of their holes, Philadelphia Antifa will be there, to bury them.
Post Trump election days have empowered every sort of white supremacist across the states. Northeast Philadelphia, always an active, stinking cesspool of racist skinheads, has seen the reemergence of the Keystone United (previously known as KSS/Keystone State Skinheads). They have been a menace for years. Their legacy has nothing to do with “heritage.” Their “heritage” is about about a trail of murders, violent attacks, and rapes wherever they pop up. Recently, the bigots have been back at it, covering the area with their fascist propaganda, showing up along major corridors, spreading their vile filth in their old recruiting grounds.
Local Philadelphia Anti-Fascists were quick in killing their messaging dead in its tracks. They cannot be allowed back into Philly’s hoods and communities, and racists will be met everywhere they are. They will not recruit. They will not have a place to speak. They will not feel safe. No quarter, no inch, no space to breathe for fascists.
The surprise victory of Donald Trump this past Tuesday has quickly presented people in this country (and around the world) with a vastly different political landscape than we had expected. We are seeing a rise in right-wing attacks as the far right is emboldened by the victory, much like what happened earlier this year after the success of the Brexit referendum in the UK. The incompetence and capitulation of the Democratic Party has forced many of its former supporters to recognize that the fight against the far right cannot be won by liberal electoral politics. This new reality forces anti-authoritarians of all stripes to rise to the challenge of building strong movements for working class self-defense in this new atmosphere.
Much writing in the coming weeks will be dedicated to figuring out, from the Democratic perspective, “what went wrong.” Already many authors have argued that Trump’s success is solely the result of white nationalism and misogyny. Part of Trump’s appeal is that his ideas are a racist response to there currently being a black president. Trump’s open embrace of white supremacy and patriarchy was crucial to his victory, but we do not believe it can tell the whole story. It cannot, for example, explain why Trump received more votes than other recent Republicans from latinos, women, and black voters.
Another narrative states that in the rust belt as in Europe, the devastating effects of decades of austerity, neoliberal trade agreements, and an orientation towards multinational corporations have been challenged. That challenge in the U.S. and elsewhere has come in the form of xenophobic nationalism. There is a significant amount of truth to this as well, but it can’t explain much of Trump’s success without acknowledging the serious appeal that open white nationalism and misogyny has gained in this election.
Perhaps the most revealing aspect of this moment is that after spending months describing Trump as a grave threat to the lives of women, people of color, queer and trans people and the disabled, the entire Democratic Party has immediately capitulated to him. They have made clear that they always held preserving their broken system to be far more important than our lives. Many among their base are for the first time seeing the party’s true colors, and are reaching out to radical organizations in the interest of carrying on the fight that the Democrats so quickly abandoned. Already we are seeing attacks on muslims, immigrants, people of every color besides white, queer and trans people. This is not abstract, it is already happening. We should expect more of this and must make organizing to oppose it a top priority.
For anti-authoritarians, this presents a fundamental challenge that we must rise to. Many on the left will continue to advocate for independent candidates, third parties, or “progressive” Democrats like Bernie Sanders. In response, we must not only articulate that this is a dead-end strategy but offer serious alternatives for people to engage in and understand what we mean by our watchword of Community Self-Defense.
Across the US, from cities to rural areas, it is imperative that anarchists and anti-authoritarians strive to build organizations to battle the emboldened far right, to advocate through militant action the needs of working-class communities, and to combat state repression. We must encourage broad participation from those who are now looking for an alternative to the failed strategy which has got us to this moment. Moving forward, we must be sure to resist the pull of nonprofits and electoralism which will surely return to stymie any radical activity once the Democratic Party recovers.
Trump is an opportunist who understood the frustration of mostly struggling white people and tapped into that anger. He is not currently a fascist but has fascist tendencies that emboldens fascists and authoritarians of many stripes. Calling him one can limit our understanding of fascism, which we need to develop in order to better oppose it.
We are encouraged that so many have taken to the streets across the country. We hope more will do the same. Trump’s attacks in the form of policy and his supporters physical attacks and intimidation, must be opposed from day one.
Our organizations must be effective. The sense of despair many are feeling is grounded in the reality of an ascendant far right. Right now, they face little resistance. The sense of urgency many of us have felt is a recognition of the need to build that resistance. It is time for us to take up that task, to find new comrades ready to fight, and to fight. No one is coming to save us–we cannot use the electoral system to fight the far right effectively. It’s time to stop waiting and defend each other in the streets!
What Needs to Be Done: 1. No to National “healing”, working with, or a grace period for the Trump Regime 2. Take to the streets – build a militant resistance 3. Build working-class defense organizations that resist racist attacks, sexual assault, immigration and homeland security raids and deportations, police brutality and state repression 4. Agitate and organize for workers actions – including a general strike against Trump 5. No to containment of the struggle back into the Democratic Party, electoralism and the Non-Profit Industrial Complex
Bring signs, banners, flags, noisemakers, and fuel (snacks and water) to keep yourself hydrated and nourished!
It has come to our attention that the National Socialist Movement (NSM) is planning a rally in Harrisburg, PA on Saturday, November 5th.
Any attempt to establish and build support for racism, fascism and any form of bigotry must be enthusiastically confronted and shut down. This year with the presidential election circus, we have seen a rise in hate crimes, whether Islamphobic, homophobic, xenophobic – the fear mongering is out of control.
There is no compromising or common ground with fascists and racists. Their views must be combatted everywhere, and never allowed to go uncontested.
Join us on the 5th to show that Harrisburg stands together against hate and bigotry!
We would like to encourage all of our supporters to come out in force for Harrisburg. White Nationalist Golden-boy Matthew Heimbach will be speaking at this event, as will NSM head Jeff Scoep. Join us in giving them the proper welcome.
The stage was set. A rainy morning broke through to a sunny brisk afternoon, but Boathouse Row along Kelly Drive was still nearly deserted. A few die-hard joggers and bikers raced by. Philly PD was there; they even brought two swat vans and a paddy wagon. You know we were there. Around 30 Anti-Fascists from Philly and the immediate surrounding area braved the weather and cops to let Keystone United, also known as the Keystone State “Skinheads,” know that they are not welcome in Philadelphia. We ate soup provided by Food Not Bombs – Affinity (thanks again), chatted, and waited.
For most of the nearly 10 years, it was a similar scene. But this time, there was something missing. Everyone there was attractive. No one was yelling. There was no idiotic collection of flags from European Countries waving in the wind. Slowly, it dawned on us: they weren’t coming.
Leif Erikson Day was a point of pride for Philly KSS for several years. It was the one time a year when they would openly call for an event in Philadelphia. They would bring allies from as far away as Texas, Indiana and the Pacific Northwest. The first time anyone protested it, in 2008, it was just a handful of Anti-Racists against the combined forces of KSS, The Vinlanders Social Club, Volksfront, and several other smaller Neo-Nazi crews. The event being used to bring together such distant (and previously hostile) organizations, combined with the political activism KSS was engaging in all over the Philly metro area, was a threat that Anti-Fascists could no longer ignore.
Opposition to Leif Erikson Day grew from there, culminating in 2013 when KSS, now operating under the banner of Blood and Honour, was met with hundreds of protestors from around the city and region. They were unable to hold their march down lemon hill for the first time, and retreated back to their cars after only a few minutes of being shouted down and laughed at by the statue.
In 2014 KSS did not show up until weeks after the holiday, holding a quick photo op and running off. In 2015 KSS announced they would be in the Park at Noon Leif Erikson Day weekend, but when Anti-Fascists mobilized to meet them they instead hid until they could hold their rally under cover of darkness that night. It seemed like Leif Erikson Day might be a thing of the past, replaced with “Leif Erikson Night,” or “Celebration 2 weeks after Leif Erikson Day.”
A lot can change in a year. Donald Trump’s presidency has electrified the racists and nationalists; KSS are both. Furthermore, after years of successfully embarrassing and exposing KSS members living all over the city and state, KSS has adopted an almost flattering obsession with us. For every KSS social media account, there are three “Anti-Antifa” sites or accounts being operated by members of KSS. Their Tumblr and Twitter are filled with images like this:
Following the melee in Sacramento when members of the Golden State Skinheads stabbed several Anti-Racists while fleeing after being routed on their way to a planned rally at the Capitol building, KSS posted accolades for the “Aryan Warriors” who stood up to “the red scum.” Surely, this year, when Antifa announced so publicly their intentions to be in Fairmount Park for Leif Erikson Day, naming the date and time, KSS would be there to show their “Anti-Antifa” chops first hand, no?
Apparently not. Maybe we don’t understand this whole “Anti-Antifa” dynamic. Like, we’re Antifa. When Fascists are holding demonstrations in our town, we are there. What exactly do these “Anti-Antifa warriors” do, other than print t-shirts and stickers? You name a time and place, we show up, you hide until the middle of the night. We name a time and place, we show up, you still don’t come through. Come to think of it, no one can really remember seeing yall on the streets in Philly in like 2 years.
We have no doubt that KSS has or will hold some sort of “Leif Erikson Day Celebration.” It might have been in the middle of the night again. It might have been held somewhere outside of Philly. It might have just been printing T-Shirts and selling them on their Tumblr.
Despite all this, it was important for Anti-Fascists to be in the park to meet and oppose KSS, especially right now, with a resurgent right organizing all over the country. We’d like to thank everyone that came out and stood in the rain with us to make sure that Philly remains an Anti-Fascist city.
Every October, The Keystone State “Skinheads” attempt to hold a public rally along boathouse row in Fairmount Park. This rally is billed as a “Leif Erikson Day Celebration.” It is, in reality, the one time a year that KSS tries to hold a space in Philly, if only for an hour. This grants them some measure of legitimacy as “activists” and represents their last foothold of a street presence in Philadelphia. They have encountered opposition most of the past 10 years. Last year, in order to avoid Anti-Fascists, KSS held their event in the middle of the night after announcing they would be in the park at noon.
Antifa Philadelphia intends to be in Fairmount Park on October 9th, Leif Erikson Day. We will gather at the Thorfin Karlsfeni statue on Boathouse row and rally against Racism, Colonialism, and KSS organizing in our city and state. We are calling on all Anti-Racists and Anti-Fascists to join us in confronting KSS and showing them that they are (still) not welcome in Philadelphia.