UPDATED: Chicago Antifa Smoke Bomb Boyd Rice Show

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Rape T-shirt and Swastika Pendant? Stay Classy, Boyd

UPDATED 6/27/2013: So according to South Side Chicago ARA, the show did eventually go on after the venue was evacuated for a period of time.  We apologize for the inaccuracy of the original post, and were basing it off of a post on Chicago Indymedia.

As a side note, people who comment on these stories really should realize two things:

1) We live in Philly. This happened in Chicago. Do you really think we were claiming responsibility?
2) Comments are default disabled on posts.  So when you post a comment and then check back 30 seconds later and don’t see it, it’s not censorship. It’s us not wanting to wade through the endless racist trolling that accompanies most of what we post.  This is not a message board. Furthermore, when you comment “get a life” and then check back 30 seconds later… maybe it is you who needs to get a life.
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Apparently last night, while the Blackhawks were winning the Stanley Cup, some Chi-Town Antifascists took it upon themselves to attempt to shut down a show by Racist, Sexist, overall shitbag Boyd Rice in their town.

http://southsideara.blogspot.com/2013/06/fascist-and-pro-rape-musician-shut-down.html

Click above link for more info on this and some background on just why so many people are opposed to Boyd Rice playing in their cities.

Rice is touring as NON in support of Cold Cave. They were originally booked to play Philly but after some complaints Rice was pulled from the show, and Cold Cave decided not to play in the city at all.  We can live without them.

Honey’s Sit N Eat Defaced with Swastika Graffiti

Honey's Sit N Eat in Northern Liberties
Honey’s Sit N Eat in Northern Liberties

 

Philly.com is reporting that Honey’s Sit N Eat restaurant in Northern liberties has been vandalized with what includes a Swastika. The graffiti was sprayed sometime between Friday evening and Saturday morning.

It is unknown yet whether this was the work of someone trying to be shocking or a targeted attempt at intimidation.  This comes a few weeks after some more explicitly Neo-Nazi graffiti was covered up by Antifa in Kensington and Port Richmond.

Racist Graffiti in Port Richmond and Kensington Covered Up by Antifa

Neo-Nazi Graffiti Covered Up in Port Richmond. Originally it read "Your folk need you" and included two life runes, a symbol appropriated by Neo-Nazi groups such as the National Alliance.
Neo-Nazi Graffiti Covered Up in Port Richmond
It originally read "Your Folk Need You" and included two life runes, which is a nordic symbol appropriated by Neo-Nazis.
It originally read “Your Folk Need You” and included two life runes, which is a nordic symbol appropriated by Neo-Nazis.
Now it reads "Antifa Philly" and has two sets of Antifascist Arrows
Now it reads “Antifa Philly” and has two sets of Antifascist Arrows

Antifascists recently covered up Neo-Nazi Graffiti that had appeared in the Port Richmond (above) and Kensington (below) neighborhoods in North Philly.

This originally read "National Socialist" and had a celtic cross, a celtic symbol appropriated by Neo-Nazis
This originally read “National Socialist” and had a celtic cross, a celtic symbol appropriated by Neo-Nazis
It Now Reads "Antifa Philly" and "Die Nazis" and has another set of Antifascist Arrows
It Now Reads “Antifa Philly” and “Die Nazis” and has another set of Antifascist Arrows

The terminology and symbols being used indicate that this was not the act of random racists but active Neo-Nazis attempting to gain a presence in Philadelphia.

If you see racist/fascist graffiti in your neighborhood, feel free to send us an e-mail at Phillyantifascists@gmail.com. If you want to send us some pics of it covered up, even better.

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Philly Antifa

This is an excellent article about some of the realities of Anti-fascism in the United States. If you’ve ever had someone accuse you of being “the same” or “just as bad” as Nazis for your willingness to use violent tactics against them, have them read this article.

Distro Raising Money for Tinley Park 5 – Order Now

Ursa Distro, based out of Philly, is selling some awesome merch to raise money for the Tinley Park 5‘s commissary while they remain Antifa POW’s.

So order some rad shit and help out some rad dudes.

Some of the things available include:

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Tons more is available so click on the links and check it out. New stuff is also going to be added in the future.

In addition, every order will include some special surprise gifts.

More NJ Boneheads in Legal Trouble – A Snitch to Blame?

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Kyle Powell (l) and Josh Steever (r) of Aryan Terror Brigade

Part One: Background

The past 6-8 weeks has seen an unusually large amount of police attention on White Power boneheads in the Garden State, and the boneheads are starting to ask questions as to why.

One People’s Project reports that Josh Steever (75A Kuhl Road, Flemington NJ) and Kyle Powell, the numbers one and two in Aryan Terror Brigade (ATB) are both facing legal troubles.  Steever is (or was) being held in Middlesex County jail on charge of terroristic threats (more on that later).  Powell has already plead guilty to his role in a hate crime committed on New Year’s eve 2011 in New Jersey that may spell the end of ATB, who may also be trying to take another older, more established NJ bonehead crew with them.

It is not known when exactly Powell was arrested for his role in the attack, but the fact that he has already pled guilty makes it very likely that he was arrested before any of the other boneheads discussed in this article.

Then, in mid-December, a member of the Atlantic City Skins (AC Skins) Chris Ising and a member of ATB Michael Gunar were arrested on federal hate crimes charges stemming from their alleged involvement in the same attack that Powell just pled guilty to.

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Chris Ising, member of ACS

According to the cops, all of these boys were in attendance at a “White Power Meet-and-Greet” held at Ising’s former home in East Brunswick.  Following the event, several boneheads went out and randomly attacked a group of residents of a nearby housing development for being Arab, injuring them.

Unfortunately, these sorts of attacks are commonplace when boneheads congregate together and present a sobering reminder as to why ALL attempts to organize by Neo-Nazi and far-right groups need to be opposed, even their “social events.”

The police have not released any information as to how they ascertained who was involved in the attack, which again had occurred almost a year earlier.  Another interesting thing to note is that this event shows a relationship between ACS and ATB has been developing for some time. It is unknown whether or not Josh Steever was in attendance at the meet-and-greet or the attack afterwards.

As a side note, during this period two other boneheads from ACS were arrested for Domestic Violence and Assault charges, as of now there seems to be no connection the arrests of Gunar, Ising and Powell.

Part Two: Fallout

Gunar and Ising (who has a long criminal record) remain under indictment. Powell is out of jail pending sentencing, with a maximum possible sentence of 5 years.

Since the arrests of Steevers, Powell, Gunar and Ising, some of the (relatively) smarter boneheads in NJ have begun questioning who can be trusted in ATB.

A commenter on the One People’s Project article about Steever and Powell’s arrests claiming to be “Josh Long” of ATB alleges that Steever snitched on Powell, Ising and Gunar and claims that he is no longer a member of ATB, the group he founded.

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While this is hardly proof-positive of Steever (and Powell) being a snitch, it does fit in with what Antifa in NJ and Philly have been suspecting ever since Josh Steever returned to NJ: that he is a police informant, and that Aryan Terror Brigade might have been created with the express purpose of attracting some of the more reckless and unstable elements of the White Power scene in the US.

Part Three: Filling in the Blanks

So what has led us to believe that Steever was a snitch since day one of ATB? The answer goes back several years.

Josh Steever is originally from the New Jersey, but first drew attention in Texas in 2005 for attacking someone with an axe handle, earning the nickname “Hatchet.”  Steever managed to plead down from Felony to misdemeanor assault.

In 2008 Steever was arrested again, this time in California. According to the Anti-Defamation League, Steever “as arrested on June 12, 2006, four days after he accompanied his girlfriend to Newark Memorial High School to pick up her yearbook.  At that time, Steever allegedly made racial slurs at two African American students waiting in line for their yearbooks and then pulled out a pocket knife and threatened to stab them…”

Despite being charged with several Felonies and hate crime enhancements, Steever suspiciously served only a year in California.  This led to the first allegations that Steever had informed to the police in exchange for a reduced sentence and/or an early release. Allegations coming from fellow Neo-Nazis like this stormfront poster going by the name “SWAWILL.” SWA, or Supreme White Alliance, is a Neo-Nazi group that Steever was once an associate of:

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When Steever got out of jail in California he returned to NJ where he reportedly must remain as a condition of his parole. Upon his return Steever started ATB, which has been almost universally dismissed as too juvenile/shocking by other Neo-Nazis to develop public relationships with. Steever did develop a knack for attracting young internet boneheads with outlandish rhetoric and a reputation for being unapologetically unreasonable about his bigotry. Around this time Steever also became associated with Blood and Honor USA, one of two competing Neo-Nazi groups of the same name.

It did not take long for Blood and Honor to get wise to Steever, and they quite publicly removed him from their ranks in a public statement.  Give it a read to get some insight into just how divisive and untrustworthy Steever is considered; even by his allies.

Conclusion

In addition to the situation on New Jersey, many of you may recall the recent arrest of the entirety of Florida American Front following a police informant being “patched into” their group.  Coincidentally (?) one of the people arrested was Ken McClellan, who was pled a federal weapons charge down to PROBATION, despite being an ex-convict.

According to Josh Steever himself, Ken McClellan is (or was) a member of Aryan Terror Brigade before and during the arrests.

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It seems that wherever Aryan Terror Brigade is found, the police are not far behind.

Police informants and undercover agents are no new phenomenon in Neo-Nazi/Far Right circles.  Powerhouses in their movement such as The Order, the World Church of the Creator and the certain incarnations of the KKK have been destroyed by state infiltration and snitches.

Compared to two recent cases in New Jersey and Illinois involving Antifascists, the Pemberton 2 and the Tinley Park 5.  In both cases those arrested represented a small portion of those involved in the “crimes” they were charged with.  In both cases, but especially for the TP5, giving up their comrades would have certainly meant lenient treatment, if not immunity from charge altogether.  But unlike the boneheads, in both cases not a single Antifascist would give up their accomplices.

Right now the Tinley Park 5 sit in prison on trumped-up charges because they were unwilling to sacrifice fellow Antifascists to save themselves, and all evidence indicates that members of Aryan Terror Brigade and the Atlantic City Skins sit in prison because their “white brothers” did just that.

This is why we will win.

Two More Atlantic City Boneheads in Legal Trouble

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James McBride, member of ACS

Coming hot off the heels of the arrest of Atlantic City “Skinheads” (ACS) member Chris Ising and Aryan Terror Brigade member Michael Gunar for hate crimes charges, 2 more members of ACS are facing criminal charges.

One People’s Project reports:

On Jan. 13, James McBride, 33 of Atlantic City was arrested by police in Egg Harbor Township, NJ and charged with aggravated assault for allegedly assaulting a 22-year-old Mays Landing man at the Library Pub at McCollough’s Emerald Links Golf Course. The victim, according to news reports had injuries to his head and face, and was treated at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point, NJ. Mc Bride is currently being held at Atlantic County jail in lieu of 25,000 bail.

On Jan. 11, ACS member Owen Carr was also arrested on a domestic violence incident reportedly involving the mother of his children. Charged with simple assault and released within hours, he is reportedly scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 17.”

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ACS continues to set the bar for Asinine Dumbfuckery and general shitty personhood, abusing their partners and randomly assaulting kids ten years younger than them.

If any has any info on these scumbags feel free to leave it as a comment we won’t post it publicly.

Liberty, Solidarity, and Equality,

Philly Antifa

NEO-NAZI KEELAN “LADY CELTIC” DOYLE DIES

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The untimely death of a California Neo-Nazi, who is best known out here by her association with New Jersey Nazi and former National Socialist Movement Chief of Staff Jason Heicke, is creating further rifts in their movement.

One People’s Project reports that Keelan Doyle, who hosted an internet radio show with several other Neo-Nazis and participated in the National Socialist Movement along with Heicke, died of complications from Pneumonia on October 15th. Click on the link for the full story regarding conflicts between Doyle’s brother and Heicke related to the circumstances of her death.

Heicke organized the NSM’s national conference in New Jersey in 2011, but it was smashed by members of Anti-Racist Action and some unaffiliated Antifa, and he left the organization along with Doyle shortly after. Recently they had been attempting to start a new group called “Advanced White Society.”

One down.

Philly Antifa

Tinley Park Five Accept Non-Cooperating Plea Bargain

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Reported by Tinley Park Five and Support Crew:

On January 4, 2013 all members of the Tinley Park Five accepted a non-cooperating plea bargain in which they each plead guilty to three felony counts of Armed Violence in exchange for “lenient” sentences and the guarantee of ‘day-for-day’ good behavior. Jason Sutherlin was sentenced to 6 years. Cody Lee Sutherlin and Dylan Sutherlin were sentenced to 5 years. Alex Stuck and John Tucker were sentenced to 3 1/2 years due to their youth and complete lack of criminal history. Each will be placed upon two years of supervised release upon release from prison.

Before the plea was accepted, the State offered the Tinley Park Five one last chance to betray their comrades in exchange for their freedom. What a waste of time! As anarchist and antifascists, the Tinley Park Five are no more capable of selling out the struggle than their broken system is capable of reforming itself! They laughed at the offer and bravely accepted their fate.

Credit was given for the 7 months already served in Cook County. They will receive ’day-for-day’ good time credit which effectively cuts the sentences in half. The state of Illinois also offers several programs and classes which can chip away at sentences. Optimistically, Alex and John could be out before Christmas 2013. Dylan and Cody could be out my Autumn 2014. Jason could be out by Christmas 2014. This is all hypothetical and highly speculative of course.

On Monday January 7th, the Tinley Park Five will be transferred to Stateville for between one and three weeks. There the Illinois Department of Corrections will decide where they will spend the duration of their sentences. Until this decision is reached PLEASE HOLD ALL MAIL. If you wish to donate to the Tinley Park Five at this time we ask that you use WePay rather than money orders at this time, as we’re concerned that they will get lost or delayed as the Tinley Park Five are being transferred between facilities. We’re working on trying to quickly raise as much money as possible to ease this transition.

Make no mistake, it is with great sorrow that we accept just how long we’ll be separated from our dear friends, but they will not be forgotten nor will their struggle cease in their absence. This support crew will continue to advocate for each of them in whatever they decide to do until every last one of them is free. Communiques from several members of the Tinley Park Five to their supporters are expected soon and will be posted on this website.

The Tinley Park Five as well as their supporters, comrades, family, and friends would like to thank Aaron Goldstein, Sara Garber, Brian Barrido, James Fennerty, Stuart Smith, Matthew Dodge, and everyone else who assisted in their legal defense. They would also like to thank the National Lawyer’s Guild for connecting these attorneys with the Tinley Park Five as well as the People’s Law Office for consulting with us in the initial stages of this ordeal.

The Tinley Park Five also wanted to thank Chicago Anarchist Black Cross as well as South Side for their help in bringing people out to their most recent court appearance. Seeing so many supporters meant more than you could know to them. Thanks to everyone who was able to make it. Thanks to everyone on the interwebz for helping to get the word out about it so well.

I was able to speak with Jason this morning and Alex last night and both of them asked that there be a public acknowledgement of all the groups who have humbled us with their support thus far. Thanks to Denver ABC, Salt Lake City ABC, New York City ABC, Rose City Antifa, Southside Chicago Anti-Racist Action, Philly ARA, Lafayette HARM, Circle City ARA, One People’s Project, Bursts-o-Goodness, Political Fail Blog, Sacramento Prisoner Support, M1AA, IWW, VICE, Worker’s World (especially NYC and Detroit affiliates), the Btown crew, as well as anyone who’s attended a letter-writing party, a court date, or came to visit. Thanks to the countless organizations that I apologize in advance for forgetting to mention.

Thanks to all of you Anonymous gangsters that had our backs with #opStormfrontRaid. Dirty South, whoever you are, you’re a life-saver, literally. Thanks to anyone who has stepped up in any way they could whether that be sharing a link or donating a couple dollars.

Thanks to everyone that has helped, but please don’t forget… the Tinley Park Five aren’t going to be in the news headlines as often but they are still going to need just as much support. We ask that you not forget about the Tinley Park Five! Please keep the benefit shows, letter-writing parties, and other acts of solidarity coming as they’re needed now as much as ever.

We’ll leave you with this quote, nearly a century old, which still rings just as true today:

“Your Honor, years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said then, and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it, and while there is a criminal element I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” – Eugene Debs 1918

Yours in Solidarity,

Tinley Park Five and Support Crew

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We at Philly Antifa have the utmost respect for the TP5 for standing strong and refusing to name their comrades-in-arms, as well as for participating in a successful action against a high-value fascist target.

It is heartbreaking to see our comrades remain imprisoned. We can’t help but wonder what else we could have done, or done differently, to aid them.  But our hearts swell to be even considered allies with these heroes and their support team.

This has only motivated us to both continue supporting the TP5 and taking up the fight against Fascism while they are prisoners of war.

Libery, Solidarity, Equality (and lots of love),

Philly Antifa

BREAKING: Two NJ Boneheads arrested on Federal Hate Crime Charges

NOTE: This story is still developing, and we will be updating it as we receive more information on these scumbags and their activities.

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Chris Ising, member of ACS
Chris Ising, member of ACS

Two New Jersey Neo-Nazis were arrested for a hate crime they perpetrated in Sayreville, NJ on New Year’s eve last year following a “meet and greet” for area White-Supremacists.

As reported by the Southern Poverty Law Center, NJ.com, and others, Christopher W. Ising of the Atlantic City Skinheads and Michael Gunar of Aryan Terror Brigade were taken into custody by FBI agents today.

According to the police, “…the defendants located and attacked three Middle Eastern men, shouting anti-Arab slurs, brandishing a knife, utilizing brass knuckles, and injuring two of the victims…”

Ising is a longtime member of ACS who was spotted in Philly in March at a Hank Williams III show making an ass of himself. He is a former student at Ocean County Community College.

“Ising has a record of violence. When he was 17, he pleaded guilty to pummeling a 14-year-old girl in the head with his fists and a crowbar. The girl, who had once dated Ising, was gravely injured. He spent 10 years in state prison.” (Nj.Com)

Two other ACS members, Cody and Warren Mieckle, were spotted a few weeks ago at The Blood show at Voltage lounge. Also with them were two member of the Confederate Hammerskins who claimed to be up from Virginia Beach.

This incursion by Neo-Nazi boneheads needs to be confronted and smashed at every opportunity. We cannot afford to wait for them to attack.

ARA Releases Information On Golden Dawn

For more information on this, visit the Anti-Racist Action Network website.

Congratulations to ARA-net for a successful operation.

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Over the past two and a half months, Anti-Racist Action has been involved in a quiet campaign to stop the nationalist organization from expanding in North America. One of our goals, which we achieved with great success, was to gain intelligence on members of New York’s Golden Dawn chapter, their supporters, and members within the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York who might be sympathetic to their views.

We chose Chicago as a fictitious base for our operation because of its strong antifascist presence and the massive Greek population affected by the diaspora in and around the city. To us, it seemed highly probable that this may be one of the next major battlegrounds between Golden Dawn and anti-fascists in the US, and we wanted to lay claim before they could.

One of the main ways to halt any nazi organization from expanding, is by causing them to doubt any networking request they may receive from abroad. For this, we need your help. Here’s what we did, and what you can do, too, to stop them. <see above link>

KSS Underwhelms at their Annual Leif Ericson Day Celebration in Fairmount Park

UPDATE: Added a few pics and names of those in attendance; also One Peoples Project has a report back with more pics and a video.

After last years embarrassing display, expectations were super low for the Keystone State “Skinheads” annual event in Philadelphia, the Leif Ericson Day celebration. But somehow those boneheads managed to underwhelm us.

About 20 neo-Nazis rallied for less than 10 minutes over an hour late by the statue of a guy who is NOT Leif Ericson. Well, not RIGHT by the statue, as their rally location had been occupied by around 15 Philly Anitfa. They went on to make unintelligible speeches on a megaphone about the plight of “White Europeans.”  Well, they might have been more intelligible if Antifacists weren’t shouting them down with chants of “THIS IS OUR COMMUNITY – NAZIS OUT” and “DEATH, DEATH, DEATH TO THE NAZIS – POWER, POWER, POWER TO THE PEOPLE” as well as general heckling and insults. It wasn’t long before they had clearly had enough and packed up their side show and headed back to their cars under police protection.

There appeared to be primarily three groups represented at the celebration. KSS, The American Third Position Party, and The Hated Skins.

Some Nazis in attendance included:

AJ Olsen, Philadelphia coordinator for KSS
“Jimmy Thorson” (L) and Byran P. Vanagatis (R) Standing behind them with a black jacket and green shirt is Patricia Vanagatis.
Patrick Rogers. Standing in the background to the right is Elizabeth McGill.
Heidi McCarty of Williamsport, PA
Two members of the Hated Skins, Mike and Laura Leger of East Landsdowne, PA.
Ryan Wojitowicz of A3P

Philly PD was on hand to protect the Nazis, as has become tradition. Some leaflets were handed out during the brief event explaining to those passing by in Fairmount Park what the affiliations and motivations of the two groups were, as KSS has increasingly attempted to whitewash their image in recent years. Many people in the park were participating or attending the Navy regata there today, but expressed their solidarity with our militant position against fascist organizing.

Events like this seem innocuous enough, but they present an opportunity for KSS to recruit and openly organize in Philadelphia, as well as aid in their attempts to distract attention from their more obviously vile endeavors, like the White Power concert they organized recently in rural PA.  Opposing Fascist attempts to organize or gain footholds in our city is paramount to keeping them marginalized and ineffective.

See you next year,

Philly Anitfa