Anarchist Reflections on the Tinley Park Incident. By some anarchist antifascists

This is a pretty good critique of the events in Tinley Park a few weeks ago.

Authors unknown.

Image

 

About one month back 15-20 masked antifascists stormed a white supremacist meeting at the Ashford House restaurant in Tinley Park, IL with weapons in hand and not only brought the meeting to an immediate end, but out of the 12 white supremacists in attendance, 10 were injured, many were hospitalized, 2 were arrested and several were DOX’d after the action. 5 of the alleged attackers were also arrested and are currently fighting charges.

Different variations of anti-racist activists from liberal to militant have voiced their opinions of the action (some silently and some not so silently) in terms of the approach and the outcome. The obvious critics saying that ” it did nothing for the cause” and even some more militant anti-fascists have raised the question “was it worth it in the end?”. The purpose of this article is to critically analyze the approach used by anti-fascists on May 19th in Tinley Park and to show why we see this action (and others alike), although no better than some other tactics at achieving direct goals, as one of the more effective, in terms of the massive long term damage done to fascist organizing and spirit.

 

Other less dangerous, yet still militant, tactics, like the ones employed at the attack on the MCL cafeteria in Indiana during Irving’s 2011 tour, the smoke bombing at the Hitler birthday celebration in Lyons, IL in 2011, or other preemptive attacks on individual organizers, can very well achieve the same immediate end and should typically be seen as the go-to tactics , as they better allow you to remain anonymous and at a more safe reach from the fascists and the state. We must always attempt to minimize injuries on on our side as they can be extremely hurtful to the work we are doing. Staying safe is always extremely important but we must be realistic; simply doing this work, at any level, puts us in a precarious and often unsafe position. The danger of fascist organizing or individuals should be taken seriously, but here and there, a genuine show of strength, courage and brute force is necessary. Especially when numbers permit. We can not, and will not, always toss rocks over picket fences at one another. Whether we, as antifascists, can agree on that statement or not, the lasting impact that actions like the battle of York, Baltimore, the battle of Pemberton in 2011, the 2009 campaign against David Irving and In Tinley Park last month, leave in the hearts and minds of the fascists, as well as anti-fascists, is undeniable.

These type of actions do more than simply end an event or meeting. The attack at the Ashford house has driven fear and paranoia into the white supremacists scene, especially those in attendance. It drove potentially talented white supremacists organizers out of commission and set an example of what can happen to any space or business hosting these type of events. Aside from the immense damage it dealt to their side, for us, it was inspirational and sparked a massive interest in militant anti-fascist work. At last, it created a platform for us to express to more mainstream audiences why we believe using direct action to fight against the fascists is necessary as it forced many non-radical folks to look for answers to the questions that were causing them such cognitive dissonance.

The fear:

Imagine, after months of planning, several anarchists in your area, some you may know and some you may not, sit down at a table in some neutral space to have a discussion. Then, within minutes, you become trapped in a room filled with 20 masked white supremacists wielding weapons and injuring 70% of the attendees at this event. What kind of effect do you think this would have on us? How many people would drop out of “anarchist organizing”? Would folks blame others for the lack of security or even make snitch or informant accusations. Would people feel comfortable to ever go to another event and would the topic at hand be overshadowed, or distracted from, by the immense need for self protection. How would this type of attack differ from say a protest or phone calls to our host space? Had the event been attacked the night before, the host may have pulled the plug, but with some hurdle jumping and a few phone calls could we potentially continue the discussion with at least a portion of the crowd, at some other place, at some other time in the not so distant future? All the tactics mentioned above should not be dismissed, nor should they be considered ineffective, weak or less glamorous, especially the latter, but at the same time, think of the tremendous long lasting damage this type of full frontal assault would have on us and our supporters mentally. The fear, the sense of defeat and the disempowerment.

Since the Ashford attack, the predictable came true; Not only has the finger pointing and snitch jacketing amongst white supremacists began, but the lead organizer has alleged her retirement from her short lived activist career as a direct result of antifa harassment. The discourse taking place amongst a large number of white supremacists on stormfront no longer revolved around offensive organizing of any kind, but were now defensive, and centered around how to deal with us and how to protect themselves, and as long as we do our job right, this pondering should continue.

Setting a precedent:

Aside from the lasting impression on white supremacist individuals, this attack sets a fine example of what type of consequences you can expect from hosting such events.The next time David Irving, or any other white supremacists speaker or organization, reserves a space, simply reminding them of Irving’s tour in 2009, in which Edelweiss restaurant was damaged and then sued for a half a million dollars , hotels were barged into, and attendees were stabbed, should be enough to make them think twice. If not, this very incident in Tinley Park, the alleged 15,000 dollars in damages, loss of customers and bad reputation, will surely do the trick. It is just another addition to the list of reasons of why you should not support fascist organizing.

The arrests on our side:

The down side to the Ashford attack was the arrests made. Only so much critique can be laid down here. If those arrested were actually involved, only those who attended know what led them to be arrested and how, if at all, it can have been avoided. However, from the look of things from an outside perspective, the fact that there wasn’t a public call to confront the white supremacists yet there were 20 antifas there, the fact that the secret hosting location was discovered and that according to media reports the attack lasted under a minute, it doesn’t seem to be a matter of bad planning or lack of pre-emptive thought.

We believe that the outcome, in terms of the arrests, shouldn’t necessarily have any difference on the way we view this approach unless we see these arrests as an essential characteristic of such an approach. Had no one got arrested would some of the more militant advocates still hold such criticisms over the tactic used? It is also important to remember that, although it is always our goal to evade capture, our immediate goal as antifascists is to attack fascist organizing and shut down organizations and events, and in that it did.. and then some! If someone feels that in this particular case, the arrests weren’t worth the damage done to fascist organizing, they are entitled to that opinion. This opinion may or may not be commonly shared or popular, but it should not necessarily reflect negatively on the approach universally as much as in this particular case.

Clandestine yet visible:

Being anarchist antifascists we recognize that the state and capitalism are just as undesirable as the fascism we fight and that the law actively seeks to render us ineffective, the same way we do to the fascists. That being said, sometimes visions of antifa crews that allow everyone and anyone to participate with no hesitation can be utopian and naive. Depending on a given antifa crews methods, this type of approach can be detrimental. This doesn’t mean that anti-fascism should be specialized or left to professionals. The difficulty within ARA and antifa work is just that; we want this war to be inclusive (or at least more visible and less specialized) yet we want it to be secure and impenetrable for those of us who participate. To a certain degree, this action met all standards; a quietly organized group of folks achieved an end, while also reaching out to several thousands of people not already involved in antifa work and said, “Do the damn thing, and this is how!”

If you look close enough, and stop waiting to read public call outs by fascists, you will realize that fascist organizing is happening quite often and generally in secret. If we constantly used the tactic used at Ashford house a great majority of us would likely burn out, or be in jail. It is not that we believe that arrests are unavoidable in this type of approach, but the visibility and large number of people engaging in illegal activity in a single area do make it a little harder to evade capture. Tactics we use should be dependent on the situation. Their numbers, the type of location, the type of group were dealing with and their organizational strategy etc. We should remain inventive and have multiple forms of attack. We should attempt to use tactics that better guarantee we will be around to fight another day

It is absolutely important when you start doing antifascists work to strategize. Analyze what is happening around you and what you think might work best in your situation. But only so much strategy can be developed without action. Spending far too long strategizing, fearing and remaining in a defensive mindset without action will get you nowhere. We must instigate. They hide from us, not the other way around. The best way to further develop your strategy is to create action and document your experience.

Be smart, and be secure, but be fearless fucking tigers. Some of them are willing to go the distance..are we?

Mad solidarity to the Tinley Park 5 and all those fighting against the state, capitalism and the fascists!

Their world is shit and our dreams are beautiful!

Keystone State Skinheads Associate David Phillips Blinded by Two Other Boneheads: A Cautionary Tale

Reported by One People’s Project:

PHILADELPHIA, PA—Two reputed members of Aryan Nations remain in jail today following their arrests stemming from the maiming of a reputed member of the Aryan Terror Brigade and associate of Keystone State “Skinheads” that left him blinded with his eyes literally ripped from his skull.

Stephen Masten, 29, and Frank Casiano, 28, appeared in court June 12 for a preliminary hearing on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault burglary and others. They were arrested May 22, just over two weeks after the brutal assault of David Phillips, 43 during a home invasion.

According to police reports, Phillips was home at 5928 Shisler St. when two men he identified as his “Aryan brothers” kicked his front door down and attacked him with sticks and blackjacks in his bedroom. The report notes Casiano reportedly telling Phillips “We’re gonna take all your shit and your CDs” and both suspects reportedly telling him they were going to kill him, to which he replied, “No, you’re dead!”

During the assault, Phillips told police that Masten gouged his eyes out and was later able to rip them from their sockets. He heard Masten tell Casiano, “His eyeballs popped out, I killed that bastard!” Before he passed out, Phillips heard Casiano say, “Good, kill him good!” When he woke the pair were gone and he felt his way around to a neighbor who contacted police. He was later transported to Wills Eye Hospital in downtown Philadelphia. Phillips is now blind and was stabbed in the head and face several times.

Joe Phy David Philips
Keystone State “Skinheads” associate Joe Phy, left, with Phillips. This picture was taken before the assault.

According to the report, Phillips told police that Masten was angry that Phillips tried to take his girlfriend to a neo-Nazi event while he was in jail for theft. He was released on parole just two weeks before the assault. A person police identified as “Witness #1” said that both Masten and Casiano, who also goes by the name “Frank Cassidy”, are members of Aryan Nations, but there are several factions using the Aryan Nations name and it is not known which one they may belong to. Phillips was identified as a member of Aryan Terror Brigade (ATB), who’s leader Josh Steever is best known for marrying the niece of the late actor Patrick Swayze. According to the Anti-Defamation League, Steever is soliciting financial support for Phillips on the ATB forums. Phillips is also close to the Keystone State “Skinheads” (KSS), particularly with longtime member Joey Phy, who served a year of house arrest in 2009 for assaulting a neighbor and former friend who asked him to turn his stereo down. In addition to Masten, both Phillips and Casiano have lengthy criminal records.

Masten is being held at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia while Casiano is held at Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center in lieu of $3 million and $1 million bail respectively. Their next preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 10 at the Criminal Justice Center on Filbert St. in Philadelphia.

—————————————————————————————————————–

While KSS is far from the presence they had in Philly as little as 5 years ago, they are still cause for serious concern for Antifascists.  So this comes as welcome news.

Of course boneheads maiming and killing each-other is no new phenomenon. Drunken acts of violence, rumors (true or false) of police informants in their midst, and “love” triangles are some common causes.

Let this be a cautionary tale to you young boneheads who think you have found a sense of community or “brotherhood” among your fellow racists and fascists. You’ll get no pity from us in the streets, and you’ll find no safety among your supposed “white brothers.”

Drop the shit. Grow up.

You have been warned.

///

Philly Antifa

 

Pack the Courtoom for the Tinley Park 5!

Image

Taken from http://tinleyparkfive.wordpress.com:

The Tinley Park Five have a court appearance 9am June 12 at the Bridgeview Courthouse (10220 South 76th Avenue Bridgeview , IL 60455). The white supremacist community is threatening later violence against anyone in attendance as can be seen in this thread from Stormfront. The International Action Center has posted a short article about the court date located here. The Tinley Park Five and their support network hope to gather a large group of people to attend, in order to prevent their friends and family from being targeted by violent fascists.

We realize that many activists in the Chicago area might not be supportive of the tactics the Tinley Park Five are accused of. Keep in mind, they have not been convicted of anything at this time. We ask that you consider attending this court date even if you’re uncomfortable with militant actions as a show of support to their families. We need a large group of people for the families to be able to blend into. If you’re not comfortable showing solidarity with the Tinley Park Five, we ask that you consider attending as a show of solidarity to their families and friends who have never participated in any direct action and just want to be able to see their sons, brothers, and partners without fear of being murdered by fascist thugs.

Those willing to participate in this show of solidarity are asked to seriously consider the potential risks of walking into the cross-hairs of these racist lunatics.

If you are willing to come, we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines in order to protect the families and loved ones of the Tinley Park Five as well as to not jeopardize the legal outcome of the case:

  • Do not bring cameras.
  • If asked to comment by media, or anyone claiming to be a journalist, say only two words: “NO COMMENT
  • Be respectful and cooperative with all law enforcement and court officials
  • Do not engage in debate or discussion with any racist elements
  • Do not confront or posture against white supremacists at the courthouse. They will be there trying to provoke a response.
  • Do not assume that anyone you do not personally know is a supporter. White nationalists do have plans to ‘infiltrate’  their supporters as well as pose as journalists, bloggers, and curious activists
  • Do not wear any clothing that shows allegiance to any anti-racist or anti-fascist cause.
  • Be aware that the Chicago Tribune and other main-stream media outlets have already jeopardized the safety of Tinley Park Five supporters. They are desperate for any chance to portray the Tinley Park Five and their supporters as crazy fanatics. Don’t give them this ammunition, even though both reporters and white supremacists will be doing their best to bait you into behaving in a militant fashion.
  • This is serious business. If you don’t think you’re capable of holding your tongue when hearing Nazis and Klansman call supporters things such as “race-traitors”, “niggers”, “anti-white terrorists”, “mud-babies”, and every other ethnic slur imaginable we ask that you show your support in one of these different ways.

The overwhelming support the Tinley Park Five continue to receive has become a life-altering experience for those of us working on jail support. Thank you for considering to help. Solidarity.

 

United Northern And Southern Knights Of The Ku Klux Klan(UNSKKKK) HACKED BY ANITFASCISTS

Image

Taken from:
Antiracistaction.org

“Once again Christmas has came early this year for us anti-fascists. Yet another info leak has been sent our way. This time it’s the united Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. It includes their constitution, rank system, hand shakes and salutes as well as organizer addresses for Ohio, Florida, Illinois, Georgia and many others. Another big thanks from Anti-Racist Action and all the antifa who benefit from this knowledge.”

 

Note:

This is not too pertinent for Philadelphia because (fortunately), the closest thing the UNSKKKK has to a presence in Philly is one lone guy out in Bethlehem, Neil Bellanca.

But for kicks, here’s a picture of Neil and his address:

Image

  1. Neil Bellanca
  2. Age – 22 years
  3. 312 West Packer Avenue Bethlehem, PA 18015
  4. whitesoldier1@gmail.com

To take a look at some of the other info leaked, visit antiracistaction.org or:

http://pastebin.com/k3xAT0py

http://pastebin.com/CaFWE8mS

///

Much love from Philly Antifa to whoever pulled this off!

New Jersey Neo-Nazis lose custody of their kids

Image

Taken from http://liveraf.wordpress.com:

A self-proclaimed Nazi father and his wife cannot have back their four children, three of whom have Nazi-inspired names, a court has ruled.

Adolf Hitler Campbell, six, and his younger sisters Joycelynn Aryan Nation, five, and Honszlynn Hinler, four, were taken into custody in January 2009.

State officials also took another son, Hons Campbell, from his parents Heath and Deborah Campbell just hours after he was born in November.

A New Jersey Supreme Court judge has now ruled that the four children will not be returned to their parents, who have since separated.

The Nazi-inspired names came to light after a store refused to decorate a birthday cake reading ‘Happy birthday Adolf Hitler’ in December 2008.

In 2010, a New Jersey appeals court ruled that there was sufficient evidence of abuse or neglect due to prior domestic violence to seize the children.

Authorities insisted that putting the children into care had nothing to do with their names.

But Heath Campbell said that the court’s decision was not down to their quality of life, and was based purely on the names they chose for the children.

“Our kids weren’t taken because of abuse. I’m honest about who I am and what I am.”

“If I have to give up my Nazism, then so be it. I’ll do it.’ The children are ‘more my heart and soul and everything than anything’,” he said.

Campbell, who has a swastika tattoo on his neck, last saw the children a year ago. He is now separated from his wife, who moved out of the state.

Kristine Brown, from the state Division of Youth and Family Services, said that she was unable to comment on the case due to confidentiality laws.

But she said that “every call or investigation that DYFS initiates at the end of the day is to determine if the child is at risk or in the midst of child abuse and neglect.”

Court records previously showed both parents had themselves been victims of childhood abuse and were suffering from unspecified physical and psychological disabilities.

Court records also show that the oldest child, Adolf, frequently threatened to kill people.

The mother reportedly had also once given a note to her neighbour saying that she was terrified of her husband, who had threatened to kill her.

The Campbells have previously defended the names, saying they chose them simply because they liked them and they were unique.

Campbell said that he named his son after the Nazi leader, as ‘no one else in the world would have that name’.

——————————————————————————–

It is worth mentioning that the Campbell’s originally denied any Nazism and appeared to be just incredible stupid people.

This proved not to be the case, though, after they were found to be members of the National Socialist Movement (NSM), the largest (and shrinking) Neo-Nazi organization in the country.

A nearly full list of the NSM’s membership can be found here:

http://www.onepeoplesproject.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=959:whos-who-in-the-natl-socialist-movement-membership-list-leake&catid=29:antifa-news&Itemid=14

When Deborah Campbell gave birth to her most recent child, Child Services were on hand to take custody of it immediately, and who turned up to protest? A handful of NSM boneheads.

Philly Antifa does not support the state in any capacity, and feels it pertinent to say that Child Services does far more harm than good. That said, these children have a far better chance of growing up to be happy adults without having such stupid, abusive, bigoted people in their lives.

 

Longtime Nazi Steve Smith Elected to Republican Party County Committee in PA!

Image

Steve Smith, Pictured with convicted murderer Charles Marovskis in 2007. Marovskis would later be arrested and plead guilty to two federal charges of second-degree murder in connection with the 1998 beating death of two Florida homeless men.

According to a post and picture from Stormfront.org, the largest White Power message board in the world, Steve Smith has been elected to a 4-year term in the republican county committee for Pittston City Ward 4.Image

For more information on Smith’s long history in Far-Right and Neo-Nazi political circles, see:

http://www.onepeoplesproject.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=125:steve-smith&catid=19:s&Itemid=3

Smith has at various times in his life been a member of the KKK, Aryan Nations, Keystone State Skinheads, EURO and NAAWP (both started by David Duke, an obvious influence on Smith in recent years) and several other Neo-Nazi and White Nationalist groups.

Smith once served 30 days for Ethnic intimidation related to an attack by himself, Keith Carney and Steve Monteforte on a lone black man coming home from work in the early AM, reportedly asking him if he had ever “been beaten up by skinheads.”

Since getting out of jail, Smith has modeled himself after Duke and other suit-and-tie Nazis, attending public forums and trying to put a gentle, family-friendly face on virulent racist, xenophobic politics.

This election is eerily reminiscent of that of JT Ready, another wannaba-politician Neo-Nazi who was once elected to a local government position in Arizona. The main difference is that he was not known to be a Nazi before he had already been elected. As you all probably know, JT Ready murdered 4 people, including an infant child, before committing suicide earlier this month in Arizona.

See:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-arizona-shooting-20120503,0,6681278.story

More information to come on this.

///

Philly Antifa

Support the Tinley Park 5!

See previous post for more information on the events in Tinley Park, IL last Saturday.

https://www.wepay.com/donations/legal-defense-fund-for-the-tinley-park-five

 

Information

Saturday May 19, 2012 Five antifascists were arrested in Tinley Park, a Chicago Suburb, for allegedly assaulting a number of white-supremacist organizers. Help us raise funds for their support and costly legal defense. One of the alleged “victims” was arrested on warrants for child pornography and another was arrested for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Bond has been set at nearly $1 Million dollars for the alleged attackers. Legal funds are needed in order to secure adequate legal representation and ensure that their families are taken care of until they are released.

 

Philly Antifa stands in total solidarity with the Tinley Park 5.

 

NO MERCY FOR FASCISTS!

///

 

ANTIFA!

 

Nazi Meeting Smashed in Tinley Park, IL Restaurant

This story is still unfolding, but here’s what we know:

The 5th Annual “White Nationalist Economic Summit” was attacked this afternoon in a daring daylight raid by 20-30 Antifascists on a Tinley Park, IL restaurant. The summit had been in the works secretly for 6 months, during most of which it was known to Antifascists in the area due to a nazi snitch.

In attendance at the event were several members of the Illinois National Socialist Movement (NSM), which has been having a banner 13 months, including two major defeats, the death of two high-profile members, the leaking of their entire membership list, and various other embarrassments. Also in  attendance were several members of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a “suit and tie nazi” organization that specializes in race-baiting prominent news stories and glorifying the confederacy.

10 people were injured in the attack. 9 of them appear to be attendees (out of a total of around 20), with the final person injured being the manager of the restaurant, who had attempted to restrain an Antifascist for arrest and was treated to a beating as a result.

Several nazis were hospitalized. There are no reports of injured Antifascists. The police detained a car with several people in it, but it is unknown if they were involved in the altercation or just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

More info to follow as we get it, but here’s some other sources to check out:

http://oaklawn.patch.com/articles/black-hooded-group-attacks-patrons-with-bats-at-tinely-park-restaurant#photo-9989345

http://antiracistaction.org/?q=node%2F157    (this includes some more info on the nazis who were there)

Philly Antifa would like to salute whoever was responsible for this successful action. This represent a dedicated, dynamic, and above all daredevil approach to Antifascism we believe necessary to win!

Bonehead band “The Hard Way” kicked off Battle of the Bands in Philly

Image

 

Coming right on the heels of their beating at Champs in Trenton recently (see below), Atlantic city nazis Jack Warren and Kenny Souder were given another disappointment this week after Philly Antifa found out their other band “The Hard Way” was booked to play a battle of the bands at Sweeny’s saloon tonight.

It only took a tip to the owners of the bar and the people booking the show to get them removed.  Apparently the video of Souder performing with the band “Chaos 88” alongside longtime Atlantic City “Skinheads” member Warren Mieckle while Warren sang along and guarded the band was enough evidence of their associations.  After confirming what they were told was true, the owner of Sweeny’s promised that “The Hard Way” would be allowed neither to play nor even “enter the door” of the bar.

 

Warren and Souder are members of ACS, despite recent claims to be apolitical scumfucks, which is the refuge of all cowardly boneheads when confronted with their affiliations/activities. Warren even sports a tattoo of the ACS logo on his arm.  And as any real (Anti-Racist) skinhead will tell you, you DO NOT get a crews’ tattoo without being in that crew. Especially a crew as violent and unstable as ACS.

Atlantic City Bonehead band smashed at show in Trenton, NJ

Image

Reported by onepeoplesproject.com:

Foreign Object, a band associated with the Atlantic City “Skinheads”, get a little comeuppance in Trenton. New Jersey definitely has a nasty habit of doing this to Nazis, does it not?

One People’s Project

TRENTON, NJ—When the iconic punk band DRI performed at a club in town that they have often performed, they did not know it was with a local band opening with ties to the largest and most violent neo-Nazi crew in the state. And the person who booked them at the club did not know until it was too late. But when Foreign Object started playing Skrewdriver covers, it became immediately apparent what this band was about. That was what precipitated a brawl that reportedly resulted in the band being beaten down and thrown out of the club.

According to reports, patrons to the club showed their displeasure with the band’s choice of music by confronting the members after their set. Random reports have been circulated of the drummer getting the recipient of much of the blows and band members attempting to run angry patrons down with their truck as they tried to escape.

Foreign Object is an Atlantic City-based band who counts among the band members lead singer Jack Warren, and guitarist Kenny Souder. Both are longtime associates of the Atlantic City “Skinheads” (ACS). Warren also plays with the band Hard Way while Souder also plays in the neo-Nazi band Chaos 88 with fellow ACS associate Warren Meickle, formerly of the white power band Aggravated Assault.  Chaos 88 has recently played a show for the Confederate Hammerskins and in September plans to play a show for the Keystone State “Skinheads” in Pennsylvania

ACS has been in the news lately due to its founder and leader Bryan Bradley being struck and killed by lightning in September. Last month, Bradley’s fellow union members and state senators paid tribute to him at an Atlantic City, NJ monument to workers who lost their lives on the job, many of them not aware of his life as the leader of a hate group for 25 years.

While DRI has not as of yet made any statement in regards to the brawl and Foreign Object’s ties to ACS, the Houston-based band has a long history against racism, including performing at shows put on by the John Brown Anti-Klan Committee. It is not known who was involved in the brawl or the extent of injuries sustained.