In our previous post, we highlighted the Traditionalist “Terrorist” Youth Network (TYN) for producing signs that openly advocated lynching blacks, gays and Jews. These signs were used in public on Monday, August 26, with only four of them showing up outside the non-profit bookstore Boxcar Books.
Boxcar Books was staging a peaceful event to send books to prisoners. Due to what TYN perceived as a “Marxist” tone to the event, they decided to protest Boxcar Books with visible threats of violence.
Here, Boxcar Books reports back from confronting TYN on Monday:
“Racist, Fascist, Anti-Gay Trad Youth Go Away!”
On Friday, August 23rd a representative from the Traditionalist Youth Network at IU–a university chapter of a national white supremacy organization, came to Boxcar Books and announced plans to protest Boxcar on Monday, August 26th because Boxcar is a “Marxist organization”. The group posted images on their Facebook of a black figure being lynched with the word “communism” scrawled across it. They tagged Boxcar Books in this picture and wrote “Just expect us” underneath. They know we are their enemy, and they decided to attack.
Community members were quick to respond to the threat of white supremacist organizing in Bloomington. Over the weekend folks spread word to friends, neighbors, and local businesses, rallying strong support against TYN’s racist, homophobic message.
Boxcar Books opened on Monday at 9am. Several dozen people spent the morning at Boxcar writing letters to prisoners, sharing food, and making signs reading “Bloomington is for queers” and “Immigrants welcome here”. Students visiting Boxcar to pick up textbooks on the first day of classes were alerted that racist organizing is happening at IU and a great number of people called, messaged, or came by Boxcar throughout the day to offer their support. Banners against fascism were dropped on campus and downtown.
Around 2pm, four xenophobic chauvinists arrived at Boxcar chanting, “racist, fascist, anti-gay, Trad Youth will not go away”. Three of the miscreants were recognized by counter-protesters as folks from the local area including Thomas “Bullshit” Buhls, KKK Klansman. They were joined by Matt Heimbach, co-founder of TYN. About 80 counter-protesters challenged the TYN’s racist, homophobic, transphobic, anti-semitic rhetoric. The group was surrounded on all sides, sprayed with a garden hose, duct tape lassoed, condom-bombed with water-filled condomns, and pelted with “the people’s apples” as they ran away after about a 30 minute barraging.
Monday’s counter-protest was a remarkable showing of individuals in solidarity against racism and white supremacy. Though Boxcar Books was targeted for today’s particular action, this was never a singular threat against Boxcar or MWPP but rather an assault on the safety of all.
While retreating, wet and defeated, TYN members announced that they would be back shouting, “expect us again!”
White supremacists, EXPECT RESISTANCE.
Matt Parrott doesn’t seem to be happy about our previous coverage of their making pro-lynching signs.
Oh Matt, you handed this to us on a silver platter. Even Stormfront thinks you’re all a bunch of idiots for using a lynching theme.
Be sure to thank Tom Buhls for being the weakest link in your daisy-chain of failure.
After he was hosed down by the crowd outside Boxcar Books, Matt stormed home and furiously pounded out a wall of text that said “but the Tinley Park Five are terrorists too!!!” Speaking of terrorism, here’s one of the fine, upstanding white nationalists in attendance at the Tinley Park event:/a>
Steven Eugene Speers, AKA “Steven the Viking,” of Grand Forks, North Dakota, was arrested on a Texas warrant for possession of child pornography. As we see time and time again with white supremacists, Speers has a history of domestic violence and intimidation; he was arrested on multiple occasions on battery charges, lost custody of his child, and the child’s mother has a restraining order against him.
Francis John Gilroy Jr., 65, of West Palm Beach, Fla., who is known as “Copperhead” on the West Palm Beach-based neo-Nazi website Stormfront, was charged with unlawful possession of weapons by a felon [...] Gilroy, who has also gone by the name ”Father Francis” on the radio show of Stormfront owner Don Black, was arrested in 1999 after failing to cooperate with police when they pulled him over. A search of his van turned up handguns, two assault rifles and 3000 rounds of ammunition in his van. Gilroy was arrested in the aftermath of last week’s scuffle when police found a pistol in his truck. Gilroy has been believed to have ties to militia groups in the 1990s, and had been seen at anti-immigration events recently, most notably the anti-immigration rally in Harrisburg, PA on Sept. 1, 2007 where neo-Nazis made up the majority of those participating in the event.
The most amusing thing about this whole saga is that once it was revealed that Steven Eugene Speers was a pedophile, every single nazi threw him under the bus, claiming that he was actually an ARA DOUBLE AGENT who was responsible for leaking the location of their little nazi shindig. We’re actually a little surprised that they haven’t yet claimed he was a secret shapeshifting Jew lizard alien from the Pleiades. But really, it’s no stretch to link white supremacists to every single possible facet of antisocial behavior and criminality– racist gangs like the Hammerskins and White Boy Society are widely known to fill their coffers by trafficking meth. We could go on forever listing every single neo-nazi felon, but thankfully, we don’t have to– that’s what sites like OPP’s Rogue’s Gallery and the SPLC’s Hatewatch are for. Considering that antifa are capable of shutting down entire white nationalist groups by simply reporting on them, that would be pretty terrifying to people trying to organize in secret.