Originally posted on Philly Antifa:
From left to right: Stacey Saunter, Joey Phy, Briana Jeanne, AJ Olsen, Patrician Benner Vanagaitis and Bryan Vanagaitis.
Back in October the Philadelphia chapter of the Keystone State “Skinheads”/KSS (also know as Keystone United or KU) invited Neo-Nazis, White Nationalists and generally ugly people to our city under the guise of a “Leif Ericson Day Celebration.” In reality, the event served as an opportunity to show that KSS has a street presence in Philadelphia. However, as the report back and subsequent identification of almost all of the identities illustrated, only a handful of those in attendance actually live in Philadelphia area, and KSS had inflated their numbers with people from as far away as Indiana, Oklahoma and Washington state. This post will serve to identify the key players in Philly KSS who were involved in bringing that mob of Neo-Nazis to our town.
Bryan Vanagaitis and Patricia Benner Vanagaitis
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Originally posted on NYC ANTIFA:
We’re preparing new posts for interested antifa everywhere. In the meantime, Leila Shrooms has written an excellent summary of fascist groups who support Assad’s regime in Syria.
Syria: Who Are Assad’s Fascist Supporters?
By Leila Shrooms
December 11, 2013
The Assad regime has won the support of fascists and far-right nationalist parties and organizations across Europe. These include the National Front (France), Forza Nuova and CasaPound (Italy), Golden Dawn and Black Lilly (Greece), the British National Party (UK) and the National Rebirth of Poland, Falanga and All Polish Youth (Poland).
This support can be attributed to: anti-imperialist/anti-globalism sentiment with a strong focus on national states (they believe the Assad regime protects the Syrian state against US imperialism), Islamophobia (they believe the Assad regime fights Islamic extremists), anti-semitism (they believe Assad’s regime acts as resistance to Israel). All of these beliefs rest on fallacy and an uncritical perpetuation of regime narratives…
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Originally posted on Anti-Fascist Network:
For the last few years there has been an annual far-right event in Brighton held around St George’s Day in April. The “March for England” which is confusingly both an organisation and an event has held a march through the town to ‘celebrate’ St George’s Day since 2008.
Last year’s March for England
Readers may be familiar with previous anti-fascist mobilisations against the far-right shambles. Campaign group Stop the March for England has organised thousands of local Brighton residents to take to the streets to oppose the racists, seeing them massively outnumbered and being escorted totally surrounded by police through huge crowds of jeering heckling Brightonians. In 2012 the route of the march had to be abandoned due to massive opposition on the streets and the MfE were chased all the way back to the train station.
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Someone hasn’t heard of the “Streissand Effect.”
Internet Fame, here I come!
“A Michigan official has removed documents from a state website that erroneously claimed U.S. Congressman Steve Stockman had been convicted of a crime in the 1970s,” Stockman spokesperson Donny Ferguson wrote on the campaign’s website. “Michigan’s 43rd Judicial District Clerk stated Stockman was never convicted of any charge and the documents were supposed to have been destroyed in 1978. Another Michigan official has advised Stockman he has grounds to file criminal complaints against any person or media organization that published the documents.”
Ferguson did not specify the name of the Michigan official who raised the prospect of criminal complaints, and did not reply to follow-up questions from TPM.
Stockman’s mugshot has been bouncing around the internet for weeks. The Texas Tribune last month published the arrest records, which indicate that in 1977 Stockman was arrested and initially charged with felony possession of Valium. The Stockman campaign now says that a district court judge in Michigan ordered in 1978 the matter dismissed and expunged.
Read the whole story at Talking Points Memo.
Keeping up with the situation in Ukraine is, as with all volatile events, a full time job best handled by people at the heart of the matter. We’re not in Ukraine, but we do know people who are– the Autonomous Worker Union. Here is there is statement about the violent “pacification” of Crimea, and their plea for western leftists to “cut ties with the so-called “anti-imperialism” which comes down to the support of the Putin’s regime against the US.”
On February 27, 2014, pro-Russian chauvinists of Crimea, supported by Berkut riot police and Russian Black Sea Fleet committed military coup in Crimea. Right now it’s already obvious that the government of “Russian Unity” movement headed by Aksionov is no more than a puppet of the Kremlin regime.
We don’t regard Ukraine’s territorial integrity and inviolability of its borders as a value, we are against violent “pacification” of Crimea, but we think that the status of Crimea should be defined with due regard to the opinion of the Crimean Tatar minority.
The latest events show that Putin is not going to limit himself with the annexation of Crimea. The aim of the imperialist Kremlin regime is to expand the Russian practices on all territory of Ukraine.
Thereby the Russian regime proved to be the main threat to the interests of the proletariat at the post-Soviet area.
We are opponents of war and militarism. But we think that in this situation conscious proletarians can rely on nobody but themselves.
There’s no point in waiting for “rescue” from Nato. Ukrainian nationalist politicians can only organize defense of a part of territory at best. The war can be averted only if proletarians of all countries, first and foremost Ukrainian and Russian, together make a stand against the criminal regime of Putin.
Joint action by the Ukrainian and Russian proletariat and all progressive democratic forces which will put an end to Putin’s regime, will also mean an end to the current neoliberal-oriented nationalist regime in Ukraine.
While for the leftists and anarchists of the West it’s high time to cut ties with the so-called “anti-imperialism” which comes down to the support of the Putin’s regime against the US.
No war between nations, no peace between classes!
Originally posted on Anti-Fascist Network:
This Saturday 22nd the EDL will be coming to Grantham in Lincolnshire. As happens everywhere they raise their heads, local people have organised themselves to oppose the racists.
Grantham Solidarity Network is a group launched by local residents to oppose the EDL march. GSN are organising a peaceful counter-demonstration to the EDL.
At time of writing, the latest news appears to be that the EDL demonstration will begin at around 1.30pm from the Blue Bull pub in Westgate. They will march to St Peter’s Hill where a static rally will take place. Meanwhile, GSN will hold a static meeting nearby in Avenue Road by Abbey Gardens at around 1pm.
Please note this is different to the previously advertised counter demonstration details.
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