Philly Antifa on KSS: “Economics is a red herring”

philly antifaThe comrades at Philly Antifa have published a very good article about Pennsylvania’s Keystone State Skinheads (KSS) and the meaning of their many changes over the years. KSS started as a gun-toting Nazi skinhead crew but have become soft(er) spoken “white nationalists,” changing both their names and approaches in an attempt to mainstream their message. Philly Antifa analyze the meaning of the changes, which (to a greater or lesser extent) are happening across the US in the white nationalist movement. Especially these days, the movement does seem that it will tolerate any kind of economic program—third position socialist, distributionist, libertarian, or agorist—as long as the racial component is there.

Some excerpts from the article:

“KSS released a statement on their blog following the demo, trying very diplomatically to distance themselves from the Klan. They repeatedly state that none of their members or supporters were at the Klan rally that day. They could not, however, bring themselves to say anything negative about the Klan’s 150+ year history of racism, murder, misogyny, rape, and intimidation. Nor did they take that opportunity to apologize for their head and co-founder, Steve Smith, being the in Klan years back. They instead choose to speak about how ‘outdated’ the Klan’s imagery and messaging was.

See, for KSS the only problem with the Klan is they aren’t effective right now. If this country took a bad turn quickly and Klan membership was booming, you can bet these very same KSS boneheads would be marching side by side with them.”

“Following the departure of one of their main organizers a few years ago, KSS was inactive in the Philly area for a time. [Co-founder] Steve Smith focused on working with the Council of Conservative Citizens and starting EAAC [European American Action Coalition]. In the past 3 years, KSS has recently been gyrating back and forth between their two approaches with increasing regularity. Depending on what month it is they might be KSS, EAAC, Keystone United, or one of a number of other front groups. They might be hardcore national socialists or Ron Paul supporters. This is because KSS doesn’t care about integrity or consistency. Their only interest is in trying to gain power or influence over, or acceptance by, their ‘fellow whites.’

Economics is a red herring. So is immigration, for that matter. What matters to KSS above all is doing anything they can to undermine the fight for race and gender equality.”

Read the full article: “KSS Hates Immigrant Children, Wants Your Praise For Not Being In KKK (Anymore)”

Posted in Opinion, Philadelphia

Crushing Intolerance: Black Metal Benefit Comp

Crushing IntoleranceIn a genre that has attracted more than its fair share of Nazis, it’s always nice to see good Black Metal bands get together for a great cause.

The compilation Crushing Intolerance Vol. 1 is available as a download for a donation, which goes to Women on Waves. This innovative group has a ship and provides contraceptives, information, training, workshops, and safe and legal abortion services outside territorial waters in countries where abortion is illegal.

CRUSHING INTOLERANCE VOL. 1

Corvid Canine – “Pallid Lands”
Ancst – “Seasons of Separation”
Anti-Freeze – “Vision ii”
Cara Neir – “Cradled by Apathy”
Koldscov (ft. Ravenwood) – “The Birthplace”
Schattenlicht – “Niemals Vergessen”
Deafest – “Almagre”
Unru – “Von der Flüchtigkeit des Todes”
Twilight Fauna – “The Old Forest Road”
Saus – “Intro & II”
Smuteční Slavnost – “Úsvit lidstva”
Crown of Asteria – “First, Man of the Earth Terrestrial. Second, Man of the Sky,
Celestial.”
Hunter-Gatherer – “Hunter-Gatherer”
Stellar Descent – “Cycles of Life (excerpt)”
Cuscuta – “Trapped in the Beast, Tearing from Within…”
Wild’s Reprisal – “A Few Too Many”

ABOUT WOMEN ON WAVES
Women on Waves aims to prevent unsafe abortions and empower women to exercise their human rights to physical and mental autonomy. We make sure that women have access to medical abortion and information through innovative strategies. But ultimately it is about giving women the tools to resist repressive cultures and laws. Not every woman has the possibility to be a public activist but there are things we can all do ourselves. With a ship Women on Waves can provide contraceptives, information, training, workshops, and safe and legal abortion services outside territorial waters in countries where abortion is illegal.

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Fri, July 25: Antifa Prisoner Jock Palfreeman Event at the Base

from the NYC Anarchist Black Cross

BK/NY – Friday, July 25th – Day of Solidarity With Antifascist Prisoner Jock Palfreeman

WHAT: International Day of Solidarity
WHEN: 7:00pm, Friday, July 25th
WHERE: The Base1302 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11221 (directions below)
COST: Free, but donations are appreciated.

Jock Palfreeman is an antifascist prisoner in Bulgaria. Originally from Australia, he came to the aid of two Roma men being attacked by a mob of neo-Nazi football hooligans, and in the intervening fight one of the attackers was killed. After a biased trial, Jock received a 20-year sentence, which he is serving in a notoriously rundown prison in Sophia, Bulgaria. The Bulgarian government has refused to allow his transfer to Australia to serve his sentence, despite international agreements, unless his family pays a massive ransom.

In response to a call for an international day of solidarity with Jock, we’ll talk a little about the situation of the Roma, show a documentary about Jock’s case, eat popcorn, and write letters asking that Jock be transferred to Australia. At his request, we’ll be taking donations for the Bulgarian Prisoners Association, which he is chair of; they will be used for a legal aid defense fund and for lawyers to protect prisoners against punishments of the prison.

For more information on Jock Palfreeman:
freejock.com
brightonabc.org.uk/jock.html
facebook.com/WhoIsJockPalfreeman
Freedom for Jock Palfreeman (facebook group)

Directions:
Getting to The Base is simple:
From the M Train:
Central Avenue Stop: Walk east on Myrtle Avenue (away from Hart Street, toward Cedar Street). We’re about two blocks down on the south side of the street.

Knickerbocker Avenue Stop: Walk west on Myrtle Avenue (away from Harman Street, toward Himrod Street). We’re about three blocks down on the south side of the street.

From the L Train:
DeKalb Avenue Stop: Walk south on Stockholm Street (away from Wyckoff Avenue, toward Irving Avenue). We’re about four blocks down, at the intersection of Stockholm Street and Myrtle Avenue.

From the J Train:
Myrtle Avenue Stop: Transfer to the M train and follow the above directions.

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Carlo Vive!

Remember CarloThirteen years ago today, Italian Anarchist Carlo Giuliani was murdered by carabinieri during the protests against the G8 summit in Genoa, Italy. Each successive mobilization of the Anti-Globalization years (1999-2002) became increasingly more militant, and attracted hundreds of thousands of protesters. State repression followed along these lines, and during the 2001 Genoa protest (which is often considered to be the apex of the Anti-Globe summit protests), the brutality and repression of the state also reached its height.

Carlo Giuliani was part of the black bloc, and came across a Land Rover with carabinieri, which was isolated from other state forces. (Carabinieri are the national military police of Italy, and they boast an illustrious history of violently suppressing dissent since Mussolini was in power.) The carabinieri and other security forces were brutal during the protests — they beat and gassed peaceful protesters as they were unable to catch the swift-moving bloc, one of the reasons this tactic is often employed by anarchists. Arrested protesters reported being beaten and tortured until they agreed to shout “Vive Il Duce!” When Carlo and others happened upon the Land Rover, rocks and a fire extinguisher were brandished. A carabiniere responded with a bullet to Carlo’s brain. Another then ran him over, as he lay bleeding, with their SUV. The carabinieri were never brought to trial and the charges against them were dismissed.

Carlo’s murder was not the end of state brutality during Genoa. One day later, on July 21st, carabinieri raided the Diaz School, where many protesters were sleeping, ostensibly looking “for the black bloc.” The witness testimony is horrendous:

But nothing could save our friends across the street, at the school where people were sleeping and where another section of the Independent Media were located. The police entered: the media and the politicians were kept out. And they beat people. They beat people who had been sleeping, who held up their hands in a gesture of innocence and cried out, “Pacifisti! Pacifisti!” They beat the men and the women. They broke bones, smashed teeth, shattered skulls. They left blood on the walls, on the windows, a pool of it in every spot where people had been sleeping. When they had finished their work, they brought in the ambulances. All night long we watched from across the street as the stretchers were carried out, as people were taken to the jail ward of the hospital, or simply to jail. And in the jail, many of them were tortured again, in rooms with pictures of Mussolini on the wall.

Today we remember Giuliani and all the others who have fallen in the struggle against fascism and oppression. Carlo Vive!

Carlo-Giuliani

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W.A.S.P. Guitarist Blames ‘N***er Music’ For His Lack of Fans

crossposted from our comrades at One People’s Project

HOW ‘BLACK CULTURE’ CHASED FORMER W.A.S.P. GUITARIST OUT OF AMERICA
One People’s Project

In an interview with the metal website Riff Metal Mag, Chris Holmes, a former member of the 1980s metal band W.A.S.P., says he left America and will never return because hip hop and black culture ruined opportunities for heavy metal to flourish.

“Well, unless you’re the opposite of me — a hip-hop artist or a rapper — you won’t sell in America anymore,” he said in the videotaped interview during Hellfest 2014 last month in Clisson, France. “There’s no rock magazines anymore. The black culture has really… The black culture has taken hip hop to white… The white culture and all the kids act like that; they wear their pants down. I think it’s… I’m not 100 percent sure, but I when they go to school and they listen to hard rock, it’s called ‘pussy music.’ [They are told] ‘You need to listen to gangster rap.’ I think that’s what it is.”

Earlier in the interview, Holmes, 56, said that he sold all of his belongings in his native California and relocated to Cannes, France. “I left in February, L.A., I left — gone,” he said. “I don’t plan on going back. I’m gone. I ain’t going back to America… At all. I left. Gone, History. I sold everything I had there. I left my dog there. I’m gonna send for him.”

This was not the first time that Holmes has ranted against hip hop and the way it changed the musical landscape. In an interview with a Russian metal site, he was even more offensive in his rant against the music, and in particular whites who adopt the culture. “Yeah, it sucks!” he said to Headbanger.ru. “It’s so called nigger music. I’ll say that word, I don’t care if niggers are in the room or not to get my opinion, that’s the way it is. Rap is just starting to hit Europe, and it kind of makes me sick, because I don’t like it when kids act like niggers.”

Holmes joined W.A.S.P. In 1982 and played with them until 1990, only to return in 1996, performing with them until 2001. Once married to metal guitarist Lita Ford, he is best known for his scene in Penelope Spheeris’s documentary The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years, where he sat in a pool drinking vodka while his mother sat poolside.

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