Fascist Presence In and Around The Rebellion Punk Festival

from Blackpool Antifascists

“Fascist Presence In and Around the Rebellion Punk Festival”

For a big punk/Oi! fan like myself the Rebellion Punk Festival that takes place in August every year in my home town is a much looked forward to event. An opportunity for me to enjoy some great bands and spend my time in the company of a few thousand punks and skinheads from all over the UK, Europe and beyond.

As an anti-fascist I’ve always been concerned by the presence of a small minority of extreme right wing boneheads who frequent the festival. Perhaps due to so little opposition to the fascists, in the last few years, the problem has got worse with White Power fringe gigs taking place at venues away from the Winter Gardens and a small increase in the amount of boneheads blatantly displaying T-shirts with Nazi bands or right wing slogans on at the festival itself and around the town. It seems to go largely unnoticed to most people and compared to the amount of T-shirts visible with left wing and Anarchist sentiments on, it almost pales into insignificance. However, this year, as in recent years, people have come under attack with both verbal abuse and physical violence by the boneheads.

Despite an attempt to raise awareness of the problem on social media, lots of objections to the planned ‘Real Rebellion’ gig  (including an on-line petition) and the management being made fully aware of the nature of the event the club were happy to go ahead and host it.

Rebellion Festival

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It’s Never Too Late for a Reportback: New York Solidarity with Jock Palfreeman!

Free Jock! Fuck Fascism!

New York City anti-fascists showing their love and solidarity with Jock!

July 25th marked the Worldwide Day of Solidarity with Jock Palfreeman, who, as we hope you know by now, is an Australian anti-fascist political prisoner serving a 20-year prison sentence in Bulgaria for the rather-mysterious death of a neo-nazi football hooligan who was part of a group attacking two Romani men in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2007. Jock came to the aid of the Romani, and quickly found himself the focus of the attack. Bulgarian authorities did everything they could to ensure that Jock never received a fair trial, and after his sentencing have refused–in contravention of their own treaties–to transfer him to Australia to serve the rest of his time closer to his family.

New York City was just one of many cities around the world that answered the call for solidarity, and local anti-fascists headed over to The Base in support of Jock. The New York City event, called for by the NYC Anarchist Black Cross and some autonomous anti-fascists, centered around the film screening of an Australian television documentary (available on YouTube if you have not seen it) as well as speakers giving background on the situation of the Romani in Europe and updates on Jock’s situation in prison. Letters were written to the Bulgarian prosecutor to let him know that Jock is not alone and that his office should abide their own laws and have him transferred to Australia. The event also raised mad money for the Bulgarian Prisoners Association, which Jock is secretary of (and is violently punished for). The money will be used for a legal aid defense fund to protect prisoners against abuses in the prison system.

North American events ranged from flyering, sticker campaigns, benefits, letter-writing, film screenings and consulate demos, in Portland, OR;  Chicago, IL; Bloomington, IN; Philadelphia, PA;  New York, NY; and Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In Australia, there was a big benefit in Melbourne, and flyering in Brisbane. Leading up to the 25th, there were also benefits in Brighton, England and in Amsterdam.

The Day of Solidarity for Jock Palfreeman was a total success, and we hope that it becomes an annual tradition with more cities in more countries showing support for Jock!

Free Jock Palfreeman! Fuck Fascism! Fuck Racism!

Yet another wonderful banner in support of Jock, at the benefit in Brighton, England.

Flyering for Jock in Brisbane, Australia. Over 400 flyers were given out over the course of several hours.

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Release Fund for Antifa Prisoner Jason Sutherlin (Tinley Park Five)

jason-sutherlinfrom New York Anarchist Black Cross

Jason Sutherlin of the Tinley Park 5 is due to be released from prison in September. So Bloomington ABCDenver ABC, NYC ABC, and Sacramento Prisoner Support have launched a campaign to start a release fund for Jason.

From j.mp/JasonSutherlin:
“In May 2012, five antifascists were arrested and, in early 2013, took non-cooperating plea deals for 3 felonies each for taking part in emphatically stopping a meeting of white supremacists organizing under the guise of the Illinois European Heritage Association at a restaurant in Tinley Park, Illinois.  For more information, see tinleyparkfive.wordpress.com.

Jason Sutherlin is the LAST of the five to be released, rejoining us in September. Bloomington ABC, NYC ABC, Denver ABC, and Sacramento Prisoner Support have launched a campaign to start a release fund for Jason. By the time Jason is released he’ll have been locked up for almost 2.5 years, will have a felony record, and certain things just won’t be the same. Let’s help him make a smooth transition! Let’s raise some money and secure a release fund that will welcome him upon his release. Your donations will help Jason pay costs of living and support his family while he gets back on his feet.”

Please remember that prisoner support doesn’t end when a comrade is released. Through halfway houses, supervised release, parole, or probation, there is usually state supervision beyond the initial sentence. Also, prison is traumatic. And of course there is the stigma of being a former prisoner that effects nearly every aspect of one’s life. All of this adds up to the less obvious, but equally necessary, support needed when our loved ones come home. Donate to your ability and show an anti-fascist comrade how we welcome folks home.

If for whatever reason you’d rather donate to Jason offline, please make the check payable to Jason Sutherlin and mail it to:
Sacramento Prisoner Support
Post Office Box 163126
Sacramento, California 95816

If you’d like to write to Jason to let him know you’re thinking of him and that you’re glad he’s getting out soon, he’d love to hear from you. His current address is:
Jason Sutherlin M34023
East Moline Correctional Center
100 Hillcrest Road
East Moline, Illinois 61244

Donate at j.mp/JasonSutherlin and get more information at: tinleyparkfive.wordpress.com.

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Former ELF/Green Scare Prisoner “Exile” Now a Fascist

It’s been an open secret for months that Nathan Block (better known as “Exile”), a former Green Scare prisoner who served a number of years in prison for several Earth Liberation Front actions, has become a fascist. This has been known not just through numerous personal accounts from Olympia, but from copious postings on his tumblr blog Loyalty Is Mightier Than Fire (Exile has confirmed to local anti-fascists that the blog is his).

Do you believe Anarchism and Nazism are compatible? All the anarchists killed by fascists could not be reached for comment.

Do you believe Anarchism and Nazism are compatible? All the anarchists killed by fascists could not be reached for comment.

If you are unfamiliar with the more obscure references to Nazism and the postwar fascist movement, except a few decorated swastikas, Exile’s blog might look like a creepy spiritual goth kid’s elaborate art project. However, if you understand the references, it is immediately obvious that Exile is going out of his way to promote a slew of fascist writers and imagery, especially those influenced by Esoteric Nazism and other forms of mystical fascism.

The most prominent is Julius Evola, an Italian Traditionalist philosopher who attacked the “modern world” as decadent and corrupt. (Evola is the go-to guy for fascists who want a Situationist, Frankfurt School, or anarchist-style critique of capitalism and the consumer society.) Evola worked for the Nazi SS and was the main intellectual figure in Italy’s vibrant postwar fascist milieu. Third Positionism – an anti-capitalist, racial separatist, and ecological version of fascism – has its origins partly in Evola. The very title of Exile’s blog comes from a quotation in one of Evola’s most famous political books, Men Among the Ruins, and Evola quotes are found throughout the blog. Exile has told people that “Evola will show us the way.”

Exile also likes to quote Miguel Serrano, a postwar esoteric Nazi from Chile. Serrano, along with the better-known Savitri Devi, promoted worshiping Hitler as a deity. Serrano wrote numerous books about Hitler; these ideas have influenced the spiritual parts of the neo-Nazi movement such as the Hitler-worshipping New Order organization (formerly the American Nazi Party).

In addition to these obscure Nazi references, Exile’s blog contains a slew of other Nazi images, including swastikas, as well as black suns and runes used by the Nazis. Some of these images are reproduced below; they are taken both from his tumblr, as well as from his “Likes” on other tumblrs.

This photo of a black sun, comes from the floor of the SS General's Hall!

This photo of a black sun comes from the floor of the General’s Hall at SS leader Himmler’s castle in Germany.

The ‘wolfsangel’ rune, popular with German Nazis, the racist group, Aryan Nations, and present-day Ukrainian fascists.

Although they live in Olympia, both Exile and his partner Joyanna Zacher (aka “Sadie,” another former ELF/Green Scare prisoner) were associated with the Eugene, Oregon Green Anarchist scene in the late ’90s and early ’00s. They also have a long history of sketchy racist politics, as did an early contributor to ‘Green Anarchy’. Their first post-sentencing statement ends with a reference to Charles Manson’s racist ecological philosophy ATWA (meaning either “Air Trees Water Animals” or “All The Way Alive”). Sadie repeated this formulation as late as 2012 in a letter from prison to the Earth First! Journal. Both in prison and out, Sadie and Exile have repeatedly made disparaging remarks about people of color, and Exile has made statements supporting white separatism, which Sadie defended when Exile was rightfully called-out for making them. Today, Exile and Sadie are part of the Black Metal scene in Olympia, where white separatist attitudes hold sway among at least some members of that scene.

The Pacific Northwest is an overwhelmingly white area because of the historical legacy of the extermination of Native Americans, the exclusion of African-Americans in Oregon, and the later regional popularity of the Ku Klux Klan. At the height of the neo-Nazi revival in the 1980s and 1990s, major Third Position racist organizers were based there. Along with other racists, they tried to turn the entire region into an all-white ethnostate. So it is no coincidence that Exile’s turn to white separatism occurred there.

It is also not a coincidence that Exile is embracing this trend today; crypto-, esoteric, and Third Position fascism is en vogue all over the United States and globally. This is part of a slew of active non-traditional fascist and white separatist organizing and cultural projects that promote obscure variations of fascism, white separatism, anti-jewish or anti-muslim conspiracy theories, as well as patriarchal and homophobic attitudes – all with vocal opposition to modernity and capitalism, and in support of environmentalism and animal rights.

It wasn’t that long ago that the now-liberal cities in the Pacific Northwest were home to a series of racially motivated murders committed by fascists. In 1988 in Portland, Oregon, Nazi skinheads associated with Tom Metzger’s Third Positionist WAR (White Aryan Resistance) murdered Mulugeta Seraw, an immigrant from Ethiopia. In Olympia in 1992, two WAR-associated Nazi skinheads murdered anti-fascist punk Bob Buchanan, Jr. in downtown Olympia.

While the skinheads’ politics encompassed a more familiar vulgar Nazism, they espoused the same ideas as the fascists of today – white separatism, criticism of global capitalism, environmentalism, and outreach to the radical left and counter-cultural scenes. Exile is part of this trend and this fascist history, and he should be excluded from all radical cultural and organizing spaces, and treated like the fascist he has become.

Here are some examples of things Exile posts:

 

The rune on the top is the “Algiz” or “life rune” which was used by the Nazis; the neo-Nazi National Alliance is also a fan. At bottom, is the Celtic cross, which is a well-known white-power symbol.

Serrano was a Chilean fascist who promoted worshiping Hitler as a deity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julius Evola is the go-to fascist for other fascists who want a serious intellectual reference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a time, Exile did not hide his Likes on his tumblr page. However, after being confronted by local anti-fascists, he hid them. Here is a super fun slide show of some of the things he liked:

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This article was written by longtime Green Scare prisoner supporters in consultation with anti-fascists in Olympia, WA.

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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)”

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