We Do Not Forgive, We Do Not Forget: RIP Pavlos Fyssas

RIP KILLAH P One year ago today, September 18th, Greek rapper and antifascist, Pavlos Fyssas, also known by his stage name, Killah P, was fatally stabbed after he was assaulted leaving a cafe in Piraeus, Greece, with his girlfriend and two other friends by the black-shirted thugs of Golden Dawn. Pavlos helped his friends to escape and stood to confront the 20-25 neo-Nazi scum surrounding him, many wielding sticks.

Police officers of the loathsome Greek DIAS motorcycle squad were on the scene. DIAS cops–as all of them do–routinely brutalize protesters, anarchists, immigrants and collude with and offer protection to Golden Dawn. Such was the case last year, when appeals by Pavlos’ friends to intervene to prevent the assault were met with responses such as, “They are too many,” and, “What can we do?”

While the police did nothing to help, as is the norm, a man drove up to Pavlos, jumped out of the car, and stabbed him twice in the chest and once in the abdomen. Pavlos held on to life for 20 minutes afterwards, and named his assailant repeatedly. The name of his killer were the last words he spoke.

Four months later, in January 2014, over 100 Golden Dawn members destroyed the memorials for Pavlos at the place he was stabbed to death. Afterwards, they marched through town, destroying anti-fascist, anarchist and leftist posters, banners, and graffiti, escorted by their friends, the DIAS motorcycle police. The neo-Nazis then went on to attack the Resalto, an anarchist social center. The dozen or so anarchists inside the space were able to repel the attack, and watched as the cops told Golden Dawn, after awhile, to simply leave–there were no arrests or consequences for their thuggery.

Today, we remember Pavlos Fyssas, and we echo our comrades in the Resalto– “FASCIST MURDERERS, WE WILL CRUSH YOU!”

never forgive; never forget

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Philadelphia, Sept. 6 “March Against Racists and Rapists”

From Philly Antifa

March Against Racists and Rapistsphilliemarch

6:00 PM SHARP September 6th, 2014

Tacony Library, 6742 Torresdale Ave, Philadelphia

Drive the Ku Klux Klan and Nazis Out of Philly

Neo-Nazis and members of the KKK are living and organizing in Tacony, and Philadelphia in general.  KKK grand dragon William Walters, who lives at 7111Torresdale, infiltrated a local neighborhood watch until he was discovered and expelled.  Following his expulsion, Walters and several other Klansmen staged a demonstration outside the Tacony library.  With almost no notice, a protest was called and many people from Tacony who happened to just be passing by joined with Anti-Racists to oppose the Klan.

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/06/23/kkk-philadelphia-rally-free-library-tacony/

http://phillydeclaration.org/2014/06/22/tacony-ku-klux-klan-rally-shouted-down-by-community-members/

Since the rally, Walters has been giving interviews to media advocating for a return to the racism, segregation and sexism of 1860’s America. Walters is also attempting to start his own Klan-run neighborhood watch in Tacony.

Another Racist and Fascist organization operating in the area is the Keystone State Skinheads (KSS), also known as Keystone United (KU) and/or the Be Active Front USA (BAF).  Several members and supporters of KSS live in Philadelphia, some of them in Tacony.  KSS organizes a march and rally in Fairmount Park annually (billed as a “Leif Ericson Day” celebration) and has recently been spotted putting up racist and fascist graffiti around North Philly, some of which has been covered up by
Anti-Fascists.

http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2013/10/21/keystone-state-skinheads-hold-annual-leif-erikson-rally/

http://leifericsondayprotest.wordpress.com/

http://phillyantifa.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/racist-graffiti-in-port-richmond-and-kensington-covered-up-by-antifa/

Like Walters’ Klan group, KSS claims to not be racist or violent.  But like the KKK, members of KSS have been involved in assault, rape and murder, often purely because of the victims race. In fact, the head (and co-founder) of KSS, Steve Smith, is a former Klansman himself.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keystone_state_skinheads

In May, a supporter of KSS and former attendee at their Leif Ericson Day event, Vincent Pellegrino, raped a woman in Kensington before driving his car into a wall, killing himself.

http://articles.philly.com/2014-05-22/news/50005035_1_kensington-section-400-block-26-year-old-woman

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/dncrime/Alleged-rapist-fleeing-crime-crashes-car-dies.html?c=r

http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2014/05/28/keystone-state-skins-associate-dies-in-car-crash-after-fleeing-scene-of-reported-rape/

Vincent’s brother, Nunzio, is a KSS member who as been putting up Nazi and Racist graffiti around Philadelphia. He lives at 6403 Ditman street.

The Philadelphia director of KSS, Anthony James (A.J.) Olsen, lives at 2912 Knorr Street with his girlfriend and KSS Supporter Briana Pietropaula.

Philly KSS member Joseph Phy lives with his partner and fellow Nazi Stacey Sautner at 4383 Salmon Street in Bridesburg.

In good news, shortly after a demonstration by a small group of Tacony residents and Philly Antifa, 2 key organizers for KSS who were also living in Tacony moved out of the city.

Antifa Philadelphia thinks enough is enough.  We are calling on all Anti-Racists, Anti-Fascists, Feminists, GLBT and anyone else opposed to the KKK and KSS organizing and living in our city to join us for a March Against Racists and Rapists through Tacony.

We will gather at the Tacony Library at 6:00pm.

A better world is possible, but not if we have to be dealing with these assholes for the rest of our lives. Be part of the solution to inequality. Be Anti-Fascist.

In Solidarity,
Antifa Philadelphia

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Shutdown Brooklyn RAC Show: No More Anti-Muslim, Anti-Jewish, Neo-Nazi Shows in Greenpoint

UPDATE (Thursday, August 28, 9PM): One People’s Project has announced that Coco 66 has cancelled the booking!!! See “Controversial Brooklyn Show Cancelled”

One People’s Project has called for people to contact Coco66 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and ask them to cancel the latest in a series of RAC shows. The recent shows there have made the club a place where anti-Muslim, anti-Jewish and pro-white separatist groups are spreading their ideas and recruiting, where Nazis are coming to the shows, and where bands with White Power members are playing.

Contact Joe Haines at Coco66 and ask him to cancel the August 31 Tears of Frustration show: joe@coco66.com. The club’s phone number is 347-763-1822.

BROOKLYN SHOW NEXT WEEKEND SPARKING CONCERNS

One People’s Project

It’s one thing to support patriotic hardcore and oi! music. It’s even not a problem to be straight up conservative. When you are about fascism and you hide behind being patriotic and anti-communist, someone is going to say something about that.

An upcoming Aug. 31 show at a Brooklyn club is sparking concern amongst those opposed to hate groups organizing on the East Coast. According to an email that has been sent to various groups, including One People’s Project, some of the bands and tablers that have been at recent shows at this club are associated with neo-Nazi, anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim and other hate groups, despite the fact that some of those involved are people of color themselves.Aug 31 flyer updated

Coco66 in Brooklyn’s hipster Greenpoint neighborhood has been hosting shows over the past two months by Knuckleheadz Productions, who has reportedly had problems at several other establishments in Brooklyn. They have held two prior shows this summer at Coco66 on July 5 – which was called “Skindependence Day” – and July 26. The Aug. 31 show is being promoted as a reunion for Tears of Frustration, a New Jersey hardcore band. The band’s lead singer Joe Falzone (aka Joe Frustration) was a once a prominent member of the neo-Nazi organization National Alliance, and spoke at their Northeast States Conference in Jan. 2004. He has also performed in hate bands such H8Machine, a band that was associated with the neo-Nazi Hammerskins and released albums on the white power Panzerfaust label, as well as the National Socialist Black Metal (NSBM) band Grom.

Joe Falzone speaking at a 2004 neo-Nazi National Alliance conference.

Joe Falzone speaking at a 2004 neo-Nazi National Alliance conference.

Falzone’s associations are not been the only instance where hate politics are supported. The lead singer of Lonewolf, another band on the Aug. 31. bill, has sparked concern particularly due to a photograph found of him wearing a t-shirt of white power band Skullhead, while standing with a group that included Pat Fahey—a member of the neo-Nazi Vinlander Social Club (VSC) who has been involved with white supremacist activity for over twenty years. In addition, members of local hate groups such as the Atlantic City “Skinheads” (ACS) have been seen attending shows at the venue. Long considered among the most violent hate groups in New Jersey, in the past decade ACS member Walter Dillie murdered a black woman during a 2005 carjacking, for which he is serving a life term in prison, and another member, Christopher Ising, is currently serving a three-year term for his role in a group that included members of another hate group that assaulted two New Jersey men of Egyptian descent in 2011.

Lonewolf

Matt, the lead singer of Lonewolf, is wearing the Skullhead shirt. Vinlander Pat Fahey is wearing the denim jacket with the patch, two persons away from him.

Cody Hoebel of Atlantic City "Skinheads" and of the white power band Chaos 88 is wearing the tank top second from left during the July 26 show.

Cody Hoebel of Atlantic City “Skinheads” and of the white power band Chaos 88 is wearing the tank top second from left during the July 26 show.

Political activity in particular has been openly promoted at the shows by the New York chapter of the National Anarchists, who staffed a literature table at both of the shows in July. While they apparently count some people of color among their membership, just as Knuckleheadz Production is operated by a Hispanic man, this has not seemed to temper their hatemongering. The leader of this group, Craig Fitzgerald, for instance, believes that the Holocaust did not happen. “(F)or awhile now the members of [his group] have talked about doing a Holocaust truth demonstration in front of the holohoax museum in NYC handing out a select issue of Barnes Review,” he wrote two years ago on his Facebook page, referencing a Holocaust Denial magazine published by Liberty Lobby founder Willis Carto. More recently he has taken to harassing local Jews online, and his organization endorses white separatism and something called “anarcho-fascism,” suggesting on the group’s blog that “fascism” does not have to mean authoritarianism: “Upon a closer evaluation of the word and its etymology one can see that fascism does not imply hierarchy but rather strength through unity, and some anarchists may want to reclaim the term,” according to Fitzgerald.

Craig Fitzgerald tableing at the July 5 show.

Craig Fitzgerald tabling at the July 5 show.

While many of those that have worked with Knuckleheadz have indeed been simply about the music and even include persons of color and those who have fought against fascism, the acceptence of hatemongers participating in either the promotion, the bands and organizations in this scene, supposedly in the name of patriotism, has gone well beyond that and into an open endorsement of one particular version of neo-Nazi inspired activism. Some of the bands that performed the July shows and will perform on Aug. 31 consider themselves part of the Rock Against Communism (RAC) scene. Some right-wing-leaning bands have been drawn to perform under this banner due of the relatively innocuous nature of the term, but it is well known, particularly in the punk scene that these events are a part of, that RAC was started by the neo-Nazi skinhead band Skrewdriver in the 1980s as a way to appear more publicly acceptable.

The RAC logo, a skull biting into a hammer and sickle (the symbol of Communism) is so synonymous with hate activism that it is often listed as one of the hate symbols to look out for by anti-hate organizations. “Those who use the term RAC often do so as a way to camouflage the true nature of the racist music, because the term does not make explicit the music’s racist nature,” according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) website. “Thus the acronym RAC is often used to describe hate music offered for sale on on-line auction sites, instead of more explicit labels that might cause site administrators to remove the item. “

In recent years, the Rock Against Communism banner has been updated in some areas to Rock Against Islam, supposedly in response to the concern for terrorism, but really to promote hatred towards minority religious groups associated with recent immigrants. Even this has seen the white supremacist presence, with the now-defunct Nazi gang Volksfront holding a Rock Against Islam concert in 2006, and the neo-Nazi band Kill Baby Kill have a song titled “Rock Against Islam.” T-Shirts for “Rock Against Islam” have been sold at Knuckleheadz shows.

A takeoff on the logo for the neo-Nazi "Rock Against Communism," this time demonizing Muslims.

A takeoff on the logo for the neo-Nazi “Rock Against Communism,” this time demonizing Muslims.

This scene not been ignored. RAC bands have been the catalyst of several boycotts over the past few years. According to Brooklyn Vegan, the owner of another club, the Acheron, apologized for booking a recent show which included many of the same bands which have played the last three shows at Coco66. The article noted that people at the Acheron show made racist comments towards his employees, and folks in the crowd were apparently wearing Nazi t-shirts. This show was kept a secret, similar to how neo-Nazis regularly organize concerts, and even at the Coco66 shows at least one of the bands (who have been the past target of boycott calls) kept their appearance secret until after their show.

“We do not have a problem that Coco66 books patriotic skinhead shows, where people wave the American flag and pass out Right-wing and anti-Communist literature,” the email that One People’s Project received read. “We do have a problem that these bands seem to be filled with Nazis; that the bands are playing Nazi songs; that Nazis are in attendance at these shows; that people are using the shows to distribute hate literature and shirts disparaging Muslims, and are advertising for political groups that disparage Jews, deny the Holocaust, and encourage white separatism.”

Coco 66 has not responded to repeated inquiries from One Peoples Project.

CONTACT THE CLUB TO VOICE YOUR OPINION ON GIVING SAFE HAVEN TO HATEMONGERS

Coco66
66 Greenpoint Ave
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
347-763-1822
coco66.com

Joe Haines deals with events at the venue: joe@coco66.com.

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August 20th 2014 – NYC Solidarity Protest with the People of Ferguson

On August 20 at 9pm, the people of New York took the streets to protest police brutality in solidarity with Ferguson. The murder of teenager Michael Brown –a pattern that unfortunately keeps repeating systematically–has sparked national and international rage.  The protest coincided with the solidarity with Palestine march, which joined the protest against police brutality and both gathered at Union Square. At the culmination of the protest, people took spontaneously over the megaphone on the steps of Union Square to denounce an oppressive, racist and authoritarian system and to express their abhorrence with the murdering of children in Gaza by the Israeli state and in the U.S. of the youth in the hands of the police.  Police made a massive presence in the protest and arrested four civilians.

The march successfully congregated hundreds of people being one of the biggest ones against police brutality in NYC in recent years. What started as “hands up don’t shoot” on the east village, ended with people chanting “Anti-capitalista” in Union Square.

From New York to Ferguson, from Ferguson to Palestine, Antifa-solidarity against racist nationalism and fascism!

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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.

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Rebellion Festival

 

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