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A response to Tim Calvert

In the interest of seeing the 'dialogue' so many have asked for, its nice to see Tim Calvert's recent statement regarding his organizing of an anti-semitic, racist event in Portland posted here. It actually offers an opportunity to pose clearly some of the questions which the recent hosting of Vladas Anelauskas by Calvert and PDX 9/11 Truth have brought up.
In the interest of seeing the 'dialogue' so many have asked for, its nice to see Tim Calvert's recent statement posted here. It actually offers an opportunity to pose clearly some of the questions which the recent hosting of Vladas Anelauskas by Tim and PDX 9/11 Truth have brought up.

Calvert's statement itself, however, seems to dodge the most pertinent issues which his acknowledged organizing and subsequent defense and relocation of an event for Anelauskas have brought forward.

While many of us find anti-semitic views appalling, its actually beside the point either whether Calvert has Jewish friends or whether he believes that he is anti-semitic. The record of his actions stands for itself. Calvert actively worked in building a platform for holocaust denial, despite being warned of the politics of the individual he was promoting ahead of time, and when he was warned, not only defied those who warned him, but accused them of being state agents as a way of avoiding accountabiliy for his actions.

In Calvert's letter of July 13th, he defends his actions, claiming ignorance,"I should say that we were not intimately familiar with all of Anelauskas's views and did not subject his background to heavy scrutiny. When the event was targeted by this outside group, whom we also really don't know, i.e. Rose City Anti-Fascists, we were defiant. "
The statement Calvert references (posted at  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2009/06/392268.shtml on June 25th) in his own letter explicitly points out Aneluaska's holocaust revisionist and white separatist history and views.

Calvert goes on to personally reference the controversy and the document itself in the spoken introduction he gives to Analeuskas' event (which can be seen either at the home page for the Portland 9/11Truth Alliance  http://pdx911truth.org/ or at  http://pdx911truth.org/ or at  link to www.mefeedia.com)

Are we really to believe that despite Calvert's admission in his letter that he was aware of the controversy, and his admission during his introduction to Analeuskas specifically that he was aware of the debate on Portland Indymedia, and that he wasn't aware of Analueskas' politics when he twice organized to move the event after it was twice shut down because of Analeuskas' politics?

Calvert's declaration states that: "I don't deny the horrors of WWII including the Holocaust and the many forgotten details of that time." What does this awkwardly-constructed sentence actually mean? It appears to locate the Holocaust as a subset of "the horrors of WWII" alongside other unspecified "forgotten details". In viewing the Shoah as one horror amongst many in a blur of warfare, Calvert eviscerates its historical meaning and importance, explaining it away as merely a result of World War. Ironically, this itself is a classic Holocaust-denial strategy.

The statement by Calvert actually cites his involvement with the Pacific Forum, but leaves out crucial information about Anelauskas, about the history of the Pacifica Forum in Eugene, the Portland 9/11 Truth Alliance, and Calvert's own complicity in Anelauskas' fascist speaking engagement. The declaration states that members of the Portland 9/11 Truth Alliance "went to Eugene and met him [Anelauskas] after a Pacifica Forum event. The Pacifica forum itself has been under attack from various players, including the Southern Poverty Law Center."

The Pacifica Forum was reported on by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) due to its repeated hosting of Holocaust-denying, anti-Semitic and fascist speakers. Apart from Anelauskas himself--who Rose City Antifa has already written about and who is a central player in the Pacifica Forum—individuals who have been hosted by the Pacifica Forum over the past two years include:

Mark Weber, head of the Holocaust-denial organization the Institute for Historical Review, and a former member of the neo-nazi National Alliance organization.

David Irving, a neo-fascist who is one of the world's most notorious Holocaust-deniers.

Tomislav Sunic, an anti-Semitic author who collaborates with the racist Council of Conservative Citizens as well as the "American Renaissance" group.

Although the SPLC deserves criticism and has at times have politically mischaracterized its opponents--it is clear that the Pacifica Forum is a grouping which promotes anti-Semitism, and that the group itself has not been mischaracterized in this instance. As well as Anelauskas, a frequent participant in Pacifica Forum gatherings during 2008 was Jimmy Marr, last seen protesting alongside the National Socialist Movement in Medford, OR.

There can be no plausible denial that the Portland 9/11 Truth group was not fully aware of the nature of Anelauskas' presentation. Regarding the speaker himself, the organization did not need to "subject his background to heavy scrutiny" to know about his politics—a simple Google search would suffice. Besides, Calvert and his organization had more than enough information about Anelauskas when Laughing Horse was asked to cancel the event. Again-Calvert acknowledges his awareness of the debate already occurring on Portland Indymedia when he introduces Anelauskas and explains why the event was moved twice. Its there, on video, at the PDX 9/11 Truth website.

When the Anelauskas event was cancelled at Laughing Horse, Calvert purposefully lied to others that the Portland date had been entirely called off. Calvert was adamant that the event would go on, and labeled his critics as "Zionists" and even state agents. If Calvert or any of the other event organizers had criticisms of Anelauskas, they were certainly not revealed at Anelauskas' speaking engagement. In fact, Calvert gave a glowing introduction to Anelauskas, and stayed entirely silent as Anelauskas argued for fascist political stances. While in Portland for the event, Anelauskas stayed at Calvert's house.


It is ludicrous that Rose City Antifa should be asked to have a dialog with Calvert. Rose City Antifa is, as the name implies, an anti-fascist and anti-racist organization. It does not exist to coddle anti-Semitic organizers, or those who insist on propagandizing for and giving a platform to fascists. This is the heart of the debate here. Not whether Calvert has Jewish friends, of considers himself and antisemite. The answer which Calvert has avoided, and which is needed from Calvert, is whether he thinks it is acceptable to use so-called,"free-speech," to provide a platform for the views promoted in Analeuskas' talk.
In Calvert's public letter, he states,"The 9-11 Truth group has a fairly long history of taking on controversial issues and positions. The group has invited other speakers that it has not agreed with. I would say that the 9-11 group values Free Speech in the highest way, as we have watched the narrative of the 9-11 attacks " Calvert should be clear-does he think it was acceptable to provide a platform or these politics, or will he join in condemning them not only within the left, but within our society as a whole?

Calvert says ,"In summary, I do not agree with most of Valdas Anelauskas's politics, some of which I agree is offensive. Does this mean he never makes any good points? He was invited to talk about the Frankfurt School and he did so. " I'd actually press Calvert to clarify what WAS good about Analeuskas' presentation. I've watched it, and its pretty solidly anti-Semitic conspiracy theory laced with anti-woman, anti-queer, and racist overtones. Theres not much else there.

By claiming to be the victim of a "smear campaign" Calvert is actually smearing those who have brought the details of his involvement in this organizing event to light. It should be noted that the event is still promoted and can be watched via the website of the PDX 9/11 Truth grouping that Calvert speaks so fondly of in his own defense. Is this really accountability? Analeuskas' dirty politics are still being given a platform by the same groups Calvert is praising, while in the same breath he tepidly tries to distance himself from those politics.

If Calvert wishes to make amends, then he should begin by actually taking responsibility for his actions and speak honestly about how events have transpired up to this point. If Calvert really believes he made a mistake, he should be clear about it and take clear actions to remedy it-his vague response so far leaves more questions than answers.

If Citybikes is really a collective with radical political values, they need to hold a member of their collective accountable for his actions within the community in which they exist. If they choose not to, then they shouldn't be surprised when people choose not to patronize or support them.
Rose City Antifa shouldn't be blamed for this-they didn't organize the fascist event, and they don't have the power to force people to shop or not shop at Citybikes. They've merely shined light on a seedy corner of close-in Southeast Portland. Its disingenuous to blame Rose City Antifa if, when presented with the facts, Citybikes patrons choose not to associate with Citybikes for sheltering someone who is organizing and promoting fascist politics.

hypocracy 15.Jul.2009 21:44

jac

You can bash a fellow's politics all day long but trying to run him out of a living is going too far. Or was it okay to do to queers back in the day? How bout to the Communists back during the Red Scare? Was that ok? Make all the noise you want about how necessary your activities are, when you step over the line from political/social critic to threatening a person you lose the high ground. Doesn't matter who you are- or think you are.

. 16.Jul.2009 10:35

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In the context of this discussion it is important to also remember that this is not the first time Tim has organized such an event. It is not like this was some aberrant mistake.

discussion

TIM-YOU LET THIS MAGGOT STAY IN YOUR HOME? 15.Jul.2009 21:20

seriously?

You opened your home to anti-woman, anti-queer, and racist Analeuskas? If this is true, that should pretty much be all anyone needs to know about who you really are. Hopefully, Citybikes will now get a clue.

Who are you hosting next, David Irving?

thanks 16.Jul.2009 06:19

for

Thanks for the reply Peter Little. See you are helping to show the bigger picture to those who haven't researched all of this or don't know those involved personally. I have seen the Pacifica Forum's site and it seems more than one former anticapitalist radical has fallen in with them sad but true. Diego Jones you come across as unconvincing in the appeal to 'free speech.' You are turning the subject towards a secondary consideration that doesn't address the tone of peter little's letter. What is the larger picture here.

conflict resolution? 16.Jul.2009 09:17

not in support of racists

I have come across a lot of criticism of Antifa on indymedia and even the WW lately, but I wonder who else is addressing this white-supremecist-terrorist organizing in our community? Where is the "conflict resolution" that Diego refers to? It seems like many are rushing to quell Antifa's "free speech" while defending that violence-inciting hate-rhetoric of the local racist d-bags.I don't see any "conflict resolution," just one-sided double-standarded hypocrisy.

Is Diego Jones a liar, or is he simply a fool? 16.Jul.2009 10:57

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--> "Every one who knows voiced surprise at the charges of him being an anti-semite."

Bullshit.

Prior to his latest lying statement, Calvert has never minced words on the Holocaust or Jewish people. A couple of years ago, he was requested not to discuss his theories about Holocaust during his shifts at Laughing Horse Books, due to concerns that his rants would offend customers. In personal conversation, Calvert has repeatedly labeled historical accounts of the Holocaust as being "propaganda", while citing Holocaust-denial materials to back up his arguments. Calvert is also known for telling anyone who cares to listen about how Jews control the media and determine US policy--classic anti-Semitic rhetoric. Accounts of such conduct have already been posted in the discussion that followed Rose City Antifa's initial statement, if memory serves me correctly.

While Calvert now seems to be trying to squirm out of the situation he made for himself, his previous attempts to justify his actions consisted of him telling his challengers to read the rense . com website. Unsurprisingly, this site is an anti-Semitic conspiracy-mongering resource.

Although Calvert may have been selectively silent about his beliefs around certain groups of people, a lot of people knew about Calvert's anti-Jewish bigotry for a long time.


--> "what was anti-semetic and Valdas speech here in Portland?"

Erm... I dunno... perhaps it was that bit about Jewish Communism controlling the world... you know, the part that lasted over an hour... The message was scarcely even coded, and it was made explicit at the very start when Anelauskas waved around a book by the anti-Semitic author Kevin MacDonald, urging everyone to read it if they wanted more information on the Jewish people.


Thanks for reading.

reference 16.Jul.2009 12:03

F

Here is his response which I like, and I will go with anyone to talk to Tim at almost anytime.
And YES Diego DOES not KNOW what he's talkin about with that no evidence stuff I was there one at least four ocasions over the past three years. He was and IS my friend I do support his bike fixin shit talkin sensitive ass, but He should chuck a few of his pamphlets and a couple of websites he has looked at are pure shit. He was kind enough to give an out of work racist professor a place to sleep and tasty meal, naive but not the worst crime, he has also let union, black panther and folks shot by the f.b.i. stay as well.
The mate has said he questioned cyclone B use that he read some shit where no eveidence of gas and that it was too toxic to use and not infect the germans BLAH BLAH BLAH sick bullshit, UNACCEPTABLE! but he is ONE of us he struggle's WITH us in our community and deserves the chance to work this out with his comrades and NOT WOW (who could a thought) MORE SECTARIAN than me absolutist sillies on the NET




Tim Calvert's response to the indymedia smear campaign

As a life long activist who has struggled for human rights and justice for all people. Who respects the religions and spirituality of all people. Watching as globalization and homogenization destroy cultures world wide. Staring with wonder at the power of the multi-national corporations and their propaganda organs. Witnessing the oppression of activists who challenge these forces. Wondering if truly being in solidarity with the forces of justice equality and respect for the earth would bring these forces down on me.

Now I am being anonymously attacked and accused of all sorts of things without ever being asked to clarify anything. I am not anti-Semitic. I don't deny the horrors of WWII including the Holocaust and the many forgotten details of that time.

I do want to acknowledge that inviting Valdas Anelauskas was wrong and I apologize for creating this controversy and doubt in my credentials as a progressive activist. Thank you, Rose City Anti-fascists, for bringing this matter up in such a vigorous way. I would like to apologize to anyone I may have offended. Rose City Anti-Fascists have helped deepen the discussion of what is offensive.

Having talked with many people over the last few days, I want to further clarify why the 9-11 truth group invited Anelauskas and what my position is vis-a-vis him.

The 9-11 group invited him because we had had some limited contact with him when a number of us went to Eugene and met him after a Pacifica Forum event. The Pacifica forum itself has been under attack from various players, including the Southern Poverty Law Center. The lecture we saw was prepared by Anelauskas, and was an expose on the Southern Poverty Law Center. A contact we had with the Pacifica Forum alerted us to a new lecture he had prepared about the Frankfurt School. We decided to invite him to speak.

I should say that we were not intimately familiar with all of Anelauskas's views and did not subject his background to heavy scrutiny. When the event was targeted by this outside group, whom we also really don't know, i.e. Rose City Anti-Fascists, we were defiant.

As this controversy has expanded, I want to clarify my politics vis-a-vis Anelauskas. Much of what he said in the lecture and subsequent conversations revealed that he had a naïve and reactionary view of American politics (the fifties were great), a rather tortured view of European politics (the Western Tradition was under attack, but when queried on the definition of Western Tradition, that too, seemed naive and ill formed). He does offer an unusual perspective - Latvian, Soviet Dissident, a scholar without a home, filled with a certain amount of (perhaps justified) bitterness. Would the 9-11 group invite him again? I doubt it.

The 9-11 Truth group has a fairly long history of taking on controversial issues and positions. The group has invited other speakers that it has not agreed with. I would say that the 9-11 group values Free Speech in the highest way, as we have watched the narrative of the 9-11 attacks being solidified into a ludicrous conspiracy theory involving Arabs in a Cave, and the voices challenging that lie systematically silenced.

In summary, I do not agree with most of Valdas Anelauskas's politics, some of which I agree is offensive. Does this mean he never makes any good points? He was invited to talk about the Frankfurt School and he did so. Did the group assembled think he was unassailable? No. As people may be aware, I have a long history of political work and thinking, and am happy to share my perspective with others. Fundamentally I believe in Justice, Solidarity, and Human Rights for all. My perspective on religions is respectful and supportive; spirituality with community are to be lauded. I have no problems with individuals in any faith. I do reserve the right to criticize organized religions when they are being used to justify oppression and, unfortunately, all three in the Abrahamic tradition have had that history. A person's ethnic or religious background is secondary to the actions they display in the world. I deny making any broad accusations about any ethnic or religious groups. I judge people and institutions by their actions, not their appearances.

also 16.Jul.2009 12:16

F

Was NOT talkin about L Pete or R.C.A. or laughing horse, Talking mainly to some posters who DON'T know BUT just wanna SHIT TALK for lack of energy to go into to it all AGAIN right now.
I liked Pete's statement and feel it is up to those close to him to help him DEAL Myself included.

anti-fascism 16.Jul.2009 13:01

Milwaukie White Trash

In the 1930's Louisiana Governor Huey Long was asked if fascism could ever come to America. His response was, "Sure, only here they'll call it anti-fascism."

The Rose City Antifa is proving this quote as being correct.

I am glad that the Willamette Week also sees it this way.

 http://wweek.com/columns/rogue/#35.36

Fascism coming to America 16.Jul.2009 13:07

Anti anti-fascists

In the 1930's Louisiana Governor Huey Long was asked if fascism could ever come to America. His response was, "Sure, only here they'll call it anti-fascism."

Thanks again to Antifa 16.Jul.2009 13:10

Andi Fascista

Keep it up. Don't back down, regardless of the obscene support for the fascists. "Liberal Portland" my ass.

fuck nazi sympathy 16.Jul.2009 13:43

st pauli fan

"In the 1930's Louisiana Governor Huey Long was asked if fascism could ever come to America. His response was, "Sure, only here they'll call it anti-fascism."

The Rose City Antifa is proving this quote as being correct.

I am glad that the Willamette Week also sees it this way."

What a fucking joke. How is exposing racist scum who are calling for violence against millions of people in any way "fascist?" This is a gross misuse of the term. Fuck off.

this is all bullshit 17.Jul.2009 02:31

anti fascist

umm, you are all a bunch of highly infiltrated lieing liars who cite no proof of anything but simply throw out emotional arguments,labels, (holocast denier, anit-semite blah blah..) to lead people astray...lets look at the source of all this,,, the 911 truth movement... obviously, this is an attempt to shut them up as they are on to something...people please connect the dots... tim calvert is a tireless worker on the left for longer than anyone here can, quite probably, even remember..as the definition of fascism is really corporatism, tim, as founder of city bikes and (until a couple days ago) prominent member of laughing horse books, two worker owned collectives, is about the furthest thing from a fascist on indymedia...his creds' make most of you diaper wearing socialists look like the knee-jerk reactionary buffoons that you are..

jesus christ, go crucify someone else with your anxiety-ridden, existential-horror driven angst

anti-Arab racism 17.Jul.2009 09:13

an anarchist

I don't know who did the attacks on 9/11, but the "911-Truth" folks, by stating that the idea that "Arabs in a cave" could not have done so, have an anti-Arab bias. It seems that, according to them, Arabs are too stupid to do this kind of activity. Now the Bin Laden family own a multi-billion dollar engineering business, equal to something like Bechtel They could have, if they wanted to, figure out how to do the demolitions, etc, that were part of this operation. And yes, these things could have happened as part of a decentralized network. Or do they believe that the only people that could have planned out the coordinated attacks were white men living in Washington D.C.

The United States government is not so all-powerful that even when they are attacked, some people believe the only posssible "truth" is they brought it on themselves. I am not a supporter of Al-Qaeda. It's too fundamentalist, too religious, too anti-woman, anti-gay, and anti-fun for my taste. But i'm happy to know that this empire has enemies who would attack its core-the Pentagon, lower Manhattan, with planes headed to other parts of Washington, D.C. I'm hoping that one day, real freedom-fighters will be organized and bold enough to bring this mother-raping system down.

I also realize that the Bush-Cheney regime used these attacks to push thru and propagandize for some horrible stuff- at least 2 wars, major escalations in spying, torture, secret prisons, etc, etc. and that the Barak Obama regime is not getting rid of most of these horrendous activiities, but none of that means that they 'brought it on themsleves'.

Re: an anarchist 17.Jul.2009 12:21

notabuffoon

Well said.

But bigots and conspiracy buffoons are never convinced by facts or by reason. Only by calling them out for their shit will we have a chance of addressing the real grievances of our victims.

blood lust 17.Jul.2009 13:14

anonymous

what is it that the antifascist want? they don't allow for forgiveness, apology not taken, opportunity for spewing more half-truths.

speak up! shall we meet to publically stone tim to death? when will you let up? how much more summer break do you have?

get a life and do something about our real enemies.

blah blah b' blah b' blah blah blah

who's the real truther? 12.Oct.2009 14:46

AB

Honestly, why do all the chickens, little or grown up, freak out when names such as Bronstein or Kohn or Wiesengrund etc etc get mentioned?
Are you ashamed to have a book by Freud in your library because he ought to have opted for a less conspicuous name such as Tony Curtis or Kirk Douglas?
The same goes for all typical or ethnic names.
Why are you so ashamed that you go into conniptions?
You can't undo the past.
You cannot change simple facts such as one's name.
Why cannot you simply say: yes, Freud was a Jew (or came from a Jewish family or whatever detour you choose) AND I find him interesting...?
What's so unclean about it?
Many among the most prominent navigators or painters during a given period were Italians...should we stop mentioning it because it's a conspiracy theory and we hate Italians?
Hasn't cultural theory or marxism taught you anything about the inner voice of taboos you must suppress from within? Read Frantz Fanon one of these days...

Does anyone remember how Anelauskas got to the USA?
He was ushered there because some thought useful to use him as a pitbull against the agonizing USSR, so don't pretend he weaseled in overnight from nowhere, this racist antisemite or whatever label you feel to apply today.
Remember one day Americans found him so useful you wanted him as a fellow citizen...back then his "racism" (or whatever emotional tripe) was considered cool...


Last, you seem to champion thugs and other shady backstage dealers who interfere to silence people they dislike, so you probably salute those who at times physically assault the fine folks at NETUREI KARTA[ link to www.nkusa.org )?
Don't balk...
Those people are real Orthodox Jews, not fakes and certainly NOT Nazis, antisemites...oh, I forgot "self-haters", perhaps...please...many of those are Rabbis who know more about Judaism than a truckload of feel-good anti's brawlers.
Do you condone those who laid hands on them, or lobbied to silence them?

Would you apply the label of hater, racist and bigot to icon prof. Lipstadt because in an article she praised intermarriage among Jews? Or would you opt for a coffee break until the topic switches to what's the weather like in Taipei?

Antifa Lies 26.Oct.2009 14:51

Reality Chick

"." said that Tim Calvert had organized an event for a speaker like Valdas in the past. Can "." do more than cast aspersions? Can "." name and describe that event?

David Irving's visit to Portland does not count. The Portland 9/11 Truth Alliance did not host or support Irving's visit, only a few members of the Portland 9/11 Truth Alliance attended Irving's talk, and Tim Calvert was not one of them.

Mossad & CIA did 9/11 Attacks 30.Oct.2009 12:06

Reality Chick

Of course Arabs were smart enough to pull off the 9/11 attacks. In fact, Arabs are so smart they DIDN'T do the 9/11 attacks.

It was a bunch of stupid, inhuman assholes from the CIA and Mossad who actually DID do the 9/11 attacks.