Anti-fascist groups in Eugene, Oregon--including, but not limited to, the Black Tea Society--will be demonstrating against white supremacist Jimmy Marr's Pacifica Forum presentation this Friday, entitled "Can Myths Harm Indigenous Peoples?" ( advertised on pacificaforum.org ) Rose City Antifa supports the Black Tea Society's call for active opposition to the anti-Semitic, racist Pacifica Forum, which has served as a platform for prejudiced propaganda on the University of Oregon campus for years. Demonstrators will be meeting at 4:30 PM on Friday, February 12 in front of Agate Hall on the U of O campus, at 18th Avenue and Agate Street in Eugene, Oregon.
Just two months ago--on December 11, 2009--National Socialist Movement (NSM) propagandist Jimmy Marr gave a presentation for the Pacifica Forum advertising the NSM, screening a video of a white-power, anti-migrant demonstration in Phoenix, Oregon where participants screamed "Death to Jews," and hatefully deriding migrants for diluting the "white" gene pool. Sonia Scherr of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) reports:
'After opening with an anti-Semitic read of Hebrew Bible passages, presenter Jimmy Marr invited everyone who wished to join him in giving the straight-armed Nazi salute. Five people did, including Valdas Anelauskas, a Lithuanian immigrant who delivered a series of anti-Jewish lectures to the Pacifica Forum in 2006 and since then has been the predominant speaker there. "Sieg heil!" they shouted. Then louder: "Sieg heil! SIEG HEIL!"'
Both NSM affiliated Jimmy Marr and self-identified "white separatist" Valdas Anelauskas are regular participants in Pacifica Forum events, which have centered around anti-Semitic and Holocaust denial themes in recent years. Readers might remember Anelauskas, as he received some negative attention this past summer when Tim Calvert and the 9-11 Truth Alliance attempted to host him at Laughing Horse Books. ( http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2009/06/392268.shtml )
Pacifica Forum apologists opportunistically argue that racist Forum members are simply exercising their 1st Ammendment Rights to "free speech," while at the same time condemning their opponents for freely expressing their own views. This routinely debunked justification for fascist organizing and sorry attempt to delegitimize community self-defense against violent and/or paranoid neo-Nazis should be seen for what it is: a thinly veiled ruse to avoid responsibility for their hateful actions. Antifascists recognize the importance of building a broad, strong movement to confront fascism in all the forms it takes here in the Northwest: be it racist skinheads, psuedo-intellectual blow-hards, or the deeply-rooted, bigoted assumptions that are made within our own communities.