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Say No to Racism; Boycott Citybikes

The Red & Black Cafe joins the boycott of Citybikes, another Portland worker co-operative, due to their unwillingness to hold Citybikes president and co-owner Tim Calvert accountable for several years of racist and other bigotted organizing.
It is with a great sense of sadness and dissappointment that the workers at the Red & Black Cafe announce that we have joined the call to boycott Citybikes, a worker co-operative bike shop just a few blocks from us in Portland. We are calling for the boycott because we oppose Citybikes worker Tim Calvert's racist organizing and now Citybikes for their inability to effectively oppose it. We have tried dialogue and educational efforts to no avail. Despite these setbacks we remain steadfast in our commitment to fighting antisemitism and other forms of bigotry wherever they appear. As part of this commitment we want to draw attention to a major blind spot when it comes to dealing with organized bigotry in our midst.



Three years ago Citybikes founder and worker owner Tim Calvert was accused of antisemitic organizing by Rose City Antifascists. Cafe workers took the time to review the evidence and to talk to folks from Citybikes & Laughing Horse. By this point, we learned, Tim had been forced to leave the Laughing Horse collective, largely for organizing bigoted speakers in the bookstore. It was concluded that Tim had been organizing and attending racist speaking engagements with the Portland 9-11 truth Alliance for several years at that point.[1] These events, and the organizations and ideology behind them, are completely at odds with an anti-oppression centered coop movement that is truly for all people.



We want to emphasize: these organizations and racist ideologies are far from harmless. In a small example of the danger involved a worker at the Red & Black's window was smashed with a rock. This rock had a warning written on it, "fuck off RCA" (Rose City Antifa). This occurred the morning after we decided to endorse the Citybikes boycott. [2]



When we first learned about this in 2009 it was hoped that Citybikes, with community support, would convince Tim to stop hosting racist speakers at Portland 9/11 Truth Alliance events. In order to share our perspective, and offer support to Citybikes, a few workers from the Red & Black and other concerned folks formed an adhoc committee. A mediated discussion was arranged.



The discussion was difficult, and nothing really came from it. At the end of the meeting we agreed to follow up talks; these never occurred. Later attempts to address this issue, first at the Western Worker Co-op Conference, and then at the US Federation of Worker Co-ops Conference, met mostly with silence or hostility by fellow attendees. Although we succeeded in alerting some folks in the worker co-op movement about the situation, in the end nothing was done with the information or the request that Tim step down from the Board of Director of the WWCC.



In the intervening years we grew increasingly concerned as a trickle of Citybikes workers (we heard) quit when it became clear there would be not be a meaningful resolution. [3] This process seems to have accelerated in recent weeks as workers have left in the wake of Portland 9-11 truth Alliance's latest event.



This latest event was a Portland 9/11 Truth picnic featuring Fritz Springmeier, a white separatist and convicted bomber with ties to the Army of God. The Army of God is a militant anti-choice group who have killed abortion providers and bombed clinics as well as queer bars. [4,5,6,7] This fits a pattern of Calvert's group; bringing an array of racist speakers and almost no one else.



Asking people to boycott a fellow worker co-op is not something we take lightly. We recognize and respect Citybikes' role as a pioneering business in Portland on several fronts: bike advocacy, co-operation among co-ops and workplace diversity. Tim shares responsibility for much of this work. These laudable achievements, however, don't let Tim or Citybikes off the hook. On the contrary; maintaining and building on these achievements requires that we unequivocally reject racism and other forms of oppression. Please take the time to read and reflect on this information. Let us know if you have any questions or you'd like to talk. Finally, please help us send a message that racism is unacceptable and stop shopping at Citybikes.



Signed,



The Red & Black Collective



1 A chronology of Calvert's racist organizing can be found here:



 http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/108111822?access_key=key-2ntzfgag7drff6cu6w4t



2 A post about the broken window: rosecityantifa.weebly.com/1/post/2012/1...



 link to rosecityantifa.weebly.com



3 In our original statement we defined what we meant by a meaningful response in our 'Open Letter to Citybikes' on page 13 of the 'Confronting Bigotry in Our Movement: A Call for Reflection and Support.'



 http://www.scribd.com/doc/109889899/Confronting-Bigotry-in-Our-Movement



4 Recent information from Rose City Antifa about Tim & the Portland 9/11 Truth Alliance:



 link to rosecityantifa.org



5 "Couple tied to separatist movement face drug trafficking charges" Eugene Register Guard March 3, 2001:

news.google.com/newspapers?id=ZHIVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=musDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3759,523756&dq=fritz-springmeier&hl=en



 link to news.google.com



6 "Our Existence Is Unknown" - Oregon Spotlight February 28, 2003



 http://web.archive.org/web/20030802091701/http://oregonspotlight.org/news.htm



7 (2003)UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff, v. Fritz Artz SPRINGMEIER, Defendant.

No. CR 02-24-RE. United States District Court, D. Oregon.



scholar.google.com/scholar_case?q="Fritz+Artz+Springmeier"&hl=en&as_sdt=3,44&case=17290688063678630470&scilh=0



8 Southern Poverty Law Center on Fritz Springmeier:



 link to www.splcenter.org

IN SOLIDARITY 18.Oct.2012 14:08

proantifa

Hope they get the fucker who threw that rock. BTW: Truth Alliance member Greg Fegel has accused Antifa of being COINTELPRO brownshirt zionists in a laughable comment at KBOO:

 http://kboo.fm/node/34732

Rose City Antifa are Fascist, Zionist, Cointelpro Brownshirts
Submitted by Chanticleer on Wed, 10/17/2012 - 3:00pm.

The Rose City Antifa are Fascist, Zionist, Cointelpro Brownshirt provocateurs whose method of operation is to harass, smear, harm, and disable the real Leftist activists and Leftist activism in the Portland area.
The Rose City Antifa wear masks to hide their faces, they do not use their real names, and they openly threaten physical violence against those they label and libel as "enemies of the community."
The Rose City Antifa never participate in pro-Palestinian rallies or events, because the Rose City Antifa are closet Zionists. The Rose City Antifa have savagely attacked and harassed the well-known Portland Leftist activist Tim Calvert because Calvert is pro-Palestinian and a proponent of 9/11 Truth.
The Portland 9/11 Truth Alliance includes, and welcomes, members who are gay, lesbian, black, Hispanic, Jewish, Atheist, and whatever. The Portland 9/11 Truth Alliance is anti-war, anti-Imperialist, and predominantly Leftist. The Portland 9/11 Truth Alliance meetings and membership have always been open to anyone who wishes to attend.

ridiculous 18.Oct.2012 20:02

ridiculous

ridiculous

Calvert's statement, Gilad Atzmon and antisemitism 24.Oct.2012 16:51

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It should be noted that Tim Calvert's recent statement provides links to two articles authored by Gilad Atzmon, as well as to another article promoting Atzmon's work.

Gilad Atzmon, in turn, is now circulating Tim Calvert's public statement and calling for Calvert to be supported.

Here are two statements signed by ardent anti-Zionists drawing attention to Gilad Atzmon's antisemitism:

"Not Quite 'Ordinary Human Beings'—Anti-imperialism and the anti-humanist rhetoric of Gilad Atzmon", 03/07/2012
 http://threewayfight.blogspot.com/p/atzmon-critique_09.html

"Palestinian writers, activists disavow racism, anti-Semitism of Gilad Atzmon", 03/13/2012
 link to electronicintifada.net

Tim Calvert is, once again, associating himself with and promoting an extreme antisemite.

The Rose City Antifa Threatens Portland with Vigilante Violence 07.Nov.2012 05:30

Jenny Gandhi

The Rose City Antifa are Fascist, Zionist, Cointelpro Brownshirts

The Rose City Antifa are Fascist, Zionist, Cointelpro Brownshirt provocateurs whose method of operation is to harass, smear, harm, and disable the real Leftist activists and Leftist activism in the Portland area.

The Rose City Antifa wear masks to hide their faces, they do not use their real names, and they openly threaten physical violence against those they label and libel as "enemies of the community."

The Rose City Antifa never participate in pro-Palestinian rallies or events, because the Rose City Antifa are closet Zionists. The Rose City Antifa have savagely attacked and harassed the well-known Portland Leftist activist Tim Calvert because Calvert is pro-Palestinian and a proponent of 9/11 Truth.

The Portland 9/11 Truth Alliance includes, and welcomes, members who are gay, lesbian, black, Hispanic, Jewish, Atheist, and whatever. The Portland 9/11 Truth Alliance is anti-war, anti-Imperialist, and predominantly Leftist. The Portland 9/11 Truth Alliance meetings and membership have always been open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Rose City Antifa Threatens Portland with Vigilante Violence

The Rose City Antifa and their allied organization, Anti-Racist Action, both threaten vigilante-style violence, and both the Rose City Antifa and Anti-Racist Action express their contempt for the Rule of Law. Just Google "antifa violence".

"We don't believe in waiting for the police to handle the fascists and racists, either. We know their job is to protect and serve us with harassment, beatings and arrests. We know that institutions like the police and prisons can never be "fixed" or "reformed" if their function is to maintain a racist and homophobic power structure. We believe that we need a dedicated and large force of militant antifascists with great intelligence, analysis, and dedication to crushing emerging extreme Right and fascist movements." - Rose City Antifa website.

"If you can get away it [sic], carry weapons, or if there's a chance you might get searched by cops, carry items that can be used as weapons in a pinch (hefty flagpoles, thick placard sticks, batteries, maglights, bike locks).... And don't forget your masks—nothing makes the fascists tremble like a group of black-clad, balaclava-wearing Antifa bearing down on them." - Anti-Racist Action website.

"On May 19, 2012, up to 20 people wearing masks and black clothes entered the Ashford House Restaurant in Tinley Park (a suburb of Chicago) and used bats and hammers to beat patrons who were attending the fifth annual White Nationalist Economic Summit and Illinois White Nationalist Meet-and-Greet. Five members of Hoosier Anti-Racist Movement, which is part of the Anti-Racist Action Network, were subsequently charged with felony counts of mob action, aggravated battery and criminal damage to property." - Anti-Racist Action Wikipedia page.

"On April 15, 2011, ARA members confronted the National Socialist Movement's annual conference in Pemberton, New Jersey. A melee ensued with reports indicating that four members of the NSM being hospitalized and the conference being shut down." - Anti-Racist Action Wikipedia page.

The Rose City Antifa and their allied organization, Anti-Racist Action, are violent extremists who want to replace the Rule of Law with Mob Rule under the Diktat of the anonymous Antifa and Anti-Racist Action thugs and their anonymous leaders.

Portland Anarchist Caught After Fire Bombing Police Car

From:  http://anarchistnews.org/
anon - Tue, 2012-11-06 01:02 Tags: Anarchist Practice Portland
Sergey is a friend of ours who was arrested early this morning on suspicion of firebombing a cop car in NE Portland. Their family says Sergey was beat up by the police while in custody and is in the medical unit. They are being held on three felony and three misdemeanor charges, including attempted arson. Please come to Sergey's arraignment tomorrow (Tuesday): 2pm in Courtroom 3 of the Justice Center in downtown Portland. Please donate to Sergey's legal support fund! This money is going toward their $3000+ bail and to pay for a lawyer. The sooner Sergey's family can raise bail, the sooner Sergey will be out.
 https://www.wepay.com/donations/free-sergey

Police: Man on Bike Threw Fire Bomb at Police Car
By KATU News and KATU.com Staff Published: Nov 5, 2012 at 7:44 AM PST
PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Police have a suspect in custody they said threw a molotov cocktail at a police car early Monday morning as he rode past a precinct parking lot on a bicycle. Sergey Yefimobich Turzhanskiy, 24, was arrested just after 1:30 a.m. after police said he threw a fire bomb at an unoccupied police cruiser parked in the North Precinct parking lot in the 400 block of NE Emerson Street. Police said Turzhanskiy is charged with attempted arson, possession of a destructive device, attempt to elude, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration. Arson investigators with Portland Fire and Rescue are also looking into the incident. Turzhanskiy is due in court on Tuesday, according to police.
 link to www.katu.com

"We don't rely on the cops or courts to do our work for us. This doesn't mean we never go to court, but the cops uphold white supremacy and the status quo. They attack us and everyone who resists oppression. We must rely on ourselves to protect ourselves and stop the fascists. In ARA, we have lots of different groups and individuals. We don't agree about everything and we have a right to differ openly. But in this movement an attack on one is an attack on us all. We stand behind each other." -- Rose City Antifa website  http://rosecityantifa.org/