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Call to Resist Patriot Prayer Bringing Nazis to Portland

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Call to Resist Patriot Prayer Bringing Nazis to Portland
Thu, May 24, 2018

Gibson and fascists

In this frame of video, Joey Gibson denies standing with nazis, while simultaneously surrounded by members of Identity Europa and the PDX Stormers

One year after the infamous June 4, 2017 far-right rally held by Joey Gibson, he and his group Patriot Prayer plan a return to Terry Schrunk Plaza in downtown Portland with a rally scheduled for June 3rd, 2018.

The 2017 rally- staged days after white supremacist Jeremy Christian murdered two people and critically injured a third who stood in the way of his racist tirade against two young women on a MAX train- drew a wide selection of racists, fascists, and far-right bigots into the city. The community answered, surrounding Gibson's group on three sides and demonstrating clearly that organized hate would not be tolerated in Portland. The Portland Police Bureau then attacked anti-fascist activists with chemical weapons and explosives to facilitate the racists' escape.

In the year that followed, the city of Portland has extensively witnessed just what sort of crowd Joey Gibson draws to himself:

MAX murderer Jeremy Christian attended Gibson's march at Montavilla Park on April 29th, 2017, after being active in Patriot Prayer Facebook threads before hand.

At the same event, Jacob Von Ott, organizer for Identity Europa, was present along with several members of the PDX Stormers. This marked the beginning of out-and-out fascists' participation in Gibson's events throughout 2017.

The Hell Shaking Street Preachers have attended numerous rallies with Gibson, led by self-declared white nationalist Allen Puckett.

On June 4th, 2017, a crowd of Identity Europa members was present lead by Jacob Ott, as was Traditionalist Workers Party member Matthew Brian Stafford, Identity Europa representative James Allsup, True Cascadia leader Andrew Harkins, fascist bonehead Raul Gonzalez, far-right III% militia members, members of the violent, misogynist Proud Boys hate group, and many other unaffiliated racists and fascists. Anti-Semite Tim Gionet was one of Gibson's invited speakers, and was observed reciting racist slogans with Identity Europa members and others, including teenagers. After the rally, members of the PDX Stormers and the Traditionalist Workers Party hung an anti-Semitic banner over I-205.

Later that summer at rallies on August 6th, 30th, and September 10th of 2017, fascists from Identity Europa and the PDX Stormers gathered at Gibson's rallies. Among the many other recorded nazis in attendance at these rallies were: Jacob Von Ott, Steve Shallenberger and Kip Beebe, Jarl Rockhill, Alexander Becker, and a contingent of fascists and white supremacists coming from PSU, such as Liam Wynn, Matt Duffy, Ethan Devries, Cody Bussard, and Stephen Johnston. Patriot Prayer encouraged nazis to attack anti-fascist activists at these events, side by side with their own membership and the Proud Boys.

On December 9th, 2017, Gibson staged an anti-immigrant rally. There, members of the PDX Stormers, Identity Europa, and the Proud Boys attacked anti-fascist counter-protesters. Additionally, 17 year-old hopeful Hammerskins member Noah Gunn attacked a Native woman, hitting her in the face with a stick. He later bragged about this on a Hammerskins forum.

It is no coincidence that Gibson is trying to come back into Portland on the anniversary of his previous defeat. As the widespread rise in far-right violence last year was met with fierce opposition from anti-fascists around the country, fascists and white nationalists have been forced into a retreat. While demoralized, they remain active. Many fascist groups have continued to grow in membership. Even now, white nationalists are planning to return to Charlottesville in August, on the anniversary of the fascist "Unite the Right" rally during which anti-fascist activist Heather Heyer was killed by a member of white nationalist group Vanguard America (since rebranded, they now operate under the name Patriot Front).

After being turned away from Portland time and time again by antifascists standing strong against his racist followers, Gibson began holding events elsewhere in Washington, and has begun a contentless campaign for the position of Senator in that state. While Gibson claimed he was done with rallies and ready to focus on "serious politics", he has apparently now forgotten his ill-fated ventures into our city, and is testing the waters in Portland once again. Despite the fact that his run for the senate has received little attention from mainstream media, his ambitions continue to to make space for fascists and other violent reactionaries to march and organize, in a transparent bid to stoke his own ego and meager celebrity. He may hope that the people of Portland have forgotten his violent carnivals of 2017, and that the community's guard has dropped and he might be celebrated by racists once again.

Joey Gibson and Patriot Prayer have short memories, but our community does not. Rose City Antifa knows now, just as we did last year: Gibson is a magnet for violent white supremacists and bigots. The time between then and now has only reinforced our resolve, and the evidence of Patriot Prayer's racist ties has accumulated to undeniable quantities.

We will not allow racists and fascists to parade through Portland's streets, threatening activists and targeting at-risk communities. No matter how many times they try to sneak back in, this city will stand united against them. We ask the community to join us at 4:00 pm on June 3rd in Terry Schrunk Plaza, to show Patriot Prayer, just as we showed them last year, that their violence and hatred has no place in Portland.

Signed,

Rose City Antifa

Pacific Northwest Anti-Fascist Workers Collective

Eugene Antifa

To sign on to our coalition, please email us at  fight_them_back@riseup.net](mailto: fight_them_back@riseup.net)

Good Work 07.Jun.2018 22:57

A.Z.

RCA has such a long history of amazing work in so many different ways, all at the risk of their own safety. It is good to see you hold Gibson to the fire. He is utterly tone deaf. I hope to be making time for some writing soon and Gibson is one to focus on. Like his hero Trump, Gibson based his run in politics based solely on revenge. Knowing his history, he is wholly and absolutely unfit for any office. Every single time he takes to the streets with his thugs, he only serves to drive more nails into his coffin. He and his lot are just too fucked up for words. And neither he nor they have one single clue. It is almost sad lol!

All of your ongoing coverage of the Patriot movement, Proud Boys along with your exposure of racist, homophobic and misogynist groups and individuals is incredible. Your archives and current actions are much appreciated. You have gathered together a wealth of knowledge.

Hope this image from you guys loads. Pretty big.
Ha! Love it.
Ha! Love it.

Exposing more fascists 07.Jun.2018 23:48

A.Z.

More work from RCA. Joey Gibson still doesn't seem to understand why hate groups always show up at his events. Pic with Tiny: "Ethan Nordean poses with Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson and Tusitala "Tiny" Toese after Joey Gibson's fascist-filled August 6, 2017 march on the Portland waterfront. Toese's nose had been smashed earlier in the day when Patriot Prayer member Mark Riche mistook him for an anti-fascist activist and beat his face with an axe handle."
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Ethan Michael Nordean
"Member of Proud Boy hate group. Nordean first began appearing at Patriot Prayer rallies in June of 2017 under the moniker "Rufio Panman," a reference to a character in Steven Spielberg's Peter Pan film Hook. The name of his supplement company, Bangarang Elite Supplements LLC, is also a reference to that film. All speculation about "Peter Pan complexes" aside, we do know for a fact that Nordean has repeatedly attacked activists who show up to oppose fascist activity at Joey Gibson's Patriot Prayer rallies."
Ethan Nordean
Ethan Nordean
Islamophobic hate rally in Seattle, WA on June 10, 2017.
Islamophobic hate rally in Seattle, WA on June 10, 2017.
Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson and Tusitala “Tiny” Toese.
Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson and Tusitala “Tiny” Toese.

More Nordean 08.Jun.2018 00:02

A.Z.

June 3 pic of Nordean in dark glasses is from Gibson's facebook page. Nordean and others flash the 3 Perccenter (also known to some as White Power) hand sign.

Other pic is Nordean being interviewed by anti-semitic Identity Europa fascist and Charlottesville-attendee James Allsup at Patriot Prayer's Feb 2, 2018 rally in Seattle, WA.
He was also at Gibson's June 3 hate rally in Portland.
He was also at Gibson's June 3 hate rally in Portland.
With Jew hater James Allsup
With Jew hater James Allsup

Fascist Joey Gibson and Ethan Micheal Nordean 08.Jun.2018 21:58

A.Z.

From the Mercury. Nordean is to left of pic.

 https://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2018/06/08/20446918/what-we-got-wrong-about-last-weekends-violent-rallies

Proud Boys are attacking POCs and people at this weekend's Pride event. PLEASE GO SUPPORT ANTIFACISM and get down to the park blocks!!!
Get to park blocks and fight rascism tomorrow!!!
Get to park blocks and fight rascism tomorrow!!!