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Articles that pertain to racism and anti-racism including, but not limited to, prejudice, institutional racism, discrimination, and solutions can be found here. To educate yourself about the very real nature of hate-crimes and what is being done about it (and how much more work needs to be done for generations to undo what has been institutionalized into Amerikkkan "culture"), go to this post and check out the links. Consider forming a group in your area, educating and confronting the racist nature of our society that permeates every level of everyone's lives. Just being pale-skinned gives privilege that carries with it responsibility to confront and actively oppose racist beliefs/actions/institutions wherever you go. Racism is not a "state of mind". It is a ever-present reality that is perpetuated by those who benefit from the unjust conditions imposed on people of color.
To educate yourself about the very real nature of hate-crimes and what is being done about it (and how much more work needs to be done for generations to undo what has been institutionalized into Amerikkkan "culture"), go to this post and check out the links. Consider forming a group in your area, educating and confronting the racist nature of our society that permeates every level of everyone's lives. Just being pale-skinned gives privilege that carries with it responsibility to confront and actively oppose racist beliefs/actions/institutions wherever you go. Racism is not a "state of mind". It is a ever-present reality that is perpetuated by those who benefit from the unjust conditions imposed on people of color.
Freedom for Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3, After 40 Years in Solitary Confinement?
From the open publishing newswire: After four decades of solitary confinement in the nation's most populated maximum-security prison -- and one of its most historically brutal -- a member of the internationally known "Angola 3" has reasonable cause to expect that he will soon be released, his attorneys and supporters say. The request to set free Albert Woodfox, 65, is being heard by the same federal judge who in 2008 ordered that Woodfox be released, a ruling that Louisiana prosecutors successfully appealed and blocked.
View the embedded links and more accompanying photos here: http://angola3news.blogspot.com/2013/02/albert-woodfox-freedom-after-40-years.html
Albert Woodfox: Freedom After 40 Years in Solitary?
--Supporters of one of the Angola 3 tell The Root why he might be released this time. (The first of two parts) by Katti Gray [...]
After four decades of solitary confinement in the nation's most populated maximum-security prison -- and one of its most historically brutal -- a member of the internationally known "Angola 3" has reasonable cause to expect that he will soon be released, his attorneys and supporters say. The request to set free Albert Woodfox, 65, is being heard by the same federal judge who in 2008 ordered that Woodfox be released, a ruling that Louisiana prosecutors successfully appealed and blocked
The Black Panther Party’s Living Legacy --Touring Oakland and Berkeley w/ Billy X Jennings
From the open publishing newswire: View the embedded links and video here:
The Black Panther Party's Living Legacy --Touring Oakland and Berkeley with Billy X Jennings (Part One) By Angola 3 News
This month, over twenty students enrolled in the "Dismantling Racism" class offered by St. Catherine University in Minnesota traveled to the San Francisco Bay Area. The class focused primarily on California's prisons and what anti-prison activists are doing to challenge the human rights violations and racism endemic to California's infamous prison system.
Last week, the class was taken around on a Black Panther History Tour in Oakland and Berkeley, led by Billy X Jennings from It's AboutTime BPP Alumni & Legacy. Along with ongoing BPP history exhibits at the Alameda County Law Library in downtown Oakland and the window of Rasputin Music on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley is a new photo exhibit running until February 28, entitled Louder Than Words, at La Peña Cultural Center (3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley). An important friend and ally of the International Coalition to Free the Angola 3, Billy X Jennings' work was previously spotlighted in an interview with Angola 3 News, entitled We Called Ourselves the Childrenof Malcolm. [...]
The BPP's early critique of capitalism, of police brutality, of racism/exclusion in the criminal injustice system is foundational for all those of us who continue to challenge what we now call the "prison industrial complex". They were true visionaries whose call for a rainbow coalition, intersectionality and community empowerment continues to guide our work. What We Want/What We Believe - including "land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace" - has not changed at all.
(Stay tuned for part two, touring Berkeley and downtown Oakland!)
Federal "justice" center FBI Entrapment of Mohamed Mohamud
From the open publishing newswire: please come down to the court for the ongoing SHOW trial.
if you want to come in, you must get through security. pepper spray can be checked at the door. laptops can be checked at the courtroom, or the overflow room with the video feed.
cells phones must be powered down, because, you know, technology may outsmart their show trial system. [...]
if the rest of the world knew how bogus this trial is, and what a lifeless spectacle it is, and how poorly the US GVT's lawyer's are representing the Outrageous Predatory FBI Bomb Plot, Portland would be the laughing stock of legal communities all the way to to London.
the case is taking place in 9A of the federal Courthouse in downtown portland. the overflow room is at 12A.
arrive at least at 8, for a guaranteed seat, perhaps earlier, it's a little bit of a stampede.
US District Court
1000 Southwest 3rd Avenue #740 Portland
Family of the entrapped Youth is present. Anyone who is good with media, video, sketches should come.
Courtroom seating is extremely limited (possible 20 seats beyond what the media and GVT attys get).
It is considered likely that the trial go on for 4 weeks at least. there is tons of media present but almost zero activists, or outside street demonstration. some banners would look great on the nightly news perhaps saying "FBI TRAPS" "Stop the FBI" "FBIWatch" or "FBI Predators Leave our Children Alone" or "FBI Oversight Now!" [...]
It was extremely interesting to hear a long phone call with the FBI Fake identity trying to persuade Mo to help with the FBI's Fake Bomb.
[RELATED] PIMC UPDATES: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/01/421398.shtml
URGENT, PORTLAND TODAY: Confront Holocaust-Denier David Irving!
From the open publishing newswire: Rose City Antifascists have uncovered the location of Holocaust-denier and neo-fascist David Irving's speaking event today in Portland, Oregon. Irving is speaking at La Quinta Inn, Portland NW located at 4319 NW Yeon. The phone number of this venue is 503-497-9044. Irving's personal cellphone number is 305-923-6779. Irving is slated to begin his Portland lecture on the topic of "Hitler & I" today, Saturday, November 3, at 3PM.
Eugene Anti-Fascists resist David Irving’s event.
From the open publishing newswire: On Friday, November 2nd, Eugene anti-fascists made their presence known in response to David Irving's event "Hitler and I", hosted by local fascist organizer Jimmy Marr. David Irving is recognized worldwide as a holocaust denier and fascist sympathizer, whose events are frequently held in private with strictly screened attendees. Despite our repeated attempts, we were unable to find their location. There is an equal possibility that Irving cancelled the meeting, as he is known to do when resistance is expected.
Events like this recruit people to white supremacist ideology and hate groups, and often lead to an upswing in violence against people of color, LGBTQ people, Jewish people, women, people with disabilities, the homeless, etc. Events like this also make local hate groups feel energized and empowered. It is important to confront these events to make a statement that we don't want this in Eugene.
Eugene has continually grappled with it's own racially motivated conflicts. In light of this, we believe that communities should unite in opposition when fascist organizers attempt to target sections of the population with violence and hate speech. Some critics of anti-fascists defend fascist organizing as a free speech issue. The First Amendment and related free speech laws protect citizens from state intervention, not from criticism by the public.
In response to this threat, Eugene anti-fascists held a public rally and dropped several banners to inform the public. We extend our solidarity to Portland anti-fascists and others who have opposed David Irving in their cities.
UPDATE: Volksfront Member Fired After Rose City Antifascists July 31st Day of Action
From the open publishing newswire: We are pleased to announce that the fine folks at Morgan Distributing, the company that Cheshire worked for, have discontinued his employment after antifascists made them aware of his fascist organizing.
On July 31, Rose City Antifascists organized an outing of several local Volksfront International members, including Nicholas Cheshire.
A huge "thank you" goes out to everyone who helped with the effort.
Cheshire's termination sends a message to all fascists that organized bigotry is not something we tolerate in our communities!
We Will Not Forget
From the open publishing newswire: DC PDX Jan. 1, 2012 Statement: We take this day to remember Oscar Grant, executed by Oakland police in the early morning of New Year's Day, face down, hands cuffed behind his back, while dozens of people filmed...
We take this day to remember Aaron Campbell, shot in the back a few days after Oscar Grant by Portland police. Called in supposedly to stop Aaron from killing himself, the police saw this young Black man as nothing but a threat. Not as a son, a brother, a human whose brother had died earlier that day, a human who needed support and care. From Aaron, we learn we must create community resources and institutions to address the scars caused by this system, and they must exist outside of the system. Any movement that relies on this system for change is a movement that will ultimately reproduce the oppression they seek to eradicate.
We take this day to remember Keaton Otis, pulled over by Portland police for "looking like a gangster." We remember he was tazed and then shot while in the driver's seat of his car...
We take this day to remember the countless names we don't know of those who have suffered and continue to suffer from police violence. Too often these are people of color, youth, sex workers, women, queer and trans folks, undocumented folks and immigrants/refugees, poor and houseless people and those who live at these categories' crossroads. The intersections of these identities mean people live in the place where nightstick meets flesh. From all these brave survivors, we learn we are always at risk, we are always vulnerable - we exist in the crosshairs. We see all of these murders by police, and the use of police violence as a whole, as a continuation of colonization.
Mars Hill Mega-Church Welcome Wagon
From the open publishing newswire: On Sunday October 16th, a group of 20-30 antifascists and allies gathered at SE 32nd Avenue and Taylor Street to oppose the opening of Mars Hill's Portland branch. Demonstrators carried banners with statements of support for the LGBTQ community and maintained a presence in front of the church throughout the service. As church attendees exited the building, demonstrators held a dance party with the aid of a portable sound system and chanted, "Homophobes get out of here! Pro-Choice! Pro-Queer!"
Mars Hill is a misogynistic, homophobic, evangelical megachurch founded by Mark Driscoll in Seattle, Washington. His tiny flock first met in his living room in 1996 and swelled to a membership of 1,000 by 2003. It now boasts 12 branches in four states. The original Seattle branch alone was reported to have an attendance of 3,500 people per week in 2006, and numbers have grown since then. There are congregations of Mars Hill specifically devoted to "converting" queer people, encouraging them to suppress their sexuality and live a straight lifestyle. The newest church outpost here in Portland aims to change the sinful ways of the Rose City: namely the city's Left-wing, feminist, and pro-queer culture.
Full article is available at: rosecityantifa<dot>org
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Justice for Troy-Portland Rally
From the open publishing newswire: Time Friday, September 16 · 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Location Pioneer Courthouse Square Broadway & Morrison
An International Day of Solidarity for Troy Dravis has been called by Amnesty International for Friday, September 16.
In Portland we will gather in solidarity, for Troy & against the death penalty everywhere.
Campaign to End the Death Penalty:
Portland facebook event page
Scumbag David Irving on tour
From the open publishing newswire: The scumbag nazi David Irving is going to be on a tour promoting his upcoming book about Himmler. We need to confront him wherever and whenever he appears! I found the information here
If you know anyone in some of those other cities as well, let them know so that that nazi scumbag doesn't get one peaceful night to propagandize and lie for money. If anyone is able to get addresses of these events, please send the information to groups that can use it and make it public! And please, if any of you can, start re-posting this on other websites like this one so that we can make sure there is a response in as many cities as possible.
Anti-Racists Ask: “Know these Nazis? Give Us Information.”
From the open publishing newswire: "Wanted" Posters Distributed in Oregon City and Milwaukie
Clackamas County, Oregon - On the night of Saturday, December 11, militant anti-racists distributed over a hundred "Wanted" posters in Oregon City and downtown Milwaukie. The posters, which were stapled and pasted in both locations, ask for community members to provide information on individuals associated with Volksfront International, a major white supremacist organization. Volksfront members live and socialize in the areas where the posters were distributed. The neo-Nazis pictured in the "Wanted" poster are: Nicholas and Leah Cheshire, Richard and Crystal Arden, as well as key Volksfront leader Justin Ryan Martin. The poster is available at:
The following day, December 12, anti-fascists released another appeal for information, leaking 120 photos of Volksfront members and their gatherings to the activist website Portland Indymedia, and asking information on those pictured. The photo albums are available online at:
Volksfront International is a neo-Nazi organization that was founded in 1994 in the Oregon prison system. It has gone on to establish a presence in several North American locations as well as in Europe and Australia, although the greater Portland area remains its hotbed. Volksfront has a long history of violence--including murder--and anti-fascists felt it imperative to warn community members of the white power organizers in their midst. On the day of the anti-racist poster distribution, December 11, several Volksfront members had traveled to Whidbey Island, Washington, to commemorate Robert Jay Matthews, a white supremacist of the Silent Brotherhood / "The Order" terrorist group who died in a confrontation with federal authorities there in 1984. Volksfront is also part of the greater white supremacist movement that Rose City Antifascists believe to be responsible for the shooting of anti-racist Luke Querner in downtown Portland on March 27 of this year.
Anti-fascists Expose Neo-Nazis in the Oregon Black Metal Scene
From the open publishing newswire: On September 2 to September 5, the white supremacist organization Volksfront International held their "Althing" gathering on private land in Missouri, at the "Samuel Weaver Memorial Hall" approximately an hour outside of St. Louis. Rose City Antifascists noted with interest that one of the musical acts billed for Volksfront's gathering was the Oregon "National Socialist Black Metal" (NSBM) band Immortal Pride. Immortal Pride is part of a network of racist musical acts allied to Blood & Honour American Division, which is in turn largely guided by Volksfront. This is the first time that Immortal Pride has played a major neo-Nazi gathering. In recognition of this development, Rose City Antifascists wish to draw attention to the main forces in the neo-Nazi black metal underground in Oregon today, with the hope that they can be countered from both within and without the metal scene.
Volksfront was founded in 1994 within the Oregon prison system, but now organizes in several other regions in North America, and has also spread to other continents, with divisions in Europe and Australia. Volksfront also remains the dominant neo-Nazi organization in Oregon. The organization has a long history of violence in the Northwest, including the 2003 murder of Mark Randall Townsend, a homeless man in Tacoma, Washington, by the leader of a probationary Volksfront unit and his associates.
July 31 Call to Action Against Racism and Fascism: Portland report
From the open publishing newswire: On the afternoon of Saturday, July 31st about 65 people converged in downtown Portland to participate in the Call to Action Against Racism and Fascism, a coordinated effort by anti-racists in North America and beyond. In Portland, anti-racists from Portland Anti-Racist Action, Sisters of the Road, Rose City Copwatch, and Bring the Ruckus along with others from the community came together to oppose bigotry and white supremacist organizing in their city. The crowd was addressed by speakers from Rose City Copwatch and the Center for New Community who spoke to the need to confront racism and bridge struggles against white supremacist violence. The crowd then energetically marched through the Old Town neighborhood chanting "No Nazis, No KKK, No Fascist USA!" The anti-racists marched to the home of Jeffrey Jay Thomas at the Sally McCracken Building. Thomas (AKA Skinhead J) is affiliated with Blood and Honour American Division--a neo-Nazi group--and has also been involved with National Socialist Movement. The flyer distributed by the demonstrators
If you have information about neo-Nazi, fascist or white supremacist organizing in Portland or the Pacific Northwest, please contact Rose City Antifa/Portland ARA: 971-533-7832 (voicemail) or fight_them_back [at] riseup [dot] net.