The Alt-Observer Weekly Summary highlights activities from revolutionary communist, radical anarchist, fascist and other ‘alternative’ political groups that fulfill our intelligence requirements for both the Alt-Left and Alt-Right groups. This report is available for Alt-Observer subscribers.
Priority Intelligence Requirements
- PIR1: What indicators describe the Alt-Left movement’s strength, capabilities, sentiment, and capabilities?
- PIR2: What indicators describe the Alt-Right movement’s strength, capabilities, sentiment, and capabilities?
- PIR3: What are the new indicators of future politically related violence?
- PIR4: What is the current threat index score for the Alt-Left movement?
- Culture War Roll-Up
PIR1: What indicators describe the Alt-Left movement’s strength, capabilities, sentiment, initiatives, and infighting?
Alternet: The progressive news magazine Alternet published an article this week calling for attacks on white nationalist institutions. According to the author, in order to “tackle” the Alt-Right people must fight to de-platform, discredit, and destroy their publications, nonprofits, and think-tanks. (Source: https://www.alternet.org/you-have-tackle-white-nationalist-institutions-fight-far-right-their-publications-nonprofits-and)
SRA: The Socialist Rifle Association (SRA) recently published an article on their website titled, “Capitalism’s Mass Shooting Problem,” in which SRA member Nathaniel Sullivan claims that Capitalism is to blame for America’s mass shootings. The reason for this, according to Sullivan, is because these horrific acts committed by mass shooters “express violence against society itself,” and it is the oppressive nature of Capitalism that pushes these individuals towards the brink of insanity.
“Socialists start with the material conditions. The relation between people and the forces of production, and how people internalize the contradictions of the system, leads to outbursts of destructive violence. The mass shooter, rather than engaging in self-destructive behavior, expresses violence against society itself – the contradictions of the system violently grinding together like tectonic plates.”
“Failing to live up to the demands of our many social roles can be internalized as a personal failure or externalized as the failure of society. In any case, obscene violence can result if a person identifies too strongly with any of the broken and backward social roles handed to them. It is no surprise then that men – who society demands are capable and prepared to use violence in defense of capital – are the majority of mass shooters.” (Source: https://www.socialistra.org/news/capitalisms-mass-shooting-problem)
ALP: The American Party of Labor (ALP) released a statement on their blog site called The Red Phoenix in which they stand in solidarity with the National Prison Strike Movement. In the statement the ALP proclaimed that they “support the comrades in both the New Afrikan Black Panther Party-Prison Chapter, and the Industrial Workers of the World- Incarcerated Worker’s Organizing Committee in their efforts to struggle to organize the workers currently inside of the prison system. As long as there is an attack on the working class it is our obligation to oppose it.” Additionally, the ALP condemned the limitation of recreational time, library access, and hot meals within the prison systems, as well as the removal of rehabilitation programs. (Source: https://theredphoenixapl.org/2018/05/23/statement-on-the-national-prison-prison-strike-movement/)
In addition to their statement of solidarity with the National Prison Strike Movement, the ALP also released an editorial this week titled “Antifascism in Deeds, Not Words.” The following is a notable quote from the editorial:
“It is for this history, for the lineage of Marxism-Leninism and the antifascist struggle that the American Party of Labor must emphasize the need for disparate groups to come together. For us to discuss the need for the united front against fascism. It is easy to be anti-fascist when all you have to do is say that you will oppose fascism, it is indeed, as Mao would say, “lighter than a feather.” It removes the need for action, to be anti-fascist in deed as well. It is for this reason, that the American Party of Labor, calls upon all Marxist-Leninist parties, and all currently unafiliated Marxist-Leninists to build unity. The working class requires it. The enemy marches on Charlottesville once again, and in this time we must declare that we will stand with the comrades in Workers Against Racism, and in the Charlottesville Summer of Resistance Welcoming Committee.
We are refusing to continue the shallow antifascism in word but not in deed that has deeply plagued certain parts of the Marxist-Leninist movement. We will be present and accounted for, and will remind the fascists what has been echoed the world over in every street where fascists have tried to march and been beaten back.
Long live Marxism-Leninism!
Long Live the Anti-fascist front!
Long live resistance at home and abroad!
Long live the fight against fascism!”
Virginia: According to It’s Going Down, pipeline protesters created an aerial blockade on a road in Narrows, Virginia, which consisted of protestors atop of a platform 30 feet in the air, suspended by a rope tied around surrounding trees. The protestors held banners which read “which side are you on?” and “still here.” (Source: https://itsgoingdown.org/another-tree-sit-goes-up-against-the-mountain-valley-pipeline/)
Richmond, Virginia: Activists in Richmond, Virginia dropped a banner this week over 195 Downtown Expressway in protest of the killing of an unarmed black man named Marcus Peters by police. The banner read “Marcus David Peters/Fuck 12.” (Source: https://itsgoingdown.org/richmond-va-banner-drop-in-memory-of-marcus-david-peters/) (SC: “Fuck 12” is slang for “Fuck the police”. There are different stories of origin, however, one source explains 12 is used as a call sign for narcotics officers.)
New York, New York: Two activists dropped a banner from Brooklyn-Queens Express in New York City this week in solidarity with the protestors who are still facing charges after being arrested during protests on the day of President Trump’s inauguration last year. (Source: https://itsgoingdown.org/banner-dropped-in-nyc-in-solidarity-with-the-j20-defendants/)
Montreal, Canada: In protest of the upcoming Canadian holiday “Victoria Day,” activists vandalized two statues of Queen Victoria in Montreal, Canada. The vandalisms were reported on the anarchist and antifascist blog website Enough is Enough by an anonymous contributor. In the post the author stated that “The Queen Victoria statues should come down and be placed in a museum as a historical artifact. Public statues and monuments should not represent oppression. The presence of Queen Victoria statues in Montreal is, to again quote the Delhi-Dublin Anti-Colonial Solidarity Brigade, ‘an insult to Indigenous nations in North America (Turtle Island) and Oceania, as well as the peoples of Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, the Indian subcontinent, and everywhere the British Empire committed its atrocities.'” (Source: https://enoughisenough14.org/2018/05/20/two-queen-victoria-statues-vandalised-in-montreal/)
Chicago, Illinois: A member of the Chicago Revolution Club, who was protesting at the University of Chicago, was arrested and charged with the “felony battery of a police officer” and “resisting arrest.” In response to the activists arrest, the American Party of Labor (APL) announced via their website The Red Phoenix that they are standing in solidarity with the arrested activist and “all anti-racist, anti-imperialist, anti-fascist, and revolutionary activists in the face of brutal fascist attacks.” The APL also included a link to a defense fund for the arrested activist on the crowdfunding website Funded Justice. (Source: https://theredphoenixapl.org/2018/05/23/local-activist-attacked-by-university-of-chicago-police/)
Michigan: The Michigan Anti-Repression Committee (MARC) released a statement on It’s Going Down concerning the recent visits that activists have received from the FBI. According to MARC at least two activists have been visited by FBI agents who asked various questions regarding antifascist organizations such as Redneck Revolt, the IWW, Nashville ARA, and Solidarity and Defense. In response to the FBI visits MARC stated that “Community self-defense” is their best weapon against “repression tactics that aim to exploit and divide” them. In addition to their statement regarding the FBI visits, MARC also provided a list of things to say and do when visited by the FBI, and included links to articles about how to resist political oppression. (Source: https://itsgoingdown.org/statement-on-recent-fbi-visits-in-southeast-michigan/)
Florida: Florida Antifa posted a picture of a guillotine on their Facebook page this week. A guillotine is an execution apparatus used for beheadings, which were famously used by revolutionaries to execute political opponents during the French Revolution. (Source: https://www.facebook.com/FloridaAntifa/)
Los Angeles, California: The following quotes are translated transcripts from a speech given in Spanish by Red Guards LA during demonstrations that took place in Boyle Heights on MayDay:
“Today’s lessons are many. But the main one is that all actions must be seen as militarized operations in preparation for the revolution. Capitalism is death. The revolution is life. Our goal is to live!”
“We sympathize with the Red Guards and mainly with the Maoist collectives that work for the creation of the Maoist Party. We sympathize with the Maoist parties around the world that are committed to the construction of socialism and the fight against revisionism through the People’s War!”
“What needs to be done is to concentrically build the three weapons of the revolution: the Maoist Party, the Maoist People’s Army and the Maoist United Front. What needs to be done is to militarize the masses and all pre-party Maoist formations!”
“We must prepare today, yesterday and tomorrow for the prolonged confrontation, the prolonged war, against the capitalist state. We must carry out military actions against the enemies of the people! We must strengthen ourselves in the fire of the class struggle everywhere where it is at its most acute stages, such as production and housing.”
“On August 24, 1980, the Communist Party of Peru initiated the armed struggle, the People’s War, and released a document to commemorate forever that glorious day of history: ‘The masses tremble, the tide of the flood rises and the storm approaches. The reaction both in this country and in the world, also dreams of drenching the revolution with blood and fire, with drowning it in blood. These are old dreams, dark and violent. They do not face the same situation as yesterday.'” (Source: https://victoriaoprimidos.wordpress.com/2018/05/14/red-guards-la-las-semillas-del-ejercito-popular-ya-han-sido-plantadas/)
Seattle, Washington: On 20 May members of Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club (PSJBGC) attended a rally in Seattle, Washington where members of the Alt-Left gun group stood against members of right-wing groups such as Patriot Prayer. After the rally PSJBGC posted on Facebook saying “It was great being able to get out in sun and stand against bigotry and hate at the faux 2A rally in Seattle today. Shout out to the Red & Black Bloc and Pink Pistols that were at McGraw Square with us too and all the counter protestors holding down Westlake.” According to an article published on It’s Going Down, during the rally PSJBGC handed out flyers to fellow protestors that read:
“It’s the inherent right of each individual and community to defend ourselves against those who would harm, persecute, or terrorize us and PSIBGC believes in using any and all means at our disposal to defend against this violence. It is with this understanding that we engage in community defense by empowering one another to participate in the defense of our communities with the knowledge and equipment to do so.
We’re willing to take on the risk to defend those of us who live under the threat of violence because of skin color, gender identity, sexuality, religion, or birth country. For us, that means that we meet our neighbors face-to-face, and stand alongside them to face threats. We understand this means that we may also become targets ourselves and become known to their enemies, but we act always with the understanding that those who oppose liberty for all people are already our shared enemies.” (Source: https://itsgoingdown.org/puget-sound-john-brown-gun-club-stands-up-to-alt-lite-bullies-of-patriot-prayer/)
Dallas, Texas: The Guardian recently did an interview with a Dallas-based black identity extremist who was released from prison this month after being arrested in December of 2017. According to The Guardian Rakem Balogun had been under investigation for years by the FBI for domestic terrorism, and was arrested in his Dallas apartment where police confiscated Balogun’s .38-caliber handgun, an AK-style rifle, and a book by civil rights leader Robert F. Williams titled “Negroes with Guns.” It is believed that Balogun is the first person to be arrested following the FBI’s surveillance of black identity extremists. A leaked report from the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit has revealed that FBI officials believed that there has been a “resurgence in ideologically motivated, violent criminal activity,” which has stemmed from “perceptions of police brutality” by African-Americans. In addition to Balogun’s black identity extremism, he is the co-founder of two anti-police, pro-gun organizations called Guerrilla Mainframe and Huey P. Newton Gun Club. (Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/11/rakem-balogun-interview-black-identity-extremists-fbi-surveillance)
PIR2: What indicators describe the Alt-Right movement’s strength, capabilities, sentiment, initiatives, and infighting?
Neo-Nazi: A Swedish black metal band called Marduk has reportedly been ousted as a Neo-Nazi band due to their tribute to Nazism in their music and the purchase of Nazi propaganda by the band from the Neo-Nazi organization Northern Resistance Movement (NRM). The Swedish news website EDC claimed in an article that Marduk’s US tour last year led to “big protests before the live shows” and that “a concert in Oakland was cancelled due to fear of unrest.” According to EDC, the band’s drummer purchased 100 propaganda stickers from NRM’s online store and the band’s lead singer purchased 100 leaflets that say “Swedish people must reclaim power from the global Zionist elite.” In response to these findings an upcoming concert set to be played by the band in Stockholm, Sweden has been cancelled. The following is a statement by Marduk concerning their alleged Neo-Nazi ties and sympathies:
“No Marduk member has ordered anything from the website in question, or ever had any form of interaction with the organisation operating it. Marduk has no political agendas or ideological associations, National Socialism or otherwise. Our lyrics deal with religion and history, nothing else” (Source: https://www.etc.se/kultur-noje/marduk-revealed-ties-neo-nazi-party)
IE: Identity Evropa activists put up stickers and flyers in six different cities across six different states this week including Tampa, Florida, Cobb County, Georgia, Indianapolis, Indiana, Arlington, Virginia, San Diego, California, and Fort Lee, New Jersey. (Source: https://twitter.com/IdentityEvropa)
PIR3: What are the new indicators of future politically related violence?
03 JUNE: Tiny’s Freedom March hosted by Patriot Prayer, Portland, Oregon (Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/391782791328655/?ti=icl&__mref=mb)
03 JUNE: Call to Resist Patriot Prayer Bringing Nazis to Portland (Source: https://rosecityantifa.org/articles/call-to-action-june-3-2018/)
11 JUNE: International Day of Solidarity (Source: https://itsgoingdown.org/one-month-til-june-11th-some-ideas-for-solidarity/)
19 JUNE: Juneteenth Mobilization Against Prison Slavery (https://itsgoingdown.org/call-for-a-juneteenth2018-mobilization-against-prison-slavery/)
19 JUNE: (Source: https://itsgoingdown.org/juneteenth-capture-the-flag/)
04 JULY: Day of Action in Memory of Dan and Spit, Las Vegas, Nevada (Source: https://twitter.com/afainatl/status/989568441597202437)
PIR4: What is the current threat index score for the Alt-Left movement?
Indicators of Revolutionary Activity
Strong Indications: 7
Weak Indications: 6
No/Negligible Indications: 7
We remain at 13 total indicators, and there’s been no change in the last week.
Culture War Roll-Up
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: During Conservative TV host Tomi Lahren’s first stop of her speaking tour in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, more than 50 protestors gathered together in opposition to Lahren’s presence and the Trump presidency. The protest was organized and led by the Philadelphia chapter of Refuse Fascism, who published a report on the protest on their website. The report was written by a Refuse Fascism activist who and claimed that in the report that “Refuse Fascism Philly joined together with local activists and others to mount a powerful opposition raising the demand that the Trump/Pence regime must go and exposing Tomi as a propagandist for the fascists in the White House.” According to the antifascist activist, protestors shouted “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA” and chanted “shame, shame” as Lahren entered the venue. (Source: https://refusefascism.org/2018/05/23/62594/)
Elon Musk: Tesla and SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk attacked the mainstream media in a series of tweets on Thursday. In the tweets Musk blamed the media for the election of Donald Trump, claimed that they have lost all credibility, and announced that he is going to create a website that will allow the public to rate the truth of an article, and also track the credibility score of each journalist and publication. Musk also created a Twitter poll concerning whether or not he should create the site, after which he mocked the media when the poll heavily went in favor of creating the website. During Musk’s anti-media Twitter rant hundreds of articles were written by various publications attacking Musk for his tweets — which led to him mocking them for still losing the poll despite their mass attempt at discrediting him. (Source: https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/999355619390865408)
Twitter: U.S. District Judge Naomi Buchwald has ruled that President Trump’s blocking of Twitter users is unconstitutional, saying that “the blocking of the individual plaintiffs as a result of the political views they have expressed is impermissible under the First Amendment.” According to the Washington Post, the ruling came in response to a lawsuit by seven Twitter users who were blocked by the president. (Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/05/24/trump-twitter-ruling-what-it-takes-to-get-blocked-by-the-president/?utm_term=.1035b5a00086)
Proud Boys: Proud Boy Magazine has been de-platformed by the crowdfunding website Patreon. In an email acquired by Big League Politics, which was sent to the owner of Proud Boy Magazine’s page on Patreon, it was revealed that the page had been taken down due to “diverse organizations” having flagged the Proud Boys as a hate group. (Analyst Comment: Although this is not 100% certain, Patreon is most likely using the Southern Poverty Law Center’s inclusion of the Proud Boys in their “General Hate” category as their reasoning for the page’s removal.) In an interview with Big League Politics, Pawl Bazile, who is the production manager for the Proud Boy online magazine, stated that Patreon’s actions are “the height of absurdity,” and that “If having fairly mainstream and common sense opinions on culture convinced a hack admin from Patreon that we are a so called ‘hate group,’ than clearly they took action for political reasons.”
In the interview Bazile also went into detail about what the Proud Boys are about as an organization, saying that “We’re a politically incorrect men’s social club bucking the establishment and keeping the promises punk rockers failed at. The people who bash us are miserable failures who can’t handle the thought that the guys who waved off their made up authoritarian rules are having a blast…. We like free speech. We’re anti-racist. We’re pro-gun. We love the military. We’re anti-drug war. We think modern society is a good thing. We believe women and men both have important roles to play. We also don’t care if you’re gay. I don’t understand where the hate-part comes in.” (Source: https://bigleaguepolitics.com/proud-boy-magazine-banned-from-patreon-after-splc-smear/)