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 Intelligence subscribers.
In this Alt-Observer Weekly… (3,831 words)
- Democratic Socialist threatens to shoot up MAGA event at Trump Hotel
- IWW forces the Patriots of Appalachia into rebranding themselves
- John Brown Gun Club banned from shooting range in Mississippi
- St. Louis still recovering a year after protests
- U.S. Government might use counterterrorism tactics against pipeline protestors
- ASN Austin criticizes Beto O’Rourke
- Antifa benefit show to raise proceeds for medical and legal expenses
- Matthew Heimbach named Director of Community Outreach for National Socialist Movement
- Man arrested with explosive device containing Nazi symbols
- League of the South cancels upcoming rally
- Trump: There will be violence if we lose the House
- European Union to give Internet firms one hour to remove extremist content
- What comes first, political education or organizing movements?
- Weekend Rollup
- And more…
ADMIN NOTE: We’ve decided to move the Alt-Observer Weekly to a Monday publishing schedule. That will allow Mason to to recap events that occurred over the weekend, and even out our workflow on the production side.
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?
- PIR5: What indicators describe other political, social and cultural conflict?
PIR1: What indicators describe the Alt-Left movement’s strength, capabilities, sentiment, initiatives, and infighting?
DSA: Democratic Socialist threatens to shoot up MAGA event at Trump Hotel
An anonymous supporter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) threatened in a tweet to commit a mass shooting at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. The threat was made in response to a tweet by pro-Trump activist Cassandra Fairbanks, who was attending a Make America Great Again meet-up at the Trump Hotel later that evening. The DSA supporter responded to Fairbank’s tweet with a picture of a handgun and said, “I am coming with a gun and I expect to get numerous bloodstained MAGA hats as trophies.” According to the Daily Mail, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department stated that they have opened up an investigation into the threat. The Twitter account that made the threat has since been deleted. [Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6157305/DC-police-respond-mass-shooting-threat-MAGA-event-Trump-Hotel.html]
Solecast: Black Rose Federation building grassroots working class power
The revolutionary anarchist podcast Solecast interviewed a member of the anarcho-communist group Black Rose Federation (BRF) this week. The BRF activist stated in the interview that they have “chapters across North America” and that the group utilizes “Specifismo,” which is an anarcho-communist disposition summarized as the following:
- The need for a specifically anarchist organization built around a unity of ideas and praxis.
- The use of the specifically anarchist organization to theorize and develop strategic political and organizing work.
Active involvement in and building of autonomous and popular social movements via social insertion.
The following is a list of subjects that were discussed by the BRF activist during the podcast:
- BRF’s organizing principles
- BRF’s approach to building working class power from below
- Grassroots power vs local politics vs electoral politics
- BRF’s need for a rigorous educational program within movements
- Anarchist infrastructure projects
- The limitation of “protest,” and what they are good for
- The life of Russian revolutionary anarchist Mikhail Bakunin [Source: http://www.soleone.org/solecast/blackrosefederation]
West Virginia: IWW forces the Patriots of Appalachia into rebranding themselves
The West Virginia chapter of the International Workers of the World (IWW) tweeted this week their “On-the-ground and online actions have forced the far-right group Patriots of Appalachia to, in their words, ‘rebrand’ themselves.” According to West Virginia IWW, there has been a decrease in Patriots of Appalachia’s flying and leafleting since their “joint mutual campaigns with @HollerNetwork and @epwvdsa began.” (Analyst comment: The Holler Network describes itself as “Resisting the rise of fascism and white supremacy in the hills, hollers, and valleys of Appalachia.”) (Analyst comment: “EPWVDSA” stands for Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia Democratic Socialists of America, and describes itself as a DSA organizing committee on Twitter.)
West Virginia IWW provided evidence of Patriots of Appalachia’s rebranding with a tweet by the former Patriots of Appalachia account that states that they are “rebranding this account to revving Tribalism which better suits what our goal is. We want to give advice to young men and women to better themselves and their communities.” West Virginia IWW further states that Patriots of Appalachia’s rebranding efforts are just “more white nationalism, under a different name.” [Source: https://twitter.com/WestVirginiaIWW/status/1043238903958982657] [Source: https://twitter.com/HollerNetwork] [Source: https://twitter.com/epwvdsa]
Massachusetts: “Anarchy in the Park” event declared a success by the Boston Libertarian Socialist Caucus
The Boston Libertarian Socialist Caucus (BLSC) announced the success of their “Anarchy in the park” event via Twitter this week. The tweet by BLSC features a picture of a table covered in stacks of propaganda pamphlets, a picture of an ice chest filled with various kinds of ice cream, and a says “Turns out anarchy has more zines and more flavors of ice cream that you probably can handle but that’s ok we’re all still learning.” [Source: https://twitter.com/BosLsc/status/1043617943299534849]
New York: MACC tweets Alt-Left parody of TeenVogue Magazine
This week the New York Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council (MACC-NYC) tweeted the cover of an issue of a magazine called guilloteenVOGUE, which is an Alt-Left parody of TeenVogue Magazine. The fake magazine issue’s cover features a picture of a bloody guillotine and a quote by Antifa sympathizer Mark Bray:
“I would define anarchism as the nonhierarchical, non electoral, direct-action-oriented form of revolutionary socialism.”
The issue is titled “the downfall of capitalism issue!”, and features various Alt-Left topics that are included inside of the magazine such as:
- Special: Class War Now
- Mask Up! this fall’s cutest face masks
- 68 signs he’s an authoritarian
- 161 HOT NEW IDEAS FOR REVOLUTION
Mississippi: John Brown Gun Club banned from shooting range in Mississippi
The Mississippi Combat Training Academy (MCTA) Shooting Range & School announced on their Facebook page this week that members of the Alt-Left militia group John Brown Gun Club (JBGC) are not welcome at their range. The announcement came after three members of the group showed up at the range wearing “full gear, vest and gun belt and red bandanas” for shooting practice. The gun range gave the following warning to JBGC in their post:
MCTA does not welcome these terrorists and those individuals are never welcome on our range ever. This is a formal warning. We will not tolerate terrorist organizations and will call LE at first sight as this is you are NOT WELCOME WARNING.
Georgia: Anti-police banner dropped at UGA campus
The following is a picture of a banner that was dropped at the University of Georgia campus this week:
Louisiana: Pipeline protestors claim their tires were slashed by police
The Twitter account No Bayou Bridge tweeted this week claiming that ETP workers and/or police slashed the tires of protestors. The account included a link to Leau Est La Vie Camp’s general fund on GoFundMe in the tweet and asked activists to “Please help
@NoBayouBridge members get back on the road! DONATE to get some new tires for these vehicles.” As of 24 September, 2018, the No Bayou Bridge fundraiser has received $47,637 of it’s $100,000 goal from 665 people since it was created on 2 August, 2018. [Source: https://twitter.com/NoBBP_Global/status/1043950736902631424]
Louisiana: Leau Est La Vie Camp disrupts Chase Bank in pipeline protest
The Louisiana-based, radical environmentalist group Leau Est La Vie Camp (LELVC), claimed that they “disrupted” the Chase Bank in downtown New Orleans, Louisiana this week. According to LELVC, Chase Bank finances the Bayou Bridge pipeline and “countless other big oil projects” [Source: https://twitter.com/NoBayouBridge/status/1042516771679481857]
Missouri: St. Louis still recovering a year after protests
The Associated Press published an article this week titled “St. Louis police still recovering a year after protests.” According to the Associated Press, “Some St. Louis police officers are still struggling with injuries more than a year after protestors took to the streets when a white former officer was acquitted in the death of a black suspect.” The Associated Press further states in the article that around thirty officers were injured during the protests and at least five required hospitalization. (Analyst comment: One of the officers is still on leave due to his injuries he received during the protests. This is an exceptionally noteworthy detail because the injuries he sustained were inflicted upon him by other St. Louis officers, who “mistook him for a protester and arrested him while he was undercover.” We’ve known that it’s very common for police departments and federal agencies to have undercover officers and agents participating in these kinds of events. This posits the following questions:
- How often do undercover agents partake in these kinds of events?
- How many of these protestors are really protestors?
- To what extent are these agents responsible for instigating the massive amounts of violence and damage that costs citizens their peace of mind and taxpayers more money?
- How many of these events do police orchestrate themselves?
Minnesota: Pioneer statue vandalized by anti-racist activists
Antiracist activists in Minnesota have vandalized the “Pioneers” statue in Minneapolis with red paint. The vandalism was submitted anonymously to the revolutionary anarchist blog site Conflict Minnesota and published in a post titled “Red September.” The submission features pictures of the vandalism and reads:
“At least a few times in the month of September, the so-called “Pioneers” statute was repainted in red. Bright lights nearly also were covered in red during at least one occasion. As long as these racist statutes remain on display here and elsewhere, may they be toppled, repainted, dismantled and destroyed.”
Keystone Pipeline: U.S. Government might use counterterrorism tactics against pipeline protestors
Fortune Magazine published an article this week that details government documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana. Fortune Magazine writes in the article that the documents reveal the federal government is “preparing an aggressive tactical response in anticipation of renewed Keystone XL Pipeline protests.” Evidence of this according to ACLU Montana is that the records provide “substantial evidence of federal preventative measures against Keystone XL protests, such as a Department of Justice ‘anti-terrorism’ training in Fort Harrison, Montana, and a DOJ ‘Social Networking and Cyber Awareness’ training in the town of Circle, Montana.” The ACLU also claims the documents reveal discussions between federal officials about creating an “interagency team” that would “deal with the safety and security concerns related to the Keystone XL project.” [Source: http://fortune.com/2018/09/20/keystone-pipeline-protests-aclu/?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social-share-article] [Source: https://www.aclu.org/news/new-documents-reveal-government-plans-spy-keystone-xl-protesters]
Texas: ASN Austin criticizes Beto O’Rourke
The Autonomous Student Network of Austin, Texas (ASN-ATX) Twitter account recently criticized Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke on Twitter. The ASN-ATX Twitter account wrote in a serious of tweets that “Since there’s a wave of anti-Bob O’Rourke stuff finally interrupting the liberalism on our feed, a reminder (thread):
Don’t let anybody shame you for not voting, criticizing Bob, ESPECIALLY if u r involved in autonomous organizing, Bc u r doing way more than any Dem campaigner
Friendly reminder that Bob —helped gentrify El Paso —doesn’t wanna
#AbolishICE —supports the occupation of Palestine —is a politician. He will sell you out & maintain this entire death machine that is the State/capitalism Bc that’s his JOB
Liberal lesser evilism is a bankrupt game of deciding which populations are disposable so that you can get “your guy” into office. The moralizing about how awful Republicans are is blackmail and a smokescreen obscuring how fucked every politician is (DSA ones too!)
Reminder that electoralism is NOT strategic, despite its pretense of being so You invest more time & resources in maintaining your seat of power & compromising, so you lose most of your initial goals Politicians get replaced, but a strong autonomous movement can last decades
The ASN-ATX Twitter account ended with a list of resources for people who are interested in learning more about anarchism and revolutionary action. The following is the list of sources provided by ASN-ATX:
[Source: https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/il-pugnale-ten-blows-against-politics …]
[Source: https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/an-ediciones-ineditos-the-real-death-of-politics …]
[Source: https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/prole-info-work-community-politics-war …]
[Source: https://crimethinc.com/2016/03/16/series-the-anarchist-critique-of-democracy/ …]
[Source: http://blackrosefed.org/movements-democrats-drain-life/ …]
[Source: http://blackrosefed.org/dixon-electing-progressives/ …]
[Primary Source: https://twitter.com/ASN_Austin/status/1042623079267094528]
Texas: ASN Austin autonomy event calendar
The Autonomous Student Network of Austin, Texas announced a new feature of their “Austin Autonomy Calendar” via their Twitter account. The Austin Autonomy Calendar is available on the blog site AustinAutonoMedia, and provides a list of upcoming book sales, meetings, workshops, protests and other events hosted by ASN and other groups such as the Palestine Solidarity Committee, Muslim Solidarity ATX, and Austin Anarchist Black Cross. [Source: https://twitter.com/ASN_Austin/status/1042520177869574144] [Source: https://austinautonomedia.noblogs.org/austin-autonomy-calendar/]
Oregon: Antifa benefit show to raise proceeds for medical and legal expenses
The Twitter account for Portland, Oregon’s Rose City Antifa (RCA) tweeted a picture of desserts made by Shoofly Vegan Bakery, who is baking various desserts for RCA’s upcoming 29 September benefit show. In the tweet, RCA stated that all of the proceeds from the benefit will go to “antifa medical and legal expenses.” [Source: https://twitter.com/RoseCityAntifa/status/1043371201975013376]
Oregon: Eugene Antifa General Fund
As of Monday, 24 September 2018, Eugene Antifa’s general fund for grassroots antiracist and antifascist organizing has raised $30 of it’s $5000 goal. The money has been raised by two contributors over the course of 33 days, and is 1% of the fundraisers goal. [Source: https://fundrazr.com/c1OKA4?ref=tw_86nN61_ab_7iT1VsLKp7r7iT1VsLKp7r]
Washington: Seattle Antifascists claim you can’t love the U.S. and be an antifascist
The Twitter account Seattle Antifascists stated in a Twitter thread this week that “You can’t love the US and also be an anti-fascist, it’s an irreconcilable contradiction.” Additionally, the antifascist account stated that the United States is historically a “primary nexus of fascism” and has been a “genocidal, racist, evangelical project ” since it’s foundation. The account then further states in a follow-up tweet that “If you fail to recognize this simple fact, you aren’t yet an anti-fascist. You might be doing good work but at some point your success will come up against your analysis and fall woefully short.” [Source: https://twitter.com/206antifascists/status/1043920322242609152]
Canada: IWW hands out pamphlets at anarchist bookfair in Vancouver
The Vancouver chapter of the International Worker’s of the World (IWW) participated in the Victoria Anarchist Bookfair this week where they handed out propaganda pamphlets and donated money to the anarchist publication AK Press Distribution. [Source: https://twitter.com/vancouveriww/status/1043630964339957761]
PIR2: What indicators describe the Alt-Right movement’s strength, capabilities, sentiment, initiatives, and infighting?
NSM: Matthew Heimbach named Director of Community Outreach for National Socialist Movement
The former leader of the Traditionalist Worker’s Party, Matthew Heimbach, has reportedly been named as the National Socialist Movement’s (NSM) new Director of Community Outreach. According to a press release announcing the decision on NSM’s website, NSM Commander Jeff Schoep stated that:
“Our new Director of Community Outreach will closely work with public and international relations, as well as various other community outreach projects. Matthew has led on front lines here in the United States, and has been a featured speaker in Europe; his activist experience and charismatic skill set are a great addition to our struggle.”
The press release announcing Heimbach’s appointment concluded with the following statement:
A new era of National Socialism has been unleashed upon the United States.
(Analyst comment: The National Socialist Movement is the largest Neo-Nazi organization in the U.S.)
California: Man arrested with explosive device containing Nazi symbols
An explosive device containing nails and inscribed with a swastika and a threatening note was found along with a bag of methamphetamine by a California Highway patrol officer who pulled over a man driving a stolen motorcycle. According to the East Bay Times, the device belonged to Pablo G. Nalerio, who when questioned about the device by police stated, “Yeah I know how (expletive) that looks but we’re gonna like blow it up inside a refrigerator or something, but I understand that that’s really dumb.” Nalerio has since received federal charges for “receiving or possessing a firearm not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.” [Source: https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2018/09/21/man-arrested-with-nail-filled-explosive-device-containing-nazi-symbol-feds-say]
Tennessee: League of the South cancels upcoming rally
The League of the South announced this week that it has cancelled it’s 29 September rally at Sycamore Shoals State Park in Tennessee due to their inability to pay insurance and security costs for the event. The Twitter account Stop the Next “Unite the Right” celebrated the event’s cancellation in the following tweet:
Identity Evropa Rollup
Identity Evropa activists had a busy week this week in New York state, having put up propaganda flyers twelve different New York cities including Brewster, Middletown, Croton, Carmel, Spring Valley, Port Chester, Hauppauge, Brighton, Binghamton, Newburgh, Tarrytown, and New York City. In addition to putting up flyers all over New York, Identity Evropa activists distributed flyers in the following US cities and states this week:
- Arizona: Tempe
- California: Claremont
- Colorado: Colorado Springs
- Texas: Bryan, Plano
PIR3: What indicators describe other political, social and cultural conflict?
Trump: There will be violence if we lose the House
According to the New York Post, President Trump stated during a meeting this week that there will be “violence” if the Republicans lose their House majority in the November midterm elections:
‘You’re one election away from losing everything that you’ve got…. They will overturn everything that we’ve done and they’ll do it quickly and violently, and violently. There’s violence. When you look at Antifa and you look at some of these groups — these are violent people…. The level of hatred, the level of anger is unbelievable. Part of it is because of some of the things I’ve done for you and for me and for my family, but I’ve done them… . This Nov. 6th election is very much a referendum on not only me, it’s a referendum on your religion, it’s a referendum on free speech and the First Amendment.”
EU: European Union to give Internet firms one hour to remove extremist content
The European Union has announced that it is planning to fine Internet companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter if they do not “take down extremist content within one hour.” According to ABC News, the executive body of the EU stated that “propaganda that prepares, incites or glorifies acts of terrorism” will be flagged by national authorities, who will then “issue removal orders to the internet companies hosting it.” The fines handed out by the EU to Internet companies who fail to comply with the removals will be up to 4 percent of their annual global turnover. Based on Facebook’s reported $40 billion in revenue for 2017, it could be fined up to $160 million dollars. (Analyst comment: This is a major step towards mass censorship. As Internet companies such as Google and Twitter increase their censorship of people and groups such as Alex Jones and the Proud Boys, we are going to see people on both the right and the left becoming more and more desperate and radicalized. Protests such as the Free Alex Jones Rally that took place in Austin, Texas this weekend are going to become more common and widespread.) [Source: https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/eu-give-internet-firms-hour-remove-extremist-content-57768368]
Article: What comes first, political education or organizing movements?
An article published on the Socialist blog site Notes From Below this week takes a look at political education and ideology, as well as the power of the working class. In the article, author Rohan Kon analyzes what he believes to be missed opportunities to radicalize “disempowered and seemingly apathetic” people. Kon writes that “an influx of new and eager activists could be enriched by a deeper understanding of… something,” with that something being radicalization through working class empowerment, community organizing and political reeducation.
Kon praises author Saul Alinsky in the article, writing that modern, mainstream community organizing takes it’s direction from Alinsky’s book Rules for Radicals. Kon then states that Alinsky claims he never considered joining the Communist Party, followed by a quote from Alinsky:
“Not at any time. I’ve never joined any organization— not even the ones I’ve organized myself […] philosophically, I could never accept any rigid dogma or ideology, whether it’s Christianity or Marxism […] if you think you’ve got an inside track to absolute truth, you become doctrinaire, humorless and intellectually constipated. The greatest crimes in history have been perpetrated by such religious and political and racial fanatics, from the persecutions of the Inquisition on down to Communist purges and Nazi genocide.”
The author concludes the article by answering the question of whether or not political action or knowledge comes first:
It is organising strategy that shapes an organisation’s ability to educate. Rather than deliberating about what comes first, political education or action, commit to building the sort of permanent, democratic, working class organisation we see from ACORN, moving people into conflict with the ruling elite. That is how to help people to understand not just that collectivism triumphs over individualism, but that there is an ‘us’ and a ‘them’. Fundamentally, the crucial lesson in political education that community organising has the potential to teach is that this is a war, there are two sides, and you need to choose one.
PIR4: What are the new indicators of future politically related violence?
22-23 SEPT: 13th Annual Victoria Anarchist Bookfair [Source: https://anarchistnews.org/content/13th-annual-victoria-anarchist-bookfair-call-participaiton]
28 SEPT: Solidarity with North Austin Muslim Community Center hosted by Muslim Solidarity ATX
29 SEPT: Leftist Community Night of Progress hosted by North Texas Anarchism and The Trinity River Lookout [Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/245653642762590/]
13 OCT: Revolutionary University 2018 (Tools for Changing Society)
27 OCT: #WalkAway From the Democratic Party March and Rally on Washington DC
PIR5: What is the current threat index score for the Alt-Left movement?
Indicators of Revolutionary Activity
Strong Indications: 6
Weak Indications: 7
No/Negligible Indications: 6
We remain at 13 total indicators, and there’s been no change in the last week.
Texas: Free Alex Jones Rally held in Austin, Texas
Patriot Prayer, Proud Boys, and Texans United for America hosted a Free Alex Jones Rally in Austin, Texas on Saturday to march in support of Alex Jones and for free speech. Alex Jones and the InfoWars team spoke at the rally along with Patriot Prayer leaders Joey Gibson and Tiny Toese. [Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/295308431273054/]
In a livestream during the Free Alex Jones Rally, Joey Gibson and Tiny Toese talked to their supporters and asked for them to come and show their support at their rally:
Joey Gibson: “Hey we’re here in Austin, Texas. We’re going to be in Wooldridge Square real soon and we’re real excited to rally for the Constitution, Alex Jones and the entire InfoWars team. If you guys are in the area we really highly recommend that you go down there. We had a great time last night walking the streets and 6th Street, walking around with American flags. We had a great time last night and we’re loving it here in Austin, we might never go back home. We’d love top see you guys out there at Wooldridge Park at 1PM today. Get out there, at the very least you’re going to have an amazing time and meet tons of brothers and sisters and then after that we’re going to head downtown. So don’t miss out this is a great opportunity.”
Tiny Toese: “This is a message going out to the Proud Boys here in Austin, Texas: Come on guys you guys need to step up your game. Come out over here and show your support at the rally here in Austin that we put up. We’re over here all the way from Washington State, so it shouldn’t be a problem for you guys to come out and show your support. This a brother to a brother, come, let’s take a stand together for our country, let’s take a stand for our 1st Amendment, let’s just take a stand for what’s right.” [Source: https://www.facebook.com/jen.loh.773/videos/271468023476290/]
Antifascist gonzo journalist Kit O’Connell tweeted about the Free Alex Jones Rally
Autonomous Student Network Austin, Texas tweeted a public service announcement in which they referred to Joey Gibson, Tiny Toese and the Proud Boys as “fascists”:
An Alt-Left Twitter user tweeted that Joey Gibson and others were marching down 6th Street in Austin for the Free Alex Jones Rally:
— Resist Marxism tweeted saying that they had been represented at the Free Alex Jones Rally and thanked their supporters for attending:
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