African American woman makes neonazi a non-nazi

This ABC video from the USA says about itself:

Former neo-Nazi removes swastika tattoos after unlikely friendship

26 September 2017

Colorado resident Michael Kent recently sat down at a tattoo parlor in Colorado Springs to have his swastikas covered up.

Kent, a former neo-Nazi, credits an African-American parole officer named Tiffany Whittier with helping him to see beyond skin color and changing his views about white supremacy.

“If it wasn’t for her I would have seeped back into it,” said Kent. “I look at her as family.”

Whittier, 45, even inspired Kent, 38, to take down the Nazi flags he had hanging in his living room and replace them with smiley faces.

“I’m not here to judge him. That’s not my job to judge. My job is to be that positive person in someone’s life,” Whittier said.

Added Kent, “When you wake up and see a smiley face, you’re going to go to work and you’re going to smile.”

Kent now works full-time on a chicken farm in Colorado, where all his co-workers are Hispanic.

“Before all this, I wouldn’t work for anybody or with anybody that wasn’t white”, said Kent. “[Now] we have company parties, or they have quinceañeras, I’m the only white guy there!”

Redemption Ink, a national non-profit that offers free removals of hate-related tattoos, helped connect Kent with Fallen Heroes Tattoo in Colorado to begin the 15-hour process of covering his swastikas. The sterile environment is new to Kent who had his previous ink work done in prison. “I’ve never, never, never been inside of a tattoo shop getting a professional tattoo,” he said.

Kent believes the painful process will help him move forward after spending years as a member of a violent skinhead group based in Arizona. As a father of two young children, Kent also hopes his children will see the world differently. “I don’t want my kids to live the life I lived and live with hate,” said Kent. “I want my kids to know me for who I am now—a good father, a hard worker, and a good provider.”


Neonazis demonstrate again in Charlottesville, USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

Alt-Right Leader’s Speech Ends With Nazi Salutes

21 November 2016

At a recent alt-right conference it became clear that white nationalism was on the rise. Ben Mankiewicz, Grace Baldridge, and Francis Maxwell, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

“WASHINGTON — By the time Richard B. Spencer, the leading ideologue of the alt-right movement and the final speaker of the night, rose to address a gathering of his followers on Saturday, the crowd was restless.

In 11 hours of speeches and panel discussions in a federal building named after Ronald Reagan a few blocks from the White House, a succession of speakers had laid out a harsh vision for the future … Earlier in the day, Mr. Spencer himself had urged the group to start acting less like an underground organization and more like the establishment.

But now his tone changed as he began to tell the audience of more than 200 people, mostly young men, what they had been waiting to hear. He railed against Jews and, with a smile, quoted Nazi propaganda in the original German. America, he said, belonged to white people, whom he called the “children of the sun”, a race of conquerors and creators who had been marginalized but now, in the era of President-elect Donald J. Trump, were “awakening to their own identity.”

Read more here.

By Doha Madani in the USA today:

Richard Spencer And Fellow White Nationalists Return To Charlottesville

The rally in the town’s Emancipation Park was reportedly to support Confederate statues.

Less than two months after violence broke out at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, white supremacists returned to Emancipation Park on Saturday evening to demonstrate in support of Confederate statues.

The rally in early August was purportedly organized to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate soldier Robert E. Lee from downtown Charlottesville. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) declared a state of emergency after the white supremacists clashed violently with counterprotesters, injuring at least 35 people and killing 32-year-old paralegal Heather Heyer.

On Saturday, white nationalist leader Richard Spencer led a group holding torches to the park and livestreamed the rally from his Twitter account. The images were reminiscent of the group’s previous rally in the city, when they held tiki torches and chanted “Blood and soil” as they marched. …

The governor responded to the rally Saturday evening on Twitter.

“We are monitoring this situation as we continue to oppose these racists and their message of hate”, McAuliffe wrote.

Mayor Mike Signer of Charlottesville reacted on Twitter as well:

Another despicable visit by neo-Nazi cowards. You’re not welcome here! Go home! Meantime we’re looking at all our legal options. Stay tuned.

The Doha Madani article continues:

The group sang the Confederate Civil War song “I Wish I Was In Dixie Land,” and chanted phrases like “the South will rise again” …

Spencer delivered a speech filled with his familiar rhetoric, and he claimed that the U.S. was founded by what he calls “white culture.”

“We define this country, not anyone else,” Spencer told his supporters.

The event brought out about three dozen white nationalists, reported NBC 29′s Matt Talhelm, who also said there was police presence at the rally.

The group disbanded after Spencer’s speech. “We will be back,” they chanted.

DeAndre Harris, an African American man who was savagely beaten by white nationalists during the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in September was charged by a local magistrate judge Monday with a felony of unlawfully wounding one of his assailants. Charlottesville police had just recently arrested a third man in connection with Harris’ beating: here.

United States neonazis abusing America the Beautiful song

This 7 October 2017 video is about extreme right Milo Yiannopoulos, a right-wing racist in a child abuse scandal, singing America the Beautiful to an audience of United States neofascists doing the Hitler salute.

How ironic, as the original poem America the Beautiful is by Katharine Lee Bates, a feminist, a lesbian, a Christian socialist and an anti-imperialist.

America the Beautiful is today often sung by Right wingers in the USA, wallowing in chauvinist ‘patriotism’ (as in ‘Patriot Act‘).

Little do they know about its author and her intentions when writing: everything which the Bushes, Cheneys, Rumsfelds, Pat Robertsons, Milo Yiannopouloses and Donald Trumps of today hate. Katharine Lee Bates in the poem attacked capitalist profit mongering,

Nazi violence in Gothenburg, Sweden

This video says about itself:

29 September 2017

The Jewish community of Gothenburg, Sweden, is celebrating their biggest holiday of the year, Yom Kippur, on Friday amid concerns over an upcoming rally, called by the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement (NMR) on Saturday.

Originally planned to be held in the heart of Sweden’s second largest city and pass by Gothenburg Synagogue and Jewish community centre, the rally’s route was changed on Monday, bringing relief to the concerned members of the Jewish community. Gothenburg’s Administrative Court has significantly shortened the original route, preventing it from passing near the synagogue where Yom Kippur celebrations will be taking place on Saturday after appeals from the leaders of the Jewish community.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

50 arrested after nazis march through Gothenburg

Monday 2nd October 2017

Counter-protesters outnumber tooled-up fascists

AROUND 50 people were arrested on Saturday as hundreds of neonazis marched through the streets of Gothenburg in Sweden.

Extremists of the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM) paraded under the slogan “Revolt Against the Criminals,” carrying pictures of the so-called “criminals” they meant — including mixed-race Culture Minister Alice Bah Kuhnke, 93-year-old Holocaust survivor Emerich Roth who is a prominent anti-racism campaigner and Jewish journalist Peter Wolodarski.

Thousands of counter-demonstrators outnumbered the NRM, which organises in Sweden, Finland and Norway and had attracted far-right militants from around Europe to its rally. Police prevented the two sides clashing directly.

The provocation was timed to coincide with Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, although police altered the route to stop the fascists marching past a synagogue.

This prompted march spokesman Par Oberg to threaten not to bother getting police permission for marches in future.

NRM thugs tried to break past police lines, throwing stones, bottles and sticks. Most marchers were in black and many wore helmets and carried shields.

At the counter-protest Gothenburg Teachers Union chairwoman Ulrika Mossberg said she was on the streets “for human rights and against nazism.

“Humanity has learned from World War II that nazism is not an opinion — it is slaughter”, she said.

British Ukip’s links to German neonazis

This video says about itself:

Germany: AfD hold rally in Munich beer hall that launched Hitler‘s career

13 May 2016

Alternative for Germany (AfD) leader Frauke Petry held a controversial speech in Hofbraukeller in Munich, Friday, the brewery where Hitler held his first political speech.

Ms Petry became notorious for advocating the killing of refugee women and children trying to cross the German border.

Meanwhile, the right wing of the AfD has decided that even Ms Petry is not extreme right enough. She was replaced as party leader by Alexander Gauland, an open admirer of Adolf Hitler’s armed forces; and Alice Weidel, a racist hater of Roma and others. Ms Petry is no longer an AfD member.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Ukip conference: Fascist invite sparks anger

Saturday 30th September 2017

Ukip under fire for hosting AfD leader

ANGRY protesters met Ukip’s annual conference yesterday over the party’s decision to invite a speaker from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Ukip’s interim leader Steve Crowther denied that AfD were a fascist party after it was forced to defend its decision to invite Hugh Bronson to address the conference.

However, Stand Up to Racism co-convener Weyman Bennett branded the decision a “disgrace” and told the Star that they were protesting against “racism, fascism, antisemitism and Islamophobia”, which has gained currency in Ukip.

AfD won 94 seats in the German parliament, finishing third in last weekend’s federal elections — the first far-right MPs since about 1960.

Mr Bronson, who was on the party’s European list, has vowed to fight “an invasion of foreigners” into Germany.

Ukip’s annual conference in Torquay elected its new leader yesterday after serial fantasist Paul Nuttall resigned following the party’s poor performance in June’s general election.

Former army officer Henry Bolton beat off the challenge of Sharia Watch founder Anne-Marie Waters, who has described Islam as “evil”.

He was announced as the victor in a close-run contest with 30 per cent of the vote in a seven-horse race.

It was rumoured that 18 of Ukip’s 20 MEPs were set to quit if Ms Waters had won, with former leader Nigel Farage warning the party would be “finished” if it became “anti-Islam”.

Ms Waters’s candidacy fuelled speculation of a breakaway led by Mr Farage, with Mr Bolton warning earlier this year that Ukip was in danger of becoming the “UK Nazi Party”.

She caused controversy over her links with former EDL leader Tommy Robinson and even suggested that it could be possible for him to join Ukip if he wanted to do so.

The pair co-founded a British wing of the German anti-Muslim Pegida movement.

Mr Bennett said: “Anne Marie Waters is a disgrace to politics. She is an Islamophobe and a racist.

“But she is the child of Nigel Farage and he should claim paternity for spawning an organisation that sows such division and hatred.”

Fighting neonazism on the Internet

This 22 April 2017 video is called Theresa May laughing meme [Jaws edition]. Modeled on the film Jaws about a ferocious great white shark, it is about Conservative Prime Minister May threatening the British National Health Service.

By Astrid Johnson in Britain:

The left is fighting a meme war on the ideological battleground online

Thursday 28th September 2017

ASTRID JOHNSON speaks with the artists kick-starting class consciousness and spreading socialist values on social media

ONLINE memes are difficult to define by their varied nature, but by far the most common and popular medium of meme is that of the funny picture, often with overlaid text.

They can cover a vast range of topics, adopt countless cultural in-jokes and range from the beautifully intricate to the hilariously mundane. But whatever the variety or the form, one thing is certain: memes dominate the internet, and have done for as long as many can remember.

For around the past five years, there’s been a rather unfavourable group of individuals exploiting the popularity of memes as a recruitment tool: the alt-right, a loosely-defined movement aligned with the right wing, fascism and white supremacy.

Spreading like a virus through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, and lurking in internet forums like Reddit and 4Chan, the alt-right is orchestrating the distribution of dog-whistle phrases that mask genocide advocacy, and call for the formation of a white ethno-state.

But they’re being met with a fierce opposition from communists, socialists and anarchists. And they’re pretty good at making memes too. Indeed, left-wing memes have existed for about as long as memes themselves have in general. But in recent times, they’ve experienced a boom in popularity and production to spread class consciousness and fight back against the oncoming tide of fascism both online and off.

“I fell in love with socialism at a young age. It just seemed like common sense to me,” says one of the administrators of the Facebook page Labourwave on condition of anonymity.

Labourwave — which writes its name in a mixture of alternative characters not dissimilar to replacing an ‘e’ with a ‘3’ in a password — publishes online what some have called works of art.

After taking courses in graphic design, the site’s administrators began to fall in love with vaporwave, a counter-culture art and music movement that critiques capitalism with ironic idolization of 1990s consumerism aesthetics. “I loved the almost dystopian, anti-capitalist message.”

But as the alt-right began to expropriate vaporwave from its original community, Labourwave decided to start creating unabashedly socialist imagery, and in creating their Facebook page became part of a movement that’s seen success in making people more aware of their political options.

“I’ve seen many people say that leftist memes are what radicalised them … Memes are just modern entertainment, so it just seems logical to me.”

Labourwave thinks that, similarly to alt-right memes, art from them and others like them might be a more effective means of convincing people of left-wing politics. “Leftist memes are much different since they promote, mostly, positive messages about overcoming injustice and oppression.”

Regrettably, the left-wing community suffers from a lot of in-fighting, and this is something that can’t be escaped when making memes online. “Anarchists and authoritarian communists hardly ever get along, but that’s why I like to make a lot of left unity memes.” And Labourwave isn’t the only one trying to unite the masses.

“We don’t really like to discuss our specific ideologies,” says an admin for Sassy Socialist Memes, one of the most popular socialist meme pages on Facebook with a following of over 965,000 people.

“The strength of this page is that it acts as a broad church for leftists of all types, and that is why we can post memes about both anarchists and Maoists.”

Despite its huge success and wide reach, the people behind Sassy Socialist Memes never really intended to make something big out of their page. “It started as a fun inside joke between friends and just kept snowballing as more and more people joined the page.”

But through its success, many have begun to consider left-wing politics with a greater degree of interest. “We’ve had fans message us saying that our page got them interested in left ideology. We also have people ask us for reading recommendations or ask us questions about theory.”

At the end of the day, Sassy Socialist Memes isn’t looking to trigger any large social change through their actions. “We mainly just want people to enjoy our stuff. Anything extra is a bonus.”

However, the admins do think that if the alt-right are appropriating memes as a means of recruitment, then perhaps the left would also do good to do the same. “The alt-right uses memes as an ideological gateway, so one can say the left can do the same.”

The Labourwave Politburo of Agitation and Propaganda take this sentiment one step further. The creator of the page embraces the propagandistic, recruiting nature of socialist memes. “I hope that my work directly facilitates a revival of the ideals of the USSR. Original Soviet propaganda posters are great both artistically and at visually conveying socialist principles.”

It sees memes as a very palatable and approachable medium, and believe that this makes them perfect for sharing socialist sentiment.

“Memes can transform the essence of dense Marxist literature into an easily digestible format. Though reading theory is important, not everyone has the time.

“I have seen so many people say that they only got into it for the memes at first, but then over time they realised there was much more to it.”

The Politburo, based in the United States, has good reason for its passion, and the conviction of its views. “I was drawn to left-wing politics after watching the carnage that the great recession inflicted on the working people of this country…

“I’ve now seen the Pulse nightclub massacre in my hometown. I’ve seen Donald Trump lead a rally at my university, where he asked his supporters to swear allegiance to him.

“The only chance that my generation has is if the working people of the United States, as well as the working people of the whole world, create truly just governments based not on greed and death, but on equality and hope.”

And it is for these reasons that the Politburo does what it does. “Marxism is the ideology that supports this worldview.

“It has been responsible for near miraculous leaps in democracy and progress in the past.”

I asked the creators behind the Politburo what inspired them specifically to make the art that they do.

They shared with me a quote from the German playwright Bertolt Brecht, that I think quite effectively conveys the intention behind not all but many of the countless socialist meme creators online: “Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.”

Murdered Greek anti-nazi rapper remembered

This video says about itself:

Pavlos Fyssas Death Sparks Outrage In Greece

20 September 2013

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Greece: Murdered anti-fascist remembered

Monday 18th September 2017

Thousands march for rapper Killah P

THOUSANDS marched through Athens and other Greek cities at the weekend, with further demonstrations due today, the fourth anniversary of the murder of rapper Pavlos Fyssas by a neonazi.

People rallied in Syntagma Square and marched on the US embassy, where they protested at the killing of Heather Heyer by a white supremacist last month.

They then continued towards the offices of the Golden Dawn party, though were prevented by thousands of riot police from reaching the fascist HQ.

Hundreds of Pakistani and Bangladeshi immigrants joined the march after rallying separately in Omonoia Square to denounce the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people by the Myanmar authorities.

Marchers chanted: “Golden Dawn to jail — smash the nazis!”

They included “delegations of hospital workers, workers in the non-governmental organisations which have just cut their refugee support operations as funding ceased, and other trade unionists,” according to eyewitness and Morning Star contributor Kevin Ovenden.

Mr Fyssas, also known as Killah P, was stabbed to death in an attack by a crowd of fascists on September 17 2013, and indicated Golden Dawn canteen worker Giorgios Roupakias as the culprit while he lay dying.

Mr Roupakias has since admitted to the murder before a judge but was released from prison last year as his trial had still not begun and he had hit the legal limit for pre-trial detention.

The anti-fascist Keerfa coalition rejected accusations that the march was “anti-American.”

“We are with the America of resistance to racism, fascism and Trump.”

Tonight a wide array of forces will rally with the Fyssas family in Perama, an adjacent district of Piraeus to the site of Mr Fyssas’s murder.

It will include the Communist Party of Greece, whose leading trade unionist Sotiris Poulikogiannis was nearly murdered by Golden Dawn four years ago in the same area.