A Provisional Response to Charges of Antifa Violence outside the Coop

On the night of Friday, December 1, author and Professor Mark Bray gave a reading of his book Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook at the Coop in Harvard Square. A number of far right “anti-communists” showed up with the intention of disrupting the event. Afterwards, one “anti-communist” was involved in an altercation that left his face badly bruised (we are unaware of any other specific injuries at this time).

We know that they did not come in good faith to merely “listen” to Prof. Bray speak, as they claimed, because “AntiCom” organizer Chris Bartley, in his eternal, desperate bid for fame, turned to Periscope along with his friend Matthias Thorpe immediately following the event to livestream their take on what they had just witnessed. They began by inflating their own sense of machismo by claiming that they had been kicked out, which is untrue—they remained in the Coop until the event was finished just like most of the rest of the crowd. But more importantly, they describe the event as filled with “commies” and Bartley eventually stated that “punching commies” is “his thing,” pointing to Thorpe. Thorpe responded by saying, “Yeah, punch commies, fuck commies.”

Later in the video, Thorpe compliments his friend’s footwear, saying that, “These boots right here are, like, perfect for commie bashing.” (The full video is available here.)

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Photo taken from Boston AntiCom Action Facebook page showing Matthias Thorpe and Chris Bartley holding US and Trump flags, respectively

They came to the talk in the hope of provoking something and, when it turned out that the talk was nothing more than that—a talk—they wanted to make more of it. So they had to puff themselves up by claiming they had been kicked out and, as has become a kind of mantra for entitled white men whose voices are not given the amplification they feel they deserve, they claimed victimhood and a violation of their free speech rights.

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Matthias Thorpe re-tweeting infamous “Stache-Nazi” Matthew Colligan, best known for his performance wielding a tiki torch in Charlottesville, VA last August

Thorpe is both eager to tout his alleged toughness and fond of supporting actual neo-Nazis. He is also an organizer with the “AntiCom” group, which has already been documented as having close ties to neo-Nazi organizations. Given those links and his own talk of engaging in “anti-communist” violence immediately before he was actually involved in an altercation, his and Bartley’s claim that he was merely minding his own business and not looking for any trouble—that he’s an innocent guy who was misidentified as a fascist and never wanted a confrontation—rings more than a little hollow. They, both as individuals and as part of the groups they associate with, are chronic “victims” of a left that is allegedly hell-bent on violence and racist against white people. All of these claims are absurd on their face and would not even be worth responding to except that the far right media apparatus is already working to turn this event into a rallying cry for further violence against the left in general and antifa organizers in particular.

Fighting fascism and white supremacy is not an act of violence unto itself. It is an act of individual and community self-defense and we will not apologize for that.

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Bartley’s Twitter page indicates that he is an organizer with Boston AntiCom Action and the far right, chronically dishonest Turning Point USA. His profile picture shows him smiling with violent “Western Chauvinist” Kyle “Based Stick-Man” Chapman.

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‘Resist Marxism’ Exposed; Neo-Nazis & Direct Ties to Charlottesville ‘Unite the Right’

As the weekend approaches, “Resist Marxism” is planning to hold their “Rally For The Republic” Saturday on the Boston Common (11/18/17) without a permit from the city. R4TR.org – the main organizing site for the Boston rally and a mirror site of ResistMarxism.org – touts itself as an “umbrella organization consisting of affiliated groups who work together to defend free speech from government suppression and violent mobs”.

Screen Shot 2017-11-15 at 9.21.29 PM“Rally For The Republic” organizer & speaker Kyle Chapman attacking counter-protestors in Berkeley, CA on March 4, 2017

But “Resist Marxism” is nothing more than a front organization for Kyle Chapman (Based Stickman). A simple WHOIS lookup for ResistMarxism.org reveals that the site is owned and exclusively controlled by Chapman.

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Chapman, a Texas native who lives in California, has been described as the “celebrity leader of a nascent paramilitary wing of the alt-right”. Chapman runs the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights, described as an “alt-right ‘fight club’ fraternity ready for street violence.” The Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights is an affiliate chapter of the Proud Boys, a fraternal group that espouses anti-Semitism and white nationalist ideals.  Proud Boys initiation rites include committing violence against anyone they define as “anti-fascist.”

He’s also a career criminal. Chapman’s first arrest, in 1993, was for armed robbery in Texas, and he served 30 months. In 2001, he shoplifted $400 worth of merchandise from a California Macy’s, for which he served two-and-a-half years. In 2008, he was arrested for two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. At that time, according to The Smoking Gun, investigators seized “body armor, a Ruger pistol, two throwing knives, a bag of ‘suspected marijuana,’ metal knuckles, two glass pipes, assorted ammo and shotgun shells, clips, and magazines.” After being freed on bond, he fled and spent one month as a fugitive before surrendering to federal agents and being sentenced to 63 months in federal prison. Recently, Chapman was again arrested for attacking counter-protesters at a March 4, 2017 alt-right rally in Berkeley, California. Conditions of his bail included staying at least 300 feet away from a Berkeley anti-Marxist rally held in August 2017. He is also barred from owning weapons of any kind, including knives and even the stick that gave him his nickname.

For us here in Boston, Chapman is an outsider coming to threaten our city and attempt to radicalize Trump supporters, conservatives, and right-wingers into violent action against Black, Brown, Muslim, and Jewish communities.

The motley crew of organizers that have been working together to plan and carry out this rally claim that they are against racism and fascism, but as we have already seen, it doesn’t take much scratching at the surface to find their dirt.

Through the covert infiltration of their Facebook organizing group (which seems to be their most comfortable organizing setting) we can see who they have assigned to serve in different roles leading up the rally.

 

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Mark Gabriel Sahady, 43 years old, of Malden, Mass.
Leading organizer of “Rally For The Republic”
Unemployed, lives with his parents Elaine M. and George G. Sahady

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John Medlar, “Boston Free Speech” & “Resist Marxism” organizer
Fitchburg State student from Newton, MA
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Courtney Bunyoff of Wakefield, RI – “Resist Marxism” organizer tasked with “vetting”

 

nikhaines2nikhaines“Nik Haines” of Gilford, NH is involved with the organizing of “Resist Marxism” and has been tasked as an infiltrator to mix in with counter-protestors.

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Here is Nik Haines dressed up as “Captain Confederate”

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Suffolk University student, “Resist Marxism” organizer, and aspiring Congressman – Samson Racioppi enjoys debating online with people of color about how his politics aren’t racist, and also enjoys smoking pot in the Boston Common while begging passersby to discuss libertarian theory and the value of the free market with him. Sad.

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Black organizers of the November 18th counter-rally held a press conference by the Parkman Bandstand in the Boston Common last Friday, so naturally, being the fascist trolls that they are, “Resist Marxism” sent two of their organizers to harass the women of color that were speaking to the press.

 

Local political basket case Garret Kirkland showed up with his “No Step on Snek” gadsden meme flag, along with another close associate of Resist Marxism.

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“Resist Marxism” organizer Samson Racioppi standing with one of the trolls who came to harass and intimidate the counter-rally press conference

 

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Here is a screenshot of part of the member list of the private “Resist Marxism” Facebook organizing group. Gabriel Brown is included as one of the committed organizers of the rally.

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Gabriel Brown can be seen here wearing the shirt of the violent neo-nazi group “Anti-Communist Action”

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Gabriel Brown’s YouTube channel shows videos of him attending various far-right and neo-nazi events and demonstrations. Here is a screen cap of him at the first Boston Free Speech Rally back in May.

 

 

In this video, Gabriel is at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA where neo-nazi James Alex Fields Jr. brutally murdered a counter-protestor and severely injured dozens more. * This video shows the nazi murderer (Fields) standing directly behind Gabriel Brown’s left shoulder.

Brown has long been associated with fringe far-right groups, he identifies as a National Anarchist and operates the Facebook page for National Anarchist Tribal Alliance – New York  (NATA-NY) We cannot seem to comprehend the concept of a “National Anarchist” other than being a variation of “National Socialist”, which would make sense because Gabriel is known to hang out with far-right ultra-nationalist crews the 211 Bootboys (211) and Battalion 49 (B49), both which maintain ties to neo-nazi boneheads.

 


Resist Marxism needs to fuck right off with their thinly-veiled bullshit.
See you on Saturday!

IT’S OKAY TO BE ANTIFA! ❤

Neo-Nazi Security for Nov. 18th ‘Resist Marxism’ Rally in Boston

A group called “Resist Marxism” is planning a rally on Boston Common for Nov. 18th with “Free Speech Rally” organizer John Medlar, along with far-right “patriot” groups the Three Percenters, Oath Keepers, and Joey Gibson’s Patriot Prayer from the PNW. “Based Stickman” Kyle Chapman is also listed as a headlining speaker.

Historically, organized “anti-communism” and the opposing of perceived “cultural Marxism” have been dog-whistles for fascist activity. Alliances and collaboration between “patriot” groups/militias such as the III% and OK’s and white supremacists have long been visible. (https://itsgoingdown.org/unpacking-march4trump-klan-police-iiiers-oh/)

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The “Rally For The Republic” attempts to make an explicit stance against fascism and racism. But when your talking points and overall message parrots those of neo-nazis and white nationalists, don’t be shocked when a number of your supporters are in fact neo-nazis and white nationalists and you get labeled as such by the public.

This is what only a quick glance at the list of attendees marked as “going” on the R4TR’s Facebook event turned up:

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Mallory Smith is a proud supporter of the Vinlanders Social Club: a violent neo-nazi skinhead gang.

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“Josh Cameron”, who’s real name is John Camden, of Manchester, NH is a white nationalist/neo-nazi and a member of NH American Guard, a group that has been tasked with providing security for the Resist Marxism rally on Nov. 18th.

Through our embedded sources we have learned that not only are there going to be white nationalists and neo-nazis present at the Nov. 18th rally in Boston, they have in fact been directly involved in the organizing of the event and have been tasked with providing security for the event. The screen shots below were taken from the private Resist Marxism organizing Facebook group.

 

The direct ties between hardcore white supremacists and the American Guard are well known and well documented. With their logo proudly displayed on the “Rally For The Republic” poster and having been hired as security for the event, it is clear that the organizers of R4TR are in direct collusion with neo-nazis.

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Camden is a proud white nationalist member of the NH American Guard, and is friends with Kyle Chapman (Based Stickman) who is a headlining speaker of the Nov. 18th rally in Boston.

 

 

 

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Most disturbingly, John Camden documented an all-day racist flyering mission during which he instructed his two young daughters to help him in the spreading of his hateful message.

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They ate ice cream together afterwards as he made them recite the words “White Lives Matter” into the camera.

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Regardless of how many times Resist Marxism and Boston Free Speech try to distance themselves from white nationalists and neo-nazis, the fact is that those are the people who make up the base of their support, the people they are organizing with, and who these rallies are resonating most with.

Back to School: Combating Fascist Propaganda in Boston

As summer’s end approaches, thousands of students from Boston area colleges and universities will be heading back to class. The past two semesters we saw a handful of stickers and posters promoting far-right and fascist propaganda on several campuses in Boston and on the North Shore. One group in particular, Identity Evropa – a white supremacist identitarian organization run by Nathan Damigo, has previously shown slightly more effort in their attempts to spread fascist propaganda in the area.

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During last month’s right-wingnut “Anti-Sharia Law” protest on the Common, someone who seemed to slip under our radar that day was repping IE and slapped up a few of their trashy stickers, after all – not all fascists are as easily identifiable as the Proud Boys. However, we can confidently assume whoever it was had a Richard Spencer-esque turd shaped hairdo. (More like a hair-don’t)

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On July 9th more stickers were put up in the city of Boston, as well as on July 19th in the area of “some local trails”.

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They even gave our very own sticker campaign a creepy fascist shout out!

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But seriously, if you see any of these Identity Evropa stickers or posters around, please take the liberty of ripping them off or completely defacing them in some way – trust us, it feels really good. And while you’re at it, put up some antifascist stickers in their place – it also feels really good. Stickers, posters, and other street propaganda might not seem like that big of a deal in the grand scheme of the current socio-political-cultural whirlwind we find ourselves in – but it truly is a legitimate tactic in the fight against the far-right. So much so that they are increasingly using this tactic despite their unfamiliarity with street culture, we’ve been vandals and graffiti writers for a long time.

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It’s Going Down has some pretty rad resources for countering fascist propaganda, and some designs for posters and stickers specifically against Identity Evropa, which can be found HERE. Get out there and keep Boston a visibly antifascist zone. The streets are ours!

‘Low Energy’ From Hate Groups at Boston Anti-Muslim Rally

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A small, low-energy, group of “anti-Sharia Law” protestors including a handful of local Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, and “Kek” losers were met by a contingent of about 15 antifascists today on Boston Common. The antifascists and their allies shouted them down and humiliated them throughout their boring rally. No violence or arrests occurred, aside from a quick shoving match between a few antifa and alt-righters.

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When the racist rally finally wrapped up, some antifas followed a group of Proud Boys out of the Common to the Union Oyster House in Downtown Boston, where they were likely celebrating their perceived victory over a few rounds of Mich-Ultras. In their stupor, they failed to notice they were being followed and surveilled throughout their entire outing.

Proud Boys outside of Union Oyster House: in the red MAGA hat is Gregory Paul, long hair and shorts is Nick Bacigalupo, and on the right in Proud Boys’ attire is Austin Kilduff.

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Unfortunately for Austin, he was spotted a few hours later walking near Government Center when folks leaving the nearby Pride Parade recognized his Proud Boy uniform. From what we’ve heard he got to meet the receiving end of a lit cigarette and took home a knuckle-sandwich. Maybe next time Austin will second guess his involvement with organized white supremacists, or just be a not-so proud boy. The silly Fred Perry shirts and lack of security culture make it really easy to ID these clowns.

Videos, pictures, and information from the antifascist actions around the country today are still coming in – but it looks like Islamaphobes and Proud Boys got BTFO and humiliated everywhere today.

Proud Boys and the-like are not welcome in Boston, or anywhere, and they will always be met with resistance wherever they try to organize.

Anti-Muslim March in Boston Attracts ‘Proud Boy’ Fascists

Tomorrow – Saturday June 10th, all over the United States, Act for America has called for marches against “Sharia Law”, which is clearly a thinly veiled stab at the Muslim community, given that Donald Trump is in office with GOP House and Senate majorities.

The United States is not at risk for Sharia Law.

However, our Muslim brothers and sisters throughout the world are at risk from racist and violent policies as well as rhetoric. In word and in deed, the growing alt-right movement continues to merge with neo-Nazis, Klan, Southern Confederate groups and others who advocate “free speech” to support policies that threaten Muslims worldwide.

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The Boston march is set to gather around 10AM near the Park Street T stop on Boston Common. The public Facebook event features an attendance list of local “Proud Boy” fascists, Three Percenters, Oathkeepers and other Islamaphobes & “patriots” of white supremacy, most of whom are known to us after their free speech circle jerk in Boston on May 13th.

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For more information on the “Proud Boys” and their open connections with neo-nazis, see this post from It’s Going Down.

To be clear, this rally for Christian supremacy has nothing to do with the First Amendment and everything to do with promoting terrorism against minorities. In the last week two people lost their lives in Portland (Ricky Best and Taliesin Namkai-Meche), knifed to death after attempting to defend a Muslim woman from a known white supremacist spewing hate speech on the light-rail. This isn’t an isolated event. America’s own law enforcement organs state that the vast majority of fatal attacks on U.S. soil are carried out by white supremacists. This particular gathering of racists is particularly problematic in that it is taking place in the same vicinity and timeframe of Boston’s Pride festivities.

One of these far-right agitators could very well be the next Jeremy Christian, so remember these faces.

Click here for more information from It’s Going Down on the June 10th nationwide (US) mobilization against alt-right and anti-Muslim terror.

May 13 – All out against the stickmen!

Calling on all Boston area leftists, radicals, and antifascists to join our community in opposing the alt-right “free speech” (hate speech) rally on May 13th at 12pm in Boston Common, and in the spirit of resistance and solidarity, turn up for the antifascist bloc party! In light of recent violence by racist Trump supporters and threats from alt-right groups associated with this “free speech” event, we are calling for a community self-defense bloc and encouraging preparedness to defend against any fascist assaults from the several far-right skinhead, militia, and patriot groups traveling from outside of the city looking for a fight. Let’s protect our communities, and each other. Stick nazis fuck off!
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