Hurricane Harvey: Antifa are on the ground in Texas helping flooding relief efforts – Anti-fascists have been involved in a series of clashes with far-right groups across the US over the course of this year.
A largely peaceful demonstration at Martin Luther King Civic Center Park in Berkeley, California saw violence erupt between the groups.
Police made 10 arrests and used tear gas to disperse the counter-protesters.
The incident lead Trump supporters and conservatives to condemn Antifa members and some have called for the group to be formally recognised as a terrorist organisation.
#Montreal-Antifasciste: Statement in Solidarity With Jaggi Singh: Arrested in #Québec City | Enough is Enough! –
Montreal, 29 August 2017 — This morning, August 29, Montreal activist Jaggi Singh was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and taking another person’s identity, for having jokingly given his name to police as former Nordiques’ player Michel Goulet on August 20. He is being transferred to Quebec City, where he is to appear Wednesday morning at 9 am in Municipal Court. This arrest came in the context of a far right hate campaign targeting Jaggi, including a petition promoted by the notorious racist group La Meute, demanding his arrest; a campaign that has been taken up by right-leaning political figures and members of the media over the past week.
More specifically, the absurd charges relate to Jaggi’s participation in an antifascist demonstration in Quebec City on August 20 where he was briefly arrested. Close to a thousand people took to the streets that day to protest against an anti-immigrant demonstration organized by the far right group La Meute. Jaggi spent the entire demonstration talking on a megaphone, playing music, and dancing with children, in front of the police. At a certain point the police took him into custody, but then released him after just half an hour. At the time, he released a public statement on his arrest, which can be read here.(WARNING: Facebook Link)
Antifa and Leftists Organize Mutual Aid and Rescue Networks in Houston – “It’s been a hell of a few days,” says Andrew Cobb, whose house in Houston’s Fifth Ward was spared the brunt of Hurricane Harvey’s flood waters. His decentralized, grassroots relief effort called the “West Street Response Team” started with a simple scouting mission to a nearby flood plain across Highway 59 on Sunday.
After he and his roommates arrived at the location, they began coordinating with neighbors from the area on social media to find specific addresses of people needing rescue. They paddled more than two miles out in an inflatable kayak to make their first rescue of a mother and son, who they brought back to their own home to shelter for a few days.
“We posted about that and there was just a huge response, with some videos from that. And so, people were like, ‘What can we do? What’s up?’ And I was like, ‘We need boats. We need trucks. We need to get out there, and … people just responded in a big way,” Cobb tells me over the phone after nightfall — the only time when his team isn’t actively on rescue dispatch — earlier this week.
The group started formally raising money, and their house has since been transformed into a volunteer dispatch base running several rescue operations each day, including the rescue of a woman who was low on oxygen, whom they paddled and drove across town to another set of volunteers who got her across the final leg to a home with an oxygen concentrator.
Cobb’s team’s activities aren’t limited to rescues. They have also been working to drop food, water, clothing and dog food for stray animals to shelters and to certain drop-off spots at cross streets in his area.
Anarchists and the antifa: The history of activists Trump condemns as the ‘alt-left’ – The Washington Post – Anarchists and antifascists, often called the antifa, are factions of the far left who feel they are not represented by the mainstream Democratic Party. They have become more visible in the Trump era and are often lumped together, although not all antifascists identify as anarchists.
“The Trump presidency has certainly given a boldness to fascists and racist movements throughout the country, and that’s a moment where anarchists are ready to respond in a way that many others aren’t,” said Samantha Miller, 32, a Washington anarchist who helped organize the Inauguration Day protests.
But that approach — in which people are willing to engage in some level of violence or property destruction to achieve a social or political goal — existed long before the Trump presidency.
Boston Police Protected Far-Right Rally-Goers, Clashed with Black Counterprotesters – The BPD has a long-held reputation as a racially intolerant public institution. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts found, in a study first published in October 2014, that the department stops black citizens disproportionately. The commonwealth’s Supreme Judicial Court cited that report when it ruled in September 2016 that black men running from Boston police have a right to do so and that the action of flight is not suspicious.
For the city’s black residents, the ruling did not come as a surprise. “[T]he black community has been screaming about this forever and no one cares,” Roxbury organizer Jamarhl Crawford said in a 2012 interview with the Boston Phoenix. And a July 2016 poll found that 32 percent of black Bostonians believe the city’s police treat minorities unfairly.
Are the Antifa Terrorists? Feds Have Reportedly Classified Their Activities as ‘Domestic Terrorist Violence’ – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has formally classified the activities of anti-fascist groups (antifa) as “domestic terrorist violence” since early 2016, according to confidential law enforcement documents obtained by Politico and interviews.
Federal authorities have reportedly warned state and local officials the antifa has become “increasingly confrontational” in efforts to thwart white supremacist groups.
Newly disclosed documents show authorities believed “anarchist extremists” were the main cause of violence at a number of public rallies. A confidential 2016 joint intelligence assessment by DHS and the FBI blamed the antifa for attacks on a range of targets, including police, government institutions and symbols of “the capitalist system.”
FBI, Homeland Security warn of more ‘antifa’ attacks – POLITICO – Federal authorities have been warning state and local officials since early 2016 that leftist extremists known as “antifa” had become increasingly confrontational and dangerous, so much so that the Department of Homeland Security formally classified their activities as “domestic terrorist violence,” according to interviews and confidential law enforcement documents obtained by POLITICO.
Since well before the Aug. 12 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly, DHS has been issuing warnings about the growing likelihood of lethal violence between the left-wing anarchists and right-wing white supremacist and nationalist groups.
Previously unreported documents disclose that by April 2016, authorities believed that “anarchist extremists” were the primary instigators of violence at public rallies against a range of targets. They were blamed by authorities for attacks on the police, government and political institutions, along with symbols of “the capitalist system,” racism, social injustice and fascism, according to a confidential 2016 joint intelligence assessment by DHS and the FBI.
After President Donald Trump’s election in November, the antifa activists locked onto another target — his supporters, especially those from white supremacist and nationalist groups suddenly turning out in droves to hail his victory, support crackdowns on immigrants and Muslims and to protest efforts to remove symbols of the Confederacy.
Those reports appear to bolster Trump’s insistence that extremists on the left bore some blame for the clashes in Charlottesville and represent a “problem” nationally. But they also reflect the extent that his own political movement has spurred the violent backlash.
Hurricane Harvey: Antifa are on the ground in Texas helping flooding relief efforts | The Independent – Political differences have been put aside as people pitch in to help with the Hurricane Harvey relief effort.
Activists from the anti-fascist movement known as antifa have recently come under fire because some – but not all – employ militant tactics and use violence as a means of getting their message across.
But now some of the group – a loose coalition of left-wing groups who oppose fascism, racism and sexism – are reportedly assisting with search and rescue and first aid.
SF Bay Area drives fascists out, two days running – Workers World – Two rallies had been announced by fascist groups, one called by Patriot Prayer to be held in San Francisco’s Crissy Field, a national park. The other, titled “Say No to Marxism,” was called for Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Berkeley. Both were canceled by their organizers less than 24 hours beforehand, as people from all over the Bay Area organized to prevent the fascists from having any platform here.
In San Francisco, the turning point came when International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 passed a resolution opposing white supremacy and fascism, and some of its rank- and-file members organized a rally at Crissy Field. ILWU Local 10 has a large Black membership and a long history of taking action to oppose police terror, war, and apartheid in South Africa. Until then, the counter-rallies being called were at points far away from the planned Patriot Prayer rally.