Skip to comments.A New Wave of Left-Wing Militants Is Ready to Rumble in Portland—and Beyond
Posted on 06/17/2017 6:02:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Redneck Revolt and other groups have pledged to resist right-wing extremists by any means necessary.
One week after two men were stabbed to death while defending two girls from a racist and Islamophobic diatribe on a commuter train, Portland, Oregon, is bracing for more violence. On Sunday, over the mayors objection, a right-wing group will hold a pro-Trump free speech rally, while anti-fascist activists are preparing to protest the gathering.
Its a pattern that has played out across the country since the election: Pro-Trump events from Pikeville, Kentucky, to Berkeley, California, attract white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and Klansmen along with other provocateurs from the so-called alt-right. And, predictably, antifa counterprotesters mask up to oppose themoften physically.
Yet joining up with the well-established networks of antifascists and anarchists is a new generation of militant organizers. In Portland, Rose City Antifas coalition at this weekends pro-Trump rally will include the local chapter of Redneck Revolt, a national network whose outreach has targeted right-wing militia members.
Redneck Revolt is just one among a handful of left-wing groups that have pledged to resist emboldened white supremacists and right-wing extremists through direct action that sometimes goes beyond nonviolent protestincluding picking up arms. Some see themselves as the heirs of 60s radicals like the Black Panthers, while others look to the antifa movement for inspiration. Here are a few:
Bastards Motorcycle Club: A couple of years ago, South Carolinians Steven Chavez Parker and Joseph Guinn organized an anti-racist, LGBT-friendly motorcycle gang. Traditional biker clubs, Parker thought, were all going to think one thing: What a bunch of bastards.' Since then, the Bastards Motorcycle Club has rolled up to oppose racist events across the South, sometimes armed and ready to rumble. In July 2015, the Bastards confronted a Ku Klux Klan demonstration in Charleston, South Carolina, and in April 2016 they joined a small army of counterprotesters at a rally of white supremacists in Stone Mountain, Georgia, home of a rock carving honoring the Confederacy. Theyre now looking to set up new chapterswomen need not apply. Thats not the way things work, says the groups president, who insists on being called by his biker name, Gigolo.
We are not people who believe, in situations where were under attack, that we should turn the other cheek.
By Any Means Necessary: BAMN formed in 1995 to fight Californias rollback of affirmative action. The group, which is led by civil rights lawyer Shanta Driver, has organized anti-Trump rallies and high school walkouts. But it also supports more aggressive tactics. When we say by any means necessary, we mean everything from doing legal cases to organizing more militant actions, Driver says. We are not people who believe, in situations where were under attack, that we should turn the other cheek. Last June, BAMN teamed up with antifas to confront a small group of white nationalists marching outside Californias Capitol building in Sacramento. Anti-racist protesters, many in black clothing and masks, pelted marchers with water bottles and hit them with wooden bats. Several people from both camps were beaten or stabbed. They are organizing to attack and kill us, so we have a right to self-defense, BAMN activist Yvette Felarca told a TV crew. Anyone whos thinking about joining them, dont. Because its not going to be a good day for you.
Redneck Revolt: This network, largely made up of anarchists and libertarians, is focused on anti-racist organizing among the white working class. Inspired by the Young Patriotswhite Appalachian activists who allied with the Black Panthers in the late 1960sthe group now claims chapters in more than 30 regions. Redneck Revolts members can speak to their neighbors more easily than ivory-tower liberals, says Lucas Kelly, a member of the Phoenix chapter. Privilege means one thing to them. It means a different thing to working-class folks who put in 60, 80 hours a week to support their family. The group also runs firearms trainings. Last December, Kellys chapter sent members to a gun show, where they handed out posters tagged with the slogan Fighting Nazis Is an American Tradition: Stop the Alt-Right.
Huey P. Newton Gun Club: After a white Dallas police officer killed an unarmed black man in 2013, community organizers Yafeuh Balogun and Babu Omowale launched the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, a coalition of black self-defense groups named after the co-founder of the Black Panthers. Were going to educate black, brown, and poor white people to arm up or at least get familiar with weapons, Balogun says. So if a situation does arise, if they feel threatened, at least they can defend themselves. When an anti-Muslim group held an armed protest outside a Nation of Islam mosque in South Dallas in April 2016, armed Gun Club members showed up to counterprotest. Balogun says his group, which operates armed patrols in South Dallas, has drawn the attention of the FBI. But he also emphasizes that its not just about guns: What we advise people is to not necessarily be so quick, so fast, to pick up arms.
It is good that we see how these people think.
I’m glad I stocked up on ammo before the Kenyanesian Usurpation.
I still find it amazing that these fascists believe the Nazi’s and the KKK were somehow “right wing”, when in fact they are and always have been the democrat party.
National SOCIALIST Workers Party. Does that sound left-wing?
These guys just make up the “right-wing extremists” they’re “fighting.” They’re that insane.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army wishes it had the arms and ammunition stockpiled in the homes of American civilians.
“attract white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and Klansmen.”
You can offer proof, MoJo?
This might possibly be the “spark” the leftists want, but will be dreadfully sorry it happened...
Yeah I’m terrified.
Because my crazy neighbors wouldn’t enjoy emptying glocks into these folks if they came around this neighborhood. /s
And nobody would admit to seeing a thing.
Here is the problem as I see it...
Conservatives are individualists...We accept responsibilities and think for ourselves...We have never really used or needed “organizers”...
The liberal left is full of “groupthink”...They look to organizers who plan for them, think for them and direct them...They are well funded by people like Soros and the Clintons...They blindly are followers...
We have never looked at life that way...
To fight this madness, we are really going to have to find some organization...It will be hard because our individualistic minds don’t think that way...
I started a new part time job in a gun store last week.
I keep saying Soros must go.
What they call “alt-right” are NAZIs? The tea party are for freedom, I don’t know of an alt-right. The NAZIs were national socialists and aligned with the muslims. What are the left thinking when they spew this garbage?
They form gangs of thugs to “resist” what doesn’t exist.
And then attack Americans who are in peaceful gatherings.
Isn’t Soros wanted somewhere for crimes???
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