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Anonymous Comrade writes:

Protest Neo Nazis in Toledo
Toledo, Ohio, Oct. 15, 2005

The National Socialist Movement, succesor to the American Nazi Party, will be having a march and rally in Toldeo, Ohio on Saturday oct. 15 in the North End on Bronson Ave. and around the area. There is a local chapter of two Nazis Ron Riehl and Mark Martin, who are trying to build their group by rallying around a local racist gun nut who allegedly has had run ins with black gangs! The World Church of the Creator and Blood And Honour Skinheads will be there too. We would appreciate anyone coming down to help get rid of these fucks, so please email me if interested for more info. solidarity & @utonomy ratboy

Bernie Roddy writes:

"Texas Execution"

Bernie Roddy

Gary Sterling, a black man scheduled to be executed in Texas on August 10, is not claiming innocence in the murder of a white man, 72-year-old John Wesley Carty. Sterling directed investigators to the site of two bodies after the 1988 crime.

What is at issue is the punishment, the presence of an overtly racist individual on the jury, the fact that the defense was aware of this jury member's views, and the defense's lackluster effort to have the jury consider an objective psychiatric evaluation of Mr. Sterling's mental condition at the time of the crime. Much turns on whether the person is considered a "future danger to society" and whether death seems to be the only adequate punishment. Here race becomes a clear factor in the final results of a given case.

In a post-trial affidavit the juror at issue used an inflammatory racist epithet directed at African Americans. During the trial, the defense requested that a psychiatric evaluation be made of the defendant, but the court appointed Dr. James Grigson, also known as "Dr. Death," to serve that function. The defense declined the offer. But there was no further effort to provide such an evaluation. This is a system that works by increments to exterminate certain segments of the population in the U.S., and operates along clearly racist lines.

Gary Sterling's execution on August 10 represents a frank admission that racism is alive and acceptable in the U.S. industry of capital punishment.


Over the past year we have seen a number of events take place in New Jersey that has raised the concern that there are people involved with racist/white supremacist groups that want to angle themselves into some position of power. Some try to go under the radar while others are open about their agenda. An anti-racist convergence will be held August 27, 2005 starting at 11:30 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Essex County 35/47 Cleveland Street, Orange, New Jersey 07050. Among the discussions will be on the recent activity of racist groups in the state of New Jersey. This convergence will be an opportunity to meet with and hear from those who want to try to fight these particular elements.

This event is open to the public, and is expected to bring people from all over the state to participate. The gathering will be in two parts. The first part will be a panel discussion where invited speakers will speak and take questions about concerns such as racist activity in the state, police brutality, hatred towards Arab/Muslim members of our communities, and the campaign among the right against them, issues related to the gay community, and the fight against the anti-immigration effort that has heated up with efforts like the Minuteman Project. Speakers are to be announced shortly. The second part will be a show featuring a number of musical acts, some that were slated to perform at an anti-racist benefit show in Wayne, NJ that was shut down after pressure from white supremacists in the state.

There will be a donation asked for at the door, and proceeds from this event will be to benefit North Jersey Anti-Racist Action and One People's Project, two well-known anti-racist groups in the state. Organizations are encouraged to table during the event as well.

For more information, contact Daryle Lamont Jenkins at dlj@onepeoplesproject.com or by phone at (212) 479-7362.

Anti-Muslim backlash goes on

IRR News

A month after the London bombings, police forces across the country are reporting

rising levels of racial incidents.


The first flight to Kabul from Paris departed on tuesday night (7/26). Ed.

Next Monday or Tuesday a charter plane will leave London, travel to Paris and finally land in Kabul with at least 60 young Afghans on board who have been denied asylum by France and Britain.

  The Interior Ministers of the 5 largest European countries (Germany, Spain, France, Italy and Britain) announced at the beginning of June that they would be organising joint charter flights to increase the number of deportations from their countries in disregard of international conventions and human rights.

onto writes

The California MinuteMen started their operations in Campo, California, one hour east of San Diego on July 16th. They were confronted, disrupted and chased away by a diverse coalition of organizations from San Diego, Los Angeles, Mexico, Portland and many other cities. The Anti-MinuteMen, No Border Camp continues and actions will continue day and night until the MinuteMen leave Campo. On Sunday night the corporate media reported that the MinuteMen had given up after only one day, but later corrected that statement. On Wednesday, the 2nd Virtual Sit-In against the MinuteMen begins. [Read more, complete action summary]

Reports: 150 March in Support of Human Rights | Snipers at campo protest | Physical Borders, psychological divisions | LA indymedia - Report from Campo - Anti-MM action | Minutemen Leave After Clash With Protesters | Original Campo sdimc feature

Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Audio: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Sonic Attacks Disrupt Border Vigilante Patrol

Video: 1 | 2 | Minutemen Threaten to Shoot Protesters

minutemen lose cool

The Anti-MinuteMen, No Border camp was set up in the desert scrub of Campo, just feet away from the Border Fence. From this base, anti-racists marched to the MinuteMan camps, only to find they had left to avoid the confrontation. From this spot activists intervened in press events the MinuteMen tried to have at the crest of the Pacific Crest Trail, just feet away from our campsite. People also made their presence felt to every MinuteMan car that entered the area, as our camp was just next to the main access road. Camp attendees posted their stories on San Diego Indymedia from the temporary Desert Media Center which was set up onsite.

On July 16th, the camp was joined by over 150 people from around the state and around the country. This larger group marched to the site of the planned MinuteMan meeting, only to find that it had been moved to an unknown location due to pressure. Later in the day, anti-racists and MinuteMen alike were forced out of their campsites by a brush fire. This gave the anti-racist organizers an opportunity to confront the MinuteMen at their regrouping point, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Building in Campo, for an intense face to face standoff that was only stopped by police intervention after the MinuteMen retreated into the building. Throughout the night disruption techniques were used to sabotage the MinuteMan patrols, which were met with threats that they would shoot. The camp continued until Monday and actions will continue day and night until the MinuteMen leave Campo. On Sunday night the corporate media reported that the MinuteMen had given up after only one day, but later corrected that statement."

worker bee writes

"Join the SwarmTheMinuteMen.com and Electronic Disturbance Theater Virtual Sit-In Against Anti-Immigrant Websites, from Wednesday July 20th - Friday, July 22nd

To join, click here:

This, the second action coordinated by SWARM [1], is an attempt to move beyond the minutemen [2] - as one group of people working against migrants and migratory movement – to a systemic logic. This logic that pervades American society [3] is canonized in Academia and institutionalized in the US border Patrol. [4]

SWARM the Minutemen writes:

SWARM the Minutemen - Post Action Update May 30th, 2005
(Spanish below)

SWARM would like to offer a sincere thanks to the more than 78,500 people from around the world who joined the Electronic Disturbance Theater’s virtual sit-in against the MinuteMen. It seems that in a time when almost all the space in the United States has been privatized and free speech zones have been reduced to cages topped with barbed wire, the internet can still serve as a commons where people can gather together to create positive social change.

nolympics writes:

"Vigilante Man"

Mike Davis

"The local people whipped themselves into a mold of cruelty. Then they formed units, squads, and armed them -- armed them with clubs, with gas, with guns. We own the country. We can't let these Okies get out of hand." -- John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

The vigilantes are back. In the 1850s, they lynched Irishmen; in the 1870s, they terrorized the Chinese; in the first decade of the twentieth century, they murdered striking Wobblies; in the 1920s, they organized "Bash a Jap" campaigns; and in the 1930s, they welcomed the Joads and other Dust Bowl refugees with tear gas and buckshot.

Vigilantes have always been to the American West what the Ku Klux Klan was to the South: vicious and cowardly bigotry organized into a self-righteous mob. Almost every decade, some sinister group of self-proclaimed patriots mobilizes to repel a new invasion from some subversive threat or other.

SWARM the Minutemen writes:

SWARM the Minuntemen invites people from all over the world who oppose racist violence to join the Electronic Disturbance Theatre action on May 27th, 28th and 29th, 2005 to engage in a virtual sit-in on the MinuteMen website during their "Unite to Fight" Summit.

Read on for the Electronic Disturbance Theatre call to action.

"Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

- “The New Colossus,” by the nineteenth-century American poet Emma Lazarus inscribed on a plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty.


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