Saturday, September 25, 2010

Michael Schloer On The Streets: NSM Chicago, Where Are They Now?

Chicago NSM member Michael Schloer is back in town after spending time in Tennessee attending the recent nazi march in Knoxville. Unfortunately for him, this lowlife won't be going back to his old address because he was kicked out of what was once his future wife's home in Naperville. According to her friends and relatives, since Mike moved in to her house he has done nothing but abuse and mooch off her, have his idiot white power friends threaten her, and break his promise to her father on his death bed that he would quit the nazi idiocy. He hasn't, and after we outed his NSM affiliations and personal details to Naperville residents, his girlfriend finally had enough and kicked him out to the streets (but maybe he will be able to move in with some of the girls from he has been exchanging dirty pictures with).

So where are the proud white people of the Chicago NSM now? Susan "Pincushion" Lenner(3144 Boyle Terrace, Apt 4B River Grove, IL 60171-1185) is feeling the heat at her job at Secrets in boystownNSM Tim Durkan and NSM Matt were both beaten by antifa and subsequently arrested at the embarassing four-man "White Pride" action last March, while Mike is floating around Naperville living out of his black Chevy truck making racist threats on his NewSaxon profile. This is what they're trying to pass as the master race?

From Michael Schloer's NewSaxon profile (view screenshot):
"I had to take some time off for a moment to clear my head and collect my thoughts but now Im back stronger than ever and with a vengence!!!  We have ALOT of work to do White man to reclain our country and we can and will united as one so put down the beer and put on your boots, were coming to a town near you !!! Chicago ara beware paybacks are Hell and I'm going to bring it down on ya ALL OF YA ! ! !
HOBBIES: beating the SHlT out of SHITago ara, anti fia and sharp pussies, Your day of the rope is coming,each and every one of ya in SHITcago You done F.U.C.K.E.D with the wrong guy here in IL.
DISLIKES: As if this section needs an explanation ? I will say though I have NO time for the socalled skinheads or klan folks who think this is all about just hanging out like its one big F.UCKING party yet claim to be some stand up street fighting warrior for the 14 words but only come around when theres something in it for them,like the day long or weekend long social events that involve beer,bands bbqs. Yet theres NO shortage of ARA, antifia or sharp scum when WE"RE out doing a march, rally ETC. You contribute NOTHING to this movement except to the expansion of your waisteline you fat ass keg bellied pussies!!! "
From "NoNazisInNaperville":
"Report from Naperville: LOTS OF POLICE CARS ON SUGAR COURT on [September] 3rd & 4th! Schloer is barred from the Naperville residence via protection order so we got to watch the police escort him out of the house. The person he lives with told me many times how much she hates him and how controlling & bitter he is. She also hates Nazis & is enjoying the peace and quiet. The fact that he put her and her daughter in danger is disgusting. Rumor has it that he is temporarilly living at Suzie Lenner's or in his truck in Naperville someplace."
"Mike Schloer is in Tennessee but will be in Naperville toward the end of August/beginning of September to gather the last of his pathetic, masking tape covered belongings."
From Anonymous:
"Schloer no longer lives @ the Naperville address & is barred from entering the residence. His wife Jennifer has been working on having him legally removed from the residence for quite some time. It took a while to get to that point but you have to be careful with people who advocate kicking their wives' faces in with steel toed boots, ie Drew Bostwick. What a fine, upstanding White man - not! He's probably in Minnesota or Michigan - or floating around Naperville someplace. Let's see if he can get himself to Knoxville for the rally next week... he has plane tickets. Anyone want to give him a ride to the airport??"
From Anonymous:
"Hello, Thank you for outting all of those haters.  One of them Michael Schloer happens to be living with my sister. My sister is so upset by him.  He is always berating and belittling her.  I can't stand him.  He lives with my niece and it makes my heart hurt.  He lied to my family (especially to my father who was on his death bed) saying he would change and leave the group before my sister married him.  He even went out and got a job and played the role of a changing person.  Needless to say, that did not last long at all. Now all he does is sit in my sister's house and sponge off of her. She is very scared that something is going to happen to her, her daughter, her pets, and or her home now that her address and phone number has been posted.  Is she safe? Thank you,"

Friday, September 24, 2010

October 16 Midwest Regional Anti-war March in Chicago


On October 16th, please come to Chicago For a Midwest Regional March for Peace and Justice!

Many hoped that the end of the Bush Presidency would mean an end to illegal U.S. wars and a focusing on human needs. Yet nearly two years into the Obama administration, the occupation in Iraq continues, with more private military contractors taking the place of departing soldiers and the world's largest embassy set to squat in the heart of Baghdad.

The "peace president" has dramatically escalated the Afghanistan invasion ? at nine years, America's longest war. He's spread war into Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. He's supported a brutal coup in Honduras, is building threatening new U.S. military bases in Colombia, and ignores Israel's war crimes against the Palestinians and those seeking to aid them.

The Bush-era attacks on civil liberties have if anything escalated, with Obama pushing for an even more powerful and unaccountable executive branch, assassinating people abroad at a far greater rate, and increasing the deportations of undocumented immigrants by more than 50%.

Yet while the economy continues to stumble, with ever-higher foreclosure rates, stagnate wages and persistent unemployment, the income gap between the rich and the rest of us gets ever wider. Adding insult to injury, President Obama has pledged a domestic spending freeze at the same time that he's brought U.S. military spending to its highest level ever. 57% of the federal budget is spent on war.

On October 16th on the eve of the 2010 bi-elections, please join us in President Obama's home town to demand:

END the Wars & Occupations NOW!
Money for Human Needs, Not Corporate Greed!

The October 16th protest will begin with a short 12:30 PM rally in the heart of Chicago's downtown – Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway – followed by a march on Chicago's busiest thoroughfares.

For more information, email

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Racist Glenn Beck Speaking at Right-Wing Hate Fest "Right Nation 2010"

Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda
Today on September 18th, notorious racist Glenn Beck is "taking it to Obama's backyard" by speaking to thousands of other right-wing extremists at "Right Nation 2010" at the Sears Stadium in Chicago suburb Hoffman Estates. This national event organized by such groups as FreedomWorks, United Republican Fund and Americans for Prosperity. It is also sponsored by dozens of  Illinois Tea Party groups, several Republican congressional candidates, TV/radio show hosts and musicians and is expected to draw tens of thousands of flag-waving idiots from across the country.

Glenn beck, FOX news propagandist
Other Illinois Tea Party groups have been active lately, organizing several events including a September 12th "Freedom Fest" rally in Morton Grove and a September 15th tea party rally in Joliet each drawing hundreds of people. We have previously confronted racism in the tea party movement at the April 15th Tax Day Tea Party rally where we kicked out Soren Renner, the type of nazi trash the tea party movement attracts.

This is Beck's first major public appearance since he spoke in DC at a rally called "Restoring Honor" on the same day as MLK's "I Have A Dream" speech in an attempt to appropriate the civil rights struggle. Although Beck initially claimed the date was a coincidence, he has frequently claimed him and his conservative allies to be "the inheritors and the protectors of the civil rights movement" and that the scheduling coincidence is "divine providence" - God's way of saying he is following in MLK's footsteps. But Beck is anything but a pioneer of the civil rights movement and is more symbolic of the rise of the fascist right. He frequently criticizes "big government" and uses vague populist rhetoric but he is very much a supporter of the status-quo and the institutionalized racism that the civil rights movement fought against. This can be seen in his constant xenophobic rhetoric and quest for "white rights" in a society rooted in white supremacy.

Other more blatant examples of Beck's racism include the time that he called Hurricane Katrina survivors "scumbags", calling Cinco de Mayo a "mexican beer holiday", calling the health care bill Obama's idea of "reparations", defending the Constitution's original claim to African Americans being three-fifths of a human, the time he called Obama a racist, and many more. Beck is also not surprisingly very popular amongst neo-nazis, and Beck even once added a post (the largest white supremacist forum) to his twitter favorites. And for the August 28th rally, his tea party assistant Bruce Majors published a visitor's guide advising people to avoid "sketchy" neighborhoods and train lines and "how to deal with African immigrants".

Glenn Beck, however, is not just one bad apple. The tea party and right-wing movement as a whole embraces these same racist tendencies and their intent to spread their hate through gatherings like "Restoring Honor" and "Right Nation 2010" under the guise of freedom and democracy must be confronted every step of the way. We must continue to point out the contradictions and hypocrisies in their reactionary ideology and expose them for what they really are; wolves in sheep's clothing.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Yellow Cab Finally Removes Islamophobic Taxi Cab Ads

The racist organization "Stop Islamization of America", which describes itself as a "human rights group", attempted to spread Islamophobia in Chicago by placing ads with Yellow Cab but eventually the company buckled under community outrage and had the ads removed:
Anti-Islam Ads Removed from Chicago Taxis: Yellow Cab says ads are offensive to Muslims

A series of controversial ads targeting Islam will be removed from a fleet of Yellow Cab taxis.

The ads were sponsored by a group called "Stop Islamization of America," which claims the U.S. is under attack by Islamic law, reports the Chicago Tribune. The group is also a strong opponent of plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City.

Some of the ads, which appeared on about two-dozen cabs, show women who were allegedly killed by their Muslim fathers for not agreeing to enter into forced marriages. Next to these images is the question: “Is your family threatening you.”

Pamela Geller, leader of Stop Islamization of America, has been quoted as saying Muslims are increasingly taking over schools and other institutions in America. Geller said the ads were directed at "Muslim girls in trouble, living in fear of their lives, struggling to find resources to help,” she told the paper.

Yellow Cab CEO Michael Levine had the signs removed because he said they were offensive to the city's Muslim taxi drivers, reports the Chicago Tribune.

The ads come at a time when Muslims are fighting to build a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City. While President Obama has show support for the plan, Governor Pat Quinn came out against it last week.

Levin says a fleet of independent Yellow Cabs carried the ads. The owner of that fleet was paid by an advertising company to display them on top of the taxis.

Three weeks ago Levin says he called the company to have the ads removed. Yellow Cab was told they were taken down, but according to the Chicago Tribune three ads are still running.

"They will be removed," Levine told the Tribune. "Yellow Cab does not regularly approve advertising content carried by our affiliates, but we do reserve the right to ask them to remove ads that offend either the drivers or the public.”
This comes just a few weeks later after anti-Muslim sentiments in NYC boils over to the point of cab drivers being assaulted. North Eastern Federation of Anarcho-Communists (NEFAC) released an analysis of the bigotry involved with the anti-"Ground Zero Mosque" crowd:
Islamophobia and the Great “Ground Zero Mosque” Myth by Deric Shannon

Given the public reaction, there are some rather serious problems with the “Ground Zero Mosque” myth that need to be stated (as often as possible)—some obvious and some not-so-obvious and perhaps even some lessons to be learned from it.

Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks and following the “War on Terror”, “islamophobia” has become an increasingly familiar term in the United States—and with good reason. Crimes committed against Muslims because of their faith rose steadily from 2001 through 2005 according to studies, and they don’t seem to have dropped significantly since [1]. Muslims in the US have reported attacks, racist slurs, police detentions and searches that were unprovoked, employment and housing discrimination, and so on. Since George W. Bush declared his “crusade” against terrorism (a particularly prescient turn of phrase) the xenophobia common in nations at war has amped up here in the United States.

The demonization of a people as if they are a monolithic mass during war time is as old as nation-states and their wars. In the US now, we are currently seeing this combined with another unsurprising and common set of events: A media and politician-generated hysteria close to campaign time. This is, after all, one of the ways that politicians swindle people into supporting them at the polls come voting time. And so, at the announcement of building an Islamic Center in Lower Manhattan, reports from political pundits started rolling in about the “Ground Zero Mosque”—continuing toward their November crescendo. Within the last few weeks, the hysteria has gotten louder and louder as a result of some high profile (and disturbing) protests and actions—some connected directly to the controversy in NYC, others apparently organized just from the sheer inertia of the rising anti-Muslim sentiment.

To name one example close to home for me personally, a group of right-wing Christians called “Operation Save America” descended on the Bridgeport Islamic Center here in Connecticut (where I live) a couple of weeks ago [2]. One protestor there told reporters that “(t)here’s a war in America” and they “plan on taking it to the mosques around the country.” They were carrying placards reading things like “Islam is a Lie” and could be heard screaming “Jesus hates Muslims!” One protestor was even heard yelling “Murderers!” at young children leaving the center.

Given the public reaction, there are some rather serious problems with the “Ground Zero Mosque” myth that need to be stated (as often as possible)—some obvious and some not-so-obvious and perhaps even some lessons to be learned from it.

The first problem is that there isn’t really a “Ground Zero Mosque”. No, seriously. There isn’t one. There is a proposed Islamic Center a few blocks away. Plans were for there to be basketball courts, spaces for community education, a space for worship, and even a memorial for the victims of 9/11 (!!) in the building. Further, the building would not be visible from the site where the World Trade Center once stood. The discourse around the “Ground Zero Mosque” is so obviously a blatant deception that the AP has re-thought the ways it shaped the headlines and is now taking steps to stop using the phrase [3]. Of course, that hasn’t stopped the political class and their pundit lackeys from using the term to describe their manufactured version of reality.

The second big problem with the Myth is the claim that the Islamic Center has some relationship with Jihadists who want to destroy America. Right-wing blogger, Pamela Geller, for example, refers to the Center as an “Islamic supremacist mosque at…hallowed ground” and suggests that Obama supports “Islamic Jihadists” by coming out in favor of building the center [4]. Robert Spencer uses the even more grandiose “Islamic Supremacist Ground Zero Mega-mosque” to describe the center, bringing to mind the vast mega-churches common in the United States, but ostensibly being dedicated to a jihadist Islamicist faith that encourages killing innocents and wiping the USA off the map [5].

There are a couple of problems with this part of the politico-generated hysteria. First and foremost, the Imam of the proposed center, Feisal Abdul Rauf, speaks internationally on the dangers of extremism. As I write this piece, Rauf is touring the Middle East speaking out against terrorism. He was likewise seen as a State Department ally during the Bush presidency and funded for similar tours under G.W. He has condemned the 9/11 terrorist attacks as “un-Islamic” and gave a memorial speech for Daniel Pearl (the American journalist who was kidnapped and murdered by Islamic terrorists). Rauf is also a Sufi, a group of Muslims more known for their mysticism than their militancy. But “truth” is more an approximation in the media, particularly among liberal and conservative pundits when their candidates are running for office. In any case, Rauf is hardly a model for Islamic terrorism.

Further, peer-reviewed studies have shown that such Islamic Centers actually help to counter terrorism. And so in the twisted logic of political opportunism, a portion of the American public is manipulated into showing their outrage at Islamic terrorists by opposing something that would likely help prevent Islamic terrorists! One study, done by researchers for Duke and UNC, concluded by encouraging the creation of such community centers in order to help integrate Muslim youth into society and decrease feelings of isolation [6]. Again, rather than a symbol for fundamentalism or a catalyst for extremism, these centers more often help stem Islamic terrorism (and weren’t we supposed to be at war with “terrorism”, anyway?).

Another problem with the discourse around the proposed center is the claim that it is “insensitive” to the victims of 9/11 or their families (though, as we’ve already seen, the rhetoric doesn’t always stop at “insensitive”). How could “Muslims” build this center at ground zero?—so the questions go—Don’t “they” know that “they’re” gonna offend the families of the victims of 9/11? Doesn’t it speak volumes about “these people” that “they’d” do this? And so on. In the last few weeks I’ve heard too many of these kinds of claims about “those people”, etc.

I was trained as a sociologist and, while a good part of what I learned in that training was to be suspicious of sociologists, one concept that comes from social scientists is pertinent here—the concept of “the Other.” Scholars as diverse as Sartre, Lacan, and de Beauvoir have written about how humans come to understand their “selves”, often in relation to other communities that we construct as “foreign” or “different” and, oftentimes, subordinate and “barbaric.” Through this process of creating a mythological and queer (in the sense of being strange) contrast, we come to construct (and understand) our selves. A part of this process is homogenizing groups that we have deemed “Other” and failing to see any differentiation within those groups.

This is where the discourse around “Muslims” being responsible for 9/11 and “them” knowing better than to put one of “their” social centers close to Ground Zero comes from. While we all know that it was fundamentalist Muslims who committed the terrorist attacks of 9/11—a subset of a fairly diverse Islam—it follows the homogenizing project of “Othering” to lump Muslims together as a single, monolithic group and to then hold them collectively responsible (particularly during war time and close to the political machinations so common during campaign time). For most Americans, Christianity is normal and Islam is “Other” because Christianity is common in our society. We make pledges on the Bible in our courts. Churches are a ubiquitous sight, where mosques are not. Many of us, our families, and our loved ones are Christians of one sort or another. So when we read about an abortion clinic being bombed, we know that “Christians” aren’t responsible for it, but Christian fundamentalists. When we hear about Catholics erecting a statue in honor of the victims of the Oklahoma City Federal Building, we don’t get offended because “Catholics” were responsible for the attack in the form of Timothy McVeigh. We differentiate between Christians because Christianity has become such an important part of how we see our selves. And so the entire idea of “Muslims” knowing better than to be so insensitive and build this Islamic center is problematic—it projects a collective guilt onto all Muslims who likely differentiate between themselves, while we fail to. And, again, these problems are compounded by the media circus near campaign time, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (two nations that never attacked the USA) and the xenophobic sentiment whipped up in order to manufacture the consent of the American people for these wars.

I might take a moment here, too, to explain that I’m not religious. I was brought up with a particularly virulent form of fundamentalist Christianity that was psychologically destructive, shaming, and often times just outright ridiculous (I remember one friend who was forbidden from watching the cartoon “The Smurfs” by his parents because they were “demonic”). I’m not a fan of religion in general, so I don’t want this to seem like advocacy for religious centers of any kind. However, I do recognize that not all forms of Christianity are the same—and neither are all forms of Islam—which is essentially what is being suggested here.

I think there are a couple of lessons in this manipulated hysteria for us too, even if they are lessons that we should already have learned. One is about the need for independent media of our own. Too often we allow for-profit news services to influence us in subtle ways. Our news sources are the media arm of politicians and the wealthy and they reflect a very narrow spectrum of political ideas. This is a very old insight, one impressively demonstrated in Herman and Chomsky’s famous book “Manufacturing Consent” [7]. We need to be able to provide counter-narratives to their claims and support independent media that adds our voices to the media circus.

Secondly, we need to rise above the bait of our bosses and politicians. It serves the interests of our rulers for working people to be divided over superficial nonsense like the building of a community center. It is when exploited, oppressed, and ruled people come together and actively resist their rulers that change starts to happen. Throughout history, the dispossessed have found common cause in fighting the people that ruled over us. But we have only done so when we were able to wake up from the deep sleep eagerly provided to us by the people who rule us and largely own and operate the globe.

Finally, we might use this particular media-generated hysteria to think about the ways that we might best intervene in our social world. The economy is in crisis, so we’re told (for our natural environment, for disappearing species, and for billions of people throughout the world living in hunger and privation capitalism is always a crisis), and while masses of people are being laid off and evicted from their homes around us, many of us are arguing over a community center. The fact that our rulers wield this kind of ideological power over us, even in a time like this, is cause for critical reflection. How is it that liberals and conservatives have so captured the public mind? Why are we seeing this hard turn toward xenophobia and Othering at this particular historical juncture? In what ways might we substantively address the cultural divide being forced onto people from above?

I don’t think we have adequate answers to those questions. But I do think that through struggle and study we can learn together to dispel some of these illusions that are peddled to us.

The myth of the “Ground Zero Mosque” and the Islamophobia that surrounds it are media-generated products of a state at war during campaign time. The myth represents some of the worst kinds of “Othering” associated with the hyper-patriotism that followed 9/11 in the United States. At a recent protest against the proposed center in New York City, protestors could be seen jeering, yelling at, and threatening one dark-skinned worker for being “Muslim”—even after he explained to these (largely white) protestors that he was not [8]. The problems here are obvious. We need to be countering these media-generated myths.

1. See for example

2. . Also, for another example of these “controversies” in Southern California see,8599,2012134,00.html






8. Video for this shameful incident can be found here: