Sunday, June 26, 2011

Drive White Supremacist Eric "Scott" Kriske of Chicago Mafia Skins Out of Chicago

The violent street crews Chicago Mafia Skins(CMS) and the Chitown 77 Street Punks are well known for random beatings of homeless people, people of color and crusty punks at shows and bars, most notably their former leader and pedophile John Haley who murdered an asian fisherman in 2007. Because they are not outwardly political or freely brandish swastikas, some are not as easily able to recognize them for what they are: a so-called apolitical skinhead crew with extreme white supremacist and right-wing tendencies. Anyone who has any doubt as to where they stand politically and continues to associate with their members, the details below documenting a long history of racist activities should leave no room for confusion, and if so it might time to question where you stand.

The newest CMS leader Eric Scott Kriske is particularly active in trying to push the scene in a more white supremacist direction, threatening violence against those who don't fall in line with his agenda. Eric runs a new saxon account, a social networking site for Nazis, where he attempts to organize "Bully Boys" whites-only parties and promotes his fan zine "Brew and Honour" (name taken from the internationally know Nazi group "Blood and Honour") which glorifies their culture of racism to recruit new members. During his recent time in Spain, Eric spent time with Nazi skinheads and can be found in this interview not only admitting to liking and hanging out with a few Rock Against Communism(RAC) bands but stating very plainly that he is a racist. On the same website where this interview is found is an extremely racist and euro-centric section called "historical studies" in which Eric describes Humboldt Park as "a once great thriving German neighborhood in Chicago turned in to a Puerto Rican ghetto from hell". He is the guitarist in the band Wellington Arms which plays Skrewdriver cover songs and in their unreleased album Eric rewrites a Ramones song to use lyrics like "I'm a storm-trooper in Chi-town Yes I am / I'm a Nazi Shitze and I fight for father land".

Despite their attempts to maintain an active presence in the city, their numbers are dwindling and they clearly do not have nearly as much respect or influence as they once had. Even their supposed sister crew the 77 street punks have little respect for CMS because they allow women in their organization, such as Conor Looby(2957 N Pulaski) who believes that women have no place inside their crews outside of sexual pleasure. While their groups are suffering from internal divisions, and word has it they have been repeatedly getting their asses kicked over the past few years, they are becoming increasingly desperate and frantic in an attempt to maintain their crews that are rapidly dying out.

White supremacists and sympathizers have no place in Chicago and must be driven out. This it a callout to all bands, groups and individuals to confront CMS and 77s at shows, bars, where they work and where they live. They falsely pride themselves as being the dominant force in the scene but they know that we outnumber them by the hundreds and that they are not welcome in most neighborhoods and show venues. If you have any additional information about CMS or 77s, please get a hold of us at

Name: Eric Kriske (aka Eric Scott)
Crew: Chicago Mafia Skins, Bully Boys
Address: (current)6320 N Sayre Ave, 3700 block of W Dickens, 2211 W Diversey, 3001 N Albany Ave, 825 N Winchester Ave, 7724 W Belmont Ave
Phone Number: 773 401 5680
Michael Scarn
Crew: Chicago Mafia Skins
Address:  3217 N Keating apartment 3a
Phone: 773-565-8957

Other known members and supporters are Mickey nussbaum, Lauren, Tommy, Erica, Kevin, Colleen, Almighty Mel, Robert Lopatka, Andrew, Kyle, Bob, Matt D and more.Wellington Arms, Criminal Kids, Vicious Sex,

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Announcing the 17th Annual 2011 Anti-Racist Action Network Conference

Date:  Saturday September 17 from 3pm-10pm
Location: U.E. Hall, 37 South Ashland Ave Chicago, IL (wheelchair accessible, children-friendly, near Ashland green/pink line)
$5 suggested donation. After-party after 10pm details TBA.
Conference details at

Chicago is hosting the 17th annual Anti-Racist Action Network conference on September 17, 2011. This event is open to the public and includes workshops, caucuses and discussions. Come meet other activists and organizations involved in community struggles against racist terror and other forms of oppression.

Featured speakers:

Workshop descriptions:

Militant anti-fascism by Daniel and Lash
This workshop will focus on the theory and practice of militant anti fascism. We will attempt to explain what fascism is and how it is similar to/different from other ideologies of the far right, how militant anti-fascism differs from liberal anti-fascism, how this work relates to anti-racist/anti-oppression work and how it relates and impacts other movements. This workshop will also provide some concrete strategies and tactics for combating fascism.

Michael Novick
ARA unites around principles of anti-racism, anti-fascism and anti-oppression as our political approach, non-hierarchical autonomy as our organizational approach, and miltant direct action as our tactical approach. Let's address issues of politics, strategy and tactics not commonly raised, to draw out areas for further study and discussion. Michael Novick will consider settler colonialism and white supremacy in forming class consciousness, the state, society and political groups; and the implications of anti-colonial analysis for building alliances, developing successful anti-fascist strategy, and identifying pro-active priorities in the battles we take on.

Becca Sandor and Xloi of BTR 
Becca Sandor will be presenting on the rise of anti-immigrant environmental groups. She will be speaking about the many forms these groups are taking to link population and immigration specifically and their connection to each other and other white nationalists.

Xloi will be presenting on the resurgent nativism on campuses. She will focus specifically on the campus group, Youth for Western Civilization, their ties to white nationalists and their anti-immigrant and anti-muslim organizing. She will also touch on their ties to the far right and white nationalist groups internationally.

Becca Sandor, is a member of Bring the Ruckus contact info:
Xloi is a member of Bring the ruckus:

Bernardine Dohrn
Bernardine will be speaking and having an open discussion about white supremacy and the contours of anti-racist organizing and activism.

Bernardine Dohrn, activist, academic and child advocate, is Clinical Associate Professor of the Northwestern University School Law, and founding director of the Children and Family Justice Center. Dohrn was a national leader of SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) and the Weather Underground, and was on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List for over a decade.

She is co-author, with Bill Ayers, of Race Course: Against White Supremacy, co-editor of Sing A Battle Song: Documents of the Weather Underground, and wrote the introduction to Letters from Young Activists. She is an author and co-editor of two books: “A Century of Juvenile Justice” (2002) and “Resisting Zero Tolerance: A Handbook for Parents, Teachers and Students” (2001). She and Ayers are currently writing, What If?

Mark Clements
Mark Clements, at the age of 16 years old was taken to area three violent crimes unit. Beat and tortured. He served 28 years inside prison for a crime that he did not commit. It was determine in 2009, that a motorcycle gang the "Munsters" committed the crime after a drug deal with one of the building owners went bad. Today, Mark is outreach Administrator with the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Wrongful Conviction Director with the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and founder of the Campaign to End Torture formers known as the "Jail Jon Burge Coalition". Jon Burge has been found guilty... now Mark fights to free those who were tortured and sent to prison as the result of Burge and his subordinates.

Anyone who wants to host a workshop, table with literature, or participate in the conference in other ways, please contact us at

For more information please see our website at or email us at

Check out some of the work we have been doing and supporting in the past year in our latest zine: the South Side ARA May Day Edition

Monday, June 13, 2011

When will they learn? NSM eats it again in Milwaukee

Back in April nazis from The NSM held a conference in Pemberton, NJ, but not before a huge melee between them and anti-fascists that involved bats, hammers, pepper spray and folding chairs left several NSM members gushing blood and sent four to the hospital with one apparently having a shattered cheekbone. Now, months later, a follow up attack left the Milwaukee unit of the NSM in a fury. Harriet and Paul Paletti and about three other nazis from the NSM held a demo at the pride parade in down town Milwaukee. As always the NSM was heavily protected by police but this didn’t stop a few anti-fascists from making sure they didn’t go home without interruption. Aside from infiltrating the Milwaukee NSM through Harriet Paletti(20225 w coffee road, new berlin 53146),anti-fascists had been watching the NSMs’ since early in the morning and had clear descriptions on all cars and attendees. Once it was clear that they were going to hide behind police protection antifascists decided to go for their cars that were in the parking lot. Their grey astro van was parked directly in front of their red Chevy HHR which had an NSM member inside ‘guarding’ the van. After being confronted at his car he cowardly denied being a nazi and did nothing to protect the vehicle of his comrades. During the confrontation of this low life scum anti-fascists made sure to pop both of the NSMs’ front tires leaving them stuck in the lot and out a few hundred bucks, not including the tow we are sure they needed. Although we realize this was no huge defeat, the reality is, after such a beat down in Pemberton you would think the NSM would tighten their security and assure nothing at all happened. Most importantly it should be assumed that this is not the last hit the NSM will face. This war is not over and so-far this years score board says anti-fascists: 2 NSM:0