Tuesday, April 22, 2014

South Side ARA Annual Zine #5 (2013-2014)

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Welcome to the newest (Fifth!) edition of the South Side Chicago ARA zine. Every year we put together a collection of our updates on local antifascist work and intelligence, as well as a few relevant articles and updates from other sources.

Its been another busy year for antifascists in Illinois. As always, we've collected and posted the addresses and personal information on local white supremacists.

Antifascists have also been busy on the ground. We reported on the exposing of the Illinois NSM membership, which has since effectively been shut down following the resignation of their leader. David Irving, the world's most well-known Holocaust denier, once again had his Chicago stop on his speaking tour abruptly cancelled. It also pleased us to see that the Illinois white supremacists responsible for organizing the White Man March in Centralia were richly rewarded for their efforts. These are just a few of the accomplishments this past year has seen.

South Side ARA was involved in the founding of TORCH, a new North American antifascist network along with Hoosier Anti-Racist Movement, Central Texas ARA, Central Florida Antifa, and ARA LA/PART. We have also welcomed the addition of Philly Antifa. For more information on TORCH, scope it out at http://torchantifa.org/.

Watching Europe, we've seen many reasons why antifascism is still necessary. In this crisis of the capitalist system, we've seen from across the pond fascism rearing its ugly head again. From Greece to Ukraine to Sweden and elsewhere, fascist parties have been gaining seats in parliament and street groups have been attacking immigrants, gays, Jews, Roma, and leftists. Neo-nazis in Paris, France murdered a young antifascist and gay rights organizer Clement Meric, and Swedish fascists assaulted multiple people at an International Women's Day demo in the Swedish city of Malmo, sending another gay rights organizer to the hospital with life-threatening stab wounds.

If you are excited by what you read inside this zine, we encourage you to join in the fight against fascism. There are lots of ways to join in the struggle, like hosting benefits and letter-writing parties for antifa political prisoners, taking part in demos, or even getting involved in a local antifascist crew. Whatever path you choose, we hope to see you in the streets.

We would like to dedicate this issue of the South Side Chicago ARA Zine to antifascist Clement Meric, who was murdered by neo-nazis in Paris, and to the victims of the Overland Park, Kansas shooting on April 13 by Frazier Glen Miller, a longtime KKK and neo-nazi organizer.

No Pasaran!
South Side Chicago ARA

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fascists Attempt to Storm Teach-In at Chicago Union Hall

Taken from the Red Pheonix:
April 12 saw a heated confrontation between Fascists and Anti-fascists when about forty Maidan supporters attempted to break into an Anti-fascist sponsored teach-in at United Electric Hall on S. Ashland. 
The forty Maidan supporters included demonstrators flying the flags of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, and at least one “Right Sector” supporter complete with fatigues and regalia. Activists knew from previous encounters with the right-wing in Ukrainian village that the Maidan supporters in Chicago organize their rallies through networks maintained by ex-military contacts; this begins to explain the violent tactics employed by the Fascist mob. 
As in previous Anti-fascist events related to the crisis in Ukraine, the Svoboda sympathizers attempted to worm their way into the event to take down the faces of the participants to identify “Reds” and “Jews” on their Anti-Anti-fascist sites, it is when these Fascists were removed that the mob attempted to storm the Hall. Acting as the event’s security wing, APL members and members of Freedom Road Socialist Organization kept the mob from reaching the participants by actively holding back the mob as it attempted to force its way in through the double-doors of the Union Hall. 
It was during this struggle that an APL member noticed that one of the Maidan supporters had slipped Right-Sector propaganda under the door, the flier calls for Ukrainian living space, defines the nation as a genetic concept and closes with a quote by Mussolini. 

After the attempted break-in by the mob, Chicago police arrived on the initiative of UE’s key-holders who felt their Hall was in danger of being ransacked by the ultra-nationalists. The mob argued briefly with the police, event attempting to press charges against Anti-fascists, which even the police informed them was ill-advised, the mob slinked away after this last whimper. Inside the mood was victorious, all the efforts of the ultra-nationalists’ forces had come to nothing, the teach-in was held successfully and Anti-fascist forces were consolidated to continue this fight until all people’s can live without fear and Fascism is reduced to a distant memory.

Suspect in Kansas City Shooting is Frazier Glenn Miller

Taken from onepeoplesproject:
OVERLAND PARK, KS – The shooter that shot and killed three persons at a Jewish community center and a retirement home a mile away has been identified as veteran white supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller, who once ran a white supremacist paramilitary operation before he turned FBI informant and in recent years had been seen posting regularly on a white supremacist website forum, where his last post was to note that he had spoken yesterday to Craig Cobb the white supremacist who attempted to take over a small town in North Dakota last year. 
While police have not publicly named the suspect in the shootings, his picture was shot as he was taken into custody and was spread throughout several media outlets. Several postings on the Vanguard News Network VNN) forum confirmed it was indeed Miller, who also is known as Fraiser Glenn Cross Jr. 
Miller was a major player in the 1980s white supremacist scene, organizing a parimilitary Klan outfit based in North Carolina called the White Patriot Party (WPP) using $200,000 stolen from armored trucks by the neo-Nazi terrorist group the Order, according to Miller himself during his testimony during a 1988 sedition trial in Arkansas. The WPP collapsed after he violated an injunction against paramilitary activity and was convicted of threatening Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was imprisoned for three years before being released in 1990. He was branded as a traitor for turning informant and went underground, but in recent years Miller was more of an internet presence posting as “Rounder” on the VNN forum. He also maintained a website which has videos and writings he authored. He also attempted to run for congress with the support of VNN. Another longtime white supremacist, Ron Doggett, who was a Unit leader in the WPP, supported his 2010 run. 
His last VNN posting about Craig Cobb was one of several in recent weeks where he indicated he was in close contact with the white supremacist who attempted to create a white's only enclave in Leith, ND before his arrest on terroristic threats. “Sounded confident and healthy. His PSI is completed, in the hands of his attorney, and next hearing (release hearing presumeably) is 29 April,” Miller said of Cobb, who is awaiting sentencing after agreeing to plead guilty to five misdemeanors and one felony. Cobb was in nearby Kansas City on Nov. 9 for a National Socialist Movement rally. 
It has also been learned that two of the persons that Miller is alleged to have killed were Methodists.