Summary – the Anarchist/Anarcho-Communist/”Antifa” War on Human Rights and the Need for the Responsible Majority to Challenge.
Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.) supports the shared universal human rights of all people, and all Americans, including their right to security and life, which too many violent extremists would take away. R.E.A.L.’s leadership has focused half a century in challenging racial and Nazi hate and terrorist movements. But R.E.A.L. has also challenged the ideas of Communist and Anarchist violent movements, which have long history of terror, violence, and attacks on the United States; this has included violence against R.E.A.L. volunteers.
R.E.A.L. provides this information on the Anarchist threat to Americans, who have been largely uninformed and uneducated on the history of Anarchist terror and violence, which is too widely given misguided glamorization today. After this general summary, R.E.A.L. has provided a detailed review of this continuing human rights threat. R.E.A.L. will document and clarify that the Anarchist leaders of so-called “Anti-Facist” or “Antifa” movements are not merely an “Anti-Racist” movement as some might want to believe, but they represent Anarcho-Communism, and a history of Anarchist violence and Anti-democracy ideology that has threatened American human rights for over 100 years.
The context of our history and its details matter if we are to defend our shared human rights, democracy, and democratic values. We cannot work for justice, equality, liberty, solve problems or educate our fellow Americans on problems that we do not understand. Today, we see too many who call for violence over use of informed democratic processes. We have seen what happens in America and around the world when individuals replace politics with acts of violence. Such political violence, especially in democratic nations, do not further the cause of human rights and dignity. Before we act, we must first learn.
R.E.A.L. notes that violent Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist extremists, and their acts of terror, represent the smallest fringe of the American public. As with Nazis, white supremacists, and other fringe extremists, it is essential not to exaggerate their numbers and their influence. But with many American young people unfamiliar with the violent history and anti-democracy views of such extremists, and the disinterest by the U.S. political media in reporting such facts, R.E.A.L. has summarized the history and continuing threat to American human rights by such violent Anarchists and Anarcho-Communist extremists. Such Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist terrorism is seeing a new revival in the United States of America, and those concerned about human rights, law, and the safety of our fellow citizens must be vigilant about such threats. In terms of journalistic integrity, it is deeply troubling to see the U.S. political media glamorizing such extremist movements that have been responsible for so much violence, terrorism, and death in America.
The many learned individuals in the press do know better. While we must not exaggerate the impact of such extremists, we must recognize there are at least 50 known armed Anarchist extremist groups in America today, and the years of lack of consistency in law enforcement on Anarchist violence has allowed thousands of violent Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists to develop, practice tactics of bombing and violence, and gain experience in attacking the public, our government, and law enforcement, using the streets of America as their training grounds. Responsible security measures need to be implemented to protect all Americans from violent extremist groups, especially those with a history of over a century of terrorism in the U.S. Among American national security concerns, this should be a priority.
With over a century of Anarchist terrorism and anti-democracy violence against America, R.E.A.L. will document the continuing pattern of Anarchist bombing and suicide bomb efforts, murder, assassination, attacks on the U.S. Capitol, Pentagon, and government and legal instituations, attacks on our businesses, killing of our citizens, numerous firebomb attacks, and mass-murder terror plots. This history of such Anarchist terrorism has now come to include so-called “Antifa” firebombings and other mob violence attacks on American citizens.
As R.E.A.L. will document, Anarchist and “Antifa” activists openly state, they are not working to defend our “rights” or our “democracy,” and they have contempt for and seek the destruction of both. To those rationalizing and normalizing Anarchist terrorism and violence, this undermines support for our shared human rights, democracy, law, and certainly justice. In a democracy, “justice” by violent force is not simply the opinion of a group of self-appointed criminals, whose their belief that the “ends justifies the means” shows contempt and outweighs the decisions of the American people, their shared legal system, and their Constitutional rights.
The Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist “Antifa” campaign is not an “anti-racist” campaign respecting our rights and equality, it is an Anarcho-Communist campaign attacking American rights, with the goal to further insurrection against all U.S. institutions and democracy. Political partisans may think such attacks only target other political partisans. They do not. Such Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist “Antifa” attacks are an attack on our law, our Constitution, and the rights of every American.
R.E.A.L. brings decades of experience in genuine and peaceful efforts to challenge the racist and hate views for decades of white nationalists, white supremacists, and Nazis. R.E.A.L. understands the problem and the challenge. R.E.A.L. provides a pro-human rights position to challenge anti-human rights extremists from every ideology. But we know that tactics hate and violence only destroys ourselves and our integrity. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.”
The concept that hate, violence, and terrorism can be rationalized by anyone’s political beliefs goes to the core of attacking our shared democracy and American’s Constitutional and human rights. We are responsible for equality and liberty precisely to provide for the common American and members of the public to provide a responsible and peaceful response to anti-human rights extremism that would attack our shared rights and democracy. This must recognize the threat that Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist extremist violence and hate also poses to our nation.
Americans act from their conscience, and they have a proud history of standing up to end injustice. Those who respect this American compassion for justice must not be silent about the efforts by violent Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist extremists to twist and pervert genuine expressions of peaceful protest and concern into acts of violence that have no respect for any human rights. In our mathematical ethics of human and civil rights, we Americans know that two wrongs do not equal a right. R.E.A.L. calls for the American public to reject extremist movements that want to teach us hate and violence as paths to love and peace. We intrinsically know this does not make sense, and we must listen to our frustrated fellow citizens, yet guide them away from the path of attacking democracy and human rights as proposed by Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist violent ideologies.
Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist violence has frequently gained interest during periods of political and social unrest in America, with the false promise of quick change through violence and insurrection, rather than the hard work of finding lasting solutions based on shared law and respect. We have seen that political and social change is never achieved from their anti-democracy ideologies, radical hate, and acts of violence. America has achieved lasting political and social change through shared respect, compassion, compromise, and dignity for one another. America’s real accomplishments in working to end wars, achieve progress in social and racial justice, promote fairness in labor and capitalism, were truly reached not by street violence, destruction, lawlessness, and hate, but by outstretched hands of those with different views finding common cause and even compromise, in peace and progress, despite their differences.
Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists will try to convince frustrated Americans that our democratic system and our society is nothing but a “zero-sum” struggle and just a division of winners and losers. To those who understand the diversity of the American experience, we know that simplistic argument is not true. In a shared democratic society, we cannot long afford any massive group to only be a “loser.” Our democracy has worked because, no matter how frustrated some may be, our society is combination of both “winners” and “losers” at every area and group in America, who work together to raise each other up, not tear each other down. The freedom and ability of change and compromise from such democracy and democratic processes is why Anarchist and Anarcho-Communists fear and hate democracy so much, and whose primary mission is to de-legitimize democracy and democratic processes in America.
As R.E.A.L. will document, the Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist “Antifa” campaign is not an “anti-racist” campaign respecting our rights and equality, it is an Anarcho-Communist campaign attacking American rights, with the goal to further insurrection against all U.S. institutions and democracy. Political partisans may think such attacks only target other political partisans. They do not. Such Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist “Antifa” attacks are an attack on our law, our Constitution, and the rights of every American.
R.E.A.L.’s struggle for American human rights is centered on our commitment to the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). (Eleanor Roosevelt, who chaired the writing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, barely escaped from being killed or maimed by an Anarchist terrorist suicide bomb.) Our commitment to the U.S. Constitution and the UDHR is the most fundamental aspect of our “war of ideas” with Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist terrorists and criminals. Both the U.S. Constitution and UDHR give Americans human rights of freedom. The UDHR also commits to our right of security as human beings and our right to human dignity. Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist terrorists declare war not only with the U.S. Government, U.S. authorities, U.S. democracy, but also declare war on the truths that we hold self evident. Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist terrorism declares war on our free speech, free thought, the basic safety of the individual to be free from mob violence in the street, as we have seen so often from the Anarchist, Anarcho-Communists, and the campaign they ironically call “Antifa.”
To fight this “war of ideas,” Americans need to stand resolute to challenge those within the Anarchist, Anarcho-Communist, and “Antifa” movements that seek to attack our shared human rights and Constitutional rights. We stand for American truth of seeking all human beings as created equal, not some more equal than others, based on your political views. We stand in support of freedom of speech and freedom on conscience, not just for those we like and those like us, but for all people. We stand in support of all human beings “born free and equal in dignity and rights,” not to have our fellow Americans chased and beaten in street by “Antifa” mobs with baseball bats and clubs. Our universal human rights ensure that: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” Again, not just those we agree with and those we like. But everyone.
The Anarchist, Anarcho-Communist, and “Antifa” movements think they can pick and choose who has these rights, they believe they alone can choose what laws we can respect. They claim they acting to overthrow authority, but that is not true. They really seek to overthrow our representative authority, and the rights of every man and woman in America. Because if we sit still and allow them to choose which of us has freedom of speech, security, and any other freedom at their whim, then we have surrendered not some, but everyone of our freedoms.
The Anarchists, Anarcho-Communist and their “Antifa” movement claim they are war with the decision-makers. They are; they are at war with every single one of us in America that are free to make decisions in our representative democracy and in our lives. They are at war with this entire nation, every race, political group, religion, gender, age, and identity group. They are at war with our Constitutional and human rights.
The “Responsible Majority” – of American citizens, families, faith groups, human rights groups, institutions, leaders, government, law enforcement, and media – must not stay silent and cower at their threats to this nation and our human rights. This is not just a law enforcement issue. This is not just a homeland security issue. This is not just a political issue. No. This is OUR issue, OUR problem, and jointly as Americans, our Responsibility for Equality and Liberty – for all.
Extremists may think they can attack our rights and seek the destruction of our democracy, but it is our role as the “Responsible Majority” of Americans to demonstrate that Americans will not surrender to mobs of masked Anarchist criminals and terrorists. The “Responsible Majority” of Americans must show that we understand the history, true agenda, and objectives of violent Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists, and we must show that we are not afraid to defend our shared human rights and democracy.
R.E.A.L. calls for those confused by the Anarchists, Anarcho-Communist and their “Antifa” movement to abandon their cause of extremism, violence, and hate. We call for their families to remind them of the freedoms that so many have sacrificed for all Americans. With an outstretched hand, not an upraised fist, we urge them to stop their attacks on this nation, and return to family of the American people that respect our shared Constitutional and human rights.
We must urge our fellow Americans to Choose Love, Not Hate – Love Wins.
(1) The First Foreign Terrorist Attacks in America by Anarchists.
(2) The Weather Underground Anarchist Terrorist Attacks Across America.
(3) Anarchist Cynaide on Chicago Subway and Mass Power Outages.
(4) 21st Century Anarchist Terrorist Bombings and Threats.
— Cleveland Terror Plot to Blow Up Bridge, Attack Community
— Chicago Terror Plot on Attack NATO Summit, President Obama Campaign Office, and Police
(5) Anarchist Terrorists Co-Opt Environmental Concerns.
(6) Anarchists Frustrated with Occupy Protests Call for More “Insurrectionist” Goals.
(7) Anarchist Terrorist Plots Often Obscured in Media Reports.
(8) Anarchist Terrorism Glamorization by Film Industry.
(9) Anarchist Terrorists Adopt Black Bloc Tactics.
(10) Anarchists Infiltration of Protest Groups Expands Reach and Recruitment for Violence.
(11) Anarchist Terrorists Redefine Racial Strife as “Fascist” Challenge to Legitimize Non-State Violence.
(12) Anarco-Communists and the History of the “Anti-Fascist” (Antifa) Movement.
(13) Early Anarchist Use of “Antifa” Campaign for Violence in America
(14) Political Unrest Provides “Perfect Storm” to Advance Anarcho-Communist Violence.
(15) Violent Assault on Fringe Nazi Leader by Anarchist Black Bloc Gets Media Praise.
(16) Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist Use Political Unrest to Recruit and Attack Democracy.
(17) Armed Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists Parade with Automatic Weapons in American Streets.
(19) Berkeley Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist Campaign.
(19) The Washington Post Glamorizes Anarchist Violence (Again).
(20) Women’s Rights Activists Must Denounce Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist Terrorism and Violence by Women.
(21) Charlottesville Riots and the Failure to Stop Violence.
(22) Lost Opportunity to Clearly Define Ideological Threats Used by Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists.
(23) Increased Calls and Support for “Antifa” Violence.
(24) Violent Anarchist Get Media Legitimization for Violence as “Antifa”.
(25) Emboldened Anarchists / Anarcho-Communists Use “Antifa” Target HOMES.
(26) Anarchists / Anarcho-Communists Defeat Police in Berkeley, Beat People in Streets.
(27) Responsible Majority of Americans Must Defend Human Rights, Democracy, Law, and U.S. Constitution from Anarchist Violence.
(1) The First Foreign Terrorist Attacks in America by Anarchists.
The first foreign terrorist organization (FTO) performing terror attacks across America began nearly 100 years ago with nail-bombs and terrorist attacks, suicide bombing, and other attacks across the nation, after assassinating the President of the United States of America. But these early terror attacks were not based on racist or religious hate; they were Anarchist terrorism, which remains a continuing threat to human rights in America today. The Anarchist terrorist message threat to America has changed little in the past 100 years in the views of Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist terrorism: “there will have to be murder: we will kill” and “there will be destruction.”
Terrorists have supported the Anarcho-Communist extremist cause to kill, maim, and destroy government, courts, newspapers, business, and homes in the United States of America. Anarchist mass-murder terrorism plots against Americans has ranged from nail bombs against newspapers, U.S. Post Office, government, and police, bombings across the U.S. target the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol, cyanide poison gas plots to murder Americans on subways, to more recent Anarchist arson violence on vehicles, beating people in the streets with clubs, baseball bats, and other violent attacks on Americans and others.
One of the earliest FTO Anarchist terrorist leaders supporting terror plots against America was German-American Anarchist Johann Joseph “Hans” Most. In his native Germany, Johann Most promoted acts of violence as “action as propaganda” or what Anarchists and communists would calls as “propaganda of the deed” (also known as “the Attentat”). Johnann Most promoted the use of terrorist bombs in Germany, but was forced to flee Germany and eventually ended up in the United States. In America, Johann Most provided Anarchist terrorist ideological leadership for a new generation of American citizens in Anarchist terrorism. Most inspired other anarchists in America including Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman. Alexander Berkman went on to attempt to murder Henry Clay Frick in 1892, who survived and Berkman was imprisoned. Emma Goldman was repeatedly imprisoned for incitement to riots, and was an advocate of politically motivated murder (the “Attentat”) and violent revolution. Emma Goldman became a protégé of Anarchist terrorist ideologue Johann Most; she was eventually deported to the USSR in 1919.
On September 6, 1901 in Buffalo, New York, Anarchist terrorist Leon Czolgosz assassinated U.S. President William McKinley. With the growing anarchist terrorist ideologies spread across America and financial difficulties, Leon Czolgosz was convinced that it was his duty as an anarchist to kill the U.S. President. Anarchist terrorist ideologue Johnann Most praised this terrorist murder of the U.S. President as Anarchist should not consider it a “crime” to murder a “ruler.” Anarchist protégé of Johann Most, Emma Goldman defended the “ideals” of the presidential assassin Leon Czolgosz later in book entitled “The Psychology of Political Violence.” (For context, in his career before politics, President William McKinley was a volunteer and war hero in the Union Army fighting against the Confederate States of America, who rose to the rank of Brevet Major in the 23rd Ohio Infantry. That is who the Anarchist terrorists murdered.)
Prior to such Anarchist waves of terrorism, America was rocked in Chicago, Illinois by the Haymarket bombing and subsequent riot, which led to the death of five police, four civilians, and many wounded. While no one was ever prosecuted for actually throwing the bomb at the Haymarket bombing, eight Anarchists were convicted of conspiracy in the bombing. One of the Anarchist bombing conspirators was August Spies, who was an associate of Anarchist terror idelogue Johann Most.
Anarchist terror ideologue Johann Most continued to promote a form of Anarchist violence, which combined Anarchist and Communist theories, called “Anarcho-Communism,” which is seen in the combined red and black flags and symbols of violent Anarchist groups today. Violent Anarchist groups have often worked with violent Communist groups, sharing extremist values of destructions. The black / red combination of Anarchist and Communist values was defined as “Anarcho-communism,” which seeks the abolition of state, capitalism, private property, through insurrection, to be replaced by communal (e.g., communist) economies. The shared black and red symbols of Anarcho-Communism remain the symbols of such violent insurrectionist extremist movements, regardless of what terms leaders use to disguise their intent, as we have seen with the so-called “Anti Fascist” or “Antifa” events, disguised to bring unknowing and well-intentioned Anti-Racist and other supporters into Anarcho-Communist and Anarchist violent riots and attacks.
Anarchist terrorist violence was among the first major forms of mass nationwide terrorism in 20th century America, organized early by Anarchist Galleanist group (led by an Italian Anarchist leader Luigi Galleani). The Galleanist Anarchist terror attacks used nail bombs mailed to attack government officials, then newspapers, and police. The terrorist attacks of 1919, nearly 100 years ago were the first major plots on U.S. America was forced to deal with the bloody terrorism of Anarchism – directly attacking Americans. 36 Anarchist terrorist bombs were used in April 1919 alone, intended for the Anarcho-Communist May Day (May 1) celebration, attacking the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Supreme Court, the predecessor group of the FBI (then known as the Bureau of Investigation), Senators, Congressmen, mayors, governors, police, U.S. Postmaster General, business leaders, and newspapers. Of the Anarchist bombs, 16 were setaside as having “insufficient postage” and never reached their targets, 12 of the 16 Anarchist terrorist bombs were disarmed, but among the terror bombs that exploded, one of the terrorist injured a Senator’s wife, and severely burned her face and neck. Another victim of the Anarchist terrorist bomb was a working class Black American housekeeper. The Anarchist terrorist bombs were sent to New York City, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Pennsylvania, Utah, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.
Two months later, another series of Anarchist terrorist bombs spread across the nation, with bombs packaged with heavy metal slugs to function as shrapnel, simultaneously sent to 8 U.S. cities, New York, Boston, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Patterson in New Jersey, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia. The Anarchist targets were the police, a Catholic priest, a mayor, businessmen, a state legistlator, and three judges. The bombs killed two men, and an Anarchist suicide bomb terrorist attack on the home of the U.S. Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer, injuring the Attorney General.
The Anarchist terrorist suicide bomber, Carlo Valdinoci, also nearly injured or killed Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) (the future U.S. president), who was then Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and who lived across the street from Palmer. The Anarchist terrorist suicide bomber exploded across the street from FDR’s house, minutes before FDR was there, with the terrorist body parts landing on FDR’s doorstep. For further context, one of individuals who was also nearly killed in this Anarchist suicide bombing was Eleanor Roosevelt, FDR’s wife. Surviving this near Anarchist terrorist bombing, Eleanor Roosevelt would also go on to become the Chairperson of the U.N. Human Rights Commission in 1946, and a contributor in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948.
The Anarchist terrorist attacks were accompanied with a manifesto calling for “Class war,” and attack on the “darkness of your laws.” The Anarchist terrorists provided pink flyers with each of their bombs entitled “Plain Words,” which described their call to terrorist murder and killing: “There will have to be bloodshed; we will not dodge; there will have to be murder: we will kill, because it is necessary; there will have to be destruction; we will destroy to rid the world of your tyrannical institutions.”
Other terrorist attacks included the Preparedness Day suitcase bomb terrorist attack in San Francisco, CA, killing 10 and injuring 40 (widely suspected to be done by Anarchists), and large black powder bomb that killed nine policemen in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1917, suspected to be done by an Anarchist terrorist linked to a New York City bombing of Wall Street.
Anarchist terrorists then attacked New York City, using wagon with a bomb, as an early version of a “car bomb” on September 16, 1920 at Wall Street, killing 38 and injured 143 Americans. This mass casualty Anarchist terrorist attacks was the largest terrorist attack on American soil at the time. A terror group called the “American Anarchist Fighters” left threatening notes in a Post Office Box, calling for release of terrorist prisoners or “it will be sure death for all of you,” found before the Wall Street Anarchist terrorist attack.
Such Anarchist terrorism was the beginning of U.S. problems with Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Anarchist terror attacks in the U.S. led to the Anarchist Exclusion Act (1918), after repeated Anarchist terrorist acts; it was signed into law as Public Law 65-221. The sponsoring government agencies at the time held meetings, to address “disposition of cases of alien anarchists, some of whom are Italian anarchists and others Industrial Workers of the World [IWW] and Russian Union workers, now pending.” Using such laws and the Sedition Act, a number of Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists were arrested, and some were deported to Russia.
In 1920, after the series of Anarchist terrorist attacks, a number of Anarchists were arrested during what were called the “Palmer Raids,” named after the U.S. Attorney General Palmer injured in the Anarchist suicide bombing on his home. While the crackdown on Anarchist terrorist ideologues and terrorist violence gave the American government a short pause in Anarchist terror attacks dwindling by the 1930s, largely due to improved police procedures and coordination, Anarchist terror and violence would return to plague the United States.
(Regarding the U.S. government reference to the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in discussion over the Anarchist Exclusion Act, it is noteworthy that the Industrial Workers of the World union organization is also prominant in recent protest activities in the U.S. Historically, the IWW, aka “Wobblies,” have stated their use of violence has been “defensive” in nature and their links to anarchism more related to “anarcho-syndicalism.” The concept behind Anarcho-syndicalism, similar to Anarcho-Communism, is to call for revolutionality industrial unionism, aka “syndicalism,” as a means for workers to gain control over a capitalist economy. Like Anarcho-Communists, Anarcho-Syndicalists also use the red/black flag.) R.E.A.L. notes for the record, that during the January 20, 2017, Anarchist Black Bloc riots in Washington D.C., there were numerous Black Bloc Anarchists photographed carrying red Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) flags.
Let us reflect on the progress of American unions and Anarchist violence. Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists rationalized their acts of terror against America, by claiming they were “fighting for the working man.” But how did labor unions progress in America? NOT through such violence. The reality is that meaningful progress in labor was achieved through law, changed through America’s representative democracy, peaceful protest, and collective efforts in peace, not violence. The National Labor Relations Act and collective bargaining was acheived through shared respect and compromise, not by Anarchist bombs, murders, and hate. What the Anarchist violent terrorism acheived was delaying such American progress, by their tactics of terrorism, which were truly focused on dividing America and undermining its democratic processes.
(2) The Weather Underground Anarchist Terrorist Attacks Across America.
A radical Anarcho-Communist organization known as the “Weather Underground” led terrorism and riots attacks against the United States government and its public for another 20 years, through the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. The Weather Underground led violent riots across Chicago in what were known as “Days of Rage” in October 1969, with 300 violent extremists attacking Chicago’s business district, including destruction of a Chicago police statue, remembering the victims of the 1884 Anarchist Haymarket bomb and riot. In July 1970, the “Weather Underground Organization (WUO)” “Weathermen” issued a “Declaration of a State of War against the United States government, and adopted fake identities. WUO terrorist leader Bernardine Rae Ohrnstein (aka Bernardine Dohrn) wrote in the WUO terrorist Declartion of War that: “Revolutionary violence is the only way.” (This is how the sickness of violence of affects the mind and spirit: Bernardine Dohrn also praised the Tate-LaBianca murders by Charles Manson murders in 1969.)
Anarcho-Communist terrorists of the WUO were identified, however, during a failed terrorist operation, when three of the terrorist were killed while building a bomb that was intended for a terrorist attack on Fort Dix, New Jersey to kill U.S. Army soldiers. (If the WUO terrorist attack on Fort Dix had been successful, it would have killed 100 people.)
The WUO terrorist group claimed dozens of bombings and terrorist attacks during 1969 through 1977, including bombings in: Chicago police bombing (1969), Chicago Haymarket police bombing (1969), New York City police department bombing (1970), San Francisco police bombing (1970), Judge Murtagh house firebombing (1970), National Guard Association Building bombing in Washington DC (1970), Bank of America NYC bombing (1970), Queens court bombing (1970), U.S. Capitol bombing (1971), Office of California Prisons in Sacramento and San Francisco bombing (1971), MIT bombing (1971), New York Department of Corrections in Albany, New York bombing (1971), Pentagon bombing in Washington D.C. (1972), 103rd Police Precinct in New York bombing (1973), ITT headquarters buildings in New York City and Rome, Italy bombing (1973), U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare offices in San Francisco bombing (1974), Office of the California Attorney General bombing (1974), Gulf Oil’s Pittsburgh headquarters bombing (1974), Anaconda Corporation bombing (1974), State Department bombing (1975), Offices of Dept. of Defense in Oakland bombing (1975), Puerto Rican bank in NYC bombing (1975), Kennecott Corporation bombing (1975), California Senator office bomb plot (1977).
Due to prosecutorial misconduct with FBI COINTELPRO illegal searches in collecting evidence, the leaders of the WUO terrorists mostly escaped accountability. WUO leader Bernardine Dohrn pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated battery and bail jumping, for which she was fined $1,500 and given three years probation. Ms. Dohrn served less than one year in prison for refusing to testify against another WUO terrorist regaring a bank robbery. WUO co-leader Bill Ayers was not prosecuted. The cost of maintaining a law enforcement focus at the FBI was that future Anarcho-Communist terrorists were given a lesson that the U.S. government would allow such terrorist bombings to go on, without consequences and accountability. This remains the root of the continuing degradation of law and order in America today. WUO leader Bill Ayers told the New York Times that “I don’t regret setting bombs,” and viewed his terrorist acts as “symbolic acts of extreme vandalism.” WUO leader Bill Ayers was and remains married to WUO co-leader Bernardine Dohrn. According to Wikipedia, WUO leader Bernardine Dohrn “now serves on the board of numerous human rights committees.”
Once again, let us reflect on how the Vietnam War ended. It was not achieved by Anarchist WUO terrorist bombings, violence, criminal acts, and hate. This political change was achieved by peaceful political protest, and political decisions in America’s representative democracy. What did the Anarchist WUO terrorist acts achieve in this area? The only thing such terrorist violence achieved was undermining the legitimate efforts by peaceful protesters by linking concerns on these issues with such anti-democracy hate and violence. The WUO terrorism did not progress these areas, but actually worked to delay progress, and such Anarchist addiction to violence to overthrow the U.S. government continued even AFTER direct U.S. military involvement ending in August 15, 1973, with the last few Americans in South Vietnam removed in April 30, 1975.
(3) Anarchist Cynaide on Chicago Subway and Mass Power Outages.
In 2002, Chicago police discovered (largely by accident) an Anarchist terrorist plot to use cyanide poison gas in the Chicago subway, organized by Wisconsin’s Joseph Daniel Konopka, who called himself “Dr. Ch@os.” Konopka used Internet chat rooms to recruit supporters, and held meetings at a location near Green Bay, Wisconsin. Konopka called his Anarchist terror associates the “Realm of Chaos” and stated that he had committed 50 acts of damaging power substations and communication facilities. Chicago police found that Konopka had a 1 1/4 pounds of cyanide compounds in a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) blue line tunnel. He was never charged with any terrorist crimes, but pleaded guilty to lesser charges for 11 felonies, initially receiving a prison sentence of 23 years, but an appeals court threw out a conviction on arson and so he remained imprisoned for 13 years for the cyanide plot at ADX Florence supermax prison, Fremont County, Colorado. Anarchist Dr. Ch@os is scheduled for release in two years on August 24, 2019. From his prison cell, Anarchist terrorist Dr. Ch@os calls for “rational anarchists” to “capture” technology to be used to “transcend regimes and borders.”
Dr. Ch@os’ Anarchist terrorism in the late 20th and early 21st century was indicative of a new resurgence in Anarchist terrorism in America, with Anarchists organizing by using the Internet and social media. Now Anarchists openly promote use of baseball bats in the street as “mainstream” support for terrorism and violence, with very few voices in the American human rights community willing to speak out and object to such “normalization” of Anarchist terrorism.
(4) 21st Century Anarchist Terrorist Bombings and Threats.
Anarchist bombings have continued but thus far were usually on a smaller scale in the early 21st century. Such anarchist terrorist bombings were rarely recognized as “acts of terrorism” by the U.S. mainstream media, and usually relegated to local press reports, which would lose interest after one or two reports, with minimal to know follow-up. Major U.S. cities (New York City, Portland) have typically been targets of random, small-scale Anarchist terrorist bombings, usually with few arrests. Once again, a pattern of a failure to take Anarchist terrorism seriously and hold violent individuals accountable on a regular basis become a routine practice, and sent the wrong signal to Anarchists that such terror acts would go without punishment, further emboldening an entrenched pattern of Anarchist violence in the United States. Bombings at Starbucks coffee shops and McDonalds restaurants causing mainly property damage receive little press and media coverage, and are quickly forgotten. As we have seen in other Anarchist acts of terrorism, such violence has not changed or stopped chains or franchises of restaurants, coffee shops, or other businesses. Such Anarchist terrorism has achieved only thunderstorms of senseless violence, hate, and fear, but like thunderstorms in life, the American people wait out storm and go on with their lives.
Some Anarchists rationalized firebomb terrorism against Starbucks coffee shops in America, based on Starbucks CEO’s Howard Shultz support for Israel. With virtually no institutional memory of such Anarchist terrorist attacks, including Anti-Semitic rationalization by some Anarchists in attacks on Starbucks coffee shops, there is no one holding such same Anarchists accountable for credibility, when they would later claim to be “Anti-Fascist.”
In some cases, Anarchist terrorists only needed to make terrorist threats of bombs to be effective. As we reported in 2005, a flier released and attritubed to the Anarchist Black Cross Boston made a series of threats to Boston areas organizations as a part of “protests” against the Iraq War. As the Boston Herald reported, “The flier, released by Anarchist Black Cross Boston, goes on to list the address of Boston Police Headquarters in Roxbury, FBI headquarters in Government Center, the IRS building and a military recruiting center on Summer Street. There is also a list of corporate sites, including Fidelity, the Gap, Niketown, and Raytheon’s Waltham location.” With relative anonymity, the continued use of masks among Anarchist Black Bloc protesters, Anarchists have been able to have limited scrutiny as potential terrorist threats to Americans, while too much of U.S. political media has gone from largely ignoring Anarchists to openly defending and promoting them.
Violent Anarchists in the past typically used other notable events for them as a basis for terrorism and violence. One that has been regularly used by Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists is May Day (May 1), which is widely celebrated by Communists and radical organizations as an inspiration to insurrection.
Cleveland Anarchist Terror Plot to Blow Up Bridge, Attack Community
In 2012, such Anarchists plotted terrorist attacks to destroy a Cleveland bridge, and also planned attacks for hotels and banks in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition, the “May Day” terrorist plots also made references to possibly attack hospitals in Cleveland. The Anarchist terrorists finally made their primary target a bridge used by the public. This plot was foiled on May 1, 2012, when five American Anarchist terrorists were arrested for a terrorist bomb plot in Cleveland, planned to be an Anarchist “May Day” bombing. Three of the Anarchist terror plotters were sentenced to prison for a bomb plot to blow up the Route 82 bridge looking from Brecksville across the Cuyahoga River to Sagamore Hills. Another man pleaded guilty to a related charge, with four sentenced to prison, and one evaluated for mental competency. Cleveland’s WKSU news reported on November 30, 2012 that: “the men thought of themselves as anarchists and wanted to topple the busy commuter bridge to demonstrate their anger with corporations and government.” The Anarchist terrorists planted eight packs of plastic explosives strapped to a concrete abutment at the bottom of one of the bridge’s pillars. The Anarchists terrorists obtained a code for a bomb detonator to blow up the Cleveland bridge that would have killed many Ohio Americans, but the Anarchists were using a fake explosive that was provided by an FBI informant. The Anarchists were frustrated members of the Occupy protest, which were disappointed that Occupy had not pursued a sufficiently insurrectionist direction.
In addition, the criminal complaint for these Cleveland terrorists stated that they also planned to make bombs to be used throughout Cleveland, and sought to use “The Anarchist Cook Book,” a long time terrorist bomb-making reference guide. The federal complaint also stated that the terrorists were considered attacks on hotels and banks in Cleveland, and also wanted to move on after the Cleveland terrorist attacks to firebombs involving the NATO summit in Chicago. As it turned out, other Anarchist terrorists had already made terror plots for Chicago.
Chicago Anarchist Terror Plot on Attack NATO Summit, President Obama Campaign Office, Police
The history of Anarchist terrorist plots in America in the early 21st century also included May 2012 (post “May Day”) terror plots for Chicago, just after a separate Anarchist terror group was plotting attacks to blow up a bridge in Cleveland, Ohio. The Chicago terrorists, who were called the “NATO 3,” Brian Church, Jared Chase, and Brent Betterly, were sentenced to prison for felony charges of possession of an incendiary device, as well as charges of mob action. Brian Church was from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Jared Chase was from Keene, New Hampshire, and Brent Vincent Betterly, was reportedly from Oakland Park, Florida. This is yet another case of violent Anarchists traveling to plot terror in other parts of the country.
According to the initial May 19, 2012 criminal complaint against the three Anarchists, Brian Church, Jared Chase, and Brent Betterly are “self-proclaimed anarchists, and members of the ‘Black Bloc’ group,’ who traveled together from Florida to the Chicago area in preparation for committing terrorist acts of violence and destruction directed against different targets in protest to the May 2012 NATO Summit, then U.S. President Barack Obama, and the Chicago Police Department (CPD). Specifically, plans were made to destroy police cars and attack four CPD stations with destructive devices, in an effort to undermine the police response to the conspirators’ other planned actions for the NATO Summit. Some of the targets included the Campaign Headquarters of U.S. President Barack Obama, the personal residence of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, and certain downtown financial institutions.” The complaint also stated that Brian Church “stated that he wanted to recruit four groups of four co-conspirators (for a total of sixteen people) to conduct the raids, and that reconnaissance had already been conducted at CPD Headquarters located at 3510 South Michigan Avenue for the purposed of a planned attack. As part of their effrots, the defendents also possessed and/or constructed improvised explosive-incendiary devices and various types of dangerous weapons (including a mortar gun, swords, hunting bow, throwing stars, and knives with brass-knockle handles), as well as police counter-measures such as pre-positioned shields, assault vest, gas mask equipment, and other gear to help hide their identify durint their operations. At one point in the investigation, church stated that he also wanted to buy several assault rifles, and indicated that if a police officer was going to point a gun at him, then Church would be ‘pointing one back’ at the cop.”
The complaint also stated that on “May 8, 2012, as part of their pre-NATO Summit preparations, the defendants resided in an apartment, along with other individuals, located at the three-flat residence on 1013 West 32nd Street, Chicago, Illinois. During the investigation, topics of converstaion by the conpirators included committing acts of violence in other jurisdictions, planning escape routes, discussing and conducting late-night training sessions for engaging in combat with the police, and avoiding detection by law enforcement’s use of electronic surveillance, FBI informants, and forensic evidence. In one conversation, a defendant stated that ‘the city doesn’t know what it’s in for’ and that ‘after NATO, the city will never be the same’ as before.” “On May 16, 2012, Church, Chase, Betterly and others engaged in detailed conversations about the preparation of numerous incendiary devices known as ‘Molotov Cocktails’ made out of empty beer bottles that were filled with gasonline and fitted with fusing. During these activities, Chase obtained gasoline at the BP Gas Station located at 31st and Halted, and then returned to the safe house at 1013 West 32nd Street. Upon return, the defendants using gloves began to make the Molotov Cocktails and cut bandanas as timing devices. During construction, Church and Chase assisted in the preparation and Betterly gave instructions on how to properly assemble and use the Molotov Cocktails. While the Molotov Cocktails were being poured, church discussed the NATO Summit, the protests, and how the Molotove Cocktails would be used for violence and intimidating acts of destruction. At one point, Church asked if others had ever seen a ‘cop on fire’ and discussed throwing one of the Molotov Cocktails into the 9th District Police station. Upon completion of several of the devices, plans were then discussed to load the Molotov Cocktails into a car loaded near the residence.”
Given the immiment threat to public safety, surveillance officers obtained a search warrant for the Chicago Police Department, and the police, FBI, and U.S. Secret service found the weapons, completed Molotov Cocktail fire bombs, pipe bomb instructions, Chicago area map, computer, recording and video devices, and assault vest. Despite the terror plot, the Chicago 3 Anarchist terrorists were convicted on explosives, arson, and mob violence charges. Judge Thaddeus Wilson gave them sentences of five to eight years in prison, and stated “No matter what they do in other countries, Americans will not stand for the throwing of Molotov cocktails at police in the streets.”
Anarchist Brian “Jacob” Church was released from prison in November 2014. Anarchist Brent Betterly was released from prison in April 2015. Anarchist Jared Chase, now Maya Chase, remains in prison at Pontiac Correctional Institute, and with additional charges of violence against police, he is now set to be released in June 2019.
There is widespread discussion on social media that one of the members of the three arrested Anarchist terrorists has gone back to active violence. This discussion is based on photographs and comparison of facial and distinctive tattoo markings. R.E.A.L. is aware of this conjecture, but without any hard facts, there is nothing to report at this time.
(5) Anarchist Terrorists Co-Opt Environmental Concerns.
Another tactic for Anarchist terrorist efforts has to co-opt environment concerns and encourage violence, as we have seen with extremists like the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) between 1997 and 2009, largely using various tactics of arson and firebombs to attack and destroy business, government, and housing facilities. While such terrorist attacks were largely in California and Washington State, there were attacks in Oregon, Maine, Michigan, Connecticut, Alaska, New Mexico, Alabama, Indiana, Arkansas, Ohio, North Carolina, and Maryland. Periodically, Anarchist and firebomb attacks that went array, resulted in identifying suspects, and arrests, as in the Lincoln, Auburn and Sutter Creek series of 15 firebombs in California. But many others required extended investigations, as the indictment of four ELF members for firebombs in Michigan 8 YEARS after the attack, with a significant sentence of one ELF member, Marie Mason, was sentenced to 22 years in prison, 10 years after the attack. But over the years, many firebomb attacks have been ignored as “merely” vandalism by the media, and law enforcement has had limited effectiveness in linking such attacks to political terrorism. Such ELF efforts were supported and promoted by numerous Anarchist extremist sites on the Internet, including Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) extremist support organizations. In some cases, the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Sacramento, California investigated Anarchist-linked ELF arson attacks, and offered rewards.
Once again, what did such Anarchist terrorism achieve to promote environmental causes? The only thing such Anarchist terrorism achieved was undermining legitimate, peaceful, and responsible efforts to achieve environmental change through cooperative and democratic processes. Environmental progress over decades has been achieved despite, not because of such Anarchist violence.
(6) Anarchists Frustrated with Occupy Protests Call for More “Insurrectionist” Goals.
During 2011-2012, American protesters challenged the conditions of economic justice in the United States formed a series of “Occupy” protests, starting at Wall Street in New York City, and spreading to 600 cities in the U.S., as well as global protesters in 951 cities in 82 nations. The focus changed with various protest activities in different areas and participants, but the overall focus was the protesters views of economic and social inequality. The initial protest activity, “Occupy Wall Street,” resulted in protesters taking over part of New York City’s Zuccotti Park. The argument that protesters made was that financial inequality by a “1 percent” was harming the social equality for the “99 percent.” While the Occupy protests included illegal acts, the majority of activities were non-violent. Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists were frustrated with this, and sought a different, more “insurrectionist” approach. Among the values that the Occupy National Gathering (NatGat) sought to agree on was: “peace, nonviolence.”
Some Occupy-related violence did occur, including incitement by Anarchists within the organization that sought to move the Occupy protests towards a more insurrectionist direction. This included Occupy clashes with police in Oakland, California, in January 2012, at Frank Ogawa Plaza which resulted in 400 arrested; witnesses blamed Black Bloc Anarchists for inciting the Oakland violence. A 2012 photograph of the Oakland violence shows individuals dressed in the typical Anarchist Black Bloc black clothing and bandanna scrafs breaking down fencing at the plaza. In addition, some frustrated Anarchists formerly with Occupy movement also went on to plot (foiled) terrorist bombing attacks in Cleveland and Chicago.
Among the others frustrated by Occupy movements failure to adopt “insurrectionist” goals were Anarchist associated with Natasha Lennard. “Antifa” activist and media writer Natasha Lennard asked on July 12, 2012, “After National Gathering, Is There Room for Insurrectionary Anarchism in Occupy?”. Those on the political left who respected such protests should pay attention to the real message from the violent Anarchist movement. As “Antifa” activist and media writer Natasha Lennard wrote, Anarchists were disappointed about the failure of the Occupy protests to represent an opportunity “where insurrectionary action could be fostered.” One of Natasha Lennard’s fellow Anarchists in Brooklyn told her that Occupy was “counterproductive” because “it was gutted of any insurrectionary potential.” Natasha Lennard wrote: “For many anarchists who participated in and organized Occupy actions, the idea of protesting money in politics or free education was always comparatively unimportant.” She pointed out that while “the Occupy struggles provided a space to insert insurrectionary ‘methods’,”the failure (per the Anarchists) to have “escalation” by supports of the Occupy Movement, made the protests into nothing more than a “wasteland” for “insurrectionary anarchists.”
This should provide a lesson to those who believe that Anarchists and Antifa activist Natasha Lennard’s support for “Antifa” as “anti-racist;” this is a failure to understand the real priorities and objective of Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist exttemists. Anarchist extremists do not seek “progress” in America, they only seek “insurrection.” This has been the case for the past 100 years in the U.S., no matter what cause or unrest the Anarchists attach themselve to, if the unrest does not produce “insurrection,” then it is a “waste” to them. This is because the Anarchist and Anarcho-Communists have different targets; they do not support our shared human rights and democratic values, but only have a singular end goal of violent insurrection.
The Anarchists within the remnants of the “Occupy” movement are increasingly gaining support for the cause of violence and hate. In California, in February 2017, “Occupy Oakland” promoted the violence of the Anarcho-Communist “Antifa” movement, writing “we will control the streets,” and “We will dismantle the state. This is war.” Less than five years, such calls for public violence and riots by Anarchist individuals within the Occupy movement are a far cry from the 2012 Occupy National Gathering which stated its support for “peace, non-violence,” with Occupy groups on social media openly promoting “Antifa” mob violence.
(7) Anarchist Terrorist Plots Often Obscured in Media Reports.
Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist terrorism is not only the “left-wing versus right-wing” distinction that many in the U.S. media want to simplistically portray it. Anarchist and anti-government terrorism blurs in many areas, and with government and media organizations focusing on releasing only information that supports a narrative they support, it is difficult to determine how much conflation between Anarchist and Anti-Government groups is going on. An additional problem in the 21st century is the difficulty in getting accurate information about Anarchist violence and terrorism, with a U.S. media that has become increasingly sympathetic to such views. In 2009, a Democratic Party HQ in Denver, Colorado was attacked, largely leading the media to suspect “right-wing” violence, when in fact, it turned out to be an Anarchist making such attacks. In 2012, reports of an “anarchist militia group” based out of U.S. Army Fort Stewart, Georgia, with members sporting Anarchist symbol tattoos, plotting attacks to overthrow the U.S. government, according to Georgia prosecutors in the case. The group was discovered after its leaders murdered two of its members about its silence. But the prosecution remained focused on the two murders, with reports about terror plots, bomb materials, and other information, including a reported assassination plot against U.S. President Barack Obama, with details never made available to the public.
But a consistent and coherent view of Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist terrorist and violent threats remains difficult to discern, with the combination of the normalization of Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist violence infilitrating many large protest activities, and the increasingly willing of the U.S. media to shield or, in some cases, openly praise such violence and terrorism. While some members of the political media have believed that they could “leverage” such anarchist violence to damage political and governmental bodies they disagree with, the reality is failing to challenge such violent and hate has only undermined the integrity and credibility in the media.
(8) Anarchist Terrorism Glamorization by Film Industry.
Anarchist terrorism and violence also became increasingly glamorized by Hollywood writers and producers in major films by writers, actors, and artists, with a practice of portraying authorities figures as “fascist,” and thus legitimizing and normalizing acts of Anarchist violence against them. In 2006, the “V for Vendetta” glamorized Anarchist terrorism, which would inspire young Anarchists for many years to come. In the “V for Vandetta film,” the Anarchist terrorist “hero” is responsible for stabbings, murders, and leads terrorist bombings around London, including the destruction of Parliament and Downing Street. (It is no small irony that Time/Warner, Inc.’s Warner Brothers used this Anarchist normalization film to generate over $190M in capitalist revenue.) This Warner Brothers effort led to an even more widespread popular use of the Guy Fawkes for Anarchist to disguise themselves. In 2013, the 1919 Anarchist bombings across the United States were portrayed in another film, “No God, No Master.” Not surprisingly, the film version on some of the 1919 Anarchist terrorist attacks seeks to re-write history and portray the terrorists with sympathy and their victims as villains, conveniently leaving out the innocents killed and injured in such terror acts.
(9) Anarchist Terrorists Adopt Black Bloc Tactics.
During the 1980s, Anarchists in Europe began using a strategy called a “Black Bloc,” which is a method of anonymous riots and protests, by wearing all black clothing, scarves, sunglasses, ski masks, and motorcycle helmets. This approach to Anarchist violence became more visible in 1999, when Anarchist Black Bloc tactics were used in the Seattle, Washington riots outside of the World Trade Organization (WTO). During the riots, police and WTO representatives were physically and violently attacked by the Anarchists. The riots were called “N30,” based on the November 30, 1999 date, and Anarchist terrorists in a Black Bloc formation began smashing windows between Pike Street from 6th Avenue. The Black Bloc violence encouraged other non-violent protesters to join in the terrorist attacks of vehicles and buildings, and the police became overwhelmed by the number of the rioters. Police declared a 50 block area for “no protest”, and curfew, by the National Guard was called in to end the violent insurrection. Anarchist terrorists found the violence to be a “victory,” by adapting new methods to recruit otherwise non-violent protesters to join into fevered Anarchist terrorist violence as part of a group effort against law enforcement and representative government authority. In 2000, Anarchist extremists used another major Black Bloc operations against the against the IMF in Washington DC, Festival De La Pueblo March in Boston in 2002, and the siege of the Lewiston Armory in Maine, 2003. This would become one of the new tactics of Anarchist operations.
With the use of Black Bloc organization tactics, Anarchist terrorists could now hide within any public protest activity, protected by the police and free speech, and by using peaceful protesters as the equivalent to “human shields,” go out and commit violence, incite riots, and then slip away, while the police and law enforcement felt paralyzed to effectively act. While such Anarchist Black Bloc violence and riots were less dramatic in terms of being life-threatening, Anarchist terrorists found this to be a tactic which would allow them to continue to spread a regular series of attacks, without meaningful consequences. U.S. law enforcement has been mainly interested in restoring the peace, and not arresting those “human shield” of peaceful protesters caught up in the Anarchist terrorist riot. Law enforcement has also been understandably concerned about “over-reaction” to such violence, after the decades of WUO terrorism went without consequence due to prosecutorial misconduct.
In Europe, such Anarchist Black Bloc attacks happen during every G20 event, and in the United States such Anarchist Black Bloc attacks frequently happen during conservative and Republican national events. Recent U.S. Presidents (both Obama and Trump) have been threatened in Europe by such Anarchist Black Bloc events.
Anarchist terrorists’ weapon of choice migrated from bombs to baseball bats, which could be readily purchased, untraceable, not illegal, and allowed them commit violence and disappear into a crowd. The United States of America has seen such Anarchist terror on a routine basis from the Anarchist Black Bloc groups, and from the perspective that it has become so commonplacee, the question as to who exactly the Anarchists are “terrorizing” is a legitimate question. Basically every year, we see Anarchist Black Bloc terrorist smashing windows, destroying police vehicles, throwing molotov cocktail fire bombs, throwing gas bombs, starting arson fires, and attacking the public, and by today, it is becoming a routine occurance.
(10) Anarchists Infiltration of Protest Groups Expands Reach and Recruitment for Violence.
In 2009, the DHS reported that “Many leftwing extremists use the tactic of direct action to inflict economic damage on businesses and other targets to force the targeted organization to abandon what the extremists deem objectionable. Direct actions range from animal releases, property theft, vandalism, and cyber attacks—all of which extremists regard as nonviolent—to bombings and arson.” The DHS reported that Anarchist extremists “frequently advocate criminal actions of varying scale and scope to accomplish their goals,” and DHS identifed some of the Anarchist extremist groups as Crimethinc, the Ruckus Society, and Recreate 68.
But during the early 21st century, and especially over the past 10 years, Anarchist extremist and terrorist movements have profligated across the Internet and social media, with minimal resistance, largely because many of the organizations focused on identifying terrorist and extremist groups either have a focus on what they consider “right-wing” extremists, which are actually racist and Nazi groups, or on religious extremist movements. A coherent, organized, and responsible tracking of Anarcho-Communist extremist and terrorism is largely lacking, and of absolutely no interest to the U.S. mainstream media, which mostly considers Anarchist violence and terrorism as either “harmless” or even “positive.” The U.S. mainstream media has failed to grasp that the continuing underming of law and order also undermines the ability of legitimate state authority to protect American human rights, and has failed to appreciate the anti-democracy message of Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist extremists.
Furthermore, by Anarchist extremists co-opting peaceful protest movements by their use of Black Bloc and violent tactics, Anarchists found a new way to strike at the United States, its government, and its people, to maximize new recruits and not be held accountable for their acts of violence. During the early 21st century, political events, presence of U.S. government leaders, World Trade Organization (WTO) meetings, International Monetary Fund (IMF) meetings, business activities, and the Iraq War were regular uses of Anarchist Black Block violence. In Washington DC, Anarchists attacked local businesses in the Georgetown area, and workers, due to an IMF meeting in Washington DC. While DC businesses tried to board up their windows, extremists attacking the businesses included injuring one woman worker for Abercrombie and Fitch store, by hitting her in the head with a brick.
But the U.S. media increasingly gave little critical coverage of such Anarchist activities within protest marches, and the random Anarchist violence continued to become “normalized” as “routine” by both the media and law enforcement. Did such Anarchist violence change any globalist organizations and functions? History will show that such Anarchist terrorism, violence, and criminal acts achieved nothing in actual change in globalism or corporate responsibility. All such Anarchists achieved was to de-legitimize protest in the minds of some who witnessed their violence and contempt for law, democracy, and shared human rights and dignity.
Anarchist and Anarcho-Communists have also used political party national conventions in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, as organizing, recruiting, and training events in the United States, by using and infiltrating political protests for random acts of violence, Black Blocs, and using disaffection of protesters with major political candidates to try to recruit new members to their anti-democracy cause. This includes targeting both the Republican National Convention (RNC) and the Democratic National Convention (DNC). In the 2000 RNC and DNC conventions in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, Anarchist terrorists used urine- and acid-filled Super Soaker guns on police, lighting fires and blocking traffic. The 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles was used by Anarchists not only for violence, but also for organizing a “North American Anarchist Conference” to organize and recruit for future violence. During the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Anarchist extremist threats included those by the Anarchist the Bl(A)ck Tea Society group that sought “direct actions to confront the Democratic National Convention in Boston,” and “No DNC: finish the american revolution.” At the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Anarchist extremist Black Blocs led violent protests, and attacked police. Anarchist extremist group Crimethinc wrote that the Anarchist violence at “the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions constituted the most significant nationwide effort anarchists have undertaken to organize militant action in the US in several years.” Police arrested some Anarchist terrorists with pipe bombs who planned to use them at the 2008 Republican Convetion. In 2012, Anarchists planned to use acid-filled eggs as part of violence at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions in Charlotte and Tampa, although alert law enforcement was able to better control Anarchist violence at the 2012 conventions. At the Democratic National Convention, violent Anarchist sought to attack using “urine-filled eggs, acid-filled Christmas ornaments, and water guns containing urine, all meant to be used against the law enforcement security forces throughout the city.” At each American national political convention, Anarchist terrorists have gained more and more training in violence, knowledge of law enforcement tactics, and have started to obtain police planning documents and spread them online to better organize attacks on the democratic and political processes.
The U.S. war in Iraq was a regular cover and recruitment for Anarchist terrorist and Black Bloc violence, while infiltrating and co-opting anti-war protests by otherwise peaceful protesters. Any major anti-war demonstration became an opportunity for Anarchist organizations to issue Black Bloc violent groups into the streets, often in to as many as 25-50 cities simultaneously in one day. With police inability to recognize Anarchist terrorist activity among the protesters, too frequently Anarchist terrorists managed to commit acts of violence without consequence and to then hide among the protest crowds. Such Anarchist efforts were more than simply scattered acts of violence; they also provided opportunities to organize, train, and practice coordinated Anarchist violence. While Middle East wars provided terrorist training opportunities, America and Europe’s struggles and failure to have an effective “War of Ideas” to manage violent Anarchist infiltration of anti-war and other protests, has allowed national protests to become Anarchist Black Bloc violence training opportunities. Just as with the Vietnam War, the unpopular Iraq War was not settled due to the extremist violence of Anarchist terrorists and criminals, but was decided by the democratic processes that the American people use for their political system. The real goal of such Anarchist violence and terrorism has been to use opportunities of political and social unrest to promote an end to U.S. representative democracy and its government.
(11) Anarchist Terrorists Redefine Racial Strife as “Fascist” Challenge to Legitimize Non-State Violence.
Over the past 10 years, a key effort by Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists in recruitment and rationalization of acts of violence has been in arguing that such political and terrorist violence was to fight “racism,” which remains a legitimate challenge in the U.S. although the degree of racist activity has actually significantly reduced over the past 50 years, thanks to the sober and responsible work of non-violent human and civil rights activists and government officials. Those who actually worked for real achievements in American civil rights and racial justice know that it was not achieved with violence and division, but by compassion and integrity. Such rights and dignity were not improved with an upraised fist, but with an outstretched hand. Americans shared the democratic vision of non-violent leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr.
With the growth of ubiquitious instant hand-held video, using a combination of new social media tools Twitter (2006), YouTube (2005), and the new iPhone (2007), injustices that were not previously documented and widely shared among the public, could now be instantly distributed among what would be called “social media” to mass audiences. In August 2014, a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri of an 18-year old black man, Michael Brown, launched massive protests, and also a demand for by those in support of racial justice for law enforcement accountability and responsibility in using violence appropriately. Protesters organized around a Twitter term (hashtag) of #BlackLivesMatters, and concerned Americans began to follow and document other acts of excessive police violence, which now could be instantly recorded, documented, and shared to a mass audience, without the mainstream media’s involvement. Additional police violence in Cleveland, OH, Cincinnati, OH, Baltimore, MD, Baton Rouge, LA, Chicago, IL, New York City, NY, among others, led to nationwide campaigns calling for racial justice and reviews of police use of violence involving black Americans. Most of the protests and concerned citizens involved in these were individuals that were genuinely and legimitately concerned about abuse of authority and persecution of black Americans, and were working to promote racial justice and respect for all Americans. R.E.A.L. shared and promoted such concerns for racial justice, as part of our members’ many, many decades of support for racial equality, justice, and human rights in America.
But just as with the Iraq War protests, Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist extremists sought to try to infiltrate and manipulate actitivies during protests for their own anti-democracy and anti-Human Rights agenda. Furthermore, Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists sought to use such public concern and unrest for extremist recruitment, and discouraging concerned individuals from supporting democracy, and rejecting the authority of state law enforcement, which they urged the public to consider as “fascists.” Anarchists and Anacho-Communists sought to portray such public disturbances, excessive police violence, and killings of black Americans during police activity, as a rise of new “fascist” state within the United States. By Anarchists portraying the challenge as a “fight against fascists,” they sought to legitimize and normalize violence against police and other figures of authority.
Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist extremists sought to de-legimitimize the use of state-sanctioned violence in law, law enforcement, and public order. With efforts to try to undermine the authority and the right of law enforcement to use violence to maintain the law, the Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist extremists offered another alternative to the public: “AntiFascist” vigilante violence by Anarchist and Anarcho-Communists. Not only were such extremists seeking to end the authority of law enforcement, they also sought to establish and Anarcho-Communist led “Anti-Fascist” movement as an alternative method of “enforcing justice.”
(12) Anarco-Communists and the History of the “Anti-Fascist” (Antifa) Movement.
It is wrong to allow the public to be deceived that such Anarcho-Communist movements, as the so-called “Anti-Fascist Action” (“Antifa”) are nothing more than another “anti-racist” movement. That is not true. Anarchist terrorism has a history of over 100 years terrosits attacks on U.S. and U.S. democracy, and violent Anarchist and Anarcho-Communists have adopted concerns over racist views to promote their own ideology.
The history of the “Anti-Fascist” movement began in the 1920s, with the combined efforts of Anarchists, Communists, and Socialists in rejecting Benito Mussolini in fascist Italy. The Italian Communists began with non-violent activities, but the Italian Anarchists organized repeated bombings against the Italian fascist community. Italian Anarchists were also the source of Foreign Terrorist Organization involvement in bring Anarchist terrorism to the United States. During Nazi Hitler’s rise to power, similar Anti-Fascist efforts developed in Spain, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The German Anti-Fascist organization was known as “Antifaschistische Aktion,” and was a predominantly Communist violent organization, which physically attacked and challenged Nazis in Nazi Germany. The Antifaschistische Aktion group was frequently known as “Antifa.” The original German Antifaschistische Aktion (“Antifa”) logo had two red (Communist) flags.
The concept of an “Antifa” organization was revived in Germany in the 1980s by Anarchists, Communists, and Anarcho-Communists, which sought block modern Neo-Nazi rallies. The modern Antifaschistische Aktion group has no connection to the 1930s group, other than adopting it banner of two flags, and changing it from two Red (Communist) flags to one Red (Communist) and one Black (Anarchist) flag in the logo, symbolizing the “Antifa’s” commitment to Anarcho-Communism.
For context within the United States, this European “Antifa”-based organization and violent approach is very different from the U.S. historical Civil Rights and legacy of effective and peaceful Anti-Racist movements, which have dealt with white supremacist and white nationalist hate in America. But increasingly, Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist extremists have sought to redefine the struggle in promoting racial equality and peacefully rejecting hate, as instead a violent struggle of being “Against Fascism,” based on the European model and history.
Within the United States, American Anarcho-Communists have adapated the modern German flag of Antifaschistische Aktion, and simply translated this into English as “Antifascist Action,” as an American version of “Antifa.” The Americanized version of Anarcho-Communist “Antifa” was then integrated as part of Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist infiltration of American political and civil rights protests, with a new black and red flag banner to further recruit new followers to anti-democracy Anarcho-Communist views. Some groups in Washington DC and events calling for or engaged in violence have modified the “Antifa” logo to have two Anarchist (black) flags. Several groups Portland-based “Rose City Antifa,” “Antifa Today” reversed the order of the “Antifa” flag to show the Anarchist (black) on top and the Communist (red) on the bottom.
Anarchist activist Mark Bray has described for Vox that this American “Antifa” is led by “anarchists and communists who are way outside the traditional conservative-liberal spectrum,” confirming the Anarcho-Communist vision of the American version of “Antifa.” Anarchist activist Mark Bray also described such “Antifa” Anarcho-Communists as having “no allegiance to liberal democracy.” As Anarchist activist Mark Bray also told Vox, “remember that antifa isn’t concerned with free speech or other liberal democratic values.” Antifa activist and media writer Natasha Lennard also challenge respect for democracy and human rights. On January 19, 2017, she condemned those who would respect law and free speech, and rejection of Antifa views of disruption and violence, saying a division should be made to reject: “when someone, in professed name of democracy, would sooner condemn or even imprison anti-fascist, anti-racist actors before they would see a ceremony affirming and buoying fascism meet with interference.” The next day, Natasha Lennard joined Anarchist Black Blocs in the Washington DC January 20 riots, and praised those assaulting Richard Spencer. She argues that the Antifa campaign is not based on “a rights framework,” and “[t]his is not a question of rights, it’s a question of justice.” On August 16, 2017, Natasha Lennard rationalized her Antifa support in attacking rights: “We’re not asking for Nazi speech rights to be curtailed. Antifa is not about asking.” The Anarchist and Anacho-Communist writers seek to rationalize their self-appointed authority to make up their own laws, and be the judge, jury, and punishers of other Americans, without regard to democracy, the law, and human rights. As Antifa” media writer Natasha Lennard writes in The Nation: “[t]his is not a question of rights, it’s a question of justice.”
A further detailed review of the Anarcho-Communist views of the American “Antifa” leaders shows that the threat is more than just a lack of “allegiance” to democracy, but an open and public REJECTION of representative democracy. It has no intentions of supporting peaceful Anti-Racist causes, “liberal” causes, the support of the U.S. Constituion, or “patriotic” views – all of which the American Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists clearly reject. While the Anarcho-Communists have allowed some to be deceived about their real intentions to help slowly recruit members to their cause, the misinformation about what “Antifa” actually represents has also become frustrating for some doctrinaire Anarchists and Anarcho-Communist groups, who have felt compelled to make it clear that “Antifa” does not represent American anti-racism and it does not support American democracy.
Anarchist groups such as Crimethinc have felt increasingly confident to reveal more of their real agenda, which is to attack and end democracy in America. Thoughtful Americans should give sober and serious thought as to the manipulation by Anarchist movements to incite Americans to move for insurrection against democracy itself. (Crimethinc was one of the Anarchist extremist groups in 2009 DHS report regarding Anarchist and extremist groups in a report on terrorist threats to the United States.)
In a recent statement by the Anarchist extremist group Crimethinc, the Anarchists attack democracy itself as an option in America: “Anarchism is one of the most thoroughgoing forms of opposition to fascism, in that it entails opposition to hierarchy itself. Virtually every framework that countenances hierarchy, be it democracy or ‘national liberation,’ enables old power imbalances like white supremacy and patriarchy to remain in place, hidden within the legitimacy of the prevailing structures.” To the Crimethinc Anarchists, they call for Americans “to cut to the root of things” – that is to abandon “the legitimacy” of the U.S. government and of DEMOCRACY itself. As the Anarchists at “Its Going Down” write: “Refining laws and electing politicians cannot dismantle white supremacy.” Such Anarhists and Anarcho-Communists do not seek political “allies,” but as “It’s Going Down” writes, they seek the overthrow and destruction of “the whole system.” The Anarchist “Its Going Down” site makes it clear in its article “The Liberal Myth of Free Speech” that it rejects “the lie of free speech.”
So Anarchist extremists have sough to persuade Americans that challenging racist fringe groups means rejecting democracy. This is the long-run strategy for Anarchists and Anarcho-Communist organizations, which have a goal to recruit more member for violent overthrow of the U.S. Government, businesses, and institutions in America.
Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists have manipulated too many in the public and the media to believe that the protests by such American “Antifa” are simply “anti-racist,” conveniently omitting the rest of story to mainstream media and those who might not be fully convinced, of the rest of the Anarcho-Communist extremist commitment to violence and rejection of democracy. Among the few in the U.S. political media to challenge such Antifa violence, The Atlantic’s Peter Beinart wrote “Antifa’s violent tactics have elicited substantial support from the mainstream left.” Beinart also wrote: “Antifa believes it is pursuing the opposite of authoritarianism. Many of its activists oppose the very notion of a centralized state. But in the name of protecting the vulnerable, antifascists have granted themselves the authority to decide which Americans may publicly assemble and which may not. That authority rests on no democratic foundation.”
Ignoring the evidence of Anarcho-Communist violence, as well as the Anarcho-Communist links to the so-called American “Antifa,” U.S. Today journalist Doug Stanglin, claimed that such “Antifa” was not violent. In an August 23, 2017 article, “What is antifa and what does the movement want?,” he wrote: “Members pointedly do not eschew violence but rather see themselves as engaging in ‘self-defense,’ protecting other protesters and primarily confronting neo-Nazis and white supremacists to deny them a platform to publicly spread their views.” Doug Stanglin writes that such “self-defense” violence (totally ignoring the 100 years of Anarchist terrorist violence and the numerous attacks by the new Anarcho-Commmunist “Antifa” is considered necessary to stop “fascism.” He quotes the Portland, Oregon-based Rose City Antifa’s Facebook page (May 24, 2017) prior to a violent Anarchist event in Portland: “We are unapologetic about the reality that fighting fascism at points requires physical militancy.”
USA Today’s Stanglin does not mention the history of violence, the calls by Antifa to burn down U.S. courts, the attacks by “Antifa” on the public, and the growing nexus between Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist acts of violence and terrorism, and the Anarcho-Communist “Antifa” campaign against law, government, and democracy itself.
Core Anarchist and Anarcho-Communists have selectively revealed their true objective on the destruction of representative democracy in America for a more selected group of those deceived that their “Antifa” campaign equals what Americans would understand as patriotic and Constitutional challenges to racism. They would begin to be more candid about their goals in overthrowing the U.S. government and subverting democracy as more campaigns gained greater media and public support. For the Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists, a significant political change in the election of a new president became an opportunity for them to gain new followers, and to move from merely fringe terrorists to more aggressively working in the overthrow of the U.S. government and democratic processes.
The modern American Anarcho-Communist “Antifa” campaign was provided a uniquely historical opportunity for expansion as a result of the 2016-2017 political unrest, and the decision by the U.S. political media to repeatedly use the term “fascist” to describe political figures it rejected. The 2016 U.S. presidential campaign and 2017 post-election period provided unparalleled openings for Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists to expand their Anarcho-Communist “Antifa” campaign, by using the U.S. political media which was actively working to de-legitimize the 2016 election and the new administration. With the Washington Post and other mainstream media political pundits calling the new president a “fascist,” now Anarcho-Communists no longer had to wait for a random appearance of a fringe White Supremacists and Nazis to rationalize acts of violence.
By labeling the new government leader as a “fascist,” and by association anyone working for him, “working for a fascist,” the Anarcho-Communists now had a ready made straw-man argument for 24×7 continuous violent “direct action” by those in the “Antifa” campaign. Anything said or done by the new government would now become rationalization for Antifa violence and terrorism, based on claim that this was merely “self-defense” against a “fascist” government. Furthermore, any criticism or honest investigation into “Antifa” campaign violence by Anarcho-Communists would be rebutted with a ready critique, “do you support fascism?”
By the U.S. political media normalizing the slanderous use of the word “fascist,” this gave Anarcho-Communists a ready tactic to silence anyone who challenged or disagreed with their anti-democracy, anti-free speech authoritarianism.
The more the U.S. political media pursued extreme political partisan attacks against the new government as “fascist,” the more the Anarcho-Communist “Antifa” campaign, including its violence and terrorism became legitimized. It created a “perfect storm” to advance Anarcho-Communist violence, with too many human rights groups afraid of pointing out the truth on this violence, and a U.S. political media which became more concerned about challenging government leaders it did not like to stop and consider the consequences of enabling growing Anarcho-Communist violence and terrorism.
At the same time this was happening in 2016, DHS and FBI were recognizing “Antifa” as presenting a threat of “domestic terrorist violence.” According to a Politico report, “Federal authorities have been warning state and local officials since early 2016 that leftist extremists known as “antifa” had become increasingly confrontational and dangerous, so much so that the Department of Homeland Security formally classified their activities as ‘domestic terrorist violence,’ according to interviews and confidential law enforcement documents obtained by POLITICO.”
(13) Early Anarchist Use of “Antifa” Campaign for Violence in America.
Despite widespread U.S. political misperception, the Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist “Antifa” campaigns in the U.S. did not begin in 2016 during political unrest or in 2014 after the Ferguson police violence. In fact, the Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist “Antifa” campaigns had been active for some time in the early 21st century, but the U.S. mainstream media choose not to pay attention to this in its news reporting. Information on this is scattered and inconsistent due to the disinterest by mainstream media in most instances. But as Eli Lake has recently wrote for Bloomberg about the “Antifa” campaign, “[t]his movement in the U.S. has been around for decades.”
This is not a trivial point of history. There are those within the Anarchist and Anarcho-Communists that have a propaganda lie that the political unrest in the U.S. during 2015-2017, particularly the past two years, is the nexus for its “Antifa” campaign. But this is simply a blantant lie, and it is documented that this is a lie. The objective of the Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist propaganda lie is to normalize, rationalize, and legitimize their use of violence and hate, to those who are angry and frustrated due to political unrest. The Anarchists seeks to manipulate such anger to get Americans to lose their commitment to our rights and our democracy, and choose acts of violence and hate instead. The real goal of the Anarchists is to move such “Antifa” campaigners toward the real goal of the Anarchist and Anarcho-Communists which is total national insurrection. They don’t want change; they want destruction of America.
R.E.A.L. noticed a particular uptake in “Antifa” violent activity in 2009 (8 years ago), but as we have previously reported such Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist violence has been a threat to U.S. for over 100 years. R.E.A.L. volunteers challenging Hamas were targets of violence by Anarcho-Communists in 2009. We were aware of other groups calling themselves “Antifa” in October 2009 in Philadelphia, PA threatening other extremists. R.E.A.L reported on violent “Antifa” counterprotests in Los Angeles, CA in 2010, and in Philadelphia, PA in 2010.
We also have a clear proof point of “Antifa” violence in 2012 in Chicago, because this violence was significant and public enough that it could not be ignored by the media, although it was only Chicago media. In this case, the “Antifa” group also used the name “Anti-Racist Action (ARA).”
On May 19, 2012, a gang of “15 to 18” masked and hooded “antifascist” (“Antifa”) criminals attacked a restaurant “Ashford House” in Tinley Park, Cook County, Illinois near Chicago. The Chicago Tribune also described the Anarchists “Antifa” attack as “anti-racists” with the “Hoosier Anti-Racist Movement.” Their target was a group of white nationalists eating at the restaurant, but their terrorist attack included the general public. The masked “Antifa” thugs came in “wielding bats and hammers” (according to the Chicago Tribune) to attack the public and smash up the restaurant. The Chicago Tribune also reported: “A long-time waitress, who declined to give her name, said of the melee: ‘It was the scariest frickin’ day of my life.’ The woman later said outside the restaurant that she first noticed the group of victims in the parking lot around 12:30 p.m., milling around some cars with out-of-state plates. About 15 minutes later, the second waitress told the woman that there was a brawl in the restaurant. The woman said when she emerged, she saw the attacking group attacking patrons with bats and hammers. All the dishes and plates were knocked off the tables and smashed, and people were either lying on the ground bleeding or crouched behind tables, she said.” Mother Jones News reported (in 2017) that the terrorists used “baseball bats, police batons, hammers, and nunchucks” in attacking the public and the restaurant.
In addition to the “Antifa” criminals attacking those they identified as white nationalists, Mother Jones news reported that “[a]n 80-year-old woman celebrating her granddaughter’s high school graduation at a nearby table was also pushed to the floor. A retired cop who believed he was witnessing a terrorist attack used a chair to knock out one of the masked intruders. That’s when they ran off, dragging their dazed companion. In less than two minutes, the anti-racists had unleashed a flurry of destruction. A mosaic of smashed glass covered the floor. Blood polka-dotted the ceiling. Three people required medical care.”
R.E.A.L. has a provided link to a video excerpt of the attack. This should provide a clear vision of the Anarchist / Anarcho-Communist campaign of violence represents.
Five were arrested from the group of masked criminal thugs, who arrived in cars with Indiana license plates (which is only way they were caught.) The five arrested and charged were Dylan Sutherland, Jason Sutherland, John Tucker, Cody Sutherland, and Alex Stuck. Some of the group claimed to be members of an “anti-racist” group, “Hoosier Anti-Racist Movement” (HARM). But research into their supporters provided a clearer part of the story. Jason Sutherland had a fund-raising site describing themselves as “five antifascists.” This was in the Spring of 2012. The criminals were support by “Anarchist Black Cross (ABC)” groups, who described them as “Antifa” and the “Tinley Park 5” (“TP5”). The five arrested Anarchist “Antifa” accepted a plea-deal for a reduced sentence, and all of them have now been released, and are publicly trying to maintain a “low profile” while on parole, with Jason Sutherland continuing in 2017 to tell the media they were fighting “a war” and that the public needs to “take sides.”
One of the “Antifa” TP5 supporters, which Mother Jones News calls “Telly,” likely for pseudonym “telephoneassasin,” has been working to help create the East Coast “Torch Antifa” network. The “Torch Antifa” has gone on to publicize other “Antifa” events and acts of violence, including a link to a May 2017 attack in Chicago, where “Known White Supremacist Tom Christensen Sent to Hospital by Antifa,” bragging that this man was “sent to the hospital in an ambulance following a lengthy meeting with the business end of several cue sticks.”
As previously mentioned, Anarchists viewed the Occupy movement as insufficiently violent and insurrectionary. So it was with these Anarchists. “Antifa” terrorist John Tucker, who as a cousin to the Sutherland brothers, told Mother Jones News that: “The feeling was that Occupy had been too moderate and unfocused.” So these Anarchists sought acts of violence. We have continued to see a pattern of violent attacks by such Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists, using any rationale of “injustice” as a larger goal to promote violence and attack our shared human rights. Such “Antifa” is not based on peaceful defiance and rejection of racism, but is based on its own hatred and calls for violence, which only perpetuate more hate and violence.
(14) Political Unrest Provides “Perfect Storm” to Advance Anarcho-Communist Violence.
During the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, Anarchist violence and terrorism was increasingly used on a routine basis to disrupt Republican political events, with major Anarchist-led and inspired events in Chicago, Portland, Oregon, throughout California, Arizona, New York, among many others. Black bloc mobs went from merely smashing vehicles and starting fires, to openly attacking, chasing, and beating chasing political activists. Too often, especially in California, law enforcement stood by and did nothing during such violent riots, which set the stage for the growing Anarchist violence crisis in 2017, by allowing a further normalization of Anarchist and Anarchist-inspired violence. Those performing such violence were given the misleading view by too many unwilling to act in law enforcement, that their criminal activity would be “permissible.” [For the record, R.E.A.L. is a non-partisan organization; we are reporting on this Anarchist violence, as we do other anti-human rights violence and terrorism, and regardless of who and what its targets are. The challenge to R.E.A.L. is the threat of such violence and terrorism to our shared human rights, in this case, for all Americans.]
With the political strife following the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, the Anarchist and Anarcho-Communists found the popular division as another opportunity to spread their message of Anarcho-Communist violence against authority and rejection of democracy. They found an unparalleled receptive audience in frustrated American political partisans and the U.S. political media.
On January 20, 2017, R.E.A.L. was present in Washington, D.C. as explosions went off and the ground itself shook. The sounds of massive explosions could be heard blocks away from a violent standoff between law enforcement and Anarchist rioters. The Anarchist rioters, using the “DisruptJ20” movement and those protesting against the U.S. president’s inauguration as “human shields” between themselves and the police, created Anarchist Black Bloc terrorist violence throughout Washington D.C. Anarchist terrorists clad in black, wearing masks, attacked Washington D.C. buildings, smashing windows, setting fire to automobiles, and attacking the police and the public. Cordons of police were needed, with one of the largest deployments of law enforcement, including National Guard and other U.S. military within Washington D.C. on January 20, to contain and prevent the Anarchist terrorists from breaking through police and security barriers and threaten the lives of the public and President-Elect.
By the end of January 20, 2017, over 200 had been arrested by law enforcement desperate to get the “J20” riots under control, many charged with felony riot criminal charges. But the Anarchist terrorists scored a new victory by engaging and recruiting political protesters to begin to take their side. The Washington Post and other major U.S. media painted a sympathetic position towards the Anarchist terrorists, which has continued to this day.
Notably a number of supporter of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) were part of Anarchist Black Bloc organizations during the January 20 riot in Washington D.C. The planning efforts of “Anti-Capitalist” IWW were publicized on January 6 by the Anarchist news service “It’s Going Down,” which reported that they met and discussing planning efforts for public disruption with “two members from the Counter-Inaugural Welcoming Committee, as well as two members of the General Defense Committee (GDC) of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).” According to the IWW GDC Facebook site, their role within the union is to promote “militant anti-fascism.” A number of Anarchist Black Bloc individuals were photographed at the January 20 riot, carrying red IWW union flags. According to the IWW GDC Facebook site, in April 2017, they sought donations for bail for “35 IWW members [that] have been charged with felonies” at the Disrupt J20 riots. The IWW frequently posts articles on social media from the Anarchist “It’s Going Down” radical website, and the Communist Jacobinmag radical website. On May 1, 2017, in Washington DC, supporters/members of the IWW wearing IWW shirts and flying IWW red flags protested outside the DC Superior Court, making threats against the court and chanting “burn it down.” The IWW has appeared in numerous other “protests” including recent threats outside of the Alexandria, Virginia apartment building where a Nazi extremist lives. Responsible union members should be asking about the IWW’s involvement in such riots, threats to destroy U.S. courts, and other violent activity.
Those supporting American human rights and Constitutional rights have a responsibility to reject and condemn the Anarachist and Anarcho-Communist lawless and violent campaign of “Antifa,” as nothing other than an attack on shared rights, liberties, freedoms, and a direct assault on American democracy itself.
(15) Violent Assault on Fringe Nazi Leader by Anarchist Black Bloc Gets Media Praise.
In addition to Anarchist extremists, other political fringe elements showed up on January 20 to get media attention, which they never would have ever received in any other time. So fringe extremists such as Richard Spencer of the Neo-Nazi National Policy Institute (NPI), who would normally have a small room of a few dozen fellow extremists, now received Washington Post and international media coverage. Such strawman extremist figures provided violent Anarchists with all the excuse they needed for further acts of violence. As the media went to interview Richard Spencer, one of the Anarchist terrorist from the Black Bloc broke away to punch Spencer in the face, while the media was interviewing him. This violence became a media sensation, and gave the Anarchists new legitimization for acts of violence; unlike calls for non-violent “civil disobedience” in debates over civil rights and political issues, these were calls for open VIOLENT disobedience to police and government.
The next day, on January 21, 2017, much of the political media was using this as the new headline story, decrying the number of Anarchist terrorists being arrested (rather than the violence and destruction they had wrought), ignoring the concerns of legitimate peaceful protesters as not “sensational” enough, and focusing on legitimizing and normalizing Anarchist violence in the on-camera punch by the Anarchist attacking Nazi Richard Spencer. As R.E.A.L. has previously reported, a sea of support for the Anarcho-Communist violence flooded the Establishment media – Newsweek: “The Infinite Joy of Watching a Nazi Get Punched to Music,” The Nation: “If You Appreciated Seeing Neo Nazi Richard Spencer Get Punched, Thank the Black Bloc,” The New York Times: “Internet Asking Is it O.K. to Punch a Nazi?”, The Independent: “Yes, it is OK to punch a Nazi like Richard Spencer in the face,” Washington Post: A step-by-step guide to a meme about punching a Nazi in the face,” The Guardian: “Is punching Richard Spencer inciting violence or ‘American as apple pie’?”. The “reporter” for The Nation was an open participant in the Anarchist Black Bloc violence in Washington D.C., and the “reporter” for the Washington Post article promoted sales for shirts to “punch a Nazi.” The Nation’s Natasha Lennard glowingly describes her role and support for the Anarchist Black Bloc, which attacked the police, public, building, and vehicles on its “J20” riots, by creating a straw-man “enemy” which the Anarchists were “fighting against.” Natasha Lennard writes that “You don’t have to fight neo-Nazis in the street, but you should support those who do,” which reads well to those who actually were not in Washington D.C. on January 20, but the reality there were “neo-Nazis in the street,” except a random fringe extremist or two, like Richard Spencer. She portrays circumstances that never existed, as a way to rationalize and normalize Anarchist violence and terrorism in the mainstream media. Those few challenging this normalization of Anarchist violence would then face slander of being falsely accused of “defending” Nazis, when the reality is that those few courageous individuals in human rights were defending America’s democracy and freedoms from the threat by Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists.
This was the glowing media reaction to the Anarchist violence, and praising public assualt in the streets of Washington D.C., while failing to condemn the Anarchist “J20” riots across the city, leaving fire, damage, destruction, and assault in its wake. Such praise of Anti-human rights violence by Anarchists terrorists was nothing less than an open assault on the law and American democracy by the U.S. and mainstream media. Such acceptance and support for public violence has rejuvenated and glamorized the Anarchist terrorist movement in 2017.
(16) Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist Use Political Unrest to Recruit and Attack Democracy.
In the Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist after-glow of their public relations “victory” on January 20, such extremist movements began looking for new opportunities to use political unrest to promote their cause. Having practiced efforts at public deceit over an Anti-Fascist cause, which was really an Anarcho-Communist cause for several years, the efforts of much of the coastal political U.S. media to attack political candidate and the President Trump as a “fascist,” provided another opportunity for them. While previously the Anarcho-Communists could only use their “Antifa” recruitment campaign in the occasional appearance of white supremacists and Neo-Nazis, now the U.S. polical media gave the Archo-Communists a ready propaganda gift that the U.S. President was “a fascist,” and anyone associated with the U.S. Government was now “working for a fascist.” The struggle between the new president and the political media was so intense, that the political media not only would not step back from such incendiary rhetoric, it felt compelled to repeat and expand on it. It was a “dream” opportunity for the Anarcho-Communists. With the Washington Post pundits calling the U.S. President a “fascist” and the New York Times pundits calling the U.S. President a “terrorist,” certainly no one was going to look very closely at what the Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists misson statement.
As political unrest grew and political media became more fevered, the Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists only had to state that they were offering an “Antifa” against a government itself which was led by a “fascist” or a “terrorist,” according to major media pundits. If you dared to question the history of violence and actual terrorist attacks on America by Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists, the ready response would be, “don’t you want to stop ‘fascism’? Perhaps you are a ‘fascist’ too.” By positioning themselves as the only “Antifa” defenders against “fascism,” the Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists achieved what their ideology was best focused for: silencing free speech and demonizing those who would ask questions about them.
At each new protest involving political unrest, Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists continued to infiltrate Black Blocs (which had now been glamorized by the political media) to commit acts of violence and incite riots. Increasingly, they convinced more recruits that “violence is the answer” and when major U.S. political media were openly questioning the benefits of democracy, the Anarcho-Communist argument that democracy and the U.S. government system should be overthrown, was less of a hard sell for them.
After a century of terrorist acts designed to destory and overthrow the U.S. Government and democracy, Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists were faced with a new problem: how to harness the public political unrest effectively enough to actually complete their vision. One of the key goals, the Anarcho-Communists realized was that they needed to continue to encourage disaffected members of the American public to attack and destroy Freedom of Speech of those that they opposed. Opposing voices remained a threat to their plans.
But the Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists realized that destruction of Free Speech would not be quickly acheived without significant convincing. So they wanted for opportunities of extremists in on the right, and set them as “straw man” individuals who represented a threat of “hate speech.” In this era of political unrest, they argued, convincingly to too many, after all, if we have an “Antifa” movement to stop the “fascist control” of our nation, we cannot allow “hate speech” to proceed without consequence. As a result, they began convincing thousands of Americans to promote the view that “hate speech is not free speech,” and of course, the Anarcho-Communist “Antifa” campaign would decide what represented “hate speech.”
This was another step in the Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist terrorist efforts to de-legitimize law in America. They had been working for years to de-legitimize law enforcement, then to de-legitimize law enforcement’s right to use violence to enforce the law, now the next step would be to de-legitimize the Constitutional right of the government to protect free speech. The Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists then just needed to watch for opportunities to use Black Bloc organized violence to recruit new Americans to attack Constitutionally-protected free speech. The literal “war of words” was working, and Anarcho-Communist campaigning was successfully, leveraging political unrest, to turn Americans against one another in denying free speech to each other. The Anarcho-Communists needed to continue to link such Antifa-assessed “hate speech” into an actual “fascist threat,” which was becoming a reality, with their enhanced support by an agitated U.S. political media. The IWW GDC describes in the tri-fold membership application that their role is in “defense of those who find themselves at odds with the bosses, the police, and the courts because of their commitment to the working class,” rationalizing a support for defensible criminal activity, simply as another worthy campaign to challenge “fascists” in every branch of commercial and state authority.
(17) Armed Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists Parade with Automatic Weapons in American Streets.
In early 2017, Anarchist extremist and terrorist movements, communicating and organizing by using modern social media, continued to grow as the U.S. media continued to legitimize Anarchist violence. This included the use of automatic weapons, rifles, and other guns taken by Anarchists, Anarcho-Communists at public events. There has been increased public activities by armed Anarchist extremist groups, such as “John Brown’s Gun Club” and other Anarchist “Redneck Revolt” groups and similar armed Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist “clubs.” Such armed Anarchist group have been seen wearing masks and disgusing their identity, repeatedly attended political events and protests with automatic weapons, including AR-15 and AK-47 automatic rifles. (John Brown was an armed abolitionist, who led a failed armed raid on the U.S. arsenal at Harpers Ferry on October 16 through 18, 1859, prior to the U.S. Civil War.)
The armed Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist organizations are part of a nationwide network that calls itself “Redneck Revolt,” which armed chapters in 26 states and 47 cites/regions. The “Redneck Revolt” has a symbol with a red bandanna mask, a gun, and wrench. The armed Anarchist “gun clubs” operate out of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California (San Diego, Los Angeles, San Bernardino Valley, and Bay Area branch), Florida (Tampa Bay, Greater Orlando), Georgia (Atlanta, Savannah) Idaho (North Idaho), Illinois (Central Illinois, Chicago), Kansas (Northeast Kansas), Louisiana (New Orleans), Maine, Michigan (Southeast Michigan, Northern Lower Michigan, Lansing), Missouri (Mid-Missouri, Phelps County), New York (North Country, Suffolk County-Long Island), North Carolina (Silver Valley, Carolina Mountain, Shelby), Ohio (Scioto, Cincinnati), Oklahoma (Oklahoma City), Oregon (Rose City, Springfield), Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh), Rhode Island, South Dakota (Black Hills), Texas (San Antonio, Houston), Virginia (Roanoke Valley), Washington State (Puget Sound), West Virginia (Friendly City), Wisconsin (Fond du Lac, Upper Peninsula).
Using the “Antifa” campaign argument, such armed Anarchists further rationalized such weapons as part of their fight against “fascism,” and they filmed themselves in armed formations on public streets and marching among the public. This is not the only armed Anarchist “Antifa” group, others exist to support Anarchist and Communist armed causes in the United States of America, including the “Socialist Rifle Association,” which regularly posts images of “Antifa” banners, automatic weapons, and knives.
The Phoenix News Times repeatedly reported on such armed Anarchist campaigns and protests, including one reporter (now working for the Southern Poverty Law Center), who was repeatedly threatened for photographing the Anarchists parading with automatic weapons. According to the New Times, “Redneck Revolt began as a blog run by JBGC member Dave Strano, an anarchist activist who previously has operated out of Kansas and Colorado,” and Dave Strano was “a leading member of a group called Anarchist Black Cross.”
This group of armed Anarchist and “Antifa” sent 20 of their armed members to protests in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017. Prior to the protests, the armed Anarchist groups issued a warning on its website: “To the fascists and all who stand with them, we’ll be seeing you in Virginia.” After the Charlottesville riots, this armed Anarchist / “Antifa Redneck Revolt group posted to its web site that “Redneck Revolt members formed a unified skirmish line” against white supremacists, as part of its activities in Charlottesville. According their posting online, most of the Redneck Revolt members were “open-carrying tactical rifles.”
The IWW Mid-Atlantic General Defense Committee used its social media communications on Facebook to promote the Anarchist John Brown’s Gun Club armed campaigns, writing on July 15, 2017 that: “The working class is not going to take state repression, institutional racism or any other axes of oppression sitting down.”
The armed Anarchist groups have appeared at public demonstrations that R.E.A.L. has seen documentation on at Phoenix, AZ (repeatedly), Boston, MA, and Charlottesville, VA. This included an armed patrol of such Anarchists with automatic weapons with protesters outside of recent speech by the U.S. President in Phoenix, where protesters threw flaming smoke bombs at the police. Before the attacks on the police in Phoenix, the armed Anarchists marched throughout the public crowds with their automatic weapons. With the growing tolerance for mob violence at Anarchist / Anarcho-Communist / “Antifa” events, this armed presence represents a security challenge that should be considered in ensuring peaceful nature of public protests and events.
(18) Berkeley Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist Campaign.
Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists had used Berkeley, California as one of the many coastal university communities, as primary sources of recruitment and ideological indoctrination, and their riots on February 1, 2017 gave them a sense of empowerment in challenging law and order. The reason for the riot was the appearance of a controversial speaker, Milo Yiannopoulos. British controversial right-wing personality Milo Yiannopoulos has remained a controversial figure due to his frequently offensive comments on women, race, and other topics. Yiannopoulos decided to start a campus speaking tour in late 2015, which gained a series of protests during 2016. Repeated efforts were made during 2016 to interrupt and keep him from speaking.
After the U.S. presidential election, he sought to continue such campus speaking engagements in 2017. On January 20, 2017, his speech outside the University of Washington led to violent protests outisde the event, including violent use of pepper spray, bricks, and other violence among protesters and counterprotesters. The violence between the two groups escalated when one of male IWW protesters was shot by a woman counterprotester who told the Seattle Times that she feared injury outside the event. The IWW protester was released from the hospital, and the woman counterprotester’s court case remains pending.
Instead of recognizing that such political violence was getting out of control, Milo Yiannopoulos decided to go forward with another public discussion 10 days later at the University of Berkeley, California. The Yiannopoulos speaking event was canceled at 6:15 PM on February 1, 2017, but this did not stop the Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist rioters who sought to make certain they used their counter-protests over this non-event to injure and destroy.
An estimated 150 Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist rioters infilitrated the protest group of 1,500 University of Berkeley protesters, to turn the protest against Yiannopoulos and his views into a violent riot, using Black Bloc attire and attacks. The Anarchists attacked and injured the public with clubs and metal bars, set fires, threw rocks at police, threw Molotov Cocktail firebombs, smashed windows, and damaged property around the campus and businesses.
Anarchists rallied around what they sought to portray as an “Antifa” protest, and they were joined by California-based By Any Means Necessary (BAMN). BAMN had a leading role in a 2016 Sacramento riot, with one of BAMN’s organizer’s Yvette Felarca filmed in attacking and beating a man during the riot, with her supporters dragging a man to the ground, beating, and kicking him. In the 2016 Sacramento riot, at least 10 people suffered stab wounds and lacerations.
In videos of the February 1, 2017 riots and violent attacks shared by proud members of the Anarchist organizations on social media, Anarchists could be seen taking wooden clubs which had been used to hold flags, metal rods, and pepper spray to attack individuals outside the event and speaking to the media. Videos of Anarchists were posted to social media, showing them going into crowds of counterprotesters and bludgeoning them, beating them into the ground, and seeking to badly injure anyone who disagreed with the Anarachists riot. Black Block Anarchists assaulted a Syrian Muslim man in a suit, with metal rods and pepper spray, because they claimed “he looked like a Nazi,” and they attacked a white woman with pepper spray while giving an interview to the media. Berkeley reporter Malini Ramaiyer wrote: a “co-reporter was threatened as she recorded students marching down the street, and I was threatened when I took pictures of the vandalism, I myself became afraid and upset.”
Despite all of the violence, physical attacks, and firebombs, the University of California police department arrested only one individual for failure to disperse. The February 2017 Anarchist terrorist would not be the last time that such Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists terrorist and rioting overcame the ability of law enforcement to control and contain the situation.
(19) The Washington Post Glamorizes Anarchist Violence (Again).
Despite this and a rash of other violent Anarchist terrorist attacks across the country, including violent riots and terrorism in Washington D.C., the washington Post choose to provide glowing and supporting coverage of those behind Anarchist attacks on American human rights.
On August 10, 2017, Washington Post writer Ms. Perry Stein wrote an article which recieved front page electronic media coverage: “What draws Americans to anarchy? It’s more than just smashing windows,” with a photo of young man with sunglasses carrying a baseball bat joined by a young woman with a black bandanna mask. They were both dressed in all black, with the man wearing stylistic black sunglasses and balancing his baseball bat weapon on his shoulder, taken in an idyllic park setting, as such support for public violence was “normal.”
The Washington Post writer describe such violent Anarchists as simply another form of form of civil responsibility: “[b]y day, they are graphic designers, legal assistants, nonprofit workers and students. But outside their 9-to-5 jobs, they call themselves anarchists — bucking the system, shunning the government and sometimes even rioting and smashing windows to make a point.” Ms. Stein sought to rationalize and legitimize such Anarchist criminal violence, stating that “[w]hat the court documents call ‘malicious’ and ‘violent’ acts, the anarchists see as a necessary way to draw attention to poverty, racism, educational inequality and other problems.”
Washington Post described violent Anarchists as sympathetic, including the Anarchist riot mob tactics of Black Blocs, writing that Anarchists felt “[y]ou can breathe easy at a black bloc. You know if one person gets demasked, they will have your back.” The Washington Post went on to address that many new violent Anarchists were formed around the DisruptJ20 meetings, “many people leading the meetings were anarchists.” After the Washington Post writer giving one of the women Anarchists (who is a legal assistant) an unchallenged opportunity to defend her violence “of course they’re breaking windows, they’re mad,” she concludes that such violent Anarchism promotes meeting the public’s needs: “People assume that anarchism is so extreme. But I associate it with wanting everyone’s needs to be met.”
Washington Post reporter Ms. Stein neglected to report that one of the Anarchists that she interviewed who wants “everyone’s needs to be met,” had been recently leading protest chants to have the DC Superior Court burned down. This Anarchist leader protested, along with local members of IWW, outside DC Superior Court, at its Indiana Avenue entrance, on May 1, 2017. The Anarchist and IWW protested jointly called for the dropping of all criminal charges against the Anarchists for the J20 riots in Washington, D.C., or they chanted “if we don’t get it, burn it down.”
(20) Women’s Rights Activists Must Denounce Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist Terrorism and Violence by Women.
R.E.A.L. has seen the growth of Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist violence across the United States to see a broad range of women Anarchist leaders in violence and terrorism. While the majority of such terrorists and violent rioters remain men, a significant portion of such terrorist are women, especially young women. In 2017, R.E.A.L. has seen a staggering number of women arrested as part of violent Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist riots, and a sizable number calling for violence against the U.S. Government, bombing of U.S. courts and other government buildings, and associated with advocating and participating in acts of violence and firebombing. Anarchist terrorism has long had a history of unfortunate involvement of women among those promoting and participating in acts of terror.
Americans have a preconceived notion that terrorist leaders must be men. However, over the past 100 years, when it has come to Anarchist terrorism, women have played a growing role as terrorist ideological, logistical leaders, and more recently in active participants in bombings and mob violence. Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist violence provides a gender neutral opportunity for leadership roles by women, an aspect that may not be fully appreciated by American law enforcement and human rights activists. One of the earliest victims of Anarchist terrorist bombings in America was a working woman.
Emma Goldman was one of the first American Anarchist terrorist advocates, promoting such Anarchist terrorist violence on behalf of her ideological mentor Johann Most. Court filings claimed that she was a significant influence on the Anarchist assassin of President McKinley, where Anarchist Leon Czolgosz viewed himself as a “monster-slayer” of the Union Civil War hero president. Ms. Goldman had met with the terrorist Leon Czolgosz twice before the presidential assassination (May 5 and July 12, 1901). Regardless of her role, Ms. Goldman regularly promoted the ideology of Anarchist terrorist violence in the United States, before she was deported to the USSR.
In the mid-20th century, Bernardine Rae Ohrnstein (aka Bernardine Dohrn) led the Anarchist terrorist group Weather Underground Organization (WUO), which was responsible for terrorist bombings across the United States, including bombings in the U.S. Capital and the U.S. Pentagon. Of the most widely known 18 members of the Anarchist WUO terrorist group, nine (50%) were women. This represents a very different perspective on Anarchist terrorism, in terms of American pre-conceived notions, as to terrorist actors. WUO terrorist members Cathlyn Platt Wilkerson, Kathy Boudin, Diana Oughton, were all at the WUO terrorist site when a nail bomb intended to kill 100 at U.S. Army Fort Dix prematurely exploded. Ms. Oughton was killed; Wilkerson and Boudin escaped. Boudin was convicted as part of an armed bank robbery, where two police officers were killed. Wilkerson is a teacher and Boudin is a professor.
In the later 20th century, other Anarchist terrorist leaders were discovered to be American women, including Cincinnati’s Marie Mason, who was sentenced to 22 years in prison for firebombings. In another notorious pattern of firebombing in California, the majority of an Anarchist terrorist group was women, led by the Holland sisters in California.
The Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist use of “Black Bloc” tactics with individuals hiding behind black bandannas, masks, black hoods, and all black clothing has also attracted an increasing number of American women to be involved in such Anarchist violence. R.E.A.L. has seen such Anarchist women involved with firebombing activities and other violence promoted by Anarchist groups on social media. At the January 20, 2017 Anarchist riots, of the 213 arrested and charged with felony riot charges, at least 80 to 90 of those are women.
As Anarchist ideologue Mark Bray wrote in the Washington Post in August 2017 regarding the Anarcho-Communist “Antifa” campaign, “[b]ehind the masks, antifa are nurses, teachers, neighbors, and relatives.” Historical fact and current history shows that women are actively involved in Anarcho-Communist terrorism and violence. This presents a news and troubling component in Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist violence in the 21st century. When not tens, but hundreds of women are engaged in fringe Anarcho-Communist violence, it presents a different challenge for human rights, security, and those we entrust in critical areas of protecting vulnerable Americas often in areas of social services.
In repeated Anarchist infiltration of U.S. protest activities, R.E.A.L. has also noticed a significant number of women involved with riots, firebombs, and other other acts of violence. This is not a popular topic for discussion among the U.S. liberal and political media, but it should be a serious concern for those legitimately concerned with women’s rights. We cannot improve human rights, by violently abandoning such rights in the street, and against those with who we disagree. This does not and will not progress women’s equality in society. We do not promote justice by Anarchist / Anarcho-Communist / Antifa women calling for the D.C. Superior Court to be burned down, or promoting acts of violence which impact women and men alike. The U.S. political media promoting women who attack human rights, democracy, and our shared human rights does not help women’s rights or women’s equality.
R.E.A.L. sees once again in the early 21st century that Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist ideologues among women speaking against human rights, freedom, and liberty, using Antifa campaign tactics as justification against shared human rights. Antifa activist and media writer Natasha Lennard repeatedly writes that Antifa does not act out of “a rights framework,” and “[t]his is not a question of rights, it’s a question of justice.” It does grave damage to women’s rights, equality, and equity to promote campaigns that rejected our shared rights, and that “justice” can be achieved by mob violence without a defense of our shared human rights. Isn’t rejecting equality of human rights the same argument that misogynists have repeated made to repress and deny women’s equality?
R.E.A.L. believes that acts of violence and destruction do not further women’s rights, women’s equality, or support for human rights for any women or feminist causes. On the contrary, such acts of violence, with increasing involvement by women, will only work to stigmatize legimitate and peaceful activists and protesters for such women’s equality and feminist causes. R.E.A.L. urges major women’s rights and feminist organizations to disavow the increasing acts of Anarchist, Anarcho-Communist, and “Antifa” violence that we are seeing from women, as counter-productive to the very important work being done for women’s equality and dignity.
(21) Charlottesville Riots and the Failure to Stop Violence.
On August 11, 2017, the American people saw a deeply troubling site in Charlottesville, Virginia – a mob of 250 people marching with fire-light torches in the night as part of a two day protest, reportedly regarding the statue of Robert E. Lee. The statue of the former Confederate States of America (CSA) general on a horse was centered in Emanicipation Park, Charlottesville, where the protest was to take place the next day on August 12. The statue was erected in 1924 in the Emancipation Park area of Charlottesville, 59 years after the end of the U.S. Civil War; the park was originally called Lee Park, but the name had been changed. It had been there for 93 years. But continuing debate across America on the appropriateness of having such statues for Civil War figures had been intensely debated in the past decade, especially after the Charleston, South Carolina white supremacist terrorist attack on a church of African-Americans on June 17, 2015. For two years across the U.S., CSA flags were being taken down and a number of CSA statues were debated by public with some being removed.
R.E.A.L.’s position on this matter is public knowledge. Since 2009, R.E.A.L. has publicly demonstrated and called for the state governments, local governments, and federal government to reassess its position on the many Confederate statues (over 700) across the nation, and we have held peaceful demonstrations outside Robert E. Lee’s main Arlington House, calling for the public and its representative government to consider replacing some of the many symbols of Civil War division with symbols of healing and unity. At that speaking event, R.E.A.L. had careful discussions with the U.S. Park Police in advance to ensure that it would be a peaceful and respectful event (and it was). R.E.A.L. was warned to watch out for those groups that use large sticks with signs or banners, that they would turn into clubs. R.E.A.L.’s peaceful speaking event remains available for the public to see today.
Extremists of every kind who want to incite and encourage trouble have no interest in peaceful and calm speaking. They seek to agitate, to frighten, to disgust, and to incite violence. R.E.A.L. has always found such extremism objectionable and counterproductive to any progress in America. So it was that on August 11, 2017, an event led by former Occupy protester, now leading what he called an “Alt-Right” event, Jason Kessler organized a two day event in Charlottesville, VA. The first night was a march of “Unite The Right” demonstrators to a different site, onto the University of Virginia, near a statue of Thomas Jefferson, carrying fire-lit torches. It was symbolic of violence and incitement, and was the tactics that Americans have historically seen Nazi organizations use in the past. R.E.A.L. is well-aware that too many Americans, at every station in life, have a limited education on both American and European history, and recognizes that some may not have been aware of such connations. Regardless, the rest of America was aware of this.
As R.E.A.L. detailed on August 13, 2017 in our article “Charlottesville And Continuing Challenge Of Nazi Movements,” the demonstrators marching to the Lee statue were chanting the Nazi chant “Blood and Soil,” which was popularized by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany “Blut und Boden.” For those who still didn’t grasp the point, a number of the demonstrators made a “Heil Hitler” salute. America has and will have disagreements over immigration, racial unrest, and other challenges. But to those that promote such ideas as those expressed by Nazi Germany, responsible for the Holocaust of 6,000,000 Jews, there is only one word for this: “despicable.” R.E.A.L. is unconvinced that Jason Kessler did not know that the public would react this way, and these actions reframed the activites of the 250 marchers from an issue regarding the CSA statue to a more sinister and offensive message to America.
For the record, R.E.A.L. has been a long and dedicated challenger of Nazi and white supremacist views, which R.E.A.L. considers to be a disgusting and despicable rejection of our shared universal human rights. R.E.A.L. has received numerous threats and death threats from Nazis and white supremacists, who have made life difficult for our peaceful members. However, in the United States, we live in a nation of laws, not a nation of opinions. We may find the views of any one individual or group of individuals repellent, but as individuals, we and our personal views are not “the law.” We are not the “U.S. Constitution.” Our laws and our rights exist for all Americans, and we have representative law enforcement that is responsible to enforce those laws.
Let us be clear, while R.E.A.L. rejects the views, as we immediately reported, of those making hateful white supremacist and Nazi remarks, they too have freedom of speech, based on the laws of the nation. The individuals responsible for enforcing such laws are our duly-deputized law enforcement. On August 11 and August 12, law enforcement was not successful in effectively performing their responsibility, which has added to a growing public safety problem, not just for Charlottesville, but also the rest of the nation. Our law enforcement have a difficult job and we all respect that, but they have a job that it is their responsibility to perform. Such de-legitimization of law enforcement authority is precisely what anti-democracy extremists want. Ineffective public safety measures must not be allowed to encourage political violence.
The August 11 night torch-lit march to the Thomas Jefferson statue at the University of Virginia (UVA) may not have required a permit, but with 250 individuals carrying flame-lit torches, it would be basic public safety to carefully control and moderate the activites, if not canceling them due to the obvious public safety threat. This is not just R.E.A.L.’s opinion, but this is UVA SEC-032: “Open Burn and Open Flame Operations at the University of Virginia.” According to UVA SEC-032, UVA specifically prohibits the use “open flame” tiki torches without approval of “Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) or the University of Virginia Medical Center Fire Protection Inspector’s Office.” Who from UVA or the Virginia State government inspected and authorized this incredibly dangerous event on August 11? This may seem like a minor “detail,” but these are the type of public safety details, which are essential to manage for public safety operations involving extremist groups, especialy violent exteremists. For the record, R.E.A.L. has probably completed at 100 permits for first amendment demonstrations, and we are vastly familiar with typical public safety concerns and questions of law enforcement involving such demonstrations. While there may not have been a permit required for this event, there would be basic public safety questions which anyone in law enforcement would be asking serious questions about. In any event, routine UVA Fire Safety questions would have been asked about any event of such an event of 250 people carrying flame torches onto the UVA campus.
On the night of August 11, a small group of counter-protesters circled the Jefferson statue, which resulted in scuffles between the protesters and counter-protesters. The Virginia State Police eventually came in to break up a fight at UVA among the protesters with flame-lit torches (incredibly there were no fatalities), but both the VSP and the Charlottesville Police needed to do a better job of managing public safety. It was the responsibility of the police to do their job. This situation never should have gotten out of hand to begin with. Dependence on luck is not a strategy for public safety and law enforcement. The failure to get the August 11 demonstration under control set the stage for a disaster the following day, August 12, 2017, when significantly larger crowds appeared with participants from diverse groups and attendees. To the extent that the Charlottesville police were outmanned, the Virginia State Police should have a much larger presence to help keep this situation under control. Being polite and friendly with our law enforcement should not keep citizens from expecting them to do their job. It should be very clear that was not effectively done on August 11 and 12.
R.E.A.L. has faced other Nazi and white supremacist events in the past. In our members’ lifetime, we have not witnessed any that demonstrations that have so quickly gotten totally out of control as the one in Charlottesville, VA on August 12, 2017. The next day, August 12, 2017, the number of “UniteTheRight” demonstrators had doubled from 250 to 500. The stated cause of the demonstration was regarding the Lee statue. There has been much discussion about who such individuals in the demonstrations represented. Those in the “Unite The Right” who were not affiliated with white nationalist, white supremacist, and Nazi causes are certainly very short-sighted. They may have driven a long distance and hoped to make some particular political statement. But after the August 11, 2017 “Blood and Soil” torch-lit march, anyone who continued to be involved in the August 12, 2017 protests had to know that public opinion would have associated them with such extremism. But lacking common sense and intelligence is not a criminal offense, and they continued to have a right to their free speech on August 12, in the park where they had a permit for a demonstration.
R.E.A.L. has specific insight into some of the attendees from the “Unite The Right” group and some of them were white supremacists and Nazis that have challenged and disrupted R.E.A.L. events where we had permits in the past. Unlike too many of the counterprotesters, R.E.A.L.’s approach was to use patience and to offer prayers and hope for such extremists to find a conscience to direct them to better understand our shared human rights. When they screamed, we prayed. Then we moved on. This type of thinking is lost on Anarchists / Anarcho-Communists and their “Antifa” campaign. The “Antifa” extremists are not interested in the rights and laws of their fellow human beings, other than how they can bully, attack, and commit acts of violence as use of force to silence them. While R.E.A.L. offers an outstretched hand, “Antifa” extremists offer only an upraised fist. We know that does not and will not work.
Just as there were “Antifa” violent extremists, there were are also many non-violent counterprotesters as well. There were clearly non-violent protesters that got caught up in both sides. Certainly, with the knowledge of the history of such violence, mature individuals would have gained enough common sense to know not to associate with such violent individuals. Those non-violent protesters who saw individuals within both the protesters and counterprotesters with automatic rifles, other weapons, etc., had a civic duty to themselves, their community, and their families, to swallow their pride and get out of there. But once again, lacking common sense and intelligence is not a criminal offense, and all Americans have freedom of speech.
According to the armed Anarchist network “Redneck Revolt,” “Redneck Revolt members formed a unified skirmish line” against white supremacist on August 12. The armed Anarchists in the “Redneck Revolt” with “tactical weapons,” per their own posting urging white supremacists for a fight days before the event. Other Anarchists brought clubs, pepper spray, urine vials (which were used to hit the news media), and even a portable flamethrower. The white supremacists and Nazi extremist also had individuals armed with guns, pepper spray, smoke bombs, clubs, and shields. This included extremists from the Nazi “Vanguard America,” the KKK, and other extremists. It was clear from the beginning that the August 12 riots would be a disaster.
The August 12, 2017 “Unite The Right” demonstration in their park was to begin at 12 noon at Emancipation Park by the Robert E. Lee statue. At this point, the number of protesters were at least 500, and it would have appeared there were at least 1000 counterprotesters. But as soon as the protesters began leaving their cars and walking in the street, both the Nazi / white supremacists and the “Antifa” extremists began fighting. This is not speculation. Much of the event was live on television and social media, and millions could see this happening. By 11:00 AM, fighting had already begun, and there was fighting in the streets for over a half hour, with no control by the police to break up the violence. The public could see it happening live. So if we could see it happening live, how could the command centers for Charlottesville and Virginia State Police not see it happening? R.E.A.L. posted a video of such mob violence by both extremist groups at 11:34 AM on August 12 on Twitter “As #Americans have asked so many times, in so many #Mob #Riots across the nation, not just #Charlottesville, where are the #POLICE?”.
The crowded area, with so many agitated and armed individuals, lack of police control, lack of effective road blocks, was a disaster waiting to happen, as it would be not just in Charlottesville, but in any town or city in America. White supremacists attacked a professor in parking lot, The Hill journalist Taylor Lorenz said that she was punched by counterprotestors during the violence, but the streets of Charlottesville had turned into a slugfest by shortly after 11 AM. Incredibly, only three people were arrested. While the Virginia State Police finally declared the gathering an unlawful assembly by 11:40 AM, there still was poor organization in getting protesters and counterprotesters peacefully and safely outside of the park area. It was astounding to some watching that mobs of counterprotesters were being allowed near vehicles. Some on 4th street were shouting and pounding on vehicles, and some hit the vehicles. As previously reported by R.E.A.L., Nazi supporter James Alex Fields, Jr. drove his car into part of the crowd surrounding these vehicle, killing one woman and injuring 19. James Fields’ criminal act resulted in charges including second degree murder, and he will face the criminal consequences deserved for his act of terror. The Charlottesville riots resulted in 1 death and 34 injuries, yet only 11 were arrested including James Fields. As R.E.A.L. has previously written, R.E.A.L. condemns and deplores the acts of those among the Nazis, white supremacists, and white nationalists, not only for their hate, but also for their violence. But is simply not accurate that they were the only ones involved in such violence.
Americans that are legimitately supporting of peaceful anti-racist protest have historical lessons of how to deal with such violence. R.E.A.L. has painful experience in knowing how difficult it is to maintain order among agitated individuals from diverse, and sometimes unknown areas in a public demonstration. Like anything else important in life, maintaining such order is not always easy. But that does not mean it is not a responsibility. Americans only need to look to the example of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who when he found people had infiltrated protests who sought violence, he canceled the demonstration and LEFT. R.E.A.L. asks those who support legitimate peaceful anti-racist protests, do you really believe that your statements and your responsibility for human rights restraint should give you the need to reject the example of Martin Luther King, Jr.?
Law enforcement lost control of public safety in Charlottesville. Basic public safety and common sense measures, traffic controls, barriers, etc., were not effectively utilized. While law enforcement spokepersons will issue defensive statements on this, privately they must have serious and sober meetings on lessons learned on what must change for the next such event. With the growing violence of both Anarchist / Anarcho-Communist / Antifa, as well as white supremacist / Nazi extremists, law enforcement will need to take public safety measures more seriously, and work with courts to have ready measures to manage safety conditions to prevent them spirally into emergencies. From a public perspective, the American public needs to use common sense and stay away from unsafe, violent conditions. Our protests and demonstrations can be held peacefully and safely, but when violent individuals with weapons appear, we should be going to law enforcement for public safety and protection, not exacting our own violence. The Anarchist / Anarcho-Communist / “Antifa” movement does not care about avoiding such violence, because the reality is they seek such violence as part of a larger objective of insurrection of all authority, law, and representative democracy. Rather than find a degree of humility for its role in promoting the out of control violence, the extremist “Antifa” sought more violence; the injured and killed in Charlottesville were not enough for them. Instead of realizing the consequences of their promotion of political violence, the “Antifa” extremist among the Anarchist and Anarcho-Communists only seek more violence. The victims of such continuing promotion of violence are the American people and American law.
(22) Lost Opportunity to Clearly Define Ideological Threats Used by Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists.
The U.S. President denounced the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, but efforts to condemn those involved in violence on both sides, led to outrage by the U.S. political media, numerous political leaders, and many in the public. By this point, the Anarcho-Communist effort to portray their “Antifa” campaign as simply “anti-racist” had been largely successful among those who had no interest or time in actually researching what they really represented. But just as the U.S. political media, including many which had been openly promoting and glamorizing Anarchist violence (as what it considered a “righteous” response to its own political frustration), had no interest in clarifying who and what happened in Charlottesville, an inexperienced White House and President also struggled in communications as well. Experienced individuals in the human rights, law enforcement, and security must assist in clarifying that the Anarchist / Anarcho-Communist violent “Antifa” campaign also rejects our human and Constitutional rights.
To those who argue there is no “moral equality” between Anarchist / Anarcho-Communist and its violent “Antifa” campaign versus Neo-Nazis and white supremacists, this is certainly true. In the United States, white supremacy was a component of slavery of over 3 million African Americans. In Europe, Nazism led to the Holocaust of 6 million Jews. These anti-human rights ideologies must be rejected without question and without qualification. Communist totalitarian regimes have long been a source of mass murder, with millions killed in Communist China (4-40 million per various estimates) and millions killed in the former USSR alone (8-61 million per various estimates), and continuing killings and horrific repression in Communist nations today. Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist terrorism has been a plague for over a century, extensively throughout Europe (not discussed in this article), and also with 50+ bomb attacks across America, killings, assassination, and other violence in the United States. There is no “moral equality” between such anti-democracy ideologies of death, mass violence, and repression of our shared human rights. There is, however, an immoral equality of those anti-human rights ideologies, not based on “right versus left,” but based on “right versus wrong.” Wrong is wrong. This is the only equality that we need to understand for a human rights perspective. There is no “good wrong.”
To be clear, President Trump’s career in business was not focused on analysis of human rights and political extremism; no one realistically would expect that he would bring such skill sets and knowledge. Furthermore, those in the White House communications also seemed to have an intuitive knack at getting at such facts, in part, because of a defensive position from a constant position of being under attack by the U.S. political media. Individuals skilled in such matters should be providing the White House, DHS, and the FBI with insight and leadership, based on their experience and training. None of us, even the President, have experience and knowledge in everything, and can be expected to speak effectively on any topic at any moment. Donald Trump does not have a Political Science degree and years of experience on publicly speaking on topics about political science ideologies and racial/political extremists (this is not an “excuse” by non-partisan R.E.A.L., merely a statement of fact). The Charlottesville disaster was clearly unexpected and the opportunity for clarity on what the problems were was not effectively seized. The White House attempted to convey what they understood to be the issue, but the entire issue of Anarcho-Communist infiltration of such events was viewed as either too complex for the general public to understand, or there was limited availability of specialists to clearly explain this.
Either way, the White House efforts to describe the problem did not address the challenges of Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist violence that is the root of its “Antifa” campaign, and whose ideological name and values remained completely outside of the official discussion of the Charlottesville disaster.
Slang political terms such as “Alt-Left” are unhelpful and counterproductive in defining the significant and serious security and human rights threats of violent Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist ideologies. We need a serious focus by law enforcement and homeland security on such Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist violence which has plagued the United States for over 100 years, and once again, in Charlottesville managed to infiltrate public protests for the express purpose of violence with a singular goal of national insurrection. It is unfair and unreasonable to legitimate and peaceful protesters who reject racist and Nazi views, but respect our shared Constitutional and human rights, to allow such violent Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist campaigners to infiltrate public events and not call out exactly what they truly represent.
The mistake in not addressing all of the anti-human rights ideologies involved in the Charlottesville violence provided a propaganda victory for the Anarchist and Anarcho-Communists, who used their spin of the comments to further rationalize the need for their “Anti-Fascist” (“Antifa”) campaign. This assisted the Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist campaign to de-legitimize the U.S. Government credibility. The U.S. political media gave the Anarcho-Communist campaign more credibility, by repeatedly arguing that the White House was “taking the side of fascists” and giving a “moral equivalence” to “Anti-Fascists working against racism” and “Nazis and white supremacists.”
Days after the Charlottesville riots and debacle, the U.S. political media, which largely does include many issues with significant training on U.S./world history and extremist issues, continued to provide article after article and additional media glamorizing the Anarchist / Anarcho-Communist “Antifa” campaign, as well as giving sympathetic coverage to such spokespersons. Regardless of their depth of knowledge, the U.S. political media needs to recognize the basic mathematical truth in human rights that “two wrongs don’t make a right.”
(23) Increased Calls and Support for “Antifa” Violence.
After the Charlottesville riots, in the Nation magazine pro-Anarachist media writer Natasha Lennard argued that American human rights were expendable when dealing with those we disagree with. In her August 16, 2017 article, “Not Rights but Justice: It’s Time to Make Nazis Afraid Again,” Natasha Lennard condemns those supporting human rights for condemning violence, when they need to “embrace a diversity of tactics” to challenge Nazi and white supremacist hate.
Natasha Lennard rejects the priority of respecting the liberties of human rights, and argues that the “Antifa” campaign of violence and threats against those the disagree with is a more important end of “social justice,” which justifies the mean. She writes in The Nation: “The mistake is to conflate the defense of liberties with the struggle for social justice. They are not the same thing, and we stymie our efforts to crush the racist far right—which we must—if we remain confined to a rights discourse.” Natasha Lennard dismissed the “paranoiac reactions from liberal centrists, citing low-level property damage and a few neo-Nazi black eyes as a rise in leftist terror.” To Antifa activist and media writer Natasha Lennard, “This is not a question of rights, it’s a question of justice,” but it is the type of “justice” where Anarchists, Anarcho-Communists, and Antifa have decided to make their own “laws” and be their own judge, jury, and punishers.
But, of course, educated Americans know that the history of such Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist violence and terrorism is more than that. It includes nationwide bombings, nail bombs, suicide bombing, cyanide, firebombs, killing and maiming Americans, bombing the U.S. Capital, bombing the Pentagon, plots to bomb bridges and buildings, and assassination of a U.S. president. The history of Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist violence and terrorism is more than a “few black eyes.”
In describing herself as part of the Antifa campaign, Natasha Lennard argues that while there is no “right” to use acts of violence, she considers that physical violence is a key responsibility of the Antifa campaign, which rejects “the good faith of state power,” and instead calls for “direct and confrontational intervention—the sort of which is itself often not protected by a rights framework.”
Too many in the media, including extremist Natasha Lennard, called for “scum” to be removed. On August 18, 2017, media writer Natasha Lennard commented on social media regarding 20 individuals who had been identified by “New York City Antifa” in the New York City area at the Charlottesville riots. Natasha Lennard replied: “some NY scum in need of removal… exposing fascists in our midst is central antifa work – physical confrontation is just a fraction of it.”
(24) Violent Anarchist Get Media Legitimization for Violence as “Antifa”.
The Washington Post, once again, legitmized Anarchist / Anarcho-Communist / “Antifa” violence on August 16, 2017, in an article written by Anarchist activist and Dartmouth College lecturer Mark Bray. Mark Bray lectures on history, but unfortunately he has neglected the history of Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist violence in America as part of his promotion of such ideologies, and their co-opting of anti-racist views for what they call an “Antifa” campaign. (Notably, the Washington Post kept Mark Bray’s article outside of its paywall.)
While Mark Bray glamorized Anarchist / Anarcho-Communist / “Antifa” violence on his Twitter account, with a prominent image of masked men carrying baseball balls in his profile, he wrote in the Washington Post that such an “Antifa” campaign was merely “popular opposition to fascism as we witnessed in Charlottesville.”
Mark Bray neglected to describe the 100 years of Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist terrorism in the United States, its efforts to infiltrate and twist peaceful protest efforts to spawn insurrection and violence. He counted on the power of the U.S. political media to set a narrative that ignored all the historical fact, and what the American people could see with their own eyes, to further a campaign to assist the Anarcho-Communist goals of ultimate destrucion of democracy. So to the Washington Post audience, Anarchist activist Mark Bray wrote about the efforts by the Anarcho-Communist in “Antifa” simply “demands that we take seriously the violence of white supremacists,”and that the “vast majority of anti-fascist organizing is nonviolent,” while “physical violence against white supremacists is both ethically justifiable and strategically effective.” Using sympathetic mainstream political media, Mark Bray sought to reinvent “Antifa” violence as merely “anti-racist.” But the truth is that American history has shown us that anti-racist causes are NOT forwarded by the Anarchist / Anarcho-Communist violence and insurrection, but by cooperative efforts by all Americans to achieve social and legal change, based on a commitment to our shared Constitutional human rights that Anarchist / Anarcho-Communist community does not have. Anarchist publications, such as Anarchist Action, publicized Mark Bray’s use of the Washington Post to glamorize their “Antifa” campaign.
Later on to a more narrow audience to a Vox reporter, Washington Post author Mark Bray would admit that “Antifa” Anarcho-Communists had “no allegiance to liberal democracy,” and that “antifa isn’t concerned with free speech or other liberal democratic values.”
Anarchist Mark Bray went on to NBC Television to defend “Antifa” violence. According to Mark Bray, violence is both ethically responsible when it comes to the “fascists” that he designates, as well relative when it comes to property violence. Anarchist Mark Bray repeated defended the Anarcho-Communist “Antifa” violence as “historically formed and ethically reasonable.” By portraying everyone who the Anarcho-Communist “Antifa” attacks as “fascists,” he repeatedly defends the history of being “ethically reasonable” to deny their human rights and to use phyical violence against them. In terms or property damage, Anarchist Mark Bray waved that as being relative as to whether or not that constitued “violence.” For example, he told NBC that “property destruction is certainly part of the repertoire of what some of these groups will do to achieve their goals. Some say it’s violence, some say it’s not because it’s not against human beings, that’s a matter of opinion.” Actually, Mark Bray, it is not “a matter of opinion,” it is a matter of LAW, but Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists have no respect for American law.
Without any working history or familiarization of the century of Anarcho-Communist terrorism and violence in America, his U.S. political media interviewers fail to ask why bombings of homes, newspapers, restaurants, plots to destroy bridges, hospitals, cyanide plots on subways, in America are part of Mark Bray’s “relative” view of Anarcho-Communist “violence,” as merely “property destruction.” No one in the U.S. political media challenged Mark Bray on the role of Anarcho-Communist terrorist murders, mutilation, and injuries, as to how this pursued “Antifa” goals. Did the assassination of Union Civil War hero U.S. President McKinley further “Antifa” challenges against racism? What was “anti-racist” about Anarchist bombings on public places, restaurants, homes, businesses, plots to attack bridges, hospitals?
This is why it is essential to have an informed and honest discussion on the Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist history of violence and terrorism in America, and the real insurrectionist intent behind the Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist commitment in its “Antifa” campaign, to hijack anti-racist concerns for the larger Anarcho-Communist goals of attacking American human rights and destruction of American representative democracy.
On August 21, 2017, Dartmouth college’s Office of the President made the following statement, titled “Statement on Lecturer in History Mark Bray,” as follows: “Recent statements made by Lecturer in History Mark Bray supporting violent protest do not represent the views of Dartmouth. As an institution, we condemn anything but civil discourse in the exchange of opinions and ideas. Dartmouth embraces free speech and open inquiry in all matters, and all on our campus enjoy the freedom to speak, write, listen and debate in pursuit of better learning and understanding; however, the endorsement of violence in any form is contrary to Dartmouth values.”
Despite Dartmouth College’s statement, Mark Bray has continued to repeatedly use Dartmouth College symbols on the background wallpaper, during televised news broadcasts and interviews, giving the appear of the college’s legitimizing such calls for public violence and attacks on human rights. Dartmouth College needs to do more than issue a one paragraph statement.
(25) Emboldened Anarchists / Anarcho-Communist Use “Antifa” Target HOMES.
In August 2017, Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist continued to gain positive U.S. political media coverage for its acts of public violence using their “Antifa” campaign. This emboldened Anarcho-Communists and their supporters to take further public actions and gain more supporters.
Supporters of the Washington DC branch of the IWW decided to hold a march in Alexandria, Virginia to protest outside an apartment building where Nazi National Policy Institute (NPI) figure Richard Spencer lives. R.E.A.L. rejects and condemns the views of the NPI, and R.E.A.L. has also challenged Richard Spencer’s views since 2009. But there is a very significant difference with peaceful protest and ideological disagreement, and the practices of the Anarcho-Communist “Antifa” in violently assaulting Richard Spencer in the street. There is a difference between our peaceful use of free speech and violent criminal acts done on behalf anti-human rights movements.
But with the U.S. political media praising the violent attacks on Richard Spencer on January 20, 2017, and the flood of positive U.S. political media support for the Anarcho-Communist “Antifa” based on the disaster in Charlottesville, more “Antifa” activists felt emboldened to take further action.
So on August 13, 2017, we saw an “Antifa” activist and IWW supporter, sharing a video of the mob protests outside of this apartment building, writing “Marching through the streets of Old Alexandria to protest Richard Spencer’s residence and his general existence in the world.” One response to the “Antifa” activist wrote on August 14, “How has somebody not burned down his house yet?” The national and the DC IWW union branches published images of the protests outside the apartment building to their social media account, and IWW member flying red “IWW” flags along with “Antifa” members were active participants.
To anyone paying close attention, there would be a very real question as exactly who was the “fascist” in this situation.
To those who reject the views of Richard Spencer, as R.E.A.L does, there may be some that believe that he deserves to be protested tenaciously. But there is a different question here. When the “Antifa” start targeting the homes of those they consider “fascists,” who and what is next? Did all of those in the Alexandria apartment building deserve this? And at what point will mob threats outside of homes become a clear and present danger to public safety, especially in Virginia, which has had such serious law enforcement struggles with maintaining law and order?
If they disagree with you, me, or anyone else, will this newly empowered Anarchist / Anarcho-Communist extremist mob feel justified to go after where you live? As one Anarchist activist wrote, why hadn’t “somebody not burned down his house,” and certainly with this 100 years of commitment to acts of violence, why wouldn’t this be next for such Anarchists? After all, attacking the homes and murdering innocent Americans is PRECISELY how such Anarchist terrorists got their start, with Anarchist terrorist nail bombs across the United States, as well as a suicide bomb attack to try to murder the Attorney General of the United States.
What level of violent attacks on the American public will it take for American law enforcement to arrest criminals making threats, and when will the U.S. media recognize the true violent threat to American democracy behind the Anarcho-Communist “Antifa” campaign?
(26) Anarchists / Anarcho-Communists Defeat Police in Berkeley, Beat People in Streets.
On August 26 and August 27, 2017, renewed Anarchist / Anarcho-Communists / “Antifa” terrorists conducted mob violence in the streets, beating people at random, and feeling empowered as a mob force to attack the public at will in total defiance and contempt for law enforcement.
At Berkeley’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park’s Crescent lawn, two protests had been scheduled, one “No to Marxism in America,” which was canceled and had few attendees, and another “Bay Area Rally Against Hate.” This was again a case of dual protests at the same location. In the morning, a reported “thousands” of demonstrators showed up for the “Bay Area Rally.”
However, only a few showed up for the “No to Marxism in America” demonstration, primarily a single right-wing individual, Joey Gibson, who attempted to speak in the park, after canceling his own demonstration after threats in San Francisco. Once again, from a pragmatic view, R.E.A.L. urges peaceful activists to combine common sense with their activism in terms of timing and locations, but we respect and defend our shared Constitutional and human rights of free speech. As we see yet again, the Anarchist / Anarcho-Communist “Antifa” violent campaign used such protests for mob violence and hate.
By the early afternoon, “hundreds” of the “Antifa” violent mob hijacked yet another demonstration and Gibson was immediatedly mobbed, attacked, and shot with pepper spray by Anarchists / Anarcho-Communists supporting their “Antifa’ campaign of physical criminal violence. Gibson was not the only one attacked. The “Antifa” violent mob inspired others, including many of the “thousands” of otherwise “peaceful” demmonstrators to rush over the police barricades to take control of MLK Civic Center Park for their mob violence. After taking control the MLK Park, the “Antifa” mob continued their violence in the streets and moved to celebrate their violence to attack others at Ohlone Park. Berkelyside news reporter Cliff Magnes stated on August 28, 2017: “Watching them try to take over a peaceful crowd and turn that crowd into a mob is a deeply troubling experience.”
ABC News Channel 10 reported that there were “hundreds” of the Anarchist / Anarcho-Communist “Antifa,” many of which were obviously attired in the Black Bloc gear to conceal their identities when they commit acts of criminal violence.
Berkeley news helicopters showed mobs of Anarchist Black Bloc “Antifa” running down the streets, spraying individuals with pepper spray, chasing people down the street to assault them, knock to the ground, and beat and kick them. Those remaining in the park and the nearby streets were abanadoned by the Berkeley law enforcement, who withdrew and allowed the criminal “Antifa” mob violence to go on without consequence. ABC 10 News reported that: “Berkeley Police Chief Andrew Greenwood said he ordered officers to abandon the park when the black-clad activists arrived. Confronting them would have risked escalating the violence and jeopardizing the safety of the peaceful protesters, Greenwood said.” Berkeleyside news reported that 400 police had been assigned to maintain order.
That is not the perspective that the public could see with “Antifa” violent criminals beating and threatening people at random, while the Berkeley police did nothing. Six people were badly enough by the “Antifa” rioters that they required paramedic treatment, and two had to be hospitalized.
One California journalist, Lizzie Johnson, described how the “Antifa” was completely overcoming the Berkeley police: “The park has been completely taken over by the Antifa. Berkeley police struggling to figure out what to do. Tear gas didn’t work. The police are firing rubber bullets in Berkeley. Blocks away a couple with a youn daughter were walking toward it. Stay away. Massive militant anarchist showing in Berkeley today. The group is dangerous and destructive.” She wrote: “The Berkeley police have stood down. A sea of black masks as far as I can see. This is what WAS NOT supposed to happen.” She described the violence: “Everyone is fighting. Clouds of pepper spray from the fray. Hundreds of men and women dressed in all black. Antifa. Out of sea of black is a single flag, red with an A in a circle.” That is the symbol of Anarcho-Communism, with the “A” for Anarchism.
Journalists reported being threatened and attacked, who were trying to cover the news on the mob of narchists / Anarcho-Communists gathering on behalf of their violent “Antifa” campaign at Berkeley’s Crescent Park. Journalist Lizzie Johnson reported: ” ‘Take his camera, take his phone,’ they are shouting at a journalist,” as the public could see a journalist running from Anarchist Black Bloc “Antifa” terrorists in the park, chasing after him with an “Antifa” flag as he tried to escape in the crowd.
The Berkleyside News reported that a “freelance photographer, who asked not to be named, said he was attacked by an antifa member at Ohlone Park toward the end of the march. ‘I was punched in the face and struck to the ground after asking him to please stop hurting a lady with a camera that they were assaulting,’ he said.” It also reported: “Two Berkeleyside contributing photographers felt the effects in their eyes of pepper spray used by protesters. Another said she saw at least four cameras get smashed.” KTVU reported: “A KTVU reporter had her camera shoved out of her hand by people dressed in black.”
One left-wing Mexican-American writer, using a pseudonym, due to fear of mob attacks, reported how the Anarchist-led violent “Antifa” questioned who he was when he was taking photographs of the event, and then threatened him. He writes to the Berkleyside: “A young woman in her 20s, who had been deputized by undisclosed authorities to informally police and report on those who she found troublesome confronted me. In an aggressive tone she told me to stop taking pictures.I tried to reason with her. I did. I tried to establish a dialogue. I tried to explain to her that we were on the same side and that I was simply taking pictures. She was having no part of it. She quickly communicated to her confederates nearby that she needed help containing me.” His report continues that this extremist quickly was confronted by an “Antifa” mob who decide that he was a “Nazi” and needed to be threatened. He concluded that “As I was backing up, I bumped into a young man wearing a bandana across his face, black pants and combat boots, with his arms crossed on his chest. He couldn’t have been more than 20. ‘You should get out of here’ he said sternly, blocking my way…”
Video after video showed scenes of unrelenting mob Anarchist violence beating people, knocking them down, and then piling onto their victims, pummeling them and kicking in the street. While the Berkeley police, like the Charlottesville police, and like how many other law enforcement agencies will in the future (?), stood back and did nothing. The Anarchist reign of terrorist violence in the face of police unwilling to enforce the law was one of the more disturbing scenes of political terrorism we have seen in this nation.
After the Anarchists “Antifa” ability to take the law into its own hands for hours, eventually 13 out of the “hundreds” of “Antifa” were arrested, several for injuring police officers and news media individuals; four of the violent “Antifa” rioters arrested were women. It is impossible to know just how many in the mobs of Anarchist “Antifa” terrorists simply were allowed to commit violent crimes without consequence, but anyone watching the event could clearly see that there were many, many more criminals in the mob beating people, than merely the 13 who were arrested.
The Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist “Antifa” mob attacks in MLK Civic Center park, came nearly 54 years, after the speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “I have a dream” on August 28, 1963, calling for change through non-violence. There is no shame in such a travesty.
(27) Responsible Majority of Americans Must Defend Human Rights, Democracy, Law, and U.S. Constitution from Anarchist Violence.
Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.) has provided this article to demonstrate the significant and historical problem of Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist violence against Americans. Despite its length, it is hardly “comprehensive,” but is only a summary of some main points of violence, and certainly there are many, many other acts of violence that are not included in this report. The point of the historical perspective of this article is to help those Americans who are unfamiliar with the history of Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist terrorism and violence, and to make it clear that such extreme ideologies do not seek to promote the “right” of people of color, women, or any identity group. As such Anarchists and Anacho-Communists have explained repeatedly, they are not supporting a “rights framework” nor do they support a “liberal democracy.”
The Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist campaign of violent “Antifa” is not “new,” as some in the U.S. political media would have Americans falsely believe. While it has borrowed the banner and name from late 20th century European “Antifa,” it did not begin such violence in the United States in the past year or two. It has been active in the U.S. since the early 21st century, with active “Antifa” operations since 2009. Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist terrorism and its “Antifa” campaign violence is not a “new” phenomenon. The U.S. political media and too many Americans simply haven’t paid attention to it. The legacy of Anarcho-Communist terrorism and violence in the U.S. is over 100 years long, as an ongoing threat to American human rights and security.
R.E.A.L. has direct experience with public violence by Anarcho-Communist extremists, which were the first of extremist groups to attack our human rights events at a June 2009 event condemning the Hamas terrorist group’s use of “human shields” of innocent civilians. R.E.A.L. public events have been disrupted by both Anarcho-Communists and white supremacist extremists. But Anarcho-Communists felt empowered to physically grabbed our volunteers in the public streets, disregarding nearby police, and our solution was to engage responsible law enforcement to ensure our safety. R.E.A.L. has seen this pattern over the past 8 years, and we know the critical importance of responsible law enforcement in protecting the public for lawless Anarcho-Communist violent individuals.
This is not a new problem.
An important difference in 2016 and 2017 has been the inconsistency in by too many in law enforcement in the face of such Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist mob violence. As Anarchist activist and Dartmouth College lecturer Mark Bray has told the public, such Anarchists and “Antifa” campaign violent individuals are “anti-police,” and view America from what Bray calls a “police-abolitionist lens,” that is they want the END of American law enforcement. As we have seen, some black masked men and women Anarchists hold signs like “all my heroes kill cops.”
In the United States of America, or any democratic nation of shared laws, it is a disaster to be unwilling to seriously reject and defy any organization that makes one of its primary goals to be reject our shared Constitutional and human rights and to reject the very existence of law enforcement itself. But this is and has been the vision of the violent Anarchists, Anarcho-Communists, and its resurgent “Antifa” campaign.
American Human Rights, democracy, law, and the U.S. Constitution is greater than any Anarchist, Anarcho-Communist, or “Antifa” violence. But we need to effectively engage a “Responsible Majority” of American citizens, organizations, leaders, government, media, and law to challenge this recent campaign of hate and violence.
Prominent American leaders, citizens, institutions, families, and our media may understandably “not want to get involved” in challenging such hidden and violent Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists and their “Antifa” campaign. Many way simply want to hope they will “go away.” But U.S. history has shown that such violent Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists feel empowered by the silence of law-abiding and responsible American citizens. Furthermore, due to the political divisions in America today, there may be those citizens, institutions, and U.S. political media that are uncomfortable, due to their political views or their views on racism, from challenging such Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist violence.
But we must understand Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist violence is not only towards one political view or party – it is against ALL political views and parties in an American democracy, it is against our representative democracy itself. Furthermore, those who are responsibly against racism and fascist hate must recognize that the Anarachist and Anarcho-Communist use of an “Antifascist” violent campaign seeks to hijack, twist, and pervert the peaceful and responsible effort by citizens who don’t share their contempt towards our “rights framework.”
Violent Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists don’t just attack what they call “fascists” – they attack all Americans – of every identity group – that dares to stand for our law, our rights, and democracy in our nation. They are not any type of “anti-fascism,” but they represent their own form of authoritarian mob hate and violence, hidden behind black masks to menace the public.
But let us remember this fringe of thousands of violent Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists are NOTHING compared to the MILLIONS of Americans that respect the law and our shared human rights.
Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.) calls for a “Responsible Majority” of Americans to voice their rejection of violent Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist acts, and to reject their efforts to pervert human rights-based challenges to racism, fascism, and other hate, by using their Anarcho-Communist “Antifa” campaign. These bullies in black who hide their face from accountability are nothing compared to the many millions of responsible men and women in America, who stand unequivocally for our shared Constitutional and human rights, our shared law, and our shared democracy. A “Responsible Majority” of Americans must not stand silent while such mobs of violence and terrorism are normalized, by a failure to speak and a failure to act. We must not accept that such fringe minorities of the American people are empowered to incite and commit public violence and crime, largely without consequences, in the streets of our cities.
with the sacrifices of so many in America for our freedoms, rights, laws, and security, a “Responsible Majority” of Americans at every level, in our homes, schools, institutions, and places of worship must stand publicly and equivocally to reject such attacks of mob violence and criminal acts by Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist mobs. This is not an issue of politics. This is an issue of human rights – all of our human rights.
As we call for the voices and action of the “Responsible Majority” of the American public, we also must call reform with the U.S. political media, a sense of focus and effectiveness by the U.S. federal government, and a new standard of determination of our law enforcement to perform their mission.
R.E.A.L. has been concerned for some time with the incendiary rhetoric of the U.S. political media. U.S. political candidates, political leaders, even political parties will come and go. But the consistent rhetoric of major arms of the U.S. political media calling some political leaders “fascist,” and those who support a political candidate “terrorist,” should be recognized as having gone too far. Some in the U.S. political media have migrated from reporting news to believing they have a role, not only to question, but to consistently agitate. Restraint is a necessary component in the American dialogue on our differences. The American public will and should passionately debate public concerns, political issues, and our differences. But our differences pale to those who reject democracy itself, who entirely reject our law, and who reject our shared Constitutional and human rights. The Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist leaders and their “Antifa” campaign have been very clear about rejecting our democracy, our law, and our rights. It is beyond irresponsible for those in the U.S. political media to continue to glamorize such violent extremists and their proponents. It is past time for the U.S. political media to re-discover restraint, tone down its incendiary rhetoric which has helped legitimize such extremism, and to work to undo the damage done by giving normalization and credibilty to Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist violent groups.
The U.S. Federal Government plays an important and vital role in national public safety, law enforcement, and homeland security matters. The fate of nations in the rest of the world is also an important aspect to our representative government, but it must not overshadow vital issues of American rights and law at home. For the past two years, mob violence has become an increasing feature in the streets of American cities. As we call for the rest of the “Responsible Majority” to act on this, we must seek increased leadership from our U.S. Federal Government. Given the divisiveness we have seen in the nation, the time clearly has come for a greater commitment to inclusive and healing statements and acts, and a greater restraint in agitation with the U.S. political media. The challenge of Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist violence and terrorism is fed by a conviction that U.S. authority, government, law, and law enforcement is not legitimate. We must not give the Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist campaigns any ammunition to attack our shared rights and democratic system. Furthermore, the U.S. Federal Government must work with clearly defined terms regarding Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist violence, and recognize the century of domestic terrorism by Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists as a legitimate and proven domestic terrorist threat. We need to clearly and unequivocally communicate the Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist threats to our liberties and freedoms, and educate our public that this century of violence against the American people will not be tolerated. There has been a long and sustained focus on Foreign Terrorist Organizations, while domestic terrorist organizations have been gaining significant organization, resources, weapons, and followers. It is time for the U.S. Government to take a stronger stand on domestic terrorist threats from Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist organizations to defend our rights, our security, and the rule of law in America. This is the moment, right here, right now, where those of us who took a vow to defend the Constitution of the United States must act to protect this nation from the enemies of our shared rights and shared law.
America’s law enforcement is the front-line of the war on crime in cities and towns of America every day. Such struggle to defend our human and Constitutional rights codified into laws is the most singular essential effort in defending human rights in America. Without our laws and law enforcement, our human rights would quickly be destroyed by those who believe their use of force is greater than our rights. In 21st century America, this defense of the law and the accountability of those in our law enforcement is scrutinized like never before. Some view this as a challenge, but R.E.A.L. urges our law enforcement to use this as an opportunity to demonstrate to Americans the courage and integrity of those who chose to find careers in law enforcement. No one is and will be perfect, but our law enforcement only needs to be measured based its role in consistently and fairly enforcing the law. When our nation is being terrorized by “cop hating” Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists, who are infiltrating public events with their “Black Bloc” groups and “Antifa” violence, this is the time when Americans really need to see our law enforcement to step up. In city after city, we have seen local and state law enforcement overwhelmed by Anarchist and “Antifa” violence. Such ineffectiveness not only endangers the police and the rights in those cities, but it emboldens and encourages more and greater nationwide violence by Anarchist, Anarcho-Communist, and “Antifa” movements across the country. Those law enforcement, particularly in California and New York state, that have stood by while such violent extremists engage in mob violence with impunity, must do serious soul-searching as to damage that they allowed not only locally, but also nationally to the integrity of all those committed to law enforcement. If those responsible for law enforcement are unwilling to stop those who openly seek the destruction of our law, then they need to find another role in our democracy. The American public must have confidence in our law enforcement. America cannot fight a war on crime, by too frequent and high-profile acts of police surrender against black-masked Anarchist mobs. America has 1,000,000 in our law enforcement careers, and many more in our National Guards to protect our nation. The idea that a few hundred in an Anarchist mob can terrorize our cities with impunity must be unacceptable to everyone who enforces and respects the laws of our land.
To those who are legitimately concerned about racism and fascism, and have been led to believe that the Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist “Antifa” campaign will work, R.E.A.L. asks what can of racism and fascism can we fight without a commitment to our shared universal human rights? Anarchist suicide bomber nearly resulted in the murder of the chairperson of the development of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Eleanor Roosevelt. If she would have been an acceptable loss to such violent Anarchists, are you and your own families an acceptable sacrifice for such Anarcho-Communist violence? How can you fight “hate” by using “hate” of your own? You know better and historic American leaders have proven this is wrong. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took a clear stance on hate and violence: “Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love.” “The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy, instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” The wisdom and knowledge of legitimate and responsible American challenge to racism is there for our shared understanding. We must choose to reject the Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist forces of hate and violence, which will only do further damage to our nation and to ourselves.
R.E.A.L. also makes an appeal to the Anarchists and Anarcho-Communists who seek to promote violence and insurrection in the United States. R.E.A.L. will not speak to you about human rights and democracy, as it is clear that you have no interest in respecting these in your “Antifa” extremist lexicon. So R.E.A.L. will first speak to you in the language and values that you do understand, which is mob force. Today, as your numbers are an annoyance and embarrassment to many the American public, such Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist “Antifa” violence is not being taken seriously – yet. But if you are more “successful” in the cause of insurrection against democracy and rights that is at the root of the Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist campaign, what then? America is a different world than the days of the 1970s Weatherman Underground. The tolerance for terrorist attacks and violence in the 21st century is very different than what it was in 20th century America, despite your recent “Black Bloc” organized attacks. What happens if you “succeed” in your goals to any significant damage to the American public and its infrastructure? Your echo chambers of extremists, and rash actions of political partisans and political media, may give you the false impression that you have broad support that you do not actually have. You believe in mob violence and force. But you are working to engender massive public resistance against your own organizations, when the American public finally has had enough of your mob violence. Even Anarcho-Communist Noam Chomsky has now publicly denounced your current “Antifa” campaign’s acts of public violence. If a doctrinaire, life-long Anarcho-Communist such as Noam Chomsky cannot accept the violent path you seek, what makes you believe the American public will accept it? In fact, it is the restraint and tolerance of the “Responsible Majority” that allows the freedom of such Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist speech, but as such public violence and terrorism continues, that same “Responsible Majority” will end such “Antifa” acts of violence and terrorism in our streets.
Finally, R.E.A.L. offers outreach to the Anarchist and Anarcho-Communist community, including the extremists the seek violence and terrorism. We urge you to consider the consequences for yourselves, your neighbors, your loved ones, and your families. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s original “I Have a Dream” speech, included the “Golden Rule,” on November 27, 1962, “I have a dream tonight. One day men will do unto others as they would have others to do unto them.” We understand how deeply hate can lodge in the hearts of frustrated people. But hate is not the answer, anymore than hate can be the answer against any of us. If you are truly against hate, as you say you are, then you must abandon your own acts of hate and violence, before the American security situation escalates. We cannot succeed in any campaign in the promoting ideas to the public, if we destroy the marketplaces and venues for shared ideas themselves.
R.E.A.L. urges you to Choose Love, Not Hate – Love Wins.