Alt-Observer – Daily Roll-Up For January 17 – Forward Observer

Alt-Observer – Daily Roll-Up For January 17

This report is a roll-up of activity from revolutionary communist, radical anarchist, fascist, and other ‘alternative’ political groups that fulfill our intelligence requirements for both the Alt-Left and Alt-Right for Wednesday, 17 January 2018. Activities included are from Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, Oregon, Minnesota, and Texas.

 

Alt-Left

Missouri: The People’s Revolutionary Defense Coalition (PRDC) is a St. Louis based group self-described as a “militant leftist organization dedicated to armed self defense,” and their mission statement says they’re dedicated to “[m]ilitantly defending the community from oppressive state, fascist and/or white supremacist forces,” and “direct action countering injustice and harassment of at risk communities by the state and/or fascist and white supremacist entities.” The validity of this mission statement can be backed by numerous photos of their members engaging in firearms training and paramilitary combat training on Twitter and Facebook. (Source: https://www.dangerous.com/40277/st-louis-based-antifa-militia-gears-up-for-armed-warfare/)

Antifa: Punk supergroup Great Collapse is donating the proceeds made from the downloads of a song off of their new album to the International Anti-Fascist Defense Fund. (Source: https://endhitsrecords.bandcamp.com/track/atomic-calendar)

Twitter: A quote by German philosopher Karl Marx, who is known as the father of Communism, is now an Antifa slogan, “The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism.” (Source: https://twitter.com/IowaIndBlog/status/953594656461393920)

North Carolina: An Elon University computer science professor is using a set of programs that allegedly monitors 400,000 social media accounts of alleged white nationalists, and is providing the information to Antifa for doxxing purposes. According to an article from Wired Magazine, the professor, “often feeds data to the SPLC, whose analysts might use it to provide information to police or to reveal white supremacists to their employers, seeking to get them fired. She also sent several high-profile names from the list to another contact, a left-wing activist who she knew might take more radical action—like posting their identities and photos online, for the public to do with what it would.” (Source: https://www.wired.com/story/free-speech-issue-antifa-data-mining/)

Crimethinc! Podcast: An Anarchist podcast called the “Ex-Worker” featured a review on how anti-fascists won 2017. The hour-and-a-half long podcast summarized the major events that transpired in 2017, such as the Battle of Berkeley, the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally, and other major protests. During the podcast the hosts also discussed what they believe the result of 2017 was for the anti-fascists and the goals of their movement in 2018. (Analyst Comment: There are three major takeaways from this podcast. 1. They believe that 2017 was a victory for the Alt-Left, that they are winning the war on fascism in America, and that the Alt-Right has been severely crippled. 2. Solidarity, community building, and individual and community self defense are critical to the movement. This mainly involves recruiting new members, helping their local communities out, and training themselves for future engagements with the Alt-Right. 3. There is a fanatical focus on students and schools. In the podcast, the hosts discuss how they helped students organize anarchist groups at their schools. Their focus has been on college campuses and not on younger students, until recently. The hosts discuss how they tabled at book fairs across the country to help get student movements started. In 2018, the Alt-Left is attempting to play damage control and reorganize itself into a more cohesive, well-trained, and well-educated group that their communities and potential recruits see as being a positive and helpful organization that has intentions.) (Source: https://crimethinc.com/podcast/60)

 

Alt-Right

Tennessee: A women’s march in Knoxville, Tennessee that was planned for Sunday, January 21st, has had its route relocated and security enhanced due to reports that white nationalists are planning to protest the march. The march will coincide with other marches around the country this weekend that will be a part of a national protest against Donald Trump’s presidency. (Source: https://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/local/2018/01/16/security-stepped-up-white-nationalists-plan-protest-knoxville-womens-march-sunday/1037228001/)

 

Notable Activities: 

YouTube: The veterans behind the apparel and gun companies Pipe Hitters Union and Spike’s Tactical, who recently released an ad that features armed patriot vigilantes standing up to Antifa, are preparing for an Antifa and Communist uprising. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDEUme1cP0k&sns=tw)

 

Events: 

20 Jan: Antifa: “Fuck Trump & His World: A Workshop* and Benefit Dinner**” in Portland, Oregon (https://conflictmn.blackblogs.org/fuck-trump-his-world-j20-workshop/)

28 Jan- 4 Feb: The Minneapolis chapter of Black Lives Matter will hold a week-long protest against Super Bowl 52 that will demand “justice for the thousands of Black people who will be negatively impacted, pushed out, and harmed by the violence coming alongside #SuperBowlLII”

9 Feb: United: A Black History Month Celebration in Austin, Texas

3 March: Black Lives Matter Houston: March For Black Women celebrating black sisterhood

DSA Fundraiser for Organizer Training (https://chuffed.org/project/secrets-of-a-successful-organizer-training)

Samuel Culper is a former Intelligence NCO and contractor. Iraq(x1)/Afghanistan(x2). He now studies intelligence and warfare.

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