Alt-Observer Weekly Summary for 27 April 2018 – Forward Observer

Alt-Observer Weekly Summary for 27 April 2018

The Alt-Observer Weekly Summary highlights activities from revolutionary communist, radical anarchist, fascist and other ‘alternative’ political groups that fulfill our intelligence requirements for both the Alt-Left and Alt-Right groups. This report is available for Alt-Observer subscribers.


Priority Intelligence Requirements

  • PIR1: What indicators describe the Alt-Left movement’s strength, capabilities, sentiment, and capabilities?
  • PIR2: What indicators describe the Alt-Right movement’s strength, capabilities, sentiment, and capabilities?
  • PIR3: What are the new indicators of future politically related violence?
  • PIR4: What is the current threat index score for the Alt-Left movement?
  • Culture War Roll-Up

 

PIR1: What indicators describe the Alt-Left movement’s strength, capabilities, sentiment, initiatives, and infighting?

National

Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Network (AFN) has announced a new Anti-Fascist Student Network (AFSN) that will help students and faculty “coordinate and organise together against the threat of fascists.” The UK-based organization, with doctrine also practiced in the States, also released a document that details their formation, goals, and beliefs. In the document AFSN writes that, “We take a direct and clear position: hate speech is not free speech and white nationalists, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis are not welcome to organise and disseminate their propaganda on our campuses…. We are launching this coalition motivated by events in the recent past which have seen universities used as prime recruiting ground for neo-fascists, while students face a growing number of racist harassment and hate crime.” (Analyst Comment: Although AFSN will not be posing an immediate threat here, anti-fascist groups in America have a tendency to model themselves after their European comrades. (Source: https://twitter.com/AFAPHX/status/989671083174313984)

Anarchist Radio: A 24/7 Anarchist radio network called Channel Zero has been working alongside known Alt-Left media networks to broadcast Communist, Anti-Fascist and Anarchist propaganda. Channel Zero’s website lists all of the Alt-Left networks, including It’s Going Down and The Ex-Worker, as well as over a dozen other media outlets and networks. The following Alt-Left networks are included under the “Co-Conspirators” tab on their website: IGDCast, Solecast, Whichside Podcast, The Ex-Worker, Hotwire, The Final Straw Radio, Rustbelt Abolition Radio, Resonance: An Anarchist Audio Distro, Kite Line, Rebel Beat Radio, A-Radio Berlin, Danthropology, subMedia, Trouble, Burning Cop Car, Radical Underground, Subversion 1312, and Dissident Island Radio. (Source: https://channelzeronetwork.com/co-conspirators/)

 

East Coast

Vermont: State school board officials  have approved a student led petition to fly a Black Lives Matter flag at all schools in Brattleboro, Vermont. Chairman of the school board Ricky Davidson said in a statement that he is “glad to give students a voice and an opportunity to speak and be heard.” (Source: http://www.wcax.com/content/news/Brattleboro-area-schools-to-fly-Black-Lives-Matter-flag-480832071.html)

New York: New York City Antifascists (NYCA) shared a video on Twitter of a group of Democratic Socialists chanting “Nazi scum get out” at Milo Yiannopoulos inside of a pub New York. In the tweet the NYCA said that “New Proud Boy and racist scumfuck Milo got a new New York welcome today. The scum fled the pub and jumped into a cab.” (Source: https://twitter.com/NYCAntifa/status/988142030470746112)

North Carolina: Around 60-70 protestors surrounded and harassed a group of ICE agents in North Carolina. Some of the protestors brought instruments with them and played music along with anti-ICE chants such as “Nazi borders we don’t need them.” Other protestors brought signs that said things like “Why send hard people away? We need them!” and “Society is unity in diversity.” Eventually the ICE agents left the area, however the protestors continued to protest throughout the day. Several hours later the protest moved to the front of the federal building in Asheville, North Carolina, where even more protestors joined the rally, increasing the number of protestors to over 200.(Source: https://itsgoingdown.org/protestors-crash-ice-picnic-after-week-of-raids-in-western-nc/)

 

Midwest

Illinois: Protestors are expected to try and disrupt an event being held by White House correspondent Lucian Wintrich in Chicago on Friday, 27 April. The event will premiere Wintrich’s art film titled “Perils of an Open Border,” which will then be followed by a discussion on immigration issues. (Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/161105364563984/)

 

Southeast

Louisiana: Protestors have continued to disrupt the constriction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline in Louisiana. According to It’s Going Down, protestors have been joined by local home and land owners whose properties are in the path of the pipeline, which is at the tail end of the Dakota access pipeline. (Source: https://twitter.com/IGD_News/status/989363590468636672)

 

West Coast

Oregon: Eugene Antifa announced on Twitter that they have reactivated their backup Facebook page due to their original page being taken down. In the announcement the group also warned people to avoid a fake page that has been created. (Source: https://twitter.com/eugeneantifa/status/989373570341134336)

California: The brother of Stephen Clark, a black man killed by police in Sacramento, has been arrested. Stevante Clark was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and making threats, and was officially charged with misdemeanor assault and vandalism. He along with Black Lives Matter Sacramento have held numerous demonstrations and protests in Sacramento, California in the last few weeks after his brother was shot and killed by police.(Source: https://www.theroot.com/stephonclark-grieving-older-brother-charged-with-misd-1825541916)

 

Southwest

Arizona: Protestors gathered in Arizona this week in response to a border patrol agent who shot and killed a 16-year old being found not guilty. Videos show protestors with signs and banners chanting and marching down I-10. New York City Antifa displayed their solidarity with the protestors on Twitter saying, “Solidarity with the folks out Tucson who have been going for over 4 hours now in memory of José and against the border patrol agent who gunned him down in 2012.” (Source: https://twitter.com/SecondHandAddic/status/988626311408111616)(Source: https://twitter.com/AFAPHX/status/988736122996981761)

Texas: The antifascist group Autonomous Student Network – Austin is attempting to raise $500 to compensate their lawyers who have been doing pro-bono work for their comrades facing legal troubles. (Source: https://twitter.com/ASN_Austin/status/987109530088620032)


 

PIR2: What indicators describe the Alt-Right movement’s strength, capabilities, sentiment, initiatives, and infighting?

Virginia: The University of Virginia is in the process of serving a no trespass warning to Jason Kessler, according to an official statement. There have been “multiple reports that students that Mr. Kessler threatened them, targeted them through cyber-bullying and cyber-harassment, and targeted them based on protected characteristics. Kessler also intentionally and purposefully misled officers of the University Police Department regarding the torchlight rally that he helped organize Aug. 11. His conduct on Aug. 11 threatened the health and safety of members of the University community. The warning is consistent with long-standing University practice and current policy [PRM-018]. The warning effectively bans Mr. Kessler from being on University property.” (Source: https://twitter.com/cvillenews_desk/status/989864623116562432)

Richard Spencer: Richard Spencer’s last fundraising platform MakersSupport is having issues paying Spencer and other creators who use the platform. Spencer stated in February that “One of the other fundamental reasons why we’re on MakerSupport is that this is all we’ve got.” (Source: https://twitter.com/cjcmichel/status/989194274918060032) (Analyst Comment: Richard Spencer and the Alt-Right have been routinely de-platformed in the tech world, although his Twitter account is still active. Earlier his month, Facebook purged another group of Alt-Right accounts, including Spencer’s AltRight.com page. Spencer and other organizations have had problems finding a workable crowdfunding solution.)

IE Rollup: Identity Evropa activists put up stickers and flyers in six different cities across four different states this week including California, Florida, Kentucky, and Washington. (Source: https://twitter.com/IdentityEvropa/status/989661491531079682)

Identity Evropa: Members of Identity Evropa rallied at the South African embassy in Washington D.C. this week to “protest the slaughter of white farmers – an atrocity ignored by the country’s majority government.” The members laid down in front of a statue of Nelson Mandela wearing white t-shirts with red paint on them that resembled blood. Pictures of the protest were posted on the groups Twitter with the description, “This is the future White South Africans face in Nelson Mandela’s ‘rainbow nation.'” (Source: https://twitter.com/IdentityEvropa/status/987824831738601473)


PIR3: What are the new indicators of future politically related violence?

27 APR: Perils of an Open Border event hosted by Lucian Wintrich, Chicago, Illinois

28-29 APR: AMREN (Source: https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2018/04/27/american-renaissance-conference-nashville-tennessee-montgomery-bell-state-park-antifa-amren/549608002/)(Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/163346037816105/)

28-29 APR: Anti-Racism Action Initiation Protest/American Renaissance Conference 2018, Burns, Tennessee

28-29 APR: 2nd Annual ROAR Conference in Oakland, CA

29 APR: Black Lives Matter March and Protest – Downtown Dallas, Texas

01 MAY: MayDay Seattle: Stand Against Rioters

01 MAY: MayDay New York City: Bike Bloc Anticapitalist Ride (https://itsgoingdown.org/nyc-may-day-bike-bloc-anticapitalist-ride/)

01 MAY: MayDay (Source: https://itsgoingdown.org/building-our-base-in-the-commons-an-nyc-anarchist-may-day-out/)(Source: https://itsgoingdown.org/reclaim-mayday-call-for-an-anti-statist-anti-capitalist-bloc-at-nyc-may-day-union-square/)(Source: https://itsgoingdown.org/olympia-wa-four-charged-with-misdemeanors-from-last-years-may-day-protest/)(Source: https://twitter.com/cdsa_lsc/status/988513583117094912)

04 MAY: NRA Convention and NRA Protests, Dallas, Texas

23-24 MAY: Anarchist Theatre Festival, Montreal, Canada (https://anarchistnews.org/content/montreal%E2%80%99s-13th-annual-anarchist-theatre-festival)

04 JULY: Day of Action in Memory of Dan and Spit


PIR4: What is the current threat index score for the Alt-Left movement?

Indicators of Revolutionary Activity

Strong Indications: 7

Weak Indications: 5

No/Negligible Indications: 8

We remain at total indicators, and there’s been no change in the last week.


Culture War Roll-Up

Kanye West: Rapper Kanye West posted on a series of tweets this week on where he openly displayed his pro-Trump stance. Prominent black music artists, social justice activists, and other liberals attacked West for sharing his opinions. (Source: https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/98917975765157478)

Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University has been involved in a racism scandal after a student at the university recently attempted to get a fellow student banned from the university for saying the n-word on video. In the video the white female student can be seen singing the word repeatedly, after which she sings “If you’re offended you can suck my d***.” The student who reported the video to the university tweeted: “Her name is Jasmine Barkley. This is my university. Penn State. Beyond ridiculous. @penn_sate y’all already know the deal. Just do your thing.” In response, the university stated that “Penn State’s embrace of diversity & inclusion, and opposition to prejudice & hate, are clear. We condemn racist messages, as they are hateful and violate our institutional values. We cannot, however, impose sanctions for Constitutionally protected speech, no matter how offensive.” (Source: https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/penn-state-embroiled-racism-scandal-people-unimpressed-schools-response-183740620.html)

 

Mike Shelby is a former Intelligence NCO and contractor. He's now the CEO of Forward Observer.

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