Category Archives: Anti-Fascist Prisoners

Support the Anti-Fascist Prisoners Going to Court on April 19th for Protesting Milo Yiannopoulos in Lansing, Michigan

*Drop the Charges Against 5 Anti-Fascist Protesters arrested at the Milo Yiannopoulos protest at Michigan State University

*Attend the Pre-Trial Hearing Wednesday April 19th at 10AM East Lansing Michigan Court 54B

When Trump supporter, proto-fascist movement builder and now disgraced pedophile supporter Milo Yiannopoulos announced he was coming to campus to speak on December 7, 2016, Michigan State University (MSU) President Simon rolled out the red carpet to make sure that Yiannopoulos’ event was a successful one.

MSU administration/police planning for the event began as early as September 2016, as we learned from police reports. In October, Simon’s police contacted officers from other university campuses where Yiannopoulos had already spoken and faced protestor opposition in order to plan their response to anyone who showed up to protest Yiannopoulos speaking at Conrad Hall on the MSU campus. On December 7th, the day of the event, MSU police were ordered to arrest any protestors who were in front of the entrance doors, to take the tickets for the event, and to bar the press from entering the event.  After we were arrested, instead of using the other available exits the police marched us down the aisles of the half-full auditorium to the jeers and shouts of the Milo supporters and out the back door in an attempt to demoralize & humiliate us.  That night, however, everyone except for one person who was arrested had their charges dropped for lack of evidence.

Two and a half months later, after picketing and making noise on the MSU campus in support of the lone anti-fascist who was still facing charges, the prosecutor, under pressure from the MSU administration, reissued warrants against us, even though our charges had been dropped immediately after the original protest. This now brings the total number of our people arrested from the December 7th Milo Yiannopoulos back up to five.

We are charged with a combination of Failure to Obey a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct, and Obstruction. We are innocent of all charges and want them dropped immediately.

We cannot let this prosecution send a message to the alt-right and the other fascist elements in and out of the Trump movement that MSU is a welcoming campus for their recruitment efforts and attacks on oppressed minorities.

If you are in the Detroit/Lansing area, please come to our court date in East Lansing, Michigan on Wednesday at 10AM in Court 54B at 101 Linden Street to support getting the charges dropped.

Contact us at BAMNLansing@gmail.com for more information on how to help with the legal defense campaign.

BAMN (The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigrant Rights, and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary) www.BAMN.com

Portland Concert to Raise Money for Sacramento Anti-Fascist Prisoners

With the recent Sacramento anti-fascist action confronting the Golden State Skinheads and the Traditionalist Youth Network still in our minds, it is critical that the community continues to rally in support of those who put themselves on the line.  After many of the neo-Nazis stabbed several protesters the police ignored the clear violations from the fascists and leveled ridiculously inflated charges against several protesters involved.  There has been fundraising efforts to support those targeted since the beginning, and now many organizations are coming together to do their own fundraising events to contribute to these efforts to fund medical care and fair legal representation.

Rose City Antifa and the Portland chapter of Anarchist Black Cross, both of which are known for their long-standing commitment to anti-fascist organizing, have put together a fundraising concert to raise money to send down to Sacramento and to further fund the “postcards to prisoners” program from Portland ABC.

According to their listing:

Benefit show co-sponsored by Rose City Antifa and Portland ABC for The International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners!

-Proceeds go to Sacramento Antifascists’ medical and legal expenses!
-Postcards to Prisoners Table to fill out postcards to antifascist prisoners around the world!
-Awesome local bands!
-Fly merch to show your support!

More about the International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners:https://nycantifa.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/july-25-2016-antifa-prisoners/

Fund for Sacramento Antifa: https://rally.org/June26th

Rose City Antifa: http://rosecityantifa.org/
Portland ABC:http://pdxabc.org/
https://www.facebook.com/Portland-ABC-246486995420157/

Support Anti-Fascist Organizing with the Anti-Fascist Defence Fund

Jeremiah, who was helped by the fund for his medical bills, was stabbed by two neo-Nazis after he confronted their racist behavior.
Jeremiah, who was helped by the fund for his medical bills, was stabbed by two neo-Nazis after he confronted their racist behavior.

Anti-Fascist organizing, both in the U.S. and internationally, has always been a controversial and confrontational affair.  The primary tool here is to do what can be done to deny fascists and racists to have a platform, which means counter-demonstrations, disrupting events, challenging them in public, creating community movements to counter them, and a whole other range of tactics and strategies.  Because it has this huge range, there are militant components that have been crucial to the success of keeping the reactionary forces from having their day.  This means that there is important need to both support Anti-Fascist prisoners and those attacked by Nazis, as well as the basic funds needed for ongoing organizing.  As right-wing organizations grow in response to changing demographics and economic collapse, we have to fight for a future before it resolves into radicalized barbarism.

Because of this, we are doing a call out to support the International Anti-Fascist Defense Fund, a project that raises ongoing money to support these projects.

Their fundraising statement outlines their goals and accomplishments very clearly:

In its first three months of this Fund’s existence, supporters in six different countries have made contributions. So far, we’ve donated about 40% of that to anti-racists in France, Germany, Spain, and the U.S. who’ve been injured or arrested as a direct result of standing up to bigots (the remaining amount placed in reserve). Here’s where the money has gone so far:

1) Valentin is an anti-fascist from Bremen, Germany that defended himself and his friends against a planned assault by a gang of neo-nazis after a football match. Valentin is now facing various charges for this “crime.”

2) Sergi is a Spanish anti-fascist currently facing a lengthy prison sentence for defending himself at a protest against a neo-nazi concert.

3) Stephen was charged with “breach of peace” for standing up against a KKK rally in Columbia, South Carolina, USA in July.

4) Eddien was also charged with various “crimes” for confronting the KKK at the same action Stephen attended. Eddien was just released after reaching a plea deal with prosecution!

5) Jeremiah was at a concert when two neo-nazis showed up and started making trouble. Jeremiah confronted them and was nearly stabbed to death by one of the racist scumbags.

6) Paul is a German anti-fascist who was arrested at a July anti-Pegida action for the “crime” of carrying a flag with a flagpole the police was decided was “too short.” He was just released from prison and is now serving a probationary sentence in the community!

7) Maxime Bugsel, a 19-year-old French antifascist, was shot to death in the early morning hours of August 29th in Bruay-la-buissière. We contributed to the funeral costs and to help out his family.

We’re proud to be able to help anti-fascists and anti-racists all over the world when they need real solidarity and support the most! JOIN US BY DONATING!

Go ahead and click here to be taken to the fundraising page, and share it around as widely as possible!

Support Recent Anti-Fascist Prisoners After KKK Counter-Action

The KKK has decided to come out of the woodwork in response to the groundswell against the Confederate flag and other celebrations of the antebellum South.  After Dylan Roof’s genocidal rage was let loose in Charleston, South Carolina, the Ku Klux Klan and National Socialist Movement came from out-of-state to rally in Columbia, South Carolina on July 18th.  During this action several anti-fascist organizers were arrested and charged with criminal penalties, and the media and state coverage has smeared them as “troublemakers.”

We are calling for support for anti-fascist prisoners of this action, including Stephen Loughman who is being supported by the The Defend Steve Support Committee.

Support Information from the Committee

Plz circulate and donate to Steve’s support fund:

gofundme.com/e6b3tukuc

Keep Updated:

Facebook.com/defendsteve

A Sample of the Smearing being done in the media:

thestate.com/news/local/crime/article29632162.html

A second counter-protester, Eddien Patterson, was also targeted by the police with a second degree felony assault charge and misdemeanor battery charge.  This is an outrageous over-reach by law enforcement, where Eddien seems to be getting “special treatment” because he is a man of color who dared to stand up to the Klan.  He was on probation at the time of the arrest and is now serving a ten-month sentence for a probation violation, and needs our support right now!

From the group supporting Eddien:

Currently we are trying to find a lawyer for Eddien, but he has requested that money be added to his books and desires to receive letters.

to send money, either send donations to  free.eddien@gmail.com on PayPal or go to  https://richland.mcdanielsupply.co/deposit/index
his # is 591561

Write Eddien:

Eddien Andre Patterson #591561

E Dorm

Alvin S Glenn Detention Center

201 John Mark Dial Dr

Columbia, SC 29209