by LCRW & SIERRA FOOTHILLS STUMP STAFF
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UPDATE 14 SEPTEMBER 2021 12:00PM: This article was updated to include comment from Jaimee Ellison of Turlock BLM.
For the third year in a row, perennial fringe candidate Don Grundmann put on his “Straight Pride” event in front of a closed-for-the-day Planned Parenthood in Modesto, California on August 28th. The annual gatherings have become a defacto show of force for violent, hard-right paramilitary groups in the Central Valley and this year was no different. A counter-rally at nearby Roosevelt Park saw a turnout of about 100 people. Antifascists at the park chased out heads of two of the paramilitary groups who had been invited by a Black Lives Matter organizer against the wishes of the anti-hate event’s organizers. The day ended in the Proud Boys and others assaulting antifascist counter-protestors who showed up to extract a small group who went to stand in across the street from Grundmann’s event with signs and were being surrounded and heckled. Police allowed members of the Proud Boys and others to assault counter-protestors with relative impunity, with only two people arrested—one for assaulting an officer.Read more →
by WATERSPIDER AND DESERTBORDER
EDITOR'S NOTE : Waterspider has been filming the LA protest scene since last summer. Her Twitter is @waterspider__ and her Cashapp is $AWaterspider. Desertborder is an LA-based researcher who really, really hates fascism. You can find him on Twitter @desertborder. His Cashapp is $fuckgarcetti.
California governor Gavin Newsom, facing a recall election on September 14, often refers to the recall effort as a Republican power grab. He’s right—the recall got off the ground thanks to the tireless efforts of Proud Boys, QAnoners and Covid conspiracy theorists, and is heavily funded by MAGA money. But who are the actual candidates running against him?Read more →
by WATERSPIDER AND DESERTBORDEREDITOR'S NOTE :Waterspider (she/her) films and writes about right-wing chaos in Los Angeles. You can support her work on CashApp: $AWaterspider. Desertborder (he/him) is a journalist and researcher based in LA. His Cashapp is $FuckGarcetti. Let Them Breathe protesters at the Palos Verdes school board in August San Diego-based organization Let Them Breathe gained attention rallying and disrupting school board meetings up and down California since June of this year. Read more →
by ABNER HAUGE & SEAN BECKNER-CARMITCHEL
EDITOR'S NOTE : Sean Beckner-Carmitchel is an independent videographer, stringer, journalist and wine-and-cheese boyfriend local to the Los Angeles area. He wrote the section in this article titled ‘THE GUNFIGHT.’ You can see his work at @ACatWithNews on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. His Venmo is @ACatWithNews.
All indications were that antifascists already won before the day even started.
Richard, a beloved Portland local who shows up to nearly every damn protest, sat down next to me. I asked him how he’s been and he sat down on the bench next to me and started explaining, out of the blue, something I think is called a ‘short rush game’ in American football. The idea, if I’m remembering it right, is you make a bunch of short, quick pushes forward in the first one or two quarters to exhaust the other team and then really go for it in the last half of the game while they’re worn out.
“Sort of like Muhammad Ali’s rope-a-dope strategy right?” I asked Richard.
“Yeah,” he said, before getting up to join a bunch of others yelling at some passerby to stop taking pictures of the 300 or so kids decked out in black bloc.
It was all downhill from there.Read more →
by MICHAEL BOORMAN
Following accusations by anti-vaccine protest organizers Telegram channel had been hacked, a rival faction is now denouncing the ‘Worldwide USA’ organizers and declaring all protests scheduled to take place across the US this weekend to be invalid.Read more →