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    James Croxton is an independent journalist and editor of Double Sided Media. You can support DSM on Patreon and James on cashapp at $croxtonj. He’s on Twitter @jwcroxton.

    Peter Kay is an independent journalist working in the Bay Area covering politics, policing, and extremism. You can support their work by subscribing to their Substack and sending tips to $peterkayreports on cashapp. Follow them on Twitter @PeterKayReports

    This weekend, antivaxxers held “End the Mandate” rallies around the country—the largest of which was in Washington D.C. on Sunday. The D.C. rally only drew a few thousand people despite a large stage and highly organized activist infrastructure and aggressive outreach. The events around the country were notable for their attendees’ antisemitism—both in the classical variety and Holocaust trivialization—numerous people, including speakers in D.C., compared their conspiracy theory-addled refusal to get the COVID19 vaccine to the plight of Jews during the Nazis’ systematic genocide campaign. Speakers on the stage also threatened to kill journalists and attendees advocated killing people who facilitate vaccinations for children.

    California had several rallies this weekend by antivaxxers, including two in the Bay Area—one in Oakland on the 22nd and one in Danville, a posh town half an hour east of Oakland, the next day. The Oakland rally was notable because right-wing conspiracy theorists have had very little success in the city. Other than the boog boy-pandering campaign of Jo Jorgensen and Spike Cohen rallying at Lake Merritt in 2020 and some post-Milo Berkeley alt-righters trying to troll a coffee shop in 2018, there has been very little overt far-right activity in Oakland. The Danville rally was notable only because it was well-received by presumed locals driving by, often in giant SUVs and trucks, and because the attendees seemed eager to be hostile to anyone who disagreed with them.

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  • MR. TRUMP GOES TO PRISON TOWN & OTHER ARIZONA TALES

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    by DESERTBORDER & ARIZONA RIGHT WING WATCH

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    Desertborder covered the anti-abortion march in Phoenix and got stuck in traffic trying to cover Trump’s rally in Florence last week for LCRW. AZ Right Wing Watch made it in and reported for us from the inside.

    AZ Right Wing Watch focuses on right-wing extremism in Arizona, you can follow them on Twitter at @az_rww. Desertborder is an LA-based researcher who really, really hates fascism. You can find him on Twitter @desertborder. His Cashapp is $fuckgarcetti.

    The fascists were out in force in Arizona on Saturday. Thousands upon thousands of QAnoners, Christian dominionists, white nationalists and other assorted far-right cultists turned out for a large anti-abortion march in the morning, followed in the evening by a rally featuring Trump, the cult leader himself.

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  • OATH KEEPERS THEATRE ACT IIIA: THE MAN IN THE ROOM FULL OF GUNS

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    by MICHAEL BOORMAN

    A new detention memo for one of the Oath Keepers defendants charged with seditious conspiracy sheds more light on the group’s plans for J6.

    While Rhodes stood outside the Capitol directing his troops into battle (albeit not very effectively) another member of the team, Edward Vallejo, was standing by across the Potomac with a cache of weapons and ammunition.

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  • EDITOR'S NOTE : Sean Beckner-Carmitchel is an independent videographer, stringer, journalist and CPRA enthusiast local to the Los Angeles area. You can see his work at @ACatWithNews on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. His CashApp is $ACatWithNews.

    Public comment at city council meetings throughout Ventura County often feature a man with a cowboy hat who introduces himself with “good evening! My name is Bruce Boyer. I’m candidate for Sheriff here in Ventura County…” Boyer, often dressed with a Gadsden flag t-shirt underneath a black blazer and a black Stetson, mouths off about “defeating the sanctuary state rebellion” to conspiracy theories regarding a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks. Some might think his views are fringe and inconsequential, but for over a decade Boyer has tried and sometimes succeeded in influenced laws at the municipal and even state level. He’s even tried to change who can run for Sheriff in California and nearly delayed an election. In an era of right wing revolt against local, state and national government, Boyer’s tactics are becoming more common and are worth studying.

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  • OATH KEEPERS THEATRE ACT III: FALL OF THE HOUSE OF RHODES

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    by MICHAEL BOORMAN

    2022 is off to a rough start for the right wing.

    In the last week, several prominent right wing figures have found themselves behind bars. First up, Proud Boy Tiny Toese, arrested in his home state of Washington and held without bail on - count ‘em - 15 charges. Three of the charges related to a trespassing incident on January 6 2021, when Toese was allegedly among a crowd that breached the perimeter of the Washington Governor’s mansion; Toese was arrested for those on January 5. At his arraignment the following day, he was arrested again and charged with an additional 12 offenses in Oregon, including six charges of assault. Bail was denied and an extradition hearing will take place January 27.

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