by JJ MAZZUCOTELLI & CHRIS TORRES
EDITOR'S NOTE : Chris and JJ both use They/Them pronouns. They both write for the IWW News Zine The Reno Worker, where this story first ran. JJ is a freelance photojournalist and a research intern at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Chris is a freelance journalist and a professional wrestler. Chris Torres' Cashapp is $headbutted and JJ’s is $JJMazzucotelli.
On August 10th Mass Liberation published a press release which claimed that Douglas County Sheriff was working with Local far-right militias to respond to a planned local Black Lives Matter (BLM) rally. In an article published the same day reporters working for the RW noted that “militia members were spotted throughout the grounds providing unofficial security aid to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Some of those who were present could be identified by patches. Militias that were present included the 3% Militia, the Northern Nevada Militia, as well some members of the Boogaloo Movement.”Read more →
by HARVEY EISNER & ABNER HÄUGE
Facts surrounding the March 12th killing of Duncan Socrates Lemp by Montgomery County Police Department’s SWAT team are scarce. The police have their version of events. They claim Lemp was plotting violence, had illegal weapons, had a booby-trapped shotgun shell outside his room waiting for the cops and met them with a rifle in his hands. His family said his weapons were legal and he was murdered in bed sleeping next to his girlfriend. Police, for their part, still haven’t released bodycam footage.Read more →
by JAMES O'RYAN
EDITOR'S NOTE : James O’Ryan is a Portland-based journalist writes for LCRW on ongoing local issues such as far-right violence and police brutality. You can contribute to his work at @PunchableFace on Venmo. We’re trying to raise $300 for his work on this article.
15 August 2020.— LEFT COAST RIGHT WATCH (@LCRWnews) August 25, 2020
With a ululating war cry the assembling crowd takes the block and declares, "No cops. No prisons. Total abolition."
Video by James O'Ryan pic.twitter.com/in2rjpURfo
An unusual scene began during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. Among the activists manning the western barricade, word rapidly spread that Proud Boys or some other form of alt-right militia was approaching the edge of the action in a limousine with a camera crew. Protesters and press alike couldn’t seem to believe what they were hearing and a decent size crowd formed behind the barricade.Read more →
by ABNER HÄUGE
It started with the Douglas County Public Library’s relatively benign proposed statement against bigotry.
“The Douglas County Public Library denounces all acts of racism, violence and disregard for human rights. We support #BlackLivesMatter,” the statement reads in part.
“Due to your support of Black Lives Matter and the obvious lack of support or trust with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, please do not feel the need to call 911 for help. I wish you good luck with disturbances and lewd behavior,” Sheriff Daniel J. Coverley said in a letter to the library’s board of trustees.Read more →