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  • PROUD BOYS ASSAULT PEOPLE AT MODESTO STRAIGHT PRIDE, COLLABORATE WITH BLM ACTIVIST

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    by LCRW & SIERRA FOOTHILLS STUMP STAFF

    EDITOR'S NOTE : This story was written in conjunction with staff at the Sierra Foothills Stump. You can the Stump on Patreon here.

    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.

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  • EYEWITNESSES & VICTIM DESCRIBE SHOOTING & PROUD BOY VIOLENCE IN PORTLAND

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    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.

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  • EDITOR'S NOTE : Desertborder (he/him) is a journalist and researcher based in LA. His Cashapp is $FuckGarcetti.

    Hundreds of antivaxxers, Proud Boys, Capitol rioters and other neo-fascists rallied in Los Angeles Saturday, attacking journalists and counterprotesters while LAPD looked on. Police failed to intervene to curb the right-wing violence despite the fact the event took place directly in front of their downtown headquarters.

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  • EDITOR'S NOTE : Waterspider films and writes about right-wing chaos in Los Angeles. You can support her work on CashApp: @AWaterspider

    Republican candidate for California governor Sarah Stephens wants to “Make America Gold Again.” Her campaign website states that she will “bring the PROSPERITY back to California on EVERY LEVEL! Just like the GOLD RUSH times.” The “on every level” part is unsettling because Stephens advocates the ideals of her associates including Qanon scammers, violent Trump supporters, anti-mask/anti-vaxx protesters, and other assorted Californian right-wing extremists.

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  • EDITOR'S NOTE : Chip_nooo (he/him) is a full time video editor and freelance photographer residing in the Pacific North West. When not working or on the ground documenting political activism, he can usually be found napping or designing, shooting and 3D printing firearms. You can tip him for his work at $chipsneed on cashapp and @chip-sneed on Venmo.

    The weather was pristine on Sunday as I walked down Jefferson Street towards Tom McCall Water Front Park in downtown Portland. The sun was out and it couldn’t have been more than 75 degrees. Even though it was only 6 o’clock, I could already hear the familiar sound of gospel music drifting through the city. Along the way, I passed several families toting lawn chairs and sporting Jesus paraphernalia ranging from t-shirts to flags, hats and poster board signs. As someone that grew up in the church, none of this was new to me, although the flags were a slight surprise. Throughout the night I continued to see worshippers waving multicolored flags while dancing to the music played by Sean Feucht and his band.

    “This must be some new wave Christian shit,” I thought to myself.

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  • Sean Michael McHugh, 34, a Proud Boy from Auburn, California was charged this week in federal court for his role in the January 6th Capitol storming. He’s accused of “assault on law enforcement with a deadly or dangerous weapon; obstruction of justice; and physical violence on Capitol grounds, among other charges.” According to the charging documents, McHugh is on video pushing a sign into a line of Capitol Police and spraying them with “an unknown chemical” on the West Terrace.

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  • EDITOR'S NOTE : Sarlacc Attack is a Pacific NorthWest-based researcher specializing in police brutality and fascist organizing. You can follow them on Twitter here and contribute to their work on Venmo (@Sarlacc_Attack) and Cashapp ($SarlaccAttack.)

    On May 6th, 2021 Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill (SB 90) designed to discourage mail-in voting and to render the administration of vote-by-mail much costlier for individual localities. The signing ceremony for the bill took place at the Majestic Ballroom at the West Palm Beach Airport Hilton, with Fox News, the Trump booster group Club 45, and anti-Muslim political candidate Laura Loomer the only permitted observers.

    A week earlier on April 27th, Loomer co-organized a press conference held clandestinely at the Majestic Ballroom with white nationalist Nick Fuentes. The press conference was about far-right influencers’ and activists’ grievances about being banned from mainstream social media and payment processors. Aggrieved activists in attendance included the embattled Proud Boy chairman and prolific FBI informant Enrique Tarrio, who attended the conference as an honored guest. Tarrio and Loomer then joined other key-note speakers like Newsmax host Michelle Malkin and failed Delaware Senate candidate (and Q-Anon enthusiast) Lauren Witzke in front of a Publix Supermarket in West Palm Beach Gardens.

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  • 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.

    After a series of batshit rallies in Hollywood last summer, SoCal QAnoners briefly quieted down–the Capitol riot and their widespread ban from social media had been disastrous for the movement. Unfortunately, it didn’t take them long to crawl back out of the woodwork.

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  • EDITOR'S NOTE : Bella Davis is one of the best journalists reporting in New Mexico right now. You can contribute to her work on Cash App at $bladvs or Venmo at @bladvs.

    “The Proud Boys and other white supremacist groups should never be given the space to feel comfortable openly displaying hatred in Albuquerque,” Zoey Craft, co-founder of the student activist organization Fight For Our Lives, said.

    A “White Lives Matter” rally that was expected to take place in downtown Albuquerque on Sunday and be attended by local Proud Boys was a failure–just as other such events nationwide had been. White Lives Matter rallies were organized on Telegram in cities across the country but when the day came, it was mostly anti-racist protesters who gathered.

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  • NEW JERSEY NEONAZIS PLAN MARCH THROUGH PHILLY

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    by JORDAN HOPKINS

    EDITOR'S NOTE : Jordan Hopkins (he/him) is an independent journalist reporting on right-wing extremism in eastern Pennsylvania. You can find his work on Twitter @jhop_phl and at itsalienmuse.com. You can tip him for his work on Cashapp at $hopkinsxjordan. Secure comms at hopkinsjordan@protonmail.com.

    UPDATE 16 SEPTEMBER 2021 9:00PM: A previous version of this article identified Jackson Bradley as a participant in a January 2021 leafleting action captured on video in Philadelphia. Upon further investigation, this information cannot be verified. This article has been edited to reflect this development.

    An April “White Lives Matter” rally planned to take place in Philadelphia is being organized primarily by members of the New Jersey European Heritage Association, or NJEHA. An SLPC-designated hate group, NJEHA was formed in 2018 and has a wide presence in the Northeast United States. The Telegram group “White Lives Matter Philadelphia” is operated by previously-identified NJEHA member Jackson Browning Bradley, a white supremacist and neo-Nazi with a long history of far-right activity in the Delaware Valley.

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  • PROUD BOYS ARE EATING THE PATRIOT PARTY ALIVE

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    by JORDAN HOPKINS

    EDITOR'S NOTE : Jordan Hopkins (he/him) is a freelance independent journalist reporting on right-wing extremism in eastern Pennsylvania. You can find his work on Twitter @jhop_phl and at http://itsalienmuse.com. You can tip him for his work on Cashapp at $hopkinsxjordan. Secure comms at hopkinsjordan@protonmail.com.

    In the harried days following the J6 Capitol riots, mainstream media boiled about the collapse of the Republican party. Donald Trump raged at “RINO”s (Republicans-In-Name-Only) who had betrayed him and refused to back his attempted coup. Trump loyalists spoke openly of leaving the party entirely and forming a new coalition, separate from the moderates they viewed as traitors. Chatter quickly grew about a possible third party, one that would reject conservative politics entirely for a new political entity composed of Donald Trump’s most radical supporters. MAGA supporters, QAnon adherents, Proud Boys, and more, would all gather together under one big tent–a new way forward for all the disparate, quarreling ideologies of the American right.

    The Patriot Party never stood a chance.

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  • ANALYSIS: THE PROUD BOYS AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

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    by SARLACC ATTACK

    EDITOR'S NOTE : Sarlacc Attack is a Pacific NorthWest-based researcher specializing in police brutality and fascist organizing. You can follow them on Twitter here and contribute to their work on Venmo (@Sarlacc_Attack) and Cashapp ($SarlaccAttack.)

    Late into the morning on January 6, 2021, about 300 men from the far-right fraternity known as the Proud Boys assembled on the eastern side of the Capitol Building across the street from the Supreme Court. They traveled from as far as Washington State to stop the Democrats from “stealing” the presidential election they presumed Trump would have surely won. How exactly would they negate the millions of votes cast in disfavor of their dear leader, though? They revealed their plot to reinstate Trump directly to a bevy of press photographers and to hundreds of strangers watching their every move via livestream.

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  • PROUD BOYS RALLY BEHIND RELIGIOUS BIGOTS TO INTIMIDATE MODESTO LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY

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    by SIERRA FOOTHILLS STUMP & LCRW STAFF

    EDITOR'S NOTE : This story was originally published by the Sierra Foothills Stump. You can read the original here and support the Stump on Patreon here.

    Last year, Don James Grundmann, a religious bigot with ties to the Proud Boys and founder of the National Straight Pride Coalition, tried to hold a “Straight Pride Parade” in Modesto, CA. Grundmann’s intent was to hijack the “Straight Pride” branding of a Boston-based fascist group called Resist Marxism, who got national attention for the stunt. To capitalize off the Boston event, Grundmann wanted to hold his event a week before Resist Marxism’s. At the first Straight Pride Event in Modesto last year, the National Straight Pride Coalition struggled with PR, denied permits due to lack of insurance, and then the day of the event a handful of bigots got chased out of a barn they rented for the event by the owners, and got shouted down by a hundred or more antifascists, and liberals from the Modesto Pride Center.

    This year, it was a rough one.

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  • EDITOR'S NOTE : Owen Grady is a young journalist living in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. We’re trying to pay him $250 for his work here. You can help us by paying him what you can at $velocinaptor on cash app.

    Los Angeles sees itself as an idyllic melting pot. Every few miles is an entirely new community. Each town has its own individual culture and history. Many residents shelter in their own neighborhood’s bubble and have an unrealistic assumption that L.A. is free of racism and bigotry. But it’s right next door.

    Residents of Tujunga and neighboring La Crescenta know all too well of the city’s past as a hotbed of white supremacy within L.A. County. Others do not.

    Among various white supremacist groups in the area: Knights of The Ku Klux Klan, Atomwaffen Division, skinheads, Hells Angels, Peckerwoods.

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  • EDITOR'S NOTE : Tom Mann is a San Diego-based journalist. LCRW is trying to pay him $500 for his work. You can donate to him on cash app at $ib161.

    The intimidation planned for the August 1st “Justice for Womxn of Color” march in La Mesa wasn’t exactly covert. Then again, neither were the knives, bear spray cannisters, and clubs carried by the coalition of white supremacists, border militias, and assorted “patriots” who came together under the banner of Defend East County (DEC). The racists, who claimed to be there to prevent property damage, assaulted multiple people while police did nothing. Racists beat one Black child, leaving a huge bruise near her right kidney and another on her face, photos and off-the-record interviews conducted by LCRW confirm.

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  • UPDATE MAY 4TH, 2020: This article has been updated to include a brief description from witnesses of the the signs the QAnon ralliers were holding and an explanation of the QAnon beleif in a “Great Awakening.”

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  • WASHINGTON QANON CANDIDATE REPORTS PORTLAND MUTUAL AID ORGANIZATION TO FBI FOR GIVING AWAY FLOUR

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    by ABNER HÄUGE | Left Coast Right Watch

    UPDATE 4/27/20 7:12 AM: A quote attributed to Patriot Front founder Thomas Rousseau was removed because of doubts as to the authenticity of the Twitter account it came from.

    UPDATE 4/27/20 9:54PM: This article was updated to include a statement from Symbiosis PDX and more information on Amber Krabach’s participation in a far-right rally in January this year.

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