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    EDITOR'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 →
  • EDITOR'S NOTE : James Stout is a San Diego-based journalist. You can donate to him on cash app at $jamesstout and venmo at @james-stout-5.

    In late July 2020, activists in San Diego were planning a BLM march in La Mesa. There hadn’t been a large action there since banks burned and the cops shot a grandmother’s eye out (within policy apparently) in late May. After those banks burned, a group of anti-BLM locals had sprung up under the name “Defend East County”. Soon DEC had over 20,000 members in their Facebook group and Justin Haskins, a perpetually sunburned Arizona resident, claimed leadership of all of them.

    Among that group was Grey Zamudio, age 33. To the uneducated eye, his Facebook page might look like he was a soldier or private security contractor. His banner image features a suppressed, short barreled, and non-California compliant AR15. Zamudio was a long time airsoft enthusiast, and some of his shooting pictures could be mistaken for airsoft. When he played airsoft, Zamudio used the callsign “Shadow Moses” in homage to the computer game Metal Gear Solid. (He seems to have had a somewhat passing understanding of the plot, or only appreciated that the main character was good at killing people. The game focuses on the evils of war and violence for profit.)

    But the guns on his page were all too real.

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  • EDITOR'S NOTE : Joe Orellana is a San Diego-based photojournalist. You can find his work at https://www.joeorellana.com/. You can tip him for his work at $joeorephoto on cashapp and send him tips on events to photograph at Photo@joeorellana.com.

    “Just because your team loses, it doesn’t mean you stop rooting for them.”

    I overheard this while checking the traffic on my phone last Saturday. I looked up across the boardwalk and saw a passerby in a tense discussion with a Recall Newsom demonstrator. They meandered from one topic to the next, eventually to the capitol siege last month. I know it seems innocuous, but it really clarified something for me: there’s a type of person who acknowledges that Trump lost but still feels that Trump ought to be supported (and potentially, should have been re-elected).

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    EDITOR'S NOTE : Waterspider has been filming the LA protest scene and is currently searching for work. Her Twitter is @waterspider__ and her Cashapp is $TWaterspider. Desertborder is an LA-based researcher who really, really hates fascism. You can find him on Twitter @desertborder. His Cashapp is $fuckgarcetti. James Stout is a San Diego-based journalist. His cashapp is $Jamesstout.

    After four years of amping up his followers on racism and conspiracy theories, Donald Trump brought followers to the Washington, DC, Wednesday, January the 6th. They marched on the Capitol building as Congress was voting to ratify the results of the election Trump lost and pretended was stolen from him. Trump supporters ransacked the building, posing for photos and live-streaming themselves along the way.

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  • EDITOR'S NOTE : James Stout is a San Diego-based journalist. You can donate to him on cash app at $jamesstout and venmo at @james-stout-5. Joey Scott is a San Diego-based photographer. You can contribute to his work at $jscottphotography on cashapp.

    There are plenty of reasons to visit San Diego: surf, sand, and the set of groundbreaking teen film-noir classic Veronica Mars. But it turns out the systemic bias and corruption in policing outlined in the series is not as far from the truth as one would hope, and perhaps that is what pulled about 100 neo-nazis, Groypers, fascists and putschists to San Diego last Saturday. Indeed at least one person who stormed the capitol on Wednesday was welcomed with literal open arms by SDPD just three days later.

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  • EDITOR'S NOTE : Rose Henna is San Diego-based journalist focused on protest coverage. You can follow her work on Twitter here.

    San Diego has a history of far-right figureheads and political groups from Roger Ogden and his white nationalist website to the Justin Haskin’s Defend East County group. Recently a new white nationalist group in San Diego, American Coalition Party, gained a following and growing online presence. The group appears to promote an America First and White Nationalist Agenda by appealing to zealous patriotism.

    Damien Russell the leader of the American Coalition Party became known in right wing circles after an act of vandalism.

    “I found out about the “patriot march” on twitter when someone warned how their leader Damian Russell has previously destroyed George Floyd memorials in North Park and left white nationalist poster/stickers in the area,” a local antifascist activist wo wished to remain anonymous told LCRW.

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    EDITOR'S NOTE : Rose Henna is San Diego-based journalist focused on protest coverage. You can follow her work on Twitter here.

    On Monday, August 24, 2020 at approximately 1:00 PM a flyer began circulating on popular social media sites calling for a protest at 1401 Broadway in San Diego, California (San Diego Police Department Headquarters at 5:00 PM to show solidarity with protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Outrage over the August 23, 2020 police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man from Wisconsin, sparked protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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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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