Trial of Three Pittsburgh Antifascists Enters Third Day

Actually, they are getting dressed up (I hope) for the 4th day of court, as I type this. These aren’t the kind of folks who are begging for money, but sitting on a sizable check from home. Details on the incident can be found here. I don’t know why the police aid the fascists in these kinds of situations. Maybe it’s the similarity of clothing, hairstyles, or footwear, but I fear another kind of affinity. Race ceases to be an issue for a nazi when it comes to which cop they will hide behind.

I know if you’re reading this you’re probably more destitute than me, but every little bit helps.

**We are in need of monetary donations to pay for expenses, rent, and
bills! The trial is running much longer than expected and we are all
missing work.

Please paypal us anything you can spare at
GPAC412@GMAIL.COM or e-mail us to make arrangements!**

After 2 days of hearings to address various motions brought forth by
the defense to suppress evidence and dismiss cases, we are officially
entering our trial tomorrow (Thursday November 6th).

The charges are as follows:

  • Defendant 1: 2 counts assault on a police officer, 2 counts possession of a prohibited weapon (pepper spray and a knife)
  • Defendant 2: 1 count assault on a police officer, 2 counts possession of a prohibited weapon (pepper spray and a knife)
  • Defendant 3: 1 count assault on a police officer, 1 count simple assault, 2 counts possession of a prohibited weapon (pepper spray and a lead pipe)

The case stems from an incident on April 19th, 2008 in Washington DC
involving a planned demonstration by the National Socialist Movement
which had to be cut short and partially canceled.

Anti-fascists from
across the region gathered to stop their march.

Various neo-Nazis and supporters were attacked, and the police made 6 arrests after an
incident in which multiple police officers and neo-Nazis were allegedly attacked with pepper spray.

Because of the huge amount of lies and false testimony all but one case involving three co-defendants has been dismissed.

The prosecution is calling multiple police officers and agents from the Department of Homeland Security as witnesses in their case.

They are accusing the defendants of being involved in the melee and assaulting officers.

If convicted, they face a maximum of 6 months in jail for each count against them.

This trial was expected to be dismissed or last one day, and is dragging out over a week.

The anti-fascists involved are in immediate need of monetary donations to help pay their rents and bills as they are losing over 5 days of pay.

We haven’t even taken into account the amount of fines and court costs we will be incurring.

If you can donate us any money to help with expenses, you can paypal us money at
GPAC412@GMAIL.COM

For a classless, free society.

Against fascism!
Greater Pittsburgh Anarchist Collective
Member of the Anti-Racist Action Network
GPAC412@GMAIL.COM

Rascists Heart Ron Paul

You’re probably familiar with Ron Paul’s glassy-eyed campus stoners and tin-foil helmet conspiracy nuts who make up his core support. Apparently his message also speaks to the meth-cooks, child rapists, and kiddie porn ehthusiasts who like to play dress up funny cub scout uniforms, with cancer patient hairdos. They showed up in full force (which for them is a half-dozen) to show their support for their “Great White Hope” in Philadelphia last week. They seem to be pretty proud of themselves for it too.

Here are some screen shots that were posted on DC indymedia which show the financial and moral support that Ron Paul is receiving from the Daisy David Dukes and stormfront boneheads of the world:

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Love Park 4: Court Reportback and Trial Date Set

On October 3rd, the Love Park 4 appeared in Philadelphia Municipal Court for their first court date. As expected – since they were just scheduled for a preliminary hearing and the courtroom was over packed as usual – not much happened. The prosecution passed some discovery to the defendants’ legal team and a trial date was set. Defendants are now scheduled for trial on December 13, 2007 in courtroom 1003 at the Criminal Justice Center in Center City Philadelphia. The Love Park 4 Defense Committee is encouraging friends, family and comrades to pack the courtroom that day to show their support and solidarity for the defendants.

Members of the Love Park 4 Defense Committee are confident that with the right resources, all of the anti-fascists arrested will be able to defeat these outrageous charges which could potentially result in tens of thousands of dollars in fines and years of jail time. The Defense Committee also reports that the defendants themselves are confident in their lawyers ability to help them beat the trumped up charges, and are currently proceeding towards trial in December with cautious optimism.

With that said, however, the Love Park 4 are still in need of your help. They do need the resources to win this legal battle and you can help right now!

Simply go to PayPal, click on the “Send Money” tab and make a donation to arastore@hotmail.com. If you wish to send funds through the mail, send a check or well concealed cash to

Heartsville Community Space
PO Box 5917
Philadelphia, PA 19137.

Make sure to note that it is for The Love Park 4 and leave room in the “To” field to add a name.

Write to philly_ara@yahoo.com to receive updates on our case and find out how else you can lend a hand. You can also visit the Support the Love Park 4 Myspace or the Love Park 4 blog for more information and background on the case.

Catching Up (Part 3.) September 17-23

  • September 17: Everyone at a John Kerry speech should be Tasered, including hecklers, cops, and Kerrys alike. In a representative government individual politicians go away if ignored.

SOS-Thomas Merton Center is BROKE!!

Sorry to come back after a health/legal related hiatus, and beg for money, but the Thomas Merton Center is one of the key defensive (as are all formal organizations) structures  for participants the social war, as it is carried out here in Southwestern PA.

The TMC is one of those rare places in North America, where wild-eyed anti-authoritarians and  social democrats and their ilk can find common ground from time to time. Ask any anarchist in the 412 area code and 8 out of 10 will sing their praises. Anything that can get 80% anarchist agreement is fucking amazing.

The Yinsurrectionary Times will be selling refrigerator magnets (we got a deal on the printable magnetic sheets) to benefit the TMC, but if you think the writing here is awful, the graphic design sense is much worse, so and suggestions or advice on designs would be greatly appreciated.

send suggestions to  yinsurrectionarytimes at hotmail dot com

Some other fundraising ideas are in the works, and we’ll keep you posted.

What follows is a forwarded message:

Hi dear friends who love the Thomas Merton Center,

This is a plea for money! The activist resource center that

you know and love in Pittsburgh is having severe financial crisis!

A lot of this has to do with the fact that the TMC had to replace the

fire escape that was deteriorating. This in itself was a pretty penny and

in the process it left holes in the back brick wall which lets the water in.

Yes all the water thats been falling falling falling is falling through the center.

So water has been pouring in creating damage!! If you have been at the center

lately you have seen the huge hole in the kitcen ceiling and its getting worse!

Besides that there are numerous other building repairs that need done.

Is a group your involved in a project of the Merton Center and you are not a member?

Have you ever had an event or meeting at the center? Do you read the NewPeople on your lunch brake? Do you support the work of the 30 projects that use the resources of the merton center? The Africa Project- addressing child soldiers in Uganda, Book ‘EM – supplying quality education material to prisoners, New Voices Pittsburgh- women of color for reproductive justice, many Anti-War groups and Demilitarization efforts, Haiti Solidarity Committee, Save Our Transit,….the list goes on and on!

The TMC is currently working on a few grants but if approved that money wont

come for a great while. In addition to seaking individaul donations, we are imploring people to become members.  It costs 25 dollars for one year! That is so cheap!

You can make your check out to Thomas Merton Center and mail your check to the TMC 5125 Penn Ave Pittsburgh PA 15224 or donate online http://www.thomasmertoncenter.org

And seriously, if you got more money then you need right now, please consider making

a big donation. You would be supporting many different activist groups all over the city and

in doing out supporting all of thier causes.

Local Reporter Confronts Bonehead, Bonehead Runs to Police

A PG reporter describes his experience confronting a “skinhead” who was apparently abusing a young woman in public. It sounds like one the members of a local bonehead crew, which is led by a probable government informant and documented mental patient, and according to a former Squirrel Hill video store clerk, consumer of, what was described by a former punk parody band vocalist, turned realtor, “ethnic porn” (although said realtor uses “sociopathic” as his racial slur of choice). Even the other child-molesting, meth-cooks in funny uniforms, want nothing to do with them. The incident ended as most encounters with such “fearless white warriors” do, with the boneheads hiding behind the police. Or maybe he just wanted a job, that came with free, stupid, Village People/Cub Scout clothes. Not a bad idea, considering the number of government agents and snitches that make up these groups. It served them well in Philly on the 23rd.

From One People’s Project

PS-They don’t care what color the cop’s skin is when they’re scared, as seen in this photo from Valley Forge, which could be entitled “Teach Your Children Well”.

Melee in Morristown

At a recent anti-immigration rally in Morristown, NJ a scuffle ensued between some antifa and a mated pair of stormfront boneheads.

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Annette & Frederick K. “Erick_K_W (on Stormfront)” Williams of North Bergen Belividere, NJ

NYC Indymedia & One People’s Project have some more coverage and photos.

July 29, 2007

Wherever neo-Nazis go, injustice follows. Morristown on Saturday was no
different.

After the July 28, 2007 anti-immigrant rally in Morristown, NJ, two
neo-Nazis attacked antifascists behind town hall. The neo-Nazis, 40-year
old Frederick K. Williams (“Erick_K_W” on Stormfront) and Annette
Williams of North Bergen Belvidere, NJ, jumped from their pick-up truck armed with
baseball bats and knives and assaulted pro-immigrant counter-protesters.

After taunting the anti-racist activists who had outed them earlier at
the rally itself, Williams and his wife stopped their truck, exited the
vehicle and pulled a knife on the activists. He lunged at them but was
quickly disarmed and his knife fell to the pavement. A local resident
saw the fight between the older couple and the younger activists and
joined in to support the neo-Nazis, shouting obscenities and dragging
one activist who had just been standing there to the ground. Williams
then pulled out a baseball bat from the rear bed of his pick up truck
and began attacking the anti-racists with it.

By this point, more antifas began rushing to the scene. Williams got
back in his truck and tried to flee, but not before other activists
blocked his Ford pick up from leaving. Moments later, police rushed in,
found Williams’ weapon in the back of his pickup and confiscated it.

Staying true to their fear of authority figures, the Williams’ story
quickly changed, telling police they were the victims of an unprovoked
assault, but other witnesses at the scene and a video of the attack
prove otherwise.

After initially handcuffing the bat-wielding Frederick Williams and
detaining his wife Annette, police then decided to take his word for it
and rounded up several anti-racists who were detained several blocks
away from the incident.

Although they had the bat, the knife and other evidence of the actual
assault right in their hands, no action was taken by police against
Frederick Williams. They then let Williams choose which activists he
wanted to be arrested.

Frederick Williams suffered no more than a few scrapes and bruised ego,
and his wife Annette a bloody lip, while one of those arrested was
beaten with a baseball bat and sustained injuries to his knee and leg.
Again: the neo-Nazis were not arrested or charged by the police.

The New York Times erroneously printed an article using the police
report, based entirely on Williams’ story of the event in direct
contradiction to the statements of other witnesses and the evidence
found on the scene. Where police reported ten activists targeted in the
assault, less than four were involved, and no mention was made in the
article of Williams’ possession of the weapons.

The charges against the activists reflected this: one was charged with
two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, yet fingerprint analysis
will clearly show that the items were wielded by none other than
Frederick Williams. Other charges include simple assault, disorderly
conduct, improper behavior and causing bodily injury. Bails were set
ridiculously high, one with a $5,000 bail with 10% bond, and two of
$2500 cash bail without bond – all for non-indictable offenses (NJ’s
equivalent of a misdemeanor).

Police themselves obstructed the release of the activists, first saying
that they would be released without charges, then that they would have
charges but be released on their own recognizance, then informing the
arrestees’ supporters of the bail amounts eight hours after the initial
arrests – while not stating any of the charges against them.

All of the activists were bailed out within three hours of being
transferred to the Morris County Jail through the efforts of devoted
friends and the support of a strong, dedicated, broad-based and growing
movement committed to standing up in the face of racist attacks,
harassment and lies. Their spirits are high and they are confident that
they will win in court.

The organizers of the anti-immigrant rally, including Mt. Olive blogger
Robb Pearson and the mayor of Morristown, Donald Cresitello, publicly
distanced themselves from charges of racism but seemed to have no
problem with the two dozen or so openly neo-Nazi rally participants at
the event, including Williams. Mayor Cresitello at one point even
stopped his prepared speech to launch a tirade against “Communists and
Marxists.”

Throughout the rally, anti-racists made their presence known in sight
and sound of the racist rally, calling out and exposing the neo-Nazis
present. At one point during the day, after anti-racists identified and
called out several neo-Nazi boneheads in the crowd near town hall, the
boneheads walked over to confront the protesters only to be swarmed. A
tense but non-violent face off ended with the boneheads realizing they
were out of their league. One ran into the local Kings’ supermarket to
hide, while others made a hasty retreat to their car, and drove off.

Perhaps to make up for his less-than-glorious battle for the purity of
the white race, Williams began posting to white supremacist website
Stormfront begging for money and support from other white supremacists,
claiming that antifas dragged him and his wife from his truck and
seriously injured them. Nothing could be further from the truth, a
pathetic cover-up by a neo-Nazi who picked the wrong day to try and
start his own racial holy war on the streets of Morristown.

But now, the neo-Nazis have gone even further, sending anonymous threats
to activists and college students who were not even at the counter-rally
and had only reposted already public calls to action. They have even
begun targeting family members of the arrestees. Several of these
anonymous threats have already been received from anonymous email
addresses. One ready: “This time you went too far, slut. Payback is
indeed a bitch.”

Neo-Nazis have also begun posting photos of other activists online and
calling – not for them to be outed to the public, as anti-racists have
done for Nazis – but to be singled out for assault and perhaps worse.

This only shows exactly what follows when neo-Nazis are allowed to take
the streets or organize unopposed: brutal and cowardly assaults on
unarmed protesters who stand up to their hate.

The neo-Nazis’ actions, their organizing, and their rallies will
continue to be disrupted and shut down in the months to come.

There is already a treasure trove of information on specific and active
white power organizers, including the participants of Saturday’s
assault, and any move or further assault by them will lead us right back
to the source. They will be exposed, they will lose their jobs, and they
may face years behind bars like white supremacist Matt Hale, former head
of the World Church of the Creator, if any harm comes to the activists,
their friends or loved ones. Neo-Nazis will not be allowed to take one
step in their communities and towns without being vilified, exposed to
the light and put in their place at every turn.

After shutting down the World Church of the Creator, after forcing the
National Alliance off the streets, after countering the National
Socialist Movement at every turn and exposing every tiny white power
faction trying to mainstream itself for what they are, they will not
pass. Further organizing by neo-Nazis in the mainstream will only bring
down the movements they try to infiltrate, ruining the careers of any
public figure or politician who flirts with fascism. Further organizing
out of the closet as white power organizations will be dealt a swift
defeat.

Never again means never again.

If you can help with the legal defense in anyway, or help with
information on finding info on who are issuing these threats, please
contact: morristownantifa (at) riseup.net.