Local Fascist Activity Since the Tree of Life Massacre

Flyers from the white supremacist group Patriot Front have been spotted in South Hills, according to the Pittsburgh Current. Apparently local residents have been tearing them down as fast as they appear, but antifascists are still urged to keep an eye out. Patriot Front is the new name of Vanguard America, one of whose members, James Fields, murdered Heather Heyer in Charlottesville last year by ramming his car into a crowd of antifascist counterprotesters. The group is most active in Texas, and has not been known to operate in western PA until now.

More alarmingly, Jewish alt-lite troll Ben Shapiro is scheduled to speak at Pitt next Wednesday the 14th, hosted by Young Americans for Freedom. Shapiro is a racist, trans-phobic, pro-gun, anti-immigrant Zionist author, who also speaks regularly at universities. To date he has not attracted the same attention as other alt-lite personalities such as Charlie Kirk or Milo Yiannopoulos, but he probably deserves it. Watch this space for further developments…

Trump Unwelcomed to Pittsburgh

Thanks to Robert Bowers’ horrific massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill on Saturday, we now finally know what it takes to be charged with a hate crime in Trump’s America. Beating up a Black man in a bar while shouting racial epithets isn’t enough. Even murdering two Black people in a grocery store and telling a white bystander “Whites don’t shoot whites” won’t do the trick. But executing eleven white Jewish people in a synagogue while screaming “All Jews must die!” is apparently sufficiently blatant to spur the FBI to action, if only to protect what is left of their own legitimacy. Continue reading “Trump Unwelcomed to Pittsburgh”

Some Notes on the Demonstrations for Antwon Rose

As everyone now knows, on June 19th East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld murdered Antwon Rose Jr. by shooting him in the back three times as he ran from a traffic stop. When a video of the shooting went viral on social media, Pittsburgh exploded in protest. Explosions are relative of course, and the riots, looting, and torched convenience stores that characterized analogous uprisings in Ferguson and Baltimore have here translated to peaceful marches to block traffic. Nonetheless the current situation is a major departure from the usual activist routine that anarchists in Pittsburgh suffer through. We offer the following points for consideration.

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Friday Night March for Antwon Rose Jr.

Friday saw more protests over the police murder of Antwon Rose in East Pittsburgh. The evening’s action started conventionally enough, meeting at the Wood Street subway station downtown at 5:30, and stepping off around 6. At least 200 people took the streets, marching slowly through downtown and stopping frequently to block intersections while holding speakouts. A trailing caravan of cops accompanied the march, but they weren’t doing anything yet. More cops on motorcycles circled, blocking off intersections as marchers approached, and causing even further disruption to rush hour traffic.

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