Unbelievable, Nazis in Minneapolis! Minneapolis? The home of Teamsters local 574 and the Baldies? The National Socialist Movement, who seem to be everywhere these days, are threatening to demonstrate against an anti-racist event at a local YWCA in the city. The NSM are a straight-up Nazi outfit and increasingly active and national. Under no circumstance should they be permitted by to organize in Minneapolis or anywhere else.
Minneapolis has long been a center of anti-fascist and ant-racist organizing and there hasn’t been any open fascist presence in the city in many years. The NSM know this history better than anyone and their threat must be taken seriously. For years at anti-fascist demos Anti-Racist-Action had organized the arrival of the crew from Minneapolis doubled whatever forces were already there. Well before ARA Minneapolis was leading the way on politicizing the apolitical, street fighting crews that had come together around the influx of fascists into the scene. Nazis in Minneapolis? This is a threat to every anti-racist.
If you are in that area get out there and join this demo:
Press Release: This Saturday, October 3rd, 2009, the neo-nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM) has threatened to demonstrate against an anti-racist workshop being held at the YWCA on East Lake Street in Minneapolis. The NSM has declared the anti-racist organizers “traitors” to white supremacy.
This provocation also has a wider goal: The NSM has been holding racist anti-immigrant rallies in southern Minnesota, and now they are seeking to establish a presence inside the City of Minneapolis. For years Minneapolis has been a virtual “no-go” area for organized racist activity, due to the efforts of young anti-racist organizers.
In the wake of the racist attacks in Brooklyn Park last week, the nazis’ threat cannot be ignored. They plan to bring their racist, homophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic message of division and hate right into the heart of the city. They must not go unopposed!
10:00 am Saturday
October 3rd 2009
Lake Street & 22nd Ave (outside the Midtown YWCA)
Solidarity Against Racism!
No to the Nazis!
Check Twin Cities Indymedia for updates!
Mumia’s case has now come down to this; his conviction is upheld, but a new sentencing hearing will condemn him to either life in prison without parole or death. This Saturday will see a demonstration in Philadelphia in support of Mumia. Mumia’s defense is as vital to us now as the campaigns to defend Sacco and Vanzetti and the Scotsboro Boys were then.
I wish I could be there. In Anti-Racist Action throughout the 90’s we fought for Mumia in lots of towns around the Midwest and beyond. The movement around Mumia was always creative, this is largely because most liberals wouldn’t touch it so the movement could develop its own radical voice. This combined with the white counter-culture largely from the punk scene hooking up with seasoned black revolutionaries created, an occasionally tense, dynamism when there was very little dynamism to be found politically in the States. I learned a lot as part of that movement and at that time.
Some of those demonstrations would anticipate what happened in Seattle at the end of the dry decade, in spirit and vibrancy in any case. I remember a few times in Cincinnati where Mumia demonstrations were harassed by fascists. And we hear now that fascists plan to counter-demonstrate this Saturday’s protest. I hope they get their asses kicked. Bad. Metaphorically speaking.
The fascists organizing against Mumia are none other than the National Socialist Movement led by Jeff Schoep. These guys are dangerous. They are as close as neo-nazis get to a successful regroupment project. The NSM is a repository of all kinds of far-right flotsam including some of what is left of the old Order, midwest Nazis and skinheads with a sprinkling of the more ideological Klan. They had a provocative demonstration in a black Toledo neighborhood a few years ago that ended in a local uprising.
Schoep and the NSM have recently relocated from Minnesota to Detroit. Yes, you heard me Detroit. Since there is no one in Detroit for these fuckers to recruit we must assume they have only come to participate in the Racial Holy War. Wherever they go there is going to be trouble and not coincidently Detroit has recently seen swastikas and racist graffiti on a Lodge overpass near downtown. I have a feeling Detroit is going to say “No Thanks, and don’t let this brick hit you on your ass on the way out!” Metaphorically speaking.
Free Mumia! Death to Fascism!
Here is a Mumia commentary from last week on Obama or Clinton. Keep his voice heard.