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« on: February 01, 2017, 12:07:16 pm »


Mark Morford

This way to the resistance: Your guide to defying the Trumpocalypse

By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist | 7:40AM - Friday, January 27, 2017

Listen to Greenpeace.
Listen to Greenpeace.

THESE are the groups. These are the resources, the publications, the articles, the essential tools, the warriors both veteran and upstart, each and every one dedicated to fighting the Trumpocalypse and advocating for human rights, civil liberties, the safety and dignity of immigrants, minorities and refugees, of the LGBT community, of women's health, science, the arts, sanctuary, your own tremulous and terrified heart. Also hope, kindness and just the type of fundamental human decency that was spit upon and stomped to the ground on November 8th.

And let's be absolutely clear: This is the time. It is, tragically and rather gruesomely, unlike any time in recent U.S. history, as the world bears sickened witness to America's sudden lurch toward tyranny, toward a flatulent fascism like we've never really known, a complete upheaval and molestation of America's truest values.

The assaults are coming fast and vicious. We are no longer a full democracy. It does not matter if you're working-class or “elite”, midwestern or coastal, Repub or Dem, blue or red or anything in between: Trump and his GOP flying monkeys mean everyone ill.

I realize the following list might seem overwhelming. You must take sufficient time to filter, to pore through, to see where you can engage most successfully. Meditation helps tremendously. And yoga. And reconnecting with your immediate community, your loved ones, your local kula. Also, bourbon. Also, nature. Also, compassion. Passionate, outraged, deeply felt, carefully discerning, middle-finger compassion. You know the kind?

Do you have the time for any of this? Of course you do. You must have the time. You cannot be too busy. Not anymore. You cannot be too stressed or tired or “just not feeling it,” meekly hoping someone else will fix it all for you, will defend you and your family, your kids, your gay/black/Islamic/Latino/feminist/scientific/journalist friends, against Trump's radioactive, sociopathic hatestorm. There is simply too much at stake.

Know this: There is tremendous power in unity. The awe-inspiring Women's March revealed a global wellspring of fiery, compassionate solidary the likes of which the world hasn't seen in decades, if ever. It was downright breathtaking. In short: The raw engine for real progress is there. And you are the fuel.

Does that sound cheesy? I don't care. Do it anyway.

(Caveat: This list is, naturally, by no means complete, nor is it intended to be so. I leave it to those who create/operate these resources to spur you to more specific actions, the most effective ways to use your energy, time and money. Read thoroughly. Dig deep. Add your own orgs and sites and methods. Send me more suggestions, both local and national, and I'll add them to the list. We are in this fight together).


Start with:

Scientists march on Washington (Facebook/email updates)

Smart people are dangerous. If tyranny is to succeed, smart people and their books, science, know-how, college degrees and clever ideas to keep us all alive must be shut down in favor of 5th-grade gruntspeak and “alternative facts”. This is the Trump ethos.

Already, a new march is being planned (date TBA) in defiance of Trump's unprecedented crackdown on the EPA, on climate science, the USDA, HHS, all communications from national parks, threats against NASA, et al.

Don't f-ck with science, Orange Monster. They know how you breathe. Get your clever signs ready.


Meet the near future. She will eat megalomaniacal, tiny-handed Trump-trolls like a goddamn Kraft Lunchable.
Meet the near future. She will eat megalomaniacal, tiny-handed Trump-trolls like a goddamn Kraft Lunchable.

Join, donate, support, participate…

Set up automatic monthly donations. Get their newsletters. Attend local chapter meetings. Note actionable items on their websites. The ACLU alone is gathering a Constitutional Defense Fund to battle Trump's vicious attacks and needs immediate financial help. Flip them $10 a month? Planned Parenthood has never been under such scathing duress from the gleefully misogynistic GOP. They can tell you who to call, right now. There are multiple ways you can help.

These are some of the larger, most essential groups doing some of the most vital work (bonus: many supported/co-sponsored the Women's March). Read, join, donate, engage:













Activism & related resources…

Women's March: 10 Actions in 100 Days. — Don't you know? The rally was just the beginning. It's now a global movement. Join it.

Indivisible Guide: “A practical guide for resisting the Trump agenda.” Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen.

The Action Network: The Left's not-so-secret weapon. Essential organizing tools for progressives. “More than 650 women's marches in more than 50 countries were organized using the site's tools, according to the network's own data.”

The 65: Essential list of actionable issues for the 65 million who didn't vote for the Orange Monster, and the millions of others who will, very soon, really regret doing so.

Swing Left: Aiming at the House. Because the 2018 mid-terms are coming fast.

5calls.org: Five calls a day to make your voice heard. Specific names, numbers, scripts you can use right now.

Daily Action: This one couldn't be simpler: “Text the word DAILY to the number 228466 (A-C-T-I-O-N). You'll be prompted to enter your ZIP code and that's it — you're signed up. You will subsequently receive one text message every workday about an issue that we have determined to be urgent based on where you live. You tap on the phone number in your message, listen to a short recording about that day's issue, and from there you'll be automatically routed to your Senator, member of Congress, or other relevant elected official.” Boom.

Resistance Manual: Open-source Wiki covering the most pressing issues, updated regularly.

Run For Something: Yes, you.

SecureDrop: Directory of anonymous online drop points set up by various news orgs for safe sharing of insider information. This is where you go when you have the tapes, the docs, the leaks that will bring down the rancid fascist demons. You listening, members of EPA, USDA, HDD, NASA, Trump's staff, et al?

ProPublica: Journalism in the public interest. Re-dedicated to fighting Trump's idiotic “alterative facts,” and beyond. (Facebook)

Rogue Twitter accounts: On Tuesday there were 14. As of this writing there are more than 50, in the first week alone. This is how bad. NASA, HHS, EPA, FDA, national parks, you name it — they're all tweeting the scariest thing of all in the Age of Trump: Facts.

And these are scientists. With PhDs. Creating a sudden swarm of anonymous (“rogue”) Twitter accounts representing their agencies, in response to Trump's threats and overt muzzling of fact, funding and scientific research.

Are they all legit? Who's running them? Can they be trusted? No way to know, yet. But so far, they're all kinds of amazing, and seem to be one hell of a potent counter-attack. After all, no one said the rebellion wouldn't be a little messy… and hugely ironic, given Trump's fetish for tweeting hateful bullshit. Follow them all.

Signal (app) — Private, secure, untraceable text messaging. Ideal for muzzled/threatened federal workers, scientists, aides, muckrakers, journalists and, of course, Russian hookers who might have video of themselves peeing on/in front of the president in a Moscow hotel. Reporters are standing by.

News & Guts: Dan Rather, the legendary veteran reporter who posted one of the better, more frightening viral commentaries on FB few days ago, has launched a media production company. Dude is 85 years old. Absolutely worth following. Also on Facebook.

Charity Navigator: Guide to intelligent giving.


Dozens of rogue science agency accounts, in a matter of days. Don’t f-ck with science, President Cheet-O.
Dozens of rogue science agency accounts, in a matter of days.
Don’t f-ck with science, President Cheet-O.


Inspiring reading…










And here are the phone numbers for all Trump hotels around the world (since Trump has yet to re-staff the White House public phone lines), for when you want to complain, tell him off, or book a room to urinate on.

You can also let White House Inc. help connect you. After all, since Trump hasn't divested, all his tacky gold properties are essentially satellite White House offices.


Stay informed: Newsletters…

  • NextDraft by Dave Pell. Not entirely political (thank God), but entirely essential.

  • Re:act newsletter by Derek Nelson. Weekly roundup of concrete actions you can take right now to combat the Trumpocalypse. (Brand new and growing rapidly).







Don't freak out…










Got something to add? A worthy tool, essential app, guide, technique, personal anecdote of what you do, every day, to galvanize and stay healthy, fearless, #antitrump? Let me know … email me.

Peace.


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Mark Morford

Week One of Go to Hell, America

By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist | 5:17PM PST - Friday, January 27, 2017

Signing America's death warrant, over and over again.
Signing America's death warrant, over and over again.

THE TRUMPOCALYPSE so far, in a grotesque — and rather terrifying — nutshell…

  • Trump issued largely unconstitutional global gag order on international NGOs providing women's health care and family planning services (“policy experts predict this will mean 6.5 million more unintended pregnancies, 2.2 million more abortions, 2.1 million more unsafe abortions, and the deaths of 21,700 pregnant women.” — The Nation.)

  • Froze all research grants for, and issued gag order on the EPA, with promise to defund and destroy agency that provides invaluable research and protects water supply, air quality, everyday life, the planet itself. Nominated EPA-hating Scott Pruitt to run ruin the agency, promised to tear the 14,000-strong agency into “little bits” in favor of pollutive corporate cronies and poisonous deregulation.

  • Gag order on USDA scientists, HHS, National Parks, many other agencies, threatened to defund NASA climate satellites, resulting in 50+ “rogue” Twitter accounts created by infuriated, muzzled government scientists and their colleagues.


  • Hiring freeze on all federal employees, except the 4,000 he's hiring for his own snarling administration.

  • Promise to completely defund Planned Parenthood, decimate Roe versus Wade, cut back on Title IX enforcement, eliminate all funding for Violence Against Women grants in the Department of Justice.

  • Called for review of all “multilateral treaties”, such as Paris Climate and many others, which will wreak harm on allies and dangerously undermine America's ability to be a good and humane global citizen.

  • Proposed massive 40 percent reduction in U.S. support for the United Nations and other global bodies, equaling billions of dollars, which “includes international peacekeeping missions and U.S. support for development work under the U.N. umbrella,” and which will more radically isolate the U.S.





  • Plans to eliminate all funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, privatize PBS, eliminate science funding, among other major cuts to Energy, Commerce, Justice departments.

  • Meanwhile. issues executive order to redirect taxpayer funds to start building useless wall.



  • Call for absurd investigation into “massive” voter fraud related to “millions” of illegal immigrants, fraud which does not exist and has been laughably discredited by both parties.


  • Steve “Breitbart” Bannon, Trump's main squeeze and the king of all racist trolls, said the media should “keep its mouth shut” about what the narcissistic orange manbaby is doing — a directive also shared, wouldn't you know it, by the Nazis.

  • Plan to ban all Syrian refugees and introduce “extreme vetting” of immigrants from seven majority-Muslim nations.

  • Announced plans to issue exec order to re-open notorious CIA “black sites” overseas (unlisted prison camps, worse than Guantánamo) for detaining suspects unlawfully, and torturing them.


  • Restarted needless, destructive Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipeline projects.

  • Broadened definition of who can be deported to mean any illegal immigrant who “in the judgment of an immigration officer, otherwise pose(s) a risk to public safety or national security.” (Read: anyone).

  • Threatened to strip all federal funding from the more than 200 sanctuary cities across the U.S. that provide havens for refugees fleeing massacre and genocide.

  • Named new head of FCC, Ajit Pai, who will gut/eliminate net neutrality rules that gave everyone fair and equal access to the Internet.

  • And more…

Just 207 more weeks to go. Might be time to join the resistance.

Dumb like a nuclear warhead.
Dumb like a nuclear warhead.

No, seriously … he really will!
No, seriously … he really will!

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from the Los Angeles Times....

Meet Indivisible, the young progressives
leading the resistance to President Trump


Invisible — and so visible: the activist group that has bedeviled GOP lawmakers nationwide.

By KURTIS LEE | 4:00AM PDT - Sunday, March 26, 2017

Constituents concerned about repeal of the Affordable Care Act converge last month outside the closed district offices of Representative Daniel Donovan (Republican-New York). — Photograph: Andrew Lichtenstein Corbis/Getty Images.
Constituents concerned about repeal of the Affordable Care Act converge last month outside the closed district offices of
Representative Daniel Donovan (Republican-New York). — Photograph: Andrew Lichtenstein Corbis/Getty Images.


THE IDEA started with a public Google document.

In the weeks after Donald Trump won last year's presidential election and Republicans kept control of Congress, Sarah Dohl, along with a handful of friends and former Capitol Hill colleagues, wanted Americans — mostly distraught Democrats — to know their voices could still be heard.

Not expecting much, they published online a 26-page document in mid-December, outlining a succinct idea: resist.

Its title, “Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda”, quickly drew interest. George Takei, the actor who starred in the television series “Star Trek”, tweeted it to his 2.2 million followers. So, too, did former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, who worked in the Clinton administration.

“We just had no idea it would turn into this huge movement,” Dohl, 33, said on Saturday from her house in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. “We thought our moms might read it.”

What at first started with a small group of young progressives batting around ideas on how to move forward under a Trump administration has blossomed into a national movement, known as Indivisible. The mission centers on grass-roots advocacy targeting members of Congress inclined to work with the new administration and those who, in Indivisible's view, don't do enough to oppose it.

In keeping with the loose structure of other movements such as Black Lives Matter, Indivisible isn't a hierarchical organization with a national headquarters and local chapters. Instead, it's a collection of groups committed to the same goal, employing tactics and operating on principles shared by Indivisible's founders online.

Early on, the focus was attacking Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Members of the movement have caused representatives to flee town halls and, at times, cancel public events altogether. They've corralled constituents, visited district offices and made phone calls en masse demanding answers.

Not all people who flooded congressional town halls in recent weeks were part of — or had even heard of — Indivisible. But many were.

“Every member of Congress cares about how their constituents view them and the narrative being formed in their districts,” said Dohl, who has held several jobs on Capitol Hill, including communications director for Representative Lloyd Doggett, a Democrat, whose district includes parts of Austin, Texas. “And we're not just focused on Republicans. This is about Democrats standing up and having a spine and pushing back against Trump and Republicans.”

A chapter within the Indivisible guide is titled “How your member of Congress thinks and how to use that to save Democracy”. It offers up a simple point:

“To influence your own Member of Congress (MoC), you have to understand one thing: every House member runs for office every two years and every Senator runs for election every six years. Functionally speaking, MoCs are always either running for office or getting ready for their next election — a fact that shapes everything they do.”

The strategy, said Dohl, echoes the Tea Party movement that sprang up in 2009. At the time, President Obama's efforts to pass the Affordable Care Act caused a conservative uproar. Images of constituents, angered by the legislation and jabbing fingers in lawmakers' faces, filled television screens and front pages nationwide. The next election cycle, Democrats, who at the time had controlled both chambers of Congress, lost the House.

Now, members of the movement hope it's the reverse.

“We're seeing people who have never been involved in politics now motivated to speak up,” said Ezra Levin, who came up with the idea for the online guide and is now president of Indivisible Guide, which recently registered as nonprofit group. He worked with Dohl on Capitol Hill in 2009, during the rise of the Tea Party.

On Saturday, the two celebrated the GOP collapse on healthcare. A day earlier, House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled a bill that would have repealed and replaced the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, because it did not have enough support. Many in the Freedom Caucus, among the most conservative members of Congress, thought the bill did not dismantle Obamacare enough. Democrats and moderate Republicans thought it went too far.

Levin, 31, credits Indivisible groups for influencing moderates such as Representative Barbara Comstock, a Republican who represents a swing district in Virginia.

For weeks, Comstock declined requests from constituents — some of whom are associated with Indivisible — for an in-person town hall. Her Capitol Hill and district offices were also flooded with phone calls from constituents seeking more access to her.

On Friday, hours before the bill was pulled, Comstock said she would not support it.

“This is setting the tone for members of Congress to know that constituents are paying attention,” Levin said. “And they're not going to stop. This is going forward for months and years.”

Laynette Evans, 64, a career coach and resume writer, is among the early organizers of Indivisible Reno.

The Reno group has about 1,100 Facebook members and has met a handful of times in recent months to talk about how to get their representatives at all levels of government — Democrats and Republicans alike — to hear them out on issues including healthcare and immigration.

“It's putting politicians on notice,” said Evans, a Democrat. “With the election of Donald Trump, I think more people are becoming engaged in politics and how our country is being governed.”

In January, a day after Trump's inauguration, millions of people joined women's marches nationwide. As protests of Trump have ensued, several states have sought to pass legislation that would discourage or criminalize protest. And Trump has described protesters — those at town halls or marching in the streets — as paid professionals who specialize in disrupting Republicans.

After the failure to repeal of Obamacare, Trump has indicated he's ready to move on to other issues, such as tax reform.

Whatever the proposal, Trump and Republicans will probably face Indivisible, Levin said.

The resistance, Levin said, is not going away.


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Antifa: Guardians against fascism or lawless thrill-seekers?

Militant anti-fascists come from a variety of backgrounds but are united by the belief
that free speech is secondary to squashing fascism before it takes root.


By MICHAEL E. MILLER | 6:25PM EDT - Thursday, September 14, 2017

Self-described antifa activists John Cookenboo, left, and Vincent Yochelson in Oakland, California. — Photograph: Nick Otto/The Washington Post.
Self-described antifa activists John Cookenboo, left, and Vincent Yochelson in Oakland, California. — Photograph: Nick Otto/The Washington Post.

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — On the morning of the protest, Sean Hines woke with a sense of purpose he'd seldom felt. He was a 20-year-old high school dropout with no car, no job and no money. A year and a half ago, he'd been arrested for a drunken brawl. Now Hines was about to be arrested again, but for something he believed in.

In his Santa Rosa halfway house, Hines dressed in all black. He chugged an energy drink, popped some nicotine gum and climbed into a friend's car that blasted German punk rock as it barreled toward Berkeley.

Alerta, alerta, anti-fascista!” the chorus shrieked.

It was a call to arms for militant anti-fascists, or “antifa” — and Hines was heeding it.

But the August 27th protest in Berkeley did not go according to plan. Police quickly arrested Hines and 12 others. Then, in images broadcast across the country, more than 100 antifa activists leapt over barricades and stormed Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park, attacking a handful of President Trump supporters and right-wing activists.

A month earlier, few Americans had heard of antifa. Then came Charlottesville, where antifa activists were credited with protecting clergy members from attacks by white supremacists.

The violence in Berkeley led to a backlash, including from the left. The city's mayor, a Democrat, called for antifa to be classified as a gang and for the University of California at Berkeley to cancel conservative speeches later this month to avoid more violence.

In Washington, where antifa smashed storefronts and torched a limousine on Inauguration Day, authorities fear the far-left activists will strike again on Saturday, when the Mall will host the “Juggalo March” — a gathering of fans of the rap group Insane Clown Posse — and a pro-Trump event dubbed the Mother of All Rallies.

If Trump's election has emboldened the far right, then it has also energized its enemies.

Hidden behind masks, however, antifa activists remain mysterious. Are they everyday citizens guarding against the rise of a Fourth Reich? Or are they, as Trump has claimed, merely the “alt-left” — a lawless mirror image of the white supremacists they oppose?

On Thursday, Trump claimed recent antifa antics had justified his much-criticized response to Charlottesville, in which he blamed the violence on “both sides”.

“I think, especially in light of the advent of antifa, if you look at what's going on there, you have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also, and essentially that's what I said,” he told reporters on Thursday.

Interviews with a dozen antifa activists show they come from a variety of backgrounds and are only loosely affiliated. Some, like Hines, are youths in search of a cause. Others have been demonstrating for decades. Many are anarchists, although some vote. They employ a range of peaceful tactics, including doxxing, or exposing, white supremacists. While they are all open to using violence, some embrace it — even glorify it.

What unites them is the belief that free speech is secondary to squashing fascism before it takes root in the United States.

“If everyone is punching a Nazi, it's eventually going to create a mass militant movement based around anti-fascist,” Hines said. “That hopefully will be enough to stop them from gaining power.”


‘We're each other’s enemy’

AMONG the scores of antifa who stormed the park that day in California were John Cookenboo, 27, and Vincent Yochelson, 23. The Bay Area natives began protesting against racism in 2009 when Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old African American, was shot in the back by a white Bay Area Rapid Transit officer. In the years since, they have attended dozens of demonstrations, including Occupy Oakland and Black Lives Matter marches.

Two years ago, Trump's presidential campaign changed everything. White supremacists began holding rallies in the Bay Area. Antifa began confronting them — with force.

“There has been a galvanization of both sides,” Yochelson said. “We're each other's enemy.”


Sean Hines, member of Antifa in Northern California. — Photograph: Nick Otto/The Washington Post.
Sean Hines, member of Antifa in Northern California. — Photograph: Nick Otto/The Washington Post.

The same thing was happening across the country. On Inauguration Day, two incidents 2,000 miles apart hinted that the conflict — dating to standoffs between skinheads and anti-racists in the 1980s — had intensified.

In Washington, a masked antifa sucker-punched Richard Spencer, a leader of the alt-right movement that seeks to create a whites-only “ethno-state”. Footage of the attack spawned Internet memes as well as a question many Americans seemed to take seriously: Is it okay to punch a fascist?

The same day, an anti-fascist protester was shot in the stomach, allegedly by a Trump supporter, during demonstrations against a speech by right-wing blogger Milo Yiannopoulos at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Whether Americans had heard of antifa or not, violence involving the far left and far right suddenly seemed to be everywhere.

Nowhere was it as intense and frequent as in Berkeley.

On February 1st, dozens of antifa smashed windows and lit fires on the UC-Berkeley campus, leading the school to cancel a speech by Yiannopoulos. A month later, Trump supporters and white supremacists responded by gathering in MLK Park for a free-speech rally.

Armed with military-grade riot gear, shields and walkie-talkies, Cookenboo and Yochelson were among the antifa to meet the rallygoers in what would become known as the first “Battle of Berkeley”. Videos from the March 4th melee show both sides carrying weapons. Kyle Chapman, the founder of the right-wing group the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights, was later charged with a felony for allegedly wielding a leaded stick.

“I can't get into too many specifics, but there was definitely an atmosphere of violence that day,” Cookenboo said. “Several people were injured, and me and Vincent pulled some people back from the line, pretty bloodied up.”

On April 15th, Cookenboo and Yochelson were walking to the same park to confront many of the same right-wing protesters when they were arrested on suspicion of wearing masks while committing a criminal offense. Police also suspected Cookenboo of inciting a riot and possessing a switchblade knife. Charges have yet to be filed.

“I think they saw a group of people walking toward the protest in a lot of gear and felt that this point was the only time they'd really be able to interdict us,” Cookenboo said.

While they were in custody, Hines was in the fray for the first time.

“I did get pepper-sprayed in the face once, but I enjoyed it,” he said of the second “Battle of Berkeley”. “I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie, so things like that kind of excite me.”

For Hines, antifa is the latest in a succession of left-wing causes. He first took an interest in anarchism four years ago. At one point, he was aligned with the Irish Republican Army. He now calls himself a “libertarian socialist”, communist and antifa.

He said the movement has helped him through a difficult 18 months. In April 2016, he dropped out of high school about the time he assaulted a Whole Foods security guard.

“I tried to steal a bottle,” he said. “I was pretty out of it.”

Hines, who said he suffers from addiction, completed a diversion program and the charges were dropped. He has spent the past six months in halfway houses, where he has a curfew and must pass nightly breathalyzer tests. He was logging hours each day on Facebook, debating politics. Eventually, he decided to stop debating and act.

“I wanted a purpose. I wanted an identity. That's the reason why I became part of antifa,” he said. “I wanted to fight for something.”


Yvette Felarca, at center with microphone, a middle school teacher in Oakland, leads a protest against President Trump in Berkeley. — Photograph: Michael Miller/The Washington Post.
Yvette Felarca, at center with microphone, a middle school teacher in Oakland, leads a protest against President Trump in Berkeley.
 — Photograph: Michael Miller/The Washington Post.


Like many in the antifa movement, Hines says that had more people joined far-left militants in fighting fascists in prewar Germany and Italy, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini never would have come to power.

Asked whether that comparison glorified today's antifa violence, Hines said: “It needs to be glorified. We need to attract people to our side.” He was unconcerned that skirmishes could escalate into shootouts. “At least in that way we'd be able to fight back,” he said.

Antifa veterans are wary of newcomers raring for a fight, however.

“A lot of people are coming into antifa because of the thrill of violence, and that's not what we're about,” said Mike Isaacson, an anarchist PhD student and adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “Anti-fascists are community oriented, and we do make the effort to keep everyone as safe as possible.”

In some cases, antifa have unwittingly attacked bystanders, even sympathizers. Cookenboo is keenly aware that not everyone on the other side is a fascist — his father voted for Trump. He and Yochelson grew up in middle-class households, attended some community college and hold steady jobs: Cookenboo at a marijuana processing plant, Yochelson at a catering company and a Unitarian church, where he is a chef.

The antifa movement isn't “some strange, cloaked organization,” Yochelson said. “It's your neighbors.”

He and Cookenboo say a feeling of powerlessness drives the antifa movement and its opponents.

“The people on the far right have … a sense that their country is being stolen from them, and that’s what Donald Trump has seized upon,” Cookenboo said.

“On the left, it's an opposite but different story,” he continued. “I see all these videos of people being very racist to minorities on public transit or in grocery stores or anywhere that they can. We see this resurgence. And I can't do anything to help those people, though I want to. So the only thing I can really do when these things happen is to go out and march in the street.”


‘Crawl back into the rat holes they came out of’

WHEN Cookenboo and Yochelson arrived early to survey the scene on August 27th, they found MLK Park quiet. A “No to Marxism in America” rally had been canceled, and there were few right-wing protesters. So they decided to leave their riot gear in the car.

A few hours later, thousands of counterprotesters, including clergy members and a Holocaust survivor, peacefully marched to the park.

Then antifa arrived.

“It was actually a really great event. There was tons of solidarity and tons of people from across the political spectrum,” said Molly Armstrong, co-chair of the East Bay chapter of Democratic Socialists of America, who gave a speech linking white supremacy to capitalist alienation. “But a handful of people were violent, and that's what everyone wants to focus on.”

The violence didn't just overshadow the counterprotest, however. It exposed a deep divide within the left over the antifa movement.

Antifa were more concerned with “elevating their self-image” and “appearing heroic” than doing “less glamorous” work that might lead to real change, anti-capitalist columnist Chris Hedges wrote for Truthdig.


Antifa activists Vincent Yochelson, left, and John Cookenboo explain their cause to people at a park in West Oakland. — Photograph: Nick Otto/The Post.
Antifa activists Vincent Yochelson, left, and John Cookenboo explain their cause to people at a park in West Oakland.
 — Photograph: Nick Otto/The Post.


In a student newspaper op-ed, UC-Berkeley alumnus Mitchell Zimmerman compared the antifa movement to the Weathermen, a leftist extremist group that carried out bombings in protest of the Vietnam War. “We've seen it before,” he wrote, “young people whose infatuation with violence undermines the progressive cause.”

Rather than prevent fascism, antifa violence could further it, argued Laurie Marhoefer, an assistant professor at the University of Washington who has studied Hitler's rise.

“Violent confrontations with anti-fascists gave the Nazis a chance to paint themselves as the victims of a pugnacious, lawless left,” she wrote for The Conversation. “They seized it.”

Yvette Felarca denies the antifa movement plays into its enemies' hands. The diminutive middle school teacher has become the face of anti-fascism in the Bay Area. She said she was cut on the arm when her group, By Any Means Necessary, and antifa activists confronted white supremacists in Sacramento last year. She is facing a felony assault charge over the clash.

Speaking shortly before she led a protest on Berkeley's campus this month, Felarca said antifa aggression on August 27th ensured she wasn't attacked again.

“They should be forced to crawl back into the rat holes they came out of,” she said of white supremacists. “Charlottesville showed [they are dangerous]. We can't have another Heather Heyer” — a reference to the woman killed when a vehicle plowed through counterprotesters there.

The antifa movement should be seen in the context of rising intolerance on the left, particularly on college campuses, said Mark Peterson, a professor of public policy, political science and law at UCLA. This intolerance is ironic, he said, because decades ago, it was suspected leftists who were barred from universities and blacklisted from Hollywood.

“So it can't simply be left to a young and not particularly well historically informed group of people to say, ‘We get to determine who's a fascist and … do whatever we want to them’,” he said.

Cookenboo and Yochelson said they didn't witness the August 27th attacks but acknowledged they probably weren't necessary.

“In this particular instance, it looked a little bit — what's the word?” Cookenboo asked.

“Excitable,” Yochelson said.

The backlash spurred them to speak to the media about antifa, but that then led to death threats. Yochelson, who wears a bullet as an earring, said he wasn't worried. Neither was his friend.

“I've taken steps to protect myself,” Cookenboo said, adding that he owns a shotgun and an AR-15 rifle.

But the violence also tarnished the 13 people arrested on mostly minor charges that day. None of the arrests was in connection to the dramatic assaults captured on camera, which happened after police had retreated, allowing antifa to overrun the park.

“The news coverage the next day was all about ‘violent antifa’ and then they showed our mug shots,” said James Dominic, 23. The son of a Marine veteran, Dominic said he is anti-fascist but not antifa. He went to the park as a medic in case anyone was attacked by white supremacists and was arrested for handing out surgical masks. He blamed the media, not antifa.

Hines said he didn't mind being connected to the mayhem. When he was detained for wearing a mask in violation of city code and resisting arrest, a journalist asked him whether he had come to be violent. “I can neither confirm nor deny that,” he said with a smile.

Four days later, Hines said his only regret was that he was arrested before things got interesting.

“Most people I know love me now,” he said, sitting on a couch in his halfway house in front of a bowl of cigarette butts. “I'm not trying to brag, but I've become pretty popular.”


Perry Stein and Julie Tate contributed to this report.

• Michael E. Miller is a reporter on the local enterprise team at The Washington Post.

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Related to this topic:

 • VIDEO: Berkeley demonstrators turn violent

 • VIDEO: How some ‘antifa’ protesters are using black bloc tactics

 • Trump says recent antifa violence justifies his condemnation of both sides in Charlottesville

 • Black-clad antifa members attack right-wing demonstrators in Berkeley

 • Anarchists and antifa: The history of the activists Trump calls the ‘alt-left’


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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2017, 06:48:47 pm »


SMASH the WHITE SUPREMACISTS & RACISTS & TRUMP SUPPORTERS!!!
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« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2017, 07:10:44 pm »

Ktj...."SMASH the WHITE SUPREMACISTS & RACISTS & TRUMP SUPPORTERS!!  "


...ahhhh.....yeah...🙄

...lookout ....looks like it's that time of the month for ktj......thought he was male...I was wrong😳

...either that...or he has ...."issues"....……🙄

....So yeah...let's try inciting violence first..see how it goes and take it from there😳
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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2017, 09:03:59 pm »

Ktj, do you think people who voted for Trump should be assaulted?
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« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2017, 09:24:28 pm »


Why not?

Trump supporters assaulted anybody who spoke out against Trump during his rallies, and with Trump encouraging them.

And before you screech “fake news” (something Trump supporters are apt to do), there is plenty of video footage on YouTube of the thuggery at Trump campaign rallies.

So what is good enough for the goose should be good enough for the gander.

Trump supporters started it with their thuggery at Trump's rallies.

They can hardly complain now when they get their own medicine dished out right back.
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« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2017, 09:30:49 pm »

OK still looking for that sandwich.
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« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2017, 09:37:00 pm »

I dickhead uni lecturer (in ethics)  called Eric Clanton also decided that Trump voters should be violently assaulted so he dressed in black and smashed innocent people over the head with metal bike lock. The online community identified him and he is now looking at serious jail time. I can see why xnc2 was abandoned. Seek help.
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« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2017, 09:40:20 pm »


Trump supporters started it.

What goes around tends to come back around again, as some Trump supporters are discovering.
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« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2017, 09:44:48 pm »

Grow a brain. Did all Trump voters assault people?
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« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2017, 10:51:17 pm »


Trump actively encouraged it.

There is video footage available on YouTube of Trump encouraging his supporters to use violence against people who protested at Trump's rallies.

So if you wish to blame somebody for the violence, blame Trump.

Groups such as Antifa are merely dishing it out right back.
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« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2017, 10:55:59 pm »

Dickheads turned up and tried to disrupt Trump rallies. He had them ejected.

The loony left think they have a right to shut down anyone who doesn't  think like they do. THEY are the bigots and fascists!
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« Reply #15 on: September 15, 2017, 11:05:22 pm »

OK next time someone hiding behind a mask pops out of a crowd and puts you in hospital with a hammer blow to the head, don't forget to say "thanks mate, I deserved that for voting different to you". 😬
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« Reply #18 on: September 16, 2017, 10:26:53 pm »

So you believe vigilante violence is OK? Have you actually thought this through??
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« Reply #19 on: September 16, 2017, 10:49:44 pm »


President Donald J. Trump thinks violence is okay.

Not only did he actively encourage violence against people at his rallies who were protesting against him during the presidential election campaign, but after becoming President of the USA, he addressed a conference of senior police officers and encouraged them to beat up people they were in the process of arresting.

And you cannot scream “fake news” because some of those cops at that law enforcement conference were so disgusted that they put footage of Trump's speech on YouTube.

So if the President of the United States of America thinks it's perfectly okay to advocate violence, then who are you or I to refute it?
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« Reply #20 on: September 16, 2017, 11:06:19 pm »

Except you have to have the mental age of a seven year old if you take that interpretation of what Trump said 😀
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« Reply #21 on: September 16, 2017, 11:08:22 pm »

Haha...yes...that would explain alot🙄
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« Reply #22 on: September 16, 2017, 11:17:13 pm »

Even if you honestly believe Trump advocated assaulting innocent people (as opposed to asking that noisy lefty fuckwits hired by the dumocrats and their fellow travellers simply be removed from his rallies) wouldn't you be a total dumbass criminal thug to go out and assault people just because they legally voted in a democratic election?
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