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Antifa vandalize Democrats HQ at Portland anti-Biden protest
A marauding gang of Antifa black bloc militants in Portland vandalized the local Democrat Party headquarters at a violent anti-Joe Biden protest on Sunday. While anticipated mass violence failed to materialize across most American cities, Portland has experienced five nights of unrest since Election Day last Tuesday.
In the latest instance of political violence, Black Lives Matter-Antifa protesters announced and gathered for a “direct action” on Sunday night at Laurelhurst Park in southeast Portland. There, the group of several dozen militants in black uniforms marched to the Multnomah County Democrats building where they proceeded to vandalize the office. They smashed most of the windows and tagged the building with anarchist and BLM graffiti.
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The radical communists send out their troops out to burn our cities for months and now wants to have a cordial visit with the President elect...If Biden does this it's sending out a very clear and erroneous message...IMO
Biden, Harris have yet to say whether they will grant requested BLM meeting
Cullors requested a meeting with the Biden/Harris team last week to discuss the movement’s agenda and lay out expectations for the forthcoming administration.
Teen in Wisconsin protest deaths used pandemic funds for gun
These are leftists for Trump. I think they probably converted many into radical Trump supporters that night.
Unrelated to the BLM stuff but depressing that is an actual thing. I saw a lot of Bernie supporters vote Trump in 2016, apparently not actually giving a shit about the stuff Bernie has been fighting for decades.
Violent Portland Antifa ID’d as 35-year-old trans woman
Isabel Rosa Araujo, formerly known as Philip Vincent Haskins-Delici, is a 35-year-old Portland-based transsexual Antifa militant with a history of extremism. Araujo was part of a group of around 20 Antifa in black bloc who confronted a small conservative pro-police rally last Thursday afternoon in downtown Portland. The two sides argued with each other outside the Justice Center before Araujo, who was wearing a gas mask, used bear mace against one of the right-wing protesters. She was not arrested for assault.
Though this was the latest incident involving Araujo, she has a long history of far-left extremism that once caught the attention of federal authorities. Originally from New Jersey and a one-time Philadelphia resident, Araujo is a prominent Antifa militant in Portland known for creating propaganda drawings and her participation in protests.
Under various monikers, she posts obsessively about Antifa and Maoist politics. She even has an Antifa tattoo on her chest.
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When I moved to Richmond in the 1980s, the population of the city was nearly 60% black. About 4 years ago it was very quietly announced that Richmond, for the first time in almost 50 years, no longer has a black majority population. There has been a wave of mostly white young professionals and empty nesters moving here, in many cases gentrifying neighborhoods that had been mostly black, sometimes for generations.
The media rarely talks about black people being forced out of their neighborhoods by the sky rising cost of housing since most of the people forcing them out are the media's liberal darlings from places like Northern Virginia and the New York metro area.
I guess it's just a generational thing with me. Even though I'm white and college-educated, I liked the city better when it had a majority black population. There were a lot more families living here and the population seemed to put down roots and take pride in their neighborhoods. Today the population feels very transient and self-centered.
Why hasn't this radical violent group been culled yet?...
Antifa marches through NYC as fears of political violence heighten
Dozens of Antifa protesters wearing helmets and carrying shields marched through New York City on Sunday calling for President Trump to be impeached as fears of political violence continue to heighten.
The group marched from Central Park to Madison Square Park, the New York Post reported.
An Antifa protester during a march in New York City (AM New York )
"Burn it down," marchers chanted as they passed a New York police substation in Times Square. There were no reports of violence and no arrests were made, according to the newspaper.
One person was seen wearing a mock police uniform with a pig's head, a derogatory reference to police.
One woman held a placard saying "Trump Lost! Fascists Get Out!" and "Trump/Pence Out Now," the Daily Mail reported.
Antifa protesters carrying shields and wearing helmets marched through New York on Sunday. (AM New York)
The march came a day after a group of Trump supporters clashed with counterprotesters in San Diego. Exchanges turned violent as some people dressed in all black were carrying sticks and bats.
Some of the counterprotesters declared themselves part of Antifa. Authorities dressed in riot gear had to separate the two groups in an effort to keep the peace. The San Diego Police Department said some officers were pelted with a glass bottle and eggs.
Antifa protesters marched in New York City over the weekend. (AM New York)
In Washington, the Capitol is surrounded by fencing after riots inside the building last week resulted in five people dead, including a Capitol Police officer. Some lawmakers have pushed unfounded claims that Antifa was behind the riot.
Antifa, a loose-knit collection of left-wing activists who generally agree that the best way to combat far right-wing ideas is through violence, frequently clashes with opposition groups throughout the country.
Portland, Ore., has proven to be a hotbed for Antifa activity. The city has been the site of Antifa-inspired violence, particularly since the death of George Floyd, to include shootings, assault, vandalism, arson and other crimes.
Trump has repeatedly said he would like to designate Antifa a "terrorist organization" after several violent protests following Floyd's death. He has frequently criticized the group, once referring to them as "ANTIFA SCUM."
Many people associated with Antifa have assaulted and threatened journalists and declared police officers should be killed or fired.
Kyle Rittenhouse accused of flashing white power sign at Racine County bar; prosecutors attempt to modify bond agreement
Ok we now know the rest of the story.
I'll bite, what story?...
This world has truly gone nuts...
Black Lives Matter movement nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Washington state police arrest 12 after homeless activists 'forcibly take over' hotel with knives, hatchets
Washington police arrested at least 12 people who occupied an Olympia hotel in an alleged attempt to "forcibly take over the hotel" and demand local authorities provide housing for homeless individuals during the coronavirus pandemic, according to local reports.
Olympia police arrested at least a dozen homeless activists who are said to be from the group Oly Housing Now, local news station King 5 reported. The group of approximately 45 people barged into the Downtown Olympia Red Lion Hotel around 11 a.m. local time Sunday "armed with items such as hatchets, batons, knives and had gasmasks, helmets and goggles apparently in preparation for a confrontation," the city announced in a subsequent press release.
Olympia officials said 40 hotel rooms were booked by bystanders at the time of the apparent takeover. "Before the occupation, the activist group had earlier reserved 17 rooms, which were occupied by currently unhoused individuals as the occupation occurred," the city said.
One hotel worker was assaulted during the takeover, while the others sought refuge in the building's basement, KING 5 reported. People from the group overtook the two floors of the hotel and reportedly covered the windows with dark-colored tarps.
Bystanders took shelter in their rooms, the city said.
Police obtained a search warrant for conspiracy to commit burglary, burglary and trespassing, and a SWAT team was called to the scene. Charges against the 12 people were not immediately specified. It was not clear if more people would be charged.
BLM founder is branded a 'FRAUD' after buying a $1.4 million home in an upscale mostly-white enclave in LA
Patrisse Cullors, who co-founded Black Lives Matter in 2013, has bought a $1.4 million three bedroom house in the Topanga Canyon area of Los Angeles, which critics say is excessive, noting that the affluent district is 88 per cent white and accusing her of abandoning her activist and social justice roots. Cullors, a best-selling author who recently signed a deal to produce content for Warner Bros, has also been at loggerheads with other members of the BLM community. She is yet to respond to the uproar about her new home.
It's her money. She is entitled to spend it any way she chooses.
I don't see what the problem is here.
'How much of her money is actually going to charitable causes?' Head of NYC BLM chapter calls for probe into organization's co-founder as it's revealed 'she has spent $3MILLION on FOUR luxury homes'
The head of New York City's Black Lives Matter chapter is calling for an independent investigation into the organization's finances after it was revealed a co-founder snapped up a $1.4 million home in a ritzy Los Angeles neighborhood. Patrisse Cullors, 37, who is a co-founder of BLM and self-professed 'trained Marxist', recently purchased a plush property in Topanga Canyon complete with a separate guest house and an expansive back yard. In Topanga Canyon, 88 per cent of residents are white and just 1.8 per cent are black, according to the census.
BLM clenched-fist symbol has little-known communist history, critics say
The symbol of a clenched, raised fist is ascendant among Black Lives Matter protesters, Antifa rioters and other political left-wingers. But critics of the symbol note its origin and long use with communist movements – a history so fraught that, until recently, many left-wing protesters hesitated to use the iconic image.
"It is a symbol used by movements that establish oppressive systems, as every system established along Marxist lines has been," Murray Bessette, a former professor of government at Morehead State University and now with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, told Fox News.
"The raised fist is primarily used by organizations and movements that are heavily influenced by Marxism broadly understood," Bessette explained. "The common thread is [an] understanding of all social, economic and political relations as a contestation for power between a class of oppressors (i.a., rich, White, heterosexual, male) and a class of oppressed," he said.
Back in 2006, socialist historian Sheila Rowbotham told The Guardian that the symbol had fallen out of favor. "It symbolises power clenched within the group, and since the 1960s the left has felt ambiguous about the exercise of power," she said.
The symbol gathered a negative perception after being used by violent revolutionaries and dictators.
The symbol became "so freighted with historical associations - the murky faction fighting on the left in the Spanish civil war, the perversion of communism in the Soviet Union, the tyrannies that emerged in post-colonial Africa," the Guardian reported at the time.
"It is now almost impossible for a western liberal to use the clenched-fist salute unself-consciously," Rowbotham said in 2006.
What is the history that made the symbol so unpalatable?
The first printed versions came in the early 1900s, with cartoons like this one published in 1917 by the Industrial Workers of the World.
The symbol was soon picked up by violent communist factions as well, such as those in the Spanish Civil War.
One 1936 poster from the communist-aligned Unified Socialist Party of Catalonia (PSUC) depicts four fists raised in front of a Soviet flag.
Much of the fighting in the war involved leftist groups fighting each other.
George Orwell, then a young British socialist who traveled to Spain to fight against fascists, soon found that the communist PSUC, a group behind the poster, denounced his own group as "fascist."
"When the Communists gained control … and began to hunt down [my socialist faction] … we were very lucky to get out of Spain alive," Orwell reported. Orwell credited his experience in Spain with helping inspire his classics "1984" and "Animal Farm," which took aim at communist totalitarian propaganda for its hypocrisies and lies.
In the Soviet Union, some propagandists got more creative than a simple raised fist. One poster depicted a fist titled "red front" crushing a caricature of a Western capitalist.
But in the 1960s, the raised-fist symbol morphed to take on other meanings as well, especially regarding decolonization and racial issues.
The symbol was adopted by the Black Panther Party in the United States, which dubbed it the "Black Power Fist." The Black Panther Party also described itself as "Marxists Leninist," using its own unique interpretation of the ideology.
Anti-colonial movements around the world also began to use the fist at around the same time as the Black Panther Party did.
Iran released a poster featuring the fist one year after its revolution overthrew a U.S.-backed leader in 1979. "Congratulations to all Muslims and oppressed people of the world," the poster read.
Many other anti-colonialists also used it, ranging from Mozambique revolutionaries to the International Union of Students, commemorating "25 years of struggle for anti-imperialist student unity."
The fist went out of fashion after oppressive tyrannies emerged in countries like Mozambique and Iran. But decades later, few remember. Now the symbol is back in style like never before.
On New Years' 2021, for example, the city of London’s official fireworks featured "BLM fist" fireworks. In D.C. last year, a mob surrounded restaurant-goers, demanding they raise fists in solidarity. When one woman declined, protesters hurled abuse. In 2020, anarchists set up an "autonomous zone" in Seattle, where multiple people were killed. The fist featured prominently.
The raised-fist icon has become closely tied to race and "doesn't have to be a specifically socialist symbol anymore," Kristian Niemietz, a London-based economist and author of the book "Socialism: The Failed Idea That Never Dies." told Fox News.
But connections still run deep. Niemietz pointed to a UK BLM fundraiser, which caused a stir last year, that said the group is "guided by a commitment to dismantle ... capitalism,"
The UK BLM later clarified in an FAQ posted online.
"We are not a Marxist organisation. While some of the members of UKBLM are Marxists, not all members are. We are, however, all anti-capitalists," the group explained.
In the U.S., Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors has described herself and fellow BLM co-founder Alicia Garza as "trained Marxists."
"A lot of socialists … believe that capitalism and racism are intrinsically linked... This is complete nonsense," Niemietz said.
"Racism has existed long, long before the advent of modern capitalism, and it existed in socialist societies as well. If anything, capitalism tends to reduce racial prejudice over time, because … we trade peacefully with a variety of people from a variety of backgrounds," he added.
The symbol’s new popularity shows "socialism has become extremely fashionable again… it has absorbed and co-opted the anti-racism movement. It will, I suspect, co-opt and absorb others," he said.
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