On Fascism and the Designation of “Antifa” as a Domestic Terrorist Group

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Recently, there have been calls by prominent politicians to designate “antifa” a domestic terrorist organization–most recently by Trump. This comes after Senator Bill Cassidy’s (R-Louisiana) Senate Resolution 279 (S.Res. 279) introduced on July 18th, which was co-sponsored by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas). On July 18th, Cruz made a series of tweets in which he specifically called “antifa” a “terrorist organization” made up of “radicals” who pursue their political ends indiscriminately through violence. In these tweets, he says, “[antifa’s] central purpose is to inflict harm on those who oppose their views.” On July 27th, Trump made a tweet that echoed this sentiment, saying, “Consideration is being given to declaring ANTIFA […] a major Organization of Terror.” In the wake of this, various antifascist collectives have issued statements condemning the State’s endeavor to criminalize antifascism.

On the whole, the attempt to demonize, stifle, and suppress antifascists from countering violent and deadly fascists and Nazis, and defending their communities, is nothing new. From violent repression against antifascists in Nazi Germany and fascist Italy to Francoist Spain, we are historically aware of the State’s desire to extinguish antifascist opposition. Outside of political forums, we can still see this today in the streets, where police have collaborated with fascists and other far-right groups and have targeted antifascists while allowing violent white supremacists to terrorize communities with violence and hateful speech.

Today, in response to these calls for the designation of “antifa” a terrorist organization, the many mass shootings by white supremacists, recent massive ICE raids, and in solidarity with antifascists in the US and globally, we are going to characterize fascism, destroy blatant falsehoods about antifa (shorthand for antifascism/antifascist), and issue a statement condemning criminalization of antifascism. #AntifaIsSelfDefense

Characterizing Fascism

So, what is fascism? Fascism is an ultra-nationalist, ethnonationalist (often referred to as white nationalism), ideology that seeks to purge ethnic and cultural minorities and members of the LGBT+ community and to bring about an all-white nation-state, which we call an ethnostate. It is a racist, misogynist, sexist, violent, and murderous ideology that romanticizes atomic family-era values and gender roles, where cisgender, heterosexual men have power, cisgender, heterosexual women are sexual objects without rights, and where transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people are killed, purged, or worse. As well, non-whites, Jews, and other “degenerates” are seen as political enemies in an elaborate conspiracy theory to carry out “white genocide” and to replace white culture, another conspiracy theory known as “the great replacement.”

Anti-Semitism is a hallmark of fascism, closely followed by ultra-racism, misogyny, and transphobia. Anti-Jewish sentiment plays a large role in fascism. To fascists, Jews are a bugaboo, a shadowy cabal that possesses all the power in society and uses that power to globally influence society and culture in ways that, as the conspiracy goes, spread anti-white sentiment to further white genocide and replace white, “Western” culture. We can see this in the recent Discord chat leaks by independent media Unicorn Riot, where members of fascist organizations such as Vanguard America (now called Patriot Front), Identity Evropa (now called American Identity Movement), Traditionalist Worker Party (now defunct), League of the South, and others posted a plethora of anti-Semitic messages depicting murder and explicitly conspiring to commit murder at 2017’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. 

In popular discourse, fascism is often attributed to being exclusively a far-right-wing ideology, citing groups like Patriot Prayer or Proud Boys as an example. Concurrently, fascism has also been attributed to being exclusively left-wing by people like Dinesh D’Souza, citing National Socialist Germany or Mussolini’s ideas of a working-class revolutionary. Nazi Germany particularly is talked about a great deal by people who conceptualize fascism as a left-wing phenomenon, with talking points highlighting the socialism in National Socialism. The truth is that fascism is malleable: it is an ultra-,ethnonationalist ideology that appropriates elements and trappings of the left; however, that does not mean that fascism is exclusively a left-wing phenomenon.

For instance, the National Socialism of Nazi Germany adopted leftist conceptions of the working-class into a Volksgemeinschaft, a “people’s community” but based on racial purity. National Socialism sought to redefine socialism with a nationalist twist as an alternative to Marxist socialism and free market capitalism. It incorporated leftist notions of a united working-class to envision a united pure German volk, or folk, rejected citizenship to Jews and to those of Jewish descent, and supported land reform and nationalization of industries. In fact, during the early 1920s, the German Worker’s Party was renamed to the National Socialist German Worker’s Party to attract workers away from left-wing parties like the Social Democrats and the communists.

What is more, the appropriation of leftist ideas does not end there, with neo-fascist ideologies coming into existence like Third Positionism and even Fourth Positionism that goes beyond the binary left-right political spectrum but borrows or combines leftist and rightist elements. 

But here is the kicker: fascism in all of its forms upholds inequality, elitism, and racial and social hierarchy–which inextricably links it to the right. It is wrong to say a historical political regime on the left was fascist, due to its lack of these principal traits. The terms authoritarian or even totalitarian would be more applicable. Fascism is always an elitist, ultra-nationalist, racist ethnonationalist ideology that upholds fundamental inequality based on racial and social hierarchy that is inextricably linked to the far-right–regardless of whether it uses “socialism” in its name or claims to be anti-capitalist or “revolutionary.”

Is Antifa a Terrorist Organization?

The answer is unequivocally no. The same applies to the question: “Is antifa fascist?” Antifascism is by definition anti-fascist. It is a blatant lie that antifascists 1. use indiscriminate violence against random people or anyone who opposes their views and 2. that they are “intolerant radicals pursuing an extreme agenda.”

A. Antifascists do not target people with violence; they expose racists and fascists to the public and they defend their communities against racist and fascist violence and murder–and that does include confronting these bigoted people at fascist rallies, such as Unite the Right, where these bigots have said they intend to do violence against vulnerable communities. Taking a stand against those with violent and genocidal ideology does not itself make one either a terrorist or a fascist. With this said, antifa is against domestic terrorism (which is largely or almost completely carried out by white supremacists) and antifascist activists have proactively tried to either prevent domestic terrorism by exposing violent white supremacists or stop domestic terrorists from committing terrorism, as per antifascists exposing adherents of murderous ideology.

B. Antifascism being by definition anti-fascist is intolerant of intolerance, anti-intolerance. Antifascists promote an egalitarian, non-hierarchal, that is, a horizontal society free of class and State where all are equal, equitable, regardless of one’s skin color, gender, sex, or anything else.

C. Antifa is not an organization and therefore, aside from the above, it would be patently absurd to designate antifa a domestic terrorist organization. Rather, there are different antifascist collectives in the US and globally that are decentralized and autonomous, meaning, leaderless and acting independently from each other with no central authority, although groups can come together in solidarity uniting for the same goals. This is a far cry from “a domestic terrorist organization” and if the Senate Resolution was passed, it would include anyone at all who is against fascism, not only those who dress in black and wear masks to remain anonymous. By the way, black bloc is a tactic and not an aesthetic that designates one as “antifa.”

Haleyville Antifa Statement on Criminalization of Antifascism

Haleyville Anti-Rapist/Anti-fascist Action is a group that researches, tracks, and exposes rapists and sexual abusers in our community and fascist, racist organizations and people both locally and nationwide. We have published articles documenting various abusers, members of fascist and racist groups, and these organizations themselves. We stand against these bigots and the State that protects them and lets them commit abuse and violence with impunity. We will not submit to a system that seeks to further white supremacy and abuse. We are here to protect our community from sexual abusers and violent fascists seeking to destroy vulnerable communities. Our values and aims are clear: we support a diverse society of all communities and we will defend all oppressed people against bigotry: the poor, the homeless, Black people and people of color, people of the LGBT+ community, Natives, migrants, immigrants, and refugees. 

We condemn any attempts to further white supremacy by the State via imposing criminalization of antifascism and antifascist actions. Antifascism is community self-defense against violence and oppression by fascists, the State, and the police who uphold the State’s absurd laws. ¡No pasarán


Important and pertinent links:

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This Week in Fascism

Carbon Hill, Alabama Mayor Mark Chambers Wants to Kill Out LGBT+ People, Abortion Advocates, and Socialists

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Contact Info

Home address: 650 NE 12th Ave. Carbon Hill, AL 35549.

Earlier this month, Carbon Hill, Alabama mayor Mark Chambers made national headlines by posting inflammatory, incendiary Facebook posts on his personal account. He advocated for an outright genocide against, in his own words, homosexuals, transvestites, “baby killers,” and socialists. These comments of extreme bigotry, violence, and outright murder by Mark Chambers come amid a slew of similar statements made by other old, white conservatives and far right white supremacists in positions of power in Alabama.

Goodloe Sutton, a newspaper editor in Alabama, called for the return of the KKK and the lynching of Democrats. Mobile County Treasurer Phil Benson posted on Mobile County Republican Party Facebook page that, “Freaking queers have gotten too much sympathy,” regarding a National Review article. Alabama congressman, white supremacist, and anti-Semite Mo Brooks voted against an anti-racist measure because it protected Jews, people of color and LGBT+ individuals but not “Caucasians” or Christians. By now, everyone already knows about all-around racist, homophobe, and bigot Roy Moore who made national headlines for sexual abuse against a 14-year-old. The latest outburst by Mark Chambers shows the deep and ongoing racism and bigotry against vulnerable, marginalized, and oppressed people here in Alabama.

Advocate for Genocide

Mark Chambers first made a Facebook post (he has since deactivated his account) in early June saying, “We live in a society where homosexuals lecture us on morals, transvestites lecture us on human biology, baby killers lecture us on human rights and socialists lecture us on economics.” Someone responded to the post with a misplaced sense of victimization and called for a revolution, to which Chambers replied, “The only way to change it would be to kill the problem out. I know it’s bad to say but without killing them out there’s no way to fix it.”

When news of the controversy got out, Chambers initially denied making the comments but later changed his story, saying that the post was taken out of context because it was supposed to be a private message and not a public comment. One wonders in what context one would be justified in advocating genocide against innocent people. He then tried to justify his statement on genocide by saying he was responding to the comment on revolution, and that in one, “these people would be killed out.” Later, he made an official apology. This came after much condemnation and his words merely rang hollow, a pathetic attempt to save face while crying crocodile tears because his violent rhetoric caught up with him.

A large number of people, both in office and general residents, have called for Chambers to resign. This includes a person who was shot in the head and survived in a 1979 murder attempt from klansmen. Chambers has stated that he didn’t plan on resigning and that the Carbon Hill community largely supported him. And to demonstrate what a massive coward he is after being found out, in a council meeting after people demanded answers from him, he walked out.

There’s a petition going on sponsored by Hometown Action and Equality Alabama to get him to resign.

Danger to the Community

In light of shootings and violence committed by fascists and other white supremacists this year, people ought to take Chambers’ comments seriously. It’s even more concerning in light of his justifications for the comments because he plainly said that he thought he was posting a private message that wasn’t supposed to be visible by the public. That is to say, he was sharing a private and deeply held belief that LGBT+ people, abortion activists, and socialists should be killed outright. To reiterate, a mayor said this, someone with an important seat of power. It’s abundantly clear that his targets aren’t safe in this community. We’re releasing Chambers’ doxx in proactive self-defense to let the public know where a possible threat exists. 

Mark Chambers lives at 650 NE 12th Ave. Carbon Hill, AL 35549.

Caitlin Phillips, AKA “Harleen Kekzel”: From “SJW” to Christian Kekistan Fascist

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Independent media Unicorn Riot has obtained and released a plethora of messages on Discord spanning a vast amount of fascist servers wherein users have organized fascist actions and organizations (such as Vanguard America, now called Patriot Front), talked of murder and violence, and have created racist and anti-Semitic memes. Today, we’re exposing Discord user and Orlando Florida resident “Harleen Kekzel“, real name Caitlin Phillips.

Racism, Anti-Semitism, Fascism, Harassment, and Kekistan Memes

Right from the get-go, Caitlin posts a tweet in the Discord revealing that her Twitter account was called @Enraged_Unicorn, but it has since been shut down. Doing some searches for that name yields these results: a Minds account, a YouTube channel, and another Twitter account, this one is her personal account which links to a PayPal with the same name. We’ll talk more about her social media later and unequivocally prove it’s her.

On the first page of her Discord logs, it shows that Caitlin participated in an internet raid against a young teenager, possibly including their doxx, which was instigated by another Discord user called Stone (The Fuher) [sic]. She refused the action at first but then rethinks it, stating, “Being that age, having a friend like that, the more I hear the more I see a pompous little shit who needs to be taught the difference between boys and men.” 

She also participated in an internet propaganda action in which she and others would make mass alt-right memes and upload them to Tumblr and set it to post on a given day (called a timebomb) to spread “red pills”(propaganda to manipulate and recruit) in favor of “Le Penn,” referring to fascist French politician Marine Le Pen. 

Caitlin is heavily involved in the “Kek” and “Kekistan” meme wing of the alt-right, which centers on the appropriated meme “Pepe” and furthers fascist propaganda through internet memes. She even paints her nails with the Kekistan flag, which is a variation of a Nazi war flag. She also shitposts on 4chan, a site known to radicalize people into the alt-right and fascism, and is even responsible for recent mass shootings. Through these memes, she expresses anti-Semitism, racism, the desire to torture and kill leftists and “normies” (those not radicalized into the alt-right), further advocates for Le Pen, and demonstrates general bigotry.

Racism and Nazism

She can be seen in the chats espousing racial and homophobic slurs, and she lets us know that she hates the Jews. It also appears that she had a cat named Hitler, as well as–in her words–looking like Hitler (an odd thing to say at the least), and this cat had a swastika-shaped pillow. She is seen a few times referring to both her son and her husband as being “Aryan.”

There was another occasion she brought up where, in attending school, some Black students in her class were allowed to come in late or be out of dress code with no penalties, while, on the other hand, if she were late or out of dress code she’d face disciplinary action. In the same thread, she also talked about how some Black people were evidently violent towards her and that the school left this behavior unpunished, and that if she were to call them out, she’d get expelled. Evidently, she uses this as a handy excuse to justify her racism. On the one hand, she feigns victimhood about others being late for class and being subjected to violence. On the other, she’s outright racist. One wonders, based on her posts in the logs, if the violence wasn’t carried out in response to racism. One is also left to wonder that, given that white people can be violent and bigoted and that she likely has faced violent or bigoted behavior from white people, why then she doesn’t call out her “fellow whites” for this behavior or have any conversation about the conditions making up violent and bigoted behavior. Conveniently, to her, it’s the fault of Black people no matter what and she doesn’t need to change anything about her.

In other places, she can be seen spreading Nazi-era conspiracy theories about “cultural Marxists.”

From “SJW” to Kekistani Fascist

It appears that Caitlin used to be an “SJW” and a “polyamorous genderqueer masculine leaning pansexual” as a teenager. She states that around 2001 she discovered 4chan and later on was “conspiracy pilled” presumably by Alex Jones. She says that ever since the Pulse shooting, she’s been “anti-SJW.” 

It’s important here to notice the radicalization pipeline into far- and alt-right, fascist ideology. 4chan and 8chan particularly have been great motivators for radicalization. In addition, internet personalities such as Alex Jones, Ben Shapiro, Joe Rogan, and Milo Yiannopoulos hold a particular influence of far-right radicalization.

“Harleen Kekzel’s” Identity

Let’s show how we know that Discord user “Harleen Kekzel” is in fact, without a doubt, Caitlin Phillips of Orlando Florida. There are several solid pieces of evidence that connect “Harleen Kekzel” to Caitlin Phillips. First, she states herself in the Discord logs that she lives in Orlando Florida not too far from the University of Central Florida, even bringing up Orlando Antifa and the fact that they had a sparring group, and that she’d like to commit violent acts against antifascists. Her dad evidently taught at the college, too. 

Second, a search for the username “Harleen Kekzel” turns this up: 

From the results, we get a link to her YouTube account. It also appears that Bellingtoncat got access to her Discord as well, showing that she was “red pilled” from Alex Jones. The article doesn’t go in depth into her logs but the post has good content and you really ought to read it.

Third, in the chats, she posted this picture of herself.

Searching Instagram for the username “educaited_“, we find the exact same picture.

As stated earlier, her Twitter links to a PayPal. The image she uses there also shows up on Instagram, and it was on her YouTube account as well. 

Lastly, the Minds account that we linked to earlier uses the same picture as the Discord avatar.

A humorous aside: she posted in the logs about OPSEC, stating that one shouldn’t post pictures of themselves in the Discord from social media as that can directly lead to doxxing. But as shown, she went on to post pictures in the Discord directly from social media.

Caitlin Connor Phillips’ current address is believed to be 1414 Osceola CtOrlando, FL 32806-2229. Her phone number is believed to be (407)-730-6032.

If you have any other pertinent information about Caitlin, send it to us: HaleyvilleARA@protonmail.com

Howard Goodloe Sutton, Publisher of Democrat-Reporter: Racist, Anti-Semitic KKK Supporter

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Howard Goodloe Sutton is the publisher, editor, and owner of the small newspaper Democrat-Reporter, which he operates in his current city, Linden, Alabama. He made national headlines back in February 2019 when he wrote an editorial titled Klan Needs to Ride Again, in which he advocated for the lynchings of Democrats and Democrats in the Republican party who were plotting to raise taxes. This is only the most recent controversy surrounding Sutton. He’s had a long track record of penning inflammatory, racist, and bigoted posts. For instance, in 2014 he defended Hitler and the anti-Semitism of the Nazis, as well as spewing racist drivel toward Blacks and Muslims. He also has a long history of anti-Semitism and spewing Nazi-era propaganda targetting Jews, as well as calling for the extrajudicial killings of Socialists and Communists.

Interestingly, Sutton gained acclaim and was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2007 for reporting on corruption in the Marengo County Sherriff’s Office. Let’s examine some of his behavior and reveal him as an Alabamian fascist.

Timeline of Racism

  •  2019: As stated above, most recently, Sutton has come under fire for his remarks about the “return” (as if it ever went away) of the klan and the lynching of politicians who are raising taxes. He clarified in a later interview that, “We’ll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them.”As a result of this, he was removed from the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism’s Hall of Fame. Auburn University’s Journalism Advisory Council also voted to revoke Sutton’s community journalism award.

Additionally, it resulted in the resignation of Elecia Dexter, who is a Black editor and who was appointed as the publisher in late February of the Democrat-Reporter. Her resignation came after interference from Sutton and articles that were published without her authorization containing false information about reporter Melissa Brown of the Montgomery Advertiser. In a moment perhaps of revenge and irresponsibility, Sutton attempted to doxx Dexter later by releasing her email and phone number, putting a Black woman at risk of violence or worse in an already racist state.

  • 2018: In September, he wrote an editorial that alluded to the anti-Semitic conspiracy theory of Jewish ritual sacrifice, criticizing people “who make football a religion with human sacrifices,” then claiming that “Gentiles trying to act like Jews is ridiculous.” The same editorial is filled with racism toward Blacks while bemoaning “anti-white” racism aimed at Trump. Particularly, “anti-white” racism is a narrative that’s furthered in alt-right circles, particularly in Identity Evropa/American Identity Movement. In the same year, an editorial was published that stated, “the Democrats loved war as long as it lined the pockets of the Jews who run America.” And: “If the Jews would read their own history, they could predict that God is going to let someone clean them out, again.”
  • 2016: Continuing in his anti-Semitic Nazi-era propaganda, he made stereotypes of Jewish financiers in order to accuse the “establishment” of agitating against Trump because “the establishment has some Jews in it who don’t want any changes in the laws governing money changing.”
  • 2014: In another editorial, he stated, “to not put Hitler and Eichmann in context is a sin of omission. Why did they want to rid Germany of Jews? Go read German history after World War I.” 
  • 2012: Sutton described Obamacare in another editorial as: “more and more like a muslim [sic] plot to wreck America.” In the same issue, there’s a graphic displayed that, given the tone and history of the Democrat-Reporter so far, appears racist and condemning toward Blacks. Instead of discussing the fundamental and systemic racism that oppresses Black people in society, it appears to be having a go at them and painting them as lessers in society.

Alabamian Fascist

The bigotry that’s rampant in Sutton isn’t isolated racism in a vacuum. He states sympathy for Hitler and repeats the same racist and anti-Semitic Nazi-era propaganda and he has painted the klan as an alright kind of organization that wasn’t that bad. He hates the Jews, people of color, and people of LGBT+ communities, and he’s stated that he’s pro-lynching of political opponents. Sutton is a typical fascist who had a hateful platform through which he advocated for bigotry. This has caused him to be deplatformed in multiple arenas and he has perhaps retaliated against a Black woman, with whom he worked, by trying to doxx her. Well, surprise, surprise, Mr. Klan and Hitler Supporter; hate has consequences. Here’s his full doxx.

Sutton is 80 years old, living in Linden, Alabama. He has a PO Box: Po Box 480040
Linden, AL 36748-0040; and he is believed to live at 121 Old Thomaston RD Linden, AL 36748. Possible phone numbers are: (334) 813-7224 – Wireless; (334) 295-8448 – LandLine; (334) 295-5224 – LandLine.

Michael Hill – League of the South

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Protect Our Communities

As an antifascist, anti-rapist collective, we expose hate and bigotry in our area in order to protect our communities. For this reason, we’re making the public aware of a violent hate group that is active in our area so that people can be informed of local threats and to cultivate safety. Here, we present a fascist organization that’s headquartered here in Alabama, the League of the South, and its violent and bigoted leader Michael Hill.

The League of the South is a violent Southern “white nationalist” fascist neo-confederate group that’s headquartered in Wetumpka, Alabama. The group is led by Michael Hill who lives in Killen. The League advocates for Southern secession and a racist version of Christian theocracy. Like other fascist movements and groups, it espouses a “white European” cultural hegemony and it refers to itself as an “identitarian” movement, meaning, it advocates for a nationalist “white identity”, an ethnostate comprised of “white people.” The League of the South’s ideology is centered on racism and romanticization of the Confederacy and Confederate symbols. Along with its white and black “X” logo, similar to the white and red Alabama flag, members can often be seen sporting the Confederate flag and protesting its removal from public spaces, as well as protesting the removal of Confederate monuments. In the same vein, the group has advocated for slavery.

Michael Hill is the leader of the League of the South. Ironically, Hill was a professor of British history at a historically black college, Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, before founding the group in 1994. Under Hill, the group has rallied for a race war and formed a paramilitary unit. Nowadays, the League can be seen spreading anti-Semitic propaganda, burning Talmuds, and throwing Hitler salutes. On August 11th and 12th, the League traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia to attend a neo-Nazi rally named Unite the Right. On the night of the 11th, the League attended a tiki torch rally there where fascists of various organizations surrounded and committed violence against a small group of protesters, and they could be heard chanting “Jews will not replace us.” The following day, August 12th, they were at Unite the Right wherein they clashed with protesters and antifascists in the streets. The event culminated with neo-Nazi terrorist James Alex Fields Jr. running his car into a crowd of people on a narrow street which killed one, Heather Heyer, and severely wounded a number of others.

After Unite the Right, the League along with other violent fascists that attended were subjected to a prominent blowback of the violent event in the media and were widely doxxed by antifascists. Salient examples include members of the military who attended being outed and discharged.

Recently as a result of the fallout of Charlottesville where fascists have been widely fired from their jobs and deplatformed, the League has gathered secretly in places to hold quick demonstrations and photoshoots without an audience, presumably so that they won’t draw the attention of antifascist activists and have these quick events shut down. The League has become largely weakened but they’re still active and they’re still organizing in our communities. The League has its national headquarters in Wetumpka, Alabama and the building is operated as a sort of church where unassuming casual racists and fascists, such as your next door neighbor or uncle or family friend, gather.

Here’s what we know about Michael Hill: he lives at 146 Bridgewood Dr. Killen, Alabama 35645; his possible phone numbers are 256-757-8287 and 205-553-4624. The national headquarters is located at 12868 AL-53.