White Nationalist Band and KSS Associates Norsewind Kicked off Philly Pagan Pride Day

White Nationalist Band Norswind. From left to right: Anna Hagalaz, Daniel Norris and Paul Fredericks

White Nationalist Band Norsewind. From L to R: Anna Hagalaz, Daniel Norris and Paul Fredericks

Tomorrow, Saturday 8/30 in Clark Park, is The Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day.  This event will bring together pagans, heathens and other adherents of non-Abrahamic faiths. Unfortunately, a band with strong ties to the Keystone State “Skinheads” was scheduled to play at this family-friendly event.  Fortunately, after the organizers of the event were alerted by Philly Antifa and supporters in the philly pagan community, Norsewind was removed from the bill.

A statement from the organizers of Philly Pagan Pride Day:

PRESS RELEASE August 23rd, 2014

The mission of the Pagan Pride Project is to foster pride in Pagan identity through education, activism, charity and community. In keeping with that mission, Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day is intended to bring together Heathens and Pagans of all traditions to advance understanding, communication, and fellowship among the various communities.

Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day is an open, public, family-friendly harvest event. We welcome anyone to participate who supports our mission and/or wishes to learn more about the Pagan community and our beliefs. An important facet of the mission is to build community among Pagans, Heathens and adherents of non-traditional faith systems and to educate the greater community about those beliefs. The event is designed as a celebration of life and of a community that contains diverse elements. That being said, we also find hate and intolerance in any form abhorrent and counterproductive to our mission.

We on the board of Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day are committed to our stated mission as part of the greater Pagan Pride Project. The integrity of the PPPD and its mission and the safety of the participants are our primary obligations as organizers of the event.

Any decisions made regarding changes to the schedule of events are based solely on the effort to fulfill our mission and to provide an enjoyable and meaningful event for our community. The views, opinions, and outside affiliations of the participants and attendees of Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day do not necessarily reflect the views of the organization, its board, or event volunteers.

In love and light, bright blessings,

The Board of Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day

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That’s really as simple as it was. Despite claims by the band’s drummer Paul Fredericks (aka “Poul Augustsson”) that Antifa Philadelphia had threatened the band, event and organizers, the reality is that a brief e-mail exchange with some pictures made it perfectly clear that Norsewind and the people they were inviting to Pagan Pride Day were not in synch with their stated mission. We would like to commend the organizers for taking action as soon as they learned of Norsewind’s affiliations.

Antifascists first heard about Norsewind in 2009.  Two of their members, Daniel Norris (aka “Danjul Norse”) and Daniel Riegel (who has since died and been replaced by Hagalaz) attended KSS’ Leif Ericson Day Celebration in Fairmount Park.  Daryle from One People’s Project was there to show opposition and filmed the event. Riegel was very vocal and came up to argue with Daryle at the end of the video. Because the extent of their ties to KSS were not known at the time, people gave them the benefit of the doubt that they were just duped viking nerds.

All that's missing is the longboats. Also, both these guys are wearing Leif Ericson Day shirts in this picture.

All that’s missing are the long-ships. Also, both these guys are wearing Leif Ericson Day shirts in this picture.

Recently, however, it was discovered not only that Norris had been in attendance at the Leif Ericson Day celebration in 2009, but that Norsewind had become something of the KSS house band, playing parties, wakes and even THIS YEAR’S Leif Ericson Day celebration after party.

The band even appears on a Stormfront (the world’s largest neo-nazi message board) thread about “Your Favorite White Nationalist Bands.” The poster, Tremley, is none other than KSS associate Ron Sheehy, a NJ Neo-Nazi and internet troll who Antifa smashed in Harrisburg a while back.

For more info on the band’s connections to KSS and other Nazis: http://antifa-joe.tumblr.com/post/96074016471/norsewind

You want to be the soundtrack to the slow death of the white nationalist movement? Then a lot of promoters and venues won’t any anything to do with you or your core of Nazi fans.

MARCH AGAINST RACISTS AND RAPISTS – PHILADELPHIA

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Drive the Ku Klux Klan and Nazis Out of Philly

Neo-Nazis and members of the KKK are living and organizing in Tacony, and Philadelphia in general.  KKK grand dragon William Walters, who lives at 7111Torresdale, infiltrated a local neighborhood watch until he was discovered and expelled.  Following his expulsion, Walters and several other Klansmen staged a demonstration outside the Tacony library.  With almost no notice, a protest was called and many people from Tacony who happened to just be passing by joined with Anti-Racists to oppose the Klan.

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/06/23/kkk-philadelphia-rally-free-library-tacony/

http://phillydeclaration.org/2014/06/22/tacony-ku-klux-klan-rally-shouted-down-by-community-members/

Since the rally, Walters has been giving interviews to media advocating for a return to the racism, segregation and sexism of 1860’s America. Walters is also attempting to start his own Klan-run neighborhood watch in Tacony.

Another Racist and Fascist organization operating in the area is the Keystone State Skinheads (KSS), also known as Keystone United (KU) and/or the Be Active Front USA (BAF).  Several members and supporters of KSS live in Philadelphia, some of them in Tacony.  KSS organizes a march and rally in Fairmount Park annually (billed as a “Leif Ericson Day” celebration) and has recently been spotted putting up racist and fascist graffiti around North Philly, some of which has been covered up by
Anti-Fascists.

http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2013/10/21/keystone-state-skinheads-hold-annual-leif-erikson-rally/

http://leifericsondayprotest.wordpress.com/

http://phillyantifa.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/racist-graffiti-in-port-richmond-and-kensington-covered-up-by-antifa/

Like Walters’ Klan group, KSS claims to not be racist or violent.  But like the KKK, members of KSS have been involved in assault, rape and murder, often purely because of the victims race. In fact, the head (and co-founder) of KSS, Steve Smith, is a former Klansman himself.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keystone_state_skinheads

In May, a supporter of KSS and former attendee at their Leif Ericson Day event, Vincent Pellegrino, raped a woman in Kensington before driving his car into a wall, killing himself.

http://articles.philly.com/2014-05-22/news/50005035_1_kensington-section-400-block-26-year-old-woman

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/dncrime/Alleged-rapist-fleeing-crime-crashes-car-dies.html?c=r

http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2014/05/28/keystone-state-skins-associate-dies-in-car-crash-after-fleeing-scene-of-reported-rape/

Vincent’s brother, Nunzio, is a KSS member who as been putting up Nazi and Racist graffiti around Philadelphia. He lives at 6403 Ditman street.

The Philadelphia director of KSS, Anthony James (A.J.) Olsen, lives at 2912 Knorr Street with his girlfriend and KSS Supporter Briana Pietropaula.

Philly KSS member Joseph Phy lives with his partner and fellow Nazi Stacey Sautner at 4383 Salmon Street in Bridesburg.

In good news, shortly after a demonstration by a small group of Tacony residents and Philly Antifa, 2 key organizers for KSS who were also living in Tacony moved out of the city.

Antifa Philadelphia thinks enough is enough.  We are calling on all Anti-Racists, Anti-Fascists, Feminists, GLBT and anyone else opposed to the KKK and KSS organizing and living in our city to join us for a March Against Racists and Rapists through Tacony.

We will gather at the Tacony Library at 6:00pm.

A better world is possible, but not if we have to be dealing with these assholes for the rest of our lives. Be part of the solution to inequality. Be Anti-Fascist.

In Solidarity,
Antifa Philadelphia

WHERE: TACONY LIBRARY, 6742 TORRESDALE AVE, PHILADELPHIA

WHEN: 6:00 PM SHARP September 6th, 2014

Philly Antifa Marches in Solidarity with Ferguson Insurrection

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A few members of Antifa Philadelphia participated in Tonight’s (8/20) Rally and March in Solidarity with the people of Ferguson resisting the police and national guard called by the Travon Martin Organizing Committee.

From the call:

Another Black man dead. This would be just another day like every other day in America, if it weren’t for one simple fact: Ferguson turned out, stood up, and has refused to get back on its knees.

Mike Brown was days away from college? Don’t care.

Didn’t he steal some cigars? Don’t care.

What about the looters? Don’t care.

Mike Brown was black, guilty of only this, which made him guilty of all else: (jay)walking while black, (back)talking while black, breathing while black. Black like Oscar Grant, black like Kathryn Johnson, black like Renisha Mcbride, black like Eric Garner, like Rodney King, like Emmett Till. All black, and all guilty.

Mike Brown’s life was of value–is of value. Full stop. No college degree makes that so; no robbery takes that away. The people of Ferguson recognize this. White supremacy’s subtle baiting of thievery, college degrees and saggy pants and talking back does not.

We talk back. We turn up. We stand tall. With Ferguson–for Mike, for every black body in America robbed of its right to live–for every injustice that we are growing sick and tired of. We are done with your police/media slander campaigns. We are sick with anger.

It is too late for containing it.

Not another. Not another. Not one more.

 

Turnup for Ferguson in Philly

Turnup for Ferguson in Philly

Former ELF/Green Scare Prisoner “Exile” Now a Fascist

phillyantifa:

Sad news out of the Pacific Northwest. Already Exile’s fascist tendencies and affiliations are garnering resistance, though. A show scheduled in the Bay area on August 2nd was cancelled after one of the bands promoted themselves as “Nathan Block’s neofolk project Ekstasis” and concerned parties alerted the promoter to Block’s shadiness.

A statement about the show being cancelled was posted on Anarchist News in the comments to this article and is also worth reading:

The show scheduled for Saturday, August 2 was being promoted by a person who runs a black metal label in the Bay Area. The band was being promoted as “Nathan Block’s neofolk project Ekstasis” (verbatim). If this is not Nathan Block’s band, then it is unfortunate that it was being promoted that way. Concerned parties would be well-advised to talk with the people responsible for the show’s promotion.

In regard to the response written by a band member, it is by no stretch of the imagination appropriate to call concerned people “fascists” for simply talking with the owner of the venue. The essence of fascism is not predicated on a foundation of neofolk show cancellations.
The insistence that it is “fascist” for people to talk to a venue about the nature of a show suggests that there is a fundamental problem with people alerting show spaces about problematic bands. This sentiment insinuates that regardless of a band’s racial politics it is wrong to contact a show space about concerns. In no way should people feel compelled to be silent about these situations.

If this situation was merely the result of confusion about the band’s membership, it is odd that this is mentioned nowhere in the response. It is especially strange given the fact that the band informed the owner of the venue that they did not know a “Nathan Block”. Instead of a clear explanation, we are presented with a long-winded, self-important rant riddled with great leaps of logic that leave more questions than answers.

It is unclear why this response states that anyone has declared what people can or cannot read. A few people calling a venue does not equate to a book ban. To be clear, there is no logical comparison to be made between Senator Joseph McCarthy’s state-supported campaign against the American Left and a handful of marginalized people calling a venue about a scheduled show believed to have white nationalist ties. The owners of the venue made their own decision based on what they saw and heard, at no point were they threatened or intimidated.
Conversations that people have had with some members of the band have obviously left them very concerned. It seems that the statement released directly conflicts with some of these conversations, leaving people unsure of what is really going on.

To be clear, we are not convinced that the faith of a white American exempts them from the possibility of being racist, nor are we partial to the “black friend” lineage of dialectics. If the band members are not associated with white nationalist politics, then this situation is unfortunate. We hope this is the case, yet this would conflict with conversations people have had with the band in the past.

Perhaps this situation should be better contextualized.

The old fascist forms have, for the most part, been superseded by contemporary reactionary movements in the social, cultural, and political spheres. It goes without saying that America of 2014 is not Germany of 1933, and that the character of white nationalism is always specific to the terrain. The handful of idiots still goose stepping through the streets with Swastika armbands have been marginalized even by the larger white supremacist movement. In Germany, the new fascist is a vegan hipster. In Russia, fascists run the streets in black blocs.

Today, racist movements around the world have used much of the theory of anarchism and imagery of punk rock to make themselves more appealing and relevant. This is the so-called “third-positionist” tendency. The reactionary movements of this decade will not look like the tendencies of years past.

Paradoxically, there are few 21st century racist formations in America who do not claim to oppose racism. The Minuteman Project, Keystone State Skinheads, Vinlanders’ Social Club, Bay Area National Anarchists, and Youth For Western Civilization all claim to oppose the oppression of other races and state they exist for the defense of their own people. Across the world, reactionary groups now hide their racism behind the facade of cultural preservation and “separate but equal” politics.

In the United States as in Europe, white supremacy has developed a political following in the cultural realm. The neofolk scene, tracing its roots to Death in June and Current 93, has always had a clear yet unfortunate association with white nationalism. Blood Axis, Changes, Fire and Ice, Waldteufel, Die Weisse Rose, Of The Wand and Moon, and Blood and Sun are among the bands in the white nationalist current of neofolk. Even Stella Natura, the giant neofolk festival held in the Tahoe National Forest, is sponsored by the white nationalist Asatru Folk Assembly. The racist Viking Brotherhood does security for the festival. The fascist publisher Counter-Currents tables the event.

As members of Ekstasis attend and play this festival, they are certainly well aware of the racial dynamics of that scene. In this context, it is not surprising that, when it is announced that a neofolk band with white nationalist ties is coming to play in Oakland, people would be concerned.

The presence of racism in the ecological movement is as old as the word “ecology” itself. The white nationalist tendencies within the neofolk scene are documented and well known. Conversation around these disconcerting issues is important and will continue.

-Some Bay Area Anarchists.

Originally posted on NYC ANTIFA:

It’s been an open secret for months that Nathan Block (better known as “Exile”), a former Green Scare prisoner who served a number of years in prison for several Earth Liberation Front actions, has become a fascist. This has been known not just through numerous personal accounts from Olympia, but from copious postings on his tumblr blog Loyalty Is Mightier Than Fire (Exile has confirmed to local anti-fascists that the blog is his).

Do you believe Anarchism and Nazism are compatible? All the anarchists killed by fascists could not be reached for comment.

Do you believe Anarchism and Nazism are compatible? All the anarchists killed by fascists could not be reached for comment.

If you are unfamiliar with the more obscure references to Nazism and the postwar fascist movement, except a few decorated swastikas, Exile’s blog might look like a creepy spiritual goth kid’s elaborate art project. However, if you understand the references, it is immediately obvious that Exile is going out of his way to promote a slew…

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KSS Hates Immigrant Children, Wants Your Praise For Not Being In KKK (Anymore)

On June 21st Philly Antifa and others organized a last-minute protest against a KKK rally in the Tacony section of Phildelphia. After the Klan had come and gone, a contingent of the protest went and held a demonstation outside the home of Patricia and Bryan Vanagaitis, two organizers for Keystone State “Skinheads” (KSS).

KSS released a statement on their blog following the demo, trying very diplomatically to distance themselves from the Klan. They repeatedly state that none of their members or supporters were at the Klan rally that day. They could not, however, bring themselves to say anything negative about the Klan’s 150+ year history of racism, murder, misogyny, rape, and intimidation. Nor did they take that opportunity to apologize for their head and co-founder, Steve Smith, being the in Klan years back. They instead choose to speak about how “outdated” the Klan’s imagery and messaging was.

See, for KSS the only problem with the Klan is they aren’t effective right now. If this country took a bad turn quickly and Klan membership was booming, you can bet these very same KSS boneheads would be marching side by side with them. They were quick to point out that they weren’t rallying with the Klan in front of the Tacony library. Well, they also weren’t out there to show any sort of opposition to them.

Shortly after their statement was released, KSS (under the banner of one of their front groups, the European American Action Coalition or EAAC) participated in a protest against Illegal Immigration in Mossic, PA. The protest was specifically in response to the recent arrival of unaccompanied minors fleeing conditions in their home nations (mostly Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala) directly related to years of hostile American foreign policy and espionage.

KSS/EAAC (from l to r): Anthony James Olsen, Joey Phy, Ryan Wojtowicz, Steve Smith and Pat Rogers.

KSS/EAAC (from l to r): Anthony James Olsen, Joey Phy, Ryan Wojtowicz, Steve Smith and Pat Rogers.

As repulsive as the usual arguments against the free movement of people are, they are even more disgusting when directed against children who have traveled thousands of miles in some cases to end up in the hands of the state and as the target of racist vitriol by nationalist schmucks who seem to think that they are dignified for protesting against caring for children who aren’t from around here. I guess it’s no surprise to see Neo-Nazi scumbags like KSS pushing for deportation for the children, seeing as how Pat Rogers was arrested for child endangerment a few months ago so he may have certain distance requirements to maintain when it comes to kids.

Every time they get a chance, KSS harps on how they aren’t your everyday Nazis. They talk about how “Keystone United is a group whose purpose is to enlighten our fellow white men and women while putting them back in touch with their racial identity, which we hope will eventually bring about a much needed unity and sense of common purpose between all white ethnic groups living within this country.” They are quick to talk about how they are against Domestic Violence (like anyone has ever claimed to be for it) and Drug Abuse. What a crock of shit.

This two-faced identity has been part of KSS almost since their inception. KSS was formally created after a a disastrous attempt by a coalition of Neo-Nazis to march through York, PA in 2002. It was in that atmosphere that KSS modeled themselves as a paramilitary organization designed to be an elite squad capable of dealing with Antifascists. They didn’t call marches like York, instead focusing on recruiting young angry fools and trying to assert a street-level presence in their cities. Fighting was fierce in cities all over the state as KSS attempted to take over Punk and Hardcore scenes and were eventually smashed by Antifascists, Punks and Hardcore Kids.

KSS, early 2000's

KSS, early 2000’s

After the decline of the National Alliance caused many Fascists to abandon the cadre structure in favor of a populist approach, as well as soften their National Socialism to “White Nationalism,” KSS began to model themselves as an activist group.

Members of KSS no longer sported inflammatory symbols or attire openly. They appealed to hot issues like immigration and gay marriage to try and win over non-racialist Nationalists and Conservatives. They threw their support behind Ron Paul (many still do) and raised money for his campaigns. They started recruiting Nazis and Racists who weren’t Skinheads and calling their group Keystone United, or KU. They still attempted to have a presence in local music scenes, but (in Philly at least) their past defeats had forced them to accept hiding their affiliations and refraining from open aggression at shows. This was also the period when they began holding their “Leif Ericson Day” celebration in Fairmount Park, an event that has drawn protests most years.

KSS, 2009 after they transmuted their rifles into flags

KSS, 2009 after they transmuted their rifles into flags

Following the departure of one of their main organizers a few years ago, KSS was inactive in the Philly area for a time. Steve Smith focused on working with the Council of Conservative Citizens and starting EAAC. In the past 3 years, KSS has recently been gyrating back and forth between their two approaches with increasing regularity. Depending on what month it is they might be KSS, EAAC, Keystone United, or one of a number of other front groups. They might be hardcore national socialists or Ron Paul supporters. This is because KSS doesn’t care about integrity or consistency. Their only interest is in trying to gain power or influence over, or acceptance by, their “fellow whites.”

Economics is a red herring. So is immigration, for that matter. What matters to KSS above all is doing anything they can to undermine the fight for race and gender equality.

Philly Antifa is a group whose purpose is to fight for liberation and equality and against Fascism in all its forms. We believe in Solidarity based on shared values and goals, not on constructed notions of whiteness that we should be destroying rather than trying to reinforce.

So, whatever they call themselves, you can bet we will be there to expose, oppose and confront them whenever possible.

Emails, Calls Needed for Jock Palfreeman

Originally posted on NYC ANTIFA:

free jockfrom Brighton Anarchist Black Cross

“Call For International Solidarity With Anti-fascist Jock Palfreeman”
07/07/14

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Young Jock Freeman

A few days ago Australian anti-fascist Jock Palfreeman was assaulted in Sofia Central Prison in Bulgaria (he says it was not “too badly”) but yesterday [July 6] the same guard assaulted another prisoner, an elderly man, and some of that man’s compatriots came to his assistance. These seven were then set upon by 40 guards, who brutally beat them.

Jock, in his role of secretary of the Bulgarian Prisoners Association, phoned a number of lawyers to help defend those assaulted. Now Jock has been threatened by the same prison guard [who] has threatened him with another beating.

[The assault] is no surprise [given] not only Jock’s role within the prison with the Bulgarian Prisoners Association but also because of the various days of action for Jock being organised around the globe to…

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Reportback: Philly Sends KKK Packing, Pays KSS a Visit

Saturday was a bad day to be a Fascist in Philly.

Thanks to One People’s Project, Philly Antifa was alerted, less than 48 hours before, to a planned rally by several sects of the Ku Klux Klan in the city.

Maturbator Race

Masturbator Race

The KKK is extremely fragmented these days, so for an explanation of those involved we turn to DLJ over at One People’s Project:

“According to some reports, the threat of a Klan rally was brewing for just over a month in the Tacony section of Philadelphia after a local Grand Dragon was kicked out of a town watch organization. According to Joe Nicoletti of the Tacony/Holmesburg Town Watch, The East Coast Knights of the True Invisible Empire have been trying to start their own town watches, and have been trying to recruit within established committees such as his. When he discovered this among his own ranks, his town watch removed the person. In response, the Klan groups wanted to come out to the neighborhood in a “show of force” to support him. There was no public call or any messages on the internet announcing the event, but a permit was filed with the city. Police officials said they could not release the name of the person who filed the permit.

The Klansmen boasted upwards (of) 80 Klansmen were to participate with a number of high profile speakers on hand, but in the end only seven stood on the steps of the Tacony Library on the corner of Torresdale and Knorr. Among them were Richard Preston, Imperial Wizard of the Confederate White Knights of Rosedale, Md., which as only been in existance for three years, The Knights of the Nordic Order, which was founded by former Aryan Brotherhood members, and other Klansmen from Virginia and Western Pennsylvania. The East Coast Knights banner was unfurled during the rally.”

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Thanks, DLJ

Despite almost no notice, over 60 people turned out to protest against the Klan. That number started as a handful but continued to grow as word spread throughout the neighborhood and people came out to join Philly Antifa, One People’s Project and their fellow Anti-Racists.

The rally was typical Klan fare these days: they had 7 people, a permit and police escort. They were slated to rally for 2 hours but were there for about 45 minutes.  No one heard a word they said over the boos and jeers.  Someone had also written a sign that said “honk if you hate the KKK” which elicited plenty of honks. The Klan left hurriedly.  They didn’t even bother to talk shit except once inside their cars speeding away. But that wasn’t the end of the day for Antifa.

Instead, about 2 dozen people from the crowd got to talking about something: the fact that local Neo-Nazi organizers Bryan and Patricia Vanagaitis lived only a few blocks away.  Together we walked over there to 6611 Ditman st. and said hello.

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Gross. Uh, we mean…hello?

The crowd chanted “DEATH DEATH DEATH TO THE NAZIS” and “THIS IS OUR COMMUNITY NAZIS OUT NAZIS OUT” out front and spoke with the Vanagaitis’ neighbors, informing those who were unaware of their affiliations.  Eventually it became clear that no one was coming out even though they answered the door when the cops knocked.

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The Vanagaitis’ house. Hung above the porch was an Italian flag with a Fasces on it, a Fascist symbol associated with Mussolini.

Despite claims by KSS that they “prefer to be in the streets” in 2012 Greek Nazi Zine, the Vanagaitis’  passed on our invitations to come outside. In the same interview, the KSS member says that “The reds (meaning anyone who opposed fascism) in America are often times young, spoiled, suburban kids with no real desire to be face to face with us, or people of other groups…” (Omerta Terror Machine #28)

Well, guess 2012 WAS a long time ago…

Fuck a klan. In Philly we all fam.

What’s a Klan to our fuckin fam?

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