TONIGHT – We Stand With Ferguson: The Day After the Grand Jury Decision

After Mike Brown was murdered in cold blood by racist cop Darren Wilson, the people of Ferguson rose up to demand justice. Their struggle inspired people all across the country and even the world.

We will rally at Broad and Cecil B. Moore Ave. We also hope to work with groups around the city to coordinate an even larger response. From Ferguson to Philadelphia, we will resist the war on Black people.

https://www.facebook.com/events/295619220627789/?notif_t=plan_edited

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Mike Brown

Oscar Grant

Sean Bell

Barry Deloatch

Eric Gardner

For them. For the others. For ourselves. For liberty, solidarity and equality. They’re never gonna stop until we fucking stop them.

Keystone United Exposed – Bob Gaus

Note: This will be a regular feature. Check back for more updates about scum operating in our area.

Bob Gaus, KSS co-founder. Lives in Harrisburg.

Bob Gaus at 2013 Leif Erikson Day Celebration

Robert Gaus has been a Neo-Nazi bonehead since the late 80’s. He co-founded the Keystone State Skinheads (KSS), also known as Keystone United (KU) or the Be Active Front (BAF). We have written extensively on here about KSS and their members’ history of assault, rape and murder all while publically representing themselves as a non-violent organization.

Gaus is an alcoholic who was in court recently for his 3rd DUI charge. He was facing up to two years in prison but was still out as of October 25th’s secretly-organized “Leif Erikson Day Celebration” event in Philadelphia. Gaus pled guilty alongside fellow Nazis Doug Sonier and Joseph Hoesch for assault for a 2002 assault in a Diner in Feasterville, PA after a man asked them to stop throwing food at his table. Gaus is always at the Leif Ericson Day celebrations in Philly and almost any other Neo-Nazi event in PA.

“In 2001, Gaus was arrested on charges that he was in possession of a firearm with its serial number altered. He was arrested again on a simple assault charge that was dismissed. In 2011, he was arrested on his first drunk driving infraction.”

Gaus runs a clothing company called Brutal Force Athletics. He registered the company as a trademark, listing his address as 5970 LINGLESTOWN RD HARRISBURG, PA 17112-1126.

Gaus works as a bouncer at a Savanah’s on Hannah strip club located at 1000 Hannah St., Harrisburg PA. We would like to encourage our readers to call the club at 717-233-1100 and register your complaint that they would have a founder and leader of a Neo-Nazi organization with a history of rape, murder and assaults around their dancers and patrons. We would also like to ask our readers help us in exposing Brutal Force Athletics as being run by a Neo-Nazi scumbag.

Brutal Force athletics has a public (for now) facebook group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/272495446179838/

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Be aware that the page has a good amount of Neo-Nazis on it, which is not a surprise. It also has people who seem to have no knowledge of Gaus’ affiliations or past. This is information that should interest them.

Gaus is reportedly engaged to Valerie Simmons, another longtime Neo-Nazi who was previously in a relationship with Owen Carr of the Atlantic City “Skinheads” (ACS) before Carr’s untimely death.

Valierie Sessions and bob gause kss invitees

According to sources within KSS, Gaus’ ex-wife left him citing repeated infidelity and neglect among other reasons and took their two daughters to Hawaii. Gaus has another two children from a former partner who is now deceased.

UPDATED: Victory: KSS Quietly Cancels Leif Erikson Day Event, Rallies Against Immigration in Suburbs

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Update 10/28/2014: Predictably and pathetically, the day after this post a group of around 15-20 Boneheads associated with KSS from as far as Indiana showed up in Fairmount Park and posed for photos. DLJ has the full story at One People’s Project, but we got news for you boneheads: holding a secret celebration on October 25th for a Holiday that is October 9th may be a good way to avoid opposition, but it isn’t an effective way to grow your movement. With that in mind, we are not going to change the headline or body of text of this article.

The Leif Erikson Day Celebration was an event held in Philadelphia every year since 2007 that brought Neo-Nazis from all over the country to our city under the guise of celebrating a Nordic Explorer.   It was, in reality, an attempt by the Keystone State “Skinheads” to hold a public presence in Philadelphia, if only for one day a year, while pushing their “family friendly” brand of Neo-Nazism.

Antifa Philadelphia is pleased to announce that, following their embarrassing defeat last year, KSS did not hold their Leif Erikson Day event in 2014, choosing instead to rally against illegal immigration in Mossic, PA alongside local republicans and militia members. Daryl from One People’s Project has more info about that event and a grassroots opposition already developing out there to KSS.

This is a significant victory. This event was a feather in the cap of KSS. In previous years it drew upwards of 75 hardcore Nazi Boneheads and some years it drew little to no opposition at all. Groups that had attended the event in the past included the Vinlanders Social Club, Blood and Honour, Advanced White Society, The Hated Skins, The Aryan Terror Brigade, Volksfront the Blood and Honour. Unlike most public events organized by Nazis, KSS was able to avoid large opposition to Leif Ericson Day by carefully hiding their real affiliations and goals. Until last year.

Antifa Philadelphia made it a goal to put a stop to Leif Erikson Day for good. We participated in a coalition of groups known as Residents Against Racism who rallied over 200 people to protest KSS. A blockade of Antifascists stopped the Nazis from holding their traditional “march” down Lemon Hill, forcing them to break ranks and be marched down hand in hand by Philly PD.  Sources within KSS tell us the event was considered a huge embarrassment and waste of resources by most of the Nazis who attended. But that was only the beginning.

Following LED, Antifa Philadelphia launched “Operation: Full Consequences.” We exposed almost every person who attended the event. We outed the band that played the after-party and who are Nazis themselves, Norsewind, and got them removed from at least one show, with more to come. We took the fight to KSS where they live and exposed them to their neighbors, driving one of their members to renounce the group entirely and another 2 members to move out of the city. It’s no surprise that when October rolled around again this year, KSS would quietly post a “Happy Leif Erikson Day” message on their blog with no mention of the event having ever existed.

It is worth noting that in one previous year KSS did not hold their event, and then threw together a quick photo op in Fairmount Park after Antifascists called them out.  It is irrelevant whether a handful of Nazis manage to secretly converge at a statue for a half an hour.  The fact that KSS is not able to openly organize or rally and are forced to maneuver in secret is in itself a victory that makes it clear that Philly will not be safe territory for fascists.

It is important to recognize and savor these victories. However, this was just one battle in a war against racism and fascism. Antifa Philadelphia will continue to expose, oppose and confront these groups and their supporters. This fight can be won, and we intend to win.

Love,

Antifa Philadelphia

What They Mean When They Say Community: Reportback from March Against Racists and Rapists

On September 6th, Antifa Philadelphia held a small demonstration and March in the Tacony section of North Philly. The motivation and call can be read here.

When we arrived, we were greeted by some opposition. “Wait,” you say… “How could anyone oppose something called ‘The March Against Racists and Rapists?’”

Enter Keystone United, also known as the Keystone State “Skinheads.”

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KSS was so terrified of this event that they called every person they could to get them to come back them up. All in all, they called out about 10-20 boneheads who proceeded to threaten and harass protestors as they arrived. They were joined by one family, who has produced to date at least 2 Neo-Nazi scum spawn, and the head of the Tacony town watch, who was mad about being trolled by an Antifa Philadelphia member online after calling on us to cancel our march in the name of “maintaining the peace.” A member who told him exactly how we feel about groups like his. He had also alerted the police and must have told him something pretty wild because they were out in force that day.

A few days ago, KSS released their take on the events on their blog. Typical for Fascists, it was laughably inaccurate.

First, they referenced an incident a week earlier when a 9 year old boy was grazed by a bullet at the same intersection, and criticized Antifascists for not being out there to protest against gun violence; members of a Neo-Nazi gang of assaulters, rapists and murderers.

Ah, yes, "Stop the Violence"

I think we all remember KSS’ classic “Stop the Gun Violence” campaign.

The Nazis claimed that the only people at the march were a handful of Antifa Philadelphia members while they received community support from “many locals of every race and color.”

In sum, KSS’ report back was another example of KSS tying to paint adversaries as “outside agitators.”

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For a group that isn’t the Klan, KSS sure is the Klan.

Forgetting even for a moment that we don’t need anyone’s permission to protest against Nazis and Rapists, KSS is just lying.

Here is the entire opposition to the March Against Racists and Rapists, minus at most 1-3 people.

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We know these faces. They came from Harrisburg. Scranton. Mechanicsburg. Altoona. New Jersey. KSS was so scared by this march they rang the alarm to their entire network of members and supporters. Those are the people who came out in Tacony against us to accuse us of being “outside agitators.”

This is what KSS means when it says “community.” It means their community of White Fascists. That’s who counts in their mind. The people that came out to support Antifa Philadelphia, the people who we spoke with while flyering that neighborhood during the lead up for the march who expressed sympathy for our goals, the people of color and GLBT and anti-racists could never be from “their” community.

Here are some of the Nazis who opposed Antifa Philadelphia and our supporters.

Anthony James Olsen, Director of Philly KSS. Lives at 2913 Knorr street in Mayfair.

Anthony James Olsen, Director of Philly KSS. Lives at 2913 Knorr street in Mayfair.

Joseph Phy, KSS - 4383 Salmon St., Philadelphia PA

Joseph Phy, Philly KSS member – 4383 Salmon St. in Bridesburg.

Steve Smith (l), KSS Chairman. Steve's dancing partner is Blood and Honour Nazi and convicted murderer Charles Marovskis

Steve Smith (l), KSS Chairman. Lives in Luzerne County. Steve’s dancing partner is Blood and Honour Nazi and convicted murderer Charles Marovskis

Pat Rodgers, KSS supporter who we last heard was being indicted for Child Endangerment. Hope KSS is as concerned about those kids as they are about the one who got grazed by that stray bullet.

Pat Rodgers, KSS supporter who we last heard was being indicted for Child Endangerment. Hope KSS is as concerned about those kids as they are about the one who got grazed by that stray bullet. Also not from Philly.

Ron Sheehy, member of Advance White Society  from Linden, NJ.

Ron Sheehy, member of Advanced White Society from Linden, NJ.

Bob Gaus, KSS co-founder. Lives in Harrisburg.

Bob Gaus, KSS co-founder. Lives in Harrisburg.

Joseph Hoesch KSS invitee

Joseph Hoesch, KSS Co-Founder. Lives in Abington

Our crowd was almost entirely Philadelphia residents, with the majority being from Tacony. And not only Philly residents, but ones willing to stand out in the pouring rain surrounded by police while Neo-Nazis snarled and screamed at them. And give it back to them. A crowd of people who feel that a situation where Klansman and Nazis are recruiting youth and assaulting women in the street is unacceptable. People interested in little things like freedom and equality. That’s a community. Not a bunch of guys on a phone tree who live hours away from you.

It was inevitable that KSS would try and claim this as a victory. We see it more as the beginning of the end for them in the last neighborhood in Philly they felt safe.

Antifa Philadelphia

P.S. – Daryle at OPP was in attendance and has his take as well.

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

UPDATED 9/15/14: The controversy around Norsewind prompted an excellent article on “The Wild Hunt,” a Neo-Pagan website by guest author Ryan Smith of Heathens United Against Racism. We highly recommend reading it.

Our favorite part:

The greater patterns of misogyny, racism, fundamentalism, homophobic and transphobic words and deeds do not solely exist in the mainstream. Many of these assumptions are at work in our communities and in our movement. If we dig out the organized, most egregious examples of these toxins by root, stem, and branch, but leave undisturbed the soil in which their seeds first took root, then we will be passing this terrible burden on to the next generation of Heathens. Without decisively removing the ubiquitous influence of systemic prejudices against the marginalized in our society, then any immediate success over organized hate groups will be at best a fleeting victory. – See more at: http://wildhunt.org/2014/09/guest-post-ending-silence-to-end-the-bigotry.html#sthash.OUfLevjS.dpuf
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 2913 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

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