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 They instead choose to speak about how “outdated” the Klan’s imagery and messaging was.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:

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“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?

ALERTA: KKK IN PHILLY TOMORROW

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The KKK,(and possibly Nazis as well), are holding a rally at the Tacony Public Library, located at 6742 Torresdale Ave in Philadelphia, tomorrow from 1pm-3pm. The organizers have a permit. Exact numbers are not known, but fascists will be coming in from rural PA and Maryland. All anti-racists/anti-fascists in the Philadelphia area need to be in attendance tomorrow at a counter demo being organized by Philly Antifa and One People’s Project. The counter demo will be located on the side walk outside the Tacony Public Library, beginning at 1pm. Please forward this alert widely!

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This is really short notice, but the Klan did not announce this demonstration anywhere and we were lucky that One People’s Project was able to find out at all.

The Klan has a permit, which means they will likely be bussed in and out under police protection. We encourage everyone able to attend the protest to do so. Let the Klan and Nazis know that no one is intimidated by them, and remind them what would happen if they should ever stand on a corner in Philadelphia in Klan robes for 2 hours WITHOUT a bunch of Philly PD protecting them.

Death to the Klan

 

 

 

A DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH ANTIFASCIST PRISONER JOCK PALFREEMAN

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Taken from Torch Antifa site:

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Day of Solidarity With Antifascist Prisoner Jock Palfreeman

Who is Jock Palfreeman?

Jock Palfreeman is an Australian serving a 20-year sentence in Bulgaria. In 2007 he was travelling in Bulgaria when he defended two Roma men being attacked by soccer hooligans; in the ensuing fight, one of the attackers was killed under unclear circumstances. After a biased trial, Jock was convicted of murder, and the Bulgarian authorities refuse to transfer him from the notoriously run-down prison he is held in to Australia, without paying a huge fine. While in prison, Jock helped form the Bulgarian Prisoners Union, and has been beaten by guards in retaliation for his activism.

Take Action!

Palfreeman’s supporters are trying to have him moved to Australia to serve his sentence out closer to his family. Despite international agreements, the Bulgarian government has refused to transfer him until his family pays hundreds of thousands of dollars. He has asked supporters to pressure the head prosecutor to allow his transfer to Australia under the theme: ‘Head prosecutor Tsatsarov, stop following orders from corrupt politicians and do your job!’

Sotir Tsatsarov 2 Vitosha Boulevard Sofia, 1061

press@prb.bg

Bulgaria’s Embassy and consulates are located in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, DC:
http://www.bulgaria-embassy.org/webpage/ConsularInformation/procedur.html

Donations!

Palfreeman has asked that if money is raised, that it be sent to the Bulgarian Prisoners’ Rehabilitation Association, which he is the chairman of. http://www.bulgarianprisonersassociation.wordpress.com. Donation will be used for a legal aid defense fund and for lawyers to protect prisoners against punishments of the prison (for example appealable isolation punishments). Money can be sent via a wire transfer:

IBAN: BG29TEXI95451003928100 BIC: TEXIBGSF Texim Bank.

If it is easier to donate money via check or paypal, contact jockpalfreemanjuly25@gmail.com to make arrangements

Write to Jock!

Jock Palfreeman Sofia Central Prison 21 General Stoletov Boulevard Sofia 1309, BULGARIA.

(Please do not send books; for details on what to see, http://www.freejock.com/writejock.html).

For more information:

freejock.com

facebook.com/WhoIsJockPalfreeman

CALL TO ACTION: June 2 – Creativity Movement, NSM, and Blood & Honor in Columbus, Ohio

Taken from Anti-Racist Action Network website:

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Philadelphia KSS Associate Sexually Assaults Woman and Steals Her Car Before Crashing It Into Wall, Killing Self

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Vincent Pellegrino on the left, pictured also on the right along with his brother Nunzio (wearing the KSS Supporter shirt in the back) and Philly KSS member Joey Phy in front of Nunzio.

As  One People’s Project has reported (as well as Philly.com and the Philadelphia Inquirer) Keystone State Skinheads (KSS) associate Vincent Pellegrino died on the morning of May 20th while fleeing the scene after sexually assaulting a woman in the 2600 Block of Collins Street.

Pellegrino crashed the car, which belonged to the woman he assaulted, into a wall along Westmoreland street and was pronounced dead at the scene minutes later. It is unknown whether he lost control of the car or intentionally crashed.

KSS (also known as Keystone United) had been trying desperately to fix their brand in recent years, changing between the two names frequently, and claiming in interviews that their acts of violence are all in the past. They would have us believe that these days they are just concerned nationalists.  This incident demonstrates once again that KSS members and supporters are the scum of the earth, and no amount of careful media planning or timid behavior in public will make people forget this.

The Pellegrino brothers are both listed on the 6400 Block of Ditman street, only a few blocks from KSS members Patricia and Bryan Vanagaitis. Nunzio was the KSS supporter who recently attended a rally against Russian intervention in Ukraine.  KSS members and other Neo-Nazis are lamenting Pellegrino’s death on social media and making absolutely no mention of the assault.

Rape and sexual assault are a global crisis. As much as we would love to blame it on Fascism, rapists (overwhelmingly but not always male) will claim to follow all sorts of political ideologies. What we can confidently say is that Fascism is and always has been a sexist and anti-woman movement.

“Woman’s world is her husband, her family, her children and her home. We do not find it right when she presses into the world of men.” – Adolph Hitler

Fuck you, Hitler.

Antifascists must support reproductive freedom, personal autonomy, an end to rape and rape culture, and oppose patriarchy and sexism. If we ignore those things in favor of making alliances with sexists who may be Anti-Nazi, we doom our movement to destroy itself with toxic people, as happens within Fascist movements routinely.

By now most of you have heard about the Misogynist murder spree of Elliott Rodgers, a so-called “nice guy” who was in reality a murderous sexist and racist to boot. Rodgers felt entitled to murder women for the “crime” of not wanting to sleep with him.  He lamented online about how he couldn’t compete sexually with “inferior” black men.  He had weapons and choose to turn them against unsuspecting young women because he felt entitled to do so.

Philly Antifa believe that we can live in a world without men like Elliott Rodgers and Vincent Pellegrino. That racism, sexism and hetero-patriarchy were concepts not borne from nature but intentionally engineered into our social and religious institutions as forms of control that have since become “tradition” or “just the way it is.” The fights against those evils are all unique and require different analysis and tactics, but they will either all be won or all be lost.

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