Report back from the prisoner solidarity noise demonstration in Austin, Texas.
On December 31st, anarchists in Austin TX carried on the tradition of our annual solidarity noise demo at the Travis County jail. Around 10 folks gathered at a nearby park and walked to the jail together, joining others who were waiting for us. In total, there were around 15 of us, masked up and feeling festive!
In this episode, we had the pleasure of speaking to someone at the Somi Se’k Village Base Camp, which is an indigenous led resistance camp that is organizing along the Rio Grande in so-called Texas to mobilize against various resource extraction projects, threats to sacred sites, destruction of butterfly and other wildlife habitat, to provide direct aid to migrants, and also to fight border wall construction.
Earlier today, we held banners on the proposed site of Rio Grande LNG to demand French bank Société Générale no longer finance this fracked gas project that would pollute the Valley! #StopRioGrandeLNGOn Friday, activists in France will mobilize outside the bank office to demand they divest from Rio Grande LNG & all fracking projects.
During our interview, we talk about the land the the battles facing the people there, and their call for solidarity and support. On their Facebook page, they write:
the Somi Se’k Village Base Camp’s mission is to populate and support a network of front Line Encampments (Wolf Pack) villages along the so called Mexican-American border. These villages will be active in providing aid to our asylum seeking relatives, protecting indigenous sacred sites, resisting construction of the LNG (fracked gas) terminal, accompanying pipelines, and stopping the Border wall. We fight to stop the senseless endangerment of people, animals, and the environment.
The first encampment that our Base Camp will support will be the Yalui village, located at the National Butterfly Center, which the border wall will soon divide and desecrate. The village will exist on both sides of the wall. From there, we will rebuild more Esto’k villages, from which we will protect, aid, and bear witness along the so called Texas-Mexico border.
The Somi Se’k Village Base Camp will support and train activists to populate these villages. We operate with the understanding that the issues arising around the border– the right to migrate, destruction of the environment and indigenous sacred sites, and the inhumane incarceration of migrant children– are intersectional and are symptoms of centuries-long control and oppression by colonizers.
We are Natives and non-Natives, Water Protectors, military veterans, students, community organizers, antifacist collectives, and working people. Working under the leadership of indigenous communities, we are people of all races, genders, ethnicities, political and spiritual backgrounds, and ages. We recognize our co-dependence and understand that we are one people.
After the interview, our discussion then turns to headlines, where we tackle the continued rapid disintegration of the Trump administration, the increasing far-Right rhetoric against migrant workers, Trump’s failure to get border wall funding passed, and also, the ramifications of his recent decision to pull out of Syria, leaving the Kurds and Rojavan territories to face Turkish and ISIS aggression on their own. For up to the minute news from Kurdistan, please follow ANF News as well as our comrades at Internationalist Commune.
We will return before the end of the year with announcements on new projects for 2019 as well as info on looking back on 2018. See you soon!
Autonomous Student Media: Gestures Towards the Ungovernable
Over a month ago, UT students and Austin anti-racists showed out to take action against the presence of white nationalist speaker Katie Hopkins on campus. Since the counter-protest, a team of antifascists has dedicated itself to digging up information on the students who attended thise event, where the Daily Texan reported the audience applauding the grotesque xenophobia Hopkins was spewing.
This crew now gladly presents the fruits of this research, as well as a call to help identify some yet unrecognized faces. The research below includes people who were at the Katie Hopkins event, as well as newly identified members of Turning Point USA or the Young Conservatives of Texas.
New Faces: Everybody Hates You!
This section deals with new individuals identified from the November 13th Katie Hopkins speaking event. Highlights of this section includes a hindu nationalist fascist & multiple members of Tau Kappa Epsilon.
Varun M Hukeri
Government & IRG junior in Liberal Arts Honors with a minor in Chinese.
Associate editor of content for The Liberator. Has previously been an undergraduate research fellow at Innovations for Peace and Development, and is still listed as a contributor to the Chinese Development Finance blog. Volunteer at Foundation for the Homeless
Member of Liberal Arts council, College Republicans, and Hindu Students Association.
Varun was present at the Katie Hopkins event in November. While exiting the event, he flashed the OK sign–a symbol co-opted as an alt-right dogwhistle–at protestors.
On his Twitter, Varun describes himself as a neo-reactionary, a third positionist, and a nationalist. Third Positionist refers to a strain of fascism that mixes nationalism, racism, & anti-semitism with elements of left-wing anti-capitalism, such as the tendency of Strasserism within the early Nazi Party. His pinned tweet is a quote by Julius Evola, an Italian writer who became one of the most prominent late 20th century fascist philosophers in Europe. Evola was known for espousing a mixture of Nazi occultism and Hinduism, which merged mysticism, race science, authoritarianism, and casteism. Varun epouses a similarly fascistic Hindu nationalism. His cover photo “The Kali Yuga Ends, The Black Sun Rises,” is a reference to this blend of Nazi occultism and Hinduism which sees the present state of Western civilization as one of chaos (The Kali Yuga) which will be followed by the resurgence of the Black Sun, a symbol of fascistic resurgence long used by Nazi groups.
On Twitter, he follows alt-right figures like “race realist” Stefan Molyneux, Ann Coulter, Mike Cernovich, and Paul Joseph Watson, Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer, French fascist Marine Le Pen and more. On Facebook, his likes include fascist meme pages.
Senior in Aerospace Engineering at UT
Interned with Emergent Space Technologies R&D over the summer in D.C. Tau Kappa Epsilon Chapter President and “founding father.”
Member of College Republicans
Attended the Katie Hopkins event.
Facebook likes include alt-right pages and figures such as Breitbart and Milo Yiannopoulos
Studies Corporate Communication at UT
Member of TKE
Attended Katie Hopkins event. Came out of the room and mocked protestors calling attention to KH’s racism.
New Faces: End of Semester Shitheads
The individuals identified in this section are various members of Turning Point USA and YCT who we gained information on recently. Some of them were involved in various agitations near the end of the semester, such as YCT’s & TPUSA’s xenophobic tabling events.
Grayson Gunn Ellis
Senior in Biology and Pre-med at UT
Member of Texas Iron Spikes
Member of Turning Point USA. Spotted at their first meeting.
Radio-Television-Film student at UT
Member of Longhorn Band
Member of YCT.
Jorge Emiliano Garcia
Plan II major
Jorge was spotted most recently tabling with the YCT with anti-immigrant signs. He is reported by those who know him as a regular cheater, uses slurs like the n-word, makes sexist jokes, and calls trans people mentally ill.
Plenty of the shitheads who came out to see Katie Hopkins were established figures in the campus right, whether as members of YCT or Turning Point. Here’s all the folks we recognized beforehand. If you don’t recognize these folks, read our writeups on YCT and TPUSA members.
Anthony Nevin Dolcefino
Joseph Francis Berard Strassman and Joshua Ross Lambert
Chandler Simmons You might not recognize him since he hasn’t popped up often, but we originally wrote about Chandler being an anti-semite and associating with white supremacists in one of our first articles exposing racists within the YCT.
Lance Jones and Samuel David Samson
Meghan Michelle Lovett and Elysse C Brenner
Do you know these racists?
Despite our research, there are some people we have yet to identify. We’re putting these out there in the hopes that someone reading this article recognizes one of these racists and can give us some information about them.
What we do know about the person above: First name is Antonio Remmenga.
Send any intel about the people listed here or TPUSA to us on facebook, twitter, or at our email!
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Kristian Marroquin is known to be violent sexually and emotionally. He ignores consent and sees “no” as a challenge. He pursues women even after they have adamantly expressed disinterest, and is very possessive emotionally. Kristian is predatory in how he approaches women, usually through social media. He engages in stalker behavior, and will find personal information posted online to get close to people.
Kristian is an advertising major, former member of Pi Kappa Phi, and drives a black suburban. He grew up in San Antonio and has a white Labrador that goes by “Frida.”
Kristian will soon be added to our database of threats at UT–from racist & Neo-Nazis to rapists. You can see the full database here (pending additions of all the YCT & Turning Point members exposed this semester)
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By Rudy Martinez. Republished from Sybil. Read the original polemic against whiteness publication here.
Six months ago, I graduated with a philosophy degree from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. What was promised to be a day of jubilation for my family, as I am a first-generation Colombian and the first in my family to ever attend an American institute of higher education, was instead welcomed with a reluctant sigh of relief. My parents both escaped a decades-long civil war in Colombia and met in Miami in the early-90s. They would marry in September 1991 and I would be born March 21st, 1992. We grew up in a predominately Latinx working-class neighborhood in Miami called Hialeah. The only thing my mother ever asked of my younger sister and I is that we go to college. Hialeah wasn’t exactly a place that nurtured my intellectual potential, but I managed to attend community college right after high school. Within two years, I had dropped out and decided to hitchhike around the country. After returning from the road, I made new friends and we all moved to Texas: This is how I found Texas State. After waiting a year to qualify for in-state tuition, I became a “Bobcat” in the fall of 2015. As a philosophy student at a “Hispanic Serving” institution, I was excited to synthesize my cultural past with an intellectual future.
By Rudy Martinez. Republished from Sybil. Initially published in “The University Star,” the student newspaper of Texas State. This piece provoked massive right-wing backlash, resulting in the administration condemning the author and scrubbing the article from the publication. We republish it here for the crucial intervention it makes against white supremacy, and because fuck Texas State and angry whites. Read Rudy’s followup, detailing the backlash after this piece was initially published. Featured image by Alyssa Franks.
“Now I am become white, the destroyer of worlds.”
I hate white people. White people should hate white people. In fact, when I think of all the white people I have ever encountered, whether they’ve been professors, peers, lovers, friends, police officers, etc.—there are perhaps a dozen I would consider “decent.”
The Student Community of Progressive Empowerment (SCOPE) is a student-led organization dedicated to supporting immigrants of all statuses (or lack of), the first of its kind on the Texas State University campus. Founded in 2015, SCOPE has been providing resources and support for its members and the Hays county community through a variety of initiatives –from raising money to provide scholarships to undocumented immigrants so that they may renew their DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), to organizing pro bono days to provide free consultations with immigration attorneys free of cost and open to all community members, no questions asked.
UT students call on Austin to protest Katie Hopkins British white nationalist encouraged Europe to meet migrants with “gunships”
On Tuesday November 13, UT students and greater Austin residents will gather outside UT’s Patton Hall to protest white nationalist Katie Hopkins’ scheduled speech. The UT chapter of Turning Point USA is hosting Hopkins, who is known for her extreme anti-migrant and Islamophobic rhetoric. Hopkins has advocated for the use of “gunships” against refugees entering Europe and a “final solution” for Muslims. In 2017, she collaborated with Defend Europe, a white supremacist organization with ties to the Ku Klux Klan.
On Tuesday, November 13th, the UT chapter of Turning Point USA will host a speaking event by white nationalist British “journalist” Katie Hopkins. While the choice of speaker is not surprising, it is a bold escalation from the more disguised racism that TPUSA typically traffics in under the banner of conservativism. Katie Hopkins’s racism is not disguised.
Autonomous Student Media: Gestures Towards the Ungovernable
While we missed a beat last week since we were busy digging into Turning Point, we’re back with a brief report on some of the stuff going on around campus. You’ve probably heard about these events, but we hope to highlight some perspectives and sides to these stories you might not otherwise find. Continue reading What Starts Here: Kirk on Campus & Water Crisis→