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Texas State: Students Confront Fascism, Arrested, & Launch Sit-In Against Police Brutality

Banner dropped at TXST on May Day. Picture Credit: to YDSA @ TXST (@TXSTYDSA)

Press Release published by Resistance TXST. Resistance TXST is a coalition of Texas State University students advocating for the rights of underrepresented students on campus.

Background: On May 1st, Texas State students prepared for a confrontation with members of violent fascist group Texas Nomads, who planned to travel down from Austin and stage a rally in support of “free speech.” Members of Texas Nomads have repeatedly harassed liberal & leftist events in Austin, sometimes stalking people leaving these events. Members have assaulted anti-Trump protestors. Nomads member Christopher Ritchie was at the Charlottesville Nazi rally and has repeatedly gone to Portland to fight alongside Patriot Prayer. Their presence came as a response to a campaign & student government vote to ban Turning Point USA from campus.

Texas State University Police Department Brutally Arrests 4 Students of Color During Peaceful Protest

SAN MARCOS. TX – On Wed. May 1, four students were brutally arrest. by Texas State University Police Department while peacefully protesting threats of organized white supremacist presence on campus. Two of the students arrested are vocal, queer students of color that have been previously targeted by the university administration

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#IdentifyEvropa: Neo-Nazi Student at UT Austin

Autonomous Student Media: Gestures Towards the Ungovernable

There’s a Neo-Nazi student at UT who works with a national Neo-Nazi organization named Identity Evropa. How’s that for a hook? Although if you’ve been following along with events on campus the past few years, this probably isn’t that surprising. We believe his name is Clayton Ray Leonard, and will explain why & what we have found about him below.

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Texas State vs. Turning Point USA

Submission from AnMarcos

On April 8th the Texas State Student Senate convened to vote on legislation calling for the removal and banning of Turning Point USA from campus.

This came about not simply from clashing viewpoints, but due to the chapter’s history in illegally influencing student government elections, wrongly placing TXST professors on their infamous watchlist, procuring the firing of faculty and adjuncts, carrying metal batons on campus to harass and intimidate, propagandizing to students at the quad via billionaire-funded paid tablers, and use of their many connections to squeeze any who challenge them.
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InfoWars Invasion: Student Propagandists at UT

Autonomous Student Media: Gestures Towards the Ungovernable

Every so often on campus, students have to deal with the annoyance of a visit from InfoWars reporters. This is just part of being a student at UT, since InfoWars is based out of Austin and often seeks to get soundbites and content for sensationalist videos about liberal/leftist college students. While they are often treated as a joke, InfoWars is a dangerous force–especially for those who may try to call them out in person. In 2017, a young girl called them out on camera and was subsequently doxxed and harassed by InfoWars followers. Leftists or anybody who ends up with their face on an InfoWars livestream, whether on campus or at a protest, is at risk of doxxing & harassment from the Infowars mob.

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When They Came For Me

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.

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#TexasFightBack Press Release

Submission from campus antifascists, including members of the Autonomous Student Network, Solidarity 6.04, and United Students Against Sweatshops

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.

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Turning Point: A New Threat On Campus

Autonomous Student Media: Gestures Towards the Ungovernable

Two weeks ago, the new chapter of Turning Point USA at UT hosted their first meeting. It was interrupted for a while by a fire alarm, forcing the meeting to move outside–where it was easy to see and overhear their conversation. We’ve gathered intelligence about what exactly happened at this meeting, who is involved in TPUSA, and what TPUSA’s emergence on campus means. We encourage you to share this article with your professors, TAs, classmates, and other networks. This is an extremely relevant issue for anybody that is progressive or left-leaning, who could be at risk of being targeted by this group.

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What Starts Here: YCT Shut Down, Survivors Stand Up, and DSA Blocks A Bridge

Autonomous Student Media: Gestures Towards the Ungovernable

We fell behind on our news cycle since we were busy working on the YCT. Here’s a roundup of the past 2 weeks of news–a lot has happened! In this roundup, we’ve got a report on the events following the YCT demonstration, anti-Kavanaugh protests in Austin, the Stand with Survivors rally, and the inaugural Turning Point USA meeting.

CW: Sexual assault, Kavanaugh, rape apologism

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Who Are the YCT?

Autonomous Student Media: Gestures Towards the Ungovernable

Over the past months, we’ve gathered lots of data connecting various parties within the YCT and telling us more about their activities. So far, we have 4 articles published on this site about the YCT. As we approach one week after their now infamous pro-Kavanaugh demonstration on West Mall, we’re putting out this compilation of all of the information on all of the YCT members we currently know of.

Here’s all our previous articles on the YCT, which include a lot of background info and evidence for a lot of the claims here:

Racist Students in the YCT

Lillian Bonin

Rape Apologism

Here’s some group photos of the YCT which we will refer to later in the article:

YCT with Ben Shapiro. Fall 2016. Includes Caulkins, Trevino, Goolsby, Sharma, Berridge, Strassman, and Harris
YCT event Spring 2017. Picture includes Harris, Bonin, Calkins, Strassman, and Berridge
YCT Spring 2018 conference. Pic includes Dolcefino, Sharma, Calkins, bonin, Trevino, Vela, Morton, Davie, and Connally
YCT Spring 2018 Formal. Pic includes Trevino, Harris, Bonin, Calkins, Sharma, Martinez, Berridge, Dolcefino, Strassman, Lance Jones, Vela, Davie, and Morton
Saurabh Sharma

Chairman of the YCT
Twitter: @ssharmatx
Biochemistry Senior
Capitol Correspondent for Empower Texans
ssharma1619@gmail.com
469-347-5556
Leader of the YCT. Member for about two years. Is close with Lillian Bonin and other members. Was present on West Mall for the YCT’s pro-Kavanaugh demonstration. Also showed up alongside violent fascist Christopher Ritchie, who has assaulted protestors and was at the Charlottesville rally, to the Revolutionary Student Front’s “People’s Trial.” There, he was also spotted talking casually with Dean of Students representatives like Susan Buckenmeyer, as if they had an established friendly relationship.

Alejandra Cordova


Government Sophomore
Works at Chik-Fil-A on MLK Boulevard
alejandracordova@live.com
210-392-3491
Call Chik-Fil-A to get her fired: (512) 473-8651
Member of the YCT who was present at the pro-Kavanaugh demonstration.

Cayden Reese Connally


A financial officer for YCT
epiccrc115@gmail.com
Is from Midland TX
Member of the YCT who was present on West Mall at the pro-Kavanaugh demonstration on West Mall.

Benjamin Andrew Goolsby

Events Chairman for the YCT
Advertising Junior
Is a member of the American Marketing Association, Baptist Student Ministry, & Orthodox Christian Fellowship
Member of the YCT. Has been a member for at least two years.

Samuel Samson


Government & LAH Sophomore
Interned for Ted Cruz
ssamson915@gmail.com
713-540-0568
Member of YCT who was present on West Mall at the pro-Kavanaugh demonstration. He is also associated with Turning Point USA. Last spring, he harassed protestors at a Palestine Solidarity Committee rally alongside TPUSA recruiter Benjamin Larrabee. He recently was pictured tabling with Turning Point USA’s new UT chapter.

Lillian Analise Bonin


Vice Chairman of the YCT
Government Junior
Runner at Popp Hutcheson Property Tax Law Firm
Liberal Arts Representative in Student Government; Member of Legislative Policy Committee & Governmental Affairs Committee
lillianbonin@gmail.com
Lillian Bonin is one of the first YCT members who came onto our radar. She was present at the YCT’s pro-Kavanaugh demonstration and has been a member for at least two years. She has multiple ties to white nationalism. Bonin is friends with Ciera Harris, who is listed in this article alongside her Neo-Nazi boyfriend Andy Kessler for spouting white nationalist rhetoric. She is a fan of Milo Yiannopoulos–the alt-right figure who has worn Neo-Nazi symbols like Iron Crosses and spouts transphobic, xenophobic, and white supremacist nonsense. She liked a post from Milo that praised anti-Muslim comments from a Polish politician–a politician who is heavily connected to the resurgence of the anti-semitic, white nationalist right in Poland. She has also liked a post from Matt Walsh which describes transgender people as “severely mentally ill” in defense of the ban on transgender people in the military. In January, Bonin shared an article celebrating the rejection of citizenship bids from those on welfare in Switzerland.
Lillian Bonin is furthermore a fan of alt-right figures such as Alex Jones, Infowars, & Lauren Southern. Not much needs to be said on Alex Jones & Infowars, who regularly peddle conspiracy theories to rile up their base. Infowars caters to a subtly white nationalist point of view, and has close ties to outright white supremacists. Lauren Southern is an alt-right figure who holds white nationalist views on immigration and seeks to “cure” Muslims of the “undesirable” parts of their religion. Most notably, Southern joined a boat of fascist Generation Identity members in Europe as they chartered a ship to attack rescue ships saving refugees in the Mediterranean, thereby actively taking part in white supremacist violence. Read more about Lauren Southern here.
Perhaps the most frightening connection between Lillian Bonin and the fascist right is that Bonin “likes” a page named “Triggering Memes for Regressive Teens II.” The page shares outright fascist, white nationalist, and alt-right content and talking points. They have shared videos from Flemish fascist group Schild & Vrienden, memes about the boogeyman of “multiculturalism,” and an anti-semitic meme about Mark Zuckerburg. This is only the tip of the iceberg for that page.
Call in to the firm to get her fired!
512.473.2661
800.473.2661

Maya Lia Vela

(left to right) Joshua, Saurabh, Lillian, Maya, and Alejandra

Journalism Junior
mayaliavela@gmail.com
210-878-9058
Member of the YCT who was present at the pro-Kavanaugh demonstration on West Mall. Attended YCT’s end of year formal last spring.

Anthony Nevin Dolcefino


Vice Chairman of the YCT (may share this position with Bonin)
Government major
Researcher at Dolcefino Consulting (works for daddy)
anthonydolcefino@gmail.com
Anthony Dolcefino appeared on our radar over the summer. He was one of a handful of admins–all YCT members–who took over the UT Hot Takes facebook page. He added Andy Kessler, who espouses Neo-Nazi beliefs. He was also present at the pro-Kavanaugh demonstration on West Mall, and was one of the primary YCT livestreamers at that event.

Joshua Ross Lambert


Government senior
lambertj1206@utexas.edu
281-678-7138
Member of Texas 4000 for Cancer, and is currently fundraising to try and go on a bike ride in Alaska over the summer. Member of the YCT who was at the West Mall pro-Kavanaugh demonstration. Most recognizable for yelling “Make America Great Again!” when he could no longer engage in the “dialogue” that he had asked for.
Encourage Texas 4000 to remove Joshua from their group!
Phone: (737) 300-2318
Email: info@texas4000.org

Ciera Harris


Advertising major
cieraharris1@gmail.com
Director of Communications for the YCT. Has been a member for at least two years, and has attended major events such as the end of year formal last spring. Formerly employed at Harris Media, a company which has done propaganda for the fascist German party AfD & former workplace of Charlottesville-attending Neo-Nazi Ariel Gherman. Posts & likes white nationalist content, as well as conservative christian content. Her facebook likes include the fascist “wholesome memes of traditional morality” page. She accepts Kessler’s anti-semitic comments and posts, even on her own profile. Dates Andy Kessler (below). Believed to have collaborated with Kessler and others in putting up anti-communist stickers around campus, some of which were found last years with razors underneath. Known to frequent Qdoba with Stolz & Strassman (below)

Andy Kessler


It is unknown whether Kessler is a member of YCT. He was a part of the UT Hot Takes facebook group, where he regularly posted white nationalist comments. His posts include those equivocating queerness and pedophilia and others labeling diversity “white genocide.” He partakes in German fascist aesthetics, sometimes wearing an Iron Cross and German military outfit in his photos. He has a black eagle tattoo on his left arm and a red Templar cross tattoo on his right. He at one point posted a long video laying out his beliefs. We won’t do him the service of giving it a public platform–hit us up if you want to see it or use it (perhaps by sending it to his employer). Believed to have collaborated with Harris and others in putting up anti-communist stickers around campus, some of which were found last years with razors underneath.

John Stolz


Government major
johnfstolz@gmail.com
John Stolz is a member of YCT and was, over the summer, an admin of the UT Hot Takes facebook page. He makes posts with white nationalist rhetoric about the threat of migrants or decrying “white guilt.” He simultaneously advocates censorship on “moral” grounds while defending the right of his fascist friends to free speech in the group. His facebook likes include white supremacist pages such as “American Nationalism,” “wholesome memes of traditional morality,” “Traditional Britain Group,” and “The Reality of South Africa.” Each of these pages trades in fascist dog-whistle politics, such as claims of “white genocide” in the settler-colony of South Africa or using nationalism as an entry point for fascist recruitment. In May, he showed up alongside other YCT members to disrupt the Revolutionary Student Front’s “People’s Trial,” where he and others were seen collaborating with violent fascist and Charlottesville attendee Christopher Ritchie.

Joseph Francis Berard Strassman


Aerospace Engineering Major
Last known job: Undergraduate Research Assistant with the Institute for Computational Engineering and Science.
Office location: WRW 415B
joebstrassman@gmail.com
Joseph Strassman is a member of YCT and was, over the summer, an admin of the UT Hot Takes facebook page. He has been a YCT member for at least 2 years, and has attended events like their end of year formal. His posts make references to fascist dog-whistles, such as “white guilt,” “white genocide,” “globalism,” and claiming that minorities engage in “pity parties.” His likes also include fascist pages like “American Nationalism,” “RadTrad,” and “wholesome memes of traditional morality.” In May, he showed up alongside other YCT members to disrupt the Revolutionary Student Front’s “People’s Trial,” and was also seen collaborating with violent fascist Christopher Ritchie.

Lance Jones

Formerly referred to as The Patriot. Member of the YCT since at least last year, also a member of Turning Point USA on campus. Lance was the first to show up to RSF’s People’s Trial in May to counter-protest it. He was there initially with an American Flag and a sign that said “Better dead than red.” After a few minutes, violent neo-confederate and fascist Christopher Ritchie arrived at the event as well. He walked up to this Lance and greeted him, shaking hands and chatting. It’s likely they already knew each other.

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Meghan Michelle Lovett


From Boerne, TX
Member of the YCT. Founder of the new Turning Point USA chapter on campus. TPUSA is a far-right organization which has enabled recruitment for far-right & fascist activities, with their events often drawing crowds that range from right-libertarians to Neo-Nazis under the banner of “free speech,” nationalism, and American exceptionalism. We previously wrote on the threat Turning Point poses, such as their targeted harassment of leftist professors, in our article exposing their field director Benjamin Larrabee–who has helped Meghan organize this chapter.

In a series of messages, she revealed that the YCT had pre-planned their protest and expected a massive reaction. In preparation, UTPD & Dean of Students were tipped off ahead of time–yet neither of those parties did anything to ensure to safety of those re-traumatized by what happened on West Mall. A phone call with someone in Susan Buckenmeyer’s office also revealed that in order for the YCT’s event to qualify as “authorized activity,” they had to have gone through a consultation process with the University to get it approved. This means the Student Activities office knew of this action beforehand and explicitly approved it, ignoring the danger it posed to survivors!

 

Leighton Berridge


Leighton is closely tied to the YCT and is friends with individuals like Sharma and Strassman. He is facebook friends with many of them. He has been a YCT member for at least 2 years and has attended events like YCT’s most recent end of year formal. He was also spotted among the YCT crew that showed up to RSF’s People’s Trial, alongside Strassman and Christopher Ritchie. He attended the Resurgent Gathering, a conservative gathering in Austin this past August, along with Saurabh and Lillian.

 

Homero Trevino


Senior
Member of the YCT. He has been a YCT member for at least 2 years. He showed up in May alongside Strassman, Stolz, and the violent fascist Christopher Ritchie in response to the RSF People’s Trial. Attended the YCT State Convention last spring as well as their end of year formal.

Gabriela Martinez


Camarero at Viola’s Ventanas
Senior Advertising Major
gabrielamartinez@utexas.edu
Member of the YCT. Has previously retweeted content from alt-right affiliated /pol/ twitters. Attended YCT’s end of year formal last spring.

Samuel Wade Calkins


Government/LAH Junior
Member of Alpha Pi Omega
Member of the YCT. He has been a YCT member for at least 2 years. Attended the YCT State Convention last spring as well as YCT’s end of year formal.

Morgan Rebecca Davie


Biology Senior
morganrdavie@utexas.edu
Dating Jacob Morton
Member of Sigma Phi Lambda
Member of the YCT.

Jacob Craig Morton


Government Senior
Research Associate at Texas Public Policy Foundation
jmort@utexas.edu
Dating Morgan Davie
Member of the YCT. Was present at the YCT pro-Kavanaugh demonstration on October 2nd.

Zachary P Pisarski


Chemical Engineering Honors Senior
zppisarski@gmail.com
Member of the YCT. Facebook likes include Ben Shapiro, Milo Yiannopoulos, and lots of Christian shit.

Daniela Barrientos

Biochemistry Freshman
danielabarrientos418@gmail.com
832-812-6954
Member of the YCT.

Nico J Alcala


Communication & Leadership Freshman
nicalc30@comcast.net
908-907-3241
Member of the YCT.

Nathanael P Ribar


Astronomy Freshman
nathanael.ribar@utexas.edu
n.ribar00@gmail.com
228-224-9259
From Long Beach, Mississippi.
@RogueOne819 on Twitter & Snapchat. Twitter follows include the UK far-right, racist party UKIP, alt-right “journalist” and conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec, and fascist-adjacent youtuber “Sargon of Akkad.”
Member of the YCT.

Tommy Manbeck


School of Business Freshman
tommydmanbeck@gmail.com
503-502-3654
Member of the YCT.

Mitchell Perez

Government Freshman
mvperez1999@gmail.com
Member of the YCT.

Ariana E Silva


RTF Freshman
ariana2799@yahoo.com
956-878-0086
Member of the YCT.

Husain Dhoon


History Sophomore
husain@dhoon.org
631-946-1840
Member of the YCT.

Tyler S Friedeck


Architectural Engineering Freshman
tsfriedeck@gmail.com
210-807-2544
Member of the YCT.

Scarborough Adelle Schlenker
Schlenker on the right

Government Freshman
713-614-2825
scarborough.a.schlenker@utexas.edu
Member of the YCT.

Holden Baird

Undeclared Freshman
hbaird321@gmail.com
(832)-918-2921
Member of the YCT.

Grant Marconi


Business Sophomore
gmarconi2000@gmail.com
Member of the YCT.

Adrian Garcia


Undeclared Freshman
garcadri22@gmail.com
garcadri22@utexas.edu
936-240-9484
Member of the YCT.

Jordan A Clements


Economics Freshman
jac42044@gmail.com
Member of the YCT.

Tehya A Rassman


Journalism Junior
tehyaarassman@gmail.com
Member of the YCT.


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What Starts Here: Islamophobia, Fascist Crybabies, & Mapache Deported

Autonomous Student Media: Gestures Towards the Ungovernable

This is the first edition of what we hope will be a regular column. Here’s a roundup of the shit that went down recently that we think is relevant (plus some radical reflections on those events). This week features news about Central Texas political prisoner & anti-borders activist Mapache, a climate of Islamophobia and recent attacks in Austin, & a pathetic “Free Alex Jones Rally,” that occurred over the weekend.

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