On Monday, May 13th, around 50 graduate student workers joined Underpaid at UT in a “grade-in,” occupying the office of Maurie McInnis, Executive Vice President and Provost at UT Austin. The graduate workers held the space from around 10 AM until 1 PM. The grade-in came as a followup to the organization’s May Day rally, where a large group of graduate students, professors, and other allied students & community members delivered a petition to the UT administration and marched around campus in solidarity with the demands.
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
IFNOTNOW AT UT AUSTIN INVITES STUDENTS TO DENOUNCE ISRAEL BLOCK PARTY BECAUSE IT:
- IGNORES THE OCCUPATION
- IGNORES THE EXISTENCE OF PALESTINIANS
- GLORIFIES THE MILITARIZATION OF ISRAEL
- ENDORSES THE RACIST ISRAELI GOVERNMENT
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.
Continue reading Texas State vs. Turning Point USA
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.
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
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.
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.
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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.
Reposted from the Student Community of Progressive Empowerment at Texas State
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.
Submission from some anti-fascist longhorns
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