I attended the MOAR rally on September 16 in Washington, DC. Here’s what I saw.
“The ‘Mother of All Rallies’ last Saturday (September 16) may have been the biggest far-right march since the deadly events in Charlottesville, Virginia, but that doesn’t mean it was successful. Organizers claimed they would draw one million people to Washington, D.C., for what they called the ‘Woodstock of American Rallies.’ Despite months of organizing the rally, with its stated goal of protecting and preserving ‘American culture,’ 1,000 people at most came to hear over 50 speakers and bands. The organizers’ boastful branding and their reservation of a huge swath of the mall in front of the Washington Monument backfired. The internet mocked the tiny turnout with aerial photos. It seemed especially pathetic compared to a nearby march by Juggalos, a subculture of Insane Clown Posse fans who dress up like the Detroit-born rap-metal band. The Juggalos were protesting against the FBI designating them a ‘hybrid gang‘ in a 2011 report.
MOAR was an attempt to rekindle the pre-Charlottesville street marches held by what I dubbed in Colorlines in June as ‘Independent Trumpists.’ Since Donald Trump took office, this mixture of Republicans, members of the so-called alt-right, neo-Nazis and armed activists from the militia and Patriot movements have participated in a series of rallies in favor of ‘free speech’ and against Islam and the removal of Confederate monuments. And in this sense, MOAR succeeded in replicating this coalition, even as they tried unsuccessfully to dissuade Nazis from showing up.”
Read the full article at Colorlines
For some reason the media hasn’t picked up on the fact that Richard Spencer’s AltRight.com is openly calling for “leaderless resistance” after Charlottesville.
“A website co-founded by white supremacist Richard Spencer has published articles calling on the alt-right to begin organizing in small cells and prepare for war.
Vincent Law, a regular writer for Spencer’s AltRight.com, wrote the articles after August 12’s fascist-led gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one participant rammed his car into an anti-racist march, killing one and wounding 19.
The first essay, ‘The Alt Right is Finished Debating,’ was published ten days after Charlottesville. Using apocalyptic language, Law claimed that the Alt Right has ‘reached a point of no return,’ and there was no use in speaking to uncommitted fascists, seeking popular support nor recruiting new members.
‘There are no debates between foreign tribes, only war,’ Law wrote. ‘The debate happens on the battlefield.'”
Read the entire article at Revere Press
“Joey Gibson is a Far Right activist who, since March 2017, has made a name for himself by organizing confrontational rallies on the West Coast that have frequently descended into violence. Based in Vancouver, Washington (located across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon) Gibson organizes events under the name Patriot Prayer. He draws support from the Patriot movement, the Alt Right and fascists, homophobic Christian nationalists, and right-wing bikers. Gibson goes to liberal enclaves and seeks to incite fights while simultaneously claiming he is merely advocating free speech, peace, love, dialogue, and tolerance. Patriot Prayer is the Alt Right version of the Westboro Baptist Church—they purposely antagonize people they perceived as opponents by engaging in public protests at sensitive times, and then in turn portray their targets as intolerant. Patriot Prayer has gone to the Bay Area in California; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle and Olympia, Washington to stoke confrontations.”
Read the full article at Political Research Associates
MoveOn gave me a couple minutes to explain what the Far Right believes — and how we can organize against it.
Click here to watch it.
I did two interviews about the events in Charlottesville. Both are about 20 minutes long.
The first was on Make It Plain with Mark Thompson, which I did as soon as I returned from Virginia after the protest.
The second is on the podcast Politically Reactive, with W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu: “Charlottesville: Why did this happen and how do we move forward?”