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(PDX) Stand Up! Community Defense Against Patriot Prayer!
September 10, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Local Alt Right demagogue, Joey Gibson, refuses to stop his organizing activities despite the recent tragedy in Charlottesville. At this stage there can be no doubt that no matter what lip service Gibson pays to being a nice guy full of “love”, his actions demonstrate at best callous disregard, and at worst complete support for the violent impact of his rallies and those like it.
After our numerous articles exposing his white supremacist associates (rosecityantifa.org), and the opposition antifa have been consistently giving his hate fests, only a small circle of die hard bigots and zealots remain. We must keep up the pressure to stop them once and for all. This type of fascist agitation in the current powder keg atmosphere in the US can only mean egregious harm to the most vulnerable people in our communities.
The Unite the Right event held in #Charlottesville, which culminated in the cold-blooded murder of #HeatherHeyer, featured speakers Gibson has invited here to Portland. There are numerous parallels between the the events Gibson orchestrates as Patriot Prayer and Unite the Right. The demographic attracted, the talking points used, and the political goals are in step with this larger pattern of rallies across the nation which have transformed from the lightly coded “free speech” and “pro-Trump” messaging to seig-heiling, torch-bearing spectacles of fascist intimidation.
The effect of such events has been radicalizing members of the right, increasing the organizing potential of overtly fascist and white supremacist groups and individuals, and providing an emotionally charged atmosphere which spurns fanatics to take their murderous fantasies from the web out into the real world.
This was true here in Portland where Jeremy Christian attended a Patriot Prayer event then stabbed three people– murdering two of them–on a max train. While Gibson and his ilk have tried to distance themselves from this disgusting act, the fact remains Christian went from internet warrior to murderer after going to that rally.
There has not been a single Patriot Prayer rally in the Portland area which has not featured the presence and recruitment activities of overt fascists, white supremacists, and neo-nazis. The correlation between Joey Gibson’s rallies and increased incidents of white supremacist harassment, violence, and murder is clear and direct. (http://rosecityantifa.org/
Joey Gibson constantly issues cheap verbal declarations that white supremacists are not welcome at his rallies, but refuses to ever take any action that would prevent them from using his rallies as platforms for organizing violence against our communities. Ultimately words do not matter, actions do.
In the wake of the nazi violence and murder in Charlottesville, many in the United States are realizing that the threat presented by fascist alt-right organizing is very real, extremely deadly, and presently on the rise thanks in no small part to people like Joey Gibson, who has been facilitating such white supremacist fascist organizing in the Pacific Northwest for much of 2017.
Join Rose City Antifa as we stand against Joey Gibson’s latest nazi-magnet rally and demand both accountability for, and immediate cessation of the murderous white supremacist organizing he is fostering.