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Let's talk about #BlackBloc, and why some antifascists wear masks.

"Antifa" are anyone who stand up against fascism, masked or otherwise. Black bloc and antifa are not interchangeable terms. Black bloc is not a group but a tactic some use, sometimes. #DefendPDX
Black bloc traditionally acts as the first line of defense against violent fascists and out of control cops. They're people who train and prepare to take the brunt of the violence so other people who can't can still feel safe coming to a protest.
Black bloc as a tactic was developed by autonomists in Europe, then came to the US during protests like the "Battle in Seattle" against the World Trade Organization in 1999.

(This is long before groups of Americans were using the term "antifa" to describe themselves.)
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We want to weigh in on the Andy Ngo milkshaking that occurred in Portland on Saturday. Andy Ngo's actions are used as a pretense for far-right violence. TL;DR: Andy Ngo is a piece of shit.
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@RoseCityAntifa @PNWAWC @IGD_News @shane_burley1 @jason_a_w @IwriteOK @areidross
There has been much support for Andy Ngo from far right media outlets and centrist who hope to frame the event as another episode of antifa terrorism against journalists. Andy Ngo is not a journalist though, but an Islamophobic propogandist embedded with local far-right groups.
Andy contorts facts to sculpt a story that fits his far-right agenda. In 2017 Andy was fired from his position at the PSU Vanguard for violating journalistic ethics and putting a Muslim student in danger. He purposefully misquoted a Muslim student speaker, resulting in threats.
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1. #News ~ NK welcomes DMZ meet: "If a North Korea-US summit is realized on the line dividing Korea as President #Trump wishes it will become another opportunity to deepen the friendship that exists between the two heads of state and to improve relations"
#Qanon #G20OsakaSummit
2. #News ~ Nxivm: Clare Bronfman Has Secret Meeting With Nxivm Coach Vanessa Sahagun. Will Bronfman’s money and 4Mexican contingent be able to keep Nxivm alive – to brand and bleed followers in the future? artvoice.com/2019/06/27/cla…

#Trump #Qanon #TickTock
3. #News ~ Christian Church Taken Over by Muslim Group, Converted into Islamic Mosque neonnettle.com/news/7954-chri…

#Trump #Qanon
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Here's riot cops in Portland rushing and hitting me, @DonovanFarley, and others on the sidewalk. I don't know why they did this. #AllOutPDX #DefendPDX
Like my old football coaches, these cops were not impressed with my hustle. Unlike my old football coaches, they have batons and a living wage.
here's a full 12 minute video, starting when Portland police rushed the protesters, shot rounds, set off explosions. 9:47 is when they rushed me (again). GoPro mounted on my DSLR. Haven't looked at my pictures yet. vimeo.com/283222494 #DefendPDX #AllOutPDX
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