Long thread: some people will think this is a foolish statement but a lot of us here in #PDX understand that we are in the epicenter of street politics in the United States.
There’s many reasons why Portland is so politically charged but it’s history as a white supremacist utopia certainly plays a role.
In the early 90s there was still a substantial amount of neo nazi organizing in Portland, until anti fascists pushed them out of town.
Portland became a Rallying point for liberals and leftist in the last couple decades but the descendants of fascism never went away, they just went dormant. Now they are resurfacing with the full support of the federal government.
Patriot prayer and proud boys started to emerge after trump won the presidency and descended on PDX to attempt to flex on the left. A continuing theme with these groups is that very few of them live in the city that they are obsessed with attacking.
Joey Gibson came on the scene as a self described libertarian. As any anarchist knows right libertarians tend to be anything but defenders of liberty. Even in Joeys early stages we see signs of fascist thought hidden under empty rhetoric
I.e. anti choice, traditionalism, xenophobia toward southern migrants and Muslims, reactionary masculinity, homophobia, authoritarianism, ect.
Of course just like all of the post trump reactionaries patriot prayer rallied behind the false narrative of free speech. We can see many examples of why the right has no interest in free speech.
After a couple years of pushing back on these goons in the street, in an attempt to maintain our position as a left leaning city,The battle continues to evolve and become more serious. I think that what we see here we can expect to see across the country.
In the past couple weeks we’ve seen an increase in fascist attacks on left spaces. Patriot prayer members have shown up, attempted to infiltrate, and tried to shut down leftist spaces in Portland. Shutting down any left space, even if we don’t like the org, is a victory for fash
In classic fascist style, any pushback on them In physical spaces is used as proof of the “violent left” or that we don’t want a dialogue. This is obviously a ruse but it works magically on their uninformed followers. At this point objective reality doesn’t matter to them.
Now in a complete embrace of fascist tactics, joey Gibson and patriot prayer sycophants have taken to intimidation tactics in the street, claiming they will physically restrain and assault anyone with a mask.
It goes without saying that people are free to dress however they please and protecting your identity is not only your moral right,it is legally protected. Seems someone that claims to embrace liberty would understand the importance of people’s privacy and individual expression
It’s also come to light that joey Gibson may potentially be working directly with the state. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone as fascists and the state are two sides of the same coin. Though we should be very concerned at the idea of local police openly working with fash
What does all of this mean? Fuck if I know but it seems like continuing to organize and protect your spaces is more important than ever. If they shut you down, they win. The optics of peaceful gatherings are much less important than holding physical spaces bamn.
If you are masking up in the street be ready to defend yourself, do not unmask for these goons no matter what. As they like to say, stand your ground. You have the moral obligation to protect yourself and your comrades.
More importantly stay in packs, stay tight with your people. Our strength is in solidarity. These cowards like to harass people caught alone, they also like to harass young people and smaller people that they can intimidate.
If I had to guess what’s in their worm brains it would be that they think if Portland goes down, then the rest of the country will follow. They might be right, so now more than ever we push back hard. No pasaran
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