Posts in: anti-fascism

Biography of human-rights organizer glorifies liberalism

June 2004

Common Courage is reporter Andrea Vogt’s adoring profile of Bill Wassmuth, a Catholic priest and opponent of white supremacy who became even more outspoken after his Idaho home was bombed in 1986. A year later, Wassmuth left the priesthood and helped to launch the Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment. He led the liberal wing of… Read more »

Busting the bigots: Oregon protesters shut down Nazi skinheads

February 2005

On January 8, the Tualatin Valley Skinheads (TVS) planned to gather for a recruitment drive at Gabriel Park in Southwest Portland, Oregon. The neo-Nazis intended to wrap racist leaflets around rocks and then throw them onto the lawns of nearby homes. It is no coincidence that TVS targeted their message of bigotry at a diverse… Read more »

¡Unidos contra los vigilantes de las fronteras!

octubre de 2005

Una pandilla malévola se está concentrando a lo largo de la frontera de EEUU y México para parar la inmigración de indocumentados. Dichos bravucones armados, llamados el Proyecto de los Milicianos (Minuteman Project), están decididos a superar a la Patrulla Fronteriza de EEUU, la cual consideran que no está haciendo bien su trabajo — a… Read more »

Unite against the border vigilantes!

October 2005

A nasty crew is gathering along the U.S.-Mexico border to try to stop undocumented immigration. These armed thugs, called the Minuteman Project, are determined to one-up the U.S. Border Patrol, which they consider is falling asleep on the job — despite a 60 percent boost in government forces since 1993. This has increased the numbers… Read more »

Union clout needed to stop the police state

August 2006

As I watch the rising sun and hear robins in the early morning of a lovely summer day, I wonder at the contrast between the apparent placidity of nature and the headlines in my newspaper: assaults on civil liberties, wars of destruction, the tightening of the vise against Palestine. Did the Third Reich also appear… Read more »

La persistente plaga del anti-semitismo: de dónde proviene y cómo pararla

octubre de 2006

Hoy día, la imagen de Mel Gibson borracho es el rostro del anti-semitismo. Después de su rotunda negación de que La pasión de Cristo, su obra de amor cinematográfica, estuvo influida por el anti-semitismo, su disparate en el sentido de que los “judíos provocan todas las guerras del mundo” creó una fuerte reacción. Pero la… Read more »

The persistent plague of anti-Semitism: where it comes from, how to end it

October 2006

For the moment, Mel Gibson’s drunken mug shot is the face of anti-Semitism. After his strenuous denials that The Passion of the Christ, his cinematic labor of love, was tainted by anti-Semitism, his rant that “Jews create all the wars in the world” created quite a stir. But Gibson’s notoriety will fade. The malign beliefs… Read more »

Bolivia: masses of people thwart fascist coup while Morales negotiates with the instigators

December 2008

Bolivians sharply defended themselves and turned back a vicious rightwing coup attempt this last September. But the fight is not over. On one side are the workers and peasants, largely indigenous, who generally support the populist president Evo Morales and his national government. On the other are the tiny, profoundly racist elite of European ancestry… Read more »

Assaults on Romani escalate in Italy

April 2009

Italian police, soldiers, and organized goons have torched and destroyed three-fourths of the country’s Romani (“Gypsy”) camps in just six months. Many of the Romani have died, and thousands have been forcibly deported or have fled the country. Those remaining are homeless and are tormented by state terror measures and ultra-right vigilantes. Appalling assaults on… Read more »

Economic crisis benefits far-right recruiting

June 2009

The stated message of nationwide “Tea Bag” demonstrations on tax day was to protest President Obama’s tax plan. But they revealed a more sinister purpose. In times of economic crisis, the political right builds its movement through racist scapegoating. Tea Bag photos flaunted picket signs referring to “Osama Obama,” and blaming “illegal immigrants” for the… Read more »