GUILTY PLEA IN MURDER OF DAN AND SPIT

From Las Vegas review Journal:melissa hack

A Las Vegas woman charged in the 1998 slayings of two members of an anti-racist group pleaded guilty in federal court Friday.

Melissa Hack, 39, pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to murder and has agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors against two other defendants, including her brother, Ross Hack, according to a copy of her plea deal.

A federal grand jury indicted the Hacks and another man, Leland Jones, in February 2012 in the hate-crime killings of Lin Newborn, 25, and Daniel Shersty, 21.

Melissa Hack is the former girlfriend of John “Polar Bear” Butler, 42, a neo-Nazi who was convicted in District Court in the double-murder case. Defense lawyers in the federal murder case suspect Butler also is cooperating with the government.

Butler, the leader of the Independent Nazi Skins at the time of the slayings, has been serving two life sentences in the Nevada prison system. He was given a death sentence, but it was overturned.

Melissa Hack’s lawyer, Brent Bryson, tried to get Friday’s proceeding sealed, according to the electronic minutes of the plea hearing, but Senior U.S. District Judge Philip Pro refused to do it. The government opposed sealing the case.

Pro set a Sept. 8 sentencing date for Hack.

Bryson said afterward that he sought to close the hearing because of “safety concerns” for Melissa Hack. He declined further comment.

Ross Hack, 42, and Jones, 33, are to stand trial before Pro in August.

Melissa Hack’s agreement calls for a 20-year federal prison sentence. But the government can seek a lighter term behind bars if it is satisfied with her cooperation. Bryson also can argue for less time.

The murder investigation into the deaths of Newborn and Shersty remained open after Butler’s Dec. 29, 2000, conviction, and eventually the FBI took a leading role. Agents have theorized that Newborn, who was black, and Shersty, who was white, were killed because they were members of a skinhead group that opposed racial prejudice.

Breaks in the case came in 2012.

The events leading up to the shootings were detailed in Hack’s plea agreement Friday.

Hack and another woman, Mandie Abels, helped lure Newborn and Shersty to a remote desert site on federal land near Powerline Road and Centennial Parkway the evening of July 3, 1998, where they were ambushed and fatally shot, according to the 16-page agreement.

Newborn and Shersty were expecting to party with the women. Ross Hack, Butler, Jones and another man who has not been publicly charged in the deaths all were lying in wait.

“The defendant and Abels introduced Newborn and Shersty to Ross Hack and Jones, and the defendant returned to her car to grab a beer,” the agreement states. “The defendant then heard gunshots and saw Ross Hack and Jones shoot Shersty with handguns.

“Newborn ran away from the road and into the desert. Butler, who was carrying a shotgun, ran after Newborn. Shortly thereafter, Butler ran back to the defendant and told her, ‘We just shot the guy. Let’s go.’ ”

Abels secretly pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to murder in February 2012 and agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors. In May 2012, Pro sentenced Abels to 15 years in prison, keeping her case sealed until Tuesday.

Melissa Hack originally was charged in July 2010 with lying to investigators about the slayings.

The 2012 federal indictment charged her, Ross Hack and Jones with first-degree murder and firearms counts. All three defendants are in federal custody.

Hack gave birth to a baby weeks before her February 2012 arrest.

The case is being prosecuted jointly by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the Nevada U.S. attorney’s office.

1ST ANNUAL TORCH NETWORK CONFERENCE

On September 13th The TORCH antifascist network is holding their first annual conference in Chicago via south side Chicago ARA. This conference has 2 parts; a private portion for those within the TORCH network and a public portion open to all antifascists. The public day is going to be on September 13th and will consist of workshops/speakers followed by an antifascist show. We are inviting any and all antifascists to come out and network, see speakers, see bands, and grab literature. There will be also be tons of free antifascist merchandise (shirts, CD’s etc.) for those who come out. This will be a benefit for antifascist prisoners. Below is a detailed schedule with all the necessary info for our public day.

https://www.facebook.com/events/269847203176689/

5pm – speakers/workshops- This portion of our public day will be donation based. No one turned away.Speakers and their workshop descriptions:

Matthew N Lyons from the Three way fight blog

“Taking the game away from the left”

“One of fascism’s most dangerous features is its ability to present itself as radical or even revolutionary. From Third Position anti-capitalism to Nazi ecology, from National-Anarchism to the slogan “Women’s Power as well as White Power,” far rightists have embraced many leftist ideas in distorted form. What are some leading examples of this dynamic today and where do they come from? To what extent is this empty posturing, and to what extent does it reflect real conflict between fascism and the established order? What kind of challenges does it pose for antifascist work?”

Michael Staudenmaier

Michael Staudenmaier will discuss the intersection between anti-imperialism and anti-fascism in the context of the Puerto Rican independence movement in Chicago during the late 1970s and early 1980s.  This was a period of intense activity in the independence movement, including clandestine armed struggle and internationalist solidarity with other radical anti-colonial movements.  It was also a period of resurgence for the far right both in the US and Latin America, by the Klan, by military dictatorships in places like Chile, and by right-wing politicians in Puerto Rico itself.  My paper reviews this history and suggests some lessons for the present moment.

Workshop descriptions posted soon.

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7pm -show starts- This portion of the conference will be 10$

APPALACHIAN TERROR UNIT(crust punk from WV)

http://www.reverbnation.com/appalachianterrorunit

WARTORN (metal punxxx from Wisconsin)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wartorn/272404432793464

WRATHCOBRA (D-Beat metal punk from PGH)

http://wrathcobra.bandcamp.com/

KRANG (crustards from Chicago)

http://krangcrustards.bandcamp.com/

LA ARMADA (Chicago hardcore punk)

http://armadahardcore.bandcamp.com/album/la-armada

https://www.facebook.com/la.armadahc?fref=ts

ARID (Blackened crust from crete, IL)

http://arid.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/aridcrust

1 More TBA

There will be tables throughout the show with literature and merchandise

@Chitown Futbol

2343 S. Throop, Chicago, Illinois

Benefit for political prisoners!

Endorsed by the May 1st Anarchist Alliance CHICAGO and the Black Rose/ Rosa Negra anarchist federation.

Interested in playing, tabling etc?

contact southsidechicagoara@hushmail.com

 

SOUTH SIDE ARA ANNUAL ZINE #5 (2013-2014)

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Welcome to the newest (Fifth!) edition of the South Side Chicago ARA zine. Every year we put together a collection of our updates on local antifascist work and intelligence, as well as a few relevant articles and updates from other sources.

Its been another busy year for antifascists in Illinois. As always, we’ve collected and posted the addresses and personal information on local white supremacists.

Antifascists have also been busy on the ground. We reported on the exposing of the Illinois NSM membership, which has since effectively been shut down following the resignation of their leader. David Irving, the world’s most well-known Holocaust denier, once again had his Chicago stop on his speaking tour abruptly cancelled. It also pleased us to see that the Illinois white supremacists responsible for organizing the White Man March in Centralia were richly rewarded for their efforts. These are just a few of the accomplishments this past year has seen.

South Side ARA was involved in the founding of TORCH, a new North American antifascist network along with Hoosier Anti-Racist Movement, Central Texas ARA, Central Florida Antifa, and ARA LA/PART. We have also welcomed the addition of Philly Antifa. For more information on TORCH, scope it out at http://torchantifa.org/.

Watching Europe, we’ve seen many reasons why antifascism is still necessary. In this crisis of the capitalist system, we’ve seen from across the pond fascism rearing its ugly head again. From Greece to Ukraine to Sweden and elsewhere, fascist parties have been gaining seats in parliament and street groups have been attacking immigrants, gays, Jews, Roma, and leftists. Neo-nazis in Paris, France murdered a young antifascist and gay rights organizer Clement Meric, and Swedish fascists assaulted multiple people at an International Women’s Day demo in the Swedish city of Malmo, sending another gay rights organizer to the hospital with life-threatening stab wounds.

If you are excited by what you read inside this zine, we encourage you to join in the fight against fascism. There are lots of ways to join in the struggle, like hosting benefits and letter-writing parties for antifa political prisoners, taking part in demos, or even getting involved in a local antifascist crew. Whatever path you choose, we hope to see you in the streets.

We would like to dedicate this issue of the South Side Chicago ARA Zine to antifascist Clement Meric, who was murdered by neo-nazis in Paris, and to the victims of the Overland Park, Kansas shooting on April 13 by Frazier Glen Miller, a longtime KKK and neo-nazi organizer.

No Pasaran!

South Side Chicago ARA

SUSPECT IN KANSAS CITY SHOOTINGS IS FRAZIER GLENN MILLER!

Taken from onepeoplesproject:

OVERLAND PARK, KS – The shooter that shot and killed three persons at a Jewish community center and a retirement home a mile away has been identified as veteran white supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller, who once ran a white supremacist paramilitary operation before he turned FBI informant and in recent years had been seen posting regularly on a white supremacist website forum, where his last post was to note that he had spoken yesterday to Craig Cobb the white supremacist who attempted to take over a small town in North Dakota last year.

While police have not publicly named the suspect in the shootings, his picture was shot as he was taken into custody and was spread throughout several media outlets. Several postings on the Vanguard News Network VNN) forum confirmed it was indeed Miller, who also is known as Fraiser Glenn Cross Jr.

Miller was a major player in the 1980s white supremacist scene, organizing a parimilitary Klan outfit based in North Carolina called the White Patriot Party (WPP) using $200,000 stolen from armored trucks by the neo-Nazi terrorist group the Order, according to Miller himself during his testimony during a 1988 sedition trial in Arkansas. The WPP collapsed after he violated an injunction against paramilitary activity and was convicted of threatening Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was imprisoned for three years before being released in 1990. He was branded as a traitor for turning informant and went underground, but in recent years Miller was more of an internet presence posting as “Rounder” on the VNN forum. He also maintained a website which has videos and writings he authored. He also attempted to run for congress with the support of VNN. Another longtime white supremacist, Ron Doggett, who was a Unit leader in the WPP, supported his 2010 run.

His last VNN posting about Craig Cobb was one of several in recent weeks where he indicated he was in close contact with the white supremacist who attempted to create a white’s only enclave in Leith, ND before his arrest on terroristic threats. “Sounded confident and healthy. His PSI is completed, in the hands of his attorney, and next hearing (release hearing presumeably) is 29 April,” Miller said of Cobb, who is awaiting sentencing after agreeing to plead guilty to five misdemeanors and one felony. Cobb was in nearby Kansas City on Nov. 9 for a National Socialist Movement rally.

It has also been learned that two of the persons that Miller is alleged to have killed were Methodists.

FASCIST KNIFE ATTACK IN MALMO, SWEDEN ON THE NIGHT OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Taken from LibCom:

Late last night several people were attacked in central Malmö by members of the fascist Svenskarnas Parti (Swedes Party). They were on their way home after having taken part in celebrations for International Women’s Day.

The incident occurred just after a nighttime demonstration against violence against women finished up at around midnight on Möllenvångstorget (a square in the heart of a multicultural and left wing district of Malmö). One person is now in intensive care with serious head injuries and a further three have suffered knife wounds to the arms and lung, amongst which was a member of Allt åt Alla Malmö. The nazis had been searching for potential victims the entire evening in the vicinity of the March 8th Festival at Moriska pavilion in Folketspark. The attack was, in other words, no coincidence.

The attack on the 8th of March demonstrators can’t be seen as an isolated incident. The arson attack on Kvarnby peoples high school in October 2013 was only the beginning of an escalation in nazi violence around Malmö. Left wing locales and premises have been exposed to graffiti and broken windows. In January a 16 year old member of SSU (Sweden’s Socialdemocratic Youth organisation) was attacked by two men, warning her about spreading her views. In several other places and cities nazis have been identified registering participants in demonstrations during International Women’s Day.

The seriously injured 25 year old, who is currently being cared for in a sedated state in hospital, is a leading figure in the fight against racism and homophobia in the football world, a SAC member and devoted supporter of Malmö FF. He also helped to found “Football fans against homophobia”. Based on this, he has been recently hung out on the Swedes Party linked website ‘Realisten’.

According to witnesses at the scene, a high ranking member of the Swedes Party – Andreas Carlsson, was involved in the attempted murder. He was seen attacking feminists with a knife. Andreas Carlsson is one of the members of the Swedes Party who travelled down to Kiev as “Ukrainafrivilliga” (Ukraine Volunteers) to support the Svoboda party’s efforts in taking power. On Realisten he has reported on the Swedish Nationalist delegation’s operation.Some of the delegations participants have stayed, according to their own reports, “to enlist in the Ukrainian army”, while Carlsson’s group returned to Sweden only a few days before the 8th of March.

The Security Services’ (Säpo) chief analyst Ahn-Za Hagström claimed on the 8th of March that they “see no increased intention or capability of committing politically motivated crimes when they get home.” (SR.se March 8th) That same evening the nazis attacked. Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said in a recent interview on Swedish Radio’s P1 channel that the Swedes Party’s sister party Svoboda are “European democrats who work for values that are ours”. This minimization and normalization of fascist parties has given the Swedes Party and their “Ukraine Volunteers” the belief that they have a free pass for their violent acts.

Not only the Security Service, but also the ordinary police have ignored the far-right violence, by depicting the murder attempt as a “gang war” between “opponents on opposite fringes”. This comes less than half a year after police ignored warnings that a similar nazi party, Svernska Motståndsrörelsen (The Swedish Resistance Movement), planned to attack the anti-racist demonstration in Kärrtorp.

It is abundantly clear that the fascist threat against Sweden and Europe, against individuals and social movements, is not taken seriously. Neither the government, the security services nor the police have been able to present a clear and coherent approach towards this. Fascist violence should never be reduced to youth fights or extreme phenomena, such as, Birgitta Ohlsson’s government extremist investigation. Then one misses the powerful political force that the fascist parties in Europe have become, the impetus it gives the corresponding parties at home in Sweden and ignores the seriousness of the weapons training and street fighting skills Swedish right-wing extremists have gained during his travels and visits with Jobbik in Hungary, Svoboda in Ukraine and the Golden Dawn in Greece these last few months.

Today, they stand for violence in the streets. In September, they stand for parliamentary elections.

FIRST ANNUAL TORCH NETWORK CONFERENCE BEING HELD IN CHICAGO

On September 12th, 13th, and 14th of 2014, South Side Chicago ARA will be hosting the 1st Annual Torch Network Conference. Torch is a North American antifascist Network that evolved out of the Anti-Racist Action network. This conference has 2 parts; A private portion reserved for vouched antifascist chapters within the network (get vouched in now!) and a public portion for any and all antifascists interested in either the network or simply meeting other antifascists and having a good time. There will be workshops, tables, and more. 

If you have any questions or want to become a vouched chapter before the conference, email us a southsidechicagoara@hushmail.com

We will post a detailed schedule in the coming months!

DONATE TO PRISON RELEASE FUNDS FORANTI-RACIST POLITICAL PRISONERS CECE MCDONALD AND JOHN TUCKER

Hey everyone, We would like to encourage all our readers to donate to one or both of these brave individuals who were imprisoned for taking a stand against Racism and Fascism.

Cece McDonald is a trans woman who was attacked in 2011, along with several friends, by a group of Transphobic Racists.  In the ensuing melee, one of the attackers was stabbed and killed.  Cece is scheduled to be released this month and her supporters are fundraising to give her some help when she get out. Click here to donate to Cece McDonald.

John Tucker is one of the Tinley Park 5, 5 Antifascists imprisoned on trumped-up charges stemming from a disruption of a meeting of representatives of several Neo-Nazi/White Power groups. John is also slated for release this month.  His supporters have also started a prison release fund.  Click here to donate to John Tucker.

Please give all you can to support these two Antifascists.