May Day 2015

    Sounds of Songlines: Benefit gig for Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance
    8pm, Saturday, April 25

    In support of WAR, a collective of young Aboriginal people committed to the cause of decolonization and the philosophy of Aboriginal nationalism, resistance and revival. Performances by Brett Lee Music, The Monica Weigthman Band & DJ Sadge. Spoken word performances and guest speakers will also be there on the night. $10. Doors open 8pm. Bella Union, Trades Hall, Lygon St, Carlton South.

May Day is next Friday (May 1), so I thought I may as well draw up a list of things that are happening …

April 30

6.30pm, Trades Hall : May Day Multicultural Celebration

May Day (Melbourne)

11.30am, Fed Square : Melbourne May 1st Midday Murdoch’s Minion
Noon, 8 Hour Monument : MAYDAY International Workers’ Day
4pm, Melbourne Town Hall : MELBOURNE – rally and march against the forced closures of Aboriginal communities
*5.30pm, State Library : May Day Solidarity Rally 2015 – Melbourne, Australia
7pm, The New International Bookshop : Palikari: Louis Tikas and the Ludlow Massacre

May 2

rAdelaide : May Day March 2015

May 3

Fremantle : May Day 2015
Melbourne : Rally + march, 1pm, Trades Hall
Sydney : May Day March 2015

Posted in Anarchism, History, Media, Music, Poetry, State / Politics, That's Capitalism! | Tagged | Leave a comment

Some writings + some radios

reclaiming
I wrote an article for overland on Reclaim Australia. You can read it here.

nm20
I also answered some curly questions for New Matilda. You can read that here.

On tomorrow’s episode of Floating Anarchy (The SUWA Show, Friday, 5.30pm, 855AM, livestreaming on 3CR), Dr Cam & I chat with playwright and Grauniad columnist Van Badham about Reclaim Australia and fascism.

Posted in Anti-fascism, History, Media, State / Politics, That's Capitalism!, War on Terror | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

#ReclaimAustralia “Burn the national flag = death by gang rape” ~ Dean Luland

nazivd00d

Above : Iconic img of confrontation between a neo-Nazi skinhead and a counter-protester at Reclaim Australia rally in Melbourne.

On Facebook, one Reclaim Australia supporter has opined that the appropriate punishment for burning the Australian flag is death by gang rape:

burnflagdeathbyrape

FWIW, Dean Luland works @ Period Home Brick Restoration [Facebook page], so if you live in Sydney and would like to hire someone to restore your house, it may be worthwhile taking your business elsewhere.

In other news, a Melbourne man by the name of Rod Mathers has vowed that he and his mates will be attending the rally to ‘Stop the forced closures of Aboriginal communities’ on Friday in order to assault members of the Socialist Alliance, a group he holds responsible for an alleged assault upon a Reclaim Australia supporter on Saturday:

hotrodrally2

It’s obviously unknown how srs Mr Mathers is, but those attending the rally should prolly keep an eye out for ‘patriots’ intent on attacking the rally and march …

MELBOURNE Stop the forced closures of Aboriginal communities
5.30pm, Friday, April 10
Flinders Street Station

Posted in Anti-fascism, Broken Windows, State / Politics, Trot Guide | Tagged , , , , , , | 27 Comments

Neo-Nazis @ #ReclaimAustralia in Melbourne

I thought I may as well feature here a few of the neo-Nazis who attended the Reclaim Australia (RA) rally in Melbourne yesterday. First, Shermon Burgess’s #BFF Neil Erikson (far right w camera and orange vest) of ‘Nationalist Republican Guard’:

neilra

The man in the centre of the above photo was very active on the day:

bonehead2
bonehead
RAbonehead

Both he and Neil attended the 2010 (2011?) Ian Stuart Donaldson memorial gig organised by local neo-Nazi groups Blood & Honour and the Southern Cross Hammerskins and can be seen below grappling/dancing with one another:

isd2011

The bonehead was accompanied by a few other nazis, including some bloke sporting a ‘Full Blooded Skips’ (FBS) hoodie:

FBS

TBH, I’d forgotten the FBS existed. In brief, it was one of several tiny gangs formed around the same time as and in the wake of the emergence of the ‘Southern Cross Soldiers’, a short-lived yoof gang. Otherwise, the FBS forms part of a loose network of neo-Nazis and white supremacists based in the northern suburbs. At least one member of FBS also fancies himself a member of another neo-Nazi micro-sect called ‘Combat 18′:

FBSBBQ
B&H

The back of this neo-Nazi’s head was very widely circulated in media — here’s another photo showing his face:

anotherRAbonehead

Also present on the day as a small organised group distributing leaflets was Nationalist Alternative. Below is the group’s leader Mark Hootsen:

markra

Another NAlt member, Fergus Hunt (from the nu-metal band Art Of Wor):

nataltfbs
NAlt

And here is an old photo of one the other members of the group present on the day:

NAltRA

I’ll probably add moar photos during the week as they’re made available.

Dani the neo-Nazi goth:

spidernazi

Beardy neo-Nazi:

beardynazi3

Golden Dawn supporter @ RA:

gdra
GDDegani1

Finally, in a rather humourous development, an organisation known as the Australian Jewish Communal Lobby (no, I hadn’t heard of it either), has offered to pay court costs for any RA supporter who was arrested at the rallies:

AJCL

A pity that the AJCL was not available to provide legal support to Neil Erikson when he was convicted of harassing a rabbi in Melbourne last year.

Posted in Anti-fascism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

#ReclaimAustralia #Melbourne : Aftermath …

RAMEL1488

Briefly: police quarantined maybe 100-150 Reclaim Australia (RA) supporters on the concourse above the square. They were then surrounded on both sides by police. Anti-racists formed picket lines around this assembly and prevented many (but not all) other racists from joining their racist brethren above (police did manage to force a way thru the picket on the Flinders St side to allow several dozen racists thru). There was then a stand-off with occasional unsuccessful attempts by racists to break the picket and a small amount of argy-bargy. After an hour or two of this the racists above moved to stand in front of Chocolate Buddha — again surrounded by a large number of police. Some time later, police decided to move the racists out of the square by way of the steps to the Yarra. The hundred or more racists then milled about alongside the Yarra and slow progress (with police escort) was then made to Flinders St station where things basically came to a halt and most dispersed.

Initial verdict: a partial victory for anti-racists, with the racist RA supporters outnumbered, isolated and unable to control the square — and eventually forced to leave. Otherwise: RA attracted many more supporters than the last time (2011) racists tried to rally at Fed Square — a warning signal to the left, I guess, that hatred of Muslims has significant support among the wider population and wrapping this phobia in the Australian flag (one example of which was burnt at the rally by Indigenous activists) will likely draw some small degree of support … but also attract, at least in Melbourne, significant opposition (even without the support of the unions).

And oh yeah: the Reclaim Australia Twitter account was hacked … LOL.

RAtwfail1
RAtwfail2

I may write a more complete account and some analysis later. In the meantime:

‘Aboriginals Are Dickheads’: Reclaiming Australia, One Racist Video Rant At A Time, New Matilda, April 4, 2015
Reclaim Australia rallies: protesters clash in Melbourne and Sydney, Michael Safi, The Guardian, April 4, 2015
So this is Easter: Melbourne faces off at anti-Islam rally as police on horseback hold factions apart, John Elder, The Age, April 4, 2015
Reclaim Australia clashes with opposing groups at rallies around the country over extremism and tolerance, ABC, April 4, 2015
Reclaim Australia Twitter account hacked as rallies staged around Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald, April 4, 2015
Reclaim Australia and No Room for Racism rallies clash across Australia, news.com.au, April 4, 2015

Posted in Anti-fascism | Tagged , , , , , | 20 Comments

#ReclaimAustralia : disrupt, dismantle, decolonise

Update : A quick guide to staying safe and being effective: all out against ‘Reclaim Australia’!, Anarchist Affinity, April 3, 2015.

From Cronulla December 2005 to Reclaim Australia April 2015 …

rlly

The Reclaim Australia (RA) rallies are taking place tomorrow in (almost) every capital city — Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney — and a number of regional and rural centres — Albury (NSW), Broken Hill (NSW), Cairns (QLD), Esperance (WA), Gold Coast (QLD), Hervey Bay (WA), Mackay (QLD), Newcastle (NSW), Rockhampton (QLD), Sunshine Coast (QLD) and Toowoomba (QLD). Note that, outside of the capitals, it’s unclear if all the planned rallies will take place — a product of the ad hoc nature of the rallies and some bickering among the various rally organisers. Meanwhile in Toowoomba, the hard-pressed patriots have been instructed not to bring along any ‘swastikers’ to their BBQ …

AAV

Michael Safi @ Teh Grauniad has written about the rallies here: Anti-Islamic group Reclaim Australia plans 16 rallies across the country (April 3, 2015). Shermon Burgess aka ‘The Great Aussie Patriot’ and face of RA has form as an Australian Defence League (ADL) member. As well as singing songs about killing Muslims and burning down mosques, he even boasts of having participated in the Cronulla pogrom in December 2005:

burgesscronulla

Joining Burgess will be a range of other groups and individuals on the far right, including Mike Holt of Restore Australia (Newcastle), Danny Nalliah of Rise Up Australia (Melbourne), members of the ADL, Australia First Party, Patriots Defence League Australia, neo-Nazis and White supremacists responding to the call-out by US-based neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer.

There have been actions organised to oppose RA tomorrow:

Adelaide
Reclaim Adelaide from the Racists
Saturday April 4 10am @ Festival Plaza
Facebook event: Reclaim Adelaide from the Racists

Brisbane
Rally Against Racism & Bigotry
Saturday April 4 10:30am @ King George Square
Facebook event: Rally Against Racism & Bigotry /// Brisbane Counter-Protest to the neonazi-led “Reclaim Australia”

Canberra
Stand Against Islamophobia! (Canberra’s Reclaim Australia Counter Protest)
Saturday April 4 11am @ National Library
Facebook event: Stand Against Islamophobia! (Canberra’s Reclaim Australia Counter Protest)

Gold Coast
Reclaim Australia Counter Rally
Saturday April 4 10am @ Evandale Park
Facebook event: Reclaim Australia Counter Rally

Hobart
Anti-Rally Solidarity
Saturday April 4 11:30am @ Parliament Lawns
Facebook event: Anti Rally- SOLIDARITY!!

Melbourne
Rally Against Racism
Saturday April 4 midday @ Federation Square
Facebook event: Rally Against Racism

Perth
Rally Against Racism
Saturday April 4 11am @ Solidarity Park
Facebook event: Rally Against Racism

Sydney
Anti-Racist Counter-Rally – Stop Islamophobia
Saturday April 4 10:30 am @ Martin Place
Facebook event: Anti-Racist Counter-Rally

Posted in Anti-fascism | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

#ReclaimAustralia : Refugees are welcome — racists are not!

nrfr1
nrfr2

The following leaflet was distributed at the Palm Sunday rally in Melbourne today. See : Thousands march in Melbourne on Palm Sunday to protest asylum seeker policies, Alana Schetzer, The Age, March 29, 2015.

PDF of leaflet: standuptoracism.

Posted in Anti-fascism | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

#ReclaimAustralia (minus one week + counting …)

It’s one week until neo-Nazis, white nationalists, evangelical Xtians, patriotic suburbanites and folks from regional and rural NSW, QLD and WA descend on Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Esperance (WA), Gold Coast, Hervey Bay (QLD), Hobart, Mackay (QLD), Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth and Sydney in order to inform Australian Muslims that they should f*ck off. (Rallies may/not also be held in Broken Hill, Bunbury, Bundaberg, Canberra, Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton and Toowoomba.)

Counter-rallies are being held in Brisbane, on the Gold Coast and in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Below is some agitprop.

meanwhile melbourne

PDF version of above poster3_MELB(3) | PDF version of ‘Fuck Fascism’ poster (Melbourne) poster2_MELB(1).

ReclaimPerth

Posted in Anti-fascism | Tagged , | 7 Comments

antifa notes (march 26, 2015) : #ReclaimAustralia (again)

What’s a racism?

ramelbduh

Racist Reclaim Australia organisers complaining that their racist rally is attracting racists.

*smh*

The ‘Reclaim Australia’ (RA) rallies are just nine days away now. Folks in Melbourne and elsewhere are organising various activities to oppose these public exercises in racial and religious vilification. Please see : SYDNEY | PERTH | MELBOURNE | GOLD COAST | CANBERRA | BRISBANE | ADELAIDE.

The main promoter of RA, Shermon Burgess (‘The Great Aussie Patriot’), has been busy working with the neo-Nazis of ‘Nationalist Republican Guard’ (NRG) to produce (increasingly bIzArRe) YouTube videos promoting the rallies and is otherwise doing his best to whip up anti-Muslim sentiment. Given the general political climate and the PM’s recent doubtful speech on national security, this is not a very difficult task and brings many dividends. See, for example : Muslim woman speaks out about attack on Sydney train, says she was targeted because of religion, Mohamed Taha, ABC, March 24, 2015.

As for ‘The Great Aussie Patriot’, as well as being active for several years as a member of the ‘Australian Defence League’, Burgess also wrote songs for his studio project ‘Eureka Brigade’ glorifying violence against Muslims and asylum seekers and praising the ADL’s leader Ralph Cerminara. Cerminara, along with teenage sidekick Zane Commins (19), lead an unsuccessful crusade to Lakemba in late December 2014, ending up being arrested and charged with affray and behaving in an offensive manner.

From the beginning of 2015, Burgess has been co-producing promotional videos for the rallies with members of a tiny neo-Nazi group called ‘Nationalist Republican Guard’ (NRG, est. January 2013). NRG evolved out of another tiny grouplet called ‘European Australian Civil Rights League’ (EARL) but was/is otherwise an extension of the Melbourne-based neo-Nazi group ‘Nationalist Alternative’ (NAlt).

NAlt underwent an acrimonious split midway thru last year and its leader publicly named and shamed by some of its unhappy campers as Mark Hootsen. Hootsen was also until that time one of two mods on ‘Stormfront Downunder’, one of the world’s leading neo-Nazi/White supremacist websites and home to many of Australia’s fascists (including of course the Australia First Party).

For a short period following the split, the NAlt Facebook page published a range of bizarre materials attacking the group’s former leader — it has since been closed and an alternative FB page published. NRG has a Facebook page here. Its last post, published on November 8, 2014, is a link to a ‘humourous’ video titled ‘Hitler approves of NRG’.

The naughty boys of NRG briefly came to public attention in February 2014 when one of its members, Neil Luke Erikson, was convicted of harrassing a local rabbi — though Erikson’s long history of neo-Nazi activism was AFAIK never a matter discussed in court. In passing sentence on Erikson:

Magistrate Donna Bakos said she had no doubt Erikson’s calls were motivated by prejudice and found he had little remorse for his crime. But she ignored prosecution pleas to jail Erikson, sentencing him instead to psychological assessment and treatment in the community. “There is no other explanation except that they were motivated by prejudice, if not hatred, toward the victim because of his race,” she told Erikson. “It is degrading. It is hurtful. It is not to be tolerated.” Erikson, of Heidelberg West, pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates Court to stalking Rabbi Gutnick over the calls made in December 2012 and January 2013. Erikson told a forensic psychologist after his arrest he had many “Aussie Aryan friends” whom he found more entertaining than his other mates. He also said the calls were made as a practical joke.

Hurr hurr.

The fact that Burgess has hopped into bed with a convicted anti-Semite and neo-Nazis appears to have had precisely zero effect on his followers: they simply do not care, and neither does Burgess. Thus, while some of those who are happy to publicly express bitter hatred for Muslims also claim not to hate Jews, their sleazy alliances have not gone unnoticed and, I hope, will not go unchallenged either.

Shermon Burgess, James Richard Gilhome, Mike Holt & Co ~versus~ Robert Godino

restorerobert

Last week James Richard Gilhome, a meatheaded fanboy of Burgess’s from Tasmania, claimed online to have determined that the author of this blog is a man by the name of Robert Godino. He’s wrogn, but the story has taken on a life of its own and now appears widely on social media, in particular on the Facebook page of Mike Holt’s bizarr0 ‘Restore Australia’ (By Getting Rid Of The Muslims). As well as describing Godino as “scum” and a “turd”, Holt accuses Godino of having engaged in criminal behavior (for which he has been reported to police). Asked if he had any concern over the potential problems Godino may face as a result as having been nominated in this fashion, Holt says ‘no’ and adds that he accepts full (legal, moral and political) responsibility for publishing Godino’s name, address, photo, email and claiming that he is the author of this blog.

RARG15

— a sample of some of the commentary appears below.

RARG2

RARG14

RARG13

RARG12

RARG11

RARG10

RARG9

RARG8

RARG7

RARG6

RARG5

RARG4

RARG3

Reclaim Australia Melbourne

chapmanatra

Right-wing Xtian homophobe Pastor Danny Nalliah is being joined by Bendigo councillor Elise Chapman at Reclaim Australia in Melbourne on April 4. You may remember Chapman from such tweets as ‘a disturbing image of babies with mutilated genitals’ sent ‘to a woman who supported a [mosque] development’ in Bendigo.

Truly a star-studded line-up.

Reclaim 4BC

4BC radio has a piece on ‘Reclaim Australia’ starring Scott Moerland, a member of the Christian fundamentalist party ‘Rise Up Australia’ (RUAP). Moerland was RUAP’s candidate for the seat of Oxley at the 2013 federal election. He placed last of eight candidates, receiving 400 votes (0.53%). RUAP’s leader, Danny Nalliah, claims that God speaks to him and that the Victorian bushfires of early 2009 were God’s punishment for the state government liberalising abortion laws: Nalliah will be speaking at the Melbourne rally.

Posted in Anti-fascism, State / Politics, War on Terror | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

#ReclaimAustralia counter-rally posters (Bris, Mel, Syd)

rasyd3

Below are PDFs of the above image for counter-rallies in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

(Note that the speech bubble is derived from a Facebook disco in which opponents of Reclaim Australia were derided as ‘lefty sluts’.)

Feel free to download and distribute.

bris [Brisbane]
melb [Melbourne]
syd [Sydney]

Posted in Anti-fascism | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments