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News ::
22 Mar 2002
Modified: 23 Mar 2002

As the neo-Nazi National Alliance (NA) prepares to hold its Northeast Leadership Conference this weekend in Elmwood Park, NJ, Anti-Racist Action (ARA) chapters from up and down the East Coast are busily organizing to confront them.

As the neo-Nazi National Alliance (NA) prepares to hold its Northeast Leadership Conference this weekend in Elmwood Park, NJ, Anti-Racist Action (ARA) chapters from up and down the East Coast are busily organizing to confront them. Many of the anti-racist activists that came together to trounce the neo-Nazis in York, PA last January will be present in New Jersey to cement the win against white supremacy. The National Alliance meeting is being billed by the organization as a training seminar, which will be led by the organization's Deputy Membership Coordinator Billy Roper. The Anti-Racist Action Network confronts hate groups like the National Alliance whenever and wherever they organize in public. We believe it is essential to confront all hate mongers within our community, to ensure our streets are safe and hate free.

Many of the most hardcore neo-Nazi terrorists of the last two decades, terrorists such as Tim McVeigh, have been inspired to murder by the writings of the National Alliance's founder William Pierce. Recently, the National Alliance has come out from the shadows and begun a campaign of building itself publicly. This has signaled a new phase of neo-Nazi organizing in the United States. Using the events of September 11 to promote its agenda of crass anti-semitism, the National Allliance has gone public in an attempt to build a mass political base. Anti-Racist Action has always believed that the best way to undermine racist terrorism is to expose and confront its public recruitment efforts.

Anti-Racist Action has been combating hate groups like the National Alliance since 1987. Gina Fertelli of New Jersey Anti-Racist Action describes ARA as "an international movement of people dedicated to preventing and confronting racism, sexism and homophobia, as well as all other forms of bigotry. ARA is committed to preventing these issues from harming our communities. We work hard to expose and confront hate in any form that threatens the diversity and safety of our neighbors and neighborhoods."

Anti-Racist Action is committed to confronting white supremacists whenever they organize - to disregard or ignore hate groups is to simply deny history. "People ignored Hitler and the result was unspeakable tragedies were allowed to occur, leaving a stain on human history. If we turn our backs on neo-Nazis and allow them to recruit freely, our streets will soon be theirs" says Monique Rochet of New Jersey ARA. "We must organize and confront these racists, so they understand that these streets are our streets. We must show the neo-Nazis that we will not ignore them - we will never surrender our world to genocide again."

Anti-Racist Action will have a strong presence in Elmwood Park on March 23rd - we will be there to confront the neo-Nazi trash that plan to come to Elmwood Park and tell them loud and clear that they are not welcome here, or anywhere. We will do everything in our power to ensure that our communities remain free from nazi filth. This action in Elmwood Park is the begining of a campaign to roll back the tide of neo-Nazi organizing in the Northeast. After the defeat that the nazis suffered in York, PA, we feel the time is ripe to begin to dismantle their terrorist infrastructure in the region We cannot and will not rest until our entire country is a nazi-free zone.

New Jersey Anti-Racist Action
For more info: (732)549-9825, account # 93*223735
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Fuck ARA!
22 Mar 2002
Boneheads and meatheads, one and the same.
For The Record
23 Mar 2002

I am proud to see young people standing up for what they believe in and I am pleased to see that many more of us are willing to take risks to expose what we think is wrong in society. I am also generally pleased when I see people take to the streets to confront evil or injustice. But, frankly, I know a handful of the activists who drove up to York several weeks ago and, although they had "fun," they also now must pay a heavy penalty for supposedly "running the racists out of town."

As you know, more than a dozen of our people from this area will not be going up to New Jersey this weekend. Most of them are ashamed to explain why. Allow me:

Maybe we "won" at York, maybe we didn't. What, exactly, is the purpose of this effort? At the York rally, ARA's "lawlessness," according to the local paper, caused 23 of our own followers to be arrested. Two racists were also arrested, basically, according to the news, for defending themselves or causing an accident while fleeing from the mob of anarchists. They don't get my sympathy, but, after contributing to your defense fund, I wonder if you deserve any sympathy or further support either.

Do the math. Who was more of a "threat" to the safety of this small community? The ARA, with 92% of the arrests or the racists? You were not charged with unlawful assembly or failure to obey police. You were charged with violence, assault and criminal behavior.

Do you guys ever look at yourselves? Philadelphia news photos showed your people wearing masks, dressed like homeless vagabonds, spitting and cursing and swinging sticks at people. Dragging motorists from their vehicles because they were white? Attacking journalists? Throwing rocks, batteries and steel bolts indiscriminantly into crowds of people?

Who ARE you people? The York paper said you sprayed an innocent bystander and his wife with tear gas after smashing their windshield with a club. You hit a Philadelphia news photographer in the face with a brick. You attacked several horses. Two of you were arrested for striking horses at that event. Several of you were arrested on drug charges.

How does the public tell the difference between you and the racists at these rallies? Look at the CNN and Yahoo web comments after York. Several people on the bulletin boards asked why the "racists" were "allowed to wear black masks and attack police." Ordinary Americans watching CNN evidently thought YOU were the Nazi's.

Is this how you create public awareness to the problems of racism? And what, exactly, are you doing to your own activists? I know we have discussed this problem on other boards before, but a couple of the anti-racist volunteers who got arrested can not afford the legal fees and fines involved with your "street action," and one person has lost his job over his decision to hang out with you at York and he is also looking at jail time because of a probation violation for being there.

Yes, I know, you now accuse this young man of "not being dedicated enough" for the "real ARA." Whatever.

Look, just take a step back and THINK. Please be careful with the young high school and college-age kids in your charge. I will continue to help "Free Mumia," but please, don't call me from New Jersey this weekend needing bandages or bail money.