Thursday, October 04, 2007

Respond to " Hammerfest" at Lents Park Saturday October 6.

Hats off to Bad Girls of Portland for forwarding this press release:

For Immediate Release: 9/24/07

Contact: Ad-Hoc Committee Against Racism and Fascism, fight_them_back [at]
riseup [dot] net, 971.285.4688 (voicemail).

"Hammerskin Nation" Racists Will Meet with Opposition
People from All Backgrounds Unite Against White Supremacist Organizations

Portland, Oregon - The Hammerskin Nation, a neo-Nazi skinhead organization, aims
to attract hundreds of hardcore racists to the group's twentieth-anniversary
celebration, to be held October 5 - 7 of this year in the greater Portland area.
The Hammerskins, then known as the Confederate Hammerskins, began life in 1987
as a Dallas, TX gang specializing in violence against Jewish people and people
of color, sexual minorities, as well as activists. The Hammerskin Nation?a
masthead for Hammerskin racist skinhead crews?has since gone national, and later
international, with their bigoted agenda. The upcoming Hammerskin Nation event
in Oregon was planned in conjunction with Volksfront, a Portland-led white
supremacist group with links to Kenneth Mieske and Kyle Brewster, two of the
killers of Ethiopian immigrant Mulugeta Seraw in a 1988 racially charged crime.
Volksfront's short-lived musical division "Upfront Records" released a benefit
CD for Mieske in 2002, and Brewster had his parole revoked last year after his
association with Volksfront was revealed on the internet. The October Hammerskin
Nation gathering is currently being openly advertised on such Hitler-admiring
websites as stormfront.org

A community gathering and rally in response to the "Hammerfest" will take place
Saturday, October 6 from 1PM onwards. The gathering will be held in Lents Park,
on the corner of SE 92nd and Holgate. Further details plus speakers for the
event will be announced soon.

Founded this September, the Ad-Hoc Committee Against Racism and Fascism is
dedicated to monitoring and opposing white supremacist groupings in Portland and
beyond. As large neo-Nazi rallies have often been preceded by attacks on Jewish
people and people of color, sexual minorities, as well as activists, the Ad-Hoc
Committee wishes to work with community groups and people of good conscience who
want to respond to fascist mobilization. The Ad-Hoc Committee pledges to respond
to any racist provocations in the coming weeks. "We also promise to have a
better time than the Nazis," says one Committee member.

To obtain a chronology of recent white supremacist activity in the Pacific
Northwest, or for more information on anti-racist endeavors, please contact the
Ad-Hoc Committee: 971.285.4688 or fight_them_back [at] riseup [dot] net.


phone: 971.285.4688 (v.m.)

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