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(en) The Internet Anti-Fascist: Wednesday, 14 Jan 98--2:01 (#52)

From Paul Kneisel <tallpaul@nyct.net>
Date Wed, 14 Jan 1998 16:46:46 -0500

     A - I N F O S  N E W S  S E R V I C E


        The Internet Anti-Fascist: Wednesday, 14 January 98
                        Vol. 2, Number 1 (#52)

                    ANTI-FASCIST ACTION ALERT #8-E
                      The Continuing WebSideStory

Nizkor and The Einsatzgruppen have removed themselves from the WebSide
Story competition. Nizkor was around 2,000 hits per day and TEA about
1,000. Both easily outscored the Stormfront site. My understanding is
that the two groups felt they had decisively defeated the "Blitzkrieg"
and wanted to move on to other organizing. I can understand why. One
tactical thing I tell people is never let the cybernazis determine the

However, other groups who were targets of the Nazi and other genocidal
murder machines are still in the running. As an elementary act of anti-
fascist solidarity, you may want to visit the WebSideStory groups
listed below, along with their rank and average daily visits.

#1:  Native Americans: 1,796
#2:  Alcoholics Anonymous In The Texas Coastal Bend 1,394
#5:  Russel Means / American Indian Movement 955
#8:  Escape--Richmond VA BDSM Support Group 933
#9:  GayNation 922
#11: blackexperience 880

Stormfront is now number 15. Someday I must write about the fascist
idiocy of relying on the "Blitzkrieg" as their central strategy.

If you're wondering why I listed Alcoholics Anonymous remember the
famed "anti-social elements" who also died in the Nazi death camps.
Thanks to A.A. many of today's elements are now sober and crackingly
good anti-fascists.

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                     ANTI-FASCIST ACTION ALERT #9
                       Anti-gay Oliphant Cartoon

"There is a terrible cartoon in the LANSING STATE JOURNAL today by
Oliphant.  I am sure it appears elsewhere.  A man from the "New Jersey
Department of Unisex Adoption" is handing adoption papers to a little
kid, who is not an infant.  The man says, "I have good news and bad
news. . . The good news is, you've been adopted.  The bad news is, your
new mother's name is Bruce."  This would be bad enough, but the
cartoonist gets in a final dig when he has his little "bird" add "...
And NO, you DON'T have any say in the matter."  

"For those who would like to complain, write to LANSING STATE JOURNAL,
120 E. Lenawee St., Lansing, MI  48919.  E-mail address--
lsj.news@internetmci.com   Fax number -- (517) 377-1298.  To leave a
"Bottom Lines" voicemail message for possible publication in the paper
--  (517) 485-5463 and press 9083.  You will need to leave your name
and where you are from."

Sean Kosofsky

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                     ANTI-FASCIST ACTION ALERT #10
            Appeal for the "Sans Papiers" on Hunger strike

"Eighteen members of the Lille Sans-Papiers Committee ("CSP 59") have
been on indefinite hunger strike since November 17th, 1997 - in other
words for 51 days. They are holding out with courage and determination
for the "regularisation" of their right to stay in France." -- NATIONAL
B19 2DR  ENGLAND. more details at:

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                     ANTI-FASCIST ACTION ALERT #11
                East Timor Action Network Action Alert

"Visit or contact your Senators and Representative during the
congressional recess throughout the month of January. (The recess ends
January 27.) Ask them to fax the State Department, the U.S. Embassy in
Jakarta, and Indonesia's Foreign Minister Ali Alatas to express their
concern for East Timorese students arrested and disappeared since
November 12, and for East Timorese Professor Lucas da Costa who
disappeared in Surabaya on December 24. Encourage them to oppose all
remaining U.S. training of Indonesian military. And urge them to
actively support a U.N.-supervised referendum on self-determination for
East Timor. " E. Timor Action Network, [nd] Jan 98, more details at:

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                     ANTI-FASCIST ACTION ALERT #12
                   Appeal for Suresh Manickavasagam

"Suresh Manickavasagam is a Tamil political prisoner, who after being
held in the Don Jail in Toronto Canada for over two years, is now
facing imminent deportation to Sri Lanka where he will face certain
persecution and possible death."

National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns, "Free Suresh   
   Campaign," 13 Jan 98, and 
Jim McDonald, Amnesty International, "Fear of torture --CANADA:   
   Manickavasagam Suresh, aged 42," 13 Jan 98, at:

                               - - - - -

                     ANTI-FASCIST ACTION ALERT #13
         Muslims Allegedly Denied Use of University Facilities

"A Washington-based Islamic advocacy group is calling on Concordia
University in St. Paul, Minn., to clarify its stance on religious
discrimination following allegations that university officials denied
use of a gymnasium to local Muslims." CAIR, 7 Jan 98 more details at:


TINAF is expanding its publishing with special supplements. Several
readers expressed problems sending information on multiple connected
stories to their friends and associates. In the future, we'll link the
stories together and publish them as special "ftp supplements." These
may be quite long so they won't be sent out to the normal readers.
Rather you can see them announced here and download them if you're
interested. Equally, you can provide them to friends with a single URL
instead of several different ones.

The regular issues of TINAF will now carry regular volume and issue
numbers; both the supplements and regular issues will be numbered

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The Internet Anti-Fascist: Sunday, 11 January 1997
FTP Supplement #1 (#51): Jehovah's Witnesses and the Nazi Genocide

1) Jolene Chu (Researcher, Watch Tower), post to H-HOLOCAUST list, 30
   Dec 97
2) Jolene Chu (Researcher, Watch Tower), post to H-HOLOCAUST list, 6
   Jan 98
3) no author, "The Holocaust: Who Spoke Out," _Awake!_, 22 Aug 95



By Ariana E. Cha
Mercury News 

A waiter at a San Francisco restaurant barks at a patron to "get out of
the United States." A Colma car salesman shoos away an Asian-American
customer, telling him, "No speak Chinese." An Adobe Systems Inc.
support representative says to a caller, "Orientals are cheap."

Typically, such relatively minor racial incidents are ignored by the
police, mainstream media and even employers because they don't involve
threats or violence. But in these three recent cases, the workers were
all fired.

The employees were targets of a new weapon used by Asian-Americans to
fight racism: mass e-mail campaigns.

Here's how it works: Details of racial incidents -- along with phone
numbers and e-mail addresses to lodge complaints -- are forwarded to
tens of thousands of people around the world, forcing the employers to
investigate, or face public-relations disaster. 

                           Thuy-Hong Nguyen 

The case involving Adobe, which has its headquarters in San Jose, was
resolved earlier this month after San Mateo resident Thuy-Hong Nguyen
and her husband, Alex Sato, sent e-mail about the Adobe phone
conversation to a few friends. They, in turn, passed it on to some of
their friends until, in four days, the e-mail had reached some 15,000
people. The employee, who worked for an Adobe contractor, was
terminated, Adobe spokeswoman Wendy Strickman said.

"People need to know that Asian-Americans won't tolerate this kind of
thing," Nguyen said.

In October, after San Mateo resident Patrick Poon sent out a
description of his encounter at the Golden Gate Cadillac/Acura
dealership, salesman Dan Fallon was fired. Fallon, Poon said, had told
him all the Chinese salespeople were asked to leave because "they were
giving away the cars too cheap." And last December, a waiter at the
Expo Family Restaurant at San Francisco's Pier 39 was fired after a
customer, a Chinese radio news anchor, e-mailed her complaint to
community groups.

While civil rights leaders hailed the three Bay Area cases as political
and consumer victories, many Asian-American activists say they have
mixed feelings about the way the incidents were resolved.

                           Caution indicated

The Internet is "a powerful tool, but also very dangerous," cautioned
Asian Law Caucus attorney Victor Hwang, who worked on the Adobe and
car-dealership cases.

Indeed, the practice of using mass e-mail messages to resolve conflicts
raises a host of ethical questions:

     Since the Internet is not regulated and libel laws regarding
     online communication are still murky, how can police and other
     officials make sure people do not use "chain mail" to slam people
     or companies unjustly?

     Is the commotion over the Bay Area incidents much ado about
     nothing, taking attention away from the fight against violent hate
     crimes by heavily publicizing comparatively petty incidents?

     How can a company make sure that it is fair to employees accused
     of racism in such a public way?

A company's first impulse to salvage its reputation may be to jettison
the employee. But Michael Spano, general manager for Golden Gate
Cadillac/Acura, which was pummeled with several hundred complaints,
said supervisors must invest the time to conduct a thorough
investigation. In addition to facing lawsuits for wrongful termination
of employment, companies that act too hastily will have to live with
the guilt that they helped ruin an employee's reputation, he said.

"We took the salesman aside and asked him for his side. He denied some
things and acknowledged some. The things he didn't deny were enough to
know he should be terminated," Spano said. "We were prepared to
interview witnesses, but thankfully it didn't come to that. It was a
delicate situation."

Rants about racial taunts and discrimination have been flying across
the Internet since its humble beginnings nearly three decades ago. But
the practice is reaching new levels in the Bay Area, fueled by the
popularity of the Net with young Asian-American professionals, who use
long e-mail lists to coordinate social events.

While African-Americans and Latinos have their own online communities,
studies show that a higher percentage of Asians have access to
computers and e-mail. The Asian-American network is so good that some
Bay Area residents reported receiving five copies of the Adobe

"In the old days, the notes were just for discussion. These days, we
take action and get justice," said Gene Moy, a UCLA doctoral candidate
who coordinates the Asian Community Online Network Web site.

"Too many times Asian-Americans let this type of thing go," Hwang said.
"People see the e-mail and think about the times it happened to them."

The protest over the three Bay Area incidents is galvanizing a
community that has been largely fragmented because of language and
cultural differences, many Asian-Americans say. Some also say that
success of the practice is challenging the stereotype of Asians as

                         A more precise weapon

Hercules resident Raymond Tum argues that the community is simply
taking a different, perhaps smarter, approach to fighting back.

"You're rarely going to see a picket or a boycott. That's
confrontational, very in-your-face," Tum said. "E-mail is a nice way to
politely get things taken care of."

Korean-American actor Steve Park, known for his feature role in
"Fargo," is considered the pioneer of Net campaigns that address
racism. In May, after he was rebuffed by the Los Angeles Times when he
asked the paper to print his column about a racial incident on the set
of the popular sitcom "Friends," Park published it on the Asian Buying
Consortium's Web site. There was so much discussion about the column
among Asian-Americans that other newspapers, including San Francisco's
two dailies and the Sacramento Bee, wrote about it. Park told the
Mercury News that one of the assistant directors was "disciplined," but
Park said he was not given any details.

But Michael Chin, a Fremont accountant, argued that complaining about
minor racial incidents will give the public the impression that
complaints by Asian-Americans should not be taken seriously. "It's like
crying wolf when you see a shadow," he said.

Ethnic civil rights groups, however, contend that racial taunts are as
damaging as physical attacks. In fact, both the Asian Pacific American
Legal Consortium's and the Anti-Defamation League's annual tallies of
hate crimes include incidents of racial slurs.

When someone utters a racial obscenity, it gives "a glimpse into
people's underlying attitudes, attitudes that need to be addressed
before they escalate into murders," said Margaret Ng, a spokeswoman for
Channel A, a popular Asian Web site.

But since accounts on the Net are not screened, how can readers figure
out which are true?

Probably the most famous of the many false stories circulated on the
Net was one in which clothing designer Tommy Hilfiger allegedly said on
"CNN Style" and "Oprah" that Asians and blacks don't look good in his
clothes. The bogus report last March outraged many minority-group
members, and several groups threatened a national boycott.

Hilfiger's staff finally quashed the rumors by jumping on the Internet
to deny the accusations.

"There are hoaxes, urban myths, malicious false reports and one-sided
stories," said Tom Cole, a Stanford University business student. "But
when some people hear about these things on the Internet, they think
it's true."

Said University of California-Berkeley information management Professor
Hal Varian: "There's always been libel and extortion, but everything
becomes escalated in this new medium since it's so easy, fast and cheap
to reach many people."

                          Defensive measures

The way Hilfiger addressed the allegations on the Net -- not with a
lawsuit -- is the best way businesses can resolve phony complaints,
said Ann Beeson, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney who
specializes in Internet issues.

Varian advises companies to maintain a Web site as a "defensive"
measure to respond to such stories.

But once a message is sent out on the Internet, there's no telling whom
it has reached, so it's impossible to fully address false or one-sided
reports. As soon as Golden Gate fired the salesman, Poon sent out a
message praising the dealership for its decisive action -- but
complaints continued to trickle in.

Hwang of the Asian Law Caucus said people who maintain e-mail lists for
organizations should investigate complaints or ask a civil rights group
to do so before passing them on. The Asian Buying Consortium, which
offers consumer discounts, and Asian Americans for Community Outreach,
a Bay Area service and social group, do this routinely. 

In the Hilfiger case, representatives of CNN and Oprah Winfrey told
Asian Americans for Community Outreach officers that someone had
twisted the designer's comments, so the officers killed the e-mail.

A decade ago each September, year-round Netizens would groan when
college students went back to school and posted a flurry of outrageous
allegations -- some true, some false -- on the Internet.

But now, said Moy of the Asian Community Online Network, "Every day is
September. And you have to extremely careful to tell hearsay apart from
the real thing."


 -- tallpaul
    Fascism: We have no ethical right to forgive,
             no historical right to forget.

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