(eng) ANTIFA-INFO-BULLETIN,Supplement 18 [2/2]

Tom Burghardt (tburghardt@igc.apc.org)
Thu, 21 Mar 1996 01:23:12 +0100


in to the hearing where a judge has ordered Gil Garcetti to show
why he hasn't obtained Geronimo's release from prison).

For more information, call PART (People Against Racist Terror) at
310-288-5003.

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** Topic: may day action in solidarity with immmigrants **
** Written 10:17 PM Mar 11, 1996 by sancar in
cdp:reg.mexico **

MAY DAY ACTION IN SOLIDARITY WITH DAY LABORERS AND IMMIGRANT
WORKERS

We will be distributing work clothes, gloves, and donations to
the day laborers on May 1 between 8 AM and 9 AM at Cesar Chavez
Street and Valencia Street in San Francisco.

These workers are under constant repression and harassment.
They can be arrested by the racist INS and deported. The law
gives them no rights, including the right to a union. They stand
on the street waiting for a day's work in the cold and rain in
winter, and in the hot sun in summer. They get minimum or
below-minimum wages when they work, and often the employers do
not pay them, especially if they are undocumented.

Join us on Wednesday May 1, International Workers'
Solidarity Day, and show your solidarity with these workers and
with all workers everywhere. There are no borders dividing the
international solidarity of the working class in its struggle
against the common enemy! We demand:

* Support Organizing Drives by Immigrant Workers!
* Stop the Raids! Stop the Deportations!
* Defend the Rights of All Immigrants, Documented and
Undocumented!

We need your generous donations to help us buy clothing and
gloves!
To arrange to make a donation, please call AYUDA at 415-861-7419.

JOIN US IN OUR OTHER ACTIVITIES TO DEFEND IMMIGRANTS:

March and rally on Saturday, MAY 11, to defend immigrant workers
against INS raids. The march will start at Cesar Chavez and
Mission Streets and proceed on Mission Street to a rally at 1:30
PM at 16th and Mission Streets.

As a fundraiser for our immigrant defense efforts, we plan to
show the movie Alambrista (Wire Breaker) at the Victoria Theatre,
16th St. near Mission St., on Friday evening, APRIL 26. This is a
powerful film about the life of an immigrant worker who crosses
the US/Mexico border and is later deported. ROBERT YOUNG, the
director of Alambrista, will speak in solidarity with immigrant
workers. We will have some presentations and discussion on how to
build a movement in defense of immigrants.

If you would like to help us build toward these goals, come
to our weekly organizing meetings at the AYUDA office, 2940 16th
St., room 323, Tuesdays at 6:30 PM, or call BACOF'S voice mail at
415-789-8165. Para informacisn en Espaqol, llame a la oficina de
AYUDA, 415-861-7419.

Action initiated by Accion Y Unidad Para el Desamparado Latino
(AYUDA) and the Bay Area Coalition Opposing Fascism (BACOF)
Partial list of initial endorsers: San Francisco Food Not Bombs,
Alameda County and San Francisco Peace and Freedom Party, Bay
Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights (BACORR),
International Socialist Organization, Freedom Socialist Party,
Workers' Voice

** End of text from cdp:reg.mexico **

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** Topic: germany update 2/96 **
** Written 6:17 PM Mar 9, 1996 by
MISCHA@VLBERLIN.comlink.apc.org in cdp:gen.racism **
BERLIN ANTIRACIST INFORMATION NETWORK

News update February 96

TRADE UNION OFFICIALS TO WORK WITH POLICE

Trade union officials from the building workers' union IGB are
to work together with police to stamp out illegal noncontractual
work (often referred to in German as "black work") by immigrants
on German building sites. At a joint press conference on February
1st, Klaus Wieseh|gel, head of the building workers' union and
his counterpart Hermann Lutz, president of the police union,
stated that they would be acting "in joint responsibility for the
state" and that they hoped to achieve "security through
cooperation" in the building sector, which is currently
undergoing a severe recession. Both union presidents called for
increased policing of building sites and more efficient
cooperation between labour authorities, customs and the police.

-----

TRIAL AGAINST POLICE OFFICERS DELAYED

The trial in the state court of Frankfurt/Oder of eight police
officers accused of assaulting Vietnamese immigrants in their
custody was repeatedly delayed during February. According to
newspaper reports the delay was partly due to the fact that
several of the major witnesses, one of whom is identified as a
Mr. Hoa Truong, are threatened with immediate deportation should
they appear in court.

-----

BORDER GUARDS DEPORT KURDISH CHILDREN

Border Guards at Stuttgart Airport deported Muryat Soytut, aged
2, and his 6-year old sister Arzu, shortly after their
unaccompanied arrival at Stuttgart airport on January 2nd. The
children had arrived in order to visit their parents, Ali and
Elif Soytut, Turkish citizens of Kurdish origin who have applied
for asylum in Germany.

The children had been invited for a visit by friends of the
Soytuts, in accordance with German law which forbids visits by
family members during the processing of asylum applications, but
which allows them for three months if the visiting family members
are invited by and stay with people who are legally registered
and entitled to live in Germany. This was the case for the Soytut
children, who had been officially invited by a Mr. Bilal Bilmec,
a friend of the family.

Mr. Bilmec was however unable to pick the children up from the
airport, so their parents went to meet them instead. At this
point the Federal Border Guards (BGS) intervened to deport the
newly-arrived children. "In view of the overall circumstances it
had to be assumed that permanent residence of the children was
planned", according to a BGS spokesperson.

More than 20 Border Guards then proceeded to separate parents and
children, an act which was "only possible by means of simple
physical violence", according to the spokesperson. The injuries
suffered by Mr. Soytut however had nothing to do with BGS boots
but were allegedly "wantonly self-inflicted". The BGS version of
events, which came to light some six weeks after the incident,
seems to be the only one available at present. It goes on to say
that after being informed of the deportation decision, the
children's parents worked themselves up "into a state of shock",
so that it "was no longer possible to communicate with them". The
children were placed, via the above mentioned "means of simple
physical violence" back on the plane which had brought them. The
parents were taken to the psychiatric ward of nearby N|rtingen
Hospital. Their reunion with their children had lasted some 30
minutes.
(jw 10/11.2.96)

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Subject: KKK Museum/GIft Shop in South Carolina
Date: Sat, 16 Mar 1996 12:51:58 -0800 (PST)

Redneck Shop spurs small town toward solidarity -- Klan
memorabilia: Citizens don black-and-white ribbons to
protest display.

By Ricki Morell

Knight-Ridder News Service

LAURENS, S.C. -- Isaac White is a black man, 92 years old. He
thought he'd seen the worst of racial hatred in his lifetime, but
this week he stared in disbelief at the old Echo movie theater in
his hometown.

There, on the marquee where they used to advertise movies, one of
his fellow townsmen is advertising "The World's Only Klan Museum.
The Redneck Shop." Owner John Howard says he is selling Klan
souvenirs to help pay for a Klan museum he wants to open in the
theater. He says it will be the first of its kind.

White didn't go inside the store, but if he had, he would have
seen photograph upon photograph of cross-burnings and men in
hoods and white robes, including one of the "Ku Klux Klan
kiddies, New Castle Indiana, Aug. 1, 1923." He would have seen
stacks of segregation-era signs -- "Colored People Must Sit in
Balcony," "No Dogs, Negroes, Mexicans" -- selling for $1 a copy.
He would have seen T-shirts with racial hate messages selling for
$10.50 each, and in a back room, on a white mannequin, a Klan
robe from the 1930s.

`We can do better'

"I've lived in Laurens a long time, and I've never seen anything
as offensive as this," said White, a retired elementary school
principal, as he stared into the store. "I don't have any hatred
in my heart, but I think we can do better. I think Laurens can do
better."

Residents are wearing black-and-white ribbons to symbolize racial
harmony. By Thursday afternoon, three flower shops had given away
more than 1,000 ribbons. And at noon today, a group of black and
white residents will try to prove that people can get along.

Walter Smith, a high school teacher and president of the local
NAACP, is helping organize a peaceful protest rally in the square
in Laurens, about 95 miles southwest of Charlotte. The town is
close enough to the booming Interstate 85 corridor that it hopes
to attract development and new blood. Smith says a Klan shop
won't help.

"People don't want to move into an area where they have that
nonsense," Smith says. "They have the constitutional right to do
what they're doing. It's not illegal or anything, but it's an
abomination for the good people of Laurens County. When good
people keep quiet, bad things happen. We don't need to keep quiet
about hate groups."

A powerful force

Howard opened The Redneck Shop about two weeks ago. The first
week, television cameras beamed the news across the country. The
idea of the Klan is still a powerful force in America, even
though experts estimate membership at 5,000, compared with the
1960s when it was 100,000 or more.

Herbert Shapiro, a University of Cincinnati historian and Klan
expert, said he wouldn't consider Howard's shop a museum because
it doesn't put the Klan in its historical context of race
violence. He considers it a danger.

"I would view any attempt at merchandising KKK memorabilia, be it
in Ohio or South Carolina or anywhere else, as an attempt to
return to an earlier era," Shapiro said. "And a dangerous era."

The first week Howard opened, he put a white-robed mannequin at
the front of the store. He says it caused such a controversy --
people pelted the window with rocks -- he moved it to the back
room. Black residents say Howard also displayed a mannequin of a
black man inside a casket with a noose around his neck. Howard
said it's not true: It was a white female mannequin in a black
robe inside a casket -- and he got rid of it.

"I really just think he's trying to agitate people, and I think
he's doing a good job of it," said former Mayor Bob Dominick, who
is white.

The second week, people came to buy. In a few hours on a recent
afternoon, about 20 people browsed.

`Boys in the hood'

Sheila Thomas, 32, who said she doesn't believe in "racial
mixing," came to buy a T-shirt with a picture of a Klan hood and
these words: "The original boys in the hood."

Her friend, Stephanie Wilke, 22, said she is comfortable
supporting the Klan and asserting her rights as a white person.
"The blacks wear Malcolm X T-shirts," she said. "These words are
our heritage. In the South, it's the rebel flag."

`I'm not ashamed'

Janet Turner, from nearby Honea Path, bought three T-shirts. "I'm
not ashamed," she said. "I'm a Klan supporter because I believe
in the Southern ways."

"I joined the Klan because in the late '60s they was burning and
destroying cities, the black people were," Howard said. "I was in
fear of the future of my white race."

Now, he says, he's a Klan member simply because of "the
fraternalness." He says he last wore his robes last year at a
rally.

"I love the white race," he says. "I'm proud of the white race.
But I don't flaunt it." Howard says his museum will be private,
where people might enter by appointment only. "That way, no one
can say, `I'm offended,' " Howard says.

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Date: Sun, 17 Mar 1996 21:12:01 -0800
From: pinknoiz@ccnet.com (Bob Gonsalves)
Subject: OKC and Nazis (reprise)

Report: McVeigh call fuels bomb scenario
UPI 3/11/96

DENVER, March 11 (UPI) - On the day before the Oklahoma City
bombing, suspect Timothy McVeigh called a member of the legal
team that sued the government for survivors of the Waco, Texas,
seige and said the lawsuit was fruitless because "justice is
corrupt," the Denver Post reported Monday.

Dave Hollaway, director of the C.A.U.S.E. Foundation, told the
Denver Post the caller, later identified by the FBI through
telephone records as McVeigh, suggested the government needed "to
be sent a message."

McVeigh, who identified himself in the call as a patriot, also
said the lawsuit would result in yet another government triumph
over the Branch Davidians, Hollaway said.

"He started saying, 'These people need to be sent a message,"'
Hollaway said, recalling that he then cautioned the caller to be
careful what he said on the telephone, the Post reported.

The next day, Hollaway said, he was at Mount Carmel near Waco for
a memorial to the victims of the standoff and fire that killed
more than 80 Branch Davidians when he learned of the blast in
Oklahoma City that killed 168 people and wounded several hundred
others in the federal office building.

"It clicked that instant, right then," said Hollaway of the phone
call he had received the day before. When he returned to his
North Carolina office later that day he phoned the FBI to report
the call.

Hollaway, who with lawyer Kirk Lyons have represented Ku Klux
Klan members for many years, describes C.A.U.S.E. Foundation as a
civil rights legal group that defends the "unpopular, powerless
and politically incorrect."

The group commonly receives calls from KKK-like organizations and
individuals with questions about various issues or simply seeking
advice, Hollaway said.

The call and records identifying McVeigh have drawn Hollaway and
others in ultra-conservative circles into a conspiracy theory
being developed by McVeigh's lawyers, Hollaway said.

The defense team scenario hints that a former German Army officer
and friend of Hollaway's, and the former Grand Dragon of the KKK
in Oklahoma may have a connection to the bombing, the Post
reported.

McVeigh, on the day before the bombing, also tried to call
Andreas Strassmeir, a friend of Hollaway and Lyons whose
grandfather helped found the German Nazi Party, Hollaway said.

At the time of the Oklahoma City bombing, Strassmeir, a German
national and former German Army officer, was living at Elhoim
City, a commune in northeastern Oklahoma.

The commune was founded by Robert Millar, a spiritual adviser to
Richard Snell, a white supremacist who was executed in Arkansas
12 hours after the Oklahoma City bombing.

Snell, whose death warrants were signed when Bill Clinton was
governor of Arkansas, was convicted of killing a black Arkansas
state trooper in 1984 and a pawn shop owner he thought was
Jewish.

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Date: Tue, 19 Mar 1996 06:47:13 -0800 (PST)
X-within-URL: http://www.yahoo.com/text/headlines/

Tuesday March 19 6:39 AM EST

Soldiers Approached to Join Racist Groups

NEW YORK (Reuter) - A Defense Department investigation of
racists within its ranks has found that more than three percent
of Army soldiers said they had been approached by recruiters for
hate groups, CBS News reported Monday.

The document was prompted by the murder in December of two
black Fayetteville, North Carolina, residents, allegedly by two
racist soldiers in the Army's elite 82nd Airborne Division at
nearby Fort Bragg Army base.

CBS, which obtained an advance copy of the report, said 3.5
percent of 17,000 soldiers surveyed said they had been contacted
about joining hate groups. That translates into 18,000 such
contacts if applied to the Army's entire force of 500,000, CBS
said.

The Army conducted more than 7,000 face-to-face interviews at
U.S. and overseas bases, but turned up fewer than 100 soliders,
civilians or family members who actually belonged to hate groups.

CBS said in practice soldiers are allowed to belong to hate
groups as long as they are quiet about it, but that officials had
acknowledged this would have to be reconsidered.

The Army is one-third black, the report noted; the 82nd
Airborne unit is 16 percent black.

Since the killings in December, Fort Bragg officials have
insisted the base is not a haven for racists. Results of an
internal investigation of the 82nd Airborne in January found 22
soldiers of more than 14,000 in the division involved in
extremist activity.

A recent report by the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People took issue with the Army's
investigation, saying it was ``unbelievably optimistic'' to
conclude only 22 soldiers in the unit are racial extremists.

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From: stormfront-l@stormfront.org (Stormfront-l)
Subject: Klan page
Date: Thu, 7 Mar 1996 01:11:45 GMT
Organization: Stormfront BBS: 407-833-4986

From: rogers.219@postbox.acs.ohio-state.edu
Date: Wed, 6 Mar 1996 20:11:45 -0500

Hey brothers the Klan page is coming back on-line at
http://www.tripod.com/~christianknight/klan.html
The main parts of it are up right now.
By the way, does anyone know the address for David Duke's
campaign? I want to send him some money. I have some friends who
probably will also. How well did Duke do in the Governor's race?

Thanks,
WHITE POWER

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