ANTIFA INFO-BULLETIN, Supplement 22

Tom Burghardt (tburghardt@igc.apc.org)
Mon, 1 Apr 1996 04:07:35 +0200


the development of the precarious forms of work, let's redefine
the socially useful activities in our societies (producing what,
how, for who ?).

- against the living conditions determined by our income
(prohibitive rents, appearance of discount supermarkets so that
the poorer of the poor could go on consuming - with lesser
quality, of course...).

- against daily sexism which is no more than the relay of the
ruling model in which we are compelled to be jailed (women at
home or sexual object according to the circumstances, gays and
lesbians as a ghetto minority...)

We should no longer let capitalism confine us in an exclusion
logic, let's refuse the appointment of a scape-goat.

Let's impose society against the state !
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- to put an end to the existing order, we should act : knowing
and controlling our living conditions.

- for a concrete internationalist solidarity with struggling
peoples, for their social and national emancipation and for the
support to the refugees and underground people (Basques, nonsuits
of the right of asylum...)

- to realise what look upon as socially useful, let's take
collective rooms and create concrete anticapitalist alternatives
: squats, alternative, premises, social centres, alternative
schools...

- to refuse institutional and state mediations, let's increase
the number of self mangagement and direct democracy experiences
to impose our class interests.

Let's cease to believe in a human faced capitalism and that when
we would change some politicians, another policy is possible in
this system.

States and national middle classes have no interest but theirs.
Let's impose ours : let's destroy capitalism !

We should not adjust the workplace, we should rule out
capitalism!

Against the capitalist worldwide application, international
solidarity !

In Lyon, the 22nd, let's demonstrate !
Let's talk about these problems to attempt to build creative
utopias, alternatives to this world order in the forums In Lyon,
the 22 nd and 23rd June

Coordination of the Anti G7 Groups

Supported by tye No Pasaran Network, Anarchist Communist
Organisation (OCL), Solidarity Comitee with Chiapas poeples,
Comitee Somport

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From: DEBRA@OLN.comlink.apc.org (Debra Guzman)
Organization: HRNet - Human Rights Info Network
Subject: RUS: Fascists Sentenced
Date: Sat, 23 Mar 1996 06:36:00 +0100

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OMRI DAILY DIGEST
No. 53, Part I, 14 March 1996

FASCISTS SENTENCED IN YAROSLAVL. A Yaroslavl court sentenced
two members of the neo-Nazi group Werewolf Legion, including
its leader Igor Pirozhok, to five- and nine-year prison
terms for murder and stirring up ethnic hatred, the first
guilty verdicts ever brought under Article 74 of the
Criminal Code (inciting ethnic hatred), NTV reported on 13
March. Pirozhok admitted to Izvestiya that his group commits
terrorist acts against "Jews, communists, and democrats." --

-- Laura Belin

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From: DEBRA@OLN.comlink.apc.org (Debra Guzman)
Organization: HRNet - Human Rights Info Network
Date: Sat, 23 Mar 1996 12:06:00 +0100

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OMRI DAILY DIGEST
No. 54, Part II, 15 March 1996

SLOVAKS COMMEMORATE ANNIVERSARY OF FOUNDING OF WAR-TIME
STATE. Between 100 and 250 skinheads and pensioners on 14
March gathered in Bratislava to mark the 57th anniversary of
the founding of Slovakia's Nazi-allied war-time state and to
honor its president, Jozef Tiso, Slovak media reported. The
rally was organized by the Slovak National Union (SNJ) and
the Society of Dr. Jozef Tiso. SNJ chairman Stanislav Panis
praised both Tiso and the war-time state and complained that
the majority of current parliamentary deputies are former
communists. Speakers attacked Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar
for earlier statements that the Tiso regime was "fascist,"
and they called for the Slovak-Hungarian treaty to be
rejected. The Slovak Anti-Fascist Union and the Human
movement condemned the attempts "to revive fascist ideas."

-- Sharon Fisher

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Date: Sat, 30 Mar 1996 06:25:50 -0800 (PST)
X-within-URL: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/chronicle/

Saturday, March 30, 1996 7 Page A1
)1996 San Francisco Chronicle

Emerging From Holocaust's Shadow

Dan Levy, Chronicle Staff Writer

When Jerry Rosenstein and his father faced Dr. Josef Mengele's
judgment table at the Auschwitz death camp in 1944, they told the
Nazi exterminator they were metalworkers. The elder Rosenstein,
who was actually a manufacturer of medical instruments, knew
there was something ominous about the way Mengele sent some
prisoners to the left, others to the right.

``My father had good instincts,'' Rosenstein said this week in
his San Francisco home, recalling how the masquerade as skilled
laborers got them an assignment to a satellite camp, where they
unloaded boxcars and worked as welders, instead of a direct trip
to the gas chamber with other Jews.

It wasn't the only lie Rosenstein told to survive: He also
kept hidden his homosexuality. Like being a Jew, a Gypsy or
disabled, being gay in Nazi Germany was punishable by death in a
concentration camp.

But in the huge body of Holocaust studies, the persecution of
gays and lesbians is still largely an untold story. Now,
Rosenstein and other activists across the nation are attempting
to document the experience of homosexuals under Nazism.

``It is important that the public be aware,'' said Rosenstein,
68, who was born in Bensheim, Germany, but was arrested by the
Nazis in Amsterdam, where his family had fled in 1935. ``We want
to give the gay and lesbian community some visibility.''

FIRST FORMAL RECOGNITION

A fund-raising campaign for the United States Holocaust
Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., will endow research efforts
on the wartime experience of homosexuals. It also will give the
gay and lesbian community an engraved presence on the founders'
wall at the museum -- the first time a federal facility will have
recognized gays in such a way.

The campaign hopes to raise $1.5 million but is $500,000 short
of the goal, said Debbie Eliason, the campaign coordinator. A
larger effort to document the Nazis' treatment of minority
communities is being assisted by film director Steven Spielberg's
Shoah Foundation, which is conducting videotaped oral histories
with gay survivors.

But finding people like Rosenstein is not easy. Of an
estimated 10,000 to 15,000 homosexuals imprisoned in Germany
under a pre-Hitler anti-gay statute, perhaps 4,000 survived,
according to Dutch historian Dr. Klaus Muller, a researcher for
the museum. The museum knows of only 15 gay survivors who are
still alive, Eliason said.

After World War II, many homosexuals buried their identities.
Allied governments and the postwar German government continued to
view homosexuality as a crime, forcing gays to live furtively
even after they survived the horrors of concentration camps. The
anti-gay statute, Paragraph 175 of the German penal code, was not
repealed until 1969.

LIFETIMES IN HIDING

``It's very hard for these survivors to talk at all,'' Eliason
said in a telephone interview from Washington. ``Given that the
Federal Republic of Germany didn't repeal the law until 1969,
there was still a lot of sensitivity about sexuality. Even today,
some of the survivors fear recriminations in their communities in
Europe.''

Documentation is especially important as survivors of the
World War II generation die and revisionists attempt to prove
that the Holocaust never happened, Eliason said. It was only in
1994 that the museum recovered a pink triangle, the symbol for
homosexuals under the Nazis' classification system, that was
actually worn by a known individual.

That person was Josef Kohout, prisoner No. 1896 and a gay
survivor of the Flossenberg concentration camp. He had kept the
triangle in a box during his postwar life in Vienna. After he
died at age 79 in 1994, his companion showed the pink scrap of
cloth to Muller.

The badge, now on display at the museum, is ``the only one of
its kind,'' Eliason said. ``We don't have any other artifacts
that came from gay survivors. It makes what happened real. He was
imprisoned because of his sexuality.''

A MATTER OF CONSCIENCE

Rosenstein's postwar experience was relatively happy, however.
He left Europe in 1946 with his father and mother, who had also
survived the camps, and went to New York. In 1949, he came to San
Francisco for a weekend and realized that this was the city for
him.

``I liked it here,'' he said. ``By Monday morning I had a job.
Times were much simpler then.''

Now retired after a long career with Delvalle, Kahman and Co.,
an international trading company, Rosenstein considers himself
``one of the few Holocaust survivors who is openly gay and
politically active.'' He is a co-chairman of a fund-raising
dinner Sunday night at Stars restaurant, where Michael Tilson
Thomas, music director of the San Francisco Symphony, will
perform with cast members of ``On the Town,'' Tyne Daly, opera
star Frederica von Stade and others.

``I consider myself very fortunate,'' Rosenstein said. ``I
have seen statistics that show only 1 percent survived with two
members of their family.''

Perhaps because of his generation's attitudes about gays,
Rosenstein did not come out about his sexual orientation until
the late 1970s.

When he finally did acknowledge his sexuality, he said, it
seemed to him to be a matter of conscience.

``I felt that life was too short,'' said Rosenstein. ``I owed
it to the community. Staying in the closet is not exactly
responsible behavior.''

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Zundel Hate Charge Withdrawn

(Toronto Star - March 16, 1996) The withdrawal of a promoting
hatred charge against Holocaust-denier Ernst Zundel has sparked
anger in Metro's Jewish community.

A lawyer for Ontario's attorney-general told an old city
hall court yesterday there just wasn't enough evidence to mount a
case.
Sabina Citron, an Auschwitz concentration camp survivor, had
pressed the charge after Zundel published a newsletter denying
that Nazi Germany had killed 6 million Jews.

Citron and about two dozen people protested the decision
outside the attorney-general's Bay St. offices.

Citron, a founder of the Canadian Holocaust Remembrance
Association, said she is preparing a civil legal action against
Zundel.

"He's defaming me personally and my people in general", she
said.

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Zundel Loses Court Battle On Citizenship

Ottawa, Canada (Canadian Press - March 22, 1996) Holocaust-denier
Ernst Zundel will go before a review panel Monday after losing a
Federal Court battle in his fight for Canadian citizenship.

Zundel, who lives in Toronto, had managed to put off the
hearing since August with legal manoeuvres culminating in the
Federal Court's rejection of his application for a stay of
proceedings of the Security Intelligence Review Committee.

The committee is reviewing a finding by the Canadian
Security Intelligence Service that Zundel, who has been convicted
in his native Germany for his Holocaust-denial writings, is not
eligible for Canadian citizenship because he is a threat to the
security of Canada.

Zundel, who has lived in Canada for 38 years, said he will
be deported if the decision by CSIS is allowed to stand. He said
he will "fight to the finish" for his right to Canadian
citizenship.

Under the Immigration Act the committee must review CSIS
findings before an immigration minister can deny an application
for citizenship.

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Date: Thu, 28 Mar 1996 20:07:35 -0800 (PST)
X-within-URL: http://www.usa.net/gtwork/today/nat110.html

EX-BLACK PANTHER IMPRISONED 24 YEARS FOR MURDER SEEKS RETRIAL

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- The last time Jeanne Hamilton saw Elmer
"Geronimo" Pratt was in 1972, when she and other jurors convicted
the former Black Panther of murdering a schoolteacher.

Hamilton now believes they sent an innocent man to prison.

Pratt, 48, and his lawyers plan to return to court Thursday to
seek a new trial. Hamilton wants to be there.

"I'm scared to death, and I want to look at him and tell him
I'm sorry," said Hamilton, a schoolteacher.

Pratt contended he was in Oakland, 400 miles away, the night
Carolyn Olsen, 27, was shot to death in 1968 during a robbery on
a Santa Monica tennis court. Her husband, Kenneth Olsen, was
wounded. Pratt is in a Northern California prison and has served
24 years of a life sentence.

Pratt's case has become a cause celebre, prompting protests
and drawing support from Amnesty International, the American
Civil Liberties Union and members of Congress.

Defense attorneys say prosecutors withheld key evidence as
part of an FBI frame-up.

"I didn't know I was up against the entire government," said
Johnnie Cochran Jr., who as a young lawyer years before the O.J.
Simpson case represented Pratt.

Cochran has failed four times to get a new trial. This time,
he says he has more evidence and six witnesses who will verify
Pratt's whereabouts. The defense also claims to know who
committed the crime, although both men are now dead.

The defense this time also has the help of crusading lay
minister Jim McCloskey, whose Princeton, N.J.-based Centurion
Ministries specializes in exonerating those wrongly convicted.

It was largely due to McCloskey's report on the Pratt case
that led District Attorney Gil Garcetti to agree to review the
case in 1993.

Frustrated at no response, Cochran and co-counsel Stuart
Hanlon filed a request to overturn the conviction, and a judge
set a deadline for the district attorney to reply this week.

Prosecutors, however, have asked Superior Court Judge Michael
Cowell for a three-month extension to gather FBI documents.

At Thursday's hearing, the two sides are expected to take up
the request.

FBI spokeswoman Kiara Andrich refused to comment on
allegations of an FBI frame-up of Pratt. And Deputy District
Attorney Brentford J. Ferreira, who is reviewing the case, said,
"We believe he had a fair trial."

While there's disagreement on the fairness of Pratt's trial,
there's no dispute the case is deeply rooted in the political
turbulence of the late 1960s.

In 1968, Pratt, a decorated Vietnam veteran, was attending
University of California at Los Angeles when he joined the Black
Panthers. He was quickly promoted in the party hierarchy after
two leaders were killed by a rival organization. That promotion,
according to McCloskey, led to a rivalry with fellow member
Julius Butler.

It was Butler a few years later who became the prosecution's
key witness against Pratt.

The Black Panthers, clad in their black berets and leather
jackets, openly armed themselves and engaged in shootouts with
police, leading FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to call the group
the most dangerous threat to national security.

Pratt himself became a target of the FBI's COINTELPRO, aimed
at undermining radicals, retired FBI agent M. Wesley Swearingen
said in his 1995 book "FBI Secrets, An Agent's Expose." And,
according to FBI memos, Butler was an FBI informant long before
he accused Pratt of the murder, McCloskey said.

"It makes sense: The FBI wanted to get rid of Pratt, and
Butler disdained him. So they hooked up to pin this unsolved
crime on him," McCloskey said.

Butler, now a retired lawyer, is chairman of the First African
Methodist Episcopal church in South Central Los Angeles, one of
the city's most influential black congregations. He did not
return calls for comment.

Jurors and defense attorneys were never told of any FBI
involvement in the case during the trial, and FBI wiretap records
that proved Pratt was in Oakland at the time of the murder could
never be found, the defense says.

Pratt's case was further damaged because none of the Black
Panthers came forward as witnesses.

Huey Newton, who co-founded the Panthers, had ordered members
not to help Pratt because of a split within the party between
Newton and Eldridge Cleaver. By the time Pratt came to trial, he
had been expelled from the Black Panthers for siding with
Cleaver.

Since Newton's death in 1989, six Panthers, including former
chairman Bobby Seale, have given sworn statements saying Pratt
was with them in Oakland.

Jurors also were never told that Olsen's husband, who has
since died, identified another man as the killer before fingering
Pratt two years later.

That particularly angers Hamilton because it was one of her
strongest reasons to convict: "It was hard to doubt the husband
of the victim."

She and two other jurors have signed affidavits saying that if
they had known about Butler being an FBI informant and Olsen
making a prior identification, they would have never voted
guilty, the defense says.

"We were victims. We were pawns of the government. We were set
up," Hamilton said. "It's so difficult to put into words. It's
such an injustice."

"In my heart of hearts, I think he's innocent. There's no
question in my mind," she said.

Pratt has been denied parole 16 times. It will be four years
before he comes up for review again.

"I will not stop practicing law until Pratt is proven
innocent," Cochran said. "It's a matter of integrity. This is my
Waterloo."

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Subject: KKK web site
Date: Thu, 28 Mar 1996 16:37:44 GMT
Organization: Stormfront BBS: 407-833-4986

From: kkk@iglou.com (Christopher Johnson)
Date: Thu, 28 Mar 1996 11:37:44 -0500 (EST)
Subject: KKK web site

White Racialist Greetings,

I am please to announce the new web site for The Knights of the
Ku Klux Klan. Following the recent "purge" at geocities, we were
prompted to locate a stable, unyielding provider. The Lord has
answered our prayers.

Please update your links to: http://usawatch.com/kkk.htm

Any organizations that would consider putting together a web page
should contact this provider (e-mail: usawatch@usawatch.com).
The cost should be about $25 a month.

For God, Race, and Nation,

Christopher Johnson
Imperial Klaliff
Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Date: Sat, 30 Mar 1996 13:50:50 -0800 (PST)
Sender: mnovickt@igc.apc.org

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