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A Reportback from Leif Erikson Day 2015

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One People’s Project has a longer report back posted on Idavox (a new news service for Anti-Fascists from the people at OPP), but, yea, they didn’t show up.

Despite KSS co-founder Bob Gaus claiming on social media that LED 2015 would be on Saturday at Noon, as it had been almost ever previous year, when Anti-Fascists mobilized to confront them they were met with some very confused joggers and a Viking statue and gazebo that had been tagged with Anti-Fascist graffiti.

We waited around for a few hours, taunting KSS and Traditionalist Youth on twitter to come and “smash the reds” who were so patiently waiting like sitting ducks, but they demurred.

After it was clear they were not coming, we thanked those that had responded to the call and went to lunch with some new recruits/supporters who had come out to oppose the event where we sat around and talked about how improved the situation was in Philly in the past 4 years. So thanks for that, KSS.

Yesterday eventually a picture was posted on social media of the 2015 Leif Erikson Day celebration:

A bunch of boneheads who don't know what "saturday at noon" means.

A bunch of boneheads who don’t know what “saturday at noon” means. Also that statue looks Photoshopped. Guessing the paint didn’t fit into their narrative.

Much like pacific northwest Neo-Nazi Jascha Manny did when he called a demonstration in Olympia, WA on a day that did not exist, the boneheads from KSS seem to have trouble using a calendar and clock. That is definitely not noon.

Look, we realize that this was a deliberate ploy by KSS to feed us misinformation so that they could hold their little nighttime demo to an audience of none without Antifascist opposition. What we don’t understand is why KSS could possibly think that proves anything other than Philly Antifa has lots of local supporters willing to mobilize on unconfirmed intel with a few days’ notice to keep their city an Anti-Fascist zone.

Here’s some (not even all) of the opposition who showed up Saturday:

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This crowd was at least 90% Philly people, with some support coming in from NJ and NYC Antifa. When we look at the pic from the KSS demo, we see people from all over PA, Indiana, Ohio and probably a handful of other places. Could it be any clearer that Philly KSS is just a couple guys and an e-mail address at this point? Hell, we remember when these guys were going to counter Mumia demos and attacking Rambo shows. Now you can’t even directly meet us with an advantage of months of planning and support coming from hundreds of miles away. They can bluster and brag all they want, but that has to hurt.

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to come out and stand in solidarity with us. We are very proud of our city and the work everyone has done the past few years to drive Philly KSS underground and to the edge of extinction. Special shout out to NYC Antifa and NJ Antifa for making the trip.This fight isn’t over, but we are winning.

Eternal War on the Hitler Youth,

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ANTI-FASCIST ALERT/// THIS SATURDAY OCT 10 /// ALL OUT AGAINST THE NAZIS ON BOATHOUSE ROW

KSS Co-Founder Bob Gaus talking about this Saturday's Leif Erikson Day event

KSS Co-Founder Bob Gaus talking about this Saturday’s Leif Erikson Day event

 

It’s that time of the year again…

COMMUNITY ALERT

Neo-Nazis plan to rally and march in Fairmount Park.

Where: Thorfinn Karlsefni Statue, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
When: October 10th, 2015 @ 11:00 AM
What: Stand up to racist hate and bigotry of all kinds.

For the past 9 years, the city of Philadelphia has played host to a gathering of Neo-Nazis right under the noses of it’s residents.

This gathering, known as “The Leif Ericson Day Celebration” is organized, promoted, and attended exclusively by members of Neo-Nazi organizations. In past years the gathering has drawn upwards of 50 hardcore racists and fascists to Philly and served as an recruiting and organizing tool for the main organization involved, the Keystone State Skinheads (KSS).

In addition to KSS, past Leif Ericson day celebrations have been attended by members of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), The American 3rd Position Party/American Freedom Party (A3P/AFP), Volksfront (VF) , The Vinlanders Social Club (VSC) and the Hated Skins. All of those groups are considered hate groups by several independent organizations including the Southern Poverty Law Center, The Anti-Defamation League and the FBI. Furthermore, individuals who have attended past Leif Ericson day celebrations have been tied to racist terror organizations such as Blood and Honour and the KKK.

If past years are any indication, they will do a very short march in formation down lemon hill at Noon and attempt to lay a wreath and make speeches at the statue at the statue of Thorfin Karlson along Kelly drive.

After a massive turnout in 2013 to oppose that year’s event, KSS has worked to keep their plans very quiet to avoid having to face opposition whenever they come out. In 2014, they were successful in keeping those plans secret enough to hold the event without any opposition, but just this week, it was leaked that they are indeed planning something for this weekend. There is nothing publicly on the internet about it, no public announcement, and that makes it harder for people to organize against them, especially with a week’s notice.

Which is not to say we won’t try.

(Taken from the Philadelphia Residents Against Racism call put out on social media. Click the link for the full call and event page.)

After last year’s clandestine, weeks-late flash demo, the boneheads from KSS apparently felt confident enough to move the event back to it’s traditional date, while still trying desperately to keep it a secret. They failed.

We are once again calling on all enemies of Fascism to join us in letting KSS know they are not welcome in Philadelphia.

Eternal War on the Hitler Youth.

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