Tuesday afternoon, outside District 18 courthouse where a local white supremacist’s preliminary trial was held, community members had gathered to denounce and expose white supremacy in Charlottesville and in Chicago. During a march, the police attacked and three antifascists were brutally arrested.
Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.
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Chicago: Call for Court Support of Antifa Comrades
Wednesday August 16, 01:30pm – 02:30pm CDT
Cook County Jail, 2700 S California Ave, Chicago 60608
Tuesday afternoon, outside District 18 courthouse where a local white supremacist’s preliminary trial was held, community members had gathered to denounce and expose white supremacy in Charlottesville and in Chicago. During a march, the police attacked and three antifascists were brutally arrested. One person was released, one person was being held without charges (as of 930pm) and one person will have court tomorrow.
Wednesday, they’ll be appearing in Room 100. The public is encouraged to show our comrades, the police state and the justice system that our solidarity is stronger than their violence and that they can’t stop us.
There is the possibility of exhorbitant bail. Please donate to Chicago Community Bond Fund Facebook page or at https://www.chicagobond.org/#donate to help free our comrades from the state as quickly as possible.
Spread word and invite your friends!
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1805878056107433
Black Rose – Rosa Negra and Haymaker Collective statement
Three arrested protesting local white supremacist and national rise of fascism
Chicago – Tuesday, August 15, communities gathered to expose and denounce the rise of the far-right, nationally and locally, via demonstration in front of the District 19 Circuit Courthouse at 2452 W Belmont.
Tom Christensen, a 34-year-old Humboldt park resident, is a well-known white supremacist affiliated with the neo-nazi organization Volksfront International, the neo-Nazi website Stormfront and the alt-right organization Proud Boys.
On July 29, he attacked a person of color wearing a left-wing t-shirt outside of Wicker Park.
Ten days later, at a punk show on Northerly Island, he stabbed a man and woman, hospitalizing both. Following this second attack, he was arrested, charged with assault with a deadly weapon and is being held on a $250,000 bond.
Around 100 people participated in the rally against fascism, where community groups and members denounced the rise of nazism in Chicago and the US, shared personal stories of attack, and collectively sang international anti-fascist songs. Following the rally, community members marched in the street, holding banners and chanting against white supremacy.
Less than 10 minutes into the march, Chicago police swarmed the crowd, arresting three individuals, two for stepping off the sidewalk, and a third who was put into a chokehold and thrown to the ground as they attempted to ask for the identifying information of a police officer in plainclothes.
Dozens of officers posted themselves around the police station, laughing at and taunting protesters in an attempt to intimidate them in a brute show of force, as is consistent with white supremacist tactics.
“As organizers, we know, now as ever, that the police are part of the same fascist structures which have produced the state of social violence we see today. Like in Charlottesville, police in Chicago selectively target and intimidate anti-fascist protesters,” said Black Rose – Rosa Negra Chicago and Haymaker Chicago.
The groups stand with jailed comrades and will continue unabated in the fight against white supremacy and fascist violence nationwide.
Black Rose – Rosa Negra and Haymaker Collective, August 15, 2017.
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