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Jim Mathias

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Re: White activism at Germany in the news

PostSun Sep 15, 2019 12:50 am

https://www.jpost.com/International/Str ... any-601182

Street artists fight back against neo-Nazi propaganda in Germany
One of the neo-Nazi slogans was covered up to display a beautiful landscape of a lush, green, flower-filled meadow with the words: "Our Colors are beautiful"
By Zachary Keyser
September 10, 2019 20:56

Street artists all across Germany are fighting far-Right neo-Nazi views with street art, turning hateful graffiti into artistic works of inclusiveness.

The neo-Nazi graffiti, which is aimed at spreading anti-migrant propaganda as well as intimidating passersby who don't share the same views as these groups, have been showing up in neighborhoods all over Germany - as the far-Right movement has conquered some of these areas into becoming safe havens for neo-Nazi groups.

In the Dortsfeld District of Dortmund, or the so-called "Nazi Neighborhood," police are supervising street artists to cover up hateful slogans, after city authorities approved an initiative by a group called Association for Diversity, Tolerance and Democracy to commission street artists with the task of brightening up the streets with colorful works of art - in order to protect the artists and keep the initiative moving forward.

"We will also in the future thwart any plans to create a space of threat and intimidation in Dorstfeld or elsewhere," said Dortmund police chief Gregory Lange.

One of the neo-Nazi slogans was covered up with a beautiful landscape of a lush, green, flower-filled meadow and the words: "Our Colors are beautiful."

"You cannot let neo-Nazis take a millimeter of room," said Interior Minister Herbert Reul. "That's why it's a great thing for the citizens, the city and the police to stand up against the racist hurlers and remove their disgusting smear."

For years, the district police have put the fight against right-wing transgression at the forefront of their efforts. In 2015, they formed a special commission to fight this type of extremism, according to the German news site WDR.

The police claim that right-wing extremist crimes {that includes distributing flyers and other forms of communication} have fallen by 40% since then. Video surveillance efforts are also being put into play in the coming months in these neighborhoods to further deter hate crimes there.

In Berlin, a similar effort is being spearheaded by a group called "The Cultural Heirs" led by club founder and paint shop owner Ibo Omari. They are using the hashtag #PaintBack, which has been shared over 100,000 times, to display the works of art that their street artists are creating to cover symbols of hate, as well as running other initiatives to bring German youths from immigrant backgrounds together - using everything from street art to skateboarding.

"We as street artists wanted to send the message: you're abusing graffiti," said Omari, according to The Local de. "Graffiti's got nothing to do with racism - it's about bright colors and diverse backgrounds."

Omari and his volunteer group teaches teen members how to practice turning Nazi swastikas into brand new works of art - such as Rubik's cubes, cats in a window, mosquitoes, rabbits and more.

"It's not hard to come up with ideas," said 17-year-old Klemens Reichelt. "I like it because I think swastikas don't belong in Berlin - it's a city open to the world and I want to defend that."

According to Omari, the project started when a local resident came into his shop looking for paint to cover up a swastika spray painted on a children's playground.

"He didn't look like a graffiti artist, so I asked him why he wanted them and he said he needed them to cover up a swastika that had been sprayed on a children's playground," Omari said. "We were pretty shocked that someone had done that, especially here in Schöneberg."

Omari, whose parents are of Lebanese descent, now says that neighborhoods report swastikas they find spray painted around the streets directly to the club instead of local authorities - allowing them to recreate over 20 swastikas since the project's beginning, turning them into "cheeky images."

Although not under the supervision of police, the members of the club get permission from local authorities and property owners before starting their transformative work - creating an initiative and hashtag that has spread to other cities across Germany.

"The last swastikas I had seen were more than 20 years ago, so this was a new, unpleasant development," Omari said. "Unfortunately, the zeitgeist changed in the last few years and we have to explain things to young people that actually [didn't happen] that long ago.

"We thought long and hard about how to react to such ugly sentiments, and then we said: we'll answer with humor and love," he said. "We chose sweet, cheeky images, most of them drawn by kids, so even beginners who aren't graffiti artists could reproduce them."

There has been a 7% rise in "politically motivated crimes" {again, including simply communicating with their own people} in Germany since 2016, with many being identified as "propaganda offenses." The extremist movements began to rise in 2015 when German Chancellor Angela Merkel let in over a million asylum seekers from the Middle East that year, according to domestic intelligence agencies and The Local de.
Let's not waste our opportunities here to conduct outreach while we still can. The more we sit on our thumbs, the better the chances that eventually the opportunity to simply open up communications with our own people will be lost and we'll face prison like our German cousins.
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Re: White activism at Cedar Rapids IA in the news

PostSun Sep 15, 2019 11:52 am

Jim Mathias wrote:
Will Williams wrote:The articles below about the KKK fliers and the ones placed for Jews to see, by those you suggest are put out by the Daily Stormer crowd, unfortunately, get mixed in with the more thoughtful NA fliers that are distributed, and we get painted with the same broad "hate group" brush as those other demonized outfits. Some, but not enough, see through this.
Would you prefer a separate thread for Alliance outreach activity that makes the news? We can't control presstitutes from all over deceptively lumping us in with other groups in their rags, but we can shape the direction of how news is presented here to make sure the distinctions are made honestly.

Activism and Alliance-Building is a good subject title for Alliance activism. Perhaps another subject title for posting the pamphleteering, etc., of all others like the KKK and these other groups that are not "us" would help. That way Alliance activism doesn't get lost, buried with the rest who are out there drawing attention of the Fake News media.

The incident last week with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was significant, but forgotten already. I actually got the "investigative journalist" who wrote that hit piece to change the caption under the 17-year-old photo of Chester Doles, removing the smears of our Alliance. No time to print that change yet. but it's sometimes those smallest victories that are the sweetest, and should be followed up on.
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