Trump's Authoritarian Edict
Executive Order on Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Violence
Issued on June 26, 2020
It is the policy of the United States to prosecute to the fullest extent permitted under Federal law, and as appropriate, any person or any entity that participates in efforts to incite violence or other illegal activity in connection with the riots and acts of vandalism described in section 1 of this order. The desire of the Congress to protect Federal property is clearly reflected in section 1361 of title 18, United States Code, which authorizes a penalty of up to 10 years’ imprisonment for the willful injury of Federal property.
It is the policy of the United States to prosecute to the fullest extent permitted under Federal law, and as appropriate, any person or any entity that destroys, damages, vandalizes, or desecrates a monument, memorial, or statue within the United States or otherwise vandalizes government property.
It is the policy of the United States to prosecute to the fullest extent permitted under Federal law, and as appropriate, any person or any entity that damages, defaces, or destroys religious property, including by attacking, removing, or defacing depictions of Jesus or other religious figures or religious art work.
Upon the request of the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or the Administrator of General Services, the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall provide, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, personnel to assist with the protection of Federal monuments, memorials, statues, or property.
Consistent with applicable law, to withhold Federal support from State and local law enforcement agencies that have failed to protect public monuments, memorials, and statues from destruction or vandalism.
The Attorney General shall prioritize within the Department of Justice the investigation and prosecution of matters described in subsections 2(a), (b), and (c) of this order.
The first duty of government is to ensure domestic tranquility and defend the life, property, and rights of its citizens. Over the last 5 weeks, there has been a sustained assault on the life and property of civilians, law enforcement officers, government property, and revered American monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial. Many of the rioters, arsonists, and left-wing extremists who have carried out and supported these acts have explicitly identified themselves with ideologies — such as Marxism — that call for the destruction of the United States system of government.
Anarchists and left-wing extremists have sought to advance a fringe ideology that paints the United States of America as fundamentally unjust and have sought to impose that ideology on Americans through violence and mob intimidation. They have led riots in the streets, burned police vehicles, killed and assaulted government officers as well as business owners defending their property, and even seized an area within one city where law and order gave way to anarchy. During the unrest, innocent citizens also have been harmed and killed.
These criminal acts are frequently planned and supported by agitators who have traveled across State lines to promote their own violent agenda. These radicals shamelessly attack the legitimacy of our institutions and the very rule of law itself.
Key targets in the violent extremists’ campaign against our country are public monuments, memorials, and statues. Their selection of targets reveals a deep ignorance of our history, and is indicative of a desire to indiscriminately destroy anything that honors our past and to erase from the public mind any suggestion that our past may be worth honoring, cherishing, remembering, or understanding. In the last week, vandals toppled a statue of President Ulysses S. Grant in San Francisco. To them, it made no difference that President Grant led the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy in the Civil War, enforced Reconstruction, fought the Ku Klux Klan, and advocated for the Fifteenth Amendment, which guaranteed freed slaves the right to vote. In Charlotte, North Carolina, the names of 507 veterans memorialized on a World War II monument were painted over with a symbol of communism. And earlier this month, in Boston, a memorial commemorating an African-American regiment that fought in the Civil War was defaced with graffiti. In Madison, Wisconsin, rioters knocked over the statue of an abolitionist immigrant who fought for the Union during the Civil War. Christian figures are now in the crosshairs, too. Recently, an influential activist for one movement that has been prominent in setting the agenda for demonstrations in recent weeks declared that many existing religious depictions of Jesus and the Holy Family should be purged from our places of worship.
Individuals and organizations have the right to peacefully advocate for either the removal or the construction of any monument. But no individual or group has the right to damage, deface, or remove any monument by use of force.
In the midst of these attacks, many State and local governments appear to have lost the ability to distinguish between the lawful exercise of rights to free speech and assembly and unvarnished vandalism. They have surrendered to mob rule, imperiling community safety, allowing for the wholesale violation of our laws, and privileging the violent impulses of the mob over the rights of law-abiding citizens. Worse, they apparently have lost the will or the desire to stand up to the radical fringe and defend the fundamental truth that America is good, her people are virtuous, and that justice prevails in this country to a far greater extent than anywhere else in the world. Some particularly misguided public officials even appear to have accepted the idea that violence can be virtuous and have prevented their police from enforcing the law and protecting public monuments, memorials, and statues from the mob’s ropes and graffiti.
My Administration will not allow violent mobs incited by a radical fringe to become the arbiters of the aspects of our history that can be celebrated in public spaces. State and local public officials’ abdication of their law enforcement responsibilities in deference to this violent assault must end.
New Black Nationalists Support Portland's Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front
The Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front (PNWYLF) are Portland’s new kids on the block. They play hard and for keeps. For 56 straight days they’ve been the oxygen fueling Portland’s non-stop protests. It was their continuous siege and assaults on federal buildings in Portland that captured Donald Trump’s attention.
Believing the “Rose City” was a provincial outpost on the Pacific Slope where the “anarchist left” could be quickly trampled underfoot, Trump’s fed-fascist mercenaries were dispatched to Portland on July 18.
The PNW Youth Liberation Front’s welcoming committee rolled out the red carpet for Trump's Praetorian Guard--greeting them with rocks, bottles, paint balls, blinding laser lights, and skirmishes across mobile barricades that resulted in pitched battles into the early morning hours.
Every night since then the PNWYLF has escalated its asymmetric street war, exchanging blow-for-blow with Trump's occupying legions. They exposed how the fed-fascists jackbooted aggression has nothing to do with public safety or “law and order.” Customs and Border Patrol agents, and ICE unit “Jump Out” squads, arrested and detained people with no charges and refused to read them their Miranda rights. One protestor struck in the head by a stun munition suffered a skull fracture.
The jackboots, wearing no emblems or insignia attacked the “Wall of Moms” on Wednesday, who placed themselves between protestors and the police as a human shield. The following night Trump’s rogue mercenaries teargassed Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, as his shouts of “Black Lives Matter” and fist pumps were hooted down by protesters at the downtown federal building. The irony of it all could not be missed as Mayor Wheeler also serves as Portland’s Police Commissioner
In converting Portland into a national battleground of radical resistance against Trump’s authoritarian rule, the YLF has unsettled virtually every political force in Portland.
Their sometimes-violent and creative confrontational tactics have been criticized for providing an opening for Trump to garrison Portland with federal stormtroopers. Wrong.
Since Minneapolis protestors burned down the 3rd District Police Station on May 28, Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr set a national plan into motion to occupy cities. It started with a fake campaign to target “professional anarchists” and Antifa in Minneapolis, and a week later in Washington, D.C., calling in "federalized" troops to clear Lafayette Park.
In preparation to roll out the national occupation plan called “Operation Legend,” Trump and Barr concluded that illegally deploying a national police force was too cumbersome under the provisions of the “Insurrection Act of 1807," which among other things required a formal request of federalized troops by the governor of any given state.
They had no intention of asking anyone's permission to do anything. The administration crafted a new “Executive Order on Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Violence,” with broad powers that allowed the use of Homeland Security forces at the president’s discretion.
“Operation Legend,” was “officially” unveiled in Kansas City and Albuquerque, before hitting Chicago this week. As Oregon’s Attorney General, who sued the Department of Homeland Security over the fed-fascists illegal arrests and detention of Portland citizens said, “Trump’s roadshow will be coming to your neighborhood soon.” Portland's Mayor and Oregon's both asked Trump not to send federalized troops to Portland. He did it anyway.
Returning then to the PNWYLF, they have emulated Portland’s legendary Antifa/Black Bloc forces by adopting their decentralized network model and facial masking practices. But these avant-garde anti-capitalist/anti-fascist upstarts are politically more diverse, unpredictable, and ambitious than Antifa ever was. Those differences may have prompted Antifa in Portland to clarify last week that they are not organizationally connected to the PNW Youth Liberation Front.
The YLF’s direct actions against Trump’s Praetorian Guard’s has also split Portland’s political establishment. Angry about Portland police tear gassing protesters and collaborating with the fed-fascists forces, City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty told Mayor Wheeler, “if you can’t control the police, give me the Portland Police Bureau.”
Trapped in the middle of the chaos are Portland’s Black Lives Matter activists. Like many BLM supporters nationwide, Portland’s activists aren’t an “official chapter,” but they are “doing the work.” Tension has surfaced over the past few weeks as concerns have been voiced that the PNW Youth Liberation Movement’s aggressive and violent tactics targeting the federal government are exposing Black Lives Matter to charges of being terrorists or using violent means to achieve their ends.
New Black Nationalists are not moved by these complaints. The whole world watched and supported the largely peaceful protests under the banner of Black Lives Matter in over 98 cities. The public knows that none of BLM’s 13 U.S. chapters are violent or terrorists, despite any claims Trump and his henchman make. These efforts to sabotage BLM go with the territory of challenging the powers that be.
The Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front has supported Black Lives Matter in Portland and Seattle, and a dozen other cities where their ranks are swelling, and twitter accounts are buzzing. We have no doubt “The Front” will continue to do so in the future.
At the same time, “The Front” has a much bigger political agenda they’ve articulated and fought for since 2017. They have helped build the “anti-capitalist” occupy movement in the Northwest. They organized and led a walkout of Portland’s high school students over environmental issues. They demonstrated against and disrupted Portland’s transportation system demanding free transportation for Portland’s underserved communities. “The Front” advocated for and set up autonomous zones in support of the indigenous Chinook Indian Nation, who were federally recognized briefly in 2001, but had their status revoked in 2002.
Although “The Front” is not an all-white network they’ve got a serious quarrel with white millennials who talk a good liberal or radical game but are unwilling to put their bodies on the line to make real change. They are not afraid of the government or Trump and are appealing to like-minded youth across the country who truly want a different future to step up their game. "The Front" is unapologetically a "by any means necessary" project. New Black Nationalists are good with that.
The PNWYLF’s radical agenda and their aggressive tactics have arguably made them the fastest growing (27,000 Twitter followers), most radical youth network in the country. They can’t simply place their network on hold in deference to Black Lives Matter.
At the local level in Portland, honest discussions, accommodations, and tactical adjustments must be made in the midst of battle by all parties involved. Black Lives Matter is not privileged in this regard and their supporters in Portland can certainly issue public statements clarifying their differences with the PNWYLF, just as Antifa did.
Portland’s Black Lives Matter can hold “peaceful” marches and events outside the “contested zone” of Portland’s Federal justice center complex where most of the violence has occurred. But frankly, Trump’s stormtroopers may attack those events anyway—they are a lawless bunch of thugs whose role is to provoke violence. They don’t need an excuse attack BLM or anyone else.
More to the point, what is Portland Black Lives Matter’s agenda going forward? As we understand the situation, the central focus of BLM’s demands is defunding the police. On June 17, Portland’s city council cut police department funding by $15 million.
Some activists wanted as much as $50 million in police department cuts. Does Portland’s BLM want to continue the fight to cut more funds or do they have other priorities to dismantle the carceral complex? If so, what’s the plan, and how can forces like the NPYLF and others help?
New Black Nationalists have characterized the unprecedented second wave of global protests since George Floyds assassination as the Black Lives Matter 2.0 era. We seek to analyze and track BLM’s path forward now that they have political momentum and majority support to push forward the counter-carceral movement. Portland is one their first major tests.
If Portland’s BLM needs assistance from the BLM national office to negotiate the complex terrain in Portland, it should be placed at their disposal. If BLM supporters in Portland are open to accepting some advice, stay focused on your agenda. Don't get distracted by things you may not be able to control. Keep pushing your narrative.
Even as we go to print, we are receiving reports that a "Wall of Dads," a "Wall of Vets," Teachers Against Tyrants," and "Lawyers for BLM," have joined in the protests. There will be many more forces that will enter the fray. Just concentrate on moving your agenda forward and uniting with them over common ground.
There is also a role here for 60s veterans of the Black Power and anti-Vietnam War movements in Portland to contribute as sage counselors and advisors to these movements.
That being said, to the extent that “The Front” has offended activists in the Black community they issued the following statement:
“Lots of folks have been reaching out concerned that we’re putting our majority white voices over POC (people of color) organizers that have been doing this work longer than us all. I apologize for the lack of communication and transparency on our part, and there is really not an excuse … all we can do is learn from mistakes and the criticisms from the community and grow as people.”
This statement demonstrates that the youthful “Front,” is willing to listen, discuss, be self-critical, and show humility. The maturing process into principled radicals and revolutionaries takes time and experience, all of which is accelerated in intense battles like Portland.
The rapidly escalating tensions in Portland, signal that more is at stake here than heightened violence between protestors and Trump’s mercenary legions.
On the table is whether Trump’s authoritarian rule can crush “legal” protests and radical groups he dislikes at will. Beyond fulfilling his bloodlust for vengeance against the Black Lives Matter inspired 2.0 resistance, there is a broader calculation at play.
With the COVID-19 pandemic spinning out of control and the economy having no chance of recovering by election day, Trump is orchestrating a fake campaign of chaos to impose a virtual national state of emergency in cities across America. He’s doing so to justify nullifying the November 3, election results that he will lose, in order to extend his autocratic rule. But’s he’s got a problem.
Donald Trump’s first battlefield test to bring Portland to heel has encountered a fierce resistance it never anticipated—a resistance that has embarrassed and exposed its authoritarian ruthlessness for all to see.
Now, Trump’s fascist guard must either stay and fight to the end to crush Portland’s resistance or turn tail and retreat. Either way they are losing the battle propaganda war and the street fight to the teenagers and young rebels of the Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front. They are turning Portland into the equivalent of a protracted Vietnam style defeat for “The Apprentice.”
Every day that “The Front” takes its position on the battle line is a victory for the resistance. How long can they hold out? Nobody knows, but the young vanguard did issue this warning:
“We are a bunch of teenagers armed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and yerba mate — we can take a 5 a.m. raid and be back on our feet a few hours later … we’ll be back again and again until every prison is reduced to ashes and every wall to rubble.”
The stateless maroons of New Black Nationalist movement support the efforts of the Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front and the "Wall of Moms" in the Battle of Portland, and wish them continued success in the future.
Welcome to the decade of the 2020's. The Wall of Moms, the Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front and the Not Fucking Around Coalition (Black militia). These newly emerging forces signal that the 2020s will be the decade of war, peace, and revolution. Stay tuned.
Portland's "Wall of Moms" Prepare to be Human.Shields - July 18, 2020
We are an autonomous network of youth and student collectives dedicated to the liberation of all people through any means necessary.
We formed because we see the rise of fascism and hate in America and our voices are too strong to be silent. We believe students and youth have the strongest voice and when we organize and resist we can make huge changes, locally and nationally.
•We want all youth and students to rise up, be heard, and question our government and demand change.
•We want a completely reformed school system based off ALL of the students NEEDS, youth internationally deserve a real education system that educates and prepares students, instead of spewing out state propaganda.
•We want to end the war on the working class by ending brutal gentrification practices and other anti-working class policy’s.
•We want to put an intimidate end to the militarization of local police departments by putting an end to the use of flashbangs, teargas and other extremely militarized weapons and stopping “preemptive protest crackdowns”.
•We want the ruling class and government officials to be taxed heavily and for that money to go towards local school districts, prioritizing working class areas.
•We want to put an end to all I.C.E and D.H.S operations nationally, we refuse to allow literal fascist systems terrorize our community’s.
Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front: Statement and Goals
PORTLAND PROTEST UPDATE!
On Friday night the protests in Portland were joined by the Wall of Dads, the Wall of Vets, Lawyers for Black Lives Matter, Teachers Against Tyrants, and Dads With Leaf Blowers.
Seattle -- Fed Fascists Pepper Spray Protestors 7.26.20
PROTEST UPDATE: MON. JULY 27
Anti-Trump Protest Engulf West Coast
As we go to print on Monday, Sunday the 60 day protest marathon by Portland's Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front has ignited protest to Seattle, Los Angeles, and Oakland, engulfing the West Coast in flames and anti-government protests.
These protest are targeting the Trumps garrisoning of Federal troops in cities and illegal arrest of opposition protests by a quasi-national police force. Saturday's demonstrations included a car driving through a crowd of protesters in Aurora, Colorado, a man fatally shot in Austin, Texas, and a court house set aflame in Oakland, California.
In Seattle, authorities declared a riot following large protests in its Capitol Hill neighborhood, with police deploying flash bangs and pepper spray to try to clear an "occupied protest zone" that stretches for several blocks. Police had previously cleared the area after two fatal shootings there earlier this month.
The clashes also came shortly after US District Judge James Robart, on Friday, granted a request from the federal government to block Seattle's new law prohibiting police from using pepper spray, blast balls and similar weapons.
In Oakland, California, protesters set fire to a courthouse, damaged a police station and assaulted officers after a peaceful demonstration intensified late on Saturday.