The far-right neo-fascist group Proud Boys describes its members as “western chauvinists.” The group paints itself as a Conservative fraternal organization, and its racist, homophobic members frequently incite violence at their demonstrations.
This Saturday, the Proud Boys will descend upon Portland, Oregon to protest antifascists, or Antifa. Fears are mounting that the pro-fascist organizers promoting white supremacy in the streets will lead to violent clashes, as happened last year at a similar events between the two in Portland.
Now activist group network Popular Mobilization (PopMob) is teaming up with Oregon-based immigrants’ rights organization Causa to use the pro-fascist presence to raise money for immigrants.
Supporters of the cause are pledging a certain amount of money for each fascist that shows up to spread his hate. If 10 supporters pledge a dollar per fascist and 300 fascists show up, that’s $3000 raised for immigrants rights thanks to the presence of shameless Proud Boys.
PopMob spokesperson Jesse Goldman said:
“Every one of the fascists that shows up is raising money for a cause that they hate.”
The groups soon announced the initiative on Twitter.
We'll count up the number of people who show up to harass Portland on Saturday and reply to your comment or email when it's time to make your donations.
— (Pop)ular (Mob)ilization (@PopMobPDX) August 14, 2019
And people are digging the idea.
Put me down for $1 per fascist. Stay safe.
— The Last Bourbon King of Naples (@ItsFnarf) August 16, 2019
I’m in. Thank you for your service
— blog house nostalgist (@rfa3001) August 15, 2019
Count me in for 2$ per
— Jason 'the unquenchable' Nelson! (@SirPinkleton) August 16, 2019
I'd like to pledge $2 per fascist that shows up on Saturday to @CausaOregon
— Dana Lynn (@danalynn07) August 16, 2019
This is a hilarious and great idea. I'll be donating. I hope a thousand show up.
— Greg (@NoBalls_TedCruz) August 16, 2019
The current total according to PopMob is $52.85 per fascist. Last year’s rally attendance was put at “a few hundred” by local news outlets, so the Proud Boys will likely be doing a huge service to immigrants’ rights for once.
As PopMob notes, a similar effort was done to great success in Germany when Nazis marched in the streets. Residents pledged a certain amount per meter the Nazis walked and ended up raising over 100,000 Euros.
After last year’s bloody rally, people are already gearing up for violence—and preparing for right wing groups to paint Antifa as instigators.
The right is already circulating a number of baseless conspiracy theories in advance of the Proud Boy rally in Portland tomorrow.
Take any sensational concrete milkshake-style stories you hear with multiple grains of salt, and demand that journalists and media do the same.
— Gwen Snyder is uncivil (@gwensnyderPHL) August 16, 2019
PORTLAND! Watch your backs and each other’s. There’s a big Proud Boys rally this Saturday. 4 people have already been attacked, all people of color. 3 of them were walking out of CC Slaughters. Please don’t fuck around and please keep your eyes out for those most vulnerable!
— Jenny Bruso (@jenny_bruso) August 14, 2019
Leaders of the #ProudBoys are telling troops in the lead up to a far-Right rally in #Portland on August 17th, ironically against "domestic terrorism," to "tone down" threats of violence + murder on social media in wake of visit from the FBI. A thread. https://t.co/3SNjWevV48 pic.twitter.com/jHzedWyStJ
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) August 13, 2019
— Courtney Courier (@courtneyjacquln) August 14, 2019
One of the event’s organizers, Joe Biggs, recently received a visit from the FBI after Facebook posts promoting violence against Antifa at the event. He then called for his supporters to tone down the rhetoric.