By John Crump
U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- In part one and two of the Antifa investigative series we learned about the history of Antifa. We also examined their tools, and their techniques. Most importantly we looked at their goals.
In the third and final part of the Antifa Series we are going dive into their leadership. We will also look at Antifa’s enemies and groups they consider to be their allies.
Through this series we hope we have shed some light on a very dangerous group. I will continue to track Antifa and if the readers have any additional information they feel is relevant to my research please add info in the comments or at the links below.
Key Figures And Organizations
Although most Antifa members are in their 20s and local Antifa cell leaders are in their late 20 to early 30s most of the national leaders are in their 50s.
Most of the Antifa leadership is hidden within BAMN (By Any Means Necessary). Although BAMN claims to be civil rights organization it was originally an openly communist group.
BAMN was investigated in 2005 for engaging in terrorist activities. There were reports that they had ties to several terrorist organizations such as the East Lansing Animal Rights Movement (ELARM), Direct Action, and to the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) . BAMN alleged that these allegations were brought by the FBI was to try to crush dissent.
BAMN collects money through United for Equality and Affirmative Action Legal Defense Fund (UEAALDF), which is a 501(c)(3) organization registered to Donna Stern, Organizer of BAMN: By Any Means Necessary, that claims to be nonpartisan. This money is supposed to be used for “civil rights actions.”
Some of the UEAALDF donors include the Ford Foundation and the far left wing group The Southern Poverty Center. They have also taken money from multiple labor unions including the UAW International.
What is the most disturbing thing I have uncovered is the amount of teacher organizations that give the UEAALDF money.
This money is funneled through the UEAALDF to BAMN then to Antifa. This is how Antifa can organize so well. This also means Antifa is very well funded. One thing I did find interesting is that the TV Judge Mathis is a major donor to the UEAALDF.
Yvette Felarca is the semi-public spokesperson for Antifa through the BAMN front organization. As mentioned earlier in the article Antifa will only have semi-public spokespersons and they will deny being Antifa members.
This is exactly what Yvette Felarca does. It is widely known she speaks for Antifa on the national level.
Shockingly, Felarca is a middle school teacher in Oakland, CA. She has been suspended multiple times for recruiting her students for Antifa and for violent protest such as The Battle of Berkley. She wields a lot of power in the teachers union and keeps being returned to her job where the whole cycle restarts.
Shanta Driver is the top national leader for Antifa although she claims she is just an activist who happens to work with Antifa. Away from violent protest she is a labor lawyer. She was present in the background at the Battle Of Berkeley. She uses the BAMN organization to organize and control Antifa disruption activities. Driver is not only a member of BAMN, but she is also the National Director of UEAALDF. This it the non-profit arm of BAMN.
Mike Wilson is another national leader of Antifa. He works at UC Berkeley as a researcher. He was also seen at Berkeley giving orders to the Antifa foot soldiers.
Mark Airgood is another national leader in Antifa. Most disturbingly he works as a special education teacher. He is currently running for a leadership position in the Nation(al) Teachers Union. This would give Antifa a lot of power in controlling how our kids are taught in public schools.
Benjamin Lynch is in charge of organizing protest across the country. He resides in Oakland, CA where he has organized several of the violent Oakland protests of the past few years.
James Anderson-Furgeson is the editor of the Antifa news website It’s Going Down. This website is the main website which disseminates Antifa’s national message and calls for acts of violence including the murder of President Trump. Like many others of the Antifa’s leadership board Anderson-Furgeson is a professor at UC Berkeley.
Publicly Declared Enemies of Antifa
Antifa does have some publicly declared enemies. They consider all these groups fascist no matter what their political beliefs are. One must remember that Antifa uses the term “fascist” for any non-communist ideas.
Antifa does fight against fascist though. These groups include neo-NAZI and White Supremacist movements. Although Antifa rarely engages these groups directly they have done so on a few occasions such as the crashing of the National Policy Institute dinner in Washington, DC shortly after the Presidential election
Antifa considers all Patriot Groups fascist even though most groups are founded on the idea of individual liberty and on a distrust of the government. From Oath Keepers to Three Percent groups Antifa has been on a mission to unmask the leaders and “dox” them (see doxing in part Two of this series). In my home state of Virginia we have been informed and seen evidence this is their goal for the local Patriots groups. Antifa believes that these groups adherence to the Constitution makes them a threat.
In an interesting side note Antifa has recruited a member who was a state leader in American Patriots III%.
The Militia (right wing) groups have also been a target for Antifa. They consider any right wing militia group fascist while at the same embracing left wing militias like the John Brown Gun Club.
To Antifa capitalist are inherently fascist. Antifa members for the most part are communist and therefore at odds with capitalist. At any event that Antifa shows up at you will see the old USSR flag. To the membership base they view all capitalism as evil. One of their core principles is to bring down capitalism.
“The State” is the boogeyman for Antifa. Antifa believes any government body that is not communist is inherently oppressive and evil. They truly believe in collectivism. Most believe that communism of the USSR only failed because of US intervention. They view the US as the “Evil Empire” of the cold war and not the USSR.
Even the ACLU is not immune from Antifa’s wrath. This might seem like an odd entry to this list, but Antifa doesn’t believe in free speech whereas the ACLU believes that hate speech is protected. Although the ACLU has defended BAMN in the past the free speech issue has put these two groups at odds with each other.
It goes without say that Antifa does not like any law enforcement. Antifa views law enforcement as a tool of the state, and since they view the state as oppressive they extend this to law enforcement officers. They believe the police are there to work against minorities and other such groups.
Conservative Media is another target of Antifa. To Antifa, the conservative media is believed to be the propaganda arm of a capitalist society. They buy into conspiracy theories of shadow governments and the New Order Order. Jack Posobiec, of The Rebel, was recently attacked by an Antifa member for being a member of the conservative media.
The Proud Boys ( www.officialproudboys.com ) are the sworn enemies of Antifa. They are one of the driving forces behind the Free Speech Movement. They are lead by Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes. The Proud Boys was one of the first groups to stand up to Antifa. Antifa views them as NAZIs and this is probably enemy number one for Antifa.
The anonymous image board 4chan /pol is another target to Antifa. The website 4chan.org (NSFW) is mostly made up of internet trolls. The section called /pol has been responsible for tormenting such stars as Shia Labeouf. They used airplane contrails to find his “He Will Not Divide Us” flag in a field in the middle of nowhere in Kentucky. They have also used their powers to unmask several Antifa criminals including the bike lock attacker himself, Eric Clanton.
This has put 4chan in the crosshairs. Antifa has tried, but has not so far been able to crack 4chan’s anonymity. If the Proud Boys are Antifa’s number one enemy then 4chan /pol is who they fear most because their uncanny abilities to tear down Antifa’s wall of anonymity.
Although Antifa has a lot of enemies they also have allies. All these allies are far left leaning groups and share their ideas. These ideas can be communism, or anti-law enforcement. These groups are not Antifa, but they share a lot in common them and work hand and hand.
Antifa has been known to support the Black Lives Matter movement. The BLM movement is certainly anti-law enforcement. This is why Antifa supports the BLM. While the BLM and Antifa have worked together in the past, it seems that Antifa is more likely to show up at a BLM protest than it is for the BLM to show up to an Antifa protest.
The TORCH Network and Antifa have a deep bond to each other. The TORCH Network, in a lot of ways, is a part of Antifa. They push a lot of Antifa’s agenda. They are currently trying to organize boycotts of hosting providers that host webpages they do not agreement with. They believe in shuttering dissenting opinions.
The World Workers Party is another group they support. Antifa and the WWP go hand and hand. Most Antifa members are also members of the WWP. Both groups have worked together since the mid 1990s. The WWP is the communist party in the United States.
John Brown Gun Club is a left wing militia, and they are an ally of Antifa. The John Brown Gun Club has held open carry marches where they have marched through the streets wearing their brown clothing, much like the fascist Brownshirts in pre-World War II Germany.
Antifa has sought out the John Brown Gun Club for firearms training and advice. As Antifa becomes more radicalized I can see these two groups merging. This is one relationship that should be watched very closely.
No list of allies to a violent left wing group can be complete without the Alliance For Global Justice (Funded by George Soros). George Soros has been pumping money into Antifa since the 1990s. The goals of the Alliance For Global Justice align with Antifa, and Antifa is happy to take the money to do George Soros’s dirty work.
The biggest weakness that Antifa has is that anonymity to them is paramount. Throughout this series I have tried to make that abundantly clear, it bears repeating. Antifa members live in fear of being exposed. The best way to combat Antifa is not through physical action, but research.
Antifa members have delusions of being targeted by the state. Although this paranoia can be good for them to prevent infiltration it can also be exploited by releasing their information to the public. Antifa members for the most part will back off if their identities are exposed to the public.
Antifa will be around in some form while Donald Trump is still president. While it might be hard to eradicate Antifa entirely they can be marginalized. After their loss at the Battle Of Berkeley they showed up at another free speech rally.
The Oath Keepers were also there. The Oath Keepers were critical in the defeat of Antifa in Berkeley. Once Antifa noticed the Oath Keepers they quickly ended their attempt to disrupt the rally and retreated.
It is time to confront these thugs and let them know they will not be successful in their goals.
Update : The New Jersey Office Of Homeland Security And Preparedness has officially declared that Antifa / Bamn as a home-grown terrorist organization.
About John Crump
John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast which can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/patriotnews. John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%’ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on the history of the patriot movement and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss or at www.crumpy.com.