|SOMETHING IS VERY WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE|
Portland, Oregon always sound like a nice progressive town. And in this nice progressive town we find Citybikes, this great worker co-op. Uh, well, what if you were told that in this nice progressive town, this nice happy worker co-op's President Tim Calvert was a nasty anti-semite who hangs out with white supremacists. Doesn't just hang out with them, he organizes crap? Then what if you heard that Citybikes, although it had been presented with evidence of this rather unprogressive behavior over three years ago still refuses to do diddly about it? What if I told you that Citybikes President Tim Calvert helped recently, like three weeks ago, to organize a gatheirng of the Portland 9/11 Truth Alliance along with a nice fellow named Fritz Springmeier who as reported on IndyMedia is:
Oh , yeah, Springmeier also did nine years for a bank robbery with his partner Forest Bateman, anice neo nazi.
Oh, and about that 9/11 Truth Alliance, IndyMedia reports:
And about Tim Calvert of the progressive bikes IndyMedia says:
What is really disgusting is, again from IndyMedia, the following:
Something is horribly wrong with an alleged "progressive" cooperative bike operation sitting comfortably in the biggest city in the "progressive" state of Oregon whose "boss" is a notorious anti-semite. Something is horribly wrong that so few people seem to understand this. How can something that smells so putrid draw so little attention? I don't get, and maybe I am missing something, how the bike workers in a bike coop are going about their business as if all is well in the little corner of the world.
And something is also horribly wrong with those "free speech" advocates who think spreading a Jew hating message is something to defend. I am sick of that nonsense. I am sick of those who will come back at me and equate fighting Jew hating and racist speech with the government cracking down on anti-racists, or on those who stand up against injustice. Get a life! We live in a real world where real things really happen. We live in a real world where hate speech, hate organizing, racism and white supremacy are things to destroy not to coddle and defend in the name of freedom. Maybe for some nice middle class white people, or for happy white hippies, or for whites bicycling around the park hate speech seems somehow removed from the results of white supremacy, racism, anti-semitism and the like out here in the real world. Maybe those people can feel good about themselves as they make a "courageous moral stand" for freedom of speech and "objectivity". I am NOT one of those people. I know what those who give fiery speeches against others because of their race, or their religion, or their ethnicity, or their gender, or their sexual orientation ultimate goal is. What I can't understand is how many times does history have to prove to everyone that organizing in the name of racism and white supremacy, and all the other bigoted hatism has to be stopped at the get go, has to be met everywhere it rears its ugly head by those committed to erasing it from history.
A Jew hating president of some local bike co-op in Oregon may seem like nothing to get excited about, but then neither did the first guy to don a white sheet, or the first German to put on a nazi armband.
I applaud the work of Rose City Antifa.
I should mention that the posting on Indymedia was from Rose City Antifa. You can read lots more at http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/09/417943.shtml
Meanwhile the following I found at the One People's Project, but you can guess where it came from originally.
When we first alerted the community to Tim Calvert’s extreme-Right organizing back in 2009, the initial response of the Citybikes Board of Directors was not only to side with and praise Calvert, but to label our organization as “fascist” for criticizing Calvert’s antisemitic activism. This Citybikes statement accused anti-racists of “shutting down disparate voices” by mentioning and speaking out against Calvert’s work with a white supremacist. Ironically, it was the Citybikes collective who shut down disparate voices: their business later retracted its first statement because it was “was not released with consensus from all members of the Board, nor did it pass through the hands of each and every worker.” Citybikes also insisted that it would be illegal to fire Calvert, a clear misrepresentation of Oregon as well as federal law for the business’ own purposes. The Citybikes business later issued a vague and noncommittal statement about “the need for communication”. Citybikes proceeded to stand by Calvert as he publicly complained that his critics were on a “Stalinist” (later also described as “Zionist”) crusade against him.