"Keep Boston Irish"
During the South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 20th, 2022, a group of Neo-Nazi white supremacists from an ADL listed hate group called Nationalist Social Club 131, aka NSC-131 showed up with a banner that said "Keep Boston Irish." while also flying a neo-nazi white power flag.
I first heard about this incident from my comrade, friend & fellow antifascist activist Rod Webber, a performance artist & documentary filmmaker I first met at a counter protest against white supremacists in Watertown, Massachusetts and also posted about on the Boston premiere of his documentary film 2020 The Dumpster Fire.
Rod & his wife Lauren Pespisa were at the parade and alerted the crowd that the group across the street are nazis with Lauren holding a sign that says "Nazi Cucks"
"Run Away Nazi Cowards"
After Lauren showed her "Nazi Cucks" sign, the crowd taunted the neo-nazis causing the group of antisemitic racists to leave. Rod & Lauren followed them while recording video & taunting them and were attacked and assaulted by the group.
Neo-nazis & white supremacists are NOT WELCOME IN BOSTON.
On Saturday, March 26th, Ken Casey and around 50 Dropkick Murphys friends and fans showed up at M St Park in Southie, along with dozens of local residents and a huge police presence, who were then joined by self identified Antifa and anti-nazi, anti-racist activists resulting in a crowd over 150+ people denouncing NSC-131.
Members of the press from mainstream media were also there, including Chip Goines & Phillip W.d Martin from WGBH News
In South Boston the @DropkickMurphys, local residents, and folks self-identified as #Antifa dared members of the #Neonazi group NSC-131 (who came here for the St. Patrick's Day Parade) to show up here again today. They didn't. @GBHNews @lisawilliams pic.twitter.com/9HhrL7aNPj— Phillip W.d. Martin (@phillipWGBH) March 26, 2022
I traveled from Beverly to Southie with my friends & fellow activists Heidi & Lloyd and after we met up with Lauren, Rod, Shimmy and dozens of other friends & activists we went over to the park to meet up with Ken Casey & the Dropkick Murphys crowd. Initially we were met with hostility due to the large number of cameras present. I had planned on capturing many photos, but at the requests of Ken & many people there asking to not be photographed, it became uncomfortable to do so and I would rather avoid creating any additional hostility between DKM crew and the group of antifascist activists present.
Not only did Dropkick Murphys fans feel uncomfortable with being photographed, some of the self identified Antifa also did not want to be photographed. Ken and several of the Boston Irish & punk rockers also verbally taunted the antifascists who showed up in black bloc, as well as those wearing masks for Covid 19 protection. It felt pretty tense for little bit at first. Although Ken asked to not be photographed, he did allow me to get a photo with him later on before we all left, so I handed my camera to Rod and got a photo with him. I also photographed my friends and managed to get a couple others.
"Left & Right Against Hate"
Although my friends, comrades & fellow activists who all planned to get together with Dropkick Murphys are all on the far left spectrum, it's not clear how anyone outside of our own group leans politically, but I did spot a man wearing a "Let's Go Brandon" hat, presumably an anti-nazi Southie resident, as well as a pair of anti-vaccine anti-mask mandate protesters, one who looked weird holding a "stand up against mandates" sign since this "rally" had absolutely nothing to do with masks, vaccines or mandates. But free speech is for everyone, unless it's hate speech. Ultimately, it was a very mixed crowd, and it's a good thing when known right wing Trump supporters begin the process of learning how to be anti-racist and get involved in unpacking white privilege and dismantling white supremacy, so it wasn't an issue for most people there and I hope people in our group helped educate them on anti-racism and making them feel welcome.
Although the neo nazis did not show up, one racist individual had confrontations with Shimmy & another black man present who he called racist slurs during another confronation. At the end while everyone was leaving, he was overheard by someone telling cops that "Antifa has a trunk load of weapons", which resulted in one car containing the victim of the racial slur and four additional persons, half of them black or person of color, to be stopped, detained & searched on the Summer St Bridge by NINETEEN police cruisers & 8 motorcycle cops, and FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force agent Andrew Creed who has ties to & a friendly relationship with neo-nazi white supremacist hate group Northeast White Pride, and a 2nd vehicle whose passengers were in Antifa black bloc attire were stopped, detained and searched by over a dozen Boston & state police officers on Cypher St near D St intersection.
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