Exposing the Wealth & Power Behind Unite the Right Lawsuits

Antifa activists claiming “emotional distress” and other ailments from the August 12th Unite the Right rally have hired an infamous Democrat law firm to “demand” information from Twitter on popular Alt-Right accounts and hashtags.

This could just be the first step in an invasive discovery phase played out across several social media companies hosting Alt-Right accounts.

I received the email from Twitter Friday afternoon informing me that Boies, Schiller and Flexner had sent them a list of “demands” and that Twitter “may be obligated to produce basic subscriber information related to your account in the future”.

Attached to the email was a legal document (see below) demanding information on my own account as well those of Identity Europa, Mike Enoch, Eric Striker, Michael Hill, Matt Heimbach, The Proud Boys and several others. These were all either groups and people who attended the rally or voiced support for it in some capacity.

Additionally they want a catalogue of tweets using popular hashtags like #ItsOkayToBeWhite, #DailyStormer, #FreeCantwell and #UniteTheRight. It’s not immediately clear why these attorneys couldn’t just use the search function like everyone else. They seem to have a nigh infinite amount of money and resources to waste on inefficiencies and overstaffing.

Twitter Legal Process

 

Who is the law firm representing Antifa?

The law firm of Boies, Schiller and Flexner has made a reputation taking on high-profile Democrat clients like accused rapist Harvey Weinstein. They’ve also represented a number of powerful Leftwing people, organizations and causes such as the NFL, Al Gore and gay marriage. On the latter issue, they argued before the Supreme Court to have California’s Proposition 8 gay marriage ban struck down.

They were also hired by the City of Charlottesville in a failed effort to rescind my permit for Unite the Right (see: Jason Kessler v. City of Charlottesville).

Now they’ve gone back to the same well by representing a collection of Antifas and anti-white racial activists in a $3 million lawsuit against Unite the Right organizers, speakers and attendees (Sines et al. v Jason Kessler et al.).

The lead plaintiff is a UVA student named Elizabeth Sines who claims to have been emotionally disturbed after witnessing the Unite the Right rally. Glamour Magazine quoted her as saying she, “hopped into her car and drove the 10 minutes from her off-campus apartment to the center of the action.”

Sines wears her cringingly self-righteous liberal platitudes like a badge of honor. Her Twitter account proclaims, “This is what a feminist looks like” while her Facebook cover features a meme from the Anne Frank Center stating, “We replaced you,” a dig at the popular “You will not replace us” chant used by opponents of mass third world immigration. Curiously, not too many brown people in that photograph.

Here is the video she took from the night of the torch march:

Who is bankrolling this?

An organization called Integrity First for America claims to be funding the lawsuit. On their website they describe themselves as, “a nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to holding America’s leaders accountable when their actions threaten longstanding principles of our democracy.”

However, despite claims to being “nonpartisan” the group, which formed late last year, has spent its time attacking Donald Trump’s business ventures and was spearheaded by Roberta Kaplan who Politico calls a “liberal icon”. Kaplan is a Jewish lesbian attorney who argued before the Supreme Court in the ruling that struck down the gay marriage ban.

 

Integrity First’s Twitter account is filled with attacks on President Trump  and continuously uses the term “Nazi” as an ethnic slur for white people. They often deploy their ubiquitous catchphrase #SueANazi, as a play on the Punch a Nazi meme which cropped up after a prominent White Nationalist was assaulted in Washington D.C.

Interestingly, a source embedded in the Virginia political system told me that these words and actions might constitute a violation of Integrity First’s nonpartisanship requirement as a 501c3. If that nonprofit status were rescinded it could mean that the Integrity First would owe exorbitant sums of money in back taxes and their donors would not be eligible for a write-off.

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Integrity First spokesman Brett Edkins claims that the group has, “already raised $2 million from large donors.” He also claims that they’ll be seeking small “grassroots” contributions in the future but for now that doesn’t seem to be a priority.

Their board of directors are all uber-wealthy investment types: Monica Graham, a hedge fund manager at Graham Partners, Dmitri Melhorn, a partner at the Vidinovo investment network and Susie Buell, founder of the Esprit clothing company and a venture capitalist.

We also know that Integrity First is receiving support from the SPLC who Kaplan claims helps them “track down the Nazis” being served by their civil litigation.

From there the trail goes somewhat cold because we have no way of tracking who is making these multi-million dollar contributions to this fly-by-night nonprofit. Suffice to say it’s most likely a usual assortment of elite America-hating Bolsheviks.

(UPDATE: $1 million dollar donation confirmed from Reid Hoffman, Jewish billionaire and founder of LinkedIn.)

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The Alt Right Should Be A White Civil Rights Movement

Resistance is Futile Goy

The Left has done an excellent job appropriating white European culture to subvert the core identity of our nations. Hollywood is now casting black actors to portray famous European characters like Sherlock Holmes and Achilles as if to say, “One day it will be as if there never were any white countries. People will think this is the way its always been.” I think our response should be to do some “cultural appropriation” of our own by adopting their civil rights memes to advance the interests of white people.

While identitarians have already made paeans to Leftist protest tactics outlined in Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals’ we’ve yet to successfully model ourselves after the greatest embodiment of those tactics, the so-called Civil Rights Movement. Within constitutional democratic systems the nonviolent civil rights strategy has unquestionably been a resoundingly successful tactic for creating radical societal change in Western countries.

There’s no doubt in my mind that a primary hurdle to successfully adopting these tactics is the desire among many in the movement for a fascistic style of government. Many believe society has become so sick and degenerate that a heavy hand is needed to set its course straight again. I’m personally more of a Classical Liberal but I don’t want to debate that point. I’d rather focus on the fact that we’re not going to get anywhere trying to use brute force as dissidents in a Constitutional Democracy. Because we live in a nation of laws the best way to advance our agenda is by learning to follow those laws and game the system. That is essentially what a civil rights movement does.

We need to fulfill the true promise of the Alt-Right by creating a movement capable of broad social upheaval akin to what the Left accomplished in the 1960’s but in reverse. This means we should be creating a new counter-culture including not just memes and rhetoric but social activism and creative arts like music and film to reflect a pro-white message. Note that these messages don’t have to be so heavy-handed in art. The most refined Hollywood propaganda often pushes its worldview upon the viewer through subtle means like casting decisions and subtext.

Obviously the goals of the pro-white civil rights movement will be different: affirming the rights of white nations to exist like other nations, rejecting the messages of anti-white propaganda and fighting for our first amendment rights (not only in traditional public venues but in the spirit it was intended across privately owned platforms on the internet).

Compare the similarity of these two images (there is no doubt the power is now in the hands of an anti-white establishment):

Me being arrested on May 14th, 2017 for using a bullhorn when several anti-white activists favored by the city government were allowed to use bullhorns.

Rosa Parks being arrested in December 1955.

Some may say that the civil rights model doesn’t go far enough. I don’t claim that it does. However it does create an organizational framework by which white advocacy can institutionalize itself without being branded a criminal organization which exists for street fighting with Antifa. There are those who feel that making any move which does not lead to total victory over our enemy is not worth taking. I disagree. There are many intermediary steps required along the path to total victory. By accomplishing one goal you set yourself up for the next, larger goal.

For instance, by leading a peaceful & successful rally at Unite the Right 2 on August 11-12th, 2018 we reaffirm our 1st amendment right to assemble and advocate for the interests of our people, even in one of the most hostile anti-white enclaves in America. By demonstrating that we are a legitimate advocacy movement we can move on to organizing on college campuses and perhaps a Congressional White Caucus. Whenever our enemies try to deny us our rights to speak and assemble as whites, the way that other groups are allowed, we will fight them in court and set new precedents in support of our people.

We really have a strong position if we dedicate ourselves to nonviolent white advocacy. Our enemies in Antifa groups have vowed to use violence to shut down our first amendment protected activities. No matter how much the media cheers them on for this behavior the law is the law. While employing the civil rights strategy the last thing we want to do is give away that strategic legal advantage by using violence against them. We should exercise restraint which will allow us to punish our enemies in the press and in the courtroom for months after the event itself has ended.

Finally we should endeavor to create more cultural events where people can hang out and socialize free from interference by Antifa. The primary perception of our movement should not be that we exist to be in opposition to anti-whites but that we have an independent value of existing to support one another as a people. For instance, I’m a big proponent of us having a pro-white Woodstock type festival with music, comedy and other cultural elements. It should be an opportunity for people to relax and have a good time; something that a college student might go to and invite their friends so that they can learn more about us in person rather than through MSM propaganda.

Compare the iconography of these images which send a subtextual message about what it means to be an American:

Leftist media liked to juxtapose MLK with US flags to symbolize that the civil rights movement was redefining what it meant to be an American. Nonwhites were “more American” than the white people who founded the country.

Today we have our own heroes ready to take the mantle of our people like Nationalist activist & politican Augustus Sol Invictus

I’m not saying that the white civil rights strategy is the only one we as a movement should adhere to. But when you’re at an event that is modeled as such we should adhere to that formula and not mix strategies too much. For instance, people should have a right to arm and defend themselves against tyranny.  Yet when you’re at a civil rights styled event the primary purpose should not be showing off your militaristic defense capabilities. The objective should be fostering public sympathy rather than striking fear in the hearts of our enemies. Besides, they’ll fear us no matter what we do.

Consider this as we prepare ourselves over the next 7 months for the Unite the Right Anniversary rally. With the upcoming legal battles against the city of Charlottesville and against college campuses across the nation we have a golden opportunity to advance our agenda through peaceful activism, cultural creativity and litigious warfare. When you expand the definition of white civil rights to include a right to exist and the dismantlement of the white genocide agenda we have a broad enough focus that we can accomplish real, demonstrable gains for our people.

I’d like to think this is the beginning of a conversation about opening these tactics up to our people and memeing ourselves as the new civil rights movement. In future posts I hope to elucidate the urgent need to have capable movement photographers to capture our iconic images, specific protest tactics (other than Unite the Right 2) and to explain why we should consider a robust commitment towards complete nonviolence as a protest tactic.

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Back to Charlottesville (UTR Anniversary Rally)

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I’ve applied for a new permit at Charlottesville’s Lee Park for August 11th and 12th, 2018 on the one year anniversary of Unite the Right. I fully expect the Charlottesville government to try and reject it and I’m ready for that fight.

Unite the Right 2 PDF

 

First, let me explain why I’m doing this. I simply will not allow these bastards to use the one year anniversary of the Charlottesville government violating a federal judge’s order and the US Constitution, in conjunction with violent Antifa groups, to further demonize activists.

What is going to be different: At Unite the Right I was just coming into my own as an event organizer and had faith in the Charlottesville Police Department to abide by the terms of the security arrangement and keep hostile groups separate. Obviously that is no longer the case. Whereas I once took it in good faith that authorities were keeping the security arrangements secret so that hostile groups like Antifa would not learn of the plans and therefore create a security risk, I now understand that they did that to screw us over. They did it to ENABLE the Antifa to attack us while claiming that WE actually screwed things up by not following the security plan…which oh-by-the-way they refuse to release to the public so people can judge for themselves.

This time I, and my attorneys, WILL DEMAND that they release these security arrangements to the public in advance so that all parties, both demonstrators and counter-demonstrators, know what is expected of them. Police will be here, we walk there, counter-demonstrators are required to be behind barricades and not attacking people on the way into the event, etc. We will also require the police to actually do their fucking jobs by demasking individuals violating the felony no mask law and disarming any individuals with illegal weapons like bricks, knives, flamethrowers and baseball bats. There is no place for thuggery at a free speech rally.

Lawyering up: Charlottesville is currently in the process of suing me for an injunction to keep me from doing further rallies. I’ve already retained attorneys to fight this thing. That’s already a major improvement in the legal representation of pro-white activists thus far. When I did UTR 1.0 I was flying by the seat of my pants from a legal perspective. I had no legal representation and was completely unprepared to fight Charlottesville attorneys until the ACLU stepped in to assist. Of course by now the ACLU has shown themselves to be cowards who would not hold Charlottesville accountable for violating the Federal Court judge’s order.

Now I have a real legal team that is committed to vigorously defending our constitutional rights. When Charlottesville rejects my permit, as I fully expect them to, we will push back. My attorneys will not allow government actors to do any secretive shenanigans to screw us over either. The rally will be orchestrated precisely with clear instructions for where everyone is supposed to go. And this bullshit where they are afraid to remove armed Antifa from the front of the venue will not fly this time around.

Better organization: The first time around I worked my ass off and did everything in my power to make sure everything went off without a hitch. However there were organizational issues I was not aware of.

I relied too much on existing infrastructure. I passed off a lot of the security to others. This conceded a lot of control over the event that I now regret. I had complete faith that they would do what was necessary to make sure EVERYONE was fully orchestrated and aware of risks. I don’t like that I didn’t have a megaphone on August 11th to warn marchers that Antifa were waiting for us at the base of the Thomas Jefferson statue. Another event organizer was given a megaphone and I had little to no control over the crowd.

The morning of August 12th I should have been notified that police didn’t show up to escort our VIPs. That was a huge red flag that I should have been able to use to warn people. I should have also been notified that the other event coordinator had stopped coordinating with some of the other groups days before the event. There was no coordination there and there absolutely should have been.

Lastly on this point, I assumed that because one of the Unite the Right speakers was a millionaire and has successfully challenged several universities in court that he would have connections, legal and otherwise, which we could have relied on. I thought he would be able to stop the city when they attempted to rescind our permit and punish them when they refused to honor the permit, acting instead to escalate tensions in order to shut it down. Obviously, since he didn’t immediately sue these bastards he doesn’t have the resources I thought he did. Well, now I have my own lawyers, they’re paid up, and we’re more than ready for legal warfare.

2. We were too lax about OpSec and how we allowed people associated with the event to behave. There is a rich culture of shocking and edgy humor associated with the movement. As a staunch first amendment advocate I took a very laissez faire approach to what people said on forums associated with UTR because I understood that things were said in jest. It’s a lot of fun to push the boundaries of acceptable discourse. However, outsiders don’t know or understand the culture. It’s scary for some of them and in the hands of Leftists can be deliberately misconstrued as threatening and malicious.

We all have to be much more professional with IRL activism going forward. There is a much different set of goals to accomplish when you’re in public. We have to be much more sincere and less LARPy because we’re not just doing this for shits and giggles. This is about saving our people from cultural and ethnic genocide.

We’re not far off from a virulently anti-white Democrat being elected who will open the borders and accelerate the demise of our people. We have to help awaken the ethnic consciousness of White Middle America so that they can stand up for their own interests before its too late. That is the number one priority. Any LARPing beyond that is unnecessary.

Why this is important: Even given the fact that we’ve had a huge learning experience and there are tangible ways we can prove to people that they are going to have a safe experience, there are still going to be risks. Some will say that we shouldn’t take those risks and remain behind our computers where we can continue to propagate dank memes and advance our arguments online.

We must have a presence in the streets of America. Let’s not kid ourselves about which way things could blow if this country collapses in the near future. The United States is not Poland, where 60,000 nationalists can proudly march in the street. In our country the proud Americans, the forgotten Americans, are intimidated into silence by the moral race panic of the elites. The second they stand up for themselves they’re called racists, misogynists, homophobes and transphobes until a vicious mob goes after their families and livelihoods.

Compare Poland to our country where hundreds of “ungratefuls” pour into the streets, obstruct traffic and riot every time an innocent cop is acquitted for using legitimate force.

Polish Nationalist rally 2017

St Louis unrest September 16th, 2017

Of course, memes and internet culture are fantastically important but we must also achieve the difficult goal of making our communities safe for us to have a voice. Imagine an America where the white citizens, descended from the founding stock of the country, cannot even advocate for their interest in public without fear of violent reprisal. That is the future we are abdicating towards our enemies when we relinquish the streets.

Make no mistake, the Democrats are going to be moving ever closer to the Revolutionary Communist attitudes of their grassroots. We cannot allow them to storm the streets of our country while we hide behind our sock accounts on the internet. We must project strength and be a viable mainstream alternative for the Forgotten American.

Finally, we cannot and should not allow our enemies to turn the anniversary of the day they violated our rights into some kind of propaganda victory where they continue to smear us with a distorted version of August 12th, 2017 and hold our attackers up as martyrs and heroes.

Commitment to Nonviolence: The rhetoric out there has really gotten out of hand on all sides. Clearly there is no love lost between pro-whites and those who want us wiped from the face of the Earth. We should know how to defend ourselves lawfully but we must avoid any violent confrontation at this rally whatsoever.

As it says so eloquently in Ecclesiastes 3:8, “There is a time for war and a time for peace.” We are not in a wartime atmosphere, although it may one day come to that. We are in a time of protest, of demanding civil rights for our people and winning hearts and minds. Our enemies have done such a thorough job indoctrinating the populace that even half of the white population hate themselves, actively work against the interests of their people and believe that the foundation of our nation is illegitimate because we “stole” our lands during the age of exploration and conquest.

We need to prove to them that we are the good guys. In my mind it is best to take every precaution to make ourselves safe in the first place but allow our enemies to strike the first blows if it comes to that. Show the world that we are a virtuous people and movement; that we are willing to take the abuse and still march forward in furtherance of our cause without becoming the aggressors.

…There you have it. We have 9 months to prepare ourselves. I don’t expect the same coalition as in 2017. Undoubtedly there may be hard feelings between different factions or people about woulda, shoulda, coulda but I hold no hard feelings about anyone who will shake my hand in friendship going forward.

We have a duty to our people and our nation to rise above pettiness and become the individuals that history requires us to be. See you in Charlottesville August 11th and 12th, 2018.

Statement On Twitter Verification Controversy

Over the last few days I’ve been struggling with how to respond to the fact that Twitter verified my account and then changed their terms of service to justify unverifying me along with a number of others following subsequent outrage from the press. It does feel like a slap in the face for a giant megacorp to quash the user agreement I enrolled with them under simply to appease a mob stoked by activist journalists.

The initial verification was heartening to me because I am a public figure, I have been impersonated and I’ve faced enormous hardship in order to get my opinions into the public square. The fact is that I had followed the terms of service: never engaging in harassment campaigns or using ethnic slurs. I simply stated my opinions, which are fairly moderate in comparison to others on both the right and left. This goes in the face of the narrative that my detractors were peddling about me: that I’m filled with hate, that I’m a Neo-Nazi or white supremacist, that I planned violence against anyone or that I’m personally responsible for the death of Heather Heyer.

But facts don’t matter so much as emotions. And its clear many people hate me. I’m sent death threats and entreaties to kill myself through social media on a daily basis. Many target their hatred against me for being a white man, assuming that if I don’t crawl into a fetal position to apologize for my race that I should have no voice.

The truth of all these things is highly dubious. Like over 50% of white Americans I felt mistreated in today’s society. I wanted to hold a rally to encourage white folks to have a voice and be proud of their heritage. I got a permit to hold a rally in my hometown of Charlottesville and worked tirelessly with police for two months to facilitate an environment where right-wing and centrist demonstrators could rally in peace at Lee Park while the inevitable Left-wing protestors could also protest in peace, but segregated safely behind a line of police or barricades.

The city government of Charlottesville had other plans and aborted the safety measures on the day of the rally. This led to a highly chaotic environment where people were getting into fights and panicked individuals who’d parked in the area did not know how to leave the area. This is what I believe happened with James Fields: he got lost in a strange city while trying to drive away from an event which had unexpectedly ended before it began, got trapped behind some other cars while armed left-wing demonstrators were blocking the road and panicked when someone hit his car with a weapon.

Of course the city didn’t apologize for creating these chaotic conditions. They blamed everything on me while an obliging media was only too happy to ignore the real story about police standing down and allowing chaos to spiral into violence and death.

This leads me back to my problem with Big Tech. They’re placed in between law enforcement who know that I did nothing wrong but don’t want to incur public wrath by saying so and the media who frame it as if I’m a genocidal terrorist. So they take things into their own hands to censor, smear and otherwise punish me for things I did not do.

My website, JasonKessler.net (which used to be the #1 Google search result for my name) was removed from the web by Weebly, a San Francisco based tech firm. The domain name which I’d purchased was seized. This was effectively the greatest censorship I faced because I couldn’t get my side of the story out to a wide audience right as all these media hit pieces were coming out about me. On top of that I had trouble raising money to mount a legal defense against the false accusations because Paypal shut down both of my accounts. Any platform which I used to raise money was bombarded by an outraged mob which didn’t want me to be able to defend myself and wanted me dead. My phone number and social media accounts were publicly listed and I received thousands of death threats and insults. For this reason I also had to leave my home of 15 years because of reporters and hostile people stalking my premises night and day.

YouTube demonetized most of my videos, my car insurance was temporarily cancelled and my credit score mysteriously fell 39 points to 666 overnight. I shut down my Instagram because it was flooded with hundreds of messages from people insulting everything from my looks to my race, calling me a murderer and wishing for me to die or be violently raped in increasingly disturbing and bizarre scenarios. On top of that OkCupid banned me for life and my employer was no longer able to send me out to work.

The final nail in the coffin was the revocation of my Twitter verification. There’s absolutely nothing to be accomplished by continuing to supply these platforms which hate my guts with fresh content. Going forward I’m going to be looking at supplying my content to alt-tech, anti-censorship platforms like Gab, VK and PewTube. Even if it means a reduction in my total viewership it will give me the peace of mind that I’m not contributing to the business models of platforms authoritarian Left-wing corporations subject to dictates of the mob.

To the extent that I still use platforms like Twitter it will only be to link to my content on other sites like JasonKessler.us or Gab. Be sure to follow me @TheMadDimension on Gab.

Recorded Phone Calls and FOIA Documents Show UVA Police Ignored Alt-Right Call for Assistance

Jason Kessler

(Authors Note: I was one of the lead organizers for the rally and some of my reporting is a first-hand account. DO NOT under any circumstances interact with any Antifa implicated in this article. Leave that for the lawyers.)

FOIA documents obtained by Shadowproof show that UVA police were using hearsay from the anarcho-communist website It’s Going Down to inform their negligent response to the Alt-Right’s torchlit march on August 11th. They ignored repeated requests for assistance from both Unite the Right marchers as well as UVA students and staff.

The Unite the Right organizers had discussed the possibility of doing a civil rights march from so-called “Nameless Field” to a Thomas Jefferson statue in front of the UVA Rotunda for some time. However we were uncertain until the night of August 11th whether to actually go through with it due to a pending court case surrounding the next day’s rally and leaked planning details by Left-wing agitators.

As early as 3:23pm on August 11th, emails show UVA Chief of Staff Anda Webb alerting police about the march (and parroting a fake Left-wing talking point about there being a march on St. Paul’s Church).

By 7:52pm, the night of the march, UVA Chief of Police Mark Gibson was emailing an It’s Going Down article about the march to Charlottesville Chief of Police Al Thomas. It’s Going Down is an extremist site which has helped organize violence against right-wing activists and police officers around the country. They were running logistics for the J20 riots at Donald Trump’s inauguration, for instance.

The article was based on incomplete or inaccurate information obtained through one of the planning servers for the event.

Around 7pm a couple dozen Unite the Right organizers were meeting at McIntire Park to discuss security arrangements for the next day’s rally. People were skeptical about moving forward with the march considering that we had so much on our plate for the Saturday rally and the fact that we expected an ambush from Antifa, due to the leaking of plans.

Ultimately consensus was reached to go forward with the march. At the insistence of UTR speaker Chris Cantwell we decided to involve police to ensure that peace was kept between demonstrators and the Antifa who felt entitled to “confront” us.

At this point I called both of my PD liaisons: Charlottesville Captains Wendy Lewis and Victor Mitchell. Lewis was contacted at 7:16pm and Mitchell was called at 7:29pm. Charlottesville PD refused to offer assistance because it was “not their jurisdiction”. While technically true, every branch of law enforcement was supposed to be working in coordination with each other during the UTR weekend from city, county, state and federal agencies and there should have been a capability, indeed a responsibility, to coordinate a cohesive response.

I directly requested assistance from UVA police and received a phone call from a Lt. Tabler at 7:46pm. I informed her of the march and that we required police presence to ensure the safety of both demonstrators and counter-demonstrators. She confirmed that UVA police would cooperate to ensure the safety of all involved. I handed off the phone to my co-organizer Elliott Kline (now head of activist organization Identity Europa) who had been placed in charge of security arrangements.

Elliot spoke with Lt. Tabler for about 3 minutes and then told me that UVA had agreed to remove and separate protesters from the base of the Thomas Jefferson statue we were marching to. All of the August 11th marchers, including Chris Cantwell, engaged in the march under the assumption that, as Elliott Kline had indicated, UVA police were going to be onsite to de-escalate any potential conflicts so that they would not turn violent.

Via phone Saturday morning, Lt. Tabler contradicted some of Kline’s version of events. “He didn’t let me know at that time that there were definitely going to be protesters there.” She claims to have told him, “We will monitor the situation, which is what occurred, however we could not remove anyone from that area because (of First Amendment issues).”

I agreed with Lt. Tabler that First Amendment issues could come into play for both sides but that that was not a satisfactory response for why police were not onsite to de-escalate and ensure safety. They had received multiple requests for assistance and been given a time both sides would likely interact at the Rotunda.

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The idea that police didn’t know that Antifa would be there to confront the Alt-Right marchers is laughable. The IGD article being shared by the UVA and Charlottesville police chiefs included a call to action for far Left activists to confront and disrupt the march. The article stated, “It’s beyond obvious that this is not about free speech but terrorism. Charlottesville’s Black and brown folks must be protected at all costs, but the police don’t seem to care. Will UVA and its community take action to stand against white supremacist terrorism on campus? Will Charlottesville allow a torchlit rally to go down in city limits again?”

UVA Student Councilor Alex Cintron also alerted Police Chief Gibson requesting safety information about the planned march. Instead of asking protestors not to “confront” the marchers or ensuring that police would arrive to keep the peace he replied that they would simply be “monitoring the situation” (aka standing down).

UVA President Teresa Sullivan has already been caught lying about the response to the march. When a student asked her why there wasn’t a more sufficient response she claimed, “We didn’t know they were coming.” Two days later Sullivan contradicted her earlier statement and admitted that law enforcement was aware of the march Friday afternoon. Her new excuse for the lack of administrative intervention became, “There was a compelling interest in not attracting more protesters and heightened violence.”

Contrary to the mainstream media narrative about the event the Alt-Right marchers had no interest in confronting anyone. We had a legal right to demonstrate on public university property and simply wanted to gather at the statue in support of our heritage. It was the decision of the Left-wing Antifa to gather at the statue prior to our march and initiate a confrontation.