DSA North Star

As someone with organizational Communication / group health education and as someone with years of seeing this done both well and terribly in leadership of religious groups, I’m absolutely over the kind of organizing I see in North Star.

It’s reactionary at best and seeks to live out the old times but with new members. You don’t put new wine in old wine skins- it’ll shatter.

It’s natural to an extent to wish there was no conflict in a group. But that’s not how groups work. This “everybody stop fighting” attitude in reaction to healthy criticisms only encourages wounds that _were_ being treated to be placed behind faux “peacekeeping” gatekeepers and left to fester and rot.

Please please *please*, everyone, please recognize that the last year in DSA has exposed so many problems in lack of due process in leadership issues. This “trust the process” reaction is woefully uninformed which is even more concerning since it largely comes from the old guard who should know there is no such process.

To that point, whether intentional or not, the rhetoric of this caucus is that of a group of people who are hurt that Fetonte is no longer around. Fetonte made his own bed. If you land on the side of thinking it was mob justice, I encourage you to talk to literally anyone who actually talked to him post election. I’m available for this role, but seek out whoever you want.

The failure of this type of reactionary to learn lessons from the flaws of the GOP and DNC is immense. “We are the good guys let us do what we want” is such a weak groupthink based argument that it isn’t even an argument. Millennials especially see right through that garbage. Listen to them or watch your group die out.

Lastly, as we continue to grow, please keep these key healthy group roles in mind:

Task Leader(s): takes charge, organizes.

Central Negative(s): sees issues, corrects, asks questions, addresses conflicts in design/path/etc

Socio-Emotional Leader(s): maintains social & emotional health. Leads celebrations, mourning, and ways to emerge from frustration.

North Star is calling for none of these roles to exist.

Turn Over Your Frogs, Newnan.

I’m sure I’ve been in shock over how stoked on fighting anti-fascists all the police were in Newnan.

You guys. They sincerely were not concerned with the Nazis, and many of them, you could just tell, had been whacking it daily to the idea of arresting and/or shooting antifa.

The ones wearing the most gear were absolutely the most horny for injustice and white power.

And I mean H O R N Y.

Like you could SEE the Fox News feedback loop building its oily tendrils in action. White supremacy makes false claims about being oppressed ➡️ Fox News covers ➡️ more Nazis get angry they are being treaded upon *eye roll* ➡️ Nazis, kkk, confederates, racist dog whistlers stir more shit up on Fox News, now they really start getting butt hurt ➡️ anyone with a brain notes white supremacists don’t need advocacy or listening ears ➡️ repeat last Fox News step ➡️ anti fascists shut these whiny assholes down repeatedly ➡️ Fox News now has scary pictures of, seriously, completely awesome and loving people standing up to bullies. But they have a name! “Antifa” ooooOoOoooo sounds ScaAaAAaaArrRy!! ➡️ cops watch Fox News, eyes dilate, and they all simultaneously moan in monotone “mmmmmm I will stop the enemy antifa mmmmmm.” And then return to their microwaved dinner or free Chick-fil-A ➡️ what? Antifascists don’t like how the cops illegally treated them?! ➡️ Fox News “these anteeefa are rioting and tryna kill cops” ➡️

Anyway fuck the police and Fox News.

It was an incredible evil to behold.

All cops are bastards, but I do want to note: the cops dressed like everyday patrol cops seemed to just want to get through the day. I remember three like this. Three out of 700, but then again I didn’t really get to interact normally with any of the snipers or the ones in the helicopters.

After Ferguson, I felt the left should get armed.

After Newnan, we should get armed AS FUCK.

Police were absolutely completely crushing on the Nazis while drooling over crushing protesters’ skulls.

(Note: I believed Ferguson protestors, I did. But I was on the scene in Newnan. A town I’ve been to many times.)

I was never able to see the assembled nazis without waiting in a six flags line into what felt like a trap. After seeing the decked out cops point guns at and arrest my friends (and let’s be real here- for no god damn legal reason), it was clearly a trap pen for cops to pick us off.

Upon getting this impression and deciding not to go in, yup, many of my friends were being dragged out, arrested, after being plucked out of the crowd. We still don’t know completely why beyond the cops just targeting their favorites.

I thought about not sharing this because, you know, cops, but:

When reading the nerves of the police near me, there were several times in which I talked to a cop, friendly smile across my face, making small talk and jokes (which I hate), and reassuring them that we were not there to harm them.

Really think about this:

*We* had to continuously de-escalate *the police*.


A new, bizarre development:

Apparently someone submitted a FOIA request for the hot intel used to justify the overwhelming presence of militarized police in Newnan during the nazi rally. Two key pieces of intelligence were cited:

1) A (CLEARLY!) satirical post by the fake antifa Facebook page started by a former NSM member (Valdosta Antifa) which threatens to erect Pauly Shore statues and turn frogs gay.

(2) A paranoid, inaccurate antifa caricature written by the 3 Percenters.

🤯 The

🤯 Cops

🤯 Were

🤯 Angry

🤯 Because

🤯 They

🤯 Thought

🤯 We

🤯 Were

🤯 Gonna

🤯 Turn

🤯 Their

🤯 Frogs

🤯 Gay.