Call from the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement (RAM) to commemorate the life of assassinated antifascist Michael Reinoehl.
On Thursday, September 3rd, 2020, state agents murdered antifascist Michael Forest Reinoehl in cold blood in Washington state, by direct order of fascist US president Donald Trump. This is the first extrajudicial assassination of an antifascist directly by this regime in the United States.
In an act of self-defense during a Trump caravan rally, where hundreds of violent Trump supporters and heavily armed Proud Boys invaded Portland, shooting projectiles at those on the street and attempting to run people over with vehicles, Reinoehl, in an act of self-defense, shot a neo-fascist who threatened himself and a friend. This fascist was heavily armed and a member of the far-Right group Patriot Prayer, who for years has worked closely with groups such as the Proud Boys, engaged in multiple attacks against the public, and organized demonstrations that have mobilized far-Right militias, neo-Nazis, and white nationalists.
This is a call to action and a commemoration for Michael. An injury to one of us is an injury to all. We are calling for people to take actions in their cities, towns, neighborhoods, or homes. Whether banner drops, postering, demonstrations, direct actions, lighting fireworks, commemorations, or whatever creative ideas people come up with; we want the world to know that this will neither be forgotten nor forgiven.
Hours after @VICENews announced interview with army veteran Michael Reinoehl, where he made his case that he acted in self-defense against violent far-Right protesters invading #Portland – Reinoehl was killed by a U.S. Marshals task force outside #Olympia. https://t.co/7TlWfk1G8A
— It’s Going Down (@IGD_News) September 4, 2020
When the State begins targeted assassinations, rule through terror becomes consolidated. Anarchists, antifascists, and all revolutionaries must stand in solidarity against these attacks and against the capitalist, imperialist state— particularly when in the fear of collapse it bares its teeth. We will not be intimidated. We will fight.