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Inside the PNW Patriot Coalition

Eugene Antifa is releasing thousands of messages from the private communication channels of “Patriot Coalition PNW,” a burgeoning far-right network that includes members of the Proud Boys, 1776 2.0 militia, the Three Percenters, Operation Werewolf, and more. The chats provide a detailed look into the planning behind the August 22 “No to Marxism” rally in downtown Portland. They also show new evidence of collaboration between police and local far-right violence. In the coming days, antifascists will be releasing additional identities of members from the Patriot Coalition.

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Patriot Coalition PNW – Daily Chatter Scrapes

Patriot Coalition PNW – Code Red GO! Scrapes

Background

The Patriot Coalition is a growing network of far-right individuals and groups in the Pacific Northwest actively organizing violence against Black Lives Matter protesters and antifascists. The group was started by Robbin Sullivan-Davis of Albany, Oregon, who set up the “Patriot Coalition of PNW” Facebook page on July 3, 2020. The group was originally named the “Patriot Coalition of Oregon,” but was changed to incorporate members from California, Washington, Colorado, and Idaho. The page evolved to include a private Facebook group, and members of the private Facebook group were encouraged to join the “off site communications group,” which was hosted on the messaging app “GroupMe.” The archived Facebook group for the Patriot Coalition of PNW had 1.6k members.

Robbin established two separate chat channels on the platform “GroupMe.” The first, “Daily Chatter,” was established as a place to communicate about events such as “Back the Blue” flag waves, Proud Boy rallies, pro-Trump gatherings, and planned counter-protests to Black Lives Matter demonstrations. This channel is where most of the planning and coordination between members occurs. Members also share their conspiracy theories about “ANTIFA” and news about Portland, Oregon (where very few of them actually live). An emergency channel was also created, called “Code Red GO!” and was reserved for immediate call outs to action. This channel was where the Patriot Coalition leaders released detailed plans for major far-right events, such as the “No to Marxism” rally in Portland on August 22, 2020, and the Labor Day rally in Salem on September 7, 2020. Other GroupMe channels are reserved for leadership and members of the intelligence team. Much of the group’s “intel gathering” consisted of recycled, obvious conspiracy theories from Facebook, dangerous, random photos of “suspicious” vehicles, mugshots, and low quality photos of community members suspected to be “ANTIFA” members.

Membership on the GroupMe platform is nearing 125 members, though less than half are active in the discussions. While most of the group’s members reside in Oregon, the geographical reach of the group’s membership stretches from southwestern Washington to Colorado and central California. The group operates in a purely hierarchical manner, with declared leaders that call the shots in the chats and on the ground. Even though Robbin Davis founded the Patriot Coalition, she was eventually removed from the group entirely and replaced by Shelley Fenner of Vancouver, Washington. While Robbin Davis and Shelley Fenner are part of the self-selected ring of leadership, their roles are more secretarial and motherly in nature: offering encouragement, scolding misplaced comments in the chats, and running the social media pages. The “leads” in charge of directing the group at actions are two men from southern Oregon: Daniel Arthur Lippke and Trent Martin Ulrey. Everyone in the group is expected to follow their commands and they direct the group and announce when and how they are allowed to act. This point in the chain of command is arguably the most important to them. No one is allowed to act without the authorization from the leads, and if they do, they do not receive support from the group as a whole.

Inside the Patriot Coalition

There are several significant factors which set the Patriot Coalition GroupMe chats apart from other far-right internal communications we have monitored. Unlike the average “shitposting” fascist chats one might stumble into on Telegram or Discord, the members of this group focus on action. Their discussions revolve almost entirely around real-world issues and events, and they have proved that they are capable of violence. When a suggestion is made, they are often quick to plan and move to action. The group is made up mainly of older and middle aged adults- most are already established financially and have a good amount of time to devote to their cause. Many are self employed, retired, or own a business. They are already well equipped with resources necessary to carry out their plans: they own property, reliable vehicles, tools, firearms, weapons, and body armor. Most are well connected throughout the region, have disposable income, and are able to purchase any additional resources an action might require. While they might not be the most educated, technologically advanced, or physically fit bunch, they have a distinct set of advantages that makes them uniquely dangerous.

Groups Involved

The Patriot Coalition includes members from a wide sample of far-right groups active in the Pacific Northwest. There are multiple members of the fascist Proud Boys street gang, organizers from Sandy Backs the Blue, the Three Percenters, the 1776 2.0 miltia, and handfuls of people that are not involved with any group. This makes the Patriot Coalition a prime recruiting ground for far-right groups. There are also a number of explicit neo-Nazis within the Patriot Coalition. In our previous article, we looked at Operation Werewolf activity in the Pacific Northwest region. Two of the fascists we profiled, Richard Bowman II and Alena Gay Mack, are active members of the Patriot Coalition. Lincoln City neo-Nazi David Willis is also a member of the Patriot Coalition.

Threats of violence

The Patriot Coalition chats are awash with threats of violence against protesters, antifascists, and journalists. There seems to be little-to-no concern among the members that their chats are infiltrated, either by police or antifascists. Often times fascist chatrooms will moderate explicit threats of violence, for fear of legal action or media blowback (this is even common practice for the most extreme accelerationist fascist groups and neo-Nazi forums). This is not the case in the Patriot Coalition chats; they are a free for all. The membership of the Patriot Coalition does not seem to care about the potential legal ramifications of their messages, perhaps understanding that they are an ally to the state.Ken Woods (AKA Dub) wants to start shooting protesters.

Christopher James Tough would love to bring sticks of dynamite to Portland, Oregon.

James Walsh III (AKA Member 161) jokes about bringing a pallet of high-caliber weapons to the August 22 rally in Portland. Instead, he brought his Steel Feather Welding vehicle.

Peter Burdett (AKA Punisher95) plans to target anyone wearing “Black Lives Matter” gear.

Erik Neal (AKA Erik) suggests boiling down poison oak to use against antifascist protesters.

An unidentified member of the Patriot Coalition using the moniker “1911” shares that he has a half pound of Carolina Reaper peppers getting delivered, and Robbin Davis (AKA Patriot Coalition of Oregon) is excited to use it against protesters.

A member of the Patriot Coalition using the pseudonym “Kahrheart” recommends following protesters home.

John Hufford believes the nation is being destroyed and suggests that the only way to stop it is to “Remove them from existence.” Ken Woods (AKA Dub) is supportive because he just wants to shoot people.

Threats manifest: “No to Marxism” rally (A22)

The Patriot Coalition chats offer a detailed view into the planning for the “No to Marxism in America” rally in Portland on August 22, 2020. The rally was hosted by Amber Gwen Cummings, a far-right figure from California with a long history of organizing with white supremacists on the West coast. A week earlier, on August 15, a small far-right protest roamed around downtown Portland, attacking counter-protesters and random passerby’s with bear spray and paintballs. While leaving downtown, Portland’s Liberation hang-around Skylor Noel Jernigan fired two shots out of his moving car. Luckily no one was hit, but the Portland Police Bureau’s laissez-faire handling of the rally sent a message to the far-right that their violence was welcome in Portland (a message that the PPB has been sending for years).

“…The police gave us the green light . I was at the justice center saturday [sic] and we handle them with 40 people.” -John Kramer, 8/17/2020.

Prior to the rally, members of the group were encouraged to purchase tactical helmets and protective gear. The group chose to wear blue shirts so they could identify one another (the group considered blue armbands, but the idea was shot down because they feared it would make them look like Nazis), and members were encouraged to cover their faces to prevent identification. On August 20, Erik Neal hosted a shield and hand-to-hand combat training event in Marcola, Oregon. Corey Wyatt’s crew (see also: Above the Rest: Roofing and White Power) built the shields that appeared on the front lines in Portland, likely inspired by previous far-right shield walls in the Eugene-Springfield area.

The step-by-step plan for the August 22 rally was created by Daniel Lippke (AKA Dan-Meford) and Trent Ulrey (AKA Trent-Medford). The group met on Chris and Shelley Fenner’s property in Vancouver, Washington, at 10am, an hour before the rally was scheduled to begin. From there, the group split into different units and drove to two separate parking structures (SmartPark on 4th and Yamhill and the 5th Avenue building) near the rally location and parked on the upper levels. One team was tasked with “security” and open carried long guns without magazines (pursuant with Portland open carry laws), while another was tasked with providing medical assistance, and another attacked antifascists. The original plan called for both a daytime and nighttime mobilization, but the leadership called off the nighttime plan due to the injuries they sustained while clashing with antifascists. About two dozen members of the chat attended the rally on August 22, but more had planned to arrive for the “evening festivities.”

For much of the rally, the far-right crowd outnumbered the anti-fascist counter-protest, and many of them were better equipped. The antifascist crowd gathered in Chapman square, while the far-right crowd amassed on the steps of the Justice Center and slowly filled into the street. The Portland Police remained out of sight for the entirety of the rally, save for briefly appearing to steal defensive gear from antifascists before the park filled up. Most of the far-right rally-goers openly carried weapons including baseball bats, axe handles, batons, pipes, bear mace, bug spray, spiked shields, knives, and paintball guns. The Patriot Coalition group arrived together shortly after 12pm and formed a shield wall in the middle of the street. After a few hours of small fights and a copious amount of paintballs and bear spray, the far-right group began to attack a Black Lives Matter support vehicle called the Snack Van.Members of the Patriot Coalition and other assorted fascists rally in Portland on August 22.

Members of the Patriot Coalition and other assorted fascists rally in Portland on August 22.

Future Violence

The Patriot Coalition chats also provide important information about future far-right violence. We learn that neo-Nazi David Willis is making paint-filled fire extinguishers for use against antifascists, and has purchased glass breaker balls as ammunition for his paintball gun. We also learn that Mark Melchi and his 1776 2.0 militia have been making homemade “flamethrower” devices that he “developed for their wall of degenerates.” Daniel Arthur Lippke (Dan-Medford) is making homemade smoke grenades, and Ramon Blackwood (AKA T. Durden) is using his connections to purchase the same crowd-control sprays used by federal law enforcement. Christopher James Tough has leveraged his TikTok fame to get gear for another far-right attack in Portland, and has received dozens of gas masks from a Texas TikTok user who goes by “Ghost Patriot.” David Willis plans to fill four fire extinguishers with paint for use against antifascists.

State Collaboration

The Patriot Coalition chats reveal new links between law enforcement and far-right activity in the Pacific Northwest. For background on collaboration between the state on the far right in Oregon, we recommend Rose City Antifa’s excellent article from 2019. Here’s what the new chats show:

    • The Patriot Coalition knew that the Portland Police would allow far-right violence on August 22: On August 15, a week before Amber Cummings’ “No to Marxism” event, the Portland Police Bureau let former Proud Boy Alan Swinney mace and shoot paintballs at a small group of counter-protesters. Patriot Coalition member John Kramer attended the event and reported back to the group that “…The police gave us the green light.” He told members to “come literally as prepared as you can,” knowing that the Portland Police would allow the far-right crowd to have weapons.
    • Federal agents in Portland “thanked” the far-right for attacking antifascists: After the August 22 “No to Marxism” rally, where far-right protesters attacked antifascists with baseball bats and seriously injured at least one person with an improvised explosive device, Dan Lippke (AKA Dan-Medford) relayed the following to the Patriot Coalition chat: “So I just got a call from a friend who has friends in uh…federal buildings in a certain northern Oregon city. The agents and police in there say good job, thank you, and they made sure antifa paid for that pain we went through today.” After the far-right crowd was chased out away from their rally point, federal officers declared the event an “unlawful assembly” and fired pepper balls at what remained of the antifascist crowd.
    • Neo-Nazi David Willis has a source within the Portland Police Bureau: Lincoln City neo-Nazi David Willis, who claims to have been involved with the white power skinhead gang “East Side White Pride,” also claims to have a source within the Portland Police Bureau’s detective division. After the August 22 “No to Marxism” event, David Willis told members of the Patriot Coalition: “i confirmed it threw a source in ppb that antifa fired 2 live rounds at patriots in a parking garage [sic].” He encourages others to contact his source as “victims” of the alleged shots. David Willis has a long history of run-ins with law enforcement. In 1998, Willis was arrested in Lincoln county for a laundry list of crimes, including a hate crime, but he was found “not guilty.”
    • Members of the Patriot Coalition have a source within federal law enforcement: On September 16, ten days before the Proud Boys plan to rally in Portland, Ramon Luis Blackwood (AKA T. Durden) revealed that he had received intelligence about federal orders: “I need a lead to call me asap. I just got Intel from a back end source. Orders that were just given out. Fed orders.” Ramon’s request to speak with a lead suggests to us that the information was pertinent to the upcoming Proud Boys rally. The Proud Boys had originally planned on holding their rally in a federal park in downtown Portland, but moved the rally unexpectedly on September 17. Ramon Blackwood’s “back end source” may be the same source that gave him access to the crowd control weapons they use to attack protesters: “I just got access to the crowd dispersal spray that the feds use. It’s 40 bucks a can. Usual 65 bucks. Anybody want any??”
    • A member of the Patriot Coalition is spying on protesters and sending the data to the FBI: Mark Melchi, a member of the Patriot Coalition and leader of the 1776 2.0 militia claimed that his group is using “cell sniffing” devices and sending the data to the FBI: “We actually use cell sniffers all the time, send Data to FBI…IMSI catchers. Don’t need to snatch phones, although it’s fun to snatch and watch their face.” It is not clear how Mark Melchi would obtain an IMSI “sniffer” device, let alone use it successfully, but the possibility is alarming.
    • A militia leader within the Patriot Coalition is “hunting” antifascists in Colorado: Mark Melchi was in Colorado in early September, working on “Antifa hunting with my 1776 2.0 Colorado team.” On September 6, Melchi announced to the chat that: “We have had a successful operation out here in Colorado. So far 6 major Antifa leaders are no longer playing fantasy ninjas here.” On September 17, police carried out SWAT raids and arrested six protest leaders in the Denver area, charged with with an outrageous list of crimes. The messages posted by Melchi seem to suggest that his 1776 2.0 group played a role in the state repression against the activists.

Wildfire response

The early part of September brought devastating wildfires to the state of Oregon. Several major cities were threatened and thousands of Oregonians were forced to evacuate. Many small, tight-knit rural towns were destroyed or damaged by fast moving wildfires. Hundreds of homes were destroyed and thousands uprooted and displaced. During this regional disaster, members of the Patriot Coalition PNW quickly mobilized to do regular patrols around wildfire hot spots. Armed, members would drive roads searching for who they believed to be “ANTIFA” setting the fires. They were certain the spreading of the wildfires was due to ominous figures dressed in black, often carrying gas cans, whom they labeled as “ANTIFA.” This conspiracy theory quickly became so concerning to public safety, that even police and sheriffs departments were forced to issue public statements discrediting the absurd claim. Members of the Patriot Coalition followed vehicles they deemed “suspicious,” posted photos of cars, license plates, and faces in the chats as “intel.” Members quickly positioned themselves within the volunteer support system of the evacuation centers located in Springfield and Salem; they approached the mutual aid centers with a territorial and competitive attitude. Attempts were made to intimidate known leftist activists within the local mutual aid networks. Tensions rose to unusual heights as the wildfires came closer to the cities along the I-5 corridor, and some members suggested shooting those they suspected as arsonists on sight. Richard Bowman II shares a post from far-right Senate candidate Paul J. Romero to back up the baseless “ANTIFA” wildfire conspiracy theory.

For days, members of the Patriot Coalition drove around rural Oregon communities “patrolling” for people they believed to be looters and arsonists.

Members of the Patriot Coalition tailed vehicles and posted photos of vehicles and license plates they deemed suspicious.

A member of the Patriot Coalition with the username “Shelb” claims that someone affiliated with law enforcement told her “ANTIFA” was setting up gas cans with shotgun shells on people’s porches.

Identifications

Patriot Coalition Leadership

The Patriot Coalition is a hierarchically organized group; all group decisions are made by a small team of leaders. The leaders were decided by the founder of the group: Robbin Sullivan-Davis. Following the departure of the original founder of the group, the Patriot Coalition is now in the process of restructuring itself and launching a new Facebook group. The “central command” will select regional leaders to represent the state of Oregon divided into three parts: 1) Southern, 2) Central and Eastern, and 3) Northern and Mid. The group will have a chain of command, they will have monthly meetings and will schedule trainings. A mission statement, new vetting process, and new rules of conduct will be drafted.

Robbin Anne Sullivan-Davis

Robbin Anne Sullivan-Davis is the founder of the “Patriot Coalition of PNW” group and was the owner of the GroupMe chat until she unexpectedly relinquished ownership, transferring administrative powers to Trent Ulrey (AKA Spartan). She was permanently removed from the chat shortly thereafter. Robbin started the group on Facebook, before moving to GroupMe so members could organize in private. She set up fundraising for the group via Venmo and GoFundMe, racking up close to $500 dollars in donations. Robbin attended the August 22 “No to Marxism” rally in Portland. She currently lives in Albany, Oregon.

Trent Martin Ulrey

Trent Martin Ulrey (AKA Spartan, Trent-Medford) is one of the leaders of the Patriot Coalition and currently has ownership over the GroupMe chat. He lives in Gold Hill, Oregon (near Medford) and owns Valley Sign Solutions. Trent was the main architect behind the Patriot Coalition’s plan for the August 22 “No to Marxism” rally. In the lead up to the rally, Trent had phone conversations with a number of members of the Patriot Coalition and communicated with other far-right groups like the Proud Boys. On August 18, Trent posted a detailed plan for the “No to Marxism” rally (see: Threats Manifest: “No to Marxism” rally). During the rally, Trent was armed with a handgun, a baton, and pepper spray. After rushing the antifascist crowd, he can be seen on video deploying pepper spray.Trent Ulrey pushes his way through the far-right crowd to attack antifascists at the August 22 “No to Marxism” rally. Trent was armed with a pistol (circled, left), a large baton (in back of vest), and pepper spray (circled, right).

Trent Ulrey pepper sprays antifascists after the far-right “No to Marxism” crowd charged towards the counter rally.

Daniel Arthur Lippke

Daniel Arthur Lippke (AKA Dan Betschart, Dan-Medford) is one of the leaders of the Patriot Coalition and lives in Eagle Point, Oregon. Dan worked with Trent Ulrey to establish a detailed plan for the August 22 “No to Marxism” rally. Before the rally, Dan floated the idea of reaching out to far-right grifter Andy Ngo, to “…let him know something is up for this Saturday, and ask him to keep it quiet.” In the past, Andy Ngo has coordinated with the Proud Boys as well as the dregs of Patriot Prayer. Dan also advocated for attacking medics and press, telling others that “if they claim they’re “press” or “medic” so you can’t touch them, that’s bs.” Dan and his wife Carly teach line dancing in Southern Oregon.Daniel Arthur Lippke at the August 22 “No to Marxism” rally in Portland, Oregon.

Daniel Lippke has distinctive tattoos on his left forearm and right bicep.

Christopher James Tough

Christopher James Tough (AKA Chris Tough, Chris Himwho, Himwho) is a MAGA TikTok celebrity and one of the leaders of the Patriot Coalition. Chris has amassed a large following as “himwho” and recently launched a website for his brand. He lives in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

Christopher Tough stands with Andrew “Black Rebel” Duncomb, a former Proud Boy who marched with Nazis at the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in 2017.

Christopher James Tough has joined forces with local far-right agitators in Eugene, Oregon on a number of occasions. On July 25, Chris took part in an “All Lives Matter” counter-protest to a rally against state repression held at the federal courthouse in Eugene, Oregon. The “All Lives Matter” group bore shields with screws sticking out and sprayed protesters with wasp spray. On July 31, Chris joined other far-right protesters at the New Hope Christian College, fooled into thinking that “ANTIFA” was en route to remove a giant steel and concrete cross. On August 5, he rallied with other far-right counter protesters to attack a protest hosted by United Communists and Anarchists of Eugene, Oregon (UCA) calling to hold the Eugene Police Department accountable for the violent arrest of a 14 year old. On August 22, Chris traveled with the Patriot Coalition to the “No to Marxism” rally in downtown Portland and tried to attack antifascists with a collapsible baton.Christopher James Tough rallies with local bigots in Eugene on July 25. Chris was armed with a large wooden maskeshift club.

Christopher Tough rallies alongside neo-Nazi Corey Wyatt (white mask, camo head wrap) and local homophobe Emma Mitchem (holding phone on right) at the New Hope Christian College. 

Christopher James Tough stands with a shield and a collapsible baton at the August 22 “No to Marxism” rally in Portland, Oregon. 

Christopher James Tough stands with a shield and a collapsible baton at the August 22 “No to Marxism” rally in Portland, Oregon. 

1776 2.0 Militia

The 1776 2.0 militia is a far-right group lead locally by Mark Eric Melchi. While some right-wing militia groups posture (or pretend to be) as “anti-government,” Melchi’s militia collaborates with local and federal law enforcement. Over the last few months, the 1776 2.0 militia has been a regular, armed presence on the streets of Portland and Salem. The group is also active in other states, including Colorado.

Mark Eric Melchi

Mark Eric Melchi is the local leader of the 1776 2.0 militia and lives in Dallas, Oregon. He is a member of the Patriot Coalition and a participant in the GroupMe chat where he consistently posts violent, unhinged messages about Portland. Melchi advocates for “tactical ambushes at night” and using “Guerilla tactics” against those he deems “leaders.” He fantasizes about the possibility of a shootout with antifascists, writing prior to the August 22 “No to Marxism” rally that attendees “must be ready to defend with lethal response…We need to make it dramatic enough for them not to want to return.”

While talk of an ever-looming “civil war” is common among right-wing militias, Mark Melchi and the 1776 2.0 militia veers more into accelerationism, hoping to use far-right rallies in Portland to increase tension. Melchi is producing “flamethrowers” from fire extinguishers and plans to deploy them against antifascists and anti-racist protesters. In the Patriot Coalition chat, Melchi calls the weapons a “fire extinguisher BBQ machine”  that his crew “developed for their wall of degenerates.”Mark Melchi shows off a video of one of his homemade “flamethrowers” that he designed for use against protesters. He claims that members of his 1776 2.0 group used their device in the stairwell of a parking garage.

Mark Melchi is a regular armed presence at far-right rallies in Portland. On August 15, he rallied with local white nationalist Haley Adams in downtown Portland, carrying a Scorpion Evo-3 pistol and several magazines. On August 22, Melchi showed up at the “No to Marxism” rally, and he claims that members of his militia used their flamethrower device in the stairwell of a parking garage.Mark Melchi stands with a rifle at the August 22 “No to Marxism” rally in downtown Portland. (Photo by Nathan Howard)

Despite using anti-government aesthetics, Mark Melchi and his militia actively work with the state to target left-wing activists. He claims that his group uses IMSI catchers against protesters, “cell-sniffing” devices that imitate a cellphone tower to capture metadata and IMSI numbers within a radius. Local and federal law enforcement agencies have deployed the device against protesters. Melchi says that his group sends the cellphone data they obtain the the FBI. Additionally, messages from Melchi suggest that the Colorado chapter of 1776 2.0 may have worked with police to target local activists. On September 6, Melchi wrote that “We have had a successful operation out here in Colorado. So far 6 major Antifa leaders are no longer playing fantasy ninjas here.” On September 17, police carried out SWAT raids and arrested six protest leaders in the Denver area (more information here), charging them with kidnapping for allegedly participating in a protest outside a police station.

Kenneth Merill Woods

Kenneth Merill Woods (AKA Ken Woods, Dub) is a member of the Patriot Coalition living in Terrebonne, Oregon. On August 22, Ken attended the “No to Marxism” rally with Mark Melchi’s 1776 2.0 militia. In the Patriot Coalition chats, he frequently talks about his desire to murder antifascists and Black Lives Matter protesters. Ken idolizes Kyle Rittenhouse and may very well be the next right-wing mass murderer. Of the protests in Portland (insert she doesn’t even go here! meme), Ken says that  “[t]he only real way to end it is start shooting everyone [sic] of them.” Like most members of the Patriot Coalition, Ken Woods firmly believed that “ANTIFA” was responsible for the historic wildfires that devastated Oregon and drove around looking for people to shoot.Ken Woods open carries at the August 22 “No to Marxism” rally in Portland, Oregon. Ken rolled with Mark Melchi’s 1776 2.0 crew. 

John Joseph Kramer

John Joseph Kramer is a member of the Patriot Coalition and lives in Clackamas county, Oregon. On August 15, John Kramer rallied with local far-right protesters in downtown Portland. After the rally, he told others in the Patriot Coalition that the “The [Portland] police gave us the green light,” and to “Come literally as prepared as you can.” John Kramer claimed to be busy recruiting people for the “No to Marxism” rally in the days that followed. On August 22, John Kramer rolled with Mark Melchi’s 1776 2.0 militia, carrying a pistol and a canister of bear spray.

John Joseph Kramer carries a handgun on August 22 in Portland, Oregon. Kramer rolled with Mark Melchi’s 1776 2.0 crew for the “No to Marxism” rally.

Above the Rest: Roofing and White Power

Since the start of racial justice protests in the Eugene-Springfield area, we have been tracking and documenting an increase in far-right counter organizing. In August, we published an article about neo-Nazi Corey Eugene Wyatt (AKA Agnarr), a professional MMA fighter who has made inroads with far-right groups in the Pacific Northwest and has been a regular presence at counter-protests in the Eugene-Springfield area. Corey Wyatt works for “Above the Rest,” a roofing and construction company run by Casey Lee Lasley. Casey has participated in local far-right organizing himself, and employs a  number of neo-Nazis involved with the Patriot Coalition.

Neo-Nazi Corey Wyatt and far-right figure Marcus Edwards have worked with “Above the Rest” roofing. From left to right: Corey Wyatt, Marcus Edwards, Erik Neal, and Joe Schwinghamer.

Erik Matthew Neal

Erik Matthew Neal (AKA Erik Lean, Erik) is a member of the Patriot Coalition from Springfield, Oregon, and an employee of Above the Rest roofing & construction. Erik is an active participant in the GroupMe chat and acts as the link between the Patriot Coalition, Corey Wyatt, and the Above the Rest crew. Ahead of the August 22 rally, Erik invited members of the Patriot Coalition to train with shields and in hand-to-hand combat on a property in Marcola, Oregon.

 

 

Sarah Anne Stahl

Sarah Anne Stahl (AKA Steele Sharah, Sassyanne, Mouthy) is Erik Neal’s partner and is also a member of the Patriot Coalition. She attended the violent August 22 “No to Marxism” event in Portland with Erik Neal and the “Above the Rest” crew. Sarah repeatedly made threats against a Eugene livestreamer affiliated with Boop Troop Eugene and falsely claimed that he fired shots at far-right protesters on August 22. Sarah is a follower of the QAnon conspiracy theory.Sarah Anne Stahl, pictured at the August 22 “No to Marxism” rally in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Joseph Martin Schwinghamer

Joseph Martin Schwinghamer lives in Springfield and works for Casey Lasley’s roofing company. Like most of the crew, Joe is a felon and was incarcerated in 2016 for possession of methamphetamine and illegally possessing a firearm. He attended the August 22 “No to Marxism” rally in Portland with the “Above the Rest” crew. Joseph is easily identifiable by the large apple tattoo on his neck.Joe Schwinghamer carried a shield on August 22 in Portland, Oregon. Joe has a distinctive apple tattoo on his neck.

James Anthony Stianson

James Anthony Stianson is a white supremacist who has worked for Casey Lasley’s roofing company. He is covered in white supremacist tattoos: On his right hand, he has a Thor’s Hammer and just above that he has a Valknaut tattoo. On his chest, James has “Eastside White Pride” tattooed in cursive. East Side White Pride is also the name of a white supremacist bonehead gang that was active in Portland in the late 1980’s. In 1988, three members of East Side White Pride murdered an Ethiopian college student named Mulugeta Seraw. Lincoln city neo-Nazi and Patriot Coalition member David Willis claims to have been affiliated with East Side White Pride.James Stianson has “Eastside White Pride” tattooed across his chest. 

James Stianson has a Thor’s Hammer tattoo and a Valknaut (three triangles) on his right hand.

James Stianson has been at several far-right rallies in the Eugene-Springfield area. On July 10, he gathered with Corey Wyatt and other local racists at the Springfield library for an “All Lives Matter” rally. On July 29, James and other far-right agitators harassed and assaulted Black Lives Matter demonstrators in the Thurston neighborhood. He was arrested the next day for driving under the influence, a charge he is no stranger to. On August 22, James traveled to Portland with the “Above the Rest” crew for the “No to Marxism” rally. Despite being a felon, James had a holstered handgun at the rally.James Stianson and Corey Wyatt at the July 10 “All Lives Matter” rally in Springfield, Oregon.

James Stianson, his partner Brandy Bowman, and Casey Lasley counter-protesting a Black Lives Matter march through Thurston, Oregon, on July 29.

James Stianson stands behind ex-Proud Boy Alan Swinney on August 22 in Portland, Oregon. James’ “Thor’s Hammer” tattoo is visible.

James Stianson, a felon, carried a handgun (circled) on August 22 in Portland, Oregon. James wears a shirt for the far-right group “TAPS: The American Patriot Society.”

Sandy Backs the Blue

“Sandy Backs the Blue” is a pro-police, Nazi friendly group from the Sandy, Oregon area. The group hosts weekly “flag wave” events, often attended by members of the Proud Boys hate group. Dixie Lea Bailey (AKA Dixie Deweese, AmericanLove45) is one of the far-right organizers with “Sandy Back the Blue,” and is also a member of the Patriot Coalition. For more information on Dixie, please read Rose City Antifa’s article here.

Ramon Luis Blackwood

Ramon Luis Blackwood is a far-right activist from Sandy, Oregon, and a member of the Patriot Coalition. On August 12, Ramon Blackwood claimed that “40-50 people” were going to travel to Portland and “push back against Rioters,” but only 18 showed up. On August 22, Ramon returned to Portland with the Patriot Coalition for the “No to Marxism” rally, only to be chased away into a parking garage by antifascists. Ramon Blackwood owns Taylor Made Engineering LLC, a metal fabrication business.

Ramon Blackwood, pictured here with “Sandy Backs the Blue” activist Dixie Lea Bailey (AKA Dixie Deweese). Original tweet from Rose City Antifa here.

Ramon Blackwood at the August 22 “No to Marxism” rally in downtown Portland.

Jason Michael Gould

                                                                      NOT Tim Pool

Jason Michael Gould (AKA Jason, Jerad Ross) is a member of the Patriot Coalition with ties to “Sandy Backs the Blue.” Jason is a frequent attendee of the weekly “flag wave” events in the Sandy, Oregon area. He claims to have nine years of boxing experience and offered to give lessons to other members of the Patriot Coalition. Jason Gould attended the August 22 “No to Marxism” rally with the Patriot Coalition.Some of Jason Gould’s racist overlays on Facebook.

Jason Gould holds a large wooden shield on August 22 in Portland, Oregon. Jason has a distinctive tattoo on his inner left arm.

Other Individuals

Peter Osborne Burdett

Peter Osborne Burdett (AKA Punisher95) is a violent member of the Patriot Coalition from Tigard, Oregon. In the GroupMe chats, Peter recommended that people shoot marbles instead of paintballs, which can be lethal. He also called for “start going after the antifa press,” for “basically setting up shots to make us look like we are instagating [sic] them.” Like fellow Patriot Coalition member and neo-Nazi Richard Bowman II, Peter participates in Civil War reenactments. And, like fellow Patriot Coalition member and neo-Nazi James Anthony Stianson, Peter participates in driving under the influence.Peter Burdett with a shield on August 22 in Portland, Oregon. 

Peter Burdett with a shield and body armor on August 22 in Portland, Oregon. 

Peter has familial connections to the Portland Police Bureau. He bragged of this connection in the Patriot Coalition GroupMe, saying that: “One of my family members works at the Northeast precinct.” Peter’s second cousin, Amy Morinville, is married to Portland cop Steve Morinville, who works at the PPB North Precinct. As of 2019, Morinville was assigned to the youth services division and was being paid close to $140,000 a year.

James Howard Soderberg

James Howard Soderberg (AKA James) is a violent, bigoted member of the Patriot Coalition from Cornelius, Oregon. He first caught our attention in July, when he showed up to a far-right counter protest in Eugene armed with a shotgun and .357 revolver. He also carried a spray can with an unknown liquid. Several far-right protesters used wasp spray and brake oil spray against Black Lives Matter protesters.James Howard Soderberg appears to livestream on his phone while holding a shotgun in Eugene on July 25.

On August 29, James Howard Soderberg took part in the “Trump 2020 Cruise Rally,” hosted by Idaho resident Alex Kuzmenko (AKA Alex Kyzik). James livestreamed the event on Facebook, first from the drivers seat, then from the back of his silver F-350 truck once he crossed the bridge into downtown Portland. He was armed with pepper spray, a baseball bat wrapped in nails, and a .357 revolver. While driving, James runs a red light and nearly hits a group of anti-racist protesters, then reverses back towards them. Later, James can be seen accosting random pedestrians from the back of his pickup truck, attempting to goad them into a fight. When that doesn’t work, he goes on foot yelling homophobic slurs at passerbys and gets beaten bloody. James Howard Soderberg owns KJJ Trucking LLC.

James Howard Soderberg shows off his weapons at the “Trump 2020 Cruise Rally” to his Facebook Live audience.

James Howard Soderberg attacked a teenager (right) at the “Trump 2020 Cruise Rally,” but got beaten bloody (left).

Marshall Keith Bastiaen

Marshall Keith Bastiaen is a member of the Patriot Coalition from Eugene, Oregon. He has been active in the Eugene-Springfield far-right, rallying with local bigots on July 10 at the Springfield library, and on July 25 at the federal courthouse. On August 22, Marshall went to Portland for the “No to Marxism” rally, meeting up with other members of the Patriot Coalition. Marshall is active in the biker scene and works as a truck driver. He was recruited by the Proud Boys, but declined because of his work schedule.

Marshall Bastiaen argues with a Black Lives Matter protester in Eugene, Oregon on July 25.

Marshall Bastiaen with pepper spray and a knife at the August 22 “No to Marxism” rally in Portland, Oregon.

Call to action: All out on September 26th!

On September 26, the far-right is returning to Portland to wage violence. We support the calls by local antifascist groups to come together and #DefendPDX. No Proud Boys in the Rose City!

Richard Bowman II and Operation Werewolf in the Pacific Northwest

Richard Oliver Bowman II

Richard Oliver Bowman II and his wife Priya Devi Bhan

Richard Oliver Bowman II is a is a member of the neo-fascist group Operation Werewolf. Over the last few months, Bowman II has made inroads with far-right activists in Oregon. Despite belonging to a fascist cult, Bowman II styles himself as a pro-Trump, pro-second amendment patriot, absorbed with faux-intellectual rhetoric about western civilization and the threat of communism. This psuedo-philosophical positioning has earned him a steady following on social media that consists of both pro-Trump boomers and extreme neo-Nazis affiliated with Operation Werewolf and other projects. Richard Oliver Bowman II lives in Wilsonville, Oregon, with his wife, Priya Devi Bhan. He works as a trucker for R&L Carriers (contact them here).

Richard Bowman II promotes Operation Werewolf material on Facebook.

Richard Bowman II engages in some casual Swastika defense. His partner Priya Bahn (AKA Priya Maharaj) comments approvingly. Although the Swastika was a part of Hindu iconography, Bowman II’s ties to neo-Nazism make this post concerning.

Richard Bowman II “likes” a comment on his Facebook post that says “Hitler was right.” The poster goes on to talk about “negroes,” “culture destroyers,” and “the jew.”

Richard Bowman II spins a totally true story about “commies” throwing fireworks at his vehicle. Thanks for the laugh, Richard. We especially appreciate the “clenched fist” addition. Nice!

Richard Bowman II thinks Jews and Muslims are destroying western culture.

Richard Bowman II eludes to the white supremacist great replacement conspiracy theory, which has appeared in the manifestos of neo-Nazi mass murderers.

Richard Bowman II is obsessed with the Confederacy and believes in a heavily-revised history of the American Civil War. He is such a big fan of the Confederacy that he got a a weird tattoo of a creepy man-wolf dressed as a Confederate soldier. Richard Bowman II also enjoys cosplaying as a Confederate soldier (this guy is really into losing), and has rallied with the neo-Confederate “Virginia Flaggers” in Richmond, Virginia.what the fuck is thisRichard Bowman II shows off his mighty muscles (doesn’t look like he’s been all that serious about “Iron and Blood”) and his creepy man-wolf dressed as a Confederate soldier.

Richard Bowman II cosplays as a Confederate soldier at a Civil war reenactment. Losing once wasn’t enough?

Richard Bowman II rallies with the Virginia Flaggers in Richmond, VA. Bowman II was in Virginia for the annual Operation Werewolf Conclave. The Flaggers have no problem with rallying with fascists.

Richard Bowman II traveled to Eugene on July 31 to defend a 51 foot cross from a rumored “ANTIFA” and “BLM” attack. The rumor originated in Patriot/Militia groups on Facebook, and even though their own Zach Caster confirmed that it was a hoax, hundreds still showed up at New Hope Christian College. The college welcomed the armed militia and even allowed snipers to set up on a campus building. The event served as a “meet and greet” for various far right activists and militia groups that have emerged as a counter to Black Lives Matter organizing in the Eugene-Springfield area. Richard Bowman II was present, along with Corey “Agnarr” Wyatt, local homophobe Emma Mitchem, Michelle Yates (a violent Patriot Prayer hang-around), Rob Cantrall, and Proud Boy Cole Scott (AKA noodle arms).Richard Bowman II armed with an assault rifle at New Hope Christian College in Eugene, Oregon. The July 31 rally started from a rumor spread through right-wing circles that “ANITFA” was coming to tear down a large cross located on the campus.

On August 22, multiple far-right rallies scheduled in downtown Portland converged near the Justice Center, only a week after Patriot Prayer incel Skylor Jernigan fired a handgun at Black Lives Matter protesters. Emboldened by the Portland Police Bureau’s laissez-faire handling of the August 15 rally, members of the neo-fascist gang the Proud Boys traveled from out of town to attack antifascists and journalists. Many were explicitly armed with weapons ranging from paintball guns, police batons, baseball bats, axe handles, spiked shields, bear mace, and handguns. The far-right crowd unloaded bear spray and smashed a Black Lives Matter support vehicle, but they were eventually chased out of the city by antifascists.

Richard Bowman II attended the August 22 rally in Portland armed with a large collapsible baton and hard knuckle gloves. He also wore a ballistic helmet and a plate carrier, and a full length wooden shield. The shield carried by Bowman II (white rectangular shield with diagonal cuts on corners) matched other far-right protesters, including that of the man who fired his pistol in the air. At some points in the rally, Bowman II can be seen instructing the shield wall, just like neo-Nazi Corey Wyatt. This leads us to believe that Richard Bowman II coordinated with other far-right rally attendees in order to commit violence against antifascists. Richard Bowman II hides behind a shield in Portland on August 22. Neo-Nazi Corey Wyatt and convicted murderer Isabel McDaniel were also present.

Richard Bowman II directs the far-right shield line with his collapsible baton in Portland. Proud Boy Travis Taylor holds a “God Bless America” shield.

Richard Bowman II, after getting dumped by “Dollar store trash can commies.” Fuck around and find out, jabroni.

Operation Werewolf

Operation Werewolf is a neo-fascist “tribe” that was started by Paul and Mathias Waggener in the early 2000’s. The philosophy of Paul Waggener and Operation Werewolf is strongly influenced by the Italian thinker Julius Evola. Evola was a traditionalist and self-described “super-fascist” who believed that the world was in a dark age (the Kali Yuga or “Wolf Age”) and only the warrior class would survive to usher in a golden age. For Evola, traditional order was being eroded by women and Jews, and equality was leading the world to ruin. Many of these themes appear in the writing of Paul Waggener, which serves as the ideological basis of Operation Werewolf: a hyper-masculine Aryan “tribe” that glorifies violence and traditionalism.

Operation Werewolf is organized into regional cells; the Washington cell is called the “Ulfhednar Division.” Many of the cells are tied to gyms, and members (operatives) are encouraged to lift weights, train together, and practice heathen rituals. Each year, members of Operation Werewolf travel to Virginia for a multi-day convergence called the Lupine Equinox Conclave.

Operation Werewolf also functions as a feeder group for the Wolves of Vinland, a closed cult that is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. While Operation Werewolf has a low entry barrier, Wolves of Vinland is a more intense, selective organization with a much smaller, handpicked membership. In many ways, the Wolves are the life-stylists of the far-right. Paul Waggener’s former associate Jack Donovan spent years promoting both groups and has since gone on to a newer yet similar project he refers to as Waldgang. Both Waggener and Donovan sell (literally) Operation Werewolf through their physiques more so than their ideas, enticing working class white men with a rugged, strongman aesthetic.

Although Paul Waggener maintains that his Operation Werewolf is an apolitical group, many members have long histories with the white power movement. Jacob Laskey, a longtime neo-Nazi from the Eugene area who was the leader of American Front, joined Operation Werewolf along with his brother Gabriel Laskey. Jacob Laskey is recently released from prison for stabbing one of his American Front buddies, and previously did prison time for throwing rocks through the windows of the Temple Beth Israel. In 2012, an Operation Werewolf member named Maurice Thompson Michaely broke into and attempted to burn down a Black church in Virginia. Paul Waggener called for the release of Michaely, AKA Hjalti, and he remained involved with Operation Werewolf after being released from prison.

Ulfhednar Division, the Washington cell of Operation Werewolf, pictured in 2016. From left to right: Matthew Horton, Rob Ellis (Kommandant Ellis), (unknown), and Logan Lingren. The number 92 refers to the motto “Iron and Blood.”

Logan Daniel Lingren was one of the early members of the Ulfhednar Division cell of Operation Werewolf in Washington. Ulfhednar is a Old Norse word that refers to a mythological warrior that wore a wolf pelt in battle. Both of Logan’s parents worked for the CIA, and Logan worked a two-year stint for US Investigation Services (a CIA contractor) starting in 2008. Logan joined the Air Force in late 2011 as a maintenance technician and was stationed at the Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, WA, until late 2017. He became involved in Operation Werewolf in 2015, while working for the US Air Force. After leaving the Air Force, Logan moved to Ashburn, Virginia with his partner (Gabriela Galeano), and remains connected to many members of Operation Werewolf.Logan Lingren and Rob Ellis hold an Operation Werewolf flag at an “Ulfhednar Division” gathering in 2015.

Logan Daniel Lingren now lives in Virginia with his partner Gabriela Galeano.

Matthew James Horton is a member of Operation Werewolf living in Aberdeen, Washington. Matthew’s house in Aberdeen has acted as a gathering place for members of Operation Werewolf because of his home gym, which he calls “Damage Gym.” Matthew has been a member of Operation Werewolf since at least 2016 and has attempted to recruit more members locally. He has connections to the local biker scene in Aberdeen, WA. Matthew works as a garbage truck driver for LeMay Grays Harbor (contact them here). Matthew Horton (right) poses with Operation Werewolf member Sean Tahtinen (left). Matthew has a “Thor’s Hammer” tattoo on his left wrist and the helm of awe on his hand.

Sean Phillip Tahtinen is a member of Operation Werewolf and a violent felon. In June 2020, he was arrested in Indiana for pointing a handgun at a man during an argument. From Munice Star Press: The Muncie man told police he had been carrying the handgun for protection “with everything going on.”

Matthew Horton, Richard Bowman II, Priya Bhan, and Sean Tahtinen pose in Matt’s “Damage Gym” in Aberdeen, WA.

Matthew James Horton (center) poses with Brian Cornelius (right) and an individual wearing a three-percenter shirt.

Matthew Horton AKA Matt Damage jokes about hitting protesters with his vehicle.

Matthew Horton is a serial domestic abuser, having been convicted of domestic violence in 1997, 1998, and 2004, per public records. It is not surprising that a domestic abuser would be drawn to a fascist gang that prides itself on violence and ultra-masculinity, all while espousing a hatred of women and femininity. A number of prominent figures in the American far-right have histories of domestic violence, like serial abuser Augustus Invictus, Richard Spencer, and Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes.

Brian Anthony Cornelius lives in Aberdeen, Washington, and has recently become involved with Operation Werewolf. Brian is part of the biker scene and rides a black pre-2000 Honda Goldwing. Brian has an Algis rune tattoo on his inner right bicep. Brian Cornelius is affiliated with Operation Werewolf and lives in Aberdeen, Washington.

Sean Tahtinen, Brian Cornelius, and Matthew Horton pose for a picture in Matt’s home gym (AKA Damage gym).

Christopher Michael Mack is a neo-Nazi from Olympia, Washington, with ties to Operation Werewolf and the Ulfhednar Division. Chris and his Nazi wife, Alena Gay Mack, played in a shitty alt-rock band called Burial Stump, as “Chris P. Korpse” and “Ms. Mischief.” The band has landed some minor gigs in the Grays Harbor and Olympia area. In June 2020, antifascists unearthed a photo of Alena Mack giving a Sieg Heil with young children in front of a Nazi war flag. Alena Mack is a certified counselor in the state of Washington. Chris Mack may has a history of employment in landscaping and construction.Chris and Alena Mack, neo-Nazis from the Olympia, Washington area.

Chris and Alena Mack preforming as “Chris P. Korpse” and “Ms. Mischief” for their shitty band called “Burial Stump.”

Alena Mack (far left with flat cap) gives a Nazi salute with children in front of a Nazi war flag. She was fired from her position at Telecare Corp after community pressure.

Members of Operation Werewolf gather in Washington. From left to right: TOP: Josh Schuess, Richard Bowman II, and Matthew Horton (top right unknown). BOTTOM: Brian Cornelius and Christopher Mack.

Matthew Horton, Christopher Mack, and Alena Mack all express interest in traveling to Oregon to attack antifascists.

Conclusion

Over the last 100+ days of protest and insurrection for Black liberation, we have seen a reactionary push by the far-right to physically confront Black Lives Matter demonstrations. Driven by vigilante attacks and given cover by the right-wing outrage machine, a big tent coalition of racists ready to violently confront Black Lives Matter protesters has emerged in the Pacific Northwest. With this, we have seen renewed efforts of entryism by neo-Nazis and fascists, from Richard Bowman II to Corey Eugene Wyatt.

If you have additional information on Richard Bowman II, Corey Wyatt, right wing “counter-protesters,” or other racist or fascist activity in the Eugene-Springfield area or the Pacific Northwest, email: eugeneantifa@protonmail.com

On September 26, the far-right is returning to Portland to wage violence. We support the calls by local antifascist groups to come together and #DefendPDX. No Proud Boys in the Rose City!

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Corey Wyatt: A White Supremacist Emerges From Prison to Lead Far-Right Faction

Introduction

As we approach nearly 100 consecutive days of Black Lives Matter protests across the country, we are faced with a burgeoning reactionary push from the far-right. Eugene has been a national hotspot for vigilante attacks on protesters, and now we are seeing an organized effort by local militia groups and racists to intimidate and confront Black Lives Matter demonstrations. Corey Eugene Wyatt, a white supremacist who served prison time for his connection to four murders, has emerged as a central figure in local and regional far-right organizing.

Corey Eugene Jeffery Wyatt

Corey Eugene Jeffery Wyatt (AKA Corey Agnarr, Agnarr Wyatt, Agnarr the Mighty), was born on October 1, 1984, and is a white supremacist who has become deeply involved in far-right organizing in Oregon. Corey is well trained in martial arts and has enjoyed stints as a professional MMA fighter. He has a long criminal history and has spent the last 15 years in and out of prison. In 2003, shortly after turning 18, he was convicted of robbery, identity theft, and unlawful use of a weapon against another person and spent the next seven years in prison. In 2005, Corey was convicted of assaulting a public safety officer. In 2012, Corey was sent to jail for possessing a firearm as a felon. A year later, Corey went back to prison for his role in a white supremacist murder spree. In July 2020, Corey was once again arrested and charged with felony fleeing or attempt to elude police in a vehicle in Lane County. He has a court date scheduled for September.

Corey Eugene Wyatt wears a Thor’s Hammer necklace, date unknown.

During his time in the state prison system, Corey Wyatt met David “Joey” Pedersen and the two became friends. Joey Pedersen had been in the prison system since he was a teenager, when he was sentenced as an adult for robbing two coffee stands and a McDonald’s at gunpoint. After transitioning from a youth facility to an adult facility, Joey Pedersen, Alan Watkins and another prisoner named Orin Williams created a white power prison gang called the Aryan Soldiers. According to a former member, in order to join the Aryan Soldiers “Prospective recruits would have to do the minimum of a stabbing to be considered for membership.” The Aryan Soldiers were inspired by and hoped to carry on the legacy of The Order, a white supremacist terror group that carried out assassinations and armored car robberies in the 1980s. It is unclear if Corey Wyatt ever became a member of the Aryan Soldiers, but he became a close associate of Joey Pedersen while in prison.David “Joey” Pedersen and Holly Ann Grigsby carried out a white supremacist murder spree in 2011. Joey Pedersen has the letters “SWP” tattooed on his neck, for “Supreme White Power.”

Corey Wyatt was released from prison in 2010 and Joey Pedersen was released around the same time. On the 4th of July weekend in 2011, Corey Wyatt and then-wife Kimberly Scott Wyatt went camping on the Oregon coast with Joey Pedersen, his partner Holly Ann Grigsby, and another former inmate by the name of Bryce Woods. Joey and Holly told Corey and Kimberly of their plan to carry out a revolution to save the white race by murdering Jewish leaders and “Zionists.” Shortly after, Kimberly, the only non-felon of the group, purchased a 9mm handgun, which Corey Wyatt gave to Joey to carry out his “revolution.” The gun was used in three murders.

The first leg of Joey Pedersen’s “revolution” began in his hometown of Everett, Washington in September of 2011. Joey shot his father, David Jones Pedersen, with the gun provided by Corey Wyatt. Joey told police that his father had molested him as a child. Holly Grigsby murdered his step mother, Leslie Mae Pedersen, and the two stole their vehicle and drove the bodies to Corey and Kimberly Wyatt’s house in Springfield, Oregon. Corey helped hide the bloodstained vehicle with the bodies and let Joey and Holly stay with them for a night. A few days later, Joey Pedersen and Holly Grigsby continued their “revolution” by carjacking and murdering a 19 year old student named Cody Myers near Newport, Oregon. From there, the couple drove to Eureka, California, where they murdered 53 year old Reginald Alan Clark and stole his vehicle.Cody Myers, remembered here. Reginald Alan Clark, remembered here.

On October 5, 2011, Joey Pedersen and Holly Grigsby were arrested in Northern California. In jail, Holly claimed that they were traveling to Sacramento to “kill a prominent Jew.” Joey Pedersen was sentenced to two life terms in prison and Holly was sentenced to life with no chance for release. Corey Eugene Wyatt and Kimberly Scott Wyatt were arrested in 2013 for their role in the murder spree. Corey Eugene Wyatt was sentenced to 7 years, 5 months in prison. The Associated Press reported that during sentencing, Corey “offered his apologies to the victims’ families,” and “pledged to build a life as a productive citizen when he is released in the future.”

“It’s going to be a tough road, but I’m going to try the best that I can.”

In the last few months, Corey Wyatt (as Agnarr Wyatt) has used social media to network with far-right activists in the Pacific Northwest and reinvent himself as an “anti-Antifa” patriot. Corey has positioned himself within “The American Patriot Society” (TAPS), a group that has emerged out of far-right backlash to local Black Lives Matter organizing in the Eugene-Springfield area and Salem. Corey has been employed by “Above the Rest Roofing & Construction,” a company owned by Casey Lee Lasley, a known counter protester who has shown up to local rallies to intimidate Black Lives Matter activists.Corey Eugene Wyatt (Agnarr Wyatt) shares an article from the far-right site “Revolver News” that claims Black Lives Matter is an anti-white movement. Corey Eugene Wyatt says local reporters “should be hung from lamp posts” for not reporting on QAnon “Save Our Children” rallies. In reality, these rallies have received a wealth of coverage from both local and national media outlets. Corey Eugene Wyatt shares a photo from a July 31 far-right fiasco at New Hope Christian College. Corey has effectively rebranded himself as an “anti-Antifa” figure within local far-right circles, much like neo-Nazi Jake Laskey. Corey Eugene Wyatt works for “Above the Rest Roofing & Construction.” The company is owned by Casey Lee Lasley and employs several people who are active in local far-right organizing. From left to right: Corey Wyatt, Marcus Edwards, Erik Neal, and Joe Schwinghamer.

Isabel Gloria McDaniel

Isabel Gloria McDaniel (AKA Isabel Villagomez McDaniel, Isabel Villagomez), born March 29, 1984, lives in the Eugene area and is a close associate of Corey Eugene Wyatt. The two have attended several far-right rallies together in the past few months. Isabel is also affiliated with The American Patriot Society (TAPS) and local anti-Black Lives Matter organizing.Isabel McDaniel livestreamed Corey Wyatt (Agnarr Wyatt) driving through downtown Portland and complained about rioting. Corey Wyatt drives a black pre-2013 Ford Fusion. Isabel had her driver’s license suspended for life.

On December 11, 2014, Isabel McDaniel got into her Honda Civic wagon after drinking at The Keg Tavern on West 11th in Eugene. While driving through Springfield, Isabel hit two pedestrians who were crossing the street. She killed Daniel Ortiz-Reynaga, 67 years old, and sideswiped his son. Isabel continued driving for 11 blocks with Daniel Ortiz-Roynaga on the top of her car. After leaving the elderly man to die in the street, she then drove to her husband’s workplace and they cleaned and hid the vehicle. Isabel was arrested two days later on charges including criminally negligent homicide and intoxicated driving. She was released earlier this year after serving a seven year sentence in prison. After her release, Isabel lived at the Sponsors house, a halfway house near Monroe park in Eugene. In late April she moved out of the halfway house and may be working at the Northern Gold Foods facility in Junction City, Oregon.

Timeline

July 10

On July 10, 2020, an “All Lives Matter Rally” was held at the Springfield, Oregon library. This rally was organized under the pretext of uniting all people of Lane County, but it was a clear response to the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests following the murder of George Floyd. This rally was the first of many in the Eugene-Springfield area, and spawned a regular, traveling crew of racist individuals eager to intimidate and assault local Black Lives Matter demonstrators. About half of the All Lives Matter (ALM) rally goers arrived prepared for a physical confrontation with anti-racist demonstrators. Large and poorly decorated heavy wooden shields with protruding screws were used to create a shield wall for the ALM crowd. Several individuals were armed with firearms, tasers, knives and bug spray. Several altercations broke out and unsurprisingly, the Springfield Police Department only arrested anti-racists. Marcus Edwards, a Black man from Oakridge, Oregon, acted as the spokesperson for the ALM protest. In the next few weeks, Marcus Edwards established himself as something of a celebrity in local far-right circles, speaking at multiple rallies in the Eugene-Springfield and Salem area.

Corey Eugene Wyatt attended the All Lives Matter rally and brought a large stick with a blue line flag and American flag. He carried a large Bowie knife on his right hip. Both Corey Wyatt and Marcus Edwards gave speeches to the All Lives Matter crowd.

Corey Eugene Wyatt carries a large flagpole at a Springfield “All Lives Matter” rally on July 10. (Original photo credit to Robert Scherle)Corey Eugene Wyatt was armed with a large Bowie knife and a wooden flagpole during the July 10 “All Lives Matter” rally. (Original photo credit to Robert Scherle) Corey Eugene Wyatt gives a speech at a rally in Springfield on July 10. (Original photo credit to Dan Morrison)

July 29

On July 29, 2020, “Black Unity,” a reformist Black Lives Matter group that has been leading protests in Eugene, held a protest titled “The Noose Is A Nuisance” in the Thurston neighborhood of East Springfield, Oregon. The protest was called after social media posts circulated showing a plastic skeleton hanging from a noose from a tree in a Thurston yard. The march was met by riot police and an armed right-wing fracas. After Springfield police declared an unlawful assembly and attacked protesters, several far-right counter protesters assaulted Black Lives Matter protesters. Police arrested Geena Jolee Shipman (AKA Geena Hager) for shoving a Black Lives Matter protester, causing them fall backwards and hit their head on the ground. Corey Eugene Wyatt showed up to the protest armed with a large Bowie knife. Isabel McDaniel, Geena Shipman (AKA Geena Hager), and Corey Eugene Wyatt approach the Black Lives Matter demonstration on July 29 in the Thurston neighborhood. Corey Wyatt is armed with a large Bowie knife, visible here on his right hip. Geena Jolee Shipman (AKA Geena Hager), Corey Eugene Wyatt, and Isabel McDaniel argue with a leader of Black Unity in Thurston on July 29. We are currently looking for information on the man labeled “sweatpants.” Geena Jolee Shipman (AKA Geena Hager) and Corey Eugene Wyatt argue with a leader of Black Unity in Thurston on July 29. We are currently looking for information on the man labeled “sweatpants” pictured to the left of Casey Lasley.Geena Shipman (AKA Geena Hager) defends a skeleton hanging from a noose, which prompted the Thurston protest.  Isabel McDaniel, Tim Davis, and Corey Eugene Wyatt argue with Black Lives Matter protesters in Thurston. Tim Davis accosts a livestreamer during the July 29 Thurston protest. Tim Davis was aggressive towards multiple journalists.

July 31

On July 31, 2020, right wing protesters flocked to New Hope Christian College, located in west Eugene, prepared to defend a 51 foot cross made of steel and concrete. A rumor had spread within militia Facebook groups that “ANTIFA” and “BLM” were coming to tear down the cross. There was no evidence that anyone planned to protest at New Hope Christian College, let alone tear down a cross. When right winger and security guard Zac Caster posed as an antifascist in order to contact a local organizer about protesting the cross, the local organizer was clear that no such protest or attack had been planned. That didn’t stop militia groups from whipping up a right-wing frenzy, complete with surveillance drones and rooftop snipers. The right-wing mobilization declared a victory, defeating an imaginary boogeyman. The event served as an organizing grounds for various far-right militias and neo-fascist groups like the Proud Boys. Corey Eugene Wyatt, armed with a Bowie knife and draped in a blue line flag, stood guard near the front gate of the college. Proud Boy Cole Robert Scott (AKA “Noodle Arms”) speaks with right wing protesters outside New Hope Christian College. Cole Scott (AKA “Noodle Arms”) was recently arrested in Oregon City for firing a gun outside a pub. Eric “Rut” Rutherford from Veneta, Oregon, is also visible. Corey Eugene Wyatt poses with a blue line flag outside New Hope Christian College on July 31. Corey Wyatt was convicted for assaulting a public safety officer in 2006.  Corey Eugene Wyatt displays a large Bowie knife at New Hope Christian College on July 31.  Meghan Ann (AKA “Red Cole”), Corey Eugene Wyatt, and local racist Emma Mitchem stand outside New Hope Christian College on July 31.

August 5

On August 5, far-right counter protesters assembled in downtown Eugene to attack a protest hosted by United Communists and Anarchists of Eugene, Oregon (UCA). The protest was called after Eugene police were captured on video violently arresting a 14 year old Black Lives Matter protester. About two dozen counter protesters, many of them armed, used the Elk Horn Brewery parking lot to stage before confronting the UCA march. Corey Eugene Wyatt (“thin blue line superman”), along with Isabel McDaniel, spent the night instigating fights with anti-police brutality marchers.Isabel McDaniel and Corey Wyatt heckle anti-police brutality marchers in downtown Eugene on August 5. Corey is wearing hard-knuckle gloves for assaulting protesters.

August 15

On August 15, far-right COVID19 deniers held an “Open Oregon” rally at the state capital building in Salem, Oregon. The event was put on by a recently emerged group called “The American Patriot Society,” or “TAPS.” The rally was also themed around the QAnon conspiracy theory and “Save the Children,” the latest viral QAnon concoction. Speakers included Marcus Edwards, Tim Davis, and Jo Rae Perkins, the QAnon spouting Oregon Republican candidate for US Senate. During the rally, a fight broke out between Black Lives Matter protesters and the far-right group. Corey Eugene Wyatt used this as an opportunity to assault a Black Lives Matter protester who was standing away from the fighting. Isabel McDaniel and Corey Wyatt stand on the capital steps during an August 15 “Save the Children/Open Oregon” rally. They both wear shirts from “The American Patriot Society,” or TAPS. Corey’s white power tattoo is visible on his inner left forearm and the white handle of his Bowie knife can be seen on his right hip.Corey Eugene Wyatt stands off against Black Lives Matter protesters in Salem, Oregon. He carries a large Bowie knife on his right hip.

Tim Davis speaks at the “Save the Children/Open Oregon” rally in Salem, Oregon on August 15. “New world order” often refers to a far-right conspiracy theory with anti-Semitic origins. Corey Eugene Wyatt assaults a Black Lives Matter protester that was standing away from the fighting on August 15. Picture borrowed from our friends at Willamette Valley Hate Watch.

After the “Save the Children/Open Oregon” rally at the capital building in Salem, Oregon wrapped up, Corey Eugene Wyatt joined forces with American Wolf to harass Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland, Oregon. American Wolf is a far-right group from Olympia, Washington that was started by Peter Diaz. The group has showed up armed to protests in Olympia to protect property, but has ultimately been unsuccessful. On August 15, the group arrived at a nightly Black Lives Matter protest in Portland with an American Wolf decal-ed limousine. They were quickly confronted and pushed out by protesters, who followed them back to their vehicle. Corey Wyatt was dressed in black bloc attire, with a black bandana and a Bowie knife on his right hip. He was accompanied by Marcus Edwards and Isabel McDaniel and he left in the American Wolf limousine.Marcus Edwards, Corey Wyatt, and Isabel McDaniel traveled to Portland with American Wolf to harass a Black Lives Matter protest on the evening of August 15. A Black Lives Matter protester remarks about Corey Wyatt’s Bowie knife on August 15 in Portland.Corey Wyatt tells Black Lives Matter protesters that they should unite and “hang these politicians.” Corey Wyatt is a firm believer in the QAnon conspiracy theory, which posits that democrats and celebrities are secretly Satanic pedophiles running sex trafficking rings. Corey Wyatt gets in to the American Wolf limousine after being pushed out by protesters in Portland. The limo has Washington license plates (BRM 8992) and a large American Wolf decal on the side.

August 16

On August 16, Corey Eugene Wyatt and Isabel McDaniel traveled to Cottage Grove for a pro-police flag wave event. The event was hosted by a local militia member and was advertised on Facebook. Only about thirty people gathered on a street corner in Cottage Grove with American flags, blue line flags, and Trump flags. There was no organized counter protest. Corey Wyatt and Isabel McDaniel gather on a Cottage Grove street corner on August 16 for a pro-police flag wave.  Corey Wyatt poses at a pro-police flag wave event in Cottage Grove with “Wolfskill Trent.” Isabel McDaniel is visible in the background with the mini American flag.

August 22

On August 22, multiple far-right events were held in downtown Portland near the Justice Center, the largest of which was a “No to Marxism in America” hosted by an alt-right activist from California, Amber Cummings. Our friends at Rose City Antifa prepared an article examining the key organizers ahead of the rally. By noon, a large crowd of far-right protesters had gathered in front of the Justice Center. The majority of the crowd was outfitted with some degree of body armor, and many bore shields. The weapons among the far-right crowd ranged from tasers and batons to metal baseball bats and axe handles. Spare for some sore attempts at chanting “USA!” the far-right crowd was drowned out by drums and chanting by the much smaller antifascist counter demonstration.

Corey Eugene Wyatt arrived at the rally wearing a tactical helmet, an airsoft facemask, plate carrier, tinted goggles, and hard-knuckle gloves. Corey was equipped with multiple weapons: a flashlight taser, several batons, bear spray, a two-foot length of metal, and a large Bowie knife on his right hip. At multiple points in the rally, Corey carried a tall wooden shield. Throughout the rally, Corey acted as a general of sorts, directing the movement of the far-right shield line. At one point in the rally, Corey can be seen walking along the shield line saying “hold wall” and “don’t engage.” Later, as members of the far-right crowd attack the Snack Van (a protester support vehicle that was parked across from the Justice Center), breaking out the windows and slashing the tires, Corey motions at the far-right crowd with his metal pipe and orders them to “hold [the] line.” After the antifascist mobilization started to gain ground and push up on the far-right group, Corey physically adjusted the positions of people in the shield line.Corey Eugene Wyatt was armed with a long metal baton (left), a flashlight taser (center), bear spray (center), and a long Bowie knife (right) on August 22. Corey Eugene Wyatt walks between the far-right crowd and the antifascist crowd, crackling his taser. Corey carried a blue line shield for part of the Portland rally on August 22. Corey Wyatt stands next to Isabel McDaniel in Portland on August 22. Isabel carries a QAnon themed “Save Our Children” shield and wears the same helmet and airsoft mask as Corey.Isabel McDaniel holds a QAnon themed “Save Our Children” shield in Portland on August 22. Corey Wyatt’s blue line shield can be seen to the left.

Corey Eugene Wyatt was part of the far-right contingent that charged into the antifascist counter protest in Chapman Square and gang-beat several antifascist protesters on the ground. During the scrum, Corey can be seen on video assaulting someone with his metal baton. Shortly after this Corey attempts to hit an antifascist with his baton, but misses and hits a Proud Boy. Corey also tries to kick someone in the head, but the kick does not connect. Corey Eugene Wyatt grabs journalist Robert Evans during a far-right rally in Portland on August 22. Robert Evans suffered a broken finger after a far-right rally goer smashed his hand with a collapsible baton. Corey Eugene Wyatt, a professional fighter, attempts to kick an antifascist protester in the head during a far-right rally in Portland on August 22.

Despite being outnumbered for much of the afternoon, the antifascist counter protest eventually chased the far-right protesters out of downtown Portland. Corey Wyatt, Isabel McDaniel and a handful of others retreated into a parking garage where they had parked their cars, as antifascists followed. Video from inside the parking garage shows the fascists getting long guns out of their cars, while others draw handguns. Corey Eugene Wyatt was part of a group of far-right agitators that retreated into a parking garage during a rally in Portland on August 22. One of the chuds yells to get guns out (video here, captured by “_whatriot”), and several men pull out handguns and rifles.

Conclusion

Corey Eugene Wyatt is a major threat in the Eugene-Springfield area. In 2011, Corey assisted a white supremacist murder spree. Now, he has embedded himself with some of the most violent far-right individuals in the Pacific Northwest. Just like American Front organizer Jake Laskey, Corey has quickly evolved from a hardcore white supremacist to prominent “anti-antifa” figure. Given his training in martial arts, ease of access to weapons, white supremacist ties, and documented criminal history, we must consider him a serious danger to the community.

Eugene Antifa supports abolitionist movements and works for a world without police and prisons. The prison system has long been a recruiting ground for hardcore white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups. White supremacist prison gangs pose an active threat to our communities and especially to other imprisoned persons. We cannot hope to end white supremacist prison gangs without first dismantling the prison industrial complex.

Personal Details

Corey Eugene Jeffery Wyatt
Current Age: 35
Birthdate: 10/01/1984
Height: 6’3″
Weight: < 185 lbs
Residence History: Creswell, Eugene, Corvallis, Springfield, Coos Bay, Philomath
Place of Employment: Above The Rest Roofing & Construction
Affiliations: The American Patriot Society (TAPS)
Identifiable tattoos: White Power Celtic cross on left forearm
Vehicle: black pre-2013 Ford Fusion

 

 

Isabel Gloria Villagomez McDaniel
Current Age: 36
Birthdate: 3/29/1984
Residence History: Eugene, Veneta, Springfield, Ontario; Idaho
Place of Employment: Northern Gold Foods, Junction City, Oregon
Identifiable tattoos: microbladed eyebrows, feather in an infinity loop on her calf

 

 

 

 

 

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