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Proud Boys & Nazis Target Drag Story Time Event

Introduction

On October 23, 2022, Proud Boys and neo-Nazis gathered in Eugene to attack a drag story time event that was intended for children and included a child performer. They were met by a strong community oriented counter mobilization and forced out of the area. The McKenzie River Proud Boys chapter was in attendance at the rally, and in this article we will expose several more of their members.

The McKenzie River Proud Boys

We previously wrote about the Eugene area chapter of the Proud Boys, AKA the McKenzie River chapter (or MR chapter), in July 2021. Despite being a hub for far-right organizing and a hot spot for vigilante attacks against Black Lives Matter protesters, a Proud Boy chapter did not form in the Eugene-Springfield area until early 2021. Although some Eugene area Proud Boys appeared in Proud Boy uniforms as early as January 2021, the real debut of the McKenzie River chapter came in July 2021 at an unpermitted Fourth of July parade in the small town of Creswell, Oregon. In August 2021, the chapter traveled to Portland and participated in multiple brutal assaults against antifascist protesters who showed up to counter their hate rally in the Parkrose neighborhood. The McKenzie River Proud Boys chapter is led by Jeffrey Keith Mustin, a failed business owner who we exposed in this article. Most members live in the Eugene-Springfield area, but the chapter includes members from Florence, Creswell, and Elmira. We will introduce several previously unidentified Proud Boys from the McKenzie River chapter in this article.Logo for the McKenzie River Proud BoysThe logo for the Eugene-Springfield area chapter of the Proud Boys, the McKenzie River Proud Boys.

Across the country, we have witnessed a major resurgence of hatred and violence against the queer community and especially against trans folks. After dozens of members of the Proud Boys hate group were arrested for their roles in the deadly January 6th riots at the US Capitol, Proud Boy chapters pivoted towards more local targets like school boards, city council meetings, pride celebrations, and drag story time events. Community members have come out to stand against the Proud Boys on each occasion, sending the message that their hate will not be tolerated, whether in Eugene, Newberg, Sandy, or anywhere. While many liberals believe that the Proud Boys ended with the arrest of their national leaders, events like the hate rally in Eugene serve as a reminder that the Proud Boys are still the same violent hate group that they were before 2021 and they must be opposed whenever and wherever they show.

Proud Boys target drag story time event: 10/23/22

On October 23, 2022, Proud Boys and their neo-Nazi friends gathered in Eugene to attack a drag story time event that was intended for children. In the days leading up to the event, major far-right disinformation actors (and local neo-Nazis like Len Austin Bosket) attacked the performers, their families, the venue, and the broader queer community, spreading lies and encouraging real-world violence. The main call-to-action on the far-right was primarily promoted by out-of-town fascist Audra Price, who also worked to set up rides to bring in other out-of-town fascists in order bolster the numbers at the hate rally. In the lead up to the story time event, Springfield resident Richard Dwayne Elce harassed the venue and threatened employees. A screenshot from a Facebook post by Audra Price offering rides to the anti drag hate rally in Eugene. Audra Price of COPS NW shares the flyer for the hate rally in Eugene and offers rides for other out-of-town fascists who want to join.

On the morning of October 23, people from the queer community and accomplices gathered outside Old Nick’s Pub, creating a show of support and safety for the drag story time participants. The hate rally set up shop across the street, occupying a section of the park and the sidewalk. Shortly after 9am, members of the Proud Boys arrived together in a vehicle caravan, driving past the rally before parking on Washington Street between 1st and Cheshire Avenue. Most of the vehicles had their license plates covered or completely removed. None of the Proud Boys were in colors and many concealed their weapons and gear beneath large jackets or hoodies. We assume this was done to give the impression that they were local residents who had gathered organically, not members of a violent and organized hate group. Pairs of Proud Boys roamed through the park perimeter, while some stayed behind to protect their vehicles. At around 10am, approximately nine neo-Nazis from the Rose City Nationalists arrived at once, comfortably settling in among the Proud Boys and other homophobes. Later, as the far-right began to lose numbers, the community mobilization started to push them out from in front of the venue and North on Washington Street. Proud Boys threw smoke bombs and small explosive devices, indiscriminately emptied bear spray, and fired paintballs while they retreated.Nazi in a skull mask gives a Sieg Heil to a photographer A currently unidentified (not for long! 😉 ) Nazi from the Rose City Nationalists gives a Sieg Heil to a journalist in Eugene on 10/23/22. Jeffrey Keith Mustin, in a blue shirt with a black vest, sprays a cloud of bear spray in the direction of a crowd. McKenzie River Proud Boy leader Jeffrey Keith Mustin sprays a crowd of antifascists with mace in Eugene, OR on 10/23/22.

Identifications:

Jonathan Andrew Donovan

Three pics of Jonathan Donovan. He has very short, almost bald hair, small ears, and a brown goatee. Jonathan Andrew Donovan (DOB 5/13/1989) is an incredibly violent member of the McKenzie River Proud Boys with a history of extreme domestic violence. Though originally from California, Jonathan Andrew Donovan currently lives off of 17th Street in Springfield. In 2015, he was arrested for threatening to shoot his then-girlfriend with a .40 caliber handgun and charged with unlawful use of a firearm, coercion, menacing, witness tampering, and harassment. His pre-trial release was revoked for violating the no-contact agreement with his victim by texting her 260 times in one week. He was convicted on all counts and received a 20 month sentence and was forced to turn in his firearms. In December of 2021, police responded to a dispute in the apartment complex where Jonathan Donovan lives and a neighbor informed police that he was bragging about his firearms. Police searched his apartment and found an AR, a shotgun, and a 9mm handgun, along with body armor in his possession. He was arrested and given probation for three years. Original domestic violence charges against Jon Donovan Jonathan Donovan was arrested in 2015 on four counts that all constituted domestic violence. Pretrial release is revoked for Jon Donovan Jonathan Donovan had his pre-trial release revoked after he texted his ex-girlfriend some 260 times in less than a week. Police report explaining how police found guns and armor at the residence of Jon DonovanIn December 2021, Jonathan Donovan figured it wise to brag about how he was both a felon AND man with guns! When police arrived, he told them that he was indeed a felon with guns, and gave a precise list of his arsenal.

As a member of the Proud Boys, Jonathan Andrew Donovan has participated in numerous gang assaults. In June 2021, Jonathan Donovan, along with other members of the McKenzie River chapter, attacked protesters in Oregon City who had gathered to stand against a Proud Boy event. On August 22, 2021, he joined other Proud Boys in assaulting antifascist protesters in Portland. Jonathan Donovan can be seen firing a paintball gun on protesters and unarmed medics. On October 23, 2022, Jonathan Donovan again attacked people with a paintball gun, shooting indiscriminately at the crowd that had gathered to defend Old Nick’s from a fascist attack. Proud Boys in Oregon City march towards the camera. One PB shield is visible. Jon Donovan holds a paintball gun. Jonathan Donovan prepares to shoot antifascist protesters with a paintball gun. Eugene Proud Boy Allen Swindler can be seen front and center. Photo from Daniel V Media. Stills of Jonathan Donovan in a yellow longsleeve and black vest, aiming a paintball gun at protesters in Portland. Jonathan Donovan reloads a paintball gun as Proud Boys attack antifascists in Portland, OR on 8/22/21. Jonathan Donovan is seen in the foreground shooting his paintball gun at a fleeing medic in Portland. A video posted to Twitter shows Jonathan Donovan firing paintballs at a medic during the 8/22/21 Proud Boy hate rally in Portland, OR.

Jonathan Donovan wears an oversized realtree jacket, a dark grey gator, grey camo pants, and a light grey hat with sunglasses. Jonathan Andrew Donovan, like other Proud Boys, was not in colors in Eugene on 10/23/22. Instead, he wore a dazzling display of RealTree and camo. Stills from a video show Jon Donovan hunched slightly over and firing paintballs at antifascists in EugeneJonathan Andrew Donovan attacked the crowd in Eugene on 10/23/22 with paintballs, as can be seen in this videoJonathan Donovan and Jeffrey Mustin stand slightly apart in a city street. Jonathan is firing a patinball gun while walking backwards. Jonathan Andrew Donovan and MR Proud Boy leader Jeffrey Mustin attacked the crowd in Eugene with paintballs and mace, respectively. Erik Neal can be seen in the Rogue brewing hoodie.

Jonathan Andrew Donovan lives in apartment #4 at 158 17th Street in Springfield, Oregon. He drives a red 2006 Dodge Ram 1500, Oregon license plate 759 LYA. The vehicle has a Proud Boy wreath sticker and blue line sticker on the passenger side. Jonathan is engaged to Angel Rose Smith (aka Angel Rose), DOB 2/18/1996. Jonathan Donovan owns a red 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 with OR plates 759LYA. It is typically found parked outside his apartment.

Joseph Matthew Lester

Four images of Joey Lester. Without a hat, he looks like a thumb with facial features or possibly a naked molerat, we couldn't decide. Joseph Matthew Lester (DOB 2/25/1974) AKA Joey Lester is a Proud Boy from the greater Portland area and a member of the PDX Proud Boys chapter. He has been a mainstay at far-right events along the I-5 corridor in Oregon. On January 6, 2021, while other members of the Proud Boys were forcing their way into the US Capitol, Joseph Matthew Lester was attacking a small group of antifascist protesters in Salem, Oregon, alongside neo-Nazi murderer Kyle Brewster. On October 23, 2022, Joey Lester traveled to Eugene with other Proud Boys from the PDX chapter including Matteo Dagradi, Travis Taylor, and Carl “Flipp” Todd. A Black and white photo of proud boys on a street corner in Sandy Oregon. Joey Lester is show in color. He is dressed in a brown jacket. Joseph Lester and other Proud Boys flash white power hand signs while protesting a pride event in Sandy, OR. Photo from the wonderful Daniel V Media. Joey Lester is seen rushing towards an antifascist. To his left is nazi murderer Kyle Brewster. Joseph Lester attacks antifascists alongside Nazi murderer Kyle Brewster in Salem, OR on 1/6/21. Photo from our besties at Rose City Antifa. After Brewster attacked the antifascists, Lester greeted him with open arms. Joey Lester and two other proud boys stand on a roof. A badly made banner says "free our political prisoners."Joseph Lester stands with Carl “Flipp” Todd and Miles Douglas Furrow on an abandoned KMart roof in Portland on 8/22/21. Miles Furrow would go on to commit a brutal assault against an unarmed man in a truck. Joseph Matthew Lester stands with other Proud Boys in Eugene OR on 10/23/22.

Joseph Matthew Lester works as a driver for Pacific Machinery & Tool Steel Company. Please contact them at *67 503-226-7656 and ask that they fire white supremacist hate group member Joseph “Joe” Lester. Joseph Matthew Lester lives in apartment 5 at 2103 SW 257th Avenue in Troutdale, Oregon. He owns a blue 2016 Kia Optima, Oregon plate 807 JPF, and a 2015 Jeep Compass, Oregon plate 548 KYN. The Jeep has a “Let’s Go Brandon” sticker on the back windshield. A blue KIA and white Jeep owned by Joey LesterJoey Lester owns the two vehicles shown above.

Jackie Stewart Vicari

Four photos of Jackie Vicari. He has a round face and bad facial hair, a goatee and mustache combo.Jackie Stewart Vicari (DOB 1/23/1975) AKA Jack Vicari is a member of the McKenzie River Proud Boys from Eugene, Oregon. Jack has a history of domestic violence, like many other members of the Proud Boys. In 2016, he was arrested for assaulting and strangling his wife in front of their children and charged with assault IV and strangulation. On October 23, 2022, Jackie “Jack” Vicari took part in the homophobic protest at Old Nick’s. He sexually harassed a journalist on video while holding his can of mace. Legal document that shows that Jack Vicari has a history of domestic violenceJackie “Jack” Stewart Vicari rallied in Eugene to “Save the Children” but has no problem strangling his wife in front of their children. Photo showing a group of Proud Boys, including Jack Vicari with his back turned, in Eugene ORJackie Vicari holds a radio as the Proud Boys are chased out of Eugene on 10/23/2022. Extremely violent Proud Boy Travis Taylor stands to his right. A cloud of yellow smoke engulfs a city block. Jack Vicari and other Proud Boys can be seen standing around in it. Jackie Vicari stands in a cloud of yellow smoke that was kindly returned to the Proud Boys who threw it at a crowd in Eugene on 10/23/2022. Neo-Nazi David Willis can be seen to his right. Wanna-be mass shooter Zachary Caster is to his left.

Jackie “Jack” Stewart Vicari lives alone in Eugene, Oregon. He is active in the speed racing community and competes at the Cottage Grove Speedway. He has distinct tattoos on his arms and knuckles. Jack Vicari stands in a Proud Boy hat with a comically large check for a raceJackie Vicari wears a Proud Boy hat at a racing event.

Richard Jim Wynn

Three photos of Richard Wynn, an old looking white dude with hardly visible eyebrows and sunken cheeks. Richard Jim Wynn (DOB 9/26/1973) AKA Ricky Wynn, Ricky Doll, is a member of the McKenzie River Proud Boys from Springfield, Oregon. He was in attendance on October 23, 2022, when Proud Boys and other neo-Nazis staged to attack Old Nick’s. Richard is married to Erin Wynn and he runs a property rental business in the Eugene area. According to public records, Richard Wynn owns three properties in Lane county: 952 M Street in Springfield, where he lives, 3750 Gem Avenue in Springfield, and 921 25th Street in Springfield, Oregon. Richard Wynn stands with other Proud Boys. He wears a black snapback style hat and dark grey clothes.Richard Jim Wynn AKA Ricky Wynn/Ricky Doll stands with other members of the Proud Boys hate group in Eugene on 10/23/2022. COPS NW member Shelby Walman is also visible.

Eric Nathan Rogers

Three images of Eric Rogers. He wears a hat and glasses in two.

Eric Nathan Rogers (DOB 10/15/1981) is a member of the McKenzie River Proud Boys and lives in Springfield, Oregon. When he is not paling around with neo-Nazis and white supremacists, he is churning out low effort lip-sync videos on TikTok– a lot of them. Eric Rogers was driving a truck with Jeffrey Mustin in the back during the unpermitted Fourth of July parade in Creswell, Oregon. On October 23, 2022, Eric participated in the homophobic protest against Old Nick’s and threatened counter-protesters. Eric Rogers flashes the OK sign out of a vehicle in Creswell OR. He has an arm tat partially visible. He wears a Proud Boys hat. Eric Nathan Rogers flashes the Proud Boys “OK” hand sign out of his pickup truck during a PB parade in Creswell, OR. Three tiktok screenshots of Eric Rogers show his upper body and tattoos. Eric Rogers, who is in his 40s, has several hundred videos on his TikTok account. He has distinct tattoos, as shown here. We do not recommend that you watch these videos. Eric Rogers stands with a large protest sign in Eugene. Eric Nathan Rogers stands next to Eugene Proud Boy Erik Neal in Eugene on 10/23/2022.

Scott Marshall Gourley

4 photos show Scott Gourley. He is a white man with curly grey and brown hair often cut short, a grey mustache that goes down the sides of his mouth, and thin grey eyebrows.

Scott Marshall Gourley (DOB 3/4/1963) is a Springfield resident and a regular at far-right events in the area. In the last year, Scott has grown closer with the McKenzie River Proud Boys, appearing at a number of Proud Boy events and meetups. On October 23, 2022, Scott Gourley took part in the anti-drag story time hate rally in Eugene, Oregon. He wore a camouflage ski mask and a plate carrier. Scott drives a Black 2000 Isuzu Trooper with the Oregon license plate 998 FYY. There is a Checkered Past MMA sticker in the back right window. Two photos showing Scott Gourley in a camo plate carrier. Scott Gourley in Salem, OR on 5/1/21 (left) and in Eugene on 10/23/22. He wears the same grey hard knuckle gloves and camo carrier at both events. photo of a black vehicle with oregon plate 998 fyy and a checkered past sticker on the back window. Photo is taken from behind the vehicle. Scott Gourley drives a Black 2000 Isuzu Trooper with the Oregon license plate 998 FYY, pictured here near the hate rally in Eugene on 10/23/22.

Vince James Burroughs

Five photos of Vince Burroughs are arranged horizantally. He is a white man with dark eyebrows and stubble.

Vince “Vincent” James Burroughs (DOB 11-15-1972) is a member of the McKenzie River Proud Boys from Fall Creek, Oregon. Vince enjoyed a few minutes of fame in 2014 when he claimed that he was seduced by an IRS agent. During the George Floyd uprising, Vince stood out as one of the more violent of the far-right antagonists in the Eugene area. Vince joined up with the Proud Boys and flew across the country to Washington DC to take part in a Proud Boy incursion on December 12, 2020, with Eugene Proud Boys Chris Tough, Austin Walker, and Avani Lange. Four people were stabbed as the gang roamed the streets, vandalizing a historically Black church. Vince Burroughs was also present on October 23, 2022, when Proud Boys and other neo-Nazis threatened to attack a drag story time event in Eugene, Oregon. Vince James Burroughs’ last known address is in Fall Creek, Oregon.Vince Burroughs wears a backwards hat like the cool kids do as he tries to attack BLM supporters in EugeneVince James Burroughs joined other far-right agitators in attacking a Black Lives Matter protest on July 25, 2020. He has a distinct tattoo on the back of his neck. Vince Burroughs in Eugene. He wears a Square Deal Construction materials hat, a yellow don't tread on me gator, black sunglasses, and a hoodie with the text "world wide angler fall creek oregon" on the back around a fish.Vince Burroughs in Eugene, OR on 10/23/2022. He wears hoodie advertising where he lives. Thanks Vince! Way to make it easy for us!

Brent Michael Goodrich

Four pics of Brent goodrich, a white man with a chubby nose, a short beard, and greying facial hair. Brent Michael Goodrich (DOB 7/1/1982) is an affiliate of the McKenzie River Proud Boys from Oklahoma, now living in Springfield, Oregon. He was featured in a 2019 news story about exorcisms, in which Brent explained that he had been plagued by demons and “they’re constantly, constantly making noise.” Brent Goodrich allegedly assaulted a Black Lives Matter protester during a Black Unity event in the Thurston neighborhood on July 29, 2020. Posts from a since deleted Facebook account used by Brent include death threats and racist memes. On October 23, 2022, Brent Goodrich joined other members of the Proud Boys in harassing and attacking the drag story time event at Old Nick’s. Two FB posts from Brent Goorich. One asks if you need tags to kill Antifa, the other is a picture of his gun and a threat to shoot anyone who covers their face. Brent Goodrich posts about his desire to kill Antifa on a now deleted Facebook account. He reminds those who go out to “loot and attack people” that, should they encounter him, they could score a crappy cheap S&W pistol. Eric Rogers holds a signBrent Goodrich and other members of the McKenzie River Proud Boys like Erik Neal and Bryan Costa harass a drag story time event in Eugene on 10/23/22. Christian extremist David Scott Marston can be seen with the megaphone.

Kyle Dwight Halsey

Three Face photos of Kyle Halsey. He is a bald man with a thin beard. He has a neck tattoo on the right side of his neck.

Kyle Dwight Halsey (DOB 9/28/1985) AKA JuneBug is a member of the Proud Boys hate group from Harrisburg, Oregon. Kyle Halsey previously owned and ran Halshaw Pro Contracting LLC . In May 2021, Kyle Halsey and other members of the then-burgeoning McKenzie River Proud Boys chapter gathered in Salem, Oregon for a “pro 2A” Proud Boy rally. Kyle Halsey was present on October 23, 2022 in Eugene when the McKenzie River Proud Boys threatened the drag story time event at Old Nick’s. Kyle has a rose tattoo on his left hand and a tattoo on the right side of his neck. Three shots of Kyle Halsey in Salem on may day 2021. He wears a PNW proud boy shirt, proud boy hat, and shiny pit viper style sunglasses. Kyle Halsey in Salem for the Proud Boys 5/1/21 rally. The PNW Proud Boy shirt was used by members of the McKenzie River chapter before they received shirts with their chapter name on them. Kyle Halsey in Eugene, he wears a black hat turned backwards, a grey flannel unbuttoned and showing a black plate carrier. He carries a radio and wears a set of gloves. Kyle Halsey in Eugene, OR on 10/23/22. Proud Boys used cheap radios to communicate during the rally, and Jeffrey Mustin dropped his while running away from antifascists. Oops!

Eddie Oliver Orton

Three face pics of Eddie Orton. He has a large head with an undefined chin, small mouth, and dark hair and eyebrows.

Eddie Oliver Orton (DOB 3/17/1972) is a member of the McKenzie River Proud Boys who currently lives in Springfield, Oregon. Eddie is essentially the waterboy for the McKenzie River chapter, but we didn’t want him to feel too left out so we decided to give him a mention here. In behind the scenes footage of the Proud Boys August 22, 2021 rally in Portland (Thanks Randy Ireland, please take more videos!), Eddie Orton can be seen standing by his pickup truck and handing out bottled water to Randy Ireland. On October 23, 2022, Eddie was spotted doing “security” for vehicles belonging to members of the Proud Boys. Eddie lives at 626 52nd Street in Springfield, Oregon.

Screenshot of Eddie Orton leaning on a white pickup truck, holding a beer in his right hand, in Portland OR on august 22nd, 2021. Eddie Oliver Orton plays waterboy for Proud Boys in Portland, OR on 8/22/21. This is a still from a video taken by New York Proud Boy Randy Ireland. The full set of videos from his gopro can be accessed through this article from our good friends at Rose City Antifa. Blurry photo of Eddie Orton standing near a truck on a street in Eugene. Eddie Oliver Orton leans on another person’s pickup truck while the other Proud Boys are having a hate rally down the street.

Conclusion

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The October 23, 2022 hate rally in Eugene was dressed up as a organic collection of angry locals, when it was actually an extremely organized effort by the Proud Boys and other fascists from all reaches of Oregon to attack the LGBTQ+ community. Despite the ongoing legal troubles that the leaders of the Proud Boys are wrapped up in, in Oregon and especially in the Eugene-Springfield area the Proud Boys continue to pose a dire threat to marginalized groups and the broader community. This threat must not go unanswered, and the antifascist mobilization on October 23, 2022 is a great blueprint for confronting future fascist incursions. A diverse group of militant antifascists and community members opposed to hate were able to come together on short notice, defend the event space, resist attempts at pacification by “peace police” and eventually force the Proud Boys to flee Eugene for a second straight time.

We want to extend our love and thanks to all those who came out to defend the drag story time event and everyone who fights to make the world an unsafe space for fascists. You inspire us everyday!

If you have any tips about Proud Boys in the Eugene-Springfield area, attendees of the 10/23 hate rally, or general tips about fascist activity, send us an email at: eugeneantifa [at] protonmail [dot] com.

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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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View the chats here:

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.

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!