The NE Portland Cidery that served as an unofficial HQ of Portland’s Antifa professional protesters is going out of business on November 10th.
The owner, self-styled “anti-fascist” owner, Abram Goldman-Armstrong, told Willamette Week in September that he was looking for a buyer, claiming that cider distribution was piddling out and that he was more than $800,000 in debt.
But he wouldn’t sell to just anyone:
“We’re not going to sell to racist scumbags, and I don’t think the other investors would feel comfortable selling to someone who doesn’t believe in equal rights for all humans. Political views don’t usually play a part in business, so we’re not ruling out anyone unless they’re really terrible.”
Since people like Goldman-Armstrong think that everyone to the right of Mao is a “racist scumbag,” you can imagine that it would be hard to find a buyer. And, guess what? He didn’t.
Cider Riot! unabashedly supported Antifa by allowing their customers to saturate members of Patriot Prayer anti antifa group with bear spray as they stood on the public sidewalk outside the cidery. Patriot Prayer leader, Joey Gibson, was charged in the May Day 2018 incident.
The group also produced a “black bloc” line of pro-Antifa ciders, which featured the group’s logos.
The Iron Front Flag, an Antifa logo, was temporarily banned from Portland Timbers’ games. Goldman-Armstrong made the drink to protest the ban.
KOIN News straightfacedly reported that the cider’s antisocial, anti-free-speech, antifa connections had nothing to do with the closure.
But as Willamette Week reported, the connections didn’t help.
On Sept. 18, Goldman-Armstrong put Cider Riot up for sale. He says he’s strapped for cash because of overly ambitious expansion efforts. But he says political clashes, branding Cider Riot in the public imagination as “the Antifa Pub,” haven’t helped.
“I think it’s ridiculous that we get called the antifa bar all the time. … Being an antifascist is just a normal state of being. I shouldn’t be getting credit for being against the fascists. That should just be the normal attitude of any decent-minded human.”
He said that being called out by the pro free-speech-anti-Antifa Patriot Prayer group hasn’t helped either. A May Day fight between a Patriot Prayer person and an Antifa belligerent ended with the prosecution of Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson for riot.
Goldman-Armstrong told Willamette Week that Gibson is the reason fewer people have come into the pub. He claims customers are afraid “these fascists” will come back. He is suing Gibson for $1,000,000.00.
His loss of business couldn’t be that there are anti-Antifa Portlanders who are sick and tired of the group’s violence and intolerance. Couldn’t be that.
Nor could it be the violence that started at Cider Riot and spilled out into the streets, leading to the murderof an Antifa member by an apparent SUV driving trio of friendlies.
Antifa members ordered witnesses and other allies not to speak to the “pigs” about it. No one has been arrested.
Cider Riot has been under investigation by the Oregon Liquor Control Board and, according to The Oregonian, the agency concluded in September that:
The owner of Cider Riot knowingly allowed his patrons to use “illegal weapons” against right-wing agitators during a May Day brawl and refused to remove unruly customers from his property, an investigation by state regulators alleges.
Abram Goldman-Armstrong and a licensed security guard who was working at his Northeast Portland cidery that day also are accused of providing misleading statements to state authorities during the investigation, documents claim.
The Cider Riot! owner says there will always be a place for the far Left communistas to meet.
Updated with more video from Stumptown Matters and photos.
The Multnomah County DA’s office has charged the leader of the Patriot Prayer group, Joey Gibson, with “riot” for initiating a riot with riotous behavior, which resulted in no riot on May 1, 2019. Got that?
The charge issued against Gibson on Thursday appears to be a shot-across-the-bow timed to do somethingeven if it’s wrong before the planned march by conservative groups in Portland on Saturday. Either that or someone’s sniffing glue at the DA’s office again.
Gibson’s attorney, James Buchal, issued a statement about the charge, accusing the DA of rushing to get Gibson without evidence and without going to a Grand Jury:
The District Attorney claims that Mr. Gibson committed the crime of “riot” (ORS 166.015), which requires proof of “tumultuous and violent conduct” by Mr. Gibson.
Buchal implied that the hasty way in which the District Attorney’s office went after Gibson again demonstrated Portland’s two tiered system of justice: One for Antifa and one for everybody else:
[B]y arresting only one side of the alleged “riot,” the District Attorney of Multnomah County is by all appearances acting as a special prosecutor for Antifa.
Buchal chided the DA’s office saying that this charge must be the result of a “website malfunction:”
Today an alleged website malfunction at the office of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office has revealed that the District Attorney (without waiting for his grand jury to indict), has rushed to file criminal charges against Mr. Joseph Gibson. The District Attorney claims that Mr. Gibson committed the crime of “riot” (ORS 166.015), which requires proof of “tumultuous and violent conduct” by Mr. Gibson. There are multiple videos of the events at Cider Riot, and not one of them shows Mr. Gibson engaging in violent conduct.
Well, I spent way too many hours on Thursday going through and transcribing Gibson’s own livestream video from May 1, 2019 and Buchal’s right. The only ‘riot’ that occurred that day was in the name of the Antifa bar at 8th and NE Couch called “Cider Riot!
The only thing that could be remotely described as ‘provocative’ was Gibson showing up to the Antifa’s hangout.
You may think that’s the dumbest idea in the world, and I get it, but there’s actually no law against walking over and talking to people hanging outside a bar. No, really. Buchal said as much in his statement when he said that the DA’s office is having a very difficult time separating what’s free speech from riot:
These charges represent a total failure of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office to distinguish between violent conduct and the exercise of First Amendment rights.
Gibson was pepper sprayed repeatedly and spat on several times by masked Antifa thugs who did so on the Cider Riot! premises and onto the public sidewalk.
Buchal noted as much in his statement:
Mr. Gibson was repeatedly pepper-sprayed and spat upon by violent members of Antifa, none of whom have been arrested or charged for their conduct on May 1st. It is not as though the government is ignorant of the identity of the Antifa combatants; even now, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission refuses to release an investigative report about Cider Riot that Mr. Gibson requested long ago, which should identify other combatants.
And after she was de-masked.
I know it must be surprising to hear that Antifa layabouts and their confused part-time anarchist alter-egos patronize a place started by capitalists when so many of these lawless thugs do no more labor than lifting other peoples’ facile slogans while pretending to slay Nazis.
As Gibson walked up to the establishment he was met with a hail of pepper spray, spit and “get the fuck outta heres” by the, ahem, the self-described heroic ‘anti‘ Nazis.
He told them:
You guys are Nazis. You won’t even let a brown man [Gibson] exist on a public sidewalk? You guys are Nazis! You guys are the fascists. You can fucking walk anywhere you want and I will never stop you. I believe in the First Amendment, the Second Amendment.
Do something! More, more, [sound of spraying from Antifa inside the property line of Cider Riot onto the public sidewalk] more pepper spray.
Gibson walks away flashing the peace sign, demonstrating that he’s leaving. Then looks at the camera and predicts, “Shit’s about to go down.” It almost did until Gibson got Antifa to go along with his plan to stop it.
Here are my notes and some of the transcribed comments from what transpired next:
Walking away from Cider Riot he sees Antifa members or allies (same thing) threatening one of his guys and Gibson says, “Hey, do you want us to leave or not?! We will go! We will go! Do you want us to leave or not? “
As they’re leaving, Antifa apparently takes a swing at one of his guys and Antifa allies start to pounce on the pair. Gibson implores Antifa to stay away and “Let ’em fight! Let ’em fight! Let ’em fight! No! Hey walk over here and fight it’s mutual combat. That’s their right! Hey, no hey put your weapon away! Put your weapon away! Hey, hey! It’s mutual. If they want to fight let ’em fight.
The friend of Antifa says, “That’s not a law in Portland. I’m just telling you man, that’s not a law in Portland.”
Some Antifa guy who’s been watching looks at Gibson with his hands out saying something indistinguishable and Gibson responds, “Well, we’re not going to get involved!” He yells to the Anifa guy who had been involved in jumping one of his guys, “Hey!
Tells Antifa to stop.
Gibson implores his guys, “No one jump in! No one jump in! Let the men handle it! It’s mutual. It’s mutual. It’s better that two guys go down than all of us. This is the way it’s supposed to be. You don’t cheap shot people. This is the way it’s supposed to be. This is the way it’s supposed to be. Just two men fightin’!”
Then within a couple minutes the Antifa guy gives up.
Gibson declares “ok he’s out, he’s out. You quitting’ or are you in?”
The masked Antifa guy reengages.
“This is two fucking men fightin'” says Gibson says. Gibson declares during the shadow boxing and the Antifa guy kicking the patriot prayer guy, “My face is burning right now [from pepper spray], just so everybody knows.”
Says off the side to someone, “Hey back up a little bit. Back up you got the weapon. Back up.”
The PP guy backs up and trips on his feet sending him to the ground. Gibson immediately starts slapping five with the masked Antifa fighter and friends saying “Good job, good job. I like that man, I like that. Holds out a fist for fist bump with the Antifa guy. “hell yah, hell yah, we’re out. That’s what I’m talking about. Tells his guys, “let’s go, let’s go, let’s go.
Gibson talks to the camera, “Two guys fighting like men. Instead of running around and punching people behind their back. Like fucking men. Now we’re gonna leave like real men.
As they leave Antifa spoils for another fight and one of Gibson’s ‘racists’ who’s black, tries to engage but Gibson wrangles him and then berates him for touching a woman on the way back. Berating him for escalating.
Gave the other guy an atta boy for getting in the ring and says it deescalated everything. “We got a truce for the night.”
Here’s another view with the presumed “riot” at toward the end. Make sure you check out these two (pictured) toward the end. That strap-on the Antifa guy has is a lead weight while his buddy has on two sets of brass knuckles as they chased Gibson and company down the street after an Antifa member was knocked down. I’m pretty sure the Multnomah County DA’s office will overlooked any illegal weapons used by their friends in Antifa.
Sure, Gibson came to Cider Riot! to antagonize Antifa and to show their hang out. Is that against the law? Is that inciting riot? Gibson could have engaged in riot, but didn’t. Instead of engaging in “riot,” Gibson de-escalated what was a precarious situation. To Antifa’s credit, they went along but only for awhile as you see on the video directly above. Once again, Gibson de-escalated it. He didn’t commit the act of “riot.”
You may dislike Gibson’s approach. I know I have my problems with it. But Gibson’s antics flush out the modus operandi of Antifa. Every time.
As Buchal said:
These criminal proceedings are part and parcel of the dishonest campaign by Portland leaders to blame out-of-town demonstrators for violence that began and persists because Antifa wants to shut down any right-wing demonstrations in Portland. Antifa publicly asserts its insistence on shutting down these demonstrations by any means necessary, and to date, nearly all the perpetrators of Antifa violence have escaped justice.
If Mr. Gibson’s conduct on May 1st constitutes “riot,” so does the conduct of thousands of peaceful demonstrators who have appeared on the streets of Portland standing near violent Antifa members. The District Attorney’s decision to destroy constitutional protections against free speech by charging a peaceful protester with a crime of violence makes this a dark day for the rule of law in Oregon.
Whenever Antifa shows up there’s violence. When they don’t show up there’s none. This time Gibson and company, a multi-ethnic group of men who are constantly berated by Antifa as “racists” and “nazis,” held back his guys – and the (lily white) Antifa – while one Antifa provocateur was given his wish to fight one Patriot Prayer guy. And one of his guys pushed a woman at the end, Gibson did not engage in any violence. Indeed, armed Antifa antagonizers chased Gibson and company away.
That’s not “riot.” And that’s just something that the Multnomah County DA’s office – filled to the brim with Portland Leftists – can’t accept.
Back when I was in public school in Portland, Oregon we were taught the importance of messaging by how the media and institutions had derided the messy effort to vanquish racism and inequality by dismissing it as “the negro problem.”
All onus for any disruptions and any violent reactions were put squarely on aggrieved blacks who demanded equality. Their efforts were met by Southern Democrats blocking school house doors, drenching them with water canons, and violence by men in masks. The institutional Southern Democrats and their party’s shock troops, the KKK, brought the pain, but the reactions were still considered to be “the negro problem.”
The same sleight of hand is at work by Northern Democrats in their efforts to shut down the speech by more conservative speakers. Before readers get triggered by comparing conservatives of all colors to blacks and invoke some reworked Godwin’s Law, I urge you to re-read the first sentence of this essay.
During the past two years we’ve seen Leftist institutions shut down school house doors at universities and colleges to conservative voices. We’ve seen first-hand the violence brought by groups – specifically balaclava-wearing Antifa – that seek to silence conservatives through violence and intimidation. The ensuing violence has been treated as a “conservative problem.”
How else to explain the closure of the entire campus of Vancouver, Washington’s Clark College, because of the visit to campus by Patriot Prayer to “protest a gun safety ballot measure,” Measure 1639.
The campus visit was to underscore the provision of the measure that prevents the ownership of handguns and semi-automatic rifles by citizens less than 21 years old – even those who have wielded more deadly weapons in battle as members of the U.S. armed forces.
Here is the full email from @ClarkCollege President Bob Knight that announces classes will be cancelled Monday because right-wing group Patriot Prayer plans to visit campus to protest a gun safety ballot measure.
As this OPB reporter pointed out, the school president alleged, “many accounts of violence have been associated with events organized by this group in the past.”
Indeed, there have been many “acts of violence” surrounding Patriot Prayer events in the past, all of which have been started by the institutional Left’s shock troops, Antifa. Just ask the cops.
Patriot Prayer began as a group to counter Antifa violence by punching back. Their unofficial motto appears to be, “If Antifa starts it we’ll finish it.”
On August 4th in Portland, the Patriot Prayer group marched in downtown without any violence whatsoever by the group. Why? Because police kept the instigators of the violence, Antifa, away from them.
Don’t get me wrong, they may pray, but Patriot Prayer guys aren’t choir boys. By punching back they offer on a silver platter an excuse by the lazy media and Leftist institutions, but I repeat myself, the moral equivalence they’ve sought.
Sure, Vancouver, Washington is where a pick up truck with Trump bumper stickers was firebombed:
But you’ll seldom hear about the violent political Left as a “Liberal problem.” It’s always because the right provoked the violence simply by being there, like just a few miles away at Clark College.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has cited a peaceful Patriot Prayer march, in which the police finally kept Antifa at bay, as the reason for a crack down on free speech. After that event, Antifa attacked their usual nemesis, the police. But Wheeler blamed “the conservative problem” for the move.
Talk host Lars Larson was scheduled for a campus visit to Portland State University today. The appearance coincided with the Republican Club’s observance of Second Amendment Week. But Larson carries a legal, concealed weapon, so the school shut him up and canceled his event.
For bad journalism you can’t get much worse than the hit piece about the Patriot Prayer group contained in Wednesday’s edition of Willamette Week.
This poisonous piece of agitprop – suffused with factual errors and pernicious assertions – took the hysterical ravings of the Portland mayor and his spokespersons and constructed a narrative to smear the group that had all the the sturdiness of dryer lint. Worse, the Potemkin-like story was used to “galvanize” the mayor’s office to write a new ordinance curbing first amendment rights.
The piece, headlined “Portland Police Found Right-Wing Protesters With a Cache of Long Guns Atop a Parking Garage. Why Didn’t the Mayor Know?” was so misleading, so factually-challenged, so fundamentally dumb that the Portland Police Bureau had to issue a page-long statement ‘clarifying’ the misreading of the circumstances, mischaracterizations of the law and misstatement of facts contained in this counterfeit ‘news’ item.
The Willamette Week reporter began the piece by ascribing to Mayor Ted Wheeler the outrageous and detached-from-reality characterizations of the alleged activities of the Patriot Prayer group – without ever correcting them. Ever.
From the piece:
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler intended to look decisive Monday afternoon by announcing an emergency ordinance that would give police broad authority to control warring protest groups.
But as he justified his action, the mayor opened a can of worms. He described an alarming discovery—a nest of guns on a downtown roof—that raised more questions than it answered.
She then began the recitation of supposed facts:
In the early morning of Aug. 4, hours before a massive waterfront protest, Portland police officers discovered a group of Patriot Prayer supporters on the roof of a parking garage in downtown. According to a description provided in the mayor’s proposed ordinance, the men had a “cache of firearms,” which a mayoral staffer would later describe as “long guns.”
Let’s break this down. Look at those terms. Using “Cache of firearms,” “a nest of guns on a downtown roof” made it sound like James Hodgkinson or Micah Xavier Johnson (the leftist loons who shot Republican Congressman Steve Scalise and several other Republicans and the Dallas police officer sniper, respectively) were setting up a sniper’s nest to take out the innocents below.
The paper, quoting the proposed new ordinance, which appears to call for campus-like free speech zones, expressly stated that this “cache of firearms” is what prompted the proposed change in the law:
“Prior to the start of the scheduled demonstrations [August 4] police discovered individuals who had positioned themselves on a rooftop parking structure in downtown Portland with a cache of firearms,” the ordinance says.
The reporter then added:
“It is unclear when Police Chief Danielle Outlaw learned about the Patriot Prayer supporters waiting on the roof with long guns.”
Cue the scary music. The paper now upped the ante by characterizing Patriot Prayer as “waiting on the roof with long guns:
Police say they seized the guns—but could not detain or cite the protesters because they had concealed handgun licenses that allow them to carry the weapons legally. Officials say they later returned the firearms.”
First of all, you don’t need a permit to own a “long gun.” Furthermore, several of the members did have permits to conceal carry pistols. So, which is it, Willamette Week? Which ones did the police “seize” because they were illegal?
The Portland Police Bureau could just be talking out both sides of its mouth, but here’s the “clarification” it issued an hour after someone hit the publish button on the Willamette Week hit piece:
About that nest of snipers:
“…[O]fficers witnessed several people parking their cars and gathering on the top floor of a parking garage, located approximately three blocks away from the where the event was to be held at the Salmon Springs Fountain.”
In short, police say the Patriot Prayer supporters were parking in the parking garage and getting ready for their march, which included carrying open and concealed guns. They were getting suited up for the expected clash with Antifa/communista, which never happened – a fact that made Wheeler’s response two months later seem completely untethered from reality.
Here’s what the police say they observed:
Police watched them place items that could be used as weapons, such as make-shift sticks and signs with sticks, into their vehicles and some of them kept these items and said they would not enter the park. The group eventually departed the garage on foot.
Meanwhile, four individuals were located on the northeast side of the top floor of the garage. The sergeant involved contacted them and they confirmed they had three rifles and had concealed weapon permits. The men told the sergeant they were going to stay at the garage and act as a quick extraction team in case any of their group was injured during the demonstration. The men were compliant and allowed the sergeant to inspect the weapons. All three firearms were in cases (one was disassembled) and none were loaded.
[ … ]
…[N]o firearms were seized or taken as safe keeping from the individuals in the parking garage,No arrests were made as no laws were broken.”
PPB did indicate that it was concerned that protesters on both sides have begun talking openly about carrying their pistols and wearing body armor.
I’ve spoken with insiders who say Antifa members routinely carry. It would seem prudent, therefore, to wear perfectly legal body armor if your mere presence triggers the Leftists.
Here’s how WW previously characterized protesters:
“Portland city officials say they cannot stop right-wing groups like Patriot Prayer from demonstrating, even though their rallies often devolve into violence.”
Oregon Firearms Federation President Kevin Starrett told VictoriaTaft.com that Willamette Week and Mayor Wheeler got their assignment of blame and prescription for a cure exactly backwards:
“Once again the incompetent leftists who mismanage Portland push fake news to distort the truth and cover for the thugs who rule Portland’s streets. Ted Wheeler has only the most tenuous grasp on reality but is determined to demonize the people standing up to the fascist mobs who terrorize people unfortunate enough to have to drive through his miserable city.”
In fact, Ted Wheeler actually allowed the police to do their jobs that day. He, in fact, issued a statement about that success. Police kept apart Antifa away from Gibson’s group so there was no violence. That is, until the communist group got upset and began picking fights with cops. Willamette Week reports, “the day ended with a chaotic, violent clashbetween police and left-wing counterprotesters.” Repeat: Not Joey Gibson’s group.
But Willamette Week had a narrative, dammit, and it was going to push it for the Left. It intoned, “How much danger did the public and the mayor not know about on Aug. 4?”
Mayor Ted Wheeler, we learn from this story, just found out about the guns in the parking garage two days ago. But the mayor and his minions wrote a new ordinance to curb free speech and did so based on this phony story that there was a “nest” of gunmen with a “cache of weapons” “waiting on the roof with long guns.” The group members broke no laws and cooperated fully with police at a march for free speech that included no violent outbursts. Wheeler worked his Jedi mind tricks to blame Patriot Prayer, formed to counter Antifa violence, as the chief reason the city needed a new protest law.
A couple clashes of violence occurred between the Patriot Prayer group and Portland Professional Protesters, Incorporated™ antifa division™, on Saturday evening in downtown Portland but there were no arrests, according to Portland Police.
Patriot Prayer was holding a march for “law and order” and called on the city to replace Mayor Ted Wheeler, whose flaccid response to the thuggish antifa protesters has been pilloried across the country:
As usual, local videographer Mike Bivins (who hasn’t been beaten by antifa – see Mike Strickland) provided the backdrop:
Follow along here for my protest coverage of the Patriot Prayer protest in downtown Portland. Someone put up some signage in downtown Portland, mentions the Proud Boys. Stay tuned pic.twitter.com/Ssoo7xL8nW
Scene: “Tiny” on the mic, saying that they’re not here to fight, but will defend themselves if the “masked ninjas” (Antifa) show up. These guys from Washington state want Portland, Oregon’s mayor removed. pic.twitter.com/6K1lfUcLvu
But antifa showed up to ‘avenge’ the “alpha males” and “racists” of Patriot Prayer who dared telegraph their evil plans to march for “law and order” in downtown Portland. And violence happened:
Huge brawl just happened and police came in to firenless lethal rounds on people. Right-wingers were clubbing people w clubs outside of Kelly’s Olympian, way worse than NYC last night. proud Boys and Patriot prayer and Antifa just had a huge wild fight pic.twitter.com/a750y2ai7J
The way it looks on Bivins’s video (which he reportedly sold to NBC), is that antifa tried to block the patriot prayer guys’s paths.
The incident gave rise to an age old question which I posed:
If antifa stays home it doesn't happen. If police do their jobs and 'protect' those patriot dudes it doesn't happen. It's stupid and ridiculous. But it doesn't happen without the Leftist antifa. If patriot guys don't show antifa still commits violence. Anyone see a pattern?
Antifa fancies itself as anti fascist. Here’s the Merriam Webster dictionary definition of fascism:
fas·cism | \ˈfa-ˌshi-zəm also ˈfa-ˌsi- \
Definition of fascism
1 often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
2 : a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control
early instances of army fascism and brutality
— J. W. Aldridge
Antifa, Incorporated™ stops after this statement to define fascism:
“…[O]ften capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race …”
The group stops there because it’s the only part of the definition they can squeeze into their view of fascism. It doesn’t even matter that the Patriot Prayer people have a panoply of ethnicities involved to counter the “racism” epithet, Antifa believes PP’s voting for Donald Trump is de facto fascism, which, of course, in their heads gives them license to hate and commit violence against the blacks, whites and Hispanics in the right-wing group.
Antifa members have convinced themselves that they will ‘defend the honor of Portland’ and do anything to stop the legal speech of the Patriot Prayer group.
Now look at the second definition of fascism:
“[A] tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control
early instances of army fascism and brutality.”
Antifa may believe that Patriot Prayer is a fascistic organization whose members don white sheets and conical caps every Saturday night at the weekly cross burning, but in their zeal to ‘defend the honor of Portland,’ they deny the group the ability to hold a peaceful protest and exercise their freedom of speech through “dictatorial control … and brutality,” which actually isfascism.
Antifa, Incorporated™ self aggrandizing representations that they are ‘defending the honor’ of anything is as full of hot air as the Patriot Prayer guys’ expectations of a ‘peaceful’ protest.
Question for the comment section: What came first, antifa or patriot prayer and would there be any violence without antifa?
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