BURLINGTON, Vt. — Activist and author Mark Bray has made headlines across the nation for his statements defending violent tactics by the black-clad, masked activist group Antifa. Now he’s bringing that controversy storm to Burlington.
“Mark Bray is a historian of human rights, terrorism, and political radicalism in Modern Europe who was one of the organizers of Occupy Wall Street,” a press release from Phoenix Books Burlington reads.
Bray will speak and sign books 7 p.m. Tuesday at the bookstore.
Past books by Bray include “Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street.” He also was co-editor of “Anarchist Education and the Modern School: A Francisco Ferrer Reader. His writings have also appeared in Critical Quarterly, Foreign Policy, ROAR Magazine, and other publications.
Presently, he is a lecturer at Dartmouth College and professor of gender research.
But his most recent book — the one generating controversy nationwide — is “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.” In it, he explains the group’s reaction to the violent mob riots in Charlottesville, Virginia. The release states that the Antifa movement originated with the resistance to Italy’s Benito Mussolini and Germany’s Adolf Hitler during World War II. It further states that the group has been rejuvenated with the election of President Trump and the rise of the “alt-right.”
“They have been seen in news reports, often clad all in black with balaclavas covering their faces, demonstrating at the presidential inauguration, and on California college campuses protesting far-right speakers, and most recently, on the streets of Charlottesville, VA, protecting, among others, a group of ministers including Cornel West from neo-Nazi violence,” the news release states.
Some reports of Antifa in action paint a very different narrative in which Antifa activists show up with weapons and jars of feces and initiate violence.
Bray, however, spared no time coming to the defense of Antifa’s actions in Charlottesville. On the Aug. 20 edition of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he said, “I think that a lot of people recognize that, when pushed, self-defense is a legitimate response to white supremacy and neo-Nazi violence.”
Some statements have not gone over well with his employer, Dartmouth College. College president Philip J. Hanlon, responding to Bray, said, “As an institution, we condemn anything but civil discourse in the exchange of ideas. The endorsement of violence in any form is contrary to Dartmouth values.”
True North made attempts to contact Bray through Phoenix Books but was unable to contact him in time for publication.
Michael Bielawski is a reporter for True North Reports. Send him news tips at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @TrueNorthMikeB.
7 thoughts on “Antifa activist and author Mark Bray to do book signing in Burlington”
Time for a good old fashioned riot on Church St. Maybe the left wing wackos will wake up then.
One wonders how those activists would like it if they received some real violence, some bloody, painful contact with lasting results. They seem to want this for others to bring about ‘Social and Political’ change.
I wonder if they have the same intestinal fortitude as the VC and the NVA that I fought, the ones who brought their coffins with them to battle.
As one AntiFa snowflake commented after getting her face punched hard, those right-wing protesters aren’t supposed to be violent. Oh dear sweetie, welcome to MY World.
I read yesterday that WalMart is carrying a line of antifa sweatshirts made in Mexico. We need to complain to the local store managers as well as their headquarters.
There is a strong counter argument to Mark Bray’s anarchist argument, and I plan to make it in my own articles and potential book. That counter argument goes a lot farther toward resolving key cultural issues than does the insanity of writers and university despots like Mr. Bray. As an alum of Dartmouth, I’m ashamed that he is teaching there and would hope the college is offering reasonable counter lectures to offer a fair playing field. Otherwise, Dartmouth is just participating in further indoctrinating our young people and teaching them that violent revolution is the solution to all problems or different points of view.
Yet another pathetic embarassment of Vermont brought to you by the commie– leftie–socialist–Sanders movement. Burlington is rapidly becoming as far removed from both reality and the rest of Vermont as California’s pride—SanFrancisco—home of illegal alien murderers freed by whacko, make up your own rules, juries.
Just what VT needs. This appears to be their first foray into a constitutional carry state. Can’t help but wonder if that’s a wise move. Of course, our friend ‘the Bern’ will probably be there too, it’s right in line with his ‘democrap socialist’ party beliefs.
Hope to see some of my VT friends there. Also should be interesting watching who stands in line to buy and have the book signed by him. College morons from Middlefield there?
Oops, meant to say Middlebury. My bad.
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