Porkbun, a webhosting/domain service that markets its products to the LGBTQ community, is providing web services to at least four different Proud Boy chapters. Proud Boys also run a merch site through Porkbun, which sells T-shirts featuring phrases such as “Don’t be a faggot” and “Satan loves fags”. Pork Bun has been contacted through multiple channels and refuses to do anything about this situation, despite the Proud Boys being listed as a hate group by the SPLC and ADL. This news also comes in the wake of the Proud Boy attack on a drag queen storytime event in San Leandro earlier this pride month, which is part of continued attacks on the LGBTQ community by Proud Boys, including a collaboration with the Westboro Baptist Church.
Porkbun is a provider of .gay domain names for LGBTQ websites, and is supposedly committed to uplifting the LGBTQ community. By hosting these blatantly hateful websites, Porkbun is enabling the proud boys and giving them a platform to recruit and spread their hate.
We are demanding that Porkbun stand by their supposed values, remove all Proud Boy websites and homophobic content from their servers, and cut all ties with this hate group.
How you can help:
Please reach out to Porkbun and ask them to stop providing web services to Proud Boys through the following channels:
You can also reach out to their parent company, TLD: email@example.com
I am [calling, emailing] to demand that your business stop providing web services to the Proud Boys. This group is a dangerous far-Right extremist group known for attacking minorities, including the LGBTQ community. They are using your service to recruit members and spread hatred, and make money off of homophobic content. It is unacceptable for Porkbun to provide this group with a platform, especially if you claim to support LGBTQ people. Please do the right thing and stop hosting the following websites:
a concerned community member”
If you use Porkbun’s web services, please reach out to them and let them know that you will be taking your business elsewhere until this scandal is resolved.
Call to action: Brandon Revering’s weapons sales site, his merch sales site, and the Proud Boy chapter websites he creates are all registered through the domain registrar Porkbun. Tell Porkbun to stop supporting Proud Boys!
Pride Month is in full swing and far-Right groups, including the proud boys, are on a homophobic rampage. One such Proud Boy, Brandon Revering, is also likely using his standing as a registered arms dealer to supply other fascists with the materials needed to assemble illegal firearms.
Brandon Revering is a Sacramento local and US Army Infantry veteran who first appeared publicly with the Proud Boys in late 2020 – right around Biden’s inauguration and the far-Right push to stop the election. Around that same time, Revering transformed his existing online business, a failed marketplace for disc golf supplies, into an online gun store. The products offered included blanks that, when completed, are commonly used to make unregulated “ghost guns.” In fact, the specific blanks sold by Revering appear impossible to legally register in the state of California, strongly pointing to an unregulated, untraceable firearm as the intended result. But, more on that later- let’s take a look at what Revering has been up to since his debut in 2020.
In mid-2021, Revering participated in a far-Right memorial event for Ashli Babbitt, a Trump supporter who was killed by police during the pre-Inauguration Day takeover of the US Capitol. When a handful of counter-protesters appeared, Proud Boys and other far-Right individuals surrounded them and attacked. In a video of the scuffle, Revering can be seen hurling a water bottle at the counter-protesters. Later in the day, Revering and other Proud Boys destroyed a nearby BLM memorial honoring Breonna Taylor.
A few months later, Revering appeared alongside other Proud Boys at a now notorious “Straight Pride” rally in Modesto. The rally, which was held outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic, was unapologetically anti-LGBTQ and white supremacist. Event organizers billed it as an opportunity to celebrate the “inherent superiority” of “heterosexuality, traditional gender roles, and whiteness.” Proud Boys and other far-Right extremists flocked to the event, and took pleasure in harassing and assaulting the handful of LGBTQ youth who showed up in opposition. A few months after that, Revering and other Proud Boys descended on San Pedro, CA for a so-called “Patriot Love Fest,” which culminated in heartwarming moments such as a group of Proud Boys harassing local youth in front of a taco truck.
Brandon Revering continued to be an active member of the Proud Boys in 2022. In February, he participated in one of the group’s freeway banner drop events in Rancho Cordova. During the banner drop, two approaching street journalists were attacked unprovoked by a Proud Boy and beaten with a pole until they fled. Throughout March and April, Revering attended a string of Davis Unified School Board meetings as part of a national push by the Proud Boys against mask mandates in public schools. During one of these meetings, Revering made several pro-Nazi and anti-Semitic comments, including praising national socialism (i.e. Nazism). Most recently, Revering showed up to harass attendees of a local Planned Parenthood march following the leaked Roe v. Wade decision.
Revering’s online activity also reflects his fascist views- below are some of his Reddit posts:
In the above Reddit comment, Revering defends the phrase “6MWE” (which stands for 6 million wasn’t enough, referencing the number of Jewish people killed in the holocaust) with a lie that the phrase means “6 men, weapons, equipment.” This claim is false– Google search data at the time showed zero results for any variation of that phrase prior to 6MWE shirt pic going viral. Like a true closeted Nazi, Revering relies on plausible deniability to get away with his genocidal dogwhistles.
Profiting Off Bigotry
Alongside his street activity, Revering was also working to aid the Proud Boys in more profitable ways. He adapted the concept behind his previous business, an online marketplace where vendors pay commission to sell custom disc golf equipment- and geared it towards Proud Boys hoping to sell overpriced merch instead. Thus, POYApparel was created. POYApparel features Proud Boy themed goods sold by various far-Right vendors, including the Sacramento “Cap City” Proud Boys chapter and Revering’s own brand, Privileged USA. Terms of Service make clear that while some general “patriotic” merch is acceptable, the main purpose of the site is to create a marketplace for Proud Boy merch. Items include several shirts featuring racist and homophobic slurs.
Revering also uses POYApparel to market a web design service specifically for Proud Boy chapters, offering to create and host chapter websites for a fee. According to the samples he provides, Revering has already created websites for the Sacramento, Hell Valley, Northern Reservoir, and Central Valley chapters. Although the simple design of these sites is unimpressive, they are an integral recruitment tool- enabling Proud Boys to more effectively grow their member base and spread their hateful ideology. Proud Boys use these websites to recruit online, and include links to them on their posters, stickers, and banners during “flag wave” events and other outreach.
Access to Unregulated Guns
As previously mentioned, Revering renamed his disc golf LLC and turned it into an online gun dealership around the same time that he got involved with the Proud Boys. His firearms business, now Privileged USA, was originally named Lone Wolf Weaponry. This is an allusion to the so-called “Lone Wolf Attack” in which a lone actor carries out mass violence- usually with white supremacist/anti-Semitic motives. Lone wolf attacks have been glorified among the far-Right, and have origins in the concept of “Leaderless Resistance,” which was advocated by Klan leader Louis Beam in the 1990s leading up to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Though Revering has changed the address of his arms sales page to match his LLC, the “Lone Wolf Weaponry” name still shows up on his Federal Firearms License, his facebook and instagram pages, and on internal links throughout the page, where he seems to have been sloppy in changing it. Brandon also has an extensive post history on calguns.net that gives a glimpse into his private gun collection. In one sale post in which he lists a lot of five shotguns, he says “I have far too many shotguns in my personal collection and am just looking to get rid of some of the ones I never shoot anymore or never shot really at all”. Other posts show him selling Glock components and a complete AR-15 rifle.
PrivilegedUSA sells a variety of guns, gun parts, and build kits, all shipped from Sacramento, CA. Most concerning, though, are his listings for Polymer-80 (P80) 80% frame blanks, or so-called “ghost-guns”. In the US, the regulated component of the firearm is the lower receiver (for pistols, the frame). 80% frames/receivers are sold uncompleted so that they are not legally regulated as gun parts- there is no background check required to purchase one, and they are unserialized and untraceable. Once purchased, the buyer can easily complete the manufacturing process, generally with a jig that is sold alongside the uncompleted frame, and using relatively common shop tools. When the blank is completed into a working gun, it must be serialized within the state of CA. However, it doesn’t appear possible to legally complete an 80% glock frame (the kind Revering was selling) in the state, for a few reasons:
– CA regulates handguns by keeping an approved roster of handguns that can be owned in the state. There are no P80 frames listed.
– CA requires a stainless steel serialization plate of at least 3.7 oz. No commercially available 80% frames feature this plate.
Prior to 4/21/2022, PrivilegedUSA had more P80 frame blanks and parts kits for sale than complete, regulated guns. At some point between late April and early May, Revering removed all of the P80 listings. Despite this, the website still retains a (now empty) category for “80 Percent” and an (also empty) manufacturer category for Polymer80, as well as the parts kits. Archived proof of the now-deleted P80 listings are available here,here, and here. It’s also worth noting that Revering began posting as a Proud Boy from his personal Reddit account shortly before the P80 frames disappeared from his site. When he realized that his identity could be exposed, he deleted his Reddit account post history and removed the P80 listings. Clearly, Revering didn’t want his Proud Boy activities connected to his sale of ghost guns.
Not only that, but there’s also strong evidence that Revering has assembled these ghost guns himself. On some of his listings for P80 parts kits, the description states that all parts are dry tested on a PF45 frame. Given that assembly would be necessary to perform such a test, and given that Revering’s website shows no evidence of out-of-state operations, we can only conclude that he is in possession of a completed P80 gun.
All of these data points paint an extremely concerning picture. Revering is a gun-obsessed fascist who glorifies “lone wolf” mass shootings and has access to a huge stockpile of firearms, including untraceable ghost guns. At the very least we can assume that other Proud Boys have access to the P80 kits Revering is selling- especially considering his demonstrated interest in making money off his fascist buddies. But one has to wonder- what is the point in owning such a gun kit if it can’t be legally completed? It doesn’t take much to connect the dots. The bottom line is this: Brandon Revering has been distributing all the materials needed to produce unregulated, untraceable firearms, and by proxy, the Proud Boys he associates with have easy access to them.
During his time as a member of the Proud Boys, Brandon Revering has participated in numerous far-Right street actions, including attacks and harassment. He has created a platform for himself and other Proud Boys to profit off of hateful merchandise, and has enabled further fascist activity and recruitment through the Proud Boy chapter websites he creates and maintains. He valorizes the violence of mass shooters. Most concerning, he has access to unregistered, untraceable guns and is likely arming other Proud Boys with them. Revering is a serious threat to our community and his organizing efforts must be disrupted by any means possible.
Legal Name: Brandon Revering
Affiliations: Central Valley Proud Boys, Sacramento Proud Boys
Current address: 1020 Singingwood Rd, Sacramento CA 95864
Business address: 2612 Marigold Ln Sacramento CA 95864
Vehicle: white ’89 Dodge Dakota, CA license plate 6737K2
Tattoos: Chicago Bulls logo on right calf, Oakland Raiders logo on left calf, “Rest in Peace John Carrillo ‘The Realest I Ever Knew’” on outside right forearm, Virgin Mary on inner right forearm
Meet Robert Alexander Sunday Jr. of Orangevale, CA: a former U.S Marine and current member of the Proud Boys, a neo-fascist group. Sunday has lived in the Sacramento area since 1977 and spent a brief period stationed elsewhere as a marine. He has actively organized with the Proud Boys in Sacramento through 2020 and is dominantly featured in the well-circulated image at Cesar Chavez park on November 21st, 2020, where he is shown repeatedly attacking an individual. In the following post, we detailRobert Sunday’s history as an extremist and his background.
From early November 2020 through mid-January 2021, leading up to Inauguration Day, the far-right held weekly Stop the Steal rallies at the State Capitol. The Proud Boys consistently attended these rallies and even co-organized several of the events, often serving as security. The first rally, on November 7th, was attended by a large, all-encompassing MAGA crowd with a small group of Proud Boys. Over the following weeks, however, the rallies became more volatile. The Proud Boys continued to show up in larger and larger numbers, and as their presence increased, so did the escalations against the local Sacramento community. By November 21st, the Proud Boys had mobilized members from all over California and made up the vast majority of the attendees.
An hour into the November 21st rally, Proud Boy Christopher Young of Galt announced that the crowd would soon be marching to Cesar Chavez park. This was an explicit call for violence and confrontation against the local community. During the summer 2020 protests for BLM and George Floyd, Cesar Chavez Park had served as a central starting point. More importantly, Cesar Chavez Park regularly serves as a campground for the local unhoused community and is a primary distribution point for food and resources. By announcing a march to the park on a weekend, the Proud Boys had stated they were ready to attack the local unhoused community who would be in no position to defend themselves.
After hearing Young’s announcement, a handful of anti-racists rushed to try and protect and assist the unhoused folk in the area, and defend the park against the arrival of the Proud Boys and the MAGA threats. Nearly 100 Proud Boys and affiliated neo-fascists then marched on the park, and they immediately surrounded anyone they felt was opposition. Robert Alexander Sunday was among the most violent of the lot, and his attacks were caught on camera multiple times. This event culminated in the arrest of the individuals who had been attacked by the Proud Boys and MAGA hats. As usual the local police provided protection for the aggressors and legitimized their actions by arresting the victims rather than the attackers.
Within the Proud Boys, members earn respect and social standing by obtaining a series of degrees through various actions. The fourth degree, which is coveted and glorified amongst members of the group, is earned by “fighting for the cause.” This means Proud Boys gain respect and clout within the group by physically attacking anyonethe Proud Boys perceive to be against their organization and/or beliefs. During the November 21st, 2020, attack on Cesar Chavez Park, Robert Sunday reached his 4th degree. Sunday was so proud of that designation he used the photo of him participating in the mob attack as his profile picture for Telegram. Adjacent to the photo, he added a “4°” to his username.
Sunday takes unabashed, public pride in his brutality. His zeal for violence should be extremely concerning to his co-workers, family, neighbors, and the Orangevale community at large.
On June 5th, 2021, after becoming a 4th degree Proud Boy,Robert Sunday went downtown yet again to attend another rally with the Proud Boys to memorialize Ashli Babbitt, the neo-fascist who was shot and killed by police during the attempted coup in D.C. on January 6th.
In July of 2021, Sunday and fellow Proud Boy Rick Smith of Auburn joined at least four other Proud Boys at the Shasta county courthouse to act as security for Carlos Zapata. Zapata is a prominent far-right figure in the north state who was being arraigned that day for an assault charge dating back to May 4th, 2021. Despite Sunday wearing a mask that day in Redding, he was easily identifiable by the tattoos on his arms.
Sunday’s involvement in those months, beginning with the Stop the Steal rallies, escalating into direct attacks on vulnerable community members, memorializing neo-fascist insurgents, and then acting as security in the norther part of the state, reveal his connections and determination for the cause.
As Robert Sunday’s involvement has changed so has his appearance. An older Facebook post shows Robert Sunday without the longer beard he’s worn over the last year. Sunday has since changes his appearance, wearing a long beard. He has also left Facebook from what we can tell. Now he avidly uses Telegram, where he specifically references his allegiance with the QAnon movement.
He posted WWG1WGA, a popular QAnon acronym that stands for “Where We Go One, We Go All.”
QAnon is a christofascist movement that dates back to 2017. It has gained a large, mainstream appeal and is rooted in an antisemitic conspiracy theory. At a recent QAnon conference in Las Vegas, a speaker “called on ‘fellow Christian warriors’ to martyr themselves against demonic forces.” Sunday, and anyone who is a member of QAnon, should be considered highly concerning and a threat to the community. Considering his capacity for interpersonal violence and his association with other violent groups, his QAnon references are concerning as they serve to bridge the extremism of the Proud Boys with mainstream centrists and conservatives.
Implications for Sacramento
This fall the Proud Boys have been increasingly engaging in targeted attacks here in Sacramento, destroying a Black Lives Matter mural in Midtown multiple times and targeting members of the community in coordinated harassment campaigns throughout the greater Sacramento area. Alerting the community about who the Proud Boys are and what to look out for is more important now than ever. Identifying these Proud Boys and circulating their information is just as important. The people of Orangevale and the entire Sacramento area should know where Robert Sunday lives so that they can then proceed accordingly.
The Proud Boys are not welcome in our city. Now more than ever, we need the city to let them know.
Name: Robert Alexander Sunday Jr
Address: 5435 Blueridge Ct., Orangevale, CA 95662
If you have any additional information on Robert Sunday or any of his associates please e-mail us – firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick George Kiehl is the president of the Placerville “Hangtown” Proud Boys. He owns Liberty Handyman LLC, and currently lives in Pollock Pines with his wife Bonnie Mae. He was also active in the NorCal punk/hardcore music scene in the early 2000’s. Kiehl has been involved with Proud Boys in the Northern California area since at least 2018, and has been connected to numerous far-right extremist actions and events since then. This article offers an overview of the Proud Boys as an organization, a timeline of Kiehl’s activity, information on the Hangtown Proud Boys chapter, and Kiehl’s personal details/identifying information.
Who are the Proud Boys?
Nearly five years into their existence, the Proud Boys have gained infamy for their thinly-veiled fascism and bigotry-fueled violence. They are hard-core Trump loyalists, and are known for street harassment and targeted assaults against members of the LGBTQ community, as well as anyone they deem to be antifa, BLM or generally counter to what they represent. The organization is also rife with racism, sexism, transphobia and Islamophobia. Proud Boys often dress in the group’s colors (black and yellow) and can be seen sporting black and gold Fred Perry polos and red MAGA hats. The Proud Boys have expressed their outrage at the electoral loss of President Trump both locally and nationwide by leading rampages through Washington DC on November 14th and December 12th. They carried out the legacy of the KKK by attacking historically black churches in Washington, DC on December 12, because these churches flew the BLM banner high with pride. Their status as a neo-fascist faction became clear when the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers attempted a coup to secure Trump’s presidency on January 6, 2021. In the context of the past 5 years, and especially with the volatile two months that lead up to the attempted coup on January 6th, 2021, the existence of any Proud Boys chapter is extremely concerning. Unfortunately, the Sacramento area boasts the dubious distinction of having three Proud Boys chapters. Patrick Kiehl has a long history of leadership within the Proud Boys, having been the president of the Sacramento chapter, and is currently the president of the Placerville chapter.
On August 4th, 2018, Kiehl traveled to Portland with other Proud Boys such as Shawn K from the Central Valley to participate in a far-right rally organized by the Patriot Prayer group led by Joey Gibson. Patriot Prayer rallies were happening frequently in Portland during this time, attracting pro-Trump, far-right, and white supremacist factions from all over the country.
On May 7th, 2020, Patrick Kiehl attended a ‘coronavirus is a hoax’ rally at the California State Capitol. At this time, he was the president of the Sacramento Proud Boys. Kiehl and his fellow Proud Boys gathered openly at the event, sporting their signature colors and insignia, and bearing a Proud Boys flag. These weekly rallies not only attracted the Proud Boys, but also attracted members of the virulent anti-Muslim movement, the Three Percenters.
The largest of these rallies occurred on May 1st, bringing thousands of attendees to downtown Sacramento. A group of neo-Nazis handing out anti-Semitic literature were quoted saying ” this is the most receptive crowd” they had ever passed out their literature to.
On November 14th, 2020 Patrick Kiehl (now the president of the Placerville Proud Boys chapter) was seen in Sacramento at the second ‘stop the steal’ rally. These rallies were being held weekly for the next two months. Kiehl can be seen in Proud Boys colors while members of that faction along with affiliates attacked anti racist demonstrators who were countering this far right rally. In the early days of the Stop the Steal rallies, the Proud Boys positioned themselves as security for the rally organizers, but quickly began to push a drastically more militant agenda. They became fixated on Cesar Chavez park, seeing it as a leftist rallying point and as a place for our unhoused neighbors to find refuge. As the weeks went on, Proud Boys and militia members made up the majority of the rally-goers. Eventually on November 21, 2020 over 80 Proud Boys and affiliates marched from the capitol to Cesar Chavez park, attacking anyone who got in their way.
On December 9th, the Hangtown Proud Boys showed up to a Toys for Tots event in Placerville, CA. Many of them flashed the ‘OK’ hand gesture, which is widely used to symbolize white power. Scandal ensued, leading the mayor of Placerville to denounce the Proud Boys. In an interview Kiehl gave to Channel 13 in response to the situation, he outed himself as the president of the Hangtown Proud Boys.
Kiehl also discussed the formation of the Placerville group and his involvement in the following Facebook exchange:
On December 20th, 2020, Patrick Kiehl appeared alongside other Proud Boys including Brandon Witte and Cole Scott at a protest at Destiny Church in Rocklin. Community groups had come out to protest the Church’s refusal to adhere to COVID safety protocol, as well as homophobic comments made by church leaders. Patrick Kiehl and other far-right agitators showed up to harass these protesters in support of the church.
Patrick Kiehl of the neo-fascist Proud Boys was also at the Destinty church in Rocklin today harassing those that were standing against bigotry. Kiehl has been at some of the pro fascism rallies in Sac that have been going on for 7 weeks now. More here -(https://t.co/hAHX14qY9d) pic.twitter.com/zCVMGMKKER
Patrick George Kiehl was born in Contra Costa county, but has a long history in the Sacramento area going back over 20 years. He was involved in the punk/hardcore music scene here in Sacramento, and if anyone has any additional information about his history we’d appreciate it. Here is the YouTube channel he created in May of 2012.
Kiehl also owns a business, Liberty Handyman Services, and works with another member of the Proud Boys. This particular Proud Boy that Patrick works with who appears in the advertisement for the handyman service can also be seen next to Kiehl in the following group photo.
As a prominent leader in the Proud Boys organization, Patrick Kiehl is an active a threat to the community. Those who may come in contact with him deserve to be informed for their safety, so please help us spread the word! The Proud Boys are not welcome in our communities, and they should not be able to live their lives uninterrupted while spewing bigotry and organizing toward violence and terror.
Name: Patrick George Kiehl
Address: 5546 Robinhood Ln, Pollock Pines, CA 95726
If you have any information on Patrick Kiehl, any other members of the Placerville Proud Boys, or any other members of the Proud Boys in the Sacramento area or Central Valley please get in touch with us via email antifasac (at) riseup.net
Michael Lawrence Staley is a 42-year-old Proud Boy living in Galt, California. He was also part of the neo-fascist group’s presence at recent “Stop the Steal” rallies in Sacramento. While public focus has been on the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on DC, right-wing violence from groups like the Proud Boys has also escalated locally, as seen in the weekly far-right rallies that occurred here in Sacramento leading up to Inauguration Day. This behavior is, by no means, an aberration. Michael Staley and other Proud Boys are part of a violent, bigoted movement, and are a credible threat wherever they entrench themselves.
Proud Boy involvement in “Stop the Steal” Rallies
On November 7th, 2020, the MAGA movement launched their “Stop the Steal” campaign, an absolute expression of frustration and rage in response to Trumps loss on November 3rd. Demonstrations were held nationwide, including at the State Capitol building here in Sacramento. The local rally drew a sea of Trump flags and MAGA hats to the downtown area; a crowd that was happy to host neo-fascist factions like the Proud Boys. The Proud Boys were welcomed as event security, and from that position, took it upon themselves to confront anybody they deemed opposition to the event. There were some very tense moments during the rally between anti-racist counter protesters and “Stop the Steal” rally-goers.
When the event was over, the Proud Boys piled into multiple pickup trucks, with 3 to 4 Proud Boys riding in the bed of each truck, ready to jump out. They drove around following anti-racist protesters and searching for others to intimidate and attack. One medic was ambushed by Proud Boys several hours after the event, and was nearly pushed off a bridge. One of the trucks that was used to stalk anti-racist protesters was a silver Dodge Ram belonging to Michael Staley.
Staley’s truck was seen multiple times after the rally was over, patrolling midtown with Proud Boys positioned in the bed. It was also spotted at other “Stop the Steal” rallies in the following weeks.
Attacks on Cesar Chavez Park
The Proud Boys escalated their pattern of violence and terror at subsequent “Stop the Steal” events. During two of these demonstrations, Proud Boys and other rally-goers marched from the Capitol to Cesar Chavez park, a location known as the nexus of numerous Black Lives Matter protests over the summer. The far-right had become fixated on the park because of it’s connection to George Floyd demonstrations during the summer of 2020. The George Floyd uprising was a source of frustration and rage for the far-right both all over the country, and in Sacramento. By the time November arrived, members of the far-right felt like they needed to claim Cesar Chavez Park in opposition to the memory of the George Floyd uprisings. Some were overheard saying that they needed to march to Cesar Chavez Park to plant an American flag.
Cesar Chavez Park has also become a safe place for our unhoused neighbors to gather, and community groups often distribute food and supplies at the park on weekends. All of these factors led to numerous instances of Proud Boys and other members of the far-right terrorizing and attacking unhoused people, community volunteers, and the small group of anti-racist protesters who scrambled to defend others at the park.
On November 28th, “Stop the Steal” rally-goers marched to Cesar Chavez park yet again. While their numbers were smaller than the previous week, many of them downed hard alcohol prior to marching. Intoxicated, determined, and full of rage, the rally-goers pushed past cops who tried to impede their progress to the park. However, the cops quickly cleared out soon after the rally-goers reached the park. Proud Boys could also be heard on livestreams that day talking openly about their desire to attack people. At one point, a livestreamer was heard saying, “We just want a civil discourse. We don’t want to hurt anyone.” A Proud Boy interjected, “I do!” Proud Boys were also heard talking about wanting to get their “4th degree,” which is earned by engaging in physical combat with or otherwise harming their opposition.
Each Saturday in the month of November was filled with Proud Boys and other MAGA supporters terrorizing our city. Michael Staley himself was a serious part of this wave of violence, especially considering his role in transporting groups of other Proud Boys set on hunting and attacking anyone they deemed a target.
Proud Boy Attacks in DC
The terror we saw in November at the hands of this movement is linked to the violence seen in a DC rally on December 12th. Many local Proud Boys traveled to DC to attend, and those who stayed home cheered it on from the sidelines. December 12th saw smaller numbers than the November 14th DC rally, but those that did attend were set on spreading violence and terror. That night, Proud Boys vandalized several historically black churches in DC by ripping down Black Lives Matter banners from the buildings and burning them in the street. This activity took place while hundreds of far-right protesters were taking to the streets each night throughout the weekend. Local Proud Boy, Jeffrey Perrine, was in DC for the events that weekend and defended the banner burnings publicly on social media.
Reverend Doctor Ianther M. Mills of the Asbury United Methodist church in DC highlights the inherently racist character of the banner burnings. “For me, it was reminiscent of cross burnings. Seeing this act on video made me both indignant and determined to fight the evil that has reared its ugly head. We had been so confident that no one would ever vandalize the church, but it has happened.”
In addition to the racist instances of property damage, Proud Boys also engaged in physical violence with those living in and around the area. There were numerous instances where individuals were chased and surrounded by large groups of Proud Boys who had come from all over the country (including Northern California) to swarm DC. The events of the weekend of December 12th also directly built towards what occurred in DC on January 6th.
January 6, 2021
The overwhelming intensity of the far-right demonstration and the taking of the US Capitol in DC on Wednesday, January 6th was nothing short of surreal. It was a demonstration of how far the far-right were willing to take the news of Trump’s exit. January 6 was an undeniable wake-up call to just what this movement is capable of. We’ve seen the danger in underestimating them in the past and that danger couldn’t be more clear now. The Capitol takeover and attempted coup on Jan. 6 was built directly from the far-right’s growing nationwide momentum and capacity to create absolute terror in previous weeks. Many violent far-right factions and other assorted neo-fascist groups were involved in the takeover, including the Three Percenters, the Oath Keepers, and the Proud Boys. It is unclear what far-right organizing will look like under the new administration, but the far-right movement has grown and adapted over the past four years. Its not simply going to go away. It is integral that anti-fascists, anti-racists, and concerned community members continue to expose, confront, and disrupt the lives of far-right organizers in order to weaken their movement and the threat it poses.
Below is a visual guide to common symbols, clothing, and dog whistles used by Proud Boys. Use it as a reference in helping to identify them, and share it around so everyone knows exactly what to look out for.
As a member of the Proud Boys and an active participant in some of the group’s most abhorrent activities, Michael Staley should be considered a threat to the community. Those who may come in contact with him deserve to be informed for their safety, so please help us spread the word! The Proud Boys are not welcome in our communities, and they should not be able to live their lives uninterrupted while spewing bigotry and organizing toward violence and terror.
Name: Michael Lawrence Staley
Affiliation: Proud Boys
DOB: 8/31/1978 (born in Sacramento)
Current Address: 917 Snow Lily Ct, Galt 95632
Vehicle: silver Dodge Ram pickup truck
License Plate #: 09409R1
Recent photos of Michael Staley’s residence there in Galt –
If you have any additional information on Michael Lawrence Staley or his associates, please email us at: antifasac(at)riseup(dot)net.
On Thursday, January 14th, Governor Newsom announced that he will be deploying 1,000 troops from the California National Guard to Sacramento from the 16th to the 20th to “protect the Capitol and other critical infrastructure.” On January 20th, we will be marching against far-right terror with the rest of our community. We will not be deterred by the National Guard or any members of the far right who wish to stand in our way. “We Keep Us Safe” is more than just a slogan: neither the National Guard nor the police have our best interests at heart. Their priority will be (and has always been) to protect property over people’s well-being. We have seen this through the summer in the George Floyd uprisings, and through the fall with the repeated right-wing demos that have brought terror and violence to our city.
The fact that one figurehead is being traded for another on the 20th does not matter to us. This does nothing to combat the white supremacy that the US was built on, and does nothing to stop its current white supremacist project. While we do not care about the damage done to the Capitol building in DC on January 6th, we recognize it as an outgrowth of the racist rage that has been building and organizing for years. The Right is capable of an immense amount of violence–we have seen this in our own city throughout the fall and now winter.
We know that we cannot rely on the state to protect us. Instead, we must turn to each other and defend our community through solidarity and direct action. We have done so on December 5, 2020, and we will do so again. In that spirit, we invite everyone who opposes far-right violence to stand with us on Inauguration day. What already has begun continues on Wednesday, January 20th. Together, we continue to push back and build towards the day the far-right can never return to the streets of Sacramento.
Bob Mitchell, a business owner living in Fair Oaks, outed himself as a member of the Proud Boys, a neo-fascist group, in an online debate on 12/15/2020. Since the group’s founding in 2016, the Proud Boys have quickly evolved into a violent and highly concerning neo-fascist movement. The fact that Mitchell owns a business in Citrus Heights and is a member of the Proud Boys is cause for concern: the more that fascist groups are able to gather, access financial resources, and normalize their beliefs as ‘everyday people,’ the more they are able to grow and spread hate.
This Facebook post is one of several where Mitchell declares himself a member of the Proud Boys.
In this post, Mitchell champions the chairman of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio. Tarrio is based in Florida and has a history of encouraging fellow Proud Boys to commit acts of violence and intimidation. For example, less than a month before election day, far-right factions including the Proud Boys began an effort to intimidate and harass Biden supporters in the hopes of giving the Trump campaign an edge. Tarrio was caught on camera as part of a contingent that encircled a caravan of Biden supporters. In this picture he can be seen walking towards cars of Biden supporters with a Proud Boys shirt on. Though our group opposes both the Democratic and Republican parties, we feel it is important to highlight just what the Proud Boys are capable of.
In this post, Bob Mitchell calls on his Facebook friends to join the Proud Boys, sharing a photo featuring a gathering of local Proud Boys and urging his followers to “Join us Proud Boys” and “get s%#* done!!” further cementing his ties to the organization and his interest in recruiting others to spread hatred and bigotry.
Who are the Proud Boys?
The Proud Boys are a far-right extremist group known for acts of terror, violence, and bigotry of various kinds. The Proud Boys advertise themselves as a western chauvinist fraternal order. While this is certainly true, it is also crucial to understand them as a neo-fascist organization rife with misogyny, racism, antisemitism and islamophobia, whose main goals include targeted violence against marginalized groups and all who would oppose them. Although group members often tokenize their chairman, Enrique Tarrio, as evidence against the accusation of racism, Tarrio’s background as a Cuban-American does not in any way neutralize the group’s bigotry. Indeed, the Proud Boy’s bigotry has become more visible than ever, with members seen at the 12/12/20 Stop the Steal demonstration in Washington, DC wearing pro-genocide, neo-nazi shirts.
Proud Boy Support of Kyle Rittenhouse
In addition to their own home-brewed terror, the Proud Boys have also supported reprehensible figures such as Kyle Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse gained prominence in the far-right movement after he shot three anti-racist demonstrators during the anti-police brutality uprisings in Kenosha, WI, wounding one and killing two. He was charged with double murder and attempted murder, and has been lauded a hero by the Proud Boys ever since. Christopher Young, a local Proud Boy and a neo-Nazi who we put on blast earlier this month, has brought a “free Kyle Rittenhouse” shield to several rallies he’s attended over the last few months.
On November 12th, after two days of terrorizing Washington DC, the Proud Boys capped their night off at the base of the Washington monument while Enrique Tarrio lead the group in a “break out Kyle” chant. This chant took place after Tarrio gave an impassioned speech about Rittenhouse, a man who killed two anti-racist protesters and left one a survivor (RIP to Anthony Huber & Joseph Rosenbaum, Solidarity with Gaige Grosskreutz). The violence of November 12th was followed up by another demonstration on December 12th that saw another 350+ Proud Boys converge on the streets of DC and rip down Black Lives Matter banners from historic black churches and burn them in the streets.
Proud Boys across the US are an active threat, especially to marginalized communities. Recent Stop the Steal rallies (heavily attended by Proud Boys), have become a vehicle for far-right violence around the US, with several people getting stabbed and one person getting shot at the rally in Olympia. Here in Sacramento, Proud Boys have joined Stop the Steal rallies for six weeks straight, marching through our streets and attacking protesters, medics, legal observers, reporters, our unhoused neighbors, and even random pedestrians.
Any member of the Proud Boys should be considered a threat due to the group’s known capacity for violence and their role in legitimizing bigotry. Bob Mitchell’s position as a business owner lends the Proud Boys a stability that comes with access to resources such as money and meeting space. Any asset to the Proud Boys is a detriment to the community at large.
Name: Bob Mitchell
Age: 69 years old, born in 1951
Owner of: Surf & Skate 7598 Greenback Ln, Citrus Heights, CA 95610 | (916) 721-5000
We highly encourage you to give Bob Mitchell a piece of your mind via Surf & Skate’s Yelp, Birdeye, Facebook, Locally, Judy’s Book, and Google reviews pages. Keep in mind that these sites often delete “politically motivated” reviews, so you may want to limit your commentary to bad service, poor customer care, etc.
If you have information about Bob Mitchell or any other individuals with ties to the Proud Boys or the far-right, contact us at: antifasac(at)riseup.net
Not in Our Streets: Report back on the 12/5/20 Mobilization Against Far-right terror
For the past five weekends, Trump supporters, Proud Boys, militia groups, and other members of the far-Right have hosted “Stop the Steal” rallies at the State Capitol in support of the popular and unfounded fraudulent election conspiracy theory. During these rallies, the far-Right have harassed and violently assaulted the people of Sacramento, including our unhoused neighbors, minors, random bystanders, community organizers distributing food, medics, reporters, and anyone they identified as opposition to their movement.
Last Saturday, December 5th, counter-protesters mobilized from Sacramento and beyond to defend our city against the far-Right. The call for this mobilization was coordinated by over 25 organizations and groups in Northern California who saw the far-Right terror of previous weekends and decided enough was enough.
Around 200 counter-protesters, medics, and legal observers converged at Fremont Park at 10 am and marched to the Capitol at noon. The anti-fascist mobilization marched to the barricades at 10th and L, where a sizeable police presence separated the counter-protest from the far-Right rally. A large contingent of shield bearers and vehicles defended the mobilization from all sides while projectiles were launched at the far-Right over police lines. Several MAGA stragglers were run off and prevented from joining the far-Right rally.
Counter-protesters continued their march around the Capitol, chasing down any far-Right rally goers who appeared and smashing up numerous far-Right vehicles along N st. At one point, a Three Percenter dressed up as Santa Claus and 3 other far-Right rally goers attempted to engage in a physical confrontation, but they were quickly overtaken and run off. One dropped a large knife as he fled. Two members of the MAGA movement attempted to attack the group of antifascists with pepper spray and were immediately beaten back until they were no longer a threat.
The mobilization then marched back to Fremont park for a celebratory burning of MAGA flags and dispersed around 2:30 pm. For their part, the Proud Boys and far-Right attackers from previous weeks cowered behind police lines, despite their promise of “500 Proud Boys and other patriots” being ready to “teach antifa the lesson of a lifetime.” We hope that these bigots think twice the next time they decide to bring their violence and hatred to our city.
Despite the large police presence and multiple clashes, no arrests were made the day of. We want to remind everyone that state repression is still a looming threat, and should be treated with seriousness. The Sacramento Police Department (SPD) has confirmed that there will be ongoing investigations into the brawls and property destruction that occurred on Saturday. We can minimize the risk of state repression for everyone involved by collectively adhering to basic security culture practices. Do not circulate footage or photos on social media that include demonstrators’ identifiable features, such as faces, clothing, or shoes. Do not brag about specific actions that may have been taken, or speculate about who did what. Keep in mind that law enforcement frequently uses material on social media (public, private, or otherwise) to identify protesters and build cases against them. If you must talk about something sensitive, do so face to face, through the Signal app, or other secure means, and share information on a strictly need-to-know basis. If you are questioned or arrested by police, invoke your right to remain silent and don’t say anything without a lawyer present. Doxxing and harassment by the far-Right is another very real risk, and you can minimize it by locking down your social media accounts and keeping your face and real name offline. If you experience doxxing or harassment, reach out to us. We’re here to support you. If you experience state repression, reach out to the Sacramento chapter of the National Lawyers Guild for help with legal representation and bail. We won’t let doxxing and state repression stifle our movement, but we must be aware of the risks we face.
We want to thank everyone who came out to stand up to the far-Right or supported this mobilization in any capacity. Saturday was a decisive display of opposition, but we know that the local struggle against fascism is far from over. We call on everyone who opposes racism, bigotry, and far-Right terror to join us in continuing to build a strong, unified anti-racist movement in Sacramento and throughout Northern California. As we saw this Saturday, together we are strong enough to counter this threat.
Christopher Young has been front and center at many of the far-right rallies and events in Northern California since early this summer. Operating under the online pseudonym “Odin,” (his dog’s name) or “Odin Young,” he has affiliated himself with several far-right populist and supremacist groups including the California State Militia and the Central Valley Militia. Young is the Vice President of the Central Valley Proud Boys and has a Proud Boys tattoo on his right forearm. Young told J. On November 28 that he is a former Muslim and now Christian. However, several of Young’s tattoos signal a relationship to Paganism, as does the name he gave to his pet (Odin). Every single video on Young’s TikTok account is also centered around this theme. For more details on the overlap between certain pagan groups and fascism, see our article on a racist local pagan here.
Looking at Young’s social media posts, one can glean much of his political insight. Young is skeptically optimistic about Donald Trump, and has shown support for the now-outgoing president over the last four years, yet he has also countered that support in a November 2020 post on Telegram. In an offshoot Proud Boys discussion channel, Young speculated that Donald Trump is “a puppet for ZOG and doesn’t even know it.” The acronym ZOG stands for “Zionist Occupational Government” and is a staple in modern white supremacist discourse that dates back to the 1970s. The term refers to a conspiracy theory that the United States government is actually controlled by and operates exclusively in the interests of Jews. A more popular (and only slightly less anti-Semitic) version of this conspiracy is the “New World Order.” These theories allow the far-right to explain why the United States isn’t run the way they think it should be, and also validates their feelings of victimhood by providing them a scapegoat for their anger. In an October 2020 interview that Young did with podcaster Allen Hall, Young opined that from here on out he doesn’t see any way for there to be peace between liberals and conservatives.
Additional Telegram posts further detail Young’s views on race. In one message, Young’s anti-black racism came through when he described himself as “98% white boyyyyyyyyy” and expressed a preference for being “1% jew” over being “1% african.” Young adheres to a National Socialist-style (Nazi) understanding of the world, believing that races should be separated from each other and he believes this is the natural order of things. What Young shares in private discussions like these is much different from what he said to Allen Hall about inclusiveness and diversity in their public podcast discussion. It’s clear that Christopher Young is motivated to action by a far-right line of thinking that concludes that white men are somehow the victims of a grand conspiracy to oppress them, and furthermore that there is now or will soon be a civil war in the United States against the “ZOG”/“NWO.”
Posting as “Odin Young” in a local Facebook group earlier this summer, Christopher Young announced that he was going to form a “Galt militia” and invited others to become members. This post was archived and shared with the Galt city council by several concerned residents. Later in August, Young participated in a “Straight Pride” rally in Modesto, CA, organized by Don Grundmann, and appeared in a photo with far-right content producer Josh Fulfer, who was wearing a shirt featuring Kyle Rittenhouse with the words “American Hero” underneath. Kyle Rittenhouse is the 17 year old who shot three Black Lives Matter protestors, killing two and wounding another in Kenosha, WI. Pictures of Christopher Young and Josh Fulfer together at the event show Young clearly pointing attention towards and agreeing with the message Fulfer was promoting on his shirt.
Young appeared again at a far-right gathering in Atwater on September 26, 2020, that included militia groups, Proud Boys, and a wider conservative contingent that came together to show support for police. Pictures from this event capture Young standing with a militia member holding a riot shield with the words “Free Kyle Rittenhouse” on it next to the Proud Boys logo. This marks multiple times Christopher Young has been comfortable supporting the teenage murderer.
Most recently, Christopher Young has been a key figure in the weekly right wing rallies taking place here in Sacramento. Activated by the completely unfounded conspiracy theory of widespread voter fraud that is supposedly responsible for Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump in the 2020 election, the far-right has been gathering every Saturday at the Capitol. They include Proud Boys, militia members, and white supremacists along with radicalized MAGA die-hards and Q Anon followers. All of these rallies have erupted in violence, with far-right bullies attacking the unhoused, minors, and random pedestrians. Young has taken a lead organizer role by providing coordination at these events and was even given space to speak on the stage at the November 21 rally. After vaguely alluding to a “very serious” event coming in the future during his speech, Young declared that, “We will certainly stand tall until we have victory or paradise.” Standing with him on stage was Proud Boy Jeffrey Perrine, known for shouting that “illegal immigrants should have their heads smashed into the concrete” at a far-right rally in Portland. Joining Christopher Young and Jeffrey Perrine on stage was Alicia Peterson, a MAGA organizer who is known to have worked with the Golden State Skinheads during her activist efforts.
On November 28, Christopher Young joined the rest of the Central Valley Proud Boys on stage as they all sang a song together called “By God We’ll Have Our Home Again,” a song written by a fascist white supremacist project called Mannerbund. The song was originally featured in the handful of podcasts on the Mannerbund website, which also includes articles and imagery explicitly venerating National Socialism (Nazism). One comment from a Mannerbund participant online mentions that “several brothers” have connections to the fascist group Patriot Front. Following the National Socialist sing-along and an afternoon of drinking, Young and dozens of his fellow Proud Boys roamed the streets around the Capitol and Cesar Chavez Park looking for people to fight.
Christopher Young is an active threat. Due to his affinity for National Socialist (Nazi) ideas regarding race and culture and his affiliations with violent Proud Boys and militia members, anti-racists and anti-fascists should continue to monitor Young and the others that he has been networking with. Further information can be useful in any efforts to minimize or even possibly neutralize the danger posed by Christopher Young and the groups he is aligned with. It should be noted that Young does indeed own firearms.
You can usually spot Young at an event with his hair tied back, usually wearing a cowboy hat and some combination of gear and clothing with Proud Boy insignia. His tattoos are very distinct–look for runes on his right forearm, a Thor’s Hammer on his right hand, and flames on his left forearm. Hinting that Young wants to limit his public association with the Proud Boys, he censors photographs of himself and others that he posts on his personal Instagram account so that the Proud Boys logos are unrecognizable.
Legal Name: Christopher Carl Young
Born: 1983 (37 years old)
Pseudonym: “Odin Young”
Current address: 36 Almo Ct Galt, CA 95632 (Sacramento County)
Vehicle: Black Ford F150, CA license plate 27101A1
Occupation: Truck driver
Affiliations: Central Valley Proud Boys, Sacramento Proud Boys, California State Militia (2nd Infantry Regiment, Echo Company), “Central Valley Militia”
This article only came to be after a collaboration with our comrades at NoCARA. If you have any information on Proud Boys, militias, and other far-right organizing in Northern California, you can anonymously send tips to Northern California Anti-Racist Action (NoCARA) at nocara(at)riseup(dot)net and to Antifa Sacramento at antifasac(at)riseup(dot)net
Not In Our Streets: A Statement Against Far-Right Terror
For four consecutive Saturdays, Proud Boys, Trump supporters, and the far-right have rallied at the State Capitol in Sacramento. These demonstrations are not simply about Trump vs. Biden or Republican vs. Democrat. The far-right is using electoral politics as a platform to incite violence, terror and harrassment.
As we have seen, anyone on the street is a target. The far-right have harrassed, threatened, pepper sprayed, chased, and beaten our unhoused neighbors, volunteers distributing food, restaurant workers, minors, random pedestrians, activists, media, legal observers, and volunteer medics. They have specifically targeted black and brown folks in the downtown/midtown area.
The far-right have marched through our city and declared it theirs, and they are planning to continue this behaviour indefinitely despite the recent COVID-19 restrictions.
The Sacramento Police Department (SPD) has openly encouraged this violence against our community. During these rallies, multiple pieces of video footage have shown law enforcement looking the other way while far-right attackers carried illegal weapons and committed mob assaults. SPD has declined to detain a single far right agitator, choosing instead to stand down and then subsequently arrested the victims of their attacks. Counter-protesters and victims of far-right violence have also been held at unreasonably high bail.
Each week, the far-right has escalated their violence against our city. Ignoring them will not make them go away, and we refuse to let them continue. Instead, we must come together and defend our community.
We are calling on all individuals and organizations to join us in taking a united stand against far-right extremism and organized terror.
Points of Unity
1. Stand against white supremacy: Hatred, bigotry, and police terror in all forms are unacceptable. We condemn these far-right rallies, law enforcement’s collusion, our elected officials’ complicit silence, and the violence and hate it has brought to our city.
2. Reject far-right terror: Sacramento residents should be able to go about their daily lives without harrassment. Our unhoused neighbors should feel safe obtaining food in public spaces. Our youth should not be indiscriminately assaulted by fanatics and then arrested by law enforcement.
3. Community defense: The state won’t save us. We must rely on each other when our community is under attack. We are committed to working together toward racial justice, equity, intersectionality, and empowerment against all forms of oppression.
4. Strength in unity: Together, we can stand up to this threat through solidarity, mass action, and a diversity of tactics.
5. The time is now: History has shown us that standing idle in the face of far-right extremists only makes them stronger. We must act decisively today, so that far-right violence and terror does not grow tomorrow.
We, the undersigned organizations of Sacramento and the Northern California area, condemn these rallies and call upon our members and our greater community to stand up against far-right violence and bigotry on Saturday, December 5th, 10 am, at Fremont Park.
NorCal Resist, Antifa Sacramento, Berkeley Antifa, Still Here, Sacramento Queer and Trans Organizing Coalition, We Keep Us Safe 916, Official Sactivists, Sacramento Punks With Lunch, Brown Berets de Califas, National Brown Berets- Sacramento Unit, All-African People’s Revolutionary Party, Sacramento Radical Education, Turlock BLM, Voices of VV, Brown Berets de SacraAztla, Bay 161, Sacramento DSA, Sacramento People’s Budget, NoCARA, Solano Unity Network, Elk Grove Black Liberation Collective, Power to Persist, SURJ Sacramento, People’s Strike Bay Area