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Elbo Room Hosts Nazis, Calls Cops On POC

12.18.15 - Elbo Room hosted a show for the band "Death In June" on Tuesday night. This is the 2nd time they've hosted this fascist, white supremacist band, despite protests & community outcry. On Tuesday night, the owner came out & called the police on our comrades, LYING that there was a "crowd of people" "wielding knives": NO ONE that night pulled out any weapons. In today's context, calling the pigs on someone & lying that they are armed & dangerous can literally lead to the death of that person, especially if it's a white person calling the pigs of a POC.

Elbo Room hosted a show for the band “Death In June” on Tuesday night. This is the 2nd time they’ve hosted this fascist, white supremacist band, despite protests & community outcry. Elbo Room is literally the ONLY venue in all of SF that has had the nerve to facilitate a social space for this explicitly fascist/racist movement to grow.

On Tuesday night, the owner came out & called the police on our comrades, LYING that there was a “crowd of people” “wielding knives”: NO ONE that night pulled out any weapons, & not only did he know this, but even a few cops were seen arguing with him for having lied to them. He simply claimed this so that the police response against us would be more intense. The police showed up over 15 deep, even pulling out & cocking shotguns on people.

In today’s context, calling the pigs on someone & lying that they are armed & dangerous can literally lead to the death of that person, especially if it’s a white person calling the pigs of a POC.

We see this for what it is: a blatant disrespect of our community & a disregard for our struggles and safety.

… Our intention here is to emphasize to y’all that we should not ever that this lightly, or ever forget this repeated disrespect of our community. They see themselves as a “neutral” business, having no accountability or loyalty to us.

Elbo Room was recently facing eviction but avoided this last minute. When they eventually face losing their space again, we plan on showing no support & countering their efforts to remain here.

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Elbo Room is hosting a fundraiser for the family of Mario Woods, which needs to be moved to another venue immediately. It is disgusting that a business with such a blatant disregard for the lives of black and brown folks be involved in such an event.

More information on Death In June here: http://antifascistnews.net/2015/11/10/nazi-goths-fuck-off-it-is-time-to-shut-down-death-in-june-again/