Monday, April 24, 2017

A Brief History of RASH-Northeast (U.S.A.) 2004-2010

By Dan Sabater

The concept for 'RASH Northeast' (Northeastern US) started in 2004 when I was living in Vermont, 6 hours north of my native NYC. It was my attempt to use the internet (and specifically MySpace, which was the predominant social media at that time) to maintain some kind of RASH presence between myself, my old comrades in NYC, and some up-and-comers in the Philadelphia and Delaware region. The group lasted 6 years. In that time we achieved quite a bit.

Besides maintaining that MySpace page (which was a clearinghouse for blog articles, event info and graphics) we also maintained an email list. This list had fairly high traffic between 2007 and Jan 2010. There were between 20-25 heads that participated in RASH Northeast during this era. Some very good political discussions were held.

In the NYC area we started a monthly Punk, Hardcore and Oi DJ night under the name 'Punk Night!'. Simply put, if we had called it 'Skinhead Night' it almost certainly would have ended rather quickly. But anyone who attended knew the deal. Calling the event 'Punk Night!' was also an attempt to build a broader appeal within the scene, as our 10 member NYC crew would not have been able to maintain a monthly event on our own.


We maintained a RASH presence at the Thursday MOVE YOUR MULE skinhead reggae, rocksteady and ska night held at Otto's Shrunken Head. Our power at that night peaked in 2009, but was over by Jan 2010 when the evening developed into more of a scenester 4th wave ska scene event and less street or skinhead.


As for shows, we hosted such international bands as Italy's REAZIONE (Nov 2008), Mexico's BARRA BRAVA (Feb 2008, May 2010) and Russia's RAZOR BOIS (August 2008). Locally, 2 bands that were loosely affiliated to RASH-Northeast were KADENA (NYC- 2 demo CDs) and STIFF MIDDLE FINGER (Delaware/ Philly- 1 demo CD). We also had the biggest skinhead mob at the BAD MANNERS show in NYC in 2009.







In NYC and Philly we set up sporadic boxing and mixed martial arts workshops and classes for militant anti-fascists. One young member from Philadelphia eventually went into active Brazilian jiu-jitsu and submission wrestling competition.

2 young members of RASH-Northeast released 2 bootleg mix CDs: Stay Rude Stay Rebel Vol. I & II. The second release was a significant improvement over the first. We also distributed a ton of copies of INSURGENCE RECORDS “Northern Aggression” label sampler compilation.


In 2008 we had RASH-Northeast patches made up and distributed between the NYC and Philly crews.


Two RASH-Northeast gatherings were held: an inaugural one in Philadelphia in March 2006, and one that wrapped the network up in May 2010. NYC and Philly members also attended a skinhead weekender in San Juan, Puerto Rico in Sep 2006. About a half-dozen DJ weekends were also held in Philadelphia at Dalek, an Ethiopian restaurant.





There were 2 attempts at a RASH-Northeast website- neither went very far.

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THE DEMISE OF RASH-NORTHEAST

RASH-Northeast faded out rather than exploded. In NYC many of the crew members grew older and lost interest in politics and the scene. The younger members didn't step up nor stick around, for whatever reason. All of this occurred after a key organizer was forced to return to Europe when his work visa in NYC ended. One of the louder younger members ended up leaving the group in a fairly humorous way, putting a capper on RASH-NYC's demise.

In Philly a key organizing couple left to have kids. One member retreated into academia (graduate school, professorship), one went into the Air Force and pursued a career. One left to party more heavily.

A few folks involved in the group disappeared altogether. They will probably surface in a few years, as they've always done, most likely still skins. But whatever the subculture offers them they are less interested in RUNNING SHIT than in merely existing. And the message of RASH in the Northeast was always about discipline and RUNNING SHIT.



Sunday, August 4, 2013

RASH NYC Basic Political Education Booklist (2003)


'Red' and/ or 'Anarchist'. What the fuck is that? People in the US just don't know.
We expected our membership to understand what they said they were into.
The working class struggle in the USA and around the world.
Anti-fascism.
The struggle for justice.
Not the type of shit you're gonna learn about in school.
Self-education is a must.


Towards that end we created a 'Basic Political Education Booklist' of 13 titles.
We figured even slow readers could finish at least one title every 4 weeks.
If you joined up you were expected to read this shit.


Here were the first 13 titles on the list, and the subjects they covered

U.S. WORKING CLASS RADICAL HISTORY
 
 1- Louis Adamic "Dynamite: A Century of Class Violence in the USA" (Rebel Press)
 2- Strike! By Jeremy Brecher (South End Press)

PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE USA
3- A People’s History of the United States By Howard Zinn 729 pgs.

MARXISM/SOCIALISM
4- Introducing Marx (formerly “Marx For Beginners”) by Rius

ANARCHISM

5- Anarchism By Daniel Guerin (Monthly Review Press/ AK Press)

BLACK LIBERATION

6- Autobiography of Malcolm X By Malcolm X with Alex Haley

IWW/ RADICAL TRADE UNIONISM
7- The IWW: It’s First 100 Years 1905-2005 By Fred Thompson and Jon Bekken 247 pgs

SPANISH CIVIL WAR

8- Homage To Catalonia by George Orwell 

1960’S STRUGGLES (Anti-War, Black liberation, Students, Feminism, etc.)

9- They Should Have Served That Cup of Coffee ed. by Dick Cluster (South End Press) 

LATINOS/ YOUNG LORDS PARTY


10- Palante, Siempre Palante by the Young Lords Party
Haymarket Books; Reprint edition (July 26, 2011) 160 pgs


KNOW YOUR ENEMY: THE RACIST RIGHT

11- Blood In The Face By James Ridgeway (Thunder’s Mouth Press)

 ORGANIZATIONAL SECURITY: KNOW WHAT YOU'RE IN FOR
12- The War At Home: Covert Action Against U.S. Activists and What We Can Do About It By Brian Glick (South End Press)

CLASS REVOLUTION IN COMICS
13- Breaking Free By Jack Daniels (Attack International)
Broken down in comic book form for those who need pictures

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POST 2003 ADDITION:


 MILITANT ANTI-FASCISM- UK
-Dave Hann and Steve Tilzey "No Retreat: The Secret History of the War Between Britain's Anti-Fascists and the Far-Right" (Milo Press)

Titles were chosen for their relevance to our struggle, for their readability and availability.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

At Futbol Rd. 3: Glasgow Celtic (Tiocfaidh Ar Lá)

 Our lads overseas
DJing behind the Hoops in the LES 2000
 Our top bhoy, now and forever
Gone to that great Parkhead in the sky
RIP Comrade Dan Parry Dec 2006
Photo from the last time u spun on our turntables
Tiocfaidh ár lá!

'Antiracisme i Amerkikkka: Ein Prat Med Ein Anarko-Skinhead' 1997 (AFA-Norway)

Jose and I in Spain Dec 1996
Interviewed by AFA Norway
Oi!

Friday, July 26, 2013

'The Other Side of Skinheads (NJ)' Asbury Park Press 06.25.95

http://www.prismnet.com/~qsb/words/news/index.html

'The Other Side of Skinheads' article 06.25.95
By Eric Deggans
Asbury Park Press

Featured Mayday Crew's Greg Pason (NJ)

As well as our friends Pedro Angel Serrano

And Iggy from Two Tone!

High Water Mark X: FIGHTING CHANCE (Baltimore) @ ABC No Rio 03.19.05 w/ EYES OF HATE

We put together a local ABC No Rio show for Baltimore's FIGHTING CHANCE
With EYES OF HATE
Sat 03.19.05

It went okay, but we should have done a lot more for this band.
They were the real deal Baltimore Street Rock N Roll
But by 2005 RASH NYC had been around for 12 years
We were sagging a wee bit

Check out their LP/ CD 'Thus Hope Fades' (Insurgence Records)

R.I.P. Al 'Eyes of Hate' Midnica!
You are missed, brother!
You always came thru in a pinch!

 Last RASH NYC excursion to Toronto May 2006
FEAR CITY, PROWLERS, DEATH IN CUSTODY
UNION MADE
SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (Ex-FIGHTING CHANCE)

That's What's Up!: Tone Tank/ Scumlife clothing (March 2011)

As RASH NYC was splitting up (Summer 2010) I started personal training the man TONE TANK in boxing in Prospect Park. We became friends.
There's a lot to like about this brother.
 He's an interesting character.

When he was training with me in Bushwick he did this little graf that I much appreciated March 2011
RASH is done but the word remains

Check my man's rhymes over a remix of Blitz's 'New Age'!

King of the Surf Guitar Rap!
I'm embarrassed to be around a guy this creative!
He shows me up as a friggin' MORON!

Tone Tank's Scum Life clothing company
Grab some gear!