Rose City Antifa report on Augustus Invictus visit to Portland, OR


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On the evening of March 1st, 2016, Augustus Sol Invictus made a disastrous attempt to quietly pass through Portland on his campaign trail, hoping to “meet and greet” fellow neo-fascists in our city.

About Invictus

Augustus Invictus is a self-proclaimed “American Fascist.” He is a lawyer and senatorial candidate from Florida, running as a Libertarian despite the Florida party chairman quitting in protest of Invictus’ candidacy. Invictus’ campaign logo incorporates the fasces, which was used as the symbol of Italian Fascism.

As a lawyer, Invictus represented white supremacist Marcus Faella of the American Front, working on Faella’s appeal for his conviction on two counts of teaching and conducting paramilitary training with the intention of starting a race war. While defense lawyers typically have all sorts of clients, Invictus writes about the white supremacist Faella as being “my friend” on the Invictus for Senate website. In fact, on February 27th of this year Invictus spoke at an American Front gathering in Washington state.

Invictus claims to no longer be an advocate for the racist “science” of eugenics, stating that he no longer believes in a pro-eugenics paper he published while in law school and has changed his mind. However the Invictus for Senate website still lists the following as a major “failing” of the federal government:

“It has abandoned its eugenics programs & elitist mindset in favor of a decadent ideology that rejects the beauty of strength and demands the exponential growth of the weakest, the least intelligent, and the most diseased.”

Invictus’ writings are frequently xenophobic and contain far-Right themes. Take for example the following from Invictus’ “A Letter to the People of Europe” from earlier this year:

“All of Europe is in existential danger. A disease has slowly but surely been spreading throughout our ancestral lands for the past several generations, and we are now seeing the boils come to the surface: mass immigration of Arabs and Africans; the criminality of criticizing the Zionists or of questioning the official account of the Holocaust; entire cities of parasites defying assimilation into their host countries; […] your shores and streets flooded with the unwashed rabble of the foreign lands your ancestors once conquered.”

Invictus frequently appears on far-Right and fascist websites to spread his message, for example, being interviewed on the racist and antisemitic “Red Ice Radio” show. (Invictus denies accusations of racism, citing his four Hispanic children as proof that he cannot possibly be racist.) Invictus sees himself as part of the broader “alternative right,” writing: “I would say that the alternative right or the Nouvelle Droit [sic, Droite]  or whatever you want to call it is certainly making headway in America, and I think it’s about time.”  

Augustus Invictus in Portland

While visiting Portland, Invictus spent time with another figure of the “alternative right,” Jack Donovan.  Donovan is a gay man who argues for male “tribalism” but against a homosexual movement he believes to be leftist and effeminate. Donovon moves in fascist and “alt. right” circles, for example, being a speaker at the October 2015 National Policy Institute white nationalist conference in Washington DC. According to Facebook, the two not only met and discussed, but Donovan “tattooed the [fasces-incorporating] campaign logo on [Invictus’] back.

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Fasces tattoo done by Jack Donovan

Invictus also announced on his Facebook page that he intended to host an informal meeting somewhere in the Alberta Arts district of Portland, and that he would announce the location closer to the time of the meeting. A number of Northwest far-Rightists expressed interest in attending, including a set of white power boneheads from Olympia. In addition, recently-released Oregon synagogue attacker Jacob Laskey (who is trying to revive the American Front here in Oregon) had been discussing Augustus Invictus in the days prior to the Portland visit, so we thought it possible that Laskey would also show. (In the end Laskey did not attend, but after the fact Laskey volunteered to provide American Front “security” for any future visits by Invictus.)

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From esoteric neo-Folk style cultural fascism, to more traditional ultra-conservative neo-fascists trying to break into mainstream politics, to neo-Nazi boneheads, Augustus Invictus has a following that creates considerable opportunities for neo-fascist networking. Rose City Antifascists were not about to let that networking happen in our town.

Fortunately, Augustus Invictus forgot to charge his phone so that he could promptly communicate where he was going to his supporters, and consequently he did not tell people until well after 8PM that his followers should gather at The Radio Room bar on NE Alberta. If this phone delay had not happened it is likely many more local white supremacists would have turned out. Rose City Antifa and local allies had been monitoring Invictus’ speaking tour closely and word spread immediately that people should mobilize to northeast Portland and shut the meet & greet down.

The Radio Room, unaware of Invictus’ intent to host a fascist gathering in their establishment, came under immediate pressure from anti-racists calling in to inform them of the gathering. Rarely does a phone jam produce such quick results, and we commend the bartenders on duty at the Radio Room who immediately kicked Invictus out, refusing to associate the establishment with fascist organizing.

With his original plans thwarted, Invictus and the small party who actually showed up to his event immediately moved next door to the Bye and Bye bar. (Unfortunately, due to some miscommunication antifascists did not get to say “hello” to Invictus at this point.) While Invictus and his followers cowered inside the Bye and Bye, antifascists converged on the area in increasing numbers in response to the public call out.

Unlike the Radio Room, the Bye and Bye refused to evict the fascist group once the business was informed of who Invictus was and of what his group was doing. Instead, the Bye and Bye bouncers went so far as to act as bodyguards for Augustus Invictus and his companions. When the meeting disbanded, however, contact was made between antifascists and part of Invictus’ crowd. We should note that despite all the far-Right rhetoric of courage and loyalty, one of the event attendees drove away in his car, leaving his erstwhile companion to face the music alone. Despite Invictus’ macho rhetoric, he called for police protection.

In the aftermath, Invictus was left hopping mad.

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The events of March 1st are a victory in that they show that Portlanders are willing to come together at short notice to confront neo-fascists, and also that we can do this effectively. The events of March 1st are one small incident in a much broader struggle against the resurgent far-Right, however. There will be future fascist and white power networking events, and so we must organize to challenge them time and again until the tide is turned.

23 thoughts on “Rose City Antifa report on Augustus Invictus visit to Portland, OR

  1. Jim

    From the article:
    ““All of Europe is in existential danger. A disease has slowly but surely been spreading throughout our ancestral lands for the past several generations, and we are now seeing the boils come to the surface: mass immigration of Arabs and Africans; the criminality of criticizing the Zionists or of questioning the official account of the Holocaust; entire cities of parasites defying assimilation into their host countries; […] your shores and streets flooded with the unwashed rabble of the foreign lands your ancestors once conquered.”

    It’s more than a little ironic that this material should be quoted after the attacks in Brussels, the bombing of the Russian airliner over Egypt, the attack in Paris, the Paris-bound train, and San Bernardino. And a the other Muslim-inspired terrorist attacks that I have missed.

  2. Michelle Catlin

    “Antifa” is a criminal organization filled with violent people who are no better than the fascists they claim to oppose. Pretty much in every single European country they’re usually classified as a public threat and usually instigate violence. Why this garbage is even posted on this site is beyond me.

  3. langa

    While I am certainly no fan of Invictus, I find it appalling the way the “Rose City Antifa” brags about using violence and the threat of violence to intimidate those they disagree with into silence. The idea that such thuggery is acceptable, let alone commendable, is a far bigger threat to peace and freedom than Invictus and his bizarre ranting.

  4. wolfefan

    Hi Michelle – this is posted here for pretty much the same reason anything is posted here; it’s related to third-party politics. Augustus Invictus has been covered here fairly extensively, and this site posts articles from a variety of perspectives. You will find articles here that are pro-white nationalist, pro-Communist, and much more. The unifying thread will be the relationship to third parties, and on that count this article is clearly appropriate.

  5. Stewart Flood

    Can someone explain why the “campaign trail” for a Florida senate seat passes through Oregon?

    This sick pervert should be thrown out of the LP for violating everything we believe in.

    Sick. Sick. Sick!

  6. Jed Ziggler

    One of the reasons I post under the pen name Jed Ziggler instead of my real name is that we do post controversial neonazi content at IPR, and the last thing I need is a potential employer seeing my name underneath something from the NSM and mistaking it for my own views or a tacit endorsement.

  7. Jill Pyeatt

    Ohmigoodness, this is creepy. Augustus isn’t even pretending to hold libertarians values anymore. And, Stewart is right: what the heck does Oregon have to do with running for office in Florida?

  8. Bondurant

    @ NewFederalist

    I see it as the LP choosing whom to associate with, rightfully, based upon ideology.

    The antifa movement are nothing more than hypocrites. They don’t even use the term fascist correctly but, ironically, they themselves fit their own definition in many ways.

    I read one of Donovan’s books. Weird stuff.

    When it comes down to “is this real or an Onion article?”, Invictus is like a gift that keeps on giving. Never boring reading about this whacko.

  9. NewFederalist

    Thanks for your comment, Bondurant. I don’t disagree with your point but my concern is who gets to decide? That is always the problem with controversial people. Who decides who is unacceptable?

  10. Dave

    Ah yes, nothing more anti fascist then intimidating your political opponents and disrupting their meetings.

    The fellow’s not a Libertarian, but the far left’s tactics do sicken me. And frankly I find them more likely to backfire.

  11. jim

    Jill Pyeatt said: “And, Stewart is right: what the heck does Oregon have to do with running for office in Florida?”

    In one sense, you have a point. However, let’s not be selectively critical: I think it’s well-known that D’s and R’s frequently visit high-dollar locations (New York, California, etc) in order to raise money for their Senate and Representative seats, etc, in a different state. I wonder how many other states Hillary Clinton visited to raise money for her Senate seat in York.

    Consider: http://money.cnn.com/2006/07/12/news/newsmakers/healthcare_clinton/

  12. Joe Wendt

    I’m a bit horrified that a peaceful meeting at a bar results in acts of aggression and intimidation. I can understand people not agreeing with Augustus on the issues and peacefully protesting, but what happened to his group was uncalled for and extreme.

  13. Jim

    Joe Wendt: I absolutely agree with you. At this point, I think it should be considered the responsibility of that organization, Rose City Antifa, to engage in debate on this board as to why they thought their own actions were justified. I notice the article was posted by Wang-Tang Fu; perhaps he should be the person who contacts them. I might try, as well. In the future, I think that items such as this should be accompanied by similar invites to people or groups who are named here.
    While I would agree that Invictus sounds like a rather disreputable individual, there is a major difference between a person who merely talks like he does, and ones who rush out to commit assaults (Did that happen?) on people who believe differently than they do.

  14. Prefer Not To Say

    I was willing to give Invictus the benefit of the doubt at first, but he does seem to be genuinely nuts. Kudos to the FL LP in disavowing him and his fascist back tat. …smh

  15. Jim

    I looked at http://rosecityantifa.org/ more closely. Of many dozens of articles posted there, in archives, I saw not a single comment present. Either these guys are getting no feedback at all, or they don’t want any feedback, even positive. My comment has not yet appeared; I don’t expect it ever to appear.
    This is typical behavior for lefties: They aren’t interested in what anybody else has to say.
    This makes me wonder why Wang Tang Fu bothered to cross-post the original article.

  16. Thane Eichenauer

    Augustus Invictus is certainly one of a kind. His “A Letter to the People of Europe goes on to mention “I have argued in favor of destroying our federal Department of Education and returning to more traditional learning programs.”, I have argued vehemently against the rise of the police state in America, warning of the militarization of our police forces and calling for the end of the “War on Drugs.” and “I would destroy the Federal Reserve and the power of the banks over our people.”
    He has railled against the war on drugs from the very beginning. The above article doesn’t have any new information that anyone with an interest hasn’t had access to since January 2016.

  17. Wang Tang-Fu Post author

    Invictus’ racist letter to the people of Europe can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/letter-people-europe-augustus-sol-invictus

    It looks like it has not been posted at IPR, as far as I can find, so I may post it today.

    Rose City Antifa doesn’t post public comments. They do explain their beliefs, tactics and strategy and have public contact information at http://rosecityantifas.weebly.com/about.html


    If you are interested in learning more about Rose City Antifa or getting involved in the work we do, please feel free to leave a voicemail message for us at 971-533-7832, or email us at fight_them_back@riseup.net.

    They also have a twitter account: https://twitter.com/rosecityantifa?lang=en

    Posting this article does not mean that I necessarily agree with their tactics, any more than posting Invictus’ own writings means I agree with his fascist ideas. Both are posted to stimulate discussion, and have been successful at doing so. If I find additional articles at Rose City Antifa that touch on third party or independent electoral politics in the future I will also cross post them here, unless and until they object.

  18. Wang Tang-Fu Post author

    “wtf?? this guys our Senate candidate??? howthe fuck did that happen FLA???”

    Actually, at this point he has only indicated his interest in running for the nomination. There’s a hefty filing fee of about $10,000 which is due in May, and if he actually comes up with the money he will be on the primary ballot. If anyone else comes up with the money as well, the voters will pick who the candidate will be. It’s also possible that no one, including Invictus, will come up withe the state mandated filing fee. On the other hand, the need to raise this large filing fee may have something to do with Invictus undertaking a tour to meet with fascists, racists, neo-nazis and white supremacists in far flung parts of the USA and Canada.

  19. Wang Tang-Fu Post author

    “Hi Michelle – this is posted here for pretty much the same reason anything is posted here; it’s related to third-party politics. Augustus Invictus has been covered here fairly extensively, and this site posts articles from a variety of perspectives. You will find articles here that are pro-white nationalist, pro-Communist, and much more. The unifying thread will be the relationship to third parties, and on that count this article is clearly appropriate.”

    My thoughts exactly.

  20. J.R. Myers

    A concerning escalation in political violence in this country. No voice should be silenced through violence. The Marxists will agitate/provoke the Fascists until there’s widespread conflict if we can’t preserve our ability for civic discourse, no matter how personally upsetting it may be.

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