Leaders of the Network for Strong Communities, an Antifa anarchist group, gave tens of thousands of dollars to an advocate for terrorists, including Islamist extremists.
Cop City Project
Sixty-one “militant anarchists” have been indicted in Georgia for their violent and criminal activity in opposition to the Cop City project, the planned 85-acre Atlanta Public Safety Training Center for police and firefighters.
Three of those arrested—Adele MacLean, Marlon Scott Kautz, and Savannah Patterson—are leaders of the Atlanta Solidarity Fund, a 501(c)(3) branch of the Network for Strong Communities. The Atlanta Solidarity Fund posts bail for imprisoned activists. The three leaders are accused of engaging in money laundering by diverting funds from the network to the Defend the Atlanta Forest efforts. Defend the Atlanta Forest is a coalition of extremists who engage in arson, property damage, and violence against law enforcement personnel and utility workers to try to stop the facility’s construction. According to the indictment, the extremists use symbols and flags to identify themselves as part of the Antifa movement.
Prosecutors allege that the Network for Strong Communities had millions of dollars in its account. Its latest Form 990 listed $3.5 million in net assets in 2021. Some of these funds were allegedly diverted to Defend the Atlanta Forest, which used them to buy ammunition, surveillance equipment, handheld radios, a drone, and an array of camping supplies for militant activities.
The indictment also reveals the militants’ twisted perspective on the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. When authorities searched their campsite, they found a crude bathroom with a sign labeling it “9/11 Memorial.”
Community Movement Builders
The Network for Strong Communities also gave a grant of $70,000 to Community Movement Builders (CMB), a member of the Stop Cop City coalition. CMB reported on its Form 990 form that it had $1.1 million in net funds and assets as of 2021.
CMB works to unite communist and communist-allied militants. The objective of its Pan-African Solidarity Network is to unite black “liberation fighters all over the U.S.” and to “support leftist parties and radical organizations that rage against the predatory security and colonial states and/or build alternatives.”
One of CMB’s initiatives is the Black Panther Party Veterans Mutual Aid Fund, which provides support for members of the Black Panthers and Black Liberation Army who have gone to prison for their crimes. For example, the Panther Support Committee includes Dhoruba Bin Wahad, who spent 19 years in prison for shooting two police officers.
CMB Support for Jamil Al-Amin
Bilal Sunni-Ali is a member of the CMB’s Panther Support Committee. According to the New Republic, Sunni-Ali “works on campaigns to free Jamil Al-Amin;” a former imam who is imprisoned for shooting two police officers and is the spiritual leader of a militant and criminal group called Ummah.
The FBI describes Ummah as a violent extremist group whose “primary mission is to establish a separate, sovereign Islamic state (‘The Ummah’) within the borders of the United States, governed by Shariah Law. The Ummah is to be ruled over by Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rapp Brown.”
Ummah’s leaders promote waging violent jihad against the U.S. government, including killing law enforcement personnel.
Luqman Ameen Abdullah, a senior leader of Ummah, was killed in a shootout with police in Detroit in 2009. His mosque in Michigan doubled as a training camp where children were indoctrinated and abused. The FBI recorded him discussing plans to carry out terrorist attacks on government targets and his intentions to move overseas so he could lead Ummah’s operations from abroad.
One recording on February 6, 2009, caught Abdullah justifying suicide bombings. He urged Ummah followers to engage in violence and to support “Sheikh Osama Bin Laden,” the Taliban, and Hezbollah.
CMB Link to Jericho Movement
CMB’s Panther Support Committee shares leadership with a radical group called the Jericho Movement, which says it advocates for “political prisoners” held in the U.S. The group is another endorser of the Stop Cop City campaign, and two of its members were arrested during a violent protest in Boston in March 2023.
CMB’s Panther Support Committee includes Jalil Abdul Muntaqim, a founder of the Jericho Movement. He served 49 years in prison for his involvement in killing two officers. Another committee member is Ashanti Alston, who went to prison for robbing a bank to finance the Black Liberation Army. His bio states that he’s on the Jericho Movement’s Steering Committee.
The Jericho Movement manual identifies a “political prisoner” as “anyone captured as a result of their involvement in the domestic national liberation struggles of this country, and those incarcerated because of their actions against capitalist structures as members of social and progressive organizations.” In other words, Jericho Movement stands by them because of their violent actions against the U.S., not because they believe they are innocent of the charges.
The Jericho Movement’s website also lists NYC Antifa as a partner.
Jericho Movement’s Partnerships with Islamist Terrorists
The Jericho Movement also lists the extremist group Al-Awda as a partner. Al-Awda has well-documented ties to terrorism. Its founder openly expresses his affinity for the leader of the Hezbollah terrorist group, describing him as “the most honorable man on the face of the earth.”
Another Jericho partner is Addameer (or Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association), a Palestinian nongovernmental organization based in West Bank. Addameer is closely connected to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a Iran-backed, Marxist-Leninist terrorist group. Many of Addameer’s staff are PFLP members, including ones arrested for their participation in terrorist attacks.
Another link to PFLP comes in the form of Jericho’s partnership with the Campaign to Free Ahmad Saadat. He is the Secretary-General of the PFLP and is currently imprisoned by Israel.
There are other Jericho partners that are not listed on the group’s website.
An anti-American Islamist extremist group called the Sankore Institute of Islamic African Studies International lists the Jericho Movement as a member of its “confederation.” Its leader condemns peaceful, patriotic Muslims and tells his followers to pray for the destruction of the West. He even boasts of having escaped FBI prosecution by fleeing overseas.
The Jericho Movement also advocates for the release of two terrorists linked to al Qaeda: Aafia Siddiqui and Tarek Mehanna. Both traveled overseas in order to join al Qaeda with the specific objective of killing Americans and Muslim allies of the United States.
Jericho, like CMB’s Bilal Sunni-Ali, advocates for the release of the Imam Jamil Al-Amin.
Extremists United by an Anti-American Agenda
Antifa anarcho-communist supporters and Islamist extremists overlook their ideological differences in their zeal for waging war against their common enemies.
Antifa, for example, often stands up for LGBTQ rights, whereas Islamist extremists seek to eliminate them. Islamist extremists favor theocratic authoritarianism as an end goal, whereas anarchists believe an absence of government is the utopia to strive for.
Antifa supporters and Islamist extremists are bonded together by a shared desire to cause the anarchy that must precede the imposition of their differing utopias. For either to succeed, the U.S. constitutional republic and its law enforcement must be defeated and rendered unable to instill order.