No words can do justice to the shock and horror we all feel towards the slayings of 5/26. Our hearts go out to the two selfless heroes who lost their lives, and to the third who was nearly fatally wounded. All of whom, in a single decisive moment, laid their lives on the line in order to make a stand against hatred and white supremacy in our community.
As for the assailant, he is a monster and a terrorist. His only motive was his toxic hatred, which has caused untold suffering to the families and loved ones of those he so brazenly murdered.
We should take a moment to also remember that he is not a one-off aberration, but rather a member of a hardcore coalition representing only the most repugnant, backward values; which happily resorts to horrifying violence in order to realize those values.
As a community, we cannot let our guard down. Louis Brandeis said that sunlight is the best disinfectant, and the only way to disinfect our community from hate is to bring it to light .
Therefore, in light of this tragic event, the PNWAWC reaffirms its commitment to outing and exposing those elements in our community who would do harm to innocent people because of their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity.
PS – Please consider making a contribution to one of the fundraising efforts below. All proceeds will go to the families of the heroes of 5/26. We do not have any ties to them, but we are confident in their intent. Thank you.
On Sunday, April 2nd, comrades from Olympia Antifa were arrested in an anti-Trump counter-demonstration in Vancouver, WA. They are currently being held on $4,500 bail at the Clark County Jail, and desperately need funds to secure their release.
All arrestees have been detained on non-violent misdemeanor charges, and the reason for the exorbitant cost of the bond may be partially the fault of the local bail bonds company, whose ownership itself appears to be comprised of unapologetic Trump Supporters and white nationalists.
The fundraising page is located at here. Any amount will be very much appreciated.
Steven and Kimberly Howard:
Fairway Village Golf Course
3004 SE Balboa Drive
Vancouver, WA 98683
Steven’s Employer: Comcast Contractors
When a self-proclaimed “celebrity” for the KKK moves to the Pacific Northwest and thinks he’s going to start a Washington Chapter of the Klan what you gonna do? Bust him of course.
Steven Shane Howard, formerly of Tupelo, Mississippi now resides at 3004 SE Balboa Drive Vancouver, WA 98683 inside Fairway Village Golf Course (360-254-9325) in a home owned by Donald and Elise Schmidt. Steven moved to the area to marry his now wife, Kimberly (Finstad) Howard, who is also…. Surprise, surprise…. A White Supremacist (and lives at the same address).
While they have attended rallies together elsewhere (Pennsylvania), the March 4th Lake Oswego Trump rally was their first attempt at “coming out” here in the PNW. Flanked by their good friend Raymond Schneider (Washougal, WA), Steven and Kimberly attempted to spread their hate to the general public.
Steven was to be featured in the upcoming (now cancelled) TV show, Generation KKK and can be found in YouTube videos and articles with a simple search.
All three should be assumed armed and have a propensity for violence.