John Brown Gun Club
John Brown Gun Club is a Antifa-friendly anarchist militant left wing organization associated with Redneck Revolt. There are chapters in Puget Sound, Washington, New Orleans, Louisiana, Orlando, Florida and Phoenix, Arizona.
Willem Van Spronsen
The Puget Sound branch of the John Brown Gun Club included "former member" Willem Van Spronsen, (trans name/alias Emma Durutti) who attempted to "set a fire with incendiary devices during an attack at an ICE detention center... [he] was armed with a rifle and threw 'lit objects' at buildings and vehicles in the parking lot..." at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington on July 13, 2019. He died during a shootout with police.
Redneck Revolt is a spin off of the John Brown Gun Club, a community defense organization in Lawrence, Kansas, around 2004. It was part of a larger anarchist cooperative group known as Kansas Mutual Aid, according to a Redneck Revolt podcast.
The project went through a sort of hiatus, but around June 2016 reemerged as both the John Brown Gun Club and Redneck Revolt.
Eladio Bobadilla joined in the spring in response to what he described as hopelessness and and fear in the immigrant community.
Bobadilla, 31, a Mexican-born American and a Duke University doctoral student, said the group felt different because they were taking action.
“One of the main reasons I joined is (that) this group is directly confronting the terrors of the alt-right and is just a group of people who are willing and able to defend the most vulnerable,” he said. “And that really mattered to me.”
- [Facebook Link to tribute to Willem Van Spronsen (accessed on July 14 2019)
- [Willem Van Spronsen aka Emma Durutti: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know (accessed on July 15 2014)
- [Willem Van Spronsen: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know (accessed on July 14 2014)
- [Twitter Users Defend Willem Van Spronsen After He Attacked Detention Facility, Died In Shootout With Police (accessed on July 14 2014)