Austrian activist Martin Sellner, the leader of Defend Europe, made his first trip to the United States this week to spend time with American and Canadian figures from the right, including Brittany Pettibone and Lauren Southern. We met up with the three of them to discuss the parallels and differences on each continent’s “new right” movements, as well as what they plan to do next.
“I think it’s important to point out that they have mastered activism on the streets, while we have mastered it online,” Pettibone said of Defend Europe. “So, we have a lot that we can teach each other. It’s not so much about uniting our movements, it’s about sharing information and helping each other strengthen our movements.”
Sellner’s movement, Génération Identitaire, has made global headlines with their Defend Europe mission, which aims to stop human trafficking by blocking NGO ships that are bringing illegal migrants into Europe instead of returning them to their home nations. Southern faced massive backlash, including having her Patreon account deleted, over her joining the group of activists for a mission in May.
Pettibone and Southern both joined Sellner on the Defend Europe mission.
Prior to the actual mission, Southern and others were detained by the Italian Coast Guard for attempting to halt a ship called the Aquarius, a German NGO boat, which has been illegally bringing migrants from the Libyan Sea to Sicily. Southern explained that the ship was on their way to go pick up more migrants and was empty at the time of their demonstration.
Still, Patreon alleged that the group’s actions could lead to a “loss of life” and permanently banned Southern and others involved from the platform.
Southern is a Canadian activist, journalist, and YouTuber. She released a book last year titled “Barbarians: How Baby Boomers, Immigrants, and Islam Screwed My Generation.”
Sellner is the leader of the Austrian chapter of Generation Identity and has been a full time activist for most of his adult life. He has also authored a book titled Identitär! which can be purchased on his website.
Pettibone is an American free speech advocate, author, activist, and YouTuber.
SHAME: Democrats Are Blocking Stimulus Legislation That Includes Second $1,200 TrumpBux Check
Democrats in Congress are blocking a bipartisan $1.5 trillion stimulus package that includes a second round of $1,200 TrumpBux payments to Americans.
Leading House Democrats are saying the bill isn’t big enough of a giveaway, but they favor stimulus measures that would divert funds away from the pockets of everyday Americans to institutions. They want to bail out Democrat state and local governments, and are willing to block TrumpBux payments to Americans if they aren’t allowed to.
The House passed a $3.4 trillion stimulus package in May that was shot down by Senate Republicans. The latest $1.4 stimulus legislation has been presented as a compromise, after House Democrats in turn rejected a thin $500 billion stimulus package proposed by Republicans last week. That package did not include a second round of $1,200 payments, and Republicans are now willing to sign off on another TrumpBux payment in order to pass another round of stimulus.
The $1.5 trillion stimulus legislation emerged from the Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of 25 Republicans and 25 Democrats who emphasize bipartisanship and common ground. Aside from TrumpBux 2, it features $500 billion for cities and states, unemployment insurance of $600 a week, increased SNAP benefits and rental assistance.
Steny Hoyer and Nancy Pelosi are claiming the legislation doesn’t go far enough and that it “leaves too many needs unmet.”
Pelosi and House Democrats are insisting that Congress will remain in session until a second stimulus agreement is met, but in rejecting the Problem Solvers Caucus legislation they’re already shown they’re not open to a generous compromise.
Try asking everyday working Americans of all stripes and walks of life if they’re willing to wait or even go without a second $1,200 stimulus payment in order to provide a bigger bailout to states and cities that already engage in questionable budgetary practices to begin with. The Democrats are resolutely determined to avoid making people the priority in a stimulus package, and will block stimulus legislation to do so.
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