UPDATE: A Facebook page has been created calling for people to take action to disrupt transportation across the country in solidarity with Ryan Deranger’s call to blockade Highway 63.
Three weeks ago this site exposed the mark of the Activistocrat– a tattoo shared by many of the NGO connected environmental activists operating in Canada. Today we expose a new Activistocrat, an oil sands protester who goes by the moniker “Gitz Crazyboy”- his real name is Ryan Deranger.
On July 5th Deranger showed up at the Tar Sands Healing Walk in Fort McMurray Alberta where he was accompanied by some of the biggest stars in environmentalist circles including Bill McKibben of 350.org, former Hollyhock board member Tzeporah Berman, and red diaper baby Naomi Klein, and three of his tattooed comrades. At the final feast on July 6th Deranger stood up and made a speech- beginning with his appreciation of the Oka Crisis (where a police officer was murdered), and calling for a direct action to block Highway 63, the primary road used to carry workers and supplies to oil sands facilities.
Your humble narrator first came across Deranger at a Toronto Idle No More rally back on June 21st. He shared the stage that day with Swamp Line 9 arrestee (and Occupy Toronto Livestreamer) Gary Wassaykeesic, Sayed Hussan of No One Is Illegal (who admitted Line 9 was an anti-capitalist action), and an angry postman who was on a hunger strike. Deranger’s speech was part about exciting the crowd, and to invite people to come attend the Healing Walk. A few days later he was speaking in Alberta:
Deranger, and his Activistocrat friends try to give the impression that he’s a ‘grassroots’ activist who goes against the grain of the NGO’s and unions who support the oil sands protests. One of his supporters, Franklin Lopez, put out a video this week attacking McKibben and Berman while presenting Deranger as a ‘legitimate’ militant. But, if you look into his history and connections, this appears to be a ruse.
For example, Daranger has been deeply involved with the Ruckus Society, a TIDES Foundation funded NGO that’s most famous for their involvement in the violence at the Seattle WTO riots in 1999. And, you may recognize his last name, his relative (his sister?) Eriel Deranger also has the same tattoo. In June, she was a featured speaker at the the Hollyhock Social Change Institute. Hollyhock was founded by faux Pulitzer nominee Rex Weyler of Greenpeace, and receives direct support from TIDES Canada.
Then there’s the matter of all the travelling he does. Deranger spends enormous amounts of money crossing the country, regularly appearing for speaking engagements from coast to coast- he often does this the company of NGO funded activists. Like this video taken by (tattoo wearer) Dave Vasey in Ottawa last year that was full of the usual suspects in the NGO crowd- you can see from Vasey’s coverage of their travel that an enormous amount of money was spent:
Back in 2010 Hollyhocker Ben West invited Sun News’ Ezra Levant to a debate. At the time West was working with the Wilderness Committee NGO, today he works as a director for Forest Ethics. It turned out that West had planned a dirty trick- inviting Deranger on the stage to accost Levant in an unexpected appearance. The deeper you look into the “love is the movement” crowd, the more connections one finds to Hollyhock and the NGO’s.
Deranger’s call to blockade Highway 63 was originally called for on August 23rd. But, according to chatter on the anarchist Media Co-Op, it seems they may be planning another date now. One commenter has stated that, for security reasons, the event won’t be promoted on a Facebook page or other social media. Speculation is that they’ll be using RiseUp.net to communicate- an anarchist website that enables protesters to communicate privately.
So, should we be expecting another Oka next month? Perhaps, there’s a distinct possibility that the anarchists are planning to ramp things up- and, a number of people who support the use of violence have already been engaging in the discussion. That said, it’s equally possible they will plan a ‘peaceful’ blockade.
One last thing, word on the street is that there are actions being planned in other cities too- perhaps a national campaign. Stay-tuned to this site for more information, I’ll be posting as it becomes available…