Heidi Sloan attack: Congressional candidate and Bernie Sanders supporter assaulted by leftist group called Red Guards Austin
Heidi Sloan, who is running for the Democratic nomination for the 25th Congressional District in Texas, took to Facebook on Sunday to detail her attack by members of Red Guards Austin
A Democratic congressional candidate, Heidi Sloan, on January 12, was assaulted by Red Guards Austin, a self-described Maoist group that calls for boycotting elections for "revolutionary change," according to reports.
Sloan, who is running for the Democratic nomination for the 25th Congressional District, took to Facebook on Sunday to detail her attack, stating that a member of the Red Guards Austin shoved her and smashed eggs filled with red paint on her head and on her car in East Austin. The incident occurred after she had finished a political canvassing effort.
"Today I was assaulted by members of Red Guards Austin following their attempted disruption of our biggest canvass to date," the 34-year-old wrote. "Red Guards Austin (RGA) is a radical cult in our city that suppresses democracy and I’ve become their target... The main form of organizing by RGA is targeting black, brown and working-class neighborhoods with campaigns to suppress voter turnout, posting flyers and graffiti that say, 'Elections no, revolution yes,' 'Vote no, revolutions yes', 'Don’t vote, fight for revolution'. They have defaced election signs and the Beto for Senate campaign office."
Red Guards Austin (RGA), according to its website, is “a Marxist-Leninist-Maoist, principally Maoist collective.”
"Following the canvass, I left Givens Park to meet volunteers for a post-canvass social event. Members from RGA followed my car. As I walked away from my car they ambushed me from an alley, circled me, and physically prevented me from returning to my vehicle to leave," the politician continued. "A man in the group assaulted me, shoving me and smashing eggs filled with red paint on my head and on my car. I know I am not the only woman who has been harassed by this group."
"RGA is clearly committed to using violence and intimidation to suppress democracy. They target candidates with progressive values and want to deter working class people, especially working class people of color, from participating in the political process," Sloan added.
A self-described Democratic Socialist, Sloan taught students with disabilities for years. The 34-year-old has worked at Community First Village as a farmer and service provider with people who formerly experienced homelessness.
The politician said that a group of 15 of the RGA members, earlier in the day, had also attempted to disrupt her meeting with over a hundred volunteers by denouncing "bourgeois electoral politics."
Reports state that the group targeted Sloan because she is running as a Democratic Socialists of America candidate, and the group reportedly despises the DSA as a “sellout” organization that defends “bourgeois democracy” by voting in "imperialist" elections.