So I’d like to let everyone in the entire world know, you may think you have been interacting with me on the internet, but in reality my identity has been stolen on multiple occasions over the past few years to try and destroy me not only personally, but professionally as well.
In order for you to understand reasons why I may be a target, you need to understand a little about me. Not to self promote, but before I worked with HMJ, I did a lot of different things, and when I started I was writing for my own blog as well as other blogs, including the Occupy Los Angeles Website. Yes, I was one of those people who lived on city hall lawn for two months, tied up traffic downtown and in the SFV, helped save a few homes, helped raise awareness of California’s housing crisis, raised awareness of police brutality against the unhoused on skid row, fo 3 years until entitlement and arrogance ruined what was left of the occupy community.
But I am from New York. I’ve lived in LA for 5.5 years, and have a different attitude than many around me. I don’t stand by and let bullshit slide. There were many people around the “Occupy” community locally and across the globe, who caused distractions to keep the activist community from accomplishing real work. The harder we pushed against the system, and the more we refused to go away despite targeted arrests, mass arrests, outside agitators, the worse it got. I was one of the people who fought back. I told people off who caused issues or refused to respect what we as a group did agree on. I called people out. I honestly didn’t give a fuck if I offended a few people by being brash enough to call a spade a spade, because I was not there to make friends, I was there to help make change in the world.
Though I did “bloc up” with a bandana at times, I didn’t publically hide who I was or the fact I was involved in these activities. I can’t. I did a 9 year stint on the independent wrestling scene. I was a pro wrestling manager, and wrestler, who mainly went by the name Liz Savage. I worked in 12 states for over 30 companies, and was even an extra for WWE once. Some of the companies I worked for including but not limited to CCW, DWOW, and ECPW were televised locally, and some internationally. I have been interviewed by my hometown news under my real name. I am not someone who could easily try to remain under the radar. I instead embraced it and attempted to use my following to “wake people up” when I decided to take part in the movement. I lost 800 twitter followers that week.
I was involved in the most high profile part of the movement, the media. I wanted to keep us honest, while some of those who came in from hollywood wanted to make movies on the movement’s dime. I argued with these people relentlessly, as they all wanted to do is make a name for themselves, and most could care less about those around them, actually PARTICIPATING in these protests. I was part of the web team, social media, and livestreaming, as I actually had professional experience in doing these things, and gave my skills away for free, as this movement was built on anarchist open source principles. I did have to ask for donations to keep my phone on, to continue creating media and informing people, as from October 2011-April 2013 I gave up working to document what was happening in real time. OccupyLA had passed a proposal stating that if anyone was making money off something related to being part of the movement, or paid to be there, they had to be transparent about it. Furthermore, in another proposal we agreed if you were making money off selling media, you were not welcome to be involved with our media as it was a conflict of interest. Therefore I did not sell footage, no had I ever intended to, but I also did not stand by and let others profit off us and lie about it either.
I also as a writer uncovered other questionable people online, some were easy to spot, others hid, and some traveled all over the country, on some inexplicable funding, some causing trouble, others manipulating situations to their financial benefit, misleading the public thinking they were donating to the occupy movement, or even directly to OLA, and they were just donating to someone’s greedy self serving nonsense. I had no problem helping bring attention to those people. Nor did I have issue bringing attention to the fact Evolve Society, an activist site, started by David Degraw the self proclaimed “Leader of Occupy” was hosted on NSA servers up in Washington state. “we wont give your info to the government” it proclaimed… no because you are already doing it yourselves!!!
After I exposed that website, that kicked off the worst attacks online and in person of my life. I poked the beast. I went too far. I had already been a target of the provocateurs, who seemed to know who to fuck with, even if it was their first OccupyLA meeting they ever attended. I had already been physically assaulted by multiple males who claimed to be activists in this community. It didn’t stop me, it fueled me. But what I didn’t know is that tactics against me would change. If the emotional and physical attacks weren’t working, well why not take on my identity online and destroy me professionally instead?
I was working for The Trevor Project, a LGBTQIA suicide prevention line for teenagers. After 2 years of no work, and just running the streets of LA filming, I needed to recharge, and start getting back to “real life” if the revolution wasn’t happening. Plus by that point, donations were drying up for most streamers, except those who sold footage, they always had money. I was intent on working in a job that I would be helping people, and I really was. Trans and gay youth are at the highest risk for suicide. Many are treated as “inhuman” by family and their community. I cannot disclose particulars, but the things these young people have faced, are an atrocity, and there aren’t enough resources for them other than these phone lines.
I was working there for over a year, when I was told by my supervisor, a month after they found out, that someone had started a facebook account in my name, and was posting in parenting groups for gay kids, and saying homophobic and racist stuff all over them, with my name, photos, and with my work on there as well. My work information wasn’t listed on ANY of my public profiles at the time. The whole main office at work knew before I did. The parents in the online groups wrote letters to the company. I was fired a couple of weeks after I found out. It took four months for this profile to get taken down, as it continued its anti gay, racist tirades across facebook.
After it was taken down, I was still pretty sketched. I told my new boss about it, and that I was a targeted individual. I also had to discuss this with the HMJ team as this was around the time I “officially” became a team member, but we kept it on a need to know basis, as at that point it seemed to be over. Then on March 7th of this year, there was a post from a profile named “Rachel Warren” that used a cannabis leaf as a main pic, posting to the OccupyLA facebook page, under a posting for the anniversary of the death of one of our friends launched a personal attack on me. This “person” had friended at least two of my personal friends, and two CCHI2016 board members, but not the ones I directly worked with. They had also followed a few companies I had recently had as guests on our show “Fired Up” that I co-host.
Not a day later someone who I have had problems with in the past online, Christopher Annino contacted HMJ on facebook about “me” with a screenshot. (below) He runs a virtually unheard of wrestling promotion in CT, I asked well respected wrestlers I know in CT, not one of which knew who he was in person. The only person who knew who he was in person, was the person attacked by my fake profile. That person is one of my wrestling comrades, and someone who I have a great deal of respect for, and she knows it. She knows I would NEVER say anything like this to her, or about her.
I tried to look up the new profile myself, but guess what? It had already blocked me! Whoever is making these fake profiles makes sure I cannot see them, or the damage they are causing. This profile had already made quite a few friends online using my name, with people in the cannabis and hemp industry, as well as liked pages of companies and people I have interviewed as well. What’s really scary to me, is while I work in the industry, I don’t really keep industry friends on my personal facebook, though I do have a few, so most people would have no idea this wasn’t me, nor do I know where this fake profile posted as me, or what it said!
What bothers me further, is why would it post on an obscure companies page of someone I already had problems with online? And why would it be using the same main photo as the profile that attacked me through the OccupyLA page? What other pages have they hit, and how many other profiles do they have? And why does this person have time to stalk my pages, friend hundreds of peoples related to industries I work around, and what have they said in my name that I haven’t seen? Who has time to do this unless they are paid to? So many questions, and still no answers, because facebook won’t tell you who is behind harassing you online without a subpoena. At this point it looks like I will be reaching out for consult with lawyers, to obtain this information.
I am not transphopic, homophobic or racist. I do not like Donald Trump, and seriously this is the lamest stunt ever. If anyone got messages from any of the accounts above, Please let me know, or if you see any strange activity in my name, again, this could be valuable information. This kind of behavior has potential to destroy someones life, but it isn’t going to ruin mine.
For transparency my real facebook is: https://www.facebook.com/bethkempf (no requests right now please)
My wrestling facebook will be transitioning to a fan page in 14 days: https://www.facebook.com/savagetruth
My random news page:
Thanks to everyone who helped me get the screenshots to create this blog, as I could not see the fake profile myself. Please, I urge you all to make sure you know who you are adding, and that they are who they say they are. And with the people doing this bold enough to use current photos of their victims, its dangerously deceptive, and stories like this are happening to people across the globe every day.
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