Yet another person has lost his job following the revelation that he was not just in attendance at the Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally last weekend, but was scheduled to be one of the speakers. John Ramondetta, a resident of Berkeley known to fans as Johnny Monoxide, is an alt-right podcaster and the purveyor of a white supremacist blog called The Right Stuff, and until Wednesday was an electrician employed with local company Rosendin Electric, which has been contracting on the new Sutter Health CPMC hospital at Van Ness and Geary, according to KRON 4. The firing appears to have come as a result of a flyer posted at the job site with the header "No Brother of Ours!" and "featuring a number of epithet-laced quotes that purportedly came from Ramondetta's podcasts," as KTVU reports. A press release also went out Monday on a Facebook group affiliated with Ramondetta's union, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union No. 6, addressing his involvement with the events in Charlottesville.
Says the union, "While IBEW Local Union No. 6 does not share the views and opinions expressed by John Ramondetta, we recognize that the Constitution of the United States allows him to express those views and opinions provided that he does so in accordance with the law." The statement went on to say, "The authority of IBEW Local 6 to discipline or otherwise hold Mr. Ramondetta accountable does not extend to the expression of his views and opinions as an individual outside of the workplace."
Union manager John Doherty added, "To be perfectly clear, IBEW Local Union No. 6 also condemns white nationalism and white supremacy."
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups and alt-right figures, notes in a profile of Ramondetta that he rose to prominence on the far right in 2016 via a strange trajectory, having participated in Occupy Oakland and at least one Black Lives Matter protest. He seems to have made a radical shift to the far right between 2015 and 2016, espousing white supremacist attitudes on various podcasts and blog posts, disparaging both black people and Jewish people in equal measure. Also, he will discuss random theories about aliens, and he believes that the shooting at Sandy Hook was a hoax an idea that has been pushed heavily by Infowars' Alex Jones in the last year, because it added to arguments in favor of gun control.
The SPLC also notes that Ramondetta appeared alongside noted woman-punching white nationalist Nathan Damigo and Richard Spencer at an event on the UC Berkeley campus in May of 2016.
Ramondetta was reached by phone by the Chronicle, and indicated that he would be issuing a more complete statement at a later date. He did say he was "conferring with people," and that he "knows California law," suggesting that he may try to contest a firing which has not been confirmed as a firing.
This latest incidence of apparent job loss follows on the story of Cole White and his departure from Berkeley hot dog spot Top Dog. White issued a statement Wednesday insisting that he is not a white supremacist, despite the fact that he was attending an event with many white supremacists like Ramondetta in attendance, and scheduled to speak.