Bay Area Superheroes Co-hosts LGBTQ Self-Defense Seminar

Bay Area Superheroes member Crimson Fist teamed up with Oakland-based self defense school Tuff Love Self Defense to host a one day workshop for the local transgender and queer community. In addition to learning self defense techniques, attendants were also given pepper spray, alarms, and other safety tools.

The team is currently working on plans for future seminars and skill-sharing workshops. For more information, follow BASH on Instagram @bayareasuperheroes


Crimson Fist Awarded Certificate of Appreciation by Their City

On September 17th, 2021, Crimson Fist of the California Initiative was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the city of Oakland for all the work and dedication they've put into helping and patrolling.

"Today I was honored to receive this certificate of appreciation from the Oakland city council and the people of #Chinatown #Oakland for my patrol work in the neighborhood, along with the other groups working to keep Chinatown safe. Suffice to say, today was a very cool day. #StopAsianHate #StopAAPIHate #ChinatownOakland #OaklandChinatown #SuperheroesAgainstRacialPrejudice #BayAreaSuperheroes #唐人街 #TheRedVest #TheInitiative #LoveChinatown #ProtectChinatown @protectoaklandchinatown @asian_frontliners @uplifting.our.elders" - Source

Congratulations to Crimson Fist, and may they continue to be an excellent example of superheroism.



At approximately 10:25 PM EST on January 21st, 2021, the NYI Cyber Division and outside investigator Resurrection (who worked independently on the case) - and later a member of The Astrals - was made aware of a self-described superhero who resides in Scotland known as “Night Raider” allegedly participating in the act of sexual exploitation of a minor, as well as receiving and storing illegal pornographic materials from multiple sources.

After properly gathering all evidence, the investigators promptly contacted the FBI office in the U.S. Embassy in London, which works with international law enforcement, to make them aware of the alleged criminal activity. A local Astrals member also visited Watt’s local police station, who refused to do anything about the issue, stating it was “out of their jurisdiction”.

The author of this article - as well as the NYI, Astrals, and many other RLSH - would like to state that such actions (as well as aiding and abetting) will not be tolerated in or by the RLSH Community/Movement at large and any such persons will be handled with all due respect to the law upon discovery.

Listen to the confession for yourself below.


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In Memory of Umbratica

2021 has not been as kind as we would have liked. On April 9th, we have lost another of our own due to a severe asthma attack, a man we knew as Umbratica.

He had a big heart and was there for people when they needed it. He meant more to us than he knew.

He would often be found helping support others who needed it via kind words and advice. He was there for many who were devastated they were taken advantage of by their former mentor - a very heavy subject - but he did not shy away from trying to help them if he could. He would offer fitness advice and tried to help build up people in the RLSH community in both skills and spirit.

He also worked hard on trying to help bring awareness to and clean up the environmental issue of litter in Jamaica.

Rest in Power, Umbratica. You fought until the very end. We will also fight to be our best and do our best. You will not be forgotten.

If you wish you help his family, they have created a GoFundMe here: 


Team Spotlight: X-Faction

In 2020, The Grim left the XJL and created the X-Faction. I was curious what they have been up to, and had to ask about the Minority Report series on YouTube as well as what else they were doing. Below is my interview with Brick, one of the co-leaders.

“What are your goals with the Minority Report? What's it all about?”

“XFaction is a fairly diverse group of individuals with intent on promoting social change and justice. We started the Minority report series for a few reasons. We wanted to highlight "minority" voices and struggles and uplift community organizations as well. This series allows individuals an outlet to share their journey/story in effort to educate others while breaking down stereotypes.”

“What made you want to start?”

“We were all members or former members of the XJL and have worked together for a few years. We originally started by attending local protests in the wake of George Floyds death. Grim started getting our feedback and interest about forging a new group focused on issues affecting minority communities with an immediate target around BLM and racial inequity.”


“What other things has XFaction been working on or doing you'd like to talk and get the word out about?”

“X-Faction maintains its sovereignty while members do assist and promote events, actions, and activities of other groups with similar agendas. We are actively recruiting and have a social media presence via youtube, Twitter and Instagram.

We are currently in the middle of "BlackOut SD". This is a coordinated effort between our local network of organizations to provide daily enrichment during the entire month in honor of Black History Month. Details can be found on our calendar but we have discussions, classes, movies, games, poetry, and more events planned.”

Thank you Brick for the interview!

Feel free to read more about X-Faction and check out their social media pages below.

X-Faction - RLSH Wiki | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram


Community Heroes Initiative Mission #34 Success!

CHI Mission 34!!!! We are back!!! Thanks infinitely to Bombas and Rose Costumes for a smashing success this go around!!! Brianna Serrano is even showing off her own Bombas socks here too! 💜 We gave out loads of socks, almost all 50 of our mask donations, as well as our 20 Community Care Packages with reusable water bottles and $5 for additional meals of their choice!!
While this mission was entirely funded by Dallas Johnson, we are excited to announce some business partnerships are looking to sponsor our upcoming missions, so we can keep doing this as often as we wanted! These last couple months have been rough on that, but now we will use the recent gathered funds and more to come for the missions ahead!!
#superheroes #bombas #maskup #staysafe #denton #dentontx #pandemiccharityresponse #rlsh #army #bts #oneinaarmy #thechi 

Source:CHI Facebook


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RLSH Raise Funds for St. Jude 2020!

2020 has not been pulling any punches, but that's not stopped the RLSH Community from doing all they can to help others. The multiple fundraisers for St. Jude is a prime example of this. Details and links to donate below!


Nyght Family of the XJL in San Diego, California:

St. Judes warrior dash is coming up this year if you haven’t heard. We’re gonna be doing a virtual run This year and I’m gonna do things a little differently.

1) I will carry 1/2 pound for every dollar I raise. Meaning if I raise $200 I’ll be carrying 100 lbs. etc. now if I get more than my ability to carry, I’ll have to figure out a longer distance. Ie instead of a 5K it turns into 4 miles or more.
2) everyone who donates (from $1-$10000) I’m gonna wear your name as a patch. It will most likely be an envelope sticker but I will make sure it’s visible and on my flack (yes I will be rocking full gear... like I’ve done at every race)
3) I will award the top the donators to me with a completely original piece of handmade art work (sizes will roughly be around 24x18 but I am flexible ish) that I will personally sign and mail to you or if you’re in California I will personally deliver it.

Here’s is what I am asking of you: if you can afford it, even just $1 the kids of St. Jude’s could really use it. If you cannot I completely understand. The world is rough right now and I get being financially strapped. So come join me! Message me and we can link up and do the walk/run/kike together. Obviously with a safe distance but we can do it together. No cost. Just show up, raise support together. The race will be nov 14th this year. I can’t tell you how much it means to have so much support over the years and I want you to know that it’s you who gives me the strength to do it. You’ve got this... and I’ve got you! 


Citizen Tiger of the XJL in Huntington, Indiana:

Campaign milestones! I have been training all year to help the kids at St. Jude's and i was afraid i wouldn't get the chance to this year. Since there isn't much time i have decided to keep it simple and entertaining.

-If WE receive $100 in donations i will pull a car 100 yards! 

-If WE receive $200 in donations i will tow a car 100 yards behind me!

-If WE receive $300 in donations   i will push the family sedan 1 mile!


Impact of the XJL in  Saint Petersburg, Florida:

Hey all, like many people on your feed, I am raising money for St Jude’s!
I don’t have a bunch of donation incentives chosen yet, but you know imma make myself look dumb if you throw money my way
Stay tuned

I am doing a virtual 5k fundraiser for St Jude’s
Every person that donates, I’ll write their name on my arms during the run
For every $100 raised, I’ll let my karate students attack me with boppers for a minute. So $200 is 2 minutes, $300 is 3, and so on. If you’ve ever been in a fight, you know those minutes add up
I’ll face paint the highest donor’s name across my forehead for the run
$500 raised and I’ll also run in a skirt
$800, and I’ll go for a dress 


Animal of the XJL in Fort Wayne, Illinois:

My goal is to raise $1000 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by November 14th. This is in place of The Warrior Dash that will sadly not be happening this year. And to encourage you guys to donate, I am willing to humiliate myself! The goals go as follows:
$50 - I will say "Thank You" 50 times.
$100 - I will take a whipped cream pie to the face.
$150 - I will pour a bucket of ice water over my head.
$200 - I will blast myself with Diet Coke and Mentos.
$300 - I will paint a self portrait while blindfolded.
$400 - I will shave my head and face.
$500 - I will do a Fitness Challenge designed by Citizen Tiger
$600 - I will eat a half batch of Red Rooster Bread's Cookies N' Cream Cupcakes
$700 - I will take a Jell-O bath.
$800 - I will have two dozen raw eggs thrown at me.
$900 - I will be covered in peanut butter.
$1000 - I will dress up as a duck and have my friends play a game of Duck Hunt. (With paintball guns)
And if we blow by my goal...
$2000 - I do everything again, BACKWARDS!
On Monday, November 16th, I will do a live stream on Facebook completing the many challenges that you all set before me.
Donate at this link:

MisFits 4 Life

Here are some answers to our questions on this year’s virtual 5K walk or run event on Nov 14.

1. DC Wonder Woman & Batman Run registration fees are $40 per person. There are no discounts available. But here’s the good news: You can still join our team without a fee. You can still walk or run with us on Nov 14 and if you want to raise money for St Jude, you can still do that. You just won’t get any DC swag.

2. St Jude has provided us with a fundraising page setup link that I used to create this year’s team page called “Misfits 4 Life 2020”, located here and with no registration fees!  All you have to do is click the “Join Team Button” to join the team and create your page.
Note: This link setup is the same type of setup we have used to create each of our prior year fundraising pages. After you create your personal fundraising page, you should be automatically added to our team, but if not, you may need to search for our team “Misfits 4 Life 2020” and join the team. And as always, you can customize your donation page with a photo and message. Also, if you use your old login details you may still have access to your mailing list of people who made donations last year which is a bonus!
Also, when you set up your personal page, you will see “MY EVENT” listed as:
2020 Team St. Jude Memphis, Tennessee • December 31, 2020
This will not affect us in any way. The event is listed this way because it is a virtual event that takes place between now and the end of the year, and the hospital located in Memphis.

About the DC Wonder Woman and DC Batman 5k Virtual Run option:
3. For anyone interested in joining the Wonder Woman or Batman 5k virtual run series the real benefit you get by going this route is that you get the DC swag, but the cost of the swag is the $40 registration fee. This may be worth it to you as the swag is fun! You can sign up for either of those events, but please still create your personal fundraising page with the link listed below so that our entire group is all in one place. 
Wonder Woman sign-up: 
Batman sign-up: 

From me (Rock):
You can join us from your own home! No need to travel, no need to do a 5K, no need to fundraise (although the kids could use it),
Just commit to some type of activity, join our group by asking to be a part of the Facebook group (where you can find more answers), and prepare to HERO UP on Nov 14th with the rest of us!!
Be sure to spread the word on these fundraisers, and help make their goals to change the lives of these kids a reality!
And if I missed yours, feel free to send me the details and I'll add it to this article.

#ShineALight: Stopping College Campus Abuse Coverups

Before I begin, I need to emphasize how important my anonymity is. What I’m going to tell you involves the most powerful college dean in the country. A dean that people are intimidated by. Let’s call her BLACKLIST. But Blacklist is not the only one in her position who has done what I am going to delve into. There are universities across the country that are covering up and tampering with sexual assault and rape cases. Blacklist, and other universities, have been silencing people from getting this story out there. It is why I need to remain anonymous: For my protection, and the protection of those I care about.

Call me KNIGHT.

I’m a co-founder of an anonymous community service organization in Savannah, GA called THE ASTRALS. For the past few years, our goal has been giving victims a voice and helping them feel comfortable reporting their cases to local law enforcement. Some of the cases that have been sent our way by people involve sexual assaults, rapes, thefts, information on neo-nazis, cults, you name it. In a very short period of time, we’ve expanded to other communities across the country and even received attention from people around the world. I’m still surprised a teenager in Argentina did a class presentation on us.

Very early on in our first year, we got word from an inside source that a university’s dean - BLACKLIST - was covering up rapes and sexual assaults committed on the university’s campus. At the time of hearing this intel, I was shocked but guarded. I felt that today’s day and age with #MeToo, there was no way a case of this scale wouldn’t have slipped through the cracks. Luckily, I had a contact I could talk to.

I had a meeting with the Chief of Police of Savannah regarding this case. I discussed the information and some stories circulating. One story being that of a student who was raped by a homeless man who broke into her dorm, and this student was then blacklisted by Blacklist from all resources the university had in the student’s field of choice. This student was a senior.

To my amazement, the Chief was suspicious of this activity for a long time. He explained what we needed to get in order for the SCPD to open an official investigation into the matter. Myself and the other three founders (REFLEX, APEX, STRIX) went at it based on the advice given.

We heard rumors of a case that had occurred in a dormitory the previous year. The story goes that a homeless individual broke into a student’s dorm and raped her. As she went up the chain to share her story, she eventually reached Blacklist. This student was a senior, and to silence her - Blacklist blacklisted this student from the resources and connections the university had in the industry of her choice. This, of course, is how the nickname Blacklist was created.

We looked into the situation every way we could. We utilized any leads we could gather, and though many went cold, we kept looking. By the end of the year, we got in contact with a security officer from the university. This security officer claims to have responded to that specific case and knows the student. He was willing to create a video testimony, which we then sent to a new point-of-contact (the Chief had stepped down). A few months later, we were told the video testimony was enough for an official investigation to be opened.

Once we were told the investigation was opened, we let the law do its thing. However, a couple of years later, we continued to get similar allegations but from students across the country. After doing some digging, we found that USA Today reported in 2015 that 89% of colleges reported 0 cases of sexual assaults or rapes. Obviously, we found this incredibly suspicious. We also found a story regarding a man named BOBBY ZAREM, who was fired after coming forward about 4 rape cases being covered up by a local university. We spoke to Mr. Zarem directly about what happened. Since we had not heard any updates from the point-of-contact we sent the video testimony to, we decided to try to help by bringing attention to this issue.

Upon figuring out a plan, there was news circulating of a person named PINK who was exposing the original university for wrongdoings regarding tuition during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pink was very public about his outcries and garnered backing from the student body of this university. I had personally been in contact with Pink for a while discussing if he had any leads regarding the possibility of more cover-ups. He was focusing on the wrongdoings he had uncovered, but assured that he would work with us on our case when the time came.

Eventually, Pink was suspended from the university, and his visa was removed. This was still during the COVID-19 pandemic. This caused an outcry from the student body, but it also became an aid to back up the already 15-30 allegations of colleges covering up any wrongdoing. Not just sexual assaults and rapes. However, we needed to adapt a plan we had put in place due to the state of the world.

We wrote a bill with a friend of ours in the city council. THE COLLEGE PROTECTION BILL is aimed at ensuring that an allegation from a student will be enough for local law to look into any specific matter, and get the backing necessary to hold those responsible accountable. Due to the state of the world, our adapted plan of bringing awareness has not been successful. However, we have tweeted a brief summary of the issue, and what people can do to prevent it from happening again.

Universities are under-reporting these cases. And, in one case in particular, blacklisting students to keep them silent. There is a rabbit hole to go down regarding this story, and I’ve provided links that will lead you down it. We’re hoping that writing this press release will help spread the word of this issue. We’re hoping this will give people the platform they need to come forward. Most of all: We’re hoping this will help bring an end to this issue once and for all.

- The Astrals


Main links: (please sign and share the petitions)

Twitter Post:

Security Officer Video Testimony:

Nation-Wide Universities Under-Reporting Articles:

"SCAD: Selling A Dream" Article:

"Stress, Suicide, and the Savannah College of Art and Design"

Bobby Zarem Article:

A Choice SCAD Website:

Pink’s Instagram: 


“The Astrals” is simply a stylized name given to an international group of people that serves to assist in community policing and public safety. They primarily serve as a third-party crime reporting service, similar to Crime Stoppers. You can learn more about them at their website: 


Armed and Dangerous: RLSH or Vigilante? - Heroes 101 Radio




Thanks again to this week's guests, callers and chatroom participants for a great, thought-provoking show! We hope it proves useful for some of you.
Treesong, Olde School, Sky Knight, Discordia, Dark Defender, Proteus, Ferryman, and anyone we missed, thanks for all of your input to the discussion. Here are a few of the links we discussed:
American Madness: The Story of the Phantom Patriot and How Conspiracy Theories Hijacked American Consciousness (by Tea Krulos):
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