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Southern Virginia Antifa


Short for Antifascist.

Antifa has a history going back a century to street brawls against Hitler's Brown Shirts and Mussolini's black shirted fascisti. They also fought in the Spanish Civil War and when the Spanish Republicans lost, many went into exile in Cuba, where they formed an important part of the Revolution. Quiescent after WWII, they had a resurgence after the Caribbean immigration into the UK and the resulting expressions of English racism in the 70's.

Antifa played an essential role in Charlottesville, 2017, when they prevented young nazis enraged over their privileges from attacking older men, mostly clergy, and women. The police refused to intervene in what is being called a new tactic but might just go back to the civil rights days and before, when the police were an extension of the lynch mob.

Dr. @CornelWest says anti-fascist and anarchist protesters protected clergy from white nationalists Friday night: "They saved our lives"  8/14/2017 Democracy Now 

Antifa has a history of promoting brave and agressive responses to nazi and confederate provocations. In Charlottesville and elsewhere, authorities have backed off arresting them on the spot, but they could readily be reined in for those instances where they cannot claim self defense, which leave them vulnerable. They would be wise to study the history of Robert Williams and other champions of armed protest and vigorous self defense, which included mounting ambushes of armed Klan convoys on search and destroy missions.


Antifa: A Look at the Antifascist Movement Confronting White Supremacists in the Streets  8/16/2017 Truth Out: "Can you -- can you talk about -- I mean, very interesting, during the South Carolina protests against the white supremacists, there were flags of Republicans in Spain fighting Franco."

What Trump Gets Wrong About Antifa  8/16/2017 The Atlantic: "For starters, while antifa perpetrates violence, it doesn’t perpetrate it on anything like the scale that white nationalists do. It’s no coincidence that it was a Nazi sympathizer—and not an antifa activist—who committed murder in Charlottesville. According to the Anti-Defamation League, right-wing extremists committed 74 percent of the 372 politically motivated murders recorded in the United States between 2007 and 2016. Left-wing extremists committed less than 2 percent."

Who are the antifa?  8/16/2017 WaPo: "President Trump equated them with white supremacists. Here's why he’s wrong."

The complete story of what happened in Charlottesville, according to the alt-right  8/15/2017 Quartz: "According to alt-right commentators, the white nationalist protesters were thrust defenseless into crowds of armed thugs, beaten, and forced to defend themselves to the extent that one of their ranks killed in self-defense."

Drawing Equivalencies Between Fascists and Anti-Fascists Is Not Just Wrong—It’s Dangerous  8/15/2017 In These Times: "As a researcher who has attended numerous political and social events with antifascist involvement, and interviewed many antifascists, it is clear to me that politicians and pundits are drawing a false equivalence between white supremacist and antifa actions—and ignoring the direct threat posed by supremacists that motivates antifascist responses. Antifascists often serve as the first line of defense when police and civil society fail to protect marginalized groups from fascist threat."

What is Antifa?  8/15/2017 CNN: "White nationalists and other members of the so-called alt-right have denounced members of Antifa, sometimes calling them the "alt-left." Many white nationalists from the Charlottesville rallies claimed it was the Antifa groups that led the protests to turn violent."

Antifa Member Photographed Beating Police Officer?  8/14/2017 Snopes: "The real image was taken in Athens, Greece in December 2009 during a demonstration on the one-year anniversary of the death of Alexandros Grigoropoulos, a 15-year-old who was killed by a police officer."

Dr. @CornelWest says anti-fascist and anarchist protesters protected clergy from white nationalists Friday night: "They saved our lives"  8/14/2017 Democracy Now 

What Does Antifa Want? Charlottesville Put The Extremist Movement In The Spotlight  8/14/2017 Bustle: "Because racists and fascists ultimately want to inflict violence on innocent people, it's justified to use violence to stop them from doing so. To support this reasoning, antifa will sometimes point to a quote attributed to none other than Adolf Hitler, who said in 1933 that his then-nascent Nazi movement could have been stopped if its opponents "had from the first day annihilated with the utmost brutality the nucleus of our new movement.""

Police Stood by as Mayhem Mounted in Charlottesville  8/14/2017 Alternet: "Standing nearby, an assortment of Virginia State Police troopers and Charlottesville police wearing protective gear watched silently from behind an array of metal barricades — and did nothing. It was a scene that played out over and over in Charlottesville as law enforcement confronted the largest public gathering of white supremacists in decades. We walked the streets beginning in the early morning hours and repeatedly witnessed instances in which authorities took a largely laissez faire approach, allowing white supremacists and counter-protesters to physically battle."

Charlottesville Rally: Rabbis, Jewish Students Face Down White Nationalists  8/13/2017 Haaretz: "“Almost all the militia, antifa [anti-fascists] and police were men, and very large men who were literally gunning for a fight,” said Salem Pearce, a congregational organizer for T’ruah and a rabbinical student at Hebrew College. She stood at the end of the clergy line with a couple of other female clergy members. Militia members were carrying the same type of machine guns that Israeli soldiers carry, she said, but “this was more crazy than anything I’ve ever seen. ... I saw plenty of sticks, batons, other implements that could really hurt people. I felt very vulnerable.”"

Confronting White Supremacy: Lessons From a Counter-Rally at the Birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan  7/11/2017 Truth Out: "But many are wondering what it is they can do. In this ongoing "Interviews for Resistance" series, experienced organizers, troublemakers and thinkers share their insights on what works, what doesn't, what has changed and what is still the same."

A New Wave of Left-Wing Militants Is Ready to Rumble in Portland—and Beyond  6/4/2017 Mother Jones: "Yet joining up with the well-established networks of antifascists and anarchists is a new generation of militant organizers. In Portland, Rose City Antifa’s coalition at this weekend’s pro-Trump rally will include the local chapter of Redneck Revolt, a national network whose outreach has targeted right-wing militia members."

Inside the Underground Anti-Racist Movement That Brings the Fight to White Supremacists  6/1/2017 Mother Jones: ”This is a war and we intend to win.”

Koch Network’s Student Protest Ban disguised as “Campus Free Speech”  3/19/2017 UnKock mu Campus: "According to 990's, between 2002 and 2014, the Goldwater Institute received $2,357,112 from the Koch network’s DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund, while the Ethics and Public Policy Center has received $873,000. The Freedom Center who sponsored Milo’s UC Berkeley talk received $628,000."

Right-Wing Billionaires Are Funding a Cynical Plot to Destroy Dissent and Protest in Colleges Across the U.S.  3/18/2017 Alternet: "The intent of these bills isn’t to protect student speech; it’s actually to suppress it in favor of guest speakers who, at times, support white nationalism, LGBTQ discrimination and other hateful worldviews. By funding the Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute, wealthy conservatives are enabling the promotion of hate speech while stifling student dissent. Whether or not Koch, for example, agrees with the hate speech he indirectly sponsors, he certainly benefits from a more friendly academic environment for far-right ideologues who often deny climate change and praise his extreme brand of tax- and regulation-free capitalism."

Radicals Claim That American Liberals Cling to the Past, and to Privilege, to Avoid Facing the Reality of Creeping Fascism  3/10/2017 Alternet: "Instead of merely talking among themselves about opposing racism, say the antifa activists, leftists need to take direct action to make being a white nationalist as difficult as possible. That’s why many antifas have concentrated their efforts on such tactics as doing targeting the financial means of support of websites they see as enabling or promoting fascist views, and even engaging in physical acts of assault against members of the far right."

Fighting Cops and the Klan: The History and Future of Black Antifascism  2/21/2017 Truth Out 

Meet Antifa, the Most Reasonable People in America  2/7/2017 Pacific Standard: "The clip went viral, and the Internet memed it to death—now you can even punch Spencer in a mobile game! As the video spread, interest in anti-fascism spiked, and I can say, based on personal experience, that the attitude at demonstrations has changed. Where masked and black-clad antifa used to get wary glares, now it’s thumbs-up and “right on!” from kid-toting parents. Former congressman and Michigan institution John Dingell tweeted “When I was a pup, punching Nazis was encouraged. Hell, some of my Army buddies won medals for it.”

The Long History of "Nazi Punching"  1/26/2017 Mother Jones: "Former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau tweeted, "I don't care how many songs you set Richard Spencer being punched to, I'll laugh at every one.""

Anti-Fascists Will Fight Trump’s Fascism in the Streets  1/19/2017 The Nation: "A more recent history of antifa in both Europe and the United States illustrates the success these tactics can have, particularly when it comes to expunging violent racist forces from our neighborhoods and defending vulnerable communities, while also creating networks of support that do not rely on structurally racist law enforcement for protection against racists. Anti-fascist tactics focused primarily around physical force proved effective in forcing neo-Nazi groups out of entire neighborhoods in Europe and the United States in the 1980s."

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