July 31st Day of Action Against Fascism and Racism
For the past two years, antifascist and anti-racist organizers across the world have worked together to make July 31st a day to oppose white supremacy. This annual event was started in 2010 as a response to white supremacist attacks against anti-racists and antifascists, attacks that were meant to stop us from organizing.
Fascists and racists should not have a chance to let their ideas take root in our communities. History has shown that ignoring racist groups when they hold marches and demonstrations does not make them go away. Organized racists and fascists-- whether neo-Nazi, Klan, white power skinhead crew, or the Minutemen-- leave intimidation and violence in their wake wherever they settle.
We don't believe in waiting for the police to handle the fascists and racists, either. We've had our fair share of encounters with the police, and we know their job is to protect and serve us with harassment, beatings, and arrests. We've seen how the police stand around and protect the fascists whenever they hold a rally or a march, but are quick to crack skulls at an anti-war march or an Occupy protest. We've also seen how the police routinely criminalize, harass, arrest, and attack people of color and queer people. We know that institutions like the police and prisons can never be "fixed" or "reformed" if their function is to maintain a racist and homophobic power structure.
We encourage participants to support the July 31st Day of Action in whatever ways make the most sense locally. Want to plan a punk or hip hop show to raise funds for antifa? Do it. Want to flyer your neighborhood about a local neo-Nazi? Go for it! Want to organize an anti-police brutality march or prison abolition teach-in? Yes, please!
If you are having a hard time finding inspiration for a solidarity action, we wish to remind folks that over the past few months two great intelligence releases have transpired.
American Third Position (A3P), who, after having their website defaced and then destroyed, had loads of juicy private conversations as well as hundreds of names and addresses of members and supporters released by antifascist hackers. See the mirror here, a re-post here, and the address list here.
National Socialist Movement (NSM). The ex-wife of the NSM leader, Jeff Schoep, handed over a notebook of his filled with the full NSM membership roster, including names, addresses, and some social security numbers, of every member dating back from 2004 up to December of 2011. See the full story here or the address list here (some of the address are dated, of course, so be sure to make confirmations before dissemination).
Both of these organizations would make for great targets for the J31 Day of Action. In fact, we hope that they are the major focus of this Day of Action.
Although we recognize the limitations of single "days of action", we hope July 31st will serve as a catalyst for long lasting, proactive antifascist affinity groups or organizations. We believe that we need a dedicated and large force of militant antifascists with great intelligence, analysis, and dedication to crushing the emerging Right and fascist movements.
If your organization or crew is interested in endorsing the July 31st Day of Action, please contact us t July31DOA@yahoo.com.
FIGHT RACISM! SMASH RACISM!