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Over the past several weeks, antifascists have worked to expose plans being made by a collection of neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and Proud Boys to hold “White Lives Matter” rallies and marches in “City Centers” across the US on Sunday, April 11th. If successful, the events would mark one of the largest attempts by the racialist far-Right to engage in real world activity since the Alt-Right largely collapsed in 2018. With groups like the Proud Boys also taking part and working hand in hand with outright neo-Nazis and national socialists, it seems that the “White Lives Matter” rallies have the opportunity to bring various parts of the far-Right together to put boots on the ground at a time when many are still reeling from State repression following the attempted pro-Trump coup in DC.
On Sunday, racists across the country are working to organize "White Lives Matter" rallies. Today, we're releasing the logs from their admin chat.
— Corvallis Against Fascism (@CVAgainstFash) April 8, 2021
In recent days however, it’s become clear that many of the ‘White Lives Matter’ Telegram channels are severely disorganized and in many cases were set up by antifascists as honeypots in an attempt to demoralize the far-Right and gather intel on its members. Still, many fascists are claiming they will rally regardless and groups like the KKK in Southern California have even flyered neighborhoods in the lead up to the 11th.
With this in mind, anti-racist and antifascist groups across the US have called for demonstrations in opposition. As the call from Seattle states:
It is no accident that they are gathering to flaunt their racist ideology during the trial of George Floyd‘s murderer, which is also a time of increased violence and misogyny against Asian Americans and the inhumane detention of refugee children at the border.
While militia groups, neo-Nazis, and the Proud Boys may be licking their wounds following the attempted coup in DC, there is still a strong need to keep the fascists off the streets while we fight structural and systemic white supremacy. With that in mind, here’s our list of counter-demonstrations on April 11th!
Seattle, WA: 12 Noon, Westlake Park
All out on the 11th! White nationalists and neo nazis are planning to rally in seattle (bloc up before getting to westlake) #seattleprotests #seattleprotestcomms #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/YiUsck0FHF
— Seattle Youth Liberation Front (@seattleYLF) April 2, 2021
Huntington Beach, CA: 11am, Huntington Beach Pier
On April 11, white supremacists from around SoCal will attempt to unite for a rally at the Huntington Beach pier, we know that when people turn out in numbers we can shut these displays of hate down, EVERYBODY show up and send these scum running pic.twitter.com/DdDPeOf6zr
— Los Angeles Black Coyote Collective (@LABlackCoyote) April 6, 2021
Albuquerque, NM: Civic Plaza, 10 AM.
— ABQ161 (@161ABQ) April 6, 2021
Denver, CO: Cheesman Park, 11am.
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) April 9, 2021
Fargo, ND: 12pm, Island Park Pool
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) April 10, 2021
Raleigh, NC: 12pm, 140 East Jones Street
CALL TO ACTION: pull up Sunday April 11th to oppose fascist scum traveling in to try to hold space in our city! WE OUTSIDE!!! RALEIGH IS ANTI-FASCIST! pic.twitter.com/Gi4mTyF0P2
— Raleigh Antifascists (@oakcityAFA) April 2, 2021
Philadelphia, PA: 11:30 AM, Philadelphia, City Hall
The Nazis are in absolute disarray and still don't have a location, so we're officially holding the Philly counter-protest against the white supremacist "White Lives Matter" rally at City Hall in Dilworth Plaza.
— Gwen Snyder is uncivil (@gwensnyderPHL) April 9, 2021
NYC, NY: 11am, Union Square
No Nazis in NYC!
Counterprotest “White Lives Matter” Rally
Sunday April 11th, 11am
Meet Up Point – Union Square pic.twitter.com/OTqJslAfbO
— Freedom Socialist Party – NYC (@nycfsp) April 7, 2021