Filed under: Announcement, Anti-fascist, Event, Southeast
Call for a broad anti-racist and antifascist mobilization in Washington DC this weekend against the Proud Boys and other far-Right street gangs.
On Saturday, November 14th, thousands of Trump supporters, Proud Boys, militia members, and white nationalists converged on Washington DC for the “Millions for MAGA” rally. In an effort not to leave those on the street doing day to day organizing behind, a coalition of anti-racist and anti-fascist groups called for a counter-demonstration. That night, after the leader of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio posted, “DC Antifa Ends Tonight”, hundreds of drunken Proud Boys took to the streets, looking for opponents to attack. They soon found some, as heavily armed Proud Boys flooded into Black Lives Matter Plaza, destroying community artwork and memorials and starting fights with locals. This violence led to several stabbings and assaults by the Proud Boys, who also destroyed signs on private property proclaiming that Black Lives Matter.
Proud boys stabbed one of our own, they now owe 10k, please help https://t.co/03V9TqgxVV
— All Out DC (@All_Out_DC) December 10, 2020
Media has attempted to present these clashes as the result of “both sides” being violent, while failing to report the multiple stabbings and assaults which left two people in critical condition and many injured. Moreover, for months police have brutally attacked protests for racial justice under the guise of protecting “life and property,” yet when the far-right carries out violence and property destruction, the media and police seem to deem it acceptable.
Nazis are losers, come out and #DefendDC from white supremacist terror
— All Out DC (@All_Out_DC) December 1, 2020
The Proud Boys are directly connected with both white nationalist groups and the Trump campaign. The Proud Boys played a key role in the deadly Unite the Right protests in Charlottesville and have been linked to neo-Nazi terror organizations. During the presidential debates, Trump told the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.” This message was seen emblazoned on the shirts of rioting Proud Boys on the night of the 14th. One thing is clear: the Proud Boys believe that Trump has given them a green light to engage in violence against his enemies.
With Biden’s electoral victory seemingly solidified, many feel the struggle against fascism is over. Yet it is clear that Trump will continue to build a fascist movement around him – with groups like the Proud Boys as his frontline soldiers. The need to build a robust and broad anti-fascist movement is now more urgent than ever.
From December 11th – 13th, join us in Washington DC to defend BLM plaza and the streets of DC from far-right groups like the Proud Boys and stop continued violence from taking place.
Outside of DC:
Mobilize with DC:
Black Lives Matter DC
All Out DC
Autonomous Liberation Collective NYC
Baltimore Liberation Front
DC Youth Liberation
Femme Anarcho Abolitionist Network
Front Fairfax Smash The Fash
Liberty Union Party of Vermont
The Live Movement
Maryland Youth Liberation Front
One People’s Project
Our Revolution DC
The Palm Collective
Showing Up For Racial Justice DC
United Against Racism and Fascism-NYC
Wake Up 301
Defend BLM Plaza All Day: Music and Live DJ December 11th – 13th, 2PM – 7PM
Dance Party: December 11th – 12th / BLM Plaza 8PM – 12 AM