A call on the anniversary of the murder of Heather Heyer, to defund fascism.
Today, on the anniversary of the violent, fascist, “Unite the Right” rally where Heather Heyer was killed and dozens injured, people are out on the streets of Charlottesville, VA and Washington DC demonstrating that fascism and bigotry will never find a safe space in our towns and communities.
We want to make sure fascists can’t find a safe space online either. With the help of complicit tech companies like Stripe, fascists and other bigoted trolls make money from spreading their hateful, violent ideology. Stripe may not be a household name, but as a payment processor, it props up festering pools of bigotry like 4chan, Gab, League of the South, VDARE, as well as many others which act as online portals of Far-Right and fascist organizing, recruitment, and radicalization.
Neo-Nazi Patrick Little is in DC (weird, since he's supposedly denouncing Unite the Right). He unexpectedly showed up minutes ago near the Occupy Lafayette protest, parading…….this sign around:
— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) August 9, 2018
Many of these sites will grab headlines for a news cycle or two, as when Microsoft threatened to pull the plug on Gab for posts by failed US Senatorial candidate and virulent anti-Semite, Patrick Little, who recently threatened to take a sledgehammer to holocaust memorials. But this kind of deeply bigoted, violence-promoting content is par for the course on these sites, where it remains even after the gaze of the mainstream media moves onto the next hot story.
Even though Stripe’s own Terms of Service states clearly that it is a violation to engage, encourage, promote, or celebrate “unlawful violence toward any group based on race, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other immutable characteristic” they refuse to dump these disgusting sites whose only reason for existence is to do just that.
In solidarity with antifascists on the streets of Charlottesville and DC;
In memory of Heather Heyer;
In memory of all victims of fascism and bigotry;
We are calling on all people to help us Defund Fascism!
Contact Stripe and their CEO, Patrick Collison, and tell them to abide their own Terms of Service and stop helping fascist scum to organize and profit from their hate.