The following is a call for a robust mobilization and defense of the Washington DC area, as a collection of neo-Nazis, Alt-Right trolls, and white supremacists prepare to converge.
CW: Right wing violence. Photo from Spencer Platt.
We are calling all anti-fascists and people of good conscience to participate in international days of action August 10 through August 12 and a mass mobilization in Washington DC.
This is for Heather Heyer, ICE abolition, open borders, dismantling the prison industrial complex, and ending the settler colonial system. We will confront fascism, antisemitism, islamaphobia, white supremacy, and state violence on August 10-12.
Our lives were forever changed on August 12, 2017, when neo-Nazis, KKK and militia members, and Alt-Right trolls from across the US and North America converged on the town of Charlottesville, Virginia.
White supremacists lit torches and attacked students as young as 17 last year while the police looked on and did nothing. The next day, people bravely confronted hundreds of armed racists. In the ensuing confrontation, one person gave her life, and many more were scarred forever. Tens of thousands immediately took to the streets. Suddenly, the world would never be the same.
Old statues fell. And a new street-based, grassroots power rose.
Now the white supremacists want to come back. On August 12, 2018, the Alt-Right will hold “Unite the Right 2” in Washington DC in front of the White House at Lafayette Square. Jason Kessler, Richard Spencer, and the Trump Administration are all implicated in the murder of Heather Heyer. The Alt-Right relentlessly harass and threaten people of color, women, sex workers, trans and non-binary people, and the undocumented.
Their rallies are all public displays of violence and calls for genocide. They are Brian Trainer and every killer cop. They are the ICE agents. They are the prison system that breaks up families. In Portland, DC, and Philly, the movement grows. We occupy ICE offices, confront racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and white nationalism.
We will be in the streets on August 10-12, and we intend to win.
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Other Calls to Action
In Charlottesville: Community members are mobilizing to show that anti-racist, anti-fascist resistance continues regardless of whether Nazis actually show up. Join and support them on August 11-12.
Jason Kessler will find no rest, no refuge, no respite. Communities in DC will unite against hate, borders, prison, and the vision of Unite the Right.
If you can’t make it to Washington DC on August 10-12, take to the streets wherever you are. We call on our comrades to organize demonstrations and other actions for the night of August 12. Occupy an ICE office, shut down a hub of repression, or demonstrate at the home of a local racist, ICE agent, or prison profiteer.
Outside the United States
If you are living outside the US, you can take action at US embassies, borders, or other symbols of colonial power. Our allegiance is not to “making America great again,” but to all of humanity and the planet.
- Black Lives Matter Charlottesville
- Black Lives Matter D.C.
- Charlottesville Summer of Resistance Welcoming Committee
- Crimethinc Ex-Workers Collective
- Crushing Colonialism
- D.C. Antifascist Collective
- The Future Is Feminist
- Holler Network
- Interntional Capoeira Angola Foundation, D.C.
- March for Racial Justice
- Maryland Antifa
- One People’s Project
- Philly Antifa
- Resist This (Former DisruptJ20)
- Rising Tide North America
- Smash Racism D.C.
- Showing Up for Racial Justice Charlottesville
- Workers Against Racism
- 350 D.C.