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Jun 11, 22

How Antifascists Exposed Proud Boys Gaining Power within the Local GOP in Miami

In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we spoke with someone from Miami Against Fascism, about how antifascists were able to expose a growing alliance between the neo-fascist pro-Trump street gang the Proud Boys and the Miami-Dade Republican party. This story has now been picked up by the New York Times and Proud Boys involved in local GOP politics in Miami have even been featured in the recent January 6th hearings in DC.

Currently, at least 7 members of the executive committee of the Miami-Dade Republican Party are also members of the Proud Boys. Of these, five members also took part in the storming of the DC capitol on January 6th and currently three face criminal charges from the attempted coup.

During our discussion, we talk about how the Proud Boys grew under the leadership of Enrique Tarrio; currently one of the main leaders of the gang, currently in jail on sedition charges, and also an organizer with Latinos for Trump, and how the group built off the legacy of militant anti-communism in the Miami area.

We also discuss lessons for others antifascists and how the Proud Boys and other far-Right groups fit into the wider political terrain in Florida, as Governor DeSantis pushes a wide variety of far-Right attacks on education, LGBTQ people and beyond.

More Info: Miami Against Fascism and New York Times article.

photo: Miami Against Fascism

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