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News ::
17 Aug 2002
For Anti-Racist Action, Revolutionary Anti-Fascist Bloc, East Coast Anti-Fascist Network, and friends.

We will be meeting at Stanton Park (corner of 4th St and Maryland Avenue) on Saturday, August 24th at 9AM.
THEY WILL NOT PASS! SHUT DOWN THE NEO-NAZIS IN D.C. AUGUST 24! Smash the National Alliance's racist rally and concert!

On August 24th, the National Alliance is planning "Rock Against Israel": a demonstration of white supremacist Hitler-fetishists protesting against the white supremacist U.S. government's support of white supremacist religious nuts in Israel (Confused yet?). They plan to rally at the Capitol building from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, and then meet for dinner and a white power concert in the evening.

The National Alliance, probably the most organized and sophisticated white-power group in North America today, is calling for what they claim will be 'the largest gathering of white nationalists at the U.S. Capitol in history'. Obviously that's not true. Congress has a few more people in it than the National Alliance can pull out and they've been meeting there for more than a hundred years. But August 24th will probably see the largest gathering of organized, self-confessed white supremacists since the mass Klan marches of the twenties.

While any time recently the nazis have tried to organize publically in angry working-class towns, they have been shut down and chased out, so far they've been given a free pass in DC. Over the past year they've held three rallies at the Israeli embassy and two at the German embassy. Their last rally had over 200 people with little to no organized opposition. This has to stop. August 24th will be a turning point.

We are committed to planning a strong, militant, and well-coordinated response to the fools this time around. We're tired of seeing fascist movements keep growing because many dont take fascism and the possibility of its emergence seriously. Sure they're a long way from taking over the country, but three hundred boneheads coming out to demonstrations, building bombs, dreaming about gas chambers and ethnic cleansing, is three hundred too many. Different fascist groups are now strategically orienting their rhetoric towards some of the struggles the left and revolutionary forces have been organizing against for years, like fighting corporations and globalization, supporting Palestinian resistance, anticolonialism, and we're really bothered that they can get some credibility doing that because many of the people involved in those issues won't take a stand and shut them down.

We will be organizing in several different contingents with various risk levels and levels of political and tactical unity. But the unifying thread is that we all recognize the need for a physical resistance to fascism. It should be clear to people that we're not going down there because we support Bush's government or the Israeli government or any government for that matter. We're organizing with one purpose: to drive the nazis off the streets and undermine their confidence and ability to organize, or even go out into public without getting a boot to the head.

We call on all who agree with this purpose to endorse this call and begin planning in their affinity groups for August 24th.


East Coast Anti-Fascist Network

D.C. Anti-Fascist Network Baltimore Anti-Racist Action [ARA] Anarchist Black Cross Federation - Lancaster Claustrophobia Collective - Baltimore Roundhouse Collective (NEFAC) - Baltimore ARA Philly Firm! Baltimore Anti-Fascist Action Femme Fatale Collective - Boston / Baltimore Open City Collective (NEFAC) - NYC New Jersey ARA Toronto ARA Columbus ARA Cleveland ARA Aurora ARA Bay Area ARA
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