The Defence Fund received a thank-you note from Oleg recently, after we sent him some material support to help counter the lingering consequences of a fascist attack against him. Here’s what he had to say:
“Dear comrades, I am very grateful to you for your help and solidarity, I truly appreciate your support and care.Thank you very much for the financial help. I collect various documents and legal help to asylum in another country, I hope that all of my work.
Once again I wish you from the bottom of my heart thank you for your help.
The duty of all anti-fascists is to demonstrate solidarity with their brothers and sisters when they are attacked by fascist swine. If you’d like to make sure that we are in a position to help people like Oleg when they need it, donate to The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund.
SOLIDARITY IS OUR WEAPON!
The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund was recently called on to help out two European anti-fascists at the same time.
Oleg is a Russian anti-fascist that was permanently injured neo-nazi filth in an attack in 2004. His injuries have required expensive ongoing medicine and treatment ever since. While some people would be understandably intimidated by this and refrain from further anti-fascist actions, Oleg continued to publicly participate in anti-fascism but is now seeking a safer place for himself and his family and the medical necessities to establish himself in his new home. The Defence Fund was happy to assist him with his medical needs back in 2015; we are likewise happy to help him in his plan to move to a safer location. If you’d like to also help Oleg, you can find out how right here.
“Hanna” (not her real name) is an anti-fascist in Sweden that was arrested and faces criminal charges for her participation in an antifa blockade against Pegida Islamophobes. Her crime? She was shouting at the racists too loudly! Seriously, in Sweden it is now a crime to voice your opposition to racist xenophobes too loudly!
In any event, Hanna (who we have nicknamed “Shouty Shouterson”) has secured a lawyer for her defence but does not speak fluent Swedish and requires a translator for her court proceedings at her own cost, so we’re pleased to be able to send her some money to help with that. We hope that she hires the loudest translator available!
If you’d like to support Hanna “Shouty Shouterson” in her fight against this absurd farce of a trial, you can find out how here.
If you can’t believe that people like Oleg and Hanna “Shouty Shouterson” have to contend with circumstances like this because they publicly declared their opposition to hatred and bigotry and you want to help people just like them, then you need to make a donation to the Defence Fund!
You’ll recall last week The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund sent some material aid to Yvette Felarca – one of the heroes of the confrontation with racist terrorists in Sacramento this past June who is now fighting to keep her job as a school teacher after her employer capitulated to a witch hunt run by those same bigots.
Yvette was nice enough to send us a thank-you note, which we are happy to share here with the hundreds of anti-fascists who have donated to the Defence Fund, making it possible for us to help Yvette directly:
I have a hard time finding the words to express the gratitude that I feel toward the sisters and brothers in the International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund. As soon as word got out about my discipline by BUSD in retaliation for my participation in the anti-Nazi/KKK protest in Sacramento, they contacted me virtually the next day and offered support. They generously donated their hard-earned money toward helping me recoup my lost wages and pay for my legal expenses. Now, they’ve started this crowdfunding page to help me reach my goal of $10,000 to pay for my state and federal lawsuit against BUSD. Let’s make sure that I and other teachers and students get justice. No one should face attack by their employer for standing up to nazis and the KKK. Thank you, again, from the bottom of my heart. Si se puede!
Yvette is still fighting for her reinstatement at work – if you’d like to help her in her struggle, we are running a limited-time crowdfunding campaign with her consent that you can contribute to & share. As always, if you’d like to help other anti-fascists and anti-racists when they run into trouble, you can’t go wrong donating to the Defence Fund!
Many of you will recognize Yvette Felarca as the courageous anti-racist who was front-and-center in Sacramento the day of a planned neo-nazi rally, confronting racist scum twice her size and carrying the fight to the foe. Yvette, like nine other antifa that day, was injured by the racist goons, but still managed to give a rousing 10-minute interview with media after the bigoted clowns were run out of town.
Responding like the cowards that they are, the nazi filth began sending anonymous death threats to the school Yvette works at. Then they escalated to making demands that the school district fire Yvette for her courageous and principled actions in Sacramento on June 26th.
Incredibly, Yvette’s employer appears to be acquiescing to the demands & threats of racist trolls. Yvette has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. As of this writing, Yvette is out-of-pocket for thousands of dollars and her career is now on the line.
The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund was happy to be able to send Yvette some funds to help cover what her employer has taken away from her and to help her continue to fight the witch-hunt against her. An educator willing to risk their own safety to defend their community from fascists = an educator that should praised, not punished!
We’ve also set up a crowdfunding page with Yvette’s consent and will donate all proceeds directly to her. You can Yvette defend herself against this betrayal by her employer by making a direct donation there and by sharing the link with your friends and colleagues.
The Kungsan 15 are fifteen Swedish anti-fascists who were persecuted by the Swedish state for the “crime” of trying to prevent neo-nazis from marching through Stockholm. As a direct result of the legal action taken against them, they were slapped with 350,000KR in legal expenses (about $40,000USD)!
Their support group, Fria Kungsan 15, waged a long and tireless struggle to raise money to off-set these costs, their goal being to raise enough so that none of the fifteen anti-fascists had to pay out of their own pocket to cover these legal expenses. In December, the International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund sent what we could to help with this.
We are happy to report that last week, Fria Kungsan 15 achieved their goal, raising all 350,000KR and ensuring that the financial cost of anti-fascism for these 15 brave antifa was taken care of. This was the result of a truly international effort and demonstrates what real solidarity among anti-fascists and anti-racists can achieve.
FIGHTING HATE IS NOT A CRIME!
ANTI-FASCISM = SELF-DEFENCE!
SOLIDARITY IS OUR WEAPON!