Above: anti-fascist partizans in liberated Minsk, 1944.
Last month, the Defence Fund heard about an antifascist in Belarus who was charged for assaulting an infamous neo-nazi there. For security reasons we are unable to provide a lot more information regarding this, except that we were happy to send our friend some money to help pay for his legal defence and court-related costs. We hope that he is exonerated of the absurd charges laid against him.
FIGHTING HATE IS NOT A CRIME!
ANTI-FASCISM = SELF-DEFENCE!SOLIDARITY IS OUR WEAPON!
Juuust wanted to let everyone know that Artem, the Ukranian anti-fascist recovering from a near-fatal stabbing by neo-nazis, is now out of the hospital and recuperating at home. He has asked us to thank all of his supporters (if you’ve ever donated money to The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund, that includes you!) who have had his back and are helping him pay off his medical bills.
And maybe also Jaffa?
“He drinks a Jaffa drink/he drinks a Jaffa drink…”
Ukrainian anti-fascists are, well, very tough. Kharkiv’s Artem is a prime example. Artem was attacked by a gang of at least ten neo-nazi shits, who stabbed him in the back several times in a clear attempt to murder him.
Most of us would probably be dead after that. But Artem has rebounded wonderfully and is on his way to a full recovery. The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund is happy to send some money his way to help him with his medical and rehab bills. Pretty soon, he’s going to be back on the streets like nothing happened. That’s Kharkiv hardcore!
Although things were (happily!) a bit slower this quarter compared to this past summer, The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund was still kept quite busy. Since the beginning of September, the Fund has provided support to nine anti-fascists and anti-racists in five different countries at a cost of nearly $2000U.S. Of course, we blogged about each case so you can read up on all of them.
With the election of Donald Trump in the U.S., a lot of anti-fascists feel that things are extremely bleak. But the flip side to that is that people recognize how real the struggle is and are stepping up like never before to support and defend anti-fascists and anti-racists. Since the U.S. election, donations to the Defence Fund have been the highest since we started up over two years ago! This is important because as the forces of hate become more emboldened, standing up and shutting them down becomes more important and more high-stakes than ever, which means our Defence Fund and its mission becomes even more essential.
We are the only defence fund set up exclusively to defend and support anti-fascists and anti-racists the world over. We make all our decisions via consensus whenever possible and by majority voting when consensus is not possible. We report on all our activities on our blog, to keep the Defence Fund as transparent as possible.
To do this work, we rely completely on donations from people like you. If you haven’t made a donation to the Defence Fund already, now would be a great time to do that. Here’s how.