In the wake of the white supremacist terrorist attacks in Charlottesville this weekend which as of this writing have left one person dead and at least 19 others seriously injured, the anti-fascists and anti-racists that have bravely stood on the front lines and taken the brunt of the violence from both the racist terrorists and the police are going to need our help.
There will no doubt be dozens of crowdfunding campaigns and appeals for donations to help the victims of this weekend’s racist violence and heavy-handed police repression of anti-fascism and anti-racism in Charlottesville. Most will be well-intentioned expressions of solidarity; some will be poorly thought-out or even deliberately deceptive and fraudulent.
We have three recommendations for those willing to support the arrested, the injured, and the families of the deceased:
1) Vet any crowdfunding campaign asking for your support carefully. Make sure the crowdfunding campaign has a clear way to get the money raised to the anti-fascists and anti-racists who need it. Are they in touch with the antifa, their families or friends, their doctors or lawyers? Have any of the people the crowdfunder is going to support endorsed the crowdfunder? Have they explained their relationship to those people?
2) Donate to crowdfunding campaigns run by credible anti-fascist groups. We recommend the fund being endorsed by Seven Hills Antifa as one place to donate, given that Seven Hills is a recognized antifa crew and part of The Torch Antifa Network. This legal defense fund should also be legitimate, as it’s been endorsed by Rose City Antifa, who are also part of The Torch.
3) Consider donating right here, to The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund. We’re an international fund run by over 400 anti-fascists in seventeen different countries, with a two-year track record of providing support to anti-fascists and anti-racists. We report regularly on our activities and we’ve been endorsed by three different anti-fascists/anti-racist networks around the world.
If your send your donation with the message “Charlottesville,” we will earmark your donation to help those who have been hurt or arrested as a result of this weekend.
Help us show the brave, brave people in Charlottesville this weekend that we have their back!
ANTI-FASCISM = SELF-DEFENCE!
SOLIDARITY IS OUR WEAPON!