Well, things are certainly heating up and we’re not just talking about the weather! We’ve been extremely busy here at The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund. Here’s what we got up to just in the last couple of weeks:
You might recall from our last post that a Pride event in Hamilton, Canada was attacked by super-violent homophobes and religious extremists while the cops stood aside and watched. This left it up to the community to defend itself, which it did in short order. But after the dust had settled and people started calling out the police for not doing a goddamn thing, the police responded by arresting five people. Four of those five people were LGBTQ+ folk either defending against the homophobic attack or – in the case of Cedar Hoppington – daring to publicly criticize the police but who wasn’t even at the event in question!
As we mentioned previously, our last action was to send money to help Cedar with their legal expenses. Then, after learning about the arrests of three more Hamilton Pride defenders, we contributed to help with their legal defence as well. You can too by making a donation here (be sure to let them know what it’s for!).
Meanwhile, in the city where an alt-right Islamophobe troll can make six figures by begging online after getting milkshaked & silly stringed, PDX antifascists countered a “rally” by the “Proud Boys” that was intentionally billed as a violent attack on whoever opposes their thinly-veiled white supremacy. Three good people on our side now face legal & medical difficulties and Rose City Antifa have established a crowdfunder to help them out; we were happy to be able to contribute to that.
Meanwhile in Scandinavia, our friend Oleg continues to sort out the repercussions of a 2004 attack by armed nazi thugs that left with with a permanent brain injury and subsequent threats that forced him to flee Russia and see asylum in another country. We’ve provided ongoing support to Oleg for the last four years, so when he came to us to ask for assistance paying for the various costs & fees related to repatriating his wife & child to live with him in his new home, it was an easy call for us to make. We’re looking forward to seeing the reunion photos, Oleg!
We’re not even one month into summer and so far the Defence Fund has sent out literally thousands of dollars to help eight different anti-fascists in three countries. We couldn’t do this at all if not for donations from thousands of anti-fascists around the world; we’re counting on you to allow us to continue this important work by contributing to the Defence Fund today.