Good News For A Change.

 

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The call went out & the court was packed!

 

Sometimes we feel like all we do here at The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund is tell y’all about terrible things happening to antifa and awful situations they find themselves in that we need to come together to help them get through.  But we don’t do enough to let you know what happens after or about the small victories we help make happen for the anti-fascists we support.  So here’s two recent stories for you:

You’ll recall back in June we helped out two antifascist moms being harassed by the FBI and local nazis for warning their neighbors about local racist extremists.  The feds pulled every trick in the book to make the two moms crack without any luck, including putting them up on bullshit charges.

Well, last Thursday was their preliminary hearing and antifa packed the courthouse to show support and be there to witness the judge throwing out all the charges!  We’re ecstatic that we were able to help them pay for the legal defense team they needed to make this happen!  The cops, on the other hand, have now threatened to indict the moms directly/press more charges, but given how incompetent they were at laying charges so far, that’s probably going to be a losing strategy/waste of taxpayer dollars.  The moms are still looking for help w/ legal costs and moving costs (since the FBI made good on their threat of giving their home addresses to local nazis!), so if you can help out, please do so here.

Over in Europe, Oleg – the Russian antifascist that was forced to seek asylum in another country – told us that thanks to our help with application fees, his wife and child will be leaving Russia to join him in his new home later this month!  Oleg writes:

Thank you very much for your help, support and solidarity, I am sincerely grateful to you for what you have done for me and my family.
We did the necessary documents for family reunification in St. Petersburg. In the coming days, my wife goes to the embassy in St. Petersburg and will apply for a tourist visa.  If everything is fine and she receives visas and is able to come, then we will immediately submit the documents for family reunification to the migration service. then we will need to pass through several interviews in the migration service where the officers will sort out our family relationships. It may take up to six months. I hope everything will be OK.
I am very grateful for your help, thank you very much.

We are very happy to have played a part in making that family reunion possible.

If you have donated to the Defence Fund, please know that you were part of both of these stories; if you haven’t donated to the Defence Fund yet, make sure you do now so you can be part of the future happy endings we help create for anti-fascists!

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