Loyal followers might recall that time back in 2016 when we helped pay for the legal defence of three Austin anti-fascists that had been arrested for the “crime” of removing racist graffiti from the University of Texas and making alt right creeps feel, well, unwelcome there. Our three friends were facing years in prison for doing the campus community a favor.
Here we are almost 18 months later and we were happy to receive the news that all three of them have had all their charges dropped. In the words of Red Guards Austin, “We want to especially thank those who donated to their legal funds. Without such generous donations, we would not have been able to afford their legal team. We can’t say enough how much countrywide and international solidarity means for the comrades here in Austin who face decades of prison time between them all. We will continue to fight, we will continue to win, and we will never apologize for our politics, nor will we dial them back in fear of repression.”
If you made a donation to the Defence Fund before 2017, some of your money helped get these charges dropped and our three friends go free, so pat yourself on the back today!
If you have never made a donation to the Defence Fund, or haven’t made one in a while, there’s no time like the present to do something concrete to support anti-fascists around the world by donating!
This was a tough one for the Decisions Crew here at The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund. The good people @ Yogyakarta, Indonesia’s Libera Community Space wrote to us looking for help to expand their space. We know they do excellent work, including anti-fascist work, so this led to a lively discussion and, in the end, to a close “no” vote to offering support.
On one hand, we’ve supported squats and anarchist spaces that engage in antifa work before. When Prague’s Klinka centre was attacked and firebombed by fascists, we sent them some money to help with repairs. Then, when members of the De Vloek squat in the Netherlands were evicted and arrested, we helped them with their legal defence.
So why would we help those two community spaces out by say no to Libera’s request? Ultimately it came down to the fact that Libera had not been harmed by fascists as a result of their antifa activities or support for antifa activities. This is The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund, not the International Helping Develop Anarchist Community Spaces Fund (but we think someone should definitely start that up!) and we need to keep our powder dry so to speak in order to be able to offer substantial material support to anti-fascists and anti-racist precisely when they need us to have their backs – when they’re under attack or suffered some loss as a result of their antifa work.
We still think the Libera project is an excellent one and we would encourage anyone that wants to see autonomous community spaces take root in Indonesia to make a donation to them.
When a steaming pile of rotting shit like Charlie Kirk puts on a suit and goes to impose his bile on a group of people at a public event, you can be sure that fascist insects like the Traditional Workers Party will be attracted by his stench. Such was the case at Colorado State University on February 2nd, when they came armed with clubs, poles, and shields, shouting popular nazi slogans of today and yesterday like “Blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us.” Hard to pretend to not be a nazi when your biggest fanboys are nazis, huh Charlie?
The good news is Colorado antifa were pretty successful escorting them off-campus. The bad news is one Colorado antifa got bonked on the head with flashlight and had to get stitched up in ER, which resulted in a clean bill of health and a $2400 medical bill.
We’re not about to let someone literally risk their life to defend their campus from an invasion of nazi edgelords without backing them up. So when a crowdfunder kicked off to help pay off the medical bill in question, we were more than happy to pitch in to help pay that off. As of this writing, they’re $300 away from making it just a bad memory, so you should feel free to kick in, too. If you want to make sure that any anti-fascist anywhere in a similar situation is supported, you should really kick in to The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund!
When America’s largest Islamophobic group comes to your town, what do you do? If you’re the good people of Seattle, you confront them. Unfortunately, you’ll find that no matter how much cooperation or communication you have with the police to explain your peaceful intentions in doing so, the Seattle Police Department will still let a dozen or so of the most virulent Islamophobes rush your crowd to assault people. Several times, even.
Seeing that the police were literally allowing members of various hate groups (Proud Boys, Patriot Prayer, etc.) rush in and assault people with impunity, some people were forced to defend themselves. That, of course, is when the SPD decided to aggressively step in. Not to stop the attackers, mind you – but to beat & arrest the people trying to defend themselves & others!
Calls for the SPD to account for their actions received no response. But four anti-fascist protestors – the same ones brutalized by the cops, still face various charges.
The Greater Seattle IWW Genereal Defense Committee set up a crowdfunder to take care of the costs these four heroes now face to legally defend themselves against this utter nonsense. The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund was more than happy to ensure that the crowdfunder met its target amount.
Apologies for the delay of several weeks getting this report up for your perusal. Here is what The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund got up to in the first three months of 2018:
- We helped our friend Oleg pay for some medicine he needs to mitigate the harm done to him by a fascist assault;
- We helped to keep food on the table and a roof over the head of an anti-fascist nursing a broken leg after NYPD cops attacked him at an antifa protest against “alt right” shitfucks;
- We helped with the legal costs involved for an antifa in Bristol, UK + two antifa in Paris, France – all of whom were accused of “crimes” associated with defending their communities against Islamophobes and literally murderous neo-nazis.
- Oh, one more thing! Remember that time we helped Yvette Felarca hire a good lawyer to defend herself against bullshit charges resulting from the violent-but-failed white supremacist rally in Sacramento? Her lawyer’s case research uncovered serious collusion and collaboration between the knife-and-gun-toting neo-nazis there and the police, which was then reported the world over in papers like The Guardian. Sooo money we spent on legal defence of antifa in 2017 exposed the dangerous ties between cops and the Klan in 2018!
All in all, we think any reasonable person would agree the thousands of dollars it took to accomplish all of that in the last three months was money well-spent. But it’s also money that comes solely from donations from people like you. And we’d like to make you an offer:
We’re currently printing up a brand-new batch of top-secret antifa stickers to reward our donors with. If you sign up to donate at least $5USD per month to The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund between now and when the new stickers arrive in a couple of weeks, we’ll send you a complimentary set of 30 of those new stickers + 30 of our old ones, too!
Last week we handled two requests for help from either side of the Channel! Over in the UK, an antifascist in Bristol was dealing with legal costs related to their arrest after protesting an Islamophobe hate rally last fall. If there were true justice, our Bristol pal would have been lavishly awarded for standing up to hate in their community, but no such luck. So we were happy to do what we could do to help them pay off the financial costs of putting themselves on the line like that.
Meanwhile on the other side of the Channel, two Parisian antifa are facing serious charges after they allegedly attacked a neo-nazi implicated in the murder of Clément Meric. It’s interesting how white supremacists can stab people to death with total impunity and face no repercussions from the state but when they turn around and fabricate utter nonsense about being set upon by “vengeful antifa,” the full force of the law comes down on whichever antifa the fash point the finger at. And by “interesting” we mean “fucking disgusting.”
Anywho, we stand with our Parisian friends and will do whatever we can do to ensure they are well-equipped to defend themselves – in the courts or in the streets!
If you’ve made a donation to The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund then please know that you are directly responsible for helping out our three comrades in Bristol and Paris, along with everyone else that we’ve supported over the last 2.75 years. Here’s to you! If you haven’t made a donation to The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund, here’s how to do it.
As the old saying goes, “cops and the Klan go hand-in-hand.” The longstanding and cosy relationship between police forces and white supremacist gangs has been well-documented. So it should surprise no one that when bigoted troll Mike Cernovich held a publicity stunt in NYC, the cops were there to fuck with protestors.
And fuck with protestors they did! One of our friends, J, stood up to defend his community against the genocidal scum that crawled out from under their rocks for this event, only to wind up with a broken leg and a list of fabricated charges against him, all courtesy of the NYPD. This has left J with a looming mountain of medical & legal bills all while his broken leg prevents him from paying his usual bills by working his regular job.
J’s friends reached out to us for some help paying his rent and keeping food on his table while he recovers from his injuries and we were happy to oblige. The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund was established to help out antifa and anti–racists when they run into trouble because they took a stand against hate and this was a textbook example of why we do what we do.
The only reason we were there for J was because of the generous donations from people just like you. The Defence Fund is 100% funded by donations, so if you want us to keep doing what we do, please make a donation to the Defence Fund today!
Yesterday The Guardian reported that evidence has surfaced of police collusion and cooperation with white supremacists in California. On June 26, 2016, neo-nazis armed with knives (and, in one case, a semi-automatic pistol) were confronted by unarmed anti-fascists. While the good guys were successful in shutting down the boneheads’ planned hate rally, it came at a heavy cost, with several antifa hospitalized with stab wounds as police stood aside and let the racist terrorists try to murder them. The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund sent some cash to help out with medical bills at that time.
Then the witch hunt began. CHP cops began charging anti-fascists exclusively after the fact and they didn’t stop there. Helping to conceal fascists’ identities, refusing to lay charges against the knife-wielding neo-nazis that stabbed multiple people that day, asking for fascists to help ID anti-fascists so the police can lay charges, including charging people while they were in the hospital recovering from stab wounds, using anti-fascists’ political views to justify criminal charges – in the immortal words of Bunk Moreland, “there’s some shameful shit going on.” As one investigating officer said to neo-nazi Derrick Punneo during a prison interview (Punneo was doing time for domestic assault), “we’re pretty much going after them,” and “we’re looking at you as a victim.”
We know this all of this thanks to Yvette Felarca. When Yvette became one of the anti-fascists charged by the cops, she came to us to request help paying for her legal defence and of course we obliged. As a result, Felarca’s lawyers have mounted a fierce defence which included obtaining & revealing the documents detailing the extent of police involvement with the fascist terrorists in their attempt to hammer the anti-fascists as described above.
Isn’t that good enough reason to make a contribution to the Defence Fund today?
Oleg Serebrennikov is a Russian journalist and well-known antifascist in Izhevsk. In 2004, a group of about twenty neo-nazis armed with clubs and knives attacked him. He spent three months in the hospital recovering from his injuries. During his time in the hospital, neo-nazis visited him, threatening to kill him if he pursued charges. One of his attackers is from a very powerful Russian family and took steps to ensure Oleg didn’t receive necessary treatment; this was followed with the police threatening him with false charges. Oleg now suffers from a permanent brain injury that prevents him from working or leading a normal life.
After it became increasingly clear that the police and the state was collaborating with neo-nazis to harass, intimidate, and threaten Oleg, he did the only thing he could do, fleeing to Finland as a refugee.
Oleg first came to us asking for some help in 2015 when he needed help paying for his medical treatment; we helped him then. A year later, when he determined that it was no longer safe for him to stay in Russia, we helped him relocate to Finland. Now, he’s come back to us again for help paying to get some drugs that he needs but are out-of-reach financially at the moment; of course, we helped him again.
We recognize that the consequences of fascist violence are far-reaching and can play out over years, not days. We will not turn our backs on anti-fascists and people fighting back against hate when they reach out to us for solidarity and support. The sole reason we’re able to be always here for heroes like Oleg is because of the generosity and support of the hundreds upon hundreds of people just like you that have donated to the Defence Fund. Whether it was a dollar or a thousand dollars; whether it was just once or something they’ve signed up to do monthly – our donors made it possible for us to have Oleg’s back this whole time.
If you are one of our donors and you can’t contribute a little bit more right now, why not reach out to a friend and hit them up on our behalf (here, we made you a flyer to help explain what we’re about); if you’ve donated once or twice before, why not think about signing up on our Paypal or Patreon to kick in a little bit every month? If you’ve never donated to the Defence Fund, today is a great day to start!