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How to set up an anti-fascist group

Comrades from Antifascist Network in the UK created this easy, step-by-step way to start your own ANTIFA CREW in your area. A very handful text on these times, where the fascists are harassing our barrios and communities.

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 FROM: http://antifascistnetwork.org/how-to-set-up-an-anti-fascist-group/

supportYourLocalAntifaGet active:

If you want to do something about the presence of the far-right in your local area or do something in your area about fascism generally, the answer is to start getting active. Don’t worry if you don’t have loads of people, just a few activists can make good decisions, support each other and share any work.

Get organising:

Most anti-fascist groups start from few friends. Look around amongst your mates: who is pissed off about the far-right on the streets and in public life? Who wants to do something about it? Who thinks that petitions and demanding politicians to do something are not the only options? Who has participated in any actions? One local AFN group expanded after a call out to block a fascist meeting in a local pub; another developed from an existing group involved in direct action. Trust between anti-fascists is usually built up over actions.

Discuss together what type of group you want to build. The AFN does not impose any political line on local groups or tell them how to campaign in local areas that have very different political cultures, but you may want to consider how ‘public’ or ‘closed’ you want your group to be. Do you simply want to support AFN street actions? Or might you want to get involved in relevant networks, such as migrant solidarity groups, or even host community meetings? There are AFN groups that do just one, some or all of these things. No AFN group works with the police or is affiliated to a political party. All try to work non-hierarchically. Continue reading

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New York mayor’s disregard for kids forces strike

Students, with no bus available, take taxis. Mark Lennihan/AP

Students, with no bus available, take taxis. Mark Lennihan/AP

by: Mark Gruenberg

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s threat to kids’ safety while riding school buses – by putting the school bus driving company contract up for the cheapest bidder – forced some 8,000 drivers, mechanics and school bus matrons to strike on Jan. 16.  Continue reading

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US: The Geography of Hate

Via theatlantic.com

America’s racist groups concentrate in certain regions — and their presence correlates with religion, McCain votes, and poverty

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With the death of Osama bin Laden, many believe that Al Quaeda was dealt a mortal blow. Time will tell, but as we learned from the Oklahoma City bombing and Nidal Malik Hasan’s rampage at Fort Hood, we have much to fear from our own home grown extremists. And not just from “lone nuts” acting on their own.

Since 2000, the number of organized hate groups — from white nationalists, neo-Nazis and racist skinheads to border vigilantes and black separatist organizations — has climbed by more than 50 percent, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Their rise has been fueled by growing anxiety over jobs, immigration, racial and ethnic diversity, the election of Barack Obama as America’s first black president, and the lingering economic crisis. Most of them merely espouse violent theories; some of them are stock-piling weapons and actively planning attacks.

But not all people and places hate equally; some regions of the United States — at least within some sectors of their populations — are virtual hate hatcheries. What is the geography of hate groups and organizations? Why are some regions more susceptible to them? Continue reading

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