EDITORIAL
Stop the witch-hunts against anti-fascists!
volume:  
volume 38
issue 5
October 2017

Most people were thrilled at the immense protest against fascists and Nazis and KKKers that swept the country after Charlottesville. But the U.S. government was not pleased. It doesn’t like masses of people in the streets challenging its politics.

The Department of Homeland Security has already classified antifa (the anarchist wing of the anti-fascist movement) as “domestic terrorists.” This opens up the entire progressive movement and labor unions to similar charges, because we are all anti-fascists.

The government’s terrorist baiting is a qualitative ramping up of the U.S. police state. Its purpose is to fracture the movements, and to scare into silence the energetic organizing that has taken place since Trump’s election, especially since Charlottesville. (See related story.)

Hundreds of anti-Trump demonstrators were arrested at his inauguration and now face felony trials and years in prison. Most arrests of demonstrators have been of anti-Nazis, not far-right white supremacists. What next? Will we be put on no-fly lists and accused of terrorism every time we organize against white supremacy?

All of us who oppose sexism, anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, and state repression have a serious fight to wage in defense of our rights. We need a broad, inclusive, national defense committee to push back this witch-hunt and keep the government from dividing our anti-fascist forces, one group at a time.