Tuesday, August 22
Common Good Cafe
(Downstairs at the University Temple United Methodist Church)
1415 NE 43rd St.
Seattle, WA 98105
The “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia was a gathering of white nationalists, white supremacists, the alt-right, and neo-Nazis. They intended to intimidate and publicly affirm their racism, anti-semitism, misogyny, and homophobia. All this was present in their chants and slogans, such as “Blood and soil,” “white lives matter,” and “Jews will not replace us.”
Anti-racist activist Heather Heyer was murdered and several more were injured by a fascist who drove his car into a section of the counterprotesters. This tragedy demonstrates the urgency for organized, massive responses to mobilizations by the far right. We cannot rely on the police or politicians to help us in that effort. Only a mass movement that poses an ideological counterweight to right wing ideology can marginalize those ideas.
There are lessons to take away from the experience of Charlottesville. As we move forward and continue the fight, we must continue to unite the broadest and largest layer of people committed to opposing bigotry. We have to work together to figure out the most effective strategies for this fight and to keep one another safe. Socialists, unions, liberals, radicals, students, the faith community, and many others must act in solidarity with all oppressed communities.
Join the Seattle International Socialist Organization in a discussion about what it will take to isolate the right, create united coalitions against them, and build a strategy to win. We will be joined by Neil Loehlein, an activist from Portland, OR, to speak about recent organizing efforts against the right in his city.
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