The Defense of Charlottesville

An oral history chronicling the Antifascist actions in Charlottesville/DC the weekend of August 10-12, 2018. Transcribed with permission from the original author.

August 10th, 2018

As Antifa chapters convened across the country, many under the Great Lakes Antifa (GLA) banner, so to did the Abolish ICE Network gather in the humid and ordinarily friendly confines of Charlottesville, VA. A city besieged by white supremacist violence just a year ago, culminating in the savage beating of DeAndre Harris and murder of Heather Heyer, found itself in the grip of an oppressive police state. State Trooper vehicles lined the entrances to the historic campus, formations focused around the college's numerous monuments, and frequent patrols skulked through the downtown streets. 

American Renaissance Disruption Report Back 2017

Nashville AntiFa participated in the disruption of the American Renaissance (AmRen) conference held in Burns, Tennessee July 28th-30th at the Montgomery Bell State Park.  AmRen is a veritable who’s who of white supremacists who gather annually to espouse largely antiquated and refuted pseudoscientific claims that cis-heterosexual white males are superior to their numerous counterparts (queer, POC, femme, etc.).  Organized by Jared Taylor, this conference is a keystone event for suit-and-tie racists seeking to expand their hateful platform under the fetishized guise of “free speech”.  Attendees included Richard Spencer (everyone’s most memorable hit from 2017), Nathan Damigo of Identity Evropa (known for assaulting femme-presenting AntiFA Louise Rosealma at Berkeley), and several other adherents to the “white identity movement” and the “Alt-Right movement”. 

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