Defend The District From White Supremacy


We are calling all anti-fascists and people of good conscience to participate in international days of action August 10 through August 12 and a mass mobilization in Washington D.C.

This is for Heather Heyer, Corey Long, Deandre Harris, ICE abolition, open borders, dismantling the prison industrial complex, and ending the settler colonial system. We will confront fascism, antisemitism, islamophobia, white supremacy, and state violence on August 10-12.

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Mass Mobilization Against The Alt-Right in Washington D.C., August 10-12

We are calling all anti-fascists and people of good conscience to participate in international days of action August 10 through August 12 and a mass mobilization in Washington D.C.

This is for Heather Heyer, Corey Long, Deandre Harris, ICE abolition, open borders, dismantling the prison industrial complex, and ending the settler colonial system. We will confront fascism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, white supremacy, and state violence on August 10-12.

Our lives were forever changed on August 12, 2017, when neo-Nazis, KKK and militia members, and Alt-Right trolls from across the US and North America converged on the town of Charlottesville, Virginia.

White supremacists lit torches and attacked students as young as 17 last year while the police looked on and did nothing. The next day, people bravely confronted hundreds of armed racists. In the ensuing confrontation, one person gave her life, and many more were scarred forever. Tens of thousands immediately took to the streets. Suddenly the world would never be the same.

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Old statues fell. And a new street-based, grassroots power rose.

Now the white supremacists want to come back. On August 12, 2018, the Alt-Right will hold "Unite the Right 2" in Washington D.C. in front of the White House at Lafayette Square. Jason Kessler, Richard Spencer, and the Trump Adminstration are all implicated in the murder of Heather Heyer. The Alt-Right relentlessly harass and threaten people of color, women, sex workers, trans and non-binary people, and the undocumented.

Their rallies are all public displays of violence and calls for genocide. They are Brian Trainer and every killer cop. They are the ICE agents. They are the prison system that breaks up families. In Portland, D.C., and Philly, the movement grows. We occupy ICE offices, confront racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and white nationalism.

We will be in the streets on August 10-12, and we intend to win.

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Other Calls to Action

For the CrimethInc. international call to action

In Charlottesville: Community members are mobilizing to show that anti-racist, anti-fascist resistance continues regardless of whether Nazis actually show up. Join and support them on August 11-12.

Inside D.C.

Jason Kessler will find no rest, no refuge, no respite. Communities in D.C. will unite against hate, borders, prison, and the vision of Unite the Right.

Outside D.C.

If you can't make it to Washington D.C. on August 10-12, take to the streets wherever you are. We call on our comrades to organize demonstrations and other actions for the night of August 12. Occupy an ICE office, shut down a police station, or demonstrate at the home of a local racist, ICE agent, or prison profiteer.

Outside the United States

If you are living outside the US, you can take action at US embassies, borders, or other symbols of colonial power. Our allegiance is not to "making America great again," but to all of humanity and the planet.

Signed,

While You're in D.C.


People live here in the national's capitol. D.C. has long historical social movements, please respect local organizers, community members, and places we hold dear.



Housing


We're only days away from the protest and need to know if you are looking for housing! We have space available! Please fill out this form if you need space! It helps us to vet who comes in and out.

In addition to a few spots in nearby homes there is mass housing where we will provide overnight security and most meals. Suggested donation of $15 per night, but all are welcome.


Food


During the protest D.C. Food Not Bombs will serve once day. We ask you bring food to share if you're staying in mass housing.



The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and Law for Black Lives DC (L4BL-DC) are providing legal support to counterdemonstrators organizing against Unite the Right 2.0. If you are against white supremacy and fascism and planning to attend any actions the weekend of Aug. 12, we ask you to please fill out this emergency contact form in case you are arrested. Filling out the form beforehand will better enable us to lend you support.

We will also operate a 24-hour legal support hotline where you can reach us during the weekend. Please write this number on your arm or elsewhere on your body in permanent ink: 202-660-1422. If you are arrested you can use that number to call us from jail. If you witness an arrest or other police violence, you can also use that number to report the information to us.

Please be on the look out for National Lawyers Guild Legal Observers on the streets this weekend—they will be clearly identifiable by their bright green hats stating "National Lawyers Guild Legal Observer." The role of the legal observer is to document police actions on the streets towards protesters. You can learn more about the NLG's mass defense program.

When you attend protests you are engaging in First Amendment activity, and you also have other constitutional rights. For more information please check out L4BL-DC's guide to demonstrations in D.C.. For a more comprehensive look at your rights, please see NLG's know your rights guides, available in five languages. And if you are a non-citizen, we urge you to check out the Center for Constitutional Rights' If an Agent Knocks guide. Finally, as we all become more and more dependent on devices and technology, all activists should be familiar with digital security, and we urge you to look to the Electronic Frontier Foundation for tips and information.

Press


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