Posts in: anti-fascism

Why ignoring the Ku Klux Klan sends the wrong message

October 2015

The Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women issued the following statement in response to a recent Ku Klux Klan rally in South Carolina. The Klan was protesting the removal of the Confederate flag from the capitol building. Every time the Klan or some other anti-Semitic, white supremacist group announces a rally, voices are raised advising… Read more »

The rising threat of 21st-century fascism

October 2015

After a decade of cuts, layoffs and privatization of public wealth, Europeans are in an uproar. Strikes and protest marches fill the news from Scotland to Greece. In June, an estimated 250,000 people demonstrated in London, outside the Bank of England before marching on Parliament, to demand that cuts to the National Health Service and… Read more »

500 years of police brutality

December 2015

Police stand guard against Occupy Wall Street and union protesters on May Day 2012. Five hundred years before Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice were murdered by police, white men in the colonies were hired to catch runaway slaves. They were the first police force in what became the United States. Native Americans had… Read more »

Statement by Miriam Padilla on the November 2015 ISIS-inspired attacks in Paris, which took the life of her cousin Nohemi González

November 25, 2015

My cousin, Nohemi González, was one of the victims killed during the attacks in Paris on November 13. Nohemi was a bright shining light in our family, a proud, outspoken, and talented first-generation Mexican American and first-generation college student, studying abroad for a semester at a French school of design. For my family and me… Read more »

Ending Imperialism’s non-stop war on humanity

Winter/Spring 2008

Of the 36,524 days of the twentieth century, not one was free of war. It’s impossible to know if actual fighting occurred every day, but somewhere on the planet armed militias faced each other in trenches, bunkers, warships or warplanes, ready to shoot on command. Some, such as the armed blockade of Cuba, the destruction… Read more »

Cronulla Riot: Unions must mobilise against racism and fascism

Summer/Autumn 2006

Out of the sewer. Long time Nazi fanatic, James Saleam, founder of the thankfully defunct National Action, has rallied a small group of thugs, ultranationalists and racists into an outfit called the Patriotic Youth League, which orchestrated the Cronulla riot. Drunken racist goons, who wanted to defend “their” beaches and “their” women attacked anybody who… Read more »

The role of socialists in the union movement today

Summer/Autumn 2006

This article is an edited and updated version of a talk given by Alison Thorne at a Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) meeting on 31 August 2005. Thorne is a workplace delegate in the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) and an activist in the rank and file caucus, Members First. CPSU workplace delegate, Alison Thorne,… Read more »

Standing in solidarity with Muslim women

Summer/Autumn 2003

Bush’s “War on Terrorism” has the sickening stench of racism — as wars for profit always do. In the previous world war, Uncle Sam saved “Western Civilisation” from “Asian hordes.” Today, he’s going after “Islamic terrorists” from the Middle East and Asia. According to Fred Nile, Christian fundamentalist Member of Parliament in New South Wales,… Read more »

High Court legitimises dispossession: Racist judgement denies existence of Yorta Yorta Nation

Summer/Autumn 2003

In 1992, Indigenous Nations celebrated the Mabo Judgement, which finally recognised, partially, their traditional ownership of their country. Since then, both major parties have stacked the High Court with judges hostile to civil rights in general and Indigenous rights in particular. On December 12, a five-to-two majority effectively annulled Mabo — part of a ruling… Read more »