On August 12 in Washington D.C., the working class accomplished a big victory.
Only 2 dozen fascists showed up for the “Unite the Right 2” rally. The left, on the other hand, mobilized a historic showing. Thousands of socialists, Black Lives Matter activists, feminists, queer liberationists, and activists of all colors and ages mobilized in opposition to their message of white supremacy and bigotry.
Thoughout the day, activists filled the streets and took to the stage in anticipation of the fascist rally later that afternoon. The Freedom Socialist Party national contingent marched through the city and was ready to go in Lafayette Square. The energy and anticipation was high among the crowd.
When the first paltry group of Nazis showed up, far outnumbered by their gratuitous cop escort, thousands of counter-demonstrators immediately rushed to the front of the barricades and formed a massive wall of militant shouting, singing, and chanting to give them the welcome they feared.
The Freedom Socialist Party contingent led chants, perhaps the most emblematic being “We are many, you are few!”, and did not cease to shout them down until the last white supremacist had left. After less than an hour they were through, defeated and discouraged.
Jed, an organizer with the FSP contingent, took to the bullhorn and celebrated our victory with the crowd.
“Today we took a stand and won against racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, and immigrant scapegoating. Standing up to fascism is the most important thing, but we have to keep it going, we have to come together in coalitions as socialists, radicals, anarchists, feminists and liberals to work together democratically! It’s not over, but we won today.”
In stark contrast to this resounding public rejection of the far-right were the despicable accommodations provided by the D.C. police for them. Hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of our tax dollars were spent on escorts for the fascists — shutting down a Metro station for them, and even providing a private van out of the park.
No such service for the left, in fact quite the opposite. A swarm of cops and an equestrian unit were always trained on the counter side, parading in front of the peaceful crowd in a disgusting show of force.
The support for the far right by those in uniform and those in the White House was clear as day.
We have work to do in continuing this fight against the rise of fascist ideology in this country. We need to formalize the unity of August 12th into democratic united fronts that empower the working class against the attacks of the ruling 1% and their fascist stormtroopers in and out of uniform.
Sunday showed to the country that workers are powerful when we come together to protect ourselves. And the fascists, Nazis, and white supremacists, hiding in the dark, took note too.
Freedom Socialist Party, NYC.
If you live in the NYC area, please note that the next public FSP meeting will be on Thursday, August 16, at Freedom Hall, 113 W. 128th Street, New York.
On the agenda will be a D.C. counter-protest report-back and a report on a recent gathering of Mexican socialists in which FSP participated. All are welcome to attend and join discussion. Dinner is served at 6:30pm for a donation, and the meeting starts at 7pm. Call 212-222-0633 for more info.