On Saturday, August 18, Patriot Prayer leader, reproductive rights opponent and far-right xenophobe Joey Gibson will be holding a rally with the Proud Boys and others of his fascist followers at Seattle City Hall. Their bigotry will be countered with a noon protest at City Hall by defenders of freedom and equality. Gibson purports to be standing against “far-left violence,” which is a nonsense claim fronting for his political hostility to radicalism and even liberalism.
The ad hoc group planning to oppose him are calling their rally “Unite Against Fascism: Remembering Those Lost to Far-Right Violence.” They are commemorating anti-fascist activists like Heather Heyer, murdered a year ago this month in Charlottesville, while vowing to fight like hell for the living, as labor champion Mother Jones urged.
The organizations involved include the Freedom Socialist Party (FSP), Radical Women, Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity, ANSWER, International Socialist Organization, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Refuse Fascism NW, the Seattle Democratic Socialists of America, and Veterans for Peace Chapter 92.
In its announcement of the counter-demonstration, the ad hoc coalition writes:
“The bigotry and violence that these far-right organizers bring cannot be allowed to go unanswered. As a diverse political community, we understand that solidarity and unity in action is our greatest strength. Solidarity enables us to overcome the barriers towards building a powerful, democratic working-class movement. We will be shoulder-to-shoulder with all in our community who are targeted by the far-right in a unified, orderly and strong counter-protest.”
The modern-day Nazis are coming out from the shadows to rally and recruit in public. As history shows, the ultimate aim of a fascist movement is to smash any and all working-class organization and power of resistance. The time to stop them is now!