In light of the recent string of fascist rallies and counter demonstrations that have been taking place in the USA, this seems like a good time to take a break from my “no politics” rule. Sometimes not saying anything at all is itself an act of evil.
However, since this is still an In Nomine blog, I have decided to put together a list of possible anti-fascist actions someone could get involved and the Superior who I think would embrace that approach. If you just want to use this list in game, that’s fine – but I would rather you look through it and pick out a strategy or two that you are willing to use to combat fascism directly in the real world.
- Create a safe space for members of targeted populations who do not wish to engage with the hate directed against them.
- Make opportunities for members of these communities whenever you can, and respect that their voice is as valid as your own.
- Offer free child care to folks who want to go to area protests or anti-fascist actions.
- Teach the youth in your life about fascism, including fascism in America both before WWII and after.
- Teach self-defense classes to protesters and/or targeted minorities.
- Put yourself on the front line during a protest, either openly or as part of a black bloc.
- Resolve to contact your legislators and executives regularly to advocate for social justice and against fascism.
- Sign up for a mailing list or app that will provide you with regular reminders and suggestions (for example, 5 Calls).
- Write an anti-fascist ‘zine.
- Join a local agitprop theater troupe.
- Drown out hateful speech with bagpipes or brass instruments.
- Help name and shame anyone who takes part in a Nazi or other fascist rally. @YesYoureRacist recently came to prominence for employing this strategy.
- Join an anti-fascist group in your area.
- [EDIT 8/27] Transport friends to & from protest sites.
Be aware that joining an anti-fascist group will likely have you engaging in several of the other activities on this list.
- Track down and monitor online channels where fascists gather and plan.
- Tip off any new targets of their animus.
- Offer free or discounted pet-sitting for people who want to take part in area protests or anti-fascist actions.
- Contact your local religious leaders or the Interfaith Alliance to ask how you can support their efforts in opposing fascism.
- If you are aware of a specific pro-fascist rally or event and your faith community is not, bring it to their attention.
Laurence (The Sword)
- Become a legal observer. The National Lawyer’s Guild offers regular training throughout the USA.
- Teach your friends about the forms that oppression takes in our country (may require listening to folks who experience different forms of oppression from you)
- Acquaint friends who are uncomfortable with direct protest and silencing actions with the paradox of tolerance.
- Turn fascist events into fundraising opportunities for causes they hate (for example: https://www.gofundme.com/adopt-a-nazi-not-really).
- Withhold business from local employers who keep known participants in Nazi rallies on their payroll.
- Punch a Nazi.
- Help anti-fascist protests get so large that there’s no need to punch a Nazi.
- Join or organize a mass non-violent protest.
- Offer direct support (such as meals, medical attention, or pastoral guidance) to other protesters.
- Write letters to your local newspapers and legislators encouraging them to denounce hate.