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anti_racist_action_logoIn 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.

More than usual, I should mention that this post is my personal creation. This is not official In Nomine material and has not been endorsed by Steve Jackson Games.

 

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Be aware that some of these strategies may violate local ordinances. It would be negligent to pick one without knowing whether or not it is legal.

Blandine (Dreams)

  • 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.

Christopher (Children)

  • 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.

David (Stone)

  • 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.

Dominic (Judgement)

  • 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).

Eli (Creation)

  • Write an anti-fascist ‘zine.
  • Join a local agitprop theater troupe.
  • Drown out hateful speech with bagpipes or brass instruments.

Gabriel (Fire)

  • Help name and shame anyone who takes part in a Nazi or other fascist rally. @YesYoureRacist recently came to prominence for employing this strategy.

Janus (Wind)

  • 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.

Jean (Lightning)

  • Track down and monitor online channels where fascists gather and plan.
  • Tip off any new targets of their animus.

Jordi (Animals)

  • Offer free or discounted pet-sitting for people who want to take part in area protests or anti-fascist actions.

Khalid (Faith)

  • 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.

Lithroy (Revelation)

  • 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.

Marc (Trade)

Michael (War)

  • Punch a Nazi.
  • Help anti-fascist protests get so large that there’s no need to punch a Nazi.

Novalis (Flowers)

  • 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.
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