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No More Charlottesvilles! How Can Socialists Fight the Right?

  • Portland State University 1825 Southwest Broadway Portland, OR, 97201 United States (map)

Join Portland State International Socialist Organization and the Portland branch of Democratic Socialists of America for a panel and discussion on socialist strategies for fighting the right.
On August 12th a mobilization of the far right held a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was a gathering of white nationalists, white supremacists, the alt-right, and neo-Nazis intended to intimidate and publicly affirm their racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny, and homophobia. All this was present in chants and slogans of “Blood and soil,” “White lives matter,” “You will not replace us,” “Jews will not replace us,” and the waving of confederate flags, Nazi flags, and other white supremacist symbols.
The murder of anti-racist activist Heather Heyer and the injury of several others by a fascist vigilante who drove his car into a section of counter-protesters on Saturday demonstrates the urgency for organized and mass response to mobilizations by the far right.
There are lessons to take away from the events in Charlottesville. As we move forward and continue the fight, we must continue to unite the broadest and largest layer of people committed to opposing bigotry, use the most effective strategies, and keep one another safe. That’s socialists, unions, liberals, students, worshippers, and more to defend every oppressed group and build the combativeness and confidence of our side in stopping the Right in its tracks.
The white supremacist group Patriot Prayer is planning an event in Portland in early September and will continue to hold their "Freedom Rallies" in our city. We must discuss strategies and tactics for fighting them now and for fighting the system that breeds their racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, sexist, ableist ideology.
Join the ISO and DSA in a discussion on socialist strategies to isolate the Right, create united coalitions against them, and the socialist strategy to win.

Thursday, Aug. 31st at 7PM
PSU, Smith Student Union
Room 238

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