New York City will be one of the many cities around the world mobilizing against racism and the far-right on March 16, 2019, UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The election of Donald Trump in 2016 has emboldened organized white nationalists and fascist gangs to take to the streets across the United States. These groups have organized attacks on immigrants, Muslims, Jews, people of color, LGBTQ folks, organized workers, and leftists in Charlottesville and across the US, and have encouraged individuals to engage in violent hate crimes. There is an urgent need to work together to stop the alarming rise of the ultra-right and fascists.
This takes place in in the very worrying context of an international growth of racism and the far right. In addition to violent fascist street movements, Far Right parties are also advancing electorally and are even entering governments, as we see with Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil.
This is often fullend by racist scapegoating of immigrants. Islamaphobia is rife. Antisemitism is growing again, with terrible results like the attack on the synagogue in Pittsburgh. The Nazi ideology is also apposed to anyone resisting oppressive gender roles.
The rise of racism and the far right represents a grave danger for the vast majority of the population. We will never be able to resolve the different social problems we face unless we defend the unity of ordinary people in the face of the attempts of racists and fascists to divide us.
But we have also seen a rise in resistance in the U.S., with demonstrations against the alt-right and neo-Nazis hate events often shutting them down, limiting their audience, demoralizing their new recruits, and bringing in more anti-fascists into struggle. The situation is still urgent, and the potential for our resistance is much bigger.
On or around 16 March 2019 there will be coordinated mass anti racist demonstrations in Austria, Britain (London, Glasgow and Cardiff), Catalonia, Spain, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, Australia, Canada, Brazil and the U.S. (New York and Washington DC).
We are dedicated to a broad movement to bring as many together as possible in opposition to the far-right. We would like to see more mobilizations in the spirit of the 25,000 who marched against the Alt-Right in Boston, 2017, the 250,000 on the #Unteilbar (indivisible) demonstration in Berlin in October, and the quarter of a million against Trump in London in July of 2018.
We need to build broad movements to continue and develop this opposition. Join together noon at Foley Square on March 16th as New York joins this day of action across the world.
We are the majority, we can win.