Of Courage and Resistance: Charlottesville
Today we mourn Heather Heyer, a comrade who was killed in yesterday’s demonstration against the nationwide fascist convergence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
In a beautiful display of courage and resistance, hundreds of anti-fascists stood up in Charlottesville this weekend to prevent the unification of multiple white nationalists groups and combat the lynch mob terror that they intended to unleash in the city.
The white supremacists were beaten.
Our fighters showed daring and a willingness to risk their own safety for the sake of others, and we hold them in the highest regard. Due to their fortitude and unwavering determination, the anti-fascists held their ground and succeeded in stopping the rally. Though we will never know exactly how many lives were saved by their actions, it is clear that without resistance to their fascist terror many more would have been harmed.
This incident was, in fact, one battle in a long war that white supremacist society has waged upon us since the inception of this country. As state control was solidified, white supremacy’s hold on society became inescapable and its ideology permeates every facet of American existence. Our battle, instead, for life, for liberation, for humanity, our war against white supremacy is the basis and the core of our resistance.
The American state is collapsing. As capitalism remains mired in crisis, its once solid position within the global order is crumbling. With ever widening cracks in the state’s foundations, those who reaped the benefits of white supremacist society and American imperialism are grasping at any last chance to maintain their position in the hierarchy it legitimates.
Our goal is to destroy white supremacist society at its very root. Every facet of the prevailing American order, from the millions of prisoners shoved onto plantations, to the street-side executions by police, to the withholding of basic needs from those who most need them, must be effaced from the new world that we must and will construct together.
To counter the systemic violence of a dying empire, to lay the foundations of a new and different organization of life, it is essential for each and every one of us to fight for liberation and collectively defend our communities with the same intensity that we offensively attack the enemy. As we continue our struggle against fascism and towards revolution, it is necessary for us to see ourselves in all those around the world currently engaging in this war as well: from the barricades in France to the battlefields in Rojava, wherever fascism rears its head, the Partisan tradition demands that we bury it in an unmarked grave.
We hold the names of those who have fallen in this battle close to us as we renew our commitment to their struggle. Those who have been taken from us in the heightened moments of conflict will be the cornerstones for us to strengthen our resolve so as to ensure that their sacrifices will build towards victory.
Death to fascism!
Death to white nationalism!
Long live Heather Heyer!
Victory to all revolutionaries who fight for a free world!