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Via [personal profile] tim, we have two twitter threads where actual boots-on-the-ground antifa talk about their tactics and the need for their tactics. The first one, especially, emphasizes non-violent direct action to intervene in order to protect vulnerable people, while still being ready to commit violence should all else fail.

It's reassuring to know that organized antifa, black bloc, etc. know what they're doing, know how to deescalate, and have very clear goals. It's also important to reiterate that hate speech isn't nonviolent; speech that threatens to hurt other people is violence. It's a form of terrorism, of making people feel unsafe just because of what they look like or who they love. Or other immutable characteristics.

TW: Transphobia

I still remember one bus ride where the only other passenger was ranting to the driver about how if she worked as an EMT, she would leave injured trans women to die. It wasn't an idle threat; this sort of thing actually happens today. I wasn't out, so she can't have known she was targeting me specifically. But it drove me further back into the closet and completely ruined my evening, if not month, to know that this was what people in my town thought of me.

End TW

The thing I expressed concern about, before, wasn't that people were saying they'd punch Nazis; Nazis should fear being punched, when they go to advocate for white supremacy and ethnic cleansing in public. It was that a lot of the people I'd seen on Reddit specifically seemed to be advocating for Nazi-punching from a place of toxic masculinity, and wanting to escalate conflicts to the detriment of more vulnerable people than white cismale Reddit users.

I'm very glad to know that people like that aren't in charge, and that vulnerable groups of people are preparing their / our own defences and tactics. I don't think I can participate in the same ways that they can, but I want to make it clear that I support organized antifa, and am not trying to scare or warn people away from the concept of resisting fascists. Goddess knows we need more people doing so.

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