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Hamilton Solidarity Rally with Virginia Anti-fascists
August 14 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
On Saturday August 12, a car drove into a crowd of anti-fascists protesting a gathering of white supremists in Charlotteville, Virginia. As of this moment, one anti-fascist was killed and two dozen more were injured. The “Unite the Right” rally was seeking to bring together far-right and racist forces in the United States, leading to hundreds of fascists marching with torches giving nazi salutes. Thousands of people mobilized to oppose their disgusting agenda and the world they want to create. The attack against these anti-fascists in Charlottesvile is part of an escalating series of attacks by the far right over the past few years. This is deeply disturbing and though it might seem far from home, far-right groups in Hamilton and throughout Southern Ontario are emulating these groups in the US, adopting their language and tactics. Moments like these make the threat of the far-right more visible, but every day that they have an organized presence makes us, our neighbourhoods, and all the people we care about less safe.
We’re calling for a rally at King and James on Monday, August 14 at 7pm in solidarity with all the anti-fascists who mobilized in Charlottesville and especially the family, friends, and comrades of the person who was killed. There will be people downtown starting earlier in the afternoon leafletting — there will be updates posted on this event page. Later in the week, there will also be a fundraising dinner and discussion at The Tower to raise funds for medical expenses.
As the far-right grows more assertive and violent, it’s a time to stand up and pick sides. In Hamilton, these groups like to direct their venom at migrants, muslims, and anti-fascists, but even if you don’t see yourself as part of these groups, the ideas the far-right are spreading, have real repercussions and effect us all.
Along with events, the Tower has open hours at the following times to pick something up from the library, buy books, or hang out and drink coffee: Sundays noon-5pm and Thursdays 5-9pm.