WHY UARF-NYC?Organized white nationalists and fascist gangs have been emboldened since the election of Donald Trump in 2016 to take to the streets across the U.S. from Charlottesville to Pittsburgh to Portland, and here in New York City. These groups have increased their attacks on immigrants, Muslims, Jews, people of color, LGBTQUIA2+ folks, organized workers, and leftists, and encouraged individuals to engage in violent hate crimes. There is an urgent need to mobilize to stop the rise of the ultra-right and fascism.
PRINCIPLES OF UNITY* United Against Racism and Fascism-NYC (UARF-NYC) is a broad-based coalition of groups and individuals united to build massive opposition to the nascent fascist groups. We are in opposition to racism and bigotry, and the organized groups that promote them. The ideologies of white supremacy, racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, sexism and misogyny; as well as attacks on immigrants, unions, and LGBTQUIA2+ people are all breeding grounds for fascist movements. We believe that all oppressed and working people have a stake in the fight to stamp out these ideologies and movements.
* UARF-NYC is composed of people of diverse backgrounds who understand that solidarity and unity in action are best means to advance the struggle against fascist movements. UARF-NYC defends all people who fight against fascism.* UARF-NYC seeks to support and cooperate with other organizations, locally and internationally, in a broad range of anti-fascist actions. UARF-NYC aims to bring a broad and diverse movement into the streets to confront fascist whenever and wherever they appear in public. We believe in the necessity to educate the public about the fascist threat. We believe that all targets of fascist violence have the right to defend themselves.
* UARF-NYC operates democratically and strives to ensure fair representation of all its members. UARF-NYC actively promotes the leadership of women, people of color, LGBTQUI2+ people, immigrants, and all groups targeted by fascist violence. All organizations and individuals in UARF-NYC agree to treat each other with mutual respect, goodwill and consideration. We seek to maximize our agreements and to discuss our differences openly and frankly. We make decisions by majority vote.
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* organizations listed for identification purposes only.
UARF-NYC General Meeting, Sunday, April 7, 12 PM (PROMPTLY)
Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St, Manhattan. Room 452
Bring ID to enter. Wheelchair accessible.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, March 15th, 2019
The massacre of worshiping Muslims at two different mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand/Aotearoa on Friday, March 15 sent shockwaves of horror around the globe.
At the time of this release, 49 people had been killed and dozens more injured by one or more far right-wing white supremacists.
We in UARF-NYC woke up to this news on Friday morning, stunned and horrified. Mosques are meant to be places of solace and tranquility for Muslims. Yet the far-right decided to use the mosques as massacre sites. As in the Pittsburgh massacre of 11 Jews at the Tree of Life Synagogue this past October, the far-right seeks to victimize their targets at their most vulnerable moments.
While a handful of white supremacists performed the horrible deeds, the continued anti-Muslim and anti-Immigrant rhetoric from far-right politicians and organizations like Donald Trump in the US to Vox in Spain and Modi in India provided the motivation and justification. The victims' blood stains not only the direct perpetrators, but all those who continue to use Muslims as a people and Islam as a religion a scapegoat. To attribute these continued massacres to mentally unstable exceptions is an utter lie. The delusional theme of "white genocide" permeates the rhetoric of both the "mainstream" and "fringe" far-right, as it did with the attackers in Christchurch. The same ideologies were behind the groups caught planning deadly attacks on Somali's and Muslims in Kansas, and on the peaceful village of Islamburg, NY.
Months ago UARF-NYC called a rally for noon on March 16 in Foley Square to help build resistance against the far-right in New York City, and in solidarity with an international call. We now solemnly recognize the disturbing relevance of this rally, and hope to use it as a focal point to pay our respects to the victims of this far right-wing attack. We also recognize that a unified, global anti-fascist movement is more critical today than even yesterday. We stand in sorrow and in full solidarity with all those targeted by the far-right, particularly Muslims, on this tragic day.