In 2013, an announcement came from Anti-Racist Action in the U.S. for a new way forward, called The Torch Anti-Fascist Network. This would be a way to create local organizations in a coordinated way across the U.S. to combat fascist organizing as it was clearly on the rise. Last year, they had their first conference to draw people into the organizing effort and continue the discussion on tactics and organizing. Now, November 7-8th is going to be the 2nd Annual Torch Anti-Fascist Network’s Conference, which is hosted in Philadelphia by Philly Antifa.
Their announcement outlines more about the need for coordinated anti-fascist organizing, and how the conference is put together.
This November 7th and 8th Antifa Philadelphia is proud to host the 2nd annual Torch Antifascist Network conference. The Torch Antifa network is comprised of autonomous Antifascist groups who share information and resources. We expose, oppose and confront Neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan, Anti-migrant and Anti-Choice groups and individuals, as well as other bigots and fascists.
For more info on our analysis of fascism and our points of unity, as well as contact info for our chapters, go to our website.
We do not believe that these groups are a small problem. Thousands upon thousands of act of violence and discrimination are perpetrated in this country by people who belong to these organizations every year. Thousands more by people who may not hold formal membership from fear or laziness but have similar beliefs. These cases are isolated and minimized as much as possible because the media has no interest in vilifying sexists or white supremacists the way they do Muslims, Black people and environmentalists.
In reality groups like American Freedom Party, Blood and Honor USA and the KKK recruit, train and embolden the “lone wolf” shooters, bombers and bashers. They also profit from it in money and privilege while injecting their racist, sexist and homophobic analysis into the mainstream political dialogue and making any sort of better world impossible.
The tactics of Torch and groups like us have proven effective time and time again for years all over the world for neutralizing our enemies organizing abilities and recruiting methods. Because Antifa represent another example of people power trumping state authority, specifically its desire to coddle racists and fascists, repression for Antifascists has become a normal expectation. This, partnered with the danger represented by the Fascists themselves, makes attending this conference all the more crucial.
We are calling on all Anti-Racists, Anti-Fascists and egalitarians to join us in Philadelphia this fall to Network and socialize and maybe get involved in Torch.
This conference will include both a public and private portion. The public portion will be open to all interested (no Fascists, obviously). More information on exact events will be released as the conference approaches. The private portion will be only for Torch Network members and potential members who have been vouched in. So crews looking to join the network should contact us via the closest chapter to you (contact info below) as soon as possible.
Housing is available to vouched Antifascists. Food will be provided at the public events.
If interested in attending the conference, send us an e-mail at PhillyAntifascists@gmail.com with “Torch Conference” as the subject line.
Antifa Philadelphia and the rest of the TORCH Antifa Network