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#Toronto: #NoPegida after-action report

Toronto, Canadian territory: On Saturday May 4th, 2019, PEGIDA Canada (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West) – the anti-Muslim, anti-immigration, white nationalists, along with their collaborators – assembled for a rally and a march outside Staples’s University and Armoury location just steps away from City Hall with alarming numbers yet again. The fact they did this on Star Wars day out of all days is unforgivable.

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Women and the union – A factory in #London

Following our interview at the IWW organising summit, Anne, a GMB rep in West London food factories and member of Angry Workers of the World writes about conditions in her workplace and her experiences as a trade union rep. This piece is part of our Too Many Men series, a collection of articles addressing gender imbalance in trade unions and workplaces – you can read other articles in this series here and here.

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June 25: Call for Solidarity Actions for #J20 Defendants

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) are calling for an international day of action in solidarity with the J20 defendants on Monday, June 25th.

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#Seattle #IWW Endorses the Call for a Decentralized, Anti-Capitalist #MayDay

Statement by Seattle IWW about their support for a decentralized anti-cpaitalist May Day.

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#IWW: #GDC Statement on #Charlottesville

The steering committee of the General Defense Committee voted to approve and release this brief statement last night after the fascist murder of a 32-year old woman in Charlottesville, VA, at the Unite The Right rally of fascist organizations. We now know her name, Heather Heyer, and the name of her murderer, who was apparently a member of the American Vanguard fascist group, and was photographed at the rally holding American Vanguard shields with explicitly fascist imagery on them.

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Image: James Alex Fields Jr., the fascist suspected of murdering one antifascist with the intent of murdering countless in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017. If the two cars he sped into were not on that street, dozens of antifascists would have been murdered.

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#Milo #UW#Seattle Shooting Victim is Anti-Racist Organizer ; Victim was de-escalating conflict at protest when shot

Seattle, WA — The victim of the shooting at University of Washington’s Seattle Campus (UW-Seattle) on Friday, January 20, 2017, is a member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and the IWW’s General Defense Committee (GDC), an anti-racist and anti-fascist organization. He was present at the protests against Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos on Friday night to oppose Milo’s hateful speech, which encourages violence towards minority groups, and has resulted in actual violence in the past. The victim spent the period prior to being shot de-escalating conflicts between protesters and counter-protesters.

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Pressrelease January 22th, 2017 by IWW General Defense Committee

The shooter is unknown to the public at this point. Despite using a firearm against another unarmed citizen in a place where firearms are prohibited, the Seattle Police Department (SPD) released the shooter shortly after he turned himself in. It is unclear to us that this is standard SPD practice. We do not yet know the real motivations behind the actions of the shooter at Friday’s protest. We do know that he brought a loaded weapon on the UW’s campus, into a protest situation. We understand that this is already a violation of law. We do know that he claimed self-defense against a person who was explicitly there to de-escalate violence, and that the shooter appears to have a considerable amount of confusion as to whom he shot, since he claims to have thought the victim was himself a white supremacist. The shooter displayed a serious lack of responsibility when he brought a loaded firearm onto UW’s campus in a protest situation, and even more when he used it. We do not understand the rationale for releasing this man.

The victim is a 34-year-old man from Seattle who has been a long-time anti-racist and anti-fascist activist. The shooter has apparently claimed that he shot the victim in ‘self-defense.’ The victim was unarmed and attempting to de-escalate conflict at the protest. We request that the press not identify the victim by name. The so-called ‘alt-right’ is notorious for creating virtual mobs to harass those with whom they disagree. The press should resist unintentional collaboration with these tactics. We recognize the pressure for the media to get stories out early and first. We request that the media engage with the victim directly, when he is recovered sufficiently to do so. In the meantime, please refrain from repeating the shooter’s claim that the victim was a white supremacist, without qualifying it with our statement.

The greatest needs for our member are of course personal, physical, and emotional. But the financial needs will be great. Supportive members of the public can donate to the shooting victim’s recovery fund at the internet address below.

We are deeply saddened by the attack on our friend. We are saddened but not surprised that the police released the attacker so swiftly.

To donate to the victim’s medical funds, please visit: https://www.crowdrise.com/medical-fundraiser-for-iww-and-gdc-member-shot-in-seattle

Written by IWW General Defense Committee