In response to the rise of alt-right and fascists during 2017, and considering the events across the United States following the election of Donald Trump, we’ve felt the need to donate an additional $2000 to anti-fascist and pro-refugees causes. In times like these, we can’t stress enough about the importance of organizing against fascism, racism, and hate.
Our $2000USD donation was shared between the International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund and Refugee Community Kitchen.
During 2017, Antifa went from being an obscure movement of people willing to actually stand up and defend their communities from white supremacist terrorists to being the topic of the summer. This was largely because of the unprecedented wave of violence and killings committed by racist extremists this year.
Last year, we contributed $3000 to anti-fascist causes and also donated $1000 to refugees charities previously. We are happy to reiterate our solidarity this year again for these very important causes and we will continue to show support in the future.
About the International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund
The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund is one of the only means of support and solidarity that anti-fascists and anti-racists can count on to have their back when they put themselves on the line against hate and have to deal with the consequences.
Modeled on the defence fund run by the Anti-Racist Action Network in the late 1990s/early 2000s, The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund accepts proposals for support from anyone. Decisions are made by a crew of individuals and groups who have donated more than $20U.S./€20/£15. Those decisions are arrived at by consensus whenever possible and by a simple majority vote in situations where consensus is not forthcoming. The Fund publishes quarterly reports on its activities here.
As of December 2017, The Defence Fund is now donating an average of $2200USD per month to support anti-fascists and anti-racists. This, of course, means that the fund needs to raise $2200USD every single month just to sustain the level of support it’s currently providing, and that’s assuming that things don’t get any worse than they are now.
Last quarter report (December 2017):
- We made sure that a Polish antifascist’s ten-year-old son was okay while his dad serves a prison sentence for a fictitious crime neo-nazis framed him for.
- We paid 50% of the outstanding legal defence bill for anti-racists in Richmond, Virginia who had faced down opposition to their call to remove the Robert E. Lee statue from their town and were rewarded with police brutality and trumped-up charges.
- We helped an anti-fascist injured in the August 12th Charlottesville terrorist attack to pay his rent and put food on his table while he awaits surgery for the injuries he sustained in the attack.
- We got a volunteer YPG fighter out of the war zone and back safely to his home country after two tours of duty fighting Daesh fascists and liberating people in Syria from their reign of terror.
- We made a significant contribution to the legal defence of over 200 #j20 defendants arrested during demonstrations against Donald Trump’s Inauguration.
- We made sure an antifascist could pay her rent after an injury she sustained when attacked by fascists caused her to lose her job.
- In 2016, the Anti-Fascist Defense Fund donated over $15,000USD to 76 anti-fascists and anti-racists in ten countries
- September 2017 – Quarterly Report
- March 2017 – Quarterly Report
- 2016-2017 Annual Report
Refugee Community Kitchen – Feeding 2500 refugees every day
Refugee Community Kitchen was created in the winter of 2015 to provide nutritious food for the refugees in the Calais and Dunkirk camps.
After months of fulfilling our mission and supplying up to 2500 meals a day at the height of winter 2016, we still find ourselves maintaining the supply of 2500 hot, healthy and nutritious meals a day, every day in the Calais and Dunkirk area.
Spring 2016 saw us embarking on building communal kitchens, supplying food ingredients, which allowed the residents in the camps to cook their own food giving the dignity of feeding and providing for their own families.
Presently (October 2017) Calais and Dunkirk are now worse than ever, the refugees have no shelter, they are sleeping in the woods, in the ditches, and under the flyovers. Refugee Community Kitchen is needed more now than ever, as it is the only hot food source in the area and is a vital lifeline.
Since December 2015 RCK has:
- Cooked every day, 7 days a week since 1st of December 2015
- Cooked over 1.5 million meals for refugees
- Served over half a million tonnes of food
- Built industrial kitchen in L’Auberge des Migrant warehouse, Calais
- Created cold food distribution facility in L’Auberge des Migrant warehouse, Calais
- Supported all the Community kitchens in Calais camps with food and equipment
- Designed and Built 7 communal kitchens in the Grande Synthe/La Linere Camp
- Built free shops and sheltered communal areas in Grande Synthe/La Linere Camp
- Built and equipped the Kurdish Community kitchen in Grande Synthe/La Linere Camp
- Designed and built food storage facility supplying Kurdish Community Kitchen in Grande Synthe/La Linere Camp
- Fully equipped functioning Community bakery in Grande Synthe/La Linere Camp including tandoor ovens
- Organised and stocked containers with essential food items for Syria
- Delivered food and aid to volunteer groups on the ground in Paris