from Tucson Anarchists
When: Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 10:30 AM
Where: Reid Park
The proto-fascist clowns of Patriot Movement AZ are coming back to Tucson. This is the same group that on August 4th of this year flew Nazi-inspired flags in Reid Park. Now, in the wake of anti-semitic and white supremacist shootings in Louisville and Pittsburgh, the far-right is seeking to show their strength and recruit new members here in our town. Make no mistake, the natural result of successful organizing by groups like Patriot Movement AZ is further attacks against vulnerable communities. If we hope to defend ourselves against racist, misogynistic, homophobic, anti-semitic, islamaphobic, and other targeted violence, we must prevent PMAZ from continued organizing in our community.
Last time they came to town we prevented them from marching, and the only reason the fascists were able to rally at all is because Tucson Police surrounded and protected them. They even had to be escorted back to their cars. Let’s give PMAZ another taste of what Tucson thinks of them and their poisonous ideology.
Our response will take many forms and all are welcome. If you want to bring your kids and stay safely around the back with signs, you are welcomed. If you want to dress up like clowns or bring various forms of noise makers to humiliate or drown them out, you are welcomed. If you want to bring snacks, water, or medic skills, you are welcomed. If you want to cover your face to protect your identity while you protect the larger crowd from fascist or police violence, you are welcomed. There are many different approaches to dealing with hate and we need all of them. There are many forms of “yes” but one “no”. We say “no” to hate.
Standing together means that even if you do not agree exactly with the values of everyone in attendance, you will not put them at risk either from police or fascist violence. We will all keep each other safe and if anyone feels uncomfortable at any time they are free to leave or ask for support from others.
We need as many people as possible to come so that we can show that we support love and empathy, not hate and bigotry. So bring your friends and family and let us find joy in solidarity.