*UPDATE: CANCELLED* Rally to the defense of an Antifascist on Nov. 3rd

** UPDATE: Due to the antifascist no longer working at Divine Barrel Brewing, Deplorable Pride (DP) has cancelled their rally outside the brewery and is going to hold an anti-Communism event somewhere else (location for which they have not yet announced). We will not be following DP and Brian Talbert around wherever they choose to hold their event. Fighting on the enemy’s terms is never favorable to victory. We are no longer calling for an event at Divine Barrel Brewing, since conditions have changed, and DP will not be there. Therefore, this event is cancelled and we also do not recommend any counter-protest wherever DP holds their event. This is not a case of random cancellation but a change in objective conditions. We thank everyone who showed support for the event. **

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BELOW IS THE CALL THAT WE MADE PRIOR TO NECESSARY CANCELLATION:

 

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We call on all antifascists to arrive in counter-protest of an effort to get an antifascist fired from his job at 1 pm on Saturday Nov. 3rd at Divine Barrell Brewing (3701 N. Davidson St). Brian Talbert and “Deplorable Pride” (DP), the “gays for Trump” protofascist organization who ally with the Proud Boys, have announced a “Stand Against Communism in Charlotte” event from 1 pm to 3 pm at the location above. This event is a direct harassment of a community activist who unapologetically supports Communism. This supporter will remain unnamed here as we are not in the habit of strengthening our enemies’ intelligence by doxing antifascists. Deplorable Pride is calling for this action as a response to this activist’s public insistence on opposing Donald Trump when he came to Charlotte and spoke in support of Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris—this past Friday, October 26th, 2018. No one deserves to be doxed and harassed for wanting to protest Trump!

 

 


We summed up a confrontation with this racist milieu back in August. This is not the first time Brian Talbert has led harassment campaigns against antifascists in Charlotte, both on social media and in person. He has staked out people’s homes and stalked their workplaces repeatedly. Talbert cannot go unchallenged in his attempts to harass and demoralize antifascists. His racist harassment will continue until we physically put an end to it. Antifascists and defenders of progressive values cannot be the ones to blame for Brian Talbert being emboldened—the racist movement will not die off on its own and by standing up to him we are not “giving him a platform”—he already has one. Racists and anti-racists are not the same. Unfortunately, what the “leftists” who make these arguments don’t realize is that the black scourge of reaction has never been defeated by avoidance. Reaction and fascism have only been defeated by the cathartic, cleansing use of revolutionary violence.

With the title of this event we are reminded of the canceled “March Against Communism” that antifascists took over on December 28th, 2017. Time and time again Deplorable Pride and their various fascist allies are showing that they view Communism as their true enemy. They are correct. Capitalism-imperialism is in decline, and as we approach the inevitable world wars that will spring up between the host of imperialist powers (mainly the US, Russia and the revisionist China), it becomes more and more clear that bourgeois society will always cause ruin and devastation for the majority of the world’s population. With fascist movements increasing among disillusioned segments of the working class, Communism must become the beacon of light that leads the final class out of its misery. For that to become a reality, the facts must become the truth. Anti-fascism must become Communist-led and mass-based. Anything less is a distraction, and worse yet—destructive to the lives of the working class. As much as Brian Talbert rambles on about “antifa” we are not a trendy, news reel catching pageant. Antifascists in Charlotte are dedicated revolutionaries who are working to see the end of any burgeoning fascist movement. We encourage all supporters of antifascism: fight back! Now is our chance to defeat the enemy. Hesitation and delay will only bring us more of the same, which is an inevitable increase in fascism. There is room in the anti-fascist movement for everyone; we will need everyone’s support to beat back the fascist offensive and build the struggle for a New Power!

As always, we encourage supporters and antifascists to show up to this counter-protest masked, so that comrades’ identities are not laid out in the open to bare this same harassment which DP have shown again and again they will carry out without abandon. With racist organizations like DP already having the upper hand in capitalist society, we must be strategic and united to defeat them.

It is the duty of all anti-racists to ensure that this activist does not get fired for standing on the correct side of history. We will always stand by Communism, which is the only hope humanity has left in this wretched reality inflicted by capitalism. The people, not the wicked forces of reaction, will be victorious in these Charlotte streets!

Put antifascism into practice!

Do not cede any ground to the enemy!

—Red Guards Charlotte

This sign was found on a busy Charlotte street the first week of May 2018.

 

 

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 ** UPDATE: Due to the antifascist no longer working at Divine Barrel Brewing, Deplorable Pride (DP) has cancelled their rally outside the brewery and is going to hold an anti-Communism event somewhere else (location for which they have not yet announced). We will not be following DP and Brian Talbert around wherever they choose to hold their event. Fighting on the enemy’s terms is never favorable to victory. We are no longer calling for an event at Divine Barrel Brewing, since conditions have changed, and DP will not be there. Therefore, this event is cancelled and we also do not recommend any counter-protest wherever DP holds their event. This is not a case of random cancellation but a change in objective conditions. We thank everyone who showed support for the event. **