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Campus Antifascist Network: Fight Fascism with Solidarity
This panel & workshop session is an introduction to the work of the Campus Antifascist Network, which brings together faculty, students, staff, and community members across US campuses to stem the fascist offensive in higher education. Though existent for decades, the election of Donald Trump has emboldened fascist and white nationalist groups across the country to recruit to their ranks and intimidate campus communities; using “free speech” as a façade for a highly coordinated, well-funded, and rapidly expanding campaign of terror and intimidation targeting students and faculty on hundreds of college campuses across the nation. We will share our experiences and provide an essential background to the rash of far-right “free speech” events at colleges and universities, as a counterpoint to the many myths, false narratives, and manipulative lies used by the “alt-right” in their attempt to silence dissent and normalize fascism in mainstream society. CAN looks to mass counter-mobilizations and broad-based coalitions as key to the fight against these forces. We have diverse political views on multiple issues, but are united in our commitment to stopping fascist intimidation from taking root in our campus communities. CAN also encourages the development of educational and political spaces on campuses for teach-ins, reading groups, workshops and strategy sessions on the history of fascism in its many guises and how to combat it. We invite you to hear our stories, and join us as we build local chapters across the country upon these principles and help coordinate anti-fascist efforts at the national level.
SATURDAY November 4th - 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Meleiza Figueroa is a PhD Candidate in Geography at UC Berkeley, former Press Director for the Stein/Baraka 2016 Presidential campaign, and a Fellow with the Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution. A longtime contributor to progressive media and social movement organizer based in California, she now co-facilitates the Movement School for Revolutionaries, a grassroots political education initiative aimed towards building a united front of the Left against neoliberalism and neofascism.
Campus Antifascist Network; Stanford University
David Palumbo-Liu is the Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor at Stanford University and a member of the steering committee of the Campus Antifascist Network.
Campus Antifascist Network