The antifascist movement, also known as "antifa," has been active since the 1980s, researching, monitoring and successfully organizing against local racist movements. With Trump's election and the mainstreaming of racism, the antifa movement has grown across the US, adapting its tactics and politics to deal with the new threat.
Tuesday was a day of great joy and celebration for those who have rallied for the freedom of political prisoners Oscar López Rivera and Chelsea Manning. However, some political prisoners still remain. Unless President Obama grants clemency to Leonard Peltier in the next two days, he will likely die in prison. We have to join across movements to let Obama know that leaving Peltier to die in a cage would be a stain on his presidency -- one not easily forgiven.
Nonviolence means more than the tactical rejection of physical force in conflict situations, explains nonviolence scholar and front-lines practitioner Chris Moore-Backman in this Truthout interview. It's an integrated, life-encompassing philosophy with a constructive component -- the hands-on work of building an alternative society -- as taught by Gandhi.