Update: Since posting this, we’ve left the Redneck Revolt network. You can read more about that here.

Dear friends,

In addition to being a proud chapter of the Redneck Revolt network, we’d like to state our affiliation with the newly formed West Coast Community Defense.

Together, in alliance with Desert Workers Collective, PDX Armed Against Hate, and Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club, we announce that we have committed to a partnership to aid each other in abolishing fascism, white supremacy, anti-LGBTQ+ hate, misogyny, Islamophobia, and bigotry of all types. This alliance, called West Coast Community Defense: WCCD (pronounced wicked), is a partnership of armed community defense organizations and was born from the understanding that hate groups are not just a local phenomenon, but often travel far and wide to attack our communities. In the face of increasingly widespread organized bigotry by the far-right, networking with like-minded folk is crucial to defending our neighborhoods, loved ones, and places of worship. Recognizing that our struggles are intimately connected, we will provide mutual aid to each other when needed.

As guidelines for our organizing, West Coast Community Defense has agreed to follow and abide by the Torch Network’s Points of Unity as our own:

  1. We disrupt fascist and far-right organizing and activity.

  2. We don’t rely on the cops or courts to do our work for us. This doesn’t mean we never go to court, but the cops uphold white supremacy and the status quo. They attack us and everyone who resists oppression. We must rely on ourselves to protect ourselves and stop the fascists.

  3. We oppose all forms of oppression and exploitation. We intend to do the hard work necessary to build a broad, strong movement of oppressed people centered on the working class against racism, sexism, nativism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and discrimination against the disabled, the oldest, the youngest, and the most oppressed people. We support abortion rights and reproductive freedom. We want a classless, free society. We intend to win!

  4. We hold ourselves accountable personally and collectively to live up to our ideals and values.

  5. We not only support each other within the network, but we also support people outside the network who we believe have similar aims or principles. An attack on one is an attack on all.

In solidarity,

Desert Workers’ Collective ([email protected])

PDX Armed Against Hate ([email protected])

Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club ([email protected])

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