On the 9th February 2017, I had an idea.
I’d been thinking a lot about communities – both online and offline – and it struck me that there were few places I could go to talk about activism. I don’t just mean the odd Twitter thread here or there, I mean really talk about activism. There was nowhere I could go to talk about how scared I was, how tired I was, how desperate I was to change the world. Nowhere to go for support AND practical ways to fight the terrifying rise of fascist and alt-right rhetoric and politics.
So on the 9th February 2017, I had an idea. I had an idea for the Anti-Fascist Babe Club.
While sat on the train for my morning commute, I scribbled down a rush of ideas and thoughts for the community I was so desperately seeking.
On 13th March 2017, the Anti-Fascist Babe Club officially launched.
‘But what is the Anti-Fascist Babe Club?!’ I hear you cry?
It is, quite simply, a community for anybody interested in politics, social justice, and activism. If you feel like the world is burning around you, the Anti-Fascist Babe Club is here to help you put it out, one drop of water at a time.
A mix of support in difficult times, practical ways we can fight the right, and a glimmer of hope, the Anti-Fascist Babe Club is a community for all activist types. Whether you want to be instrumental in getting Trump impeached, stop Brexit in its tracks, or just generally make the world a better place for marginalised people, the Anti-Fascist Babe Club is for you.
Practically, we are at present a Twitter community and a weekly newsletter. Our first newsletter will be going out next week – so make sure you sign up now to find out even more about the Anti-Fascist Babe Club! Soon, we’ll be launching weekly Twitter chats too so all you anti-fascist babes can have your say.
There’s lots of things I want for the Anti-Fascist Babe Club, eventually. A podcast interviewing other activists. A book club, to open us all up to new ideas. Real-life physical meetings to extend this community into the ‘real’ world. But most of all, I want it to be a thriving community of bright, smart, powerful people. People who are dedicated to changing the world.
And if that’s not enough to get you interested, here’s a snippet of our first newsletter.
Activists who have been around decades longer than I told me to hold onto my hope, because the disillusion would come. Black women who have been holding up and driving forward movements for centuries told me, with the kind of knowing that only centuries of systematic murder and oppression gives you, that I would get tired.
I didn’t believe them. Maybe it was my youth, that makes me feel like I can do anything. Maybe it was my white, middle-class privilege, which has meant i’ve never really had to fight like this before.
Whatever it was, I didn’t believe them. But now it’s March and the hope has faded. The adrenaline has worn off and the fatigue has set in.
And I have no idea how to change the world.
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