Campus Antifascist Network
In early summer of 2017 a group of 40 U.S. academics, responding to the rampant rise of white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups in the U.S., created the Campus Antifascist Network.
The Network had two aims: to resist the incursion of white supremacists, neo-Nazi and white nationalist ideas on college campuses, and to defend faculty under increasing political attack by the alt.right After Heather Heayer was murdered by a white supremacist in Charlottesville in August, 2017, the Network exploded and grew to more than 450 members.
Today, there are more than 13 chapters of the Campus Antifascist Network on campuses in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.
The Network has been endorsed by Pulitzer Prize winning authors Junot Diaz and Viet Nguyen, by numerous academic departments and academic unions, and by prominent scholars like Robin D.G. Kelley.
Below is the Network Mission Statement which can be found at our website. At the site you’ll find an extensive Antifascist Syllabus, and documents to build your own campus chapter of CAN.
For more information write to cannetwork.fighttheh8[at]gmail.com.
CAN Mission Statement
The time to take action is now. We call on all concerned individuals and organizations to join the Campus Antifascist Network (CAN).
CAN brings together faculty, students, staff, and community members across US campuses to stem the rise of fascism, whether proudly displayed in hateful exclusionary slogans and posters, or disguised as “free speech.” We come together to stand with threatened members of our campus communities and oppose fascist mobilizations.
Though existent for decades, the election of Donald Trump has emboldened fascist and white nationalist groups across the country.
These groups have used blatant racist, Islamophobic, anti-indigenous, anti-semitic, transphobic, misogynist, and ableist messaging and iconography to recruit to their ranks and intimidate campus communities. They have used “free speech” as a façade for attacking faculty and anyone who stands in solidarity against the threat that these organizations and individuals pose. These groups and their allies continue to scapegoat and target amongst others: immigrants, non-whites, and non-Christians, as well as women, LGBTQ+ people, native peoples, and the alternatively abled. Several have also engaged in outright physical violence, including murder.
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. In addition to protests, we encourage 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.
CAN seeks to build local chapters across the country upon these principles and help coordinate antifascist efforts at the national level.
FIGHT FASCISM–JOIN CAN! Articles about Campus Antifascist Network
“Trump Hates the Antifascist Network: Let’s Refuse to Follow His Lead.” Tithi Bhattacharya, Bill V. Mullen and David Palumbo-Liu. Aug. 31, 2017. Truthout. LINK
Campus Antifascist Network Website, LINK
“Faculty Fight Against ‘Fascists’ gets start at Purdue.” LINK
“This site takes its impetus, its hope, from those pushing back collectively against all varieties of exploitation and oppression. It is motivated especially by exceptional struggles around the world to which its creator has been a part: anti-capitalist fights for socialism; the struggle for a Free Palestine and BDS; anti-racism; the fight against creeping fascism.”