Anti-Racist Action Network

The ARA-Net is a network of independent anti-racist/anti-fascist groups across North America. Anti-racists have been using the name ARA since the 1980s, but in 1994 we began meeting more regularly and sharing our experiences, skills and sense of humor across the continent. In 1994 there were only a few chapters; now there are 100 or more.

See the ARA Network web-site, to find out which chapter is closest to you:

The ARA Network is not centralized. Each group is independent and makes its own decisions. But we are united by four points of unity:

1. We go where they go. Whenever fascists are organizing or active in public, we're there. We don't believe in ignoring them or staying away from them. Never let the nazis have the streets.

2. Don't rely on the cops or the courts to do our work. This doesn't mean we don't ever go to court. But we must rely on ourselves to protect ourselves and to stop the fascists.

3. Non-sectarian defense of other anti-fascists. In ARA-Net, we have lots of groups and individuals. We don't agree about everything, and we have a right to differ openly. But in this movement an attack on one is an attack on us all. We stand behind each other.

4. ARA-Net intends to do the hard work necessary to build a broad, strong movement against racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, discrimination against the disabled, the oldest and the youngest of our people. We intend to win.

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