South London Anti-Fascists Group was formed in 2008 in the response to the British National Party getting elected to the Greater London Authority. We are refugees, migrants, trade unionists and anti-fascists from various traditions.
We are an anti-fascist and anti-racist group from South London acting in solidarity with other similar organisations. Our structure is non-hierarchical. Our approach is grassroots community self-organisation.
We work with and within communities at direct risk from fascism and racism. Within South London, this means working with a wide range of people who are already marginalised by the state, as well as at risk from street fascism. The current targets of street fascism are principally migrants, Muslims and people of colour. However, fascism is fundamentally hostile to all working-class communities and people. This especially includes women, LGBT+ people, people with disabilities and Travellers, who all are and have been targets of both fascism and state oppression.
We work in settings such as workplaces, schools and colleges, estates, religious and community groups, trade unions and radical centres.
We see self organised resistance as the most effective form of response to both street fascism and state oppression. Protests, occupations, strikes, self-defence classes, rights workshops, court support, and self-published media are methods we can use to defend our communities.
We work locally in mutual aid with groups who organise those at risk from street fascism and state oppression. We do not direct, but can offer resources and will raise funds to help self-organisation.
We see street fascism as exploiting the current state attacks on our communities through cuts, sanctions, workfare and gentrification. We work in mutual aid with resistance movements against these attacks, to foster resistance to street fascism and state oppression.
We see state oppression and street fascism as mutually supportive structures which divide our communities for the benefit of capital, and so we do not collaborate with the police or seek state intervention, such as banning marches. We will not neglect to work with local communities who do choose to work with the state, however.