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Short for “antifascist”, Antifa refers to anyone who *actively* opposes fascism through protest, demonstration, and other political/social activity.

Antifa is not a gang or organized political entity. There are no leaders, and there is no hierarchy. Those who identify as Antifa often attend rallies held by neo-Nazis, white supremacists, white nationalists, the alt-right, and other hate groups in order to oppose their message of hatred and violence. Antifa also seeks to support immigrants, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and any victims of hate crimes and oppression. Antifa is only ever as active as the hate groups it opposes.

Sometimes Antifa is confused with the concept of “black bloc”, a method of direct action that includes vandalism. This is mainly due to the commonly worn black clothing and face masks. Where people engaging in black bloc tactics will hide their identities from the police, Antifa sometimes wear masks to avoid being identified by fascists for fear of being targeted with violence and harassment of themselves and their families at home, at work, etc. as these are common behaviours/tactics of the far right hate movement.

Antifa is typically non-violent and will generally only engage in self defence. However, since there is no membership, hierarchy, or rules, some who identify as antifascist may ignore this convention and choose to, for example, punch white nationalist Richard Spencer in the face.
Antifa are left wing activists who oppose racism, homophobia, sexism, transphobia, and all other forms of hate and oppression.
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Contrary to popular belief, not an organized or centralized group. There is no official "Antifa" group someone joins, although local groups are sometimes formed under an antifa or antifascist name.

Antifa (short for antifascists) is a term that can be applied towards anyone who takes action against authoritarian or fascist groups. It is an ideology that opposes fascism, as the name suggests.

It can be anything from local people taking down Nazi posters to the more stereotypical, militant local groups and protestors portrayed on typical news sources. As such, antifa activities can vary greatly, from things most people do in their everyday lives or that are considered to be general good practice and activism to most people, to more extremist behaviors.
Person 1: I heard some people in the area started an antifascist protest following a Neonazi rally and took down posters and stickers left behind.

Person 2: Aren't antifascists a violent, black-wearing group?

Person 1: I mean, there's definitely some people out there like that, but antifascism covers any actions against fascist or Nazi activities, peaceful or violent. It's not a group, but rather an ideology.

Person 2: Huh, I never knew that. I always thought Antifa was a group from the ways the news talked about it.
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A loose association of anti-racist groups who engage in popular resistance to fascism. Antifa members recognize the state's refusal to take action against fascist violence and are thus forced to take matters into their own hands to protect their communities.

Antifa members are historically literate and have studied how European fascists used free speech and free assembly as weapons to seize control of their governments and ultimately do away with such liberties. They understand that Nazism and fascism are fundamentally violent, dictatorial ideologies that must be squashed and will exhaust all nonviolent means before resorting to defensive violence.

The establishment vilifies Antifa groups as "terrorists" precisely because they challenge the white supremacist social order and frustrate the ability of white supremacists to use racial minorities as punching bags.
Cornell West: "If it hadn’t been for antifa protecting us (black Charlottesville clergymembers) from the fascists, we would've been crushed like cockroaches."
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"Antifa" is short for "Anti-fascism". Antifa is a conglomeration of groups that seek to organize protests and political action in reponse to the objectives of fascist groups, namely rallies held by white supremacist groups. As it is small and loosley organized, Antifa recieves little media attention from sources not associated with the Alt-Right. Fox News in particular has been critisized for using Antifa to deter its audience from focusing on chants and phrases yelled by white supremistists in support of Trump, whom Fox News often refrains from critisizing.
Fox News host: "Antifa's violence at the Charlottesville..." (Rather than discussing chants led by members of the Alt-Right, namely Jason Kessler of Proud Boys, self-identified members of the Klansman, & other self-identified or discovered members of neo-Nazi & neo-Confederate groups.
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Antifa is abbreviation for Anti-Fascist. They were a lot bigger in the 20th century for obvious reasons, resisting fascism, which was on the rise in those times.

As fascism and heavy nationalism rolls over the hills again, Antifa groups have been rising up and demonstrating again, particularly in the latter half of the 21st century. These people are of all ages, but most of them are those worst affected by the economic conditions set by late-stage capitalism, millennials.

Previously, low profile anti-fascist groups had existed in the US since at least 1988 in the form of the Anti-Racist Alliance. Contemporary anti-fascist groups have become affiliated with traditional anarchism and have become known for their clashes with far-right and alt-right groups. Anti-fascist activities have included violent disruptions and demonstrations, including burning rubbish bins, breaking store windows, and most importantly, punching Alt-Rightists and KKK members.

As you might have read from other definitions, conservatives don't like the Antifa because they threaten to tip the balance over. The proletariat will rise, no matter how the rich cry.
I've been in six Antifa demonstrations, if my father was still alive, he would be proud.
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A bunch of heroes making America safer one punched Nazi at a time.
"Did you see what Antifa did last night?"

"Fuck yeah, dude. That Nazi had it coming. The only good Nazi is a dead Nazi, anyway."
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