Calls for Contributors

Call for Contributors: Responding to Far-Right Militants

The Activist History Review invites proposals for our June 2020 issue, “Responding to Far-Right Militants.”

The Activist History Review invites proposals for our June 2020 issue, “Responding to Far-Right Militants.”

On April 17th, Donald Trump tweeted out that his supporters should “liberate” Minnesota, Michigan, and Virginia. Perhaps worrying that the wink-nod language of “liberating” states with Democratic governors was not explicit enough, Trump told supporters to bring their guns in his Virginia Tweet with a reference to the 2nd Amendment. His ethnonationalist supporters openly wondered whether he was calling them to violence, and have since staged armed demonstrations at state capitols across the country.

Pro-Trump “reopen” militants occupy the steps of the Michigan State Capitol. Their death threats against Governor Whitmer recently forced the closure of the capitol building. Photo via NBC News.

Although these demonstrations may seem to be responding to the pandemic, they are an expression of a violent militia movement that saw a resurgence following the election of Barack Obama. The far-right militia actions of the last decade, from the Bundy Ranch to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, threaten violence to promote a white supremacist capitalist ideology and to repress all who oppose it. As we face increasing vigilante threats and violence under the pandemic, it is crucial that we understand both their aims and organizations as well as the ways that antifascist organizations responded to extremist violence and intimidation.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to the:

  • Strategies of groups like Antifa (broadly defined), the Black Panther Party, the Lincoln Battalion, the Wobblies, etc.
  • Work of organizers and public intellectuals like Rosa Luxemburg or Malcolm X.
  • Goals of far-right movements like the White Leagues, Klan, Tea Party, etc.

Proposals should be no more than 250 words for articles from 1250-2000 words, and should be emailed to horne.activisthistory@gmail.com by May 31st at 11:59 PM. Please also include a short bio of no more than 100 words.

** We will be offering a small stipend to contributors who are queer and/or trans Black Brown Indigenous People of Color (QTBBIPOC). Please indicate if you identify as such in your email. **

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