Fighting fascism is hard work. And it takes forever. Decades. It is a fight that many who started will not see finished in their life times. It can also be depressingly lonely. These are all reasons why every win in the name of anti-fascism must be celebrated and the news of the win spread to all those willing to hear.
Every war has its ups and downs. Battles are lost, ground is surrendered. But the fight must go on. Seemingly crushing defeats can turn into huge victories at the drop of a hat. Battles lost one day may turn into huge success 15 years down the road. But often times, especially when everything is stacked against you, even huge wins may seem small compared to the challenges ahead. It is imperative in any long-term fight that this line of thinking is never followed. One way to do that is to celebrate, celebrate, celebrate. Did your local organizing chapter beat the fundraising record? Throw a party! Even if it was just by one dollar. Did a comrade have a baby? Throw an anti-fascist party welcoming a new member to the fight! Got a local ordinance over turned? Pop some damn bottles. To mis-quote Emma Goldman, “There can be no revolution without dancing.”
While the struggle is challenging, it is also long. And when a fight goes on for years and years it is easy to lose site of the main goal and start to drudge through the daily requirements of active resistance. Celebrations help counter the drudgery. They mark successes and help keep the main goal in focus. When something good happens, it should not just slip by soon to be forgotten. If all that is marked is disappointment, then what are we fighting for. There must be joy in the revolution or the revolution is pointless.
Celebrations are more than just gestures to increase morale. Fighting the good fight can be depressingly lonely, even when you’re surrounded by your comrades in arms. Oftentimes people feel the overwhelming need to be doing something at all times. A night not spent protesting is a night wasted in other words. No one can live like this. You still must have friends; you still need to go to parties. You still need to socialize outside of comparing which protest chants are the best. And celebrating success is a great way to do that.
Of course, success shouldn’t be kept in-house. The news should be spread around. If Trump can announce every time he has a successful shit, why shouldn’t the anti-fascists announce it every time they get a win? It is important that people see what you are doing in the world and that you are making waves. Wins should be shared with the world. Show everyone how you did it, and maybe next time someone else will jump on the bandwagon, or use your tactics for another success. Wins must be shared with the world.
So remember, the fight is long but there will be plenty of parties along the way.