The fight against fascism needs everyone it can get. Fighting structural inequality, systemic violence and cultural revanchists is something that anyone can do. You don’t need to be Malcolm X reincarnate to join the fight. The strength and vitality of Rosa Luxembourg, Nelson Mandela, and Gandhi doesn’t need to be running through your veins in order for you to find a role in the revolution. All these people, while great in their own right, would be nothing without those behind them. The fight against fascism is for the “normal” people, and to be successful it needs to be a mass movement made up of those selfsame people. Any anti-fascism movement that doesn’t enjoin the common people is no true anti-fascism movement.
Having a role doesn’t always mean being one of the visible members of a revolution. No successful movement is won because of few cool speeches or TV appearances. Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream Speech” has rightfully gone down as one of the best speeches in American history, but that speech alone changed nothing. It was on the backs of the millions of people around the U.S. that organized protests, marches and meetings. The people who printed out flyers and posters. Those who made signs. Who knocked on doors for days on ends getting petitions signed. It was those “normal” people who made that speech successful.
All that being said, it can be hard as hell to see where you fit in at first. There are a lot of people making good-ass signs already. Many people have only just actively joined the fight against fascism, myself included. It can be a bit overwhelming when you start talking to people who have been resisting and organizing for the last 30 years. What could you possibly add? Turns out, the answer is a lot.
Showing up in the first place practically guarantees that you have a role. Organizing, protesting and fighting fascism requires bodies, lots of bodies. Not sure what to do when you get there? Look for someone who seems particularly harried and see if you can lend a hand. You probably can. Hand out flyers, set up chairs, take notes. Bring some cookies to an organizing meeting. Everyone loves cookies.
So, even if you’re not a 40-year vet of the fight against fascism you can still contribute. Get out there and resist comrade.