A petition titled “Formally recognize AntiFa as a terrorist organization” was launched on the White House’s website on August 17, 2017 and is quickly gaining steam.
The description on the petition’s WhiteHouse.gov page:
Terrorism is defined as “the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims”. This definition is the same definition used to declare ISIS and other groups, as terrorist organizations. AntiFa has earned this title due to its violent actions in multiple cities and their influence in the killings of multiple police officers throughout the United States. It is time for the pentagon to be consistent in its actions – and just as they rightfully declared ISIS a terror group, they must declare AntiFa a terror group – on the grounds of principle, integrity, morality, and safety.
The petition gained over 100,000 signatures within days, meaning that the White House must review it.
The deadline for the petition is September 16, 2017, and the number of signatures is currently at 235,000. What will the number of signatures be by the deadline?
Antifa, short for “Anti-Fascist Action,” is a violent political terrorist group that became active in the United States during the campaign period of the 2016 general election, and has remained active since then. You may have seen footage of Antifa participants wearing black clothes and black masks while wreaking havoc at political events, such as Trump’s Inauguration Day on January 20, 2017, and conservative speaking engagements at UC Berkeley in Berkeley, California. These violent terrorists have attacked people of opposing views, destroyed public and private property and ultimately have given conservatives (and atheism) less of a speaking platform.
The group has a vast network across the US and Europe that can be found on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter. It is difficult to find information about Antifa, such where it receives funding, because it operates under the radar. While the term “Antifa” is a new to many Americans, the group has had various resurgences since its start in the UK in the ’80s and has had a new image and ideology with every resurgence. Read further.
While Antifa is not the only political terrorist group that has been wreaking havoc across the United States for the past two years, this petition is a good starting point to begin drawing awareness to the number of Americans that oppose violence.
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