Nov 6, 2017
For this episode we interviewed Chad Chavira.
Chad is the lead organizer for #NoNazisAtUF, the student
led organization that protested Richard Spencer’s speech at
University of Florida back on October 19th. Chad is also an
organizer with Dream Defenders and a junior at the University of
Florida, studying Political Science and Sociology.
We talk to Chad about organizing on a college campus with a
particular emphasis on all the planning, mobilization, and
political education efforts he and his comrades put into
Gainesville's confrontation with Richard Spencer. Josh talked to
Chad about the pros, cons, and challenges of mobilizing large
groups of liberals in anti-fascist spaces in areas where there are
not enough leftists to confront fascist speakers.
Chad also talked about non-violence, self-defense, and his
stance on nazi punchers and nazi huggers alike.
We also talked more broadly about organizing strategies for
student movements and antifascist movements. Finally, we got the
chance to talk with Chad a little bit about what his work with
Dream Defenders has meant for him and what he’s learned by being a
part of their organizing efforts and campaigns in Florida over the
past couple years.