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In new book, Pacific Northwest organizers, academics explore history, facets of antifascism

In a new book, No Pasaran: Antifascist Dispatches from a World in Crisis, academics, more than a dozen authors explore the facets of antifascist organizing and the rise of the far right.

Editor, Shane Burley who is a writer and filmmaker from Portland, said he hoped to disrupt myths around antifascists. He said organizers are often painted as a monolith, instead of a diverse coalition of activists, and community organizations.

He, and two contributors to the anthology, Joan Braune and Shon Meckfessel will discuss the book in Spokane this Sunday.

Braune is a lecturer at Gonzaga University who educates organizations and activists about the far right and extremism on the local level.

Shon Meckfessel is an organizer and researcher who has studied movements across the US, Europe and the Middle East. He currently is a professor at Highline College, near Seattle.

Spokane Public Radio’s Rebecca White spoke to Burley, Braune and Meckfessel ahead of their visit to Spokane.

They will discuss the anthology at the Spokane Public Library’s downtown location this Sunday at 2 p.m.