Statement of Solidarity to Lyon Antifascists

The Florida YLF stands in full solidarity with anarchists and antifascists in Lyon and in full opposition to the dissolution of the Antifascist Group of Lyon and Surroundings (GALE). The French government has begun proceedings to ban GALE, as part of its bid to suppress leftist movements in tandem with the pro-independence uprising in Corsica.

Fight state repression wherever in the world it is present, from Portland to Moscow. Siamo tutti antifascisti!

Statement of Solidarity With Corsicans in Rebellion Against French State

The Florida Youth Liberation Front stands in full solidarity with our comrades in Corsica fighting against French colonialism. The killing of Yvan Colonna was a crime against humanity, but only a symptom of the larger problem being all the problems with his conviction.

Colonna was accused of assassinating a moderate French prefect of Corsica, Claude Érignac, who was even open to autonomy. Érignac’s successor was a hardline Republican who scoffed at any mention of self-determination for the Corsican people; thus it seems like a dubious choice of victim, and for this reason Colonna always maintained his innocence in the matter.

Corsica has been a French colony since 1768, with repeated rounds of pro-independence unrest. The riots in the aftermath of Colonna’s assassination have been the most recent example, forcing the government’s hand to the point that Macron is now offering autonomy to the island.

Freedom to all Corsican political prisoners! U statu francese tomba!

Reportback: Cypress Bay Walkout Against Don’t Say Gay Bill

I was one of thousands of students at Cypress Bay High School who walked out against the Don’t Say Gay Bill on March 9th. In this reportback, I will be sharing my experience and takeaways from the demonstration.

In the days prior to the actual walkout, Cypress Bay’s GSA (Gender-Sexuality Alliance) had received permission from the school to go ahead with the walkout. This occurred in stark contrast to a walkout for COVID safety, the prospect of which a month and a half ago was immediately shut down via county directive. Though it is a good thing that security did not disrupt this student protest, it reflects the near-impossibility of spontaneous action in high schools excepting times of mass social unrest.

On the day of the actual walkout, of course, there was a general energy of anticipation. Most of the student body was aware of the walkout to occur, but many teachers likely holding right-wing beliefs had told their students ahead of time that they would defy a schoolwide directive to allow all who wished to attend to leave the classroom.

During 2nd period, during which the walkout actually happened, the school administration did not announce it over the PA as they had promised student organizers. Regardless, everyone began to leave their classrooms and head towards the courtyard.

Me and my friends made it outside and found a crowd far larger than we had anticipated. By then, probably at least 1,500. The news choppers were already there, ahead of time, with 3 already circling the school. WSVN, WPLG10, and CBS4, but for some reason there was a news station from Nashville live-streaming our walkout. There was a substantial amount of enthusiasm present for the demo at this point.

The crowd of around 2000 students had begun to lose enthusiasm as soon as the walkout halted in place. Numbers had shrunk drastically by the time that the walkout had officially ended, because many people had wanted escalations, as, regrettably, were later instigated by homophobic rednecks at Western High 2 days later.

There had been a general sentiment of excitement in the student body, as a lot of people thought it would escalate, as the first walkout since the 2008 and 2013 riots at the school that hadn’t been organized by the school itself, as the post-Parkland massacre walkout had been.

The 2008 and 2013 riots both began as food fights that escalated due to a general apathy for school as well as a disappreciation of how the school was being run. In 2008, the riots escalated with haste, with students engaging in running battles with school security and throwing down barricades across campus. Eventually, most students left campus as the confrontations winded down.

In 2013, though, many confrontations with security occurred, and the assistant principal was tackled, resulting in several detainments and a few dozen suspensions made. The crowd didn’t leave the school, but rather stayed in and made the most of the opportunity to skip class.

An Account of the Fascist Attack on the Western High Walkout

This timeline of events during the Western High School walkout of March 11th comes from the direct testimony of several students and YLF affiliates present, coupled with video + photo evidence included below.

It is first necessary to provide some background. Western High School is located in Davie, one of the most white schools in Broward County and certainly almost all of South Florida as well. It is also a high concentration, therefore, of more right-wing and pro-Trump elements in an otherwise solidly Democratic area.

Students had organized a walkout at Western, to occur in the parking lot. This organization was entirely independent of any kind of club, even Western High’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance, which stated in an Instagram story that they were not going to endorse the event under any circumstances.

The walkout had begun to gather peacefully in the parking lot, and given its organic organization, had far more enthusiasm than Cypress Bay’s walkout 2 days prior.

Promptly, a group of white (assumably straight) boys got on top of a pickup truck, holding a Trump 2020 flag and chanting “Fuck Joe Biden!” They then began to throw projectiles at the crowd of walkout participants, and, Western High being a supermajority-white school, many people began to switch over to their side.

What followed next was a series of savage attacks by the crowd of right-wingers against the walkout. Rocks were thrown at the walkout participants, and the roaming horde of fascists-in-training flipped over tables and threw trash cans on the ground while engaging in fistfights with protesters, many of whom fought back effectively and bloodied at least one right-winger. To be clear, this was not the boy pictured below, who was defending his girlfriend from a 3-on-1 by Trump supporters.

It did not end there. The crowd of right-wingers eventually pushed through the crowd, cornering a walkout participant on the 2nd-floor balcony, who jumped off and broke his leg as a result.

The pro-LGBT+ crowd reconsolidated itself, taking out several pride flags, with an immediate response by police who arrived and confiscated the flags but left the pro-Trump rioters unscathed.

Police then kettled the protest, and pushed the crowd back inside before school ended. The school then sent out a subsequent email talking about walkout participants starting fights, with little to no mention of fascist attacks and provocations. Many students present reported chants of “Fuck gays!” and “White power!” coming from the crowd waving a Trump 2020 flag, but these concerns have not been acted on by the school.

Many people considered it egregious that property was destroyed during the walkout. This is not a concern that we share; we choose to focus on the fact that a group of several dozen proto-fascists felt the audacity to attack a demonstration in support of the LGBT+ community on campus, in a solidly Democratic area.

FLA-YLF Primer

(PDF/DOCX downloads available here)

What is the FLA-YLF?

The FLA-YLF is the Florida chapter of the Youth Liberation Front; the YLF is a decentralized network of anarchist youth groups spanning across so-called North America and the British Isles.

Much of Florida, especially in urban areas, lacks any sort of left-wing infrastructure, but the YLF and other groups have been working diligently to create a thriving social movement in one of America’s most reactionary states. Many other groups also strive towards this goal, including Food Not Bombs and the Revolutionary Abolitionist Front.

Those of us in Florida have worked independently as well as with many other groups in the area, participating in tagging and banner drops, as well as demonstrations for a wide variety of causes; some protests from 2021 included J20 and the police murder of Daunte Wright. Our comrades live across the state, including in cities like Ft. Lauderdale, Lakeland, Miami, and Orlando.

As anarchists, the YLF organizes in affinity groups, tight-knit collectives of no more than a few dozen people, all of whom know each other. Most affinity groups may be local, with nodes around a school or city of residence.

What is Antifa?

After introducing the YLF itself, it may feel important to clarify exactly what “Antifa” is and how it operates.

“Antifa” is a shortened form of Anti-fascist Action, whose roots are traced to the anti-Nazi struggle in Weimar Germany. In the most abstract form, anti-fascist action takes the form of opposition to fascism by any means necessary. The movement has experienced an upsurge ever since the early 2000s, around the time when the Internet began to gain popularity, and thus, many tactics of the movement are built around the online world.

Despite what the mainstream media chooses to focus on about Antifa, demonstrations and violence are, in fact, the last resorts of the movement. Doxxing and other internet-based research and action are, in actuality, a far more common tool, often used to cut off a stream of income for Proud Boys, Vanguard 18 (local accelerationist neo-Nazi group in Hollywood, FL) and other far-right groups, as well as to deplatform local election candidates, many of whom may also have been hiding their actual beliefs from the public.

Physical confrontations become necessary when it comes to stopping fascists from being platformed in public. Richard Spencer, for example, after being punched in the face by an antifascist during an interview, has publicly stated his fear of organizing rallies due to the risk of counterprotesters shutting down his events.

What is Anarchism?

Anarchism is the idea that everyone is entitled to complete self-determination. No law or government is more important than the needs and desires of actual human beings. People should be free to shape their relations to their mutual satisfaction, and to stand up for themselves as they see fit.

Anarchists oppose all kinds of oppressive and hierarchical structures, such as police, capitalism, and the state, which perpetuates oppression on the basis of race, ethnicity, country of birth, sexual orientation, and gender identity. In its place, left-wing anarchists seek to create a world based on decentralized communism and community control of the means of production.

As opposed to more mainstream leftist currents, anarchists reject reformism in order to resist co-optation, such as the centrist adoption of the George Floyd Uprising to push police reform rather than the more common position of abolition held by many participants. Though certain reforms may be welcomed or even celebrated by anarchists, reform is not something that anarchists strive for in and of itself. Historically, though, through the prevalence of movements such as the syndicalist currents of the late 19th century, state forces have implemented reforms in an attempt to satisfy potential supporters of such movements, such as the creation of the 8-hour workday.

The FLA-YLF has Twitter, Instagram, and Telegram. You can access our vetting channel through the links below, and our website contains zines and stickers we’ve made, as well as other zines made by different groups that we’ve archived and compiled.

Telegram Vetting

We could always use some more helping hands! If you’d like to pitch in, please use our links to find our social media as well as our Telegram vetting group. And if you have any friends who share your ideas and vision of a better world, don’t hesitate to invite them along as well!

FLA-YLF Primer

Here’s a new zine just released! This was designed as an introductory primer to the Florida Youth Liberation Front and its ideology; you can read it yourself, or share it with friends to learn about our structure and politics. It prints on 2 sheets of paper and includes QR codes to most social networks we have. Print, send, distribute, do whatever you like with it!

For reading:

FLAYLF Primer (Word document)

For printing:

FLAYLF Primer (Booklet PDF)

Anonymizing your Telegram account: a guide

In light of recent events on Twitter and other social media platforms carrying out censorship against leftist accounts and movements, it is necessary to begin moving to more anonymous and secure messaging platforms in order to continue organizing. Below, we’ll give you a list of steps for making a Telegram account, and anonymizing it.

Step 1: Download Telegram. It is available on both the Google Play Store and the App Store for iOS.

Step 2: Create an account using a phone number. For security purposes, even though we will explain how to later hide it, we recommend using Google Voice to create a phone number not linked to your name. Make sure to deselect syncing your contacts as well.

Step 3: After verifying your phone number, enter a nickname as your first name and leave your last name blank. Enter a profile picture if you prefer, but there is no obligation to customize your account.

Step 4: Welcome to Telegram. Click on the sidebar and select settings in order to begin editing your privacy settings.

Step 5: Feel free to edit your username, set a profile photo, or add a bio here. After this, select privacy & security.

Step 6: Edit your privacy settings in order to hide your phone number and any other material you deem sensitive. The screenshots below show our preferred settings.

Step 7: You’re all set. Join our telegram channel and message us below:

Vetting Account:

New Zine – The Biscayne Aquifer: Its Past, Present and Future

Another new zine, this time about the Biscayne Aquifer, the only viable water source of South Florida. Again, read and distro if you want.

Word Document

PDF Document

Booklet PDF


New Zine – A History of Resistance in Miami & South Florida

New zine is out, detailing the history of riots, unrest, and resistance in South Florida in the modern era. Print, read, and even distro if you feel like it.

For reading:

Word Document
PDF Version

For printing:

PDF Booklet