Source: USA Today/Doug Stanglin
Antifa — short for “anti-fascist” — is the name for loosely affiliated, left-leaning anti-racist groups that monitor and track the activities of local neo-Nazis. The movement has no unified structure or national leadership but has emerged in the form of local bodies nationwide, particularly on the West Coast.
Some of the groups, such as the 10-year-old Rose City Antifa in Portland, the oldest Antifa group in the U.S., are particularly well-organized and active online and on Facebook, while its members are individually anonymous.
President Trump has singled out Antifa as part of what he calls the alt-left in his initial claim that “many sides” were to blame for violence in Charlottesville the weekend of Aug. 12, not just the neo-Nazis, KKK and white nationalists.