Friday, February 24, 2017

You are invited to a discussion of the analysis of Revolution newspaper 
revcom.us on the urgent need to drive out the fascist Trump-Pence Regime:

This will be an opportunity to dig deeper into some of the dynamics of what is fascism, why the Trump/Pence regime is fascist, and why there is the urgent need to drive it out before they are able to fully consolidate. What is behind all this and what is the solution? We will discuss these articles:

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WHEN: Monday, February 27, 7-9 pm
WHERE: Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan, Room 426

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Monday, January 2, 2017

We received this urgent message from RefuseFascism.org:

There Is STILL A Real Chance to Prevent Trump/Pence From Coming To Power

This is the most serious situation in this country in nearly 150 years: in a few weeks a fascist regime will be implanted. We don't use that word lightly: we use it to describe a certain kind of rule, pioneered by Hitler and Mussolini, finding expression in Chile and other Latin American countries in the 70's and 80's, and today taking shape in Turkey. The logic of fascism, once implanted, is to constantly "double down" and push further, and this logic continues to assert itself even before ascending to power. Meanwhile, there is denial, defensiveness and paralysis from other forces at the top, more or less represented by Obama, despite real differences and fears on their part. So, despite the anguish and opposition of tens of millions, despite ever more and newer and worse outrages, the ascension of the Trump-Pence regime to the reins of power proceeds apace.

But this is not yet a "done deal." This does not have to stay this way. There have been times
when masses of people in the millions have streamed into the streets to resist blatant tyranny, often with little warning and minimal prior organization, and become unstoppable... as recently as Tunisia and Egypt several years ago, South Korea a few weeks ago, and other instances as well... The basis for such a thing exists - in the millions and millions who are sickened by this prospect, who are already protesting and raising their voices in many different ways, but who need to come together as a force now to PREVENT this.

Some ask, "But how can that really happen?" There is no guarantee as to how these things turn out... but sometimes such mass upheavals can create a political crisis throughout all of society, reaching to the very top. The ways are suddenly found, where seemingly none existed, to oust the tyrant and open up hope. Indeed, once there is sufficient will, there is no shortage of ways that can be found. Of course, sometimes the upheavals don't work, crashing up against the rocks. And in either event there are real sacrifices and real costs.

But there IS one guarantee and that is this: if we DON'T try this, there will be a fascist regime consolidated in a country that already has repressive capacities far beyond Germany in 1933... in a society where the established parties and forces have gone along with and gotten in on the implantation of this regime and where a section of people have had all their worst aspects validated and stoked and marshaled into a force... and where nuclear weapons are not only available, but are already being brandished before the destructive demagogue has even gotten into office.

You can call this a long shot; but it is our best and only shot at averting nearly unimaginable horror. And sometimes, when the underdog throws all they have into it and rises to the occasion, the longshot comes in. If enough of us throw into this now, and organize others, we have a chance...a real chance... our best chance of averting catastrophe.

Sign this Call to Action (below), today. Donate. Spread this to others. Here is a list of authors, scientists, religious, activists, and more who have already joined this movement. The Call to Action will be printed this week in the New York Times and other significant outlets, in print and online. 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Received from  Refuse Fascism Chicago's event
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December 26, 2016 at noon starting at Union Station.


The day after Christmas brings out crowds of visitors to downtown Chicago. We activists intend to use the occasion to get out a clear message and protest the election of Donald J Trump and his growing cabinet of doom. 

This continuation of the outcry against Trump coincides with the national effort to "Rise Up" and "Resist," with a determination that we refuse to accept a regime that feeds racial hatred against Latinos, Muslims, African Americans, women, LGBTQ, and the poor. Trump has promised to endorse torture and profiling tactics in his administration. We also stand in our continued effort to call out police brutality in America, a known tragic problem that continues to plague Chicago! The FOP strongly supports Trump and calls for unbridled "stop-and-frisk" and the abolition of Bush-era limits on racial profiling. 

To all that, we say "No! In the name of Humanity, We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America." Stand with us! 

December 26, 2016 at noon starting at Union Station.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Watch 6-Minute Video of Closing Remarks from 12/19 Emergency Meeting in NYC

We received this message from Refuse Fascism-Chicago:


Imagine if people, in the tens of millions, filled the streets, powerfully declaring that this regime is illegitimate and demanding that it not be allowed to rule! The whole political landscape would be dramatically transformed, every faction within the established power structure would be forced to respond--and all this could well lead to a situation in which this fascist regime is actually prevented from ruling. This is not some idle dream but something which could be made a reality if all those who hate what is represented by this fascist regime translate their outrage into firm determination and massive mobilization to create the conditions which make this possible.
--from the Mission and Plan for a Month of Massive Resistance at RefuseFascism.org

Read, sign, and spread the Call to Action to prevent the Trump/Pence Regime from taking power -- to Stop It Before It Starts!


Watch the full video of the Emergency Meeting, with Sunsara Taylor, PZ Myers, Jeremy Scahill, Fran Luck, Isabel Cardenas, Carl Dix, Chase Iron Eyes, Andy Zee, Immortal Technique, and others, streamed at HuffPost Politics. It has almost 250,000 views (indicating how much anguish is out there)!

Chicago Launch of NO! We Refuse to Accept Fascist America!


As Sunsara Taylor says, "Trump and Pence are illegitimate. They don't have any right to be running

people's lives, to be running the country, and running the world. They didn't win the popular vote and even more importantly, they are fascists. We have 30 days before they're in office and the way to deal with fascism is to stop it before it starts. To bring forward those millions who are in anguish, who are in outrage, who are in terror right now, and translate that into organized resistance."

In Chicago, the launch began with a Monday morning press conference at the Federal Courthouse
(Windy City Times report here). That evening, the organizing meeting in Refuse Fascism-Chicago forged beginning plans to do our part to get tens of millions into the streets and staying in the streets to STOP this regime. Here are some of the initial plans--

NO! The holidays must not be normal holidays. Turn your Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanza, and other gatherings into organizing sessions. Reach out to your religious and community leaders. Call on pastors to lead people out of church and into the streets right now. Stand in silence or make noise. Either one. All of it.

NO! Signs must proliferate everywhere. Organize vigils, marches and make it known so that millions begin seeing this "NO!" everywhere. Need materials?
Sign up for the Refuse Fascism Chicago e-newsletter
Pop us an email at StopFascismChiATgmail.com
Link up with us on FaceBook -- Refuse Fascism Chicago
Tweet @DegenerateArtists, @RefuseFascism with hashtags #NoFascistUSA & #TheResistance

Hold fundraisers. Tens of thousands of dollars are needed just to get the Call into the New York Times and other papers/websites. Our target date for publication is January 3. Fundraising has already begun, join and get trained to raise serious money for a serious threat to humanity.

THURSDAY DECEMBER 29, SAVE THE DATE: Next organizing meeting, 7 pm. Place to be announced, in central Chicago. Come, bring friends!

NEW YEAR'S EVE: Protest at Trump properties across the country. No Fascist New Year! Join us at Trump Towers in the Loop starting at 7:00 pm. Bring pots and pans.

FIRST 2 WEEKS OF JANUARY: Rolling decentralized protests and resistance.

JANUARY 12 and 13: Students walkouts. Find your own way to act. Everyone saying "NO!"

MARTIN LUTHER KING WEEKEND: Start pouring into DC and DON"T LEAVE! Learn from the Occupy Movement, South Korea, Tahrir Square in Egypt... Protests in every city for people who can't go to DC.

All this crescendos into Inauguration Day where EVERYONE says NO! AND REFUSES TO LEAVE UNTIL THIS IS STOPPED!

Refuse Facism Initiators

NO! We Refuse to Accept a Fascist America!

#NoFascistUSA                            @RefuseFascism
Initiators include (list in formation):
Bill Ayers
Herb Boyd, activist, author, journalist and teacher
Isabel Cardenas, Salvadoran-American activist, Los Angeles
Carl Dix, founding member, Revolutionary Communist Party, USA
Niles Eldredge, evolutionary biologist
Charles Gaines, visual artist
Chase Iron Eyes
Everett Iron Eyes, Sr. Water Administrator, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Robin D.G. Kelley, Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA*
Fran Luck, Executive Producer of Joy of Resistance, Multicultural Feminist Radio at WBAI
PZ Myers, evolutionary developmental biologist
Milton Saier, PhD Professor of Molecular Biology, UCSD*
Sunsara Taylor, writer, Revolution Newspaper
Cornel West, writer, professor
Michael A. Wood Jr.
Rev. Frank Wulf, United Methodist minister
Andy Zee spokesperson, Revolution Books
David Zeiger, filmmaker
*for identification only

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