Friday, December 23, 2016

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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

Sunday, December 18, 2016

We received the following from Chicago organizers for refusefascism.org--

Emergency Organizing Meeting:
Prevent the Trump/Pence Regime from Taking Power
Stop It Before It Starts!
Monday at 7 PM - 10 PM
Trinity Episcopal Church
125 E 26th St, Chicago, Illinois 60616

Exciting news: Starting at 6 pm, we will watch the live stream from New York City's launch event, with Carl Dix, Immortal Technique, PZ Myers, Jeremy Scahill, and Chase Iron Eyes, before kicking off our launch here in Chicago. Come early if you can!

We'll start with a brief presentation of the Call from RefuseFascism.org (full text below) with speakers from various perspectives/communities speaking on WHY "In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America!" followed by working groups -- YOU are needed!

"Donald Trump, the President-elect, is assembling a regime of grave danger. Millions of people in the US and around the world are filled with deep anxiety, fear, and disgust. Our anguish is right and just. Our anger must now become massive resistance -- before Donald Trump is inaugurated and has the full reins of power in his hands."
"Should we fail to rise with determination and daring in our millions now to stop this, the consequences for humanity will be disastrous.... "
"We therefore CALL FOR A MONTH OF RESISTANCE beginning on December 19, reaching a crescendo by the January 20, 2017 Inauguration."
Come, get into:
* Why we must REFUSE to accept a fascist America 
* How Trump/Pence could be prevented from taking power 
* How YOU can be a part of making this happen
Go to www.refusefascism.org for initiators, signatories, for more information and to sign on. Follow @refusefascism on twitter

Friday, December 16, 2016

Friends,
We received this Call to Action to prevent the Trump/Pence Regime from taking power -- to Stop It Before It Starts! As the Call states:

"This is not wishful thinking but could be made a reality if all who hate what is represented by this fascist regime translate our outrage into massive mobilization to create the political conditions which make this possible. We are millions. Our only recourse now is to act together outside normal channels. Every faction within the established power structure must be forced to respond to what we do -- creating a situation where the Trump/Pence regime is prevented from ruling.

"We call on each and every one who opposes what this regime stands for, and what it will do, to take part in and actively build, this resistance and refusal. Organize. Plan. Act."

This Call outlines how we must come to grips with the enormity of the election of Trump and the horrific consequences if not stopped. There is a plan to prevent the Trump/Pence Regime from taking power -- to Stop It Before It Starts!

Read the Call to Action below, go to RefuseFascism.org to add your name, and donate to this effort's success. Spread the word about this to everyone you know! Call or reply here for information about plans in Chicago.
In the name of humanity!
Revolution Books, Chicago
773-489-0930
Call for a Month of Resistance:
Donald Trump, the President-elect, is assembling a regime of grave danger. Millions of people in the US and around the world are filled with deep anxiety, fear, and disgust. Our anguish is right and just. Our anger must now become
massive resistance -- before Donald Trump is inaugurated and has the full reins of power in his hands.
Should we fail to rise with determination and daring in our millions now to stop this, the consequences for humanity will be disastrous. We, the undersigned, know in the depths of our beings, the catastrophe that will befall the people of the world should the Trump/Pence regime assume full power.


We therefore CALL FOR A MONTH OF RESISTANCE beginning on December 19th, reaching a crescendo by the January 20th 2017 Inauguration.
Our resistance must spread rapidly to every sphere and every corner of the country. Because we refuse to accept a fascist America, millions must rise up in a resistance with a deep determination such that we create a political crisis that prevents the Trump/Pence fascist regime from consolidating its hold on the governance of society.


The Month of Resistance
Starting 12/19/16, it begins -- the day the Electoral College meets to vote in each state: hold a press conference or a protest. Starting now, distribute this Call everywhere and on social media, host house meetings, fundraising events concerts and forums. Everywhere step up the resistance: walkouts from schools and work, protests against attacks and threats on Muslims, women, people of color, LBGT people -- all linked to the objective of Stopping the Trump/Pence regime. The struggle must grow.
On MLK weekend, there needs to be massive demonstrations of many thousands in key cities, including Washington. D.C., that grow to millions over the next week, protests that don't stop . . . where people refuse to leave and more and more people stand up with conviction and courage demanding:
NO! We Refuse to Accept a Fascist America!
NO! 
We Refuse to Accept a Fascist America!

#NoFascistUSA                            @RefuseFascism
Initiators include (list in formation):
Herb Boyd
Carl Dix
Niles Eldredge
Everett Iron Eyes Sr.
Charles Gaines
Robin D. G. Kelley
PZ Myers
Milton Saier
Sunsara Taylor
Cornel West
Michael A. Wood Jr.
Andy Zee
David Zeiger

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

We received this urgent call from the Revolution Club, Chicago


"There is a showdown looming at Standing Rock Indian Reservation
in the Dakotas. Thousands of Native American Indians, along with supporters,
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have been camping out there. They have been protesting the installation of an oil pipeline that gravely threatens the water that Native people and thousands of others in the area depend on, and violates Indian treaty rights.... Now the Army of Corps of Engineers has vowed to arrest anyone who remains in the camp past Monday, December 5....
"Battles like the one in Standing Rock can be and must increasingly be built as part of strengthening the movement to make revolution. And in the shadow of the looming fascism of Trump, the struggle for the basic justice of the demands of the water protectors in Standing Rock takes on even greater significance.
Sunday November 20
Sheriff's Deputies fired water cannons at people
in 25° weather. Photo: Twitter/@erinschrode
"The whole world will be watching to see what the people of this country are going to do. What happens in Standing Rock will set terms one way or the other going into perilous times. Be part of making sure they are the right terms."



The Revolution Club is organizing a car caravan to get to Standing Rock as soon as possible. We are planning to leave sometime Wednesday, Nov 30 or Thursday, Dec 1 (there may be opportunities for some to go later). Join us. Call or text 312-804-9121 or email revclub.chi@gmail.com to participate or provide support.

Needed: cold weather gear, camping equipment, food, water and funds.

Read about the looming showdown at Standing Rock:
Showdown Looms: Stand With Standing Rock

Monday, November 28, 2016

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

2 pm, Sunday, Nov. 20, 111th & Kedzie, Chicago

We Refuse to Accept Racist White Supremacy in Mount Greenwood!


We look forward to making a very powerful political statement at the "Stand Up to Racist Mob Threats in Mt. Greenwood" protest, Sunday November 20th at 2:00 pm, 111th & Kedzie, Chicago. Look for the Stolen Lives banner there.

Stolen Lives Banner, State St., Dec. 2015.


1. This is a national flashpoint in the whole fight over Black life in America. 

2. Mt Greenwood is a major flashpoint in Trump's rising fascism. 

3. History has shown that you must go to where the attacks are the ugliest and the sharpest if you want to turn the tide of history! 

Will it be safe to protest? The protesters will not initiate violence. While there is risk involved, it is far more dangerous to not act - it emboldens the racists. Will this incident be a harbinger of an even uglier future across this country? Or will this be a moment when people rally their courage, stand up against this hatred, and build the strength of people across this country to wage the resistance necessary to STOP the rise of fascist America? This is not yet determined. It depends on what we do. It is up to us to fight for the future we want in the face of Trump's ascendancy. Now is a time for courage.

Meet-up information for those going to "Stand up in Mt. Greenwood to racist mob threats," Sunday Nov. 20th at 2:00 pm.
1.     Drive and park at  St. Christina Catholic Church,   3342 West 111th Street, Chicago. This is 3 blocks from 111th & Kedzie. St. Christina has graciously offered their parking lot for people participating in this protest. However, people who park there are asked to leave by 4:30 pm since there is a 5:00 pm event at the church. For further directions at St. Christina's, look for someone with a protest sign in the parking lot. 

2.     Take public transportation (details below)

3.     Drive and park at Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood, Chicago, and carpool with others, 2½ miles to 111th & Kedzie.  Beverly Unitarian Church has graciously offered their parking lot for this purpose. For further directions at Beverly Unitarian, look for someone with a protest sign in the parking lot.
Details:
1.   Drive and park at St. Christina Catholic Church 3342 W. 111th St., Chicago
From downtown:
I-94 East (Dan Ryan) to I-57.
Take exit 355 (111th St.) from I-57
Turn Right on W 112th St, which becomes Monterey
Monterey jogs left, becomes W. 111th St.
Follow W. 111th St approx 1.7 miles to St. Christina's
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2.   Public transportation
CTA Red line to 95th St. (end of the line).
Take CTA #112 Vincennes bus to 111th & Kedzie.
#112 leaves 95th St. at 12:55 pm and 1:20 pm (and every 25 minutes), arrives at 111th & Kedzie 25 minutes later. Travel time from downtown to 111th & Kedzie is approximately 1 hour.
CTA Orange line to Kedzie.
Take CTA #52A South Kedzie bus to the 111th & Kedzie stop.
Buses leave Orange line at 12:40 pm and 1:11 pm, and take about 40 minutes. Travel time from downtown to 111th & Kedzie is approximately 1 hour, 10 minutes.

3.   Drive and park at Beverly Unitarian Church, 10422 S. Longwood Dr. Chicago
From Downtown:
I-94 East (Dan Ryan) to I-57.
Take exit 357 from I-57.
Follow W 98th Pl, S Elizabeth St and W 103rd St to S Longwood Dr. The church is on right side at 103rd & Longwood. It looks like a castle.
We welcome two new signatories to the statement: Cornel West and Father Michael Pfleger. (See full list below)

We oppose white supremacy!
We will stand up against racist mob threats in Mt. Greenwood!
Protest: 2 pm, Sunday, Nov 20, 111th & Kedzie, Mt. Greenwood, Chicago

Signatories:
AbdudDharr Abdullah 
Buddy Bell, Chicago
Fr. Bob Bossie, SCJ
Hank Brown, SNCC 1968, Revolution Club Chicago
Rev. Jeddidiah Brown
Ilene Carson
Rev. Ronna Case, retired
Mark Clements
Rev. Jason Coulter, Ravenswood United Church of Christ*, Community Renewal Society*
Kevin De Beck Ministerial Intern, Unitarian Church of Evanston*
Airickca Gordon-Taylor, Cousin of Emmett Till
Ja'Mal Green
Quovadis Green
Pastor Gregg L Greer, Freedom First International, SCLC
Gerald Hankerson
Tio Hardiman, Violence Interrupters, Inc.
Pat Hill, Director of Chicago Independent Human Rights Council
Ted Jennings, Chicago Theological Seminary*
Rev Jose S Landaverde, Faith Life & Hope Mission
La'Shawn Yvonne Lattrice, BLM Women of Faith
Rev. Taigen Dan Leighton, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, Chicago*
Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston
Freddie McGee, Father of Freddie Latice Wilson, murdered by CPD in 2007 & Cousin of Emmett Till
Lauren Abigail Meltzer
Nancy Michaels
Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation, Roosevelt University
Quintus AO Maximus
Rev. Michael L. Pfleger, Pastor, The Faith Community of Saint Sabina*
PHENOM, HipHop Youth Development Specialist
Gloria Pinex, mother of Darius Pinex, murdered by CPD in 2011
Indigo Quashie, Chicago Children's Choir*
Carolyn Ruff, BLM Women of Faith
Rabbi Brant Rosen, Tzedek Chicago*
Rev. Matthew Ross, Eureka M.B. Church*
Ted Sirota, Drummer
Rev John S Smith, MDiv Beverly Unitarian Church*
Marc K Smith
Wanda Taylor, mother of Marcus Landrum, killed by police in 2008
Edward Ward
Tracy Washington, mother of Marcus Washington
& cousin of Joshua Beal
Dr Cornel West
Dee Williams, Revolution Club Chicago
World Can't Wait - Chicago
Rev Kim Ziyavo, Dorothy Day Mission*
(* = organization listed for identification purposes only)

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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Protest: 2 pm, Sunday, Nov. 20, 111th & Kedzie, Chicago

We Refuse to Accept Racist White Supremacy in Mount Greenwood!


Fact Sheet
➔ On November 5th, Joshua Beal, 25, was in a funeral procession for his cousin. Off-duty police in civilian clothes in Mt Greenwood confronted a 17-year-old relative and waved a gun at her and others. Another off-duty cop driving by on his way to work sized up the situation and shot 13 times, killing Joshua. If the situation were reversed and white people in a traffic altercation took measures to defend themselves against Black people waving guns at them - do you think a passing cop would pull over and shoot the white person dead?

➔ Grieving family members were asked to wait in Mt Greenwood while their cars were held as part of the crime scene. Within a short time residents began to amass, not to comfort them, but to threaten them. Local residents called them "n***er," drove by brandishing baseball bats and chanting "CPD! CPD!" and "Trump! Trump!" The Revolution Club, Black Lives Matter activists, and relatives of other people killed by the police came to offer support to the family.

➔ The next day, and again on election night, a small group of Black activists and members of the Revolution Club went to Mt Greenwood to protest the police shooting and the virulently racist treatment of the family and protesters. A white mob of several hundred people shouted things like "n***er," "coon," "monkey," and "this is America, not Africa." They held signs that read, "You are Animals, #go home." Again chants of "CPD!" and "Trump!" Protesters were physically threatened repeatedly. 

➔ Father Pfleger, a well-known priest, posted the following account, "Just got back from the protest in Mt. Greenwood... I have not seen so many angry White People filled with such Hate since a child in 1966 in Marquette Park [Note: when mobs of white people attacked a march led by Martin Luther King to integrate housing in Chicago].... I was called every name and cursed with every word... an area that is not only White, but heavily Catholic, and will be at church on Sunday... I am embarrassed as a Priest and a Catholic to witness what I witnessed tonight....Earlier today a man said he wanted to break my legs and drag me from a truck...." 

➔ Mount Greenwood is a neighborhood that is almost 90% white and has a history of segregation and racism. It is home to many members of the Chicago Police Department who must live in the city.
3 Reasons Why You Need to Be at the Protest this Sunday

1. This is a national flashpoint in the whole fight over Black life in America. Especially in the last couple of years, people have taken to the streets demanding an end to the murder of Black people and others at the hands of police. Yet, the police keep on killing and the courts never send them to jail. Now, a white mob in a cop-heavy neighborhood has come out with baseball bats and racist epithets to send the message: get used to being killed and shut up about it, and get out of 'our' neighborhood. We must be there to send the opposite message!

2. Mt Greenwood is a major flashpoint in Trump's rising fascism. As white people threatened to break the legs of a priest(!) and send Black people back to Africa, they also chanted, "Trump! Trump! Trump!" Across the country, thousands of racist, misogynist, anti-LGBT and viciously anti-immigrant acts of hatred and violence have been reported since Trump's victory. Every single one of these attacks must be countered, but when these attacks are openly organized in a community - especially one that is so interwoven with law enforcement - it concentrates all this ugliness and such a threat and must be directly opposed and stopped NOW!

3. History has shown that you must go to where the attacks are the ugliest and the sharpest if you want to turn the tide of history! To fight Jim Crow, people had to march in Selma - right where the racist lynch mobs were most dangerous and mobilized. It wasn't enough to object from afar. In Nazi Germany, Pastor Niemöller spoke to the profound lesson of the failure to act against the sharpest attacks: "First they came for the Commu­nists, and I did not speak out--Because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me."

Will it be safe to protest? The protesters will not initiate violence. While there is risk involved, it is far more dangerous to not act - it emboldens the racists. Will this incident be a harbinger of an even uglier future across this country? Or will this be a moment when people rally their courage, stand up against this hatred, and build the strength of people across this country to wage the resistance necessary to STOP the rise of fascist America? This is not yet determined. It depends on what we do. It is up to us to fight for the future we want in the face of Trump's ascendancy. Now is a time for courage.


Add your name to this statement:

We oppose white supremacy!
We will stand up against racist mob threats in Mt. Greenwood!
Protest: 2 pm, Sunday, Nov 20, 111th & Kedzie, Mt. Greenwood, Chicago

Signatories (list in formation):
Buddy Bell, Chicago
Fr. Bob Bossie, SCJ
Hank Brown, SNCC 1968, Revolution Club Chicago
Rev. Jeddidiah Brown
Rev. Ronna Case, retired
Mark Clements
Rev. Jason Coulter, Ravenswood United Church of Christ*, Community Renewal Society*
Kevin De Beck Ministerial Intern, Unitarian Church of Evanston*
Airickca Gordon-Taylor, Cousin of Emmett Till
Pastor Gregg L Greer, Freedom First International, SCLC
Tio Hardiman, Violence Interrupters, Inc.
Pat Hill, Director of Chicago Independent Human Rights Council
Ted Jennings, Chicago Theological Seminary*
Rev. Taigen Dan Leighton, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, Chicago*
Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston
Freddie McGee, Father of Freddie Latice Wilson, murdered by CPD in 2007 & Cousin of Emmett Till
Nancy Michaels
Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation, Roosevelt University
Quintus AO Maximus
PHENOM, HipHop Youth Development Specialist
Gloria Pinex, mother of Darius Pinex, murdered by CPD in 2011
Indigo Quashie, Chicago Children's Choir*
Rabbi Brant Rosen, Tzedek Chicago*
Rev. Matthew Ross, Eureka M.B. Church*
Ted Sirota, Drummer
Marc K Smith
Wanda Taylor, mother of Marcus Landrum, killed by police in 2008
Edward Ward
Tracy Washington, mother of Marcus Washington
& cousin of Joshua Beal
Dee Williams, Revolution Club Chicago
World Can't Wait Chicago
Rev Kim Ziyavo, Dorothy Day Mission*
(* = organization listed for identification purposes only)


Sunday, November 13, 2016


To all people of conscience:

We Oppose White Supremacy!
We Will Stand against Racist Mob Threats in Mount Greenwood!

Protest: 2 pm, Sunday, Nov. 20
111th & Kedzie, Mt. Greenwood, Chicago

In the days leading up to the election of Trump, a racist vitriolic mob in the Mt. Greenwood neighborhood of Chicago threatened a Black family whose loved one, Joshua Beal, had just been killed by off-duty police during a funeral procession. This grieving family had "N*ggers Go Home" and "Keep Out of Our Town" screamed at them as they waited at a Burger King for their cars to be released by the police. Then the manager closed the BK early, forcing them outside. In the days after, protesters who went to the scene were met by white mobs of hundreds who DNAInfo described as "demonstrators supporting police."
Scene in Mt. Greenwood
Catholic priest Fr. Michael Pfleger participated in the protest on election night. This is his account: "I have just returned from the protest in Mt. Greenwood...I have not seen so many angry White People filled with such Hate since a child in 1966 in Marquette Park...I was called every name and cursed with every word, by adults and children walking with their parents...an area that is not only white, but heavily Catholic, and will be at church on Sunday...I am embarrassed as a Priest and a Catholic to witness what I witnessed tonight...Earlier today a man said he wanted to break my legs and drag me from a truck...."

Mt. Greenwood is an 88% white [2012 census] enclave of police, firefighters, city employees and their families. There were reportedly off-duty cops and many of their family members in these racist crowds who were chanting "CPD, CPD, CPD" and "Blue Lives Matter." 

Some believe it is not a coincidence that this occurred with the rise of Trump and an ugly racist xenophobic, misogynist, homophobic program being encouraged during this election. Many in the crowd were chanting "Trump, Trump, Trump."

Joshua Beal's family and the small group of brave protesters who stood up in the face of this racist mob must be joined by thousands of people of conscience of ALL nationalities, ages, and walks of life. White people cannot stand on the sidelines while racist crowds threaten Black people. If you think Black Lives Matter, then what you DO in the face of this matters. Is there risk involved in standing up to this howling mob? Yes, but it is far more dangerous to do nothing, allowing racist mobs to violently threaten Black people and restore white supremacy. 

We must come together, resist now, and let the whole world know that we will not accept this! Which side are YOU on?
Add your name to this statement:
We oppose white supremacy!
We will stand up against racist mob threats in Mt. Greenwood!
Protest: 2 pm, Sunday, Nov 20, 111th & Kedzie, Mt. Greenwood, Chicago

Initial signers:
Rev. Jason Coulter, Ravenswood UCC
Tio Hardiman, Violence Interrupters, Inc.
Rev. Taigen Dan Leighton, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate*, Chicago
Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston 
Rev. Matthew Ross, Eureka M.B. Church*
Ted Sirota, Drummer
Airickca Gordon Taylor, Cousin of Emmett Till
Edward Ward
Dee Williams, Revolution Club, Chicago
*For identification purposes only

If you are on Facebook, please join and share the event there.

The election of Trump and the racist police neighborhood of Mt. Greenwood in Chicago---this is Amerikkka 2016! NO! WE REFUSE TO ACCEPT THIS! THIS MUST BE STOPPED NOW! WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON? (Revolution newspaper)



Wednesday, November 9, 2016

5 a.m., November 9, 2016

A vile fascist has been elected President of the United States

There must be no illusions that somehow this will be OK. It won't. 

Every immigrant, woman, Black, Latino, Native American, Muslim or differently gendered person... every person who cares about the planet, every person with even an elementary sense of justice and compassion--all over the world--has reason to hurt and be concerned for the future like never before.

All that Trump represents must not stand. Starting today, there must be massive resistance to everything Donald Trump represents and every reactionary measure that he has promised to deliver. This is a time for courage, not despair. Struggle, not retreat, escape or conciliation.

Donald Trump promised to "Make America Great Again." Hillary Clinton countered that America was already great. The reality: America Was Never Great. This country has been a nightmare from its founding with enslavement of Africans and the genocide of Native Americans, continuing through theft of Mexico and on through the endless wars and invasions of countries and peoples around the world while here at home the horror is unrelenting for tens of millions. The American nightmare is real, and it has just gotten more horrific.


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In Chicago---
Emergency Protest: Say No to Trump
5pm, TODAY, Nov 9, Trump Tower, 401 N. Wabash, Chicago
For those on Facebook, "join" and share the event there.

Look for the Revolution Club and the "America Was NEVER Great" banner.
Contact the Revolution Club at 312 804 9121
But, this too is real: Donald Trump is a grotesque representative of a system that has a name--capitalism-imperialism--and this system means, and can only mean, misery and horrors for the majority of humanity. Through the whole election process this vicious buffoon has been treated as a legitimate candidate for president. Any system that treats such a racist and misogynist fascist as legitimate reveals itself to be illegitimate. There should be no illusions or rationalizations to explain this reality away. And, the fact that there has been and will continue to be such intense ugly infighting among the ruling class reveals a system facing major challenges and in crisis, and potential openings and freedom to be wrenched for the struggle of the people for a radically new and better world.

Trump represents an even more grotesque and openly murderous form of this system, and his attacks against the people should be met with massive resistance. But what is needed will NOT be to return to what has been, continuing the same brutal system, its crimes and horrors. 

What is needed and possible is a radically new society, and a radically different kind of state, that will open the way and lead finally to the abolition of all forms of oppressive and repressive rule and all relations of domination and exploitation, throughout the world.

This is a society charted and embodied in the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America. This path-breaking work is authored by Bob Avakian, architect of the new communism, and the leader of the revolution--an ACTUAL revolution, to overthrow this system at the soonest possible time. 

HOW WE CAN WIN--How We Can Really Make Revolution, from the Central Committee of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, starts with this foundational point: 
An actual revolution does not mean trying to make some changes within this system--it means overthrowing this system and bringing into being a radically different and far better system. This system of capitalism-imperialism cannot be reformed. There is no way, under this system, to put an end to the brutality and murder by police, the wars and destruction of people and the environment, the exploitation, oppression and degradation of millions and billions of people, including the half of humanity that is female, here and throughout the world--all of which is rooted in profound contradictions built into the basic functioning, relations, and structures of this system. Only an actual revolution can bring about the fundamental change that is needed.
This is a time for Daring. People need to be in the streets and getting into, and getting with, the revolution.

Monday, October 24, 2016

We received this urgent alert from the Revolution Club:

March against Police Brutality Brutally Attacked - by Police! 

A permitted march was brutally attacked Saturday afternoon when protesters at the National Day of Protest against Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation (O22) attempted to march down Michigan Avenue according to the permit the City of Chicago had issued to them. But instead of honoring that permit, police viciously attacked marchers, ripped a banner out of their hands, threw several to the ground, slammed their bicycles into others, piled on top of those they grabbed, and arrested at least four people.


Carl Dix, a co-founder with Cornel West of October 22 and representative of the RCP, was at the march and had this to say: "This vicious assault says a lot about this country. At a protest against the way police get away with murder, people who had a permit to march in the street get beaten and assaulted for stepping off the sidewalk. Chicago pigs who murdered Laquan McDonald, Darious Pinex, Rekia Boyd and so many others have walked free. But people who protest police brutality get beaten and arrested. America was never great. We need to overthrow, not vote for, this system."

Noche Diaz, also part of the "Get Into The Revolution" national tour, was among those arrested. Your support is needed even more urgently, to fight these completely bogus charges (we are still waiting for details) and to support the "Get Into The Revolution" Tour.

Share this invitation and bring family and friends!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

National Organizing Tour makes its first stop at a high school on
Chicago's South Side. Photo: @SunsaraTaylor
We received this invitation from the Revolution Club Chicago:

Fund Raising Event This Sunday for         
The "Get Into the Revolution" National Tour
Where: Elastic Arts, 3429 W Diversey Ave, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60647
Time: Sunday, Oct. 23, 4 pm to 6 pm
Donation: $25 donation at the door, $10 student/low income 

The Revolution Club is in Chicago for the "Get Into The Revolution" National Organizing Tour 2016-2017. The theme is "America Was Never Great! Overthrow, Don't Vote For, This System!" This tour could not be more timely and it needs YOUR support to accomplish its inspiring goals. Join us this Sunday, Oct. 23 at Elastic Arts, from 4 pm to 6 pm, to meet the tour and contribute urgently needed funds.


As Carl Dix said in the tour's first press release, "Chicago is famous for two things: the police murdering our youth and then covering it up, and the way in which the system has turned these youth against each other. We're going to organize them to turn their anger against this system, and not each other, and to fight to overthrow it. They are also going to campuses where students are questioning, bringing the message everywhere that neither presidential candidate will bring anything but worse misery and exploitation. We need to get organized NOW for an actual revolution." 

This tour is bringing alive a radically new morality so needed in this world of horrors that are all rooted in this system, which contains within it the potential for revolution. The why and the how of an actual revolution that could really be made in this country are laid out in a powerful new statement from the Revolutionary Communist Party, HOW WE CAN WIN-How We Can Really Make Revolution.

If you feel this world is intolerable, if you hunger for a radically different world and want to do something to contribute, this Sunday from 4-6 will be an opportunity to engage with this movement for revolution, meet these leaders, and hear about the Revolution Club's audacious plans to organize thousands of people over the next 12 months into the revolution.  These plans require serious funds - for travel expenses, food, materials, and more - and they require you!

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