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
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