Saturday, July 8, 2017

Received from the REVOLUTION CLUB Chicago

Received from the REVOLUTION CLUB Chicago
Tonight, you can make a difference to whether youth in Chicago stop killing each other & get into preparing for an Actual Revolution

Donate to GoFundMe: If we get to $24,000 by tonight, a generous donor will add $1,000 to take us to the half-way point to the goal of $50,000!

From a donor:
"Chicago is ground zero, Carl and the Revolution Club need your help in taking a stand. Back in the day, Fred Hampton and the Panthers were organizing the gangs to not shoot each other. If you can spare anything the donation will be put to good use. I have great respect for Carl and I trust what he stands for. I was in prison with Carl and I saw what a principled brother he is."

From a medical professional who made a generous donation:
"I grew up doing volunteer work with my parents. So I've seen the injustices and inequality of underprivileged communities as well as the sense of hopelessness in the children/adolescents who can't see a way out. When my friend discussed the revolution club it got my interest immediately. An organization that is working to change things on a big scale. I'm in agreement that the world needs to open their eyes and see the blatant disregard for other humans just because of the low income or skin color. Thus glad to see a national movement for change."


From the Revolution Club in Chicago: Another Day in the Hood Until...
"...Then, two guys who are known and respected in the neighborhood walked right up to the revcoms, a few feet away from where the police had lined up in a stand-off, and hugged one of them, calling him by name and thanking him for what the revolutionaries were doing. This changed things. The guys knew very well that they were making themselves a target to the police by stepping forward in this way, but they felt compelled to stand with the revolutionaries in this situation. And in doing so, they set an example for others around. The pigs shifted to making more outright and explicit threats, and at the same time the people around got firmer in their own support for the revcoms and standing with them...." Read full report here

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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
The 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 Presidency of Donald Trump Is Illegitimate.
Donald Trump did not win the popular vote. Not even close, he lost by 2.5 million votes. He won the Electoral College -- an institution set up in 1787 to protect slavery. This legacy of the most brutal oppression of Black people has become the means that enabled the election of Trump and Pence.
More fundamentally, it is the fascist character of the Trump/Pence regime and what they are planning to do which renders it illegitimate and an immoral peril to the future of humanity and the earth itself.

Under the slogan "Make America Great Again," Donald Trump has viciously attacked Mexicans and Muslims, threatening to register and deport millions, closing borders. He incites fear and hate of all who are "different" -- nationalities, religions, or gender. He crudely demeans and degrades women, openly boasting about molesting them. He champions white supremacy and whips up a racist lynch-mob mentality. Trump has mocked the disabled. He is a bellicose militarist, who threatens to use nuclear weapons. He openly advocates war crimes -- including torture. He vows to pack the Supreme Court with justices who will take away the right to abortion and gay rights. He denies science -- calling climate change a hoax and will wreak devastation on the environment. He has attacked and threatened the press and stirred up his supporters to do the same. He has threatened to strip citizenship for constitutionally protected dissent. Trump has utter contempt for facts and the truth, and consistently lies to advance his agenda. As for the rule of law, Trump went so far as to openly threaten his opponent, Hillary Clinton, not only with jail, but even assassination. By any definition, Donald Trump is a fascist. He has put together a regime that will carry out this program, and worse.

This is fascism and it is a very serious thing. It has direction and momentum that must be stopped before it becomes too late.

Fascism foments and relies on xenophobic nationalism, racism, misogyny, and the aggressive re-institution of oppressive "traditional values." Fascism feeds on and encourages the threat and use of violence to build a movement and come to power. Fascism, once in power, essentially eliminates traditional democratic rights. Fascism attacks, jails, even executes its opponents, and launches violent mob attacks on "minorities." In Nazi Germany in the 1930s and '40s, fascism did all these things. This is where this can go. And yes, Hitler himself could "talk graciously" when he felt it would serve his interests and lull his opponents.

In the world today, shockwaves reverberate. Over decades in the U.S. virulent movements of white supremacy and anti-immigrant hysteria have gained momentum. A narrow, intolerant, and political form of Christian fundamentalism has been brought into government and policy at all levels. The Trump/Pence cabinet and judiciary will coalesce all of this and worse at the highest level of power, with horrific consequences.

No election, whether fair or fraudulent, should legitimize this. "Reaching across the aisle" only legitimizes that which is illegitimate.

If you work with fascists you normalize the road to horror. You cannot try to "wait things out." Those who lived through Nazi Germany and sat on the sidelines, looking on as Hitler demonized, criminalized, and eventually rounded up one group after another, became shameful collaborators with monstrous crimes.

Don't Conciliate... Don't Accommodate... Don't Collaborate!

The Trump Regime Must and Can Be Stopped Before It Starts!
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.

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!

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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Revolution Summer! Chicago is about getting youth into a revolution to emancipate humanity and out of shooting each other

Many people agonize about the situation in Chicago and candidly speak about the fact that well-intended programs have been unable to make a dent in it. At the same time, some say they aren't ready to go to revolution as the solution, while acknowledging they aren't sure what is the answer.

Even if you have questions and reservations, you need to make a commitment to actually come to the fund-raiser on Sunday June 25th.

WHY?
  1. Because it matters if you come, interact and learn about this project directly from Carl Dix (representative of the Revolutionary Communist Party), the volunteers and the Revolution Club about their approach and experiences on the front lines.
  2. Because it matters for the Revolution Summer! folks to meet you and know that there are progressive people who from their own varied perspectives "have their backs" and are supportive even as they learn more about it. Financial donations are essential and much needed, but also meeting the range of donors opens up possibilities, builds bridges and community.
  3. Because it matters that we maximize the success of this fund-raiser in both funds raised and alliances forged so it becomes a launching pad to go from raising $20,000 so far to $50,000 in the near future. Bring a friend. There will be a short program but also time to mingle and talk informally. Revolution Summer! folks want to hear your concerns and questions.
  4. Because it matters most of all what happens in Chicago this summer-- if it becomes known for youth getting into revolution, this will have a very positive impact on the larger society in lifting the ceiling for possibilities for a radically better world.

See you there! Buy tickets on line

Driving Directions: Take the Austin exit from 290, go north 1 block to Harrison. Go left (west) on Harrison a couple of blocks to 128 Harrison. The venue has M.S.S. on the window and 1017 on the door. You can park on the street or in the church parking lot across the street for no fee.


Monday, June 12, 2017

You are Invited to a FUNDRAISER for Revolution Summer!
Sunday, June 25, 2017, 7:00-9:30 pm
Studio at 128 W Harrison St.,
Oak Park art district

Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at door, $5 unemployed/student
RSVP: (312) 804-9121 or RevSummerFund@gmail.com

(tickets available online soon; see below for driving directions)
Today, Chicago is most famous for one thing: young Black and Latino people shooting each other. Imagine what it would mean for Chicago to become known as the place where youth caught up in the 'street life' break with it and become revolutionaries. This is what Revolution Summer! is all about.

Meet Carl Dix (representative of the Revolutionary Communist Party), volunteers from around the country, and the Revolution Club. Ask your questions, engage with them about their relentless battles with youth to take up different morals and values. These bold fighters need our support, especially now financially. They've set up an organizing center in South Shore; one is planned for the West Side, crucial steps in carrying out their mission to win youth to stop the insanity and get into the revolution. There's rent to pay, food to buy, materials to print, cell phone monthly bills, etc., etc. Please donate generously. Share this email with friends and family and ask them to come with you to the June 25th fundraising event.

Revolution Summer! is taking place in a context where Trump, the American Hitler, threatens to "send in the feds" to Chicago -- intensifying the police state that already brutalizes and murders youth and enforces the conditions that give birth to gang violence. Local columnists encourage walling off neighborhoods like Englewood and sending in the national guard. Trump's education secretary, DeVos, aims to gut the public schools even harder spreading Christian fundamentalist schools that will turn Black and Latino children into unthinking robots. All this will be the spear point of a whole fascist offensive against people of color, an intensifying genocide.

In the face of this, answering a call for volunteers, people joined with the Revolutionary Communist Party for a plan to radically turn this around. In short, to make Chicago famous for something else: a city where the youth who are being targeted get organized to overthrow the system that targets them.

This means mobilizing youth and others against the oppression coming down but even more, right now, it means struggling with what these youth are caught up in, with how they are seeing the world and their role in that world. The Revolution Club opened an organizing center in South Shore with plans to do the same on the west side of Chicago. Shortly after the center opened, 7 people were killed in 24 hours in this neighborhood--which Carl Dix spoke to in his statement, "Get Out of This Insanity and Get Into the Revolution." This gives a sense of what urgently cries out to be done-and that this club is there on the front lines, fighting to do it. Read more detailed account of organizing efforts here and the Revolution Club's new declaration here.

Driving Directions: Take the Austin exit from 290, go north 1 block to Harrison. Go left (west) on Harrison a couple of blocks to 128 Harrison. The venue has M.S.S. on the window and 1017 on the door. You can park on the street or in the church parking lot across the street for no fee.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Visit Revolution Books 
at the 39th annual 
Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Festival!
Saturday & Sunday, June 10 & 11, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
East side of Dearborn, halfway between Harrison & Polk
Look for us at booths 229 & 231
Featuring 3 Urgently Relevant Works

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Received from REVOLUTION CLUB CHICAGO:

DONATE TO TURN A NIGHTMARE SUMMER
 
INTO A 
REVOLUTION SUMMER


The painful reality of Chicago: summer is coming, but instead of looking forward to a time where kids can be playing, parents dread it, for fear their children will be shot-and they hold them inside.

As Carl Dix, representative of the Revolutionary Communist Party, put it at a rally on the South Side of Chicago: "It is heartbreaking the way that so many of our young people are caught up in killing each other." Then he made a vow: "This has got to stop and the revolution declares that it's gonna stop it this summer by giving our young people something that is worth living for and fighting for."

$20,000 is needed immediately and 10s of thousands more is needed to sustain and expand this project through the summer. DONATE HERE.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE REVOLUTIONARY ORGANIZING GOING ON IN CHICAGO:

Today, Chicago is most famous for one thing: young Black and Latino people murdering each other. Trump made this a campaign theme, and he threatens to "send in the feds"-intensifying the police state that already brutalizes and murders youth and enforces the conditions that give birth to gang violence. His education secretary, DeVos, aims to gut the public schools even harder. She wants to confine Black and Latino children in Christian fundamentalist schools that will turn them into unthinking robots. And this will be the spear point of a whole fascist offensive against people of color. An intensifying genocide.

In April, answering a call for volunteers, people joined with the Party for a plan to radically turn this around. In short, to make Chicago famous for something else: a city where the youth who are being targeted get organized to overthrow the system that targets them. A city where youth caught up in the gang life break with it and become emancipators of humanity.

This means mobilizing youth and others against the oppression coming down but even more, right now, it means struggling with what these youth are caught up in, with how they are seeing the world and their role in that world. The Revolution Club opened a storefront organizing center this spring in one of the neighborhoods where youth are caught up in this. Shortly after it opened, 7 people were killed in 24 hours in this neighborhood-which Carl Dix spoke to in his statement, "Black People Killing Each Other in Chicago, Carl Dix Says: Get Out of This Insanity and Get Into the Revolution." This gives a sense of what urgently cries out to be done-and that this club is there on the front lines, fighting to do it.


CHICAGO: SCENES FROM REVOLUTIONARY ORGANIZING SCENES INCLUDE:
Meeting the Leader of the Revolution
A Day in the Hood: Coming Alive Then Running Into Borderlines
Back and Forth: "I Get This-But Other People Won't Take It Up"
Demonstrating at Police District 7: We Won't Be Backed Down

           
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

We are sharing this important message from the Revolution Club-Chicago:
Drop All The Charges
TWO REVOLUTION CLUB MEMBERS ARRESTED AT
GOOD FRIDAY PEACE MARCH

Come to the Revolution Club office in South Shore to meet the Revolution Club and to find out why they were arrested and what the Revolution Club is really all about.
When: Thursday, April 20 at 7pm
Where: 1857 E. 71st Street
The Catholic church's Cardinal Cupich organized a Good Friday procession through Englewood on Chicago's south side to pray for an end to the violence among the people.

At the end of the procession, two women from the Revolution Club, Chicago were arrested while other members were menaced by Chicago police. We demand to know why they were arrested. Did the Catholic church or sponsors urge the authorities to drag away the revolutionaries on Good Friday? If not, then where is the outrage and the demand that the charges be dropped immediately?

We challenge anyone to tell us what is wrong with what is said in the quote from Bob Avakian (BA) that we carried? Or our other signs challenging people?
  • Oppressed people who are unable, or unwilling, to confront reality as it actually is are condemned to remain enslaved and oppressed. (BA, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party-RCP)
  • If praying could stop our youth from killing each other, it would have stopped a long time ago. If you are going to pray--pray for people to get into the revolution--and then support them when they do!
  • Get out of this insanity of killing each other. Get into the Revolution!
AUTHORITIES SAY: PRAYING--OK, REVOLUTION--NO!
In making these highly visible arrests on Good Friday, the state was enforcing the message that you can pray for an end to the violence among the people but you can not call for an end to the system that creates the conditions and the values that are responsible and give rise to youth killing each other by denying them any future. What does this tell you?

These arrests were BS and an outrage. Here is how it went down. Before the start of the Good Friday procession, the revolutionaries marched up to a gathering of a couple of hundred people, holding up their signs and banners for all to see and passing out flyers through the crowd of the message: What The Trump/Pence Regime Will Mean For Black People-And What Must Be Done About It, Now! and a message from the Revolution Club: "To the Youth Who Are Caught Up in the Violence - You Are NOT 'Too Far Gone,' But You Need to Get into This Revolution or You Will Be." People came over to talk and to find out who these revolutionaries were and one came to help hold the signs. Some other people stood in front of them and prayed as if their message was evil. Police gave them a citation for using amplified sound (even though the Revolution Club members were careful to not be disruptive of the event) but told them that they were welcome to be part of the procession if they didn't use the sound.

As the procession was ending, the Revolution Club marched up to meet it, (without a sound system), and the police immediately vamped on them. The police said that they could not be in the street, even as hundreds filled the blocked-off street. One Revolution Club member was grabbed and arrested while others were backed onto the sidewalk. Some people began to chant "let her go," and police grabbed and arrested another club member. Other club members were followed and menaced by police as they tried to leave the area. A priest and a videographer trailed along to protect them. The fact that this was being filmed made the police back off. The two Revolution Club members arrested were held for hours while the police went back and forth about what to charge them with since they had no cause to arrest them in the first place.

Everyone who wants to see our youth get into radically changing the world and becoming emancipators of humanity in the process needs to condemn these arrests and demand that the charges be dropped immediately. Call Edward Siskel, Corporation Counsel at the City of Chicago Law Department 312-744-0220 and tell him to drop the charges.

COME LEARN ABOUT THE REVOLUTION CLUB
Come to the Revolution Club office in South Shore at 1857 E. 71st Street on Thursday, April 20 at 7pm to meet the Revolution Club and to find out why they were arrested and what the Revolution Club is really all about.

A lot of people ask us if everyone in the Revolution Club doesn't believe in god. The answer is that people who have religious beliefs can join the Revolution Club as long as they uphold Point #5 of the Club's 6 Points of Attention: "We search for and fight for the truth no matter how unpopular, even as we listen to and learn from the observations, insights and criticisms of others." The Revolution Club is led by the RCP which is thoroughly scientific and does not believe in any kind of gods or supernatural beings. The Club and the Party work with many religious people and clergy on the basis of the following principle:
  • While many people will do positive things in opposing the crimes of this system, we need to approach everything--evaluate every political program and every organized force in society, every kind of culture, values and ways of treating people--according to how it relates to the revolution we need, to end all oppression. We should unite with people whenever we can, and struggle with them whenever we need to, to advance the revolution.
SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, May 6th--Come to a Showing of REVOLUTION AND RELIGION: The Fight For Emancipation and The Role of Religion, a Dialogue Between CORNEL WEST & BOB AVAKIAN

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 7:00 pm
Make your way to GracePlace, 637 S. Dearborn St (btw Harrison & Polk)
Refuse Fascism-Chicago TEACH-IN
  • What is fascism? and why is the Trump/Pence regime fascist?
  • What is the direction and trajectory of fascism?
  • Why is it true that the Trump/Pence regime has not yet consolidated fascism and we still have time to drive it out?
  • Why you cannot normalize, accommodate with, conciliate with, or collaborate with fascism?
  • What can and must be done to drive this fascist regime from power?
Featured speaker is Carl Dix, a co-initiator of Refuse Fascism, and a courageous freedom fighter from the 1960s who went on to become a revolutionary fighter and a communist. Dix spent two years in military prison for refusing to fight in the unjust Vietnam War. He emerged unrepentant and went on to become a founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), USA, dedicating his life to the emancipation of all humanity. Today, Carl is a follower of and advocate for Bob Avakian, his leadership and his visionary new synthesis of communism. Carl Dix and Cornel West co-founded the Stop Mass Incarceration Network (SMIN), and Rise Up October that brought thousands into the streets in New York City demanding a stop to police terror. Carl recently was dragged out of the Senate Hearing on Jeff Sessions' appointment to be Attorney General chanting "No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA".
 
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For more information email Chicago@RefuseFascism.org
National Website RefuseFascism.org
Donations appreciated

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Refuse Fascism Chicago invites you to...


"The Trump/Pence Regime Is a Fascist Regime. Not insult or exaggeration, this is what it is... for the future of humanity and the planet, we, the people, must drive this regime out." (from the RefuseFascism.org Call to Action)

For more information email Chicago@RefuseFascism.org
National Website RefuseFascism.org
Donations appreciated

Click here to volunteer for the task-force
No Time for Celebration--
The Trump/Pence Juggernaut Remains on a Roll... and Must Be Driven Out

"The past two weeks have spun by at a dizzying pace. Trump's new anti-Muslim ban was instituted and then quickly blocked by federal district court judges (though it may be appealed); the hearings on possible ties between the Trump camp and Russia leading into the elections opened; and then on Friday, the Republican health care bill (which Trump strongly backed) was defeated.

"All of these were actual setbacks for the regime. But how to understand them and what needs to be done in the face of them are not so clear to many people who urgently want to see this regime gone and are heartened by these setbacks. This article will analyze what has happened; draw some distinctions of how to analyze politics in this period and from what basis should we be fighting; and put forward some views toward what must be done now.

"We cannot afford to be deceived, or deceive ourselves, as to the meaning of these events; the stakes are way too high."
read  article at revcom.us

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

You are invited Sunday, March 12:


International Women's Day Celebration

Break the Chains! Unleash the Fury of Women
As a Mighty Force for Revolution!

In The Name Of Humanity,

We Refuse To Accept

A Fascist America

March 8th is a day when the future of women is being fought out all over the world. Join us this Sunday for a program and to celebrate this day. Facebook event here

Sunday, March 12
at the new Revolution Club Organizing Center
1857 E. 71st Street
Doors open at 3:00 pm,
Program begins at 3:30 pm


Women are NOT Bitches, Hoes, Punching Bags, 
Breeding-Machines,or Sex Objects!

End All Oppression Based on Gender or Sexual Orientation!

Abortion on Demand and Without Apology!

Drive Out the Trump/Pence Regime-- No Fascist USA!


On this crucial International Women's Day, 
when women face a heightened worldwide assault...



Spread the word. Bring friends.
Everyone-- all ages-- is welcome
For more information:
Revolution Club, Chicago 
(312) 804-9121   
revclub.chi@gmail.com

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:

and

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. 

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