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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