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In the Name of Humanity,
We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America!
Drive Out the Trump/Pence Regime!
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.
 Our single unifying mission must be to Drive Out the Trump/Pence Regime.
 We must manifest the power of NO! everywhere: on signs, billboards, walls, social media and the news. NO! In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America must resound.
 Every outrage committed by this regime must be met with greater and greater resistance.
 We must ORGANIZE: working with all our creativity and determination toward the time when millions of people can be moved to fill the streets of cities and towns day after day and night after night, declaring this whole regime illegitimate – Demanding, and Not Stopping, Until the Trump/Pence Regime Is Driven from Power.
This must be a moment in history when millions stand together with conviction and courage, overcoming fear and uncertainty, to resist and say NO! Not just for ourselves, but in the name of humanity.
The Refuse Fascism National Tour to Drive Out Trump/Pence recently completed four weeks getting the message “NO! In the name of humanity, we REFUSE to accept a fascist America” out to thousands of people. The tour left New York City with the aim of organizing people across the country to rise to the challenge of driving the fascist Trump/Pence regime from office. It travelled across the South to Atlanta and New Orleans, and went on to Texas and the U.S./Mexico border.
What Is Fascism?
March 25 Just south of the Arctic Circle in Canada lies a boreal (northern) forest. It is a wild land of staggering beauty. Indigenous peoples (known in Canada as the First Nations) have for centuries thrived in its harsh climate. A recent report described how the wildness of Northern Canada contains “a mind-boggling array of species—from large carnivores like grizzly bears, wolves, and lynx to nesting migratory birds to thousands of plant varieties. Its trees and bogs capture vast amounts of climate-changing carbon pollution, and its wetlands filter millions of gallons of water.” Just beneath the surface it also contains tar sands – a sludge of clay, sand, water, and black bitumen. The bitumen can be converted into a usable fuel. Doing so creates enormous amounts of toxic waste; it poisons massive amounts of air and water. It is largely done by strip mining – literally turning the earth upside down to extract profitable resources.
On Friday Donald Trump indicated his approval for a 1,700-mile pipeline, the Keystone, to take 800,000 barrels of tar sands oil a day from Alberta, Canada, across the Canadian and U.S. plains, to refineries along the Gulf Coast. According to the Indigenous Environmental Network, this will be the “largest industrial project” on earth. Trump said Keystone will usher in “new era of American energy policy”. He claimed it will lower costs and create thousands of U.S. jobs, and promised to build it “with efficiency and with speed”. Actually, if it is built it will be a catastrophe of tragic dimensions. For the people who live in northern Canada; for animal and plant life; for everyone along its route whose lives and livelihoods will be endangered. It will contribute to accelerating climate change. Turning the earth into a ravaged cinder; impoverishing and plundering the lands of native peoples; striving to make the U.S. “self-sufficient” in energy so it can better contest for world domination – all done in the name of “making America great”. All this is central to the Trump’s fascist program. It presents an immanent threat to the people and the planet we live on. It must not be allowed to stand. NO! to Keystone, NO! to the Fascist Trump/Pence regime.
March 24 51 people were arrested and deported during Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) raids in Austin in mid-February. One of them, a man named Sergio, was arrested as he and his wife Rosa drove in pre-dawn darkness to his cleaning job. They were pulled over by an unmarked car. Neither had a criminal record. But Sergio had overstayed his visa. Hours after his arrest, the Austin American Statesman reported, Sergio was let go in Nuevo Laredo, a Mexican city over 300 miles from his former home in Torreon. He had no money; only the clothes he was wearing.
Austin is a Sanctuary City. The county sheriff, Sally Hernandez, has resisted pressure from Greg Abbot, the pro-Trump governor, and other powerful Christian fundamentalist politicians in Texas to maintain that status. Recently it came out that the Austin raids were launched by the Federal government as punishment and revenge. A U.S. magistrate revealed in court this week that an ICE agent informed him prior to the arrests that there would be a “big operation” in Austin, and that it would be “a result of the sheriff’s new policy”. In other words, the Trump/Pence regime terrorized and deported immigrants to send a message in Austin and elsewhere that immigrants would pay the price for any disagreement with Trump’s vows to step up deportations, and to crush political opposition to his policies.
Trump’s regime didn’t launch an attack on immigrants in a sanctuary city simply because he’s a vengeful, spiteful monster. The fascist policy of demonization, persecution, and deportation of immigrants is at the core of Trump’s fascist agenda and the hellish future of “making America great” (white and English speaking) his regime is moving to consolidate. Destroying sanctuary jurisdictions – at the beginning of this year there were hundreds – would have a devastating impact on the lives of millions of people. It already is tearing at countless people’s lives and livelihoods. This must not stand. This entire regime must be driven from power.
In Texas, every level of state government is controlled by Christian fundamentalist zealots. A cornerstone of their agenda is to completely eliminate abortion. They are working to overcome a U.S. Supreme Court decision from 2016 that struck down a Texas law which had forced about half of the state’s clinics to close. This year several measures are “swiftly” moving the country’s second most populous state towards that goal, as the Houston Chronicle stated. Most recently, the state Senate passed a “wrongful birth” law that, when the governor signs it into law, will prevent parents from seeking damages from doctors who don’t inform them that their child will likely have severe disabilities.
The point of this law is emphatically not to defend the rights of children with life threatening illnesses or disabilities. It is to punish women, and families, who are unable to provide expensive, lifelong medical care for kids with severe medical problems. Most of all, it is to force women to go through with childbirth whether they want to or not, by depriving them of vital medical information that may influence their decision. A leader of Pro-Choice Texas said the proposed law “violates every tenet of health care and the way physicians should treat their patients”. Attacks on women’s right to control their own lives and bodies are horrible enough when they happen anywhere. But if anyone thinks that measures like this will be limited to “red states”, think again. On Donald Trump’s first day in office he signed an executive order ending U.S. funding for international organizations that advise women on abortion. The Trump/Pence Regime and like-minded governments in dozens of states are launching a full court press to move their entire fascist agenda forward. They are moving to install judges who oppose abortion, and even contraception. They must be derailed.
March 20 Last Friday artist Karen Fiorito put up two back to back billboards in downtown Phoenix. One side depicts a scowling Trump with nuclear explosions going off and swastika like money signs around him. The other shows five hands of different colors spelling out UNITY in sign language. Fiorito told a Phoenix tv station “There’s a lot of tension right now in the air, and I’m trying to express that for a lot of people who feel they don’t have a voice … I do feel like we are headed down a road of destruction … So, that’s my expression and I think I have the right to say that”. Pro Trump fascists have been threatening her life, she told a reporter. Fiorito said she has received “a lot of hate. Things have gotten a lot more escalated now.” But she is also getting support. She said “I think a lot of people are feeling this way and I’m just trying to express what I think is on a lot of people’s minds these days.” Fiorito told a TV station in Los Angeles that she has gotten “Tons and tons of positive feedback. People either love it or they hate it. A lot of people have defended me online and offered to give me money to keep it up.” Her response – she’s going to keep the billboards up as long as Trump is President. Time to drive out the Trump/Pence Regime and get Fiorito’s paintings in a museum of fascist relics as a reminder of what could have been.
Voices of Resistance & Conscience Vs. Trump & Pence
Jussie Smollett of his powerful, timely new video, “This song is for the oppressed. That’s why I feel like people will connect with it because it is very broad, because oppression is so broad”.
Ryan Houldin, Civil Rights Attorney at Philadelphia CAIR:
Shortly before a Federal Court in Hawai’i temporarily blocked the implementation of the Trump/Pence regime’s Muslim Ban 2.0, Revolution spoke with Ryan Houldin, a civil rights attorney at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Philadelphia. The views expressed by those we interview are, of course, their own; and they are not responsible for the views published elsewhere in our paper.
Revolution:What can you tell us about what is being argued in court in opposition to this ban?
Ryan Houldin: So, I can fill you in a little bit but there’s also specific immigration law issues that are being litigated which I’m not able to comment on because we don’t handle immigration. But, in terms of more general, constitutional challenges, the first lawsuit brought about different claims because of what happened. There were a lot of people who actually were granted a lawful visa from the state, they got here and they were turned away. That is really a violation of due process, and the Second Amendment. You know, you can’t deny somebody a right without some kind of hearing, and you can’t just have custom agents on the spot just saying that this visa is no longer valid, see you later. And send them back on the plane. That’s clearly unconstitutional. So that’s a procedural due process claim that was in the first complaint in most of these lawsuits, that will likely not be in the second one because of some of the amendments that they made to it. (more…)
March 15 About 2,500 people protested Trump’s visit to Nashville, Tennessee today. News reports indicate that students walked out of Fisk University, an historically Black University, earlier in the day. One account said “Protesters (from Fisk) were met with hundreds of fellow demonstrators who marched from Public Square Park and swarmed near the Municipal Auditorium just before 6 p.m. The lively crowd chanted, sang and held signs.” Speakers at a downtown rally denounced Trump’s attacks on immigrants and his Muslim ban (a restraining order to temporarily block this law was issued while the demonstration was underway). Protests like this need to spread, to grow, to be sustained – and to be aimed at driving Trump’s entire fascist regime from power.
On Monday night, Malibu City Council voted 3-2 to declare the seaside municipality as a “sanctuary city.”
City News Service reports that the issue had divided the city council for weeks, and that the fact that an estimated 80 Malibu public school students were either undocumented or had undocumented parents was a major factor in the council’s decision. (more…)
March 15 A protest to prevent an oil pipeline from being built across Native American land has begun in Oklahoma. The official Facebook page for the camp of the Oklahoma Coalition to stop the Diamond Pipeline posted the following on March 12:
“We are located south of the Arkansas River in east Oklahoma on allotted Choctaw land. We have one large main camp area and four additional areas secured nearby. The landowners have asked that we name the camp “Oka Lawa,” which is Chahta for “Many Waters.” This is a beautiful name and we feel so honored that the landowners are not only supportive but incredibly thoughtful. (more…)
by Nida Khan
March 14 Recently President Trump signed his new Executive Order (without fanfare this time), and instead had Attorney General Sessions, Secretary of State Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary Kelly roll it out to the public. The revised “travel ban” is pretty similar to the first one, except that Iraq is no longer on the list, current visa and green-card holders are exempt, the preference for religious minorities is excluded and the indefinite ban on Syrian refugees is eliminated.
In other words, it is a softer, more legally sound piece of legislation that on the surface appears like some sort of shift from the initial ban, but don’t be fooled, this is still very much the same draconian Muslim ban. (more…)