Why it’s Right, and Righteous to Drive Fascists Off Campus,
Out of Berkeley… and Out of Power!
A Talk and a Challenge to Debate by Sunsara Taylor
(Event took place Thursday, May 4, at the University of California, Berkeley)
Read report of program featuring Sunsara Taylor’s speech here.
Fascists are targeting Berkeley! A series of “intellectual” hitmen for the Trump/Pence regime—Ann Coulter, Milo Yiannopoulos, David Horowitz—have zeroed in on UC Berkeley. Twice in April, hundreds of ready-to-brawl “alt right” white supremacists, neo-Nazis, bikers and militia descended on downtown Berkeley.
This is not about “free speech.” Far from being persecuted or suppressed by the state for their ideas, the ideas of these fascists are being imposed on the world by the most powerful state in the history of humanity. Every day, the fascist Trump/Pence Regime is slamming ahead to implement precisely the kind of genocidal racism, woman-hating cruelty, war-mongering ambitions, planet-destroying lies, and anti-immigrant ethnic-cleansing these “intellectual” hitmen promote. Every day, the Trump/Pence Regime is working feverishly to consolidate a fascist America.
At what point will you say: “NO, this must stop!”?
Berkeley is being targeted precisely because of its radical history. If the fascists can make Berkeley bow down, it will strengthen their ability to make the whole country accept new norms and bend to their will. Ignoring them won’t make them go away. Standing aside or keeping your head in your books is unacceptable. That’s what the “Good Germans” did during Hitler’s rise to power.
Sunsara Taylor is a revolutionary communist and follower of Bob Avakian. Avakian, a veteran of the Free Speech Movement, is the architect of the New Communism and is leading a movement for an actual revolution and for a radically new society on the road to real emancipation. Sunsara Taylor sits on the Advisory Board of RefuseFascism.org and has led thousands in the streets to go up against this fascist regime, aiming to drive it from power.