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The Chicago chapter held two fundraising events in one weekend, Feb 2 to 4 and raised $1000
The first was a punk show on Friday night, Feb 2 at the Liars Club, a small well-known Chicago club. All in all, the message that there IS a movement to drive out these fascists got out in new circles on social media, and the crowd was almost all people who were new to RF.
The second event was a group outing to see a matinee performance of “We the People – an AntiTrump Musical” on Sunday, Feb. 4…. the success of both events was relying on people beyond our chapter or even our e-list. A few chapter organizers were critical but mainly we kept it all very simple and succeeded in spreading the name and message of Refuse Fascism while raising much needed funds.
Honolulu: Black Friday – “Wake Up and Act”
On Black Friday a Refuse Fascism team of 8 went an intersection near the entrance to Hawai`i’s largest shopping center to leaflet and hold signs. We got out hundreds of leaflets (Click here for printable flyers (PDF of the Refuse Fascism leaflet we were passing out!). Many people stopped right there to read and respond. Several groups of teens greeted us with “Fuck Donald Trump”; many people agonized about the need for people to “wake up and act” and were challenged to check out the website and join the movement. There were a lot of tourists from Australia and Canada who talked about how Trump’s policies are effecting the world (especially pointing to Trump’s attacks on the environment).
When one of those christian fascist street preachers with an insane sign and a loudspeaker showed up to condemn us to hell a courageous supporter in a wheelchair took out her whistle to counter his message. Then she pulled out a bright orange paper from the back of her wheelchair and scrawled “Nazi Scum” with an arrow pointing his way, making it clear that he wasn’t with us. This attracted even more attention to us; prompting another group of Jehovah’s Witness street preachers to apologize for his behavior and reassure us that religious people aren’t “filled with hate” and that she too was appalled by Trump’s “meanness”.
Creating a Scene at Black Friday in San Francisco
Black Friday, a Refuse Fascism crew with a bullhorn, a banner, three people wearing hazmat suits, and a small group flyering, collecting funds and names, took over a busy corner of Union Square in San Francisco – the heart of the city’s upscale shopping and hotel district, and staged a die-in.
At times there were half a dozen or more tourists, shoppers, and families passing by stopping to take pictures on their phones – no doubt many hundreds over the course of the 3 or so hours we were there. As people came to understand just what the scene was all about – the devastation that the Trump/Pence regime are wreaking and even more, will wreak if they are not drive from power, people threw in their own comments about how much they hated Trump – or in some cases, actually defended the orange monster and the regime. Some people actively joined in with Refuse Fascism’s protest – one young women put on a hazmat suit and lay on the ground, then her friends put in money so she could take the suit home. Several “took a knee” in honor of the NFL players and their on-going protest against police murder – and some promised to join in when Refuse Fascism goes to the Oakland Raiders game this Sunday to support running back Marshawn Lynch who is under fire from Trump for standing when the Mexican national anthem was played and sitting when the US national anthem was played.
- Scene at a Chicago High School
- Postering with attitude to reach the masses in the interest of humanity
- Organizing new people to be organizers
- At a Zombie Street Party
- Posters Up in 90 Stores – Enlisting People As We Went
- Street theater on a train
- Reaching out to immigrants rights activists
- Presenting Refuse Fascism’s Call for November 4 at a Democratic Club
- The Call To Drive Out The Regime
- Refuse Fascism Faith Task Force
- Template letter to Organizations
- Statement on the Lies and Distortions by Fascist Web Sites & Trolls
HOW TO… Project the Message on Walls
Stay on message with our key slogans:
This Nightmare Must End: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!
This speaks to people’s outrage and horror at the totality of the danger of the Trump/Pence Regime and the need to get them out of power.
In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America!
There are people all over the world whose lives are in danger from the Trump/Pence fascist regime who are counting on us. We are acting in the name of the humanity, not just for ourselves.
These slogans need to be known and taken up by more and more people from a diversity of perspectives—some who think this is already fascist and others who aren’t sure but want the nightmare to end now.
The Call to Action of Refuse Fascism and the New Call – This Nightmare Must End – provide analysis, direction and vision for how we must act. These should be constantly returned to for guidance and spread throughout society.