Drop The Charges Against Members of Refuse Fascism and Revolution Club!
The Los Angeles City Attorney has just criminally charged 11 members of Refuse Fascism for stepping forward to oppose the Trump/Pence regime in acts of conscience. The charges stem from three significant events, including two actions on the 101 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles, and for a public challenge to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin at UCLA.
We oppose these unjust and outrageous charges. The criminal charges by the LA City Attorney represent an effort by the state to silence dissent against the Trump/Pence regime. They specifically target members of Refuse Fascism – including members of the Revolution Club in LA, an Iraq War vet, a Ph.D student and college instructor, and a noted artist and USC professor – for being unwavering in their pledge not to stand aside while there is still a chance to stop a regime that imperils humanity and the earth itself.
The charges include ‘conspiracy to commit a crime,’ ‘obstruction of free movement of people,’ ‘disobeying a police officer,’ and ‘refusal to disperse’. Strikingly, the ‘conspiracy’ charge targets just two of the eleven defendants (Michelle Xai and Perry Hoberman) – both leading organizers and spokespeople for Refuse Fascism. Even more outrageous (and ominous) is the fact that Xai wasn’t even arrested at the actions – yet she’s still being charged!
Defendants with multiple charges face fines and penalties of 2+ years jail time and all defendants could be locked in jail if convicted, meaning that these fellow freedom fighters could be locked up merely for acts of principled resistance, while the true criminals in Washington remain free to continue their hideous policies of racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and planetary destruction.
The 101 freeway actions have been viewed by millions of people online, as has the public challenge to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin by three brave women. These actions provide a concrete example of breaking out of “protest-as-usual” – exactly what is needed to drive this dangerous regime from power. Refuse Fascism has dedicated itself to driving the Trump/Pence regime from power, organizing and participating in countless rallies, marches and actions. Some of these actions have included acts of civil disobedience, in which individuals have bravely risked arrest and put their lives on the line to oppose the consolidation of fascism in America. These individuals are now facing prosecution for their acts of conscience.
As longtime activist Isabel Cardenas writes: “If more Jews and Germans in Nazi Germany had done what these defendants have done, millions of lives could have been saved … this country needs people such as those that are being criminally charged so that those who have no voice may have someone with the courage to defend them … in order to save us all – including millions of Immigrants who helped to build this country of Native Americans – from THE NIGHTMARE, and so that we and everyone else on the planet earth may stop enduring the madness that goes on in the White House.”
We demand that all the charges against all the defendants be dropped immediately!
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