by Coco Das |
On the heels of the mass murder in El Paso, in which a white supremacist targeted Latinos and killed 22 people, the Trump/Pence regime sent ICE agents, its American Gestapo, to unleash more terror. 680 workers at chicken processing and other food processing plants in Mississippi were rounded up and detained. There are pictures and videos of their children, left behind in schools and daycare centers or picked up by other community members, screaming and crying for their parents. One pastor said about the ICE raid of the chicken processing plant, “It looked like an invasion in a war.”
A war is two-sided. This is in fact an ethnic cleansing of Latino immigrants and citizens, waged by the Trump/Pence regime and its many soldiers, from government agents in ICE and Border Patrol to young white supremacist men who are willing to follow the marching orders of a whole fascist movement, fed and strengthened by Trump’s immigrant bashing at Nazi rally after Nazi rally.
No more sacrificing our immigrant brothers and sisters to these crimes! No more sitting back and begging politicians to “do something!” The politicians are either part of the fascist GOP or part of the Democratic Party, which is funding and enabling this fascist regime, collaborating with it – while giving empty lip-service to “holding Trump accountable” and “impeaching Trump at the ballot box” – and having no way of actually stopping this fascist terror.
Driving out this fascist regime is the greatest moral obligation we have at this moment in history. Consider this quote from a recent speech by Bob Avakian: “Trump’s election—through the electoral college, not the popular vote—is, in a real sense, an extension of slavery: the people who voted for Trump are the kind of people who would have been pro-slavery, had they been around at the time of slavery in the United States. And those who find it acceptable to have the overt white supremacist Trump in the White House are the kind of people who would have ignored or would have openly accepted and justified or rationalized slavery when it existed.”
In his speech, Avakian calls out the illusion of painless progress. The great abolitionist Frederick Douglas spoke to this when he said, “If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. …Power concedes nothing without a demand.”
Right now, everyone standing aside and waiting for 2020, or thinking they can stop these horrors one at a time, are asking the most vulnerable to bear the pain of this regime’s fascism. To sacrifice their lives so that too many “good Americans” don’t have to sacrifice their comfort. The blood of El Paso is on the hands of the Trump/Pence regime, but it will be on everyone who continues to cling to the illusion of painless progress. Listen to the children in Mississippi crying for their parents. They need us now.
It is not enough to hate this fascist regime; we have to drive it out. This American fascism will not be stopped painlessly, but it can be knocked off the tracks sooner than we can imagine with the right demand – that the Trump/Pence regime must go now – and millions in the streets in non-violent protest day after day, refusing to back down until their demand is met.
Refuse Fascism is looking for the thousands who are ready to start this sustained mobilization. Prepare to take to the streets and stay in the streets. Bring your anger, outrage, and determination. Join our sustained actions and donate so that we can grow and reach millions.
Get ready to go Puerto Rico on this regime, and raise your voices everywhere to say: This nightmare must end. The Trump/Pence regime must go now!
Coco Das (@coco_das) is a contributing editor to RefuseFascism.org