In daring and defiant actions carried out observing social distancing, RefuseFascism delivered home-made body-bags to Trump properties and staged other actions in New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and Los Angeles on April 18 (and in the San Francisco Bay Area on April 19). The message: THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO NOW! — and challenging people to get with the movement to DRIVE THE REGIME FROM POWER THROUGH MASS NONVIOLENT SUSTAINED POLITICAL PROTEST. In addition, and with that mission, protesters demanded aid and protection for humanity globally, not just for Americans, based on international co-operation, not competition; protection for healthcare workers, for people in prisons and ICE detention, and asylum seekers.
Local media in several cities, and some international media, contrasted the Refuse Fascism protests, which started from the interests of humanity, with MAGA rallies by often armed, hyper-patriotic Trump supporters, waving the Confederate flag, protesting measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and demanding Democratic officials in Michigan and other states be “locked up.”
In Philadelphia, dozens of fascists in more than twenty cars, along with a force of NJ police, prevented a Refuse Fascism car caravan from getting to the gates of a Trump golf club; however they persevered. Livestream of the event was seen by tens of thousands.
Also see: Interview with a Participant in RF Protests in Times Square and at Trump Intl Hotel: We Can’t Wait
NYC (From International Coverage)
Chicago (CBS Local News Coverage)
Cleveland Refuse Fascism car caravan leaving Juvenile jail to deliver body bags at Cuyahoga County jail – where prisoners died regularly even before this virus. #Trump/PenceOutNow@RefuseFascism pic.twitter.com/ODfH7eFCVj
— Refuse Fascism Ohio (@RefuseFascismOh) April 18, 2020