Protest Trump’s Gestapo Saturday July 25 and Beyond
NO TERRORIZING BLACK COMMUNITIES
NO FASCIST POLICE STATE
TRUMP/PENCE OUT NOW!
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In an ominous escalation of fascism, the Trump/Pence regime sent federal agents from multiple agencies to storm the streets of Portland, Oregon and crush ongoing protests. He is now deploying them to positions across the country, targeting those who dare to defy this regime and Democratic-run cities with large populations of Black people.
In the United States the federal government now commands rapid deployment forces that can be sent to suppress protest or take over as “law enforcement” for any reason the regime deems necessary. They are deployed and commanded by a fascist lunatic, heading into an election. If NOW isn’t the time to be in the streets nonviolently demanding the immediate ouster of this regime, when IS?
In Portland these agents rolled up in unmarked vans, dressed in camouflage with no identifying insignia, arrested people without telling them where they were going or why they were being taken into custody, deployed tear gas, and shot one non-violent protester in the face.
This is what Trump is expanding through the Department of Justice’s Operation Legend and Homeland Security’s Protecting America Communities Taskforce (PACT). Trump and Barr have accused the uprising for Black Lives and Sanctuary cities for the recent surge in murders, to justify sending his paramilitary nationwide – immediately to Kansas City, Chicago, Albuquerque, and Seattle followed by Detroit, Baltimore, and Milwaukee. He has also threatened New York City, Philadelphia, and Oakland.
Further terrorizing Black youth is a focal point of this effort. Trump has demonized Black youth for decades, calling for the execution of the Central Park 5 – 5 Black and brown youth railroaded into a conviction and later exonerated. Even after exoneration Trump continues to say that they should be in jail. In the midst of the current historic upsurge to hold police to account for murder, brutality and criminalization shaking loose local concessions, the Trump/Pence Regime seeks to reassert violent white supremacy and exact revenge on those who rose up.
This is a dress rehearsal for full-out militarized fascist police state, NOT political theater. It is a dangerous advance from a regime that has declared their determination to crush the opposition and hammer in their rule by terror and brute force.
America is at a serious crossroads. A fierce struggle for the future is underway. Camouflaged agents that look virtually indistinguishable from right-wing militias, free to kidnap and detain anyone at their will, is a horror that must be stopped now.
Fascism has direction and momentum. Dissent is piece by piece criminalized. The truth is bludgeoned. Group after group is demonized and targeted along a trajectory that leads to real horrors. All of this has taken dramatic leaps under the Trump Regime. History has shown that fascism must be stopped before it becomes too late. If we lose the right to protest – by legal or extralegal means – all bets are off.
Trump is not “losing an election.” He is setting the stage to declare any outcome other than his victory illegitimate, backed up by a GOP willing to rig elections and the violence of the “police, military, and bikers for Trump” to attack and suppress any opposition to their program. Waiting for November to remove Trump is like waiting for rain when a house is on fire.
As Trump unleashes his secret police, what will you do? Will you accept a fascist America? Will you stand aside hoping that politics as usual will remove a regime that is subverting elections and using the military to crush dissent and further terrorize Black people? Or will you join us in the streets and stay in the streets to demand Trump Pence Out Now!
Dangerous regimes all over the world have been driven out by the people in sustained, non-violent protest demanding the removal of the regime and refusing to go home until their demand is met. To stop an American fascism that threatens the very future of humanity and the planet, the necessary demand is Trump Pence Out Now! We must not stop until our demand is won.