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WHO WE ARE
RefuseFascism.org was initiated on an emergency basis in the wake of the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Recognizing the fascist character and danger of the looming Trump/Pence Regime, we issued a “Call to Action” which began:
“NO! In the Name of Humanity – We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America!
A virulent fascist movement both in and out of government is still working to re-seize power and consolidate a different form of rule built on white supremacy, misogyny and xenophobia, relying on overt terror and violence. Once in power fascism essentially eliminates traditional democratic rights. Preventing this remains our urgent mission.
Will we allow fascists to win the battle for the future, with all that means for humanity and the planet, or will we stand up? We will remain vigilant. We will organize and form action networks to be proactive and resist the continuing danger of fascism. We pledge to the people of the world: IN THE NAME OF HUMANITY, WE REFUSE TO ACCEPT A FASCIST AMERICA!
Email: info AT refusefascism.org
National Office Phone: (917) 407-1286
Mailing Address: Refuse Fascism, 305 West Broadway #185, New York, NY 10013
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Some highlights of our work:
** Our launch: We launched RefuseFascism.org at an Emergency Meeting at the Great Hall of Cooper Union in NYC on December 19th, 2016. Watched by some 200,000 people on HuffPo’s FaceBookLive, Andy Zee, PZ Myers, Carl Dix, Jeremy Scahill, Imam Ayub Abdul-Baki, Rev. Doris Johnson, Sunsara Taylor, Immortal Technique, and Fran Luck spoke along with messages from Gloria Steinem, Chase Iron Eyes, Isabel Cardenas, and others on the fascist character of the Trump/Pence Regime and called on people to get organized to stop it before it came to power.
**Our Call to Action: We have issued a powerful Call to Action which recognizes the fascist character of this regime, the dangers that poses, and the need – and the means – for millions to get organized to drive this regime from power. With every new development, the prescience and direction of this Call to Action has been borne out. Thousands have signed it and spread it throughout society, offering analysis and direction. Add your name to it here.
** Full Page Ads: We placed full page advertisements of the RefuseFascism.org Call to Action in both the New York Times and The Washington Post declaring: NO! In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America. This Call was signed by thousands of people, including hundreds of prominent artists, scientists, writers, musicians, academics, and others.
**The Power of NO!: We have spread the NO! throughout society as a unifying symbol rejecting everything the fascist regime stands for and as a way to bring together people from a diversity of perspectives to make their opposition known and felt. This NO! has appeared in photos of protest over and over all across the country, on stickers and patches, on t-shirts and in shop windows, on buttons and in major ads.
** Pre-Inaugural Protests: In the weeks leading up to the inauguration, we brought dozens of volunteers from across the country to converge on DC for several weeks. Every day, volunteers fanned out across the city mobilizing students and others to translate their shock, fear, and anger into political protest and resistance. Every night, we marched through the streets of DC calling on people to Stop the Regime Before It Starts.
** Disrupting Jeff Sessions: Five of our volunteers, including Carl Dix, were arrested for disrupting the Senate Confirmation Hearing of the racist Jeff Sessions. This was broadcast live around the world and memorialized in the play, All the President’s Men.
** Refuse Fascism Has Joined with Every Major Protest: We have participated in every major protest – and countless smaller protests – across this country since the Trump/Pence Regime has been in power, strengthening them and bringing in the demand to drive out the Trump/Pence Regime in the name of humanity. These include: the Women’s March, the airport protests against the Muslim Ban, many immigrant rights mobilizations, the March for Science, the People’s Climate March, the March for Truth, the Tax March, the resistance when fascists targeted Berkeley, and many more.
** National Organizing Tour to Drive Out the Trump/Pence Regime: For over a month, a team of volunteers traveled all the way down the East Coast, through the Deep South, down to the U.S./Mexico border, and then back up to the universities of the North East, speaking, reaching out, protesting, and organizing people to stand up and join the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence fascist regime.
** Holocaust Remembrance Day: On April 24, Refuse Fascism and others, including descendants and relatives of Holocaust survivors, organized deeply moving actions and processions in several cities that declared “1933 – 2017 Never Again! Drive Out the Fascist Trump/Pence Regime, and expressed determination to oppose and stop Trump’s demonization of and assaults on Muslim and other immigrants.
** National Emergency Teach-In on Fascism in America: On April 27, we held a nationally livestreamed teach-in called, “Fascism in America: Could It Happen Here? Is It Happening Here? What Is the Danger that the Trump/Pence Government Poses?” featuring Rita Dentino of Casa Freehold and the National Day Laborers Organizing Network, George Prochnik of the New Yorker, Kieran Suckling of the Center for Biological Diversity, and Andy Zee of Revolution Books and Refuse Fascism.
** Spearheading Emergency Protest Nationwide: We have spearheaded and led emergency protests against major fascist developments of the Trump/Pence Regime – powerfully disrupting the normalization of fascism and continually working to bring forward the millions to drive the fascist Trump/Pence Regime from power. This has included mobilizations across the country after Comey was fired; rallies uphold the Portland Heroes after two men were killed and another hospitalized for stopping a white supremacist who was threatening teenage women on the train, emergency counter-protests against anti-Muslim rallies nationwide, standing up to the fascists in the “Battle for Berkeley” and much more.
** July 15 – Nationwide Protests Demand: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go! Over 1700 people in 16 cities marched and rallied around the unifying demand that the Trump/Pence Regime must GO! Almost all the marches persevered in the face of significant threats and opposition from fascist Trump supporters, in some cases heavily armed. Leading into July 15 people such as Arturo O’Farrill, David Strathairn, Lalah Hathaway, and PZ Myers contributed video or written messages of support for the July 15 protests. A “100 Hours of NO!” 4 day protest at the headquarters of the fascist Fox News Network in New York indicted Fox for promoting police brutality, mass incarceration, and white supremacy, and called on people to join the protests at Trump Tower in New York and across the country. A Refuse Fascism message read at the July 15 rallies expressed the challenge facing us coming off these demonstrations: “Over the summer and into the Fall we must ACT, AGITATE and ORGANIZE and build the capacity and the momentum “working with all our creativity and determination toward the time when millions of people can be moved to fill the streets of cities and towns day after day and night after night, declaring this whole regime illegitimate – Demanding, and Not Stopping, Until the Trump/Pence Regime Is Driven from Power.”
** In the midst of Donald Trump’s vicious attacks on NFL players “taking a knee” during the national anthem to protest white supremacy, police brutality and other injustices, Refuse Fascism confronted Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who threatened to bench any player who participated in these protests. Video of the confrontation got out widely in social media. ( See coverage in the NY Daily News and coverage in the Dallas News)
** When Donald Trump threw paper towels at people in Puerto Rico, people he has literally left to die, Refuse Fascism called on people to STOP the genocidal neglect of our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters. The Trump/Pence regime must go! It’s on us, the people, to drive out this regime, beginning on November 4, when we will take to the streets day after day and night after night until they’re gone. And organized protest and street theater that broke into the media where people symbolically threw those back at him, including at Trump Towner in NYC.
The death toll is rising in Puerto Rico, 64% still without power
And Trump is withdrawing aid?!
See what happened last night at Trump Tower pic.twitter.com/ZoBiTwJM3O
— #NoFascistUSA (@RefuseFascism) October 14, 2017
** November 4, 2017, a new phase of the struggle begins: THIS NIGHTMARE MUST END: THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO! In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept A Fascist America.
On November 4, 4,000+ people in cities across the U.S. rallied and marched to BEGIN a new phase of the struggle to bring about what millions of people ache to see: the end of a regime that imperils the lives of millions of people, a regime that denies their basic rights, their humanity and even their very health, and yet its danger is even greater than that. Without exaggeration, the future for humanity and the planet hangs in the balance from the Trump/Pence regime. This regime is playing roulette with nuclear weapons and is denying science and climate change while discarding environmental protection laws. Millions know and feel this horror.
In the face of the lies, distortions, and outright threats of a relentless fascist social media campaign, headed in part by the acknowledged Trump operative, Alex Jones…In the face of armed fascist militias in at least three cities, and aggressive cores of fascists in most others…Often in the face of extremely heavy-handed police presence … In the face of snark, rumor-mongering and plain old-fashioned McCarthyism, as well as caving to McCarthyism by many who know better… And in the face of a media white-out until the last few days beforehand – they came anyway. Sometimes in the hundreds and more, sometimes with just a handful of spirited people, 4000 people in over two dozen cities stepped up as a force determined to STOP Trump/Pence fascism on November 4. See: It was a Day of Courage and Conviction, a Real Beginning
** November 11, 2017 RefuseFascism.org led protests around the country demanding No “Fire & Fury” Against North Korea or Iran, No U.S. Aggression in the Middle East! This Nightmare Must End: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!
— #TrumpPenceMustGo (@RefuseFascism) November 11, 2017
** Media Coverage: In addition to media coverage referenced above, Refuse Fascism has appeared in the NYTimes, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Mic.com, Common Dreams, Amsterdam News, The LA Times, and other media outlets. Images of our main sign, “NO! In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America” have become one of the most ubiquitous images in protest footage all over the country in recent months.
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