February 20 Thousands of people continued to protest the Trump/Pence regime’s assaults on immigrants over the weekend in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and other cities. NO! posters and stickers of RefuseFascism.org in multiple languages are increasingly evident at these protests – this needs to grow, spread, and put a stamp on protest everywhere. In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America! Drive Out the Trump/Pence Regime!
February 18:Thousands of people hit the streets of downtown Los Angeles Saturday, February 18, for the “Free the People Immigrant March – Sanctuary for All!” event. The mass action came in the context of a series of the Trump/Pence regime’s fascist decrees and actions targeting immigrants. And, this protest came during a month of mass resistance to these vicious threats and government attacks: massive protests at airports throughout the U.S. and in cities large and small which tens of thousands of people have righteously participated in.
February 20: Thousands came out for a powerful “Today, I Am A Muslim Too: A Day of Solidarity”, at Times Square. Arab and South Asian people, and thousands of others, declared their determination to stand against Trump’s vicious attacks on Muslims. Thousands got the Call from Refuse Fascism and hundreds got NO! posters in English and Arabic, along with some in Spanish, Hebrew, French, Chinese and other languages.
On Thursday, February 16, immigrants and their supporters boycotted work or school, closed their businesses, and marched in the streets across the U.S. in a “Day Without Immigrants” as an act of resistance against the Trump/Pence regime’s war against immigrants and Trump’s hateful, racist rants against people from other countries. Many people involved in the day wanted to show how important immigrant workers, including the undocumented, are to the economy and daily life of this country.
The call for the action spread on social media with the hashtag #DayWithoutImmigrants. According to the New York Times, “People planned for it in restaurants staff meetings, on construction sites and on commuter buses, but the movement spread mostly on Facebook and via WhatsApp, the messaging service. No national group organized the action.” The director of an organization working with immigrant day laborers in New York City, said “It’s like the Arab Spring. Our members were coming to us, asking what the plan was. Frankly, it kind of came out of nowhere.” (more…)
A “sea of demonstrators” marched from Milwaukee’s southside to a courthouse downtown, protesting sheriff David Clarke’s intention to deputize all Milwaukee County sheriff’s as federal immigration agents. The protest was part of a Statewide Day without Latinxs, Immigrants, & Refugees, and March to #StopClarke”. The Chicago Tribune reported that “busloads of demonstrators from about a dozen communities around Wisconsin arrived to join local protesters in the mile long march. Parents with children in strollers, young men hoisting Mexican and American flags, and older supporters mingle as the crowd, estimated at 10,000 to 20,000 by police, moved through the streets chanting, “si, podemos!” (Yes, we can!) Jose Flores, an organizer of the march, said people also were protesting Donald Trump’s executive order that criminalizes almost any immigrant in the U.S. without approved documentation, and said “There’s a lot of hate in the country now with the new president, and we march for that too”.
Hundreds of people flooded a busy intersection in North Austin to demand an end to I.C.E. raids.
More than 1,000 Yemeni-owned grocery and convenience stores in New York City shut down from noon to 8pm Thursday, February 2 to protest Donald Trump’s travel ban on people from seven mainly Muslim countries.
That afternoon, people converged on Brooklyn’s Borough Hall in a powerful demonstration of their opposition to Trump’s measures.
Chicago, Feb 4: Over 60 people rallied and marched through a community of people from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal and other countries, chanting “No hate, no fear–immigrants are welcome here” and “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA!”
Chicago, February 1st: About 1,000 people took to the streets in a rally/march called by the Chicago Arab American Action Network (AAAN) and a coalition of other groups. At the end of the protest the crowd chanted, “The People Demand, The Fall of the Trump Regime!”
About 1000 people demonstrated in front of the US Embassy in London as Trump was inaugurated, and then took to the streets of central London in an impromptu unauthorized protest to shut down the streets. The next day up to 100,000 people, a majority women, assembled in front of the US Embassy and then marched to Trafalgar Square.
News sources, authorities, and social media are reporting over 70 arrests this afternoon in a major government assault on Water Protectors defending the Standing Rock Sioux from the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline (DAPL). This attack took place one week after Donald Trump “Executive Order” that government agencies basically abandon any pretense of environmental impact studies ordered by the Obama administration on the danger DAPL poses to the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux. And it spits on long-standing, and repeatedly violated treaty rights promised to Native peoples by the U.S. government.
Activists had set up a new camp in response to moves by the pipeline contractor to immediately resume construction. One videographer on the scene reported militarized police moved in with multiple armored personnel carriers, sound-assault weapons, and rifles. One of those arrested was Chase Iron Eyes—a prominent activist in the movement at Standing Rock, and an initiator of Refuse Fascism. As the Army Corps of Engineers threatened them with arrest for “trespassing,” a Facebook post from someone on the frontline declared: “We came here to stop a pipeline, and that’s what we intend to do. There are people from many Native nations here, to show the world that we not only deserve clean water, not only is water sacred, not only is it the foundation of all economic value, but it’s our birthright to determine our own destiny, to seek a life of dignity, and to be free from legal, economic and political oppression which is being perpetrated by the United States government, by the state of North Dakota.”
And he said: “This movement has grown to include the constitutional rights, civil rights, and human rights struggles of everybody that does not fall into the demographic that Donald Trump falls into—that is euro, hetero, and patriarchy. So we’re talking about Black Lives Matter. We’re talking about the entirety of the Muslim faith, which is being banned from entering the United States from seven countries. We’re talking about Native people, and they’re going to be prohibited from their right to travel, that predate the 240-year history of this country. And this struggle also includes people demanding a different energy economy, a different way of life.”
People at Standing Rock have been subjected to hundreds of vicious arrests; to assaults by private mercenaries; helicopter surveillance, drones, and harassment by reactionary white people in the area.
The Facebook message declared: “But we are going to hold it down on the high ground here. We don’t have a choice but to be that inspiration that the world is depending on.”
Activists are calling on people who are in a position to function in the brutal North Dakota winter to join them. In response to Trump’s initial declaration to roll forward with DAPL, protests broke out in many cities. Today, with the arrests, a spokesperson for Veterans Stand with Standing Rock issued a statement that: “We are committed to the people of Standing Rock, we are committed to nonviolence, and we will do everything within our power to ensure that the environment and human life are respected. That pipeline will not get completed. Not on our watch.”
The stakes at Standing Rock have always been high, for humanity. Now, with Trump putting Standing Rock in the crosshairs of his fascist agenda, they are much, much higher.
Contact: Refuse Fascism 510 251 2553
Refuse Fascism distributed this message prior to tonight’s protest of Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley:
Milo Yiannopoulos, mouthpiece of Trump-Pence, is coming to Cal this Wednesday as part of his “Dangerous Faggot” campus tour. Milo rose to fame voicing disdain for human rights, vicious nationalism, xenophobia, and misogyny, and unapologetic support for Donald Trump, which he claims he is allowed to spew in public because of “free speech”. He claims to be “dangerous” to a “stifling liberal culture” of “political correctness.” He tries to leverage his identity (that he is gay and has a Black boyfriend) as some kind of excuse. In fact, he is a fascist, and students at campuses along his tour have righteously fought, and sometimes succeeded, in shutting down his speaking gigs.
At UC Berkeley professors, and students and professors at campuses across the country, have raised that what Milo is doing is hate speech, which causes direct harm to students and campus life, and that this is not “free speech” and should not be allowed. The UC Berkeley administration has not fully responded to this, and is letting Milo’s speech go forward. This is wrong. But there are even larger issues at stake:
1. People who protest Milo are not opposing free speech, they are opposing a fascist America, which is the actual, real, and gravely serious threat to basic rights of speech, assembly, and intellectual life. Milo Yiannopoulos is an editor for Breitbart. He is a tool of a government that accuses the press of being “fake news” when they deviate from or criticize the Trump lies; that has already begun criminalizing protest, demonizing dissent, and attacking science. Trump has advocated severe penalties for flag burning, which is protected speech. What Milo is working for is not free speech, but to normalize, legitimize, and help consolidate the Trump-Pence regime – which is already marching down the path of crushing all dissent and all ideas that oppose it.
2. Students who oppose Milo are strengthening the role of universities as places where dissent, critical thinking and the search for truth can flourish. Milo’s “bad boy” attack on “political correctness” is a ruse. In fact, Milo & the government he serves don’t like the “political correctness” that has some currency in universities today because they want to replace it with their own, fascist, state-enforced “political correctness.” This is a government that opposes science, and openly discards facts and then defends its lies as “alternative facts.” In under a week, they’ve moved to wipe out all mention of climate science & climate data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s website! Legitimizing Milo’s tour is part of changing universities and intellectual life and science to serve a fascist order. Students who fight to shut down Milo strengthen the struggle against this order and strengthen dissent, critical thinking and genuine intellectual inquiry.
Think of what is going on in the world – just this past week, this government has banned refugees, attacked Muslim immigrants, green-lighted the destructive Dakota Access Pipeline, slammed shut access to abortion for women all over the world, and threatened both the press and the UN to fall into line or face consequences. Think of what would go on inside that room February 1 at UC Berkeley, if it is allowed to go down. UCB, birthplace of the Free Speech Movement, tolerates a fascist rally, held in the name of “free speech.” Inside that room, racists and woman-haters will be screaming “Build that wall!,” laughing at rape statistics and sharing ICE phone numbers to aid the government with deportations – Milo is seeking to use the campuses to serve a larger fascist transformation of America and its entire culture. Students are right to SHUT IT DOWN because yes, it’s dangerous. Fascism is dangerous to humanity. And you, if you oppose this with everything you’ve got, will have the honor of being dangerous to fascism.
SHUT HIM DOWN!
WEDNESDAY, FEB 1
MLK STUDENT UNION, UCB
@RefuseFascism #NoFascistUSA Bay Area: firstname.lastname@example.org (510) 251-2553
Chicago, January 31: About 200 people protested Trump’s cabinet picks, particularly Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos – a Christian fundamentalist who is anti public education. At the end of the rally, over 50 people marched up State St. with chants like “No Muslim Ban, No Border Wall! No Fascist USA!”
Columbus, Ohio, January 30 – 2,000 people, largely students from Ohio State University, protested Trump’s anti-Muslim restrictions. Police responded by pepper spraying hundreds blocking a downtown intersection
College Station, Texas, January 30 – over 1,000 Texas A&M students held a campus protest against Trump’s attacks on Muslims.
January 26: A participatory art project initiated by actor/filmaker Shia LaBeouf is being livestreamed outside the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, New York. It is going 24-7 until Trump is O U T. People are invited to speak into a wall mounted camera and say the phrase, “He will not divide us” as many times as they want. This has captured the spirit and creativity of diverse participants including a crew of students from several area high schools who arrived with bucket drums and a seriousness of purpose and set up a none-stop wall of chanting for hours in the rain. UPDATE: Yesterday Shia LaBeouf was arrested while confronting a Nazi who was in his face, upholding Hitler. Livestream: HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US.
Jan 27, San Francisco: Protesting Trump’s Attacks on Immigrants
January 26, Thousands protested Trump’s trip to the Republican “retreat” in Philly from early morning into the night
January 25, Protesters in Philly confront Trump’s appearance at a Republican “retreat”
Protest outside Homeland Security in Chicago
Thousands rallied on January 25th in NYC, and more across the country, in response to Trump’s Executive Order to build a Wall on the Mexican border, ramp up repression against immigrants and ban sanctuary cities. The NYC march merged with protesters against Trump’s fast-tracking of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Environmental activists hung this huge banner on a crane near the White House early January 25 “to resist the environmental, economic and racial injustice that Trump and his administration have already laid out and put into practice.”
25 de enero: Decenas de personas fueron acusadas de interrumpir la audiencia de confirmación del Senado de Jeff Sessions – una racista – para ser jefe del Departamento de Justicia. Un voluntario del Refuse Fascism que vino de Los Ángeles es entrevistado por Mundo Hispanico.
January 25: Dozens of people were arraigned on charges from disrupting the Senate Confirmation hearing of Jeff Sessions – a white supremacist – to be head of the Department of Justice. A Refuse Fascism volunteer who came from Los Angeles is interviewed by Mundo Hispanico.
Jan 25: The Code Pink activist who dressed as a KKK’er and Michelle from the Revolution Club who were dragged out of the Sessions hearing speak. Sunsara Taylor speaks to the vicious attacks on protests against Trump: Defending the protesters is essential!
January 21, the day after Trump’s innauguration, millions of people around the world poured into the streets in response to calls for a Women’s March. Read more….