We are sharing voices speaking out in opposition the dangerous implications of a Trump presidency from a range of viewpoints.
A Call to Professors, Students and All in Academia: Starting This Semester… Make the University a Zone of Resistance to the Fascist Trump Regime and the Coming Assault on the Academy
Sign, circulate, and act on this statement, inspired by refusefascism.org:
Historically, the university has been the institution where dissent and critical thinking have had the greatest initiative in society. It has helped incubate social movements— like antiwar and civil rights, women’s liberation and environmental. This vital role must be defended from fascist assault— and is needed more than ever.
The weekend of January 21st, millions in the U.S. and around the world marched to register their revulsion at the Trump-Pence regime. That same weekend the Trump-Pence regime pushed aggressively forward with its fascist agenda: an inaugural speech of chauvinistic and war-mongering “America first,” then attacks on the press, followed by ominous declarations that this will be a “law and order” administration. What will come tomorrow?
The Trump-Pence regime threatens to bring catastrophe to humanity. We must expose the truth about the Trump regime, build resistance, and continue to demand its impeachment and removal.
We call on fellow academics and intellectuals to join the millions in the U.S. and around the world who have taken to the streets to oppose hate, racism, sexism, other forms of intolerance, dishonesty, and the authoritarianism of the Trump regime and its allies. Faculty and students must be encouraged to speak freely, in and out of class, about the dangerous character of the Trump regime. We must stand in solidarity with professors “named” and threatened for their progressive or radical views by the rightwing “Professor Watchlist” and other enforcers of the new McCarthyism.
The university must become a zone of resistance— a site of “NO” to fascism in America—and a haven of dissent, critical thinking, and free speech… and for upholding civil and human rights and liberties… and fostering society-wide resistance to this regime.
—Organize teach-ins and walk-ins, inviting students and others to come and speak up. Create new spaces to address this social emergency.
—Classes and curriculum should reflect that we are facing a social emergency. Classes can become forums to discuss everything from what fascism is and the lessons of history, as in Germany… to Trump and the attack on civil liberties, women and LGBTQ, Black lives, immigrants, and the environment… to what this fascist agenda bodes for the university itself. Put “NO!” posters on blackboards and windows— and make them available to colleagues and students.
—Be part of marches, demonstrations, and a visible presence on the streets and other public places.
—Support and join with students who are organizing and engaging in resistance to the Trump regime. Stand with immigrant and Muslim students and professors, as well as outspoken professors, who are targeted and attacked. The movement for “sanctuary campuses” must expand, and pledges by administrations to protect undocumented students must be upheld no matter the pressures and orders.
—The university community must find the ways to make common cause with, and invite into the community, people from all of walks of life who are resisting.
In these dark times, the resistance we mount can contribute to bringing a far better world into being.
Christopher Chase-Dunn, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of California, Riverside*
Fidel Fajardo-Acosta, Professor of English, Creighton University*
David J. Harris, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard University*
Ivan Huber, Professor Emeritus of Biology, Fairleigh Dickinson University*
Raymond Lotta, Political economist, writer for Revolution/revcom.us
Ceasar McDowell, Professor, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT*
Reverend John T. Pawlikowski, Professor of Social Ethics, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago*
Bruce Price, Harvard Medical School*
Phil Rice, Harvard Medical School*
*Institutional affiliations listed for identification purposes only (more…)
Days after New York City cab drivers went on strike to protest President Trump’s executive order on immigration, another community of immigrants central to the life of the city are planning a strike of their own. Bodega owners — a trade where Yemeni Americans are well represented in New York City — plan to close their doors on Thursday to show their opposition to the ban. (more…)
January 29: A “call to arms…. with soul” from the the cast of Stranger Things at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
January 29: From the the cast of Stranger Things at the Screen Actors Guild Awards:
“[W]e 1983 midwesterners will repel bullies. We will shelter freaks and outcasts, those who have no home. We will get past the lies. We will hunt monsters. And when we are at a loss amidst the hypocrisy and casual violence of certain individuals and institutions, we will, as per Chief Jim Hopper, punch some people in the face when they seek to destroy what we have envisioned for ourselves and the marginalized. And we will do it all with soul, with heart, and with joy. We thank you for this responsibility!” (more…)
January 30: Bruce Springsteen Supports Airport Protests, Condemns Muslim Ban
At a concert in Australia, Bruce Springsteen said:
“Tonight, we want to add our voices to the thousands of Americans who are protesting at airports around our country the Muslim ban and the detention of foreign nationals and refugees,” Springsteen said. “America is a nation of immigrants and we find this anti-democratic and fundamentally un-American.” (more…)
The following is from a statement by a woman on the faculty of, and a student at, the City University of New York (CUNY). According to the faculty union at CUNY, she was denied entry into the U.S. as a result of Trump’s executive order. She was traveling back to the U.S. from Iran, where she is a citizen, with legal douments to resume her work and studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. She was in transit through Abu Dhabi when she was forbidden to board a plane to New York City. She was detained almost 18 hours before being forced to return to Iran She remains barred from entry into the U.S. (more…)
Because of his unique, worldly background and increased willingness to speak up about social issues, Warriors coach Steve Kerr has become a sought-after voice in this polarizing political climate.
The most recent controversy: President Donald Trump’s recent executive order banning travel into the United States for refugees from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. It has created chaos at airports across the country, as people have been detained and emotional protests have broken out, fighting back against what many people have labeled a Muslim ban. (more…)