We are sharing voices speaking out in opposition the dangerous implications of a Trump presidency from a range of viewpoints.
March 17, 2017: Teach-In in New York:
What is Fascism…
What it means for humanity that the Trump-Pence Regime is fascist, and why it must be driven out
“The Trump/Pence Regime is a Fascist Regime. Not insult or exaggeration, this is what it is….Donald Trump and Mike Pence have assembled a vicious cabal that has put forth positions and begun initiatives which demonstrate that they fully intend to shred political and social norms with catastrophic consequence. Because Trump has his finger on the nuclear trigger, the Trump/Pence regime is more dangerous to the world than even Hitler…” (from the RefuseFascism Call to Action)
Is this true?
What is Fascism?
How is the Trump/Pence Regime moving to institute a fascist form of rule?
What will this look like and how fast could it happen?
Is there a way to stop it?
What does this mean for what each of us, and all of us together, must do?
Andy Zee of the Refuse Fascism Advisory Board digs into these questions. His talk goes deeply into the Refuse Fascism Call to Action, followed by a Q&A.
From the RefuseFascism Call:
“Millions of people, outraged by this regime, took to the streets delivering a stinging rebuke to Trump the day after the inauguration. Protest and resistance continues against the many attacks on the people by Trump/Pence administration. This must grow broader, deeper, and more determined. This resistance is righteous and necessary, but it is not sufficient. We must recognize that the character of fascism is that it can absorb separate acts of resistance while continually throwing the opposition off balance by rapidly moving its agenda forward. The Trump/Pence regime will repeatedly launch new highly repressive measures, eventually clamping down on all resistance and remaking the law … IF THEY ARE NOT DRIVEN FROM POWER.”
What is Fascism . . . What it Means for Humanity that the Trump/Pence Regime is Fascist And, Why It Must Be Driven Out.
A talk by Andy Zee
from the Advisory Board of RefuseFascism.org. at a Refuse Fascism teach-in
Thank you and welcome Live Stream and video audience. Tonight I am going to take some time to get deeply into the Refuse Fascism Call to Action. Then, we will have a discussion and then the local chapter has a plan for some smaller discussions, which will not be livestreamed.
It is my intention that this talk provide a deeper understanding of what we face with the Trump/Pence regime and what we need to do to stop it. This talk should spark other teach-ins, dialogues, salons, forums, short YouTubes as well as provide impetus for planning and organizing to develop the ways and means to drive out the regime. So, let’s begin. (more…)
by Dan Howarth
The Architecture Lobby, an organization based in Brooklyn, is proposing a national day of action this Friday (March 17) in opposition to the Mexican border wall planned by president Donald Trump. The Architecture Lobby is calling for architects and engineers to take a stand against the proposal by leaving their desks for 45 minutes in demonstration.
“While there are innumerable reasons to stand against the immigration policies of the current administration and this project specifically, this call is motivated by the belief that the fields of architecture, and engineering are fundamentally rooted in a goal to improve our societies by producing structures that render them more just, more equitable, and more beautiful,” said The Architecture Lobby. “The southwestern border wall stands in clear and direct opposition to this goal.” (more…)
We must manifest the power of NO! everywhere.
Michael Shannon, nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards, wore the NO! Refuse Fascism button on the red carpet and afterwards.
This message: NO! In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept A Fascist America! Drive out the Trump/Pence Regime! is the central message of the organization RefuseFascism.org.
The Cut (nymag.com): Michael Shannon’s Oscars Accessory Says It All
From The Washington Post:
Michael Shannon was wearing a pin on his lapel that said “NO!” Surely some liberal cause, alongside all those ACLU ribbons. What does it mean?
“It’s just ‘no,’ ” Shannon said.
No to everything?
“Yeah, just ‘no,’ ” he said, and at this point, after this night, it sounded like a winning platform.
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…)