Special Delivery From the Revolution Club, Chicago

November 3, 2017 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us


Every day the urgent need cries out for what Refuse Fascism has called for on November 4: massive sustained nonviolent mobilizations beginning with thousands, growing and continuing until the Trump/Pence Regime is driven from power. The Revolution Club, Chicago, has been going all-out to make November 4 a powerful beginning, and we just went to deliver a banner to Trump Tower that had been signed by youth from Chicago high schools and people in the South Side neighborhoods. This banner reads “Hey Trump, From those you like to Demonize: You and Your GANG in the White House Are the REAL Thugs and THREAT to Humanity. In The Name of Humanity We Will DRIVE YOUR ASS OUT!”

The Revolution Club has been working among people who are most oppressed under this system, consigned to a future of being blown away by police, put in prison, or brutally exploited. These are youth who are right now trapped in doing what this system wants us doing, killing each other off. We have been working to win people to see their real enemy, and common cause with people of the world to make revolution to overthrow the system that has them in these conditions, and to connect them with the leadership we have for that revolution, Bob Avakian. These are people constantly demonized by Trump and Co. and threatened in ways that literally echo Hitler’s genocidal talk of dealing with Jewish criminals and cleaning up the Jewish Ghettos. This genocidal White Supremacy is one key dimension of the whole monstrous program being hammered through by the Trump/Pence Fascist Regime and why November 4 is so urgently needed. This is why we felt this banner was needed to cut through the bullshit, and the way Trump and his fanatics use the youth in Chicago as a punching bag to justify just about anything including KKKlansmen and neo-Nazis (who have actually killed people) marching in the streets, and to silence people who protest. So we made and took this banner all around Chicago, working to get people to see that this was the stage they were acting on when they add their name.

When the day arrived to deliver the banner with several dozen signatures, our crew of about 14 was made up of the same mix of people who had been signing it. This included people we had just met in the week since we made the banner as well as people who have been with the club longer than that. A high school student, people from the South Side neighborhoods, and people from other areas in the city, along with volunteers from the Revolution Club.

This crew gathered together downtown near Trump Tower in Chicago, chanted and took pictures with the banner, and read it out loud together. This drew in passersby who wanted to know more about what was happening and were finding out about November 4. We then walked to the Tower, chanting “Trump and Pence Must GO,” “November 4, IT BEGINS.” We arrived at the front entrance to the Tower and were confronted by building security. We had come to deliver this banner on behalf of those signatures to Donald Trump and we demanded to know who would be the person responsible for receiving such a delivery. The security would not answer who was the manager of the building or who was in charge if the manager was not there. Instead of answering they called out the Chicago Police, who are never far from Trump Tower and immediately showed up. An intense stand off ensued for about 15 minutes, with our crew continuing to read the message on the banner and demanding to be allowed to leave it with someone responsible, and speaking to onlookers about why we were there and why we were getting ready for November 4. Unfortunately, there was no responsible person to be found at the Tower who could receive the delivery and ensure it made its way to Trump. (The only name we were able to get was from a Black man who eventually came out from the building who, it apparently seems, literally had forgotten who he was, and was convinced that his own name was Mr. Security). We concluded the evening by holding a concluding rally with those who had come speaking about why they were there, and then we split up with some people going out to a concert to let the audience know about November 4, while other people got together to watch parts of the filmed talk by Bob Avakian “The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go! In The Name of Humanity We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America. A Better World IS Possible.”


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