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In a Week of Terror Against Immigrants:
It is Not Enough to Hate this Fascist Regime;
We Have to Drive it Out

By Coco Das



On the heels of the mass murder in El Paso, in which a white supremacist targeted Latinos and killed 22 people, the Trump/Pence regime sent ICE agents, its American Gestapo, to unleash more terror. 680 workers at chicken processing and other food processing plants in Mississippi were rounded up and detained. There are pictures and videos of their children, left behind in schools and daycare centers or picked up by other community members, screaming and crying for their parents. One pastor said about the ICE raid of the chicken processing plant, “It looked like an invasion in a war.”

A war is two-sided. This is in fact an ethnic cleansing of Latino immigrants and citizens, waged by the Trump/Pence regime and its many soldiers, from government agents in ICE and Border Patrol to young white supremacist men who are willing to follow the marching orders of a whole fascist movement, fed and strengthened by Trump’s immigrant bashing at Nazi rally after Nazi rally.

No more sacrificing our immigrant brothers and sisters to these crimes! No more sitting back and begging politicians to “do something!” The politicians are either part of the fascist GOP or part of the Democratic Party, which is funding and enabling this fascist regime, collaborating with it—while giving empty lip-service to “holding Trump accountable” and “impeaching Trump at the ballot box”—and having no way of actually stopping this fascist terror.

Driving out this fascist regime is the greatest moral obligation we have at this moment in history. Consider this quote from a recent speech by Bob Avakian: “Trump’s election—through the electoral college, not the popular vote—is, in a real sense, an extension of slavery: the people who voted for Trump are the kind of people who would have been pro-slavery, had they been around at the time of slavery in the United States. And those who find it acceptable to have the overt white supremacist Trump in the White House are the kind of people who would have ignored or would have openly accepted and justified or rationalized slavery when it existed.”

In his speech, Avakian calls out the illusion of painless progress. The great abolitionist Frederick Douglas spoke to this when he said, “If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. …Power concedes nothing without a demand.”

Right now, everyone standing aside and waiting for 2020, or thinking they can stop these horrors one at a time, are asking the most vulnerable to bear the pain of this regime’s fascism. To sacrifice their lives so that too many “good Americans” don’t have to sacrifice their comfort. The blood of El Paso is on the hands of the Trump/Pence regime, but it will be on everyone who continues to cling to the illusion of painless progress. Listen to the children in Mississippi crying for their parents. They need us now.

It is not enough to hate this fascist regime; we have to drive it out. This American fascism will not be stopped painlessly, but it can be knocked off the tracks sooner than we can imagine with the right demand—that the Trump/Pence regime must go now—and millions in the streets in non-violent protest day after day, refusing to back down until their demand is met.

Refuse Fascism is looking for the thousands who are ready to start this sustained mobilization. Prepare to take to the streets and stay in the streets. Bring your anger, outrage, and determination. Join our sustained actions and donate so that we can grow and reach millions.

Get ready to go Puerto Rico on this regime, and raise your voices everywhere to say: This nightmare must end. The Trump/Pence regime must go now!​

What is Refuse Fascism is a movement of people coming from diverse perspectives, united in our recognition that the Trump/Pence Regime poses a catastrophic danger to humanity and the planet, and that it is our responsibility to drive them from power through non-violent protests that grow every day until our demand is met. This means working and organizing with all our creativity and determination to bring thousands, eventually millions of people into the streets of cities and towns, to demand: This Nightmare Must End: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go! welcomes individuals and organizations from many different points of view who share our determination to refuse to accept a fascist America, to join and/or partner with us in this great cause.

(updated August 9)

Saturday, August 10:

  • Atlanta Noon to 6 pm, join with us at the BeReggae Festival in Piedmont Park. Find the Refuse Fascism tent and join us!
  • Chicago March in the Bud Billiken parade with the #TrumpPenceMustGo contingent,
    starting 10 am
    33rd and King Dr.
    Facebook Event
  • Cleveland 12 noon Shaker Square and 3 pm Glenville Community Festival
  • Detroit 3:00 pm in Clark Park, at the corner of Vernor & Clark St
  • Honolulu 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Korea Festival, on the sidewalk along Auahi Street
  • Los Angeles 12:30 pm, meet outside 7th St Metro Center, 7th and Figueroa in downtown
  • NYC 3:00 pm, Trump Tower
  • San Francisco 1:00 pm, Refuse Fascism rally at 24th and Mission

Sunday, August 11:

  • Atlanta Noon to 6 pm, join with us at the BeReggae Festival in Piedmont Park. Find the Refuse Fascism tent and join us!
  • Chicago 2:00 pm Picnic Fundraiser, Dawes Park 1700 Sheridan Road, Evanston Facebook event
  • Los Angeles 5:30 pm Organizing Meeting Echo Park United Methodist 1226 N. Alvarado Street
  • Philadelphia 4:00 pm – the Federal Building at 200 Chestnut St.
  • Seattle 6:00 pm RefuseFascism meeting All Pilgrims Christian, 500 E. Broadway Facebook event

Tuesday, August 13:

  • Detroit banner drop, details TBA (“We encourage others to do the same”)

Wednesday, August 14:

  • Atlanta Demonstrate in front of CNN at 6 PM, downtown at the intersection of Marietta St. and Centennial Olympic Park Dr. There will be tens of thousands of people downtown for the Campeones Cup Soccer Final between Atlanta United and Club America from Mexico City.

Mourning victims of the massacre of immigrants in El Paso

August 7, Mississippi: One of many coordinated ICE raids on chicken processing plants in which a total of 680 workers were rounded up.





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