The national organization Refuse Fascism, which has been leading the street resistance against the corrupt Donald Trump regime, will hold protests events around the country Saturday, including one in San Francisco.
The event in San Francisco is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. in Union Square. The coordinated events will kickstart a series of sustained protests in major American cities in the coming days. The protests are roughly modeled on or a continuation of the Occupy protests, which began with the Occupy Wall Street action in New York in 2011.
I encourage anyone reading this to go to the Refuse Fascism web site and learn more about what’s exactly taking place on Saturday and in the ensuing days.
Refuse Fascism’s call to action is based on a very clear and firm statement.
The Trump/Pence Regime is a Fascist Regime. Not insult or exaggeration, this is what it is. For the future of humanity and the planet, we, the people, must drive this regime out.
The use of the word “fascism” to describe Trump and his surrogates has drawn criticism from both the right and the left, but I think it’s a fair and accurate assessment of the nationalistic and racist ideology this presidential regime embraces, from the “American First” sloganeering to its implicit endorsement of white supremacy. Just recently, Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly tried to qualify the country’s sordid history of slavery. Trump, as you remember, called the self-identified white supremacists who marched with torches in Charlottesville “a side” of some debate he apparently perceives.
This nationalistic racism and sanction of police violence against minority people is combined with Trump’s constant lying, attacks on the press and a complete lack of transparency when it comes to his personal finances. Refuse Fascism notes that history has shown us that fascism must be confronted before it’s too late, which is another point with which I strongly agree.
Fascism advances in stages through outrage, shock and intimidation, followed by brief periods of normalization where people accommodate to the new situation the regime has imposed.
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You cannot try to “wait things out.” Those who lived through Nazi Germany and sat on the sidelines, looking on as Hitler demonized, criminalized, and eventually rounded up one group after another, became shameful collaborators with monstrous crimes.
There are also those people that conflate the antifa, or the anti-fascist, movement with Refuse Fascism. That’s an error. Refuse Fascism calls for peaceful protests and believes, as I do, that supposed antifa violence has been exaggerated and should never be morally compared to white supremacists, who promote hate and stir anger. It’s a false equivalency promoted by people who consider themselves conservatives and by many mainstream reporters and editors too lazy to get out on the streets to see what’s really happening.
I support Refuse Fascism because it’s obvious to me it’s going to take major street protests to get leaders to act—and that includes the national Democratic Party leadership—to limit Trump’s damage to our country, hopefully remove him and Vice President Mike Pence from office and create a major public focus on pressing social issues, such as historical income inequality between the rich and everyone else, global warming, rising health care costs, student loan debt and the protection of equality rights for marginalized groups.
Show up on Saturday and help begin the process to end the fascist threat. History is on your side if you do, although there are always risks when you speak up. Take that risk.