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The work of saving the planet is political, not technical, argues The Stone contributor Benjamin Fong. "It should be stated plainly: It's capitalism that is at fault."

Widespread ignorance is often blamed for climate change. But the progressive view that intelligence will save us -- by replacing dumb people with smart ones -- is a "spectacular delusion", he continues. "Every time we pick out bumbling morons to lament or fresh-faced geniuses to praise is a missed opportunity to see plainly the necessity of structural change... 

"The intelligence of the brightest people around is no match for the rampant stupidity of capitalism."

Attorney Marjorie Cohn reminds us that despite the American Service-Members Protection Act, U.S. officials are not immune from investigation for war crimes in Afghanistan:

 

The doctrine of universal jurisdiction permits any country to try foreign nationals for the most egregious crimes, even without any direct relationship to the prosecuting country. That means other nations can bring U.S. leaders to justice for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

 

If a full investigation of U.S. officials proceeds, adds Jamil Dakwar, director of the ACLU's Human Rights Program, it "would send a clear signal to the Trump administration and other countries around the world that torture is categorically prohibited, even in times of war, and there will be consequences for authorizing and committing acts of torture." 

 

"The long overdue message that no one is above the law is particularly important now, as the Trump administration ramps up military machinations in Afghanistan and embraces the endless war with no plan in sight," Katherine Gallagher, a senior lawyer at the Center for Constitutional Rights, said in a statement.

 

Chief ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda notes the alleged crimes by the CIA and U.S. armed forces "were not the abuses of a few isolated individuals," but rather were "part of approved interrogation techniques in an attempt to extract 'actionable intelligence' from detainees." She added there was "reason to believe" that crimes were "committed in the furtherance of a policy or policies ... which would support U.S. objectives in the conflict of Afghanistan."

Trump & Pence Must Go! 
We take to the streets again November 18

Break the Silence and Bring the Noise
Pots and Pans, Drums and Marching Bands
2 pm, Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco

Hosted by Refuse Fascism and Refuse Fascism Bay Area


Defy Trump

In his youth, Raymond Pretzel countered the rise of Nazism in Germany with a refusal to "calm down" about capitulation by his compatriots. Neither hero nor martyr, he remained "stubbornly antagonistic" to the brutal menace of the state, like thousands of other individuals determined to resist Hitler's consolidation of power. Pretzel's memoir about refusing fascism reminds us that the best time to fight normalization of white nationalism is NOW.  

Too many otherwise good Germans passively waited it out, only to get swallowed up by a horror beyond what they ever imagined. Today's nightmare -- the resurgence of hate and bigotry sponsored by authoritarian regimes -- behooves us to learn from the failure of "silent grumblers" to stop the crimes of their government.

Set an Example 

23434930_386351641804882_230801458282592685_n.jpg"Everyone who wants to end the nightmare of the Trump/Pence regime, everyone who refuses to live under the threat of nuclear war with Trump's 'America First' finger on the nuclear trigger, everyone who cannot stomach what those in power are doing to people here and all over the world: step out to join with others who refuse to accept this," urges the Stop Mass Incarceration Network.

"To all who see the danger of the Trump/Pence regime and wants to be with others who feel the same: bring your family, your friends, your drums, pots and pans and any way you want to make some noise, be creative and defiant. We are going to go against and break the silence of normalization of this nightmare, we are going to disturb the air and serve notice that the Trump/Pence Regime must go and we will not be quiet, we will not back down, we will not stop until the people in our millions come into the streets and our demand is met."

Stay in the Streets

November 4, 2017 It Began - Sights and Sounds from the day here

4000 people in over two dozen cities, from New York to Honolulu, participated in the activities of the day. "They came for many reasons and for one," reported protesters. "They came because they could not tolerate the demonization of whole sections of people and the retrenchment of white supremacy to a level not seen in several generations with yet worse to come. They came because they wanted their children to inherit a planet on which people could still live and breathe. They came because they value the truth. They came because they will not tolerate "pussy-grabbers" anywhere, least of all the White House. They became because they refuse to live under a religious government. They came because they do not want a world where the American president not only threatens but seems to yearn to use nuclear weapons, where the doors are slammed shut on desperate refugees, where suspicion and racism and fear set the terms and make the rules, where the snarl and the sneer are the fixed face of power...  

"They came because they think that people need to be able to dissent, to stand up or to "take a knee," as they see fit - without threat and insult from the highest levels, and from a whole fascist movement. They came because of Charlottesville. They came because they remember the lessons of history, and because they want a future. They came because in the name of humanity, they refuse to accept a fascist America."

23415531_386344045138975_3663810091077704841_o.jpgShow the American public that there are people standing up to Donald Trump and his followers, that there is a vehicle in place to do so -- we don't need to reinvent the wheel. Refuse Fascism's action on November 11 inspired observers to join a dramatic No Nuclear War! die-in with hazmat-suited demonstrators in San Francisco's Union Square (photo). With Trump's finger on the black box (nuclear) button, the Trump/Pence regime is more dangerous to the world than even Hitler.

To those of you standing on the sidelines, there is a place for you in the campaign to drive fascist thugs from the White House. Enlist family and friends, students and teachers to this singular mission: In the Name of Humanity, Drive Out the Trump/Pence Regime!

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