September 2018 Archives

says Chris, a DACA recipient and activist with Refuse Fascism. "I was five years old when we crossed the border with my parents and my sisters. There were five of us. I remember riding piggyback on my dad's shoulders. He kept telling me we'd be fine, that everything would be OK if we could make it. He we kept praying with my mom, because we were worried about my sisters being raped." 

 

mcallen-detention-center-05.nocrop.w710.h2147483647-150x150.jpgOver time, Chris had acquired a kind of acceptance of immigration practice. "When I heard about DACA being ended, it didn't really make an impact on my life," he confesses. It took seeing children locked up in cages to decide to do something about it.

 

Tonight, Tuesday September 25, the Mechanics' Institute hosts a Conversation about Immigration Issues6:30pm, 4th Floor Meeting Room, 57 Post Street, San Francisco. We urge you to attend. Registration is requested. Pre

 

 

The crimes of the Trump/Pence regime are many and varied, from kidnapping children to sexual-assault policy. The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is a concentration of why the Trump/Pence fascist regime must be driven from power.

 

"Any judge that is nominated and confirmed under the authority of this regime will create a pro-fascist majority on the Supreme Court, one that upholds and advances the fascist program and makes it the law of the land," writes Coco Das. "[Brett Kavanaugh] will be a rubber stamp on the policies of this regime and eliminate one channel that the people have used, especially in the past few decades, to guarantee their rights."

 

The Trump/Pence regime has not yet been able to implement their full program. But they are advancing. It might only take a single serious crisis - international or domestic - for this regime to drop the hammer.

 

40285176_537978463308865_4406902660653907968_n.jpgKavanaugh is not a done deal, and neither is this regime. Join us Thursday September 27 to STOP the Appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court! Rally and Speak Out 12:00 noon, One Post Plaza, corner of Montgomery & Market Street, San Francisco.

 

To dress as a 'Handmaid', contact afong@jps.net

 

We Refuse to Accept a Fascist America, in the streets, day after day, week after week. This regime must go, and we must not wait to act.

Say NO! to Climate Genocide

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When Donald Trump belittled U.S. participation in the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, he set the stage to open the floodgates to $50 trillion dollars worth of shale, oil, natural gas and coal, recounts British reporter Charlotte Howes. "I think it's ridiculous," said Trump. "We have bigger problems right now... talking about global warming being the biggest problem facing this country is insane." The president and his cabinet prefer to rally around an illusory migration emergency

"The people who say that immigration is the real problem are now from the government of the United States, they are saying that climate change is explicitly not a problem, that it's a hoax," says activist and author Andreas Malm. "What we see with Trump's [election] victory is... a convergence between the xenophobic agenda and the climate change denialist agenda."  

5aa7d4252000007d06eb188c.jpgDonald Trump has proved somewhat of an inspiration for street artist Andrew Colwill. "Trump really opens my mind for me. When I hear somebody being as stupid and ignorant as that man is when it comes to the environment, he makes me want to work even more," says the muralist. "I am the living reaction to what is happening at the moment with these ignorant, right-wing, fascist individuals."

The world is "at a fork in the road," he adds, which could end with either "survival of a smaller, wealthier population" or a sharing of the planet's resources by all of humanity.

"If we were all just a little more active and involved politically, we could change so many things," Colwill suggests. But it will take massive numbers of ordinary people getting involved and doing things that stretch their comfort zones to counter the institutionalized lying and enforced ignorance of existential threats to our planet.

Trump is using climate change as a weapon of genocide, warns Keep Colorado Green founder Matthew Barad. "I have concluded that the coming harm of Trump's climate policies are not the product of ignorance, but intentionality."

In the past, Barad compared Trump to Nero: "His opulence and ignorance seemed reflective of Rome's fall." But today he hears a much more sinister tune. 

Trump's allies, from Richard Spencer to now-ousted Steve Bannon have an unmistakable Nazi streak. Spencer openly calls for a white ethno-state, and unapologetically blames ethnic diversity for the problems facing our world. Even Trump's "respectable" Republican allies regularly blame the poor for their poverty, and have even refused to provide blameless children with healthcare and food. This hatred for the poor and the diverse manifests itself in revocation of TPS for immigrants fleeing natural disasters, neglect of American citizens without homes, hope, or power, and the passage of legislation which systematically steals from the poor for the sake of the rich...

Trump, and those around him, are not only making climate change deadlier, they are ensuring that the "undesirables" are more vulnerable than ever before.

Musician and environmentalist Tim Hollo views climate change and fascism as two sides of the same coin: disconnection. "Climate change isn't 'just' an environmental issue... It will have enormous effects on where and how we live, on already difficult economic and racial justice challenges, on our economies, and much more. One under-appreciated aspect, however, is the impact it is likely to have on our politics."

What Hollo says he never expected was that "the relapse towards fascism might arrive well before the worst impacts of climate change." This reality demands we act now and act boldly. There truly is no time to waste. 

Nothing short of removing this whole illegitimate regime from power will stop the advance of a vicious American fascism that threatens life on this planet.

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