October 2018 Archives

gettyimages-1052219380.jpgThis caravan is not "seeking the American dream" but "fleeing the Honduras nightmare," says Jari Dixon, an opposition politician in Honduras. 

Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" is a 21st century fascist program of Manifest Destiny - "America First" - wrapped in the flag and Mike Pence's Bible taken literally, with a program of white supremacy, misogyny, and xenophobia. -- Refuse Fascism 2018 Call to Action

U.S. intervention in Central American politics began with the overthrow of Guatemalan President Jacobo Arbenz in 1954, setting a pattern of military strongmen, juntas, and mass killings that continues to this day. Ryan Grim traces 60 years of those policies here. "Decades of Cold War gamesmanship," says Grim, "together with the relentless global war on drugs, have left a legacy of chaos and brutality in these countries. In many parts of the region, civil society has given way to lawlessness." A record number of unaccompanied children fleeing dire living situations indicates just how desperate the situation has become.

Migration is an imperative for hundreds of thousands of Hondurans, Guatemalans and Salvadorans in search of a better life. "The people who are currently fleeing Honduras are being forcibly displaced from their country," notes Pueblo Sin Fronteras activist Alex Mensing, "and that is a direct result of the corrupt Honduran government and U.S. intervention and support for that corrupt government." United Nation's special rapporteur Felipe Gonzalez Morales says that governments should respect migrants' human rights and allow them to pass, instead of criminalizing them and deporting them.

"Immigrants are full human beings, not 'illegals' or criminals, to be demonized, terrorized, hunted down, locked up, and thrown out," reads the headline of one Indictment of the Trump/Pence Regime by RefuseFascism.org. One of President Trump's first acts in office was an executive order targeting all 11 million undocumented immigrants for deportation, regardless of any supposed criminal record. 

The collateral damage of America's increasingly unforgiving deportation process is that people are being returned to extremely dangerous situations in Central America, which has some of the highest murder rates in the world. -- see U.S. government deporting Central American migrants to their deaths

"Many of the minors who leave for the States are trying to escape being forcibly recruited into the gangs, or if they've already started working with the maras, leaving the country may be their only way out," says Honduras homicide detective Jaime Coto. But a return home makes them prime targets for gang retaliations. Between four and eight murders of deportees are reported by his team every day; the actual count is likely much higher. 

Sibylla Brodzinsky reports on the tens of thousands of undocumented migrants sent home every year. "Their stories highlight the risks many deportees face on their return... returning home can mean death." This nightmare must end. Help wake and mobilize the one force that can stop terrorizing and attacking immigrants and refugees. There is a way to stop the Trump/Pence regime. A determined struggle of the people that doesn't yield and won't be provoked can create the kind of political crisis that compels their removal from power: We are talking about massive protests that don't end after one day - but come back day after day after day, growing to millions raising the demand: THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO!

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No matter who wins the midterm elections, Trump and Pence retain power. That is an unacceptable reality for millions of disenfranchised Americans and exploited subjects around the world. In the Name of Humanity, the Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!

"Even with a 'best-case' scenario of Democratic wins, where do you truly expect us to be on the morning of November 7th?" asks Refuse Fascism volunteer Sarah Roark. "Other than more or less where we are now, only with less time on the clock?"

Fascism can come to power through the normal processes of elections and laws, but it cannot be removed from power in that way, says RefuseFascism.org. For nearly two years, the Trump/Pence regime has maneuvered through one shocking crime against the people after another, burying each under yet another monstrous offense. Refuse Fascism has indicted the regime in seven exhaustive lists. But there is a way to stop the Trump/Pence program of white supremacy, misogyny, and xenophobia.

4333e8c6-6d24-4b69-983b-1bb97d9fa39e.jpgProtest November 7, the day after the midterms, when the whole country will be thinking about life after elections. Donate and start organizing today -- while you still can -- to help wake and mobilize the one force that can stop a fascist America - millions of people in the streets saying: NO! This Nightmare Must End: We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America!

If you're not scared about fascism in the U.S., you should be, warns philosopher Jason Stanley. "When fascism starts to feel normal, we're all in trouble." These are not normal times. Muslims banned. Immigrant children languishing in concentration camps. White supremacy riding high. Women and LGBTQ people slammed backwards. Threats of nuclear war. Accelerated environmental destruction. A pro-fascist majority on the Supreme Court. 

If Not Us, Who?

It's time to stop waiting for a hero, urges Roark. Playing for time only makes sense when you're expecting a rescue. "Think about it. Who do you think is coming to save us? Which movie hero are you waiting for to give you permission to step outside your boundaries and follow their shining leadership to where you already know you need to be? Is it Beto O'Rourke? Bernie Sanders? Elizabeth Warren? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? Robert Mueller?" 

The movement to drive out the dangerous and illegitimate Trump/Pence regime depends on ordinary people like you getting involved and doing things that perhaps you didn't think you were capable of. Refuse Fascism has the analysis, the understanding and a plan. See the Call to Action from RefuseFascism.org

At a moment when the Trump/Pence regime's depraved and deliberate cruelty is continuing and escalating, it is critical that the Refuse Fascism Call to Action -- that diagnoses the existential threat to humanity posed by the Trump/Pence Regime and the only way to stop it -- reach millions. We can do this!

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