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We Condemn the Fascist Assault on Refuse Fascism and Join the Call for #OutNow
On Saturday, October 19th, the organization Refuse Fascism called for a nationwide announcement to bring hundreds, then thousands and tens and hundreds of thousands of people into the streets week after week until the single unifying demand is met: Trump & Pence – OUT NOW.
At the march in New York, Andy Zee, spokesperson for RefuseFascism.org speaking in front of the image of #OutNow in front of Trump Tower said, “This regime should not go on one day longer, 2020 is too late. We’re not here to follow that routine of assemble, march, go home and live your life. We have to get out and stay in the streets, disrupt business as usual, not only for ourselves but because humanity demands it.”
In Los Angeles, the protest was encircled and repeatedly disrupted by a a gang of overtly fascists Trump supporters. As non-violent demonstrators rallied on the pier, these MAGA fascists charged into the center of the rally assaulting people with fists and potentially-lethal bear spray. All as police stood by and only began to intervene after being pled with by a legal observer and horrified bystanders.
This escalation of violence by fascist thugs against Refuse Fascism comes after the outrageous infiltration of Refuse Fascism by the LAPD (approved at the highest levels), the coordinated persecution of UCLA activists who spoke out against Trump Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, and the incitement by a sitting president at Nuremberg style rallies against the press, the impeachment process, immigrants, demonstrators and numerous other groups targeted by this regime.
This IS fascism in action, attempting to nip in the bud the mass protest that increasing numbers of people see is necessary. After Charlottesville and the murder of Heather Heyer... after mass murders from Pittsburgh to El Paso and beyond, committed in the name of defending “our borders”... after the ramping up of penalties on the state level for free expression and moves on the federal level to investigate as “domestic terrorists” those who oppose fascists... such attacks on the right to assemble cannot be tolerated. A line HAS TO BE drawn. And we all have to draw it.
We, the undersigned, will not sit idly by. We demand that the right to protest be protected and we call on everyone to join us at the next demonstration – this Saturday, 2pm, in MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, and any city where there is a protest, to raise our voice in support of its single unifying demand:
Trump/Pence – OUT NOW!
(See selected signatories below.)
Description, for Publication
Selected signatories so far include:
Mike Davis, Author, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Sociology, University of San Diego
Carol Downer, Feminist health activist
Elizabeth Morris Downie, retired Christian pastor, Winnetka, IL
Jack Eidt, Urban Planner and Environmental Journalist and Activist
Merrill Garbus, Musician, Tune-Yards
Scott Gilbert, Child of Holocaust survivors
Rabbi Burt Jacobson, Founding Rabbi, Kehilla Community Synagogue
Gregory “Joey” Johnson, Defendant, Texas v. Johnson (1989)
Jeffrey Kuan, United Methodist Clergy
James Lafferty, Executive Director Emeritus, National Lawyers Guild, L.A. Chapter*
Brendalee Lennick, USN Retired, #VeteransForPeace
Larry Lerno, Physician
Alessandro Morosin, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of San Diego
Rev. Michael S. Mulberry, Faith communities oppose fascism, Billings, MT
Tanya Nieri, scholar
Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action Los Angeles/People Against Racist Terror
Dan A. O'Neal, Arizona State Coordinator Progressive Democrats of America
Corey E. Olsen, CEO, Pipe Organs/Golden Ponds Farm, Delafield, WI
Plastic Jesus, Artist
Shane Que Hee, UCLA Professor
Reiko Redmonde, Manager, Revolution Books Berkeley
Dorothy Reik, President, Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains
Stephen Rohde, author, activist, retired Constitutional attorney and founder of the Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace*
Christopher Ross, retired ordained minister, Durham, NC
Ted Sirota, Musician
Stew Stewart, Singer/Songwriter/Educator
Ramona Toliver, Faith Initiative of RefuseFascism.org
Paul Von Blum, UCLA
Rev. Frank Wulf, Pastor, Los Angeles, CA
Andy Zee, Spokesperson, Refuse Fascism; Revolution Books
David Zeiger, Documentary Filmmaker
* for identification purposes only
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