( Flickr slide show)
June 15, 2017 – a NYC day of protest hosted by Mohammad Hamad on face book. His mission statement ended with this delusional plea, “We need NYC to have a voice.“
I arrived at approximately 3:30 [scheduled to start at 4pm] and found the “IMPEACH TRUMP! National Day of Protest” already going strong.
( Flickr slide show)
A national protest, in 19 cities, organized by various partners of the RESIST TRUMP COALITION as they LAUNCHED a series of events and protests.
report can be found here of their pre-launch 100-hours Fox News Protest where they set up a stationary table to broadcast their exposé of Fox Fascist News. Usually the security guards tell photographers and video cams to keep moving in this public plaza. Til now.
Next day they launched their March against Fascism with the anti-fascism PLEDGE – heard at 1:15 in the first video.
A ‘righteous’ pledge said with fists held high by anti-fascist FASCISTS culminating in the pièce de résistance, “In the name of HUMANITY, we REFUSE to accept a FASCIST AMERICA!”
If only these foolish FASCISTS would get a life…
Transcribed a rally leader’s opening speech (from the video above) including the pledge to the “Fascist America of their dreams”.
“Before we get started officially, I wanta ask all you early birds, all you who are early to the “party”, who know how to show up and make yourself (?) No to Trump, to join us in a pledge we (do) to Refuse Fascism. You put your fist in the air and you repeat after me. And you do this with your whole heart and you do it with every fiber of your being; and we’re going to make a commitment to pledge today, to each other, to our self and to the people-of-the-world.
[Fists in air the crowd repeats each line]
In the name of Humanity (repeat) In the NAME of Humanity (repeat) We refuse (repeat) We REFUSE (repeat)To accept (repeat) a Fascist America (repeat) We will not wait (repeat) We will not normalize(repeat) We will not accommodate (repeat) We will not capitulate (repeat) We will RISE (repeat) and we will DRIVE them OUT! (repeat) All right.” (cheers)
Next the “sheeple” parroted this brain-dead chant: “No KKK, No Fascist USA. No Trump” which led to more pep-talk lies.
“Thank you for coming out. Not just to protest their policy on immigrants, that we are against that. Not just to protest the assaults on women. No, we absolutely are against that. We are here not just on behalf of refugees. G-d damn right we are here for refugees. (cheers, drums)
We are HERE to reject and repudiate, to get organized, to drive out the ENTIRE Trump/Pence FASCIST regime. (CHEERS, Drums)
So we’re going to be rallying here for a little while. We’ll chant. Get the energy up. We are gonna march thru the streets of NYC. (cheers)
We are standing with our sisters and brothers in Houston. In Atlanta. In Oklahoma City. In Honolulu. In Los Angeles. In Berkley. All over this country. Chicago. All kinds of places. (BIG Cheers)
And we are living in critical times. (repeats) We are living in critical times, a Fascist regime has seized the reigns of power. They are terrorizing immigrants. They are banning Muslims. They are normalizing and celebrating a culture of sexual violence against women. (..?..) they took LGBTQ right-off their government web-site. They are denying climate change. They are revoking environmental protection.
We are living in a time when what we do or what we fail to do will put to shame the future of this country and of the world. Here the American people are in power. And the difference is he has nuclear weapons. He is endangering the entire planet.
That is why we are out today. And today is going to mark a new stage — a new stage of our struggle where we are not gonna to stay in the corner that he puts us as part of fascism- if they even allow protests to become normalized, the (?ruinized) and meaningless and (?later) marginal.
So today we are breaking-out. And we’re not just criticizing. We are not begging. We are demanding. (CHEERS and drums) TRUMP MUST GO. (chanting)
On the patriot-side of Fifth Ave., I over heard some polite debates and one particularly obnoxious anti-fascist Fascist diatribe.
LIES and agit-prop spewed over and over to an eager crowd of apostles: Gen X-ers, Millennials and, of course, the left-over boomers fleshed out the crowd; a last gasp for them as they relive their protest glory-days. All were ranting on and on about a red-herring called Fascist America.
Recognized a “mini celeb”, That Guitar Man From Central Park . A member of the last gasp Post-WW2 Baby-Boom Generation. Mr. Peace and Love. A 60 years old rebel-hippie from the park. One clueless aging- boomer whose spawn is going to be the RUIN of America, as his t-shirt makes so obvious:
“I’m against the Next War” t-shirt.
Yeah, that’s the ticket
Like so many other seniors on the street this day, he was hating on his country and passing it off as patriotism. But, twisted history, twisted reality makes for strange bed-fellows … and their off-spring. G-d help us all,
OY – the arrogance.
Finally, around 5:00 – 5:30 , the “anti-fascist” Fascists began their LONG March.
First to Columbus Circle, then a turn down Seventh Ave. towards Times Square and finally Union Square.
Another game-move, the intentional misuse of the NYPD, making them babysit these fascists for many, many hours, all over the city. Protecting them? Or protecting us?
The Fascist Rules-of-Treason, “With threat of riots and violence, they manage to also humiliate and demoralize the police and confuse and frighten the public.” Under the pretense of a “patriotism” earned, the commie/prog/soc/fascisti CONFUSE and obfuscate.
But what are they, really. WHO are they? Rebels or “Patriots’.
The neighbor next door? The teacher? The professor? Local merchants? Artists? Musicians and …. actors? Exhorting all to be quiet, make nice, Go Away as they LIVE and breathe their fascist mantra, “Free speech for THEM but not for THEE”.
The fascist-scum should be careful what they wish for. History does repeat itself. Russia 1917, Lenin, Stalin, Castro, Chavez – a long list of the duped intelligentsia erased – eliminated- once the revolutionaries took control of a foolish majority. Can it happen here? It IS happening here, thanks to the anti-fascist Fascisti and the complicit media.
There WAS also a counter-protest. A DIVERSE group of patriots who oppose the soc/commie/progs and the anti-fascist FASCISTS.
Diversity thy name is American Patriots.
America is not lost. Yet.
Even though too many of our cities – our college towns – our educational meccas are run by these anarchists, if we get organized, we CAN make America great again.
In the words of the anti-fascist Fascist babe, “Make a commitment today with all of your heart. This must be a moment in history when we stand together with conviction and courage, over-coming fear and uncertainty; to resist and say NO, not just for ourselves but in the name of humanity.” Yes. The Soc/Commie/ Fascist Revolution MUST BE STOPPED.
[Pictures and Videos ( where indicated) property of Pamela Hall]
Lastly, there was the blond, hair-flipping: Eva. Another Refuse a Fascist America clone. Her task at hand: Recruit. Recruit. Recruit.
Her entire speech is something most of us choose to skip; her empty, florid words that beguile the hearts and minds of her youthfully ignorant audience.
Students and 20-somethings swamped by repetitive and righteous words that flow from babes like Eva, sent by her superiors to RECRUIT. She is their hope. Their future.
Anarchy 101 lives on, unchallenged; protected by the First Amendment, and always culminating with those f-ing FISTS jabbed in the AIR.
[Eva transcription follows]
Part 1 Eva
“Thank you everyone, it’s so inspiring to see so many people here.
In the name of humanity we refuse to accept a Fascist America. In the Name of Humanity. Driving out a fascist regime is not a small matter. It will not be easy. But it is what we MUST do, going forward from today. Every day we face the growing threat of nuclear war and the escalated devastation of the planet. Immigrants. Muslims. Women. LGBTQ people. The elderly. The sick. the disabled. Black and Latino people are ALL in direct peril.
We pledge today to unite. To stand up. To resist. And to act with conviction and courage. And to resist til this regime is driven from power.(cheers)
We make this pledge because, what is at stake in confronting this fascist regime of Donald Trump and Mike Pence, is nothing less than the future of humanity and the health and survival of life on earth.
Refuse Fascism recognizes and appreciates all of you here and across the country who have come out today. You are HERE because YOU REFUSE to sit by and look the other way. With so many fled in terror, who fear being locked up or deported, you are here because you see the danger that is the Trump and Pence regime. YOU will NOT be a person who says, “When they came for the Muslims, I did nothing because I was not a Muslim.” YOU will NOT be a person who says, “When they came for the immigrants I did nothing because I was not an immigrant.”
WE stand up today, because we must act while there is still time to stop a world-wide catastrophe.
So, I wanta give a special shout-out to those that Refuse Fascism in Houston, who are protesting today. They have come out in defiance of the Orwellian-named fascist (?) Texas Freedom Court. Who called on their rabid followers to counter-protest with guns and the Confederate flag of slavery. They are trying to INTIMIDATE people from standing-up to demand that the Trump and Pence regime must go.
We recognize, too, the Los Angeles Refuse Fascism protest that begins at the obscene Donald Trump Hollywood Star, which a group of fascist fanatics have (vowed) to defend.
Refuse Fascism has answers. When you are defending in Houston and (?) of racism and fascist regimes that threaten the planet, NO. We will not be moved. (cheers)
And shout-out HERE to Refuse Fascism New York City, who for One Hundred Hours, night and day, has been out in front of the Fox News Headquarters, saying, NO. [Cheers]
Since its inception by the sexual predator, Roger Ailes, Fox has been the lying voice and the propaganda machine that has built up and cohered the many fascist dreams in this country. Then today, it is the biggest mouth-piece for the Trump and Pence fascist regime.
One-hundred hours in-the-heat, overnight in-the-rain, in-the-sun, bringing out the reality of what this regime has done and plans to do. Refuse Fascism stands (for)Servitude, Fortitude and Commitment. (It) foreshadows the kind of determined perseverance that more and more people need to take on; ultimately, millions. To put their lives on hold. To reclaim not only our own future, but the future of Humanity by driving out the Trump and Pence regime. [5:02]
To everyone who is standing up today, in defiance of this regime, you are in the right place. [CHEERS]
Today is the beginning of what must be a new stage of our struggle. There must be no illusion about what we face. We must discuss and debate deeply with one another, to come to understand the tremendous necessity we face in confronting a regime, in the most powerful country in the world, that is hell-bent on consolidating fascism. It is an American fascism, Manifest Destiny and American Exceptionalism; a fascism wrapped in the Bible taken literally and the America flag saturated with phrases and misogyny and xenophobia.
Going forward from today, we must shatter the illusion and all the self-delusion that what we face is just another in a long line of bad administration. Or that the checks and balances of the system will prevail and rescue us. That is not true, that would be turning away from the situation that we confront.
The task before us is not just to strengthen our resistance, or merely to find a way that our different struggles can come together . We must sound and then answer the alarm, ….. that whether or not there will even be the political, the legal and the civic space for defense and resistance.
Already, in State after State and at the Federal level they are moving to criminalize and eliminate dissent and protest. The rights and the dignity of the people have no place in the program or the courséd heart of this regime. No! We must transform our resistance to become something far more serious, a struggle that can alter the course of history, driving out a regime that imperils us all. [7:24]
As we gather today there is great anxiety and fear and trauma as group after group is demonized and targeted by this regime. Piece by piece rights are being stripped away against one group and then another. All the while, we are surrounded by a dizzying blizzard of lies and buffoonery. ALL of this is setting in motion the slippery and ever steepening slope that will lead to great horrors if this regime is not stopped. This is why we say, and we must say again and again, backing-up our voice with action,”In the Name of Humanity We Refuse to Accept a Fascist America.” [8:00]
We say this because while fascism has many characteristics, racism, misogyny and xenophobia, to name only a few, at its core it is a form of rule that relies on open terror and open violence; trampling on what are supposed to be civil rights and legal rights. Fascism wields the power of the State and it mobilizes organized groups of fanatical thugs to commit atrocities against masses of people. Especially the groups of people they identify as enemies, undesirables or dangerous to society. The question has been posed, “Could it happen here?” The answer is, “Yes, it IS happening here.” And it is OUR responsibility, every single one of us, to stop it before it chokes-off the air in society.
Make no mistake, while the media focuses people’s attention on charges of collusion and Trump’s narcissism, the regime has been very steadily moving ahead with their program on every front. When the media, including even liberal media like MSNBC, say things like, “Trump is holding a campaign rally to boost his own morale.” They are misleading you. They are obscuring the truth that these are fascist rallies. The reality is that Trump is consciously whipping-up his social base. He is stoking their sense of aggrievement and revenge with calls to take back THEIR country; trying to cleanse America of multi-culturalism. He is fueling a bigoted WHITE resentment and promoting a patriarchal woman-hating political form of Christian fundamentalism.
And these forces are moving, lead from the top, claiming that THEY are the victims. Claiming that their so-called right to free-speech, really their right to threaten and beat-up anyone who stands is their way, is under attack. [10:17 – End Part 1]
Part 2 Eva
[Begin Part 2 – 10:18] Identifying the nature of the problem we face is the first step to finding a solution. To treat a disease requires an accurate diagnosis. Defeating this fascist regime requires first recognizing what it is without sugar-coating or wishful thinking.
Trump is a FASCIST straight up. (Cheers) And Pence is one of the most reactionary political figures in modern U.S. history in his complete devotion to bringing into being a theocratic, Christian, fascist government.
But, in the very extremeness of Donald Trump and Mike Pence also resides the key to the way out. This regime has shocked the conscience of millions of people. People who never really gave that much thought to politics have been anguished and politically aroused as few times ever before. This is what WE must tap into. We have to give people a way to express their outrage. We must lead people to act in unprecedented ways. To demand that this regime be removed from power. Nothing else will be sufficient to stop it.
It is so important that the last few months have been marked by repeated protests. But this protest and resistance against the many attacks on the people must grow broader, deeper and more determined. The Resistance is righteous and it is necessary but it is not yet sufficient. It is a matter of life and death to recognize that the character of fascism is that it can absorb separate acts-of-resistance while continually throwing the opposition off-balance and rapidly moving its agenda forward.
The reality is that the Trump and Pence regime will repeatedly launch new highly repressive measures, eventually clamping down on all resistance and remaking the law IF they are not driven out-of-power.
You cannot wait out fascism. We must never normalize or accommodate to fascism. If you do you will very soon find yourself conciliating and collaborating to save yourself or to help a few people escape the maelstrom.
The hour is late and we must not speak falsely, even with the best of intentions. If you are only working within the terms set by this regime. If you are ONLY advising and helping a few individuals that the attacks come down harder by the days. Sooner and not later you will be forced to become part of the machinery of real horror. Now is the time for massive resistance. There is NO neutral.
[13:40] THIS is the lesson of Nazi Germany and every other Fascist State, it CAN become TOO late. But, it is not yet too late. This must be a summer of struggle, leading into the Fall where more and more people begin to coalesce around a single unified demand: the Trump and Pence machine must go. [Cheers]
And in this moment, especially when the Trump and Pence regime faces scandal and turmoil, (leading) to see this as an opening for the mass-action of the people to burst through.
(shouting) We must make our demands (…) throughout the country and the halls of power and around the world, the Trump and Pence regime MUST GO![CHEERS] Over the summer and into the Fall we must act, we must agitate and we must organize. Join us. Join us in building capacity and momentum, working with ALL our creativity and determination toward the time when millions can be moved to flood the streets of cities and towns, day after day, and night after night, refusing to leave and declaring this whole regime and its supporters illegitimate; demanding and not stopping until this regime is driven from power. [Cheers]
If this happens, then the whole political landscape can be transformed dramatically. Every faction within the established power-structure would be forced to respond and all of this could lead to a situation in which this regime is driven from office.
So, what we are calling for is unprecedented. But, at the same time, there are models and experience to learn from. Nixon and his Vice-President, Spiro Agnew, were both driven from power. And more recently, in South Korea, millions filled the streets, night after night. At first they started just on the week-end and then they eventually through (sic) their president out-of-power. In Ukraine, in Tahrir Square in Egypt, people in their millions protested day after and night after night, creating a political crisis to those in power to remove despised leaders. [16:20]
There were short-comings, for sure. And there are differences. But, never. NEVER underestimate the power of the people when we struggle righteously in the interest of humanity. [CHEERS]
[16:37] We CAN do this. The people out there, the anger is there. Starting with those of us who stepped-up, right here today; and around the country, today. If we act, creatively, with determination. If we confront their regime and their representatives, and their institutions and their fascist (?) supporters; if we always do so in a way that brings the truth to their lies; if we make people feel that immigrants, muslims, women, black and latino people, LGBTQ people and people all over the world are full human beings; if we show, in word and deed, that we will not accept the cruel and brutal future of the Trump and Pence regime the we CAN bring forward the people needed to drive them OUT. [cheers]
So we need to hit-the-road, we need to send out bands of people, we need to organize young-people, dedicated to making this a summer of (troubles?) to drive out the fascist regime. Donate and raise funds, become a volunteer and as the summer progresses work one day a week and then on week-ends growing numbers of people should gather, showing through what they do that there must NOT be (…?..) as long as this regime is in power. [18:12 – cheers]
Before you leave today, sign up to be a part of all of this. You can be a part of protests, distributing literature at work and on week-ends, part of making (resistance art ?) and so many other ways; to strategize with your group, to strategize with your friends and with Refuse Fascism.
If we organize. If we dare to confront those who are imposing terror, repression and hardship on the people; if we have open-arms to welcome and (cross-over) more people into this (place), this week combined with the growing impact of the regime and the events in the world, with the potential through millions to act.
But, if we don’t organize and if we don’t start (asking) for the demand the Trump/Pence regime must go, then the opportunity to drive them out and prevent these cruelties (?) can be lost.
It is true there is much to figure out. That is ALWAYS the case when fighting against great injustice.
Not everything was figured out but the Freedom Ride against Jim Crow began in the South. Victory was hardly guaranteed and there were tremendous sacrifices. But, was it worth it? No question.
The Trump and Pence Regime Must Go. This is righteous demand. [CHEERS] This is a righteous demand, the fight to achieve it will be difficult. But, it CAN be done. We will learn and we will chart-our-course and we focus together.
Join us in this. Make a commitment today with all of your heart. This must be a moment in history when we stand together with conviction and courage, over-coming fear and uncertainty; to resist and say NO, not just for ourselves but in the name of humanity. the Trump and Pence regime MUST GO. [cheers]
[20:33] I wanta close in having everyone take a pledge with me. Everyone, raise your fists in the air. And here is how it goes (SHOUTING as the crowd repeats after her)
NO (repeat) NO (repeat) NO (repeat) In Name of Humanity (repeat) In the NAME of HUMANITY (repeat)We REFUSE (repeat) to ACCEPT (repeat) a Fascist America. (repeat) WE REFUSE (repeat) to ACCEPT (repeat) a FASCIST America. (repeat)
Thank you to everyone who came out today. [cheers]
End 21:23] Original video – Peter Eliscu
Pity the college and high school students trapped in a world that reeks of this anarchy. Can they escape the clutches of totalitarianism. Will they want to? Will we?