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Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday - The Michael Slate Show: Stanley Cohen on When Zionism Rubs Up Against Reality; BA on The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go - Q&A; "Is It Fascism?" Film screening

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Friday, April 20, 2018
10 - 11 AM - PDT
The Michael Slate Show


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Stanley Cohen, When Zionism Rubs Up Against Reality; Bob Avakian, The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go - The Corporate News Media; Dave Zeiger, "Is It Fascism?" - Two Films & Two Panels
When Zionism Rubs Up Against Reality, by Stanley Cohen
In "When Zionism Rubs Up Against Reality," Stanley Cohen, attorney and human rights advocate, recently wrote, "With conscience, and vision as an outsider looking in, today, it is simply impossible not to feel an overwhelming sense of sheer revulsion when, if one is a caring being, an honest scan comes across Israel."

We'll talk with Stanley Cohen about his condemnation of Israel's crimes against humanity. As an attorney, Stanley has represented hackers, Occupy activists, the homeless, anti-war protesters, Muslim clerics, American Indian activists, and Anonymous in the PayPal 14 case. 
Bob Avakian, THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO! In The Name of Humanity, We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America, A Better World IS Possible

From the Q&A of this important film, we'll hear Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, in a response to the question, "We have this multi-national corporate news media that's fractured into a thousand pieces and even so, Refuse Fascism can barely get on air. What sort of strategies do you think we can come up with to get through this?"

For the entire film and complete Question and Answer sessions, click here. 





 
Is It Fascism? (And What Can We Do About It?) - Two Films & Two Panels, Conversation with David Zeiger and Perry Hoberman

Save the date for this powerful screening event, Is It Fascism (And What Can We Do About It?) Two Films and Two Panels, presented by Filmmaker David Zeiger and Artist Perry Hoberman. The films are Malcolm Clarke and  Stuart Sender's extraordinary 2002 Academy nominated documentary Prisoner of Paradise, and The Mortal Storm starring Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan, the film that got MGM banned from Germany.

The event will be at the Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts Theater on Sunday, May 6.

David Zeiger is a director and producer, best known for the documentary "Sir! No Sir!," a sweeping, and unmatched, story of anti-war veterans and GIs during the Vietnam War. Perry Hoberman is an artist and educator. 
 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday - Michael Slate Show: Direct from Gaza! Dr. Asaad Abu Sharkh on #GreatReturnMarch; Ann Wright on Freedom Flotilla 2018; BA on Trump/Pence Must Go

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Friday, April 13, 201810 - 11 AM - PDT
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Direct from Gaza! Dr. Asaad Abu Sharkh on the Great March of Return. Ann Wright, Freedom Flotilla 2018, Boats to Gaza. BA, Trump/Pence Must Go 
The Great March of Return Courageously Faces Israeli Bullets
Direct from Gaza - we hear from Dr. Asaad Abu Sharkh, spokesperson for the Great March of Return. From inside the US/Israeli prison that is Gaza, this interview was recorded earlier - under difficult conditions.

For the past two weeks, thousands and thousands of unarmed Palestinians, defying Israeli snipers, tanks, tear gas, and drones, have participated in the Great March of Return at the Gaza-Israel border. They are demanding their right to return to lands stolen from them and an end to the cruel and crippling blockade imposed on them by Israel and Egypt—and to assert their humanity. Israeli soldiers have responded with cold-blooded murder, killing 30 so far, with up to 2500 wounded or injured.  

2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla Sails Against the Blockade of Gaza, Interview with Ann Wright
Ann Wright joins us to talk about the 2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla boats to Gaza. Israel and the US have made Gaza into the world's largest open-air prison. For over a decade, Israel has maintained an inhumane and destructive blockade. The United Nations now says that Gaza will become uninhabitable by the year 2020 because of this Israeli blockade.

Ann Wright was an ambassador during the administration of George W. Bush, when she resigned in protest of the War in Iraq. Since that time, she has fearlessly worked for peace all over the world, especially in the very countries the US attacked since 2001. She has worked with The Freedom Flotilla Coalition for seven years as they have carried out non-violent direct actions aimed at raising international awareness and putting pressure on the international community to end. These attempts to deliver humanitarian aid have been met with arrests and murder by Israeli forces.
 
Bob Avakian, THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO! In The Name of Humanity, We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America: A Better World IS Possible!
We'll hear a clip from this important film, and one that's extremely relevant amid all the talk about the "blue wave": Why is it the Democrats can only try to resolve this on the terms of the system? 


Access the full film plus Q&A, and more at revcom.us

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

From Refuse Fascism LA - Drop the Charges Against UCLA Rahm Emanuel Protester!

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On Feb 12 at Royce Hall on UCLA, three volunteers with Refuse Fascism and the Revolution Club were arrested, when Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel was invited by UCLA to share what he has done to supposedly help the people of Chicago! The activists called out Emanuel's poisonous lies during this event. One of the three volunteers, who was assaulted by the UC Police, is now being charged with 2 misdemeanors.  We are calling on people to demand that the charges be dropped. In addition, UCLA banned those arrested from the campus after their arrests for 7 days!   As the New Call from Refuse Fascism states: "Fascism rules by organized repression and terror by the government: civil liberties are stripped away, law re-written, dissent criminalized, the courts packed with fascists, and the separation of powers and church and state ultimately eviscerated. As part of radically remaking society, the Trump/Pence regime must sharply attack those in positions of power who oppose them."   Standing with those who are protesting outrages and injustices against humanity is a crucial component of the fight to drive the Trump/Pence regime.  Everyone should contact the Los Angeles City Attorney to drop the charges against the protester arrested and now being charged from the February 12 at UCLA  and for UCLA to drop the ban!*  

DROP THE CHARGES!

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer  
mike.n.feuer@lacity.org 
213-978-8100 

DROP THE BAN!  

U C L A Chancellor, Gene D. Block
chancellor@ucla.edu
310-825-2151 

Pack the Court and Stand with the
Refuse Fascism Protester:  
April 12 at 8:30 a.m.
Airport Courthouse 
11701 South La Cienega Blvd. LA 90045 
 
To read the New Call to Action from Refuse Fascism as well as more this arrest and subsequent arrests at UCLA and Washington DC re Steve Mnuchin appearance at UCLA go to RefuseFascism.org
 

REMINDER - REMINDER

Refuse Fascism Announces new Call to Action & Plan to Drive the Trump/Pence Regime From Power! 
 (Livestream, Discussion, Planning Meeting)
Wednesday, April 11 at 6:30 pmTrinity Episcopal Church
650 N. Berendo
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/158432314848523/
For More Info: 
Los Angeles Refuse Fascism 
323-946-1742   /  SoCal@refusefascism.org  
  

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Friday - The Michael Slate Show: Sasha Abramsky on Trump & 1930s Germany. Bob Avakian on the Role of Students. Andy Zee on Why the Whole Regime Must Be Removed

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Friday, April 6, 2018
10 - 11 AM - PDT
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Sasha Abramsky, Trump and the History of 1930s Germany. Bob Avakian, Trump/Pence Must Go, the Role of Students. Andy Zee, Why Nothing Short Of Removing This Whole Illegitimate Regime From Power Will Stop This Nightmare
As Trump consolidates his power, the history of 1930s Germany repeats itself -- Sasha Abramsky

Writer Sasha Abramsky wrote in the Sacramento Bee last month, "Recently, . . . I have been reading about Germany in the 1930s, about what happened when a great and cultured country was handed over to a gang of sadists, misogynists, and racists, when security services were given carte blanche to use the methods of the iron fist, and when torturers were rewarded by promotion rather than prosecuted for their crimes.

"And I have been reading about what happened when the great mass of the citizenry either supported the transformation or sat back and did nothing, some mistaking their silence and disdain for effective opposition, others simply hoping against hope for 'normalcy' to return."

We'll speak with Sasha Abramsky about this. He is a writer who teaches at UC Davis. 
More From the Q&A of The Talk by Bob Avakian, THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO! In The Name of Humanity, We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America. A Better World IS Possible

If more people watched this talk, it could change today’s political equation. But far too few have seen this talk, or even know about it. You are needed to be part of changing this.

This week we'll hear, "Could you speak to the role of students, including that there have been vicious attacks on critical thinking at known liberal or historically radical places, i.e. Berkeley, and how should we approach bringing students forward to the call of Refuse Fascism as well as unleashing them in that process?" Access the film, the complete Q&A and much more here. 

Andy Zee, Why Nothing Short Of Removing This Whole Illegitimate Regime From Power Will Stop This Nightmare


Andy Zee, spokesperson for Revolution Books, NYC and co-initiator of RefuseFascism.org, joins us to talk about the shocking damage already done to lives here and around the world by the Trump/Pence regime, the far worse things they are posed to do, including threatening WAR, even nuclear war.

Nothing short of removing this whole illegitimate regime from power will stop this nightmare, and a crucial part of this is Refuse Fascism.

Read and sign the new call from Refuse Fascism here.

Refuse to Accept a Fascist America!

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Final Version of Refuse Fascism 2018 Call to Action April 2, 2018. Read, shareadd your name to this new Call to Action that diagnoses the existential threat to humanity posed by the Trump/Pence Regime and the only way to stop it:

This Nightmare Must End:
The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!

In the Name of Humanity,
We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America

We are horrified and angered at the shocking damage already done to lives here and around the world by the Trump/Pence regime.  We recognize that they are poised to do far worse, including threatening WAR, even nuclear war.  Through an unrelenting barrage of daily outrages and twitter outbursts, the Trump/Pence regime is radically remaking society – step by step hammering into place a vicious American fascism. This is not insult or exaggeration, it is what they are doing.
Therefore, WE RESOLVE that nothing short of removing this whole illegitimate regime from power will stop this nightmare.
There is a way to do this.  To do so, we must cast aside illusions and self-delusions:
All too many people think and act as if what we face is just the worst of pendulum swings between Republicans and Democrats. NO! This regime if left in power will effect a thoroughly reactionary restructuring of society.
If we think that the normal processes of the 2018 or 2020 elections, or the Mueller investigation will, by themselves, redress the situation that humanity faces, we are not understanding the determination of these fascists in power to shatter norms – even though they have been doing so for over a year.
If we think that the heightened activism of the past year, either by itself or together with the elections will stop this regime, we are missing how much harm this regime has already done, absorbing individual protests as it rapidly moves its agenda forward on multiple fronts.
If we are not as outraged and motivated to act today as we were right after the election, we are on our way to accepting or ignoring a great horror that builds daily. If we adjust to the injustice of this regime, do not ask how the German people could have accepted Nazism in the 1930s.
– Printable PDF (This document is printed on 8.5″ x 14″ paper stock, double-sided in landscape format, with one fold, to make a booklet 8.5″ tall by 7″ wide.)

Read the entire plan for launching the new Call here.

APRIL CALENDAR
April 10th CalSt NO! Kristan Hawkins! Resist the Fascist Anti-Woman Agenda!
April 11th RFLA Organizing Meeting
April 11th Fullerton NO Kristan Hawkins! Resist the Fascist Anti-Woman Agenda!
April 14th Los Angeles March For Science: Refuse Fascism Contingent
April 14th Fullerton Rally for Science: Refuse Fascism Contingent
April 18th RFLA Organizing Meeting
April 20th National School Walkout & Protest
April 25th RFLA Organizing Meeting
REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America!
Join/start a local chapter.
 
For more info:  socal@refusefascism.org
323.946.1742
refusefascism.org
 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Friday - The Michael Slate Show: Sam Menefee-Libey, J20 Update; Prof. David Palumbo-Liu, New McCarthyism on Campus; BA, Trump/Pence Must Go!

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Friday, March 23, 201810 - 11 AM - PDT
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Implementing All-Out Fascist Repression in the US: J20 Protesters, Professors Under Attack -- and People Fighting Back
Plus, What if a Film Could Change Today's Political Equation? -- An Excerpt from Bob Avakian, The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!

Sam Menefee-Libey, Defending the Inauguration Day (J20) Protesters
The arrest of and charges against more than 200 people demonstrating against Trump’s inauguration was a major escalation of political repression. 194 faced charges carrying more than 60 years in prison! These charges have been courageously resisted by the defendants, and on December 21, 2017, the trial of the first six defendants in this case ended in a stunning defeat for the government. January 18, 2018, the government dropped charges against 129 defendants, but doubled down on its persecution of the remaining 59.The next trial begins April 17.

We'll hear from Sam Menefee-Libey of the Dead City Legal Posse on the latest developments in this important fight. 
David Palumbo-Liu, Fascists on Campus - Progressive Professors Under Attack

Placed on watchlists. Harassed on social media. Threatened. This is becoming normal in an environment increasingly hostile to faculty.Over the last year, targeted online harassment of faculty has emerged as a significant threat to academic freedom.

David Palumbo-Liu, Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford University, has been targeted by the fascist paper, Stanford Review, called a "terrorist" for being a member of the Campus Antifascist Network, and set up for a campaign of on-line harassment.  The American Association of University Professors published a list of fifty professors who have been targeted. Dr. Palumbo-Liu will also talk about the resistance to these attacks, and the hundreds who have stepped forward to support him. 
Bob Avakian (BA), THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO! In The Name of Humanity, We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America: A Better World IS Possible! - Questions and Answers

We'll hear another excerpt from the Q&A that followed Bob Avakian's talk before nationwide protests last November.

In this segment, Bob Avakian responds to the question, "Minorities have been in not a very favorable situation in this country to fight against everything that is going against them… because they’re not in the land where they originally come from. How can we protect those who need to be on the streets fighting with us, how can we protect the ones that are being targeted directly? How can we get them to be on the streets?"

To access the entire talk, plus Q&A, and many shorter clips, click here

SAT 3/24: Join Refuse Fascism at March for Our Lives & 6pm Showing of BA Talk: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go...

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Students are rising, help take it further!

Join RefuseFascism.org this Saturday, March 24, in reaching out to the nationwide marches and rallies against gun violence.

It is good that young people are lifting their heads and demanding change. But, to quote Bob Dylan: “Let us not talk falsely here, the hour is getting late.”
Through no fault of their own, this new generation is coming of age not only in an era of mass shootings, but even more profoundly, at a time when there is a fascist regime in the White House. The Trump/Pence Regime is threatening the future of all of humanity – with their dangerous moves towards nuclear war, their acceleration of environmental destruction, their white supremacy and xenophobic ethnic cleansing, their assault on women and LGBTQ people, and more.
For this reason, humanity needs this generation to stand up against and play a key role in ending much more than school shootings. This new generation has a key role to play in the fight to drive out the Trump/Pence Regime.
Now, we ask you to join RefuseFascism.org in marching together and spreading this unique message at these marches in an even bigger way this weekend.
Join the Refuse Fascism - LA contingent:
8 AM – 5th and Hill (in front of the Metro Red Line Station).  Also look for the Refuse Fascism booth at 1st & Broadway, across the street from LA City Hall. (For more info:  323.946.1742 or socal@refusefascism.org)
> > Donate $25 today. Funds will pay for student organizing kits, stickers & posters. Your donation will go to assist students lwho want to organize their peers RIGHT NOW into a movement to drive this regime from power. 

During last Wednesday's nationwide walk-outs, young people were incredibly enthusiastic about this message. They took up signs, flyers, stickers, chants and cheered when we called on them to join in driving out the regime in order to stand with the people of the world, our immigrant sisters and brothers, and more.

Watch this speech by a RefuseFascism.org high school organizer at her high school's walk-out:


Video: March 14 Student Walk-out, NYC
 

You are invited:
 
Join us on Saturday March 24, from 6 PM-9 PM at Church in Ocean Park (235 Hill St, Santa Monica, CA 90405for a showing of the film of a talk by Bob Avakian: 
THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO!
In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America.
A Better World IS Possible
This film will address:
  • How serious a threat does the Trump/Pence regime pose to humanity? Could fascism really happen here?
  • What is the character of the regime - is it fascist, and if it is, what are the implications?
  • What are the roots of this regime? Is it a terrible aberration, “more of the same”… or something different still?
  • What must be done to stop it? How?
  • Is a better world possible?
  • These questions, whether spoken or implicit, lie at the bottom of nearly every political debate and discussion today. Bob Avakian, in his filmed talk on the Trump/Pence regime, addresses those questions from a lofty level, with a penetrating scientific approach, and with a depth of compassion and breadth of humanity that is unique. 
The film of Bob Avakian's new speech addresses the most urgent question of the day: how to understand, and what to do about, the threat to humanity itself posed by the Trump/Pence regime.  This talk -- from the most radical revolutionary on the planet -- makes the case in a compelling way for massive, sustained, nonviolent outpourings, involving diverse perspectives, and continuing until the demand is met: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!  

Avakian traces the roots of the regime -- the deeper and more immediate causes of its rise to power.  This hour-long speech is full of substance and heart.  See trailer below.

Light refreshments will be provided and donations are most welcome but there is no door charge.

https://vimeo.com/238994894
TRAILER: THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO! In The Name of Humanity, We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist USA: A Better World IS Possible
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Excerpts from a new talk by Bob Avakian. The film of Avakian’s new speech addresses the most urgent question of the day: how to understand, and what