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Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday - The Michael Slate Show: Andy Zee - 10 Days of Resistance; Rush Holt - The March for Science; Peter Fritzsche - Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust

Received From RefuseFascism LA:  You are needed! 

*    Join the RefuseFascism-SoCal contingent for the March for Science on April 22 at 8:30 AM at the entrance to Pershing Square (top of the steps at 5th and Hill). 
*    Volunteers needed all day & night Thursday and Friday - phone bank & sign making, etc. 
*    Join RefuseFascism-SoCal on April 24 for Holocaust Remembrance Day action;  RF contingent at the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day
Contact us at 323.946.1742 or SoCal@refusefascism.org for details and to volunteer.  
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Friday, April 21, 2017
10 - 11 AM - PDT
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This Week - What the World Needs:
10 Days of Resistance
NO! In the Name of Humanity - We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America!
DRIVE OUT THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME!


Andy Zee, Spokesperson for Revolution Books, New York, and member of the Advisory Board of RefuseFascism.org, will talk about 10 Days of Resistance, beginning with the March for Science, April 22, through May 1 protests to Stop the Regime's Demonization, Attacks and Deportations of Immigrants.

The Trump Regime is not self--destructing. It is moving quickly to hammer into place a fascist form of rule. In the coming weeks, thousands of people will be in the streets, and these protests must be supported and amplified. This is an important moment to bring forward a movement of determined resistance.

During these 10 days, "People must see the NO! everywhere and learn that there is an organization working for the time when millions act together, filling the streets of cities and towns day after day and night after night, declaring this whole regime illegitimate-Demanding, and not Stopping, Until the Trump/Pence Regime is Driven from Power. Millions must stand together with conviction and courage to resist and say NO! We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America, not just for ourselves, but in the name of humanity."



The March for Science, April 22, Earth Day

Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society, and one of the partners in the March for Science, will talk about the importance of this event. The March for Science website says, "The March for Science is a celebration of science. . . . People who value science have remained silent for far too long in the face of policies that ignore scientific evidence and endanger both human life and the future of our world. Staying silent is a luxury that we can no longer afford.  We must stand together and support science."


Peter Fritzsche on the Holocaust
Holocaust Remembrance Day is 
April 24. This year, it coincides with Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. We will speak with historian Peter Fritzsche, author of Life and Death in the Third ReichAn Iron Wind, and Germans Into Nazis

In his works, and Life and Death in the Third Reich particularly, Peter Fritzsche deciphers the puzzle of Nazism's ideological grip. Its basic appeal lay in the Volksgemeinschaft - a "people's community" that appealed to Germans to be part of a great project to redress the wrongs of the Versailles treaty, make the country strong and vital, and rid the body politic of unhealthy elements. The goal was to create a new national and racial self-consciousness among Germans. For Germany to live, others - especially Jews - had to die. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Monday, 4/17 - Science and Revolution: First in a Series of Discussions


Received from the Revolution Club-LA

Monday, April 17
7 PM
2716 S. Vermont, #8 (upstairs)
 (just south of Adams)


Join the Revolution Club, L.A. as we kick off a series of discussions on the powerful book Science And Revolution, an Interview with Ardea Skybreak. For our first discussion we'll begin with the sections: "A Scientific Approach to Society, And Changing the World" and "A Scientific Outlook, A Boundless Curiosity About the World". (This Interview is also available for download online at www.revcom.us).

From Insight Press:

At a time when science - from the theory of evolution to the understanding of climate change - is under attack; when efforts are underway to muzzle scientists and suppress their work; when a barrage of "alternative facts" (lies) of all manner are being promoted with impunity as a substitute for the truth; and when blind obedience is being imposed in opposition to critical thinking-all of which has disastrous implications- this provocative interview with Ardea Skybreak is highly relevant and assumes great urgency. 

In this wide-ranging interview Skybreak, a scientist with professional training in ecology and evolutionary biology, and an advocate of the new synthesis of communism brought forward by Bob Avakian, speaks to why science and the scientific method are essential not only in relationship to the natural world but also to understanding society and transforming it in the interests of humanity. 

Skybreak is the author of, among other works, The Science of Evolution and the Myth of Creationism: Knowing What's Real and Why It Matters, and Of Primeval Steps and Future Leaps: An Essay on the Emergence of Human Beings, the Source of Women's Oppression, and the Road to Emancipation.

For more information, contact the Revolution Club in Los Angeles at 323.331.1769 or revclub_la@yahoo.com

Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday - The Michael Slate Show: Shutting Down a Fascist at Claremont Colleges; Richard Falk on Syria; Training Police to Profile Immigrants; 10 Days of Resistance

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Friday, April 14, 2017
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This week:

Shutting Down the Fascist Heather Mac Donald at the Claremont Colleges


Heather Mac Donald is an author who uses an intellectual veneer to justify the slow genocide against Black and Brown people, denying any discrimination against oppressed peoples, and supporting mass incarceration, stop-and-frisk, prison overcrowding and unchecked police violence. She's one of a number of fascist speakers who have been touring college campuses in the past few months. But on April 6, she ran into righteous opposition at the Claremont Colleges, a campus east of Los Angeles. Her speech was shut down by hundreds of students who organized to "Shut Down Anti-Black Fascist Heather Mac Donald." Students are now being threatened with expulsion for this righteous action. We'll speak with one of the many organizers of the protest. 


Ten Days of Resistance, 
April 22 to May 11


We'll also be talking about Refuse Fascism and the critically important 10 Days of Resistance. Refuse Fascism is calling for people to organize and join mass contingents of many thousands of people under the banner of: NO! In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America! Drive Out the Trump/Pence Regime!

 

Richard Falk on What's Happening in Syria and the Middle East
Richard Falk is an international law and international relations scholar who taught at Princeton University for forty years.  In 2008, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) appointed him to a six-year term as a United Nations Special Rapporteur on "the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967."

We'll talk to Richard Falk about recent events in Syria, the Middle East, and the role of the US.


The ACLU Exposes Police Manuals that Train Cops 
to Profile Immigrants

The ACLU recently wrote a letter exposing police manuals written by a private company, Lexipol, which "suggests that officers may systematically consider English proficiency and even race as a basis for reasonable suspicion of a crime." It also advises local cops on arresting people for federal immigration violations -- and is in use in several California "sanctuary cities." We'll talk with Adrienna Wong, Staff Attorney of the ACLU of Southern California. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Refuse Fascism LA Organizing Meeting Weds. Apr. 12 for 10 Days of Resistance

We received the following from RefuseFascism-LA:


DONATE!  Refuse Fascism SoCal urgently needs funds for space to work out of and for posters, flyers and other materials to bring the message 'NO! Drive Out the Trump/Pence Regime' to thousands of people over the 10 Days of Resistance.  If you've gotten a call or haven't gotten a call, help to meet this need.  
Donate here.  
Refuse Fascism SoCal Organizing Meeting Wednesday,
Wed., April 12 @ 6:30 PM
Location:  Church of the Epiphany, 2808 Altura Street, Lincoln Heights
Call us if you need or can give a ride.
Contribute to making plans for the 10 Days of Resistance, April 22 through May 1.  These 10 days can and must become a big leap in the movement to drive the fascist Trump/Pence Regime from power.  Volunteer to help phonebank, put 'NO! Drive Out Trump/Pence Regime' signs on sticks, make organizing kits.... Be part of Refuse Fascism contingents at the March for Science, the People's Climate March, and May Day.
Thursday, April 13, 7 - 9 PM - What is Fascism? Refuse Fascism teach-in at Bernie's Cafe (formerly Johnie's Coffee Shop), Wilshire and Fairfax.
Thursday, April 13, 5 - 7 PM. Protest and Rally Outside Adelanto Detention Center (10250 Rancho Road, Adelanto, 92301)
 where Romulo Avelica is being held. Join the Caravan Against Fear, the National Day Laborers' Organizing Network, and Refuse Fascism.  (Call us if you need or can give a ride).
Saturday, April 15, Tax March Los Angeles, Pershing Square, 11 AM.  Meet at 10:30 AM at parking lot 7, 7th and Hill.

No U.S. Bombs on Syria!

We received the following from RefuseFascism-LA:


From RefuseFascism.org:
NO U.S. BOMBS ON SYRIA!
Drive Out the Trump-Pence Fascist Regime!
Protest Nation-Wide Friday April 7

On Thursday, April 6, Trump launched 59 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles against Syria. Trump claims he dropped these bombs because of the "beautiful babies" who were gassed, reportedly by the Assad regime. While that was certainly a crime against humanity, what about the beautiful babies Trump has dropped drones on? What about the beautiful babies blown to pieces by U.S. in Iraq? What about the beautiful babies in Iran who he seems to be sending a gangster threat to through this bombing?
What about the beautiful babies who are born FEMALE all over the planet whose lives are in danger because of Trump's Global Gag rule gutting abortion access and whom regards as pieces of meat? What about all the babies who are born Black in the USA -- the boys have a 1 in 3 chance of prison or jail and Trump wants to ramp up "law and order" brutality? What about the beautiful babies whose parents are being torn from them and deported to Mexico and elsewhere? What about the beautiful babies who are Muslim?
What about ALL THE BABIES all over the planet whose future is imperiled by the Trump-Pence Regime's climate change denial and attacks on science?FACT: Trump doesn't care about Syrian babies. He's a fascist thug who has promised "America First" fire-power and terror - including a new nuclear arms race - on the people of the world.
His bombs are not "humanitarian." His bombs will make things WORSE for the people of Syria and the people of the world.In the Name of Humanity - we must say:

NO! NO! NO! No Bombing Syria!
Drive Out the Trump-Pence Fascist Regime!
Protests Friday April 7
Check Facebook & #NoWaronSyria
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From revcom.us:

Join the Protests Against U.S. Missile Attacks on Syria

Protests are being called across the U.S. for Friday, April 7, against the Trump/Pence regime's cruise missile attack in Syria. We urge revcom.us readers to join these actions and others in the coming days. Get this article (below) out to people... spread the word about revcom.us, the movement for an actual revolution and about revolutionary communist leader Bob Avakian... and let people know about RefuseFascism.org and the slogan "NO! In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America! Drive Out the Trump/Pence Fascist Regime!" Check refusefascism.org for info on protests.
At revcom.us - April 6, 2017
Trump Doesn't Give a Damn About Children and Babies
NO U.S. BOMBING OF SYRIA!
Donald Trump now cares about "innocent children, innocent babies"? The same Donald Trump who's ripped innocent children and babies from their immigrant parents' arms when ICE agents snatch and deport them? The same Donald Trump who's condemned innocent refugee children and babies to a living hell by trying to block them from entering the U.S.? He says the horrific pictures of the children in Syria killed by gas moved him, but where was his concern when a photo showed the body of a young refugee boy washed up on the beaches of the Mediterranean? The same Donald Trump who is creating a climate of terror and violence against Muslims, parents as well as innocent children and babies? What a sick, putrid lie!
 
But that's what this fascist liar came up with to justify seizing the moment and acting the "strong man" to launch a massive cruise missile assault on a Syrian military base: the U.S. government was supposedly outraged by the Syrian government's vile attack on April 4 against a town controlled by anti-Assad forces, reportedly with chemical weapons including the nerve gas sarin. More than 80 people were killed.
It could well be true that the reactionary Assad regime attacked people with chemical weapons. This would be a monstrous crime -- as is any use of weapons of mass destruction and killing of civilians. But the U.S. imperialists make Assad look like a petty street thug. The U.S. is the only country who has ever dropped nukes -- instantly incinerating more than150,000 people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The U.S. massively burned Vietnamese people to death with napalm. And Trump's own secretary of defense James Mattis ordered the use of white phosphorous -- a chemical weapon which gets so hot it melts people's skin and eyes -- during the 2004 U.S. assault on Fallujah, in Iraq.
Just in the last month the U.S. imperialists have murdered hundreds of innocent civilians -- including children and babies -- in Iraq and Syria. And while the Trump/Pence regime is crying crocodile tears about babies in Syria, they are preparing to escalate their support for Saudi Arabia's barbaric air war and blockade of Yemen, which has pushed some 14 million people to the brink of starvation.
So the U.S. rulers have no goddamn right to even open their mouths -- let alone launch military attacks. They need to shut the fuck up about mass murder and weapons of mass destruction!
These imperialists don't give a damn about women, children, babies -- any human being. They're fighting for reactionary imperialist interests: namely to maintain their domination of the Middle East, which has been a seven-decade horror for the hundreds of millions who live there. This is why on the same day Trump launched the missiles, the bloodthirsty Hillary Clinton -- the system's so-called "alternative" to Trump -- called for military attacks against Syria.
We don't know all the facts of what Assad may or may not have done, or what the Trump/Pence regime's next moves are. What we can know is that absolutely nothing good for the people anywhere will come from U.S. aggression. Just look at the last 15 years -- U.S. wars, invasions, occupations, and attacks in the region have resulted in unimaginable suffering for millions. The U.S. rulers do not have one iota of genuine concern for people's lives -- or about the use of barbaric weapons!
The U.S. actions are not in the interests of the people, around the world and in the U.S. itself. People need to condemn and actively oppose this aggression!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Friday - The Michael Slate Show: Basta Ya!/Enough! 10 Days of Resistance; Michael Mann, Climate Change &Trump; "Rules of Seconds"

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Friday, April 7, 2017
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This week:

Basta Ya! / Enough! 
10 Days of Resistance


We'll open the show up with a discussion of the emergency situation today and the call for Basta Ya!/Enough! 10 Days of Resistance.
The end of the first 100 days for the Trump/Pence regime is nearing, and the regime has been rolling ahead with its horrific fascist program. Millions of people abhor this, and there is righteous resistance. But, whether or not we can stop the dire threat that the Trump/Pence Regime poses to humanity means recognizing and acting on the understanding that history has shown that fascism must be stopped before it becomes too late.

Beginning with the March for Science on April 22, over the course of 10 DAYS, hundreds of thousands of people will pour into the streets in important and righteous protests in Washington DC and cities across the country. This is a crucial moment to organize many thousands of people under the banner of "NO! In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America! Drive Out the Trump/Pence Regime!" 

 


Climate Scientist Michael Mann on the Reality of Climate Change, Trump, and Why He Will March For Science

On March 29, Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, author of many books and dozens of articles, and lead author of the article that introduced the iconic "hockey stick" graph showing a dramatic increase in global temperatures, was a witness in Congress. He shared the witness table with three climate science deniers peddling alternative facts. 

We'll speak with Dr. Mann about this, about the extreme weather events already caused by climate change, the threat of Trump, and the importance of the March for Science



Rules of Seconds, Interview with Playwright John Pollono

We'll talk with John Pollono, author of the play, Rules of Seconds, playing at the LA Theatre Center. The play is set in 1855 Boston, where the slightest infraction between gentlemen is grounds for a challenge to be resolved with pistols. As a reviewer wrote, "Rules of Seconds revolves around the arbitrary and fatal constrictions we accept in order to align ourselves with value systems that enforce our misery."