May 2017 Archives

writes Mark Morford for the San Francisco Chronicle. His call to impeach the President proposes a partisan appeal to a reluctant Congress to act in the public interest. We have little hope, or time, for a change of heart by that august body of opportunists. But Morford gets one thing right: The People are the ultimate arbiters for legitimate government and "have power in unity" to overthrow the Trump/Pence regime.

What can you do?

"You take a deep breath, and keep pushing, reposting, expressing outrage," continues Morford. "Do not get complacent. Do not normalize the orange goblin's behavior. Trump hates negative press, especially when it's accurate and damning and true - which, these days, most all of it is, when coming from the re-galvanized MSM [mainstream media]. . .

"Find those stories - they are plentiful and everywhere - and keep pumping them into the mainstream, as antidote to the cancer Trump is jamming down America's lungs. Talk about them. Call your representatives and demand an independent investigation. Keep the Resistance hot. This is the only way."
Those who remain silent make China's brutal system possible, opines artist Ai Weiwei to The Stone. His comment may be applied more universally, anyplace a state censorship system exists. 

"Whenever the state controls or blocks information, it not only reasserts its absolute power; it also elicits from the people whom it rules a voluntary submission to the system and an acknowledgment of its dominion," Weiwei writes. But it is the adoption of self-censorship that debases those who accept a passive position toward authority in return for practical benefits. "They smile, bow and nod their heads, and such behavior usually leads to lifestyles that are comfortable, trouble free and even cushy."

But these "ideological slaves" can choose to revolt, offers Weiwei. "In the end, they always do." Our job is to make this sooner than later.
"If you care at all about children starving to death and selling billions of dollars worth of deadly weapons to one of the most brutal and repressive regimes on earth," notes journalist Danielle Ryan, "the only message Trump's visit to Riyadh will send is that barbaric contempt for basic human rights is tolerable so long as you serve Washington's financial and military interests. . . Trump hates radical Islam, except when you can make money from it." 

Norwegian Refugee Council head Jan Egeland is on a five-day visit to the target of US-backed military intervention. "I am shocked to my bones by what I have seen and heard here in war- and hunger-stricken Yemen. The world is letting some 7 million men, women and children slowly but surely be engulfed by unprecedented famine. 

"Men with guns and power inside Yemen as well as in regional and international capitals are undermining every effort to avert an entirely preventable famine," Egeland adds, "as well as the collapse of health and education services for millions of children."

The threatened assault on the key port of Hodeidah inflames the humanitarian crisis even further, says U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein:

"The fighting in Hodeida has left thousands of civilians trapped - as was the case in Al Mokha in February - and has already compromised badly-needed deliveries of humanitarian assistance. Two years of wanton violence and bloodshed, thousands of deaths and millions of people desperate for their basic rights to food, water, health and security - enough is enough. I urge all parties to the conflict, and those with influence, to work urgently towards a full ceasefire to bring this disastrous conflict to an end, and to facilitate rather than block the delivery of humanitarian assistance." 

"Time is on no-one's side as regards the crisis in Yemen," posts Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence. "As nightmare visions of living skeletons with bloated bellies and pleading eyes once more appear on the planet's TV screens, we in the U.S. will have missed a vital chance to avert a world in which untold millions are to be shocked to their bones."
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"Over 200 artists, musicians, writers and curators have come together to form a coalition named Hands Off Our Revolution, which will put on contemporary art exhibitions to confront right-wing populism," reports Alice Morby for Dezeen.

"The group - which includes leading figures such as Steve McQueen, Laurie Anderson, Ed Ruscha, Cornelia Parker, Wolfgang Tillmans and Anish Kapoor - announced its existence yesterday with the launch of its website.

"On the site, the collective outlines its belief that art can 'help counter the rising rhetoric' of right-wing populism, as well as 'increasingly stark expressions' of xenophobia, racism, sexism and homophobia."

Full list of contributing artists here.
There will be no appeasing Donald Trump or his supporters. The history of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's Munich Pact of 1938, allowing Hitler to annex a large chunk of Czechoslovakian territory in return for a pledge of peace, proves the disastrous consequence of accommodation for war crimes.

"It is useful for Americans to recognize that we are facing something entirely new and different in American history," comments author Peter Dreier. "Certainly none of us in our lifetimes have confronted an American government led by someone like Trump in terms of his sociopathic, demagogic, impulsive, and vindictive personality (not even Nixon came close)." Dreier identifies the one word that best describes President Trump: fascist. "Fascists seek to unite the country behind a smokescreen of patriotism while scapegoating the weak and powerless." 

Dreier anticipates a future in which to translate progressive agenda into actual policies. "But, at the moment, our stance must be one of resistance and opposition."

A lot of energy gets spent on defining "fascism," and the authoritarian disposition can take multiple forms, but would rejection of the attribution make what is transpiring, under Trump, in front of our noses, OK? Clarity on Who and What Trump represents will help to concentrate determination to Drive Out the Trump/Pence Regime! To that end, World Can't Wait encourages members to participate in the following venues.

Refuse Fascism is calling for everyone to step up and step into the battle for Berkeley.  They are sponsoring a major event to take this on (flyer below), and working intensely to change the terms of things and take the initiative away from the fascists.  Their assault has nothing to do with the supposed denial of "free speech" to low-lifes like Ann Coulter, it has to do with the attempt to consolidate the fascist Trump/Pence regime. We need everyone to join in and step up: 

A Talk and a Challenge to Debate by Sunsara Taylor 

Thursday May 4, 6:00 PM
U.C. Berkeley, Hearst Field Annex
Building D, Room D37 

This is not about "free speech."  Far from being persecuted or suppressed by the state for their ideas, the ideas of these fascists are being imposed on the world by the most powerful state in the history of humanity.  Every day, the fascist Trump/Pence Regime is slamming ahead to implement precisely the kind of genocidal racism, woman-hating cruelty, war-mongering ambitions, planet-destroying lies, and anti-immigrant ethnic-cleansing these "intellectual" hitmen promote.  Every day, the Trump/Pence Regime is working feverishly to consolidate a fascist America.

Sunday May 7, 1:00 - 4:00pm
University of San Francisco
Fromm Hall, Berman room
What is fascism?  What brings it on?  Are the economics and politics of Europe in the 1930s relevant?  Would the U.S. history of genocide and slavery make U.S. fascism something new?  How can we get millions to fight fascism?  Who are our friends and allies in fighting fascism?

Also this coming weekend, we will Honor our Heroes & Martyrs, comrades who never looked the other way:

In San Francisco: Saturday May 6, 7:00pm 
Eric Quesada Political and Cultural Center
518 Valencia Street  (near 16th Street BART)
In Oakland: Sunday May 7, 7:00pm
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street (between Broadway & Telegraph)

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