HERSHEY, PA – DECEMBER 15, 2016: President-Elect Donald Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence shake hands on stage at a Thank You rally held at the Giant Center. – Image
By Travis Morales
The Trump/Pence regime poses a catastrophic danger to humanity; a threat that it’s up to us to stop now. RefuseFascism.org has issued a call that reads in part:
“This is a moment when we – people of many different views and experience – must act together in mass, sustained, non-violent nationwide protests that continue until the Trump/Pence regime is removed from power. We begin with protests in NYC and L.A. on October 19 that announce four more consecutive Saturdays of protests in cities and towns across the country that gather more people and momentum so that in the weeks and months that follow, the movement grows to tens and hundreds of thousands and millions. What unifies all the diverse streams of people that need to pour into the streets is the single demand: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go—Now!”
Everyone who hates the horrors Trump and company has perpetrated on humanity needs to be part of these protests.
President Trump vents white supremacist hatred of Black and Brown immigrants, calling their countries “shitholes.” He demands that desperate, starving people, fleeing for their lives from poverty and violence created by the U.S. domination of Central America, be stopped from crossing the border. He violates their moral rights and legal rights under international and U.S. law to cross the border and apply for asylum. Trump started his presidential campaign calling Mexicans rapists and drug smugglers. The New York Times reports that Trump told aides to get cost estimates to fortify the southern border wall with a water filled trench full of alligators or snakes. He demanded that the wall be electrified and topped with spikes that cut through human flesh. He suggested soldiers shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down.
An estimated 50,000 immigrants are held in U.S. concentration camps. The conditions are typical of those reported in the July 19, 2019 issue of USA Today:
“A reporter traveling with Vice President Mike Pence during a recent tour of an all-male detention center in Texas, described a horrendous stench and said nearly 400 men were housed in sweltering cages. The cages were so crowded, it would have been impossible for all of them to lie down. The Border Patrol supervisor who gave Pence the tour admitted that the men in custody hadn’t taken a shower in 10 to 20 days.”
Dr. Sara Goza, who toured two Customs and Border Enforcement facilities in June, told CNN, “The first thing that hit me when we walked in the door was the smell. It was the smell of sweat, urine, and feces. No amount of time spent in these facilities is safe for children.” Thousands of children are held in these conditions. Seven immigrant children have died in U.S. concentration camps since June of 2018. As flu season approaches, the Trump/Pence regime refuses to provide flu vaccinations to the 50,000 immigrants held in concentration camps. For malnourished and unhealthy people, the flu can be a death sentence. This is genocide.
The brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing against immigrants is the linchpin and battering ram of a whole fascist program. Concentration Camps on the border… environmental devastation accelerated… the danger of war, even nuclear, threatened… white supremacy rules… fascist mobs and racist mass murderers… truth and science erased… the right to abortion near gone… the rule of law and democratic and civil rights are stripped away… THIS IS FASCISM UNFOLDING.
For three years, the Democratic Party leadership facilitated the Trump/Pence regime, even voting funds for border security when children were separated from their parents. They did nothing to stop the crimes listed above. But now a vicious impeachment battle among the ruling class has erupted. The Democrats have not said impeachment is about the fascist agenda and all its crimes but the targeting of Biden. The Democrats refuse to call the regime what it is, fascist. Trump has struck back, accusing those investigating him of committing treason, a crime punishable by execution. He is invoking the specter of civil war if he is impeached. Looming not so far in the background are millions of his armed, fanatical white supremacist followers.
We are living in a dangerous and unpredictable time. But this huge fight at the top of the ruling class provides a greater opening for mass protests like Puerto Rico and Hong Kong.
Travis Morales is a long-time Revolutionary Communist Party supporter and is on the Steering Committee of RefuseFascism.org NYC.