**How do you stop a tyrant like Trump?
Lessons for #TheResistance from Egypt, South Korea and Puerto Rico**
Impeachment investigations have begun, on a very narrow basis. Trump’s response has been to threaten violence and talk of not leaving office regardless of election outcomes. His attorney general just announced a war against “secularism” and his supporters released a video at a Trump event celebrating the assault and murder of the Trump/Pence regime’s “enemies” including figures in the media and political rivals. Meanwhile, migrant children and asylum seekers languish in expanding concentration camps, the regime issues new threats against other countries and recklessly acts to destabilize already war-ravaged areas, as the planet burns.
To wait for the outcome of the impeachment process or hope that the election of 2020 will stop this regime would be extremely dangerous. Trump is the mouthpiece and most effective torchbearer for a fascist movement that includes VP Pence and many others in a regime that sees border walls, aggressive war, and ever-more ruthless economic competition as the only answer to a world confronted by ecological and economic crises.
The only way to stop Trump and Pence is through the power of the people in the streets. Refuse Fascism is pursuing this strategy, proven effective in South Korea, Puerto Rico and many other places: mass, sustained protests with one unifying demand – Trump and Pence Out Now. Persistent non-violent protests are being launched in Chicago and other major cities coast-to-coast this fall under the hashtag #OUTNOW (protesters are gathering every Saturday at 1pm at Millennium Park). While a solid majority of people are disgusted by Trump and Pence, most remain silent or put their faith in the electoral process, unfamiliar with this strategy. Come hear from journalist Mohamed Abdelfattah, writer Paul Street and an activist with Refuse Fascism about what happened in Egypt and other countries confronted by dangerous tyrants, and why we must overcome fear and doubt to rise together non-violently here before fascism has fully consolidated.
What are we faced with in the form of the Trump/Pence regime and what must we do to advance any struggles for justice with them in power? The stakes are too high to miss this important debate. Presentations will be followed by discussion and Q&A.
*Mohamed Abdelfattah is a journalist and documentary filmmaker based in Chicago. From 2010 to 2015, he covered the transformative events of the 2011 Egyptian uprising, and the upheaval that ensued. News organizations where his work appeared include: Deutsche Welle TV, CNN, The New York Times Bloomberg TV Africa, Al Masry Al Youm, Ahram Online, Radio France Internationale, among others. In 2011, he won an award for his work on police brutality and human rights abuses in Egypt.
*Paul Street is an independent journalist, author, and historian who teaches at DePaul University. His many articles have appeared in TruthDig, CounterPunch, In These Times, and other publications. He is the author of seven books, including Empire’s New Clothes, Barack Obama in the Real World of Power and They Rule: The 1% vs Democracy.
*Activist with RefuseFascism.org, a movement of people coming from diverse perspectives, united in our recognition that the Trump/Pence Regime poses a catastrophic danger to humanity and the planet, and that it is our responsibility to drive them from power through non-violent protests that grow until our demand is met: This Nightmare Must End: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!