People’s Congress Of Resistance

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September 16-17, 2017

Washington, DC

Website: Congress of Resistance

Preamble

The United States Congress does not represent the people who live and work in the United States. Given the threat posed by the Trump regime, the people must take matters into our own hands, together, and claim the power we already have.

The Reality We’re Facing

The Trump regime is threatening to destroy the social, civil, economic, and environmental reforms achieved at great cost from decades of grassroots struggles. It plans to intensify the redistribution of wealth from the bottom to the top, while scapegoating the most vulnerable. This is an agenda of capitalism without restraints in which the government helps Wall Street and corporate elites loot the rest of society.

The U.S. Congress will not stop the Trump regime from implementing its agenda of class war against workers, immigrants, women, Muslims, the Black community, Native communities, the LGBTQ population, public education, social programs, civil liberties, and the environment. In fact, Congress will ratify that agenda — even if a few members verbally protest.

For a long time, the U.S. Congress has served the country’s biggest corporations. A majority of members of Congress are themselves millionaires, with average net worth nearly 20 times that of ordinary Americans. After the Great Recession of 2008, most Americans saw their personal wealth decline over 40 percent. African American communities took a particularly hard hit. Members of Congress, however, made out like the bandits they are. Their average wealth increased by 28 percent.

Congress takes $1.1 trillion in our tax dollars and hands over half of it to the largest military-industrial complex in the world, while health, education, housing and jobs receive less than a quarter. Congress receives top-notch, government-provided health care but eliminated that possibility for the people. It signed off on mass surveillance and endless wars. It has done nothing for the communities facing police violence and record deportations. These “representatives” don’t represent us.

The People’s Congress

We need a People’s Congress of Resistance where we govern, decide and act for ourselves and our communities. Since January 20, people have been fighting back in huge numbers. Immigrants, women, and students have rallied, marched, and gone on strike. A People’s Congress of Resistance can help support and coordinate this ongoing resistance. We can create a new, collective, vision of our common future. We can put together the strategy to make it a reality.

We invite all to join us in building such a People’s Congress of Resistance. Over the next weeks and months, we will all begin the process of preparing for this Congress by launching local assemblies, determining and discussing the matters to be brought before our new People’s Congress of Resistance on September 16-17, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Throughout history there are moments that urgently require radical change and the reorganization of political and economic power, and the building of a new power. This is such a moment.

Build a new People’s Congress of Resistance from the grassroots. No collaboration or compromise with the Trump Agenda! We will resist and resist and resist — until we overcome.

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