Call For Bold Mobilization Against Inauguration Of Donald Trump

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DisruptJ20: Call for a bold mobilization against the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20, 2017

On Friday, January 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President of the United States.

We call on all people of good conscience to join in disrupting the ceremonies. If Trump is to be inaugurated at all, let it happen behind closed doors, showing the true face of the security state Trump will preside over. It must be made clear to the whole world that the vast majority of people in the United States do not support his presidency or consent to his rule.

Trump stands for tyranny, greed, and misogyny. He is the champion of neo-nazis and white Nationalists, of the police who kill the Black, Brown and poor on a daily basis, of racist border agents and sadistic prison guards, of the FBI and NSA who tap your phone and read your email.

He is the harbinger of even more climate catastrophe, deportation, discrimination, and endless war. He continues to deny the existence of climate change, in spite of all the evidence, putting the future of the whole human race at stake.The KKK, Vladimir Putin, Golden Dawn, and the Islamic State all cheered his victory. If we let his inauguration go unchallenged, we are opening the door to the future they envision.

Trump’s success confirms the bankruptcy of representative democracy. Rather than using the democratic process as an alibi for inaction, we must show that no election could legitimize his agenda. Neither the Democrats nor any other political party or politician will save us—they just offer a weaker version of the same thing. If there is going to be a positive change in this society, we have to make it ourselves, together, through direct action.
From day one, the Trump presidency will be a disaster. #DisruptJ20 will be the start of the resistance. We must take to the streets and protest, blockade, disrupt, intervene, sit in, walk out, rise up, and make more noise and good trouble than the establishment can bear. The parade must be stopped. We must delegitimize Trump and all he represents. It’s time to defend ourselves, our loved ones, and the world that sustains us as if our lives depend on it—because they do.

In Washington, DC

DC will not be hospitable to the Trump administration. Every corporation must openly declare whether they side with him or with the people who will suffer at his hands. Thousands will converge and demonstrate resistance to the Trump regime. Save the date. #DisruptJ20

Around the US

If you can’t make it to Washington, DC on January 20, take to the streets wherever you are. We call on our comrades to organize demonstrations and other actions for the night of January 20. There is also a call for a general strike to take place. Organize a walkout at your school now. Workers: call out sick and take the day off. No work, no school, no shopping, no housework. #DisruptJ20

Around the World

If you are living outside the US, you can take action at US embassies, borders, or other symbols of neocolonial power. Our allegiance is not to “making America great again,” but to all of humanity and the planet. #DisruptJ20

Spread the word. Join the fight. #DisruptJ20

  • Lynn Faulkner

    Putin again. No article would be complete without a reference to the evil Russian Empire. Disappointing that even PR has swallowed the CIA propaganda.

  • kevinzeese

    Of course, Putin cheered his victory, look at the alternative — Hillary Clinton! She was talking about escalation of conflict with Russia while Trump was talking about working with Russia. Which do you think Russia would prefer? This is not an article that talks about Russia hacking the election and all that nonsense, but they are right — Russia preferred Trump over Clinton. How could they not? Clinton supported escalation in Syria, more NATO troops on the Russia border and conflict with Russia.

  • Lynn Faulkner

    It is precisely your stance on not being an “obstructio ist” that has made the erosion of civil rights under the past decades possible. Yes, where were these people while all that was going on? Then, you contradict yourself with the letsallgetalong line. This is hardly the time to go along and get along. We must do what we should have been doing for years: Resist!

  • kevinzeese

    Resistance has been growing since 2010 and will escalate and grow more under Trump. It is essential.

  • DHFabian

    Of course Trump will be installed. It has already been decided by the Electoral College. Trump is not the first to become president in spite of failing to win the majority of votes. The Electoral College system goes back to the early days of US govt. (Article Two of the United States Constitution).

    As for “fighting back,” who can get enough time off from work to wage a revolution? Who can risk losing their jobs, when there’s nothing to fall back on? Times have changed, and we’re quite brutal to those who become jobless and poor.

  • DHFabian

    That’s questionable for complex reasons. Those who paid attention noted Clinton’s long record of support for military aggression, and current tensions between Russia and the US over Syria. The US has been through the longest, most expensive war in this country’s history, and the country has been drained out militarily and economically. Russia, too, has been drained out by their war with Afghanistan, and it’s unclear if they’ve had enough time to rebuild/re-arm. Adding all this up, the US would be likely to lose a showdown with Russia.

  • DHFabian

    Illegal surveillance in the US went into high gear with the Bush administration, in the aftermath of 9/11. The US has been officially phasing out fundamental civil and human rights since the Clinton administration, starting with the poor. The US overall embraced (what does meet the definition of) fascism as far back as Reagan. The 1980s was the major turning point.

  • DHFabian

    Resistance began growing as far back as the 1980s, but we have lacked a media that would cover it. What is happening now is that fascism (by definition) is starting to tighten around the throats of the middle class — the consumers and campaign donors. This is the target audience of media, so they’re some paying attention.

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  • TecumsehUnfaced

    This is not not your best writing.

    The KKK, Vladimir Putin, Golden Dawn, and the Islamic State all cheered
    his victory. If we let his inauguration go unchallenged, we are opening
    the door to the future they envision.

    I don’t think
    that you did yourselves any favor by collecting all those entities as holding
    the vision of a single future. They are all motivated quite differently. A future viewed as favorable by any of them would be viewed with horror by the rest.

  • TecumsehUnfaced

    Don’t forget to keep a suspicious eye on where the money is coming from for this resistance.

  • Erik Kennedy-Mcdonnell

    I also received this pamphlet by e-mail. My initial reading of the header ( #J20 ) was Jill2020. I laughed. But when I realized what this was, I recoiled with disgust at progressivism and fear for the constitution because this is treason and very, VERY dangerous.
    Think about the consequence for political legitimacy and constitutionality (the most powerful and most vulnerable checks on a revolutionary government).
    Think about the the savage reaction of the incoming administration.
    Think about how this effort of “Popular Resistance” will do any good for the country. For it won’t. It is not worth subverting the democratic principle rendering transitions of power stable and peaceful.
    The country has elected a president; and by the laws of the political system he will rightfully take office, despite the manifold dislike of and powerful resistance to him, unless, that is, the political system be violated and the constitution desecrated and there’s a putsch – a “democratic” one seems to be seething.

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