San Francisco Bay View » The need for a united front against fascism

sfbayview.com_2016-12-01_11-54-11.pngSan Francisco Bay View » The need for a united front against fascism – If there was ever a time to organize around a United Front Against Fascism, it is now. We need to organize our communities to utilize whatever ability we have to create change. Working within the limited scope of power of our severely disabled voting system, we have to remove and replace the individuals on local non-functioning boards of supervisors, city councils and school boards who do not represent or serve the interests of the people who elected them. We need to vote in progressive mayors and fair judges, district attorneys and sheriffs and we need to push for community control of law enforcement agencies. But there is more that we must do. We must realize that in order to be able to accomplish anything, it is necessary to organize coalitions across racial, ethnic, religious and gender identity lines with the essential understanding that we are all commonly oppressed victims of a criminal and immoral capitalist ruling class. Unless we recognize this fact, we will be unable to dispel the growing horror that could be our fate. Within coalitions such as the former United Front Against Fascism, people would be better equipped to fight against the corporate powers that control the mass media. People need to encourage their communities to boycott television shows that promote violence and greed and glorify racism, discrimination and the exploitation of people by the corporate one percent. People should boycott businesses and products that sponsor and promote garbage and endless mind-sucking that poses as entertainment for our communities. It is necessary to organize coalitions across racial, ethnic, religious and gender identity lines with the essential understanding that we are all commonly oppressed victims of a criminal and immoral capitalist ruling class. We absolutely cannot afford to adopt a “wait and see” approach, hoping that “things will get better” or that this ego-maniacal, wealthy president-elect and his hand-picked, racist cabinet members are just “joking.” Trump says he plans to build a wall between Mexico and the USA, deport millions of immigrants and force all Muslims to register, for starters. Well, I take him at his word. There are waiting concentration camps and prisons, and it is not too far a stretch to imagine them filled. This country did that before to the Japanese and others not so very long ago and refused to grant entry to most Jews fleeing Hitler during World War II. This country has been waging war against Native Americans and Blacks since Columbus landed. We absolutely cannot afford to adopt a “wait and see” approach, hoping that “things will get better” or that this ego-maniacal, wealthy president-elect and his hand-picked, racist cabinet members are just “joking.”

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