As we did last Thursday, let’s stand together and demonstrate our power to the city… and to each other. Let’s show our solidarity with everyone affected by the rise of the right—by the rise of racism, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, ableism, and austerity—here and around the globe!
A fascist, a xenophobe, a homophobe, an overt racist, a misogynist, a rapist, and a know-nothing has been elected president. Within his first few days as president, Trump has vowed to deport three million people. He has already put a white supremacist in charge of his strategy and looks poised to gut Obamacare. This is not a time to call for calm. No one is coming to save us. It’s up to us to rise up!
Now is the time to build a material force that can bring about the change we want now, not to get sucked into the trap of electoral politics, which offers nothing but more of the same. How do we begin building a movement that will make Trump’s campaign promises impossible? Do we only want our voices to be heard or do we want to let our bodies follow our voices and resist what is coming? The government doesn’t care if “our voices are heard,” and our society of inverted totalitarianism depends on it, it’s woven right into it fabric, like a cross on a KKK hood.
War is here. People at Standing Rock know it, people in Ferguson know it, and any person of color that’s ever been stopped by the police knows it. There is a war on women’s bodies. A war on Black people. On LGBTQ folks. A war on Latinos. A war on Muslims. When workers stood together in the 20s against the national guard to fight for the 8 work day, they shut entire cities down. When MLK and the folks who rallied with him waged civil disobedience, it caused massive disruption. Stonewall was never considered a peaceful protest. Capitalism is pure violence. Resistance is not meant to be a purely feel good exercise, if it were it would have no effect.
White supremacy already runs Denver, Mayor Hancock did nothing as people of color were pushed out of their homes to make way for people with money who came here for weed. The city council did nothing as entire black and latino neighborhoods have been stripped of their history and filled with coffee shops and art galleries. Police Chief White has done nothing to bring justice to cops in this city who have killed Dion Avila Damon, Michael Marshall, Ryan Ronquillo, Jessica Hernandez, Paul Castaway and the list goes on. What has being patient and passive gotten us? This system is a boot on our necks, the only difference now is that we see that boot for what it is. We don’t want a kinder and gentler boot on our necks, we want to live in a world where no one has a boot on their neck.
The revolutionary potential of this city has only grown since Occupy, since Black Lives Matter, and with Trump’s election we can all come together and build a broad based movement to fight back and build the kinds of institutions that we need, the sort of institutions that can’t get voted out. Everyone in the streets does not want the same thing, and that is where our power lies, in our diversity. Now is not the time for a one size fits all answer, it is the time for a multitude of people, acting in a multitude of ways that rises to the occasion.
The stakes couldn’t be higher, this city is very good at managing and squashing dissent, and if that happens at this critical moment in human history we very well could wake up in a modern version of Nazi Germany, or something closer, yet unimaginable.
There are no bosses in the streets. Non-profit organizations, politicians and movement managers are here to manage our dissent, to control it, to stifle it. We will not yield to those who would walk us off a cliff.
No Justice, No Peace, Fuck Donald Trump!