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Refuse Fascism

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Hosted by volunteers with RefuseFascism.org, a movement of people coming from diverse perspectives. In the name of humanity we refuse to accept a fascist America!
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Steve Hofstetter: Comedy and Standing Up Against Fascism
Society wide repudiation of American fascism requires people from every corner of society speak up and take a stand. Coco Das (Contributing Editor of RefuseFascism.org) interviews Steve Hofstetter on getting loud in the face of fascist threats & noise. Hofstetter is an outspoken progressive comedian who unfortunately became the cover story of neo-Nazi publications and received hundreds of death threats after notoriously going off on an anti-Semitic heckler at one of his shows. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_ERPea0Y78 Follow Steve on Twitter at @SteveHofstetter. Catch him on tour starting this week and through the summer: stevehofstetter.com. Follow Coco Das on Twitter at @coco_das. Send  your comments to samanthagoldman@refusefascism.org or @SamBGoldman.  Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and @RefuseFascism and support: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism      Cashapp: @RefuseFascism      paypal.me/refusefascism   donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
32:29
May 9, 2021
Brynn Tannehill: The Republi-fascist Tsunami of Anti-Trans Laws
Sam Goldman interviews Brynn Tannehill (@BrynnTannehill) about the spate of anti-trans laws across the country and the larger fascist agenda it's a part of. Order her book American Fascism: How the GOP is Subverting Democracy here. Send  your comments to samanthagoldman@refusefascism.org or @SamBGoldman. Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and support: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism     Cashapp: @RefuseFascism     paypal.me/refusefascism  donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
45:52
May 2, 2021
Ruth Ben-Ghiat: The GOP is Now the Party of Autocracy
Ruth Ben-Ghiat, professor of history at New York University and the author of Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present talks with Sam Goldman about the continuing effects of Trump's lies and how the entire GOP has changed in the aftermath of the Trump years and Jan 6th coup attempt. Sign up for her new newsletter "Lucid," follow her on Twitter at @RuthBenGhiat, and check out her website ruthbenghiat.com. Send  your comments to samanthagoldman@refusefascism.org or @SamBGoldman. Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and support: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism   Cashapp: @RefuseFascism   paypal.me/refusefascism  donate.refusefascism.org Thanks to everyone who has been supporting the show! This week, donors who give $25 or more will receive an "I AM Human" pin by Cyber Amaris. Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
39:17
April 25, 2021
Matthew Rozsa: The Parallels Between Trump's "Big Lie" and Hitler's
Sam Goldman interviews Matthew Rozsa (@MatthewRozsa) about his recent article for Salon.com: Trump's Big Lie and Hitler's: Is this how America's slide into totalitarianism begins? which reads in part:  "The Germans who 'believed' in Hitler's Big Lie did so not because he had  any proof that Germany had been stabbed in the back, but because they  hated Jews, hated leftists and wanted to restore the German Empire to  its pre-World War I glory. The Republicans who 'believe' in Trump's Big  Lie do so not because there is any logical argument that Biden stole the  election, but because they don't want to admit that a majority of  Americans do not support their policies. In order to stay in power, they need to disenfranchise racial minorities, low-income voters and anyone  else who might be inclined not to support Republican politicians." Protests continue this week against the unrelenting stream of police murders across the country. Find one near you and join in! Send your comments to samanthagoldman@refusefascism.org or @SamBGoldman. Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and support: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
28:17
April 18, 2021
The Fascist Triad of White Supremacy, Misogyny, and Xenophobia
Sunsara Taylor interviews Dr. Kristin Kobes Du Mez (@kkdumez), author of Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation, about the rise of militant and militaristic patriarchy among Christian fascists as a major social force in this country (originally broadcast on The RNL Show).  Then, Sam Goldman (@SamBGoldman) and Coco Das @coco_das talk about how and why the call for continuous non-violent mass protests to drive out the Trump/Pence regime didn't take root - and why that means we still face a serious threat of fascism in the United States.  Send your comments to samanthagoldman@refusefascism.org or @SamBGoldman. Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and  support: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism  Cashapp: @RefuseFascism  paypal.me/refusefascism  donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
44:38
April 11, 2021
Bishop Talbert Swan: White Supremacists Lash Out with Voter Suppression Laws
Sam Goldman talks to Talbert Swan (Bishop with the Church Of God In Christ and longtime fighter for justice, author of No More Cursing: Destroying The Roots Of Religious Racism) about the spate of voter suppression bills being enacted across the country. Follow Bishop Swan at @talbertswan.  Send your comments to samanthagoldman@refusefascism.org or @SamBGoldman. Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and  support: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
32:22
April 5, 2021
The Trauma of Trumpism
Maria Sanchez, a mental health professional and supporter of RefuseFascism.org, talks to Sam Goldman about the trauma of the Trump presidency and the enduring fascist movement on society, plus clips from the conversation between Sam and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Bandy Lee (editor of "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump”) from a few weeks ago. Since that interview was aired, Dr. Lee was targeted by former Trump lawyer Alan Dershowitz and was fired from her position at Yale. Read her latest article: How a Psychiatric Association Sickened Society’s Mental Health. Follow @BandyXLee1. Send your comments to samanthagoldman@refusefascism.org or @SamBGoldman. Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and  support: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism   Cashapp: @RefuseFascism         paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
30:06
March 28, 2021
Andy Zee: The Relationship between Fascism and Capitalism-Imperialism
Sam Goldman interviews Andy Zee, host of The RNL Show on YouTube and a co-founder of RefuseFascism.org, to talk about the statement released this January by revolutionary leader Bob Avakian: A New Year, The Urgent Need For A Radically New World—For The Emancipation Of All Humanity. Send your comments to samanthagoldman@refusefascism.org or @SamBGoldman. Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and support: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism        paypal.me/refusefascism    donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
43:33
March 21, 2021
Susan Neiman & Daryle Lamont Jenkins: Learning from the Past to Chart the Future
It's the 50th episode!  We started the podcast this past summer; the week millions began to pour into the streets rebelling against white supremacy and demanding justice for George Floyd. When we began a fascist regime was tightening its grip on society; we called the podcast "Inside With #OutNow" as the movement to get these fascists out became all the more urgent.  Since then, we've covered Trump's refusal to wear a mask as a signal to fascism and other forms of fascist propaganda, the white supremacy, xenophobia and misogyny that is the core of this fascism, Trump’s death cult, the Christian Fascist movement and its embrace of Trump, American exceptionalism and American mythology; faith, resistance and complicity under fascism. We've shared voices from the frontlines: from Portland and LA to North Carolina and the suburbs of Chicago, and overall the need to stop fascism and organizing methods to mobilize all who can be united against it. Throughout all of this we have mobilized people to act in the name of humanity.  Thanks to all the amazing guests of the show as well as all of YOU listening, sharing and commenting. Donate this week and help us reach more people and do more... All donors who give $50 for this milestone will receive a beautiful Humanity enamel pin as a thank you (if you provide your address).  This week, Sam Goldman interviews Susan Neiman, director of the Einstein Forum in Germany and author of Learning from the Germans: Confronting Race and the Memory of Evil and Daryle Lamont Jenkins, Executive Director of One People's Project. Follow Daryle on Twitter @DLamontJenkins. Send your comments to samanthagoldman@refusefascism.org or @SamBGoldman. Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and support: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism      Cashapp: @RefuseFascism       paypal.me/refusefascism   donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
01:07:52
March 14, 2021
Fascist Lies with Federico Finchelstein
Sam Goldman interviews Federico Finchelstein, Professor of History at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College and Director of the Janey Program in Latin American Studies at NSSR. Dr. Finchelstein is the author of seven books on fascism,  populism, Dirty Wars, the Holocaust and Jewish history in Latin America  and Europe. His latest book is A Brief History of Fascist Lies and you can follow him on Twitter @FinchelsteinF. Send your comments to samanthagoldman@refusefascism.org or @SamBGoldman. Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and  support: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism    Cashapp: @RefuseFascism    paypal.me/refusefascism   donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
30:43
March 7, 2021
Umair Haque: "If you don't call it fascism..."
Sam Goldman interviews Umair Haque, Founder & Editor of Eudaimonia and Co, Bad Words, a book of nights, Leadership in the Age of Rage, and eudaimonia. You can also find him on Medium where he is a top writer in Life, Politics, Culture, Leadership. Follow him on Twitter @UmairH. This episode was released on the last night of the CPAC conference, shortly after Trump spoke, laying out their strategy to further consolidate their fascist base in the Republican Party and return to power. We can either: A. Treat the Nazi GOP as a legitimate political party/movement to be compromised, debated, worked with  OR B. Recognize they are fascist. Have difficult, fruitful dialogue amongst decent people about how to stop fascism We can’t do both.  Send your comments to samanthagoldman@refusefascism.org or @SamBGoldman. Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and support: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism  Cashapp: @RefuseFascism  paypal.me/refusefascism  donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
47:23
March 1, 2021
Dr. Bandy Lee: "The Removal of Trump Wasn't Enough"
Sam Goldman interviews Dr. Bandy Lee, M.D., M.Div., a forensic psychiatrist, violence expert, and faculty member of Yale School of Medicine for 17 years who also taught at Yale Law School for 15 years. She was a research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health, a consultant with the World Health Organization since 2002, and author of the textbook, Violence (2019). She edited The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President (2017 and 2019) and authored Profile of a Nation: Trump’s Mind, America’s Soul (2020). She is also president of the World Mental Health Coalition (worldmhc.org), which is a professional organization dedicated to the betterment of societal mental health and is forming a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to examine what happened over the Trump years and how the nation can heal from it. You can follow her work at bandylee.com and @BandyXLee1. Read and share the statement from the editorial board of RefuseFascism.org on the second Senate acquittal of Trump. Send your comments to samanthagoldman@refusefascism.org or @SamBGoldman. Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and support: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
28:00
February 20, 2021
Sarah Posner on Trump's Acquittal; An Unpunished Coup Attempt Becomes a Training Exercise
Sam Goldman talks with journalist and author Sarah Posner (@SarahPosner) about Trump's impeachment trial. Read Sarah's recent piece, How the Christian right helped foment insurrection.  Upon acquittal, Trump said, “Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun. In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people. There has never been anything like it!” And as much as he lies with every breath, these statements about only just beginning will prove true if we don’t stop them.  Send your comments to samanthagoldman@refusefascism.org or @SamBGoldman. Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and support: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
27:58
February 14, 2021
The Senate Impeachment Trial & the Need to Refuse Fascism
This urgent discussion was recorded February 8, on the eve of Trump’s  second impeachment trial. What actually happened on January 6 when a  fascist mob stormed the Capitol? What does that, and everything that  lead up to it, tell us about the danger of fascism in America? How does the impeachment trial fit into this picture? And how can people act act  in a meaningful way in the interests of humanity at this unprecedented  moment?  The discussion features: Eric Seitz, attorney, lecturer in Constitutional Law, University of Hawai’i Jared Yates Sexton, professor, writer & political analyst, author AMERICAN RULE: How a Nation Conquered the World but Failed Its People Paul Street, historian & journalist; author, The Hollow Resistance: Obama, Trump, and Politics of Appeasement Frances Fisher, actress and activist Sam Goldman, RefuseFascism.org Editorial Board, host of the Refuse Fascism podcast Send your comments to samanthagoldman@refusefascism.org or @SamBGoldman. Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and support: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism   Cashapp: @RefuseFascism    paypal.me/refusefascism  donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
01:07:41
February 10, 2021
Sian Norris: The Anti-Abortion Movement Internationally
Sian Norris (@Sianushka), author of the upcoming book Birth Violence, talks with Sam Goldman about the tactics and links of anti-abortion movement internationally - including fascist coup participants in the assault on the US Capitol January 6.  Then, Sam talks with Coco Das (@Coco_Das) about her new article on RefuseFascism.org: The “Left” Coalition That Kept You Off the Streets and Won’t Stop Fascism. RSVP for the online forum Monday February 8: The Senate Impeachment Trial & the Need to Refuse Fascism with actor and activists Frances Fisher, attorney Eric Seitz, writer Jared Yates Sexton, and historian and journalist Paul Street.  Send your comments to samanthagoldman@refusefascism.org or @SamBGoldman. Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and support: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
42:36
February 7, 2021
Paul Street: The Anatomy of Fascism Denial
As Trump's impeachment trial looms but some progressives argue that holding Trump accountable for his fascist coup attempt would distract Congress from accomplishing other priorities, Sam Goldman talks with writer and historian Paul Street about his upcoming piece "The Anatomy of Fascism-Denial: 31 Flavors of Anti-Antifascism." Read "Thirty-One Flavors of Fascism" now.  RSVP for the online forum Monday February 8: The Senate Impeachment Trial & the Need to Refuse Fascism. Also read the full New Year's statement by Bob Avakian that Sam mentions at the beginning here. Send your comments and ideas for this show going forward to samanthagoldman@refusefascism.org or @SamBGoldman. Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and support: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism  donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
36:22
January 31, 2021
Henry Giroux: Trump is not Trumpism and Trumpism is not Dead
Sam Goldman talks with renowned educator and author of multiple books Henry Giroux about his recent piece on Truthout: Downplaying Trumpism is Dangerous. Trump is out of power now but clearly there is still a need for people acting together to refuse fascism and demand a more just world. How close did we come to full-blown fascism? What are we faced with now and what is needed? We will continue to explore these questions on this podcast and encourage people to act with us via refusefascism.org. Send your comments and ideas for this show going forward to samanthagoldman@refusefascism.org or @SamBGoldman. Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and support:     Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism     Cashapp: @RefuseFascism     paypal.me/refusefascism      donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
31:20
January 24, 2021
Jo-Marie Burt: Why is Accountability Important?
On Trump's last full day in office, Sam talks with Dr. Jo-Marie Burt, (scholar of political violence, human rights and transitional justice in Latin America; professor at The Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University and Senior Fellow at The Washington Office on Latin America). What can we learn about recovery from the Trump years and attempted self-coup from other countries? Follow Dr. Burt at @jomaburt. Sign this statement: Pledge to the People of the World In the Name of Humanity We Refuse to Accept a Fascist America. Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and support: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism  donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
30:08
January 19, 2021
What is the Lasting Danger of Trump's Attempt to Overturn the Election?
We're sharing a conversation that originally aired on Sunsara Taylor's show, We Only Want the World (WBAI and WPFW; listen to past episodes on wpfwfm.org), featuring Dr. Cornel West, Rev. William H. Lamar IV and Andy Zee. This discussion was recorded and aired the day before fascist assault on the Capitol January 6 but is completely relevant this week as the country faces continued violent threats and other fallout from the coup.  Sign this statement: Pledge to the People of the World In the Name of Humanity We Refuse to Accept a Fascist America. Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and support: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism  Cashapp: @RefuseFascism  paypal.me/refusefascism  donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
58:08
January 18, 2021
Sunsara Taylor Hosts Roundtable with Rosie O'Donnell, Jason Stanley and Andy Zee: "Trump & the Whole Fascist Cabal Must Go"
We're sharing a very timely conversation between actor/comedienne Rosie O'Donnell, Jason Stanley (author of How Fascism Works), Andy Zee (co-initiator of Refuse Fascism, host of The RNL Show) and Sunsara Taylor (co-initiator of Refuse Fascism, host of We Only Want the World).  In the aftermath of the Trump-led attempted coup, and in the days leading up to the inauguration of Joe Biden, is it right to call Trump, his regime and his MAGA base fascist? Is it too "inflammatory?"  Why are the fascists fighting in the streets and our side so passive?  Trump needs to be DEFEATED legally & politically. His fascist coup attempt, the whole regime and their followers, & their fascist program with its white supremacy, misogyny & xenophobia resoundingly repudiated.  Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and support: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism  Cashapp: @RefuseFascism  paypal.me/refusefascism  donate.refusefascism.org Sign the Pledge to the People of the World here.  Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
56:27
January 14, 2021
Holocaust Survivor: "It Could Happen Here"
Sam Goldman speaks to George Levy Mueller, author of Lucie's Hope, a memoir of his life as a child in Nazi Germany. He and his younger sister Ursula survived life in three concentration camps.  Plus, a clip from William H. Lamar IV (pastor of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C) speaking at Black Lives Matter plaza yesterday. There were demonstrations in DC, NYC and around the country Saturday demanding Trump's immediate removal. Find coverage and ways you can act now on refusefascism.org.  We demand Trump’s immediate removal to stop the tremendous harm he can do in the next 11 days. We demand this now as part of building the strength of our side for the fight to decisively defeat this fascism that has been allowed to fester and spew forth. Note well: A failed coup, can lead to a successful coup or a “legitimate” return to power fueled by the same fascist program but with a vengeance. Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and support: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
32:11
January 10, 2021
Now Is the Time to Act: No to a Fascist Coup!
On Wednesday, January 6th, we saw President Trump call forth and unleash fascist mobs to storm the U.S. Capitol. This was an attempt at a coup. It did not succeed this time, but the danger from even a failed coup is to be taken seriously, setting the stage for them to come back sooner or later to re-seize power – with or without Trump. RefuseFascism.org hosted a virtual press conference on YouTube, Thursday January 7, presenting a diverse group of people speaking out on the attempted coup, its short and longer term consequences, and what THE PEOPLE must do now. The press conference also announced protests demanding No to a Fascist Coup!
 TRUMP/PENCE OUT NOW! In the Name of Humanity, We Refuse to Accept a Fascist America (details here). Hear from:
 Coco Das, writer, Refuse Fascism Editorial Board; 
Andy Zee, co-initiator of RefuseFascism.org and host of The RNL – Revolution Nothing Less – Show; 
Lilly Wachowski, filmmaker, author of Refuse Fascism, at the Ballot Box and in the Street
; Rosanna Arquette, actress and activist
; Cornel West, author, activist, scholar
; Rev. William H. Lamar IV, pastor of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, DC; 
Arturo O’Farrill, musician
; Ruchira Gupta, Indian journalist and activist; 
Steve Hofstetter, stand-up comedian; 
Jodie Sweetin, actress and activist. Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and support: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
56:14
January 8, 2021
Eric Boehlert: Trump plots martial law from White House — the press shrugs
Sam Goldman interviews Eric Boehler (Press Run Media) about his recent article Trump plots martial law from White House — the press shrugs. Then, this week Trump and fellow fascists are attempting to stop the certification of the presidential election results this Wednesday, with 140 Republican congressmen and 12 senators challenging the results and plans for a "wild protest" at the White House that morning. Trump’s unprecedented attempt to overturn the election is fascist and must be opposed. Find materials and information on how to respond at RefuseFascism.org. Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and support:  Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
32:52
January 3, 2021
If it could happen there, it could happen here
Sam Goldman chats with a progressive organizer in the north shore suburbs of Chicago who has been organizing Protect the Vote vigils in her area for several months. She wrote this solidarity statement that was read at the Trump: You Lost. Get the Hell Out! rally in front of the White House on December 12. This week, connect with the movement and support Refuse Fascism on Wednesday, for a virtual rebroadcast of the Musicians Against Fascism concert which originally took place January 19, 2017 (the day before Trump's inauguration). RSVP here and you'll be sent a link to watch on Wednesday December 30 at 8pm EST.  Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and support:  Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
23:33
December 27, 2020
COVID: A Case Study with Life & Death Stakes: Science, Epistemology, Conspiracy & Fascism
A panel discussion presented by Refuse Fascism and The RNL – Revolution, Nothing Less! – Show, originally streamed live Wednesday, December 16. The Situation: Nearly 300,000 people in this country have died from COVID under a science-hating, genocidally racist, lunatic fascist regime, with the virus now out of control and thousands more projected to die before Trump leaves office. The Trump/Pence regime, the Republi-fascists, and their rabid base spread COVID as a matter of “liberty” – the liberty to infect and kill others. Trump recovers from COVID with the best healthcare in the world and then tells his overwhelmingly white followers at a campaign rally in Minnesota that they have “good genes.” The regime’s COVID response concentrates many of the features of this fascist program – white supremacy, xenophobia, Christian fascism, and unhinged conspiracy theories. Some Questions: How did we get to this point? Why have we tolerated a regime that has facilitated the deaths of 300,000 people, disproportionately Black and brown people? Is this deliberate mass murder or “collateral damage” in service of a fascist or fundamentalist worldview? How do we wage a society-wide struggle for truth, science, and evidence-based epistemology? Panelists: Coco Das, Editorial Board of RefuseFascism.org Dr. Phil Rice, Emergency Medicine Physician, Salem, Massachusetts Paul Street, historian and writer, author of Hollow Resistance: Obama, Trump, and the Politics of Appeasement, member of the editorial board of RefuseFascism.org Andy Zee, host of The RNL – Revolution Nothing Less – Show; co-initiator of RefuseFascism.org; spokesperson for Revolution Books. RefuseFascism.org is 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 every day until our demand is met. The RNL -- Revolution, Nothing Less -- Show is a multidimensional YouTube show about making revolution and emancipating humanity. It's about the world and for a radically different world, bringing alive the need for revolution and the new communism developed by the revolutionary leader Bob Avakian. Previously in this series: November 24: What Just Happened? December 8: Why did 74 million people vote for Trump?  Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and support:  Bid on art and other items during the 2020 fundraising auction at RefuseFascism.org Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
01:01:21
December 20, 2020
"Fight for Trump" = Fight for Fascism
Sam Goldman recaps the last few days leading into the Electoral College vote expected to confirm Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 election. Sam was with Refuse Fascism speaking out at Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington on Saturday, when Proud Boys and other fascist Trump supporters left a trail of destruction elsewhere in the city, including burning a BLM flag ripped from a historic Black church. Trump's former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn gave a speech at one of their rallies, stating, "I've been asked—on a scale of one to ten, who will be the next president of the United States, and I say Donald Trump. Ten." Tune in to the third in a series of three forums this Wednesday:  COVID: A Case Study With Life And Death Stakes: Science, Epistemology, Conspiracy & Fascism Wednesday, December 16, 2020 •  8:00 PM EST Featuring: Coco Das, Editorial Board of RefuseFascism.org Dr. Phil Rice, Emergency Medicine Physician, Salem, Massachusetts Paul Street, historian and writer, author of Hollow Resistance: Obama, Trump, and the Politics of Appeasement, member of the editorial board of RefuseFascism.org Andy Zee, host of The RNL – Revolution Nothing Less – Show; co-initiator of RefuseFascism.org; spokesperson for Revolution Books. Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and support: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism   Cashapp: @RefuseFascism    paypal.me/refusefascism  donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
18:20
December 14, 2020
Why did 74 million people vote for Trump?
What is the danger and what do we do about it? A panel discussion with Michael Coard (@michaelcoard), attorney and columnist for Philly Tribune, host of WURD’s Radio Courtroom, Chrissy Stroop (@C_Stroop), writer, scholar, ex-evangelical, co-editor of Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church, Andy Zee (host of The RNL – Revolution Nothing Less – Show; co-initiator of RefuseFascism.org; spokesperson for Revolution Books), and Coco Das (@Coco_Das, editor of RefuseFascism.org). The Situation More people voted in this election than in any other election in U.S. history, but 74 million of them voted for a fascist incumbent whose regime has advanced a vicious program of white supremacy, misogyny and theocratic patriarchy, and “America First” xenophobia. 74 million people endorsed locking children in cages, throwing immigrants in concentration camps, and backing the most vicious white supremacy, including vigilante racist and anti-Semitic murderers. A political form of Christian fundamentalism makes up the most organized solid base of this fascist movement. The 74 million include millions deeply mired in a world of lies, crazy lunatic conspiracy theories and a vicious anti-science mindset that has already killed a quarter of a million people from COVID, with the pandemic now out of control. Some Questions What accounts for this? What are its roots and how deep are they? Is it an historical aberration? Will this movement fade away with Trump out of office, or be further filled with revanchist determination? What is the danger and what do we do about it?  Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and support:  Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
01:07:00
December 11, 2020
What Just Happened?
A panel discussion with Indi Samarajiva (@indica, author of viral piece I Lived Through A Stupid Coup. America Is Having One Now), Jeff Sharlet (@jeffsharlet, author of The Family, now a Netflix documentary and This Brilliant Darkness), Andy Zee (The RNL Show, co-initiator of RefuseFascism.org), and Coco Das (@Coco_Das, editor of RefuseFascism.org) about the Trump coup and what's next. Then, Sam Goldman interviews RefuseFascism.org organizer Debra Sweet (@Debra__Sweet) about the time she confronted Richard Nixon face-to-face 50 years ago, as a 19 year old being given an award at the White House.  Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.org and support:  Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org For Giving Tuesday, enter to win a set of 4 enamel pins designed by Cyber Amaris: bit.ly/PinRaffle (one ticket for $5!) Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
55:37
November 29, 2020
Andrew Mitrovica: "Trump Will Not Concede - Americans Need to Be Vigilant"
"The American people must not assume it is over until Trump leaves the White House," writes Andrew Mitrovica on AlJazeera.com in Americans need to remain vigilant. Sam Goldman interviews Andrew about the media's continued refusal to properly identify the nature of Trump and his regime and what to watch for in the coming days and weeks as Trump threatens war with Iran and continues to undermine the legitimacy of the election among his fascist base. This Tuesday, tune in (on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube) to a conversation between Andy Zee, Coco Das, Indi Samarajiva and Jeff Sharlet: What Just Happened: Trump; America & the Danger of Fascism (share on Twitter). The movement to stop a fascist America and oust the Trump/Pence regime is still needed and continues at RefuseFascism.org. Support: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism  Cashapp: @RefuseFascism   paypal.me/refusefascism   donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
31:49
November 23, 2020
Sunsara Taylor: Trump is Still Lying and Working to Sabotage and Overturn the Election
Sam Goldman interviews Sunsara Taylor, a co-initiator of RefuseFascism.org, about events in DC yesterday as thousands of violent white supremacist Trump supporters marched in a so-called "Million MAGA March" and what happened when Refuse Fascism counter-protested them. Then, Sunsara talks with Coco Das and Andy Zee about the Pledge to the People of the World: In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America. The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!  The movement to stop a fascist America and oust the Trump/Pence regime is still needed and continues at RefuseFascism.org. Support: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism  paypal.me/refusefascism  donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
39:41
November 16, 2020
Fascist Trump Loses the Election And Refuses to Concede
World-changing events are unfolding before our eyes. All the news networks have announced that Biden is the winner of the electoral college and popular vote. The Trump/Pence regime will not give up trying to complete their coup and theft of this election, but it is very positive that the media has declared Biden the winner. Hear from organizers on the ground at protests around the country and a new statement from RefuseFascism.org about this new situation. Connect with the movement to oust Trump at RefuseFascism.org, and read the plans for this week here. Support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
15:42
November 9, 2020
Anthony DiMaggio: Our System is Not Equipped to Deal With a Bad Actor Like Trump
Sam Goldman talks with political scientist Anthony DiMaggio about Trump's fascism and what people of conscience need to do about it. Read his article Can We Call It Fascism? Trump’s Voter Suppression Project, 2020 on Counterpunch.org. Connect with the movement to oust Trump at RefuseFascism.org, and read the plans for this week here. Tune in to the @RefuseFascism livestream event Sunday night at 7pm EST  on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to learn about Refuse Fascism's plan  for the election and how you can organize people into the streets  whatever happens. Support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism   Cashapp: @RefuseFascism    paypal.me/refusefascism  donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
43:53
November 1, 2020
Andrea Chalupa: Taking to the Streets Challenges the Dictator's Legitimacy
Writer and filmmaker Andrea Chalupa (@andreachalupa), co-host of Gaslit Nation podcast, talks with Sam Goldman (@SamanthaGoldm19) about the Trump crime family, the crucial need for mass mobilization to stop the consolidation of fascism in the United States, and the critical next few days in the countdown to Nov. 3 and the following week. Connect with the movement to oust Trump at RefuseFascism.org, and read the plans for this week here. Tune in to the @RefuseFascism livestream event Sunday night at 7pm EST on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to learn about Refuse Fascism's plan for the election and how you can organize people into the streets whatever happens. Support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
39:15
October 31, 2020
Rose Marie Berger: The First Few Days After a Coup are Critical
Sam Goldman (@samanthagoldm19) talks with Rose Marie Berger about the strategy and power of non-violent resistance as we count down the days to the 2020 election and resist Trump's coup. Find further resources for non-violence trainings linked from Sojourners magazine. Then, Sam outlines some of the important plans posted on RefuseFascism.org for this weekend and the critical days next week during and after the election. Rose Marie Berger, senior editor at Sojourners magazine, is a Catholic peace activist and poet. Her article “Seven concrete steps to safeguard the integrity of the vote” in the November issue of Sojourners magazine, along with “In the Event of  Tainted Election, the Faith Community Must Rise Up” by Barbara Williams-Skinner and  Adam Russell Taylor, focuses on post-election defense of the vote and strategic nonviolence in the event of a power grab by either presidential candidate. As part of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, a project of Pax Christi International to return nonviolence to the heart of the Catholic Church, Rose co-edited Advancing Nonviolence and Just Peace in the Church and World. Her most recent book of poetry is Bending the Arch: Poems. Her earlier book, Who Killed Donte Manning: The Story of an American Neighborhood is set in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C., where she lives. Follow Rose on Twitter at @RMBerger and @Sojourners. Sign up and help organize to resist the Trump coup at RefuseFascism.org. Support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
49:07
October 30, 2020
Ashley Dawson: We need to start preparing to resist Trump's fascist coup now.
Amy Coney Barrett has been confirmed to the Supreme Court - appointed explicitly and illegitimately to cast a deciding vote in the expected contest over the election results. Coco Das (@Coco_Das) talks to writer, activist and professor Ashley Dawson (@ashleydawsonnyc) about his recent article for The Guardian, where he writes: "According to the civil rights activist George Lakey, planning to defeat a coup can actually help reduce the chances of attempts to overthrow democracy." Protests continue around the country this week. Find one near you at RefuseFascism.org. Support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
32:08
October 27, 2020
Paul Street: A Clear Assault on The Electoral Process
Trump is already stealing the election. We need to vote, but Trump will not be stopped just by voting. This is the time to be in the streets demanding Trump/Pence Out Now! Public Assemblies were held around the country yesterday to mobilize, strategize and organize to demand Trump/Pence now as we approach the election.  JOIN US Monday, October 26: 5:00pm at the Supreme Court to say: Theocracy + Stealing Election = Fascism No Confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett: TRUMP/PENCE OUT NOW Andy Zee speaks at the public assembly in LA yesterday, then Samantha Goldman (@SamanthaGoldm19) talks with journalist and historian Paul Street, whose new book is The Hollow Resistance: Obama, Trump, and Politics of Appeasement.  Find a protest near you at RefuseFascism.org. Support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
51:05
October 26, 2020
Sunsara Taylor & Mark Joseph Stern: Amy Coney Barrett As A Key Part of Trump's Coup
On the heels of Women's Marches across the country that opposed the confirmation of nominee to the Supreme Court Amy Coney Barrett, we're sharing a segment from Sunsara Taylor (The RNL Show on YouTube, @SunsaraTaylor on Twitter) covering the hearings so far. Amy Coney Barrett is an extreme Christian fundamentalist who is expected to rubber stamp a host of fascist measures, but also a key part of the plot to keep Trump in power by any means necessary.  Then, Sunsara interviews Mark Joseph Stern, writer on courts and the law for Slate.com. Read his recent piece What the Right-Wing Dark-Money Machine Did for Amy Coney Barrett and follow him on Twitter @mjs_DC. Find a protest near you at RefuseFascism.org. Support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism   Cashapp: @RefuseFascism    paypal.me/refusefascism  donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
32:11
October 18, 2020
Ejeris Dixon: Fascists Don't Pretend to Play By the Rules
Since October 3, daily protests have been ongoing around the country demanding Trump/Pence Out Now. Plus, this week the fascist nominee to the Supreme Court hearings are happening this week (join in protests - details at refusefascism.org). Samantha Goldman (@SamanthaGoldm19) talks with organizer Ejeris Dixon (@ejeris), Director of Vision Change Win, about the threat that the fascist Trump/Pence regime poses to all human beings and the need for solidarity and coalition building to confront and defeat fascism before it is completely consolidated.  Find a protest near you at RefuseFascism.org. Support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
36:21
October 12, 2020
How Fascism Works and How to Stop It
Daily protests continue around the country demanding Trump/Pence Out Now (details at refusefascism.org). Andy Zee, co-initiator of Refuse Fascism talks with philosopher and author of "How Fascism Works" Jason Stanley (@jasonintrator) about where we're at in the development of fascism in the United States, the urgent need for protest and the rolling coup/election month (not day). This discussion was originally streamed by Revolution Books and the Brooklyn Book Festival. Find a protest near you at RefuseFascism.org. Support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
01:28:14
October 5, 2020
Protests Begin October 3 Demanding Trump/Pence Out Now
We face a rolling coup barreling to a showdown on November 3rd. The Trump/Pence regime has said and shown that they will not abide by an election they lose. Now we must act. Beginning Saturday, October 3rd, gather and bring your family, friends, and community into the public squares of cities and towns across the country in non-violent protest unified by the demand: Trump/Pence OUTNOW!  And, come back in waves, day after day.  Read the full call to action and find a protest near you at RefuseFascism.org. Support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
28:50
September 27, 2020
This Is Not A Normal Election
Coco Das talks with Houston teacher and activist Jamilah, and a friend of Anthony Huber (Black Lives Matter protester murdered by a 17 yr old white supremacist in Kenosha, WI) talks to a Chicago activist. Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passing intensifies the urgent need to get in  the streets to drive out the Trump/Pence regime as we speed toward an  election that is being stolen. RefuseFascism.org is  calling for protests on the day marking the 200,000 death toll from COVID-19 in the U.S. on September 21: March Against Death, Lies,  and Fascism and For Humanity, and for the start of daily protests demanding Trump/Pence Out Now starting October 3. Find out more and get  involved at RefuseFascism.org. Support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism   Cashapp: @RefuseFascism    paypal.me/refusefascism  donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
25:39
September 20, 2020
Joshua Shanes: "We Are Crossing New Thresholds"
Sam Goldman (@SamanthaGoldm19) talks to Joshua Shanes, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, and Director of the Center of Israel Studies, at the College of Charleston. He has published widely on modern Jewish politics, culture and religion, antisemitism and nationalism, as well as American and Israeli politics in both academic and popular outlets including Slate, Washington Post, Haaretz and Tikkun. He'll have a new article out this week on the popularity of Trump among Orthodox Jews in the online Tablet Magazine. Read his recent piece on Slate.com: This Was the Week American Fascism Reached a Tipping Point. RefuseFascism.org is calling for protests on the day marking the expected 200,000 death toll from COVID-19 in the U.S. on September 21: March Against Death, Lies, and Fascism and For Humanity, and this Wednesday September 16 to Indict Trump for Inciting and Defending Murders by Fascist Mobs and Commemorate the Fallen - Drive Out The Trump/Pence Regime. Find out more and get involved at RefuseFascism.org. Support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
46:19
September 14, 2020
25 Cities Hold Demonstrations Launching 60 Days of Struggle Before the November Elections
Refuse Fascism called for people to come into the streets on September 5 for a LIVING DECLARATION to the world that we are uniting, we are organizing, we are determined, we are preparing to struggle with all we’ve got, starting now and not stopping until the Trump/Pence regime is driven from power and its fascist program brought to a halt. 25 cities participated in this day of action.  With reports still coming in, follow refusefascism.org and @RefuseFascism on social media for more coverage and upcoming plans. Today we're sharing some of the voices of protesters from Sept 5 around the country along with an interview with an immigrant rights organizer who has been taking up the cause of ousting the Trump/Pence regime. Support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
56:54
September 7, 2020
Nationwide Protests Sept 5: Trump/Pence Must Go Now!
“On September 5th we must make a LIVING DECLARATION to the world that we are uniting, we are organizing, we are determined, we are preparing to struggle with all we’ve got, starting now and not stopping until the Trump/Pence regime is driven from power and its fascist program brought to a halt. Driving out this regime is in the interest of humanity. On September 5th under the unifying demand of Trump/Pence Out Now, we should see the diversity of people who don’t want to live in a fascist America.”  - From the vision statement for Sept 5 posted to RefuseFascism.org Activist and writer Corey Hill (@NewsCHill) talks to Sam Goldman (@SamanthaGoldm19) about aligning analysis of the nature of the Trump presidency with the appropriate response (hint: it's not waiting for the fallout from the brewing catastrophe that is the November election). Then, we listen to clips from organizers and activists on the ground: Carl Dix (@carl_dix), Jamel Mims (@JamNoPeanut), Emma Kaplan (@emmancipator) and Luna Hernandez (@beddbuggg). Then Coco Das (@coco_das), one of the editors of RefuseFascism.org reads a poem from an activist in Houston.  Find a protest on Sept 5 near you or get connected with resources to organize in your area at refusefascism.org. Share the day of action using: bit.ly/Sept52020. Support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
32:08
August 30, 2020
Jodie Sweetin: "We're screaming fascism because that's what's happening"
Rev. Dr. Carter Heyward, writer, theologian and Vice President and Religious Committee Chair of the Transylvania County NAACP talks with Sam Goldman (@SamanthaGoldm19) about activism in rural North Carolina and the recent article she co-wrote, It's Time To Resist The Rising Tide Of Fascism.  Then, actor Jodie Sweetin (Full House, Fuller House) talks with Sunsara Taylor (The RNL Show) about why she's throwing in with the movement to demand Trump/Pence Out Now. Follow Jodie Sweetin on Twitter and Instagram @JodieSweetin and Sunsara Taylor @SunsaraTaylor. Refuse Fascism is calling for a nationwide day of united protests demanding Trump/Pence Out Now. This is a demand that anyone and everyone can take up and bring into the movements you’re already a part of, whether Black Lives Matter, the environmental movement or any other just cause. We all need to confront the existential threat that faces us from the White House and unite to make this demand real.  Find a protest near you or get connected with resources to organize in your area at refusefascism.org.  Support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
45:46
August 23, 2020
How to Organize to Drive Out The Trump/Pence Regime
Refuse Fascism is calling for a nationwide day of united protests demanding Trump/Pence Out Now. This is a demand that anyone and everyone can take up and bring into the movements you’re already a part of, whether Black Lives Matter, the environmental movement or any other just cause. We all need to confront the existential threat that faces us from the White House and unite to make this demand real.  Hear from Andy Zee (The RNL Show), Jodie Sweetin, Carl Dix and Paul Street about why and how protests on Sept 5 raising the demand Trump/Pence Out Now are happening. Find a protest near you or get connected with resources to organize in your area at refusefascism.org.  Support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
43:40
August 16, 2020
Michael Coard: “Fascism Doesn’t Just Show Up Out of Nowhere” | September 5: DEMAND TRUMP PENCE OUT NOW!
Amid increasingly ominous signs that the Trump/Pence regime is undermining US elections, RefuseFascism.org issues a call for nationwide protest on September 5 demanding Trump/Pence Out Now. Members of the Editorial Board (@CocoDas @Carl_Dix @AfterDaylight) discuss why and how these protests are being organized. Plus, attorney, writer, and self-identified "Angriest Black Man in America" Michael Coard speaks with Sam Goldman about uprooting structural racism and the urgency of the moment we're in now with a fascist regime in power. Follow him @MichaelCoard and read his latest article on PhillyTrib.com: Trump's fascism is sprinting, not creeping, toward Philly and other big cities. Find a protest near you or get connected with resources to organize in your area at refusefascism.org.  Support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
47:06
August 9, 2020
Andy Zee: Fascism Is Aggressively Advancing | Sarah Posner: White Evangelicals Worshipping Trump
More and more political commentators are using the F word and talking what to do about it. Andy Zee, one of the initiators of Refuse Fascism, comments on the developing situation in the US in late July 2020. Sarah Posner, author of the new book "Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump" talks about the Christian Right's unwavering support for Trump.  "If NOW isn’t the time to be in the streets nonviolently demanding the immediate ouster of this regime, when IS? "Trump is not 'losing an election.' He is setting the stage to declare any outcome other than his victory illegitimate, backed up by a GOP willing to rig elections and the violence of the “police, military, and bikers for Trump” to attack and suppress any opposition to their program. Waiting for November to remove Trump is like waiting for rain when a house is on fire." - From the new Call to Act on September 5, posted on RefuseFascism.org Find a protest near you or get connected with resources to organize in your area at RefuseFascism.org.  Support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
51:34
August 2, 2020
Voices from the Portland Protests
In an ominous escalation of fascism, the Trump/Pence regime sent federal agents from multiple agencies to storm the streets of Portland, Oregon and crush ongoing protests. He is now deploying them to positions across the country, targeting those who dare to defy this regime and Democratic-run cities with large populations of Black people. In the United States the federal government now commands rapid deployment forces that can be sent to suppress protest or take over as “law enforcement” for any reason the regime deems necessary. They are deployed and commanded by a fascist lunatic, heading into an election. If NOW isn’t the time to be in the streets nonviolently demanding the immediate ouster of this regime, when IS? We talk to a couple of people who have been on the ground at protests in Portland almost every day over the past few months: Garrison Davis, independent journalist has been documenting the protests via Twitter @hungrybowtie and on his YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvgiWaFGDAN7INDMwR9VNOQ and activist and musician Samm Bones (find her at sammbones.com). Find a protest near you or get connected with resources to organize in your area at refusefascism.org. Support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
44:45
July 27, 2020
Chantelle Herschberger & Michael Plaut: How to Defeat Police State Repression
Chantelle Herschberger and attorney Michael Plaut discuss the case of the Freeway 9 in Los Angeles - activists who blocked the highway in 2017 with a banner reading “Trump/Pence Out Now.” The case was finally dismissed this spring after two mistrials. Organizers with Refuse Fascism in LA mounted a political defense, admitting that they were in fact on the highway, but that it was necessary and protected under the first amendment due to the danger posed by this regime. Over the course of the prosecution it was discovered that the LAPD sent undercover informants to spy on protesters. This week, as Trump and acting DHS secretary Chad Wolf have sent federal forces to Portland to suppress protesters and threaten to deploy this secret police to many other cities, there are vital lessons to learn from this case and how to fight police state repression on all fronts.  LA Times: City attorney drops all charges against anti-Trump protest group that LAPD spied on  RefuseFascism.org: Victory in Case of Refuse Fascism Freeway Protesters in Los Angeles Support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
37:03
July 19, 2020
Rev. Michael Woolf, Coco Das & Sarah Roark: Morality in the Time of Pandemic and Fascism
We’re all asking ourselves a lot of questions right now: What does it mean to be a “good person” at this time? How can we ensure that Black lives  be preserved against the forces of violent racism? And - will we accept Trump and his whole agenda of white supremacy and hate as legitimate if he stays in power? If we won’t accept it then, why would we accept it now? RefuseFascism.org co-editors Coco Das (@coco_das) and Sarah Roark (@afterdaylight) talk about the morality of living in Trump’s America, then activist Lina Thorne talks with Rev. Michael Woolf about faith, resistance and complicity under fascism.  Support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
30:26
July 12, 2020
Jeff Sharlet: Trump's Rallies Are Church & He Is The Gospel
Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power (now a Netflix documentary) is interviewed by Samantha Goldman, activist with RefuseFascism.org (@SamanthaGoldm19).  If you were horrified by Pence’s instructions to pray instead of wearing a mask, or bewildered by the seemingly unshakeable support from evangelicals for a morally bankrupt character like Trump, you need to follow Jeff Sharlet's work. Recent articles on Vanity Fair include “You Know What to Do”: Decoding the Grotesque Symbolism of Trump’s Tulsa Rally and “He’s the Chosen One to Run America”: Inside the Cult of Trump, His Rallies Are Church and He Is the Gospel. You can find him on Twitter at @JeffSharlet. Support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
48:31
July 6, 2020
Jared Yates Sexton: Trump's Death Cult, American Mythology, White Supremacy and Deadly Denialism
In an interview recorded May 18, writer and political analyst Jared Yates Sexton discusses Trump’s death cult with activist Sam Goldman. Jared Yates Sexton is an author and political analyst whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, Politico, The Daily Beast, and elsewhere. Most recently he’s the author of American Rule: How A Nation Conquered The World But Failed Its People, forthcoming from Dutton/Penguin-Random House in Fall 2020. He can be found on Twitter @jysexton and hosts The Muckrake podcast. Read his latest piece, Deus Vult: Donald Trump and America's Holy War Threaten Everything We Know at TheMuckrake.com. Then, Sarah Roark, Co-Editor of RefuseFascism.org talks about whether we can or should wait until the November elections to remove Trump. Follow Sarah's political writings at RefuseFascism.org and follow her on Twitter @afterdaylight. Refuse Fascism is calling for nationwide protests July 4 to demand This Nightmare Must End - Trump/Pence Out Now! Find out more and get involved at RefuseFascism.org. Support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: 
Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism 
Cashapp: @RefuseFascism
 paypal.me/refusefascism 
 donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
34:21
June 28, 2020
Carl Dix & Coco Das: Into the Streets for Juneteenth
As Trump continues with plans to hold a rally in Tulsa the day after Juneteenth (Emancipation Day), Coco Das (@coco_das), an editor of RefuseFascism.org, and Carl Dix (@carl_dix) discuss how and why the people must act urgently right now to defend Black lives, demand an end to police murder and the growing police state and most of all: demand the ouster of the Trump/Pence regime. Protests are planned around the country on Juneteenth (June 19th) and on Saturday (June 20, the day of Trump's rally). Find out how to join a Trump/Pence Out Now contingent at refusefascism.org. Support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
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June 19, 2020
Jason Stanley: How Fascism Works
Protests continue against white supremacy and police murder across the country, as more people identify Trump as a fascist and demand his resignation. Today's episode is airing on Trump's birthday, which is being "celebrated" with protests outside the White House and in multiple cities around the country.  Jason Stanley (@jasonintrator), philosopher and author of "How Fascism Works," is interviewed by Coco Das (@coco_das), an editor of RefuseFascism.org. This discussion was recorded on June 3.  “By placing Trump in transnational and transhistorical perspective,  Stanley sees patterns that others miss. . . . Stanley’s comparative  perspective is particularly effective in illustrating how fascists use  fears of sexual violence. . . . By calling Trump a ‘fascist’—a word that  strikes many Americans as alien and extreme—Stanley is trying to spark  public alarm. He doesn’t want Americans to respond to Trump’s racist,  authoritarian offensives by moving their moral goal posts. The greater  danger, he suggests, isn’t hyperbole, it’s normalization. And twenty  months into Trump’s presidency, the evidence is mounting that he’s  right.”—The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice) Support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo: @Refuse-Fascism Cashapp: @RefuseFascism paypal.me/refusefascism donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
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June 14, 2020
Ruth Ben-Ghiat: "When They Don't Hide It"
Coco Das, one of the editors of RefuseFascism.org interviews Ruth Ben-Ghiat, historian of fascism, who tweeted on May 21st: "When do you know authoritarian corruption has advanced to a new stage? When they don’t hide it. Trump’s been frank: if it might lose me the election, it cannot be allowed." Since the interview, an extraordinarily broad and diverse movement against police murder has erupted across the country, with incredible repression and brutality inflicted against protesters in DC and other major cities - Refuse Fascism has been out there working to join the demand for justice with the need to drive out this fascist regime. Support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo @Refuse-Fascism or donate.refusefascism.org Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
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June 8, 2020
Lucian Truscott IV: "For Trump, there is only one victim: himself"
RefuseFascism.org volunteer Sam Goldman talks with Lucian Truscott IV, writer for Salon.com in an interview that was recorded via Facebook Live a couple weeks ago, during what was a very different moment, as anti-science fascists were mobilizing to demand states reopen.  THIS WEEK Call to Action: Trump has unleashed US military police against peaceful protest and threatened to call out the military nationwide. An uprising has begun. Day after day, night after night, coast to coast, the streets fill with Black youth refusing to face another day in fear and people of all backgrounds who have had enough of white supremacy and a culture of soul-crushing cruelty. Comparisons to 1968 fill some with dread and some with hope, but one thing is clear. Millions have been shaken awake. Trump has thrown down a heavy gauntlet to the people who have been heroically protesting in the face of heightened repression. Under the orders of Attorney General Bill Barr, federal forces hurled unrestrained brutality on peaceful protesters at Lafayette Park on June 1, driving them out so that Trump could rant like a police-state dictator and pose with a Bible for his Christian fascist followers. He invoked the Second Amendment to call out his armed vigilante militias, threatened to send the U.S. military into the streets to restore a fascist “law and order,” and bragged about dispatching “thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers” into D.C. Day after day, night after night, coast to coast, the streets fill with Black youth refusing to face another day in fear and people of all backgrounds who have had enough of white supremacy and a culture of soul-crushing cruelty. Comparisons to 1968 fill some with dread and some with hope, but one thing is clear. Millions have been shaken awake. Trump has thrown down a heavy gauntlet to the people who have been heroically protesting in the face of heightened repression. Under the orders of Attorney General Bill Barr, federal forces hurled unrestrained brutality on peaceful protesters at Lafayette Park on June 1, driving them out so that Trump could rant like a police-state dictator and pose with a Bible for his Christian fascist followers. He invoked the Second Amendment to call out his armed vigilante militias, threatened to send the U.S. military into the streets to restore a fascist “law and order,” and bragged about dispatching “thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers” into D.C. Yet the people have not cowered. In the face of all the tear gas and rubber bullets, the curfews and threats of more firepower, the rulers have proven that they are not all-powerful. For the first time under this regime, the people have seized the initiative and have not let go. In contrast to the hate and bigotry of the Trump/Pence regime, these protests are infused with a love for humanity, and those in power seem more out of touch and illegitimate by the day. The splits at the top, even among conservatives, have sharpened up. A determined struggle that doesn’t yield and won’t be provoked has created a serious political crisis. This is how regimes around the world have been forced out of power. Continue reading this call to action and get involved. Chip in to support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo @Refuse-Fascism Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
34:41
June 4, 2020
Amanda Marcotte: Trump’s Refusal to Wear A Mask As A Signal of Fascism
Coco Das, member of Refusefascism.org Editorial Board interviews Amanda Marcotte, writer for Salon.com about her recent piece Oops, they did it again: Trump's refusal to wear a mask as a signal to fascism. Read, sign, and spread the Refuse Fascism Statement of Conscience and Call to Act: bit.ly/RFOutNow Chip in to support the movement to drive out the Trump/Pence regime: Venmo @Refuse-Fascism Music for this episode: Penny the Snitch by Ikebe Shakedown.
44:38
June 1, 2020