Hundreds gathered in downtown Chicago on Saturday as part of a nationwide protest against President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
“The group Refuse Fascism, organized protests in 23 cities across the country, including Chicago’s, where many people wore Trump masks and held up signs that read, ‘Flush the turd,’” according to WBBM Newsradio.
Dozens of Chicago police officers on bicycles escorted the marchers from Federal Plaza to Trump Tower, the report said.
In its vision statement, Refuse Fascism (RF) called for “60 Days of Struggle” beginning Saturday, September 5.
“By October there needs to be a situation in this country where protests happen day after day. Protests that make visceral the demand that Trump and Pence Must Go,” its website read:
RF does not see that all, or even most of these would be called by RF – but that unity is built on the basis of the growing determination of people to stay in the streets and refuse to accept this illegitimate regime.
No one can say that this can’t lead to a situation where Trump is driven out before the elections – but short of that, sustained protests in October can and must lead to a situation where on Election Day people don’t just vote against Trump in big numbers but there are mobilized people/forces prepared to oppose – with massive, sustained non-violent protest – the fascist forces we know the Trump regime is planning to unleash.
Speaking at the Los Angeles protest on Saturday, group member Sunsara Taylor called President Trump a “demented bully” and accused him of building concentration camps, brandishing nuclear weapons, and denying science.
“All this will get far worse if this fascist regime is allowed a second term,” she continued:
Don't wait til Trump steals the election, we have to act NOW like the people of Hong Kong & Belarus.@SunsaraTaylor on 60 days of struggle demanding:Trump/Pence Out Now!
— Trump/Pence Must Go NOW—#OutNow (@RefuseFascism) September 6, 2020
In an Instagram post on Sunday, the group shared photos of protests in several major cities across the nation:
Yesterday we hit the streets in over 20 cities kicking off 60 days of non-violent struggle demanding Trump/Pence Out Now! People across the country pledged to stay in the streets and bring more people with them until this fascist regime is driven out! Pictured: NYC, LA, Houston, DC, Philly, San Francisco, Orlando, Seattle. Let’s take this to the next level together! Photo credits: @_frecklefritz_ @alysoncamus @renaginz @Raquel_dlam96 @andresgallegos.y
In a press release Thursday, Refuse Fascism spokesperson Andy Zee claimed “The Trump/Pence regime is moving fast to consolidate fascist rule and hammer in a nightmare for humanity.”