When Trump was in Cleveland for the 2016 Republican National Convention, he projected his fascist message of law and order, white supremacy, “build the wall” scapegoating of immigrants and Muslims, disgusting misogyny, and naked “USA #1” chauvinism. He said he would “make America great again.”
courageously acted against this coronation of Trump by going right to the gates of this fascist orgy and burned the symbol of the US Empire. They declared, “We’re standing with the people of the world today!” What an example and model for those refusing to accept a Fascist America. Support the RNC 16 as part of building up the resistance now!
This battle to demand the charges be dropped against the RNC 16 is an important way to resist: to not cooperate, not conciliate or collaborate, but instead to set the terms: In the Name of Humanity, We Must REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America! We must act now to let the whole world know that we will not allow the criminalization of flag burning and political speech and protest concentrated in the case of the RNC 16.
It would be very wise to take a lesson from Martin Niemöller, the German clergyman who, after World War 2, made the following famous statement:
First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.
Here is a challenge: If you are sickened by this election that brought Trump to power, if you refuse to stand by when the system tries to shut up and shut down those opposing it while it carries out horrific oppression all over the world–there are things you can do in this fight to Drop the Charges against Joey Johnson and the RNC 16!
Defend Joey Johnson and the RNC 16!
SIX THINGS YOU CAN DO!!
▪ Donate money and raise funds for legal fees and travel costs. Funds contributed by the people makes a huge difference! All RNC16 Defendants are being forced to return repeatedly to Cleveland for multiple court dates. Leaflets, posters, and other organizing materials are needed to publicize the case and put the whole system on trial! Donate at www.crowdrise.com/revolution- club-at-the-conventions
▪ Invite Gregory “Joey” Johnson and others from the Revolution Club to speak at your school, your classes, your community group, or other gathering, about why he burned the flag, what that flag really represents, and the danger of forced patriotism. Take up this case– make it a dividing line in society because you are on the side that says WE are not going to let this political repression go down! Contact the Revolution Club at email@example.com, or 510-253-5551.
ESPECIALLY NOW, get this video around campus at dorm meetings, and all over social media. RNC 16 Put the Pigs on Trial: People’s Tribunal Finds the System GUILTY!
▪ Write a letter to the prosecutor in Cleveland to demand that all charges against all those arrested July 20 when the flag was burned be dropped immediately. Send the letter to: Prosecutor Tim McGinty, 1200 Ontario St #9, Cleveland, OH 44113. Tel. 216-443-7800. Twitter: @Pros_TimMcGinty. Or to send an email, go to: www.prosecutor.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/ Contact.aspx (Please copy to firstname.lastname@example.org !or Twitter: @joey4revolution)
▪ Make a statement on social media demanding “Drop the Charges on Joey Johnson and the RNC16!” Go to http://www.revcom.us/static/ meme/memes-to-post-and-tweet-en.html#rag. (Please copy to email@example.com or Twitter: @joey4revolution) #RNC16Flagburning #DropTheCharges!
▪ Join Joey Johnson, Colin Kaepernick, and many others, and show your own DIS-respect for the flag or the national anthem as symbols of oppression and empire. Stand with the people of the world!
▪ Sign “We Demand: Drop the Charges on Gregory ‘Joey’ Johnson and the RNC16 NOW!” at http://org.salsalabs.com/o/1170/p/dia/ action3/common/public/?action_KEY=20203
Go to revcom.us for updates!
In Cleveland, a Committee to Support the RNC 16 is forming up — Join us!
Contact FreeRNC16@gmail.com 216-225-2267