Dear Sisters and Brothers,

 

During his first year in office, Trump has proved to be the most brazen white supremacist, misogynistic, and anti-working class U.S. president in decades. He has praised Nazis in Charlottesville, encouraged police brutality, stopped federal oversight of murderous police departments, slandered Black athlete/activists, pardoned the anti-Hispanic former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, ended DACA, increased arrests of migrants, begun planning a wall on the southern border, and tried to implement a Muslim travel ban.

 

Trump has stopped funding comprehensive global family planning programs, appointed anti-choice federal judges, supported an alleged child molester in a recent Senate race, tried to drive trans people out of the military, sought to gut legal protections for workers and consumers, supported a $1 trillion-plus reduction in taxes for capitalists, ended U.S. participation in the Paris climate accords, sent U.S. military forces to Syria, increased drone bombing in other countries, and threatened to attack North Korea.

 

It is imperative to drive Trump and his supporters from power now. But we all need to recognize that Trump is only the symptom of a grave underlying disease–and that disease is capitalism. Voting for centrist or liberal “lesser-evil” Democrats is not enough. Only the masses of people can put an end to:

 

* the Trump-Pence regime

* patriarchy, homophobia, and transphobia

* white supremacy, xenophobia, and the persecution of immigrants

* the exploitation of workers

* political repression and police brutality

* nuclear threats and imperialist wars

 

–and open the door to fundamental social change. 

 

A March against Trump, Sexism, Racism, Class Exploitation, and War will be held on Saturday, January 20. We will assemble at 1 pm (after the Houston Women’s March is over) in Hermann Square, 900 Smith St., between the Reflecting Pool and the mid-block exit to Smith St. Beginning at 1:30 pm, we will march down Smith St. to the Leland Federal Building at 1919 Smith St. The rally at the Leland Federal Building will include speakers, chants, spoken word artists, and more.

 

This action is being organized by Brown Berets de TejAztlan, Houston Socialist Movement, Justice 4 All, Party for Socialism and Liberation, and Refuse Fascism (list in formation). If your organization would like to help with this event or if you would like more information, please call 832.692.2306 or 832.438.3785. We hope to see you on January 20. All power to the people!

 

In Solidarity,

 

HSM