Resistance and Repudiation
By Mark James
September 2005: Hurricane Katrina left the poorest and predominantly black neighborhoods in New Orleans under water. The National Guard was under orders to shoot everyone who dared leave their rooftops in search of food and water.
September 2006: Black students at Louisiana’s Jena High School dared to sit under the campus shade tree that had been reserved for whites only. Skirmishes broke out leaving six black students with criminal charges that could result in prison sentences.
September 2007: A student at University of Florida dared to ask John Kerry at a Q and A why he has and is continuing to acquiesce to the Bush agenda. This student was dragged away by police and tasered.
Our government is sending a clear message to the people: Accept poverty as the will of God. Accept the authority of the White House. But most of all – if you dare to resist – accept the loss of positions in academia, accept nooses hung from trees, accept being tasered and accept brutality from local henchmen. The Bush White House is using its last 15 months in office to ensure that its radical remaking of society toward fascism is so embedded in society that the next administration will be given free reign to continue its global empire without resistance from the people.
We are at a time and place in history where everything we do or don’t do will help determine the outcome of a battle between two very different visions of the future. People must dare to resist everything that enables Bush’s program to be further accepted as the norm. People must learn to resist in small ways and in large ways. By wearing orange as part of everyday life, people can demonstrate their opposition to the Bush program. By tens of thousands going to Jena to protest Jim Crow resurgence, the power of resistance is embolding others to act. By students at DePaul wearing shirts that say “We Are All Finkelstein”, others are forced to recognize the stakes in the battle for true academic freedom - the kind of freedom that encourages students to question a political program based on global empire and home-spun fascism.
World Can’t Wait – Drive Out the Bush Regime is taking the responsibility of fanning the flames of resistance while spreading orange, educating people to the truth about Bush’s fascist agenda and, most importantly, building a movement that can drive out this regime. We are asking everyone who wants to see the Bush agenda reversed to join us.