The third year of the Trump/Pence regime is upon us, consolidating a theocratic fascist regime in the United States. And on the night that the Handmaids Tale’s third season begins streaming on Hulu, Refuse Fascism Philly will be bringing to life what the real fascists in the White House have been doing to women here and around the world and what its going to take to stop them. Join us at the NorthEast corner of Rittenhouse Square for a special Handmaid’s teach-in.
The violent reassertion of patriarchy is one of three pillars of American fascism, alongside the violent reassertion of White Supremacy and US chauvinism. All three of these are mixed into the very foundation of the United States, and all three have been destroying lives and crushing dreams from it’s inception down to today. But that is not cruel or brutal enough for the fascists being brought together under the Trump/Pence banner. With their abortion bans, gag rules, anti-trans initiatives, and more they are not simply aiming to roll back the rights won by women and LGBTQ people over the last few decades, as bad as that would be. They’re vision is for a high-tech dark ages and laws already passed call for every miscarriage to be investigated by the state as a potential “murder” and pregnant women’s movements to be tracked to prevent them from crossing state lines to access healthcare.
This all-out assault on women is part and parcel of an unprecedented danger for humanity: the consolidation of a nuclear-armed fascist regime in a moment of environmental emergency. And as such we need to rise in unprecedented struggle to drive this regime from power through sustained mass protest that grows day after day and does not stop until they’re gone. As Margaret Atwood has said “Nothing changes instantaneously: in a gradually heating bathtub you'd be boiled to death before you knew it.” It doesn’t have to be that way but in order for it not to go down like that we need to consciously and courageously break out of our complacency. Join us.