If the November election is stolen
OCCUPY THE STREETS
No work, No school, No shopping
A Call for People’s General Strike
This may be the first time that a U.S. president has said he won’t accept the result of the vote, indicating that there will be no peaceful transition. This is not an idle threat. Trump has his own paramilitary police, Homeland Security, the support of the most virulent and reactionary police departments, and a myriad of violent, racist, vigilante-type groups.
At the Sept. 29 debate, after the moderator suggested condemning the Proud Boys, a far-right, violently racist group, Trump declared: “Proud Boys: stand back and stand by,” acknowledging he was their leader.
Later in the debate, Trump refused to say he would abide by the results of the election. He declined to tell his supporters to remain calm or avoid violence. “If I see tens of thousands of ballots, I can’t go along with that,” he said, urging his supporters to go to the polls and “watch very carefully.”
What can we do if there is an attempted coup, an outright coup or an effort to sabotage the vote? The people must prepare.
We are the people: Low-wage workers who are at the frontlines, risking our lives, whether we are grocery workers, bus drivers or Amazon warehouse workers; those of us in the streets protesting for Black Lives Matter and community control of police; those of us in the community facing evictions, foreclosures and utility shut-offs; students and youth concerned with catastrophic climate change and unsafe school reopening; health care workers and teachers sacrificing for our patients and students; Black, Brown and Indigenous communities along with seniors disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Our lives are at stake.
We must act to protect people’s rights! Every vote counts, and we will not accept a stolen election, no matter what form it takes, whether it’s stolen through a Supreme Court decision, the undemocratic Electoral College or violence by the far right forces backing Trump.
If the election is stolen, from Nov. 3, 2020, through Jan. 20, 2021, it will be time for us to be in the streets in such large numbers that the system cannot run. Call in sick! Occupy the streets! March and picket at Federal Buildings, banks and businesses, and other suitable targets in your city, state or county. Organize civil disobedience. Urge your union to prepare for sickouts and strikes.
Here are some important dates to plan around:
Monday, November 2: Support the call for Black Solidarity Day and International Election Observers.
Tuesday, November 3 (Election Day): Physical voting at the polls. Join local groups like People’s Committees to Defend Democratic Rights or other local efforts to stop any intimidation by right-wing armed groups. Help escort Black, Brown, Indigenous and LGBTQ2S people and seniors to the polls to guarantee their safety.
Wednesday, November 4: Support the call by the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression for a Post-Election Protest for a Peoples Mandate for national day-after demonstrations.
During this period, paper ballots will be counted. At any point the Supreme Court, consisting of just nine judges, may step in as it did in the 2000 election to undemocratically decide the direction of the elections.
December 8 marks the end of the “safe harbor” period for states to determine that election results will not be challenged in Congress. On December 14, Electoral College delegates cast their ballots on a state level. On January 6, 2021, Congress meets to count the Electoral College and declare a winner.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 (Inauguration Day): Regardless of the outcome, we must continue to press for the demands that people need and want — Black Lives Matter, stopping police and ICE terror, health care for all, cancel rent and stop evictions and foreclosures, workers’ rights and safety on the job, jobs or income for all, no war or sanctions.
Please sign onto this call and begin to organize in your area.
ICE Out of Baltimore
Rev. CD Witherspoon
Rev. Annie Chambers, Douglas Homes RAB Delegate
Mahtowin Munro, United American Indians of New England
Malaya Movement Baltimore
Frank Chapman, Executive Director, National Alliance Against Racism & Political Repression
Courtney Jenkins, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Baltimore Chapter
Delores Lemon-Thomas, Million Worker March
Clarence Thomas, convenor Million Worker March, former Secretary-Treasurer ILWU Local 10
Chris Silvera, Secretary-Treasurer Teamsters Local 808
Reverend David Carl Olson, Lead Minister, First Unitarian Church of Baltimore * ID only
Baltimore Peace Action
Dr. Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, Matthew Henson Neighborhood Assoc., former President Baltimore NAACP
San Diego Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
Fernando Ramirez, Union Organizer U.E. (United Electrical Workers) LA Tenants Union/Union de Vecinos
Bob Brown, Pan African Roots
Solidarity with Novorossiya and Antifascists in Ukraine
Rhode Island Peoples Assembly
Committee Against Police Brutality, San Diego
Atlanta Peoples Power Assembly
Bonnie “Raven” Lane, Housing Advocate
Bill Goodin, co-founder, Black Men Unifying Black Men
Assistant Professor Robert Birt, Bowie State University * ID only
Leslie Salgado, Friends of Latin America
Bmore 4 Border Justice
Berna Ellorin, BAYAN USA
Women In Struggle/ Mujeres En Struggle
William Camacaro, Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle of New York
Carl Gentile, CPDC
Kyle Durkee, Local BLM Salem, OR
Charlie Cooper, Get Money Out, Inc., Maryland * ID only
Phil Wilayto, Editor The Virginia Defender
Amadi Ajamu, NY NY Amsterdam News
Will Smyth Jr., Culinary Union Local 226
Jeanie Dubnau, Riverside Edgecombe Neighborhood
Roy Fleming, Delaware Activist
Eugene Weixel, Retired DC 37
George Gruenthal, Red Star publishers
Mike Gimbel, Retired Executive Board member, Local 375
Nico Robuccio, AFSCME, Local 503
Keith Brooks, Brooklyn for Peace, UFT, NWU
Bill Bateman, RI Unemployed Council, RI Rosa Parks Human Rights Committee
Karen Taylor, MAD Monday
San Diego Coalition to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
Communist Workers League – Bay Area
Tracy McLellaln, CAARPR
Joanne C. Simpson, Freelance writer
Bob McCubbin, author The Social Evolution of Humanity: Marx and Engels Were Right and The Roots of Lesbian & Gay Oppression
Zola Fish, member of the Choctaw Nation and organizer with San Diego Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
Carl Muhammad, Committee Against Police Brutality San Diego and San Diego Peoples Power Assembly
Regina Russell, Chicago Alliance
Cheryl Labash, writer for Struggle-La Lucha publication
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