RELEASE: Nationwide Protests on 2nd Anniversary of Charlottesville, Impeach Trump for Hate Crimes!

For Immediate Release: Monday, 8/5/19

Contacts:

Abayomi Azikiwe,  MECAWI, Detroit, 313-671-3715

Tova Fry, Peoples Alliance, Bay Area, 510-600-5800

Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement, 414-395-0665

Sharon Black, People’s Power Assembly, Baltimore, 410-218-4835

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On the 2nd Anniversary of Charlottesville, a National Call for Actions on Saturday, 8/10, to Smash White Supremacy and Impeach Trump for Hate Crimes!

What: Events to Smash White Supremacy in Detroit, Baltimore, San Francisco, and Appleton, WI

When: Saturday, August 10, 2019, Various times per below

Nationally we hold in our hearts the memory of anti-racist activist Heather Heyer and the dozens injured by the fascists in Charlottesville, including Deandre Harris, a 20-year-old Black man, who was beaten with metal poles in a parking lot by a fascist gang, putting him in the hospital. While it was a Nazi thug who murdered  Heather, it is the bigot-in-chief Donald Trump, endorser of the “very fine” Nazi and Klan scum, who has enshrined their genocidal ideology as his national policy against the disabled, the LGBTQ+ community, and all People of Color.

Appleton, WI, Saturday, 8/10, Protest 2pm CDT at 111 W College Ave, Houdini Plaza, Vigil 7pm CDT, Houdini Plaza          

Baltimore, MD, Saturday, 8/10, 6-8 pm EDT at McKeldin Square, Light and Pratt St, downtown Baltimore             

Detroit, MI, Saturday, 8/10, 1-3 pm EDT at Campus Martius, 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit          

San Francisco, CA, 8/10, 1-2:30 pm PDT, Nancy Pelosi’s office, Federal Bldg, 90 7th St, San Francisco

Trumps unchallenged bigoted, racist, anti-immigrant, white supremacist rhetoric has most recently incited unspeakable violence against the people of Gilroy, CA, El Paso, TX, and Dayton, OH.

Migrants at our southern border, who are “engaged in a federally protected activity” of seeking asylum, are having their babies ripped from their parents arms,  their children kidnapped and placed in cages, with women forced to drink out of toilets. Cages are so crowded that no one can even lie on the floor. Food, soap, even toothbrushes are denied them, all on the orders from Trump because of their “race” and “national origin.” This meets the very definition of a federal hate crime multiplied thousands of times.

Trump is showing off his brutality “stripes” to his rich friends on Wall Street, to show them how tough he’ll be to those who oppose their cutbacks , like the dismantling of Obamacare. We’re supposed to fight over the scraps that they grant us. That’s why they’ve poured more than $100 million into Trump’s re-election campaign. We demand that Congress immediately impeach Trump for hate crimes and dump his whole gang of racist rich bigots!

Sponsored by:

Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI), Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement, Peoples Alliance – Bay Area, In Defense of Our Lives, Peoples Power Assembly, Youth Against War and Racism, Communist Workers League, Struggle – La Lucha for Socialism, Socialist Unity Party, Labor Against Racist Terror, Colectiva Brown Berets de la Bahia, Fox AntiFa, CODEPINK San Francisco, Workers World Party, Anti Police-Terror Project, Xochipilli Latino Men’s Circle (of San Francisco Bay)

Trump & Hate Crimes

Trump can be impeached for violations of federal hate crimes now! It’s all in the public record, from his tweets to his public speeches and racist policies. The U.S. Constitution provides that the president may be impeached for “high crimes and misdemeanors”.

Federal hate crime statutes state that a hate crime consists of two parts: 1) a violent act, such as kidnapping a child from her/his parent(s), and 2) the motive for such an act being, among others, the victim being “such person being an alien or by reason of his/her color or race.”

The following constitute some federal hate crime statutes that Trump has openly violated and with his policies directing ICE and the Border Patrol, has conspired to violate:

Title 18, U.S.C., Section 241 – Conspiracy Against Rights

This statute makes it unlawful for two or more persons to conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person of any state, territory or district in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him/her by the Constitution or the laws of the United States, (or because of his/her having exercised the same).

It further makes it unlawful for two or more persons to go in disguise on the highway or on the premises of another with the intent to prevent or hinder his/her free exercise or enjoyment of any rights so secured.

Title 18, U.S.C., Section 242 – Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law

This statute makes it a crime for any person acting under color of law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom to willfully deprive or cause to be deprived from any person those rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution and laws of the U.S.

This law further prohibits a person acting under color of law, statute, ordinance, regulation or custom to willfully subject or cause to be subjected any person to different punishments, pains, or penalties, than those prescribed for punishment of citizens on account of such person being an alien or by reason of his/her color or race.

Acts under “color of any law” include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within the bounds or limits of their lawful authority, but also acts done without and beyond the bounds of their lawful authority; provided that, in order for unlawful acts of any official to be done under “color of any law,” the unlawful acts must be done while such official is purporting or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties. This definition includes, in addition to law enforcement officials, individuals such as Mayors, Council persons, Judges, Nursing Home Proprietors, Security Guards, etc., persons who are bound by laws, statutes ordinances, or customs.

Title 42, U.S.C., Section 14141 – Pattern and Practice

This civil statute was a provision within the Crime Control Act of 1994 and makes it unlawful for any governmental authority, or agent thereof, or any person acting on behalf of a governmental authority, to engage in a pattern or practice of conduct by law enforcement officers or by officials or employees of any governmental agency with responsibility for the administration of juvenile justice or the incarceration of juveniles that deprives persons of rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States.

Types of misconduct covered include, among other things:

  1. Excessive Force
  2. Discriminatory Harassment
  3. False Arrest
  4. Coercive Sexual Conduct
  5. Unlawful Stops, Searches, or Arrests

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