Opinion: Memo From California to Trump and His Nazis: We Will Replace You – Bradley Burston

Opinion: Memo From California to Trump and His Nazis: We Will Replace You

To the horror of the Jewish community in the East Bay, there’s been a wave of anti-Semitic incidents here lately, and everyone here knows why

Berkeley March – 27 August 2017

Bradley Burston (Berkeley) | Haaretz

BERKELEY, California – You’re going down, Trump. Your Nazis, too.

Your Nazis and your KKK and your white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville, chanting to the rest of America that “You won’t replace us” and “Jews won’t replace us,” were right to be concerned.

The rest of America is already beginning to replace your Nazis. Isolate them. Shun them. Reject them. After that, it will be your turn.

My family was with the rest of America marching against hatred in the thousands on Sunday, filling street after street of downtown Berkeley. The march was so massive, so broadly based, that the Nazis and Proud Boys and the Hammerskin Nation and the Rise Above Movement (RAM) and the other supremacists around here were scared off. They stayed away. Cowed. Defeated.   

You are next, Trump.

This weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area could have turned out very differently. Far-right organizers had announced plans for back-to-back rallies in San Francisco and Berkeley. The violent and tragic events of Charlottesville earlier this month threatened to portend disaster in a Sunday pro-Trump “No to Marxism in Berkeley” rally.

In a shocking exemplar of fake news – just the sort which Trump and his Nazis savor – press reports misrepresented the Bay Area Rally Against Hate counter-protest as a festival of radical left hyper-violence.

In its page-one lead Monday, the San Francisco Chronicle bull-horned, “An army of anarchists in black clothing and masks routed a small group of right-wing demonstrators who had gathered in a Berkeley park Sunday to rail against the city’s famed progressive politics, driving them out — sometimes violently — while overwhelming a huge contingent of police officers.”

Yes, if it bleeds it leads, but that doesn’t make it true. Barely half an actual handful of supremacists even showed up, and the actual scuffles were few, tangential, and fleeting. In the main, the black-clad Antifa activists kept the march safe and secure for thousands of others.

What was vastly more dramatic was a revolutionary groundswell of profoundly non-violent solidarity among the marchers. It encompassed a wide spectrum of activists, religious leaders, unions, NGOs and ad hoc groups of individuals supported by an intensively pro-active, and at the same time restrained, local government and police response.

No less crucial, the march saw a breaking-down of self-destructive norms which have kept the American left divided and useless for years – in particular, a prolonged, largely unacknowledged undercurrent of anti-Semitism.

There was also clearly a marked healing in the tragic estrangement between American Jews and African Americans.

There were Jews unafraid to wear kippot, marchers unafraid to carry signs in Hebrew and signs bearing the Star of David, rabbis unafraid to marshal prayer and scripture to fight Nazis, oppose Trump, and make common cause with black activism.

A range of Jewish social justice organizations including Bend the Arc and Urban Adama along with Muslim activists chanted“No Hate, No Fear – Jews and Muslims Welcome Here”

Members of IfNotNow held signs reading “Jews Against White Supremacy” and “Black Lives Matter.”

One woman held up a sign with “NEVER AGAIN” and a Star of David on one side, and “BLACK LIVES MATTER” on the other.

In particular, there were many children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors honoring the memories of their families, those who survived and those who were slain.

“My Grandma did not survive Auschwitz for me to sit silent and afraid today!” was written on another placard with a large Star of David and the words “Jewish woman in solidarity with Muslim, refugee, Black, Latin, Queer, Native, POC [People of Color] HUMANS!”

And there was Ben Stern, a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor, who addressed the rally and helped lead the ensuing march, arms linked with his daughter Charlene and three local rabbis, Menachem Creditor, Yonatan Cohen and Julie Saxe-Taller.

Stern, a veteran of protest marches four decades ago against neo-Nazis in Skokie, Illinois, told the crowd of his belief that he survived so he could speak up against hatred. Fighting back tears as the march began, Stern – who lost his wife, his children, his parents, seven brothers and sisters and a baby nephew to the Nazi annihilation, said “I’m not here alone with the live people, but I see all the people of my past – my family, my friends who didn’t make it.”

In an emotional moment at the close of the march, which, in a biblical echo, wound around and surrounded the few pro-Trump activists, community religious leaders led the crowd in songs from the Civil Rights movement and chants from the decades since. One of them was local Cantor Shulamit Fairman, who recited the Hebrew Hamotzi prayer, and broke bread with the African American, Latino, and white clergy on the sound truck. They then distributed pieces of challah to the huge crowd.

You’re not going to beat this, Trump. You’re next, because the center, the left, and the far-left were all marching together in San Francisco and in Berkeley this week. No longer atomized, no longer bickering, no longer dithering. United against hatred. Against racism. Against white supremacism. Against you.

You’re next because your Nazis and your Klan have triggered a huge, high-energy backlash, and because, for whatever reason, you’ve still got their back.

You’re next, Trump. Because finally the tables are starting to turn.

We saw it on Sunday. Your Nazis and their chants of “Jews will not replace us,” have had a startling and entirely unintended effect.

On the left, there’s a new and clear awareness of the evils and the reality of Trump-unleashed anti-Semitism. At the same time, it appears that the anguish and anger of Charlottesville have freed many Jews to protest as Jews.

Trump, I know you’re going to dismiss what happened here Sunday. Because in the November election California voted against you by a two to one margin, and Hillary Clinton won the state by an astounding margin of 30 percentage points. You’ll dismiss what happened here today because you came in third in the voting in Berkeley, with barely three percent of the vote.

But what happens in California doesn’t stay in California, Trump. You’re next.

You’re next because a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor is still tough as nails. Tougher than your Nazis. Much tougher than you.

You’re next because Jews are honoring the memory of the Holocaust by standing up to Nazis, and by standing up to you.

This is the message from California, and the rest of America, to Donald Trump:

We will replace you. We will replace you with an actual president. We will replace you with someone sane, knowledgeable, capable, humane. Someone who doesn’t know how to dog-whistle, nor would they if they did.

To the horror of the Jewish community in the East Bay, there’s been a wave of anti-Semitic incidents in this unspeakably beautiful area lately. And everyone here knows why.

You’re next, Trump. We’re coming for you.

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  • Clyde Duncan  On September 1, 2017 at 12:53 am

    Trump Just Got Slapped In The Face: Landslide Win For Democrats In Fairfax County Tonight

    ursulafaw | Daily Kos

    I wrote a few days ago that Fairfax County Virginia is ground zero in the fight against racism and hate.

    The invisible line that was drawn there in the wake of nearby Charlottesville was crossed tonight and in not only the Democrats favor but in favor of upstanding and right-thinking people everywhere.

    The polls closed a little over two hours ago on the east coast and Karen Keys-Gamarra, an “arrogant” black woman has officially wiped the floor with her Republican-KKK-endorsed opponent Chris Grisafe, in a race for a school board seat which is about so much more than just a school board seat.

    Despite all Republican efforts to win this election by underhanded means, such as having a special election where voter turnout was expected to be extremely low, the usual Republican ploys did not prevail.

    Four percent turnout was anticipated and the Democrats rallied and raised that figure to TEN-percent.

    62,000 votes were cast, in excess of the 50,000-max figure that was anticipated.

    Of those votes cast, 41,000 were for Keys-Gamarra and 21,000 for Grisafe.

    That’s a comfortable margin to win by.

    This victory is so sweet for so many reasons. First and foremost, the Democratic candidate is wildly more qualified than the Republican candidate, earning the endorsement of the Washington Post.

    The kids now have a real advocate who has pledged to address bullying and other issues of paramount importance in schools today. If that was all this election meant, we would have plenty of cause for celebration on those facts alone.

    But this election means so much more. This was the first election in the country post Charlottesville and the fact that the electorate was galvanized to get out the vote and put a fine Democrat in office is not to be taken lightly.

    A message has been sent to Washington and NOT via Western Union.

    If Donald Trump and the GOP don’t get it, then we’ll just have to keep winning elections until they do get it and “it” is this:

    The United States of America is not going backwards. The blacks are not going back to the ghetto, nor the gays to the closets, nor the disabled to hiding in the shadows, nor all the plans that Donald Trump, David Duke, Richard Spencer and their ilk were rubbing their small hands together about in eager anticipation. – It’s not going to happen.

    No Hate, No Fear – Jews and Muslims and Latinx Welcome Here

    Let’s see if we can keep this ball rolling. The next election in Virginia is November 7 and it is crucial to hold the line, and take back as many as possible of 66 House Delegate seats currently held by Republicans.

    We can do this if Ralph Northam can be successful in his quest for Governor, along with Justin Fairfax as Lt. Governor and Mark Herring (the incumbent Attorney General, running for re-election.)

    It’s only appropriate to give a shout out to two key Democrats who made this happen, Karen Keys-Gamarra’s campaign manager Peter Dougherty, and 90 for 90’s Dr. Fergie Reid, Senior.

    These good people, along with hard working Democrats all over the country made this happen. We did this.

    This is democracy in action, folks. This is what it is all about. The Republicans literally were running a white supremacist candidate, endorsed by the local Klan and the Democrats said, “Uh uh,” and did a thumbs down.

    This is the first of many races which are going to go thumbs down for the Republicans. It won’t take many thumbs down in the coliseum before Republicans look to abandon Emperor Trump altogether for their own survival.

    Now is when the fun begins. Let’s see if Kellyanne Conway mentions this. She was so quick to jump on the marginal victory of Karen Handel over Jon Ossoff in Georgia and proclaim that that election “proved” that the people wanted Donald Trump and, by extension, his dysfunctional administration.

    Let’s see if she can spin something positive out of a resounding defeat like this one.

    And never, ever underestimate the position of school board member. The school boards are the first line of defense against encroaching tyranny.

    Televangelist Franklin Graham has been advocating a Republican takeover of all the school boards in the country. Betsy DeVos and her brother Erik Prince have wanted for years now to sow the seeds of a dominionistic takeover by taking over the schools and changing curricula to reflect distrust of science, homophobia, and other attitudes which match their agenda.

    The school boards are the first place where the line must be held.

    Tonight’s victory certainly shored up the school board in Fairfax County Virginia, at least for the next two and a half years, and this is just the beginning.

    This is a happy night, Democrats.

  • Clyde Duncan  On September 2, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    It is Time Congress Returns to Regular Order of Business

    And govern with a president who has no experience in public office, is often poorly informed and can be impulsive in his speech and conduct.

    John McCain | The Washington Post

    John McCain, a Republican, represents Arizona in the U.S.A. Senate.

    Americans recoiled from the repugnant spectacle of white supremacists marching in Charlottesville to promote their un-American “blood and soil” ideology.

    There is nothing in their hate-driven racism that can match the strength of a nation conceived in liberty and comprising 323 million souls of different origins and opinions – who are equal under the law.

    Most of us share Heather Heyer’s values, not the depravity of the man who took her life. We are the country that led the free world to victory over fascism and dispatched communism to the ash heap of history.

    We are the superpower that organized NOT an empire, but an international order of free, independent nations that has liberated more people from poverty and tyranny than anyone thought possible in the age of colonies and autocracies.

    Our shared values define us more than our differences. And acknowledging those shared values can see us through our challenges today if we have the wisdom to trust in them again.

    Congress will return from recess next week facing continued gridlock as we lurch from one self-created crisis to another. We are proving inadequate not only to our most difficult problems but also to routine duties.

    Our national political campaigns never stop. We seem convinced that majorities exist to impose their will with few concessions and that minorities exist to prevent the party in power from doing anything important.

    That is not how we were meant to govern. Our entire system of government — with its checks and balances, its bicameral Congress, its protections of the rights of the minority — was designed for compromise.

    It seldom works smoothly or speedily. It was never expected to.

    It requires pragmatic problem-solving from even the most passionate partisans. It relies on compromise between opposing sides to protect the interests we share.

    We can fight like hell for our ideas to prevail. But we have to respect each other or at least respect the fact that we need each other.

    That has never been truer than today, when Congress must govern with a president who has no experience in public office, is often poorly informed and can be impulsive in his speech and conduct.

    We must respect his authority and constitutional responsibilities. We must – where we can – cooperate with him.

    But we are NOT his subordinates. We do NOT answer to him.

    We answer to the people of the United States of America.

    We must be diligent in discharging our responsibility to serve as a check on his power. And we should value our identity as members of Congress more than our partisan affiliation.

    I argued during the health-care debate for a return to regular order of business, letting committees of jurisdiction do the principal work of crafting legislation and letting the full Senate debate and amend their efforts.

    We won’t settle all our differences that way, but such an approach is more likely to make progress on the central problems confronting our constituents.

    We might not like the compromises regular order requires, but we can and must live with them if we are to find real and lasting solutions.

    And all of us in Congress have the duty, in this sharply polarized atmosphere, to defend the necessity of compromise before the American public.

    Let’s try that approach on a budget that realistically meets the nation’s critical needs. We all know spending levels for defense and other urgent priorities have been woefully inadequate for years.

    But we haven’t found the will to work together to adjust them. The appropriators can’t complete their spending bills, and we’re stuck with threats of a government shutdown and continuing resolutions that underfund national security.

    A compromise that raises spending caps for both sides’ priorities is better than the abject failure that has been our achievement to date.

    Let’s also try that approach on immigration. The president has promised greater border security. We can agree to that.

    A literal wall might not be the most effective means to that end, but we can provide the resources necessary to secure the border with smart and affordable measures.

    Let’s make it part of a comprehensive bill that members of both parties can get behind — one that values our security as well as the humanity of immigrants and their contributions to our economy and culture.

    Let’s try it on tax reform and infrastructure improvement and all the other urgent priorities confronting us.

    These are all opportunities to show that ordinary, decent, free people can govern competently, respectfully and humbly, and to prove the value of the United States Congress to the great nation we serve.

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