Curt Wechsler, The World Can't Wait: June 2017 Archives

Only political organizing and popular mobilization can overturn a Muslim Ban.

"The glorification of lawyers and the courts that took place in the immediate aftermath of the ban was misguided," says Shamas. "This mistaken response was prominent among protesters, academics, journalists and perhaps most predictably, lawyers. And as the struggle moved from the streets and airport terminals to the courts, politicians stopped paying attention. In enabling them to look away, we have done a disservice to those we seek to help."

The reward of amnesty to perpetrators of state-sponsored discrimination and false imprisonment by the U.S. Supreme Court last week serves the interests of a ruling class determined to preserve the status quo of a thoroughly rotten system of exploitation. We must not be fooled by appeals to faith in a 'balance of powers' construct to 'check' the advances of fascism in America. 

"The Trump/Pence Regime will not be bound by the rule of law and the Courts cannot be relied on to stop them," say the folks at "It is on us - on the masses of people, in our millions who hate and fear what this regime is doing - to stand up and say NO!"

Stay tuned for local protest against the reintroduction of the Muslim Ban. And share your plans for national protest, July 15th. Statement here.  
trump-sessions.jpg"Military coups aren't the most likely model for destroying democratic institutions," argues University of Chicago Law professor Aziz Huq. "One lesson is that the road away from democracy is rarely characterized by overt violations of the formal rule of law. To the contrary, the contemporary path away from democracy under the rule of law typically relies on actions within the law." 

The process is known as democratic backsliding, says Alexandra Rosenmann at

Central among these legal measures is the early disabling of internal monitors of governmental illegality by the aggressive exercise of (legal) personnel powers. Often, there are related changes to the designs of institutions, which might be brought about through legislation, Professor Huq explained. "Ironically, the law is deployed to undermine legality and the rule of law more generally."

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