To Our Readers: Seize the Moment!
Something very important and special is happening right now. People are rising up against the oppression of Black people, in many different ways. And this upsurge is taking place at a time when the rulers of this system - that brings so much misery and death to humanity--are up against a whole set of problems here and around the world.
It is on those of us who see revolution as the solution to unite with and push on this struggle, standing with the people, connecting this with the movement for revolution, taking this uprising as far and as high as it can go. And as part of that, we also have a responsibility to lead people to call out and resist the fascist polarization against this. White racists are threatening and shooting at protestors in Minnesota who are demanding justice for Jamar Clark; Donald Trump had his followers assault a Black protestor at his rally; and so on.
The statement "On the Strategy for Revolution" from the RCP speaks to the challenges posed to revolutionaries at a moment like this:
Read the rest of the message here.
From Stop Mass Incarceration Network - SoCal
Justice for Jamar Clark!
Justice for Laquan McDonald!
Police and Vigilante Terror Must STOP!
On Sunday, November 15th, 24 year old Jamar Clark was killed by police. The cops claim that Jamar tried to grab one of their guns - but many, many witnesses say that the cops handcuffed Jamar, knocked him to the ground, and then shot him in the head. For nine days a determined, angry encampment at the 4th District Police Station demanded that the video of Jamar's shooting be made public.
Last Monday, after days of threats, a group of white supremacists opened fire on the people demanding justice for Jamar, shooting four (none fatally). People in the encampment reported that the police, when they arrived, were more concerned with suppressing the protesters than capturing the attackers. On Tuesday, thousands of people of all nationalities marched in the streets of Minneapolis, demanding justice for Jamar and opposing the cowardly and vicious shooting. The courageous resisters in Minneapolis must be supported.
Read Carl Dix' statement on the racist attack in Minneapolis here.
After a year of foot dragging, video of the execution of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was released and the cop who gunned him down charged with murder. Laquan was simply walking away when Jason Van Dyke, who had many previous complaints for excessive force and use of the 'n' word, shot him 16 times. Watch the video here. (The murder of Laquan McDonald begins at the 5 minute mark of the video.)
Chicago authorities are calling for calm now that Van Dyke has been indicted. As Carl Dix said, "NO! HELL NO! People in Chicago and everywhere else must come out on Friday, November 27 to let the powers-that-be know in no uncertain terms that this officially-sanctioned murder-which they have tried their damnedest to cover up-is absolutely unacceptable and illegitimate. ....People everywhere should go out with signs and whistles and begin agitating and raising hell, forming up actions on the spot.
"What are we supposed to do? Wait calmly while the district attorney who forgot how to prosecute when the defendant was the cop who gunned down Rekia Boyd handles the prosecution of another killer cop? While the legal system that denied the family of Darius Pinex even a shred of justice even though it got brought out into the open that the cops who had murdered him had spent years lying about how the killing went down oversees this case?"
Stop Mass Incarceration is calling on people around the country to come out on Friday, November 27 -- not 'Black Friday" but Black Lives Matter Friday -- and take defiant and determined action to make clear to everyone that MURDER AND TERROR BY POLICE AND WHITE VIGILANTES MUST STOP!
COME OUT - FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27 - 12 NOON
6th & SAN PEDRO (Where Africa was shot)
Bring whistles and signs
Condemn the Vicious and Cowardly Vigilante Shooting!
Support the courageous resisters in Minneapolis!
Convict and Jail the Murderer of Laquan McDonald!