“Know-your-rights” legal clinics are not enough

“Know-your-rights” legal clinics are not enough

The intentions of a majority of the immigrant rights activists are noble and good. They themselves are often also undocumented – coming from families with undocumented immigrants. They, too, are tired of the raids and gestapo-like abductions by federal ICE agents of their loved ones. These activists are our friends.

But this has been going on for years, for decades.

Most recently under the Trump regime, the Know Your Rights legal clinics have increased in their frequency and even in their militancy, albeit measured. For this, many are grateful. They have walked up to the front door of the sheriffs headquarters without flinching – but the doors were locked, the buildings left untouched. Their actions are bold: blocking intersections, nonviolent die-ins and sit-ins in politicians offices, civil disobedience followed by the planned arrests, symbolic protests in front of government buildings.

But we must analyze our concrete conditions. Does the strategy and tactics of the immigrant rights movement match the concrete conditions under which proletarian immigrants live? Are they not brutally attacked? Or can it be said we are in a time of peace? Or is this not the time of war? It is either one or the other – like most military strategists argue. War and peace fight to dominate the other, like all aspects of all contradictions.

In wartime, symbols alone or civil disobedience in the battlefield is a direct invitation for suicide and defeat.

Symbols won’t stop the raids. Symbols won’t stop the deportations. Symbols will not stop the war against proletarian immigrants. Symbols have historically only been the decoration of a social movement or revolution. It is aesthetic.

What stops the armed enemy of the people? What has stopped the armed enemy of the people?

We are students of history. We are communists, Maoists, so we adhere to the ever-guiding principal of revolutionary violence and its rightful place in the hands of the proletariat, the masses and the becoming vanguard. As we have said before, now is the time of war. In war, both sides – the people and the enemy – require soldiers and battalions, among other things. What, then, are we to do but build up people’s immigrant defense units?

We are like the children of Presidente Gonzalo, the inheritors of universal and invincible Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism. We are the inheritors of the initiators.

Build the people’s immigrant defense units!

Fight ICE with fire!

Long live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism!

 

 

 
 
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Defend Comrade Dallas and fight for his freedom!

Defend Comrade Dallas and fight for his freedom!

Nothing strengthens our resolve within ourselves and with each other better than state repression. The state feeds us daily and will feed us till it or we die. We are ready for what’s to come.

If you are serious about ending exploitation of one by another, of ending the oppression of imperialism, of patriarchy of the diseased parasitic capitalist system that takes its toll on the working poor every day, if you wear the title ‘communist’ because you are honored to sacrifice yourself for the emancipation of the working class and all oppressed people, if you know all this, then you know you are condemned to give up your freedom, to die and to win.

Dallas, as a principle Maoist, understands this to its core. He grasps the duty of the communist and his selflessness. (Link at the end)

The state is cracking down on our comrades in Austin but all Maoists, revolutionary anarchists and others who are actually putting their theory into practice, await their turn. You need to accept this.

Support the comrade in whatever way possible – financial donations, making this go viral, becoming Maoists, building and training people’s soldiers!

You need to accept that when you give your freedom or life, a dozen or hundred others will rise up to take your place in the coming Party and Army and Front.

You need to train your replacements. You need to spread Maoism like the prairie fire it is. Light up all the fields on this earth so that they can be seen from any corner of the world!

We must think of ourselves as not belonging to ourselves. We are grains of sands. We are made up of millions, across the globe. Under extreme conditions, we can change shape and form. And right now, I think it is fair to say we are currently under that transformation. We have to think of ourselves as only belonging to the people as their permanent comrades and defenders. An individual can be crushed, but their realization, that which is outside of them, that they are part of millions, that can never be destroyed.

We are immortal because we are the martyrs becoming!

As one falls, dozens and hundreds shall now rise up!

Death to the individual, life to the masses, the becoming party and revolution!

Free Dallas!
Long live Red Guards Austin!
Long live the Red Guards!
Long live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism!

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Long live International Working Women’s Day: Build the Women’s Guerrilla Defense Unit!

Long live International Working Women’s Day: Build the Women’s Guerrilla Defense Unit!

As sure as light exists in relation to darkness, so to does life come from death.

Today on International Working Women’s Day we must honor the fallen women revolutionaries as well as the proletarian and nationally-oppressed women whose lives were taken by the brutal patriarchal dictatorship of the bourgeoisie – in the U.S. but also abroad.

Today on International Working Women’s Day we must honor the memory of working women everywhere who fight for communism and who give their lives for the people. We ought to riot in celebration of proletarian women, especially those currently engaging in Protracted People’s Wars: the women of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army, the women of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) and the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army, the women of the Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist and the Liberation Army of the Workers and Peasants of Turkey. As well as all the past revolutionary Maoist women of the Movimiento Feminino Popular and the women leaders of the Communist Party of Peru and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and the People’s Liberation Army.

Here in the U.S. prison house of internal colonies, working women of the Chicano, Black and native nations are triply oppressed: exploited by imperialism, nationally oppressed by settler-colonialism capitalism, and oppressed by murderous patriarchy.

Here in Boyle Heights, working Chicano, New Afrikan, Central American and immigrant women are reminded daily of their oppression and mortality. The reality of the stratified and oppressor capitalist country is that many times the murders of working women are committed by their male counterparts. In Los Angeles – in Boyle Heights and other areas in the county – young proletarian women have been brutally abused then killed by the hands of their own lovers, family or friends, some of which are high class traitors of the lumpen-proletariat – middle-to-big drug dealers, repeat women abusers, extortionist parasites on the immigrant working class of their very own neighborhoods.

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Some of the names of the fallen women of Los Angeles over the past years are: Michelle Lozano, Lorenza Arellano, Bree’ Ana Guzman, Kasandra Ochoa, Cindi Santana, Mabel Castillo, Briana Gallegos, Gabriela Calzada, Karina Luna, and all the countless other young working women relegated to Jane Does in the county morgue.  

This year, only three months in, there has been at least two reported homicides in Los Angeles – the first one was a woman killed, chopped up and her remains burned under the 5 Freeway in Northeast LA. The other was found stabbed with her throat sliced open in a park in Sylmar. Both in February.

It is a horrific reminder of the life-or-death precarious and oppressed position women hold under patriarchal capitalism-imperialism. Women, especially proletarian oppressed-nationality women, are literally being disposed of, like used-up parts of a machine.

This is why supporters and attendees of Red Guards – Los Angeles’ “Unlearning Patriarchy” series based out of La Conxa have decided on taking our collective proletarian feminist political development over the past several months, closing in on a year, and applying it to our reality in Boyle Heights.

With the participation of the Ovarian Psyco-Cycles we will be starting a Boyle Heights proletarian Women’s Guerrilla Defense Unit open to all genders but with a principal focus on proletarian oppressed nationality women.

The unit will be one part internal self-defense training for women, one part external (public) self-defense training for women, one part political development – all united principally under the philosophy that only through revolutionary vengeance/violence is it possible for proletarian women and their allies to be transformed and emancipated from patriarchal capitalism-imperialism.

Patriarchy cannot be simply unlearned. We must literally arm ourselves and go to war with U.S. capitalism.

So we have to be clear: Patriarchy, like capitalism and colonization, is inescapable. It lives with capitalism like a permanent marriage. To talk of “unlearning” or “deconstructing” patriarchy is pointless postmodernist babble and we self-criticize for not making our monthly series more revolutionary and free from the treachery of capitalist postmodernism. The individual does not exist as something separate from capitalism. It is only through the destruction of the old system, the creation of a new one with a different mode of production, one not exclusively based on the production of commodities, that we can really exercise a more equal gender practice.

We want, and need, a feminism based exclusively on working-class women. Not left to die in the cold hallways of academia. Because everything else flattens the contradictions among women from different classes, which liquidates revolution and builds false reform and treacherous peace with the multi-gendered enemy. In other words, any feminism that doesn’t prioritize working-class women – and we would argue furthermore on indigenous, Chicano and Black working-class women – participating in revolution, supports capitalism. If attacked, we must attack.

We have to initiate offensive attacks, as part of a larger defensive stage in our preparatory sub-stage of war. We have to hit. We have to hit hard. Women have to hit. Women have to hit hard. It is through severe punishment – but a revolutionary kind which we call revolutionary violence – that the enemy is subdued, even momentarily, or completely neutralized.

Revolutionary martyrdom is unavoidable because going to war against capitalism, imperialism and settler-colonialism is the condemned duty of all exploited and oppressed people. So we say glory to those who gave and give their lives to the masses and the revolution. Glory to the immortal women martyrs who shall be honored by their international comrades taking up arms and taking up their positions in their military units and Party positions.

A proletarian Women’s Guerrilla Defense Unit is not enough in and of itself. This unit must be thought of as the seed planted for the growing all-gender working-class revolutionary army to carry out the highest point we can aspire to: a revolutionary soldier in the coming Protracted People’s War.

The time for activism is over. Now is the time of war.

Long live International Working Women’s Day!

Long live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism!

Long live the Women’s Guerrilla Defense Unit!

 

 

 

 

 

From rebellion to war: escalate the anti-gentrification strategic defensive to equilibrium!

From rebellion to war: escalate the anti-gentrification strategic defensive to equilibrium!

From rebellion to war: escalate the anti-gentrification strategic defensive to equilibrium!

At the meeting and march called for by the Defend Boyle Heights coalition approximately three weeks ago titled “For the Love of the Hood,” on Feb. 7, advances were made but setbacks were also experienced. The following is a summation of the night by the leaders of the militant march-bloc, Red Guards – Los Angeles (RGLA).

The growing presence of pigs in the war against gentrification

By approximately 5 p.m. LAPD Hollenbeck Division pigs were already closely monitoring the meeting as DBH supporters were setting up chairs, tables and other materials for the evening at Mariachi Plaza. A white Dodge Charger with uniformed pigs was parked nearby. Pigs walked up to DBH supporters to suggest that the march be contained to the sidewalk and that the meeting’s organizers communicate with the pigs. Most people refused communication with the pigs except for a guest speaker who, not knowing any of the evening’s plans, answered as vaguely as possible. Toward the end of the DBH-led public meeting, the facilitators announced a plan to march in Boyle Heights without disclosing the route, its destination or leadership.

The plan, as it was revealed, was to march to the art galleries in the so-called “arts district” of Boyle Heights and focus on the main target, the new breweries. A polemic against the breweries and gentrification in general issued by DBH had been released the day prior and a Facebook event page for the public meeting at Mariachi Plaza had been made public for close to a month. While it acted as a rallying call for militants and defenders of the community and masses to come out, it, in the end, hindered the militancy of the march. Hollenbeck Division pigs were adequately prepared as they have a seemingly good, but incomplete, understanding of the high level of militancy of the Boyle Heights anti-gentrification movement. We say they have a good understanding of the all-around growing militancy of the movement, but it is incomplete because they do not grasp its essence. They do not fully understand the high-level of discipline and naked revolutionary selflessness of the movement’s soldiers, who have shed the dead skin of their activism.

The time for activism is over. Now is the time of war. 

Hollenbeck Division pigs ended up attempting to escort the RGLA led march-bloc with police cruisers, undercover Ford Crown Victorias and Dodge Chargers following closely behind, in the front and waiting on most corners – with one or two exceptions. Although the route had not been announced, it was fairly evident the marchers were going toward most of the big-name art galleries.

The first stop was at Chicano comprador bourgeois institution Self-Help Graphics & Art. RGLA gave a brief overview and analysis of the institution’s class and Chicano Nation traitors, specifically naming Alfred Fraijo, Jr. as one of the principal enemies of the people for his carrying out evictions against proletarian immigrants and Chicanos in the community, as well as his loyal lapdog (comprador) servitude to arch-gentrifier Vera Campbell – one of the richest capitalist-gentrifiers in Boyle Heights.

The militants, then, carried on with the rest of the route. But the pig presence continued, if not increased. RGLA operation leaders created scenarios in the event of the pigs showing up at the start of the march. One scenario, as some militants had addressed the marchers during a brief strategic retreat midway in the march, was to end the march early and scatter. But it had been decided to carry on with the march for two reasons: 1.) because the goal was still within reach – all-out intimidation of the gentrifiers residing in the arts district and confronting the breweries at the end of the arts district’s gallery row near 7th and Anderson, and 2.) earlier in the evening, at the end of the DBH meeting, there was a collective oath taken by the vast majority of the attendees at the meeting to defend Boyle Heights – the vast majority made up by the advanced and intermediary sections of the masses of Boyle Heights and Los Angeles would fight by any means necessary, up to and including laying down their lives and risking imprisonment – against the strategic offensive of the collaborationist state-and-non-state gentrifiers and their pig army.

This was not a civic expression of exercising freedom of speech and assembly as the bourgeois activist would say. The two above-mentioned reasons were the guiding philosophy of the military operation.

In the end, it was evident and proven correct to not abandon the operation. The goal was enthusiastically fulfilled.

Necessary risks for a necessary outcome

As mentioned earlier there was a steady presence of pigs in the rear and front of the march-bloc. Therefore, the operation leaders reverted to an auxiliary plan with a near-immediate adjustment. While the plan succeeded in fulfilling the objective and fulfilling the goal of the operation, its errors were dangerous because it did not take into account certain scenarios. For that very reason it put comrades more at risk. Nonetheless, in adherence to the march-bloc’s collective oath, it was decided that the risk was necessary, come what may, pig baton, arrest or worse.

It was evident that attempts were made to evade and obstruct police presence, which included a breaking off and sprinting en masse from the pigs and quickly changing route to the front of 356 Mission. This on-the-spot sprint worked momentarily. In a hurried speech, hurried because pig cruisers could be seen surrounding the march-bloc, another analysis was offered by RGLA and a DBH supporter as to why 356 Mission remains another principal enemy of the people, specifically naming capitalist-gentrifier Gavin Brown and petite-bourgeois artist Laura Owens.

But overall, the march-bloc’s speed was no match for the speed of the police cruisers. Many militants were out of breath. Militants and allies shared concerns over their state of health and physical fitness. Some were overheard to have said that they would here on out smoke less, exercise more, etc., to essentially militarize.

Another stop was at artist live-in lofts where militants launched heavy trash on top of cars over a tall wrought-iron fence. Other militants shook the fence, repeatedly slammed a dumpster with heavy debris. The goal was to ensure the lofts residents were awake and aware of the march-bloc and its thirst for revolutionary violence.

Gentrifier-hipsters were terrified. The pigs were seen shining lights on hipsters walking out of or around the art galleries and breweries, being told to go inside, to probably lock the doors, and stay away from the windows. This was emergency code red for gentrifiers.

If it wasn’t clear to any of the masses in attendance in the march-bloc, this example made it evident that the pigs only exist in capitalist society for the protection of private property and the oppressor sectors and classes.

During the march and operation, rear and mid-section militants moved tires, street sandwich boards, traffic cones, and rolled dumpsters into the street to momentarily delay and block following police cruisers.

Final confrontation at breweries

The march-bloc eventually reached its last stop, the newly-named enemies of the people, the breweries. This is where pig confrontation increased but still remained overall tame. Due precisely to the close proximity of pig presence there was minimal disruption and damage against the enemy.

This is where perhaps the most bold and daring actions were taken by the RGLA-led march-bloc as part of the operation. It is unclear exactly what damages had taken place, but many public posts on social media or in-person reports claimed militants launched heavy items into a brewery, walls, windows and other property, and vandalized vehicles, – including “Fuck hipsters” spray-painted on a nearby car. However, the enemy has yet to furnish any proof. Without proof, we cannot say it actually occurred. Nonetheless, confrontation ensued but ultimately nothing major came out of it other than a few angry and traumatized gentrifier-hipsters. One was seen praying or meditating with his palms pressed together in the face of the protesters, seemingly as a bourgeois symbol of meaningless protest. This is not a joke. It is a sign of desperate times for the enemies of the people.

While the last action of the overall operation was fine, it was not satisfactory. The people wanted more, but the pigs were too close to truly unleash the full fury of the masses and militants. Even so, we applaud the actions of the march-bloc.

While the enemy, the gentrifier-hipsters, did not flee en masse, one jeep did quickly load up its passengers, busted a U-turn and sped down Anderson and 7th.

The spark of the anti-gentrification war will ignite the prairie fire of Protracted People’s War

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In the end, the march-bloc disengaged and walked toward 7th Street. It was reflected and agreed upon in a quick debrief that the fighting had been too fair. The RGLA operation leaders addressed the two different types of violence, revolutionary violence and reactionary violence. We said the only way to resist gentrification and capitalism is through the mastery and popularization of revolutionary violence. The march-bloc enthusiastically agreed.

An analysis was laid out on the state of the gentrification war in Boyle Heights. The militants are small. The enemy is not. The militants strength, while commendable, is comparatively weak. The enemy’s is not. The militant’s are poorly armed. The enemy is not. This is the less concerning, for as Maoists we know armament comes when politics are kept in command in building up the masses. But, in the final analysis, both camps powers are dialectically related and changing. As one grows strong, the other is beaten down to a weaker level.

Currently, the method of warfare is mobile guerrilla tactics, correlating appropriately with the anti-gentrification war’s stage of strategic defensive.

In our analysis, the militants will not fight fair and for that we all will win.

We, however, have to offer a self-criticism for ignoring the original plans without having fully developed auxiliary plans. Because of that, their was great potential for one or more comrades being arrested, hurt or worse, during that action. While in war loses are unavoidable, we as operation leaders will do a better job of gaining mastery in military operational planning and reducing the risks of loses as much as possible.

RGLA, the militants and the masses are invincible because we have proven our character as militants of a growing army, forged in the fire of struggle. We are subordinate to highly-centralized and disciplined organizational body, RGLA, guided by the invincible ideology of Maoism. We are popularly supported by the advanced and intermediary sections of the masses.

These military operations are part of a larger preparation in the coming Protracted People’s War (PPW). The militants and certain sectors of the masses appear to be transforming into soldiers, into the future soldiers of the People’s Army.

As Maoists, we see the initiation of the PPW not as a far-removed date in time, but rather as a life-or-death test we are in constant conditioning for. Military operations, like the one mentioned in this summation, should be seen as an application of one of the most important aspects of Maoism, the universality of PPW. As a universality, it exists everywhere, all the time, with or without anyone’s acknowledgement, just like gravity or the air with breathe. In order to fully carry out PPW successfully, it must be weilded by a genuine principally Maoist Communist Party, with the anti-revisionist United Front combining the militarized masses with the militarized Party, and the People’s Army also made up of soldiers who are Party militants and mass militants.  

It is evident that the line of demarcation has been drawn. The question was asked, the oath posed, at the DBH event by the meeting’s facilitator, “How many of you will do whatever is necessary to defend the masses of Boyle Heights?” Almost unanimously those 40-to-50 in attendance thrusted their hands up to the night sky. The line is being drawn by the militants and masses – and this action acted as one solidification. There can be no middle-of-the-roaders in the war against gentrification. There only exist two lines, that of fighting against gentrification wielding the invincibility of revolutionary violence or supporting the reactionary violence of the state-and-non-state gentrifiers.

We as Maoists will not wait for the war to become soldiers. We are becoming soldiers every day, in and outside of small and big operations, and in serving the people. These anonymous masked militants and the masses embolden our efforts, our guiding ideology and our conviction. Militarize all the pre-Party Maoist formations in the country! Militarize the masses of the country! Grasp Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism!

Long live the anonymous masked militants and the masses who risk their freedom and lives for the defense of Boyle Heights!

Long live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism!

Long live the building of the Communist Party, the United Front and the People’s Army!

Fight fascism, serve the people and build the Party!

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If fascism is correctly understood as capitalism in crisis, as the most reactionary elements of the bourgeoisie and petite-bourgeoisie and their ideological adherents seizing an opportunity in time and politics, then antifascism must mean exposing and confronting these enemies of the people ruthlessly but with highly centralized brutality and sophistication. Historically, this is acknowledged as an anti-revisionist and armed Communist Party. The fascists know this. They know their enemy.

On December 28, fascists are planning a “rally against communism” in Charlotte, North Carolina. And while many are reporting that the fascists – as part of the alt-right movement – have cancelled their plans, citing “security concerns,” communists and other progressives and revolutionaries cannot afford to take them at their word.

We know fascists lie and cheat. We know one of their main weapons is numbers, hoping and organizing for a strong white nationalist majority showing up. A fascist, alone, is a coward, but by the hundreds and thousands he is dangerous. So, too, must antifascists show up outnumbering the alt-right.

The revolutionaries, the Maoists and other antifascists in Charlotte, understand that confronting fascists is but one – albeit important – aspect to the struggle against fascism. Another important component to antifascism is materially serving the people and ideologically by exposing the contradictions inherent in capitalism that give rise to fascism and other attempted distractions of a moribund capitalism. That is why Maoists in the U.S. are not merely tailing antifa or surrendering to its movementist inertia. We are not just showing up in masks punching Richard Spencer or other settler fascists in the face. Maoists in the U.S. are also concretely serving the people, arming the masses with the means of creating an independent and revolutionary self-sustaining structure where the seeds are being planted to create the new proletarian power, the new proletarian state.

Antifascists of all ideological tendencies must grasp this truth: that in order to effectively fight and smash fascism, one must wholeheartedly love and serve the people – not just defensively but in a larger offensive strategy. Antifascists, like Maoists, must not think of antifascism as merely combining serving the people with antifascist confrontational work. No, we have to see antifascism as necessarily connected to serving the material needs of an attacked, exploited and oppressed community. This is what we’re beginning to see here in Los Angeles with our local antifascist chapter of Red & Anarchist Skinheads uniting with Serve the People – Los Angeles at weekly distributions and other joint mass projects.

And, lastly and more importantly, it is to give this revolutionary antifascist project sustainability through a highly centralized militant body, the highest form of a proletarian organization – the Maoist Communist Party – of which the masses, day in and day out, yearn for its birth. While it may be premature as of yet, its day is coming. With more and more Marxist-Leninist-Maoist collectives being built across the country, uniting nationally and building international solidarity networks, with more and more Serve the People organizations being guided into existence by these very collectives, we must organize for a communist victory over fascism.

This is the way to defeat fascism, by serving the people, by building the Maoist Communist Party. Nothing can stop us if we continue onward, with the love, respect and direct participation of the masses.

Red Guards – Los Angeles sends its fraternal greetings and support to Queen City Maoist Collective, Antifascists Charlotte and all the courageous, daring revolutionaries and progressives who will come out on December 28 at 4 p.m. at Marshall Park (near the statue) 800 E. 3rd St., Charlotte, North Carolina.

Long live the antifascists revolutionaries of Charlotte!

Long live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism!

Build the Maoist Communist Party!

What, to the Maoist, is the significance of life and death?

What, to the Maoist, is the significance of life and death?

Yesterday, Dec. 3 2017, was the 83rd birthday of the greatest living Marxist-Leninist-Maoist alive, the fourth sword of Marxism, who – with the Communist Party of Peru and the Peruvian masses – introduced contemporary revolutionary Maoism to the world, Manuel Rubén Abimael Guzmán Reynoso, also known as Presidente Gonzalo.

A man imprisoned by the Peruvian state, kept behind bars since his capture in 1992, for the rest of his life. Abimael Guzman is kept in a subterranean cell in the maximum security Callao naval base surrounded by round-the-clock military guards and landmines.

A man who, still, does not fear death. But rather, whose life and ideology are still feared by the Peruvian state and the international revisionists and bourgeoisie. His Peruvian and international supporters and students continue to call on the defense of his life – from India, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, Colombia, Mexico, Italy, Spain, the U.S., Canada and other countries across the globe.

As we utilize the birth date of Presidente Gonzalo to reaffirm our commitment to proletarian revolution, to reaffirm the greatest weapon of the proletariat and the oppressed, Maoism, we must also honor and reflect on today – Dec. 4 – the anniversary of the martyrdom of Black revolutionary communists – Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense Fred Hampton and comrade and Party member Mark Clark. Chairman Fred Hampton and comrade Mark Clark were martyred by the Chicago police with the assistance of federal agents and treacherous informants in 1969.

And on the other side of the ocean in France, comrade Pierre has fallen, a revolutionary senior leader of the Maoist Communist Party of France (Parti  Communiste Maoïste – PCM) who took up the scarlet flag of Maoism only to pass it down to future generations: the obligation of any Maoist.

Or as one comrade put it:

“Today, a great comrade has gone. He was a man who inspired generations of communists, who gave his whole life to the service of a greater idea of humanity, serving a future of justice and freedom. He represented the transmission of knowledge, and he passed the torch to the PCM with a tireless energy, representing the living memory of the struggle. More than a comrade, many of us considered him a brother, a father or a grandfather, smiling and full of common sense. He fought against all deviations, against all renouncement, sometimes almost alone against all. Comrade, we will not forget you. For us you are an example, and in our struggle you will live forever. Your memory is with us, wherever this flag you love so much, the red flag struck by the hammer and sickle. Long Live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism! Comrade Pierre, present! Salute and honor!”

As one life passes, another one is born. As one revolutionary life is extinguished, another revolutionary life is initiated. The Maoist must see life and death in this way: that there is no death for the revolutionary, only a transformation from militant to memory.

To be a revolutionary, to be a Maoist, must mean to be fearless and to surrender to the historical and philosophical acceptance of giving one’s life for the revolution.

“Fear? I believe that fear and lack of fear form a contradiction. The point is to take up our ideology, and unleash the courage within us. It is our ideology that makes us brave, that gives us courage. In my opinion, no one is born brave. It is society, the class struggle, that makes people and communists courageous–the class struggle, the proletariat, the Party, and our ideology. What could the greatest fear be? Death? As a materialist I know that life will end some day. What is most important to me is to be an optimist, with the conviction that others will continue the work to which I am committed, and will carry it forward until they reach our final goal, communism…” – Abimael Guzman

“Why don’t you live for the people. Why don’t you struggle for the people. Why don’t you die for the people.” – Fred Hampton

 

 

 

Avenge the Kalief Browders and Jesse Romeros of the U.S.: toward revolt, away from reform

Avenge the Kalief Browders and Jesse Romeros of the U.S.: toward revolt, away from reform

What does the tragic story of Kalief Browder and his family say about white supremacy and U.S. national oppression? What does the tragic story of 14-year-old Jesse Romero say about U.S. capitalism?

Because it is white supremacy that incarcerated 2.4 million New Afrikans in 2014, making up 34 percent of the inmate population. New Afrikans, although a minority making up 12 percent of the country’s population, are the most over-represented ethnicity/nationality in jails or prisons. One in 15 New Afrikans are currently behind bars.

Because it is U.S. capitalism that commodifies all things and dehumanizes all people. It is mobile and virus-like, growing wherever it detects a vulnerability. Here, in Boyle Heights, U.S. capitalism’s most local and honed manifestation in the eastside of Los Angeles is gentrification. It is gentrification that materially displaces proletarians, mainly oppressed nationality proletarians, and other oppressed groups, and ideologically reinforces that violence through its cultural hegemony. It was U.S. capitalism, specifically gentrification, that murdered 14-year-old Chicanx youth Jesse Romero in cold blood in 2016. Fifteen people have been killed in Boyle Heights since 2016, all Chicanxs or more recent immigrants.

Gentrification needs to literally displace and dispose of bodies, of undesirables, of used-up proletarians and the oppressed. First, the gentrifiers will buy the original petite-bourgeoisie out of the working class neighborhood and prepare the area for the new petite-bourgeoisie and bourgeoisie, often majority Euro-Americans, and as this transitioning is happening, agents of the state commit colonial-style cleansing by literally eradicating Chicanx bodies from the barrio, from the hood. Gentrification killed Jesse Romero to have one less brown body for a new white re-imagining of Boyle Heights.

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In 2010, when 16-year-old New Afrikan Kalief Browder was thrown in jail, into one of the country’s most corrupt and abusive jails, Rikers Island, nothing fundamentally unique or historic had occurred. It was and is normal.

Kalief would go on to spend three years incarcerated, without being found guilty, without trial and constantly awaiting trial, waiting on the spineless public defenders, the sadistic prosecutors of the Bronx District Attorney, the omnipotent and arrogant judges (one of which would go on to become the Bronx District Attorney, enemy-of-the-people Darcel Clark) – without being found guilty, behind bars – spending most of those three years (approximately 800 days) in solitary confinement. Again, still, nothing fundamentally unique or historic had occurred.

When Kalief kept refusing countless plea bargains, contrary to the advice of his public defenders, the presiding judge and the Bronx District Attorney, when he went to bed starving in solitary confinement, his mind slipping further and further away, reliving the ultimate trauma of his constant abuse and the chaos of the uncertainty of his release from solitary confinement, of the supposed coming trial date, of his release from Rikers Island, of freedom, of peace – even then it was nothing fundamentally unique or historic. It was and is normal.

And when Kalief, two years free from Rikers Island, was driven to take his own life by hanging himself in his Bronx home – a home which his family would later lose after the abrupt death of his mother, Venida Browder, from a heart attack – that, too, was nothing fundamentally unique or historic. It was normal.

Normal for the entirety of the Black Nation of the U.S. – where most will see the inside of a jail or prison cell at least one time in their life, and where all have been or will be affected because of the reality of mass incarceration: the legal, repressive state apparatus of national oppression.

But Kalief’s death was not a suicide.

He was murdered by the normality of anti-New Afrikan violence of U.S. white supremacy. The only reason Kalief’s story is news, the only reason he has become recognized as the martyr that he is, is because of his refusal to surrender to that normality, his unshakable commitment to his innocence. He refused to enter a plea of guilty, and he refused all plea bargains. That isn’t normal.

And when the U.S. capitalist state detects an abnormality, an interruption in the hegemony of its omnipotent legality, of the judiciary, of law enforcement, it quickly attacks that abnormality to neutralize it or to kill it. It needs to. U.S. capitalism needs to literally neutralize or kill anything that authentically challenges its hegemony. In the case of Kalief Browder, the judiciary, the legal arm of U.S. white supremacy, punished him. It attempted to neutralize Kalief by keeping him in jail for a.) asserting his innocence defiantly in the court room and not accepting plea bargains, and it attempted to kill him by b.) punishing him for not accepting the normality of Rikers Island “program,” the highly-calculated guard-and-inmate extortion agreement.

It is one thing to protest, it is quite another to revolt.

Kalief and his family attempted to sue the City of New York, the District Attorney’s Office and the Department of Corrections. Kalief and his family saw the grave injustices and initially said, this isn’t how it’s supposed to be. Venida, in the beginning of the 2017 documentary, “Time: the Kalief Browder Story,” expressed astonishment that this could happen to her son, in 2010, in the New York City, in the U.S. But toward the end of the documentary, after Kalief is martyred, after the birth of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, she quickly sees that, no, it is not an anomaly; it is systemic.

Other people in the documentary, such as Van Jones, Michelle Alexander (author of “The New Jim Crow”), ACLU officials, law experts, even former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, all agree that it is systemic. But what is interesting here is the interpretation of what “systemic” means. For most, if not all, in the documentary, systemic merely means a largely legislative reform or fix – i.e. raising the age youth can be tried as adults from 16 to 18, banning solitary confinement for youth (but permissible for adults?), expediting the time to a fair trail, reforming certain prisons or jails, promising to review protocol for correctional facility workers and guards. For the bourgeoisie, this is an acceptable interpretation of “systemic.” For the proletariat and oppressed masses, this is, while obviously alleviatory, a dead-end in and of itself. What good is a reform if our society is still, when not brutalizing, displacing and murdering New Afrikans and Chicanxs, funneling them and us through jails and prisons? This is a focus on the judiciary, on merely one aspect of white supremacy. White supremacy, as a part of capitalism, is composed of a multitude of intricate machines and institutions but it ultimately can be divided into two parts: ideological and base (or material). Legislative reform, although appearing to affect material change, actually only reinforces the ideological legitimacy and its reproduction. It is largely ideological and does little-to-nothing to deeply affect the base of capitalism.

Without an armed, highly organized and disciplined revolutionary organization capable of destroying capitalism, capable of establishing and defending the dictatorship of the proletariat and capable of aiding the liberation of all the oppressed nations in the U.S. prison house, all reforms, however necessary, are destined to be used against actual revolutionary organizations and movements as evidence of functioning bourgeois freedom.

Maoists call this entity, this necessity, a Communist Party, and while the U.S. has a exhaustive list of so-called “communist” or “socialist” parties, in reality none are capable, so none currently exist.

Akeem Browder, now the main head of Kalief’s case, is seen in the documentary leading a BLM rally on the streets of New York. Akeem, like Venida, like Kalief, had always known in their heart, in their bones, in their blood, that the U.S. was never built for them, although it was built by them. The whole system – U.S. capitalism and white supremacy – is culpable for the deaths of Kalief and Venida Browder.

The whole system is culpable. The whole system has blood on its hands for all the millions of New Afrikan comrades rotting in jail, hanging by the noose, being shot to death on the streets, pushed through the violence of necessity into the arms of reactionary camaraderie in the streets, pushed to self-destruction through alcohol and drug abuse.

This is not an isolated incident. This is not a story about how the highly sophisticated U.S. judiciary dealt with an anomaly of wrongfully incarcerating a poor, working-class New Afrikan youth. This is not a story about how all the pressure and heartbreak of losing her child, twice (first to Rikers Island, and ultimately to his own hand), caused her health to deteriorate and ultimately kill her. This is not the story of how a 14-year-old Chicanx youth was shot to death by pigs, then handcuffed for show, left to die without any medical care, as a symbol of what happens to a Chicanx or an immigrant if they dare to  get out of line, if they dare to refuse normality.

This is a story of New African genocide and settler-colonialism on U.S. soil. It is not new. For the Black Nation, it started when the first African was stolen and brought to the U.S. in 1619, and the descendants of those slave catchers are now largely still running this settler-colonialist project we call the U.S. For the Chicanx Nation and other indigenous nations in the southwest, it accelerated after 1848, with the U.S. aggressively absorbing more than half of Mexico, ripping Mexicans from underneath Mexico and imposing a settler-colonial state, equipped with courts, armies and vigilantes, upon them.

But it has developed in its sophistication, in its cruelty and in its violence so much so that we now call it normal. But the capitalist state is afraid. It has seen more and more cases of Kalief Browder and Jesse Romero; it has seen rebellious movements spring up, taking their rage into the street in broad daylight; it has seen the communities of Boyle Heights and the Bronx rise up, although briefly, with the glimmering spark of revolt.

It is the task of communists to be among the masses, especially the most oppressed, side to side with those surviving every day under U.S. capitalism and national oppression. It is the task of the communists to take that rage, anger and refusal to surrender to normality and to turn it into something massive, into something highly organized, into something capable of once and for all destroying U.S. capitalism and white supremacy. Imagine if there were actual communist – Maoist – collectives and mass projects or organizations in every city in the country with strong mass bases not only to react when there’s an injustice or brutality, but to strategically launch community-defense offensives. And imagine a national network of that. It is the task of the communists to have an imagination, and to more importantly transform that imagination into a material force, into a weapon for the people.

It is the task of the communists to take that spark of rage and turn it into the fire of revolt. Avenge the Kalief Browders and Jesse Romeros of the U.S. and lead the people away from reform and to revolution!