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Friday, April 24, 2015

Peru- Debating the way forward for revolution and defense of the revolution

The following article was submitted to the RED DE BLOGS COMUNISTAS (RBC) blog group. It is important article in that it looks both at the dangers to the revolutionaries in Peru and the need to put aside factional fighting in order to defend the country’s Maoists. Some groups and individuals with-in RBC have argued that this article is meaningless since the factional differences seem overwhelming. They argue there is no chance these factions will work together.  But the situation in Peru is delicate and very dangerous. There are at least three main Maoist factions in Peru, mostly differing over whether to support the people’s war or whether to look for legal means to form a legal political party and move forward that way. Both ideas have their own problems and advantages.
During the 1980s the Peruvian Revolution was conducting the most advanced people’s war in the world. The military wing of the Communist Party of Peru (PCP, also known as Shining Path) has dwindled since the capture of Chairman Gonzalo (also known as Abimael Guzmán in 1992. But Maoism is still a powerful political force in Peru. And the various parties and groups are in danger of a fascist leaning government that is openly out to annihilate all Maoist parties connected in any way with the PCP. So far the government has made no distinction between the military wing of the PCP, supported by the Peru People's Movement (MPP) and the attempt to build a legal electoral party, the Movadef (Movement for Amnesty and Fundamental Human Rights MOVADEF).
The suggestions given here for action in Peru are good ones. They need a united front to take on both the Peruvian state and the US imperialist forces camping out in this country. Even if that doesn’t happen it is good to put forward a plan that would allow Peruvians to defend their revolutionary movements.
This article was originally written in Spanish and the original can be read here. This article took some heavy 
editing as well as a Google translation.  -សតិវអតុ

From RBC:

Peru is a country that is entering one of the most difficult periods in recent history for its major contradictions: broken economy, political crisis etc. The bureaucratic capitalist regime dependent on US imperialism is making problems everywhere so it is forced to intensify their process of corporatization of institutions and consolidate their fascist military dictatorship.
Its economy is going through the best of times at cruising speed as lackeys of imperialism shout from the rooftops Peru is bankrupt. The general crisis in capitalism begins to take root strongly in the Peruvian state. This is manifested through various symptoms: sharp drop in copper sales generated by the accumulation of high mountains of stocks, the existence of trade deficit and financial for the first time in a decade and a high corporate debt financed by huge emissions bond. Surface and optimistic analysis of the bourgeoisie are not aware that Peru along with the global economy may be on the eve of a severe economic crisis that involves a constant deflation (falling prices) and the collapse of the financial system.
Currently its already weak if national sovereignty is severely threatened. Peru's Congress has authorized the landing of 3,200 American soldiers under the guise of fighting "terrorism and drug trafficking." The aim of US imperialism is to establish a continental strategy of domination, use the Andean country as a platform to destabilize and attack Bolivia and Ecuador. Domestically it aims to strengthen the fascist military dictatorship and eliminate all opposition to the existing regime.
To be clear whether the gringos come armed to the teeth.  At a minimum, any and all bourgeois and proletarian left parties may participate in elections. The Peruvian government does not seek to weaken the Communist Party of Peru (PCP) but to destroy, annihilate; to behead the Peruvian working masses—their main objective for the PCP.
Regarding the political situation we find a decomposition of the state and a crisis of the official left. The presidential election of 2011 was an election between right and right itself, with differences of form, not the content. The two candidates with a realistic chance of reaching the government (Humala, Keiko Fujimori) shared a desire to continue to maintain good relations with the United States both politically and investment and strengthen the armed forces. Ollanta  Humala to achieve victory use a populist and nationalist discourse, promising to defend national sovereignty and reject the FTA. Subsequently it has shown the opposite.
Humala is a cartoonish character representing the Republic of Peru. Where unscrupulous individuals, pirates and outlaws abound and act freely, without any shame in running for the presidential race. This is because secret pacts between the different bourgeois factions inbound and outbound, in order to ensure the stability of the regime are signed. The last covenant (2011) was an alliance between Humala, APRA, toledistas and fujimoristas to ensure the protection of criminals, parliamentarians and provide compensation to the "founding fathers".
Congressmen are basically serving imperialism, mobsters and drug trafficking. Impunity runs at ease and acts of corruption and crimes are covered up. It is well known the name "narcobancada" to refer to a group of congressmen with strong ties to drug trafficking and money laundering. The power is concentrated in the executive, legislative and still controls Parliament nonexistent function. Given these facts, it is not surprising that this is a crisis of political and legal representation that involves all Party organizations in this country. These are merely criminal organizations without any ideological or political line. His reactionary and parasitic character is also shown by applying, contrary to the masses, as the Pulpin Act. It has caused health cuts or generates high unemployment forcing more than 800,000 Peruvians migrating labor reforms.
Within the left can distinguish the bourgeois and proletarian. On the one hand the bourgeois legal left is in serious decay to the point that now supports the fascist Humala, a military commander accused of war crimes. And on the other the hiker left is heavily fragmented into different factions: Mantaro Rojo, Peru People's Movement (MPP), Movadef group "Comrade José" group "Comrade Artemio" Red Sun etc, which have important differences between them strategy and tactics to follow as they start from different analyzes of the current Peruvian situation. Each is considered the legitimate representative of PCP, except Movadef that qualifies as an independent, and judges the other as traitors and enemies of the party, claiming that deviate from the right path to maintain revisionist positions right or left lines.
Discussions between factions is so acute that insults, claims and disqualifications profess using vulgar expressions as "revisionist rat", "foreign spies", "traitors", "capitulating", "trotskos dogs" etc who do not share their opinion is easily accused of infiltrating and agent intelligence. Broadly speaking, we can speak of two great visions of Peruvian reality. One who gives as valid popular idea that war is over, the general amnesty and the path of struggle by legal means to generate new conditions and save the party cadres of destruction and annihilation becoming necessary. And another that says that the people's war has not ended and must continue. Visions need not be incompatible because the realities of Peru are multiple fronts to undertake. At issue is whether to put more emphasis on legal or armed struggle.
In this context requires passing of a revolutionary civil war to a popular war of national liberation. The struggle is no longer limited only against the big bourgeoisie and the landlord class but has to focus its efforts on expel imperialism out of Peru. This can only be achieved with a minimum of unity of action and coordination between the different Maoist factions. So it is appropriate that the PCP urgently organize an extraordinary congress or conference bringing together all revolutionary forces to discuss the political-military situation. It must master an attitude of brotherhood and reasoned discussion to raise the level of unity and learning from each other. If you get to agree, even if it is minimal, party unity will be strengthened and confidence of the masses be won, creating the factual basis of a Deliverer National Front implement new strategies and more consistent tactics to new times. You can not work with old strategies when reality is changing, old bends should be abandoned.
You have to understand that in the present circumstances the "peace accords" are no longer viable and negotiation with the Government of PCP definitively interrupted. The barbarian US military will not distinguish between colors, their eyes all walkers forces are equal both betting by legal means (Movadef) as those advocated armed struggle. They will serve as separate organizations are either dependent on PCP or have no relationship to it. Do not be wary of all the internal division of labor. The PCP sabotage the popular Yankee imperialist war and a betrayal of the revolution. Today, tomorrow will they will face the danger of violent annihilation of the Party—or  join against a government intent on crushing them all.
The masterful handling of the combination between legal and illegal struggle is the best course of action. Participation in elections is not the main form of struggle but only one of them. It must be linked to the masses—organize, assemble them and educate the masses for the revolutionary struggle. This could be done by mobilizing the Movadef to expose and develop anti-imperialist struggles of the masses, but at the same time avoid weakening the armed apparatus and prepare further to militarily confront the inevitable or next military confrontation.
The situation is not the same in Lima to Ayacucho so the lines of action may not be the same. Factions do not have to renounce their views but if they try to search for approaches to positions with a minimum of unity of action. According to the law of contradiction always be at least two currents within the party, a fact that does not conflict with your unit. The groups that support armed resistance should improve its relations with the masses, as new generations remain largely distant from these positions, while the underlying legal means must accept that the People's War in Peru continues and has not finished.
In Peru there is plausible, except for self-criticism and adopting a new tactic alternatives. Since the strategy must be maintained: the seizure of power in the country. -Surrounding the invaders with a sea of ​​anti-imperialist patriotic masses. The Peruvian government is national treason, selling out the country. 
 The armed resistance, however small, is a sword of Damocles for intervention. The wounded national feeling of the Peruvian people inevitably feed the armed resistance. National sovereignty can no longer be trampled. The time has come to constitute a bureaucratic anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist front to recover it.

To achieve peace, it is necessary to make war!

No to US invasion and anti-PCP!

No arrests and extrajudicial killings against defenseless masses!

The people's war is the only way to win national independence and socialism!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bambu - Chairman Mao - Celebrate May 1

Once again I keep an eye out for interesting ways that people celebrate May 1, the traditional holiday celebrating labor and the rights of working class people the world over.
I found this at LUMINOSO FUTURO (Bright Future). I usually don't listen to rap or hip hop, but I really like this. The video is interesting and so is the song (both music and lyrics).
So enjoy a little working class cheer.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

SALUTE AND SUPPORT THE CALL TO BUILD THE Monument to the People's Heroes


From Maoist_Revolution:

With deep joy revolutionary, political prisoners and war of Peru, in this very significant date of April 17, combative send our greetings to all political prisoners in the world and our solidarity with their struggle for rights and freedom. And especially we assume the call to build the People's Heroes Monument in honor of the massive heroism of the Peruvian people, including Heroes prisoners in El Fronton, Lurigancho and El Callao, who gave their blood and their lives to end oppression and exploitation and build a better world.
This commemoration of the International Day of the Political Prisoner, occurs in a global context of long, slow recovery from the global economic crisis, the largest and most serious crisis of the capitalist system, expressing the deepening of inter-imperialist contradictions for the redivision of the world and configuring an anteroom of a new world war. Situation that sharpens the class struggle and contradictions in the world, the main: oppressed nations - imperialism, which is reflected in the constant aggression against the peoples of the world and the resistance and struggle of these.
In our country, highlight the indomitable struggle that we carry political prisoners struggling to Solution Politics, General Amnesty and National Reconciliation! McCarthyism facing political persecution and inquisitorial outside and inside prisons. And in particular, to highlight special recognition to the most important political prisoner, Dr. Abimael Guzmán Reinoso, Chairman of the Communist Party of Peru, who at 80 years of age and about 23 in cruel conditions of isolation and life in the Base Military Callao, keeps you undefeated their Marxist-Leninist-Maoist ideological convictions. We reiterate our unwavering commitment to defend their lives and health and fight for their freedom.
For his wife, Professor Elena Yparraguirre Revoredo, was in similar conditions for 15 years, and every so often is the target of reprisals for their unwavering ideological convictions. The health of many prisoners is precarious and worsened by poor prison attention as in the case of Comrade Victor Zavala Cataño, renowned playwright who has over 82 years of age. Two months ago, the political prisoner Margi Evelyn Clavo Peralta, communist fighter lifetime, died with terminal cancer after 20 years in prison, accelerated death by torturing to which Peruvian state conditions, with Ollanta Humala in the lead collusion with the extreme right, he underwent.
As part of this political persecution opened new prosecutions for acts 30 years ago to prevent the release of political prisoners Osman Morote, Margot Liendo and Victoria Trujillo Agurto, prisoners who have served their full sentence of 25 years but remain imprisoned. Also, after a year of persecution and detention of leaders and activists of Movadef, the rear freedom curbed the reactionary aim to imprison all the judicial process continues and it is being committed violations of due process to prevent political struggle for fundamental rights and general amnesty, which denounce and unmask.
Worldwide, political prisoners fighting for better conditions and their right to freedom. We welcome and solidarity with the Maoists political prisoners in Morocco carrying a hunger strike since March 23, 2015, in order to expose and stop the abuse and physical and moral suffering daily assaults in prisons in the reaction. We support the struggle of thousands of political prisoners in India and the Philippines that harsh repression keep up morale of the revolution.
We stand in solidarity with the struggle of thousands of Kurdish prisoners and its leader, Abdullah Öcalan fellow fighters for the freedom of his people. With Basque political prisoners facing a repressive penal policy, repression extends to their families. With the thousands of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli combat rages yoke viciously against children, elderly, women who resist the occupation of their land. With the exemplary resistance of prisoners of Chiapas are not faint and strength to his people that defends against capitalist expansion that threatens their land. With political prisoners in Guantanamo prison sinister imperialist torture and denial of fundamental rights. With the thousands of political prisoners in Colombia who rebelled for a more just society. With the Mapuche political prisoners held for more than 20 days on hunger strike, imprisoned by the repressive laws judicializes social conflicts. With political prisoners in Paraguay, imprisoned and prosecuted for defending their lands and natural resources. With political prisoners in Guatemala, Argentina, Ecuador, the United States itself and the five continents, all defend fundamental rights and expose the reactionary action against their peoples.
Tens of thousands of political prisoners scattered in different prisons in the world, but common to all is that they are social, revolutionary and communist fighters fighting selflessly against oppression and exploitation of the capitalist and imperialist system, for the defense of their lands and natural resources , for the defense of their fundamental rights , for independence against imperialist aggression , or the transformation of this system in new and different for the generations of tomorrow one.
The struggles of political prisoners are an encouragement and example to continue fighting for the revolutionary transformation of the old oppressive and exploitative world and as part of them, political prisoners and prisoners of war in Peru , we transform the squalid dungeon prison in shining trenches combat , we reaffirm our commitment to serving the people life and never sink the knees.
April 17, 2015

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Castro and Obama: A heartbreaking handshake

I don't actually agree with this. For Cuba to hold out as long as they did, defending their Marxist and Socialist ideals, took a lot of guts. They are the only country to hang on to Marxist-Leninist ideals, while all the other countries in Latin America caved in. They have paid a heavy price. They have lived with a strangled economy. They have been an underdeveloped country since the revolution of 1959. When the Soviet Union collapsed they could have surrendered to imperialism as almost all the other Marxist regimes. But they didn't. Now they have the possibility of rebuilding the infrastructure of their economy and bringing in tourist, which not only bring in badly needed cash but also allow them to show off their Marxist Island. I can't blame them for what they are doing. It may do more good in the long run than trying to support the now defunct pro-Cuban revolutionaries who have all but vanished in Latin America. I will post this, anyway- out of the spirit of fair play.   -សតិវ​អតុ

From A World to Win News Service:

 What future for Cuba did the handshake between Barack Obama and Raul Castro herald?

It was a heartbreaking moment when the chief of a government that once symbolized defiance to the despised "Yankee empire", as Cubans and others in revolt against U.S. domination labelled it, shook hands with the "honest man", as Castro now praised the man currently in charge of that empire.

In 1959, Raul Castro's older brother Fidel, Che Guevara and others, led Cubans to overthrow a hated U.S.-backed regime that murdered as many as 20,000 people in its last years and exemplified the empire's disdain for the lives of the people of Latin America and the oppressed everywhere. When Fidel came to speak at the UN in New York shortly after, thousands of African-Americans and others thronged to the hotel in Harlem he chose to stay over the luxury accommodations of other heads of state. Today's handshake was a bitter moment for Cubans and people globally, including in the U.S., where Obama and the state machinery in general would like this gesture to relieve some of the discredit earned it by the man who is now presiding over the "slow genocide", as it has been called, of African-Americans, and wars of aggression and attempts to reboot American hegemony throughout so much of the world.

One especially bitter element in this moment was the way Obama focused on the possibility of removing Cuba from his government's "international terrorism" list as a way to bludgeon the submissive Castro regime into even more submission. It is the U.S. that held sway over Cuba through terrorist tyrants for decades, that attempted to invade Cuba to bring back the old regime two years after it was overthrown, that mounted all sorts of terrorist attacks on the new regime including, most notoriously, blowing up an Havana-Caracas flight full of civilians, and constantly plotted to bring down the regime through the assassination of its leaders. The history of Cuban-American relations is a history of U.S. violence unrestrained by law and any decent morality.

Cuba fell into the hands of the U.S. for the first time in 1898, when the U.S. invaded the island with the double purpose of finishing off Spanish rivalry for control of the Caribbean and putting down a Cuban revolt that threatened to turn it into what American statesmen called "a Negro republic". Slavery and sugar cane had created modern Cuba, and although slavery had been abolished, sugar cane still enslaved the economy and its people.

U.S. troops occupied Cuba for a total of 12 years over the course of the next two decades. The U.S. wrote an amendment into the Cuban constitution allowing it to intervene at will, which it did openly until the American ruling class fashioned a Cuban military that could be entrusted with their interests and political structures to run the country accordingly. This meant some of the world's most notorious tyrants, generals obsequious to Washington and unspeakably savage toward the people. U.S. installation of torture republics was standard operating procedure in many places, including the neighbouring Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Sugar cane is a crop that thrives on human flesh. Under first Spanish and then U.S. control, sugar plantations ate up much of the arable land. The U.S. sucked wealth out of Cuba in two ways, by dominating big agriculture and other businesses (such as rum, a sugar-dependent industry), and selling food and nearly everything else to a country that used to be extremely fertile before its forests were burned down to make way for this export crop.

People worked unbearably hard in dangerous and life-shortening conditions during the harvest months and went hungry the rest of the year. A sugar cane mill worker killed in a strike was found to have no underwear or socks to be buried in. Cubans worked on U.S.-owned cattle ranches, but only a tenth of the people in the countryside ever drank milk and less than half of that percentage ever ate meat. In fact, it was often family labour on tiny plots of land that enabled people to survive from harvest to harvest in the cane fields. Small farmers, often poor whites, were not much better off than plantation workers.

Cuban society was as devastated as its economy. Under the watchful eyes of Washington's ambassadors, the U.S.-based Mafia set moral standards and the Catholic Church gave its blessings. Among the most sacred values was men's right to rule over women and women's confinement to the categories of mother, wife, mistress and prostitute.

Prostitution flourished – in brothels and on the streets, ten percent of Havana's population "served" American military men, civilian sailors and sex tourists. The biggest growth industry was casinos. Even as Cuba became known as a country where "anything goes" for rapacious foreigners, ordinary Cubans had no rights. The aspirations of the better-off middle classes and professionals were trampled underfoot by the country's corrupt, arbitrary, vicious and tiny ruling class in association with the ultimate rulers, the U.S. monopoly capitalists and their political representatives in Washington.

The 1959 revolution was an inspiration to people everywhere at that time, not a "disaster" as some commentators call it, nor some obscure "Cold War" quarrel as Obama claims.

But that revolution was not led by a party with a real understanding of and commitment to what it would take to end all forms of oppressive economic and social relations and thinking they engender, despite use of the names "Communist Party" and "socialism". Its leaders traded dependency on the U.S. for dependency on the Soviet Union. (The USSR itself had already abandoned socialism in the 1950s and had become "social imperialist", socialist in words, monopoly capitalist and imperialist in reality.) Since the fall of the USSR that leadership has floundered, and not just economically. They have been unable to offer the Cuban people a viable alternative to an uninspiring and untenable status quo.

The unrevolutionary character of the Cuban regime led by Fidel Castro was apparent in the continuation of the island's submission to sugar (now to be sold or traded to the USSR) in forms that reproduced the old relations of exploitation and oppression in old and new ways. Neither the dependent economy nor the society created on the basis of that economy were ever thoroughly liberated. The lack of political rights and the ferment of dissent that the Cuban regime's reactionary critics complain about was stultifying. Yet the most central right such people never talk about and will never agree to anywhere, and that the Castro regime never dreamed of, is the right of the masses of people to increasingly take part in running society through a new kind of state, transforming economic, social and political relations and themselves, leading to a world free of all oppressive relations among human beings. Raul Castro's attempt to ensure his regime's survival by crawling to the U.S. imperialists, the biggest criminals against humanity today and Cuba's historic slave masters, is painfully ugly, but it is consistent with the nature of the regime and society he and his brother Fidel have led.

The country's dependency is shifting from sugar plantations to tourism plantations, an "industry" that offers no hope for economic independence and the fulfilment of human potential. And prostitution, which has been reintroduced and thriving for decades, is both a metaphor and mechanism for the further destruction still to come as the "free market", whose awful power was never abolished in Cuba but now to be stoked by U.S. capital, further destroys bodies and souls.

The lust with which the U.S. now looks at Cuba is terrifying. More generally, however, the Obama-Castro handshake does not represent a new and durable triumph for U.S. imperialism, but manoeuvring in a world where American hegemony is increasingly endangered. An understanding of why the Cuban revolution has ended up where it is today, and why that was not and is not inevitable, would be important for people everywhere whose revolutionary aspirations have not been quenched.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Embarrassing picture for Sarah Palin

I like to post embarrassing pictures of right-wing celebrities, so this comes under that heading. -សតិវ​អតុ
From Gawkers:

Sarah Palin was in Minnesota this weekend paying a visit to Safari Club International. Thank you to the hunters and conservationists who do great work in promoting our hunting heritage, she says on Facebook. But do Palin's thanks cover this jamoke with what looks like a dumb-big boner? A big thank ya to him, too?

For the rest click here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

May Day message—The World Needs Socialism! Socialism Requires Revolution! The Revolution Needs Us!

May Day is on us and it is time to check out the various May Day messages from around the world. .  -សតិវ​អតុ


This year, International Workers’ Day will take place in a context of crisis where we are facing attacks on all fronts. Across the country, the governments that are run by and for the rich are escalating their attacks against the proletarian and popular masses. This results in cuts in public services, increases of all kind of fees, restrictions in EI and welfare, and systematic pressures on our wages, pensions and working conditions.
In their insatiable quest to maximize profits, the capitalists and their state crush everything that stands in their way; they no longer have the luxury of preserving the democratic veneer they once applied to their system. Gone is the time when they were upholding their system of rights and civil liberties and were even pretending to recognize aboriginal rights. Exploitation of natural resources is at the heart of the redeployment of big capital in Canada; the bourgeoisie makes every effort to win over the whole territory, in violation of the national rights of Indigenous peoples.
Against the resistance that these policies necessarily cause, the capitalists and their state are deploying their whole arsenal. First of all, they do not hesitate to repress and crush any pocket of resistance, militant organizations and individuals who support them, and to set up the mechanisms (like the infamous Bill C-51) that will enable them to act with impunity. Secondly, they promote hatred against some of us (namely, at this moment, migrant and Muslim workers, hoping that we will turn our despair and anger against ourselves, rather than directing them against those who are responsible for the crisis and our misfortunes: the wealthy few who run the country.
And soon, in a few months, they will dare to bring out their old decrepit spectacle and try to bring us again into their electoral circus by hinting that things might be better with Trudeau or Mulcair. Above all, their goal is to convince us that it is still possible to “do things differently” without changing the foundations of the capitalist system.
What is happening in Canada is no different from what happens elsewhere, in all countries of the world, for those who live under the yoke of the world imperialist system. The promises of the better days of Trudeau and Mulcair are nothing but idle talk: to end the crisis and the damage it causes, we need to end the system that engenders it.
Our resistance is correct: as the Maoists use to say, it is right to rebel! And yes, we must dare to struggle and dare to win! It is right to reject the divisions fomented by the bourgeoisie and to unite and fight all together to defend and enforce demands that meet our needs. Doing so reinforces our camp and opens possibilities to go further.
While it is increasingly clear that capitalism has had its day and that it now produces nothing but misery, wars and destruction, it is the time to say that another world is possible and necessary and that this new world has a name: socialism, that is to say, workers’ power, the dismantling of bourgeois institutions, the complete reorganization of all aspects of social, economical and political life so the downtrodden of today will be the masters of the future.
This new world will not happen by itself; it will come from a revolution, that is the overthrow of today’s ruling class by the one that is currently dominated. This dominated class, which represents the future, is ours—the working class. We proletarians have the ability to run the society; in fact, without us, the bourgeoisie would be nothing. This capability has to be put in the service of revolution, by building our militant organizations and strengthening our headquarters—our revolutionary party.
Fellow proletarians, on May 1st 2015, across the country and by any means, let’s show and demonstrate our aspiration to build socialism and revolution! Join the Maoists in their colorful red contingents! The red flag is our flag—the proletarian flag that symbolizes our strength, our courage, and the victories that soon will be ours!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Tuesday—Day of action after Walter Scott shot a black man to death

Of course I can support any action that tries to bring attention to the killing of innocent black people by white police officers. -សតិវ​អតុ

I’m writing you to call your attention to the important day of action to disrupt business as usual across the United States this Tuesday, 14 April. The wanton murder in South Carolina of Walter Scott shot in the back by yet another murdering cop who fully expected to get away with it is just the latest reminder of the need to take a stand against police murder of Black people and people of colour, especially our youth, right now.
You can follow this and contribute in different ways at the Stop Mass Incarceration website at  - here’s their current front page:

Cornel West Calls For April 14 Shut Down In Response
To Wave Of Police Killings Of Unarmed People
During the extraordinary EMERGENCY program held Monday in New York, the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew shook with the passionate determination to put a STOP to the killing of unarmed black and Latino people.
Cornel West spoke with fury seldom heard, scathing against those in power and all who stand aside when the business as usual of police killing unarmed people goes on, even before video showed the most recent police killing of unarmed Walter Scott Saturday in South Carolina. Dr. West joined Carl Dix and the families of six unarmed people killed by police; Arturo O'Farrill; Cindy Sheehan; Alice Walker and Eve Ensler in calling on people to walk out of school and work on Tuesday April 14.

We need to fight this fight in such a way as to put an end to this and the many other horrors of life under the capitalist system forever – so that our children and their children are not fighting this same fight. And to bring into being a world where there are neither oppressed nor oppressors, and no system of institutionalized violence enforcing the divisions and inequalities that now rack our planet and its people. I would urge you to also check out the web site of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA in relation to the April 14th events, at