IT DOESN’T STOP UNTIL WE STOP IT!

eric-garner-police-brutality-ramsey-ortaAfter Daniel Pantaleo, a white New York City Police Department officer, killed an African American, Eric Garner, by choking him to death on July 17 in Tompkinsville, Staten Island, a New York City grand jury on Dec. 3 refused to indict him or any of the other officers involved in the murder.

But we are not surprised.

We are not surprised by the New York City grand jury’s decision – similar to the Ferguson grand jury which also refused to indict officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Mike Brown. It stands as an affirmation that the U.S. is a white supremacist country, whose principal character is that of being a prison house of nations. It stands as an affirmation of this country’s legacy of national oppression when it sends in an overwhelmingly white police force like an occupying army into its internal colonies/oppressed nations (communities of color). It stands as cemented proof, for those that needed it, of this country’s legacy as an imperialist, white supremacist, settler-colonial state.

Protests in New York City
Protests in New York City
Student led walkout at the University of Missouri - Kansas City
Student led walkout at the University of Missouri – Kansas City

Protests have erupted in response all across the country, many of which are continuing from the Ferguson and Mike Brown solidarity movements. More and more, people—the masses—are rising up in coordinated and spontaneous actions in cities throughout the U.S., from the East Coast (New York) to the Midwest (Kansas City) to the West Coast (Los Angeles, Oakland and Portland). And, still, more and more people are echoing some of Eric Garner’s final words of resistance against the racist police, “It stops today,” to which we say, yes, of course, and let’s add to that: “This doesn’t stop until we stop it!”

But, still, many think activism starts and ends with a hashtag, with a non-profit coalition, with a city-permitted demonstration.

Protests in Los Angeles
Protests in Los Angeles

But we think differently. We recognize the necessity of putting an end to the tragically long list of names of black and brown lives taken by the capitalist-imperialist state.

Let it be clearly understood now: the capitalist-imperialist state is waging a war, particularly against its internal colonies/oppressed nations. They want us kettled in, powerless and utterly dominated. They want us dead or controlled. Not only does the U.S. need its consumers, it also needs its surplus reserve of cheap labor, largely made up of people of African Americans, Chicanos and immigrants/migrants from oppressed nations around the world.

The state has its armed forces; this is referred to as the repressive state apparatus (RSA). The RSA is one side of state power; the other is its ideological state apparatus (ISA). The RSA is a section of the capitalist state that maintains the relations of capitalist production and white supremacy through the use of organized force: the army, the justice department, congress, police, courts, prisons etc. The ISA justifies and tries to legitimize the white supremacist and capitalist order through ideology – in schools, in the media, etc. The NYPD is part of the repressive state apparatus that maintains the order of white supremacist capitalism through organized violence. The NYPD protects the interests and property of the capitalist class along with their allies in the financial capital of the world, by repressing working class people and oppressed nationalities so as to keep us ready to be exploited.

We cannot afford to treat these killings as individual phenomena, as particularities in an otherwise smooth and frictionless existence; we exist to resist. The killings of black and brown people will not stop without calculated and protracted confrontation. The state and its repressive and ideological state apparatuses will not tire. They must be completely and mercilessly destroyed, and this can only be done with a well-coordinated and disciplined mass movement. For this, we say, we understand, that we need a concentrated effort carried out by the masses that are committed for proletarian revolution, for a Peoples’ War—this is what we call for a communist party. It doesn’t exist, but it must. And that’s why we exist.

The New Communist Party (Liaison Committee) exists simply and only for the sincerest reason to build proletarian revolution and communism. As we attempt to build the party, a new party, an authentic communist party, we encourage all oppressed and exploited people in this country to organize Cop Watches, to organize self-defense organizations, to organize for self-preservation and survival and continue to build mass organizations that seek to make revolution against the capitalist-imperialist bourgeoisie.

#ArmsUpShootBack
#ArmsUpShootBack

Revolutionaries from past history have come to several universal truths. Among them Chairman Mao Zedong understood this all too well during the Chinese Revolution of 1949 and then again during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976 with the dictum: “Without a People’s Army, the people have nothing.”

Let us struggle, let us win, let us make revolution.

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ALL OUT FOR ERIC GARNER!

Last week Mike Brown’s murderer, the cop Darren Wilson was not indicted by the St. Louis grand jury, for the execution of Mike Brown. Not only is he now a free man, he has become a millionaire because of donations from racists and payments for television interviews. Today, the grand jury in NYC did not indict the cop Daniel Pantaleo who executed Eric Garner in a chokehold. The United States permits and rewards the genocide of Black lives. The New York City branch of the NCP(LC) will be mobilizing to protest these killing.

12/3

6pm at Union Square (4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R trains)

12/4

5:30 pm at Foley Square (4,5,6 to City Hall)

12/13

2pm at Washington Square Park (N, R to 8th st, 6 to Astor pl, A, B, C, D, E, F, M to West 4th

ALL OUT FOR ERIC GARNER!

SMASH THE WHITE SUPREMACIST, CAPITALIST STATE!

THERE IS ONLY ONE SOLUTION, REVOLUTION!

NO MATTER WHAT THE STATE SAYS: OFFICER DARREN WILSON IS GUILTY!

Yesterday’s news that a St. Louis County grand jury will not indict Ferguson, Mo., white police officer Darren Wilson for the murder of unarmed 18-year-old African American Michael Brown comes as no surprise. In spite of several witnesses, including Brown’s friend Dorian Johnson who was with him at the time of the murder, who saw Brown with his hands up in the air surrendering, in spite of video and audio recording directly after the shooting that conflict with police officer’s reports, in spite of an independent autopsy issued by the Brown family that contradicts original claims that Brown was shot as a result of struggling with officer Wilson, in spite of all of the mounting evidence that contradicts the Ferguson Police Department’s statements and accounts, St. Louis County has decided not to indict officer Wilson.

In spite of the vicious character-assassination attempts by the Ferguson Police Department and St. Louis County’s spreading a surveillance video of a man shop-lifting in which they claim was Brown, the masses of Ferguson and their allies were not so easily fooled by these white supremacists tactics. What happened to so many other young men of African descent in this country, including Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin and scores of others, was yet again formulaically attempted on Michael Brown.

Instead, St. Louis County, Missouri and the repressive state apparatus of the U.S. have further proven to more and more of the oppressed and exploited masses in the U.S. that we are being brutalized, hunted, stalked, systemically discriminated against and systemically murdered.

The fact that officer Wilson, like countless others before him and surely hundreds of others after, is able to walk away with no indictment after a cold-blooded killing, resonates in the communities of the oppressed nations in the United States. While struggling with poverty, inadequate employment and schooling; discriminated in virtually all facets of American society, our struggle is further exacerbated by a police force that serves the bourgeoisie and enforces a racial and national oppression that is as clear as day to the naked eye. It is especially clear when we begin to see Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declare a statewide emergency ahead of the grand jury decision with the Missouri National Guard, Missouri Highway Patrol, St. Louis County Police Department and St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department converging on Ferguson under a Unified Command under the cynical guise of “protecting civil rights”.

But the masses grow weary of oppression.

What surely will happen, as what has been happening, is a continued unrest and uprising in Ferguson and all over the U.S. The oppressed are right to rebel. But what is needed now more than ever is the revolutionary understanding of some conclusions:

1) The U.S. is a settler-colonialist capitalist empire with internal colonies/oppressed nations, of which include the Black Nation; this antagonism is violent and deadly and The working class of these oppressed nations along with the working class from the Euro-American must unite to form a United Front to combat not only national oppression and Euro-American chauvinism but capitalism itself, this process includes the creation of the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Party of the multi-national working class.

2) The masses cannot rely on the police (or any other state representation) for genuine protection and service; it is not in the interest of the capitalist-serving police to protect and serve our communities.

3) Oppressed nationalities, but principally people of African descent, have always been targeted and brutalized; Michael Brown is not a unique phenomenon in the settler-colonialist-capitalist-imperialist history of the U.S.

4) The masses need their own proletarian protection, our own bases, our own forces, our own counter-hegemonic movement: our own dual power. The masses need a People’s Army, and this Army can only be lead by the Communist Party, and as such we must construct the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Communist Party. Struggles in different localities should form self-defense groups to form an attempt at resistance such as the formation of cop watches to act as a counterweight against police brutality, with the recognition that these forms are also limited as well in terms of their impact and scope but that are necessary in providing some form of material relief to the masses who suffer from brutal forms of violence and extra-judicial killings.

We stand in solidarity with the masses in Ferguson, Mo., and all over the U.S. that organize against police terror. We stand in full support of the rebelling oppressed masses who cry out for fundamental change. We stand in unequivocal support for all those who see these injustices as further proof, as further evidence, as an indictment against the white supremacist capitalist-imperialist nature of the U.S.

Long live the rebelling masses of Ferguson!

Long live the oppressed people of the U.S!

Down with Capitalism and Imperialism!

Arms Up, Shoot Back!

#ArmsUpShootBack
#ArmsUpShootBack

 

Neither Assad Nor NATO: Further Notes On Kurdistan And The Universality Of People’s War

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The YPG’s (People’s Defense Units) that have been fighting the enemies of the people and carrying out the political tasks of the revolutionary democratic movement led by the Kurds.

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10 Year Anniversary Of the CPI(Maoist): Victory To The Indian Revolution!

Where there was no unity, we can have unity: The Liaison Committee for a New Communist Party congratulates the Communist Party of India (Maoist) in its 10th anniversary.

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Dear Comrades,

It is with revolutionary joy that we salute the Communist Party of India (Maoist) [CPI(Maoist] in its tenth anniversary. This anniversary is the continuation of a long history, that began in the late 1960s, of the struggle against imperialism, semifeudalism, and for proletarian power that was begun by the Naxalite insurrections. From these first struggles, and the shake up of the revisionist, stale, and sold-out “Communists Parties” that emerged from or gave way to the Naxalite struggle, emerged the forces that would later form the CPI(Maoist).

The revisionists have in many cases become nothing more than the left mask of reaction and fascism. Many of the most terrible criminals against the people emerged from these “Communist Parties”. The CPI(Maoist) stands as a testament of actual communist politics being possible in India in spite of these opportunist, often criminal, reactionaries. It has been forged in the struggle against these reactionaries as much as it has been forged in the struggle against the State and the ruling class they so loyally serve.

The forces advocating the communist politics of protracted people’s war have themselves marched a long march, often riddled with antagonism, disunity, and with treason and revisionism emerging from within. However, by correctly pursuing a democratic centralist policy, and by believing in unity-struggle-unity as a principle of engagement, the forces that steadfastly pursued the communist policy – Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) People’s War and the Maoist Communist Center – where able to consolidate after decades of struggle into the CPI(Maoist). They were among the first forces to raise the flag of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, and thus important to the Int, The forming of the CPI(Maoist) represented an example to the International Communist Movement that when the ideological, political, and military perspective that puts forth the importance of principled unity based on common synthesis in concrete action among the people, unity is possible where unity was thought impossible. To paraphrase Mao Zedong: correct line determines everything: where there was no unity, we can have unity.

CPI(Maoist) and CPI(Marxist-Leninist)Naxalbari recently continued this tradition of consolidation and struggle, announcing their merger in Mayday this year. These processes of consolidation far from being one of unprincipled unity have been a result of summation, self-criticism, criticism, and rectification.

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While an example to all of us outside of India, it is in particular important for us in the United States of America where the communist movement is only now re-emerging after the historic setbacks of right-opportunism and Avakianist liquidation as well as those who would want to hide the flag of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism as inconvenient in our context. The process of organizational struggle and consolidation is one shown in the experience of the CPI(Maoist) as protracted and as possible and as necessary as the struggle for liberation and socialism itself. Where there was no unity, we can have unity.

In the moments when the fascist and Hindu chauvinist government of India moves into a naked repression of even the most moderate elements of the revolutionary forces, we need to pay attention to India as the future of revolution for socialism in the 21st century. It is in the Adavasi forest that the new world is being born, a world in which patriarchy, caste, racism, homophobia, and the scorched earth reality of capitalism are replaced by the people in power, were reaction and hate are not the policy of the State, but rightfully considered crimes deserving punishment. It is a leading force of proletarian revolution  our times.

As communists, it is our responsibility not only to celebrate and support the CPI(Maoist), but also to make revolution at home. The USA as one of the centers of imperialism is not only responsible directly or indirectly for the suffering of the Indian masses, but also represents one of the most reactionary ruling classes in the world. At the same time, as a prison house of nations, as the nation with the most jailed people, as a place with wide disparities in spite of huge (stolen) wealth – the USA presents an opportunity for revolutionary action.

For socialism to finally defeat imperialism and capitalism it must fall everywhere: our task as communists is to make revolution, no matter where we happen to be at. The Liaison Committee will continue the struggle to raise a communist pole in the USA inspired by the example of the CPI(Maoist) – at the same time learning and summing up from our own experience and long path towards unity and consolidation. We raise our fist in salute, and will, sooner rather than later, walk the path of revolution in the belly of the beast. We hope to repay ten fold the lessons and inspiration the Indian revolution has given us.

We celebrate the victories of the CPI(Maoist) as our own: for the victory of the CPI(Maoist) is a victory for the world’s peoples and its proletariat. This is the first pivot for unity the solidarity of struggle.

 

Long live the revolutionary peoples of India!

We shall shatter the shackles of imperialism and feudalism and destroy this rotten system!

We shall build our future with our own hands !

Onwards to victory!

Lal Salam!

 

Yes, US Patriotism is Reactionary

Recently there were polemics exchanged between Joe Sims of the CPUSA national staff and the Southern California branch of the Young Communist League, on the matter of patriotism and the national question in the US. Comrades in the YCL had released a post on July 4th(No Room For Patriotism in Capitalism-Imperialism-Colonialism) in which they denounced US patriotism as the reactionary patriotism of white supremacist, settler-colonial imperialism. Joe Sims responded to the YCL (Some Thoughts on Patriotism, The National Question and the Leninist Tradition) in which he proved his failure to understand the national question in the US. The YCL comrades responded (Response To Joe Sims’ Open Letter), maintaining a consistency in their correct analysis of the social relationships that define US society in opposition to the objectively white chauvinist line of Joe Sims/the CPUSA.

We unite with the analysis presented by our comrades in the YCL. There is no “American nation” with mere racial inequalities, as Joe Sims would like to fantasize. The US is a prison house of nations, created by European settlers whNational-Occupy-Day-in-Support-of-Prisoners-022012-by-Kevin-Rashid-Johnson-web1o colonized the continent and subjected other peoples to oppression and domination of genocidal proportions in the capitalist class structure. The American Revolution was not merely a bourgeois democratic revolution, but the bourgeois democratic revolution of a settler colonial nation that subjected kidnapped Africans to slavery and nearly exterminated the indigenous people to steal their land. The Euro-American bourgeoisie would come to look outside the borders of the US as it became an imperialist bourgeoisie on the basis of finance capital, eventually taking as its colonial possessions Hawaii, Guam, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and exploiting many other nations through semicolonial or neocolonial means.

 

US imperialism holds nations captive within its borders as internal colonies (The Afro-American nation, the Chicano nation and the First Nations), as well as there are oppressed communities of national minorities who are here because of imperialism. The recent rebellion in Ferguson testifies to this fact, as the repressive apparatuses of the white supremacist state turned the city into a war zone; Black communities are occupied by the armed agents of the white supremacist, bourgeois state. Just because a Black man occupies the highest position of the imperial polity does not change these historical facts, for in fact Obama is the black representative of white finance capital.

Oppressed nationalities have nothing to celebrate on the 4th of July. Revolution in the US must be a war led by oppressed people to undo the America that Joe Sims is so fond of. The dictatorship of the white supremacist bourgeoisie can only be broken by the offensive of a proletarian movement placing the liberation of oppressed nationalities at the forefront of revolution. More power to all revolutionary youth challenging revisionist and white chauvinist politics!