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Trans Liberation is Only Achievable Through Revolution!

On the occasion of the 11th Trans Day of Action for Social and Economic Justice on June 26th, the Liaison Committee for a New Communist Party raised the flag of trans liberation and proletarian feminism and the struggle of trans women and trans women of color in particular alongside our comrades from the Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee.

11169469_10152921387996806_1546714951408818272_oComrades at NYC Trans Day of Action 2015

We do so as fighters among the people, but also as trans people ourselves, fighting for our total liberation.

It is not necessary that we revisit the litany of reasons why we fight. We all already know. We live it in our own skins. We know ourselves oppressed and exploited. We see our sisters, our comrades, fall. We ourselves stumble. We live in a world that often even refuses to recognize our existence. We all know and feel this.

We want to speak, however, about what we can do about our oppression and our exploitation. What are we doing about our oppression and our exploitation. And the origin of our oppression and exploitation.

Why communism?

Contrary to the anti-communist propaganda, communism is not some ugly, grey society, much worse for trans and queer people than our society. In fact, the first successful socialist revolution to seek to build communism was notorious (and attacked) for abolishing all laws regarding sexuality and gender differences (except those related to consent). The eventual overthrow of this was coupled with the eventual overthrow of socialism itself.

Our definition of communism is clear: without gender liberation, without sexual liberation, there is no revolution. We have to overthrow not just the system of exploitation (capitalism-imperialism,) but the systems of oppression that enable it. Without white supremacy, male supremacy, cis supremacy, heterosexism, national chauvinism and all other forms of oppression being relentlessly confronted by revolutionaries, the old way of doing things will be restored sooner or later. This happened in the Soviet Union, it happened in revolutionary China, it happened in every country that claimed to be socialist. We recognize that failure, while understanding that we can learn from their successes, which put to shame those of capitalism-imperialism.

Why proletarian feminism?

Proletarian feminism is the self-determined theory and practice put forth by communists world-wide on the question of gender and gender identity. It is born out of the criticism of the patriarchal failure of previous communist movements.

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While proletarian feminism is a recent development of theory and practice, this is no reason to not pursue it. In fact, it is an opportunity to sum up and to develop further the theoretical and practical lessons of the women’s movement up to now. We want to go beyond our experience of activism and into a revolutionary movement, a real revolutionary movement, a movement for real power for the liberation of all of us, the oppressed and the exploited.

Proletarian feminists reject biological arguments that support cis chauvinism and cis supremacy, and embrace gender liberation. We make it clear that gender, as identity, is in itself not the problem, but rather that gender roles (specially gender roles rooted in patriarchy) are the problem. These roles are ultimately rooted in class society, which in our times is capitalism-imperialism. “Feminist” trends that attack trans people for affirming their gender identity (and social being when possible) either in the name of gender abolition or in the name of defending a gender binary based on a sex binary, are actually engaging in a patriarchal definition of gender, and a capitalist-imperialist definition of gender. Until one’s gender identity and gender expression is only relevant as an expression of individuality, with no consequences as they relate to oppression and exploitation, we must fight for liberation.

Patriarchy orders gender today – this is why we are feminists. Working class and poor trans people have more in common with our working class and poor siblings (even when they are transantagonistic) than with even trans people at the top – this is why we are proletarian. Our total liberation is not possible until all oppression and exploitation is overthrown, this is why we are communists.

Caitlyn Jenner is a woman and our class enemy, but CeCe McDonald is a woman and our comrade!

Socialism is no guarantee against cis supremacy – it is up to us as trans people to ensure that the movement to overthrow capitalism doesn’t leave us behind. It is also the task of cis gender comrades to embrace, defend, listen, and march side by side with us, not to tokenize and dictate – but to be our comrades in trans liberation. We need physical and armed self-defense by any means necessary – it is with political organization this self-defense is the most effective. We cannot do it alone. Self-determination is not isolation!

Trans communists are part of the vanguard of the struggle for liberation, because capitalism-imperialism puts us at the bottom. We welcome trans organizations like the Revolutionary Alliance of Trans People Against Capitalism (RATPAC) emerging, and look forward to explicitly proletarian and communist trans struggle, which has had a long time coming. RATPAC and others have begun to speak about proletarian transfeminism – and we look forward to engage with what this means in theory and practice – as trans and cis proletarian feminists we didn’t think we needed a further development. That said, we are not opposed to this development if it enriches and deepens our liberation. We need a trans movement that upholds and defends CeCe McDonald or Chelsea Manning as our examples – women who raised the level of struggle with their example, and any theoretical development that sums up and marches forward such a movement will be embraced.

sylvia r and Marsha p JComrades Sylvia Rivera and Marsh P. Johnson revolutionary pioneers of Stonewall 1969 and S.T.A.R (Street Transgender* Action Revolutionaries)

We stand on the shoulders of trans women like Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson,  or Leslie Feinberg, comrades who embraced not just their own liberation, but that of all the people, without losing sight of self-determination as the starting point.

We seek to deepen their theoretical and practical contributions and develop a communist movement that moves beyond trans inclusion, and into acting shoulder to shoulder as comrades in trans liberation.

Trans women are women, there is no women’s liberation without trans woman liberation!
We have nothing to lose but our chains!

*the ‘T’ in S.T.A.R used to be Transvestite before becoming an outdated term.

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Calling revolutionaries throughout the US for May Day 2015

NCP (LC) and RSCC on Mayday 2014
NCP (LC) and RSCC on Mayday 2014

Let this year’s May first be the largest in history! May 1st has been the rallying point for workers, revolutionaries and communists of every shade. Now more than ever it is pivotal to make the demarcation with the liberalism of the people’s movement. We declare that the first step for advancing the struggle of the exploited in the US is to split the movement along revolutionary lines. The questions of today must be answered by revolutionaries, first and foremost. This means centering on organizations whose orientation is to strategically defeat the enemy by ideological, economic and ultimately political means. Organizations which do not merely aim to gain more quantitatively for the exploited, but also qualitatively change the order of society from a capitalist society to a socialist society.

The continuing inter-imperialist conflicts worldwide leading to more proxy wars in Yemen, along with the continuing conflicts in Syria and Ukraine for the battle of hegemony between US or Russian interests convey to us that merely opposing the current imperialism is not enough to alter the position of the exploited. The bleeding of the environment and the genuine and artificial scarcity of resources continues ever more with many unable to get basic necessities. The continuing genocides of oppressed nationalities continues with New Afrikans (African Americans) being extra-judicially killed every 28 hours with no recourse from the law on the perpetrators. Concentration camps for working class oppressed nationalities is alive and well for the Black and Latinos being funneled due to a drug war which is a cover for a counter insurgency of their communities, not to mention the growing population of immigrants in detention centers who receive less support than those in prisons. The fight for 15 shows that even labor-aristocratic led trade-unions are even coming into contradiction with the ruling class, and that rank and file workers are realizing their economic interests at the minimum.

The tasks of communists is to lead these struggles, bring the revolutionary line and analysis, push the limits and connect with every section of society which can benefit from overthrowing the capitalist class. But to advance we must divide. We must divide ourselves from the outdated methods of struggle and analysis from the revisionist left. We must divide from the neo-liberal outlets of social welfare activism which is promoted by the state in a counter insurgency to pacify the people from realizing their strategic interests. We must be able to come to unity in regards to making revolution in the 21 century United States. But this unity must be brought about through struggle. Unit-Struggle-Unity is the Maoist method. This May Day we invite all revolutionaries to unite for this struggle.

New York City:

Union square 2 p.m.

Kansas City:

Budd Park 4 p.m.

Los Angeles:

7th Street and Alvarado in Mac Arthur park at 4pm

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.

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!