Special—from Ferguson, Missouri

Updated September 4, 2014 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us

 

Slide show updated September 1, 2014

Day —And Still the Killer Cop Walks Free

It took Darren Wilson 30 seconds to pump 6 shots into Michael Brown. It should not take any longer than that to indict him. Yet still the process drags out. 

This is “letting the system work.” Which really means letting them wear you down, tire you out, slander Mike Brown over and over again, and put bullshit stories into the air to confuse people? There are more than enough witnesses to indict this pig. All they’re really saying is that they don’t count because they’re Black. 

If the process had been reversed—if Michael Brown had somehow been able to shoot Darren Wilson 6 times, Michael Brown would never have survived. And if somehow he had survived, he’d be in jail with no bail. So if “this is how the system works,” then it works one way for the pigs and another for the people.

And don’t tell us that “there’s a different standard for police.” Yes, we know that all too well—the standard is that they can commit these crimes with impunity, without being punished. In the new society, after the revolution, the people’s security forces would sooner risk their own lives than kill somebody from the masses. THAT should be the standard.

If this is how the system works, and it is, then that’s one more reason why we need a revolution to get rid of this system! Because a system that works to enable the police to go on killing Black and Latino people with impunity, along with all its other great crimes, must be gotten rid of.

Bob Avakian, "The police, Black youth and what kind of a system is this?"

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Points of Orientation on Righteous Rebellions

People in Ferguson have repeatedly stood up and righteously rebelled. They have refused to back down in the face of dogs, tear gas, guns, and tanks. At a time when the powers counterattack through absolutely irrelevant slanders against Michael Brown and honeyed words from Ron Johnson, this struggle must not die down. 

Two guidelines on going forward:

1) If people do not rebel against such oppression and repression, they can only expect things to get worse and their lives to become more unbearable. When people in positions of power tell you not to protest and rebel, they are part of the problem, not the solution.

2) Any action should be evaluated by what it contributes to the righteous rebellion against injustice. That is the standard. Telling people to stop rebelling does not contribute to ending such outrages and injustices, it undermines the fight against them.

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18-year-old Michael Brown was walking down a street with a friend when he was fatally shot multiple times by a cop. Photo: Justice for Michael Brown Facebook page.

Slander

There is one issue, and one issue alone, regarding the murder of Michael Brown: once again, some racist pig has taken the life of an unarmed Black youth—in this case, trying to surrender. Don’t let them fucking change the subject! 

This other shit they’re running about some unrelated incident is nothing but demonization, nothing but brainwash. This is nothing but a strategy to derail the righteous, long-overdue and much much needed fight, of many people in many different ways, from Ferguson to the whole world, against this horrific injustice and the whole larger agenda it’s part of.

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Michael Brown to Eric Garner
This has to stop NOW!

People are standing up in Ferguson!
It's right to rebel!

Time's up for this system.

Fight the Power, and Transform the People, for Revolution!

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Bob Avakian
BAsics 3:34

A Call to Act Against the Killing of Michael Brown

GET OUT IN THE STREETS—in the downtowns and barrios and ghettoes across the country—to make it known that people are standing with and acting in unity with the people who have stood up in Ferguson, Missouri to protest the police killing of Michael Brown.

Bring, distribute and blow whistles. Bring many copies of the Three Strikes posters and also posters of “We Refuse to Accept Slavery in Any Form” with revcom.us prominently displayed. Spread the posters among everyone to get out widely.

Get out REVOLUTION! Raise your arms and raise your fists. March. ACT, ACT, ACT!!!


 

 

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The Peculiar History of the United States: Slavery, "States' Rights" and the Federal Government

by Bob Avakian

Editor’s note: Attorney General Eric Holder has been deployed to Ferguson, MO to try to dampen the courageous uprising against the police murder of Michael Brown. Both in relation to that, but because it reveals essential truth behind illusions about the Federal Government’s role in relation to the oppression of Black people, we are sharing the following excerpt from Birds Cannot Give Birth to Crocodiles, But Humanity Can Soar Beyond the Horizon by Bob Avakian.

Earlier Posts

For immediate release August 23, 2014
Revolutionary Leader Carl Dix Says Peoples' Defiance of Police Murder of Michael Brown is not the Problem: Keep Fighting What Needs to Be Fought 


Carl Dix Press Conference:
“Stand up, demand justice, don’t be intimidated”

August 19, 2014


To all revolutionaries and fighters for emancipation:
THIS WEEKEND, IN FERGUSON, TEXAS AND EVERYWHERE ELSE...

August 21, 2014


Sunday, August 17, Editorial
One week into the struggle for justice for Michael Brown and everything has changed—and nothing has changed.


Carl Dix, Arrested in Ferguson, Called “Outside Criminal Element,” Says Systematic Police Brutality & Murder is Criminal, Not Peoples' Protest

August 19, 2014


Flash: Savage Police Attack Sunday Night in Ferguson—ACT NOW

August 17, 2014


Ferguson, Missouri:
No Time to “Calm Down”—Time to Step Up the Struggle

August 15, 2014


Statement from Carl Dix on the People Standing Up in Ferguson

August 14, 2014

The brave people who are standing up in Ferguson, Missouri, are changing the way everybody in this country is looking at what's going on.

The demands are clear: this murdering cop must be named, indicted and put in prison!

One more thing: these Uncle Toms need to get the hell out of the way of the people who are daring to stand up and fight back!


Black Man Murdered by Cops! Again!! This Must Stop!!!

by Carl Dix | August 11, 2014


People Take to the Streets After Police Kill 18-Year-Old Michael Brown

August 10, 2014

 

August 11. Photo: AP


From an online comment thread in the Washington Post, August 13:

Heavily armed, white protesters force authorities into retreat at Cliven Bundy Ranch despite allegations of the theft of over $1 million in fees from use of federal land. The police and FBI do nothing.

Unarmed, black protesters are gassed, shot, and beaten by authorities in their own backyards as they peacefully rally to expose a crime committed by a police officer witnessed by many. The police bring armored cars, helicopters, attack dogs, and riot weapons to use against the citizens.

 

SHUT UP YOU BOOTLICKERS

These bootlickers and backstabbers of the oppressed—and of those standing with the oppressed—join with the reactionary forces of the system in attacking the masses who refuse to passively accept brutal and murderous oppression and repression, and attack those who stand with them in standing up. Not only do they do this, but let’s be clear:  THESE BOOTLICKERS, ET. AL., HAVE NO SOLUTION, NO ANSWER TO THE BRUTALITY, MURDER AND ALL-AROUND OPPRESSION THAT IS CONTINUALLY BROUGHT DOWN ON THE MASSES OF PEOPLE. ALL THEIR RAGGEDY SHIT OF "PLAYING NICE" "BEING RESPECTABLE" AND BEGGING FOR MERCY CAN NEVER LEAD TO ANYTHING POSITIVE FOR THE MASSES OF PEOPLE. HOW MANY TIMES IN THE FACE OF THESE MURDEROUS OUTRAGES, AND HOW LONG, HAVE THEY RUN OUT THIS RAGGEDY SHIT, AND WHAT HAS IT DONE TO PUT AN END TO THE ENDLESS ABUSES?! THEIR SHIT IS TRULY PLAYED OUT, AND THEY NEED TO BEG FORGIVENESS OF THE MASSES, STAND WITH THEM IN STANDING UP—OR SHUT UP AND GET OUT OF THE WAY.


Antonio French—Bootlicker Supreme

August 20, 2014

What do you say about someone who not only attacks people who are standing up, who not only goes on TV to run slanders against the revolutionaries who are standing with those people, but who goes so far as to physically assault one of the revolutionaries (only of course when he has the backing of the armed pigs!)?  And all while posing, and being promoted as, the “champion” of the people.

Antonio French - Bootlicker Supreme

“Bootlicker” hardly captures the shame and low-life character of such a person.  Better to call him “Supreme Bootlicker.”

Such a title goes to Antonio French, an alderman from the city of St. Louis.  After getting arrested early in the protests—and getting notice and “credibility” for it—he became one of the “go-to spokespeople” for the media.  Yesterday, after police carried out yet another killing, this time in St. Louis, this bootlicker actually claimed credit for keeping things calm.  First off, why the hell is THAT—keeping people under the boot of the system—something to claim credit for?  Then he made out like this shows what you can do when you have Black people in the power structure.  Does this fool really want to claim that life is good, or even getting better, for the masses of Black people in St. Louis?  No, in fact, life is getting worse, with police repression serving to defend a system of high unemployment and no decent jobs, horrible education, bad health care, evictions and homelessness, and all the rest that is life for the Black masses in 2014 America. 

Antonio French, do the people a favor.  SHUT THE FUCK UP!!


LZ Granderson

August 12, 2014

Fury and righteous outrage are sweeping the country after the wanton murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson by police.

Photo: AP

On CNN—LZ Granderson says he’s tired of the murder of unarmed Black men. But then says:

“I hate black looters at peaceful rallies the way I hate the KKK.”

and

“Number one, it’s very important that the community down in Ferguson identify the people who were involved with looting and make sure those people were apprehended and arrested.” 

You beg the vicious oppressors to stop killing Black people. But when those who this system considers less-than-human rise up and demand to be treated as human beings, you say they are as bad as the murderous white-supremacist KKK lynch mobs.

And you direct your real venom at those courageous people who refuse to beg the oppressor for mercy and insist on standing up strong when the oppressor is brutalizing and killing people.

That is the definition of a bootlicker.

So SHUT UP YOU BOOTLICKERS.

On August 19, St. Louis police shot and killed Kajieme Powell, a 25-year-old Black man, just a few miles from where Michael Brown was gunned down by Ferguson police. We will have more on this soon. Watch this video, which shows that this was yet another cold-blooded murder by the police.

Editor’s note: Tyisha Miller was a 19-year-old African-American woman shot dead by Riverside, California police in 1998. Miller had been passed out in her car, resulting from a seizure, when police claimed that she suddenly awoke and had a gun; they fired 23 times at her, hitting her at least 12 times, and murdering her. Bob Avakian addressed this.

If you can’t handle this situation differently than this, then get the fuck out of the way. Not only out of the way of this situation, but get off the earth. Get out of the way of the masses of people. Because, you know, we could have handled this situation any number of ways that would have resulted in a much better outcome. And frankly, if we had state power and we were faced with a similar situation, we would sooner have one of our own people’s police killed than go wantonly murder one of the masses. That’s what you’re supposed to do if you’re actually trying to be a servant of the people. You go there and you put your own life on the line, rather than just wantonly murder one of the people. Fuck all this “serve and protect” bullshit! If they were there to serve and protect, they would have found any way but the way they did it to handle this scene. They could have and would have found a solution that was much better than this. This is the way the proletariat, when it’s been in power has handled—and would again handle—this kind of thing, valuing the lives of the masses of people. As opposed to the bourgeoisie in power, where the role of their police is to terrorize the masses, including wantonly murdering them, murdering them without provocation, without necessity, because exactly the more arbitrary the terror is, the more broadly it affects the masses. And that’s one of the reasons why they like to engage in, and have as one of their main functions to engage in, wanton and arbitrary terror against the masses of people.

BAsics 2:16

 

Meet the Pigs Assaulting People Demanding Justice in Ferguson

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To Those Who Voted for Obama: Let’s Evaluate the Reality

August 17, 2014

Six years later, we have to look at reality. And what conclusions must be drawn?

Read more


The Ruling Class Media in Ferguson: Accomplices to Murder

August 20, 2014

Read more


Important Lesson on Political Piggery:
How FBI COINTELPRO Targeted Radical Groups

August 20, 2014

Read more

 

Photo: Reuters

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From Ferguson, Around the Country and Around the World

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From on the ground in Ferguson...


Support for the people in Ferguson from around the country and around the world...

 

Entertainers, Artists & Activists Speak Out on Ferguson

Cheers to Illustrator Mary Engelbreit for "In the USA"
August 28, 2014

Mumia Abu Jamal "Outside Agitators"

 

Reverend Jeff Hood—"The Violence of Demanding Peaceful Protest: The Missteps of Clergy in Ferguson"
August 23, 2014

Anti-War Activist Cindy Sheehan Supports Courageous Rebellion in Ferguson
August 20, 2014

Read: “Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson” Posted at 350.org. By Deirdre Smith, Strategic Partnership Coordinator
August 23, 2014

Holocaust Survivor Hedy Epstein arrested in protest Against Deploying National Guard
August 18, 2014

Ferguson Protests: Where Do We Stand? Russell Brand The Trews

 

Jesse Williams and the depiction of Michael Brown (on CNN)

 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Ferguson, MO and Police Militarization (HBO)

 

Cornel West on Missouri: "Obama reeks of political calculation not moral conviction"—BBC Newsnight

 

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