Revolution #128, May 1, 2008
50 SHOTS AT UNARMED MEN
50 MORE REASONS WE NEED REVOLUTION!
WHAT KIND OF SYSTEM shoots down three unarmed men with 50 shots, killing Sean Bell on his wedding morning and leaving his friends Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield seriously wounded?
WHAT KIND OF SYSTEM shoots down our young people -- OVER AND OVER AGAIN? And lets the cops off who do this -- OVER AND OVER AGAIN?
This is a CAPITALIST-IMPERIALIST SYSTEM that controls the wealth created by billions of exploited and oppressed people here and around the world. The power of these capitalist-imperialists is enforced by armies of police in the U.S. and armies of soldiers waging unending war and terror for empire across the globe.
This system is enforced by the NYPD's half million stop-and-frisks a year, over 80% of them Black and Latino. This system is enforced with one in nine young Black men in prison in the U.S. on any given day, and this system is enforced by the U.S. putting far more people in prison than any other country in the world.
And this system is enforced with thousands of mostly Black and Latino young people killed by the police in the U.S. in the 1990s and since. Sean Bell. Amadou Diallo. Malcolm Ferguson. Anthony Baez. Nicholas Heyward, Jr. Eleanor Bumpurs. Michael Stewart. And on and on, thousands lost to police bullets for generations and to night-rider nooses before that.
EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW: WHEN WILL IT STOP! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
PEOPLE: WE NEED A REVOLUTION, a communist revolution, to get rid of this brutal system that is long past its time. A revolution that would put state power in the hands of the people, and that power would be about getting rid of all kinds of oppression and exploitation, like racism and national oppression in all its forms, men dominating women and one country dominating the whole world. Where the people of all nationalities, young and old, men and women, would debate and struggle with each other over how to advance society to get rid of all these outmoded relations and ideas and contribute to emancipating all of humanity. And the people’s security forces would back the people up in doing this, not suppress and murder them the way cops do in the capitalist imperialist system we have now.
In a country like the U.S., this kind of revolution could only occur once this society as a whole is in a profound crisis, and when a revolutionary people, numbering in the millions, has emerged, conscious of the need for revolutionary change and determined to fight for it.
PEOPLE: The time is now to get with the revolutionary movement and prepare politically to bring this kind of revolution about. Fight the power, and transform the people, for revolution!
Revolutionary Communist Party USA, New York Branch
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