Statement from a Youth in Revolution Summer:

Developing a Fighting Spirit

July 14, 2014 | Revolution Newspaper |


This statement was made at the anti-July 4 picnic in South Central LA:

I’m a part of revolution summer, which is a six-week program where youth from all over Southern California join with more experienced revolutionaries to fight the power, and transform the people, for revolution. I came into this program knowing it would be a better experience than sitting around and watching TV all summer and knowing that I would meet lots of like-minded individuals. I was excited, but I never imagined that after just two-and-a-half weeks I would develop such a fighting spirit. I didn’t know how liberating it would be to lead protests against raids, the detention of the Central American children, and the Supreme Court decisions that embody the ongoing war against women—to scream to the world in the form of a chant that this shit is NOT OK! I didn’t know I would meet so many people while out canvassing who feel so sad and have such raw anger about the situations they’re in, but who don’t fully understand what’s going on. Now, after two-and-a-half weeks in this program, I don’t want to go back to my normal, monotonous life because I know humanity needs me; because now I understand the importance of carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders; because if I don’t, who will? If WE don’t, who will? These people with their raw anger need to be introduced to BA and to the movement for revolution. They need to realize their voice and their actions can make a difference in bringing about a better world. So, after two-and-a-half weeks (and I still have a couple weeks to go) I am SO glad that I got to introduce the people to this movement.


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