From the Revolution Club, Chicago:

Stop Killing Each Other and Start Fighting the System


July 20, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper |


Seven-year-old Amari Brown is dead, one of 10 killed by gunfire over the July 4 weekend. The memorial tent over the spot where he was shot is filled with flowers, stuffed Ninja Turtles and placards with signatures and messages from family, friends and many more who mourn for a life only beginning when it was cut short.

We revolutionaries extend our deepest condolences to Amari’s family—his mother, father, sisters and many more. We are deeply saddened by the loss of one so young. And we are outraged by city officials who coldly attack the family in their grief.

F___ the Mayor and the Police Superintendent! Reporters and pigs swarmed Amari’s grieving parents. Police Superintendent McCarthy tried to blame Amari’s father on the front pages of Chicago newspapers!

Let us understand THIS: the system (not only the criminal justice system but the white supremacist system of capitalism imperialism it enforces) is at the root of the horrific violence among our youth. It has written them off even before they were born. They know and feel that in their bones.

We are revolutionaries. We call on everyone, especially the youth caught up in the hell this system has made for them in “the life of the streets,” to wake up and shake off the ways this system has put on us, including playing us to fight and kill each other.

Why are we still fighting for justice in 2015?

"Why are we still fighting for justice in 2015?" is a clip from the film REVOLUTION AND RELIGION: The Fight for Emancipation and the Role of Religion; A Dialogue Between CORNEL WEST & BOB AVAKIAN. The film is of the November 2014 historic Dialogue on a question of great importance in today's world between the Revolutionary Christian Cornel West and the Revolutionary Communist Bob Avakian. Watch the entire film here.

Black youth are told in a million unspoken ways (and some spoken) that their lives count for nothing. On the daily they are harassed and brutalized by thugs in blue with badges who consider Black youth nothing more than waste, garbage and even tell them, “This summer you will die!”

Let’s be clear, this system has no future for these youth. Black youth are denied a decent education and jobs (92% of Black teens and 52% of all Black men in Chicago don’t have work.) Industrial jobs which used to employ many Black men, at (relatively) decent pay, are largely gone—relocated by the profit drive of this system to places where they can exploit people even worse than here.


Among other outrages at its foundation, this capitalist-imperialist system was built on the backs of slaves and the oppression of Black people. An oppression that continued through Jim Crow segregation, lynching and brutal exploitation until people rose in the 60’s to force a change. But today the police have replaced the KKK of the old Jim Crow—enforcing a “New Jim Crow” with brutality, mass incarceration and even murder. This is a program of slow genocide that could become fast genocide!

And, along with that, those in power in this country remember only too well how their rule was shaken in the 1960's as the struggle of Black people for basic rights became a call from all sectors for a different, liberated society. But there was no actual revolution in the 1960’s and the system struck back with a vengeance.

Off the 1960's, those in power launched a conscious policy—now generations long—of criminalizing Black youth through the war on drugs. They have kept them locked down and penned in. Filled the prisons with them. Why? Because they are AFRAID! They are afraid that the power that shook them so hard back then might rise again.

Join with us as we “fight the power and transform the people for revolution." We have a leader—Bob Avakian who has a plan for a whole new society, a communist future-- based on a new synthesis of communism. And a strategy for how to make revolution and bring down this system to get there. It doesn’t have to be this way.

The revolution needs you!

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