How Long Will These Crimes Go On? There IS a Way Out! Revolution—Nothing Less!

August 24, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper |


This online and print issue of newspaper marks two anniversaries in the history of this country and looks to momentous struggles ahead, working toward the time when we can make revolution and emancipate humanity.

Sixty years ago, in late August 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till whistled at a white woman leaving a store in Mississippi and “paid” for this with his life. He was beaten by white racists until he was almost unrecognizable and then shot, his body left under a bridge. The outrage over his murder spread throughout the country and around the world. Check out what Bob Avakian (BA) says about this murder.

Ten years ago, close to 100,000 people were left to try to survive in New Orleans facing extreme conditions in the wake of Hurricane Katrina... no clean water, no food, people stranded on rooftops or locked in prisons, people dying and bodies floating in the floodwaters. Abandoned people fought together to survive in life-threatening conditions. People around the country saw this happening and were outraged, and many tried to help. Yet, at every turn, they were met by the armed repression of this system's brutal military, police, and racist vigilantes. All this gives a sense of both the need--and the potential--for a real revolution and a whole different kind of society than the profit-above-all system we live under.

How long must we tolerate these and other crimes that still continue—when at this point in human history, the world does not have to be like this,and there is a way out through revolution and building a whole new society? Read the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America to concretely see how a new society can be built and all of society can be transformed to end oppression and exploitation.

Look, people: this is a capitalist-imperialist system founded on slavery and the genocide of Native Americans. A system that has always oppressed and exploited Black people, from the days of slavery down through the days of Jim Crow, and that continues today in the New Jim Crow that incarcerates 2.3 million people and under which millions of Black and Latino people struggle to survive in the face of a thousand abuses. Think about Sandra Bland being stopped for allegedly failing to signal a lane change, being jailed, and ending up dead in her cell. speaks to this every day and “brings alive a scientific analysis of major events in society and the world—why they are happening, how different events and developments relate to each other, how all this relates to the system we live under, where people’s interests lie in relation to all this, how revolution is in fact the solution to all this and what the goals of that revolution are, how different viewpoints and programs relate, positively or negatively, to the revolution that is needed, and how people can move, and are moving, to build toward that revolution.”

The murders of Black and Latino people by police continue daily, and people protest in city after city. Society has begun to cleave apart. But much more is needed. All those who agonize with each murder, who hate what is happening and want to see it end, must stand up and say No More! This shit, the daily murders of people, must stop. And that takes action on the part of tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, and ultimately millions. It’s time for people throughout society as a whole to stand up together, at one time, in one place. It’s time for people to take decisive action to stop police terror. With this issue, we point to Rise Up October and the call for thousands to flood the streets of New York City October 22-24: Stop Police Terror—Which Side Are You On?

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Featured in this issue are quotes from Bob Avakian—BA—the Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, who is leading a movement for a real revolution. He has forged a way out of this horror and oppression, a revolution and then going on to bring into being a world where there is no more oppression and exploitation of any group of people, where all humanity is emancipated. In speaking to the statement from BA that appears on the back page of this paper this week, Andy Zee of Revolution Books New York City said: “Something beautiful—a world with a radically different economy, with different values, a different form of government, social relations, and whole new way of thinking grounded in knowing the world as it actually is and transforming it with the aim of not only meeting the needs of the people of the world and protecting the environment for future generations... and all this is grounded in the new synthesis of communism developed by Bob Avakian which is not only a goal and the mission of a party and movement with a strategy to achieve that goal... it is most of all a scientific method and approach to probe, engage, understand and transform reality.”

Online and in the pages of this paper, people will learn about the campaign to get BA Everywhere and the day when people across the country stepped into the revolution wearing the BA Speaks: REVOLUTION—NOTHING LESS! T-shirts.

5 Stops

Again and again, come back to the question: How long must these crimes go on? On page 16, we are publishing the “5 Stops.” Think about them. They concentrate key fault lines in society and key fronts of struggle that get to the heart of what’s wrong with this system. The oppression and brutality Black and Latino people face in the U.S. is just one of the horrors perpetrated by a country whose crimes surpass those of any empire in history. It doesn’t have to be this way. Another world IS possible.

There is a way out, a revolutionary path developed by Bob Avakian and the Party he leads. Learn about this here, today, connect with the revolution, and then join with it in the ways you can.

This issue of Revolution is aimed at introducing all those who are reading it to the need for and possibility of revolution and a whole new way. Spread the website to everyone you know. Grab up bundles of the print issue and distribute them on campuses and in communities across this country. Be part of making Rise Up October what it can and needs to be.


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