From Noche Diaz of Revolution Club, NYC:

A Message to the Three Freedom Fighters in LA

December 14, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper |


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This is a message from Noche Diaz of the Revolution Club, NYC, to the three revolutionaries who were convicted on December 3 on charges from the protests on April 14 this year, a national day of protest against murder by police (see “Outrageous Convictions of A14 Defendants!” for more about the case).


To my comrades:

While I burn at the outrageous convictions and sentences leveled against my fellow freedom fighters, my heart swells with joy, hope, and pride at the example you are fighting to set. Not ONLY the example of righteously calling out and resisting the crime of police murder and terror, but ALSO your refusal to back down in the face of repression and to further struggle against this illegitimate system which unleashes its pigs to kill us in the street and in our homes and anywhere we BE, while condemning, persecuting, and attacking people who dare call it out and struggle against it.

So much about this outrage is concentrated, as one of you already pointed out, in the fact that on December 3, one year since the day pig officer Daniel Pantaleo was not indicted for the murder of Eric Garner, the LA courts sentenced three freedom fighters who took a stand against police murder! (The same day, in fact, that I myself had to appear in a NYC court facing charges for my role in working for revolution.) This says so much about this system! For whom and for what do these authorities wield their monopoly on armed force? For whom and for what do their courts bestow their blessing of legitimacy and justifiability!? For all their talk of rights, freedoms, and democracy, in reality their system “has no more absolute legitimacy than the divine right of kings,” as Bob Avakian (BA) has put it. This says so much about why we in the Revolution Club say humanity needs revolution and communism to break their hold on power over us and establish a new power. For whom and for what? For humanity to get free, to make a communist world. One important statement from Bob Avakian (BA) this makes me think of is this:

In a world marked by profound class divisions and social inequality, to talk about “democracy”—without talking about the class nature of that democracy and which class it serves—is meaningless, and worse. So long as society is divided into classes, there can be no “democracy for all”: one class or another will rule, and it will uphold and promote that kind of democracy which serves its interests and goals. The question is: which class will rule and whether its rule, and its system of democracy, will serve the continuation, or the eventual abolition, of class divisions and the corresponding relations of exploitation, oppression and inequality.
BAsics 1:22

In the face of this reality, when this system uses its rule to crush people’s resistance and serve the continuation of this oppression and madness, too often the response is to desperately try to find some way AROUND struggling against this system to actually STOP the crimes that move people to resist and rebel, to come back into the killing embraces of one or another representative of this system. This is one important reason to take heart in the example you all are fighting for in the face of this. But most importantly, because the fact is this: The only way out is through fighting the power, and transforming the people, for an actual revolution! There’s no way around this if you want to actually end this system’s crimes: its genocidal mass incarceration and police murder targeting Black people and Latinos; its patriarchal degradation and domination of women everywhere and LGBT people; its wars for empire; its demonizing of immigrants and refugees; and its ruining of our planet’s environment.

So as you continue to forge ahead in the struggle, uniting with people to resist this system’s crimes and repression, continue to get into BA, and get others to do so too! Because of BA we can better, more scientifically, understand why this capitalist-imperialist system not only does all this horrible shit, but cannot do without doing this. Because of BA there is a strategy, a way to build the struggle against this system as part of a movement for revolution, a REAL way out. And because of BA there’s a real way to reorganize society on the road to emancipation—to communism—and to go all the way down that road, learning from before. And there is a Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America (Draft Proposal) to make that real, right after the revolution, a constitution for a new power in service of humanity getting free!



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