From the Revolution Club, Los Angeles

HELL NO! to the Outrageous Verdict in Case of One of the Cops Who Murdered Freddie Gray

June 27, 2016 | Revolution Newspaper |


Revolution Club, Los Angeles  Photo: special to

The Revolution Club in LA took up the call to take to the streets and say HELL NO! to the outrageous verdict that let yet another cop on trial for murdering Freddie Gray walk totally free. The Revolution Club went out with the RCP Central Committee’s message, “Time to Get Organized for an ACTUAL Revolution,” on a busy corner in South Central L.A., just a few blocks from where 2 weeks earlier the police killed Keith Bursey, a 31-year-old Black man. It was rush hour and many people who heard the agitation or saw the signs with the message that it’s time to get organized for an actual revolution, raised their fists and honked their horns.

A Black woman getting on the bus stopped to get on the bullhorn and said that Black and Brown people just want to be treated like human beings. A local news station came and took video footage. The Revolution Club then got in formation and along with other activists who’d come out, and we marched a few blocks to where there is a candle memorial for Keith Bursey. We chanted “Justice for Freddie Gray, Put those killer cops away,” “What’s the problem? The whole damn system! What’s the solution? Revolution!” along with the “Mighty Mighty RevComs” chant.

The Revolution Club then posted up on the corner where Keith Bursey was killed and continued doing agitation. One young Black man swung his van into the parking lot and said he wanted to come out with us the next time we are out but that he couldn’t stay. We made an appointment to meet up this coming week and get more deeply into this revolution and its leadership. Many people driving by filmed the Revolution Club and were paying attention to the agitation calling out this outrageous verdict and this modern-day lynching of Freddie Gray and this system of capitalism-imperialism for carrying out this kind of brutality on the daily and boldly putting forward what's in the message "Time to Get Organized for an ACTUAL Revolution."

In the photo we’re sending with this piece, just behind the Revolution Club are candles and messages dedicated to Keith Bursey’s life. Two Black women came up to us—one filmed us for 20 minutes and kept saying “that’s right!” And her friend said, “They tell us we are killing each other…. Well, what the police have is a license to kill.”



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