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Protesting Murder and Terror by the Police Is Absolutely Righteous and Necessary!
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July 7, 2016 | Revolution Newspaper |

How long must this go on?!

Before the eyes of the world, and over and over and over again, this system's armed enforcers are murdering Black and Brown people. And over and over and over again, they get off. But not this time, not if we act. A system that does this over and over again is immoral, illegitimate, and should not exist one day longer. We need an actual revolution.

Indict, Convict, Send These Killer Cops to Jail – this we have to fight for and not back down on. People from every corner of society need to be filling the streets – no business as usual while the cries and wails of our children and loved ones fill our ears... No business as usual while the blood flows... No business as usual while these cops pay no price and face no punishment for cold-blooded murder. The protests of the last two years from Ferguson to Baltimore, New York to Chicago have not gone too far – they have not gone far enough. Our fury, our heartbreak and outrage, must become unrelenting struggle to stop the madness of police terror as part of preparing the people for revolution.

A big part of the strategy to do just that is: Fight the Power, and Transform the People, for Revolution.

Why does this police terror keep happening? Because this system is built on slavery and genocide... because the oppression of Black people is built into every fiber and every institution of this capitalist-imperialist system. Such a vicious dog-eat-dog system will not stop until it's overthrown.

The gunshots and tasers of today are no different than slave chains and whips... no different than the lynching rope and KKK terror. This system is illegitimate and soaked in the blood of our people, here and around the world. This system's power and their armed forces of violent suppression must be defeated and dismantled by millions through an actual revolution. The Revolutionary Communist Party IS ORGANIZING NOW TO OVERTHROW THIS SYSTEM AT THE SOONEST POSSIBLE TIME. Preparing to lead an actual revolution to bring about a radically new and better society: the New Socialist Republic in North America.

We have the leadership for this in Bob Avakian who has developed a strategy for an actual revolution and a concrete framework for a radically different state power. BA has developed a new synthesis of communism. As a crucial part of this, he has dug deeply into the roots of the oppression of Black people and white supremacy... studied how this is a faultline – a weakness, an Achilles’ heel – of this system... and has the potential to be a driving force for a revolution to end white supremacy as a part of ending all oppression and exploitation to emancipate all humanity, all over the world.

Stop Police Terror
Indict, Convict, Send These Killer Cops to Jail!

Fight the Power, and Transform the People, for Revolution!

Time to Get Organized for an Actual Revolution.

The Revolutionary Communist Party IS ORGANIZING NOW TO OVERTHROW THIS SYSTEM AT THE SOONEST POSSIBLE TIME. Preparing to lead an actual revolution to bring about a radically new and better society: the New Socialist Republic in North America.

From Time To Get Organized for an ACTUAL Revolution Message from the Central Committee of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA


Posted by Lavish Reynolds on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Philando Castile murdered by police in Minnesota

Alton Sterling murdered by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Editor’s note: Tyisha Miller was a 19-year-old African-American woman shot dead by Riverside, California police in 1998. Miller had been passed out in her car, resulting from a seizure, when police claimed that she suddenly awoke and had a gun; they fired 23 times at her, hitting her at least 12 times, and murdering her. Bob Avakian addressed this.

If you can’t handle this situation differently than this, then get the fuck out of the way. Not only out of the way of this situation, but get off the earth. Get out of the way of the masses of people. Because, you know, we could have handled this situation any number of ways that would have resulted in a much better outcome. And frankly, if we had state power and we were faced with a similar situation, we would sooner have one of our own people’s police killed than go wantonly murder one of the masses. That’s what you’re supposed to do if you’re actually trying to be a servant of the people. You go there and you put your own life on the line, rather than just wantonly murder one of the people. Fuck all this “serve and protect” bullshit! If they were there to serve and protect, they would have found any way but the way they did it to handle this scene. They could have and would have found a solution that was much better than this. This is the way the proletariat, when it’s been in power has handled—and would again handle—this kind of thing, valuing the lives of the masses of people. As opposed to the bourgeoisie in power, where the role of their police is to terrorize the masses, including wantonly murdering them, murdering them without provocation, without necessity, because exactly the more arbitrary the terror is, the more broadly it affects the masses. And that’s one of the reasons why they like to engage in, and have as one of their main functions to engage in, wanton and arbitrary terror against the masses of people.

BAsics 2:16 by Bob Avakian

Protests Across the Country

Saturday, July 9: Protests spread nationwide. See updates below.

First, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and then in St. Paul, Minnesota and spreading across the country, people are righteously standing up and fighting back, making it unmistakably clear: THERE MUST BE JUSTICE! People are pouring into the streets to demonstrate their outrage and demand justice. These protests must grow and they must spread, coast to coast, north to south, demanding: murder by police stops now. The “authorities” and their totally illegitimate system are already working to get these cops off. This cannot go down.

As we post this, prominent figures in the world of entertainment and sports are speaking out strongly, including including athletes Serena Williams, the Minnesota Lynx, Carmelo Anthony, Joakim Noah, LeBron James, Jabari Parker, Reggie Bush, Colin Kaepernick, Garrett Temple, Julius Hodge, Chris Baker, Jason Richardson, Darius Butler, Prince Amukamara; actors Jessie Williams, Andy Richter, Audra McDonald, Olivia Wilde, Alyssa Milano, Mia Farrow, Amy Schumer, D.L. Hughley, Kristen Bell, Demi Lovato, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Susan Sarandon, Orlando Jones, Kevin Hart, Samira Wiley, Adrian Grenier, jurnee smollett, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Serayah McNeill, Sophia Bush; performers Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Chuck D, MC Hammer, Janelle Monáe, Talib Kweli, P!nk, Missy Elliott, Questlove Gomez, Drake, Beyonce, The Game, Keri Hilson, Ne-Yo, Kim Kardashian; and writers roxane gay, Michelle Alexander, Tavis Smiley and David Simon.

In St. Paul and Baton Rouge, protesters have been in the streets since immediately after the murders of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. In city after city, people are shutting down the streets. In New York City, thousands filled Times Square.

Other protests have taken place over the last several days, including in Chicago; Atlanta; Ferguson, Missouri; Philadelphia; Washington, DC; Oakland; Dallas; Falcon Heights, Minnesota; San Francisco; Detroit; Baltimore; Boston; Seattle; Phoenix; New Orleans; Omaha, Nebraska; Carbondale, Illinois; Knoxville and Nashville, Tennessee; St. Louis; Mobile and Birmingham, Alabama; New Haven, Connecticut; Kingston and Rochester, New York; Las Vegas; Greensboro and Charlotte, North Carolina; Jersey City, New Jersey; Denver; Brockton, Massachusetts; Valencia and Santa Clarita, California; and London, England.

People of all walks of life are in the streets, blocking traffic, standing up to the police, demanding justice. Revolution Clubs have been part of all this, joining in the streets as part of Fight the Power, and Transform the People, for Revolution.

Baton Rouge

July 6: Crowds outside the market where police murdered Alton Sterling. Photo: AP

July 8: Hundreds of protesters including people from the community and students demand justice for Alton Sterling at the Baton Rouge Police Department in the face of heavily militarized police.

Protesters stand up to police, Baton Rouge, July 8. Photo: @AshleyBCusick

July 8, Baton Rouge. Photo:

St. Paul

July 7: When the livestream of the police murder of Philando Castile hit Facebook, protesters headed for the scene of the crime, and then marched to the Governor’s Mansion where they have remained, testifying and demanding justice. Above: Diamond Reynolds the girlfriend of Philandro Castile at the Governor’s Mansion. Photo: fibonacci blue

July 7: Angry demonstrators chant as they block Summit Ave in front of the Governor's Residence in St. Paul, Minn., early Thursday morning. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP)

New York City

July 7: thousands of people marched from Union Square in lower Manhattan to Times Square – shutting down streets and sitting in at Times Square. Over 40 people were arrested, many for blocking traffic. Photo:

July 7. Photo:

Caption: July 9, thousands march from City Hall to Times Square. Photo: @JamesFTInternet


July 7: On the Dan Ryan Expressway.

July 7: Marches, in the South Side and in the downtown Loop district, are taking place as we post. Protesters in the Loop brought their message to the Taste of Chicago festival and protesters in the South Side blocked the Dan Ryan expressway.

July 7. Photo: ZSP

July 8: Die-in near Obama's house in Chicago. Photo: @SandraTorresL

Ferguson, Missouri

July 6: Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri block the street in front of a police station in response to the video of the murder of Alton Sterling. Ferguson police murdered Mike Brown, an 18-year-old Black youth in 2014. Photo: Special to Revolution

Los Angeles

July 7: In front of City Hall. Photo: Robert Gauthier/@rgaut999

July 7: As video of the live murder of Alton Sterling went viral, the LA Revolution Club set out to the major historic intersection in South Central where the LA Rebellion of ‘92 kicked off. The Revolution Club lined up in formation and agitated about people getting into the streets and getting with the revolution that is needed. Photo:

The Revolution Club sets the American rag on fire at Florence and Normandie—a major historic intersection in South Central Los Angeles—as cars honk and people cheer. After marching in South Central, people were invited to watch the leader of the revolution BA speak from "Revolution and Religion" titled "What if...?" A woman nodded her head as she watched and wiped tears from her face. Photo:


July 7

July 7: Thousands marched in downtown Oakland toward Oakland Police headquarters.

July 7: Some 1,000 protesters shutdown 880 freeway in downtown Oakland. Photo: @4noura


July 8. Photo: twitter/@fitbrowngirl

San Francisco

July 8. Photo: twitter/@JennaJourno


July 8. Photo: twitter/@MCmuckraker


Baltimore, July 8. Photo: Larry Cohen / TLC Baltimore.

July 8. Photo: twitter/JukiaBiehler

Omaha, Nebraska

July 8. Captioned: "Nebraska said unity." Photo: twitter/@RAAKTHAGOD


New Orleans

July 8. Solange Knowles (in white hat) at Alton Sterling protest at Lee Circle in New Orleans. Photo: twitter/@MattHintonPhoto


1,000 stand up to police and pepper spray in downtown Phoenix.


July 7: 1000 people take to the streets. Photo:

London, England

July 8. Protest in Regent Street, London. Photo: twitter/@Novelistprice


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