Running in the Streets of Cleveland with the Revolution Club – a Photo Essay

July 19, 2016 | Revolution Newspaper |


From a Revolution Club member

Monday, July 18....

Get Organized!

1. When the Revolution Club marched as an organized force into the End Poverty rally opposing the RNC in Cleveland, the whole crowd assembled to see and hear: "It's time! To get organized! For an ACTUAL revolution!"

2. Reporters flooded the Club; the revolutionaries lined up and agitated sharply: "They say make America great again?? When was America so great? When they gave smallpox blankets to the native people and committed genocide? When they kidnapped and enslaved African people? When they dropped nuclear weapons on Japan? Burned children with napalm in Vietnam?" And we challenged people to take up the world-class leadership of Bob Avakian, who has shown the way out of this madness, to OVERTHROW, not vote for, this system.

3. Inspired by the work of the Revolution Club, people grabbed proclamations -- Time To Get Organized for an ACTUAL Revolution, Message from the Central Committee of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA -- and started reading them on the spot.

4. The reality that "America Was NEVER Great" resonated deeply with this crowd, and people proudly took up these signs from

5. Before the march, speakers spoke passionately against Trump, along with different artists who performed. Prophets of Rage, including members of Rage Against the Machine, Cypress Hill, and Public Enemy, played passionately in resistance to the RNC, while people pumped these signs in the air.

6. The Revolution Club joined the march in formation, chanting, "1,2,3,4: Slavery genocide and war! 5,6,7,8: America was never great!" - "Hillary, stop bullshitting me! Trump stop bullshitting me!" - "Land of the thief, home of the slave, America was NEVER great!" Others took them up en masse. A woman the Club had met at the rally said, "You never said your group was this dope."

7. "America was NEVER great" became a theme of the march, as broad groups of people sported the signs and chanted along.

8. Hundreds of cops on bikes monitored the march, but people's spirits were not dampened. Police were still outnumbered by protesters; on multiple occasions they stuck especially close to the Revolution Club.

9. The Revolution Club gathered to deliver a 10-foot indictment to the criminal Rudy Giuliani, who was speaking at the convention on the theme of "Making America Safe Again." His felonious acts as the mayor of New York against Black and Brown people, and poor people, were exposed and condemned. (See “The REAL Plagiarism at the RNC: Giuliani Bites Off Hitler”).
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10. At "the gates" of the RNC, nasty and smug Trump supporters chanted, "Make America Great Again!" while the Revolution Club broke down for all why this was never so, and compared and contrasted their bigot leader, a concentration of a capitalist-imperialist system and world that's about exploitation and domination, with Bob Avakian, who concentrates a radically different and better system and world and hope for a new era in human history. Revolutionaries took on all comers: Christian fascists, homophobes, and other bigots. As the Club marched out in formation, a group of people, including from Code Pink, formed an aisle on either side and applauded.



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