Within hours of the acquittal of the fascist vigilante killer Kyle Rittenhouse on all charges on Friday, November 19, people in cities across the country began taking to the streets in outrage and anger. That night saw protests in New York, Chicago, Oakland, Los Angeles and Portland, while smaller groups gathered in San Diego and elsewhere. In New York City, over 200 protesters marched from Barclay Center across the Brooklyn Bridge to join another group of protesters who had rallied at Washington Square Park. In Oakland, a crowd of nearly 100 rallied in Oscar Grant Plaza before marching through the streets, shouting “Revolution, nothing less.”
Saturday saw demonstrations in many other cities, including Boston, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Tampa, FL. and Raleigh, N.C. About 1,000 people marched through downtown Chicago. And on Sunday, dozens of people gathered in Kenosha's Civic Center Park to protest the verdict. Speakers included Justin Blake, the uncle of Jacob Blake shot 7 times in the back by Kenosha police, and the fiancée of JoJo Rosenbaum, the first heroic protester murdered by Rittenhouse.
The Revcoms were part of these protests in a number of cities, spreading a powerful statement that begins: “A system that greenlights the white supremacist vigilante slaughter of people standing up for Black lives is completely illegitimate. It needs to be brought down—overthrown—at the soonest possible time."