Last week ended with the outrageous acquittal of the fascist murderer Kyle Rittenhouse, for killing two people who were protesting the police shooting of Jacob Blake, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August of last year. This week begins with the likely jury verdicts in the murderous lynching of a Black man, Ahmaud Arbery, by three whites, one of whom was sporting a Confederate flag emblem on his car.
As we said last week, “These trials are part of a huge battle going on right now over whether armed fascists will be able to dominate the public squares of this country and whether they will be able to murder Black people, or people of any nationality who they deem ‘dangerous,’ with impunity.” Our lead editorial this week digs into the high stakes concentrated in both these events, and what must be done, now, to get organized to act in a way that can break out of this extremely dangerous situation and actually seize the time to bring in a whole new day. This frames a series of articles on the Rittenhouse verdict, as well as further analysis of the Ahmaud Arbery case, responses from different parts of society, and a call to action on The Day of the Verdict.
But how to get to the roots of this, how to dig deeper into the why, and how to actually not just reform this oppression of Black people, but end it—as part of ending all oppression? Those answers can be found, and can only be found, in the new communism brought forward by the revolutionary leader and author of the new communism, Bob Avakian, or BA. This week we highlight a panel of work from BA that goes deeply into the roots of this centuries-old horrific oppression, what must be done to fundamentally uproot and move to eliminate it through revolution, why right now is a rare time at which a real revolution could be made, and other “solutions” which all ultimately lead back into the arms of this same oppressive system.
Also bound up with the fascist offensive concentrated in the Rittenhouse and Arbery cases is the right of women to abortion. Go here to learn about the upcoming Supreme Court hearing on a Mississippi law aiming to overturn the Constitutional right of women to abortion and here for a critique of a view being put forward in the women’s movement that would capitulate to the end of this right. And read these articles (here and here) by Bob Avakian to get a deeper grounding in what is underneath all this, what is driving it, and how to uproot and move to abolish this oppression, through revolution.
The revcoms in the Revolution Clubs and the National Get Organized for an ACTUAL Revolution Tour have been, and will be, actively jumping into all this to get people organized for a real revolution. This means fighting the power, and transforming the people, FOR revolution. As part of that, the revcoms are calling for people to come out on the day the verdict in the case of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery is announced AND calling on people to come to special organizing meetings in two weeks, and organize others to go as well. Go here and here to learn about all this.
A big part “transforming the people” is struggling with them over how they think, how they see and understand and move through the world. This week Noche Diaz writes a response to Bob Avakian’s recent hard-hitting critique of the Nation of Islam, "The Nation of Islam: Not a Force For—A Force Against—Emancipation: We Need a Real Revolution, calling on everyone to take this out to people caught up in, or even influenced by, that NOI way of thinking and get into what BA is saying.
For over the past year, farmers in India have been waging a bitter and relentless struggle for survival against the highly repressive fascist regime headed by Narendra Modi. This struggle has been full of sacrifice, and this week Modi made significant concessions to the farmers. There are important lessons to draw from it on the importance of sustained and mass protests, and the difference they can make. Also in this issue, barely a week after the conclusion to the bitterly farcical “climate summit” in Glasgow, we expose Joe Biden for authorizing further oil extraction—one of the main causes of global climate change.
Finally, over the past few weeks readers have been writing in with thoughtful reflections on the new communism in different dimensions, including the recent work by Bob Avakian on the dictatorship of the proletariat and the emancipation of humanity. We continue to publish this correspondence this week here.