From the Revolution Club, Chicago

Who are the real criminals?
Who is really violent?
Who/what really needs to be held accountable?



On August 9 pigs shot a young man in the neighborhood near Moran Park in Englewood. The Chicago Police Department has a long and ugly history of murdering, brutalizing and harassing Black youth. The pigs occupy this area and keep people penned in and locked down. Revolution Club Chicago members have been arrested numerous times near the same park. The authorities do not want youth there to get with the revolution. Yesterday, at the scene we saw how angry people were that yet another young man was shot running from the police. The police response? Flood the area with at least 100 pigs leading to a tense standoff. Later that night, there was an eruption of looting in the downtown and near north.

The authorities say over and over. People must be held accountable. These are criminals. This was violence that cannot be tolerated.

Let’s be real. The police shoot, abuse, torture and murder and are almost never charged. So we ask, who needs to be held accountable?

Let’s be real. This is the most violent system the world has ever seen. Besides wars for its empire, there is its history of slavery and genocide, Jim Crow and now a new Jim Crow of mass incarceration, its KKK, racist police and now an open white supremacist in the White House. So we ask, who needs to be held accountable?

Let’s be real. This is a system that robs people all around the world of a future. Think about it. We live in a society where expensive brands are what everyone is supposed to strive for. Gold jewelry from where? Mines in Africa. Fancy handbags from where? Sweatshops in China and Vietnam. Here at home, whole sections of Black and brown people worked for generations to create the wealth of this country, yet today people are trapped at the bottom of society… left with little or nothing, demonized and then blamed for their own oppression. The high-end shopping areas stand in sharp contrast to huge sections of the city that have nothing, not even grocery stores. This is the system of capitalism-imperialism. So we ask again, who needs to be held accountable? 

The Revolution Clubs (@therevcoms) are working to make a revolution at the soonest possible time to build a radically different and better system. This is not a revolution for revenge or about a few people getting paid. It is about emancipating all humanity. We are calling on the youth, too many of whom are killing and maiming each other, to get with this revolution. We say—raise your sights above the degradation and madness, above the dog-eat-dog individual struggle to survive, to “get mine” and “be somebody” on the terms of this system. There's truly something worth living and dying for: putting an end to this murderous system and bringing into being a whole new world so future generations are not condemned to more of the same. This is the only way out of this nightmare. And as part of getting there, we need to be part of driving Trump/Pence fascist regime out NOW. 

As the leader of the revolution, Bob Avakian, says in BAsics, the handbook for this revolution: 

An Appeal to Those the System Has Cast Off

Here I am speaking not only to prisoners but to those whose life is lived on the desperate edge, whether or not they find some work; to those without work or even homes; to all those the system and its enforcers treat as so much human waste material.

Raise your sights above the degradation and madness, the muck and demoralization, above the individual battle to survive and to “be somebody” on the terms of the imperialists—of fouler, more monstrous criminals than mythology has ever invented or jails ever held. Become part of the human saviors of humanity: the gravediggers of this system and the bearers of the future communist society.

This is not just talk or an attempt to make poetry here: there are great task to be fulfilled, great struggles to be carried out, and yes great sacrifices to be made to accomplish this. But there is a world to save—and to win—and in that process those this system has counted as nothing can count for a great deal. They represent a great reserve force that must become an active force for proletarian revolution. (BAsics 3:16)



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