Reflections

Sandra Bland was Murdered for her Activism

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We have what seems to be yet another case of a black woman dying while under police custody. Sandra Bland’s death seems on the surface to be tragic, but just one more body to the body count of the genocide of black people in the United States.

However, given the history in the United States of how local, state, and federal law enforcement colludes and is often indistinguishable from explicitly white supremacist terrorism, we cannot harbor any illusions as to what is the actual situation: a political assassination. Continue reading

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Kansas City: All Out Saturday Nov. 9th to Oppose the Nazis and the Klan!

This is a reprint of an article from Scission on the coming joint Nazi and Klansman rally coming to Kansas City on Saturday November 9th. For all those readers who are in or around Kansas City please join the event page here. The counter rally will be at the Jackson County Courthouse 415 East 12th Street Kansas City, MO 64106 starting at 2 pm.

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Nazis  (National Socialist Movement)are coming to my town.  They aren’t coming here alone.  They are hoping to bring a plethora of other white supremacists with them.  They will be gathering on the steps of the Jackson County Courthouse in downtown Kansas City this Saturday afternoon for a public rally and then heading to an undisclosed location to do their more private dirty deeds.
Grass roots organizing by anti-racist activists has been underway to let the white supremacists know they are less then welcome here.  They plan for a counter rally just across from the nazi led rally to let the white supremacist see what Kansas City thinks of their ilk.
A group of  “liberal” minded citizens with the support of the city and establishment groups has suddenly emerged with an alternate rally far from the scene.  They are claiming the grassroots counter rally planned at the Courthouse will provoke violence.  This plan is  an unfortunate splitting of what should be one big show of resolve against the appearance of Nazis, white supremacist, and other racists in our city.
Scission believes that a disciplined, yet free, counter rally in sight of the white supremacists makes far more sense then holding some festival far from the scene.  Scission believes a large turnout at the Courthouse counter rally is important for any number of reasons, not the least of which is the safety of those counter demonstrating.  It is also important that the white supremacists see what Kansas Citians really think of them, hear directly what Kansas Citians have to say to them, understand that Kansas Citians are not afraid of them.  Scission calls upon those planning the far away event to reconsider or, at a minimum,  to let those who attend their rally know that another event is happening which will express our outrage directly without any intent of violence.
What follows are various statements from and about the grassroots rally currently being organized for this Saturday at the Courthouse.  The information is taken from several facebook pages helping to put together the Courthouse anti-nazi counter rally. Continue reading
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On Electoral Suppression, the National Question, and the Sunbelt: On Elections-Neftali « Signalfire (repost)

On Elections-Neftali « Signalfire

Comrade Neftali, who has written for this blog before, wrote a piece On Elections for the Signalfire blog last year as the U.S. Presidential elections approached. We are re-posting the last section here, as it becomes highly relevant in the light of the Supreme Court of the USA‘s nefarious gutting of one of the last remaining legal protections for non-white citizens left in the USA – that is, one of the last remaining victories of the Civil Rights movement.

On Electoral Suppression, the National Question, and the Sunbelt

Within the united states the bourgeois electoral system is fundamentally different than those of the parliamentary order, the US system grounds the body politic under a stronger regime of the leadership of capital and provides for greater stability for capital in carrying forward the economic intercourse of a free market society. Moreover this regime unites with white reactionary petty bourgeois class forces in, historically and into today, in disenfranchising citizens (particularly African-American and Latino voters). This occurs in many swing states and particularly through the sunbelt and rust-belt through gerrymandering or voter suppression. It is of course long part of the history of white supremacist rule and the continuation of national oppression and it can’t fundamentally be ignored.

Communists must fight for the political rights of the oppressed and expose the character of the state at work, why it must continually imprison those people in oppressed nationality communities and internal colonies. However such terrain is of course at issue because fundamentally the work of the Left here in many respects can be ultimately rerouted under the liberal bourgeoisie. Ultimately many left opportunists ignore these political questions precisely because the very matter draws them from their philistine posturing into the concrete of one of the many manifestations of national oppression as it is conducted in the United States. Continue reading

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