CWL condemns Trump for racist massacres

https://fighting-words.net/2019/08/16/cwl-condemns-trump-for-racist-massacres/

By Fighting Words staff

The Communist Workers League (CWL) condemns the recent racist massacres that occurred in Gilroy, CA; El Paso TX; and Dayton, OH. Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, their friends, and their communities for these brutal murders that can all be traced back to the genocidal creed of white supremacy.

It was certainly “lone wolf” young white gunmen who carried out these atrocities. But the blame for them lies at the feet of the white supremacist, anti-migrant, misogynistic rapist, anti-Muslim, anti-LGBTQ and enemy of the entire working class, monster-in-chief Donald Trump, as well as his loyal henchmen. The blame also goes to all of Wall Street that put this swine in office and provides massive support to him for the sake of their bottom-line profit margins.

On July 28, Santino Legan broke into the Gilroy garlic food festival and opened fire, killing three people, including a six-year-old boy and a thirteen-year-old girl. 13 other people suffered gunshot wounds. Legan had posted his interest in white supremacist material in social media before the shooting.

On Saturday, August 3, 20-year-old Patrick Crusius drove more than 600 miles from his home in Allen, TX, near Dallas, and then opened fire with an AR-15 military-type rifle in and around a crowded Walmart store and shopping area in El Paso. 22 people were killed, and more than two dozen injured. El Paso is a border town with its sister city, Juarez, Mexico. Most of the killed and injured were Latinx. According to the Mexican government, seven of those killed were Mexican nationals, as well as seven of the wounded.

Mexico has already announced plans to sue the Trump regime over this massacre!
Just minutes before opening fire, Crusius published an online Trumpist “manifesto.” Using the same language that Trump uses at his fascist rallies and in his racist tweets, Crusius attacked the so-called Hispanic “cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.”

Just hours after the mass murders in El Paso, 24-year-old Connor Betts opened fire on a crowd in a nightclub district of Dayton, killing eight people, six of them Black. One of Betts’ victims was his own sibling, whom, reports indicate, was dating a Black man, that being the motive for this mass murder.

The Monday after these massacres, August 5, in a robot-like speech (clearly reading from a teleprompter), Trump blamed the shootings on “gruesome and grisly video games“ and “mental illness and hatred”. He condemned “white supremacy”, but failed to define it, obviously afraid to expose himself as the chief dispenser of that poison. He has hinted at criminalizing mental illness, as if these shooters didn’t have clear political agendas. He is also pursuing clamping down on freedom of speech on the internet – we know whose speech they’ll go after. There have also been call-outs against Antifa from his Republican cohorts, as if these anti-nazi defense forces have anything to do with the white supremacist mass shootings….

El Paso people hold march the day after the shooting,

 

Milwaukee, October 25, 2019: Voces de la Frontera Migration is Beautiful Masquerade!

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—Español abajo—

Voces de la Frontera’s 2019 Migration is Beautiful Masquerade Gala
Friday, October 25th, doors open 5:30pm
Harley Davidson Museum, Chrome Room
400 W Canal St, Milwaukee, WI 53203
Keynote Speaker: Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes\
Purchase tickets and sponsorships at: http://vdlf.org/gala2019

Amid the escalating threats of raids and familiy separations at the border and here at home in Wisconsin, now more than ever we need to come together to support our fight to defend immigrant communities.

Funds raised at our gala allow Voces to sustain and grow our efforts to defend and expand the rights of immigrant families, and help us build the organizational capacity we need to restore driver licenses and in-state tuition for immigrant Wisconsinites, mobilize the Latinx vote in 2020, and win just immigration reform. Ticket sales end on October 4!

—ESPANOL—

Compra su boletos HOY para nuestra recaudación de fondos mas grande del año! Compra boletos en http://www.vdlf.org/gala2019

Hay que comprarlos antes del 4 de octubre.

En medio de las crecientes amenazas de redadas y separaciones familiares, ahora más que nunca debemos unirnos para apoyar nuestra lucha para defender a las comunidades de inmigrantes.

Los fondos recaudados en nuestra gala permiten a Voces mantener y aumentar nuestros esfuerzos para defender y ampliar los derechos de las familias inmigrantes, y nos ayuda a desarrollar la capacidad organizativa que necesitamos para obtener Licencias de Conducir para Todos, equidad de matrícula estatal, salir del voto de Latinx en 2020 y ¡gana la justa reforma migratoria!

Roanoke, VA, August 24, 2019: The HOPE Center Grand Re-Opening!

🎉The Hope Center Grand Re-opening🎉

Join us as we celebrate the renovating & official re-opening of The Hope Center! Come hear about our 15 new programs, and enjoy some food, fellowship and live music by:
☆ Ann Artist
☆ Tazzahol (Khairajhn Muhammad Sims)
☆ Quille Shamae’
☆ MOE Reese

8.24.19 (Saturday)
5 – 8pm
@ #TheHopeCenter

#Roanoke
#BuildPeoplesPower
#SolidarityNotCharity

https://www.facebook.com/RoanokePeoplesPower/

George Jackson killed Aug. 21, 1971

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George Jackson was killed by prison guards on August 21, 1971.

At age 18, Jackson was convicted on dubious evidence of a gas station robbery of $70. Based on prior arrests, Jackson was sentenced to between one year and life in prison and shipped off to California’s notorious San Quentin prison. He was never released from prison for the rest of his life.

During his first years at San Quentin State Prison, Jackson became involved in revolutionary activity.

In 1966, Jackson met and befriended W.L. Nolen who introduced him to Marxist ideology. In speaking of his ideological transformation, Jackson remarked “I met Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, Engels, and Mao when I entered prison and they redeemed me.”
Jackson was appointed “field marshal” by the Oakland chapter of the Black Panther Party.

On January 13, 1970, Nolen and two other Black prisoners were attacked by the “Arayan Brotherhood” and then killed by a corrections officer at Soledad prison. Three days after the killings were ruled justifiable homicide, a guard named John V. Mills was killed. Despite a lack of evidence, Jackson and two other prisoners — Fleeta Drumgo and John Wesley Clutchette — were charged.

Together, the three became known as the “Soledad Brothers.”

On August 21, 1971, Jackson was shot and killed by guards at San Quentin Prison.
Following is an excerpt from George Jackson’s “Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson“:

We must accept the spirit of the true internationalism called for by Comrade Che Guevara. … We need allies, we have a powerful enemy who cannot be defeated without an allied effort! The enemy at present is the capitalist system and its supporters. Our prime interest is to destroy them. Anyone else with this same interest must be embraced, we must work with, beside, through, over, under anyone, regardless of his or her external physical features, whose aim is the same as ours in this. Capitalism must be destroyed, and after it is destroyed, if we find we still have problems, we’ll work them out. That is the nature of life, struggle, permanent revolution; that is the situation we were born into. There are other peoples on this earth. In denying their existence and turning inward in our misery and accepting any form of racism we are taking on the characteristic of our enemy. We are resigning ourselves to defeat. For in forming a conspiracy aimed at the destruction of the system that holds us all in the throes of a desperate insecurity we must have coordinating elements connecting us and our moves to the moves of the other colonies, the African colonies, those in Asia and Latin Amerika, in Appalachia and the south-western bean fields.

We must establish a true internationalism with other anticolonial peoples. Then we will be on the road of the true revolutionary. Only then can we expect to seize the power that is rightfully ours, the power to control the circumstances of our day-to-day lives.
The fascist must expand to live. Consequently, he had pushed his frontiers to the farthest lands and peoples. This is an aspect of his being, an ungovernable compulsion. This perverted mechanical monster suffers from a disease that forces him to build ugly things and destroy beauty wherever he finds it.

We must fall on our enemies, the enemies of all righteousness, with a ruthless relentless will to win! History sweeps on, we must not let it escape our influence this time!!!!”

Now Organizing 2020 Week of Action for February 3-7, 2020

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Black Lives Matter At School is a national coalition organizing for racial justice in education. We encourage all educators, students, parents, unions, and community organizations to join our annual week of action during the first week of February each year.

In 2019, thousands of educators around the U.S. wore Black Lives Matter shirts to school and taught lessons about structural racism, intersectional black identities, black history, and anti-racist movements for the nationally organized Black Lives Matter at School week of action. Educators in over 20 cities participated in this national uprising to affirm the lives of Black students, teachers, and families including, Seattle, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, New York City, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and beyond….

Black Lives Matter Week of Action

September 20, 2019: Global Climate Strike Wisconsin!

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This September, millions of us will walk out of our workplaces, schools, and homes to join you climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels.

Our house is one fire — let’s act like it. It’s now time to rebel.

Both adults and young people alike need to take to the streets on September 20 to demand climate justice.

Can’t strike? Protest in solidarity by disrupting the status quo and striking for 11 minutes on September 20 to symbolize our looming deadline.

Flagship Strikes:
Madison: https://www.facebook.com/events/444295093093779/
Milwaukee: https://www.facebook.com/events/693776687701388/
La Crosse: https://www.facebook.com/events/361147151227652/
Appleton: https://www.facebook.com/events/473243190128356/
Ashland: https://www.facebook.com/events/400269883939953/

See https://www.ycatwi.org/sep20for other strikes & more info on 11 minute strikes!

SAVE MOTHER EARTH PENTAGON WI BOPM Placard 8 2019

 

Call a new “Solidarity Day” against racism and bigotry!

https://www.struggle-la-lucha.org/2019/08/21/call-a-new-solidarity-day-against-racism-and-bigotry/

To AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka,
Call a new “Solidarity Day” against racism and bigotry!

Defend migrants and refugees!

Over 130 years ago, the Wall Street wheeler-dealer Jay Gould declared he could “hire one-half of the working class to shoot the other half.” In 1886, Gould broke strikes on the old elevated lines in Manhattan and the Missouri Pacific railroad, now part of the Union Pacific.

The present serial bigot and sexual predator in the White House has the same desire as Gould did. Trump wants working and poor people to turn on each other and destroy everything that workers won, from social security to health safety regulations and much more.

Three days after the targeted killings of Mexican people by a white supremacist in El Paso, Texas, goaded on by Trump declaring “Stop the invasion,” nearly 700 poultry workers were jailed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Mississippi. Their children were left alone, not knowing if they’d ever see their parents again.

Many of the workers jailed in these raids were members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union. It’s not accidental that the Latinx workers had won a $3.75 million civil rights lawsuit a year before.

Retaliation via ICE raids also occurred at plants in Salem, Ohio, and Morristown, Tenn., following work-related complaints made by workers to authorities.

ICE has became one of the biggest union busters. It forced immigrant workers to quit at a FreshDirect warehouse in Long Island City, N.Y., less than two weeks before union recognition votes were to be held in December 2007. The attempt to unionize was smashed.

Trump Placard Green Bay WI April 27 2019

We need a new Solidarity Day

Based on a campaign from union locals, the AFL-CIO called for a March on Washington, D.C., on Sept. 18, 1981, to defend PATCO, the unionized air controller workers whom Reagan fired. Close to a half million workers participated.

Just as racism, sexism against women and homophobia divide poor and working people, so too, racism and bigotry promote prejudice against immigrants. Just as no child is illegitimate, no human being is illegal.

What should be illegal is Trump putting migrant children in cages and refugees in concentration camps.

The labor movement has been under attack for more than 40 years. Automation and plant closings have cut union membership wholesale. Deregulation by the capitalist government did the same to airline unions and the Teamsters.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s own United Mine Workers has less than 40,000 members. It once had 600,000. It was the miners that built the mighty CIO during the 1930s.

But the labor movement is like an uncoiled spring with vast amounts of potential energy. Millions of workers want union protection, pay and benefits. Teachers in West Virginia and around the country have been leading the way; and Mississippi poultry workers have been standing up.

Corporate CEOs and their tool, Donald Trump, want to smash any organizing drive. Now is the time to organize a major show of workers’ solidarity against Trump’s offensive. We urge the AFL-CIO to call a national march, whether at the border, in Mississippi or in Washington, to say “No!” to Trump and racism.

We remember the wonderful union song and battle cry first popularized by coal miners in Harlan County: “Which side are you on!” We ask the officials of the AFL-CIO, President Richard Trumka and all of the other unions, that question: “Which side are you on?” The time to fight and defend migrants and refugees is now! An injury to one is an injury to all.

Solidarity Day 1981