Sunday, 29 April 2012


April 29th, 2012, marks the twentieth anniversary of the Los Angeles Rebellion. For those too young to know, it was a day when a jury acquitted four cops in the brutal beating of Black victim Rodney King, although there were at least twelve cops involved in the attack. Three of the pigs were white, one was Hispanic. The rebellion that followed lasted at least six days, and caused over 1 billion dollars worth of damage. Over ten thousand national guard troops were sent to try and stop the rebellion.

Much of the bourgeois press tried to blame the Revolutionary Communist Party for inciting the rebellion. This is the same press who call them inconsequential, tiny, and anachronistic. The reality is, it's their fucking system. It's poverty. It's racism. It's the threat of prison hanging over every Black and/or poor person in the u.s. of fucking a. 1992 was also the year I discovered the RCP. It was the year Chairman Gonzalo, leader of the Partido Comunista Del Peru was captured by the enemy. It was the year that I was in San Francisco (after the rebellion) speaking with people who were directly involved. It was not all looting, and "I've gotta get mine". There were people trying to organize. There was a gang truce between the crips and the bloods. There were many truly great things happening. Read this article.

20th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Rebellion

It’s Right to Rebel Against Injustice!

Twenty years ago, April 29, 1992, the city of Los Angeles, the second largest city in the country, erupted in rebellion. Black people, joined by Latinos and people of many nationalities and coming from many different backgrounds, poured into the streets and refused to silently accept the unjust verdict which had just been rendered in the trial of the cops who brutalized Rodney King. The major news anchors in the country sat tight-lipped and nervous while walls of fire raged on the screens behind them. People were shown dancing in the light of those flames, venting their anger, fighting the police whenever and wherever they encountered them.
At some point in the first ferocious hours of the uprising, the authorities decided to pull back many of their armed enforcers from the city’s neighborhoods, concentrating instead on protecting the key centers of power and wealth. As that first day rolled over into three days, the powers mobilized the largest domestic military occupation since the 1960s. Still, people moved with pride and their eyes shined with a mixture of rage and ferocious joy, a joy rooted in the idea that it’s right to rebel against injustice! And the 1992 LA Rebellion became the largest urban rebellion in U.S. history.

The Day the Sky Cracked Open

On April 29, 1992, it seemed like almost everyone in Los Angeles—along with many, many others around the country—were holding their breath.
Fourteen months earlier, Rodney King, a young Black man, had been pulled over for speeding. Twenty Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and Highway Patrol officers flooded the scene as a police helicopter circled overhead. In the ensuing minutes, at least seven LAPD cops mercilessly beat and Tasered King, crushing the bones in his face, breaking his teeth and ankle, and causing numerous lacerations and internal injuries. Other cops stood around laughing, egging their fellow pigs on, while still others sent racist radio messages to other cops. When they finally took King to the hospital, the officers openly joked and bragged about the beating.
Unknown to the cops, a resident across the street videotaped the whole savage assault, which was subsequently played over and over on the news. National and even international outrage spread.
The LAPD and its then-Chief Daryl Gates lashed back, mounting a massive media campaign to criminalize King and somehow justify the beating. They claimed King was on PCP (tests proved negative). They argued that the videotape didn’t show the whole incident, that King attacked them. But the anger was so widespread that prosecutors eventually charged four of the cops with excessive force to try to contain things.
Then, as the trial approached, a judge moved the case from downtown LA to the overwhelmingly white suburb of Simi Valley where many cops and ex-cops lived. Still, people were guardedly hopeful.THIS time the police brutality was caught on tape. THIS time what Black people knew happens all the time was documented and broadcast for the whole world to see. THIS time with the reality of what it means to be Black in America out there for all to see, millions felt the jury had no choice but to convict. Finally, there would be some justice delivered.
At 3:15 pm on April 29,1992, the jury decision was announced on live TV: “Not guilty... Not guilty... Not guilty” over and over again. Not a single officer was convicted of any crime!

People’s Anger Explodes

The verdicts were met with shock and disbelief, but also a deep anger. A young Black woman in the Crenshaw district described an empty, hollow feeling and a pain that went from the top of her head to the tip of her toes. In the Nickerson Gardens housing project a young Black man said, “It was almost like somebody took a shotgun and blew a hole through you but there was no blood and you was just sitting up there with a hole and you could see life going out of you.” Some of those considered the “hardest” people in the projects were standing out on the sports field with tears of rage coming down their faces.
Within less than an hour, people were gathering on street corners, outside stores, in front yards all over the city. Some had homemade signs, others simply screamed out their denunciation of the acquittals. Shouts of “No Justice, No Peace” and “Fuck tha Police” filled the air.
Hundreds and hundreds spontaneously gathered downtown in front of LAPD headquarters. A traffic booth in the parking lot went up in flames. Local news pictured glass doors and windows being smashed as cops in riot gear lined the inside of the building. At one point demonstrators tore down a U.S. flag and set it on fire. News reports said that cars were flipped over and torched, including at least one police car. The crowd surged through the downtown area, attacking symbols of power from City Hall, to the courthouses, to the LA Times building.
Over the next several days, the media reported that crowds attacked the Military Induction Center in the Crenshaw district, that the DMV building in Long Beach was torched, and that there was a firebombing of the probation office in Compton. Police set up concrete barricades surrounding many stations.

Florence and Normandie

Some of the earliest and fiercest fighting broke out at the intersection of Florence and Normandie in South Central LA. Dozens of angry people had come to the area after hearing about the verdicts. Cops reported that they were met with hostile looks and shouts almost as soon as the verdicts were announced.
Twenty to 30 cops came into the area, brutally assaulting several youth and busting anyone who spoke out. By this time the crowd had grown to 100. The cops, outnumbered, drew their batons. Reports said that rocks, bricks and bottles began to rain down on the cops. Within minutes they broke ranks, scrambled into their cars and retreated.
Once the police had been run out of the area, people took their protest to the main intersection. Shops were broken into and set on fire. People began to lash out at white, Latino and Asian people driving through the intersection, including the televised attack on white truck driver Reginald Denny that the authorities later seized on to try to deliver the verdict that the rebellion was nothing but senseless and criminal, and characterized by violence aimed at innocent people.
Before long the live TV coverage of the scene at Florence and Normandie, combined with thick columns of smoke visible for miles, helped spark outbreaks elsewhere.

A Multinational Rebellion

Much of the initial action was in heavily Black areas in South Central. A veteran of the 1965 Watts Rebellion described driving through whole neighborhoods that were “on the verge.” A young sister talked about how this was the first time in her life she was proud to be Black. But as the upsurge spread, it created a huge opening through which the suppressed anger of many nationalities burst forth and a deep, palpable and almost universal rage swept through the communities of the oppressed.
Latinos in huge numbers joined the upsurge. This was especially true in areas like the Pico-Union district west of downtown and parts of Hollywood with heavy concentrations of immigrants from Mexico and Central America. Tens of thousands swept into the streets and up against the authorities. Crowds mocked the cops and immigration police wherever they gathered. TV news showed store windows being smashed, buildings being set aflame, and people taking everything from kids’ shoes to Pampers to furniture.
There were reports of white and Asian youth joining in as well, often together with the Black and Latino masses.

Overcoming Divisions Among the People

As the rebellion unfolded, the mainstream press worked to whip up antagonisms between different nationalities, painting the whole rebellion as a “race riot” of Blacks against Latinos, whites, and especially Korean store owners.
It is true that many of the small liquor and convenience stores looted and burned in South Central and in the Pico-Union/Hollywood areas were owned by Koreans, and many Korean people wrongly stood with the system instead of the people. Long-standing divisions between Blacks and Latino immigrants were (and are) consciously promoted by different powers-that-be. Mouthpieces for the system worked to channel the people’s anger over being locked down in ghettos with no jobs, over racist discrimination and daily deprivation, and over being criminalized as a people and being set against other peoples and nationalities.
But what stood out is how people of different nationalities and races overcame these conflicts in the midst of the rebellion, how they stopped blaming and fighting each other—and how they came together in resistance to this system. A middle-aged Black man’s face lit up as he talked about the rebellion. “I felt the same way all our people felt when we blew up. Equality wasn’t in my favor for a long time now. Look, we are tired of this. People all over felt the same way in their hearts. Not only people in LA, but people all over the country. Not only people of color, but a lot of white people too.”
The graffiti on the walls told much of the story—”Bloods + Crips + Mexicans,” “4/30/92 Together Forever,” “Rodney King No Mas,” and later “Yankee Go Home.” In the midst of this, the idea of revolution was in the air—and was warmly received. “Revolución es la Solución! Revolution is the Hope of the Hopeless” appeared on the walls.
There were reports of Black youth coming into the mainly Latino immigrant neighborhood of Pico Union, opening up storefronts, and calling on the Latino people to take what they needed. And one of the most under-reported incidents during the rebellion was a demonstration of 300 to 400 Korean-American students outside City Hall demanding the resignation of then-LAPD Chief Gates and the federal prosecution of the cops who beat Rodney King.
The rebellion also drew support from many middle class and better-off sections of society. Filmmakers, actors, musicians, professors, playwrights and poets spoke out in support of the people and against the verdicts. Hundreds of UCLA students rallied on campus in support of the rebellion and many made their way downtown and to the neighborhoods to stand with the people.

Gang Truce

Just before the rebellion erupted, a truce was worked out by warring gangs of Bloods and Crips. The truce suspended more than a decade of brutal and senseless fighting and killing among the people. A new situation was established and it gave strength to the rebellion, especially in Watts.
For years the cops complained about “gang violence” and used it as justification to carry out wholesale attacks on Black and Latino youth. Now that the youth were beginning to overcome their differences and to think about fighting against their common oppression instead of each other, the authorities moved hard to shut the truce down. There were hundreds of unity meetings and parties in the weeks after the rebellion, and each one was attacked and broken up by the pigs.

Extent of the Rebellion

By the time the rebellion peaked, hundreds of thousands had taken part, predominantly people from impoverished Black and Latino communities. Black and other oppressed people and a wide range of others rose up in 79 other U.S. cities, inspired by the people in LA. And the rebellion was greeted with tremendous enthusiasm and excitement by people around the world.
The rebellion was finally put down, but only with the help of more than 20,000 armed enforcers of law and order. It was one of the largest military forces ever marshaled in the U.S. against a domestic uprising. There were 5,000 LA cops; 9,975 National Guard troops; 3,313 federal military troops; 2,323 Highway Patrol officers; and 1,950 federal agents from the FBI, ATF, the Bureau of Prisons, immigration police and Border Patrol.
Fifty-three people were killed, mostly Blacks and Latinos. The police admitted killing 11 of them but the actual number murdered by cops, vigilantes or other reactionaries is probably much higher. People like Cesar Aguilar, who was held in a mass arrest and then shot in the back because he refused to lower his head, or DeAndre Harrison, Anthony Taylor and Dennis Jackson shot by police in the Nickerson Gardens housing project. Or Louis Watson, an 18-year-old Black graffiti artist shot by an “unknown gunman” as he stood in a store window passing out food to people in the street. More than 12,500 people were arrested, and 1,500 immigrants were turned over to immigration police.

Struggling to Sum Up the Rebellion

In the aftermath, one of the main ways the authorities tried to go after the rebellion was the prosecution of the LA4—four young Black men charged with the attack on white truck driver Reginald Denny at Florence and Normandie. While the judge, prosecutor and mainstream media tried to railroad them to prison, the jury would not go along and delivered not guilty verdicts on nearly all of the charges. In a heroic development, when Denny himself took the stand he called for no jail time and expressed some real understanding of what led to the rebellion. The Los Angeles Times quoted Denny: “Everyone needs respect.... And as soon as you take a group of people, and put them on a shelf and say they don’t count. Let me tell you, they count in a big way.... It’s hard saying what those guys have gone through." The RCP joined with a wide range of people to mount a campaign to defend the LA 4. “Free the LA4+! Defend the Los Angeles Rebellion!” and “No More Racist Pig Brutality!” were two of the slogans.
Yes, people made mistakes during the outbreak and some went after the wrong targets in the course of the rebellion. These kinds of errors are bound to happen whenever there is a major social upheaval. But the overwhelming aspect was that people saw the system let the cops off scot-freeand they rebelled!
As Bob Avakian said in a statement on the LA Rebellion shortly after it broke out: “This Rebellion was the most beautiful, the most heroic, and the most powerful action by the masses of people in the U.S. for years and years. It sent shockwaves throughout the U.S. and around the world, striking fear and panic into the oppressors and causing the hearts of oppressed people everywhere to beat faster with joy and hope.” (Excerpt from a statement by Bob Avakian “Revolutionary Greetings to All the Sisters and Brothers Who Have Risen Up in Righteous Rebellion in L.A.!”)

What Created the Conditions for the Uprising?

The authorities say that “the people only hurt themselves by destroying their own communities.” One Black man at the time spoke to this directly, “They all talking about how could we just go and destroy the communities we live in. Well, to me it’s more like these are the communities we are dying in and that’s why we have to destroy them.”
The rebellion came after decades of suffering and impoverishment. Dozens of factories had closed down and moved overseas, leaving tens of thousands unemployed. And it went far beyond economic devastation.
In 1987, the LAPD announced “Operation Hammer,” an all-out assault on Black and Latino youth in the name of a “war on gangs and drugs.” There were more than 50,000 arrests in three years. On a single weekend in 1988, the cops arrested 1,453 people. Only 60 of those were for felonies; charges were filed in only 32 cases. One notorious incident was when 88 cops ransacked two apartment buildings in South Central, taking sledge hammers to TVs and toilets, destroying clothing and furniture, spray painting the walls with “LAPD Rules” and leaving the apartments uninhabitable.
The acquittal of the cops who beat Rodney King was the match, but decades of oppression and suffering was the tinder that fueled the explosion.

It’s Right to Rebel Against Injustice

Benefit Concert On the Occasion of the
20th Anniversary of the L.A. Rebellion

It's Right to Rebel Against Injustice!
Sunday, April 29, 7 pm, $15
Fais Do-Do, 5253 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles

• Outernational • Funeral Party • Others TBA

Sponsored by Revolution Books/Libros Revolución
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Benefit for BA Everywhere! Imagine the Difference It Could Make, a campaign projecting Bob Avakian's works and vision of revolution and human emancipation into every corner of society and radically changing the atmosphere.
On the Occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the L.A. Rebellion
It's Right to Rebel Against Injustice!

SUNDAY, April 29, 2 pm
At Revolution Books/Libros Revolucíon, $10
5726 Hollywood Blvd. @ Wilton, Los Angeles

A Panel Discussion with:
*ERIN AUBRY KAPLAN, author of Black Talk, Blue Thoughts, and Walking the Color Line. She has covered Black issues as a journalist for 20 years, including nine years as a staff writer for the LA Weekly, and two years as a weekly op-ed columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

*MICHAEL SLATE, author of "Shockwaves" and "Aftershocks"—an unparalleled coverage of the 1992 L.A. Rebellion. He is a regular contributor to Revolutionnewspaper, and the host of The Michael Slate Show on KPFK.

*FRANK STOLTZE, an award-winning radio journalist who covered the L.A. rebellion from the streets, former news director at KPFK, and currently news reporter at KPCC.

*Possible additional panelists TBA.

Sponsored by Revolution Books/Libros Revolución. For more info: 323.463.3500.
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Twenty years after the LA Rebellion, the system's “official verdict” is that this was at best a tragic and costly mistake and at worst an orgy of violence pitting one nationality against another, fueled by people who just saw this as their chance to “get some” for themselves. We’re told that the “national dialogue” should be centered on how we can prevent another “LA Riot” from happening.
But rebellion was an entirely appropriate response! That’s just a fact. It punched a hole in the mythology that this is “the greatest country in the world” and let light shine in on the reality. If people don’t fight back against the brutality and degradation they are continually subjected to and the system that spawns them, nothing will ever change. And because they rose in rebellion, the have-nots on the bottom of society put their message out in a way no one could ignore.
The rebellion showed the tremendous strength of the oppressed when they rise up against their oppression. It forged real multinational unity—as well as unity across class lines—as Blacks, Latinos, Asians and white people came together to fight injustice. And as people fought, big questions about the cause of all the suffering, how to end it and what kind of world do people need were discussed and debated in ways that hadn’t happened in decades.
And just think what it would be like if the LA Rebellion had not happened—if people had quietly accepted the verdicts or just had some safe, business-as-usual protest. The repercussions of that would have been terrible—crushing the spirit of the people and strengthening the system. Instead, it established a new pride and dignity among the people.

Fight the Power, and Transform the People, for Revolution

The anniversary of the1992 LA Rebellion is something that oppressed people everywhere, and all those who stand against injustice, should celebrate. It was a righteous uprising against a terrible, degrading and dehumanizing situation. This kind of spirit and refusal to go along with the continuingcrimes of the system is exactly what is needed today.
This world is a horror, but it does not have to be this way. Another world is possible. If you really want to change things—if you want to finally do away once and for all with the outrages like the murder of Trayvon Martin, or the systematic incarceration of millions or any of a thousand other outrages that go on each and every day under this system—you have to get rid of the system itself, through revolution, here and wherever this system stretches its tentacles and is in force all over the world.
And revolution is possible... and, as the Message and Call from the RCP “The Revolution We Need... The Leadership We Have” says: “ IS the time to be WORKING FOR REVOLUTION—to be stepping up resistance while building a movement for revolution—to prepare for the time when it WILL be possible to go all out to seize the power.” (Revolution #170, July 19, 2009)
Times of unrest and rebellion among the people who most of the time feel powerless to struggle against the thousands of ways this system oppresses people are times when people can see things in another way. The nature of this system is more clearly revealed, its legitimacy can get called even more sharply into question—and the possibility of a whole different and better way becomes real in new ways. These are times when leaps can be made in building up the movement and organized forces for revolution.  

And now listen to this song by Ice Cube from "The Predator". 

Saturday, 28 April 2012


We are often bombarded with the lie that amerikkka is the best and most free of all of the nations on earth, and everyone has an opportunity to be what they want to be there. Millions were misled into thinking that because there is a Black president in office, the days of racism and discrimination were over. Reality has shattered these illusions. This country founded on the genocide of the Native peoples, the labour of slaves, and now dripping in blood from head to foot from the wealth extracted from the Third World, and from the labour of almost three million prisoners kept in their dungeons, is just as vicious, if not more so, than it ever has been. And yes, the cops sometimes shoot their own "comrades", especially if he has the "wrong" colour of skin. This is taken from the Final Call website and newspaper...

After suffering 28 bullet wounds from cops, Howard Morgan sentenced to 40 years


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Former Chicago police officer Howard Morgan was hospitalized six months and underwent several surgeries for injuries he sustained after four white officers shot him 28 times in 2005.
CHICAGO ( - The atmosphere was tense on the morning of April 5 as a courtroom full of supporters awaited the sentencing of Howard Morgan, a senior patrolman for the Burlington Northern Railroad who in January was convicted of four counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm in a confrontation with police officers seven years ago.
A vigilant group of people of various ages, religious faiths and nationalities gathered at the Cook County Criminal Court seeking justice for a man they believe was wrongly convicted.
“It’s very hurtful and it has harmed my family tremendously,” said Mrs. Rosalind Morgan, speaking of her husband’s plight and injuries. He suffered nearly 30 gunshot wounds inflicted by police who insist he started a gun battle during a routine traffic stop.
“We will be shedding tears for some time, until my husband is permanently set free,” she added.
Rosalind and Horward Morgan
In a moment of solidarity, well-wishers, friends and the Morgan family came to their feet as he entered the courtroom. Many remained standing for the duration of the hearing. Attorneys for Mr. Morgan, Herschella Conyers and Randolph N. Stone, both professors at the University Of Chicago Law School, initially motioned for a retrial citing errors in evidence and jury selection in the trial that led to their client’s conviction. A visibly calm Mr. Morgan waited patiently while the prosecution rehashed the trial in an attempt to prove that the conviction should be upheld.
Prosecutors accused the defendant of playing the “race card,” calling Mr. Morgan, 61, a “sociopath” and a “danger to society.” Atty. Stone disagreed, stating his client was a “peaceful, law abiding” man with no prior convictions. “The court should consider his whole life,” he said. When allowed to speak, Mr. Morgan stood and declared, “I am in God’s hands. I ask God to bless my wife and family.”
After one and a half hours of arguments, Judge Clayton Crane denied a retrial and gave Mr. Morgan four sentences: One for 40 years, another for 35 and two others for 25 years. He’s expected to serve the sentences concurrently, which would equal up to 40 years of actual prison time.
Final sentencing, however, has been continued until May 21 as the defense will file for an appeal and motion to reduce the number of years to be served. “We have alleged numerous errors in the trial, and that’s what we will focus on in the appeal,” said Atty. Conyers. She also commented on the remarkable strength of her client’s faith throughout the ongoing legal battles. “His spirit is awe-inspiring! Mr. Morgan keeps my spirits up,” she said.
Police said on February 21, 2005, Mr. Morgan, who is Black and a former Chicago police officer, struggled with and fired his weapon at four White officers after being pulled over for a traffic violation around midnight. Mr. Morgan said the officers were the aggressors.
According to Mrs. Morgan, “They snatched him out of the car and pushed him down to the ground on one knee. There were two officers, and then he suddenly felt more hands on him pushing down on his shoulders and putting his hands behind his back. They surrounded him in a circle.
“He’s still telling them, ‘I’m a police officer, what’s going on here?’ During the pat down, one of the officers found his weapon on him, and yelled, ‘Gun, gun!’ Then Officer Eric White punched him in the head, and while the other officers were holding him, then shot him directly in the back. These are words directly from Eric White himself on the witness stand. They shot him 21 times in the back and seven times in the front. Mr. Morgan said he did not fire his weapon. They shot him and shattered the bones in his right arm and hand. That’s his firing hand. So how could you pull the trigger, and the bones are shattered in your hand? He was unconscious after that. Then an officer handcuffed him, and he was out there handcuffed, lying on the street after he had been shot. How evil can you be? There was also a large laceration on his leg. I don’t know who cut him, but when he got to the hospital, they saw that there was a laceration down to bone on his leg. They burst his eardrum. He had to have reconstructive surgery on his ear.”
The altercation ended with two officers sustaining minor injuries, while Mr. Morgan suffered 28 bullet wounds from shots fired by the officers. None of the officers were charged with any wrongdoing.
Mr. Morgan was acquitted of multiple aggravated battery charges against the officers in 2007, but was retried and convicted this year, causing many critics to charge the justice system made a grave mistake. They argue it was unconstitutional to retry a man twice for the same crime. “It’s a case of double jeopardy, and they have made the criminals look as if they are the victims,” said Fred Hampton Jr., chairman of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee.
Sherrilynn Bevel, who teaches political science and human rights at the University of Chicago, attended the sentencing. “It was troubling to witness a decorated police officer receiving a 40-year sentence in a case where one jury found that he fired no weapon, and a second jury, not knowing of this verdict, goes on to find him guilty of attempted murder,” she said. “In the wake of the Jon Burge police torture cases, there is little wonder why African Americans and other minorities have little confidence in the criminal justice system, especially when it comes to holding the police accountable.”
“This Howard Morgan movement has to continue,” said Kareem Ali, a member of the Nation of Islam who has assisted the family in raising awareness about the case. “He is the one that God has empowered to be the representative to speak for the countless brothers and sisters who have lost their lives to police brutality,” he added.
Mrs. Morgan echoed these sentiments. “For Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and all the lives that have been lost to police shootings, let’s give Mr. Morgan justice so that their lives would have not been lost in vain,” she said.
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And as mentioned in other writings, if the amerikkan military do this to their own soldiers, you know they are doing some fucked up shit in other countries, where they view the entire local population as the enemy, and subhuman..This is from Press TV.

Two women say were raped, punished at US military academies

Female service members in the US military (file photo)
Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:51AM GMT

Two American women say they had been raped in separate incidents while attending US military academies, and had been retaliated against when they complained to higher authorities.

The two women, identified as Leah Marquet, 20, and Anne Kendzior, 22, sued US military officials in a lawsuit filed in the Manhattan federal court on Friday, and accused them of failing to address widespread problems of sexual assault at the schools, Reuters reported.

They said the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and the Army's United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, tolerate sexual assault and discourage victims of attacks from reporting them.

"Both institutions systematically and repeatedly ignore rampant sexual harassment. Both institutions have a history of failing to prosecute and punish those students found to have sexually assaulted and raped their fellow students,” the lawsuit stated.

Marquet, a former West Point cadet, said in the lawsuit that she was forced by upperclassmen to get drunk, and was raped by a fellow student while she was intoxicated.

Other students taunted her after she reported the assault, and the school punished her for reporting the incident by forcing her to take out her attacker's trash. She quit West Point after becoming suicidal, the lawsuit said.

Kendzior, who entered the Naval Academy in 2008, said she was raped twice by two different fellow students, both times while she was drunk.

She accused the Naval Academy of forcing her to drop out after she reported the rapes to an academy counselor.

In January, eight current and former female members of the US military said in a lawsuit that that they had been raped and punished after reporting their ordeals.

The lawsuit accused the military leaders of having a "high tolerance for sexual predators in their ranks" and failing to take steps to deal with the problem despite avowals to do so.

The eight women included a Marine on active duty and seven veterans of the Marine Corps and Navy. Seven asserted that a fellow service member raped or tried to sexually assault them, and an eighth said she was harassed while deployed in Iraq.


Monday, 23 April 2012


Here are some quotes for the upcoming May Day issue of Revolution newspaper. Again, the Chairman hits it right on target with his insightful observations and commentary. Read, or don't. Your loss, fuckers.

Revolution #267, May 1, 2012

May Day 2012

We are presenting on these pages a selection of quotes from BAsics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian, that focus on the questions of internationalism and communist revolution as a worldwide process. These quotes from BAsics draw from more than 30 years of work by Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA. BAsics addresses a wide range of questions on revolution and human emancipation and is a handbook for a new wave of revolutionaries.
Posters available in PDF for download: p5 | p6-7 | p8-9 | p10-11 | p12

BAsics 5:8

Internationalism—The Whole World Comes First!
Bullets, From the Writings, Speeches, & Interviews of Bob Avakian,
Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, 

BAsics 2:3

Now let’s imagine, let’s step out of this world that they keep us chained in. And let’s imagine what this future can and will be like.
When we finally get to the final goal of communism, there won’t be the relations of exploitation and oppression that are so commonplace and that mark all of society today and that we are told over and over again are just the natural order of things and the way things have to be. As Karl Marx pointed out, the communist revolution leads to what we Maoists call the “4 Alls”—that is, the abolition of all class differences among people. The abolition or the end to all the production or economic relations underlying these class differences and divisions among people. The ending of all the social relations that go along with these economic or production relations. Oppressive relations between men and women, between different nationalities, between people of different parts of the world, all that will be put an end to and moved beyond. And finally, the revolutionizing of all the ideas that go along with this whole way, this whole capitalist system, these whole social relations. In place of this, what will be the guiding principles in society consciously and voluntarily taken up by people...not forced on them, but consciously and voluntarily taken up as the basis for having abolished exploitation, oppression and inequality? In its place will be collective and cooperative principles aiming for the common good and at the same time, within that, individuals and individuality flourishing in a way that has never been possible before.
Revolution: Why It’s Necessary, Why It’s Possible, What It’s All About,
a film of a talk by Bob Avakian, 
excerpt transcribed in Revolution #176, September 13, 2009

BAsics 3:8

The interests, objectives, and grand designs of the imperialists are not our interests—they are not the interests of the great majority of people in the U.S. nor of the overwhelming majority of people in the world as a whole. And the difficulties the imperialists have gotten themselves into in pursuit of these interests must be seen, and responded to, not from the point of view of the imperialists and their interests, but from the point of view of the great majority of humanity and the basic and urgent need of humanity for a different and better world, for another way.
Bringing Forward Another WayRevolution #83, March 25, 2007

BAsics 1:3

The essence of what exists in the U.S. is not democracy but capitalism-imperialism and political structures to enforce that capitalism-imperialism. What the U.S. spreads around the world is not democracy, but imperialism and political structures to enforce that imperialism.
Revolution #43, April 16, 2006

BAsics 1:5

It is not uncommon to hear these days, from government officials and others, that only 1 percent of the population is in the U.S. military but that this 1 percent is fighting for the freedom of the other 99 percent. The truth, however, is this: That 1 percent, in the military, is in reality fighting for the other 1 percent: the big capitalist-imperialists who run this country—who control the economy, the political system, the military, the media, and the other key institutions—and who dominate large parts of the world, wreaking havoc and causing great suffering for literally billions of people. It is the “freedom” of these capitalist-imperialists—their freedom to exploit, oppress, and plunder—that this 1 percent in the military is actually killing and sometimes dying for.
Revolution #220, December 19, 2010

BAsics 1:31

If you can conceive of a world without America—without everything America stands for and everything it does in the world—then you’ve already taken great strides and begun to get at least a glimpse of a whole new world. If you can envision a world without any imperialism, exploitation, oppression—and the whole philosophy that rationalizes it—a world without division into classes or even different nations, and all the narrow-minded, selfish, outmoded ideas that uphold this; if you can envision all this, then you have the basis for proletarian internationalism. And once you have raised your sights to all this, how could you not feel compelled to take an active part in the world historic struggle to realize it; why would you want to lower your sights to anything less?
Revolution #169, June 28, 2009
(quote originally published 1985)

BAsics 2:12

The achievement of [the necessary conditions for communism] must take place on a world scale, through a long and tortuous process of revolutionary transformation in which there will be uneven development, the seizure of power in different countries at different times, and a complex dialectical interplay between the revolutionary struggles and the revolutionization of society in these different countries...[a dialectical relation] in which the world arena is fundamentally and ultimately decisive while the mutually interacting and mutually supporting struggles of the proletarians in different countries constitute the key link in fundamentally changing the world as a whole.
Originally appeared in Phony Communism Is Dead...Long Live Real Communism! 1992
(Second Edition, 2004). Cited in “Revolution and A Radically New World:
Contending ‘Universalisms’ and Communist Internationalism,” 
 #157, February 22, 2009

BAsics 1:14

Now I can just hear these reactionary fools saying, “Well, Bob, answer me this. If this country is so terrible, why do people come here from all over the world? Why are so many people trying to get in, not get out?”...Why? I’ll tell you why. Because you have fucked up the rest of the world even worse than what you have done in this country. You have made it impossible for many people to live in their own countries as part of gaining your riches and power.
Revolution: Why It’s Necessary, Why It’s Possible, 
What It’s All About, a film of a talk by Bob Avakian

BAsics 1:29

This system and those who rule over it are not capable of carrying out economic development to meet the needs of the people now, while balancing that with the needs of future generations and requirements of safeguarding the environment. They care nothing for the rich diversity of the earth and its species, for the treasures this contains, except when and where they can turn this into profit for themselves....These people are not fit to be the caretakers of the earth.
Revolution: Why It’s Necessary, Why It’s Possible, 
What It’s All About, a film of a talk by Bob Avakian

BAsics 3:20

There is nothing sacred to us about the USA, as it is presently constituted, or about the borders of the U.S. as they are presently constituted. Quite the opposite.
Revolution #84, April 8, 2007 (quote originally published 1982)

Excerpt from “A Statement from the Revolutionary Communist Party: On the Strategy for Revolution”

For those who have hungered for, who have dreamed of, a whole different world, without the madness and torment of what this system brings every day...those who have dared to hope that such a world could be possible...and even those who, up to now, would like to see this, but have accepted that this could never happen...there is a place and a role, a need and a means, for thousands now and ultimately millions to contribute to building this movement for revolution, in many different ways, big and small—with ideas and with practical involvement, with support, and with questions and criticisms. Get together with our Party, learn more about this movement and become a part of it as you learn, acting in unity with others in this country, and throughout the world, aiming for the very challenging but tremendously inspiring and liberating—and, yes, possible—goal of emancipating all of humanity through revolution and advancing to a communist world, free of exploitation and oppression.
Excerpt from “A Statement from the Revolutionary Communist Party: On the Strategy for Revolution”
This statement was written on the basis of drawing from key strategic principles set forth in
publications of the Revolutionary Communist Party—and in particular the works of Bob Avakian.
The entire statement is published in BAsics.

Sunday, 22 April 2012


Chairman Bob Avakian is the leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party USA, and is much hated by liberals, fake ass revolutionaries, the bourgeoisie, anarchists and other petty bourgeois types. I have been a supporter since 1992, and have done enough rersearch and actual meeting with the Revolutionaries to know why I support them. Enough with the hearsay and gossiping bullshit. Do your fucking work or shut the fuck up.
   The last few years has seen the RCP popularizing what they call Avakian's "new synthesis" of communist theory. They claim he has taken it to a higher level than before. I had grave doubts and misgivings about this, but have been following them closely, and have to say that I like what I'm hearing and seeing. They are out there every fucking day. They have the audacity to claim that, "We are building a movement for revolution". And so the fucking weak minded keyboard warriors go to work with slander, weak sarcasm, so many lofty critiques about what this is all about, from the comfort of their own homes, of course. So fuck them. Read some stuff from the new book by Bob Avakian, called "BAsics".
First, people don’t make choices in a vacuum. They do it in the context of the social relations they’re enmeshed in and the options they have within those relations—which are not of their own choosing. They confront those relations, they don’t choose them.
Two, if people feel for whatever reasons that they want to choose to harm themselves and others, we’re going to struggle with them—but we’re not going to blame them. We’re going to show them the source of all this in the system, and call on them to struggle against that system, and transform themselves in the process. Just because a youth “chooses” to sell drugs, or a woman “chooses” to commodify herself sexually, doesn’t mean that they chose to have those choices. And there is no other way besides fighting the power, and transforming the people, for revolution that all this will change for the better. Blaming the masses for bad choices just reinforces the conditions that they are oppressed by.

Bob Avakian
Never mind what you think about the so called "cult of personality", you frightened liberal fuck, check out what's being said. This is important to the way you view the world, and deciding on what needs to be done to change this shithole of a planet we live on. Next....

Look at all these beautiful children who are female in the world.

And in addition to all the other outrages which I have referred to, in terms of children throughout the slums and shantytowns of the Third World, in addition to all the horrors that will be heaped on them—the actual living in garbage and human waste in the hundreds of millions as their fate, laid out before them, yes, even before they are born—there is, on top of this, for those children who are born female, the horror of everything that this will bring simply because they are female in a world of male domination. And this is true not only in the Third World. In “modern” countries like the U.S. as well, the statistics barely capture it: the millions who will be raped; the millions more who will be routinely demeaned, deceived, degraded, and all too often brutalized by those who are supposed to be their most intimate lovers; the way in which so many women will be shamed, hounded and harassed if they seek to exercise reproductive rights through abortion, or even birth control; the many who will be forced into prostitution and pornography; and all those who—if they do not have that particular fate, and even if they achieve some success in this “new world” where supposedly there are no barriers for women—will be surrounded on every side, and insulted at every moment, by a society and a culture which degrades women, on the streets, in the schools and workplaces, in the home, on a daily basis and in countless ways.
Bob Avakian, BAsics 1:10

It doesn't get any more real or painful, or true, than this. Fuck what you've heard. This is the real shit. Next time you hear a criticism about the Party or it's Chairman, ask your source, "So what the fuck are you doing?" Reread the quote, and tell me it's wrong. If you still think so, then fuck you. This world is a patriarchal, racist, sick fucking place, and cries out for change. Focus on the ISSUES, and not your petty little self-important crap. Check the videos on It's one of the links at the side of the page.
  As I  mentioned earlier, I had many nagging doubts about the whole "new synthesis" thing, but BAsics is awesome, the RCP are out there doing the work on the streets, from the campuses to the ghettos, and they are taking the struggle higher. Even if I am not totally sold on the new synthesis idea, I have at least thirteen books by the Chairman, and countless pamphlets. I have learned much from the RCP over the years, and still am.  As the Party said years ago, "Fear Nothing, Be Down For The Whole Thing".  Check them out.

Thursday, 12 April 2012


Not that it needs mentioning, but I'm going to do it anyway. When the amerikkkans starve and bomb nations into submission, force them to accept the distraction and trap known as democracy, and prattle on non-stop about freedom, you know there is something stinky going on. Every country with a shitty human rights record has some sort of a relationship with the u.s.a., be it good or bad. If it's good, they are nothing short of slaves to the yanks,and if it's bad, the protectors of freedom are constantly trying to destabilize and threaten them. Not to mention they have the largest prison population in the world, at almost 3 million people, (mostly Brown and Black), locked up for mostly non-violent crimes. And they still execute people, even those with mental handicaps, who have a tenuous grasp on reality at best. And this is all supposed to be for our own good. Thank god, a powerful nation like this is looking out for us. Here's an article on police surveillance in the u.s.....

US police track cellphones without warrants
Police routinely follow movements of citizens by tracing cellphone signals with little oversight, ACLU documents show.
 Last Modified: 06 Apr 2012 12:42
Everyone, from movie stars to average citizens, can have their locations traced via cellphones [GALLO/GETTY]
For years, legal scholar Susan Freidwald has been raising alarms about police tracking the locations of average American cellphone users, without warrants or judicial oversight.
But the extent of routine surveillance on the whereabouts of millions of people, outlined in a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) based on 5,500 pages of internal records from 205 police departments across the US, shocked even seasoned observers like Freidwald.
“I am surprised agents are getting information from all the calls to a particular cellphone tower,” Friedwald, a law professor at the University of San Francisco, told Al Jazeera. “I think that is one of the biggest intrusions.”
Cellphones register their location with phone networks several times each minute. This function cannot be turned off when the phone is getting a wireless signal. Police ask phone companies to provide them with data on the phone communicating with the tower, allowing police to monitor the movements of cellphone users, which includes virtually everyone.
In Tucson Arizona, for example, police sometimes obtain cellphone numbers for all the phones in a particular area, allowing innocent people to have their personal information and movements potentially scrutinised by authorities.
'Casting a huge net'
“In order to track one person who may have committed a crime, law enforcement [in several towns where all calls to a particular tower have been traced] got the whereabouts of hundreds of innocent people,” Catherine Crump, an ACLU attorney, told Al Jazeera.
There are also ways to track a cellphone which is turned off, she said, but that requires more extensive steps from law enforcement agents.

US security measures 'eroding civil rights'
“They are casting a huge net, getting very detailed information that scoops up a lot of innocent people. It has been happening since the late 1990s and is not a particularly democratic way of doing things,” she said.
Police departments, unsurprisingly, disagree with this assessment.
"It's pretty valuable, simply because there are so many people who have cellphones," Roxann Ryan, a criminal analyst with Iowa's state intelligence branch, told the UPI news service. "We find people and it saves lives."

Jack Lewis, chief of police in Apex, North Carolina, told Fox News:  “We had only used cellphone data to try and locate reported missing persons during active cases where there was (sic) concerns for the missing persons’ welfare.”

Some companies, including AT&T, Verizon and others, have created manuals for police explaining how officers can access the data they store. Exact cost figures were not available in the ACLU report, but location tracking for a phone number is thought to cost departments a few hundred dollars, depending on the specifics of the case.  
Tired of relaying on companies, police in the small town of Gilbert, Arizona, spent $244,000 on their own cellphone tracking equipment, so they wouldn’t have to pay cellphone companies to provide data on the movements of their clients.
“Cellphone tracking has become a routine law enforcement technique and has been happening without a warrant,” Crump said.
The fourth amendment of the US Constitution prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and critics say local police  routinely violate this rule when they track people’s movements.
In January 2012, the US Supreme Court ruled that police overstepped the law by placing a global positioning system (GPS) tracker on the car of an alleged drug dealer without a warrant.
Privacy advocates say the decision US vs Jones means that cellphone tracking, arguably more intrusive than placing a device on someone’s car, should certainly require a warrant.
“We have a finely honed set of rules about what the police can do in the physical world,” Friedwald said. “Those principals haven’t really translated into the world of mobile technology.
‘Orwell and Kafka’
"The law hasn’t kept pace with technology and we need more courts to conclude that a warrant based on probable cause is the necessary legal standard"
- Catherine Crump, ACLU attorney
Freidwald has written legal briefs on other major court cases involving privacy and technology. She says some of the court proceedings are a cross between “Orwell and Kafka” – writers who analysed the surveillance state and alienating court trials respectively.
The two cases she has litigated in federal court involve security forces wanting location data on unnamed individuals, who are not wanted in connection to any crime. The individuals in question do not know that security services want to monitor their location, or that they are the subjects of high level federal litigation.
When Freidwald litigates on behalf of these “clients”, she is not paid, nor does she represent a particular party.
The US is by no means alone in tracking the movements of its citizens; it’s a process that happens all over the world. That police departments are forced to release records on their behaviour is seen as a testament to American democracy by some observers.
Despite comparisons with other governments, some US lawmakers want to limit or stop warrantless location tracking.
The Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance (GPS) Act has been put forward by Democrat Senator Ron Wyden and Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz to address some of the problems.
If passed, the bill would require the government to get a warrant before acquiring geolocation information of a US person. It also creates penalties for private individuals who abuse GPS technologies.
“Currently, if a woman’s ex-husband taps her phone, he is breaking the law. This legislation would treat hacking her GPS to track her movements as a similar offence,” reads a 2011 statement on Senator Wyden’s website.
Privacy advocates, including the ACLU, are supporting the bill.
“A lot of Americans don’t understand that their own police departments are monitoring their location by cellphone on a routine basis,” Crump said. “The law hasn’t kept pace with technology and we need more courts to conclude that a warrant based on probable cause is the necessary legal standard.”
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