PSO-STL is now Progressive Youth Organization – STL.

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Youth will make the Revolution!

 

The world is yours, as well as ours, but in the last analysis, it is yours. You young people, full of vigor and vitality, are in the bloom of life, like the sun at eight or nine in the morning. Our hope is placed on you. The world belongs to you. – Mao Tse-Tung

We are a revolutionary youth organization with the express intent and purpose of struggling for fundamental change in our society in a socialist direction. We seek to struggle against and ultimately help to overthrow oppression and exploitation of the masses of people in all forms, and play our part and fulfill our duty to the masses of people as revolutionary minded youth in building people’s power and strengthening people’s forces. Throughout the three months of our existence, we have struggled against Donald Trump when he dared to show his face in our city, established links of solidarity with comrades around the country, took a trip to Stone Mountain, Georgia to stand against the Ku Klux Klan, and generally begun laying the foundations of a revolutionary mass organization of a new type for Saint Louis. We aren’t a NGO, we aren’t activists seeking a rapprochement with or a softer version of capitalism, we aren’t liberals that let misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, racism, or any other oppression against the masses fly in our city in the name of free speech, we aren’t running for alderperson, mayor, congressperson, or governor to “bring issues to the forefront”, we aren’t telling anybody to sit down and shut up, we aren’t getting money from George Soros, we didn’t fly in from out of town after Ferguson popped off to tell people how to make struggle because we have pretty ideas in our head and in our paper, and we know what’s best for the masses. Only the masses know what is right for the masses. What we are, however, are revolutionaries, from Saint Louis, united and dedicated to organizing, waging struggle, and uniting the masses of youth in Saint Louis for revolution. We are revolutionaries from and for the people. Some of us attend universities, some of us attend trade schools, some of us work full time. We are not exclusively a student organization. We are, however, an exclusively revolutionary organization comprised of revolutionary youth. It’s time we had a name that fit, and none fits better than that shared with revolutionary comrades a few hours to the West in Kansas City who founded the original PYO, PYO-KC. Between the two of us, and the comrade organizations yet to form, we’ll paint Missouri, the Midwest, the United States, and the world the people’s color. Red!

In Struggle,

Progressive Youth Organization – Saint Louis (Formerly Progressive Students Organization – Saint Louis)

What does PSO-STL Want? Our Program

The Basic PSO-STL Platform is simple and directly addresses the needs of the broad revolutionary masses of youth in Saint Louis. We are a revolutionary anti-imperialist, anti-racist, anti-misogynist, anti-xenophobic, mass organization. We seek to struggle against all forms of oppression of the working class and oppressed nationalities using a diversity of tactics to most directly challenge and combat oppression in all forms. We seek a just economic system where the welfare and interests of the masses of people have top priority. We recognize and see firsthand the basic bankruptcy of the capitalist-imperialist system, which has been shown in the city of Saint Louis by the disparity in provision of basic public services such as schools and drivable roads between the majority working poor African-American northern segments of the city and the majorly white Southern sections of our city. Countless schools have been closed down on the North Side, left to crumble. We also see the bankruptcy and inherent racism of capitalism-imperialism in the Northern part of Saint Louis County, where the black masses receive ruthless exploitation and merciless oppression at the hands of the police and courts, the employees of which do not even live in communities such as Ferguson, Florissant, Cool Valley, Spanish Lake, Normandy, etc. Yet, they come into our working class oppressed nationality neighborhoods every day, give us heavy fines and drag us to court for doing nothing whatsoever. Hundreds of dollars are taken out of individual members of the community for such things as “manner of walking along roadway”, “littering”, and sagging pants. This is a situation akin to that of Apartheid South Africa. To combat this situation and really build a Saint Louis of the people, we must unite around a program and work through mass organizations of youth, workers, students, the unemployed, proletarian women, and oppressed nations. Build the program, know the program, unite, build revolutionary mass movements and mass organizations, and struggle to win!

1. We want community control of all community colleges, universities, technical and trade schools and public high schools as a form of reparations for slavery, colonialism and imperialism and the opening-up of them for use by the community. We want the abolition of all Boards of Trustees.

2. We want guaranteed admission to every Saint Louis school for all poor, working-class and oppressed-nationality students, the abolition of systematically exclusive and objectively racist, classist and generally anti-people admission practices (e.g. placement exams, standardized tests) and an end to all forms of tuition and fees.

3. We want a democratic and scientific education system to replace the current reactionary, bourgeois, undemocratic, white-supremacist patriarchal capitalist education system. We want an education that exposes the true exploitation and oppression of the United States of America, informs us of our true history as oppressed and dispossessed nationalities and prepares us to struggle for collective liberation.

4. We want administrators and teachers who harass, threaten and punish students for political organizing to be removed immediately. We want teachers who suppress progressive and revolutionary ideas to be removed. We want the abolition of all policies that prevent political organizing and the expression of political dissent by students, faculty and staff.

5. We want an end to police brutality, harassment and intimidation in our communities. We want all police to be permanently banned from Saint Louis high schools and universities. We want any security or defense force to be controlled by and made up of members of the community.

6. We demand all of the measures that materially improve our study and living conditions, such as childcare, healthy food, transportation, tutoring, remedial classes, sports facilities, healthcare and housing.

7. We want to transform the schools into centers for promoting national consciousness, developing women’s/queer/oppressed nationality/working class leadership and providing students with skills to serve our communities. We want to transform the schools into base areas for advancing all of the peoples’ struggles for liberation. We want all Saint Louis secondary schools to be tools for achieving these goals.

8. We demand an end to the presence of bourgeois, white supremacist cliques known as fraternities on Saint Louis campuses. These groups are well known for promoting violent, racist, anti-people behavior, sexual assaults, unfair and undemocratic domination of campuses, and generally perpetuating unjust systems and practices.

9.) We demand an end to all ROTC/ROTC/US Military recruitment on campuses, especially those where the majority of the student body is of oppressed nationality status. The students and broad masses of Saint Louis will not continue to perpetuate a system of capitalist-imperialism or offer up their bodies as sacrifices to be run through the wringer and risk life and limb, only to return home without a place to live and no food to eat or clothes to wear. We are anti-imperialists, that means the USA out of other countries, unconditionally.