STL: Dump Trump On His Ass, For His Crimes and For His Class!

The United States and the world woke up last Wednesday to a major political upset. The fascist, Donald Trump, he who united all sorts of white nationalist, racist, sexist, anti-people elements behind his candidacy, was elected President of the United States. What does this mean, actually, for real people living their lives day to day in our city? It means benefit cuts to feed the rich. It means hate crimes, by the dozen, hundred and thousand. It means more police brutality, more suppression and oppression of our undocumented comrades, it means an emboldened reactionary presence on our streets. Trump’s election and impending inauguration as President of the United States requires us, progressive and revolutionary minded people in this city and across the country, to face hard facts, to cast away all illusions of possible peace under Trump or any other American president, and prepare for militant and hard struggle.

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Illusions. They’re dangerous at this stage. Illusions in our movement, even more so. People who risk being beaten, shot, deported, or arrested in Trump’s America have no time for and can not afford “Peace Trumps Love” rallies, or to shake hands with the police, or to march endlessly in circles at “peaceful protests”. History shows us that any reactionary system, nevermind fascism, capitalism, and imperialism, falls only when people hit it, and hit it hard. To hit hard, we must be prepared and organized. Pushing peace and love at this critical and dangerous point are not revolutionary. Pushing electoral involvement is not revolutionary. What is revolutionary is to organize our workplaces, schools, and communities against fascism, to look out for, serve, and protect our neighbors, colleagues, peers and families in an organized fashion. In Saint Louis, our houseless and working poor comrades face oppression in a rapidly gentrifying downtown, and the Delmar Divide is going to sharpen and grow worse. Pig Chief Sam Dotson has declared war on the houseless, saying that people should not offer them tangible material assistance, and two key links in serving our city’s houseless or housing insecure population, the Bridge STL and New Life Evangelistic Center, have closed their doors. Drug overdoses in this area are spiking. Comrades who have attempted to work with the masses downtown have faced harassment and repression from the city’s police force. At UMSL, half of all students are food insecure, because of a food monopoly on campus and the fact that use of EBT cards is not allowed. The police continue to kill and attack our people, in Maryland Heights a couple weeks ago a black person was beaten mercilessly for nothing whatsoever. Gentrifiers continue to feel comfortable and safe on Washington Avenue downtown. All of these situations require organized, militant responses and militant action, not just to respond, but to build mass power against organized pig power. Across the country, and here as well, militant actions and demonstrations against this deadly order of things have taken place, and will continue to do so. Students are coming out of school, workers are coming out of work to rebel and take the streets. There has been a General Strike called for January 20th, country wide, and there is also a movement to declare campuses sanctuary areas for undocumented students. As fascism bares its claws and puffs itself up, we must as well. PYO-STL is preparing to deal with these issues directly and in a tangible way. To refuse to recognize the need for militant mass organizations, capable of posing a direct material threat to those who would dare to raise a hand to any of our friends and comrades, to deal with and handle the escalating levels of struggle in this country and world, is to commit a grave and dangerous error. Protests, demonstrations, and actions are not just to demonstrate and march around in circles patrolled by peace police and clergy, with a police escort. A protest is a shutdown, a protest costs the enemy money, a protest is a show of force and a threat. Those who take it upon themselves to organize protests and demonstrations and then call/work with the police to restrain the masses’ anger and wrath or to interfere with militant segments of the masses are, in practice, no better than the police themselves. We must reject, shame, and expose them wherever they appear. Comrades in Austin have been struggling with fascism

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We call all progressive elements in Saint Louis to assemble at 2:00 PM at Shaw Park on Friday, November 25th. Black Friday stands to make Donald Trump a lot of money. We’re not going to allow this to happen. We are going to rebel, and continue to do so for the next four years and until all who dare to raise the filthy hands to the growing people’s power are knocked out.

Dump Trump On His Ass, For His Crimes and For His Class!

It Is Right to Rebel!

 

 

 

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ILPS-USA 2016 Conference – Right to Resist, Right to Exist: Fight Police Terror, Racism, & Political Repression: PYO-STL Report Back

“Movements don’t ask. Movements demand! Justice isn’t something you can beg and borrow. Justice is something you have to TAKE. You don’t negotiate justice.”  -Frank Chapman

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PYO-STL was honored to have been invited to send a delegate to Chicago, Illinois, to participate in the 2016 Conference of the International League of People’s Struggle, USA, with the slogan “Right to Resist, Right to Exist”. The conference marked the first anniversary of the police murder of LaQuan McDonald by Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot him 16 times as he walked away. Van Dyke was on the scene for only 30 seconds before he opened fire on McDonald. The International League of People’s Struggle is the largest and most widespread formation of anti-imperialist organizations on Earth today, all members striving and struggling to realize the unity, cooperation and coordination of anti-imperialist and democratic struggles around the world. Attending this conference offered us the opportunity to learn directly from comrades with decades of experience and practice in anti-imperialist and democratic struggle, learn about how strong mass organizations function through witnessing the strength and power of organizations led by Filipino comrades who have been making revolution and waging a powerful and millions strong anti-imperialist struggle for decades, and also learn from comrades in Chicago who have been taking an active role in mass movements and conducting powerful mass work for decades. We were also able to link up with, learn from, and enjoy the company of both old and new comrades from across the country, coming from places as diverse as Los Angeles, Chicago, Kansas City, the Bay Area, and New York City, belonging to a variety of organizations, ranging from the Filipino women’s mass organization Gabriela to Anakbayan to Students for Justice in Palestine to our own sister branch, Progressive Youth Organization, Kansas City. All of us were united in our burning desire to learn from and assume our role in building a strong, powerful, and sharp anti-imperialist movement in the United States, the belly of the beast.

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ILPS Conference, 2016. Photo Credit: Anakbayan Chicago.

 

The conference opened with a song performance from two Black women comrades, KOStar, expressing the anger and rage of the masses at the continued genocide against the Black oppressed nation in the United States, a message from Palestinian national liberation hero Leila Khaled, and a reading of an address from ILPS Coordinating Committee Chairperson Professor Jose Maria Sison, titled “The People Have the Right to Resist Monopoly Capitalist Exploitation, State Repression and Racism”. Professor Sison expressed solidarity with the masses of the United States who suffer under state repression and set the tone of the conference as one where we, serious revolutionaries and mass organizers, would exchange strategies and advice regarding, as we say, “how to get free”. There were then addresses from Frank Chapman, a veteran Black mass organizer who was railroaded into prison at the age of 19 for robbery and first degree murder, beaten and tortured by the police until he was forced to issue a false confession. He now organizes as educational director and field organizer with the Chicago Alliance against Racist and Political Repression. His address was extremely well received. He linked up the oppression that the masses across the world face and the ramifications both at home and abroad, and taught about the struggle of the masses of Chicago, led by the Chicago Alliance against Racist and Political Repression, for CPAC, or Civilian Police Accountability Council, which is a democratic, popular, and mass demand that would place handcuffs on police in the City of Chicago, and curb the notoriously crooked city executive’s control over the police, placing more power over the police in the hands of the community. The experience of the CAARPR and the CPAC struggle against the police is a good example of effective organization of the masses. Organizers that are integrated into and residing in neighborhoods impacted by police brutality go among the people, investigate their concerns, and organize, mobilize, and struggle around these demands. This struggle is of the masses of Chicago, for the masses of Chicago, by the masses of Chicago. Chapman also expressed gratitude for the Filipino mass organizations taking part in the National Democratic Movement for joining the struggle in the United States against racist police oppression in a big, systematic, wilful, and organized way. This shows the power of internationalism and the ultimate necessity of seeing the struggles of our worker, student, national minority and peasant comrades overseas or from different groups at home as our own, and joining with them in their victories, standing beside them in their struggles, and mourning their martyrs alongside them.

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Frank Chapman. Photo Credit: Anakbayan Chicago

The spirit of internationalism was present all throughout our time in Chicago, with Palestinian, African-American, Indian, Latin American, and comrades from all across the world joining together in the spirit of righteous outrage and anger at our common enemy and determination to struggle against and build a firm and solid movement against the continued oppression and exploitation of our peoples at home and abroad. We also heard from a representative speaking on behalf of Rasmea Odeh, a Palestinian freedom fighter and victim of political repression who was kidnapped, incarcerated, and subjected to merciless torture by agents of the fascist state that calls itself Israel. She came to the United States, only to face political repression and be threatened with revocation of her citizenship, prison time, and deportation to Jordan for supposedly lying on immigration documents. Odeh’s case is still being struggled out in court, and it is essential that we mobilize to not only defend the democratic rights of this veteran people’s fighter and hero, but also continue to participate in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement that the Palestinian masses have demanded of us in the West and also continue the struggle against American support of Israel and oppression of those who organize in solidarity with the Palestinian people, on and off college campuses. We also received an address from Sarah Chambers of the Chicago Teachers’ Union, one of the most advanced, militant, integrated with the masses, and powerful unions in the country, and learned of their vicious and long struggle against the crooked Chicago mayor (and former Obama Chief of Staff) and “schoolyard bully” Rahm Emanuel and his administration. The CTU and others brought not only teachers, but black and brown parents and students into the struggle against the racist, neoliberal school system, organizing mobilizations against racist standardized tests and school closures. The struggle for CPAC, the struggle for Justice for Rasmea Odeh, and the struggle in the Chicago schools all have one thing in common: they are mass struggles, they are struggles not only for a petty interest of a certain few, or for trifling demands, these are direct confrontations and class struggles that involve thousands of people. In Saint Louis, the oppression is just as sharp, the struggle against racist administrators, cops, gentrifiers, and all that which would seek to destroy us requires just as much mass organization and leadership. We have a duty as revolutionary youth. Our duty, as laid out by our comrades at home and abroad, is to build the organized, militant and powerful movement against capital-imperialism, against police terror, against all that causes hunger, war, and want, right here in this city. These addresses were followed by a panel session in which all were welcome to ask questions directly to these veteran organizers, and the responses had the same tune: build struggle, oppose imperialism, always remain linked to the masses and orient to them to grow the anti-imperialist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist, popular revolutionary mass movement in your city. Do not just mobilize, organize and build the mass movement, the mass organization, and raise political consciousness to prepare for higher forms of struggle. Do not just organize for reforms in a sporadic fashion, take every opportunity to point out and tie in these problems to the greater system of capitalism-imperialism that loots, kills and robs our comrades in the Philippines, Mexico, India, Nepal, and all over the world, and constantly struggle to practice working class internationalism of the oppressed and exploited. Following this, there was a second panel and addresses from Abayomi Azikiwe of the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice, Lyn Meza of the ILPS International Coordinating Group, and Paul Quintos, ILPS Research Director, on the importance and methods of building a strong anti-imperialist solidarity movement in the United States.

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Mass organizations from across the country representing at CPAC mobilization. Photo credit: Bob Simpson

We then separated into breakout groups, where we struggled with the questions: “How can we link and raise our issues towards building anti-imperialist solidarity in the US?” and “What suggestions do you have for the ILPS CC in strengthening ILPS US?” On the first, our group agreed that we must develop forums and educational activities that are lively and mass based, build coalitions of mass based groups and organizations are necessary to involve the broadest segments of the masses in our campaigns at all levels, link our individual and local struggles to capitalism-imperialism in a palatable and tangible way, struggle to bridge the “generation gap”, and avoid heavy-handed, dogmatic, and inaccessible language in our dealings with the masses of our people. All of these must be used to truly organize the masses, not just appeal to those who are already activists, because we know that a small clique of activists can never hope to accomplish much. It is the masses that make history. The coalitions and campaigns in Chicago involve churches, community groups, student organizations, and other groups that are integral parts of the lives of the masses of people. On the second question, we agreed that ILPS must have materials in different languages and ensure that the materials are digestible by the broad masses of people. ILPS organizations must also work among and build struggle the masses of youth, not just students but all youth. Our group’s findings were then summed up and presented before the conference.

Our delegate volunteered for security duty at the 600 person strong community mobilization for CPAC later that evening. This provided more practical experience in our arsenal in regards to effectively planning and handling large demonstrations, mobilizations and protests, and preventing our comrades from being injured or arrested because of negligence or slipshod organizing/poor planning. We had what we had already known regarding the necessity of maintaining open lines of communication, maintaining contact, knowing the location of the nearest hospitals to the protest route, the location of police precincts, and assigning roles and duties to ensure the mobilization goes well to comrades who have experience or skills that would ensure that situations do not get out of hand and comrades have a strong as steel support network in place should anything happen. We also learned the importance of developing a strict protocol of discipline for organizers and security detail in regards to avoiding or de-escalating potentially dangerous situations.

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Mobilization for the anniversary of the murder of LaQuan McDonald. Photo Credit: Bob Simpson.

Chicago is a city of struggle, as is Saint Louis. Both cities have long and proud histories of liberation struggle, both cities have masses of disenfranchised, nationally oppressed, poor people who are, daily, driven deeper and deeper into poverty and new forms of hellish exploitation. Our involvement in the ILPS conference and our linking up with our comrades from across the country gifted us with several valuable practical experiences, lessons, and stories that have sharpened our ability to do our duty to the masses of the whole world, which is to build an organized, disciplined, and anti-imperialist mass movement here in the Saint Louis Metropolitan Area.

Long Live International Solidarity!

We Are Not Amused by Your Phony Debate, We Are Not Registered to Vote, We Will Not Participate in Your Murderous Spectacle!

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Today is October 9, 2016. Tomorrow marks the commemorative holiday of the pig Columbus’s expedition to the Americas, a voyage that spelled genocide or slavery for millions of the indigenous people of these lands, the eventual kidnap and forced slavery of millions of Black people from Africa, and the eventual setting up of the settler nightmare, the plague that calls itself “America”. Tonight, two of the phoniest, blood-soaked, criminal, hypocritical pieces of garbage in the country, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, will descend upon our city for yet another phony song and dance that calls itself a debate. Not just descend on our city, but visit the richest institution of higher learning in the city, Washington University, one that is for all intents and purposes closed to the masses of people. They will yell at each other, run their mouths, act like they hate each other, and then call each other up when they get on the plane to go to their next campaign stops and laugh and pat each other on the back. Trump and Clinton are class comrades, they attend each others weddings, their kids go to the same schools, they move in the same social circles. Trump is a loudmouthed, boastful, racist, fascist braggart, while Clinton is a sneaky war criminal and racist that represents a party that has governed this city for years and has done absolutely nothing whatsoever for the masses of poor black people here. Chief Sam Dotson is a Democrat, yet under him we find it against the law to provide material aid and assistance to the houseless, police brutality run amok, and his department playing a role in aiding and abetting gentrification. Now, it seems, he appears to be ready to run for mayor. He’ll fit right in with people like Slay and others. We don’t have time for it. We’re dying out here. No time to vote. No reason to do so. Whoever wins, there will be struggle. Remember, Ferguson, Baltimore, Milwaukee, and countless other cities went up in flames under the watch of our dear President Obama, who was seen by many in 2008 as the ultimate realization of all black people’s hopes and dreams and the end of racism. See what we have now? Where is our power? Where can we make a difference? In the streets, in the communities, not at the polls.

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Mexican comrades show what to do with ballots.

Voting has nothing to offer us. This is not our system, it never has been, it never will be until we hold power. The rich make the decisions, the working class takes them. Without power, all is illusion. Liberal activist groups posing as revolutionaries, groups such as Socialist Alternative and the so-called “Communist Party, USA”, by discarding and refusing a firm rooting in political theory and the lessons of the past, by refusing to orient towards the lowest and deepest groups of people, by abandoning class struggle and choosing instead to take an approach where they hop from demonstration to demonstration, hawking one meaningless third party candidate or “outsider” like Jill Stein or Bernie Sanders (who gave up the ghost to Clinton without the slightest struggle or delay) after another, registering people to vote, and bending over backwards, chasing meaningless reform after meaningless reform, are rightfully rejected by the masses of people who long for and desire revolution. They talk about Fred Hampton, they talk about the Black Panther Party, and then go right on and channel the righteous anger of the people right back into the system. They holler about a “party of the 99%”, while acting like the left wing of the Democrats. Is this the act of a comrade, or is this the act of an enemy? Who waters down their language, acting as if capitalism is not something that is literally killing us every single day? Call a spade a spade, call a duck a duck. It’s not “the billionaire class”, it’s the capitalists and the imperialists, not all of whom are billionaires. We don’t need a “political revolution” at the polls, where some savior comes down from heaven and delivers us to the Promised Land, we need a revolution like that which the Black Panther Party called for. The power is in our hands, we can solve our own problems, we can deliver ourselves, if we dare to organize, dare to  struggle and dare to win. It is the height of arrogance to call yourself a revolutionary and act as if the polls in an American election are a revolutionary center, and push people there to vote for your worthless candidate.

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Flyers from comrades in Austin. Expect these to be going up on a telephone pole or streetlight near you very soon.

What is PYO-STL’s line on the elections? What is the revolutionary line on elections in general? Which candidate do we endorse? Jill Stein? Bernie or Bust? Mimi Soltysik? No. We have no rationale or reason to continue to feed and legitimize this election and this fake democracy for the rich and the exceptional. We are revolutionary working class youth, we are revolutionary students. We see the power in our hands, and in the hands of the masses. We don’t vote. Anyone that asks us to register will get an earful, especially if they call themselves a revolutionary. We boycott elections, and prepare to build something new, in the streets, in the hoods, among the people. This is a spectacle that we have no part of, we do not endorse the harassment of our Latino and Muslim comrades, we do not endorse the drone bombing of our comrades overseas, we do not support the system that incarcerates hundreds of thousands of our friends, neighbors, brothers and sisters every year. Fuck Clinton. Fuck Trump. Don’t vote. Don’t let yourself be shamed into voting. Do we want Trump to win? Black and brown working class people might as well have lived under Trump for 400 years, if we study history. We struggle regardless. We show out regardless. We make revolution regardless. DON’T VOTE! REVOLT!

 

 

 

 

PYO-STL Supports Nationwide Prisoners’ Strike on 45th Anniversary of Attica Uprising!

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Revolutionary Prisoners at Attica, 1971

The entire prison populace, that means each and every one of us here, have set forth to change forever the ruthless brutalization and disregard for the lives of the prisoners here and throughout the United States. What has happened here is but the sound before the fury of those who are oppressed. We will not compromise on any terms except those terms that are agreeable to us. We’ve called upon all the conscientious citizens of America to assist us in putting an end to this situation that threatens the lives of not only us, but of each and every one of you, as well. We have set forth demands that will bring us closer to the reality of the demise of these prison institutions that serve no useful purpose to the people of America, but to those who would enslave and exploit the people of America. – Attica Prisoners, September 9, 1971

This statement was issued by revolutionary prisoners at Attica Prison in the State of New York in 1971, who dared to attempt to take their destiny into their own hands, and issue democratic and revolutionary demands to the pig system that held them in chains and the masses of the world. They demanded representatives such as Huey P. Newton of the Black Panther Party, progressive Black journalists, and other progressive and revolutionary individuals and organizations for talks and negotiations to help secure these demands. The State of New York eventually decided to simply storm the prison and shoot all, guards who had been seized and prisoners alike, yet these martyred comrades and their brave struggle have lived in the memory of all true revolutionaries across the world, inside and outside prison.

 

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Aftermath of pig action at Attica Prison. The prisoners were brutally suppressed for demanding democratic rights and improved living conditions, and for daring to dream of revolution.

The prison system in the United States is an instrument, like all state institutions, in the hands of those who own this country, the bourgeoisie, the ruling class, the elite, to oppress, suppress, stifle the activity of, and enslave the working class, particularly those of New Afrikan (Black American), Indigenous, and Chicanx/Latinx nationality. The 1980s and 1990s saw the beginning of a wave of mass incarceration under the umbrella of the “War on Drugs”, which can more appropriately be termed “War on Black and Brown People”. All over this country, a prolonged investigation in any working class white, black or brown community will yield several dozen, or several hundred, stories of crushing bitterness, of parents, children, neighbors, friends, and relatives snatched out of their communities and placed in the pig slave machine. In prisons, individuals are forced to work against their will and for near free to produce items from military equipment to clothing. This is slavery, upheld by the United States Constitution, which stipulates that individuals may be forced into involuntary servitude, backed by violence, after being incarcerated. The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, that which supposedly “ended slavery”, states:

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

More working class, black and brown people in prison, working for literal pennies an hour, means more money for private prisons and the federal government off the backs of these incarcerated comrades, many of whom are in prison for things that get the elite no punishment whatsoever. This is class and race warfare, and genocide. Women that find themselves behind bars are often raped and abused mercilessly, with little to no legal recourse. This system is designed to break down and exploit them, not to uphold their rights and dignity. Inmates with children often go for years without seeing or hearing from them, and individuals exist who have been in solitary confinement since before we were born. In Saint Louis, the city Medium Security Institution, which we call the Workhouse, is a festering, filthy hole, where guards routinely force people to fight, venomous snakes, rats, roaches, and other vermin are present in abundance, and where, interviews with those who have experienced life there and investigations have shown us, conditions are akin to a 19th century slave pen, which is fundamentally the same role that prisons have today. A system such as this can only be overthrown by revolutionary people’s war to destroy it, the seizure of state power, and the construction of a socialist system, a dictatorship of and for the working class. Under said system, those in prison will be those who hold the keys to the prisons today. A state is an instrument of dictatorship of one class over another, backed by force, and in our system the force will be directed against those who make us and our friends and families suffer so much today.

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Holman Prison Rebellion, March, 2016. Warden stabbed and prisoners issued demands.

The prison struggle has reached a new peak in the ebb and flow of struggle in 2016, with an uprising at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility  in Alabama this past March. This prison, run by an abusive warden and featured on the disgusting MSNBC program “Lockup”, was gripped by rebellion after abuse of inmates by an aggressive correctional officer, and demands for food, water, and medicine were issued, along with the release of inmates who had been incarcerated for too long, parole/amnesty for inmates who were deemed by the prisoners to be fit for release to their families, the institution of classes to prepare inmates for “reintegration to society”, money damages for psychological and physical abuse suffered while at prison, and the abolition of racist habitual offender laws that disproportionately incarcerate black and brown inmates for decades. Of course, these were demands for reforms (which obviously won’t be granted by either the reactionary and racist Alabama state government or the federal government), not for revolution, but these demands are those of the masses of people behind bars and should be supported unconditionally by all revolutionary people. As revolutionaries, we demand the unconditional release of all political prisoners such as Leonard Peltier, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and elders from the era of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. But, we realize, also as revolutionaries, that it is fundamentally against the class interests of the imperialist United States to release these individuals just because we say so, protest, and ask nicely. A fundamental and all around overthrow of this system and the construction of a new, Socialist order is the only way that the masses targeted by incarceration under laws made by criminals will see peace. Until then, our task is to offer support, solidarity, and organize in conjunction with and on behalf of incarcerated family, friends, and comrades. The Black Panther Party offered material and emotional support to both families of prisoners and the prisoners themselves by arranging for mass transport to maintain family and community ties, this was a pioneering example of the putting of the dictum “Serve the People” into practice, and an example that must be resurrected when able by revolutionary organizations.

We respond to the call put out by comrades behind bars on April 1st of this year, where they demand “the end of prison slavery”, and go further, declaring that “we will end it ourselves by ceasing to be slaves.”, announcing a strike. These are lofty demands from a mercilessly exploited and oppressed group, comprised in large part of super-exploited oppressed nations people who work for pennies an hour to feed the empire and its corporations. They call on us, those who are fortune enough to not be in jail or prison (yet), to have their backs, and on September 9th, we and our comrades intend to answer their call. Of course, slavery and the decadent capitalist-imperialist system will never be abolished solely by the methods mentioned in the call, and certainly will not be brought down by uncoordinated and spontaneous actions. Hunger strikes, work stoppages, demonstrations, and other actions of this nature are to be used and certainly are not to be condemned by revolutionaries, but the ultimate death knell for this rotten system will be sounded only by the ultimate test and method for solving problems, which is revolutionary protracted people’s war, led by a revolutionary Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Communist Party. That being said, we are proud to answer the call of the incarcerated masses and send them a message of firm, unshakeable solidarity and fraternal greetings from outside the iron bars. We support, applaud, endorse, and stand by your September 9th action.

Long Live The Attica Uprising!

Long Live the September 9th Strike!

Free All Political Prisoners!

When the Prison Gates Open, the Real Dragon Flies Out!

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Black Panther Party Field Marshal Cmd. George Jackson (1941-1971)

 

All out For Mass Demonstration Against The Police and in Solidarity With Milwaukee Uprising and Undocumented Workers and Students on August 20th!

All reactionaries are paper tigers. In appearance, the reactionaries are terrifying, but in reality, they are not so powerful. From a long-term point of view, it is not the reactionaries but the people who are powerful. – Mao Zedong

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What have the police and the system in Saint Louis learned over the past two years? In the country as a whole? Obviously and blatantly, nothing at all. The masses of Ferguson and the metropolitan area as a whole find themselves still in the fundamental conditions that drove the rebellion that began on August 9, 2014. The masses of black and brown working class youth still find themselves in the same conditions that sparked uprisings in Baltimore, and as we type this statement, in Milwaukee as well. Nothing has changed of importance, the police are fundamentally just as bold, bad, crooked, and bloodthirsty as they have always been, they continue to kill our sisters and our brothers and our people as we go about our day-to-day lives and activities. They won’t stop because we ask nicely. Our protest is not to ask nicely. It is a show of strength and mass anger. From Sandra Bland to Philando Castile to Alton Sterling to Sylville Smith to Vonderrit Myers to Korryn Gaines, shot while holding her weapon and her child, it continues and will continue until we seriously organize to stop it once and for all. The liberal nongovernment agencies and foundations and think-tanks and protest parties and electoral voodoo experiments can not save us, only we can. Electing a different alderman, governor, mayor, or President can not save us, Bernie Sanders or Jill Stein or any of the other “leftists” that are running for offices across the country can get there, and the structure and system and economic foundation that holds us in bondage and sends the police to arrest, maim, ticket, fine, and kill us will still be in place.

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The police do not just exist to oppress black people, although American police forces originated directly out of patrols that had as their first role the capture and punishment of runaway enslaved African people. The police serve to oppress and maintain an order of things that is against the entire working class, documented and undocumented, black, white, and brown. The police harass and brutalize our trans comrades, they have broken strikes with force, they have spied, disrupted, and helped derail and destroy working class and democratic movements all around the world since their beginning as organized bodies, and they grind down and crush in some way, shape or form those who hav. The state, which is controlled by a class, in our case, the rich, have armed forces and bodies that serve to protect the interests of the class for whose benefit the state is set up. These bodies are the police and military. Neither are to our advantage in any fashion, and only serve to oppress. Our undocumented comrades, whose native countries have been looted and destroyed by the United States for the benefit of the rich, come across hundreds of miles of treacherous desert to be exploited mercilessly, have taxes taken out of their pay for benefits such as Social Security, Medicaid, and other things that they are forbidden from using, and here in Missouri, DACA students have been singled out and have seen tuition rises and have been cast into even more precarious situations as a result of the reactionary and anti-people HB2003 law, which charges them out of state tuition rates to attend Missouri schools. This is a shameful and oppressive nightmare that we, along with our comrades PYO-KC and progressive forces in both cities have united against. The police at the state and federal levels oppress comrades by helping employers who take advantage of their immigration status to exploit them, deporting them, throwing them into miserable holes called prisons, or forcing them to live in limbo, never knowing when they’ll be separated from their families by armed force. This is a crime and an affront to all progressive and revolutionary minded people, and we in PYO-STL intend to unite in struggle with our comrades across the state to defend and expand our comrades’ rights to education, carry struggle to higher levels, and generate firmer bonds of solidarity.

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There can never be any change, at least not the type of change that we must have and that we shall have, unless we unite, organize, and struggle with the guiding and overarching knowledge that it is we, the masses of youth, workers, students, and other segments of people who simply can not continue to live in this way and demand a better future, that make history, and that history can only come about with the ultimate destruction of this system of capital imperialism that leaves so many of us dead in the streets and incarcerated and scarred for life. Our struggle is not for reform, it is not for the mayor’s office, it is not for a council seat or a presidency. It is not for simple lower tuition rates, better pay, or free printing. It is not to disarm the police or to put body cameras on them. It is not for more money for this and that program, or for more black and brown and non-male faces in high places. It is a struggle of one class against another, oppressed against oppressor, exploited against exploiter, in which one class or the other will ultimately be defeated. This mass demonstration against the police is not a mere exercise in walking and pithy sign holding, our demonstrations are not jointly planned with pigs and those that do this for pay. We do not protest for protest’s sake.  Our demonstrations are shows of strength and force and anger, and have meaning and purpose. The purpose of this demonstration is to continue to expose the contradictions between the police, the system that directs them, and the people. We will continue to organize against the pigs and the pig system, whether the head be Trump or Clinton. We are not scared, we dare to scale the heights, build for revolution and march forward knowing that our class will ultimately be victorious. Join PYO-STL and our comrades in the Greater Saint Louis Anti-Fascist Action Network and others as we dare to take the streets with the full knowledge that we will win!

 

Long Live the Memory of Philando Castile, Sandra Bland Korryn Gaines, Sylville Smith, Kajieme Powell, Mike Brown, Vonderrit Myers and countless other victims of police murder!

 

Solidarity with the Milwaukee Uprising!

 

Hands off our DACA and undocumented worker comrades!

 

Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win!
Progressive Youth Organization – Saint Louis

Remember Mike Brown on his Birthday and Continue the Struggle!

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On August 9, 2014, the precious life of Michael Brown, Jr. was stolen by bullets fired from the pistol of racist pig, Darren Wilson, in an unjust, unwarranted, and essentially racist murder, a scenario that is all too well known to members of the Black and Brown oppressed nations in this prisonhouse of nations called the United States of America. Equally as well known are the lies that came out of pig Wilson’s mouth after he did his deed, portraying Brown as a “thug” and a “demon”, and claiming self-defense. The broad masses of Ferguson, a working class suburb in the Northern area of Saint Louis County, didn’t go for this story, nor did we anywhere else. Mike Brown did nothing wrong. Trayvon Martin did nothing wrong. Vonderrit Myers did nothing wrong. Kajieme Powell did nothing wrong. Sandra Bland did nothing wrong. The wrong lies, 150%, with the system that continues to snatch the lives of our brothers and sisters for simply being black. The masses of black people in the United States constitute an oppressed nation, as do the people commonly called Chicano/Latino. This was a racist police murder committed by a racist pig, nothing less. That day marked the beginning of a militant and mass struggle and movement that radically changed the face of Ferguson, the metropolitan Saint Louis area, and the United States as a whole, as the masses of people in Ferguson and Saint Louis rose up in rebellion against not just this murder, but against the pig system as a whole.

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The masses rise up in struggle and voice antagonism against the police and the police state.

The history of Ferguson is that of a sundown town, a whites only area where black youth such as Brown were not allowed to be after dark lest they be beaten, shot, or arrested. Demographics and census reports show that the city had a demographic shift in the past few decades, and is now a majority black city, with the 2010 census showing that the city is 67% black and 30% white, with other ethnic groupings rounding out the rest of the population. Despite members of the oppressed black nation making up a majority of the population, the police department and the city government are solidly in the hands of white people, many of whom do not even reside in Ferguson. This apartheid style setup is reproduced across the North Saint Louis County region, with cities such as Jennings, Pine Lawn, Country Club Hills, Florissant, Hazelwood, Spanish Lake, and Cool Valley having the same makeup and order of things. These municipalities are funded by a system of crushing fines that bleed residents dry, assigning $500 to $1,000 fines for such as “littering” and “manner of walking along roadway”. This crooked and exploitative system is enforced by the police. Judges and prosecutors in these municipalities have no ties to the broad masses and behave towards them as enemies, residing in wealthy suburbs and commuting in to wreak their havoc and commuting out to spend the people’s money. Exemplary of this trend was hypocrite pig judge Ronald Brockmeyer, who bled the people while owning three properties and taking vacations to Walt Disney World while the people sit in jail at his hands. The predatory night court system and other such things abused and drove the masses into poverty, jail, and unemployment. Essentially, the people of Ferguson and other areas of North Saint Louis County are parasitized, exploited and ground down to feed the well watered lawns and boutique shops of Western suburbs such as Saint Charles and Chesterfield. Darren Wilson, Ronald Brockmeyer, and other functionaries in the police and civic governments are leeches. Such was the way of life for the masses of people in Ferguson at the afternoon of August 9, 2014. The people had enough, and brother Brown’s murder was the spark that lit the prairie fire. Reactionaries and pigs in Ferguson, Saint Louis, and the country did not sleep well after that night, nor should they! Nobody should sleep well after washing their hands in the blood of the people. After August 9th, masses of people organized, forged links with each other, and united to struggle against the police, the pig system, and the reactionaries that defended them. This struggle was sharpened by the police assassinations of Kajieme Powell in North Saint Louis City on August 19, and Vonderrit Meyers on October 8th. This struggle continued in militant form all throughout 2014 and into 2015, all over the country. It still continues. The subsequent clearing of these officers on all charges, failures to indict, and general confirmation and expression of the fact that, as far as Amerikkka is concerned, Black lives don’t matter (and they never have mattered to the enemy) deepened the contradictions and sharpened the rage felt by the masses of the people, and militant struggle was continued, with several mass leaders, particularly working class women and non-men, coming to the forefront and organizing resistance in the name of those who were stolen from us. The first year anniversary of Michael Brown’s murder was commemorated by mass highway shutdowns and other militant demonstrations and actions across the Saint Louis metropolitan area, and subsequent Gestapo style police retaliation and arrest. On his 20th birthday, we see how the struggle continues to change, new developments continue to occur, and the consciousness/militancy of the masses of people on whom development of history rests continues to develop and rise.

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The environment post August 9, 2014 was ripe for the the rebirth of revolutionary organizations already present, and the creation of organizations of a new type for our city, such as PYOSTL, a revolutionary mass organization with the purpose of uniting revolutionary youth in Ferguson and the entire Saint Louis Metropolitan area for militant struggle and organization against our oppression. Since the theft of the life of Michael Brown, more and more people demand revolutionary systemic change, have grown to view the presence of the police in our communities with just scorn and antagonism, and have realized that the masses are the motive force in the making of history. Many have come to realize the indisputable fact that the police and other enemies that seek to wash their hands in our blood, exploit us, incarcerate us en masse, or otherwise stand in the way of our development and struggle to victory as a class and as a people will not vanish or cease killing of their own accord. They must be made and hounded to doom, by any means necessary. In the name of Mike Brown, in the name of Kajieme Powell, in the name of Emmett Till, in the name of Vonderrit Myers, in the name of Freddy Grey, in the name of Eric Garner, in the name of Sandra Bland, in the name of countless black transfolks, in the name of Trayvon Martin, unite all that can be united and struggle for revolution! Organize and build struggle! Remember and fight for Mike Brown! It won’t stop until we stop it!

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)