Solidarity with the Palestinian Land Day

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On March 30th, 1976, thousands of Palestinians marched from the northern region of Galilee all the way down to Negev in the south, protesting the Israeli government’s decision to steal a massive amount of Palestinian owned land. Before the decision had been made to forcibly displace the remaining Palestinian population, Palestinians already faced discrimination and intimidation for taking up space that the Israeli government wanted to steal for settlements. During this fateful demonstration, six Palestinians were murdered by the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). The anniversary of this demonstration is celebrated every year as Land Day, a reminder to Israel and the world that Palestinians are still fighting for their right to their ancestral home.

This past Friday, March 30th, 2018, over a thousand Palestinians returned and marched towards the illegal settlements occupying their land in a march of return. The day before the demonstration, the IDF set up barbed wire fences to lock the protesters in. Around 200 Israeli snipers shot live rounds into the crowed of marchers, shooting 400 people, many of which are in critical condition, and killing 16 people. The number of casualties will continue to grow as time passes and more people are discovered or pass away due to their wounds. The names available of those martyred are:

Wahid Nasrallah Abu Sammour, age 27

Mohammed Kamal Najjar, age 25

Mohammed Naim Abu Amro. Age 27

Amin Mansour Abu Moammar, age unconfirmed

Ibrahim Abu Sha’ar, age 22

Abdul-Fattah Bahjat Abdul-Nabi, age 18

Mahmoud Sa’adi Rohmi. Age 33

Sari Waleed Abu Odah, age unconfirmed

Hamdan Ismael Abu Amsha, age unconfirmed

Jihad Ahmad Freina, age 34

Ahmad Ibrahim Ashour Odah, age 16

Abdul-Qader Merdhi al-Hawarjri, age 42

Jihad Zoheir Abu Jamous, age 30

In Charlotte our supporters are involved in Palestinian solidarity organizing, engaging in education events about the incarceration of Ahed Tamimi, al-Nakba, the history of Zionism, and the history of Palestinian resistance. This is important to do on a campus where Zionism is rampant, and organizations recruit students to attend birthright trips to Israel. Currently, our solidarity with the Palestinian people is on an educational basis but their struggle deserves for our solidarity to be taken to stronger levels of concentration. Communists in the imperialist core need to be leading the active boycott against buying Israeli made goods funding the occupation, make distinct connections between the plight of Palestinians and all oppressed, colonized and displaced people around the world to awaken the masses for revolution in this country.

Every year since 1976, exiled Palestinians commemorate and remember the martyrs of their struggle for land and national liberation. Every Land Day demonstration Palestinians have been murdered and attacked by Israeli forces. Palestinians still come out in the thousands, knowing that their fight for return to ancestral lands can end in death. To many Palestinians, death is freedom; freedom to die on their land while fighting the occupation in a final act of resistance, to die for the struggle of your people’s liberation. The Palestinian people’s connection to their homeland is the driving force behind their national liberation struggle. Survivors of the first acts of occupation and al-Nakba are still fighting for a free Palestine. There are people who were born and raised by the dead sea, now barred from setting foot on the beach, not able to get close without risking being shot by the border or outside of check points. These are justifications of why the Land Day demonstrations have not and will not stop until every Palestinian refugee and descendent can enter their homeland as a free independent nation of Palestine.

FREE FREE PALESTINE!

FREE GAZA AND THE WEST BANK!

SUPPORT THE RIGHT TO RETURN!

FROM THE RIVER TO THE SEA PALESTINE WILL BE FREE!

–Red Guards Charlotte, April 2018

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Defend Comrade Dallas and Fight for His Freedom!

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Photo sent in by a supporter.

For the comrade who has sacrificed his freedom for Maoism.

For the comrade who carries the burden of the oppressed and exploited worldwide.

For the comrade who has spilled blood, and broken bones.

Our comrade Dallas has been locked up in the dungeons of the state. He was jailed on March 9th with bullshit charges and remains incarcerated as we write. Our comrade Dallas means to the world to us. He lives every day knowing that his life is not his own, and instead dedicates it to the masses of people, who ache for political power. He teaches us unceasing struggle against our enemies, and the art of transformation of our friends. He shows us how to defend our women and LGBT comrades like our lives depend on it. Our comrade Dallas has shown us what it means to be a servant of the people.

Anyone who genuinely serves the people can experience a fate like Dallas, but he has never cowered. He fights every day against the terrorism our class is facing and is being punished by the state for defending our class. In these hard times while our comrade is locked up, we need more defenders of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism to rise from the seeds he has planted in all of us. Until he gets out and we can rejoice in his freedom, we will fight tirelessly in the same struggle he carries in his heart every day. This comrade’s example has given our hearts tremendous purpose. Many of us are recovering drug addicts, who have wandered through life aimlessly for years, yearning for a reason to live. To live and to die for our class—there is no greater purpose. To live among a person so unflinchingly dedicated, we are sincerely grateful.

Dallas is an expecting father; his fiancée will be left alone to raise their child if the state keeps him kidnapped. Now the impetus is on all of us. Comrades, if you like and follow our work, please write any inspirational or kind words you would like sent to him and send them to freedallas@protonmail.com. We urge you to donate generously to the cause by sending money to PayPal: avantiguzman@gmail.com. Study the work of the organizations he supports. Learn from them and our great teachers, Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Gonzalo.

Become the fighter that Dallas is!

Nothing less, freedom for Dallas now!

#FreeDallas

#FightRepression

– Queen City Maoist Collective, March 2018

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 If you have not already, please read this piece from RGA detailing what’s going on with comrade Dallas.

If you’ve already read the one above and want to be even more up to date on the campaign for his freedom, read this update.

Fly high the red flag for Comrade Pierre!

Comrades,

From the Queen City we send our solidarity and condolences to the Parti Communiste Maoiste (PCM) as they lost comrade Pierre. He was a tremendous beacon of revolution for all Maoists throughout the world, and this loss is huge.

Comrade Pierre’s passing happened on the birthday of Presidente Gonzalo, the greatest living Maoist in the world, and the 48th anniversary of the FBI murder of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark. Fred Hampton was one of the greatest revolutionary to come from the US.

Comrade Pierre was one of the most dedicated revolutionary communists in Europe. Right before the accident leading to his death, he had been attending a protest. Though we never knew him, his loss hit us hard. The loss of a comrade dedicated to the liberation of humanity is a loss for all. From the grand stories of his unwavering dedication to Maoism, to his mentoring of revolutionary youth throughout Europe, without a doubt the loss of comrade Pierre is a loss for the entire international proletariat.

Our collective deeply cherishes the lives of those we have lost serving the people, comrade Pierre among them. His uncompromising dedication should serve as a lesson to all revolutionaries across the world. The fight for world communism must now be sharpened. Comrade Pierre was a militant until the day he died, and we must continue his struggle for the liberation of the world proletariat. 

Words from a comrade on comrade Pierre:

Today, a great comrade is gone. It was a man that inspired generations of communists, that gave his whole life at the service of a greater idea of mankind, at the service of a future of justice and freedom. He represented the transfer of knowledge, and he transmitted the fire from the Proletarian Left to the Maoist Communist Party with a tireless energy, being the living memory of struggle. More than a comrade, many of us saw him as a brother, a father or a grandfather, smiling and sharing good advices. He struggle against all kind of deviations, against renouncing, sometimes almost alone against the tide. Comrade, we wont forget you. For us, you’re an example, and you’ll live forever in our struggle. You’re is still among us, wherever flies this flag you loved so much, this red flag with the hammer and the sickle on it.

Long live marxism-leninism-maoism.

Comrade Pierre, present! Honor and respect

Comrade Pierre is immortal!

Fly high the red flag in his memory!

Long Live the PCM!

For revolution in the imperialist centers!

– Queen City Maoist Collective

 

  1. PCM, “Comrade Pierre is immortal!” http://www.redspark.nu/en/imperialist-states/comrade-pierre-is-immortal/
  2. Red Guards LA, “What, to the Maoist, is the significance of life and death?” https://redguardsla.org/2017/12/04/what-to-the-maoist-is-the-significance-of-life-and-death/

Ready or Not: Now Is The Time To Eradicate Fascism

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Seth Christopher Vitco, fascist in charge of Anti-Comm. This picture was uploaded here months after the original publication of this article.

Fascists under the guise of “anti-communism” have discussed plans to come to the Queen City on December 28th at Marshall Park. This is in the wake of an emboldened fascist movement across the country, which is due to the crisis of decaying imperialism. Fascists have started doing protest-type actions ranging from another torch lit rally in Charlottesville to a banner drop of Vanguard America’s slogan “Blood and Soil” at an anarchist book-fair in Houston, to a “White Lives Matter” protest in Shelbyville, TN—these fascists are increasingly on the offensive. If we don’t hit them, they won’t fall! If we don’t deny fascists a platform and organize them out of power they will continue to breed, but we will not allow this to happen.

There have been conflicting reports about the status of their rally. The original “anti-com” page has stated that the rally has been cancelled due to “safety concerns.”

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A little later in the thread, an account called @anticomskrrt said the rally wasn’t cancelled but moved from Marshall Park and to stay tuned.

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Regardless of what they say, we need to be prepared at the highest level. Whether the enemy shows up or not, we cannot let our every action be determined by them.

Fascists have a track record of attacking when our side is least prepared. As anti-fascists in an imperialist country, where imperialism is resorting to its most chauvinist element: fascism, preparation is vital. Lack of preparation in these times leads to the loss of lives. Fascists, by the virtue of their existence, directly endanger Black, Brown and Jewish people. Because communism is the only real threat to fascism, communists are also a target of fascist violence. Therefore, fascists have tried to disguise this march as a “march against communism”. We must defend communism in the face of this attack.

The death of martyrs shouldn’t be merely a source of inspiration, but a wake-up call for all antifascists. Heather Heyer is immortal. She was killed by fascist terrorists; her death must not go in vain. Martyrdom is a fact of making revolution, we have lost Norman Bethune, Edith Lagos, Justin Carr and countless others – they too, like Heather Heyer, are immortal. The bourgeoisie and fascists are after us, to see the revolution through, we need a strong and fighting force to destroy fascism with the highest level of preparation.

“Civilize the mind and make savage the body.”

Mao

Even if the official twitter has said that they won’t be in Marshall Park anymore, we should not be deceived so easily.

 

We must understand why there is fascism and how we fight it.

 

“We revolutionaries and communists must not let ourselves be surprised by fascism, knowing that the repression, the counterrevolutionary violence and the negation of democratic rights are not exceptions, but are inevitable and inherent in imperialism…. What must be done is to combat the class dictatorship of the exploiting classes with people’s war as the main form of struggle. All the experience of the world proletarian revolution shows us that we must reject and crush the idea of only “using legal and peaceful methods” until the enemy starts to apply fascism, i.e. until the moment when it is no longer possible.” (On Fascism—Reaction All Along the Line, Red Sun/Sol Rojo #36)

Whether these nazis show up ready or not, now is the time to eradicate fascism. Humanity doesn’t have any other choice. In the US, anti-fascists have historically tailed Nazis, following them at every step. While deplatforming them is necessary, as Maoists we must utilize our understanding of contradictions to analyze the situation at hand.

“When imperialism is threatened it responds with fascism, the contradictory and antagonistic opposite of communism.” 

(IT WILL NOT FALL UNLESS YOU HIT IT, Red Guards Austin)

Today, we see the imperialists have lost their hold on global domination. Though the rise of fascism is created by the bourgeoisie, it needs a mass base to continue to grow.  Many in the white working class have resorted to fascism as a relative reprieve to the issues they face, out of a fear of losing what was once supposedly theirs.  RGA sums up how imperialism in its most reactionary stage recruits a mass base:

“In a reverse of the Maoist method, it seeks to consolidate the backward, win over the intermediate, and isolate (or exterminate through genocide) the advanced. It consistently frames itself in plain talk, where it appears to shoot from the hip, and it aims right at the frustrations of the largest sections of the working class and appeals to their short-term interests. It is no good for them, but just like drugs it does, on the surface, seem to solve problems and (very) temporarily cause them to feel better, and like drugs it comes at the expense of others.” (RGA)

Maoism knows the issues that most fascists are indignant about are a result of capitalist exploitation. Here we have a major contradiction: imperialism in decay has resorted to the development of fascism. Fascists attempt to penetrate the white working class by prodding deeply at their anxieties (the opiate crisis, the contradiction of rural and city life in white flight areas, etc.)  and providing solutions that will, supposedly, remedy these ailments at the expense of all those who oppose these solutions. The sharpening of the contradiction between the proletariat and bourgeoisie leads to a sharpening of contradictions within the proletariat, between the white members and the oppressed nations members of the working class. The frustrations that lead many white workers into the arms of the fascists are the same issues communists should be agitating around. Liberals will scoff at any talk of defending the white working class, but communists cannot resort to identity politics and must correct incorrect ideas amongst white workers.

Liberals will ambulance chase and attempt to de-platform Nazis wherever they go—which as stated above is a crucial tactic but only one part of resolving the contradiction of decaying imperialism. We must leverage contradictions to qualitatively resolve the issue of emergent fascism, to develop more revolutionaries for our side, because the only real solution to ending the rise of fascism is socialism. White working-class neighborhoods must become bastions of anti-fascism, not a breeding ground for white supremacy. A mass-based antifascism includes de-platforming and organizing the white working class for revolution—in these times this is the bare minimum for any true anti-fascism.

That must be our goal in calling all antifascists to Charlotte on December 28th. Right now, communists and revolutionaries are losing the fight against fascism. The ruling class and fascists fear a strong revolutionary communist movement. So, we must build it! No amount of voting, sloganeering, protesting alone can defeat it – only the masses armed with guns and the immortal science of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism can swiftly, brutally crush imperialism and emergent fascism. We must be among the masses to turn the crises of the ruling class on their heads, and with communist leadership, show that fascism can be defeated.

 

Only with communist leadership can we defeat fascism!

Anti-fascists come to Charlotte on December 28th!  

Preparation cannot be sidelined!

No Nazis in Charlotte!

— Queen City Maoist Collective

 

Sources:

  1. Red Guards Austin, “It Will Not Fall Unless You Hit It” https://redguardsaustin.wordpress.com/2016/11/09/it-will-not-fall-unless-you-hit-it/
  1. Mao Tse-Tung, “A Study Physical Education” https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/volume-6/mswv6_01.htm
  1. Red Sun/Sol Rojo “On Fascism—Reaction All Along The Line” http://www.signalfire.org/2012/12/15/on-fascism-reaction-all-along-the-line/