By: Louie B. Parker, New York, New York, December 14th
No matter what characterizes the Jan. 6th events, it was clear that the Jan. 6 will be utilized as a platform for more attacks on socialist, anarchist and progressive activists, oppressed nationalities, women, LGBTQ+ communities, and the working class in general. It has reached the point in which, today, we have larger police budgets, a general crusade on so-called “wokeness,” aimed not only at radical liberal activists, but at newly forming movements out of the George Floyd movement, and general socio-economic and political dissent.
In this context the verdict over Kyle Rittenhouse shows (as the families of victims and everyone else openly sees) that the judiciary may allow radicalized right-wing people, fascists or religious fanatics to hunt people who protest on the streets. This verdict may have the same effect that the Charlottesville attack had. Therefore, it has to be responded by the masses of youth and working class in the same way the Charlottesville attack was responded. Remember how country-wide protests sparked at that time. Even then, there were countless fascist massacres and raids on oppressed races, nationalities, ethnicities and religious communities.
The reaction to the verdict will determine what is going to be at the next level. Because fascistic networks are not organizing secretly anymore. Unfortunately, they are much more open and confident. It is going to be a new step in their murderous carrier path. Historically, the Jan. 6 raid was a heads-up for this movement to tell the capital “I am here for you.”
That is to say; we have a raging monster whose rope loosened a bit more in the era of Trump. So what then? Because it keeps happening. The fascist movement is nothing without the support of capitalists and their state. While we are chasing the monster, we have to see what/who encourages it, the same forces that transform babies into fascist monsters. This perspective must push us towards organizing and uniting the advanced forces of peace, labor, and democracy under the leadership of the working class.
However, the verdict of Ahmed Arbery demonstrates if people stand united they can succeed in bringing justice. The mass media presented it as the US justice system acting according to the objective values of the judicial processes. But what about the many black and brown young people shot to death with no justice? Hence, the Arbery verdict is a result of peoples’ cooperation and united struggle. One should not forget that when the verdict of Rittenhouse is the US administration with all their bourgeois rotten institutions showing its club to general peoples’ struggles, the Arbery verdict is an expression of their fear from people.
Comrades, the clouds of despair and hopelessness may only be resolved by the unity of working class and peoples’ movements. In order to fight against the fascist’s monstrous ideas, conscious of them and the enabler state and law enforcement, we have to build the broadest unities in every local based around the demands that has been shaped during the George Floyd protests. The most important of these are defund the police, and distribute public services. Besides that, specifically police unions and law enforcement in general have to be investigated in every local by the unified group composed of workers’ unions, public leaders, journalists, and lawyers. Because the Jan. 6 investigation showed us again that white supremacist networks have more place in the law enforcement than one may expect.
Let’s organize every local a place to condemn this shameful verdict and continue to demand justice for every victim. Fascist paramilitaries and their enablers are afraid of nothing, but the people’s justice.
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