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Workers Vanguard No 309 - 9 July 1982

Workers Vanguard No 309 - 9 July 1982

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chantingfor
an
hour,untiltheHitlerloversgaveup
and
wereushered
out
bythepolicetoathunderous
roarof
"NazisOut!NazisOut!"AstheNazisleft,
Don
Andrews,aspokesmanfortheCommitteeandmember
of
theSpartacistLeagueCentralCommittee,declaredtothecheeringcrowd,
"We
didit!Wepreventedthemfromcarrying
out
theirprovocation!"Thiswasavictoryforalldecentpeople
of
Chicago,hesaid.More
than
3,000demonstrators
had
rejectedtheappealbyliberals
and
theofficialGayPride
Parade
Committee
to
ignoretheNazis.Instead,representatives
of
thelabormovement,gays,blacks,
Catho
lics,Jews,Arabs
and
otherscame
out
toblockthefascists'
attempt
tovictimizehomosexuals.Someonehadtostopthesewould-bekillers,saidAndrews,"sotheSpartacistLeaguedidthissimpledecentthing,mobilizinglaborandallthesections
of
theoppressed
to
defendtherightsofgays,blacks
and
Jewsinthiscity."Thethousandswhoshowedup
at
Lincoln
ParkSunday
cameinresponsetotheorganizingefforts
of
the
June
27
CommitteeAgainsttheNazis.Morethan
75
individualsrepresentinglargesectors
of
theChicagocommunityendorsedtheCommittee'scalltoaction.More
than
250,000Committeeleaflets
continued
onpage9
littleNazi
Fuhrer
pacedback
and
forthbehindthefencelikeacagedhyena.Nexttothe
jackbooted
brownshirts
of
theAmericanNazi
Party
fromChicago,theSSAction
Group
fromDetroit,dresseduplikea
punk
motorcyclegang,lamelywavedtheirswastika-emblazonedshields.Butnoonecouldhearthemasasteadydin
of
anti-fascistchantseffectivelydrowned
out
their
"death
toqueers"poison.
Foranhour
thecrowdboomedout,"Chicago
is
alabortown,Chicago
is
ablacktown,Chicago
is
agaytown,Chicago
is
aLatinotown,Chicago
is
aJewish
town-N
0
room
forNazis!"Thedemonstratorsbrought
out
bythe
June
27
Committee
took
overthe"publicforum"area
of
Lincoln
Park
wherethefascistshadthreatenedtogoose-steponSunday.Theprotesterswereangry
and
militant
and
onlythemassivepolicepresencestoppedthemfromdrivingthefascistsout.More
than
165
uniformedcopswereofficiallyonhand,andmanyscores
of
plainclothesmencirculatedinthecrowd,ostentatiouslysportingtheirred,white
and
bluebuttons.Thirteenprotesterswerearrestedduringtheafternoon,chargedwithdisorderlyconductandreleased.ButthecrowdwouldnotbeprovokedintoadisastrousconfrontationwiththeChicagopoliceforce.Theprotestersdrowned
out
theNaziswithspirited
Special
Supplement
Inside:
"No
H i t l e r $ ! n C h i ~ a g o ,
Nazis
O f f : t h e ; S t r e e l s ! ~ !
stretchesfromtheNazistotheWhiteHouse.Whenthegang
of
Nazistormtroopersdrovearentedtruckup
to
theedge
of
Lincoln
Park
Sunday
afternoon,theyfoundthesitewheretheyplannedtostageaprovocationagainsttheGayPride
Day
marchalreadyoccupiedbyseveral
thousand
anti-Nazidemonstratorswhoturned
out
inresponse
to
determinedorganizingbythe
SL
initiated
June
27
CommitteeAgainsttheNazis.Asthefascistswerespotted,thecrowdsurgedforwardchanting
"No
Hitlersin
Chicago-Stop
theNazisnow!"Unable
to
enterthepark,thetwodozenHitleritesinbrownandblackuniformsclusteredbehindachain-linkfence.protectedbyhundreds
of
Chicagocops,includingaline
of
mountedcossacks.Thewhole
rally-podium,
soundsystem
and
all-charged
uptothefrontlinesasanti-Nazidemonstratorspressedagainstpolicebarricades.Thepudgy
June
27:Labor,
Blacks,
Jews,
Gays
Respond
to
Spartacist
Campaign
CHICAGO-Sunday,
June
27
herewasabigvictoryforopponents
of
fascistterror
throughout
thecountry.Itwasthelargestmilitantanti-Naziprotest
in
the
area
indecades,
'with
more
than
3,000participating.Andthepresence
of
protestersfroma
broad
cross-section
of
theChicago
population
inademonstrationledbysocialists
is
a
landmark
inanti-fascistactionsnationally.As
Ron
aldReagan'skillercutbacksandtheKlan/Nazis'gunstargetblackandworkingpeople,it
is
clearthatthere
is
nofuturefortheoppressedandexploitedinthisrottingsystem.Theclassstrugglestrategy
of
theSpartacistLeague(SL),for
labor/black
mobilizationstostopracistterror,showshowtofightbackandwin.
June
27
proveditcanbedone.Theycamefromthesteelmills
of
EastChicago
and
theHarvesterplant
in
Melrose
Park,
fromheavilygayNew
Townand
thelargelyJewish
suburbof
Evanston.
There
wereevenEastEuropeanCatholicsfromNorthSideneighborhoods.Butmostimportant
in
thisthemostsegregatedcityintheU.S.,withthemeanestwhitesuburbs
in
thecountry,theycamefromthegiantSouthSideghetto
onSunday
to
SlOp
theNil:is
and
defendthemselves.
"WherevertheNazismarch,
that
means'whitesonly',"theysaid.Andwhereverthefascistsarestopped,itmeanshopeforthefutureofblackpeople
and
alltheoppressed.On
June
27
abreachwasmadeinthewall
of
fearengenderedbytheracistfrontthat
 
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l i ~ e
aStonewallmarchthroughthegaycommunityconsisting
of
six
people!Thesearethepeoplewhoarenowspreading,withyourassistance,slandersagainsttheorganizers
of
theanti-Nazimobilization.Most
of
yourreaders,unfortunately,willhavenoway
of
knowingwhatreallyhappened.ButalloverChicagoareplentywhodo.
Prior
tothedemonstration,Chicago'sgayweekly
(GayLife,
25
June)providedseriousreporting
of
our
organizingefforts.WhilemakingclearthePrideWeekPlanningCommittee's"decisionnottofacilitateaconfrontationwiththeNazis,"
GayLife
alsoreported
on
the
June
27
Committeepressconferencewhereaformerleader
of
theLosAngeles-basedLavenderandRedUnion,GeneShofner
of
theSpartacistLeague,calledfora"massmobilization
oflabor,
blacks,minoritiesandgaystostoptheNazis"andexplainedthe
June
27
Committee'sdeterminationnottoengageinfutile(nottosaysuicidal)confrontationswiththeChicagopolice.
GayLife
notedaswelltheformation
of
aseparateStonewallCommittee
and
thesplitfromit
of
adozenmemberswhowerecritical
of
themanipulations
of
theRevolutionarySocialistLeague.Thesubsequent2Julyissue
of
GayLife,
in
an
articleheadlined"No
Room
forNazis!"accuratelyreported
on
thedemonstration:"Thelargestcontingent
of
counterdemonstratorsSundayappearedto
be
membersofthe
June
27
CommitteeAgainstthe
Nazis,
which
was
initiated
by
the
Spartacist
League.
...
The
committee
received
apermitJune
24
tobring
soundequipment
tothesiteandset
up
aplatformSunday
fromwhich
blackandlaborrepresentativesand[Spartacist]
leaguemembersspoke
....
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do
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ChicagogaymilitantswhoturnedoutagainsttheNazisunderthebanners
of
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27
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SPARTACIST
LEAGUELOCAL
DIRECTORY
TROTSKYIST
LEAGUE
OF
CANADA
6July
1982
GayCommunityNews
Boston
To
theEditor:
We
arewritingtoobjecttoyourfalseandmisleadingreportontheimportantanti-NazidemonstrationinChicagoon
June
27
whichappearedin
GayCom-munityNews,
10
July.NotingthatthefascistAmericanNazi
Party
hadscheduleda
"Death
toQueers"rally
on
GayPrideDayinChicago,yourarticleingrossdisregardforthefactsattributedtosomethingcalledthe"StonewallCommittee"thesizableanti-Nazimobilizationwhichshouteddownthefascistprovocation.Yourarticlethenslanderstheorganizers
of
theanti-Nazidemonstration:"Thecounter-demonstration
was
fur-
thercomplicated
by
the
presence
of
the
Spartacist
League,
whose
members
used
a
large
sound
system
to
'try
tosteal
the
whole
show,'
in
the
words
ofStonewall
member
Richard
Wilson.Wilsonsaidthe
Spartacists
refusedto
addressthe
specific
question
oflesbian
and
gay
pride.
He
told
GCN
that
in
several
cases
Spartacists
aidedthepolice
by
pointingout
tothem
persons
who
had
thrown
objectsat
the
Nazis."
This
is
aliefromstarttofinish!EveryonewhowasthereinLincoln
ParkonJune
27
knowsthattheantiNazimobilizationwasorganizedbythe
June
27
CommitteeAgainsttheNazis,initiatedbytheSpartacistLeagueworkingwithChicago-areaunionistsandneighborhoodgroups.Thecrowdof3,000whichturnedoutto"greet"theNaziswithchants
of
"Chicago
is
alabortown,Chicago
is
agaytown,Chicago
is
aJewishtown,Chicago
is
ablack
town-No
roomforNazis!"weremobilizedbythework
ofJune
27
Committeevolunteerswhodistributed260,000leafletsandsoapboxed
at
unionhallsandplantgates,
at
schoolsandinworking-class,black,Jewishandgayneighborhoods.The
"Stonewall.
Committee"wasfromthebeginningaparasiticandcontradictoryventurewhichsplitundertheimpact
ofJune
27
Committeeorganizingefforts.ThoughtheStonewallersdifferedwiththeofficialGayPrideorganizers'planstoavoidconfrontingtheNazisdirectlYltheyalsoopposedtheJune
27
Committee'sbroad-based,labor/black-ledstrategy
of
anti-fascistwork.TheStonewallers'own"strategy"waspremisedontheold
Letter
to
the
Gay
Community
News
Big
Lie:
They
Can't
Sell
It
in
Chicago
309
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introductory
issues
of
WorkersVanguard
(includes
Spartacist)
EdKartsenDavidBrewerKeithAnwarmembers,TWULocal
100
thinktheycangetawaywithmurder.
We
demandthattheracistmurderersbejailed!But
that
won'tputastoptothissort
of
atrocityagainsttheTWU
and
itsmembers.Thepolicehaveaspecial
"task
force"tofindthecriminals,butsincewhenarecopsfriends
of
theworkingman?ThecopsrecentlyshotdowntokenclerkAnthonyRuggiero
of
StatenIsland,andthey'vealsogotalot
of
experiencebustinguppicketlines.Kochwantstodisarmusinevery
way-gun
controlandunionbusting.
We
needtheright
to
beararms,foronething.
If
that
rightwereexercised,WilliamTurksmightstillbealive.,Butmost
of
all
we
need
unionaction.
TheTWUmustorganize
an
immediaterallyandmarch
of
mourningand
solidarity-starting
right
at
theConeyIslandshopentrance.Everyunionandblackorganizationinthecityshouldbemobilized.Callyourunionrep
now-call
theTWUheadquarters
(873-6000).
TheNewYorkCitylabormovement
is
largely
minority
black,Latin,Jewish.AllaretargetedbytheKlan,whichhasbegunleafletingConeyIslandhighschools.Let'snipitinthebud!TheTWU
can-and
must-show
thewayagainsttheracistterrorists.
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The
followingleafletwasissuedbymilitantNewYorkCitytransitworkersonJune
23.
NYC
Transit
Militants
Protest
OutrageOver
Lynching
of
Black
TransitWorker
o
$2/9issues
of
YoungSpartacus
MondaynightaracistmobclubbedtodeathcarmaintainerWilliamTurksandbeatuptwootherblacktransitworkers.Maybethoseclub-swingingscumthoughtTurkshadnofriendsandnounionbrothers.Maybetheydidn'tknowTurkswasamember
of
the
Transport
WorkersUnion,themostpowerfulinNewYork.Well,
we
bettermakeit
our
businesstosee
that
them
and
theirkindfindout!TheymurderedTurks,whoserightarmwasinacast,a
few
hundredfeetfromtheConeyIslandshop.That's
union
territory.Onethingeveryunionmemberknows
is
solidarity-we
sticktogether,black
and
white.Whenyouattackone
of
us,you'retaking
on
all
33,000
of
us.Kochcriescrocodiletears,
but
whopavedthewayforthisoutrage?
1980:
StrikebreakerKochcampaigns
on
theBrooklynBridgetomake
us
thescapegoatforwhatthebanksandthebossesdidtothiscity.1981:TheTAkills
motorman
JesseCole,thenblames
him
(and
all
transitworkers)forthecollision.Koch
and
thecitybossesputthegunto
our
head;
is
itanywonder
that
abunch
of
racistpunkspulledthetrigger?InKochandReagan'sAmerica,unionistsandblacksareconsideredsubhuman.Theracistvigilantes,theKuKluxKlan,theNazisgetthemessage:they
Name
_Address
~
_
2
WORKERSVANGUARD
 
Black
Miners
Massacred
in
South
Africa
StrikebreakingcopsandcompanyguardskilledeightblackminersnearJohannesburglastweekendinSouthAfrica'smostexplosivelaborstrugglethisyear.Policeusedattackdogs,teargasgrenadesandahelicoptertodisperseangrystrikers,whoburneddownanadministrationbuilding
at
theWestDriefonteinmine
on
July
2.
Firingintothecrowd,theapartheidkillersshotsevenblackminersdead,whileanotherwasstabbedtodeath.Twodayslater1,000minersrefusedtogoundergroundandleftforhome.Theminers,contractlaborersfromtheblack"homelands"andneighboringstates,liveinconcentrationcamp-likebarracksandworkinhorrendouslydangerousconditionsintheworld'sdeepestmines.Tensionwashigh
at
WestDriefonteinandothermines
of
theGoldFields
of
SouthAfricacompanyafterthebossesrefusedtomatch
16
percentpayincreases(equaltotheinflationrate)grantedbyrivalAngloAmericanCorporation.Theminers'angeroverflowedafterthedeath
of
sixblackworkersinaGoldFieldsmineaccident
June
27.
By
thefollowingweekendawildcatwalkouthadspreadtofourareapits.Thecontractlaborsystem
is
attheheart
of
theapartheidregime'sstrategy
r
'"
(0.
~
o
o
9:
:;'
o
'"
"0
Goldminerstoiling
in
racisthell.
todivideandrepresstheblackworkingclass
of
SouthAfrica.Deniedpermanentemployment,
or
eventherights
of
citizenshipintheirowncountry,thecontractminersareforbiddentolivewiththeirfamilies,forbiddentoleavetheprison-likecompounds,paidwagesonlyafifth
of
whiteminers'andareregardedbythemineownersasmoreexpendablethananyslaves.ManyareimportedfromMozambiqueandotherblack-ruledstateswhosegovernments,despiteritualcondemnations
of
apartheid,valuetheSouthAfricancurrencytheminersbringhomemorethantherightsandlives
of
theircitizens.Themurder
of
theWestDriefonteinminers
is
notjustanotherintheendlessracistatrocitiescommittedagainsthelplessblacks.
For
despitetheprisonlikeconditions,despitethesavagerepression,thefive-million-strongblackproletariat
is
underminingtheapartheidsystem.Therecentperiodhasseenthecreation
of
massunregisteredblackunions.Theblackworkers
of
SouthAfricaoccupyastrategicposition
in
theheart
of
theindustrialpowerhouseoftheentirecontinent.Theyhavethepowertobreakthechains
of
apartheidslaveryandfreetheentireregionfromthewhiteracistgold-and-diamondcapitalists
.•
Feinstein
Bans
Handguns
inS.F.
SL:
No
to
Gun
Control!
' ' ' - _ ~ " , , " ' ; ' ' - - '
..
78
_
WfJRNERSVANGIJARD
MarxistWorking-ClassBiweeklyoftheSpartacistLeague
of
the
U.S.
EDITOR
Jan
NordenASSOCIATEEDITORCharlesBurroughsPRODUCTION
,Darlene
Kamlura(Manager).NoahWilnerCIRCULATIONMANAGER
linda
JarreauEDITORIALBOARDGeorge
Foster,
liz
Gordon,Mark
Kellermann,
JamesRobertson,Reuben
Samuels,Joseph
Seymour,
MarJone
Stamberg
WorkersVanguard
(USPS098-770)
published
biweekly,
skipping
anissuein
Augustand
aweek
In
December,by
the
SpartaclstPublishing
Co,
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WarrenStreet,
New
York,NY10007
Telephone
732-7862
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Second-classpostagepaid
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Opmions
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m
signed
articles
or
letters
donot
necessarilyexpress
the
editorial
Viewpoint.
SAN
FRANCISCO-Mayor
DianneFeinsteinhasjustsignedintolawherdraconian
banon
handgunownership,demandinggunowners
turn
intheirweaponsin
90
days
or
faceuptosixmonthsinjailanda$500fine.(Ofcourse,thelawexemptscopsanda
few
selectgroupssuchasstoreownersand"guncollectors.")ThenewlawhadbeenapprovedbytheBoard
of
Supervisorsdespitetheprotests
of
hundreds
of
peoplefromabroadspectrum
of
the
population-white
conservatives,theNationalRifleAssociation,theWhitePantherPartyandagroupcalledGayGuns.So-called"progressive"laborleaderslikeCharlesLamb
of
Hotel,RestaurantEmployeesandBartendersUnionLocal2andtheILWU'sJimmyHermanjoinedwiththeguardians
of
thebosses'"law
and
order,"suchasformer
SF
sheriffRichardHongisto(nowan
SF
supervisor),insupportingthedisarming
of
workingpeople.Butinthefirsttwodays
of
itspassagenoonehadturnedintheirguns;instead
No.309
9JULY19829July1982
thePoliceDepartmentreportedreceivingalot
of
calls
about
qualifyingforapermit,andthelocalDAheldoffenforcementpendingalegalbattle.Meanwhile,theominousanti-gunoffensive
is
spreading:Berkeleypassedasimilarban,Oakland
is
talkingaboutholdinghearings,andastatewideNovemberballotinitiativethreatenstoputafreeze
on
allhandgunswitharegistrationrequirement.
Just
astheguncontrolproponentstrytoappealtoanti-blackracismoverstreetcrime,many
of
theanti-guncontrolwitnesses
at
a
June
IO
publichearingin
SF
triedtomakeuse
of
racistarguments.Allmore
or
lessopenlyagreedthatcopsshouldhaveguns.Allexceptone,that
is.
SpartacistLeaguespokesmanDianaColemanrejectedcontrolsasathreattominoritiesinparticular,pointingoutthat
"if
gunsarebanned,onlythecopsandtheKlanwillhaveguns."(Totheircredit,theGayGuns'spokesmanwastheonlyotherspeakertonotethatguncontrolhurtsblacks,womenandgays.)WhilesomeconservativesandracistshissedandinterruptedColeman'sremarks,shewasgreetedwithconsiderableapplauseasshefinished.
We
reprintbelowhertestimony:
Myname
is
DianaColeman,andI'mspeakingonbehalf
of
theSpartacistLeague.
As
socialists
we
opposeFeinstein'sguncontrolmeasureandall
of
theotherguncontrolmeasuresbeingproposedhere.
If
gunsarebanned,onlythecopsandtheKlanwillhaveguns.Policeandfascistviolenceareontherise
in
thiscountry,andguncontrolwouldleaveblacksandotherminoritypeopledefenselessintheface
of
racistterror.Feinsteinandthepolicechieftalk
about
fightingviolence,butthebestorganizedperpetrators
of
wantonhandgunviolencearethecops.Yet
of
coursethesethugsinbluearedeliberatelyexemptfromtheliberals'guncontrolcampaign.What
about
thekind
of
violence
we
sawlastSeptemberattheanti-Duarte
EI
Salvadordemonstrationwhenmountedpolicechargeddemonstratorsin
an
example
of
unprovokedpolicebrutality?Andmoregenerally,thewholesalemurderoftheBlack
Panther
Partybycops
and
theFBI?Andtheeverydaypoliceviolencethateveryblackghettointhiscountry,fromWattstoMiami,hasendured?
[SF
policechief]MurphyandHongistowantguncontrolbecausetheywantthecopstohavethemonopolyonguns.
We
wereshownearlierinthehearingsthegunthatkilled[citysupervisor]HarveyMilk,and
we
weretoldthatthis
is
anargumentforguncontrol.Butitisn't.BecauseFeinstein'sordinancewouldallowselectedindividualstokeeptheirguns.And
of
courseoff-dutycops
or
ex-copslike[Milk'smurderer]
Dan
Whitewouldneverhavetroublegettingapermit.ThegayDemocraticclubsareforgun
control-well,
maybe
if
HarveyMilkhadhadagunhewouldn'tbedeadnow.Andmaybeiftheoldpeople
at
theInternationalHotelhadexercisedtheirconstitutionalrighttobeararms,[then
SF
sheriff]Hongistowouldhavebeenalittlelessfreeinsledgehammeringdowntheirdoors.Thenthere'stherisingtide
of
fascistviolenceinthiscountry,and
of
coursethey'rearmedtotheteeth.WhentheNaziswantedtocelebrateHitler'sbirthdayin
San
Francisco,thepolicegavethemapermit,andFeinsteinandtheBoard
of
Supervisors
agreed
advisingpeopletoignorethisthreat.Itwasonlyaunitedfront
of
unionsandminorityorganizationsorganizedbytheSpartacistLeaguethatstoppedtheNazisfrompreachingandpracticingracistterrorinthiscity.Thosewhorelyonthepolicetoprotectthemfromthefascistswillsoonfindout
that
agoodlynumber
of
thosewhoburnthecrossesandwearthewhitehoods
at
nightarewearingblueuniformsduringtheday.Labor/blackmobilizationstostopthefascists!Thesedaystheliberal-authoritarian,"weknowwhat'sgoodforyou"movementtakesineverythingfromguncontroltooutlawingsmokingandbanningpornography.Thesmugness
of
thewholething
is
repulsivetotheaveragepersonwhohastoliveinthegrubbyrealworld.Sotheliberalstrytomakeguncontrolpalatablebyappealingtoeveryone'srealfears
of
beingmugged,raped
or
murdered.There'snosolutiontocrimeundercapitalism,
but
self-defense
is
sureawholeloteasierwhenyou've
g ~ t
agun.Unlikethefeministalternative
of
karatelessons,thehandgun
is
rightlyseenastheGreatEqualizer.Thehypocrisy
of
peoplelikeFeinstein
is
appalling.She'sknowntohavecarrieda.38;she'sgotabodyguard;she'sgotaprivatelimousineandachauffeur
at
taxpayers'expense.Andshe'stellingthose
of
us
whohavetoridetheMunibusthat
we
shouldn'tbeallowedtohavea
gun-or
forthatmatter,unions,decentworkingconditions
or
affordablehousing.She'sarepresentative
of
therulingclass
of
thiscountry,whoaredetermined
to
maketheworkingclasspayforcapitalism'scrisis.(Shouts
of
"Outof
order!")Sowhilerestraintsonthefascistsarebeingrelaxed,thepush
is
on
todisarmtheworkingclass,especiallyblacks,aspart
of
adrivetowardabonapartiststateaimedatkeepingworkingpeopledown.
We
betterfighttheseanti-democraticmeasureswhile
we
can.Guncontrolkills.
It
killsblacks
in
particular.Itkillsintheservice
of
adesperaterulingclasswhichlongagobecamea
bar
tohumanprogressandwillseektomaintainitspositionthroughnakedstateterror.
It
is
thisclassanditsthugswhichmustbedisarmed,throughvictoriousproletarianrevolution.Notoguncontrol!
For
theright
of
blackarmedself-defenseagainstracistterror!
For
labor/blackmobilizationstostopthefascists!
Thank
youverymuch
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