Sunday, September 25, 2016

Carl Dix, Live from Charlotte, NC:
Look, It’s Beautiful

September 23, 2016 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us

Friday, September 23—Carl Dix called revcom.us from Charlotte, North Carolina, and gave us the following statement as he marched in tonight’s protest:

When I saw that video of Keith Lamont Scott’s wife watching and recording her husband’s murder, it made me mad as hell—and it made me want to go rushing through Charlotte to find some people and call on them to TAKE TO THE STREETS. At first I had some trouble finding people. And then I heard people are in the streets downtown, and I rushed to catch up with them. There’s not as many people as yesterday, but it is still hundreds of people. It’s mostly a youthful crowd. Look, it’s beautiful.

There are people of different races and nationalities, and they took to the streets and started marching around shutting down downtown Charlotte. But they had an aim in mind in doing that. As they marched, they made a move to Interstate 77. The police were acting as if they were in position to try to stop this, when the move happened. The police had actually blocked the highway themselves as a way to try and keep the protesters off the highway. It did them no good. The protesters had one way to get on the highway and double-downed another. And all of a sudden, hundreds of us were on the highway, marching.


 9/24/16: Carl Dix from the Revolutionary Communist Party speaking in Charlotte, NC, at the end of a rally and march demanding justice for Keith Lamont Scott, murdered by Charlotte police. 

The people are very determined. They are angry. They are calling for the release of the tapes. They are taking up the chant “Indict, Convict, Send the Killer Cops to Jail! The Whole Damn System Is Guilty as Hell!” There’s a lot of “Black Lives Matter,” a lot of “No Justice, No Peace.” There are a lot of very determined people in the streets. And that’s needed in the face of this onslaught of police murder after police murder after police murder—and the whole system going into motion to justify it. People standing up and resisting and saying “We’re Not Gonna Take This Shit Anymore!” and meaning it and acting on it.

And the other thing that’s needed is that this has gotta be connected with the revolution. Because we need an actual revolution. We gotta get rid of the system that does this to people again and again and is responsible for all the other horrors. Because there is no way you can solve this problem within this system. It’s built into its fabric and framework. When cops kill and brutalize Black people and Latino people, it’s not rogue cops violating the procedure—it’s police doing their job.

We’ve got to hammer that home to people and bring to them that we need revolution—and that we’ve got the leadership for it in Bob Avakian (BA), and we’ve got the strategy and programmatic approach for that revolution. And we need to connect that to how we have to get organized now for an actual revolution.
I hope I’m coming through, ‘cause I’m marching along, and there’s a lot of chanting going on. People ought to give themselves a roar for what they’ve accomplished tonight. They did it, and they’re gonna keep doing it. People are chanting, “We’re young, we’re strong, we’re marching all night long.” I got a lot of determination, but I’m not that young, so I’ll see how long I can go.

But look, this is beautiful, it’s powerful, it’s important. And it’s gotta get connected to a movement for an actual revolution to get rid of the system that’s responsible for the horrors.

‘American empire treats Blacks like a conquered people’


‘American empire treats Blacks like a conquered people’ 

RT September 22, 2016 
"The thing is the police have been unleashed by the system to brutalize and even murder people and then when people refuse to continue accepting it, the police are unleashed to crush them standing up... The police are killing us, and everything that the system says you are supposed to do, people have done: they have elected officials who they thought would stop it, they have tried to get body cameras, they’ve held town hall meetings; tried to get reforms passed and still police continue to kill people and get away with it no matter how horrific the circumstances. And then they tell people, “Wait for the investigation.” But what is there to investigate? In Tulsa, Oklahoma the man had his hands up on the car and they shot him and they are saying “wait for us to investigate” and told outright lies that contradicted by the video. In Charlotte, they are saying “We have a policy that we can’t release the video.” So you should believe the police story until you learn different. But why should we believe them if they lie all the time?" - Carl Dix, founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

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Once More, Lying, Murdering Pigs Run Amok
What Time Is It?

Time and Past Time to Get Organized for an ACTUAL Revolution

From the Revolutionary Communist Party, posted on revcom.us:
Tulsa... Charlotte... Columbus... How long?
People have tried all the “solutions” this system says work: a Black president. Campaigning for candidates. More police training. The “Department of Justice.” White House conferences. Body cameras. Lawsuits. Community policing.
None have stopped police murder after murder after murder. They won’t work. They can't work. Because police murder is built into this system.
If you didn't believe that when you saw it in Ferguson and Staten Island, the system has showed you again and again and again. When they murdered Freddie Gray in Baltimore...Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge...Philando Castile in Minneapolis-St. Paul...and now Tyre King, Terence Crutcher, Keith Lamont Scott, and countless others all over this goddamn country.
What do we do?
"It is very important that people rise up and refuse to accept the continual murder of people, particularly Black people as well as Latinos, by police—this, and the other outrages and atrocities continually perpetrated by this system..., cannot go down without people fighting back and rocking back the powers-that-be. But this must be built toward revolution—an actual revolution that overthrows this system at the soonest possible time—because there is no solution to these outrages under this system, and as long as we live under this system, this will go on...and on. There is a way that we can make a real revolution—and bring into being a radically different and better society: we have the strategy, program, and leadership for this revolution, in the work of BA and the Party he leads, the Revolutionary Communist Party..."
Come to the website www.revcom.us and find out “HOW WE CAN WIN—How We Can Really Make Revolution” and what we need to do now. Find out more and get organized into this revolution.
Carl Dix is in Charlotte NC and available for interviews 646 450 4701

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Terence Crutcher Executed For Having Stalled Car While Black Oklahoma Pigs Murder Black Motorist!—This Must Stop!

Look at the video of the police executing Terence Crutcher. Look at how they walk him over to his car with his hands up and make him assume the position with his hands on his car. And look at how they tase him and gun him down for nothing.


And it’s even worse than it looks. Terence wasn’t involved in any criminal activity. His car stalled on the road. There was no reason to treat him as anything other than a motorist who needed help, but these pigs saw him as a dangerous suspect. A pig in a helicopter hovering above the scene said he looked like “a bad dude.” And as someone they had a license to murder. The pig who fired the kill shot was on her radio saying she wasn’t getting cooperation from Terence even tho’ the video shows him walking with his hands up back to his car. And a police spokesperson gave their official statement to the press which was full of lies to try to justify this murder. She claimed Terence refused to cooperate with officers and reached into his car as why they had to gun him down.

Look at this video and tell me why anyone should believe anything the pigs say about why they brutalize and murder people. Or why we should listen when the authorities tell us to wait for the investigation to be concluded; or rely on the Justice Department to get justice.
Tell me why we should listen when Obama tells us about all the progress Black people have made in this country. Back in the day, white people in the South used to hurry to not miss it when the KKK had announced they were going to lynch a Black person. Look at those pigs in the video racing onto the road and drawing their guns so they could get in on this modern day lynching. All that’s changed is the color of the uniforms worn by those carrying out the lynchings.

This must be STOPPED! What will it take to do that? This is a presidential election season, and I can guarantee you that whoever ends up in the White House, this system will keep unleashing its police to brutalize and murder Black people. Body cameras on police? We’ve seen videos of police killing people – Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Gilbert Flores and many others, and still police kill people again and again; and the system exonerates them when their murderous deeds get dragged into the light of day. These pigs in Tulsa knew their actions were being recorded, and they still murdered Terence.

It’s going to take revolution to end this horror once and for all. We have to get rid of the system that needs to have its front line enforcers out there enforcing terror on people that it has no future for. No future except engaging in some hustle to try to survive, incarceration, fighting and killing each other or being murdered by the cops. We should live in a world where those entrusted with public security would sooner lose their own lives than kill or injure an innocent person. It’ll take revolution, nothing less, to bring that kind of world into being.
        And we in the RCP are organizing for an actual revolution right now. In Bob Avakian (BA) we have a leader who knows how to make revolution and has developed a vision of the kind of world we could create thru making revolution. If you want to see this and all the other horrors this system enforces on people around the world and in this country ended once and for all, you need to become part of this revolution.

You need to read BA’s book, THE NEW COMMUNISM, and other works by him, you need to run with the Revolution Club, spreading the word that we have the leadership, the science, the strategy and program, and the basis for organizing people for an actual revolution, and in Fighting the Power, and Transforming the People, for Revolution, mobilizing people to fight back whenever the system perpetrates atrocities on the people.

A Basic Point of Orientation:
revcom.us

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Colin Kaepernick Put It on the Line Against the National Anthem

What Will You Do?

August 28, 2016 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us

National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick called it right when he refused to stand up for the national anthem, saying: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in the flag of a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.”

What is there to celebrate about the history of America? It being founded on stealing the land from the native inhabitants? It developed its wealth and power based on the enslavement of Black people? The invasions of Mexico and many other countries in the Caribbean and South America? What is there to celebrate in what America does today? The way women are subjected to disrespect and brutality? The massive deportation raids that tear families apart and disappear people? The wars for empire that devastate countries and force people to flee their homelands? America is not now and never was great! Kaepernick took a heroic stand when he said he wasn’t going to show pride in this country while the bodies of Black people killed by police pile up in the streets.

What about you?

Kaepernick put a lot on the line in making this stand. Sports figures who have refused to go along with enforced patriotism and worship of America in the past have paid a heavy toll. Muhammad Ali was stripped of his heavyweight boxing championship when he refused induction into the U.S. army because he saw that the real enemy of Black people was in this country, not the poor people in Vietnam fighting to free their country. For taking this stand, they stripped him of his heavyweight boxing championship, which cost him millions of dollars he could have earned. Even knowing this, Kaepernick said, “If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”

Kaepernick is putting a whole lot on the line, and he’s doing the right thing! We must ALL have his back.

The killing will not stop just because people tweet about it, or because they grumble about it when yet another video of a modern-day lynching by police hits the news. People have to put themselves on the line. Even when the risk is great. I learned this 46 years ago when I refused to go to Vietnam and kill for this country. I was sentenced to two years in military prison for this, but I kept my humanity—and helped stop a genocidal war.

Colin Kaepernick saw the video of the police murder of Alton Sterling. In response, he said: “This is what lynchings look like in 2016! Another murder in the streets because the color of a man’s skin, at the hands of the people who they say will protect us. When will they be held accountable?” And he took a bold stand to stop this from happening again and again. You have seen the videos of police gunning people down, beating them to death, tasing and choking them to death. What are YOU going to do? What are YOU going to put on the line to stop this genocide?

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?

Monday, August 15, 2016

August 15, 2016
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Carl Dix Responds to Milwaukee Police Chief Flynn over Police Murder

Milwaukee Police Chief Flynn has blamed people associated with the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) for violence against police Sunday night. No, pig chief Flynn – people in Milwaukee rose in rebellion after a cop killed Sylville Smith because they were enraged at the harassment, brutality and even murder inflicted on Black people there. And they are right to stand up and say NO MORE to this state sponsored violence.
We in the RCP stand with the people who are fighting the power today to STOP the terror police inflict on Black people, and we work to transform the people for revolution, which is what's needed to end this and all the other horrors this system enforces on people in this country and around the world.
Pig Chief Flynn also tells us that the cop who killed Sylville Smith acted “within lawful bounds.” This system has also told us that the cop who murdered Dontre Hamilton acted within “lawful bounds;” that the cop who murdered Tamir Rice in Cleveland acted within “lawful bounds;” that the cops who murdered Freddie Gray in Baltimore acted within “lawful bounds;” and I could go on and on listing murdering cops who have been exonerated by this system.
A system that gives its stamp of approval to wanton police terror is absolutely illegitimate. It's been around too long and needs to be gotten rid of through revolution. In a revolutionary society, as Bob Avakian, the leader of the RCP, has said, “...[W]e would sooner have one of our own people’s police killed than go wantonly murder one of the masses.”
We in the RCP are organizing right now for an actual revolution to get rid of this system and bring into being the kind of society where the kind of state sponsored brutality being inflicted today would be no more.

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Milwaukee Explodes in Righteous Rebellion as
Police Kill Again!

August 14, 2016 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us
Saturday night people in Milwaukee poured into the streets in rebellion after police gunned down another Black man. The authorities wasted no time in demonizing the person gunned down, 23-year-old Sylville Smith—saying that he was armed and had a lengthy criminal record—trying to justify the murderous actions of their cops. But still people took to the streets, in the face of cops flooding the neighborhood armed to the teeth and even shooting at people to try to force them to disperse. People have righteously defended themselves in the face of this savage pig violence.

This rebellion is right on time. Despite police wearing body cameras, despite Department of Justice reports that expose the racism and abuse in police departments across the country, despite commission meetings and talk of reforms, police continue to kill people again and again. And the whole system continues to exonerate the killer cops when their murderous deeds get dragged into the light of day. People in Milwaukee have refused to accept this state-sponsored murder in silence, and they are right to do so. And everyone who stands for justice must have their backs.

This spirit must be built on and spread. In order to end the horror of police getting away with murder, it has to become part of an actual revolution; one that overthrows this system, defeating and dismantling its institutions of violent suppression, and brings into being a totally different and far better system. We need to live in a world where those responsible for public security would sooner lose their own lives than kill or injure an innocent person. It'll take a revolution to bring that kind of world into being.

The Revolutionary Communist Party is organizing right now for that actual revolution. The Party is preparing the ground—influencing people and society as a whole toward revolution and toward fighting the outrages of society… the Party is preparing the people—raising people's sights to the different world that is possible and the leadership we have in Bob Avakian and the Party he leads to realize that world… and preparing the vanguard—getting ready for the time when millions can be led to go for revolution, all-out, with a real chance to win.

If you hate seeing police murder Black people and others again and again, if you want to see a world where this horror is no more, get with the RCP and the ACTUAL revolution it is organizing! Go to www.revcom.us and join with the Revolution Club. Get organized for an actual revolution!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Carl Dix on Megyn Kelly Live July 11, 2016

Carl Dix spoke as part of the Megyn Kelly Town Hall on "Policing and Black Lives Matter"

on Fox News July 11, 2016, in the wake of police killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, and of Philando Castile in Minneapolis.









Wednesday, July 06, 2016


Take to the Streets Everywhere to Say: Police Murder Must STOP!
Condemn the Police Murder of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge!

Another Black man has been murdered in cold blood by the police. This time it was Alton Sterling who was confronted by police while selling videos outside his long-time friend's store. The pigs beat him down and shot him. You can see them holding him down and kneeling on his arms while one of the pigs pulls out his gun and shoots Sterling.


The system's mouthpieces are urging that people remain calm and wait for the results of the investigation. The hell with that. We know what happened. We can see what happened and what's in the works. Police have murdered another Black man, and the system is going to work to exonerate the killer cops. We've seen it time and time again – Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Rekia Boyd, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray and now Alton Sterling. This must STOP!

It's part of centuries of savage oppression this system has inflicted on Black people, from slavery thru Jim Crow segregation and lynch mob terror right up to mass incarceration and police terror today. There has been too damn many people murdered by police, especially Black and Brown people. This must STOP!

How long with this white supremacist system continue to get away with unleashing its pigs to brutalize and murder people? Until it's brought down thru revolution – that's how long.
The terror police are unleashed to enforce in Black and Latino communities in cities across the country is built into the fabric of this system, and it will take revolution – nothing less to end it and all the other horrors this system forces people to endure here in this country and around the world. And we in the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) are organizing right now for an actual revolution, one that overthrows this system and builds a totally different and far better one in its place.



CNN covers family press conference July 6, 2016

Everybody who hates injustice needs to do 2 things.

One, take to the streets, stand up and make it crystal clear that there MUST be justice! The eyes of the world are on Baton Rouge, and if we act like nothing's happened the authorities and their system will get away with what they're already working on doing – getting the killer cops off. We cannot allow that to happen.

And 2, people need to get ready to make a real revolution to bring this system down. IF you hate the way that police get away with murder and all the other horrors this system brings down on people here and around the world, you need to get with the actual revolution the RCP is organizing for. Get into the work of and follow the leadership of Bob Avakian, the leader of the RCP, who has developed the understanding and strategic approach for making this revolution. Go to the web site: revcom.us. Join the Revolution Club to Fight The Power, and Transform The People, For Revolution!

Thursday, June 23, 2016


Judge Finds Baltimore Cop Found “Not Guilty” of Killing Freddie Gray 

A Modern Day Dred Scott Decision for a Modern Day Lynching

The judge’s not guilty verdict on all charges in the case of officer Goodson comes down to the authorities sending a message that their police can do any damn thing that they want, especially to Black people, and they won’t be punished for it.  It is a modern-day Dred Scott Decision, conveying that Black people have no rights that this system’s police are bound to respect, issued after the modern-day lynching of Freddie Gray.

Freddie was perfectly healthy when he encountered those police.  But after they chased him, beat him down, tortured and arrested him for nothing, threw him in the van bent up like a pretzel and screaming in pain, and then rode him around the city for 45 minutes when it would have taken only 2 minutes to get him to the police station, Freddie had suffered a fatal injury.  Now the courts are finding the cops “not guilty” on the installment plan, one by one.
Bob Avakian has said the role of the police is not to protect and serve the people, but to protect and serve the system that rules over the people. And I challenge anyone to tell me why that statement doesn’t capture the reality, the reality of a system that has ruled again and again in cases where police have brutalized and murdered people that the police have committed to crime.
What is criminal is this system, and its whole justice system.  It needs to be gotten rid of through revolution, nothing less.  That’s what it’s going to take to stop the horror of police getting away with murder, and all the other horrors this system brings down. We in the Revolutionary Communist Party are organizing right now for an actual revolution at the soonest possible time.  Anybody who hates the horror of seeing police getting away with murder again and again needs to get with this revolution and get with this leader Bob Avakian (BA).
And everyone needs to look at this exoneration of another killer cop, and answer the question: “which side are you on?” Are you on the side of saying it’s all right for the system to give police license to instill terror, that it’s alright for the police to get away with brutalizing and murdering people, especially in Black and Latino communities?  Or are you on the side that sees this is unjust and illegitimate?  If you’re on that side, you can’t just say you’re on that side, you’ve got to act like you’re on that side, and you’ve got to join the fight to stop it.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Carl Dix                                                                                    
Contact: 443-240-9972
22 June 2016
carlmdix@gmail.com

Carl Dix in Baltimore: “Take to the Streets if Police Officer Goodson is Let Off, or Given a Slap on the Wrist in Death of Freddie Gray”

What: #JusticeforFreddieGray rally
When: 10:00 am Thursday June 23
Where: 100 Calvert Street @ Lexington Street, Baltimore MD

Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Communist Party, in Baltimore today, called for “powerful outpourings of protest, in Baltimore and all across the country,” if Caesar Goodson, the Baltimore police officer charged with murder in the death of Freddie Gray last year, is not found guilty by the judge Thursday.

Dix said Monday’s closing arguments in the trial of Goodson, the cop prosecutors originally charged with giving the “rough ride” to Freddie Gray, “amounted to more grease on the skids that would lead to letting this killer cop slide out of court free, or at most end up with a slap on the wrist for conviction on a minor charge.”

Dix warned, “This amounts to the system declaring that its police can brutalize and murder Black people and get off without any punishment; that Black people have no rights that the police are bound to respect.”

He joined others speaking out to stop murder by police, called on people to gather at the court: 


Carl Dix, of the Revolutionary Communist Party, co-founder of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network with Dr. Cornel West.
Tawanda Jones, sister of Tyrone West, murdered by Baltimore police on July 18, 2013
Qiara Butler, cousin of Tyrone West
Rev. Carl David Olson, First Unitarian Church of Baltimore
Tariq Touré, Baltimore Muslim essayist, poet and educator
Wayne AmonRa, outspoken voice in West Baltimore with radio show on WOLB-FM
Bonnie Lane, Baltimore Green Party organizer and advocate for the homeless

Facebook Event for Baltimore
Protests are also planned in New York City & Seattle.

Friday, June 17, 2016


June 14, 2016 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us
Baltimore Press Conference / Speak-out demands “Justice for Freddie Gray – CONVICT & JAIL the Murdering Cops”
 
As court let out on Monday, June 13, 20 people held a press conference and speak-out at the Baltimore courthouse where Caesar Goodson—the cop who subjected Freddie Gray to a “rough ride” over a year ago—is on trial for murder. Goodson’s trial is the third of police involved in the murder of Freddie Gray. The first two trials ended without convictions. This event was a statement from people who will not let the IN-justice system cover up the truth or let the murdering police go free on the installment plan.

The main speakers were: Carl Dix, of the Revolutionary Communist Party, co-founder of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network with Dr. Cornel West; Tawanda Jones, sister of Tyrone West, who was murdered by Baltimore police on July 18, 2013; and Rev. Carl David Olson, Minister, First Unitarian Church of Baltimore. A recorded message from Dr. Cornel West was played.
Other participants included Wayne AmonRa, outspoken voice in West Baltimore with a radio show on WOLB-FM; Rosemary, a retired nurse with years of experience with spinal cord injuries who has been monitoring the trial; Derek, who has protested every day of trial and Montrell, an outspoken victim of police brutality from East Baltimore; and Darlene Cain, whose son Dale Graham was shot and killed by Baltimore police in 2008.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

June 13 Press Conference: Justice for Freddie Gray – CONVICT & JAIL the Murdering Cops

Carl Dix                                                                                 Contact: Steve Yip 917 868 6007
11 June 2016
carlmdix@gmail.com

Justice for Freddie Gray – CONVICT & JAIL the Murdering Cops

What: Press Conference
When: Monday June 13 4:30 pm

Where: North Calvert & East Fayette, Baltimore, MD

Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Communist Party said today:

"Baltimore police murdered Freddie Gray OVER A YEAR AGO. They came up on him for no reason and assaulted him. They bent him like a pretzel, to the point where his screams of pain were heard a block away. Then police threw Freddie Gray in a van and subjected him to the “rough ride” that has terrorized and tortured so many Black people in Baltimore. By the time they were through with him, Freddie Gray was near dead. He died a week later. Together, these police murdered Freddie Gray. They are ALL murderers and accessories to murder. Police saw him not as a human being but a Black man who they were licensed to torture and kill. This was a modern day lynching.

Over and over police in America kill Black and Brown people with impunity. What was different this time is that the youth of Baltimore rose up. Their uprising was followed by days of outrage and protest by people from all walks of life – especially students. The uprising and the aftermath forced the hand of the powers-that-be to bring charges against six police who murdered Freddie Gray.

But ever since, the wheels of injustice have worked to cover up what really happened, deny justice, and let the murdering police go free. They are letting the murderers walk on the installment plan. And media coverage has worked 24-7 to focus people’s attention on anything but the real issue: JUSTICE for Freddie Gray.
The first trial of the police who killed Freddie Gray ended in a mistrial. The second ended in an acquittal. Right now Goodson, the cop accused of ignoring Freddie Gray’s desperate demand for medical help, throwing him in the back of a police van, and subjecting him to a rough ride – at the end of which Freddie Gray was near death – is on trial for murder. This trial CANNOT be another whitewash. It CANNOT be another mockery of justice. What is needed to change things is for PEOPLE to take things into our own hands. We are making clear: there MUST be justice in this case. We are not asking, we are demanding:

Justice for Freddie Gray!
Convict the killer police and send them to jail!

The days when police can kill with impunity must be gone, and they can be gone.

Be there Monday! Stand tall!

Carl Dix is available for interviews.  Contact 917 868 6007

Embracing the Legacy of Muhammad Ali Means Standing Up and Acting for Principle

June 10, 2016 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us

People talk about their admiration for Muhammad Ali and profess to embrace his legacy. I have a serious question and challenge to put to them, and especially the prominent Black people among them: Are you ready to stand and act for principle as he did? Muhammad Ali put himself on the line to stand up against the oppression this system was bringing down on Black people. When the powers that be told him he had to join their army and be part of the military machine being unleashed to drown the liberation struggle of the Vietnamese people in blood, Ali responded in bold and clear terms:

“No, I am not going ten thousand miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would put my prestige in jeopardy and could cause me to lose millions of dollars which should accrue to me as the champion. But I have said it once and I will say it again. The real enemy of my people is right here.”

This stand cost him the heavyweight boxing championship of the world and millions of dollars. And it put him at risk of being jailed for years, but he stood firm and refused to back down. This is what was most inspiring about Muhammad Ali: his willingness to put it all on the line to oppose terrible wrongs.

Today, the same system continues to inflict savage oppression: horrific numbers of particularly Black and Latino people, including many youth and even young children, brutalized and murdered by vicious police. How many videos must you see of people gunned down or beaten, tased or choked to death by the police, responding only with weak sympathy for the victims, and begging the system for justice someday? How long will you stand aside while the system backs up their killer cops again and again, seldom putting any of them on trial—and in the few cases where cops have been tried, virtually never convicting any of them, or at most giving them a slap on the wrist? “Justifiable homicide”? No. Ali said then, and we must say now: “This is the day when such evils must come to an end.”

Ali, in a short poem, said: "Me, Whee!" With props to his exuberance, I am going to take a liberty with his rhyme to say: Yes: You, me, WE know this horrific police brutality and murder is still going down. Are you/are we going to stand up and say unequivocally that these and other horrors perpetrated by this system must stop? ARE YOU/ARE WE GOING TO PUT IT ON THE LINE TO FIGHT TO STOP THESE CRIMES AGAINST THE PEOPLE? I’ve been doing this for a long time and will continue to so. Are you ready to join this fight? The time is now. THIS IS THE LEGACY THAT MUST NOT ONLY BE SPOKEN OF, BUT ACTED ON.


Gray Is NOT Justice! Indict, Convict and Send Killer Cops to Jail!

December 16, 2015  Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us

A Baltimore judge has declared a mistrial in the case of William Porter, the first cop brought to trial for the murder of Freddie Gray. Another cop involved in the death of a Black man at the hands of the police has walked free. This happens all the damned time. It is unacceptable and illegitimate. It is not justice, and it has to STOP!

We should live in a society where those entrusted with public security would sooner lose their own lives than kill or injure an innocent person. It'll take revolution, nothing less, to bring that kind of society into being. This kind of revolution is possible. Bob Avakian, the leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), has spent decades developing a new synthesis of communism that points to how we could get rid of the system responsible for the savage oppression of Black people, and all the other horrors enforced on humanity—the attacks on immigrants, the subjugation of women, the wars for empire, and the destruction of the planet we live on—once and for all. And points to how we could bring into being the kind of world people would want to live in. If you want to see that better world, you need to dig into the work of Bob Avakian.

And if you have an ounce of justice in your heart, you need to join the fight to STOP police getting away with murder. This starts with insisting that Porter be retried. And for all the killer cops—the six who murdered Freddie Gray, the Chicago cops who murdered Laquan McDonald, the Seattle cops who murdered Chris Harris, the San Francisco cops who murdered Mario Woods, the Virginia jail guards who murdered Natasha McKenna, and ALL the rest—to be indicted, convicted and sent to jail.

Look at what the six cops did to Freddie Gray that night. Several chased him down like a runaway slave because he ran when he saw them. They beat him down so bad that one witness said he was “bent up like a pretzel” when the cops put him in the van. The van was a few minutes from the police station, yet these cops, joined by several other cops, drove Gray around for 45 minutes, stopping six times. Pigs in Baltimore call this giving them the “rough ride,” making fast starts and stops. This form of summary punishment has been documented to have killed—murdered—people in police custody.

By the time the van had stopped the sixth time, Gray's spine was severed, and he was paralyzed. A week later he died. The Baltimore Sun described Porter’s so-called defense: "Prosecutors argued that Baltimore Police Department rules clearly require officers to seat-belt arrestees. Porter's lawyers argued that police rarely seat-belted prisoners..." And this was enough to get him a mistrial.

This is another example of the whole system going into motion to exonerate cops in the rare cases when their murderous deeds are so outrageous—and the people find it intolerable and go out into the streets, as they did in Baltimore—that the system is compelled to indict one of its front-line enforcers. Imagine what would happen if a group of Black youth had been involved in the death of a cop, and some of them tried to blame it on the others. The system would throw all of them in jail.

Killer cops belong in cell blocks, and we can't rely on the system to get them put there. It'll take mass determined resistance to the ways police get away with murder to get justice for Freddie Gray, and all the victims of murder by police. Get with the Stop Mass Incarceration Network and become part of that resistance. And get with the movement for revolution that the RCP is building if you want to end the horrors this system inflicts on humanity.

Indict, Convict and Send Killer Cops to Jail—The Whole Damned System Is Guilty as Hell!

It'll Take Revolution, Nothing Less, to End Police Getting Away with Murder!


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Statement from Carl Dix:
“I challenge Pat Lynch to a debate”

October 26, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us
Photo: Eino Sierpe
It is outrageous and unconscionable that media and the head of NY PBA have lied and distorted reality to condemn the Rise Up October (RiseUpOctober.org) protests in NY on Oct 22-24, of thousands of people, including scores of families whose lives have been stolen by police from across the country, using the fact that a NY police officer was killed last week. Distorting reality and attacking the people fighting for justice they assert "there is a war on police," that "people must support the police all the time and on every corner," and say that people should stop protesting the rampant, ongoing, systematic murder carried out BY the police. This is wrong and upside down.

Let’s talk about the reality: Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Natasha McKenna, Andy Lopez, Walter Scott and many more people have had their lives stolen by those who are sworn to protect and serve. In almost every case, the system has exonerated the killer cops and the media has criminalized their victims, aiding and abetting the justification of these murders. This must STOP! Not be incrementally reduced, but STOPPED! And it will take determined mass resistance and protest to stop it.

Pat Lynch, loudmouth bigot and head of the Patrolman's Brutality Association, has called for a boycott of the films of Quentin Tarantino for his support of people fighting for justice. Tarantino was right to join us and everyone needs to pick a side: are you for or against police terror and murder? Lynch said a year ago that Eric Garner “died from a number of bad life choices.” What life choices led to Garner's being choked to death at the hands of the NYPD? Being born Black in a country where police patrol Black neighborhoods like an occupying army?

I challenge Pat Lynch and anyone else to a debate over what's the real problem: our protest of murder by police or police getting away with murder.

Carl Dix is a co-initiator of Rise Up October and is a founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party (revcom.us)