UMKC Admin Has Failed, We Must Smash Rape Culture Ourselves!

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UMKC administration once again failed to take concrete action against sexual assault at the last town hall. They talked about meetings, and committees and procedures – but when have those accomplished anything? Their mouths made the same motions they did during last semester’s sexual assaults, while their actions are still absent.

In face of such incompetence, PYO has taken a stand! We pasted fliers with the names and faces of two known rapists on campus, in order to warn the student body, while letting rapists know that they are not welcome here. During the flyering, we were pleased to discover that other rebellious youth had decorated the Bloch School of Business.

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This is only the beginning – more actions will come. The end goal of this campaign is to build a revolutionary counter-culture on campus that will empower the student body to annihilate rape culture ourselves!

Such a goal is a high order, and will require dedicated, protracted struggle. If you wish to keep in touch with our future efforts, like our Facebook, and/or keep watching this website.

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End Sexual Assault on UMKC!

Last Friday night, at least two women were sexually assaulted by UMKC student athletes at a party on 49th and Lydia.

This is the latest in a long string of sexual assaults – and each time, UMKC administration claim that they hear our concerns, but tie up any potential solutions in red tape. Meanwhile, their yesmen in SGA have had no issues planning to give student athletes extra votes.

Enough is enough! It is time for us to end rape culture at UMKC, with or without the administration’s help, before another sexual assault happens!

Tonight, November 13, at the townhall meeting (7pm, Student Union Room 401), PYO’s UMKC students will demand that the administration take concrete action.

In the likely event that they only offer excuses and obstructionism, then we will organize our own efforts against rape culture.

If you want to stop sexual assault at UMKC, then share this post, come to the townhall, and take action!

PYO T-Shirts Now Available!

We have PYO t-shirts for sale at Forever 1917! The front has our logo and the back has “Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win” printed on it.

All proceeds go directly to supporting the organizing work of progressive and revolutionary youth at UMKC and around the city, so snag yourself one before they’re gone!

Stop Alt-Right Token Milo Yiannopoulos from Coming to KC!

UPDATE:

Milo’s venue, The Folly Theater has dumped him. Good work folks. We accept the venue’s apology and urge them to do more due diligence in the future to avoid this type of fiasco from the start. Milo and his fascist goons are not welcome in KC!

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Contact The Folly Theater or leave them a one star review to let them know how you feel about this alt-right scumbag coming to our city. Milo and his anti-women, anti-trans, anti-Muslim, white supremacist, pedophile apologist entourage are not welcome here! No theater who would host such a person is welcome here either!

Phone: (816) 474-4444
http://www.follytheater.com

Thank you Marcus Peters!

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On yesterday’s game, Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters took a stand against racism by sitting during the national anthem and has been viciously attacked by the right for this. We applaud his display of strength and integrity in the face of hatred and adversity!

In Memory of Anthony Lamar Smith

On December 20, 2011, St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley shot and killed unarmed Anthony Lamar Smith. For six years, the city of St. Louis has waited for justice. Yesterday, September 15, 2017, Anthony’s family, friends, and community were denied justice by a system that has been criminalizing, imprisoning, and killing men for centuries.

Progressive Youth Organization – Kansas City stands with the community of St. Louis in this time of injustice. Your suffering is our suffering. Your burden is our burden. The same laws that oppress the people of your city weigh heavy on the citizens of Kansas City. The tyranny of police brutality has strangled many communities and you are right to express your outrage, your pain, and your every emotion. Now more than ever there is a need for communities to join in solidarity to face the looming, ivory pillar of white supremacy.

Jason Stockley is a face unrecognizable among a barrage of blue uniforms and gold badges flashed across our screens. He is a man who used his power over another and snuffed out their life. He is a man living in a system that rewards the color of his skin and the uniform he chose to wear. Jason Stockley is a symptom of a far-reaching rot that only white supremacy and capitalism could create.

PYO-KC is a coalition of progressive working class youth and college students. We come from many backgrounds, many races, many genders. Together we speak many languages, we come from many countries, and we have many stories. We stand with St. Louis in the name of Anthony Lamar Smith, a man stolen from us too soon.

Rest in power, Anthony.

Unnatural Disasters

An excellent statement from comrades in Austin analyzing the material and systemic factors behind recent disasters.

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The country’s eyes are fixed on the Texas Gulf Coast. Everyone is looking but not many are seeing what the local workers are experiencing. A grim Hurricane Katrina flashback plagues the coast as those in the area come to terms with the widespread chaos that Hurricane Harvey has unleashed on them. This is Trump’s Katrina, and “natural disasters,” like everything else, have a class character?that is, a “natural disaster” would not be a disaster at all if it were not for the specific way we produce human needs and the specific way human society is arranged. A category 4 hurricane smashing full force into the Texas coast would not be a tragedy if society were set up so that everything was properly prepared for these inevitable events. In an age when weather forecasts can predict devastating storms and evacuations are possible given the allotted resources, it is…

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KCPD Caught Collaborating With Right-Wing Militants

Comrades over in the Kansas City Revolutionary Collective have obtained a video proving collusion between the far-right militas and the Kansas City Police Department. These interactions are in staggering contrast to the pepper spraying, intimidation and other acts of political repression against leftists in this city.

Urgent: Get Organized to Smash Fascism in Kansas City!

KCRC comrades have issued a report on the counter demo against the alt-right “March Against Sharia”. We were also present and can confirm the accuracy of this report.

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A Report Back From the Counter-Demonstration for the KC “March Against Sharia”

On Saturday the anti-Muslim hate group ACT for America staged a so-called “March Against Sharia” at Washington Square Park in downtown Kansas City, as part of a larger nationwide event. Standing alongside ACT were members of the fascist 3%er militia, and other assorted white supremacists and neo-nazis. The pretense of “Sharia Law” was just a dog-whistle for extremist right-wing hate groups to spread their filth and try to organize unassuming Republicans and closet racists for their genocidal cause. As Communists, we stand with the Muslim community and with all those who are targeted by fascist hatred and slander.

Antifa arrived on the scene a couple hours prior to the event hoping to snuff it out, but by that time, a dozen 3%ers were already at the park with their KCPD escort. The 3%ers were hired and paid by ACT to provide additional security…

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Dump Trump on His Ass for His Crimes and His Class: Statement on Our Black Friday Action and the Necessity for Anti-Fascist Resistance

 

We live in a period of ascendent fascism. From Trump and his followers in the United States, to Marine Le Pen and the National Front in France, to the Golden Dawn in Greece, fascism and reaction are on the move across the imperialist countries. This is the result of both the general crisis of capitalism in which economic stagnation continues to deepen, as well as the cessation of the normal functioning of the so-called “democratic” political systems in the imperialist countries. In the U.S. this was made particularly clear in this latest election with the systemic instances of voter suppression and rigged elections. The masses of people are no longer even clinging to the belief that the system is merely rigged against them, but that the entire political system exists not for them, but for the ruling class. It has been throughly exposed, even to those who didn’t want to accept it, that the entire political system in the United States is rotten to the core and completely bankrupt and therefore is to be rightly rejected.

As a consequence 46% of the country passively, or actively, boycotted the election. It was clear to many that the choices presented by both major parties, and even the inconsequential third parties, were repugnant or ineffective. What the Democratic Party presented was more disastrous neoliberalism, more war, and more brazen corruption. What the Republicans presented was a toxic blend of fascism, white nationalism, xenophobia, racism, and sexism. In short, a choice between a Reagan or a Thatcher, or Mussolini. Such as choice we must on principle oppose as akin to choosing to die slowly or to have your life snuffed out quickly. The various third parties, locked out of political participation, formed an amusing sideshow to the spectacle of the election, but no serious challenge. Of course this was by design, as American “democracy” from the days of the Founding Fathers has been explicitly crafted as an apparatus designed, in the words of James Madison, “to protect the minority of the opulent from the majority.” This was made clear to those who still doubted the anti-democratic nature of American democracy by the behind the scenes maneuvering that led to the neutralization of the populist candidate Bernie Sanders, which proved that not only is working within any major party fruitless, but that the political and economic system cannot accommodate even moderate social democratic demands and reforms. The neoliberal consensus has become so entrenched that the possibility of change from within, so long propagated by liberal idealists as the only viable strategy, has gone up in flames in front of their face. Funneling mass resentment and energy into the Democratic Party presents no viable alternative and will inevitably end in cooption, and thus neutralization, or will be stamped out.

Donald Trump, and the conglomeration of fascist groups coalescing around him, represent the most vile and dangerous elements of the same “democratic” system that Hillary and the Democrats stood for. Our orientation towards Trump should be the same as our orientation to Hillary, the Democrats, and the entire U.S. empire, militant resistance with the goal of smashing them to bits. With the rise of Trump comes the rise of the so-called “Alt-Right”, or, more accurately, Neo-Nazis and white supremacists that long ago traded in their brown shirts and armbands for a suit and tie and an undercut. We uphold that it is wrong to stand idly by and preach pacifism in the face of a fascist threat. Through our study of the history of fascism we know that fascism is based on reactionary violence, and therefore cannot be defeated with hugs or love, as the liberals of today preach, but only with organized, disciplined, direct action. As with all things reactionary, if you don’t hit it, it will not fall. Fascism is not to be debated but smashed.Image result for smash fascism
Today we aim to strike at the pocketbooks of those who financially supported Trump, and thereby facilitated the rise of fascists to power. We will block foot-traffic, and obstruct shopping to those businesses that donated to Trump’s campaign in a militant effort to strike directly at what the fascists hold dear, cold hard cash based on exploitation and their economic power structures. We understand that this action alone will not remove Trump and his cronies from power, but it will shock those fascists and their enablers who feel emboldened by Trump’s victory into the realization that we are serious. That the beginnings of organized resistance are under way. We will become steeled through every action we take against Trump and his fascist goons, steeled through struggle, hardened through direct action that strikes at the very heart of this decaying machine of exploitation and terror. Our long term goal must be to construct a determined, militant, and disciplined anti-fascist movement capable of striking at the roots of Trumpite fascism, and its basis, decaying capitalism itself. This must necessarily be a protracted process, but now, more than ever, such a process must be initiated, which is what we are doing today. Furthermore, we must construct such a movement on the basis of principled unity and on a sound theoretical basis. Those who refuse to recognize the interlocking nature of fascism, capitalism, and imperialism will fail in their struggle against any of them. It is absolutely urgent to grasp this connection in its all-sidedness in order to effectively fight and resist.

We must also oppose those who support Hillary and the Democrats, as they represent and constructed the same monstrous system that Trump now controls. The same system that bombs innocents overseas, the same system birthed from colonial genocide and slavery, the same system that pushes down further the working class into the depths of despair and economic misery, and the same system that terrorizes the black nation with its police and prisons. Our oppressed nations comrades, especially the black nation, have lived under fascist terror for 400 years. Fascism is an old, but very real enemy to them. An ever-present reality built into America as a political entity itself. Which is why we have a duty to oppose fascism, capitalism, imperialism, and the prison house of nations that is the United States. We must also isolate and ruthlessly criticize those who wish to divert people’s energy into pointless petitions to the Electoral College or other such nonsense, as again, appealing to structures of power that are anti-democratic by nature is an exercise in futility and utopianism. The Alt-Right and Trump laugh at such toothless displays of resistance, and they are right to. Power does not concede power to signatures on paper, it never has and it never will.

Those who refuse to directly confront fascism and instead muffle the voices of the marginalized, oppressed, and exploited people with the mouthpiece of pacifism must be opposed and criticized as well. They stand in the tradition of the old liberal collaborators in Germany, Italy, Spain, and Chile that made absurdities of democratic absolutes of free speech, and thereby facilitated the rise of fascism. They led the vulnerable into the arms of death in the name of unprincipled peace. We recognize no peace with fascists because fascism means death for us, for our LGBTQ comrades, our black and brown comrades, and for our Muslim comrades. It is right to fight back against them, to resist them in the name of self-preservation and self-defense. We see no value in providing a platform for fascists to air their views in the name of “democracy” either when their expressed goal is to smash the very platform they are given, and to drag us to the depths. Such a view is a paradoxical display of tolerance gone awry. We must expose and defeat fascists and their enablers by any means necessary, to not do so is to be complicit with it and to naively and dangerously lead others on the road to doom.

We don’t defend the rotten capitalist system and the fraudulent democracy of the United States from fascism, because both are two sides of the same coin. In fact, the discontent engendered by the worsening economic conditions for the masses here, combined with a deadlocked and unresponsive political system, is what birthed Trumpite fascism. To believe that we can continue on the road of capitalist-imperialism in the face of a heightened world crisis and impending economic and environmental catastrophe is pure utopianism. We, and the downtrodden here and across the world, want out of this cycle of destruction and calamity. We won’t fight for a system with one foot in the grave. We will fight for something better, a world free from the maniacal reign of capitalist-imperialism and its decayed and brutal outgrowth, fascism. We will never cease our struggle no matter the odds. We have the People’s cause on our side and we know one day we will be victorious.

Today is only the beginning of developing that anti-fascist struggle that can one day declare fascism extinct. Be proud to be the first on the front lines, but don’t let today be the end. Let it be the dawning of a new period of courage in the face of reaction, an opening in the great struggle to come for the liberation of the oppressed peoples the world over from the bootheel of tyranny. You stand with millions in opposing Trumpite fascism. From the Philippines, to India, to France, to our comrades in Progressive Youth Organization-Saint Louis rising up in anti-fascist resistance today in solidarity with us, you are not alone in your fight. You must make your actions felt at work, in the streets, and on your campuses, not just here today. The fight against fascism extends to every sphere of life. If we are to succeed we need each and every one of you to stand bravely and defiantly with us. To declare “never again will fascism draw breath”. The time has come to cast aside all ballots, petitions, and idealistic fantasies and prepare for struggle. Today, we salute you as bold and fearless comrades in that tireless struggle against the fascist leviathan.

LONG LIVE THE ANTI-FASCIST RESISTANCE!

SMASH REACTION ALL ALONG THE LINE!

DOWN WITH THE ALT-RIGHT AND TRUMP!

SMASH CAPITALIST-IMPERIALISM TO SMASH FASCISM!