We Will Not Vote! It Is Right To Rebel!

Tomorrow marks the commemoration of the infamous Columbus voyage to what would later come to be called the Americas. A day to commemorate the genocidal foundations of this country and marked as a “discovery”. The night before in our state of Missouri, only a few miles away from the most important rebellion of Black people in modern history, two of the most hated people in the country shall “debate” one another seeking to convince the masses of people why a vote for the other one would bring about disastrous results for the majority of people of this country. In the right corner we have the despicable, pompous, unapologetically racist fascist thug Donald Trump. Not too far from where he is sitting we have the equally pompous, despicable and Machiavellian veteran politician Hillary Clinton.

There is more commonality between Clinton and Trump than there is between you and either one of them.

There is more commonality between Clinton and Trump than there is between you and either one of them.

With less than 31 days until the November elections it is all but guaranteed that Hillary Clinton will become President of the United States should Donald Trump issue a poor performance in this debate. Not simply out of merit, but simply because Donald Trump has proven himself to be erratic and brazenly incompetent for the majority of the right wing section of the bourgeoisie that has opposed his ascendancy to the Republican Party ticket from the beginning. We however see no real sharp difference between the open racism, misogyny and anti-worker stances of Donald Trump and the Machiavellian and constantly shifting but also politically damaging positions of Hillary Clinton which have harmed Black people, Latinos and working people. What we see now is the consistent discrediting of the sham bourgeois electoral process is being more and more plain to see where the choices are between a fascist clown and someone who manipulated their way to become the Democratic Party’s nominee, someone who has said in private that politicians must have “public and private positions” on controversial issues. It is the latter person in which so-called “progressives” are touting as our great white knight. Continue reading

Dare To Struggle and We Won! UMKC Tuition Hike Defeated!

May DayThis past week the College of Arts & Sciences Student Council received a plan to increase the A&S Course Fee to $60 per credit hour. They are standing to make $3.1 million from this increase, but at what cost to the students? This change would have impacted more than 9,000 students who would have to pay anywhere from $500-$1000 more in fees each semester. This fee is also recurring from year to year. Each year the fee will increase due to another decision by UMKC administrators. They haven’t informed any of their students of this proposal either, not even so much as a courtesy email or letter in the mail. PYO-KC as an organization flyered and posted information surrounding the town hall and imploring students to be involved to oppose administration and the CSA student council’s proposal.

The financial strain that this proposal puts on students is immense. A large amount of students who go to UMKC already rely on scholarships with many having to take out thousands of dollars in loans on top of those inadequate scholarships. UMKC students are forced to work long hours at local businesses, rely on their family, and sacrifice study time to pay for rising tuition costs. Nevertheless, we have won a concrete victory last night in regards to the proposed tuition hike on behalf of working class and oppressed nationality students. Last night at the University of Missouri-Kansas-City town hall meeting about the recent proposal to increase tuition we mustered up our forces. What we found was the scheduled town hall was to be held in a pathetically small room in the Administration building that could have fit no more than 30 people, our organization composed more than half of those in attendance nevertheless. We voiced our opposition in many ways, which the administration and College of Arts and Sciences student council was ill-prepared for. Continue reading

Break The Ice! Stop The Raids! – ¡Quiebra el ICE! ¡Alto a las Redadas! // Joint Statement – Declaración Conjunta

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In the weeks prior to a landmark Supreme Court decision on DAPA and DACA+, a decision that would affect the lives of millions of people across the nation, the Obama administration’s ICE decided to carry out its second major immigration raids of the year; this time in the Midwest. Under the guise of “removing criminal aliens,” ICE has rounded up 331 immigrants in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Kansas and Missouri. Much of the language of the statements from ICE justify these raids in the interest of “public safety,” but they contradict the impact that immigrant rights groups in the area claim is doing more harm than good.

ICE raids break up families and traumatize children who must contend with witnessing armed groups of men abducting their parents and siblings from the safety of their homes. The remark of “removing criminal aliens” is also a ruse that includes individuals working with infractions as minor as working with a made-up social security number. Chicago was the hardest hit city with 106 arrests made. In our own state of Missouri, 39 arrests were made in the Kansas City area. Such actions constitute a treacherous violation on the part of the Obama administration, which has deported more immigrants than any other previous administration combined in recent history.

This coming on the cusps of promising comprehensive immigration reform. It is clear to us that immigration reform and collective liberation cannot come at the mercy of the carceral state, which must be fed with a constant supply of prison inmates to fill it’s jails, but rather a willingness to resist. History has taught us that no people is given their freedom without standing up and fighting for it. The very fact that immigration reform is being discussed, that DACA was won by the People, was not from a change of heart from the Democratic Party and the Obama administration. Rather it was won from the willingness of hundreds of thousands of Dreamers rising up to demand their right to not be separated from their families. Who fought to have access to the right of education.

In Missouri a reactionary bill was signed into law, HB 2003, that would seek to undermine DACA by charging Dreamers international rates to attend public universities. The law is supposed to go into effect August 28, 2016, but already schools are hiking tuition on ‘DACAmented’ students. In Kansas City, community colleges which cannot charge international rates, and thus are immune to the language of the bill, still see it fit to charge out-of-state tuition to DACA recipients, even though they are under no obligation to do so. Such racist attacks by Missouri’s legislature, and the signing of the bill into law by Jay Nixon, who assured undocumented youth that it was “unenforceable,” show that it is not the politicians in whom we can trust, but in our own ability as The People to resist. Such moves which seek to undermine the victories we have made must be soundly and firmly rejected.

We are issuing a call to resist not only the ICE raids but Missouri HB 2003 . We will not relent until this unconstitutional law is repealed and Dreamers are given access to schools in the state in which they reside. We will not sit idly by and allow so many members of our community be treated in such a neglectful, violent and racist manner.

Signed,

Progressive Youth Organization, Kansas City

Progressive Youth Organization, Saint Louis

Kansas Missouri Dream Alliance

Una Lucha KC

Latinos en Axión STL

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The Historical Significance of May Day

May Day is a day of celebration and solidarity with the workers of the world. Workers are oppressed and suppressed everywhere! Whether here in the U.S. by the police, the exploitative capitalist class, and the predatory prison system, or around the world by a country’s own capitalist class, occupying imperialist armies, and parasitic multinational corporations. The working people of the world are our allies and friends, it is the ruling classes that are our class enemies. On May 1st we want to express this by joining in solidarity with all the oppressed working peoples of the world, and to celebrate over 100 years of the struggle of Labor.

International Workers’ Day has a long and proud history, starting as a commemoration of those convicted and executed for standing up for the rights of working people at Haymarket right here in the United States, to now being an international holiday for working people all over the world. The U.S. government, always fearful of the power of the working class, has attempted to suppress this holiday over its over one hundred year history, in an effort to break up the power and solidarity of the working and oppressed masses.
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The History Of Our Class Struggle
Our story begins over 100 years ago in the late nineteenth century where the conditions on the jobsite were deplorable, where children and adults alike lost limbs in workplace accidents, where workers experienced fatigue from 16 hour shifts that grinded their strength to the bone. Even before the onset of the Civil War the working class was clamoring for a reduction in the working day by half without a loss of pay. During this time period socialist, anarchist and communist ideas were very popular among the working class. Many were enticed at the promises of a equal and just society where the means of production was controlled by the working class and distribution of goods and services in a more equitable manner. The workers saw first hand that they were seen as expendable commodities meant only to enrich the pockets of the capitalist class that exploited them, they saw firsthand thousands of deaths each year in the workplace, saw that life expectancy was as low as the twenties in some places and were enticed at the promise of socialism. They knew another world was not only possible but necessary. In time many of these socialist, communist and anarchist workers began to collectively organize and form labor unions which demanded an end to child labor and the implementation of an 8 hour work day. At a national convention held in Chicago on October 1884, The Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions on May 1st adopted in it’s platform the call for the legalization of the 8 hour work day “from and after May 1, 1886”. As the date approached US labor unions prepared and began to mobilize for a general strike in support of the measure. On Saturday, May 1, thousands of workers went on strike and rallies were held throughout the United States, with the cry, “Eight-hour day with no cut in pay.” In the city of Chicago, which was the epicenter of it all, it was estimated that 40,000 workers went on strike, with twice that number participating in different social venues throughout the city.

 

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All Out For May Day 2016 In KC!

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COME JOIN PROGRESSIVE YOUTH ORGANIZATION ON THE 30TH OF APRIL FOR A MARCH IN THE NORTHEAST IN COMMEMORATION OF INTERNATIONAL WORKERS DAY #MAYDAYKC. WE WILL START AT 4:30 PM AT PROSPECT PLAZA PARK (E.12 & PROSPECT AVE) AND CONCLUDE WITH A PICNIC IN THE PARK. ALL ARE INVITED!
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¡ACOMPAÑA A LA ORGANIZACIÓN PROGRESISTA DE LA JUVENTUD EN EL 30 DE ABRIL PARA UNA MARCHA EN EL NORTHEAST PARA CONMEMORAR EL DÍA INTERNACIONAL DEL TRABAJADOR! EMPEZAMOS A LAS 4:30 EN PROSPECT PLAZA PARK (E.12TH & PROSPECT AVE) Y CONCLUIMOS CON UNA CENA EN EL PARQUE. ¡TODOS ESTÁN INVITADOS!
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Out With The Racists, In With The Refugees

As 2016 rolls around, so does the 5th year of the Syrian Civil War. amerikkaMillions of people have fled the country attempting to escape the violence, preferably to Europe or the United States. In a 289-137 the US House of Representatives voted to make it harder for refugees fleeing the tragic violence to come here. In Missouri, Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder and the Missouri Republicans want the State to deny entry for all Syrian Refugees. Meanwhile Governor Jay Nixon wants “more safeguards” to an already restrictive process. While in Kansas politicians like Sam Brownback are attempting to block refugees from coming in signing an executive order to prevent refugee resettlement! Governor Sam Brownback is a gubernatorial travesty, and is trying to shift the attention away from his failed policies and joins about 20 more governors, in denying refuge for those fleeing terror and violence caused by this country’s imperialist policies. They are not alone, presidential candidate Donald Trump, one never to disappoint with his racist rhetoric, has even gone as far as to call for a ban on all Muslim immigration and a national database as we “cannot be sure” if they are terrorists or not. Implying that the majority of the world’s Muslims are only a shove away from adopting the tenets of the Islamic State. This sort of language is what comes right before a campaign of ethnic cleansing. Using racist and Islamophobic rhetoric, the Far Right in this country has demonized and painted with a broad brush all Muslims and people of Arab descent as terrorists. We must stand together against these reactionaries because they do not only affect refugees from countries like Iraq or Syria, but also refugees fleeing violence in Central America.

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Break The Cages: End Detainment of Asylum Seekers!

Asylum-seekers fleeing violence in their home countries are being indefinitely held in private detention centers under horrendous conditions and set for deportation to countries where they face immediate danger. In light of this situation detainees in these facilities began a series of hunger strikes, demanding immediate release and an end to deportation. The hunger strikes originated mid- October at an El Paso detention center with 54 South Asian detainees and it quickly spread to several other detention centers in the South, including the LaSalle Detention Center in Louisiana, the T.Don Hutto Detention center, the East and West Facility of Adelanto in California and more, as the risk of death through starvation became their only route to freedom. These acts of solidarity show the level of desperation for humane treatment that is not provided by our government. The detainees made the following demands: Continue reading