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, Dare To Win: Kansas City Rises Against Trump

The people of Chicago did what no one had done since the 1960s: actually shut down an presidential election rally and they could not have picked a better person to shut down. The fascist clown Donald Trump was immediately kicked out before he even took the stage, due to pressure from the thousands of protesters outside, as well as those on the inside of the venue. Some sources claim that upwards of 60% of attendees in Chicago’s Trump rally were actually protesters.

Apart from seeing this as well as the events in St. Louis, we begin to see a trend where Trump’s rhetoric against Mexicans, Black people, Muslims and others are reaching a boiling point. A point where people no longer can stand quiet and do nothing as this beast is allowed to spew hate and sow seeds of discontent. In the past we saw crowds in the Trump rallies spit, punch and assault individual protesters with no interference from police, security or the Secret Service. Now we are seeing larger numbers come out not only to disrupt his hate speeches, but to rally outside his venues. The events in Chicago and St. Louis inspired us in Progressive Youth Organization to issue the call to get “Trump Out of KC”. Donald Trump had been scheduled to host a rally at the Midland Theater in Downtown Kansas City, at the same time as the Big 12 Basketball tournament was going on in the City and we had hoped to draw a huge crowd to meet him upon his arrival.

Protest of Donald Trump

Protest of Donald Trump campaign for President outside a Trump campaign rally at the Midland Theatre in downtown Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, March 12, 2016.

Protest of Donald Trump

Protest of Donald Trump campaign for President outside a Trump campaign rally at the Midland Theatre in downtown Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, March 12, 2016.

In essence thousands of people were going to be downtown, thousands more than usual. With less than two days to prepare, our organization was in full motion to not only coordinate the call to rally outside, but also to coordinate disruptions with our members and those taking our lead, as well as spreading the call to support the bail and legal fund for those that could have been and that were arrested. Inside our comrades as well as fast food workers from Stand Up KC and others disrupted Donald upwards to a dozen times for almost 45 minutes. It became so bad for Trump that much of his time was spent ranting about protesters and reading a newspaper about a snake for ten minutes, the meltdown of Trump after being disrupted for so long was taking a toll that he was forced to leave early.

The rallies themselves are almost circus like, complete with incomprehensible yelling, glam rock music and hooligan fans. Some comrades of ours had their hair pulled, signs torn up, and shoved. Others were spit on, with the Secret Service and the Kansas City Police Department doing absolutely nothing to protect protesters. In fact the police were culprits in the violence themselves. Shoving people by the neck, pulling batons out and rough handling people out of the venue. Continue reading