Boycott Ends – The Struggle Continues

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Here, as is always, we’ve seen the sham of elections play out again.

Democracy under imperialism is just a dictatorship by another name. It’s a sham because it couldn’t be “won” by the people. It happens every two to four years because the ruling class is consistently determined to maintain its own (parasitic, backward) position. This desperate kind of peddling is pushed and shoved down people’s throats. The basic corruption of capitalist elections is not “democratic” – it’s evidence of a state seeking desperately for a mandate to continue existing.

Lawrence Gumberg, the infamous developer who destroyed Penn Plaza building and violently displaced oppressed nationality working class residents to make room for petty bourgeois and bourgeois newcomers, gave money to Democratic senator Bob Casey. Subsequently many reformist and liberal organizations, along with bourgeois unions like the United Steelworkers, also urged a vote for him. Some “left” progovernment Social Democrats tried to push to “get the people out” to vote for this rotten system as a “harm reduction” effort, revealing their class stand. All are united by their willingness to collaborate with the enemy.

Indeed there were some people who have hoped again and again for easy solutions — satisfying reforms, peaceful transition to new and more just arrangements, liberation as concession (that doesn’t necessarily reject a whole political apparatus and norms of class power). But the reality is that oppression is entrenched and tenacious, and it needs to be fought all around us. It bribes, corrupts and organizes its defenders every season. It’s built as a powerful apparatus of lies and extreme violence. It has internal allies and benefactors who play into its “left” flavorings to painfully attempt to draw people in.

But the electioneers attempts failed. 59% of people did not come out at all because they rightfully see the uselessness of electioneering. This represents a passive boycott that we vow to continue to work to turn into an active one! The election boxes must be set aflame and the Old State must be smashed. There are many local revolutionary mass organizations that are taking up combative struggles to generate and increase over time the capacity of the masses to fight. The revolutionary and potentially revolutionary masses are itching for a fight as contradictions tighten.

The revisionists are like someone telling a person stuck in an abusive relationship with perhaps multiple people that they should stay with the person who beats the shit out of them the least, instead of leaving and finding a new and healthy way of life. That’s the logic of electoralism and its tone deaf calls.

We’ve taken the fight to them this season and we will do it the next – with increased numbers and ferocity in action. We see what we are doing as preparatory work for building the New State, through reconstituting the Communist Party, building the People’s Army, and constructing the New State.

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Picture from capitalist media reporting on “irresponsible” slogans from revolutionaries on boycott

WITHOUT POWER ALL IS AN ILLUSION!

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Nationwide Demonstrations in US Call to Present Dr. Sernas Alive

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On November 2nd, the US Red Guards Movement coordinated a series of lightning demonstrations at Mexican consulates (Pittsburgh doesn’t have a consulate but still held a lightning demonstration) in five cities across the country in solidarity with our comrades in Latin America. Similar demonstrations took place in September at the Mexican consulates in both São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, as well as in Quito, Ecuador.

In Austin, comrades held their demonstration at a disorganized consulate that didn’t seem to know how to handle a basic human rights inquiry. Consulate staff in Austin admitted that they had never experienced anything like this. Comrades in Kansas City handed out flyers and posted their statement onto the outside of their consulate after the consulate locked their doors. In Los Angeles, security at the consulate closed the entrance to prevent a large crowd, consisting of many mass supporters, from getting into the building.

We call on all progressive formations around the world to join in the International Campaign to Present Dr. Sernas Alive with actions against the reactionary Mexican state, and to popularize among the masses the cause of the forced disappearances of activists and democratic fighters.

Long live the defenders and servants of the people!

Long live international solidarity!

Present Dr. Sernas Alive!

¡Dr Sernas presentación con vida!

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Present Dr. Sernas Alive!

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Comrade Dr. Ernesto Sernas García, a revolutionary lawyer and law professor in Oaxaca, Mexico was disappeared in San Agustín de las Juntas on May 10 of this year — he is one of the many revolutionaries and servants of the people disappeared by the reactionary Mexican state.

The U.S. Red Guards joins the Communist and progressive organizations of the world in condemning his disappearance and in demanding the presentation of Dr Sernas alive to the masses, poor peasants, and workers of Mexico.

At the time of his disappearance, Dr. Sernas—a professor of constitutional law at Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca—was in the midst of defending twenty-three Maoist militants of Corriente de Pueblo Sol Rojo, a Marxist-Leninist-Maoist organization which is active in the heartland of Oaxaca. The militants were arbitrarily detained on charges of terrorism and carrying explosives back in 2015, and although they are not currently in state custody the revolutionaries are still facing serious charges that, if prosecution is successful, carry a heavy sentence in the state’s dungeons. The reactionary state power in Mexico is wielding the corrupt judicial system in an attempt to intimidate and destroy the revolutionary movement in Oaxaca; however, Dr. Sernas was set to present evidence in court demonstrating irregularities in the legal process and human rights violations against the twenty-three defendants.

As they have demonstrated time and time again, when they cannot use the corrupt police force and courts to “legally” neutralize revolutionaries, the decaying old-state resorts to extralegal means: using reactionary paramilitary organizations aligned with the big bourgeoisie and landowners to murder and disappear enemies of the state. Dr. Sernas’ disappearance is one of many cases of state-sanctioned violence against revolutionaries and progressive activists carried out by these paramilitary forces; since May 10 Comrades Abraham Hernández González and Rolando Crispín López have been murdered by similar organizations acting as the unofficial and hidden foot-soldiers of the ruling class in Oaxaca.

Dr. Sernas serves as a shining example for revolutionary and progressive intellectuals around the world, serving the people’s movement by courageously defending political prisoners, risking his reputation and physical safety along the way to expose the crimes of the reactionary state power in Mexico. To date he has demonstrated the manufacturing of incriminating evidence, violation of due process and other constitutional guarantees, as well as hiding possibly exonerating evidence — all perpetrated by the state. He has laid bare the corrupt nature of the Mexican judiciary and unmasked their role as a tool for class domination and counter-insurgency. Our hearts are with our comrades in Oaxaca and the rest of Mexico. The example of Dr. Ernesto Sernas Garcia only serves to strengthen our revolutionary spirit and indomitable will to destroy the imperialist monster known as the US government.

Who are the revolutionaries in Oaxaca?

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Collage of actions and marches in support of Dr. Sernas in Oaxaca, Mexico

Corriente del Pueblo Sol Rojo is a Marxist-Leninist-Maoist, principally Maoist, organization based in Oaxaca which has come into violent contradiction with both the official forces of the reactionary Mexican state and its unofficial paramilitary arms.
Sol Rojo stands with the International Communist Movement in upholding the legacy and contributions of Chairman Gonzalo and the experience of the Peruvian People’s War in which Marxism was crystallized into a third and higher scientific stage. This year, Sol Rojo united with revolutionary organizations around the world in denouncing decisively the “electoral farce”, promoting the voting boycott with the slogan, “Don’t vote — organize and fight!”

Building strong ties among the poor campesinos, the workers, and the students and the teachers of Oaxaca, Sol Rojo places in the hands of the Mexican masses the tested and unbreakable weapon of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, a spearpoint which pierces directly to the conquest of power, New Democracy and the transition to socialism, continuing the revolution with cultural revolution onward to communism.

Solidarity North of the Rio Grande

The repression faced by Dr. Sernas and the militants of Sol Rojo whom he was defending is deeply familiar to all servants of the people who attack with not only words the brutal edifice of Capitalism-Imperialism, and the U.S. Maoist Movement is certainly no exception.

In November of 2016, Comrade Dallas, a committed Maoist and supporter of the US MLM movement survived an attempt on his life by the Texas Department of Public Safety which left him with a broken neck; two years later, having failed to liquidate the activity of Comrade Dallas, the State has struck him with a series of trumped up charges which carry significant prison time. The campaign to free Comrade Dallas has reached all the way around the world, with solidarity actions in Norway, Ireland, France, Germany, and Brazil (among others).

The respective crises of imperialist capitalism and bureaucratic capitalism simultaneously give rise to the super-intensified role of reactionary paramilitary forces in carrying out whatever deeds the formal State is either unwilling or too weak to perform — a phenomenon well-known to the peoples of Latin America. In all cases, the paramilitaries coordinate with the State through a combination of official and unofficial channels, relying for instance on the police for protection against Communist militants, and transportation to and from confrontations.

The brutality of disappearances and of the prisons which we call annihilation zones cannot be overstated. Wherever the people rebel the state and its lackeys viciously attempt to crush this rebellion, through counterinsurgency methods ranging from NGO intervention to assassination, torture, and genocide. But the stones they throw will fall at their own feet; the blood they spill will water the earth and new militants will rise as they must do, and as they do. 

Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, Principally Maoism is the ideology of the proletariat and it burns bright, a rising sun and—as the Peruvian comrades say—one cannot hide the sun with one’s thumb. Even when trapped within the old state’s dungeons, revolutionaries work to support the struggle outside as well as to develop revolutionary culture within. The prisons are another trench of combat in the class struggle; we are duty-bound to turn prisons into shining trenches, lit up by the people’s sun. We say: Turn the prisons from annihilation zones to shining trenches of combat!

Thus, we must cherish and support our militants and servants of the people. This is precisely what progressive lawyers like Dr. Sernas do — they cherish and support the people caught in the bloody jaws of reaction. In doing so, Dr. Sernas and the people like him risk everything in supporting the cause of the people — their careers, their lives. As Dr. Sernas cherished and supported the arrested militants of Oaxaca, so too must all the proletarians and peoples of the world cherish and support him.

In the midst of the Earth-shaking people’s war in Peru, where the masses fought and died for a new world free of landlords and capitalists, free of the immiseration and brutality against the indigenous peoples and laboring people, the Association of Democratic Lawyers rose up to defend the heroic fighters, to snatch them from the jaws of reaction. The democratic lawyers risked death at the hands of the state and their death squads, but they persisted and saved the lives of many servants of the people. Dr. Sernas stands in line with this tradition.

As such it is no surprise that the progressive and democratic peoples of the world stand firmly with him — and demand in unison to the vile agents of the Mexican state: Present Dr. Sernas Alive!

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Demonstrators of the FDLP-EC march in Quito, Ecuador to support the call to Present Dr. Sernas Alive

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Demonstrators support the call to Present Dr. Sernas Alive outside the Mexican Consulate of São Paulo, Brazil

Long live the defenders and servants of the people!


Long live international solidarity!


Present Dr. Sernas Alive!



¡Dr Sernas presenación con vida!

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Boycott the Elections! Our Power Does Not Come From Ballots!

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We urge our readers to also look at Red Guards Austin’s Intersectional Imperialism statement on the election boycotts as well. The demand of the legal “Socialists” to meet the specific tactical needs of the Democratic establishment and liberal left forces us to organize and carry forward a struggle to advance the campaign to boycott this upcoming deceptive election show. There are many arguments the legal left is using to demand that we do vote, arguments we want to touch on. We call on all other Red Guard collectives and those we consider our friends to join in on taking what is already a passive boycott (meaning most already justifiably do not participate) and turn it into an active boycott, to carry out a defiant program of organizing to eventually smash the enemy, rather than to integrate into the enemy’s camp. We must organize — militarize —  win! 

On the Midterm Elections

This year more than the many before it we’ve come to see elections in the midst of one the most profound crises U.S. imperialism has ever seen. President Donald Trump, with his dark promises to restore national competitiveness, to maintain national identity, and to strengthen the empire and its enforcers’ international standing through mass deportations, mass incarceration, and more adventurist posturing towards an emergent BRICs imperialism, has been massively delegitimized. The Democratic Party has talked about a “blue wave,” promising small peanuts as reforms, hoping that the disenchantment people have always had with the system in general will translate into seats and influence for them. Underneath them, however, shows a growing U.S. fascism that is not defeated by ballots for Democrats, which from the ranks of the white petty bourgeoisie and labor aristocracy, under the leadership of the most reactionary sections of monopoly capital, wishes to restore “America” through reactionary street violence and repression.

Armed to the teeth, often composed of ex military and police officers, fascists are confident in their martial abilities in the street. The fascists can successfully organize because they see a white working class which has started to boycott official politics, not voting in record numbers never before seen, reeling under the system’s corruption, homelessness, unemployment, poverty and hunger. Infiltrating white immigrant ethnic festivals and gun shows, and even providing exclusionary service programs to the poorest section of white people, they grow and grow. The postmodern NGO left, interested in Pyrrhic emotional victories like banning yoga classes or getting people in oppressive institutions to take diversity trainings in the absence of a mass revolutionary movement, becomes fixated on correcting language and cultural affirmation within this system’s institutions (as that is where they see power coming from), being asleep at the wheel and not seeing the people they are leaving behind. This movement of reaction grows and recruits — yet the booms and busts of outrage cycles and electioneering from the “left” fails to do the same.

The Democratic Party has always used this semi-permanent growling right-wing chorus, which wanders in and out of influence but is always directly contending for overall power, to make a semi-permanent argument for the cooptation of popular democratic energies. All electioneers are the same, and provide an argument for contractual servitude which are to be regularly renewed every few years. Predictably, these “realistic” policy-wonks that come in a more powdered and sugary form from the left-wing of this imperialist party, known as the Democratic Socialists of America, peddle in demands for similar announcement of urgent-urgent-urgent short term legislation, disappear liberal crimes, encourage illusions of change coming from left pressure on the system, and underestimate how much their strategy actually serves to weaken the revolutionary movement. This has been particularly poignant with the talk around nomination of John Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, a rapist who the Democratic Party pledge to block if they are able to secure new seats come November.

We are found in a situation where the Social Democrats demand all people spend their time training anyone they meet, influence, or lead to march into U.S. bourgeois politics (with its fragmentation of popular power through “checks and balances,” with its unelected Supreme Court, through its focus on cut of the pie, budgetary approaches around “policy” and never on power, with its inner-imperialist compromise, with its imperialist foreign policy, with its false reform at the margins) because we will all surely fall into an abyss if we don’t.

We know this is trickery from the social-fascists. They want us to legitimize the system in order to “stop” a rapist from reaching the Supreme Court. But rapists must be met with revolutionary violence; the Democratic Party will never act in the interests of the proletariat and the broad masses.

The Supreme Court has always — from upholding the property rights of slaveowners, to defining segregation, to making several pro-capitalist decisions such as the recent Janus ruling  — existed as an undemocratic judiciary of the capitalist-imperialist ruling class. In Bush v. Gore they even had the right to decide that those people who did vote didn’t deserve to have their ballots recounted! Who’s to say, then, that every vote counts? Even liberal justices such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg have called those protesting national oppression and state violence “stupid,” have said that they would support Congress making an anti-BDS law that limits anti-imperialist free speech for the Palestinian people and have already refused to take a case which demands Congress reinstates funding for the Taylor Force Act, which gives selected Palestinian widows “survivor benefits.” As we are incessantly told by clipboard-carrying liberals demanding that we register to vote though, this is the one election that will determine if the right to abortion is preserved in its minimal form or revoked. It is manipulatively held up by them for ransom.

The struggle for defending and expanding reproductive rights is a class struggle and, when led by the bourgeoisie, it is one that will be limited and will meet only their needs. Capitalism will not and will never concern itself with the well-being and stable development of children born in working class households. Using the reactionary rhetoric around “life” and inventing such things as “partial birth abortions” those demanding that proletarian women’s bodies be the property of the state upon becoming pregnant have been aided and abetted by the intersectional left. These activists, in light of the Supreme Court declaring that reactionary state governments can regulate women’s bodies as long as no “undue burden” (a flexible and tenuous definition) is placed on working class women, have only met such unprecedented attacks with electoralist ruses and respectability — which supposedly keep oppressed people “safe” via tactics that are non-problematic. Voting for imperialist officials as a response to this hyper-patriarchal reaction, repression, and harassment has not and will not stop them. The successful declaration of John Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice will not be stopped through the palace politics of hoping the right Democrats win certain seats.

The “Democratic Socialists” And Elections

Running here in Pennsylvania is pro-life, pro-imperialist Bob Casey, a Democrat, for the U.S. Senate, along with industrialist Tom Wolf for Governor, and more locally Lindsey Williams for State Senate, all who are proposing the same agenda items we see every year for “affordable health care” or “higher wages,” all which seem to never come. Every conman does this, telling us to “forget my arguments from yesterday, here are my arguments for today.” The Pittsburgh DSA, now a Political Action Committee, courted to several of these potential Democratic frontrunners a few months ago, willing to pimp themselves out as long as some vague so-called “socialist” program (an amalgamation of public services, support for cooperatives) can be admitted to and minimally articulated by candidates. None of these Democratic candidates received their nomination. But it is very worth commenting on their recent “successes” — and we should, of course, wonder who these successes are for.

DSA-endorsed candidates can not be “disciplined” when they enter administration of the bourgeois state. As Serve the People – Communist League of Norway notes in “Cadre Party Or Mass Party? the Democratic Socialists of America, as a mass party, is an organization with informal membership that endorses candidates. Given that limited nature, its members cannot claim they’ve done much of anything but help push down the boot that holds its legs on our throats. They endorse candidates that are running under the Democratic Party’s banner and then, when criticized for it, employ defamation and belittling; this is a tool of parliamentarism against MLM, the real Marxism that has a determined distance from collaborating with the state. The embarrassing splits and fragmentations that are occurring in the local chapter today–as a mixture of workerist social democracy-of-the-old-type, and identity politics and postmodernism, both complimenting and coming into contradiction with each other over the procedure that determines what kind of diverse and intersectional Attorney General will incarcerate the working class–is seen not just locally but nationally. As dialectical materialists, we see this as confirmation of DSA solidifying into the left wing of imperialism, especially as Ocasio Cortez endorsed incumbent New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s campaign over DSA backed Cynthia Nixons’ and pledges to back the aerial and on-the-ground murder of Palestinians to win the sympathy of the imperialist establishment.

As we know, social fascism  acts only as the doorman to fascism proper. Their demands for social pacifism among the people (as noted by their demands for self-policing and respectability at the Google march as well as from a reportback by anarchists at a “Trumpcare die-in”), for class collaboration with yellow unions and NGOs who oppose Communism, cop collaboration at May Day 2017, and their push for a combination of “socialism and communism” are what makes up its whole. While there is a “left” in teh DSA composed of some good people involved in a bad political project, its most organized elements within the DSA very much works to flush people down the toilet hole of electoralism.

Boycott the Elections and Uphold Revolution!

MLM is part of an evolution of Marxism that started with scientific socialism separating itself from a non-political utopianism and from a naively anti-statist conspiratorial form of anarchism, that in a later generation broke from social democratic orthodoxy and parliamentarism by seizing power on an extremely radical basis (by creating a disciplined and even militarized New State within a new kind of cadre party), and that even later affirmed the continuous nature of revolution and the need to militarize the political-military organizations of the proletariat and the people through protracted sequences of struggle that last until Communism. To be revolutionary is to uphold the need for proletarian socialist revolution. Part of this struggle means taking what is already a passive boycott  carried out by the majority of the masses and making it an active, politicized boycott that promotes Protracted People’s War as the only meaningful path to conquering power in this country.

This amounts to a protracted period of underground, legal, and semi-legal struggle in which the masses are recruited and armed for combat for state power. This will, with time, take the form of urban guerrilla warfare both inside and on the exurb peripheries of the cities. Because of the anarchic development of the housing market which some have called gentrification, the masses have increasingly been pushed to places on the outside of town. As our organizing in these exurbs have shown, these neighborhoods and towns come to represent a steel ring around the center city that are a sea of the masses that Communists can swim through in fighting the enemy.

With one opportunist side saying only when the aggregated self-interests of otherwise disparate identity groups align — when the ideas, politics, and minute-by-minute actions of whole strata and nationalities pettiest amounts of privilege and short term interest suddenly (at some undesignated time) are vanquished, can revolutionary violence happen, we know it is time to create a new alignment of power. Identity politics and social democracy are broke. Equality and the democracy of the people is only guaranteed against social fascism and fascism through struggle.

Our Power Does Not Come From Ballots — Protracted People’s War is the only strategy for conquering power for the proletariat!

What do we have? Nothing!
What do we want? Everything!
Power is the central question of our ideology!
Long live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism!

—Red Guards Pittsburgh, 2018

 

In defence of the life of Chairman Gonzalo, hoist higher the flag of Maoism!

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We repost this important statement from the International Communist Movement which appeared originally on the website Dem Volke Dienen:
http://www.demvolkedienen.org/index.php/en/t-dokumente-en/2656-in-defence-of-the-life-of-chairman-gonzalo-hoist-higher-the-flag-of-maoism

“Finally now, listen to this. As we see in the world, Maoism is marching unstoppably to lead the new wave of world proletarian revolution. Listen well and understand! Those who have ears, use them. Those who have understanding – and we all have it – use it! Enough of this nonsense. Enough of these obscurities! Let us understand that! What is unfolding in the world? What do we need? We need Maoism to be embodied, and it is being embodied, and by generating Communist Parties it shall drive and lead this new great wave of the world proletarian revolution that is coming.” (Speech of Chairman Gonzalo, Sep. 1992)

We, the signing Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Parties and Organizations, reaffirm ourselves, in this solemn celebration of the 26th year of the historical and transcendental speech of Chairman Gonzalo, in its full validity and especially in defending the life of this Titan of Thought and Action, the Great Leader of the Communist Party of Peru and the Peruvian Revolution; who has defined Maoism as the new, third and superior stage of Marxism and who established, that to be a Marxist today is to be a Marxist-Leninist-Maoist, principally Maoist. We understand that the defence of Chairman Gonzalo implies to struggle in the most consequent way to impose Maoism as the sole command and guide of the New Great Wave of the Proletarian World Revolution, which is already developing. We understand that this struggle is part of the task to reunite the communists of the world, which implies to put the principles of Marxism, the class interests of the international proletariat, the struggle for liberation of the oppressed peoples and nations, and in the end, the struggle for Communism, in the first place.

The campaign for the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great Karl Marx – that was preceded by the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Great Proletarian Culutral Revolution and the 100th Anniversary of the October Revolution – has marked a leap in the struggle to unite the communists in the world. It is a campaign, principally propelled by the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Parties and Organizations of Latin America, which is demonstrating a higher ideological, political and organizational unity of a significant part of the International Communist Movement (ICM) and in its development, new forces are joining. Since the campaign for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Chairman Mao Tsetung, there was no similar campaign in the ICM. For no one to be confused: the campaigns to support the People’s Wars have obviously not been of the same character, as this is a campaign of Parties and Organizations with an explicit communist character – this fact calls for serious reflection, because it is an expression of how the struggle for unity is developed on practice, putting Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism, the struggle against revisionism and serving the world revolution as a starting point, in summary, how the slogan Unite under Maoism! Manifests.

It is also important to highlight, for everyone who is willing to see, that an important impulse in the ICM was given in the last years. In many countries where the communist forces were on a very underdeveloped stage, Parties and Organizations that uphold Marxism-Leninism-Maoism reemerged and who struggle to reconstitute their Communist Parties that were destroyed by revisionism. The majority of these forces took clear position for the definition of Maoism made by Chairman Gonzalo. This makes some people, aloof from any Marxist criteria, label them as “Gonzaloists” and impute the left to be “sectarian and dogmatic”. Apart from the obvious – that opportunism and revisionism have always branded Marxists this way – it reveals that they have not understood that we are in the period of struggle to impose Maoism as the sole command and guide of the Proletarian World Revolution and that when assuming Maoism as the third stage of development of the ideology of the international proletariat, many parties and organizations, in essence, have only seen it as changing one formulation, that to speak of Maoism was a “more modern” form to speak about Mao Tsetung Thought.

So the problem in the ICM is not principally rooted in that Maoism is not formally acknowledged, but how some understand it, and this is why it is important to start with who defined Maoism as the new, third and superior stage of our ideology; because it is only by starting from what was scientifically established by Chairman Gonzalo that we can understand Maoism as one unit, as one harmonic system. If one does not take the work of Chairman Gonzalo as a starting point, one falls into eclecticism, counterposing quotes but not understanding the ideas. If we understand this, we can understand the reason why there are not few Parties and Organizations that, while taking longer time, have become stuck and have not made leaps in their processes, while those who put the most effort into learning from Chairman Gonzalo are, in general, advancing principally in qualitative terms, but also in quantitative terms. We advice those who rush to give labels to open their eyes to the material truth instead of getting carried away by their imaginations.

If we see the real state of the struggle for the reunification of the communists in the world we can see that in many aspects we are much better off than we were during the best moments of the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement (RIM), because although the RIM was correctly characterized by Chairman Gonzalo as a “step forward”, he also pointed out – with his proper precision – that “as long as it follows a just and correct ideological-political line” the RIM will be a step forward, and it was, and it served to unite the communists on the basis of the red line and this could be no other than the line of Chairman Gonzalo. That is to say, the principal in the evaluation of the RIM is to state that it served the Proletarian World Revolution – and particularly the struggle to reunite the communists, while it served the struggle to impose Maoism as its sole command and guide – that is to say, the struggle which was led by Chairman Gonzalo – and that it ceased to play a positive role when the revisionists of the “RCP” from United States – taking advantage of the problematic situation of the left due to the bend in the People’s War in Peru – turned to totally hegemonize it. We must never forget that the unity is to serve the revolution and it only serves it, if the interest of the proletariat is imposed. The unity of the communists today in the world can only be achieved on the basis of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism, or else it is not a unity of communists but a kind of “front” with revisionism and opportunism.

RIM was liquidated by revisionism’s handling of the two-line struggle. The maneuver of Avakian was, to state – as a starting point of his “criticism” of the second Right Opportunist Line, revisionist and capitulationist, in Peru – that supposedly “the author would not matter, only the line”, which precisely led to centering the debate on who “the author” was. Or did this miserable not know that the communists of the world would rise when their Great Leadership was questioned? This is how the two-line struggle was derailed. The Problem for the left in the ICM was the hard and complex situation in which the PCP entered after the arrest of Chairman Gonzalo.

Despite everything, the PCP continued fulfilling its role as the Red Fraction in the ICM and the People’s War continued to be beacon and guide of PWR. Because the life of the party can never be detained and the People’s War was not stopped for even a moment. However, situations like the lack of the Great Leader caused problems in the left. The right could then state their positions (the attacks on the dictatorship of the proletariat, the “justification of peace negotiations as tactics”, the negation of semifeudality and evolution of bureaucratic capitalism, the negation of the three characteristics of imperialism, etc.) and all this remained in second place because the attention was centered on “debating” the maneuvers of the psychological warfare of imperialism and the sinister actions of traitors. Around the turning of the century, the struggle was sharpened. Then the left went into trouble and a great part fell into Avakian’s trap, the initiative fell into the hands of the right and they could lead the two-line struggle into exploding and thus revisionism liquidated the RIM.

No one can blame the Marxists for revisionism’s crimes, but this self-critical evaluation of the left is indeed necessary, its leadership lacked the necessary maturity and foresight to prevent the intrigues of revisionism, a problem that was extremely worsened by infiltration and usurpation of whole apparatuses by secret services and police of the reaction.

Prachanda has even formally renegated Marxism-Leninism-Maoism while uniting with the revisionists of UML, proving once again that he never was a Maoist, that he was never the “great leader” that those who wanted to negate what was put forward by Chairman Gonzalo and the PCP claimed so much, unmasking himself before the world as the most miserable upstart, trafficker and intriguer that has been seen in the last few decades in the ICM. This miserable can not be qualified as a traitor anymore because he has shown that in his whole life he was never a communist, but the only thing he was interested in was his personal power and this is why they have no choice but to call executioners of Nepalese revolution, such as the rats of UML, “comrades”.

Years have already passed since the gallant Avakian catapulted himself out of the ranks of the ICM.  His “new synthesis” is a rupture with Marxism, is an absolute demarcation with the ideology of the international proletariat, is an open and shameless negation of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. Avakian, just like Alexander, proclaimed himself god, the difference is that the latter did so to maintain his empire and to control his new forces, while the former did it to maintain his small degenerated court and to be able to continue vegetating in the mud.

Although the revisionist positions of both – principally the one of Avakian, for being the head of the right – are still repercussing and the struggle against them can not be declared finished, due to the fact that both fled from the internal struggle in the ICM they can not be taken as the center of the two-line struggle. To state that the center of the struggle is to criticize those two miserables is to put forward the conciliation with revisionism and is to leave the empty field to the right.

The principal problem is not with those who have gone away, the renegades, but the ones that are part of the ICM. Yes, their poisonous line must be dismantled and crushed, but that must be done particularly to further unite on the base of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism, with the contributions of universal validity of Chairman Gonzalo and this implies to debate the central points and particularly to achieve a generalized understanding of Maoism as a unit.

There are those that until now insist on spreading the counterrevolutionary hoax (that Chairman Gonzalo is the head of the opportunist, revisionist and capitulationist right opportunist line,).They argue with what was stated by traitors (“he told me” or “he embraced me” and other gossip), with what is controlled by imperialism and the psychological warfare of the reaction (“courts” and “filtered” videos). Anything that comes from whoever wants to throw mud at Chairman Gonzalo supposedly has to be taken very seriously, has to be “analyzed” and has to break our heads to enter into a discussion “whether or not it is him”. They are wrong, because they do not understand that “the debate” has already been closed, the communists have already taken a position and the matter is settled: It was demonstrated that Chairman Gonzalo has not denied the Party Unity Base of the PCP for a moment. He is the Great Leader of the Party and the revolution, the greatest living Marxist-Leninist-Maoist on the face of earth, keeping on struggling to transform the concentration camp of Callao Navy Base into the most Shining Trench of Combat of the People’s War.  What corresponds is to defend his life with People’s War. 26 years have already passed in which Chairman Gonzalo could not directly communicate with the Party or the ICM; 26 years of absolute isolation, this is what it concretely is. That imperialism, the reaction and revisionism will continue to plot intrigues is clear, the contrary would be that they have changed their nature (a thesis of the disciples of the sacred Avakian, which is impossible), but we must not allow that these intrigues stop the advance of the communists.

To be clear: We communists reaffirm ourselves in the principle of criticism and self-criticism and the seriousness of a Party that, as Lenin taught us, is measured by its capability to assume self-criticism. This is why we do not close the door to anyone, except to those who stained their hands with the blood of the masses. Hence, if those who committed grave mistakes and errors really want to correct themselves they are very welcome; for this they have to demonstrate their condition as communists and close ranks with the left, understand that to be a Great Leader you have to move more than your “close and dear ones”, that a proletarian Great Leader is not a ridiculous big shot but someone who knows how to lead the transformation of the world.

On this occasion of celebrating a new anniversary of the Speech of Chairman Gonzalo, we particularly want to greet the comrades from the Communist Party of Peru who are advancing through firm steps in the general reorganization of the Party, that is already approaching the days of its culmination; a process that is made in the midst of the People’s War, proven one again with the recent forceful actions of the People’s Liberation Army that maintains the People’s Committees and Base Areas. We communists of the world acknowledge the extraordinary role of the PCP and no one can doubt that the culmination of the reorganization of this Party will mean a significant impulse for the Proletarian World Revolution and will be a decisive piece in the struggle for the reunification of the ICM.

We must understand that what Chairman Gonzalo said on September 24, 1992, is being fulfilled: Maoism is being embodied by the peoples of the world, is generating Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Communist Parties, is starting to lead the New Great Wave of the Proletarian World Revolution. What is up to us is to struggle for it to be further embodied, that the ongoing People’s Wars advance, that the People’s War is as soon as possible initiated in each country where there are Communist Parties, that the struggle for the reconstitution of the Parties in those countries were none of them exist gets propelled further, so that they become Parties to initiate the People’s War. Understanding Maoism as a unit, we will march with ever more clarity and firmness towards the reunification of the communists on world level, smashing imperialism, the reaction and revisionism, learning from Chairman Gonzalo.

Long live Chairman Gonzalo!
Unite under Maoism!
People’s War will inevitably win!

Call to Action!

CALL TO ACTION!

Get Organized and Prepared for Neo-Nazi Patriot Front and Keystone State Skinhead Presence!

No Fascism Allowed in Our Neighborhoods!

Just months ago Paul Morris, a Black community member of Avalon, survived an attack by multiple members of a group that calls themselves Keystone State Skinheads. This is a neo-Nazi organization that is behind terrorizing Jews and oppressed nationality people and that was behind the murder of two homeless men as well. Recently Patriot Front, another neo-Nazi group, started putting up posters and stickers in Lawrenceville, the Strip, Bloomfield, Squirrel Hill, and Shadyside. Patriot Front – a break-off from Vanguard America – marched in the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville and has disrupted anti-Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Occupations by violently attacking the occupiers. In some of Patriot Front’s posters they’ve put the anonymous tipster hotline for ICE, urging those reading it to turn in our neighbors and co workers on the basis of their suspected legal status.

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One of the many stickers and flyers Patriot Front put up, defending white supremacy and colonialism (source: Filler Zine & Distro)

Fascism is here because imperialism is in decline, imperialist de-industrialization has left us without jobs and without hope, leading many members of the financially strapped ‘middle class’ to be won over to a reactionary ideology that says the reason the white working class and youth are so hopeless is because of oppressed nation people and immigrant workers, and that only through a return to the years of indigenous genocide, lynching, slavery and the disenfranchisement and deeper entrenchment of the abuse and ownership of women by men, can “America” ever be made “great” again. These same recruits to Fascism are those that will become more institutional oppressors – real estate speculators, landlords, police officers, bankers and bosses – once they graduate from Pitt or Carnegie Melon. It also should come to no surprise that the appearance of Patriot Front propaganda is happening in tandem with the neighborhoods they’ve appeared in being made more of a playground for the rich. The neighborhoods they have attempted to recruit in are being slowly made into heavily-policed shoppers’ islands, more specifically, a middle- and upper capitalist-class shoppers island.

We are urging for our friends in mass organizations and elsewhere to go on a radical antifascist offensive! We can not afford to be reactive, showing up at rallies on grounds of combat that the enemy themselves have chosen, events that they only seldom have when they choose to crawl from the dark sewers they hide in to publicly push their evil ideology above ground. We ask for the organization of mass meetings of concerned community members where the problem is discussed, and where rapid response teams and patrols can be formed to remove their propaganda and find where they are originating from, to be organized as soon as possible! Confronting them now on a community level – before it’s too late – is our only choice!

Red Guards Pittsburgh

September 16, 2018

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Sign that appeared in Polish Hill with hung rat attached to it, saying “Nazi Keystone Skins & Patriot Front: Death Awaits.”

Free Igor Mendes and The Other Anti-FIFA 23!

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Red Guards Pittsburgh extends solidarity to Igor Mendes and the 23 others facing convictions. We also condemn the Brazilian states attempt to criminalize revolutionaries.

Who is Igor Mendes?

Comrade Igor Mendes is a student revolutionary and Communist Leader from Brazil.

The reactionary Brazilian state locked Igor Mendes in their dungeons for helping to organize and mobilize the masses of people – facing having their homes torn down and brutalization by the police – against the FIFA World Cup back in 2013. Igor and 23 other political prisoners were rounded up and given sentences between 5 and 13 years. People have died, and many more in the favellas lost their homes then. Igor was an activist in MEPR (Popular Revolutionary Student Movement), which has faced significant criminalization in recent years as a revolutionary mass organization for their role in anti-FIFA events. Igor explained his crime as so:

“I answer for a single “crime”: criminal association, article 288 of the Penal Code. Draconian law, whose new wording was approved in 2013 and used increasingly to persecute popular movements, especially those that do not lend themselves to being mere conveyors of projects of class conciliation.”

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Above: Igor speaks! To his right are some of the 23 arrested.

Like in Pittsburgh with the PPG Arena in the Hill District, there in Brazil, the “socialist” Dilma government sold off public land and bulldozed residential areas that working class and the poorest sectors of the people lived in, for FIFA facilities as well as luxury condos and hotels. It was a process that unleashed murder on an untold number of people. This is what some call gentrification, a form of class war where real estate developers and landlords with the help of the police remove people from the places that they have grown up and lived in.

Igor and his comrades could not stand by idly as the revisionists and reformists backed Dilma and her deathsquads’ plans to displace the people. Igor and others instead filled the streets to fight the police for the people. After going to prison, Comrade Igor was unafraid. Wherever a Communist goes, even if it is to the annihilation zones of prisons where the state hopes to break and isolate us, we plan to fight. Igor stressed the same, iterating this:

“I will leave here more convinced that Brazil needs a great revolution!”

What Does the Brazilian Revolutionary Communist Movement Stand For?

The Communist Party of Brazil (Red Faction) is a Marxist-Leninist Maoist organization who come from a revolutionary tradition of the Araguaia Guerrilla, an armed struggle that took place in the 60s and 70s. Conditions for revolution have always been ripe in Brazil, as the police murder the poor youth of the favellas with impunity and the landlords relentlessly exploit the peasants in the countryside. CPB(RF) represents some of the most advanced Maoist led movements not only in Brazil but in all the Americas.

The League of Poor Peasants (LCP) is a revolutionary mass organization that organizes the landless of the Brazilian countryside, around the struggle of New Democratic Revolution against the landlords and imperialism. In waging their agrarian revolution, up to 500,000 hectares of land have been liberated, where they have been operated as cooperatives. These are creative acts of experimentation by the masses, new forms of power that will come with the New State. Igor, as an important worker-intellectual within the Brazilian movement, wrote his first book on the LCP.

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Above: League of Poor Peasants (LCP) rallying to defend Chairman Gonzalo of the Communist Party of Peru

The Popular Revolutionary Student Movement (MEPR) has likewise been at the forefront of many struggles. Today the MEPR is calling out the bankruptcy of revisionism and reformism, which in spite of being ousted by coup, still demands people follow electoral procedure and collaborate with the class enemy. Today campuses bustle with activity that MEPR has started.

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Just as in Brazil, Comrade Dallas in Austin is facing FBI persecution and a possible longtime conviction for fabricated charges. In Kansas City Maoists and members of a revolutionary youth organization there are harassed and faced with threats by the FBI and Police Anti-Terrorism Taskforce. Everywhere the state must brand revolutionaries and the organizations they support to be “terrorist” in hopes of liquidating them under the weight of repression. But with proletarian internationalism and the recognition that all of these struggles are our own, regardless of borders, we as the forces of the international proletariat will light the sky with a great fire that transcends time zones and continents.

Internationalism To Defeat Repression: Needed Now More Than Ever!

Today, unlike in the more closed past, there is an ever greater material basis for internationalism than ever before. It is rooted in the extreme and intensifying innerconnectedness of human society through both the Internet and the structural reforms and sweatshopization of Latin America through the latest rounds of imperialist globalization. A global reserve army of labor created by such processes of displacement enter the imperialist centers to work in labor intensive industries that must import third world conditions to remain profitable, such as in meat production, agriculture, fisheries, and construction, these workers status being kept illegal to preserve the superexploitation that ruthlessly extract surplus value from them. These all represent huge objective openings for the development of strong revolutionary links – which the US imperialist bourgeoisie undoubtedly sees as a threat.

The Maoist-led movements in Latin America and specifically in Brazil are vitally important to follow and support as so. Its horrifying to the imperialist establishment, which sends its political police out and uses charges of “materially supporting terrorism” to attack those who do solidarity work, that such a seeding machine of world revolution is developing in the region, because they are conscious enough to know what it means.
They know it is impossible to understand the Bolshevik revolution without understanding the profoundly attractive force represented there of the German social democratic movement (authors note: these were the “communists” before World War 1). And it is even more impossible to understand the Chinese revolution without seeing the huge impact of the Soviet revolution, because as Mao said: “it is the salvoes of the Russian revolution that brought us Marxism-Leninism.” The Cultural Revolution in China also generated what would become the People’s war in Peru as well as the New Communist Movement in the United States.

This living revolutionary movement, which is the most advanced in this hemisphere, remain (symbolically, politically, visually) the monster that hides under the beds of the ruling class enemy at night. The Brazilian Communist movements’ growth, spread, survival, maturation and defense is important in the now. For as it develops, representing the banners of the red flag and Maoism, it will become a large, open flapping tear in the fabric of deadly normal/official politics, in its language, allignment and assumptions, becoming a powerful inspiration “from the outside” that crushes the ideological hegemony of the triumphalist liberal capitalism and the resurgent social democracy of our time here in the USA. Those who wish to capture and cage revolutionaries are now declaring war on the international proletariat.

Opinion makers and oppressors in Brazil will come to fear that those who are in the police and army’s murderous crosshairs, like Igor Mendes and the 23, are being supported internationally. We call on all collectives in the USA, all Maoist parties internationally, and all revolutionary and progressive minded people to defend Igor Mendes and demand his freedom from Brazil’s horrific jails.

We will be there to protest and disrupt any event the Brazilian government – or similarly public or private bodies tied the Brazilian state – sponsors in Pittsburgh. We call upon others to do the same.

Igor Mendes, presente en la lucha!

Freedom for Igor Mendes and his 23 comrades!

Long live the revolutionary youth of the international proletariat!

Long live international solidarity!