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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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! 

For A People’s Front Against Fascism and State Repression: Solidarity with PYO-KC!

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We in Red Guards Pittsburgh write to express solidarity with the Progressive Youth Organization (PYO) in Kansas City, including with the student activist who was recently arrested and charged with a felony. These brave young comrades have successfully exposed and resisted the harboring of rapists on campus, have defeated fee increases on undocumented students, and have militantly organized against fascists, only to face direct repression from the Kansas City Pig Department and University of Missouri-Kansas City. This student activist is facing legal attack for the crime of speaking out against the many forces of U.S. imperialism and fascism, just as PYO and other organizations are preparing for President Trump to visit. One activist is even being surveiled by KCPD in the form of a plainsclothes officer in an unmarked car. The FBI and local police Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force is now involved, revealing that they feel student organizers are terrorists.

These are all tactics used by the state and administration to silence those who demand resistance to their evil policies. Their intense harassment of these young revolutionaries reveals how little in control they are, desperately throwing on un-prosecutable charges and pleading for them to be turncoats on their comrades, for the upcoming visit by the imperialist head of this state.

We know such reactionary plans already have and will fail, torrents of rage will fill the streets of Kansas City, in part due to the efforts of PYO and other organizations there. Fascism and its plans to make this society a human death factory will collapse under the weight of its own sins.

We ask our supporters to know that if we want to be able to fight fascism, we must keep people out of the prisons it aspires to lock us all in!

Please donate what you can at the link here for the arrested comrade.

 

Reclaim Red May Day

A Summation of May Day 2018 and a look to 2019

with the masses overcome

A flyer passed from worker to worker, calling for militant action in the U.S. on May 1, 1886, read: “one day of revolt – not rest! A day not ordained by the bragging spokesmen of institutions holding the world of labor in bondage. A day on which labor makes its own laws and has the power to execute them!” The workers who walked out of their factories that day faced hails of police gunfire. Their organizers were publicly executed. Outraged, an international gathering of revolutionary workers declared that May First would become a worldwide day of resistance and revolution.

This year’s May Day demo in Pittsburgh provides a glimpse at the difference between the politics of revolution and of our red and black forebears before us, and that of the bootleg May Day of the rose-“red” Democratic Party careerists and revisionists who help organize the yearly opportunist parade — always escorted by a heavy gang of pigs. Urgently and more than ever May Day 2018 showed there needs to be a coalition of revolutionaries, anti-imperialists and anti-fascists that will lay the basis for a Red May Day 2019.

 Here we are now, dealing with the waterlogged monotony of the politics-as-usual, NGO tailing legal left, with their May Day ™, organized by legalists who spend a whole day luring oppressed people into being surrounded on all sides by a battalion of police squad cars and motor bikes.

May Day in Pittsburgh 2018

Rather than participate in the phony march, Red Guards Pittsburgh (RG-PGH) hit perpetrators and symbols of gentrification. Slowly and steadily, RG-PGH is approaching the first year of its foundation with cadre fusing into the real mass movement. We are combining our membership with the masses where we haven’t yet combined, we are deepening social investigation, and we are organizing combative struggles where we live, with the knowledge of all participants and co-partisans through mass organizations separate from RG-PGH.

In line with the above, the mass movement grows around tenant struggles and for de-gentrification through revolution – you can read more about these struggles in the mass organization Serve the People’s “A Hammer To Crush the Enemy”. This is how decisive action has been taken and will be taken to slowly create areas where every day is May Day. More than ever one can see in every neighborhood and street corner there is need for a festive and rebellious May First that blooms like a gift of lilies, not this farce that lies dead like damp leaves suffocating the sprouts of rebelliousness of the people.

Over the last few decades, Pittsburgh has been rebuilt to be nothing more than a sluice for circulating capital through housing and financial institutions.  One of the last cities to undergo downtown demolition and gentrification in the last decades of the 20th century, Pittsburgh has slowly but consciously been redesigned to facilitate the movement of enormous amounts of money cashed through real estate, insurance, and tech on top of the ruin of what used to be the number one steel producer on the planet, while a falsely cultivated, ‘hip’ impression of it having robotics laboratories and being the most “livable city” with extensive bike lanes is being relentlessly advertised to urban petty bourgeois professionals in San Francisco and elsewhere. Following the Iraq War protests in 2003 and the G20 protests in 2009, this so-called ‘redevelopment’ combines itself with street protest suppression and the greater repression of the working class and particularly people of oppressed nations.

The battlegrounds are laid. Police and surveillance apparatuses garrison more and more neighborhoods, and the state gears itself towards the ruthless clearance of “undesirable” populations. When one moves from Downtown and Oakland the scale of this can be seen in the amount of storage companies that have been propped up to store the belongings of rapidly displaced people.

And when one gets to Penn and Highland one sees the future they want: quirky box stores that sell rock salt which are topped with condos for the wealthy and with offices for white collar management and tech programmers. The fight for an Anti-Capitalist May Day 2019 should proceed from this juncture in the struggle – there must be May Day marches which are militant and filled with the urgent knowledge that we fight for our very future. Stale customs cannot sate this need.

The opportunists who tail the “main” event lead organizations which ask “who is organizing this” over “what is being organized,” a cowardly method of analysis. And yet, “who is organizing this” is not necessarily a bad question — are the leading organizers of this event proven fighters? Are they proven collaborators? Are they principled or opportunist, dedicated or inconsistent, etc.? Identity opportunists do not ask “Who is organizing this?” simply with an eye toward figuring out identities – if they did this they would be incorrect but at least honest to their propaganda, they would be identitarians over revolutionary communists but they would not necessarily be opportunists in the strict sense of the word.

Opportunists are confused on many questions, but they all stand firmly in completely denouncing revolutionary communism, paying no mind to the fact that this is the path being taken (the path being cleared, in fact) by leading black, Chicano, woman, trans and gender non-conforming comrades (not to mention the role played by communists in leading the day’s most ardent national liberation struggles across the globe). All of this is to say: They do ask “who is organizing this?”, but they do not ask to find out the nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or class position of the people involved – they use this camouflage to ask if an event is being organized by people who agree with their political stand, and when people don’t, regardless of how the organizers are oppressed by this patriarchal, colonial capitalist society, they are labelled “anti-black”, “anti-immigrant”, and so on.

So our communist kind of internationalism has become in Pittsburgh a love that dare not speak its name. We’ve arrived at a point where many are anxious to express communist internationalism without offending the worldview that proceeds narrowly from localist identity-opportunism.

We cannot continue to allow NGO “radicals” to reduce every demonstration of militancy to one of privilege, especially those “radicals” who are paid minions of the nonprofit industrial complex. Across the country these cowards doxx revolutionary activists at a time when fascists are hunting them, and they also use red-baiting to attempt their ousting from mass organizations.

The opportunist crowd builds its tiny bubble of prestige atop the frustration they inspire in almost everybody else; the seeds of tomorrow’s hardened and militant May Day formation are cultivated not only by the militarized state of imperialist US capital, but at the same time by the toothless but loud social capital hucksters who lay claim to the hallowed space of loyal opposition. Luckily, that is not the kind of space which revolutionaries have their eyes set on.

For A Revolutionary May Day 2019!

One can quickly notice that very little news coverage was given May Day ™. In a city with frequent mass actions that are carefully planned and contained by the Democratic Party and its entourage of progressive NGOs and unions, peaceful protest does little more than get a little bit of coverage on local media. Mass public rallies and marches of this nature have never helped form a core of future organizing, never helped to advance the militancy of working class people, and they certainly do not draw progressively more people out onto the street. As for raising awareness, this is based on the assumption that people are stupid about how fucked things are and need bulleted points on signs read to them. Reality proves otherwise, because we all know things are fucked, though we may not know how to overcome this reality. Any such “message” that is directed to the ruling class as a question, as a request, is inherently sterilized.

We must send an entirely different kind of message to the ruling class – we re-affirm what Chairman Gonzalo said in the El Diario Interview of 1988: “Agreements signed at the table only reflect what has already been established on the battlefield, because no one is going to give up what they have not obviously lost. That is understood.” We do not need to ask the state to voluntarily lose its class character; we need to destroy the old power and on these ruins build the new.

A revolutionary May Day 2019 is already in the works. The deeds of the enemy as they exist at every level–whether in the city, in Google, or in NGO spaces–will not keep revolution buried. Red flags will soon rise as sparks, shining like bright worlds wrought in the darkness.

This task necessarily poses certain internal problems, the problems of an organizational approach which allows communists to play their required role in being principled, revolutionary fighters. Though principles are often confused as sectarianism, the latter error mustn’t be made by RG-PGH and mass organizations it has supporters within, and this is to be ensured by a) working in coalition with organizations without attempting “poaching,” aka encouraging other members to leave their current organizations or using process to liquidate others into its ranks, b) maintaining that the correctness of our ideology is proved through class struggle and not through name calling or gossiping, which means abiding by decisions made within this alliance as long as they respect group autonomy, and c) working with those who see the need to stop organizing under the banner of extreme opportunists who endorse capitalist parties and elections and that collaborate with police.

Most of all, the masses need to be brought out on May Day 2019: it is theirs! They are our support and our co-fighters, they are not bonded to the system which binds them. We must recapture and, indeed, grow beyond the militancy of May Days’ past.  This militancy complements the continued and sustained growth and support for de-gentrification. Revolution relies on and sprouts from the mass activity of those in the neighborhoods we live. It is the masses who make history; they can move the stars in the sky while the opportunists muck around in the swamp.

We call on all revolutionaries, anti-imperialists, and anti-fascists in Pittsburgh to join us in building for a red and revolutionary May Day 2019. Leave opportunism in the swamp which it calls home, and let go of the hands of all those who reach out to drag us into the swamp alongside them.

Internationalism and Repression

The Red Guards ranks which form the basis of a future Maoist Communist Party has advanced this year, moving closer towards democratic centralism. Our deepest solidarity and support goes to Red Guards Austin, Red Guards Los Angeles, Red Guards Kansas City, Red Guards Charlotte, as well as Revolutionary Association of Houston and Red Path – St. Louis. We feel little need to rave about the successes of this year and invite readers to look at Red Guards Austin’s May 1, 2018 for a look into the U.S. Maoist movement.

A militant movement attracts state repression. Charlotte and Kansas City both had comrades who were arrested at their May Day events. We ask readers to give even small amounts of money if at all possible, for the important work they are doing can not be abated with incarceration.

Kansas City:

https://www.fundedjustice.com/f1LpQ6?ref=sh_77GQC8_ab_8811itYBsbp8811itYBsbp

Charlotte:

https://www.fundedjustice.com/21LpO6?ref=fb_e743Bd_ab_8811itYBsbp8811itYBsbp

Overseas we extend solidarity to those Maoist communists struggling in the imperialist centers, including the Maoist Communist Party of France, the Maoist Communist Party of Italy, Committee for the Construction of the Communist Party (Maoist) of Galicia, Committees for the Founding of the (Maoist) Communist Party of Austria, Committee Red Flag (Germany), Jugendwiderstand (Germany), Tjen Folket (Norway), and the Revolutionary Communist Party (Canada).

We extend our support to Red Sun (Mexico) which was fired upon by police in their Oaxaca demonstrations, to the Communist Party of Brazil (Red Faction), Communist Party of Ecuador Red Sun, to the Red Faction of the Communist Party of Chile, the Revolutionary Front of the People of Bolivia MLM, and the Maoist Organization for the Reorganization of the Communist Party of Columbia.

Long live the people’s wars of India, the Philippines, Peru, and Turkey!

People’s War Until Communism!

-Red Guards Pittsburgh

 

#FreeDallas, Free All Political Prisoners, Temper Ourselves in Struggle

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“Either a human or pig

Either to survive at any price or

to struggle until death

Either part of the problem or part of the solution

Between the two there is nothing

Victory or death—the people everywhere say that and that is the language of the guerilla”

— from Holger Meins’ last letter

On March 9, federal agents in Austin, TX surrounded and arrested Dallas, a dedicated anti-fascist and Maoist supporter of Red Guards Austin, on several felony charges that were produced in conjunction with the work of an informant. Using “evidence” of hearsay and deliberate fabrication from this single person, the Feds have claimed weapons that are legally registered and that were at his fiancee’s apartment that he doesn’t even live at are actually his.  The prosecutors, unable to produce concrete physical evidence, are in a marriage of convenience with a liar and do not care about witness reliability. This isn’t Dallas’ first rodeo with them – pigs tried to rip Dallas’ head off and broke his neck in multiple places at a rally in November 2016, almost leaving him permanently paralyzed. Surviving and continuing to fight, this is the deeply hated establishments’ next pathetic attempt at using general repression to extinguish successful militant anti-fascism (note—please read Red Guards Austin’s Defend Comrade Dallas and fight for his freedom for more information)
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There is much at stake for all anti-fascists in Dallas’ case—APD, TxDPS, FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are firing the opening salvos of Cointelpro 2.0 by targeting allegedly armed anti-fascists and those whose anti-fascism is not just reaction-ism (chasing from rally-to-rally) but based on a more protracted process of engaging communities in resisting fascism. In Austin particularly, where Maoism and revolutionary politics has achieved hegemony over militant anti-fascism, the fight over the gentrifying and Nazi-collaborating Blue Cat Cafe, the numerous mass rallies that RGA organized in tandem with mass organizations like the Revolutionary Student Front, and the response to neo-Confederates and alt-right attempts to march have attracted international reporting and support, but also the fear of the police. Pittsburgh and Austin’s Fraternal Order of Police both endorsed Trump and many, because of the occupational stress that comes with maintaining white supremacy and the property relations of capitalism, know that the violence of fascism which is the same as theirs is never met with docility but with resistance — which is why they are going to such great lengths to criminalize armed anti-fascism. Department of Homeland Security documents leaked to Politico referenced Red Guards along with Redneck Revolt as a worry, and cited RGA’s partisan unit open carrying during one “White Lives Matter” counter demonstration a little over a year ago as one example. They fear it, as one very class conscious senior law enforcement officer claimed, because they know that one day gun shots will ring out between these sides.

Clearly those who’ve brought charges on Dallas and on his fiancee, and that are harassing anyone with even tangential relationships with RGA supporters, are not neutral nor do they pretend to be. Fascists and militias use lethal and often illegal weapons, yet are not harassed anywhere near the degree to which comrades such as Dallas are.

As Charlottesville proves, fascists were the ones who fired their guns and ended the day by murdering someone. RGA declared that they would not remain unarmed while facing an armed enemy, that fascism is organized reactionary violence and that it is hardly unintended when someone is murdered at their demonstrations, and that to defeat fascism we must gain parity on this front so that no one has to unwillingly become a martyr. The state has responded to this declaration (one that has been backed up in action) by targeting those within the anti-fascist movement who are already in a legally precarious position because of past records. The consequence to a conviction of Dallas is a declaration that proximity to firearms while having anti-fascist politics is a thought-crime worthy of up to three decades in a federal dungeon, and the opening up of an array of other political witch-hunts into those who support or are members of groups that open carry at demonstrations.

We will not stand idly by and let our comrades be kidnapped. This system is not interested in arguments on prosecutorial ethics and discovery as it relates to unreliable witnesses; it will always thrive off of informant falsehoods no matter what we scream at them, for if they had incentive to admit the truth then Dallas would be free now. What we will do is give them the incentive to consider the ramifications of locking Dallas up with an international campaign to demand his immediate release and the dropping of all charges, where we show people the role the pigs and FBI plays against our movement. Everyone—from workers at the frank stands and coffee shops the federal agents and judges go to, to our neighbors and theirs—will know their evil works in splitting Dallas from his family and locking him in a dungeon.

Donations are going to be crucial here, as the costs for doing legal defense work and jail support work will be high, as is the cost of building the movement against FBI repression. The fundrazr page was taken down, so donations are recommended to be sent directly through PayPal: avantiguzman@gmail.com.

Stay up to date on local events so you know what’s happening with the case and find out about upcoming events, activities and protests. There will be a fundraising event soon with planned speakers.

Talk to your friends, co-workers and family about the case. Popularize the anti-repression struggle. You must tell the world that resistance should not be a criminal act, but always will be as long as the capitalist dictatorship holds power.

Get your organization to pass a resolution or issue a statement of solidarity with Dallas and revolutionary antifascists in Austin, including the need to make donations directly through PayPal at avantiguzman@gmail.com.

Dallas has a big heart and big love for the people. He has dedicated his life to serving, and struggling with, the people to build resistance against injustice and oppression. In Austin, Dallas was there for many who were struggling through the evils of addiction, always willing to lend an ear to listen. Everyone who knows him can testify to his encouragement in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, to remain positive, and to have faith in the masses. Valuing so many as comrades and friends, he has been a mentor to many in his kindness and intelligence.

#FreeDallas

#StopRepression

#HandsOffRGA

ATTN PITTSBURGH: Loose Lips Sink Ships!

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PITTSBURGH: Don’t talk to cops or fash sympathizers — resisting fascism is not a crime! Snitching and badjacketing are irredeemable offenses!

A day ago it came to our attention that an unknown actor linked a number of Red Guard Pittsburgh supporters’ government names to racist-skinhead affiliates and that there are now attempts to dox them underway. We write this for (1) the purpose of making antifascists aware that doxxing is underway, and (2) to also reaffirm and promote the basics of security culture.

We are living in a time when we can see the outlines of a new Cointelpro* forming. Many activists and revolutionaries are now in confrontation with forces they don’t see (and too often, that they don’t yet understand). And there is a need for people to become more sophisticated quickly. We need a realistic sense of the viciousness of the state and the fascists, the flimsiness of the legal protections the state promises, and we need to understand the stakes inherent to any serious liberation struggle. We cannot afford the illusions or methods of social democratic forces. As a revolutionary movement we need to be as open as possible to the people (especially in regard to its policies and goals), and as closed as necessary to its enemies.

The state uses many methods against revolutionaries, but for the purpose of focusing on what seems to be situationally relevant, we will here touch on its use of disinformation, rumor, unsafe security practices, liberalism, and on informants and turncoats in order to attack its opponents.

Snitching and Loose Lips

To state it plainly: if someone is a police agent or turncoat, they have deceived and betrayed everyone around them. Even if the snitches’ action is portrayed as just “innocent”, loose gossip and organizational speculation, “innocent” reference of alleged ownership or connection of certain events to specific personalities, it is still snitching! Snitches choose, deliberately and consciously, to serve the most sinister forces in history — and whether they do it not knowing they are part of a campaign based on undermining the as-yet fragile hopes of our class and oppressed people is unworthy of consideration.  To be a rat is reprehensible — there is little lower or more repulsive than a counterrevolutionary rat.

Such individuals need to be exposed, repudiated fiercely, and removed from the movement. There are some who, in spite of someone proving they are capable of secretly serving fascists and/or the state as an informant, will want to point to some possible basis to trust the snitch again. Such ideas are common in politics that don’t see revolution as possible – they genuinely think informants don’t do much damage. In their mind it’s preposterous to investigate into people with such counterrevolutionary inclinations, the consequence of this line being that snitches are permitted unlimited access to spaces and institutions the movement uses.

There was a debate within the Chinese revolution precisely on this question. Imprisoned revolutionaries were asked by the Japanese or the Kuomintang to denounce the revolution (publicly, in court, and in writing) as the price of release. The line of phony communist Liu Shaoqui (who ran the underground urban apparatus) was to allow such denunciations of revolution and welcome the released prisoners back into underground work. The line of Mao, which would surface again during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, was that turncoats and capitulators had to be identified, removed from the party, repudiated and never readmitted. The argument was the simple point that once you allow capitulation and informing (even if under pressure) there is no way to maintain the integrity of an underground organization, which becomes like a dead ash tree, its bark rotting and falling as it becomes riddled with the insects that are proven capitulators; it becomes weakened by liberal attitudes of situational capitulation.

A movement that is liberal which tolerates that kind of betrayal will be riddled with future betrayals — betrayal will be encouraged and accepted through lies and by putting friendship over politics. And it can be very destructive, to the point of even being fatal.

Bars, drinking/drug culture, alcoholism, and friendship cliques** become a terrible mix which form up to often run contrary to our desire to start to develop rudimentary and effective security cultures for a large movement. They often become the dampened and dark spaces by which the goals of Counter-Intelligence Programs (Cointelpro) and fascists are able to be pursued. Sleazy people do sleazy things, and when substance abuse goes ignored, some choose to be oblivious as to how this ugly behavior can be a marker of a larger corruption. While paranoia is corrosive its dialectical opposite of laxness is destructive as well, both are encouraged and desired by our fascist stalkers. Drunken naïveté with friendly strangers at bars replaces consciousness.

Infiltration is a method that deploys all the ugly power-trips of a dying imperialism and all the vices of human beings, such as the corruption of the disaffected, the ego stroking of the lame, exploitation of the damaged, blackmail of the legally compromised, and briberies of the most desperate. They don’t always appear as police-types, those approaching you with certain questions or certain rumors may come from the weak and damaged. Informers offer intimacy and flattery. They thrive on gossip and promote a culture of gossip. They can come with resources, cred, or skills – the informant Lawrence Goff, who once quipped that he was “redder than a baboon’s ass,” was a man of working-class background and an ex-Marine who was able to offer weapons training and access to firearms.

Others often provide commitment that often surpasses understanding***. Minneapolis FBI infiltrator “Karen Sullivan” was able to enter FRSO by being quiet, keeping their head down and “working hard” at movement tasks, building credibility and trust, all while listening and taking notes. Many police cadre who entered Vietnam Veterans Against War posing as veterans with military expertise were able to easily expose their secret police activities through time by showing their more reactionary side. Consciousness is hard to fake, but not impossible as seen with Karen Sullivan: some sociopaths fake every genuine human emotion in life — as a habit — and can assimilate political ideas seamlessly, and can go from being a Marxist-Leninist one day, to being a insurrectionary anarchist the next.

Malinovsky, who was a “working class intellectual” in a sea of middle class intelligentsia (and who, beyond his politically convenient class background, was also an amoral turncoat, egomaniac and extremely talented huckster) ended his time as an agent and his political career by suddenly fleeing in an emotional panic from his office as a parliamentary representative — just simply disappearing (on both his political coworkers and police handlers) into the night. At some point he just couldn’t handle the “double life” anymore, but out of guilt returned to face those he betrayed and harmed.

Like Malinovsky, every snitch must face justice. Informing on radical movements is not ok when people are teenagers. It is not ok if people are facing blackmail. It is not ok if the authorities threaten people with prison and death, whether it’s done accidentally while drunk, or if it was done by telling someone who they thought was their friend certain information. It is not ok, period. There are no justifications and no excuses.

Oppressed people rightfully hate those who inform and don’t care about a snitch’s intentions, nor should we worry about whether snitches “learn and grow.” A snitch’s spiritual problem or personal development do not matter; we are preparing a party, army, and movement that must be preserved in the midst of the present and future conflicts to come.

What we do want from snitches is to fail, to be prevented from accomplishing their criminal goals, and to get them as far away from the movement as possible. And we want to deter those twisted and weak individuals who are tempted to take that path.

That requires being alert, avoiding denial, being firm, and maintaining high standards — to, in short, recognize that loose lips sink ships and to have a long sighted view of who the enemy is.

Combat Liberalism Everywhere, Fight Fascism Everywhere!

 Combat Liberalism

It would be wrong however to try to develop some sort of fixed “profile” of what informants will appear as, for we run the risk of falsely tagging innocent people with labels that can get them hurt, and thus do the pigs’ work for them. We should be unafraid to critique and reject the methods of the 1930s standards adopted by the communist movement (which was often cynically indifferent to facts and investigation, and routinely smeared political opponents and dissidents as agents), as Mao has already done by rightfully pointing out that “people’s heads aren’t leeks.” We should carefully avoid paranoid witch-hunts and destructive badjacketing.

But this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t develop cautious collective methods nor run away from making everyone aware going in what the expectations of their involvement is. We must combat liberalism and hold each other accountable for behavior, and not look the other way when suspicious things happen. Don’t tolerate behaviors that endanger the whole. Deploy the wisdom and judgement of collectivity. Speak candidly and truthfully about problems.

We must encourage this not just in collectives but also in the neighborhoods we organize. Liberal behavior can get people killed so we must stress that security is not about protecting each individual, but of protecting the survival and functioning of the movement in the very streets we live. It is about taking care of the future within the present, the whole within the part.

In light of the current doxing attempt, we ask our supporters, those working within organizations that do united front work with us, and those in our neighborhoods to:

  • Be suspicious of ugly rumor campaigns and efforts to inflame differences into hostilities;
  • Replace naivete with consciousness and diligence. What you say has consequences;
  • Be aware that there is an active fascist presence in Bloomfield and that they aren’t afraid of collaborating with the police;
  • Be protective of personal information if you work in the movement in any way. Don’t say nothing to anyone;
  • Develop nuanced policies of “need to know,” where the movement and the people are able to evaluate their own progress through public summation, while some other matters are kept private;
  • Avoid sectarianism and practice elementary and substantive solidarity for those under attack, in a way that recognizes contradictions among the people and contradictions between the enemy. Bail out and provide jail support those who participate in revolutionary militancy regardless of what school of thought they are. Fight side by side in tactical unity against fascists.

We will not permit our supporters, friends, and community members who have worked tirelessly in past campaigns to be threatened, intimidated or bullied into not being antifascists. Already we have seen some of the flyers of the mass organization we participate in marked with “1488” and swastikas, as well as the defacement of “Anti-Racist Neighborhood” tags at a bus stop in a popular neighborhood. Fascism is a death factory, it is human vivisection, it is industrialized rape and torture, and the only way to make that extinct is through revolutionary violence. When one chooses to collaborate with fascism they became a fascist, and while reeducation and reintegration is not out of the question at a future time, we (and the many oppressed people they wish to kill right now) do not have the resources or privilege to carefully confront fascists so that some are not as hurt as others. It’s as simple as this — if you have bonehead parents, drop them. If you have a bonehead roommate, break your lease. Or else you are declaring your own immediate economic and emotional needs as more important than that of humanity.

We will continue to propagandize around antifascism, we will continue to develop community reporting of fascists and to hold community workshops to help identify fascists, we will continue to provide self defense when asked of us, to provide training when asked of us, and to dig deep roots among broad numbers of increasingly conscious people in a way that promotes their security as well as ours, so that their survival becomes ours.

Delay means death – organize against the fascist enemy!


*Cointelpro is Counter Intelligence program, it was an elaborate and aggressive counter insurgency program employed by the FBI to attack several movements.

**For the opportunists to note, drinking in social situations is not bad, but getting so drunk that there is either active lack of control or more passive ambivalence towards statements one is making is a security risk and constitutes a behavior worth criticizing.

***Individuals have different levels of maturity, insight and consciousness. And a movement needs to be alert to those differences. People can be quite conscious and self sacrificing without being politically correct all the time or ideologically consolidated. As so, we must be careful in again noting that there is no fixed informant profile, though there are examples that we must draw from.

 

Rest In Power Michael!

Earlier this week Michael Morgavo (AKA ‘Mush’ and ‘Maël Bisset’) unexpectedly passed away. Mael was a supporter of Serve the People Pittsburgh and of Red Guards Pittsburgh, and of the U.S. MLM movement in general.

Though comrades in the struggle here only met with him briefly and developed a cut-short relationship based on theoretical exchanges and the shared deeply felt need to change the world through revolution, we still feel it proper and our humbling and somber duty to write this small tribute.

Mael was obviously loved and admired by his friends and family and those in the area’s DJ scene as well as by any comrades who knew and struggled with him.

We pine and our class cries for every comrade, for every revolutionary soldier, for every supporter and also for every friend of the people who passes away. Tighten the grip on the red banner, and carry it higher. Take it up and do not let it down.

When somone as young as Mael dies suddenly, it is often the reflection of some crime of the capitalist-imperialist system: dope, suicide, car crash, lumpen or police violence, and so on. We do not know the circumstances of his death, but whatever the cause we say feel no shame! No one should hang their heads in such moments, not when the sun is just rising now over the hills, silhouette, penumbra, corona, and shining light.

We prepare for war now in your absence, friend.

We encourage our supporters to donate to help alleviate his family’s funeral expenses here.

Red salute,
Red Guards Pittsburgh