“The world is yours, as well as ours, but in the last analysis, it is yours. You young people, full of vigor and vitality, are in the bloom of life, like the sun at eight or nine in the morning. Our hope is placed on you. The world belongs to you.”
Progressive Youth Organization in Kansas City has dedicated the last year to exposing not only rapists on the UMKC campus, but the failure of campus officials to protect its students from rapists. This is the same youth organization that has bravely stood up for immigrant students on campus and led campaigns against tuition hikes. This Tuesday, these young people will be among the many gathered in Kansas City to protest the arrival of the crypto-fascist fool Donald Trump.
Through their years of work in our city, PYO has demonstrated a consistent dedication to the people, and an equally consistent disdain for the peoples’ exploiters and enemies. And that is exactly why PYO now finds itself facing increasingly desperate repression from the Kansas City Pig Department and the FBI, working as an anti-terrorist task force against these comrades.
The pigs went so far as to arrest a student activist on a property destruction charge from January’s anti-rape campaign, as they were speaking at a school event. An act of alleged property destruction so serious and heinous that the pigs couldn’t be bothered to produce a warrant until after their run-in with local activists during the 2018 May Day march.
In addition to the ridiculous arrest, pigs have stalked and harassed two other student activists. They have attempted to threaten and intimidate all three of these student activists, hoping they can frighten them and turn them into informants. Because the pigs themselves are selfish cowards, they hope that the young activists they target are as well. They will be disappointed.
PYO and their supporters have time and time again proven themselves to be dedicated and courageous activists. We have no doubt that these attacks on them will only strengthen their resolve.
PYO has received solidarity and support from all over the country, and we wish to extend ours as well. A revolutionary organization experiencing state repression deserves to know that others like them are ready to struggle alongside them and extend any possible assistance we can.
We encourage anyone who agrees and wishes to support these comrades in our city to donate here.
Keep up the fight PYO – It is right to rebel!