Solidarity with PYO in their Struggle Against State Repression

“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!

RGKC

 

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Build Up Red May Day! Statement on International Worker’s Day 2018

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We are at a watershed moment. We stand at the edge of impending global and civil war, brought about by the swelling belly of imperialism reaching its end, and the disease of fascism rotting away any hope of a liberated and dignified future. We are at the door of the slaughterhouse, where the “land of the free” offers nothing more than mass incarceration, genocide, stratification now masked in urban development/beautification aka gentrification, police brutality, declining wages and increased cost of living, people dying in the winter from no heating, in the summer from food deserts, and poisoned water in cities where “leaders” are quick to quench only the thirst of their own greed.

We are watching our planet die, burned and constricted by massive deforestation, haphazard mining, pollution, and overconsumption all to increase corporate profit. Make no mistake; this is not the sign of a healthy economic and political system. This is not the sign of a world built on the promise of an equitable future. This is not the sign of the “End of History” where people all across the planet will shed all divisions under the reactionary lie of capitalist wrung social order. Make no mistake; we are witnessing a wounded rabid beast bleeding out, clawing at any it can reach with the full intent of dragging us to our graves. We are witnessing the death of an unsustainable system. We are witnessing the death of capitalism. And if we do not fight it, then this dying beast will push us towards our own extinction.

It is only in class struggle, the seizing of power by working class people from the bourgeois capitalists, will we bring forth a future of life and freedom. This class struggle is not a new phenomenon, but is bred from over a century of revolutionary proletarian practice.

We see its beginnings in Karl Marx and Friederich Engels great revelations on the destructive nature of capitalism and the necessity for materially analyzing how we create socialism of a scientific degree.

We see it in Vladimir Lenin’s fight against imperialism, the global expansion of capitalism, and his call to establish a communist party capable of seizing power from the state and waging global revolution. We see it in Josef Stalin, who advanced Lenin’s teachings of a socialist state and led the Socialist USSR against imperialism during the 2nd World War.

We see it in Mao Zedong, who led China’s peasantry in a series of wars against capitalist repression, Japanese Imperialism, and resurging bourgeois Nationalism. Who advanced the teachings of Marx and Lenin, further theorizing that a war against capitalist states must be a protracted process fueled by the masses and that class struggle would not end under socialism, but could only intensify as we fight to ensure our great leaps towards communism do not revert back to the restoration of capitalism.

And we see it in Presidente Gonzalo, who further synthesized the work and teachings of all the great leaders before marking Maoism as the highest stage of communist theory and waging a people’s war in Peru in the 80s that shakes the planet even now, displaying the universality and necessity of protracted people’s war. Marxism-Leninism-Maoism is the weapon given to the global proletariat, forged through the struggles of those before us. It is the weapon capable of ending the rabid beast of capitalism once and for all.

May 1st or May Day is a global holiday; a celebration of the working class people. It is on this day that we uphold the global working class, the proletariat, as the most revolutionary class capable of stopping the violent barbarism of capitalism. Finding its roots in 1886, when workers at the McCormick plant in Chicago defiantly refused to work in an act of solidarity with workers around the country going on strike for the right to an 8 hour work day without risk of pay cuts. Some of those workers would become martyrs in Haymarket Square, murdered by the cowardly police whose only interests are in preserving this brutal system for their own bourgeois gain.

In response, revolutionaries in Chicago led what was known as the Haymarket Riot. Workers on strike brought the city to a stand still in demand of an 8-hour workday. This led to massive clashes and street battles with the police. The police eventually opened up fire on the crowd, resulting in the deaths of at least eight working class martyrs on that day. The Haymarket martyrs lit a red flame in their passing, becoming a blazing emblem of working class militant power for revolutionaries throughout the globe.

We celebrate May Day, continuing the revolutionary militancy of workers around the world waging war to end the genocidal desire of capitalism. From the October Revolution in Russia, to the revolution in China, Peru, and those being waged in India and the Philippines, we extend global solidarity to all comrades fighting against imperialism and capitalism for true democratic revolution and communism.

We extend our greetings and solidarity to comrades of Red Guards Austin, Red Guards Los Angeles, Red Guards Pittsburgh, Red Guards Charlotte, Red Path Collective-St. Louis, and Revolutionary Association of Houston, and all dedicated anti-fascists in the prison-house of nations we call the United States this May Day. And we call upon all revolutionaries to join us as we celebrate a militant May Day in Kansas City. It is through class struggle that the proletariat will wage a revolutionary war for our collective future, a communist future. We must then celebrate May Day as a militant display of that commitment, showing the world the revolutionary power of the proletariat.

Cast aside all illusions and build towards a Maoist revolution!

Build up Red May Day in Kansas City!

Note: It was originally written that during the Haymarket Riot bombs were thrown at police, but this is incorrect. Historians believe that it’s more than likely that it was an agent provocateur who threw the bombs, not the workers.

 

Free Dallas Now! Solidarity with Red Guards Austin

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Red Guards Kansas City extends our solidarity to our comrades in Austin, as they face repeated attacks by the state, and as they raise support and funds for their comrade Dallas, who is facing some of the most serious charges. If convicted, the comrade could face decades in prison. Such a loss would be felt by Maoists, not just in this country, but across the international movement.

Comrades like Dallas embody everything that a Maoist should strive for. He is disciplined and diligent and dedicates all of his time and energy in service to the people. He has never been under any illusion that a life dedicated to serving and struggling alongside the people would be a safe or easy one. Make no mistake, he is being attacked because he has given himself fully to the cause of revolution. This arrest makes a clear statement that a friend and servant of the people is, by default, an enemy of the state.

This outrageous attack should remind us of the fear this revolutionary spirit sparks in the enemy. They try to imprison us. They try to kill us. They try to delegitimize and slander us. Cynics would say that our cause is hopeless, but all of the resources the bourgeois state utilizes against our comrades in Austin reminds us of why communists are not cynics.

Our enemies probably imagine they are striking a critical blow to our movement with every prisoner they take. We’re sure it gives them a sense of power and security to know that they can take so much from any particular revolutionary. But these attacks only strengthen us. Our hearts break for our comrades struggling under the heavy hand of the state, but we do not allow ourselves to fall into despair. We are filled with rage, but we do not allow this to make us reckless or foolish. Instead, we are energized. Our resolve is strengthened. Our focus is sharpened.

#FreeDallas

#FightRepression

Read the statement from Red Guards Austin here

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Announcing Red Guards Kansas City

We are excited to announce that we are updating our name from Kansas City Revolutionary Collective to Red Guards Kansas City. This change represents a higher level of unity that has been achieved after almost two years of patient struggle with other Red Guards collectives, specifically Red Guards Austin.

There will soon be a document released going into detail about our past errors and how we aim to rectify them. But the short of it is that over time our political line has come into synthesis with the political line of the Red Guards, and we have rejected vestiges of past rightism that were present in our work.

There are still questions to be struggled over, but we see this as a tangible step towards developing the unity that can one day be the basis for building the Maoist Communist Party. Questions that we used to be centrist on, such as the universality of protracted people’s war, party militarization, and concentric construction of the three instruments for revolution, are now lines that we are confident in and will uphold and defend.

Over time the various Revolutionary Collectives have come to represent the rightist and revisionist pole in US Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, and we want nothing to do with it. We are firmly aligned with Red Guards Austin, Red Guards Los Angeles, and Red Guards Pittsburgh and are honored to take on the name that represents the leading trend for Maoism and for revolutionary politics in this country.

Long Live the Red Guards!

Stand With Maoists and Anti-Fascists in Charlotte!

In recent years, we have witnessed a resurgence of an emboldened fascist movement all across the globe. They have taken on many names and faces. They have rallied against Islam and immigrants, in support of police violence, and to defend symbols of white supremacy. In Charlotte, NC this week, they planned to gather under the banner of “anti-communism.” Anti-communism is a reasonable position for the fascists to take. We have been their staunch and militant enemy from the start and that tradition continues to this day. When the fascists announced that they planned to hold this assembly on December 28th, in Marshall Park, antifascists in Charlotte and surrounding areas prepared to meet the vermin. They were prepared to stand for communism in the wake of the rally, and to stand with the masses against their enemy. Maoists in Charlotte understand that part of serving the people means working to crush fascism. 

In the wake of this opposition, the fascist cowards announced that they were cancelling their rally. If they are telling the truth, this is a victory for Charlotte and the communists and other antifascists in the city. They have created an environment in which the fascists are afraid to show their faces. They have revealed the cowardly and opportunistic nature of the enemy.
But the fascists are not to be trusted and our comrades in Charlotte know this. More than once, fascists have lied or obscured their plans to avoid the threat of violent resistance from antifascists. That is why antifascists in Charlotte plan to gather regardless. The fascists will not have the luxury of sneaking in quietly and unopposed. The communist threat that they were prepared to march against will be there to meet them.

Communism is alive and well, even in the belly of the beast. It remains the true ideology and best hope of the proletariat, and the direst threat to fascism in all its forms. Kansas City Revolutionary Collective stands in solidarity with the antifascists ready to take to the streets in Charlotte – to the Queen City Maoist Collective and the many other antifascist groups and individuals – as they rally with the masses against the enemy.

Shutting Down War Criminal Allen West: KCRC Responds to the Call to Escalate the Struggle Against Fascism and the Alt Right

On November 2nd, war criminal Allen West came to the University of Central Missouri (UCM) to spew Islamophobic and imperialist propaganda. After anti-fascist actions taken by the Kansas City Revolutionary Collective (KCRC) in solidarity with the UT Antifa 3, he spoke for approximately 25 minutes, visibly shaking. He had been scheduled to speak for 2 hours.

The idea for this action came from a few black and Muslim UCM students contacting us about the event. We had to respond – if Allen West presented at UCM unchecked, it would embolden rightist movements in UCM and nearby campuses; meanwhile, if we fought him off, it would frighten them and keep them away. Based on both our previous experiences with Trump rally in KC and other previous actions and our revolutionary goals, we synthesized a plan – shut it down!

We arrived at the event, spread throughout the room, blending in. People settled down, and Allen West began to speak. After five minutes of his imperialist horseshit, we took action. One member of KCRC stood up and started chanting “US imperialists, #1 terrorists!” (this was a slogan we learned from comrades at the ILPS conference in Chicago). After a few repetitions, another protester joined in the chant. And another. And another. The single spark lit a prairie fire, and the room was filled with chanting of both prepared slogans, and slogans that protesters thought of along the way – some other favorites include “no speech for fascists!” and “how many did you kill? how many did you torture?”. Continue reading “Shutting Down War Criminal Allen West: KCRC Responds to the Call to Escalate the Struggle Against Fascism and the Alt Right”