To the Students & Youth
March 26th, 2018
Maoist Communist Party – Organizing Committee
“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. The future belongs to you.” – Mao Tsetung
To the youth: what is it that you’re demanding? Simply to exist without a constant fear of violence in your communities. Surely, this would not be asking much. Yet we’ve watched school systems punish those for speaking out and organizing their classmates. Some even had the nerve to attempt to sponsor walk-outs, yet silenced students for voicing their true feelings on the matters facing our communities. All the while, politicians debate the issue to death until it is brushed under the rug again while overtly telling students and youth that they do not matter. We have even seen survivors of such horrific atrocities receive death threats and constant harassment when they should be healing.
In the face of such repression, you have not become demoralized. You have continued to organize in open defiance to your schools, your towns, and a government which could not care less for your lives. Rather than fold over and conceding to the myth that such conditions are the ‘new normal’ you have taken steps to bring new ideas and fresh inspiration to the table. You are creating a new movement. Not just this, you are joining the long history of student resistance that has been silent for so long — too long. You are providing inspiration to non-students who wish to welcome you into the revolutionary movement with open arms! You have taken the first of many steps forward.
We, the Organizing Committee for a Maoist Communist Party, express solidarity particularly with students and youth from oppressed communities in places such as Chicago who have expanded their demands far beyond the limitations of liberalism and gun-control. Calls for an ending to educational austerity measures, closure of public schools, expansions of mental health facilities, trauma centers, and in the case of Chicago against a $95m police academy have been drowned out and relatively ignored by the media. It is the student and youth from working class oppressed communities, those who are exposed to daily violence in the form of police occupation and relating to poverty, that represent the vanguard of this movement. We shall continue to express solidarity with these students always, and not allow their movement to be hijacked or stolen from them.
While others have presented lackluster and shallow reasons for why these horrific acts of violence supposedly occur, none of these answers the question: Why are they happening?
Violence and America are one and the same: they are interchangeable. From its origins, our society was built on the stolen land of native and indigenous people by the generationally enslaved labor of Africans. Every single passing day we are exposed to the continuation of this systemic violence. Indeed, the United States not only maintains itself but thrives on the blood of its own children as well as the endless misery inflicted on people across all corners of the world. Wither this be through police murdering members of our community in cold blood, military recruiters in schools pitching why you should voluntarily enlist to enforce the will of the United States’ ruling classes, or through the internet in which we witness the atrocities of that military against people on every continent on a daily basis.
While the United States’ $700 billion military maintains 800 military bases in more than 70 countries coercing the world into submitting to its declining imperialist domination, austerity measures continue to diminish the already-underfunded school system. Social programs and welfare continue to be reduced or eliminated completely, while many of your classmates and/or their families face constant threats of deportation. Others are forced directly into the ever-growing school-prison pipeline. Meanwhile, far-right white supremacists and neo-Nazis continue to operate openly, and even seek government office with their intentions on their sleeves. They have formed paramilitary organizations who are directly responsible for the murders of our community members, all without condemnation!
With this context in mind, what messages does such systemic violence and oppression give to already dangerously reactionary young people? In the light of such a culture, should it be at all surprising that the chickens are coming home to roost? What America does overseas comes back to haunt them in their own backyard, this is no exception. Those from the oppressed people; impoverished working class, black and brown folk, LGBTQ+, immigrants, etc., within the United States already know this. They experience it every single day of their lives, from the cradle to the coffin. Gun control will not solve our problems, it will only disarm working-class communities. This is no new development. Reactionary icon Ronald Reagan, then governor of California, with the support of the National Rifle Association (NRA) passed some of the strictest gun-control laws in the country. Why? Simple: the Black Panther Party and other revolutionary movements formed in defense of our communities had begun rightfully arming themselves against government oppression. We must not forget the racist and classist legacy of gun control, and not fall for such false solutions! In the words of Black Panther Party co-founder Huey P. Newton:
“Any unarmed people are slaves, or are subject to slavery at any given moment.”
Our enemy is not ‘mental illness’. Our enemy is not the gun. Our enemy is the capitalist system that breeds people to commit such terrible atrocities against our communities. In order to stop such horrors, we must organize for the destruction of capitalism-imperialism!