The murder of George Floyd by the police was the last straw. This crime is one of many committed against the African-American community and also against Latinos and other minorities. It is not an isolated case and is the product of a reality that is increasingly repressive, less democratic, and directed from Washington.
By Workers Current- IWI-FI, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA , 7 JUNE 2020
We must realize that the police is only one of the institutions of the capitalist state, and it is designed to subjugate the population and keep them under the control of corporate power, with repression, jail and death. To maintain “order” and thus guarantee its plans of super-exploitation, enrichment and domination over communities of color and working class, through misery, racism, and repression, which can be seen with the starving wages, discrimination, and the murders that police have been committing, protected by the laws and the entire judicial system. This clearly indicates that the criminals are not only the police, but the entire judicial and political system throughout the country, that which we call the capitalist system, the system of social inequality.
The well-known “TO SERVE AND PROTECT” police slogan, should continue and say “THE RICH”: because the common and working class citizen, youth and students, are only subjected to school searches, beatings, electric shocks, pepper spray or tear gas, jail and bullets, as we have seen during these days of protest. That is why we must support the protests, but at the same time organize to change the whole current political-social system, and replace it with one of the working and popular class, socialist and revolutionary.
We must be clear that this police repression has been established and approved by the local (mayors), state (governors) and federal governments. In other words, even the Congress, the executive and the judicial systems are guilty of racism and repression, and therefore also responsible for all the murders committed by the police, as well as all the attacks against immigrants.
Today, in the context of the population’s just repudiation of police repression, politicians in government and in both parties are responding with more violence and repression, with thousands of police and national guard in the streets, imposing curfews, with thousands of protesters beaten and arrested, orders that here in California were given by Mayor Garcetti (Los Angeles), and Governor Gavin Newsom: both Democrats, whom some call “progressives” and allies of the poor, minorities and workers . It is worth mentioning the fact that Democrats and Republicans are only allies of each other, but not of the poor, and we point out as an example that during the Obama administration, the murders committed by the police were never stopped, moreover, Obama repressed immigrants massively, among which there are also black people, separating families, imprisoning minors and deporting more than 3 million human beings, were sexual violence to women, adolescents and girls is common, in addition to deaths.
We call on immigrants to support the marches without fear, because today is the time: there are thousands of allies in the streets, we must demand justice and denounce all government repression represented in racist laws, raids. Besides, ICE is as criminal as the police and we must not forget that, on the contrary, unifying the scattered struggles, many other allies could adhere to the protests, and thus strengthen the mobilizations that give more chances of victory to these causes, and that would clearly strengthen the clamor of BLACK LIVES MATTER – JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD – STOP THE REPRESSION AGAINST IMMIGRANTS – FULL RIGHTS FOR ALL IMMIGRANTS.
This movement to demand justice, to stop racism and to stop the police from killing, forces us to implement a deeper struggle, because you cannot treat an illness, which in this case is the police, without directing our struggle to what feeds, finances, and politically directs this racist and repressive mentality, which has its origin in the whole state apparatus, which is where the problem has its origin, that is, in the capitalist system which is maintained by Democrats and Republicans in all the different branches of government, protecting bourgeois, corporate, capitalist and imperialist U.S. order.
We congratulate the youth for their courage in the streets, and we call to continue mobilizing, we are for the massive integration of immigrants and to intensify the struggle, to direct it in the first place against the police, without forgetting that the main and most important struggle must be against the whole capitalist political-social-economic and military system in the country, which is the one that directs all the military structures, such as the police, national guard, and the border patrol.
Organize in struggle committees to discuss the next actions and encourage political education, raise the need to build a well-coordinated and disciplined mass movement to overcome the forces that oppress us, and focus on integrating with the working class, to achieve a much higher power in this struggle, and seek to change not only the police, but the whole capitalist system.
BLACK LIVES MATTER !
JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD AND ALL THOSE KILLED BY THE POLICE!
NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE!
LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR ALL POLICE WHO HAVE COMMITTED CRIMES!
FREEDOM-RESPECT AND FULL RIGHTS FOR ALL IMMIGRANTS!
DISMANTLE ICE – THE ENTIRE IMMIGRATION SYSTEM AND THE POLICE!
STRENGTHEN THE MOVEMENT, WITH THE IMMIGRANT STRUGGLE!
THE PEOPLE UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED!
WORKERS OF ALL RACES AND THEIR ORGANIZATIONS, THIS IS YOUR FIGHT!