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Workers Vanguard No. 1051

5 September 2014
The closing date for news in this issue is 2 September.


Workers Vanguard

Ferguson: The Real Face of Racist Capitalist America

Break with the Democrats!

Build a Revolutionary Workers Party!

The killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, by cop Darren Wilson on August 9 was met with demonstrations of anger in cities across the country. The utter racist contempt in which the cops hold black people was evident to everyone who saw the events in Ferguson. Everything the cops did was a calculated provocation. The young man’s body was left to lie in the hot sun for hours, not unlike the bodies of lynching victims left to hang from trees. When Brown’s friends and family left flowers and candles at the spot where he was killed, the cops tried to drive mourners away. One cop let his dog piss on the makeshift memorial, which police vehicles later drove over.

When people took to the town streets in protest, cops pointed guns in their faces and fired volleys of tear gas and wooden and rubber bullets. Hundreds of people from the broader St. Louis area and across the country piled in to Ferguson to express their outrage and their solidarity with the besieged community. Imposing a curfew and whipping up hysteria over “outside agitators” allowed the police to further ramp up the repression. Over 200 were arrested, most for failing to disperse, and many were injured. Meanwhile, Brown’s killer remains suspended with pay, i.e., on a paid vacation.

“It’s either stand up or die.” This statement by one protester gave voice to the fury over the daily reality of cop terror faced especially by black people in racist capitalist America. Just the most recent victims of police killings include: Eric Garner, killed by a police choke hold in Staten Island on July 17; John Crawford, gunned down on August 5 in an Ohio Wal-Mart because he was holding an air gun he had picked up off a shelf; Ezell Ford, shot dead by the LAPD on August 11 while complying with police instructions to lie on the ground; Dillon Delbert Taylor, an unarmed 20-year-old white man, gunned down by a Salt Lake City cop on the same day; Kajieme Powell, a mentally disturbed black man killed by St. Louis cops in a hail of a dozen bullets on August 19. The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement produced a report last year listing 313 black people killed in 2012 by cops, security guards or vigilantes like George Zimmerman, the killer of Trayvon Martin. That works out to one life snuffed out every 28 hours.

Reporters from Workers Vanguard attended an August 22 press conference in St. Louis, where young activists who had been participating in the Ferguson protests spoke of their bitter experiences with the cops, something shared by black youth throughout the country. If you find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time, you will be pulled over by the police and forced to “play Twister” on the hood of the car. You can be arrested or given a ticket for not showing your license or insurance fast enough. You can get hit with a warrant for outstanding tickets you never knew about. (read on)

Latest Postings

· Spartacist Canada No. 182

· Espartaco No. 41

· Workers Vanguard No. 1051

· Cops, National Guard Out Now!
  Ferguson: The Real Face of Racist Capitalist America

· ¡Defender a los palestinos contra el ataque sionista en Gaza!

· Spartakist Nr. 204

· 시온주의자들의 가자에 대한 맹공격에 맞서 팔레스타인 인민들을 방어하라!

· Australasian Spartacist No. 223

· A bas l’interdiction raciste des manifestations Palestine par Valls-Hollande !

· Workers Hammer No. 227

· Antymarksistowski „ekosocjalizm” Johna Bellamy Fostera i spółki

· Jak egipscy klifowcy kamuflowali przewrót wojskowy

· Strajk w Neupack

· Krym jest rosyjski

· Le Bolchévik nº 208

· Spartacist (edición en español) Número 38

· Spartakist Nr. 203

· Türkiye: Kitlesel Protestolar İslamcı Rejimi Sarsıyor

· Spartaco n. 77

· Ukraine nach dem rechten Putsch
  EU/US-Imperialisten hysterisch über russische Intervention

· Spartacist (édition française) numéro 41

· 남한의 철도 노동조합을 방어하라!

· Spartacist South Africa No. 9

· Nieder mit Gefahrenzonen und Polizeiterror in Hamburg!

· NUMSA Workers: Don’t Be Fooled By “New” Class-Collaborationist Tricks
  Break With the Bourgeois Tripartite Alliance!
  Forge a Leninist-Trotskyist Party to Fight for a Black-Centred Workers Government!

· 트로츠키주의가 아닌 것과 트로츠키주의인 것

· 『スパルタシスト』36号

· Workers Hammer No. 224

· Για ένα Ενιαίο Μέτωπο των Εργατών Ενάντια στον Φασισμό!

· Spartacist (deutsche Ausgabe) Nummer 29

· İlkeler Ve Bazı Program Öğeleri Bildirisi

· Ιμπεριαλιστές Τραπεζίτες Στραγγαλίζουν την Κύπρο

· Platforma Spartakusowców 17

· Spartacist Canada No. 177

· 중국의 스탈린주의자들: 북한에 대한 제국주의 공세의 주구들

· ICL 원칙선언 대한 서문

· 원칙들에 대한 선언과 강령의 몇 가지 요소들

· Spartacist English edition No. 63

· !دافعوا عن ليبيا ضد الهجوم الأمبريالى

· مصر: انتفاضة جماهيرية تتحدى الدكتاتورية

· Militant Strike Wave in China (Chinese)

· Why We Fought to Defend the Soviet Union
  (Russian-language Byulleten' Spartakovtsev)

· Deklarasyon ng mga Prinsipyo
  at Ilang Elemento ng Programa

Latest Archival Postings

· 『スパルタシスト』33号—35号

· Η ίδρυση της Τροτσκιστικής Ομάδας της Ελλάδας
  Για ένα Λενινιστικό κόμμα στην Ελλάδα!
  Για μία Σοσιαλιστική Ομοσπονδία των Βαλκανίων! (2004)

· Cuadernos Marxistas No. 3
  Chile: Lecciones del Frente Popular (1975)

· L’agonie meurtrière de Bourguiba (janvier 1984)

· Répression antisyndicale en Tunisie
  Bas les pattes devant l'UGTT! (mars 1986)

· Le coup d'Etat de Ben Ali et la menace intégriste
  (janvier 1988)

· Near East, 1950s:
  Permanent Revolution vs. Bourgeois Nationalism
  (August 2000)

About the ICL

V.I. LeninLeon TrotskyThe International Communist League (Fourth Internationalist) is a proletarian, revolutionary and internationalist tendency committed to the task of building Leninist parties as national sections of a democratic-centralist international. Our aim is the achievement of new October Revolutions—nothing else, nothing other, nothing less. The ICL bases itself on Marxist historical, dialectical materialism and seeks in particular to carry forward the international working-class perspectives of Marxism developed in the theory and practice of the Bolshevik leaders V. I. Lenin and L. D. Trotsky and embodied in the decisions of the first four Congresses of the Communist International as well as key documents of the Fourth International such as the Transitional Program (1938) and "War and the Fourth International" (1934). We also look to James P. Cannon, a leader of the early American Communist Party who was won to Trotskyism and went on to become a principal founder of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), working in close collaboration with Leon Trotsky. The origins of the ICL are in the Spartacist League/U.S., which began as the Revolutionary Tendency in the SWP and was bureaucratically expelled in 1963. Our ICL "Declaration of Principles and Some Elements of Program" was modeled on the Declaration of Principles adopted at the 1966 founding conference of the SL/U.S.

Adopted at the Third International Conference of the ICL in early 1998, the declaration presently exists in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, German, Russian, Polish, Italian, Turkish, Indonesian, Greek and Tagalog. In this post-Soviet period, marked by a deep regression of proletarian consciousness, we continue to be guided by Trotsky's statement that "the task of the vanguard is above all not to let itself be carried along by the backward flow; it must swim against the current." Reforge the Fourth International, world party of socialist revolution!