Statement Announcing RSA Winter 2017 Campaign
PROTECTION NOT POLICE: Burn All Paper Tigers!
U.S. capitalism-imperialism is in decline. Since the 2008 financial crisis, there has been essentially no recovery for the vast majority of the U.S. working class, and the empire is struggling to maintain its stranglehold on the world. When the ruling class struggles to rule in the same way, a resurgence of reaction arises in the absence of a revolutionary movement to counter it. The neoliberal Democratic Party ran a campaign without any appeal to the people and there was no legitimate solution to their problems. At the same time, the Republican Party went even further to the right and propped up the proto-fascist Trump, who is himself a symptom of growing fascist trends in the United States.
- Disrupt events held by reactionaries
- Tear down and counter reactionary propaganda
- Shut down fascist and proto-fascist talks and rallies
- Protests must bare the teeth of the working class
- Personal self-defense (workshops, lessons, teach-ins, etc. — fascists or right-wingers NOT ALLOWED)
- Community organizations (a system for people who suffer the most from capitalist oppression to walk with comrades who will protect them, antifa response team, rapid response network, etc.)
WHY OPPOSE THE POLICE?
The police as an organization of professional, armed actors of the state did not exist until the emergence of capitalism. The original function of the police was never to “protect and serve” as liberals like to say, but to crush working class unrest in urban areas without martyring people (Whitehouse, 2014). Any actions that the pigs do to protect the people is incidental at best—their main function is to protect private property and to preserve “order.” But the preservation of order in an unjust and violent system is just the reinforcement of oppression, and the pigs are going to be the ones carrying out the racist, sexist, fascist policies of the Trump administration. The pigs are the ones who keep black people and people of color in ghettoized communities and enforce gentrification. They execute and harass black people on a daily basis and face no repercussions. They deported over 2.5 million people under Obama and will continue to deport more. The pigs’ union endorsed Trump, and they have a history of collaboration with fascists and nationalists.
They are enemies of the people.
All pigs enforce this oppression and uphold a white supremacist patriarchal system. Therefore, we are calling on the University to divest money from its police force and use it to fund financial aid services for undocumented and proletarian students.
We will not collaborate with or talk to the police, and our demonstrations must militantly oppose them. The purpose of a working class demonstration is to bare the teeth of the working class, not to obediently abide by the rules of the state and keep ourselves under control.
WHY NO “FREE SPEECH” FOR FASCISTS?
Fascism is capitalism in decay, the open terror of nationalist reaction and imperialism. It is not to be debated with, it is to be smashed. We already know the effects of fascism: genocide, war, destruction, and the all-out terror of reaction on the people—except this time, Auschwitz won’t be in Poland, it’ll be in Ferguson or Baltimore. The rights of the oppressed are not up for debate, and the growing fascist trends in the United States (and elsewhere!) need to be stopped in their tracks. It’s one thing to convince a Trump supporter they’re wrong; it’s another thing when the so-called “alt-right” Neo-Nazis are openly advocating for the ethnic cleansing and genocide of black and brown people. We reject the liberal idea that the only way to handle the recent wave of reaction and fascism in the United States is to debate nicely. We will work to shut down any platform for fascists to spread their violent ideas.
WHY ADVOCATE FOR COMMUNITY SELF-DEFENSE?
We can’t rely on the University and the bourgeois state to enforce laws that serve the interests of the people. As we’ve stated earlier, the point of the police isn’t to protect the people but to suppress them. Instead, it’s up to the oppressed masses and proletarian students of Ann Arbor to protect themselves. Workers and proletarian students need to be organized to best carry out this task.
What good is it to make our school a Sanctuary Campus if it can be repealed at any time? The only solution is to reject the power of the state and build community self-defense. We don’t need the pigs; they need us.
Our goals with this campaign are twofold: to serve the people and act in accordance with their needs and desires, and to increase the level of class struggle in our environment. By pitting ourselves against the pigs and fascists, we are drawing a clear line of demarcation between ourselves and the enemy. Between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie, there can be no compromise. The interests of these classes are irreconcilable; the only resolution to this contradiction is the overthrow and eradication of the bourgeoisie and the complete political rule of the proletariat. All of our activity works to this end and seeks to advance the primary motor of social change and revolution: the class struggle. But we are sure to make mistakes in fighting on the side of the oppressed if we act from our own subjectivity and not from the needs of the masses. Correct ideas come from the people, not from our subjective wishes and desires.
From this point, we loudly declare: