Over two decades since the founding of the O22 Coalition, the mass incarceration and genocide of black and brown people in the United States has continually increased. Today, over two million people are incarcerated or detained and millions more are still in the system on probation or parole, 40% of whom are Black despite Black people constitute only 13% of the US population. Almost 1,000 people have been killed by police in 2015, and black people are more than twice as likely to be killed by police as compared to white people.
This October 22 organizations all over the country commemorate the National Day of Action Against Police Brutality. The police, on behalf of the US State, are waging a war against the people, on Black and other oppressed nationality people in particular, and we must organize and defend each other. The Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee calls on all youth and students to join the rally in Cadman Plaza and stand against the violence of the police and of the US imperialist state against oppressed nationality people both here and abroad.
The police and the prisons do not serve to provide safety and security for the masses; they serve to protect the political order of the ruling class by repressing the uprisings of the people. The mass incarceration and police murders of Black and Brown people are not caused by individual racist police officers – it is the intentional structure of the white supremacist US state. In every imperialist-capitalist nation, there are institutions like the police, the military, and the prisons that form a part of the Repressive State Apparatus (RSA). The Repressive State Apparatus is necessary for the maintenance of any class society, such as imperialism-capitalism, because of the inherently antagonistic contradiction between the oppressed classes and the ruling class.
All last year and especially Fall 2014, in NYC and across the US, Black and oppressed nationality people demonstrated across the country expressing their anger at the white supremacist US State, and demanding that Black lives matter. The RSCC participated in and often led many rallies and marches. But in addition to engaging in ideological struggle against white supremacist ideas among the people, we must recognize that we cannot ideologically convince the state to stop the mass incarceration and genocide of oppressed nationality people. The lives of oppressed people do not matter to an imperialist-capitalist, white supremacist state that serves the interests of the ruling class. The state will only concede by force, to a united revolutionary struggle waged by all oppressed people.
We cannot ideologically appeal to the State; we must build power and prevent by force the exploitation and super-exploitation of the proletariat and the incarceration and genocide of oppressed nationality people. We must organize our communities, struggle against other backwards ideas such as patriarchy and homophobia to develop true political unity in order to build community defense organizations so that we can protect each other and eventually be able to create liberated zones where we do not allow the police to enter.
On October 22 we encourage youth and students in New York and all over the country to join us in commemoration of the National Day of Action Against Police Brutality. We must make the lives of oppressed people matter, by building power.
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