Fight Back! - News and Views from the People's Struggle This newspaper exists to build the people's struggle! We provide coverage and analysis of some of the key battles facing working and low-income people. en Chicago’s movement to free wrongfully incarcerated gains traction as Foxx moves to exonerate 8 <p><em>Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Campaign to Free Incarcerated Survivors of Police Torture (CFIST) of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression.&nbsp;</em></p> <p>The Campaign to Free Incarcerated Survivors of Police Torture (CFIST) of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression hails the announcement by the Cook County State’s Attorney Office in the cases of David Colon, Johnny Flores, Nelson Gonzalez, Marilyn Mulero and Jaime Rios —previously released – and Carlos Andino, Alfredo Gonzalez and Louis Robinson, still imprisoned. All are survivors of framed up, wrongful convictions at the hands of disgraced Det. Reynaldo Guevara.</p> <p>In the same breath, we condemn the ongoing racist attacks by the Fraternal Order of the Police, and reactionary politicians – both Democrats and Republicans - who refuse to reckon with Chicago’s history of police misconduct or the ongoing torture of incarcerated people behind prison walls.</p> <p>When Kim Foxx ran for State’s Attorney in 2016, she said Cook County was the “wrongful conviction capital of the US.” She was referring to the dark history of Chicago police detectives torturing people of color to gain false confessions.</p> <p>Since taking office in 2017, she had vacated 24 of Guevara’s wrongful convictions; 212 of Sgt. Ronald Watts; and approximately 80 of other known torture cops.</p> <p>With this announcement, and potentially three more Guevara survivors in the coming days, the total number of exonerated survivors of Guevara and his gang would reach 35 cases.</p> <p>But, as the State’s Attorney’s Office knows, these cases are only the tip of the iceberg.</p> <p>We call on the State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO) to take additional measures to bring justice to the people of Chicago who have long suffered the crimes of the Chicago Police Department. Since October of last year, we have organized 1000s of people to demand that police officers with established records of torturing suspects, false confessions, perjury, and subornation of perjury no longer be called as witnesses for the prosecution; and that convictions for all those framed, tortured and wrongfully convicted, particularly in cases involving detectives where an established pattern of torture, forced confession and wrongful convictions hold, are vacated.</p> <p>We have used the examples of torture cops like Kenneth Boudreau, John Halloran, and James O’Brien to make our arguments. In recent weeks, several cases involving this trio were either thrown out, or a new trial was ordered. The judges referred to these cops having an established pattern of coercing suspects and having no credibility as witnesses. These rulings amplify our arguments, and directly reflect the campaign’s demands which are supported by our extensively researched report on Chicago police torture which can be found here:</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>Cook County Judge Obbish said Guevara "has now eliminated the possibility of being considered a credible witness in any proceeding" due to the evidence against him and his refusal to testify. This is a judgment that is now being applied to other torturer cops such as Boudreau, Halloran and O' Brien.</p> <p>Hundreds of wrongfully convicted individuals remain behind bars for crimes they did not commit. The State’s Attorney must build on today’s action and accelerate the process of bringing all these survivors home.</p> Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression In-Justice System Fri, 12 Aug 2022 22:18:15 +0000 Fight Back 9880 at New York City protests for Gaza <p>New York, NY - Over 300 people gathered in front of the Friends of the IDF building on Monday, August 8 in response to the Israeli attack on Gaza over the weekend. That attack resulted in over 300 injured and at least 43 deaths, at least 15 of whom were children.</p> <p>Organizers led the crowd with chants and speeches demanding freedom for Palestine. Zionists attempted to counter protest but were greatly outnumbered and outshined. by the supporters of Palestine.</p> <p>The rally then turned into a march, heading into Grand Central Station and through the streets of New York.</p> <p>The action was organized by Within Our Lifetime - United for Palestine, Palestine Youth Movement, Samidoun Palestinian Political Prisoner Solidarity Network, Decolonize This Place, and Existence is Resistance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Free Palestine Palestine Wed, 10 Aug 2022 12:53:39 +0000 Fight Back 9879 at Milwaukee Alliance holds march and vigil for Brieon Green <p>Milwaukee, WI – On Saturday, August 6, the Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression held a march and vigil with the family of Brieon Green and other community members. Green died at the jail on June 26. With a small but energetic crowd, the Milwaukee Alliance led people in a loop through the downtown area that began and ended in front of the Milwaukee County Courthouse.&nbsp;</p> <p>After the march, Angela Lang, executive director of Black Leaders Organizing Communities; Monique Dunlap, Green’s aunt, and Omar Flores, co-chair of the MAARPR, spoke about Green's case and the need for transparency and accountability. After the march and speeches, the crowd met at Lake Park for a vigil.&nbsp;</p> <p>Green’s family thinks it is important to keep having actions due to the lack of answers and transparency regarding the case. Monique Dunlap called for continued community support around the case.</p> <p>"Don’t let them make decisions for our lives because their decision right now is for us to remain quiet," Dunlap said.</p> <p>Milwaukee County authorities are refusing to open an investigation, and without public pushback they will continue to drag their feet on Green’s case and more general issues within the Milwaukee County jail. As long as the family and community continue to have questions regarding his death, actions will continue.&nbsp;</p> <p>News and media outlets have filed open records requests for the footage of Green inside the Milwaukee County jail, but none of the requests have been answered. Moreover, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office continues to refuse cooperation with the family’s legal team. Green’s family continues to hit frustrating roadblocks on the way to opening an investigation. However, none of these obstacles will deter the family and their supporters from seeking justice for Brieon.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Milwaukee Alliance and Brieon's family continue to demand the following: The public release of all the officer’s names who arrested Green and handled his booking; the release of the body camera footage of all seven officers who interacted with Green during his arrest inside the county jail; the release of the footage from street cameras that captured Green’s arrest; the release of the footage from the squad car in which Green was arrested; the release of the footage from the cameras inside the county jail to ensure that Green was booked, medically cleared, and alive prior to being jailed; and for Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson to open an investigation into suicide prevention and conditions within Milwaukee County Jail.</p> Police Brutality killer cops Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression Stop Police Crimes Tue, 09 Aug 2022 21:00:27 +0000 Fight Back 9878 at Tampa community protests for rent control amidst housing crisis <p>Tampa, FL - On August 7, Tampa organizers rallied at city hall to demand rent control be on the ballot for the upcoming November city election. The emergency protest was called after the city council voted on August 4 against putting the rent control demand on the ballot.</p> <p>Rent in Tampa has been rising rapidly, with rents being 38% higher than January 2021. Since March 15, there have been 31,357 evictions filed in Tampa as many can’t keep up with the rising rent rates. The city council voted six to one on July 28 to declare a housing state of emergency, and the vote against rent control being on the ballot came as a slap in the face to Tampa residents.&nbsp;</p> <p>Joseph Nohava, member of Tampa Bay Community Action Committee (TBCAC), stated in a speech at the event, “What’s most appalling is the betrayal of those on the city council who can acknowledge that there’s a housing emergency, but refuse to take action.”</p> <p>Despite rain, the protesters continued to demand that rent control be put on the ballot in the November election and that more money be given to housing assistance rather than the police budget. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor proposed on August 4 the new city budget. It included $5.5 million to housing, but 40% of the general fund will be given to the Tampa Police Department. TBCAC is demanding, in its current People’s Budget Campaign, that $40 million be given to housing resources rather than the police.&nbsp;</p> <p>TBCAC and other community organizations will also be present at future city council meetings to demand rent control be added to the November election ballot. There are public budget hearings on September 6 and 22.&nbsp;</p> housing crisis Housing Struggles rent control Tue, 09 Aug 2022 00:49:05 +0000 Fight Back 9877 at On Hiroshima anniversary, Minneapolis says no to nuclear war <p>Minneapolis, MN - Around 75 people rallied on August 6 to commemorate the deadly U.S. atomic bombings of Japan during World War II and to call for an end to U.S. wars and provocations that threaten nuclear war in the present. Activists lined busy Lake Street with signs and banners while chanting anti-war slogans and delivering speeches.</p> <p>77 years earlier, on August 6, 1945, the U.S. warplane Enola Gay detonated a nuclear bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later, on August 9, U.S. forces detonated another nuclear bomb over Nagasaki. Comprising the only uses in history of nuclear weapons in an armed conflict, the two attacks killed an estimated 129,000 to 226,000 people, almost entirely civilians. The anniversaries of the bombings have been commemorated by peace activists around the world ever since.</p> <p>At the Minneapolis rally, activists highlighted the renewed threat of nuclear war stemming from ongoing imperialist U.S. foreign policies.</p> <p>Kent Mori is an organizer with the Japanese-American social justice group Tsuru for Solidarity as well as the Twin Cities-based Climate Justice Committee. “Since at least 2014, the U.S. and NATO have been meddling in Ukraine, provoking that government to serve as a proxy to fight Russia. This proxy conflict doesn't serve the interests of the Ukrainian people, only U.S. and NATO aggression. And it brings us closer to the possibility of nuclear war,” Mori explained.</p> <p>“The U.S. military is also the largest single organizational source of greenhouse gases,” he added. “You could say U.S. aggression and imperialism is climate change in action.”</p> <p>John LaForge, co-director of the Wisconsin-based peace and environmental justice group Nukewatch, also spoke at the rally. “Rehearsals for attacks on Russia by NATO forces involve nuclear war rehearsals,” he said. “The NATO exercises practice with weighted dummies to practice nuclear war attacks on Russia on a regular basis – rehearsing and preparing for nuclear weapons use on Russian territory.”</p> <p>The event was called by the Minnesota Peace Action Coalition, and endorsed by Antiwar Advocates of Minnesota Congressional District 2, Anti-War Committee, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Mayday Books, Minneapolis-St. Paul Hiroshima Nagasaki Commemoration Committee, Minnesota War Tax Resistance, Movement 4 A Peoples Democracy, Nukewatch, Party for Socialism and Liberation - Minneapolis, Party of Communists USA, St. Joan of Arc Peacemakers, St. Paul Eastside Neighbors for Peace, Socialist Action, Socialist Party USA - Twin Cities Local, Twin Cities Assange Defense, Veterans for Peace Chapter 27, Welfare Rights Committee, and Women Against Military Madness.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Antiwar Movement anti-war Anti-War Committee (AWC) Mon, 08 Aug 2022 13:41:13 +0000 Fight Back 9876 at Tallahassee activists and CPRB members discuss changes to board powers <p>Tallahassee, FL - On August 4, the city of Tallahassee convened their monthly Citizen Police Review Board (CPRB) meeting. At this meeting, City Attorney Cassandra Jackson reviewed citizen criticism of the board and the barriers set up by pro-police legislation, like the Law Enforcement Bill of Rights and the Tallahassee city charter. Additionally, the public comment portion showed a clear demand for “Community control of the police now.” One of the major breakthroughs of the meeting was the fact that the city commission has not approved the “end-of-year report” submitted in February, which included questions of expanding authority and approving money for citizen outreach.</p> <p>While the CPRB is the current police review board, it has not answered the insistence for police accountability after the three 2020 police murders in less than three months. The CPRB traces its inception to the George Floyd Uprising of 2020, where citizens of Tallahassee connected the struggle against police brutality in their own city - the police killings of Tony McDade, Mychael Johnson and Wilson Woodard - with the police brutality in Minneapolis. Hundreds flooded the streets of Tallahassee demanding community control of the police through a Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC). CPAC completely restructures who the police are accountable to; instead of the police investigating themselves and deciding their own policy, the people of Tallahassee would have the power to decide TPD policy, inform TPD priorities, and fire police officers for misconduct.</p> <p>Since its creation, the CPRB has faced a multitude of criticisms: the lack of expressed power and autonomy for the board, which allows TPD to reject every effective recommendation; the narrow scope given to the board by the city commission, causing the board members to be unclear of their own duties, powers and responsibilities; and, the lack of outreach to impacted communities, causing the meetings to be largely unattended or known about by the majority of Tallahassee civilians.</p> <p>These criticisms culminated in a presentation by Delilah Pierre, president of the Tallahassee Community Action Committee (TCAC), on the demand of a Civilian Police Accountability Council to the CPRB members at the July meeting. Pierre said that the way the CPRB has been created makes it so that even if the board does want to change something, they have so little power to do so, adding, “There were 100,000 emails sent to the Tallahassee City Commission about CPAC and they still never discussed that in public.” This presentation not only directly challenged the legitimacy and power of the CPRB, but it also resulted in the investigation of legal barriers to the people’s demands for CPAC, which was the topic of the August meeting.</p> <p>The August meeting was focused on the legal barriers, both local and state, that stand in the way to actual police accountability. Out of the nine points reviewed by the City Attorney, the majority of them could be summated into two things: Amending the city charter to take powers away from the City Manager; and amending areas of Florida Statute 112, namely the Law Enforcement Officer Bill of Rights.</p> <p>While, normally, board members are only able to ask questions, the level of involvement and support of the community, publicized by TCAC, pushed the board to vote unanimously to allow citizen questions to the city attorney. This was unprecedented in the CPRB’s history and opened a clear line of dialogue with the community.</p> <p>While the legal presentation offered insight on the way forward in regards to the grassroots efforts to expand the board’s authority, ideally in the form of CPAC, the board has also shown tensions regarding their limited powers. The responsibility for the board’s recommendations being rejected lies in the hands of Chief of Police Lawrence Revell. Recently, the chief of police rejected the reasonable CPRB recommendations on use of force with batons and on how to act when engaging with mentally ill persons.</p> <p>A concrete decision on the way to move forward was not offered at this meeting, as motions to send letters to the city commission were withdrawn, but the CPRB is starting to show intense growing pains. The ordinance that created the board has further constricted and defanged the board. While a concrete decision was not reached, this may be one of the most consequential CPRB meetings since its inception.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> People's Struggles Police Brutality Civilian Police Accountability Commission (CPAC) Tallahassee Community Action Committee (TCAC) Mon, 08 Aug 2022 02:37:59 +0000 Fight Back 9874 at UPS Teamsters kick off 2023 contract fight with national week of action <p>Chicago, IL - On August 1, Teamster locals across the country kicked off their 2023 contract campaign under the slogan, “UPS Teamsters United for a Strong Contract!” Members participated in rallies, parking lot meetings and t-shirt distributions throughout the week to show the company that Teamsters are ready to fight for a contract that includes part-time raises, an end to the two-tier 22.4 classification, an end to harassment, and safer working conditions. The current contract, which represents around 350,000 UPS workers, expires July 31, 2023.</p> <p>August 1 marks one year until the new contract and also coincides with the 25th anniversary of the successful 1997 UPS Teamsters strike, when 185,000 UPS workers struck the company for 16 days and won 10,000 new full-time jobs, 50% union-controlled pension increases, restrictions on subcontracting and the biggest wage increases ever at that time. The strike was the largest of the decade and was won by mass member participation and public support.</p> <p>The upcoming contract fight follows the historic change in leadership of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) after 24 years of concessions under General President James P. Hoffa, during which many of the gains of the 1997 were given back. In a landslide win of two to one, O’Brien-Zuckerman (OZ) Teamsters United slate defeated the Hoffa-backed Vairma-Herrera slate and took office in March promising a bright, fighting future for Teamsters.</p> <p>Consistent with that commitment, the Teamsters Package Division of the IBT carried out this week’s actions at UPS local unions, which is a positive step towards a member-led contract fight. The new IBT General President Sean O’Brien has threatened to strike in 2023 if necessary, which is a great contrast to the Hoffa administration’s consistent collaboration with the company and signing off on the 2018 UPS contract despite members having voted it down.</p> <p>“With our new leadership we're ready to show UPS that Teamsters are willing to fight for what we deserve and when we fight, we win,” said member Adam Gerardo from Teamster Local 512.</p> <p>The 2023 contract is being negotiated in the context of many Teamsters angry about years of being sold out by the IBT and brutal working conditions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Drivers have been experiencing almost three years of forced overtime throughout the pandemic despite the health risks for themselves and their families, and many have contracted and died from COVID. Part-timers in most states are paid minimum wage, and almost all workers never received hazard pay. Meanwhile, UPS has made record profits off of increased online deliveries from the pandemic.</p> <p>In the past few months, UPS has gotten backlash for refusing to install air conditioning in their trucks despite workers reporting temperatures up to 120 degrees inside. On July 6, 24-year-old Esteban Chavez Jr. died in his truck, likely from heatstroke, in southern California and on July 24, another UPS worker collapsed from heat in Arizona. These incidents have sparked outrage across the nation, especially because UPS has instead began installing cameras into the package trucks as a way to surveil workers.</p> <p>In response, Teamsters Local 804 took up a “Safety Not Surveillance!” campaign, demanding UPS remove the cameras, bargain any future technological changes, and commit to installing AC in every truck. Local 804 President and appointed Eastern Region Package Director Vincent Perrone wrote in a letter to members, “If they do not listen now, we will make them listen when we come to the table for contract negotiations in 2023. No more putting profit over people!”</p> <p>In addition to signs reading, “UPS spies on package drivers!” and “No cameras, no concessions!” members held signs outside their facilities throughout the week that said, “Pay up for part time!” “People over packages!” and “Make UPS deliver for working families!” all popular demands that unite workers around issues to be taken up during negotiations.</p> <p>Fernando Figueroa, a package car driver from Local 512, emphasized the importance of the 2023 contract fight, “Teamsters understand that we have been getting shafted for years by weak contracts negotiated by do-nothing officials whose primary concern was deciding which steakhouse to be wined and dined at by management. We chose the OZ slate by a greater than two to one margin because we knew that the way things were headed, there wouldn’t be a labor movement for our children to fight for.”</p> <p>Teamsters are united in the struggle against our employer. UPS want to bake us inside in a truck-shaped oven. They want to subject us to 12 hours of work daily for six days a week. They want to surveil us, every second of every day, while they sit in air conditioned offices with closed doors. They want to crush our union, to divide us: part-time vs. full-time, feeder vs. package, old timers vs. new hires. We will not let them.&nbsp;</p> <p>The battle lines are drawn. 25 years ago, we showed UPS we wouldn’t roll over. It’s about time for a reminder.</p> Teamsters Teamsters Mon, 08 Aug 2022 02:55:11 +0000 Fight Back 9875 at Red Theory: Marxism and the Law of Value <p>In our previous article we looked at what a commodity is and examined use-value and exchange-value. This discussion of value is a cornerstone of Marx’s critique of political economy. The value of any commodity is equal to the socially necessary labor time required to produce that commodity. This is the Law of Value, and it is essential to understand if we are to really grasp what is revolutionary about Marx’s critique of capitalism.</p> <p>In <em>Capital</em>, Marx writes, “That which determines the magnitude of the value of any article is ... the labor-time socially necessary for its production. Each individual commodity, in this connection, is to be considered as an average sample of its class. Commodities, therefore, in which equal quantities of labor are embodied, or which can be produced in the same time, have the same value. The value of one commodity is to the value of any other, as the labor-time necessary for the production of the one is to that necessary for the production of the other. ‘As values, all commodities are only definite masses of congealed labor-time.’”</p> <p>In other words, since exchange-value is based on quantitatively exchanging things that are qualitatively different, then we need some quantitative commonality between these qualitatively different things. That commonality is the socially necessary labor time required to produce them.</p> <p>But what do we mean by socially necessary labor time? Let’s break it down.</p> <p>First, labor time is the time required by labor to produce a commodity. But we have to talk about labor time in terms of “socially necessary” labor time, because production is socialized. In other words, there is a division of labor in society that has to be taken into account. While someone could produce a commodity from start to finish by themselves (as in the period of handicraft production), they will not be able to do so with the speed and efficiency that the capitalist division of labor creates. Instead, as the Soviet textbook Fundamentals of Marxism-Leninism says, “value is determined by the average amount of labor expended by society for the production of the given type of commodity.” In this way, because it is really an average, the socially necessary labor that determines exchange-value is abstract, unlike the concrete labor that determines use-value.</p> <p>But most exchange isn’t done in terms of direct exchange of one normal commodity for another. Nobody goes to the market and trades crates of hammers for their weekly groceries. We use a special commodity to make this exchange instead. This special commodity is money. Money stands in as a measure of the value of all other commodities and is the medium of commodity circulation. When we use money to express the value of a commodity, that value is its price.</p> <p>The Law of Value in capitalist society takes on three functions.</p> <p>First, it regulates the distribution of labor-power and the means of production within the society. The Law of Value causes the prices of commodities, based on supply and demand, to gravitate towards their value, even though the anarchy of production causes them to constantly fluctuate. If the market price exceeds the value of a commodity, production will increase, increasing with it the supply. Similarly, if the price is below the value of a commodity, production will decrease, decreasing the supply. Supply and demand can cause fluctuations in price around a commodity’s value.</p> <p>Second, it serves as a motivator for technical progress. Development of the productive forces makes production more efficient. If a capitalist is able to use the most advanced machinery and techniques available, they are better able to produce at a cost below the socially necessary amount. They can use machinery to reduce the amount of labor required for production below the socially necessary average, thereby increasing their profit. Meanwhile, those who cannot compete, those who cannot keep up, are driven under by the more powerful capitalists.</p> <p>Third, it develops the capitalist relations of production. This is precisely why they wrench up exploitation of labor to maximize their profits. Since there is an average social labor cost for producing any commodity, their ability to maximize profits is also dependent on how much they exploit their labor force. If a capitalist is able to have a commodity produced at a cost lower than this social average, then they’ll make an additional profit above the market price. If, on the contrary, they produce the commodity at a cost above this social average then they take a loss on the market price. And since the competition between capitalists themselves leads to the ruin of those smaller producers who cannot keep up, the means of production are further and further concentrated into the hands of fewer and fewer capitalists, as those few get richer and richer.</p> <p>This is the essence of the Law of Value. It is important to note here that when the bosses speed up production, rely more and more on automation and mechanization of production, and demand higher production quotas, they are able to have more commodities produced in less time, thereby extracting a greater profit. In our next articles we will look more closely at the forms that capital takes, and how capitalist exploitation takes place through production of surplus value.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Marxism-Leninism ML Theory political economy red theory Sun, 07 Aug 2022 23:00:56 +0000 Fight Back 9873 at New Yorkers stand in solidarity with activists raided by FBI <p>Brooklyn, NY – Around 20 organizers and community members gathered at noon on August 5 for a press conference, organized by The December 12th Movement, to denounce the FBI raids on African Socialist Party.</p> <p>The press conference included powerful speakers from December 12, Black is Back, Struggle La Lucha, the Panthers, and a few openly socialist elected officials.</p> <p>Collin Poirot, a member of the New York Community Action Project, spoke on behalf of the National Lawyers Guild. They said, “By targeting people who have built relationships with progressive forces in other countries, the U.S. government intends to intimidate those in the U.S. who would stand up and fight back against U.S. wars abroad and offer solidarity to resistance movements.”</p> <p>Poirot continued “The U.S. government intends to isolate the domestic struggle and prevent activists from developing a truly internationalist understanding of oppression and imperialism."</p> <p>The speeches all spoke of resolute solidarity with the raided activists and opposition to repression.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Committee to Stop FBI Repression Political Repression Sun, 07 Aug 2022 18:48:31 +0000 Fight Back 9872 at Coalition announces intent to march on the RNC in 2024 <p>Milwaukee, WI – Cameras and microphones of news outlets were out in force the afternoon of August 5 as members of organizations hosted a press conference outside City Hall in downtown Milwaukee to announce the formation of the Coalition to March on the RNC 2024. The press conference came only a few hours after the decision of the Republican National Committee became official following a vote at their summer meeting in Chicago.</p> <p>“Today we stand here, with our coalition partners, to make our intentions clear to the RNC and the city of Milwaukee: We will not let the Republicans and their reactionary ideas flourish in Milwaukee. We will not let them visit without resistance and without letting it be known that they are not welcome here, regardless of what our city officials say,” said Omar Flores of the Coalition to March on the RNC, the Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, and Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO).</p> <p>FRSO has a history of helping to lead coalition protests against the RNC, having done so in Minneapolis in 2008, Tampa in 2012 and Cleveland in 2016 (the in-person event in 2020 was canceled). They’ve also helped lead a protest against the Democratic National Convention when it was hosted in Milwaukee in 2020. The city of Milwaukee was less than accommodating over the course of organizing for the demonstration at the DNC. Organizers expect nothing less this time around with the RNC coming to town.</p> <p>“We will be applying for a permit to march on the RNC, but we’ll be marching whether we have a permit or not,” Flores said. “We only hope that the city cooperates.”</p> <p>“We are looking to unite all forces under the banner of our coalition who can be united with. As it was with our march on the DNC, we expect our event to take on a national character, with organizations from all around the U.S. joining us in our fight against the right,” Flores continued. “Folks from all walks of life that have a conscience, and want to fight against the Republican’s agenda, we invite you to join the mass march on the RNC in Milwaukee in 2024!”</p> <p>Any groups or organizations interested in endorsing the coalition and becoming an official partner to the project should send inquiries to <a href=""></a>. For more information about the coalition and what they’re up to, interested parties can follow their social media accounts on Facebook (@MarchOnTheRNC) and Instagram (@marchonrnc2024).</p> <p>Fight against the Republican agenda! Defend and expand democratic rights! Demand peace, justice and equality!</p> People's Struggles Coalition to March on the RNC Sat, 06 Aug 2022 19:39:34 +0000 Fight Back 9871 at