Defend the Leaders of Our Class
The Rev. Edward Pinkney, courageous and heroic fighter for the working class of Benton Harbor, Michigan was unjustly convicted on absolutely no evidence and sentenced to prison, possibly for as much as 10 years. He has now been transferred hundreds of miles from his base of support and away from his family, and his communication privileges have been curtailed.
This continued attack on the movement and its leaders in Benton Harbor – those fighting for justice against the corporations – is not an isolated case. What is happening in Benton Harbor, the Rust Belt in general, and across the country, is part of a larger process that is taking place in America today. The fascism we are facing, most evident in the cuts in social programs and the rise of a militarized police State, is the result of the changes that are taking place in the economy and the inability of the rulers to provide for the people. The purpose of their attacks is to prevent the workers from uniting around their common cause.
A powerful movement is arising to challenge the fascist attacks taking place around the country. This movement is striving for a new society, one where true democracy, equality and the welfare of all are the guiding principles. When we defend the leaders of our class, we defend that movement, that vision, and we take another step toward building the forces that will one day make that vision a reality.
To help with Rev. Pinkney’s legal defense, make donations at bhbanco.org.
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The age-old vision of a world without scarcity, without exploitation, class domination, organized violence, and stultifying labor has been the dream of millenia. The new completely socialized labor-eliminating means of production ... sets the basis for its realization. Now human history can begin, the light of the individual shining in the full brightness of liberated life, that can only be realized within true equality and cooperation: communism, a cooperative society.'Without Vision, the People Perish'
Rally, Comrades ! May/June 2011