“We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.”
link to: Sweet honey in the rock - “Ella’s Song”
I’m trying to get back in the rhythm of treatments, preparing for medical travel to expert care. I appreciate individuals who have asked about my health. I’ll write about my health, soon as I’m able.
I know there is legal news breaking in the courtroom where CeCe McDonald is on trial for surviving a violently white supremacist, transphobic attack last June. I thank committee activists for contacting me.
I don’t speak for CeCe McDonald or her defense committee—I support them.
It’s not appropriate for me to address courtroom issues. I don’t interpret or defend capitalist laws. I struggle for revolutionary justice and I’m willing to break laws.
There’s one relationship of forces inside the courtroom; there’s another on the streets. As long as CeCe is behind bars, the demand remains: “Free CeCe!”
From Sanford to Tulsa to Minneapolis—police departments and media, courts and prisons are protecting armed fascists who killed—or tried to kill—Black people. The media questions: Were the Black victims or survivors truly “innocent”?
My support for CeCe McDonald’s struggle to free herself is not based on whether this racist, anti-immigrant, transphobic, sexist, anti-LGBTQ/+, youth-bashing injustice system finds her “innocent” or “guilty.”
The struggle for justice is what I’m fighting for.
I appreciate the bridge of support that older generations of LGBT/+-self-identified people have extended in videos and blogs that advise youth “It gets better.” One of my own grandchildren shared one of the video songs with me because it meant so much to hir, and moved hir so deeply.
But the term “bully” doesn’t reveal the sharp rise in white supremacist, immigrant-bashing, anti-LGBTQ/+, sexist, neo-fascist and militia propaganda and organizing within the U.S. during this period of protracted economic crisis and joblessness.
It’s not getting better for CeCe McDonald, who is 23 years old, or her friends.
Police occupy nationally oppressed communities as a force of brutal racist violence. Youth and adults of color are subjected to racist profiling, “stop and frisk” and apartheid passbook laws. ICE raids illegally detain immigrant workers, tear families apart, using mass detention and deportation.
Youth—predominantly youth of color—are channeled into the school-to-prison pipeline into racist mass incarceration in concentration camps for the nationally oppressed and impoverished. Youth work along older generations in the Prison-Industrial-Complex, often in privately-owned prisons run for profits.
The CIA and military development of sexual, gender and sex humiliation, rape and other forms of violence is part of a science of torture that is used in prisons from Pelican Bay to Attica, from Abu Ghraib to Guantanamo .
There’s no jobs for youth, particularly youth of color. But the military is always “hiring.”
The U.S. is waging criminal warfare against Cuba by enforcing an economic blockade—an illegal act of war. CIA-Pentagon occupations, overt warfare, covert warfare, drone waves and wars by proxy in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa, under a banner of Islamophobia.
U.S. State Department and its Big Lie media, like to sometimes hoist a “rainbow flag” to cover
The U.S., Britain and other imperialist powers, who wrote and enforced biblical anti-“sodomy” laws around the world now like to hoist a rainbow flag as part of propaganda spin to prepare the population for wars-for-profit in the Middle East and Central Asia, Asia and Africa.
These racist, imperialist wars profit the 1%.
The continued imprisonment of CeCe McDonald, and so many youth—and many generations—of color is a form of domestic colonization. The police may be recruited from the working class, as are many white supremacists. But their violently racist actions only benefit the ruling class of the ruling nation.
My support for CeCe McDonald’s efforts to free herself has just begun. And I’ll help in efforts to organize opportunities for others in the U.S. and around the world to express and demonstrate solidarity.
At the heart of CeCe McDonald’s struggle to break the shackles of the prison-industrial complex is the right of self-defense against oppressions. That was the right that ignited the Compton Rebellion and the Stonewall Uprising.
As the season of Pride events in the U.S. and around the world gears up for mass mobilizations, protest/resistance art may appear on urban walls and trains, pressing the demand—in many languages—to “Free CeCe!”
If you you see that demand where you live, please make a photo and please include me in the tag!
In fact, I’m making myself a note that when I post the digital dedication to CeCe McDonald in Stone Butch Blues, I will set up the dedication photograph so that it is interactive. That means you’ll be able to tag the photo with your name, or the name of your group, in solidarity.
When does it get better? What makes it get better?
Frederick Douglass summed it up best:
“The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions, yet made to her august claims, have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all-absorbing, and for the time being putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
“Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
Anti-racists, progressives, revolutionaries:
Stand y/our ground!
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