Grand Jury Decisions in Deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner Expose Reality of Capitalism
BY MARTIN SAYLES and ROBIN WAKIPAJAN | DECEMBER 8, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y., December 7 — As we go to press, mass protests continue across the country in response to grand jury decisions that have cleared the police officers responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City.
On Nov. 24, a St. Louis County grand jury returned a “no true bill” (a legal term for no charges) against Darren Wilson, the Ferguson cop who shot and killed Brown while he stood with his hands in the air. Nine days later, on Dec. 3, a Staten Island grand jury handed down its own “no true bill” in the case of NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, who applied a chokehold on Garner, provoking a heart attack.
“A System Cannot Fail Those Who It Was Never Designed to Protect.” — W.E.B. Dubois
BY THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE | NOVEMBER 25, 2014
The outcome of the so-called grand jury in the case of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, the killer of 18-year-old Mike Brown, should not have come as a surprise to anyone. It certainly wasn’t a surprise to those living in Ferguson, who already knew that the fix was in.
From the beginning, it was clear that none of the local or state officials, from Governor Jay Nixon to County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch to Mayor James Knowles and Chief Thomas Jackson, wanted to see Wilson face a trial in the August 9 shooting. They would have preferred to see those residents who were angry over Brown’s death quietly and forcefully swept off the streets. Indeed, that was the original plan — to drive the African American community off the streets and back into their homes through the use of their armed enforcers of “law and order.”
BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD | SEPTEMBER 1, 2014
Ever since the forces of Da’esh (aka ISIS/ISIL/IS) seized control of Mosul and other northern Iraqi cities, those opposing the so-called “Islamic State” have sought to organize themselves and take up arms to defend their homes and villages from the Islamist onslaught. Now, some of these ad hoc groups have begun to work together.
In late August, the Popular Resistance Forces were established in Kirkuk as a new self-defense organization. Unlike most of the other existing militia that have emerged as Da’esh has swept across Iraq and Syria, including the phony “Red Army” of the “official” Communist Party, the PRF is a multi-ethnic and non-sectarian military organization, welcoming Kurds and Arabs, Sunni and Shi’a, Jews, Christians and Yazidi, and men and women, into their fighting ranks. Both the Worker-Communist Party of Iraq and Worker-Communist Party of Kurdistan have welcomed the initiative taken by the working-class organizers of the Popular Resistance Forces to join the growing fight.