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.
The events in the city of Ferguson, Missouri, just north of St. Louis, have become a watershed event in modern American politics and social relations. The cold-blooded murder of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on August 9 provoked not only massive outrage across the country, but also provided an object lesson in how the exploiting and oppressing classes choose to respond to people’s natural revulsion at the utter barbarity of capitalism in its period of decay and disintegration.
Justice Now for Michael Brown! Organize, Unite and Fight Police-State Terrorism!
For Armed Workers’ Self-Defense to Protect Ourselves, Our Families and Our Homes!
The cold-blooded murder of Michael Brown by the Ferguson, Mo., cops has once again showed the world the true face of racist American capitalism. The Workers Party in America expresses our sincerest condolences to the family of Michael and joins with those condemning this barbaric act against an unarmed young man whose only crime in this society was walking through his neighborhood while being Black and working class.
Let us be clear: This execution — this state-sponsored lynching — of Michael Brown is the latest act of racist police terrorism, and no one should turn away from or deny that fact. Every 28 hours in the U.S., racist cops and vigilantes (like George Zimmerman) shoot and kill an African American — usually a young, male and innocent one. This fact alone exposes the lie of such violence being an “exception,” a “mistake” committed by “rotten apples.” Continue reading