It’s Time To Bring Our Movement Together
The call to impeach the Trump/Pence regime must echo even louder now considering Donald Trump’s Insulting remarks to Black Athletes that exercises their constitutional right to Free Speech. Trumps remarks about Kicking that “son of a bitch” off the field, further deepens solidarity among other athletes, coaches and fans. It has forced some owners of NFL football teams to publicly disagree with Trump, issuing press releases stating that the athletes have the right to express themselves. As a consequence mass consciousness is growing around the incompetency of this president and his ideas that devalues the humanity of Black, Brown, and working people. We must also use this moment to be clear about the reason that Colin Kaepernick took a Knee in the first place. The kneeling was a symbolic gesture to protest racism, white supremacy, and the continuous dehumanization it has on Black, Brown, and working people’s lives.
More than ever it is time for Unity. We see the conditions getting worse for Black, Brown and working people. The recent hurricanes that ripped through Houston, Texas, and the Caribbean Islands have left tens of thousands of people’s lives shattered, and billions of dollars in damages.
It is important that we connect this protest by athletes with other battlefronts of Black youth, women, and workers with the call for the impeachment of the Trump/Pence regime. Impeachment won’t be the end all, but will serve as a process of calling for structural changes in this society that moves towards creating real democracy and equity for Black, Brown, and working people. This is a period for activist to connect our Action with Cadre development in order to move closer to a revolutionary and transformative stage. We encourage you to read and discuss the 3 Waves of Struggle discussion paper, and the Freedom Manifesto. We also ask that you and your organizations endorse the call to organize a National Black Liberation Assembly.
More than ever it is time for Unity. We see the conditions getting worse for Black, Brown and working people. The recent hurricanes that ripped through Houston, Texas, and the Caribbean Islands have left tens of thousands of people’s lives shattered, and billions of dollars in damages. We are in the same place we found ourselves in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina hit. This time we have a president who is unabashedly fanning the flames of incivility, racism, violence, and nuclear war. The same president who said before a law enforcement audience in New York, ‘don’t be too nice’ to prisoners.
Our answer must be the rebuilding of the Black Liberation Movement. We must realign our fragmented movement despite what differences we have between us. Those differences are secondary compared to what differences we have with a system that allows the police to murder us, pay us wages that we are unable to live off of, send working people to schools that mis-educate us, deny us health care that can save us, and, create housing markets that we can’t afford to live in. We need a Black Liberation Movement lead by the very working people who are stepped on by this capitalist system. We need each and every one of us to get involved and help build a National Black Liberation Assembly.