Response to Struggle-La Lucha’s John Parker

Free Saraqib by Bill Bragg

On Friday, December 21, we held an emergency demonstration outside the Turkish consulate in Los Angeles to protest against the Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar’s threats to commit war crimes against the Kurds, Assyrians, and Arabs within the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) during an invasion of Syria east of the Euphrates that has been announced by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The prospect of this new Turkish offensive has been been facilitated by Donald Trump’s sudden order on Wednesday, December 19, to withdraw all U.S. special forces from Syria within 100 days. As a result, SDF spokesperson Kino Gabriel has warned that “More than four million are exposed to the danger of massive displacement, escaping from possible genocide.” Meanwhile, while Erdoğan has reportedly postponed the offensive to coordinate with U.S. withdrawal, his military still has been making preparations for the invasion.

Shortly after our action ended, John Parker, a writer for the new Struggle-La Lucha online periodical who was not present at the action, wrote this about our demonstration over the Action LA listserv:

“This is actually reactionary and encourages the U.S. war against Syria. Iran and Syria are primary targets of U.S. imperialism.”

Please allow us to respond publicly to this problematic framing of our demonstration.

We invite Parker, our comrades, and our readers to review the content of our coverage of the Syria withdrawal, with particular emphasis on the slogans from our action, which can be found here. Readers will find that these are not remotely reactionary, but rather internationalist and based in humanism. They follow our choice to support Syrian workers and peasants of all ethnicities in their struggles against Bashar al-Assad’s bourgeois-terror regime and his authoritarian backers, Russia and Iran.

As to Parker’s assumptions that Assad is a primary target of U.S. imperialism, and that there is a “U.S. war against Syria,” we would direct comrades to Saturday’s news:

“United States special representative for Syria James Jeffrey confirmed that the Trump administration is not seeking to oust dictator Bashar al-Assad….”

Solidarity with Popular Struggles in Iran

Regarding the charge that we serve U.S. imperialist interests vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic of Iran: we deny this accusation as well. We have covered the popular uprisings in Iran from late 2017 to early 2018 in multiple fora; held multiple actions against U.S. war threats against Iran; cosponsored one public event critical of both Trump’s militarism and the regime, as well as a panel in solidarity with Middle Eastern—including Iranian—political prisoners; and just recently signed onto an open letter published on Oakland Socialist that criticizes CodePink’s planned visit to Iran for appearing too uncritical of the regime’s propaganda.

We wish to emphasize here that, although we are highly critical of the Islamic Republic and openly proclaim our solidarity with Iranian workers, women, prisoners, and ethnic, religious, and gender/sexual minorities—this does not mean we favor imperialist war-mongering against Iran, whether this comes from the U.S., Israel, Saudi Arabia, or other reactionary Gulf kingdoms.

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Reportback from 3/28 Sidewalk Rally to Protest Racist Assassination of Socialist Feminist Marielle Franco

Two weeks to the day after her brazen assassination, members and friends of the Coalition for Peace, Revolution, and Social Justice gathered near the Brazilian Consulate in Los Angeles to protest the murder of socialist activist and councilwoman Marielle Franco, apparently by government agents in Rio de Janeiro.

Our slogans emphasized Marielle’s legacy as as a fighter for Black people, women, LGBTQIA folks, and poor and working-class communities in Brazil, accountability for her killers, and an end to police murder and fascism in Brazil and the US, among other issues. We handed out scores of fliers to pedestrians and drivers, and received a largely positive response from the public, especially from bus drivers and other working-class people.

The CPRSJ will continue to stand with and for all the Marielle Francos of the world, and in solidarity with the democratic struggles of all oppressed people. If you share this goal, get in touch with us.

Marielle presente!

Year 2 of Trump: L.A. Rise Up! Friday, January 26, 2018

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Courtesy Roger Peet, Justseeds

Year 2 of Trump: L.A. Rise Up!

Call for Demonstration and Banner Drop by the Coalition for Peace, Revolution, and Social Justice (CPRSJ)

Friday, January 26, 6PM, Wilshire overpass over I-110, downtown Los Angeles (2 blocks west of Wilshire and Figueroa)

No War! No Trump!

Defend the J20! Drop the Charges!

Defend Mother Earth: End Capitalism!

#FreeAhed! Free Palestine! Stop Yemen War!

Stop LAPD + ICE!

This demonstration will mark one year of the Trump Regime, focusing on rising up against it and the stagnant, moribund U.S. capitalist system of which it is the latest manifestation. We will defend the J20 demonstrators, who stood up against Trump’s inauguration a year ago and who are facing decades in prison. We will defend our environment, wracked by fire stemming from climate change stemming from unbridled capital accumulation. We will defend our communities against new and old forms of police surveillance and repression. We will defend the rights of women, people of color, the LGBTQIA community, and the working people as a whole in the face of a tax “reform” that enriches plutocrats and impoverishes the working class. We will oppose Trump’s war threats against North Korea and Iran and his moves against Palestine, while refusing to defend regimes that, while adversaries of the U.S., nonetheless repress their own people. We will advocate rising up against the whole system represented by Trump. We will rally in the spirit of the old IWW slogan, as powerful today as when it was coined a century ago: “Don’t Mourn! Organize!”

Sponsors of the CPRSJ:

Black Rose/Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation-Los Angeles

Campus Marxist-Humanists, UCSB

International Marxist-Humanist Organization, West Coast Chapter

Socialist Party, Los Angeles Local

Members of Solidarity: A Socialist, Feminist, Anti-Racist Organization, Los Angeles Branch

Co-sponsors of this event (list in formation):

CodePink

Health Care for All – Los Angeles

Stop LAPD Spying Coalition

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/CPRSJ/

https://cprsj.wordpress.com/

https://www.twitter.com/PaxRevSocJust

cprsj@protonmail.com