The Revolution Club Is in Cleveland—Fighting the Power, and Transforming the People, for Revolution

July 9, 2016 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us

From Revolution Club members:

As Cleveland gears up for the Republican National Convention (RNC), the Revolution Club is hitting the ground, fighting the power, and transforming the people, for revolution. We are taking out the Message from the Central Committee of the RCP and popularizing the slogan “America Was Never Great! We Need to Overthrow this System!” We are aiming to bring forward, mobilize in the streets, and organize into the revolution the defiant ones, and everyone who wants to stand up against what Donald Trump represents. And we are bringing out the basic truth, which BA speaks to in his new audio clip where he is remarking on the current elections and the illegitimacy of this system: the fact that this fascist pig Donald Trump is a “legitimate” political candidate just shows the whole damn system is illegitimate. And that revolution—NOT getting behind the “lesser evil,” which is a logic that only leads to more evil—is the answer.

Cleveland, July 8

Cleveland, July 8. Photo: Special to revcom.us/Revolution

The RCP Central Committee Message is beginning to appear in different neighborhoods of Cleveland. But today, for the first time, the Revolution Club stepped out as a disciplined, organized force, in uniform, chanting and agitating, marching in formation through a housing project. Some of us were more experienced representing for the revolution in this way, and others were newer to it, so we spent the morning practicing in a park until it looked sharp! While there weren’t that many people outside, many people did respond when we called on them to come out of their homes to get connected with the Revolution Club, and we had serious and substantive discussion and struggle about the content of the Message with a number of them. Many responded to the raw outrage of the recent brutal police murders. A number of people talked about how there are no jobs and the daily hustle just to keep from going under. One woman spoke about her experience of abuse and rape. In all this, we struggled with people to really look at the SYSTEM that is at the root, to lift their sights to a world beyond just trying to survive or be a “big dog” in a dog-eat-dog world, and to follow the revolutionary leader BA and get with the Revolution Club now. We made some connections in these projects, but this is just the beginning! We are definitely planning on going back to that neighborhood and others throughout the city, building strength and organization which we’ll take into the protests at the RNC before the eyes of the world.

In line with, and as part of all this, we could not just let these pigs get away with the cold-blooded murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile for no other reason than being Black in Amerikkka. We took leadership from revcom.us and called for a protest at the Public Square in downtown Cleveland. About 35 people came out—Revolution Club members and supporters, several activists from different organizations, and a number of Black people of all ages. We had a short rally (which was covered by local TV news) and then marched through the busy outdoor cafes with hundreds of people watching, and then to the baseball stadium (right next to the Quicken Loans Arena where the RNC will be happening), where thousands of people were filing in to the game.

All this was part of announcing the presence of the Revolution Club on the scene here in Cleveland—fighting the power, and transforming the people, for revolution.

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