In Germany they first came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me —
and by that time no one was left to speak up.
German anti-Nazi activist, Pastor Martin Niemöller
Richard Gibson of the Rouge Forum (rougeforum.org )sent this to me today. The criminalization of dissent is not just limited to this event (which you can see on YouTube below), but is also crystallizing in Los Angeles where activists were recently arrested for protesting against the unlawful killing of a Guatemalan man by the police. There, the District Attorney of LA is coughing up multiple allegations and criminal causes of action against peaceful protestors.
We can be certain that as the economic, oil , war and climate urgencies of our times painfully edges forward, this activity will continue.
As you know, the FBI raided homes in Chicago and Minneapolis. So far,
most of the press ignored the Chicago raids.
Below is a video produced by Labor Beat from a Chicago press
conference about the raids.”Joe” is also a shop steward at the
University of Illinois, Chicago.
Do we all share the views of those targeted? Perhaps not. Little
matter. In the past, the FBI has not been so smart that they could
distinguish a liberal from from a pacifist from a Trotskyist from a
Maoist, etc. This really has to be taken as an attack on all people
who largely oppose the current war agenda.
People are organizing demonstrations in opposition to these raids.
Some will be at FBI offices. Lots of actions will be tomorrow,
Monday. Why be left off the many lists the FBI compiles?
Check with your local colleagues to see who’s doing what, but a
response is surely warranted.
The substance of the response should include a pedagogical message.
This is capitalism and imperialism in organized, yet rapid, decay.
We, the many, do not have to tolerate the repression of the few. We can form a caring yet militant resistance movement.