Sign the Petition: Justice for Keenen and Anthony, killed by racist vigilante in Long Island

 

On September 16-17, the People's Congress of Resistance held its inaugural convening and one of the resolutions passed called for "justice for the families of Keenen King and Anthony Holmes-Garriques, to have the Bouchard brothers convicted to the fullest extent of the law," and to expose injustice against communities of color in  Suffolk County, Long Island. 

Background: On June 22, vigilante Christopher Bouchard, who is white, was arrested and only charged with reckless endangerment for mowing down 19-year-old Keenan King and 20-year-old Anthony Holmes-Garriques.

Bouchard claims he believed Keenen and Anthony were driving his stolen bikes and pursued the two despite calling the police first to report them. Witnesses reported seeing Bouchard driving at least 100 mph into oncoming traffic to have a full-on collision with the two young men, killing King on the spot and injuring Holmes-Garriques, who died in the hospital. Witnesses also reported Bouchard and his brother, after killing King, attempted to load the bikes into their pickup truck and speed off.

If Bouchard is only given a slap on the wrist, it will be just another instance of the justice system saying that Black lives do not matter. 
The families of the victims and their supporters are demanding that the charges be increased to murder and that Bouchard’s brother be indicted as an accomplice.

Take action to demand justice

In that spirit, the organizers of the Justice for Keenan and Anthony Coalition have asked for support from across the country, and have asked the People's Congress of Resistance movement to continue to support their efforts. The District Attorney's office has convened a Grand Jury to indict Christopher Bouchard, but has not even informed the family of the new charges. Now more than ever we need to call the DA's office and continue to mobilize the community to hold the DA accountable to his promise to the family to increase the charges. Call the DA's office to demand justice at 631-853-6488.

Please support the families of Keenan and Anthony by signing and sharing this petition. It will be delivered tomorrow evening, Oct. 21, to the Suffolk County DA's office. 

The People's Congress of Resistance will continue to demand justice for Keenen and Anthony and all those who have lost their loved ones to racist police violence. 
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Videos: Opening Speeches of the People's Congress of Resistance

Dominic Moulden of ONE DC speaks on the need to lift up grassroots organizing as a nascent form of people's power, comparing the People's Congress of Resistance to the U.S. Congress of Millionaires.


 

Karina Garcia of the Justice Center en El Barrio speaks on the "Society for the Many" Manifesto of the People's Congress of Resistance as a strategically vital document to bring together radical organizers whose struggle are often isolated and atomized.


 

Brian Becker of ANSWER and the PSL speaks about the significance of the People's Congress of Resistance as a tactic aimed at sharpening class consciousness, spreading revolutionary politics among "blue" and "red" states alike, and to overcome the cycle of social movements being co-opted by the ruling class.

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A Congress of Action: Puerto Rico relief, anti-war protests and more

 

At our inaugural event, the People's Congress of Resistance endorsed the call to action from the United National Antiwar Coalition for nationwide demonstrations to demand an end to the U.S. war on Afghanistan on its 16th anniversary.

Another major theme of the inaugural event of the People's Congress of Resistance was to oppose a new Korean War. A resolution passed on Sept. 16 read, "The People’s Congress of Resistance calls for the withdrawal of U.S. troops and bases from Korea, an end to the provocative annual U.S./South Korea war maneuvers, the removal of the THAAD missile system, and the signing of a peace treaty between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea." This resolution was introduced by the chair, following the statement of Jang Jingsook of the New People's Party in South Korea. 

Lots of anti-war activities are happening this weekend and we encourages people to attend any events in their area.

Upcoming anti-war activities and other events:

Reports and livestreams
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Puerto Rico relief
: People's Congress of Resistance organizers from New York to Florida to California have been organizing relief for the Puerto Rican people in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

The Trump administration has added insult to injury with blatant disrespect of the Puerto Rican people, and by bringing up the illegal Wall Street-controlled debt that has been foisted on the island. On October 3, when Trump arrived to the island, Puerto Ricans there and in the diaspora held emergency protests to demand: Massive Hurricane Relief; End the Jones Act vis-a-vis Puerto Rico; and Cancel Puerto Rico’s Debt to the Banks. The People's Congress of Resistance proudly joined in this protests. See photos from around the country and the livestream from New York City here.

group-shot.jpgConfronting the opioid epidemic: People's Congress of Resistance organizers also held a People's Vigil on Oct. 1 in Riverhead, N.Y. to bring together families affected by the opioid epidemic that is ravaging so many communities nationwide. At the vigil, survivors and the relatives of those who have died spoke about the need for the government to treat the epidemic like the public health emergency that it is, and condemned the pharmaceutical companies that have profited from so much suffering.

Justice for Kennen and Anthony: The People's Congress of Resistance provided courthouse support to the families of two young men killed by a racist vigilante in Suffolk County, who ran them over with his van. The families are demanding higher charges than the mere "reckless endangerment" charges he now faces, and are calling on people to let the District Attorney know that he must take action.


Host a meeting


Ten cities have already held report meetings from the inaugural event of the People's Congress of Resistance. If you're interested in organizing an event in your local area, just fill out this form. We can share with you materials and resources to host your meeting, which could be a full 1-2 hour report meeting or a 15-minute presentation to give at your student group, faith-based organization or union chapter meetings. In other areas, activists are meeting to study and discuss in greater depth the People's Congress of Resistance manifesto. Fill out the form here.

Photos and video report from the inaugural event!

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Protests: No New Korean War!

A major theme of the inaugural event of the People's Congress of Resistance was to oppose a new Korean War. A resolution passed on Sept. 16 read, "The People’s Congress of Resistance calls for the withdrawal of U.S. troops and bases from Korea, an end to the provocative annual U.S./South Korea war maneuvers, the removal of the THAAD missile system, and the signing of a peace treaty between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea." This resolution was introduced by the chair, following the statement of Jang Jingsook of the New People's Party in South Korea. 

President Trump has threatened the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” – a new, nuclear war aimed at annihilating the DPRK. 

Below please find information about recent and upcoming actions demanding No New Korean War!

Upcoming Events

Rally: No New Korean War!
Friday, October 6
6:30 p.m.

Robert T. Matsui Federal Court House (501 I St.)

RSVP on Facebook

As part of an international week of action in solidarity with the people of South Korea struggling against the expansion of U.S. military bases, we will gather at the Federal courthouse to rally and show our support for peace.

We must say NO to a devastating new war in Korea and NO to the ongoing American militarization and occupation of the Korean peninsula.

Rally: No War in Korea! Bring the Troops Home!
Saturday, October 7
12:00 Noon
Meet at Wilshire and Western

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Our Demands:
-Bring U.S. troops home! U.S. out of Korea!
-Peace treaty to end the Korean War now!
-Korean Reunificaiton now!

Endorsers include:
-Support Committee for Korean Prisoners of Conscience
-Korean American National Coordinating Council (KANCC)
-People's Congress of Resistance
-Pro-People Youth (KMB)
-Anakbayan USA
-National Lawyers Guild
-Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition
-ANSWER Coalition
-Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL)
-International League of People's Struggle

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National Protests on the 16th Anniversary of the Afghanistan War

At its inaugural event on Sept. 17, the People's Congress of Resistance endorsed the call to action from the United National Antiwar Coalition  to organize nationwide demonstrations to demand an end to the U.S. war on Afghanistan on its 16th anniversary, and encourages people to attend any events in their area.

Click here for a list of demonstrations

October 6, 2017, marks the 16th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan – the longest foreign war in U.S. history.

The Afghan war, which has been a thoroughly bipartisan effort, was originally railed against by Donald Trump when he was running for president. He claimed to be against U.S. troop involvement in Afghanistan. Now he is moving forward with a “secret” plan of escalation that will also include Pakistan. He says the secrecy is to keep the “enemy” from knowing his plans, but it also keeps the U.S. people from knowing what he is doing in our name and from judging the human costs for the people of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States

What we do know is that military escalation has repeatedly failed to bring peace in Afghanistan. It has caused more destruction and more deaths of civilians and soldiers alike and has cost trillions of dollars that could be spent on meeting basic needs here at home while repairing the destruction we have carried out abroad.

Trump also emboldens the war machine here in the US against Black and Brown people and immigrants by fanning white supremacy and xenophobia and continuing the militarization of the police and ICE to incite racially-motivated violence and justify repression, including mass incarceration and mass deportations. US wars of aggression and militarism abroad go hand-in-hand with increased state repression and militarization of the police state here at home.

Trump’s new escalation comes at a time when there is no end in sight to the continuous wars, including drone and mercenary warfare, throughout the region and when he is threatening military action against Venezuela, North Korea, Russia, Iran and other countries.

Therefore, we the undersigned antiwar leaders in the U.S. are calling for non-violent protests in cities across the country during the week of the 16th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. We appeal to all antiwar organizations in the United States and around the world to join us.

  • John Amidon, Kateri Peace Conference, VFP
  • Jessica Antonio, BAYAN USA
  • Bahman Azad & Alfred Marder, US Peace Council
  • Ajamu Baraka, Black Alliance for Peace
  • Medea Benjamin, Code Pink
  • Toby Blome, Code Pink, Bay Area
  • Brian Becker, ANSWER Coalition
  • Reece Chanault, US Labor Against the War
  • Bernadette Ellorin – International League for People’s Struggle
  • Sara Flounders, International Action Center
  • Bruce Gagnon, Global Network Against Nuclear Power & Weapons in Space
  • Larry Hamm, People’s Organization for Progress
  • Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence
  • Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report
  • Ed Kinane, Upstate Drone Action
  • Matthew Hoh – Veterans for Peace
  • Joe Lombardo & Marilyn Levin, United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
  • Judith Bello, Upstate Drone Action
  • Jeff Mackler, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
  • Maggie Martin, About Face: Veterans Against the War (formerly IVAW)
  • Ray McGovern, Former CIA Analyst and Presidential Advisor
  • Michael McPhearson, Veterans For Peace
  • Nick Mottern, Knowdrones.com
  • Malik Mujahid, Muslim Peace Coalition
  • Elsa Rassbach, Code Pink & UNAC, Germany
  • Bob Smith, Brandywine Peace Community
  • David Swanson, World Beyond War
  • Debra Sweet, World Can’t Wait
  • Ann Wright, Code Pink & Veterans For Peace
  • Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance
  • Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance

(organizations are listed for identification purposes only)

Click here for a list of demonstrations

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Host a People's Congress of Resistance report meeting or study group!

If you haven't yet read the initial report from the electrifying People's Congress of Resistance, please take a minute to check it out and share it. More photos, articles, and videos are starting to come out and we'll share them as they're produced. Many areas have already hit the ground running with initial report meetings taking place in Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, D.C., Albuquerque, New Haven, New York City, Seattle, Pittsburgh, and Dallas. 

If you're interested in organizing an event in your local area, just fill out the form at the bottom of this page. You can help build this movement even if you couldn't make it the inaugural event in D.C. 

We have created resources and materials to make that as easy as possible and will promote your event to others in your area. You can organize

  1. A 1-2 hour report meeting to re-engage those who attended from your area, and to reach out to those who were interested but perhaps not able to make it. (Here's a guide for organizing such a report meeting, including chair's notes, facilitation tips, and links to videos and photos to show.)

  2. A 15-minute presentations to give at student groups, faith-based organizations and union chapter meetings. (Here's a slideshow and a basic report you can use.)

  3. A study and discussion group to go over in greater depth the People's Congress of Resistance manifesto. (Here's a facilitator's guide for leading such a session on the Manifesto.)

Fill out the form below if you're interested!

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Protests to demand immediate and full recovery aid to Puerto Rico

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On Sept. 17, the People's Congress of Resistance resolved to support the movement for the de-colonization of Puerto Rico. Shortly afterwards, the massive Hurricane Maria struck the island with devastating effect. The resulting crisis has unmasked the colonial dynamic between the United States and Puerto Rico, as the government has dragged its feet to deliver the necessary aid, and Puerto Rico has been unable to accept direct aid from friendly countries. Led by Puerto Ricans in the diaspora, the people of this country have been donating generously and conducting grassroots relief — including People's Congress of Resistance organizers in New York and Florida — but major logistical hurdles continue to obstruct delivery.

Trump has added insult to injury with blatant disrespect of the Puerto Rican people, and by bringing up the illegal Wall Street-controlled debt that has been foisted on the island. On October 3, when Trump arrived to the island, Puerto Ricans there and in the diaspora protested to demand:

• Massive Hurricane Relief NOW
• End the Jones Act vis-a-vis Puerto Rico
• Cancel Puerto Rico’s Debt to the Banks

The People's Congress of Resistance proudly joined in this protests on Oct. 3 in New York City, Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Francisco.

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New York City. Watch the livestream with interviews here

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San Francisco

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Los Angeles

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Long Beach

There is another action on Friday, Oct. 6 at 4:30pm in Palmdale, Calif. at North East Corner of 10th Street West and Rancho Vista Blvd.

Use the form below to list your event!

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Inaugural People’s Congress of Resistance draws together grassroots leaders unified by a revolutionary vision

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On Sept. 16-17, the People’s Congress of Resistance movement was inaugurated with a mass convening of grassroots organizers and frontline resistors at Howard University. All told, 727 delegates from 38 states and 160 towns and cities came to Washington, D.C., to discuss the People’s Congress of Resistance manifesto “Society for the Many: A Vision for Revolution,” to share organizing experiences to take back home, to express solidarity with each other and to resolve on common projects and actions for the future.

The People’s Congress was opened by housing organizer Yasmina Mrabet of ONE DC and Los Angeles teacher Peta Lindsay, a former Howard University student leader, who welcomed the attendees. Lindsay explained that the school itself derived from the Black community’s struggle for education in the Reconstruction period, and generation after generation, 150 years later, has continued to produce freedom fighters. Two high school student organizers from California, one a DACA recipient, announced that they were unbowed by the Trump administration, and had come to Washington to deepen their commitment to the movement and make links with activists nationwide.

Watch the opening salute to the guests here:

The People’s Congress of Resistance opened with brief remarks from some of the conveners who identified strategic objectives for the weekend, including Jodi Dean, Jared Ball, Margaret Flowers, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Mahdi Bray, Eugene Puryear, Neal Sweeney, Gloria La Riva and Juan Jose Gutierrez, as did immigrant rights leaders Linda Oalican from New York City and Lucy Felix from the Rio Grande Valley region.

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Photo: Vincent Tsai

In the following keynote plenary Dominic Moulden of ONE DC showed the stark contrast between the People’s Congress of Resistance and the D.C. Council and U.S. Congress, which include no poor and working people. Karina Garcia of the Justice Center en El Barrio explained the special role of the Manifesto as a unifying document across the social movements. Brian Becker, National Director of the ANSWER Coalition, outlined how the Democratic Party is able to co-opt and redirect every progressive movement from below unless it articulates a clear revolutionary vision, an unambiguous definition of political, social and economic revolution.

The People’s Congress then split into workshops on “resistance tactics” — the development of a new media hub, collective defense of immigrant communities, the building of radical community centers as movement infrastructure, various techniques of mutual aid, as well as a workshop on how to integrate revolutionary politics into grassroots community organizing. Specialized discussions on mass incarceration and the political prisoners still behind bars took place, as did a session on rural and small-town organizing.

The afternoon and evening sessions “Solidarity at Home and Abroad” brought the crowd to their feet repeatedly, as leaders from the women’s rights, LGBTQ, immigrant, and Black and Brown freedom movements spoke forcefully on the need for steadfast resistance that can persevere and grow over the long term. After the family members of police brutality victims took the stage to share their stories, having come together from cities nationwide, the hall passed its first resolution to give them — and other families nationwide — complete support in their campaigns for justice.

The Congress also heard from special guest Jang Jinsook, the Director of Policy and Planning for the New People's Party in South Korea, a new progressive party currently in formation that aims to complete the “candlelight revolution” of last year that deposed the former president. Jinsook appealed for solidarity for the Korean people’s efforts to peacefully reunify the country and called on people in the United States to help stop Trump’s militaristic threats against the North.

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Photo: Vincent Tsai

Carlos Ron, the top Venezuelan diplomat to the United States, thanked the Congress for its solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and expressed that “this is the first time I felt hope in Washington.”

Sunday’s workshops delved deeper into the tactics and strategic perspectives of the single-payer health care, debt resistance and anti-gentrification movements, while another focused on how individuals and groups could effectively teach and discuss the People’s Congress Manifesto when they returned home. Another workshop led with the history of U.S.-Korea relations as a primer for those interested in organizing “No New Korean War” actions in the weeks ahead. (Just two days later, Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea while speaking at the United Nations.)

In the final session of the two-day event, the Congress heard action-oriented resolutions from the floor. These included resolutions to end the war on Black America; for the independence of Puerto Rico and in support of a Sept. 19 rally at the UN; against the coup government in Brazil; and to free the political prisoners, including Leonard Peltier, Ana Belen Montes, Mutulu Shakur and others.

Other resolutions expressed solidarity with ongoing campaigns to help Filipino domestic workers break free from labor trafficking; for justice for Keenan King and Anthony Holmes-Garriques, killed by a racist vigilante in Long Island; for George Washington University's divestment from companies that profit off of Israeli occupation; for the divestment of cities, churches and pension funds and from the war machine; against the displacement of Brookland Manor residents in Washington, D.C.; against racist rezoning proposals in New York City; endorsing the upcoming "War and the Environment" conference; supporting the anti-war actions to protest 16 years of war on Afghanistan; against the blockade of Cuba and in support of grassroots hurricane relief to Cuba; and in unity with the ongoing Week of Action in solidarity with the Philippines against martial law.

Grassroots activists also received support for resolutions in support of those campaigning in Washington State for Safe Consumption Spaces to deal with the opioid epidemic; for the Native people fighting the nuclear waste storage project in Yucca Mountain in Nevada; for the Rochester community groups fighting for a police review board with genuine subpoena, hiring and firing powers; and for the Massachusetts organizers struggling to secure clean water at Norfolk Prison.

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Photo: Matthew Phipps

All actions endorsed by the People’s Congress of Resistance will be amplified, supported and aired by its national social media platforms, and activists in different cities are encouraged to hold simultaneous solidarity events to strengthen the bonds of this growing network.

The People’s Congress of Resistance convening organizations committed to 1) a mass popular education campaign to spread the Manifesto; 2) developing a People’s Congress of Resistance media hub drawing on the exciting and dynamic media-making already underway; 3) holding report meetings from the inaugural event that could be the launching pad for continued local and regional events; 4) a process for other groups to be added to the Conveners Committee; and 5) the publication of the resolutions, photos and videos of the inaugural event.

Afterwards, attendees marched in powerful and militant display of unity to the White House under the slogan “Stand against imperialism — Down with the warfare state!” Focusing on the connection of the wars abroad with the “war at home,” speakers especially declared opposition to a new destructive war against Korea, and any new regime change efforts against Venezuela.

Working-class organizers fundraised all summer to come from states in every region of the country. Many of the attendees had traveled great distances in caravans that originated in southern Florida, Texas, and Chicago. Despite the physical fatigue of travel, long days, little sleep and then a march of several miles to the White House, many expressed feelings of exhilaration to be surrounded by so many people who feel the same passion for justice as they do, who are dealing with common challenges in their organizing work, and who are dedicated to the fight for a new world.

The inaugural People’s Congress of Resistance was a huge success — and we’re ready to go back home and organize!

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Schedule for the Sept. 16-17 People's Congress of Resistance

 

You can register online for the People's Congress until Friday at Noon. Also, come out Friday night at St. Stephen Church for a Party and Social before the People's Congress of Resistance. More information about the program will be coming out soon.

Day 1: Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017

8:00am: Doors open for Registration, Coffee and Muffins

Opening and Statement of Principles
9:00-9:30am

  - Conveners’ statements
  - Values to ground our movement

Strategy

From Resistance to Revolution
Plenary, 9:30-10:30am

  - The People’s Congress vs. the Millionaires’ Congress
  - Forming a revolutionary pole
  - The role of the Manifesto

Tactics

Each one, teach one: Resistance Tactics
Workshop Session 1, 10:45am-12:15pm

  1. Community organizations and revolutionary politics
  2. Developing independent media
  3. Defending each other: No to deportations!
  4. Building community centers of struggle
  5. Rural/small-town organizing

Lunch 
12:15-1:15pm

Each one, teach one: Resistance Tactics
Workshop Session 2, 1:15-2:45pm

  1. Community organizations and revolutionary politics
  2. Developing independent media
  3. Defending each other: No to deportations!
  4. Freeing political prisoners, ending mass incarceration 
  5. Serving the people and mutual aid

Solidarity at home and abroad

People’s Congress domestic policy: A society for the many
Plenary and discussion, 3:00-5:00pm

  - Standing together against police violence
  - The political prisoners: Free ‘em all
  - Environmental justice: a struggle for survival
  - Reproductive justice in the Deep South
  - Organizing for queer and trans liberation

People’s Congress foreign policy: Internationalism, not imperialism
Plenary and discussion, 5:00-7:00pm

  - Neo-colonialism and the war drive
  - Opposing the new Cold War
  - War threats on Korea
  - The bombing of Yemen
  - End the blockade against Cuba
  - Hands off Venezuela
  - Puerto Rico's independence
  - In defense of BDS


Day 2: Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

9:00am: Doors open for Registration, Coffee and Muffins

Introduction of resolutions and process
9:30-10:00am

Areas of work (workshops)
10:15-11:45am

  1. Popular education: how to spread the Manifesto
  2. No war on Korea: the need for a new antiwar movement
  3. Building an independent health care movement
  4. The fight for housing as a right, and against racist displacement

Lunch: 12:00-1:00pm

Action-oriented resolutions
1:00-2:00pm

Organizational resolution
2:00-3:00pm

Closing remarks
3:00-4:00pm

March to the White House
4:30-6:00pm

Schedule is subject to change.

You can register online for the People's Congress until Friday at Noon. Also, come out Friday night at St. Stephen Church for a Party and Social before the People's Congress of Resistance. More information about the program will be coming out soon.

 

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New video: Society for the Many - Manifesto of the People's Congress of Resistance!

Check out the newly released promotional video: 'Society for the Many: Manifesto of the People's Congress'. The video introduces our vision for revolution contained in the Manifesto of the People's Congress of Resistance including:

  • Meeting social needs and securing the means of life for all (health, food, shelter and education)
  • Collectivizing the banks, communication, transportation, energy and related industries
  • Peace and solidarity: ending militarism, colonialism and imperialism
  • Community self-defense: abolishing mass incarceration and aggressive policing
  • Reparations for Black America, self-determination and respect for Native sovereignty
  • Ending patriarchy and oppression based on sex, gender & sexual orientation
  • Environmental justice


This video will be a great outreach tool for those planning on coming to the People's Congress of Resistance.

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