Saturday, April 7, 2012

As Trayvon Martin riots loom, the STORM manifesto displays relevance

I was listening to a local talk show discussing Trayvon Martin and how potential riots are coming, and one of the comments of a caller hit me: Rodney King. We're dealing with revolutionaries here - there are no coincidences.

So I whipped out my trusty copy of the Reclaiming Revolution manifesto and flipped a few pages. Right there on page 5,(or section 2 1:50) is where it mentions how Roots Against War(RAW - STORM's predecessor) helped organize the protests behind the Rodney King riots.

As I made note of not too long ago, Van Jones is a self-described communist.(And the STORM manifesto repeatedly talks about their Marxist philosophy) But the other things that are contained in this admission are important for building the puzzle here. Since the media don't take revolutionaries seriously, we have to do the work ourselves. Jones states:

"I met all these young radical people of color -- I mean really radical, communists and anarchists. And it was, like, 'This is what I need to be a part of.'" Although he already had a plane ticket, he decided to stay in San Francisco. "I spent the next ten years of my life working with a lot of those people I met in jail, trying to be a revolutionary." In the months that followed, he let go of any lingering thoughts that he might fit in with the status quo. "I was a rowdy nationalist on April 28th, and then the verdicts came down on April 29th," he said. "By August, I was a communist."

April 29th is when the riots started. This the timeframe when he joined up with the people from RAW/STORM. This whole Trayvon Martin situation is exactly the kind of thing that's made to order for malcontents, and they state this directly in the section of the handbook titled "Moving from Resistance to Revolution", which I think is one of the most important sections. While I'm sure many of us realize that revolutionaries are present in all countries and that they're building a platform for themselves in the shadows(so as to not be seen, but be ready to cause trouble when the opportunity arises), it's quite a different thing to see it written. Because now it's no longer your theory, or even common sense.

Now it's verified.

That's why if you do a little digging, you'll see that Color of Change - one of the groups that Van Jones started - is involved in this. This is not a coincidence.

The STORM manifesto is being uploaded to Youtube, when time permits. Here is the first section. I wanted to make sure it's in a high profile place, and that's the highest profile place that I can place it at as an individual.

Reclaiming Revolution audiobook

Reclaiming Revolution PDF

In one of the places I go to get information out, someone has posted to me some pictures. One of those pictures is really poignant. Click for larger:

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1 comment:

  1. This time it will turn out a little differently than it did in LA.