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Wed Jul 15 2009 (Updated 07/18/09)
Advance the Struggle’s Analysis of the Oakland Rebellions of January
Wed Jul 15 2009 (Updated 07/18/09)
Justice for Oscar Grant: A Lost Opportunity?
This is Advance the Struggle’s analysis of the Oakland rebellions of January: "The murder of Oscar Grant set Oakland on fire, but who put the fire out? The working class people of Oakland, their consciousness set ablaze, found an inadequate set of organizational tools at their disposal to do the work that deep down we all know has to be done – confront the state (government) and its underlying property relations. Using the Oscar Grant episode as a case study in the role of political leadership in the Bay Area, we hope to reveal the most glaring shortcomings of the left today.

Excerpt from the conclusion: “The Bay Area left has proven that they are incapable of leading successful struggles. Where have we seen a successful struggle in the last 5 years in the Bay Area?....we again face the question of what is to be done and again the answer is to develop an organization comprised of militants from the oppressed that trains them intellectually as leaders of a mass movement to overthrow capitalism. Only through consistent day-to-day work can such an organization connect itself with the working class.

“Let us not forget the lost opportunity Oakland had for the hot month of January 2009. Thanks to the militant direct response by the working class youth of Oakland, Oscar Grant will always be honored as an unwitting martyr in our struggle for freedom. We know that his life was laid down in fertile soil, but we know that there are too few seeds being planted in that soil and too little water to nourish what seeds already exist. In the years ahead of us we can sense a re-birth of radicalism coming out of an intensifying crisis. It is time to shed old dogmas, careerist approaches to organizing, and collaboration with the government." Read more |

BART Police Shoot and Kill Man at Fruitvale BART Station | Rally and Rage Over BART Police Murder of Oscar Grant

Advance the Struggle
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