My Statement at the Launch of the People's Congress of Resistance by Cindy Sheehan)
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Hello Friends and Comrades,
I am honored to be included in this movement with other activists who have long recognized that identity politics are bogus and are holding the movement back from true change for all workers. I have a personal guideline, that I will only work with groups, or on efforts that are serious in the intent of smashing the US empire.
In fact, unknowingly, or knowingly, people who rely on identity politics and only focus on the current outrages of the Trump administration, forgetting that the Obama regime was just a continuation of longstanding imperialist policies, are holding the revolution back.
Also, we, as true revolutionaries cannot allow people like the war criminal Hillary Clinton to define the “resistance” for us. Recently, Clinton claimed that she was joining the “resistance,” and of course, what that means, is only resistance to the Trump regime or the Republican Party. This gives many liberals permission to forego the struggle to end capitalism and imperialism in favor of Get Out the Vote efforts for the equally bad, if not worse, Democrat Party.
As the call for the People’s Congress of Resistance states, the US Congress have long been the representatives of Wall Street and the war machine and with the stranglehold of a Unitary political system where the distinction between the two parties is for all intents and purposes, non-existent, it’s time for people to recognize this and join with each other in opposition to not just Trumpism, but the entire imperialist system that allowed Trump to ascend and replace another able servant of Empire, Barack Obama: this Obama, who bragged about being at war for all 8 years of his regime and who is now profiting from Wall Street speeches. Do you think Wall Street would be rewarding him with such largesse if he wasn’t good for business? We know his regime consistently bailed out Wall Street and the banks while at the same time literally kicking the people to the curb.
We with this resistance don’t pretend to have all the answers to the problems that have been laid out very well, but in a true grassroots, community driven way, we hope to achieve something that includes the elevation of all workers no matter what political or class division they would identify with.
As our eco-systems are collapsing due to capitalist profit and exploitation we recognize that committed struggle against the systems of oppression is much harder than opportunistic protests, or “opposition,” but in the end we must wage this existential struggle for the present and future of human life. I think that is a struggle worth fighting, don’t you?
I see the effort of the People’s Congress of Resistance, not as a non-partisan effort, but A-partisan. I believe we need an entirely different system here in the US if the nation and by extension, the world has any chance of survival. And this is not something that can be put off, or use the other stale old concept of “incrementalism,” we need to act yesterday, not be hope-no-tized with the enticement that, even if the entire Congress turned Democrat in 2018 that anything would be changed for the better for the people. We have recent history that shows us otherwise.
As Marx said, if we the people unite, the only thing we have to lose is our chains, yet we have a world to gain.
I am excited to go forward with this effort.
Again, thanks for being here and giving me the opportunity to be part of this principled action.