Cleveland: Protest at the Cavaliers- Magic game on January 2
On January 2, 30 people, including members of the Revolution Club, peace activists, anarchists, and Black proletarians went to the arena to bring the message of “Justice for Tamir” and, for some, the message of revolution to the crowds going to the game. Even though the police were all over the place, the message of “Indict, convict, send the Killer cops to jail!/The whole damn system is guilty!” and “How we get out of this mess?/Revolution Nothing Less”got out loud and clear. This was the 6th day of protest in Cleveland after the cops that killed Tamir Rice got off on Monday, December 28.
Cleveland: Protest at prosecutor Tim McGinty’s house, calling for him to resign or be removed. He guided the grand jury to a no indictment in the police murder of Tamir Rice.
On January 1, over 100 people including family members of Tamir Rice, peace activists, clergy and community organizers marched to prosecutor Tim Mc Ginty’s house calling for his resignation or removal. People marched in the streets to his house and did a die-in there.
Cleveland: New Year’s Eve protest of the no-indictment of the cops who killed Tamir Rice.
About 40 people, Black activists, youth and students, Cleveland Revolution Club, supporters of Revolution Communist Party gathered at the Justice Center for the 4th day of protest over the no indictment of Cleveland cops for killing Tamir Rice. A huge banner with a picture of TAmir Rice along with “Justice For Tamir”, “Stop Police Terror and Murder”, “Which Side Are you On?”painted by a local artist led the march into downtown entertainment area. At the beginning a police officer got on a mic instructing people to march on only half of the street. Right away people chanted in his face, “Indict, convict, Send the killer cops to jail!/The whole damn system is guilty!” and went into the whole street. We wound through the streets of the downtown, marching around the revelers of New Year’s Eve. As we got to a corner of the entertainment district, the police were there to block the street but we chanted and a Revolution Club member read Basics 1:13:
No more generations of our youth, here and around the world, whose life is over, whose fate has been sealed, who have been condemned to an early death or a life of misery and brutality, whom the system has destined for oppression and oblivion even before they are born. I say no more of that.
BAsics 1:13 by Bob Avakian and we addressed the crowd about why we were there. We handed out “More Police Murder… More Murdering Police Go Free This Cannot Go Down Like This! This Cannot Go On!” flyers, as well as flyers with the 1:13 quote with Tamir Rice’s picture on it. A good number of white people reveling downtown, all dressed up in sequence dresses and wearing New Years Eve tiaras, took the fliers and were curious about the protest. A group of white guys standing in the patio area of a bar were enthusiastic about finding out more, including saying, with seriousness, that they would read the fliers when they weren’t drunk. At the same time, there were knots of Black masses waiting in the cold at the bus stops, and they expressed a lot of outrage at the non-indictment of the pigs that murdered Tamir Rice. A couple of these guys first said they already had the flier, but when I agitated from the flier about how Black people have been kidnapped, murdered, enslaved, imprisoned, and how are we going into 2016 and nothing has changed, and that we have the leadership and strategy to make a revolution for real, they grabbed up fliers.
Close to midnight, 5 well-dressed white people joined the march. One of them had tears in her eyes when people chanted, “12 years old/How do you justify that?” We formed a circle at the intersection, chanting, “2016 Brand New Year/We demand justice for Tamir!” At midnight there was a moment of silence for all the victims of police murder as people held each other’s hands. Then a Revolution seller said, “We need a communist revolution and we have a leader Bob Avakian who has developed a vision of much better world, that after seizing power on day 1 there will be no police terror, on day 1 there will no longer be wars of aggression and on day 1 women will have the right to abortion on demand and without apology. Get with the revolution!”
A youth said, “Tonight people were determined and were not intimidated by the police, stayed in the streets and let their voices be heard.”