Legal costs for Revolution Club - Chicago
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June 16 at Chicago's Puerto Rican Day Parade 7 people with Revolution Club in Chicago were attacked by Police and arrested including Maya and Noche Diaz. 2nd festival in a week where revolutionaries were attacked and arrested by Police

Updated Narrative:

What was written in the original post (see below) for this Justice for Maya fund has become even sharper after attacks on the Revolution Club in Chicago in the last 8 days:  "We live in a time when standing up for what is right is crucial and also carries dangers. Those who come under attack in the course of this have to be supported and defended."

June 16 at Chicago’s Puerto Rican Day Parade, 7 people with the Chicago Revolution Club including Maya and Noche Diaz were vamped on by the police and arrested.

The U.S. can kill thousands in the wake of a hurricane by its cruel treatment of Puerto Rico as a colony not deserving of even basic humanitarian aid. Revolutionaries calling out this and many other crimes of the U.S., letting people know that a much better world could be brought into being through a revolution, are being REPEATEDLY arrested in Chicago. Last week at a public festival in Back of the Yards where four, including Joe Veale, were arrested; this week at the Puerto Rican Day parade where Noche Diaz was arrested along with seven others. This must stop now!

The police and the authorities are clearly afraid of this revolutionary message being connected up with the masses of people. This will not stop the work of the Revolution Club. But you need to join the fray on their side. Call the station, raise legal funds (donate here), and get HOW WE CAN WIN—How We Can Really Make Revolution (the pamphlet they were distributing) out everywhere.

 

Dear Friend,

We live in a time when standing up for what is right is crucial and also carries dangers.  Those who come under attack in the course of this have to be supported and defended.  In this spirit we are asking you to donate financially to the legal defense of Maya, a member of the Revolution Club who faces serious felony charges of Battery on a Police officer and resisting arrest.

On March 1 Maya took part in 11 minutes of silence together with people across the country in an action called by Refuse Fascism to stand with the 11 million undocumented immigrants who are now being terrorized in an escalating ethnic cleansing by the Trump/Pence regime.

She, together with three other members of the Revolution Club, walked into the University of Chicago student center dining hall, held up sheets of paper announcing 11 minutes of silence for 11 million undocumented immigrants and stood silently for 11 minutes. Almost the entire dining hall fell silent for those 11 minutes.  The Revolution Club thanked all who participated, gave them ways to learn more and get further involved, and headed towards the exit. At the exit, they were stopped by police who then attacked Maya, grabbing her and literally dragging her down a set of stairs and out of the building. (click here for a longer account of the attack on Maya and the political issues at the University of Chicago that it is a part of).

Since last spring Maya has been volunteering with the Revolution Club Chicago project. Throughout the year the Revolution Club has been working in some of the most disparaged and demeaned areas of Chicago where they have been harassed, attacked and arrested by the police for exercising, and encouraging the people to exercise basic rights which are supposedly guaranteed.  This very history of police harassment and attack was used by the Assistant State’s Attorney to politically target Maya at what should have been a routine bail hearing.  The repressive power of the state—in close cooperation with the University—is being brought to bear against someone who was peacefully protesting the ongoing raids against and attacks on immigrants. This same university is bending over backwards to give Steve Bannon not just a large platform but the intellectual legitimization afforded by that platform. What is being done now to immigrants is nothing short of ethnic cleansing and there is a clear message in the attack on Maya that those trying to fight this will be silenced.

We must say “NO!” As Bob Avakian says in the Q&A of his crucial talk, THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO! In the Name of Humanity, We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America—A Better World IS Possible, in speaking about what it is going to take to protect those who are vulnerable to attack by this system, “Other people have to get involved, other people… who are not directly affected in this or that thing, including deportations, have to take the stand that this is intolerable and we won’t allow it.” And he also goes on to say, “We cannot protect people from what the people in power are intending to do to them, other than by driving out the people in power.”

Maya has been part of standing up to say this is intolerable and we won’t allow it. She is part of the movement to drive out the fascist Trump/Pence regime, and she has been telling people everywhere they need to see this film by Bob Avakian. She is also a revolutionary who is fighting for the emancipation of all humanity. Please take a stand as Maya did on March 1.

Please donate generously to Maya’s legal defense.

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