Austin is Visited by a Con Artist

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U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made national headlines for what the media is calling “slamming moderates” and “railing against” capitalism. Ocasio-Cortez spoke at the technology, art, and film festival, South by Southwest, on Saturday where she was quoted saying that “capitalism is irredeemable.” As a red anti-capitalist women’s organization located in Austin, we could not ignore the splash this charlatan has made in the media here in our own front yard at a festival that is a major engine of gentrification.

Ocasio-Cortez is a Democratic U.S. representative who, in the tradition of pseudo-left opportunism, calls herself a “democratic socialist.” She attempts to capture the hearts and minds of the working people who are truly fed up with the ruling class’ dirty dealings and abuse. Much like Trump, she touches upon the economic and social insecurities of the working people. While seeming to shoot straight from the hip, she proposes cryptic solutions that all lead back down the same old tired road we all have been traveling on for so long.

We would like to analyze the substance of her speech that has so much of the bourgeois media in a dither. At one point she states, “When we talk about ideas like democratic socialism, it means putting democracy and society first, instead of capital first; it doesn’t mean that the actual concept of capitalistic society should be abolished.”

Out of one side of her mouth, she argues for a socialist system that puts people before profit while out of the other side she tells the toiling and fed up masses that capitalism should not be abandoned. It is unconscionable that one can marry the “concept” or practice of capitalism and socialism with one another as they are irreconcilable with one another. Socialism is only achieved by smashing the capitalist state and building a thoroughly worker-run state with new institutions and a radically different form of government. This new state will suppress the exploiting classes in the interest of eventually doing away with class society and the state itself toward the goal of communism. It is thoroughly internationalist and anti-imperialist. Capitalism is the system of private ownership of the few with the social production of the many. It is fundamentally exploitative in order for private profit to be accumulated. At home and abroad it must deprive the working class of political power and autonomy by means of low-intensity ideological warfare and outright war on the workers, by enslaving, brutalizing, and terrorizing the working class into submission. This is the only way capitalism can exist. These two modes of production and rule can not peacefully coexist with one another. When you get past the populist buzzwords and posturing to take a deeper look at the “democractic-socialist” positions, it becomes acutely apparent that what they want it is not democratic nor socialist in essence.

The political position of Social-Democracy is to continue capitalism as a mode of production while seizing largest corporations from their private owners; using bureaucracy to corporatize the state. Therefore, rather than the ruling class using the state as an apparatus of their rule, the state itself becomes the dominant faction of the ruling class, and the workers remain oppressed and exploited. The corporate state is then free to unabashedly accrue victims for profit with no illusions of checks and balances, let alone democracy. With all of their talk about free healthcare, free education, etc. what they are asking the working class to do is trust that once they become our new CEOs, they will “share the profits” of their devious exploits. In reality, only a privileged sect of workers will benefit at the expense of the majority of the workers, creating a labor aristocracy. What Ocasio-Cortez and the Social Democrats argue for is not socialism at all, it is social-fascism.

 

The most dangerous characteristic of Casio-Cortez is her ability to parrot the very real needs of the desperate worker and redirect their righteous anger and revolutionary energy into an even more caustic incarnation of capitalism. Like a true bourgeois politician, she won her seat with a classic bait and switch. She campaigned on a platform of abolishing ICE, but when it was time to cast her vote, she, along with over 200 other Democrats, voted to continue the funding for the immigration enforcement agencies including ICE and Border Patrol.

Often invoking identity politics and charisma, she makes desperate attempts to appeal to the worker as a fresh new face of change. There is no doubt Ocasio-Cortez will be seen by some as a progressive, strong woman. We know that real revolutionary women face harsh repression and criminalization. While we working women were locked in battle with cops and organized fascists to march on International Working Women’s Day, Ocasio-Cortez was prancing around in high heels wining and dining with the bourgeoisie of Austin.

As a partisan organization which seeks to immerse itself in class struggle for the liberation and vindication of working women, we must always present an honest and sober analysis of the working class condition and the path to revolution. We do not blur the lines between capitalism, social fascism, and socialism. We firmly oppose the bastardization and perversion of the fundamental philosophy, history, and principles of socialism. Social democratic types and other varieties of opportunists charge us with idealism and naivete—as they simply refuse to speak of a world without capitalism. But it is they who suffer from delusions of grandeur as they make the foolhardy assertion that socialism can exist devoid of its most essential parts. It’s like a mechanic trying to convince you that your car can run without an engine. It’s utterly ridiculous.

The working class craves liberation from class society but we will not achieve it unless we make a clean break with opportunisms like Social Democracy. Ocasio-Cortez and those like her have no place in the worker’s struggle and they should be greeted with nothing but utter disgust and hostility by working people.

 

International Working Women’s Day

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A Woman’s Place is in the Fight, Workers of the World Unite!

Yesterday, all around the US, International Women’s Day marches took place in many urban cities without any obstacles. Why? Because, they either paid for a permit or their organizing posed no threat to the current establishment.

Austin’s first militant International **WORKING** Women’s Day march, organized by Popular Women’s Movement, overcame police impediment and fascist harassment by the Texas Nomads SAR, a white nationalist organization that is anti-woman and anti-immigrant.

The Austin Police and the fascist Texas Nomads share the same interest on International Working Women’s Day:

They don’t want militant women to march and take the streets.

They don’t want us to have power!

On the start of SXSW, on a Friday evening during traffic hour, Popular Women’s Movement, took a segment of the bustling 7th street by a storm in honor of revolutionary women in history and all over the world – especially ones that serve the world proletarian revolution. For those that are not well-versed in Austin’s geography, 7th street is a highly gentrified street, sitting besides gentrified mansions and dilapidated homes on the brink of being torn down. It’s the main corridor from the airport to downtown, where thousands of tourists will travel through this upcoming week of SXSW mayhem.

We steadfastly held our red banner, which read “Unleash the Fury of Women!” We also held large portraits of revolutionary women Rosa Luxemburg, Jiang Qing, and Comrade Norah. Rosa Luxemburg who was a staunch fighter against the treacherous dead ends of reformism, Jiang Qing who provided revolutionary leadership in China’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, and Comrade Norah, a founder of Peru’s Movemiento Feminino Popular and second in command of the Communist Party of Peru – we will never forget these strong women! They will live forever in our hearts, as we follow their footsteps in the historical fight against capitalism, imperialism, and revisionism.

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As we marched down 7th street towards Webberville, we weaved through aggressive police squad cars that took every attempt to block our march. Our courageous members and women supporters remained resilient and unwavering in their march. At the corner of 7th and Webberville, police targeted and isolated a lone photographer. Our marchers began yelling at the officers to release the photographer. More officers arrived abruptly to tackle the back of the march and grabbed two militants. As they were loading them into the squad cars, crowds of people came out of their homes and shops as we yelled “Abusive pigs deserve to die! Women hold up half the sky!” Our red-masked supporters passed out pamphlets which included details of the history of International Working Women’s Day and notable highlights of women’s struggles in Austin. One example is Morgan Rankin, a young black woman in a mental health crisis, was shot 6 times by an APD officer, Benjamin Rogers. Benjamin has received no consequence from murdering this woman to this day.

The hypocrisy of the police was undeniable. While they claim their duty is to protect and serve citizens and maintain public safety, their attempts to roadblock and repress our march caused more chaos during traffic hour than we ever could have. It is clear that their main goal is to protect the rich and terminate any form of resistance against capitalist interests.

After the arrests of our comrades, we dodged around the squad cars and sprinted back onto the streets. Members of masses joined our block and we continued up Webberville, through residential streets, down Pleasant Valley Road, and back to H.E.B where we squared off with the fascist Texas Nomads, which comprised of Christopher Ritchie, Colin Whites, and Jon Colgin.

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Christopher Ritchie is a violent white nationalist livestreamer, known for his participation in the violence of Charlottesville. He is an islamophobic supporter of ACT for America and Soldiers of Odin. Christopher Ritchie, during the march, yelled multiple misogynistic slurs, demanding that women in the march make him a sandwich.

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Collin Whites has been arrested for assaulting an anti-Trump protestor. He is a math tutor for Austin Community College. He openly supports Trump with paranoid ideas, claimed at an ACC citizen Communications Board, that Antifa frequently drives by his car and harasses him.

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Lastly, Jon Colgin, a Trump supporter, punched a protestor at an Anti-Trump Rally at City Hall, right before the 2018 Women’s March and Rally in downtown.

These misogynistic men unsuccessfully tried to capture our red flags. They depend on the cops to protect them and eventually were detained for their own protection.

Transcript of Richie’s livestream of the march:

Off camera Texas Nomad: We could use a few more numbers… Listen, we can’t take em’ brother. They were good with those sticks, man.

Ritchie: Fuck em’!

Off camera Texas Nomad: I’m just saying tactically, we can’t take em. I’m telling you.

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Militant women of Austin, let’s drive these violent men out of our neighborhoods and the pigs who leap to protect them before they lift a finger for any of us. The necessity to organize and fight for our movement is more important than ever.

Long live revolutionary women of the past, present and future!

Unleash the fury of women as a mighty force for the proletarian world revolution!

Please donate to support our comrades who were arrested and are facing charges! We are forever humbled by their bravery and sacrifice.

A Change in the Sky

Report from cultural action and political intervention at City Hall on February 1st 2019

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The liberal group ATX Resistance Action was due to host a protest they called “No Benefit for Rapists” on Thursday, January 31. The protest was meant to respond to the recent decision by the city to continue to pay the former APD commander Jason Dusterhoft after multiple allegations of sexual assault and drug use.The details of the Dusterhoft case can be located in our previous post Titled: The Ultimate Class Enemy.

A lot of discussion happens among the left on exactly how to deal with sexual abusers. PWM-MFP opted to pass on loitering outside of City Hall or following the usual routine of liberal chants and self-gratifying speeches by people who wince at the sight of conflict. Instead, we aimed to break the mold by displaying what the correct handling of this type of abuser should be whenever possible—ideological and physical struggle.

Street theater is both a form of protest and propaganda. It requires, organization, discipline and planning. For these reasons, PWM – MFP chose to do a performance demonstrating what our people’s justice for women against pigs like Dusterhoft would look like.

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Our supporters inside notified us that ATX Resistance Action’s protest was, in fact, not going to be a protest at all. ATX Resistance folded when when Mayor Adler asked them not to speak “out of respect” for an NGO called “Survivor Justice Project.” This is an obviously ridiculous notion and a huge act of cowardice on the part of ATX Resistance Action. The NGO Survivor Justice Project could be seen taking photos inside of City Hall with an officer in uniform in blatant disregard of the fact that the protest was supposed to be in opposition to the police. NGOs are the buffer between the people and the bourgeoisie, in essence, they operate as the ruling class’ PR campaigns. They function as representatives and enforcers of ruling class laws and ideology, while feigning sympathy for the workers and oppressed. It is almost unthinkable that any organization that has assembled people to protest a gross instance of injustice could be so easily persuaded to do nothing by none other than an NGO in the friendly graces of APD and the mayor.

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Upon hearing the news of ATX Resistance’s plan to not protest, we decided to go forward with our own protest. We marched up to the City Hall Plaza in step chanting “Without a People’s Army, women have nothing.” With us, we brought a person in a police uniform with a pig’s head mask. He was boxed in on all sides by PWM-MFP militants. Once we reached the City Hall, the pig was thrown to the ground and took a theatrical beating by our group. In the final act, the pig was stabbed. He cried out in pain and when our group circled back up, he was left in a puddle of blood. We chanted “Abusive Pigs deserve to die! Women hold up half the sky!” as a few of our members and supporters handed out booklets exposing some sexist and abusive men who are active in Austin. One of the men in our zine was none other than Kit O’Connell, an opportunist who was involved in organizing the protest that never happened.

One of the goals of Popular Women’s Movement–Movimiento Feminino Popular is to turn the tide away from reactionary feminism and towards a working class women’s movement. To accomplish this goal, we must rid the left of abusers, macktivists, and the ideologies that give these sexual opportunists a façade of legitimacy. In our booklet titled “Misogyny on the Left: Abusers and Macktivists in Austin” which can be found HERE on our blog, which can be found on our blog, we detailed Kit’s pattern of political opportunism and sexualizing his activism, specifically in regard to women. In response, Kit claimed that our article was homophobic which we find to be a very strange statement as we are attacking his sexual pursuit of women on the left.

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What we criticize is a common tendency of both straight and bisexual men to target women for manipulation. This criticism has nothing to do with same-sex relationships. Kit also accused PWM-MFP of being a “front group” for the concluded project that was Red Guards Austin. Not only do we find his paranoia disturbing, it also exposes a contradiction in his own long-standing line against Red Guards. Kit and his liberal cohorts have called Red Guards Austin a group of all white men. This has been one of their main “criticisms” against the group. They have also accused the former organization of being a fringe group of lunatics with no support. This means that Kit believes one of two things: either Red Guards Austin did have women and he was only engaging in unprincipled gossip and knowingly spreading lies and rumors against of the former organization OR PWM-MFP is a group of women that are completely acting on behalf of a group of men, not in our own interest, because we are so inept that we cannot think for ourselves and must rely on men to tell us what to do. This latter being an extremely sexist line, which isn’t be all that surprising given his political track record. So, either Kit is a liar or a sexist, but in the end we believe he is both.

We responded to Kit’s half-baked twitter response with a clarification on what the booklet was actually about. And in an act of desperation, he reported our post. It has been speculated and, to some degree, substantiated by many Facebook users that the algorithm used to the review and take down posts deemed as ‘bullying’ on Facebook have been extremely biased and reactionary. Posts reported containing the words “men are..” are far quicker to come down than posts that include “women are…”—if those get taken down at all. Facebook has notoriously allowed the continued posts of fascists and civic nationalists types while speedily removing posts from leftist organizations. This is the type of sexist and backward censorship that Kit has weaponized against us in order to hide his misdeeds. We find him to be utterly pathetic and morally bankrupt.

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We received some positive responses from some of the people outside of City Hall. We know that working women can be a courageous torrent of revolutionary energy and that our message has a place in the hearts and minds of many women who seek vindication and are ready to do away with reactionary men and their treatment of women. We aren’t in the least bit deterred by Kit’s attempts to misrepresent us. We understand that as we continue to expose men on the left like Kit O’Connell we will come under a fury of attacks by men who are attempting to cover up their behavior. We are happy to be the impetus for such change and controversy. Like a mighty rain storm, in our path of destruction we water the seeds for new life and wash away the dying plants of liberalism, post-modernism, and radical feminism.

Abusive Pigs Deserve to Die, Women Hold Up Half the Sky!

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Misogny on the left

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Popular Women’s MovementMovimiento Femenino Popular (PWM-MFP) presents our newest project to better acquaint activist and working women with a few local sexist and abusive men. This is an ongoing project which will be updated regularly. We warn our friends, the activist and working women of Austin, about our the enemies within leftist political activism so our friends can be forearmed against these manipulative and predatory men.

Organized expressions of the Austin “left,” that is to say the legal-left, have accomplished so very little because they neglect to take stock of enemies and friends. Men are protected by organizational structures and friend groups when they are accused of abusive behaviors, when in reality they are enemies of the people. Likewise we have seen friends of the struggle treated like enemies by the very same people. Brave women who have come forward have been dismissed, discredited, bad-mouthed, and even silenced by well-connected men and their supporters.

PWM-MFP does not consider men generally, and particularly working class men, to be our enemies. We consider the sexism in our society to be an enemy, this is produced in our relationship to production, private property, and how it is reproduced culturally. Even when it has become clear that a person has transgressed against women, very little is ever done about it beyond minor formality. Abusive men persistently organize and a plethora of excuses are made for them to continue unscathed. This is the default standard of the revisionist and liberal legal-left.

The exception to this has been the emergent Marxist-Leninist-Maoist movement, which has time and time again showed a high level of commitment to the working women of Austin. This example has resulted in a high number of women taking up the ideology, guidance, and leadership from Maoists. We are inspired by and unified in these experiences. From the campaigns to oust abusers led by the former Red Guards Austin, to the struggle against abuser Richard Morrisset led by the former Revolutionary Student Front, these are the struggles which inspired and forged us.

They taught us an important lesson—everything that is reactionary is the same; it will not fall if you do not hit it. This holds true for the reactionary behavior of men (for the most part) who have too long gone unpunished.

Millions of women, survivors, and their supporters spoke up for the whole world to hear in the #MeToo movement. Sadly this movement had limitations. While a lot of awareness was raised, very little changed in terms of retaliation for abuse and prevention of abuse. The effects were limited to professional careers and entertainment. We all watched as high judges like Kavanaugh remained protected. #MeToo hardly had any reverberation at all in the activist movement and activist women went on being taken advantage of.

It is one thing to shut down streets and mess up traffic; this is a good expression of outrage, but it shouldn’t be the only outlet, there must be more. By forming our organization we hope to accomplish more and organize women in the interest of combating sexism and abuse in all its formations—this necessarily means clearing the trash in the leftist activist movement and smashing the headquarters of misogyny, including traitorous women collaborators.

By listing abusers and other sexists, we not only raise awareness, we make it known that action will be taken, and business as usual is now foreclosed.

We cannot rely on the sexist system. Capitalism is based on extracting profits, which means selfishness and sacrificing others for economic gain—it cannot contend with what is best for working women. Workers generally have no representation in this system. Rape, assault and abuse cannot be voted away. Women must grasp the necessity of self-defense. Self-defense is posturing unless it accepts and maintains an offensive component—women have to go on the attack.

The oppression of women did not fall from the sky. Women were not always oppressed. The oppression of women stems from and is reproduced by class society, specifically the emergence of private property and the need for inheritance to be passed down. What follows this is that the oppression of women can be once and for all ended with the end of class society. This means we cannot collaborate or work with the police whose main function is to protect private property with enforcing the class system. The same goes for the entire state and all its many apparatuses.

Capitalism produces ideology and determines the type of ideas which make up capitalist society. While the oppression of women far out-dates capitalism, the latter requires new forms of women’s oppression to keep itself going. Among these, we find not only patriarchal ideas as a vestige, we find new ideas which are perfectly suited to become weapons in the arsenal against women.

Chief among these currently is postmodernism, an ideology in which all power is considered diffused. The contradiction between a working man and working women is seen as the same as that between a capitalist man and a working woman. All problems are understood as interpersonal and intersectional problems. This takes the pressure off the system in a big way and keeps everyone treating enemies like friends and friends like enemies and so on.

Certain ideological outgrowths of postmodernism come in the form of identity politics, a certain type of opportunism which places identity above all else, including a person’s politics and political practice. This is used by abusers and sexists to play up their own identities to avoid accountability. Many male activists will use postmodernism to seem “woke” or progressive as a way to get women activists to let their guards down. The whole rancid ideology seeks to remove women from the struggle by dividing them into sub-groups which are constantly vying for their own agendas. We must be clear that working women all have a material basis to unite against class society and trends like postmodernism that oppose revolution.

Our purpose must be to unify working women under revolutionary leadership. Women are doubly exploited, first as workers in production, and then as unpaid homemakers. Add to this the endless degradation, sexualization, and constant threat of attack and sexual assault. We have the most to gain from accomplishing revolution and nothing to lose but bondage. If you are sick of abusers getting a pass and seeing women who muster the courage to come forward being denounced, ridiculed, or ignored, then you should get organized with us. We are taking the gloves off and refusing to tolerate further humiliation. Women become activists to change the world, yet face the same hardship, lack of leadership, and abuse that we face at the hands of capitalist society. No more!

Unleash the fury of women as a mighty force for revolution!

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