Brown Riders Liberation Party Organizes
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In the spirit of the Black Panthers and the Brown Berets, a new revolutionary group for the people has been born, the Brown Riders Liberation Party. In full alliance with the Black Riders Liberation Party, we have come together to unify our Brown and Black brothers and sisters during this urgent time in which the fascist state is attacking from every corner. With the resurgence of White Nationalism and White Supremacist groups, coupled with the support of the state’s anti-migrant, antibrown stance, and unparalleled police brutality, we must come together to defeat this monster.
For centuries past and present, our people, both Brown and Black, have been viciously oppressed. They have been murdered, raped, enslaved, forcibly assimilated, lynched, and robbed of their most sacred. For centuries past and present, our people have fought and defended our own when the enemies have come to our gates. Today, more than ever before, it is essential that we fight the circumstances under which we lie. Like our revolutionary brothers and sisters before us — such as Shaka Zulu, Emiliano Zapata, Malcolm X, the Black Liberation Army, Pancho Villa, Montezuma, Comandante Ramona, and Che Guevara, and countless, nameless, faceless others — we must look past what society has offered us as reality, what society has offered us as our only choice, and come to terms with what has been placed before us. The fact stands: WE ARE AT WAR!
Our rights and dignity as human beings have been essentially denied through the advent of SB 1070 in Arizona. SB 1070 is testimony to this Nation’s objective to EXTERMINATE our people, as blatant racism is now (and has been) part of this country’s policy against the people, upon whose backs this nation was built.
SB 1070 specifically calls for racial profiling, requesting that anyone suspected of being an “illegal“ (Brown), show three forms of identification, proof of their citizenship (which, in this country, most times, means proof of our right to dignity).
This is the beginnings of an openly fascist state, where now you must present papers, just as Slaves back in the day had to prove their status in society. Except now, those without are not taken back to their slave masters, but held in detention camps indefinitely or transported to an unknown locale south of the border.
Backed by the Immigration Customs Enforcement and Border Control, the Minutemen, (a Neo-Nazi militia), patrols the borders while maiming, torturing and murdering all those they deem illegal aliens. This is an act of genocide disguised as US Patriotism, where essentially, racists are legitimized by an illegitimate state to commit mass murder on our people. We must stand up and reclaim what is ours.
Genocide is an act of war!
Furthermore, everyday, a protracted war of genocide is enacted on both Black and Brown locally, in our communities. The police, AKA, THE PIGS, are the main culprits. Police brutality is rampant in our communities. The recent deaths of Manuel Jaminez, Oscar Grant, Carlos Riviera and De’Andre Brunston are a sure reminder ( De’Andre Brunston, who by the way, was brutally machine-gunned down in front of a house, left to die on the door steps for an hour, while THE PIGS airlifted their K-9 unit they sent to attack him, within only minutes). With these deaths, an echo was sent forth like a rolling thunder through out the community: a reminder for those that have become complacent. We are reminded that even in the present, our lives still mean nothing to them.
We are reminded that la policia isn’t here to help us, to protect or serve us… and historically, they never have. They are here to protect the wealthy, the elite and capital. We are reminded that racism is not over as they continue to beat us, lynch us, killing us in cold blood, with no remorse and no accountability, even in the wake of the first Black President! We are reminded that we are just as much citizens as we were when we were trapped on the plantations picking cotton, building railroads, and getting slaughtered off by the millions trying to protect the lands that were stolen from us and that we were stolen from, all to build their empire, which has stretched around the world with the same effects! We must realize our true histories, and how our pasts are intertwined and bound by the roots, through blood, solidarity, bullet proof love and revolution.
The time has come for disunity between our people to end. The main strategy of COINTELPRO, is to neutralize threats of dissidence. “Divide and conquer” is one of the most effective strategies used to disrupt resistance movements. “Divide and conquer” is what they use to maintain these towers of oppression to keep us enslaved and complacent with our oppressor, yet enraged at our brothers and sisters whom we desperately need to make revolution possible. We stay so fixated on fighting our family, that we leave ourselves vulnerable to attack from the oppressor who is left untouched and unnoticed like a mosquito on the wall waiting to spread its disease.
We stand at polarized ends listening to the lies that they spread to us about ourselves and never question the reality of things. “Illegals are stealing our jobs!” “Black people are just too lazy.” Reality is, Capitalism always creates classism, so the poor and unemployed is a symptom of an ongoing issue.
“Illegals are hurting the economy by contributing nothing and leeching off of Federal Programs that our taxes pay!” When reality stands that, America purposely neglects the poor, aid and welfare programs provided. Even more so, many of us provide labor for wages that are only a fraction of what employed US citizens would earn, saving corporations millions and boosting the U.S. economy as a consequence of our own exploitation.
“Illegals don’t belong here. Go back to where you came from!” When reality is that, from the tip of North America, to the bottom of South America, we were always here, and long before any European. For instance, Amerigo Vespucci, whom America is named after, or Christopher Columbus, who “discovered“ a continent already inhabited with millions of people, who neither needed or desired to be “discovered.” We were here long before Europeans set foot on this continent, let alone before they conceptualized that the earth was round and far larger than the small and incomplete world they lived in. Europeans are the real “illegal immigrants” who raped our people and stole and pillaged our lands at the taking, just to turn around about 500 years later and say “We must reclaim the Southwest. ‘THEY’ are taking over!”
The time has come to reclaim our histories, our culture, our GOD, our tongues, and our DIGNITY. We can’t sit by idly and watch this world crumble and die while the greedy of this world do all that they can to remain on top and destroy all that breathes. We don’t have a choice. Our future generations are depending on us, just as we have depended on our ancestors to reach this point in time. Our ancestors did not die in vain over the middle passage and all the countless wars and battles they fought to keep our legacies, our humanity, and our spirits intact. We have an obligation to do all that we can to preserve life. You either ride or you die. Simple as that. As Zapata put it, “I would rather die on my feet, than live on my knees”. We must ride for our people, as Malcolm X said, “BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY!” That’s for damn sure!
WE RIDE FOR THE IMMEDIATE END TO POLICE BRUTALITY AND MURDER OF BROWN PEOPLE.
WE RIDE BECAUSE WE BELIEVE WE CAN END POLICE BRUTALITY IN OUR BROWN COMMUNITY BY ORGANIZING BROWN SELF DEFENSE GROUPS DEDICATED TO DEFENDING OUR BROWN COMMUNITY FROM RACIST POLICE OPPRESSION AND BRUTALITY.
THE 2ND AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION GIVES A RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS.
WE BELIEVE THAT ALL BROWN PEOPLE SHOULD ARM THEMSELVES FOR SELF-DEFENSE
THE SAME RACIST DOG THAT BIT YOU, BIT US TOO!
WE MUST MASS TOGETHER TO KILL THAT RACIST DOG!
ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!
– Comrade Meztli Yaotl
Brown Riders Liberation Party
PO Box 73688
Los Angeles, CA 90003