By: Reece Gatliff
Co-founder of the CPUSA-Utah
In St. Louis, where the people have been fighting, fighting, always fighting back yet still, freedom and justice are being wholly renewed and strengthened along with democracy.
It is the popular, mass, total freedom, justice, and democracy of the streets, knowing only great potential and no fear.
“If we don’t get no justice, then they don’t get no peace!” That was the people’s battle-cry on October 4th up Interstate 64 in the face of lines of police decked-out in riot gear, showing only the great potential of what could be, can be, and will be and absolutely no fear.
Mass, unrelenting terror is being waged by the ruling-class against We the People. St. Louis is Salt Lake City, and Salt Lake City is St. Louis.
Everywhere murderous municipal administrations, State governments, and Federal “representatives” claiming to truly “represent” the people attack us while shying away from facing us at town halls where they don’t even let us speak and threaten us with arrest if we say what is on everybody’s minds.
In our city, as of 2016, over 100,000 children according to the Boys and Girls Club (of which this author has proudly done volunteer work, serving others) live in food deserts, in their cars, on the street, no homeless shelters or any shelter period to protect them from the harsh, violent heat kicked up by the extreme climate change caused in-part by this authoritarian, anti-people regime here in SLC.
Mental health services are almost completely unaffordable to our people, as in St. Louis.
Lack of universal mental health care services, no shelter, food, or even clean water for starving parents and their children, among many other resolvable issues too numerous to name have been and are causing protests, strikes, and revolts.
Talk of fiery, Social people’s revolution to some degree inevitably seems to drip from the mouths of We the People, deny it all the capitalists want, throughout this fair land.
The Party, the CPUSA, is the heart, mind, body, and soul of the people of Utah, St. Louis, the whole nation.
The people are the heart, mind, body, and soul of the Party.
The Party is thus the antidote to the terror, this killing, this slaughter of the homeless, drug addicts, alcoholics, prostitutes, workers, the disabled, those in the middle-class, all those twice-damned by this unjust regime in St. Louis, SLC, anywhere and everywhere in the U.S.
We Communists are not ones to shy away from standing up to naked terror. Never have been. This people’s fighter has been spied on–harassed–by an unaccountable, corporate intelligence agency headed by an East European (don’t laugh!) who reported directly to the NSA because this people’s fighter simply wrote. This author used free speech to favor a peaceful ballot box revolution won via mass strikes, wrote to defend the Nepalese people’s own distinct revolution still to be won using the mass strike. I tried and failed to swing my very first punch by writing for that amazing, little-known organization known as the Kasama Project.
Always got back up to bat though. Gotta.
Never could give up. It wasn’t in my veins to do that.
Didn’t for the longest time know how to fight. How we fight makes all the difference in the world. Took a long, hellish back-and-forth struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a brutal chemical imbalance, and much soul searching to learn just how to really, truly fight like hell.
To give ‘em hell at that!
We the People must beat this disease, this sickness which always tries to get the best of us at the end of the day.
The only way to beat it, when glorious, beautiful morning–the victorious people’s sun–tries to always slip into the wonderful bliss of eternal darkness–the self-defeating setting of that very same sun–is to be nice to ourselves if we fail once, twice, a million times over.
We the People, from SLC, St. Louis, to Kathmandu, Donetsk, Manila, Istanbul in the countryside, cities, towns, villages, squares, parks, always searching must learn to wage this final fight through to the finish.
We the People must be one with ourselves always, always getting up to bat because that’s what these bastards fear the most.
With the most unrelenting, warm love and kind solidarity,
Co-founder of the CPUSA-Utah Reece Gatliff