First Published: March 1966
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Last Saturday, Mayor Yorty of Los Angeles called for the arrest of Communists, and he singled out the Communist Party U.S.A. (Marxist-Leninist), saying “the time has come for the arrest and prosecution of persons openly trying to incite riot in our city”. Mayor Yorty is shouting “red” in a big political grandstand to hide the real facts of the situation, in his popularity contest with his close associate Governor Brown. We say boycott the elections!
It is really the capitalist system, and NOT the Communists that was responsible for the recent outbreak in Watts in protest to the murder of Leonard Deadwyler; it is really the capitalist system, and not the Communists that was responsible for the Watts uprising of August 1965. U.S. imperialism’s reactionary and racist policies–as pursued by their representatives Yorty, Parker, and Brown, in oppressing the workers, especially in the minority districts–could bring forth only the most violent protest from the people in response to the reactionary violence of the bourgeois state apparatus. Mayor Yorty is shouting “red” as a smokescreen to cover for the reactionary policies of U.S. monopoly capital. Yorty has no more right to arrest the Communists than Officer Bova had to murder Leonard Deadwyler!
Yorty, in attacking the Communist Party U.S.A. (Marxist-Leninist), shows that he knows the difference between our Party and the revisionist Dorothy Healey, who is on Yorty’s side. It is hard to tell the difference between Yorty and Healey–they are both for “lower taxes”, “war on poverty”, and they both support the Johnson administration. Oh, tell us please do, Mr. Mayor, what are the differences between yourself and Mrs. Healey.
The Brown-Yorty-Parker administration has already placed its verdict on the Deadwyler case–officer Bova will be defended by the court for his murder of Leonard Deadwyler. The inquest is a show trial in which is paraded a score of police officers and witnesses, only to come forward with a pre-determined verdict in support of the police brutality of the bourgeois state apparatus.
Our Party states that the workers can fight against police brutality only by organizing into people’s defense groups. We must answer the reactionary violence of the ruling class by the revolutionary violence of the people. As our General Secretary, M. I. Laski stated, “Our aim is to lead the working class in revolution, we will develop and encourage people’s defense groups for the defense of the working class against the terror of the ruling class”.
ISSUED BY THE COMMUNIST PARTY U.S.A. (MARXIST-LENINIST)
For further information, call (213) 509-2542, or write: THE SECRETARIAT c/o WORKERS’ INTERNATIONAL BOOK STORE, 9122 So. Compton Ave., L.A., Calif., 90002.