First Published: October 1966
Transcription, Editing and Markup: Paul Saba
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People of Watts, organize for defense against police brutality. The police, agents of the rich, are paid to keep the poor under direct Oppression. They are paid to beat and murder workers. The workers must arm to defend themselves against this reactionary violence. The People’s Armed Defense Group is organizing for the protection of workers from police brutality.
It is the right of everyone to arm for defense against attack. The workers of Watts must use this right. The people can curb the brutality of the police in only one way – by defending themselves.
The rich are a small minority; they fear the anger of the poor. They must hire “legalized” murderers (police) to protect their weak, selfish interests. The poor are kept “in their place” by constant abuse and attack. “Their place”, according to the capitalist, is in the welfare offices or on jobs that barely pay enough to keep a person alive. The capitalist system, based on the exploitation of the many by the few cannot resolve the problems of the poor. The rich grow and remain wealthy on your poverty. In order to keep you poor, hungry, jobless and without the basic necessities of modern life which are rightfully yours, the rich must use violence. They depend on the police to use brutality against the workers. You need not take this abuse. Police brutality can be checked if the people are armed in their own defense.
Mayor Yorty and Police Chief Parker are representatives of the rich and administers of police brutality. They are not concerned with the democratic rights of the people. They will not protect or help you. They are paid to keep you oppressed and exploited. You cannot depend on these officials of the bourgeois state for help. The working class can only depend on themselves. Organized into self-defense groups, the people can begin to protect their rights and interests. The People’s Armed Defense Group can help you organize self-defense groups.
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