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(en) FRAC: US, Benton Harbor, Flyer of FRAC to be distributed in Benton Harbor. If you would like to see the flyer

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Date Thu, 10 Jul 2003 22:14:17 +0200 (CEST)


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http://www.frac.ws/fracbhflyer.pdf

Defend the Rebellion Self-Defense is a Right! Amnesty for All Arrestees
pdf at http://www.frac.ws/fracbhflyer.pdf
Benton Harbor has been the victim of police violence, empty
promises of politicians, and racism by government for far too long!
The outpouring of anger that flared up in this town must be seen as
a just response to economic and racial oppression! Benton Harbor
has seen a Rebellion against injustice and brutality! Without justice,
there will be no peace!

Before the Rebellion, the politicians and country had turned its back
on the people of Benton Harbor. It was the direct action by people in
Benton Harbor that put this town and its struggles on every TV and
in every newspaper. The Rebellion, not politicians and would be
leaders, is what has brought attention and change to Benton Harbor.
It has been the Rebellion that has forced the police to step back and
stop their racist chases and attacks. It was the Rebellion that has
forced the Governor to come running to offer aid and supposed
accountability. It was the Rebellion that has pushed peoples needs
into everyone thoughts.

It was the people of Benton Harbor that has changed the situation,
no one else!!

We defend the Rebellion and stand in support of the people who are
seeking answers, and making the solutions, that will be for the good
of all who have been wronged and hurt by the Government and
Police of both Benton Harbor and St. Joseph.

The rebellion may have turned itself down low for the moment, but
we know that the oppression and the resistance to that oppression
will come back so long as people still face hard times and injustice.
We also know that the authorities (cops, politicians, and
government) and their sellout snitches want to keep people down
and without power. We know that the authorities will seek
vengeance on those who lashed out in righteous anger at
oppression.

We issue these demands as a way to keep the focus tight:

1) WE CALL FOR AN AMNESTY FOR ALL WHO
PARTICIPATED IN THE REBELLION, AND ALL WHO TOOK
ACTION AGAINST THE POLICE!

We say fighting back is justified and the police, politicians, and
government property are all legitimate targets. The people of Benton
Harbor cannot be blamed for defending themselves and striking out
against brutality. Attempts to round people up after-the-fact should
be fought by all who seek justice.

2) WE CALL FOR THE IMMEDIATE RESIGNATION OF THE
POLICE, MAYORS, AND CITY GOVERNMENT OF ST. JOSEPH
AND BENTON HARBOR!

The entire system of the Government and its police force is rotten.
It has to BE thrown out. The abuse and poverty the people of
Benton Harbor face comes from these oppressors. In its place we
propose a democratic people’s assembly open to all Benton
Harbor residents, to plan how the community should be run, and how
justice can be achieved.

3) WE CALL FOR THE INDEPENDENT ACTION OF THE
PEOPLE OF BENTON HARBOR TO DEFEND THEIR
COMMUNITIES AGAINST RACIST TERROR, AND WE
SUPPORT ATTEMPTS TO CREATE NEIGHBORHOOD AND
COMMUNITY WIDE ASSEMBLIES WHERE ALL ISSUES AND
NEEDS ARE ADDRESSED AND STEPS ARE TAKEN TO MEET
THOSE NEEDS!

We cannot count on the government to solve our problems, they
won’t. More often then not they are the source of our problems.
We must organize to meet our needs. We support self-defense by
all means necessary! We call for people to form defense militias and
to set up committees to provide aid and support for all women,
children and men of Benton Harbor. People’s needs can only be
successfully met by their own planning and direct action.

4) WE CALL FOR IMMEDIATE REPARATIONS FROM THE
BANKS, COMPANIES AND GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE
OF BENTON HARBOR!

We know that Benton Harbor faces massive unemployment and
poverty. People need money to live and get what they and the
community needs. We hold the Government and Companies
responsible for making this poverty. We say the Government and
Companies must hand over money to the Aid Committees set up and
directly controlled by the people of Benton Harbor. The Government
and any private “representative” cannot be trusted to care
for these funds.

[Link: http://www.frac.ws - Federation of REvolutionary Anarchist Colectives]


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