TWR Official Statement


Third World Resistance Reclaiming MLK’S Legacy of Militant Internationalism: Black Resistance is a Third World Struggle

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“Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home, and death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken.”
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Beyond Vietnam – A Time to Break Silence, 1967

From Oakland and Chicago to Palestine, Haiti, and the Philippines:

Fight Back! Long Live International Solidarity!

Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy has informed a wide range of struggles for liberation and dignity in the U.S and internationally. Third World Resistance formed in 2015 around MLK Day, to lift up and highlight the militancy and internationalism that was the hallmark of the last phase of Dr. King’s life. For that reason, we again join movements for liberation and self determination here in the United States and across the world in celebrating MLK Day to continue to build Black power and resistance. We rally and march today to draw attention to the ongoing war on Black people and the repression of people’s struggles for self-determination in the U.S. and around the world. The U.S. and its collaborators including Israel and the Philippines, and the Martelly puppet regime in Haiti are protecting their imperialist economic interests, by jointly developing and deploying military and policing tactics. These wide-reaching efforts are carried out in an attempt to perfect techniques of occupation, counter-insurgency, crowd and population control, surveillance, and the militarization of local police forces. Bay Area communities stand and fight with those resisting neo-colonialism, surveillance, policing, imprisonment and detention, forced displacement, deportation, and militarization of their schools and communities, both here and in their homelands. The Filipino people, for instance, are resisting a new “Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement” with the U.S. that will spell disaster for their country’s sovereignty. U.S. military financial aid to the Philippines has increased alongsideintensified harassment, criminalization, and extrajudicial killings of human rights and anti-interventionist activists, in the name of the U.S. War of Terror. Despite this repression, the Filipino people’s resistance and solidarity with anti-imperialist struggles around the world are stronger than ever.

Similarly, the militarization of U.S. police and immigration agencies has intensified to the point that between October 2013 and January 2016 the U.S. government filed over 62 thousand deportation cases, the majority of which impact CentralAmericans who have risked their lives to escape the war torn conditions that U.S. imperialism has created in their home countries. They arrive in the U.S. only to have militarized ICE and SWAT agents rip women, men, children, and elders alike from their families to be sent back to the violent conditions from which they fled. These raids, which have only increased after January 2,2016, order by DHS, have taken children as young as 4 years old at gun point to await their deportation.

As people in Palestine resist Israeli occupation, Israeli military and security forces market and export their expertise in militarization and repression to agencies across the world, including to U.S. law enforcement. Cops from nearly every major U.S. police department, in addition to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Marshals Service and others have traveled to Israel for training. As a result, when communities across the U.S. resist policing, they face tactics nearly indistinguishable from tactics employed by Israeli occupation forces against those resisting colonialism in occupied Palestine. While the U.S. state attempts to tamp down the risingfists of Black dissent in cities across the country, people’s movements in Haiti, Palestine, the Philippines, and across the globe are only intensifying and strengthening their solidarity with Black struggles in the U.S. In a similar show of solidarity, today in the Bay Area we are organizing together and deepening our collective commitment to the growing struggle for Black liberationand self-determination. We know that we cannot fight imperialism abroad unless we fight its domestic manifestation – violent racist policing – in our own streets.

Our struggles and resistance have long been connected. The West has built and structured this world on Black death while systematically waging attacks on Third World people in their struggles for self-determination. By exposing and confronting this history and its present day manifestations, we seek to weaken their foundations, andstrengthen our movements, our communities and our families. We stand together today inthe name of Dr. King, Malcolm X, the Black Panthers, Brown Berets, Red Guard, I Wor Kun, and American Indian Movement who
took on the state-sanctioned attacks on our communities directly, elevating the struggle against state violence and for an end to the capitalist system that deploys policing and militarized repression against our people.

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