Tag: Democratic National Convention

Revolutionary Communist Party Holds Rally At DNC, Gets Into Altercation

The Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), Bob Avakian’s pseudo-Maoist group, held a guerrilla rally at a cannabis legalization event at the Democratic National Convention in downtown Philadelphia. The event was marked by their normal enthusiasm and soap boxing, but also with a brief altercation. The RevCom delegation marched in with chants of “One, Two, Three, Four, Slavery Genocide and War! Five, Six, Seven, Eight, America was Never Great!” and began speaking.

As you can see in the beginning of the below video, there was a heated verbal exchange taking place between a young man who appears to be a Sanders supporter and another man who had been heckling the RCP presenters; it is unclear whether or not the Sanders supporter was a RCP member, but he clearly was supporting their position in this context. To the right, a man, who was reported as being a “Clinton supporter,” is knocked down, and an altercation begins. See below:

What Is Left of the Left: Lessons from the Streets of the Philadelphia DNC

Sanders intended on starting a political revolution, and he succeeded beyond his wildest dreams – they are continuing on without him. Behind this unrest, not just on the Left, but the Right as well, is a sense that the political machine is rigged in the favor of the capitalist class – the rich. This is something that seems to be almost an intuition, something that was felt by everyone I spoke with. The rise of the Internet and independent media, as well as the obvious crumbling of the system as a whole, has pulled back the curtain and the machinery has been revealed. In a time when the young are facing crippling debt with few job opportunities, when technology has allowed everyone to see the discrimination and brutality that people of color face in their communities in real time, when the prisons are owned and operated by private entities seeking to incarcerate for profit, when the entire world seems to be at war with itself, and when the planet is spiraling rapidly into an unfixable cycle of climate change, the only answer many seem to have is to embrace any potential, any real change. Not ideology; desperation – a sense, right or wrong, that this could be the last chance, and they seem motivated to seize it.

After the DNC and #DemExit, What’s Next for the Bernie Movement?

Signs reading “Bernie or Bust” created a sea of blue throughout Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park and the streets of Philadelphia last week during the Democratic National Convention. Supporters of Sanders refuse to unite with the Democratic Party behind official candidate Hilary Clinton; but will Bernie’s marginalized supporters find it in themselves to unite with the rest of the left? Or was the Sanders movement just a flash-in-the-pan?

Sanders’ supporters have cried-foul nearly the entire course of his campaign– and now rightfully so. Voters across the board already knew Bernie’s grassroots campaign barely stood a chance against the establishment candidate and money thrown behind her. But emails recently leaked via Wikileaks proved what everyone pretty much already knew all along: Hillary was the presumptive Democratic nominee as far back as May of 2015. The events that transpired throughout the campaign since have reflected that fact. But enough about corruption in the Democratic Party. Let’s take a look at the Sanders supporters: a group who has the potential to help the Left become a significant force in American politics. So will they seize the opportunity? Or will they simply fizzle back into obscurity until another major election rolls around?