Whither Saint Louis? Whither American Maoism?

Saint Louis Revolutionary Collective

“We should be modest and prudent, guard against arrogance and rashness, and serve the Chinese people heart and soul.” – Mao Zedong
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Saint Louis is the western hole on what is commonly known as the Rust Belt, a region that cuts a wide swath through the middle and upper United States. Cities such as Detroit, Gary, and East Saint Louis share the characteristics of being majority black, and cut to the bone by deindustrialization caused by neoliberalism’s search for cheaper labor to exploit in Mexico and China. The “black middle class”, comprised of Southern migrants who poured into the cities from the cotton fields and KKK lynching craze during the early and middle decades of the 20th century, was gutted in the ‘70s and ‘80s as capital pulled the factories and the jobs that had built this class from the cities. Now, these cities are shells of themselves, no jobs…

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Nine Days in Northern Ireland

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On July 6, 2013, while on vacation in Belfast, in the northern six counties of British-occupied Ireland, I visited a female political prisoner for her birthday and wound up arrested under Section 41(b) of the 2000 UK Terrorism Act, not knowing when or if I’d ever get out.

The prisoner was held in Hydebank jail on suspicion of trying to assassinate two police officers in May. Though we were allotted two hours to visit, the administration stopped the meeting short and escorted me to the visitors area. There they arrested me.

I was in complete shock. My first thought was “I’m fxcked.” The Police Service of Northern Ireland confiscated my phone, camera and other belongings. I was handcuffed and taken to the parking lot, where I was put in a car with three PSNI officers.

One male officer sat in the back with me and asked my name. After screaming…

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Summation of Our First year

What is now Portland Maoist Group and Mass Action Rose City started about one and a half years ago. From our initial formation as a group and our ensuing operations we have had many enlightening experiences. Below you will find a summation of our first year of organizing, self-criticism and lessons we’ve learned from our experience.

When we first began to organize as a group, we reached out to several Marxist-Leninist- Maoist (MLM) organizations across the country for advice. We were told by members of these organizations that forming a mass org was a good starting point. Before we even had a name, we had a small group of people together and decided to hand out donations of clothing and basic essentials to houseless people in our area. We had no clear plan of what we were doing, and we did not carry out the proper amount of investigation before…

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