From the International Emergency Campaign to Free Iran’s Political Prisoners Now:

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“Woke” is a destructive force in the political, intellectual, artistic and ethical life of society

Bizarre and capricious rules enforced by cancel culture threats. Puffed-up unscientific claims to “represent the marginalized.” Insisting that people “stay in their lanes” in fighting oppression. “Woke” lunacy manifests much that is harmful with the capitalist-imperialist system and its dominant culture, furthering the nightmare of humanity!

by Bob Avakian

The following article by Bob Avakian was originally published in 1987. We are republishing it now, because it remains highly relevant in terms of understanding the basic nature of this system we live under—the system of capitalism-imperialism—and the role of the U.S. Constitution as the legal and political basis for this system of ruthless exploitation, murderous oppression and massive destruction. In this republished version, Bob Avakian has provided some Added Notes at the end of the article, to further clarify important points.

From a Reader:
On Bob Avakian’s “The U.S. Constitution: An Exploiters’ Vision of Freedom—Added Notes (and Brief Introduction)”

I was inspired and challenged by the agitation done by the revcoms on International May 1st on the Constitution of the United States that aired on The RNL—Revolution, Nothing Less !—Show—how they exposed it as a blood-soaked document of exploiting and oppressing classes and how they compared and contrasted it with the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America written by Bob Avakian, BA. I was especially struck by Michelle Xai’s powerfully uplifting statement on how the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America specifically and explicitly upholds a woman’s right to abortion and birth control (Article III, Section 3)—something you have never seen and will never see in the U.S. Constitution or any of its amendments.  


We Refuse to Accept This System’s Future!
A Better World, Without Exploitation
and Oppression Is Possible!

We, the revcoms, call on you to stand up. Join us—representing and calling on others on Monday, May 1st to send this message to the world: In these dark times, we are building a force to bring forward thousands and then millions into a movement for an actual revolution.

Leak of Top-Secret War Documents: the U.S. is Deeply Involved in Directing Proxy War Against Its Imperialist Rival; Spying on Friend and Foe Alike

Over the past week the largest leak of U.S. military documents in a decade began appearing online. The documents, with “Secret” or “Top Secret” classifications, had apparently been on Discord for several weeks before they were picked up on other social media platforms. They then came to the attention of governments and news outlets throughout the world. (Discord is a social media platform popular among many gamers.)

Dangerous, Misogynist Escalation in Iran:

Ruling Theocrats Double Down on Enforcing Mandatory Hijab Amid Continued Protests

In the surveillance camera clip, a mother and daughter enter a small store in a city close to Mashhad, considered a “holy city” in Iran. The younger woman is not wearing a head scarf (hijab) and the older woman’s scarf is not fully covering her hair. A male customer begins yelling at them, then grabs a large bucket of yogurt and dumps it all over their heads.

From the International Emergency Campaign to Free Iran’s Political Prisoners Now! (IEC)

Global Grassroots Groundswell Urgently Needed: Free Rebel Rapper Toomaj Salehi!

Last week, a digital billboard calling to free 33-year-old rapper Toomaj Salehi appeared along a road about 20 miles outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Toomaj is an Iranian artist and activist, widely known by his first name and deeply loved for his brilliant lyrics and his death-defying spirit of resistance to oppression.

Kamala Harris in Africa — Using Blackness to Front for Empire and Prepare for War

For over a year, the U.S. has been waging a full-court press—diplomatic, economic, political and military—to regain lost influence on the African continent. In the latest installment, Vice President Kamala Harris recently visited three major African nations—Ghana, Zambia and Tanzania. A New York Times podcast described it as a U.S. “charm offensive.”

Finland, Belarus, Taiwan

Three More Ways the World Just Got More Dangerous

The war that erupted when Russia illegally and unjustly invaded Ukraine in February 2022 almost immediately became a proxy war between rival imperialist powers, when the U.S. and the Western military alliance NATO stepped up the vast amounts of military support, weaponry, and training they had already been providing Ukraine.

On the Indictment of Donald Trump

On Tuesday, April 4, Donald Trump appeared in a New York courtroom to hear 34 felony criminal charges against him brought by the Manhattan District Attorney. Trump entered pleas of not guilty to the charges.

This is the first-ever indictment of a U.S. president, whether in or out of office. As such, this is an extremely sharp example of the fact that those who rule this country are at each other’s throats. They can no longer rule and hold things together in the way they have since the Civil War. The old ways—the old “norms”—are coming apart. We will be covering this trial as it unfolds—but there are a few important things to point to now, and there is an overall question of how to approach such a serious juncture.

“Outsourcing” Death: 39 Migrants Killed in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, Detention Center

The Full Story of a Slaughter, and How and Why It Happened

Enrique Coy Pop … Eyner Anibal García Dieguez … Higinio Alberto Ramírez Torres … Jesús Adony Alvarado Madrid … Marvin Armides García Pacheco … Milton Alexis Melara Melgar … Julián David Villamil Arévalo …

These are the names of some of the 39 people, migrants from Guatemala, El Salvador, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Honduras, who died—who were killed—in a fire on the night of March 27. At least 29 others are hospitalized, and remain in “delicate-serious” conditions.