Issued by the Office of the Chairperson
International League of Peoples’ Struggle
The International League of Peoples’ Struggle stands in solidarity with those marching in Baltimore on April 16 against racism and terror by police.
It has been a year since Freddie Gray was tortured savagely to death by a gang of Baltimore police officers. It has been a year since the youth of Baltimore rose in heroic and justified rebellion. Still the family of Freddie Gray and the people of Baltimore have not received justice.
His killers in blue still walk the streets as free men. Legions of armed cops still roam the city, predators who hate the communities they occupy and only want to fill their arrest quota. These goons represent the same ruling class and state that deny the people of Baltimore and other oppressed communities across the United States the right to employment, decent housing, health care, schools and even clean drinking water.
The youth of Baltimore were justified when they rose up and fought for their freedom. They called the attention of the world to the daily violence that Black people in particular suffer at the hands of the state-deployed predators in blue, not only in Baltimore but also in cities and towns across the United States. They have made the names of Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Ramarley Graham, Akai Gurley and so many other victims of the US military-police state known around the globe. The fight for freedom in Baltimore is one with the global freedom struggle raging from the Philippines to Palestine to East Ukraine to South America.
The International League of Peoples’ Struggle, with member organizations in 43 countries and territories, supports the April 16 March Against Racism, Bigotry, Capitalism and Police Terror called by the People’s Power Assembly. We join you in saying Black lives matter, that the killer cops must go to prison and the racist police force be disarmed and disbanded. End police rule in Baltimore and across the United States. Youth have a right to jobs and education not cops and jails.