Free the UDPR 2!

If you see this and are not moved to righteous rage, you are no ally or comrade to the working-class immigrant street vendors. Act now! Rise up! Fight back!

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On Sunday September 23rd, two of our comrades were arrested by California Highway Patrol, particularly the overly-hostile and belligerent officer K. Cardoza, for standing up for street vendors at Exposition Park in the Rose Garden in Los Angeles. We urge our supporters to donate and share this link so that they can be released!

Free the UDPR 2!

Officer Cardoza was acting foolishly, as if her ego was hurt that vendors and masked revolutionaries would dare to defend their personal property from being illegally confiscated. They particularly pointed out the two comrades!

They are currently being held at LAPD’s 77th Street Community Police Station at 7600 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90003. Their phone number is (323) 786-5077. We encourage our supporters to call and demand the release of these defenders! They did nothing wrong. It is right to rebel!

Our comrades, two committed and courageous supporters of Serve the People – Los Angeles and the People’s Revolutionary Defense Units (In Spanish, Unidades de Defensa Populares Revolucionarias or UDPR), did nothing other than defend the street vendors from having their property stolen by the Department of Health of the Los Angeles County!

We repeat: our comrades only defended the rights of vendors selling food. No drugs. No harm. Nothing. Simply selling food like hot dogs and sodas to people going to the park and LA Coliseum.

Street vendors were brutally detained, including a mother and her young daughter, to the shock and disgust of the witnessing masses at the park.

Stand up for street vendors and revolutionaries!

If you see this and are not moved to righteous rage, you are no ally or comrade to the working-class immigrant street vendors. Act now! Rise up! Fight back!

Please donate to our Go Fund Me campaign for bail and legal expenses.: https://www.gofundme.com/free-the-comrades#

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This is just some of the pictures from today that show the brutality of these pigs and their LA County class traitors:

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These are all LA County Department of Health class traitors literally benefiting off of the destruction and oppression of their fellow workers, the street vendors, at Exposition Park. They are enemies of the people. More info coming soon.

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This is Peter Lee with the Department of Health of LA County who also proudly drives around the County mini van and truck stealing vendors’ property. He is an enemy of the people and should not be spared the fury of the masses.

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GLADIS IS FREE!

GLADIS IS FREE

 

As of this past Wednesday Gladis Areli Hernandez Amaya was released from Adelanto Immigration Detention Center. She is free!
She is now, finally after nearly three months, reunited with her family and friends. Read the Incendiary News article about her case and community support here.
However, we still need to keep fundraising for bonds and lawyer expenses that her family must still pay off. To donate, we will provide the link below.
While this campaign was successful, this was just one aspect of a larger project. There are countless others are being detained and deported, separated from their families, and even being violently abused in these so called detention centers which are really prisons for undocumented immigrants. No amount of reforms or lip service to “abolishing” ICE will stop the fascist lapdogs of the U.S. from terrorizing our communities and separating families.
This is where we come in. STPLA is initiating a project under the banner of the People’s Revolutionary Defense Units, or in SPanish, las Unidades de Defensa Populares Revolucionarias (UDPR). The goal as we have said previously is not merely to shame ICE or to just film them or even just stop a van, but to literally stop them in their tracks and make sure they no longer come into our communities by any means necessary.
At the moment, street vendors from where Gladis was kidnapped are constantly being harassed by pigs and under the constant threat of ICE (the state pigs work hand in hand with them). We call on all revolutionary and progressive forces who are serious about stopping ICE to not only support the vendors, but to also take the necessary steps in escalating the war against ICE.
To donate, click below:

Abajo con los propietarios corruptos! Down with corrupt landlords!

Let’s be clear: Don Raul Tomas knows he can get more money from newer, more affluent renters, even if the building is rent controlled, even if he has to illegally try to kick out his tenants! He wants them all out by any means necessary. That’s one thing we share in common: the Cummings Street People’s Committee will resist by any means necessary as well!

Los propietarios ya tienen una relación naturalmente antagónica con sus inquilinos. Pero algunos propietarios van más allá. Como Don Raul Tomas.

Los inquilinos de su propiedad, 202 N. Cummings St., en Boyle Heights, enfrentan constantes hostigamientos y amenazas de parte de un increíblemente hostil e incluso beligerante Don Raúl Tomás. Los inquilinos han vivido allí aproximadamente 10 años, han criado a sus hijos allí, han construido una vida en Boyle Heights como inmigrantes mexicanos orgullosos y trabajadores. Ellos siempre pagan su renta a tiempo. Han mantenido sus apartamentos limpios y ordenados.

Y sin embargo este propietario coco (también es un inmigrante mexicano) dice supuestamente que sus inquilinos están aprovechando de él al negarse a pagar más renta, ¡aunque el edificio está bajo control de renta! Don Raúl Tomás dice que sus inquilinos ingratos son sucios y que hay personas que se quedan allí que no están en el contrato. Algunos inquilinos dicen que están dispuestos a pagar el aumento, pero requieren que sea escrita, ¡a lo que se niega obstinadamente!

¡El propietario dice que él es la víctima en este escenario! Él está siendo aprovechado! ¡La arrogancia! ¡Las mentiras!

Don Raul Tomás, del inicio de este año, ha amenazado, casi mensualmente, con desalojar a todos sus inquilinos con la excepción de uno, su inquilino soplóna-hija. Su hija le hace saber de todo el chisme, le informa y le da asesoría legal sobre cómo desalojar y hostigar legalmente a sus vecinos, sus inquilinos. Una de las principales quejas de Don Raúl Tomás es el uso del agua. ¡Pero él no dice nada cuando su hija tiene una lavadora y secadora en su propio apartamento y regularmente lava la parte de frente del edificio!

Seamos claros: Don Raúl Tomás sabe que puede obtener más dinero de los inquilinos más nuevos y ricos, aunque el edificio está bajo control de renta, incluso si tiene que expulsar ilegalmente a sus inquilinos. Él los quiere sacar a todos por todos los medios necesarios. Eso es algo que compartimos en común: ¡el Comité Popular de Cummings Street resistirá por cualquier medio necesario tambien!

Le estamos pidiendo a la comunidad y a todos nuestros aliados que llamen o escriban o lo que sea, sean creativos, y ¡díganle a Don Raul Tomas que deje de hostigar a sus inquilinos! ¡Deja de amenazar con desalojarlos!

Teléfono celular Don Raul Tomas: 323.513.4803.
Su dirección: 276 E. Fernfield Dr. Monterey Park, CA 91755

¡Que vivan las masas de Boyle Heights!

¡Que viva el Comité Popular de Cummings Street!

¡Abajo con los propietarios corruptos!

Landlords already have a naturally antagonistic relationship with their tenants. But some landlords go far and beyond. Like Don Raul Tomas.

The tenants at his property, 202 N. Cummings St., in Boyle Heights face constant harassment and threats from an incredibly hostile and even belligerent Don Raul Tomas. The tenants have lived there for approximately 10 years, have raised their children there, have built a life in Boyle Heights as proud and hard-working Mexican immigrants. They consistently pay their rent on time. They have maintained their apartments clean and orderly.

And yet, according to this penny-pinching coconut (he, too, is also a Mexican immigrant) landlord, these tenants are taking advantage of him by refusing to pay more rent – even though the building is rent controlled! Don Raul Tomas says his ungrateful tenants are dirty and claim people are staying there that are not on the lease. Some tenants say they’re willing to pay the increase but require it be written, to which he stubbornly refuses!

The landlord says he is the victim in this scenario! He is being taken advantage of! The arrogance! The lies!

Don Raul Tomas, since earlier in the year, has threatened – almost on a monthly basis – to evict all his tenants with the exception of one, his snitch-daughter tenant. His daughter snitches to him about all the chisme, reports to him and gives him legal advise on how to evict and legally harass her neighbors, his tenants. One of Don Raul Tomas’ chief complaints is the water usage. But he doesn’t say jack shit when his daughter has a washer and dryer in her very own apartment and regularly washes down the front area of the apartment building!

Let’s be clear: Don Raul Tomas knows he can get more money from newer, more affluent renters, even if the building is rent controlled, even if he has to illegally try to kick out his tenants! He wants them all out by any means necessary. That’s one thing we share in common: the Cummings Street People’s Committee will resist by any means necessary as well!

We’re asking the community and all of our supporters to call or write or whatever, be creative, and tell Don Raul Tomas to stop harassing his tenants! Stop threatening to evict them!

Don Raul Tomas cell phone: 323.513.4803.
His address: 276 E. Fernfield Dr. Monterey Park, CA 91755

Long live the masses of Boyle Heights!

Long live the Cummings Street People’s Committee!

Down with corrupt landlords!

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Libertad para Gladis! Fuego Contra ICE!

“Sin lucha, no hay victoria!”

Únete a nosotros a medida que creamos más apoyo comunitario para Gladis Hernandez, la madre de cuatro hijos y vendedora ambulante, que fue brutalmente tomada por Inmigracion/ICE.

También haremos alcance con los vendedores ambulantes locales para que sepamos cómo prepararnos y defendernos contra ICE por cualquier medio necesario

Domingo, 19 de agosto a las 6 p.m., en frente del LA Memorial Coliseum donde Gladis fue tomada por ICE.

“Sin lucha, no hay victoria!”

www.servethepeopleLA.org
servethepeopleLA@protonmail.com


Join us as we build more community support for Gladis Hernandez, the mother of four and street vendor, who was viciously taken by ICE recently.

Serve the People – Los Angeles will be outreaching to local street vendors as well so that we know how to prepare and defend ourselves by any means necessary against ICE.

Sunday, August 19, in front of the LA Memorial Coliseum where Gladis was taken on Figueroa Street and Martin Luther King Jr Blvd at 6 p.m.

“Without struggle, there is no victory!”

www.servethepeopleLA.org
servethepeopleLA@protonmail.com

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Free Gladis: Build the People’s Revolutionary Defense Units!

People say California is supposed to be a “Sanctuary State,” or Los Angeles is supposed to be a “Sanctuary City.” The contradiction is stark and offensive. There is no sanctuary! There is no peace! There is no justice for undocumented working-class immigrants in this country. There is only struggle. Without struggle, there is no victory.

Gladis Areli Hernandes Amaya was stopped by law enforcement or private security in front of the LA Memorial Coliseum as she was selling hot dogs with her family. Law enforcement, then, handed her over to ICE. She is currently being detained in the private ICE Adelanto Detention Center.

Her family is struggling to get by without their mother. Her husband, Ernesto, is also a street vendor but understandably doesn’t sell in Los Angeles anymore due to the fear of being torn away from their four children.

This is the continued war against undocumented working-class immigrants by ICE and the U.S. Government. It is a federal war but it is also a local war- with City and police against street vendors.

People say California is supposed to be a “Sanctuary State,” or Los Angeles is supposed to be a “Sanctuary City.” The contradiction is stark and offensive. There is no sanctuary! There is no peace! There is no justice for undocumented working-class immigrants in this country. There is only struggle. Without struggle, there is no victory.

Serve the People – Los Angeles is working on organizing People’s Revolutionary Defense Units to fight against ICE raids and kidnappings by any means necessary. There is nothing else to do but help and defend each other while we organize in confronting the enemy of the people.

Please spread the word! There will be upcoming actions and more fundraising efforts. We need help in raising legal fees as well as bail, a total of approximately $10,000, as soon as possible.

GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/free-gladis-from-ice-detention

Gladis Areli Hernandes Amaya fue detenida por la policia en frente del LA Memorial Coliseum mientras vendía hot dogs con su familia. La policia o seguridad privada, entonces, la entregó a ICE. Actualmente está detenida en el centro privado de detención en Adelanto.

Su familia está luchando para mantener sin su madre. Su esposo, Ernesto, también es vendedor ambulante, pero dejó de vender en Los Ángeles debido al temor de ser arrancado de sus cuatro hijos.

Esta es la guerra continua contra los inmigrantes indocumentados de la clase trabajadora por ICE y el gobierno de los Estados Unidos. Es una guerra federal, pero también es una guerra local, con la Ciudad y la policía contra los vendedores ambulantes.

La gente dice que California supuestamente es un “Estado Santuario”, o que Los Ángeles supuestamente es “Ciudad Santuario”. La contradicción es dura y ofensiva. ¡No hay santuario! ¡No hay paz! No hay justicia para los inmigrantes indocumentados de la clase trabajadora en este país. Solo hay lucha. Sin lucha, no hay victoria.

Servir al Pueblo – Los Angeles está organizando las Unidades de Defensa Populares Revolucionarias para luchar contra las redadas y secuestros de ICE por cualquier medio necesario. No hay nada más que hacer que ayudar y defendernos mientras nos organizamos para enfrentar al enemigo del pueblo.

¡Pasa la voz! Habrá próximas acciones y más esfuerzos de recaudación de fondos. Necesitamos ayuda para aumentar los costos legales y la fianza, un total de aproximadamente $10,000, tan pronto como sea posible.

GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/free-gladis-from-ice-detention

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May Day speech: Rise up, soldiers of the people: May Day belongs to the working class!

We demanded discipline like a military command but we also offered compassion because the masses are hungry. They are hungry for both sustenance as well as theory – not like how these dumb fucks would trick us into believing “the masses can’t eat theory” yet we see them clamor to transformation and the politics of liberation. These other activists justify their inaction and cowardice by saying the masses aren’t ready for revolutionary theory or revolution. But through our work we see the opposite. Cast away these fools. Cast away the politics of capitalism – anything that tricks the working class into staying home, not studying, not transforming themselves and their struggles into trenches of combat.

The following was delivered as a speech on May Day in Boyle Heights as part of the Red Guards – Los Angeles-led march and rally. We were honored to participate and we will continue to work alongside our comrades! Together, and most importantly with the militant participation of the masses, we will rid Boyle Heights of all the parasitic slumlords, gentrifiers and ICE terrorists!

Rise up, soldiers of the people: May Day belongs to the working class!

We give militant greetings to all the militants and the masses of Boyle Heights!

May Day, as we all know, is an important day of sacrifice and victory for the working class; not just here in LA, but across the world.

We are here today in the spirit of rebellion – a rebellion that lives inside the veins of our people, the masses of Boyle Heights. As the sun rises and sets  can we say we don’t struggle on any given moment, any given day?

Struggle is all we have known and all we will ever know. Let’s not shy away from that shit. This is how things are but like all things it can change and we must change.

Change comes from struggle. Wherever there is conflict, there is change – whether it is between a slumlord and a tenant or a worker and their boss or an undocumented working-class immigrant and ICE.  Let’s rejoice that we are in struggle. It’s brought us victory, not just defeat. It has brought us here today and will carry us to tomorrow!

This year, 2018, has brought us an end, but a necessary end so we could make room for another beginning. This year we stopped our food distributions. After two years of weekly food distributions – about 40 bags per week, every week,  serving more than 2,000 people in a year. We came to realize that this wasn’t working. We weren’t reaching our goals: creating militant soldiers of and for the people to bring us independence and closer to revolution in this country, under this inhumane system. Handing out bags of food wasn’t creating militants. It was only re-creating individuals. This was one of our main problems. Instead of creating bags for each other, many community members would create their own bags of food and guard them. We tried to reform this individualism by implementing rules to squash it. But individualism, like all creations under capitalism, is only destroyed through real working-class struggle. Struggle was a missing part of the food distribution. Really, it was like a weekly guaranteed victory. The masses became dependent on us like a charity with only a few becoming independent revolutionaries. We demanded discipline like a military command but we also offered compassion because the masses are hungry. They are hungry for both sustenance as well as theory – not like how these dumb fucks would trick us into believing “the masses can’t eat theory” yet we see them clamor to transformation and the politics of liberation. These other activists justify their inaction and cowardice by saying the masses aren’t ready for revolutionary theory or revolution. But through our work we see the opposite. Cast away these fools. Cast away the politics of capitalism – anything that tricks the working class into staying home, not studying, not transforming themselves and their struggles into trenches of combat. 

However, we’ve learned , even though we can be stubborn. Once you give the masses the weapons to use against those that oppress them, then gah-damn you’ve done something, something permanent. Worthy of a moment of pride, and a subsequent speech.

Look around you. Do you know where you are. But really, really know it, like grasping what this neighborhood actually is and that the masses are the only force that gives it definition?

Boyle Heights is a battlefield that is part of a larger class war. Gentrification is just a concentrated form of class struggle at the community level. Gentrification, like all things that are reactionary, will inevitably fall. But it won’t fall by itself – only an organized and committed army that is willing to push can make things fall!

This will be done, in part, by our People’s Committees – with the very first committee being formed at the Pleasant Avenue apartments. The tenants of Pleasant Avenue have been neglected for years by a slumlord who still dared to raise their rents! Fuck that! You don’t get a bonus for letting your apartment buildings deteriorate while tenants suffer from your greed. So what did we do? We gathered the scattered anger of the tenants and organized it! Through struggles, the tenants began to realize their power, like a sleeping giant waking up. The committee held a small protest with 30 people for about two hours in front of slumlord Roger Lee’s office. Unsurprisingly, he was missing! He was afraid of the torrent of working-class power coming from the committee members. If we were slumlords (thankfully we’re not, eww) and our tenants were militantly confronting security guards and holding signs saying “Down with Roger Lee”, we would also be shaking! This small flex of force gave the tenants years of what was stolen from them. Slumlord Lee quickly began repairing the apartments and lowered the rent increase from $140 to $70. What a nice and generous guy! 30 people, two hours, and small displays of militancy conquered so much. So imagine 60 people, four hours, even more militancy. Imagine the fear this slumlord would feel then! Imagine how much more the tenants could conquer! As we’ve stated elsewhere, “Numbers and force are the only things that have changed history. Nothing else is effective in fighting gentrification.”

The committee knows that it can shake the world. A few repairs and a fraction of a rent increase is far from what we want. When we asked the tenants if they were satisfied, they responded “No”! When we asked what they wanted, a resounding “Everything” was heard. So when slumlord Roger Lee and the other slumlords (we’re coming for you – your days are numbered) ask us what we want, that will be our answer – everything! If our demands are not met, we will reassure these slumlords that there are militants who are not afraid to struggle, who are not afraid of a jail cell or even death if it means serving the people! All slumlords who do not end their corrupt and shitty ways will be washed away by the torrent of working-class tenants and the militants. Let us also remind slumlords like Roger Lee that the militant masses are growing and aligning themselves to our leadership. Today, there might be a handful of militants but tomorrow, we are certain there will be more – an army, eventually. In Boyle Heights and throughout the world, there is an ever-growing army who fight for the conquest of one thing – everything!

Long live Serve the People – Los Angeles!

Long Live the Peoples Committees!

Long live the militant masses who defend the people!

Shake the World!