Brothers and Sisters!
We write this letter in order to express our sorrow and anger at the police murder of Timothy Thomas, and as a gesture of solidarity with his friends and family, and with the protesters who are standing up against police brutality and oppression.
Some members of our organization, the Northeastern Federation of Anarcho-Communists (NEFAC), were present for the anti-Trans-Atlantic Business Dialogue (TABD) meeting last November, which followed quickly on the heels of two other murders of Black men by Cincinatti police, and saw
first had the brutality the Cincinatti police are capable of.
It is no secret that the job of the police is to defend the interests of the wealthy and their corporations, at the expense of all working class people, and especially at the expense of working class people of color. This often plays out in the racist brutalization and murder of the most marginalized of our brothers and sisters. The murder of Timothy Thomas
is a consequence of this racist system called capitalism, which gentrifies our neighborhoods, brutalizes,
enslaves and murders us. They call forth their massive police forces to keep us living in fear, so we won't dare to rise up against their system, liberate ourselves and build a better world.
We know all too well the frustration and anger which accompanies the way we are forced to live our lives: lives overshadowed by fear, doubt, and oppression. As their media attempts to portray your actions as "mindless rioting," we applaud your acts of resistance, and ask you to remember the sense of unity and power, freedom and hope that you felt together on the streets. We share your sorrow and anger, and we stand in solidarity with you in your struggle!
May your bricks have wings!
With love and rage,