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Why does the U.S. have such a corrupt, vicious government? Because the people of the U.S. like it this way.

We are told that people all over the world ask themselves: “Why is the United States Government so vicious when the people of the United States seem so nice when you meet them?”

The perception of the people of the United States is that they are generous and friendly, open and welcoming to people from all over the world.  This is the perception; the truth is far from the perception.  In fact, the people of the United States don’t give a shit how many people the US Government murders all over the world, so long as the price of gasoline doesn’t rise above $5.00 a gallon.

We saw more than a hint of this national selfishness in the endless, prating U.S. side of the discussion about the National Security Agency’s spy operations targeting people all over the world.  Here in the United States, those workers who did complain about the spying (actually very few seem to care very much about anything at all) focused their anger on the fact that the NSA was spying on AMERICANS.  They couldn’t care less about the US Government’s rampant violations of the rights of the inhabitants of the rest of the planet.

This vicious nationalism is quite reminiscent of the mentality of workers in Germany during the reign of Hitler’s Nazis.  There, too, the citizens did not care what the government was doing, so long as there were jobs for everyone and life was improving after the long nightmare of the economic collapse that followed Germany’s defeat in WWI.  In Germany in 1941, no one cared about the fate of the Jews, just as in the United States in 2014, no one seems to care about the growing number of victims of the US military’s drone strikes, or the mass murder of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, or anything else that is caused by the US capitalist class’ unbridled greed, which drives them to commit atrocity after atrocity, decade after decade, while the citizens of the United States pretend that there is nothing they can do to change government policy.  The citizens of the United States act as if they have tried very hard to change the government, but have found out after decades of trying that “you just can’t fight Washington”.  In fact, they have not even attempted to oppose the US Government’s brutal raping of the Middle East and western Asia ‘lo these many years.  Because they just don’t care.  The vast majority of the citizens of the United States aren’t “nice, friendly, generous” people any more than the citizens of Hitler’s Germany were “nice friendly, generous people”.

So what do Americans care about?  What kinds of causes are they willing to support with their hard-earned dollars?  What are the important issues and grass-roots efforts that are rousing Americans out of their vast apathy/malevolence towards their fellow men and women and causing them to open up their checkbooks and donate money to a worthy cause?

Indiegogo is the most successful crowdfunding organization in the United States today.  It provides an online platform for those seeking to raise money for any kind of cause imaginable, from funding the development of worthless junk to funding political parties like ours.  So, perhaps if we take a look at the most popular campaigns on Indiegogo we will get a good look into the “hearts and minds” of those “happy, friendly and generous” 2014 U.S. versions of the citizens of Hitler’s Germany!  After all, Indiegogo’s mantra is “Fund what matters to you”. Let’s take a look.

This is what the Indiegogo website looks like, in case you’ve never had the pleasure:

Indiegogo homepage: "Fund what matters to you"

Indiegogo homepage: “Fund what matters to you”

So, what “matters” to our lovely American fellow citizens in 2014?  Here are the top ten most funded campaigns on Indiegogo as of today, 20 March 2014:

#10: RESTORE THE SHORE!

Restoring the New Jersey Shore, devastated by Hurricane Sandy, doesn't register with Americans any more in 2014

Restoring the New Jersey Shore, devastated by Hurricane Sandy, doesn’t register with Americans any more in 2014

#9: ROBOT DRAGONFLY!

Are Americans worried about drones? Damn right! They're worried that their neighbors will get one before they do.

Are Americans worried about drones? Damn right! They’re worried that their neighbors will get one before they do.

#8: GEEK PULSE DIGITAL AUDIO AWESOMIFIER!

This is so incredibly stupid it beggars belief. What do these people have to produce in order for this not to be a first-class case of fraud?

This is so incredibly stupid it beggars belief. What do these people have to produce in order for this not to be a first-class case of fraud?

#7: PANONO THROWABLE PANORAMIC BALL CAMERA!

This would be a ridiculous waste of money if it weren't for the fact that it's THROWABLE! WHEEE!

This would be a ridiculous waste of money if it weren’t for the fact that it’s THROWABLE! WHEEE!

#6: AIRTAME WIRELESS HDMI FOR EVERYONE!

Wireless HDMI for everyone!  Well, everyone who owns a computer, anyway. Are there any people who don't own a computer?  Ewwwwww!

Wireless HDMI for everyone! Well, everyone who owns a computer, anyway. Are there really people who don’t own a computer? Ewwwwww!

#5: BUILD A GODDAMN TESLA MUSEUM ALREADY!

Someone call Rotary International and see if they can spend some time on something important for once.

Someone call Rotary International and see if they can spend some time on something important for once.

#4:  KREYOS: THE ONLY SMARTWATCH WITH VOICE AND GESTURE CONTROL!

We can think of only one gesture we'd like to make after seeing this.

We can think of only one gesture we’d like to make after seeing this.

#3: SCANADU SCOUT WIRELESS VITAL SIGNS TRANSMITTER!

Brain functions below normal; apathy levels extremely high;  morality at undetectable levels: a typical American wage/debt slave!

Brain functions below normal; apathy levels extremely high; morality at undetectable levels: a typical American wage/debt slave!

#2: CANARY SMART HOME SECURITY SYSTEM FOR EVERYONE!

It will even keep your conscience from troubling you over trivial things like the burgeoning US police state and NSA spying!

It will even keep your conscience from troubling you over trivial things like the burgeoning US police state and NSA spying!

We bet that after finally having the chance to appreciate all these wonderfully frivolous (and mostly wildly successful) fundraising campaigns that have captivated the imaginations of today’s American version of the Hitler Youth, you’re just dying to see what has been the number one fundraising boondoggle of the year so far! Right?  Right?  We’ll get ready to be disgusted/disappointed:

#1: UBUNTU EDGE COMBINATION SMARTPHONE/DESKTOP PC!

It's a smartphone!  No, it's a desktop PC!  No... it's a SMARTPHONE!  No... it's BOTH IN ONE DEVICE!  OMFG!

It’s a smartphone! No, it’s a desktop PC! No… it’s a SMARTPHONE! No… it’s BOTH IN ONE DEVICE! OMFG!

Well, look on the bright side: sure, they managed to raise over $12 million for the development of a device no one wants, but at least they fell far short of the $32 MILLION these fuckwads WANTED to raise for their “revolutionary” P.O.S..

Now, we know what all our stupid fellow American citizens are gonna say to this: “Wait a minute!  There are a lot of great campaigns being funded on Indiegogo that PROVE how selfless and generous we Americans really are!  You’re not showing the world how much we care at all!”  OK, we’ll show some examples of your overweening generosity:

CAMPAIGN TO HELP VANDALIZED ABORTION CLINIC IN KALISPELL, MONTANA

300 million Americans have managed to raise just $60,000 to repair an abortion clinic vandalized by anti-abortion fanatics

300 million Americans have managed to raise just $60,000 to repair an abortion clinic vandalized by anti-abortion fanatics

300 million compassionate Americans have raised $1300 to help a man's mom fight to free her son from prison

300 million compassionate Americans have raised $1300 to help a man’s mom fight to free her son from prison

300 million Americans care enough about the horrendous conditions in US prisons to donate $5,400.00 to end solitary confinement in Pennsylvania

300 million Americans care enough about the horrendous conditions in US prisons to donate $5,400.00 to end solitary confinement in Pennsylvania

300 million Americans care enough about the fight to defend our right to be free from the US Government's warrantless surveillance programs  that they raised $2,000 for the cause.

300 million Americans care enough about the fight to defend our right to be free from the US Government’s warrantless surveillance programs that they raised $2,000 for the cause.

So the next time you hear an American worker complaining about how bad things are getting in the United States and winding up the complaint with “but what can we do about it?” remember:  Americans aren’t even trying to change things for the better.  Because, as of March, 2014, they really don’t give a shit.

IWPCHI

US Imperialism’s Chickens Will Continue to Come Home to Roost Until US Workers Start Caring About US War Crimes

In the wake of the horrendous Boston Marathon Bombings, the world has been treated to the spectacle of U.S. citizens showing the “compassion” for which the United States is so UNJUSTLY renowned.  Candlelight vigils of crowds of US workers singing hymns; public displays of mourning for the victims; piles of stuffed animals and handmade notes and posters of sympathy for the victims; tributes to the victims at every sporting event in the land… it’s all so very touching.

And it’s all a lot of bullshit!

U.S. citizens do all this not to make the families of the victims feel good; it’s to make these faux-mourners feel good about themselves that they put on this hypocritical display of so-called “American compassion”.  No sooner do they step away from the many memorials to the dead and maimed U.S. victims of these twin bombings than they immediately go into a nationalistic fury at the “foreign Muslims” who allegedly committed the sadistic acts of terror.  Waving U.S. flags, chanting “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!”, fawning over the ridiculously unheroic actions of the kill-crazed members of the U.S. Police State; this is showing compassion?  Calling for the “suspects” to be lynched in a thousand ways on every news media website and blog in the nation, they scream for the blood of a 19-year-old man – who has only today been formally charged with the crimes – and the “compassionate” U.S. citizenry howls for his head on a platter – literally!  Vast numbers of U.S. citizens have completely internalized the brutal, racist attitudes of the U.S. capitalist class and their police state and the REAL mass-murderers: the U.S.’ blood-soaked military and “intelligence” agencies.

The basic bleating cry of the “compassionate” American is: “Why do they hate us?  Why do they attack us?  What have we done to the Chechens?”  As if there is no reason in the world for young Muslims to hate the United States Government, its military and its PEOPLE for electing and re-electing a long, long line of vicious Wall St. puppets that have murdered tens of millions of workers around the world in the past 120 years – choosing for their victims mainly those in oil-rich Muslim countries for the past 30 years.   Like the Japanese,  Koreans and Vietnamese before them, the (mostly) brown-skinned Muslim workers are considered by the so-called “compassionate” American capitalist class to be “sub-human”; no act of violence is too savage to be brought to bear against the Muslim “enemy”!  The U.S. working class has completely accepted their capitalist masters’ racist attitude towards any Muslim who would dare to defend his fellow Muslims against the kind of savagery being aimed at anyone who so much as knows a so-called “radical Islamist”.  Any Muslim who fires a weapon at a U.S. soldier in defense of his home country, family and neighbors is considered to be a “terrorist” and therefore subhuman; the U.S. working class howls for his murder!

For just how long do you, the workers of the United States – you who make up less than 5% of the world’s population – think that the other 95% of the planet’s inhabitants are going to give you a pass while “your” ELECTED government’s military goes around shooting, bombing, torturing and assassinating anyone who dares to stand up to U.S. Imperialism?  If you will stand and cheer the U.S. soldiers who have been busy raping, pillaging and murdering your fellow workers in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Iraq and throughout the Middle East – what are the workers in the other 95% of the world supposed to think about you?  Was it your “innate compassion” that caused “your” sons and daughters in the U.S. military to commit torture at Abu Ghraib?  Was it your love of your fellow human beings that created the mass-murder in Fallujah?  Was it your kindness and moral superiority that allowed you to applaud as 1.5 million Iraqis were slaughtered so that the U.S. capitalist class could seize the oil fields of Iraq?   Was it your love of freedom and democracy that led you to support the War in Afghanistan, against the poorest nation on Earth, in which tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children have been butchered by U.S. warplanes and soldiers?  Where were your memorials, where was your public outpouring of “compassion” when all these innocent workers were slaughtered, allegedly in defense of your ‘freedoms” and in your name, by your sons and daughters?

The 95% of the world are beginning to understand that decades of appeals they have addressed to the “compassionate” American working class are falling on deaf ears and cold, hardened hearts of human beings completely brainwashed by the propaganda spread by the U.S. capitalist class’ into supporting every barbaric war the U.S. has ever waged.  Literally millions of selfless, heroic human beings – far superior in every respect to the selfish, cowardly U.S. working class – have been slaughtered in cold blood by U.S. imperialist forces and their puppets in Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Haiti, El Salvador, Guatemala, Chile, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Palestine… just to name a few!  And all this time, the 95% of the world’s population has, for the most part, refrained from “bringing the war home” to the U.S. working class.

But that is starting to change.

If the U.S. workers continue to support their capitalist masters as they go around “making the world safe for U.S. business interests”; if the U.S. working class continues to send their sons and daughters out to kill and maim millions of their fellow workers all over the globe on behalf of their capitalist masters; if the U.S. working class continues to not give a shit about how many of their workers are slaughtered by U.S. imperialism’s troops – now operating in well over 150 countries! – and continue to support the U.S. Government by voting for it or by refusing to oppose it; then the chickens are going to continue to come home to roost, and there will be many more terrorist attacks like the World Trade Center and Boston Marathon bombings.  You can be sure of it.

“Why do they hate you”?  Because you don’t give a shit when the U.S. government slaughters their sons, daughters, mothers and fathers in pursuit of the profits of the U.S. capitalist class, that’s why!  The 95% are starting to wake up and realize that the United States Government has got to go.  The rest of the world will not stand around and get beaten to death while you pretend to be “oh, so compassionate” only when American blood is spilled!  They will come after you and they will destroy the U.S. Government in the same way that the Nazi regime was wiped off the face of the Earth in 1945!  It’s just a matter of time.

If you think that your shitty middle-class existence is going to be endlessly propped up by “your” military carpet-bombing the rest of the planet, think again oh “compassionate” ones!  You are bequeathing to your sons and daughters the very same comeuppance that the Nazis received at the end of World War Two.  The 93% of the world doesn’t want to have to do it; but if you continue to support blood-soaked U.S. imperialism, they will have no other choice.  Either overthrow the vicious, imperialist U.S. Government yourselves, or the rest of the world will do it for you.

Keep supporting the U.S. capitalist class’ twin parties of U.S. imperialism – the Democrats and Republicans – and your fate will be sealed.

It’s up to you, the U.S. working class, what your future – and the future of your children and grandchildren – will be like.  You’d better start giving a shit right now!

IWPCHI

A Note to Our Readers

Due to the absolute lack of financial support for this blog and this project to build a workers party to fight for the rights of working-class people in the United States, we have decided to re-enter the workforce full-time ourselves in order to survive.  With 19 hours to go on our second fruitless (!) 45-day campaign to raise $50,000 to finance this project as a bona fide political party of the working class, we have received exactly nothing from you, our alleged supporters.  And so, we have already been forced to start working just part-time for you.  This is why you may have noticed the sudden drop-off in the number of articles written on this blog the past 2 weeks.  Instead of working for you, our working class brothers and sisters, we had to start working to make some scumbag capitalists richer than they already are.

We’re not averse to work: but we’d much rather be doing THIS WORK – for you – full-time, keeping an eye on the news important to workers from all over the globe and providing timely revolutionary analysis of current events to you, for whom this website is dedicated.  However, it has become painfully obvious to us that either this blog is of little importance in the eyes of you, the working people reading it, or you are simply not interested in the goal of establishing a major political party of the working class, by the working class and for the working class at this time.  Whatever the reason, we’ve got to eat and we’ve got to have a roof over our heads, and if the working class won’t help us to do that by paying us to work for you full-time, then we must start working part-time for you.  Ain’t no way around it.  You get half-assed work done if that’s all you’re willing to pay for.

Money invested in the fight to emancipate the working class from capitalist wage slavery is congealed consciousness of those who give it.  The refusal of workers to consider financing their own political parties is a form of congealed consciousness, too: the congealed, ossified consciousness of a beaten-down, pessimistic, downtrodden wage-slave who refuses to finance his or her own emancipation, believing that “it doesn’t matter what we do, the capital;ists will always win”.  It is the philosophy of losers, of slaves who refuse to fight and make excuses for why they can’t fight instead of finding reasons to fight.  Ex-slave and U.S. antislavery hero Frederick Douglass said it over a hundred and fifty years ago: “For brave men, there is always a remedy for oppression!”  And for cowards, there is always an excuse to do nothing.  You must ask yourselves, fellow workers: which are you?

We have run two consecutive 45-day campaigns on the “Indiegogo” website seeking donations from the working class for this project and have received exactly $0.00 from the U.S. working class in support of our attempt to create a real, revolutionary workers party for you.  It is our belief that the working class of the United States deserves a full-time revolutionary political party that will fight intransigently for the rights of workers here in the U.S., as well as for the rights of our working-class brothers and sisters all over the world.  That will cost some money – not a lot, but it will cost money to rent offices and pay staff to work full-time on your behalf.  If each of the 300,000,000 workers living in the United States just gave one dollar a year to this cause, the end of homelessness, poverty, war and the exploitation of man by man would be ell on its way to the dustbin of history.  The capitalist system would be doomed.  But that’s not what you’re doing with your extra dollars, is it, fellow worker?

On Indiegogo, you can see that American workers are financing all kinds of frivolous and even fake projects to save the lives of puppies and  finance rock bands and all kinds of stupid shit and are even sending millions of dollars a month to provide venture capital for all kinds of crackpot, useless inventions and gadgets designed only to make the designers rich.  And yet this project – there are not many projects like it – to organize a workers party in the US to lead the working class in a struggle to abolish the capitalist system and create a more democratic, egalitarian worker-socialist government to replace our current system based on greed finds not one person in 350,000,000 willing to donate a penny.  It says a lot about how f***ed-up the priorities of the American working class are right now.

When you are ready, fellow workers, to finance working-class political parties to lead the struggle to break the chains that bind you to a life of exploitation and misery under this brutal, warmongering capitalist system, then you will have political parties worthy of that noble cause.  So long as you find it to be more important to you to have 150 cable TV channels broadcasting pro-capitalist propaganda at you 24/7 instead of having a political party to fight for a decent future for you and your children, then you will continue to be credit-slaves for the bankers.  And you will be doing everything in your power to make sure that your children and grandchildren will live under even worse standards of living than you yourselves enjoy right now – if you are, in ,enjoying being in debt up the ass to the bankers and Wall St. swindlers, that is.

We look forward to the day when projects like this find the kind of freely available financing from the working people of the US that capitalist wanna-bes can find today for their worthless projects designed solely to make them wealthy.  When that day comes, you, the working class of the United States, will recognize the value in self-financing your own political parties so that you can have people working 24/7 on your behalf.  In the meantime, you will only have tiny, inconsequential workers parties able to work for you only in their off-hours after work.  Instead of receiving the full amount of potential labor of workers who are dedicated to the task of liberating the working class from capitalist wage-slavery, able to give you 100% of their energy 100% of the time, you will continue to have a tiny force of workers exhausted from their daily toil, trying to do as much as they can for you between the time they return home from work and the time they have to go to bed.

While you, fellow workers, are refusing to provide material support for those activists who want to fight for you 24/7/365, keep in mind that the capitalist class owns hundreds of thousands of operatives, lobbyists, politicians, lawyers and everything else they need to keep you enslaved and to keep sending your children off to die in wars fought to make the capitalists just that much richer, who will be working 24/7/365 to drive your wages and benefits and social programs down so that the capitalists can take all that money and give it to themselves.

Fellow workers! We hope we’ll be here when you finally decide you don’t want to live your lives in debt-slavery to the bankers anymore and when you finally decide to do something about it by financing a full-time party or parties to fight this full-time battle for your rights and those of the people you allegedly love.  Until then, this blog, and every other pro-working class blog, nascent working-class political party and activist group will be struggling hand-to-mouth to fight for your rights while you throw your money away on hundreds of lottery tickets and hundreds of cases of soda pop each and every year of your pathetic, debt-ridden lives.  Enjoy your frivolous pointless lives as consumers and wage-slaves for as long as you can: and when you get tired of living from payday loan to payday loan, remember us.  We might still be around to help you when that glorious day of your enlightenment arrives.  Then again, maybe not.

But hey, if we’re no longer here to help, you can always fall back on that good old-fashioned, time-honored back-up system of praying to your favorite god(s) to help you in your hour of need.  That – like voting for the “lesser of two evils” – always works for you, doesn’t it?

IWPCHI

UPDATE: “Racist Router” of Niles, IL Routed! – Has Not Appeared for 3 Days

Having been burned before by the apparent disappearance of the “racist router” broadacsting the SSID “N*****R_DICK” to the patrons of a busy business district of coffee shops and restaurants in “All America City” Niles, IL, we have waited a few days to publish an update on the case.  Our correspondent has visited the Panera Bread facility at 7023 W. Dempster St. in Niles, IL twice a day for the past three days (October 25-28) and confirms that the router has not been broadcasting its hate-filled message during this time.

Our investigation of this case has revealed that it is possible that the router broadcast has been going on for quite a while.  At one time, a router in the exact same location was broadcasting the name “White Eagle” to the community.  We are continuing to research this and will also continue to monitor the location to determine whether or not the termination of this racist provocation was a temporary cessation or actually the end of this garbage.  We have notified the local press and the NAACP and have contacted the Trotskyists of the Partisan Defense Committee and the Spartacist League about this case over the past week.  So far, we have only received a response from the Niles/Morton Grove “Patch” newspaper, who have suggested that our party publish a letter in their newspaper addressed to the local citizens about the matter.  We reproduce that letter here.   Once again, we would like to thank Ms. Cathy Spadoni, Secretary of the Village of Niles’  “Community Relations Commission”  for her prompt action in getting this racist router broadcast taken down.  We encourage the working class citizens of Niles and Morton Grove to call her and thank her for a job well done: she can be reached at 847-588-8000.  – IWPCHI

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[The following letter was published in the online version of the  Niles-Morton Grove (IL) “Patch” newspaper’s “Announcements” section on October 26, 2012.  It has not been edited in any way.  – IWPCHI]

Stop the Racist Router Broadcast in Niles!

26 October, 2012

Brothers and Sisters;

We have recently become aware of the existence of a wifi router on the border of Niles and Morton Grove, broadcasting the name “N*****R_DICK” to the community.
This router is located somewhere near the strip mall just west of Waukegan on Dempster where Chase Bank and Panera Bread (the 7000 block of  W. Dempster St., in Niles) are located.  You can still observe this racist activity as of this writing.  The broadcast is viewable at the Chase Bank as well as the Panera Bread cafe and restaurant, and is most likely viewable at the Dairy Queen, Waxberg’s Shoes and Advanced Auto Parts; it may also be visible at Dunkin Donuts and Pizza Hut.

According to a Niles police officer we spoke to, the racist provocation has been going on for over two years now – and the police, though they have recieved several complaints about it, claim that it “is not a hate crime” and “there is nothing” they can do.  The fact that this has been going on unabated for more than two years means that literally tens of thousands of people have been exposed to this disgusting racist provocation and neither the police nor the affected businesses have done anything to stop it or even investigate it.

We discovered the router broadcast the night of the 13th of October and brought it to the attention of the Panera Bread management that evening.  On the 16th we again observed the broadcast and spoke with the Panera Bread manager and general manager as well as the manager of the Chase Bank a couple of doors down.. We responded to their assertions that “there is nothing we can do” by telling them that there was “a lot they can do” and we gave them a couple more days to see if they would do anything.  On the 18th of October, once again observing the broadcast from the Panera Bread location, we contacted the Niles, IL police and the Niles, IL Community Relations Commission’s “anti-discrimination hotline”.  It took the “hotline” 6 days to get back to us.  When they finally did return our call on October 24, Ms. Cathy Spadoni, Secretary of that organization, stated that she had never heard of this issue until we contacted the Commission.  She told us she would bring it to the attention of the Chief of Police.  That same afternoon, two police officers were seen walking around the Panera Bread location on Dempster with wifi site surveying equipment, apparently looking for the router.  According to Ms. Spadoni, they found it and were assured by the owner that it would be turned off “in a couple of days”.
The router broadcast seems to have been temporarily disconnected two nights ago (Oct 24) when we searched for it unsuccessfully at Panera using our own computer.  However, the next morning we returned to Panera and found that the router was broadcasting again.  Immediately phoning Ms. Spadoni, we were once again assured that the racist broadcast would be ended “in the next couple of days”.  Today (October 26) we checked it again and it’s still there.

We feel that it is time for us to bring this matter to the attention of a broader segment of the community in order to put more pressure on the Village of Niles to end something that has been going on for far too long already.  We are pleased with the work done by Ms. Spadoni – so far – but the fact that in spite of the involvement of the Chief of the Niles Police Department this racist broadcast is being allowed to continue even “for a few days” more is appalling.  We had hoped that simply reporting it to the Niles Police and the Niles Community Relations Commission would put a quick end to it, but they seem to be in no real hurry to get this resolved.

We would also like to find out who is behind this vile racist provocation.  If it is one of the local businesses doing this, that should be made part of the public record.  If it is a citizen, the community needs to be made aware that there is a potential threat of racist attacks being launched against citizens of all races by this psychologically unstable person or persons.

We live in a country where it is, sadly, common to see mug shots of our neighbors displayed in the newspapers whenever someone gets it on with the babysitter or if someone has one too many at the local pub. People who are merely arrested on suspicion of having committed a crime have their faces splashed all over the TV and Internet and their lives are turned upside down: but when a racist broadcasts hate to an entire neighborhood and a business district for more than 2 years, the police can’t seem to find any way to do anything about it.  And the business owners act as if its no big deal.

It is up to the working class of Niles and Morton Grove to show their fellow citizens that racism in their community is something that they will not tolerate.  Just a couple of years ago, Niles was singled out by a national publication as being one of the top 5 places to raise a family in the United States.  If that is true, then a situation such as the one that exists now, and the apathy of public officials and business owners towards it, must be publicly condemned by the working class of Niles and Morton Grove.

You can find our ongoing series of articles on this case at iwpchi.wordpress.com

If you would like to get involved in organizing opposition to this type of vile racism, please contact us at iwpchi@rocketmail.com

Sincerely,

Independent Workers Party of Chicago

Racist Router Update: Niles, IL Anti-Discrimination “Hotline” Returns Call – After 6 Days!

[Update on the Niles, IL “racist router broadcast” that was discovered by one of our correspondents – IWPCHI]

Racist router broadcast, Panera Bread, 7023 West Dempster Street in Niles IL., as it appeared on computer 24 October, 2012. Credit: IWPCHI

This morning, our correspondent informs us, he finally received a return phone call from the Niles, IL “anti-discrimination hotline” regarding that racist router broadcast at Panera Bread!  Amazing!  We originally called them on the morning of October 18th, and gave them another cal a day later.  It only took them 6 full days to get back to us!  We are so glad that they don’t run the 911 hotline!

The call came from a very nice woman who identified herself as Cathy Spadoni, “Secretary of the  Community Relations Commission“.   [We are sure that Ms. Spadoni would be happy to receive calls from concerned members of the Niles community as well as from concerned workers all over Illinois.  You can reach her through the “hotline” at 847-600-5440 or by email at CommunityRelations@vniles.com]

The first thing Ms. Spadoni asked our correspondent was “when did you call us?”  Apparently, that “anti-discrimination hotline” really IS an old-school answering machine!   Our correspondent let her know that it was a week ago.

Ms. Spadoni apologized for the delay in returning our correspondent’s phone call and then proceeded to ask him a few questions.  First: “What is a router broadcast?”

Come on, now, it’s not that funny!  Not everyone knows the name of these things, though they are indeed familiar with using wifi.  This was the case with Ms. Spadoni, who immediately understood what our correspondent was talking about once it was explained to her.  He gave her the whole rundown of what he had observed at Panera Bread and how the router’s broadcast was being received throughout the residential neighborhood north of its apparent location as well as throughout the strip mall on the south side of Dempster Ave., in Niles.

Ms. Spadoni then told our reporter that she had not heard of the issue before and that she would bring it to the attention of the Chief of Police in Niles.  Our correspondent then let her know that the police have been aware of this racist broadcast for at least two years and have done nothing about it, saying that it was not a hate crime and was protected free speech.  He also made it clear to her that over the past two-plus years, tens of thousands of people have been subjected to this abuse at the hands of this racist and the Niles authorities have done nothing to stop it.

This information seemed to startle her a bit.  She paused and then stated that her commission’s mission was to deal primarily with housing discrimination – a statement completely at odds with the written declaration of the commission on its webpage as well as the recorded message on the “anti-discrimination hotline”.  The website states: “The Commission has a mission to promote fairness and eliminate discrimination in Niles” – a much broader definition of discrimination than what Ms. Spadoni asserted.

Ms. Spadoni then stated: “”It’s certainly not our intention to downplay this incident, but it may be that our hands are tied”, to which our correspondent replied that intentions don’t matter, actions do.  “My grandmother used to say: the road to hell is paved with good intentions” our correspondent told Ms. Spadoni.  “Yes, I’ve heard that saying before” Ms. Spadoni replied.  “What is important isn’t what people intend, but what they actually do that matters.  In this case it’s a question perhaps of taking a broader rather than a narrow view of what your commission’s responsibilities are,” our correspondent said.

He then told Ms. Spadoni that he intends “to run this up the ladder until I find someone who will do something about it”.  He stated that he intends to inform the NAACP and any other organization he can find that will work to get this case resolved.

The IWPCHI simply does not have the capacity to take up this case on its own.  If this is to go any further it must be taken up by as many pro-working-class political parties and as many anti-racist groups as possible.  Picket lines should be set up outside the Niles Village Hall to protest the phony “anti-discrimination hotline” as well as the complete inaction of the village authorities to a serious ongoing campaign of racist abuse of the citizenry by a person or persons unknown.  Once identified, the people or person responsible for this racist provocation should have their homes and/or businesses picketed and they should be compelled to cease and desist by the anti-racist workers in the region.  This work can and should be carried out by the unionized working class of Niles and Morton Grove primarily, meaning that the teachers unions, village employee unions and local trades unions should join together to make it clear to all the racist scum in the area that their provocations will not be tolerated by the working class.

Niles, IL has a vibrant and growing Korean and Indian population.  Youth from India and the Middle East working on their schoolwork and college classes crowd the coffee shops day and night where this racist router broadcast is occurring.  We believe that the racist(s) behind the broadcast are deliberately targeting these folks, as well as the many black and Hispanic workers in the strip mall – and any other decent people who stop there for coffee or for lunch.

There does seem to be a thread of racism running through the Niles community.

Fascist insignia painted on water conduit, Cook County Forest Preserve, Niles, IL.
Credit: IWPCHI

Fascist insignia carved into dead tree, Cook County Forest Preserve, Niles, IL.
Credit: IWPCHI

Racist graffiti on map of bike trail, 24 October, 2012. Cook County Forest Preserve, Niles, IL. Credit: IWPCHI

Nazi symbols have been found painted on water conduits and carved into trees in the Cook County Forest Preserve in Niles; racist graffiti has also been spotted written on a map of the bike path running through the Forest Preserve.  These little nests of fascist vermin exist all over the US, and are continually being fed by the US government’s disgusting racist attacks on immigrant workers.

Today, just after speaking with Ms. Spadoni, our correspondent returned to Panera Bread and confirmed, once again, that the racist router broadcast continues.

He will be taking steps throughout the day to bring this vile racist provocation to the attention of the working class in Northern Illinois.  We will continue to keep you updated as we receive more information in the case, and we look forward to seeing what Ms. Spadoni and the Niles, Illinois “Community Relations Commission” does about the matter.

[To Be Continued]

IWPCHI