July 19, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNew.org - While the San Francisco media is usually more than willing to cover local rallies and demonstrations, it is far more reluctant - bordering on phobic - to analyze and comment upon the key attribute most of these gatherings share in common...in your face leftist extremism.
A case in point, Walnut Creek, California where a little First Amendment experiment was staged today, a rally sponsored by supporters of Johannes Mehserle, the BART transportation policeman who was convicted two weeks ago of involuntary manslaughter in the January 1 shooting of Oakland resident, Oscar Grant, who had been resisting arrest.
Today's counter-demonstrators, supporters of Grant, were in heavy proportion self-identified Marxists. featuring some of the Bay Area hard left's most dedicated revolutionaries.
Freely circulated at this and similar events was a blizzard of written screeds, radical position papers and the like.
Typical was a broadsheet [one side in English, the other in Spanish] in support of the Revcom.us website, which touts, "This is the official website for Revolution newspaper, voice of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA. We extend our endorsement to the site, bobavakian.net, for authentic audio recordings (and related promotional materials) of talks by the Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, Bob Avakian."
The Revcom document reads in part, "We live under a system of capitalism-imperialism, a system in which U.S. imperialism is the most monstrous, most oppressive superpower...a system driven by a relentless chase for profit, which brings horror upon horror, a nightmare seemingly without end, for the vast majority of humanity..."
From this indictment, the narrative continues, "...now IS the time to be WORKING FOR REVOLUTION - to be stepping up resistance while building a movement for revolution - to prepare for the time when it WILL be possible to go all out and seize power."
Another one of the groups present at this protest was International Answer, a Marxist group which is a mainstay at national demonstrations.
Please consider the following images as you view the rest of the media's coverage of this event.
The lone Oscar Grant "die in"
As usual, the media is ever willing to be extremely accommodative
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