Communiqué from Rob "los Ricos" Thaxton
Mill Creek Correctional Facility
4005 Aumsville Hwy
Salem, Oregon 97301
September 29, 2005
"I want November 11 to be a day when
everyone-and anarchists in particular-examines
the conditions of their lives and how they compare
to the wealthiest 5% of the population."
November 11 is a national holiday—a day to remember the many American lives lost fighting this country's wars. Why November 11? To bury this country's radical past.
On November 11, 1887, four anarchist labor organizers, agitators and propagandists were hung in Chicago. Their crime? They suggested workers be allowed an 8 hour workday.
Long before their trial, mainstream newspapers were demanding blood. They wanted the government to kill all union members along with their families. And, if the government refused to do so, it was up to "decent, Christian citizens" to carry out what they considered to be a sacred mission to protect the profits of American corporations.
After one of the most fraudulent trials ever recorded in history, eight anarchists were sentenced to death. Protests in solidarity with the condemned men were massive and worldwide. When the first 4 were executed, international outrage and the fury of the U.S. workforce compelled the government to pardon three of the remaining prisoners. Another took his own life rather than allow the government to make that decision for him.
After the executions, international protests gave way to a wave of assassinations, bombings, kidnappings and general lawlessness so severe that several countries were on the verge of disintegration. This was the era of the Class War; a very real, bloody armed conflict.
The state responded by undertaking a policy of appeasement. Governments forced the capitalists and their corporations to grant workers a few menial reforms—such as the 8 hour work day.
Now, all that was gained by blood during the Class War is being lost. The state is owned completely by the capitalists and corporations.
I want November 11 to be a day when everyone—and anarchists in particular—examine the conditions of their lives and how they compare to those of the wealthiest 5% of the population. I want us to remember where those people's wealth came from and realize that our lives have been impoverished by the gross concentration of wealth and power into a few hands, and, I hope that every year we will rededicate ourselves to breaking the death grip that the state and capital have on our precious planet.
Remember that the liberal society created by the bloodshed of the Class War has been obliterated by international trade organizations, corporate power and government collusion with international banking interests.
I also ask you to come to grips with the idea that we—everyone not among the wealthiest 5% of the world's population—we are all Iraqis now.