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The Socialist 24 November 2021

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The Socialist issue 1157

Workers' action can defeat weak and divided Tories

Working class strangled by price rises and pay cuts

Poorer pensioners fleeced by social care cap

Tories hammer nail in pensions triple lock coffin

HS2 eastern route cancelled: Fight for a workers' plan for public transport

Cricket's history of racism and elitism


Midwives march against unsafe staffing and for adequate funding

Tories responsible for NHS staff shortages


End sexism and violence against women


Socialism 2021: A steely determination to change society

What did you think of Socialism 2021?


Support uni workers' walk-out on pay and pensions

RMT to strike in London night-tube dispute

Panasonic workers strike against pay freeze

Tesco warehouse workers ballot for strike action

Sage care home workers' pay victory


Historic victory of India's farmers

Sudan: "Hamdok has sold the revolution!"

USA: Right-wing vigilante Rittenhouse acquitted - capitalist courts will not defend the working class!


Chartism: The world's first working-class movement


The struggle for accessible workplaces and an inclusive society


Obituary: Ted Austin (1940-2021) - working-class socialist stalwart


Victory! Hackney children's centres saved!

West Sussex: Payouts for council bosses, cuts for us

Newham: Durning Hall - another shameful act of Labour gentrification

Slough: Adult service cuts will leave vulnerable homeless

Northampton: Phoney consultation to mask cuts

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USA: Right-wing vigilante Rittenhouse acquitted - capitalist courts will not defend the working class!

Rittenhouse supporters and Black Lives Matter activists gather outside the courthouse, Photo: Lightburst

Rittenhouse supporters and Black Lives Matter activists gather outside the courthouse, Photo: Lightburst   (Click to enlarge)

Reporting by the Independent Socialist Group (USA) and the Socialist

Protests have taken place in many US cities following the outrageous acquittal of shooter Kyle Rittenhouse on murder charges.

Rittenhouse shot three protesters, killing two, during the Jacob Blake protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year. He claimed to have acted in 'self-defence'. The police shooting of black man Jacob Blake on 23 August 2020 had sparked protests in Kenosha.

Self-styled right-wing vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse had travelled to the protests from his home in Illinois, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, looking for people he saw as looters.

Presiding judge Bruce Schroeder prohibited the prosecution from referring to Rittenhouse's murder victims as "victims". At the same time, he allowed the defence to refer to them as "looters" and "arsonists."

He refused to allow evidence showing Rittenhouse's far-right ties, prevented the prosecution from enlarging video evidence, and barred them from probing Rittenhouse on his violent intentions in coming to Kenosha.

Rittenhouse's acquittal mirrors that of George Zimmerman in 2013, a similar vigilante figure who murdered black teenager Trayvon Martin as he was walking home. Zimmerman also claimed self-defence, despite the fact that Zimmerman was following Martin home and Martin had no weapons.

The precedent of using 'self-defence' to excuse murder was set by the 2013 acquittal, and no doubt played a part in Rittenhouse's acquittal. Zimmerman's case caused national outrage and helped spark the first wave of Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests.

The BLM movement erupted into a new wave of multiracial protests, involving predominately young people, following the murder of black Minneapolis resident George Floyd by white cop Derek Chauvin in May 2020.

However, many in the amorphous leadership of the BLM movement rather than linking up the anti-racist struggle to the struggles of organised labour for jobs, pay, housing and decent services etc, and tying it to the demand for building an independent working-class party, backed Democrat Joe Biden's presidential campaign.

Yet, Biden is hardly a friend to the movement. He has ignored BLM demands, instead giving millions more in police funding, and promising a 'tough on crime' administration. During the election, Biden's campaign described Rittenhouse as 'a white supremacist'. Now in office, his reaction following the verdict was "the jury system works."

The acquittal of Rittenhouse will undoubtedly give succour to the far-right to step up their provocative and intimidatory actions against anti-racist campaigners and the labour and socialist movements.

This must be countered by reenergising and democratising the anti-racist movement. Not only to mobilise defence against the far-right, but to discuss how to build a mass, diverse workers' party with a socialist programme to put forward an alternative to racism and austerity - which arise from the capitalist profit system - and to do away with capitalism altogether.

  • See 'Kyle Rittenhouse, right-wing vigilante who killed two at Wisconsin protests, acquitted of all charges - Capitalist courts will not defend the working class!' at independentsocialistgroup.org

In this issue


News

Workers' action can defeat weak and divided Tories

Working class strangled by price rises and pay cuts

Poorer pensioners fleeced by social care cap

Tories hammer nail in pensions triple lock coffin

HS2 eastern route cancelled: Fight for a workers' plan for public transport

Cricket's history of racism and elitism


NHS

Midwives march against unsafe staffing and for adequate funding

Tories responsible for NHS staff shortages


Violence against women

End sexism and violence against women


Socialism 2021

Socialism 2021: A steely determination to change society

What did you think of Socialism 2021?


Workplace news

Support uni workers' walk-out on pay and pensions

RMT to strike in London night-tube dispute

Panasonic workers strike against pay freeze

Tesco warehouse workers ballot for strike action

Sage care home workers' pay victory


International news

Historic victory of India's farmers

Sudan: "Hamdok has sold the revolution!"

USA: Right-wing vigilante Rittenhouse acquitted - capitalist courts will not defend the working class!


Working class history

Chartism: The world's first working-class movement


Neurodiversity

The struggle for accessible workplaces and an inclusive society


Obituary

Obituary: Ted Austin (1940-2021) - working-class socialist stalwart


Campaigns

Victory! Hackney children's centres saved!

West Sussex: Payouts for council bosses, cuts for us

Newham: Durning Hall - another shameful act of Labour gentrification

Slough: Adult service cuts will leave vulnerable homeless

Northampton: Phoney consultation to mask cuts

Selling the Socialist


 

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