Written by the SPUSA People of Color Commission and passed by the Socialist Party USA National Action Committee 

Laquan McDonald, presente.

The 17 year old child murdered by the Chicago police, represents another in a string of signals sent to the Black community and people of color everywhere. 16 bullets, most in his back, most after he was already down. It was a lynching, the video replayed over and over on social media. The cop has been charged, the police chief has been fired. Does this help? Will it bring justice for terrorized communities? By punishing individual actors without changing the entire broken system, the myth of "bad apples" is perpetuated. This is a systemic crisis in which murder is not only accepted, but encouraged. It is encouraged when cops cover for each other, encouraged when one person is indicted in a murder and another fired for covering it up.

The crisis further reveals its face when civilians, fueled by nationalistic rhetoric that ostracizes and dehumanizes people of color, take up arms against the movement. The shooting of Black Lives Matter protesters in Minneapolis was another public lynching, this time by radical racists who weren't wearing a uniform.

The systematic targeting, shooting down of people of color is public lynching. It does not need to happen to everyone, it does not need to happen in every town. Lynching is a warning; stay silent, do not step out of line. If you so much as walk down the middle of the street, if you dare to participate in a social movement, you could be executed in the street. If you are Black or brown in America, you hear the signals loud and clear.

These attacks are not acceptable in any capacity. We can not sit by and stay quiet. We cannot let these Terrorists win. Together, we must organize and face these and all other forms of oppression and repression.

In Solidarity with all People of Color

written by the SPUSA Women's Commission and passed by the Socialist Party USA National Action Committee 

The Socialist Party USA stands with Planned Parenthood and supports every woman’s right to receive comprehensive reproductive healthcare, including access to safe, legal abortions.  We condemn the most recent terrorist attack against a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs and recognize the connection between this attack and the release of videos falsely accusing Planned Parenthood of ‘selling baby parts’, an allegation the alleged shooter specifically mentioned in a statement to the police shortly after his arrest. These false claims have led to a congressional witch hunt which is aimed at shuttering Planned Parenthood for providing healthcare to women and upholding the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Vicious lies like this don’t just prevent women from getting vital healthcare and family planning services, they cost us our lives.

Anti-abortion activists have a long history of using unethical tactics like twisting facts and rejecting medical science in order to rob women of their fundamental right of bodily sovereignty.  The recent upswing in harassment and violence directed at reproductive health clinics nationwide shows that when legal means are exhausted, so-called ‘pro-life’ extremists can and will use cold-blooded murder in order to control women’s lives and bodies.  The Socialist Party USA will continue to fight for a woman’s right to choose and ensure all questions of reproductive healthcare are decisions that will remain between a woman and her doctor.