Dear comrades of the CPDA,
I would like to address two issues today. The first is of relative importance to our full function as a Party. As some have noticed, we have once more lost our subscription. It would is important that we regain this, as the poll feature available to subscribed groups is essential to the electoral process at our Party Congress in November. It also allows us to have such niceties as a journal skin. I would like any and all comrades capable to donate to our Commissar of the Treasury for renewing our subscription by November for the Party elections. If we do not regain the poll feature, the whole electoral process will be a good bit more complicated. Not impossible, nor unworkable, but certainly more difficult. You can give point donations to the Party on comrade NurIzin
's page. Donation to the Party is obviously not mandatory, but we would really appreciate it.
The second issue I wish to speak about today is a far more grave and pernicious one. It is the continuing hate and bigotry, the continued presence of Nazism in today's society. Some of you may have heard of the recent shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. I happen to live in Wisconsin, and as such, I've been most up to date on the news of this tragedy.
On Sunday morning, a lone gunman had opened fire on worshipers at the temple. Ultimately, he ended up killing several people, wounding dozens (one of which was a police officer, now in critical condition due to nine gunshot wounds), and then firing on police which resulted in his death. This man, as we have come to learn, was a part of the White supremacist movement. In particular, while still not officially announced, Wade Page had been a member of Neo Nazi organization "Hammerskins". He also did an interview with independent recording group Label 56, which is known for it's support of racist and hate centered music. Page also had a band named End Apathy, which he used as a platform for his messages.
His victims, the Sikh, are often mistaken for Muslims. Like Muslims, they wear a turban as an expression of faith. They grow their hair, never trimming it. Most Sikh men sport large beards due to this. In the post 9-11 society, many of these traits have become stereotypical of Radical Islamists. As such, the Sikh community in America has experienced numerous hate crimes and profiling. This latest case on Sunday was, unfortunately, deadly. While many in America believe that some amount of racism or bigotry is tolerable, very few realize that genuine hate and Nazism, White Supremacy, is still very alive and well. Even after it's great defeat in World War II, Hitler's message of racial purity and death still resonates with so very many. Combating these forces has become increasingly difficult, as some mild racism by all has become acceptable. Any number of Neo Nazis can go about their daily lives, cracking some comments here and there in public, and few will think anything of it. But privately, they are active and in discussion with eachother. They are an under ground sub-culture in America. They are a disease upon all who value the freedom, tolerance, and equality of mankind.
Comrades, we must never forget that our work against these monsters is not yet finished. We must work with our communities and organizations to stem the tide of hate and prejudice wherever we see it. As Communists, this incident has been yet another example of how wanton and barbaric these Enemies of the People are willing to be. Of how far they will go for their racially motivated views. As Communists, such Fascists, Nazis, White Supremacists are our enemies. They were back during the Inter-War period, and they still are today. It is our duty to do whatever we can to thwart the very real evils of Nazism, intolerance, and hate. Not even our traditional bourgeois enemy is so wretched a creature.
More official releases on the massacre can be found at the following links:abcnews.go.com/Blotter/wiscons…www.boston.com/news/nation/201…www.csmonitor.com/USA/2012/080…
Comrades, our battle is going again. We must never back down from the forces of hate, racism, intolerance, and prejudice.
CPDA General Secretary