Take the fundamental laws of modern states, take their administration, take freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, or “equality of all citizens before the law,” and you will see at every turn evidence of the hypocrisy of bourgeois democracy with which every honest and class-conscious worker is familiar. There is not a single state, however democratic, which has no loopholes or reservations in its constitution guaranteeing the bourgeoisie the possibility of dispatching troops against the workers, of proclaiming martial law, and so forth, in case of a “violation of public order,” and actually in case the exploited class “violates” its position of slavery and tries to behave in a non-slavish manner.
– V. I. Lenin: “The Proletarian Revolution and the Renegade Kautsky”
The following video shows police kicking and pepper-spraying protesters as they evict Rosemary Williams for GMAC. The people’s occupation of Rosemary Williams’ home has lasted for more than a month, following a long struggle to keep her home. It has been one of the most important and advanced struggles of this economic crisis.
Read the article “Seven people arrested trying to stop the eviction of Rosemary Williams” from Fight Back! News.
One is reminded of the RNC protests that happened in the Twin Cities just over a year ago.
Whether it is one house or a whole city, this is what bourgeois democracy looks like.
Protester from the MN Coalition for a People's Bailout is arrested trying to stop the eviction of Rosemary Williams.
The following is from Fight Back! News:
Seven people arrested trying to stop the eviction of Rosemary Williams
Minneapolis, MN – After a months long fight against her foreclosure, police came to evict Rosemary Williams from her home, Sept. 11. Dozens of police cordoned off the street, sidewalks and alley all around the home, police with rifles and tear gas were at the ready at windows inside the house, as a private security company used metal grating to board up windows and doors. The police showed up as preparations were being made for a birthday party for Rosemary Williams’s grandson, Talib, who turned two that day.
More than a hundred supporters gathered to support the Williams family, as they hastily removed their personal belongings from the house. In a last ditch effort to stop the eviction, seven supporters went onto the property and were immediately arrested. They were dragged away by police, who kicked people laying on the ground and sprayed the crowd with pepper spray.
The following is from Fight Back! News:
Minneapolis, MN – On Saturday, August 8, the second day of a round-the-clock sit-in at her house, Rosemary Williams and supporters held a press conference on her front porch. Rosemary was officially evicted from her home on Friday. But within one hour of the eviction supporters from the Minnesota Coalition for a People’s Bailout, Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign, neighbors and many others from the South Minneapolis community gathered at Rosemary’s home. They retook the house and are resisting the eviction.
They are making a stand for Rosemary to keep her home, and also speaking out for an end to all foreclosures and evictions, which are tearing apart neighborhoods and families around the country. They are demanding that GMAC immediately negotiate with Rosemary Williams so she can stay in her home.
As of Sunday, the round-the-clock sit-in at Rosemary’s home at 3138 Clinton Ave S. in South Minneapolis, is now in its third day and is continuing. There has been an outpouring of support for Rosemary and her struggle from neighbors and the community in general.
The first video shows Rosemary Williams speaking at the Saturday press conference, and the second video has Mick Kelly of the Minnesota Coalition for a People’s Bailout speaking at the press conference.
Rosemary William Speaks at press conference, August 8, 2009
Mick Kelly of the MN Coalition for a People’s Bailout speaks at press conference, August 8, 2009
The following breaking story is from Fight Back! News:
Rosemary Williams Evicted from her home
Peoples’ occupation to resist the eviction taking place
By Steff Yorek
Rosemary Williams and Steff Yorek
Minneapolis, MN – Fight Back! News is reporting from the home of Rosemary Williams on the 3100 block of Clinton Ave S. in Minneapolis, MN. Early this afternoon, Hennepin County Sheriff Deputies came to Rosemary’s home and evicted Rosemary, her daughter in law and two of her grandchildren. The deputies carried out the wishes of GMAC mortgage with calculated precision. They allowed the Williams family to collect a few personal items, then changed the locks on the home and padlocked the garage. A family locked away from their life so the GMAC can be the proud owners of another vacant home on a block with 7 other vacant homes.
This eviction is not like the others though. Rosemary Williams has been fighting this eviction from the very beginning and that struggle is continuing. Within one hour of the eviction supporters from the Minnesota Campaign for a People’s Bailout, Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign, neighbors and many others from the South Minneapolis Community gathered at Rosemary’s home. The house was reopened in the name of the Williams family. It is currently being occupied by more than 50 people. Many have vowed to remain in the home for as long as it takes for Rosemary to get her home back from the bank.