SANFORD, Fla. — Representatives of the Revolutionary Communist Party USA were on scene at a rally Monday to honor slain 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
On the ground before them laid a giant banner that read: “17 Afghans, Trayvon Martin murdered: The System of Capitalism-Imperialism set these crimes in motion.”
“There’s an underlying economic system that we live under,” Joey Johnson, member of the Communist Party and writer for the Revolution newspaper, told The Daily Caller. “Fundamentally, what exists in the United States is not democracy, but capitalism and imperialism and the political structures to enforce that capitalism and imperialism. It’s a modern day version of the haves and have-nots, the many being exploited by the few.”
“It’s the stuff that ‘Occupy’ has been talking about, the one percent, the big finance capitalists who exploit people all over the planet,” he added. “What we’re trying to do is bring out the reality of that and connect it with the murder of Trayvon Martin.”
Johnson said he thinks it’s a good idea for Occupy movement protesters to join with “Justice for Trayvon” protesters. Before he came here to Sanford, he said he was part of a protest in Northern California with about 600 occupiers and “Justice for Trayvon” protesters.
Communist recruiters asked people for personal information to sign them up for alerts as other CPA USA volunteers roamed the approximately 2,000-person crowd, distributing party literature. One such flyer was a statement from the Communist Party about the Trayvon Martin case.
That statement tries to connect Trayvon Martin to the case of Emmett Till, a young black teen who was killed decades ago for reportedly whistling at a white woman. The Communist Party warns people that Trayvon Marton’s case is “only the latest of an endless chain of such acts that are perpetrated, condoned and covered up by the powers-that-be.”
The Communists say they aim to “build a movement to really and finally put an end to these and countless other outrages that spew forth from this system.”