They First Came For....

By Wayne Price

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Wayne Price is a long-time writer, theorist, and activist on the Left. He has been involved in a series of revolutionary libertarian-socialist organizations and has been active in dissident caucuses in teacher unions, human rights organizing, and the antiwar movement, from the Vietnam war to today. Price’s adherence to class-struggle anarchism has been complimented by a deep appreciation for Marx's critique of capitalism. He is the author of The Abolition of the State: Anarchist & Marxist Perspectives and Anarchism & Socialism: Reformism or Revolution? . (Source: AKPress.org.) Wayne Price is a longtime anti-authoritarian political activist. He was drawn toward pacifism and anarchism as a teenager in the 1950s, and he participated in the anti-Vietnam War movement during the 1960s and early 1970s. At the end of the sixties he became a teacher in the New York City public school system, and he remained active in teacher union politics from th... (From: AKPress.org.)


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They First Came For....

They first came for the immigrants, and I did not speak up—because my family had not been immigrants for three generations.

Then they came for the U.S. Muslims and Arab-Americans, and I did not speak up—because I did not want anyone to think I was sympathetic to “terrorism.”

Then they came for the African-Americans, shot them down in the streets and put thousands of their young men in prison, but I did not speak up—because I did not want to look “soft on crime.”

Then they came for the Gays and Lesbians, and I did not speak up—because I did not want anyone to think I was Gay.

Then they came for the atheists and secularists, and I did not speak up—because atheists are even more unpopular than Gays.

Then they came for the union organizers, and I did not speak up—because many people said that unions were “out of date” and “no longer needed.”

Then they came for environmental activists and animal liberationists, and I did not speak up—because I did not approve of some of their tactics.

Then they came for the trouble makers, rabble rousers, antiwar activists, women liberationists, anarchists, socialists, civil libertarians, enemies of the state, prison abolitionists, and other disturbers of the comfortable, and I did not speak up—because I did not want any trouble.

Then they came for me—and by that time no one was left to speak up.

So long as there is a working class, I am of it.
So long as there is a criminal element, I am in it.
So long as there is a soul in prison, I am not free.

—Eugene V. Debs

(Source: http://anarkismo.net/article/5193.)

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