A speak out organized by the Party for Socialism and Liberation against Alabama Republican Senate
candidate Roy Moore took place at Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham, AL on December 2. The park, noted for its historical connection to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, was again used as the staging ground for a revolutionary demonstration against Moore amidst his campaign for U.S. Senate.
Speakers at the rally gave insight into why they oppose Moore, from the views of women, people of color and the LGBTQ community. One speaker, who wished to remain anonymous, even quoted some of Moore’s “poetry” as evidence of his bigotry. A line from one of these goes as follows:
“…for when abortion isn’t deemed murder and sodomy is deemed a right, then evil is now called good and darkness can now be called light.”
Moore is well-known for his anti-LGBTQ and Islamophobic remarks such as likening homosexuality to bestiality and falsely claiming that Sharia law has been instituted in parts of the U.S while offering no evidence to the claim.
While he was the main target of this rally, organizers wanted others to know that he’s just one of many bigots in positions of power in the deep South and across the country.
“He (Moore) is a symptom of a system that supports people taking advantage of other people: men who take advantage of women, bosses who take advantage of their workers, and police who take advantage of people of color,” said organizer Liam Farmer-Alroth
Moving forward, it’s important to remember that the roots of social change in this state have almost always come through revolutionary action. Marxist-Leninists were at the forefront of the civil rights movement in Alabama during the 1920s and 30s against the Ku Klux Klan and the police.
Before it was consolidated in 1936, the Alabama Sharecroppers’ Union had approximately 10,000 members. With the rise of the Trump administration and given the current dissatisfaction amongst the public with state officials, the PSL hopes to cement a foothold in a state that is in dire need of a revolutionary party for the working class.