SEDITIOUS CONSPIRACY

Word of the Day by Jorge Díaz Ortiz

SEDITIOUS CONSPIRACY

Word of the Day by Jorge Díaz Ortiz

The word of the day is SEDITIOUS CONSPIRACY.

 

Seditious conspiracy is a term used to describe crimes under United States law. The statute reads: “If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned no more than twenty years, or both.”

 

Since the 1920’s, the U.S. Federal Government has won numerous seditious conspiracy cases, the vast majority of which have been against Puerto Rican independentistas, or pro-independence revolutionaries, and in some cases of communists, Muslims and others on the radical left. To this day no one on the extreme right, the militias, white supremacists, or neo-Nazis have ever been convicted of seditious conspiracy in the United States – even the people engaged in the latest attack on the Capitol, which clearly proposed to overthrow the government of the United States and opposed and delayed the confirmation of the President, have not been accused of seditious conspiracy.

 

According to a memo last year of the Justice Department to U.S. attorneys, obtained by The Associated Press, ‘the sedition statute does not require proof of a plot to overthrow the government, it could be used when a defendant tries to oppose the government’s authority by force, according to the memo.’ This has far reaching implications, if the government decides to continue this historical repression of radicals – especially Black and Brown folk who have been criminalized for militant activism and self defense in movements like Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA.

 

A statute that still leaves a lot of room for violations of people’s rights and the destruction of movements, communities and organizations which the government deems dangerous and contrary to it’s white supremacist, imperialist agenda of displacement, exploitation, murder and colonization. A law set-up to criminalize revolutionaries like Oscar López Rivera who while in prison for fighting for the independence of Puerto Rico stated “it is much easier not to struggle, to give up and take the path of the living dead, but if we want to live we must struggle.”

 

Imagining new political, economic and social systems grounded in the abolition of white supremacist, patriarchal, imperialist capitalism and organizing and struggling to create a new society that abolishes all systems of oppression is essential for our survival and prosperity as a species in this world – this has been the Word of the Day.

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