Serve the People — Los Angeles Profile
Serve the People — Los Angeles (STP-LA) is a Maoist-inspired chapter of the Serve the People organization, a nationwide revolutionary collective active in five other US cities as of September 2017. Formed in April 2015, STP-LA is based in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, California where it operates as a “community service and political empowerment” group, according to its website.
STP-LA was created by Red Guards — Los Angeles, a Maoist SMO that operates in the same neighborhood. However, STP-LA is not exclusively communist nor Maoist, a representative of the group told GeoMovements. Although the collective does have Maoist members, it is not solely led by them.
According to the representative, the mission of STP-LA is “to organize and develop the masses to build revolutionary people power.”
STP-LA does not shy away from confronting the status quo. It is well-known for hosting local pro-immigrant rights and community revolution-themed events. The group also hosts bi-weekly food and clothing distribution events in the Boyle Heights neighborhood.
On September 2, 2017, STP-LA’s Twitter account published “Points of Unity,” an 11-point manifesto of its sociopolitical views. Detailed in the document are its anti-deportation and pro-liberation stances among other non-traditional positions.
Due to the very large Latinx population in Los Angeles, STP-LA also communicates in Spanish, giving it a significant advantage over most SMOs in the United States.