No. 14, September-October 2002 
internationalist no. 12

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  • Defend Iraq – Defeat U.S. Imperialism! 
  • Netherlands and the War
  • Free Mordechai Vanunu!
  • Revolutionary Reconstruction Group Joins the IG
  • Anti-Immigrant Discrimination Continues at CUNY
  • Iraq: U.S. Prepares New Desert Slaughter
  • Bourgeois Press Marches to War
  • Brazilian Elections: For Proletarian Opposition to the Popular Front
  • CLC Theses: Votar Nulo!
  • Workers Struggle vs. Popular Frontism in Brazil
  • Brazilian Trotskyists: Mobilize Workers Power to Free Mumia Now!
  • Imperialist War Fuels Racist Backlash in the Netherlands
  • Pseudo-Trotskyist Lullabies
  • Ontario Navistar Strike Shows: Picket Lines Mean Don't Cross!
  • Southern Miners Need International Solidarity
  • Report from ILWU Picket Lines
  • Strike Now to Defend ILWU Union Gains!
  • Bush Uses Slave Labor Law Against West Coast Dock Workers
  • Mobilize International Labor Action to Defend the ILWU!

U.S. Prepares New Desert Slaughter
Defeat U.S. Imperialism! Defend Iraq!
Pentagon’s “First Strike” Strategy: 
Careening Toward World War III
Imperialist war criminals are about to launch an Armageddon on the Tigris and Euphrates. The Pentagon now has a “bipartisan” green light to carry out the wanton slaughter that the White House had long since ordered. After the ritual debate and rubber-stamp approval from Congress, there will be a similar charade in the United Nations. The League for the Fourth International and its U.S. section, the Internationalist Group, call on the international working class to defend Iraq and fight to defeat the imperialist war, “at home” and abroad. As opposed to bourgeois pacifism, we communists call instead for class war against the imperialist war. And we warn that the endless “war on terror” proclaimed by the U.S. will be a prelude to a third imperialist world war.  Defeat U.S. Imperialism! Defend Iraq!   (17 October 2002)

PMA Bosses’ Lockout: A Declaration of War on Longshore Workers and All Labor
On September 29, the employers’ Pacific Maritime Association indefinitely locked out 10,500 longshore workers in 29 ports. The PMA is seeking government intervention, feeling it has the wind in its sails with Washington’s drive for a new imperialist war against Iraq. This is a key battle for the workers movement, in the U.S. and around the globe. There should be solidarity action by maritime and port unions internationally in defense of the ILWU longshore workers. If Washington uses Taft-Hartley or other slave-labor measures, this should be met by an all-out mobilization of the entire labor movement.  PMA Lockout: A Declaration of War on All Labor  (October 2002)

Mobilize International Labor Action to Defend West Coast Dockers!
Report No. 2 from the ILWU Picket Lines
As the threat of federal intervention looms, West Coast longshore workers are hanging tough against the lockout. The ILWU is facing not only the union-bashing PMA bosses but a regime in Washington that is hell-bent on bombing the world into submission: yesterday Kabul, tomorrow Baghdad. Union bashers pushing to “Taft-Hartley” the ILWU say it would give Bush a “PATCO spike” in the opinion polls, referring to Reagan’s crushing of the air controllers in 1981, who were left dangling by the AFL-CIO officialdom. We say, labor must act as one solid fist to make sure there are no more PATCOs! Report No. 2 from Longshore Picket Lines (4 October 2002)
Report No.  1 from the ILWU Picket Lines
Longshore workers are voicing determination to defend hard-won union gains in the face of the indefinite lockout by the PMA. With ports from Seattle to San Diego at a virtual standstill, huge container ships lie idle in Oakland’s harbor, the area’s largest. One of the workers’ key concerns is that the PMA wants to impose port-by-port bargaining in order to cripple the union, eliminating the coastwise bargaining won after the ’34 strike.
Report No. 1 from Longshore Picket Lines (1 October 2002)
As “Homeland Security” Czar Tries to Strong-Arm Longshore Workers, Labor Tops Bow to Threats
Strike Now to Defend ILWU Union Gains Under Government/Employer Attack!
Maritime Security Act – Witchhunting on the Waterfront
As West Coast port and shipping tycoons push to take away union gains – including the union hiring hall won in the historic 1934 San Francisco general strike – the government is ominously threatening to stop a walkout. Yet the ILWU tops disavow any talk of a strikeIt is necessary mobilize union power in a joint transport/waterfront strike. Bring out the Teamsters, the railroad unions and the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) on the East and Gulf Coasts to shut down U.S. ports. Strike Now to Defend ILWU Union Gains (7 July 2002)

Revolutionary Reconstruction Group Joins IG
The Revolutionary Reconstruction Group, the core of young Marxist activists who lead the Revolutionary Reconstruction Club at Bronx Community College in New York, has joined the Internationalist Group. The RRG noted that after a period of joint work and extended discussions, “during which time the ruling class, amidst an imperialist war in the U.S. and other countries, has engaged in increasingly repressive measures against workers and the oppressed, we of the RRG have seen for ourselves that the League for the Fourth International today continues the principled struggle for workers power. Our own desire to struggle for workers revolution, and the recognition that this requires the creation of vanguard parties around the world as part of the process of reforging the Fourth International, leads us to join forces with the IG, which today is carrying out this task.” The RRG comrades emphasized that the IG/LFI’s call for the defeat of the U.S. imperialist war drive and defense of Afghanistan and Iraq was “the only one in accordance with the principles of the Bolshevik Party under the leadership of Lenin.” RRG Joins the Internationalist Group (August 2002)

On June 24, three strikers at the Navistar truck plant in Chatham, Ontario were injured when a professional strikebreaker smashed a van into the picket line. One of the picketers spent hours in surgery for critical internal injuries. This attack by scabherders on the 650 workers at the plant, members of the Canadian Auto Workers union,  follows an injunction from the bosses’ courts seeking to cripple the effectiveness of picket lines. The Tory (Conservative) Harris government has been emboldened by decades of class-collaboration and sellouts from the labor bureaucracy and the reformist New Democratic Party. The courageous Navistar strikers have shed their blood in defense of the elementary working-class principle: Picket lines mean don’t cross! A mass, militant mobilization of workers power, including strike action by auto and truck unions in Ontario, Quebec and the U.S. Midwest,  is required now to smash the Navistar bosses’ murderous strikebreaking and win victory for the Chatham strikers Victory to Ontario Navistar Strike!  (7 July 2002)

Revisionist Minds Think Alike
Pseudo-Trotskyist Lullabies
Various opportunist leftists are desperately trying to explain away the recent sharp political shift to the right in France and across Europe by redefining dyed-in-the-wool fascists into plain old vote-hustlers. But this ominous development cannot be disappeared by sleight of hand. Even if they’re currently wearing sheep’s clothing, dressed in fashionable double-breasted suits and ties instead of black or brown shirts, they’re still fascist wolves. We have exposed how the International Communist League (ICL) echoes the bourgeoisie in claiming that Jean-Marie Le Pen’s National Front in France, Gianfranco Fini’s National Alliance in Italy and Jörg Haider’s Freedom Party in Austria are no longer fascist but merely “electoral parties.” But the left-centrist ICL is not alone. These fairy tales are also spread by the reformist tendencies led by Ted Grant and Peter Taaffe, the remnants of the pseudo-Trotskyist Militant tendency that for decades was buried in the British Labour Party. Pseudo-Trotskyist Lullabies (June 2002)

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