U.S. Imperialism! Defend Iraq!
Class War Against the Imperialist War!
The imperialist rulers of the United States are gearing up to carry
out a horrendous slaughter in Iraq. Around the world several million
have marched against war on Iraq. Yet innumerable peace parades haven’t
fazed the cold-blooded killers who run this country. Neither have
debates in the UN Security Council. The Internationalist Group and
for the Fourth International have called for workers action against the
war on Iraq, including labor strikes and boycotting war materiel. In
the bulk of the left is intent on building a bigger, better and
popular-front antiwar coalition – looking to the liberals rather than
the working class. Ultimately, the only way imperialist war can be
is not through endless “antiwar movements” with bourgeois politicians
through international socialist revolution led by a Trotskyist Fourth
class war against the imperialist war! (14 January
Language Rights for All!
Citizenship Rights for All Immigrants!
Education Under Racist Attack
The nationwide campaign against bilingual education is escalating.
Last November, two states had a reactionary referendum on the ballot
programs with classroom instruction in non-English languages. They even
threaten to jail teachers for using any language other than English.
attack on bilingual ed goes together with the detentions of thousands
immigrants following the 11 September 2001 WTC attack and preparations
for the U.S. invasion of Iraq. It is part of the hysteria against
which accompanies imperialist war. It underscores the urgent need for
workers movement to mobilize in defense of immigrants’ rights,
demanding full citizenship rights for all immigrants, no discrimination
against any language, and defnese of bilingual education against racist
Education Under Racist Attack (January 2003)
Bay Area Labor Conference:
Internationalist Group supporters intervened with a program for sharp
class struggle at a labor conference against Taft-Hartley and
in San Francisco, called under the auspices of the International
and Warehouse Union last December. While many came hoping for a real
to defeat the “slave
labor law” and for labor action against the U.S. war on
the conference was a talk shop for union bureaucrats who wanted to blow
off steam but opposed any real mobilization of the power of labor. The
IG called for ripping up the ILWU contract promoted by Bush, striking
Taft-Hartley, backed by a mobilization of all labor, and refusing to
goods. Workers must break from the capitalist parties and build a
workers party. Strike
Against Taft-Hartley! Hot-Cargo War Materiel! (17 December
Taft-Hartley Anti-Labor War Repression!
Powerful Workers Action
imperialist war on Iraq is also a capitalist war on the working class,
blacks, Latinos and immigrants in the United States. While the Pentagon
prepares to nuke civilian bomb shelters in Baghdad, American employers
and their government are going after the unions, oppressed minorities
democratic rights with a vengeance. This is class war,” stated
Internationalist Group leaflet distributed to the December 7 SF labor
“The bosses’ war must be defeated – in Iraq and on the home
– by mobilizing the power of the working class, in the streets,
the docks and in the plants.” Read the IG leaflet: For
Powerful Workers Action Against the Bosses’ War! (7 December 2002)
Hard to Starboard
The Spartacist League did not intervene in the SF labor conference.
Nor did it call for boycotting war materiel during the West Coast
lockout, nor for defying the union-busting Taft-Hartley Law. Now SL
are justifying this capitulation. They talk of “class struggle at home”
to justify refusing to call for the defeat of “their own” imperialist
in its war on Iraq. The SL’s line
on the longshore conflict shows what their words mean in practice, a
example of its rapid motion to the right. SL:
Hard to Starboard (17 December 2002)
Mayor Mike – For a Solid Transit Strike!
Fight for a Class-Struggle Leadership in NYC Transit
Democrats – For a Revolutionary Workers Party!
Facing the possibility of a subway and bus strike in the heart of
finance capital, the ruling class prepared as if for civil war. What
posed was hard class struggle against an implacable foe. The main
to such a struggle is the labor bureaucracy which seeks to conciliate
working class with its capitalist exploiters. The leadership of Local
elected in 2000 on the New Directions slate, posed as reformers. Yet ND
was in reality a lash-up of out-bureaucrats trying to get in on the
Its strategy was to appeal to the capitalist courts and the government
against the union. A class-struggle opposition would fight for the
of labor from the capitalist state in every way. Fight
for a Class-Struggle Leadership in NYC Transit (16
Bosses Threaten National
Can’t Run the Subways with Bayonets!
Strike, Mobilize All New York Labor!
With the December 15 contract deadline for New York City subway and
bus workers looming, NYC rulers whipped up a fear campaign against
Workers Union Local 100. The governor threatened to put NYC under
law. The battle of New York city transit hit at the heart of
finance capital. A subway strike would have wreaked havoc with Bush’s
on Iraq. But the Local 100 leadership looked to pressure tactics rather
than gearing up the membership for all-out battle. You
Can't Run NYC Subways with Bayonets! (10 December 2002)
Revolutionary Opposition to
Coup Attempt in Venezuela!
Venezuela has been hit by a work stoppage organized by the employers’
federation and right-wing military officers, aided by the
leadership of the main union federation (CTV), aimed at toppling the
populist government of former colonel Hugo Chávez. This is a
disguised attempt at a coup d’état, the fourth time in a year
the most reactionary sectors of the bourgeoisie have attempted to bring
down the regime in order to protect their corrupt sinecures, prevent an
extremely limited land reform and cut off oil supplies to Cuba. The
for the Fourth International put forward watchwords for Trotskyist
in the Venezuelan crisis. For
Revolutionary Opposition to Venezuela Coup Attempt! (13