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Mobilize Workers Power to Halt the Genocidal War!
Bay Area ILWU Local 10 Calls for Labor Boycott of Arms to Israel

Meeting on May 1, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 10 in the San Francisco Bay Area unanimously passed an important resolution denouncing “the genocidal war on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip,” and stressing that “all the heavy bombs being dropped on Gaza are supplied by the United States, as are all the warplanes from which they dropped.” Recalling that the “ILWU has a long history of defending the rights of the Palestinian people,” the resolution for the union’s upcoming convention declares “the ILWU will refuse to handle military cargo to Israel” and “will honor picket lines protesting the war on Gaza.” It also recalled the union’s actions refusal to load bombs to the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile and munitions to the death squad junta in El Salvador, as well as the ILWU’s May Day 2008 West Coast port shutdown against the war on Afghanistan and Iraq. Palestinian unions in Gaza, under the bombing and murderous attacks by vengeful Israeli occupation troops, had appealed to unions in the United States in particular, to “be our voice” and undertake action against the slaughter. The call went out from workers in Gaza, and ILWU Local 10 answered, loud and clear. The resolution, by a key local of a powerful union with a track record of fighting on behalf of the oppressed, could help spur workers around the world to concrete action against the Zionist and imperialist war. Bay Area ILWU Local 10 Calls for Labor Boycott of Arms to Israel (14 May 2024) 


Spartacist League: A Weird and Desperate Frenzy
For Mass Student/Labor Action Against U.S./Israel War and NYPD Repression
By CUNY Internationalist Clubs
In the early hours of May 1, hundreds of students at Columbia University and the City University of New York (CUNY) were arrested, some beaten and brutalized, by the notorious New York Police Department (NYPD), as university administrations called in the cops to “sweep” campus Gaza solidarity encampments. Within hours, the CUNY Internationalist Clubs (four of whose activists were among those arrested) called an emergency speak-out at Hunter College that drew almost 200 students and faculty to protest the police/CUNY repression. In the aftermath, the Spartacist League put out a string of fliers calling to “Strike the Campus!” When there was no walkout, it tried to explain away the failure to suck a “strike” out of its thumb by bizarrely trying to scapegoat the Internationalist Club, even though the CUNY Internationalists spoke at every meeting the SL called. While the used-to-be-revolutionary group going under the misnomer Spartacist takes refuge in gimmickry, flitting erratically from one stunt to the next, the Internationalists and class-struggle activists in the faculty/staff union fight for mass CUNY- and city-wide union/student march against the repression and witch hunts targeting pro-Palestinian protesters. For Mass Student/Labor Action Against U.S./Israel War and NYPD Repression (11 May 2024) 


Defend the Palestinians! Defeat the McCarthyite Witch Hunts!
Gaza Solidarity Encampments and Cop Repression Spread Across U.S.
Democrat Biden, Republicans Smear Protests as “Anti-Semitic”
Cops/Security Guards Off Campus!
Labor: Defend Student Protesters!

As the U.S./Israel war on the Palestinian population of Gaza reached its 200th day, with over 40,000 killed, the horror of the genocidal slaughter mounts relentlessly. While the Democratic administration of U.S. president Joe Biden continues to supply Israel with arms to carry out the butchery, on the home front Democrats and Republicans lyingly label anti-Zionist protests “anti-Semitic.” When the president of Columbia University, Nemat Shafik, groveled before the witch-hunting Congressional inquisitors, vowing to crack down on pro-Palestinian protesters, a Gaza solidarity encampment was erected on the New York City campus. After New York City police cleared the camp, arresting over 100, outrage swept across the country. Solidarity camps proliferated, as did police repression, often brutal. Facing the full weight of the capitalist state, a virulent slander campaign right up to the White House and bipartisan support in Washington for the war on Gaza, liberal pressure politics won't work. The student protesters must look to the power of the workers movement to defend the Palestinians and defeat the imperialist and Zionist warmongers. Gaza Solidarity Encampments and Cop Repression Spread Across U.S. (30 April 2024) 


All Out in Solidarity with the Palestinian People!
May Day 2024: For International Workers Action Against the Genocidal U.S./Israel War on Gaza!

With the barbaric war on Gaza now in its sixth month, it is utterly clear that this is an actual genocide, targeting the entire Palestinian Arab population of what has been termed the world’s largest open-air prison. It is also clear that this is a joint U.S./Israeli war. What’s desperately needed is the mobilization of power that can bring the slaughter to a halt, the power of the working class, in the United States and around the world. So far, calls for labor solidarity have been mainly on paper, and what port shutdowns there have been were mostly called by community groups rather than the unions.
This coming May 1, the workers day, should become a day of militant international workers action – including strikes and labor-led mass mobilization – to stop the genocidal U.S./Israel war on Gaza. Recently, the Palestinian General Federation of Labor, Gaza has issued an appeal to unions in the United States to do just that. Class-struggle militants should act now to organize turn this into reality. May Day 2024: For International Workers Action Against the Genocidal War on Gaza! (26 March 2024) 

Dock Workers: Block Military Cargo to Israel
Against the Genocidal War on Palestinians in Gaza!

By Jack Heyman

The massacre of Palestinians in Gaza is escalating as the Israeli military continues its carnage. The United States is co-responsible for this genocidal war, having supplied the bombs, and the planes from which they are launched. Answering an appeal by the Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions for union action to stop arms to Israel, many unions around the world have issued declarations of solidarity with the embattled Palestinians. In Italy militant "rank-and-file" unions have struck and stopped loading of Israeli ships. But the leadership of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), representing U.S. West Coast dock workers, refused to pass a resolution merely calling for a ceasefire n Gaza. The ILWU was long considered a beacon of labor solidarity, having stopped arms to Pinochet in Chile and the military junta in El Salvador, and initiating a 1984 boycott of a ship from apartheid South Africa. Now, although several ILWU locals have passed resolutions and many individual members have participated in protests against the war on Gaza, the leadership has put the kibosh on opposition to the war as it seeks a “seat at the table” in Democrat Joe Biden
s White House. The ILWU tops' increasingly open embrace of class collaboration is likewise reflected in its working for a year without a contract and finally agreeing to a contract with no protection against automation on the docks. What’s urgently needed is a class-struggle leadership . Dock Workers: Block Military Cargo to Israel (15 February 2023)

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Against the Anti-Picketing “Protocol” and Milei’s Anti-Worker Mega-Decree,
On January 24, Bypass the Bureaucrats and Shut Down Buenos Aires!

Argentina: Smash the “Chainsaw” Assault on Labor and the UnemployedFight for a Workers Government!

On January 24, Argentina experienced the first national strike since 2019, as trade unions, the left and community organizations mobilized against the avalanche of anti-worker laws of ultrarightist president Javier Milei, who took office in early December. In the strike up to 200,000 demonstrators marched in the capital, Buenos Aires, plus another 150,000 in all the main cities in the country. The impact was limited by the decision of the unions to keep public transportation running until 7 p.m., and above all by the policy of the Peronist union leaders who sought to pressure the deputies and senators with a nationalist appeal. After the relatively small protest of the left on December 20, this time there were tens of thousands in the streets, enough to break the “anti-picketing protocol” of security minister Patricia Bullrich. However, the electoral left and allied piquetero groups limited themselves to asking the Peronist union bosses for a “plan of struggle” instead of organizing a powerful class-struggle mobilization against all the capitalist governments, and to break the imperialist yoke by fighting for a revolutionary workers government. Argentina: Smash the “Chainsaw” Assault on Labor and the Unemployed (23 January 2024) 


Port of Oakland Shut Down! All Out to Defend the Palestinian People!
On January 13, several thousand protesters came out in the early morning hours to the Port of Oakland, California to stop the loading of a U.S. military ship. As a result of their mass picket in solidarity with the Palestinian people being massacred with U.S.-supplied munitions, workers were not dispatched from the hiring hall of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10. The Internationalist Group issued a leaflet and solidarity statement calling on unions everywhere to take action to stop the supply of arms to Israel, which was distributed to the Bay Area protesters. Port of Oakland Shut Down! All Out to Defend the Palestinian People! (13 January 2024) 

Revolutionary Internationalist Youth at SL Forum

“Just asking…”

At the debate between the International Communist League and the League for the Fourth International, held in New York City on January 13, a leaflet was distributed reprinting remarks by activists of the Revolutionary Internationalist Youth (youth section of the Internationalist Group, U.S. section of the LFI) at earlier forums by the Spartacist League (U.S. section of the ICL). The RIY supporters asked pointed questions about the recent line changes by the ICL, which include admissions of “unprincipled” actions against supporters of the LFI. The ICL still has not explained how and why they occurred. The text of the Revolution leaflet is printed here. “Just asking…” (13 January 2024) 


Portland-Area Unions Call for Workers Action Against U.S./Israel War on Gaza
As the massive killing of the Palestinian Arab population of Gaza by the Israeli military continues unabated, in December two construction worker unions in the Portland, Oregon area passed resolutions calling for workers action against the war. The resolutions, by Ironworkers Local 29 and Painters Local 10, stress that this is a U.S./Israel war, and call to support and encourage actions by labor to refuse to handle arms shipments to Israel, as appealed for by the Palestinian trade unions. The resolutions are reproduced on the website of Class Struggle Workers – Portland, which has been urging area unions to adopt such calls for action. Portland-Area Unions Call for Workers Action Against U.S./Israel War on Gaza (December 2023)


Argentine Economy in Freefall, Brutal Austerity On the Way
Argentina Elections: Mr. Chainsaw vs.
Washington’s Favorite Peronist

Workers Left Front (FIT) Tailing After the Peronists

On November 19, Argentine voters went to the polls in the second round of presidential elections in the midst of an economic crisis that has hit the most vulnerable sectors of the working class, while the dramatic fall in purchasing power and real wages affects all but the elites. The election was won by Javier Milei, an ultra-conservative, free-market economist and supporter of dollarization, running against Sergio Massa, the minister of economy of the incumbent Peronist government and the official candidate of “stability” (i.e., more of the same). Milei is a supporter of former U.S. president Trump (and of his Brazilian counterpart Bolsonaro) while Massa has collaborated closely with the Biden administration. For the working class, the programs of both bourgeois candidates would result in an economic crisis even more brutal than the current escalation of prices bordering on hyperinflation. There was no choice for the workers in the election. However, in the face of the hysteria of sectors of the government and the left about a supposed “Argentine fascism,” not one of the components of the Workers and Left Front (FIT) called for a “no” vote (blank ballot). This electoral cartel only serves as a left pressure group on Peronist bourgeois populism. Argentine workers should have cast a blank ballot while preparing for sharp class struggle against the coming austerity. Argentina Elections: Mr. Chainsaw vs. Washington’s Favorite Peronist (16 November 2023)  



Class Struggle Education Workers Protest D.O.E. Attempt to Ban Opposition to U.S./Israel War
Down with the Gag Order Against NYC Teachers!
By Class Struggle Education Workers

Almost immediately after Israel launched its massive bombing campaign against Gaza, Israel’s imperialist backers went on the warpath to squelch opposition to the unfolding Zionist slaughter. In the United States the repressive campaign was directed at universities in particular, where support for the Palestinians is widespread, but also against K-12 schools. Any and all protests against Israel’s mass murder were labeled anti-Semitic. In New York City, as Palestinian solidarity protests mushroomed, ex-cop mayor Eric Adams and his schools chancellor David Banks issued a joint statement blasting “toxic rhetoric and division at educational institutions.” Then, on the day before a November 9 day of action, walkout and after-school rally, which was endorsed by several teacher groups, Banks fired off an email decreeing that teachers and staff “should not express their personal views about political matters during the school day” or while on school grounds, or “even outside of the workplace and via social media posts or otherwise.” Class Struggle Education Workers responded with a protest outside the Department of Education headquarters on November 16.  Down with the Gag Order Against NYC Teachers! (30 November 2023) 


From the Current Issue 

Internationalist No.71

The Internationalist No. 71
(June-October 2023) 
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Zionist Revenge After Hamas Offensive Shakes Israel to the Core
Defend the Palestinians Against U.S./Israel Genocidal War on Gaza!
On October 7, the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in Gaza carried out a stunning surprise attack on Israel, the Zionist state that has driven millions of Palestinian Arabs from their homeland and oppresses millions more in Gaza, the occupied West Bank and within Israel. The massive border wall that completely surrounds the Gaza Strip was breached in numerous places and Hamas fighters overran two dozen Israeli communities. Hundreds of Israelis were killed, and now the Israeli military has killed as many or more Palestinians in air strikes, as it gears up for an invasion of
densely populated Gaza using U.S. precision weapons. Now Israel has ordered a genocidal siege. Any real blow against the Zionist state by Palestinian forces is in the interests of the workers and oppressed, but indiscriminate terror against random Israelis undermines the defense of the Palestinian people. In the U.S. and other imperialist countries, anti-Palestinian hysteria is being whipped up seeking to suppress all solidarity with the Palestinians. The Internationalist Group and League for the Fourth International call for the right of return for all Palestinians, for defense of the Palestinian people, for workers action against Zionist terror, and for an Arab-Hebrew Palestinian workers state in a socialist federation of the Middle East. Defend the Palestinians Against U.S./Israel Genocidal War on Gaza! (10 October 2023) 
The Origins of Hamas (10 October 2023) 

(español) ¡Defender a los palestinos contra la guerra genocida de EE.UU. e Israel contra Gaza!  (10 de octubre de 2023) 

(Deutsch) Verteidigt die Palästinenser wider den völkermörderischen USA/Israel Krieg gegen Gaza! (10.Oktober 2023)

(italiano) Difendere i palestinesi contro la guerra genocida degli U.S.A./Israele su Gaza! (10 ottobre 2023)

(português) Defender os palestinos contra a guerra genocida EUA/Israel em Gaza! (10 de outubro de 2023)

(Türkçe) Filistinlileri Savunalım! Kahrolsun ABD ve İsrail’in Gazze’ye Yönelik Soykırım Savaşı! (10 Ekim 2023)
Italian Unions Call to Stop Arms to Israel and Ukraine
For International Workers Action Against Zionist Genocidal Attack on Gaza
On October 16, as Israel ramped up its genocidal attack on Gaza, Palestinian trade unions issued an urgent call on fellow unions and workers worldwide to “End All Complicity, Stop Arming Israel.” It called  in particular to stop building weapons for Israel, to “refuse to transport weapons to Israel,” and to get their unions to pass motions to that effect. The League for the Fourth International urges unions and class-conscious workers to respond to the emergency appeal and to take action against the monstrous slaughter being jointly carried out daily in Gaza by Israel and the U.S. In many Western countries the Palestinian unions’ call has fallen on deaf ears, notably in the United States and Germany. In Italy the situation is notably different, as a militant sector of the labor movement has long called for Palestinian solidarity. On October 21, “rank-and-file” unions carried out strikes and demonstrations outside a military base near Brescia and in Pisa, calling to stop sendng arms to Ukraine and Israel. Blocking shipments of war material has great importance as an example of mobilizing the power of the working class against imperialist (and Zionist) war.  Italian Unions Call to Stop Arms to Israel and Ukraine (29 October 2023) 

Defend the Palestinians! Defy the Witch-Hunters!
At an October 12 protest outside the City University of New York's Hunter College in defense of the Palestinian people against the U.S./Israel onslaught in Gaza, a supporter of the CUNY Internationalists emphasized the need to defy the McCarthyite witch hunts targeting all those who stand with the besieged and imprisoned people in this modern-day Warsaw Ghetto. Defend the Palestinians! Defy the Witch-Hunters! (24 October 2023) 



Recent Correspondence Between the International Communist League and the League for the Fourth International
In 1996, the Spartacist League/U.S., followed soon thereafter by the Mexican and French sections of the International Communist League (ICL), expelled cadres who went on to form the Internationalist Group and League for the Fourth International (LFI). The purge by the ICL reflected widespread demoralization in the left after the counterrevolutionary destruction of the Soviet Union. It led to deep disorientation and rightward-moving revisionism in the Spartacist tendency, which had, since the early 1960s, upheld the revolutionary internationalist program of Trotskyism. After what are by now decades of innumerable zigzags, a new leadership of the ICL has emerged, driven centrally by the embrace of bourgeois nationalism, and is junking the old Spartacism on one front after another. At the same time, the ICL has admitted that a wide range of its claims and accusations against the Internationalist Group and LFI have in fact been unprincipled and false, and has vowed to investigate the expulsions and other measures against our founding cadres. Yet, as we of the LFI have noted, the programmatic differences are increasing ever more widely and quickly. In the correspondence reprinted here, the LFI notes that there is no principled basis for the kind of leadership “discussions” the ICL proposed; instead we have challenged them to a debate, a proposal the ICL has, in general terms, accepted. Details remain to be worked out between the two tendencies. Recent Correspondence Between the International Communist League and the League for the Fourth International (16 October 2023)


German Far Left in Crisis: Nationalist “Peace Movement” or Internationalist Class War?
Defend Russia and China Against the Imperialist War Drive!
Defeat the U.S./NATO Ukraine Proxy War Against Russia!
Stop Arms Deliveries to Kiev with Workers Action!

The turmoil triggered by the war in Ukraine has led the overwhelming majority of the left in Germany, as elsewhere, to openly or de facto side with Ukraine. The pseudo-Trotskyists, most of whom are floating in or around the Left Party, almost all belong to this camp.  But in the Stalinist milieus, a bitter split is underway. In Germany, the Kommunistische Organisation split down the middle, with one side denouncing “Russian imperialism” while the former leadership has taken a soft pro-Russia stance in the war. Yet both KOs seek to conjure up a new leftist peace movement. Genuinely revolutionary Leninists (Trotskyists), in contrast, look to hard class struggle to smash the US/NATO war drive against Russia and China, on the road to international socialist revolution. German Far Left in Crisis (October 2023)


Revolutionary Trotskyism on the Imperialist War Drive Against Russia and China
The war over Ukraine has shaped the course of political, economic and world events during the last year and a half. The constant escalation of military intervention by the United States and NATO imperialists points directly toward a thermonuclear World War III. The war in Eastern Europe is also a major factor in the class struggle in many imperialist countries in the West as capitalist rulers seek to undo historic gains of the workers, calling for “sacrifice,” while attacking protesters with police-state measures. As always, imperialist war puts into question the program and actions of those who profess to be revolutionaries. In the current war over Ukraine it is outrageous that some major currents claiming to be Trotskyist have aligned themselves directly with the U.S.  and the imperialist military alliance (NATO). There is also a range of ostensibly Trotskyist tendencies that seek to take an in-between position in the war, pretending to oppose NATO as well as Russia, but in practice tailing after the “NATO socialists.” In all the left that defines itself as Trotskyist, League for the Fourth International stands virtually alone in defending the countries targeted by the imperialist war, Russia and China. Presentation by a spokesman for the LFI at the Second Leon Trotsky Conference in August. Revolutionary Trotskyism on the Imperialist War Drive Against Russia and China (22 August 2023) 


For an All-Out Auto Strike to Shut Down the Big 3
Junk the Tiers – Top Pay Rate for All
As the union contracts with the Big 3 auto makers expired on September 14, the United Auto Workers (UAW) declared a (very) partial strike. Rather than shutting down all the major U.S. auto manufacturers, the union tops declared a walkout at only one plant each of Ford, GM and Stellantis/Chrysler. A key issue is the tiered wages system, in which new workers earn half or less the top pay rate of only $32 per hour, which is itself outrageously low, not enough for a family to live on. A UAW strike is a tremendous opportunity for labor to strike back at the head-on assault on the living standards of working people throughout the country. But instead of mobilizing the membership for a knock-down, drag-out battle with the auto bosses, the union tops are using pin-pricks to needle them. In addition, UAW leaders are looking for support from the Democrats, the same strikebreaking government party that banned a rail workers walkout last year. This “strategy” can never win. To abolish the tiers and defeat the mega-corporations, an all-out mobilization of the union ranks is needed, along with a political struggle
for a class-struggle workers party to take on the capitalist politicians who do the auto bosses’ bidding. For an All-Out Auto Strike to Shut Down the Big 3 (14 September 2023) 

SAG-AFTRA + WGA + IATSE + Teamsters = Power
Hollywood Strike: Stay Out Together to Win
No One Goes Back Until Everyone Goes Back!
As Hollywood screenwriters are into the fourth month of their strike and it’s been six weeks since the actors walked out, the studio bosses are hard-lining it, seeking to starve the strikers out. At a time when technological change (the dominance of streaming and introduction of artificial intelligence) poses an existential threat to both unions, it is necessary to escalate the struggle, starting with shutting down broadcast TV shows. Spirited picket lines of the two unions have kept up all summer, but this is not enough defeat the cartel of some of the largest corporations in the U.S. who run the entertainment industry. This should be one strike, and there should be a single union of all media workers. As the employers seek to pick off one union after another, it is urgent that the strikers refuse to return to work until the demands of all the unions are met. Hollywood Strike: Stay Out Together to Win (29 August 2023) 
Wall Street Puts the Screws to Hollywood (29 August 2023) 
Vote “NO” and Strike for $25 – Plus AC – NOW!
Next Up: Organize Amazon!

Teamster-UPS Deal: No End to Poverty Pay

On July 25, a week before a strike deadline for which the union had been preparing with a lot of fanfare for more than a year, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), representing 340,000 United Parcel Service (UPS) drivers and warehouse workers, suddenly announced that it had reached a tentative agreement with the company, averting a strike. Teamsters leaders declared the deal “historic” and a game-changer. But after earlier highlighting that many part-timers (who are the majority of all UPS workers) are paid at or close to the minimum wage, the settlement only raised the starting wage to $21/hr., which is still poverty pay. It is also barely more than that at Amazon, which the IBT has vowed to unionize. Air conditioning in delivery vehicles will only be installed over years. UPS Teamsters should vote “no” on the contract and prepare to strike for $25 and AC now. But an all-out class battle must be waged politically, insisting on independence from the bosses’ state and breaking with all the bosses’ parties. Teamster-UPS Deal: No End to Poverty Pay (6 August 2023) 

Courtesy of Democrats, Republicans, Hoffa Jr. and TDU Union-Suers
How Feds, Dems and Banks Whacked Teamster Pensions
Last December President Biden announced a nearly $36 billion grant to rescue the Teamsters’ Central States Pension Fund. It was clearly intended to counter worker discontent over the Democrats' strikebreaking legislation imposing a contract on rail workers. The fund’s financial troubles go back to its seizure by the feds, who turned management over to investment bank "professionals," who nearly bankrupted it. Teamsters for a Democratic Union bears a good part of the blame for this by appealing to the capitalist government to "clean up" the IBT. How Feds, Dems and Banks Whacked Teamster Pensions (6 August 2023)
February 25: 10,000 Protest in the Port of Genova Against Arms to Ukraine
Summer 2023: Mobilize Workers’ Power to Shut Down NATO Bases in Italy!

Italy: Workers Action Key to Defeating Imperialist
War Drive Against Russia, China

Fascist Meloni, Populists, Liberal “Democrats”: Warmongers, Strikebreakers One and All!

The imperialist war against Russia, ultimately aiming at restoring capitalist rule in China, continues to intensify. When in May the fascist puppet president of Ukraine Vlodymyr Zelensky visited the fascist prime minister of Italy, Giorgia Meloni, she reiterated that her government will continue to guarantee its military support for Kiev. On February 25, port workers in Genova organized a 10,000-strong demonstration calling to oppose “NATO’s war” and to block arms shipments to Ukraine. The Nucleo Internazionalista d’Italia and the League for the Fourth International call for defending Russia and China and defeating US/NATO imperialism. Most Italian left groups have turned “NATO socialists,” but there are others who lead militant rank-and-file unions that together with their allies are calling for a “third choice.” They falsely claim that Russia (a regional capitalist power) and China (a bureaucratically deformed workers state) are both imperialist. This is not the result of a scientific Marxist analysis, rather a blatant excuse for refusing to defend both countries from attack by the real imperialists, including Italy, united in the NATO military alliance! Italy: Workers Action Key to Defeating Imperialist War Drive Against Russia, China (June 27, 2023) 

What Is Revolutionary Defeatism? (27 June 2023) 

Defend the Chinese Workers State Against Imperialism and Counterrevolution (27 June 2023) 
Italian Navy Heading to the Indo-Pacific (27 June 2023)

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(September 2023)
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Imperialist War Criminals Meet at Hiroshima
Only Socialist Revolution Can Defeat U.S. Imperialism’s Drive To WWIII

This past May, the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) leading imperialist powers, headed by U.S. president Biden, held a summit meeting, in Hiroshima, Japan. The NATO military alliance and its Asian allies grotesquely used the occasion to plan an escalation of imperialist proxy war in Ukraine and to send “a strong signal ... to Russia and China” from “the site of the first atomic bomb attack,” as Washington's official propaganda channel, Voice of America, menacingly put it. The United States remains the only country to have used atomic bombs in war. In 1945, its cold-blooded murder of hundreds of thousands at Hiroshima and Nagasaki sent the message that the atomic bomb was ready for use against the Soviets and all who might stand in the way of American imperialism’s drive for world domination. In 2023, the mad bombers in the White House and Pentagon are driving toward a thermonuclear Third World War. In this and other articles in this issue of Revolution, we draw out the connection between U.S. imperialism’s calculated mass murder then and the escalating threat it poses now. The key lesson: the only way to prevent the cataclysm is the revolutionary overthrow of this long outlived and deadly system, by the world’s working class. Imperialist War Criminals Meet at Hiroshima, Only Socialist Revolution Can Defeat U.S. Imperialism’s Drive To WWIII (September 2023) 


A Review of Oppenheimer:
Socialism or Nuclear Armageddon

The film Oppenheimer was this summer’s biggest blockbuster. The fear of nuclear war is certainly one reason many have been flocking to see the film. Oppenheimer poses issues of great importance, notably the fact that the horrific weapon was not used to “save American lives,” as is still taught in the schools today. Japan was already defeated, as U.S. rulers knew. Instead, dropping the atomic bomb was a threat directed against the USSR: it was the first blast of the anti-Soviet Cold War. A central theme of Oppenheimer is the anti-communist witch hunt in the postwar United States. Kicked off by Democrats, this led to thousands of people losing jobs and passports, being blacklisted, censored and jailed. For the film’s director, as for so many liberals then and now, the problem with the red scare was that it unfairly besmirched those “innocent” of actually being communists. Yet genuinely communist revolutionaries – Trotskyists – are what is urgently needed to lead the struggle to overthrow the capitalist-imperialist rulers before they turn the planet into a ball of thermonuclear fire, and instead bring about a socialist world fit for all of humanity. Oppenheimer Review: Socialism or Nuclear Armageddon (September 2023) 

Some Things They Don’t Teach Us About Hiroshima and U.S. Imperialism Today
An essay on the 75th anniversary of the August 1945 atom-bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by Australian journalist and filmmaker John Pilger pierces the lies and silences about this horrific U.S. imperialist war crime. It is all the more as Washington escalates its anti-China war drive, in which the U.S./NATO proxy war against Russia is a way station and a testing ground on the road to a thermonucler Third World War. Some Things They Don’t Teach Us About Hiroshima and U.S. Imperialism Today (September 2023)  

For Open Admissions, No Tuition!
Supreme Court Axes Affirmative Action

On June 29, by a vote of 6 to 3, the Supreme Court of the United States declared affirmative action programs in college admissions unconstitutional, in a racist ruling tossing out the last scraps of these already minimal measures. This will undoubtedly mean a sharp drop in African American and Latino enrollment at elite American universities, public and private. The shredding of basic rights, partial reforms and even tokenistic steps like college affirmative action plans is a symptom of capitalism’s advanced state of decay. U.S. schools today are more segregated than they were in the civil rights era. As part of the Marxist program of revolutionary integrationism in all spheres of social life, we fight to throw open the doors of the universities to all. To make quality higher education genuinely available, we call for open admissions to all institutions of higher education, the abolition of tuition, and state-paid living stipends for students.  Supreme Court Axes Affirmative Action (September 2023)  


From Portland, Oregon
Workers Solidarity Against the Anti-Trans Onslaught

Working-class militants brought a bold message to this year’s Pride march in Portland, Oregon: a striking banner reading “Defend Transgender People,” signed by and bearing the logo of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) Local 10.  This labor defense of the rights of trans people is an example of what class-struggle unionism looks like, at a time when these rights are under major attack. The contingent was initiated by activists from the building trades, stagehands (IATSE) and other unions who are supporters of Class Struggle Workers – Portland (CSWP), who a few years earlier had initiated a union-sponsored “Hard Hats for Gay Rights” contingent. In numerous parts of the United States, racist groups are often prominent among those inciting anti-trans bigotry. Thus the fight to defend gay and trans rights must go together with mobilizing workers' power to stop racist and fascist terror. And it requires a break with all the capitalist parties to build a class-struggle workers party fighting for the emancipation of all.  Portland: Workers Solidarity against the Anti-Trans Onslaught (September 2023) 


Hands Off Students’ Rights – Abolish the Board of Trustees!
CUNY Administration Joins with Racist NY Post in McCarthyite Witch Hunt – Again

The witch-hunting spirit of Joseph McCarthy is alive and well in the administration of the City University of New York. With a decades-long record of attacks on CUNY students and faculty, the CUNY tops jumped on the bandwagon when the New York Post and Democratic machine politicians launched yet another lurid campaign. Their target: an immigrant student leader from the CUNY School of Law chosen by her classmates to give a commencement speech for the graduating class. The commencement made news when students turned their backs on New York’s pro-police Democratic mayor Eric Adams. But what most drew the ire of the witch hunters was when the speaker, Fatima Mohammed, referred to CUNY Law students’ defense of the Palestinian people and alluded to the renewed bombing of Gaza that Israel had launched that week. The day after the Post published its front-page smear, the CUNY Board of Trustees and chancellor outrageously accused her of hate speech! The CUNY Internationalist Clubs and Revolutionary Internationalist Youth defend Fatima Mohammed and the right of students to protest racism and repression, and call to abolish the administration and Board of Trustees, replacing them with elected councils of students, faculty and staff. CUNY Administration Joins with Racist NY Post in McCarthyite Witch Hunt – Again (September 2023)


Biden/“Squad” vs. Workers’ Most Basic Right
AOC and the Democratic Strikebreakers of America

Last December, after working three years without a contract, some 115,000 railroad workers represented by 12 unions were poised to go on a national strike for crucial demands, including the right to paid sick days. But they were stopped, by legislation  engineered by Democratic president Joe Biden (who calls himself the most pro-labor president ever) and Democrats in both houses of Congress that banned a strike. Among those who voted for and played an important role in ramming through this strikebreaking law were House “progressives,” including stars of the Democratic Socialists of America like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Now AOC says that Biden has “done quite well.” AOC and the Democratic Strikebreakers of America (September 2023) 


From the Previous Issue 

Internationalist No.66

The Internationalist No. 69-70
(January-May 2023) 
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Defend Russia & China Against U.S./NATO War Drive –
Defeat the Fascist-Infested Proxy Regime in Ukraine!

U.S. Imperialism Hurtling
Toward World War III

Only Socialist Revolution Can Stop It
For the past 15 months, world politics and economics have been overwhelmingly dominated by the war in Ukraine, the focal point of the imperialist onslaught against Russia, and China. As the fighting in Ukraine drags on with no end in sight, it has been marked by a continual escalation by the U.S. and NATO, pointing toward a Third World War. In this war, class-conscious workers have a side. The League for the Fourth International calls to defeat the blood-drenched imperialists and their fascist-infested proxy regime in Kiev, and for military defense of Russia, a regional capitalist power, and China, a bureaucratically deformed workers state, against the U.S./NATO war drive. Western rulers and media have waged a disinformation war of endless atrocity stories, but wall-to-wall media censorship and message control can only go so far, as the effects of the war on the population begin to bite. Until now, the imperialist powers have remained united, yet there is no significant leftist opposition to this war. In fact, most of the left has enlisted as auxiliary troops in the imperialist war. As events head pell-mell toward world war, we call for sharp political struggle against the “NATO socialists,” and for workers action to stop arms deliveries to Ukraine. The key is to forge a Leninist-Trotskyist vanguard to lead the exploited and oppressed in the struggle for international socialist revolution. U.S. Imperialism Hurtling Toward World War III (17 May 2023)


WGA Strike Is Taking on a Whole Industry
To Win the Strike, All Out to Shut Down Hollywood!
PICKET LINES MEAN DON’T CROSS!
A minute after midnight on May 2, over 11,000 Writers Guild of America (WGA) screen and television writers officially went on strike after attempting negotiations with major studios since March. It is the first strike in Hollywood since the 2007-08 WGA strike. At some points there have been pickets at 200 locations in Los Angeles, and picket lines have often been hundreds-strong. The writers were able to deal these blows to production with support from Teamsters, IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) and SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) members refusing to work and often joining strikers on the picket lines. But SAG-AFTRA bureaucrats in particular have been saying their members should cross strike lines and go to work. This is a betrayal. It is a basic labor principle that picket lines mean don't cross, period! The bottom line is the whole industry should be on strike, now! One out, all out! United strike action can KO the Hollywood cartel! To Win the Strike, All Out
to Shut Down Hollywood!
(15 May 2023) 


For Workers Action Against U.S. / NATO / AUKUS Imperialist Axis
Australia Spearheads Anti-China War Drive in the Pacific Islands

Ever since World War II, Australia has acted as deputy sheriff for the United States in the Pacific. With the formation of the trilateral Australia-U.K.-U.S. (AUKUS) military treaty in 2021 there has been a flood of warmongering rants from Western political/military leaders and media mouthpieces foreseeing war with China in the very near term, with the Australian military slated to act as a spearhead in the strategic Pacific Islands region. And following the threats has come action. In mid-March, Australian prime minister Anthony Albanese stood on the pier at the U.S. naval base in San Diego together with U.S. president Biden and British prime minister Sunak to announce a deal whereby Australia would buy nuclear-powered submarines whose only purpose would be to war on China. Meanwhile, the U.S. went ballistic over a security treaty between the Solomon Islands and Beijing, and is gearing up for a repeat of the WWII island-hopping war, this time against China. As Washington mandates Canberra to tighten its neocolonial control of the region, revolutionary Marxists fight for a workers government in Australia and for a voluntary socialist federation of the Pacific Islands. Australia Spearheads Anti-China War Drive in the Pacific Islands (May 2023) 


Mobilize for an All-Out General Strike to Smash French Pension “Reform”
Against the Authoritarian Fifth Republic, Fight for a Workers Government!
Opposition to Macron Still Boiling
But Banging on Pots Won’t Bring Him Down

Even after French president Macron rammed through his vicious pension “reform” without a vote, essentially enacting it by decree, working people have continued to mobilize against it. When the would-be “Jupiter-like” head of state gave a prime-time speech calling for “peace
and “unity, tens of thousands took to the streets banging pots and pans in “casserolades” in order to drown him out. The youth have massively entered the fray, and weeks there were nightly clashes with the brutal riot cops. Yet all of this amounts to guerrilla warfare, unable to stop the assault on social security. Not only in France, decaying capitalism is destroying past gains of workers’ struggles, criminalizing immigrants and demanding sacrifice in the name of the U.S./NATO war drive against Russia and China. Against this all-sided attack, it is necessary to bring the power of the working class to bear, paralyzing the country, driving out Macron and bringing down the anti-democratic Fifth Republic while fighting for a workers government. The prospect of such revolutionary struggle strikes fear in the hearts of the pro-capitalist labor bureaucracy, underscoring the urgent need to cohere the nucleus of a genuinely communist internationalist workers party to lead the struggle against imperialist war and the global war on working people. Opposition to Macron Still Boiling (30 April 2023) 

France: Drive Out Macron, Fight for a Workers Government!
Forge a Leninist-Trotskyist Revolutionary Workers Party!
The forced passage of Emmanuel Macron's pension “reform” using Article 49.3 of the French Constitution of the semi-bonapartist Fifth Republic is not only the authoritarian act of a president who fancies himself “Jupiterian,” it is required by the capitalist system in full decay, which is systematically destroying the gains of past workers struggles. To defeat the assault of capital it is not enough to lead a defensive and purely “democratic” struggle, it is necessary to go on the offensive against capitalism. With two-thirds of the population of France opposed to the “reform” that threatens the lives and livelihoods of all workers, it is possible to defeat the Macron regime ... on the path of struggle for socialist revolution. France: Drive Out Macron, Fight for a Workers Government! (26 March 2023)

For International Workers Action to Free Mumia!
Bay Area ILWU Shuts Ports Demanding Freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal

“An Injury to One Is an Injury to All – Free Mumia Abu-Jamal!” chanted union marchers on San Francisco’s Embarcadero on February 16. They were marching as International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 10 shut down Oakland and San Francisco ports to demand freedom for the former Black Panther and world-renowned radical journalist who has spent over four decades in Pennsylvania prisons on frame-up charges.  With a Philadelphia judge denying motions filed by Mumia’s lawyers after “misplaced” boxes of evidence were found in the district attorney’s office, the dock shutdown underlines the need for widespread workers action in the U.S. and internationally to free Mumia.
Bay Area ILWU Shuts Ports Demanding Freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal (March 2023)
Judge Slams Door on Mumia Appeal (March 2023)
South Africa: NUMSA Announces Campaign for Freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal
On February 16, Irvin Jim, the general secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), the largest union in South Africa and on the entire African continent, announces an international solidarity campaign demanding that former Black Panther, renowned journalist and champion of the oppressed Mumia Abu-Jamal be immediately released from prison in Pennsylvania where he has been locked up for 41 years (29 of them on Death Row) after being framed by the police. On March 10, NUMSA marched on the U.S. embassy in Pretoria calling to Free Mumia now! NUMSA Launches Campaign to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal (16 February 2023)
Announcement of Campaign by NUMSA General Secretary Irvin Jim (16 February)  
In Solidarity with Bay Area Dock Shutdown
NYC Teach-in: “Mumia’s Freedom Is Labor’s Cause”

In solidarity with the action of International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 10 stopping work and shutting down the ports of San Francisco and Oakland on February 16 to demand freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal, a labor-centered teach-in was held in New York City. A notable aspect of the NYC teach-in was the presence of several dozen trade-unionists.  There were messages from the Bay Area docks, from Memphis and South Africa, along with presentations by trade-unionists, historians and activists in the campaign to free comrade Mumia from prison hell. The speaker from the Class Struggle Education Workers stressed that at every level it is the Democratic Party, its politicians and frame-up artists who have kept this powerful voice of the voiceless and champion of the oppressed behind bars. The highlight of the event came with messages from Mumia himself, saluting the initiative of the ILWU (longshore workers) in the U.S. and NUMSA (metal workers) in South Africa. Emphasizing the centrality of labor’s power, in a written message to union supporters Mumia stated: “When workers unite, the earth trembles and the heavens shake.” NYC Teach-in: “Mumia’s Freedom Is Labor’s Cause” (March 2023)
Call for NYC Black History Month Teach-In
An Injury to One Is an Injury to All, Free Mumia Abu-Jamal!
(16 February 2023)

Cops Murdered Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Tortuguita in Atlanta,
It Never Stops – Mobilize Workers’ Power Against Cop Terror

Under Biden and the Democrats,
Racist Police Terror Rages On

Solidarity with Bay Area ILWU Port Shutdown Demanding Freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal!
On the evening of January 7, Tyre Nichols was savagely beaten to death by a half dozen police officers in Memphis, Tennessee. Less than two weeks after the Memphis Police Department’s execution of Tyre Nichols, Manuel Esteban Paez Terán (Tortuguita), was gunned down in a hail of police bullets during a military-style sweep of an activist encampment in suburban Atlanta, Georgia. The back-to-back police murders in Memphis and Atlanta are a brutal reminder that the plague of racist cop terror continues to hold black America in bondage. While Democrats  try to keep the lid on with cynical talk of “police reform,”  the police cannot be reformed, and whatever happens to the five killer cops (all black), there is no justice for the oppressed in the capitalist courts. It is up to the defenders of black rights and democratic rights, with the multiracial working class in the lead, to mobilize our power against that of the murderous capitalist state. Under Biden and the Democrats, Racist Police Terror Rages On (16 February 2022)
Memphis, Atlanta: Horror Show of Cop Terror (16 February 2023)
For Class Struggle Against Militarism
Germany: War in the East
U.S. / NATO / European Union,
The Warmongers Are Here

German Imperialism Out of East Europe!
On this there is consensus among the rulers: the war in Ukraine represents a watershed in the history of post-war Germany. Or rather, pre-war Germany, for since 24 February 2022, the Federal Republic has unmistakably been in the midst of war. Imperialist capitalism, under its leading power, the United States, and its military alliance, NATO, is trying to inflict a bloody defeat on the capitalist regional power, Russia, on the battlefields of Ukraine. By joining the U.S./NATO war against Russia – and then China – Berlin seeks to assert Germany as the major military power, not just economic, in Europe. The war drive has led to repression all along the line, as anti-Russian hysteria is now being enforced by law. The German bourgeoisie intends to pass on the cost of inflation to the working class in Germany: “Freeze for Ukraine.” To defeat the warmongers and counter the threat of deindustrialization, Trotskyists fight for a Red Europe of workers councils. Germany: War in the East, The Warmongers Are Here (10 January 2023)

One and All, NATO Socialists and Pawns of German Imperialism
German Left in Lockstep in “Changed Times”

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) proclaimed a “Zeitenwende,” a changing of the times, in his 27 February 2022 government statement in the Bundestag (Germany's parliament), accusing Russia of waging a war of aggression against Ukraine that was “contrary to international law” and “cannot be justified by anything or anyone.” This brought applause not only from the parties in his red-yellow-green “traffic light coalition,” but also from the Christian Democrats, the Left Party (Die Linke) and some in the fascistic Alliance for Germany. As for the Left Party, we heard the same refrain as from the SPD, only with some knee-jerk misgivings about rearmament. So the parliament of German imperialism is marching with “great unity” into the proxy war of the U.S., EU and NATO against Russia. While the social-imperialists in the government (SPD), together with the Green warmongers, are pushing the war, those on standby (Die Linke) are “critically” (or uncritically) accompanying them. As for the rest of the left, its reformist politics and inveterate opportunism forbids them to say the essential: “the main enemy is at home.” No wonder, then, that it is right-wingers who lead anti-war protests.  In the face of the dramatic collapse of the left, a tenacious programmatic struggle is needed to forge the core of an authentically Leninist-Trotskyist vanguard party of the working class.  German Left in Lockstep in “Changed Times” (10 January 2023)

 
Biden, DSA’s AOC and “Squad” Vote to Ban Rail Strike
Democratic Party Strikebreakers Shackle Railroad Workers
Rip Up the Railway Labor Act with a Powerful Rail / Truck / Port Strike!
Break with the Bosses’ Parties and Politicians – Build a Workers Party!

At the beginning of December, some 115,000 railroad workers were poised to walk off the job, tying up 40% of all U.S. freight, at the height of the holiday shopping season. A majority had voted against a Tentative Agreement that outrageously did not include even one paid sick day. A major labor battle was posed. Instead, Democrat Joe Biden, who proclaimed himself the “most pro-union president you’ve ever seen,” signed legislation passed by Democrats in both houses of Congress, imposing a presidentially dictated contract and banning a strike. This blatant strikebreaking sums up countless reasons why the capitalist Democratic Party is a noose around the neck of labor. This underlines why workers urgently need to break with all the bosses’ parties and build a class-struggle workers party to lead the battles of all the oppressed. Democratic Party Strikebreakers Shackle Railroad Workers (29 December 2022)



Voces del Epicentro
Un folleto de Trabajadores Internacionales Clasistas

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As the coronavirus pandemic erupted in the United States, the first epicenter was in the neighborhoods of New York City with the highest number of immigrants, where Trabajadores Internacionales Clasistas (Class Struggle Immigrant Workers) has been active. Read the reports from TIC activists and teachers in Class Struggle Education Workers on the impact of this capitalist disaster, and the lessons to be drawn from it. Also reports from the strike of packinghouse workers in Yakima Valley, Washington. (In Spanish)

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Defend Combative Immigrant Workers Against Repression
Italy: Draghi Government of Repression, Impoverishment and Death
Mobilize the Entire Working Class to Defeat All-Sided Attack!
No to Dead End of Reformism – Forge a Revolutionary Workers Party!

In the ongoing emergency of this second year of the coronavirus pandemic, the Italian bourgeoisie decided to dump the weak and unstable coalition government of the Democratic Party and Cinque Stelle (Five Stars) movement, replacing it with Mario Draghi, the former head of the European Central Bank. The first shots of the Draghi government have been to increase repression against the workers movement, in particular against the S.I. Cobas “rank-and-file” union of mainly immigrant workers. Some of the most deeply exploited sectors of the working class have undertaken trade-union and solidarity actions, centered on logistics. The response of much of the ostensibly socialist left has been to form an Action Pact with political supporters of S.I. Cobas, a political coalition of heterogeneous forces based on a reformist 15-point political program. This program consists overwhelmingly of appeals for the capitalist government to take action, rather than for workers themselves to enforce their demands. What genuine communists must say to the masses in the harrowing coronavirus crisis is that the working class must establish its revolutionary class rule, seizing and collectivizing the means of production and organizing production to satisfy human need, not the profits of the few. This fight requires above all the forging of a revolutionary workers party. Italy: Draghi Government of Repression, Impoverishment and Death (26 April 2021) 

For Black Liberation Through Socialist Revolution!

Slavery and the Constitution: Origins of U.S. Capitalist “Democracy”

Long ago and far away in the B.C. (Before Coronavirus) era, bourgeois politics in the United States fixated briefly on impeachment. The Democrats leading the lower house of Congress did not, of course, impeach Donald Trump for his crimes against the oppressed, for example his vicious persecution of immigrants in the U.S. After all, the record deportations under the Democratic administration of “deporter-in-chief” Barack Obama paved the way for Trump. Trump was “brought up on charges by the wrong class for the wrong crimes,” we noted at the time. One generation after another is brought up with the mythology of the Constitution as an embodiment of “democracy” in general, to be worshiped alongside the “Founding Fathers.” Yet the authors of the Constitution understood very well that they represented not “the people” in general but the ruling class of planters and merchants, and wrote it to safeguard their interests, in particular to bolster and uphold the power of the slaveowners in the newly established American republic. The U.S. Constitution established a series of institutions that are strikingly anti-democratic. They remained so even after slavery’s abolition through the Civil War. Revolutionaries explain the need for a revolutionary workers party to lead a socialist revolution to overthrow the entire capitalist system. Slavery and the Constitution: Origins of U.S. Capitalist “Democracy” (August 2020)

PSL Targeted for Marches Against Cop Murder of Elijah McClain
Defend Denver Anti-Racist Protest Leaders!

On Thursday, September 17, police raids were carried out in Denver, Colorado against the organizers of protests denouncing the racist murder of Elijah McClain, a young black man, by police in suburban Aurora in August 2019. Six of the protest leaders were arrested, including four members of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL), which has played a leading role in the protests. They have outrageously been charged with multiple serious felonies, including the absurd charge of “kidnapping.” Following Trump’s failed attempt at imposing martial law in Washington, D.C. and the subsedquent the dispatch of federal agents to Portland, Oregon, and Kenosha, Wisconsin, the Denver arrests mark a new escalation of police-state measures that are a threat to the civil liberties of all. The Internationalist Group  and Revolutionary Internationalist Youth denounce this ominous attack on the right to protest. We demand that the arrested activists be immediately released and that all charges against them be dropped. Defend Denver Anti-Racist Protest Leaders! (18 September 2020)
Elijah McClain (1996-2019) (August 2020)
“We’re All in This Together.” You Think?
Top Ten Lies in the Time of Coronavirus and Mass Protests
By Charles Brover

U.S. capitalism is in the midst of a triple whammy crisis – economic, social, and public health. Inspiring massive protests against racism and cop terror not seen in their size and scope since the 1960s have set this nation’s cities aflame day after day, and have spread internationally. The historic protests are occurring against the backdrop of unconscionable government delay, deception, ignorant happy talk, and anti-scientific incompetence. Official public health malpractice has driven the confirmed death toll from COVID-19 to over 160,000. This plague is disproportionately ravaging black, Latino, and immigrant working class communities. For Marxist revolutionaries the racist system that is at the root of the oppression of black people in the U.S. (and elsewhere) is class-based capitalism. While the cities are in paroxysms of rage, grief and plague; while millions are fighting to save their livelihoods and their lives, the capitalist rulers, their politicians, and tamed pundits promote lies, damn lies, and even more murderous lies. Here are our top ten picks. Top Ten Lies in the Time of Coronavirus and Mass Protests (8 August 2020)
 

Millions of Undocumented Immigrants and Their Families Facing the Abyss
New York: We Demand Equal Treatment and Emergency Support for Excluded Workers!
Declaration of Class Struggle International Workers (TIC)

In the sixth month of the health crisis unleashed by the COVID-19 pademic, infections are spiking in much of the country while mass unemployment continues to grow and marches against racist police brutality continue. New storms of crisis are coming for the working class, and for immigrants in particular, beginning with a threatened wave of evictions. Nationally, undocumented immigrants are denied “stimulus” aid, unemployment benefits or any official support. In New York some 200,000 undocumented workers have lost their jobs or cannot find work, while over a million workers considered “essential,” a majority of them immigrants, receive poverty wages while running great risk of contracting the virus. Class Struggle International Workers demands that the state of New York include all workers, particularly the undocumented and those in the “gig economy,” among those eligible for unemployment benefits; that state and city governments make up for the exclusion of immigrants from federal support; and that rent be canceled and all residential evictions be prohibited during the pandemic. New York: We Demand Equal Treatment and Emergency Support for Excluded Workers! (11 August 2020)

Urgent: Protest Arrest of Leftists in Bolivia
The rightist de facto government of Bolivia that seized power in last month’s “civic-police-military” coup has carried out a new act of repression, arresting Carlos Cornejo, correspondent of leftist Internet publication La Izquierda Diario, and the artist Leonel Jurado, charging them with “sedition.” They were seized yesterday afternoon in the city of El Alto, where they were helping prepare an event in solidarity with families of the at least ten people killed in the police massacre against a protest at the Senkata gas plant there on November 19. The Internationalist Group and League for the Fourth International demand the immediate liberation and dropping of all charges against Carlos Cornejo, Leonel Jurado and all victims of rightist repression in Bolivia! Urgent: Protest Arrest of Leftists in Bolivia (17 December 2019)


Left Reformists
in Existential Crisis

An Internationalist Group Pamphlet
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With the Bernie Sanders candidacy and the dramatic growth of the Democratic (Party) Socialists of America, the left reformists have been thrown into crisis.
This 84-page pamphlet features documents from oppositionists who fought inside left groups to uphold the revolutionary politics of Lenin and Trotsky.


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Socialist Action’s “Solidarity with Solidarity”
How Fake Trotskyists Carried the Bags for Imperialism

While the reformist left in the United States is in profound crisis, tripping over each other as they chase after the Democratic (Party) Socialists of America, Socialist Action has remained relatively stationary and appears more red in comparison with those social democrats who are now being devoured by their own opportunism. In reality, SA’s program is pink social democracy. At every key juncture where defense of the degenerated/deformed workers states has been posed point-blank, Socialist Action has lined up with imperialism, from Poland in 1981 to the USSR in 1991 and continuing today. Poland was a key episode in the imperialist drive against the Soviet bloc, which led to capitalist restoration whose devastating consequences continue to be felt around the world. Today SA denounces China as imperialist and North Korea as capitalist while genuine Trotskyists defend them against imperialist threats and attack. And it’s not just words. When the chips were down, these fake-Trotskyists hailed their comrades’ direct and concrete role in delivering vital  CIA-financed equipment to counterrevolutionary Polish Solidarność. Read the details here. How Fake Trotskyists Carried the Bags for Imperialism (April 2019)

“American Apartheid” by Design
A Review of Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

By Charles Brover, Class Struggle Education Workers
After more than a decade of hard struggle and the passage of laws in the mid-1960s against official Jim Crow segregation, the civil rights movement suddenly stopped. What was termed de facto segregation was deemed off-limits, or at least had to be left for another day. Rothstein’s book conclusively proves that rigid residential segregation and discrimination against African American, Latino and Asian minorities was always de jure, officially sanctioned. This has had a devastating effect on everything from school integration to murderous police repression. But while laying out key elements of the structural foundation of black oppression in the U.S., The Color of Law fails to go to their root in the system of racist American capitalism. In the United States in 2016 there were 2.3 million  evictions: 6,300 a day, four every minute. And with over 3.5 million homeless people in the country, there are 19 million unoccupied dwellings. This powerful essay from Class Struggle Education Workers demonstrates that it will take nothing short of a socialist revolution to solve the housing question. “American Apartheid” by Design (21 November 2018) 

While “Democratic Socialist” Ocasio-Cortez Chimes In
Bipartisan War Criminals Celebrate War Hawk John McCain

U.S. imperialism lost one of its most vocal and active warmongers on August 25 – Arizona Republican senator John McCain. Universally praised by ruling-class politicians as a “war hero” and “maverick,” McCain’s funeral at the National Cathedral was attended by some of the most infamous mass murderers of this and the last century, from Henry Kissinger to former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Far from being a “war hero,” a “man of honor” or paragon of “human decency,” Senator John McCain was a war criminal who bombed civilians. He was shot down over North Vietnam on a bombing run against a civilian factory. But McCain’s most valuable service to U.S. imperialism was as an inveterate war hawk in Congress. From Afghanistan to Iraq to Ukraine, Libya and Syria, he beat the drums for murderous imperialist intervention. What’s striking about McCain’s war crimes and endless warmongering is that in virtually all cases, he was joined or supported by Democratic politicians. And, notably, among those praising McCain was Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) superstar Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Her eulogy was consciously paying the price of admission to the bipartisan imperialist club of the U.S. Congress. Bipartisan War Criminals Celebrate War Hawk John McCain (September 2018) 

As The Boss, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Blames Black Community for Violence
Chicago: Democrat-Led Cops Continue Racist Killing Spree
For Black Liberation Through Socialist Revolution
On July 14, Chicago police gunned down yet another black person, Harith Augustus, a barber. “Snoop” Augustus, known as a peaceful man, was stopped on the pretext of exhibiting the “characteristics of an armed person,” and was shot dead even though he had a valid gun license. For the police in this rigidly segregated city, and throughout this country founded on the bedrock of slavery, it is always open season on black people. And on Latinos, immigrants, Native Americans … the list goes on. Moreover, in Chicago and almost every other big city, Democrats are the bosses of the racist killer cops. This is all coming to a head in the upcoming trial of killer cop Jason Van Dyke for the murder of Laquan McDonald in October 2014. And Democratic mayor Rahm Emanuel, running for a third term, is stoking racist reaction by blaming lax “morals” in the black community for the violence engendered by rampant poverty, unemployment and brutal police occupation. Yet some of the same themes are echoed in protests, where instead of denouncing racist police repression the focus is on opposition to “gun violence” in general. Talk of “reforming” the police or controlling guns only serves to divert protest away from a revolutionary perspective and to strengthen the repressive agencies of the capitalist state, while leading protesters into the dead-end of bourgeois pressure politics. The stark fact is that there is no solution to war, poverty and racist repression under capitalism. Chicago: Democrat-Led Cops Continue Racist Killing Spree (August 2018) 


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                                                          No. 14
DSA: Fronting for the Democrats
An Internationalist Group Pamphlet
(click on image to download pdf)

A 70-page pamphlet analyzing the organizational and political history of the Democratic (Party) Socialists of America. Includes articles on:

The ABCs of the DSA (August 2017)

Imperialist Social Democracy
vs. Black Liberation
(December 2017)

The Real Heritage of Michael Harrington's DSA

“Democratic Socialism” in the Service of U.S. Imperialism
(February 2018)

DSA Debacle Over Cop “Union” Organizer (September 2017)

DSA Dodges Debate: “Socialism: What It Is (and Isn’t)” (January 2018)

Bernie Sanders and the Pressure Politics of the Opportunist Left (June 2015)

No, Bernie Sanders Is Not a Socialist (March 2016)

Yesterday’s “Obama Socialists,” Today’s Bernie Boosters (December 2015)

James P. Cannon on “Third Parties”

To order a print copy of the pamphlet, click here

Bourgeois Populism and Social-Democratic Reformism: A Dead End
Italy: Anti-Immigrant Election Hysteria
The campaign for the March 4 Italian elections has been dominated by vile xenophobic anti-immigrant chauvinism. All the competing bourgeois parties and coalitions attack the bogeyman of “illegal immigration.” The racist Lega (ex-Nord)  rails about the “invasion of aliens, drug pushers, delinquents and illegals,” raising slogans such as “Italians first! Now or never! Stop the invasion!” With the populist Cinque Stelle (Five Star) movement running first in the opinion polls, its historic leader, Beppe Grillo, recently called for immediately deporting all “illegals.” The strategy of the Democratic Party government has been to put itself at the head of the anti-immigrant hysteria by aggressively extending the sway of Italian imperialism in the Mediterranean, Libya and to the south. This imperialist drive to the south is accompanied by a campaign of all-sided racist repression against immigrants and refugee seekers in Italy. What the domesticated left is counterposing to the three main bourgeois coalitions of Forza Italia/Lega, Cinque Stelle and the PD with its various appendages of homeless bourgeois politicians, is a mixture of bourgeois populism and social-democratic reformism. in the present climate of anti-immigrant hysteria and fascist attacks, what is needed are mass mobilizations bringing out the power of the working class to stop the fascists. Above all, we must forge a genuinely Leninist-Trotskyist vanguard.  Italy: Anti-Immigrant Election Hysteria (24 February 2018) 

(italiano) Elezioni del 4 Marzo: Isteria anti-immigrati (24 febbraio 2018)
Boston: Let Siham Byah Come Home! No Deportations!
By Class Struggle Education League
On January 27, hundreds of defenders of immigrant rights from many leftist organizations, labor unions, churches and sanctuary networks rallied in Boston to protest the deportation of Siham Byah. A prominent Occupy Boston activist and single mother, Byah was grabbed by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) police last November 7, torn from her son, beaten in a local jail, driven to Virginia and then deported to Morocco. The Class Struggle Education League, based in Lowell, Mass. and New Hampshire participated in the protest, emphasizing the importance of mobilizing the power of workers action to stop the I.C.E. deportation machine. It also noted the parallel to the struggle against slave-catchers under the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act, a battle which came to a head in Boston and set the stage for the U.S. Civil War. The CSEL is undertaking joint work with the Internationalist Group. Boston: Let Siham Byah Come Home! No Deportations! (4 February 2018) 

Guess Who’s Bernie Sanders’ Foreign Policy Go-To Guy, and What Power Bishop Is His Vatican Fixer

But, of course, one and the same Jeffrey Sachs who designed the post-counterrevolution “shock treatment” in Poland. Also in Bolivia where it led to tens of thousands of workers fired and brutal anti-union repression. In preparation for the no-photo-op pope-meet-and-greet, Bernie and Jeffrey dined with Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga of Honduras, “the pope’s right-hand man and one of the Vatican’s top power players.” This is the same cardinal who helped engineer (together with Hillary Clinton) the 2009 Honduran coup, and before that covered up for bloody massacres and “disappearances” in the 1980s. But then, Pope Francis himself is a veteran of Argentina’s 1970s dirty war. Guess Who's Bernie Sanders’ Foreign Policy Go-To Guy, and His Power Bishop Vatican Fixer (17 April 2016)

A Question of Whose Class Interests Prevail
Flint Water Crisis: Capitalism Is Poisoning Us

The residents of Flint, Michigan have been living a nightmare ever since in early 2014 the city’s state-appointed “emergency manager” and the governor’s office decided to switch the water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. As a result, the population has been subjected to lead poisoning, particularly affecting the very young and elderly. The levels of contamination are astronomical. For almost two years Republican state authorities and Democratic federal officials refused to do anything about complaints. Now an emergency has been proclaimed, but the water is still undrinkable. Meanwhile, the same “emergency manager” has been overseeing Detroit schools as they descend further into the abyss. The emergency has been created by decaying capitalism: industrial pollution, closing factories and a bipartisan attack on teachers and public education. The dictatorial managers must be kicked out, but changing parties will change nothing. The bottom-line issue is which class is in power. Capitalism is literally poisoning our futures. Flint Water Crisis: Capitalism Is Poisoning Us (3 March 2016)

The State of Pennsylvania Seeks to Bar His Lawyer
The Frame-Up of Corey Walker

By Charles Brover
Corey Walker was arrested in July 1996 on a bogus murder charge from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He has been behind bars ever since. Evidence of his innocence was withheld. He is the victim of prosecutorial misconduct and incompetent legal representation. Lorenzo Johnson, who was arrested in the same case, also remains in prison even though a federal appeals court recognized the insufficiency of the evidence against him, but was overruled by the U.S. Supreme Court. Now the state is trying to deny Walker the attorney of his choice, Rachel Wolkenstein, who has defended Mumia Abu-Jamal. Pennsylvania authorities will stop at nothing to cover up lying and manufacture of evidence, coercion of witnesses and suppression of evidence of innocence by police and prosecutors. This requires silencing Corey Walker and short-circuiting his legal appeal. In seeking to disqualify Wolkenstein from representing him, the state attorney general's office cites her political views that the judicial system is an organ of racist oppression that must be overthrown by socialist revolution. This witch-hunting attack and the continued incarceration of Walker and Johnson go to the heart of Jim Crow “justice system.” Free Corey Walker and Lorenzo Johnson! The Frame-Up of Corey Walker (4 February 2016)
Jim Crow Justice and the Capitalist State (4 February 2016)
Whose Life Is On the Line? Cop Stats (4 February 2016)
Bad Apples, Broken Windows, and Other Myths About the Police (4 February 2016)

Occupation of Hundreds of Schools Blocks Threatened Closures
Student Revolt Shakes São Paulo, Brazil
By Class Struggle Workers/UFT

For the last three weeks, the city of São Paulo, Brazil has been convulsed by a combative upheaval of high school students protesting the state government’s plan to close 92 schools and order hundreds of thousands of students to change schools. When the state governor tried to ram through this plan without consultation, students responded by occupying almost 200 schools. Then, when military police began clearing out occupied schools this week, students took chairs and tables and set up class in busy intersections and highways. The students, backed by teachers, also refused to take high-stakes test. After several days, the governor backed down. This  is a dramatic example of how the international capitalist offensive against public education should be fought – by mass action in the streets, bringing out students, teachers, parents and mobilizing the power of the working class. Student Revolt Shakes São Paulo, Brazil (4 December 2015)


The Haitian Revolution and U.S. Imperialism
July 28 marks the 100th anniversary of the first U.S. invasion of Haiti in 1915, under Democratic president Woodrow Wilson. This led to an occupation of 19 years, as well as occupations of the Dominican Republic next door, of Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras and Veracruz, Mexico, and followed the 1898 U.S. invasion and occupation of Cuba, Puerto Rico and Philippines. But the occupations didn't stop there. In 1994, Democrat Bill Clinton invaded Haiti a second time, and in 2004 Republican George Bush II invaded a third time. Haiti today continues under imperialist occupation, this time outsourced to a United Nations “peacekeeping” force. As proletarian internationalist opponents of imperialism, on this centenary we republish articles from Workers Vanguard when it was the voice of revolutionary Trotskyism on the 1915-34 U.S. occupation, and a two-part series on Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution that led to the first black republic in history, as well as sparking slave revolts throughout the Caribbean and in the United States. (30 July 2015)
Yankee Occupation of Haiti, 1915-1934
Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution, Part 1
Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution, Part 2

Protest the Police Lynching of Sandra Bland
On July 10, Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old African American activist and education worker, was driving from Illinois to her new job at the historically black Prairie View A&M University in Texas, her alma mater. Sandra was pulled over by a Texas Ranger, supposedly for changing lanes without signalling. The trooper abusively demanded she get out of the car, theatening to use a Taser electric shock on her. After having her head slammed on the ground, Sandra was arrested for supposed “assault on a public servant,” for insisting on her rights. Three days later, she was found dead in her cell in Waller  County, Texas. The authorities claim she committed suicide. We say the police are guilty. Sandra was lynched by the cops. On July 22, hundreds gathered in New York City's Union Square to protest the police murder of Sandra Bland. Class Struggle Education Workers, CUNY Internationalist Clubs and the Internationalist Group joined in. Protest the Police Lynching of Sandra Bland (22 July 2015) (video)

NYC May Day 2015
The Internationalist Group, CUNY Internationalist Clubs and Class Struggle Education workers had a spirited contingent in the May Day march in New York City. Leading the contingent was a group with red flags with the hammer, sickle and 4 of the Fourth International. Then came a banner made by the Hunter Internationalist Club, proclaiming:“Ayotzinapa-Ferguson-NYC, Smash the Racist Capitalist State, Workers to Power. Signs emphasized the call to Defend Black Baltimore following the occupation of the city by the National Guard to squelch the upheaval over the police murder of Freddie Gray, and to free Mumia Abu-Jamal, who faces execution in prison by deliberate medical neglect. Also highlighted was the call for workers action against police terror, noting the historic action by ILWU Local 10 that shut down the port of Oakland on May Day and marched on City Hall calling to stop police terror.
NYC May Day 2015 video (9 May 2015)
NYC May Day 2015 photos (6 May 2015)

NYC May Day 2011 video
NYC May Day 2010 video

Sunset Park Fights Back Against Police Attack
It’s been only two months since Eric Garner was chokeholded to death in Staten Island by the racist cops, and barely a month and a half since the police murder of 17-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. But despite the national outcry and a thousands-strong march in New York in late August, two incidents in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn show once again the face of racist police violence under liberal Democratic NYC mayor Bill de Blasio. The first involved a heavy‑duty arrest of a vendor after a festival in the park; in the second, a cop slammed a pregnant woman on the pavement on her abdomen and her son and husband were arrested. The residents of this heavily immigrant neighborhood feel singled out for aggressive enforcement under NYPD chief William Bratton’s “broken windows” strategy of massive arrests for minor infractions. On Saturday, September 27, some 300 people came out to protest against the brutal police siege. While many called for Bratton’s resignation, racist cop terror is endemic in capitalist America. To put a stop to it will require nothing less than workers revolution. Sunset Park Fights Back Against Police Attack (28 September 2014)

Defend North Korea and China Against Imperialism and Counterrevolution
U.S. War Provocations Push Korea to the Brink

For the Revolutionary Reunification of Korea, North and South!
Over the last month and a half, the United States and South Korea have engaged in an escalating series of military provocations against North Korea. Simultaneous “war games” have simulated a nuclear aerial bombing of the North, a ground invasion from the South, annihilation of the leadership and the “insertion” of tens of thousands of U.S. troops searching for nukes. While the imperialist media are, as usual, strenuously demonizing the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and playing up blustering statements coming out of the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, the Pentagon has been laying the basis for a military strike against the North. The whole operation is part of detailed plan elaborated by the Obama administration, dubbed “the playbook,” for U.S. shows of force. But this is no football game. The Internationalist Group and League for the Fourth International defend North Korea, a bureaucratically deformed workers state, against the war provocations, economic blockade and any attack by U.S. imperialism and its South Korean junior partners, no matter how it starts. We also defend North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons, its main deterrent against a war by the power which laid waste to the North in the Korean War. U.S. War Provocations Push Korea to the Brink (13 April 2013)
 

Hammer&Sickle
 

The founding statement of the League for the Fourth International

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Deklarasyon ng Liga para sa Ika-Apat na Internasyonal.

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