Wednesday, 14. November 2018

The 2018 midterm election clearly marked a step forward. It was, in a word, huge. One-party extreme right-wing rule ended.  Trump and his alt-right (read fascist-minded) ilk have been set back.

The resistance, beginning with the women’s marches the day after the inauguration, scored its first national electoral victory.

How woke is the U.S. working class? The good news: A recent study suggests that millennials are more likely than previous generations to self-identify as working class. The bad news: In the 2016 presidential election, 41% of voters with a family income under $50,000 voted for Trump.

The working class can’t be blamed for Trump’s victory. But more than 4 in 10 voters with a family income under $50,000 voted for a man who promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This fact alone shows that the working class is not woke enough. Raising class consciousness should be a top priority for left activists, and we need more ways to do it.

Yesterday democratic socialists fought and won inspiring election campaigns across the country, representing the rebirth of the American socialist movement after generations in retreat.Most significantly, DSA members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York and Rashida Tlaib in Michigan were officially elected as members of Congress, and Summer Lee, Gabriel Acevero, Mike Sylvester and many other DSA supported candidates won inspiring victories at the helm of a working-class movement for social justice. These victories for a resurgent Left are only the beginning — the real work of transforming ours into a equal, humane, and just society will take many years of organizing and educating. The obstacles we face are still enormous.

Statement on La Caravana by the editorial team of PSL's Breaking the Chains magazine

The editorial team of "Breaking the Chains" magazine, a socialist women's magazine produced by the PSL issued a statement about the migrant caravan that is heading towards the U.S.

The statement pointed to the role the U.S. imperialism played in creating the adverse conditions that caused the displacement of thousands of people in Central America: "Imperialist pursuits such as the U.S. backed and supported coup in Honduras, in 2009 ousted the democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya,  leading to the destabilization of the government in Honduras and creating an atmosphere where organized crime, violence and poverty took root.  U.S. political interventions, military coups, resource exploitation, and policies of economic neoliberalism have only served to further destabilize the entire region of Central America which has created a climate where paramilitary-backed drug cartels have been able to thrive".

At first, I wasn’t sure about the metaphor and was afraid that it would turn into a psychological theory that is sometimes used to further the “colorblind racism” that he exposes later in the article.  But my fears were unfounded: Lopez is pretty clear that structural or institutional racism is the more significant problem.

Race and Economic Jeopardy for All,  was published by the AFL-CIO in January, 2016, six months into Trump’s campaign, but before his nomination by the GOP.  The analysis in Lopez’s article is an very deliberate way to get discussion going and help people analyze the political discourse they hear around them in this election period, preparing union members to be critical consumers of election discourse.  If you’re aware of the concept of “dog whistle politics,” and you hear Ron DeSantis saying that Floridians should not “monkey with” the way the GOP has run things in that state, it’s recognizable for what it is.   Another example in my state of Ohio, is Mike DeWine, the GOP candidate for governor, accusing Richard Cordray of discrimination against women (one of those stock deflection moves of the GOP that López calls the kick).

The WFTU, which is the militant voice of 95 million workers in 130 countries all over the world, expresses its strong rejection before the decision of the American President, D. Trump, to authorize this Thursday the border security troops to shoot against the migrant’s caravan of Central America.

At the same time, the North American mandatory has announced the creation of a legal mechanism in order to avoid the assignment of asylum for the wayfarers of Honduras and El Salvador and, at the same time, it will promote the creation of camps in different spots at the borders with Mexico.

One of the most frequent questions we get involves our electoral strategy.  Why do we encourage our members to get involved in electoral work?  And why for Democrats?  Election Day is less than a week away, so here are our answers to some of the most common questions. 

Why do you support Democrats?

“Communists,” wrote Marx and Engels, “have no interests apart from those of the whole working class.” CPUSA is an independent revolutionary party of the working class, for the working class. Our entire program is based on advancing workers’ interests, both immediately (by defeating the Trump-GOP regime) and definitively (by building the unity and organization needed for a revolutionary transformation of society).  Both of those goals require getting involved in electoral struggles, including around candidates who don’t share many of our goals.

DSA condemns the attack by the Trump administration on the rights of transgender and genderqueer people. A recent memo proposing to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX presents another threat by this administration to repeal the rights of people in the LGBTQIA+ communities. The memo from the Department of Health and Human Services would force government agencies to comply with a definition of gender expressed on a “biological basis.”

DSA stands in solidarity with the current Central American caravan on an exodus to the United States. As a result of U.S. intervention and imperialism, political turmoil in Honduras and Nicaragua, and capitalist-driven environmental destruction in Guatemala and El Salvador, migrants have been forced to either flee or stay in a capitalist-made laboratory of violence.

The Trump administration is mounting a fear campaign in an attempt to win the November Congressional election, grow the nativist movement in the country, and legitimate the further militarization of Mexico-U.S. border in order to normalize a narrative of war and violence. We denounce the deployment of 5,000 troops as the response to the caravan and Trump’s absurd declaration of intent to block citizenship for millions of children born in the U.S., a violation of the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Contrary to the recent Trump Administration statements accusing migrants of invading, the caravan reflects the agency of the international working class to find new homes to survive and thrive.

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