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EU: enemy of workers and immigrants

Brexit: defeat for the bankers and bosses of Europe!

Statement of the Central Committee of the Spartacist League/Britain

(24 June 2016)


 

Workers Vanguard No. 1093

29 July 2016
The closing date for news in this issue is 26 July.

Workers Vanguard skips alternate issues in June, July and August. Our next issue will be dated August 26.

 

Workers Vanguard

Black People Under Siege

Mobilize Labor’s Power Against Racist Cop Terror!

We print below a July 13 Spartacist League statement joining the cry of outrage against the police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. The outpouring of anger was quickly subdued following the fatal shooting of five cops in Dallas and three more in Baton Rouge by black military veterans. Having been trained to serve in U.S. imperialism’s dirty wars against dark-skinned peoples abroad, they witnessed the relentless war at home against black people and snapped. Both are now themselves dead, casualties in this war.

While America’s capitalist rulers—from the Obama White House to the festival of racist reaction that was the Republican National Convention—saluted the “heroism” of their police thugs, a new video went viral showing yet another black man being shot by a cop, this time in Miami. Charles Kinsey, a behavioral therapist, was trying to assist an autistic patient when the cops arrived. Kinsey was lying on the sidewalk with his hands up when three shots were fired at him, one hitting him in the leg. When he asked why he had been shot, the cop reportedly said, “I don’t know.” In fact, shooting black people is a reflexive response by the police. Their job is to “serve and protect” the ruling class that lords it over this society rooted in black oppression and the exploitation of the working class, whose labor is the lifeblood of the capitalist profit system.

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Some 36 hours after the release of a horrific video showing Baton Rouge cops executing Alton Sterling, pumping his body with bullets as he was pinned to the ground, millions watched as Philando Castile bled to death in his car from repeated gunshots by a Minneapolis suburban cop. While Castile moaned in agony, his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds, in the car with her four-year-old daughter, courageously live-streamed as a rabid cop outside the open car window kept his gun to Castile’s head while screaming at Reynolds to keep her hands on the dashboard. She was later ordered out of the car, forced to her knees, handcuffed and taken away with her daughter as if they were a couple of runaway slaves.

Protests exploded around the country under the call “black lives matter.” But the bitter truth is that for America’s racist rulers black lives don’t matter. They secured their golden riches on the lashed backs of black slaves and today wield anti-black racism to divide and conquer their wage slaves. Tens of thousands have repeatedly taken to the streets demanding that the killer cops be forced to clean up their act. But for all the federal investigations and promises of police reform nothing has changed or will. The reason is simple. The cops are the everyday domestic armed thugs of a system rooted in the brutal capitalist exploitation of labor and the forcible segregation of the majority of the black population at the bottom of this society. (read on)

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About the ICL




V.I. LeninLeon TrotskyThe International Communist League (Fourth Internationalist) is a proletarian, revolutionary and internationalist tendency committed to the task of building Leninist parties as national sections of a democratic-centralist international. Our aim is the achievement of new October Revolutions—nothing else, nothing other, nothing less. The ICL bases itself on Marxist historical, dialectical materialism and seeks in particular to carry forward the international working-class perspectives of Marxism developed in the theory and practice of the Bolshevik leaders V. I. Lenin and L. D. Trotsky and embodied in the decisions of the first four Congresses of the Communist International as well as key documents of the Fourth International such as the Transitional Program (1938) and "War and the Fourth International" (1934). We also look to James P. Cannon, a leader of the early American Communist Party who was won to Trotskyism and went on to become a principal founder of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), working in close collaboration with Leon Trotsky. The origins of the ICL are in the Spartacist League/U.S., which began as the Revolutionary Tendency in the SWP and was bureaucratically expelled in 1963. Our ICL "Declaration of Principles and Some Elements of Program" was modeled on the Declaration of Principles adopted at the 1966 founding conference of the SL/U.S.

Adopted at the Third International Conference of the ICL in early 1998, the declaration presently exists in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, German, Russian, Polish, Italian, Turkish, Indonesian, Greek, Korean and Tagalog. In this post-Soviet period, marked by a deep regression of proletarian consciousness, we continue to be guided by Trotsky's statement that "the task of the vanguard is above all not to let itself be carried along by the backward flow; it must swim against the current." Reforge the Fourth International, world party of socialist revolution!