Battle in Seattle

Macdonald Stainsby mstainsby at
Fri Dec 3 01:43:27 MST 1999

Paul.Benedek at said:

> The posts from the protests in Seattle have been very interesting and
inspiring, and useful to get a feel for what took place.
> I want to put out a request for information on the role that
socialist parties or groupings played in the action. I know that the
Left is weak, but it would be interesting to hear about the tactics of
specific groups, what perspectives your group/party had, etc. Who was
the most visible? What political points or demands were
> Comradely,
> Paul
This gives me a question for Tony as well, who I gather spent most of
the day with the labour march. How hard did the Reds (FSP, CPUSA, PLP
WWP, ad infinitum) push to get workers over to the danger spots? What
was so bizarre is that they were only two blocks away, we could see
them. I was holding my breath for their appearance. My eternal thanks
to several longshore and dockworkers for coming, my eternal
condemnation to Sweeney/Hoffa/Georgetti for their guilt in leaving the
other radicals vulnerable to the assaults we got. Rank and file are
always more radical...

Macdonald Stainsby

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"To give food aid to a country just because they are starving is a
pretty weak reason."
   Henry Kissinger, 1974
(former American Secretary of State)

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