Build Base Communities
Sue T Simonson
progressivesociety at SPAMjuno.com
Tue May 30 09:30:07 MDT 2000
Marta Russell quoted from an article on the janitors' strike:
>The workers, of course, deserve every penny of these
>increases and more. They deserve, Socialists say, the
>economic abundance and security that all workers deserve --
>something that requires the ABOLITION OF CAPITALISM and the
>ESTABLISHMENT OF SOCIALISM for them to get. What they got
>was, of course, nowhere near what they deserve.
To achieve that, we need to do is build base communities of workers.
Base Communities - peoples committees, neighborhood committees,
workers and consumers cooperatives, soviets, communes, embryostates,
microstates, agoraes, base organizations, defense committees.
Base Communities are the embryo of the new State which implies the first
stages of the various forms of the struggle for the conquest of political
power by the working classes.
1. Immediate programs:
Crèches, consumer cooperatives, producer cooperatives, Citizens
2. Intermediate programs:
Community centers, youth programs, educational programs, .
3. Future programs -
Full blown Soviets and Peoples Councils.
The goal - to conquer power ASAP and by all means at our disposal (legal,
electoral, extra-legal, etc.). To uproot capitalism, to defeat all
attempts to restore capitalism and through education and successive
cultural revolutions arrive at a stateless and classless society:
Enemies: the monopoly capitalists (multi-national corporations),
its allied classes and sectors and the state - the bureaucracy, and
myrmidons (armed personas)
Base Communities sharpen the contradictions between oppressed an
oppressor. Provide the answer to the
question: what is to be done?
By means of organizing in these arenas, as well as in trade unions,
etc., we show
How the AFL/CIA, UAW. etc. are in fact tools of capital to divide,
disinform and control the workers .
How instead of healing diseases, the AMA and medical boards are in
cahoots with big pharmaceutical companies to maximize profits.
How the educational system is designed to block the acquisition of
knowledge so that students will be satisfied with low paying jobs.
Types of organizational structures;
1. Crèches (child care centers) to care for infants during parent work
or school hours. Start in private homes, tended by non-working or retired
Can be expanded to on-the-job training of care workers (including home
health care workers) aiming at larger care centers tended by
professionally trained care workers and nurses/medical staff. Not free,
but at cost/
2. Consumers Cooperatives
to buy food at wholesale prices from producers and wholesalers, by
pre-paid re orders of cooperative consumers.
Expansion: Cooperative Store in established locale, selling food plus all
products as K-Mart or Wall-Mart stores sell, plus auto repair, appliance
repair, products by labor cooperatives, selling to general public (not
just to general community). Set asides to feed elderly, invalids, and
3. Producers Cooperatives; Start with Community Gardens in empty lots
filled with garbage and trash. general clean-up and sanitation of the
neighborhood, recycling, then planting of trees and crops.
Expansion: rental of farmland and pastures outside community. Cooperative
factories: furniture, clothing and shoes, toys, curios, other consumer
articles, appliance repair, etc. Collective labor unions: plumbing,
electricity, masonry, welding, metalcrafts, painting, competing for
government and private contracts as well as caring for needs inside the
community. Free repair of elderly invalids homes and general maintenance
and beautification of neighborhood.
4. Community Center
Citizens Assembly decides everything and at all times commands Citizens
Militia. Freely elected by majority vote, subject to recall at any time.
Names commissions and tasks forces as need be.
Where weather allows it, close traffic on block to conduct open air
assemblies or block parties. Or in neighborhood church or school
building, eventually setting up pemanent locale.
5. Youth Programs
Start organizing sports, musical and dance activities for youth.
Expansion: professionally coached sports, athletics, dance, music,
arts, theater, film showing, camping, etc.
6. Educational Programs;
Student remedial course (mostly tutorial), adult literacy (tutorial and
small groups), basic newsletter (photocopied sheets), email, computer
Expansion; in community Center or schools, vocational programs, political
awareness classes, later on to printing press and newsletters, posters,
7. Health Care
Trained barefoot doctors or home health care providers can start making
house calls to check on general heatlh, vaccinations, teaching hygiene
and preventive medicine, such as acupuncture, eye care,
Community Polyclinic for outpatient medical and dental care, not free by
at cost. with neighboring communities, hospitals and other larger health
We can go through channels to comply with state and city regulations
and bureaucratic measures up until that point where is deliberate
blocking or attacks against the BC. Then follows a legal battle and a
mass struggle. Plus at all time it is necessary to guard against attacks
by lumpen elements or paid troublemakers from outside the community.
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