[Marxism] ILWU leadership and Clarence Thomas???

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Sun Apr 11 06:57:34 MDT 2004

Clarence Thomas is NOT the secretary-treasurer of the ILWU,
but it the ILWS meeting was good, judging from this report:

Walter Lippmann

"Clarence Thomas, the Treasury-Secretary of the ILWU."?

David, if you pay close attention, I was talking about
Clarence Thomas, the Treasury-Secretary of the ILWU-- a
person cited in the article as some kind of a radical. 
This information is simply *inaccurate*. Thomas is a 
social democrat at best-- a figure of class reconcilation. 
He might have done some good things in the past. Yet what 
he said to workers during the strike ("the reality of 
the situation is that we have to do it," i.e., load war
materiel") is a clear example of opportunitism.You may not
agree with it, but that is the reality of what he said.
Mine A. Doyran
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Political Science
Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
University at Albany, S.U.N.Y.
135 Western Avenue, Milne Hall
Albany, NY 12222
mine.doyran at verizon.net
"A revolutionary career does not lead to banquets and honorary titles,
interesting research and professorial wages. It leads to misery, disgrace,
ingratitude, prison and a voyage into the unknown, illuminated by only an
almost superhuman belief."   Max Horkheimer

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Red Net" <dwalters at igc.org>
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Sent: Saturday, April 10, 2004 11:27 PM
Subject: [Marxism] ILWU leadership and Thomas (Re: An informative piece
bymyson, Ali),

> I had the opportunity to participate on this Rally/March/Picket. The
> article in Counter-Punch is very accurate. I think the article from the
> Spartacist spit-off Internationalist Group is pie-in-the-sky, however.
> The radicalization needed for real hot-cargoing war goods is not
> there...yet. It would be tactically suicidal for Local 10 and 34, with
> maybe 2,000 members between them, to try it actually implement such a
> tactic on their own...they would of been smashed and no one would of
> come to their rescue, least of all the *other* big local in the Port of
> LA/Long Beach whose membership is 5 times as big and is far to the
> right politically than that of Local 10s.
> First, not all of Local 10 is anti-war. Far from it. At union meetings
> where militants can push an action, yes, but among all the working
> members on the docks? I don't think so. Only the Portland area Local
> has, to my knowledge, passed anti-war resolutions. But it's the LA
> local, which could quickly, and easily break any Local 10 strangle-hold
> on military cargo.
> If Local 10 did so, they would have my support, the support of USLAW,
> atni-war activists and some other Bay Area locals of the AFL-CIO but
> that's it. But for this to happen, a continuing education of the
> Local's membership would indeed have to take place, and it's happening,
> but clearly not the IG's expected pace. The IG, BTW, has no one in
> Local 10, which should come as no surprise.
> Clearance Thomas, from my viewpoint and only last year meeting him, is
> newly radicalized by events surrounding the last ILWU contract. This is
> true for other long-standing militants in Local 10. The fact that
> Thomas went to Iraq and came back to give his local, his International
> and the entire Bay Area labor movement an education in what imperialism
> is doing in Iraq is to be commended, not condemned just because he
> doesn't meet the IG's standard of "anti-Imperialism".
> David Walters
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