[Marxism] Real Left Unity

Steven L. Robinson srobin21 at comcast.net
Sun Jun 20 12:33:12 MDT 2004

   Well, it is certainly accurate to point out (or rather, to criticize) the
attitude of the SWP leadership toward CISPES in the early 80's, but in terms
of historical context the SWP was hardly unique in its sectarianism, or even
the worst offender.  For instance, in either 1982 or 1983, when CISPES
called a big mobilization in the East Bay, the CP staged a rival
demonstration for the very same date and time in San Francisco, across the
bay, and through their front groups and contacts put on a credible
demonstration, or the Democratic Workers Party which created a front group,
USOCA, to compete with CISPES.  Given the sectarianism rampant in the left
in the early 1980s could one blame CISPES for being hostile toward the
organized left?  Anyway, when I was active in CISPES in Southern California,
in the middle and late 80s,  I did not encounter any such hostility.

        Is anyone aware of  (or, with this list, has anyone written)  a
historical study, or memoir, of the Central American Solidarity movement in
the 1980s?   It would be very useful in the present period. Steve

Nevertheless, as Jose explains (copied below), instead of
supporting CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador)
- the organization the FMLN expected u.s. activists to use for direct
solidarity - the SWP counterposed itself to the 'petit-bourgeois' CISPES.

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