[Marxism] Los Angeles working class movements

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Tue Apr 11 13:14:33 MDT 2006

To continue on to be successful as at present, a broad movement
which can continue to mobilize millions is needed. Approaching the 
leadership of today's big mobilizations as "political opponents" isn't 
quite the way to win their support, participation, resources or to ask
them up to the platform to speak, as is indispensible at this initial,
beginning, preliminary, preparatory, opening moments of what can 
only be an extended struggle.

The whole idea that this protest should be escalated is about as 
counter-productive as it could be. "We", thomas munzer insists, 
need to "fight for them [sic] to mobilize their own [sick] workers 
and also raise class demands", as if the demands being raised today 
ARE NOT class demands? As if the workers here and now aren't doing 
an excellent job of self-organization as it is! We're experiencing the
largest working class mobilization in this country, probably since the
end of World War II, and we're being told that this struggle is today
being led by "political opponents"?????

What's next: demanding an open border. No, sorry, an immediate,
unilateral and unconditionally open border, NOW?

p.s. This is reminscent of the incident when the indiginous had the Lone
Ranger and Tonto surrounded. The Long Ranger said to his sidekick:
"We're surrounded, Kimosabe! What are we going to do?" Tonto replied:

"What you mean WE, white man"...

p.p.s: "Thomas Munzer", is that a real name?

It sure reads a lot like "Rubinelli"...

But it should be pointed out that the L.A. labor "leaders" are our
political opponents and that the revolutionaries in the movement who
have connections with rank-and-file union workers need to come
together and propose a more militant perspective based on interracial
working class unity.

Maria Elena Durazo who Walter mentions (the hotel workers UNITE-HERE
local 11) is a perfect face for the L.A. labor bureaucracy precisely
because she represents its most militant wing - she is left cover as
her husband was before he died. Local 11 has done a lot under her
leadership but at the same time she is not going to come out against
the team concept. She is not going to come out against the
relationship with the Democrats. She is not going to come out against
Ted Kennedy and the Democrats vicious counter-proposal to HR4437. She
will stand on the stage with the Democrats and the bureaucrats and
call for unity under the leadership of the reformist apparatus.
The movement's leaders right now are raising a very limited set of
demands revolving around amnesty. We need to fight for them to
mobilize their own workers and also raise class demands that draw in
the black and white workers who have largely stood to the side of the
movement so they see this as THEIR movement. So the movement would
infect wider layers of workers. These types of demands should be
added: a living wage for all workers. Free good public health care
for all workers. A jobs creation program that would create decent
jobs that would support families and address the problems of poverty
gangs and unemployment plaguing working class communities. It should
be repeated over and over again that crisis of immigrant workers is a
crisis of all working families in the U.S. and that we should all

FULL (of...)

April 11, 2006

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