[Marxism] What should revolutionaries do in the immigrant rights movement?

Javier A javierunderground at yahoo.com
Wed Apr 12 16:09:31 MDT 2006

             The downward trajectory of organized labor and real wages, is inextricably tied to the question of the current immigrant rights struggle. Especially now where the most reactionary parts of 4437 have been eliminated from the mass mobilizations and Bush is pushing the guest worker program. There would have to be an alliance between organized labor and the immigrant rights movement to fight such a program. Trade-union activist, who mainly are caught up in contract fights would have to see that the rank-file is able and willing to take on such a fight. The immigrant movement would have to have a leadership that is critical of such a  program to successfully mobilize against this reactionary legistlation. But the trade-union leadership is not calling for amnesty for Immigrants, and for the most part tail-ending the guest worker program. Piolin and Cucuy, two of the most popular Spanish radio host in Cal have been calling for mobilization against what was 4437, but
 now I seriously doubt there calling for amnesty as well as raising a critical position against the guest worker program. Without dismissing the expierence millions of immigrants have had being part of and organizing such mass mobilizations, how could the question of leadership not be a key component of the current situation? A component that would fuse with the dynamic experience millions have had. And a defeat of the guest worker program, which is very possible, would create a powerful confidence that could lead to other victories in the working class. But how would this going to take place? To say we have nothing to teach and everything to learn basicly means of not attempting to push the trajectory of this movement into the successes it could have. And pushing for this trajectory is absolutly antithetical to any form of elitism and secterianism. It seems that the conception people have developed on the role of leaders and leadership parrelels John Holloways theories, of
 challenging the centers of power by building decentered spaces of power. It comes from his fetishization of the Zapatistas. 

Anthony Boynton <northbogota at yahoo.com> wrote: Here are a few thoughts from very far away what
revolutionaries should do in the immigrant rights

1. First they should attend demonstrations, and get
everyone else they can to attend - irregardless of
race, creed, color, language, citizenship, national
origin, etc.

2. What a revolutionary does next depends upon who
they are and where they are. 

If you are a Spanish speaking immigrant who is also a
revolutionary, you are almost certainly already
working in an immigrant rights organization (if you
have any brains and your revolutionary politics have
any significance in the real world).

Now you have some big tactical and strategic problems
facing you, since the mmovement today is totally
different than it was six months ago. 

Now you have a mass movement with a bourgeois
leadership drawn from the Democratic Party, the
Spanish speaking bourgeoisie (which is bigger than the
Spanish speaking bourgeoisie of most Spanish speaking
countries) and the Catholic Church.

And they are marching around with American Flags!

Good luck! 

If you are an immigrant from a non-Spanish speaking
community, who is also a revolutionary, you should be
doing the same thing in your own immigrant community.
I recommend getting in touch with your Latino comrades
for some advice.

If you are not an immigrant, and are also a
revolutionary, you are a rare duck indeed!

Don´t follow the advice of the idiots who tell you to
do nothing! 

And don´t act like you should be leading a movement
you are not part of and don´t know shit about. 

Go back to point one and start over again.

More Later, Anthony

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