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

Lüko Willms lueko.willms at t-online.de
Thu Apr 13 03:45:22 MDT 2006

On Wed, 12 Apr 2006 09:16:29 -0400, Joaquín Bustelo wrote:

> But viewed more specifically and narrowly, as a social force trying to
> organize itself, THIS movement is a movement of, by and for Latino
> immigrants. Respect its character, respect the integrity of the 
> even if the reformists and labor officials and politicians and
> non-profiteers don't. Act like you really mean it when you say you 
> the right of oppressed peoples to SELF-determination. 

  My agreement. 
  But this does not mean that even all-white socialist groups could not 
play a part and even recruit members to their organization. But one 
should respect several _general_ rules of conduct: 

1st: organizational questions are secondary questions. This also means 
that the challenging the leaders chosen by the given movement is not on 
top of the agenda, if at all. 

2nd: Even if you don't agree with parts of the leadership or parts of 
the political contents and program, stress the _positive_ elements, and 
stress the common ground which then can be widened, ironing out possible 
differences without talking too much (if at all) about those. Learn from 
Fidel Castro's way to find common grounds with nearly anybody. 

3rd: The most convincing argument is not the word, but the deed: show 
that you can mobilize, that you can bring people to the demonstrations 
who would not have come without your effort, because of your form of 
explaining the issue. 

  And then, do what the SWP did with Malcolm X: invite the acutal 
"native" leaders of the movement to speak at your forums, publish 
interviews with them in your press, give them a platform to reach other 
audiences, as small these might be. Any serious effort to get the 
message of the movement out and to mobilize with your own forces for it 
will be appreciated, I am sure. Such an activity is the necessary 
condition of any recruitment. 

Lüko Willms
Frankfurt, Germany
visit http://www.mlwerke.de Marx, Engels, Luxemburg, Lenin, Trotzki in German

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