[Marxism] [SUSPICIOUS MESSAGE] Protest federal shutdown!

John Reimann 1999wildcat at gmail.com
Sat Jan 5 12:05:43 MST 2019


"Aside from uttering a few complaints, the labor leaders are being
completely passive… once again. The AFL-CIO web site has nothing on it, for
example. The same for the country’s largest socialist organization (50,000
plus) – Democratic Socialists of America. They should be organizing
protests at every federal building in the country. This should include mass
civil disobedience. We should be demanding “no wall; no furloughs; no pay
cuts”. All the repressive measures of the state – the military, for example
– keep operating, while the hungry starve.

"Mass protests like this are what would decisively swing the overwhelming
majority of people against the government shut down and against the wall.
This is what would create a real crack in the Republican “wall of shame” in
the Senate. This is what would break Trump’s will and would guarantee he is
not reelected. Equally important, it could be the first step along the road
towards building a mass working class movement and a mass working class
political organization, one that could be a first step towards building a
mass working class party.

Why isn’t it being organized? Because doing so is not in the playbook of
the Democratic Party politicians – none of them. Supporting any Democratic
Party politicians simply leads us down the road away from building a real
working class movement.
Yellow Vest the Federal Buildings!
You can organize a protest at your local federal building, or wherever is
appropriate.

End the federal shutdown NOW; full pay for all federal workers!
No! to the Wall; Release all asylum seekers!
Full federal assistance and services for all who need it; no reduction in
food stamps, etc.
Full pay raise for all federal workers; for an immediate $5/hr raise for
all!"

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