“Peace is an extension of war by other means,” said U.S. strategist Anthony Cordesman, referring to Barack Obama’s shaky nuclear deal with Iran (Center for Strategic and International Studies website, 3/30/15). The agreement, which calls for Iran to scale back its nuclear program in exchange for a relaxation of sanctions, is a move toward war. While the deal may represent a temporary thaw in hostilities, the fact remains that U.S. bosses remain locked in an increasingly deadly struggle with China and Russia — the main backers of the Iranian regime — for control over the Middle East’s vast energy wealth.
Brooklyn, APRIL 1 — Working-class anger raged this week at our school as students, parents and teachers united against an attack on a student by both school “safety” cops and New York City cops.
The incident began last Thursday on March 26, as students were on the line to pass through metal detectors to get to class. One student was wearing a pair of glasses fastened with a straight pin to replace a missing screw, as he’d done for several weeks. The school cops told him the pin was a weapon and made him remove his glasses so they could confiscate it.
HARLEM, April 1 — Twenty-five Columbia University (CU) students, along with some City University students and fighters from the local St. Mary’s church, marched to the McDonald’s on 125th Street and Broadway, and rallied today. Workers there are demanding a wage increase to $15 per hour. By exposing the racist bosses and their drive for profit, there is potential in this struggle to win students and workers to fighting for a communist world.
NEW YORK CITY, March 30 — The 2015 communist school was like every PLP communist school in that it provided an opportunity to learn from and to teach each other. But this year was special because it may have been our youngest in terms of the ages of those who attended. The school was mostly comprised of elementary, junior, and high school students. We learned the most from these students that weekend.
After hearing a criticism from them about their group’s conversation being too simple, we struggled to improve it, to add to the content and analysis of the group. This goes to show that we should leave no one out of the revolutionary struggle and should not limit our organizing — we need the entire working class. Every worker and youth is able to understand communism. The school was an inspirational event for all (see letters on page 6).
PAKISTAN, April 7 — Capitalism’s crisis here grows worse each day, with workers increasingly unable to meet their basic needs of survival. The bosses here are breeding more terrorism, sectarianism, racism, sexism, and nationalism to keep the working class divided. Meanwhile working people are on the streets demonstrating against shortages of electricity and natural gas, unemployment, terrorism, increasing prices, privatization and closure of factories. Capitalism is a catastrophe for the working class. In the midst of this, the Progressive Labor Party has been organizing in several industries and working steadily to spread our ideas among the masses.
After weeks of vocal protest, Indiana Governor Mike Pence has begun to walk back his bigoted “religious freedom” law, which sanctioned refusal of service to customers based on their gender identity or sexual orientation.
April 13 is “Katyn Memorial Day.” This is the day that Polish nationalists, and anticommunists everywhere, commemorate the alleged murder by the Soviet Union of 22,000 Polish prisoners of war in April to May 1940 in the Katyn forest.
And IT DID NOT HAPPEN!
This summer marks the 40th anniversary of the Boston Summer Project, the first such project held by the Progressive Labor Party and its Party-led mass organization, the International Committee Against Racism (InCAR).
Forty years ago, Boston was one of the most segregated and racist cities in the country. The ruling class of Boston profited greatly from dividing workers along racial lines and many white workers bought into the racist ideas pushed by the politicians. It was dangerous for Black workers to enter all-white neighborhoods like Charlestown and South Boston. Black families who moved into white neighborhoods were attacked. Schools in Black neighborhoods were woefully underfunded and overcrowded; schools in working-class white neighborhoods were not much better. Racist covenants by white homeowners banned sale of homes to Black families.
I’ve been going to the B.P. Amoco picket line about every third day. I am a member of the United Steelworkers (USW) but not of their local. Other supporters from other locals have also come to the picket line. The striking refinery workers really appreciate this worker solidarity that brings into view the bigger picture of the struggle facing the working class as a whole. Like one picketer pointed out, “It is easy to honk your horn as you pass by, but it’s something very different to stop and picket in bitter cold weather.”