Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran—hailed by the capitalists’ liberal media as a step back from global war—is in fact a strategic move toward broader imperialist conflict. It is another sign that the U.S. bosses are not yet ready to launch an all-out invasion, at least not until they’ve put their own house in order. The current U.S. presidential campaign, with the Republican Party in disarray and leading Democrat Hillary Clinton even less trusted by voters than Donald Trump (washingtonpost.com, 8/20/15), reflects the rulers’ predicament. For now, they have neither the political leadership nor the working-class base for a new military draft, an essential element in a major ground war.
KOLKATA, INDIA, September 15 — Hundreds of students at a public engineering
university raged in protest at the cricket association’s attempt to privatize one of the campus cricket fields—a seemingly small struggle that reflects a big surge in working-class consciousness and rebellion.
Privatization is the process whereby publicly owned property is given—or rented at a low cost—to private businesses, which then make a profit at the expense of the working class. Such actions by the rulers destroy the illusion of any division between the public and private sectors. In reality, both are controlled by the capitalist bosses.
Bosses’ Bribe Rejected
The association claimed the university’s fields would be turned into “world-class venues” to which students would still have access.
BALTIMORE, September 23—The Northeast District police station is home to the racist animals who beat unarmed Black man Tyrone West to death in July 2013. This evening, a toilet was symbolically placed in front of the station’s sign. We chanted, “Killer cops in cell blocks!” This marked the 113th West Wednesday rally, led by Tyrone’s inspiring family every week without fail.
BROOKLYN, September 21 — Forty workers and students demonstrated today in the continuing struggle for justice for Kyam Livingston, murdered in 2013 by the kkkops’ medical negligence in Brooklyn’s Central Booking Jail.
Kyam’s family and the Justice For Kyam Committee, with strong support from the Progressive Labor Party, have guaranteed monthly actions to remember July 21, the date of her murder. The racism of Kyam’s indifferent cop jailers caused her death, the speakers explained to scores of neighbors who stopped on their way home from work. Members of PLP explained that the capitalist rulers use their police forces to terrorize workers and discourage fightback. Many residents of this mainly immigrant working-class neighborhood listened, donated money, and took leaflets and over 300 copies of CHALLENGE. The overwhelmingly positive response to our monthly actions prove that the bosses, their lackeys and their brutal profit system can’t stop the struggle of the working class.
NEW YORK, September 25 — A community group recently protested in front of a building near Central Park owned by gutter racist, sexist presidential candidate Donald Trump. We protested racist statements made by Trump against Latin immigrants—in particular, statements referring to Mexicans as rapists, drug dealers and murderers. These slurs, along with a number of Nazi-style proposals, are a central part of Trump’s campaign.
The demonstration was well attended, and many from our local PL club participated. Even though the organizations behind the action push the pro-capitalist agenda of the Democratic Party, the demonstrators militantly responded to our chants of: “Workers’ Struggles Have No Borders”; “We Are Workers, Not ‘Illegals’”; and “Amnesty Now, No More Deportations.”
NEW YORK CITY, September 16 — As old and new taxi bosses divide workers to lower their wages, three hundred taxi drivers rallied outside Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Manhattan office today as part of the Global Day of Action Against Ubernomics. They were protesting Cuomo’s plan to give Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber & Lyft approval to dispatch fares to an unlimited number of drivers using personal cars across New York State. This move increases competition and attacks driver’s income. In June, taxi drivers in Paris went on strike and blocked major highways to stop the Uber advance there.
DETROIT, September 28 — “This is bullshit! It will take me another eight years to reach top pay!” That’s what one worker at Chrysler’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant said of the tentative sellout agreement between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US (FCA) and 40,000 workers in the United Auto Workers (UAW). If what he says is true, top pay will be $25 an hour, a 15 percent cut from the current rate. The UAW leadership’s nationalist “Buy American” dogma and their strategy of partnering with the capitalist auto bosses has been a racist disaster for the mainly Black workers of Detroit, Flint, Pontiac, Chicago and other cities. Thousands of Black families in Detroit are facing another wave of water shutoffs and foreclosures.
Like racism, poverty, and mass unemployment, homelessness is an integral element of capitalism. By driving rents ever higher, capitalists increase their profits and then blame the homeless victims. Many workers who can’t afford their rent or to save toward a place of their own end up joining the bosses’ military—sent off to kill other workers turned into homeless refugees by capitalist inequality and imperialist war.
Communism would focus solely on meeting the needs of the working class throughout the world. Providing shelter for all workers would be primary. With all wages, currency, and profit abolished, the labor and resources now used to construct rent-generating office buildings would be diverted to build safe and sanitary living quarters for the working class.
In 2014, a wave of enthusiasm swept the medical field as new medicines to cure hepatitis C became available. Older treatments had limited success in eradicating the virus, and side effects stopped many from completing treatment. The new medications can eliminate the virus in 80 to 95 per cent of cases, are in easy-to-take pill form and have few, if any, side effects over the 8 to 24 weeks of treatment.
The wave crashed, however, on the cost of the medications: a thousand dollars per pill. Profits to Gilead Sciences, the first to get a new drug approved, are projected in the billions. In yet another chapter of the racist U.S. bosses’ history of medical apartheid, the high cost of these medications hits Black workers hardest, along with millions of workers around the world suffering from this virus.
Mary “The Jewel” Harris, who died on September 4, was known by everybody in Progressive Labor Party’s Philadelphia hospital work. She was a wonderful friend, a force of nature, the salt of the earth—and a terror if you got on her bad side. Mary was also a pillar of PLP. When she worked in housekeeping, she routinely distributed up to 60 CHALLENGEs. After each issue, she would pass over a bag heavy with coins and bills.