The recent nuclear deal signed by the rival bosses of Iran, the U.S., Russia, China and others has nothing to do with peace. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) limits Iran’s ability to produce nuclear weapons in exchange for an end to sanctions that have punished Iran’s economy and workers since 1979. But the agreement’s real purpose is to buy these rivals time to build their militaries for the broader imperialist wars to come.
The toxic water crisis in Flint, Michigan exemplifies capitalist state terrorism. Not only is the whole working class poisoned by the profit drive, but also the treatment of Black and undocumented workers exposes the bosses’ racist essence.
Flint, the birthplace of General Motors, is nearly 60 percent Black, and over 40 percent of its population lives below the official poverty line.
BROOKLYN, January 21—A small anti-racist student movement has shaken Brooklyn Technical High School. Progressive Labor Party must turn this struggle into a school for communism.
Tech is the tenth-largest high school in the United States. Over the last month, two speak-outs by students and one by angry Black alumni have put the education bosses in New York City on notice that the growing racism in our school system is intolerable. These bosses have held up Tech as a model of excellence as the school’s combined Black and Latin student populations have dropped to 15 percent—as compared to 68 percent in city schools overall.
The disgustingly racist message is clear: If more Black and Latin students are admitted, this “elite” school’s quality will diminish.
ANNAPOLIS, JANUARY 18—“Racism means we got to fight back!” Protesters chanted in front of the Maryland state capitol, where Tawanda Jones spoke at a rally of 200 workers and youth for her brother Tyrone West, a Black worker murdered by the racist police. Progressive Labor Party members participated in this multiracial rally on this night of below-freezing temperatures to add communist heat to the workers’ demands to end the state’s protection of the police from their racist crimes.
ISRAEL-PALESTINE, January 27 —What’s the reward for a politician who takes $155,000 in bribes and spends two years in prison? A promotion! Aryeh Deri has been appointed as the interior ministry for the Negev and Galilee regions. He is the leader of the Shas party, known for its fundamentalist nationalism. Deri’s main task will be to prevent undocumented immigrants from crossing the border, increasing deportations, and redefining city boundaries for property taxes. The Shas party is important to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition.
HAITI, January 26—Thousands of angry workers have taken to the streets throughout the country, burning tires, breaking windows, fighting with the police. PLP has participated in the demonstrations, calling for workers to build revolution, not electoral reforms.
The demonstrations have been in response to the widespread election fraud and incompetence in the presidential elections held in October with 54 candidates and the run-off scheduled between Jovenel Moïse, hand-picked front-man of the current president, Martelly, and Jude Celestin, protégé of previous president Préval. The government and its senior partners in the U.S. Embassy were forced to cancel the run-off because their complicity was exposed.
LOS ANGELES, January 16—While criminal charges are being recommended for the racist cop who killed Brendon Glenn, an unarmed, homeless Black worker last May, workers and members of the Progressive Labor Party fighting for justice are not holding their breath.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck’s recommendation was made on January 11, and can only be carried out by a District Attorney or grand jury.
As of January 15, hypocrite Beck had not done what is within his power: initiate disciplinary proceedings against cop Clifford Proctor, who has been on paid leave since he killed Glenn.
NEW JERSEY, January 21—Members and friends of Progressive Labor Party recently won a victory against anti-Muslim racism. For years, we have been part of the Radical Caucus (RC) of the Modern Language Association (MLA), an organization of primarily language and literature professors, scholars, and graduate students. Through this caucus, members and friends of PLP worked together to pass an emergency resolution condemning anti-Muslim racism and supporting Muslim students and professors.
CHICAGO, January 27— A mass student walkout and a sick-out by Detroit’s public school teachers reveals the racist core of the capitalist bosses’ schools and the need for communist organizing.
The teachers forced the bosses to shut down 69 of 100 segregated schools by calling in sick en masse. Teachers are fed up with the disgusting learning and teaching conditions and attacks on wages and benefits. Ninety-five percent of their students are Black or Latin; the under-funding of Detroit’s schools, under state control for 12 of the last 15 years, is clearly racist.
HARLEM, NEW YORK, January 9— In a neighborhood of mostly Black and immigrant workers, the antiracist chants rang down 125th Street and Broadway:
Racism Means We Got To Fight Back!,
Deportations Mean We Got To Fight Back!
Bibi, Bratton, Donald Trump —
Throw Those Racist in the Dump!
Thirty multiracial workers and students, women and men, marched against anti-Muslim racism with homemade signs and posters emblazoned, “REFUGEES WELCOME HERE.”