Immediately following the Paris attacks, the mass media has ramped up anti-Arab, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant racism, using them as an excuse for intensified border control and calls for war. These racist responses to a horrendous attack on the working class of Paris are exactly what the ruling class wants (whether they are French, U.S. or Saudi bosses). What we really need is working class unity against all these bosses and their warmongering.
The capitalist class that runs the United States appears to be tentatively settling on its two presidential candidates: Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio. The 2016 U.S. presidential election is more than the media-driven circus it appears to be—for the bosses, the stakes are high. While U.S. imperialism still dominates the world, its relative power is in decline. It faces growing challenges from the capitalist bosses running China and Russia and upstart regional imperialists like ISIS.
Elections in any capitalist country, from the U.S. to Malaysia, are used to discipline the bosses’ ranks, to centralize power in times of crisis, and to deceive the international working class into backing the rulers’ agenda. Above all, the mission is to protect and expand the capitalists’ profits.
NEW YORK CITY, October 27—Forty students, joined by church and community groups and members of Progressive Labor Party, rallied to protest the exploitation of campus workers at Columbia University, a wealthy ruling-class school with a long history of attacking the working class.
THE BRONX, November 11 — Worker-student alliance leads the way across City University of New York campuses. Drawing inspiration from the striking college students in South Africa who shut down universities and roads in response to a tuition fee, hundreds of students here were involved in teach-ins or rallies to challenge capitalist ideas.
NEW YORK CITY, November 4 — “No Contract, No Peace!” Today, 800 workers and students rallied outside of City University of New York headquarters demanding a raise. This struggle is intensifying the contradiction between union leadership and the need for communist leadership.
Members and friends of our Party have been hurt to learn of the death of comrade Gene Zbikowski on October 31 from a sudden heart attack at age 62. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Noémie and their three children. Gene had been our correspondent in France for well over a decade, writing articles about workers’ struggles there and throughout Europe.
On October 9th, Comrade Judy Catchpole died at age 78. A proud daughter of the working class, she fought through every stage of her life. Judy joined PL forty-five years ago while working for the NYC welfare department. For years she sold Challenge, took part in street rallies, and
SILICONE VALLEY, October 26—In a large Bay Area city, more than 30 women, men, and children protested high rents, racist evictions, and homelessness—all products of the profit-mad capitalist system. Evictions are increasing in this high-tech region and disproportionately affect Black and Latin workers; the city’s Black population has dropped by half in the past twenty-five years, with 35,000 people displaced. Although Black workers now represent only 6 percent of the city’s population, they make up 25 percent of the homeless.
Fightbacks are growing. At one busy intersection, there are spirited weekly demonstrations by Residents for Renters Protection. People chant, sing, and bring posters in English and Spanish to publicize the fight, with members and friends of Progressive Labor Party protesting in solidarity. There were upraised fists, honking horns, and high fives from pedestrians and people in passing cars and buses. Most of the protesters work in low-wage food, retail and service industries. They are systematically being evicted out of this city.
On November 4, an estimated 250 workers were producing plastic bags inside Rajput Polyester Factory when the building collapsed near Lahore, Pakistan. The official death toll is 45 workers. The rest are wounded or still trapped under the debris.
Majority of these workers are teenage or young adult men from farther districts who work for about $120 a month. Many live or sleep in the factory. The factory continued to function after it took a hit from last month’s earthquake.
BALTIMORE, OCTOBER 15 — Antiracist struggle continues to heat up in Baltimore, from weekly West Wednesday rallies against the police murder of Tyrone West, to the powerful Freddie Gray rebellion, to this week’s occupation of City Hall!