SAN FRANCISCO, January 28—The Progressive Labor Party (PLP) and friends joined hundreds of protesters at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on Saturday night to demand that all refugees be let in! It is the capitalists who create millions of refugees with their imperialist wars and racist violence. Then they use their borders to divide workers from each other. We need to smash Trump’s racist ban as we fight for a communist revolution that will eliminate all borders and end imperialist wars so that workers can build an egalitarian world without racism and sexism.
NEWARK, NJ, January 20—It rained, and we marched. PLP members worked with a developing Newark-based organization that has sprung up largely in reaction to Donald Trump’s racist immigration policy, to organize a rally, a march, and a general assembly to coincide with now President Trump’s inauguration.
LONG ISLAND CITY, NY, February 2—While tens of thousands of workers and youth were protesting at JFK and other airports against the racist travel ban on Muslims from seven countries, the NY Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) called a one-hour strike on travel to JFK. This bold act of international, anti-racist solidarity was delivered by an immigrant, mostly Muslim workforce, and enjoyed widespread support.
Uber, on the other hand, tried to make a quick buck by quadrupling their rates on fares to and from JFK. The one-hour strike further exposed Uber as a strike breaker, union buster, and price gouger in the midst of an international crisis. A “Delete Uber” campaign erupted as thousands deleted Uber apps from their smart phones.
WASHINGTON, DC, January 30—Progressive Labor Party members protested with 25 other workers and riders outside the headquarters of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) as the transit bosses held a public hearing began on raising the fare and cutting service.
Over 300 workers and riders attended the hearing. Ninety workers spoke out, condemning the cutbacks in transit service and the proposed increase in fares. The next day, the transit bosses claimed to have found some money to reduce their estimated deficit.
NEW YORK CITY, January 20—At our campus’s main entrance, dozens of multiracial, multigender, students, faculty and staff held a militant rally supporting undocumented immigrant students. Much organizing and struggle led to this rally and there is much more to come. The antiracist marchers chanted “Racism means… We got to fight back!” at a line of confused and intimidated campus police. Tensions rose.
As we approached the campus entrance, a young woman Muslim student declared, “Okay I’m skipping class and staying. This is way more important and my professor should be out here anyway.”
Near the scared line of campus police, we hesitated. We didn’t realize it, but the cops were afraid the militant rally would shut down the main campus entrance. But we backed off, and several cops breathed audible sighs of relief.
LOS ANGELES, January 29—Friends and members of Progressive Labor Party joined thousands of protestors at Los Angeles International Airport to demand the reversal of Trump’s fascist travel ban on Muslim workers. We were energized that so many workers responded quickly and militantly to fascism. It confirms our confidence in the working class that when workers are attacked, they will fight back! Now more than ever, we need to be talking to our friends and building relationships in mass organizations so that we can channel working class rage into war against the bosses and their capitalist system.
The United States presidential election circus has moved to the White House, where the volatile Donald Trump has become the face of the U.S. ruling class. While Trump tweets his “alternative facts” (also known as “lies”), he is inheriting a weakening U.S. empire under threat from inter-imperialist rivals Russia and China. The growing instability of the worldwide capitalist order points the way to the next world war.
Trump is assuming the presidency as U.S. bosses’ world dominance faces its greatest challenge since World War II. The old global order—where a far superior U.S. military held sway over the Atlantic and Pacific, dominated the Middle East and Latin America, and controlled every oil route—is under attack from all sides.
U.S. losses in Iraq and Afghanistan, on top of internal divisions within the U.S. ruling class, have emboldened Russian and Chinese bosses to expand their spheres of influence. Seeing a power vacuum, smaller capitalists are seizing any opportunity to assert their autonomy. As the U.S. bosses scramble to put their own house in order, fend off their challengers, and hold on to their faltering empire, they are stuck for now with the undisciplined, unreliable Trump.
VALLE DE CHALCO, MEXICO, January 25— Occupations, demonstrations, marches and road blockades throughout Mexico greeted the government’s twenty percent price increase on gasoline and diesel. On January 1, as the new price increase went into effect, the government said that if they didn’t increase gasoline prices, they would have to make more cuts in healthcare, education and other social programs.
No matter what, increasing the price of gasoline is unsustainable for the working class, which increases the cost of transportation and the most basic products nationwide.
For workers in Valle de Chalco, this is another chapter in a long battle over securing energy sources like gasoline and electricity for the working class. For members and friends of the Progressive Labor Party, it is an important battle in the struggle for workers’ power.
Davis, CA, January 13—Several hundred students and workers at the University of California at Davis shut down a planned fascist rally featuring Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos and drug price-gouger Martin Shkreli. This sharp confrontation was a small lesson on the role of the state (the government) in protecting fascists, their capitalist masters, and the whole capitalist system. The Progressive Labor Party wants to destroy this bosses’ government and put the working class in power. That’s communism!
Fascist Yiannopoulos was kicked off Twitter when he led the vile, racist harassment of “Ghostbusters” actress Leslie Jones.
OAKLAND, January 21—Progressive Labor Party and friends energized a passive crowd at the National Women’s March with our militant anti-capitalist chants and speeches. The turnout was 60,000 people marching without speeches or chants. We decided we had to turn it up. We chanted, “Hey Trump, you fascist, we’ll burn your house to ashes.”
While some appeared confused and apprehensive to join us, many joined in and asked for multiple copies of our 800 leaflets and copies of CHALLENGE. It is out job as communists to expose the whole system, not just trump.