12 | 12 | 2019

The U.S. working class has received special attention from the Trump campaign’s first days – since his election it has been singled out for special assault.

“America First” was portrayed as making working-class America first; “Make America Great Again” meant reawakening the greatness of the American working class.

A group of 41 Democratic members of Congress have just returned from a trip to Israel with the American-Israel Education Foundation (AIEF)the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)—and Republican members are currently in Israel on the same trip. In light of these trips, the peace group CODEPINK has filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics, insisting that the intertwined relationship between the lobby group AIPAC and the educational group AIEF is in violation of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act (HLOGA). 

The undersigned communist youth of America declare:

1. Our full solidarity with all young people and their families who have been forced to emigrate from their countries due to capitalism and its consequences. Month by month, thousands of young Central Americans and Mexicans are forced to risk their lives fleeing misery, unemployment, drug trafficking and state repression. This leads to an inhuman situation where migrants end up dead in the Usumacinta River or the Rio Grande, disappeared and kidnapped by cartels during their transit or detained by the National Guard in Mexico and the U.S. Border Patrol. One of the most tragic and emblematic cases is that of Salvadorian Alberto Martínez, who at 25 years of age died drowned with his baby while trying to cross the Rio Grande. Those who manage to overcome that hell, enter a new one in the United States and Canada, facing a stark exploitation without labor rights, persecuted, in many cases living in the shadow with the fear of being deported to their countries.

Is community self-defense the answer to fighting racist terror?Trump’s hate speech and actions have resulted in horrific casualties in recent days and weeks. Violent words have begotten violent acts. Time and again, domestic terrorists have been encouraged and set loose upon the land.

Grief, fear and intimidation have followed, but so have outrage, determination, and indignation at the deliberate incitement of white supremacist hatred from the highest office in the land.

This statement was written by Dayton/Miami Valley DSA, Ohio. We are posting it in solidarity.

We, the Dayton/Miami Valley chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, mourn for our Dayton sisters and brothers. We are horrified, angered, and devastated by the unacceptable violence that happened in our city yesterday and has happened across our country too many times in too many places.

This statement was written by members of El Chuco del Norte DSA. We are posting it in solidarity.

Our hearts hurt, our souls hurt, everything hurts. We are mad, we can’t stop crying… as the horrors of white supremacy have hit our beloved El Chuco. Yesterday, in El Paso, we experienced the consequences of a manufactured “national security crisis,” of a fake “invasion” by a president that perpetuates hate against our Latinx community and has made it his mission to “other” us. Just know it wasn’t an El Pasoan that did this. El Paso wouldn’t do this. El Paso is kind. El Paso is love. El Paso is a city where, in the wake of this tragedy, so many people showed up to donate blood that the donations centers couldn’t even accommodate all of us and had to ask us to come back tomorrow or make an appointment. El Paso is a city where funeral homes are saying they won’t charge families for the funeral costs of the victims. El Paso is text messages and phone calls all day long from family and friends checking in on each other. El Paso IS family. El Paso IS home. This was done by an outsider who does not represent El Paso.

Call to Action

If ever there was a time for working-class people of all backgrounds to come together in common defense of basic human needs, dignity and rights that time is now.

The vicious attacks from the White House on Congresspersons of color, many women, hearken back 140 years ago to the attacks on African American elected officials during Reconstruction.  The result was a devastating setback to democracy and perpetuation of institutionalized racism in our country.

Trump’s recent Twitter rants against Rep. Elijah Cummings and the women of the Squad represent an intensification of his regime’s appeal to white supremacy.  The president has made it clear that he does not consider Black legislators as having the right, or the power, to govern.

Trump tweeted that Rep. Elijah Cummings’  Baltimore district was “a disgusting rat and rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.” He encouraged Cummings to “spend more time in Baltimore” rather than carrying out the duties of oversight that his constituents and peers entrusted to him. 

Communist Knesset member Aida Touma-Sliman sent official letters of solidarity to two Democratic Congresswomen, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, “to express my appreciation for your tireless work on behalf of the Palestinian people” and “in light of President Trump’s racist recent attacks” upon them as the members of the US House of Representatives.

The National Convention is the highest authority of the Communist Party USA and is authorized to make political and organizational decisions binding upon the entire Party and its membership.  The Party must strive for unity in the National Convention which in turn requires membership participation with an open and free discussion of ideas.

We relied upon several steps to implement this membership participation and open discussion.  First, time was allotted for pre-convention discussion of several months where all Party members and organizations had the right to express and propose changes, including changes in the Party program, and to submit resolutions on all questions of policy, tactics, and organization.

The following is a special resolution adopted by the National Convention to address imperialist maneuvers against the people of Iran and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

We gather here in Chicago for our Convention–the highest expression of our revolutionary, working-class democracy—and to celebrate 100 years of struggle for world of peace, democracy, and equality: a socialist world.

We do so in the shadow of a dangerous, criminal regime, with a very different vision for the world.  They may talk of peace and democracy, but they do so over the din of bombs, the poisoned chorus of propaganda, and the howls of refugee children in their concentration camps.

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