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The gross capitulation of the Syriza-led government in Greece to the let-them-starve dictates of the European Union (EU) imperialists is a slap in the face to the millions who voted resoundingly to reject the EU’s austerity blackmail. Our comrades in the Trotskyist Group of Greece have initiated the following call for the establishment of workers action committees around a program of proletarian struggle against the EU and its Syriza lackeys. Such struggle is in the class interests of the working people in all EU countries and internationally.

Repudiate Syriza’s Sellout to the EU!

ENOUGH!

Αποκηρύξτε το Ξεπούλημα του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ στην ΕΕ!

ΑΡΚΕΤΑ!

 

Workers Vanguard No. 1071

10 July 2015
The closing date for news in this issue is 7 July.

Workers Vanguard skips alternate issues in June, July and August. Our next issue will be dated August 7.

 

Workers Vanguard

Racist Terror and the Legacy of Slavery

Bloody Charleston

The coldblooded massacre of nine black people in Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church by a 21-year-old white supremacist is a searing manifestation of the racist terror and reaction at the heart of American capitalism. As Mumia Abu-Jamal, a black radical and former Black Panther who was framed up and sentenced to death for his defiance of this racist order, declared in a radio commentary from prison: “White supremacy is the mother’s milk of Charleston, of South Carolina, of the South, of America. For surely as slavery funded and built America, the underlying principle was the devaluation, exploitation and oppression of Black life. It’s the only thing that makes the church massacre in Charleston even remotely intelligible.”

Bourgeois politicians from across the political spectrum, from America’s first black president to the son of archsegregationist Strom Thurmond, have rushed to exploit the killings, cynically promoting “racial healing” and Christian charity and calling to “forgive your enemies.” For them, the bloodbath in Charleston was a chance to divert attention from the near-daily killings of unarmed black men at the hands of racist cops and to quell the protests against their gendarmes.

President Barack Obama promised that the FBI and the local police would “make sure that justice is served.” It was local police who just three months ago killed 50-year-old Walter Scott in North Charleston, shooting him five times in the back. Likewise, in the 1968 Orangeburg Massacre, South Carolina highway patrolmen gunned down students protesting segregation, killing three and injuring 27. Fascists like Dylann Roof and vigilantes like George Zimmerman, the killer of Trayvon Martin, are not exceptions to the rule of racist law and order but auxiliaries to the far more powerful murder apparatus of the capitalist state—the cops, the prisons and the military. These state forces are the main source of racist violence.

In the same statement, Obama seized on outrage over the massacre to push for more gun control, arguing: “Innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun.” No! Innocent people were killed because they were unarmed and defenseless in the face of a fascist murderer who was emboldened by the racism that pervades every aspect and institution of American society. (read on)

Latest Postings

· Rejetez la capitulation de Syriza devant l’UE ! C’EN EST ASSEZ !

· Repudiate Syriza’s Sellout to the EU! ENOUGH!

· Αποκηρύξτε το Ξεπούλημα του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ στην ΕΕ! ΑΡΚΕΤΑ!

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· Στο δημοψήφισμα λέμε:
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· In the Referendum We Say:
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  No Support to the Syriza Government!

· Κάτω η Ιμπεριαλιστική ΕΕ!
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Latest Archival Postings

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· Cuadernos Marxistas No. 3
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· L’agonie meurtrière de Bourguiba (janvier 1984)

· Répression antisyndicale en Tunisie
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· Le coup d'Etat de Ben Ali et la menace intégriste
  (janvier 1988)

· Near East, 1950s:
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  (August 2000)




About the ICL




V.I. LeninLeon TrotskyThe International Communist League (Fourth Internationalist) is a proletarian, revolutionary and internationalist tendency committed to the task of building Leninist parties as national sections of a democratic-centralist international. Our aim is the achievement of new October Revolutions—nothing else, nothing other, nothing less. The ICL bases itself on Marxist historical, dialectical materialism and seeks in particular to carry forward the international working-class perspectives of Marxism developed in the theory and practice of the Bolshevik leaders V. I. Lenin and L. D. Trotsky and embodied in the decisions of the first four Congresses of the Communist International as well as key documents of the Fourth International such as the Transitional Program (1938) and "War and the Fourth International" (1934). We also look to James P. Cannon, a leader of the early American Communist Party who was won to Trotskyism and went on to become a principal founder of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), working in close collaboration with Leon Trotsky. The origins of the ICL are in the Spartacist League/U.S., which began as the Revolutionary Tendency in the SWP and was bureaucratically expelled in 1963. Our ICL "Declaration of Principles and Some Elements of Program" was modeled on the Declaration of Principles adopted at the 1966 founding conference of the SL/U.S.

Adopted at the Third International Conference of the ICL in early 1998, the declaration presently exists in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, German, Russian, Polish, Italian, Turkish, Indonesian, Greek, Korean and Tagalog. In this post-Soviet period, marked by a deep regression of proletarian consciousness, we continue to be guided by Trotsky's statement that "the task of the vanguard is above all not to let itself be carried along by the backward flow; it must swim against the current." Reforge the Fourth International, world party of socialist revolution!