Dialogue with Don Bechler

Don Bechler is Chair of Single Payer Now! (repinted from the June 2018 issue of a)Unity & Independence) [Note: Following is a dialogue between Don Bechler, chair of Single Payer Now, a California-wide organization that is affiliated with Health Care Now on a national level, and Alan Benjamin, editorial board member of The Organizer newspaper.Continue reading “Dialogue with Don Bechler”

Role of Democrats on Immigrant Rights No Less Deplorable!

By Alan Benjamin (editorial board member, The Organizer) Working people have every reason to be outraged by Donald Trump’s fueling of the white-supremacist massacres that killed three people in Gilroy, California; nine people in Dayton, Ohio; and 22 people in El Paso, Texas, including children. Since he took office, Trump has been railing constantly againstContinue reading “Role of Democrats on Immigrant Rights No Less Deplorable!”

Saladin Muhammad Speaks Out

Toward a Mass-Based Independent Working-Class Party (Following are excerpts from a much longer contribution by Saladin Muhammad, founder of Black Workers For Justice and co-coordinator of the Southern Workers Assembly. The full text can be accessed at http://www.socialistorganizer.com.) While recognizing that the election of Trump/Pence is a symptom of the capitalist crisis and the obviousContinue reading “Saladin Muhammad Speaks Out”

Beyond the 2020 Electoral Circus, A Workers’ Rebellion Is Brewing

[Note: The following article by Paul Street is reprinted in an abridged form from TruthDig.] Let’s be brutally honest and unsentimental: There are few, if any, serious prospects for attaining the transformative change we need through the current United States elections and party system. But that’s no reason to give up on progressive change. OverContinue reading “Beyond the 2020 Electoral Circus, A Workers’ Rebellion Is Brewing”

Millie Phillips on Why We Need an Independent Labor- and Community-Based Party

[Note: Following are excerpts from a presentation by Millie Phillips in Sacramento, Calif., in September 2018. Phillips is a member of the Editorial Board of The Organizer Newspaper.] Twenty years ago, I was one of the local activists leading the movement for a labor party, which, in the moment, felt like the culmination of anContinue reading “Millie Phillips on Why We Need an Independent Labor- and Community-Based Party”

Jim Lafferty: “Time to Break with ‘Lesser-Evil’ Politics”

[Note: Jim Lafferty, executive director emeritus of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, is an endorser of the Labor-Community Campaign for an Independent Party and a long-time advocate of an independent labor-based political party. The following is an abridged version of an article he submitted to the LA Progressive under the title,Continue reading “Jim Lafferty: “Time to Break with ‘Lesser-Evil’ Politics””

Shamus Cooke on the Green New Deal and the Need for a Labor Party

By Shamus Cooke A Green New Deal is a fine demand, but ultimately the project is hopeless if it’s executed under a capitalist umbrella. Only a socialist Green New Deal can deliver a thorough transformation of society demanded by the situation, coordinating the vast wealth and technology of the country while inviting more nations intoContinue reading “Shamus Cooke on the Green New Deal and the Need for a Labor Party”

Gabriel Torres Speaks Out

[Following is an interview with Gabriel Torres, a professor of Spanish at Los Ríos Community College in Sacramento, Calif., and a trade unionist with the California Federation of Teachers. The interview was conducted by Alan Benjamin at the March 20-22, 2019, convention of the CFT in Los Angeles.] U&I: During the plenary session of theContinue reading “Gabriel Torres Speaks Out”

Interview with Baldemar Velasquez

[Following is an interview with Baldemar Velasquez, president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC-AFL-CIO). Velasquez is a member of the Organizing Committee of the Labor-Community Campaign for an Independent Party, or LCCIP.] U&I: You attended the meeting of the Organizing Committee of the LCCIP in Washington, D.C., at the end of February [2019]. AtContinue reading “Interview with Baldemar Velasquez”

Chris Silvera on the Need for Independent Action

[Chris Silvera is president of Teamsters Local 808 in Long Island City, New York. He is the past president of the Teamsters National Black Caucus.] Something is happening in this country. Working people are rising up. We’ve seen the growth of the Black Lives Matter movement, Bernie Sanders, the mass protests against Trump at theContinue reading “Chris Silvera on the Need for Independent Action”