A Revolutionary New Year’s Greeting for 2008
Posted by Fredsvenn den januar 7, 2008
From the Freedom Socialist Party
Workers of the world, uniting
That’s the way to lose your chains.
Mighty regiments now are fighting
That no tyranny remains!
Forward, without forgetting
Till the concrete question is hurled
When starving or when eating:
Whose tomorrow is tomorrow?
And whose world is the world?
As a new year approaches, Bertolt Brecht’s poem “Solidarity Song,”
written in the 1930s, rings true. Just as when Brecht wrote the “Song” in
the 1930s, the world today still belongs to the exploiters. And, across the
globe, they are running amok, led by the ruling class of the United
States with tragic consequences for the poor, the powerless, and
From Latin America to China, corporate globalization is wrecking lives. In
Iraq, Afghanistan, and Palestine, whole populations pay the price of U.S.
or U.S.-backed war and occupation. In the U.S. itself, workers’ real wages
decline as costs zoom for everything gas and oil to food, education and
healthcare. Home foreclosures are the scourge of the day. Low-income
public housing is demolished from New Orleans to Seattle. The “poverty
draft” means that young people lacking opportunities become the U.S.
casualties of the so-called war on terror. Religious fundamentalists vent
their wrath against reproductive freedom for women and social equality for
lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. Retirees and would-be
retirees wonder how they are going to survive in the touted “golden years.”
But, as we enter the eighth year of the new millennium, opportunities exist
to fight back and to make real change! To borrow from the Asian Zodiac,
the coming Year of the Rat will be a time of hard work and constant
activity. And that’s where we come in working women and men of every
race and nationality, the unemployed, immigrants, students and radicals.
We can build on our victories in 2007 some of them tangible, some of
them gains in consciousness. Facing attack by the profit-chasing system,
U.S. immigrants, autoworkers, nurses, janitors, teachers, and writers all
shoved back. In September, tens of thousands of people flooded the town
of Jena, Louisiana, to fight the racist railroading of African American
teenagers and the revival of a familiar symbol of terror, the lynching
noose. Immigrants of color and their allies stepped up to fend off ICE raids
in the workplace. In Los Angeles, Palestinian immigrants thwarted a
20-year effort to deport them because of their politics.
Supporters of jailed revolutionary journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal fought
successfully to be heard on the national television show Today after the
program scheduled an interview with the widow of the police officer whom
Mumia is falsely convicted of killing. Lt. Ehren Watada is a bright voice
among GI resisters and their families who are telling the military that it’s
immoral and illegal to fight in Iraq.
Attorney and civil liberties hero Lynne Stewart, convicted on terror-related
charges for her aggressive defense of a client, won a much reduced
sentence against heavy odds and continues her struggle for justice. The
Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) has been deeply involved in this
campaign, as has our sister organization, Radical Women.
Latin American workers and farmers determined to win a decent, secure,
and dignified living are fiercely battling a tide of ever-expanding exploitation.
The FSP has also played a strong role in supporting the valiant fight of
Costa Ricans against CAFTA, a struggle defeated by lies and corruption
emanating from the U.S. White House.
Working people ourselves must make 2008 a year of turning this tide. We
can expect little in the U.S. from the two national labor federations as long
as their leaderships remain in cahoots with the Democratic Party the
second party of Big Business, including the big business of war.
What’s needed to provide a socialist alternative at the ballot box is better
and more extensive cooperation among working-class and revolutionary
organizations. Outside the electoral arena as well, this collaboration
could be key to a stronger, wider, and more effective challenge to the
tyranny of profit-mongering that maims and kills in the name of
bourgeois “freedom and democracy.” The FSP invites groups and
individuals to work with us to make this happen.
The kind of world we need is ours to create. That kind of world is
socialist. It’s feminist. It’s egalitarian and fully realizable. Let’s do it!