New Year's greetings from the Freedom Socialist Party
- New Year's greetings from the Freedom Socialist Party
Make 2009 a year of victories for the world's working people
December 31, 2008
As we approach 2009, the profit system has taken a ferocious
downturn that's become a worldwide depression. With imperialist wars
and occupations raging, a crisis is upon us. But working women and
men are rolling up their sleeves and fighting back.
During the Christmas season, many in the Western world hope for a
savior. But this year, numerous folks are looking beyond religious
and political mythology to achieve the goals of peace, jobs,
environmental protection, and healthcare. They are not waiting for
pronouncements from heaven, the incoming administration of Barack
Obama, or capitalism's pundits.
Capitalism's "great men" have neither the expertise nor the will to
meet people's basic needs for food, clothing and housing which
should be the minimum expectation of any economic system. The absence
of a viable plan was made evident at a recent public discussion at
Seattle's Town Hall in which the audience asked financial experts
whether the economy could be fixed under the capitalist system. After
a stunned silence, one of the speakers opined "maybe," while the
others had nothing to say. Except for making vague promises
that "things will get better eventually," the establishment
economists have nothing real to offer households facing layoffs and
loss of health insurance while struggling with huge debts.
Working people around the world are responding to the crisis by
taking things into their own hands. In Greece, students and unionists
are in the streets demanding jobs for youth and an end to austerity
measures that increase the workweek and cut social benefits.
The brave Palestinian people of Gaza are resolutely refusing to
relinquish their autonomy and are defying a starvation blockade by
Israel and the United States. Mass strikes and demonstrations in
Venezuela, Argentina and elsewhere are demanding a full investigation
into the rightwing murder of three Venezuelan union leaders.
In Iraq and around the world, thousands are rallying to demand the
release of Muntader al-Zaidi, the courageous journalist who threw his
shoes at George Bush while yelling, "This is the farewell kiss, you
dog! This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed
in Iraq !"
In Chicago, laid-off union workers at Republic Windows and Doors
forced the payment of accrued vacation and severance by conducting a
five-day plant occupation, thereby pointing the way forward for
everyone in similar situations.
In North Carolina, the most anti-labor state in the U.S., 4,500
Smithfield meatpacking workers won a union contract after a 16-year
In Seattle, Freedom Socialist Party members staffed picket lines and
worked in strike headquarters to help the International Association
of Machinists stop major contract concessions at the Boeing Company.
The FSP is assisting our sister organization, Radical Women, to
organize protests against federal border agents who conduct workplace
raids and highway checkpoints. The party and RW also support homeless
people who have organized themselves into a self-governing tent
community despite hostile municipal authorities. They are
demonstrating with activists against California 's homophobic
Proposition 8 and are organizing actions in defense of abortion
rights on the January anniversary of Roe V. Wade.
Globally, coalitions are forming to fight foreclosures, layoffs,
harassment of immigrants and the poor, elimination of programs for
women and children, and police state intrusions.
These struggles are providing immediate relief and also building the
confidence and skills needed for the larger and most decisive
struggle -- to replace the profit system with a new economic system,
socialism, that prioritizes human needs. The FSP believes that
massive mobilizations by working people are key to defending our
class and building an international, mass revolutionary party that
can challenge the international bankers, bosses, and warmongers. We
dedicate our efforts to that worthy end and seek collaborators among
other socialist groups and individuals.
A holiday toast to the victories ahead in 2009 -- ¡Venceremos!
Freedom Socialist Party
4710 University Way NE, #100
Seattle , WA 98105
PO Box 266
Brunswick , VIC 3055