Mar 01

The Crisis in Haiti

Monday, March 01, 2004

The Socialist Party of Michigan condemns in the strongest way the Bush Administration’s collaboration with right-wing death squads to carry out ‘regime change’ against the popularly elected government of Haiti. We call upon all working-class, left and progressive organizations to join with us in protesting against Bush’s decision to send the Marines to Haiti and in demanding that all American troops stationed outside of U.S. borders be brought home alive without delay.

Nov 15

On the Expulsion of George Galloway from the British Labour Party

Saturday, November 15, 2003

The Socialist Party of Michigan condemns in the strongest possible terms the expulsion of Glasgow MP George Galloway from the Labour Party of the UK. Galloway was expelled for calling on British soldiers to refuse orders to fight in Bush and Blair’s war of aggression against Iraq. His inquisitors also brought up the fact that he had said that the governments of Bush and Blair had fallen on Iraq “like wolves.” We regard that as something of a polite understatement, given the fact that this war has involved dropping cluster bombs on densely populated urban areas, indiscriminate shooting of Iraqi drivers who don’t slow down fast enough when they approach US/UK roadside checkpoints and numerous other outrages against the civilian population. All of this has been done for the sake of regional control, oil privatization, Hailburtun reconstruction contracts and what our rulers call Iraq’s “transition to a free markey economy.” In other words, it is a typical war, made in the interests of the master class but fought by workers in uniform.

While Galloway is not and does not claim to be a revolutionary socialist, he was absolutely right to call on British soldiers to refuse to fight this war. We also call on American soldiers to refuse to spill the blood of their Iraqi fellow workers. Anyone who believes in what Eugene V. Debs called “the brotherhood of the human race” should refuse to serve in the plutocrats’ war.

The expulsion of Galloway is further proof that Blair’s Labour Party is anything but a genuine political instrument of the working class, a real labor party. We cannot and will not pretend that it is somehow a fraternal organization. Rather, the Socialist Party of Michigan expresses its solidarity with those in Britain – the Scottish Socialist Party, the Socialist Alliances of England and Wales and others – who are making an independent stand against the war-makers and for the emancipation of our class.

Nov 11

Support the Boycott of Borders Group, Inc.

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Since Saturday November 8th, workers at the Ann Arbor Borders have been on strike. Despite the fact the Borders corporation made $125 million dollars in profits last year, it still refuses to to pay its workers a living wage or negotiate a fair contract.

The Socialist Party of Michigan officially endorses the union’s call for a boycott of all Borders, Walden Books, and for the duration of the strike.

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Jun 21

A Letter of Solidarity to the Iraqi Communist Party

Saturday, June 21, 2003To the Iraqi Communist Party:

Dear Comrades,

The American and British occupational forces have been in your country for too long. Prior to and during the invasion we stood in unwavering opposition to the Bush Administration’s plans for the oppressed peoples of Iraq. We oppose the on-going occupation of Iraq and we struggle for its end.

Following the fall of the Ba’ath regime, we watched with excitement as the Iraqi Communist Party, the oldest party in Iraq, turned an office of the security police into its Baghdad office, published the first issues of “Tareeq Al-Sha’ab” and celebrated May Day in Fardus Square in the face of American soldiers and tanks.

To the many Iraqi victims of both Ba’ath and American brutality, we give our deepest regrets. The United States supported the Ba’ath regime until it no longer suited its interests and it has been the Iraqi people who have suffered. They have suffered through a decade of United Nations sanctions that have killed hundreds of thousands, mostly children and the elderly, a decade of an illegal American-British-imposed no fly zone and invasion and occupation that has killed thousands more.

Invasion has not liberated the people of Iraq, but changed their rulers from a brutal and repressive domestic regime to a right-wing plutocratic foreign regime. Liberation and democracy can only come by the people themselves and we reject the arrogance of the United State government in “installing” democracy anywhere, especially in Iraq. The United States government has aligned itself with the Iraqi National Congress and ethnic and religion-based groups in creating such a “democracy,” while negating to include the revolutionary elements such as the Iraqi Communist Party. Only the people can decide their future, not the world’s sole superpower.

We stand in solidarity with the Iraqi people and the Iraqi Communist Party against the illegal occupation by American and British forces. We demand the immediate withdraw of all occupational forces and the formation of an independent, secular, democratic, federal and unified Iraq.

We further call for a revolutionary democratic socialist transformation of Iraq through mass workers’, farmers’ and peoples’ upsurge aimed at organizing a new society and new social institutions based on the people’s power.

In solidarity,
Socialist Party of Michigan
Affiliate of the Socialist Party USA

Apr 26

End Foreign Rule, Free Palestine!

Saturday, April 26, 2003The history of Palestine and the Palestinians has been marred by centuries of foreign occupation and repression, with their right to self-determination, equality, freedom, and peace denied. In the 20th Century alone, the Ottoman Empire, British Empire, Jordan and Egypt have each taken their turns at ruling the Palestinians.

In 1948, Israel was formed and became the fifth ruler, placing over 50 percent of Palestine under Zionist rule, though the Palestinians were the overwhelming majority. After the Israeli invasion of Egypt, Syria and Jordan in 1967, Israel conquered the remaining areas of Palestine: the Gaza Strip, West Bank and East Jerusalem. Both incidents created large waves of Palestinian refugees, accounting for one of the largest refugee populations in the world, who were, for the most part, terrorized and expelled by the Israeli Defense Forces.

Unlike the former rulers of Palestine, Israel is the only ruler to build permanent settlements, expropriate Palestinian land, request taxes while denying suffrage to the Palestinians, deny Palestinians access to roads, services and resources, create a massive refugee population and continue to occupy and rule the Palestinians who are denied legal status and live in limbo.

The Socialist Party of Michigan recognizes this historical plight of the Palestinians and supports their national right to be free from foreign control and to live in dignity. To this end, we demand:

1. The immediate, unconditional and unilateral withdrawal of the Israeli Defense Forces from all lands occupied in the 1967 invasion;

2. An end to the $3 billion a year aid given to Israel by the United States. The governments and corporations of the World, in particular those of the U.S., must also halt all sales of military and civilian equipment that could be used by Israel against the Palestinian people;

3. An immediate halt to settlement building, the expropriation of Palestinian land, the Jewish populating of Palestinian-majority cities for the purpose of creating Jewish-majorities and the Zionist ambitions to expel all Palestinians, with the ultimate aim of dismantling and evacuating the present settlements and pave the way for a viable Palestinian state, encompassing all of the territory occupied by Israel in 1967;

4. An immediate end to violence against all innocent, non-combatant civilians, in both Israel and the Occupied Territories, committed by either the Israeli Defense Forces or Palestinian guerrillas; the rights of civilian non-combatants must be protected at all times;

5. The immediate release of all conscientious objectors and political prisoners, both Israeli and Palestinian. Israel must respect the right to refrain from military or civil service, and the right to free speech, expression and protest;

6. The abolition of all discriminatory policies within Israel and the Occupied Territories against non-Israelis and non-Ashkenazi (European-origin) Israelis in regard to employment, housing, services, resources, permits and movement; no taxation without equal representation;

7. A solution to the Palestinian refugee problem: either compensation and reparations equivalent to the current value of all property lost at the time each person sought refuge, or immediate return with full restoration of property and citizenship rights, with all costs paid by the State of Israel;

8. The abolition of Zionism as the official ideology of the State of Israel, and the elimination of its theocratic-nationalist character. Zionism is a colonial, racist and xenophobic ideology that contradicts the essence of democracy, equality, freedom and secularism. The so-called “Jewish character” of Israel inhibits it from providing equality to all its citizens;

9. A democratic and secular Israel and Palestine living side-by-side in peace and cooperation, and hopefully working toward a unified federal republic. Israel should give to the newly formed State of Palestine all taxes collected from the Palestinians, since 1967, to be used to rebuild Palestine’s infrastructure and fund universal education and health care, and other social services.

The Socialist Party of Michigan supports the Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation. We support armed resistance as a legitimate means of self-defense, aimed at ending the occupation. We also support and encourage worldwide demonstrations, strikes, rallies, boycotts and divestment actions, and the use of civil disobedience and other non-violent means and cooperation between all ethnic, national and religious groups to end the occupation and achieve peace and security for everyone in the region.