Aug 14

SPMI endorses the Million Worker March

Saturday, August 14, 2004As a political party of the working class, the Socialist Party of Michigan advocates the transitional demands embodied by the Million Worker March Organizing Committee that represent the interests of working people. Believing the Million Worker March is an expression of workers’ self-organization and emancipation, the Socialist Party of Michigan hereby endorses the Sunday, October 17, 2004 march in Washington, D.C.

The Million Worker March seeks to secure:

  • Universal single-care health care from cradle to grave that ends the stranglehold of greedy insurance companies and secures health care as a right of all people in America.
  • A national living wage that lifts people permanently out of poverty.
  • Protection and enhancement of Social Security immune to privatization.
  • Guaranteed pensions that sustain a decent life for all working people.
  • The cancellation of all corporate “free” trade agreements, including NAFTA, MAI and FTAA.
  • An end to privatization, contracting out, deregulation and the pitting of workers against each other across national boundaries in a mad race to the bottom.
  • For workers’ right to organize and for a repeal of Taft Hartley and all anti-labor legislation.
  • Funding public education in a crash program to restore our decaying and abandoned schools with state of the art school facilities in every community.
  • Funding a vast army of teachers to end functional illiteracy in America and unleash the talent and potential of our abandoned children and adults.
  • Launching a national training program in skills and capacities that will enlist our people in rebuilding our country and putting an end to both the criminalization of poverty and the prison-industrial complex.
  • Rebuilding our decaying inner cities with clean, modern and affordable housing and eliminating homelessness in America with guaranteed housing and jobs for all.
  • Progressive taxation that increases taxation on corporations and the rich while providing relief for the working class and poor.
  • An end to the poisoning of the atmosphere, soil, water and food supply with a national emergency program to restore the environment, end global warming and preserve our endangered eco-system.
  • Creating efficient, modern and free mass transit in every city and town.
  • Repeal of the Patriot Act, Anti-Terrorism Act and all such repressive legislation.
  • Slash the military budget and recover the trillions of dollars stolen from our labor to enrich the corporations that profit from war.
  • Open the books on the secret budgets of the Pentagon and the intelligence agencies in the service of corporations and banks and the pursuit of imperial war on the poor everywhere.
  • Extend democracy to our economic structure so that all decisions affecting the lives of our citizens are made by working people who produce all value through their labor.
  • An aggressive enforcement of all civil rights and a national education campaign and mobilization against all racist and discriminatory acts in the work place and in our communities.
  • Amnesty for all undocumented workers
  • Increase in federal funding for the Arts in public schools
  • For a democratic media that allow labor and all voices to be heard and oppose monopolization and union busting of media workers.

Checkout the Official website of the Million Worker March at http://www.millionworkermarch.org

Aug 06

Brown-Herbert on the Natural Law ballot line

Friday, August 06, 2004In a surprise move that even caught members of his own party off guard, Walt Brown, Socialist candidate for president, was nominated by the Natural Law Party of Michigan to be its candidate on the November ballot.

Brown, along with his vice-presidential candidate, Mary-Alice Herbert, were nominated by the NLP State Convention last week, and have already accepted the nomination.

Originally, the Brown-Herbert ticket was only going to appear on the ballot as official write-in candidates, but since the NLP had not nominated anyone for their top spot, the campaign contacted the party and quickly secured the ballot line.

This will be the first time Socialist presidential candidates have appeared on the Michigan ballot since 1972, when the SP-endorsed campaign of Benjamin Spock was on the ballot as the Human Rights Party.

But Brown and Herbert are not the only Socialist candidates running for election. Three members of the Socialist Party are also running as candidates of the Green Party.

— Ben Burgis, a resident of East Lansing and a graduate student at Western Michigan University, is running for Mich. State University Board of Trustees.

— Lisa Weltman, a resident of Detroit and a part-time instructor at Mott Community College, is running for U.S. Congress in the 14th District.

— Lloyd Clark, a resident of Essexville and a disabled worker, is running for Bay County Commission in the 2nd District.

Jul 10

Seeing Fahrenheit 9/11? There are a few things you should know

Saturday, July, 10, 2004

TRUTH IS STRANGER than fiction, and what you see in Fahrenheit 9/11 is the truth.

For months, the American media has been lying and covering up for the Bush regime about the war in Iraq and the reasons for being there.

But Moore’s film has cut through all the lies and propaganda and has shown the American people what they need to know.

He has shown us why 138,000 soldiers were sent to Iraq. He has shown us how the people in the highest positions in the government (and their financial backers) wanted them to take control of the country.

He has shown that not only the people of this country and the people of Iraq, but also the soldiers themselves, oppose this war. He has shown us what any reader of Stars and Stripes or the Army Times already knows: the soldiers are against this war and want to come home.

He has shown “why they hate us.” He has shown why many people in Iraq, including many who cheered the day that Saddam Hussein’s bloody Ba’athist regime fell, believe that the U.S. occupation is worse and that the American soldiers are themselves “terrorists.”

More importantly, he has shown us that the “war on terror” is a lie, a sham. He has shown us that this war is about oil profits and control of the world’s natural resources. He has shown us that, once again, this country is fighting a war for profit, not “freedom” or “democracy.”

He has reminded us that, while the bosses declare the wars, it is always working people who fight and die in them. He has reminded us that these working people in uniform are forced to kill innocent people so that major corporations like Halliburton and the Carlyle Group can reap billions in war profits.

He has shown us that wars overseas have a domestic partner: a war on the democratic rights of all citizens here at home.

But, most of all, he has shown us that the drive to this war was the work of both of the main political parties, the Republicans and Democrats. Whether it was installing Bush, approving the USA-PATRIOT Act or voting for the Iraq War Resolution, both political parties made this happen.

So, what can we do? First and foremost, we all must demand an end to this. We must come together to call for the immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all occupation forces in Iraq. You can do this by getting involved in local peace and justice coalitions or by organizing your own.

We must unite to remove those who made this mess from power. As this movie shows, Republicans and Democrats came together to initiate this illegal war. Thus, in practice, there is no significant difference between them at all, and working people gain nothing from supporting either party.

We must unite to defend the basic democratic rights enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Organizations like the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and Free the Detainees are working across the country for this purpose.

Finally, we must work together to build a world where wars based on lies and profit cannot and will not happen. Moore was right to say that the soldiers fighting and dying in Iraq are unwittingly propping up a system that benefits the billionaires and corporations at our expense.

Now, we have a responsibility to take that lesson and apply it. You can do that by joining an organization committed to building such a world: the Socialist Party.

The SP will be running candidates this November to challenge what the two main parties have created. Contact us or check out our website for more information.


Who made this mess?The Republicans (the masterminds) — The Bush regime and their cronies in Congress in were hoping for something like the 9/11 attacks to come along so they could implement their program of endless war, restriction of democratic rights and repressive rule. When the horrific events of 9/11 took place, they silently celebrated and then condemned thousands of innocent people to death.

The Democrats (the accomplices) — At every step, the Democrats in Congress have helped the Bush regime to carry out this assault on the American people (to say nothing of the fact that they helped put Bush in power in the first place!). They have alibied, propped up and justified every brutal act of the Bush regime and must be held equally accountable.

The Media (the propagandists) — War equals ratings; ratings equal profits. At every step, the “free” media has been little more than a mouthpiece for the Bush regime and their agenda of war and repression. Whenever the regime needed someone to sell their lies to the American people, the media was there, falling over itself to “spin” their lies into gold.

The capitalists (the paymasters) — War is good for business, as the saying goes. Endless war against a relatively undefined enemy seemingly spread all over the world is really good for business, especially if the regime is willing to hand out fat contracts worth billions in taxpayer dollars to those willing to give millions in campaign donations.

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