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

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