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Vol. 81/No. 42      November 13, 2017

(lead article, editorial)

Vote Socialist Workers Party: Our party is your party!

Vote for the Socialist Workers Party, the working-class party, your party Nov. 7, in mayoral elections from Miami to Seattle! And vote for the Communist League in Canada for mayor of Montreal Nov. 5!

Join the party in talking with workers in cities large and small across the country, before and after the elections, discussing on doorsteps and kitchens a way forward for our class. There is a broad discussion going on about the depth of the crisis we face — crumbling health care, homelessness, crappy jobs or no jobs, an opioid epidemic, police brutality, bulging prisons, farmers who can’t make a living, and, on top of it all, wars and devastation facing returning workers in uniform.

The Socialist Workers Party explains that we need to unite the working class and chart a course to end forever the rule of the dog-eat-dog capitalist system of exploitation, crisis and war.

Don’t throw away your vote on the twin parties of capitalist rule, the Democrats and Republicans. Their continued power depends upon workers to hold their noses and vote for the “lesser evil.” But they’re all evil! They all seek to defend the profits of the bosses and bankers on our backs.

The SWP and its sister Communist Leagues in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom offer a perspective forward in struggle against the economic, social and political crisis we face.

Following the social disaster in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Cynthia Jaquith, SWP candidate for Miami mayor, demanded the government “put millions of the unemployed to work at union-scale wages in an emergency, government-funded public works program to rebuild the areas’ infrastructure and repair and put up new housing,” in the U.S. and the devastated colonies of the Caribbean.

“Expropriate the drug, hospital and medical equipment corporations and place them under the control of those who work there!” Lisa Potash, SWP candidate for mayor of Atlanta, said to thousands at the military-run free medical fair in Hayesville, North Carolina, in August. “Working people need — and deserve — a health care system that provides free, quality, preventative health care, from cradle to grave, as a social right.”

“We need to mount a systematic fight state-by-state against the restrictions that states are imposing on our right to abortion,” Mary Martin, SWP candidate for mayor of Seattle, told women who joined a picket line to defend Planned Parenthood in Everett, Washington, in March.

“Workers need to build strong unions. We need solidarity to unite the working class to better defend our interests,” Osborne Hart told workers across New York and beyond as he campaigned for mayor of New York, including on the picket lines of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers members on strike for months against Spectrum’s union busting.

And to build the unity we need, Hart explains, “the SWP demands amnesty for all undocumented immigrants. We say organize the unorganized, regardless of what papers a worker has.”

The party points to the powerful example of the Cuban Revolution, explaining that as Cuban workers and farmers built a revolutionary movement and took political power in 1959, they changed themselves, developing the courage and class consciousness necessary to end capitalist rule and build a new society based on working-class solidarity. This is possible here in the U.S. and everywhere else.

Margaret Trowe, SWP candidate for mayor of Albany, New York, and other party members and supporters of the Cuban Revolution have just returned from the “In the Footsteps of Che” brigade to Cuba, better equipped to explain why working people here should emulate their example.

That is a fight worth fighting, a life worth living.

Join us to build the Socialist Workers Party and Communist Leagues!
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Minneapolis: ‘Only SWP speaks for working class’
Communist League campaign: ‘Workers need to take power’
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