NYC: Nov 17-18 Conference - Beyond the Elections: Struggles Ahead Against the 1%
A message from Sara Flounders, Teresa Gutierrez and Larry Holmes,
International Action Center Co-directors:
All activists fighting for real change need time, space and
discussion to grapple with the still unfolding crisis, total disarray and
infrastructure breakdown that has followed Hurricane Sandy. We need to prepare
for the corporate onslaught of the 'fiscal cliff' and evaluate months
of election saturation that dealt with none of the real issues facing the
planet. A socialist perspective is enormously helpful in developing a
fighting program of action and resistance. It provides the basis for building
unity in the face of growing repression, racism and anti- Muslim bigotry, new
war threats and more.
You are invited to join us this Saturday, Nov. 17 and half of
Sunday, Nov. 18 in Manhattan, New York City at a Community Center at 134 West
29 St. for the Workers World Party National Conference. For more details,
please read the letter below and go to workers.org for more information. Hope to see you
Yours in struggle,
Sara, Teresa and Larry
Workers World Party
NATIONAL CONFERENCE NOV. 17-18
Beyond the 2012 Elections:
How to Get Back to the Struggle vs. the 1%!
Capitalism is at a Dead End!
November 9, 2012
Dear sisters and brothers,
We hope that you will attend this year’s Workers World Party national
conference at a beautiful Native American community center at 134 W. 29th St.
in Manhattan, Nov. 17-18. The conference’s theme is: “Beyond
the 2012 Elections: How to Get Back to the Struggle vs. the
1%!” The conference is timely for so many reasons.
Our conference will discuss and assess the devastating global capitalist
economic crisis that has sunk its vicious claws deeper and deeper into the
already bare bones, meager living standards of the workers, be they full-time,
part-time or unemployed; immigrants, the youth, the poor and people of
color. This is true for the masses – the 99% – in Asia,
Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, the Caribbean, North America and parts
of Europe where the struggle against austerity has intensified over the past
several years, especially in Greece and Spain.
A recent report stated that an estimated half of the U.S. population is
either in poverty or on the verge of poverty. That amounts to at least 150
million people in the world’s supposedly richest country.
The banks, investment firms and transnational corporations – the 1%
– are driven to make more and more profits by any means necessary,
including cutbacks in health, education and nutrition; debt payments to the
banks that destroy social services; foreclosures and evictions; union busting;
slave wages; and increased militarism and wars for occupation. Besides
Afghanistan and Libya, the Pentagon and the White House have their deadly
sights on Syria and Iran to try to recolonize on behalf of the greedy interests
of the 1%.
This unprecedented economic crisis has also deepened the political crises as
police brutality, mass incarcerations, other forms of racism which have
increased, along with attacks on the rights of women, LGBTQ people, the elderly
and the disabled.
What is the solution to this global massive assault on workers and the poor
of all nationalities? Does the answer lie in the reelection of Barack Obama
— or is the problem much deeper? This conference will take up these
questions and will be discussing the perspective
for People’s Power Assemblies to help build a
united, independent movement of important struggles led by workers, youth and
the oppressed; and assessing the Occupy movement, the heroic Chicago
teachers’ strike and the growing campaign to unionize Walmart.
We want to bring to your attention a very special panel scheduled
for the third plenary session Sat., Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. which will focus on
the relationship between capitalism, the crisis of climate change resulting in
Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, and global warming in general. There will
also be a special workshop by and for youth, organized by the new Workers World
Youth fraction which will take place on Saturday from 12:00 -
We will take up the global anti-capitalist struggle and the need to build an
effective revolutionary party to reach out to the most class- conscious
fighters who want to struggle for a society free from racism, bigotry, war and
poverty — a socialist world.
Monica Moorehead and Elena Everett
Conference program co-coordinators