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2Nationwide Strike SupportDemonstrations On May DayWorld capitalism's descent towards economic "brownshirts" associated with Leroi Jones,breakdown crisis has, since 1965, given rise to an politically-conscious Newark teachers decided thatever-deepening long-term strikewave throughout the approach of "pure-and-simple" trade-unionismthe industrial areas of Western Europe, North and would be collective suicide, and that as a defenseSouth America, and most of Eastern Europe. of all labor and left groups, their strike mustWorkers have responded explosively to falling real expand to involve all possible allied forces.wages, the collapse of public services and the High and increasing unemployment, far fromweakened moral authority of established social and dampening the strike-enthusiasm of Americanpolitical institutions. The extraordinary depth of workers, has prepared the basis for further rapidpresent strike ferment in the U.S.A. is indicated, as politicization of strike and other local struggles bya reliable example, by the recent rash of surrounding the still-employed workers inpolicemen's strikes and police job actions on the contracting industries with a layer of joblessEast Coast: as Luxemburg and Trotsky noted in representing a direct link to the concerns of1905, the strike-process must be well-advanced oppressed minorities and ghetto-dwellersgenerally,before it can bring in the police, the most degraded with whom they share many of the samecast-offs from the working-class under capitalism, conditions and problems of life. It was for a similarThe spread of a New York telephone workers' reason that the organization of unemployed bystrike, ostensibly called over a purely local issue, revolutionaries was the key link in the historicacross all of New York State, demonstrates the Minneapolis General Strike, among other politicaldegree of tension existing among many layers of mass-strikes of the depression period.unionized workers.Strikes are taking on a political or class-struggle The Movementcharacter. Local, state and federal governments areprepared to use anti-strike taws, court injunctions, That the socialist movement is quite unequal topolice terror, and even (as in Newark) extralegal the tasks posed it by today's strike ferment isfascist-like goon squads, to forbid the large sufficiently proven by the recent Communist (CP)increases in money-wages necessary merely to and Socialist Workers Party (SWP) labor selloutsmaintain the present living standards of the documented in the Labor Committee statementemployed against inflation, rising taxes, and "The Left and the Newark Strike." Within thecollapsing public services, official anti-war movement, the ColumbiaIn this situation, every strike has the tendency University, Queens College and Temple Universityto overflow the bounds of a private affair between Student Mobilization Committee (SMC) chapters"master and workman," and to become a strike are as yet alone in their recognition of theagainst many employers and the government. Thus existance of a U.S. working class.last summer's national teamster strike won serious Part of the problem stems from the inability ofgains, as most recent strikes have not, because of nominally working-class-socialist groups tothe threat that a near general-strike in San assimilate their adopted remnants of middle-classFrancisco would be duplicated in cities of the "New Left" forces to their working-classMidwest as other unionists joined in active support traditions, at whatever level of dilution thoseof the Teamsters. traditions existed. As a result, the ProgressiveThe most severe repression is faced by Labor Party, for instance, is increasingly beingmunicipal and other public employees, as outvoted by a growing, organizedgovernment units struggle to save funds with which anti-working-class faction within its own youthto bail out shaky or insolvent capitalist interests, group, even losing many PLP members to theAssaulted by court injunctions, arrests, and so-called "New Line" faction. Within their own

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