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4teachers strike, now in its sixth week and strike-support.apparently approaching victory. It occurred at the May Day was first established as anintersection of trade-union, black and organized international working-class holiday tosocialist forces, commemorate the signal victory of just such aA parallel development occurred during the SDS united-front, or political mass-strike perspective asperiod, when the demise of the anti-working-class that which recently proved its value in Baltimore,"Praxis" leadership of SDS was largely which in 1886 brought the U.S. working-class ontoaccomplished through the Columbia strike (of the stage of world history for the first time, in aspring, 1968), which was characterized by nationwide political strike demanding thecommon, programmatic organization of striking shortening of the hours of labor to eight hours astudents, black Harlem radicals, white Morningside day. Through nationwide propaganda and agitationHeights tenants and university employees (in the focussing on a fundamental need common to allStrike Coordinating Committee). the variegated sections of the overall strike wave of"Strike support coalitions" of the Baltimore the late seventies and eighties, a united-front oftype are the best means to accumulate the working-class socialist activists expanded itself tonecessary "outside" political muscle to include skilled and unskilled, men and women,fundamentally change the balance of power in the negro and white, native and immigrant, organizeddivided sections of the future political and unorganized. The divided, defensive, "guerillaworking-class movement. More fundamentally, warfare" of local strike and consumer struggles wassuch united-fronts represent the only means by transformed into a consolidated assault of thewhich masses of radicalized workers, youth, political working class against the capitalist class.unemployed and ethnic minorities can actually The new social relations established amongbecome socialists, that is, to become conscious working class and allied layers in the strugglerepresentatives of the interests of humanity as a succeeded in transforming thousands temporarilywhole, or permanently into revolutionary socialists.The replacement of indirect relations among We have proposed that all working-class socialistpolitical working-class forces, mediated by forces join us in organizing nationwide united-frontcapitalist institutions, with their direct and demonstrations on May 1, addressing themselves toself-conscious cooperation, is at the same time the the fundamental issues of the present laborreplacement of"instinctive" bourgeois ideology by upsurge: wages, lay-offs and unemployment,instinctive class-for-itself consciousness or socialism wage-taxation and public services, and thein the individuals involved, repression of labor and the left. Labor,Recent events in Newark and Baltimore unemployed, minority and consumer groups, anddemonstrate the immediate practicality of such a left organizations should be pressed to participate."cross-union-caucus" united-front approach under As the national propaganda demands of thepresent circumstances. It is grasped as a form of demonstration, we have suggested: Full productivedefense of the conditions of life of working and employment -- no layoffs; $150/wk. minimumallied populations which maintains its effectiveness wage for all, able to work or not; tax bank andwhen all "normal" means, such as business-unionist corporate income, no wages; end repression ofand allied political reformist methods, no longer labor and left groups.work. In Newark, as in Baltimore, an apparently Additional local, agitational demands mightweak union came under concerted attack from the concern local strikes, the conditions of themunicipal and state governments, the press, etc. To unemployed, tenant struggles, etc. We havelimit the tactics of struggle to shutting down local proposed to use the tactic of coordinating"production" would have meant certain defeat, nationwide demonstrations, which did much toStrikers were receptive to broadening the issues build the anti-war movement after 1965, toand including all their allies outside the trade-union assemble a national working class united frontstructure as equal partners. These similarities in the movement of the type of the Baltimore StrikeBaltimore and Newark situations will be ever more Support Coalition.prominent characteristics of upcoming battles. We are confident that every working classMay Day socialist will see some basis for agreement andThe Labor Committee has proposed nationwide common work in this proposal, regardless of otherunited-front demonstrations to take place on May principled differences, and be willing to join withDay around the program of nationwide us.

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