May Day 2012, Los Angeles: Four Winds Converge In Rallies For Workers & Immigrants

The Huffington Post  |  By Anna Almendrala |  5/ 1/2012

May Day, which falls each year on May 1, is International Workers’ Day. In Los Angeles, several rallies and protests are planned to recognize the contributions workers are making to the country and to protest for better working conditions, fair pay and immigration reform.

Occupy Los Angeles is trying to encompass all the events in a city-wide demonstration that brings protestors out in caravans of cars, on bicycles and marching by foot. Four different “winds,” coming from all four corners of the county, will converge at 6th Street and Main Street in downtown LA at 2:30 p.m., near Skid Row, to feed the homeless and raise awareness about economic inequality.

The route is studded with mini-protests like an SEIU strike at LAX (6 a.m.), a memorial for members of the Black Panther Party (12 p.m. at 41st and Central) and a cupcake “flash occupation” in Beverly hills (11 a.m. at Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard). While the Occupy movement didn’t organize all the events, the Occupy May 1st map lists them all en route to the center of their downtown LA protest.

Immigrant advocacy groups are rallying at American Reclamation, a Glendale company that sorts commercial trash for recyclable materials. Organized by the Los Angeles County ederation of Labor, AFL-CIO, the rally will protest the working conditions of the mostly immigrant workforce at the plant. Civil rights leader Dolores Huerta, LA City Council Member Eric Garcetti and LA City Controller Wendy Greuel will be there to speak out against poverty wages and hazardous working conditions, and band Outernational will perform, “Todos Somos Ilegales/We Are All Illegal.” 500 people are expected. Continue reading

INTERNATIONAL STATEMENT: May Day 2012 – “To overcome the crisis of capitalism, proletarian revolution is the only solution!”

[Frontlines has received the following May Day 2012 statement from the pcr-rcp (Revolutionary Communist Party of Canada) and its allied organizations internationally.  These parties and groups have recently issued several joint statements in support of a range of Maoist movements and parties (including support for some which are not, notably, signators of the statement, such as CP India (Maoist), TKP/ML of Turkey, and CP of the Philippines).  Previous statements from this alliance have stated agreement on the “universality” of applying the strategy of people’s war (with some arguing this in opposition to any contemporary application of the “revolutionary insurrection and civil war” stratagem of Lenin’s Bolshevik Party).  This statement does not argue such PW “universality”, but instead notes the variety of conditions in various countries and avoids stating a “universal” prescriptive strategy.  Also, previous statements seemed to call for urgent building of a Communist International in a reconstituted RIM (Revolutionary Internationalist Movement), but this statement makes a more general statement of this internationalist goal, perhaps reflecting the views of some or all of the signators for serious summation and study of previous attempts first, and for the need to undertake the building of such international organization only upon a solid foundation of revolutionary experience and shared authority.  In any event, the statement below deserves careful study, as it reaches into areas of revolutionary internationalist responsibility which have been inactive or ignored by many for too long.  —  Frontlines ed.]

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“The conditions of bourgeois society are too narrow to comprise the wealth created by them. And how does the bourgeoisie get over these crises? On the one hand by enforced destruction of a mass of productive forces; on the other, by the conquest of new markets, and by the more thorough exploitation of the old ones. That is to say, by paving the way for more extensive and more destructive crises, and by diminishing the means whereby crises are prevented.
The weapons with which the bourgeoisie felled feudalism to the ground are now turned against the bourgeoisie itself.
But not only has the bourgeoisie forged the weapons that bring death to itself; it has also called into existence the men who are to wield those weapons — the modern working class — the proletarians.”

Marx & Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party, 1847

165 years after its writing, this quote remains relevant. It allows us to understand the situation in which the proletariat and the broad popular masses in all countries find themselves, regardless of who leads the government: they live under a concealed dictatorship, be it a bourgeois democratic or a brutal one.

The imperialist bourgeoisie is looking for the maximum rate of profit; it is using the crisis as a pretext to achieve this objective by restructuring the system of production. Within this, the ruling classes in the oppressed countries try to maintain and possibly increase their share in the surplus. Such restructuring is affecting all countries; for the working class and the masses, it means the delocalization of large industries: plant closings, wage cuts, unemployment, debt, impoverishment, etc. But in the places where the new plants are to be opened, restructuring means land grabs, expropriation of local farmers, frenzied exploitation, poverty wages, destruction of the environment, etc.

The ruling classes use the state apparatus to suppress the proletariat’s struggles and prevent them and the masses from revolting and organizing for the revolution. Everywhere, the State is more and more becoming a police state that brings the population under surveillance and repression. Whether it is the “left” or right, no segment of the bourgeoisie has the capacity to solve the crisis. The persistence of the crisis prepares the ground for fascism; fascism is advancing in disguise. It is building step by step through populist demagogy, relying on the economic crisis. In due time, it will show its true colors by aggressively defending the interests of finance capital. Meanwhile, competition between the different monopolist blocks raises the question of redivision of markets and therefore suggests new wars are on the horizon.

The class nature of the state is the central issue. Continue reading