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News :: Labor : Organizing : Politics
First meeting of new Working Families organization
14 May 2006
A new Working Families party is being formed in Massachusetts!
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About 50 organizers gathered on Sat. May 13 for the first meeting of a new Working Families organization. There was good turnout from labor (CWA, IBT, SEIU, UFCW, UAW, MTA, IBEW, and IUOE), community groups (Mass Senior Action, ACORN, City Life) and many leaders from communities of color in attendance.

Participants discussed the potential power of cross endorsement voting and gaining our own ballot line. The group pledged to secure broader support for a "yes" vote to change the election laws and to run a 3 percent candidate in a statewide race to secure our place on the ballot in future elections.

When someone said that this has the potential to be like the Mel King's campaign for Mayor, I knew we were on the right track!

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We need a real labor party!
14 May 2006
Maybe this is a good sign. The labor bureaucracy is making one last effort to fool the masses into voting for the Democrats. Now the Democrats have become so reviled and dicredited among the advanced workers that their lieutenants in the labor movement have had to create a fake "working families party" to give the Democrats a new name and a tenuous lease on credibility for another few election cycles.

This party is worthless, a scam, and a fraud, just look at what its do-nothing brother organization does in New York. Break with the Democrats! For a fighting labor party, independent of the bourgeoisie both organizationally and politically!
And another thing
14 May 2006
I just looked at these charlatans' website ... my DOG, have they no shame? To illustrate how you can "vote your values" with a newly legalized fake-labor "working families" party, they show a hypothetical ballot, marked for "John F. Kerry" as the "working families" candidate.

Since when has John F. Kerry ever worked? More importantly, will voting "your values" for a racist, war-loving capitalist make him any less of a capitalist? This is only voting your values if you value deception and cynicism. If those are your values, you're probably a labor bureaucrat.

We need a real labor party, independent of the bourgeoisie and its parties! Workers, reject this sham! Throw out the fakers who proposed it and tell them to join the bosses where they belong -- we don't need them!
Re: First meeting of new Working Families organization
14 May 2006
If they are for John Kerry they must be pro free trade!
Re: First meeting of new Working Families organization
15 May 2006
The revolution now offers paid positions.
Re: What the heck is a ' Working Family'
15 May 2006
As wages decline, jobs become more insecure and the social safety net is dismantled, millions of working people in the United States are confronted on a day-to-day basis with imminent catastrophe. If anything goes wrong—a layoff, a sudden and unexpected medical cost, a death in the family, a sudden drop in housing values—financial crisis looms.

There is a seething anger at the base of US society. Unionized workers again and again complain about the Union tops doing nothing but giving money to Democrats. Strike after strike is derailed by Union tops who say the most important fight is at the ballot box electing Democrats.

Labor Unions contributed $40,000,000.00 to John Kerry’s “Bush Lite” campaign. In return they got pictures of Union “Leaders” shaking hands with Billionaire Kerry to bring back to our Union Halls. This proves they are powerful. As if the ability to give money to the Capitalist enemy was a special insiders skill. How many of the ‘grass- roots’ organizers in the picture were on the Union payroll when they were at this meeting? How many of the independent ‘community organizers’ were trying to burnish their ‘street cred’ by appearing to build something new. It’s the same old fecal matter in a new pail.

So someone in the Union Bureaucracy realizes that they need a pressure valve to release some of the anger felt by the average worker. So they come up with a sub-reformist plan to “cross vote.” As if the Democratic capitalist party did not know that people are unhappy having zero job security, zero pensions, and zero safety net.

Isn’t the name they choose for their “party” interesting. They can’t just call it a “Workers Party” that sounds too militant, too much like a communist/socialist organization. They want to say “Nobody in here but us Chickens” but that sounds too wimpy. When I first heard of the New York “Working Families” I wondered what a “Working Family” is supposed to be. My first image was of a family, kids and parents, in 1900 assembling cigars at home. They could go all the way and call themselves the “All American Mostly Christian Family Values Party” but that would undercut the reason for this “Party’s” existence.

The Democratic Party is the graveyard of social movements in the US. This ‘party’ is another way to divert discontent away from the task of building a real workers party. If you learn one thing in social struggle - Reject any connection to Democrats- you will be on the road to Liberation.
Re: First meeting of new Working Families organization
17 May 2006
Check out an article about this stuff in the local Green-Rainbow paper The Bridge