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Reminder: Tuesday 8:30 AM Providence: Stop the racists! Plus my thoughts on what's next.
07 Aug 2006
We ask the unions and all antiracist organizations to join us to confront this racist gang:

Tuesday, August 8 8:30 AM
RI State House (Mall side)

We call for the formation of defense committees in the workplaces that should promote and attend this action as a group.

Encouraged by the bipartisan attack on immigrant
workers, racist hate groups are getting bolder. United
action is needed to stop them from organizing. On
Tuesday, August 8, the anti-immigrant motorcycle gang
"21st Century Paul Revere Ride" plans to bring their
message of hate to the RI state capitol. They are on a
48-state tour to stir up racism against immigrants,
and to promote more laws that take away immigrants'
rights. Hand in hand with the official demonization of
Latin@, Asian, Arab, and African immigrants coming
equally from Democratic and Republican politicians,
the Paul Revere Ride's provocation is an open
incitement to racist violence against immigrants and
their families. If we don’t disperse and demoralize
the racists, the gang's propaganda tour will spawn mob
attacks on immigrants and anyone who helps immigrants
or “looks like” an immigrant.

We ask the unions and all antiracist organizations to
join us to confront this racist gang:

Tuesday, August 8 8:30 AM
RI State House (Mall side)

We call for the formation of defense committees in the
workplaces that should promote and attend this action
as a group. The Minutemen, this motorcycle gang, and
all racist groups are minorities who do not have the
support of most workers. Their strength derives from
their encouragement and sponsorship by the capitalist
government, which despite its hypocritical pretensions
of democracy, has always relied on gangs of assassins
and thugs to menace workers and oppressed people.

Fascism comes to power after crushing the resistance
of workers organizations that have been divided
against each other and looked to the capitalists for
leadership. Only a revolution that abolishes
capitalist property and brings a workers government to
power can eliminate the fascist threat.

401-837-3685 laboraction (at)

--- My opinions on what's next ---

1. For a massive united front protest on Labor Day!
May 1 showed the way: political strikes can roll back
the anti-immigrant racist attacks!

Working Class Emancipation has been calling for a
massive mobilization like May 1 on Labor Day,
September 4, but this time with the full support and
participation of the trade unions. We've collected
hundreds of signatures on a petition demanding that
the unions and ther organizations in the immigrants
rights movement organize a protest on Labor Day with
the slogans "No to racism" and "Full citizenship
rights for all immigrants". The reformist
organizations have been at best dragging their feet on
this issue, making verbal commitments to a protest on
Labor Day that are not backed up by any organizing.
And the union bureaucrats are nowhere to be seen.
They're busy gearing up to throw away millions more of
their members dues on the same Democratic politicians
who are as gung-ho for the bosses' war on immigrant
workers as they are for the imperialists' genocidal
wars in the Middle East.

Let nobody be confused: I don't expect the union
bureaucrats or the non-profit demobilizers to ever get
behind a winning strategy of independent mass
mobilization of the working class. That's why we call
for the formation of rank and file workers rights
committees in the workplaces and schools to fight back
against the anti-worker, racist attacks of the bosses.

2. No to reformist dead-ends! Break with the
Democrats! Build a workers' party!

Immigrants United, the major local reformist
coalition, plans a campaign to petition the mayor and
city council of Providence to make our city a
safe-haven for immigrants, free from the racist
harassment of the 21st century slave-catchers who hang
out in the INS offices and the police stations. This
is a noble goal. But do they really think there's a
snowball's chance in hell that the Democrat city
council and the Democrat mayor will listen to their
pleas? Look at how long a lot of the same reformist
non-profits and union bureaucrats have been pleading
with City Hall to pass a "living wage". Even after
watering down their proposal to become a slightly
higher poverty wage for a select few workers, with
more loopholes and exemptions in it than swiss cheese,
they haven't gotten what they want. One well-organized
and timed strike could get more raises for more people
than the years of fruitless pleading to the politicos
have ever achieved.

The darling of the city's labor-progressive alliance,
mayor David Cicilline, is busting the firefighter's
union and just announced a union-busting "pension
reform" package that slashes city workers' and
retiree's pensions. Cicilline is copying the
republican, Rush Limbaugh protege, Cranston mayor
Steve Laffey in the capital city, to the applause of
the banks and landlords. Not surprisingly, Rhode
Island's premiere labor-progressive political hack,
Matthew Jerzyk, who built his career on the backs of
SEIU daycare workers and janitors, doesn't see it this
way. He uncritically hails Cicilline's anti-worker
attack on his blog, "Speaking of
integrity, everyone knows that the integrity of the
Providence pension system is very fragile. Today,
Cicilline joined Councilman John Igliozzi [another
Democrat --FB] in offering a pension reform proposal
to deal with the unfunded liability in the capitol
city." Oh, but on the plus side, Cicilline renamed a
street in one of Providence's many oppressed ghettoes.
To the working class black and latin@ youth of
Providence: be proud of your mayor! Now the racist
cops can harass you on Rosa Parks Drive!

Cicilline is running for re-election this fall.
Instead of wasting their time pressuring him and the
city council to do something that's completely
contrary to their nature -- defend the interests of
the workers and oppressed -- why doesn't Immigrants
United run one of its union-worker activists on an
independent, pro-union, pro-working class,
pro-immigrant platform? That would be a real challenge
to Providence's racist ruling class elite!

Fred Bergen Aug. 7, 2006
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