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(en) USA: WSA 10/6 antiwar leaflet

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Tue, 8 Oct 2002 05:19:10 -0400 (EDT)


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> From: "Steven Rabinowitz" <rabshank@earthlink.net>
WSA 10/6 antiwar leaflet

The following is the text of a leaflet that was distributed by
WSA at the NYC anti-war rally in Central Park on 10/6,

* * * * *

"Without our brain and muscle, not a single wheel can turn"

...So goes one of the verses of an old union anthem, "Solidarity
Forever"

Those words ring as true today as they ever did before.

Those who can end terror and war are those who are forced to die
in it and produce it, the working class, both here in the U.S.
and in the "enemy" countries.  Let Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and
Powell and their friends have to
load the bombs, drive the trucks, fly the planes while the
working people fold their arms and refuse to cooperate, and see
how far they get with their war with Iraq.  Let the cringing
members of Congress who kowtow and give the warmakers what they
want follow along with them, lugging the ammunition and washing
the uniforms.   Let the media moguls like Murdoch, who beat the
war drums for Bush, have to clean the latrines after them, and
maybe give them a brush if they do a good job.

But it seems clearer and clearer that the unions we have today
cannot accomplish this.  They themselves are too timid, too
concerned with currying favor with politicians and corporate
leaders to wage the kind of fight that
workers would need to wage to stop this insane war drive.  
It is not a question of whether or not there are good people in
power in the unions, but the way the unions are organized, the
ideology that they work under that
limits them so.

What we need is a labor movement that is built from the ground
up, based on an uncompromising militancy that does not swallow
the patriotic lies that have pitted workers in one country
against workers in another for so long.
It needs to be a movement without a huge cadre of paid officials
and bureaucrats, who become so invested in preserving their
positions that they sell us out materially and politically as
well.  It must be based on direct democracy, so we call all talk
together as equals and work out our views and perspectives on
issues like the possible war in Iraq without interference from
above.   
And it must be truly international in scope, so that we all know
wherever we are that we gain nothing in the long run by killing
our brothers and sisters who live in an "enemy" country.

But the burden is not just on working people but on those who
make up the peace movement today.  Building on the recent
sentiments against corporate abuse, activists serious about
blocking further killing must reach out to,
and more importantly, listen to working people.  The real war
for us must be class war, not military conflict.   As body bags
begin to pile up, it is time for workers and anti-militarists to
talk with each other work together
in an effort to end the mad rush to destruction.

We of the Workers Solidarity Alliance are men and women like
yourselves, not numerous or powerful as such, but ready and
willing to work to stop the drive toward war and build the kind
of labor movement that we are talking
about.  We call our perspective anarcho-syndicalism and we share
it with other groups here and around the world.   
If you would like to work with us, to know more about what we¹re
about or jut to talk out your ideas on this
issue or anything else, please get in touch.

Workers Solidarity Alliance
339 Lafayette Street ­ Room 202
New York, NY  10012

tel.      212-979-8353
e-mail:   wsany@hotmail.com
Website:  http://flag.blackened.net/agony/wsa


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