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(en) US, Modesto Anarcho #1 - Solidarity is the Key to Workers Power By Various Phoenix Arizona Anarchists

Date Sat, 21 Oct 2006 11:32:20 +0200

Solidarity is the basis for all workers struggles. Thousands of
immigrant and Latino workers in this state face brutal repression and
the threat of deportation from the police and racist vigilantes. And
today, right now, thousands of these workers are taking the street in
another Megamarcha downtown. This march aims to force the capitalists
that benefit from cheap immigrant labor to stop their unjust and
exploitative division of workers into legal and illegal categories.
This false division rests on the system of white supremacy, where
rights and privileges are given to people in this country based on
their skin color. White workers in the US generally benefit from
higher wages, first hired/last fired protection, better access to health
care, schooling, housing and other vital services, and reduced
exposure to the police and prison system. This is part of the false
cross-class alliance that binds white workers to the bosses that
exploit us.
But because whiteness is a political alliance between bosses and
white workers, white workers' relative privilege has come at the
expense of people of color at home and abroad. Traditionally, white
American labor has fought to reinforce this system, as it did in the
30's when the AFL advocated the deportation of Mexican workers,
resulting in the uprooting and expulsion of tens of thousands of
Latinos, many of them US citizens. The message was clear: US
labor was for whites first and foremost.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, white supremacy is alive and well
in this country. As with the AFL's position in the 30's, the racist
Minuteman Project, supported by many white workers, proves that
when pressed many whites still place their white privilege over their
commitment to genuine solidarity. However much advocates for
closed borders and deportation may say otherwise, increased policing
of one section of the working class (undocumented workers) will
impact all of us. Repression against so-called illegal workers will
mean increased oppression for all Latino workers, and that will mean
an attack on workers and our organizations in general. In this
context, legal and illegal serve as codewords for white and
non-white. Failure to defend undocumented workers therefore
means defending the color line, which in turn guarantees continued
profits for the rich. That means more exploitation for all workers.
However, this time some American labor organizations, including
the AFL-CIO, have taken a more progressive stand on immigration
and the rights of all workers, regardless of legal status. Bosses rely
on workers and our organizations to reinforce the racist division
within the working class that the capitalists legislate. This split in the
working class is fundamental to the ability of the rich to exploit all
labor - and workers of color most of all. To fight back, therefore, we
need a genuine solidarity in which white workers stand together with
workers of color.
We rank and file must now take our solidarity to the streets.
Solidarity is meaningless if it is not backed up by direct action. We
call on all workers to join the struggle for immigrant rights. We must
support the direct action of our fellow workers who risk everything to
make better lives here in this country by demanding amnesty for all
immigrants, regardless of how they got here. If it's legal for a
television to cross a border, then so should it be for the worker who
made it. We should demand an end to racial profiling and racist
vigilantism and stand up against them with whatever means
necessary. And we should head out to the streets today in support of
our fellow workers!
More info - http://phoenixinsurgent.blogspot.com/
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