Do you want to discuss the global economic crisis? Strategize on how to fight for jobs, health care, housing and education? Help to organize a struggle against this racist, anti-worker system? Fight for a socialist future?
If you answer "yes" to these questions, then the Workers World Party national conference in New York City is the place for you to be on the weekend of Oct. 8 and 9.
This will be a time to analyze the global capitalist crisis — using the tools of Marxism — and its worsening impact on working and poor people. It will be a time for reflection, discussion and the exchange of ideas and tactics. It will be a working conference — aimed at building the resistance movement and organizing a national, coordinated fightback.
WWP invites left, progressive and working-class forces to attend and to join in the spirit of unity to build the class struggle here and to help strengthen the worldwide anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist and pro-socialist movements.
At a time of staggering unemployment and soaring poverty — when the government at all levels is cutting jobs and safety net programs — anger is growing daily. Yet there are no real jobs programs, no increases in social programs or other assistance. The crisis has hit tens of millions of people here and untold numbers abroad, with no end in sight.
Larry Holmes, a WWP leader, explains its impact: "The debt crisis and bank solvency crisis in Europe has now become the focus of the world capitalist crisis. It is a big deal that affects the entire world. What have globalization and technology done? What has the worldwide socialization of labor resulted in? They have made the crisis in any region of the world immediate, with a greater and quicker impact on the economic crisis and on the class struggle here."
Holmes underscored at a recent WWP meeting: "We must go over this at the Party conference. We must bring as many of our longtime friends, newly met people from the Bronx and around the country, and allies from the progressive movement and the international struggle. The conference needs to be strong because it comes at a very crucial time.
"Everyone should distribute the attractive broadsheet, which lists our fightback program," Holmes suggested. "In light of all the important issues, such as launching the Food is a Right campaign and the jobs struggle," he stressed, "if the Party is to be helpful in shedding light on these serious global developments and explaining our programmatic response, then we must light a fire under people to come to the conference.
"This is a serious event. We are preparing for it in a serious way. It could be decisive now and in 2012, with the election morass. This crisis is facing us and the working class here and in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Latin America — everywhere. Our Party will do our best to explain the crisis and put forward a line of march."
The racist execution of Troy Davis brings the issue of state repression against oppressed, poor and working people even more to the forefront of the progressive and working-class struggle — and to the WWP conference. In light of this atrocity and recent police attacks and arrests, including at the "Occupy Wall Street" protests, the role of the capitalist state will be addressed, too.
Conference panels and discussion groups on Saturday, Oct. 8, will take up the deepening world economic crisis. Activists from across the country will raise concrete strategies and tactics to help push the class struggle forward. Ideas and suggestions are welcome
That evening there will be a workshop on "What is Workers World Party?" How to join, as well as our political program, perspective and pro-struggle orientation will be taken up.
Young activists are organizing a panel entitled, "Rebel against Capitalism," which will reflect the courageous and militant role of youth in struggle worldwide and in the U.S.
The WWP conference will be held at the Paul Robeson complex in the Bronx, N.Y. See www.workersworld.net for the location and schedule, to register and to contribute to the event's expenses. Posted there is literature related to the conference's themes, including the above-mentioned broadsheet, "Why Are We Fighting for Jobs for All!"
A must-read is the brand-new document by Fred Goldstein, a leading member of WWP, titled, "Capitalism is at a Dead End: Job Destruction, Overproduction and Crisis in the High Tech Era — a Marxist View." [it's a pdf; scroll down below full color conference info. JR]
Also, an appeal for socialist unity sets forth basic tenets: solidarity with the multinational working class and oppressed peoples here and worldwide, support for self-determination, and opposition to imperialist wars, racism, sexism and gender oppression.
If you want to join the anti-capitalist fightback, you know where to be on the second weekend in October.