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Fighting the Far Right – Socialist Strategy and Tactics

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    Physically confronting the quasi-fascist elements of the alt-right is a necessity. But limiting oneself to small-scale street battles misses the wider struggle we’re facing. We need to defend not only against fascists, but ICE raids and police repression. We need to build the capability of organizing mass strikes. We need to build a party of the 99% that can take on, not only the fascists, but Trump and the whole billionaire class. We need to fight, not only the far right, but the conditions that allow the far right to grow.

  • Related: These Dockworkers Just Showed the Labor Movement How to Shut Down Fascists

 

George Martin Fell Brown, Socialist Alternative

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June 12, 2017 | As Trump has launched attack after attack on working people and the oppressed, he has fomented racist, sexist, and xenophobic hysteria to boost support for those attacks. Many have accused Trump of fascism. But alongside Trump’s attacks we have seen the growth of far-right forces that much more closely fit the fascist label. In the first ten days after Trump’s election, the Southern Poverty Law Center counted 867 hate incidents, the vast majority of them celebrating Trump’s election. Fascist, neo-Nazi, and white nationalist organizations have popped out of the woodwork, sometimes under the guise of the so-called “alt right.”

The rise of the far right in the U.S. is part of a wider growth of far-right and fascist forces across the world. This has been particularly pronounced in countries like Greece and Hungary where explicitly fascist parties have been able to gain as high as 20% support in national elections. As the term “fascist” has increasingly devolved into a vacuous epithet used against any politician someone doesn’t like, the reality of actual fascist and far-right forces on the ground has come as a rude awakening for many. And the question of fighting the far right has come back on the agenda.

George Martin Fell Brown, a longstanding member of Socialist Alternative, is a graduate student and teaching assistant in mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also a steward in the Teaching Assistants’ Association (American Federation of Teachers, Local 3220).

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These Dockworkers Just Showed the Labor Movement How to Shut Down Fascists, Peter Cole, In These Times 

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  • The labor movement has been greatly weakened by decades of anti-unionism, but the ILWU and Local 10 remain unbowed. Other unions should follow their lead. And, for the 89 percent of American workers not in unions, they must be reminded that individual acts of resistance—while noble—are nowhere as effective as collective action. Sadly, there will be many more opportunities to act.
  • Related: Special Report | What You Never Knew About American Labor Unions

 

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These Dockworkers Just Showed the Labor Movement How to Shut Down Fascists

Local 10 members gather to denounce fascism and white supremacy. (Courtesy of Ed Ferris, ILWU Local 10 President)  

  • The labor movement has been greatly weakened by decades of anti-unionism, but the ILWU and Local 10 remain unbowed. Other unions should follow their lead. And, for the 89 percent of American workers not in unions, they must be reminded that individual acts of resistance—while noble—are nowhere as effective as collective action. Sadly, there will be many more opportunities to act.
  • Related: Special Report | What You Never Knew About American Labor Unions

Peter Cole, In These Times

August 29, 2017 | What role should the labor movement play in beating back the resurgence of fascism? Resistance, while a powerful concept, is far too vague. Local 10, the San Francisco Bay Area branch of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)—and perhaps the most radical union in the United States—demonstrates what can be done.

This past week, the San Francisco Bay Area—long a center of unionism, social justice movements and radicalism—took center stage. Patriot Prayer is a right-wing organization with a demonstrated history of inciting racist violence, most obviously in Portland, Ore., while ironically asserting peaceful intentions. The far-right group declared it would rally in San Francisco on Saturday.

Peter Cole is a Professor of History at Western Illinois University. He is the author of Wobblies on the Waterfront: Interracial Unionism in Progressive Era Philadelphia and is currently at work on a book entitled Dockworker Power: Race, Technology & Unions in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a Research Associate in the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has published extensively on labor history and politics.

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Special Report | What You Never Knew About American Labor Unions, Seth Persily, Policulous
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Anyone who’s been paying attention to the state of union membership in the United States knows that unions have seen a tremendous decline since the 1960s. Whether you’re for or against them, taking a look at the stories below there can be no doubt that unions are rapidly becoming a disappearing facet of American working life.


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Congress: Hold Equifax Accountable

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  • Equifax failed to protect 143 million of its customers' social security numbers and other personal data from a cyberattack. Now, they’re offering customers “free” identity theft protection if and only if they sign away their right to sue the company! Tell Congress to hold them accountable.
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  • To be delivered to The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate

MoveOn.org Petitions / Americans for Financial Reform

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Friday, September 8, 2017 | Petition Background

Credit-reporting giant Equifax has just disclosed that in the summer of 2017, hackers gained access to the personal information of 143 million of its consumers. The hackers obtains access to names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, even credit cards.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Tycoon%20Raiding%20Safe.jpgBut the behavior of Equifax in the wake of the cyberattack has been horrifying. Three Equifax Managers sold their stock in the company before the cyber attack was revealed, raising questions about potential insider trading. Worse still, the company offered "free" identity theft protection for those impacted, but only if the consumer waived their right to sue Equifax in a class action lawsuit! Buried in the terms of service for Equifax's TrustedID Premier is a ripoff clause that blocks consumers from joining together in class action lawsuits against the company. It is despicable that Equifax would exploit consumers' need for identity theft protection to avoid accountability for this devastating breach.

But perhaps most despicable of all, at this very moment, U.S. Senators are weighing legislation to take away our right to hold companies like Equifax accountable in court (S.J.Res.47), and the House of Representatives is considering legislation to make life easier for credit-reporting agencies that screw up (H.R. 2359). This cannot stand. Repealing crucial consumer protections as new financial scandals break every week would send a clear signal to bad actors like Equifax that they can continue to plunder consumers for profit. We call on Congress to IMMEDIATELY withdraw both S.J. Res 47 and H.R. 2359, and to hold hearings to investigate Equifax's response to this cyberattack.

Sources:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-07/three-equifax-executives-sold-stock-before-revealing-cyber-hack

http://www.consumeradvocates.org/media/press-release/georgia-congressman-must-withdraw-his-equifax-friendly-bill

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Americans for Financial Reform is a progressive nonprofit organization which advocates for financial reform in the United States, including stricter regulation of Wall Street. AFR is a coalition of approximately 200 consumer, labor and special interest groups.

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Protest Alone Won’t Stop Fascism

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  • In his … essay ("What is Fascism and How to Fight It" Leon) Trotsky notes: “Fascism comes only when the working class shows complete incapacity to take into its own hands the fate of society.”
  • Funneling the current political energy into a bold politics will cut fascism off at the kneecaps.

Shamus Cooke, Counterpunch

September 4, 2017 | When news struck that anti-Muslim protests with ties to white supremacists cancelled rallies across the country — in response to the huge anti-fascist rally in Boston — a clear victory was celebrated by the Left. A further anti-fascist victory was won in San Francisco, where a giant mobilization outnumbered a tiny smattering of far-right protesters who scurried away scared.

But these victorious battles won’t end the war. The cockroaches that crawled back under the floorboards will resume their work underground, where they join a mass of fascist termites eating away at the base of the U.S. political system.

Shamus Cooke is a social service worker, trade unionist, and writer for Workers Action.

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Drawing Equivalencies Between Fascists and Anti-Fascists: A Pox on Both Their Houses, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 
 

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  • Both Antifa and the Neo-Nazis align themselves with ideologies that brought about the greatest human suffering the world has ever seen.
  • Part 2: Drawing Equivalencies Between Fascists and Anti-Fascists Is Not Just Wrong—It’s Dangerous
  • We must be very wary of any attempts to excuse or normalize white supremacy.
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Rightwing Alliance Plots Assault to 'Defund and Defang' America's Unions

Teachers in California protest against a Wisconsin law affecting public-sector collective bargaining. Union membership among public-sector workers is about 35%. Photograph: Robert Durell/AP

  • It ain't about negotiating union collective bargaining agreements and resolving grievances any more (Actually, militant unions never were about such goals!)!
  • Conservative campaign aims to strike ‘mortal blow’ on government unions.
  • This is ‘A once-in-a-lifetime chance to reverse the failed policies of the American left’.

Ed Pilkington, The Guardian (US) 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Labor%20Getting%20Its%20Fair%20Share%20of%20the%20Pie.jpg August 30, 2017 | Rightwing activists across the US have launched a nationwide campaign to undermine progressive politicians by depriving them of a major source of support and funding – public sector unions.

A network of conservative thinktanks with outposts in all 50 states has embarked on a “breakthrough” campaign designed to strike a “mortal blow” against the American left. The aim is to “defund and defang” unions representing government employees as the first step towards ensuring the permanent collapse of progressive politics.

Ed Pilkington is the chief reporter for The Guardian (US). He is a former national and foreign editor of the paper, and author of Beyond the Mother Country

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Everyone claims to be for an open internet. So why are Trump and Pai Planning to Destroy It?

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  • Part 1: Everyone claims to be for an open internet. So what’s the latest net neutrality fight really about?
    • The new chair of the FCC, Ajit Pai, is moving to reverse previous action to strengthen net neutrality in law; in the process, he has unleashed a torrent of grassroots fury from open internet advocates. 
  • Part 2: It's Official: Trump and Pai Plan to Destroy Net Neutrality
  • Tell Chairman Pai, the Trump administration and Congress to Leave Net Neutrality Alone.

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Part 1: Everyone claims to be for an open internet. So what’s the latest net neutrality fight really about?

Sam Brodey, Minn Post

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07/17/17 | To hear some tell it — Mark Zuckerberg, John Oliver, Sen. Al Franken — you might believe the internet as we know it is on the brink of total collapse.

An impending rule change from Donald Trump’s administration could give big telecommunications companies the green light to change the way the internet operates by allowing them to enact their boldest ideas to wring as much money as they can out of the web, at the expense of the consumers and companies that depend on it.

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Part 2: It's Official: Trump and Pai Plan to Destroy Net Neutrality

  • Tell Chairman Pai, the Trump administration and Congress to Leave Net Neutrality Alone. 
  • We'll be sure to file your petition signatures and comments in FCC docket 17-108.

 

Free Press Action Fund 

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has unveiled his plan to dismantle Net Neutrality.

Here it is in a nutshell: Abolish Net Neutrality. Cross our fingers that the phone and cable companies promise to be good. Yeah, right.

Free Press Action Fund: We are nonpartisan organizations advocating for universal and affordable Internet access, diverse media ownership, vibrant public media and quality journalism.

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