The following is a statement of support to be read out at the San Francisco Workers Rally to be held on Inauguration Day, January 20th. It is a rally supported on a United Front basis by the United Front for a Mass Labor Party, The Freedom Socialist Party, the Workers World Party and the Communist Workers Group.
classconscious.org is a small Trotskyist website with contributors from Australia and North America. We would like to pass on our solidarity and support for this important united front rally against racism and fascism!
The call that you are uniting around today “Against Racism and fascism” has relevance for the entire international working class. During the capitalist crisis of the 1930’s Germany fell to fascism. This was a development that set-in motion a catastrophe not just for the German working class but for the entire world. If today the world’s most powerful Imperialist power was to fall to open fascist rule, the impacts would again be felt by the entire world with perhaps even more devastating consequences.
The strategy you are following of a united front against fascism of all organisations of the working class was the one proposed by Trotsky for Germany in the 1930s but was tragically resisted by the Stalinist Communist Party of Germany. Although todays gathering only represents a small number of organisations, it is powerful, as it represents the seeds of the path that must be followed in uniting more and more organisations together in the fight against fascism. In a united front, groups are free to criticize each other perspectives and maintain their independence but they fight hand in hand together on their central demand. In this case no demand could be more important than the fight against racism and fascism which pose an existential threat to the working class.
Since November 3rd the alliance Democrats and their allies in the trade union bureaucracies, (with a few exceptions), have successfully kept mass mobilisations of the working class off the streets against the fascist threat of Trump coup. However, a united front strategy of workers as you are building today can and must overcome this policy and unleash the full power of the working class against the fascist threat in the US.
As for the socialist’s group who are either downplaying or ignoring the rising threat of fascism in the US. They will either soon join in the united front fight against fascism or they will fail this vital historical test and be relegated to irrelevance accordingly!
Know that as you undertake this work you do so with and for the international working class!
Down with Fascism! Down with Racism! For a General Strike! No Pasaran!