CommunityMy FDL

Working class families are under attack by both Democrats and Republicans

In view of the Democratic Party and Obama betraying working class families in Wisconsin and Republican Governor Scott Walker continuing his attacks on the working class with attacks on the livelihoods of working people continuing across the country from both Democrats and Republicans— is it time to consider the General Strike in order to serve notice on Wall Street working people will no longer tolerate wasting our country’s wealth and resources on these dirty imperialist wars abroad as workers are forced to suffer here at home?

Should we discuss and consider a General Strike for peace, social and economic justice?

Do we need a new political party to advocate a legislative agenda to win what we struggle for in the streets?

Here is how workers responded to government/corporate attacks when the “Reds” led the labor movement.

Similar strikes, General Strikes and huge demonstrations dominated the 1930’s with a call for a national convention to take the socialist Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party national in 1938 (the national convention never took place largely because of severe government repression as the fascist, a Hitler loving Democrat— Martin Dies— took his “Un-American Committee,” the Dies Committee, on the road (including to Lansing, Michigan) which was the beginning of the end of New Deal reforms:

On June 6, 1937 more than 12,000 members of the United Auto Workers, their families and supporters living in Lansing, Michigan shut down the city.

Earlier that year the workers held a successful sit-down strike at REO Motor Car.

The general strike started after the arrest of nine workers who led organizing at smaller companies, in spite of a court order to stop.

The sheriff cut phone lines and raided leaders’ homes in the middle of the night. One of those arrested was the wife of the president of the auto workers union local. Workers were angered to find out that when she was arrested at home three children were left unattended.

Alan Maki

Alan Maki