Thursday, January 22, 2009

Renewing the New Years Promise

Saturday Feb. 7th - 6PMDetroit

International Institute – 111 E. Kirby St. – Room 3(downstairs)

Renewing the New Years


Building radical grassroots social movements in the new era

January 20th, 1991, Bill Clinton was sworn in as the 42nd U.S. president. The Democrats victory came with much hope and enthusiasm after 12 years of Republican government. After years of government attacks on working and poor people, the 1991 Democratic win left many feeling that change was coming.

The new Clinton/Democratic administration instead continued agendas of aggression – invasions; sanctions and air strikes against Iraq; creation of a mass prison system; cuts in social aid programs; and the expansion of a global economic system that benefited corporations and private interests at the expense of poor and working peoples across the globe.

On New Years Day 1994 an uprising shook the boss class and inspired new social movements against the emerging capitalist globalization. Throughout the southern region of Mexico a new movement declaring itself the EZLN, or Zapatistas, overran the military/police and occupied many cities. The Zapatista movement represented a new voice against the impoverishment of capitalism and the state.

Fourteen years later we are once again emerging from years of Republican rule. We are faced with a far reaching crisis: a collapsing economy; millions facing foreclosure and homelessness; wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; imprisonment of millions of citizens; and schools on the brink of failure. The Democratic Party offers us the words of Change & Hope that so many of our peoples desperately want to hear. However, the Democratic Party only offers these words through our acceptance of their capitalist program. Change & Hope have become concepts only realizable if we accept the rule of the State.

With this New Year we must search out and renew the actual promise for change and hope – that of broad based, independent social movements that fight with militancy and determination. Movements of individuals united on collective, anti-authoritarian, and anti-capitalist visions.

Solidarity & Defense is hosting an evening event of presentations and discussions. The event will feature Detroit and regional organizers speaking about their organization’s visions of social change and how these visions contribute to movement building.

Speakers will include organizers from: Centro Obrero – Southwest Detroit; Y.O.U.T.H (Youth Organizing to Uplift Tomorrow’s Humanity) Northwest Detroit; Solidarity and Defense from Michigan; Members of the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World); Chicago’s Four Star Anarchist Organization.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

January 11th , Hart Plaza, 1pm. Rally outside of the North American International Auto Show.

Make the Bankers and Bosses Pay!
Labor and Poor Organize to Fight Back!

Labor Notes, Soldiers of Solidarity, and the organizers of the recent auto caravan to DC are calling on labor and community supporters to join in a rally to “stand behind auto workers and all workers who are bearing the brunt” of the economic crisis and the bosses continuing attacks on the working classes.

Despite the recent bailouts – Wall Street and the global economic institutions, followed by GM and Chrysler –thousands of working people connected to auto will lose their jobs. Our cities and communities already facing tough times are looking at a further downward spiral. The breakdown in auto is leading to a wave of City, County, and State agencies across Michigan and the Rustbelt slashing jobs and limiting access to needed social services.

We are calling for a broader organizing initiative of labor and the poor. We can not rely on the government or the Union leaderships that have made concession after concession. We need an independent social movement that can fight for the remnants of militant labors gains as well articulate new visions for long-term community and class survival.

Join with Solidarity & Defense around the Black & Red banners. Meet at Hart Plaza, 12:30 PM

Black & Red are the colors of the mass strike. Black & Red are the colors of revolutionary unionism. Black & Red are the colors of the popular and participatory resistance movements. Black & Red are the colors under which movements march against the State, authority, and injustice.