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From The Socialist newspaper, 5 October 2016
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Debate and discussion on:
- US presidential election
- Britain after Brexit
- Corbyn and Labour
- Fighting Tory austerity
- Capitalist crisis
- Building the socialist alternative
- What is Marxism?
- And more!
Bigoted US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump recently appealed to African-Americans to vote for him: "You're living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58% of your youth is unemployed - what the hell do you have to lose?"
Probably a lot more if he got into the White House! Then again, would black and ethnic minority people fare better under a Clinton Democrat presidency?
As Barack Obama's presidency comes to the end of his second term, twice as many black Americans than white people are being killed by police.
Also, institutional racism means blacks and Hispanics comprised 59% of all prisoners in 2014, even though they make up approximately one-quarter of the US population.
As black revolutionary Malcolm X famously remarked, racism is inherent in the capitalist system. But such oppression can and is being fought, as shown by the spontaneous eruption of Black Lives Matter protests throughout the US.
In many places this movement has been led by young black women. Likewise, the fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage to end poverty pay is led mainly by young fast food workers. And more young people voted for Bernie Sanders and his call for "a political revolution against the billionaire class" in the presidential primaries than for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump combined!
Darletta Scruggs on Fox News (Click to enlarge)
Darletta Scruggs is a young activist in these working class struggles and a member of Socialist Alternative - our co-thinkers in the USA. She will be speaking at the Socialist Party's 'Rally for Socialism' on the evening of Saturday 11 November in central London - part of the weekend event, Socialism 2016.
Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are two of the most unpopular major party candidates in living memory. That's because both represent the corporate establishment and the super-rich 1%. They represent the failed capitalist system.
At Socialism 2016 more than a thousand people will be discussing the socialist alternative to that system.
It's the place to be to learn the lessons of the movements in the US and elsewhere. And it will include serious discussions about organising here to defeat racism, to defend Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity leadership, to kick out the Tories, and much more.
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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
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- When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
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In The Socialist 5 October 2016:
What we think
Combative, vibrant unions should be central to the Corbyn movement
Socialist Party news and analysis
Come to Socialism 2016!
Sam Allardyce corruption shame: reclaim the game!
Asos workers fear taking toilet breaks, sacked for panic attacks
UK workers born in early 1980s half as wealthy as those born in 1970s
Millions have less than £100 savings
Them & Us
What we saw
Black History Month
Fighting racism today
Workplace news and analysis
RMT president Sean Hoyle speaks to the Socialist
Durham teaching assistants ballot for strike
Napo conference 2016: new mood of determination
London Met strike against job cuts and victimisation
Workplace news in brief
Socialist readers' comments and reviews
Corbyn's praise for Cardiff Labour is mistaken
Review: where you live can kill you
Review: international jazz protest storytelling
The Socialist inbox
Socialist ideas - winning a new generation of students
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Thousands march against Tory conference
Protests against children's centre closures in Bolton
Why I joined the Socialist Party
Fighting fund record smashed again!
Leeds: Solidarity demo with Irish abortion fight
London: Socialism Today milestone celebration
Worcester: Public meeting discusses Corbyn
International socialist news and analysis
Poland: Fighting back against anti-abortion law
Ireland: repeal the 8th Amendment!
Joint declaration by Izquierda Revolucionaria and the CWI
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