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Political Report to the United Front Against Austerity: Page 9 of 9

Our Method of Intervention

Under depression conditions of economic breakdown and increased political repression, traditional methods of class defense and struggle become outmoded and likely to fail. Any struggle which remains isolated or confined to a single group in the population is in danger of defeat. Our guiding principle is to mobilize and rally the principal components of the 99% around individual struggles, with the goal of uniting them in a single common front capable of effective action. Labor unions, unorganized workers, the unemployed, blacks, Hispanics, women, farmers, soldiers, and other groups are all indispensable for such a common front. We seek to create a national coalition capable of asserting the common interest of the 99% against the 1% who currently monopolize all power.

For this to happen, a common program of the type we have outlined is required. The time is coming when it will be realistic to think of a nationwide general strike capable of directing the Congress to enact a Wall Street Sales Tax as part of legislation rolling back cuts to social services, the social safety net, and government jobs at all levels.

In the run up to the November 6 election, we call for a mobilization of all persons of good will to secure the passage of proposals A and B in Michigan, to assist communities like Benton Harbor putting an end to the dictatorship of Governor Snyder’s emergency managers.

For November 8, we urge all who can to intervene to breathe life and a program of the Wall Street sales tax into the demonstrations called by the AFL-CIO and the SEIU to protest against cuts in Medicare and Social Security. We expect to provide programmatic leadership in the fight against the Grand Bargain.
We are closely following developments in the struggle at Sensata Technologies in Freeport, Illinois, where workers are fighting the export of their jobs to China planned by Romney’s Bain Capital. We’re also following the nationwide agitation against Walmart.

We are also closely following the efforts of French workers to prevent the closure of Peugeot plants, and also the resistance to plant closures by Ford in Great Britain. We are in touch with anti-austerity forces in Greece, Spain, Italy, Germany, the UK and elsewhere.

The objective necessities of the current phrase mean that habitual and customary methods can no longer be effective. All individuals and groups must recognize the need to alter their practice so as to contribute to a united front capable of implementing a recovery program.

To this end, we suggest that participants in this conference and other interested parties should form an informal coordinating committee for the exchange of ideas and information about how to proceed during the difficult months ahead.

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