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Welcome! The Internationalist Group, section of the League for the Fourth International, fights for international socialist revolution, the conquest of power by the working class, led by its Leninist party, championing the cause of all the oppressed. After a decade and a half in which the ruling class trumpeted the supposed "death of communism," the imperialists are bogged down in losing wars of colonial occupation in the Near East while a global economic crisis shakes the foundations of the capitalist order. With mass unemployment, poverty and hunger ravaging the planet, once again there is talk of socialism and revolution. But as in the past, the key question is that of forging a vanguard to lead the struggle of the workers and the oppressed.

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Boston: Let Siham Byah Come Home! No Deportations!
By Class Struggle Education League
On January 27, hundreds of defenders of immigrant rights from many leftist organizations, labor unions, churches and sanctuary networks rallied in Boston to protest the deportation of Siham Byah. A prominent Occupy Boston activist and single mother, Byah was grabbed by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) police last November 7, torn from her son, beaten in a local jail, driven to Virginia and then deported to Morocco. The Class Struggle Education League, based in Lowell, Mass. and New Hampshire participated in the protest, emphasizing the importance of mobilizing the power of workers action to stop the I.C.E. deportation machine. It also noted the parallel to the struggle against slave-catchers under the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act, a battle which came to a head in Boston and set the stage for the U.S. Civil War. The CSEL is undertaking joint work with the Internationalist Group. Boston: Let Siham Byah Come Home! No Deportations! (4 February 2018) 

Transport Workers Call for Labor Action to Stop Deportations
Los Angeles: Salvadorans Mobilize
Against Cancellation of TPS

In yet another act of sadistic cruelty, the Trump administration put an end to the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for immigrants and refugees from El Salvador. Some 260,000 Salvadorans, many of whom fled the terror of the U.S.-backed death squad regime during the 1980s civil war, now face the prospect of deportation. The country to which they would be deported is a charnel house of poverty, gang violence and bloody repression as a direct result of U.S. actions. In the Los Angeles area, home to a million undocumented immigrants and more than a quarter million Salvadorans, among them 35,000 TPS holders, outrage over this attack and the racist remarks of President Trump sparked an emergency protest on Saturday, January 13. An important development was the presence of a contingent of “Transport Workers Against Deportations,” whose banner called for “Full Citizenship Rights for All Immigrants!” and “Organize Undocumented Workers!” This is an important step toward workers action to stop deportation, which the Internationalist Group has long called for. A few days later a rapid response team averted a raid in Koreatown by I.C.E. police. To effectively fight the attacks on immigrants requires a break with the Democrats, who deported millions, paving the way for Trump. Los Angeles: Salvadorans Mobilize Against Cancellation of TPS (31 January 2018) 

For Workers Action to Smash Trump Racism, and to
Block the Capitalist Deportation Machine Obama Built

Full Citizenship Rights for All Immigrants!
Donald Trump’s racist smear of immigrants from Haiti and Africa as well as El Salvador, calling their homelands “shithole” countries, has enraged millions. His vile words are not just an insult, they are an expression of his criminal cancellation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians, Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and soon Hondurans, leading to mass deportations of tens of thousands of immigrants. The racist rhetoric is tied to racist policies , and it’s not just the white supremacist in the White House who is an enemy of immigrants. Remember that Democrat Obama paved the way for Republican Trump by deporting a record 5+ million immigrants (over 8 million if you include the “voluntary departures”). The hated I.C.E. police are part of a bipartisan capitalist deportation machine. Class-conscious working people and defenders of democratic rights must not only denounce Trump’s blatant racism, but also call for mass worker/immigrant action to block deportations, to stop the attacks on TPS and DACA, and to demand full citizenship rights for all immigrants! LET HAITIANS STAY! (19 January 2018) 

German Pilots Show the Way: Stop Deportations Through Workers’ Actions!
Germany: Oury Jalloh and the Fight for Refugee Rights
Full Citizenship Rights for All Immigrants!
For a Revolutionary Multi-Ethnic Workers’ Party!

After 13 years of cover-up and delay, the gruesome death of Oury Jalloh in a Dessau police cell remains unsolved. The refugee from Sierra Leone was handcuffed by hands and feet on a fireproof mattress in 2005, yet he burned to death in police custody.For years, friends and relatives of Oury Jalloh have been fighting this cover-up of an obvious murder. They organized a commemorative demonstration in Dessau on January 7, the anniversary of his death. More than 4,000 people came to the small town. The Internationalistische Gruppe participated in the powerful protest and called for a class-struggle strategy against racist oppression.  Germany: Oury Jalloh and the Fight for Refugee Rights (January 2018) 

Publication of the Revolutionary Internationalist Youth and of students from the Internationalist Clubs at the City University of New York (click on masthead to go to Revolution index)

Revolution No. 14Revolution No. 14
(January 2018)
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Beware Trump/Democrat Deal
Defend DACA and All Immigrants!

By CUNY Internationalist Clubs and the Revolutionary Internationalist Youth
On September 5, Donald Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Many of the estimated 800,000 young undocumented immigrants could face deportation as early as March 2018. The CUNY Internationalist Clubs joined protests, raising the call to defend DACA and ALL immigrants, and for mass worker/immigrant action to defeat the racist onslaught. In the Revolution leaflet printed here, we had warned that Trump would try to make precisely such a deal with the Democrats, using the immigrant youth registered under the program as bargaining chips. Sure enough, a few days later, Democratic senators Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi announced that they had made a “deal” with Trump, in which DACA recipients could stay in exchange for Democratic support for increased “border security” and immigration enforcement. Some immigrant activists saw right through the “deal,” and threw it back in Pelosi’s face at an event September 18 promoting the DREAM Act, chanting “we are not a bargaining chip.”As revolutionary Marxists, we warn that the Democrats as well as Republicans are enemies of immigrants, and deporter-in-chief Obama paved the way for Trump. We oppose any deal with Trump to “save” aspects of DACA at the expense of the millions of supposedly “less talented and deserving” immigrants. We demand: full citizenship for all immigrants. Defend DACA and All Immigrants! (7 September 2017, updated 27 December 2017)
Revolutionary Internationalist Youth Founded
This past August, the Revolutionary Internationalist Youth was founded as the youth section of the Internationalist Group, U.S. section of the League for the Fourth International. One hundred years after the 1917 October Revolution, the RIY aims to be a training ground for young revolutionaries, as part of the common movement of the IG/LFI, to carry through to victory the genuine communist program of Marx, Lenin and Trotsky. The formation of the RIY has involved extensive study of the history of Marxist youth groups going back to the Communist Youth International, founded in 1919 on the tradition of Karl Liebknecht and the Leninist principle of combining study with action. It is has been forged through sharp political struggles against the class-collaborationist politics of Maoism and the various brands of social democracy and for the program of revolutionary Trotskyism. We publish here the Founding Declaration of the RIY. Revolutionary Internationalist Youth Founded (August 2017)  

For Labor/Black Mobilization Against Racist Cop Terror
Trump’s Racist Vendetta Against Black Athletes

Donald Trump has been on a racist tear this season, engaged in an furious vendetta against protesting black athletes of the National Football League. It started in 2016 when Colin Kaepernick, then quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, refused to stand for the “Star Spangled Banner” in protest against the ongoing racist police murders of black and Latino people. Kaepernick has been blacklisted by the NFL, but the “Kaepernick effect” hasn’t gone away. The protests of 2017 became more widespread in response to Trump’s blatant racism. Last year there were at least 1,188 people killed by cops. Part of the reason for the prominence of protests by black players has been the dearth of mass protests like those in 2014 and the beginning of 2015. Many of the main leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have channeled support into the Democratic Party and diverted the protests into electoral politics. There should be tens of thousands in the streets mobilized against racist police murder. But to actually have an effect requires much more, above all breaking the political stranglehold of the partner parties of capital. Trump’s Racist Vendetta Against Black Athletes (January 2018) 

NFL: Players Are Expendable, Profits Are Not (January 2018) 
DSA Dodges Debate
“Socialism: What It Is (and Isn’t)”

Since the election of Donald Trump, the term “socialism” has been a popular topic of discussion among those disillusioned with the status quo. Although the word has gained currency, still fixed in the minds of many are the lies about socialism propagated by the bourgeois class. These lies have also been used by pseudo-socialist groups that want to reform an unreformable system, and by capitalist politicians like Bernie Sanders to funnel disillusioned youth back into the Democratic Party. On September 7, the Hunter College Internationalist Club issued a debate challenge to the Hunter College Young Democratic Socialists of America on the topic “Socialism: What It Is (and Isn’t).” Six weeks later the YDSA responded that they had  “no intention of continuing to engage” with us. The Internationalist Club went ahead with the event anyway, holding a forum/“open chair debate” on October 19, leaving a chair on the platform open in case they changed their minds. We took the opportunity to explain our revolutionary communist perspective on socialism and how it differs from the junior social democrats. “Socialism: What It Is (and Isn’t)” (January 2018) 

U.S. Imperialism and British Colonialism in the Indian Ocean
The Chagos Archipelago, also known as the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), was excised from Mauritius (then a British colony) in 1965. Its largest island, Diego Garcia, has been home to a U.S. military base since 1971.  The base on Diego Garcia is of great geopolitical importance for the British and U.S. imperialists, serving as a staging ground for imperialist attacks in the Middle East, a projection of imperialist power in Africa and South Asia, and a “black site” for their program of “extraordinary rendition,”  moving “terror suspects” from country to country for detention and torture. In order to secure this prime location as an “unsinkable aircraft carrier,” t
he entire population of the archipelago was coerced into leaving the islands or forcibly removed between 1965 and 1971. This is the story of how this colonialist/imperialist crime took place. U.S. Imperialism and British Colonialism in the Indian Ocean (January 2018) 

Hurricanes, Colonial Government, Wall Street and Washington
University of Puerto Rico Students, Faculty and Workers Under Siege
For All-Out Worker/Student/Teacher Action to Defeat the Assault on the UPR!

Following hurricanes Irma and Maria this past September, the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) was left in tatters. Meanwhile, several thousand UPR students have abandoned the island altogether. This mass migration of youth is a direct result of Puerto Rico’s economic crisis, exacerbated by the extortionate demands of Wall Street hedge funds and Washington bureaucrats. Today the bankers and U.S. imperialist government completely control the island’s finances through the Junta de Control Fiscal (Financial Control Board) put in place by Congress and then-president Barack Obama. And the University of Puerto Rico is tops on la junta’s hit list. What that means for the UPR is massive budget cuts. Upon hearing of plans for a budget-ax murder of their school, UPR students took swift action. After initial protests, beginning on April 5, students occupied the university for 72 days, blockading the gates. Today, with the mass of the population in desperate straits deprived of the basic necessities of modern life, the immediate struggle is for survival. But if that fight is waged with a political perspective taking aim at the ruling class that has condemned them to misery, this calamity can be a starting point for militant class struggle. The demand for free, quality public education for all, along with other democratic demands (including for the independence of Puerto Rico) will only be assured when those who produce the wealth take power and extend socialist revolution internationally. University of Puerto Rico Students, Faculty and Workers Under Siege (December 2017) 

I Am Not Your Negro
James Baldwin in Racist America

I Am Not Your Negro is a documentary film based on two works by the great black gay novelist, playwright and essayist James Baldwin (1924-1987). It is directed by Raoul Peck, the Haitian-born film maker who also directed Lumumba, about the assassination of the Congolese independence leader, and The Young Marx. The film is important for young revolutionaries to see. It powerfully combines dramatic historical footage and Baldwin’s stirring, courageous denunciation of the centrality of racism to U.S. society. Thus, while the movie doesn’t put forward a revolutionary program – nor does it claim to – it vividly dramatizes why the “color-blind” liberalism and tepid reform schemes for a “juster” capitalism under a refurbished Democratic Party put forward by the likes of Bernie Sanders cannot overcome racism. The material reality of black oppression continually generates the racist ideology that America’s rulers use to divide the working people. As opposed to the lilberal integrationism of Martin Luther King, or the dead-end of black nationalism, we fight for revolutionary integrationism, to pull up capitalism’s system of racial oppression by its roots. That requires learning the lessons of history, and this honest film can be a powerful aid in learning those lessons. I Am Not Your Negro, James Baldwin in Racist America (January 2018) 

The Bolshevik Revolution, Leon Trotsky and the New York Public Library
Here it was: the 100-year anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution and the New York Public Library had organized an exhibition. So when the Library announced a symposium on the Russian Revolution with some academic “experts,” we in the Revolutionary Internationalist Youth decided to attend. All five of the speakers were decidedly against the October Revolution (big surprise). Lenin and Trotsky were demonized, misquoted and slandered. The gains of the October Revolution were not mentioned at all. They even retailed an apocryphal story about Lenin calling to compromise with capitalists to get American financing. For all their made-up stories, it was curious that nobody mentioned a real story about Leon Trotsky and the New York Public Library. The night that Trotsky got off the boat in January 1917, Nikolai Bukharin dragged him and Natalia Sedova up to the 42nd Street library where the lights were blazing and any worker could come and read until almost midnight. No longer. Lenin also admired the NYPL. But in this epoch of decaying capitalism, public services are cut to the bone. The Bolshevik Revolution, Leon Trotsky and the New York Public Library (January 2018) 

From the Current Issue 

Internationalist No. 50

The Internationalist No. 50
(Winter 2017) 
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Aftermath of Irma and María … and the Devastating Debt Crisis
Colonial Capitalist Disaster in Puerto Rico

Following the back-to-back Category 5 hurricanes that swept through the Antilles in September, the immediate toll of death and destruction in Puerto Rico has been magnified many times over by U.S. imperialist rule. Ever since the U.S. conquered the island in 1898 and made it a colony, it has treated the population as second-class citizens. The belated and limited relief efforts of the Trump administration showed criminal indifference to the suffering of the population. But it was Democratic president Bill Clinton who set off the deindustrialization of Puerto Rico in 1996 and it was Democrat Barack Obama who last year appointed a Financial Control Board to pay off his Wall Street backers while imposing vicious austerity on Puerto Rican workers. The fact that two and a half months after Maria, over half of Puerto Rico’s population still is without electrical power is a direct result of the privatization offensive aimed at busting the militant electrical workers union UTIER. And the only way the debt will be wiped out is by overthrowing capitalism. The Internationalist Group calls to drive out Yankee imperialism – independence for All Colonies! – and for a Puerto Rican workers state in a socialist federation of the Caribbean. Colonial Capitalist Disaster in Puerto Rico (11 December 2017) 
SL/ICL on Puerto Rico: Annexationist “Socialists”
In 1998, the Spartacist League and its International Communist League announced that they would no longer “advocate”
independence for Puerto Rico. The SL/ICL thus not only abandoned its longstanding principled position and that of the Trotskyist movement since its founding, it meant that it would not have been allowed into the Communist International of Lenin and Trotsky, which insisted that any party wishing to join would have to fight for independence for colonies, in word and deed. In 2010, the SL/ICL vociferously supported the U.S. invasion of Haiti in the guise of earthquake relief, before admitting that this was a social-imperialist betrayal. Now in 2017, these ex-Trotskyists have gone a step farther, announcing that they would support statehood, that is, an imperialist annexation that would threaten the existence of the Puerto Rican nation. SL/ICL on Puerto Rico: Annexationist “Socialists” (11 December 2017) 
Defend North Korea, Defeat U.S. Imperialism!
U.S. Beats War Drums Over North Korea

The U.S. is giving off multiple indications that it is gearing up for military action against North Korea. This goes beyond the bellicose threats that the seriously unstable U.S. president has been bandying about, the “preemptive war” scenarios emanating from the fevered brains of neoconservative strategists, and “table-top war exercises” in the Pentagon. The escalating economic sanctions and military maneuvers are deliberate provocations designed to elicit a response from the embattled North Korean regime, that could then be used as the excuse to strike. The aim is “regime change” in Pyongyang, seizing or destroying its nuclear deterrent and restoring capitalism. The ultimate target is China. Contrary to the media hysteria, it is the predatory warmongers in Washington who are aiming at mass murder. Against the mounting imperialist assault, it is the duty of all class-conscious workers and revolutionaries to unconditionally defend North Korea – and all the bureaucratically deformed workers states. U.S. Beats War Drums Over North Korea (27 December 2017)

DSA, ISO, Left Voice...
On North Korea: “Socialists” Who Capitulate to Imperialism

What is the response of ostensible socialists when the most powerful ruling class in the world threatens to rain “fire and fury” on a nation where it already killed 3 million people, in the Korean War of 1950-53? The Internationalist Group has taken a clear stand in defense of the DPRK, a bureaucratically deformed workers state, against U.S. imperialism. The struggle to defeat the imperialist aggression of one’s “own” capitalist ruling class should be fundamental. Yet most of the U.S. “left” – including Democratic Socialists of America, the International Socialist Organization and Left Voice/Trotskyist “Fraction”  – has echoed imperialist liberals who portray the clash between the U.S. and North Korea as a face-off between two “unhinged despots.” The social-democratic heirs of anti-Trotskyist renegades Max Shachtman, Tony Cliff and Nahuel Moreno, respectively, all refuse to defend North Korea. Their supposed “Third Camp” is nothing but a stepping stone to outright support for imperialism. On North Korea: “Socialists” Who Capitulate to Imperialism (27 December 2017)
“Left Voice” of Social Democracy (27 December 2017)
The League for the Fourth International Holds First International Conference
The League for the Fourth International held its First International Conference this past November. The gathering brought together delegates from the five national sections of the LFI – Brazil, Germany, Italy, Mexico and the United States – as well as guests and visitors. The Conference provided the opportunity to report on and evaluate the activity of the LFI, to debate disputed issues and lay out perspectives to guide our future work. The main point of contention in the months leading up to the international meeting was over Catalonia, where the LFI calls for the right of self-determination but has not advocated and does not presently call for independence from the Spanish state. Overall, the priorities decided upon stress ensuring the regularity of our high-quality Leninist press, building up a party apparatus and above all cadre development. The possibility of increased repression was underscored, particularly in connection with imperialist war threats (notably against Korea). Overall, the First International Conference of the League for the Fourth International is an important milestone in the struggle to build anew a Fourth International that Trotsky would have recognized as his own. The League for the Fourth International Holds First International Conference (December 2017)
Call for the First International Conference of the League for the Fourth International (December 2017)
The Struggle to Reforge a Genuinely Trotskyist Fourth International
Document of the First International Conference of the League for the Fourth International
The League for the Fourth International in our first two decades of existence successfully withstood the pressures of a temporarily triumphant bourgeoisie, holding fast to the Marxist program in an adverse (but contradictory) period. With our limited forces, we have established sections and are publishing a high-quality Trotskyist press in five countries and five languages. We have a layer of worker and immigrant cadres that is unique on the left, have achieved some important victories and waged international campaigns. Now we are facing new challenges, both of growth and in confronting the political consequences of the advanced state of putrefaction of the capitalist-imperialist system. And with the recent dramatic abandonment of Leninism on the national question and embrace of bourgeois nationalism by the ICL, along with an extensive purge of its leading cadre, the unique position of the LFI as the political continuity of Trotsky’s Fourth International is thrown into sharp relief.  The Struggle to Reforge a Genuinely Trotskyist Fourth International
(December 2017)

1917-2017: We Fight for New Bolshevik Revolutions
On 7 November 1917 (25 October according to the old style Julian calendar), the Bolshevik Party of V.I. Lenin and Leon Trotsky led the Soviets (Councils) of Workers and Soldiers Deputies in the insurrection that took power in the crumbling Russian empire and established the first workers state in history. The October Revolution became a beacon for the struggles of the oppressed the world over. Despite the subsequent degeneration of the Soviet Union under the Stalinist-nationalist bureaucracy and the imperialist-led counterrevolution that finally destroyed the USSR, proletarian revolutionaries still stand on the internationalist program of Krasnya Oktyabr, or Red October. A lot of groups on the left had some kind of event around this 100th anniversary who have no intention of carrying out that program. They all talk of the continued “relevance” of the October Revolution, but have a very different program for today. On November 5, the Internationalist Group held a celebration in New York City of the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. 1917-2017: We Fight for New Bolshevik Revolutions (5 November 2017) 

Revolutionary Marxism vs. Sanders “Socialism” for Democrats
The ABCs of the DSA

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is proclaiming that it has surpassed 25,000 members. This would make it the largest self-styled socialist organization in the United States in decades. The sudden expansion of the DSA reflects the campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination by Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, who calls himself an “independent” and “democratic socialist” while being a long-time member of the Democratic Party caucus in Congress. Clearly, the DSA has picked up a significant number of disappointed Bernieites, who despaired when he lost the nomination to Hillary Clinton and even more when Donald Trump was elected president. The Democratic Socialists of America is perhaps the most successful of various opportunist leftist groups seeking to cash in on the crisis of the mainstream bourgeois parties. In good part this is because this staid social-democratic organization is so embedded in the two-party capitalist political system of the United States that it has long been known as the Democratic (Party) Socialists of America.  Many of those joining Democratic Socialists of America are unfamiliar with what the organization really stands for and its history. The DSA's growth  does not signify a break from bourgeois liberalism, or even from the Democratic Party. Even less is it support for socialist revolution to overthrow the capitalist system. With their talk of “democratic socialism,” the leaders of the DSA (including its “left” wing) are building a virulently anti-communist, social-democratic obstacle to revolution. The ABCs of the DSA (4 August 2017)

Toward a Multiracial Revolutionary Party
Imperialist Social Democracy vs. Black Liberation
As the civil rights movement picked up in the U.S. South in the 1960s, the images of Ku Klux Klan night riders and cops with German shepherd dogs fire-hosing black marchers, many of them children, revealed the ugly reality of U.S. “democracy.” This undercut Washington’s effort to counterpose itself to British colonialism in Africa and what the imperialists saw as the Soviet “Communist threat.” In stepped the virulently anti-Soviet Cold Warriors of U.S. social democracy, dominated by followers of one Max Shachtman. The Shachtmanites, grandfathers of today’s DSA, talked of “realigning” the Democratic Party as an alliance of organized labor and the Southern black population. In practice, they acted to keep civil rights activists subordinated to the Democratic Kennedy and Johnson administrations which rested on support from the Dixiecrats. As soldiers in this reactionary cause, Shachtman deputies Michael Harrington and Bayard Rustin sought to tame, sideline or drive out radical elements from the struggle. The Trotskyists, in contrast, fought for the program of revolutionary integrationism. Imperialist Social Democracy vs. Black Liberation (December 2017) 

Despite Exemplary Militancy, Failure to Spread to the Industrial Proletariat Resulted in a Draw
Mexico Teachers Strike of 2016: The Struggle Continues

The Mexican teachers’ strike that lasted from May to September of 2016 was a truly epic class battle. The federal government sought to impose the “educational” counter-reform dictated by imperialist financial agencies to annihilate public education and destroy what it sees as the prime obstacle to these designs: the National Coordinating Committee of Education Workers (CNTE). On the other side, hundreds of thousands of teachers organized in the CNTE put up a determined resistance against brutal state repression that reached its peak in the 19 June 2016 massacre in Nochixtlán, Oaxaca. There was an enormous potential to extend the strike to the education sector nationally and to key sectors of the industrial proletariat. This was blocked, first by the fact that in most of the country, the education workers are regimented under the corporatist National Union of Education Workers (SNTE), a government organization dedicated to preventing independent workers unions. Secondly, the “independent” unions did nothing to join with the teachers’ struggle. And third, illusions in the bourgeois populist MORENA fostered by the CNTE leadership undercut the strike. In this epoch of imperialist decay, only the struggle for workers power, for a workers and peasants government, can achieve the most elementary democratic gains, as part of an international socialist revolution. Mexico Teachers Strike of 2016: The Struggle Continues (June 2017) 

From the Previous Issue 

Internationalist  No. 49

The Internationalist No. 49
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Full Citizenship Rights for All Immigrants!
For Worker/Immigrant Action to Stop Deportations

From Day One, Donald Trump has been waging a relentless war on immigrants. After launching his campaign for president by demonizing Mexicans as drug dealers, criminals and rapists, he smeared Muslims as terrorists. On taking office, his first act was to issue a ban on refugees, immigrants and visitors from Middle Eastern countries. Meanwhile, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) police are terrorizing immigrant communities across the country. When Trump decreed the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, threatening almost 800,000 immigrant youth with deportation, Congressional Democrats announced they had a deal. Many DACA recipients weren’t fooled, and protested that the Democrats had handed over a massive deportation machine to Trump.  The struggle for immigrant rights must be waged politically, understanding that the parties of capital are enemies of immigrants, the oppressed and working people. What’s needed to thwart the deportations is to mobilize the power of the workers movement in mass action to immobilize the “immigrant removal” system, and ultimately to paralyze capitalism. For Worker/Immigrant Action to Stop Deportations (October 2017) 

The Central Enemy Is the Capitalist State

The Fascist Threat, And How to Fight It

Suddenly in mid-August, millions across the country and around the world were shocked into awareness of the infestation of outright fascists in the United States. People were horrified as they watched video footage of the deadly carnage as a Nazi plowed his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Yet while Trump tried We defend antifa against the state repression that these denunciations set them up for. But in doing so, we point out that endless inconclusive fights, or pepper-spraying them isn’t enough to stop the fascist menace. And the serious fascist outfits have made it clear that they’re not relying on their fists. What’s needed to actually stop the fascists, not just show moral indignation, is to bring out a superior power. A power strong enough to go up against the capitalist state, whose blue-uniformed enforcers stand behind (and often with) their auxiliaries in white sheets and brown shirts. That power is the organized working class, and the Internationalist Group has repeatedly called for workers mobilization and defense guards to CRUSH the fascist threat. Now, before it grows stronger. The Fascist Threat, And How to Fight It  (October 2017) 
Lessons of Portland, Bay Area: Bring Out Workers Power
Opportunists Undercut the Struggle Against the Fascists
A strategy to fight the deadly danger posed by the fascists must take account of their role in “triggering” state repression. The liberal tactic of ignoring these violent racists while relying on the police and demonizing antifa militants only intensifies the danger. The pseudo-socialists who organize diversionary parades away from the sites of the fascist provocations are aiding the government in trying to prevent mass action that could actually drive the fascists off the streets. Militant workers action is urgently needed to bring to bear the power of the proletariat against these provocateurs who would act as a battering ram for the bourgeoisie to destroy the unions and all those who fight against oppression. With different arguments, centrist ex-Trotskyists who denigrate such efforts and reformist social democrats who seek to sabotage them are obstacles to a successful class struggle to crush the fascists. How Opportunists Undercut the Struggle Against the Fascists (October 2017) 
Trump and Crazed Liberals on the Warpath –
Defend North Korea!

Lies, Dumb Lies, and Imperialist Whoppers

Donald Trump lies about pretty much everything great and small. But when it comes to lies, size matters, particularly as concerns the lies that serve as pretexts to launch wars. Those lies kill millions, and almost every imperialist slaughter begins with them. Now we are seeing the Big Lie in action over Korea, and while Democrats may be getting nervous about the megalomaniac Republican president with his finger on the nuclear trigger, liberals have been promoting warmongering Big Lies about Korea, Iraq, Yugoslavia, Vietnam and elsewhere for decades.  Now they spread the truly dangerous Big Lie is that North Korea has nothing to fear from the U.S. military. Nonsense. If Kim Jong Un ever agreed to give up the North’s nuclear deterrent, imperialist “contingency” plans for counterrevolution and a new Korean War would immediately go live. All class-conscious workers and opponents of imperialism must stand with North Korea and its right to nuclear, or any other kind of weapons to defend itself against the imperialist behemoth. Lies, Dumb Lies, and Imperialist Whoppers (12 August 2017)

Defend the Right to Self-Determination and Independence!

Mobilize Labor’s Power Against Spanish Police/Military Occupation!
Mass Resistance to Police Repression in Catalonia
After weeks of escalating threats and repression, on October 1 the Spanish government unleashed a massive police assault seeking to prevent  a long-awaited referendum on independence. More than 10,000 paramilitary police brought in from elsewhere in Spain set out to terrorize and humiliate the populace that was defying the orders of the Madrid government, courts, police and army by the simple act of voting. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, a political heir of the decades-long dictatorship of Francisco Franco, had declared  that “disobedience is a totalitarian act” and vowed to root it out. Millions around the world saw videos showing riot cops yanking elderly retirees out of voting lines and beating them bloody. Almost 900 were injured. Nevertheless, over 2 million voted, 90% in favor of independence, although this represented only 40% of the electorate and the population of Catalonia is deeply divided on the issue. Two days later hundreds of thousands stopped work throughout Catalonia and marched to denounce the vicious police attack. The bourgeois-led Catalan nationalist movement is now stymied, facing an implacable government in Madrid and rejection of Catalan independence by the European Union. To defeat the neo-Francoist regime it is necessary to mobilize the power of the working class throughout Spain in revolutionary struggle. Mass Resistance to Police Repression in Catalonia (4 October 2017) 
New York Protest Against Repression in Catalonia (6 October 2017)
Against the Francoist Assault:
Defend the Right to Self-Determination and Independence for Catalonia
Resist Attempts to Prevent the October 1 Referendum! Forward to a Workers General Strike in All of Spain!
For a Federation of Workers Republics in the Iberian Peninsula, Part of a Socialist United States of Europe!
Over the last three weeks, the Madrid government, the Constitutional Court and the National Police have mounted a large-scale repressive operation in Catalonia. The central government of the Spanish state led by Mariano Rajoy is threatening to prevent by police action the holding of a referendum on Catalan independence. In the face of this ominous campaign, revolutionaries and class-conscious workers  Against the police assault by Rajoy and his accomplices it is necessary to mobilize to defend the right of self-determination and independence for Catalonia. Moreover, it’s necessary to support the holding of a binding referendum on the question and resist any attempt by the Spanish government to prevent it. Against any attempt to unleash massive repression in Catalonia, the working class in the whole of Spain must mobilize with strikes and occupations. While defending the right of the Catalan populace to decide their future, we warn that the Catalan nationalist movement is led by the bourgeoisie of the richest region in Spain. In Catalonia, only a minority support the independence movement, particularly among the workers, many of whom come from other parts of Spain or are immigrants. To defeat the neo-Francoist regime, it is necessary to mobilize the working people throughout the Spanish state, and to forge a Leninist-Trotskyist party to carry out international socialist revolution.  Defend the Right to Self-Determination and Independence for Catalonia (September 2017) 
The Left in Catalonia and Independence (September 2017) 
(en español) Defendamos el derecho a la autodeterminación y a la independencia de Catalunya (septiembre de 2017)
(en español) La izquierda en Catalunya y la independencia (septiembre de 2017)
Internationalistische Gruppe, German Section of the League for the Fourth International, Founded
On 20 August 2017, the Internationalistische Gruppe, German section of the League for the Fourth International, was founded in Berlin. Together with representatives of the international leadership, German supporters of the LFI discussed perspectives and tasks of the new organization and drew up its founding statement. Founding Statement of the Internationalistische Gruppe (20 August 2017) After having published a first issue of Permanente Revolution as the German-language newspaper of the LFI in June, we are now inaugurating a German page of the LFI web site.
(Deutsch) Gründungserklärung der Internationalistischen Gruppe (20. August 2017)
Cops, Prison and Security Guards Out of the Labor Movement
DSA Debacle Over Cop “Union” Organizer
As the Democratic Socialists of America basked in favorable media coverage following its convention, boasting of its membership growth, a scandal broke out when it was revealed that one of its newly elected top leaders was a long-time organizer of police “unions.” Danny Fetonte, who was a big booster of the Bernie Sanders campaign in Texas, had been a representative of the CLEAT cop association. The idea of unionizing police is a typical social-democratic conception. Trotskyists, in contrast, say that cops are not workers but the professional enforcers of racist capitalist repression. We demand, all police, prison and security guards out of the unions. So while voting a police “unionist” into their leadership (who has now resigned), the DSA social democrats called the cops on the Trotskyists. DSA Debacle Over Cop “Union” Organizer (14 September 2017)

Bernie’s A-List
Guess Who’s Bernie Sanders’ Foreign Policy Go-To Guy, and What Power Bishop Is His Vatican Fixer
But, of course, one and the same Jeffrey Sachs who designed the post-counterrevolution “shock treatment” in Poland. Also in Bolivia where it led to tens of thousands of workers fired and brutal anti-union repression. In preparation for the no-photo-op pope-meet-and-greet, Bernie and Jeffrey dined with Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga of Honduras, “the pope’s right-hand man and one of the Vatican’s top power players.” This is the same cardinal who helped engineer (together with Hillary Clinton) the 2009 Honduran coup, and before that covered up for bloody massacres and “disappearances” in the 1980s. But then, Pope Francis himself is a veteran of Argentina’s 1970s dirty war. Guess Who's Bernie Sanders’ Foreign Policy Go-To Guy, and His Power Bishop Vatican Fixer (17 April 2016)

A Question of Whose Class Interests Prevail
Flint Water Crisis: Capitalism Is Poisoning Us

The residents of Flint, Michigan have been living a nightmare ever since in early 2014 the city’s state-appointed “emergency manager” and the governor’s office decided to switch the water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. As a result, the population has been subjected to lead poisoning, particularly affecting the very young and elderly. The levels of contamination are astronomical. For almost two years Republican state authorities and Democratic federal officials refused to do anything about complaints. Now an emergency has been proclaimed, but the water is still undrinkable. Meanwhile, the same “emergency manager” has been overseeing Detroit schools as they descend further into the abyss. The emergency has been created by decaying capitalism: industrial pollution, closing factories and a bipartisan attack on teachers and public education. The dictatorial managers must be kicked out, but changing parties will change nothing. The bottom-line issue is which class is in power. Capitalism is literally poisoning our futures. Flint Water Crisis: Capitalism Is Poisoning Us (3 March 2016)

The State of Pennsylvania Seeks to Bar His Lawyer
The Frame-Up of Corey Walker

By Charles Brover
Corey Walker was arrested in July 1996 on a bogus murder charge from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He has been behind bars ever since. Evidence of his innocence was withheld. He is the victim of prosecutorial misconduct and incompetent legal representation. Lorenzo Johnson, who was arrested in the same case, also remains in prison even though a federal appeals court recognized the insufficiency of the evidence against him, but was overruled by the U.S. Supreme Court. Now the state is trying to deny Walker the attorney of his choice, Rachel Wolkenstein, who has defended Mumia Abu-Jamal. Pennsylvania authorities will stop at nothing to cover up lying and manufacture of evidence, coercion of witnesses and suppression of evidence of innocence by police and prosecutors. This requires silencing Corey Walker and short-circuiting his legal appeal. In seeking to disqualify Wolkenstein from representing him, the state attorney general's office cites her political views that the judicial system is an organ of racist oppression that must be overthrown by socialist revolution. This witch-hunting attack and the continued incarceration of Walker and Johnson go to the heart of Jim Crow “justice system.” Free Corey Walker and Lorenzo Johnson! The Frame-Up of Corey Walker (4 February 2016)
Jim Crow Justice and the Capitalist State (4 February 2016)
Whose Life Is On the Line? Cop Stats (4 February 2016)
Bad Apples, Broken Windows, and Other Myths About the Police (4 February 2016)

Occupation of Hundreds of Schools Blocks Threatened Closures
Student Revolt Shakes São Paulo, Brazil
By Class Struggle Workers/UFT

For the last three weeks, the city of São Paulo, Brazil has been convulsed by a combative upheaval of high school students protesting the state government’s plan to close 92 schools and order hundreds of thousands of students to change schools. When the state governor tried to ram through this plan without consultation, students responded by occupying almost 200 schools. Then, when military police began clearing out occupied schools this week, students took chairs and tables and set up class in busy intersections and highways. The students, backed by teachers, also refused to take high-stakes test. After several days, the governor backed down. This  is a dramatic example of how the international capitalist offensive against public education should be fought – by mass action in the streets, bringing out students, teachers, parents and mobilizing the power of the working class. Student Revolt Shakes São Paulo, Brazil (4 December 2015)

The Haitian Revolution and U.S. Imperialism
July 28 marks the 100th anniversary of the first U.S. invasion of Haiti in 1915, under Democratic president Woodrow Wilson. This led to an occupation of 19 years, as well as occupations of the Dominican Republic next door, of Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras and Veracruz, Mexico, and followed the 1898 U.S. invasion and occupation of Cuba, Puerto Rico and Philippines. But the occupations didn't stop there. In 1994, Democrat Bill Clinton invaded Haiti a second time, and in 2004 Republican George Bush II invaded a third time. Haiti today continues under imperialist occupation, this time outsourced to a United Nations “peacekeeping” force. As proletarian internationalist opponents of imperialism, on this centenary we republish articles from Workers Vanguard when it was the voice of revolutionary Trotskyism on the 1915-34 U.S. occupation, and a two-part series on Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution that led to the first black republic in history, as well as sparking slave revolts throughout the Caribbean and in the United States. (30 July 2015)
Yankee Occupation of Haiti, 1915-1934
Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution, Part 1
Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution, Part 2

Protest the Police Lynching of Sandra Bland
On July 10, Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old African American activist and education worker, was driving from Illinois to her new job at the historically black Prairie View A&M University in Texas, her alma mater. Sandra was pulled over by a Texas Ranger, supposedly for changing lanes without signalling. The trooper abusively demanded she get out of the car, theatening to use a Taser electric shock on her. After having her head slammed on the ground, Sandra was arrested for supposed “assault on a public servant,” for insisting on her rights. Three days later, she was found dead in her cell in Waller  County, Texas. The authorities claim she committed suicide. We say the police are guilty. Sandra was lynched by the cops. On July 22, hundreds gathered in New York City's Union Square to protest the police murder of Sandra Bland. Class Struggle Education Workers, CUNY Internationalist Clubs and the Internationalist Group joined in. Protest the Police Lynching of Sandra Bland (22 July 2015) (video)

NYC May Day 2015
The Internationalist Group, CUNY Internationalist Clubs and Class Struggle Education workers had a spirited contingent in the May Day march in New York City. Leading the contingent was a group with red flags with the hammer, sickle and 4 of the Fourth International. Then came a banner made by the Hunter Internationalist Club, proclaiming:“Ayotzinapa-Ferguson-NYC, Smash the Racist Capitalist State, Workers to Power. Signs emphasized the call to Defend Black Baltimore following the occupation of the city by the National Guard to squelch the upheaval over the police murder of Freddie Gray, and to free Mumia Abu-Jamal, who faces execution in prison by deliberate medical neglect. Also highlighted was the call for workers action against police terror, noting the historic action by ILWU Local 10 that shut down the port of Oakland on May Day and marched on City Hall calling to stop police terror.
NYC May Day 2015 video (9 May 2015)
NYC May Day 2015 photos (6 May 2015)

NYC May Day 2011 video
NYC May Day 2010 video

Sunset Park Fights Back Against Police Attack
It’s been only two months since Eric Garner was chokeholded to death in Staten Island by the racist cops, and barely a month and a half since the police murder of 17-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. But despite the national outcry and a thousands-strong march in New York in late August, two incidents in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn show once again the face of racist police violence under liberal Democratic NYC mayor Bill de Blasio. The first involved a heavy‑duty arrest of a vendor after a festival in the park; in the second, a cop slammed a pregnant woman on the pavement on her abdomen and her son and husband were arrested. The residents of this heavily immigrant neighborhood feel singled out for aggressive enforcement under NYPD chief William Bratton’s “broken windows” strategy of massive arrests for minor infractions. On Saturday, September 27, some 300 people came out to protest against the brutal police siege. While many called for Bratton’s resignation, racist cop terror is endemic in capitalist America. To put a stop to it will require nothing less than workers revolution. Sunset Park Fights Back Against Police Attack (28 September 2014)

Defend North Korea and China Against Imperialism and Counterrevolution
U.S. War Provocations Push Korea to the Brink

For the Revolutionary Reunification of Korea, North and South!
Over the last month and a half, the United States and South Korea have engaged in an escalating series of military provocations against North Korea. Simultaneous “war games” have simulated a nuclear aerial bombing of the North, a ground invasion from the South, annihilation of the leadership and the “insertion” of tens of thousands of U.S. troops searching for nukes. While the imperialist media are, as usual, strenuously demonizing the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and playing up blustering statements coming out of the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, the Pentagon has been laying the basis for a military strike against the North. The whole operation is part of detailed plan elaborated by the Obama administration, dubbed “the playbook,” for U.S. shows of force. But this is no football game. The Internationalist Group and League for the Fourth International defend North Korea, a bureaucratically deformed workers state, against the war provocations, economic blockade and any attack by U.S. imperialism and its South Korean junior partners, no matter how it starts. We also defend North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons, its main deterrent against a war by the power which laid waste to the North in the Korean War. U.S. War Provocations Push Korea to the Brink (13 April 2013)


The founding statement of the League for the Fourth International

La Declaración de la Liga por la IV Internacional se encuentra aquí en español. 

La Déclaration de la Ligue pour la Quatrième Internationale se retrouve ici en français. 

A Declaração da Liga pela Quarta Internacional é disponível aqui no português.

Deklarasyon ng Liga para sa Ika-Apat na Internasyonal.

The Internationalist

El Internacionalista
es el órgano en español de la Liga por la IV Internacional. 

Vanguarda Operária
é o jornal da  Liga Quarta-Internacionalista 
do Brasil. 

Liga für die Vierte Internationale
Artikel und Erklärungen der LIVI auf Deutsch.

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