The Liaison Committee for a new Communist Party in the US. participated in celebrating the struggles of the international proletariat on May Day 2014. The proletariat has reason to celebrate, what with the merger of the CPI (Maoist) and CPI (ML) Naxalbari in India. This marks an important development in the revolutionary struggle of the Indian people, which is welcome news after recent setbacks in the International Communist Movement (the arrests of Benito and Wilma Tiamzon in the Philippines and the arrest of 24 Movadef members in Peru). We congratulate our comrades in India on this merger and are hopeful for the victory of their struggle.
The NYC Branch of the NCP (LC) attended a May Day rally and march with the Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee (RSCC), a revolutionary mass organization leading a proletarian struggle in the City University of New York. We participated in hosting a workshop on the role of revolutionary youth, as well as a revolutionary youth contingent that led the thousands strong march through downtown NYC. The citadels of finance capital rang with the loud echoes of chants such as “Ruling class in a ditch, reign of terror on the rich!” for the imperialist bourgeoisie to hear and fear.
May Day 2014 in NYC was organized along the theme of supporting the struggles of undocumented immigrants in the US. The struggle for immigration reform is a democratic demand of the oppressed masses in the US, led by oppressed nationality youth. Lately the movement for immigration reform has been taking a more radical turn, with the young leaders of the movement realizing the limits of pursuing legislative reform within the structures of the state. Militant actions are being undertaken, such as breaking immigrants out of detainment in opposition to bourgeois legality and the repressive state apparatuses that enforce it. What we are witnessing is the passing of leadership of that movement from the petty bourgeoisie to the proletariat, the class which, due to its historical position, is able to lead that struggle to revolutionary ends. One divides into two, and as a militant proletarian leadership emerges it comes into confrontation with the liberal, petty bourgeois forces preceding it. This was made apparent on May Day in Chicago, where SEIU (a labor union) and ICIRR (an immigrant rights group advocating for reactionary policies) detained two radical activists for the police to arrest, one of them an undocumented critic of the ICIRR’s opportunism. Class struggle for leadership of the movement will continue, but only the proletariat is capable of articulating a strategy that results in liberation.
The revolutionary science of the proletariat, Marxism-Leninism-Maoism illuminates the potential of the struggle of undocumented immigrants in the US to become an anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist movement. The principal contradiction on the world scale, between imperialism and the oppressed nations and people propels immigration into imperialist metropoles such as the US. Oppressed people from parts of the world such as Latin America and Asia enter into the US without legal documentation, becoming deprived of bourgeois democratic rights. Illegalized by bourgeois legality, undocumented immigrants are subject to capitalist super-exploitation, national oppression and some of the worst patriarchy. The bourgeoisie’s greed for wealth leads it to place them near the means of production, laboring in agriculture, industry and other branches of the division of social labor in order to squeeze vast amounts of surplus value from this vulnerable population.
Their proximity to the means of production is simultaneously the nightmare of the bourgeoisie; if they were to join with other oppressed people along with the rest of the proletariat to seize power, such a force would be capable of bringing the bourgeoisie and the imperialist state to its knees. This potential is why the bourgeoisie must terrorize undocumented immigrants. This is a population (11 million people) that will be vital to the socialist revolution in the US. With proletarian leadership, the demands of this movement can go beyond legislative reform and nearer to the seizure of power.
We in The Liaison Committee for the new Communist Party aspire to build this force of leadership, a Maoist Communist Party that unleashes the revolutionary potential of the masses by placing in command the leadership of proletarian politics, and clearing away the fetters of revisionism and liberalism. The activated force of the masses with the leadership of a revolutionary Communist Party would make the imperialist bourgeoisie awake with fear in their hearts on May Day and every other day for years to come!