Group Title: Struggle (Kingston, Jamaica)
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Title: Struggle official organ of the Workers Liberation League
Uniform Title: Struggle (Kingston, Jamaica)
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 41 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Workers' Liberation League (Jamaica)
Workers' Liberation League (Jamaica)
Workers Party of Jamaica
Publisher: The League
Place of Publication: Kingston
Kingston
Publication Date: February 24, 1977
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Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Jamaica   ( lcsh )
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Summary: Struggle was published first as a mimeographed newsletter in 1974 when the Workers Liberation League was formed. It was edited by Rupert Lewis and he continued as editor when Struggle became the organ of the Workers Party of Jamaica in 1978. In the 1980s editors included Elean Thomas, Elaine Wallace and Ben Brodie. The Workers Liberation League grew out of the political initiative of academics - Trevor Munroe, Rupert Lewis as well as Don Robotham, Derek Gordon who studied in the University of Chicago in the early 1970s and were connected to activists in the Black Panther Movement and African-American radicals in the Communist Party of the United States. The latter group formed the Paul Bogle League which brought together academics, working class and community activists who read and discussed Karl Marx’s Capital and Lenin’s political writings and sought to build on Jamaica’s radical traditions in the trade union movement and in the People’s National Party from the 1930s to the 1960s. The Paul Bogle League was also involved with the formation of the University and Allied Workers Union in the early 1970s and worked with the Independent Trade Union Action Council. Politically the Workers Liberation League gave critical support to Michael Manley’s democratic socialist program in the 1970s.
Issuing Body: Vols. for -1978 issued by Workers' Liberation League; 1979- by Workers' Party of Jamaica.
General Note: Description based on surrogate of: Issue no. 28 (June 16, 1977); title from caption.
General Note: Latest issue consulted: Apr.-May 1986 (surrogate).
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IOffCIl 0IAN F THE WORKERS 11B1RAT111 ION GU1 E V Js4
-I II 1 IFEB. 24 19717


tLIIUIIIM L



NO SELL OUT



LAST week Saturday, February 19th -
one of the main writers for the Jamaica
Daily News gaid "right now cash is what
we need patriotism isn't all". The
very next day another writer in the same
paper put out the opinion that we better
think again about getting together with
Cuba since America and Cuba are now mak-
ing up. The same day Sunday, February
20th the Daily News warned the govern-
ment not the big capitalists, but the
government that "we can't afford lay-
offs, shutdowns". They demanded that
money had to be found from somewhere to
bring more raw materials into the is-
land.

The idea is clearly building up among
people close to government that we must
go to the American imperialists and beg
them some money to help us out. The
American government itself, with the new
President Carter, is already trying to
get people to believe that it is reason-
able and they will try to show Manley
that if he behaves himself America will
help him out. Already Carter is putting
pressure on Fidel to forget about the
struggle of poor people for rights and
justice in return for American aid. But
when it comes to Fidel, we all know that
Carter is barking up the wrong tree.

Here in Jamaica, no socialist or con-
scious fighter against imperialism can
be so certain. Almost two months ago a
mission went to Cuba; over five weeks
ago Manley told us in the speech to Par-
liament that we could get raw materials
and different kinds of goods from the
socialist countries and that they could
take bauxite and other things in return
from us. All socialists can see that
moving quickly to set up these relations
was very important. Through them there
is a chance that we can get certain raw
materials to keep factories open so that
workers won't lose their jobs and so
that we can sell some of our goods at
fair and stable prices. Most of all we
could avoid borrowing any big amount of
money from the debt trap as the Prime
Minister himself called it which the
American imperialists set for countries
like Jamaica.

But since January 19th, not a word about
the Soviet Embassy in Kingston. What or
who is holding it up? Since January
19th, not a word about the mission to
the socialist countries. Who or what is
holding it up?

The workers and their unions are not
going to sit down and take lay-offs and
shutdowns just like that to please peo-
*ple in government who are against the
Soviet Union and who put their likes and
dislikes before the need to get raw mat-
erials to keep the factories open. The
workers are prepared to take hardships
but no more than is necessary to make us
(Cord on PgE 4')


MAKE THEM




ACCOUNTABLE


FOLLOWING is a let-
ter dated February
17, 1977, to the
Minister of Nation-
al Security, Hon
Keble Mwun, from
the Liguanea Socia-
list Movement.

Dear Mr Minister,

Re: Police-Commun-
ity Relationship

We write at this
time to request an
urgent meeting bet-
ween yourself and
representative of
the Police Force on
the one hand and a
delegation from the
Liguanea Socialist
Movement and the
citizenry of the
Cedar Valley Commu-
nity to discuss
their relationship
with some members
of the Police Force
Station at Matil-
da's Corner Police
Station.

Over the last four
months, and moreso
since this year,
our Community have
come under increa-
sed Police harass-
ment and this has
led to a deteriora-
tion in the Police/
Community relation-
ship and an almost


total loss of con-
fidence on the part
of the Community in
the police. You
will realize that
this situation can
only lead to con-
frontation between
the security force
and the Community,
a situation which
could be only in
the interest of
reactionary forces
in our country.

We wish to propose
that as a basis to
overcome this un-
healthy situation
and to stem what is
now a rising tide
of police brutality
throughout the cou-
ntry, that the pol-
ice be made direct-
ly accountable to
Communities in whi-
ch they have to op-
erate.

This accountability
would involve the
setting up at the
local Community
level of a replica
of the National Se-
curity Committee,
to which the police
would report month-
ly and which would
regularly discuss
police/community
relations and ways
of improving same.


Unless a step of
this nature is tak-
en now, the fear in
our community that
a number of its
members might be
shot down, cold
blooded and inno-
cently at times may
well become a rea-
lity.

Below is a list of
police harassment
of our Community
over the last four
months. As you can
see since the beg-
inning of this mon-
th there has been a
marked step up,
thus all the more
reason for this ur-
gent meeting, which
we hope will be
held before the end
of this month.

1) 23/10/76 Police
crash a Dance at 9
Confidence View
Lane, with Police
Slogan "State of
Emergency go home".
A number of gun
shots fired no ar-
rest made.

2) 31/12/76 Deten-
tion of two (2) in-
nocent youths, Pol-
ice Slogan "Onnu
can go tell the
Commissioner and
oonu Minister".


COMUrITTT UT*Y Is IOR ALL POOR PEOPLE
PNP POOR PEOPLE AD I3LP POOR PEOPLE


3) 22/1/77 Police
shoot at one youth
in St Margaret
church yard. Youth
did not run, shot
missed no arrest
made.

4) 5/2/77 Beating
up and arrest of
three young girls;
assault of a number
of other citizens;
firing of two gun
shots at citizens
of the Community;
threatening of
chairman Liguanea
Socialist Movement;
and another member
saying he would
kill him. Police
Slogan "Stand Pipe
a go burn, every-
thing oonu run to
Minister and fe big
man".

5) 9/2/77 Threats
on Youths doing Im-
pact Programme
work, and seizing a
watch and ring be-
longing to one of
the workers.

6) 10/2/77 Failure
to return watch and
ring to the owner
on request at the
station. Instead a
dose of indecent
language and threa-
ts that the Commun-
ity would be visit-
ed and at least
five people would
be shot, was recei-
ved.

7) 11/2/77 Shoot-
ing at a youth dur-
ing a dance at 2a
Cedar Valley Road.

8) 15/2/77 Boxing
up and detention of
three members of
the Community.

We are looking for-
ward to this meet-
ing with utmost ur-
gency.

Copies of the let-
ter were sent to
Prime Minister
Michael Manley,
Janaica Council of
HNwum Rights, Jam-
aica Council of
Churches, COnni-
siognr qf Police












Citizens protest


POLICE BRUTALITY


THE citizens of
Saunders Gardens, a
community in the
Mountain View area,
are becoming more
and more concerned
about police bruta-
lity in the area.
They are also dis-
satisfied with the
indifference of the
police at the Vine-
yard Town Station.

A recent incident
of police brutality
took place on Febr-
uary 1. On that
afternoon two inno-
cent youths were
beaten by the pol-
ice in Saunders Ga-
rdens. The reports
are that four poli-
cemen took one you-
th from his home,
ordered him to kne-
el on the sidewalk,
and then one of
them proceeded to
kick and punch him
in the face.

Another youth came
to the scene to see


*r.BA i


what was being done
to his friend. He
too was ordered to
kneel on the side-
walk and was sub-
jected to the same
treatment. On com-
pleting this job,
the policeman, lat-
er identified as
"Spreng" from Echo
Squad, threatened
to return to the
community and "kill
a few people". One
youth was put in
the trunk of their
car and was later
dumped along Dean-
ery Road.

The following week
on February 9
"Spreng" returned
to Saunders Gardens.
This time his hand
was wrapped in a
black stocking and
he was holding a
gun. He shot a
youth in the leg.
A report was made
to the Vineyard
Town police who on
returning to the


scene of the shoot-
ing saw "Spreng"
who identified him-
self as a member of
the Echo Squad.

While the wounded
youth was receiving
attention at the
University hospital
"Spreng" came into
the room and told
the nurse to leave
the room so he
could "finish off"
the youth. Althou-
gh he did not carry
through his threat,
he proceeded to
punch up the youth
and ordered the
nurse to give him
an overdose of pen-
icillin so that he
could die.


ing with intent and
the other on suspi-
cion. The decision
on what charges
should be placed
was made while they
were travelling
from the hospital.

The citizens of
Saunders Gardens
went to the Vine-
yard Police Station
and protested.
While they were
there "Spreng" pul-
led his gun and
told them: "Your
Minister call a
State of Emergency
but right now my
name is the law and
I can't wrong".

This incident is a
part of a develop-


There have been
similar incidents
in Harbour View,
Constant Spring and
Liguanea. The peo-
ple of.Denham Town
complain of lack of
adequate police
protection from the
gunmen while police
are taking the liv-
es of innocent
youth. Two youths
have been killed by
police bullets wit-
hin the past two
weeks under suspi-
cious circumstances.

This appears to be
part of a campaign
to create tension
and hostility bet-
ween the youths and
the police; to ag-
gravate the State


police in the in-
terests of main-
taining a stable
peace in the canmu-
nities of the poot.

The people are de-
manding that the
government and in
particular the Min-
istry of National
Security take imme-
diate action to ap-
prehend and put aw-
ay the "Sprengs"
and those in the
police force who
use their authorit'
to abuse innocent
citizens.

The incidents des-
cribed here provide
further support for
the proposals made
yv the T.i n>annra So-


After the scene at ing pattern of pol- of Emergency; to cialist Movement.
the hospital the ice brutality and discredit the pol-
youth and one of murder perpetrated ice force in the
his friends who was against the youth eyes of the people
with him were taken and innocent people and thereby discou-
to the Matilda's who live in the co- raging them from
Corner Police Sta- mmunities of the joining the Home
tion where one was poor. Guard, and from co-
charged with shoot- operating with the



# PUBLIC SECTOR MUST


BE DOMINANT
f h I niaMlismr h t.1*


CITIZENS in Saunders Gardens, Mountain View, protest police
brutality


MY CONTRACT expired
late last year. Two
years ago I got ten
dollars on my wage.
Over that two years
cost of living went
up to over 150%.
The capitalist who
I work for has made
millions of dollars
so I don't see why
I have to wait six
more months before
I get an increase.
(40 year old facto-
ry worker)


ALTHOUGH the econo-
mic package is an-
ti-imperialist and
I support that I
don't support the
six-month wage fre-
eze. I think the
big man should make
more sacrifice. Now
the big man is goi-
ng around and tell-
ing workers that
this government
said that they must
not get any increa-
se and if they give
any worker increase
before the six mon-
ths is up they wou-
ld get in trouble.
In my view the mo-
tive to this argu-
ment is to get wor-
kers against gover-
nment and the pack-
age. (44 year old
bauxite worker)


I SUPPORT the eco-
nomic package but I
am not in agreement
with the six-month
wage freeze. It is
over two years now
that I haven't got
an increase and now
I must wait until a
next six months. I
am willing to make
the sacrifice but
this wage freeze is
making workers a
bit demoralised.
(35 year old facto-
ry worker)


I THINK that those
capitalists that
can afford to pay
the increase should
pay it. I am posi-
tive 75% of these
capitalists can pay
the worker an in-
crease whenever the
contracts expired.
(19 year old stud-
ent)


AT a seminar at
the Pegasus on Fe-
bruary 19 to work
out strategy to-
wards the govern-
ment's production
plan, the Private
Sector Organisa-
tion of Jamaica
showed that it has
not given up drea-
ms to bring back
the slave master's
ship and the rule
of capital over
the Jamaican peo-
ple.

Carlton Alexander,
PSOJ president,
repeated at the
seminar the stale
position that the
private sector
should produce and
distribute most of
the goods and ser-
vices in the coun-
try. He praised
the efficiency of
the capitalists,
but forgot to
point out that
they were produc-
ing less and less
every year even
with massive assi-
stance from the
government.

Alexander did not
remind his audience
about the $10 mil-
lion JDB loan which
his fellow capital-
ists had stolen and


country. Or about
the willful sabot-
age they have been
carrying out.

Senator Danny Wil-
liams, a big busi-
ness member of gov-
ernment sent by
Prime Minister Man-
ley to "clarify"
the government's
position towards
the private sector
only seemed to add
confusion on this
matter. He seemed
to agree with the
PSOJ that "the pri-
vate sector will
have the supreme
responsibility to
see that the gover-
ment.'s production
plan, is implemen-
ted". (Daily News)

He promised that
the production plan
would "clarify" the
roles of public and
private sector, but
failed to confirm
Prime Minister Man-
ley's statement th-
at the state sector
would be dominant.


The only person who
seemed able to
speak frankly was
Professor Arthur
Lewis, a long-time
defender of capita-
lism and neo-colo-


down by the PSOJ
for the seminar.

He revealed the
real thinking of
the capitalists.
There was no need
for a production
plan, he said. What
was really needed
was to expand econ-
omic ties with the
capitalist coun-
tries and fit in
with their plans.
This was the mess-
age of the American
imperialists to
their friends in
the PSOJ.



*Well, the message
of the working peo-
ple to the American
imperialists must
be equally clear.
No amount of hard-
ship is going to
lead us to sell our*
rights to US imper-
ialism. Those pri-
vate capitalists
who in the words of
the Gleaner cannot
"walk so far with'
government" must bMi
taken over. Tho*'4
willing towork wit-
hin the limits set
by the state can
find a definite
place.


111









Socialist Aid




NO Strings Attached
FOLLOWING are exracts from a speech een a powerful socialist country and a
given by Comader rin c chief Fidem a s- nascent state that had just won its in-
tro, First Secreary on Chef Fidentral C dependence and was starting on the path
tr, First Secretry of the Ceunist artyo- to socialism can be. The relations bet-
rsitee of the Cuban Cofmmnist Pat h ween the Soviet Union and Cuba in the
pes ioent o f the mCounci of Stte at the realm of political and military assist-
opening session of the ?9th meeting of ance, trade, technical assistance and
the Executive Camnittee of. the CFA
(Council for Mutual Economic Assistance)
on January 18, 1977. These remarks
stress the importance of socialist aid to
the developing countries and the fact
that no strings are attached.


THE relations between the socialist eco-
nomic grouping, the Council for Mutual
Economic Assistance (CMEA) and the un-
derdeveloped countries bring out the ra-
dical difference between socialism and
the imperialist groupings.

Radical Ditference
As of 1975, the member nations of the
CMEA had provided nearly 70 countries of
the so-called Third World with economic
and technical assistance for the con-
struction of over 2000 industrial plants
and other enterprises in the basic branc-
hes of their economies. At present,
there are more than 1000 projects under
construction. The member nations of the
Council for Mutual Economic Assistance
have granted the developing countries
long-term credits amounting to more than
11,000 million dollars.

And yet, there have been no strings at-
tached, no search for raw materials, no
siphoning off of dividends, and not one
CMEA nation owns an enterprise or ex-
ploits a worker anywhere in the world.
This is the great difference that sets
the cooperation of the CMEA apart from
the exploitation of imperialist "aid".

The CMEA offers a new kind of relation-
ship, born of the socialist nature of
cooperation, in which efforts are-made
to change the old conditions, assure the
economic bases for development and gua-
::antee the complete economic independ-
Imce of the country with which it is co-
tperating.


Principled Relations
::would like, this morning, to repeat
'hat Cuba is proud to have been one of
the most outstanding and eloquent exam-
ples of just what the relationship betw-


the promotion of development stand as an
outstanding example in the history of
ties between large and small countries.
We cannot let this opportunity go by
without reiterating our view.

Now, in addition to our bilateral rela-
tions with the USSR and other socialist
countries, we are beginning to see the
results of the multilateral cooperation
the CMEA is giving us. In the next cou-
ple of days, you will discuss how well
the agreement by which the CMEA coun-
tries are helping Cuba in the construc-
tion of a new nickel-processing plant -
that will turn out 30,000 metric tons of
nickel a year is being met. Other
possibilities for cooperation in Cuba's
economic development are also included
on the agenda of this meeting.

Without a doubt, the example of these
possibilities has made more and more
Latin-American countries interested in
drawing closer to the Council for Mutual
Economic Assistance to sign cooperation
agreements that would constitute an im-
portant step in the defense of these
countries in view of the present condi-
tions of general crisis faced by capita-
lism and the disadvantageous terms of
exchange imposed on them by imperialism.


Mounting Protest Against


Deportation Of Agee


PROTESTS against
the British govern-
ment's decision to
deport Philip Agee,
ex-CIA agent, and
Mark Hosenball, a
journalist, are
stepping up in Bri-
tain.

Already over 160
British members of
parliament have
signed a petition
protesting this de-
cision to deport
Agee and Hosenball.
The petition has
also been signed by
over 40 trade union
leaders, including


major parliamentary is firmly estab-
debate on the issue. lished".


Agee
the large Transport
and General Workers
Union. Growing
protest in Britain
is leading up to a


The petition stated
that "deportation
hearings against
Agee and Hosenball
on the basis of the
Immigration Act of
1971 violate human
rights and lack de-
mocratic legality.
We believe these
journalists should
remain in Britain
and an immediate
review of the Act -
for amendment or
repeal should be
undertaken so that
due process of law


The Jamaica Council
for Human Rights
and the Workers Li-
beration League
have also protested
this action.
Agee's exposure of
CIA agents in Jam-
aica in September
1976 has been a ma-
jor reason for Ame-
rican pressure on
the British govern-
ment to deport him.
The right-wing La-
bour leadership
bowed to this pres-
sure.


WITH the new wind
of social and poli-
tical changes now
blowing in Jamaica
I think the time is
right for an exami-
nation of some of
the forces that
should influence
the provision of
health care in the
Future.

Ideally, in my es-
timation, the need
is for a health
system that will
provide optimum
health care with
Particular emphasis
on community parti-
ipation. There is
doubt that the
for a revolu-
fonary change is
Sand. The im-


v our readers


pact of the mass
social and economic
changes as experi-
enced in the JAMAL
Programme, Impact
Programme, National
Housing Trust, Sta-
tus of Children
Act, to name a few,
should provide the
inspiration for
this change. Ade-
quate priority and
financial support
should now be plac-
ed in the area of
community health
service of a preve-
ntative nature with
an even greater
participation by
the public. It
is therefore imper-
ative that the pro-
grammes of expan-
sion and develop-


ment of individual
health institutions
be continued. How-
ever, this must be
in accordance with
an overall planned
programme for the
community.

Planning policies
should be geared to
ensure that optimum
health care is ac-
cessible to each
person in his own
community or thro-
ugh regional arran-
gements. A start
has already been
made in the form of
the Community Heal-
th Aide Programme.
Present needs are
many and funds are
limited but I can
only foresee ef-


forts in the follo-
wing six direc-
tions:

1. An increase in
the public health
nursing personnel
to cope with cur-
rent community de-
mands.

2. A vibrant
health education
programme in any
restructuring ef-
forts.

3. Greater incen-
tives for health
personnel princi-
pally in terms of
promotional oppor-
tunities and educa-
tional advancement.


4. Establishment and industry.
of a special school
health nursing ser- We live in a time
vice for the is- of rapid change and
land. our technical and


5. Provision for
better integration
of hospital nursing
service and public
health nursing ser-
vice in the inter-
est of better pat-
ient care and a co-
ordinate system of
delivery.

6. Examination of
the present state
of industrial nurs-
ing in Jamaica with
a view to provide a
service that will
keep pace with gro-
wing requirement in
science, technology


scientific know-
ledge is constantly
being added to. In
the health field
there is a great
need to investigate
new avenues of in-
formation on com-
munity health and
to develop and per-
fect skills for
getting such know-
ledge accepted by
the general public
through proper
health programmes.



Bongo Snuffy


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WHY THE W.L.L.?
s Libera- struggle of the ism, to build so- exploited people broadest alliance ssed peo
e, which working class and cialism and to ac- students, youth, with all groups op- national
d in Dec- conditions laid do- complish the gradu- women, profession- posed to imperial- tion. T
is a wn in the constitu- al transition to als against all gards it
of the tion of the League. communism. forms of oppres- The WLL combines *part of


politically con-
scious and organis-
ed vanguard of the
working class and
all working people
in Jamaica. The
fundamental organi-
sational aim of the
League is the buil-
ding of a genuine
Jamaican Communist
Party based on the
working class and
enjoying the clos-
est ties with the
broad masses.


The League acknow-
ledges the vital
role that revolu-
tionary elements
outside the League
and revolutionary
organisations other
than the League
shall play in brin-
ging a genuine Jam-
aican Communist
Party into being.

The programme, tac-
tics, policies, or-
ganisational prin-


In striving towards ciples and consti-
this aim the League tution of the Leag-
brings together ue are based upon
class-conscious Marxism-Leninism
workers, farmers, applied to the con-
students, profes- ditions of Jamaica.
sional people and
others who volun- The WLL works con-
tarily unite and stantly to build
who, of their own the Communist Party
free will, agree to as the necessary
accept the strict- condition for meet-
est organisational ing the vital need
discipline in acco- of the Jamaican
rdance with the ne- working people to
cessities of the destroy imperial-

C -V


PARICE LUVASA after his arrest late in
1960. UN troops were then ccupying tMe
country. (PREIZSA LA17NiA)


Remember
PATRICE LUMUMBA was assassinated over 16
years ago on January 17, 1961, by coun-
ter-revolutionary forces in the Congo.
Recent US Government documents show that
the CIA was involved in plots to kill
Lumumba. He was the just Prime Minister
of the Congo which proclaimed its inde-
penderce in 1960.

Since Lumumba's death, Zaire, (formerly
Belgian Congo) big country in the
heart of Africa, has developed close
ties with imperialist nations. The pre-
sent leader of Zaire, Mobutu Sese Seko,
who betrayed Lumumba, has kept the coun-
try in a neo-colonial position as is
seen in the support given to the mer-
cenary forces fighting against the
People's Republic of Angola.


Towards this end,
the WLL works con-
tinually to stimul-
ate the day to day
struggles and stre-
ngthen the organi-
sations of the wor-
king class and all


sion. In such stru-
ggles the League
places highest pri-
ority on overcoming
divisions amongst
the workers, devel-
oping the unity of
the working class
and building the


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uncompromising de-
fense of the Jamai-
can people with the
strongest support
of the internation-
al working-class
movement and firm
solidarity with the
struggles of oppre-


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libera-
he WLL e-
self as a
the world


communist movement
and actively de-
fends the unity of
the communist move-
ment on a national
and international
basis.


worker he is always likely to take the
side of the capitalist. This worker
carries news to the capitalist; when tl'
other workers decide to take action, hil
first idea is that he is going to lose
his job or to lose pay; if there is a
strike he stays away from the picket
line; he uses the time to do his own
business to help himself on the side.
If the strike goes on for a long time l'
is the first to have sympathy for the
capitalist. This type of worker is
looking something for nothing, always
"in the back" of any struggle. He is
really helping out the capitalist.

The working-class struggle demands that
only the vanguard, only a minority can
be admitted to the Comnunist Party ant
that the more backward elements are kest
out of the party.

On this basis communists always strive
co make contact with the vanguard ele-
ments amongst the working class and the
people, to help their struggles, to
build up their consciousness and to com,
nect each particular struggle to the
overall struggle for freedom and social-i
ism. The more this vanguard is organism
ed, the more it is disciplined, the mon
it is united within the Communist Party
the more chance there is that the back-'
ward elements outside the party can be
drawn away from the capitalists and on
to the path of revolutionary struggle.


MANY comrades have read or heard it
said that the Communist Party is a
"vanguard party".
The term "vanguard" means "in the
front". It might be said then that the
Communist Party is made up of people,
particularly workers, who are "in the
front" and that it leaves out those who
are "in the back".
Every time there is a wrong done by the
exploiters, there are two reactions
amongst the workers.

THE VANGUARD

One type of worker always looks for a
way to fight against the wrong-doing -
he agitates his brothers and sisters to
show them that if management gets away
with a wrong against a particular worker
then every worker in the plant is in
danger; he tries to organise a group of
workers to go and complain to the manage-
ment or to demonstrate against the in-
justice or to bring in the union.

This type of worker is never willing to
sit down and take injustice just like
that; he is always trying to persuade
his fellow workers to stand up and fight
- his slogan is "touch one, touch all".
These are the workers who are "in the
front" of resistance, "in the front" of
struggle against injustice.


THE BACKWARD ELEMENTS

But at the same time, in every capital-
ist society and even in socialist soc-
iety after the capitalist class has beer
overthrown, there is a different type of
worker. This is the worker who knows
that things are bad but he doesn't feel
that he can do'anything about it. When
the capitalist does wrong to a fellow

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stand on our own two feet and none at
all to put us back on our knees, deeper
into the clutches of the imperialist
system of borrowing more, only to pay
out yet more than we borrow in return
back to imperialism.

The WLL calls on all socialists, inside
and outside the government, to remember
"We are not for sale". The leopard
cannot change its spots, neither can
Carter change American imperialism.


Let us make sure that we do not run to
the leopard and at the same time dilly-
dally with our socialist brothers who
can really help our production and em-
ployment.


THE Worker
tion Leagu
was founde
ember 1974
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