NEW YORK CITY, October 27 — “We don’t care about the rain! Flush this system down the drain!” chanted dozens of workers and youth led by Progressive Labor Party’s young members at the anti-war march here. It’s good thousands marched despite the rain, but while the rulers are preparing for wider wars (including attacking Iran), the anti-war marches are getting smaller and are still mainly older and white.
Although many speakers distanced themselves from the pro-war Democrats, the leadership of the anti-war movement won’t break with the Dems. As election time nears they will support whoever runs against the GOP (Hillary, Obama, Edwards or even Gore if he decides to jump into the circus). Our chant, “Bush/Democrats no solution! Fight for communist revolution!” and the CHALLENGE (10/31) front-page article exposing Democrat Gore’s war crimes pointed out the futility of these dreams. A thousand marchers took our papers.
The U.S. bosses’ oil war has already killed over a million in Iraq. Ending this genocidal system will save the lives of millions of workers worldwide who die every year from hunger, curable disease and imperialist war. Waiting for the Democrats or “marches for peace” won’t do that. We need to build an anti-imperialist, anti-racist communist-led movement to smash the war-makers. This is the message we must bring back to our workplaces and schools. This is the lesson we must learn from the Bolshevik revolution that turned World War I into a massive revolution 90 years ago.