Event: Detroit Marxism Class: Voter Suppression, National Oppression and the Need for Independent Political Organizing
Date: Sat. Nov. 17, 2018, 5-8 pm
Location: 5920 Second Avenue at Antoinette in Midtown Detroit
Facilitator: Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor of the Pan-African News Wire
Sponsor: Communist Workers League, Detroit Branch
Admission: Free and Open to the Public
Dinner Served: Donation Requested
On Nov. 6 the much anticipated midterm elections were held across the United States. The outcomes resulted in the Democratic Party retaking the House of Representatives while the Republicans slightly increased their majority in the Senate.
On a state and local level numerous referendums were passed providing for changes in the realms of redistricting, criminal justice reform and voter registration guidelines. The elections witnessed an upsurge of African Americans, Latinx, Indigenous peoples and women candidates seeking public office.
However, there were reactionary developments which reinforced the character of racism, class exploitation and political repression.
In the Southern states of Georgia and Florida, the purging of voters’ roles continued in an attempt to prevent African Americans Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum from taking office. The demand that all votes be counted have been raised in both states as these races remain unsettled.
Nonetheless, as Marxist revolutionaries we recognize that the national leadership of both the Democratic and Republican parties represent the interest of the ruling class. Although we wholeheartedly defend the political rights of the nationally oppressed, women and workers, their ultimate liberation can only be realized through independent political organizing and mass action.
Join us for this discussion where we will examine the recent elections from a dialectical and historical materialist perspective. The links below are suggested reading for the class/discussion. All reading materials will be supplied at the event.
I. Textbook Voter Suppression: Georgia’s Bitter Election Battle Years in the Making. Guardian, Nov. 10, 2018.
II. Voters Challenge: Legacy of Slavery. Equal Justice Initiative, Nov. 7, 2018.
III. From Civil Rights to Black Power: The Significance of the 1965-66 Alabama Freedom Movement. Abayomi Azikiwe, Jan. 26, 2015.
IV. The Attitudes of the Bourgeois Parties and the Workers’ Parties to the Duma Elections, Dec. 31, 1906, by V.I. Lenin.
V. Should We Participate in Bourgeois Parliaments? V.I. Lenin, June 1920.
VI. Report of the Commission on the National and Colonial Questions at the Second International of the Communist International, July 26, 1920. V.I. Lenin.
VII. Speech in Defense of the Tactics of the Communist International at the Third Congress of the Communist International. V.I. Lenin, July 1, 1921.