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Workers Get Up and Walkout

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Message Barbara Tutor
The groundswell against racism, poverty, and oppression shook the streets across the United States last week when Latino workers, along with supporters from labor unions and communities, walked out into the spring air and shook their fists at fundamentalist politicians rushing to defend white supremacy. United in struggle, these stalwart masses stood together against elitist tyranny. They were in step and right on time.

In late March, HBO featured a new film "Walkout" by Latino filmmakers Edward James Olmos and Moctesuma Esparza. While the film was created using the 1968 Chicano "Walkout" as a model, none involved in this Hollywood production anticipated the dramatic impact it would have on Hispanics throughout the United States. Over a million demonstrators marched in the streets in response to the recent House bill making felons of an estimated 13 million illegal immigrant workers and anyone assisting them. This inspirational mass protest has sparked a national debate on immigration and workers rights.

The United States may have been founded upon genocide, racism, sexism, and worker exploitation; but it has been built with the labor of African slaves and immigrant workers. People fleeing Kings and dictators throughout the world have sought refuge in this nation that professes constitutional liberty and justice for all. The ideology of economic freedom, i.e., that anyone can work hard and have a better life, has taken root and battles have been won as workers continue the struggle to make the dream real. Human rights and civil rights have finally 'connected the dots' to labor rights.

Today our society stands at a crossroads, literally and figuratively. Capitalist extremists have become emboldened through militaristic adventurism and global expansion. Jobs have been used as a weapon against all workers, exploiting both poor and rich countries with "divide and conquer" tactics. Privatization, outsourcing, and off-shoring are strategies used by big global corporations in brutal attacks on union organizing to weaken labor. It is the classic eternal struggle of authoritarian power against egalitarian principles in the distribution of social wealth produced by collective labor.

Politicians, corrupted by money and corporate lobbying, defend the status quo of rule of law by elitist wealthy capitalists. Private enterprise is not an elitist privilege, nor is a corporation entitled to the rights of a person. Get corporations out of our constitution, our government, and our public domain. Private enterprise and corporations must be controlled by society, not in control of society.

Workers, who produce the wealth, are getting tired of being pitted against one another, denied their fair share, and shut out of the democratic process. They are entitled to their piece of the pie. They are sick of being heavily taxed to support their own exploitation through wars of imperialism. They are enraged that their children and grandchildren must pay the price in blood, sweat, and tears, while the richest 1% parasitic minority live in luxury with lower taxes and social privilege.

Basta! Enough! Shout the masses of exploited workers and enlightened citizens. Civil rights and human rights depend upon labor rights. Walk out of institutions, workplaces, and superstores that support social parasites and their corrupt politicians. Take charge of public domain and privatized industries built with public funds.

Workers united can build a democratic socialist society by the people, of the people, and for the people. Labor rights are the actualization of civil rights, human rights, and democracy.
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Barbara Tutor is a Social Activist, Writer, Systems Analyst, and Nature Lover residing in Wild Wonderful West Virginia.
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