The Proletariat is Still the Revolutionary Class – It’s Time to Prepare for the Struggles to Come

Host/Sponsor: 
Revolutionary Workers Group; New Anti-Capitalist Party (L’Étincelle, France)
Room: 
1.123
Timeslot: 
SUNDAY June 4th Session 5: 10:00am - 11:50am
Abstract: 
The exploitation and austerity imposed by capitalism that is grinding people down all around the world has triggered protests and movements from Egypt, Greece, Spain, France to Ferguson, Baltimore and elsewhere in the U.S. But these struggles quickly met their limits and dissipated or were channeled back into the system. Nowhere has the working class provided an independent, let alone revolutionary, perspective to current struggles. Today, when the working class tends to be inactive and appears to be attracted to extreme right-wing candidates, many of those seeking revolutionary change have turned away from the working class as the revolutionary model of the 21st century, claiming that the proletariat, its workers’ councils, the revolutionary party, and the socialist program have been relegated to the dustbin of history, and we need a new political approach. We disagree with this perspective. The potential and necessity of the working class to once again provide a leadership to struggles that challenge the status quo is just as true today as it ever was. And now is the time to prepare for the working class struggles to come. Come to a presentation and discussion of our perspectives and efforts in both France and the U.S. for building a revolutionary organization in the working class today.
Panel Track: 
Working Class Struggles in the Era of Trump
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Eden
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Foster
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Speak Out Now/Revolutionary Workers Group
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Eden has been a working class revolutionary activist in the San Francisco Bay Area for several years and currently works in health care.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Marcus
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Lissey
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Speak Out Now/Revolutionary Workers Group
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Marcus has been a revolutionary activist for over 15 years in both the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, and teaches Philosophy in community college.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Antoine
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Perrin
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
New Anti-Capitalist Party (L’Etincelle, France)
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Antoine has been a revolutionary militant associated with L’Etincelle (The Spark), a grouping in the NPA in France for several years.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
marcus
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
lissey
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
Speak Out Now/Revolutionary Workers Group
 

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