James P. Cannon & Max Shachtman

SWP Leaders in Mexico City
Support Workers Struggle

(March 1938)

Published: Socialist Appeal, Vol. II No. 14, 2 April 1938, p. 2.
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In the last issue of the Socialist Appeal we reported that representatives of the Socialist Workers Party in Mexico had publicly declared their solidarity with the anti-imperialist struggle of the Mexican workers in connection with the expropriation of the oil fields held by British and American oil companies. The full text of the declaration, issued March 19 by James P. Cannon, national secretary of the S.W.P., and Max Shachtman, editor of the Socialist Appeal, is as follows:

The expropriation of the oil properties held by British and American oil companies as announced last night by President Cardenas is bound to meet with the enthusiastic approval of enlightened workers everywhere. In greeting this bold and courageous measure we express not only the sentiments of the Socialist Workers Party of the United States but, we are sure, of millions of workers in our country. Our brief visit as tourists to beautiful and hospitable Mexico has been made doubly pleasant by the announcement of this governmental action taken in the interests of the toiling people.

We have no doubt that the decree issued in regard to the foreign oil companies will engender a campaign of agitation and misrepresentation against the government. That in our opinion is all the more reason for the workers of the United States to come out in support of the Mexican government’s action. We shall urge our own party and all progressive workers in the United States to give full support to the Mexican people in this fight. It is no more than the simple duty of Socialists to defend the Mexican people in their fight for economic and national independence and to urge the laboring masses of the United States to take a stand, not on the side of the oil companies, but on the side of the masses of the Mexican republic.

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