First Published: April 1967
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We are told by the ruling: capitalist class (Johnson Administration) that the war in Vietnam is being fought to bring “freedom”, “democracy”, and “justice” to the people of South Vietnam. This is an out and out lie. We have only to look around us to see that the very persons who are talking about “freedom” in Vietnam are the rich who are: robbing the workers in the United States, Jailing innocent workers on “suspicion of this or that” whose police are in proletarian (the most oppressed and exploited workers) districts such as Watts, Bellflower, and East Los Angeles for one reason–to “serve and protect the rich” and “beat and oppress the poor”.
The people of Vietnam are fighting for the right to self-determination, the right to decide their own political and economic destiny. They demand that the United States aggressors (sent by the ruling capitalist bandits of the U.S.) get out of their homeland and let them settle the issue for themselves. We must support their struggle.
The U.S. imperialist war of aggression in Vietnam is against the interests of the international proletariat–all workers are class brothers and comrades, all workers have a common enemy–imperialism. All workers must unite to destroy this predatory beast–imperialism headed by the U.S. imperialism. We must demand the immediate and complete withdrawal of all U.S. troops and puppet troops from Vietnam.
How can imperialist wars of aggression be ended? There is but one solution, destroy the source of war–imperialism. There must be a proletarian socialist revolution–organized by the Communist Party, U.S.A., (M-L). Why serve in the armed forces of the rich? Such as the army, navy, air force, etc. Why be a flunkey for the ruling class of the U.S. to oppress other people? Why die for your oppressors and exploiters? Why not fight them? Train in the use of arms and revolutionary politics so that your enemy–the ruling class–can be successfully defeated. We have such a program–THE PEOPLES ARMED DEFENSE GROUPS–(Members of the PEOPLES ARMED DEFENSE GROUPS are not drafted, because their views constitute a political danger to the ruling class.) THE PEOPLES ARMED DEFENSE GROUPS ARE THE ARMED FORCES OF THE POOR and are the basis for a workers army and for a National Liberation Army for the Negro Nation in the South and will counter the terror of the Klan with the revolutionary violence of the workers. Don’t fight for your masters so that he can have more wage slaves.
President Johnson an imperialist, carries out the policies of his class–the capitalist–to exploit and oppress workers. They use racism as a cover for their policies of colonizing the Negro Nation in the South (the “Black Belt”) and Puerto Rico and their semi-colonies–Mexico, the Philippines, South Korea, South Vietnam, etc. The rich have their flunkeys who support their policy of oppression and exploitation, such as Dymally, Greene, Leon Ralph. Gus Hawkins, Adam Clayton Powell, and their lackeys who use the disguise of being “revolutionaries” and against “the Power Structure” such as the revisionist Dorothy Healey (who calls herself a communist) and persons such as Stokely Carmichael and Ron Karenga. These flunkeys and Toms apologize and cover for the police brutality and exploitation of workers. They too must be opposed, exposed, and destroyed along with their masters!
As Comrade Michael Laski, our Party’s General Secretary, said, “the lackeys of the ruling class of the government’s agencies are against the interest of the workers and are there only to buy the militant youth and push the reactionary racist line of U.S. imperialism. All class conscious workers must be opposed to the imperialist, their agencies and front men”.
The solution to the problems of the working class is proletarian socialist revolution, the dictatorship of the proletariat and building socialism.
Oppose the U.S. imperialist war of aggression in Vietnam, join with your revolutionary working class comrades and brothers in all countries to defeat U.S. imperialism and modern revisionists and local Tom’s.
MAY DAY DEMONSTRATION: Sunday. April 30, 1967. 1:30 pm at Will Rogers Park, 102-103rd Street. Central Ave., Los Angeles, Cal.
SPEAKERS: M. I. LASKI, General Secretary, Communist Party, USA (M-L)
E. W. SIMMONS, Chairman, Communist Party, USA (M-L)
PUBLIC MEETING: 8:00 pm, April 7, 1967, Peoples Voice Bookstore, 9122 S. Compton Ave L.A., Cal., Tel. 569-2542. SPEAKER: E. W. SIMMONS, L.A. Branch Secretary, “The role of our Party in the coming revolution.”