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Editorial: NOC Celebrates One Year of Struggle

First Published: The People’s Tribune (Online Edition), Vol. 21, No. 18, May 2, 1994.
Transcription, Editing and Markup: Paul Saba
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One year ago, activists from around the country gathered in Chicago and united around a program of action and education. We came together for one reason: to politicize and organize the ongoing revolution against the system.

Since that time, conditions in our society have worsened. Poverty continues to increase in the middle of abundance. The hurricanes and earthquakes, the winter cold and the Midwest floods now occurring for the second year in a row, have escalated the growth of impoverishment. Pink slips and layoffs continue to abound. The schools our children attend are becoming armed camps. The promised national health care struggle has been reduced to a soap opera. Welfare reform has blossomed into outright welfare-bashing. President Clinton’s promotion of his so-called international jobs conference with representatives of the “Group of Seven” nations took a back seat to his campaign for the crime bill.

In the wake of the expanding crisis, we are bombarded daily with lies about crime increasing and the supposed need for more prisons and the death penalty. Our society is marked by an antagonism between completely static social structures and a highly mobile revolution in the means of production (which now include the robot and the computer chip.) This antagonism is forcing more and more fighters into our ranks.

New organizations with new leaders are rising up; old ones – from the PTA to the NAACP – are trying to change to fit the new situation. Everywhere, the new class of poor people is giving leadership to the impending battles. As each day passes, we open our arms to the new forces entering the battles.

The National Organizing Committee is made up of revolutionary fighters from every battlefront. Our mission is to forge the revolutionary force necessary to destroy this capitalist system, a system of poverty and injustice. We are an organization that believes the poor and exploited people can be educated, organized and inspired to rise up in our millions. We want to create a new system based on justice and economic prosperity for everyone. Join us!