Love & Rage Revolutionary Anarchist Federation – Detroit Local

For a revolutionary labor movement

July 1997

This march is a year and a half or more overdue. Now it happens with the strike called off and the majority of unionists locked-out. Those accepted back are working with no rights amidst scabs and turncoats.

A misguided commitment to legality and refusal to unleash working-class power has brought us to this sorry state. A failure to develop and maintain a decidedly multi-racial character to the support movement in this majority Black city has helped isolate the strike. The strike needed to be connected to fights around the crisis in education, redevelopment, and the general 30 years of racist corporate and suburban neglect of Detroit.

Only direct action on a mass scale could turn this thing around and win justice for our sisters and brothers. A tri-county general strike in their support is needed. All labor organizations in the area should strike until all union members are returned to work.

The Detroit News Agency has waged a class war. From jump, strikers and their supporters courageously answered the DNA’s violence. But the union leaders chose to use their authority to pull people back from militant struggle. They retreated in the face of court injunctions, threats of racketeering charges and fear of losing the sympathies of “influential” figures.

The lesson of the Detroit newspaper strike is that of the Staley, CAT, Hormel and other struggles: The labor movement must become self-consciously revolutionary if it is to advance.

By this we mean:

Ultimately working and poor people need to take full control of society’s resources and dismantle once and for all the government that serves only the privileged few. We can reorganize the economy and social life on a cooperative, democratic and decentralized basis instilled with the values of freedom, equality, and mutual aid.

Love & Rage Revolutionary Anarchist Federation – Detroit Local

Love & Rage Detroit is a small collective that wants some big things. We struggle against sexism, racism, homophobia, capitalism and the state. We dream of and build towards the day when we can join with the masses of our sisters and brothers in a revolutionary uprising against our oppressors. We seek the construction of a great Detroit Commune, liberated from oppression and under the direct democratic control of the people.

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