Statement of Solidarity with the People of Bolivia

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Red Star San Francisco stands unequivocally in support of reinstating Bolivian President Evo Morales, who was ousted by a right-wing coup on November 10, 2019, and we stand in support of the Indigenous and working-class Bolivian people who now face reprisals in its wake. Under the Morales administration, Bolivia has made massive strides towards building a more just and democratic society for all its people. We condemn this seizure of power by reactionary forces, the latest in a long and bloody history of US imperialism in Latin America.

Since Morales’ election in 2005, poverty and illiteracy in Bolivia have fallen precipitously, particularly among Indigenous communities, while access to clean water has skyrocketed. The Bolivian economy has grown at a rate nearly double that of other Latin American countries, and the administration has succeeded in nationalizing key industries such as oil, natural gas, telecommunications, and electrical production and distribution. These economic and material resources have been put to work for the benefit of the Bolivian people in the form of billions of dollars of investment in infrastructure and social programs, allowing the country to free itself from the yoke of neoliberal financial institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Statement of Solidarity With DSA AfroSocialist and Socialists of Color Caucus

Red Star San Francisco stands in solidarity with the DSA AfroSocialist and Socialists of Color Caucus and endorses its demands of DSA leadership and staff:

  1. No white person in formal leadership or staff ever post white nationalist, white supremacist or fascist symbols or advocate that the path to building a multiracial working class is through organizing with white supremacists, white nationalists, fascists or their apologists.
  2. All formal leadership and staff attend an anti-oppression training chosen and approved by the Afro-Soc Caucus of DSA.

Racism is not simply a product of conscious intentions. Because racism is deeply embedded in the structures of capitalist society, and because pervasive individualism tends to mask these structures, those of us in DSA and on the US left are just as capable of perpetuating them through our words and actions as anyone else.

That our National Director shared an image which downplayed the Confederate Flag’s status as a white supremacist symbol, and defended that action, is evidence enough that our leadership and staff must reckon with the ways in which they perpetuate white supremacy, consciously or otherwise.

Points of Unity

We are revolutionary Marxists.

We understand Marxism as a living, breathing theoretical framework, which is not and never can be a static set of dogmas. We see Marxism as the foundational and most informative lens through which to understand the workings of capitalism, a task which is paramount in our efforts to dismantle it.

We believe in the creative, historical power of revolution.

A capitalist society will not be reformed into a socialist one, just as capitalism itself was not born through welcomed reforms to the former feudal order. Popular legislature and politicians with benevolent intentions can help create more favorable conditions for change, but these things alone cannot bring the revolutionary overhaul we seek: a complete upheaval of the present economic system that extracts value from the many for the private profit of the few.

Socialism means a workers’ state.

We believe in the necessity of building towards a state that is comprised of and exists exclusively for the benefit of the working class. Such an institution is the most authentic expression of workers’ power, and is the only body that can ensure the well-being of all people. A democratically planned economy is a primary component of this expression