First they came for Detroit and Youngstown!

By: Rich Feldman

We should fight for our lives, be in the streets but we need to look in the mirror.

This is the realignment of the empire and we need to ask ourselves about the consciousness and transformation that evolves when we refuse to look in the mirror and when we make this a narrow struggle of labor versus capital.

Without a vision for America and without a global perspective, we cannot and will not move beyond a self-interest group or in our old language from class protecting ourselves to a class leading the way
for all. We need to move from a self-interest group to become local and global citizens.

First they came for Detroit, Gary, Flint, south Chicago, Youngstown in the 1980s! Then they came for Michigan and now they are coming for America!

Who is the they? They are the right wing ideologues. They hate unions. They are the multinational
corporations and banks. They are those who live off the backs of others and scorch the earth’s natural resources.

Who are we?
Are we 5% of the world’s population using 25% of the world’s resources?
Did we work overtime while others were laid off?
Did we live at the shopping malls and on credit cards and did we never ask the question: What is enough?
Did we believe it would never happen to us?

I am always reminded of the question often asked by my coworkers in my plant. Why do you spend so much time talking about how bad things are and so little time on the possibilities for the future or what we need to do?

Revolutionist need to spend 90% talking about what is to be done rather than answering the question: why we are in the crisis or how bad it is!

In 2008, We need to ask: How shall we think? What can we do? How will we change? And while we engage in building for the future, we can and will let our voices be heard.

Our hope comes from expressing our anger, envisioning the future and creating alternatives. It begins with looking in the mirror and acting.

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