Abolish Capitalism | Disarm the Police & ICE Agents
Fight for a Socialist Revolution | Defend Black Lives Matter
Workers World Party is participating in the 2016 presidential election. Not because we believe the election means any thing. We are running to expose the election.
Our candidates will be talking about the real issues facing workers and oppressed people – and organizing for the real solutions. Revolutionary solutions. We believe that the kind of socialism Bernie Sanders talks about only provides more cosmetic changes, a softer kinder of capitalism. But Sanders change means the capitalist system still stands. Reforming capitalism will not solve the greatest problems facing humanity.
Mass struggle, not elections, is the way forward.
The elections that take place every four years bring only cosmetic change: different faces administering the government on behalf of the same billionaire masters. Who really runs society? It is the capitalist class that exploits the working class and the oppressed. The great mass of people have no real representation because the government, whether headed by Democrats or Republicans, exists to serve the interests of the bosses and warmakers.
The Workers World Moorehead-Lilly campaign declares: Elections will matter when Black Lives matter.
Will the election of Hillary Rodham Clinton or Bernie Sanders mean that racist police terror against the Black community will finally stop? Of course not. Will it mean an end to the mass deportations of migrant workers? No not at all. Will it mean a cancellation of the student debt, more jobs or guaranteed decent healthcare?
The only time there is change in this country is when the people rise up and fight for it. That’s why we’re running: to help organize the fight.
Will the election of a Republican – whether it’s Cruz, Trump, Rubio, or Bush–usher in a period of reactionary setbacks? Possibly. But it could also usher in a revolutionary response.
Our campaign will be all about the struggle against the ruling class – the 1 % and the politicians who do their bidding. Our candidates, Monica Moorehead and Lamont Lilly, are in that struggle already.
We will travel the country building solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Standing up to stop imperialist wars abroad and the war on immigrants at home. We will converge at the Republican Convention in July in Cleveland and demand Justice for Tamir Rice. And we will demand the same at the Democratic Party Convention in Philadelphia.
Elections will matter when all working class and oppressed people matter. Only by building the fight for socialist revolution can workers change the conditions of exploitation and terror they face today.
We do not fight for a softer, kinder capitalism, for just a little more of the wealth we have created. We want it all. We want to build a workers’ world. This is the message of our campaign.