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Activist brunch discusses economic crisis

Published Apr 11, 2009 3:10 PM

Black Workers For Justice holds regular Sunday “activist brunches” for its members and allies in Raleigh, N.C. to discuss broader political developments and issues relevant to local anti-racist and pro-worker campaigns.

Fred Goldstein and Saladin Muhammad,
April 5.

On April 5, Fred Goldstein, author of the new book, “Low-Wage Capitalism,” and a leader of Workers World Party, co-led a discussion on the current global economic crisis and the inevitable workers’ fightback against it. Saladin Muhammad, a leader of BWFJ, chaired and also co-led the discussion.

Some of the issues discussed during the three-hour meeting were the role of U.S. capital, the impact of bailouts of the banks and big corporations on the struggle for jobs, housing, education, racism, wars and democratic rights for workers and oppressed people inside the U.S. and internationally, and key struggles showing the resistance of workers and oppressed people in this period. Examples included the Moncure strike and the Republic Windows and Doors workers’ factory takeover this past December and more.

The well-attended discussion included representatives from BWFJ, Black Workers League, UE Locals 150 and 160, Virginia People’s Assembly, Black Workers Rank and File Network, Raleigh FIST, Bail Out the People Movement and the Environmental Justice Coalition.