Freedom Socialist Party On Egypt, Race and City College of San Francisco

The following were published on the Freedom Socialist Party’s website: 
Assaults on women put Egypt’s revolt in danger
August 2013

Millions of Egyptians have again risen up against their repressive and incompetent government. In less than a year they concluded that “elections” do not mean real democracy, and that a Muslim regime is no better than a military one.

In both the 2011 and 2013 insurrections, women were stunningly visible and steadfast in support of the revolution. Yet then and now, they are still being viciously attacked for daring to be political activists. Nearly 200 women and girls were physically and sexually assaulted by gangs during just four days in recent demonstrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Witnesses report that some of the assaults were orchestrated. Some were random, and some were even by movement men who haven’t yet rejected a medieval scorn of the “second sex.”

Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy writes, “The Arab uprisings may have been sparked by an Arab man [a Tunisian vendor], but they will be finished by Arab women.” She’s right. But there will be no revolution if the movement fails to stand with female comrades. During Iran’s 1979 revolution, when Ayatollah Khomeini repressed Iranian women, anti-Shah forces tragically kept silent. And that revolution became its opposite: counter-revolution. All out to defend Egypt’s women rebels!

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It IS about race
August 2013

The outrageous “not guilty” verdict for the murderer of Trayvon Martin, coming less than three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, demonstrates that all talk of a post-racial United States is just so much hot air.

If those two events aren’t proof enough, we enter into evidence the top court’s recent decision that continues to erase affirmative action and Senate passage of an immigration bill that would turn the Mexican border into a war zone and the “path to citizenship” into a boulder-strewn obstacle course. We judge the racist system guilty.

Issues having to do with the color of one’s skin — like slavery, like segregation — have torn the U.S. apart. But multi-racial fights against racism and its effects have led to enormous improvements in the consciousness and conditions of life for every working-class person: think about the successful battle for public education during post-Civil War Reconstruction.

What’s been missing so far is a common agreement that racism exists because someone profits from it, that it can only be eradicated therefore with the eradication of capitalism — and that workers will never defeat capitalism as long as they let race divide them.

In honor of Trayvon Martin and every other victim of racism, it’s time to get radical.

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City College battle: not over by a long shot
August 2013

The campaign to privatize City College of San Francisco (CCSF) just got nastier.

On July 3, CCSF took a shocking one-two punch. The Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, little concerned about education quality, announced its plan to revoke this top academic school’s accreditation in July 2014. Then, the Board of Governors for California Community Colleges, backed by San Francisco’s mayor, dictatorially replaced the elected CCSF Board of Trustees with a tsar.

Within days, Save CCSF, the coalition of students, faculty, staff and community, mobilized thousands to protest at the U.S. Dept. of Education in San Francisco. At a community meeting the next day, participants supported expanding the fight-back by allying with striking unions and schools opposing austerity. Fighting now for a good union contract defends quality education. A Freedom Socialist Party proposal for a school-wide strike and community teach-in excited many.

Some still hope for help from elected officials. But the Democrats are the architects of privatizing or transforming community colleges into factories to produce tech workers. To win, Save CCSF will have to convince these hopefuls and the teachers’ union that victory depends on public support and reaching out to those hardest hit by cutbacks for whom CCSF is a lifeline.

To get involved, email coalition member Bob Price, a chemistry professor at CCSF, atRPChemist@aol.com.

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