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While concentrating all its forces on activity among workers, New Afrikan Revolutionary Nationalists are ready to support and unite with other elements of the population. These alliances should not lead to compromises or concessions on matters of theory, program, or slogan. The doctrine of democratic socialism, national oppression, and race, class, and gender struggle is the only revolutionary theory that can serve as the beacon for the revolutionary movement. New Afrikan Revolutionary Nationalists will exert every effort to spread this doctrine, to guard it against false interpretation, and will combat every attempt to steer the New Afrikan working class from its revolutionary mission and to galvanize the entire U.S. working class towards revolution. In order to do this, propaganda should be directed primarily toward winning advanced workers to wage a protracted struggle for self-determination of the oppressed New Afrikan nationality. At the same time, it must be understandable and appealing to the broad “middle forces” as well. This approach requires a consistent and responsible praxis to the question of working with reformist leaders. In attempting to do so, we will find a real test of our political maturity and flexibility and perhaps of the strength of our understanding of, and commitment to, our political principles. In general, New Afrikan Revolutionary Nationalists’ approach to working with reformist leaders should be to unite with their positive aspects, whether substantial or merely superficial public rhetoric. In the latter case, New Afrikan Revolutionary Nationalists’ support reflects what people believe the leaders stand for and part of our strategy must be to push the contradiction between assertion and action. In conducting propaganda among the workers, New Afrikan Revolutionary Nationalists deal with the practical political problems of the masses. They strive to spread an understanding of New Afrikans’ relationship to the system, national oppression, race, class, and gender oppression and what it means. In addition, the necessity to overthrow the system, the impossibility of waging a successful struggle for New Afrikan workers’ cause without self-determination from the capitalist system should be understood. Agitating New Afrikan workers around their immediate economic demands, New Afrikan Revolutionary Nationalists inseparably link this with the immediate political needs of the New Afrikan people. Their political power and proportional representation take on a new light within this context. Just as there is no issue affecting the life of the workers in the economic field that must be left unused for the purpose of economic agitation, so there is also no issue in the political field that does not serve as a subject for political agitation.8 In this respect, New Afrikan Revolutionary Nationalists, constantly try to show that the Black Liberation Movement should try to effect structural changes in the labor market. Organizing New Afrikan workers to wage a scientific, economic, and “political” struggle at the workplace can advance this. By doing this, the Black Liberation Movement will also be enabling other workers to see the true class contradictions within the U.S. imperialist state. What is the objective/subjective situation, and how do we proceed to develop a broad mass proletarian line? Of the 8.31 million New Afrikans employed in 1977, about 33% were unionized by 1981, as compared to only 26% of white workers. New Afrikan and other oppressed nationality workers made up 48% of the Laborers union, 37% of the Service Employees union, 30% of the Food and Commercial Workers union and 30% of AFSCME, the largest public workers union in the United States. In 1960 six percent of the AFL-CIO was New Afrikan, by 1981 it was 17%.9 8. V.I. Lenin, Op. Cit.p.40 9. “Black Workers: The Black Nation and the Black Liberation Movement,” Worker’s Tribune, No.3 June-July 1981, p.4

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